U.S. College Soccer Alums on 2012 Olympic Rosters (courtesy CS360)

July 25, 2012 (updated Aug. 7)
By Pete LaFleur (editor@collegesoccer360.com), please link & credit CS360 research accordingly

Based on research compiled by CollegeSports360.com, it appears that 70 former/current/future United States collegiate players (60 full-roster; 10 alternates) are members of the official team rosters/replacement lists for the competing nations in the 2012 Olympic Games in London – scroll down for the complete listing, with bio. info. & links. The bulk of these college soccer alums (66; 57 of them full-roster) compete for women's teams while only four (one an alternate) are U.S. men's college soccer alums – due in large part to the absence of Team USA and Canada from the 2012 Olympic men's soccer tournament (16 teams; 12 for the women).

Based on CS360's research, there are nine 2012 Olympic teams featuring at least one U.S. college soccer alum (women's teams, unless noted): USA (22), Canada (20), New Zealand (8 women & 3 men), Great Britain (4), Colombia (9), France (1), Honduras (1 man) and South Africa (2).

There are 46 total U.S. college soccer programs represented on the comprehensive list at the bottom of this page, with the following breakdown (five played at two colleges): 

5 – Stanford* (4 women; 1 man/D3-DI transfer)

4 – UCLA (1 DI transfer)

3 – North Carolina**, Notre Dame and Portland 

2 – Austin Peay, California, Florida*, Kansas, Nebraska, Penn State (one DI transfer), Rutgers and Tennessee*

1 – Alabama* (DI transfer), Arizona, Arizona State, Boston College, Cal State Fullerton, Duke, Fairfield* (men),
Florida International, Greensboro College (men/D3-DI transfer), Hartford (asst. coach), Illinois, Indiana, Lynn Univ. (D2), Maryland, Monmouth, Ohio State (men), Pepperdine, Pittsburgh (DI transfer), Princeton, Purdue, Seton Hall,
SMU (DI transfer), 
SIU-Edwardsville/Lewis (military service/2 schools), Stephen F. Austin, Toledo, USC, UTEP, Vanderbilt (DI transfer), Virginia Commonwealth, Virginia* and Washington

Alternates – Alabama, Fairfield (men), Florida, James Madison, North Carolina (2), Stanford, Tennessee, Villanova and Virginia

* – indicates that the number does not include one (or two) alternate/replacement players

It's no surprise that the five women's soccer programs (Stanford, UCLA, North Carolina, Notre Dame and Portland) with three of more players listed below are the five most-successful Division I programs during the 21st century.

There are 14 active U.S. college players on 2012 Olympic rosters (women's teams, unless noted): Austin Peay twins Natalia and Tatiana Ariza (Colombia), California's Betsy Hassett (New Zealand), Fairfield men's goalkeeper Michael O'Keefe (New Zealand), Indiana's Orianica Velasquez (Colombia), the Kansas duo of Liana Salazar and Ingrid Vidal (Colombia), Pepperdine 'keeper Roxanne Barker (South Africa), Rutgers attacking player Jonelle Filligno (Canada), Stephen F. Austin's Kylie-Ann Louw (South Africa), incoming Tennessee forward Hannah Wilkinson (New Zealand), Toledo's Natalia Gaitan (Colombia) and two UCLA players – Canadian defender Chelsea Stewart (Vanderbilt transfer) and New Zealand forward Rosie White.  

Four others completed their college career during the 2011 fall season: former UCLA forward Sydney Leroux (USA), Alabama 'keeper  Justin Bernier (Canadian alternate), Arizona's Ana-Maria Montoya (Colombia) and Melissa Ortiz (Colombia), who played for D2 power Lynn Univ. in Boca Raton, Fla.

At least three of the players listed below are serving as Olympic team captains – USA's Christie Pearce Rampone (Monmouth) along with the New Zealand duo of Rebecaa Smith (Duke/women) and Ryan Nelsen (Stanford/men).

