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- U.S. Team Comes to Los Angeles as Head Coach Greg Ryan Starts Five Month Countdown to 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup in China;
- Roster Will Fluctuate with Additional Players Being Called in for Trials

CHICAGO (March 29, 2007) – The U.S. Women’s National Team will begin Residency Training Camp on April 2 as 32 players come to The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. for a four-month period that will lead into the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup in China.

The USA will be based in Carson for four months, breaking camp at the end of July, while August will feature games and training camps before the U.S. team departs at the end of the month for China and the Women's World Cup, which will be held Sept. 10-30.

This will be the seventh incarnation of Residency Training Camp for the U.S. women, which also underwent similar training periods before the 1995 Women’s World Cup, the 1996 Olympics, the 1999 Women’s World Cup, the 2000 Olympics, the 2004 Olympics, and last year, which was the first time Residency Training Camp did not coincide with a world championship.

The U.S. team will be in and out of Residency Training Camp quite frequently due to the travel schedule necessitated by the eight domestic matches the team will play before the Women’s World Cup (schedule). While in camp at The HDC, the team will train almost daily, with full-field matches, functional training, individual sessions and weight training all a part of the Residency Camp schedule.

The USA will be at The HDC for eight days to start the Residency Training Camp before traveling East for its first domestic match of the year, opening the 2007 home schedule vs. Mexico (tickets) on April 14 in Foxborough, Mass., in a double header with the New England Revolution and Toronto FC. The schedule continues with a match against Canada (tickets) on May 12 in Frisco, Texas. The USA will wear pink uniforms in that match to benefit breast cancer awareness.

The USA will then embark on a six-game 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup Send-Off Series, starting against China (tickets) on June 16 in Cleveland and continuing against Brazil (tickets) on June 23 in East Rutherford, N.J. in a re-match of the 2004 Olympic gold medal game.

The Residency Camp roster will fluctuate during the year as players on “trial” will move in and out of camp. In addition, numerous players with college eligibility remaining will also train. There are five college players who are slated to start 2007 Residency Training Camp with the U.S. team. Danesha Adams (UCLA), the 2006 U.S. Soccer Young Female Athlete of the Year, and her Bruin running mate Lauren Cheney, who scored 19 goals as a freshman last fall and got her first senior team cap this year, will both be in camp. The Pac-10 and the WCC will also be well represented as defenders Rachel Buehler (Stanford) and Stephanie Lopez (Portland), a rising star at outside back for the USA, will start training on April 2. Forward Kelley O’Hara (Stanford), one of the most effective players on the U.S. team that played in the 2006 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Championship, is the youngest of the 32 players in Residency Camp. The 18-year-old O’Hara is age-eligible for the next U-20 Women’s World Cup in 2008.

The Residency Camp roster is a mixture of veteran players, some of whom have been through multiple Residency Camp periods, and young players who are entering their first Residency environment. The roster includes twelve 2004 Olympic gold medallists, including team captain Kristine Lilly, the most capped player in the history of international soccer and the world’s second all-time leading scorer behind Mia Hamm.

The Residency Training Camps have proved to be an invaluable training ground for many young players who have used the intense environment as a springboard to becoming impact players for the U.S. Women’s National Team. Young players like forwards Lindsay Tarpley and Heather O’Reilly, both of whom made the 2004 Olympic team and scored in the tournament, as well as Leslie Osborne, Carli Lloyd, Lori Chalupny, Lopez and Natasha Kai, have all grown tremendously with their recent Residency Camp experiences.

Two goalkeepers come into camp after an extended absence from the team in former Stanford star Nicole Barnhart and 2004 Olympic gold medalist Kristin Luckenbill. They join Hope Solo and Briana Scurry to form a five-goalkeeper corps, however, Jenni Branam will not be training until she rehabilitates from injuries. Defender Amy LePeilbet, who is coming back from ACL surgery, will also be a part of Residency Training Camp as she continues her return to form.

