USC's Amy Rodriguez Helps USA Win Gold At Algarve Cup
March 12, 2008
USC junior Amy Rodriguez was one of seven U.S. players to score en route to the USA women's soccer team's run to the gold medal at the 2008 Algarve Cup in Portugal. Following USC's 2007 NCAA Championship, the Trojan forward was called up to the United States full national team by new head coach Pia Sundhage. Rodriguez has since scored her first three international goals - twice at the Four Nations Tournament and one at the Algarve Cup against Norway.
Rodriguez gathered up four more caps at the tournament in Portugal, appearing in every game and getting the start in the USA's opening 4-0 win over China. She now holds 12 caps to her name. Rodriguez has taken this spring semester at USC off in order to enter full-time training and travel with the U.S. national team, aiming to make the U.S. roster for the upcoming Olympic qualification tournament and then make a push for the U.S. Olympic Team at the 2008 Games in Beijing.
Rodriguez is coming off a powerful junior season at USC. She had her first collegiate two-goal game in the semifinals of the 2007 NCAA Tournament, when the Trojans topped UCLA 2-1 before claiming the national championship with a 2-0 win over Florida State in the final. USC's leading scorer in 2007 with 10 goals, Rodriguez was also recently named the UMBRO/Soccer News Net Women's College Player of the Year.
For more coverage of the USA at the Four Nations Tournament, visit the U.S. Soccer site.