Sundhage Names Preliminary Roster For U.S. Women's Matches Against China on Oct. 2 in Kennesaw, Ga. and Oct. 6 in Chester, Pa.
CHICAGO (Sept. 7, 2010) – U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Pia Sundhage has named 30 players to a preliminary roster for two matches against China, taking place on Oct. 2 at the Kennesaw State University Soccer Stadium in Kennesaw, Ga. (6 p.m. ET), and on Oct. 6 at PPL Park in Chester, Pa. (7 p.m. ET on ESPN2).
Sundhage will open a training camp in Kennesaw, outside of Atlanta, on Sept. 20 that consists mostly of players from Women’s Professional Soccer clubs who did not make the playoffs. As teams are eliminated from the playoffs, and after the WPS Championship on Sept. 26, additional players will join the national team camp at various times leading into the USA’s first match against China.
Sundhage will name 18 players to suit up for each of the China matches, which will be the final international games before a 20-player roster is chosen for the 2010 CONCACAF Women’s World Cup Qualifying tournament, taking place from Oct. 28-Nov. 9 in Cancun and Playa del Carmen, Mexico.
“This is a very important camp as the team will get some quality time together to work on some tactical elements as we prepare for World Cup qualifying,” said Sundhage. “It’s also a great opportunity for our players to have two tough games before the important qualifying matches, as well as for the coaches, as we will have to make some important final decisions on our roster that goes to Mexico. We will also get to have a look at some of the less experienced players who have played well in WPS this season and some of the youngest players in our pool, so I am excited to get a lot of good work done and to find out some valuable information during the three weeks.”
Of the 30 players on the roster, 27 play for WPS clubs while Sundhage has also named two collegians in strikers Alex Morgan (a senior at California) and Sydney Leroux (a junior at UCLA), who teamed up to lead the USA to the 2008 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup title. Morgan has been called up to all three domestic events this year, but this is the first full national team call-up for Leroux, who scored five goals at the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, increasing her career total in FIFA youth World Cups to 10, a record for an American player.
The only other player who does not compete in WPS is defender Ali Krieger of Germany’s FFC Frankfurt. She has earned three caps this year after not appearing for the USA since 2008.
The training camp marks the return of Tobin Heath to the U.S. roster. The 22-year-old midfielder is coming off a major ankle injury that required surgery and caused her to miss almost the entire WPS season. She has not appeared in a match for the USA this year and has earned just two caps since the end of the 2008 Olympics, where she was the youngest player on the U.S. roster.
Midfielder Carli Lloyd also returns to active training with the U.S. team after missing almost all of Sky Blue FC’s season with a broken ankle. Lloyd came in with the U.S. team during its Sweden matches in July but was not available to play as she continued the rehabilitation process. She has recently returned to game action, coming off the bench to play 15 minutes for Sky Blue against FC Gold Pride on Sept. 1 and 15 minutes against Atlanta on Sept. 5.
Also returning to the national team fold for the first time since tearing her ACL a little more than a year ago is Lindsay Tarpley. The veteran of the past four world championship teams for the USA has had a solid season for the Boston Breakers since joining the club after the folding of St. Louis Athletica. Tarpley’s call-up adds 119 caps of experience to the U.S. roster along with 30 goals, which tied for 12th all-time in U.S. history.
The U.S. will be bolstered by the excellent club seasons from two young forwards with Amy Rodriguez as the second leading scorer in the league with 12 goals and forward Lauren Cheney having been nominated for Rookie of the Year honors after scoring five times so far.
Several players without much national team experience have played their way into call-ups with solid WPS campaigns. Those include Chicago Red Stars center-back Whitney Engen, who will be in her second WNT training camp; Philadelphia Independence midfielder Joanna Lohman, who has nine caps, but none since January of 2007; Washington Freedom midfielder Sarah Huffman, who will be in her third full team camp; and Sky Blue defender Brittany Taylor, who earned her first and thus far only cap against Mexico back in March.
Boston Breakers goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher, who back-stopped the USA to the 2008 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup title while allowing just one goal during her five starts, gets the nod and will train alongside Hope Solo, Nicole Barnhart and Jill Loyden, who are all up for WPS Goalkeeper of the Year honors.
