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U.S. WNT Wraps Up Two-Game Set Against Mexico on Sept. 18 in Rochester

U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Mexico
Sahlen’s Stadium; Rochester, New York
Sept. 18, 2014

U.S. WNT FINISHES TWO-GAME SET VS. MEXICO, LOOKS TO WWC QUALIFYING: Coming off a dominating 8-0 victory against Mexico on Sept. 13 in Sandy, Utah, the U.S. Women’s National Team will finish its two-game series against its southern neighbor – and possible opponent during the upcoming CONCACAF Women’s World Cup Qualifying tournament – on Sept. 18 in Rochester, New York (7 p.m. ET on ESPN2 and WatchESPN and delayed at 1 a.m. ET/10 p.m. PT on Univision Deportes Network).

This will be the final match for both countries before the start of the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship that will automatically send three teams to the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada. Fans can follow on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt and @ussoccer_esp. The USA is 9-2-3 so far in 2014 and will be playing its fifth match under head coach Jill Ellis since she was officially named to the position in May.

ROSTER SPOTS: The USA had a week of training in Salt Lake City before the first Mexico game, which was the longest training period U.S. head coach Jill Ellis has had with the team since taking over. Ellis and her staff will take full advantage of the 28-player roster. They will choose 18 players to suit up for this second match against Mexico and are tasked with the difficult challenge of choosing 20 players for the roster that will enter the Women’s World Cup qualifying tournament in October. Nineteen players arrived in camp on Sept. 5 with the eight who played in the NWSL Championship on Aug. 31 arriving into camp on Sept. 8. The USA’s lone college player, Morgan Brian, arrived on Sept. 8 after participating in her weekend college matches with the University of Virginia. Twenty-seven of the 28 players on the roster played in the NWSL this season with Brian, who is a senior, the only non-professional.




Result/Time (ET)

U.S. Goal Scorers/TV


Jan. 31


1-0 W


Toyota Stadium; Frisco, Texas

Feb. 8


7-0 W

Lloyd (2), Press (2), O’Reilly,

Leroux, Wambach

FAU Stadium; Boca Raton, Fla.

Feb. 13


8-0 W

Own Goal (2), Rodriguez, Wambach, Brian, Holiday, Leroux, Press

Georgia Dome; Atlanta, Ga.

March 5


1-1 T


Parchal, Portugal

March 7


0-1 L


Albufeira, Portugal

March 10


3-5 L

Press, Leroux, Rapinoe

Albufeira, Portugal

March 12

Korea DPR^

3-0 W

Wambach (2), O’Reilly

Parchal, Portugal

April 6

China PR

2-0 W

Holiday, Rapinoe

Dick’s Sporting Goods Park; Commerce City, Colo.

April 10

China PR

3-0 W

Lloyd (2), Leroux

Qualcomm Stadium; San Diego, Calif.

May 8


1-1 T


Investors Group Field; Winnipeg, Canada

June 14


1-0 W


Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Fla.

June 19


2-2 T

Morgan (2)

Rentschter Field, East Hartford, Conn.

Aug. 20


4-1 W

Rapinoe, Lloyd, Press, Wambach

WakeMed Soccer Park, Cary, N.C.

Sept. 13


8-0 W

OG, Morgan (2), Wambach (2), Engen, Leroux, O’Reilly

Rio Tinto Stadium; Sandy, Utah

Sept. 18


7 p.m.

ESPN2, WatchESPN, Univision Deportes Network

Sahlen’s Stadium, Rochester, N.Y.

Oct. 15


8:30 p.m.

Sporting Park; Kansas City, Kan.

Oct. 17


9 p.m.

Toyota Park; Bridgeview, Ill.

Oct. 20


7:30 p.m.

RFK Stadium; Washington, D.C.

^ Algarve Cup *2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship

#SOLO72: Against Mexico on Sept. 13, goalkeeper Hope Solo earned her 72nd shutout (in 154 caps) since debuting for the USA in 2000. Solo passed Briana Scurry’s record set over 173 caps from 1994-2008. Eleven of Solo’s shutouts have come in world championship play – five in the FIFA Women’s World Cup and six during the Olympics. As a confirmation of her reputation as a big-game player, 42 of Solo’s career shutouts – almost 60 percent – have come in tournament competitions that include world championships, qualifying for the World Cup and Olympics and elite tournaments such as the Algarve Cup, which is held annually in Portugal.

USA FACES TRINIDAD & TOBAGO, GUATEMALA AND HAITI IN QUALIFYING: The 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship, which will qualify three teams directly to the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup (and produce one playoff qualifier, as well), will be played from Oct. 15-26 in four host cities in the United States: Chicago, Kansas City, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. The USA opens Group A competition on Oct. 15 in Kansas City against Trinidad & Tobago (7:30 p.m. CT), then heads to Chicago to face Guatemala on Oct. 17 (8 p.m. CT) and finishes the first round in Washington, D.C., against Haiti on Oct. 20 (7:30 p.m. ET). Group B consists of Mexico, Costa Rica, Jamaica and Martinique (which is not a full-fledged member of FIFA and therefore cannot qualify for the CONCACAF Championship semifinals).

QUALIFYING FORMAT: The 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship features eight countries divided into two groups of four, with the top two finishers in each group after round-robin play moving on to the semifinals. All the countries will play one match in each of the three first-round venues. Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kansas; Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Illinois; and RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C., will each host two doubleheaders, one each for Groups A and B. PPL Park in Chester, Pennsylvania, near Philadelphia, will host the semifinals on Oct. 24, along with the third-place and championship games on Oct. 26. The two finalists and the winner of the third-place match will qualify directly for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada. The fourth-place team will enter a playoff with a South American country for a final berth.

WORLD RECORD AND COUNTING: After scoring twice in the first half against Mexico on Sept. 13, forward Abby Wambach hit 170 goals for her career. On June 20, 2013, Wambach passed the legendary Mia Hamm to become the world’s all-time leading scorer when she pounded in four goals against South Korea at Red Bull Arena. Hamm had 158 international goals from 1987-2004. The match against Mexico marked the 109th win for the USA in a game in which Wambach has scored at least one goal (109-2-8). Wambach has scored 45 goals in her past 55 games over 2012, 2013 and 2014. She is also third all-time in assists with 65, behind only Kristine Lilly (105) and Hamm (144).

MORGAN IS BACK: Although she has played in just four games for the USA this year, Alex Morgan has shown that she is regaining the form which has made her one of the world’s most dangerous strikers. Coming off a two-goal, three-assist performance against Mexico, Morgan now has four goals in 2014. She returned to the U.S. team in June for the two matches against France, and her second-half appearance on June 14 in Tampa was her first since November of 2013, an absence due to injury of almost seven months. Morgan entered in the second half against France five days later in East Hartford, Connecticut, and scored two excellent goals to pull out the 2-2 draw. Those were Morgan’s first scores since June 2, 2012, when she scored twice against Canada in Toronto for a 3-0 U.S. victory. She now has 48 goals (10th all-time) in her 74 caps. Morgan, who played in 14 NWSL matches this past season, made her first start for the USA since her return from injury on Aug. 20 against Switzerland, playing 65 minutes.

12 IN, 12 TO GO: Switzerland, England, Spain, France, Norway and Germany have qualified from Europe for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup. The final round of matches is on Sept. 17 with Sweden likely to claim a seventh berth. With five teams having qualified from the 2014 Asian Women’s Cup – Japan, Australia, China PR, Korea Republic and Thailand – the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup now has 12 teams (including host Canada). Japan defeated Australia 1-0 in the Asian Cup championship game while China defeated Korea 2-1 for third. Perhaps the biggest news was the qualification of Thailand to its first Women’s World Cup. Thailand defeated host Vietnam 2-1 for fifth place and became the first team to wholly benefit from the expansion of the tournament to 24 teams. The remaining 12 countries will come from Europe (8 total: Switzerland, England, Spain, France, Norway and Germany plus 2 more, up from 4.5 + host in 2011), Africa (3, up for 2), CONCACAF (3.5 + host, up from 2.5) South America (2.5, up from 2) and Oceania (1, same as in 2011). The fourth-place finisher in CONCACAF will play the third-place finisher in South America in a two-game playoff for the final berth.

