U.S. Soccer

U.S. WNT Continues Victory Tour with 7-2 Win in Chattanooga

CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee (Aug. 19, 2015) – The World Cup Champion U.S. Women’s National Team continued its Victory Tour with a 7-2 win against Costa Rica in front of a record crowd of 20,535 at Finley Stadium. The crowd was the largest for a stand-alone WNT friendly in the southeastern region of the United States.

Members of the military led the team out on the field and a moment of silence was observed before kickoff in memory of the tragedy that took place on July 17 when a gunman opened fire on two military sites in Chattanooga, killing five servicemen. During the game the WNT players wore black armbands in memory of the victims.

The U.S. WNT will be auctioning off their autographed game-worn jerseys on ussoccer.com to raise money for the families of the victims. More information on the start of the auction will be provided soon.

After the U.S. took an early 2-0 lead behind goals from Carli Lloyd and Heather O’Reilly, the match was delayed for 83 minutes due to lightning. After returning to the field, the U.S. continued their dominance with additional goals from Abby Wambach, O’Reilly, Alex Morgan and Amy Rodriguez. The WNT also benefited from an own goal, but Costa Rica was able to find the back of the net twice in second half for their first ever goals against the U.S. in 12 meetings.   

The U.S. players will now return to their NWSL clubs for the stretch run of the season and continues its Victory Tour with a pair of matches against Australia in September, at Ford Field in Detroit on Sept. 17 and at Legion Field in Birmingham, Alabama on Sept. 20. Tickets are going fast with 30,000 already sold in Detroit and 27,000 in Birmingham. For more information on tickets, click here.

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Carli Lloyd, 7th minute:
Lloyd’s spectacular blast from 31 yards off a direct free kick deflected off a Costa Rican defender in the wall, hit the bottom of the crossbar at the upper left corner and bounced down into the goal to give the WNT an early lead. USA 1, CRC 0 SEE GOAL

USA – Heather O’Reilly, 13th minute: Carli Lloyd received a pass at the top of the box, spun towards goal and blasted a shot on frame. The Costa Rican goalkeeper responded with a tremendous diving save, but couldn’t hold the ball and Heather O’Reilly followed up to finish the rebound and double the WNT lead. USA 2, CRC 0 SEE GOAL

USA – Abby Wambach (Lori Chalupny), 18th minute: Carli Lloyd started the run down the right side and as she approached the end line sent a cross over to Lori Chalupny, who was positioned in the left side of the box. With the defense closing in, Chalupny sent the ball back across to Abby Wambach, who one-timed it home with her left foot. USA 3, CRC 0

USA – Carli Lloyd (Megan Rapinoe), 20th minute: The goal came off a corner kick from Megan Rapinoe. Rapinoe whipped in a cross and Lloyd knifed though the defense, leapt into the air and volleyed home from close range for her second goal of the game. USA 4, CRC 0

USA – Heather O’Reilly (Abby Wambach), 23rd minute: Abby Wambach, who just five minutes before had scored a goal of her own, dribbled powerfully down the left side. O’Reilly made a run to the near post, and Wambach, who has been the recipient of many O’Reilly crosses in the past, was the distributor this time around. O’Reilly met Wambach’s cross with her a powerful header high into the net for her second score of the game. USA 5, CRC 0

USA – Katherine Alvarado (Own Goal), 31st minute: Off another corner Lloyd made a run into the box and Alvarado was grabber her the whole time. The driven ball skipped through traffic inside the penalty box, bounced off her shin and skipped into the back of the net. USA 6, CRC 0

CRC – Cristin Granados (Carolina Venegas), 56th minute: Carolina Venegas made a great move to get around Tobin Heath near the end line and then threaded a ball back to Granados in the seam. With a first-time shot she pushed it past a diving Hope Solo from close range. USA 6, CRC 1

CRC – Karla Villalobos (Mariana Benavides), 69th minute: Mariana Benavides got a long ball up and through the U.S. defense to Villalobos who took a few controlling dribbles near the top of the box and finessed a bending ball over Naeher and into the upper right corner. USA 6, CRC 2

USA – Alex Morgan (Amy Rodriguez), 81st minute: After substitute goalkeeper Yolian Sala made a great kick save, Costa Rica poorly cleared the ball away and it found Amy Rodriguez on the right side of the box. Rodriguez took a great touch to beat a defender and sent a perfect back post cross to Alex Morgan who chested it into the net for the seventh score of the game. USA 7, CRC 2 SEE GOAL

Next on the Schedule: The WNT continues the 2015 Victory Tour with a stop in Detroit on Sept. 17 to take on Australia at Ford Field, where more than 30,000 tickets have already been sold.
Broadcast information: FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports GO (7 p.m. ET; Sept. 19)
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Milestone Watch:

  • Tobin Heath earned her 100th cap with the WNT. She is the 33rd player to play 100 times, having made her debut with the USA in 2008. She will be honored before the USA’s next match in Detroit.
  • Wambach extended her record as the world’s all-time leading goal scorer, notching the 184th goal of her career.
  • Heather O’Reilly’s brace pushed her career scoring total to 45 goals. She has scored two goals in each of the last two games and has now tallied four multi-goal games in her career.
  • Lloyd’s two scores gave her 71 for her career, just four short of tying Cindy Parlow for sixth on the USA’s all-time goal scoring list.
  • Shannon Boxx earned her 193rd cap, moving past Brandi Chastain into sole possession of 11th place on the USA’s all-time caps list.
  • Carli Lloyd earned her 204th cap to move into a tie for eighth place on the USA’s all-time caps list with Tiffeny Milbrett.
  • Alex Morgan’s 53rd goal moved her into a tie for ninth place with Carin Gabbara on the USA’s all-time scoring list.

