January 4, 2005
New U.S. Under-17 National Team Head Coach Erika Walsh to meet team at training camp
Walsh will take over the team from present head coach Smith after the training session from January 8-15th. She will serve as an assistant coach during the camp at the U.S. National Team Training Center. Her previous position had been as an assistant coach in the U.S. U-19 National team in Thailand at the 2004 FIFA World Championship.
U.S. Under-17 National Team training camp pool
Briana da Mota -GK- from Lilburn, Georgia
Chantel Jones-GK from Richmond, Virginia
Alyssa Naeher-GK from Stratford, Connecticut
Jane Alukonis-D from Cocoa Beach, Florida
Kendall Campise-D from Plano, Texas
Kasey Johnson-D from Sierra Madre, California
Sara Murphy-D from Mendham, New Jersey
Lauren Switzer-D from St. Charles, Illinois
Lauren Wilmoth-D from Garland, Texas
Carolyn Blank-M from Toms River, New Jersey
Becky Edwards-M from Downingtown, Pennsylvania
Lauren Fowlkes-M from Kansas City, Missouri
Ali Hawkins-M from Encinitas, California
Melissa Hayes-M from Cave Creek, Arizizona
Tobin Heath-M from Basking Ridge, New Jersey
Kristin Stannard-M from Midlothian, Virginia
Gina DiMartino-F from Massapequa Park, N.Y.),
Michelle Enyeart-F from Hemet, California
Rachel Givan-F from Ridgeland, Mississippi
Christina Hagner-F from San Francisco, California
Jessica McDonald-F from Phoenix, Arizona
Ashley Moore-F from Clifton Park, New York
Kelly O¹Hara-F from Fayetteville, Georgia
Nikki Washington-F from Mesquite, Texas
U.S. Olympic Team arrives in Greece
The squad arrived today and will spend a few days at the Athlete's Village. The temperature there is normal for this time of the year, low humidity and in the mid nineties Fahrenheit.
Their team media has sent the following first impressions.
U.S. captain Julie Foudy at her third Olympics.
It's awesome. The USOC did a great job of putting together the ACG for our athletes, although I lost a game of UNO there this afternoon. The Athlete's Village is great. We went to the cafeteria and there are lots of desserts, tons of chopped fruit, and more desserts. They even have ice cream to-go and I think it's open 24 hours. What more could you want? You see people everywhere walking around in their national team gear. Some of the rookies had no idea it was this big. They asked me if the Olympic experience got old. I told them it never gets old, first time or third time around.
U.S. forward Abby Wambach at her first Olympics.
It's overwhelming. It feels good to finally be here and feel what it's like. We have had so many different things and visions in our minds, but nothing compares to the reality of being here. It is thrilling to see so many different athletes and feel how much hard work everyone has put in to get here.