Thursday, February 2, 2012
28 players named to camp leading to US Women's match at FC Dallas Stadium
Pia Sundhage has named 28 players for a training camp prior to the team's first domestic match of the year against New Zealand on Feb. 11 at FC Dallas Stadium in Frisco, Texas. After a week of training, Sundhage will name 18 players to suit up for the game that will pit two participants from the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup, and should New Zealand earn Oceania's lone berth to London, two of the 12 teams that will be at the this summer's Olympics, as well. The match will kick off at 3 p.m. CT. More than 14,000 tickets have already been sold for the venue that seats 20,500 fans.
"It is always good to play a World Cup team," said Sundhage. "There were many positives to take out of Olympic Qualifying in Canada and one of those was the depth of the team. We have many talented players and the challenge for the coaching staff will be figuring out the best combination of players as we continue to prepare for the Olympics. A good week of training in Texas, followed by match against a quality opponent like New Zealand, certainly helps in that process."
U.S. Women's National Team Roster by Position - Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (4): Nicole Barnhart, Ashlyn Harris, Jill Loyden, Hope Solo
DEFENDERS (8): Rachel Buehler, Stephanie Cox, Whitney Engen, Amy LePeilbet, Heather Mitts, Kelley O'Hara, Christie Rampone, Becky Sauerbrunn
MIDFIELDERS (12): Yael Averbuch, Shannon Boxx, Tobin Heath, Meghan Klingenberg, Lori Lindsey, Carli Lloyd, Kristie Mewis, Christine Nairn, Heather O'Reilly, Megan Rapinoe, Amy Rodriguez, Keelin Winters
FORWARDS (4): Lauren Cheney, Sydney Leroux, Alex Morgan, Abby Wambach