WNT Sep 23, 2010
With Hope Solo undergoing surgery yesterday, and Alyssa Naeher and Nicole Barnhart still involved in the WPS playoffs, just one goalkeeper had been in camp, that being Jill Loyden of the Chicago Red Stars. Let's just say she was getting A LOT of reps. The U.S. coaching staff remedied that situation yesterday, calling in Ashlyn Harris of the Washington Freedom, who had an excellent end of the WPS season after stepping in for the injured Erin McLeod. Harris played nine matches and went 4-3-2, helping the Freedom earn a playoff berth, and then almost sent the playoff game to penalty kicks with several magnificent saves over the course of the match, but could do nothing about Amy Rodriguez' game-winner with 20 seconds left in OT.
Harris, who played every minute for the USA at the 2004 and 2006 FIFA U-19/U-20 Women's World Cups, got the call from U.S. goalkeeper coach Paul Rogers on Tuesday's night, putting her on notice that a call-up was imminent. She was on a plane at 5 p.m. on Wednesday to Atlanta and trained on this morning, looking very sharp, as did Loyden.
Said Harris: "It's a good opportunity because there are spots open at this point and you can't pass up a chance like this. I really hope that Hope is doing well in her recovery, but I want to try to gain some experience, get invited into a few more camps and keep growing as a goalkeeper. I feel like I've grown a lot this year playing in the WPS and I'm just happy to be back here with the national team."
Note on Hope Solo: Her shoulder surgery on Wednesday went well, there were no complications and she now begins what will be a 5-6 month rehabilitation. Knowing Hope, perhaps we can expect to see her around next March. Algarve Cup anyone?