UCLA's Sydney Leroux to Four Nations

UCLA junior Sydney Leroux will be looking for her first cap with the U.S. women's national team at China's Four Nations tournament, an annual showcase of women's international soccer.

Leroux, a forward who didn't play following her first two camps with the U.S. women, is among a half-dozen players from L.A. and its environs, including all four forwards.

Alex Morgan (Diamond Bar/Diamond Bar HS), the first selection in Friday's Women's Professional Soccer draft, Amy Rodriguez (Lake Forest/Santa Margarita Catholic HS and USC) and Lauren Cheney (UCLA) also are available up top. The 23-player roster includes midfielders Shannon Boxx (Redondo Beach/South Torrance HS) and Lindsay Tarpley (Hermosa Beach). Forward Abby Wambach (Hermosa Beach) is sidelined because of a heel injury.

The Americans open the Four Nations next Thursday night against Sweden, their third group-stage foe at next summer's Women's World Cup.

The U.S. schedule (all PT):

Jan. 20: Sweden, 11:35 p.m.

Jan. 23: Canada, 3:05 a.m.

Jan. 25: China, 2:35 p.m.

The U.S. roster:


Nicole Barnhart (out of contract)

Ashlyn Harris (Western New York Flash)


Rachel Buehler (Boston Breakers)

Stephanie Cox (Boston Breakers)

Amy LePeilbet (Boston Breakers)

Heather Mitts (out of contract)

Christie Rampone (out of contract)

Becky Sauerbrunn (Washington Freedom)

Brittany Taylor (Sky Blue FC)


Yael Averbuch (Western New York Flash)

Shannon Boxx (out of contract), Redondo Beach (South Torrance HS)

Tobin Heath (Sky Blue FC)

Meghan Klingenberg (North Carolina)

Lori Lindsey (Philadelphia Independence)

Carli Lloyd (Atlanta Beat)

Kelley O’Hara (Boston Breakers)

Heather O’Reilly (Sky Blue FC)

Megan Rapinoe (Philadelphia Independence)

Lindsay Tarpley (out of contract), Hermosa Beach


Lauren Cheney (Boston Breakers), UCLA

Sydney Leroux (UCLA)

Alex Morgan (California), Diamond Bar (Diamond Bar HS)

Amy Rodriguez (Philadelphia Independence), Lake Forest (Santa Margarita Catholic HS/USC)