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PORTUGAL- BOUND

Bloomingdale's Jordan Johnson is headed to Portugal in March to train with the Region III Olympic Development program.

Johnson and her Region III teammates will be staying at the same hotel as the U.S. women's national team, which will be competing in the annual Algarve Cup at the same time as the ODP training camp. The camp runs from March 7-15. more

 

Best Friends Called Up to National Camp

Kaili Torres who plays for the Ponte Vedra Storm U-16 girls, and a former Puerto Rican U-17 player 

has been called in to the U-17 U.S. women's National Team for the  next camp in Sunrise Florida Jan. 28-Feb 5.

Kaili will join her teammate and best friend Morgan Brian who is  a returning player on this team and who also represented the U.S on  the U-17's this last November at the World Cup in New Zealand.

"They are great friends, who have basically grown up together on the soccer field. They have made each other better players and better people, and they really appreciate each other on and off the field."

 

US Youth Soccer ODP Girls Winter Interregional Games Kickoff
Under-17 and Under-19 Girls Camp held in Ridgeland, Miss.

FRISCO, Texas (December 28, 2008) – US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program (US Youth Soccer ODP) Girls Winter Interregional kicked off today at the Freedom Ridge Park in Ridgeland, Miss.

The Under-17 and Under-19 Girls participated in morning training sessions and then evening competitions. The girls will compete through Monday, December 29. Annick McBryar from RSL and a  UF commit is playing for the U-17 Region III team. Chelsea Klotz also from RSL and USF is playing for the U-19 Region III team along with Kelsey Mitchell from FSA and a Virginia Tech commit. Brittany Hahn from UNF is also in Jackson playing for the United Team. more

 

Sundhage contract extended through 2012 Olympics

Pia Sundhage, a Swede seen here in August 2008 who guided the US women´s football team to Olympic gold at Beijing, will remain coach of the Americans through the 2012 Olympics, the US Soccer Federation announced Monday.CHICAGO (AP) - U.S. women's football coach Pia Sundhage received a four-year contract extension through the 2012 Olympics after leading the Americans to the gold medal at this year's Beijing Games.

"Pia has demonstrated the qualities of a great leader, a great soccer tactician and she is a winner," U.S. Soccer Federation president Sunil Gulati said in a statement Monday.

Sundhage replaced Greg Ryan last November after the team finished third at the 2007 World Cup. Ryan made a contentious decision to switch goalkeepers for the semifinal, which the Americans lost. Sundhage originally received a one-year contract with a four-year USSF option. more

 

Cromwell Celebrates U.S. Soccer U-20 FIFA World Cup Title

http://grfx.cstv.com/photos/schools/ucf/sports/w-soccer/auto_action/2570682.jpegSANTIAGO, Chile (UCFAthletics.com) - Entering the 2008 FIFA Under-20 Women's Soccer World Cup, the United States was certainly one of the favorites to do some damage in the event. And with UCF head coach Amanda Cromwell part of the coaching staff, the Americans lived up to their expectations by defeating defending champion North Korea in the final, 2-1, on Dec. 7 to claim their second World Cup trophy since 2002.

Cromwell was serving as an assistant coach for Tony DiCicco, and the staff played a key role in helping the U.S. earn the FIFA Fair Play Award as well. The U.S. victory capped an incredible season for the Women's National Team programs, which advanced to the championship game of all three FIFA women's tournaments in 2008, winning the 2008 Olympics and the U-20 World Cup while placing second in the U-17 World Cup.

The U.S. found its legs against North Korea after the 20th minute, and quickly secured a 2-0 lead before halftime. Although it gave up a goal in stoppage time, the World Cup trophy was never in doubt. The Americans surrendered only three goals in the entire tournament, which ranked first of all countries participating. more

 

 

US Youth Soccer ODP Girls Winter Interregional Schedule Announced

Under-17 and Under-19 Girls Camp to be held in Ridgeland, Miss.

FRISCO, Texas (December 2, 2008) – US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program (US Youth Soccer ODP) Girls Winter Interregional is scheduled December 26-30 at the Freedom Ridge Park in Ridgeland, Miss. The Under-17 and Under-19 Girls will participate in training sessions and competition.

US Youth Soccer ODP is known as the premier identification and development program for the nation's youth seeking the opportunity to compete at the national, professional and collegiate levels of play.