Additional Notes:

  • In the game’s 15th minute, the game paused for lightning delay, which lasted 83 minutes.
  • Prior to the match, Lori Chalupny was honored for earning her 100th cap. On May 10 against Ireland in San Jose, Chalupny, who announced her retirement from international soccer on Aug. 17, became the 32nd American female to play 100 times for her country. She debuted for the USA at the age of 17 in 2001 and has won a U-19 Women's World Cup title, an Olympic gold medal and a Women's World Cup title.
  • The match was the second for the WNT at Finley Stadium and with the win the team improved to 2-0-0 in the Chattanooga. The USA last played there in 1997, when it defeated Sweden 3-1 at the home of the National Premier Soccer League's Chattanooga FC and the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga Moccasins football and women's soccer teams.
  • The WNT is now 5-0-0 all time in the state of Tennessee, where it has outscored opponents 17-5.
  • Carli Lloyd’s 70th goal made her the seventh player in U.S. history to score 70 or more goals.
  • Heather O’Reilly has scored multiple goals in each of the WNT’s last two games.
  • Costa Rica’s first goal was the first it has scored against the USWNT in the history of the series between the two teams.
  • The USA remains perfect against Costa Rica, improving its all-time record to 12-0-0. 
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WNT Aug 19, 2015

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

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Costa Rica
Date: Aug. 19, 2015
Competition: International Friendly – Victory Tour
Venue: Finley Field; Chattanooga, Tenn.
Kickoff: 6:30 ET
Attendance: 20,535
Weather: 79 degrees, humid

Scoring Summary:    1          2          F
USA                            6          1          7
CRC                            1          1          2

USA – Carli Lloyd                                                     7th minute
USA – Heather O’Reilly (Carli Lloyd)                      13
USA – Abby Wambach (Lori Chalupny)                   18
USA – Carli Lloyd (Megan Rapinoe)                         20
USA – Heather O’Reilly (Abby Wambach)               23
USA – Katherine Alvarado (Own Goal)                     31
CRC – Cristin Granados (Carolina Venegas)              41
CRC – Karla Villalobos (Mariana Benavides)            69
USA – Alex Morgan (Amy Rodriguez)                       81

USA: 1-Hope Solo (21-Alyssa Naeher, 46); 5-Kelley O’Hara, 6-Whitney Engen, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 16-Lori Chalupny (capt.); 9-Heather O’Reilly (8-Amy Rodriguez, 46), 12-Lauren Holiday, 17-Tobin Heath (7-Shannon Boxx, 64), 15-Megan Rapinoe (22-Meghan Klingenberg, 46), 10-Carli Lloyd (23-Christen Press, 46); 20-Abby Wambach (13-Alex Morgan, 56)
Subs Not Used: 3-Christie Rampone, 11-Ali Krieger, 14-Morgan Brian, 18-Ashlyn Harris, 19-Julie Johnston
Not available: 2-Sydney Leroux
Head coach: Jill Ellis

CRC: 1-Dinnia Diaz (18-Yolian Salas, 78); 3-Fabiola Villalobos (2-Gabriela Guillén, 67), 5-Diana Saenz, 20-Wendy Acosta, 4-Mariana Benavides (19-Maria Paula Coto, 86), 6-Maria Paula Elizondo (8-Daniela Cruz, 63), 10-Katherine Alvarado (capt.), 15-Cristin Granados, 7-Melissa Herrera, 9-Carolina Venegas, 17-Karla Villalobos (14-Mayra Almazán, 74)
Subs Not Used: 12-Lixy Rodriguez, 21-Noelle Sanz
Head coach: Amelia Valverde

Stats Summary: USA / CRC
Shots: 28 / 4
Shots on Goal: 14 / 2
Saves: 0 / 8
Corner Kicks: 8 / 0
Fouls: 6 / 8
Offside: 1 / 1

Misconduct Summary:
CRC – Mariana Benavides (caution)  36th minute
CRC – Fabiola Villalobos (caution)    62

Referee: Margaret Domka (USA)  
Assistant Referee 1: Amanda Ross (USA)
Assistant Referee 2: Marie-Han Gagnon-Chretien (USA)
4th Official: Tori Penso (USA)

Budweiser Woman of the Match: Heather O’Reilly

Gallery: MNT Wraps Up First Full Week of January Camp Training

The U.S. Men's National Team completed the first week of 2017 January Camp at the National Training Center. With the full 31-player roster gathered in Carson, Calif.,  players new and old are focusing on finding their rhythm with head coach Bruce Arena. The players will spend the next few weeks training ahead of a pair of friendly matches vs. Serbia on Jan. 29 at StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. [TICKETS] and Jamaica on Feb. 3 at Finley Stadium in Chattanooga, Tenn. [TICKETS].

