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Sundhage Calls 25 Players to Training Camp as U.S. WNT Begins 2009 at The Home Depot Center

CHICAGO (Jan. 9, 2009) – U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Pia Sundhage has called in 25 players for a 17-day training camp that will kick off the team’s 2009 activity. The U.S. team will convene at U.S. Soccer’s National Training Center at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., from Jan. 20-Feb. 4 in preparation for the annual Algarve Cup that will be held from March 4-11 in southern Portugal.

The roster is a combination of experience and young players looking to establish themselves in the player pool. The majority of the players are veterans of the USA’s 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup Team and 2008 Olympic Team, led by team captain Christie Rampone who has 211 career caps, 2008 U.S. Soccer Female Athlete of the Year Carli Lloyd, as well as two of the USA’s top scorers last year in midfielders Heather O’Reilly and Lindsay Tarpley. Sundhage has called in two goalkeepers in Hope Solo and Nicole Barnhart.

The roster also includes several players looking to rebound from major injuries, most notably forward Abby Wambach, who will be seeing her first national team action since suffering a broken leg against Brazil on July 16, 2008, in the final match before the Olympic Games.

Due to forwards Amy Rodriguez and Lauren Cheney – two of the youngest players on the USA’s Olympic gold medal team – missing most of the USA’s post-Olympic Achieve Your Gold Tour due to commitments to their college teams, Natasha Kai missing the final two matches due to illness and of course Wambach’s ongoing rehabilitation, the U.S. team had a dearth of forwards to call on after the Olympics. With all four of those players back in camp, combined with Angela Hucles’ versatility in playing midfield or forward, the first call-up since 2006 for former University of Portland star Megan Rapinoe, and the switch for Tina Ellertson from defender to forward, the USA will have a large group of strikers competing for Algarve Cup roster spots.

Rapinoe was one of the USA’s best players at the 2004 FIFA U-19 Women’s World Cup in Thailand and was on her way to breaking into the senior side in 2006, playing in four matches and scoring twice, but major knee injuries in successive college seasons (2006 and 2007) derailed her international career. She finally got healthy this season, scoring five goals with 13 assists for the Pilots while playing mostly attacking midfielder and during the camp will see her first WNT action in over two years.

Sundhage has called in several other young players who all have extensive youth national team experience as well as some training camp time with the full National Team. Midfielder Angie Wonzuk and defenders Jill Oakes and Kendall Fletcher, all members of the U.S. team that won the inaugural 2002 FIFA U-19 Women’s World Cup, get call-backs to the National Team after extended absences. Oakes earned her one cap at the Algarve Cup in 2005 while Woznuk has six caps and one goal, scoring against Finland at the Four Nations Tournament in January of 2008. Fletcher, who along with Oakes helped the Pali Blues to an undefeated season and the W-League title last summer, is the only uncapped player on the training camp roster.

Olympic gold medal winning midfielder Tobin Heath, the youngest player in camp at age 20, also returns to the squad after missing all of the Achieve Your Gold matches. Sundhage has also called in Tina DiMartino, one of the top players in college soccer during the 2008 season for UCLA. DiMartino, who has one cap for the senior team, was a member of the U.S. squad at the 2006 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup and the last two the Nordic Cup title teams for the U.S. U-23 Women’s National Team.

After the completion of the camp, Sundhage will choose 18 players to make the annual pilgrimage to Portugal for the always competitive Algarve Cup, where the USA will face Denmark, Norway and Iceland in first round play. Germany, Sweden, Finland and China fill out the other group. It will be the 14th trip to the prestigious tournament for the U.S. WNT.

U.S. defender Kate Markgraf, a veteran of six world championships for the USA, will not be joining the U.S. team in the near future as she is pregnant for the second time. Markgraf had a son in the summer of 2006.

U.S. Women's National Team Training Camp Roster
The Home Depot Center – Carson, Calif.
Jan. 20-Feb. 4, 2008

