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.
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.
U.S. Women's National Team "Shirts Off Their Backs" Auction Raises More Than $20,500 to Benefit Japan Tsunami Relief
CHICAGO (May 24, 2011) -- The autographed, game-worn jerseys from the U.S. Women’s World Cup Team who faced Japan on May 14 at Columbus Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio, raised a total of $20,597.44 via an online auction. The proceeds from the fundraiser will go to the American Red Cross to benefit tsunami relief efforts in Japan.
The USA and Japan played two matches last week, meeting at Columbus Crew Stadium and on May 18 in Cary, N.C., with the USA coming away with 2-0 wins in both games. Both teams are preparing for the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Germany.
The May 14 match marked the on-field debut of the new black U.S. WNT jersey. Following the match, the jerseys were washed and each shirt was signed by 20 players and head coach Pia Sundhage.
U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo’s jersey drew the highest winning bid of $3,050, while Tobin Heath’s jersey went for $2,326. Abby Wambach’s jersey was won for $1,250. Every one of the jerseys was sold and went for more than $500.
“It really means a lot that to our team we were able to raise that money for Japan,” said U.S. co-captain Rachel Buehler. “A lot of us have personal ties with players on that team and we have respect and love for them and their culture. It’s great that we were able to come together, us and Japan, to raise the money and make a little bit of a difference. That’s what it’s all about, being able to make a difference in each other’s lives.”
Prior to both matches, a moment of silence was observed to honor the victims of the disaster.
U.S. Soccer fans looking to help those affected by the tsunami in Japan can text the word "REDCROSS" to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Standard message and data rates may apply. Fans can also donate online at redcross.org.
U.S. Women's National Team Game Notes
USA vs. Japan
WakeMed Soccer Park, Cary, N.C.
May 18, 2011
WOMENâ€™S WORLD CUP TEAM HEADS INTO SECOND OF TWO MATCHES AGAINST JAPAN: After a convincing 2-0 victory over Japan on May 14 at Columbus Crew Stadium, the U.S. Womenâ€™s National Team heads into the second-to-last match before the start of the Womenâ€™s World Cup with the second leg of this two-game series on May 18 at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C. The match will be televised live on ESPN2 at 7 p.m. ET. Head coach Pia Sundhage named the 21-player U.S. Womenâ€™s World Cup Team on Monday, May 9, but lost one player in midfielder Lindsay Tarpley when she tore her ACL in the first match against Japan. Sundhage will carefully consider her options for the final roster spot, but may not make a decision for a few weeks. Sundhage has called in defender Whitney Engen and midfielder Sinead Farrelly for training this week and takes 22 players into the match against Japan, which is currently ranked fourth in the world. Heading into these two matches, the U.S. team was coming off a three-week training camp in West Palm Beach, Fla., during which the players joined their clubs on the weekends for WPS games. A total of 29 players were called in at some point during the camp before Sundhage settled on the World Cup roster.
TARPLEY TEARS ACL, WILL MISS WWC: U.S. Womenâ€™s National Soccer Team midfielder Lindsay Tarpley, a member of the USAâ€™s Olympic gold medal winning team in 2004 and 2008 and was also a member of the USAâ€™s 2007 FIFA Womenâ€™s World Cup Team,Â tore the anterior cruciate ligament in her right knee with about 15 minutes remaining in the match against Japan on May 14 in Columbus, Ohio. Tarpley will be sidelined for six to eight months and will be replaced on the USAâ€™s 2011 FIFA Womenâ€™s World Cup roster. The final rosters are not due to FIFA until 10 working days before the start of the tournament, which begins on June 26.
U.S. WNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): 18-Nicole Barnhart (Philadelphia Independence), 21-Jill Loyden (magicJack), 1-Hope Solo (magicJack)
DEFENDERS (8): 19-Rachel Buehler (Boston Breakers), 14-Stephanie Cox (Boston Breakers), 22-Whitney Engen (Western New York Flash), 11-Ali Krieger (Out of contract), 6-Amy LePeilbet (Boston Breakers), 2-Heather Mitts (Atlanta Beat), 3-Christie Rampone (magicJack), 4-Becky Sauerbrunn (magicJack)
MIDFIELDERS (7): 7-Shannon Boxx (magicJack), 23-Sinead Farrelly (Philadelphia Independence), 17-Tobin Heath (Sky Blue FC), 16-Lori Lindsey (Philadelphia Independence), 10-Carli Lloyd (Atlanta Beat), 9-Heather Oâ€™Reilly (Sky Blue FC), 15-Megan Rapinoe (Philadelphia Independence)
FORWARDS (4): 12-Lauren Cheney (Boston Breakers), 13-Alex Morgan (Western New York Flash), 8-Amy Rodriguez (Philadelphia Independence), 20-Abby Wambach (magicJack)
THREE AND OUT: The three domestic games in May and June will be the final official internationals before the U.S. women open World Cup play on June 28 in Dresden, Germany, against Korea DPR. All three of the USAâ€™s domestic matches will be televised live. The match on May 18 at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C., kicks off at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN2. The U.S. team will face Mexico on June 5 at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J., in a game that kicks off at 2 p.m. ET on ESPN2. Fans can also follow the action as it happens on ussoccer.comâ€™s MatchTracker and on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt. The U.S. team will depart for Austria in mid-June for a pre-Womenâ€™s World Cup training camp before arriving in Dresden five days before its opening match.
