U.S. Women's National Team Notes from Rochester
News and Notes from Rochester, N.Y. on the eve of the U.S. Women's National Team's showdown with Canada
U.S. Women’s National Team
Notes from Rochester, N.Y.
July 18, 2009
U.S. WOMEN TO FACE CANADA TWICE TO CLOSE OUT SUMMER SCHEDULE: The U.S. Women’s National Team finishes what is basically a three-game summer series against northern rival Canada with matches on July 19 at Marina Auto Stadium in Rochester, N.Y. (Live on ESPN at 3 p.m. ET) and July 22 at Blackbaud Stadium in Charleston, S.C. (Live on FSC and Fox Sports en Espanol at 8 p.m. ET). Fans can also follow both matches on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker. These will mark the first two domestic matches of the year for the U.S. women, who have played five matches in 2009, all outside the U.S. borders. The U.S. team was last in action on May 25 in Toronto at BMO Field, a 4-0 victory over Canada in a hastily organized match after Japan pulled out of its North American tour that included a stop in Canada and two cancelled games in the USA. The U.S. got an early goal from Shannon Boxx, a brilliant strike from Megan Rapinoe, an opportunistic finish from Lindsay Tarpley and then a nifty near post header from Lauren Cheney at the end of the game. The U.S. team has lost one match in regulation time since Sundhage took over at the end of 2007, that coming into the opening game of the 2008 Olympics, a match from which the USA famously rebounded to win the gold medal. Sundhage has compiled a record of 37-1-3 overall as head coach of the USA.
U.S. WNT 2009 Domestic Schedule
Date Opponent Venue City Kickoff /Result
May 25 Canada BMO Field Toronto, Canada 4-0 W
July 19 Canada Rochester Rhinos Stadium Rochester, N.Y. 3 p.m. ET on ESPN
July 22 Canada Blackbaud Stadium Charleston, S.C. 8 p.m. ET FSC Fox Sports en Espanol
ABBY GOES FOR 100 AT HOME: Due to a remarkable confluence of circumstances, U.S. forward Abby Wambach heads into Marina Auto Stadium in her hometown of Rochester, N.Y., with 99 career goals and looking for her historic 100th career score. ussoccer.com’s all_access video (LINK) got an inside look at Abby’s popularity in Rochester where she has done quite a bit of media leading up to the match. The USA-Canada game in Toronto on May 25 marked the return to international play for the U.S. striker who playing for the USA for the first time since she suffered a broken leg against Brazil on July 16, 2008, in the USA’s final game before the Olympics. Even more amazing, Wambach passed the one-year anniversary of her broken leg while in Rochester. Wambach was on 99 career goals when she was injured more than a year ago and did not find the net in 90 minutes in at BMO Field. Thus, she will fortuitously be looking for her historic 100th career score in Rochester, N.Y., which would make her the second U.S. star to do so. Mia Hamm was the first U.S. player to score 100 career goals, getting hers at Frontier Field on Sept. 18, 1998. If Wambach gets her 100th goal, she will join a quartet of U.S. Soccer legends in the elite 100-goal club: Mia Hamm (158), Kristine Lilly (129), Michelle Akers (105) and Tiffeny Milbrett (100). It has been a long road back for Wambach, who has a titanium rod in her left leg, but the striker has been going full out with the Washington Freedom and has three goals thus far during the WPS season. For a list of all of Wambach’s 99 career goals and some other Wambach fun facts, click here
GOING FOR 100: Not just Wambach will be looking for her 100th goal on Sunday as Canada’s Christine Sinclair will also searching for her 100th career score. For a special one-on-two chat with CONCACAF’s top two strikers go to ussoccer.com’s all_access video. A goal for Wambach would tie her with Milbrett for eight all-time and fourth in U.S. history. She would then begin an eight-goal climb that could put her in fourth place all-time behind three of the world’s all-time greatest scorers, Mia Hamm, Kristine Lilly and Birgit Prinz.
