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U.S. MNT Defeats Turkey 2-1 at Sold-Out Red Bull Arena

HARRISON, New Jersey (June 1, 2014) – Fabian Johnson and Clint Dempsey each scored a goal as the U.S. Men’s National Team defeated Turkey 2-1 in front of a sellout crowd of 26,762 at Red Bull Arena.

Goalkeeper Tim Howard, who played the opening 45 minutes, set a U.S. MNT record with the 54th win of his National Team career, breaking Kasey Keller’s record. Brad Guzan played the second half.

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Fabian Johnson (Michael Bradley), 26th minute: The hustle of Fabian Johnson and the precision passing of Michael Bradley worked to perfection for the USA. Johnson passed to Bradley and immediately darted up the middle of Turkey’s defense. Bradley took a quick touch and flicked the ball ahead just inside the box, where Johnson one-timed with his left foot and found the inside of the left side of the frame for a one-goal lead. It was Johnson’s first goal in 21 international appearances. USA 1, TUR 0 (SEE GOAL)

USA – Clint Dempsey (unassisted), 52nd minute: Clint Dempsey was in the right place at the right time when Turkey defender Hakan Kadir Balta faltered on a clearance. The U.S. MNT worked the ball around from Michael Bradley, Brad Davis and left back Timmy Chandler who sent the ball into the area. Balta had every opportunity to clear the cross, but he botched the touch and the ball trickled to Dempsey near the right post, where the MNT captain capitalized with his first goal of 2014 and 37th goal of his career. USA 2, TUR 0 (SEE GOAL)

TUR – Selcuk Inan (penalty kick), 90th minute: With injury time looming, Timmy Chandler lost the ball to Mustafa Pektemek, who attacked the near right side against U.S. goalkeeper Brad Guzan. Pektemek patiently waited for an opening, shot to the left side of the frame and USA center back Geoff Cameron was called for a handball to stop the shot. Selcuk Inan crisply struck his right-footed penalty inside the left side of the frame, past a diving Guzan who anticipated correctly on the attempt. USA 2, TUR 1 (FINAL)

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
TUR – Ozan Tufan, 21st minute: Six minutes earlier, Jozy Altidore’s header goal was disallowed for a push to Turkey goalkeeper Onur Recep Kivrak. But Altidore stayed heavy on the attack and dished from the right side of the box to Michael Bradley. Bradley’s shot was blocked by Turkey defender Ozan Tufan. Tufan’s right-footed clearance kept the score level at the time as both teams came close on several occasions during the opening 25 minutes.

USA – Jermaine Jones, 35th and 36th minutes: U.S. holding midfielder Jermaine Jones had a couple big stops in a one-minute stretch to keep Turkey off of the score sheet. He blocked a Gokhan Gonul shot in the 35th minute and then made a sliding stop to disrupt another Gonal strike with his right foot. Jones briefly received medical attention as he took the shot to his body, but he was quick to continue play.

TUR – Ozan Tufan and Onur Recep Kivrak, 37th minute: In a frenzied sequence, Jozy Altidore sent the ball ahead to Clint Dempsey who initially had a step on Turkey defender Ozan Tufan. As the two rushed into the box, Tufan bumped shoulder-to-shoulder to disrupt Dempsey’s attempt. Shouts for a penalty arose from the U.S. MNT bench, but play continued and Dempsey stuck with the loose ball, only to have his second attempt blocked by Turkey goalkeeper Onur Recep Kivrak.

USA – Brad Guzan, 60th minute: The left side of USA’s defense allowed Gokhan Gonul to have plenty of open space down the right side. Chandler attempted to track back in time to get in front of Gonul, but Gonul got his shot off at the near right side. Second-half sub Guzan stepped up, however, with a clutch save at the near right post to keep the two-goal lead at the time.

TUR – Onur Recep Kivrak, 81st minute: Mix Diskerud played the ball to Jozy Altidore down the right side and Altidore cut inside to his left to evade Turkey’s Ozan Tufan. That created a strong one-on-one chance against Turkey goalkeeper Onur Recep Kivrak, but Kivrak stepped up with a foot save to turn away the U.S. MNT striker.

Milestone Watch:

  • U.S. goalkeeper Tim Howard passed Kasey Keller to set the U.S. MNT record with 54 career victories. Howard is now 54-28-15 all-time. Keller was 53-27-18.
  • Howard earned his 99th cap, and with his next appearance he will become the 15th player and third goalkeeper in U.S. MNT history to reach the 100-cap mark. Howard is also one appearance behind Tony Meola and Joe-Max Moore, who are tied for 13th all-time with 100 caps.
  • Clint Dempsey has now scored at least one goal in 10 consecutive years. The only other U.S. MNT players to accomplish this feat are Brian McBride and Eric Wynalda, who scored a goal in 11 consecutive years.
  • Dempsey made his 104th appearance and ranks 10th on the all-time list. He is two appearances behind ninth-place Wynalda (106 caps from 1990-2000).
  • Michael Bradley earned his 85th cap, tying him for 20th all-time with Frankie Hejduk and Bruce Murray.
  • Bradley earned his ninth assist and is tied for 16th on the all-time list with Clint Mathis. Bradley is one assist behind a group of Steve Cherundolo, Chris Henderson, McBride and Earnie Stewart, who are all tied for 10th with 10 career assists.

