Los Angeles Soccer: Lindsay Tarpley
The U.S. women's national team opened a two-week camp Wednesday in Bradenton, Fla., where a lot of the real preparations for this summer's London Olympics will take place. No games attached, so plenty of double days, fitness work and tactical sessions for 27 players hoping to be among the 18 that travel to the U.K. in July.
Among the group is Palos Verdes Estates' Christen Press (Chadwick School), the 2010 Hermann Award winner as college soccer's best player following her senior season at Stanford, where she scored a record 71 goals in four years. Press, who enjoyed a fine rookie campaign last year in Women's Professional Soccer (scoring eight goals for magicJack) and moved to Sweden's Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC when the league when on hiatus in January.
This is Press' first call-up to the full U.S. national team, although she was in the under-20 pool and played for the U-23 side. She's a terrifically skilled player, but she doesn't have the explosiveness of old college rival Alex Morgan (Diamond Bar/Diamond Bar HS), who has emerged as an international force the past year, and her lack of physical presence had been a detriment on a team that has too often prized strength and athleticism over technical skill. She could add a needed dimension to the U.S. game.
The other local players in camp are regulars: midfielders Shannon Boxx (Redondo Beach/South Torrance HS) and Amy Rodriguez (Lake Forest/Santa Margarita Catholic HS and USC), forwards Morgan, Lauren Cheney (UCLA), Sydney Leroux (UCLA) and Abby Wambach (Hermosa Beach), and defender Whitney Engen (Rolling Hills Estates/Peninsula HS). All appear certain of Olympic spots if healthy, with the exceptions of Engen, a camp regular looking to make her first official competition roster, and perhaps Leroux, who has risen among the top group in the past five months.
Another locally based player not in the mix is forward Lindsay Tarpley, a 2004 and 2008 Olympian who played at the 2007 Women's World Cup but missed last year's WWC after tearing an anterior cruciate ligament in a match last May against Japan.
Her comeback from the injury has been halted by something else: She's pregnant.
U.S. Soccer announced on its blog that Tarpley, who is from Michigan, starred at the University of North Carolina and lives in Hermosa Beach with her husband, UCLA women's coach B.J. Snow, is about five months along and scheduled to give birth to a son come summer. That will certainly keep her from the Olympics.
Lake Forest's Amy Rodriguez scored the first goal and the U.S. women's national team, in preparations for this summer's Women's World Cup, completed a two-game sweep of Japan with another 2-0 victory.
Rodriguez (Santa Margarita Catholic HS/USC) scored in the 28th minute after a fine run along the right byline by Heather O'Reilly, who netted the second goal in the 69th in Cary, N.C. A-Rod's goal was her 17th in international play and second in the series.
Hermosa Beach's Lindsay Tarpley, who suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in her right knee in Saturday's 2-0 victory in Columbus, Ohio, watched from the stands.
Redondo Beach's Shannon Boxx (South Torrance HS), Hermosa Beach's Abby Wambach and former L.A. Sol defender Stephanie Cox also were in the U.S. lineup, and Diamond Bar's Alex Morgan (Diamond Bar HS) and former UCLA star Lauren Cheney came off the bench for the Americans.
Hermosa Beach's Lindsay Tarpley figured to play an important role, in one place or another or perhaps in several, at the Women's World Cup this summer. Instead she'll watch from home.
The versatile midfielder/forward tore the anterior cruciate ligament in her right knee in the U.S. women's national team's 2-0 victory Saturday over Japan in a friendly in Columbus, Ohio. It's the same ACL she tore near the end of the 2009 Women's Professional Soccer season.
Tarpley, who is married to UCLA women's head coach B.J. Snow, was one of 21 players announced Monday for the U.S. roster for the June 26-July 17 tournament in Germany. The Michigan native previously played for the U.S. in the 2004 and 2008 Olympics, winning two gold medals, and in the 2007 Women's World Cup.
