WOMEN: USA opens residency with 25 players on April 2

The U.S. womenÆs national team will begin residency on April 2 as 25 players come to The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. for a six-month period that will culminate in the fall with CONCACAF qualifying for the 2007 WomenÆs World Cup.

This will be the sixth residency camp for the U.S. women, but the first residency preparation in a year that does not include a world championship. The previous residency sessions came in the months leading up to the 1995 WomenÆs World Cup, the 1996 Olympics, the 1999 WomenÆs World Cup, the 2000 Olympics and the 2004 Olympics.

The U.S. team will average three weeks of training per month, with one week off, all the way through the summer. The U.S. team will begin a series of domestic matches in July, starting with a match against Sweden on July 15, at the National Sports Center in Blaine, Minnesota (5 p.m. CT on ESPN2). The U.S. team will then take on Canada on July 30 in at SAS Soccer Park (1 p.m. ET on ESPN2).

The Residency Camp roster will fluctuate during the year as players on ôtrialö will move in and out of camp. In addition, numerous players with college eligibility remaining will join the camp after the completion of their spring terms. The college players who are slated to join Residency Training Camp at various times are forwards Amy Rodriguez (USC) and Lauren Cheney (UCLA in Fall Æ06), midfielder Angie Woznuk (Portland), and defenders Stephanie Lopez (Portland) and India Trotter (Florida State). Rodriguez, Cheney and Lopez will also be competing this year with the U.S. U-20 team as it prepares for Russia æ06.

U.S. RESIDENCY ROSTER:

GOALKEEPERS: Nicole Barnhart (Gilbertsville, Pa.), Jenni Branam (Placentia, Calif.), Briana Scurry (Dayton, Minn.), Hope Solo (Richland, Wash.);

DEFENDERS: Nancy Augustyniak (Peachtree City, Ga.), Lori Chalupny (St. Louis, Mo.), Tina Frimpong (Vancouver, Wash.), Amy LePeilbet (Reno, Nev.), Heather Mitts (Cincinnati, Ohio), Nandi Pryce (Casselberry, Fla.), Christie Rampone (Point Pleasant, N.J.), Cat Whitehill (Birmingham, Ala.);

MIDFIELDERS: Shannon Boxx (Redondo Beach, Calif.), Angela Hucles (Virginia Beach, Va.), Carli Lloyd (Delran, N.J.), Kristine Lilly (Wilton, Conn.), Marci Miller (St. Charles, Ill.), Leslie Osborne (Brookfield, Wis.), Lindsay Tarpley (Kalamazoo, Mich.), Aly Wagner (San Jose, Calif.);

FORWARDS: Danielle Fotopoulos (Altamonte Springs, Fla.), Natasha Kai (Kahuku, Hawaii), Heather OÆReilly (East Brunswick, N.J.), Abby Wambach (Rochester, N.Y.), Christie Welsh (Massapequa Park, N.Y.).

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