U.S. Soccer

U.S. WNT Tallies Three Second-Half Goals in 4-1 Rout of Switzerland

CARY, North Carolina (Aug. 20, 2014) – The U.S. Women’s National Team scored three second-half goals and earned a 4-1 victory against Switzerland in front of a sold-out crowd of 9,992 at WakeMed Soccer Park.

A well-rounded scoring effort featured goals from Megan Rapinoe, Carli Lloyd, Christen Press and Abby Wambach. Lloyd’s 56th-minute penalty kick served as the game-winner, and Wambach’s second-half PK pushed her USA-record goal scoring total to 168.

This was the first meeting between the two countries at the senior team level. Switzerland has already qualified for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada, and the USA will prepare for FIFA Women’s World Cup Qualifying in October in the United States.

Wednesday marked the first opportunity for goalkeeper Hope Solo to set a new shutout record (currently tied with Briana Scurry with 71 clean sheets), but a Switzerland penalty kick from Ana-Maria Crnogorcevic put that milestone on hold.

The U.S. goal total could have been far greater if not for Switzerland goalkeeper Gaëlle Thalmann. She made seven first-half saves as the USA pelted the Swiss goal with eight shots – all of them on frame.

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Megan Rapinoe (Sydney Leroux), 3rd minute: From midfield, Rapinoe started the U.S. attack and dished to Leroux on the left side. Leroux cut to her right and played the ball back to Rapinoe about 10 yards above the box. Rapinoe fired with her left from about 22 yards out. It took a slight deflection off Switzerland’s Rahel Kiwic and squeaked inside the right side of the frame for the early lead. USA 1, SUI 0

USA – Carli Lloyd (penalty), 56th minute: Megan Rapinoe’s cross from the left side of the box hit the hand of Switzerland’s Fabienne Humm and the USA was awarded the penalty kick. Lloyd was called in for the occasion and stepped up confidently with a low right-footed shot into the left of the frame for the two-goal cushion. Switzerland goalkeeper Gaëlle Thalmann had anticipated the shot going the other direction. USA 2, SUI 0

SUI – Ana-Maria Crnogorcevic (penalty), 70th minute: In a similar fashion leading to the USA’s penalty kick, Switzerland’s Ramona Bachmann crossed from the left side and the ball struck U.S. midfielder Megan Rapinoe’s arm. Referee Katja Koroleva pointed to the spot, and Crnogorcevic took the PK. USA goalkeeper Hope Solo, attempting to break the U.S. WNT shutout record, leaned to her right and Crnogorcevic shot in the other direction to cut the USA’s lead to one. USA 2, SUI 1

USA – Christen Press (unassisted), 77th minute: Following a Christie Rampone free kick into the box, the ball fumbled around and Switzerland’s defense weakly cleared. From 25 yards out, Press chest-trapped the short clearance and fired a right-footed shot that ricocheted off the crossbar and over the end line as goalkeeper Thalmann could only watch. USA 3, SUI 1

USA – Abby Wambach (penalty), 87th minute: On a Carli Lloyd cross from the right, Wambach drew a foul against Switzerland second-half sub Nicole Remund, who shoved the USA striker and earned the PK. Wambach took the penalty herself, a right-footed shot that clipped off of Thalmann’s gloves and into the net for her fifth goal this year and 168th of her storied career. USA 4, SUI 1 (FINAL)

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
SUI – Gaëlle Thalmann, 20th minute: USA goalkeeper Hope Solo delivered a deep ball toward a darting Christen Press as she had a step on Switzerland’s back line. Thalmann instinctively rushed off her line and outside the box and headed the ball away before Press could converge.

SUI – Gaëlle Thalmann, 39th and 40th minutes: The busy Switzerland goalkeeper made back-to-back diving stops against the USA’s lethal attack. First, it was an Alex Morgan left-footed shot from the left side of the box that was headed toward the inside of the far right post, but Thalmann dove to her left for the save. Then, Lauren Holiday took a crack from just outside the top of the box, and again Thalmann made a diving save at the near right post.

SUI – Stenia Michel, 46th minute: In the first 12 seconds of the second half, the U.S. nearly took advantage of an errant pass in Switzerland’s half. Carli Lloyd fired from outside the box and Michel, who had just entered the game, made a swatting right-handed save on a shot that was bound for the upper right corner.

