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U.S. Soccer to Host Girls Fantasy Camp in Orlando During Women’s National Team Victory Tour

CHICAGO (Aug. 12, 2015) – U.S. Soccer will host a “Girls Fantasy Camp” during the Women’s National Team Victory Tour this fall as a special fundraiser to support upcoming development initiatives and continue to grow the beautiful game in the United States.

The Girls Fantasy Camp will be held in Orlando, Florida, from Oct. 23-26. This exclusive player/fan experience offers unique, behind-the-scenes access to U.S. Soccer and places participants in a Youth National Team training camp environment. This one-of-a-kind opportunity includes:

  • Premium tickets to the U.S. WNT match against Brazil on Oct. 25
  • Pregame behind-the-scenes tour and field-level access to watch match warm-ups
  • Hotel accommodations and all meals
  • Daily training sessions with a former WNT player
  • VIP access to a U.S. WNT training session
  • Ground transportation, including airport transfers if needed
  • U.S. Soccer jersey and training apparel
  • Private photo opportunity with the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup Trophy and more

The Girls Fantasy Camp, open to girls of all skill levels born in the years 2000, 2001 and 2002, will be led by WNT legend Lindsay Tarpley. Tarpley earned 125 caps for the WNT from 2003-2011 and is a two-time Olympic gold medal winner.

Participation in the Girls Fantasy Camp is made possible through a generous donation to U.S. Soccer, part of which is tax deductible. U.S. Soccer is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and proceeds will help fund important development initiatives to foster the next generation of inspirational coaches and players.

Space is limited for the Camp, which will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Please contact for additional information. 

U.S. Soccer to Host First "Girls Fantasy Camp" During 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup

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 by May 22. 

National Soccer Hall of Fame Class of 2015 Nominees Announced

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 Ballot

Chris Armas
Gregg Berhalter*
Jimmy Conrad*
Robin Fraser**
Frankie Hejduk*
Chris Henderson
Natasha Kai*
Kasey Keller*
Jovan Kirovski*
Chris Klein
Jason Kreis
Eddie Lewis
Shannon MacMillan**
Clint Mathis
Tiffeny Milbrett*
Jaime Moreno
John O’Brien
Ben Olsen
Pat Onstad*
Steve Ralston
Ante Razov
Tiffany Roberts
Eddie Robinson*
Tony Sanneh
Briana Scurry
Diego Serna*
Kate Sobrero Markgraf
Lindsay Tarpley*
Taylor Twellman
Christie Welsh*
Zach Thornton*

* 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

Mike Burns
John Doyle
Marco Etcheverry
Linda Hamilton
Mary Harvey
Shep Messing
Glenn Myernick
Cindy Parlow
Tisha Venturini-Hoch

  • Eligible Veteran Bios
  • 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

    Bob Contiguglia
    Don Garber
    Richard Groff
    Robert Kraft
    Tim Lieweke
    Francisco Marcos
    Fritz Marth
    Kevin Payne
    Sigi Schmid

    Complete information about the election and eligibility procedures is available online at

    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. 

    WNT vs Japan Highlights July 28 2007

    The U.S. Women’s National Team got a powerful header from Shannon Boxx in the first half, and second half strikes from Kristine Lilly and Abby Wambach to record a rousing 4-1 win over Japan.

    The Green Machine

    U.S. U-17 Women’s National Team forward Summer Green has met long-time U.S. Women’s National Team great Lindsay Tarpley just once. The meeting came during Green’s recruiting trip to UCLA, where Tarpley’s husband, B.J. Snow, is the head women’s soccer coach.

    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.

    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.

    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.