Luckinbill, Lloyd join U.S. national team

Local soccer standouts Kristin Luckinbill (Paoli) and Carli Lloyd (Delran, N.J.) were called up to the 37-player roster of the U.S. Women's National Team, yesterday, in continued preparation for this summer's Olympic Games in Beijing.

Luckinbill, 29, returns as one of the team's four goalkeepers following a gold medal-winning campaign in the 2004 Summer Games. The Dartmouth All-America has 14 caps (games played) with the full squad and posted a 0.72 goals against average in the 2004 Games.

Lloyd returns to the fray in midfield coming off a stellar year. Her performance in a 2007 Algarve Cup win earned her tournament MVP honors. The 25-year-old has 10 goals in 47 appearances scoring six last season.

In addition, Heather Mitts, the ex-Philadelphia Charge defender was also added to the roster.

"With such a short amount of time, we are going to continue to look at players with a focus on who can help us [at qualifying] in Mexico," said U.S. coach Pia Sundhage. "Of course, we will also need to choose a roster for the Algarve Cup, which is a big competition so this camp will be important for doing that as well."

The Algarve Cup is the team's first tournament in 2008 slated for March 5-12 in Portugal. *

- Kerith Gabriel