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  • DateThursday, September 18, 2014
  • VenueSahlen's Stadium; Rochester, N.Y.
  • Kickoff7:00 PM ET
  • Attendance5,680
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-U.S. Women’s National Team Match Report- 

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Mexico
Date: Sept. 18, 2014
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Sahlen’s Stadium; Rochester, New York
Kickoff: 7 p.m. ET
Attendance: 5,680
Weather: 54 degrees, partly cloudy 

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

USA – Amy Rodriguez (Megan Rapinoe)                          9th minute
USA – Megan Rapinoe                                                        37
USA – Tobin Heath (Amy Rodriguez)                                44
USA – Alex Morgan (Heather O’Reilly)                            79 

Lineups:
USA: 1-Hope Solo (capt.); 5-Kelley O’Hara, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 3-Christie Rampone, 25-Meghan Klingenberg (19-Crystal Dunn, 61); 12-Lauren Holiday (16-Julie Johnston, 46), 10-Carli Lloyd, 15-Megan Rapinoe (20-Abby Wambach, 46); 2-Sydney Leroux (23-Christen Press, 67), 8-Amy Rodriguez (13-Alex Morgan, 46), 17-Tobin Heath (9-Heather O’Reilly, 46)
Substitutions Not Used: 24-Ashlyn Harris
Head Coach: Jill Ellis 

MEX: 1-Cecilia Santiago; 2-Arianna Romero, 3-Monica Alvarado, 5-Paulina Solis, 13-Bianca Sierra; 6-Liliana Mercado (11-Kenti Robles, 57), 7-Nayeli Rangel, 10-Stephany Mayor, 17-Veronica Perez (capt.) (14-Christina Murillo, 90+2); 9-Tanya Samarzich (8-Teresa Noyola, 67), 20-Charlyn Corral (19-Luz Duarte, 87)
Substitutions Not Used: 12-Brissa Rangel, 15-Guadalupe Cruzaley, 16-Jazmine Ponce, 18-Jackie Acevedo, 21-Lizbeth Angeles
Head coach: Leonardo Cuellar 

Stats Summary: USA / MEX
Shots:  16 / 4
Shots on Goal: 7 / 1
Saves: 1 / 3
Corner Kicks: 8 / 1
Fouls: 16 / 14
Offside: 3 / 2 

Misconduct Summary:
MEX – Stephany Mayor (caution)                     72nd minute 

Officials:
Referee: Marie-Soleil Beauboin (CAN)
Assistant Referee 1: Marie Charbonneau (CAN)
Assistant Referee 2: Suzanne Morisset (CAN)
Fourth Official: Michelle Pye (CAN) 

Budweiser Woman of the Match: Carli Lloyd

U.S. WNT Meets Brazil in Tournament Final in Brasilia

2014 International Tournament of Brasilia
U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Brazil
Mane Garrincha Stadium; Brasilia, Brazil
Dec. 21, 2014

U.S. WNT FACES BRAZIL IN TOURNAMENT TITLE GAME: The U.S. Women’s National Team will face Brazil in the title match of the four-game International Tournament of Brasilia on Sunday, Dec. 21. The match comes a week to the day after the USA fell 3-2 to Brazil in group play as Brazilian star Marta scored all three goals. Kickoff is set for 4 p.m. ET for what will be the USA’s 24th and final match of the year. In group play, the USA drew 1-1 with China PR, fell 3-2 to Brazil and smashed Argentina 7-0. Those results were good for second in the group and a place in the championship match. China, a 4-1 loser to Brazil in the group finale, will play Argentina for third place. Fans can follow along on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt and @ussoccer_esp and full highlights will be available on ussoccer.com.

BRAZIL TOPS GROUP: Brazil enters the match coming off a dominant 4-1 victory against China in a match in which it started numerous reserves. Brazil got an early goal from Darlene via a goalkeeper gaffe by China and then went up 2-0 off a brilliant free kick from Andressinha. Brazil’s two goals in the second half came from Debinha and Andressa. Brazil’s 4-0 victory against Argentina featured a brace from veteran midfielder Formiga. Debinha opened up the scoring with a first-half header and Formiga pushed the lead to 2-0 just before halftime with a header off of a set piece. In the second half, Argentina’s defense broke down and allowed an own goal, and Formiga capped off the scoring with a 20-yard strike, placing her shot in the lower left of the frame.

