Rampone, O’Hara selected to U.S. Women’s National Team Training Camp Roster for Matches Against France
Sky Blue FC defenders Christie Rampone, and Kelley O’Hara have been named to the U.S. Women’s National Team training camp roster and will gear up for two upcoming games against France, the world’s fourth-ranked women’s national team.
U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Jill Ellis called up a total of 26 players for the matches on June 14 in Tampa, Florida, and June 19, in East Hartford, Connecticut.
Ellis is the eighth head coach in U.S. Women’s National Team history. She replaced Tom Sermani, who was let go. Ellis accepted the position on May 16.
“Two matches against such a high-level team will give us a picture of where we are,” she said.
“Establishing how we want to play and integrating our philosophy is an important first step for a new coaching staff, but these types of matches will give us a wonderful opportunity to build on and keep testing out the player pool.”
Coach Ellis will name 18 players from the 26-woman roster to suit up for each match for the U.S. Women’s National team which is 6-2-2 in 2014.
Rampone is a mother of two young girls and will turn 39 this month. She lives in Point Pleasant, New Jersey.
In an interview earlier this season I asked her about her plans for retirement in 2015 after the World Cup.
“It’s definitely coming, I know that that it’s as I’m getting older I try not to look at the age and how I’m performing on the field, but at the end of the day I’m feeling good. Just a little nagging injury right now, but hopefully I can overcome that and get back in the pitch with the National Team and try and fight and earn a starting spot back on the team and go from there, she said. “But it is what it is, just take every day for what it is and if I can be on the field starting it’s great, if I’m on the bench as a reserve and helping coach the younger players and give them the confidence they need, that’s where I’ll be. But, I would really love to part of that team.”
According to a Sky Blue FC news release: “The [U.S. Women’s National Team] roster features 25 players currently signed with National Women’s Soccer League clubs as Christen Press, Whitney Engen and Meghan Klingenberg have returned to the league after helping Tyresö of Sweden to the brink of the UEFA Women’s Champions League title. Tobin Heath’s French league season came to a close on June 1, but her club will play in the French Cup Final on June 7 against Olympique Lyon. Forward Sarah Hagen will complete her highly successful run with Bayern Munich on June 8 and then return to make her NWSL debut for FC Kansas City. The only non-professional on the roster is rising college senior Morgan Brian from Virginia.”
The U.S. Women’s National Team now has its own Instagram account. Fans can follow the U.S. Women’s National Teams at http://instagram.com/ussoccer_wnt.
Both games kick off at 7:30 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on ussoccer.com.
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