One of the best possessors of the ball on the U.S. team, she has been in the national team program for years, but only in 2010 did she carve out a consistent role through her excellent work rate, superb passing, and willingness to sacrifice for the team. The central midfielder led the USA in assists in 2010 with seven despite playing less than half the minutes available last year.
Sundhage Names 28 Players to New Jersey Training Camp in Advance of U.S. WNT Match against China on May 27
CHICAGO (May 9, 2012) â€“ U.S. Womenâ€™s National Team head coach Pia Sundhage has named 28 players for a training camp being held in Princeton, N.J., from May 10-25. The U.S. team will then travel to Philadelphia to make final preparations for its match against China on May 27 at PPL Park in Chester, Pa., in what will be the second-to-last domestic match for the U.S. team before it departs for the 2012 London Olympics.
On April 24, the USA found out its first-round opponents at the Olympics. The U.S. will open Group G play with two matches at the famed Hampden Park in Glasgow, Scotland. The U.S. first faces France (5 p.m. local / 12 p.m. ET) on July 25 â€“ two days before the Olympic Opening Ceremonies â€“ and then takes on Colombia on July 28 (5 p.m. local / 12 p.m. ET). The USA will finish group play against Korea DPR on July 31 (5:15 p.m. local / 12:15 p.m. ET) at the legendary Old Trafford in Manchester, home to Manchester United.
Sundhage will choose 18 players to suit up against China. More than 12,500 tickets have already been sold for the match, which kicks off at 7 p.m. ET. Tickets starting at $22 are on sale through ussoccer.com, by phone at 1-800-298-4200 and at the PPL Park ticket office (open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.). Groups of 20 or more can obtain an order form at ussoccer.com or call 312-528-1290.
The roster includes 26 of the 27 players who trained during the camp in Bradenton, Fla., in April. Sundhage has added former Western New York Flash defender Gina Lewandowski, who plays for FFC Frankfurt in the German Womenâ€™s Bundesliga, and Oklahoma State goalkeeper Adrianna Franch, who was the USAâ€™s backup â€™keeper on the 2010 FIFA U-20 Womenâ€™s World Cup Team. Franch is a rising senior for the Cowgirls. Lewandowski will join the camp a week late due to her club commitments.
U.S. Womenâ€™s National Team Training Camp Roster by Position - Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (5): Nicole Barnhart, Adrianna Franch, Ashlyn Harris, Jill Loyden, Hope Solo
DEFENDERS (10): Rachel Buehler, Stephanie Cox, Whitney Engen, Meghan Klingenberg, Amy LePeilbet, Gina Lewandowski, Heather Mitts, Kelley Oâ€™Hara, Christie Rampone, Becky Sauerbrunn
MIDFIELDERS (9): Shannon Boxx, Tobin Heath, Lori Lindsey, Carli Lloyd, Kristie Mewis, Heather Oâ€™Reilly, Megan Rapinoe, Amy Rodriguez, Keelin Winters
FORWARDS (4): Lauren Cheney, Sydney Leroux, Alex Morgan, Abby Wambach
â€œWe had a very productive camp in Florida, but now we get to look forward to a game,â€ said Sundhage. â€œThe practices and scrimmages in Florida were physical and mentally taxing, and that was the plan. Now we can train hard in New Jersey but also prepare for a match against a very good team as we continue the roster selection process for the Olympics.â€
This USA will be facing China at PPL Park for the second time as the two teams also met at the home of Major League Soccerâ€™s Philadelphia Union in October of 2010 in what was the U.S. teamâ€™s first match at the soccer-specific venue. The match ended in a 1-1 draw as Alex Morgan equalized late in the game with her first full international goal.
U.S. Soccer also recently announced the final match for the U.S. Women before the Olympics as the Americans will face Canada on June 30 at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah. Kickoff is set for 12 p.m. MT and the match will be broadcast live on NBC. Fans will also be able to follow the match on ussoccer.com's MatchTracker and via Twitter @ussoccer_wnt.
Tickets starting at $22 are on sale to the public through ussoccer.com, by phone at 801-727-2700 (Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. MT) and at the Rio Tinto Stadium ticket office (open Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.). Groups of 20 or more can obtain an order form at ussoccer.com or call 312-528-1290. Ultimate Fan Tickets (special VIP packages that include a premium ticket, a customized official U.S. National Team jersey with name and number, VIP access to the field before and after the game, and other unique benefits) are also available now exclusively through ussoccer.com.
U.S. Womenâ€™s National Team Roster Notes:
- Five players on the U.S. roster will be training in their home state: Tobin Heath (Basking Ridge), Carli Lloyd (Delran), Jill Loyden (Vineland), Heather Oâ€™Reilly (East Brunswick) and team captain Christie Rampone (Point Pleasant).Â
- Just 13 players on the U.S. training camp roster have Olympic Games experience.Â
- The U.S. WNT is 10-1-1 in 2012, having scored 55 goals and allowed five.Â
- Kristie Mewis and Adrianna Franch are the only players on the roster still in college. Mewis will be a senior at Boston College next fall and Franch is a senior at Oklahoma State.Â
- Rampone is by far the most capped player on the roster with 256 and she is firmly in fourth place on the all-time U.S. WNT caps list.Â
- With 22 career goals, Alex Morgan is inching her way up the all-time U.S. goal scoring chart. She will need to reach 30 to get into the top-15 all-time.
