2007 U.S. Women's World Cup Team Roster & Bios
With 62 days remaining until the USA’s opening match of the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup, U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Greg Ryan has named the first 18 players who will represent the United States on women’s soccer’s grandest stage.
July 11, 2007
2007 UNITED STATES WOMEN’S WORLD CUP – ROSTER BY POSITION
GOALKEEPERS (3): Nicole Barnhart (Gilbertsville, Pa.), Briana Scurry (Dayton, Minn.), Hope Solo (Richland, Wash.);
DEFENDERS (5): Tina Ellertson (Vancouver, Wash.), Stephanie Lopez (Elk Grove, Calif.), Kate Markgraf (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.), Christie Rampone (Point Pleasant, N.J.), Cat Whitehill (Birmingham, Ala.);
MIDFIELDERS (6): Shannon Boxx (Redondo Beach, Calif.), Lori Chalupny (St. Louis, Mo.), Marci Jobson (St. Charles, Ill.), Carli Lloyd (Delran, N.J.), Leslie Osborne (Brookfield, Wis.), Aly Wagner (San Jose, Calif.);
FORWARDS (4): Kristine Lilly (Wilton, Conn.), Heather O’Reilly (East Brunswick, N.J.), Lindsay Tarpley (Kalamazoo, Mich.), Abby Wambach (Rochester, N.Y.).
2007 UNITED STATES WOMEN’S WORLD CUP – ALPHABETICAL ROSTER
|Barnhart, Nicole||GK||5-10||10/10/81||Gilbertsville, Pa.||Stanford||3/0|
|Boxx, Shannon||M||5-8||06/29/77||Redondo Beach, Calif.||Notre Dame||66/14|
|Chalupny, Lori||M||5-4||01/29/84||St. Louis, Mo.||UNC||40/4|
|Ellertson, Tina||D||5-9||05/20/82||Vancouver, Wash.||Washington||22/0|
|Jobson, Marci||M||5-7||12/04/75||St. Charles, Ill.||SMU||14/0|
|Lilly, Kristine||F||5-4||07/22/71||Wlton, Conn.||UNC||327/123|
|Lloyd, Carli||M||5-8||07/16/82||Delran, N.J.||Rutgers||32/5|
|Lopez, Stephanie||D||5-6||04/03/86||Elk Grove, Calif.||Portland||20/0|
|Markgraf, Kate||D||5-7||08/23/76||Bloomfield Hills, Mich.||Notre Dame||159/0|
|O'Reilly, Heather||F||5-5||01/02/85||East Brunswick, N.J.||UNC||61/10|
|Osborne, Leslie||M||5-8||05/27/83||Brookfield, Wisc.||Santa Clara||40/2|
|Rampone, Chrstie||D||5-6||06/24/75||Point Pleasant, N.J.||Monmouth||164/4|
|Scurry, Brianna||GK||5-8||09/07/71||Dayton, Minn.||UMass||162/0|
|Solo, Hope||GK||5-9||07/30/81||Richland, Wash.||Washington||44/0|
|Tarpley, Lindsay||F||5-6||09/22/83||Kalamazoo, Mich.||UNC||69/15|
|Wagner, Aly||M||5-5||08/10/80||San Jose, Calif.||Santa Clara||112/21|
|Wambach, Abby||F||5-11||06/02/80||Rochester, N.Y.||Florida||92/74|
|Whitehill, Cat||D||5-5||02/10/82||Birmingham, Ala.||UNC||110/11|
2007 UNITED STATES WOMEN’S WORLD CUP – ROSTER BY EXPERIENCE
GOALKEEPERS (3): Nicole Barnhart (2007), Briana Scurry (1995, 1999, 2003, 2007), Hope Solo (2007);
DEFENDERS (5): Tina Ellertson (2007), Stephanie Lopez (2007), Kate Markgraf (1999, 2003, 2007), Christie Rampone (1999, 2003, 2007), Cat Whitehill (2003, 2007);
MIDFIELDERS (6): Shannon Boxx (2003, 2007), Lori Chalupny (2007), Marci Jobson (2007), Carli Lloyd (2007), Leslie Osborne (2007), Aly Wagner (2003, 2007);
FORWARDS (4): Kristine Lilly (1991, 1995, 1999, 2003, 2007), Heather O’Reilly (2007), Lindsay Tarpley (2007), Abby Wambach (2003, 2007).