Players Pos. Ht. DOB Hometown Club / College Caps/Goals
Barnhart, Nicole GK 5’10” 10/10/81 Gilbertsville, Pa. FC Gold Pride (WPS) 17
Boxx, Shannon M 5’8” 06/29/77 Redondo Beach, Calif. Los Angeles Sol (WPS) 110/18
Buehler, Rachel D 5’5” 08/26/85 Del Mar, Calif. FC Gold Pride (WPS) 23/0
Chalupny, Lori D 5’4” 01/29/84 St. Louis, Mo. St. Louis Athletica (WPS) 87/8
Cheney, Lauren F 5’8” 09/30/87 Indianapolis, Ind. UCLA 16/3
Cox, Stephanie D 5’6” 04/03/86 Elk Grove, Calif. Los Angeles Sol (WPS) 54/0
Dalmy, Marian D 5’10” 11/25/84 Lakewood, Colo. Chicago Red Stars (WPS) 10/0
DiMartino, Tina M 5’2” 11/06/86 Massapequa Park, N.Y. UCLA 1/0
Ellertson, Tina F 5’9” 05/20/82 Vancouver, Wash. St. Louis Athletica (WPS) 34/1
Fletcher, Kendall D 5’6” 11/11/84 Cary, N.C. Los Angeles Sol (WPS) 0/0
Heath, Tobin M 5’6” 05/29/88 Basking Ridge, N.J. North Carolina 17/2
Hucles, Angela F 5’7” 07/05/78 Virginia Beach, Va. Boston Breakers (WPS) 102/13
Kai, Natasha F 5’8” 05/22/83 Kahuku, Hawaii Sky Blue FC (WPS) 63/23
Lloyd, Carli M 5’8” 07/16/82 Delran, N.J. Chicago Red Stars (WPS) 79/19
Mitts, Heather D 5’5" 06/09/78 Cincinnati, Ohio Boston Breakers (WPS) 96/2
Oakes, Jill D 5’7” 07/18/84 West Hills, Calif. FC Gold Pride (WPS) 1/0
O’Reilly, Heather M 5’5” 01/02/85 East Brunswick, N.J. Sky Blue FC (WPS) 108/25
Rampone, Christie D 5’6” 06/24/75 Point Pleasant, N.J. Sky Blue FC (WPS) 211/4
Rapinoe, Megan F 5’7” 07/05/85 Redding, Calif. Portland 4/2
Rodriguez, Amy F 5’4” 02/17/87 Lake Forest, Calif. USC 31/6
Solo, Hope GK 5’9" 07/30/81 Richland, Wash. St. Louis Athletica (WPS) 79
Tarpley, Lindsay M 5’6” 09/22/83 Kalamazoo, Mich. Chicago Red Stars (WPS) 113/29
Wambach, Abby F 5’11” 06/02/80 Rochester, N.Y. Washington Freedom (WPS) 127/99
White, Kacey M 5’4" 04/27/84 Arlington, Texas Sky Blue FC (WPS) 15/0
Woznuk, Angie M 5’5” 03/29/85 El Cajon, Calif. St. Louis Athletica (WPS) 6/1

U.S. Women's National Team Roster by Position
GOALKEEPERS (2): Nicole Barnhart (Gilbertsville, Pa.), Hope Solo (Richland, Wash.)
DEFENDERS (8): Rachel Buehler (Del Mar, Calif.), Lori Chalupny (St. Louis, Mo.), Stephanie Cox (Elk Grove, Calif.), Marian Dalmy (Lakewood, Colo.), Kendall Fletcher (Cary, N.C.), Heather Mitts (Cincinnati, Ohio), Jill Oakes (West Hills, Calif.), Christie Rampone (Point Pleasant, N.J.)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Shannon Boxx (Redondo Beach, Calif.), Tina DiMartino (Massapequa Park, N.Y.), Tobin Heath (Basking Ridge, N.J.), Carli Lloyd (Delran, N.J.), Heather O’Reilly (East Brunswick, N.J.), Lindsay Tarpley (Kalamazoo, Mich.), Kacey White (Arlington, Texas), Angie Woznuk (El Cajon, Calif.)
FORWARDS (7): Lauren Cheney (Indianapolis, Ind.), Tina Ellertson (Vancouver, Wash.), Angela Hucles (Virginia Beach, Va.), Natasha Kai (Kahuku, Hawaii), Megan Rapinoe (Redding, Calif.), Amy Rodriguez (Lake Forest, Calif.), Abby Wambach (Rochester, N.Y.)

Team Staff:
Head Coach: Pia Sundhage; Redondo Beach, Calif.
General Manager: Cheryl Bailey; Redondo Beach, Calif.
Asst. Coach: Jillian Ellis; Los Angeles, Calif.
Asst. Coach: Mark Krikorian; Tallahassee, Fla.
Asst. Coach: Amanda Cromwell; Orlando, Fla.
Goalkeeper Coach: Phil Wheddon; Syracuse, N.Y.
Athletic Trainer: Joan Reed; Atlanta, Ga.
Athletic Trainer: Stephanie McNamara; Atlanta, Ga.
Athletic Trainer: Lauren Carter; Atlanta, Ga.
Massage Therapist: Pam Durant; Charleston, S.C.
Massage Therapist: Allison Griffith; Charleston, S.C.
Equipment Manager: Andrew Dessert; Kansas City, Mo.
Press Officer: Aaron Heifetz; Cypress, Calif.

Ryan Names 20 Players for Four Nations Tournament

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.).

Team Staff:
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.)

