The veterans of the USA team are all in pre-season training camps with their WUSA teams, and will NOT be participating in the Algarve Cup. The national team roster features all college and high school players; their average age is just over 19. 11 of the 20 players are uncapped.
The team will play a friendly against Italy on March 7 before the Algarve Cup competition starts on March 11.
United States Women's National Team Roster:
No. Name Pos. Birthdate Hometown School Caps/Goals
1 Oleksiuk, Emily GK 12/10/80 Willow Grove, Pa. Penn State 0/0
2 Kluegel, Jena M 11/02/79 Mahtomedi, Minn. North Carolina 5/0
3 Kraus, Anna D 07/29/80 Sunnyvale, Calif. Santa Clara 1/0
4 Reddick, Catherine D 02/10/82 Birmingham, Ala. North Carolina 2/0
5 Marquand, Ally D 07/01/81 Irvine, Calif. Stanford 0/0
6 Bell, Keisha D 12/20/79 Spring, Tex. Florida 0/0
7 Randolph, Sara M 02/27/83 Cincinnati, Ohio Sycamoretts HS 0/0
8 Ramsey, Alyssa F 09/21/82 Cornelius, N.C. North Carolina 3/0
9 Schott, Laura F 04/04/81 Wilsonville, Ore. California 0/0
10 Lohman, Joanna M 06/26/82 Silver Spring, Md. Penn State 0/0
11 Monroe, Mary Frances M 02/07/80 Tariffville, Conn. Connecticut 5/0
12 Welsh, Christie F 02/27/81 Massapeaqua Park, N.Y. Penn State 15/11
13 Steadman, Amy D 09/08/84 Brevard, N.C. Brevard HS 0/0
14 Ward, Marcie M 02/01/82 Alamo, Calif. Stanford 0/0
15 Hawkins, Devvyn M 11/29/80 Olympia, Wash. Santa Clara 0/0
16 Weiss, Kristin F 05/01/84 Brecksville, Ohio Walsh Jesuit HS 0/0
17 Cramer, Aleisha M 07/29/82 Lakewood, Colo. Brigham Young 9/0
18 Solo, Hope GK 07/30/81 Richland, Wash. Washington 4/0
19 Chalupny, Lori M 01/29/84 Chesterfield, Mo. Nerinx Hall HS 0/0
20 Rigamat, Stephanie F 07/05/79 LaCrescenta, Calif. UCLA 2/0
While the Algarve Cup will be a tremendous experience for these players, I have to wonder whether they can handle the rigours of 5 games in 11 days against top international competition! I assume everyone else is sending their full national teams, so why is the US not doing so? This shows a lack of respect for the tournament, which up to now has been very prestigious.
It can't be that WUSA won't release players to the National Team - the Canadian WUSA players will be in the Algarve. It must be a conscious decision not to field their best team. I just hope these youngsters can handle it.
Does anyone have info on any of the other 6 teams?
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