Residency Camp Update
U.S. Women's National Team
May 17, 2006
RESIDENCY CAMP ROLLS ON FOR WNT: The U.S. Women’s National Team is well into its second “block” of training during 2006 Residency Training Camp at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. After returning from Japan (photos), where the USA won two games against the hosts, 3-1 in Kumamoto on May 7 and 1-0 in Osaka on May 9, the team had two days off before hitting the field again on May 12. The USA will train until Friday, May 19, go on a break from May 20-27, then return for its next training “block” on May 28, which will run through June 21.
SWEDEN UP FIRST AS SLATE OF DOMESTIC GAMES BEGIN: The U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team will play its first domestic match of 2006, after playing its first nine abroad, on Saturday, July 15, taking on Sweden at the National Sports Center in Blaine, Minn. with kickoff set for 5 p.m. CT. The game will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and covered online via ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker. The match is sure to be one of the best in recent memory as the talented and tough Swedes, who feature some of the world’s best players, are deep into Women’s World Cup qualifying while the U.S. team has been training regularly, as well as making three trips overseas this year. Tickets are on sale online at ussoccer.com, at all Minnesota and Wisconsin area Ticketmaster outlets (including Cash Wise Foods, Hy-Vee Foods, and Marshall Field’s) and by phone at 651-989-5151. Groups of 15 or more can purchase tickets by logging onto ussoccer.com or calling (312) 528-1290.
AND CANADA AS WELL…: After facing Sweden on July 15, the USA will play on July 23 (site and opponent TBD), before traveling to Cary, N.C., for a Sunday, July 30 meeting with Canada at SAS Soccer Park. The match will kickoff at 1 p.m. ET and will be broadcast live on ESPN2. Fans can also follow all the action live with ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker. Tickets are on sale online at ussoccer.com, at all Cary area Ticketmaster outlets (including Hechts, FYE, and Publix Stores) and by phone at 919-834-4000. Groups of 15 or more can purchase tickets by logging onto ussoccer.com or calling (312) 528-1290. The match will mark the 36th meeting between the two teams, the second most of any opponent in U.S. Women’s National Team history. Only Norway (39) has played the USA more times.
FOTOP ON THE MEND: U.S. Women’s National Team forward Danielle Fotopoulos tore the ACL in her right knee in January and has been on the long (well, she’s trying to make it short) road back. Fotopoulos, who has 16 goals in her 35 caps for the USA stretching back to 1996, is one of 25 players currently in Residency Training Camp at the Home Depot Center. The all-time leading scorer in NCAA Division I history hasn’t been able to play, but that’s not stopping her from working hard and having fun. all_access video gives a unique look into her road back to fitness.
CHALUPNY LACES’EM UP: After being out for almost 3 ½ months due to lingering effects from concussions, U.S. defender Lori Chalupny was cleared to return to training on Tuesday, May 16, taking part in her first full session of 2006 Residency Training Camp. Chalupny, affectionately known as “Chalupa” to her teammates, had been running and crossing, but had not been allowed into contact drills until the USA’s 10:30 a.m. session on May 16, for which she showed up early with a big smile on her face. Chalupny has 17 caps and two goals for the USA, and has been starting regularly at left back before getting two knocks on the head/face and breaking her nose against France on Jan. 20 of this year. Before Tuesday, she had not played since that game.
WOZNUK, RAPINOE AND TROTTER JOIN RESIDENCY CAMP: With the colleges terms coming to a close for summer break, three players with college eligibility remaining have joined Residency Training Camp with three more set to arrive at the end of the month. Midfielder Angie Woznuk and forward Megan Rapinoe of the 2005 NCAA champion University of Portland, and defender India Trotter of Florida State, have joined camp. Both Wonzuk and Trotter have one cap for the full Women’s National Team while Rapinoe is looking for her first. They will be followed at the end of the month (when the USA begins its next training block on May 28) by Portland defender Stephanie Lopez, USC forward Amy Rodriguez and UCLA incoming freshman Lauren Cheney. Lopez, Rodriguez and Cheney are all a part of the USA’s 2006 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Championship team that will compete in Russia in August. Lopez and “A-Rod” just returned from Germany where the U-20s played four matches. Lopez and Rodriguez, among the first generation of U.S. Women’s National Team players of Hispanic decent, are the most-capped of the collegians, both having earned five games with the WNT. Cheney, who swept the NSCAA, Parade Magazine and Gatorade Girl’s High School Player of the Year awards, has yet to be capped with the full team, but has scored 16 goals so far this year for the U-20s. She graduated early from high school this year to train for the U-20 WC and will be a freshman at UCLA in the fall. Rodriguez, in limited action with the U-20s this year due to school commitments, has eight goals so far.
U.S. Women’s National Team Residency Camp Roster – May 12-20, 2006
GOALKEEPERS (4): Nicole Barnhart, Jen Branam, Briana Scurry, Hope Solo; DEFENDERS (7): Lori Chalupny, Tina Frimpong, Amy LePeilbet, Heather Mitts, Christie Rampone, India Trotter, Cat Whitehill; MIDFIELDERS (8): Shannon Boxx, Carli Lloyd, Kristine Lilly, Marci Miller, Leslie Osborne, Lindsay Tarpley, Aly Wagner, Angie Woznuk; FORWARDS (6): Danielle Fotopoulos, Natasha Kai, Heather O’Reilly, Megan Rapinoe, Abby Wambach, Christie Welsh.
WAGNER NEXT TO 100?: U.S. midfielder Aly Wagner has 97 caps and could become the next U.S. women’s player to hit the 100-cap mark if she plays in all three July matches for the USA. She would be the 18th American female player to earn 100 caps. Wagner debuted for the USA in 1998, when she played one match, she played five times in 1999 and nine in 2000 before breaking into the team as a regular in 2001. She has also scored 20 goals for the USA, or one about every five games, a more than decent strike rate for a midfielder.
LILLY THE PASSER: It’s hard to believe that there are milestones and records out there that Kristine Lilly still hasn’t passed or achieved. The U.S. captain is sitting on her world-record 308 caps and has scored 109 career goals, second only to Mia Hamm on the world’s all-time list for female players. Lilly also has 92 career assists, and with eight more, would become just the second player, along with Hamm, to record more than 100 goals and 100 assists in her career.