CHICAGO (May 12, 2015) – U.S. Soccer will host its first “Girls Fantasy Camp” during the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada as a special fundraiser to support upcoming development initiatives and continue to grow the sport of soccer in the United States.
U.S. Soccer will accept 18 players into the Girls Fantasy Camp in Winnipeg, from June 7-13. Camp dates will overlap two of the USA’s opening group stage matches against Australia on June 8 and Sweden on June 12.
The camp, open to girls of all skill levels born in the years 2000, 2001 and 2002, will consist of a seven-day training experience designed to mirror a National Team camp environment. The camp will be led by former Women’s National Team players, including camp director Lindsay Tarpley and assistant camp director Kacey Burke.
“This is a very unique opportunity for young players,” said Tarpley. “It’s a chance to see what it is like to be a National Team player on one of the biggest stages, the World Cup. This is something everyone dreams about as a player, but few get to experience.”
Tarpley is a two-time Olympic gold medal winner. She earned 125 caps for the WNT from 2003-2011 and scored 32 goals, putting her among the top-15 all-time goal scorers in U.S. history. Kacey Burke (formerly Kacey White) played for the WNT from 2006-2010. Since retiring, Burke has established herself as a promising coach. She currently serves as an assistant to the U.S. Youth National Teams and as assistant women’s soccer coach at the University of Oklahoma.
“I went to one of the Women’s National Team games when I was nine years old with my mom and two teammates,” said Burke. “It was amazing to see the players up close and personal. It was such a motivator to see females accomplishing what I also hoped to accomplish one day.”
Participation in the Girls Fantasy Camp is made possible through a generous donation to U.S. Soccer, part of which is tax deductible. Camp costs include accommodations, meals, daily training sessions, behind-the-scenes access to a U.S. WNT training session, ground transportation throughout the camp, National Team training gear and more.
U.S. Soccer is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Proceeds from the Girls Fantasy Camp will help fund important development initiatives to foster the next generation of inspirational coaches and players, including need-based scholarships for talented young players, high-performance National Team Programs, and Coaching Education.
A limited number of spots remain open for the Girls Fantasy Camp. If interested, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org by May 22.
CHICAGO (Feb. 26, 2015) – Ballots have been finalized for the National Soccer Hall of Fame Class of 2015 elections, and voting will begin immediately for the Player, Veteran Player and Builder categories. Voting will continue through Friday, March 20, and the election results will be announced shortly after. Induction ceremony details for the Class of 2015 will be announced at a later date.
Players in their first year of eligibility include the following: two-time FIFA World Cup participant and current Columbus Crew head coach Gregg Berhalter; 13-year MLS veteran Jimmy Conrad; 13-year MNT fixture and MLS Cup champion Frankie Hejduk; 2008 Olympic gold medalist Natasha Kai; four-time FIFA World Cup participant and three-time CONCACAF Gold Cup Champion Kasey Keller; 10-year MNT veteran and current LA Galaxy technical director Jovan Kirovski; 1996 Olympic gold medalist and 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup champion Tiffeny Milbrett; two-time MLS Goalkeeper of the Year Pat Onstad; three-time MLS Cup champion Eddie Robinson; Colombian MLS star Diego Serna; two-time Olympic gold medalist Lindsay Tarpley; 15-year veteran and two-time MLS Goalkeeper of the Year Zach Thornton; and six-year WNT forward Christie Welsh.
Of the 31 players on the Player ballot, Robin Fraser and Shannon MacMillan are in their final year of eligibility.
In order to be eligible for election as a Player, an individual must be retired for at least three years, but for no more than 10 years, and have either: 1) Played in at least 20 international games for the U.S., or 2) Played at least five seasons in an American first-division professional league and named to a postseason All-League or All-Star team at least once.
The voting pool includes all past and present full Men's and Women's National Team coaches, all active MLS and NWSL head coaches with a minimum of four years of experience as a head coach at the highest level in the United States, MLS and NWSL management representatives, the MLS and NWSL Commissioners, U.S. Soccer CEO/Secretary General, U.S. Soccer President, designated media members, and all Hall of Famers.
Each voter can list up to 10 candidates per ballot. Any player appearing on at least 66.7 percent of ballots will earn election, while any player who does not appear on at least five percent of ballots will be removed from voting contention until they qualify for the Veteran ballot.
