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Pia Gets Started

Pia Sundhage will open her first training camp as U.S. women's national team coach this weekend at Home Depot Center. Twenty-four players were invited. Hope Solo is one of them. Details here.

By Steve Goff  |  December 4, 2007; 4:52 PM ET
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"Defender Heather Mitts has regained her fitness and makes a return"

'Nuff said

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | December 4, 2007 5:06 PM | Report abuse

No Lilly? What to make of that? Pia already knows her, and KL needs the rest?

Posted by: WNT fan | December 4, 2007 5:10 PM | Report abuse

Other WWC players missing are defenders Ellertson, Jobson and Lopez, and MF Hucles.

Kirkorian and Walsh on board as Sundhage's assts?

Posted by: WNT fan | December 4, 2007 5:19 PM | Report abuse

Disappointing. Too much of the old, lumbering, unimaginative, bickering deadwood. Was hoping for more of a fresh start. A thorough house cleaning should have included the underperforming glaciers who masqueraded as players as well as the laughing stock coaching staff.

Posted by: Hmmm | December 4, 2007 5:29 PM | Report abuse

Krikorian and Walsh are new to these roles, aren't they? Are they keeping their day jobs, at least for now? (In fact, doesn't Krikorian have business in Texas this weekend?) Will either or both be asked to join the program on a full-time basis later on, or will they perhaps step aside in favor of permanent, full-time assistant coaches?

Posted by: 22201 | December 4, 2007 5:49 PM | Report abuse

"Too much of the old, lumbering, unimaginative, bickering deadwood."

Really? The only player on the list that fits the description IMO is Aly Wagner. Maybe Markgraf, but age/experience is more important at her position.

Posted by: silentbob | December 4, 2007 6:13 PM | Report abuse

Wagner has been hobbled by injuries. However, she is only 27 years old, so it may be a bit premature to write her off.

Posted by: 22201 | December 4, 2007 6:31 PM | Report abuse

Wagner reminds me of a poor woman's Riquelme (i.e., great ball skills but weak, slow, and bad at defense). In the right system, she can contribute. But more likely, Wagner hurts more than she helps.

Posted by: silentbob | December 4, 2007 7:10 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps Sundhage didn't call Lilly in because the new coach already knows what she can do from her days coaching in Boston.

OTOH, perhaps Sundhage believes that Lilly is (or should be) finished as a player, especially after her escapades during the Solo controversy. Let's hope so. Despite her tremendous accomplishments, Lilly deserves to be dumped for her adolescent behavior as a captain throughout that mess.

Posted by: Joseph D'Hippolito | December 4, 2007 8:18 PM | Report abuse

"Defender Heather Mitts has regained her fitness and makes a return"

'Nuff said

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | December 4, 2007 05:06 PM


"Regained"? I dunno. She's always looked quite fit to me...

Posted by: Kenobi | December 4, 2007 10:26 PM | Report abuse

The more important question is, any of these ladies gonna be posing for Playboy any time soon?

Posted by: M.C. Hammer | December 5, 2007 2:34 AM | Report abuse

I'm not a Wagner fan, but when USWMT played Iceland in Richmond last year I was sitting right at the corner flag at the end the US was attacking. Wagner was taking the corners and she hits a killer ball into the box.

Posted by: Randy | December 5, 2007 8:07 AM | Report abuse

*Aly Wagner is not old, certainly not unimaginative, and I don't recall hearing a peep from her during the "bickering." Is she slow? Multiple knee surgeries might cost anyone a step. She is a play-making MF with crazy skills and field vision, which is exactly what we need more of. Judging by the college players that she called in, coach sees it the same way (along with everyone else but Ryan). Speed, skills, creativity. I wonder who put that list of players together for her?

*Lilly will never be "dumped," unless Sundhage shows as little class as Ryan did with Chastain. Which is highly unlikely. Same with Scurry.

Posted by: WNT fan | December 5, 2007 9:04 AM | Report abuse

The WNT rosters for Four Nations and Algarve will be more meaningful than this first camp.

Posted by: WNT fan | December 5, 2007 9:09 AM | Report abuse

Good to see some new names there. Surprised at the absence of Lopez. I thought she did a great job filling in for Mitts at the cup.

Personally, I'm a huge Wagner fan. The central midfield with her and Lloyd is the one that I most enjoy watching. They're both creative players with the ball at their feet. Time will tell I guess, but I hope we see the two of them in there some more this year.

Posted by: Matte | December 5, 2007 9:11 AM | Report abuse

So does Solo get to stay in the same facilities and practice with the team, or is she just there to be subjected to more junior high level "Mean Girl" treatment.

Posted by: stuck in 200 | December 5, 2007 9:57 AM | Report abuse

Have the other players ever acknowledged what a public relations disaster they have created, and how much damage must be repaired before a domestic pro league gets started in '09 or whenever? In the interim, I trust that Sundhage will lay down the law.

Posted by: 22201 | December 5, 2007 10:02 AM | Report abuse

"Defender Heather Mitts has regained her fitness and makes a return"

'Nuff said

Agreed, the rest was just fluff.

Posted by: charlton heston | December 5, 2007 2:51 PM | Report abuse

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