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Sundhage Names 24-Player Roster For WNT Training Camp From Dec. 5-15 at The Home Depot Center

CHICAGO (Nov. 13, 2009) – U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Pia Sundhage has called in 24 players for an 11-day training camp running from Dec. 5-15 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. This will be the last action of the year for the U.S. women, who have compiled a record of 7-0-1 in full international matches in 2009.

Eighteen players on the roster come from WPS clubs, but Sundhage has also called in six of the nation’s top college players who are finishing up their seasons this fall.

Sixteen of the 18 players that were a part of the USA’s roster for the 1-0 victory over Germany in late October were named to this camp, including Abby Wambach, who scored the winning goal in that match in front of 30,000 fans in Augsburg, Germany. Wambach comes into camp as the most-capped player on the roster with 131 games played for the USA. Defender Cat Whitehill is right behind her at 130. The other players with more than 100 caps on the roster are midfielders Shannon Boxx (118) and Heather O’Reilly (116) and defender Heather Mitts (104). Defender Lori Chalupny looks to be the next U.S. player to hit 100 as she currently sits on 92 career caps.

Midfielder Megan Rapinoe returns to the roster after missing the Germany trip due to minor arthroscopic surgery on her left knee. Midfielder Leslie Osborne also returns to the roster after departing early during the last training camp due a calf injury.

Sundhage called up the USA’s two most experienced collegians in UCLA forward Lauren Cheney (19 caps) and North Carolina midfielder Tobin Heath (19). Both were members of the USA’s gold medal-winning 2008 Olympic Team.

Also getting the nod are midfielder Christine Nairn (Penn State), who was just named the Big Ten Freshman of the Year, goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher (Penn State) who was just named the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year, forward Casey Nogueira (North Carolina), who was the MVP of the ACC Tournament, and forward Kelley O’Hara (Stanford), who scored 23 goals in 20 regular season matches. O’Hara was named the Pac-10 Player of the Year. Nairn and Naeher were members of the USA’s 2008 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Team that took home the title in Chile while Nogueira and O’Hara played for the USA at the 2006 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Russia.

Nairn scored her first-ever goal for the full national team in the USA’s 1-0 victory against Canada on July 22, 2009, in Charleston, S.C. in what was just her second career cap. Nogueira has one senior cap while O’Hara, who has been in one previous full National Team training camp, and Naeher, who gets her first call-up to the senior side, are uncapped.

The five-foot-nine Naeher, who allowed just one goal during her five starts with the U-20s in Chile, will train alongside veterans Hope Solo and Nicole Barnhart.

If one or more of the college players on the roster makes it to the NCAA Women’s College Cup being held at Texas A&M on Dec. 4 and 6, they will arrive a few days late into training camp. Sundhage will also be attending the semifinal matches of the College Cup on Dec. 4 in College Station, Tex.

U.S. WNT ROSTER BY POSITION Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Nicole Barnhart (FC Gold Pride), Alyssa Naeher (Penn State), Hope Solo (St. Louis Athletica)
DEFENDERS (7): Brittany Bock (Los Angeles Sol), Rachel Buehler (FC Gold Pride), Lori Chalupny (St. Louis Athletica), Amy LePeilbet (Boston Breakers), Heather Mitts (Philadelphia Independence), Meghan Schnur (Sky Blue FC), Cat Whitehill (Washington Freedom)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Yael Averbuch (Sky Blue FC), Shannon Boxx (Los Angeles Sol), Tobin Heath (North Carolina), Carli Lloyd (Sky Blue FC), Christine Nairn (Penn State), Heather O’Reilly (Sky Blue FC), Leslie Osborne (Boston Breakers), Megan Rapinoe (Chicago Red Stars)
FORWARDS (6): Lauren Cheney (UCLA), Ella Masar (Chicago Red Stars), Casey Nogueira (North Carolina), Kelley O’Hara (Stanford), Amy Rodriguez (Philadelphia Independence), Abby Wambach (Washington Freedom)

U.S. Midfielder Leslie Osborne Tears ACL

CHICAGO (May 25, 2008) -- U.S. Women’s National Team midfielder Leslie Osborne tore the anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee during training at The Home Depot Center, in Carson, Calif. on May 22 and is out of running for a spot on the 2008 Olympic Team.

Osborne, who has played 60 times for the USA, was a likely candidate for the USA’s 18-player roster for the 2008 Olympics. She scored her third career international goal on May 10 in a 6-0 win over Canada.

Osborne, who turns 25 on May 27, will have knee surgery within the week and will also undergo reconstructive ankle surgery about a month later to take care of some lingering issues.

“I’m going to get both surgeries done and my plan is to be back 100% for the new pro league,” said Osborne. “Hopefully, I’ll make a run for the next World Cup, and then one day get to play in an Olympics.”

Ironically, the U.S. women lost defender Heather Mitts to an ACL tear a year and 10 days before Osborne’s injury, ruling Mitts of the 2007 Women’s World Cup, but she has returned to play the USA’s last three matches and is contending for a spot on the Olympic Team.

Osborne will have about an 8-10 month period of rehabilitation.

“I’m obviously extremely disappointed that I won’t be playing in this Olympics, but I am most disappointed about not being able to be with my team,” said Osborne. “It has been an awesome experience this year and I know they can get it done in China. I will be their biggest fan.”

