U.S. Women’s National Team Training Camp Update
January 8, 2008
SUNDHAGE NAMES FOUR NATIONS ROSTER: After five days of training camp that featured seven on-field practice sessions, including a full-field scrimmage on Monday, Pia Sundhage has named her first tournament roster as head coach of the U.S. Women’s National Team. Sundhage chose 20 players who will travel to Foshan, China, on Tuesday in preparation for the 2008 Four Nations Tournament, being held Jan. 16-20 at the Foshan Sports Center. These matches will be the first of 2008 for the U.S. women and first under Sundhage, who was hired in November. This will be the seventh time the USA has participated in the Four Nations Tournament in China, a four-team round-robin competition that annually features some of the world’s top teams. While many of the U.S. players have been to China on multiple occasions, the trip will provide some valuable experience for the numerous young players on the roster who are trying to solidify themselves in the player pool in hopes of earning a spot on the USA’s Olympic qualifying roster, and ultimately, the Olympic Games from Aug. 6-21 in Beijing (and four other Chinese cities). Should the USA qualify for the Olympics, this Four Nations Tournament will be the only time the team will travel to China this year before heading back to Beijing in August.
U.S. Women’s National Team Roster
Four Nations Tournament
|Boxx, Shannon||M||5-8||06/29/77||Redondo Beach, Calif.||Notre Dame||77/17|
|Chalupny, Lori||M||5-4||01/29/84||St. Louis, Mo.||North Carolina||53/6|
|Cheney, Lauren||F||5-8||09/30/87||Indianapolis, Ind.||UCLA||2/1|
|Cox, Stephanie||D||5-6||04/03/86||Elk Grove, Calif.||Portland||30/0|
|DiMartino, Tina||M||5-2||11/06/86||Massapequa Park, N.Y.||UCLA||0/0|
|Heath, Tobin||M||5-6||05/29/88||Basking Ridge, N.J.||North Carolina||0/0|
|Hucles, Angela||M||5-7||07/05/78||Virginia Beach, Va.||Virginia||70/5|
|Krieger, Ali||M||5-5||07/28/84||Dumfries, Va.||Penn State||0/0|
| Lloyd, Carli
||East Brunswick, N.J.
||Point Pleasant, N.J.
||Lake Forest, Calif.
||St. Louis, Mo.
| Whitehill, Cat
|Woznuk, Angie||M||5-5||03/29/85||El Cajon, Calif.||Portland||1/0|
2008 Four Nations Tournament Roster By Position
GOALKEEPERS (2): Briana Scurry (Dayton, Minn.), Hope Solo (Richland, Wash.);
DEFENDERS (6): Stephanie Cox (Elk Grove, Calif.), Tobin Heath (Basking Ridge, N.J.), Ali Krieger (Dumfries, Va.), Christie Rampone (Point Pleasant, N.J.), Becky Sauerbrunn (St. Louis, Mo.), Cat Whitehill (Birmingham, Ala.);
MIDFIELDERS (7): Shannon Boxx (Redondo Beach, Calif.), Lori Chalupny (St. Louis, Mo.), Tina DiMartino (Massapequa Park, N.Y.), Angela Hucles (Virginia Beach, Va.), Carli Lloyd (Delran, N.J.), Leslie Osborne (Brookfield, Wis.), Angie Woznuk (El Cajon, Calif.);
FORWARDS (5): Lauren Cheney (Indianapolis, Ind.), Heather O’Reilly (East Brunswick, N.J.), Amy Rodriguez (Lake Forest, Calif.), Lindsay Tarpley (Kalamazoo, Mich.), Abby Wambach (Rochester, N.Y.).
Four Nations Roster Breakdown
Briana Scurry and Hope Solo have been the top two goalkeepers in the U.S. player pool for the past two years and both bring big game experience to backstop what could be a young back line. Solo passed 50 caps at the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup and is the second-most capped GK in U.S. history, behind Scurry, who has 167 games on her resume.
The six defenders named are split down the middle between veterans and rookies, combining three starters from the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup with three uncapped players, meaning Cat Whitehill, Christie Rampone and Stephanie Cox will have to do a lot of mentoring for Tobin Heath, Becky Sauerbrunn and Ali Krieger. Cox is the second youngest of the defenders at 21 years old, but has 30 caps to her credit. With 177 career games played, Rampone is the most capped player on the roster, a distinction that Kristine Lilly held in every match she played in recent memory. Heath is the youngest player on the roster at 19, but was a starter for the USA at the 2006 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Championship in Russia. In her third training camp with the senior side, she makes her first tournament roster. Both Sauerbrunn, who co-captained the USA at the 2004 FIFA U-19 Women’s World Championship in Thailand, and Krieger have spent time with the U.S. U-21s over the past few years, but this was the first call-up to the National Team and the first time they have made a game roster. Sauerbrunn played her senior season at Virginia last fall while Krieger finished up at Penn State in 2006. Heath will be a junior next season at UNC.
