U.S. Women's National Team Arrive in Seoul, South Korea for 2008 Peace Queen Cup
The U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team arrived in Seoul, South Korea on the afternoon of June 9. The team will have five full days to prepare for its first match of the 2008 Peace Queen Cup against Australia on June 15 at the Suwon Sports Complex.
June 10, 2008
Notes from Seoul, South Korea
2008 Peace Queen Cup
June 10, 2008
U.S. WOMEN ARRIVE IN SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA FOR 2008 PEACE QUEEN CUP: The U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team arrived in Seoul, South Korea on the afternoon of June 9. The team will have five full days to prepare for its first match of the 2008 Peace Queen Cup against Australia on June 15 at the Suwon Sports Complex. U.S. head coach Pia Sundhage has brought a 21-player roster to Korea for what will be the USA’s fourth tournament of the year, all coming in four different countries. The U.S. won the Four Nations Tournament in China in January, took the Algarve Cup in Portugal in March, and then won the CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Mexico in April. The USA’s 12-plus hour flight from Los Angeles was a smooth one and the team trained for the first time on the morning of June 10, running through a 90-minute workout on a field outside of the Seoul Olympic Stadium, site of the 1998 Winter Games. The U.S. will have one training session per day until the first match with some afternoon weight lifting before taking on the Matildas for the third time this year. Unlike the Peace Queen Cup in 2006, in which the U.S. played all three its group games in different cities (Kimhae, Cheonan and Suwon), the team will be based in Seoul for the whole tournament and play all three of its first round games at the Suwon Sports Complex. Should the U.S. win its group and will play in the championship match on June 21, that game will be played at the Suwon World Cup Stadium, where the U.S. men famously defeated Portugal at the 2002 FIFA World Cup. For a complete Peace Queen Cup schedule, click here.
2008 Peace Queen Cup Groups
Group A (World Ranking) Group B
South Korea (23) United States (1)
New Zealand (24) Italy (13)
Canada (9) Brazil (4)
Argentina (27) Australia (12)
U.S. WNT Peace Queen Cup Schedule
Date Opponent Venue City Kickoff / ET
June 15 USA vs. Australia Suwon Sports Complex Suwon, South Korea 2 p.m. / 1 a.m.
June 17 USA vs. Brazil Suwon Sports Complex Suwon, South Korea 2 p.m. / 1 a.m.
June 19 USA vs. Italy Suwon Sports Complex Suwon, South Korea 5 p.m. / 4 a.m.
U.S. Women’s National Team Roster
2008 Peace Queen Cup – Suwon, South Korea
GOALKEEPERS (3): Nicole Barnhart (Gilbertsville, Pa.), Briana Scurry (Dayton, Minn.), Hope Solo (Richland, Wash.);
DEFENDERS (6): Rachel Buehler (Del Mar, Calif.), Lori Chalupny (St. Louis, Mo.), Kate Markgraf (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.), Heather Mitts (Cincinnati, Ohio), Christie Rampone (Point Pleasant, N.J.), Cat Whitehill (Birmingham, Ala.);
MIDFIELDERS (8): Shannon Boxx (Redondo Beach, Calif.), Tobin Heath (Basking Ridge, N.J.), Angela Hucles (Virginia Beach, Va.), Carli Lloyd (Delran, N.J.), Heather O’Reilly (East Brunswick, N.J.), Lindsay Tarpley (Kalamazoo, Mich.), Aly Wagner (San Jose, Calif.), Kacey White (Arlington, Texas);
FORWARDS (4): Lauren Cheney (Indianapolis, Ind.), Natasha Kai (Kahuku, Hawaii), Amy Rodriguez (Lake Forest, Calif.), Abby Wambach (Rochester, N.Y.).
THE PRICE IS RIGHT FOR THE WNT: When the USA was in training camp in Los Angeles a few weeks ago, a bunch of players had the chance to appear on the iconic game show The Price is Right, with host Drew Carey, who as soccer fans know, is quite a soccer fan himself. The players that weren’t on stage sat in the audience and were conspicuous by their raucous cheering, which was impressive, even when you consider the usual enthusiasm shown by the Price Is Right studio audience. For a clip of the team on The Price is Right, which will air on June 13 (11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. ET; 10:00-11:00 a.m. PT on the CBS), go to the Sights & Sounds section of ussoccer.com.