27 Players Called in for Two-Week Camp at The Home Depot Center as U.S. Women Prepare for Peace Queen Cup in South Korea

CHICAGO (May 19, 2008) – U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Pia Sundhage will bring 27 players to a two-week training camp at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., starting Monday, May 19, and running through Monday, June 2.

At the end of the camp, Sundhage will choose a 20-player roster to compete in the 2008 Peace Queen Cup in South Korea, where the U.S. will play Australia (June 15), Brazil (June 17) and Italy (June 19). If the USA wins the group, it will play for the Peace Queen Cup title on June 21. The U.S. leaves for South Korea on June 8. All the USA’s group matches will be played in Suwon, South Korea. For a complete 2008 Peace Queen Cup schedule, go to ussoccer.com.

Two players currently recovering from minor surgery – goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart (knee) and captain Christie Rampone (gall bladder) – will join the camp should they be fit enough to participate. Defender Keeley Dowling and midfielder Angie Woznuk return to camp after missing action while recovering from back injuries.

With Barnhart sidelined, Sundhage has called in 2004 Olympic gold medalist Kristin Luckenbill to join Hope Solo and Briana Scurry in the U.S. net.

Sundhage has also called in one player who has yet to see training camp action, giving a look to uncapped defender Kendall Fletcher, a former UNC star and veteran of the U.S. U-21 Women’s National Team.

Defender Ali Krieger, who is currently playing for FFC Frankfurt, the top women’s club in Germany and one of the best in Europe, will join camp on May 25 after she is released from club duty. Krieger earned her first two caps for the U.S. in January at the Four Nations Tournament in China.

The reminder of the training camp roster is made up of the players who helped the USA to three wins on its recent domestic tour, downing Australia, 3-2, on April 27 and, 5-4, on May 3, and rolling over Canada, 6-0, on May 10. Twelve different players have scored goals for the USA in 2008, led by Natasha Kai with 10 goals, while Abby Wambach and Lindsay Tarpley have nine each.

This will be the second edition of the Peace Queen Cup, with the USA winning the inaugural tournament in 2006. The competition, which also features North Korea, South Korea, Canada and Argentina, is extremely well-organized and one of the most competitive women’s tournaments in the world leading into the Olympics.

UNITED STATES WOMEN’S NATIONAL SOCCER TEAM
Training Camp Roster
May 19 - June 2, 2008 – The Home Depot Center – Carson, Calif.

Player Pos. Ht. DOB Hometown College Caps/Goals
Boxx, Shannon M 5-8 06/29/77 Redondo Beach, Calif. Notre Dame 89/18
Buehler, Rachel D 5-5 08/26/85 Del Mar, Calif. Stanford 8/0
Chalupny, Lori D 5-4 01/29/84 St. Louis, Mo. UNC 66/6
Cheney, Lauren F 5-8 09/30/87 Indianapolis, Ind. UCLA 9/3
Cox, Stephanie D 5-6 04/03/86 Elk Grove, Calif. Portland 40/0
Dowling, Keeley D 5-8 02/17/83 Carmel, Ind. Tennessee 0/0
Fletcher, Kendall D 5-6 11/11/84 Cary, N.C. UNC 0/0
Heath, Tobin M 5-6 05/29/88 Basking Ridge, N.J. UNC 10/2
Hucles, Angela M 5-7 07/05/78 Virginia Beach, Va. Virginia 80/6
Kai, Natasha F 5-8 05/22/83 Kahuku, Hawaii Hawaii 45/18
Krieger, Ali D 5-6 07/28/84 Dumfries, Va. Penn State 2/0
Lloyd, Carli M 5-8 07/16/82 Delran, N.J. Rutgers 58/15
Luckenbill, Kristin GK 5-9 05/28/79 Paoli, Pa. Dartmouth 14
Markgraf, Kate D 5-7 08/23/76 Bloomfield Hills, Mich. Notre Dame 178/0
Mitts, Heather D 5-5 06/09/78 Cincinnati, Ohio Florida 74/2
O'Reilly, Heather F 5-5 01/02/85 East Brunswick, N.J. UNC 86/19
Osborne, Leslie M 5-8 05/27/83 Brookfield, Wis. Santa Clara 60/3
Rodriguez, Amy F 5-4 02/17/87 Lake Forest, Calif. USC 17/3
Scurry, Briana GK 5-8 09/07/71 Dayton, Minn. Massachusetts 170
Solo, Hope GK 5-9 07/30/81 Richland, Wash. Washington 61
Tarpley, Lindsay M 5-6 09/22/83 Kalamazoo, Mich. UNC 93/26
Trotter, India F 5-8 03/10/85 Plantation, Fla. Florida State 2/0
Wagner, Aly M 5-5 08/10/80 San Jose, Calif. Santa Clara 117/21
Wambach, Abby F 5-11 06/02/80 Rochester, N.Y. Florida 119/95
White, Kacey M 5-4 04/27/84 Arlington, Texas UNC 6/0
Whitehill, Cat D 5-7 02/10/82 Birmingham, Ala. UNC 129/11
Woznuk, Angie M 5-5 03/29/85 El Cajon, Calif. Portland 6/1

Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Kristin Luckenbill (Paoli, Pa.), Briana Scurry (Dayton, Minn.), Hope Solo (Richland, Wash.);
DEFENDERS (9): Rachel Buehler (Del Mar, Calif.), Lori Chalupny (St. Louis, Mo.), Stephanie Cox (Elk Grove, Calif.), Keeley Dowling (Carmel, Ind.), Kendall Fletcher (Cary, N.C.), Ali Krieger (Dumfries, Va.), Kate Markgraf (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.), Heather Mitts (Cincinnati, Ohio), Cat Whitehill (Birmingham, Ala.);
MIDFIELDERS (9): Shannon Boxx (Redondo Beach, Calif.), Tobin Heath (Basking Ridge, N.J.), Angela Hucles (Virginia Beach, Va.), Carli Lloyd (Delran, N.J.), Leslie Osborne (Brookfield, Wis.), Lindsay Tarpley (Kalamazoo, Mich.), Aly Wagner (San Jose, Calif.), Kacey White (Arlington, Texas), Angie Woznuk (El Cajon, Calif.);
FORWARDS (6): Lauren Cheney (Indianapolis, Ind.), Natasha Kai (Kahuku, Hawaii), Heather O’Reilly (East Brunswick, N.J.), Amy Rodriguez (Lake Forest, Calif.), India Trotter (Plantation, Fla.), Abby Wambach (Rochester, N.Y.).

Team Staff:
Head Coach: Pia Sundhage; Redondo Beach, Calif.
Asst. Coach: Jillian Ellis; Los Angeles, Calif.
Asst. Coach: Erica Walsh; State College, Pa.
GK Coach: Phil Wheddon; Monroe, Conn.
Sports Science/Fitness Coach: Helena Andersson Orebro, Sweden
General Manager: Cheryl Bailey; Redondo Beach, Calif.
Athletic Trainer: Gigi Garcia; Miami, Fla.
Athletic Trainer: Michele Gould; Wilmington, De.
Equipment Manager: Andrew Dessert; Kansas City, Mo.
Massage Therapist: Mark Higgins; Chicago, Ill.
Massage Therapist: Scott Street; Virginia Beach, Va.
Massage Therapist: Jerrod Fritz; Charleston, S.C.
Videographer: Noelle Jouglet; San Diego, Calif.
Videographer: Libby Wells; San Diego, Calif.
Team Security: Mark Pharris; Atlanta, Ga.
Press Officer: Aaron Heifetz; Cypress, Calif.

U.S. Women's National Team Dominates Canada 6-0 at RFK Stadium as Natasha Kai Scores First Career Hat Trick

WASHNGTON, D.C. (May 10, 2008) – The U.S. Women’s National Team ended a three-game domestic tour with a comprehensive 6-0 victory over Canada as forward Natasha Kai scored her first career hat trick. Lindsay Tarpley, Carli Lloyd and Leslie Osborne also added goals in what was a dominating performance from the opening whistle.

Amazingly, the USA scored six goals without getting one from top scorer Abby Wambach, who played creator in this match, dishing for three assists.

This game quickly took a different direction from the last meeting between the two countries on April 12 in the championship game of the CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Tournament. That game was won by the USA in penalty kicks and didn’t see its first goal until overtime in the 107th minute, followed by an equalizer from Canada with just four minutes left.

In front of a festive crowd of almost 10,000 tonight at RFK Stadium, the USA out-shot Canada 21-2, holding their northern neighbors without a shot in the second half, and scored five second half goals.

““I’m thrilled,” said U.S. head coach Pia Sundhage. “We talked about changing up the rhythm in the attack. My dream is to take this game to the next level and I think we can do it. We’re halfway there. The way we played today, there were so many good things I could stand here for an hour just talking about how good it was. And still it could be better.”

The match was clearly going the USA’s way after the Americans earned seven corner kicks in the first 15 minutes with a rhythmical, ball possession attack that kept Canada scrambling to clear numerous crosses from its penalty area and make several last-ditch tackles inside the penalty box.

The first goal came in the 23rd minute as Wambach controlled a ball at the top of the penalty box on the left side with her back to the goal. She played a short square pass into the path of the sprinting Tarpley who hammered her first-time shot on a line just inside the right post to give the USA a well-deserved 1-0 lead.

The spectacular strike was the 26th career goal for Tarpley and the ninth of 2008, besting her previous high for a calendar year when she found the net eight times in 2004.

The second half barrage started in the 54th minute as Lloyd looped a high ball into the penalty box that at first didn’t look dangerous. Kai positioned herself under the falling sphere and snapped off a header that surprised Canadian goalkeeper Erin McLeod, hitting off her leg and into the net to make it 2-0.

The USA’s third goal came just six minutes later on yet another fantastic build-up and quick possession in the final third. The ball was played to Shannon Boxx on the right wing and she swung a perfect spinning cross into the penalty area that was met by Kai just inside the six-yard box. The Hawaiian got a good piece of the ball and powered a header past McLeod to make it 3-0.

The fourth goal, and third in a nine-minute span, came as the USA busted Canada’s restraining line with a perfectly-timed pass from Wambach that sprung Lloyd on a breakaway. The attacking midfielder made a great run from behind and then out-ran Canada’s defense to the top of the penalty box. She took a touch to her right to elude McLeod and slotted the ball into the open net as she tumbled to the ground. The goal was the fifth for Lloyd in 2008 and 15th of her young career.