2007 Residency Camp Roster
April - 2007
Player   Pos.   Ht.   DOB   Hometown   College   Caps/Goals
Adams, Danesha   F   5-6    06/06/86    Shaker Heights, Ohio   UCLA     1/0
Barnhart, Nicole   GK   5-10    10/10/81    Gilbertsville, Pa.   Stanford    3
Boxx, Shannon   M   5-8    06/29/77    Redondo Beach, Calif.   Notre Dame   62/14
Branam, Jenni   GK   5-7    10/08/80    Placentia, Calif.   UNC     6
Buehler, Rachel   D   5-5    08/26/85    Del Mar, Calif.    Stanford    0/0
Chalupny, Lori   D   5-4    01/29/84    St. Louis, Mo.   UNC     36/3
Cheney, Lauren   F   5-8    09/30/87    Indianapolis, Ind.   UCLA     1/0
Dowling, Keeley   D   5-8    02/17/83    Carmel, Ind.   Tennessee    0/0
Ellertson, Tina   D   5-9    05/20/82    Vancouver, Wash.   Washington    21/0
Hucles, Angela   M   5-7    07/05/78    Virginia Beach, Va.   Virginia    64/5
Kai, Natasha   F   5-8    05/22/83    Kahuku, Hawaii   Hawaii      23/7
LePeilbet, Amy   D   5-7    03/12/82    Crystal Lake, Ill.   Arizona State    23/0
Lilly, Kristine   F   5-4    07/22/71    Wilton, Conn.    UNC     323/119
Lloyd, Carli   M   5-8    07/16/82    Delran, N.J.   Rutgers     28/5
Lohman, Joanna   M   5-5    06/26/82    Silver Spring, Md.   Penn State   9/0
Lopez, Stephanie    D   5-6    04/03/86    Elk Grove, Calif.   Portland   16/0 
Luckenbill, Kristin   GK   5-9    05/28/79    Paoli, Pa.   Dartmouth   14
Markgraf, Kate   D   5-7     08/23/76     Bloomfield Hills, Mich.   Notre Dame   156/0
Mitts, Heather   D   5-5    06/09/78    Cincinnati, Ohio   Florida     69/2
O’Hara, Kelley   F   5-5    08/04/88    Fayetteville, Ga.   Stanford    0/0 
O’Reilly, Heather   F   5-5    01/02/85    East Brunswick, N.J.   UNC     57/9
Osborne, Leslie   M   5-8    05/27/83    Brookfield, Wis.   Santa Clara   36/2
Rampone, Christie   D   5-6    06/24/75    Point Pleasant, N.J.   Monmouth 160/4
Jobson, Marci    M   5-7    12/04/75    St. Charles, Ill.   SMU     14/0
Scurry, Briana   GK   5-8    09/07/71    Dayton, Minn.   UMass     160
Solo, Hope   GK   5-9    07/30/81    Richland, Wash.   Washington    42
Tarpley, Lindsay   F   5-6    09/22/83    Kalamazoo, Mich.   UNC     65/13
Trotter, India   D   5-8    03/10/85    Plantation, Fla.   Florida State   2/0
Wagner, Aly   M   5-5    08/10/80    San Jose, Calif.   Santa Clara   111/21
Wambach, Abby   F   5-11    06/02/80    Rochester, N.Y.   Florida    88/68
White, Kacey   F   5-4    04/24/84    Arlington, Texas   UNC                2/0
Whitehill, Cat   D   5-5    02/10/82      Birmingham, Ala.   UNC                106/11

GOALKEEPERS (5): Nicole Barnhart (Gilbertsville, Pa.), Jenni Branam (Placentia, Calif.), Kristin Luckenbill (Paoli, Pa.), Briana Scurry (Dayton, Minn.), Hope Solo (Richland, Wash.);
DEFENDERS (11): Rachel Buehler (Del Mar, Calif.), Lori Chalupny (St. Louis, Mo.), Keeley Dowling (Carmel, Ind.), Tina Ellertson (Vancouver, Wash.), Amy LePeilbet (Crystal Lake, Ill.), Stephanie Lopez (Elk Grove, Calif.), Kate Markgraf (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.), Heather Mitts (Cincinnati, Ohio), Christie Rampone (Point Pleasant, N.J.), India Trotter (Plantation, Fla.), Cat Whitehill (Birmingham, Ala.);
MIDFIELDERS (7): Shannon Boxx (Redondo Beach, Calif.), Angela Hucles (Virginia Beach, Va.), Carli Lloyd (Delran, N.J.), Joanna Lohman (Silver Spring, Md.), Marci Jobson (St. Charles, Ill.), Leslie Osborne (Brookfield, Wis.), Aly Wagner (San Jose, Calif.);
FORWARDS (9): Danesha Adams (Shaker Heights, Ohio), Lauren Cheney (Indianapolis, Ind.), Natasha Kai (Kahuku, Hawaii), Kristine Lilly (Wilton, Conn.), Kelley O’Hara (Fayetteville, Ga.), Heather O’Reilly (East Brunswick, N.J.), Lindsay Tarpley (Kalamazoo, Mich.), Abby Wambach (Rochester, N.Y.), Kacey White (Arlington, Texas).