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U-20 MNT Draws Group A for 2015 CONCACAF U-20 Championship from Jan. 9-24 in Jamaica

CHICAGO (Oct. 30, 2014) – The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team has been drawn with Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago, Aruba, Panama and Guatemala in Group A for the 2015 CONCACAF U-20 Championship. The draw took place in Montego Bay, Jamaica, and the qualification tournament for the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup takes place Jan. 9-24 in Kingston and Montego Bay.

In the group stage, the USA opens against Guatemala on Jan. 9, followed by Panama (Jan. 11), Aruba (Jan. 14), Jamaica (Jan. 18) and Trinidad & Tobago (Jan. 21).

The tournament will qualify four teams to the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup in New Zealand.

“It was a difficult draw for many of the teams, including Group A because we will be one of the teams that has to travel from Kingston to Montego Bay during the tournament,” U.S. U-20 MNT head coach Tab Ramos said. “I think getting drawn with Jamaica and Panama in particular, those will be some difficult opponents. At the end of the day, if you want to advance to the World Cup, you need to beat good teams, so we’re looking forward to the tournament.”

2015 CONCACAF U-20 Championship

  • Group A: Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago, Aruba, Panama, USA, Guatemala
  • Group B: Haiti, Canada, Mexico, Cuba, Honduras, El Salvador

USA’s Group A Schedule:

  • Friday, Jan. 9: Guatemala, 6:30 p.m. ET
  • Sunday, Jan. 11: Panama, 6:30 p.m. ET
  • Wednesday, Jan. 14: Aruba, 6:30 p.m. ET
  • Sunday, Jan. 18: Jamaica, 9 p.m. ET
  • Wednesday, Jan. 21: Trinidad & Tobago, 6:30 p.m. ET

Tab Ramos

The CONCACAF U-20 Championship format has changed for 2015 with two groups of six teams. Previous tournaments had featured four groups of three teams.

Under the new setup, the first-place teams in Group A and Group B will automatically qualify for the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup and advance to face each other in the CONCACAF U-20 Championship Final. The second- and third-place teams in each group (four teams) will be reseeded based on group-stage results. In this playoff stage, the top seed will play the No. 4 seed and the second seed will face the No. 3 seed. The two winners from these respective games will also qualify for the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup.

In preparation for qualifying, the U.S. U-20 MNT is headed to Marbella, Spain, from Nov. 10-19 for three international matches. The USA will face Russia’s U-20 national team on Nov. 12, the Republic of Ireland’s U-21 national team on Nov. 15 and Canada’s U-20s on Nov. 18. The U-20 MNT roster for the Spain trip will be announced in the coming days.

“As we get into Spain, that will be a great opportunity to see some of our European-based players, so I’m excited about finally getting that camp in Europe,” Ramos said. “Come December, when we are putting things together, I believe we will have a group that will help us qualify for the World Cup. It is a deep group, so we will definitely have some difficult decisions to make.”

The U.S. finished runner-up to Mexico at the 2013 CONCACAF U-20 Championship in Puebla, Mexico. That group qualified for the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup, where the team was drawn a difficult Group A that included France, Spain and Ghana. Though the USA did not advance out of the group, it did play eventual champion France to a 1-1 draw.

The USA has earned second place in the qualification tournament six times (1980, 1982, 1986, 1992, 2009, 2013), but has yet to win a CONCACAF U-20 Championship title.

The U.S. has qualified for 13 FIFA World Youth Championships/FIFA U-20 World Cups. The USA’s best World Cup finish was a fourth-place performance at the 1989 FIFA World Youth Championship.

2015 CONCACAF U-20 Championship Draw

Jurgen Klinsmann and Abby Wambach up for FIFA Year-End Awards

CHICAGO (Oct. 28, 2014) – U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has been named to the 10-man shortlist for FIFA World Coach of the Year.

The three finalists for the award will be announced on Dec. 1, and the winner will be revealed at the FIFA Ballon d’Or in Zurich on Jan. 12, 2015.

Klinsmann led the USA through the “Group of Death” at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. The USA earned a victory against Ghana and a draw against Portugal to join fellow Group G side Germany in the Round of 16. Germany went on to win the tournament.

Overall, Klinsmann has a 33-13-11 record since becoming the 35th coach in the history of the U.S. MNT on July 29, 2011. Klinsmann is third on the U.S. MNT’s all-time coaching wins list. This year, Klinsmann and the USA have posted a 6-3-4 record.

Klinsmann has guided the USA to a current 17-game home unbeaten streak (16-0-1) and also led the team to a record-setting 13 straight wins at home from June 2, 2013, to Feb. 1, 2014.

As a player, the former Germany striker was voted third for FIFA World Player of the Year in 1995.

Abby Wambach

On Friday, FIFA announced its shortlist for FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year. USA forward Abby Wambach, the 2012 FIFA Women’s Player of the Year, is one of 10 players in contention for this year’s honor.

