Former Huskies Invited to Compete for Spots on Women's World Cup Team

April 2, 2007

CHICAGO - Former University of Washington standouts Tina Frimpong and Hope Solo will begin training this week at the U.S. Women's Soccer Residency Training Camp in Carson, Calif. for a four-month period that will lead into the 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup.

They are two of 32 players invited by Coach Greg Ryan to compete in the U.S. Soccer National Training Center at The Home Depot Center. Players are vying for berths on the U.S. roster for the Women's World Cup, scheduled for Sept. 10-30 in China.

Solo (Richland HS/Richland, Wash.) was the USA's top goalkeeper in 2005 and 2006. A veteran of the international circuit, she earned 42 caps for appearances between the posts for the U.S. Nationals. Solo did not surrender a goal during seven international games in 2005, covering a span of 630 minutes.

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.

Frimpong (Hudson's Bay HS/Vancouver, Wash.) is now Tina Ellertson as she was recently married. She 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. Ellertson garnered All-America acclaim in 2003 and 2004.

Ellertson has earned 21 caps for international appearances with the full national team where she has been converted to a defender.

The U.S. women's team will be based in Carson for four months, breaking camp at the end of July. The month of August will feature games and training camps before the U.S. team departs at the end of the month for China.

This will be the seventh incarnation of Residency Training Camp for the U.S., which also underwent similar training periods before the 1995 Women's World Cup, the 1996 Olympics, the 1999 Women's World Cup, the 2000 Olympics, the 2004 Olympics, and last year, which was the first time Residency Training Camp did not coincide with a world championship.

The U.S. team will be in and out of Residency Training Camp quite frequently due to the travel schedule necessitated by the eight domestic matches the team will play before the Women's World Cup. While in camp at The Home Depot Center, the team will train almost daily, with full-field matches, functional training, individual sessions and weight training all a part of the Residency Camp schedule.

The USA will be at The HDC for eight days to start the Residency Training Camp before traveling East for its first domestic match of the year, opening the 2007 home schedule vs. Mexico on April 14 Foxborough, Mass.


UNITED STATES WOMEN'S NATIONAL TEAM

2007 Residency Camp Roster by Position
GOALKEEPERS (5):
Nicole Barnhart (Gilbertsville, Pa.), Jenni Branam (Placentia, Calif.), Kristin Luckenbill (Paoli, Pa.), Briana Scurry (Dayton, Minn.), Hope Solo (Richland, Wash.);

DEFENDERS (11):
Rachel Buehler (Del Mar, Calif.), Lori Chalupny (St. Louis, Mo.), Keeley Dowling (Carmel, Ind.), Tina (Frimpong) Ellertson (Vancouver, Wash.), Amy LePeilbet (Crystal Lake, Ill.), Stephanie Lopez (Elk Grove, Calif.), Kate Markgraf (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.), Heather Mitts (Cincinnati, Ohio), Christie Rampone (Point Pleasant, N.J.), India Trotter (Plantation, Fla.), Cat Whitehill (Birmingham, Ala.);

MIDFIELDERS (7):
Shannon Boxx (Redondo Beach, Calif.), Angela Hucles (Virginia Beach, Va.), Carli Lloyd (Delran, N.J.), Joanna Lohman (Silver Spring, Md.), Marci Jobson (St. Charles, Ill.), Leslie Osborne (Brookfield, Wis.), Aly Wagner (San Jose, Calif.);

FORWARDS (9):
Danesha Adams (Shaker Heights, Ohio), Lauren Cheney (Indianapolis, Ind.), Natasha Kai (Kahuku, Hawaii), Kristine Lilly (Wilton, Conn.), Kelley O'Hara (Fayetteville, Ga.), Heather O'Reilly (East Brunswick, N.J.), Lindsay Tarpley (Kalamazoo, Mich.), Abby Wambach (Rochester, N.Y.), Kacey White (Arlington, Texas).

Information and text from this article courtesy of USSoccer.

For more information on the Residency Camp, please visit
USSoccer.com

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