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Sundhage Names Roster for Florida Camp as USA Continues Preparations for 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup

CHICAGO (Jan. 31, 2011) – U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Pia Sundhage has named 32 players to the roster for a training camp taking place in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., from Feb. 3-9, after which she will name a roster for the 2011 Algarve Cup in Portugal.

The Algarve Cup, a tournament in southern Portugal that annually brings together some of the world’s top teams, will this year see the USA face Japan (March 2), Finland (March 4) and Norway (March 7) in group play.

The USA is deep into preparations for the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Germany, which will be held June 26-July 17. The USA was drawn into Group C and will face Korea DPR on June 28 in Dresden, Colombia on July 2 in Sinsheim and finish the first round against Sweden on July 6 in Wolfsburg.

At the end of the camp, Sundhage will select a roster of 23 players for the USA’s 16th appearance at the Algarve Cup. The USA has been attending the tournament since 1994 and has won it seven times, most recently last year when the Americans defeated Germany 3-2 in a championship game played in sloppy field conditions. This year, the Algarve Cup will feature four teams that will be participating in the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup: the USA, Japan, Norway and Sweden.

The training camp roster features all 21 players who helped the USA win the Four Nations Tournament in China a week ago, including midfielder Carli Lloyd, who scored twice, Nicole Barnhart, who was named the Best Goalkeeper of the tournament, team captain Christie Rampone and forwards Lauren Cheney and Amy Rodriguez, both of whom scored in the competition.

Returning to camp will be goalkeeper Hope Solo and forward Abby Wambach, both of whom missed the Four Nations as they continue to recover from injuries. Both finished in the Top 10 in the voting for the 2010 FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year as Wambach was fifth and Solo was eighth.

Just two players are making their first WNT training camp appearance in midfielder Sinead Farrelly, a long-time member of the USA’s youth national teams programs and the second overall pick in the 2011 WPS Draft by the Philadelphia Independence, and goalkeeper Bianca Henninger, the USA’s starter at the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup. She was named Best Goalkeeper of the tournament last summer in Germany.

Two players who earned their first senior team caps in China were rewarded with another call-up in forward Sydney Leroux and midfielder Meghan Klingenberg.

Other veterans on the roster include Shannon Boxx, Rachel Buehler (who earned her 50th cap in China), Stephanie Cox, Amy LePeilbet, Heather Mitts, Heather O’Reilly and Lindsay Tarpley, who scored the winning goal against Canada at the Four Nations, her first for the USA since coming back from a major knee injury suffered in the summer of 2009.

Joining Solo and Barnhart are young goalkeepers Ashlyn Harris, Henninger and Alyssa Naeher, both of whom are working toward their first senior team caps. Henninger, a rising senior at Santa Clara, rising UCLA senior Leroux and rising Boston College junior Kristie Mewis, the USA’s top two attackers on the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Team, are the only players in camp with college eligibility remaining.

The U.S. women were based in Orlando, Fla., during Residency Training Camps for the 1995 and 1999 Women’s World Cups and the 1996 Olympics but have not trained or played in Florida since 2008, when a post-2008 Olympics Achieve Your Gold match was played in Tampa, Fla. Prior to that, the U.S. women had not been to Florida since February of 2000.

This will be the last domestic training period for the U.S. Women until mid-April.

Training Camp Roster by Position
Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
Feb. 3-9, 2011

GOALKEEPERS (5): Nicole Barnhart (out of contract), Ashlyn Harris (Western New York Flash), Bianca Henninger (Santa Clara), Alyssa Naeher (Boston Breakers), Hope Solo (out of contract)
DEFENDERS (9): Rachel Buehler (Boston Breakers), Stephanie Cox (Boston Breakers), Whitney Engen (Western New York Flash), Amy LePeilbet (Boston Breakers), Heather Mitts (Atlanta Beat), Christie Rampone (out of contract), Becky Sauerbrunn (Washington Freedom), Meghan Schnur (out of contract), Brittany Taylor (Sky Blue FC)
MIDFIELDERS (13): Jordan Angeli (Boston Breakers), Yael Averbuch (Western New York Flash), Shannon Boxx (out of contract), Sinead Farrelly (Philadelphia Independence), Tobin Heath (Sky Blue FC), Meghan Klingenberg (Washington Freedom), Lori Lindsey (Philadelphia Independence), Carli Lloyd (Atlanta Beat), Kristie Mewis (Boston College), Kelley O’Hara (Boston Breakers), Heather O’Reilly (Sky Blue FC), Megan Rapinoe (Philadelphia Independence), Lindsay Tarpley (out of contract)
FORWARDS (5): Lauren Cheney (Boston Breakers), Sydney Leroux (UCLA), Alex Morgan (Western New York Flash), Amy Rodriguez (Philadelphia Independence), Abby Wambach (Washington Freedom)


Ellis Names 30 Players to Camp Roster as New U-20 World Cup Cycle Begins

CHICAGO (Feb. 2, 2007) – U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team’s head coach Jillian Ellis will bring 30 players to participate in the first training camp of the new cycle, running from Feb. 4-11 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.