Head Coach: Greg Ryan Colorado Springs, Colo.
Asst. Coach: Bret Hall St. Charles, Ill.
Asst./GK Coach: Phil Wheddon Monroe, Conn.
Asst. Coach: Billy McNicol Huntington Beach, Calif.
Nicole Barnhart – Gilbertsville, Pa.
First Women’s World Cup
Barnhart earned her first cap in goal for the USA at the 2005 Algarve Cup, shutting out France 1-0 in the opening game of the tournament, but she actually earned her first cap, amazingly, as a field player, when the USA ran out of substitutes against Mexico in Kansas City on Oct. 16, 2004, during the “Fan Celebration Tour.” Barnhart played the last four minutes plus stoppage time at forward next to Abby Wambach in the 1-0 win, and played well, actually getting more than a few touches on the ball and nearly assisted on a goal. The youth national team veteran was a member of the 2002, 2003 and 2004 U-21 Nordic Cup Teams, but has just three caps for the senior team. Tall, strong and quick, Barnhart was a member of the 2006 Residency Camp Roster, but injuries slowed her progress. She came into 2007 Residency Training Camp on trial and did very well to earn her spot on the 2007 Women’s World Cup Team.
BRIANA SCURRY – Dayton, Minn.
Fourth Women’s World Cup – Career WWC Stats: 17/17, 1554, GA-12, Record-14-2-1, GAA-0.70
Scurry was the USA’s starter in the last three Women’s World Cup tournaments and has 17 starts in Women’s World Cup play. Her splendid goalkeeping throughout the 1999 Women’s World Cup and her historic save in the penalty kick shootout in the championship game against China, one of the most iconic moments in women’s sports history, helped the U.S. to the title. The wonderfully athletic Scurry has been known for her world class shot-stopping in critical matches, and her play was crucial in helping the USA win the Olympic gold medal in Greece in 2004. The most capped goalkeeper in U.S. history (and most likely world history) with 162 games, she has played in five world championship tournaments for the USA. Scurry got her 76th career shutout (by far a record) against Brazil in the USA’s last match on June 23.
HOPE SOLO – Richland, Wash.
First Women’s World Cup
The athletic Solo had her breakout tournament at the 2005 Algarve Cup, starting the final three matches while earning shutouts against Finland, Denmark and Germany, and has started 32 of the 42 matches under Greg Ryan. Solo has started at every age level in the National Teams programs, but this will be her first world championship. The former Washington Husky All-American has one of the best kicking games in the world and can make the spectacular save. She benefited greatly from stints in the First Divisions of Sweden in 2004 and France in 2005, and her emergence has given the USA perhaps the best goalkeeper corps in the world. Solo picked up her 23rd career shutout (and 21st over the past three years) vs. Mexico on April 14 and has now moved into second place on the USA’s all-time wins and shutouts list for goalkeepers. She needs just two more caps to become the second-most capped goalkeeper in U.S. history.
TINA ELLERTSON – Vancouver, Wash.
First Women’s World Cup
The remarkably athletic Ellerston moved to defender for the USA from forward where she scored a school record 42 career goals for the University of Washington. The mother of a six-year old daughter, Ellertson saw some brief action with the U.S. U-21s early in 2005, but has made much more of an impact with the full team after the position change. The daughter of a Nigerian mother and Ghanaian father, Ellertson (maiden name Frimpong) at one time considered playing for Ghana, but despite ancestry based in Africa’s two top women’s soccer playing nations, both of whom are in the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup, she will ply her talents for the U.S. team. Perhaps the fastest player in U.S. history and an almost unbeatable marking back, she could be called upon to shut down top forwards late in matches. She could get the chance to play against Nigeria, the home country of her mother, Eka.
STEPHANIE LOPEZ – Elk Grove, Calif.
First Women’s World Cup
The youngest player on the 2007 Women’s World Cup Team, she captained the U.S. U-20s to a fourth place finish at the 2006 FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Championship in Russia last fall. She also played every minute for the USA at the 2004 FIFA U-19 Women’s World Championship in Thailand, giving her some tremendous international experience before she started making a major impact on the senior national team this year. Her role became even more critical after the injury to Heather Mitts earlier this year. The only player on the roster with college eligibility remaining, she will head into her senior season at the University of Portland next fall, but will miss a major chunk of the season for Women’s World Cup. Tremendously skillful and confident on the ball, she is equally comfortable at right or left back, giving head coach Greg Ryan more flexibility.