Milestone Watch:

  • Defender and team captain Christie Rampone made her 295th appearance as she nears the 300-cap milestone. Rampone is second all-time in WNT history to Kristine Lilly in games played. Lilly had 352 caps from 1987-2010.
  • Carli Lloyd moved past Briana Scurry for 13th in career appearances with 174.
  • Hope Solo tied Michelle Akers for 17th all-time in career caps with 153.
  • Lloyd now has 51 goals for her career as she is ninth on the all-time goal scoring list.

Next on the Schedule:
The U.S. WNT will host two matches against Mexico, first on Sept. 13 at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah (4:30 p.m. MT), followed by a Sept. 18 match at Sahlen’s Stadium in Rochester, New York (7 p.m. ET).
Broadcast information: Sept. 13 – TBD; Sept. 18 – ESPN2, WatchESPN
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Additional Notes:

  • The U.S. is now 8-2-3 this year.
  • Hope Solo moved to 118-9-18 for her career. She is second only to Briana Scurry for all-time wins (Scurry went 133-12-14 from 1994-2008).
  • Christen Press now has 13 goals in 25 international appearances.
  • The USA improved to 108-2-8 when Abby Wambach scores a goal.
  • Wambach has now scored at least five goals in a calendar year 11 times in her 14 years with the WNT.
  • U.S. head coach Jill Ellis’ starting lineup featured a defensive corps led by Solo in goal, Crystal Dunn at left back, Ali Krieger at right back and the center back duo of Becky Sauerbrunn and team captain Christie Rampone.
  • The midfield of the 4-3-3 featured Carli Lloyd, Lauren Holiday and Megan Rapinoe.
  • The USA’s starting forward trio included Sydney Leroux, Alex Morgan and Press.
  • The U.S. rolled out three substitutions to open the second half. Wambach entered for Leroux, Meghan Klingenberg replaced Krieger and Julie Johnston got the call for Sauerbrunn.
  • Heather O’Reilly replaced Morgan in the 66th minute, Morgan Brian entered for Rapinoe in the 78th minute, and Allie Long replaced Holiday in the 85th minute.
  • O’Reilly, Press and Sauerbrunn have played in all 13 games this year.
  • Krieger and Lloyd lead the USA with 12 starts apiece in 2014.
  • Ellis is now 8-0-3 as the U.S. WNT head coach.
  • Ten players on the U.S roster that trained this week in North Carolina return to National Women’s Soccer League play for the semifinal stage of the league’s second season. FC Kansas City hosts Portland Thorns FC on Saturday, Aug. 23 (1 p.m. ET, ESPN2), and Seattle Reign FC takes on the Washington Spirit on Aug. 24 (11 p.m. ET, ESPN2).

-U.S. Women’s National Team Report-

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Switzerland
Date: Aug. 20, 2014
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: WakeMed Soccer Park; Cary, North Carolina
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. ET
Attendance: 9,992
Weather: 77 degrees, cool

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

USA – Megan Rapinoe (Sydney Leroux)    3rd minute
USA – Carli Lloyd (penalty)                         56
SUI – Ana-Maria Crnogorcevic (penalty)    71
USA – Christen Press (unassisted)              77
USA – Abby Wambach (penalty)                 87

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
Substitutions 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)
Substitutions Not Used: 23-Fabienne Bangerter
Head coach: Martina Voss-Tecklenburg

Stats Summary: USA / SUI
Shots: 16 / 7
Shots on Goal: 15 / 1
Saves: 0 / 10
Corner Kicks: 8 / 3
Fouls: 8 / 11
Offside: 3 / 2

Misconduct Summary:
SUI – Rahel Kiwic (caution)           19th minute
SUI – Lia Wälti (caution)               45+1
SUI – Caroline Abbé (caution)      58
USA – Carli Lloyd (caution)          85

Officials:
Referee: Katja Koroleva (USA)
Assistant Referee 1: Felisha Mariscal (USA)
Assistant Referee 2: Amanda Ross (USA)
Fourth Official: Christopher Spivey (USA)

