Rodriguez Helps U.S. U-20 National Team To Gold In Mexico

Jan. 29, 2006

USC freshman Amy Rodriguez scored in the eighth minute of the USA's eventual 3-2 win over Canada to help the U.S. Under-20 Women's National Team win the championship title at the 2006 CONCACAF Under-20 Women's Tournament. The goal marked Rodriguez's fourth of the tournament, as the forward scored in every game she played for Team USA at the tournament, helping the United State to qualify for the FIFA U-20 World Championships, to be held in Russia from Aug. 17-Sept. 3. The win is the USA's first regional championship at the Under-20 level.

Rodriguez teamed up with fellow USC freshman Meagan Holmes, who stepped in as a member of the USA's staunch defensive back line in the tournament. Rodriguez and Holmes have teamed up before in red, white and blue as members of the U.S. Under-19 National Team that competed last summer at the FIFA U-19 Women's World Championship in Thailand.

Rodriguez and Holmes were selected for the 20-player U.S. roster after participating in U.S. U-20 National Team coach Tim Schulz's training camp, which ran Jan. 2-10 at the Home Depot Center and included 29 of the top young players in the nation.

Rodriguez also has competed as a member of the full U.S. Women's National Team last summer. As automatic starters, the freshman duo helped power USC to the NCAA Second Round in 2005. Both received Freshman All-America honors and were recently named SoccerTimes All-Americans. Rodriguez led the Women of Troy with nine goals and 25 points on the year, and Holmes helped anchor USC's tough defensive back line, which powered the Trojans to 12 shutouts in 2005.

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