CHICAGO — Two former members of the Virginia women’s soccer team were selected for the 2011 United States Women’s World Cup Team, US Soccer announced Monday. Midfielder Lori Lindsey (class of 2002) and defender Becky Sauerbrunn (class of 2007) were among the 21 players chosen by head coach Pia Sundhage for the squad to compete in Germany this summer.
Both Lindsey and Sauerbrunn have seen considerable time with the US National Team in recent years, but both were selected for their first World Cup roster. Lindsey, who plays professionally for the Philadelphia Independence, has made 19 appearances for the US, including five this year. Sauerbrunn, who plays professionally for MagicJack, has made eight appearances.
“We are extremely happy and excited for both Lori and Becky on making the 2011 Women’s World Cup Team,” said Virginia head coach Steve Swanson. “Both of them have worked extremely hard to get to where they are today and have gone through so much personal sacrifice in pursuing their dream of competing on this stage. Everyone associated with our program admires how hard these two have worked over the years, how unselfish they are, the way they have responded to adversity in their careers, and what great character they possess as human beings. We wish them nothing but the best and look forward to following the team and their successes throughout the Women’s World Cup in Germany in June!”