Oregon Assistant Named to U.S. Women's National Soccer Team
Dec. 13, 2000
EUGENE -- Oregon assistant coach Keri Raygor has been selected to join the U.S. Women's National Soccer Team for its game Sunday versus Japan at Bank One Ballpark in Phoenix, Ariz., U.S. coach April Heinrichs announced Wednesday. The match will be televised live at 2 p.m. Pacific time on ESPN.
Raygor, who recently completed her fifth season as an assistant with the Ducks under head coach Bill Steffen, was a member of the U.S. National Team pool of players from 1991-94. In 1991, Raygor earned eight caps, including one start and one appearance as a substitute in Haiti at the CONCACAF qualifying tournament for the 1991 World Cup. The 28-year-old's last National Team appearance was March 18, 1994, against Sweden in the Algarve Cup in Portugal. If she plays against Japan, Raygor, who will wear number 23, will have gone a record six years, 274 days between appearances.
'I was completely surprised when they called,' Raygor said. 'I asked if they were sure they had the right person. But I'm really going to enjoy this experience. It's very exciting to think that I'm going to be on the team with a group of players that has had such an impact on women's soccer around the world.'
The United States' match against Japan will mark the 41st and final game of the season, which has been the busiest in team history. It is also the final game for captain Carla Overbeck, who, like Raygor, came from the storied North Carolina program.. She will also be reunited with former North Carolina teammates Mia Hamm and Kristine Lilly.
'I'm looking forward to being able to see Carla's last game,' Raygor said. 'She was one of the greats when I came to North Carolina, so it will be special to be a part of that. I'm looking forward to playing with Mia and `Lil' (Lilly) again, too.'
The former Keri Sanchez was taken by the Boston Breakers in the second round of the inaugural Women's United Soccer Association (WUSA) Draft after an impressive showing at the player combine. She impressed Heinrichs and the National Team administrators enough to receive a call-up, despite not being a member of the National Team pool for more than six years.
'I wasn't even thinking about the National Team at the combine,' said Raygor, who played with Heinrichs on the U.S. National Team in 1991. 'I knew the coaches were there, but I never thought they were looking at me for a spot.'
The San Jose, Calif., native came to Oregon following an outstanding college career at North Carolina. A defender, she won four NCAA championships, was named to three NCAA all-tournament teams and scored the game-winning goals in the 1992 and 1993 NCAA title games.
Raygor is a graduate of San Jose's Santa Teresa High School. She and her husband Brian have one son, Bryce, born April 17, 1999.
U.S. National Team RosterDec. 17 vs. JapanBank One Ballpark, Phoenix, Ariz.
No. Player Pos. Hometown College2 Lorrie Fair M Los Altos, Calif. North Carolina3 Christie Pearce D Point Pleasant, N.J. Monmouth4 Carla Overbeck D Chapel Hill, N.C. North Carolina5 Nikki Serlenga M San Diego, Calif. Santa Clara6 Brandi Chastain D San Jose, Calif. Santa Clara8 Shannon MacMillan M Escondido, Calif. Portland9 Mia Hamm F Chapel Hill, N.C. North Carolina10 Michelle French D Kent, Wash. Portland11 Julie Foudy M Mission Viejo, Calif. Stanford13 Kristine Lilly M Wilton, Conn. North Carolina14 Danielle Borgman D Cincinnati, Ohio North Carolina15 Kate Sobrero D Bloomfield Hills, Mich. Notre Dame16 Tiffany Milbrett F Portland, Ore. Portland18 Hope Solo G Richland, Wash. Washington23 Keri Raygor D Eugene, Ore. North Carolina25 Mary-Frances Monroe M East Northport, N.Y. Connecticut26 Siri Mullinix G Greensboro, N.C. North Carolina