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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.
Broadcast information: ESPN2, WatchESPN, Univision, Univision Deportes Network and ESPN Deportes Radio
Social: Twitter (@ussoccer); Facebook; Instagram

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

Lineups:
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:
None

Officials:
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
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Selección Masculina Sub-17 Derrota 4-1 a Guatemala en Campeonato Sub-17 CONCACAF 2015

SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras (5 de marzo, 2015) – La Selección Masculina Sub-17 de Estados Unidos (3-0-0, 9 puntos) derrotó a Guatemala (1-2-0, 3 puntos) 4-1 en su tercer partido del Grupo A del Campeonato Sub-17 de CONCACAF 2015. Josh Pérez anotó un triplete en el primer tiempo y Pierre Da Silva añadió un gol en el segundo tiempo.

El triplete de Pérez marca el segundo para la Selección Sub-17 en el campeonato, ya que Joe Gallardo también logró la hazaña durante el primer partido, una victoria de 5-0 contra Cuba.

EE.UU. ahora se ha enfrentado a Guatemala en cinco ocasiones en un Campeonato Sub-17 de CONCACAF y tiene un registro perfecto de 5-0-0 contra Guatemala. Estados Unidos también mantiene la ventaja en diferencia de goles, sobrepasando a los centroamericanos 17-2.

El gol del guatemalteco Erick Soto en el minuto 65 rompió la racha de 245 minutos en el que la defensa estadounidense no había permitido un gol.

En el cuarto encuentro del Grupo A, Estados Unidos se medirá contra el anfitrión Honduras el domingo, 8 de marzo, a las 9:30 p.m. ET en vivo por FOX Sports 2 y Univisión Deportes. Con una victoria el domingo, Estados Unidos ganaría el Grupo A con 12 puntos y conseguiría su boleto automático a la Copa Mundial Sub-17 de la FIFA 2015.

En el primer partido del día del Grupo A, Cuba y Jamaica empataron 1-1. Trinidad y Tobago se enfrentará al anfitrión Honduras en el último partido de la noche.

Próximamente:
Estados Unidos se enfrenta al anfitrión Honduras el domingo, 8 de marzo, a las 9:30 p.m. ET en vivo por FOX Sports 2 y Univisión Deportes. Su paso por el Grupo A termina contra Jamaica (11 de marzo, 7 p.m. ET).
Información de transmisión: Univisión Deportes, FOX Sports 2
Social: Twitter (@ussoccer_ynt, @ussoccer_esp); Facebook; Instagram

Resumen de Goles:
USA – Josh Pérez, minuto 10: Después de una falta en contra de Guatemala, el mediocampista Christian Pulisic y el delantero Josh Pérez se alinearon fuera del área grande y desde el lado derecho para cobrar el tiro libre. Pulisic titubeó como si fuera a ir a cobrarlo, pero Pérez se fue con el pie izquierdo y mando el intento con una curva directo al fondo de la red para abrir el marcador. USA 1, GUA 0

USA – Josh Pérez, minuto 19 (Christian Pulisic): Desde el lado derecho, Pulisic le pasó el balón a Perez quien lo controló y llevo a la esquina izquierda del área grande. Desde esa punta, Perez remató de zurda y encontró el lado derecho del arco para su segundo tanto del partido. La asistencia fue la cuarta del torneo para Pulisic. USA 2, GUA 0.

USA – Josh Pérez, minuto 45 (penal): Christian Pulisic se estaba separando de sus tres defensas mientras que entraba al área grande, cuando Mario Rodas vino de atrás y le cometió falta. El árbitro indicó penal y Josh Pérez caminó hacia el centro del área para cobrarlo. Perez envió el balón al lado izquierdo, mientras que el portero Gilder Lemus se lanzó al lado derecho sin oportunidad alguna de conseguir la atajada. USA 3, GUA 0 (MEDIO TIEMPO)

USA – Pierre Da Silva, minuto 48 (Luca de la Torre): Jugando desde el centro del campo, Luca de la Torre centró el balón y corrió hasta la línea del área grande. Desde ahí le mandó un pase suave de pie derecho a Da Silva al lado izquierdo quien disparó nuevamente de zurda y consiguió meter el balón en la esquina izquierda del arco y detrás el portero guatemalteco. La asistencia fue la tercera del torneo para de la Torre. USA 4, GUA 0.

GUA – Erick Soto, minuto 65: Victor Valdez mandó el balón al centro del área después de cobrar un saque de esquina corto. La zaga estadounidense pudo despejar el cruce y mandarlo fuera del área grande pero Erick Soto estaba sólo fuera del área y recogió el disparo para enviarlo directo al poste derecho y por de las manos de Pulisic. USA 4, GUA 1 (FINAL)

Atajadas Claves y Oportunidades Peligrosas:
USA – Will Pulisic, minuto 16: Guatemala tenía una oportunidad peligrosa con John Méndez desde un tiro de esquina desde el lado izquierdo. Pulisic salió al área para despejar el balón con los puños. Guatemala se mantuvo activo en el ataque pero EE.UU. bloqueó el intento adicional y siguió con su ventaja de un gol.

USA – William Pulisic, minuto 27: Después de un tiro de esquina que parecía no tener peligro, la defensa guatemalteca recuperó el balón, lo jugó hacia la esquina izquierda del área grande y mandó un disparo de pierna derecha directamente hacia el arco. El portero William Pulisic estaba listo y brincó para bloquear el intento con ambas manos y desviarlo por encima del arco.

GUA – Gilder Lemus, minutos 80 y 81: Con el resultado cómodamente en favor de EE.UU., el portero guatemalteco se mantuvo tranquilo y bloqueó un intento de McKinze Gaines desde el lado izquierdo. Un minuto después, Brandon Vásquez tuvo un remate hacia el arco que nuevamente Lemus pudo atajar para prevenir más goles.

