Vittese Celebrates 100th Cap in the World Cup Arena

June 08, 2014, 2:34 p.m. (ET)

Vittese Celebrates 100th Cap in the World Cup Arena

Cherry Hill, N.J. native and 2012 Olympian Michelle Vittese captured her 100th cap in today’s match against Germany. Vittese’s quick skills and aggressive front-line attack tested the German defense throughout the match.

Vittese redshirted her senior season at the University of Virginia in order to train in the hopes of being selected to the U.S. Women’s National Team. Her dedication paid off as she was named a member of the squad in 2011. Vittese was a crucial member of the 2011 Pan Am Cup gold medal squad. From the first time Vittese has stepped onto the pitch wearing the U.S. National Team jersey to her 100th cap in Holland, she recognizes the journey she and the team has been on.

“I started off in a place where I was very eager to learn and it’s tough to keep everything in perspective and focus on the process when things get hard,” said Vittese. “I think at the end of the day, it’s the team that matters most. There’s an unbelievable energy that comes from being a part of this team. The hard work really does pay off. “

After battling through a knee injury in late 2013, Vittese was named to the 2014 Champions Challenge squad who captured gold and a ticket to the 2016 Champions Trophy. Thus far, Vittese’s explosive attack style has been a key to Team USA’s success at the World Cup.