US Youth Soccer ODP, designed to identify and develop a pool of players from which U.S. National Teams may be selected, is the original ODP program. US Youth Soccer ODP is the only elite player development program that can claim members of Major League Soccer and the former Women's United Soccer Association, as well as a majority of current and past national and youth team members, as alumni. more

 

Cromwell Helps U.S. U-20 Soccer Reach FIFA World Cup Semifinals

http://grfx.cstv.com/photos/schools/ucf/sports/w-soccer/auto_action/2138870.jpegTEMUCO, Chile (UCFAthletics.com) - UCF women's soccer head coach Amanda Cromwell and the United States Under-20 Team remains in the hunt for its second FIFA World Cup as the Americans will take on Germany in the semifinals Thursday at 5 p.m. ET on ESPN360.com. The event is being held in Chile, with the finals set for Dec. 7 at 4:30 p.m. in Santiago.

"We are excited about playing Germany in the semifinals," said Cromwell, who just completed her 10th season at UCF and led the Knights to their 13th NCAA Tournament. "There is a lot of history between the USA and Germany and we know it will be a hard-fought game. We played a much better second half against England and scored three great goals in the quarterfinals. We hope to carry that momentum into the semifinals. more

 

 

Competition Starts at 2008 US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program Girls Thanksgiving Interregional

US Youth Soccer ODP Girls 1992-1994 Regional Age Groups and Under-15 U.S. National Team Participate

FRISCO, Texas (November 24, 2008) - The annual US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program (US Youth Soccer ODP) Girls Thanksgiving Interregional kicked off at the North Community Park and Coral Glades High School Sportsplex in Coral Springs, Fla. 
Continuing its tradition of elite play, competition and player development, youth from the nation's elite player identification and development program, US Youth Soccer ODP, will train and compete in front of national and leading collegiate coaches to maximize their exposure.
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Former Gator Heather Mitts Makes Third Straight Olympic Start

The U.S. Women's National Team won Group G at the 2008 Olympics in dramatic fashion, defeating New Zealand, 4-0, as four different players scored, including a goal just 40 seconds into the match from midfielder Heather O'Reilly.

Former Gator All-American Heather Mitts made her third consecutive start of the 2008 Olympic Games on the U.S. backline, playing 63 minutes before being subbed out with the U.S. leading 4-0. MORE

 

August 9, 2008

Lloyd's strike gives U.S. win over Japan

The U.S. looked far from gold-medal form, but did enough against a dangerous Japanese side http://images.ussoccer.com/Images/cms/ussf/561_lloyd_norway.jpgto pick up a much-needed three points in Group G after dropping its opener against Norway.

The Americans created a host of scoring opportunities, but were only able to capitalize in the 27th minute, when Lloyd volleyed a cross from defender Stephanie Cox just under the crossbar.

The United States, which plays New Zealand in its final group match on Tuesday in Shenyang, has three points in the group. Japan has one point, and faces Norway next in Shanghai. more

 

FSU's Becky Edwards Earns Spot On U.S. U-20 National Team

Aug. 8, 2008

Tallahassee, Fla. - Florida State's Becky Edwardshttp://i.ixnp.com/images/v3.42.0.2/t.gif received great news on Friday, August 8 as she http://grfx.cstv.com/photos/schools/fsu/sports/w-soccer/auto_action/1616330.jpegearned a spot on the final roster of the United States U-20 National Team as announced by head coach Tony DiCicco. Edwards is one of 18 players that will represent the U.S. at the FIFA Youth World Cup which will be held November 20 - December 8 in Chile.

"I am very excited," explained Edwards. "I'm looking forward to representing my country and will hopefully come back with a gold medal." more

 

 

Norway Scores Twice Early, U.S. Women Lose in 2008 Olympic Opener 

http://images.ussoccer.com/Images/Gallery/714_328418_600_md_USWNTBS0806084403.jpgQINHUANGDAO, China (Aug. 6, 2008) – The U.S. Women’s National Team fell to Norway, 2-0, in the first match for both teams at the 2008 Olympics as the Europeans stunned the U.S. with two goals in the first five minutes. The Americans pushed to pull a goal back in the second half, but an organized Norwegian side held on for the victory on a hot and steamy night at the Qinhuangdao Sports Center Stadium.

The loss was just the second-ever for the U.S. women in the Olympics, with the only other loss also coming to Norway in the 2000 Olympic Final in Sydney, Australia. more

 

U.S. Under-20 Women Fall to Top Clubs in England

CHICAGO (August 4, 2008) - After a training camp in New Jersey from July 23-28, in which the U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team downed the W-League’s New Jersey Sky Blue by a 5-1 score, the team headed to England, where it dropped matches to the Everton Ladies (1-0) and the Arsenal Ladies (3-1).

