CHICAGO (Nov. 13, 2009) â€“ U.S. Womenâ€™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 nationâ€™s top college players who are finishing up their seasons this fall.
Sixteen of the 18 players that were a part of the USAâ€™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 Oâ€™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 USAâ€™s two most experienced collegians in UCLA forward Lauren Cheney (19 caps) and North Carolina midfielder Tobin Heath (19). Both were members of the USAâ€™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 Oâ€™Hara (Stanford), who scored 23 goals in 20 regular season matches. Oâ€™Hara was named the Pac-10 Player of the Year. Nairn and Naeher were members of the USAâ€™s 2008 FIFA U-20 Womenâ€™s World Cup Team that took home the title in Chile while Nogueira and Oâ€™Hara played for the USA at the 2006 FIFA U-20 Womenâ€™s World Cup in Russia.
Nairn scored her first-ever goal for the full national team in the USAâ€™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 Oâ€™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 Womenâ€™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 Oâ€™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 Oâ€™Hara (Stanford), Amy Rodriguez (Philadelphia Independence), Abby Wambach (Washington Freedom)
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
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.
|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.).
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
Weather: Cloudy, cool – 60 degrees
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.
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
USA / CAN
Shots: 21 / 2
Shots on Goal: 13 / 0
Saves: 0 / 6
Corner Kicks: 11 / 3
Fouls: 9 / 10
Offside: 3 / 3
USA – Carli Lloyd (caution) 27th minute.
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
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.