FIFA World Coach of the Year Shortlist:
Carlo Ancelotti (Italy/Real Madrid), Antonio Conte (Italy/Juventus/Italy national team), Pep Guardiola (Spain/Bayern Munich), Jurgen Klinsmann (Germany/USA national team), Joachim Loew (Germany/Germany national team), Jose Mourinho (Portugal/Chelsea), Manuel Pellegrini (Chile/Manchester City), Alejandro Sabella (Argentina/Argentina national team), Diego Simeone (Argentina/Atletico Madrid), Louis van Gaal (Netherlands/Netherlands national team/Manchester United)

FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year Shortlist:
Nadine Angerer (Germany), Veronica Boquete (Spain), Nilla Fischer (Sweden), Nahomi Kawasumi (Japan), Nadine Kessler (Germany), Marta (Brazil), Aya Miyama (Japan), Louisa Necib (France), Lotta Schelin (Sweden), Abby Wambach (USA)

WNT vs. Costa Rica: Highlights - Oct. 26, 2014

The U.S. WNT rolled past Costa Rica 6-0 to win the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship crown.

WNT Faces Costa Rica in CONCACAF Women's Championship Final

2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship
U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Costa Rica
PPL Park; Chester, Pennsylvania
Oct. 26, 2014

U.S. WNT FACES COSTA RICA IN CONCACAF WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL: The U.S. Women’s National Team has accomplished its primary goal of advancing to the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup. However, one important match remains at the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship as the USA faces Costa Rica in the tournament’s title match on Sunday, Oct. 26, at PPL Park in Chester, Pennsylvania. Kickoff is at 6 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1. Fans can also follow on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt and @ussoccer_esp.

The USA advanced to its seventh straight FIFA Women’s World Cup after defeating Mexico 3-0 on Friday, Oct. 24, in the semifinals of the CONCACAF Women’s Championship. Carli Lloyd, who hails from just outside of Philadelphia, led the way with two goals and Christen Press added a third. Earlier that day, Costa Rica tied Trinidad & Tobago 1-1 through regulation and overtime before triumphing 3-0 in a penalty kick shootout to book its first trip to the FIFA Women’s World Cup which takes place next year in Canada. (2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup Ticket Information)

The USA is looking to win its fifth title at the CONCACAF Women’s Championship. This year’s event marks the first time that USA has advance to the tournament final and not faced Canada.

CONCACAF WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP FINALS HISTORY:

  • April 28, 1991: USA 5, Canada 0 – Michelle Akers records a hat trick to lead the USA.
  • Aug. 21, 1994: USA 6, Canada 0 – Five USA players score, in addition to Canada’s own goal.
  • Sept. 6, 1998: Canada 1, Mexico 0 – As host nation of the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup, the USA did not need to participate.
  • Nov. 9, 2002: USA 2, Canada 1 (overtime) – Mia Hamm scored the 94th-minute game-winner (golden goal).
  • Nov. 26, 2006: USA 2, Canada 1 (overtime) – Kristine Lilly scored winning PK in 120th minute of CONCACAF Women’s Gold Cup.
  • Nov. 8, 2010: Canada 1, Mexico 0 – Christine Sinclair scored the lone PK goal of the CONCACAF Women’s Gold Cup. Earlier that day, the USA defeated Costa Rica 3-0 in the third-place game to advance to a playoff against Italy, which it won by a 2-0 aggregate.

For stories, group schedule, statistics and more, visit ussoccer.com’s 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship home page.

2014 U.S. WNT SCHEDULE:

Date

Opponent

Result/Time (ET)

U.S. Goal Scorers/TV

Venue

Jan. 31

Canada

1-0 W

Leroux

Toyota Stadium; Frisco, Texas

Feb. 8

Russia

7-0 W

Lloyd (2), Press (2), O’Reilly,

Leroux, Wambach

FAU Stadium; Boca Raton, Fla.

Feb. 13

Russia

8-0 W

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

Georgia Dome; Atlanta, Ga.

March 5

Japan^

1-1 T

Leroux

Parchal, Portugal

March 7

Sweden^

0-1 L

-

Albufeira, Portugal

March 10

Denmark^

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

Canada

1-1 T

Leroux

Investors Group Field; Winnipeg, Canada

June 14

France

1-0 W

Leroux

Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Fla.

June 19

France

2-2 T

Morgan (2)

Rentschter Field, East Hartford, Conn.

Aug. 20

Switzerland

4-1 W

Rapinoe, Lloyd, Press, Wambach

WakeMed Soccer Park, Cary, N.C.

Sept. 13

Mexico

8-0 W

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

Rio Tinto Stadium; Sandy, Utah

Sept. 18

Mexico

4-0 W

Rodriguez, Rapinoe, Heath, Morgan

Sahlen’s Stadium, Rochester, N.Y.

Oct. 15

T&T*

1-0 W

Wambach

Sporting Park; Kansas City, Kan.

Oct. 17

Guatemala*

5-0 W

Heath (2), Lloyd, Engen, Rapinoe

Toyota Park; Bridgeview, Ill.

Oct. 20

Haiti*

6-0 W

Wambach (2), Lloyd, Klingenberg, Press, Brian

RFK Stadium; Washington, D.C.

