Nov. 7, 2011
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) – With one click of the mouse, Becky Edwards was smiling from ear to ear. It was news she has been dreaming about since she was a little girl. The former Florida State All-American was invited to training camp with the United States Women’s Full National team.
Edwards is one of 30 players called into camp by U.S. head coach Pia Sundhage which begins in Arizona on Monday, November 7. The two-week training camp will end with the USA’s final international match of the year against Sweden on November 19 at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale.
Sundhage named all 21 players from the team that finished second at the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup, while adding an additional nine, which includes players who have performed well in Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS), for the USA’s youth national teams and in the college game.
Edwards is one of the additional nine players called in by Sundhage as she spent the last two seasons playing in the WPS and portions of this past fall playing in Sweden.
The Downingtown, Pa., native was selected by the FC Gold Pride with the 12th overall pick in the 2010 WPS Draft. She went on to win a championship with the Pride in her first season with the team. In 2011, Edwards claimed her second straight WPS championship as she won with the New York Western Flash in their inaugural season.
Edwards becomes just the second Seminole to play with the U.S. Full National Team. In 2006, India Trotter became the first player in Florida State history to receive a cap as she played in the U.S.’s 3-1 victory over Norway at the Four National Tournament in China. Trotter was also named to the roster for the 2006 Algarve Cup.
Sundhage named four players from the U.S. U-23 Women’s National Team training camp that she coached early in October. Among those players is Meghan Klingenberg, who earned her first two senior team caps this past January. One of those U-23’s, UCLA striker Sydney Leroux, is the all-time leading scorer for the USA in FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cups having played in 2008 and 2010.
Edwards joins Boston Breakers midfielder Keelin Winters and Georgetown midfielder Ingrid Wells as other U-23 members getting their first call-ups with the Full National Team. All three, along with Leroux, forward Alex Morgan and Klingenberg, were a part of the team that won the 2008 U-20 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Chile.
U.S. Women’s National Team Roster by Position – Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (4): Nicole Barnhart (Philadelphia Independence), Ashlyn Harris (Western New York Flash), Jill Loyden (magicJack), Hope Solo (magicJack)
DEFENDERS (9): Rachel Buehler (Boston Breakers), Stephanie Cox (Boston Breakers), Whitney Engen (Western New York Flash), Meghan Klingenberg (Boston Breakers), Ali Krieger (FFC Frankfurt), Amy LePeilbet (Boston Breakers), Heather Mitts (Atlanta Beat), Christie Rampone (magicJack), Becky Sauerbrunn (magicJack)
MIDFIELDERS (12): Yael Averbuch (Western New York Flash), Brittany Bock (Western New York Flash), Shannon Boxx (magicJack), Becky Edwards (Western New York Flash), Tobin Heath (Sky Blue FC), Lori Lindsey (Philadelphia Independence), Carli Lloyd (Atlanta Beat), Kelley O’Hara (Boston Breakers), Heather O’Reilly (Sky Blue FC), Megan Rapinoe (magicJack), Ingrid Wells (Georgetown), Keelin Winters (Boston Breakers)
FORWARDS (5): Lauren Cheney (Boston Breakers), Sydney Leroux (UCLA), Alex Morgan (Western New York Flash), Amy Rodriguez (Philadelphia Independence), Abby Wambach (magicJack)
Portions of the release courtesy of U.S. Soccer