Against the Sky Blue on July 26, the USA got an early goal from Alex Morgan, who also added one with 15 minutes left in the game, plus individual scores from Gina DiMartino, Amanda DaCosta and Kiersten Dallstream for the final margin. more

July 27, 2008

 U-17 National Team Wins CONCACAF Championship

MACOYA, Trinidad (July 27, 2008) –The U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team won the 2008 CONCACAF Under-17 Women’s Championship with a 4-1 victory against Costa Rica on Sunday night at Marvin Lee Stadium. Tani Costa scored twice for the U.S., with Kristen Mewis and Courtney Verloo each scoring once. more

 

U-17 WNT Qualifies for FIFA U-17 World Cup

Crystal DunnMACOYA, Trinidad (July 24, 2008) – Defender Crystal Dunn scored her first-ever goal for the U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team in the second minute of stoppage time on Thursday night to earn a 1-0 win against Mexico and book a spot at the 2008 FIFA Under-17 Women’s World Cup. The win also secures a place at the 2008 CONCACAF Under-17 Women’s Championship Final at 6:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, July 27, where the U.S. will face Costa Rica at Marvin Lee Stadium in Macoya, Trinidad. MORE

 

Erika Tymrak Dishes Out Four Assists

MACOYA, Trinidad (July 23, 2008) –Erika Tymrak of Bradenton dished out four assists to 4 different teammates to http://images.ussoccer.com/Images/Gallery/600_ErikaTymrak.jpghelp the US u-17 National team advance to the Semifinals. Erika was also named the Sierra Mist Woman of the Match.

The U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team won Group A of the 2008 CONCACAF Under-17 Women’s Championship with a 9-1 win against Trinidad & Tobago in their final group match Tuesday night at Marvin Lee Stadium. Forward Courtney Verloo led the squad, scoring a hat trick, while Kristen Mewis added two goals and Victoria DiMartino, Samantha Johnson and Alexis Harris each added one. Midfielder Erika Tymrak dished out four assists on the night, finding four different teammates for goals. more

 

July 21, 2008

Morgan Brian Scores as US Beats up on El Salvador

MACOYA, Trinidad (July 20, 2008) – Morgan Brian scored an unassisted goal in the 12th minute. Morgan is one of the youngest members of the u-17 national team. She played for u-15 Ponte Vedra Storm this past season.

The U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team dominated El Salvador, posting a 9-0 win in their second match of Group A at the 2008 CONCACAF Under-17 Women’s Championship. The U.S. was spurred by a hat-trick Olivia Klei, Morgan Brian, Tani Costa and Kathryn Bennett, who capitalized from the penalty spot. more

 

Abby Wambach Speaks About Injury

CHICAGO (July 21, 2008) - Less than a week after suffering a broken tibia and fibula, U.S. Women's National Team forward Abby Wambach addressed the media for the first time via conference call. Wambach underwent successful surgery on Thursday, July 17 and has been replaced on the Olympic Roster by UCLA star forward Lauren Cheney. Click here to listen to the Conference Call.
 

July 18, 2008

Wambach has surgery on left leg

SAN DIEGO - U.S. soccer star Abby Wambach had surgery yesterday to repair a broken left leg that will keep her out of the Olympics.

The team's leading scorer had a titanium rod inserted in her lower left leg during a one-hour operation performed by Dr. Damion Valletta, an orthopedic surgeon for U.S. Soccer. She was resting comfortably and can begin full weight-bearing activities on the leg in five to six weeks.

"Everything went according to plan, there were no complications and small incisions were used to minimize the soft tissue irritability from the surgery," Valletta said. "We'll have her stay in the hospital until (today), monitor the pain and control the swelling in her leg. We anticipate that she will be discharged (today) on crutches and will start being able to put a small amount of weight on the leg." more

 

July 17, 2008

Kai Scores Late Header to Give U.S. Women 1-0 Win Over Brazil

SAN DIEGO, Calif. (July 16, 2008) – The U.S. Women’s National Team defeated Brazil, 1-0, on a 85th minute goal from forward Natasha Kai in front of a sell-out standing-room-only crowd of 7,502.

