The U.S. team, with an average age of just over 19 years, stands to gain extremely valuable experience during the tour in much the same way a group of teenagers named Mia Hamm, Julie Foudy, Kristine Lilly, Joy Fawcett and Brandi Chastain did during the late 1980s when they broke into the national team lineup.
The U.S. roster will feature 16 players currently in college and four high school-aged players in 18-year old Sara Randolph of Cincinnati, Ohio, who was the youngest member of the USA's 2000 Olympic Residency Camp, 17-year old Lori Chalupny of Chesterfield, Mo. and two 16-year-olds, Amy Steadman of Brevard, N.C. and Kristin Weiss of Brecksville, Ohio.
The "veterans" of the U.S. roster are midfielders Jena Kluegel (5 caps), Aleisha Cramer (9) and Mary-Frances Monroe (5), as well as goalkeeper Hope Solo (4), all of whom played with the USA in January on the two-game tour of China. Forwards Christie Welsh (15 caps, 11 goals) and Alyssa Ramsey (3), along with Kluegel and Cramer, were also a part of the USA's pre-Olympic training camp. Forward Stephanie Rigamat earned her first two caps on the China trip. Seven of the players were members of the USA's 2000 Under-21 Nordic Cup championship team last summer in Germany.
The U.S. roster would have featured several players with a bit more experience if not for a spate of injuries that kept six of the USA's brightest young stars at home. Forward Susan Bush is recovering from ACL surgery, defender Nandi Pryce is still recovering from a broken leg, midfielder Aly Wagner, the 2001 U.S. Soccer Young Female Player of the Year, is still hampered by hamstring problems, as is defender Lauren Orlandos. Defender Danielle Borgman is recovering from major leg surgery for compartment syndrome and midfielder Veronica Zepeda is still recovering from severe shin splints.
Fifteen of the players on the roster participated in a training camp last week at the ARCO U.S. Olympic Training Center in San Diego, Calif. Forward Laura Schott earned her place on the roster by scoring in all three exhibitions against southern California college teams. Defender Ally Marquand, who would have been part of the Nordic Cup team last summer if she hadn't torn her ACL just prior to the tournament, earned her place on the roster in her first action back with the national team since fully recovering from the injury.
The Algarve Cup will run from March 11-17 in several towns on the Southern coast of Portugal and the USA will face Canada (March 11), Portugal (March 13) and Sweden (March 15) in first round play. The Algarve Cup is consistently one of the world's most competitive international events outside of the Women's World Cup and the Olympics, setting up a huge challenge for the young U.S. team.
At the end of round-robin play within the groups, the group winners will play for the Algarve Cup championship. The two second-place group finishers will play for third place, the third-place finishers for fifth and the last-place finishers will play for seventh. The USA has won the tournament just once in six trips to the tournament.
|United States Women's National Team Roster|
International Friendly vs. Italy
2001 Algarve Cup
|1||Oleksiuk, Emily||GK||5'10"||12/10/80||Willow Grove, Pa.||Penn State||0/0|
|2||Kluegel, Jena||M||5'3"||11/02/79||Mahtomedi, Minn.||North Carolina||5/0|
|3||Kraus, Anna||D||5'4"||07/29/80||Sunnyvale, Calif.||Santa Clara||1/0|
|4||Reddick, Catherine||D||5'5"||02/10/82||Birmingham, Ala.||North Carolina||2/0|
|5||Marquand, Ally||D||5'6"||07/01/81||Irvine, Calif.||Stanford||0/0|
|6||Bell, Keisha||D||5'9"||12/20/79||Spring, Tex.||Florida||0/0|
|7||Randolph, Sara||M||5'5"||02/27/83||Cincinnati, Ohio||Sycamoretts HS||0/0|
|8||Ramsey, Alyssa||F||5'9"||09/21/82||Cornelius, N.C.||North Carolina||3/0|
|9||Schott, Laura||F||5'5"||04/04/81||Wilsonville, Ore.||California||0/0|
|10||Lohman, Joanna||M||5'5"||06/26/82||Silver Spring, Md.||Penn State||0/0|
|11||Monroe, Mary Frances||M||5'0"||02/07/80||Tariffville, Conn.||Connecticut||5/0|
|12||Welsh, Christie||F||5'10"||02/27/81||Massapeaqua Park, N.Y.||Penn State||15/11|
|13||Steadman, Amy||D||5'2"||09/08/84||Brevard, N.C.||Brevard HS||0/0|
|14||Ward, Marcie||M||5'8"||02/01/82||Alamo, Calif.||Stanford||0/0|
|15||Hawkins, Devvyn||M||5'8"||11/29/80||Olympia, Wash.||Santa Clara||0/0|
|16||Weiss, Kristin||F||5'3"||05/01/84||Brecksville, Ohio||Walsh Jesuit HS||0/0|
|17||Cramer, Aleisha||M||5'9"||07/29/82||Lakewood, Colo.||Brigham Young||9/0|
|18||Solo, Hope||GK||5'9"||07/30/81||Richland, Wash.||Washington||4/0|
|19||Chalupny, Lori||M||5'2"||01/29/84||Chesterfield, Mo.||Nerinx Hall HS||0/0|
|20||Rigamat, Stephanie||F||5'3"||07/05/79||LaCrescenta, Calif.||UCLA||2/0|
|2001 Algarve Cup|
|Date||Competition||Home Team||Visiting Team||Kickoff (Local)||Venue|
|3/11/01||Group A||United States||Canada||2:00 p.m.||Lagos|
|3/11/01||Group A||Portugal||Sweden||4:30 p.m.||Lagos|
|3/11/01||Group B||China||Denmark||2:00 p.m.||Villa Real St. Antonio|
|3/11/01||Group B||Finland||Norway||4:30 p.m.||Villa Real St. Antonio|
|3/13/01||Group A||Sweden||Canada||2:00 p.m.||Silves|
|3/13/01||Group A||Portugal||United States||4:30 p.m.||Silves|
|3/13/01||Group B||Finland||Denmark||2:00 p.m.||Olhao|
|3/13/01||Group B||China||Norway||4:30 p.m.||Olhao|
|3/15/01||Group A||United States||Sweden||2:00 p.m.||Albufeira|
|3/15/01||Group A||Portugal||Canada||4:30 p.m.||Albufeira|
|3/15/01||Group B||China||Finland||2:00 p.m.||Portimao|
|3/15/01||Group B||Denmark||Norway||4:30 p.m.||Portimao|
|3/17/01||7th Place Match||4th Group A||4th Group B||10:00 a.m.||Montechoro|
|3/17/01||5th Place Match||3rd Group A||3rd Group B||10:00 a.m.||Quarteira|
|3/17/01||3rd Place Match||2nd Group A||2nd Group B||10:00 a.m.||Faro|
|3/17/01||Championship Match||1st Group A||1st Group B||5:30 p.m.||Loule|