Alex Morgan Earns Spot at U.S. National Team Training Camp
Jan. 11, 2010
BERKELEY - California women's soccer junior forward Alex Morgan has been named to the 26-player roster for the U.S. women's senior national team training camp, U.S. Soccer announced recently. The extended 20-day camp, which will be held at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. from Jan. 17-Feb. 4, will give head coach Pia Sundhage a final look at the core of her current player pool before selecting an 18-player roster for the annual Algarve Cup in Portugal.
Morgan, who is the only player still on a college squad on the roster, got her first call up to the national squad in December for another training camp, also held at the Home Depot Center. The Diamond Bar, Calif. native scored 14 goals with eight assists for the Golden Bears this season, helping her team second round of the NCAA tournament where they fell to Florida State.
The USA has been grouped this year with Iceland, Norway and Sweden in the Algarve Cup that will run from Feb. 24-March 3, a week earlier than it is traditionally staged. Germany, Finland, China and Denmark will also be participating. The matches in Portugal will be the first international games of the year for the U.S. women, who went 7-0-1 in 2009 and currently sit atop the FIFA Women's World Rankings. Sundhage used 29 players during the eight matches in 2009.
The USA will get the unique opportunity to scrimmage the Korea Republic Women's National Team twice during the camp, on Thursday, Jan. 21 at 5 p.m. and on Sunday, Jan. 24 at 3 p.m. The Koreans are training in Southern California for three weeks and will also play two games against the U.S. U-23 Women's National Team, which is in camp at The Home Depot Center from Jan. 13-20. Like the USA, the Koreans also started a women's professional soccer league last year.
The U.S. will be participating in the Algarve Cup for the 13th consecutive year and 15th time overall. Last year, the USA fell in the championship game to Sweden after penalty kicks but have won the tournament six times. The USA's group match with Sweden this year at the Algarve Cup will mark the third time Sundhage has faced her home country while coaching the Americans. The U.S. defeated Sweden, 1-0, in Skelleftea in 2008 before last year's meeting in the Algarve Cup Final.
U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION
GOALKEEPERS (4): Nicole Barnhart (FC Gold Pride), Jillian Loyden (St. Louis Athletica), Alyssa Naeher (Penn State), Hope Solo (St. Louis Athletica)
DEFENDERS (8): Lori Chalupny (St. Louis Athletica), Stephanie Cox (Los Angeles Sol), Amy LePeilbet (Boston Breakers), Heather Mitts (Philadelphia Independence), Meghan Schnur (Sky Blue FC), Brittany Taylor (UConn), Cat Whitehill (Washington Freedom)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Yael Averbuch (Sky Blue FC), Shannon Boxx (Los Angeles Sol), Tobin Heath (UNC), Lori Lindsey (Philadelphia Independence), Carli Lloyd (Sky Blue FC), Heather O'Reilly (Sky Blue FC), Megan Rapinoe (Chicago Red Stars)
FORWARDS (7): Lauren Cheney (UCLA), Ella Masar (Chicago Red Stars), Alex Morgan (California), Casey Nogueira (UNC), Kelley O'Hara (Stanford), Amy Rodriguez (Philadelphia Independence), Abby Wambach (Washington Freedom)