KATE MARKGRAF - Bloomfield Hills, Mich.
Third Women’s World Cup – Career WWC Stats: 11/11, 952, 0G, 0A
After missing several games this year due to injuries, the savvy defender is back at full fitness after the birth of her son Keegan in July of 2006. A starter in the last two Women’s World Cups and two Olympic Games, Markgraf will likely be a key cog in for the U.S. backline as her tremendous recovery speed, world-class heading ability, athleticism and leadership add a huge boost to the U.S. team. The least capped player on the historic 1999 Women’s World Cup Team, Markgraf is closing in on 160 caps for the USA and is one of the team’s most experienced players. While she has been a staple in the middle of the back line with Cat Whitehill, Markgraf has played on the flank in some big games and her versatility makes her even more valuable to the U.S. team.
CHRISTIE RAMPONE – Point Pleasant, N.J.
Third Women’s World Cup – Career WWC Stats: 6/5, 377, 0G, 0A
Rampone was a member of the historic 1999 Women’s World Cup Team, but played in just one match. She started four matches at the 2003 FIFA Women’s World Cup, and played major roles for the USA at both the 2000 and 2004 Olympics. After missing all of 2005 due to pregnancy, Rampone has came back strong in 2006, starting 17 of the 20 games she played, all the while traveling with baby Rylie. She has proven to be an extremely reliable player in the center or on the flank during her national team career, but will likely play outside back during the Women’s World Cup. Her experience playing in World Cup and Olympic matches cannot be underrated. Still one of the fastest U.S. players (she has one of the best 40-yard dash times) and as always, a tremendous competitor, Rampone will be a valuable player for the USA going forward to the Women’s World Cup. With 164 caps, she has moved into the top-10 on the all-time list, currently sitting at No. 9.
CAT WHITEHILL – Birmingham, Ala.
Second Women’s World Cup – Career WWC Stats: 6/5, 495, 2G, 1A
Whitehill, the only player reared in the state of Alabama to earn a cap with the full national team, has become a mainstay in the center of the U.S. back line. She leads the team in minutes played in 2007 and plays an important part in the U.S. attack through her long services and throw-ins on set plays. Whitehill is the only U.S. defender to score twice in a Women’s World Cup match, doing so in the 2003 Women’s World Cup against North Korea (the USA’s first opponent in the 2007 WWC). She scored a legendary 70-yard goal against Sweden on July 15, 2006, and has 11 career goals, making her the third all-time leading scorer among defenders in U.S. history. She has consistently shown her value through her tough tackling, ball winning and world-class long balls, and although just 25, will head into the Women’s World Cup as one of the USA’s most experienced players.
SHANNON BOXX – Redondo Beach, Calif.
Second Women’s World Cup – Career WWC Stats: 5/5, 431, 2G, 0A
Boxx burst onto the international scene four years ago, making the 2003 Women’s World Cup Team without ever previously earning a full national team cap (the only player in history to do so). She has since emerged as one of the world’s best defensive midfielders – she finished third in the voting for FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year in 2005 -- and has come back from major knee surgery that kept her out for the second half of 2006 and the beginning of 2007. She scored the USA’s first goal in the 2003 Women’s World Cup in the opening match against Sweden and started all six games at the 2004 Olympics, scoring the opening goal of that tournament as well as getting the game-winning assist against Japan in the quarterfinal. A classic defensive midfielder with world-class ball-winning skills on the ground and in the air, she is also very skillful with the ball at her feet, and has become a key player in setting the USA’s attacking rhythm. She scored in her first three career caps, tying a U.S. record, including a fantastic header against Sweden at the 2003 WWC, and has pounded in 14 goals in her first 66 matches, a remarkable scoring rate for a holding midfielder. She was named MVP of the prestigious Algarve Cup tournament in Portugal in 2004 and 2006.
LORI CHALUPNY – St. Louis, Mo.
