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Sundhage calls 21 names for Canada friendlies

Posted on 06 July 2009 by ASN Staff

U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Pia Sundhage has named 21 players for the two friendly matches against Canada this month. The first takes place Sunday, July 19, at Marina Auto Stadium in Rochester, N.Y., with the second going down three days later on Wednesday, July 22, at Blackbaud Stadium in Charleston, S.C.

The roster features 18 players from Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) clubs and three collegiate players.

Sundhage also named veteran defender Cat Whitehill and midfielder Leslie Osborne, both members of the USA’s 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup Team, who get their first call-ups since major knee injuries knocked them out of the running for a spot on the 2008 Olympic Team. Neither has played for the USA in more than a year. Whitehill has not played for the USA since May 3, 2008, in a 5-4 win against Australia in her hometown of Birmingham, Ala. while Osborne’s last cap was May 10, 2008 in a 6-0 win against Canada in Washington, D.C., a match in which she scored. Both have recovered fully from their ACL surgeries and have been regular starters for their WPS clubs.

In addition, defender Stephanie Cox gets her first call-up since January of this year. Cox, who has 54 caps and played all but 45 minutes of the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup, is a part of the Los Angeles Sol defense which has allowed just five goals this season.

The roster, which features 16 members of the USA’s 2008 Olympic gold medal team, is stocked with regulars, including team captain Christie Rampone, goalkeepers Hope Solo and Nicole Barnhart, defenders Lori Chalupny, Heather Mitts and Rachel Buehler and midfielders Shannon Boxx, Carli Lloyd, Heather O’Reilly, Lindsay Tarpley and Angela Hucles. Sundhage called up at least two players from all seven WPS clubs, including four from the Boston Breakers and three each from the Chicago Red Stars and FC Gold Pride. Eight players named to the roster have more than 100 career caps.

Breakers defender Amy LePeilbet gets her second call-up this year after performing very well in a starting assignment against Canada in May. Red Stars midfielder Megan Rapinoe, who has just nine caps but scored a wonderful goal in the win against Canada, also got the nod, as did young forward Amy Rodriguez.

Sundhage named three college players to the roster in 2008 Olympic gold medalists Tobin Heath and Lauren Cheney, who scored the fourth goal in the USA’s last match in Toronto, and midfielder Christine Nairn, a key member of the U.S. team which won the 2008 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Chile. Nairn earned her first senior team cap in the USA’s last match, becoming the first member of that world championship team to debut for the full team.

These matches, the 46th and 47th all-time between the two countries, will complete the three-game summer series with Canada and give Sundhage more information in evaluating the player pool as she continues to mold a team for qualifying for the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Germany.

The matches will be the last domestic games for the U.S. Women’s National Team in 2009, but the USA is scheduled to gather for training camps and a European tour following the completion of the inaugural WPS campaign.

UNITED STATES WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM ROSTER

Canada friendlies, July 16 and July 22
Rochester, N.Y., and Charleston, S.C., respectively
GOALKEEPERS (2): Nicole Barnhart (FC Gold Pride), Hope Solo (St. Louis Athletica)
DEFENDERS (7): Rachel Buehler (FC Gold Pride), Stephanie Cox (Los Angeles Sol), Lori Chalupny (St. Louis Athletica), Amy LePeilbet (Boston Breakers), Heather Mitts (Boston Breakers), Christie Rampone (Sky Blue FC), Cat Whitehill (Washington Freedom)
MIDFIELDERS (9): Shannon Boxx (Los Angeles Sol), Tobin Heath (North Carolina), Angela Hucles (Boston Breakers), Carli Lloyd (Chicago Red Stars), Christine Nairn (Penn State), Heather O’Reilly (Sky Blue FC), Leslie Osborne (FC Gold Pride), Megan Rapinoe (Chicago Red Stars), Lindsay Tarpley (Chicago Red Stars)
FORWARDS (3): Lauren Cheney (UCLA), Amy Rodriguez (Boston Breakers), Abby Wambach (Washington Freedom)

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