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Freedom, USA and Galaxy

The Washington Freedom agreed to contract terms with three draft picks: midfielder Lori Lindsey (Virginia), defender Becky Sauerbrunn (Virginia) and midfielder-defender Emily Janss (Maryland). The club is working to reach deals with its foreign selections and other Americans. The league is still working on contracts with the national team players allocated to the seven teams, including Washington's Abby Wambach and Cat Whitehill.

The next WPS draft, which will include college seniors and have 10 rounds, takes place next Friday in St. Louis. The Freedom will have the final pick in the first, third, fifth, seventh and ninth rounds and the first selection in the second, fourth, sixth, eighth and 10th stages.

Wambach, recovered from a broken leg that forced her to miss the Olympics, was among 25 players invited to USA training camp this month in preparation for the Algarve Cup in Portugal. (Jump to the continuation of this thread to see the full roster.)

The second Pan-Pacific Championship will take place this year at Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., with the Los Angeles Galaxy, Oita Trinita of Japan, Suwon Bluewings of South Korea and Shandong Luneng Taishan from China. The dates are Feb. 18 and 21. Last year's tournament was held in Hawaii.

Late today, the Galaxy acquired the rights to midfielder Stefan Miglioranzi from Columbus for a 2010 conditional draft pick. He made 14 appearances with seven starts last season.

USA WOMEN'S ROSTER
GOALKEEPERS: Nicole Barnhart (Bay Area), Hope Solo (St. Louis).

DEFENDERS: Rachel Buehler (Bay Area), Lori Chalupny (St. Louis), Stephanie Cox (Los Angeles), Marian Dalmy (Chicago), Kendall Fletcher (Los Angeles), Heather Mitts (Boston), Jill Oakes (Bay Area), Christie Rampone (New Jersey).

MIDFIELDERS: Shannon Boxx (Los Angeles), Tina DiMartino (UCLA), Tobin Heath (UNC), Carli Lloyd (Chicago), Heather O'Reilly (New Jersey), Lindsay Tarpley (Chicago), Kacey White (New Jersey), Angie Woznuk (St. Louis).

FORWARDS: Lauren Cheney (UCLA), Tina Ellertson (St. Louis), Angela Hucles (Boston), Natasha Kai (New Jersey), Megan Rapinoe (U. of Portland), Amy Rodriguez (Southern Cal), Abby Wambach (Washington).

*Veteran defender Kate Markgraf is pregnant and will be out of action indefinitely. She had a son in the summer of 2006.

By Steve Goff  |  January 9, 2009; 4:16 PM ET
Categories:  MLS , Women  
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Comments

They are still having that tournament? I thought it was just to sell tickets for Beckham games.

Posted by: Reignking | January 9, 2009 4:42 PM | Report abuse

Sorry for the footy fans in Hawaii that won't get to check out the tournament this year. Maybe there wasn't the greatest turnout at the Rust Bucket, Aloha Stadium?
How on Earth has the Galaxy qualified for this thing again? Doesn't really sound like a tournament if they're just GrandBeckhamed in every year.
Any idea how Wambach has healed up Steve?

Posted by: DadRyan | January 9, 2009 4:46 PM | Report abuse

Where do you get your info for the PPC? There is a conflicting source saying that Columbus Crew and Kashima Antlers are the MLS and J-League reps.

Posted by: MooseMcDowell | January 9, 2009 5:15 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Steve Goff | January 9, 2009 5:18 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the info.

That sucks. The Galaxy don't deserve it.

Posted by: MooseMcDowell | January 9, 2009 5:22 PM | Report abuse

Tina Ellertson returns to her old position (F). Interesting.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | January 9, 2009 5:23 PM | Report abuse

It's a contrived exhibition tournament. Merit had nothing to do with it.

Posted by: Steve Goff | January 9, 2009 5:25 PM | Report abuse

No Kristine Lilly? Also interesting. I don't recall reading anything about her retirement from int'l soccer. She was in the post-Olympic tour, no? If she doesn't make it on the training camp roster for the Algarve Cup, I'm guessing that she won't return.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | January 9, 2009 5:32 PM | Report abuse

Can someone please explain to me how the Galaxy got picked. Why not Chivas USA!