First Women’s World Cup
The versatile Chalupny has become a consistent force in the U.S. midfield, playing a two-way linking role between attacking midfielder Carli Lloyd and defensive midfielder Shannon Boxx. She had a breakout tournament at the 2005 Algarve Cup, starting all four matches while playing primarily left back, her first experience at that position at any level, but has found a home in midfield, from where she scored a crackerjack goal against China to help the USA to the Four Nations title last January. Chalupny was a member of the 2004 Olympic Residency Camp, and didn’t make the Olympic Team, but since then she has risen in importance to the U.S. team. Chalupny missed the 2006 Algarve Cup and a huge chunk of Residency Training Camp last year after suffering a serious concussion in China in January 2006 at the Four Nations, but is now back at full fitness. The unsung hero of the USA’s 2002 FIFA U-19 World Championship Team, she is up to 40 caps at the senior level and looking like a player who can add multiple dimensions to the U.S. team with her work ethic and defense in the middle of the park combined with her well-known offensive prowess.
MARCI JOBSON – St. Charles, Ill.
First Women’s World Cup
The physical midfielder played for the Atlanta Beat in the WUSA and battled injuries during her club career, but emerged as a productive player on one of the league’s best teams. She came in briefly with the National Team during the 1997 Nike U.S. Women’s Cup, but did not see time in a match. Her rebirth came under Greg Ryan, and she has since earned 14 caps, becoming the second-oldest ever player to earn her first cap for the USA, while adding depth and toughness to the defensive midfield slot and rarely failing to get her head on an air ball. She could be a key player for the U.S. team in locking down the midfield should the Americans need to preserve a lead. She is currently the head coach at Northern Illinois University, which advanced to the championship game of its conference tournament last fall.
CARLI LLOYD – Delran, N.J.
First Women’s World Cup
Lloyd had her breakout tournament last March at the 2007 Algarve Cup, scoring four spectacular goals – one in each game – to earn Tournament MVP and Top Scorer honors as the USA won the title. Coming into the Algarve Cup, she had scored just once in 24 previous games. With good height, great skills and a thundering shot, Lloyd was a top player on the U.S. U-21s from 2002-2004. The former Rutgers star trained briefly with the USA during the 2004 Olympic Residency Camp and showed well, but did not get her first real shot at playing time until 2006. A rare player in the women’s game who can put players behind her on the dribble in the center of the field, Lloyd is looking to shoot anytime she gets within 30 yards of the goal, and U.S. goalkeepers can tell you she hits one of the heaviest balls on the team. With 32 caps to her credit, Lloyd is looking like she could be one of the new players who could become a major contributor at the Women’s World Cup.
LESLIE OSBORNE – Brookfield, Wis.
First Women’s World Cup
Osborne was thrust into a consistent starting role in 2006 after the injury to Shannon Boxx and performed exceptionally well. She is up to 40 caps and with Boxx back, the depth in the U.S. midfield is now enviable. She got some extremely valuable games with Boxx out, including the Women’s World Cup qualifiers, and she scored in the championship game of the CONCACAF Women’s Gold Cup. Osborne was a key member of the USA’s 2002 Under-19 World Championship team, scoring two big goals in the first round (against England and Australia) and played a part in the “golden goal” that beat Canada in the title game, slipping the pass behind the defense during the movement that led to the goal. She finished her U-19 career with 21 caps and four goals, but also has eight caps with the U.S. U-21s and played on the 2003 Nordic Cup championship team. She won an NCAA title as a freshman and helped Santa Clara to the Final Four as a senior in 2004 when she won the NCAA Player of the Year award. Her tackling, heading ability and knack for keeping possession of the ball in midfield gives the USA a pair of world-class defensive midfielders.
ALY WAGNER – San Jose, Calif.
Second Women’s World Cup – Career WWC Stats: 4/2, 193, 0G, 0A
Wagner, who has special playmaking talents that can slice open opposing defenses, is one of the best passing midfielders in U.S. history. Wagner is perhaps as fit as she’s ever been and maybe the fittest player on the U.S. team. She has 38 assists in her career, good for sixth all-time, and earned her 100th cap for the USA against Canada on July 30, 2006. She also has 21 goals in her 112 games, showing she can put the ball in the net as well. Able to pass and shoot equally well with both feet, Wagner presents a clear and present danger to any defense. She is constantly probing for openings to send the dangerous U.S. strikers into the penalty area, as well as working hard for space to fire long range shots on goal. Wagner started the first three matches at the Olympics and came off the bench in the semifinal for the injured Julie Foudy, putting in 55 minutes of valuable work in helping the USA advance to the title game.