“Obviously, I'm extremely disappointed, but I believe that things happen for a reason, and I know that I'll grow and learn from this,” Tarpley, 27, said in a statement released by U.S. Soccer. “I had a long road back to recovery after my last surgery, and one of my main goals was to get myself healthy and competing at a level that would give me the opportunity to make this World Cup team. I have had the fortunate pleasure to be on a lot of great teams, but making this roster probably gave me the most satisfaction of any team I have been on. I proved to myself that I could do it.
“It has always been an extreme honor to be able to wear the U.S. jersey and represent my country, and even though I won't be in Germany, I will be there in spirit and cheering on the team from home. I know they are prepared and going to do great.”
A half-dozen of the 21 players on the U.S. roster announced Monday for this summer's Women's World Cup have strong links to the L.A. area. And two others have either played here or are from close nearby.
Here's a quick look at the eight U.S. players we might call our own:
Hometown: Redondo Beach
High school: South Torrance
College: Notre Dame
So Cal link: She's from the South Bay, has lived in L.A. and Orange County
Previous big events: 2003 and 2007 WWCs, 2004 and 2008 Olympics
A few words: The big, powerful central midfielder has been one of the world's premier defensive midfielders since playing her way onto the 2003 Women's World Cup roster -- she was selected for the U.S. before she'd ever taken the field for the team -- with spectacular performances in the Women's United Soccer Association, the 2001-03 pro league. Very dangerous going forward.
Club: Boston Breakers
Hometown: Del Mar
High school: Torrey Pines
So Cal link: Rugged back is from San Diego County
Previous big events: 2008 Olympics, 2002 and 2004 U-19 WWCs
A few words: The rugged center back, a fixture on the U.S. backline since 2009, has put medical school on hold to pursue soccer, and she's been the top defender and a team leader on every side she's played, club, college and the national team. She's vice captain to Christie Rampone.
Pia Sundhage on Monday unveiled her 21-woman roster for this summer's Women's World Cup, and Southern California is well-represented.
Six players with ties to the L.A. area, none of them a surprise pick, will be heading to Germany for the June 26-July 17 tournament.
The Swedish coach's roster includes three local products (Redondo Beach's Shannon Boxx, Diamond Bar's Alex Morgan and Lake Forest's Amy Rodriguez), one former UCLA star (Lauren Cheney), and two U.S. veterans who settled in the South Bay (Abby Wambach and Lindsay Tarpley). Former L.A. Sol defender Stephanie Cox also is on the list.
The U.S. opens Group C play June 28 in Dresden against North Korea. The Americans also face Colombia on July 2 in Sinsheim and Sweden on July 6 in Wolfsburg.
Three warm-up matches have been scheduled, against Japan on Saturday in Columbus, Ohio, and May 18 in Cary, N.C., and against Mexico on June 5 in Harrison, N.J.
Eight players who participated in the final pre-roster camp in Boca Raton, Fla., were dropped from the list, including UCLA junior forward Sydney Leroux and defender Whitney Engen, from Rolling Hills Estates (Peninsula HS).
Here is the roster (with club affiliation in parentheses, and local information where warranted afterward):GOALKEEPERS
Nicole Barnhart (Philadelphia Independence)
Jill Loyden (magicJack)
Hope Solo (magicJack)
Rachel Buehler (Boston Breakers)
Stephanie Cox (Boston Breakers), ex-L.A. Sol
Ali Krieger (FFC Frankfurt/Germany)
Amy LePeilbet (Boston Breakers)
Heather Mitts (Atlanta Beat)
Christie Rampone (magicJack)
Becky Sauerbrunn (magicJack)
Shannon Boxx (magicJack), Redondo Beach/South Torrance HS
Tobin Heath (Sky Blue FC)
Lori Lindsey (Philadelphia Independence)
Carli Lloyd (Atlanta Beat)
Heather O'Reilly (Sky Blue FC)
Megan Rapinoe (Philadelphia Independence)
Lindsay Tarpley (magicJack), Hermosa Beach
Lauren Cheney (Boston Breakers), UCLA
Alex Morgan (Western New York Flash), Diamond Bar/Diamond Bar HS
Amy Rodriguez (Philadelphia Independence), Lake Forest/Santa Margarita Catholic HS and USC
Abby Wambach (magicJack), Hermosa Beach
U.S. women's national team coach Pia Sundhage has a novel plan to prepare for this summer's Women's World Cup without depriving her players' teams of their star players.