Kai just missed the hat trick in the 72nd minute as Lloyd played a nifty pass to slice open the Canada back line. Kai had a one-on-one chance inside the penalty area, but McLeod came out quickly to stuff the shot with a brave save.

Three minutes later Kai got another chance and this one she finished. This time it was Wambach who played a perfectly-weighted ball behind the Canadian backs to give Kai and open look at goal and she drew McLeod out of her goal before poking a slow roller into the lower right corner from 10 yards out.

The three goals marked the first career hat trick for Kai and upped her career total to 18 in 45 games. The goals also gave her a team-leading 10 for the year.

The USA had numerous other chances to add to the lead during the second half, including a 69th minute header from Wambach that was cleared off the line by Canadian defender, but by that time the USA had all the goals they needed.

The game was capped by the third-career goal from midfielder Leslie Osborne, who came into the match in the 70th minute. Forward Amy Rodriguez, herself a 76th minute sub, blew by a defender in the right side of the penalty box and turned the corner before slipping a short pass into the seam that Osborne slammed into the goal from 10 yards out. It was Osborne’s first goal since Nov. 26, 2006, when she scored against Canada in the championship game of the 2007 Women’s World Cup qualifying tournament.

The U.S. women, who has been on the road since April 21 will now go on a break before regrouping in Los Angeles for a two-week training camp at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., that begins on May 19. Following that camp, the USA will have a week break before heading to the Peace Queen Cup in South Korea where it will face Australia, Brazil and Italy in first-round play.

- U.S. WOMEN'S NATIONAL TEAM GAME REPORT -

Match-up: USA vs. Canada
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: RFK Stadium, Washington, D.C.
Date: May 10, 2008; Kickoff – 7:00 p.m. ET
Attendance: 9,332
Weather: Cloudy, cool – 60 degrees

Scoring Summary:
           1   2   F
USA   1   5   6
CAN   0   0   0

USA – Lindsey Tarpley (Abby Wambach)  23rd minute.
USA – Natasha Kai (Carli Lloyd)                 54.
USA – Natasha Kai (Shannon Boxx)          60.
USA – Carli Lloyd (Abby Wambach)           63.
USA – Natasha Kai (Abby Wambach)        75.
USA – Leslie Osborne (Amy Rodriguez)   87.

Lineups:
USA: 18-Hope Solo; 17-Lori Chalupny, 3-Christie Rampone – Capt., 15-Kate Markgraf, 2-Heather Mitts; 9-Heather O’Reilly (16-Angela Hucles, 76), 7-Shannon Boxx, 11-Carli Lloyd, 5-Lindsay Tarpley (12-Leslie Osborne, 70); 6-Natasha Kai (19-Amy Rodriguez, 76), 20-Abby Wambach.
Subs not used: 1-Briana Scurry, 4-Cat Whitehill, 13-Tobin Heath, 14-Stephanie Cox.
Head Coach: Pia Sundhage

CAN: 18-Erin McLeod; 6-Sophie Schmidt (4-Clare Rustad, 46), 9-Candace Chapman, 10-Martina Franko, 11-Randee Hermus; 8-Diana Matheson, 19-Jonelle Filigno, 7-Rhian Wilkinson (5-Robin Gayle, 73); 12-Christine Sinclair, 14-Melissa Tancredi (17-Brittany Timko, 90), 15-Kara Lang (21-Jodi-Ann Robinson, 70).
Subs not used: 1-Karina LeBlanc, 2-Kristina Kiss, 13-Amy Walsh.
Head Coach: Even Pellerud

Statistical Summary:
USA / CAN
Shots: 21 / 2
Shots on Goal: 13 / 0
Saves: 0 / 6
Corner Kicks: 11 / 3
Fouls: 9 / 10
Offside: 3 / 3

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Carli Lloyd (caution) 27th minute.

Officials
Referee: Sandra Serafini (USA)
Asst. Referee: Debbie Coleman (USA)
Asst. Referee: Meredith Hacket (USA)
4th Official: Byran Roslund (USA)

Sierra Mist Woman of the Match: Natasha Kai

U.S. Women's National Team Defeats Australia, 5-4, Scoring Winning Goal in Extra-Time for Second Straight Match

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (May 3, 2008) – In a wild match that saw the U.S. Women’s National Team score two own goals and give up a three-goal lead in the second half, substitute midfielder Angela Hucles provided the game-winner in the 94th minute as the U.S. defeated Australia, 5-4, while getting the winning goal in extra time for the second straight game.

The win gives the U.S. women a sweep of Australia in the two-game domestic set after winning, 3-2, in Cary, N.C. on April 27. The victory ups the USA’s 2008 record to 12-0-1 heading into a match against Canada on May 10 at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. Kick-off is 7 p.m. ET and the match will be streamed live on ussoccer.com’s MatchACCESS.

“There is something with this team that we refuse to lose,” said U.S. head coach Pia Sundhage. “The way we’re winning is different, but playing in games like this is so important for us to deal with. This is another good result by the U.S. team.”