Five of the USA’s seven midfielders named to the Four Nations roster were at the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup, led by Lori Chalupny, who had a breakout tournament in her first senior world championship. Rounding out the midfield corps are two of the country’s finest collegiate attacking midfielders in Tina DiMartino from UCLA and Angie Woznuk from Portland. Both DiMartino and Woznuk have extensive experience with the USA’s youth national teams, but DiMartino is uncapped and Woznuk has just one cap, earned back in 2005. Woznuk was a member of the U.S. team that won the 2002 FIFA U-19 Women’s World Championship and won the Silver Ball as the second best player in the tournament at the 2004 U-19 tournament in Thailand (behind current FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year Marta). Woznuk finished her college career at Portland this past fall while DiMartino will be a senior next season for UCLA.
With Kristine Lilly stepping away from the National Team while expecting her first child, and Natasha Kai not in training camp due to illness, all five forwards in camp were selected to the roster. Abby Wambach, who scored six goals at the Women’s World Cup, leads the way along with Heather O’Reilly, scorer of two goals in China, as well as Lindsay Tarpley. Joining that experienced trio are perhaps the two best forwards in college soccer in 2007 in Amy Rodriguez from NCAA champion USC and U.S. Soccer’s Young Female Athlete of the Year Lauren Cheney from UCLA. Rodriguez will be a senior at USC next fall and Cheney will be a junior. Rodriguez has five caps for the USA while Cheney has just two, both earned last year, when she also scored her first goal for the senior team in a Women’s World Cup warm-up vs. Mexico.
2008 Four Nations Tournament Schedule
Date Match-Up City Kickoff / ET
Jan. 16 USA vs. Canada Foshan, China 1:00 p.m. / 12 a.m.
Jan. 16 China vs. Finland Foshan, China 4:30 p.m. / 3:30 a.m.
Jan. 18 Finland vs. USA Foshan, China 2 p.m. / 1 a.m.
Jan. 18 China vs. Canada Foshan, China 4:30 p.m. / 3:30 a.m.
Jan. 20 Canada vs. Finland Foshan, China 1 p.m. / 12 a.m.
Jan. 20 USA vs. China Foshan, China 4:30 p.m. / 3:30 a.m.
HISTORY IN FOSHAN: The U.S. team returns to Foshan, China, for the first time since the 1991 FIFA Women’s World Cup. With Kristine Lilly not on the roster, nobody on the current team played in that tournament, but Foshan was the site of two U.S. matches, a 3-0 win over Japan in the final group match and a historic 7-0 win over Chinese Taipei in the quarterfinal, a match in which Michelle Akers scored five goals. Foshan may also hold some fond memories for U.S. head coach Pia Sundhage, who played there for Sweden during the first-ever Women’s World Cup in a 8-0 victory over Japan, a match in which she scored.
CAP LIGHT: U.S. rosters are usually dotted with players in the Century Club when it comes to caps, but without Kristine Lilly, and with Kate Markgraf and Aly Wagner recovering from injuries, there are just three players on the roster with 100 caps or more, the fewest in recent memory. Defender Christie Rampone leads the way with 177 followed by Cat Whitehill at 123 and Abby Wambach who has 105 and earned her 100th in the Women’s World Cup against England. The U.S. fielded a young team over the past year or so, but it has been a while since the Americans traveled to a major tournament with a roster that featured four uncapped players and two other players with five or less caps.
NEW NAME, SAME GAME: U.S. defender Stephanie Cox has a new name, a product of her Dec. 16 marriage, which was the culmination of a crazy fall for the 21-year-old defender. ussoccer.com caught up with the multi-tasking new bride in this exclusive feature and found out how a trip to China for a big tournament will actually be a nice break.
CHINA BLOG: The WNT Blog is up and running and will take fans up to and through the Four Nations Tournament in China. After more than a month of The WNT Blog at the 2007 Women’s World Cup, there may not be much more to be written about China, but in the world of the Women’s National Team, there’s always something fun going on. So log on to ussoccer.com and get the year started with news and notes from the first competition of the year.
Stat of Note
Abby Wambach has 86 international goals, just over a dozen shy of the magical 100 mark. The rest of the U.S. roster combined has scored 88 total goals.