Next on the Schedule:
The U.S. MNT concludes its three-game Send-Off Series against Nigeria at 6 p.m. ET on Saturday, June 7, at EverBank Field in Jacksonville, Florida.
Broadcast information: ESPN, WatchESPN, Univision and ESPN Deportes Radio
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Additional Notes:

  • The USA is 2-1-1 in the all-time series against Turkey.
  • The U.S. MNT is now 3-1-1 in 2014.
  • The USA is 6-4-7 all-time in games based in New Jersey and 1-1-0 at Red Bull Arena.
  • Head coach Jurgen Klinsmann made three changes from the starting lineup the U.S. utilized during the 2-0 victory against Azerbaijan on May 27. Defender Timmy Chandler and midfielder Brad Davis, who were halftime subs the last time out, replaced DaMarcus Beasley and Alejandro Bedoya, respectively, in the starting lineup. Captain Clint Dempsey got the start ahead of Chris Wondolowski. Dempsey originally was penciled in to start against Azerbaijan, but Klinsmann held him out for precautionary reasons because of a sore groin.
  • The U.S. is now 7-3-2 with Dempsey as the captain.
  • The starting lineup featured Tim Howard at goalkeeper, with a back four of left back Chandler, center backs Matt Besler and Geoff Cameron and right back Fabian Johnson.
  • The starting midfield featured Davis and Graham Zusi on the left and right sides, respectively, Jermaine Jones as the holding midfielder and Michael Bradley at the top of the diamond of the 4-4-2.
  • Dempsey and Jozy Altidore were paired up front.
  • The U.S. made three subs to open the second half. Brad Guzan replaced Howard in goal. Kyle Beckerman subbed for midfielder Jones. John Brooks entered the match for Besler.
  • In the 64th minute, Julian Green made his second career U.S. MNT appearance, replacing Davis. Outside back DeAndre Yedlin entered for Johnson.

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

Match: U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Turkey
Date: June 1, 2014
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Red Bull Arena; Harrison, New Jersey
Kickoff: 2 p.m. ET
Attendance: 26,762 (sellout)
Weather: 74 degrees, sunny

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

USA – Fabian Johnson (Michael Bradley)   26th minute
USA – Clint Dempsey                                 52
TUR – Selcuk Inan (penalty)                       90

Lineups:
USA: 1-Tim Howard (12-Brad Guzan, 46); 23-Fabian Johnson (2-DeAndre Yedlin, 64), 20-Geoff Cameron, 5-Matt Besler (6-John Brooks, 46), 21-Timmy Chandler; 19-Graham Zusi (10-Mix Diskerud, 69), 13-Jermaine Jones (15-Kyle Beckerman, 46), 4-Michael Bradley, 14-Brad Davis (16-Julian Green, 64); 17-Jozy Altidore, 8-Clint Dempsey (capt.)
Subs Not Used: 3-Omar Gonzalez, 7-DaMarcus Beasley, 9-Aron Johannsson, 11-Alejandro Bedoya, 18-Chris Wondolowski, 22-Nick Rimando
Head coach: Jurgen Klinsmann

TUR: 12-Onur Recep Kivrak; 2-Hakan Kadir Balta (4-Ugur Demirok, 83), 24-Osman Tarik Camdal (17-Mustafa Pektemek, 46), 3-Ishak Dogan (26-Ahmet Ilhan Ozek, 46), 7-Gokhan Gonul, 8-Selcuk Inan, 9-Mevlut Erdinc (19-Bilal Kisa, 80), 10-Nuri Sahin (capt.) (5-Hakan Calhanoglu, 70), 15-Oguzhan Ozyakup (20-Olcan Adin, 67), 16-Ozan Tufan, 18-Caner Erkin
Subs Not Used: 1-Tolga Zengin, 11-Olcay Sahan, 13-Adem Buyuk, 21-Omer Toprak, 22-Aydin Karabulut, 23-Volkan Babacan, 25-Turgut Dogun Sahin
Head Coach: Fatih Terim

Stats Summary: USA / TUR
Shots: 8 / 20
Shots on Goal: 6 / 12
Saves: 11 / 3
Corner Kicks: 4 / 8
Fouls: 20 / 12
Offside: 2 / 1

Misconduct Summary:
None

Officials:
Referee: Slim Jedidi (TUN)
Assistant Referee 1: Anouar Hmila (TUN)
Assistant Referee 2: Yamen Melloulchi (TUN)
Fourth Official: Nasrallah Jaouadi (TUN)

Budweiser Man of the Match: Michael Bradley

  • DateSunday, June 1, 2014
  • VenueRed Bull Arena; Harrison, N.J.
  • Kickoff2:00 PM ET
  • Attendance26,762
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Match: U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Turkey
Date: June 1, 2014
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Red Bull Arena; Harrison, New Jersey
Kickoff: 2 p.m. ET
Attendance: 26,762 (sellout)
Weather: 74 degrees, sunny 

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

USA – Fabian Johnson (Michael Bradley)      26th minute
USA – Clint Dempsey                                      52
TUR – Selcuk Inan (penalty)                            90                                            