After giving up an own goal in the 19th minute, the USA scored four times in a 17-minute stretch that included the end of the first half and the first minute of the second, only to let Australia score three consecutive goals in the second half to tie the match at 4-4.

Against the Matildas in Cary, Carli Lloyd was the hero, scoring the winner in the 91st minute. This time, Hucles supplied the dramatics, scoring in the 94th minute as she crisply volleyed home from eight yards with her left foot after running under a flicked header from Wambach, who had won the ball off a long free kick from Cat Whitehill. Just seconds after Australia kicked off, the match was over.

Wambach scored the USA’s second and fourth goals while Lindsay Tarpley, starting at an outside midfielder position for the first time since 2004, supplied the first and third. The two goals for Wambach gave her 95 in just 118 games and put her five short of the magical 100-goal mark. For Tarpley, the two scores upped her career total to 25 and gave her eight in 2008, tying her previous high in a calendar year, achieved in 2004.

There was little clue early on that the game would end 5-4 and Australia actually had the first chance in just the fourth minute as speedy forward Sarah Walsh got behind the defense on a pass that split the USA’s center backs right up the middle. U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo came out to challenge and tried to tackle with her feet, but Walsh dribbled around her. Still, Solo delayed her enough that the U.S. defenders could recover and Christie Rampone was able to clear the shot away about three yards from the goal line.

The USA gave Australia a bit of a lift in the 19th minute after Walsh got free down the right flank and hit a hard cross on the ground. Whitehill was retreating and tried to slide and clear, but as she fell, inadvertently knocked the ball into her own net from just a few yards away.

Before and after the own goal the U.S. team was controlling most of the play and held a 7-1 advantage in shots when they struck twice in two minutes to take the lead.

The first U.S. goal came in the 28th minute after a nice series of quick passes led to outside back Stephanie Cox getting an uncontested cross from the left wing. She drove the ball to the far post where Shannon Boxx headed it back into the mix in the middle. The ball deflected off the head of an Australia defender and directly to Tarpley, who slashed through to send a bullet header into the net from five yards out.

About a minute later, it was 2-1 after forward Natasha Kai played her running mate Wambach a nice pass through the defense and into the right side of the penalty box. Wambach beat Clare Polkinghorne with a stutter-step before slapping her shot through the legs of goalkeeper Melissa Barbieri and into the near post from a sharp angle.

The USA added a third goal three minutes before halftime as Kai got behind the defense on the right side and chipped a cross through the goal area. Tarpley took the ball down with her chest inside the penalty area as she moved to her right to separate from a defender and then struck a volley just inside the left post.

The USA had piled up a 14-3 shot advantage by halftime and the match seemed to be sealed when the Americans scored just 19 seconds into the second half to make it 4-1. Outside back Heather Mitts got a ball down the right wing on an overlap and cut a pass back to Boxx who hit a first-time cross into the penalty area over a pulled up Australia back line. Unmarked, Wambach headed powerfully home from just inside the six-yard box.

The Aussie showed fantastic fighting spirit to tie the match, out-shooting the U.S. by an 8-7 margin after the break, but the comeback was not without a little assistance from the USA. Just three minutes after Wambach’s second goal, Australia got one on a bit of a fluke play as Collete McCallum launched a long ball from inside her defensive half. The ball got over the U.S. backs and took a big hop at the top of the box, flying over second half substitute goalkeeper Briana Scurry who had come out of the penalty area to challenge. With U.S. defenders in tow, Walsh was able to run down the loose ball and knock it into the open net from just a few feet away.

Australia made it 4-3 in the 64th minute as Lauren Colthorpe took a short square pass from Joanne Burgess at the top of the right side of the penalty box and lashed her shot into the lower left corner, giving Scurry no chance.

The tying goal came just five minutes later and it was eerily similar to the USA’s first own goal. Burgess got some space in the right side of the penalty area and hit a hard cross on the ground that got past Scurry at the near post, but didn’t seem to be headed to an Aussie player. Rampone tried to clear, but slid and knocked it into the U.S. net from close range.

Tarpley just missed the hat trick in the 68th minute after Boxx once again headed a dropping ball back across the face of the net, but the U.S. midfielder had two tall defenders in her way and couldn’t turn the ball on goal.

U.S. forward Lauren Cheney came into in the match in the 80th and had a chance to settle things just seconds later as Boxx played her a short bouncing ball to the top of the six-yard box. With some space, she fired her uncontested half-volley over the goal from seven yards away.

Australia had its chance to get a winner in 88th minute as Colthorpe unleashed a blast from distance that smacked against the crossbar, but it was Hucles who finished her chance five minutes later to seal the win. The goal, the sixth of her career, was the first for Hucles since Oct. 16, 2004, against Mexico in a match that she also scored the game-winner in a 1-0 victory.

The match also marked just the sixth time in 23-year history of the U.S. Women’s National Team that the squad has allowed four goals in a match and first time the team has ever won a game while allowing that many goals against.

