USWNT captain Christie Rampone set to earn 300th cap
U.S. women’s national team captain Christie Rampone is set to earn her 300th cap on Friday night against Mexico.
Her appearance in the semifinal of the CONCACAF Women’s Championship will make her just the second player in soccer history to hit 300 caps, behind former teammate Kristine Lilly.
In a letter posted on the U.S. Soccer website, the 39-year-old defender reflected on her career with the national team:
“I’m not one to be in the spotlight. Team comes first and that’s how a group of individuals can achieve great things," Rampone wrote. "The acknowledgement of 300 caps is nice, but it’s more than just a number, it’s a representation of how much I’ve put into the game and all the players I’ve played with over the years.”
Since debuting for the USA in 1997, Rampone has played in four Women’s World Cups and four Olympics.
The U.S. are currently 3-0 in the CONCACAF Women’s Championship. They have an all-time 25-1-0 record in the tournament and seek their fifth title. A win over Mexico will secure them a berth in the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
- Danielle Zhu