CHICAGO (April 1, 2004) – The U.S. Women’s National Team’s will begin its four-month Residency Training Camp on April 5 at U.S. Soccer's National Training Center at The Home Deport Center in Carson, Calif., to train full-time in preparation for the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece.
The team will train through July, with several week-long breaks inter-spliced with six domestic matches all across the USA. Matches already confirmed include April 24 vs. Brazil in Birmingham, Ala., May 9 vs. Mexico in Albuquerque, N.M., and a July 21 meeting with Australia in Blaine, Minn. After winning three major tournaments over the last three months, the U.S. team has already trained and played together for more days than they did in 2003.
U.S. head coach April Heinrichs has named 27 players to the full-time Residency Camp, all competing for a spot on the 18-player Olympic Team that will participate in the third Olympic tournament for women’s soccer.
This training period represents the fifth time the U.S. women have gone into a residency camp situation, also coming together in 1995, 1996 and 1999 in Orlando, Florida, and in 2000 in San Diego, Calif. Without a professional league, the Residency Camp provides a proper training environment for the U.S. team at the state of the art facilities at the Home Depot Center. The WNT Residency Camp represents another significant investment by U.S. Soccer towards the Women’s National Team.
“The Residency training period will allow us to address a myriad of technical and tactical areas of our game, monitor individual and team fitness, provide immediate feedback to players and pay special attention to the small details in the game,” said Heinrichs. “The Residency Camp was a major factor in our success in '95, '96 and '99 and without U.S. Soccer's support it would not be possible for us to continue to be competitive on the world scene, especially without the WUSA. Additionally, Residency will allow us to develop a larger pool of players for the short and long term future of our program.”
The Residency Camp roster features 19 of the 20 players who were on the 2003 Women’s World Cup Team, plus eight players who are trying to make their first world championship roster in forward Heather O’Reilly, midfielders Lindsay Tarpley, Leslie Osborne, Lori Chalupny and Stacey Tullock, defenders Amy LePeilbet and Heather Mitts, and 2000 Olympic Team alternate goalkeeper Jenni Branam.
Three additional players have also been invited to train with the team, including former Penn State and U.S. U-21 National Team stars Joanna Lohman, a midfielder, and former Hermann Trophy winning striker Christie Welsh. Welsh, who played 15 of her 21 career games for the USA in 2000, has 12 career goals for the full Women’s National Team, 11 of them coming in 2000. Heinrichs has also called in former WUSA goalkeeper of the year for the Carolina Courage Kristin Luckenbill. Lohman, who scored both goals for the USA in the 2003 Nordic Cup championship game last year, just returned from China where she was playing with the U-21s. Heinrichs may call in other players to train over the four-month period.
The USA has four players who have participated in all four previous residency training camps in team captain Julie Foudy, co-captain Joy Fawcett, the world’s all-time leading scorer Mia Hamm and the world’s all-time cap leader Kristine Lilly.
Fawcett underwent back surgery last week to relieve pressure from a herniated disk and will not be able to train for 4-6 weeks, but will be with the U.S. team at the HDC while undergoing her rehabilitation.
The U.S. team will train exclusively at The Home Depot Center, giving the Southern California soccer fans a chance to watch some of the world’s greatest female athletes prepare for one of the world’s greatest sporting spectacles, the Olympics.
The roster for the first part of Residency Camp is made up of four goalkeepers, nine defenders, 11 midfielders and six forwards. Only twoof those players are uncapped in Luckenbill and Tullock. Of the 27 players in camp full-time, 12 were on the 2000 Olympic Team and 11 have played more than 100 times for the USA. Four players have more than 200 caps.
Heinrichs named four players from the USA’s 2002 Under-19 Women’s World Championship team in 19-year-old O’Reilly, Tarpley (a 23-goal scorer for the Tar Heels as a sophomore last season), Osborne (the WCC Player of the Year in 2003) and Lori Chalupny (one of the stars of UNC’s undefeated 2003 NCAA title team). Those four are the only players in Residency Camp with college eligibility remaining.
UNITED STATES WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM 2004 OLYMPIC RESIDENCY CAMP ROSTER
OVERALL ROSTER (by position):
GOALKEEPERS (4): Jenni Branam, Kristen Luckenbill, Briana Scurry, Siri Mullinix;
DEFENDERS (9): Kylie Bivens, Brandi Chastain, Joy Fawcett, Amy LePeilbet, Kate Markgraf, Heather Mitts, Amy LePeilbet, Christie Rampone, Cat Reddick;
MIDFIELDERS (11): Shannon Boxx, Lori Chalupny, Julie Foudy, Angela Hucles, Kristine Lilly, Joanna Lohman, Leslie Osborne, Tiffany Roberts, Lindsay Tarpley, Stacey Tullock, Aly Wagner;
FORWARDS (6): Mia Hamm, Shannon MacMillan, Heather O’Reilly, Cindy Parlow, Abby Wambach, Christie Welsh.