3. U.S. WOMEN: Ryan to look at college stars


U.S. women's national team coach Greg Ryan will bring 12 players who participated in the 2006 college season to the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., for a five-day training camp Jan. 11-15 to prepare for the team's trip to Guangzhou, China, for the 2007 Four Nations Tournament Jan. 26-30 against Germany, England and host China. All four teams will return to China in September for the Women's World Cup.

With several U.S. veterans -- including Abby Wambach and Kristine Lilly, the top two scorers in 2006 -- not participating in the January training camp or the Four Nations Tournament, Ryan give several young players a chance.

Among the 28 players Ryan called up are 2006 Soccer America Player of the Year Heather O'Reilly of champion North Carolina. Among the 11 uncapped players earning call-ups were 2006 Hermann Trophy winner Kerri Hanks of Notre Dame and 17-year-old Casey Nogueira, who came up big as a freshman for North Carolina in the Women's College Cup, scoring in both the semifinal and championship games.

    U.S. CAMP-'06 COLLEGIANS:
    GOALKEEPER: Val Henderson (UCLA).
    DEFENDERS: Rachel Buehler (Stanford), Sheree Gray (Penn State), Stephanie Lopez (Portland), India Trotter (Florida State).
    MIDFIELDERS: Yael Averbuch (North Carolina), Brittany Bock (Notre Dame), Tobin Heath (North Carolina).
    FORWARDS: Lauren Cheney (UCLA), Kerri Hanks (Notre Dame), Casey Nogueira (North Carolina), Heather O'Reilly (North Carolina).
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