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WNT Faces Costa Rica in CONCACAF Women's Championship Final

2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship
U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Costa Rica
PPL Park; Chester, Pennsylvania
Oct. 26, 2014

U.S. WNT FACES COSTA RICA IN CONCACAF WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL: The U.S. Women’s National Team has accomplished its primary goal of advancing to the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup. However, one important match remains at the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship as the USA faces Costa Rica in the tournament’s title match on Sunday, Oct. 26, at PPL Park in Chester, Pennsylvania. Kickoff is at 6 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1. Fans can also follow on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt and @ussoccer_esp.

The USA advanced to its seventh straight FIFA Women’s World Cup after defeating Mexico 3-0 on Friday, Oct. 24, in the semifinals of the CONCACAF Women’s Championship. Carli Lloyd, who hails from just outside of Philadelphia, led the way with two goals and Christen Press added a third. Earlier that day, Costa Rica tied Trinidad & Tobago 1-1 through regulation and overtime before triumphing 3-0 in a penalty kick shootout to book its first trip to the FIFA Women’s World Cup which takes place next year in Canada. (2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup Ticket Information)

The USA is looking to win its fifth title at the CONCACAF Women’s Championship. This year’s event marks the first time that USA has advance to the tournament final and not faced Canada.


  • April 28, 1991: USA 5, Canada 0 – Michelle Akers records a hat trick to lead the USA.
  • Aug. 21, 1994: USA 6, Canada 0 – Five USA players score, in addition to Canada’s own goal.
  • Sept. 6, 1998: Canada 1, Mexico 0 – As host nation of the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup, the USA did not need to participate.
  • Nov. 9, 2002: USA 2, Canada 1 (overtime) – Mia Hamm scored the 94th-minute game-winner (golden goal).
  • Nov. 26, 2006: USA 2, Canada 1 (overtime) – Kristine Lilly scored winning PK in 120th minute of CONCACAF Women’s Gold Cup.
  • Nov. 8, 2010: Canada 1, Mexico 0 – Christine Sinclair scored the lone PK goal of the CONCACAF Women’s Gold Cup. Earlier that day, the USA defeated Costa Rica 3-0 in the third-place game to advance to a playoff against Italy, which it won by a 2-0 aggregate.

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




Result/Time (ET)

U.S. Goal Scorers/TV


Jan. 31


1-0 W


Toyota Stadium; Frisco, Texas

Feb. 8


7-0 W

Lloyd (2), Press (2), O’Reilly,

Leroux, Wambach

FAU Stadium; Boca Raton, Fla.

Feb. 13


8-0 W

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

Georgia Dome; Atlanta, Ga.

March 5


1-1 T


Parchal, Portugal

March 7


0-1 L


Albufeira, Portugal

March 10


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


1-1 T


Investors Group Field; Winnipeg, Canada

June 14


1-0 W


Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Fla.

June 19


2-2 T

Morgan (2)

Rentschter Field, East Hartford, Conn.

Aug. 20


4-1 W

Rapinoe, Lloyd, Press, Wambach

WakeMed Soccer Park, Cary, N.C.

Sept. 13


8-0 W

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

Rio Tinto Stadium; Sandy, Utah

Sept. 18


4-0 W

Rodriguez, Rapinoe, Heath, Morgan

Sahlen’s Stadium, Rochester, N.Y.

Oct. 15


1-0 W


Sporting Park; Kansas City, Kan.

Oct. 17


5-0 W

Heath (2), Lloyd, Engen, Rapinoe

Toyota Park; Bridgeview, Ill.

Oct. 20


6-0 W

Wambach (2), Lloyd, Klingenberg, Press, Brian

RFK Stadium; Washington, D.C.

Oct. 24


3-0 W

Lloyd (2), Press

PPL Park; Chester, Pa.

Oct. 26

Costa Rica*

6 p.m.

FOX Sports 1

PPL Park; Chester, Pa.

^ Algarve Cup *2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship

QUALIFYING FORMAT: The 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship began with eight countries divided into two groups of four and the top two finishers in each group after round-robin play advanced to the semifinals. PPL Park in Chester, Pennsylvania, near Philadelphia, hosted the semifinals on Oct. 24, and will also host the third-place and championship games on Oct. 26. The two finalists (USA and Costa Rica) and the winner of the third-place match (Mexico vs. Trinidad & Tobago) 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.

