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January 8, 2010
Breakerís LePeilbet, UConnís Taylor vie for Algarve Cup spot

Breakers defender Amy LePeilbet was called in to U.S. Women's National Team camp.
Breakers defender Amy LePeilbet was called in to U.S. Women's National Team camp.
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CHICAGO---Boston Breakers defender Amy LePeilbet and Connecticut defender Brittany Taylor were among 26 players called into an extended 20-day training camp for the U.S. Women's National Team at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. from Jan. 17 through Feb. 4.

The camp will give U.S. coach Pia Sundhage a final look at the core of her current player pool before selecting an 18-player roster for the annual Algarve Cup in Portugal.

Of the 24 players Sundhage called for the teamís December 2009 camp at The Home Depot Center, 22 return to California for the three-week ďpre-season.Ē The new additions are veteran defender Stephanie Cox (55 caps), midfielder Tobin Heath, the 2009 U.S. Soccer Young Female Athlete of the Year who was sidelined from the December camp with an injury, goalkeeper Jillian Loyden, Hope Soloís back-up for St. Louis Athletica, and Taylor, who is on the U.S. Under-23 team.

The United States is grouped with Iceland, Norway and Sweden in the tournament that will run from Feb. 24 through March 3, a week earlier than it is traditionally staged. Germany, Finland, China and Denmark also will participate. The Algarve Cup will be the first international games of the year for the U.S. women, who went 7-0-1 in 2009 and sit atop the FIFA womenís world rankings. Sundhage used 29 players during the eight matches last year.

The Americans will get an opportunity to scrimmage the Korea Republic Womenís National Team twice during the camp, on Thursday, Jan. 21 at 5 p.m. and on Sunday, Jan. 24 at 3 p.m. The Koreans are training in Southern California for three weeks and also will play two games against the U.S. Under-23 Womenís National Team, which is in camp at The Home Depot Center from Jan. 13-20. Like the USA, the Koreans also started a womenís professional soccer league last year

The roster:

Goalkeepers (4): Nicole Barnhart (FC Gold Pride), Jillian Loyden (St. Louis Athletica), Alyssa Naeher (Penn State), Hope Solo (St. Louis Athletica)

Defenders (8): Lori Chalupny (St. Louis Athletica), Stephanie Cox (Los Angeles Sol), Amy LePeilbet (Boston Breakers), Heather Mitts (Philadelphia Independence), Meghan Schnur (Sky Blue FC), Brittany Taylor (University of Connecticut), Cat Whitehill (Washington Freedom)

Midfielders (7): Yael Averbuch (Sky Blue FC), Shannon Boxx (Los Angeles Sol), Tobin Heath (UNC), Lori Lindsey (Philadelphia Independence), Carli Lloyd (Sky Blue FC), Heather OíReilly (Sky Blue FC), Megan Rapinoe (Chicago Red Stars)

Forwards (7): Lauren Cheney (UCLA), Ella Masar (Chicago Red Stars), Alex Morgan (California), Casey Nogueira (UNC), Kelley OíHara (Stanford), Amy Rodriguez (Philadelphia Independence), Abby Wambach (Washington Freedom)

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