Oct. 24

Mexico*

3-0 W

Lloyd (2), Press

PPL Park; Chester, Pa.

Oct. 26

Costa Rica*

6 p.m.

FOX Sports 1

PPL Park; Chester, Pa.

^ Algarve Cup *2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship

QUALIFYING FORMAT: The 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship began with eight countries divided into two groups of four and the top two finishers in each group after round-robin play advanced to the semifinals. PPL Park in Chester, Pennsylvania, near Philadelphia, hosted the semifinals on Oct. 24, and will also host the third-place and championship games on Oct. 26. The two finalists (USA and Costa Rica) and the winner of the third-place match (Mexico vs. Trinidad & Tobago) qualify directly for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada. The fourth-place team will enter a two-leg playoff against South American third-place finisher Ecuador for a final berth.

20 IN, 4 TO GO: With their advancement to the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship title match, Costa Rica and the USA became the 18th and 19th teams, respectively, to qualify for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Ivory Coast became the 20th team to qualify after defeating South Africa, 1-0, in the third-place match of the African qualifying tournament. Nigeria and Cameroon are Africa’s other representatives. Switzerland, England, Spain, France, Norway, Germany and Sweden have qualified from Europe. The Netherlands defeated Scotland, 2-1, in the first leg of the semifinals of the UEFA playoffs while Italy downed Ukaine by the same score. The two semifinal winners will battle in a two-leg final to be the last European qualifier. Five teams qualified from the 2014 Asian Women’s Cup – Japan, Australia, China PR, Korea Republic and Thailand. 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. In the South American qualifying tournament, Brazil won the competition with Colombia finishing second and Ecuador third to earn a playoff against the fourth place finisher from CONCACAF. The remaining four countries will come from Europe (1 more), CONCACAF (1.5), South America (.5) and Oceania (1). The Confederation breakdown of World Cup berths is as follows:


Host:

Canada

CONCACAF

3.5 + host, up from 2.5

Europe

8 total, up from 4.5 + host in 2011

South America

2.5, up from 2

Africa

5 total, up from 3

Oceania

1, same as in 2011

Asia

3 total, up from 2

WORLD RECORD AND COUNTING: Abby Wambach continues to add to her world goal scoring record after tallying career goals No. 172 and 173 against Haiti on Oct. 20 at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. 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 Haiti marked the 111th win for the USA in a game in which Wambach has scored at least one goal (111-2-8). Wambach has scored 48 goals in her past 59 games over 2012, 2013 and 2014. She is also third all-time in assists with 65, behind only Kristine Lilly (105) and Hamm (144).

CONCACAF VENUE HISTORY: The USA is familiar with all four venues for the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship, having now played 20 games in its history at the four stadiums: two at Sporting Park, six at Toyota Park (including a Women’s World Cup playoff match in 2010), nine at RFK Stadium and three at PPL Park. The U.S. is coming off a 3-0 victory against Mexico on Friday, Oct. 24, in the semifinals of the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship. The USA has never lost a match at these venues.

Stadium

City

Record

GF

GA

The Skinny

Sporting Park

Kansas City, Kan.

1-0-1

2

1

1-1 tie vs. CAN in 2011; 1-0 win vs. TRI in 2014

Toyota Park

Bridgeview, Ill.

5-0-1

18

2

1-0 win vs. Italy in 2010 sent USA to WWC

RFK Stadium

Washington, D.C.

9-0-0

31

5

Most recent was 6-0 win vs. Haiti on Monday

PPL Park

Chester, Pa.

3-0-0

8

2

Defeated CHN twice at the venue

ROSTER SPOTS: U.S. head coach Jill Ellis chose 20 players for the USA’s 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship roster, which included two goalkeepers, seven defenders, six midfielders and five forwards, but will play the rest of the tournament with 19 after forward Alex Morgan was ruled out due to injury in second game. Many of the players can play multiple positions, giving Ellis variety and depth on the roster, which consists of all professional players aside from the USA’s lone college player, Morgan Brian, who is a senior at the University of Virginia. Of the USA’s 20 players, just five are over 30 years old: team captain Christie Rampone (39), forward Abby Wambach (34), goalkeeper Hope Solo (33), midfielder Carli Lloyd (32) and defender Ali Krieger (30). Rampone hit the historic 300 cap mark last game and is the most-capped active player in the world and second all-time in world history. The least-capped players on the roster are Ashlyn Harris and Julie Johnston who both have four caps. Three players on the roster helped FC Kansas City to the 2014 NWSL title: Becky Sauerbrunn, Lauren Holiday and Amy Rodriguez.

