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U.S. MNT Opens Send-Off Series with 2-0 Win Against Azerbaijan, Powered by Yingli Solar

SAN FRANCISCO (May 27, 2014) – The U.S. Men’s National Team opened its three-game Send-Off Series with a 2-0 victory against Azerbaijan at Candlestick Park as second-half substitutes Mix Diskerud and Aron Johannsson each scored a goal.

The match, powered by Yingli Solar, saw U.S. goalkeeper Tim Howard tie Kasey Keller’s record of 53 career U.S. MNT victories. Howard also posted his 35th career shutout, making two saves for the clean sheet.

Next up for the USA is a match against Turkey on Sunday, June 1, at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey (2 p.m. ET). The game will be broadcast on ESPN2, WatchESPN, Univision, Univision Deportes Network and ESPN Deportes Radio. Fans can also follow the MNT on Twitter @ussoccer.

Throughout the first half and into the second, the USA always seemed like the team that would score the first goal and the U.S. finally broke the stalemate in the 75th minute. Substitute Brad Davis delivered a free kick from the left side and Azerbaijan’s Ilkin Girtimov headed the ball up, but not out of danger.

Diskerud got a head on the falling ball it and it bounced to Michael Bradley, whose shot from 13 yards out was alertly blocked by Azerbaijan defender Elvin Yunuszade on the goal line with his left foot. The ball ricocheted to Diskerud, who had entered the match just four minutes earlier, and he finished with skill and powered it into the right side of the net. It was Diskerud’s third career tally and first of 2014. (SEE GOAL)

In the 81st minute, Johannsson doubled the USA lead off a Davis corner kick from the right side. Johannsson was completely unmarked at the edge of the six-yard box and he flicked his header into the upper right corner of the goal for the 2-0 lead. It was Johannsson’s first goal of 2014 and second of his young U.S. MNT career. (SEE GOAL)

Though the first half was scoreless, the U.S. created the majority of the scoring chances. Forward Chris Wondolowski, who got the start after Clint Dempsey was a precautionary scratch due to some soreness in his groin, put headers on frame in the fourth and 15th minutes. Both were saved spectacularly by Azerbaijan goalkeeper Kamran Aghayev, the first with his legs and the second with a tremendous tip over the crossbar.

In the second half, the USA had several chances but shot high, including a Michael Bradley took a free kick in the 49th minute that sailed just over the goal. The placement of that free kick carried some controversy as Brad Davis appeared to have been fouled just inside the penalty area, but the free kick was awarded a foot outside the box.

Budweiser Man of the Match Jozy Altidore also had a couple scoring chances, including a 63rd-minute sequence in which he received a pass on the ground from Bradley, held off his defender well on the turn and fired over the crossbar.

Defensively, Howard needed to make only two saves for the clean sheet, the biggest stop coming in the seventh minute against Vagif Javadov after the USA gave up the ball outside the box. In swirling winds, Howard confidently pushed the shot away for a corner kick.

Milestone Watch:

  • U.S. goalkeeper Tim Howard tied Kasey Keller’s record of 53 victories, and Howard is now 53-28-15 since debuting for the U.S. MNT in 2002. Keller was 53-27-18 during his tenure from 1990-2007.
  • Howard is two appearances away from reaching the 100-cap milestone. He now has 98 career appearances as he looks to become the 15th U.S. MNT player to reach the century mark.
  • With Tuesday’s victory, Jurgen Klinsmann (29-11-8) is now one win away from matching Bora Milutinovic’s career wins total (30) for third on the all-time list. Ahead of them are Bruce Arena (71) and 2014 National Soccer Hall of Fame inductee Bob Bradley (43).
  • DaMarcus Beasley, who is looking to become just the third USA player to appear in four World Cups, earned his 115th career international cap and his first of 2014. He is fifth on the all-time caps list.

