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U.S. WNT Begins Residency Training Camp with 32 Players on April 2 at HDC


CHICAGO (March 29, 2007) – The U.S. Women’s National Team will begin Residency Training Camp on April 2 as 32 players come to The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. for a four-month period that will lead into the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup in China. 

The USA will be based in Carson for four months, breaking camp at the end of July, while August will feature games and training camps before the U.S. team departs at the end of the month for China and the Women's World Cup, which will be held Sept. 10-30.

This will be the seventh incarnation of Residency Training Camp for the U.S. women, which also underwent similar training periods before the 1995 Women’s World Cup, the 1996 Olympics, the 1999 Women’s World Cup, the 2000 Olympics, the 2004 Olympics, and last year, which was the first time Residency Training Camp did not coincide with a world championship.

The U.S. team will be in and out of Residency Training Camp quite frequently due to the travel schedule necessitated by the eight domestic matches the team will play before the Women’s World Cup (schedule). While in camp at The HDC, the team will train almost daily, with full-field matches, functional training, individual sessions and weight training all a part of the Residency Camp schedule.

The USA will be at The HDC for eight days to start the Residency Training Camp before traveling East for its first domestic match of the year, opening the 2007 home schedule vs. Mexico (tickets) on April 14 in Foxborough, Mass., in a double header with the New England Revolution and Toronto FC. The schedule continues with a match against Canada (tickets) on May 12 in Frisco, Texas. The USA will wear pink uniforms in that match to benefit breast cancer awareness.

The USA will then embark on a six-game 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup Send-Off Series, starting against China (tickets) on June 16 in Cleveland and continuing against Brazil (tickets) on June 23 in East Rutherford, N.J. in a re-match of the 2004 Olympic gold medal game.

The Residency Camp roster will fluctuate during the year as players on “trial” will move in and out of camp. In addition, numerous players with college eligibility remaining will also train. There are five college players who are slated to start 2007 Residency Training Camp with the U.S. team. Danesha Adams (UCLA), the 2006 U.S. Soccer Young Female Athlete of the Year, and her Bruin running mate Lauren Cheney, who scored 19 goals as a freshman last fall and got her first senior team cap this year, will both be in camp. The Pac-10 and the WCC will also be well represented as defenders Rachel Buehler (Stanford) and Stephanie Lopez (Portland), a rising star at outside back for the USA, will start training on April 2. Forward Kelley O’Hara (Stanford), one of the most effective players on the U.S. team that played in the 2006 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Championship, is the youngest of the 32 players in Residency Camp. The 18-year-old O’Hara is age-eligible for the next U-20 Women’s World Cup in 2008.

The Residency Camp roster is a mixture of veteran players, some of whom have been through multiple Residency Camp periods, and young players who are entering their first Residency environment. The roster includes twelve 2004 Olympic gold medallists, including team captain Kristine Lilly, the most capped player in the history of international soccer and the world’s second all-time leading scorer behind Mia Hamm.

The Residency Training Camps have proved to be an invaluable training ground for many young players who have used the intense environment as a springboard to becoming impact players for the U.S. Women’s National Team. Young players like forwards Lindsay Tarpley and Heather O’Reilly, both of whom made the 2004 Olympic team and scored in the tournament, as well as Leslie Osborne, Carli Lloyd, Lori Chalupny, Lopez and Natasha Kai, have all grown tremendously with their recent Residency Camp experiences.

Two goalkeepers come into camp after an extended absence from the team in former Stanford star Nicole Barnhart and 2004 Olympic gold medalist Kristin Luckenbill. They join Hope Solo and Briana Scurry to form a five-goalkeeper corps, however, Jenni Branam will not be training until she rehabilitates from injuries. Defender Amy LePeilbet, who is coming back from ACL surgery, will also be a part of Residency Training Camp as she continues her return to form.