U.S. Women’s National Team By Position – Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): 18-Ashlyn Harris (Washington Spirit), 1-Hope Solo (Seattle Reign FC)
DEFENDERS (7): 6-Whitney Engen (WNY Flash), 19-Julie Johnston (Chicago Red Stars), 16-Meghan Klingenberg (Houston Dash), 11-Ali Krieger (Washington Spirit), 5-Kelley O’Hara (Sky Blue FC), 3-Christie Rampone (Sky Blue FC), 4-Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City)
MIDFIELDERS (6): 7-Morgan Brian (Virginia), 17-Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC), 12-Lauren Holiday (FC Kansas City), 10-Carli Lloyd (Houston Dash), 9-Heather O’Reilly (Boston Breakers), 15-Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign FC)
FORWARDS (4): 2-Sydney Leroux (Seattle Reign FC), 14-Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars), 8-Amy Rodriguez (FC Kansas City), 20-Abby Wambach (WNY Flash)

U.S. ROSTER NOTES:

  • U.S. head coach Jill Ellis has used 19 of the 20 players on the roster so far, with Julie Johnston (who was a late injury replacement for Crystal Dunn), the only player yet to see action.
  • Midfielder Carli Lloyd is the only player to log all 360 minutes during the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship.
  • Eight players have scored goals so far in the tournament, led by Lloyd who has four. Abby Wambach is second with three goals, and she now has 13 goals in World Cup qualifying, which ranks second all-time in U.S. WNT history behind Michelle Akers (17).
  • Tobin Heath and Christen Press each have two goals in the tournament.
  • Sydney Leroux leads the USA with three assists in the tournament. Lloyd has two..
  • Thirteen of the players on this roster participated in the qualifying tournament for the 2012 Olympics. The six players that did not are: goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris, defenders Whitney Engen, Julie Johnston and Meghan Klingenberg, midfielder Morgan Brian and forward Press.
  • Ten players on the roster had previous Women’s World Cup qualifying experience coming into this tournament, led by forward Wambach and midfielder Heather O’Reilly, both of whom played in the qualifying tournaments for the last three Women’s World Cup tournaments. Defender Christie Rampone and midfielder Lloyd played in the last two CONCACAF Women’s World Cup qualifying tournaments. Other U.S. WNT players with previous qualifying experience are Holiday, Ali Krieger, Megan Rapinoe, Amy Rodriguez, Becky Sauerbrunn and Hope Solo.
  • 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. She currently has 109 caps.
  • Wambach is the USA’s top scorer on the roster with 173 goals. After Wambach, Lloyd is the top scorer with 55 career international goals and O’Reilly has scored 41. Sydney Leroux is quickly climbing the charts with 32.
  • 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 28 international scores.
  • Wambach took over the team scoring lead in 2014 with her brace against Haiti in the USA’s final Group A match and now has 10 goals this year. Wambach is followed by Lloyd (9), Leroux (8) and Press (7).
  • Wambach has now reached double-figures in goals in eight different calendar years. Mia Hamm still holds the record with nine years in double-figures.
  • Lloyd’s six assists are best on the team this year and she is followed by Press and Rapinoe, both with five.
  • All nine NWSL clubs are represented on the roster.
  • Twenty-nine players have seen game action for the USA in 2014, including first-cappers Samantha Mewis, Sarah Hagan and Allie Long, none of whom made the qualifying roster.
  • The USA has scored 15 goals in the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship to lead all teams.

IN THE RECORD BOOKS:

  • Christie Rampone earned her 300th appearance on Oct. 24, joining only Kristine Lilly (352) in this elite caps club.
  • The USA’s current 91-game unbeaten streak at home (80-0-11 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).
  • Carli Lloyd scored goals No. 54 and 55 of her career during the USA’s 3-0 win against Mexico on Oct. 24. She moved into sole possession of eighth place on the U.S. WNT’s all-time goal scoring list past Carin Gabarra (53 goals from 1987-96). Lloyd is now chasing Shannon MacMillan who scored 60 goals in her career.
  • Lloyd is the highest-scoring player in U.S. history who has played exclusively as a midfielder.
  • 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 211 is now seventh on the USA’s all-time list. Abby Wambach (227) and Rampone (300) are the only active players ahead of her.
  • O’Reilly is the second-youngest player to hit 200 caps for the USA. 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 sixth all-time in assists with 51.
  • In addition to breaking Mia Hamm’s world scoring record, 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, another on Sept. 13 against Mexico and another on Oct. 20 vs. Haiti and sits at 42. She has 35 two-goal games, five hat tricks, one four-goal game and one five-goal game.
  • With her goal against Switzerland on Aug. 20, Wambach joined Hamm as the only WNT players to reach 400 points in their career. Wambach has 411 points (173 goals, 65 assists) and Hamm had 460 (158 goals, 144 assists).
  • Leroux is tied with Lindsay Tarpley for 15th on the all-time U.S. WNT goal scoring list with 32 goals.
  • Ali Krieger became the 48th WNT player to reach 50 caps with her start against Trinidad & Tobago on Oct. 15. Other players to hit the 50-game milestone this year have included Sydney Leroux on April 10 against China PR and Becky Sauerbrunn on Jan. 31 against Canada.
  • Hope Solo earned her 76th shutout during the USA’s 3-0 win against Mexico on Oct. 24, extending her team record. 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, 45 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.