20 IN, 4 TO GO: With their advancement to the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship title match, Costa Rica and the USA became the 18th and 19th teams, respectively, to qualify for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Ivory Coast became the 20th team to qualify after defeating South Africa, 1-0, in the third-place match of the African qualifying tournament. Nigeria and Cameroon are Africa’s other representatives. Switzerland, England, Spain, France, Norway, Germany and Sweden have qualified from Europe. The Netherlands defeated Scotland, 2-1, in the first leg of the semifinals of the UEFA playoffs while Italy downed Ukaine by the same score. The two semifinal winners will battle in a two-leg final to be the last 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 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 four countries will come from Europe (1 more), CONCACAF (1.5), South America (.5) and Oceania (1). The Confederation breakdown of World Cup berths is as follows:




3.5 + host, up from 2.5


8 total, up from 4.5 + host in 2011

South America

2.5, up from 2


5 total, up from 3


1, same as in 2011


3 total, up from 2

WORLD RECORD AND COUNTING: Abby Wambach continues to add to her world goal scoring record after tallying career goals No. 172 and 173 against Haiti on Oct. 20 at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. 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 Haiti marked the 111th win for the USA in a game in which Wambach has scored at least one goal (111-2-8). Wambach has scored 48 goals in her past 59 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 20 games in its history at the four stadiums: two at Sporting Park, six at Toyota Park (including a Women’s World Cup playoff match in 2010), nine at RFK Stadium and three at PPL Park. The U.S. is coming off a 3-0 victory against Mexico on Friday, Oct. 24, in the semifinals of the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship. The USA has never lost a match at these venues.






The Skinny

Sporting Park

Kansas City, Kan.




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

Toyota Park

Bridgeview, Ill.




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

RFK Stadium

Washington, D.C.




Most recent was 6-0 win vs. Haiti on Monday

PPL Park

Chester, Pa.




Defeated CHN twice at the venue

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 forward Alex Morgan was ruled out due to injury in second game. Many of the players can play multiple positions, giving Ellis variety and depth on the roster, which consists of all professional players aside from 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 hit the historic 300 cap mark last game and is the most-capped active player in the world and second all-time in world history. The least-capped players on the roster are Ashlyn Harris and Julie Johnston who both have four caps. 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. head coach Jill Ellis has used 19 of the 20 players on the roster so far, with Julie Johnston (who was a late injury replacement for Crystal Dunn), the only player yet to see action.
  • Midfielder Carli Lloyd is the only player to log all 360 minutes during the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship.
  • Eight players have scored goals so far in the tournament, led by Lloyd who has four. Abby Wambach is second with three goals, and she now has 13 goals in World Cup qualifying, which ranks second all-time in U.S. WNT history behind Michelle Akers (17).
  • Tobin Heath and Christen Press each have two goals in the tournament.
  • Sydney Leroux leads the USA with three assists in the tournament. Lloyd has two..
  • 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 Press.
  • Ten players on the roster had previous Women’s World Cup qualifying experience coming into this tournament, led by forward 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 Lloyd played in the last two CONCACAF Women’s World Cup qualifying tournaments. Other U.S. WNT players with previous qualifying experience are 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 109 caps.
  • Wambach is the USA’s top scorer on the roster with 173 goals. After Wambach, Lloyd is the top scorer with 55 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.
  • Wambach took over the team scoring lead in 2014 with her brace against Haiti in the USA’s final Group A match and now has 10 goals this year. Wambach is followed by Lloyd (9), Leroux (8) and Press (7).
  • Wambach has now reached double-figures in goals in eight different calendar years. Mia Hamm still holds the record with nine years in double-figures.
  • Lloyd’s six assists are best on the team this year and she is followed by Press and Rapinoe, both with five.
  • 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.
  • The USA has scored 15 goals in the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship to lead all teams.


  • Christie Rampone earned her 300th appearance on Oct. 24, joining only Kristine Lilly (352) in this elite caps club.
  • The USA’s current 91-game unbeaten streak at home (80-0-11 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 goals No. 54 and 55 of her career during the USA’s 3-0 win against Mexico on Oct. 24. She moved into sole possession of eighth place on the U.S. WNT’s all-time goal scoring list past Carin Gabarra (53 goals from 1987-96). Lloyd is now chasing Shannon MacMillan who scored 60 goals in her career.
  • Lloyd 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 and with 211 is now seventh on the USA’s all-time list. Abby Wambach (227) and Rampone (300) 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, 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, another on Sept. 13 against Mexico and another on Oct. 20 vs. Haiti and sits at 42. She has 35 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 411 points (173 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 76th shutout during the USA’s 3-0 win against Mexico on Oct. 24, 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, 45 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.


