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For the 2009 WNT Yearbook, we borrowed an idea from Facebook and had 26 members of the WNT list ’25 Random Things About Me.’ The bad news is that there were too many things to fit in print, but the good news is that the overflowing text will be available via this series on the WNT Blog.

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Nicole Barnhart

14) I read Walt Disney’s biography, and it has inspired me to collect all the Disney movies.
15) I just bought a cabin near a ski resort, and I have never skied in my life.
16) My claim to fame is that I am the first goalkeeper to earn a cap on the field (it was actually my first cap).
17) I once got stitches when I hit my head on bleachers after crawling under to retrieve my goalkeeper gloves that I threw to my dad and he missed.
18) I once tackled my brother playing football in our basement, and he had to get stitches in his chin.
19) I love to do crossword puzzles.
20) I love kids. In fact, players on the team often call me “the baby whisperer.”
21) My favorite color is orange.
22) The only chocolate I eat is in mint chip ice cream.
23) If my watch did not tell me the day and date everyday, I would never know.
24) I love sushi even though I never had it until coming to California for college – and that was because my friend forced me to try it.
25) At Halloween, I always came up with my own unique costumes, and we were always finishing them up right before the parade started. Some examples are: a butterfly, a traffic light, a train, and a speed limit sign.

Shannon Boxx

18) I try to always eat banana pancakes before every game.
19) I scored in my first three national team matches, tying a record.
20) On the day of my 100th cap, I got an assist on the winning goal in the quarterfinals of the 2008 Olympics. 21) I won an NCAA title in 1995 with Notre Dame.
22) I was going to pursue a masters in clinical psychology before I made the national team and kick-started my soccer career.
23) I’ve twice been named MVP of the prestigious Algarve Cup.
24) The Los Angeles Sol is my fourth professional team .
25) I broke a chair at a national team dinner, but never hit the floor while still holding Christie Rampone’s daughter Rylie on my lap.

Rachel Buehler

16) I am known for warming up really well before games.
17) I take sunset pictures all the time.
18) I feel so fortunate to play soccer for a living.
19) I do not want to buy a BlackBerry until I really have to… I like to keep it low tech.
20) If I had to shop at one store the rest of my life it would definitely be Target.
21) I sometimes crave sushi.
22) My sister has really good fashion sense so I often just buy what she does.
23) My favorite book is “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.” It is also an awesome movie.
24) I put little stickers with my name and phone number on all my valuable personal possessions.
25) I enjoy eating pomegranates and persimmons in the fall.

Lori Chalupny

14) I am way more outgoing than I used to be.
15) The goal I scored against Japan in the Olympic semifinals was one of the best moments of my career.
16) It’s really wonderful to be able to play professionally in my hometown. Everyone in St. Louis has always been great to me.
17) I had an “A” average in math all four years of high school.
18) I still try to eat filet mignon the night before I leave for a national team trip. Not sure what I am going to eat the night before an Athletica game.
19) I was voted the U.S. Soccer Young Female Athlete of the Year in 2005. That was a big honor.
20) I moved from outside midfield to center midfield to left back to center midfielder and back to left back. Hey, I’ll play anywhere.
22) I like pizza.
22) I think the friendliest people in America are in the Midwest.
23) People have a really hard time pronouncing my name, but I’ve gotten used to it.
24) I wish I could grow just a little bit so I could be listed at 5-5 instead of 5-4.
25) I get really jealous when I see forwards and midfielders doing shooting drills and I am at the other end of the field doing defender drills.

