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Ryan Names 18-Player Roster to Face China on Aug. 27 at Toyota Park


CHICAGO (August 21, 2006) – U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Greg Ryan has named the 18-player roster that will face long-time nemesis China on Aug. 27 at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Ill. The clash between the USA, which is second in the current FIFA world rankings, and China, which is ranked eighth, will be broadcast live on ESPN2 at 12 p.m. CT.

The match not only marks the 35th all-time meeting between the teams, but it will be the third game this year between the two long time women’s soccer powers. The teams met on January 22 at the Four Nations Tournament in China with the USA winning 2-0 on two Kristine Lilly goals to take the title, then met again in the Algarve Cup opener on March 9, a 0-0 tie in Faro, Portugal.

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The match will be the first in Chicagoland for second-year U.S. head coach Greg Ryan, who won the 1981 Soccer Bowl while playing with the NASL’s Chicago Sting for five years from 1980 to 1984. After taking over the team in 2005, the former assistant coach for the 2004 Olympic champions has compiled a 17-0-4 record. In those 21 games, the U.S. team has allowed just three goals from the run of play and five total. The U.S. team has not lost a match in regulation time in the past 22 matches, and since the beginning of 2004, has lost just twice in regulation over a span of 55 matches.

Ryan named two goalkeepers, six defenders, five midfielders and five forwards to the roster. Sixteen of the 18 players were on all of the rosters for the USA’s three July games when the team swept contests against Sweden, Ireland and Canada. Lilly, the U.S. captain with a world record 309 caps, returns to the roster after missing the Ireland and Canada matches. Ryan also added veteran midfielder Angela Hucles, a member of the gold medal-winning 2004 Olympic Team. Hucles has played 52 times for the USA, and was in Residency Training Camp for the first block last April, but had not been in Residency Training Camp this summer until she was called in early August. St. Charles, Ill., native Marci Miller was injured in training last week and not available for selection, therefore midfielder Joanna Lohman makes her first Women’s National Team roster since the 2001 Algarve Cup. She joined Residency Training Camp in late May.

With the addition of Lilly and Hucles, nine players who were members the 2004 Olympic champions are on the roster, including forward Abby Wambach, who will look to continue her torrid scoring pace having pounded in 57 goals in her 75 games with the USA, the best strike rate in U.S. history.

The U.S. roster features numerous players with Midwest ties. One player on the roster is from Illinois in defender Amy LePeilbet, who grew up in Crystal Lake. Midfielder Leslie Osborne hails from Brookfield, Wisconsin, and forward Lindsay Tarpley is from Kalamazoo, Michigan, but was born in Madison, Wis. Defender Heather Mitts is a native of Cincinnati, Ohio, and defender Lori Chalupny hails from St. Louis, Mo. Goalkeeper Briana Scurry is from Dayton, Minn.

U.S. assistant coach Bret Hall lives in Chicago and was a long-time professional player in the city, playing with Ryan on the Sting. He also played indoor with the Chicago Power of the NPSL and is the only head coach in United Soccer League outdoor history to win three consecutive USL championships, leading the Chicago Stingers to the 1998 D3 Pro League championship and the team’s successor, the Chicago Sockers, to two straight Premier Development League titles in 1999 and 2000. He was also the initial coach of the Chicago Fire Reserves when the team replaced the Sockers in 2001.

The U.S. holds a 15-8-11 record in the series against China, the opponent in the historic 1999 FIFA World Cup Final which the USA won famously on penalty kicks. The U.S. women are 9-0-3 in 2006 after defeating Canada, 2-0, in its most recent match on July 30. China will come to the USA at the end of its North American tour, having played Canada twice, on Aug 19. (a 0-0 tie) and Aug. 22, both in St. John’s, Newfoundland.

Following the match in Bridgeview, the U.S. will face Mexico on Sept. 13 in Rochester, N.Y. with an 8 p.m. ET kickoff time. The USA will return to Carson, Calif., to their Residency Training Camp before facing Chinese Taipei on Oct. 1 at The Home Depot Center at 1 p.m. PT and Iceland on Oct. 8 at the University of Richmond Stadium at 2 p.m. ET . All three games will be live on ESPN2, with the Mexico game also shown delayed on Telemundo.

