USA Calls Up Osborne For Italy Series

Read Paul Kennedy's article on SoccerAmerica.com

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Former Santa Clara Bronco great Leslie Osborne was one of four players added to the U.S. Women's National Team preliminary roster for the home-and-home series with Italy that decides who will get a the final bid into the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup in Germany.

This is Osborne's first call-up since July 2009. She has 61 caps and was a member of the USA's 2007 Women's World Cup Team but has been nagged by injuries, most recently a broken collarbone suffered in August during the Women's Professional Soccer season.

The U.S. women won the first of two games in Padova, Italy on Nov. 20, 1-0, on a stoppage-time goal in the 94th minute.  Osborne was not included in the 18-woman roster for that game.

The second game will take place on Nov. 27 at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Ill. at 1 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on ESPN3.com.

U.S. Women's Roster (24-player)
GOALKEEPERS (3): Nicole Barnhart (FC Gold Pride), Ashlyn Harris (Washington Freedom), Jill Loyden (Chicago Red Stars)
DEFENDERS (7): Rachel Buehler (FC Gold Pride), Stephanie Cox (Boston Breakers), Ali Krieger (FFC Frankfurt), Amy LePeilbet (Boston Breakers), Heather Mitts (Philadelphia Independence), Christie Rampone (Sky Blue FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (Washington Freedom)
MIDFIELDERS (10): Yael Averbuch (Sky Blue FC), Shannon Boxx (FC Gold Pride), Tina DiMartino (Philadelphia Independence), Kristine Lilly (Boston Breakers), Lori Lindsey (Philadelphia Independence), Carli Lloyd (Sky Blue FC), Heather O'Reilly (Sky Blue FC), Leslie Osborne (Boston Breakers), Megan Rapinoe (Chicago Red Stars), Lindsay Tarpley (Boston Breakers)
FORWARDS (4): Lauren Cheney (Boston Breakers), Alex Morgan (California), Amy Rodriguez (Philadelphia Independence), Abby Wambach (Washington Freedom)