U.S. ROSTER BREAKDOWN: The USA’s 28-player roster features four goalkeepers, 10 defenders, nine midfielders and five forwards. An 18-player game day roster typically features two goalkeepers, six defenders, six midfielders and four forwards, although numerous U.S. players can play multiple positions to give Jill Ellis flexibility in choosing her roster to face Mexico. Of the USA’s 28 players, just seven are over 30 years old: team captain Christie Rampone (39), midfielder Shannon Boxx (37), forward Abby Wambach (34), goalkeeper Hope Solo (33), midfielder Carli Lloyd (32), goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart (32) and defender Ali Krieger (30). Rampone heads into the second game against Mexico with 296 caps as she is the most-capped active player in the world and second all-time in world history. The least-capped players are Alyssa Naeher (0), Ashlyn Harris (3), Julie Johnston (3) and Allie Long (4). Four players on the roster come into camp on the heels of their NWSL title with FC Kansas City: Becky Sauerbrunn, Nicole Barnhart, Lauren Holiday and Amy Rodriguez.

U.S. Women’s National Team By Position – Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (4): Nicole Barnhart (FC Kansas City), Alyssa Naeher (Boston Breakers), Ashlyn Harris (Washington Spirit), Hope Solo (Seattle Reign FC)
DEFENDERS (10): Stephanie Cox (Seattle Reign FC), Crystal Dunn (Washington Spirit), Whitney Engen (Houston Dash), Julie Johnston (Chicago Red Stars), Meghan Klingenberg (Houston Dash), Ali Krieger (Washington Spirit), Kelley O’Hara (Sky Blue FC), Christie Rampone (Sky Blue FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City), Rachel Van Hollebeke (Portland Thorns FC)
MIDFIELDERS (9): Shannon Boxx (Chicago Red Stars), Morgan Brian (Virginia), Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC), Lauren Holiday (FC Kansas City), Carli Lloyd (WNY Flash), Allie Long (Portland Thorns FC), Kristie Mewis (Boston Breakers), Heather O’Reilly (Boston Breakers), Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign FC)
FORWARDS (5): Sydney Leroux (Seattle Reign FC), Alex Morgan (Portland Thorns FC), Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars), Amy Rodriguez (FC Kansas City), Abby Wambach (WNY Flash)


  • Twenty-nine players have seen game action for the USA in 2014, including first-cappers Samantha Mewis, Sarah Hagan and Allie Long. Long is the only player from this group on the current roster.
  • Lauren Holiday, the 2013 NWSL MVP and 2014 NWSL Championship Game MVP, became the 30th American female player to earn 100 caps when she played against Canada on May 8.
  • Abby Wambach is the USA’s top scorer on the roster with 170 goals. After Wambach, midfielder Carli Lloyd is the top scorer with 51 career international goals, followed by Alex Morgan (48) and Heather O’Reilly (41). Sydney Leroux is quickly climbing the charts with 32.
  • Amy Rodriguez had an excellent NWSL season with 13 goals in the regular season, good for second in the league, and then scored three more in the playoffs, including both goals in the NWSL title game. Rodriguez has 27 international scores to match Shannon Boxx and Joy Fawcett for 18th all-time.
  • Leroux is the USA’s leading scorer this year with eight goals. Wambach has seven and Lloyd and Christen Press have five goals each. Lloyd and Press each have four assists, best on the team this year.
  • Press is scoring at a one-goal-per-two-games clip, finding the net 13 times in her first 26 WNT games.
  • Julie Johnston gets her fourth consecutive call-up after a fine season with the Chicago Red Stars in which she was named NWSL Rookie of the Year while scoring her team’s first and last goals of the season. Prior to these call-ups, she had not been with the WNT since the February matches against Russia and got her first international minutes of the year and her third cap against Switzerland on Aug. 20, playing the entire second half.
  • Midfielder Allie Long earns her fourth call-up after getting her first cap on May 8 against Canada, coming on for Morgan Brian in the 68th minute. Long played in the 2006 FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup in Russia with current WNT players Tobin Heath, Kelley O’Hara, Stephanie Cox, Lauren Holiday and Rodriguez. Long started both games against France, playing 90 minutes in the first game and 60 minutes in the second. She played the final six minutes against Switzerland on Aug. 20.
  • All nine NWSL clubs are represented on the roster.


  • The USA’s current 86-game unbeaten streak at home (75-0-11 since Nov. 6, 2004) is a team record. The next-highest streak is 50 games (48-0-2) from Feb. 10, 1996, through April 22, 1999. The USA tied the record on May 14, 2011 (2-0 win against Japan at Columbus Crew Stadium) and broke the record with the 51st game on May 18, 2011 (another 2-0 win against Japan at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, North Carolina).
  • Heather O’Reilly is the ninth player to hit 200 caps in U.S. history after reaching the milestone against Korea DPR on March 12 and with 207 is now eighth on the USA’s all-time list.
  • O’Reilly is the second-youngest player to hit 200 caps for the USA. Kristine Lilly was 28 years old, 9 months, 15 days when she earned cap No. 200 on May 7, 2000. O’Reilly was 29 years old, 2 months, 10 days when she earned her 200th cap.
  • O’Reilly is currently tied for sixth all-time in assists with Shannon MacMillan with 50.
  • In addition to breaking Mia Hamm’s world scoring record, Abby Wambach’s June 20, 2013, performance against the Korea Republic also made her the USA’s all-time leader in multiple-goal games with 39 for her career. She has since added another on March 12 against Korea DPR and another on Sept. 13 vs. Mexico and sits at 41. She has 34 two-goal games, five hat tricks, one four-goal game and one five-goal game.
  • With her goal vs. Switzerland on Aug. 20, Wambach joined Hamm as the only WNT players to reach 400 points in their career. Wambach has 405 points (170 goals, 65 assists) and Hamm had 460 (158 goals, 144 assists).
  • Carli Lloyd’s goal on Oct. 27 against New Zealand gave her 46 goals in her career and moved her past Julie Foudy into ninth on the all-time scoring list. Lloyd scored her first two of the year against Russia on Feb. 8 and added another two-goal game on April 10 against China PR to become the ninth player in U.S. history to score 50 or more goals. She added one more against Switzerland from the penalty spot on Aug. 20 to run her total to 51. She is also the highest-scoring player in U.S. history who has played exclusively as a midfielder.
  • In the Jan. 31 match against Canada, defender Becky Sauerbrunn became the 46th player in U.S. Women’s National Team history to hit 50 caps. She now has 63, which ties her for 41st all-time. Sydney Leroux became the 47th to hit 50 (she now has 55) on April 10 vs. China PR and Ali Krieger will become the 48th with her next cap.
  • Defender Christie Rampone is second all-time for the USA and in the world with 296 caps, trailing only Lilly (352 caps from 1987-2010).
  • With two more goals, Alex Morgan would become the 10th player in U.S. history to score 50 or more.


  • 0.79: Goals per game the USA has allowed in 2014
  • 1: USA’s FIFA ranking
  • 3: Players who have appeared in all 14 games in 2014: Heather O’Reilly, Christen Press and Becky Sauerbrunn
  • 3.14: Goals per game the USA has scored in 2014
  • 4: Assists by Carli Lloyd and Christen press in 2014, most on the team
  • 11: U.S. players to score a goal in 2014
  • 13: Goals in 25 career games for U.S. forward Christen Press
  • 51: Career goals by Lloyd, most ever for a WNT player who has played exclusively as a midfielder
  • 68: Minutes on the field per goal averaged by Sydney Leroux in her career
  • 72: Career shutouts by Hope Solo, the USA’s all-time record
  • 89: Minutes on the field per goal averaged by Alex Morgan in her career
  • 99: Minutes on field per goal averaged by Abby Wambach in her career
  • 109: U.S. victories when Wambach scores a goal (109-2-8 overall)
  • 130: Minutes on field per goal averaged by Mia Hamm in her career
  • 296: Caps by Christie Rampone, second all-time to Kristine Lilly (352)

JILL ELLIS FACT FILE : After her second stint as interim head coach for the U.S. Women’s National Team, a capacity in which she coached two games this year – a win against China PR and a tie against Canada – Jill Ellis was officially named the eighth head coach of the U.S. WNT on May 16. After coaching the final seven games of 2012 when she compiled a 5-0-2 record, Ellis officially started the job with a 6-0-3 record and is now 9-0-3. In taking the top position, Ellis stepped away from her job as Development Director for the U.S. Women’s National Teams, a job she was appointed to in January of 2011, but will still work closely with U.S. Women’s National Team Technical Director April Heinrichs to oversee the USA’s youth teams.