The win also featured a loss for the U.S. team, as top scorer Abby Wambach broke her leg in a 31st minute collision with Brazilian defender Andreia Rosa. The two players went hard into a tackle and the Brazilian caught Wambach with a full swing flush in the middle of her lower leg.
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July 17, 2008

Abby Wambach Suffers Broken Leg

SAN DIEGO, Calif. (July 16, 2008) -- U.S. Women’s National Team forward Abby Wambach suffered a mid-shaft oblique fracture of the tibia and fibula, the two bones that make up the lower leg, in a 31st minute collision with a Brazilian defender during the USA’s 1-0 victory tonight and will miss the 2008 Olympics.

Wambach was taken to Sharp Memorial Hospital where X-Rays confirmed the fracture in her left leg. She will have surgery tomorrow morning to have a titanium rod inserted. She will be on crutches for several weeks before the leg is weight-bearing, at which time she will start rehabilitation. Injuries of this sort usually require a 12-week recovery.
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July 15, 2008

US Women's Soccer National Team to Play Brazil at USD on Wednesday

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The United State national women's soccer team will be playing in its final match before heading over to the Olympics this Wednesday night at USD's Torero Stadium against Brazil.

The match will be televised live on the Fox Soccer Channel and is a sold out event of 7,000 people. The US team features Abby Wambach, who is currently sitting on 99 career international goals, and fans are expecting her to reach the 100 goals scored mark on Wednesday. The team also features recent Stanford University graduate Rachel Buehler, who is currently a USD volunteer Assistant coach and played for the San Diego Surf under USD head women's soccer coach Ada Greenwood.

"We are very fortunate to have two of the best teams in the world playing at Torero stadium," stated Greenwood. "Both teams we then head off to the Olympics in China, it is great honor for our University and shows the high quality of facilities here at USD."

 

July 14, 2008

Four Florida Girls Set to Compete for US in 2008 CONCACAF Women's Championship  

Morgan Brian  who plays for Ponte Vedra Storm, Sydney Payne who plays for RSL, Kelsey Wys from Parkland, and Erika Tymrak of IMG have all been named to the U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team for CONCACAF Qualifying in Macoya, Trinidad  on July 17-27, 2008. more

 

July 13, 2008

Rodriguez scores to lift U.S. women over Brazil

Associated Press

http://soccernet-assets.espn.go.com/design05/mediaUS/20080706/US_Brazil_412.jpgCOMMERCE CITY, Colo. -- Amy Rodriguez scored in the 71st minute to give the U.S. women's soccer team a 1-0 win over Brazil in an exhibition match Sunday.

The U.S., which has posted shutouts in its last six games, is now 20-0-1 in 2008. The two teams meet again Wednesday in San Diego in their last match before the Olympics start next month in Beijing. The U.S. faces Norway on Aug. 6 in its first Olympic match. more

 

July 6, 2008

USA women win over Sweden

SKELLEFTEA, Sweden (AP) - Carli Lloyd scored on a deflected shot in the 39th minute Saturday to give the http://images.ussoccer.com/Images/cms/ussf/561_lloyd_swe_USWNT070508103.jpgUnited States a 1-0 victory over Sweden in a women's Olympic tuneup.

Lloyd dribbled past three defenders inside the box, then fired a low left-footed shot that glanced off Sara Thunebro's leg and past goalkeeper Hedvig Lindahl.

The victory was the United States' 20th straight this year, including one on penalty kicks over Canada in the final of CONCACAF Olympic qualifying.

Lloyd was grateful for her good fortune. more

 

July 2, 2008

In pre-Olympic exhibition U.S. women beat Norway 4-0

FREDRIKSTAD, Norway (AP) - Midfielder Lindsay Tarpley scored an early goal, and the United States beat Norway 4-0 on Wednesday in tuneup for the Olympic women's soccer tournament.

Carli Lloyd, Angela Hucles and Abby Wambach added goals for the Americans, an Olympic favorite along with Norway, Brazil and Germany. The United States improved to 19-0 this year, including a penalty-kicks victory over Canada.

"It's hard to play against us," U.S. coach Pia Sundhage said. "You can keep up for 45 minutes, but after a while, because you have to run so much and stay so focused in defending, at the end of the day, so many times we look stronger at the end of the game."  more

 

United States & Canada Qualify For 2008 FIFA U-20 World Cup

U-20 World Cup to be held November 20 - December 7 in Chile.

June 27, 2008

Tallahassee, Fla. - The United States and Canada Under-20 Women's National Teams earned a spot at the 2008 FIFA U-20 World Cup to be held November 20 - December 7 in Chile. Both Youth National Teams secured two of the region's three berths to the World Cup following semifinal victories by each country during the CONCACAF qualifying tournament at Estadio Cuauhtemoc in Puebla, Mexico. more

 

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