Forward Abby Wambach comes into the China games as the leading scorer for the USA in 2010, having scored eight goals in nine matches to increase her career total to 109. Wambach leads a group of U.S. veterans that includes defenders Christie Rampone, Stephanie Cox and Heather Mitts and midfielders Shannon Boxx, Kristine Lilly and Heather O’Reilly. Young veterans Rachel Buehler and Amy LePeilbet have helped organize two of the best defenses in WPS, playing central defense for top two squads in the league in FC Gold Pride and the Boston Breakers, respectively.
Lilly, who turned 39 this summer, continues her quest to make her fifth World Cup qualifying squad. The USA did not have to qualify for the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup, which it hosted. Rampone, who is still in the process of returning to full fitness after the birth of her second child last spring, will be looking for her first start since the 2009 Algarve Cup in Portugal. She played 20 minutes off the bench in the 3-0 win over Sweden on July 17 in her first national team action since March of 2009.
UNITED STATES WOMEN’S NATIONAL SOCCER TEAM ROSTER BY POSITION
USA vs. China
Oct. 2 – Kennesaw, Ga.
Oct. 6 – Chester, Pa.
GOALKEEPERS (4): Nicole Barnhart (FC Gold Pride), Jill Loyden (Chicago Red Stars), Alyssa Naeher (Boston Breakers), Hope Solo (Atlanta Beat)
DEFENDERS (9): Rachel Buehler (FC Gold Pride), Stephanie Cox (Boston Breakers), Whitney Engen (Chicago Red Stars), Ali Krieger (FFC Frankfurt), Amy LePeilbet (Boston Breakers), Heather Mitts (Philadelphia Independence), Christie Rampone (Sky Blue FC), Meghan Schnur (Sky Blue FC), Brittany Taylor (Sky Blue FC)
MIDFIELDERS (12): Yael Averbuch (Sky Blue FC), Shannon Boxx (FC Gold Pride), Tobin Heath (Atlanta Beat), Sarah Huffman (Washington Freedom), Kristine Lilly (Boston Breakers), Lori Lindsey (Philadelphia Independence), Carli Lloyd (Sky Blue FC), Joanna Lohman (Philadelphia Independence), Kelley O’Hara (FC Gold Pride), Heather O’Reilly (Sky Blue FC), Megan Rapinoe (Chicago Red Stars), Lindsay Tarpley (Boston Breakers)
FORWARDS (5): Lauren Cheney (Boston Breakers), Sydney Leroux (UCLA), Alex Morgan (California), Amy Rodriguez (Philadelphia Independence), Abby Wambach (Washington Freedom)
General Manager: Cheryl Bailey (Manhattan Beach, Calif.)
Head Coach: Pia Sundhage (Charlotte, N.C.)
Asst. Coach: Hege Riise (Charlotte, N.C.)
Goalkeeper Coach: Paul Rogers (St. Louis, Mo.)
Fitness Coach: Dawn Scott (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Athletic Trainer: Greg Banks (Charleston, S.C.)
Athletic Trainer: Joan Reed (Atlanta, Ga.)
Athletic Trainer: Cody Malley (Apex, N.C.)
Massage Therapist: Mark Higgins (Chicago, Ill.)
Massage Therapist: Raul Aparicio (Houston, Texas)
Massage Therapist: Erika Winston (Santa Barbara, Calif.)
Equipment Manager: Andrew Dessert (Long Beach, Calif.)
Press Officer: Aaron Heifetz (Cypress, Calif.)
Videographer: Libby Wells (San Diego, Calif.)
CHICAGO (January 15, 2007) – U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Greg Ryan has named the 20-player roster for the 2007 Four Nations Tournament in Guangzhou, China, taking place from Jan. 26-30. The U.S. will face Germany (Jan. 26), England (Jan. 28) and China (Jan. 30) in the annual competition that brings together four of the world’s top women’s soccer teams. All the matches will be played at Guangdong Olympic Stadium in Guangzhou.