  • Ellis has extensive experience in the U.S. Women’s National Team programs having served as an assistant coach for the U.S. Women’s National Team under Pia Sundhage, helping the team to a gold medal at the 2008 Olympics. She has served two stints as head coach of the U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team, guiding the squad to the CONCACAF title in 2010 and to the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Germany.
  • Ellis also had two stints as the head coach of the U.S. Under-21 Women’s National Team, the second starting in the middle of 2005, after which she guided the team to the Nordic Cup in Sweden. She also coached the U-21s to the Nordic Cup title in Germany in 2000.
  • Ellis was a scout for the USA at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia, and has served as an assistant coach with the U.S. U-21s and U.S. U-16 Girls’ National Teams.
  • Ellis joined U.S. Soccer full-time after a highly successful 12-year run as the head women’s soccer coach for the UCLA Bruins. Ellis led UCLA to eight NCAA Final Fours, including seven in a row from 2003-2009, and won six straight conference titles from 2003-2008. She finished her time in Westwood with a record of 229-45-14. Ellis, who was also head coach at the University of Illinois, has an all-time collegiate coaching record of 248-63-14.
  • She was the 2000 NSCAA National Coach of the Year after leading the Bruins to the NCAA Final in just her second season as head coach.
  • Ellis arrived in Westwood after heading the University of Illinois women's soccer program for two years. In 1998, she brought the Fighting Illini to a 12-8 record and a first-ever Big Ten Tournament berth. Prior to coaching at Illinois, Ellis served as an assistant coach at the University of Virginia for one year (1996-97), at Maryland for three years (1994-96) and at North Carolina State for another three years (1988-90). As an assistant coach at North Carolina State, Ellis helped the Wolfpack secure the 1988 ACC title and an NCAA Final Four appearance.
  • A forward during her playing days at the College of William & Mary from 1984-87, Ellis was a Third-Team All-American in 1987. In 1984, Ellis helped Braddock Road in Virginia to the Under-19 club national championship.
  • Ellis grew up in Portsmouth, England, and came to the United States in 1981 at the age of 15. She also lived in Singapore for two years while her father helped to develop a national soccer program in that country. She earned her B.A. in English Literature and Composition from the College of William & Mary in 1988 and currently resides in Los Angeles. She has a USSF “A” coaching license.

Federación Mexicana de Fútbol Asociación, A.C.
Founded: 1927 (Joined FIFA in 1929)
Head Coach: Leo Cuellar
FIFA World Ranking: 25
FIFA World Cups: 1999, 2011
Best FIFA World Cup Finish: Group play (1999-16th, 2011-11th)

Mexico Women’s National Team Roster by Position
GOALKEEPERS (2): 1-Cecilia Santiago (Unattached), 12-Brissa Rangel (Real Celeste)
DEFENDERS (7): 2-Arianna Romero (Houston Dash), 3-Monica Alvarado (TCU), 4-Alina Garciamendez (Unattached), 5-Paulina Solis (Once Mexico), 13-Bianca Sierra (Boston Breakers), 14-Christina Murillo (Michigan), 15-Guadalupe Cruzaley (Club Tijuana)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Liliana Mercado (Universidad de las Americas), 7-Nayeli Rangel (Unattached), 8-Teresa Noyola (Houston Dash), 10-Stephany Mayor (Universidad de las Americas), 11-Kenti Robles (Espanyol de Barcelona), 17-Veronica Perez (Washington Spirit)
FORWARDS (6): 9-Tanya Samarzich (USC), 16-Jazmine Ponce (Arizona), 18-Jackie Acevedo (Portland Thorns FC), 19-Luz Duarte (Juventus Sov), 20-Charlyn Corral (Merilappi United), 21-Lizbeth Angeles (Investigadoras PF)


  • Five players on Mexico’s 18-player roster come from NWSL clubs, including Washington Spirit midfielder Veronica Perez and Portland Thorns FC forward Jackie Acevedo whose teams advanced to this year’s semifinals. Perez scored her team’s lone goal in the 2-1 semifinal loss to the Seattle Reign. It was her only goal of the year.
  • Other NWSL players include Houston Dash teammates Arianna Romero and Teresa Noyola and Boston Breakers defender Bianca Sierra.
  • Romero, a Phoenix-area native, was the 2013 Big Ten Conference Defender of the Year at Nebraska.
  • Noyola was the 2011 Hermann Trophy winner, awarded to the top collegiate player. She became the third straight Stanford player to earn the honor, with the previous winners being the USA’s Kelley O’Hara (2009) and Christen Press (2010). Noyola played for the USA at the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup (playing in two matches) before switching associations.
  • Acevedo was born in Austin, Texas, and played collegiately for Tennessee (2008) and Southern Nazarene (2009-11) in Oklahoma.
  • Mexico 19-year-old goalkeeper Cecilia Santiago is the youngest goalkeeper to ever appear in a FIFA Women’s World Cup. At 16 years and 251 days old, she played during Mexico’s 1-1 draw against England in Group B play on June 27, 2011, in the World Cup in Germany.
  • Four Mexico players compete collegiately in the USA: defender Monica Alvarado at TCU, defender Christina Murillo at Michigan, forward Jazmine Ponce at Arizona and forward Tanya Samarzich at USC.


  • The USA has put up 15 goals against Mexico in its past two meetings. The match prior to the USA’s 8-0 victory on Sept. 13 came a year and 10 days earlier on Sept. 3, 2013, in Washington, D.C., when the U.S. won 7-0 for its largest victory against Mexico since 2002. In that match, Abby Wambach opened the scoring in the 11th minute and then Sydney Leroux scored four consecutive goals in a 20-minute span in the first half. Rachel Buehler (now Van Hollebeke) and Morgan Brian added the final goals. Brian’s tally was her first with the WNT.
  • On Sept. 13, Mexico’s Alina Garciamendez scored an own goal in the 12th minute, followed by Abby Wambach scoring twice sandwiched around an Alex Morgan goal to make it 4-0 at halftime. The USA scored four times on the other side of halftime, from Morgan, Whitney Engen (her second-career goal), Sydney Leroux and Heather O’Reilly.
  • The USA’s previous game with Mexico before the one in the nation’s capital came on Jan. 24, 2012, a 4-0 U.S. victory during group play at the CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Vancouver, Canada. Carli Lloyd registered her first-career hat trick in that match and Heather O’Reilly added a goal as the Americans clinched a semifinal berth with the win.
  • The USA has dominated the all-time series against Mexico, holding a 28-1-1 record. Before the past three dominating victories, the previous three matches were one-goal affairs, including a 2-1 loss for the USA on Nov. 5, 2010, during 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup Qualifying in Cancun, Mexico. That setback forced the USA into the third-place match of that tournament (which it won) and into a two-game playoff against Italy that the Americans took 2-0 on aggregate.
  • This will be the fourth match of 2014 for the USA against a CONCACAF foe following the two games against Canada earlier this year in January and May. The USA has played seven matches against European teams and four matches against Asian teams so far this year.
  • Mexico is the third-ranked team in CONCACAF and ranked 25th in the world. With 3.5 berths (in addition to host Canada) available to the CONCACAF region for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada, Mexico is a favorite to qualify for the tournament.
  • Abby Wambach has scored more goals against Mexico than against any other team, pounding in 22 against the USA’s southern neighbor.

