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USWNT head coach Tom Sermanni has called 29 players into training in preparation for two February matches against Scotland. This is Sermanni’s first training camp as head coach of the US. He took the reigns from Pia Sundhage when her contract expired in October.
This list includes 17 of the 18 Olympic stars, in addition to Olympic alternates Lori Lindsey and Jill Loyden. Amy Lepeilbet was not called up due to a lingering knee injury. She plans to return to national team duty when she is 100% fit. US defender Ali Krieger was also named to the roster. She will be rejoining the team for the first time since tearing her ACL and MCL last January. Tobin Heath, Megan Rapinoe, Christen Press, and Ashlyn Harris are on the list but will not be attending camp due to commitments to their clubs overseas.
On the younger side, Jane Campbell, Kristie Mewis, and Crystal Dunn were called up. Campbell was a standout goalkeeper during the u17 Women’s World Cup this past year, while Crystal Dunn helped lead UNC to another NCAA title in 2012. Mewis was the 3rd overall pick in the NWSL draft last week and currently plays with Canberra United in Australia’s W-League.
“I’m excited to get out on the field and work with the team for the first time,” said Sermanni. “For this particular part of the cycle, it’s important to look at the established players in the squad but also the up-and-coming players and the ones who we think have the potential to really fight for positions on the team. For me, this period is really about observation and evaluation of some players who I know very well, some I’ve seen play only a bit and some who I will be seeing in a competitive environment for the first time.” (via US Soccer)
The US will face Scotland on February 9th in Jacksonville, FL and then again on the 13th in Nashville, TN. Sermanni will name 18 players from camp to the official match rosters.
Full Camp Roster:
GOALKEEPERS (5): Nicole Barnhart (FC Kansas City), Jane Campbell (Concorde Fire South), Ashlyn Harris (Washington Spirit), Jill Loyden (Sky Blue FC), Hope Solo (Seattle Reign FC)
DEFENDERS (9): Rachel Buehler (Portland Thorns FC), Crystal Dunn (North Carolina), Whitney Engen (Liverpool FC), Julie Johnston (Santa Clara), Ali Krieger (Washington Spirit), Heather Mitts (Boston Breakers), Kelley O’Hara (Sky Blue FC), Christie Rampone (Sky Blue FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City)
MIDFIELDERS (10): Yael Averbuch (Göteborg FC), Shannon Boxx (Chicago Red Stars), Lauren Cheney (FC Kansas City), Tobin Heath (Paris Saint-Germain), Lori Lindsey (Washington Spirit), Carli Lloyd (Western NY Flash), Kristie Mewis (FC Kansas City), Heather O’Reilly (Boston Breakers), Megan Rapinoe (Lyon), Keelin Winters (Chicago Red Stars)
FORWARDS (5): Sydney Leroux (Boston Breakers), Alex Morgan (Portland Thorns FC), Christen Press (Tyresö FF), Amy Rodriguez (Seattle Reign FC), Abby Wambach (Western NY Flash)