CHICAGO (January 2, 2006) – More than 100 of the top female players in the United States will train at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., in the month of January as six U.S. Women’s National Teams will conduct training camps to kick off their year of activity.
The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team gets the month-long festivities started Monday with a training camp that will run through January 9. U.S. U-20 head coach Tim Schulz will select a 20-player roster from this camp to travel to Mexico to participate in the CONCACAF Final Qualifying Tournament for the 2006 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Championship.
The U.S. Women’s National Team will train almost concurrently with the U-20s, beginning Tuesday, before leaving for China and the Four Nations Tournament on January 10. The U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team, which recently returned from Brazil where it picked up three wins over Brazilian women’s clubs, will train from January 9-16. The U.S. Under-21 Women’s National Team, with its focus on the Nordic Cup in Norway next July, will train from January 14-21. The two youngest U.S. National Teams, the Under-16 and Under-15 Girls, will hold almost concurrent camps at the end of the month, with the U-16s going from January 21-28 and the U-15s training from January 22-28.
The packed schedule of women’s programming means that on just four days in January the HDC fields will not be occupied by U.S. Women’s National Teams, and one of those days is January 29, when the U.S. Men’s National Team takes on Norway at the Home Depot Center (2 p.m. PT on ESPN2).
While the U.S. women’s teams will take up much field space during January at the HDC, the world-class facility will also be packed with many more events, including a month-long training camp for U.S. manager Bruce Arena’s Men’s National Team, a 58-player mega-camp for the U.S. U-18 Men’s National Team, the annual MLS Combine and various U.S. Soccer Coaching Courses.
The U.S. Women’s National Team will begin its 2006 match schedule at the Four Nations Tournament in Guangzhou, China against Norway on January 18, face France on January 20 and finish with China on January 22. The U.S. U-20s will play their first round matches at CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Final Qualifying Tournament against Jamaica on January 19 and then will face Surinam on January 21. The USA finishes Group B play on January 23 against El Salvador. All three U.S. matches will take place in Cordoba, Mexico, at Rafael Murillo Vidal Stadium and kick-off at 2:30 p.m. local time / 3:30 p.m. ET.
Should the Americans advance out of their group, the semifinals, third-place match at championship game will be played at Luis Pirata Fuentes Stadium in Veracruz. The top three finishers in the tournament advance to the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Championship to be held Aug. 16 - Sept. 2 in Russia. The U.S. WNT and U-20s will play two scrimmage matches against each other at the HDC on Saturday, January 7, at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
The USA’s tournament opener against Norway at the Four Nations could mark a historic milestone for U.S. captain Kristine Lilly, as she is poised to earn her 300th cap. Already the world’s leader in international matches played for men or women with 299 caps, Lilly would become the first player in soccer history to play 300 times for their country. Adding to the uniqueness of the event, Lilly earned her first-ever cap at the age of 16 in China more than 18 years ago.
U.S. Women’s National Teams at the Home Depot Center – January 2006
U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team: January 2-9
U.S. Women’s National Team: January 3-9
U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team: January 9-16
U.S. Under-21 Women’s National Team January 14-21
U.S. Under-16 Girl’s National Team: January 21-28
U.S. Under-15 Girl’s National Team: January 22-28
U.S. Women’s National Team – Jan 3-9, 2006
GOALKEEPERS (4): Nicole Barnhart (Gilbertsville, Pa.), Jenni Branam (Placentia, Calif.), Briana Scurry (Dayton, Minn.), Hope Solo (Richland, Wash.);
DEFENDERS (8): Lori Chalupny (St. Louis, Mo.), Kendall Fletcher (Cary, N.C.), Tina Frimpong (Vancouver, Wash.), Amy LePeilbet (Crystal Lake, Ill.), Stephanie Lopez (Elk Grove, Calif.), Heather Mitts (Cincinnati, Ohio), Jill Oakes (West Hills, Calif.), Christie Rampone (Point Pleasant, N.J.);
MIDFIELDERS (9): Shannon Boxx (Redondo Beach, Calif.), Carli Lloyd (Delran, N.J.), Kristine Lilly (Wilton, Conn.), Marci Miller (St. Charles, Ill.), Leslie Osborne (Brookfield, Wis.), Lindsay Tarpley (Kalamazoo, Mich.), Stacey Tullock (Phoenix, Ariz.), Aly Wagner (San Jose, Calif.), Angie Woznuk (El Cajon, Calif.);
FORWARDS (7): Danielle Fotopoulos (Altamonte Springs, Fla.), Tiffeny Milbrett (Portland, Ore.), Heather O’Reilly (East Brunswick, N.J.), Megan Rapinoe (Redding, Calif.), India Trotter (Plantation, Fla.), Abby Wambach (Rochester, N.Y.), Christie Welsh (Massapequa Park, N.Y).