Ryan chose the roster after a five-day training camp at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., that featured 28 players. This will be the sixth time the USA has traveled to China in January for the Four Nations tournament. The USA also participated in 1998, 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2006, taking top honors four times, winning in every year but 2002.
Without several veterans, the U.S. will bring a young roster to the tournament, but several experienced players will still lead the way. Defender Kate Markgraf, who will captain the U.S. team in the absence of Kristine Lilly, has 153 caps and four world championship tournaments on her resume. In addition to Markgraf, Ryan named six other players who were members of the 2004 Olympic Team in goalkeeper Briana Scurry, defenders Cat Whitehill and Heather Mitts, midfielder Angela Hucles and forwards Lindsay Tarpley and Heather O’Reilly. Hope Solo, who started 18 of the USA’s 22 matches last year, earning 13 shutouts, joins Scurry as the two goalkeepers on the roster.
For Whitehill, her first match at the Four Nations Tournament will be her 100th career cap. Should she play against Germany in the USA’s first match of the competition, at 24 years, 350 days, she would become the fifth youngest player and 19th overall to earn a 100th cap for the USA. Only Cindy Parlow, Mia Hamm, Lorrie Fair and Lilly (in that order) would have been younger.
This will be one of the youngest rosters the USA has ever taken into a major tournament, with 14 of the 20 players aged 24 or under. Ryan named three uncapped players to the roster in 2006 ACC Offensive Player of the Year Yael Averbuch, 20, from UNC, Lauren Cheney, 19, who scored 19 goals as a freshman at UCLA last season, and Casey Nogueira,l 17, who played a major role at the 2006 Final Four, scoring in both the semifinal and championship game to help the Tar Heels to the NCAA title. Averbuch was a member of the U.S. team that played in the FIFA U-19 Women’s World Cup in Thailand while Cheney and Nogueira were members of the U.S. team that played in the 2006 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Championship in Russia. Ryan also named Florida State star India Trotter, who earned her first and thus far only career cap at the Four Nations last year.
As all four teams at the Four Nations will be participating in the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup, the tournament will serve as a simulated run-through of a Women’s World Cup group, giving each team valuable experience in the country that will host the Women’s World Cup in a little less than eight months.
Roster by Position
GOALKEEPERS (2): Briana Scurry (Dayton, Minn.), Hope Solo (Richland, Wash.);
DEFENDERS (7): Lori Chalupny (St. Louis, Mo.), Tina Frimpong (Vancouver, Wash.), Stephanie Lopez (Elk Grove, Calif.), Kate Markgraf (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.), Heather Mitts (Cincinnati, Ohio), India Trotter (Plantation, Fla.), Cat Whitehill (Birmingham, Ala.);
MIDFIELDERS (6): Yael Averbuch (Upper Montclair, N.J.), Angela Hucles (Virginia Beach, Va.), Carli Lloyd (Delran, N.J.), Joanna Lohman (Silver Spring, Md.), Marci Miller (St. Charles, Ill.), Leslie Osborne (Brookfield, Wis.);
FORWARDS (5): Lauren Cheney (Indianapolis, Ind.), Natasha Kai (Kahuku, Hawaii), Casey Nogueira (Cedarburg, Wis.), Heather O’Reilly (East Brunswick, N.J.), Lindsay Tarpley (Kalamazoo, Mich.).
Head Coach: Greg Ryan (Colorado Springs, Colo.)
Asst. Coach: Bret Hall (St. Charles, Ill.)
Asst. Coach: Billy McNicol (Huntington Beach, Calif.)
GK Coach: Phil Wheddon (Monroe, Conn.)
General Manager: Nils Krumins (Manhattan Beach, Calif.)
Team Physician: Dr. Scott Powell (Pacific Palisades, Calif.)
Team Physician: Dr. Chris Amann (Chicago, Ill.)
Medical Trainer: Michelle Gould (Wilmington, Del.)
Massage Therapist: Scott Street (Atlanta, Ga.)
Massage Therapist: Jarrod Fritz (Charleston, S.C.)
Equipment Manager: Jeanine Avila (West Covina, Calif.)