Lauren Cheney

14) I have an older brother, Aaron and an older sister, Caitlin, and they are my best friends.
15) I am an ultimate girly-girl, I love dressing up and pampering myself.
16) When I was 10, I wanted to go to football camp but my mom put me in cheer camp instead. I won best toe-touch :).
17) I was one of the youngest players on the 2008 Olympic Team.
18) I am a big fan of UCLA sports, especially football and women’s gymnastics.
19) I don’t mind “mixing it up” a bit on the soccer field.
20) I graduated from high school early to focus on playing in the U-20 Women’s World Cup.
21) Abby Wambach called me from the hospital the night she broke her leg and told me to start running because I was going to the Olympics.
22) My first international cap was against Germany. Welcome to the national team!
23) I love scoring goals, but I like assisting on them as well.
24) I love Indiana, but I have come to feel really comfortable in California.
25) I like to dance. People say I am good.

Stephanie Cox

13) I watch Seinfeld with Brian, my hubbie, almost every night at 10:30.
14) I had either braces or a retainer from third to ninth grade, way too long.
15) I played three years of varsity basketball in high school.
16) One of my favorite things to do is cross things off of my "to do" list :).
17) I lived on campus all four years of college.
18) I have been to China six times.
19) I was a Pilot, not a very cool college mascot, but I was proud that we had the best fans and drum squad in the nation.
20) I wanted to be an ice skater when I was young.
21) I scored on the first play of my first powder puff game my senior year.
22) This past fall I was grand marshal for my high school's Homecoming Parade.
23) I got to throw out the first pitch with other Olympians for the Seattle Mariners.
24) I love making chocolate chip pancakes.
25) I am very comfortable kicking with either foot

Tina DiMartino

14) I rarely brush my hair, but somehow it never gets too messy.
15) I am not big on long warm-ups. I like to get out there and play.
16) I rarely use a bag for my cleats. I am always just carrying my shin guards and boots.
17) My youngest sister Rosie might turn out to be the best soccer player, and tallest, of the four DiMartino sisters.
18) My sisters and I are very competitive, but we also always support each other.
19) I may be short, but I think I play with a big heart.
20) I love to watch movies. I could just sit and watch movies all day.
21) I try not to make the same mistake twice.
22) I have played with the U.S. U-16, U-17, U-19, U-20 and U-23 Women’s National Teams. Oh, and the full team too.
23) I am really looking forward to playing in the new professional league.
24) My full name is Christina. Lots of people call me that.
25) I got an assist in my first-ever cap with the WNT to my good buddy Lauren Cheney.

Tina Ellertson

16) Although I had a unique college experience with my baby girl, I really enjoyed the whole thing and am thankful for all the support I got from my teammates and coaches.
17) My dad coached my soccer team when we were little.
18) I ran track in high school, but I didn’t really enjoy it.
19) I love living in the beautiful Northwest.
20) One of my favorite things is taking my kids to do fun activities.
21) My twin sister played soccer for the University of Florida.
22) I love cooking, but need to get better at preparing Nigerian food.
23) I was fortunate to earn my first national team cap in Portland, Ore., in front of family and friends.
24) Moving to St. Louis is the first time I’ve lived anywhere beside the West Coast, but I am looking forward to the adventure.
25) I love when MacKenzie can come on soccer trips with me and hang out with my teammates. They are great role models.

Tobin Heath

20) I love a good hamburger.
21) I am pretty good at ping-pong, but better at tennis.
22) I want to play in the WPS, but I don’t care where I play.
23) I loved playing in the Pan Am Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 2007.
24) I like to do ball tricks when I am warming up or goofing around.
25) I used to steal gear from U.S. Soccer when I was younger, but for that I am sorry.

Angela Hucles

13) My celebration after my first-ever goal for the national team was definitely one to remember.
14) I have won two Olympic gold medals.
15) I am surprised that I have not won a Pulitzer Prize for my work as co-editor of the WNT Newsletter “USA Hooray.”
16) I may be regretting my decision to teach my dad how to use video Skype.
17) Once I had my first job after college, I had to resign after three months to go and play in the USA's first professional soccer league for women.
18) When I was three years old, I would always wear a pink t-shirt that said "Daddy's Girl" in cursive and glitter.
19) I like the shows Heroes and Lost.
20) I used to try and move objects with the power of my thoughts when I was younger, hence, I enjoy the show Heroes.
21) My brother was also drafted to play professional soccer but hung up his cleats to be a lawyer.
22) Both of my parents are college professors, my grandfathers were a police officer and Episcopal Bishop and grandmothers were in education and management.
23) I have always felt talented but also incredibly supported by many.
24) I still feel nostalgia over the loss of my pet turtle, Tom, when I was four and had to let him "go for a swim" in the river behind my school.
25) I am one of two players to play for both incarnations of the Boston Breakers.

