July 22, 2006
DeKALB, IL -- Northern Illinois University Women's Soccer Head Coach Marci Miller is once again on the 18-member roster selected by United States Women's National Team coach Greg Ryan for the squad's next international match which is a Sunday (July 23) contest with Ireland.
Although Miller was also dressed for a July 15 match with Sweden -- which turned out to be a thrilling 3-2 last-minute USA triumph -- the second-year Huskie coach continues to be selected for a potential playing opportunity from among the U.S. Women's National Team's 42-member player pool. The U.S. continues preparations for the upcoming 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup with Ryan trying to determine who will make the roster for that event.
Sunday's contest with Ireland -- which takes place at Torero Stadium in San Diego, CA -- is scheduled for 3 p.m. (CDT) on ESPN2 with the United States hoping to add to its current 7-0-3 ledger. The match with the Irish is only the U.S. squad's second on home soil with the first nine matches having all been played abroad.
Miller, who has continued her NIU recruiting efforts along with assistant coach / husband Paul Jobson, has been training at the Women's National Team's home base at The Home Depot Center in Carson, CA. Miller, who is noted in the U.S. Women's National Team as being the oldest player to earn her first national team cap, is hoping to earn her sixth "cap," the term used for playing experiences with the national team.
The USA has played Ireland four times in its history -- once in 1999, once in 2003, and twice in 2004 -- and scored five goals in each of those matches. The United States will be back in action on July 30 with a match in Cary, NC, against Canada.
(For further information, please contact Steve Nemeth) --NIU--