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Christine Nairn Replaces Jill Oakes on WNT Roster

CHICAGO (Jan. 16, 2009) – Midfielder Christine Nairn has replaced Jill Oakes on the U.S. Women’s National Team roster that will start a 17-day training camp on Jan. 20 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.

Oakes, a member of the U.S. team that won the 2002 FIFA U-19 Women’s World Cup, had to withdraw from camp due to a knee injury and has been replaced by a member of the USA’s most recent youth world champions.

Nairn, 18, played in all six matches for the USA at the 2008 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Chile, starting in the semifinal and final, while playing a vital role in the midfield during the American’s run through the knockout games. She registered the assist on the USA’s first goal in the 3-0 quarterfinal victory over England, sending a pin-point cross for Keelin Winters to head home for the game’s first goal.

The 5-foot-6 Nairn, who hails from Bowie, Md., was the youngest member of the U-20 Women’s World Cup Team and will be the youngest player in WNT camp. She delayed her enrollment as a freshman at Penn State last fall to focus on preparations for the U-20 Women’s World Cup, but recently started her first semester of college. Nairn, who is age-eligible for the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, has earned 11 caps so far with the U.S. U-20s and has extensive experience with younger U.S. youth national teams as well.

Following the training camp, U.S. head coach Pia Sundhage will choose an 18-player roster to participate in the annual Algarve Cup in Portugal, this year running from March 4-11.