International Tournament of Brasilia Group Standings

Team

GP

W

L

T

GF

GA

GD

Pts

Brazil

3

3

0

0

11

3

+8

9

USA

3

1

1

1

10

4

+6

4

China PR

3

1

1

1

8

5

+3

4

Argentina

3

0

0

3

0

17

-17

0

International Tournament of Brasilia Schedule

Date

Opponent

Kickoff/Result

Dec. 10

USA vs. China PR

1-1

Brazil vs. Argentina

4-0

Dec. 14

Argentina vs. China PR

0-6

Brazil vs. USA

3-2

Dec. 17

USA vs. Argentina

7-0

Brazil vs. China PR

4-1

Dec. 21

Argentina vs. China PR (third place)

1 p.m. ET

USA vs. Brazil (championship)

4 p.m. ET

LLOYD LEADS WAY: Carli Lloyd has scored in all three games of this tournament, finding the net once against China PR and Brazil and three times against Argentina. Lloyd has now scored in seven consecutive matches, pounding in 10 goals over that time. She is just two games away from tying Michelle Akers for the most consecutive games with a goal. Akers scored a remarkable 17 goals over those nine games.

DOWN A FEW FORWARDS: The USA will head into the match with Brazil with an unusual lack of numbers at the forward position as three of the USA’s most pacey strikers are unavailable. Alex Morgan, who has been training hard to recover from her ankle injury suffered during Women’s World Cup qualifying, is doing very well, but is still not cleared for game action. Sydney Leroux, who received a red card in stoppage time against Argentina on Dec. 18, is suspended. Christen Press, the scorer of four goals against Argentina, has returned to the United States due to a death in the family.

WNT LOOKS FORWARD TO 2015 SCHEDULE: The U.S. WNT will begin 2015 with an extended training camp in January at StubHub Center in Carson, California, and then will travel to Europe in early February to face France on Feb. 8 in Lorient and England on Feb. 13 at venue to be determined. The USA will also participate in the annual Algarve Cup in Portugal in early March. The USA’s domestic schedule for 2015 leading into the Women’s World Cup will be announced when finalized.

TIE GOES TO BRAZIL: There will be no overtime or penalty kicks should the match against Brazil on Dec. 21 end tied after regulation. The tournament rules state that a draw would give Brazil the tournament title based on the fact that it had more points in group play. Teams are allowed four field player substitutions per match, and a fifth if the team needs to change a goalkeeper.

24 TO BRAZIL: U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Jill Ellis named 24 players to travel to Brazil for the International Tournament of Brasilia. Ellis named all 20 players who helped the USA win the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship in October to qualify for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup. In addition, she named Washington Spirit defender Crystal Dunn, who was initially on the qualifying roster before suffering an injury in the lead-up, Boston Breakers goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher, former UCLA midfielder and 2014 MAC Hermann Trophy candidate Samantha Mewis and Chicago Red Stars defender Lori Chalupny. The official tournament roster is 23 players so one player per game will not suit up for the matches.

U.S. Women’s National Team Roster By Position
GOALKEEPERS (3): Ashlyn Harris (Washington Spirit), Alyssa Naeher (Boston Breakers), Hope Solo (Seattle Reign FC)
DEFENDERS (9): Lori Chalupny (Chicago Red Stars), Crystal Dunn (Washington Spirit), Whitney Engen (Western NY Flash), Julie Johnston (Chicago Red Stars), Meghan Klingenberg (Houston Dash), Ali Krieger (Washington Spirit), Kelley O’Hara (Sky Blue FC), Christie Rampone (Sky Blue FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Morgan Brian (Virginia), Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC), Lauren Holiday (FC Kansas City), Carli Lloyd (WNY Flash), Samantha Mewis (UCLA), Heather O’Reilly (FC Kansas City), Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign FC)
FORWARDS (5): Sydney Leroux (Seattle Reign FC), Alex Morgan (Portland Thorns FC), Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars), Amy Rodriguez (FC Kansas City), Abby Wambach (WNY Flash)

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

U.S. 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup Group D Schedule
  • June 8: vs. Australia at Winnipeg Stadium; 6:30 p.m. / 7:30 p.m.
  • June 12: vs. Sweden at Winnipeg Stadium; 7 p.m. / 8 p.m.
  • June 16: vs. Nigeria at BC Place; Vancouver; 5 p.m. / 8 p.m.

