Head coach Pia Sundhage called-up 26 players for a U.S. Women’s National Team training camp from Jan. 8-13 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. The camp precipitates the 2011 Four Nations Tournament in China and which also features Sweden and Canada. Sweden are the USA’s third Group C opponent at 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup Germany in June. During its 21 all-time matches in the Four Nations Tournament, the USA is 13-2-6, with one loss to China and Norway.
It’s a particularly young camp as eight veteran players were excused but will join 15 selected players from the camp for the trip. Sundhage will bring 23 players to Chongqing to play matches against Sweden on Jan. 21, Canada on Jan. 23 and China on Jan. 25. Veterans Shannon Boxx, Rachel Buehler, Amy LePeilbet, Carli Lloyd, Heather Mitts, Heather O’Reilly, Christie Rampone and Abby Wambach will get the extended rest.
Hope Solo and Tobin Heath return to the squad after major injuries. Heath has been recovering from an ankle injury and Solo is recovering from shoulder surgery in September and will only do light training.
Three players – Meghan Klingenberg, Jordan Angeli, and Kristie Mewis – will attend USWNT camp for the first time and Sydney Leroux, the USA’s all-time leading scorer in U-20 Women’s World Cups, got her second call-up.
U.S. Women’s National Team Roster
GOALKEEPERS (5): Nicole Barnhart (FC Gold Pride), Ashlyn Harris (Western New York Flash), Jill Loyden (Out of Contract), Alyssa Naeher (Boston Breakers), Hope Solo (Out of Contract)
DEFENDERS (5): Stephanie Cox (Out of Contract), Whitney Engen (Western New York Flash), Becky Sauerbrunn (Washington Freedom), Meghan Schnur (Out of Contract), Brittany Taylor (Sky Blue FC)
MIDFIELDERS (12): Jordan Angeli (Boston Breakers), Yael Averbuch (Out of Contract), Tobin Heath (Sky Blue FC), Meghan Klingenberg (North Carolina), Kristine Lilly (Boston Breakers), Lori Lindsey (Philadelphia Independence), Joanna Lohman (Philadelphia Independence), Kristie Mewis (Boston College), Kelley O’Hara (Boston Breakers), Leslie Osborne (Boston Breakers), Megan Rapinoe (Out of Contract), Lindsay Tarpley (Out of Contract)
FORWARDS (4): Lauren Cheney (Boston Breakers), Sydney Leroux (UCLA), Alex Morgan (California), Amy Rodriguez (Philadelphia Independence)
FOLLOW US SOCCER EXAMINER AND LE EISENMENGER ON TWITTER AND SUBSCRIBE TO EMAIL ALERTS.