CARY, NC - MAY 18: Amy LePeilbet #6 of the United States moves the ball down field in front of Nahomi Kawasumi #11 of Japan on May 18, 2011at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, North Carolina. The United States won 2-0 over Japan. (Photo by Sara D. Davis/Getty Images)
The FIFA Women's World Cup is underway in Germany, and one of our very own Sun Devils is playing for the U.S. national team as they attempt to win their first World Cup since 1999.
Amy LePeilbet, defender, attended ASU from 2000 to 2003, and she played for the U.S. Under-21 national team during her junior and senior years as a Sun Devil.
After graduating, LePeilbet made the jump to the U.S. national team in 2004 and has been a key part of the team ever since. Outside of international ball, LePeilbet spent a few seasons in smaller national leagues from 2003 to 2008 before declaring for the first ever WPS (Women's Professional Soccer) General Draft in 2008, ahead of the league's inaugural 2009 season. She was selected 4th overall by the Boston Breakers, and has been with the team ever since.
Though the Breakers went 7-9-4 in their first season, LePeilbet solidified the defense and led the Breaker's to a WPS-leading shots on goal figure (4.45). Her strong defensive play earned her WPS Defender of the Year honors at the end of the season. LePeilbet is also a two-time WPS All-Star and has started in both of the WPS All-Star Games.
LePeilbet played in the previous World Cup (in 2007) as well, when the U.S. women placed third. This time around, she'll be looking to improve on that result and help the U.S win a record third World Cup title by anchoring the defense.
The American team takes the field again on July 2, when they play Colombia at 9:00 AM Pacific time on ESPN.