  • The USA is 26-1-0 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 147 goals in WWC qualifying (an average of 5.4 per game) while allowing five.


  • 0.58: Goals per game the USA has allowed in 2014
  • 1: Player to appear in all 19 games in 2014: Christen Press
  • 3.3: Goals per game the USA has scored in 2014
  • 6: Assists by Carli Lloyd in 2014, the most on the team
  • 13: U.S. players to score a goal in 2014
  • 15: Goals in 31 career games for U.S. forward Christen Press
  • 55: Career goals by Lloyd, most ever for a WNT player who has played exclusively as a midfielder
  • 76: Career shutouts by Hope Solo, the USA’s all-time record
  • 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
  • 300: 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 14-0-3. 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.

Federación Costarricense de Fútbol 
Founded: 1921 (Joined FIFA in 1927) 
Head Coach: Garabet Avedissian 
FIFA World Ranking: 40 
FIFA World Cups: 2015 
Best FIFA World Cup Finish: Qualified for first World Cup in 2015

Costa Rica Women’s National Team Roster by Position
GOALKEEPERS (2): 1-Dinnia Diaz (Moravia), 18-Yirlania Arroyo (Sky Blue FC)
DEFENDERS (11): 2-Gabriela Guillen (Saprissa), 3-Mariane Ugalde (Saprissa), 4- Maríiana Benavidez (Herediano), 5-Diana Saenz (South Florida), 6-Carol Sanchez (Moravia), 8-Daniela Cruz (South Florida), 12-Lixy Rodriguez (UCEM), 13-Noelia Bermudez (Herediano), 14-Yesmi Rodriguez (Moravia), 20-Wendy Patricia Acosta (Moravia), 29-Fabiola Sanchez (Martin Methodist)
MIDFIELDERS (4): 7-Gloriana Villalobos (Saprissa), 10-Shirley Cruz (Paris Saint-Germain), 15-Cristin Granados (Saprissa), 16-Katherine Alvarado (Saprissa) 
FORWARDS (3): 9-Carolina Venegas (Saprissa), 11-Raquel Rodriguez Cedeño (Penn State), 17-Daphnne Herrera (Saprissa)


  • Costa Rica qualified for its first FIFA Women’s World Cup with a 3-0 shootout victory against Trinidad & Tobago on Oct. 24. Carolina Venegas scored Costa Rica’s 19th-minute goal as both teams played to a 1-1 score through regulation and overtime. In the shootout, Katherine Alvarado, Carol Sanchez and Wendy Patricia Acosta each converted their attempts, while Trinidad & Tobago failed to convert as goalkeeper Dinnia Diaz saved all three attempts.
  • Costa Rica is 8-12-1 all-time in World Cup qualifying matches, posting a 3-0-0 record to win Group B in this year’s tournament.
  • Costa Rica is guaranteed its best finish in the CONCACAF Women’s Championship. Its previous best was third place in 1998.
  • Venegas is Costa Rica’s top goal scorer in this year’s tournament with four tallies. In addition to her recent goal against Trinidad & Tobago, Venegas scored the lone goal during Costa Rica’s 1-0 win against Mexico to open Group B play on Oct. 16. She also scored twice during her side’s 6-1 rout against Martinique on Oct. 21.
  • Penn State junior Raquel Rodriguez Cedeño has three goals for Costa Rica in the CONCACAF Women’s Championship, including the 86th-minute game-winner to lead Costa Rica past Jamaica 2-1 on Oct. 18. She also scored twice against Martinique.
  • Midfielder Shirley Cruz plays for France club powerhouse Paris Saint-Germain, where American forward Lindsey Horan currently plays and where Tobin Heath had played for six months for PSG’s runner-up Division 1 Féminine team in 2013-14 before returning to the U.S. to play for the National Women’s Soccer League’s Portland Thorns FC.