On the field for the USA:
Sept. 13, 2014 – Rio Tinto Stadium; Sandy, Utah

USA      8     Own Goal 12; Wambach 23, 41; Morgan 36, 56; Engen 58, Leroux 71, O’Reilly 75
MEX     0

USA: 1-Hope Solo; 14-Stephanie Cox (19-Crystal Dunn, 46), 4-Becky Sauerbrunn (6-Whitney Engen 46), 3-Christie Rampone (capt.), 25-Meghan Klingenberg; 12-Lauren Holiday, 10-Carli Lloyd (7-Morgan Brian, 71), 15-Megan Rapinoe (2-Sydney Leroux, 60); 23-Christen Press (9-Heather O’Reilly, 60), 20-Abby Wambach (17-Tobin Heath, 60), 13-Alex Morgan
Substitutions Not Used: 24-Ashlyn Harris
Head Coach: Jill Ellis

MEX: 1-Cecilia Santiago; 2-Arianna Romero, 4-Alina Garciamendez (capt.), 5-Paulina Solis, 13-Bianca Sierra; 6-Liliana Mercado (3-Monica Alvarado, 57), 7-Nayeli Rangel, 10-Stephany Mayor, 11-Kenti Robles (20-Charlyn Corral, 46), 17-Veronica Perez (21-Lizbeth Angeles, 88); 9-Tanya Samarzich (19-Luz Duarte, 67)
Substitutions Not Used: 8-Teresa Noyola, 12-Brissa Rangel, 14-Christina Murillo, 15-Guadalupe Cruzaley, 16-Jazmine Ponce, 18-Jackie Acevedo
Head coach: Leonardo Cuellar

WNT Roll through Salt Lake with Big Win against Mexico

The U.S. Women’s National Team continued preparations for the Women’s CONCACAF Championship with an 8-0 win against Mexico in Sandy, Utah. Abby Wambach, Alex Morgan, Whitney Engen, Sydney Leroux and Heather O’Reilly were amongst the scorers as the USA tuned up in style. takes a unique look at another memorable USA win!

Rochester Revisited

The U.S. Women’s National Team will make its sixth appearance in Rochester, New York, when it hosts Mexico on Thursday, Sept. 18, at Sahlen’s Stadium (7 p.m. ET, ESPN2, Watch ESPN, delayed broadcast on Univision Deportes Network).

The USA has won all five previous matches in Rochester, most recently an 8-0 victory against Costa Rica on Sept. 1, 2012. The U.S. WNT will play for the fourth time at Sahlen’s Stadium, with two of the games played at the venue when it was named Rhinos Stadium.

The other two matches the USA played in Rochester were at Frontier Field in 1998 (4-0 win against Russia) and 2004 (4-3 win against Iceland), before the soccer-specific stadium was built.

Abby Wambach

The trip marks the return of Abby Wambach to her hometown where she is a local hero. The USA has some history in Rochester as it was the site of both Wambach’s and Mia Hamm’s 100th career goals.

Hamm’s 100th tally came at Frontier Field against Russia in 1998, and Wambach’s was the lone tally during a 1-0 win against Canada on July 19, 2009.

Wambach and midfielder Carli Lloyd both play their club soccer at Sahlen’s Stadium for the National Women’s Soccer League’s Western New York Flash.

Carli Lloyd and Heather Mitts

Series Tickets for 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship Games in Philadelphia Available Starting Sept. 12

CHICAGO (Sept. 8, 2014) – Tickets for the semifinal games, third place and final matches of the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship in Chester, Pennsylvania, go on sale to the public Sept. 12 at 10 a.m. ET. The tournament will directly qualify three teams to the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada. Due to the expected high demand, purchases at this time are limited to series tickets only. A series ticket includes all the games played at the venue.

Fans can purchase series tickets for the doubleheaders on Oct. 24 (semifinals) and Oct. 26 (third place and final matches) starting Friday, Sept. 12 at 10 a.m. ET through, by phone at 1-800-298-4200 and at the PPL Park ticket office (open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.).

PPL Park, home to Major League Soccer’s Philadelphia Union, will host back-to-back semifinal games at 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. ET on Friday, Oct. 24. The tournament’s third-place game kicks off at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 26, with the final at 6 p.m.

The 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship opens with first-round doubleheaders at Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kansas, Oct. 15-16 (TICKETS) before continuing to Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Illinois, Oct. 17-18 (TICKETS) and concluding group play at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C., Oct. 20-21 (TICKETS).

The draw for the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship was held in Miami on Sept. 5. In first-round action, Group A features the USA, Trinidad & Tobago, Guatemala and Haiti, while Group B includes Costa Rica, Mexico, Jamaica and Martinique. Each team will play the others in its group once (round-robin format), playing one game in each of the three first-round venues. The top two finishers in each group travel to Philadelphia for the semifinal round.

The USA will play the second Group A match during all three doubleheaders, and Mexico’s Group B matches will also be the second featured game at that stage of the tournament.

The top three finishers in the tournament – the semifinal winners and the winner of the third-place match – will qualify directly for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup June 6-July 5 in Canada, while the fourth-place team enters a playoff with a team from South America for the final World Cup slot.

Martinique cannot qualify for the semifinal stage as it is not recognized as a FIFA country. Therefore, if Martinique finishes in one of the top two spots in its group, the third-place team would advance to the semifinals.

The U.S. last hosted a Women’s World Cup qualifying tournament in 2006.

Up next for the U.S. WNT is a two-game set against Mexico on Sept. 13 at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah (7:30 p.m. MT kickoff; TICKETS), followed by a Sept. 18 rematch at Sahlen’s Stadium in Rochester, New York (7 p.m. ET; TICKETS). The Sept. 13 game will be live on and the Sept. 18 game will be live on ESPN2 and WatchESPN, with an additional delayed broadcast on Univision Deportes Network at 12 a.m. ET Sept. 19 (9 p.m. PT Sept. 18). Fans can follow both games on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt and @ussoccer_esp.

NOTE: The Group B schedule of games has been adjusted since the original announcement. Each of the first-round games involving Mexico has been moved to the second match played on each respective date.

2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship Schedule



Time (ET)


Oct. 15

Guatemala vs. Haiti

6 p.m.

Sporting Park; Kansas City, Kan.

USA vs. Trinidad

8:30 p.m.

Sporting Park; Kansas City, Kan.

Oct. 16

Jamaica vs. Martinique

6 p.m.

Sporting Park; Kansas City, Kan.

Costa Rica vs. Mexico

8:30 p.m.

Sporting Park; Kansas City, Kan.

Oct. 17

Haiti vs. Trinidad

6:30 p.m.

Toyota Park; Bridgeview, Ill.

USA vs. Guatemala

9 p.m.

Toyota Park; Bridgeview, Ill.

Oct. 18

Costa Rica vs. Jamaica

4 p.m.

Toyota Park; Bridgeview, Ill.

Martinique vs. Mexico

6:30 p.m.

Toyota Park; Bridgeview, Ill.

Oct. 20

Trinidad vs. Guatemala

5 p.m.

RFK Stadium; Washington, D.C.

Haiti vs. USA

7:30 p.m.

RFK Stadium; Washington, D.C.

Oct. 21

Martinique vs. Costa Rica

5 p.m.

RFK Stadium; Washington, D.C.

Mexico vs. Jamaica

7:30 p.m.

RFK Stadium; Washington, D.C.

Oct. 24

1st A vs. 2nd B

4:30 p.m.

PPL Park; Chester, Pa.

1st B vs. 2nd A

7:30 p.m.

PPL Park; Chester, Pa.

Oct. 26

Third-Place Match

3 p.m.

PPL Park; Chester, Pa.


6 p.m.

PPL Park; Chester, Pa.

Seattle Sounders FC Wins Fourth U.S. Open Cup Title with 3-1 Victory against Philadelphia Union

CHESTER, Pennsylvania (Sept. 16, 2014) – Seattle Sounders FC forward Clint Dempsey scored the game-winning goal in the first 15-minute overtime as Seattle defeated fellow Major League Soccer side Philadelphia Union 3-1 to win its fourth Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final over the past six years. A crowd of 15,256 was on hand at PPL Park.