Lineups:
USA: 1-Tim Howard (12-Brad Guzan, 46); 23-Fabian Johnson (2-DeAndre Yedlin, 64), 20-Geoff Cameron, 5-Matt Besler (6-John Brooks, 46), 21-Timmy Chandler; 19-Graham Zusi (10-Mix Diskerud, 69), 13-Jermaine Jones (15-Kyle Beckerman, 46), 4-Michael Bradley, 14-Brad Davis (16-Julian Green, 64); 17-Jozy Altidore, 8-Clint Dempsey (capt.)
Subs Not Used: 3-Omar Gonzalez, 7-DaMarcus Beasley, 9-Aron Johannsson, 11-Alejandro Bedoya, 18-Chris Wondolowski, 22-Nick Rimando
Head coach: Jurgen Klinsmann 

TUR: 12-Onur Recep Kivrak; 2-Hakan Kadir Balta (4-Ugur Demirok, 83), 24-Osman Tarik Camdal (17-Mustafa Pektemek, 46), 3-Ishak Dogan (26-Ahmet Ilhan Ozek, 46), 7-Gokhan Gonul, 8-Selcuk Inan, 9-Mevlut Erdinc (19-Bilal Kisa, 80), 10-Nuri Sahin (capt.) (5-Hakan Calhanoglu, 70), 15-Oguzhan Ozyakup (20-Olcan Adin, 67), 16-Ozan Tufan, 18-Caner Erkin
Subs Not Used: 1-Tolga Zengin, 11-Olcay Sahan, 13-Adem Buyuk, 21-Omer Toprak, 22-Aydin Karabulut, 23-Volkan Babacan, 25-Turgut Dogun Sahin
Head Coach: Fatih Terim 

Stats Summary: USA / TUR
Shots: 8 / 20
Shots on Goal: 6 / 12
Saves: 11 / 3
Corner Kicks: 4 / 8
Fouls: 20 / 12
Offside: 2 / 1 

Misconduct Summary:
None 

Officials:
Referee: Slim Jedidi (TUN)
Assistant Referee 1: Anouar Hmila (TUN)
Assistant Referee 2: Yamen Melloulchi (TUN)
Fourth Official: Nasrallah Jaouadi (TUN)

Klinsmann Stresses Focus for U.S. MNT Back Line Against Turkey

Jurgen Klinsmann and the U.S. Men’s National Team coaching staff watched the first half of Turkey’s last game, a friendly against Honduras in Washington, D.C., on the plane from San Francisco to New York City. The score was tied at 0-0 heading into halftime. Then the plane landed, and the staff and players had to leave.

If the flight had landed a bit later, Klinsmann might have had a glimpse right then and there on the challenge Turkey would present to the United States. Saint-Etienne striker Mevlüt Erdniç and Fenerbehçe defender Caner Erkin scored in Turkey’s 2-0 win against Los Catrachos, with both goals coming off defensive lapses that were immediately pounced upon by Turkey.

The meaning of this performance, especially as it relates to the U.S. back line, is not lost on Klinsmann.

“I think Turkey is an unpredictable team,” Klinsmann said on Friday. “They have a lot of individual skills and good players that can make a difference in half a second, as Honduras experienced, and before that Ireland, and many other teams before that. We need games that really keep us on our toes, especially for our back line, that really challenges them not to lose concentration and focus even for one moment.”

The USA’s defense has been a near-constant topic of conversation throughout the team’s World Cup preparations, with most of the talk centering around the team’s World Cup inexperience. Of the group, only one player (DaMarcus Beasley) has played in a World Cup, but even his time in the 2002, 2006 and 2010 World Cups came as a midfielder, not among the back four. The concern is that this inexperience could lead to miscues like the ones Honduras endured against Turkey. However, U.S. center back Matt Besler believes significant experience can be gained simply by becoming tighter on the training field.

“Anytime you are doing a back four drill, anytime you open it up into a scrimmage at the end of training, you take those opportunities very seriously,” Besler said. “You just try and work things out by feeling it, by experiencing it.”

Turkey’s attack will have plenty to keep Besler and his fellow defenders busy. Besides Erdinç, who is coming off a solid season in Ligue 1 with 12 goals in 31 appearances, Turkey also brings Burak Yilmaz, the Galatasaray forward who will be the team’s primary scoring threat if he starts. Yilmaz stands at 6-foot-2 and combines his size and physical power with a finishing touch that can either be delicate or powerful. Simply put, Yilmaz can be a handful for any defender in the world if he is on his game.

However, Turkey’s true strength lies in a trio of midfielders that can make plays in a variety of ways for Yilmaz, Erdinç or whoever else starts at forward on Sunday. In Arda Turan, Turkey has a left winger coming off a stellar title-winning season with Atlético Madrid. The team also boasts playmaking central midfielders Selçuk Inan and Nuri Sahin, a pair of midfield generals that will test the U.S. chemistry in the center of the park, whether it is the Michael Bradley-Jermaine Jones combo that started against Azerbaijan, or some other partnership.

“For me, one of the most important triangles you can have on the field is your two center backs and your holding midfielder,” Besler said. “The key is forming a good partnership. It’s playing off each other’s strengths and weaknesses and it’s being comfortable with each other.”

That strength in midfield will be supported with surging runs forward from right back Gökhan Gönül – a factor that could test the shape of whichever formation Klinsmann decides to use on Sunday.

