CHICAGO (March 5, 2007) - The U.S. Under-21 Women’s National Team will travel to England March 9 through the 18 for its first matches abroad since the 2006 Nordic Cup in Norway. U.S. head coach Bill Irwin will bring 18 players over the pond for three matches against top English clubs as the USA will square off against Blackburn on March 13, Everton on March 14 and Leeds on March 15, which features at least seven England internationals including several first-choice players. The U.S. team will also get the rare treat of taking in a Manchester United match at Old Trafford as the Red Devils take on Bolton Wanders on March 17. Nine players on the roster were members of the U.S. team that played at the 2006 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Championship, where the team finished in fourth place. Irwin played 17 years of professional soccer, including eight seasons in England with Cardiff City, winning several Welsh Cups, and played in the European Cup Winner’s Cup competition, before moving to the United States in 1978 where he played seven seasons in the NASL.
U-21 WNT Schedule
March 13 Blackburn Ladies
March 14 Everton Ladies
March 15 Leeds Ladies
U-21 WNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Kelsey Davis (Portland), Val Henderson (UCLA);
DEFENDERS (6): Jordan Angeli (Santa Clara), Marian Dalmy (Santa Clara), Nikki Krzysik (Virgina), Stephanie Logterman (Texas), Meghan Schnur (UConn), Brittany Taylor (UConn)
MIDFIELDERS (5): Brittany Bock (Notre Dame), Tina DiMartino (UCLA), Ali Krieger (Penn State), Amanda Poach (Santa Clara), Kylee Rossi (Tennesee)
FORWARDS (5): Amanda Cinalli (Notre Dame), Kerri Hanks (Notre Dame), Ella Masar (Illinois), Amy Rodriguez (USC), Michele Weissenhofer (Notre Dame)
U.S. Under-21 Women’s National Team head coach Bill Irwin will bring 24 players to a training camp at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., running from February 17-23. Among several scrimmages, the U-21s will play a pair of games against WNT head coach Greg Ryan’s senior side on Sunday, Feb. 18, at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Seven of the players on the U-21 roster were members of the U.S. team that participated in the 2006 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Championship. Irwin will use this camp in part to formulate a roster that will travel to England from March 9-18 where the U-21s will play several top English women’s clubs.
Roster by Position
GOALKEEPERS (2): Joanna Haig (Louisville), Dianne Pfenniger (Texas)
DEFENDERS (7): Marissa Abegg (Stanford), Erin Hardy (UCLA), Nikki Krzysik (Virginia), Stephanie Logterman (Texas), Kasey Moore (Texas), Hillary Schwarzbach (Santa Clara), Sue Weber (Hofstra)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Brittany Bock (Notre Dame), Tina DiMartino (UCLA), Carly Dobratz (Washington State), Kara Kabellis (Wisconsin), Ali Krieger (Penn State), Lisa Sari (Portland), Meghan Schnur (UConn), Laura Robinson (Texas A&M)
FORWARDS (7): Kiki Bosio (Santa Clara), Kylie Rossi (Tennessee), Ella Masar (Illinois), Jessica Okorafo (Purdue), Rachel Rapinoe (Portland), Jessica Rostedt (Virginia), Michele Weissenhofer (Notre Dame)
CHICAGO (January 2, 2007) – U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Greg Ryan will bring 28 players to The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., for a five-day training camp from Jan. 11-15, preceding the team’s trip to China for the 2007 Four Nations Tournament.
Following the camp, Ryan will name a 20-player roster for the prestigious tournament that features four of the top-12 teams in the world, including top-ranked Germany, as well as England (12), China (9) and the USA (2). All four teams will return to China from Sept. 10-30, for the 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup.
This will be the sixth time the USA has traveled to China in January for the Four Nations Tournament, an annual competition that always features four of the strongest teams in the world. The USA also participated in 1998, 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2006, taking top honors four times, winning in every year but 2002.
The Four Nations in 1998 saw the U.S. women return to China for the first time since winning the 1991 FIFA Women’s World Cup there. When the Americans touch down in southeastern China in mid-January, it will mark the seventh time in the last 10 years they will have traveled to China, which includes a trip in 2001 that featured two exhibitions against the Steel Roses.
The USA will open the tournament on Jan. 26 against long-time rival Germany as the world’s top two women’s soccer teams clash. The USA will then play England on Jan. 28 and finish the tournament against host China on Jan. 30. The USA will play all three matches in Guangzhou, a bustling metropolis in Southeast China. Stadiums and kickoff times have yet to be finalized.
With several U.S. veterans not participating in the January training camp or the Four Nations Tournament - including the USA’s top two scorers from 2006 in Abby Wambach and Kristine Lilly - the trip to China will be an excellent opportunity for several young forwards to show their talents.
