Two Former Huskies on U.S. Women's Soccer Team Roster
June 10, 2005
CHICAGO - A group of 24 players, including former University of Washington standouts Tina Frimpong and Hope Solo, have been named to the training camp roster prior to the first domestic match of the year, United States' women's national team coach Greg Ryan announced.
The U.S. Nationals are preparing to play against Canada on June 26 at the Virginia Beach Sportsplex in Virginia Beach, Va. (3 p.m. ET live on ESPN2).
The U.S. team will convene in Charlottesville, Va., on June 19 for five days of training at the University of Virginia before bussing to Virginia Beach to make final preparations for the match against the long-time border rivals. Ryan will choose 18 players to suit up for the 35th meeting all-time between the teams. It will be the first action for the U.S. team since the highly successful run to the Algarve Cup title in Portugal last March.
Frimpong (Hudson's Bay HS/Vancouver, Wash.) recently completed her collegiate career as Washington's all-time leader in goals (42) and points (97).
From her forward position, she led the Pac-10 in goals as a junior (13) and senior (15) and was named the Conference Player of the Year twice, in 2003 and 2004. Frimpong garnered All-America acclaim in 2003 and 2004.
Frimpong has not appeared in an international game for the U.S. National Team.
Solo (Richland HS/Richland, Wash.) is a veteran of the international circuit, having earned 15 caps for appeareces in goal for the U.S. Nationals.
She finished at UW in 2002 as the Huskies' all-time leader in every goalkeeping category. Solo started 68 games, amassing 325 saves, 18 shutouts and a 1.02 goals against average. In each of her final two seasons (2001, 2002), she was one of 15 nominees for the Hermann Trophy that honors the national player of the year.
A four-time all-conference honoree, Solo received the 2001 Pac-10 Player of the Year award. She surrendered only 12 goals in 17 games in 2001 en route to a school single-season record 0.68 goals against average. In 2000, Solo led Washington's to its only Pac-10 women's soccer championship.
Ryan has called in a mixture of 2004 Olympic gold medallists, up-and-coming talent, veterans who have not worn the U.S. jersey in a while and players getting their first call-ups. The roster includes 10 players who helped the USA to the gold medal in Athens, Greece last year and an additional seven players who were on the roster for the USA's Algarve Cup triumph in March.
'These friendly games will allow me to evaluate a large pool of talented players,' said Ryan. 'I want to provide these individuals with the opportunity to earn a spot on the U.S. Women's National Team. I am looking for players inside and outside the box, from former National Team players to WUSA standouts to young players in our U-20 and U-21 National Teams.'
Headlining the roster is forward Abby Wambach, whose 31-goal performance in 2004 was the second best scoring year in U.S. history. Wambach, who has 47 career goals after just 55 games, has never scored against Canada in her three games against the Maple Leafs. The USA will have plenty of veteran leadership as team captain Kristine Lilly and defender Kate Markgraf return from a brief stint in the Swedish First Division, while Shannon Boxx, who has played in 46 of the last 48 U.S games, starting 45, was also named.
Ryan has also called back in two strikers with rich goal scoring histories as Tiffeny Milbrett and Danielle Fotopoulos return to the team. Milbrett, who has not played for the USA since November of 2003, is just one game and one goal from historic milestones as she stepped away from the team in January of 2004 as one of the top scorers in the history of the world with 99 goals in 199 caps. She also returns from two months playing in Sweden.
Fotopoulos, the all-time leading scorer in NCAA history at the University of Florida, has not played for the USA since March of 2002 at the Algarve Cup. A member of the 1999 Women's World Cup Team, Fotopoulos is the mother of two and has recovered from two ACL surgeries. She has 12 goals in 30 international matches.
Virginia Beach native Angela Hucles was also named to the roster and will return to her alma mater at Virginia during the USA's training in Charlottesville. She currently has 49 caps and will be looking for her milestone 50th in her hometown. Lindsay Tarpley, scorer of the first goal in the Olympic Final, was named to the roster, but will not play in Virginia Beach as she will leave training camp to attend her brother's wedding.
Forward Christie Welsh, midfielders Aly Wagner and Lorrie Fair and Solo form the quartet of players named to the roster who recently finished paying for Olympique Lyonnaise in the French First Division. Welsh is the USA's leading scorer this year with five goals, scoring those in four games as the top scorer at the Algarve Cup. Solo, who picked up three shutouts at the Algarve Cup including a 1-0 victory over Germany in the championship game, is joined on the roster by two other goalkeepers, Nicole Barnhart, who shutout France in the first match of the Algarve Cup, and Kristin Luckenbill, the back-up on the 2004 Olympic Team.
Barnhart is one of five players named to the training camp roster who recently completed a U.S. U-21 Women's National Team training camp at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. Also training with the U-21s were Tarpley, forward Heather O'Reilly, midfielder Lori Chalupny and defender Lindsey Huie, who made her full Women's National Team debut in Portugal. Chalupny had a breakout tournament in Portugal, starting all four games while playing primarily at outside back.
The U.S. roster features three players that started matches on the back line at the 2004 Olympics in Markgraf, Heather Mitts and Cat Reddick. Bolstering that group is Amy LePeilbet, who was a member of the USA's 2004 Olympic Residency Camp, earning six caps at the beginning of the year, and Nandi Pryce, a UCLA All-American and U.S. U-21 veteran who has battled injuries in recent years. Pryce, who has eight caps for the USA, has not played in a match for the full Women's National Team since 2000.
The youngest player on the roster is 18-year-old forward Amy Rodriguez, who was a starter on the U.S. team that took third place at the FIFA U-19 Women's World Championship in Thailand last November where she scored two goals with two assists. Rodriguez, the Gatorade and Parade Girl's High School Player of the Year for 2004, just finished a training camp with the U.S. U-20 Women's National Team and is eligible for the 2006 FIFA U-20 Women's World Championship to be held in Russia.
Ryan has also given call-ups to two uncapped players in midfielder Marci Miller, formerly of the Atlanta Beat in the WUSA who had a brief call-up with the USA several years back, and Frimpong, who has been playing with the U.S. U-21s. She will get a shot at defender with the National Team.
'I anticipate that the rosters will change significantly from game to game,' Ryan added. 'My primary goals in 2005 are to identify players who will compliment our current group of exceptional core players and create a positive and dynamic chemistry both on and off the field. Those are the first keys to success.'
U.S. WOMEN'S SOCCER TEAM TRAINING CAMP ROSTER
Charlottesville & Virginia Beach, Virginia
June 19-26, 2005
Roster By Position
Head Coach: Greg Ryan
Assistant Coach: Bret Hall
Goalkeeper Coach: Ian Feuer
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