Team Security: Mark Pharris (Atlanta, Ga.)
Videographer: Noelle Jouglet (San Diego, Calif.)
Press Officer: Aaron Heifetz (Cypress, Calif.)
CHICAGO (January 2, 2007) – U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Greg Ryan will bring 28 players to The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., for a five-day training camp from Jan. 11-15, preceding the team’s trip to China for the 2007 Four Nations Tournament.
Following the camp, Ryan will name a 20-player roster for the prestigious tournament that features four of the top-12 teams in the world, including top-ranked Germany, as well as England (12), China (9) and the USA (2). All four teams will return to China from Sept. 10-30, for the 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup.
This will be the sixth time the USA has traveled to China in January for the Four Nations Tournament, an annual competition that always features four of the strongest teams in the world. The USA also participated in 1998, 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2006, taking top honors four times, winning in every year but 2002.
The Four Nations in 1998 saw the U.S. women return to China for the first time since winning the 1991 FIFA Women’s World Cup there. When the Americans touch down in southeastern China in mid-January, it will mark the seventh time in the last 10 years they will have traveled to China, which includes a trip in 2001 that featured two exhibitions against the Steel Roses.
The USA will open the tournament on Jan. 26 against long-time rival Germany as the world’s top two women’s soccer teams clash. The USA will then play England on Jan. 28 and finish the tournament against host China on Jan. 30. The USA will play all three matches in Guangzhou, a bustling metropolis in Southeast China. Stadiums and kickoff times have yet to be finalized.
With several U.S. veterans not participating in the January training camp or the Four Nations Tournament - including the USA’s top two scorers from 2006 in Abby Wambach and Kristine Lilly - the trip to China will be an excellent opportunity for several young forwards to show their talents.
Ryan will bring eight forwards to training camp, the two most experienced being 2004 Olympians Heather O’Reilly (22 years old) and Lindsay Tarpley (23). Also called-up were Natasha Kai (23), who burst onto the international scene last year to score six goals in her first 17 matches, and 19-year-old Lauren Cheney, a member of the U.S. team that played in the 2006 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Championship in Russia. Cheney, who has yet to earn a cap on the senior level, scored 21 goals in all matches for the U.S. U-20s in 2006 and followed that up with a spectacular freshman year at UCLA, where she scored 19 goals and helped lead the Bruins to the NCAA Final Four.
Also earning call-ups were 2006 M.A.C. Hermann Trophy winner Kerri Hanks of Notre Dame, a member of both U.S. teams that played in the 2002 and 2004 FIFA U-19 Women’s World Championship, and Casey Nogueira, a reserve on the 2006 U-20 World Championship squad who came up big as a freshman for the UNC Tar Heels in the NCAA Final Four, scoring in both the semifinal and championship games. Rounding out the of forwards are former Santa Clara star Megan Kakadelas, a member of the USA’s 2002 U-19 World Championship winners, and former Penn State star Tiffany Weimer.
With veteran Aly Wagner not at this camp, young players will also have a chance to shine in the midfield. Joining 2006 Residency Camp members Angela Hucles, Joanna Lohman, Marci Miller, Carli Lloyd and Leslie Osborne (whose play at defensive midfield in place of the injured Shannon Boxx earned her a nomination for U.S. Soccer Female Athlete of the Year), are a trio of young midfielders who distinguished themselves at the U-20 and college levels in 2006. Leading the way are Brittany Bock of Notre Dame and Tobin Heath of UNC, both of whom started for the U.S. U-20s in Russia, as well as 5-foot-10 Yael Averbuch, the ACC Offensive Player of the Year in 2006 for UNC who scored a team-leading 16 goals last season. Heath, a midfielder most of her youth career, also played in the back for the U-20s.
Boxx, who has started 58 games for the USA over the past four years, will re-join training camp as a non-rostered player, but only for light and non-contact work as she continues to rehabilitate a torn ACL suffered last July.
The camp will also bring Nogueira and Heath together for the first time in a WNT training camp. The duo famously starred together in “Ball Tricks Battle,” one of ussoccer.com’s best-ever all_access videos (watch). Nogueira, who graduated from high school a year early to attend UNC, is the youngest player in camp and won’t turn 18 until February 23.