Ryan will bring eight forwards to training camp, the two most experienced being 2004 Olympians Heather O’Reilly (22 years old) and Lindsay Tarpley (23). Also called-up were Natasha Kai (23), who burst onto the international scene last year to score six goals in her first 17 matches, and 19-year-old Lauren Cheney, a member of the U.S. team that played in the 2006 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Championship in Russia. Cheney, who has yet to earn a cap on the senior level, scored 21 goals in all matches for the U.S. U-20s in 2006 and followed that up with a spectacular freshman year at UCLA, where she scored 19 goals and helped lead the Bruins to the NCAA Final Four.
Also earning call-ups were 2006 M.A.C. Hermann Trophy winner Kerri Hanks of Notre Dame, a member of both U.S. teams that played in the 2002 and 2004 FIFA U-19 Women’s World Championship, and Casey Nogueira, a reserve on the 2006 U-20 World Championship squad who came up big as a freshman for the UNC Tar Heels in the NCAA Final Four, scoring in both the semifinal and championship games. Rounding out the of forwards are former Santa Clara star Megan Kakadelas, a member of the USA’s 2002 U-19 World Championship winners, and former Penn State star Tiffany Weimer.
With veteran Aly Wagner not at this camp, young players will also have a chance to shine in the midfield. Joining 2006 Residency Camp members Angela Hucles, Joanna Lohman, Marci Miller, Carli Lloyd and Leslie Osborne (whose play at defensive midfield in place of the injured Shannon Boxx earned her a nomination for U.S. Soccer Female Athlete of the Year), are a trio of young midfielders who distinguished themselves at the U-20 and college levels in 2006. Leading the way are Brittany Bock of Notre Dame and Tobin Heath of UNC, both of whom started for the U.S. U-20s in Russia, as well as 5-foot-10 Yael Averbuch, the ACC Offensive Player of the Year in 2006 for UNC who scored a team-leading 16 goals last season. Heath, a midfielder most of her youth career, also played in the back for the U-20s.
Boxx, who has started 58 games for the USA over the past four years, will re-join training camp as a non-rostered player, but only for light and non-contact work as she continues to rehabilitate a torn ACL suffered last July.
The camp will also bring Nogueira and Heath together for the first time in a WNT training camp. The duo famously starred together in “Ball Tricks Battle,” one of ussoccer.com’s best-ever all_access videos (watch). Nogueira, who graduated from high school a year early to attend UNC, is the youngest player in camp and won’t turn 18 until February 23.
On the back line, veteran Christie Rampone will not be in camp, but the USA still has a slew of experienced defenders in Kate Markgraf, Cat Whitehill, Heather Mitts and Lori Chalupny. Young defenders Tina Frimpong, Stephanie Lopez (who captained the USA in Russia) and India Trotter all got excellent experience during the 2006 Residency Training Camp. Hard-nosed Stanford defender Rachel Buehler, a starter for the USA in both the 2002 and 2004 FIFA U-19 Women’s World Championships, gets her second call-up to the WNT, while Penn State sophomore Sheree Gray, a flank midfielder on the 2004 U-19 team, earns her first.
Whitehill, who scored a career-high five goals from the back in 2006, is sitting on 99 caps and, should she make the roster, could make her historic 100th international appearance vs. Germany. At 24 years, 350 days, she would become the fifth youngest player ever to earn a 100th cap for the USA. Only Cindy Parlow, Mia Hamm, Lorrie Fair and Lilly (in that order) would have been younger.
In goal, U.S. veterans Hope Solo and Briana Scurry lead the way, while UCLA junior Val Henderson, who earned a spot on the FIFA All-Star Team last summer in Russia, will see action in her first-ever WNT training camp.
The U.S. training camp roster is filled with youth (it averages just 23 years of age) and features just seven players who were members of the USA’s 2004 Olympic gold medal-winning team. Eleven of the players have yet to earn a cap for the USA, and Trotter has just one.
Ryan called in four players from 2006 NCAA champion North Carolina in O’Reilly, Averbuch, Heath and Nogueira, and two players from runner-up Notre Dame in Hanks and Bock. Fifteen of the 28 players have played in a FIFA youth world championship for the USA, a major indication of the U-19/U-20 program’s impact on the senior team.
