CHICAGO (April 18, 2008) – After a successful run at the 2008 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying tournament, U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Pia Sundhage will bring 25 players on a three-week, three-city, three-game road trip for the USA’s first domestic matches of the year. The USA will arrive in Cary, N.C. on April 22 to begin the tour.
All 25 players will travel and train in the three cities, but Sundhage will suit up only 18 players for each match. The U.S. opens the tour on April 27 against Australia at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C., with kickoff scheduled for 7 p.m. ET. The U.S. team will then travel to Birmingham, Ala., hometown of U.S. defender Cat Whitehill, to face Australia on May 3 at the famed Legion Field with kickoff scheduled for 4 p.m. CT. The U.S. will finish the tour on May 10 against Canada at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C., with kickoff slated for 7 p.m. ET.
The match from Legion Field will be broadcast live on Fox Soccer Channel and the three matches will be available on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker.
The U.S. women are 10-0-1 under Sundhage in 2008, having won tournaments in China in January, Portugal in March and Mexico in April.
All of the players who have been training and playing regularly with the USA over the past few months will be competing for spots on the 18-player game rosters, with the exception of midfielder Angie Woznuk, who is still rehabbing a back injury.
Two 2004 Olympic gold medalists are back with the squad after prolonged absences. Midfielder Aly Wagner rejoins the team after recovering from a double-hernia surgery in late January. Defender Heather Mitts is also back on the roster after missing out on Olympic qualifying while taking the final steps back to fitness during her recovery from ACL surgery.
For the game in Cary against Australia, tickets starting at $18 are on sale through ussoccer.com, by phone at 919-834-4000, and at all Raleigh-Durham area Ticketmaster ticket centers (including Macy’s and FYE stores).
For the match in Birmingham against Australia, tickets starting at $18 are on sale through ussoccer.com, by calling 205-715-6000, and at all Birmingham-area Ticketmaster ticket centers (including Publix and FYE stores).
Tickets for USA-Canada range in price from $20 to $70. Additionally, special VIP on-field seats for $150, are available online at ussoccer.com, through all Baltimore-Washington Ticketmaster outlets (including Macy’s stores), and by phone (Washington 202-397-SEAT (7328); Baltimore 410-547-SEAT (7328); Northern Virginia 703-573-SEAT (7328); out of state 1 800 551 SEAT (7328)). Groups of 20 or more can obtain a discount order form at ussoccer.com or call 312-528-1290
Australia is ranked 12th in the most recent FIFA Women’s World Rankings and finished in the top eight at the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Considered one of the most exciting teams in the tournament by fans, the Australian team pushed finalist Brazil to the limit before falling 3-2 in the quarterfinals. The most recent meeting between the teams resulted in a 2-0 U.S. victory at the Peace Queen Cup in South Korea in October 2006.
The USA and ninth-ranked Canada will write another chapter in their rivalry just 28 days after meeting for the title at the 2008 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Mexico. On that day, the USA triumphed 6-5 in a shootout after the game was tied 1-1 through 120 minutes of regulation and overtime.
UNITED STATES WOMEN’S NATIONAL SOCCER TEAM ROSTER
USA vs. Australia – April 27 – WakeMed Soccer Park -- Cary, N.C.
USA vs. Australia – May 3 – Legion Field -- Birmingham, Ala.
USA vs. Canada – May 10 – RFK Stadium -- Washington, D.C.