The U.S. college soccer alums in the 2012 Olympics hail from 14 home states (based on their home base while in college), along with five Canadian provinces and six other foreign countries. ... The most-common home states/provinces/countries among the 66 player listed below include: California (9), Ontario (9), New Zealand (9), British Columbia (6), Colombia (6) and New Jersey (5) ... plus two each from Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Pennsylvania, Quebec and England – and one each from Florida, Georgia, Missouri, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, Alberta, Saskatchewan, France, Scotland and South Africa.

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CollegeSoccer360 will be tracking the soccer competition throughout the 2012 Olympics, with a focus on the college soccer alums (be sure to stay tuned to this site and the CS360updates Twitter feed). CS360 also will be adding headshot/action photos of all the college soccer alums and will be re-formatting this list on another page, sorted by Olympic team.

2012 Soccer Olympians – Former/Current United States Collegiate Players
(updated as of Aug. 2 ... list compiled by CollegeSoccer360.com, please link & credit accordingly)
forward corrections/additions to: editor@collegesoccer360.com

(see notes above regarding this list ... more coming to this page/site, including headshot/action photos of all college soccer alums on 2012 Olympic soccer teams/alternates)

School ... Name .... Country ... Position ... Years Competed for College Team ... Hometown (as collegian)
(info. below includes assortment of links to bios, press releases & features, with more in process of being added)

ALABAMA  (1 Olympic competitor … plus 1 alternate)
Justin Bernier (alternate) … Canada … Goalkeeper ... 2007-11 ... Oakville, Ontario
... 
Alabama Bio  |  Canada Bio  |  Olympic Bio
 
Rachel Brown ... Great Britain ... Goalkeeper ... 1998-99 ... Burnley, England (played at Univ. of Pittsburgh from 2000-01)
... 
Pitt Bio  |  Bama Bio  |  UK Bio  |  Olympic Bio

ARIZONA  (1 Olympic competitor)
• Ana-Maria Montoya ... Colombia ... Forward ...  2010-11 ... Beaverton, OR
... AZ Bio  |  COL Bio  |  Olympic Bio

ARIZONA STATE  (1 Olympic competitor)
• Amy LePeilbet ... USA ... Defender 
... 2000-03 ... Crystal Lake, IL
... ASU Bio  |  USA Bio  |  NBC Bio  |  Olympic Bio

AUSTIN PEAY  (2 Olympic competitors)
• Natalia Ariza ... Colombia ... Defender
 ... 2010-current ...  Bogata, Columbia
... AP Bio  |  COL Bio  |  Olympic Bio
• Tatiana Ariza ... Colombia ... Forward ... 2010-current ...  Bogata, Columbia
... AP Bio  |  COL Bio  |  Olympic Bio
Ariza Sisters Features – Arrival in London (w/ photos) ... Olympic Qualification ... WSMV Video ... tuneup vs. Brazil ... 

BOSTON COLLEGE  (1 Olympic competitor)
• Laura Georges ... France ... Defender 
... 2004-06 ... Versailles, France
... BC Bio  |  ENG Bio  |  Olympic Bio

CALIFORNIA  (2 Olympic competitors)
• Betsy Hassett ... New Zealand ... Midfielder 
... 2009-present ... Auckland, New Zealand
... Cal Bio  |  NZ Bio  |  Olympic Bio  |  ... Cal Feature (7/23/12)
• Alex Morgan ... USA ... Forward ... 2007-10 ... Diamond Bar, CA
... Cal Bio  |  USA Bio  |  NBC Bio  |  Olympic Bio ... tuneup vs. China (2 goals; 5/29/12)

CAL STATE FULLERTON  (1 Olympic competitor)
• Karen Bardsley ... Great Britain ... Goalkeeper 
... 2002-06 ... Chino Hills, CA
... CSF Bio  |  UK  Bio  |  Olympic Bio ... Olympic Qualification (from CSF)