Next on the Schedule:
The U.S. MNT faces Turkey in the second game of the Send-Off Series at 2 p.m. ET on Sunday, June 1, at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey.
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Additional Notes:

  • This was the USA’s first international matchup against Azerbaijan.
  • The U.S. MNT is now 2-1-1 in 2014.
  • The USA is 2-2-0 at Candlestick Park.
  • Head coach Jurgen Klinsmann went with a starting lineup that featured goalkeeper Tim Howard, left back DaMarcus Beasley, right back Fabian Johnson and a center back pairing of Matt Besler and Geoff Cameron.
  • The midfield in Klinsmann’s 4-4-2 included Alejandro Bedoya on the left, Graham Zusi on the right, Jermaine Jones as the holding midfielder and Michael Bradley at the top of the diamond.
  • Chris Wondolowski and Jozy Altidore were paired up front.
  • Howard wore the captain’s armband for the first time in 2014 and the 10th time in his career. The U.S. MNT is 5-4-1 in games when Howard is the captain.
  • Klinsmann made three halftime subs as he readies this 23-player roster for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. He made two defensive subs, bringing in center back Omar Gonzalez for Cameron and left back Timmy Chandler for Beasley. In the midfield, Brad Davis replaced Zusi to open the second half.
  • For Chandler, it marked his first appearance with the U.S. MNT since the squad’s 2-1 loss to Honduras on Feb. 6, 2013, in World Cup qualifying.
  • With Davis entering the match on the left side of the midfield, Bedoya switched roles to the right side.
  • In the 62nd minute, forward Aron Johannsson entered the game for Wondolowski and DeAndre Yedlin replaced Johnson. Johannsson made his eighth career appearance and Yedlin his third. Both players also have former ties to U.S. Soccer’s Development Academy – Yedlin with Seattle Sounders FC and Johannsson with IMG Academy.
  • Mix Diskerud was the USA’s final sub, replacing Bedoya in the 71st minute.

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

Match: U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Azerbaijan, powered by Yingli Solar
Date: May 27, 2014
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Candlestick Park; San Francisco, Calif.
Kickoff: 7 p.m. PT
Attendance: 24,688
Weather: 66 degrees, partly cloudy

Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA                        0 2 2
AZE                        0 0 0

USA – Mix Diskerud                            75th minute
USA – Aron Johannsson (Brad Davis)  81

USA: 1-Tim Howard (capt.); 23-Fabian Johnson (2-DeAndre Yedlin, 62), 20-Geoff Cameron (3-Omar Gonzalez, 46), 5-Matt Besler, 7-DaMarcus Beasley (21-Timmy Chandler, 46); 19-Graham Zusi (14-Brad Davis, 46), 13-Jermaine Jones, 4-Michael Bradley, 11-Alejandro Bedoya (10-Mix Diskerud, 71); 17-Jozy Altidore, 18-Chris Wondolowski (9-Aron Johannsson, 62)
Subs Not Used: 6-John Brooks, 8-Clint Dempsey, 12-Brad Guzan, 15-Kyle Beckerman, 16-Julian Green, 22-Nick Rimando
Head coach: Jurgen Klinsmann

AZE: 1-Kamran Aghayev, 3-Rasim Ramaldanov, 4-Mahir Shukurov (capt.) (25-Ilkin Girtimov, 46), 7-Vagif Javadov (13-Dmitrij Nazarov, 60), 8-Gara Garayev, 10-Rufat Dadashov (28-Pardis Fardjad-Azad, 66), 11-Rauf Aliyev, 15-Ruslan Abishov (2-Badavi Guseynov, 46), 20-Ufuk Budak, 24-Abdulla Abasiyev (18-Maksim Medvedev, 71), 29-Elvin Yunuszade
Subs Not Used: 5-Shahriyar Aliyev, 9-Jihan Ozkara, 12-Emil Balayev, 14-Rashad Sadigov, 23-Salahat Aghayev
Head Coach: Berti Vogts

Stats Summary: USA / AZE
Shots: 14 / 7
Shots on Goal: 7 / 2
Saves: 2 / 5
Corner Kicks: 11 / 6
Fouls: 9 / 16
Offside: 1 / 1

Misconduct Summary:

Referee: Henry Bejarano (CRC)
Assistant Referee 1: Warner Castro (CRC)
Assistant Referee 2: Carlos Fernandez (CRC)
Fourth Official: Armando Castro (HON)

Budweiser Man of the Match: Jozy Altidore

  • DateTuesday, May 27, 2014
  • VenueCandlestick Park; San Francisco, Calif.
  • Kickoff7:00 PM PT
  • Attendance24,688

U.S. U-18 MNT Falls to Germany 3-2 in Marbella, Spain

MARBELLA, Spain (Dec. 19, 2014) – The U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team fell 3-2 to Germany’s U-18s at Marbella Stadium. The USA split its two-game set, having previously earned a 2-1 victory against Germany on Dec. 17.