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- U.S. WOMEN'S NATIONAL TEAM GAME REPORT -

Match-up: USA vs. Australia
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Legion Field; Birmingham, Ala.
Date: May 3, 2008; Kickoff – 4 p.m. CT
Attendance: 5,000
Weather: Hot, humid – 74 degrees

Scoring Summary:  1   2   F
USA                             3   2   5
AUS                             1   3   4

AUS – Own Goal (Cat Whitehill)                         19th minute.
USA – Lindsay Tarpley (unassisted)                 28.
USA – Abby Wambach (Natasha Kai)               29.
USA – Lindsay Tarpley (Natasha Kai)               42.
USA – Abby Wambach (Shannon Boxx)            46.
AUS – Sarah Walsh (Collette McCallum)         49.
AUS – Lauren Colthorpe (Joanne Burgess)   64.
AUS – Own Goal (Christie Rampone)              69.
USA – Angela Hucles (Abby Wambach)           94+

Lineups:
USA: 18-Hope Solo (1-Briana Scurry, 46); 2-Heather Mitts (26-Rachel Buehler, 58), 3-Christie Rampone – Capt., 4-Cat Whitehill, 14-Stephanie Cox; 21-Kacey White (16-Angela Hucles, 46), 7-Shannon Boxx, 11-Carli Lloyd, 5-Lindsay Tarpley (9-Heather O’Reilly, 74); 6-Natasha Kai (8-Lauren Cheney, 80), 20-Abby Wambach
Subs not used: 12-Leslie Osborne, 15-Kate Markgraf.
Head Coach: Pia Sundhage

AUS: 1-Melissa Barbieri ; 3-Karla Reuter (4-Dianne Alagich, 51), 5-Cheryl Salisbury - Capt., 11-Clare Polkinghorne (2-Kate McShea, 58), 16-Lauren Colthorpe; 19-Kim Carroll, 7-Heather Garriock, 14-Collette McCallum, 20-Joanne Burgess (17-Kyah Simon, 74); 9-Sarah Walsh, 12-Kate Gill (8-Caitlin Munoz, 85)
Subs not used: 6-Amber Neilson, 10-Joanne Peters, 13-Amy Chapman, 15-Sally Shipard, 18-Lydia Williams, 22-Selin Kuralay, 23-Leah Blayney.
Head Coach: Tom Sermanni

Statistical Summary: USA / AUS
Shots:                                21 / 11
Shots on Goal:                   7 / 6
Saves:                                  2 / 2
Corner Kicks:                      3 / 3
Fouls:                                   9 / 16
Offside:                                1 / 2

Misconduct Summary:
AUS – Collette McCallum (caution)           31st minute.

Officials:
Referee: Sandra Serafini (USA)
Asst. Referee: Sharon Wheeler (USA)
Asst. Referee: Patrick Baker (USA)
4th Official: William Cleland (USA)

Sierra Mist Woman of the Match: Lindsay Tarpley

Sundhage Names 25 Players for WNT Matches in Cary, N.C., Birmingham, Ala., and Washington, D.C.

CHICAGO (April 18, 2008) – After a successful run at the 2008 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying tournament, U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Pia Sundhage will bring 25 players on a three-week, three-city, three-game road trip for the USA’s first domestic matches of the year. The USA will arrive in Cary, N.C. on April 22 to begin the tour.

All 25 players will travel and train in the three cities, but Sundhage will suit up only 18 players for each match. The U.S. opens the tour on April 27 against Australia at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C., with kickoff scheduled for 7 p.m. ET. The U.S. team will then travel to Birmingham, Ala., hometown of U.S. defender Cat Whitehill, to face Australia on May 3 at the famed Legion Field with kickoff scheduled for 4 p.m. CT. The U.S. will finish the tour on May 10 against Canada at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C., with kickoff slated for 7 p.m. ET.

The match from Legion Field will be broadcast live on Fox Soccer Channel and the three matches will be available on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker.

The U.S. women are 10-0-1 under Sundhage in 2008, having won tournaments in China in January, Portugal in March and Mexico in April.

All of the players who have been training and playing regularly with the USA over the past few months will be competing for spots on the 18-player game rosters, with the exception of midfielder Angie Woznuk, who is still rehabbing a back injury.

Two 2004 Olympic gold medalists are back with the squad after prolonged absences. Midfielder Aly Wagner rejoins the team after recovering from a double-hernia surgery in late January. Defender Heather Mitts is also back on the roster after missing out on Olympic qualifying while taking the final steps back to fitness during her recovery from ACL surgery.

For the game in Cary against Australia, tickets starting at $18 are on sale through ussoccer.com, by phone at 919-834-4000, and at all Raleigh-Durham area Ticketmaster ticket centers (including Macy’s and FYE stores).

For the match in Birmingham against Australia, tickets starting at $18 are on sale through ussoccer.com, by calling 205-715-6000, and at all Birmingham-area Ticketmaster ticket centers (including Publix and FYE stores).

Tickets for USA-Canada range in price from $20 to $70. Additionally, special VIP on-field seats for $150, are available online at ussoccer.com, through all Baltimore-Washington Ticketmaster outlets (including Macy’s stores), and by phone (Washington 202-397-SEAT (7328); Baltimore 410-547-SEAT (7328); Northern Virginia 703-573-SEAT (7328); out of state 1 800 551 SEAT (7328)). Groups of 20 or more can obtain a discount order form at ussoccer.com or call 312-528-1290

Australia is ranked 12th in the most recent FIFA Women’s World Rankings and finished in the top eight at the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Considered one of the most exciting teams in the tournament by fans, the Australian team pushed finalist Brazil to the limit before falling 3-2 in the quarterfinals. The most recent meeting between the teams resulted in a 2-0 U.S. victory at the Peace Queen Cup in South Korea in October 2006.