U.S. Under-21 Women’s National Team – Jan. 14-21, 2006
Roster To Be Announced
U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team – Jan. 2-9, 2006
GOALKEEPERS (4): Kelsey Davis (Thousand Oaks, Calif.), Joanna Haig (Inver Grove Heights, Minn.), Val Henderson (Orinda, Calif.), Jamie Klages (Coronado, Calif.);
DEFENDERS (9): Marisa Abegg (Lake Oswego, Ore.), Carrie Dew (Encinitas, Calif.), Meagan Holmes (Timonium, Md.), Courtney Hooker (Woodland Hills, Calif.), Nikki Kryzsik (Clifton, N.J.), Stephanie Logterman (Austin, Texas), Kasey Moore (Mission Viejo, Calif.), Brittany Taylor (Campbell Hall, N.Y.), Sara Wagenfuhr (Colorado Springs, Colo.);
MIDFIELDERS (10): Danesha Adams (Shaker Heights, Ohio), Lindsay Beam (Greer, S.C.), Brittany Bock (Naperville, Ill), Tina DiMartino (Massapequa Park, N.Y.), Whitney Engen (Rolling Hills Estates, Calif.), Ashley Jones (Westlake Village, Calif.), Allie Long (Northport, N.Y.), Amanda Poach (Bowie, Md.), Kylee Rossi (Langhorne, Pa.), Stacey Strong (Santa Rosa, Calif.);
FORWARDS (6): Jordan Angeli (Lakewood, Colo.), Lauren Cheney (Indianapolis, Ind.), Kelley O’Hara (Fayetteville, Ga.), Jessica Okoroafo (Sylvania, Ohio), Amy Rodriguez (Lake Forest, Calif.), Jessica Rostedt (Kent, Ohio).
U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team – Jan. 9-16, 2006
GOALKEEPERS (4): Wendy Balogun (Bowie, Md.), Bianca Henniger (San Jose, Calif.), Jordan Kussman (Lakewood, Wash.) Kira Maker (Potomac, Md.);
DEFENDERS (6): Lauren Barnes, (Upland, Calif.), Kate Deines (Issaquah, Wash.), Hannah Cerrone (Wappinger Falls, N.Y.), Gretchen Miller (Fairport, N.Y.), Ashley Rape (Dallas, Texas), Morgan Skeen (Coto de Caza, Calif.);
MIDFIELDERS (9): Courtney Barg (Plano, Texas), Sinead Farrelly (Havertown, Pa.), Casie Ludemann (Holtsville, N.Y.), Christine Nairn (Bowie, Md.), Teresa Noyola (Palo Alto, Calif.), Kendra Perry (Livermore, Calif.), Sarah Salazar (Broken Arrow, Ok.), Rachel Shipley (Plano, Texas), Casey Short (Naperville, Ill.);
FORWARDS (9): Amy Caldwell (Braintree, Mass.), Bianca D’Agostino (Long Meadow, Mass.), Amanda Fancher (The Colony, Texas), Melissa Henderson (Garland, Texas), Brooke Knowlton (Rexford, N.Y.), Merritt Mathias (Birmingham, Ala.), Alex Morgan (Diamond Bar, Calif.), Casey Noguiera (Cedarburg, Wis.), Lindsay Taylor (Los Altos, Calif.).
U.S. Under-16 Women’s National Team – Jan. 21-28, 2006
Roster To Be Announced
U.S. Under-15 Women’s National Team – Jan. 22-28, 2006
GOALKEEPERS (2): Lindsay Dickerson (Los Altos, Calif.), Anna Sieloff (Troy, Mich.);
DEFENDERS (7): Alexandra Hall (Hawthorn Woods, Ill), Annick McBryar (Indialantic, Fla.), Alina Garciamendez (Fairview, Texas), Mary Schmidt (Orange, Calif.), Cloee Colohan (West Point, Utah), Rachel Quon (Lake Forest, Ill), Zakiya Bywaters (Las Vegas, Nev.);
MIDFIELDERS (9): Jenna Richmond (Centerville, Va.), Mariah Nogueira (Westminster, Calif.), Molly Menchel (Alexandria, Va.), Brianne Rodriguez (Aurora, III), Lauren Matheson (Mission Viejo, Calif.), Kristen Mewis (Hanson, Mass.), Elise Amioka (South Berwick, Maine), Victoria Bailey (Fenton, Mich.), Fatima Nasser (Dearborn, Mich.);
FORWARDS (6): Victoria DiMartino (Massapequa Park, N.Y.), Chelsea Hunter (Middletown, Conn.), Caroline Miller (Rockville, Md.), Alyssa Rich (Cincinnati, Ohio), Kelsey Kassab (Pinckney, Mich.), Bianca Burright (Ojai, Calif.).
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