CHICAGO (October 10, 2007) – The U.S. Women’s National Team will face Mexico three times in an eight-day span starting this Saturday, Oct. 13, at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis, Mo. (kickoff at 7 p.m. CT) as the 2007 U.S. Women’s World Cup Team travels through three times zones to finish the schedule this year.
After the game in St. Louis, the USA will then travel west to face the Tricolor Femenil on Oct. 17 at PGE Park in Portland, Ore. with a 7 p.m. PT kickoff. The final match will take place on Oct. 20 at University Stadium in Albuquerque, N.M. with a 4:30 p.m. MT kickoff. Fans can follow all three matches on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker.
The USA will be without two players from the Women’s World Cup roster. Defender Stephanie Lopez will not be available to play in the first and third matches, as she has returned to her college team at the University of Portland, but will available for the match in Portland. Also midfielder Marci Jobson will not be available for any of the three matches as she has returned to her post as head women’s soccer coach at Northern Illinois University.
The USA has played Mexico 19 times in its history, but 15 of those have comes since 2000, as the Mexicans have increased their programming and their level of play while qualifying for the 2004 Olympics and barely missing out on the last two Women’s World Cup tournaments, falling in a playoff with Japan both times. The teams last met on April 14 of this year in the USA’s first domestic match of 2007, a 5-0 win at in Foxborough, Mass.
The three Mexico games will complete a long year for the U.S. team that began in mid-January before the team traveled to China and won the Four Nations Tournament. The USA also won the Algarve Cup in March and then played eight domestic games before the Women’s World Cup.
The U.S. team is 17-1-3 in 2007 and will finish the year having played 24 matches, the most since the Olympic year of 2004, and prior to that, the most since the 2000 Olympic year when the U.S. women played a team record 41 games.
For the match in St. Louis, tickets starting at $20 are on sale through ussoccer.com, by phone at 314-421-4400, and at all St. Louis-area Ticketmaster ticket centers (including Schnucks and Macy's).
For the game in Portland, tickets starting at $20 are on sale through ussoccer.com, by phone at 503-224-4400, and at all Portland-area Ticketmaster ticket centers (including Fred Meyer and Joe’s Sports, Outdoor & More).
For the match in Albuquerque, tickets starting at $18 are available through ussoccer.com, by calling 505-925-5858 or 1-877-664-8661 (toll free), by visiting any University of New Mexico ticket outlet (including select Albertson’s), and at the UNM Ticket Offices at The Pit and the UNM Bookstore.
Groups of 20 or more for any of the matches can obtain an order form at ussoccer.com or call U.S. Soccer at 312-528-1290.
UNITED STATES WOMEN’S NATIONAL SOCCER TEAM ROSTER
USA vs. MEXICO
Oct. 13 in St. Louis, Mo.
Oct. 17 in Portland, Ore.
Oct. 20 in Albuquerque, N.M.