The USA and ninth-ranked Canada will write another chapter in their rivalry just 28 days after meeting for the title at the 2008 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Mexico. On that day, the USA triumphed 6-5 in a shootout after the game was tied 1-1 through 120 minutes of regulation and overtime.

UNITED STATES WOMEN’S NATIONAL SOCCER TEAM ROSTER
USA vs. Australia – April 27 – WakeMed Soccer Park -- Cary, N.C.
USA vs. Australia – May 3 – Legion Field -- Birmingham, Ala.
USA vs. Canada – May 10 – RFK Stadium -- Washington, D.C.

No. Players Pos. Ht. DOB Hometown College Caps/Goals
1 Scurry, Briana GK 5-8 09/07/71 Dayton, Minn. Massachusetts 169
2 Mitts, Heather D 5-5 06/09/78 Cincinnati, Ohio Florida 71/2
3 Rampone, Christie D 5-6 06/24/75 Point Pleasant, N.J. Monmouth 187/4
4 Whitehill, Cat D 5-7 02/10/82 Birmingham, Ala. North Carolina 127/11
5 Tarpley, Lindsay M 5-6 09/22/83 Kalamazoo, Mich. North Carolina 90/23
6 Kai, Natasha F 5-8 05/22/83 Kahuku, Hawaii Hawaii 42/14
7 Boxx, Shannon M 5-8 06/29/77 Redondo Beach, Calif. Notre Dame 86/18
8 Cheney, Lauren F 5-8 09/30/87 Indianapolis, Ind. UCLA 8/3
9 O’Reilly, Heather F 5-5 01/02/85 East Brunswick, N.J. North Carolina 83/19
10 Wagner, Aly M 5-5 08/10/80 San Jose, Calif. Santa Clara 117/21
11 Lloyd, Carli M 5-8 07/16/82 Delran, N.J. Rutgers 55/13
12 Osborne, Leslie M 5-8 05/27/83 Brookfield, Wis. Santa Clara 59/2
13 Heath, Tobin M 5-6 05/29/88 Basking Ridge, N.J. North Carolina 9/2
14 Cox, Stephanie D 5-6 04/03/86 Elk Grove, Calif. Portland 39/0
15 Markgraf, Kate D 5-7 08/23/79 Bloomfield Hills, Mich. Notre Dame 176/0
16 Hucles, Angela M 5-7 07/05/78 Virginia Beach, Va. Virginia 77/5
17 Chalupny, Lori D 5-4 01/29/84 St. Louis, Mo. North Carolina 64/6
18 Solo, Hope GK 5-9 07/30/81 Richland, Wash. Washington 58
19 Rodriguez, Amy F 5-4 02/17/87 Lake Forest, Calif. USC 15/3
20 Wambach, Abby F 5-11 06/02/80 Rochester, N.Y. Florida 116/92
21 White, Kacey M 5-4 04/27/84 Arlington, Texas North Carolina 4/0
22 Trotter, India D 5-8 03/10/85 Plantation, Fla. Florida State 2/0
23 Dowling, Keeley D 5-8 02/17/83 Carmel, Ind. Tennessee 0/0
24 Barnhart, Nicole GK 5-10 10/10/81 Gilbertsville, Pa. Stanford 8
26 Buehler, Rachel D 5-5 08/26/85 Del Mar, Calif. Stanford 6/0

U.S. Women's National Team Roster By Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Nicole Barnhart (Gilbertsville, Pa.), Briana Scurry (Dayton, Minn.), Hope Solo (Richland, Wash.);
DEFENDERS (9): Rachel Buehler (Del Mar, Calif.), Lori Chalupny (St. Louis, Mo.), Stephanie Cox (Elk Grove, Calif.), Keeley Dowling (Carmel, Ind.), Kate Markgraf (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.), Heather Mitts (Cincinnati, Ohio), Christie Rampone (Point Pleasant, N.J.), India Trotter (Plantation, Fla.), 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.), Leslie Osborne (Brookfield, Wis.), Lindsay Tarpley (Kalamazoo, Mich.), Aly Wagner (San Jose, Calif.), Kacey White (Arlington, Texas);
FORWARDS (5): Lauren Cheney (Indianapolis, Ind.), Natasha Kai (Kahuku, Hawaii), Heather O’Reilly (East Brunswick, N.J.), Amy Rodriguez (Lake Forest, Calif.), Abby Wambach (Rochester, N.Y.)

Team Staff:
Head Coach: Pia Sundhage Redondo Beach, Calif.
Asst. Coach: Jillian Ellis Los Angeles, Calif.
Asst. Coach: Erica Walsh State College, Pa.
GK Coach: Phil Wheddon Monroe, Conn.
Sports Science/Fitness Coach: Helena Andersson Orebro, Sweden
General Manager: Cheryl Bailey Redondo Beach, Calif.
Athletic Trainer: Gigi Garcia Miami, Fla.
Athletic Trainer: Michele Gould Wilmington, De.
Equipment Manager: Andrew Dessert Kansas City, Mo.
Massage Therapist: Mark Higgins Chicago, Ill.
Massage Therapist: Pamela DuRant Darlington, S.C.
Videographer: Noelle Jouglet San Diego, Calif.
Videographer: Libby Wells San Diego, Calif.
Team Security: Mark Pharris Atlanta, Ga.
Press Officer: Aaron Heifetz Cypress, Calif.