- Resumen de Juego de la Selección Masculina Sub-17 de Estados Unidos -

Encuentro: Selección Masculina Sub-17 de Estados Unidos vs. Guatemala
Fecha: 5 de marzo, 2015
Torneo: Campeonato Sub-17 de CONCACAF 2015; Grupo A
Sede: Estadio Francisco Morazán; San Pedro Sula, Honduras
Inicio: 6 p.m. ET
Asistencia: TBD
Clima: 88 grados; despejado con humedad

Resumen de anotaciones:      1 2 F
USA                                         3 1 4
GUA                                        0 1 1

USA – Josh Pérez                                                       minuto 10
USA – Josh Pérez (Christian Pulisic)                        19
USA – Josh Pérez (penal)                                          45
USA – Pierre Da Silva (Luca de la Torre)                 48
GUA – Erick Soto                                                       65

Alineaciones:
USA : 1-William Pulisic; 2-Matthew Olosunde (16-Thomas McCabe, 51), 4-Alexis Velela, 15-Daniel Barbir, 18-Tyler Adams; 6-Eric Calvillo (capt), 8-Luca de la Torre, 10-Christian Pulisic (3-John Nelson, 46); 11-Josh Pérez (13- McKinze Gaines, 77), 19-Brandon Vásquez, 17-Pierre Da Silva
Suplentes no utilizados: 5-Hugo Arellano, 7-Haji Wright, 9-Joe Gallardo, 12-Kevin Silva, 14-Tanner Dieterich, 20-Alejandro Zendejas
Director Técnico: Richie Williams

GUA: 12-Gilder Lemus; 2-David Ramos, 4-Fernando Fuentes (capt.), 5-Mario Rodas, 17-Abel Lemus (19-Oliver Díaz 53); 6-Stefan Behrens, 10-John Méndez, 11-Diego Raymundo (14-Erick Soto, 51), 13-Victor Valdez; 7-Esteban García, 20-Richard Rodríguez (16-Moises Orellana, 58)
Suplentes no utilizados: 1-Angel Castro; 3-Gonzalo Deras, 8-Alvaro Velásquez, 9-Francisco Spross, 15-Armando Aroche, 18-Juan Diego Riley
Director Técnico: Juan Manuel Funes

Resumen estadístico: USA / GUA
Tiros: 15 / 8
Tiros a Gol: 7 / 4
Atajadas: 3 / 3
Tiros de Esquina: 2 / 4
Faltas: 11 / 15
Fuera de Lugar: 0 / 1

Resumen de penalidades:
GUA – Diego Raymundo (amonestación)      minuto 23
GUA – Mario Rodas (amonestación)              69
GUA – Esteban Garcia (amonestación)           73

Árbitros:
Árbitro: Ricardo Montero (CRC)
Árbitro Asistente 1: Juan Mora (CRC)
Árbitro Asistente 2: Miguel Paredes (MEX)
Cuarto Oficial: Cesar Ramos (MEX)

Jugador del Partido: Josh Pérez

U-17 MNT Rolls Past Guatemala 4-1 at CONCACAF U-17 Championship

SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras (March 5, 2015) – Forward Josh Perez scored three goals in the opening half and the U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team defeated Guatemala 4-1 in Group A action at the 2015 CONCACAF U-17 Championship at Estadio Francisco Morazán. 

Perez became the second player to record a hat trick in the tournament, following in the footsteps of Joe Gallardo who posted three goals in the USA’s opening 5-0 victory against Cuba. 

With the win, the U.S. is now one victory away from clinching first place in the group and, most importantly, a berth to the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup. The USA next faces Honduras at 10 p.m. ET on Sunday, March 8, at Estadio Francisco Morazán (FOX Soccer Plus, FOX Sports GO, Univision Deportes). 

Earlier Thursday in Group A play, Jamaica and Cuba drew 1-1. Jamaica moved to 1-1-1 (4 points) in the tournament and Cuba to 0-1-2 (2 points). Host side Honduras faces Trinidad & Tobago in Thursday night’s last Group A game. Prior to the start of that game, the USA (3-0-0, 9 points) holds a five-point lead over second-place Honduras (1-0-1, 4 points). 

In addition to Perez’s performance, Pierre Da Silva scored his first goal of the tournament and goalkeeper Will Pulisic improved to 5-0-0 in 2015 and 3-0-0 in qualifying. 

Guatemala’s Erick Soto eventually got his team on the score sheet in the 65th minute. That broke an impressive 245-minute shutout streak by the USA defense in the tournament. 

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Josh Perez, 10th minute: The USA gained a free kick chance from the right side. Christian Pulisic initially looked to take the free kick, but instead Perez whipped in a left-footed shot. David Ramos leaped up to try and head the ball away but was unsuccessful. Gilder Lemus was caught off guard at the near post and the shot whizzed past the Guatemala goalkeeper’s knee and into the net for an early U.S. lead. USA 1, GUA 0 

USA – Josh Perez (Christian Pulisic), 19th minute: The USA wasted little time to pad its lead. Pulisic’s cheeky flick pass over a Guatemala defender on the right side set up the sequence and Perez once again was on the attack. Perez drew Fernando Fuentes and Mario Rodas on his run toward the middle and before sneaking a left-footed shot inside the right post. The assist was Pulisic’s fourth of the tournament. USA 2, GUA 0 

USA – Josh Perez (penalty), 45th minute: Christian Pulisic drew a penalty kick when he split Guatemala’s Victor Valedez and Mario Rodas, with Rodas committing the foul in the box. Pulisic limped off of the field to receive medical attention, and Perez took the subsequent penalty kick. Perez drilled a low shot into the lower left side of the frame as Guatemala goalkeeper Gilder Lemus guessed the opposite way. Perez is now tied with Joe Gallardo with five international goals this year. USA 3, GUA 0 

USA – Pierre da Silva (Luca de la Torre), 48th minute: De la Torre did the brunt of the work with a dribble straight up the middle of the field. The Guatemala defense was sucked into the center, and that is when he dished to Da Silva on the left side. Da Silva one-timed his shot inside the left post past Gilder Lemus for a four-goal cushion. It was Da Silva’s first goal of the tournament and 2015 and the third in his U-17 MNT career. De la Torre has three assists in qualifying. USA 4, GUA 0 

GUA – Erick Soto, 65th minute: Victor Valdez sent a free kick into the box from the left side and the USA defense was unable to clear the ball out of harm’s way. Soto had an opening with a right-footed shot that bent to the right and into the inside of the post as a diving Will Pulisic had little chance to stop the shot. It was the first goal the U.S. allowed in the tournament, breaking a shutout streak of 245 minutes. USA 4, GUA 1 (FINAL) 

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
USA – Will Pulisic, 16th minute: Guatemala had a promising set piece chance with John Mendez taking the corner kick from the left side. Pulisic stepped up well to punch the ball out of the box. Guatemala did stay active in the attack, but the USA blocked an additional attempt and maintained its early one-goal lead. 