Posted by: ctsmithjr26 | January 9, 2009 5:43 PM | Report abuse

Washington Freedom need to consider adding Brazilian professional, Laisa Andrioli.

Posted by: fonkyou | January 9, 2009 5:51 PM | Report abuse

It's a contrived exhibition tournament. Merit had nothing to do with it.

Posted by: Steve Goff | January 9, 2009 5:25 PM

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Keep saying it over and over, Steve, but some fans won't listen, They think it's some sort of grand championship subverted by the Galaxy when it was never intended to be anything except a money-spinner.

More thin-skinnedness from American soccer fans.

Posted by: beach3 | January 9, 2009 6:07 PM | Report abuse

Getting all worked up about LA being in the Pan-Pacific Championship is fruitless. It means absolutely nothing. Until it isn't just the LA invitational, there's no reason to ever discuss it.

Miglioranzi is not a bad pickup for LA. Arena clearly does not trust Jazic or Randolph at left back, and Miglioranzi is also serviceable as a defensive midfielder (another big problem spot). That said, their current back four would be Klein - Franklin - Roberts - Miglioranzi, which is still pretty bad. They need to replace Roberts with a top-notch center back if they want to be a competitive team (especially if Donovan makes his move permanent, and with the talk of Podolski leaving by the end of the month, the odds are improving).

Posted by: Chest_Rockwell | January 9, 2009 6:17 PM | Report abuse

Sorry for the footy fans in Hawaii that won't get to check out the tournament this year. Maybe there wasn't the greatest turnout at the Rust Bucket, Aloha Stadium?

Posted by: DadRyan | January 9, 2009 4:46 PM

Didn't they also lose the Pro Bowl to Miami next year? Plus, with losing June Jones to SMU, there's almost no reason to take Hawaii seriously in sports anymore. Sure, they'll sucker a few ranked teams to play basketball down there in the Chaminade tourney, but I couldn't even tell you if any of that was on ESPN this year.

Thx,

Jay!

Posted by: jayrockers | January 9, 2009 6:56 PM | Report abuse

Heath and Kai really broke through at last year's Algarve Cup. I can't wait to see them again this year. March 1-11, by the way, should anyone want to make the trip. All games are free and the Algarve is at its best in the spring, before the hordes of tourists come.

Posted by: troy6 | January 10, 2009 6:00 AM | Report abuse

Tina Ellertson returns to her old position (F). Interesting.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | January 9, 2009 5:23 PM
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Actually, this transition took place in friendlies last fall.

Posted by: universityandpark | January 10, 2009 10:53 AM | Report abuse

The Washington Freedom agreed to contract terms with three draft picks: midfielder Lori Lindsey (Virginia), defender Becky Sauerbrunn (Virginia) and midfielder-defender Emily Janss (Maryland)....The league is still working on contracts with the national team players allocated to the seven teams, including Washington's Abby Wambach and Cat Whitehill.
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Goff: The way you worded this makes it sound as if the league is negotiating with one set of players, and individual teams are dealing with others. Is this really what is going on?

Posted by: universityandpark | January 10, 2009 10:57 AM | Report abuse

Plus, with losing June Jones to SMU, there's almost no reason to take Hawaii seriously in sports anymore.Posted by: jayrockers | January 9, 2009 6:56 PM

June Jones is a piece of crap, thankfully he's left paradise. You probably couldn't figure that out watching ESPN either.
thanks
Jay!

Posted by: DadRyan | January 10, 2009 11:35 AM | Report abuse

Yes.

National team is treated collectively.

Posted by: Steve Goff | January 10, 2009 1:22 PM | Report abuse

Thanks U&P. I didn't pay much attention to those friendlies and assumed that she was still on the WNT equivalent of maternity leave.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | January 10, 2009 6:09 PM | Report abuse

No Kristine Lilly? Also interesting. I don't recall reading anything about her retirement from int'l soccer. She was in the post-Olympic tour, no? If she doesn't make it on the training camp roster for the Algarve Cup, I'm guessing that she won't return.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | January 9, 2009 5:32 PM
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I just got a newsletter from Soccer America that points out Aly Wagner's absence without any obvious explanation such as injury or pregnancy.

Posted by: universityandpark | January 12, 2009 10:34 AM | Report abuse

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