USC's Amy Rodriguez Makes U.S. National Team Roster
Jan. 9, 2008
USC junior Amy Rodriguez had her winter break cut a bit shorter than expected, but for very good reason. After settling into the U.S. Women's National Team Training camp early this month, Rodriguez has been named to the U.S. roster for the upcoming Four Nations Tournament, to be held Jan. 16-20 in Foshan, China. On Tuesday, Jan. 8, new U.S. head coach Pia Sundhage named her squad for the upcoming competition, including Rodriguez as one of the USA's talented young forwards ready to expand her role on the international soccer scene.
Following USC's run to the 2007 NCAA Women's Soccer Championship, Rodriguez and four other of her fellow Trojans - Ashley Nick, Megan Ohai, Kristin Olsen and Ashli Sandoval - received call-ups to U.S. National Team training camps, where the players are in line to make USA traveling squads. Rodriguez went into camp for the full U.S. Women's National Team in early January, and Ohai, Olsen and Sandoval have been called in to the Under-20 U.S. National Team camp set to begin Jan. 12. Olsen also has been asked to join the Under-23 camp, where she will join fellow Trojan Under-23 pick Ashley Nick.
Rodriguez, a forward who led USC in scoring in both her freshman and junior years, already has several caps to her name. She rejoined the National Team circuit as one of 27 players looking to make the 20-player roster for the Four Nations Cup. She last competed with the full U.S. National Team at the 2006 Algarve Cup in Portugal, where she had three appearances to now hold five camps. After competing with the Under-20 team at the 2006 FIFA Under-20 Women's World Championships, Rodriguez took 2007 off of the national team circuit to focus on her time at USC. Her 10 goals, three assists and three game-winners during USC's NCAA championship drive bumped the junior up to rank No. 6 all-time in career points (59), No. 6 in career goals (23) and No. 4 in career game-winning goals (9).
Megan Ohai, a freshman forward/midfielder, made a big impact on the USC game in her first season at Troy, and her achievements on the field have been recognized on the national scene in her call-up to the Under-20 U.S. camp. The Under-20 team is preparing for the FIFA World Cup qualifying tournament this summer. Ohai was last active in the Under-17 National Team pool. In her freshman season at USC, Ohai finished as the Trojans' second leading scorer, dishing out six goals and five assists along with three game-winning goals. She became the first Trojan since 1998 to score three goals USC's first two games of the year, and is the first-ever player to tally back-to-back game-winners to open the season.
For sophomore goalie Kristin Olsen, this is her second call to the Under-20 camp and first to the Under-23 camp. She has yet to be named to a U.S. roster, but is coming off an outstanding 2007 season for the Women of Troy. A Honda Award finalist and All-American selection, Olsen stepped into her first full-time season in goal for the Trojans and turned heads around the nation with her athleticism and poise. She had a career-high eight saves USC's 2-1 NCAA Semifinal win over UCLA, and the Bruins' single goal was the only score allowed by Olsen during the entire NCAA Tournament - an accomplishment never before achieved in NCAA history. She finished the 2007 season, not only with the NCAA crown after shutting out Florida State 2-0 in the final on Dec. 9, but also with a USC record 12 solo shutouts and a record-low 13 goals allowed.
Also named a 2007 All-American with Olsen, junior Ashley Nick has trained with the U.S. Under-20 and Under-17 squads before helping push USC to the 2007 NCAA Championship. A team captain and powerful midfielder for the Trojans, Nick's talent caught the eye of the national team coaches and earned her a place in the Under-23 team camp. She scored four goals for USC this season, including the game-winner in overtime against Missouri in the NCAA Second Round, and also earned her first All-Pac-10 selection this season.
Another freshman receiving her first call-up to the Under-20 pool is midfielder Ashli Sandoval, who was alongside Ohai on several postseason awards list after finishing as the Trojans' leader in assists. Sandoval also made her mark on the USC history books in year one. The valuable midfielder led the team in assists with 11 to already rank No. 10 all-time at USC. She served up the assists on both of Rodriguez's goals in the NCAA Semifinal win over UCLA to finish with three assists during the NCAA Tournament.
2008 Four Nations Tournament Schedule
Date Match-Up City Kickoff / ETJan. 16 USA vs. Canada Foshan, China 1:00 p.m. / 12 a.m.Jan. 16 China vs. Finland Foshan, China 4:30 p.m. / 3:30 a.m.
Jan. 18 Finland vs. USA Foshan, China 2 p.m. / 1 a.m.Jan. 18 China vs. Canada Foshan, China 4:30 p.m. / 3:30 a.m.
Jan. 20 Canada vs. Finland Foshan, China 1 p.m. / 12 a.m.Jan. 20 USA vs. China Foshan, China 4:30 p.m. / 3:30 a.m.