Amy Rodriguez Named To U.S. National Team

Feb. 21, 2006

USC freshman forward Amy Rodriguez will pack her bags once again and suit up in stars a stripes next month as a member of the U.S. Women's National Team when Team USA heads to Portugal to compete at the 13th annual Algarve Cup. Already with two caps to her name, Rodriguez is making her second trip to the Algarve Cup, having competed there last year. This year's Cup will be held March 9-15.

After scoring four goals and winning gold with the U.S. Under-20 team in early February, Rodriguez spent a week training and trying out with the full national team in Carson, Calif., last week. That meant taking her homework back on the road to juggle class and workouts for another week, but Rodriguez made the most of her opportunity by making the cut as the youngest player on the U.S. roster. U.S. Women's National Team head coach Greg Ryan announced the 20-player roster for the international tourney today.

'I'm so proud of her, I think she's a great representative of this school and our program,' USC teammate Kat Stolpa said of Rodriguez. 'I'm excited for her because I know she's worked so hard to get to where she is.'

As an automatic starter in her freshman season for the Women of Troy, the speedy forward helped power USC to the NCAA Second Round in 2005. Rodriguez was named an All-American to become USC's first such honoree since 2000 after leading the team with nine goals and 25 points on the year.

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