USA – Will Pulisic, 27th minute: The USA goalkeeper came up big when he batted away an Abel Lemus shot. Guatemala drove a corner kick in from the right side that skied over everyone. Lemus gathered the ball in the left side of the box. He quickly fired toward the left of the frame and Pulisic stretched up to bat the ball over the crossbar. 

GUA – Gilder Lemus, 80th and 81st minutes: With the result well in hand for the U.S., Guatemala’s goalkeeper stayed poised to limit the damage. Second-half sub McKinze Gaines shot from the left side in the 80th minute and Lemus saved at the near left post. Shortly after, Brandon Vazquez attempted a bending shot from outside the box and Lemus dove to his left for another stop. 

Next on the Schedule:
The U-17 MNT prepares for its fourth Group A match against Honduras at 10 p.m. ET on Sunday, March 8, at Estadio Francisco Morazán in San Pedro Sula.
Broadcast information: FOX Soccer Plus, FOX Sports GO, Univision Deportes
Social: Twitter (@ussoccer_ynt; @ussoccer_esp

Additional Notes:

  • The U-17 MNT is now 6-1-0 in international play this year.
  • The USA moved to 5-0-0 all-time against Guatemala in this tournament’s history.
  • Head coach Richie Williams’ starting lineup featured seven changes from the USA’s 2-0 victory against Trinidad & Tobago.
  • Will Pulisic returned for his third straight start in the tournament at goalkeeper.
  • The defensive line featured three changes, while Matthew Olosunde started at right back for a third consecutive game. The rest of the back line featured Tyler Adams on the left and a center back duo of Daniel Barbir and Alexis Velela. Barbir made his first appearance in qualifying. Velela started for the second time and Adams earned his first start after coming off the bench in the first two games.
  • The midfield in the USA’s 4-3-3 formation included the third consecutive start for Christian Pulisic in an attacking role. Luca de la Torre started for a second straight game and Eric Calvillo returned to the starting lineup. Calvillo, who also started in the opening victory against Cuba, wore the captain’s armband.
  • The USA went with an entirely different starting front line, with Brandon Vazquez at center for Joe Gallardo, Josh Perez on the right wing for Haji Wright and Pierre Da Silva on the left for Alejandro Zendejas. It was Perez’s second start of the tournament and the first starts for Vazquez and Da Silva.
  • The USA has started 18 different players in the three games. The only two who have not earned starts are forward McKinze Gaines and goalkeeper Kevin Silva.
  • Christian Pulisic leads the U-17 MNT with 32 international caps in this cycle dating back to 2013.
  • Defender John Nelson entered the game to open the second half, replacing Christian Pulisic, who took a knock to set up the USA’s penalty kick late in the first half. Adams pushed up into the midfield.
  • In the 51st minute, Tommy McCabe entered for Olosunde.
  • Gaines was the final sub, replacing Perez in the 77th minute. Gaines has appeared in all seven U-17 MNT matches this year, and he has come off the bench in all three qualifying games. 

- U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team Match Report – 

Match: U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team vs. Guatemala U-17 Men’s National Team
Date: March 5, 2015
Competition: 2015 CONCACAF U-17 Championship
Venue: Estadio Francisco Morazán; San Pedro Sula, Honduras
Kickoff: 6 p.m. ET (5 p.m. local)
Attendance: TBA
Weather: 88 degrees; Clear, humid 

Scoring Summary:    1 2 F
USA                             3 1 4
GUA                            0 1 1 

USA – Josh Perez                                          10th minute
USA – Josh Perez (Christian Pulisic)             19
USA – Josh Perez (penalty)                           45
USA – Pierre Da Silva (Luca de la Torre)      48
GUA – Erick Soto                                           65 

Lineups:
USA: 1-Will Pulisic; 2-Matthew Olosunde (16-Thomas McCabe, 51), 4-Alexis Velela, 15-Danny Barbir, 18-Tyler Adams; 6-Eric Calvillo (capt.), 8-Luca de la Torre, 10-Christian Pulisic (3-John Nelson, 46); 11-Josh Perez (13-McKinze Gaines, 77), 19-Brandon Vazquez, 17-Pierre Da Silva
Subs Not Used: 5-Hugo Arellano, 7-Haji Wright, 9-Joe Gallardo, 12-Kevin Silva, 14-Tanner Dieterich, 20-Alejandro Zendejas
Head Coach: Richie Williams

GUA: 12-Gilder Lemus; 2-David Ramos, 4-Fernando Fuentes (capt.), 5-Mario Rodas, 17-Abel Lemus (19-Oliver Diaz, 53); 6-Stefan Behrens, 10-John Mendez, 11-Diego Raymundo (14-Erick Soto, 51), 13-Victor Valdez; 7-Esteban Garcia, 20-Richard Rodriguez (16-Moises Orellana, 58)
Subs Not Used: 1-Angel Castro; 3-Ganzalo Deras, 8-Alvaro Velasquez, 9-Francisco Spross, 15-Armando Aroche, 18-Juan Diego Riley
Head Coach: Juan Manuel Funes 

Stats Summary: USA / GUA
Shots: 15 / 8
Shots on Goal: 7 / 4
Saves: 3 / 3
Corner Kicks: 2 / 4
Fouls: 11 / 15
Offside: 0 / 1 