U.S. Women Kick Off World Cup Year with January Training Camp

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

Date Match-up City
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.

Player Pos. Ht. DOB Hometown College Caps/Goals
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.) 

Team Staff:
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.
A converted forward, she earned her first three caps at defender with the USA in 2005, before working her way into the team full-time in 2006 and earning a spot on the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup Team … 2008: Took most of the year off from soccer to have her second child … Did play in four matches for the USA at the end of the year on the Achieve Your Gold Tour … While playing forward, she scored her first career goal for the WNT against China on Dec. 13 in a 1-0 victory at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. … 2007: Played in 13 matches in 2007, starting five, one at the Four Nations Tournament in China and two at the Algarve Cup in Portugal … A member of the USA’s 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup Team, she played in three matches at the Women’s World Cup, her first world championship tournament, totaling 90 minutes of play … At the WWC, she played against Nigeria, the homeland of her mother Eka … 2006: Had an excellent performance at the 2006 Four Nations Tournament, starting all three games in the center of the defense and playing every minute of the competition as the USA won the title … Started two matches at the 2006 Algarve Cup … Started 10 of the 14 matches she played … Youth National Teams: Played with the U.S. Under-21 National Team in 2004. First Appearance: July 10, 2005, vs. Ukraine … First goal: Dec. 13, 2008, vs. China.
Allocated to St. Louis Athletica for the inaugural WPS season in 2009 … Played with the Seattle Sounders women’s team in 2003 and 2004, helping them reach the 2003 W-League semifinals ... In 2003, she scored three goals in three regular-season appearances and netted five goals in three playoff games, including a pair in Seattle's Western Conference final win at Vancouver … Helped the Lake Oswego Soccer Club win the 1998 and 1999 state championships and advanced to the regional quarterfinals in 1999 ... Also played for the Columbia Premier Soccer Club, which was coached by her dad … Also played one season for the Highland Eagles when she was a freshman in high school.
Full Name is Christina Jo Ellertson … Maiden name is Frimpong … Father, Joe, was born in Ghana and mother, Eka, was born in Nigeria ... Twin sister, Crystal, played soccer at the University of Florida ... Has two daughters, MacKenzie, who was born on March 8, 2001, and Mya, who was born on May 4, 2008 ... Originally signed to play college soccer at Santa Clara in 2000, but never took classes there and sat out the 2000 fall college season ... Served as senior class secretary of the student government at Hudson Bay High School ... Threw out the ceremonial first pitch at a Seattle Mariners game during the spring of 2004 ... Majored in economics … Loves to cook and in fact, took cooking lessons after she finished college, but wants to get better cooking Nigerian food … Her favorite snack is Wheat Thins … Enjoys spending time with her family and taking her kids to do fun things, such as going to the park, zoo and soccer practices.  
The 2003 and 2004 Pac-10 Player of the Year, the first player in history to win back-to-back conference player of the year awards ... Completed her career as Washington's all-time leader in goals (43) and points (99) … Led the Pac-10 Conference in goals as a junior (13) and as a senior (16) …Washington’s school record holder in career game-winning goals (18) and shots (231) ... Netted two hat tricks during her career and registered 13 multiple-goal games … As a senior in 2004, she was honored as an NSCAA Second-Team All-American in 2004 after leading the Huskies to the best season in the program's history … Washington posted a 17-5-1 record and advanced to the quarterfinal round of the NCAA Championships ... Named Pac-10 Player of the Year for the second consecutive season … Selected to the NSCAA Second-Team All-Scholar team … Tied UW record for most goals in a season (16) … As a junior, she played all 21 games, starting 19 ... Was named the Pac-10 Co-Player of the Year with UCLA defender Nandi Pryce ... A first-team All-Pac-10 selection ... Her 13 goals as a junior nearly equaled the goal output from her first two years combined when she netted seven goals each season ... Was named to as an honorable mention to the All-Pac-10 Academic Team … As a sophomore, she played all 20 games, starting 17 of them ... Led the team with three game-winning goals … Opened the season with her second career hat trick, against Arkansas … As a freshman, she played in all 20 games, starting 10 of them ... Led the team with seven goals and ranked second on the squad with 14 total points despite returning from a year-long absence from soccer participation due to the birth of her daughter ... Registered a hat trick in a 4-0 win over Idaho … A four-time Greater Saint Helen's League first-team honoree at Hudson Bay High School ... Named the GSH league MVP in 1998 and 1999 ... Served as team captain her final two years ... Hudson Bay won three Greater Saint Helen's League championships and reached the 1998 state quarterfinals ... Also lettered in basketball and track ... Placed eighth in the 100 meters at the 1999 Washington state championships ... Honored as the Randy Myers Foundation Female Track Athlete of the Year in 1999.
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