Rodriguez has loads of international experience, having played in two FIFA youth Women's World Cups, five starts in the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup and two Olympics in 2008 and 2012. In the 2008 Summer Games, Rodriguez started the last five matches of the tournament. Her tremendous speed always causes problems for opponents as she can certainly stretch any defense. One of the USA's best scrappers in the box, she scored the lone goal in the second leg of the USA’s two-game playoff against Italy, a 1-0 victory, that clinched the berth to Germany.
Photos from the U.S. WNT's second of two matches against Mexico in preparation for the 2014 CONCACAF Women's Championship.
Amy Rodriguez, Megan Rapinoe, Tobin Heath and Alex Morgan Tally Goals;
USA Eyes 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship Starting Oct. 15 vs. Trinidad & Tobago at Sporting Park in Kansas City
CHICAGO (Aug. 29, 2014) – U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Jill Ellis has named 28 players for a training camp prior to two matches against Mexico, on Sept. 13 at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah, and on Sept. 18 at Sahlen’s Stadium in Rochester, New York.
The Sept. 13 kickoff time has changed to 7:30 p.m. MT and the game is live on ussoccer.com (TICKETS). The Sept. 18 match kicks off at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN2 and WatchESPN (TICKETS). Fans can also follow the U.S. WNT on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt and @ussoccer_esp.
This will be the first extended training period Ellis has had with the team since she was officially named the head coach on May 16. It will also be the final camp and matches before she names a 20-player roster that will attempt to qualify for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup at the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship being held in Kansas City, Kansas; Bridgeview, Illinois; Washington, D.C.; and Chester, Pennsylvania, from Oct. 15-26.
“Obviously as a coaching staff in the international arena, you are delighted when you can get a large group of players together for an extended period,” said Ellis. “It’s no secret that the battle for spots on the qualifying roster will be extremely competitive and we’re looking forward to the training environment and two tough games against a Mexico team that we will likely see again during the CONCACAF Championship.”
Twenty-nine players have represented the USA in international competition this year and 25 of them were invited to this camp along with midfielder Shannon Boxx and goalkeepers Nicole Barnhart and Alyssa Naeher, all of whom have yet to see action for the U.S. Women’s National Team in 2014.
The majority of the roster will begin training in Salt Lake City on Sept. 5 with the eight players who are playing in the NWSL Championship Game this weekend getting a few extra days off. Seattle Reign FC and FC Kansas City players will arrive on Sept. 8. Midfielder Morgan Brian, the lone non-professional on the roster, will arrive into camp on Sept. 7 after completing her weekend games with the University of Virginia.
Goalkeeper Hope Solo will likely get a shot to break the USA’s all-time shutout record in one of the matches against Mexico. She is currently tied with former U.S. great Briana Scurry at 71 career shutouts.
- Jill Ellis will name 18 players to suit up for each of the matches.
- The USA comes into the matches with an 8-2-3 record in 2014.
- Twenty-seven of the 28 players named played in the NWSL this season.
- The five U.S. strikers scored a combined 36 goals in the NWSL this season, although Alex Morgan and Abby Wambach missed significant parts of the season due to injury and Christen Press played in less than half the season’s matches after returning from Europe.
- Should Christie Rampone play in both Mexico matches, her cap total would grow to 297, meaning she would have a chance to hit 300 during the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship in October. Kristine Lilly is the only other player in soccer history to play 300 or more times for their country.
- Ali Krieger’s next cap will be her 50th, which would make her the 48th player in U.S. WNT history to reach 50 international appearances.
- The USA is 27-1-1 all-time against Mexico.
- Several U.S. players won NWSL postseason awards: Alyssa Naeher was the Goalkeeper of the Year, Becky Sauerbrunn was the Defender of the Year and Julie Johnston was the Rookie of the Year.