CHICAGO (March 21, 2012) â€“ U.S. Womenâ€™s National Team head coach Pia Sundhage has named a 23-player roster that will travel to Japan in early April to compete in the Womenâ€™s Kirin Challenge Cup against 2011 FIFA Womenâ€™s World Cup champion Japan and Brazil.
The U.S. will open against the hosts at Yurtec Stadium in Sendai on April 1 at 7:30 p.m. local (6:30 a.m. ET), before traveling south to face the Brazilians on April 3 at Fukuda Denshi Arena in Chiba at 8 p.m. local time (7 a.m. ET).
Both matches will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and ESPN3.
In the newly created three-nation tournament, Japan will also face Brazil April 5 at Homes Stadium in Kobe. The competition features three of the top four teams in the current FIFA Womenâ€™s World Rankings.
â€œAny time we get to play top teams, itâ€™s always valuable,â€ said U.S. midfielder Carli Lloyd. â€œThe more quality teams we can play, the better off we will be heading into the Olympics. Weâ€™ve lost to Japan the last two times weâ€™ve played them and playing them in Japan is going to be a huge match. As a team, there are some things we need to work on, but we canâ€™t get better unless we play great teams. We donâ€™t get these opportunities too often so we have to embrace them and try to accomplish the things we need to do before we get to London.â€
Sundhage is bringing the same 23 players that were in Portugal at the 2012 Algarve Cup as she continues the process of narrowing the roster down to the 18 players who will represent the USA in the 2012 Olympics.
This will be the third trip for the U.S. Women to Japan after facing the Japanese three times in three different cities in 1998 and twice in two different cities in 2006. The match in Sendai will be the second meeting between the two Womenâ€™s World Cup finalists since that tournament, as Japan pulled off a 1-0 victory against the USA on March 5 during group play at the Algarve Cup in Portugal. It was Japanâ€™s first-ever victory over the USA in regulation time.
Sendai, located on the east coast of northern Japan, suffered catastrophic damage from the magnitude 9.0 offshore earthquake on March 11, 2011 (just nine days after the USA had played Japan in the 2011 Algarve Cup), which triggered a massive, destructive tsunami. Yurtec Stadium, which was built in 1997 and seats 20,000, was damaged in the earthquake and tsunami.
Chiba, which is a large suburb of Tokyo, is located near the east coast of central Japan. Fukuda Denshi Arena, which was completed in 2005, seats 18,500.
The USAâ€™s most recent meeting with Brazil was one for the ages. The USA weathered a controversial ejection and played more than an hour of the 2011 FIFA Womenâ€™s World Cup quarterfinal with 10 players before dramatically tying the score in the 122nd minute on Abby Wambachâ€™s now famous header goal, the latest ever scored in a World Cup.
The USA heads to Japan with a record of 9-1-0 on the year with just one of the games played on home soil. Forward Alex Morgan leads the USA in scoring in 2012, having found the net 11 times in the nine matches she played. Morganâ€™s hat trick (the first of her career) against Sweden in the third-place match of the Algarve Cup on March 5 made her the 15th player in U.S. history to reach double-figures in goals during a calendar year.
Wambach heads to Japan with 134 career goals and nine in 2012. Carli Lloyd and Sydney Leroux have seven goals each, while Amy Rodriguez has six.
Roster by Position - Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Nicole Barnhart, Ashlyn Harris, Hope SoloÂ
DEFENDERS (9): Rachel Buehler, Stephanie Cox, Whitney Engen, Meghan Klingenberg, Amy LePeilbet, Heather Mitts, Kelley Oâ€™Hara, Christie Rampone, Becky Sauerbrunn
MIDFIELDERS (7): Shannon Boxx, Tobin Heath, Lori Lindsey, Carli Lloyd, Heather Oâ€™Reilly, Megan Rapinoe, Amy Rodriguez
FORWARDS (4): Lauren Cheney, Sydney Leroux, Alex Morgan, Abby WambachÂ
Full name is Lori Ann Lindsey … Nicknames are “L-Squared” and Lori “The Lightning” Lindsey ... Majored in sociology and was a member of the IMP Secret Society at UVA ... Favorite book is “The Power of One” ... Hobbies include going to the movies, reading, listening to music and shopping ... Lived in Washington, D.C., while playing with the Freedom, and one of her fondest memories was attending Barack Obama’s first inauguration ... Favorite food is kebabs (when she’s not eating donuts or Ding Dongs) and favorite restaurant is Lebanese Taverna in D.C. … Passionate about strength and conditioning and ultimately would like to train female athletes and help them achieve their professional and fitness goals ... Brother Chris played college soccer at Earlham … When she was in high school, she refereed current U.S. WNT teammate Lauren Cheney’s indoor soccer games ... Was a mean cross-country runner and an avid skateboarder in sixth grade (credit goes to her dad for building her first ramp) ... Wants people to know there’s more than corn in Indiana.Played at Virginia from 1998-2001 and was the school’s first-ever Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year, winning the award two consecutive years (2000, 2001) joining North Carolina’s Mia Hamm as the only other player to achieve that distinction ... Finished as the sixth all-time scorer in UVA history with 33 goals and 76 points ... An NSCAA Second-Team All-American in 2001 and Third-Team All-American in 2000 ... She was also a 2001 finalist for the MAC Award … Named Female Athlete of the Year at UVA for the 2001-02 academic year ... High School: A graduate of Pike High School, she was named an NSCAA Parade All-American and earned First-Team All-State honors four consecutive years ... When she graduated, she was the all-time leading prep scorer in Indiana high school history.