Two-Time Olympic Gold Medalist Is Due in Late March
CHICAGO (Aug. 25, 2009) – U.S. Women’s National Team captain Christie Rampone is pregnant with her second child. Rampone, who led the Sky Blue FC out of New Jersey to the inaugural WPS championship last weekend, guided the team through the playoffs as the captain and the head coach while almost three months pregnant, adding another amazing twist to the club’s Cinderella run to the title.
Rampone and her teammates shut down a potent Los Angeles Sol attack in the WPS title game to win 1-0 and cap a remarkable stretch of three straight playoff wins on the road. Rampone will participate in the WPS All-Star Game in St. Louis next Sunday, but that will be her final competitive match for several months.
Rampone, who has played 216 times for the USA and captained the team to the Olympic gold medal in Beijing last year, is due in late March. Rampone is targeting a June return for the next WPS season and should be available for national team call-ups next summer.
Rampone is up for three WPS year-end awards: Defender of the Year, Coach of the Year and Sportswoman of the Year. The award winners will be announced Saturday evening before the match.
Rampone certainly has experience coming back from pregnancy. She took most of 2005 off to have her first child, daughter Rylie, who was born on Sept. 29 of that year. She made her return to the national team lineup just 112 days later against Norway at the Four Nations Tournament in China, starting and playing the first 67 minutes.
“It’s been an eventful year to say the least, but the timing of this pregnancy is perfect because I was able to finish off this amazing first season and hopefully get back in time to make a major contribution to Sky Blue in 2010,” said Rampone. “I am going to miss being with the national team this fall, but I know the leadership is in good hands with Lori Chalupny and the other veterans. I’m looking forward to watching how much the national team grows over the next few months heading into the next WPS season and I am going to work hard to get myself back into shape to be available for the run to the Women’s World Cup.”
Rampone led the USA in minutes played in 2008, logging a team-record 3,066 during the calendar year and was tied for tops on the teams in matches played with 35. She has played in five matches for the USA in 2009, missing the last two games in mid-July after undergoing emergency abdominal surgery from which she has fully recovered.