WNT Roster - USA vs. China - Aug. 27, 2006
Toyota Park - Bridgeview, Ill.

No. Player Pos. Ht. DOB Hometown College Caps/Goals
1 Scurry, Briana GK 5-8  09/07/71  Dayton, Minn. UMass   155
2 Mitts, Heather D 5-5  06/09/78  Cincinnati, Ohio Florida   53/2
3 Rampone, Christie D 5-6  06/24/75  Point Pleasant, N.J. Monmouth  146/4
4 Whitehill, Cat D 5-5   02/10/82    Birmingham, Ala. UNC   91/9
5 Tarpley, Lindsay M 5-6  09/22/83  Kalamazoo, Mich. UNC   49/9
6 Kai, Natasha F 5-8  05/22/83  Kahuku, Hawaii  Hawaii    8/5
8 Frimpong, Tina D 5-9  05/20/82  Vancouver, Wash. Washington  13/0
9 O’Reilly, Heather F 5-5   01/02/85  East Brunswick, N.J. UNC   49/8 
10 Wagner, Aly M 5-5   08/10/80    San Jose, Calif. Santa Clara 100/20
11 Lloyd, Carli M 5-8  07/16/82  Delran, N.J. Rutgers   12/0
12 Osborne, Leslie M 5-8  05/27/83  Brookfield, Wis. Santa Clara 21/0
13 Lilly, Kristine M 5-4 07/22/71 Wilton, Conn. UNC 309/110
14 LePeilbet, Amy D 5-7  03/12/82  Crystal Lake, Ill. Arizona State 21/0
16 Hucles, Angela M 5-7 07/05/78 Virginia Beach, Va. Virginia 52/5
17 Chalupny, Lori D 5-4  01/29/84  St. Louis, Mo. UNC   20/2
18 Solo, Hope GK 5-9  07/30/81  Richland, Wash. Washington  30
20 Wambach, Abby F 5-11  06/02/80  Rochester, N.Y.  Florida   75/57
23 Lohman, Joanna M 5-5 06/26/82 Silver Spring, Md. Penn State 4/0
               

Roster By Position
GOALKEEPERS (2): Briana Scurry (Dayton, Minn.), Hope Solo (Richland, Wash.);
DEFENDERS (6): Lori Chalupny (St. Louis, Mo.), Tina Frimpong (Vancouver, Wash.), Amy LePeilbet (Crystal Lake, Ill.), Heather Mitts (Cincinnati, Ohio), Christie Rampone (Point Pleasant, N.J.), Cat Whitehill (Birmingham, Ala.);
MIDFIELDERS (5): Angela Hucles (Virginia Beach, Va.), Carli Lloyd (Delran, N.J.), Joanna Lohman (Silver Spring, Md.), Leslie Osborne (Brookfield, Wis.), Aly Wagner (San Jose, Calif.);
FORWARDS (5): Natasha Kai (Kahuku, Hawaii), Kristine Lilly (Wilton, Conn.), Heather O’Reilly (East Brunswick, N.J.), Lindsay Tarpley (Kalamazoo, Mich.), Abby Wambach (Rochester, N.Y.)

Team Staff:
Head Coach: Greg Ryan (Colorado Springs, Colo.)
Asst. Coach: Bret Hall (St. Charles, Ill.)
GK Coach: Mark Dougherty (Littleton, Colo.)
General Manager: Nils Krumins (Manhattan Beach, Calif.)
Team Physician: Dr. Chris Amann (Chicago, Ill.)
Medical Trainer: Julie O’Connell (Chicago, Ill.)
Massage Therapist: Scott Street (Atlanta, Ga.)
Massage Therapist: Kara Mirarchi (Boston, Mass.)
Equipment Manager: Jeanine Avila (West Covina, Calif.)
Team Security: Mark Pharris (Atlanta, Ga.)

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