January 3, 2014
NATIONAL TEAM CALLING
Four Breakers named to USWNT training camp
CHICAGO---U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Tom Sermanni has called up 28 players for a training camp running from Jan. 8-15 at U.S. Soccer's National Training Center in Carson, Calif. The squad includes Boston Breakers keeper Alyssa Naeher, midfielder Heather O'Reilly, and defenders Kristie Mewis and Meghan Klingenberg, who was allocated to the Breakers Friday.
The camp, which will consist of six full days of training, will be the final event before Sermanni chooses a roster for the first match of 2014, taking place on Jan. 31 against Canada at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas. Kickoff for the match is 9 pm ET (8 p.m. local) and it will be broadcast on FOX Sports 1.
Twenty-five of the players chosen attended the USA's two-week December camp, with midfielders Megan Rapinoe and Morgan Brian and goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris being added to the roster. Harris has recovered from minor knee surgery in early December while Rapinoe was released for this camp by her French club Lyon, which does not play until Jan. 19 against rival Paris Saint-Germain. Brian was invited to the December camp, but her collegiate soccer and academic schedule precluded her participation.
"Our two-week December training camp was extremely productive and valuable, and the week in January will help sharpen our players up after the holiday break," Sermanni said in a statement. "Fortunately, we had quite a few players who performed well in 2013 and we head into 2014 with a lot of options all over the field. We're looking forward to getting a quality start to a year that will end with World Cup qualifying."
Forward Alex Morgan will be unavailable to participate in the training camp as she continues to rehabilitate a nagging left ankle injury. Morgan, who was injured during training in San Antonio, Texas at the end of October, has a stress reaction and will be in a protective boot for several weeks as the U.S. medical staff continues to evaluate her progress.
The roster also includes two of the three finalists for the 2013 MAC Hermann Trophy.
The U.S. roster:
GOALKEEPERS (5): Nicole Barnhart (FC Kansas City), Ashlyn Harris (Washington Spirit), Jill Loyden (Sky Blue FC), Alyssa Naeher (Boston Breakers), Hope Solo (Seattle Reign FC)
DEFENDERS (9): Rachel Buehler (Portland Thorns FC), Stephanie Cox (Seattle Reign FC), Crystal Dunn (North Carolina), Whitney Engen (Tyresö), Meghan Klingenberg (Tyresö), Ali Krieger (Washington Spirit), Kristie Mewis (Boston Breakers), Christie Rampone (Sky Blue FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City)
MIDFIELDERS (9): Yael Averbuch (Washington Spirit), Morgan Brian (Virginia), Amber Brooks (Portland Thorns FC), Lauren Holiday (FC Kansas City), Julie Johnston (Santa Clara), Carli Lloyd (WNY Flash), Heather O'Reilly (Boston Breakers), Megan Rapinoe (Lyon), Erika Tymrak (FC Kansas City)
FORWARDS (5): Sarah Hagen (Bayern Munich), Sydney Leroux (Seattle Reign FC), Christen Press (Tyresö), Amy Rodriguez (FC Kansas City), Abby Wambach (WNY Flash)