UNITED STATES WOMEN’S NATIONAL SOCCER TEAM
2007 Residency Camp Roster
April - 2007


Player Pos. Ht. DOB Hometown College Caps/Goals
Adams, Danesha F 5-6  06/06/86  Shaker Heights, Ohio UCLA   1/0
Barnhart, Nicole GK 5-10  10/10/81  Gilbertsville, Pa. Stanford  3
Boxx, Shannon M 5-8  06/29/77  Redondo Beach, Calif. Notre Dame 62/14
Branam, Jenni GK 5-7  10/08/80  Placentia, Calif. UNC   6
Buehler, Rachel D 5-5  08/26/85  Del Mar, Calif.  Stanford  0/0 
Chalupny, Lori D 5-4  01/29/84  St. Louis, Mo. UNC   36/3
Cheney, Lauren F 5-8  09/30/87  Indianapolis, Ind. UCLA   1/0
Dowling, Keeley D 5-8  02/17/83  Carmel, Ind. Tennessee  0/0
Ellertson, Tina D 5-9  05/20/82  Vancouver, Wash. Washington  21/0
Hucles, Angela M 5-7  07/05/78  Virginia Beach, Va. Virginia  64/5
Kai, Natasha F 5-8  05/22/83  Kahuku, Hawaii Hawaii    23/7
LePeilbet, Amy D 5-7  03/12/82  Crystal Lake, Ill. Arizona State 23/0
Lilly, Kristine F 5-4  07/22/71  Wilton, Conn.  UNC   323/119
Lloyd, Carli M 5-8  07/16/82  Delran, N.J. Rutgers   28/5
Lohman, Joanna M 5-5  06/26/82  Silver Spring, Md. Penn State 9/0
Lopez, Stephanie D 5-6  04/03/86  Elk Grove, Calif. Portland 16/0 
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 156/0
Mitts, Heather D 5-5  06/09/78  Cincinnati, Ohio Florida   69/2
O’Hara, Kelley F 5-5  08/04/88  Fayetteville, Ga. Stanford  0/0  
O’Reilly, Heather F 5-5  01/02/85  East Brunswick, N.J. UNC   57/9
Osborne, Leslie M 5-8  05/27/83  Brookfield, Wis. Santa Clara 36/2
Rampone, Christie D 5-6  06/24/75  Point Pleasant, N.J. Monmouth  160/4
Jobson, Marci M 5-7  12/04/75  St. Charles, Ill. SMU   14/0
Scurry, Briana GK 5-8  09/07/71  Dayton, Minn. UMass   160
Solo, Hope GK 5-9  07/30/81  Richland, Wash. Washington  42
Tarpley, Lindsay F 5-6  09/22/83  Kalamazoo, Mich. UNC   65/13
Trotter, India D 5-8  03/10/85  Plantation, Fla. Florida State 2/0
Wagner, Aly M 5-5  08/10/80  San Jose, Calif. Santa Clara 111/21
Wambach, Abby F 5-11  06/02/80  Rochester, N.Y. Florida  88/68
White, Kacey F 5-4  04/24/84  Arlington, Texas UNC             2/0
Whitehill, Cat D 5-5  02/10/82    Birmingham, Ala. UNC             106/11
             

GOALKEEPERS (5): Nicole Barnhart (Gilbertsville, Pa.), Jenni Branam (Placentia, Calif.), Kristin Luckenbill (Paoli, Pa.), Briana Scurry (Dayton, Minn.), Hope Solo (Richland, Wash.);
DEFENDERS (11): Rachel Buehler (Del Mar, Calif.), Lori Chalupny (St. Louis, Mo.), Keeley Dowling (Carmel, Ind.), Tina Ellertson (Vancouver, Wash.), Amy LePeilbet (Crystal Lake, Ill.), Stephanie Lopez (Elk Grove, Calif.), Kate Markgraf (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.), Heather Mitts (Cincinnati, Ohio), Christie Rampone (Point Pleasant, N.J.), India Trotter (Plantation, Fla.), Cat Whitehill (Birmingham, Ala.);
MIDFIELDERS (7): Shannon Boxx (Redondo Beach, Calif.), Angela Hucles (Virginia Beach, Va.), Carli Lloyd (Delran, N.J.), Joanna Lohman (Silver Spring, Md.), Marci Jobson (St. Charles, Ill.), Leslie Osborne (Brookfield, Wis.), Aly Wagner (San Jose, Calif.);
FORWARDS (9): Danesha Adams (Shaker Heights, Ohio), Lauren Cheney (Indianapolis, Ind.), Natasha Kai (Kahuku, Hawaii), Kristine Lilly (Wilton, Conn.), Kelley O’Hara (Fayetteville, Ga.), Heather O’Reilly (East Brunswick, N.J.), Lindsay Tarpley (Kalamazoo, Mich.), Abby Wambach (Rochester, N.Y.), Kacey White (Arlington, Texas).

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