U.S. women's national team coach Pia Sundhage has a novel plan to prepare for this summer's Women's World Cup without depriving her players' teams of their star players.
She's staging an three-week camp in West Palm Beach, Fla. that begins next Monday, with the players on hand during the week, then joining their Women's Professional Soccer clubs for weekend games.
The 29-player roster has 25 WPS players, three collegians who will attend camp for one week and defender Ali Krieger, who just completed her club season with FFC Frankfurt in Germany, the World Cup host.
Four local products (Redondo Beach's Shannon Boxx, Rolling Hills Estates' Whitney Engen, Diamond Bar's Alex Morgan and Lake Forest's Amy Rodriguez), UCLA stars past (Lauren Cheney) and present (Sydney Leroux), and two veterans who settled in the South Bay (Abby Wambach and Lindsay Tarpley) are on the roster. Sundhage can take 21 players to the June 26-July 17 World Cup.
The most prominent missing players are defender Catherine Whitehill and midfielders Lori Chalupny and Leslie Osborne.
Here is the roster (with club affiliation in parentheses, and local information where warranted afterward):
Nicole Barnhart (Philadelphia Independence)
Ashlyn Harris (Western New York Flash)
Jill Loyden (magicJack)
Hope Solo (magicJack)
Rachel Buehler (Boston Breakers)
Stephanie Cox (Boston Breakers), ex-L.A. Sol
Whitney Engen (Western New York Flash), Rolling Hills Estates/Peninsula HS
Ali Krieger (FFC Frankfurt/Germany)
Amy LePeilbet (Boston Breakers)
Heather Mitts (Atlanta Beat)
Christie Rampone (magicJack)
Becky Sauerbrunn (magicJack)
Yael Averbuch (Western New York Flash)
Shannon Boxx (magicJack), Redondo Beach/South Torrance HS
Tobin Heath (Sky Blue FC)
Meghan Klingenberg (magicJack)
Lori Lindsey (Philadelphia Independence)
Carli Lloyd (Atlanta Beat)
Kristie Mewis (Boston College)
Christine Nairn (Penn State)
Kelley O'Hara (Boston Breakers)
Heather O'Reilly (Sky Blue FC)
Megan Rapinoe (Philadelphia Independence)
Lindsay Tarpley (magicJack), Hermosa Beach
Lauren Cheney (Boston Breakers), UCLA
Sydney Leroux (UCLA)
Alex Morgan (Western New York Flash), Diamond Bar/Diamond Bar HS
Amy Rodriguez (Philadelphia Independence), Lake Forest/Santa Margarita Catholic HS and USC
Abby Wambach (magicJack), Hermosa Beach