On Friday, the USA's Sebastian Elney and Maurico Pineda each scored a goal. For Pineda, it was his second goal in back-to-back games.

Germany built a 2-0 lead heading into halftime with goals from Erik Wekesser and Tim Galleski in the 19th and 35th minutes, respectively. Elney quickly cut into that lead after the break with a 48th-minute goal.

However, Galleski recorded his second goal in the 69th minute, which proved to be the game-winner.

Pineda's 90th-minute goal tightened up the match, but Germany held for the victory.

The U-18 MNT finishes off its 2014 campaign with a 5-7-1 international record.

- U.S. U-18 Men’s National Team Match Report -

Match: U.S. U-18 MNT vs. Germany U-18 MNT
Date: Dec. 19, 2014
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Marbella Stadium; Marbella, Spain
Kickoff: 2:30 p.m. (8:30 a.m. ET)
Attendance: 35
Weather: 65 degrees

Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA                          0 2 2
GER                          2 1 3

GER – Erik Wekesser           19th minute
GER – Tim Galleski             35
USA – Sebastian Elney        48
GER – Tim Galleski             69
USA – Mauricio Pineda        90

USA: 1-JT Marcinkowski; 20-Kyle Duncan, 3-Mauricio Pineda, 6-Antonee Robinson (21-Malcolm Jones, 52), 2-Pablo Pelaez; 10-Jackson Yueill (15-Amir Bashti, 88), 8-Ben Swanson (capt.), 24-Cameron Lindley (14-Collin Fernandez, 67); 23-Victor Mansaray (7-Sebastian Saucedo, 52), 9-Sebastian Elney (17-Eryk Williamson, 67), 11-Brooks Lennon
Subs not used: 12-Jonathan Klinsmann, 13-Michael Boakye, 16-James Murphy
Not Dressed: 4-Tommy Redding
Head Coach: Javier Perez

GER: 12-Florian Kastenmaier; 2-Matthias Bader, 4-David Putz, 21-Jordan Torunarigha (5-Nicolas Clasen, 17), 15-Till Schumacher; 13-Erik Wekesser (22-Nathaniel Amamoo, 86), 18-Suat Serdar (16-Johannes Buhler, 46) (6-Gino Fechner, 86), 8-Fridolin Wagner; 7-Michael Strein (17-Tim Galleski, 17), 10-Marvin Mehlem (19-Cagatay Kader, 76); 9-Osei P. Owsusu (capt.) (20-Heinz Morschel, 67)
Subs not used: 1-Dominik Reimann, 3-Maximillian Mittelstadt, 11-Enis Bytyqi, 14-Ole Pfaffigen
Head Coach: Guido Streichsbier

Stats Summary: USA / GER
Shots: 6 / 13
Shots on Goal: 2 / 7
Saves: 4 / 0
Corner Kicks: 5 / 5
Fouls: 10 / 13
Offside: 3 / 1

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Pablo Pelaez (caution)        78th minute
GER – Heinz Morschel (caution)   90+2

Head Referee – Dominguez Cervantes

WNT vs. Argentina: Highlights - December 18, 2014

Christen Press (four goals) and Carli Lloyd (three goals) accounted for all of the goal scoring as the U.S. WNT defeated Argentina 7-0 in its final group match of the International Tournament of Brasilia. The victory, combined with Brazil’s win against China later in the evening, gave the USA a berth to the tournament’s title game.

La Selección Femenina derrota a Argentina 7-0 en Brasilia para cerrar Fase de Grupo

BRASILIA, Brasil (18 de diciembre, 2014) - La Selección Femenina de Estados Unidos tenía que ganar en grande para ponerse en posición para avanzar a la final del Torneo Internacional de Brasilia 2014, y la ofensiva respondió. Cuatro goles de Christen Press y tres de Carli Lloyd impulsaron a EE.UU. a una victoria de 7-0 en su tercer y último partido de grupo en el Estadio Mané Garrincha.

