Heinrichs Chooses 22 for Four Nations Tournament
CHICAGO – U.S. Women’s National Team’s head coach April Heinrichs has named 22 players to the roster that will departed for China on Jan. 23 to participate in the 2004 Four Nations Tournament. The USA plays its first match against Sweden on January 30 in a rematch of the opening game of the 2003 Women’s World Cup, a 3-1 U.S. victory. The USA will face 2007 Women’s World Cup host China on Feb. 1 and finish the tournament, which the Americans won last year, in a rematch of the 2003 Women’s World Cup third place game against Canada on Feb. 3. All the matches will be played in Shenzhen, located just north of the bustling metropolis of Hong Kong in southern China.
CHICAGO (January 22, 2004) – U.S. Women’s National Team’s head coach April Heinrichs has named 22 players to the roster that will depart for China tomorrow to participate in the 2004 Four Nations Tournament. The USA plays its first match against Sweden on January 30 in a rematch of the opening game of the 2003 Women’s World Cup, a 3-1 U.S. victory.
The USA will face 2007 Women’s World Cup host China on Feb. 1 and finish the tournament, which the Americans won last year, in a rematch of the 2003 Women’s World Cup third place game against Canada on Feb. 3. All the matches will be played in Shenzhen, located just north of the bustling metropolis of Hong Kong in southern China.
Heinrichs named the roster, which includes 15 players from the USA’s 2003 Women’s World Cup Team, after 10 days of training at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.
The U.S. won the Four Nations Tournament in 2003, defeating Norway and eventual Women’s World Cup champion Germany, while falling to China, a loss that was avenged in the championship game of the 2003 Algarve Cup. The meeting with China will be the first for the two countries since that Algarve Cup and the meetings with Sweden and Canada will be the first with those countries since the 2003 Women’s World Cup.
The Four Nations marks the return of forward Heather O’Reilly to the full National Team. The 19-year-old was on pace to make the 2003 Women’s World Cup Team before breaking her left leg against Ireland on June 14 of last year and could not recover in time to earn a roster spot. O’Reilly, who has 18 caps and three goals, played her freshman season at North Carolina last fall, coming on strong at the end of the year and was named Offensive MVP of the NCAA Final Four.
Including O’Reilly, Heinrichs named four players from the USA’s 2002 Under-19 Women’s World Championship team in forward Lindsay Tarpley (20 years old), a 23-goal scorer for the Tar Heels as a sophomore, and midfielders Leslie Osborne (20) and Lori Chalupny (19).
Osborne, a junior at Santa Clara who was the WCC Player of the Year in 2003, will be one of three players looking for their first caps at the senior level. Former Philadelphia Charge midfielder Stacey Tullock and Arizona State and U.S. U-21 defender Amy LePeilbet will make their first-ever trips with the full National Team. Defender Heather Mitts, who has five caps, will also make her first trip abroad with the full National Team.
The tournament should pose a wonderful opportunity for a group of young forwards in O’Reilly, Tarpley and Abby Wambach, who have combined for just 47 caps. Wambach, the 2003 Chevrolet U.S. Soccer Female Player of the Year, was one of the breakout stars of the 2003 Women’s World Cup, and has scored 14 goals in her 22 games. Shannon MacMillan, whose courageous comeback from ACL surgery to make the Women’s World Cup Team was well chronicled, is the most experienced of the strikers with 159 caps and 59 goals and will be looking for her first extended taste of game action since the injury last May.
Not counting the three veterans of the 1991 Women’s World Cup team on the roster (Julie Foudy, Kristine Lilly and Joy Fawcett), the USA will bring a team with an average age of 24.2 years. In a side note, Foudy, the U.S. co-captain along with Fawcett, will celebrate her 33rd birthday tomorrow by getting on a plane for her seventh trip to China.
