One of the most versatile players in U.S. history, she is able to play almost every position in the U.S. midfield as well as at forward and has in fact played in all those spots over her nine-year international career. Tarpley has rounded into shape at just the right time to make her second World Cup roster after being sidelined by an ACL injury in 2009 and part of 2010. She is playing with strength and confidence, which combined with her willingness to play any role asked of her, give the USA valuable depth.
Women's National Team
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A forward during her highly successful youth career, she has played mostly in the midfield for the Women’s National Team although she played some forward in 2006 and 2007 … Under Pia Sundhage, she has played almost exclusively in the midfield, playing both in the attacking spot or on the flank … By the age of 21, she had 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 against host Canada and the first-ever world title for youth women … The second came in the 2004 Olympic gold medal game off a blast from 25 yards out into the lower left corner for the game’s first score … 2010: Played in just one match for the USA as she returned to fitness following her recovering from a torn ACL … That appearance came in 45 minutes off the bench against China on Oct. 6 in Chester, Pa … 2009: Played in six games for the USA, starting three, and scored one goal, that coming in a 4-0 victory against Canada in Toronto … Tore her right ACL during training with the Red Stars in August and was out for the rest of the year … 2008: Had her best scoring year for the WNT, pounding in 12 goals with five assists in 34 matches, 30 of which she has started … Scored one goal at the Olympics, but it was a big one, giving the USA a 3-0 lead against New Zealand in the eventual 4-0 win and putting the USA ahead on goal difference to win the group … Started all six games at the 2008 Olympics … Had three two-goal games, tallying twice against Canada and Finland at the Four Nations Tournament and Australia on May 3 in Birmingham, Ala. … Earned her 100th cap in the Olympic send-off match in San Diego, Calif. on July 16 becoming the 23rd American female player to hit the century mark … Earned her 100th cap in the same stadium at the University of San Diego where she earned her first cap … With her 12 goals in 2008, she moved into the top-13 all-time scorers in U.S. history … 2007: Playing almost full-time at striker, she played in 21 games, starting 13, and scored four goals with five assists … Played in three matches at her first Women’s World Cup, starting one game … Had an assist in the third-place match … 2006: Played in 20 of the USA’s 22 matches, starting 13, and scored five goals … Started all three games at the Four Nations Tournament in China … Played in all four games at the Algarve Cup, starting two, and scored against Denmark … 2005: Played in five games, starting two, including the championship game against Germany at the Algarve Cup, when she played all 90 minutes … 2004: Had a breakout year, playing in 25 matches and making 13 starts … Played in all six Olympic matches, starting three, and was the second youngest player on the team … Scored the first eight goals of her full National Team career (and had three assists), tallying against Sweden, Canada, Mexico, Norway and Brazil, among others … She played only six minutes in one Fan Celebration Tour game due to her commitments to her college team, but it was still the third-best scoring performance for a 20-year-old in U.S. history, just one point behind Julie Foudy and nine points behind Kristine Lilly … Came on for legend Julie Foudy in Foudy’s final national team game in December of 2004 … 2003: Earned her first eight caps in 2003, starting two matches … Youth National Teams: Named the 2002 U.S. Soccer Young Female Athlete of the Year … Scored one of the biggest goals in U.S. Women’s National Team history when she tallied in sudden death overtime of the 2002 U-19 Women’s World Championship Final against Canada to give the USA a 1-0 victory and the title at the first-ever FIFA world championship for youth women … As the team captain, she won the Bronze Boot as the third leading scorer in the tournament, scoring six goals, including the 109th minute strike that defeated Canada in front of almost 50,000 fans in Edmonton … Scored an amazing 24 goals in 26 full U-19 international matches … The captain of the USA’s 2002 CONCACAF Qualifying team, she scored seven goals in three games in the tournament in T&T to help the USA qualify for the 2002 FIFA Under-19 Women’s World Championship … Has eight caps and four goals at the U-21 level, scoring two at the 2003 Nordic Cup in Denmark and two at the 2005 Nordic Cup in Sweden … One of the all-time leaders in full U-19 caps, she first appeared for the USA in international matches at the Varna Cup in Bulgaria in 2000, taking second place in that tournament and playing against Scotland, Ukraine, Moldova and Bulgaria … … Also played with the U.S. U-16 National Team in 1999 at the USYSA International Tournament in Orlando, Florida, facing Sweden, Germany and Japan and against Australia, China, Japan and Canada at the USYSA international tournament in Houston, Texas, in 2000 … First Appearance: Jan. 12, 2003, vs. Japan ... First Goal: Jan. 30, 2004 vs. Sweden (scored twice).
Signed with magicJack for the 2011 WPS Season … 2010: Traded from the Chicago Red Stars to St. Louis Athletica in January of 2010 for goalkeeper Jill Loyden … Played in five matches for St. Louis, starting two, and scored one goal as she was at the tail end of her rehabilitation from ACL surgery … After St. Louis Athletica ceased operations, she signed with the Boston Breakers for the remainder of the campaign … For the Breakers, she played in 17 matches, starting 16, as she regained her fitness and strength, scoring three goals with three assists to help the Breakers to the playoffs … 2009: Allocated to the Chicago Red Stars for the inaugural WPS season in 2009 … Played in 17 matches, starting 16, and had four goals, tied for third most for Americans in the WPS … Also had four assists, tied for third in the WPS … Tore her ACL at the very end of the season … Youth: On the youth level, she played for the Michigan Hawks for three years, winning three state titles … The ’83 Hawks won the regional title at the Under-18 level in 2001, then won the national title, beating the San Diego Surf in the championship game 2-1 … Named MVP of the U-18 National Championship and also won the Golden Boot as top scorer with six goals in three games … Helped the Michigan U-18s to back-to-back ODP National Championships, winning the Golden Boot in 2001.