DUKE  (1 Olympic competitor)
• Rebecca Smith ... New Zealand ... Defender (team captain) ... 1999-2002 ... Rolling Hills, CA
... Duke Bio  |  NZ Bio  |  Olympic Bio

FAIRFIELD (men)  (1 Olympic competitor … plus 1 alternate) 
• Michael Eagar ... New Zealand (alternate) ... Midfielder … 2009
... FAIR Bio  |  NZ Bio  |  Olympic Bio
• Michael O'Keefe ... New Zealand ... Goalkeeper ... 2009-present ... Christchurch, New Zealand
... 
FAIR Bio  |  NZ Bio  |  Olympic Bio ... Olympic Qualification (FairfieldStags.com)

FLORIDA  (2 Olympic competitors … plus 1 alternate)
... 
Olympic preview (gatorzone.com) 
• 
Mel Booth ... Canada (alternate) ... Defender ... 2003-07 ... Burlington, Ontario
... 
FL Bio  |  CAN Bio  |   Olympic Bio
• 
Heather Mitts ... USA ... Defender ... 1996-99 ... Cincinnati, OH
... 
FL Bio  |  USA Bio  |  NBC Bio  |  Olympic Bio ... Mitts Feature (gatorzone)
• 
Abby Wambach ... USA ... Forward ... 1998-2001 ... Pittsford, NY... FL Bio  |  USA Bio  |  NBC Bio  |  Olympic Bio

FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL  (1 Olympic competitor)
• Ifeoma Dieke ... Great Britain ... Defender 
... 1999-2003 ... Glascow, Scotland
... FIU Bio  |  UK Bio  |  WPS Bio  |  Olympic Bio

GREENSBORO (NC) COLLEGE (D3)  (1 Olympic competitor)
• Ryan Nelsen ... New Zealand Men ... Defender (captain) ... 1997-98 (Stanford 99-00) ... Christchurch, New Zealand
... STAN Bio  |  NZ Bio  |  Olympic Bio

HARTFORD  (1 assistant coach)
• John 
Natale (coach) ... USA ... asst. coach 

ILLINOIS  (1 Olympic competitor)
• Emily Zurrer ... Canada ... Defender 
... 2005-08 ... Vancouver, British Columbia
... ILL Bio  |  CAN Bio  |  Olympic Bio ... from FightingIllini.com – Olympic Preview  |   Olympic Qualification

INDIANA  (1 Olympic competitor)
• Orianica Velasquez ... Columbia ... Foward 
... 2009-present ... Bogata, Columbia
... IU Bio  |  COL Bio  |  Olympic Bio

JAMES MADISON  (1 alternate)
• Christiana "Corky" Julien
 (alternate) ... Canada ... Forward ... 2006-09 ... Williamstown, Ontario
... JMU Bio  |  CAN Bio  |  Olympic Bio

KANSAS  (2 Olympic competitors)
• Liana Salazar ... Colombia ... Midfielder ... 2011-present ... Bogata, Columbia 
... KU Bio  |  COL Bio  |  Olympic Bio ... Olympic Qualification (KUathletics.com)
• Ingrid Vidal ... Colombia ... Forward ... 2011-present ... Palmira, Columbia
... KU Bio  |  COL Bio  |  Olympic Bio ... Olympic Preview (KUatheltics.com)

LEWIS UNIVERSITY (Romeoville, IL)  (1 Olympic competitor)
• Jenny Bourn Bindon ... New Zealand ... Goalkeeper ... 1998 ... Belleville, IL
... Lewis Bio  |  NZ Bio  |  Olympic Bio ... played at SIU-Edwardsville in 1992, enlisted in US Coast Guard from 1993-97

LYNN UNIVERSITY (Boca Raton, FL; D2)  (1 Olympic competitor)
• Melissa Ortiz ... Colombia ... Forward ... 2008-11 ... Wellington, FL
... Lynn Bio  |  COL Bio  |  Olympic Bio

MARYLAND  (1 Olympic competitor)
• Nataly Arias ... Colombia ... Forward ... 2004-08 ... Alexandria, VA
... MD Bio  |  COL Bio  |  Olympic Bio ... Olympic Qualification (UMterps.com)