On the back line, veteran Christie Rampone will not be in camp, but the USA still has a slew of experienced defenders in Kate Markgraf, Cat Whitehill, Heather Mitts and Lori Chalupny. Young defenders Tina Frimpong, Stephanie Lopez (who captained the USA in Russia) and India Trotter all got excellent experience during the 2006 Residency Training Camp. Hard-nosed Stanford defender Rachel Buehler, a starter for the USA in both the 2002 and 2004 FIFA U-19 Women’s World Championships, gets her second call-up to the WNT, while Penn State sophomore Sheree Gray, a flank midfielder on the 2004 U-19 team, earns her first.
Whitehill, who scored a career-high five goals from the back in 2006, is sitting on 99 caps and, should she make the roster, could make her historic 100th international appearance vs. Germany. At 24 years, 350 days, she would become the fifth youngest player ever to earn a 100th cap for the USA. Only Cindy Parlow, Mia Hamm, Lorrie Fair and Lilly (in that order) would have been younger.
In goal, U.S. veterans Hope Solo and Briana Scurry lead the way, while UCLA junior Val Henderson, who earned a spot on the FIFA All-Star Team last summer in Russia, will see action in her first-ever WNT training camp.
The U.S. training camp roster is filled with youth (it averages just 23 years of age) and features just seven players who were members of the USA’s 2004 Olympic gold medal-winning team. Eleven of the players have yet to earn a cap for the USA, and Trotter has just one.
Ryan called in four players from 2006 NCAA champion North Carolina in O’Reilly, Averbuch, Heath and Nogueira, and two players from runner-up Notre Dame in Hanks and Bock. Fifteen of the 28 players have played in a FIFA youth world championship for the USA, a major indication of the U-19/U-20 program’s impact on the senior team.
2007 Four Nations Tournament Schedule
|Jan. 26||China vs. England||Guangzhou, China|
|Jan. 26||USA vs. Germany||Guangzhou, China|
|Jan. 28||China vs. Germany||Guangzhou, China|
|Jan. 28||USA vs. England||Guangzhou, China|
|Jan. 30||Germany vs. England||Guangzhou, China|
|Jan. 30||USA vs. China||Guangzhou, China|
UNITED STATES WOMEN’S NATIONAL SOCCER TEAM TRAINING CAMP ROSTER
Training Camp Roster
Jan. 11-15, 2007
The Home Depot Center – Carson, Calif.
|Averbuch, Yael||M||5-10||11/03/86||Upper Montclair, N.J.||UNC||0/0|
|Bock, Brittany||M||5-7||04/11/87||Naperville, Ill.||Notre Dame||0/0|
|Buehler, Rachel||D||5-5||08/26/85||Del Mar, Calif.||Stanford||0/0|
|Cheney, Lauren||F||5-8||09/30/87||Indianapolis, Ind.||UCLA||0/0|
|Chalupny, Lori||D||5-4||01/29/84||St. Louis, Mo.||UNC||29/2|
|Frimpong, Tina||D||5-9||05/20/82||Vancouver, Wash.||Washington||17/0|
|Gray, Sheree||D||5-2||12/12/85||Toms River, N.J.||Penn State||0/0|
|Hanks, Kerri||F||5-6||09/03/85||Allen, Texas||Notre Dame||0/0|
|Heath, Tobin||M||5-6||05/29/88||Basking Ridge, N.J.||UNC||0/0|
|Henderson, Val||GK||5-7||04/19/86||Orinda, Calif.||UCLA||0/0|
|Hucles, Angela||M||5-7||07/05/78||Virginia Beach, Va.||Virginia||59/5|