  • The USA is a perfect 9-0-0 all-time against Costa Rica, with all nine victories resulting in a shutout. The U.S. has outscored Costa Rica 45-0.
  • The U.S. is 3-0-0 in World Cup qualifying matches against Costa Rica, including a 4-0 win on Nov. 1, 2010, and a 3-0 victory on Nov. 8, 2010. The latter win, led by Abby Wambach’s brace, came in the 2010 CONCACAF Women’s Championship third-place game in Cancun, Mexico. The USA earned a spot in a two-game playoff against Italy and would go on to advance to the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
  • The USA-Costa Rica series began on June 25, 2000, with the U.S. earning an 8-0 victory in Group A play at the 2000 CONCACAF Women’s Gold Cup in Louisville. USA midfielder Nikki Serlenga, who featured for the WNT in 30 games from 2000-01, scored three goals in that match.
  • The U.S. has also played Costa Rica three times in Olympic qualifying, including a 3-0 win on Jan. 27, 2012, to qualify for the London Olympics later that year.
  • As part of the USA’s Fan Tribute Tour following the gold medal performance at the 2012 London Olympics, the U.S. defeated Costa Rica 8-0 on Sept. 1 in Rochester, New York. Hometown hero Wambach and Megan Rapinoe each scored two goals.

On the field for the USA: 
Oct. 24, 2014 vs. Mexico – PPL Park; Chester, Pennsylvania
2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship

USA   2  1  3  Carli Lloyd 6, 30; Christen Press 56
MEX  0  0  0

USA: 1-Hope Solo; 11-Ali Krieger, 3-Christie Rampone (capt.), 6-Whitney Engen, 16-Meghan Klingenberg; 12-Lauren Holiday (9-Heather O’Reilly, 75), 10-Carli Lloyd, 15-Megan Rapinoe (7-Morgan Brian, 67); 14-Christen Press, 2-Sydney Leroux (20-Abby Wambach, 62), 17-Tobin Heath
Subs Not Used: 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 5-Kelley O’Hara, 8-Amy Rodriguez, 18-Ashlyn Harris, 19-Julie Johnston
Head Coach: Jill Ellis

MEX: 12-Pamela Tajonar (capt.); 2-Arianna Romero, 3-Bianca Sierra, 4-Alina Garcíamendez, 15-Christina Murillo (14-Monica Alvarado, 72); 6-Liliana Mercado, 7-Lydia Nayeli Rangel, 13-Kenti Robles (8-Teresa Noyola, 76); 18-Dinora Garza, 19-Tanya Samarzich, 20-Luz Duarte (10-Sandra Stephany Mayor, 55)
Subs Not Used: 1-Cecilia Santiago, 5-Paulina Solís, 11-Monica Ocampo, 9-Veronica Charlyn Corral, 16-Karla Nieto, 17-Veronica Perez
Head Coach: Leonardo Cuellar

On the field vs. Costa Rica:
Sept. 2, 2012 – Sahlen’s Stadium – Rochester, N.Y. – International Friendly

USA  5  3  8  Rapinoe 13, 45; Wambach 24, 32; Morgan 38; Leroux 77; Lloyd 84; O’Reilly 89
CRC  0  0  0

USA: 1-Hope Solo (21-Jill Loyden, 54); 6-Amy LePeilbet (2-Heather Mitts, 46), 3-Christie Rampone (capt.), 16-Rachel Buehler (4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 46), 5-Kelley O’Hara; 15-Megan Rapinoe (8-Amy Rodriguez, 55), 10-Carli Lloyd, 7-Shannon Boxx (9-Heather O’Reilly, 46), 17-Tobin Heath; 13-Alex Morgan, 14-Abby Wambach (11-Sydney Leroux, 72)
Subs Not Used: 12-Lauren Cheney
Head coach: Pia Sundhage

CRC: 1-Erica Miranda; 5-Diana Saenz (2-Noelle Sanz, 85), 8-Daniela Cruz, 14-Miriam Ugalde, 4-Gabriela Guillen (22-Yesmi Rodriguez, 89); 16-Cristin Granados, 10-Katherine Alvarado, 7-Mariela Campos; 9-Daphne Herrera (15-Mariana Benavides, 64), 11-Raquel Rodriguez, 6-Maria Barrantes (12-Mayra Almazan)
Subs Not Used: 17-Andreina Baltodano, 18-Noelia Bermudez, 19-Gabriela Alfaro
Head coach: Karla Aleman

#WNTvMEX Post-Game Reaction

WNT vs. Mexico: Highlights - Oct. 24, 2014

The U.S. WNT booked a ticket to the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup with 3-0 Victory against Mexico at PPL Park in Chester, Pa.

WNT Books Ticket to 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup with 3-0 Victory against Mexico

CHESTER, Pennsylvania (Oct. 24, 2014) – A focused and aggressive U.S. Women’s National Team booked its seventh consecutive trip to the FIFA Women’s World Cup with a 3-0 victory against Mexico in the semifinals of the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship at PPL Park. 