ALL-TIME GOAL SCORERS IN THE HISTORY OF WOMEN'S INTERNATIONAL SOCCER
Rank Player Goals Country as July 15, 2009 ® Retired
1 Mia Hamm® 158 USA
2 Kristine Lilly 129 USA
3 Birgit Prinz 122 Germany
4 Elisabetta Vignotto® 107 Italy
5 Michelle Akers® 105 USA
Carolina Morace® 105 Italy
7 Julie Fleeting 103 Scotland
8 Tiffeny Milbrett 100 USA
9 Abby Wambach 99 USA
Christine Sinclair 99 Canada
11 Sun Wen® 94 China
12 Heidi Mohr® 83 Germany
14 Marinette Pichon® 81 France
15 Cindy Parlow® 75 USA
16 Hanna Ljungberg 72 Sweden
17 Charmaine Hooper® 71 Canada
Lena Videkull® 71 Sweden
Pia Sundhage® 71 Sweden
RAMPONE OUT FOR CANADA MATCHES: U.S. captain Christie Rampone underwent emergency abdominal surgery early Saturday morning in Rochester, N.Y., where the USA is preparing to face Canada on Sunday at 3 p.m. live on ESPN and will not be available for that match, or the July 22 clash with Canada in Charleston, S.C. (Live on Fox Soccer Channel at 8 p.m. ET). Rampone is fine, resting and is expected to leave the hospital later on Saturday. It is undetermined how long she will be sidelined. Rampone has played every minute of all five WNT matches so far this year and led the team in minutes played in 2008, setting a U.S. record for most minutes played in a calendar year with 3,066. U.S. head coach Pia Sundhage will not replace Rampone and the USA will head into the two matches against Canada with a roster of 20 players.
WELCOME BACK CAT AND LESLIE: Pia Sundhage has recalled defender Cat Whitehill and midfielder Leslie Osborne, two players who have been mainstays of the U.S. team in the recent past, but who have not played for the USA in over a year as they recovered from ACL injuries that knocked them out of the running for spots on the 2008 Olympic Team. Both were members of the USA’s 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup Team. Whitehill has not played for the USA since May 3, 2008, in a 5-4 win against Australia in her hometown of Birmingham, Ala. while Osborne’s last cap was May 10, 2008 in a 6-0 win against Canada in Washington, D.C., a match in which she scored. Both have recovered fully from their ACL surgeries (and in Osborne’s case, a reconstructive ankle surgery as well) and have been regular starters for their WPS clubs.
YOUNG CHAMPIONS: Among the 21 players U.S. head coach Pia Sundhage called for this event, three are still in college, but all three have won a world title before the age of 21. Midfielder Tobin Heath (21) and forward Lauren Cheney (21) were the two youngest players on the 2008 Olympic gold medal winning team while midfielder Christine Nairn (18) was a key player in the USA’s run to the championship of the 2008 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup. Cheney has played 17 times for the full team, scoring four times, including the final goal in the USA’s 4-0 rout of Canada on May 25. Cheney, one of the top forwards in the country heading into her senior year this fall has scored 53 goals in three seasons for the Bruins. She was a late addition to the Olympic roster, replacing Abby Wambach after she suffered a broken leg in the final pre-Olympic match, but came off the bench in the final three matches of the Olympic Games. Heath, like Cheney, has 17 career caps and along with Cheney was a member of the USA’s 2006 U-20 team that finished fourth at the Women’s World Cup in Russia. Heath, who will be a senior at UNC, has scored four times for the USA while seeing most of her action at flank midfield. Nairn, a Penn State freshman earned her first-ever cap during the USA’s last match, coming off the bench to play the final nine minutes of the game.
U.S. WNT QUICK HITS:
· These matches mark the 46th and 47th meetings against Canada, passing Norway for the most games ever against the USA.
· Of the 21 players on the roster (counting Rampone), 18 were the roster for the match in Toronto on May 25. U.S. head coach Pia Sundhage replaced Casey Nogueira, Brittany Bock and Kelsey Davis with Cat Whitehill, Leslie Osborne and Tobin Heath.
· Canada has not defeated the USA since March 11, 2001, at the Algarve Cup when the USA brought a very young team, but since then has drawn three matches and lost by just one goal seven other times.
· The USA’s nine goals this year have been scored by seven different players.
· U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo has an all-time record of 63-5-9. Nicole Barnhart has never lost a match and is 11-0-1.
· Lindsay Tarpley’s 30 goals tie her 12th on the USA’s all-time scoring list with Brandi Chastain. Heather O’Reilly’s 25 goals puts her 15th on the all-time list. Abby Wambach is fifth all-time in U.S. history with her 99 goals. They are the only three active players in the top-15 all-time goal scorers.
· Since returning from her year-long rehabilitation from knee surgery against Australia on April 27, 2008, Heather Mitts has made a run to and through the Olympics, the Achieve Your Gold Tour, the Algarve Cup and the most recent friendly against Canada that has seen her start 29 of the 30 games the USA has played.
· The USA has not played a domestic match since Dec. 17, 2008, a 1-0 victory over China in Detroit, Mich. Heather O’Reilly scored the lone U.S. goal in that match, which was played on artificial turf.
· The USA is riding a 40-game unbeaten streak in domestic matches (37-0-3).
· The USA’s four-goal outburst against Canada in the fifth game of the year almost equaled its total output from the previous four games (five goals), all at the Algarve Cup in Portugal.
· The USA has received five yellow cards this year, one each to Shannon Boxx, Rachel Buehler and Megan Rapinoe, and one each to two players not on the roster for the Canada series, Angie Woznuk and Kendall Fletcher.
