U.S. Women's National Team Wraps Two-Week Camp at Roberts Stadium
The U.S. Women's National Team wrapped a two-week camp Friday at Princeton's Roberts Stadium soccer facility as the team prepares for its weekend friendly in Chester, Pa., against the Chinese national team and ultimately the Olympic Games later this summer.
New Jersey natives Carli Lloyd and Christie Rampone, who both played as visitors at Princeton's former home field, Lourie-Love Field, as well as USWNT head coach Pia Sundhage, took a moment to give their thoughts on Roberts Stadium (video above). The U.S. Soccer Web site kept a daily blog of the visit, which can be read here.
The visit included practices on Roberts Stadium's Myslik Field natural grass surface and Plummer Field's Fieldturf surface nearly daily during the two weeks, including three public practice sessions and a scrimmage visit from the Chinese national team (photo below).
During the camp, Princeton coach Julie Shackford was able to reconnect with former Women's National Team member Lisa Gmitter (photo below), who was a youth WNT teammate of Shackford's before going on to play for the Women's National Team in 1986 and 1987.
Shackford, who has served as an assistant coach with the U-20 and U-21 USWNT programs, is also conducting U.S. Soccer Training Centers in Princeton for younger players. U.S. Soccer Training Centers are single-day, invitational training sessions run by U.S. Soccer staff for elite players in key soccer markets. Training Centers are open to the top players from any team, club or organization at no cost to the player. The purpose of the Training Center program is to identify the best players for the U.S. Soccer Youth National Team program.
Friday morning, the Women's National Team members received a parting thank-you from Gary Walters '67, the Ford Family Director of Athletics, before heading south to Chester, Pa., for Sunday's game against China.