Carli Lloyd scored two first-half goals and Christen Press tallied in the second half as the USA became the 19th team this year to earn a spot in the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada. 

The USA will next face Costa Rica in the title match of the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship on Sunday at PPL Park. The game kicks off at 6 p.m. ET (FOX Sports 1). Costa Rica defeated Trinidad & Tobago 3-0 in penalty kicks earlier Friday to advance to the final and qualify for its first FIFA Women’s World Cup. 

The USA will be in search of its third World Cup crown in Canada next year, having previously won the title at the 1991 and 1999 events. 

Just before kickoff of the USA’s semifinal game, defender and team captain Christie Rampone was honored for making her 300th appearance over her 16-year international career. U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati and CONCACAF President Jeffrey Webb presented Rampone with commemorative gifts in recognition of this achievement. (Christie Rampone Tribute | In Her Own Words

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Carli Lloyd (Tobin Heath), 6th minute: Despite facing a packed-in defense in the opening minutes, the USA’s decisive ball movement was too much for Mexico. Lauren Holiday switched the point of attack from the right to left side where Heath controlled. Heath brought the ball to her right foot and crossed back in to the top of the six-yard box, where Lloyd was perched. Without needing to leave her feet, Lloyd headed the ball into the right side of the frame past Mexico goalkeeper Pamela Tajonar to tally her third goal of the tournament. USA 1, MEX 0 (SEE GOAL)

USA – Carli Lloyd (penalty), 30th minute: Tobin Heath drew a foul in the left side of the box against Mexico’s Christina Murillo to earn a penalty kick. Lloyd stepped up and fired to the left side of the net as Pamela Tajonar guessed the opposite way. It was Lloyd’s fourth goal of the tournament. Additionally, Lloyd now has three multi-goal games this year. USA 2, MEX 0 (SEE GOAL) 

USA – Christen Press (Sydney Leroux), 56th minute: The U.S. worked the ball up centrally with Christie Rampone passing to Leroux in the midfield. Leroux’s through ball split a pair of Mexico defenders and forced Mexico’s Pamela Tajonar to rush off her line. Press got to the ball first, took a right-footed touch to elude Tajonar and then tapped in with her left foot for her second goal of the tournament. USA 3, MEX 0 (SEE GOAL) (FINAL) 

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
MEX – Pamela Tajonar and Christina Murillo, 19th minute: The USA created several chances during this sequence, starting with a Christen Press shot from the right side of the box that Tajonar parried away. Sydney Leroux was positioned in the right place for the rebound toward the top of the box, but her shot was blocked by Murillo. The U.S. lingered for several more seconds around the box and Mexico eventually cleared. 

MEX – Kenti Robles, 74th minute: Christen Press crossed the ball in from the right side of the box to Tobin Heath who had an opportunity from about eight yards out, but a sliding Robles was able to block the attempt. 

Milestone Watch:

  • Christie Rampone, earning her 300th cap, becomes the second U.S. WNT player to accomplish this feat, joining Kristine Lilly (352 games from 1987-2010).
  • With her 54th and 55th goals, Carli Lloyd passes Carin Gabarra (53 goals from 1987-96) for sole possession of eighth place on the U.S. WNT all-time goal scoring list. Next up on the list is seventh-place Shannon MacMillan (60 goals from 1993-2005).
  • Abby Wambach and Lloyd made their 13th appearances in a World Cup qualifying match. They are tied for second place on the USA’s all-time list behind only Lilly (17 games).
  • Goalkeeper Hope Solo, the U.S. WNT’s all-time shutouts leader, upped her record to 76 clean sheets in 158 games. 

Next on the Schedule:
The U.S. WNT advances to the title match of the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship on Sunday, Oct. 25, against Costa Rica at PPL Park in Chester, Pennsylvania. The game kicks off at 6 p.m. ET.

