Trojans Take Trip To WPS Final|
Sept. 29, 2010
The 2010 Women's Professional Soccer season wound down with a pair of Trojans at the top of the heap as members of the two teams in the 2010 final. USC's two representatives in the league both took the trip to the title match, in which regular-season champion FC Gold Pride got a 4-0 win over expansion team Philadelphia Independence on September 26 in Hayward, Calif.
A roster member on the 2010 champion FC Gold Pride, USC grad Rosa Anna Tantillo helped her squad hoist the championship trophy on Sunday afternoon. Olympian and NCAA champion Amy Rodriguez had helped propel her Philadelphia Independence team into the final, thanks in large part to the game-winner in the quarterfinals and the tying assist in the semis.
The two Trojans were teammates for two seasons at USC, making a pair of trips to the NCAA Tournament in 2005 and 2006. Tantillo's USC career wrapped up after 2006, but she made her WPS debut this season when she was added to the FC Gold Pride roster this year. Rodriguez finished her Trojan playing career as a 2007 NCAA Champion, an All-American and with four straight postseason appearances. A 2008 Olympians, Rodriguez was the No. 1 draft pick into the WPS in 2009.
The two stand even at No. 2 all-time at Troy in career game-winning goals with 12. Rodriguez is just ahead of Tantillo in career goals with 31 to rank No. 4 while Tantillo finished with 25. Their career points totals also are tight-knit. Rodriguez ranks No. 4 all-time with 79 career points, and Tantillo is No. 5 with 75. Tantillo is the No. 3 all-time assists leader with 25, and Rodriguez is No. 5 with 17.
Rodriguez wrapped up the 2010 WPS season as the league's third leading scorer after punching in 12 goals on the year to help supercharge the Independence into the title match.
Rodriguez will now rejoin her fellow U.S. National Team members this week as Team USA prepares for a pair of matches against China in the next week. Rodriguez and the United States will first play China on Saturday (Oct. 2) in Kennesaw, Ga., before going to Chester, Pa., for another matchup with China on October 6.
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