Los Angeles Soccer: Leslie Osborne
U.S. women's national team coach Pia Sundhage has a novel plan to prepare for this summer's Women's World Cup without depriving her players' teams of their star players.
She's staging an three-week camp in West Palm Beach, Fla. that begins next Monday, with the players on hand during the week, then joining their Women's Professional Soccer clubs for weekend games.
The 29-player roster has 25 WPS players, three collegians who will attend camp for one week and defender Ali Krieger, who just completed her club season with FFC Frankfurt in Germany, the World Cup host.
Four local products (Redondo Beach's Shannon Boxx, Rolling Hills Estates' Whitney Engen, Diamond Bar's Alex Morgan and Lake Forest's Amy Rodriguez), UCLA stars past (Lauren Cheney) and present (Sydney Leroux), and two veterans who settled in the South Bay (Abby Wambach and Lindsay Tarpley) are on the roster. Sundhage can take 21 players to the June 26-July 17 World Cup.
Two players with local ties -- Hermosa Beach's Lindsay Tarpley and former UCLA star Tina DiMartino -- have been added to the U.S. women's national team roster for its Women's World Cup qualifying playoff against Italy.
Coach Pia Sundhage, who had a 20-player roster for the CONCACAF qualifying tournament in Mexico, has 24 on her list for games Nov. 17 in Padova and Nov. 24 in Bridgeview, Ill. The winner will join the 16-team field for next year's WWC in Germany.
The Americans were sent to the playoff after losing the Mexico -- the biggest upset in modern women's soccer's 40-year history -- in the CONCACAF semifinals.
Tarpley, a midfielder/forward who was a surprise omission from the CONCACAF roster, is making just her second appearance with the team since tearing an anterior cruciate ligaments last year. She won gold medals at the 2004 Athens and 2008 Beijing Olympics and played at the 2007 WWC.