2015 National Soccer Hall of Fame Player BallotChris Armas
* First year of eligibility
** Final year of eligibility; moves to Veteran ballot in 2016
In addition to the Player ballot, voting is also set to begin for the Veteran Player and Builder ballots. Nine players are up for selection on the Veteran ballot, which is voted on only by current Hall of Famers after the list has been narrowed down by a screening committee.
Voters can name up to five Veteran candidates, and the top vote-getter will be elected as long as he or she appears on a minimum of 50 percent of the ballots. If no individual appears on 50 percent of the ballots, then no Veteran will be elected to the 2015 Class. More than one candidate may be elected in the event of a tie.
In order to be eligible for election as a Veteran, an individual must be retired for more than 10 years, and have either: 1) Played in at least 20 international games for the U.S. This requirement is reduced to 10 games if the games were prior to 1990, or 2) Played at least five seasons in an American first-division professional league and named to a postseason All-League or All-Star team at least once. or 3) Played at least five seasons in the MISL between 1984 and the end of the league in 1992, and been selected as a first-team postseason All-Star in at least one of those seasons.
2015 National Soccer Hall of Fame Veteran Ballot
The 2015 Builder ballot includes nine individuals selected by a screening committee and follows the same procedures for election as the Veteran ballot, although the voting pool is expanded to also include select soccer administrators.
Builders must be at least 50 years old and are eligible by making their mark in the soccer community in a non-playing capacity while sustaining a major and positive impact on American Soccer at the national federation or first-division level for at least 10 years. Referees must serve as a FIFA referee for at least seven years to be eligible (although a referee who has less than seven years as a FIFA international referee still can qualify for the list via 10 or more years as a United States first-division referee).
2015 National Soccer Hall of Fame Builder Ballot
Complete information about the election and eligibility procedures is available online at ussoccer.com.
The National Soccer Hall of Fame closed its Oneonta, N.Y., facility in 2010. The election process is being administered by U.S. Soccer Federation staff under election and eligibility guidelines established by the Hall of Fame Board of Directors.
Established in 1950, the National Soccer Hall of Fame is dedicated to the sport of soccer in America by celebrating its history, preserving its legacy, inspiring its youth and honoring its heroes for generations to come.
Although Green didn’t end up choosing UCLA, Tarpley probably wasn’t too disappointed in her final choice. Green eventually verbally committed to the school where Tarpley was an NCAA champion and a First-Team All-American: North Carolina.
But even though the two soccer players, separated by a generation, have crossed paths only briefly, they have more than a few things in common.
To start, both are from Michigan. Tarpley is from Kalamazoo and Green hails from Milford, a small town about two hours east. Tarpley played for the Michigan Hawks and so does Green.
Both are blond, about the same height and build, and somewhat shy. Both carry themselves with a humility, cordiality and calm demeanor that is typically Midwestern. Best of all, both are crafty and opportunistic goal scorers.
Of course, it could be unfair to compare the 17-year-old Green to one of the USA’s most successful players ever. Tarpley has played 125 times for the National Team and scored 32 goals, including strikes in the 2002 FIFA U-19 Women’s World Cup Final and 2004 Olympic gold medal game. Young Summer, however, is off to a similar start to her youth career.
Tarpley, the one-time captain of the U.S. U-19s, scored 24 goals in 26 games at that level. Green has 12 career goals at the U-17 level so far, including nine in the 2012 CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Championships that will send three teams to the third FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup later this fall in Azerbaijan.
“Being from Michigan, I always watched her play and I always admired her tenacity in going forward,” said Green, who also sat and listened (remember, she is a bit shy) to Tarpley speak at regional camp and to the youth national teams. “She seems like she’s always determined to get the job done and play her kind of game.”
Green’s kind of game has been tough to stop at this level. She is a rare striker in women’s soccer who is comfortable playing with her back to goal, able to hold the ball under pressure to allow her team to move forward while also being able to spin off defenders and run at the defense with pace and lethal finishing ability.
“I like to go at players with speed, moves and the ability to combine with other players as well,” said Green. “I guess I just love to score goals.”