Natasha Kai

20) I'm a gamer ... board, cards, video, etc.
21) I taught the U.S. team how to play Mahjong in China.
22) I like to go to the movies.
23) My favorite show on TV is CSI.
24) I was a cheerleader in elementary school.
25) I know how to dance hula, but you'll never see it!

Kristine Lilly

12) I have the cutest golden retriever in the world. His name is Scribner.
13) I run the Kristine Lilly Soccer Academy every summer in my hometown of Wilton, Conn.
14) After I finish playing soccer, I want to run a marathon and beat my best friend Jodi.
15) My husband David Heavey is a Brookline Firefighter.
16) My website is Check it out.
17) I have a street named after me in my hometown: Kristine Lilly Way.
18) I played outside midfield for years on the national team. That was A LOT of running.
19) It was a great honor to captain the national team for three years.
20) I have played in five Women’s World Cup tournaments. Credit it to good genetics and hard work.
21) I played for clubs in Sweden twice in my career, once in 1994 and once in 2005.
22) I’ve been accused of being “behind the times” on technology by my teammates, but now I am rocking the iTouch and love it.
23) 13 has been a pretty lucky number for me.
24) I love being an aunt to my brother’s three kids.
25) I have only gotten one red card in my entire career.

Carli Lloyd

18) When I am with the team I am one of the last people to wake up in the morning.
19) Dirty Jerz is the best.
20) I think I consume more water than anyone I know.
21) I always carry a mini-soccer ball with me on trips to juggle.
22) I always have to take a shower before I go to bed every night.
23) The only injuries I have had in my career were a broken collarbone, nose and wrist.
24) I prefer sandals over sneakers.
25) I can juggle a ball of any size -- even marbles!

Kate Markgraf

10) Keegan's name means "Little fire" in Irish. Mine means "Pure and unsullied.” They both ring true.
11) Although I'm not a Sobrero anymore, I still love to cook Italian food.
12) I was accepted into law school in 2005, but decided I wanted to keep playing.
13) After my first international goal, I plan to score all the time now.
14) I died my hair red when I lost a bet during the 1999 Women's World Cup, but that was the last time I went crazy with hair color.
15) I had the best through ball of the Olympics in 2008, regardless that it was to Norway and they scored on us.
16) I passed out after my first-ever fitness test with the national team when I was in college.
17) I won a NCAA title in college in 1995 with Notre Dame.
18) I played volleyball in high school.
19) I broke my jaw during national team training in 1998.
20) I have also broken my nose on several occasions, but I am waiting until after I finish playing to get it totally fixed.
21) There is still a mural of me in the Detroit Airport that was painted after the 1999 Women’s World Cup.
22) I support the Green Bay Packers (as my husband is a fanatic).
23) I played for Pia Sundhage on the Boston Breakers in the WUSA
24) After having kids, I have learned how to do many things without sleep.
25) 2009 was one of my biggest scoring years ever for the national team. I had one goal and one assist.