“It doesn’t matter really whether you play a 4-4-2 diamond or a flat four in midfield or a 4-2-3-1 or a 4-3-3. It’s the whole team, how it shapes up, how it works as an entire unit, how it attacks collectively and how it defends collectively,” Klinsmann said. “We wanted to start off a little bit easy with the Azerbaijan game. Now with Turkey, we really have a benchmark that will give us a little more insight into certain things.”

The stability of the U.S. defense is sure to be one of them.

-Alex Abnos

U.S. MNT to Play in Front of Sellout Crowd at Red Bull Arena

CHICAGO (May 31, 2014) – A sellout crowd of more than 25,000 will be on hand when the U.S. Men’s National Team hosts Turkey on Sunday, June 1, at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey.

The home stadium of Major League Soccer’s New York Red Bulls will be the site of the USA’s second match of its three-game Send-Off Series in preparation for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. Kickoff for Sunday’s game is at 2 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on ESPN2, WatchESPN, Univision, Univision Deportes Network and ESPN Deportes Radio. Fans can also follow on Twitter @ussoccer.

The USA is coming off a 2-0 victory against Azerbaijan on May 27 in its first Send-Off Series match, powered by Yingli Solar. Second-half substitutes Mix Diskerud and Aron Johannsson provided the goals and Tim Howard tied a U.S. MNT record with his 53rd career victory, matching Kasey Keller’s career mark.

Following Sunday’s game, the USA wraps up its Send-Off Series against Nigeria on Saturday, June 7, at EverBank Field in Jacksonville, Florida. Kickoff is at 6 p.m. ET and the game will be broadcast on ESPN, WatchESPN, Univision and ESPN Deportes Radio.

The U.S. is less than three weeks away from the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, where the team will face Ghana (6 p.m. ET June 16), Portugal (6 p.m. ET on June 22) and Germany (12 p.m. ET on June 26) in Group G. All three games will be broadcast on ESPN and WatchESPN.

U.S. WNT Goes for Group Title Against Haiti at CONCACAF Women's Championship

2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship
U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Haiti
RFK Stadium; Washington, D.C.
Oct. 20, 2014

U.S. WNT GOES FOR GROUP TITLE AGAINST HAITI: The U.S. Women’s National Team wraps up Group A play in the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship against Haiti on Monday, Oct. 20, at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1. Fans can also follow all the U.S. games on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt and @ussoccer_esp.

The USA defeated Guatemala 5-0 on Friday, Oct. 17, at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Illinois, with Tobin Heath leading the way with two goals. The U.S. moved to 2-0-0 and into sole possession of the Group A lead. Trinidad & Tobago and Haiti are both 1-1-0 and Guatemala (0-2-0) has been eliminated from semifinal contention. The top two Group A and Group B teams advance to the tournament semifinals.

The U.S. improved to 24-1-0 all-time in the CONCACAF Women’s Championship and is looking to win its fifth tournament title along with earning a berth to the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada.

MORGAN RULED OUT FOR REMAINDER OF TOURNAMENT: U.S. WNT forward Alex Morgan will be unavailable for the remainder of the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship. Morgan suffered a left ankle sprain during the first half of the USA’s 5-0 win against Guatemala on Friday. Morgan underwent an MRI on Saturday that confirmed the sprain, and she will be out 4-6 weeks to rehabilitate the injury. Morgan has scored 49 goals in 77 games during her WNT career, including five goals in seven games in 2014.

USA ADVANCEMENT SCENARIOS: The U.S. WNT is in strong shape to advance to the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship semifinals, which take place Oct. 24 at PPL Park in Chester, Pennsylvania. The tournament’s top three teams automatically qualify for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada from June 6-July 7. Below are the semifinal advancement scenarios heading into the final Group A match:

  • With a victory or draw against Haiti, the USA will win Group A heading into the semifinals to face the Group B runner-up.
  • If the USA falls to Haiti, the WNT can still secure first place by maintaining its goal differential over Haiti and Trinidad & Tobago. The USA currently has a plus-6 differential, and Trinidad & Tobago and Haiti are currently even.
  • It is mathematically possible for both Haiti and Trinidad & Tobago to leapfrog the USA in the group standings and leave the U.S. out of the semifinal picture, but the teams face a massive challenge based on goal differential.
  • Guatemala is out of semifinal contention with a 0-2-0 record.

Group A Disciplinary Notes

  • USA: Sydney Leroux was issued a yellow card during the 5-0 victory against Guatemala on Friday.
  • Haiti: Kencia Marseille and Kimberly Boulos were both shown yellow cards during Haiti’s 1-0 loss to Trinidad & Tobago on Friday. Goalkeeper Cynthia Chery was red-carded during the group-opening win against Guatemala and served her one-game suspension on Friday against Trinidad & Tobago.
  • Guatemala: Londy Barrios picked up a yellow card during her team’s group-opening loss to Haiti.
  • Trinidad & Tobago: Goalkeeper Kimika Forbes was ejected from Friday’s 1-0 win against Haiti and will serve a one-game suspension in Monday’s group finale against Guatemala.
  • For players who are sitting on a yellow card, an additional infraction Monday would result in a one-game suspension if their team advances to the tournament’s semifinal stage, but yellow card totals are erased once the semifinal stage begins.