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|2||Dalmy, Marian||D||5-10||11/25/1984||Lakewood, Colo.||Santa Clara||2/0|
|3||Rampone, Christie||D||5-6||6/24/1975||Point Pleasant, N.J.||Monmouth||165/4|
|4||Whitehill, Cat||D||5-5||2/10/1982||Birmingham, Ala.||UNC||111/11|
|5||Tarpley, Lindsay||F||5-6||9/22/1983||Kalamazoo, Mich.||UNC||70/15|
|6||Kai, Natasha||F||5-8||5/22/1983||Kahuku, Hawaii||Hawaii||26/7|
|7||Boxx, Shannon||M||5-8||6/29/1977||Redondo Beach, Calif.||Notre Dame||66/14|
|8||Ellertson, Tina||D||5-9||5/20/1982||Vancouver, Wash.||Washington||22/0|
|9||O’Reilly, Heather||F||5-5||1/2/1985||East Brunswick, N.J.||UNC||61/10|
|10||Wagner, Aly||M||5-5||8/10/1980||San Jose, Calif.||Santa Clara||112/21|
|11||Lloyd, Carli||M||5-8||7/16/1982||Delran, N.J.||Rutgers||33/6|
|12||Osborne, Leslie||M||5-8||5/27/1983||Brookfield, Wis.||Santa Clara||41/2|
|13||Lilly, Kristine||F||5-4||7/22/1971||Wilton, Conn.||UNC||328/123|
|14||Lopez, Stephanie||D||5-6||4/3/1986||Elk Grove, Calif.||Portland||21/0|
|15||Markgraf, Kate||D||5-7||8/23/1976||Bloomfield Hills, Mich.||Notre Dame||160/0|
|16||Hucles, Angela||M||5-7||7/5/1978||Virginia Beach, Va.||Virginia||66/5|
|17||Chalupny, Lori||M||5-4||1/29/1984||St. Louis, Mo.||UNC||41/4|
|18||Solo, Hope||GK||5-9||7/30/1981||Richland, Wash.||Washington||45|
|20||Wambach, Abby||F||5-11||6/2/1980||Rochester, N.Y.||Florida||93/74|
|21||Barnhart, Nicole||GK||5-10||10/10/1981||Gilbertsville, Pa.||Stanford||3|
FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP – ROSTER BY POSITION
GOALKEEPERS (3): Nicole Barnhart (Gilbertsville, Pa.), Briana Scurry (Dayton, Minn.), Hope Solo (Richland, Wash.);
DEFENDERS (6): Marian Dalmy (Lakewood, Colo.), Tina Ellertson (Vancouver, Wash.), Stephanie Lopez (Elk Grove, Calif.), Kate Markgraf (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.), Christie Rampone (Point Pleasant, N.J.), Cat Whitehill (Birmingham, Ala.);
MIDFIELDERS (7): Shannon Boxx (Redondo Beach, Calif.), Lori Chalupny (St. Louis, Mo.), Angela Hucles (Virginia Beach, Va.), Marci Jobson (St. Charles, Ill.), Carli Lloyd (Delran, N.J.), Leslie Osborne (Brookfield, Wis.), Aly Wagner (San Jose, Calif.);
FORWARDS (5): Natasha Kai (Kahuku, Hawaii), Kristine Lilly (Wilton, Conn.), Heather O’Reilly (East Brunswick, N.J.), Lindsay Tarpley (Kalamazoo, Mich.), Abby Wambach (Rochester, N.Y.).
FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP – ROSTER BY EXPERIENCE
GOALKEEPERS (3): Nicole Barnhart (2007), Briana Scurry (1995, 1999, 2003, 2007), Hope Solo (2007);
DEFENDERS (6): Marian Dalmy (2007), Tina Ellertson (2007), Stephanie Lopez (2007), Kate Markgraf (1999, 2003, 2007), Christie Rampone (1999, 2003, 2007), Cat Whitehill (2003, 2007);
MIDFIELDERS (7): Shannon Boxx (2003, 2007), Lori Chalupny (2007), Angela Hucles (2003, 2007), Marci Jobson (2007), Carli Lloyd (2007), Leslie Osborne (2007), Aly Wagner (2003, 2007);
FORWARDS (5): Natasha Kai (2007), Kristine Lilly (1991, 1995, 1999, 2003, 2007), Heather O’Reilly (2007), Lindsay Tarpley (2007), Abby Wambach (2003, 2007).
Head Coach: Greg Ryan (Colorado Springs, Colo.)
Asst. Coach: Bret Hall (St. Charles, Ill.)
Asst./GK Coach: Phil Wheddon (Monroe, Conn.)
Asst. Coach: Billy McNicol (Huntington Beach, Calif.)
General Manager: Cheryl Bailey (Redondo Beach, Calif.)
Medical Trainer: Gigi Garcia (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.)
Medical Trainer: Michele Gould (Wilmington, Del.)
Massage Therapist: Scott Street (East Troy, Wisc.)
Massage Therapist: Sean Markus (Torrance, Calif.)
Videographer: Noelle Jouglet (San Diego, Calif.)
Team Security: Mark Pharris (Atlanta, Ga.)
Press Officer: Aaron Heifetz (Cypress, Calif.)