October 24, 2014
TURN OF THE THIRD CENTURY
Rampone set to play in 300th international match
CHESTER, Pa. -- U.S. women's national team captain Christie Rampone is set to earn her 300th cap should she play against Mexico in Friday night's semifinal of the 2014 CONCACAF Women's Championship against Mexico at PPL Park.
Rampone, who debuted for the USA in 1997 and has played for the team in three different decades, will become only the second player in soccer history to play 300 times for her country, following former teammate Kristine Lilly who finished her career with a world-record 352 games from 1987-2010.
The 39-year-old Rampone is currently the most-capped active player in the world.
She is a rare player to achieve international success with the USA after playing at a small soccer school. She was a two-sport star at Monmouth University in West Long Branch, N.J., where she was also the starting point guard on the basketball team.
As a striker, she scored 79 career goals. She switched to defender for the U.S. team under then-head coach Tony DiCicco. Aside from a brief stint at flank midfielder, has played in the back since.
Rampone was named captain by former head coach Pia Sundhage in 2008 and since then the USA has compiled an 88-8-13 record. She has started 265 of her 299 caps and played 23,261 minutes in a U.S. uniform during her career.