UCLA's Sydney Leroux gets her second stint with the U.S. women's national team when it begins preparations for next summer's Women's World Cup with a six-day training camp at Home Depot Center.
Leroux, who was in camp with the U.S. before two October friendlies but has not yet made a full international appearance, and defender Whitney Engen (Rolling Hills Estates/Peninsula HS) are among seven uncapped players on coach Pia Sundhage's 26-player roster for the Jan. 8-13 session.
Other with local ties on the roster: midfielder Lindsey Tarpley (Hermosa Beach), and forwards Amy Rodriguez (Lake Forest/Santa Margarita Catholic HS and USC), Alex Morgan (Diamond Bar/Diamond Bar HS) and Lauren Cheney (UCLA).
Redondo Beach's Shannon Boxx (South Torrance HS), Hermosa Beach's Abby Wambach and fellow veterans Rachel Buehler, Amy LePeilbet, Heather Mitts, Christie Rampone, Carli Lloyd and Heather O'Reilly have been excused from the camp, but they will join 15 players from the camp on the U.S. roster for the semi-annual Four Nations event in China. The team departs on Jan. 14.
Midfielder Tobin Heath, returning from illness and an ankle injury suffered early in the past Women's Professional Soccer season, is making her return to the squad. Goalkeeper Hope Solo also will be in camp to continue rehab following shoulder surgery.
The full roster (with WPS or college affiliation):
Nicole Barnhart (free agent)
Ashlyn Harris (Western New York Flash)
Jillian Loyden (free agent)
Alyssa Naeher (Boston Breakers)
Hope Solo (free agent)
Stephanie Cox (free agent)
Whitney Engen (Western New York Flash)
Becky Sauerbrunn (Washington Freedom)
Meghan Schnur (free agent)
Brittany Taylor (Sky Blue FC)
Jordan Angeli (Boston Breakers)
Yael Averbuch (free agent)
Tobin Heath (Sky Blue FC)
Meghan Klingenberg (University of North Carolina)
Kristine Lilly (Boston Breakers)
Lori Lindsey (Philadelphia Independence)
Joanna Lohman (Philadelphia Independence)
Kristie Mewis (Boston College)
Kelley O'Hara (Boston Breakers)
Leslie Osborne (Boston Breakers)
Megan Rapinoe (free agent)
Lindsay Tarpley (free agent)
Lauren Cheney (Boston Breakers)
Sydney Leroux (UCLA)
Alex Morgan (University of California)
Amy Rodriguez (Philadelphia Independence)