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Ryan Names 18-Player Roster to Face Mexico on Sept. 13 in Rochester


CHICAGO (Sept. 8, 2006) – U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Greg Ryan has named the 18-player roster that will face long-time rival Mexico on Sept. 13 at PAETEC Park in Rochester, N.Y. The match will kick off in primetime at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN2 as Rochester native Abby Wambach returns home. Fans can also follow the action on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker.

This will be the first meeting between the USA and Mexico since October 2005 when the USA won 3-0 in Charleston, S.C. Wambach scored two goals in that game and Kristine Lilly bagged one. The match in Rochester will be the 17th meeting between the teams all-time, but the 13th meeting since 2000. Wambach is tied for the team lead in goals in 2006 with Lilly as both have eight a piece. Hawaiian forward Natasha Kai is the third-leading scorer this year with five goals.

Tickets are on sale at all Rochester area Ticketmaster outlets (including Kaufmann’s and Ticket Express), at PAETEC Park’s Main Box Office (Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.) and by phone at 585-232-1900. Groups of 12 or more can purchase tickets by calling 312-528-1290 or visiting ussoccer.com.

Ryan named 16 of the 18 players who were on the roster for the USA’s 4-1 win over China on Aug. 27 in Bridgeview, Ill, with the only changes related to injuries. Defender Cat Whitehill aggravated the plantar fascia in her left foot against China and will be replaced by Stephanie Lopez, just back from Russia where she captained the U.S. U-20s to 4th place at the 2006 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Championship. Midfielder Marci Miller returns from an MCL strain and replaces Joanna Lohman.

Two players currently engaged in their college seasons will join the U.S. team in Rochester after playing their weekend matches, ironically, against each other. Forward Heather O’Reilly of UNC and Lopez, who plays for the University of Portland, will meet each other on Sunday, Sept. 10 in Portland before flying to New York to meet up with the U.S. team.

Nine players who were members the 2004 Olympic champions are on the roster, including Wambach, who will look to continue her torrid scoring pace having pounded in 57 goals in her 76 games with the USA, the best strike rate in U.S. history. After being held scoreless against China, as well as physically beat up to the point where China’s captain earned a red card after scuffling with the 5-foot-11 striker, Wambach will be extra-motivated to find the net against Mexico.

Also on the roster is defender Heather Mitts, who scored the winning goal last time the USA played in Rochester. Mitts’ stoppage time score in the dramatic 4-3 win over Iceland on Sept. 25, 2004, was one of just two national team goals. Rochester will get its first look at several of the USA’s young stars in addition to O’Reilly and Lopez. Defensive midfielder Leslie Osborne, outside back Lori Chalupny, goalkeeper Hope Solo and Kai all could make their Rochester debuts.

The USA’s next match after Mexico will be on Oct. 1 at the team’s home base at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., against Chinese Taipei. That game will kick off at 1 p.m. PT live on ESPN2 to close out a first-of-its-kind weekend of women’s soccer at The HDC as U.S. Soccer hosts the first Women’s Nike Friendlies, a youth event featuring 30 premier club teams as well as the U.S. U-15, U-16 Girls’ National Teams and the U-17 Women’s National Team. The USA will then face Iceland on Oct. 8 at the Univ. of Richmond Stadium in Richmond, Va. Kickoff for that match is 2 p.m. ET live on ESPN2.

WNT Roster - USA vs. Mexico - Sept. 13, 2006
PAETEC Park - Rochester, N.Y.

No. Player Pos. Ht. DOB Hometown College Caps/Goals
1 Scurry, Briana GK 5-8  09/07/71 Dayton, Minn. UMass   156
2 Mitts, Heather D 5-5  06/09/78 Cincinnati, Ohio Florida   54/2
3 Rampone, Christie D 5-6  06/24/75 Point Pleasant, N.J. Monmouth  147/4
4 Lopez, Stephanie D 5-6   04/03/86 Elk Grove, Calif. Portland 5/0
5 Tarpley, Lindsay M 5-6  09/22/83 Kalamazoo, Mich. UNC   50/9
6 Kai, Natasha F 5-8  05/22/83 Kahuku, Hawaii  Hawaii    9/5
8 Frimpong, Tina D 5-9  05/20/82 Vancouver, Wash. Washington  13/0
9 O’Reilly, Heather F 5-5   01/02/85 East Brunswick, N.J. UNC   50/8 
10 Wagner, Aly M 5-5   08/10/80 San Jose, Calif. Santa Clara 101/21
11 Lloyd, Carli M 5-8  07/16/82 Delran, N.J. Rutgers   13/0
12 Osborne, Leslie M 5-8  05/27/83 Brookfield, Wis. Santa Clara 22/0
13 Lilly, Kristine M 5-4 07/22/71 Wilton, Conn. UNC 310/112
14 LePeilbet, Amy D 5-7  03/12/82 Crystal Lake, Ill. Arizona State 22/0
15 Miller, Marci M 5-7 12/04/75 St. Charles, Ill. SMU 7/0
16 Hucles, Angela M 5-7 07/05/78 Virginia Beach, Va. Virginia 53/5
17 Chalupny, Lori D 5-4  01/29/84 St. Louis, Mo. UNC   21/2
18 Solo, Hope GK 5-9  07/30/81 Richland, Wash. Washington  30
20 Wambach, Abby F 5-11  06/02/80 Rochester, N.Y.  Florida   76/57
               

Roster By Postion
GOALKEEPERS (2): Briana Scurry, Hope Solo;
DEFENDERS (6): Lori Chalupny, Tina Frimpong, Amy LePeilbet, Stephanie Lopez, Heather Mitts, Christie Rampone;
MIDFIELDERS (5): Angela Hucles, Carli Lloyd, Marci Miller, Leslie Osborne, Aly Wagner;
FORWARDS (5): Natasha Kai, Kristine Lilly, Heather O’Reilly, Lindsay Tarpley, Abby Wambach.

Team Staff
Head Coach: Greg Ryan (Colorado Springs, Colo.)
Asst. Coach: Bret Hall (St. Charles, Ill.)
GK Coach: Mark Dougherty (Littleton, Colo.)
General Manager: Nils Krumins (Manhattan Beach, Calif.)
Team Physician: Steve Lucey (Charleston, S.C.)
Medical Trainer: Greg Banks (Charleston, S.C.)
Massage Therapist: Scott Street (Atlanta, Ga.)
Massage Therapist: Kara Mirarchi (Boston, Mass.)
Equipment Manager: Jeanine Avila (West Covina, Calif.)
Team Security: Mark Pharris (Atlanta, Ga.)
Press Officer: Aaron Heifetz (Long Beach, Calif.)

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