CONCACAF WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP HISTORY:

  • The USA is 26-1-0 all-time in CONCACAF Women’s World Cup qualifying.
  • The USA won the Women’s World Cup qualifying tournament in 1991, 1994, 2002 and 2006. As host, the U.S. WNT did not have to qualify for 1999. The USA played Canada in the championship game of each of those first four tournaments.
  • The USA finished third in 2010 after losing to Mexico, 2-1, in the semifinal and defeating Costa Rica 3-0 in the third-place match.
  • The USA has scored 147 goals in WWC qualifying (an average of 5.4 per game) while allowing five.

BY THE NUMBERS:

  • 0.58: Goals per game the USA has allowed in 2014
  • 1: Player to appear in all 19 games in 2014: Christen Press
  • 3.3: Goals per game the USA has scored in 2014
  • 6: Assists by Carli Lloyd in 2014, the most on the team
  • 13: U.S. players to score a goal in 2014
  • 15: Goals in 31 career games for U.S. forward Christen Press
  • 55: Career goals by Lloyd, most ever for a WNT player who has played exclusively as a midfielder
  • 76: Career shutouts by Hope Solo, the USA’s all-time record
  • 111: U.S. victories when Wambach scores a goal (111-2-8 overall)
  • 130: Minutes on field per goal averaged by Mia Hamm in her career
  • 300: Caps by Christie Rampone, second all-time to Kristine Lilly (352)

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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 14-0-3. 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.

IN FOCUS: COSTA RICA
Federación Costarricense de Fútbol 
Founded: 1921 (Joined FIFA in 1927) 
Head Coach: Garabet Avedissian 
FIFA World Ranking: 40 
FIFA World Cups: 2015 
Best FIFA World Cup Finish: Qualified for first World Cup in 2015

Costa Rica Women’s National Team Roster by Position
GOALKEEPERS (2): 1-Dinnia Diaz (Moravia), 18-Yirlania Arroyo (Sky Blue FC)
DEFENDERS (11): 2-Gabriela Guillen (Saprissa), 3-Mariane Ugalde (Saprissa), 4- Maríiana Benavidez (Herediano), 5-Diana Saenz (South Florida), 6-Carol Sanchez (Moravia), 8-Daniela Cruz (South Florida), 12-Lixy Rodriguez (UCEM), 13-Noelia Bermudez (Herediano), 14-Yesmi Rodriguez (Moravia), 20-Wendy Patricia Acosta (Moravia), 29-Fabiola Sanchez (Martin Methodist)
MIDFIELDERS (4): 7-Gloriana Villalobos (Saprissa), 10-Shirley Cruz (Paris Saint-Germain), 15-Cristin Granados (Saprissa), 16-Katherine Alvarado (Saprissa) 
FORWARDS (3): 9-Carolina Venegas (Saprissa), 11-Raquel Rodriguez Cedeño (Penn State), 17-Daphnne Herrera (Saprissa)

COSTA RICA ROSTER NOTES

  • Costa Rica qualified for its first FIFA Women’s World Cup with a 3-0 shootout victory against Trinidad & Tobago on Oct. 24. Carolina Venegas scored Costa Rica’s 19th-minute goal as both teams played to a 1-1 score through regulation and overtime. In the shootout, Katherine Alvarado, Carol Sanchez and Wendy Patricia Acosta each converted their attempts, while Trinidad & Tobago failed to convert as goalkeeper Dinnia Diaz saved all three attempts.
  • Costa Rica is 8-12-1 all-time in World Cup qualifying matches, posting a 3-0-0 record to win Group B in this year’s tournament.
  • Costa Rica is guaranteed its best finish in the CONCACAF Women’s Championship. Its previous best was third place in 1998.
  • Venegas is Costa Rica’s top goal scorer in this year’s tournament with four tallies. In addition to her recent goal against Trinidad & Tobago, Venegas scored the lone goal during Costa Rica’s 1-0 win against Mexico to open Group B play on Oct. 16. She also scored twice during her side’s 6-1 rout against Martinique on Oct. 21.
  • Penn State junior Raquel Rodriguez Cedeño has three goals for Costa Rica in the CONCACAF Women’s Championship, including the 86th-minute game-winner to lead Costa Rica past Jamaica 2-1 on Oct. 18. She also scored twice against Martinique.
  • Midfielder Shirley Cruz plays for France club powerhouse Paris Saint-Germain, where American forward Lindsey Horan currently plays and where Tobin Heath had played for six months for PSG’s runner-up Division 1 Féminine team in 2013-14 before returning to the U.S. to play for the National Women’s Soccer League’s Portland Thorns FC.

