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Rodriguez, LePeilbet return for December US camp

Amy LePeilbet returns to U.S. camp in December, though she will only be there for a week of evaluations following ACL surgery. (Photo Copyright: Meg Linehan for The Equalizer)

Tom Sermanni has called in 31 players for a two-week December training camp to evaluate for the United States national team.

Thirty-one players will convene upon U.S. Soccer’s National Training Center in Carson, Calif., from Dec. 3-15, including seven goalkeepers for pre-camp training with U.S. goalkeeper coach Paul Rogers from Dec. 1-4.

As previously reported, forward Amy Rodriguez and defender Amy LePeilbet are back in camp for the first time in a year. LePeilbet is still recovering from ACL surgery and will be in camp the first week for evaluation, while Rodriguez is back after giving birth to her son in August.

Only “three or four” goalkeepers will remain with the team after the initial training phase, which will also include former U.S. goalkeeper coach and current Syracuse University coach Phil Wheddon. Ashlyn Harris will not be in camp. She is having left knee surgery on Dec. 3.

Megan Rapinoe was not released by French club Lyon. College players Crystal Dunn (UNC) and Morgan Brian (Virginia) will join camp ‘as available,’ as U.S. Soccer puts it, since their teams are still in the hunt for a national title, while Santa Clara’s Julie Johnston will be in camp the entire time.

The U.S. will not play any official matches during the camp. They wrapped up their 2013 with a 4-1 win over Brazil on Nov. 10.

Full 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 (Bayern Munich)
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)

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