It’s the revolving roster training camp
Pia Sundhage will leave no stones unturned, people! Today, the preliminary roster for the USWNT training camp that will determine the (from what I understand) two different sets of eighteen players for two separate friendlies against China in October… was announced today. And, as various WPS teams get kicked out of the playoffs, Pia will then nab a few from those squads as well. So looking at today’s roster means – yeah I don’t know. Not much really.
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 (BostonBreakers), Whitney Engen (ChicagoRed 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 (WashingtonFreedom), 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 (ChicagoRed Stars), Lindsay Tarpley (Chicago Red Stars)
FORWARDS (5): Lauren Cheney (BostonBreakers), Sydney Leroux (UCLA), Alex Morgan (California), Amy Rodriguez (Philadelphia Independence), Abby Wambach (Washington Freedom)
Well ok, except for the part where we don’t see Kate Markgraf. BURN. Same goes for Lori Chalupny. But we do see a whole handful of youngsters mixed in who get their opportunity to compete to play in that World Cup qualifying tourney coming up in Mexico. Most notably Tobin Heath is back from injury and Sydney Leroux gets her first senior team look. This is exciting because Leroux could very well be the best goal scoring threat to come out of the US of A in a looong time (for both the women’s and the men’s side). With the best part being she’s actually Canadian and changed her citizenship – but we’ll let that little detail slide. But, if the comments from this post hold any merit, Sydney has actually lost a step and pretty much all of US Soccer is totally screwed. OK LET’S NOT LET THAT BRING US ALL DOWN NOW.
The final rosters for the games will be determined at some point in the near-ish future I’m sure.
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