Pair of Former Huskies on U.S. National Team Roster
July 9, 2005
PORTLAND, Ore. - Former University of Washington standouts Tina Frimpong and Hope Solo are among the 18 players named to the United States National Team roster by head coach Greg Ryan for Sunday's women's soccer exhibition against Ukraine. The game airs live on ESPN2 at 3:30 p.m. Pacific Time from Merlo Field at the University of Portland.
The U.S. women will unveil a new look, with brand-new uniforms. The kit is a technical advancement in sport performance and an aesthetic change that brings the women's and men's teams closer in design. The silhouette of the uniform will stay women's specific. A number of players will also debut the new Nike Air Legend women's boot for the first time in competition. The USA will debut white jerseys with blue shorts and white socks.
The USA is 5-0-0 in 2005 and has not allowed a goal, while scoring 11. Forward Christie Welsh has six of those, forward Abby Wambach and midfielder Kristine Lilly have two each and defender Lori Chalupny has one, meaning the U.S. has received goals from all three lines.
The U.S. women arrived in Portland on Sunday (July 3), overlapping for a few hours with the U.S. Men's Team, which soon departed for Seattle and their final Gold Cup preparations. The women's national team trained at the campus of the Nike World Headquaters and game venue of Merlo Field. The training roster of 24 was pared down by six players late in the week.
Without Wambach, who had a prior engagement scheduled before this match was confirmed, the U.S. forwards will get the chance to step up and take the game on their shoulders. Welsh has scored six goals in the USA's five games in 2005, while Danielle Fotopoulos, Tiffeny Milbrett and Heather O'Reilly will be looking for their first goals of the year.
Ryan named two previously uncapped players in Frimpong and former Rutgers star Carli Lloyd, a midfielder. Both are looking to make their full national team debuts. A high-scoring forward in college, Frimpong is getting a shot at defender with the USA.
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 16 caps for appearances in goal for the U.S. Nationals. She started the last four games for the USA, earning shutouts in each. Solo played the final three games at the 2005 Algarve Cup in Portugal, then went the distance in the USA's 2-0 victory over Canada on June 26 in Virginia Beach, Va.
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.
United States Women's National Team Roster
July 10, 2005; Portland, Ore.
(some content courtesy of U.S. Soccer Communications Center)