July 31, 2006
DeKALB, IL -- Northern Illinois University Women's Soccer Head Coach Marci Miller played all 90 minutes of Sunday's (July 30) 2-0 victory by the United States Women's National Team against Canada.
Miller, who earned her seventh cap with the Women's National Team, got the starting role from head coach Greg Ryan, who put her on the 18-member roster from among the USA's 42-member player pool. The victory at SAS Soccer Park in Cary, NC -- shown live on ESPN2 -- enabled the United States to remain unbeaten at 9-0-3 in preparations for the upcoming qualifier for the 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup.
According to the U.S. Women's National Team's own match write-up: "Defensive midfielders Marci Miller and (Leslie) Osborne played key roles in the game, winning numerous aerial battles to combat Canada's long ball style. With Canada playing a 4-3-3 like the USA, it was difficult for the Americans to build from the back against Canada's three front-runners."
For the United States, it was their eighth win in the last nine meetings with Canada and increased the Americans' all-time series advantage to 30-3-3. Several members of the Maple Leafs' roster have played collegiately in the U.S. and the Canadians entered the contest rated 12th in the FIFA world rankings. The U.S. limited Canada to just five shots as goalie Hope Solo picked up her 16th career shutout.
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's media guide 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--