UCLA's Oakes, Pryce Called Up to Full Team
July 3, 2005
From the U.S. Soccer Communications Center
CHICAGO - U.S. Women's National Team head coach Greg Ryan has named 24 players to a training camp prior to the second domestic match of the year against Ukraine on July 10 at Merlo Field on the campus of the University of Portland (3:30 p.m. PT live on ESPN2).
Tickets for the USA-Ukraine range in price levels from $18 to $50 and are on sale online at ussoccer.com, at all Ticketmaster outlets throughout Oregon and Washington (including G.I. Joe's and Fred Meyer), and by phone at 503-224-4400. Groups of 20 or more can call U.S. Soccer at 312-528-1249 or obtain a group order form at ussoccer.com.
Merlo Field, which opened in 1990, is still regarded as one of the top college soccer facilities in the country. The stadium, which hosted the NCAA Women's College Cup in 1994, seats just over 5,000, so fans are encouraged to get their tickets early.
Former University of Portland star Tiffeny Milbrett, who made her return to the U.S. team last Sunday, coming off the bench against Canada to earn her 200th cap, will be honored before the game on her college field for that historic achievement. Milbrett will also be going for her historic 100th goal in an attempt to join an exclusive list of just five players who have hit the century mark. Milbrett has scored in every match she has played in Portland, except one - the 2003 Women's World Cup semifinal - when she came off the bench in the second half. She has six goals in her seven matches in her hometown.
The U.S. team will come together on July 3 in Portland to begin training for the match, with most sessions on the campus of the Nike World Headquarters in Beaverton, Ore., but with a few at the University of Portland. Ryan will choose 18 players to suit up for the team's first meeting with Ukraine (currently 19th in the FIFA Women's World Rankings) since December of 1998.
Ryan has called in a mixture of 2004 Olympic gold medallists and up-and-coming talent, including four players who are uncapped. The roster includes nine players who helped the USA to the gold medal in Athens, Greece last year, but forward Abby Wambach will not be in Portland due to a prior engagement.
Ryan made five changes to the 24-player roster from the camp recently conducted in Virginia prior to the USA's 2-0 victory over Canada on June 26. Those players are midfielder Jill Oakes, a rising senior at UCLA who earned her first cap at the 2005 Algarve Cup in Portugal, midfielder Carli Lloyd, a star on the USA's U-21 National Team who trained with the U.S. team during Olympic Residency Camp last year, goalkeeper Melanie Wilson, the back-up to Briana Scurry on the Atlanta Beat in the WUSA, 17-year-old rising high school senior Lauren Cheney, a member of the USA's U-20 and U-21 Women's National Teams, and Shannon MacMillan.
The call-up marks the return of MacMillan to the U.S. team. The former University of Portland star was an alternate on the 2004 Olympic Team and has not played in a match for the USA since Oct. 3, 2004, when she played in a 2004 'Fan Celebration Tour' match in Portland. The 30-year-old MacMillan is 7th on the U.S. all-time caps at 174 games played and sixth on both the all-time goals list (60) and points list (173).
Headlining the veterans is team captain Kristine Lilly, who will be shooting for her 297th career cap, as well as defender Kate Markgraf and midfielder Shannon Boxx, who has played in 47 of the last 49 U.S games. Also named to the roster was forward Christie Welsh, the USA's leading scorer this year (six goals) who has scored in all five matches the team has played in 2005.
Two other players on the roster have Northwest connections in goalkeeper Hope Solo and uncapped defender Tina Frimpong, a Vancouver, Washington product who was named to her second training camp roster. Solo, from Richland in Eastern Washington, has started four of the USA's five matches in 2005, earning shutouts in each game. The former University of Washington All-American went all 90 minutes in the USA's 2-0 win over Canada last Sunday.
Ryan has also called in University of Portland sophomore midfielder Angie Woznuk to train as a 25th player in camp during the week. Woznuk, who has not been able to play with the U.S. U-21s this year due to injury, will practice with the U.S. team during the week in Portland, but will not be part of the game roster. Woznuk was one of the stars on the USA's U-19 team that took third at the 2004 FIFA U-19 Women's World Championship in Thailand last November. She won the Silver Ball as the second most outstanding player in the tournament and the Bronze Boot as the third-leading scorer.
GOALKEEPERS (3): Nicole Barnhart, Hope Solo, Melanie Wilson; DEFENDERS (7): Lori Chalupny, Tina Frimpong, Amy LePeilbet, Kate Markgraf, Heather Mitts, Nandi Pryce, Cat Reddick; MIDFIELDERS (8): Shannon Boxx, Lorrie Fair, Angela Hucles, Kristine Lilly, Carli Lloyd, Jill Oakes, Lindsay Tarpley, Aly Wagner; FORWARDS (6): Lauren Cheney, Danielle Fotopoulos, Shannon MacMillan, Tiffeny Milbrett, Heather O'Reilly, Christie Welsh.