USC's Amy Rodriguez Scores Game-Winner For Team USA
June 17, 2008
USC soon-to-be-senior Amy Rodriguez plugged in her fourth international goal for the U.S. women's soccer team today, scoring in the first half of the United States' win over Brazil in the Peace Queen Cup in South Korea. The goal marked her second career game-winning goal with the full U.S. team, and pushes the United States toward a shot at the championship match at the tournament. The Peace Queen Cup is part of the USA's final stretch of competition leading up to the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. Rodriguez is within reach of making a trip to her first Olympic Games, but has one last cut to make, as U.S. head coach Pia Sundhage will trim the current 22-player U.S. roster to 18 for the Olympics.
Now with 18 caps on the full U.S. squad, Rodriguez has tallied four goals and two assists for the USA. Called up to the U.S. National Team following USC's NCAA Championship season in 2007, Rodriguez has been included on U.S. rosters for the CONCACAF Olympic Qualification Tournament, the Algarve Cup and the Four Nations Tournament.
In South Korea, the United States grabbed its second win of the 2008 Peace Queen Cup with the 1-0 victory over Brazil. The USA will face Italy on June 19 to round out group play, where a win or tie would send Team USA to the championship game. Against Brazil, Rodriguez' goal came in the 41st minute. A deep free kick from Aly Wagner came into the box, and Rodriguez blasted in her shot to the high near post to give the United States the lead. Rodriguez played the full 90 minutes against Brazil.
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