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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.

UNITED STATES WOMEN’S NATIONAL SOCCER TEAM
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)

 

U-21 WNT Heads to Manchester, England for Three Matches

CHICAGO (March 5, 2007) - The U.S. Under-21 Women’s National Team will travel to England March 9 through the 18 for its first matches abroad since the 2006 Nordic Cup in Norway. U.S. head coach Bill Irwin will bring 18 players over the pond for three matches against top English clubs as the USA will square off against Blackburn on March 13, Everton on March 14 and Leeds on March 15, which features at least seven England internationals including several first-choice players. The U.S. team will also get the rare treat of taking in a Manchester United match at Old Trafford as the Red Devils take on Bolton Wanders on March 17. Nine players on the roster were members of the U.S. team that played at the 2006 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Championship, where the team finished in fourth place. Irwin played 17 years of professional soccer, including eight seasons in England with Cardiff City, winning several Welsh Cups, and played in the European Cup Winner’s Cup competition, before moving to the United States in 1978 where he played seven seasons in the NASL.

U-21 WNT Schedule
Date            Opponent
March 13     Blackburn Ladies
March 14     Everton Ladies
March 15     Leeds Ladies

U-21 WNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Kelsey Davis (Portland), Val Henderson (UCLA);
DEFENDERS (6): Jordan Angeli (Santa Clara), Marian Dalmy (Santa Clara), Nikki Krzysik (Virgina), Stephanie Logterman (Texas), Meghan Schnur (UConn), Brittany Taylor (UConn)
MIDFIELDERS (5): Brittany Bock (Notre Dame), Tina DiMartino (UCLA), Ali Krieger (Penn State), Amanda Poach (Santa Clara), Kylee Rossi (Tennesee)
FORWARDS (5): Amanda Cinalli (Notre Dame), Kerri Hanks (Notre Dame), Ella Masar (Illinois), Amy Rodriguez (USC), Michele Weissenhofer (Notre Dame)

U.S. U-21 Women Bring 24 Players to HDC Training Camp

U.S. Under-21 Women’s National Team head coach Bill Irwin will bring 24 players to a training camp at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., running from February 17-23. Among several scrimmages, the U-21s will play a pair of games against WNT head coach Greg Ryan’s senior side on Sunday, Feb. 18, at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Seven of the players on the U-21 roster were members of the U.S. team that participated in the 2006 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Championship. Irwin will use this camp in part to formulate a roster that will travel to England from March 9-18 where the U-21s will play several top English women’s clubs.

Roster by Position
GOALKEEPERS (2): Joanna Haig (Louisville), Dianne Pfenniger (Texas)
DEFENDERS (7): Marissa Abegg (Stanford), Erin Hardy (UCLA), Nikki Krzysik (Virginia), Stephanie Logterman (Texas), Kasey Moore (Texas), Hillary Schwarzbach (Santa Clara), Sue Weber (Hofstra)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Brittany Bock (Notre Dame), Tina DiMartino (UCLA), Carly Dobratz (Washington State), Kara Kabellis (Wisconsin), Ali Krieger (Penn State), Lisa Sari (Portland), Meghan Schnur (UConn), Laura Robinson (Texas A&M)
FORWARDS (7): Kiki Bosio (Santa Clara), Kylie Rossi (Tennessee), Ella Masar (Illinois), Jessica Okorafo (Purdue), Rachel Rapinoe (Portland), Jessica Rostedt (Virginia), Michele Weissenhofer (Notre Dame)

A fine WPS season led to her first call-up for training camps during the fall of 2009 … One of the few true left-footers in the WNT player pool … Youth National Teams: Played for the U.S. Under-21 Women’s National Team in 2007 and for the U-23s in 2008, starting three games as the USA took first at the Nordic Cup in Sweden … Ended her U-21/U-23 career with seven caps … Was a member of the U-19 Women’s National Team pool starting in 2002, but made a late run to make the final roster for 2004 FIFA U-19 Women’s World Cup Thailand, where she played in one match … Played in five total matches in 2004 leading into the World Championship, scoring two goals, including one against China’s U-19s on a tour of Shanghai … In 2003, she played in 10 total games for the U-19s, including six full internationals and scored once in a 4-0 win against the German U-19s … Played for the U.S. U-17s from 2000-2002 and for the U.S. U-16s from 1999-2000 … First Appearance: None ... First Goal: None.
2009: Taken in the second round, 11th overall, by Sky Blue FC and helped the club to a fourth-place regular season finish and a berth to the playoffs, where she played a key role in the Cinderella run to the WPS title … Played in all 20 matches for SBFC, totaling 1,751 minutes, and notching two assists … Played every minute of all three playoff matches … Etc.: Played five seasons for the New England Mutiny of the WPSL during the summers from 2004-2008 … During the 2007 season with the Mutiny, she played in all twelve regular season contests, scoring eight goals and had nine assists for 25 points, leading the Mutiny in all three categories and was named to the 2007 All-WPSL First Team … In 2005, she was named the WPSL East Division MVP after scoring seven goals with six assists, good for third in the league … Attended Butler High School where she earned four varsity letters in soccer and one in track and field … Named the Gatorade Pennsylvania Player of the Year as well as the Pennsylvania State Player of the Year as a senior … Played from U-11s to U-19s for the Beadling SC.

Full name is Meghan Elisabeth Schnur … Earned her undergraduate and master’s degrees at UConn in an integrated bachelor’s/master’s program for physical therapy … During the 2009 WPS season, she did an internship at JAG PT, a physical therapy clinic in New Jersey … Likes to read, go on long drives and attempt to snowboard … Captained her high school track team for two years that won a sectional championship … Took first place in the WPIAL 800-meter run and 3,200-meter relay … A member of the National Honor Society and named Academic All-American … Father is the principal at Butler High School and her mother is a teacher.

Scored 28 goals with 20 assists and 68 points during her career at UConn from 2003-2007 and was an NSCAA All-American and Academic All-American during her senior season when she scored four game-winning goals … As a sophomore, scored seven goals with four assist and was named to the All-Big East First Team while also being named Big East Midfielder of the Year … Had a great freshman year at UConn in 2003, playing in 23 games while starting 22 and helping the Huskies to the NCAA Final Four … Finished second in the Big East and on the team in assists, and tied for third on the squad with five goals … Was a Big East First-Team selection and selected as Co-Big East Rookie of the Year ... Finished third on the team in points with 19 points ... Scored the game-tying penalty kick in UConn’s 3-2 victory against defending national champion Portland ... Netted the game-winner against Central Connecticut in only her second collegiate game … Was All-Section, All-WPIAL, All-State, All-Region, McDonald’s All-American and Parade All-American at Butler High School.

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