November 13, 2009
CALLED IN TO WNT
Pair from Breakers get nod
CHICAGO---Boston Breakers defender Amy LePeilbet and midfielder Leslie Osborne have been called into the U.S. Women’s National Team camp by coach Pia Sundhage
The team will train in the final camp of the year from Dec. 5-15. The U.S. women have amassed a 7-0-1 record in 2009.
Eighteen performers from the 24-player roster come from WPS clubs, but Sundhage has also called in six of the nation’s top college players who are finishing up their seasons this fall.
Sixteen players were a part of the U.S.’s roster for the 1-0 victory over Germany in late October were named to this camp, including Abby Wambach, who scored the winning goal in that match in front of 30,000 fans in Augsburg, Germany. Wambach comes into camp as the most-capped player on the roster with 131 games played for the USA. Defender Cat Whitehill is behind her at 130. The other players with more than 100 caps on the roster are midfielders Shannon Boxx (118), forward Heather O’Reilly (116) and defender Heather Mitts (104). Defender Lori Chalupny looks to be the next U.S. player to hit 100 as she currently sits on 92 career caps.
Midfielder Megan Rapinoe returns to the roster after missing the Germany trip due to minor arthroscopic surgery on her left knee. Osborne also returns to the roster after departing early during the last training camp due a calf injury.
Sundhage called up the USA’s two most experienced collegians in UCLA forward Lauren Cheney (19 caps) and North Carolina midfielder Tobin Heath (19). Both were members of the USA’s gold medal-winning 2008 Olympic Team.
Also getting the nod are midfielder Christine Nairn (Penn State), who was just named the Big Ten Freshman of the Year, goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher (Penn State) who was just named the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year, forward Casey Nogueira (North Carolina), who was the MVP of the ACC Tournament, and forward Kelley O’Hara (Stanford), who scored 23 goals in 20 regular season matches. O’Hara was named the Pac-10 Player of the Year. Nairn and Naeher were members of the USA’s 2008 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Team that took home the title in Chile while Nogueira and O’Hara played for the U.S. at the 2006 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Russia.
Nairn scored her first goal for the full national team in the 1-0 victory against Canada on July 22 in Charleston, S.C. in what was her second career cap. Nogueira has one senior cap while O’Hara, who has been in one previous full National Team training camp, and Naeher, who gets her first call-up to the senior side, are uncapped.
Naeher, who allowed one goal in five starts with the U-20s in Chile, will train alongside veterans Hope Solo and Nicole Barnhart.
If one or more of the college players on the roster makes it to the NCAA Women’s College Cup being held at Texas A&M on Dec. 4 and 6, they will arrive a few days late into training camp. Sundhage also will attend the semifinal matches of the College Cup on Dec. 4 in College Station, Tex.
The U.S. roster:
Goalkeepers (3): Nicole Barnhart (FC Gold Pride), Alyssa Naeher (Penn State), Hope Solo (St. Louis Athletica).
Defenders (7): Brittany Bock (Los Angeles Sol), Rachel Buehler (FC Gold Pride), Lori Chalupny (St. Louis Athletica), Amy LePeilbet (Boston Breakers), Heather Mitts (Philadelphia Independence), Meghan Schnur (Sky Blue FC), Cat Whitehill (Washington Freedom).
Midfielders (8): Yael Averbuch (Sky Blue FC), Shannon Boxx (Los Angeles Sol), Tobin Heath (North Carolina), Carli Lloyd (Sky Blue FC), Christine Nairn (Penn State), Heather O’Reilly (Sky Blue FC), Leslie Osborne (Boston Breakers), Megan Rapinoe (Chicago Red Stars).
Forwards (6): Lauren Cheney (UCLA), Ella Masar (Chicago Red Stars), Casey Nogueira (North Carolina), Kelley O’Hara (Stanford), Amy Rodriguez (Philadelphia Independence), Abby Wambach (Washington Freedom).