ADDITIONAL NOTES:

  • Christen Press’ four-goal performance against Argentina was the ninth such game in U.S. history and second of the year after Abby Wambach scored four times against Costa Rica in the championship game of the CONCACAF Women’s World Cup Qualifying Tournament. It was the first-career hat trick for Press.
  • Press is the only WNT player to appear in all 23 games this year.
  • Carli Lloyd’s hat trick was the second of her career.
  • With the three goals, Lloyd takes over the team lead in scoring this year from Abby Wambach with 15 goals. That ties Lloyd’s career high in a calendar year. She also scored 15 in 2012.
  • Lloyd moves ahead of Shannon MacMillan for seventh place on the WNT’s all-time goal scoring list. Lloyd has 61 goals in 184 matches. MacMillan scored 60 goals in 176 games.
  • Alyssa Naeher, the 2014 NWSL Goalkeeper of the Year for the Boston Breakers, made her USA debut against Argentina and became the 22nd goalkeeper to suit up for the U.S. WNT.
  • Naeher also became the seventh U.S. WNT goalkeeper to earn a shutout in her first appearance. The others are Gretchen Gegg (1986), Amy Allmann (1987), Mary Harvey (1989), Briana Scurry (1994), Hope Solo (2000) and Emily Oleksiuk (2001).
  • Wambach, who assisted Press’ second goal against Argentina, now has 69-career assists, which ranks third all-time in U.S. WNT history.
  • The USA is 16-3-4 in 2014.
  • The U.S. is 16-1-4 under head coach Jill Ellis.
  • Left back Lori Chalupny has played in two matches of the tournament since her return to the U.S. team for the first time since the fall of 2010. She now has 94 caps while Megan Rapinoe has 95 as those two potentially could reach 100 in the spring of 2015.
  • Sydney Leroux’s red card in stoppage time against Argentina was the first ejection for the USA since the last match of 2013 when Lloyd was sent off against Brazil in Orlando, Florida, also in stoppage time.
  • The USA is currently ranked No. 2 in the world behind Germany, dropping into second place for the first time in seven years in the latest FIFA rankings released on Dec. 19. Brazil is eighth, China PR is 13th and Argentina is 36th.
  • The USA, China PR and Brazil have qualified for next summer’s FIFA Women’s World Cup.
  • Among the seven 2014 FIFA World Cup matches played at the National Stadium Mane Garrincha last summer were Argentina's 1-0 quarterfinal victory against Belgium and Brazil's 3-0 loss to the Netherlands in the third-place match.
  • The National Stadium Mane Garrincha cost $900 million to build, making it the second-most expensive soccer stadium in the world after England's Wembley Stadium. It opened during the summer of 2013.
  • Wambach was the top scorer in the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship with seven goals and holds a world record with 177 goals in her career. She has yet to score in this tournament, but has scored seven goals vs. Brazil in her career.
  • Lauren Holiday was named the 2014 U.S. Soccer Female Athlete of the Year on Dec. 6, and was also voted the Young U.S. Soccer Female Athlete of the Year in 2007 as Lauren Cheney. 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 113 caps.
  • Morgan Brian was named the 2014 U.S. Soccer Young Female Athlete of the Year. She had two assists vs. Argentina to up her career assist to four.
  • Wambach is the USA’s top scorer on the roster with 177 goals. After Wambach, Lloyd is the top scorer with 61-career international goals. Alex Morgan has 49 and Heather O’Reilly has scored 41. Leroux is quickly climbing the charts with 33. Rapinoe has 29 and Amy Rodriguez has 28.
  • 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 eight assists are best on the team this year and she is followed by Megan Rapinoe with seven.
  • Thirty players have seen game action for the USA in 2014, including first-cappers Samantha Mewis, Sarah Hagan, Allie Long and Naeher.
  • Christie Rampone, the active caps leader in the world, earned her 303rd cap on Dec. 14. She rested against Argentina and now trails only Kristine Lilly (352 games from 1987-2010) on the all-time list.
  • Kelley O’Hara earned her 50th cap against China PR, making her the 48th player to reach that number for the U.S. WNT.

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WNT vs. Argentina: Highlights - December 18, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Milestone Watch:

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

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

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

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