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U.S. Women's National Team Training Camp Notes - Feb. 8, 2008


Thursday, Feb. 7, 2008
U.S. Women’s National Team
Notes from Carson, Calif.

SECOND WEEK OF WNT TRAINING STARTS ON FEB. 9 WITH 26 PLAYERS: After a week of intense training with 35 players at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Pia Sundhage has released 11 players, re-assigned one to the U-23 Women’s National Team, and called up three additional players, making for a group of 26 players that will train from Feb. 9-17 at The HDC. Following the completion of training camp, Sundhage will choose a 20-player roster for the 2008 Algarve Cup, which will be held March 5-12 in southern Portugal. The four matches at Algarve Cup are the next international games for the USA and the final official matches before the USA enters the CONCACAF Final Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament being held April 2-13 in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.

Sauerbrunn to Spain
Sundhage has sent defender Becky Sauerbrunn to play with the U.S. U-23s, who leave for Spain tomorrow, where she will get three excellent matches against top U-23 sides from England, Norway and Germany. In addition, Sundhage released goalkeeper Cori Alexander; defenders Amy LePeilbet, Brittany Taylor, Lindsay Huie and Manya Makoski; midfielders Jen Buczkowski, Tina DiMartino, Sarah Huffman, Noelle Keselica and Joanna Lohman; and forwards Tiffany Weimer and Christie Welsh. Sundhage held 10 of the 23 players who were training with the younger group, including four young players (Tobin Heath, Lauren Cheney, Amy Rodriguez and Angie Woznuk), who were on the roster for the 2008 Four Nations tournament, 2007 WWC team members Heather Mitts, Natasha Kai and Nicole Barnhart, 2004 Olympic gold medalist Kristin Luckenbill, as well as 2007 Residency Training Camp participants Keeley Dowling and India Trotter, both defenders.

Cox, Buehler and White Join Camp
Defender Stephanie Cox, a starter in the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup, joins training camp on Saturday after being given last week off to rest and recuperate. Lopez was the only player on the Women’s World Cup Team who went straight into a collegiate season after the WWC last fall. In addition, defender Rachel Buehler, who was scheduled to travel to Spain with the U-23s but instead will train with the senior team, joins camp along with midfielder Kacey White, who has been playing in Sweden with the AIK club in Stockholm.

United States Women’s National Team Training Camp Roster
Feb. 9-17 – The Home Depot Center
GOALKEEPERS (4): Nicole Barnhart (Gilbertsville, Pa.), Kristen Luckenbill (Paoli, Pa.), Briana Scurry (Dayton, Minn.), Hope Solo (Richland, Wash.);
DEFENDERS (9): Rachel Buehler (Del Mar, Calif.), Stephanie Cox (Elk Grove, Calif.), Keeley Dowling (Carmel, Ind.), Tobin Heath (Basking Ridge, N.J.), Kate Markgraf (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.), Heather Mitts (Cincinnati, Ohio), 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.), Carli Lloyd (Delran, N.J.), Leslie Osborne (Brookfield, Wis.), Lindsay Tarpley (Kalamazoo, Mich.), Kacey White (Arlington, Texas), Angie Woznuk (El Cajon, Calif.);
FORWARDS (5): Lauren Cheney (Indianapolis, Ind.), Natasha Kai (Kahuku, Hawaii), Heather O’Reilly (East Brunswick, N.J.), Amy Rodriguez (Lake Forest, Calif.), Abby Wambach (Rochester, N.Y.).

UP NEXT, THE ALGARVE CUP: The U.S. team will depart in late February for the Algarve Cup, the annual competition which brings together Europe’s top women’s national teams along with regular participants the USA and China. This will be the 15th year of the Algarve Cup, staged on the beautiful southern coast of Portugal, and once again the competition will be fierce as four of the world’s top-five teams will be participating. The USA will face China (March 5), Norway (March 7) and Italy (March 10) in Group B play. Group A is made up of Women’s World Cup champion Germany, Denmark, Sweden, and Finland. The placement matches will be held on March 12. Venues and kickoff times have yet to be confirmed, but fans will be able to follow all the games as they happen on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker.

THE THREE Cs: There are millions of young women in America who would love to get a shot at making a U.S. Women’s National Team roster. Getting called into a training camp is an honor for sure, but it’s only half the battle. Check out the latest WNT all_access video on ussoccer.com to find out what it takes to make a WNT roster, and stick it under the intense competition every day. Given that you have the talent to play at the international level, in talking to the players, it then comes down to Consistency, Confidence and Commitment.

ALY OUT: U.S. midfielder Aly Wagner is recovering from a double hernia surgery and will be off the soccer field for at least a month. Wagner has been slowed by groin injuries for quite a while now, and injuries precluded her from playing much at the 2007 Women’s World Cup. Read more here.

DALMY, TOO: U.S. defender Marian Dalmy, who played all 90 minutes in the USA’s third-place match victory over Norway at the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup, is out for the foreseeable future due to impending knee surgery. We’ll have an update on Dalmy on ussoccer.com in the near future.

BLOG LITE: The U.S. WNT Blog is back, but due to a crazy schedule of trainings, not much has been going on off the field last week, hence the light Blog updates. The WNT blog hopes to get back to its old self next week, but check ussoccer.com today to find out what you’ve missed over the past week or so.

BRAZIL vs. GHANA OR NIGERIA: FIFA has announced that the playoff for the final spot in the 2008 Olympics, between South American runner-up Brazil (yes, they lost to Argentina in the title game of the last South American women’s championships) and the African runner-up (which will be Nigeria or Ghana) will take place in Beijing, China, on April 19, the day before the Final Draw for the Olympics. The winner-take-all match for the Olympic berth will be held at the Workers’ Stadium in Beijing. The Olympic soccer competition will be contested in five Chinese cities: Beijing, Shanghai, Tianjin, Shenyang and Qinhuangdao.

Stat of Note
U.S. midfielder/forward Lindsay Tarpley already has four goals in just three games so far in 2007, half of her all-time yearly high of eight, scored in 2004.
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