Broadcast information: FOX Sports 1 and multi-platform devices via FOX Sports GO, FOX Soccer 2GO and
Social: Twitter (@ussoccer_wnt; @ussoccer_esp); Facebook; Instagram 

Additional Notes:

  • The USA is now 14-2-3 in 2014.
  • The U.S. WNT is now 26-1-0 all-time in CONCACAF Women’s World Cup qualifying.
  • The USA moves to 30-1-1 all-time against Mexico. The WNT’s only loss was a 2-1 defeat on Nov. 5, 2010, during 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup Qualifying in Cancun, Mexico. The USA is 5-1-0 against Mexico in qualifying matches.
  • U.S. head coach Jill Ellis made three starting lineup changes following the team’s 6-0 win against Haiti on Monday.
  • Hope Solo returned in goal for Ashlyn Harris.
  • The back line included three returning starters in left back Meghan Klingenberg and center back duo Whitney Engen and team captain Christie Rampone. Ali Krieger returned to the starting lineup at right back after Kelley O’Hara had played in that spot against Haiti.
  • The U.S. midfield remained unchanged from the group stage with the starting trio of Lauren Holiday, Carli Lloyd and Megan Rapinoe.
  • The front three of the USA’s 4-3-3 formation included returning starters Christen Press and Tobin Heath, as well as Sydney Leroux who had started in Oct. 17 match against Guatemala.
  • Press is the only USA player to have made an appearance in all 19 games this year.
  • In the 62nd minute, USA all-time goal scoring leader Abby Wambach entered the match for Leroux.
  • In the 67th minute, Morgan Brian entered for Rapinoe, and with the substitution, Holiday was pushed up into an attacking role in the midfield.
  • The USA’s final substitution was Heather O’Reilly replacing Holiday in the 75th minute.
  • For the second consecutive game in the tournament, Leroux was unfortunate to hit the woodwork. In the 49th minute, Rapinoe’s searching cross from the right side skipped past Heath to a wide-open Leroux, who put some power behind her close-range shot but hit the crossbar. Then in the 61st minute, Leroux’s shot ricocheted off of the right post.
  • Press hit the left post in the 84th minute that would have pushed the USA lead to four goals.
  • Lloyd has scored four goals in four games in the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship. Prior to this year’s tournament, she had scored two goals in nine qualifying games.
  • Lloyd is the only USA player to have logged the full 360 minutes during this year’s CONCACAF Women’s Championship.
  • The U.S. WNT is now 89-8-13 in the 110 games that Rampone has been the team captain.
  • The U.S. is 14-0-3 under head coach Jill Ellis.

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

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Mexico
Date: Oct. 24, 2014
Competition: 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship; Semifinals
Venue: PPL Park; Chester, Pennsylvania
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. ET
Attendance: 8,773
Weather: 68 degrees, cool 

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

USA – Carli Lloyd (Tobin Heath)        6th minute
USA – Carli Lloyd (penalty kick)        30
USA – Christen Press (Sydney Leroux)        56 

USA: 1-Hope Solo; 11-Ali Krieger, 3-Christie Rampone (capt.), 6-Whitney Engen, 16-Meghan Klingenberg; 12-Lauren Holiday (9-Heather O’Reilly, 75), 10-Carli Lloyd, 15-Megan Rapinoe (7-Morgan Brian, 67); 14-Christen Press, 2-Sydney Leroux (20-Abby Wambach, 62), 17-Tobin Heath
Subs Not Used: 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 5-Kelley O’Hara, 8-Amy Rodriguez, 18-Ashlyn Harris, 19-Julie Johnston
Head Coach: Jill Ellis 

MEX: 12-Pamela Tajonar (capt.); 2-Arianna Romero, 3-Bianca Sierra, 4-Alina Garcíamendez, 15-Christina Murillo (14-Monica Alvarado, 72); 6-Liliana Mercado, 7-Lydia Nayeli Rangel, 13-Kenti Robles (8-Teresa Noyola, 76); 18-Dinora Garza, 19-Tanya Samarzich, 20-Luz Duarte (10-Sandra Stephany Mayor, 55)
Subs Not Used: 1-Cecilia Santiago, 5-Paulina Solís, 11-Monica Ocampo, 9-Veronica Charlyn Corral, 16-Karla Nieto, 17-Veronica Perez
Head Coach: Leonardo Cuellar 

Stats Summary: USA / MEX
Shots: 21 / 1
Shots on Goal: 7 / 0
Saves: 0 / 4
Corner Kicks: 4 / 0
Fouls: 4 / 12
Offside: 9 / 1 

Misconduct Summary:

Referee: Sheena Dickson (CAN)
Assistant Referee 1: Marie-Josee Charbonneau (CAN)
Assistant Referee 2: Kimberly Moreira (CRC)
Fourth Official: Maurees Skeete (GUY) 

Budweiser Woman of the Match: Carli Lloyd

WNT vs. Mexico: Carli Lloyd Goal - Oct. 24, 2014

Carli Lloyd's header gave the U.S. an early 1-0 lead over Mexico in the semifinals of the 2014 CONCACAF Women's Championship.