Seattle previously won three straight from 2009-11 during the organization’s first three years competing in MLS. The Sounders match the Chicago Fire (1998, 2000, 2003, 2006) with the most U.S. Open Cup championships by an MLS squad; Seattle trails only Bethlehem Steel and Los Angeles Maccabi which won five titles apiece.

“We missed a few chances and we needed to get a few breaks, but the team had a lot of desire and determination,” Sounders FC head coach Sigi Schmid said. “This was the hardest final we’ve played in terms of figuring who to keep on the field and who to take off. I don’t know who’s going to play Saturday, but we’ll worry about that later. We’ve gone to five finals in six years and now we’ve won four, with two finals on the road.”

Clint Dempsey Obafemi Martins Marco Pappa

Dempsey scored the winner in the 101st minute on a give-and-go with Obafemi Martins to take a 2-1 lead, before Martins iced the game with an insurance goal in the 115th minute. Chad Barrett had Seattle’s opening score in regulation.

It was Seattle’s third game in this year’s tournament that was decided in overtime or a shootout, after beating Portland Timbers FC 3-1 in overtime in the quarterfinals on July 9 and going through overtime and then a 4-1 shootout to get past the San Jose Earthquakes in the fifth round on June 24.

Goal Scoring Rundown:
PHI – Maurice Edu (Cristian Maidana), 38th minute: Off of a Cristian Maidana left-footed free kick from the right side, Maurice Edu leapt between a pair of Sounders defenders to head the ball inside the left post past lunging Sounders goalkeeper Stefan Frei to give the hosts the early lead lead. PHI 1, SEA 0 (SEE GOAL) 

SEA – Chad Barrett (unassisted), 48th minute: The Union defense was unable to clear a Sounders corner kick after Seattle defender Chad Marshall headed it on frame and Philadelphia goalkeeper Zac MacMath made the save. But, Barrett was on hand to put away the rebound to tie the game. PHI 1, SEA 1 (SEE GOAL) 

SEA – Clint Dempsey (Obafemi Martins), 101st minute: Dempsey and Martins combined to work their way past several Union defenders, and Dempsey’s low, left-footed shot snuck inside the left post and out of reach of Union goalkeeper Zac MacMath to give the Sounders the lead in the first 15-minute overtime. PHI 1, SEA 2 (SEE GOAL) 

SEA – Obafemi Martins (Leo Gonzalez), 114th minute: Gonzalez played a long ball from the left side that Martins chest-trapped and turned at midfield. Martins then bowled ahead, fending off Union defender Ray Gaddis shoulder-to-shoulder, stutter-stepping and chipping over Zac MacMath for the insurance tally. PHI 1, SEA 3 (SEE GOAL) (FINAL) 

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
SEA – Stefan Frei, 30th minute: Philadelphia midfielder Andrew Wenger made a strong run down the left side and crossed the ball to Sebastien Le Toux in the box. The leading goal scorer of the U.S. Open Cup’s modern era nearly added goal No. 15 at point-blank range, but Frei made a big save with his body to keep the match scoreless. 

PHI – Sheanon Williams, 46th minute: The Sounders nearly scored in the opening minute of the second half when Clint Dempsey got in a good position in the middle of the box. He tried to redirect a cross from the right, but Union defender Sheanon Williams deflected Dempsey’s shot wide right of the frame.

PHI – Zac MacMath, 71st minute: Seattle’s attack worked the ball swiftly to the right side and Brad Evans shot right-footed inside the box, looking for the inside of the left post. MacMath stayed low with a lunging save to his right to keep the score level at 1-1. 

SEA – Zach Scott, 85th minute: Sebastien Le Toux had plenty of space to work with on the left side, but Scott got in the path of Le Toux’s shot in the nick of time to deflect for a Union corner kick. 

SEA – Stefan Frei, 88th minute: In the waning minutes of regulation, Raymon Gaddis initially shot right-footed with the intention of curling to the far right post, but Seattle’s defense deflected the attempt. The ball was kept alive in the box, though, and second-half sub Pedro Ribeiro had one more crack, only to have Frei scramble back for the save. 

SEA – Brad Evans and Stefan Frei, 110th minute: Playing with a sense of desperation, the Union attack picked up and Seattle’s defense was called a couple times. Union sub Fred immediately made an impact with a shot that was deflected by Evans for a corner kick.  Seconds later, Frei made a diving save on Carlos Valdes’ header at the near right post. 

Additional Notes:

  • With Seattle Sounders FC winning the 2014 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, the team is rewarded with a spot in the 2015-16 CONCACAF Champions League and a prize of $250,000. The Philadelphia Union earns $60,000 for being the tournament runner-up.
  • This is the 15th consecutive year an MLS team has won the U.S. Open Cup. The only organization to interrupt MLS teams’ dominance of the tournament is the Rochester Raging Rhinos who defeated the Colorado Rapids 2-0 in the 1999 final.
  • Clint Dempsey’s goal was his only tally of the event as the final represented his lone appearance in this year’s tournament. This marked Dempsey’s first club trophy in his professional career.
  • Obafemi Martins scored his second goal of the 2014 U.S. Open Cup.
  • Chad Barrett’s goal for Seattle was his second in the 2014 U.S. Open Cup. He scored the winning goal in the sixth minute of the Sounders’ 6-0 rout of the Chicago Fire in the semifinal round on Aug. 13.
  • Although he did not feature in the final, Seattle’s Kenny Cooper won the Golden Boot as the top scorer in the 2014 U.S. Open Cup with six goals in this year’s competition.
  • Maurice Edu’s goal for the Union was his second in this year’s tournament. Edu’s other tally came in the fourth round, when he tallyied a clutch equalizer in the 89th minute to force overtime as the Union eventually escaped with a 3-1 win against USL PRO side Harrisburg City Islanders on June 17.
  • Seattle’s starting lineup featured Stefan Frei in goal, with a back line of DeAndre Yedlin, Chad Marshall, Zach Scott and Leonardo Gonzalez. The midfield of the Sounders’ 4-4-2 formation included captain Brad Evans, Osvaldo Alonso, Andy Rose and Lamar Neagle. Chad Barrett and Clint Dempsey were paired up front.
  • Philadelphia’s starters included Zac MacMath in goal and a defensive unit featuring Raymon Gaddis, Carlos Valdes, Ethan White and Sheanon Williams. Maurice Edu captained the team and was joined in the midfield by Vincent Nogueira, Andrew Wenger, Sebastien Le Toux and Cristian Maidana. Conor Casey was the lone striker.

- Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final Match Report-

Match: Seattle Sounders FC vs. Philadelphia Union
Date: Sept. 16, 2014
Competition: Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final
Venue: PPL Park; Chester, Pennsylvania
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. ET
Attendance: 15,256
Weather: 73 degrees, cloudy

Scoring Summary:           1              2  OT1  OT2  F
PHI         1              0              0              0    1                      
SEA        0              1              1              1    3

PHI – Maurice Edu (Cristian Maidana)     38th minute
SEA – Chad Barrett          48
SEA – Clint Dempsey (Obafemi Martins)                101
SEA – Obafemi Martins (Leonardo Gonzalez)      114

PHI: 18-Zac MacMath; 25- Sheanon Williams (8-Fred, 110), 2-Carlos Valdes, 15-Ethan White, 28-Raymond Gaddis; 11-Sebastien Le Toux; 21-Maurice Edu (capt.), 5-Vincent Nogueira, 10-Cristian Maidana; 9-Andrew Wenger (44-Danny Cruz, 81), 6-Conor Casey (30-Pedro Ribeiro, 78)
Substitutions Not Used: 7-Brian Carroll, 13-Michael Lahoud, 14-Amobi Okugo, 92-Rais Mbolhi
Head Coach: Jim Curtin

SEA: 24-Stefan Frei; 12–Leo Gonzalez, 20-Zach Scott, 14-Chad Marshall, 17-DeAndre Yedlin; 27-Lamar Neagle, (10-Marco Pappa, 74), 5-Andy Rose, 6-Osvaldo Alonso, 3-Brad Evans (capt.) (8-Gonzalo Pineda, 94); 19-Chad Barrett, (9-Obafemi Martins, 60) 2-Clint Dempsey
Substitutions Not Used: 1-Marcus Hahnemann, 4-Jalil Anibaba; 33-Kenny Cooper, 42-Michael Azira
Head Coach: Sigi Schmid

