- O’Reilly, Osborne and Barnhart Added to 24-Player Training Camp Roster,
- Former Clemson Star Augustyinak Returns to South Carolina;
- Match to Be Televised Live on ESPN2 at 1 p.m. ET
CHICAGO (October 5, 2005) – U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team head coach Greg Ryan has named 24 players to a training camp prior to the match against Mexico on Oct. 23 at Blackbaud Stadium in Charleston, S.C. Ryan will name 18 players to suit up for the match against the regional rivals, which will kickoff at 1 p.m. ET, live on ESPN2.
The USA will be coming to Charleston from the West Coast a day after they take on Australia on Oct. 16 in Fullerton, California (live on ESPN2 at 3 p.m. PT), in the first of two matches that will end the team’s 2005 schedule. While in Charleston, the U.S. Women will train at Patriots Point Athletics Complex in Mt. Pleasant.
Tickets for the USA-Mexico game range in price from $18 to $38 and are on sale on-line at ussoccer.com, at all South Carolina Ticketmaster outlets (including Publix), at the Blackbaud Stadium Box Office (Monday – Friday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) and by phone (843-554-6060). Groups of 15 or more can call U.S. Soccer at 312-528-1290 or obtain a group order form at ussoccer.com.
U.S. head coach Greg Ryan made just three changes from the California training camp roster, bringing in 2004 Olympian Heather O’Reilly, midfielder Leslie Osborne and goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart, who has two of the seven shutouts earned this year by the U.S. team. O’Reilly is in the midst of a stellar junior season for top-ranked University of North Carolina where she leads the undefeated and untied Tar Heels in scoring with 11 goals and eight assists. The striker scored her fifth career goal for the national team on July 10 against Ukraine. Osborne will be playing just her second match for the U.S. after major ankle surgery as she made her return earlier this year on July 24 against Iceland.
The roster features all of the USA’s active veteran players, including 2004 Olympic gold medallists Heather Mitts, Cat Reddick, Shannon Boxx, Aly Wagner, Angela Hucles, Kristine Lilly, Kate Markgraf and Abby Wambach. In addition, forward Tiffeny Milbrett returns from a six-week stint with Swedish club Sunanna SK, while the USA’s leading scorer this year, Christie Welsh (seven goals, one assist) and third-leading scorer Danielle Fotopoulos (four goals) were also named to the roster. Rounding out a talented and dynamic group of forwards is two-time Olympian and three-time Women’s World Cup participant Shannon MacMillan, the USA’s sixth all-time leading scorer with 60 career goals.
Of the 24 players called in by Ryan, just three have yet to see action with the USA this year in a game or training camp. One is defender Kylie Bivens, a member of the 2003 U.S. Women’s World Cup Team (she started three games in the tournament) and a 2004 Olympic Residency Camp participant. Relative newcomers to the roster are midfielder Stacey Tullock and defender Nancy Augustyniak, both impact players in the WUSA and both uncapped. Augustyniak, a former Clemson University star will return to South Carolina where she was an All-American with the Tigers. She spent some time in Germany playing with Turbine Potsdam (2004) and most recently Wolfsburg, while also winning an amateur national title with FC Indiana of the Women’s Premier Soccer League this past summer.
Other young players called in by Ryan include defenders Amy LePeilbet and Tina Frimpong, midfielder Carli Lloyd and goalkeeper Jenni Branam, who spent the last few months playing in Sweden with Balinge IF. Branam, Lloyd and LePeilbet all put in quality showings during the USA’s training for the 2004 Olympics while Frimpong, a converted forward, earned her first-ever start in the USA’s most recent game on July 24, a 3-0 win over Iceland. Branam hails from Placentia, California, just a few miles from Cal State Fullerton.
It will be the USA’s first visit to South Carolina since February of 2003 and the first visit to the southern part of the United States since July of 2004. Both of the USA’s previous matches in South Carolina have been played at Blackbaud Stadium. The USA and Mexico previously met at the quaint facility, home of the United Soccer Leagues First Division’s Charleston Battery, with the USA coming out with a rain-drenched 7-0 win at the beginning of 2002. The USA also defeated Iceland there in February of 2003 on a first-minute goal from Mia Hamm.
The U.S. women are undefeated under new head coach Greg Ryan, going 7-0-0 in 2005 and have yet to surrender a goal this year. The USA’s eight-game shutout streak stretches back to the final game of 2004, a 5-0 win over Mexico at the HDC, and now stands at 748 total minutes (which includes the final 28 minutes of the previous match against Denmark).
The USA has played Mexico 11 times since 2000, the year after Mexico made history by qualifying for the 1999 Women’s World Cup to become the first Spanish-speaking country to qualify for the biggest tournament in women’s soccer.
The Mexican women shocked Canada, and the world, by defeating the Maple Leafs in qualifying for the 2004 Olympics to earn a berth in their second women’s world championship. Mexico even advanced out of group play in Greece, but fell to a powerful Brazilian team in the quarterfinals.
