Perez Joins Solo, Ellertson On Athletica's 22-Player Final Roster
April 2, 2010
SEATTLE - Saint Louis of Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) has officially announced its 22-player roster and three former Huskies have made the cut, including recent graduate Veronica Perez and veterans of the professional league, Hope Solo and Tina Ellertson.
Under WPS rules, teams are required to have no more than 22 players on their roster as of April 1. Final rosters consist of 18 active roster players, and as many as four developmental players, which include Perez.
The San Mateo, Calif., native, who is fresh off leading the Huskies into the Second Round of the 2009 NCAA Tournament, joins former Huskies Solo and Ellertson on a team that had the second-best record in the WPS in its inaugural season last year. Solo was named the league's Goalkeeper of the Year while Ellertson was a finalist for the Defensive Player of the Year. Both were named to the league's first all-star team.
Perez has also spent the last couple weeks playing with the Mexican National Team, including a game recently against Solo and the U.S. National Team that was featured on ESPN's SportsCenter as it was played in heavy snow in Sandy, Utah.
The U.S. won the game, 1-0, on snow-covered field as Abby Wambach scored the game's lone goal in the 60th minute. It marked the first time in the 26-year, 443-game history of the U.S. Women that the team has played a game in snow.
Solo did not appear in goal in the game but Perez played more than 60 minutes in the contest.
The WPS season kicks off in mid-April with the Athletica playing their first game on April 11 at 3 p.m. CT against FC Gold Pride.
Meanwhile, UW associate head coach Amy Griffin recently returned after traveling to Costa Rica with the U.S. Women's Under-17 team, for whom she is the goalkeeper coach. The Americans placed third in the CONCACAF U-17 Women's Championship, a heartbreaking result as they outscored opponents 38-0 for the week but lost in penalty kicks to Canada in the semifinal after a 0-0 draw through regulation and overtime. Only the top two teams advance to the World Cup.
Still, Griffin's goalkeepers and the team's defense was outstanding throughout the tournament, allowing just seven shots total and not allowing a goal.