· Christie Rampone has captained the USA in every match since the start of 2008, except one that she missed due to injury and five others in which players were earning or being honored for earning their 100th caps.
· Of the 193 players who have represented the United States Women’s National Team, 80 have scored a goal.
· Heather O’Reilly leads the U.S. team in assists in 2009 with three.
· The USA had five players log 11 multiple-goal matches in 2008, but the USA has not had a player score more than one goal in a match in the last 14 matches. The last player to score more than one goal in a game was Angela Hucles against Japan in the Olympic semifinal on Aug. 18, 2008. The players who scored multiple goals were Amy Rodriguez, Lindsay Tarpley (three times), Abby Wambach (twice), Natasha Kai (three times) and Hucles.
· The USA has played 10 matches in the state of New York and won them all, eight of them by more two or more goals.
· Canada is the only CONCACAF team that has ever defeated the USA.
· Since Pia Sundhage took over the U.S. team in the fall of 2007, she has given seven players their first-ever caps, but just three of them are on the roster for the Canada games. Sundhage’s first-cappers are: Rachel Buehler, Tina DiMartino, Tobin Heath, Ali Krieger, Becky Sauerbrunn, Kendall Fletcher and Christine Nairn.
· The U.S. team has been shutout in a match just seven times in the last 100 international matches, but lost just three of those games. The USA tied Australia 0-0 in October of 2005, tied France 0-0 in January of 2006, tied Germany 0-0 in March of 2006 (in a game the USA lost in PKs in the Algarve Cup Final), tied Germany 0-0 in January of 2007, lost to Brazil 0-4 in the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup Final, lost to Norway 0-2 in the first round of the 2008 Olympics and tied South Korea in November of 2008. By contract, the USA has earned 66 shutouts in its last 100 matches.
· Since the end of the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup, the USA is 39-1-4.
· Since the end of the 1995 Women’s World Cup, the U.S. WNT has lost six matches in which they have taken a lead. Five of those games were to Norway. The USA has not lost a match in which it took a lead in more than seven years.
Oct. 9, 1997 3-1 loss to Germany in Duisburg, Germany (USA led 1-0)
Feb. 6, 2000 2-3 loss to Norway in Ft. Lauderdale (USA led 1-0 and 2-1)
Feb. 9, 2000 1-2 loss to Norway in Ft. Lauderdale (USA led 1-0)
Sept. 28, 2000 2-3 loss to Norway in Sydney, Australia in the Olympic gold medal game (USA led 1-0)
March 17, 2001 3-4 loss to Norway in Quarteira, Portugal (USA led 3-1)
March 5, 2002 2-3 loss to Norway in Lagos, Portugal (USA led 1-0)
Prior to 1995, the USA had leads in five matches but failed to win. Three of them were to Norway, one to Holland and one to China. Long story short, in the 439 match history of the U.S. Women’s National Team, the USA has surrendered a lead and lost just 11 times, eight of those to Norway.
· The U.S. roster for the two Canada matches features 15 members of the 2008 Olympic gold medal team. The only three missing are Kate Markgraf, who recently had twins, and Natasha Kai and Aly Wagner who were not called in.
· Just 11 players on the roster for the Canada matches have appeared in a Women’s World Cup qualifying match for the USA.
MITTS 100: During the 2009 Algarve Cup Final in Portugal, U.S. defender Heather Mitts became the 25th female player and seventh defender in U.S. history to earn 100 caps. Mitts took the long road to her century mark, earning just five caps in her first five years in the WNT player pool, but since 2004 has been a fixture in the U.S. side. She missed a large chunk of action over 2007 and 2008 after tearing her ACL but returned to the squad to help the USA win an Olympic gold medal. She will be honored for her 100th cap before the USA’s match in Rochester.
LAST TIME IN ROCHESTER: This will mark the fifth trip to Rochester for the U.S. team, but just the fourth for an international match. The U.S. team first played in Rochester on July 31, 1997, when a crowd of 9,131 came to Brockport to watch the U.S. team beat the amateur Rochester Ravens of the W-League, 8-0. Sept. 18, 1998, is an important date in U.S. history as Mia Hamm scored her 100th and 101st career goals in front of a packed Frontier Field in a 4-0 win over Russia during the Nike U.S. Cup. On Sept. 25, 2004, the USA played its first “Fan Celebration Tour” match after winning gold in Greece and a raucous crowd at Frontier Field saw Abby Wambach score twice in a 4-3 as Heather Mitts netted the stoppage time winner over Iceland. The most recent game in Rochester came on Sept. 13, 2006 as Wambach connected twice in the first half in a 3-0 exhibition win over Mexico when the stadium was named PAETEC Park.