MONMOUTH  (1 Olympic competitor)
• Christie Pearce Rampone ... USA ... Defender 
(team captain) ... 1993-96 ... Point Pleasant, NJ
... MON Bio  |  USA Bio  |  NBC Bio  |  Olympic Bio 
... Olympic Qualification (goMUhawks.com)  |  Today Show appearance (6/25/12)

NEBRASKA  (2 Olympic competitors)
• Karina LeBlanc ... Canada ... Goalkeeper ... 1997-2000 ... Maple Ridge, British Columbia
... NEB Bio  |  CAN Bio  |  Olympic Bio
• Brittany Timko ... Canada ... Forward ... 2003-06 ... Coquitlam, British Columbia 
...  NEB Bio  |  CAN Bio  |  Olympic Bio

NORTH CAROLINA  (3 Olympic competitors … plus 2 alternates)
from GoHeels.com – Olympic Preview  |   U.S. Qualification  |  Canada Qualification  
• Katie Bowen (alternate) ... New Zealand ... Women's Soccer ... incoming freshman ... Auckland, New Zealand
Robin Gayle ... Canada ... Defender ... 2004-07... Toronto, Ontario
... UNC Bio  |  
CAN Bio  |  Olympic Bio
Tobin Heath ... USA ... Midfielder... 2006-10 ... Basking Ridge, NJ
... UNC Bio  |  USA Bio  |  NBC Bio  |  Olympic Bio
• 
Megan Klingenberg
 (alternate) … USA … Defender … 2007-10 ... Pittsburgh, PA
... UNC Bio  |  
USA Bio  |  NBC Bio  |  Olympic Bio
• Heather O’Reilly ... USA ... Midfielder … 2003-06 ... Brunswick, NJ
… USA Bio  |  NBC Bio  |  Olympic Bio

NOTRE DAME  (3 Olympic competitors) 
from und.com – Olympic Preview
• Shannon Boxx ... USA ... Midfielder ... 1995-98 ... Torrance, CA
... 
ND Bio  |  USA Bio  |  NBC Bio  |  Olympic Bio
• Candace Chapman ... Canada ... Defender .... 2001-05 ... Ajax, Ontario
... 
ND Bio  |  CAN Bio  |  Olympic Bio
• Melissa Tancredi ... Canada ... Forward ... 2000-04 ... Ancaster, Ontario 
... 
ND Bio  |  CAN Bio  |  ND-Olympic Bio  |  Olympic Bio

OHIO STATE (men)  (1 Olympic competitor)
• Roger Ezpinoza ... Honduras ... Midfielder ... 2007 ... Aurora, CO
... OSU Bio  |  HON Bio  |  Olympic Bio ... Olympic Qualification (OhioStateBuckeyes.com) 

PENN STATE  (2 Olympic competitors)
• Erin McLeod ... Canada ... Goalkeeper ... 2004-05 (played 2002 at SMU) ... Calgary, Alberta 
... PSU Bio  |  CAN Bio  |  Olympic Bio
• Carmelina Moscato ... Canada ... Defender... 2002-05 ... Mississauga, Ontario
... PSU Bio  |  CAN Bio  |  Olympic Bio

PEPPERDINE  (1 Olympic competitor)
• Roxanne Barker ... South Africa ... Goalkeeper 
... 2009-present ... Irvine, CA
... PEP Bio  |  SA Bio  |  Olympic Bio ... Olympic Qualification (PepperdineSports.com)

PITTSBURGH  (1 Olympic competitor)
• Rachel Brown ... Great Britain ... Goalkeeper
 ... 2000-01 ... Burnley, England (played at Univ. of Alabama from 1998-99)
... Pitt Bio  |  Bama Bio  |  UK Bio  |  Olympic Bio  