PEACE QUEEN CUP FLASHBACK: The U.S. won the championship of the inaugural Peace Queen Cup in 2006, which has been staged as a tournament for men’s club teams (The Peace Cup) every other year since 2003. Olympique Lyonnaise defeated Bolton Wanders for the title in 2007. In 2006, Kristine Lilly stole the show for the U.S., scoring the lone goal in the team’s 1–1 draw with Denmark to open the tournament. She also scored in the 2–0 win over Australia, while Lindsay Tarpley and Cat Whitehill scored in the 2–0 win over the Netherlands that put the U.S. into the championship. In the title game against Canada, Lilly’s fantastic solo effort in the 68th minute gave the Americans a 1–0 victory and the championship. Lilly earned unanimous MVP honors and also won the Silver Shoe as the second-leading scorer in the tournament.
U.S. SWEEPS DOMESTIC MATCHES AS WARM-UP FOR PQC: The U.S. team arrives in South Korea with a record of 13-0-1 in 2008 after having won its three most recent matches on U.S. soil, the first domestic games for the team this year. Two of those games were against Australia (a 3-2 win on April 27 and a 5-4 win on May 3), the USA’s first opponent in group play at the Peace Queen Cup. The game is shaping up to be an interesting one as Australia scored five goals on the U.S. in the two consecutive matches, a feat that had been accomplished just once before when Norway scored seven times in consecutive games in 1992. However, Australia recently crashed out of the Asian Women’s Championships in Vietnam, finishing fourth after consecutive 3-0 losses to North Korea (semifinal) and Japan (third place match). Australia also lost 3-1 to Japan in Group play.
22 FOR 18: Following the completion of the USA’s most recent training camp at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., U.S. head coach Pia Sundhage cut the pool of players still in the running for spots on the Olympic Team to 22. Barring injuries, Sundhage will choose the 18-player Olympic squad from those 22, 21 of whom are in South Korea for the Peace Queen Cup. Defender Ali Krieger is in Germany finishing her club season for powerhouse FFC Frankfurt. Sundhage will likely name the squad following the completion of the Peace Queen Cup where she will get at least three, and hopefully four, matches to make her final evaluations.
TARPLEY APPROACHING 100 CAPS: Twenty players have reached the 100-game plateau for the U.S. Women’s National Team. Five, amazingly, have 200 or more caps and we won’t even talk about Kristine Lilly’s 340. But soon the Century Club will induct another member. Midfielder Lindsay Tarpley has 93 caps and with the U.S. playing 7-to-8 more matches before the Olympics, the 24 year old could hit 100 caps before the U.S. leaves for China. Incidentally, with nine goals this year Tarpley has moved into the top 15 all-time U.S. goal scoring with 26 career goals. Keep a lookout on ussoccer.com for a Q&A with the clever midfielder later on at the Peace Queen Cup.
ASIA, AGAIN: This is the second-ever trip to South Korea for the U.S. Women’s National Team following its participation in the Peace Queen Cup in 2006, but it does mark the USA’s 10th trip to Asia this decade. With China hosting back-to-back world championships, the U.S. team certainly has done the work to acclimate to unique conditions of playing in Asia.
The U.S. Women’s National Team has made 17 Asian trips since its inception in 1985. Twelve of those trips have been to China, two to Japan, two to South Korea and one to Chinese Taipei.
Stat of Note
The U.S. Women’s National Team will play at least nine matches in Asia this year (three in China in January, three in South Korea at the Peace Queen Cup and three at the Olympics). The number will increase to 13 if the U.S. advances to the championship game of the Peace Queen Cup and makes the Olympic medal game. Nine games ties a record for most-ever matches played in Asia in a calendar year by the U.S. women. The U.S. played nine games in Asia in 1991, 2006 and 2007.