This will be the first U-20 training camp for Ellis, who previously coached the U.S. Under-21 Women, but also for this group of players, all of whom were born on or after January 1, 1988. The end-goal will be to represent the USA at the 2008 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup to be held in Chile, with dates and venues to be determined. The USA has gone two straight FIFA youth world championships without a title after winning the inaugural FIFA U-19 Women’s World Championship in 2002. The U.S. U-19s finished third in Thailand in 2004 and the U.S. U-20s finished fourth last year in Russia.

“We are going to try to evaluate as many players as we can over the next year,” said Ellis. “Some of the more experienced players in this age group are not coming into this first camp, but that will give us the chance to see more players in the pool and that will help us down the line. We have a little less than year before qualifying, but we’re excited to get the process started.”

The U-20s will play their first international matches of this cycle on a trip to Mexico from Feb. 18-23, facing the full Mexican Women’s National Team in two games. The Mexicans are in preparation for huge Women’s World Cup qualifying playoff matches against Japan in March, with the winner of that two-game series earning the last berth to China for the FIFA Women’s World Cup next September.

Several players who may figure prominently in the team’s preparations for CONCACAF qualifying, tentatively to take place in January of 2008, are injured or involved in college exams. While starting to evaluate the pool, Ellis will also use this training camp to pick players for the Mexico trip, but may also name players to that roster who could not attend this camp due to school commitments.

Three players from the U.S. team that played in the 2006 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Championship are still age-eligible for the 2008 team in midfielder Tobin Heath and forwards Kelly O’Hara and Casey Nogueira. None of the three will be at this first training camp, but Heath and Nogueira participated in the most recent Women’s National Team training camp and Nogueira got her first cap at the senior level in China on Jan. 26 against England at the Four Nations Tournament.

Numerous players in the training camp have seen significant action with the U.S. Under-16 and/or Under-17 National Teams and several completed fine freshman seasons last fall for their colleges. Colorado striker Nikki Marshal scored 17 goals with three assists for the Buffs. Forward Gina DiMartino of Boston College, sister of Tina DiMartino, a midfielder on the 2006 U.S. team that played in Russia, scored 13 goals with five assists for the Eagles. Kendra Chandhoke scored 10 goals with seven assists for the University of Portland while Katie Schoepfer scored eight goals with five assists for Penn State. Emily Beans scored 13 goals with three assists for Colorado College and six-foot goalkeeper Kristin Arnold had a solid season for Texas A&M, starting 23 games and allowing less than a goal a game while picking up eight shutouts.

Twenty-eight players have been confirmed for the camp with two more to be named before the start of training.

GOALKEEPERS (4): Kristin Arnold (Texas A & M), Wendy Balogun (Bowie, Md.), Chantel Jones (Virginia), Lauren Mann (Harvard);
DEFENDERS (7): Brianna Bak (California), Lydia Cook (UCLA), Kelly Eagan (Villanova), Nicole Ketchum (Texas A&M), Meghan Klingenberg (Gibsonia, Pa.), Julie Lancos (Belford, N.J.), Carly Peetz (Nebraska);
MIDFIELDERS (9): Gina Demaio (Rutgers), Becky Edwards (Florida State), Sinead Farrelly (Havertown, Pa.), Kaley Fountain (Wake Forest), Kelly Henderson (Boston College), Christine Nairn (Bowie, Md.), Kristin Stannard (Stanford), Kylie Wright (Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.), Kristy Zurmuhlen (Walpole, N.H.);
FORWARDS (8): Emily Beans (Colorado College), Kendra Chandhoke (Portland), Kiersten Dallstream (Washington State), Gina DiMartino (Boston College), Melissa Henderson (Garland, Texas), Nikki Marshall (Colorado), Elli Reed (Park City, Utah), Katie Schoepfer (Penn State).