Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Welcome Home, Michiganders

Gold Medal Michiganders Markgraf and Tarpley

It will be a special match tomorrow night for two U.S. players who will be playing in their home state for the first time with the U.S. Women's National Team. Both Kate Markgraf (formerly Kate Sobrero when she attended Detroit Country Day) and Lindsay Tarpley endured some cold winters of training during their formative years to get to the National Team so it seems only appropriate that they will get to play indoors at Ford Field where the weather will be a balmy 70 degrees! The Michiganders have certainly left their mark on the National Team, with both players' bios chocked full of accomplishments that have secured their spots in U.S. WNT history and both have surely made the soccer community in Michigan very proud. Markgraf will have a least 35 friends/family at the match. Tarpley, who hails from Kalamazoo, where she attended Portage Central High School and as a senior was named Michigan’s Miss Soccer and the state’s Gatorade Player of the Year, should have a large group coming down from K-Zoo, depending on how much snow falls tonight, that is. I think now is the time to say, "Can we get a Region II shout out please?" "Region II!"

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