CHICAGO (Oct. 17, 2006) – U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Greg Ryan has named 20 players to the roster that will travel to South Korea for the 2006 Peace Queen Cup, being held from Oct. 28-Nov. 4 in six South Korean cities.
The 20-player roster consists of the core of the U.S squad that participated in the six-month Residency Training Camp in 2006 at The Home Depot Center. Defender Kate Markgraf continues her comeback from the birth of her son last July 18 and will likely see her first tournament action since last year’s Algarve Cup in Portugal. Defender Cat Whitehill returns to the roster after missing the last two games with a foot injury.
U.S. forward Abby Wambach leads the U.S. attack into the Peace Queen Cup having scored 10 goals in the USA’s seven domestic games in 2006 and 15 goals overall this year. Team captain Kristine Lilly heads into the tournament as the team’s second-leading scorer in 2006 with nine goals, giving her 113 for her career in her world record 313 appearances. Forward Natasha Kai has five goals for the USA this year while forward Lindsay Tarpley and Whitehill have chipped in four a piece.
For the first time this year, Ryan has named a roster without any current collegiate players as the two-week trip to South Korea comes right at crunch time of the college season before the NCAA playoffs.
The only uncapped player on the roster is former UNC star Kacey White, who has been playing club soccer in Sweden with KIF Orebro. White, who helped lead the New Jersey Wildcats to a W-League title two seasons ago, trained with the U.S. briefly this year at the end of Residency.
The eight-team Peace Queen Cup will feature two groups of four teams each with the group winners advancing to the championship game after round-robin play. The tournament stands to be one of the most challenging women’s international competitions outside a FIFA world championship or the European Women’s Championships. With five of the eight teams already in or likely to be in the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup, the Peace Queen Cup will definitely mimic the competition of a World Cup first-round group.
The USA opens Group B play against recent 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup qualifiers Denmark on Oct. 29 in Kimhae (5 p.m. local / 3 a.m. ET), in the southeastern part of South Korea. The USA will then face Australia, another team in the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup, on Oct. 31 in Cheonan (4 p.m. local / 2 a.m. ET), outside of Seoul, before finishing group play against the Netherlands on Nov. 2 in Suwon (2:30 p.m. local / 12:30 a.m. ET), also outside of Seoul. The championship match is on Nov. 4 in Seoul (1:30 p.m. local / 11:30 p.m. ET). Group A features South Korea, Brazil, Italy and Canada.
The U.S. women head into the opening game with a record of 13-0-3 in 2006 and riding a streak of 26 games in which they have gone unbeaten in regulation time (the USA did fall to Germany a penalty kick shootout in the 2006 Algarve Cup Final) that dates back to December of 2004.
The USA has so far participated in three tournaments under Ryan, winning the 2005 Algarve Cup in Portugal and the 2006 Four Nations Tournament in China, while falling in penalty kicks in the championship game of the 2006 Algarve Cup. Ryan’s overall tournament record stands at 8-0-3.
The matches in South Korea – the first for the U.S. women in the country that co-hosted the 2002
FIFA World Cup -- will be the final games for the USA before it enters the 2006 CONCACAF Women’s Gold Cup where the U.S. women will attempt to earn one of the region’s direct berths to the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup. The Americans will play their Women’s Gold Cup matches on Nov. 22 and 26 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.
The six-team Women’s Gold Cup will run from November 19-26 and feature first-round matches between Jamaica and Panama as well as Mexico and Trinidad & Tobago on Sunday, Nov. 19, at the Tropical Park Stadium in Miami, Florida.
The winners of those matches will advance to the all-important Women’s Gold Cup semifinals on Wednesday, November 22, at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., taking on Canada and the USA, who were given byes to that stage of the tournament. The winners of those semifinal matches will advance to China and the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
The tournament championship and third-place match will take place on Sunday, Nov. 26, at The HDC with the winner of the consolation game earning a spot in a two-game, home-and-away playoff against Asian third-place finisher Japan for the final berth to WWC ’07.
Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Briana Scurry (Dayton, Minn.), Hope Solo (Richland, Wash.);
DEFENDERS (7): Lori Chalupny (St. Louis, Mo.), Tina Frimpong (Vancouver, Wash.), Amy LePeilbet (Crystal Lake, Ill.), Kate Markgraf (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.), Heather Mitts (Cincinnati, Ohio), Christie Rampone (Point Pleasant, N.J.), Cat Whitehill (Birmingham, Ala.);
MIDFIELDERS (6): Angela Hucles (Virginia Beach, Va.), Joanna Lohman (Silver Spring, Md.), Carli Lloyd (Delran, N.J.), Marci Miller (St. Charles, Ill.), Leslie Osborne (Brookfield, Wis.), Aly Wagner (San Jose, Calif.);
FORWARDS (5): Natasha Kai (Kahuku, Hawaii), Kristine Lilly (Wilton, Conn.), Lindsay Tarpley (Kalamazoo, Mich.), Abby Wambach (Rochester, N.Y.), Kacey White (Arlington, Texas).
Head Coach: Greg Ryan (Colorado Springs, Colo.)
Asstistant Coach: Bret Hall (St. Charles, Ill.)
Goalkeeper Coach: Phil Wheddon (Monroe, Conn.)
General Manager: Nils Krumins (Manhattan Beach, Calif.)
Team Physician: Dr. Chris Amann (Chicago, Ill.)
Team Physician: Dr. Scott Powell (Pacific Palisades, Calif.)
Medical Trainer: Juliet Barnes (Chicago, Ill.)
Massage Therapist: Scott Street (Atlanta, Ga.)
Massage Therapist: Kara Mirarchi (Long Beach, Calif.)
Equipment Manager: Jeanine Avila (West Covina, Calif.)
Team Security: Mark Pharris (Atlanta, Ga.)
Videographer: Noelle Jouglet (San Diego, Calif.)
Press Officer: Aaron Heifetz (Long Beach, Calif.)
2006 Peace Cup Groups
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