But like all young players, and many veterans as well, Green has hit rough patches with her confidence. Before this tournament started, she was admittedly in a bit of a funk
“I was just thinking too much,” said Green. “I wasn’t myself because I was focused on everyone around me instead of focusing of the things that can help me perform and in turn help the team. I just wasn’t relaxing and wasn’t having fun.”
After some talks with her national team coaches and some admirable introspection for a teenager, Green has turned it around. And that’s a great thing for the USA.
“I have to remember that I’m here for a reason or the coaches wouldn’t have selected me,” said Green. “I really stepped back, took a deep breath and went into depth about the things that are most important to focus on so I’m not thinking about everything at once.”
Green scored five times in the USA’s 10-0 victory against the Bahamas to open the tournament and might have broken the record for most goals in a game by a U.S. Women’s National Team player at any level had she not come off in the 71st minute. She then scored once in a 5-0 romp against Trinidad & Tobago and notched all three goals in the USA’s group finale triumph over Mexico.
Like she said, the kid loves to score goals. But she loves scoring them for her team more than for herself.
“The goals weren’t as personally rewarding as they were rewarding on a team level,” said Green. “It’s also been fun because they all weren’t the same type of goal. They were team goals with a variety of finishes so hopefully I can be dangerous from all different parts of the field.”
Like millions of young girls out there, and especially those representing the USA at the youth level, Green would love to one day follow in Tarpley’s footsteps and play for the full Women’s National Team. But in line with the recent self-reflection in which she hit her reset button, she’s going to focus on the task at hand.
“I want to go wherever my talent will take me,” said Green. “If I work hard enough and I’m good enough then good things will happen, but obstacles are a part of life. When you face things and overcome them it makes you stronger and it makes you unstoppable. I want to be able to face all my obstacles and still get to where I want to be, and hopefully that will be the full team. But right now the main goal is to focus on the next game and help our team get to the World Cup. And the best thing is that we are not in this alone. We have all our teammates. It’s like a family and we will help each other reach our goals.”
The next goal? It’s not one that she will score, but scoring will certainly help her reach it: plane tickets to Azerbaijan.
“Kelley has great energy, she is good in the air and brings youth to the team, which is a good thing,” said U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Pia Sundhage. “She is a player who can take people on and hit good crosses, which will be important at the World Cup.”
The 22-year-old O’Hara won the 2009 Hermann Trophy as college soccer’s top player after her senior season at Stanford University. She finished her college career with 57 goals and 32 assists for 146 points, all school records. As a senior, she had one of the best seasons in Division I history, scoring 26 goals with 13 assists in leading Stanford to an undefeated and untied regular season and into the NCAA title game.
She has just five caps for the U.S. team, but has extensive experience with the U.S. youth National Teams, and was one of the USA’s top players at the 2006 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Russia. She ended her U-20 international career as one of the USA’s all-time leading scorers at that level with 24 goals in 35 caps.
Currently in her second year in Women’s Professional Soccer, she helped FC Gold Pride to the WPS championship with six goals and four assists last year and has two goals for the Boston Breakers so far this season.
A speedy flank midfielder with a tenacious work rate, O’Hara has consistently been one of the USA’s fittest players, but struggled with injuries for the past few months. She is now fit and ready to play in her first Women’s World Cup at the senior level.
“You never want a teammate to get injured, but injuries are part of the sport and my heart goes out to Lindsay Tarpley,” said O’Hara. “Those are big shoes to fill because she is an awesome player and a great teammate, so I will play whatever role the coaches want me to play. After initially not making the team, it’s an amazing feeling to be back with these players and going to Germany.”
The 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup will run from June 26-July 17 in nine German cities. The USA opens its tournament on June 28 against Korea DPR in Dresden, Germany (11:45 a.m. ET on ESPN). The final 21-player roster must be submitted to FIFA on June 10.
The U.S. women will play a final send-off match against fellow-World Cup qualifier Mexico on Sunday, June 5, at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J. Tickets starting at $22 are on sale through ussoccer.com, by phone at 1-877-727-6223 (Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET only) and at the Red Bull Arena ticket office (open Monday-Friday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET). Groups of 20 or more can obtain an order form at ussoccer.com or call 312-528-1290.
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.
Date of Birth
Sep 22, 1983
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