USA VS. COSTA RICA:

  • The USA is a perfect 9-0-0 all-time against Costa Rica, with all nine victories resulting in a shutout. The U.S. has outscored Costa Rica 45-0.
  • The U.S. is 3-0-0 in World Cup qualifying matches against Costa Rica, including a 4-0 win on Nov. 1, 2010, and a 3-0 victory on Nov. 8, 2010. The latter win, led by Abby Wambach’s brace, came in the 2010 CONCACAF Women’s Championship third-place game in Cancun, Mexico. The USA earned a spot in a two-game playoff against Italy and would go on to advance to the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
  • The USA-Costa Rica series began on June 25, 2000, with the U.S. earning an 8-0 victory in Group A play at the 2000 CONCACAF Women’s Gold Cup in Louisville. USA midfielder Nikki Serlenga, who featured for the WNT in 30 games from 2000-01, scored three goals in that match.
  • The U.S. has also played Costa Rica three times in Olympic qualifying, including a 3-0 win on Jan. 27, 2012, to qualify for the London Olympics later that year.
  • As part of the USA’s Fan Tribute Tour following the gold medal performance at the 2012 London Olympics, the U.S. defeated Costa Rica 8-0 on Sept. 1 in Rochester, New York. Hometown hero Wambach and Megan Rapinoe each scored two goals.

LAST TIME
On the field for the USA: 
Oct. 24, 2014 vs. Mexico – PPL Park; Chester, Pennsylvania
2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship

USA   2  1  3  Carli Lloyd 6, 30; Christen Press 56
MEX  0  0  0

Lineups:
USA: 1-Hope Solo; 11-Ali Krieger, 3-Christie Rampone (capt.), 6-Whitney Engen, 16-Meghan Klingenberg; 12-Lauren Holiday (9-Heather O’Reilly, 75), 10-Carli Lloyd, 15-Megan Rapinoe (7-Morgan Brian, 67); 14-Christen Press, 2-Sydney Leroux (20-Abby Wambach, 62), 17-Tobin Heath
Subs Not Used: 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 5-Kelley O’Hara, 8-Amy Rodriguez, 18-Ashlyn Harris, 19-Julie Johnston
Head Coach: Jill Ellis

MEX: 12-Pamela Tajonar (capt.); 2-Arianna Romero, 3-Bianca Sierra, 4-Alina Garcíamendez, 15-Christina Murillo (14-Monica Alvarado, 72); 6-Liliana Mercado, 7-Lydia Nayeli Rangel, 13-Kenti Robles (8-Teresa Noyola, 76); 18-Dinora Garza, 19-Tanya Samarzich, 20-Luz Duarte (10-Sandra Stephany Mayor, 55)
Subs Not Used: 1-Cecilia Santiago, 5-Paulina Solís, 11-Monica Ocampo, 9-Veronica Charlyn Corral, 16-Karla Nieto, 17-Veronica Perez
Head Coach: Leonardo Cuellar

On the field vs. Costa Rica:
Sept. 2, 2012 – Sahlen’s Stadium – Rochester, N.Y. – International Friendly

USA  5  3  8  Rapinoe 13, 45; Wambach 24, 32; Morgan 38; Leroux 77; Lloyd 84; O’Reilly 89
CRC  0  0  0

Lineups:
USA: 1-Hope Solo (21-Jill Loyden, 54); 6-Amy LePeilbet (2-Heather Mitts, 46), 3-Christie Rampone (capt.), 16-Rachel Buehler (4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 46), 5-Kelley O’Hara; 15-Megan Rapinoe (8-Amy Rodriguez, 55), 10-Carli Lloyd, 7-Shannon Boxx (9-Heather O’Reilly, 46), 17-Tobin Heath; 13-Alex Morgan, 14-Abby Wambach (11-Sydney Leroux, 72)
Subs Not Used: 12-Lauren Cheney
Head coach: Pia Sundhage

CRC: 1-Erica Miranda; 5-Diana Saenz (2-Noelle Sanz, 85), 8-Daniela Cruz, 14-Miriam Ugalde, 4-Gabriela Guillen (22-Yesmi Rodriguez, 89); 16-Cristin Granados, 10-Katherine Alvarado, 7-Mariela Campos; 9-Daphne Herrera (15-Mariana Benavides, 64), 11-Raquel Rodriguez, 6-Maria Barrantes (12-Mayra Almazan)
Subs Not Used: 17-Andreina Baltodano, 18-Noelia Bermudez, 19-Gabriela Alfaro
Head coach: Karla Aleman

WNT Rolls Past Costa Rica 6-0 to Win 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship Crown

CHESTER, Pennsylvania (Oct. 26, 2014) – The U.S. Women’s National Team held nothing back in closing out the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship. FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year nominee Abby Wambach recorded a first-half hat trick and four goals in all, and the USA rolled to a 6-0 victory against Costa Rica in the title match before 11,625 spectators at PPL Park. 

Carli Lloyd added a first-half goal to up her total to five goals in five tournament matches, and Sydney Leroux tallied her first goal of the competition in the second half. 

Wambach recorded the eighth hat trick of her international career, and the all-time goal scoring leader now has 177 goals in 228 matches. With her fourth goal, Wambach broke the U.S. WNT record with her 18th goal in World Cup qualifying matches, surpassing the mark of 17 set by Michelle Akers. 

Wambach scored seven goals in four games at the CONCACAF Women’s Championship to earn the Golden Boot. Lloyd won the Golden Ball as the tournament’s top player; and in addition to her five goals, Lloyd contributed four assists. Hope Solo was the Golden Glove winner, posting four shutouts. 