She's staging an three-week camp in West Palm Beach, Fla. that begins next Monday, with the players on hand during the week, then joining their Women's Professional Soccer clubs for weekend games.
The 29-player roster has 25 WPS players, three collegians who will attend camp for one week and defender Ali Krieger, who just completed her club season with FFC Frankfurt in Germany, the World Cup host.
Four local products (Redondo Beach's Shannon Boxx, Rolling Hills Estates' Whitney Engen, Diamond Bar's Alex Morgan and Lake Forest's Amy Rodriguez), UCLA stars past (Lauren Cheney) and present (Sydney Leroux), and two veterans who settled in the South Bay (Abby Wambach and Lindsay Tarpley) are on the roster. Sundhage can take 21 players to the June 26-July 17 World Cup.
Lindsay Tarpley received a rare start with the U.S. women's national team Friday, and she made it count, scoring the first goal as the Americans advanced to the Algarve Cup title game with a 2-0 victory over Norway in Vila Real de San Antonio, Portugal.
Tarpley (Hermosa Beach), in the starting XI for the first time since July 2009, finished a feed from Amy Rodriguez (Lake Forest/Santa Margarita Catholic HS and USC) after defender Rachel Buehler played a ball behind Norway's backline in the 33rd minute. Carli Lloyd netted the second in the 63rd minute.
Tarpley grew up in Michigan, led the University of North Carolina to an NCAA title, plays for the Boston Breakers in Women's Professional Soccer, and lives in the South Bay because her husband, former Indiana University defender B.J. Snow, is the women's coach at UCLA. She played up top in the first half and on the right side of midfield in the second half, and the goal was her 28th in international play, 14th on the all-time U.S. list.
Shannon Boxx (Redondo Beach/South Torrance) nearly scored and was a force in midfield for the U.S., and defender Whitney Engen (Rolling Hills Estates/Peninsula HS) and forwards Alex Morgan (Diamond Bar/Diamond Bar HS) and Abby Wambach (Hermosa Beach) came on in the second half.
The Americans (2-0-0) finish group play in the annual event Monday against Finland. They can win their fourth Algarve title in five years Wednesday.
Amy Rodriguez scored a quick goal and Abby Wambach returned from injury to see her first action of the year in the U.S. women's national team's 2-1 victory over Japan in their opener at the annual Algarve Cup in Portugal.
Rodriguez (Lake Forest/Santa Margarita Catholic HS and USC) scored in the seventh minute from a feed by Lauren Cheney (UCLA), and Megan Rapinoe doubled the advantage 11 minutes later. Former L.A. Sol midfielder Aya Miyama scored Japan's goal in the 29th.
Wambach (Hermosa Beach), who missed the Americans' start-of-the-year camp at Home Depot Center and the Four Nations event in China with a heel injury, came on at halftime for the U.S.
Shannon Boxx (Redondo Beach/South Torrance HS) started in midfield, and Alex Morgan (Diamond Bar/Diamond Bar HS) came off the bench in the second half. Lindsay Tarpley (Hermosa Beach), wife of UCLA women's coach B.J. Snow, watched from the bench.
The U.S., which is seeking its fourth Algarve title in five years and eighth since first winning it in 2000, meets Norway on Friday and Finland on Monday, with a placement match set for Wednesday.