Misconduct Summary:
GUA –Diego Raymundo (caution)     23rd minute
GUA – Mario Rodas (caution)            69
GUA – Estaban Garcia (caution)       73 

Officials:
Referee: Ricardo Montero (CRC)
Assistant Referee 1: Juan Mora (CRC)
Assistant Referee 2: Miguel Paredes (MEX)
Fourth Official: Cesar Ramos (MEX) 

ussoccer.com Man of the Match: Josh Perez

WNT Set for Switzerland at Algarve Cup

U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Switzerland
2015 Algarve Cup
Municipal Stadium; Vila Real de Santo Antonio, Portugal
March 6, 2015

WNT PREPARES FOR SWITZERLAND AT ALGARVE CUP: The U.S. Women’s National Team, coming off a 2-1 victory against Norway to open the 2015 Algarve Cup, heads back to the Spanish border to face Switzerland in Vila Real de Santo Antonio, Portugal (12 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1). The WNT opened its 20th Algarve Cup in Portugal on March 4 with come-from-behind 2-1 victory against longtime rival Norway as Carli Lloyd scored both goals. The USA gave up a goal against the run of play near the end of the first half, but stormed back in the second on a brilliant left-footed strike from Lloyd from just outside the penalty box in the 55th minute, followed by a converted penalty kick in the 62nd minute after Christen Press’ shot had been knocked down by the hand of Norway captain Trine Ronnin. After Friday’s game, the USA finishes Group B play on March 9 against Iceland in Lagos (1:30 p.m. ET). The USA’s final Group B match against Iceland will not be televised due to inadequate lighting at the Municipal Stadium in Lagos.

GOING FOR 10: The U.S. WNT won its most recent the Algarve Cup in 2013, beating Germany 2-0 in the title game to earn its ninth title, the most of any country. The U.S. team trained for eight days in Portugal before the tournament that features six of the world’s top-10 ranked teams, including the top five. Brazil, currently ranked eighth, will be participating for the first time. In all, 11 of the 12 participating countries are ranked in the top-20 in the world. Fans can follow all the U.S. games on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt and @ussoccer_esp, and watch highlights on ussoccer.com.

ALGARVE CUP FORMAT: This will be the 22nd edition of the Algarve Cup, and for the first time in 14 years, it has undergone a change in the competition format. When the Algarve Cup expanded from eight to 12 teams in 2001, a Group C was created that generally consisted of lower-tier teams that were eligible to compete only for spots in the placement matches for seventh, ninth and 11th. This year, for the first time, all 12 teams will be competing for the tournament title. The final will be contested by the two group winners with the most points (or if all three group winners are tied on points, the top two will be determined by a series of tiebreakers). The third-place match will feature the third-best group winner against the best second-place team from the three groups. In addition, the fifth-place match will be played between the two remaining second-place teams; the seventh-place match between the two best third-place teams; the ninth-place match between the remaining third-place team against the best fourth-place team; while the 11th-place match will feature the remaining two teams that finished fourth in their groups.

22nd Annual Algarve Cup Standings
Group A

Team

GP

W

L

T

GF

GA

GD

Pts.

SWE

1

1

0

0

4

2

+2

3

BRA

1

0

0

1

0

0

0

1

CHN

1

0

0

1

0

0

0

1

GER

1

0

1

0

2

4

-2

0

Group A Update: Sweden gave up two goals in the first 160 seconds against Germany but then mounted an epic comeback to score four unanswered. After Dzsenifer Marozsán and Simone Laudehr gave Germany the shock early lead, two goals each from captain Caroline Seger and fleet forward Sofia Jakobsson gave Sweden the victory against the world’s top-ranked team. In the other Group A match, Brazil tied China PR 0-0. Brazil had beaten China 4-1 during the International Tournament of Brasilia last December.

Group B

Team

GP

W

L

T

GF

GA

GD

Pts.

SUI

1

1

0

0

2

0

+2

3

USA

1

1

0

0

2

1

+1

3

NOR

1

0

1

0

1

2

-1

0

ISL

1

0

1

0

0

2

-2

0

Group B Update: The USA currently sits in second place in Group B on goal differential after Lara Dickenmann’s two second-half goals in the 57th and 66th minutes paced Switzerland to a 2-0 victory against Iceland. The USA’s match against Switzerland on March 6 will be crucial to determining the group winner and a possible place in the Algarve Cup title game. Still, a group title does not guarantee a place in the championship game as the two best group winners will advance to play for the Algarve Cup title on March 11.

Group C

Team

GP

W

L

T

GF

GA

GD

Pts.

DEN

1

1

0

0

2

1

+1

3

FRA

1

1

0

0

1

0

+1

3

JPN

1

0

1

0

1

2

-1

0

POR

1

0

1

0

0

1

-1

0

Group C Update: Denmark, which did not qualify for the FIFA Women’s World Cup, pulled off a bit of an upset, downing reigning world champion Japan 2-1. After Sanne Troelsgaard gave Denmark the lead just two minutes into the game, Kozue Ando equalized in the 17th minute. Denmark got the game-winner from Joanna Rasmussen in the 58th minute. Rasmussen played in the USA in Women’s Professional Soccer with the Atlanta Beat and magicJack. In the other Group C match, Portugal held strong against powerful France, but finally succumbed on a 64th-minute goal from Eugenie Le Sommer, who also scored against the USA in France in February.

For a full listing of the 2015 Algarve Cup schedule and results, visit the tournament page on ussoccer.com.