Press anotó tres goles en el primer tiempo y el séptimo del partido mientras que Lloyd registró el segundo triplete de su carrera (el primero fue contra México el 24 de enero, 2012).

En el segundo partido del día, Brasil derrotó a RP China 4-1. Este resultado significa que Estados Unidos avanza a la final del torneo a enfrentarse nuevamente a Brasil el domingo 21 de diciembre. EE.UU. y Brasil jugaron el 14 de diciembre, con las brasileras llevándose la victoria 3-2 tras un triplete de Marta. RP China y Argentina jugarán por el tercer lugar también el domingo.

La portera Alyssa Naeher debutó con la Selección Femenina de EE.UU. e hizo una atajada, convirtiéndose en la séptima portera estadounidense en no conceder gol en su debut.

El partido de EE.UU. contra Argentina originalmente estaba programado para el miércoles pero fue postergado por lluvias fuertes en la ciudad y malas condiciones de campo.

Resumen de Goles:

USA - Christen Press (Morgan Brian), minuto 7: Estados Unidos empezó rápidamente cuando Brian se llevó la pelota por la banda derecha y forzó a la portera de Argentina Elisabeth Minnin a hacer la atajada, empujando el balón hacia su derecha. Press estaba puesta para rematar el balón a casa. USA 1, ARG 0

USA - Christen Press (Abby Wambach), minuto 23: En una combinación en el lado derecho del área, Wambach jugó el balón para Press quien lo tocó unas veces y disparó desde los nueve metros de distancia. Elisabeth Minnin tocó el balón pero no lo pudo desviar completamente. USA 2, ARG 0 

USA - Carli Lloyd (Morgan Brian), minuto 30: Desde el lado izquierdo, Brian mandó un balón cruzado perfecto para Lloyd quien lo mandó a la red con la cabeza. Con ese gol, Lloyd ha ahora marcado gol en todos los partidos del torneo. USA 3, ARG 0

USA - Christen Press (Ali Krieger), minuto 41: La zaguera derecha Ali Krieger cruzó el balón para Press quien hábilmente tocó su disparo hacia la red en el primer poste para un triplete en el primer tiempo. Fue el primer triplete de Press en su carrera internacional. USA 4, ARG 0 

USA - Carli Lloyd (Lori Chalupny), minuto 44: Las defensas continuaron a impactar el ataque y Chalupny se llevó la pelota al lado izquierdo del área, ganándole la posición a su defensa y cruzando el balón para Lloyd, quien terminó de corto rango para marcar su segundo gol del primer tiempo. USA 5, ARG 0

USA - Carli Lloyd (Heather O'Reilly), minuto 47: Para abrir el segundo tiempo, Megan Rapinoe cruzó el balón desde el lado izquierdo. La suplente O'Reilly mantuvo vivo el ataque con un toque alto cerca de la línea de gol y Lloyd deslizó el disparó de primera a la esquina izquierda para anotar así su tercer gol del partido. USA 6, ARG 0

USA - Christen Press (Megan Rapinoe), minuto 78: Megan Rapinoe se llevó la pelota al área grande y estalló un disparo que la portera de Argentina no pudo controlar. Eso abrió la puerta para Press, quien tocó el balón hacia la red para su cuarto gol del partido y su 11vo del año. USA 7, ARG 0 (FINAL)

En la Mira:

  • Con por lo menos un gol en siete partidos consecutivos, Carli Lloyd ahora está a dos partidos de empatar el récord de nueve impuesto por Michelle Akers del 5 de abril al 25 de mayo, 1991. Lloyd ahora tiene 10 goles durante esa racha de siete partidos.
  • Lloyd sobrepasó a Shannon MacMillan y está en séptimo lugar en la lista de la selección con mas goles anotados. Lloyd ahora tiene 61 goles en 184 partidos. MacMillan anotó 60 goles in 176 partidos.
  • Alyssa Naeher se convirtió en la séptima portera de EE.UU. en no conceder gol en su debut. Las otras fueron Gretchen Gegg (1986), Amy Allmann (1987), Mary Harvey (1989), Briana Scurry (1994), Hope Solo (2000) y Emily Oleksiuk (2001).
  • Abby Wambach ahora tiene registrados 69 pases a gol.