Shannon Boxx, whose first three teams in Women's Professional Soccer folded, has signed with a club that nearly packed it in last fall.
Boxx (Redondo Beach/South Torrance HS) signed with the Washington Freedom, a club that survived the Women's United Soccer Association's 2003-04 demise but announced last fall it would cease operations unless additional investment was made in the club. Communications industry veteran Dan Borislow purchased a controlling interest, it was announced in December.
Boxx, a central midfielder, was a pivotal player in the L.A. Sol's run to the 2009 regular-season title, joined Saint Louis Athletica when the Sol folded in January 2010 and went to FC Gold Pride when Athletica disbanded six weeks into last season. FC Gold Pride folded after winning the WPS championship last summer.
Midfielder/forward Lindsay Tarpley (Hermosa Beach), whose husband, B.J. Snow, is the head coach of UCLA's women's team, also signed with the Freedom, as did U.S. national team captain Christie Rampone, a center back who was Sky Blue FC's player/coach when it won the inaugural WPS title.
Other Washington offseason acquisitions: defender Marian Dalmy and forwards Johanna Rasmussen and Ella Masar.
Diamond Bar's Alex Morgan in her first year with the U.S. women's national established herself as a late goal-getter off the bench. On Sunday she was in the starting lineup for the first time.
Morgan (Diamond Bar HS), the top pick (by Western New York) in the Women's Professional Soccer draft earlier this month, played the full 90 minutes as the Americans beat Canada, 2-1, in China's Four Nations tournament. Former UCLA star Lauren Cheney and Lindsay Tarpley, wife of UCLA's head coach, assisted each other's goals. Lake Forest's Amy Rodriguez(Santa Margarita Catholic HS/USC) played the first half.
Defender Brittany Taylor and midfielder Kelley O'Hara also made their first starts, and Meghan Klingenberg, a midfielder heading from the University of North Carolina into WPS, received her first cap.
China beat Sweden, 2-1, in the other game, so everybody is 1-1-0 with as many goals scored as conceded but Canada and China top top with one more goal scored. The U.S. finishes Tuesday against China.
Leroux, a forward who didn't play following her first two camps with the U.S. women, is among a half-dozen players from L.A. and its environs, including all four forwards.
Alex Morgan (Diamond Bar/Diamond Bar HS), the first selection in Friday's Women's Professional Soccer draft, Amy Rodriguez (Lake Forest/Santa Margarita Catholic HS and USC) and Lauren Cheney (UCLA) also are available up top. The 23-player roster includes midfielders Shannon Boxx (Redondo Beach/South Torrance HS) and Lindsay Tarpley (Hermosa Beach). Forward Abby Wambach (Hermosa Beach) is sidelined because of a heel injury.
The Americans open the Four Nations next Thursday night against Sweden, their third group-stage foe at next summer's Women's World Cup.
The 33-year-old coach, whose mentors include Indiana University legend Jerry Yeagley, was handed the reins of the Bruin women, taking over for Jill Ellis, who resigned to take a post with U.S. Soccer.
“It's an opportunity you hope for throughout your lifetime,” said Snow, 33, who joined Ellis as a volunteer assistant in 2006, was added to the staff full-time in 2007 and was promoted to assistant head coach in 2009. “It's where I wanted to be at the right time. I couldn't be more excited to build on what Jill started the last 12 years and hit the ground running.”
Ellis, who built UCLA into a powerhouse after taking command of the program in 1999, called Snow “a tremendous guy, a tremendous coach” and predicted his skill-set would well serve UCLA.
“I think it's two-fold,” Ellis said. “He's entrenched in the program, understands the demands and expectations here, the type of player who does well here. And his natural properties, his brain, his strengths in recruiting -- all these things will make him very successful here.
“But the big thing is it's not a mystery to him. He's been here. He understands the expectations and the level of excellence demanded. … I think B.J. has a very bright future ahead of him.”
