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May 19, 2008
27 players to train with WNT for 2 weeks

U.S. Women’s National Team coach Pia Sundhage has called in 27 players for a two-week training camp at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., starting Monday, May 19 through June 2.

Two players with local ties were called into the camp, Angela Hucles, who played for the Boston Breakers in the WUSA and still lives in Boston and former Dartmouth goalkeeper Kristin Luckenbill

At the end of the camp, Sundhage will choose a 20-player roster to compete in the Peace Queen Cup in South Korea, where the U.S. will play Australia (June 15), Brazil (June 17) and Italy (June 19). If the Americans win their group, they will play for the Peace Queen Cup title June 21. All the U.S.' group matches will be played in Suwon, South Korea.

Two players currently recovering from minor surgery -- goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart (knee) and captain Christie Rampone (gall bladder) -- will join the camp should they be fit enough to participate. Defender Keeley Dowling and midfielder Angie Woznuk return to camp after missing action while recovering from back injuries.

With Barnhart sidelined, Sundhage has called in Luckenbill, a member of the gold-medal winning 2004 Olympic team, to join Hope Solo and Briana Scurry in the U.S. net.

Defender Ali Krieger, who plays for FFC Frankfurt, the top women’s club in Germany and one of the best in Europe, will join camp May 25 after she is released from club duty. Krieger earned her first two caps at the Four Nations Tournament in China in January.

The U.S. roster:

Goalkeepers (3): Kristin Luckenbill (Paoli, Pa.), Briana Scurry (Dayton, Minn.), Hope Solo (Richland, Wash.). Defenders (9): Rachel Buehler (Del Mar, Calif.), Lori Chalupny (St. Louis, Mo.), Stephanie Cox (Elk Grove, Calif.), Keeley Dowling (Carmel, Ind.), Kendall Fletcher (Cary, N.C.), Ali Krieger (Dumfries, Va.), Kate Markgraf (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.), Heather Mitts (Cincinnati, Ohio), Cat Whitehill (Birmingham, Ala.). Midfielders (9): Shannon Boxx (Redondo Beach, Calif.), Tobin Heath (Basking Ridge, N.J.), Angela Hucles (Virginia Beach, Va.), Carli Lloyd (Delran, N.J.), Leslie Osborne (Brookfield, Wis.), Lindsay Tarpley (Kalamazoo, Mich.), Aly Wagner (San Jose, Calif.), Kacey White (Arlington, Texas), Angie Woznuk (El Cajon, Calif.). Forwards (6): Lauren Cheney (Indianapolis, Ind.), Natasha Kai (Kahuku, Hawaii), Heather O’Reilly (East Brunswick, N.J.), Amy Rodriguez (Lake Forest, Calif.), India Trotter (Plantation, Fla.), Abby Wambach (Rochester, N.Y.).

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