La Selección Femenina de Estados Unidos jugará su último partido del torneo el domingo, 21 de diciembre contra Brasil a las 4 p.m. ET. El partido por el tercer lugar será a las 1 p.m. ET.

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- Resumen de Juego de la Selección Femenina de Estados Unidos -


Encuentro: La Selección Femenina de Estados Unidos vs. Argentina

Fecha: 18 de diciembre, 2014

Torneo: Torneo Internacional de Brasilia 2014; Fase de Grupos

Sede: Estadio Mané Garrincha; Brasilia, Brasil

Inicio: 7:20 p.m. local / 4:20 p.m. ET

Asistencia: 750

Clima: 71 grados, nublado

Resumen de anotaciones:            1          2          F

USA                                         5          2          7

ARG                                        0          0          0


USA - Christen Press (Morgan Brian)             minuto 7

USA - Christen Press (Abby Wambach)        23

USA - Carli Lloyd (Morgan Brian)                    30

USA - Christen Press (Ali Krieger)                 41

USA - Carli Lloyd (Lori Chalupny)                   44

USA – Carli Lloyd (Heather O’Reilly)               47

USA – Christen Press (Megan Rapinoe)         78


USA:  18-Alyssa Naeher; 11-Ali Krieger, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 6-Whitney Engen, 16-Lori Chalupny (9-Heather O’Reilly, 46); 12-Lauren Holiday (5-Kelley O’Hara, 84), 7-Morgan Brian, 10-Carli Lloyd; 17-Tobin Heath (15-Megan Rapinoe, 46), 20-Abby Wambach (capt.) (2-Sydney Leroux, 81), 23-Christen Press

Suplentes No Utilizadas: 1-Hope Solo, 3-Christie Rampone, 8-Amy Rodriguez, 13-Alex Morgan, 14-Julie Johnston, 19-Crystal Dunn, 22-Samantha Mewis, 25-Meghan Klingenberg

Directora Técnica: Jill Ellis

ARG: 1-Elisabeth Minnin; 4-Agustina Barroso (capt.), 16-Cecilia Ghigo, 5-Laura Sampedro,  17-Aldana Cometti (2-Florencia Quinones, 46); 7-Debora Molina, 18-Karen Venica, 11-Florencia Bonsegundo (6-Adriana Sachs, 86), 3-Noelia Espindola; 9-Florencia Jaimes (14-Daniela Kippes, 59), 15-Yael Oviedo

Suplentes No Utilizadas: 8-Mariana Larroquette, 10-Fabiana Vallejos, 12-Laurina Oliveros, 13-Camila Gomez Ares, 19-Luana Munoz, 20-Cecilia Lopez

Director Técnico: Jorge Olarticoechea

Resumen estadístico: USA / ARG

Tiros: 28 / 1

Tiros al arco: 13 / 1

Atajadas: 1 / 6

Tiros de esquina: 11 / 1

Faltas: 12 / 10

Fueras de lugar: 2 / 0

Resumen de penalidades:

ARG - Laura Sampedro (amonestación)        minuto 1

USA - Lauren Holiday (amonestación)           51
USA - Sydney Leroux (expulsión)                  90+1


Jugadora del Partido Budweiser: Christen Press

U.S. U-20 MNT Tops Honduras 2-1 in First of Two-Game Set

SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras (Dec. 18, 2014) – The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team defeated host Honduras 2-1 at Estadio Morazan in the first of two international friendlies in preparation for the upcoming 2015 CONCACAF U-20 Championship.

Romain Gall and Tommy Thompson each scored a goal. For Gall, it is his third of the year, tying him with Andrija Novakovich and Zach Pfeffer for the team lead in international play in 2014. Thompson scored his second goal of the year.

USA defender Shaquell Moore set up both USA tallies, crossing the ball in from the right side on both occasions. Moore connected with Gall in the 62nd minute as Gall slotted the ball in past Honduras goalkeeper Roberto Diaz for the 1-0 lead. Then in the 70th minute, Moore found Thompson, who headed the ball into the upper right corner of the frame.

