CHICAGO (Nov. 29, 2011) â€“ U.S. Womenâ€™s National Team head coach Pia Sundhage has called up 31 players for an 18-day training camp at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., as she continues to evaluate the player pool in preparation for 2012 Olympic qualifying.
The camp in Los Angeles will run from Dec. 3-20 as the U.S. finishes off an eventful year. The team will come together again in early January at The Home Depot Center when Sundhage will again call up 30-plus players for a week of training before selecting a roster of 20 players to participate in the 2012 CONCACAF Womenâ€™s Olympic Qualifying Tournament being held Jan. 19-29 in Vancouver, B.C.
Sundhage named 27 of the 30 players who took part in the USAâ€™s most recent training camp in Arizona prior to its final match of the year, a 1-1 draw with Sweden on Nov. 19 in Glendale, Ariz. Midfielder Tobin Heath scored the USAâ€™s lone goal in that match, the third of her career.
On the roster is goalkeeper Hope Solo, who returns to training camp after missing the Arizona event due to her participation on ABCâ€™s Dancing with the Stars. Sundhage also added three of the nationâ€™s top collegians from this past season in Kristie Mewis of Boston College, Melissa Henderson of Notre Dame and Christine Nairn of Penn State.
Mewis, who has U-17 and U-20 FIFA Womenâ€™s World Cups on her resume, was the 2008 U.S. Soccer Young Female Athlete of the Year and has seen some training time with the senior side this year. She scored eight goals with six assists this season at Boston College. The December training camp will be the first call-up for Henderson to the full team. As a senior, she led the Irish in scoring with 18 goals (giving her 70 for her career) and she is one of the leading scorers for the U.S. Under-23 Womenâ€™s National Team this year. Nairn, who has two full international caps and one goal (a game-winner against Canada in July of 2009), had a phenomenal season for the Lions, notching three goals with a team-high 13 assists. She was a member of the USAâ€™s 2008 U-20 FIFA Womenâ€™s World Cup Team â€“ along with Alex Morgan, Keelin Winters, Sydney Leroux, Meghan Klingenberg and Ingrid Wells â€“ that won the tournament in Chile.
All 21 players from the USAâ€™s 2011 FIFA Womenâ€™s World Cup Team were named to the roster.
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 (out of contract)
MIDFIELDERS (12): Yael Averbuch (out of contract), 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 (out of contract), Megan Rapinoe (out of contract), Ingrid Wells (Georgetown), Keelin Winters (Boston Breakers)
FORWARDS (6): Lauren Cheney (out of contract), Melissa Henderson (Notre Dame), Sydney Leroux (UCLA), Alex Morgan (Western New York Flash), Amy Rodriguez (out of contract), Abby Wambach (out of contract)