Coach Pia Sundhage trims US roster to 23



CHICAGO (AP) — U.S. coach Pia Sundhage has selected four players for her preliminary roster for the Algarve Cup who weren’t with her for Olympic qualifying, taking backup goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris and defenders Stephanie Cox, Whitney Engen and Meghan Klingenberg.

Five players who attended a training camp before a 2-1 exhibition win over New Zealand were dropped from the 23-woman roster announced Friday: goalkeeper Jill Loyden and midfielders Yael Averbuch, Kristie Mewis, Christine Nairn and Keelin Winters.

The Americans leave for Portugal on Feb. 20, and Sundhage will trim the roster to 21 before the U.S. opener against Denmark on Feb. 29. The Americans play Norway on March 2, then close first-round play in Group B against Japan on March 5.