US women call 29 players for soccer training camp

U.S. coach Pia Sundhage is gathering 29 players for a nine-day

training camp before paring the roster to 20 for Olympic women’s

soccer qualifying.

The group announced Monday will train in Carson, Calif., from

Jan. 7-15. Players will then head to Vancouver, British Columbia,

for the qualifying tournament for the North and Central American

and Caribbean region.

The Americans won the 2008 Olympic gold medal. They play the

Dominican Republic on Jan. 20, Guatemala two days later and Mexico

on Jan. 24. The top two teams in the group advance to the

semifinals on Jan. 27, with both semifinal winners qualifying for

the London Olympics.

All 29 players attended a December training camp.

The roster:

Goalkeepers: Nicole Barnhart, Ashlyn Harris, Jill Loyden, Hope

Solo.

Defenders: Rachel Buehler, Stephanie Cox, Whitney Engen, Meghan

Klingenberg, Ali Krieger, Amy LePeilbet, Heather Mitts, Christie

Rampone, Becky Sauerbrunn.

Midfielders: Shannon Boxx, Tobin Heath, Lori Lindsey, Carli

Lloyd, Kristie Mewis, Christine Nairn, Kelley O’Hara, Heather

O’Reilly, Megan Rapinoe, Ingrid Wells, Keelin Winters.

Forwards: Lauren Cheney, Sydney Leroux, Alex Morgan, Amy

Rodriguez, Abby Wambach.