2007 Four Nations Tournament Schedule
|Jan. 26||China vs. England||Guangzhou, China|
|Jan. 26||USA vs. Germany||Guangzhou, China|
|Jan. 28||China vs. Germany||Guangzhou, China|
|Jan. 28||USA vs. England||Guangzhou, China|
|Jan. 30||Germany vs. England||Guangzhou, China|
|Jan. 30||USA vs. China||Guangzhou, China|
UNITED STATES WOMEN’S NATIONAL SOCCER TEAM TRAINING CAMP ROSTER
Training Camp Roster
Jan. 11-15, 2007
The Home Depot Center – Carson, Calif.
|Averbuch, Yael||M||5-10||11/03/86||Upper Montclair, N.J.||UNC||0/0|
|Bock, Brittany||M||5-7||04/11/87||Naperville, Ill.||Notre Dame||0/0|
|Buehler, Rachel||D||5-5||08/26/85||Del Mar, Calif.||Stanford||0/0|
|Cheney, Lauren||F||5-8||09/30/87||Indianapolis, Ind.||UCLA||0/0|
|Chalupny, Lori||D||5-4||01/29/84||St. Louis, Mo.||UNC||29/2|
|Frimpong, Tina||D||5-9||05/20/82||Vancouver, Wash.||Washington||17/0|
|Gray, Sheree||D||5-2||12/12/85||Toms River, N.J.||Penn State||0/0|
|Hanks, Kerri||F||5-6||09/03/85||Allen, Texas||Notre Dame||0/0|
|Heath, Tobin||M||5-6||05/29/88||Basking Ridge, N.J.||UNC||0/0|
|Henderson, Val||GK||5-7||04/19/86||Orinda, Calif.||UCLA||0/0|
|Hucles, Angela||M||5-7||07/05/78||Virginia Beach, Va.||Virginia||59/5|
|Kai, Natasha||F||5-8||05/22/83||Kahuku, Hawaii||Hawaii||17/6|
|Kakadelas, Megan||F||5-9||07/26/83||Carlsbad, Calif.||Santa Clara||0/0|
|Lloyd, Carli||M||5-8||07/16/82||Delran, N.J.||Rutgers||21/1|
|Lohman, Joanna||M||5-5||06/26/82||Silver Spring, Md.||Penn State||7/0|
|Lopez, Stephanie||D||5-6||04/03/86||Elk Grove, Calif.||Portland||9/0|
|Markgraf, Kate||D||5-7||08/23/76||Bloomfield Hills, Mich.||Notre Dame||153/0|
|Miller, Marci||M||5-7||12/04/75||St. Charles, Ill.||SMU||13/0|
|Mitts, Heather||D||5-5||06/09/78||Cincinnati, Ohio||Florida||63/2|
|Nogueira, Casey||F||5-6||02/23/89||Cedarburg, Wis.||UNC||0/0|
|O’Reilly, Heather||F||5-5||01/02/85||East Brunswick, N.J.||UNC||51/8|
|Osborne, Leslie||M||5-8||05/27/83||Brookfield, Wis.||Santa Clara||30/2|
|Scurry, Briana||GK||5-8||09/07/71||Dayton, Minn.||UMass||158|
|Solo, Hope||GK||5-9||07/30/81||Richland, Wash.||Washington||37|
|Tarpley, Lindsay||F||5-6||09/22/83||Kalamazoo, Mich.||UNC||58/13|
|Trotter, India||D||5-8||03/10/85||Plantation, Fla.||Florida State||1/0|
|Weimer, Tiffany||F||5-4||12/05/83||North Haven, Conn.||Penn State||0/0|
|Whitehill, Cat||D||5-5||02/10/82||Birmingham, Ala.||UNC||99/11|
GOALKEEPERS (3): Val Henderson (Orinda, Calif.), Briana Scurry (Dayton, Minn.), Hope Solo (Richland, Wash.);
DEFENDERS (9): Rachel Buehler (Del Mar, Calif.), Lori Chalupny (St. Louis, Mo.), Tina Frimpong (Vancouver, Wash.), Sheree Gray (Toms River, N.J.), Stephanie Lopez (Elk Grove, Calif.), Kate Markgraf (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.), Heather Mitts (Cincinnati, Ohio), India Trotter (Plantation, Fla.), Cat Whitehill (Birmingham, Ala.);
MIDFIELDERS (8): Yael Averbuch (Upper Montclair, N.J.), Brittany Bock (Naperville, Ill.), Tobin Heath (Basking Ridge, N.J.), Angela Hucles (Virginia Beach, Va.), Carli Lloyd (Delran, N.J.), Joanna Lohman (Silver Spring, Md.), Marci Miller (St. Charles, Ill.), Leslie Osborne (Brookfield, Wis.) ;
FORWARDS (8): Lauren Cheney (Indianapolis, Ind.), Kerri Hanks (Allen, Texas), Natasha Kai (Kahuku, Hawaii), Megan Kakadelas (Carlsbad, Calif.), Casey Nogueira (Cedarburg, Wis.), Heather O’Reilly (East Brunswick, N.J.), Lindsay Tarpley (Kalamazoo, Mich.), Tiffany Weimer (North Haven, Conn.)
