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27 Players Called in for Two-Week Camp at The Home Depot Center as U.S. Women Prepare for Peace Queen Cup in South Korea

CHICAGO (May 19, 2008) – U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Pia Sundhage will bring 27 players to a two-week training camp at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., starting Monday, May 19, and running through Monday, June 2.

At the end of the camp, Sundhage will choose a 20-player roster to compete in the 2008 Peace Queen Cup in South Korea, where the U.S. will play Australia (June 15), Brazil (June 17) and Italy (June 19). If the USA wins the group, it will play for the Peace Queen Cup title on June 21. The U.S. leaves for South Korea on June 8. All the USA’s group matches will be played in Suwon, South Korea. For a complete 2008 Peace Queen Cup schedule, go to

Two players currently recovering from minor surgery – goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart (knee) and captain Christie Rampone (gall bladder) – will join the camp should they be fit enough to participate. Defender Keeley Dowling and midfielder Angie Woznuk return to camp after missing action while recovering from back injuries.

With Barnhart sidelined, Sundhage has called in 2004 Olympic gold medalist Kristin Luckenbill to join Hope Solo and Briana Scurry in the U.S. net.

Sundhage has also called in one player who has yet to see training camp action, giving a look to uncapped defender Kendall Fletcher, a former UNC star and veteran of the U.S. U-21 Women’s National Team.

Defender Ali Krieger, who is currently playing for FFC Frankfurt, the top women’s club in Germany and one of the best in Europe, will join camp on May 25 after she is released from club duty. Krieger earned her first two caps for the U.S. in January at the Four Nations Tournament in China.

The reminder of the training camp roster is made up of the players who helped the USA to three wins on its recent domestic tour, downing Australia, 3-2, on April 27 and, 5-4, on May 3, and rolling over Canada, 6-0, on May 10. Twelve different players have scored goals for the USA in 2008, led by Natasha Kai with 10 goals, while Abby Wambach and Lindsay Tarpley have nine each.

This will be the second edition of the Peace Queen Cup, with the USA winning the inaugural tournament in 2006. The competition, which also features North Korea, South Korea, Canada and Argentina, is extremely well-organized and one of the most competitive women’s tournaments in the world leading into the Olympics.

Training Camp Roster
May 19 - June 2, 2008 – The Home Depot Center – Carson, Calif.

Player Pos. Ht. DOB Hometown College Caps/Goals
Boxx, Shannon M 5-8 06/29/77 Redondo Beach, Calif. Notre Dame 89/18
Buehler, Rachel D 5-5 08/26/85 Del Mar, Calif. Stanford 8/0
Chalupny, Lori D 5-4 01/29/84 St. Louis, Mo. UNC 66/6
Cheney, Lauren F 5-8 09/30/87 Indianapolis, Ind. UCLA 9/3
Cox, Stephanie D 5-6 04/03/86 Elk Grove, Calif. Portland 40/0
Dowling, Keeley D 5-8 02/17/83 Carmel, Ind. Tennessee 0/0
Fletcher, Kendall D 5-6 11/11/84 Cary, N.C. UNC 0/0
Heath, Tobin M 5-6 05/29/88 Basking Ridge, N.J. UNC 10/2
Hucles, Angela M 5-7 07/05/78 Virginia Beach, Va. Virginia 80/6
Kai, Natasha F 5-8 05/22/83 Kahuku, Hawaii Hawaii 45/18
Krieger, Ali D 5-6 07/28/84 Dumfries, Va. Penn State 2/0
Lloyd, Carli M 5-8 07/16/82 Delran, N.J. Rutgers 58/15
Luckenbill, Kristin GK 5-9 05/28/79 Paoli, Pa. Dartmouth 14
Markgraf, Kate D 5-7 08/23/76 Bloomfield Hills, Mich. Notre Dame 178/0
Mitts, Heather D 5-5 06/09/78 Cincinnati, Ohio Florida 74/2
O'Reilly, Heather F 5-5 01/02/85 East Brunswick, N.J. UNC 86/19
Osborne, Leslie M 5-8 05/27/83 Brookfield, Wis. Santa Clara 60/3
Rodriguez, Amy F 5-4 02/17/87 Lake Forest, Calif. USC 17/3
Scurry, Briana GK 5-8 09/07/71 Dayton, Minn. Massachusetts 170
Solo, Hope GK 5-9 07/30/81 Richland, Wash. Washington 61
Tarpley, Lindsay M 5-6 09/22/83 Kalamazoo, Mich. UNC 93/26
Trotter, India F 5-8 03/10/85 Plantation, Fla. Florida State 2/0
Wagner, Aly M 5-5 08/10/80 San Jose, Calif. Santa Clara 117/21
Wambach, Abby F 5-11 06/02/80 Rochester, N.Y. Florida 119/95
White, Kacey M 5-4 04/27/84 Arlington, Texas UNC 6/0
Whitehill, Cat D 5-7 02/10/82 Birmingham, Ala. UNC 129/11
Woznuk, Angie M 5-5 03/29/85 El Cajon, Calif. Portland 6/1

Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Kristin Luckenbill (Paoli, Pa.), Briana Scurry (Dayton, Minn.), Hope Solo (Richland, Wash.);
DEFENDERS (9): Rachel Buehler (Del Mar, Calif.), Lori Chalupny (St. Louis, Mo.), Stephanie Cox (Elk Grove, Calif.), Keeley Dowling (Carmel, Ind.), Kendall Fletcher (Cary, N.C.), Ali Krieger (Dumfries, Va.), Kate Markgraf (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.), Heather Mitts (Cincinnati, Ohio), Cat Whitehill (Birmingham, Ala.);
MIDFIELDERS (9): Shannon Boxx (Redondo Beach, Calif.), Tobin Heath (Basking Ridge, N.J.), Angela Hucles (Virginia Beach, Va.), Carli Lloyd (Delran, N.J.), Leslie Osborne (Brookfield, Wis.), Lindsay Tarpley (Kalamazoo, Mich.), Aly Wagner (San Jose, Calif.), Kacey White (Arlington, Texas), Angie Woznuk (El Cajon, Calif.);
FORWARDS (6): Lauren Cheney (Indianapolis, Ind.), Natasha Kai (Kahuku, Hawaii), Heather O’Reilly (East Brunswick, N.J.), Amy Rodriguez (Lake Forest, Calif.), India Trotter (Plantation, Fla.), Abby Wambach (Rochester, N.Y.).

Team Staff:
Head Coach: Pia Sundhage; Redondo Beach, Calif.
Asst. Coach: Jillian Ellis; Los Angeles, Calif.
Asst. Coach: Erica Walsh; State College, Pa.
GK Coach: Phil Wheddon; Monroe, Conn.
Sports Science/Fitness Coach: Helena Andersson Orebro, Sweden
General Manager: Cheryl Bailey; Redondo Beach, Calif.
Athletic Trainer: Gigi Garcia; Miami, Fla.
Athletic Trainer: Michele Gould; Wilmington, De.
Equipment Manager: Andrew Dessert; Kansas City, Mo.
Massage Therapist: Mark Higgins; Chicago, Ill.
Massage Therapist: Scott Street; Virginia Beach, Va.
Massage Therapist: Jerrod Fritz; Charleston, S.C.
Videographer: Noelle Jouglet; San Diego, Calif.
Videographer: Libby Wells; San Diego, Calif.
Team Security: Mark Pharris; Atlanta, Ga.
Press Officer: Aaron Heifetz; Cypress, Calif.