Heather Mitts

14) I played every sport possible growing up except volleyball. I hated the buns.
15) I am 5-foot-4, 120 pounds.
16) I hold a soccer camp every summer in my hometown of Cincinnati.
17) I went to an all-girls high school and enjoyed the esthetic perks of not having to dress up for the boys everyday.
18) I love wine and cheese.
19) I won the Under-20 National Championship with the Cardinals, won a NCAA title at Florida and a gold medal with the U.S. team.
20) I still get an ear-full from Abby Wambach for my photo shoot for Philadelphia Magazine which was finishing up as the Freedom were walking out on the field to practice the day before we played them in the WUSA!
21) I went on my recruiting trip to University of Florida with no intention of going that far away from home. I thought I'd get a nice tan out of the weekend. Instead got a National Championship and one of the best experiences of my life.
22) I just became a member of the 100 cap club.
23) Katsuya is my favorite restaurant
24) I appeared in the SI Swimsuit issue with my future husband.
25) I can't wait to play with my U.S. teammates again. I appreciate them so much!

Heather O’Reilly

20) I have an enormous sweet tooth. I maul chocolate.
21) I read a lot and thoroughly enjoyed Twilight.
22) Lori Chalupny taught me how to knit.
23) I have a website at
24) I have two NCAA championships and two gold medals.
25) I’m not a morning person, but love breakfast food.

Leslie Osborne

13) I have been waiting a very long time hoping that I could play in a professional soccer league.
14) I watched my sister give birth to my niece Giana this past Fourth of July. It was truly amazing and gooey.
15) I had a mullet and bangs for most of my childhood. Thanks Mom.
16) I am half Italian. ??? I got to go to Italy with Heather and Tarp and my good college friends last fall!
17) I love cliff diving, especially in Hawaii.
18) I have two brand new ankles. Thanks Dr. Dillingham!
19) I got in an accident the first day I got my license, and I got a speeding ticket the first day I got my new car.
20) I would love to have a destination wedding in Europe.
21) I don’t know why, but I like to do bicycle kick clears in games.
22) I love to travel. I can’t seem to stop moving.
23) I got to be a part of a high fashion runway show at the Peace Queen Cup in South Korea. It was a blast.
24) People say I make funny noises on the field, but I don’t know what they are talking about.
25) I am so happy to be healthy and playing again!

Christie Rampone

20) My "go-to food": Jersey Mike’s Subs.
21) I am a real red head!
22) My three-year-old daughter Rylie has lived in six different cities before settling in Manasquan, N.J.
23) We own a self-storage facility in Manchester, N.J. called Airship Self Storage. Call if you need a unit.
24) I run a 4.8 40-yard dash
25) I played soccer with Mia Hamm. Can you believe it?

Megan Rapinoe

22) I love to celebrate goals, but don’t always nail the celebrations.
23) Whatever position my coach wants to play, I am fine with it.
24) Playing in Chicago may be dangerous for me, because as I said, I love to shop.
25) I think everyone should visit Redding, Calif.

Amy Rodriguez

15) I get easily car sick and sea sick. And no, the patches don’t work.
16) I firmly believe that there’s nothing better than a shopping or beach day with my best friends.
17) I prefer Coffee Bean over Starbucks. My favorite drink is an ice-blended hazelnut.
18) My favorite TV show is The Biggest Loser. I cry every time I watch it.
19) Green is my favorite color. I like it because it is unique and fun.
20) I wish that I had a twin sister.
21) My first kiss was in the fifth grade, but I can’t remember who it was with.
22) I’m really good at remembering birthdays. If you are one of my friends, you can most certainly count on a phone call from me on your birthday.
23) One of my worst habits is cracking my knuckles. My Grandma thinks I’m going to get arthritis.
24) I have never lived anywhere but California my whole life. However, when I was drafted by Boston Breakers I moved to Massachusetts.
25) I am not proud of this, but I got two speeding tickets in one day.

Hope Solo

17) My grandma and grandpa met once while he was in the navy and wrote letters until they got married.
18) I'm horrible at e-mails.
19) My new favorite television series is Dexter.
20) I bought my first home in 2005 only to fix it up and rent it out, but I've now lived in it for four years!
21) I hate soap operas.
22) I always sit on the back of the bus.
23) I stay up the latest on all my teams!
24) I buy myself flowers because I love to have them in the house.
25) I am never without my phone.

