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
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
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