USC Great Amy Rodriguez Named to Second U.S. Women's World Cup Squad|
April 16, 2015
LOS ANGELES - USC alum and Trojan great Amy Rodriguez was recently named to her second World Cup with the U.S. squad by head coach Jill Ellis.
Rodriguez, a member of F.C. Kansas City, is one of five forwards named to the 23-woman roster and one of 15 that will be representing the U.S. in multiple World Cups. She is also one of 14 players who were on the gold medal-winning team in the 2012 London Olympics.
Rodriguez was a junior on USC's 2007 national championship squad - the first Pac-12 team to win the NCAA women's soccer title. Less than a year later, the All-American also became USC's first women's soccer Olympic Gold Medalist, and then added a second in 2012.
Now, with her second selection to the USA's 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup team, Rodriguez is the first Trojan to play for Team USA at the premier international soccer event, and is looking to become the first to win a World Cup medal, as the 2011 squad finished as runners up. She joins two other Women of Troy to have competed at the World Cup. In 1999, four-time All-American Isabelle Harvey played for Canada, and Susie Mora (Cognetta) played for Mexico.
Amy Rodriguez completed her USC playing career after the 2008 season and finished as USC's No. 4 all-time scorer and as a cornerstone in the program's first-ever NCAA Championship. The 2008 Olympic gold-medalist went on to become the top draft pick in the Women's Professional Soccer draft, selected by the Boston Breakers, and currently plays for the Philadelphia Independence. In addition to ranking No. 4 all-time at USC with 31 career goals, Rodriguez stands at No. 2 in career game-winning goals with 12, is No. 4 all-time in career points with 79, and is No. 6 in career assists with 17.
This summer, the USA will face Australia, Sweden and Nigeria in Group D at the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup. The USA opens against Australia on June 8 at Winnipeg Stadium, followed by Sweden on June 12 in Winnipeg and Nigeria on June 16 at BC Place in Vancouver.
The 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup runs from June 6-July 5 and all 52 games will be shown live on FOX, FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports 2 and on tablets and mobile devices through the FOX Sports GO app and FOXSportsGO.com.