Group A Standings

Team

GP

W

L

T

GF

GA

GD

Pts

USA

2

2

0

0

6

0

6

6

Trinidad & Tobago

2

1

1

0

1

1

0

3

Haiti

2

1

1

0

1

1

0

3

Guatemala

2

0

2

0

0

6

-6

0

Wednesday, Oct. 15
Haiti 1, Guatemala 0
USA 1, Trinidad & Tobago 0

Friday, Oct. 17
Trinidad & Tobago 1, Haiti 0
USA 5, Guatemala 0

Monday, Oct. 20
Trinidad & Tobago vs. Guatemala, 5 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1
USA vs. Haiti, 7:30 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1

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

2014 U.S. WNT SCHEDULE:

Date

Opponent

Result/Time (ET)

U.S. Goal Scorers/TV

Venue

Jan. 31

Canada

1-0 W

Leroux

Toyota Stadium; Frisco, Texas

Feb. 8

Russia

7-0 W

Lloyd (2), Press (2), O’Reilly,

Leroux, Wambach

FAU Stadium; Boca Raton, Fla.

Feb. 13

Russia

8-0 W

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

Georgia Dome; Atlanta, Ga.

March 5

Japan^

1-1 T

Leroux

Parchal, Portugal

March 7

Sweden^

0-1 L

-

Albufeira, Portugal

March 10

Denmark^

3-5 L

Press, Leroux, Rapinoe

Albufeira, Portugal

March 12

Korea DPR^

3-0 W

Wambach (2), O’Reilly

Parchal, Portugal

April 6

China PR

2-0 W

Holiday, Rapinoe

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

April 10

China PR

3-0 W

Lloyd (2), Leroux

Qualcomm Stadium; San Diego, Calif.

May 8

Canada

1-1 T

Leroux

Investors Group Field; Winnipeg, Canada

June 14

France

1-0 W

Leroux

Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Fla.

June 19

France

2-2 T

Morgan (2)

Rentschter Field, East Hartford, Conn.

Aug. 20

Switzerland

4-1 W

Rapinoe, Lloyd, Press, Wambach

WakeMed Soccer Park, Cary, N.C.

Sept. 13

Mexico

8-0 W

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

Rio Tinto Stadium; Sandy, Utah

Sept. 18

Mexico

4-0 W

Rodriguez, Rapinoe, Heath, Morgan

Sahlen’s Stadium, Rochester, N.Y.

Oct. 15

T&T*

1-0 W

Wambach

Sporting Park; Kansas City, Kan.

Oct. 17

Guatemala*

5-0 W

Heath (2), Lloyd, Engen, Rapinoe

Toyota Park; Bridgeview, Ill.

Oct. 20

Haiti*

7:30 p.m.

FOX Sports 1

RFK Stadium; Washington, D.C.

^ Algarve Cup *2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship

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

WORLD RECORD AND COUNTING: Abby Wambach continues to add to her world goal scoring record after tallying career goal No. 171 during the USA’s 1-0 victory against Trinidad & Tobago on Oct. 15. On June 20, 2013, Wambach passed the legendary Mia Hamm to become the world’s all-time leading scorer when she pounded in four goals against South Korea at Red Bull Arena. Hamm had 158 international goals from 1987-2004. The match against Trinidad & Tobago marked the 110th win for the USA in a game in which Wambach has scored at least one goal (110-2-8). Wambach has scored 46 goals in her past 57 games over 2012, 2013 and 2014. She is also third all-time in assists with 65, behind only Kristine Lilly (105) and Hamm (144).

CONCACAF VENUE HISTORY: The USA is familiar with all four venues for the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship, having now played 17 games in its history at the four stadiums: two at Sporting Park, five at Toyota Park (including a Women’s World Cup playoff match in 2010), eight at RFK Stadium and two at PPL Park. The U.S. is coming off a 5-0 victory against Guatemala on Friday, Oct. 17, in its second Group A match of the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship. The USA has never lost a match at these venues.

Stadium

City

Record

GF

GA

The Skinny

Sporting Park

Kansas City, Kan.

1-0-1

2

1

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

Toyota Park

Bridgeview, Ill.

4-0-1

13

2

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

RFK Stadium

Washington, D.C.

8-0-0

25

5

Most recent was 7-0 win vs. MEX in 2013

PPL Park

Chester, Pa.

2-0-0

5

2

Both vs. CHN, most recently 4-1 win in 2012

15 IN, 9 TO GO: Switzerland, England, Spain, France, Norway, Germany and Sweden have qualified from Europe for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Scotland will face the Netherlands and Italy takes on the Ukraine in the semifinals of the UEFA playoffs that will produce one more European qualifier. Five teams qualified from the 2014 Asian Women’s Cup – Japan, Australia, China PR, Korea Republic and Thailand. Japan defeated Australia 1-0 in the Asian Cup championship game while China defeated Korea 2-1 for third. Perhaps the biggest news was the qualification of Thailand to its first Women’s World Cup. Thailand defeated host Vietnam 2-1 for fifth place and became the first team to wholly benefit from the expansion of the tournament to 24 teams. In the recently completed South American qualifying tournament, Brazil won the competition with Colombia finishing second and Ecuador third to earn a playoff against the fourth place finisher from CONCACAF. The remaining nine countries will come from Europe (1 more), CONCACAF (3.5), Africa (3), South America (.5) and Oceania (1). The Confederation breakdown of World Cup berths is as follows:


