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June 24, 2007 (bulletin) — US Pan Am Team, plus bonus info

The U.S. team is in for a tough assignment in beating 2002 World Cup champion Argentina at this summer’s Pan American Games, and the Beijing Olympic berth that goes along with it.

The selections that head coach Lee Bodimeade and the rest of the U.S. selectors made were probably even tougher.

The Pan Am team roster declaration is exactly 16 players — not an expanded squad from which 16 players can be declared before each match.

Here’s the team as announced today:

Kate Barber, F, North Carolina

Kayla Bashore, M, Indiana

Lauren Crandall, D, Wake Forest

Rachel Dawson, D, North Carolina

Kelly Doton, D, Wake Forest

Katelyn Falgowski, M, Wilmington St. Mark’s (Del.)

Michelle Kasold, F, Wake Forest

Melissa Leonetti, D, Old Dominion

Carrie Lingo, M, North Carolina

Angie Loy, F, Old Dominion

Lauren Powley, M, Maryland

Dina Rizzo, F, Maryland

Dana Sensenig, M, Old Dominion

Keli Smith, F, Maryland

Tiffany Snow, F, Old Dominion

Amy Tran, G, North Carolina

There are, however, a number of changes that can be made before the team leaves for Brazil sometime around July 8th. Here are the alternates from which choices can be made:

Sarah Dawson, Iowa

Jill Dedman, Boston College

April Fronzoni, Michigan

Claire Laubach, Wake Forest

Natalie Martirosian, Princeton

Caroline Nichols, Old Dominion

Katie O’Donnell, Wissahickon (Pa.)

Sara Silvetti, Maryland

Barb Weinberg, Iowa

A handful of people are being kept as part of a 2007 developmental squad, which could help fill out a practice team, train with the senior national team, or be part of the five-match Test series this October against Japan:

Vianney Campos, Pacific

Katie Evans, Delaware

Maren Ford, Princeton

Jesse Gey, North Carolina

Jessica Javelet, Louisville

Mia Link, Virginia

Katie Reinprecht, Flourtown Mount St. Joseph’s (Pa.)

Laura Suchoski, Duke

The selections are notable for the fact that three high-school students are amongst the 32 players selected for the elite pool, continuing the trend of outstanding development of players through Futures and advanced coaching at the high-school varsity level.

In addition, the rapid improvement of Dana Sensenig and Michelle Kasold continues; Sensenig only got her first cap May 1, while Kasold had earned her first cap last August against Argentina in the March to Madrid.

As mentioned above, the 16-woman roster is not final; as you might have inferred from box scores at the ATA Champions Challenge, Dina Rizzo (91 caps) was held out because of an injury. Her inclusion in the side assumes she can get to full fitness in just two weeks.

Even so, Bodimeade and the U.S. selectors now have a good talent pool available — perhaps one as deep as the U.S. men’s soccer team. The evidence? A U.S. side featuring unknowns like Benny Feilhaber and Frankie Simek went out and beat Mexico today to earn the lone North American berth to the FIFA Confederations’ Cup.

If you have one of those digital broadcasting services like a dish or FIOS, you might want to go ahead and order ESPN Deportes — the lone U.S. broadcaster who will be carrying the Pan American Games on television. You might see something truly special.

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