The two-goal cushion proved vital as Honduras defender Kevin Alvarez cut the U.S. lead to one goal in the 88th minute.

The U-20 MNT moves to 5-1-2 in international play and 11-2-2 overall this year.

The USA and Honduras meet once more on Sunday, Dec. 21, at Estadio Morazan. This will mark the U-20 MNT’s final international game before the U-20 World Cup qualifying, with the USA facing Guatemala in Group A play on Friday, Jan. 9.

- U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team Match Report -

Match: U.S. U-20 MNT vs. Honduras U-20 MNT
Date: Dec. 18, 2014
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Estadio Morazán; San Pedro Sula, Honduras
Kickoff: 4 p.m. ET
Attendance: 400
Weather: Cloudy, 76 degrees

Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA                          0 2 2
HON                         0 1 1

USA – Romain Gall (Shaquell Moore)             62nd minute
USA – Tommy Thompson (Shaquell Moore)  70
HON – Kevin Alvarez (Jorge Calix)                88

USA: Zack Steffen; Shaquell Moore, Matt Miazga, Conor Donovan, Tyler Turner (John Requejo, 57); Kellyn Acosta (capt.) (Chase Gasper, 82), Joel Sonora (Paul Arriola, 58), Fernando Arce (Russell Canouse, 63); Tommy Thompson, Romain Gall, Bradford Jamieson IV (Amando Moreno, 66)
Subs Not Used: Jeff Caldwell, Luis Martir
Head Coach: Tab Ramos

HON: 12-Roberto Diaz; 2-Kevin Alvarez, 5-Dabirson Sanchez, 4-Luis Alvarado, 6-Carlos Arias; 16-Devron Garcia, 13-Jhow Banegas (11-Jorge Calix, 70), 8-Rolin Fernandez (25-Orental Dilbert, 63); 19-Junior Lacayo, 14-Jhom Caballero, 9-Alberth Elis
Subs Not Used: 1-Cristian Hernandez, 3-Bayron Garcia, 7-Michael Cortez, 10-Jose Alberto Escalante, 17-Elder Torres, 20-Christopher Alegria, 21-Rodimiro Tejada
Head Coach: Jorge Jimenez

Stats Summary: USA / HON
Shots: 12 / 8
Shots on Goal: 5 / 3
Saves: 2 / 3
Corner Kicks: 4 / 2
Fouls: 11 / 16
Offside: 1 / 0

Misconduct Summary:

WNT Defeats Argentina 7-0 in Group Finale of International Tournament of Brasilia

BRASILIA, Brazil (Dec. 18, 2014) – The U.S. Women’s National Team needed to win big to put itself in position to potentially advance to the final of the 2014 International Tournament of Brasilia, and its offense came through. Led by four goals from Christen Press and a Carli Lloyd hat trick, the USA defeated Argentina 7-0 in its third group match at Mane Garrincha Stadium. 

Press scored three goals in the first half and the seventh of the game while Lloyd notched her second-career hat trick (the other came against Mexico on Jan. 24, 2012) and also moved into seventh place on the WNT’s all-time goal scoring list with 61. 

With Brazil defeating China PR 4-1 in Thursday's later match, that sets up a final between the USA and host Brazil on Sunday, Dec. 21 (4 p.m. ET). Brazil went 3-0-0 in group play (9 points, plus-8 goal differential). The U.S. is second (1-1-1, 4 points, plus-6). China (1-1-1, 4 points, plus-3) will play Argentina (0-3-0, 0 points, minus-17) in the third-place game at 1 p.m. ET.

Goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher made her full WNT debut and made one save to earn the clean sheet, becoming the seventh U.S. WNT goalkeeper to post a shutout in her first cap. 

Thursday’s USA-Argentina game originally was scheduled for Wednesday and was postponed because of inclement weather and poor field conditions. 