Mexican head coach Leo Cuellar, a former Mexican National Team player and captain, has led the Mexican women to unprecedented heights in the last six years, using a quality mix of Mexico-born and U.S.-based players to form a team that has risen to 25th in the FIFA Women’s World Rankings, a remarkable feat considering the Mexican Women’s National Team was almost non-existent prior to 1998.
Mexico played its best game ever against the USA in Olympic qualifying in Costa Rica in March of 2004, going up 2-0 early on the Americans before the U.S. team stormed back for a 3-2 victory.
The USA last faced Mexico in the farewell match for legends Julie Foudy, Mia Hamm and Joy Fawcett, on Dec. 8, 2004, during the 5-0 win that started the shutout streak. Prior to that game, Mexico had played the USA close in the five previous matches, although the USA has won all 15 games between the two teams.
UNITED STATES WOMEN’S NATIONAL SOCCER TEAM
TRAINING CAMP ROSTER
Oct. 17-23, 2005
No. Players Pos. Ht. DOB Hometown College Caps/Goals
1 Branam, Jenni G 5-7 10/08/80 Placentia, Calif. UNC 5
2 Mitts, Heather D 5-5 06/06/78 Cincinnati, Ohio Florida 39/2
3 Fair, Lorrie M 5-3 08/05/78 Los Altos, Calif. UNC 120/7
4 Reddick, Cat D 5-7 02/10/82 Birmingham, Ala. UNC 81/6
5 Lloyd, Carli M 5-8 07/16/82 Delran, N.J. Rutgers 1/0
6 Fotopoulos, Danielle F 5-11 03/24/76 Altamonte Springs, Fla. Florida 33/16
7 Boxx, Shannon M 5-8 06/29/77 Redondo Beach, Calif. Notre Dame 48/13
8 MacMillan, Shannon F 5-5 10/07/74 Escondido, Calif. Portland 175/60
9 O’Reilly, Heather F 5-5 01/02/85 East Brunswick, N.J. UNC 36/5
10 Wagner, Aly M 5-5 08/10/80 San Jose, Calif. Santa Clara 86/19
11 Hucles, Angela M 5-7 07/05/78 Virginia Beach, Va. UVA 52/5
12 Osborne, Leslie M 5-8 05/27/83 Brookfield, Wis. Santa Clara 10/0
13 Lilly, Kristine M 5-4 07/22/71 Wilton, Conn. UNC 297/104
14 LePeilbet, Amy D 5-7 03/12/82 Reno, Nev. Arizona State 8/0
15 Markgraf, Kate D 5-7 08/23/76 Bloomfield Hills, Mich. Notre Dame 144/0
16 Milbrett, Tiffeny F 5-2 10/23/72 Portland, Ore. Portland 202/100
18 Solo, Hope G 5-9 07/30/81 Richland, Wash. Washington 17
19 Welsh, Christie F 5-10 02/27/81 Massapequa Park, N.Y. Penn State 30/20
20 Wambach, Abby F 5-11 06/02/80 Rochester, N.Y. Florida 61/47
21 Bivens, Kylie D 5-5 10/24/78 Upland, Calif. Santa Clara 17/7
22 Tullock, Stacey M 5-7 09/20/78 Phoenix, Ariz. Arizona State 0/0
23 Frimpong, Tina D 5-9 05/20/82 Vancouver, Wash. Washington 2/0
24 Barnhart, Nicole G 5-10 10/10/81 Gilbertsville, Pa. Stanford 3/0
25 Augustyniak, Nancy D 5-5 02/01/79 Peachtree City, Ga. Clemson 0/0
GOALKEEPERS (3): Nicole Barnhart, Jen Branam, Hope Solo; DEFENDERS (7): Nancy Augustyniak, Kylie Bivens, Tina Frimpong, Amy LePeilbet, Kate Markgraf, Heather Mitts, Cat Reddick; MIDFIELDERS (8): Shannon Boxx, Lorrie Fair, Angela Hucles, Kristine Lilly, Carli Lloyd, Leslie Osborne, Stacey Tullock, Aly Wagner; FORWARDS (6): Danielle Fotopoulos, Shannon MacMillan, Tiffeny Milbrett, Heather O’Reilly, Abby Wambach, Christie Welsh.
Head Coach: Greg Ryan Colorado Springs, Colo.
Asst. Coach: Bret Hall St. Charles, Ill.
GK Coach: Ian Feuer Calabasas, Calif.
General Manager: Nils Krumins Manhattan Beach, Calif.
Medical Trainer: Cody Malley Apex, N.C.
Doctor: Dr. Steve Lucey Greensboro, N.C.
Massage Therapist: Scott Street Atlanta, Ga.
Massage Therapist: Steve Jurch Charleston, S.C.
Equipment Manager: Zac Herndon Arcata, Calif.
Team Security: Mark Pharris Atlanta, Ga.
Press Officer: Aaron Heifetz Long Beach, Calif.
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