Three Women of Troy Join U-20 National Team Camp

Jan. 6, 2006

The USC women's soccer team is represented by three freshmen at the U.S. Under-20 National Team Camp this year, as forward Amy Rodriguez, defender Meagan Holmes and midfielder Stacey Strong will team up with their fellow U-20 campers to face the full U.S. Women's National Team for two games at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. on Jan. 7 at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.

Rodriguez, Holmes and Strong have been selected among the nation's top 29 young players to participate at U.S. U-20 National Team coach Tim Schulz's training camp, which began Jan. 2 and runs through Jan. 10 at the Home Depot Center. The camp offers final preparations for the USA's best under-20 college and high school athletes in anticipation of the upcoming CONCACAF Women's U-20 Qualifying Tournament Jan. 18-27 in Veracruz, Mexico. The top three finishers in that tournament advance to the 2006 U-20 Women's World Championship to be held in Russia Aug. 17-Sept. 3, 2006.

This is Strong's first call-up to a national team training camp, while Holmes and Rodriguez also were members of Team USA's 2004 U-19 World Championship squad in Thailand. Rodriguez also has competed as a member of the full U.S. Women's National Team last summer. As automatic starters, the freshman trio helped power USC to the NCAA Second Round in 2005. All three have received Freshman All-America honors, and Rodriguez and Holmes were recently named SoccerTimes All-Americans. Rodriguez led the Women of Troy with nine goals and 25 points on the year, and Strong added four goals and three assists as a wiley midfielder. Holmes helped anchor USC's tough defensive back line, which powered the Trojans to 12 shutouts in 2005.

Earlier in the week, the U-20 players took on a team of junior college players and won 9-0. Rodriguez and Strong both scored in the game.

U.S. TRAINING CAMP ROSTER

GOALKEEPERS
Kelsey Davis (UCLA), Joanna Haig (Iowa State),
Val Henderson (UCLA), Jaimel Johnson (Tennessee), Jamie Klages (Nebraska).

DEFENDERS
Marisa Abegg (Stanford), Carrie Dew (Notre Dame), Meagan Holmes (USC),
Courtney Hooker (California), Nikki Kryzsik (Virginia), Stephanie Logterman (Texas),
Kasey Moore (Texas), Brittany Taylor (Connecticut), Sara Wagenfuhr (Florida State).

MIDFIELDERS
Danesha Adams (UCLA), Lindsay Beam (Charlotte), Brittany Bock (Notre Dame),
Tina DiMartino (UCLA), Whitney Engen (North Carolina recruit), Ashley Jones (Notre Dame), Allie Long (Penn State), Amanda Poach (Santa Clara), Kylee Rossi (Tennessee), Stacey Strong (USC).

FORWARDS
Jordan Angeli (Stanford), Lauren Cheney (UCLA recruit),
Kelley O'Hara (Stanford recruit), Jessica Okoroafo (Purdue),
Amy Rodriguez (USC), Jessica Rostedt (Virginia).

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