20-Player Olympic Qualifying Roster Will Be Chosen After Nine Days of Training at The HDC
CHICAGO (Jan. 2, 2012) â€“ U.S. Womenâ€™s National Team head coach Pia Sundhage has called up 29 players for nine days of training at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., before the team leaves for the 2012 CONCACAF Womenâ€™s Olympic Qualifying Tournament being held in Vancouver, Canada. from Jan. 19-29.
The camp in Los Angeles will run from Jan. 7-15 as the U.S. Women kick off the year with an important training period after which Sundhage will choose a 20-player roster for Olympic Qualifying. All 29 players called up for this camp participated in the USAâ€™s December training camp at The HDC.
Of the 29 players called up, 12 participated in qualifying for the 2008 Olympics during a tournament held in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, in April of 2008. The USA won that tournament, defeating Canada in penalty kicks in the championship game after earning its berth to Beijing with a 3-0 victory over Costa Rica in the semifinal during a match played in a dust storm. The WNT will have no such issues in Vancouver as all the games will be played indoors on an artificial surface.
In Vancouver, the USA will open Group B play against the Dominican Republic on Friday, Jan. 20 -- the second match day of the competition -- squaring off against the Caribbean nation at 7:30 p.m. PT. The U.S. will then face Guatemala on Sunday, Jan. 22 (4:30 p.m. PT) and finish group play against Mexico on Tuesday, Jan. 24 (7:30 p.m. PT). Host Canada heads Group A, which also features Costa Rica, Cuba and Haiti. The matches will be broadcast on the Universal Sports Network and Telemundo. The release of a broadcast schedule is forthcoming.
All the matches of the tournament will be played at the newly renovated BC Place. The group winners and runners-up will play in the all-important semifinals on Friday, Jan. 27, with the winners of those games qualifying for the Olympics. The championship game will be played on Sunday, Jan. 29. All the group games and the semifinals will be played in double-header formats.
The U.S. Womenâ€™s National Team will face New Zealand on Feb. 11 at FC Dallas Stadium in Frisco, Texas. Tickets for the international friendly start at $18 and go on sale to the public Friday, Jan. 6, at 10 a.m. CT through ussoccer.com, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and at all Ticketmaster ticket centers throughout the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex (including Walmart and Fiesta stores).
U.S. Womenâ€™s National Team Roster by Position: Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (4): Nicole Barnhart (out of contract), Ashlyn Harris (Western New York Flash), Jill Loyden (out of contract), Hope Solo (out of contract)
DEFENDERS (9): Rachel Buehler (out of contract), Stephanie Cox (out of contract), Whitney Engen (Western New York Flash), Meghan Klingenberg (Boston Breakers), Ali Krieger (FFC Frankfurt), Amy LePeilbet (out of contract), Heather Mitts (out of contract), Christie Rampone (out of contract), Becky Sauerbrunn (Sky Blue FC)
MIDFIELDERS (11): Shannon Boxx (out of contract), Tobin Heath (out of contract), Lori Lindsey (out of contract), Carli Lloyd (out of contract), Kristie Mewis (Boston College), Christine Nairn (Penn State), Kelley Oâ€™Hara (out of contract), Heather Oâ€™Reilly (Boston Breakers), Megan Rapinoe (out of contract), Ingrid Wells (FC GÃ¶teborg), Keelin Winters (Boston Breakers)
FORWARDS (5): Lauren Cheney (out of contract), Sydney Leroux (UCLA), Alex Morgan (Western New York Flash), Amy Rodriguez (out of contract), Abby Wambach (out of contract)