U.S. SOCCER CALLS FIVE FC KANSAS CITY PLAYERS
Two-Week Camp Will Bring 2013 to a Close for World’s Top-Ranked Women’s National Team
PRAIRIE VILLAGE, Kan (November 26, 2013) – U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Tom Sermanni has called up 31 players for a training camp running from Dec. 3-15 at U.S. Soccer’s National Training Center in Carson, Calif.
Five players, including newly acquired Amy Rodriguez, from FC Kansas City were among those invited to the two week camp. The two-week camp will be the longest training period Sermanni has had with the squad since taking over the team last January.
U.S. goalkeeper coach Paul Rogers has selected seven goalkeepers for a pre-camp training period that will run from Dec. 1-4, after which he will keep only three or four ‘keepers when the field players arrive for the remainder of the camp. Rogers has also brought in former U.S. WNT goalkeeper coach Phil Wheddon to assist with the ‘keepers during the pre-camp training.
Aside from a few players still recovering from injuries and Megan Rapinoe not being released by her French club Lyon, all the U.S. regulars will be in the camp, and they will be joined by two 2012 Olympic gold medalists that haven’t yet been a part of the team this year. New mom Amy Rodriguez, who had a son in early August, makes her return to WNT training, as does defender Amy LePeilbet, who is in the final stages of her recovery from ACL surgery. LePeilbet will be in the camp just for the first week as her progress will be evaluated by the U.S. medical and coaching staff.
Two of the USA’s three college players called up – defender Crystal Dunn from North Carolina and midfielder Morgan Brian from Virginia – are still embroiled in the NCAA Tournament and will come into camp as their college soccer and academic schedules allow. Julie Johnston, who recently completed her highly successful collegiate career at Santa Clara, was also named to the roster and will join the camp on Dec. 4.
The three players coming from Bayern Munich in Germany – midfielders Amber Brooks and Erika Tymrak and uncapped forward Sarah Hagen – will not arrive into camp until Dec. 9. Bayern Munich is currently in third place in the German Women’s Bundesliga.
U.S. Women’s National Team Roster - Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (7): Nicole Barnhart (FC Kansas City), Brittany Cameron (Sky Blue FC), Adrianna Franch (WNY Flash), Jill Loyden (Sky Blue FC), Alyssa Naeher (Boston Breakers), Abby Smith (Texas), Hope Solo (Seattle Reign FC)
DEFENDERS (10): Rachel Buehler (Portland Thorns FC), Stephanie Cox (Seattle Reign FC), Crystal Dunn (North Carolina), Whitney Engen (unattached), Meghan Klingenberg (unattached), Ali Krieger (Washington Spirit), Amy LePeilbet (Chicago Red Stars), Kristie Mewis (Boston Breakers), Christie Rampone (Sky Blue FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Yael Averbuch (unattached), Morgan Brian (Virginia), Amber Brooks (Bayern Munich), Lauren Holiday (FC Kansas City), Julie Johnston (Santa Clara), Carli Lloyd (WNY Flash), Heather O’Reilly (Boston Breakers), Erika Tymrak (FC Kansas City)
FORWARDS (6): Sarah Hagen (Bayern Munich), Sydney Leroux (Seattle Reign FC), Alex Morgan (Portland Thorns FC), Christen Press (unattached), Amy Rodriguez (FC Kansas City), Abby Wambach (WNY Flash)
- The U.S. WNT finished 2013 with a 13-0-3 record.
- The 2014 schedule will begin with a Jan. 31 clash with Canada at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas.
- Twenty players on the training camp roster played in the NWSL last season.
- Goalkeepers Brittany Cameron, who played 18 matches for Sky Blue FC this past season, and Texas sophomore Abby Smith both get their first call-ups to the WNT for the pre-camp goalkeeper training period.
- Sarah Hagan has seven goals so far this reason for Bayern Munich while Amber Brooks has found the net five times from the midfield. This is Hagen’s first official call-up to the WNT, but she did train with the team for a few days in April when the squad was in Germany before a friendly against the host.