Budweiser Woman of the Match: Lauren Holiday

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WNT Aug 20, 2014

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

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Switzerland
Date: Aug. 20, 2014
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: WakeMed Soccer Park; Cary, North Carolina
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. ET
Attendance: 9,992
Weather: 77 degrees, cool

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

USA – Megan Rapinoe (Sydney Leroux)    3rd minute 
USA – Carli Lloyd (penalty)                         56 
SUI – Ana-Maria Crnogorcevic (penalty)    71
USA – Christen Press (unassisted)              77
USA – Abby Wambach (penalty)                 87

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
Substitutions 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)
Substitutions Not Used: 23-Fabienne Bangerter
Head coach: Martina Voss-Tecklenburg

Stats Summary: USA / SUI
Shots: 16 / 7
Shots on Goal: 15 / 1
Saves: 0 / 10
Corner Kicks: 8 / 3
Fouls: 8 / 11
Offside: 3 / 2

Misconduct Summary:
SUI – Rahel Kiwic (caution)           19th minute 
SUI – Lia Wälti (caution)               45+1 
SUI – Caroline Abbé (caution)      58 
USA – Carli Lloyd (caution)          85

Officials:
Referee: Katja Koroleva (USA)
Assistant Referee 1: Felisha Mariscal (USA)
Assistant Referee 2: Amanda Ross (USA)
Fourth Official: Christopher Spivey (USA)

Budweiser Woman of the Match: Lauren Holiday

Gallery: WNT Turns Up The Intensity with Early Morning Weight Lifting Session

Photos from the U.S. Women's National Team weight lifting session on Wednesday, Jan. 18 in Carson, California. After a day off, the WNT was back at it with an early morning gym session to get the blood flowing and the adrenaline pumping. January Camp is in full effect as Jill Ellis continues to evaluate young players looking forward to the upcoming SheBelieves Cup in March.

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WNT Jan 19, 2017

U-23 WNT Will Play in Thorns Spring Invitational vs. NWSL Teams in March

CHICAGO (January 19, 2017) – The U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team will participate in the Thorns Spring Invitational from March 26-April 1 in Portland, Oregon, taking on three NWSL teams at Providence Park.

The second annual four-team tournament features the U.S. U-23 WNT, Portland Thorns FC, Chicago Red Stars and Houston Dash.

The tournament will consist of three doubleheaders. The USA opens against the Dash on Sunday, March 26 at 2:30 p.m. PT followed by Portland taking on Chicago at 5 p.m. PT. On Wednesday, March 29, Chicago takes on Houston at 5 p.m. PT and the USA will face the Thorns at 7:30 p.m. PT. The USA closes out the tournament against the Red Stars on Saturday, April 1 at 5 p.m. and Portland ends the tournament against Houston at 7:30 p.m. PT.

Tickets for the tournament are included in Thorns FC Annual Memberships. Individual tickets, which allow entry to both matches each day, start at $8 and go on sale to the general public starting Tuesday, Feb. 21, at 10 a.m. (Pacific) online at www.thornsfc.com. Full tournament ticket packages, starting at $15, also will be available for purchase online.

2017 THORNS SPRING INVITATIONAL SCHEDULE – All Games at Providence Park
Sunday, March 26
U.S. U-23 WNT vs. Houston Dash                      2:30 p.m. PT
Portland Thorns FC vs. Chicago Red Stars         5 p.m. PT

Wednesday, March 29
Chicago Red Stars vs. Houston Dash                 5 p.m. PT
U.S. U-23 WNT vs. Portland Thorns FC              7:30 p.m. PT

Saturday, April 1
U.S. U-23 WNT vs. Chicago Red Stars               5 p.m. PT
Portland Thorns FC vs. Houston Dash                7:30 p.m. PT

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U-23 WNT Jan 19, 2017

DaMarcus Beasley Scores First International Goal OTD 2002

During his speech welcoming U.S. Men’s National Team players to January Camp last week,  Bruce Arena mentioned he’d been through many earlier versions of the camp before. In particular, he recalled when January Camp used to occur in the lead-up to the CONCACAF Gold Cup and luckily at least one player in the room recalled what he was talking about.

“Remember that Beas?” Arena quipped to MNT defender DaMarcus Beasley as the room let out a laugh. Giving deference to the veteran’s long tenure with the National Team, Arena jokingly added, “Beasley was about 30 years old at the time.”