U.S. Women’s National Team Roster
January 30-February 3, 2004
Four Nations Tournament (Shenzhen, China.)
|1||Scurry, Briana||GK||5'9"||09/07/71||Dayton, Minn.||UMass||127/0|
|2||Bivens, Kylie||D||5'5"||10/24/78||Upland, Calif.||Santa Clara||16/0|
|3||Rampone, Christie*||D||5'6"||06/24/75||Point Pleasant, N.J.||Monmouth||108/4|
|4||Reddick, Cat||D||5'5"||02/10/82||Birmingham, Ala.||North Carolina||34/3|
|5||Roberts, Tiffany||M||5'3"||05/05/77||San Ramon, Calif.||North Carolina||105/7|
|6||Chastain, Brandi||D||5'7"||07/21/68||San Jose, Calif.||Santa Clara||172/30|
|7||Boxx, Shannon||M||5'8"||06/29/77||Redondo Beach, Calif.||Notre Dame||9/4|
|8||MacMillan, Shannon||F||5'5"||10/07/74||Escondido, Calif.||Portland||159/59|
|9||Hamm, Mia||F||5'5"||03/17/72||Chapel Hill, N.C.||North Carolina||245/144|
|10||Wagner, Aly||M||5'5"||08/10/80||San Jose, Calif.||Santa Clara||53/12|
|11||Foudy, Julie||M||5'6"||01/23/71||Mission Viejo, Calif.||Stanford||239/42 |
|12||Parlow, Cindy||F||5'11"||05/08/78||Memphis, Tenn.||North Carolina||134/65 |
|13||Lilly, Kristine||M||5'4"||07/22/71||Wilton, Conn.||North Carolina||263/93|
|14||Fawcett, Joy||D||5'6"||02/08/68||Huntington Beach, Calif.||California||224/26|
|15||Markgraf, Kate*||D||5'7"||08/23/76||Bloomfield Hills, Mich.||Notre Dame||104/0|
|18||Mullinix, Siri||GK||5'8"||05/22/78||Greensboro, N.C.||North Carolina||41/0|
|19||Hucles, Angela||M||5'7"||07/05/78||Virginia Beach, Va.||Virginia||24/1|
|20||Wambach, Abby||F||5'11"||06/02/80||Rochester, N.Y.||Florida||22/14|
|21||Mitts, Heather||D||5'5"||06/06/78||Cincinnati, Ohio||Florida||5/0|
|22||Branam, Jenni||GK||5'7"||10/08/80||Placentia, Calif.||North Carolina||5/0|
|23||Chalupny, Lori||M||5'4"||01/29/84||St. Louis, Mo.||North Carolina||4/0|
|24||Luckenbill, Kristen||GK||5'9"||05/28/79||Paoli, Pa.||Dartmouth||0/0|
|25||Tarpley, Lindsay||M||5'6"||09/22/83||Kalamazoo, Mich.||North Carolina||7/0|
|26||Osborne, Leslie||M||5'8"||05/27/83||Menomonee Falls, Wis.||Santa Clara||0/0|
|27||O’Reilly, Heather||F||5'5"||01/02/85||East Brunswick, N.J.||North Carolina||18/3|
|28||Tullock, Stacey||M||5'7"||09/20/78||Phoenix, Ariz.||Arizona State||0/0 |
|29||LePeilbet, Amy||D||5'5"||03/12/82||Reno, Nev.||Arizona State||0/0|
GOALKEEPERS (2): Briana Scurry, Siri Mullinix; DEFENDERS (7): Kylie Bivens, Joy Fawcett, Kate Markgraf (*nee Sobrero), Heather Mitts, Amy LePeilbet, Christie Rampone (*nee Pearce), Cat Reddick; MIDFIELDERS (9): Shannon Boxx, Lori Chalupny, Julie Foudy, Angela Hucles, Kristine Lilly, Leslie Osborne, Tiffany Roberts, Stacey Tullock, Aly Wagner; FORWARDS (4): Shannon MacMillan, Heather O’Reilly, Lindsay Tarpley, Abby Wambach.