[JANUARY CAMP] Tom Sermanni named his 28-player roster for the U.S. women's national team's week-long camp that begins Wednesday, two days after the men open camp, at U.S. Soccer's National Training Center in Carson, Calif. Missing will be Alex Morgan, whose ankle injury suffered in training in October turned to be more serious than first thought.
After the camp, Sermanni will choose a roster for the 2014 opener Jan. 31 against Canada at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas.
Twenty-five of the 28 players named attended the USA's two-week December camp. Midfielders Megan Rapinoe and Morgan Brianand goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris have been added. Harris has recovered from minor knee surgery in early December, while Rapinoe was released for this camp by her French club Lyon, which does not play until Jan. 19, against rival Paris St. Germain. Brian was invited to the December camp, but her schedule at the University of Virginia precluded her participation.
"Our two-week December training camp was extremely productive and valuable, and the week in January will help sharpen our players up after the holiday break," said Sermanni in a statement. "Fortunately, we had quite a few players who performed well in 2013 and we head into 2014 with a lot of options all over the field. We're looking forward to getting a quality start to a year that will end with World Cup qualifying."
Morgan will continue to rehabilitate a nagging left ankle injury, a stress reaction that requires she wear a protective boot for several weeks as the U.S. medical staff continues to evaluate her progress.
"It's an injury that's a bit more serious than we thought so we'll take the appropriate action to make sure she's completely healed before getting her back on the field," said Sermanni. "It's just an injury that takes time to heal. We're putting no time frame on her whatsoever. What's most important is that when she's ready to go, she's healthy and able to perform at her highest level."
Besides Morgan, other players who had been picked for the December camp but won't be in Carson are goalies Brittany Cameron, Adrianna Franchand Abby Smith and defender Amy LePeilbet.
The roster also includes two of the three finalists for the 2013 MAC Hermann Trophy: Brian, a rising senior at UVa, and Crystal Dunn, who has finished her eligibility at North Carolina and will be playing in the NWSL in the upcoming season.
U.S. Women's Roster:
GOALKEEPERS (5):Nicole Barnhart (FC Kansas City), Ashlyn Harris (Washington Spirit), Jill Loyden (Sky Blue FC), Alyssa Naeher (Boston Breakers), Hope Solo (Seattle Reign FC)
DEFENDERS (9): Rachel Buehler (Portland Thorns FC), Stephanie Cox (Seattle Reign FC), Crystal Dunn (North Carolina), Whitney Engen (Tyresö), Meghan Klingenberg (Tyresö), Ali Krieger (Washington Spirit), Kristie Mewis (Boston Breakers), Christie Rampone (Sky Blue FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City)
MIDFIELDERS (9): Yael Averbuch (Washington Spirit), Morgan Brian (Virginia), Amber Brooks (Portland Thorns FC), Lauren Holiday (FC Kansas City), Julie Johnston (Santa Clara), Carli Lloyd (WNY Flash), Heather O'Reilly (Boston Breakers), Megan Rapinoe (Lyon), Erika Tymrak (FC Kansas City)
FORWARDS (5): Sarah Hagen (Bayern Munich), Sydney Leroux (Seattle Reign FC), Christen Press (Tyresö), Amy Rodriguez (FC Kansas City), Abby Wambach (WNY Flash).