Ellis on Wednesday was announced as the development director for U.S. women's youth national teams, a newly created post.
Snow, who is married to U.S. women's national team forward/midfielder Lindsay Tarpley, expects a seamless transition and wants to continue the work Ellis started.
“We don't need to change a whole lot,” he said. “We can continue to have the same quality that Jill built the program around. Certainly, there will be touches that are my own, but we'll continue to bring into the program people with character, the best soccer players we can possibly bring in, and try to create an environment for them to excel, in the classroom and on the soccer field.”
B.J. Snow, who has been on Ellis' staff since 2006 and was promoted to assistant head coach in 2009, will take charge of the Bruins.
Ellis, who became UCLA coach in 1999, posted a 229-45-14 record in 12 seasons at Westwood, transforming the Bruins into a national power with final-four appearances in 2000 and 2003-09, reaching the final in 2000 and 2004-05. UCLA was 13-8-2 and reached the third round of the NCAA tournament last season.
She has extensive experience with the U.S. youth national teams and was head coach of the side that reached the quarterfinals of the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup last year.
"Today is so bittersweet for me," Ellis said in a statement released by the school. "While I am excited and energized for the new challenges ahead with U.S. Soccer, it is also sad to depart an amazing university with so many wonderful friendships and memories. UCLA has been my home for the past 12 years and college soccer my life for more than 21 years, but I am ready to help U.S. Soccer in its commitment to continue the evolution of the women's game."
Former UC Irvine women's coach April Heinrichs, a former U.S. women's national team captain and coach, will be the technical director of the national teams, the top position. Hers and Ellis' posts are newly created.
Snow, who is married to U.S. women's national team forward/midfielder Lindsay Tarpley, was a standout defender at Indiana University in 1996-99, helping the Hoosiers to four Big Ten Conference titles and NCAA championships in 1998 and 1999. He was an assistant coach to Ellis with the U.S. under-20 team and has served as the Bruins' head coach when Ellis has been away with national teams.
Across town at USC, Harold Warren -- head coach Ali Khosroshahin's top assistant -- has departed to become head coach at Alabama-Birmingham.
UCLA's Sydney Leroux gets her second stint with the U.S. women's national team when it begins preparations for next summer's Women's World Cup with a six-day training camp at Home Depot Center.
Leroux, who was in camp with the U.S. before two October friendlies but has not yet made a full international appearance, and defender Whitney Engen (Rolling Hills Estates/Peninsula HS) are among seven uncapped players on coach Pia Sundhage's 26-player roster for the Jan. 8-13 session.
Other with local ties on the roster: midfielder Lindsey Tarpley (Hermosa Beach), and forwards Amy Rodriguez (Lake Forest/Santa Margarita Catholic HS and USC), Alex Morgan (Diamond Bar/Diamond Bar HS) and Lauren Cheney (UCLA).
Redondo Beach's Shannon Boxx (South Torrance HS), Hermosa Beach's Abby Wambach and fellow veterans Rachel Buehler, Amy LePeilbet, Heather Mitts, Christie Rampone, Carli Lloyd and Heather O'Reilly have been excused from the camp, but they will join 15 players from the camp on the U.S. roster for the semi-annual Four Nations event in China. The team departs on Jan. 14.
Western New York's expansion team in Women's Professional Soccer is getting started with a local player. Moreno Valley's Beverly Goebel (Moreno Valley HS) was one of the two players the Buffalo/Rochester-based club selected Friday in the league's expansion draft.
Goebel, a midfielder who played collegiately at Sacramento State and Miami, saw action in 16 games (starting nine) with one goal during her rookie season this year with the Washington Freedom.
The Flash, which won the United Soccer Leagues' W-League title but must remake its roster in stepping up to the WPS, took Atlanta Beat defender Kaley Fountain with the first pick. After selecting Goebel, they passed -- there were only 19 players available -- and will fill their roster through the college draft and in a deep pool of free agents.