[U.S. WOMEN] Two collegians -- California senior Alex Morgan and UCLA junior Sydney Leroux -- were among 30 players called up by U.S. women’s national team head coach Pia Sundhage for a training camp beginning Sept. 20 and two matches against China that will serve as preparation for the Concacaf qualifying tournament for the 2011 Women's World Cup.
Morgan and Leroux, both Soccer America Preseason All-Americans, teamed up to lead the USA to the 2008 Under-20 Women’s World Cup title.
The only other player who does not compete in WPS is defender Ali Krieger of Germany’s FFC Frankfurt. She has earned three caps this year after not appearing for the USA since 2008.
Tobin Heath, who is coming off a major ankle injury that required surgery and caused her to miss almost the entire WPS season, will also attend the camp.
She is one of six rookies called up among with Alyssa Naeher, Whitney Engen, Brittany Taylor, Kelley O’Hara and Lauren Cheney.
Also returning to the national team fold for the first time since tearing her ACL a little more than a year ago is another UNC alum, Lindsay Tarpley.
“This is a very important camp as the team will get some quality time together to work on some tactical elements as we prepare for World Cup qualifying,” said Sundhage. “It’s also a great opportunity for our players to have two tough games before the important qualifying matches, as well as for the coaches, as we will have to make some important final decisions on our roster that goes to Mexico. We will also get to have a look at some of the less experienced players who have played well in WPS this season and some of the youngest players in our pool, so I am excited to get a lot of good work done and to find out some valuable information during the three weeks.”
The China games will take place on Oct. 2 at the Kennesaw State University Soccer Stadium in Kennesaw, Ga., and four days later at PPL Park in Chester, Pa.
The camp will be held at Kennesaw, site of a new women's stadium.
U.S. women's roster:
GOALKEEPERS (4): Nicole Barnhart (FC Gold Pride), Jill Loyden (Chicago Red Stars), Alyssa Naeher (Boston Breakers), Hope Solo (Atlanta Beat)
DEFENDERS (9): Rachel Buehler (FC Gold Pride), Stephanie Cox (Boston Breakers), Whitney Engen (Chicago Red Stars), Ali Krieger (FFC Frankfurt), Amy LePeilbet (Boston Breakers), Heather Mitts (Philadelphia Independence), Christie Rampone (Sky Blue FC), Meghan Schnur (Sky Blue FC), Brittany Taylor (Sky Blue FC)
MIDFIELDERS (12): Yael Averbuch (Sky Blue FC), Shannon Boxx (FC Gold Pride), Tobin Heath (Atlanta Beat), Sarah Huffman (Washington Freedom), Kristine Lilly (Boston Breakers), Lori Lindsey (Philadelphia Independence), Carli Lloyd (Sky Blue FC), Joanna Lohman (Philadelphia Independence), Kelley O’Hara (FC Gold Pride), Heather O’Reilly (Sky Blue FC), Megan Rapinoe (Chicago Red Stars), Lindsay Tarpley (Boston Breakers)
FORWARDS (5): Lauren Cheney (Boston Breakers), Sydney Leroux (UCLA), Alex Morgan (California), Amy Rodriguez (Philadelphia Independence), Abby Wambach (Washington Freedom)