PORTLAND  (3 Olympic competitors)
• Megan Rapinoe ... USA ... Midfielder
 ... 2005-08 ... Redding, CA
... PORT Bio  |  USA Bio  |  NBC Bio  |  Olympic Bio
• Sophie Schmidt ... Canada ... Midfielder ... 2006-10 ... Abbotsford, British Columbia
... PORT Bio  |  CAN Bio  |  Olympic Bio
• Christine Sinclair ... Canada ... Forward ... 2001-05 ... Burnaby, British Columbia
... PORT Bio  |  CAN Bio  |  Olympic Bio

PRINCETON  (1 Olympic competitor)
• Diana Matheson ... Canada ... Midfielder 
... 2004-07 ... Oakville, Ontario
... PRIN Bio  |  CAN Bio  |  Olympic Bio

PURDUE  (1 Olympic competitor)
• Lauren Sesselmann ... Canada ... Defender ... 2001-05 ... Green Bay, WI
... PUR Bio  |  CAN Bio  |  Olympic Bio

RUTGERS  (2 Olympic competitors)
• Carli Lloyd ... USA ... Midfielder 
... 2001-04 ... Delran, NJ
... RU Bio  |  USA Bio  |  NBC Bio  |  Olympic Bio
• Jonelle Filigno ... Canada ... Forward ... 2009-presesnt ... Mississauga, Ontario
... RU Bio  |  CAN Bio  |  Olympic Bio

SETON HALL  (1 Olympic competitor)
• Kelly Smith ... Great Britain ... Forward 
... 1997-99 ... Watford, England
... SHU Bio  |  UK Bio  |  Olympic Bio

SMU  (1 Olympic competitor)
• Erin McLeod ... Canada ... Goalkeeper ... 2002 (played 2004-05 at Penn State) ... Calgary, Alberta 
... PSU Bio  |  CAN Bio  |  Olympic Bio

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS-EDWARDSVILLE  (1 Olympic competitor)
• Jenny Bourn Bindon ... New Zealand ... Goalkeeper 
... 1992 ... Belleville, IL
... SIU-E Bio  |  NZ Bio  |  Olympic Bio ... enlisted in US Coast Guard from 1993-97, played at Lewis Univ. in 1998

STANFORD  (5 Olympic competitors … plus 1 alternate)
from GoStanford.com – Olympic Preview  |  Olympic Qualification
Nicole Barnhart ... USA ... Goalkeeper ... 2000-04 ... Gilbertsville, PA
... 
STAN Bio  |  USA Bio  |  NBC Bio  |  Olympic Bio
Rachel Buehler ... USA ... Defender ... 2003-07 ... Del Mar, CA
... 
STAN Bio  |  USA Bio  |  NBC Bio  |  Olympic Bio
Kelley O’Hara ... USA ... Defender ... 2006-09 ... Fayetteville, GA
... 
STAN Bio  |  USA Bio  |  NBC Bio  |  Olympic Bio
• Ryan Nelsen ... New Zealand Men ... Defender (captain) ... 1999-2000 (Greensboro Coll. 97-98) ... Christchurch, New Zealand
... 
STAN Bio  |  NZ Bio  |  Olympic Bio
Christen Press (alternate) ... USA ... Forward ... 2007-10 ... Palos Verdes Estates, CA
…  
STAN Bio  |  USA Bio  |  Olympic Bio ... Christin Press Olympic Blogs: July 20  |  June 20
Ali Riley ... New Zealand ... Defender ... 2006-09 ... Pacific Palisades, CA
... 
STAN Bio  |  NZ Bio  |  Olympic Bio  

STEPHEN F. AUSTIN  (1 Olympic competitor)
• Kylie-Ann Louw ... South Africa ... Midfielder ... 2009-present ... Discovery, South Africa
... SFA Bio  |  SA Bio  |  Olympic Bio ... Louw Olympic Blog: July 23