|Kai, Natasha||F||5-8||05/22/83||Kahuku, Hawaii||Hawaii||17/6|
|Kakadelas, Megan||F||5-9||07/26/83||Carlsbad, Calif.||Santa Clara||0/0|
|Lloyd, Carli||M||5-8||07/16/82||Delran, N.J.||Rutgers||21/1|
|Lohman, Joanna||M||5-5||06/26/82||Silver Spring, Md.||Penn State||7/0|
|Lopez, Stephanie||D||5-6||04/03/86||Elk Grove, Calif.||Portland||9/0|
|Markgraf, Kate||D||5-7||08/23/76||Bloomfield Hills, Mich.||Notre Dame||153/0|
|Miller, Marci||M||5-7||12/04/75||St. Charles, Ill.||SMU||13/0|
|Mitts, Heather||D||5-5||06/09/78||Cincinnati, Ohio||Florida||63/2|
|Nogueira, Casey||F||5-6||02/23/89||Cedarburg, Wis.||UNC||0/0|
|O’Reilly, Heather||F||5-5||01/02/85||East Brunswick, N.J.||UNC||51/8|
|Osborne, Leslie||M||5-8||05/27/83||Brookfield, Wis.||Santa Clara||30/2|
|Scurry, Briana||GK||5-8||09/07/71||Dayton, Minn.||UMass||158|
|Solo, Hope||GK||5-9||07/30/81||Richland, Wash.||Washington||37|
|Tarpley, Lindsay||F||5-6||09/22/83||Kalamazoo, Mich.||UNC||58/13|
|Trotter, India||D||5-8||03/10/85||Plantation, Fla.||Florida State||1/0|
|Weimer, Tiffany||F||5-4||12/05/83||North Haven, Conn.||Penn State||0/0|
|Whitehill, Cat||D||5-5||02/10/82||Birmingham, Ala.||UNC||99/11|
GOALKEEPERS (3): Val Henderson (Orinda, Calif.), Briana Scurry (Dayton, Minn.), Hope Solo (Richland, Wash.);
DEFENDERS (9): Rachel Buehler (Del Mar, Calif.), Lori Chalupny (St. Louis, Mo.), Tina Frimpong (Vancouver, Wash.), Sheree Gray (Toms River, N.J.), Stephanie Lopez (Elk Grove, Calif.), Kate Markgraf (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.), Heather Mitts (Cincinnati, Ohio), India Trotter (Plantation, Fla.), Cat Whitehill (Birmingham, Ala.);
MIDFIELDERS (8): Yael Averbuch (Upper Montclair, N.J.), Brittany Bock (Naperville, Ill.), Tobin Heath (Basking Ridge, N.J.), Angela Hucles (Virginia Beach, Va.), Carli Lloyd (Delran, N.J.), Joanna Lohman (Silver Spring, Md.), Marci Miller (St. Charles, Ill.), Leslie Osborne (Brookfield, Wis.) ;
FORWARDS (8): Lauren Cheney (Indianapolis, Ind.), Kerri Hanks (Allen, Texas), Natasha Kai (Kahuku, Hawaii), Megan Kakadelas (Carlsbad, Calif.), Casey Nogueira (Cedarburg, Wis.), Heather O’Reilly (East Brunswick, N.J.), Lindsay Tarpley (Kalamazoo, Mich.), Tiffany Weimer (North Haven, Conn.)
Head Coach: Greg Ryan - Colorado Springs, Colo.
Asst. Coach: Bret Hall - St. Charles, Ill.
Asst. Coach: Billy McNicol - Huntington Beach, Calif.
GK Coach: Phil Wheddon - Monroe, Conn.
General Manager: Nils Krumins - Manhattan Beach, Calif.
Team Physician: Dr. Scott Powell - Pacific Palisades, Calif.
Sports Psych. Consultant: Dr. Colleen Hacker - Tacoma, Wash.
Medical Trainer: Julie O’Connell - Chicago, Ill.
Medical Trainer: Greg Banks - Charleston, S.C.
Massage Therapist: Scott Street - Atlanta, Ga.
Massage Therapist: Jarrod Fritz - Charleston, S.C.
Equipment Manager: Jeanine Avila - West Covina, Calif.
Team Security: Mark Pharris - Atlanta, Ga.
Videographer: Noelle Jouglet - San Diego, Calif.
Press Officer: Aaron Heifetz - Cypress, Calif.