Two Former Huskies Named to U.S. Women's Soccer Roster

July 12, 2006

CARSON, Calif. - Former Washington standouts Tina Frimpong and Hope Solo were named to the U.S. Women's National Team's 18-player roster announced this week by Coach Greg Ryan.

The Americans will face Sweden on July 15 at the National Sports Center in Blaine, Minn., in the first domestic match of the year for the USA. The clash between the USA, which is second in the current FIFA world rankings, and Sweden, ranked fifth, will be broadcast live on ESPN2 at 5 p.m. CT. Fans can also follow the match live on ussoccer.com's MatchTracker.

Solo (Richland HS/Richland, Wash.) has been the USA first-choice goalkeeper in 2005 and 2006, starting eight of the nine matches and posting five shutouts. In the most recent action, Solo received the Outstanding Goalkeeper award in a silver-medal performance at the Algarve Cup in March.

A veteran of the international circuit, Solo earned 27 caps for appearances in goal for the U.S. Nationals. She did not surrender a goal during seven international games in 2005, covering a span of 630 minutes.

Solo 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.

Frimpong (Hudson's Bay HS/Vancouver, Wash.) completed her collegiate career in 2004 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 earned 10 caps for international appearances with the full national team where she has been converted to a defender.

Saturday's game marks the 14th time the U.S. women have played in Blaine, Minn., the most games ever hosted by any city in the United States. The USA heads into the match having played nine matches abroad so far this year, compiling a record of 6-0-3.

The two teams have not met since the 2004 Algarve Cup in Portugal when Sweden defeated the USA, 3-1, in the final match of group play. Sweden will come into the match well prepared as they are in the middle of their domestic club season and at the tail end of their Women's World Cup qualifying campaign. Sweden needs just one win from its last two matches in Group 2 of European qualifying to secure their spot at the 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup.

The USA has had success against Sweden over the years, piling up a 12-3-5 record against the 2003 Women's World Cup runner-up, but the last nine matches have been highly competitive, with the USA holding an edge at three wins, two losses and four ties.

Ryan named two goalkeepers, six defenders, five midfielders and five forwards to the roster. Nine players were members of the gold medal-winning 2004 Olympic team.

Leading the way for the USA are veterans Kristine Lilly, Abby Wambach, Christie Rampone, Heather Mitts, Aly Wagner and Cat Whitehill, but the USA will be without defensive midfielder Shannon Boxx, who has not yet recovered from hip surgery. Twenty-three-year-old Leslie Osborne and 30-year-old Marci Miller may see time in place of Boxx, who has started 58 of the 59 games she has played for the USA. In addition to Wagner, the USA's other attacking midfielders are Lindsay Tarpley and Carli Lloyd, who has just nine caps and is looking for her first career goal.

Lilly, who holds the world record with 308 international appearances for the USA, leads the team in scoring this year with five goals, bumping her career total up to 109. She also has four assists. Wambach has five goals and three assists.

The USA will arrive in Minnesota on Wednesday, July 12, and train at the NSC on Thursday and Friday before facing Sweden on Saturday. The USA has not lost in Blaine since 1987.??The match in Blaine will be followed by two more matches in July. The U.S. heads west for a July 23 meeting with Ireland in San Diego at 1 p.m. Pacific Time before flying back across the country to Cary, N.C. where they'll face northern rival Canada on July 30 at SAS Soccer Park at 10 a.m. Pacific. Both games will be televised live on ESPN2.


UNITED STATES WOMEN'S NATIONAL TEAM
USA vs. Sweden
National Sports Center - Blaine, Minn.
July 15, 2006

GOALKEEPERS (2):
Nicole Barnhart (Pottstown, Pa.), Hope Solo (Richland, Wash.).

DEFENDERS (6):
Lori Chalupny (St. Louis, Mo.), Tina Frimpong (Vancouver, Wash.), Amy LePeilbet (Reno, Nev.), Heather Mitts (Cincinnati, Ohio), Christie Rampone (Point Pleasant, N.J.), Cat Whitehill (Birmingham, Ala.)

MIDFIELDERS (5):
Carli Lloyd (Delran, N.J.), Marci Miller (St. Charles, Ill.), Leslie Osborne (Brookfield, Wis.), Lindsay Tarpley (Kalamazoo, Mich.), Aly Wagner (San Jose, Calif.).

FORWARDS (5):
Natasha Kai (Kakuku, Hawaii), Kristine Lilly (Wilton, Conn.), Heather O'Reilly (East Brunswick, N.J.), Megan Rapinoe (Redding, Calif.), Abby Wambach (Rochester, N.J.).


(Some text courtesy of U.S. Soccer Communications)
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