Former Soccer Players Amy LePeilbet And Stacey Tullock Called Up To U.S. National Team

Jan. 7, 2004

CHICAGO - The United States Women's Soccer National Team's road to Athens, Greece, which includes two former Arizona State standouts, starts on Jan. 12 at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. The National Team will kick off a busy 2004 schedule with a 12-day training camp followed by a trip to China for the annual Four Nations Tournament.

Of the young players called up by head coach April Heinrichs, the roster includes two members from a young Arizona State program that just finished its eighth season. All-American defender Amy LePeilbet (2000-03), who finished her eligibility at Arizona State last fall, gets her first call-up to the full national team after playing well for the U.S. Under-21s during the last two Nordic Cup championship runs, playing every minute of every match in both tournaments.

Heinrichs has also called in former Arizona State All-American Stacey Tullock (1998-2001), who gets her second call-up after proving herself as one of the top defensive midfielders in the WUSA for the Philadelphia Charge.

'We are very proud of Amy and Stacey's recent invitation to the US National team and the Four Nation's Cup in China,' said ASU head coach Ray Leone. 'They are very capable to play at that level and the more time they play with the national team the better they will become at playing at that speed of play. This is also a great thing for our program to have former ASU players succeeding at the highest level. Our team is very excited for them and we are rooting for them to make the Olympic team this summer.'

Heinrichs has called in 27 players for the training camp and will choose a roster of 20 to travel to China where the USA will participate in a tournament that features three of the four semifinalists from the 2003 FIFA Women's World Cup.

Of the 27 players named to the training camp roster, 18 are from the 2003 U.S. Women's World Cup Team and the other nine are a combination of top WUSA players and young players looking to make their mark as the USA begins preparation for qualifying for the 2004 Olympics in Greece. Following the Four Nations Tournament, the U.S. will return to action for the CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournament taking place in Costa Rica from February 25-March 7, 2004. Following that tournament, the USA will travel to the Algarve Cup in Portugal in mid-March.

The training camp roster includes all three U.S. players who made the 2003 FIFA Women's World Cup All-Star Team in co-captain Joy Fawcett, midfielder Shannon Boxx and forward Mia Hamm, as well as veterans Brandi Chastain, Kristine Lilly and co-captain Julie Foudy. The roster does include two new names that belong to familiar players, as Christie Pearce and Kate Sobrero will now go by their married names of Rampone and Markgraf, respectively.

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