Date Opponent Time (Local/ET) TV Venue
May 14 Japan 2-0 W -- Columbus Crew Stadium; Columbus, Ohio
May 18 Japan 7 p.m. ET ESPN2 WakeMed Soccer Park; Cary, N.C.
June 5 Mexico 2 p.m. ET ESPN2 Red Bull Arena; Harrison, N.J.
June 28 Korea DPR 11:45 a.m. ET ESPN Rudolf-Harbig-Stadium; Dresden, Germany
July 2 Colombia 11:30 a.m. ET ESPN Rhein-Neckar-Arena; Sinsheim, Germany
July 6 Sweden 2:30 p.m. ET ESPN Arena im Allerpark; Wolfsburg, Germany
U.S. WNT TO GIVE SHIRTS OFF THEIR BACKS TO BENEFIT JAPANESE TSUNAMI RELIEF: The autographed game-worn jerseys of the U.S. Womenâ€™s World Cup Team players from the USA-Japan match on May 14 at Columbus Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio, are available via an internet auction on ussoccer.com with all the proceeds benefiting Japanese tsunami relief efforts. The U.S. wore the new black jerseys for the first time against Japan on May 14 in Columbus, Ohio, and, following the match, the jerseys were washed and every player signed each shirt. The Japan Womenâ€™s National Team is in the United States to prepare for its Womenâ€™s World Cup run and are playing the first international games since a devastating tsunami hit the northeast part of the country on March 11, causing billions of dollars in damage and the loss of at least 18,000 lives. A moment of silence was observed prior to the match in Columbus to honor the victims of the disaster, and a similar moment of silence will be observed before the game against Japan on May 18 at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C.
U.S. WNT QUICK HITS:
- Pia Sundhage is 13-0-2 all-time against Asian teams during her three and a half years as head coach of the USA. The team has scored 31 goals and allowed 12 against AFC teams under Sundhage.Â
- The USA is 7-2-0 in 2011, winning six straight games after falling to Sweden 2-1 in the first match of the year at the Four Nations Tournament in China, and then fell to England in London April 2, also by a 2-1 score before defeating Japan 2-0 on May 14.Â
- The USAâ€™s leading scorer this year is Carli Lloyd with five goals. Amy Rodriguez has the most assists with three to go along with her three goals.
- Since the end of the 2007 FIFA Womenâ€™s World Cup, the USA is 64-4-6.Â
- The USA is 77-1-2 when Abby Wambach scores a goal.Â
- The USAâ€™s 20 goals this year have been scored by nine different players: Carli Lloyd (5), Amy Rodriguez (3), Alex Morgan (3), Lauren Cheney (2), Megan Rapinoe (2), Lindsay Tarpley (2), Shannon Boxx, Heather Oâ€™Reilly and Abby Wambach.
FIFA YOUTH WWC BENEFITS THE USA: Nine players on the USAâ€™s 2011 Womenâ€™s World Cup roster have played in a FIFA Youth Womenâ€™s World Cup. Rachel Buehler played in two FIFA U-19 FIFA Womenâ€™s World Cups, in 2002 in Canada and in 2004 in Thailand. Buehler was a part of the USAâ€™s U-19 Womenâ€™s World Cup champions in 2002 with Heather Oâ€™Reilly. Becky Sauerbrunn and Megan Rapinoe represented the USA in Thailand while Tobin Heath was one of the youngest players at the 2006 FIFA U-20 Womenâ€™s World Cup in Russia. Stephanie Cox played in Thailand and was the captain of the team in Russia. Amy Rodriguez played in both Thailand and Russia while Lauren Cheney was on the 2006 team in Russia. Alex Morgan helped lead the USA to the title at the 2008 FIFA U-20 Womenâ€™s World Cup in Chile.