Lindsay Tarpley

14) I have always had a five in my number. I had 15 (growing up), 25 (college) and 5 (currently).
15) I always take a pregame shower and I listen to music on the way to the game.
16) I don’t do well on bus rides or in planes with turbulence.
17) If I get enough sleep and good food, I am almost always in a good mood.
18) My husband B.J. is a great soccer coach and he was an excellent player who won two NCAA titles at Indiana.
19) Some of my fondest soccer memories are of my time with the U.S. Under-19 National Team.
20) I had my high school jersey – No. 15 – retired at Portage Central High School, which was a great honor.
21) I have a website at
22) I love the city of Chicago, and I’m really excited to be playing there in the WPS.
23) No one prefers to train on their own, but I always get a lot out of it when I do.
24) I love peanut butter with bananas.
25) I have known my national team teammate Leslie Osborne since we were 12.

Abby Wambach

18) I rarely hit the snooze-button in the morning.
19) I am obsessed with wrist watches.
20) I always put premium gas in my car.
21) I have a smoothie for breakfast almost every morning.
22) I love to go on long runs when I am not training for a soccer season.
23) I love surfing (if you call paddling a lot and falling surfing).
24) When I was waking up from the anesthesia after my surgery for my broken leg, I was crying and saying “I want my mommy.”
25) If I had a super power, I would want to be able to transport my body to one place from another in a blink of an eye.

Kacey White

15) I know what you must be thinking: “She's from Texas, she must own a pair of cowboy boots,” but I don't and never have!
16) I played soccer professionally in Sweden for two seasons.
17) If I wasn't a professional athlete, I would want to go to medical school or be a special agent in the FBI or CIA. Dead serious.
18) On any given trip, I am usually the one in the group that makes everyone stop for a picture! They're always requesting them later though! ???.
19) I ran track in high school and won state titles in the 800 and 1,600 meters.
20) In college, I was definitely was more of an assister than a goal scorer, but I'm working on it.
21) I won the MVP of the W-League championship in 2005.
22) I met Mia Hamm when I was 11 and got her autograph because my mom had played with her before I was born.
23) I am actually from Arlington, Texas, but I claim Dallas as well.
24) I speak a little Swedish, enough to get by.
25) I seem to tan well.

Cat Whitehill

13) I love hitting long balls on the soccer field. I think I would have been a good kicker in football. Or maybe a hard-hitting free safety.
14) My maiden name is Reddick, and although it took a while, I’ve become really accustomed to Whitehill.
15)I played on four consecutive Nordic Cup championships with the U-21s. Those were some good times.
16). I played high school basketball, and I loved to shoot.
17). There were more than 1,000 people at my wedding in Birmingham, Ala.
18). I am from Alabama, but I root for the Florida Gators and the Georgia Bulldogs. Weekends during the fall can be tough in my household.
19). Best quick meal ever: Chick-Fil-A
20). I finally got a sniff of being a sports broadcaster when I did color for the NCAA College Cup, and I absolutely loved it! I had so much fun.
21). I have worked with the U.S. Soccer Foundation to raise money to rebuild soccer fields in the south ravaged by hurricanes.
22). In 2006, I scored on a 70-yard free kick that bounced over the ‘keeper after Abby Wambach sort of bumped her. Thanks Abby!
23). I love to sing really loudly in my car.
24). I love Tar Heel basketball and football, but I wish the football team could win more games.
25). I was a Birmingham Belle. Two words: Hoop skirt.

Angie Woznuk

21) My fiancé played college baseball at Portland.
22) My dad is a dentist.
23) I can’t wait to be a mom one day!
24) I won the Silver Ball as the second best player at the U-19 Women’s World Cup in Thailand. That was pretty cool.
25) My fiancé is from Montana, so one day we might settle down there.