Host:

Canada

CONCACAF

3.5 + host, up from 2.5

Europe

8 total, up from 4.5 + host in 2011

South America

2.5, up from 2

Africa

5 total, up from 3

Oceania

1, same as in 2011

Asia

3 total, up from 2

ROSTER SPOTS: U.S. head coach Jill Ellis chose 20 players for the USA’s 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship roster, which included two goalkeepers, seven defenders, six midfielders and five forwards, but will play the rest of the tournament with 19 after Alex Morgan was ruled out due to injury. Many of the players can play multiple positions, giving Ellis variety and depth on the roster, which consists of 19 professional players and the USA’s lone college player, Morgan Brian, who is a senior at the University of Virginia. Of the USA’s 20 players, just five are over 30 years old: team captain Christie Rampone (39), forward Abby Wambach (34), goalkeeper Hope Solo (33), midfielder Carli Lloyd (32) and defender Ali Krieger (30). Rampone has 298 caps and is the most-capped active player in the world and second all-time in world history. The least-capped player on the roster is Ashlyn Harris (3). Three players on the roster helped FC Kansas City to the 2014 NWSL title: Becky Sauerbrunn, Lauren Holiday and Amy Rodriguez.

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

U.S. ROSTER NOTES:

  • With Alex Morgan’s ankle injury keeping her out for the rest of the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship, the USA roster will be down to 19 players.
  • Thirteen of the players on this roster participated in the qualifying tournament for the 2012 Olympics. The six players that did not are: goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris, defenders Whitney Engen, Julie Johnston and Meghan Klingenberg, midfielder Morgan Brian and forward Christen Press.
  • Ten players on the roster have previous Women’s World Cup qualifying experience, led by forward Abby Wambach and midfielder Heather O’Reilly, both of whom played in the qualifying tournaments for the last three Women’s World Cup tournaments. Defender Christie Rampone and midfielder Carli Lloyd played in the last two CONCACAF Women’s World Cup qualifying tournaments. Other U.S. WNT players with previous qualifying experience are Lauren Holiday, Ali Krieger, Megan Rapinoe, Amy Rodriguez, Becky Sauerbrunn and Hope Solo.
  • Holiday, the 2013 NWSL MVP and 2014 NWSL Championship Game MVP, became the 30th American female player to earn 100 caps when she played against Canada on May 8. She currently has 107 caps.
  • Wambach is the USA’s top scorer on the roster with 171 goals. After Wambach, Lloyd is the top scorer with 52 career international goals and O’Reilly has scored 41. Sydney Leroux is quickly climbing the charts with 32.
  • Rodriguez had an excellent NWSL season with 13 goals in the regular season, good for second in the league, and then scored three more in the playoffs, including both goals in the NWSL title game. Rodriguez has 28 international scores.
  • Leroux and Wambach are tied for the USA lead with eight goals apiece in 2014. Lloyd, Morgan and Press have five goals each.
  • Lloyd and Rapinoe both have five assists, tied for best on the team this year.
  • All nine NWSL clubs are represented on the roster.
  • Twenty-nine players have seen game action for the USA in 2014, including first-cappers Samantha Mewis, Sarah Hagan and Allie Long, none of whom made the qualifying roster.

IN THE RECORD BOOKS:

  • The USA’s current 89-game unbeaten streak at home (78-0-11 since Nov. 6, 2004) is a team record. The next-highest streak is 50 games (48-0-2) from Feb. 10, 1996, through April 22, 1999. The USA tied the record on May 14, 2011 (2-0 win against Japan at Columbus Crew Stadium) and broke the record with the 51st game on May 18, 2011 (another 2-0 win against Japan at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, North Carolina).
  • Carli Lloyd scored goal No. 52 of her career during the USA’s 5-0 win against Guatemala on Oct. 17. She is ninth on the USA’s all-time goal scoring list and is one behind eighth-place Carin Gabarra (53 goals from 1987-96).
  • Lloyd is the highest-scoring player in U.S. history who has played exclusively as a midfielder.
  • Christie Rampone could reach 300 caps during the CONCACAF Women’s Championship. She would become just the second player in world history to reach that mark after former teammate Kristine Lilly, who finished her career with 352 games played.
  • Rampone debuted for the USA in 1997 and has appeared for the WNT in three different decades. She has started 264 of her 298 caps and played 23,171 minutes in a U.S. uniform during her career.
  • Heather O’Reilly is the ninth player to hit 200 caps in U.S. history after reaching the milestone against Korea DPR on March 12 and with 208 is now eighth on the USA’s all-time list. Abby Wambach (225) and Christie Rampone (298) are the only active players ahead of her.
  • O’Reilly is the second-youngest player to hit 200 caps for the USA. Lilly was 28 years old, 9 months, 15 days when she earned cap No. 200 on May 7, 2000. O’Reilly was 29 years old, 2 months, 10 days when she earned her 200th cap.
  • O’Reilly is currently sixth all-time in assists with 51.
  • In addition to breaking Mia Hamm’s world scoring record, Abby Wambach’s June 20, 2013, performance against the Korea Republic also made her the USA’s all-time leader in multiple-goal games with 39 for her career. She has since added another on March 12 against Korea DPR and another on Sept. 13 against Mexico and sits at 41. She has 34 two-goal games, five hat tricks, one four-goal game and one five-goal game.
  • With her goal against Switzerland on Aug. 20, Wambach joined Hamm as the only WNT players to reach 400 points in their career. Wambach has 407 points (171 goals, 65 assists) and Hamm had 460 (158 goals, 144 assists).
  • Leroux is tied with Lindsay Tarpley for 15th on the all-time U.S. WNT goal scoring list with 32 goals.
  • Ali Krieger became the 48th WNT player to reach 50 caps with her start against Trinidad & Tobago on Oct. 15. Other players to hit the 50-game milestone this year have included Sydney Leroux on April 10 against China PR and Becky Sauerbrunn on Jan. 31 against Canada.
  • Hope Solo earned her 75th shutout during the USA’s 5-0 win against Guatemala on Oct. 17, extending her team record. Eleven of Solo’s shutouts have come in world championship play – five in the FIFA Women’s World Cup and six during the Olympics. As a confirmation of her reputation as a big-game player, 44 of Solo’s career shutouts – almost 60 percent – have come in tournament competitions that include world championships, qualifying for the World Cup and Olympics and elite tournaments such as the Algarve Cup, which is held annually in Portugal.