Stats Summary: PHI / SEA
Shots:  19 / 19
Shots on Goal: 5 / 7
Saves: 7 / 3
Corner Kicks: 12 / 7
Fouls: 12 / 7
Offside: 2 / 2

Misconduct Summary:
SEA – Osvaldo Alonso (caution) 25th minute
PHI – Conor Casey (caution)        57

Referee: Armando Villarreal
Assistant Referee 1: Peter Manikowski
Assistant Referee 2: Corey Parker
Fourth Official: Jose Carlos Rivero

Philadelphia Union Hosts Seattle Sounders FC on Sept. 16 to Decide U.S. Open Cup Crown

CHICAGO (Sept. 15, 2014) – The 2014 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final kicks off Tuesday, Sept. 16, with Major League Soccer’s Philadelphia Union hosting Seattle Sounders FC (TICKETS). The game starts at 7:30 p.m. ET on GolTV and live on

The match will also be broadcast locally in Philadelphia by the Comcast Network, the cable home of the Philadelphia Union. Seattle Sounders FC is providing a live radio broadcast on Fans can follow the championship of the 101st edition of the U.S. Open Cup on Twitter @ussoccer.

Seattle won the event three consecutive times from 2009-11 and was the runner-up to Sporting Kansas City in 2012. This is the Union’s first appearance in the U.S. Open Cup Final.

Two of the tournament’s top goal scorers will go head-to-head in this year’s title match. Philadelphia’s Sebastien Le Toux is the all-time goal scoring leader in the modern era with 14 tallies. Seattle’s Kenny Cooper is tied for second with 13 goals, and he is 2014’s leading tournament scorer with five goals.


Each team will have 18 players available for Tuesday’s game:
Philadelphia Union
GOALKEEPERS: 1-Andre Blake, 18-Zac MacMath, 92-Rais Mbolhi
DEFENDERS: 2-Carlos Valdes, 4-Austin Berry, 14-Amobi Okugo, 15-Ethan White, 16-Richie Marquez, 25-Sheanon Williams, 28-Raymon Gaddis, 33-Fabio Alves
MIDFIELDERS: 5-Vincent Nogueira, 7-Brian Carroll, 8-Fred Da Silva, 10-Cristian Maidana, 13-Michael Lahoud, 21-Maurice Edu, 22-Leo Fernandes, 27-Zach Pfeffer, 30-Pedro Ribeiro, 44-Danny Cruz
FORWARDS: 6-Conor Casey, 9-Andrew Wenger, 11-Sebastien Le Toux, 12-Aaron Wheeler, 17-Brian Brown, 29-Antoine Hoppenot

Seattle Sounders FC
GOALKEEPERS: 1-Marcus Hahnemann, 24-Stefan Frei, 29-Josh Ford
DEFENDERS: 4-Jalil Anibaba, 12-Leonardo Gonzalez, 14-Chad Marshall, 15-Dylan Remick, 17-DeAndre Yedlin, 18-Djimi Traore, 20-Zach Scott, 31-Damion Lowe
MIDFIELDERS: 3-Brad Evans, 5-Andy Rose, 6-Osvaldo Alonso, 8-Gonzalo Pineda, 10-Marco Pappa, 11-Aaron Kovar, 25-Aaron Long, 27-Lamar Neagle, 42-Micheal Azira
FORWARDS: 2-Clint Dempsey, 7-Tristan Bowen, 9-Obafemi Martins, 13-Sean Okoli, 19-Chad Barrett, 23-Cam Weaver, 33-Kenny Cooper, 77-Kevin Parsemain


  • Union forward Sebastien Le Toux has scored three goals in the 2014 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. He is tied with 10 other players for fifth in this year’s tournament, and his free kick tally in the quarterfinals gave him 14th all-time to surpass the previous record of 13 he shared with David Bulow, Johnny Menyongar and Jaime Moreno.
  • Le Toux was a member of Seattle Sounders FC’s 2009 U.S. Open Cup-winning team, assisting Roger Levesque’s 86th-minute goal that gave Seattle a 2-0 lead. The goal proved to be the game-winner as D.C. United’s Clyde Simms scored in the waning moments during Seattle’s 2-1 victory.
  • Rookie Pedro Ribeiro and Le Toux each scored a goal this past weekend to rally the Union to a 2-2 draw against the New York Red Bulls in MLS play on Saturday at PPL Park in Chester, Pennsylvania.


  • With his brace during Seattle’s 6-0 semifinal victory against the Chicago Fire on Aug. 13, Kenny Cooper moved into a tie for second place on the all-time goal scoring list in the modern era with David Bulow, Johnny Menyongar and Jaime Moreno. Cooper only trails the Philadelphia Union’s Sebastien Le Toux (14 goals).
  • Osvaldo Alonso, Brad Evans and Zach Scott were rostered members of the Sounders’ 2009 championship team. Alonso played the full 90 minutes and Evans was a second-half sub as Seattle defeated D.C. United 2-1 on Sept. 2, 2009, at RFK Stadium. The Sounders became the second MLS expansion side to win the Open Cup title (the other expansion team being the 1998 Chicago Fire).
  • In 2010, Alonso once again logged 90 minutes and Scott was an unused sub as the Sounders earned their second straight U.S. Open Cup, overcoming a first-half deficit en route to a 2-1 victory on Oct. 5, in front of 31,311 at Qwest Field in Seattle. (Sounders vs. Columbus Crew Highlights – Oct. 5, 2010)
  • Alonso scored in the sixth minute of stoppage time in the 2011 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final to cap off Seattle’s 2-0 win on Oct. 4, 2011, against the Chicago Fire for the Sounders’ third-straight title. A total of 35,615 fans were in attendance at CenturyLink Field. Outside back Leonardo Gonzalez and midfielders Evans and Lamar Neagle started and played the full 90 in that game as Seattle’s defense allowed only six shots, four on goal.


  • Philadelphia Union: Sebastien Le Toux (3), Andrew Wenger (2), Conor Casey (1), Maurice Edu (1), Amobi Okugo (1)
  • Seattle Sounders FC: Kenny Cooper (5), Andy Rose (2), Osvaldo Alonso (1), Chad Barrett (1), Brad Evans (1), Aaron Kovar (1), Obafemi Martins (1), Sean Okoli (1), Marco Pappa (1), Zach Scott (1)

Philadelphia Union

  • Fourth Round (June 17): Philadelphia Union 3, Harrisburg City Islanders (USL PRO) 1 (OT): The Union had an ominous start to this year’s tournament, trailing 1-0 late in the first half to the USL PRO side. Maurice Edu scored a clutch equalizer in the 89th minute, and Andrew Wenger carried the Union with two goals in overtime for the two-goal victory at PPL Park in Chester, Pennsylvania. (recap)
  • Fifth Round (June 24): Philadelphia Union 2, New York Cosmos (NASL) 1 (OT): Sebastien Le Toux scored two goals, including the winner in the 115rth minute, to escape an upset bid against the New York Cosmos. The Cosmos led early in the second half from Alessandro Noselli, but Le Toux responded immediately to force overtime. ( recap)
  • Quarterfinal (July 8): Philadelphia Union 2, New England Revolution (MLS) 0: Sebastien Le Toux broke the all-time goal scoring record in tournament history with his 14rth tally (and third in this year’s tournament) and Conor Casey scored the early game-winner at PPL Park in Chester, Pennsylvania. ( recap)
  • Semifinal (Aug. 12): Philadelphia Union 1, FC Dallas (MLS) 1 (Philadelphia wins 4-3 in shootout): Union goalkeeper Zac MacMath came up with two saves during a penalty kick shootout to lead Philadelphia to the victory at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas. Amobi Okugo scored his first goal in Open Cup play early in the first half, only to see FC Dallas respond with Fabian Castillo’s equalizer the closing minutes of regulation. After overtime, the match went to PKs, where MacMath turned away shots by Blas Perez and Victor Ulloa. The Union’s Sheanon Williams, Vincent Nogueira, Cristian Maidana and Maurice Edu each converted their attempts for the win. ( recap)

