- Six Month Training Period Will Lead into FIFA Women’s World Cup Qualifying;
- Roster Will Fluctuate with Additional Players Being Called in for Trials;
- College Players to Join at End of Spring Term
CHICAGO (March 29, 2006) – The U.S. Women’s National Team will begin Residency Training Camp on April 2 as 25 players come to The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. for a six-month period that will culminate in the fall with CONCACAF qualifying for the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
This will be the sixth incarnation of Residency Training Camp for the U.S. women, but it is the first-ever residency preparation in a year that does not include a world championship. The previous residency sessions came in the months leading up to the 1995 Women’s World Cup, the 1996 Olympics, the 1999 Women’s World Cup, the 2000 Olympics and the 2004 Olympics.
In the absence of a professional women’s league, the U.S. Soccer Federation has instituted this Residency Training Camp to ensure that the top female players in the United States will have a world-class training environment in which to develop as individuals and as a team.
The U.S. team will average three weeks of training per month, with one week off, all the way through the summer, with full field games, functional training, individual sessions and weight training all a part of the Residency Camp schedule. The U.S. team will begin a slew of domestic matches in July, starting with a match against Sweden on July 15 (tickets), at the National Sports Center in Blaine, Minn. (5 p.m. CT on ESPN2). The U.S. team will then take on Canada on July 30 (tickets) at SAS Soccer Park in Cary, N.C. (1 p.m. ET on ESPN2). More matches will be announced in the upcoming weeks.
The Residency Camp roster will fluctuate during the year as players on “trial” will move in and out of camp. In addition, numerous players with college eligibility remaining will join the camp after the completion of their spring terms. The college players who are slated to join Residency Training Camp at various times are forwards Amy Rodriguez (USC) and Lauren Cheney (UCLA in Fall ’06), midfielder Angie Woznuk (Portland), and defenders Stephanie Lopez (Portland) and India Trotter (Florida State). Rodriguez, Cheney and Lopez will also be competing this year with the U.S. U-20 Women’s National Team as it prepares for the 2006 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Championship to be contested in August in Russia.
The Residency Camp Roster is a mixture of veteran players, some of whom have been through multiple Residency Camp periods, and young players who are entering their first Residency environment. The roster includes eleven 2004 Olympic gold medallists, including team captain Kristine Lilly, who scored her 108th and 109th career goals at the recently completed Algarve Cup, moving into sole possession of second place on the world’s all-time scoring list for female soccer players behind Mia Hamm (158). With each game, Lilly also extends her world record for caps, which now sits at 306.
The Residency Training Camp for the 2004 Olympics proved invaluable for players like midfielder Lindsay Tarpley and forward Heather O’Reilly, both of whom made the Olympic team and scored in the tournament, but also for midfielder Leslie Osborne and defenders Amy LePeilbet and Lori Chalupny, who did not make the Olympic Team, but who all have emerged as key players for the U.S. team since 2005.
The roster includes four goalkeepers in Hope Solo, Jenni Branam, Briana Scurry and Nicole Barnhart, a quartet who form a goalkeeping corps perhaps stronger and deeper than any country in the world.
Two players on the roster will be inactive for an extended period as they recover from injuries in Chalupny (concussion) and forward Danielle Fotopoulos (ACL surgery). Defender Kate Markgraf, who would have been in camp, is currently pregnant with her first child.
GOALKEEPERS (4): Nicole Barnhart (Gilbertsville, Pa.), Jenni Branam (Placentia, Calif.), Briana Scurry (Dayton, Minn.), Hope Solo (Richland, Wash.); DEFENDERS (8): Nancy Augustyniak (Peachtree City, Ga.), Lori Chalupny (St. Louis, Mo.), Tina Frimpong (Vancouver, Wash.), Amy LePeilbet (Reno, Nev.), Heather Mitts (Cincinnati, Ohio), Nandi Pryce (Casselberry, Fla.), Christie Rampone (Point Pleasant, N.J.), Cat Whitehill (Birmingham, Ala.); MIDFIELDERS (8): Shannon Boxx (Redondo Beach, Calif.), Angela Hucles (Virginia Beach, Va.), Carli Lloyd (Delran, N.J.), Kristine Lilly (Wilton, Conn.), Marci Miller (St. Charles, Ill.), Leslie Osborne (Brookfield, Wis.), Lindsay Tarpley (Kalamazoo, Mich.), Aly Wagner (San Jose, Calif.); FORWARDS (5): Danielle Fotopoulos (Altamonte Springs, Fla.), Natasha Kai (Kahuku, Hawaii), Heather O’Reilly (East Brunswick, N.J.), Abby Wambach (Rochester, N.Y.), Christie Welsh (Massapequa Park, N.Y.).
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