CONCACAF WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP HISTORY:

  • The USA is 24-1-0 all-time in CONCACAF Women’s World Cup qualifying.
  • The USA won the Women’s World Cup qualifying tournament in 1991, 1994, 2002 and 2006. As host, the U.S. WNT did not have to qualify for 1999. The USA played Canada in the championship game of each of those first four tournaments.
  • The USA finished third in 2010 after losing to Mexico, 2-1, in the semifinal and defeating Costa Rica 3-0 in the third-place match.
  • The USA has scored 138 goals in WWC qualifying (an average of 5.8 per game) while allowing five.

BY THE NUMBERS:

  • 0.65: Goals per game the USA has allowed in 2014
  • 1: USA’s FIFA ranking
  • 2: Players who have appeared in all 17 games in 2014: Christen Press and Becky Sauerbrunn
  • 3.2: Goals per game the USA has scored in 2014
  • 5: Assists by Carli Lloyd and Megan Rapinoe in 2014, tied for most on the team
  • 12: U.S. players to score a goal in 2014
  • 13: Goals in 29 career games for U.S. forward Christen Press
  • 52: Career goals by Lloyd, most ever for a WNT player who has played exclusively as a midfielder
  • 75: Career shutouts by Hope Solo, the USA’s all-time record
  • 110: U.S. victories when Wambach scores a goal (110-2-8 overall)
  • 130: Minutes on field per goal averaged by Mia Hamm in her career
  • 298: Caps by Christie Rampone, second all-time to Kristine Lilly (352)

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JILL ELLIS FACT FILE : After her second stint as interim head coach for the U.S. Women’s National Team, a capacity in which she coached two games this year – a win against China PR and a tie against Canada – Jill Ellis was officially named the eighth head coach of the U.S. WNT on May 16. After coaching the final seven games of 2012 when she compiled a 5-0-2 record, Ellis officially started the job with a 6-0-3 record and is now 12-0-3. In taking the top position, Ellis stepped away from her job as Development Director for the U.S. Women’s National Teams, a job she was appointed to in January of 2011, but will still work closely with U.S. Women’s National Team Technical Director April Heinrichs to oversee the USA’s youth teams.

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

IN FOCUS: HAITI
Fédération Haïtienne de Football
Founded: 1904 (Joined FIFA in 1934)
Head Coach: Shek Borkowski
FIFA World Ranking: 119
CONCACAF Ranking: 14
FIFA World Cups: None
Best FIFA World Cup Finish: None

Haiti Women’s National Team Roster by Position
GOALKEEPERS (2): Geralda Saintilus, Cynthia Chery
DEFENDERS (7): Natacha Cajuste, Kencia Marseille, Shanna Hudson, Yvrose Gervil, Roselord Borgella, Clorene Rateau, Schmid Charles
MIDFIELDERS (6): Dieunise Jean Baptiste, Manoucheka Pierre-Louis, Lindsay Zullo, Wisline Dolce, Woodlyne Robuste, Sindy Jeune
FORWARDS (5): Generve Charles, Kimberly Boulos, Kensie Bobo, Marie Jean Pierre, Samantha Brand

HAITI ROSTER NOTES

  • Haiti’s head coach is American Shek Borkowski, who was born in Poland, but has had great success with FC Indiana in the USL W-League and the WPSL.
  • He became head coach of Haiti in February of 2012 and has brought the Haitian team to train in the USA for several months at a time.
  • Haiti finished second in its group behind Jamaica at the Caribbean Football Union Women’s Caribbean Cup to qualify for the semifinals and earn a berth to the CONCACAF Women’s Championship. Haiti lost its semifinal to Trinidad & Tobago, but defeated Martinique 5-1 in the third-place match.
  • Haiti goalkeeper Cynthia Chery, who was sent off in the 17th minute during the team’s opener against Guatemala, served her red card suspension against Trinidad & Tobago on Friday. She will be an available option on Monday.
  • Backup goalkeeper Geralda Saintilus made a clutch penalty kick save while midfielder Lindsay Zullo provided a 69th-minute goal to lead Haiti to a 1-0 win against Guatemala in the team’s CONCACAF Women’s Championship opener on Oct. 15 at Sporting Park.