LAST TIME IN CARY: This will be the fifth match for the U.S. Women at WakeMed Soccer Park, formerly SAS Stadium, and most recently the team played there on April 27, 2008, against Australia in a match that was delayed 53 minutes by rain and lightning. Despite the weather, it was one of the most exciting games of the year as theÂ
Full name is Lindsay Tarpley Snow, but will continue to play as Tarpley … Married BJ Snow in December of 2007 … Snow is currently the head women’s soccer coach at UCLA, taking the top job in early 2011 after serving as an assistant coach for several seasons … Served as a Director of Operations for UCLA women’s soccer during the 2009 and 2010 seasons … For every national team match she plays, she kisses the U.S. Soccer crest on her jersey before she puts it on … Hometown of Kalamazoo, Mich., held a parade in her honor after the Olympics and gave her the key to the city … Also played basketball for Portage, playing four years of varsity point guard and earning All-Conference honors all four years … Named MVP of her hoops team all four years … Holds Portage record for most steals and assists in a game, season and career … Also captained the basketball team … During her high school days, she drove two hours both ways to club practice … At the end of 2009, she was named the ESPN RISE National High School Player of the Decade for girls soccer … Majored in communications at UNC and had a minor in exercise sports science … Made the Dean’s list at UNC during Fall of 2005 … Had her No. 15 soccer jersey retired at Portage … Had her No. 25 jersey retired by UNC at halftime of men’s basketball game in February of 2006 … After the 2008 Olympics, the town of Portage put up a sign that reads: “Welcome to Portage: Hometown of two-time Olympic gold medalist Lindsay Tarpley” … Brother Chad played baseball for Western Michigan … Husband BJ Snow won two NCAA soccer titles as a player at Indiana … Enjoys doing camps and clinics and working with young soccer players … Is a fantastic aunt to her nephews, Nick and Will and niece Ella … Has a website at www.lindsaytarpley.com.
Captained the Tar Heels during her junior and senior year … Made the ACC Academic Honor Roll in the spring and fall of 2005 … Missed a few games at the beginning of her senior year recovering from a stress fracture in her shin, but went on to score 15 goals and had 13 assists in 21 games, all starts, in helping lead North Carolina to a 23-1-1 record … Named Second-Team All-ACC … Finished her college career with 59 goals and 59 assists … Injured on Sept. 26 during her junior year at UNC, breaking her right fibula in a collision with the goalkeeper, but amazingly made her comeback Nov. 3, playing about 30 minutes against Maryland … Ended up playing in 14 games, starting 11, and scored five goals with four assists, helping UNC to a 20-1-2 record overall, the ACC regular season championship, a consensus No. 1 finish in all four national polls at the close of the regular season and the No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament … Had one of the best sophomore years in NCAA history, scoring 23 goals with 27 assists (tops in the country) to tally the most points for any Tar Heel since Mia Hamm … Played a major role in leading UNC to a perfect 27-0-0 record and an NCAA Championship, scoring two goals with two assists in the NCAA title game … Was the top scorer in NCAA Division I in 2003 with 73 points … Led all scorers in the NCAA Tournament with 19 points on four goals and an NCAA Tournament record 11 assists … Named to the NCAA All-Tournament Team … Had a four-goal game against Wake Forest and two other hat tricks … A First-Team NSCAA All-American and one of three finalists for the Hermann Trophy … Named First-Team All-ACC and the ACC Player of the Year … Nominated for the Honda Award as the NCAA’s top female soccer player … Had a spectacular freshman year for the UNC Tar Heels in 2002, leading the team in scoring with 16 goals and 15 assists for 47 points … She had five game-winning goals … Named the Soccer America Freshman of the Year … She was also the ACC Freshman of the Year and helped lead the Tar Heels to the NCAA Final Four, where she was named to the All-Tournament Team … Was a First-Team All-ACC selection … High School: Attended Portage Central High School … A First-Team All-State, All-Region, All-District and All-Conference selection as a freshman, sophomore, junior and senior … As a senior, she was named Miss Soccer for Michigan and was also the state’s Gatorade Player of the Year … Also selected to the Michigan Dream Team, the top 11 players in the state, as a freshman, sophomore, junior and senior … Helped the Mustangs to the state title as sophomore … An NSCAA All-American as a sophomore and Parade All-American as a junior and senior … A two-year captain at Portage, she was also the team MVP for three years.
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