I am proud to have been able to play so many games for my country but, I've never been one who likes attention. More than any number of caps, I’m proud to have been able to play so long because of the experiences I've had in the game and the fact that I've been able to keep learning along the way on this amazing journey. Since I played my first game for the National Team in 1997, I've grown tremendously as a person, as a mom, and as a player. Even approaching 300 caps, I’m still learning about the game. I’m playing for my fifth head coach and I’m glad to be able to embrace change.
People often ask me to look back over all these caps, but I’m a person who likes to look forward. You can always think back and say ‘I wish I was this fit or this confident 10 years ago,’ but you learn from those experiences and move forward; that’s part of being successful. I will say, sometimes when I have a bad game, I stop and think, ‘I have almost 300 caps, how could I have a bad game!’ That’s soccer – nothing is given, everything is earned.
My family will likely be at my 300th cap, and my oldest daughter Rylie is starting to understand what I've done in my career, although she probably has no idea what a cap is. She knows about the big events, the World Cups and the Olympics, and all the players she’s been able to hang out with and places she’s gone. Someday, I’ll try to explain to her how I've gotten to this point in my career.
While the U-13/14 age division focuses on its Central regional event this weekend in Westfield, Indiana, the older age groups continue to forge ahead through the 2014-15 regular season.
Several teams will face some difficult road challenges over the Oct. 25-26 weekend, which could potentially set the tone within their respective divisions.
Out West, De Anza Force heads north for two tough road tests in Northwest Division play. On Saturday, De Anza Force takes on Vancouver Whitecaps FC, followed by Crossfire Premier on Sunday. The Whitecaps U-17/18s are 7-0-0 (3.00 points per game) and their U-15/16 team is 5-1-1 (2.29 points per game), good for second place behind the San Jose Earthquakes. Both De Anza Force teams are in third place in the division, with the U-17/18s at 4-1-0 (2.40 points per game) and the U-15/16s as 2-1-2 (1.60 points per game). Crossfire Premier’s U-17/18 team is off to a good start this season with a 4-2-2 record and 1.75 points per game, in fifth place.
In the East, a highly anticipated matchup at the U-17/18 age group features Weston FC traveling to face Kendall SC. Kendall leads the Southeast Division with a 6-1-1 record and 2.38 points per game, and Weston is in fifth place at 4-2-2 (1.75 points per game).
One of the toughest road trips among the Central teams is in the Frontier Division. Sporting Kansas City heads to Texas to face FC Dallas, which is in first place at the U-15/16 level at 4-0-0 and 3.00 points per game and third at the U-17/18s at 3-1-0 (2.25 points per game). Sporting’s U-17/18s are right on FC Dallas’ heels in fourth place (3-1-1, 2.00 points per game).
CHICAGO (Oct. 24, 2014) – U.S. Women’s National Team captain Christie Rampone is set to earn her historic 300th cap should she play tonight against Mexico in the semifinal of the CONCACAF Women’s Championship at PPL Park in Chester, Pennsylvania.
Rampone, who debuted for the USA in 1997, would become just the second player in soccer history to play 300 times for their country, following former teammate Kristine Lilly who finished her illustrious career with a world record 352 games from 1987-2010.
Rampone, 39, is currently the most capped active player in the world. Even more remarkable, she is a rare player who has achieved international success with the USA after playing at a small soccer school. She was a two-sport star at Monmouth University in West Long Branch, N.J. where she was also the starting point guard on the basketball team. As a college striker, she scored 79 career goals.
She switched to defense for the U.S. WNT under then head coach Tony DiCicco, and aside from a brief stint at flank midfielder, has played on the back line since.
Rampone was named captain by former head coach Pia Sundhage in 2008, and since then, the USA has compiled an 88-8-13 record with the New Jersey native wearing the armband.
- Rampone has played in four Women’s World Cups (1999, 2003, 2007, 2011) and four Olympic Games (2000, 2004, 2008, 2012) with the USA.
- She has played the most games in her career against Canada (29), followed by China (27), Brazil (22) and Mexico (22).
- Rampone has played for the USA in 134 cities in the USA and around the world.
- She has earned caps in 17 different countries and 32 different U.S. states plus the District of Columbia.
- Rampone has four career goals, two of them coming against Iceland on April 5, 2000.
- Rampone has played for six U.S. WNT coaches, with the most games coming under Pia Sundhage (93).
- She has played 157 friendly matches and 142 matches in various tournaments, including 22 Olympic matches and 17 Women’s World Cup matches.