ALGARVE CUP FAST FACTS

  • There will be no overtime in the Algarve Cup placement games on March 11. If tied at the end of regulation, any of the six placement matches will go directly to penalty kicks.
  • In each match, each team is allowed to perform six substitutions using four stops during the match. However, when the second half starts, each team can only make three stops to perform a maximum of six substitutions. During each stop, each team can substitute one or more players.
  • The tiebreakers within the groups are as follows: 1) head-to-head result, 2) goal differential, 3) goals scored, 4) best Fair Play ranking from the group matches and 5) best FIFA ranking.
  • If two or more teams have the same points in different groups, the tiebreakers to determine the placement matches will be: 1) goal differential, 2) goals scored, 3) best Fair Play ranking from the group matches and 4) best FIFA ranking.
  • If a player earns two yellow card cautions during the tournament, she will receive a one-match suspension. A red card will also result in a one-game suspension.
  • Two awards will be given out at the end of the tournament – Best Player and the Fair Play Award.

ALGARVE CUP BEGINS EIGHT-GAME RUN TO WORLD CUP: The USA heads into the Algarve Cup with eight games remaining before opening FIFA Women’s World Cup play on June 8 against Australia in Winnipeg. The U.S. team will play four matches in eight days at the Algarve Cup and then return home for four matches over April and May, the first of which will be played on April 4 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. More than 30,000 tickets have already been sold for the match. Last year at the Algarve Cup, the USA had its 43-game unbeaten streak snapped when it fell 1-0 to Sweden in its second group game. Prior to that, the USA’s most recent loss was a 1-0 defeat to Japan on March 5, 2012, in the third match of group play at the Algarve Cup. Since last year’s Algarve Cup, the USA has gone 14-2-4.

2015 U.S. WNT SCHEDULE:

Date

Opponent

Time

TV/Result

Venue

Feb. 8

France

12 p.m. ET

0-2 L

Stade du Moustoir; Lorient, France

Feb. 13

England

3 p.m. ET

1-0 W

stadiummk; Milton Keynes, England

March 4

Norway*

2 p.m. ET

2-1 W

Vila Real de Santo Antonio, Portugal

March 6

Switzerland*

12 p.m. ET

FOX Sports 1

Vila Real de Santo Antonio, Portugal

March 9

Iceland*

1:30 p.m. ET

--

Lagos, Portugal

March 11

TBD*

TBD

FOX Sports 1

TBD, Portugal

April 4

New Zealand

2:30 p.m. CT

FOX Sports 1

Busch Stadium; St. Louis, Mo.

May 10

Ireland

11:30 a.m. PT

FOX Sports 1

Avaya Stadium; San Jose, Calif.

May 17

Mexico

6 p.m. PT

FOX Sports 1

StubHub Center; Carson, Calif.

May 30

Korea Rep.

4:30 p.m. ET

ESPN, WatchESPN

Red Bull Arena; Harrison, N.J.

June 8

Australia

6:30 p.m. CT

FOX

Winnipeg Stadium; Winnipeg, Canada

June 12

Sweden

7 p.m. CT

FOX

Winnipeg Stadium; Winnipeg, Canada

June 16

Nigeria

5 p.m. PT

FOX

BC Place Stadium; Vancouver, Canada

* Algarve Cup

USA DRAWN INTO GROUP D AT 2015 WOMEN’S WORLD CUP: At the Final Draw conducted on Dec. 6 in Ottawa, the U.S. Women's National Team was drawn into Group D at the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup where it will face Australia, Nigeria and Sweden. The seventh Women’s World Cup will take place from June 6-July 5 in Canada. The U.S. will open the tournament against Australia on June 8 at Winnipeg Stadium, face Sweden on June 12 in Winnipeg, and finish Group D play against Nigeria on June 16 at BC Place in Vancouver. The USA, Nigeria and Sweden have competed in every edition of the FIFA Women's World Cup.

25 TO ALGARVE: U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Jill Ellis named a 25-player training roster for the 2015 Algarve Cup but as just 23 can suit up for the games, goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher, and captain Christie Rampone – who is still returning to full fitness after recovering from a back injury – will not suit up. The roster includes 22 of the 24 players that were in Europe for the USA’s recent matches against France and England, with midfielder Megan Rapinoe, Rampone and goalkeeper Hope Solo rejoining the squad.

U.S. Women’s National Team Roster By Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): 24-Ashlyn Harris (Washington Spirit), 21-Alyssa Naeher (Boston Breakers), 1-Hope Solo (Seattle Reign FC)
DEFENDERS (10): 16-Lori Chalupny (Chicago Red Stars), 22-Crystal Dunn (Washington Spirit), 6-Whitney Engen (Western NY Flash), 26-Julie Johnston (Chicago Red Stars), 25-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), 19-Rachel Van Hollebeke (Portland Thorns)
MIDFIELDERS (7): 7-Shannon Boxx (Chicago Red Stars), 14-Morgan Brian (Houston Dash), 17-Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC), 12-Lauren Holiday (FC Kansas City), 10-Carli Lloyd (Houston Dash), 9-Heather O’Reilly (FC Kansas City), 15-Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign FC)
FORWARDS (5): 2-Sydney Leroux (Seattle Reign FC), 13-Alex Morgan (Portland Thorns FC), 23-Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars), 8-Amy Rodriguez (FC Kansas City), 20-Abby Wambach (Western NY Flash)

U.S. ROSTER NOTES:

  • Carli Lloyd’s two goals in the 2-1 victory against Norway on March 4 gave her 63 for her career and 12 at the Algarve Cup, making her the third all-time leading scorer at the Algarve Cup behind Abby Wambach (21) and Kristine Lilly (13). Alex Morgan and Shanon MacMillan have 11 each.
  • Morgan did not play in last year’s Algarve Cup as she was recovering from an ankle injury. Midfielder Lauren Holiday also missed last year’s tournament, due to a family commitment. She has scored six goals in the Algarve Cup.
  • Holiday, the 2013 NWSL MVP and 2014 NWSL Championship Game MVP, was also the 2014 U.S. Soccer Female Athlete of the Year.
  • Hope Solo came into the tournament with a U.S. record 78 career shutouts.
  • U.S. captain Christie Rampone is currently the second most-capped player in U.S. and world history with 304.
  • Lloyd was the MVP of the 2007 Algarve Cup after scoring in all four games that year. She also scored three goals in the 2010 tournament.
  • Four players on the roster made their WNT debut at the Algarve Cup: goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris (2013), defender Whitney Engen (2012), defender Rachel Van Hollebeke (2008) and forward Amy Rodriguez (2005).
  • Defender Ali Krieger (2013), defender Whitney Engen (2013) and midfielder Tobin Heath (2008) scored their first WNT goal at the Algarve Cup. All against China PR.
  • Veteran midfielder Shannon Boxx could see her first action in a game since April of 2013 when she played against Germany in a 3-3 tie in Offenbach. Boxx’s long layoff was due to injuries, but also pregnancy, as she gave birth to a baby daughter a little more than one year ago. Boxx has 27 goals in 186 caps for the USA and played in the past three Women’s World Cup and three Olympic tournaments.
  • Lloyd was the only player to log all 450 minutes during the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship. She was named MVP of the tournament after scoring five goals.
  • Lloyd led the USA in scoring in 2014, finding the net 15 times, tying her career high in a calendar year. Wambach was second with 14 goals. Lloyd also led the USA in assists with eight.
  • Nine players on the roster are trying to make their first Women’s World Cup squad: Harris, Alyssa Naeher, Crystal Dunn, Engen, Julie Johnston, Meghan Klingenberg, Morgan Brian, Sydney Leroux and Christen Press.
  • Brian, the USA’s youngest player at age 22, was the 2014 U.S. Soccer Young Female Athlete of the Year.
  • While Wambach is the USA’s top scorer on the roster with 177 goals, Lloyd is next with 63 career international goals and Morgan has 40. Heather O’Reilly has scored 41.
  • With 14 goals in 2014, Wambach reached double-figures in eight different calendar years. Mia Hamm still holds the record with nine years in double-figures.
  • Entering the 2015 Algarve Cup, Wambach has 21 goals at the tournament, including 19 against the USA’s three group opponents – 12 against Norway, one against Switzerland and six against Iceland.
  • Rodriguez had an excellent 2014 NWSL season with 13 goals in the regular season, good for second in the league and most from the run of play. She scored three more in the playoffs, including both goals in the NWSL title game. Rodriguez has 28 international scores.
  • Press’ four-goal performance against Argentina in Brazil in December was the ninth such game in U.S. history and second of 2014 after Wambach scored four times against Costa Rica in the championship game of the CONCACAF Women’s Championship. It was the first-career hat trick for Press.
  • Lloyd and Press led the USA with 23 appearances (out of 24 total games) in 2014. Lloyd started all 23.
  • Naeher, the 2014 NWSL Goalkeeper of the Year for the Boston Breakers, made her USA debut against Argentina on Dec. 18, 2014, and became the 22nd goalkeeper to suit up for the U.S. WNT.
  • Naeher also 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), Solo (2000) and Emily Oleksiuk (2001).
  • Left back Lori Chalupny played in three matches in the International Tournament of Brasilia last December, starting them all, while making a return to the U.S. team for the first time since the fall of 2010. She now has 97 caps and potentially could reach 100 at the Algarve Cup.
  • All nine NWSL clubs are represented on the roster.

IN THE RECORD BOOKS:

  • With three goals against Argentina on Dec. 18, Carli Lloyd upped her career total to 61 and moved into sole possession of seventh place on the U.S. WNT’s all-time goal scoring list, passing Shannon MacMillan who scored 60 goals in her career. Lloyd, who now has 63 career goals, 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, 2014. Now with 215, she is seventh on the USA’s all-time list. Abby Wambach (234) and Christie Rampone (304) 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, 9 months and 15 days old when she earned cap No. 200 on May 7, 2000. O’Reilly was 29 years, 2 months and 10 days old when she earned her 200th cap.
  • O’Reilly is currently sixth all-time in assists with 52 and is 13th all-time in goals with 41.
  • 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 four more and now sits at 43. She has 35 two-goal games, five hat tricks, two four-goal games and one five-goal game.
  • Sydney Leroux is 15th on the all-time U.S. WNT goal scoring list with 33 goals.
  • With her game-winning goal against England on Feb. 13, Alex Morgan became the 10th player in U.S. history to score 50 or more goals.

U.S. WNT AT THE ALGARVE CUP

  • The USA has a 54-12-10 record all-time at the Algarve Cup.
  • The USA has scored 167 goals while allowing 62 at the Algarve Cup.
  • 38 different players have scored for the USA at the Algarve Cup.
  • The USA has never lost at the Vila Real de San Antonio venue, site for its first two matches of the 2015 Algarve Cup, going 9-0-1 over the years. At the Lagos venue, where the USA will play its third Group B match, the USA has a losing record, going 4-5-1 over the years.
  • The most goals the USA has scored in an Algarve Cup game is seven, achieved against Portugal in 2000.
  • The most goals the USA has scored in an Algarve Cup game not against Portugal is five, achieved against France in a 5-1 win in 2004 and twice against Denmark in 5-0 wins in 2006 and 2012.
  • After winning on March 4, the U.S. Women have gone 14-1-5 in openers of the annual tournament the past 20 times they have attended. The only loss came in 2001 when the USA brought a very young team to the Algarve during WUSA pre-season camps.
  • Until the USA lost to Japan 1-0 in the third group match at the 2012 Algarve Cup, the Americans had not lost a match in regulation at the Algarve Cup since 2004, a 3-1 setback to Sweden. The USA still made the title game that year and won its second Algarve Cup title 2-0 against China. The USA went unbeaten in 31 straight Algarve Cup matches before the loss to Japan, a tournament record.
  • Fourteen players on the roster have scored at the Algarve Cup: Abby Wambach (21 goals), Carli Lloyd (12), Alex Morgan (11), Lauren Holiday (6), Heather O’Reilly (6), Sydney Leroux (5), Megan Rapinoe (4), Shannon Boxx (3), Christen Press (2), Amy Rodriguez (2), Rachel Van Hollebeke (1), Whitney Engen (1), Tobin Heath (1) and Ali Krieger (1),
  • Wambach’s 21 goals are tops all-time at the Algarve Cup for a U.S. player and one of the leaders all time in the 22-year history of the tournament.
  • The USA had been shut out in just eight of its 76 all-time Algarve Cup games (with two coming in 2001), before being shutout twice in 2006, with both games ending 0-0 in regulation against China and Germany. The USA was shutout again last year in a 1-0 loss to Sweden in its second group match. The tie against China in the 2006 Algarve opener broke a streak of 17 straight games in which the USA had scored at this tournament.
  • Four teams have played in all 22 Algarve Cups so far: Denmark, Norway, Sweden and host Portugal.