Earned her first nine caps for the USA in 2004, starting six matches … A member of the U.S. team that won the 2002 FIFA Under-19 Women’s World Championship … 2009: Played in just one match for the USA, against Canada in Charleston, S.C., as she regained her form in the WPS after coming back from a serious knee injury … 2008: Played in eight matches, starting three, including the championship game victory against Canada at CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying in Mexico, but tore her left ACL on May 27 during training, knocking her out of the Olympics … Took the opportunity during the break to have reconstructive surgery on her left ankle as well … Scored one goal before her knee injury, that coming in a 6-0 rout of Canada on May 10 in Washington, D.C. … 2007: Earned an increasingly important role as a defensive midfielder, playing in 22 matches during the year, starting 15 … Played in five matches at the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup, her first world championship at the senior level, starting four games and effectively marked some of the world’s best players … 2006: Played in 19 matches, starting 12, and scored both of her career goals, the first against Chinese Taipei in a rout, and the second in the CONCACAF Women’s Gold Cup Final against Canada … Played in all three matches off the bench at the Four Nations Tournament in China … Played in two matches off the bench at the Algarve Cup … 2005: Played in just two matches after recovering from major surgery on her right ankle in December of 2004 … 2004: Played in her first nine matches, starting six … Was a member of the USA’s 2004 Olympic Residency Training Camp … 2003: Was on the bench for the USA’s match against Brazil in New Orleans on July 13, 2003 … Youth National Teams: 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, starting the movement that led to the goal … Scored one goal in CONCACAF Qualifying in Trinidad & Tobago to help the USA advance to the world championship … Finished her U-19 career with 21 caps and four goals … Also has eight caps with the U.S. U-21s and played on the 2003 Nordic Cup championship team … First Appearance: Jan. 30, 2004, vs. Sweden … First Goal: Oct. 1, 2006, vs. Chinese Taipei.
Signed with the Boston Breakers as a free agent during the WPS off-season … 2009: Allocated to FC Gold Pride for the inaugural WPS season, where she played in the same stadium where she played her college soccer for Santa Clara … Played in 19 matches for Gold Pride, starting 18 and led the team in minutes played with 1,622 … Captained the Gold Pride … Etc.: Played for FC Milwaukee for seven years, winning state titles every year … Won U-20 National Championship in 2001, scoring the winning goal in the championship game ... Played with the Sacramento Storm in the WPSL in 2005, helping the club to the national championship game.
Full name is Leslie Marie Osborne … Majored in Communications and has an interest in broadcasting … Sister Danielle played soccer for Whitewater, a Division III school in Wisconsin … Played basketball at Catholic Memorial as a freshman and sophomore, when she made all-conference … Her favorite foods are chocolate and cheese … Loves to travel, especially to Hawaii … Wants to live in Europe at some point in her life … Also loves kids and coaching soccer … Loves fashion and would like to create her own fashion line one day … Was a model in a high fashion runway show during the Peace Queen Cup in South Korea in 2006 … Was a volunteer assistant coach for the Santa Clara Broncos in the 2005 season.
As a senior, she was the winner of the NCAA’s prestigious Honda Award as the nation’s top female athlete in her sport … Finished her Bronco career with 44 goals and 34 assists … Named the WCC Defender of the Year, becoming the first player in league history to be selected as both the Player of the Year (which she accomplished in 2003) and Defender of the Year … Led the Broncos to the program's 10th NCAA semifinal appearance and was named to the College Cup All-Tournament team … Named to the All-WWC First-Team for the fourth consecutive time and a semifinalist for the 2004 M.A.C. Hermann Trophy … Was also an NSCAA First-Team All-American … The team captain started all 25 contests, scoring nine goals with one assist and led the team with six game-winning goals despite playing the last eight weeks of the season with two torn ligaments in her right ankle, which required surgery after the season … The WCC Player of the Year as a junior for Santa Clara in 2003, leading the team in scoring with 11 goals and six assists … As a sophomore, she was a First-Team All-WCC selection ... Missed one match against Stanford while with the U.S. U-19s at the World Championship … Did not miss a minute the rest of the season … As a freshman, she was named to the Soccer America All-Freshman Team and was First-Team All-WCC honors ... Named to the College Cup All-Tournament Team ... Helped lead Santa Clara to the NCAA title, scoring one goal and getting two assists in the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament ... Scored the Broncos’ second goal against Florida in the Final Four and assisted on the game-winner in the Championship match against North Carolina … Played at Catholic Memorial High School in Waukesha, Wis. ... Had her jersey retired (#10) at CMHS in 2004 … Earned Parade and NSCAA All-American honors as a senior … Also named the Wisconsin Gatorade Player of the Year, and was named the Wisconsin Player of the Year as a sophomore and senior … Led Catholic Memorial to a No. 1 national ranking as two state championships … Recorded 97 goals and 79 assists while leading her prep squad to a 83-5-6 record.
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