Heather Mitts on training roster
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Defender Heather Mitts and goalkeeper Jill Loyden have returned from injuries and been included among 29 players invited to a U.S. women's team training camp ahead of the World Cup.
Mitts (hamstring) and Loyden (broken hand) had been sidelined since January.
The team will train at West Palm Beach from April 18-May 6.
Three of the 29 are college players who will attend the camp for just one week: UCLA forward Sydney Leroux, Boston College midfielder Kristie Mewis (April 18-22) and Penn State midfielder Christine Nairn (April 25-29).
At the World Cup in Germany, the Americans open against North Korea on June 28, then play Colombia on July 2 and Sweden on July 6. Japan plays New Zealand on June 27, Mexico on July 1 and England on July 5.
Players will train on weekdays and return to their WPS clubs for weekend matches.
Goalkeepers: Nicole Barnhart (Philadelphia), Ashlyn Harris (Western New York), Jill Loyden (magicJack), Hope Solo (magicJack)
Defenders: Rachel Buehler (Boston), Stephanie Cox (Boston), Whitney Engen (Western New York), Ali Krieger (no club), Amy LePeilbet (Boston), Heather Mitts (Atlanta), Christie Rampone (magicJack), Becky Sauerbrunn (magicJack)
Midfielders: Yael Averbuch (Western New York), Shannon Boxx (magicJack), Tobin Heath (Sky Blue), Meghan Klingenberg (magicJack), Lori Lindsey (Philadelphia), Carli Lloyd (Atlanta), Kristie Mewis (Boston College), Christine Nairn (Penn State), Kelley O'Hara (Boston), Heather O'Reilly (Sky Blue), Megan Rapinoe (Philadelphia), Lindsay Tarpley (magicJack)
Forwards: Lauren Cheney (Boston), Sydney Leroux (UCLA), Alex Morgan (Western New York), Amy Rodriguez (Philadelphia), Abby Wambach (magicJack)
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