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U.S. Women’s World Cup roster named

Defender Ali Krieger, The Post’s All-Met player of the year at Forest Park High School in 2003, was named to the U.S. Women’s World Cup team Monday, joining veterans such as Abby Wambach, Hope Solo and Heather O’Reilly.

The former Penn State star has spent most of her professional career with German club Frankfurt, though she was on loan briefly with the WPS’s Washington Freedom. Krieger is the only top-flight American to play for a foreign club; all of the others are affiliated with WPS clubs.

At Forest Park, which is located in Dale City, Va., she was a three-time district first-team selection, a two-time Virginia AAA choice and the 2003 state player of the year. At Penn State, she was a two-time all-American. For the U.S. squad, she has made 15 appearances.

The top-ranked Americans have won the past two Olympic gold medals but haven’t claimed the World Cup title since 1999. Germany, the host nation and two-time defending champion, is the favorite this summer. The U.S. group opponents are eighth-ranked North Korea (June 28 in Dresden), No. 31 Colombia (July 2 in Sinsheim) and No. 5 Sweden (July 6 in Wolfsburg).

For the complete roster…..

GOALKEEPERS: Hope Solo, Nicole Barnhart, Jillian Loyden.

DEFENDERS: Christie Rampone, Heather Mitts, Ali Krieger, Amy LePeilbet, Stephanie Cox, Rachel Buehler, Becky Sauerbrunn.

MIDFIELDERS: Shannon Boxx, Carli Lloyd, Lindsay Tarpley, Megan Rapinoe, Lori Lindsey, Tobin Heath, Heather O’Reilly.

FORWARDS: Abby Wambach, Amy Rodriguez, Alex Morgan, Lauren Cheney.

Steven Goff is The Post’s soccer writer. His beats include D.C. United, MLS and the international game, as well as local college basketball.

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