TENNESSEE  (2 Olympic competitors … plus 1 alternate)
Marie-Eve Nault (alternate) ... Canada ... Defender ... 2000-03 ... Trois-Rivieres, Quebec
... 
TN Bio  |  CAN Bio  |  Olympic Bio
• Hannah Wilkinson ... New Zealand ... Women's Soccer ... Whangarel, New Zealand
• 
Rhian Wilkinson ... Canada ... Defender ... 2000-02
... Baie d’Urfe, Quebec ... 
TN Bio  |  CAN Bio  |  Olympic Bio

TOLEDO  (1 Olympic competitor)
• Natalia Gaiton ... Colombia ... Defender
... 2009-present ... Bogota, Columbia
... TOL Bio  |  COL Bio  |  Olympic Bio

UCLA  (4 Olympic competitors)
• Lauren Cheney ... USA ... Midfielder
 ... 2006-09 ... Indianapolis, IN
... UCLA Bio  |  USA Bio  |  NBC Bio  |  Olympic Bio ... Olympic Qualification (UCLAbruins.com)
• Sydney Leroux ... USA ... Forward ... 2008-11 ... Vancouver, British Columbia
... UCLA Bio  |  USA Bio  |  NBC Bio  |  Olympic Bio ... Olympic Qualification (UCLAbruins.com)
• Chelsea Stewart ... Canada ... Defender ... 2011-present (played at Vanderbilt) ... Highlands Ranch, CO
... UCLA Bio  |  CAN Bio  |  NBC Bio  |  Olympic Bio ... Olympic Qualification (UCLAbruins.com)
• Rosie White ... New Zealand ... Forward ... 2011-present ... Auckland, New Zealnd
... UCLA Bio  |  NZ Bio  |  NBC Bio  |  Olympic Bio ... Olympic Qualification (UCLAbruins.com)

USC  (1 Olympic competitor)
• Amy Rodriguez Shilling ... USA ... Forward 
... 2005-08 ... Lake Forest, CA
... USC Bio  |  USA Bio  |    NBC Bio  |  Olympic Bio ... Olympic Qualification (USCtrojans.com)

UTEP  (1 Olympic competitor)
• Kelly Parker ... Canada ... Midfielder ... 1999-2002 ... Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
... UTEP Bio  |  CAN Bio  |  Olympic Bio ... Olympic Qualification (UTEPathletics.com)

VANDERBILT  (1 Olympic competitor)
• Chelsea Stewart ... Canada ... Defender ... 2009 (current UCLA senior) ... Highlands Ranch, CO
... VAN Bio  |  CAN Bio  |  Olympic Bio  

VILLANOVA  (1 alternate)
• Jillian Loyden 
(alternate) ... USA ... Goalkeeper ... 2003-07 ... Vineland, NJ
... VILL Bio  |  USA Bio  |  NBC Bio  |  Olympic Bio

VIRGINIA COMMONWEALTH  (1 Olympic competitor)
• Hayley Moorwood ... New Zealand ... Midfielder .... 2005-06 ... Auckland, New Zealand
... VCU Bio  |  NZ Bio  |  Olympic Bio

VIRGINIA  (1 Olympic competitor … plus 1 alternate)
• Lori Lindse
(alternate) ... USA ... Midfielder ... 1998-2001
... Indianapolis, IN... 
UVa Bio  |  USA Bio  |  NBC Bio  |  Olympic Bio ... Olympic Qualification (VirginiaSports.com)
• 
Becky Sauerbrunn ... USA ... Defender ... 2003-07 ... St. Louis, MO
... 
UVa Bio  |  USA Bio  |  NBC Bio  |  Olympic Bio ... Olympic Qualification (VirginiaSports.com)

WASHINGTON  (1 Olympic competitor)
• Hope Solo ... USA ... Goalkeeper .
.. 1999-2002 ... Richland, WA
... WA Bio  |  USA Bio  |  NBC Bio  |  Olympic Bio

* Former Georia State women’ soccer player Christa Mann (an all-Colonial Athletic Association performer) will be working for the USOC public relations department at the 2012 Olympic Games.

editor@collegesoccer360.com