U.S. Team Will Train at IMG Academies from April 18-30
CHICAGO (April 13, 2012) – U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Pia Sundhage has named 27 players for a training camp being held in Bradenton, Fla., from April 18-30. The camp will serve as preparation for the 2012 Olympics as Sundhage continues the evaluation process to select the 18-player roster that will travel to London.
With no official match attached to the camp, the U.S. team will train intensely for almost two weeks as it focuses on the next full international match against China on May 27 at PPL Park in Chester, Pa. More than 9,000 tickets have already been sold for the match, which kicks off at 7 p.m. ET. Tickets starting at $22 are on sale through ussoccer.com, by phone at 1-800-298-4200 and at the PPL Park ticket office (open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET). Groups of 20 or more can obtain an order form at ussoccer.com or call 312-528-1290.
The roster includes all 23 players who traveled to Japan for the Kirin Challenge Cup, where the USA drew the hosts 1-1 and defeated Brazil 3-0. Sundhage has brought back in midfielder Kristie Mewis, midfielder Keelin Winters and goalkeeper Jill Loyden and is giving a first-ever call-up to forward Christen Press, the 2011 MAC Hermann Trophy winner from Stanford. Press is currently playing in Sweden’s top division for Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC.
U.S. Women’s National Team Roster by Position
GOALKEEPERS (4): Nicole Barnhart, Ashlyn Harris, Jill Loyden, Hope Solo
DEFENDERS (9): Rachel Buehler, Stephanie Cox, Whitney Engen, Meghan Klingenberg, Amy LePeilbet, Heather Mitts, Kelley O’Hara, Christie Rampone, Becky Sauerbrunn
MIDFIELDERS (9): Shannon Boxx, Tobin Heath, Lori Lindsey, Carli Lloyd, Kristie Mewis, Heather O’Reilly, Megan Rapinoe, Amy Rodriguez, Keelin Winters
FORWARDS (5): Lauren Cheney, Sydney Leroux, Alex Morgan, Christen Press, Abby Wambach
“It’s a camp where we do a lot of training, fight through it and see how hard we are working,” said U.S. midfielder Shannon Boxx. “We don’t have to taper for a game during this camp so we can do a lot more double days and spend some more hours on the field. We know we are going to feel tired at times, but this is a great chance to push ourselves and get more fit, as well. This camp will be about mentality, about improving fitness and having the time to work on specific things to continue to build our team.”
The USA will be training at IMG Academies, which is the home base for the U.S. U-17 Residency Program.
Following the May 27 match against China, the U.S. Women face Canada on June 30 at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah. This is the final home match for the U.S. before the London Olympics. Kickoff is set for 12 p.m. MT and the match will be broadcast live on NBC. Fans will also be able to follow the match on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and via Twitter @ussoccer_wnt.
Tickets starting at $22 are available through ussoccer.com, by phone at 801-727-2700 (Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. MT) and at the Rio Tinto Stadium ticket office (open Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.). Groups of 20 or more can obtain an order form at ussoccer.com or call 312-528-1290. Ultimate Fan Tickets (special VIP packages that include a premium ticket, a customized official U.S. National Team jersey with name and number, VIP access to the field before and after the game, and other unique benefits) are also available now exclusively through ussoccer.com.
U.S. Women’s National Team Roster Notes:
- The U.S. Women last trained in Florida in April of 2011, spending a few weeks in West Palm Beach.
- The U.S. WNT is 10-1-1 in 2012, having scored 55 goals and allowed five.
- Pia Sundhage called in four uncapped players in goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris, midfielders Kristie Mewis and Keelin Winters and forward Christen Press.
- Team captain Christie Rampone is by far the most capped player on the roster with 256 and she is firmly in fourth place on the all-time U.S. WNT caps list.
- With 22 career goals, Alex Morgan is inching her way up the all-time U.S. goal scoring chart. She will need to get to 30 to get into the top-15 all-time.
- Mewis, a Boston College college junior, is the youngest player on the roster at 21.
- Temperatures are expected to be in the 80s for training in Bradenton.