By Michael Lewis
CHICAGO -- Two-time Olympic champion and goalkeeper Hope Solo will get an opportunity to play for the United States for the first time since February, as she was named to the 23-player roster Wednesday for the team's two games against South Korea later this month.
Regarded in many circles as the best women's keeper in the world, Solo has not played since February after undergoing shoulder surgery. Solo, who has made 135 international appearances, will be able to take part in both games.
The 31-year-old last played for the U.S. in a 3-1 victory over Scotland in an international friendly on Feb. 13. She has performed in one match for the Seattle Reign in the National Women's Soccer League this season.
The U.S. roster also features striker Abby Wambach, who remains in pursuit of Mia Hamm's all-time women's goal-scoring record. Wambach, who has tallied 155 goals, trails Hamm by three. She did not score in a 3-0 win over Canada in Toronto on Sunday, although she helped set up two goals.
The American women will face the South Koreans at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., on June 15, and at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J., on June 20.
"We'll bring back in a few familiar faces that weren't with us in Canada, but all of the players are performing at a high level and the competition within the team is excellent," U.S. head coach Tom Sermanni said. "We're pleased that we can get in these high-quality games during the NWSL season and are looking forward to the challenge of playing the South Koreans, who are certainly one of the most improved teams over the past few years. They are an extremely gifted technical team who play an entertaining brand of soccer and we want to give the fans in Boston and New Jersey a good show."
Sermanni selected 18 of the 21 players who trained in Canada for a week prior to Sunday's game. He also added midfielder and Olympic hero Megan Rapinoe, who will have completed her season with Lyon in France, midfielder Yael Averbuch (Göteborg in Sweden) and defender Meghan Klingenberg (Tyresö in Sweden).
UNITED STATES WOMEN'S ROSTER
Friendlies v South Korea (June 15 & 20, 2013)
GOALKEEPERS: Nicole Barnhart (FC Kansas City), Jill Loyden (Sky Blue FC), Hope Solo (Seattle Reign)
DEFENDERS: Rachel Buehler (Portland Thorns FC), Crystal Dunn (North Carolina), Whitney Engen (Liverpool/England), Meghan Klingenberg (Tyresö/Sweden), Ali Krieger (Washington Spirit), Kelley O'Hara (Sky Blue FC), Christie Rampone (Sky Blue FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City)
MIDFIELDERS: Yael Averbuch (Göteborg/Sweden), Morgan Brian (Virginia), Lauren Cheney (FC Kansas City), Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC), Carli Lloyd (Western NY Flash), Kristie Mewis (FC Kansas City), Heather O'Reilly (Boston Breakers), Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign)
FORWARDS: Sydney Leroux (Boston Breakers), Alex Morgan (Portland Thorns FC), Christen Press (Tyresö/Sweden), Abby Wambach (Western NY Flash)