U.S. Team Will Train in Charlottesville Before Traveling to Va. Beach;
Virginia Beach Native Angela Hucles Returns to Home State;
18-Year-Old Amy Rodriguez Youngest Player on Roster;
Danielle Fotopoulos, Tiffeny Milbrett and Nandi Pryce Back In Mix
CHICAGO (June 1, 2005) – U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Greg Ryan has named 24 players to a training camp roster prior to the first domestic match of the year against Canada on June 26 at the Virginia Beach Sportsplex in Virginia Beach, Va. (3 p.m. ET live on ESPN2).
Tickets begin at $18 and go on sale tomorrow, Thursday, June 2, at 10 a.m. ET on-line at ussoccer.com, by phone at 757-671-8100, at all Ticketmaster outlets throughout Virginia (including Farm Fresh and Ukrop Super’s), and at the Virginia Beach Sportsplex (9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Friday). Groups of 20 or more can order through U.S. Soccer at 312-528-1249. The Virginia Beach Sportsplex opened in 1998 and holds 10,000 fans with 6,000 seats and room for another 4,000 on a grassy berm.
The U.S. team will convene in Charlottesville, Va., on June 19 for five days of training at the University of Virginia before bussing to Virginia Beach to make final preparations for the match against the long-time border rivals. Ryan will choose 18 players to suit up for the 35th meeting all-time between the teams. It will be the first action for the U.S. team since the highly successful run to the Algarve Cup title in Portugal last March.
Ryan has called in a mixture of 2004 Olympic gold medallists, up-and-coming talent, veterans who have not worn the U.S. jersey in a while and players getting their first call-ups. The roster includes 10 players who helped the USA to the gold medal in Athens, Greece last year and an additional seven players who were on the roster for the USA’s Algarve Cup triumph in March.
“These friendly games will allow me to evaluate a large pool of talented players,” said Ryan. “I want to provide these individuals with the opportunity to earn a spot on the U.S. Women’s National Team. I am looking for players inside and outside the box, from former National Team players to WUSA standouts to young players in our U-20 and U-21 National Teams.”
Headlining the roster is forward Abby Wambach, whose 31-goal performance in 2004 was the second best scoring year in U.S. history. Wambach, who has 47 career goals after just 55 games, has never scored against Canada in her three games against the Maple Leafs. The USA will have plenty of veteran leadership as team captain Kristine Lilly and defender Kate Markgraf return from a brief stint in the Swedish First Division, while Shannon Boxx, who has played in 46 of the last 48 U.S games, starting 45, was also named.
Ryan has also called back in two strikers with rich goal scoring histories as Tiffeny Milbrett and Danielle Fotopoulos return to the team. Milbrett, who has not played for the USA since November of 2003, is just one game and one goal from historic milestones as she stepped away from the team in January of 2004 as one of the top scorers in the history of the world with 99 goals in 199 caps. She also returns from two months playing in Sweden.
Fotopoulos, the all-time leading scorer in NCAA history at the University of Florida, has not played for the USA since March of 2002 at the Algarve Cup. A member of the 1999 Women’s World Cup Team, Fotopoulos is the mother of two and has recovered from two ACL surgeries. She has 12 goals in 30 international matches.
Virginia Beach native Angela Hucles was also named to the roster and will return to her alma mater at Virginia during the USA’s training in Charlottesville. She currently has 49 caps and will be looking for her milestone 50th in her hometown. Lindsay Tarpley, scorer of the first goal in the Olympic Final, was named to the roster, but will not play in Virginia Beach as she will leave training camp to attend her brother’s wedding.
Forward Christie Welsh, midfielders Aly Wagner and Lorrie Fair and goalkeeper Hope Solo form the quartet of players named to the roster who recently finished paying for Olympique Lyonnaise in the French First Division. Welsh is the USA’s leading scorer this year with five goals, scoring those in four games as the top scorer at the Algarve Cup. Solo, who picked up three shutouts at the Algarve Cup including a 1-0 victory over Germany in the championship game, is joined on the roster by two other goalkeepers, Nicole Barnhart, who shutout France in the first match of the Algarve Cup, and Kristin Luckenbill, the back-up on the 2004 Olympic Team.
Barnhart is one of five players named to the training camp roster who recently completed a U.S. U-21 Women’s National Team training camp at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. Also training with the U-21s were Tarpley, forward Heather O’Reilly, midfielder Lori Chalupny and defender Lindsey Huie, who made her full Women’s National Team debut in Portugal. Chalupny had a breakout tournament in Portugal, starting all four games while playing primarily at outside back.