U.S. Women’s National Team Roster By Position – Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (4): Nicole Barnhart (FC Kansas City), Alyssa Naeher (Boston Breakers), Ashlyn Harris (Washington Spirit), Hope Solo (Seattle Reign FC)
DEFENDERS (10): Stephanie Cox (Seattle Reign FC), Crystal Dunn (Washington Spirit), Whitney Engen (Houston Dash), Julie Johnston (Chicago Red Stars), Meghan Klingenberg (Houston Dash), Ali Krieger (Washington Spirit), Kelley O’Hara (Sky Blue FC), Christie Rampone (Sky Blue FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City), Rachel Van Hollebeke (Portland Thorns FC)
MIDFIELDERS (9): Shannon Boxx (Chicago Red Stars), Morgan Brian (Virginia), Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC), Lauren Holiday (FC Kansas City), Carli Lloyd (WNY Flash), Allie Long (Portland Thorns FC), Kristie Mewis (Boston Breakers), Heather O’Reilly (Boston Breakers), Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign FC)
FORWARDS (5): Sydney Leroux (Seattle Reign FC), Alex Morgan (Portland Thorns FC), Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars), Amy Rodriguez (FC Kansas City), Abby Wambach (WNY Flash)
Saw her first significant action for the full National Team in 2008 after playing in youth World Cups in 2004 and 2006 … First cap with the WNT came in 2005 when she was a senior in high school … 2012: Played in 29 matches, a career high, while starting five games … Scored nine goals with five assists … Tied a U.S. record with five goals in a match, all in the second half, when she came into the first match of the year at CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying against the Dominican Republic in Vancouver, Canada … All of her goals came as a substitute … Also scored against Brazil and nabbed the winning goal against Canada in the waning minutes of a 2-1 victory in a friendly in Sandy, Utah … Played in four matches at the Olympics, all off the bench, and won her second Olympic gold medal … Played in all five games at CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying, which included three starts, and had six goals and three assists … 2011: Started all 18 games she played for the USA and saw 1,102 minutes of action … Scored four goals with three assists … Played in her first Women’s World Cup at the senior level, starting the first five matches of the tournament … 2010: Played in 17 matches, starting 11, and finished third on the team in scoring with seven goals (topping her career high of six achieved in 2008) and one assist … Scored her first career hat trick against Guatemala at the CONCACAF Women’s World Cup Qualifying tournament, in which she played four games, starting three, and scored four times … Scored one of the biggest goals of her career in the second leg of the Women’s World Cup playoff series against Italy, pounding in the game-winner in a 1-0 victory on Nov. 27 at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Ill. … Started both legs of the playoff series and played all but five minutes over the two games … 2009: Started five of the seven games she played for the USA … 2008: Played in 26 matches while starting 11 … Scored her first two full international goals in the first match of the year against Canada and added another against Norway in the Algarve Cup … Made a strong run to earn a spot in the Olympic Team, then came off the bench in the first match before starting the final five games … Scored once at the Olympics, against New Zealand, but had two assists, including the pass on the game-winner to Carli Lloyd in the gold medal game … Scored six goals with seven assists on the year including two game-winners against Brazil in 1-0 victories at the Peace Queen Cup in South Korea and in a friendly match in Commerce City, Colo., before the Olympics … 2006: Earned three caps in 2006, all off the bench at the Algarve Cup … 2005: Earned two caps at the Algarve Cup, playing as a sub against Finland and Denmark … Worked her way from the U.S. U-17s to the U-19s to the U-21s to the full WNT during the course of a year from March of 2004 to March of 2005 … Youth National Teams: A member of the U.S. squad at the 2006 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, she had scored 14 goals in total 20 matches for the U-20s in 2006 heading into the World Cup, where she scored two goals as the USA finished fourth … Finished her U-20 career with 11 goals in 19 U-20 international matches … Helped the USA qualify for the 2006 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup by scoring four goals in the CONCACAF qualifying tournament in Mexico in January of 2006 … Scored the first goal in the 3-2 championship game win over Canada … A member of the U.S. U-19 team that participated in the 2004 FIFA U-19 Women’s World Cup in Thailand, she was the only uncapped player on the roster heading into the tournament … Scored in her first game in Thailand against South Korea and finished the tournament with two goals and two assists … Played on the USA’s 2005 Nordic Cup championship team in Sweden with the U-21s … Played with the U.S. U-16s and U-17s in 2001 and 2002 and started moving between the U-17s and U-19s in 2003 and 2004 … First Appearance: March 11, 2005, vs. Finland … First Goal: Jan. 16, 2008, vs. Canada.
2013: Allocated to the Seattle Reign for the inaugural season of the NWSL, but will miss the season due to pregnancy … 2011: Played 641 minutes over 10 matches for the Philadelphia Independence of the WPS, starting six, and scored two goals … Scored in both of Philadelphia’s playoff matches, tallying the second goal in the 2-0 victory over magicJack in the Super Semifinal and then equalized in the 88th minute of the championship game against the Western New York Flash, sending the game to OT before Philly eventually fell in penalty kicks … 2010: Had a breakout season with the Philadelphia Independence, leading the team in scoring with 12 regular season goals and six assists … Finished third in the league in goals … Scored the winning goal in the first round of the playoffs in overtime against the Washington Freedom to send her team to the Super Semifinal … Finished second on the team in minutes played with 2,001 … Named to the WPS Best XI and a starter in the WPS All-Star Game … 2009: The No. 1 overall pick in the 2009 WPS College Draft by the Boston Breakers for the inaugural WPS season in 2009 … Started 11 of the 17 games she played for the Breakers, scoring one goal … Traded to the Independence on Sept. 29, 2009, during the WPS offseason, along with the Breakers’ first-round draft pick (fifth overall), for Philadelphia’s two first round selections (second overall and 11th overall) in the 2010 draft … Youth: On the youth level, she played for West Coast SC from U-12 through U-14 before changing to the Laguna Hills Eclipse at the U-14 level … Won the state, regional and national title as U-15s and U-18s (in 2005) with the Eclipse.