As a team, the U.S. outscored its opposition 21-0 in the tournament. 

The USA won the CONCACAF Women’s Championship for the fifth time. The WNT previously won the tournament in 1991, 1994, 2002 and 2006. The USA did not participate in the 1998 event because the team was already entered in the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup at the host nation. 

As finalists, the U.S. and Costa Rica had already qualified for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada. It will mark the USA’s seventh consecutive appearance in the Women’s World Cup, while Costa Rica is making its first appearance. 

Earlier in the day, Mexico defeated Trinidad & Tobago 4-2 in overtime to win the third-place game and automatic qualification to the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Mexico is the 21st team to qualify. 

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Abby Wambach (Morgan Brian), 4th minute: The USA threatened a couple times during this sequence, starting with Megan Rapinoe’s low, driven corner kick from the right side that eventually led to a long-distance shot from Meghan Klingenberg. Klingenberg’s strike was blocked by Costa Rica’s Diana Saenz, but not cleared far enough away as Brian collected on the left side. The USA’s youngest player  crossed to Wambach at the edge of the six-yard box and the all-time goal scoring leader finished with a snapped header. USA 1, CRC 0 (SEE GOAL)

USA – Carli Lloyd (Abby Wambach), 17th minute: Rapinoe’s corner kick from the left side reached Wambach on the right side of the box. Because she was too far from the goal to threaten the net with a shot, Wambach nodded the ball to the edge of the six-yard box toward Lloyd. Lloyd deftly flicked a header inside the left of the frame for her fifth goal in five tournament games. USA 2, CRC 0 (SEE GOAL)

USA – Abby Wambach (Carli Lloyd), 35th minute: Rapinoe played a through ball to Lloyd on the left side of the box. Lloyd eluded Costa Rica’s Carol Sanchez to create some space for a left-footed cross to the six-yard box, and once again Wambach headed the ball into the net. USA 3, CRC 0 (SEE GOAL) 

USA – Abby Wambach (Carli Lloyd), 41st minute: A carbon-copy of Wambach’s goal just six minutes earlier. Again, Rapinoe had the initial set-up pass to Lloyd in the left side of the box. This time, Lloyd turned to her right foot for the cross to Wambach, who headed into the right side of the frame. USA 4, CRC 0 (SEE GOAL) 

USA – Abby Wambach (Sydney Leroux), 71st minute: From midfield, Leroux’s up-field pass split a pair of Costa Rica defenders to Wambach on the right side of the box. Wambach recognized  that Dinnia Diaz was off her line and immediately launched a deft chip over the Costa Rica goalkeeper’s gloves and into the left side of the net. USA 5, CRC 0 (SEE GOAL) 

USA – Sydney Leroux (Tobin Heath), 73rd minute: Meghan Klingenberg left the ball to Heath on the left side of the area, and the second-half sub crossed the ball into the middle of the six-yard box. Leroux, who had hit the frame multiple times in this tournament, finally struck with a header into the back of the net. USA 6, CRC 0 (SEE GOAL) (FINAL) 

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
CRC – Dinnia Diaz, 12th minute: Midfielder Carli Lloyd, the USA’s most consistent scoring threat throughout the tournament, had an early opportunity when she received the ball in the box with her back to the goal. Lloyd spun counter clockwise to stave off her defender and shot toward the near left side of the frame. Diaz reacted well and got low for the diving save. 

CRC – Lixy Rodriguez, 49th minute: Abby Wambach nearly had another opportunity to add to her first-half hat trick. Morgan Brian played the ball toward the U.S. striker, and Rodriguez made a strong sliding effort in the box to disrupt the pass and prevent Wambach from tallying another goal. 

CRC – Dinnia Diaz, 89th minute: USA second-half sub Heather O’Reilly attacked from the right side and working the ball into position for a close range shot in the box. O’Reilly’s shot was denied by Diaz with a kick save at the near right post. 

USA Leaders at CONCACAF Women’s Championship:

  • Goals: Abby Wambach (7), Carli Lloyd (5), Tobin Heath (2), Christen Press (2), five tied with (1)
  • Assists: Sydney Leroux (4), Carli Lloyd (4), Tobin Heath (2), five tied with (1) 

Milestone Watch:

  • Christie Rampone, the active caps leader in the world, earned her 301st cap. She trails only Kristine Lilly (352 games from 1987-2010) on the all-time list.
  • Abby Wambach and Carli Lloyd each made their 14th appearances in a World Cup qualifying match. They are tied for second place on the USA’s all-time list behind only Lilly (17 games).
  • Wambach’s eighth hat trick ties her for second on the U.S. WNT all-time list with Cindy Parlow (eight hat tricks from 1996-2004). Mia Hamm holds the USA record with 10 hat tricks from 1987-2004.
  • Sydney Leroux scored her 33rd international goal, moving into sole possession of 15th place on the WNT all-time list past Lindsay Tarpley (32 goals from 2003-2011).
  • Goalkeeper Hope Solo, the U.S. WNT’s all-time shutouts leader, upped her record to 77 clean sheets in 159 games. 

