29 players called for training camp
CHICAGO -- U.S. coach Pia Sundhage is gathering 29 players for a nine-day training camp before paring the roster to 20 for Olympic women's soccer qualifying.
The group announced Monday will train in Carson, Calif., from Jan. 7-15. Players will then head to Vancouver, British Columbia, for the qualifying tournament for the North and Central American and Caribbean region.
The Americans won the 2008 Olympic gold medal. They play the Dominican Republic on Jan. 20, Guatemala two days later and Mexico on Jan. 24. The top two teams in the group advance to the semifinals on Jan. 27, with both semifinal winners qualifying for the London Olympics.
All 29 players attended a December training camp.
Goalkeepers: Nicole Barnhart, Ashlyn Harris, Jill Loyden, Hope Solo.
Defenders: Rachel Buehler, Stephanie Cox, Whitney Engen, Meghan Klingenberg, Ali Krieger, Amy LePeilbet, Heather Mitts, Christie Rampone, Becky Sauerbrunn.
Midfielders: Shannon Boxx, Tobin Heath, Lori Lindsey, Carli Lloyd, Kristie Mewis, Christine Nairn, Kelley O'Hara, Heather O'Reilly, Megan Rapinoe, Ingrid Wells, Keelin Winters.
Forwards: Lauren Cheney, Sydney Leroux, Alex Morgan, Amy Rodriguez, Abby Wambach.
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