Sundhage names Algarve Cup roster

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Friday, February 11, 2011 at 1:14pm EST

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Following a seven-day camp in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., US head coach Pia Sundhage has named the 24-player roster that will travel to Portugal for the Algarve Cup (March 2-9). Sundhage will name a 20-player roster before the start of the tournament.

Hope Solo will go on this trip, but is not ready to compete in matches, and will be in Portugal to train as she enters the final stages of rehabilitation from shoulder surgery.

Abby Wambach, who had a heel injury and missed out on the Four Nations Tournament, is back with the team and will compete in the Algarve Cup, while Heather Mitts is out with an injury.

Ali Krieger has been called back after missing out on January due to commitments to her club team, FFC Frankfurt.

GOALKEEPERS (4): Nicole Barnhart (out of contract), Ashlyn Harris (Western New York Flash), Alyssa Naeher (Boston Breakers), Hope Solo (out of contract)
DEFENDERS (7): Rachel Buehler (Boston Breakers), Stephanie Cox (Boston Breakers), Whitney Engen (Western New York Flash), Ali Krieger (FFC Frankfurt), Amy LePeilbet (Boston Breakers), Christie Rampone (Washington Freedom), Becky Sauerbrunn (Washington Freedom),
MIDFIELDERS (9): Yael Averbuch (Western New York Flash), Shannon Boxx (Washington Freedom), Tobin Heath (Sky Blue FC), Lori Lindsey (Philadelphia Independence), Carli Lloyd (Atlanta Beat), Kelley O’Hara (Boston Breakers), Heather O’Reilly (Sky Blue FC), Megan Rapinoe (Philadelphia Independence), Lindsay Tarpley (Washington Freedom)
FORWARDS (4): Lauren Cheney (Boston Breakers), Alex Morgan (Western New York Flash), Amy Rodriguez (Philadelphia Independence), Abby Wambach (Washington Freedom)

Kickoff times for the Algarve Cup are yet to be announced but the schedule is as follows. As always, fans can keep up on Twitter for live game updates on the team’s official account, @ussoccer_wnt.

18th Annual Algarve Cup
The Algarve, Portugal

Group A
Japan, Finland, USA, Norway
Group B
Sweden, China, Iceland, Denmark
Group C
Portugal, Chile, Wales, Romania

March 2
Group Teams
A Norway vs. Finland
A USA vs. Japan
B Sweden vs. Iceland
B China vs. Denmark
C Portugal vs. Wales
C Romania vs. Chile

March 4
Group Teams
A Japan vs. Finland
A USA vs. Norway
B Iceland vs. China
B Denmark vs. Sweden
C Portugal vs. Chile
C Wales vs. Romania

March 7
Group Teams
A Norway vs. Japan
A USA vs. Finland
B China vs. Sweden
B Denmark vs. Iceland
C Chile vs. Wales
C Portugal vs. Romania

March 9
Placement Matches
11th-Place Match
9th-Place Match
7th-Place Match
5th-Place Match
3rd-Place Match

~Alondra Hernandez

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