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Former Tri-Cities soccer star named to U.S. Olympic team

CHICAGO - Former University of Washington and Richland High School goalkeeper Hope Solo is among 18 players picked for the U.S. Olympic women's soccer roster, nine months after she was kicked off the team at the World Cup.

Briana Scurry was left off the roster yesterday by coach Pia Sundhage, who replaced Greg Ryan following the World Cup. Scurry took over from Solo for last year's World Cup semifinal loss to Brazil. The 26-year-old Solo was the starter for most of 2007, but Ryan surprisingly replaced her with Scurry for the semifinal, which the Americans lost 4-0.

Solo criticized Ryan, saying she would have made the saves, and was dropped from the team.

Sundage has led the team to an 18-0 record. He says the events of last year didn't play into her decision. Nicole Barnhart will be Solo's Olympic backup. She also was on the Peace Cup roster.

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