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Algarve Cup title defense kicks off

Posted on 20 January 2010 by ASN Staff

No sooner has the Women’s Professional Soccer draft been completed that the U.S. Women’s National Team has convened at The Home Depot Center for an extended 20-day training camp ahead of next month’s Algarve Cup. The camp, in Carson, Calif., runs through Feb. 4 and will feature two scrimmages against the Korea Republic Women’s National Team: this Thursday at 5 p.m. and on Sunday at 3 p.m.

In addition, the camp will give USWNT head coach Pia Sundhage a final look at the core of her current player pool before selecting an 18-player roster for the annual Algarve Cup in Portugal. The USA has been grouped this year with Iceland, Norway and Sweden in the tournament that will run from Feb. 24 through March 3, a week earlier than it is traditionally staged. Germany, Finland, China and Denmark will also be participating. The matches in Portugal will be the first international games of the year for the U.S. women, who went 7-0-1 in 2009 and currently sit atop the FIFA Women’s World Rankings.

U.S. Roster By Position

GOALKEEPERS (4): Nicole Barnhart (FC Gold Pride), Jillian Loyden (Chicago Red Stars), Alyssa Naeher (Boston Breakers), Hope Solo (St. Louis Athletica)
DEFENDERS (9): Lori Chalupny (St. Louis Athletica), Stephanie Cox (Los Angeles Sol), Nikki Krzysik (Philadelphia Independence), Amy LePeilbet (Boston Breakers), Heather Mitts (Philadelphia Independence), Meghan Schnur (Sky Blue FC), Brittany Taylor (UConn), Cat Whitehill (Washington Freedom)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Yael Averbuch (Sky Blue FC), Shannon Boxx (Los Angeles Sol), Tobin Heath (Atlanta Beat), Lori Lindsey (Philadelphia Independence), Carli Lloyd (Sky Blue FC), Heather O’Reilly (Sky Blue FC), Megan Rapinoe (Chicago Red Stars)
FORWARDS (7): Lauren Cheney (Boston Breakers), Ella Masar (Chicago Red Stars), Alex Morgan (California), Casey Nogueira (Los Angeles Sol), Kelley O’Hara (FC Gold Pride), Amy Rodriguez (Philadelphia Independence), Abby Wambach (Washington Freedom)

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