US Soccer Select Current Player Makoski, Former Star LePeilbet to National Teams

July 16, 2005

TEMPE, Ariz. - Arizona State University's soccer program will once again be represented in international competition in the coming weeks as one current member of the team and one former star for the Sun Devils will compete for Team USA, US Soccer announced Saturday. Current student-athlete Manya Makoski was selected to the U-21 National Team while Amy LePeilbet, who played four years in Tempe (2000-03), will once again join the Women's National Team.

Jillian Ellis, the head coach of the U-21 squad, selected Makoski (Trumbull, Conn.) to compete in her third U-21 Nordic Cup, which will be contested July 20-26 in Sweden. The Sun Devil senior, who tallied a pair of assists in the 2004 Cup, is tied for the most caps on the national team with 12 and will help the Americans try to maintain their dominance in the annual event as Team USA looks to secure its eighth Nordic Cup title in the past nine years and add its seventh in a row.

The Americans, who will compete in Group B, will open the event July 20 as they are set to take on Iceland. The game will feature a pair of future Sun Devil teammates facing one another as Makoski and incoming freshman Bjorg Thordardottir will meet on the pitch. From there, the U-21 team will battle Denmark (July 22) and Germany (July 24) before playing in a placement match on July 26. Other teams in the tournament include Sweden, Norway, Finland and England.

Former Sun Devil LePeilbet (Crystal Lake, Ill.) and the WNT will play their summer finale July 26 at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., as the American side is set to meet Iceland in a 2 p.m. PST contest to be aired live on ESPN2. A four-year letterwinner for Head Coach Ray Leone, LePeilbet will look to help anchor a stingy defense that has led the Americans on a seven-match unbeaten streak. During that streak, the WNT has not lost or tied while also not surrendering a single goal.

In her seven career caps with the WNT, LePeilbet has started five matches, including Team USA's 2-0 victory over Canada in Virginia Beach, Va., June 26, her lone appearance of 2005. Considered one of the most decorated players in the history of the ASU program, LePeilbet led the Sun Devils to the second round of the NCAA tournament in three of her four seasons while earning first-team All-America honors as a senior.

Manya Makoski with US U-21 National Team
at Nordic Cup (Sweden)
July 20 - USA vs. Iceland
July 22 - USA vs. Denmark
July 24 - USA vs. Germany
July 26 - USA vs. TBA (placement matches)

Amy LePeilbet with US Women's National Team
International Friendly at Carson, Calif.
Home Depot Center

July 26 - USA vs. Iceland

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