Actually just 18, Beasley was the youngest member of Arena’s 2002 CONCACAF Gold Cup squad and on this date, scored his first international goal (and game-winner) in second-half stoppage time to lift the MNT past tournament guests Korea Republic 2-1. 

Though it was 15 years ago, Beasley remembers it like it was yesterday.

“That’s my first one so obviously I’d never forget it,” he said. 

On the play, a long throw down the right saw Landon Donovan play a quick ball into the path of Jeff Cunningham.

“I was screaming my head off for Jeff to give me a ball and he played it right in my stride,” he said. “I hit it first time and luckily it went in.”

It didn’t just go in. The half-volley powered inside the top left corner, beautifully ballooning into the net in one of the best first international strikes by any player in the MNT’s modern era.

Clinching an important three points, the goal pushed the U.S on the path to the Gold Cup title two weeks later and began the MNT’s final run towards a quarterfinal finish at the 2002 FIFA World Cup.

With 123 caps and appearances at four different FIFA World Cups, the 34-year-old left back admitted he never thought he’d still be around the U.S. squad 15 years after scoring his first goal, but recognized the desire to continually challenge himself as what still has him in the picture.

“When you’re young you just want to play,” he said. “Every kid’s dream is to play in a World Cup and every kid’s dream is to play for the National Team. For me to start that young and get a couple caps under my belt was a dream come true, but that wasn’t enough for me at the time. I wanted to keep pushing and I think people saw that my drive and my mentality of how bad I wanted it.

“I’m still here however many years later. I’m still enjoying it and having fun.”

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MNT Jan 19, 2017

Jermaine Jones Still Strives for MNT Leadership Role

U.S. Men’s National Team midfielder Jermaine Jones has finally settled in Los Angeles. Having made his home in Southern California the past few years, Jones will get to live here full-time now after officially signing with the LA Galaxy on Wednesday.

Jones, who signed with Major League Soccer following the 2014 FIFA World Cup, spent a season and a half with the New England Revolution and last year with the Colorado Rapids before landing in LA.

“I’m happy. I think it’s been a long road,” he told ussoccer.com. “I went to New England, then to Colorado, but I think everybody who knows me knew that I always wanted to go to LA where my kids and my wife are. It’s our home now, and it’s nice that I have the opportunity to be in LA.”

As Jones joins the Galaxy, he does so after the club’s long-time boss Bruce Arena has begun to make a mark during his second tenure with the U.S. Men’s National Team. Having worked with Arena for a week now in January Camp, the 35-year-old midfielder has been impressed with what the new manager has brought to camp.

“I think from the days I’ve trained now I see that he has a lot of experience,” Jones said. “He showed that already with the Galaxy; he was already head coach for the National Team. I’m always looking forward trying to be a part of this team and doing my part. That’s working hard on the field in the sessions and hopefully getting a shot in the games.”

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MNT Jan 18, 2017

Remembering Gene Olaff: 1920-2017

National Soccer Hall of Famer and former U.S. Men’s National Team goalkeeper Gene Olaff passed away Tuesday night, January 17, 2017, at the age of 96.

The son of a Swedish postal worker and Scottish mother, Olaff’s early adulthood was a balancing act between his passion for the beautiful game and a knack for serving his country. He rose through the ranks of New York area semipro soccer teams, until he was signed by Brooklyn Hispano at the start of the 1941-42 American Soccer League season. With Brooklyn Hispano, he made his mark on the soccer world, winning the ASL championship in 1943 and back-to-back U.S. Open Cups in 1943 and 1944, all while serving in the U.S. Navy.

Olaff registered one cap with the U.S. National Team in a 4-0 loss to Scotland on June 19, 1949. He also played in an unofficial game for the U.S. in 1948 against Israel. His cap number does not tell the whole story however, as the United States did not play any matches between 1937 and 1947 due to World War II. He could have been a member of the U.S. team at the 1950 World Cup but was forced to decline the invitation in order to prioritize his career as a policeman.

Olaff retired as a player in 1953 and was inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame in 1971. He later became the commander of the New Jersey State Police in 1975 and served as the dean of the National Soccer Hall of Fame until his passing.

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MNT Jan 18, 2017
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