July 23, 2006
DeKALB, IL -- Northern Illinois University Women's Soccer Head Coach Marci Miller did her part in helping the United States Women's National Team remain unbeaten at 8-0-3 in exhibition play following a 5-0 shutout victory Sunday (July 23) over Ireland.
Sunday's contest -- which took place at Torero Stadium in San Diego, CA -- saw the USA continue its dominance over the Irish with a fifth straight win against the Emerald Island representatives. After the USA took a 2-0 lead into halftime, Miller started the second half in midfield and was quite active as the U.S. women added three more goals offensively and goalie Hope Solo posted her 15th win in net. United States WNT coach Greg Ryan, who had named Miller to the 18-member roster from among the 42-member pool of players, has yet to see his team lose a match since taking over the helm.
Miller, who is noted in the U.S. Women's National Team media guide as being the oldest player to earn her first national camp, registered her sixth "cap," the term used for playing appearances with the national team. The U.S., which opened with nine straight matches abroad, will be back in action on Sunday (July 30) in Cary, NC, with a 12 p.m. (CDT) contest against long-time North American rival Canada. That match will also be cablecast on ESPN2.
In other news Sunday, it was announced that what may be the USA's toughest challenge of the summer -- a match with China -- will take place at 12 p.m. (CDT) on August 27 in Bridgeview, IL, at the brand new Toyota Park, which serves as home pitch for the Chicago Fire. Tickets for that match start at $16 and will go on sale at 10 a.m. (CDT) on July 29 through ussoccer.com, by phone at 312-559-1212 and at all Ticketmaster outlets throughout Chicagoland. Starting Friday, July 28, groups of 15 or more can call U.S. Soccer at 312-528-1290 or obtain a group order form at ussoccer.com.
Miller, who has been training throughout the summer with the Women's National Team at their home base, The Home Depot Center in Carson, CA, has continued her NIU recruiting efforts and summer duties with the help of assistant coach / husband Paul Jobson. In addition, Northern Illinois women's soccer volunteer coach Brett Hall, has also been serving as a aide to Ryan and the U.S. squad.
In all five victories over Ireland -- once in 1999, once in 2003, twice in 2004 and on Sunday -- the U.S. women managed to score five goals and have outscored the Irish 25-1 in all-time meetings.
(For further information, please contact Steve Nemeth) --NIU--