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January 14, 2011
Sundhage names 23 – Wambach out with injury

Breakers defender Amy LePeilbet is part of the U.S. roster for the Four Nations Cup in China.
Breakers defender Amy LePeilbet is part of the U.S. roster for the Four Nations Cup in China.
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CHICAGO – U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Pia Sundhage named her 23-person roster for the 2011 Four Nations Tournament, January 21-25 at the Yongchuan Sports Center in Chongqing, China.

The Four Nations will be a key tuneup event for the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup, which begins in late June.

The USA opens the round-robin event against the Swedes on Friday, Jan. 21 (2:35 a.m. ET). The USA then meets Canada on Sunday, Jan. 23 (6:05 a.m. ET) and China PR on Tuesday, Jan. 25 (5:35 a.m. ET).

The USA is coming off a six-day training camp at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. Veterans Shannon Boxx, Rachel Buehler, Amy LePeilbet, Carli Lloyd, Heather Mitts, Heather O’Reilly and Christie Rampone were allowed to miss camp in order to rest after a long 2010 season, but are on the Four Nations roster. Striker Abby Wambach has a lingering heel injury that will require more rest

Sixteen players from the squad that qualified for the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup by winning a two-leg playoff series against Italy were named to the roster, including goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart, midfielders Lori Lindsey, Yael Averbuch and Megan Rapinoe, defenders Stephanie Cox and Becky Sauerbrunn, and forwards Lauren Cheney, Alex Morgan and Amy Rodriguez, who scored the winning goal in the second leg against the Italians.

Forward Sydney Leroux and midfielder Megan Klingenberg will make their first tournament rosters with the full national team, and midfielder Tobin Heath returns to a tournament roster for the first time in 18 months after recovering from reconstructive ankle surgery.

Lindsey Tarpley, a veteran with 120 caps and 30 goals, made the roster after just her third training camp since completely recovering from ACL surgery. Ashlyn Harris will back-up to goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart, after Jill Loyden broke her hand in training camp. Regular starter Hope Solo is still not game-fit after shoulder surgery.

This will be the USA’s eighth trip to the Four Nations Tournament, but first since 2008 after skipping the competition in 2009 and 2010. The USA has won the tournament six times, failing to take top honors only in 2002. During its 21 all-time matches in the tournament, the USA is 13-2-6, with one loss each to China and Norway.

Full Roster:

GOALKEEPERS (2): Nicole Barnhart (out of contract), Ashlyn Harris (Western New York Flash)
DEFENDERS (7): Rachel Buehler (Boston Breakers), Stephanie Cox (Boston Breakers), Amy LePeilbet (Boston Breakers), Heather Mitts (out of contract), Christie Rampone (out of contract) Becky Sauerbrunn (Washington Freedom), Brittany Taylor (Sky Blue FC)
MIDFIELDERS (10): Yael Averbuch (Western New York Flash), Shannon Boxx (out of contract), Tobin Heath (Sky Blue FC), Meghan Klingenberg (North Carolina), Lori Lindsey (Philadelphia Independence), Carli Lloyd (Atlanta Beat), Kelley O’Hara (Boston Breakers), Heather O’Reilly (Sky Blue FC), Megan Rapinoe (Philadelphia Independence), Lindsay Tarpley (out of contract)
FORWARDS (4): Lauren Cheney (Boston Breakers), Sydney Leroux (UCLA), Alex Morgan (California), Amy Rodriguez (Philadelphia Independence)

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