Seattle Sounders FC

  • Fourth Round (June 18): Seattle Sounders FC 5, PSA Elite (USASA) 0: Sounders homegrown player Aaron Kovar drew the penalty that led to Brad Evans’ opening goal in the 22nd minute and assisted a Zach Scott goal as Seattle rolled past PSA Elite, out-shooting the USASA side 21-1. Kenny Cooper recorded a brace and Sean Okoli capped off the scoring in the 84th minute. (recap)
  • Fifth Round (June 24): Seattle Sounders FC 1, San Jose Earthquakes (MLS) 1 (Seattle wins 4-1 in shootout): After San Jose’s Steven Lenhart gave his side a lead in the 24rth minute, Kenny Cooper equalized just two minutes later. Both sides stayed even through regulation and overtime, and it was all Seattle with Gonzalo Pineda, Marco Pappa, Brad Evans and Lamar Neagle each converted their penalty kicks. San Jose’s Alan Gordon missed his attempt and Seattle goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann saved JJ Koval’s attempt. ( recap)
  • Quarterfinal (July 9): Seattle Sounders FC 3, Portland Timbers FC (MLS) 1 (OT): Kenny Cooper scored the game-winning goal in the 111th minute and Marco Pappa added an insurance goal five minutes later at the Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila, Washington. Osvaldo Alonso broke a scoreless deadlock in the 69th minute, but Portland forced overtime when Darlington Nagbe equalized late in second-half stoppage time. (recap)
  • Semifinal (Aug. 13): Seattle Sounders FC 6, Chicago Fire (MLS) 0: Andy Rose and Kenny Cooper each tallied two goals as Seattle coasted past the Fire, a four-time champion of the U.S. Open Cup, at the Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila, Washington. Chad Barrett scored a sixth-minute goal against his former Chicago team for the early lead and the game-winning tally. Second-half sub Obafemi Martins also added a goal in the 79th minute before Cooper put the match well out of reach with back-to-back scores in the final 10 minutes. (recap)

PENNSYLVANIA OPEN CUP ROOTS: Only the states of New York (26) and California (15) have fielded more U.S. Open Cup champions than Pennsylvania in the tournament’s 101-year history. The Philadelphia Union is one victory away from changing the top-two picture. Pennsylvania has been the home of 14 previous Open Cup title winners, led by the storied Bethlehem Steel teams that racked up five titles in 1915, 1916, 1918, 1919 and 1926. Other Pennsylvania-based champions included four-time winner Philadelphia Ukrainian Nationals (1960, 1961, 1963 and 1966), two-time champion Pittsburgh Harmarville (1952 and 1956), Gallatin (1942), Philadelphia German-American SC (1936) and Pittsburgh Morgan (1949).

ABOUT THE U.S. OPEN CUP: The Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, recognized as U.S. Soccer’s National Club Championship, is an annual competition open to all amateur and professional soccer teams affiliated with U.S. Soccer. The tournament has crowned a champion for 100 consecutive years dating back to 1914. This year’s winner will earn $250,000, a berth in the 2015-16 CONCACAF Champions’ League and have its name engraved on the historic Dewar Challenge Trophy, one of the oldest nationally contested trophies in American team sports. The runner-up will take home $60,000. In 1999, the competition was renamed to honor American soccer pioneer Lamar Hunt.

U.S. Open Cup Championship Results (1914-present)




Brooklyn Field Club 2, Brooklyn Celtic 1 (May 16, Coates Field; Pawtucket, R.I.)


Bethlehem Steel of Pa. 3, Brooklyn Celtic 1 (May 1; Taylor Field; Bethlehem, Pa.)


Bethlehem Steel of Pa. 1, Fall River Rovers 0 (May 16; Coates Field; Pawtucket, R.I.)


Fall River Rovers of Mass. 1, Bethlehem Steel of Pa. 0 (May 5, Coates Field; Pawtucket, R.I.)


Bethlehem Steel of Pa. 3, Fall River Rovers 0 – replay (May 19; Harrison, N.J.)


Bethlehem Steel of Pa. 2, Paterson FC (April 19; Athletic Field; Fall River, Mass.)


St. Louis Ben Miller FC 2, Fore River Rovers 1 (May 8; Handlan's Park; St. Louis, Mo.)


Brooklyn Robbins Dry Dock 4, Scullin Steel 2 (April 19; Fall River Athletic Field; Fall River, Mass.)


St. Louis Scullin Steel 3, Todd Shipyards 2 (March 19; High School Field; St. Louis, Mo.)


Paterson FC of N.J. title v. Scullin Steel, which could not field team for replay (injuries; baseball)


Fall River Marksmen of Mass. 4, Vesper Buick 2 (March 30; High School Field; St. Louis, Mo.)


Shawsheen FC of Andover, Mass. 3, Canadian Club 0 (April 19; Mark's Stadium; Tiverton, R.I.)


Bethlehem Steel of Pa. 7, Ben Miller SC (April 11; Ebbets Field; Brooklyn, N.Y.)


Fall River Marksmen of Mass. 7, Holley Carburetor (May 1; Univ. of Detroit Stadium; Detroit)


New York Nationals 4, Bricklayers 1 – aggregate score (April 9 in New York; April 15 in Chicago)


New York Hakoah SC 5, Madison Kennels 0 – aggregate (March 31 in St. Louis; April 7 in Brooklyn)


Fall River Marksmen of Mass. 9, Bruell Insurance 3 – agg. (3/30 in New York; 4/6 in Cleveland)


Fall River Marksmen of Mass. 9, Bricklayer FC 3 – agg. (4/5 in New York; 4/12 and 4/19 in Chicago)


New Bedford Whalers of Mass. 8, Stix, Baer & Fuller 5 – agg. (3/26 and 4/2; Sportsman's Park; St.L)


St.L Stix, Baer & Fuller 3, N.Y. Americans 1 – aggregate (April 16 in St. Louis; April 23 in Bronx, N.Y.)


St.L Stix, Baer & Fuller 11, Pawtucket Rangers 5 – agg. (4/1 in St.L; 4/8 in Pawtucket; 4/16 in St.L)


St.L Central Breweries 7, Pawtucket Rangers 5 – agg. (4/28 in St.L; 5/6 in Paw.; 5/12 in Newark)


Phila. German-American SC 5, Shamrocks SC 2 – aggregate (April 26 in St. Louis; May 3 in Phila.)


New York Americans 4, Shamrocks SC 3 – aggregate (April 11 in St. Louis; April 18 in Bronx, N.Y.)


Chicago Sparta ABA 6, St. Mary's Celtic 2 – aggregate (April 17 in Chicago; April 24 in Bronx, N.Y.)


Brooklyn St. Mary's Celtic 5, Manhattan Beer 2 – agg. (April 30 in Chicago; May 7 in Bronx, N.Y.)


Baltimore SC and Chicago Sparta named co-champs (2-2 in aggregate; 3rd game not agreed upon)


Pawtucket Rangers of R.I. 8, Chrysler FC 5 – agg. (May 4 in Pawtucket, R.I.; May 11 in Detroit)


Gallatin SC 6, Pawtucket Rangers 3 – aggregate (May 17 in Dora, Pa.; May 31 in Pawtucket, R.I.)


Brooklyn Hispano 5, Morgan Strasser 4 – aggregate (May 24 and 30; Starlight Park; Bronx, N.Y.)


Brooklyn Hispano 4, Morgan Strasser 0 (May 14; The Polo Grounds, New York, N.Y.)


N.Y. Brookhattan 6, Cleveland Americans 2 – agg. (June 10 in Bronx, N.Y.; Jun 16 in Cleveland)


Chicago Vikings 3, Fall River Ponta Delgada 2 – agg. (July 7 in Tiverton, R.I.; July 14 in Chicago, Ill.)


Fall River Ponta Delgada SC 9, Sparta 3 – agg. (Aug. 31 in Fall River, Mass.; Sept. 7 in Chicago, Ill.)


