Heinrichs names 30 to Olympic residency, but not five World Cup veterans.
CHICAGO (Tuesday, March 28, 2000) -- United States women’s coach April Heinrichs named a 30-player Olympic residency camp roster today. Most or all of the 18 players who will represent the U.S. in the 2000 Summer Games, which will be played September 14-28 in Sydney, Australia, will likely be chosen from this squad.
The 30 players in this camp will be used by Heinrichs for the 20-22 matches expected to be played in prepartion for defense of the Americans’ gold medal from the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. Heinrichs will take 26 of these players to Charlotte, N.C. on Monday to get ready for the April 8 game there against Iceland at Ericsson Stadium. The 7:30 p.m. match will be broadcast on espn2.
Fifteen of the 20 players from the U.S. team that won last summer’s Women’s World Cup have been invited to the residency camp. Those not asked are striker Danielle Fotopoulos, midfielders Tisha Venturini (a veteran of two World Cups and the 1996 Olympics) and Tiffany Roberts, and goalkeepers Tracey Ducar and Saskia Webber.
Following the Iceland match, the players will have a week off and then move to San Diego and the U.S. Olympic Training Center in suburban Chula Vista, Calif., where the team will be based from until June. Because of extensive travel, the U.S. will spend a total of approximately five weeks training in Chula Vista. .
All 11 starters from the Women's World Cup final win over China have been invited to camp. The pool features four goalkeepers, eight defenders, 12 midfielders and six forwards. Along with the core of veterans, eight of whom have played 135 or more international matches, Heinrichs has mixed in a group of young players.
Half of the residency roster have made 11 international appearances or less 11 caps or less. Fifteen are aged 21 or less, including 10 teenagers.
"It was difficult to make the final decisions regarding residency, because every player brought to Portugal (for the Americans’ first Algarve Cup title) played the best soccer I've seen in the year 2000," Heinrichs said. "This is a good problem for a coach to have. I'm very much looking forward to working with the residency group so that we can focus our energy and attention on these 30 players which are the ones that will be fighting for a position on the Olympic team."
Three 17-year-old midfielders in residency camp as Aleisha Cramer, Veronica Zepeda and Sara Randolph. They will train with the U.S. team when it is in San Diego, but will play most of their matches with under-21 national team.
Cramer, the nation's top high school player, has represented the U.S. at the U-16, U-18, U-21 and full national team levels. Zepeda, an attacking midfielder, scored her first international goal during the Australia Cup in January.
Randolph, who just turned 17 last month, was the youngest of 39 players at the February training camp in Florida, but made an impression.
At striker, 17-year-old Alyssa Ramsey, 18-year old Christy Welsh and 19-year Susan Bush (the youngest of the 1999 Women's World Cup residency camp players) will vie for minutes on a U.S. forward line that has been one of the world's most potent for years.
Women's World Cup goalkeeper Briana Scurry will also rejoin the team after missing the Algarve Cup with a leg injury. Scurry is at 99 caps, and in Charlotte, will likely become the 11th member and first goalkeeper in U.S. history to reach the 100-cap milestone.
Cramer, Zepeda and Randolph, as well as Michelle Akers, who suffered a dislocated shoulder while training and will undergo an MRI later this week to determine if she will need surgery, will not travel to Charlotte.
Last year, the U.S. traveled to Charlotte and embarrassed Japan 9-0 with striker Tiffeny Milbrett getting four goals and two assists.
Heinrichs, a member of three national collegiate champions at North Carolina, selected nine current and former Tar Heels among the 30, plus Ramsey, a member of the Charlotte Soccer Club who this week committed to attend UNC.
The U.S. has played Iceland twice previously, both times in 1998 with a 6-0 victory in Indianapolis and a 1-0 triumph in Bethlehem, Pa.
Goalkeepers:Jen Branam, 19 years-old (Placentia, Calif, 1 international appearance), Siri Mullinix, 21 (Greensboro, N.C., 5), Briana Scurry, 28 (Dayton, Minn., 99), Hope Solo, 18 (Richland, Wash., 0).
Defenders: Brandi Chastain, 31 (San Jose, Calif., 111), Joy Fawcett, 32 (Huntington Beach, Calif., 157), Michelle French, 23 (Kent, Wash., 7), Carla Overbeck, 31 (Chapel Hill, N.C., 161), Christie Pearce, 24 (Point Pleasant, N.J., 58), Nandi Pryce, 18 (Casselberry, Fla., 5), Danielle Slaton, 19, (San Jose, Calif., 9), Kate Sobrero, 23 (Bloomfield Hills, Mich., 37), Sara Whalen, 23 (Greenlawn, N.Y., 47).
Midfielders: Michelle Akers, 34 (Orlando, Fla., 147), Aleisha Cramer, 18 (Lakewood, Colo., 6), Lorrie Fair, 21 (Los Altos, Calif., 57), Julie Foudy, 29 (Mission Viejo, Calif., 171), Jena Kluegel, 20 (Mahtomedi, Minn., 1), Kristine Lilly, 29 (Wilton, Conn., 196), Shannon MacMillan, 25 (Escondido, Calif., 95), Sara Randolph, 17 (Cincinnati, 0), Nikki Serlenga, 21 (San Diego, 2), Aly Wagner, 19 (San Jose, Calif., 11), Veronica Zepeda, 17 (Riverside, Calif., 4).
Forwards: Susan Bush, 19 (Houston, 7), Mia Hamm, 28 (Chapel Hill, N.C., 187), Tiffeny Milbrett, 27 Portland, Ore., 135), Cindy Parlow, 21 (Memphis, 71), Alyssa Ramsey, 18 (Charlotte, N.C., 2), Christie Welsh, 29 (Massapequa Park, N.Y., 6).