Next on the Schedule:
The U.S. WNT will prepare for the four-team International Tournament of Brasilia from Dec. 10-21. The USA opens against China PR (Dec. 10), followed by Brazil (Dec. 14) and Argentina (Dec. 17) in group play. Kickoff times and additional tournament information will be announced at a later date.
Social: Twitter (@ussoccer_wnt; @ussoccer_esp); Facebook; Instagram 

Additional Notes:

  • The USA is now 15-2-3 in 2014.
  • The U.S. WNT moves to 10-0-0 all-time against Costa Rica. The USA has outscored Costa Rica 51-0.
  • U.S. head coach Jill Ellis made three starting lineup changes following the team’s 3-0 semifinal win against Mexico on Friday.
  • The majority of the defense returned to the starting lineup, with Hope Solo in goal, Meghan Klingenberg at left back, Ali Krieger at right back and captain Christie Rampone at center back. Becky Sauerbrunn got the call as the USA’s other center back, making her first start since the team’s 5-0 victory against Guatemala on Oct. 17 in the group stage.
  • The U.S. midfield featured returning starters Carli Lloyd and Lauren Holiday, while college senior Morgan Brian earned her first start of the tournament.
  • In the front of the USA’s 4-3-3 formation, regular starting midfielder Megan Rapinoe was pushed to forward. Christen Press earned her third straight start. Abby Wambach, who came off the bench against Mexico, returned to the starting group.
  • Ellis made all three subs in one block. In the 56th minute, Sydney Leroux and Heather O’Reilly replaced Brian and Press, respectively. In the 57th minute of that substitution trio, Tobin Heath entered for Rapinoe.
  • Lloyd is the only USA player to log the full 450 minutes during this year’s CONCACAF Women’s Championship.
  • Klingenberg, who wowed USA fans with her long-distance strike against Haiti, nearly struck with a second international goal in the 37th minute. However, her 17-yard shot rattled off of the crossbar.
  • The U.S. WNT is now 90-8-13 in the 111 games that Rampone has been the team captain.
  • The U.S. is 15-0-3 under head coach Jill Ellis.

- U.S. Women’s National Team Match Report - 

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Costa Rica
Date: Oct. 26, 2014
Competition: 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship; Final
Venue: PPL Park; Chester, Pennsylvania
Kickoff: 6:00 p.m. ET
Attendance: 11,625
Weather: 63 degrees, partly cloudy 

Scoring Summary:   1          2          F
USA                            4          2          6
CRC                            0          0          0 

USA – Abby Wambach (Morgan Brian)                     4th minute
USA – Carli Lloyd (Abby Wambach)                         17
USA – Abby Wambach (Carli Lloyd)                         35
USA – Abby Wambach (Carli Lloyd)                         41
USA – Abby Wambach (Sydney Leroux)                  71
USA – Sydney Leroux (Tobin Heath)                        73 

Lineups:
USA: 1-Hope Solo; 16-Meghan Klingenberg, 3-Christie Rampone (capt.), 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 11-Ali Krieger; 12-Lauren Holiday, 7-Morgan Brian (2-Sydney Leroux, 56), 10-Carli Lloyd; 14-Christen Press (9-Heather O’Reilly, 56), 20-Abby Wambach, 15-Megan Rapinoe (17-Tobin Heath, 57)
Subs Not Used: 5-Kelley O’Hara, 6-Whitney Engen, 8-Amy Rodriguez, 18-Ashlyn Harris, 19-Julie Johnston
Head Coach: Jill Ellis 

CRC: 1-Dinnia Diaz; 5-Diana Saenz (9-Carolina Venegas, 46), 6-Carol Sanchez, 8-Daniela Cruz, 10-Shirley Cruz (capt.); 11-Raquel Rodriguez Cedeño, 12-Lixy Rodriguez (2-Gabriela Guillen, 76), 15-Cristin Granados, 16-Katherine Alvarado; 17-Daphnne Herrera, 20-Wendy Patricia Acosta (19-Fabiola Sanchez, 74)
Subs Not Used: 3-Mariane Ugalde, 4-Maríiana Benavidez, 7-Gloriana Villalobos, 13-Noelia Bermudez, 14-Yesmi Rodriguez, 18-Yirlania Arroyo
Head Coach: Avedissian Garabet 

Stats Summary: USA / CRC
Shots: 21 / 2
Shots on Goal: 14 / 0
Saves: 0 / 8
Corner Kicks: 8 / 2
Fouls: 18 / 6
Offside: 1 / 2 

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Megan Rapinoe (caution)       27th minute
USA – Lauren Holiday (caution)         60 

Officials:
Referee: Lucila Venegas (MEX)
Assistant Referee 1: Mayte Chavez (MEX)
Assistant Referee 2: Emperatriz Ayala (SLV)
Fourth Official: Maurees Skeete (GUY) 

Budweiser Woman of the Match: Abby Wambach

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