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Christen Press (Morgan Brian), 7th minute: The U.S. struck quickly when Brian dribbled down the right side and forced Argentina goalkeeper Elisabeth Minnin to make the save, pushing the ball to her right. Press was on the spot to slam home the rebound. USA 1, ARG 0

USA – Christen Press (Abby Wambach), 23rd minute: In a combination on the right side of the box, Wambach played the ball to Press who took a couple dribbles and shot from 10 yards out. Elisabeth Minnin got a piece of the ball but was unable to parry it away. USA 2, ARG 0 

USA – Carli Lloyd (Morgan Brian), 30th minute: From the left side, Brian chipped in a perfect cross to Lloyd who headed it home for the three-goal cushion. The goal gave Lloyd a score in every match of the tournament. USA 3, ARG 0 

USA – Christen Press (Ali Krieger), 41st minute: Right back Ali Krieger crossed the ball in to Press who flicked her shot into the net at the near post for a first-half hat trick. It was Press’ first hat trick of her WNT career. USA 4, ARG 0 

USA – Carli Lloyd (Lori Chalupny), 44th minute: The outside backs continued to make an offensive impact as Chalupny dribbled up the left side of the box, beat her defender and crossed the ball in to Lloyd, who finished from close range for her second tally of the opening half. USA 5, ARG 0 

USA – Carli Lloyd (Heather O’Reilly), 47th minute: To open the second half, Megan Rapinoe crossed the ball in from the left side. Halftime substitute O’Reilly kept the attack alive with a high touch near the goal line and Lloyd hit a full volley into the lower left corner for her third goal of the match. USA 6, ARG 0 

USA – Christen Press (Megan Rapinoe), 78th minute: Megan Rapinoe dribbled into the penalty area and smashed a shot that the Argentina goalkeeper could not handle cleanly. That opened the door for Press, who tapped her shot in for her fourth goal of the match and her 11th of the year. USA 7, ARG 0 (FINAL) 

Milestone Watch:

  • With at least one goal in seven consecutive games, Carli Lloyd is now two games away from matching the U.S. WNT record of nine set by Michelle Akers from April 5 to May 25, 1991. Lloyd has 10 goals during that seven-game stretch.
  • Lloyd moves ahead of Shannon MacMillan for seventh place on the WNT’s all-time goal scoring list. Lloyd has 61 goals in 184 matches. MacMillan scored 60 goals in 176 games.
  • Alyssa Naeher became the seventh U.S. WNT goalkeeper to earn a shutout in her first appearance. The others are Gretchen Gegg (1986), Amy Allmann (1987), Mary Harvey (1989), Briana Scurry (1994), Hope Solo (2000) and Emily Oleksiuk (2001).
  • Abby Wambach now has 69-career assists (third all-time). 

Next on the Schedule:
The U.S. WNT will look ahead to the tournament's championship game against Brazil at 4 p.m. ET on Sunday, Dec. 21, to cap off the 2014 International Tournament of Brasilia. The championship game is preceded by the third-place game between China PR and Argentina at 1 p.m. ET.
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Additional Notes:

  • The USA is now 16-3-4 in 2014.
  • The U.S. is 16-1-4 under head coach Jill Ellis.
  • With three goals, Carli Lloyd takes over the team lead in scoring this year from Abby Wambach with 15 goals. That ties her career high in a calendar year when she also scored 15 in 2012.
  • U.S. head coach Jill Ellis made five starting lineup changes following the team’s 3-2 loss to Brazil.
  • Alyssa Naeher, the 2014 NWSL Goalkeeper of the Year for the Boston Breakers, made her USA debut. She became the 22nd goalkeeper to suit up for the U.S. WNT.
  • The back line featured Lori Chalupny at left back, earning her second consecutive start, right back Ali Krieger and center backs Whitney Engen and Becky Sauerbrunn. Sauerbrunn has started in four straight games.
  • The midfield in the USA’s 4-3-3 formation featured Carli Lloyd at attacking midfielder with Lauren Holiday and Morgan Brian behind her.
  • The front three feature Tobin Heath, Abby Wambach and Christen Press from left to right. Wambach wore the captain’s armband.
  • Heather O’Reilly replaced Chalupny and Megan Rapinoe entered for Heath to open the second half.
  • The USA switched to a 3-5-2 for the latter part of the game.
  • In the closing minutes, Sydney Leroux subbed for Wambach in the 81st minute and Kelley O’Hara replaced Lauren Holiday in the 84th minute.
  • Press is the only WNT player to appear in all 23 games this year.
  • Leroux picked up a red card in second-half stoppage time and will be unavailable for the USA’s placement match on Sunday.