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Sundhage calls in 29 players for HDC camp
by Paul Kennedy, January 2nd, 2012 11:24PM

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[U.S. WOMEN] U.S. women's national team coach Pia Sundhage has called up 29 players for nine days of training, beginning Saturday, at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., before the team leaves for the 2012 Concacaf Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournament later in the month in Vancouver. After the camp, Sundhage will choose a 20-player roster for Olympic qualifying.

Of the 31 players called into the December camp, only Yael Averbuch and Melissa Henderson won't be in the camp.

U.S. Women's National Team Roster:
GOALKEEPERS (4): Nicole Barnhart (out of contract), Ashlyn Harris (Western New York Flash), Jill Loyden (out of contract), Hope Solo (out of contract)
DEFENDERS (9): Rachel Buehler (Atlanta Beat), Stephanie Cox (out of contract), Whitney Engen (Western New York Flash), Meghan Klingenberg (Boston Breakers), Ali Krieger (FFC Frankfurt), Amy LePeilbet (out of contract), Heather Mitts (out of contract), Christie Rampone (out of contract), Becky Sauerbrunn (Sky Blue FC)
MIDFIELDERS (11): Shannon Boxx (out of contract), Tobin Heath (out of contract), Lori Lindsey (out of contract), Carli Lloyd (out of contract), Kristie Mewis (Boston College), Christine Nairn (Penn State), Kelley O'Hara (out of contract), Heather O'Reilly (Boston Breakers), Megan Rapinoe (out of contract), Ingrid Wells (FC Gothenburg), Keelin Winters (Boston Breakers)
FORWARDS (5): Lauren Cheney (out of contract), Sydney Leroux (UCLA), Alex Morgan (Western New York Flash), Amy Rodriguez (out of contract), Abby Wambach (out of contract)



3 comments
  1. David Huff
    commented on: January 3, 2012 at 5:01 p.m.
    Keeping Buehler? Boxx? Lloyd? A-Rod? And still no reappearance by Natasha Kai? All I can say is 'WOW!' looks like the same 'ol under Coach Pia despite the improved competition from Japan, France and others.
  1. kelly Trione
    commented on: January 3, 2012 at 11:58 p.m.
    Kai was mediocre when she played under Pia and has a pretty nasty attitude from what I've heard. That might have something to do with why she wasn't called up. She has done well in WPS though. Buehler played pretty awesome at the WWC over the summer but I have to agree that Boxx, Lloyd and A-Rod left something to be desired.
  1. David Huff
    commented on: January 5, 2012 at 12:59 p.m.
    I disagree that Kai was mediocre under Pia, look at 2008 Olympics and the Brasil "friendly" (or not so friendly considering what happened to Abby)game in San Diego which was played in SD before the team left for China. Agree that Kai is playing well in WPS, she became only the 2nd player in league history to score a hat-trick in July 2011 while the WWC was going on. we sure could have used her speed and heart against Japan IMHO. : ( Agreed she has displayed a "salty" attitude with the team but there are a lot of internal politics with that team and she does not come from the "traditonal" mold that most of those players come from, the outspoken Hope Solo has also had some problems with the culture there. The comment about Buehler sort of left me dumb-founded, to me she was one of the worst players on the squad, slow and clumsy, giving away unnecessary fouls in critical areas on the pitch and being unable to keep her mark. During Buehler's 1 - game suspension at WWC, Becky Sauerbrunn did a far better job on the back line in terms of playing with intelligence and maintaining her mark. Personally, I think it is time for a coaching change soon given the current level of staleness which permeates the program.

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