Head Coach: Greg Ryan - Colorado Springs, Colo.
Asst. Coach: Bret Hall - St. Charles, Ill.
Asst. Coach: Billy McNicol - Huntington Beach, Calif.
GK Coach: Phil Wheddon - Monroe, Conn.
General Manager: Nils Krumins - Manhattan Beach, Calif.
Team Physician: Dr. Scott Powell - Pacific Palisades, Calif.
Sports Psych. Consultant: Dr. Colleen Hacker - Tacoma, Wash.
Medical Trainer: Julie O’Connell - Chicago, Ill.
Medical Trainer: Greg Banks - Charleston, S.C.
Massage Therapist: Scott Street - Atlanta, Ga.
Massage Therapist: Jarrod Fritz - Charleston, S.C.
Equipment Manager: Jeanine Avila - West Covina, Calif.
Team Security: Mark Pharris - Atlanta, Ga.
Videographer: Noelle Jouglet - San Diego, Calif.
Press Officer: Aaron Heifetz - Cypress, Calif.
Full name is Brittany Christine Bock … Involved in Fellowship of Christian Athletes ... Graduated in May 2009 with a degree in marketing from the Notre Dame … Received the Leader of Distinction Award … She is always listening to music and loves to dance ... Favorite color is green ... Loves the outdoors and hiking ... Enjoys reading ... Fascinated by outer-space and watching the “Planet Earth” documentaries ... Her Grandma O’Neal is her inspiration ... Has a very large sweet tooth … Can’t get enough of Grandpa Bock’s “old school” home cooking ... Aspires to be a sports/fitness model ... Favorite animal is a turtle … Has had five pet turtles: Speedy, Jenny, Willie, Mac and Segundo (aka Squirt) ... Family has a golden retriever Grizzly ... Worked as independent distributor of jewelry following in the footsteps of her mother, Kelly, and her sister, Jenny ... Jenny played on the Eastern Illinois soccer team … The Bock sisters won the National 3-vs.-3 soccer tournament in 2002 at the Disney Complex, in Orlando ... Brother Erik is a sophomore studying theology at Notre Dame … Her father, Brian, was standout baseball player at Illinois.
Played in 92 games during a stellar career at Notre Dame, scoring 46 goals with 29 assists as she played multiple positions … One of 17 Notre Dame players to reach 100 career points (finished with 121) ... Shares the Irish record for career goals in the NCAA Tournament (10) ... Her 23 career points in NCAA tournament play rank fourth … She holds two interesting records in the NCAA record books 1) her goal vs. Georgetown in 2005 sparked the quickest three-goal span by one team in NCAA history (0:51) 2) Her goal at North Carolina in a 2007 NCAA Round of 16 game sparked fastest back-to-back scores by one team in NCAA Championship history (0:14) ... As a senior, she was an ESPN the Magazine First-Team Academic All-American selection and a Hermann Trophy semifinalist ... She earned All-Big East First-Team honors ... Played in 22 games while making 17 starts and finished with six goals and nine assists for 21 points as Notre Dame’s third leading scorer … Scored the game winner at second-ranked North Carolina in Notre Dame’s 1-0 win ... Scored two goals against Marquette in a span of 86 seconds … Battled through injuries in the postseason, but returned at the College Cup to help Notre Dame reach the NCAA Championship … As a junior, she was named an NSCAA First-Team All-American ... Also named an ESPN the Magazine Third-Team Academic All- American ... Was co-recipient of the Big East Offensive Player of the Year as she scored a career high 16 goals ... Named as a final-15 Hermann Trophy candidate and a First-Team All-Big East selection as she led the conference with 10 goals during league play … As a sophomore, she was Second-Team All-Great Lakes Region and Second-Team All-Big East … She missed first four games while playing for the USA in the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, but still finished third on the team in scoring and sixth in the Big East with 12 goals and seven assist for 31 points ... Tied for team lead with six game-winning goals ... Named to the NCAA All-Tournament Team after helping the Irish to the NCAA championship game … As a freshman, she was named Second-Team All-Big East while racking up 33 points on 12 goals and nine assists … Had points in 12 of final 13 games (8g, 5a in final 11) … Started 17 of 24 matches she played and scored Notre Dame’s lone goal in the 3-1 loss to Portland in the quarterfinals of the 2005 NCAA Tournament … Did not play high school soccer as a junior, instead gaining unique experience by playing with the Chicago Magic U-17/18 boys team … Returned to high school soccer at Neuqua Valley as a senior, helping her team win the state title ... Totaled 24 goals and seven assists in 24 games played … NVHS trailed defending champ New Trier 3-0 in title game before amazingly rallying in second half for 6-3 win ... A two-time Parade All-American and three-time NSCAA All-American.
Date of Birth
Apr 11, 1987