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Last U.S. Women's National Team Training Camp of 1999 Will See 26 Olympic Hopefuls Convene in San Diego, Calif.


CHICAGO (Thursday, November 18, 1999) - Tony DiCicco will conduct his final training camp before stepping aside as head coach of the U.S. Women's National Team as 26 players will come to the ARCO Olympic Training Center in San Diego, Calif. from Nov. 29-Dec. 4 in hopes of working their way into the mix for the 2000 Olympic Team.

None of the 20 players from the 1999 Women's World Cup championship team, all proven commodities, will attend the camp. Instead, DiCicco, along with assistant coaches Lauren Gregg and Jay Hoffman, have invited a combination of veterans, several players who just missed making the World Cup squad and young up-and-coming stars. All will be looking to impress with the goal of earning a roster spot in residential training camp during 2000, as well as a coveted spot on the 18-player roster for the Sydney Olympics.

Returning to the fold will be Thori Bryan, who has earned 53 caps and was a member of the 1995 Women's World Cup Team, as well as 1996 Olympic Team member Staci Wilson. In addition, DiCicco has recalled midfielder Justi Baumgardt who played in six matches in 1998 and former Duke star Kelly Walbert, who saw time with the national team back in 1994. Former N.C. State star Kim Yankowski will get her first look. Yankowski led the USL W-League in assists for the Raleigh Wings and was named to the W-1 First Team.

Former Under-21 captain Michelle French, who was a member of the residency training camp for the 1999 Women's World Cup will participate, as will two of her former teammates at the University of Portland, Kristen Eaton and Kim Stiles. Former UNC star Robin Confer, currently the assistant coach at Texas A & M, gets the call-up as does USL Most Valuable Player Danielle Dion of the Chicago Cobras, who earned a "double" of awards last summer, adding Goalkeeper of the Year honors to her MVP.

Several players will come into camp after stellar senior college seasons. Sherrill Kester (Duke) and Kim Clark (USC) helped lead their teams to the NCAA playoffs. Two sophomores coming off banner years will also attend the camp. Stacey Tullock was named Pac-10 Offensive Player of Year for Arizona State, scoring 17 goals with seven assists, and is already the all-time leading scorer in Sun Devil history for goals and points. Emily Brown received First-Team All-Big 10 honors, breaking Illinois single season goals, points and shots records, while finding the net 17 times.

A slew of talented youngsters, all high school seniors, have also been called in. Under-18 National Team goalkeeper Hope Solo played an integral role in leading her team to the Pan-American Games gold medal this summer. Solo will be joined by U-18 teammates Nandi Pryce, who marshaled the defense at the Pan-Ams, and Catherine Reddick, who scored the winning goal in the gold medal game.

Midfielder Aleisha Cramer, the nation's top recruit, has played for the USA at every age level, earning her second full national team cap in Denver against Brazil on Sept. 26 of this year. Forward Veronica Zepeda was a member of the Nordic Cup champion U-21 team last summer in Iceland.

Attached is the preliminary roster for the training camp. Six additional players will be named in the coming week.

United States Women's National Team Roster
Dec. '99 Training Camp -- ARCO Olympic Training Center -- San Diego, Calif.
Player Pos. Ht. Wt. D.O.B. Hometown College/Club Caps/Goals
Baumgardt, Justi M 5-8 135 7/22/75 Federal Way, Wash. Portland 16/3
Bryan, Thori D 5-8 140 4/17/74 Joppatowne, Md. N.C. State 53/0
Brown, Emily M 5-6 128 4/24/80 Wilmette, Ill. Illinois 0/0
Cramer, Aleisha M 5-10 130 7/29/82 Lakewood, Col. Colorado Rush 2/0
Clark, Kim M 5-6 120 10/5/77 Cupertino, Calif. USC 0/0
Confer, Robin F 5-8 135 2/21/76 Clearwater, Fla. UNC 8/1
Dion, Danielle GK 5-8 137 6/18/76 Atlanta, Ga. UMass 0
Eaton, Kristen D 5-6 140 3/22/77 Boise, Id. Portland 0/0
French, Michelle D 5-4 135 1/27/77 Kent, Wash. Portland 3/0
Kester, Sherrill M 5-3 120 3/7/78 High Point, N.C. Duke 0/0
Pryce, Nandi D 5-10 140 5/30/82 Casselberry, Fla. C. Florida United 0/0
Ramsey, Alyssa F 5-8 140 9/21/82 Charlotte, N.C. Charlotte Soccer Club 0/0
Reddick, Catherine D 5-5 125 2/10/82 Birmingham, Ala. Briarwood Lightning 0/0
Solo, Hope GK 5-9 140 7/30/81 Richland, Wash. Washington 0/0
Stiles, Kim M 5-8 130 10/2/76 Spokane, Wash. Portland 0/0
Tullock, Stacey M 5-7 125 9/20/78 Phoenix, Ariz. Arizona State 0/0
Walbert, Kelly M 5-4 125 9/22/74 Tuscon, Ariz. Duke 1/0
Wilson, Staci D 5-2 120 7/8/76 Livingston, N.J. UNC 14/0
Yankowski, Kim M 5-4 125 4/27/72 Pt. Pleasant, N.J. N.C. State 0/0
Zepeda, Veronica M 5-0 100 6/11/82 Riverside, Calif. Claremont Stars 1/0

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