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ALL-TIME U.S. FINISHES AT THE ALGARVE CUP: The USA has had some tremendous and remarkable success at the Algarve Cup (eight straight appearances in the championship game from 2004-2012 and nine titles overall), but the USA didn’t win its first title until its sixth try in 2000 when a Brandi Chastain penalty kick defeated Norway in the title game 1-0. It took the USA three years to win it again.

Year

U.S. Finish

No. of teams

Champion

Runner-Up

1994

Second

6

Norway

USA

1995

Fourth

8

Sweden

Denmark

1996

Did not participate

8

Sweden

Norway

1997

Did not participate

8

Norway

China

1998

Third

8

Norway

Denmark

1999

Second

8

China

USA

2000

First

8

USA

Norway

2001

Sixth

8

Sweden

Denmark

2002

Fifth

12

China

Norway

2003

First

12

USA

China

2004

First

12

USA

Norway

2005

First

12

USA

Germany

2006

Second

12

Germany

USA

2007

First

12

USA

Denmark

2008

First

12

USA

Denmark

2009

Second

12

Sweden

USA

2010

First

12

USA

Germany

2011

First

12

USA

Iceland

2012

Third

12

Germany

Japan

2013

First

12

USA

Germany

2014

Seventh

12

Germany

Japan

HISTORY OF ALGARVE EXCELLENCE: With the success of the U.S. team in this tournament, the Americans have also taken home several individual awards over the years, including five MVPs and six Top Scorer awards. In 1999, Tiffeny Milbrett was the Best Player and the Top Scorer with four goals. In 2002, Shannon MacMillan was the Top Scorer with seven goals, the most in one Algarve Cup tournament by a U.S. player. In 2004, Abby Wambach was the Top Scorer with five goals and Shannon Boxx was voted Best Player. In 2005, Christie Welsh was Top Scorer with five goals. In 2006, Hope Solo was voted Best Goalkeeper and Boxx took home her second Algarve Cup MVP award. In 2007, Carli Lloyd did the double, taking the Top Scorer (four goals) and Best Player awards. In 2009, Solo was the first goalkeeper to win the tournament’s MVP award. In 2011, Alex Morgan scored three goals, tied with a few others, but won the top scorer award as she played the least minutes of all those tied. In 2013, Morgan was the top scorer in the tournament with three goals while Megan Rapinoe was named Best Player.

BY THE NUMBERS:

  • 0.63: Goals per game the USA has allowed in 2014
  • 2: USA’s FIFA ranking
  • 3.29: Goals per game the USA scored in 2014
  • 8: Assists by Carli Lloyd to lead the team in 2014
  • 13: Number of different U.S. players to score a goal in 2014
  • 19: Goals in 38 career games for Christen Press, a goal every two games
  • 63: Career goals by Lloyd, most ever for a WNT player who has played exclusively as a midfielder
  • 78: Career shutouts by Hope Solo, an all-time U.S. WNT record
  • 80: Minutes on the field per goal averaged by Sydney Leroux in her career
  • 92: Minutes on the field per goal averaged by Alex Morgan in her career
  • 98: Minutes on field per goal averaged by Abby Wambach in her career
  • 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
  • 304: Caps by Christie Rampone, second all-time to Kristine Lilly (352)

IN FOCUS: SWITZERLAND

Current FIFA World Ranking: 18
2015 Women’s World Cup Qualifying: Finished first in UEFA Women’s World Cup qualifying Group 3 (9-0-1; 53 GF, 1 GA)
Women’s World Cup Finals Appearances: 1 - 2015
Record vs. USA: 0-1-0
Head Coach: Martina Voss-Tecklenburg
Championship Honors: None
Leading Women’s World Cup Qualifying Scorers: Lara Dickenmann (10), Ana Maria Crnogorčević (9), Ramona Bachmann (8), Fabienne Humm (8)
Key Players: Martina Moser (Hoffenheim), Lara Dickenmann (Lyon), Ramona Bachmann (FC Rosengard), Ana Maria Crnogorčević (Frankfurt), Caroline Abbé (Bayern Munich)

2105 Algarve Cup Switzerland Women’s National Team Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): 1-Stenia Michel (FF USV Jena), 12-Nadine Böni (FC Basel 1893), 21 Antonia Albisser (FC Luzern)
DEFENDERS (8): 2-Nicole Remund (FC Zürich Frauen), 3-Sandra Betschart (FC Sunnana Sportklub), 4-Rachel Rinast (1. FC Köln), 5-Noëlle Maritz (VfL Wolfsburg), 6-Selina Kuster (FC Zürich Frauen), 14-Rahel Kiwic (MSV Duisburg), 15-Caroline Abbé (FC Bayern München), 16-Fabienne Humm (FC Zürich Frauen)
MIDFIELDERS (7): 7-Martina Moser (1899 Hoffenheim), 8-Cinzia Zehnder (Zürich Frauen), 9-Lia Wälti (1. FFC Turbine Potsdam) 17-Lara Keller (FF USV Jena), 18-Vanessa Bürki (FC Bayern München), 20-Florijana Ismaili (BSC Young Boys), 22-Vanessa Bernauer (VfL Wolfsburg)
FORWARDS (5): 10-Ramona Bachmann (FC Rosengard), 11-Lara Dickenmann (FC Olympique Lyonnais), 13-Ana Maria Crnogorcevic (1. FFC Frankfurt), 19-Eseosa Aigbogun (FC Basel 1893), 23-Barla Deplazes (FC Zürich Frauen) 

USA VS. SWITZERLAND SERIES

  • The USA and Switzerland have played just once at the senior level, that coming about seven months ago when the teams met for the first time. The USA came out on top by a 4-1 score on Aug. 20, 2014, in front of a sellout crowd in Cary, North Carolina.
  • The USA got goals from Megan Rapinoe, Carli Lloyd, Christen Press and Abby Wambach in a match that was played in front of a tremendous atmosphere at WakeMed Soccer Park.
  • Two of the USA’s goals were off penalty kicks, by Lloyd and Wambach, and Switzerland’s goal was a PK as well, converted by Ana Maria Crnogorcevic.
  • The teams did meet in group play at the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Germany, a 5-0 win for the USA in which Sydney Leroux scored a hat trick.

