Home MLS U.S. Teams World Cup International NCAA Youth Links Whos Who Talk Back Archives Op/Ed Almanac U.S. Pro Leagues Site Map



front page

List of Americans Abroad

Sundhage is hired to lead Americans to Olympic gold medal.

Best U.S. effort came a game late, beating Norway for World Cup third place.

Solo dropped from team before World Cup third-place match with Norway.

U.S. Women's World Cup fortunes declined quickly in rout by Brazil.

Brazil rolls to 4-0 victory over Americans in World Cup semifinal.

Scurry to replace Solo in goal for World Cup semifinal with Brazil.

Without best effort, U.S. still dumps England 3-0 in World Cup quarterfinals.

Despite taking group title, U.S. must improve to achieve World Cup goals.

Despite being dominated, U.S. rallies to draw North Korea 2-2 in Women's World Cup.

Despite being dominated, U.S. rallies to draw North Korea 2-2 in Women's World Cup.

Wambach hurts toe in 4-0 romp over Finland in final Cup tune-up.

Wambach hurts toe in 4-0 romp over Finland in final Cup tune-up.

Wambach nets pair, UNC quartet adds four in 6-2 rout of Canada.

Schedule for World Cup prep matches is set.

Ryan, Lilly to visit China for Women's World Cup draw.

Lilly scores two more in U.S.'s 5-0 rout of Mexico.

Wambach's two goals, Lloyd strike beat Sweden 3-2, earn Algarve final.

U.S. women

Sundhage calls in 27 to camp as Four Nations Cup prep begins.

(Saturday, December 29, 2007) -- New United States women's coach Pia Sundhage has summoned 27 players to her first full training camp, a six-day affair at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.. The camp will commence Thursday and start preparations for the annual Four Nations Tournament to be held in China January 16-20 at Foshan Sports Center Stadium.

Twenty players will be selected to the U.S. tournament roster by Sundhage, who was hired November 13 to replace Greg Ryan. Foshan is just south of Guangzhou in the Guangdong Province, the southeast part of the country.

The U.S., which is two-time defending Four Nations Tournament champion, also won the event in 1998, 2003 and 2004.

Coming less than seven months before the 2008 Summer Olympics are hosted by Beijing, the U.S. faces Canada January 16, Finland January 18 and China January 20 in the four-team round-robin event.

"This is an exciting tournament as they will be the first games with the new coaching staff," Sundhage, a Swede, said in a U.S. Soccer Federation press release. "We want to continue to play with passion and start our change in attacking style. We want to try to dictate the tempo of the matches in the attack and while staying true to the principles in defending. The injuries we have to some veterans will most likely give some young players a chance (during the Four Nations Tournament) and it's important to find a good mix of young inspiration with experience."

The U.S. women, who will make their ninth trip to China since 1998, face Olympic qualifying April 2-13 in Mexico.

The U.S. played Canada just once in 2007, a 6-2 victory in Frisco, Texas, but holds as 33-3-3 (.885) lead in the series, the 39 meetings second in number only to the series with Norway.

The Americans are 12-0 (1.000) against Finland after a pair of 2007 victories -- 1-0 at the Algarve Cup and 4-0 in the final match before leaving for World Cup. The U.S. defeated China three times this year for an overall mark of 19-8-11 (.645), winning 2-0 last January in the Four Nationals finale, 2-1 in the Algarve Cup opener in Portugal in March, and 2-0 in a June friendly in Cleveland.

Since 2000, the Americans are 3-2-2 (.571) when China is the host.

"It will be good to be back to China and once more feel that environment," said Sundhage, who served as a China assistant coach in 2007, including the World Cup. "It will be a unique feeling and I'm happy that I'm getting the chance to experience that. It will be great to see the Chinese players and people I worked with when I was over there."

The Americans have participated seven previous times in the Four Nations Tournament in China. The U.S. team also traveled to China for a pair of matches against China in 2001, a year when the tournament was not held. Should the USA qualify for the Olympics, this Four Nations Tournament will be the final time the team will travel to China before heading back to Beijing in August.

Last January, the U.S. won the Four Nations Tournament with a young squad, having left veterans Kristine Lilly, Abby Wambach, Christie Rampone and Aly Wagner home for various reasons. With the opposition generally at full-strength, the Americans drew with Germany and England before defeating China 2-0 for a 1-0-2 record, good enough to capture the championship.

