July 28, 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 Sunday (July 30) contest with rival Canada.
Miller, who played the second half of last week's 5-0 triumph over Ireland, was once again chosen to dress for this weekend from among the 42-member player pool. The U.S. is continuing its preparations for the upcoming 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup with Ryan trying to determine who will make the final roster for that event.
Sunday's contest with Canada -- which takes place at SAS Soccer Park in Cary, NC -- is scheduled for 12 p.m. (CDT) on ESPN2 with the United States hoping to maintain its current unbeaten standing at 8-0-3. The contest is only the third domestic contest for the USA which opened with nine matches overseas. This is the 38th meeting between the U.S. and Canada, the second most of any opponent in the U.S. Women's National Team history (Norway has played the USA 39 times).
The Canadians are ranked 12th in the most recent FIFA rankings and has a roster stocked with many former U.S. collegiate players, including two-time Hermann Trophy award winner Christine Sinclair from the University of Portland. She guided the Pilots to the 2005 NCAA championship with an amazing 39 goals. The last meeting the two teams was a 2-0 U.S. victory in Ryan's first official match as head coach. The USA sports a 29-3-3 all-time record and has won seven of the last eight meetings. However, the Maple Leafs earned two ties and two wins during a fourth match stretch in 2000 and 2001.
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. The 30-year-old NIU boss, 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 seventh "cap," the term used for playing experiences with the national team.
Area soccer fans can look forward to an opportunity to see the U.S. Women's National Team in action at nearby Bridgeview, IL, at the brand new Toyota Park, which serves as the home pitch for the Chicago Fire. The USA ladies face China in a 12 p.m. (CDT) contest on August 27. 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.
(For further information, please contact Steve Nemeth) --NIU--