The U.S. roster features three players that started matches on the back line at the 2004 Olympics in Markgraf, Heather Mitts and Cat Reddick. Bolstering that group is Amy LePeilbet, who was a member of the USA’s 2004 Olympic Residency Camp, earning six caps at the beginning of the year, and Nandi Pryce, a UCLA All-American and U.S. U-21 veteran who has battled injuries in recent years. Pryce, who has eight caps for the USA, has not played in a match for the full Women’s National Team since 2000.
The youngest player on the roster is 18-year-old forward Amy Rodriguez, who was a starter on the U.S. team that took third place at the FIFA U-19 Women’s World Championship in Thailand last November where she scored two goals with two assists. Rodriguez, the Gatorade and Parade Girl’s High School Player of the Year for 2004, just finished a training camp with the U.S. U-20 Women’s National Team and is eligible for the 2006 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Championship to be held in Russia.
Ryan has also given call-ups to two uncapped players in midfielder Marci Miller, formerly of the Atlanta Beat in the WUSA who had a brief call-up with the USA several years back, and Tina Frimpong, a star forward at the University of Washington who has been playing with the U.S. U-21s. She will get a shot at defender with the National Team.
“I anticipate that the rosters will change significantly from game to game,” Ryan added. “My primary goals in 2005 are to identify players who will compliment our current group of exceptional core players and create a positive and dynamic chemistry both on and off the field. Those are the first keys to success.”
United States Women's Soccer Team Training Camp Roster
Charlottesville & Virginia Beach, Virginia
June 19-26, 2005
No. Players Pos. Ht. DOB Hometown College Caps/Goals
1 Barnhart, Nicole G 5-10 10/10/81 Gilbertsville, Pa. Stanford 2/0
2 Mitts, Heather D 5-5 06/06/78 Cincinnati, Ohio Florida 37/2
3 Fair, Lorrie M 5-3 08/05/78 Los Altos, Calif. UNC 117/7
4 Reddick, Cat D 5-5 02/10/82 Birmingham, Ala. UNC 78/6
5 Tarpley, Lindsay M 5-6 09/22/83 Kalamazoo, Mich. UNC 37/8
6 Chalupny, Lori D 5-4 01/29/84 St. Louis, Mo. UNC 13/1
7 Boxx, Shannon M 5-8 06/29/77 Redondo Beach, Calif. Notre Dame 45/12
8 Miller, Marci M 5-7 12/04/75 St. Charles, Ill. SMU 0/0
9 O’Reilly, Heather F 5-5 01/02/85 East Brunswick, N.J. UNC 34/4
10 Wagner, Aly M 5-5 08/10/80 San Jose, Calif. Santa Clara 84/18
11 Hucles, Angela M 5-7 07/05/78 Virginia Beach, Va. UVA 49/5
12 Rodriguez, Amy F 5-3 02/17/87 Lake Forest, Calif. USC 2/0
13 Lilly, Kristine M 5-4 07/22/71 Wilton, Conn. UNC 295/103
14 LePeilbet, Amy D 5-5 03/12/82 Reno, Nev. Arizona State 6/0
15 Markgraf, Kate D 5-7 08/23/76 Bloomfield Hills, Mich. Notre Dame 141/0
16 Milbrett, Tiffeny F 5-3 10/23/72 Portland, Ore. Portland 199/99
17 Huie, Lindsey D 5-4 12/26/82 Mission Viejo, Calif. Portland 1/0
18 Solo, Hope G 5-9 07/30/81 Richland, Wash. Washington 15
19 Welsh, Christie F 5-10 02/27/81 Massapequa Park, N.Y. Penn State 27/18
20 Wambach, Abby F 5-11 06/02/80 Rochester, N.Y. Florida 59/47
21 Pryce, Nandi D 5-10 05/30/82 Casselberry, Fla. UCLA 8/0
22 Fotopoulos, Danielle F 5-10 03/24/76 Altamonte Springs, Fla. Florida 30/12
23 Frimpong, Tina D 5-9 05/20/82 Vancouver, Wash. Washington 0/0
24 Luckenbill, Kristin G 5-9 05/28/79 Paoli, Pa. Dartmouth 14/0
Roster By Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Nicole Barnhart, Kristin Luckenbill, Hope Solo
DEFENDERS (8): Lori Chalupny, Tina Frimpong, Lindsey Huie, Amy LePeilbet, Kate Markgraf, Heather Mitts, Nandi Pryce, Cat Reddick
MIDFIELDERS (7): Shannon Boxx, Lorrie Fair, Angela Hucles, Kristine Lilly, Marci Miller, Lindsay Tarpley, Aly Wagner
FORWARDS (6): Danielle Fotopoulos, Tiffeny Milbrett, Heather O’Reilly, Amy Rodriguez, Abby Wambach, Christie Welsh