Sundhage called in 16 members to the upcoming camp from the team that finished third in September's Women's World Cup, including striker Abby Wambach, recently named 2007 "U.S. Soccer Female Athlete of the Year." Defenders Kate Markgraf and Heather Mitts, and midfielder Aly Wagner, all 2007 World Cup veterans, were not invited to camp as they continue to rehabilitate injuries.

Forward Kristine Lilly, the 36-year-old veteran of four Women's World Cups and three Olympics, also will not be present Still a prominent player, she is pondering whether to retire or go after one more international championship.

Sundhage called in seven players who recently finished their college seasons, including former University of Portland defender Stephanie Cox (nee Lopez), a 2007 World Cup starter who missed a December mini-camp, in part because of her wedding.

Also called in were striker Lauren Cheyney, the 2007 "U.S. Soccer Young Female Athlete of the Year," and midfielder Tina DiMartino, both from UCLA, as well as forward Amy Rodriguez, who helped Southern California win the NCAA Division I women's title earlier this month.

Rodriguez, who scored twice for USC in the NCAA semifinal, played for the U.S. at the 2004 Under-19 Women's World Championship in Thailand and, along with Cheney, DiMartino and midfielder Tobin Heath, at the 2006 Under-20 Women's World Championship in Russia.

Rodriguez has made five appearances for the full national team, but none in 2007.

DiMartino will go to a full national-team camp for the first time, while Cheney participated in residency training camp last year and has one goal in two international appearances. Heath, participating in her third full training camp, recently completed her sophomore college season at North Carolina.

University of Virginia defender Becky Sauerbrunn, a co-captain of the U.S. under-19 squad in Thailand in 2004, received her first call-up to the full national team, as did midfielder Ali Krieger. A veteran of the U.S. under-21s, Sauerbrunn completed her college career at Penn State in 2006.

Defender Amy LePeilbet, who has 23 caps for the U.S., returns after surgery for a torn anterior cruciate ligament caused her to be sidelined from all competition in 2007.

The U.S. roster for women's training camp January 3-8 ay The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.

Goalkeepers (3): Nicole Barnhart (Gilbertsville, Pa.), Briana Scurry (Dayton, Minn.), Hope Solo (Richland, Wash.).

Defenders (8): Stephanie Cox (Elk Grove, Calif.), Marian Dalmy (Lakewood, Colo.), Keeley Dowling (Carmel, Ind.), Amy LePeilbet (Crystal Lake, Ill.), Christie Rampone (Point Pleasant, N.J.), Becky Sauerbrunn (St. Louis), India Trotter (Plantation, Fla.), Catherine Whitehill (Birmingham, Ala.).

Midfielders (10): Shannon Boxx (Redondo Beach, Calif.), Lori Chalupny (St. Louis), Tina DiMartino (Massapequa Park, N.Y.), Tobin Heath (Basking Ridge, N.J.), Angela Hucles (Virginia Beach, Va.), Ali Krieger (Dumfries, Va.), Carli Lloyd (Delran, N.J.), Joanna Lohman (Silver Spring, Md.), Leslie Osborne (Brookfield, Wis.), Angie Woznuk (El Cajon, Calif.).

Forwards (6): Lauren Cheney (Indianapolis, Ind.), Natasha Kai (Kahuku, Hawai'i), Heather O'Reilly (East Brunswick, N.J.), Amy Rodriguez (Lake Forest, Calif.), Lindsay Tarpley (Kalamazoo, Mich.), Abby Wambach (Rochester, N.Y.).

2008 Four Nations Tournament
at Foshan (China) Sports Center Stadium.

Wednesday, January 16
United States vs. Canada
China vs. Finland

Friday, January 18
Finland vs, United States
China vs. Canada

Sunday, January 20
Canada vs. Finland
United States vs. China

Do you have a comment on this story or something to say about soccer in general? Send us a letter.

©Copyright 2007 SoccerTimes.com. All Rights Reserved
Save the Internet: Click here
Home MLS U.S. Teams World Cup International NCAA Youth Links Whos Who Talk Back Archives Op/Ed Almanac U.S. Pro Leagues Site Map