USA VS. HAITI:

  • The USA has played Haiti just three times in its history, all in qualifying tournaments.
  • The first meeting was in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti, in 1991, where the USA won 10-0.
  • The teams also played in February of 2004 in qualifying for the 2004 Olympics, an 8-0 victory in Heredia, Costa Rica, and in October of 2010, in qualifying for the 2011 Women’s World Cup, a 5-0 U.S. victory that showed Haiti’s progress on the soccer field over the years.

LAST TIME
On the field for the USA:
Oct. 17, 2014 – Toyota Park; Bridgeview, Illinois – CONCACAF Women’s Championship

USA 5 Heat 7, 57; Lloyd 46; Engen 58; Rapinoe 66
GUA 0

Lineups:
USA: 1-Hope Solo; 11-Ali Krieger (5-Kelley O’Hara, 46), 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 6-Whitney Engen, 16-Meghan Klingenberg (8-Amy Rodriguez, 68), 12-Lauren Holiday, 10-Carli Lloyd (capt.), 15-Megan Rapinoe, 2-Sydney Leroux, 13-Alex Morgan (14-Christen Press, 42), 17-Tobin Heath
Subs Not Used: 3-Christie Rampone, 7-Morgan Brian, 9-Heather O’Reilly, 18-Ashlyn Harris, 19-Julie Johnston, 20-Abby Wambach
Head Coach: Jill Ellis

GUA: 12-Alicia Navas; 2-Daniela Andrade, 14-Coralia Monterroso, 5-Londy Barrios, 3-Marilyn Rivera; 10-Kimberly De León (7-Alida Argueta, 77), 15-Christian Recinos, 6-Gloria Aguilar, 4-Mia Espino; 8-María Monterroso (19-Diana Barrera, 77), 13-Aisha Solorzano (18-Kellin Mayen, 71)
Subs Not Used: 1-Yoselin Franco, 9-Ana Lucia Martínez, 11-Vilma López, 16-Cinthya Lopez, 17-Jennifer Barrios, 20-Melany Cayetano
Head Coach: Benjamin Monterroso

On the field for the USA vs. Haiti:
Oct. 28, 2010 – Estadio Quintana Roo; Cancun, Mexico (2011 Women’s World Cup Qualifying)

USA 5 Buehler 8; Wambach 15, 45+, 62; Rodriguez 40
GUA 0

Lineups:
USA: 18-Nicole Barnhart; 2-Heather Mitts, 6-Amy LePeilbet, 3-Christie Rampone (capt.), 26-Rachel Buehler; 9-Heather O’Reilly (15-Megan Rapinoe, 46), 7-Shannon Boxx, 10-Carli Lloyd, 4-Yael Averbuch (13-Kristine Lilly, 46); 8-Amy Rodriguez (12-Lauren Cheney, 57), 20-Abby Wambach
Subs Not Used: 1-Jill Loyden, 11-Lori Lindsey, 14-Stephanie Cox, 17-Becky Sauerbrunn
Head Coach: Pia Sundhage


HAI: 1-Geralda Saintillius; 3-Frantizcia Francois, 4-Kenci Marseille (capt.), 5-Marie Louine Valcine, 8-Felicia Libertin, 10-Wislin Dolce, 6-Fiorda Charles, 14-Samantha Brand (13-Maria Yves Dina Jean-Pierre, 68), 9-Adeline Saintilmond, 15-Kimberly Boulos (19-Nadia Valentin, 80), 20-Tatiana Mathelier (11-Sophia Batard, 60)
Subs Not Used: 7-Betty Sanon, 12-Nuela Antenor, 16-Marie Viola Nord, 17-Roselord Borgella
Head Coach: Agusto Moura de Oliveira 

Alex Morgan Ruled Out of CONCACAF Women’s Championship with Ankle Injury

CHICAGO (Oct. 18, 2014) – U.S. Women’s National Team forward Alex Morgan will be unavailable to participate in the remainder of the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship due to a left ankle sprain suffered last night against Guatemala in the USA’s second Group A match.

Morgan underwent an MRI this morning that confirmed the sprain, but revealed no additional damage. She will be out an estimated 4-6 weeks to rehabilitate the injury. Morgan will depart the U.S. camp and return home to continue her rehab.

“We certainly feel for Alex and of course having her go down is a big loss to our team. But as I’ve often said, one of our strengths is depth and everyone on the roster is prepared to step up,” said U.S. head coach Ellis. “After talking with our medical staff and Alex, we all agreed that the best course of action for her is to head home to minimize travel and get into an environment where she can totally focus on recovery.”

Morgan, who has scored 49 goals in 77 matches for the USA and five goals in seven games in 2014, had started the USA’s first two games of the Women’s World Cup qualifying tournament.

“It’s unfortunate timing, but I know my teammates will take care of business and qualify for the World Cup and I’ll be watching from my couch,” said Morgan. “I have plenty of time to get healthy with a longer break coming up for the team, so my job is to focus on the rehab and get back healthy as soon as I can.”

Once the competition begins, teams cannot make roster changes due to injuries; therefore, the USA will play the remainder of the tournament with 19 players.

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