|1||Scurry, Briana||GK||5-8||09/07/71||Dayton, Minn.||Massachusetts||169|
|2||Mitts, Heather||D||5-5||06/09/78||Cincinnati, Ohio||Florida||71/2|
|3||Rampone, Christie||D||5-6||06/24/75||Point Pleasant, N.J.||Monmouth||187/4|
|4||Whitehill, Cat||D||5-7||02/10/82||Birmingham, Ala.||North Carolina||127/11|
|5||Tarpley, Lindsay||M||5-6||09/22/83||Kalamazoo, Mich.||North Carolina||90/23|
|6||Kai, Natasha||F||5-8||05/22/83||Kahuku, Hawaii||Hawaii||42/14|
|7||Boxx, Shannon||M||5-8||06/29/77||Redondo Beach, Calif.||Notre Dame||86/18|
|8||Cheney, Lauren||F||5-8||09/30/87||Indianapolis, Ind.||UCLA||8/3|
|9||O’Reilly, Heather||F||5-5||01/02/85||East Brunswick, N.J.||North Carolina||83/19|
|10||Wagner, Aly||M||5-5||08/10/80||San Jose, Calif.||Santa Clara||117/21|
|11||Lloyd, Carli||M||5-8||07/16/82||Delran, N.J.||Rutgers||55/13|
|12||Osborne, Leslie||M||5-8||05/27/83||Brookfield, Wis.||Santa Clara||59/2|
|13||Heath, Tobin||M||5-6||05/29/88||Basking Ridge, N.J.||North Carolina||9/2|
|14||Cox, Stephanie||D||5-6||04/03/86||Elk Grove, Calif.||Portland||39/0|
|15||Markgraf, Kate||D||5-7||08/23/79||Bloomfield Hills, Mich.||Notre Dame||176/0|
|16||Hucles, Angela||M||5-7||07/05/78||Virginia Beach, Va.||Virginia||77/5|
|17||Chalupny, Lori||D||5-4||01/29/84||St. Louis, Mo.||North Carolina||64/6|
|18||Solo, Hope||GK||5-9||07/30/81||Richland, Wash.||Washington||58|
|19||Rodriguez, Amy||F||5-4||02/17/87||Lake Forest, Calif.||USC||15/3|
|20||Wambach, Abby||F||5-11||06/02/80||Rochester, N.Y.||Florida||116/92|
|21||White, Kacey||M||5-4||04/27/84||Arlington, Texas||North Carolina||4/0|
|22||Trotter, India||D||5-8||03/10/85||Plantation, Fla.||Florida State||2/0|
|23||Dowling, Keeley||D||5-8||02/17/83||Carmel, Ind.||Tennessee||0/0|
|24||Barnhart, Nicole||GK||5-10||10/10/81||Gilbertsville, Pa.||Stanford||8|
|26||Buehler, Rachel||D||5-5||08/26/85||Del Mar, Calif.||Stanford||6/0|
U.S. Women's National Team Roster By Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Nicole Barnhart (Gilbertsville, Pa.), Briana Scurry (Dayton, Minn.), Hope Solo (Richland, Wash.);
DEFENDERS (9): Rachel Buehler (Del Mar, Calif.), Lori Chalupny (St. Louis, Mo.), Stephanie Cox (Elk Grove, Calif.), Keeley Dowling (Carmel, Ind.), Kate Markgraf (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.), Heather Mitts (Cincinnati, Ohio), Christie Rampone (Point Pleasant, N.J.), India Trotter (Plantation, Fla.), Cat Whitehill (Birmingham, Ala.);
MIDFIELDERS (8): Shannon Boxx (Redondo Beach, Calif.), Tobin Heath (Basking Ridge, N.J.), Angela Hucles (Virginia Beach, Va.), Carli Lloyd (Delran, N.J.), Leslie Osborne (Brookfield, Wis.), Lindsay Tarpley (Kalamazoo, Mich.), Aly Wagner (San Jose, Calif.), Kacey White (Arlington, Texas);
FORWARDS (5): Lauren Cheney (Indianapolis, Ind.), Natasha Kai (Kahuku, Hawaii), Heather O’Reilly (East Brunswick, N.J.), Amy Rodriguez (Lake Forest, Calif.), Abby Wambach (Rochester, N.Y.)
Head Coach: Pia Sundhage Redondo Beach, Calif.
Asst. Coach: Jillian Ellis Los Angeles, Calif.
Asst. Coach: Erica Walsh State College, Pa.
GK Coach: Phil Wheddon Monroe, Conn.
Sports Science/Fitness Coach: Helena Andersson Orebro, Sweden
General Manager: Cheryl Bailey Redondo Beach, Calif.
Athletic Trainer: Gigi Garcia Miami, Fla.
Athletic Trainer: Michele Gould Wilmington, De.
Equipment Manager: Andrew Dessert Kansas City, Mo.
Massage Therapist: Mark Higgins Chicago, Ill.
Massage Therapist: Pamela DuRant Darlington, S.C.
Videographer: Noelle Jouglet San Diego, Calif.
Videographer: Libby Wells San Diego, Calif.
Team Security: Mark Pharris Atlanta, Ga.
Press Officer: Aaron Heifetz Cypress, Calif.