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Ryan Pares WNT Residency Camp Roster to 24 as USA Prepares for Send-Off Series

CHICAGO (June 4, 2007) - U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Greg Ryan has reduced the Residency Training Camp roster to 24 players as the team makes final preparations for its six-game 2007 Women’s National Send-Off Series, commencing on June 16 against China at Cleveland Browns Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio (7 p.m. ET on’s MatchACCESS).

The U.S. team begins its next training block at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., on June 6 and will travel with all 24 players to Cleveland on June 11 and to New Jersey/New York for the match against Brazil on June 23 at Giants Stadium (5 p.m. ET live on ESPN2).

Ryan will name 18 players to suit up for each match. To get to 24, Ryan released forwards Lauren Cheney and Megan Rapinoe and goalkeepers Kristin Luckenbill and Kim Bingham, while injured players Heather Mitts and Amy LePeilbet, both defenders, and goalkeeper Jenni Branam will not be healthy in time to be selected for the 21-player U.S. Women’s World Cup Team.

In all likelihood, the Women’s World Cup roster will come from the 24 players coming into camp on June 6. Ryan has also re-called goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart, who joins Hope Solo and Briana Scurry to form the USA’s goalkeeper trio.

U.S. Women’s National Team Residency Camp Roster – June 6-23, 2007
GOALKEEPERS (3): Nicole Barnhart (Gilbertsville, Pa.), Briana Scurry (Dayton, Minn.), Hope Solo (Richland, Wash.)
DEFENDERS (7): Marian Dalmy (Lakewood, Colo.), Tina Ellertson (Vancouver, Wash.), Stephanie Lopez (Elk Grove, Calif.), Kate Markgraf (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.), Christie Rampone (Point Pleasant, N.J.), India Trotter (Plantation, Fla.), Cat Whitehill (Birmingham, Ala.)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Shannon Boxx (Redondo Beach, Calif.), Lori Chalupny (St. Louis, Mo.), Angela Hucles (Virginia Beach, Va.), Marci Jobson (St. Charles, Ill.), Carli Lloyd (Delran, N.J.), Joanna Lohman (Silver Spring, Md.), Leslie Osborne (Brookfield, Wis.), Aly Wagner (San Jose, Calif.)
FORWARDS (6): Natasha Kai (Kahuku, Hawaii), Kristine Lilly (Wilton, Conn.), Heather O’Reilly (East Brunswick, N.J.), Lindsay Tarpley (Kalamazoo, Mich.), Abby Wambach (Rochester, N.Y.), Christie Welsh (Massapequa Park, N.Y.).