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Sermanni Calls 29 Players Into First Camp

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The United States Women’s National Team’s first camp of 2013 is about to get underway and head coach Tom Sermanni has called 29 players in. This will be the first camp for Sermanni, who was named as Pia Sundhage’s replacement at the end of October, 2012.  Of the 29 players called into camp, 17 of them are from the gold medal winning Olympic team from London. Only Amy LePeilbet and Olympic alternate Meghan Klingenberg will be missing. LePeilbet is still recovering from a lingering knee injury and Klingenberg is recovering from shoulder surgery. This will be the first time that the players will be together since being allocated to their new NWSL teams.

This camp marks the return of US defender Ali Kreiger who suffered a torn ACL and MCL during an Olympic qualifying match against the Dominican Republic on January 20, 2012. Kreiger, who spent the last five years playing her club soccer for FFC Frankfurt of the German Frauen-Bundesliga, returned home this January to play in the NWSL were she was allocated to the Washington Spirit.

Several US players that have been on the fringes of making the senior team that play their club soccer in Europe were called into camp. Those players include midfielder Yael Averbuch, defender Whitney Engen, goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris, midfielder Keelin Winters and forward Kristen Press. Joining these players are youngsters Crystal Dunn from the University of North Carolina, defender Julie Johnston of Santa Clara University, midfielder Kristie Mewis and 17-year old goalkeeper Jane Campbell. Campbell is the youngest player to attend a National Team camp since 18-year old Hope Solo was called up in 1999.

This will be Sermanni’s first chance to work with the team ahead of two friendly matches against Scotland on February 9th in Jacksonville, Florida and on February 13th in Memphis, Tennessee. Sermanni will choose 18 players to take the field against his native Scotland for the first two matches of his tenure and will be evaluating players for the squad that he will take to the Algarve Cup. The Algarve Cup competition will be from March 6 – 13 in Portugal, which will be Sermanni’s first real competition since taking the US helm.

A few of the players will not be available for the entire camp due to club commitments or in the case of Jane Campbell, high school commitments. Midfielders Tobin Heath, who signed on to play for Paris Saint-Germain and Megan Rapinoe who is currently playing for Olympique Lyonnais in the French League, goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris of FCR Duisburg of the German League, and forward Kristen Press who plays for Tyresö FF of the Swedish League will miss part of the camp, but will be available if chosen for both matches against Scotland. Goalkeeper Jane Campbell will be able to attend the first week of camp

The players that were called into camp are:

Goalkeepers:

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:

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:

Yael Averbuch (Göteborg FC)
Shannon Boxx (Chicago Red Stars)
Lauren Cheney (FC Kansas City)
Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC)
Lori Lindsey (Washington Spirit)
Carli Lloyd (Western NY Flash)
Kristie Mewis (FC Kansas City)
Heather O’Reilly (Boston Breakers)
Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign FC)
Keelin Winters (Chicago Red Stars)

Forwards:

Sydney Leroux (Boston Breakers)
Alex Morgan (Portland Thorns FC)
Christen Press (Tyresö FF)
Amy Rodriguez (Seattle Reign FC)
Abby Wambach (Western NY Flash)

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