KRISTINE LILLY – Wilton, Conn.
Fifth Women’s World Cup – Career WWC Stats: 24/23, 2019, 7G, 4A
The USA’s captain and most capped player in the history of the world, Lilly is also one of the greatest scorers of all-time with 123 goals, sitting only behind Mia Hamm. The tireless Lilly has 327 caps, and at age 35, is still going strong. Amazingly consistent over her remarkable 20 years on the National Team, her endline-to-endline playing style has always been able to impact the game on both ends of the field. She has played primarily forward in a three-front since Greg Ryan took over, freeing her from some defensive tasks and allowing her offensive flair to flourish. Her three goals at the 2004 Olympics were all crucial in one-goal wins, furthering her legend as a big-game player. She had one of her best years ever in 2006, scoring 13 goals including numerous huge game-winners. In hypothetical discussions of the greatest player in women’s soccer history, Lilly’s is most definitely on the short list.
HEATHER O’REILLY – East Brunswick, N.J.
First Women’s World Cup
The youngest player on the 2004 Olympic Team, Heather O’Reilly is still just 22 years old and has already experienced a lot on the international stage, appearing 60 times for the full national team, six times for the U-21s and 18 times for the U-19s. She had a dream senior season for the Tar Heels in 2006, leading UNC to the NCAA title while being named Offensive MVP of the Final Four, scoring key goals down the stretch. One of the fastest players on the team, she used that speed to score one the most important goals in U.S. history against Germany in overtime of the semifinal match. O’Reilly scored an amazing 18 goals in her 18 U-19 international matches, including four goals and seven assists in the 2002 FIFA U-19 World Championship. O’Reilly was on track to make the 2003 Women’s World Cup Team, but a broken leg suffered while scoring a goal against Ireland in June of 2003 ended her chances of being named to the squad, making the selection to this team all the more sweet. She was the 2004 U.S. Soccer Young Female Athlete of the Year.
LINDSAY TARPLEY – Kalamazoo, Mich.
First Women’s World Cup
The 2002 U.S. Soccer Young Female Player of the Year has emerged into a legitimate attacking presence on the forward line for the USA. Her breakout year came in 2004, when she scored against Sweden, Canada, Mexico, Norway and Brazil among her eight goals and now has 15 for her career. A forward all her life, Tarpley had adapted well to the attacking midfielder slot for the USA for the early part of her career, but in 2006 was moved back to forward, where she played during her U-19 WNT days, and that is where she will see most of her minutes in the Women’s World Cup. Even at her young age, Tarpley has scored two of the most important goals in U.S. soccer history, the first when she pounded in a rebound of her own shot in the championship game of the 2002 FIFA U-19 World Championship, giving the USA a dramatic 1-0 sudden death overtime victory over host Canada and the first-ever world title for youth women. (She won the Bronze Boot as the third-leading scorer in the tournament). The second came in the 2004 Olympic gold medal game off a blast from 25 yards out into the lower left corner. Despite being just 23 years old, Tarpley’s experience in world championship events and her versatility will make her a valuable part of the U.S. team moving forward.
ABBY WAMBACH – Rochester, N.Y.
Second Women’s World Cup – Career WWC Stats: 6/5, 427, 3G, 0A
The dynamic striker was the USA’s leading scorer at the 2003 Women’s World Cup with three goals, including the historic game-winner in the 1-0 victory over Norway in the quarterfinals, and at the 2004 Olympics with four goals, including the dramatic game-winner in the gold medal match against Brazil. She reached 50 career goals for the USA in fewer matches than anyone but the great Michelle Akers and currently has 74 in just 92 games, good for 13th best all-time in world history. The 2003 and 2004 U.S. Soccer Women’s Player of the Year is extremely technical despite her size and with a world-class heading and shooting abilities. She is an intimidating force for any defense to handle and brings physicality to the game that is almost impossible to contain over 90 minutes. She led the team in scoring in 2007 with 17 goals and finished fourth in the voting for FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year.