Sermanni names 29 players to February camp

Jeff Kassouf January 22, 2013 15

New U.S. women’s national team coach Tom Sermanni has named 29 players to his first training camp ahead of Feb. 9 and Feb. 13 games against Scotland.

Seventeen of the 18 Olympic gold medal-winning players have been named to the camp, with the exception of Amy LePeilbet, who is described as having a “lingering knee injury.”‘

Ali Krieger is back in camp nearly a year to the day since tearing her ACL and MCL. No. 3 NWSL college draft pick Kristie Mewis and North Carolina junior and Hermann Trophy winner Crystal Dunn were also called-up by Sermanni. Dunn, along with Santa Clara’s Julie Johnston, won the U-20 Women’s World Cup with the U.S. in September.

U-17 goalkeeper Jane Campbell, raved about by her coach Albertin Montoya, will join the usual cast of U.S. goalkeepers at camp in February.

Here’s the full 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 (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 (5): Sydney Leroux (Boston Breakers), Alex Morgan (Portland Thorns FC), Christen Press (Tyresö FF), Amy Rodriguez (Seattle Reign FC), Abby Wambach (Western NY Flash)

  • marksai

    I’m surprised LePeilbet was left off the roster, especially since U.S. Soccer is paying for her to play with Chicago this season. Is this just temporary due to the lingering knee injury, or is Amy simply being replaced by younger right backs with big potential?

    • Kernel Thai

      LePeilbet & Klingenberg were both left off due to injuries. This will prolly mean LePeilbet wont be on the Algarve Cup roster but has nothing to do with WNT status for 2013. They wouldnt give her a new contract just to drop her.

    • Kernel Thai

      Actually, if she were being replaced it isnt a younger back u need look out for. LePelibet got moved to to the right side when Ali Krieger tore up her knee. Ull notice Krieger is on that list.

  • Kernel Thai

    I am so happy to see Tom Sermanni running a competitive camp. Hopefully this will produce the best women’s team possible for the 2015 WWC.

  • Samantha

    Really hope Lindsay Tarpley returns but chances seem slim. US Soccer needs to give us an update. Thoughts, Equalizer?

  • Ashley

    Pretty sure I squealed when I saw my longtime favorites Press and Engen on the list. FIIIIIINALLY

    • Steglitz49

      2008-2012 USA won 2 Olympic golds and lost the World Cup on penalties. Are you saying that Ms Press would have defeated the Nadeshiko?

      I agree that Ms Press should be given her chance. At the same time I am surprised that Mr Sermanni has not brought up more from the glorious U-20 squad. Alex Morgan was 22 when she played in the WC-final and Saki Kumagai was 20. Both, of course, scored.

  • Crystal

    Dunn, Engen, Johnston, and Press sounds good to me.

  • Steglitz49

    I had expected a bit more radial pruning. He has the wonderful U-20 squad to pick from. By WC-15 one can expect 6 new faces taking the field.

    • Michelle

      I expect this pruning to be coming down the pike. Right now they need those older (or veteran, if you prefer) players to get the NWSL off the ground, and also, why retool the roster right before the Algarve Cup? (Which, if I’m remembering what I’ve read, is considered the third most popular women’s soccer event. Doesn’t hurt to win it!)

      • Steglitz49

        Excellent point. The primary goal for NWSL must be to establish the league.

        I think the Algarve cup came about through the Nordic countries having winter training in southern Portugal and since they understand each other (sort of) they played some matches and then the Germans turned up and wanted to play. How Japan and USA got involved, heaven knows.

        Maybe there could be a Florida cup? The Orange cup? But, then the Dutch have to take part. It could be played in Orlando with Goofy as the referee, Mickey and Donald as touch-judges and Snow-white could hand out the prizes.

        • Anthony Clauser

          The Algarve Cup is a invitational. Japan, Germany and the US are involved because those are the 3 best countries in the world and their involvement legitimizes the competition.

          • Steglitz49

            There are two invitational ladies football tournaments in the spring: the Cyprus cup and the more prestigious Algarve cup. The FA and Scottish FA are the hosts of the Cyprus cup. It used to be that the FAs of Nordic countries were the hosts of the Algarve cup — maybe it was only Sweden, Norway and Denmark, as they have played in all cups — but it may be that Portugal now have taken on the host role.

    • randomhookup

      It’s his 1st camp with these players, so he wants to see what’s up. The U20 team was the most visible, but the U23 squad has plenty of talent, too.