Coach Pia Sundhage trims US roster to 23

U.S. coach Pia Sundhage has selected four players for her

preliminary roster for the Algarve Cup who weren’t with her for

Olympic qualifying, taking backup goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris and

defenders Stephanie Cox, Whitney Engen and Meghan Klingenberg.

Five players who attended a training camp before a 2-1

exhibition win over New Zealand were dropped from the 23-woman

roster announced Friday: goalkeeper Jill Loyden and midfielders

Yael Averbuch, Kristie Mewis, Christine Nairn and Keelin

Winters.

The Americans leave for Portugal on Feb. 20, and Sundhage will

trim the roster to 21 before the U.S. opener against Denmark on

Feb. 29. The Americans play Norway on March 2, then close

first-round play in Group B against Japan on March 5 in their first

meeting since Japan won last year’s Women’s World Cup final.

Group A includes Germany, Sweden, China and Iceland. The group

winners meet in the final on March 7.

The U.S. has won the tournament eight times in 17

appearances.

The roster:

Goalkeepers: Nicole Barnhart, Ashlyn Harris, Hope Solo.

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

Klingenberg, Amy LePeilbet, Heather Mitts, Kelley O’Hara, Christie

Rampone, Becky Sauerbrunn .

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

Lloyd, Heather O’Reilly, Megan Rapinoe, Amy Rodriguez

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

Wambach.