St. Louis Simpkins-Ford 3, Brookhattan-Galicia 2 (Oct. 17; Sportsman's Park; St. Louis, Mo.)


Pittsburgh Morgan SC 4, Philadelphia Nationals 3 – aggregate (May 15 in Phila.; May 29 in Pitt.)


St. Louis Simpkins-Ford 3, Ponta Delgada 1 – agg. (April 22 in St. Louis; May 7 in Tiverton, R.I.)


N.Y. German Hungarian SC 8, Heidelberg SC 6 – agg. (June 10 in Pitt.; June 17 in Queens, N.Y.)


Pittsburgh Harmarville SC 7, Phila. Nationals 5 – aggregate (June 1 in Harmarville; June 8 in Phila.)


Chicago Falcons 3, Pittsburgh Harmarville – agg. (April 19 in Harmarville, Pa.; April 26 in Chicago)


New York Americans 3, St. Louis Kutis SC 1 – aggregate (April 18 in St. Louis; May 16 in N.Y.)


SC Eintracht of N.Y. 2, Danish American SC 0 (April 24; Rancho La Cienega Stadium; Los Angeles)


Pittsburgh Harmarville SC 3, Schwaben SC of Ill. 2 – aggregate (July 21 in Chicago; July 28 in Pa.)


St. Louis Kutis SC 6, New York Hakoah 1 – aggregate (March 31 in St. Louis; April 14 in Bronx, N.Y.)


Los Angeles Kickers 2, Baltimore Pompei SC 1 (July 21; Baltimore, Md.)


San Pedro McIlvaine Canvasbacks of Calif. 4, Fall River 3 (June 8; Rancho La Cienega Stadium; L.A.)


Philadelphia Ukrainian Nationals 5, Los Angeles Kickers 3 (May 29; Edison Field; Philadelphia, Pa.)


Philadelphia Ukrainian Nationals 7, United Scots 4 – aggregate (June 11 in L.A.; June 25 in Phila.)


New York Hungaria 3, San Francisco Scots 2 (June 17; Eintracht Oval; New York, N.Y.)


Philadelphia Ukrainian Nationals 1, Armenian SC 0 (June 2; Philadelphia, Pa.)


Los Angeles Kickers 4, Ukrainian Nationals 2 – aggregate (June 1 in Phila.; June 21 in L.A.)


New York Ukrainians 5, Hansa of Ill. 2 – aggregate score (June 27 in N.Y.; July 7 in Chicago)


Phila. Ukrainian Nationals 4, Orange County SC 0 – aggregate (May 22 in L.A.; June 5 in Phila.)


New York Greek-American 4, Orange County SC 2 (July 23; Eintracht Oval; New York, N.Y.)


New York Greek-American 2, Olympic SC of Ill. 1 – aggregate (July 21 in Chicago; July 28 in N.Y.)


New York Greek-American 1, Montebello Armenians 0 (June 29; Los Angeles, Calif.)


SC Elizabeth of N.J. 2, Los Angeles Croatia 1 (May 3; New York)


New York Hota SC 6, San Pedro Yugoslavs 4 (May 16; Rancho Cienega Stadium; Los Angeles, Calif.)


SC Elizabeth of N.J. 1, San Pedro Yugoslavs 0 (May 21; Union, N.J.)


Los Angeles Maccabee SC 5, Cle. Inter-Italian 3 (June 10; Rancho Cienega Stadium; Los Angeles)


New York Greek-American 2, Chicago Croatian SC 0 (June 2; New York)


Los Angeles Maccabee SC 1, N.Y. Inter-Giuliana 0 (June 15; El Camino College; Torrance, Calif.)


San Francisco AC 1, N.Y. Inter-Giuliana 0 (May 23)


Los Angeles Maccabee SC 5, United German Hungarians 1 (June 19)


Los Angeles Maccabee SC 2, Vasco Da Gama 0 (July 30)


Brooklyn Dodgers SC 2, Chicago Croatian SC 1 (June 17)


New York Pancyprian-Freedoms 3, Maccabee AC 2 (June 15)


Los Angeles Maccabee SC 5, Brooklyn Dodgers SC 1 (June 28)


New York Pancyprian-Freedoms 4, Maccabee AC 3 (June 6)


New York Pancyprian-Freedoms 4, St. Louis Kutis SC 3 (July 3)


New York A.O. Krete 4, San Pedro Yugoslavs 2 (June 24; St. Louis Soccer Park; Fenton, Mo.)


San Francisco Greek-American AC 2, St. Louis Kutis 1 (June 30)


St. Louis Kutis SC 1, San Pedro Yugoslavs 0 (July 13; Long Beach, Calif.)


Club España of Wash. D.C. 3-2 in penalties; 0-0 in reg. (June 21; St. Louis Soccer Park; Fenton, Mo.)


St. Louis Busch SC 2, Greek-American AC 1 (June 25; St. Louis Soccer Park; Fenton, Mo.)


St. Petersburg Kickers of Fla. 2, N.Y. Greek AA 1 (July 8; St. Louis Soccer Park; Fenton, Mo.)


Chicago A.A.C. Eagles 2, Brooklyn Italians 1 (July 28; Kuntz Stadium; Indianapolis, Ind.)


Brooklyn Italians SC 1, Richardson Rockets 0 (Aug. 10; Brooklyn College; Brooklyn, N.Y.)


San Jose Oaks of Calif. 2, Bridgeport Vasco da Gama 1 (July 11; Kuntz Stadium; Indianapolis, Ind.)


San Fran. C.D. Mexico 5, United German-Hungarians 0 (July 17; Kuntz Stadium; Indianapolis, Ind.)


San Francisco Greek-American AC 3, Bavarian Leinenkugel 0 (July 30; UGH Field; Oakford, Pa.)


Richmond Kickers 4-2 in penalties v. El Paso Patriots; 1-1 in reg. (Aug. 27; El Paso, Texas)


D.C. United 3, Rochester Raging Rhinos 0 (Oct. 30; RFK Stadium; Washington, D.C.)


Dallas Burn 5-3 in penalties v. D.C. United; 0-0 in reg. (Oct. 29; Carroll Stadium; Indianapolis, Ind.)


Chicago Fire 2, Columbus Crew 1 (Oct. 30; Soldier Field; Chicago, Ill.)


Rochester Raging Rhinos 2, Colorado Rapids 0 (Sept. 13; Crew Stadium; Columbus, Ohio)


Chicago Fire 2, Miami Fusion 1 (Oct. 21; Soldier Field; Chicago, Ill.)


LA Galaxy 2, New England Revolution 1 (Oct. 27; Titan Stadium; Fullerton, Calif.)


Columbus Crew 1, LA Galaxy 0 (Oct. 24; Crew Stadium; Columbus, Ohio)


Chicago Fire 1, N.Y./N.J. MetroStars 0 (Oct. 15; Giants Stadium; East Rutherford, N.J.)


Kansas City Wizards 1, Chicago Fire 0 (Sept. 22; Arrowhead Stadium; Kansas City, Mo.)


LA Galaxy 1, FC Dallas 0 (Sept. 28; The Home Depot Center; Carson, Calif.)


Chicago Fire 3, LA Galaxy 1 (Sept. 27; Toyota Park; Bridgeview, Ill.)


New England Revolution 3, FC Dallas 2 (Oct. 3; Pizza Hut Park; Frisco, Texas)


D.C. United 2, Charleston Battery 1 (Sept. 3; RFK Stadium; Washington, D.C.)


Seattle Sounders FC 2, D.C. United 1 (Sept. 2; RFK Stadium; Washington, D.C.)


Seattle Sounders FC 2, Columbus Crew 1 (Oct. 5; Qwest Field; Seattle, Wash.)


Seattle Sounders FC 2, Chicago Fire 0 (Oct. 4; CenturyLink Field; Seattle, Wash.)


Sporting Kansas City 3-2 in penalties vs. Seattle Sounders FC; 1-1 in reg. (Aug. 9; Sporting Park; Kansas City, Kan.)


D.C. United 1, Real Salt Lake 0 (Oct. 1; Rio Tinto Stadium; Sandy, Utah)