SWITZERLAND ROSTER NOTES

  • Switzerland was the 25th European country that the USA has faced in its history, although several of those countries no longer exist.
  • Lara Dickenmann, who plays for France power Olympic Lyon (with Megan Rapinoe) and played college soccer at Ohio State (where she was the Big Ten Conference Freshman of the Year in 2004), leads Switzerland in Women’s World Cup qualifying with 10 goals. She also played for the New Jersey Wildcats and Jersey Sky Blue during her time in college.
  • Dickenmann scored both goals for the Swiss in their 2-0 Algarve Cup opening win vs. Iceland.
  • Fabienne Humm scored eight times for Switzerland in qualifying, as did former Women’s Professional Soccer player Ramona Bachmann, who played for the Atlanta Beat. Ana Maria Crnogorčević, who plays for Frankfurt in Germany, had nine goals in qualifying.
  • Switzerland’s coach is former Germany international Martina Voss-Tecklenburg who played more than 100 matches for her country and played in the 1991, 1995 and 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cups as well as the 1996 Olympics.

LAST TIME
On the field for the USA:
March 4, 2015 – Municipal Stadium; Vila Real de San Antonio, Portugal

USA     2  Carli Lloyd 55, 62
NOR    1  Ada Hegerberg 43

Lineups:
USA: 1-Hope Solo; 11-Ali Krieger, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 26-Julie Johnston, 16-Lori Chalupny (25-Meghan Klingenberg, 46); 10-Carli Lloyd, 12-Lauren Holiday (15-Megan Rapinoe, 90+1), 14-Morgan Brian, 23-Christen Press (17-Tobin Heath, 78); 13-Alex Morgan (2-Sydney Leroux, 79), 20-Abby Wambach (capt.) (8-Amy Rodriguez, 56)
Subs Not Used: 5-Kelley O’Hara, 6-Whitney Engen, 7-Shannon Boxx, 9-Heather O’Reilly, 19-Rachel Van Hollebeke, 22-Crystal Dunn, 24-Ashlyn Harris
Head Coach: Jill Ellis

NOR: 12-Silje Vesterbekkmo; 6-Maren Mjelde, 7-Trine Rønning (capt.), 2-Marita Lund, 3-Inger Ane Hole; 17-Lene Mykjåland, 8-Solveig Gulbrandsen (14-Gry Tofte Ims, 74), 20-Emilie Haavi (19-Marie Markussen, 69); 18-Kristine Minde, 8-Isabel Herlovsen, 21-Ada Hegerberg
Subs Not Used: 1-Ingrid Hjelmseth, 4-Melissa Bjånesoy, 5-Hedda Gardsjord, 10-Maria Thorisdottir, 11-Ida Elise Enget, 13-Ingrid Moe Wold, 15-Anja Sønstevold, 16-Andrine Hegerberg, 22-Cathrine Dekkerhus, 23-Cecille Fiskerstrand
Head Coach: Even Pellerud

On the field for the USA vs. SUI:
Aug. 20, 2014 – WakeMed Soccer Park; Cary, N.C.

USA   4   Rapinoe 3, Lloyd 56, Press 77, Wambach 87
NOR   1   Ana-Maria Crnogorcevic 71

Lineups:
USA: 1-Hope Solo; 11-Ali Krieger (25-Meghan Klingenberg, 46), 4-Becky Sauerbrunn (16-Julie Johnston, 46), 3-Christie Rampone (capt.), 19-Crystal Dunn; 10-Carli Lloyd, 12-Lauren Holiday (6-Allie Long, 85), 15-Megan Rapinoe (7-Morgan Brian, 78); 2-Sydney Leroux (20-Abby Wambach, 46), 13-Alex Morgan (9-Heather O’Reilly, 66), 23-Christen Press
Subs Not Used: 18-Alyssa Naeher
Head Coach: Jill Ellis

SUI: 1-Gaëlle Thalmann (12-Stenia Michel, 46); 5-Noëlle Maritz, 14-Rahel Kiwic (8-Sandy Maendly, 82), 15-Caroline Abbé (capt.); 7-Martina Moser (22-Vanessa Bernauerk, 68), 9-Lia Wälti, 16-Fabienne Humm (2-Nicole Remund, 68), 18-Vanessa Bürki (6-Selina Kuster, 56); 10-Ramona Bachmann, 11-Lara Dickenmann, 13-Ana-Maria Crnogorcevic (19-Eseosa Aigbogun, 74)
Subs Not Used: 23-Fabienne Bangerter
Head Coach: Martina Voss-Tecklenburg

Photo Gallery: WNT Enjoys Light-Hearted Regen Session Ahead of Second Algarve Cup Match

Photos from WNT training in Portugal on Thursday morning after the team's 2-1 comeback triumph over Norway the night before. The USA next plays Switzerland on Friday at 12 p.m. ET at the 2015 Algarve Cup. The game will be broadcast on FOX Sports 1 and fans can also follow everything happening with the WNT during the tournament by following @ussoccer_wnt on Twitter and Instagram @ussoccer_wnt

WNT vs. Norway: Highlights - March 4, 2015

The U.S. WNT kicked off the 2015 Algarve with a 2-1 win over Norway. Carli Lloyd scored both goals for the USA.
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