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MNT Jan 17, 2017

Gallery: WNT Training in High Gear as January Camp Rolls On

Photos from the U.S. Women's National Team training sessions on Sunday, Jan. 15 and Monday, Jan. 16 at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center in Carson, California. January Camp is in high gear for the WNT, with lots of new faces mixing in with familiar ones as player pool expansion continues to top the list of Jill Ellis' priorities in this new cycle.

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WNT Jan 17, 2017

The Vast Importance of the NWSL

On January 12 in Los Angeles, the National Women’s Soccer League held its fifth NWSL College Draft, kick-starting the professional career of 40 players, all with big dreams that most likely include playing with the U.S. Women’s National Team.

As the USA begins its long road towards qualification for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France, head coach Jill Ellis continues to emphasize the importance of watching players and deepening the player pool. While the platforms her and her staff are using to scout this array of new talent ranges from Youth National Teams, to college to players overseas, the importance of the NWSL has taken center-stage.

A Chance to Be Seen

For many reasons, having a domestic professional women’s league in the United States is a tremendous asset for both coaches and players. It allows the U.S. WNT coaches to observe a large pool of players in a competitive environment on a consistent basis. It gives the players focus, the ability to continuously train and the opportunity to play full 90-minute matches while facing some of the best players in the world.

U.S. WNT newcomer Lynn Williams and co-captain & two-time FIFA Women's Player of the Year, Carli Lloyd

“We’ve always communicated with NWSL coaches about players and we watch as many games as we can,” Ellis said. “As we don’t have a world event in the middle of this NWSL season, it will allow us to be even more connected to the league and at this time in the cycle, getting to watch these games and these players is extremely important.”

For the more established players in the WNT, the NWSL is a valuable place to sharpen their skills and show Ellis they’re putting in the effort and producing the performances to keep earning spots on one of the most competitive teams in international soccer. For the newcomers and those just breaking into the league, the NWSL is a chance to be seen, to spark the interest of Ellis and her staff and show that they’re deserving of an invite to a WNT camp.

New Opportunities

As Ellis has made deepening the WNT player pool a high priority, several NWSL players have recently been given a chance to test their mettle within the National Team environment. Last October, Ellis called 11 uncapped players to camp which included eight from the NWSL in Danielle Colaprico (Chicago Red Stars), Lynn Williams (NC Courage), Kealia Ohai (Houston Dash), Shea Groom (FC Kansas City), Casey Short (Chicago Red Stars), Arin Gilliland (Chicago Red Stars), Merritt Mathias (Seattle Reign) and Abby Dahlkemper (NC Courage). In that group was also two 2016 NWSL draftees in Jane Campbell (Houston Dash) and Ashley Hatch (NC Courage).

Houston Dash's Morgan Brian and Kealia Ohai; Chicago Red Stars' Arin Gilliland & Casey Short

As the league has continued to grow, it’s become even more of a platform. The lesson? Someone is always watching so every game is an audition. Prime examples are Williams and Short who would both tell you that if it wasn’t for the league, they probably wouldn’t be wearing the U.S. Soccer crest today. Both have now earned four caps and are part of this year’s January Camp.

Breaking In
As Ellis resumes the process of evaluating players during January Camp, a handful of new NWSL names have now begun to earn multiple call-ups. Among them are goalkeeper Adrianna Franch of the Portland Thorns, NC Courage defender Jaelene Hinkle, Short, Williams, Ohai, Dahlkemper and NC courage attacker Jessica McDonald and Orlando Pride’s Kristen Edmonds. The latter two earned their first call-ups last November. All these players, except for the injured Dahlkemper, are currently in California at the WNT’s January Camp, hoping to show once again why they belong and should remain on Ellis’ radar. Additionally, Ellis also added first-time call ups Sarah Killion of Sky Blue FC and NC Courage’s Taylor Smith for evaluation during the January training camp.

First time WNT call-up and NC Courage forward, Taylor Smith

This infusion of newer players has brought a different perspective and fresh energy. The new players have had to learn how to adapt and fit into a highly competitive environment while the veteran players have had to elevate their games in the battle for roster spots. It has also brought enthusiasm and healthy competition as everyone understands that nothing is guaranteed. For Ellis, making a roster – for a training camp or a game – won’t come down to a number of caps or World Cup experience, but to performance; to the players who have earned the right to take the field through consistently productive performances.

For these new players that cut their professional teeth in the NWSL, it’s quite literally, game on.

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WNT Jan 17, 2017

Recapping the First Week of MNT January Camp

The first week of the 2017 January Camp for the U.S. Men’s National Team is in the books.

Check out all the storylines that came from a productive first seven days at the National Training Center, and be sure to follow along on Twitter and Instagram @ussoccer, as well as the official Facebook Page

Behind the Crest

Go behind the scenes with Bruce Arena as he welcomed players to January Camp and led his first training session back in charge of the MNT.

Knowing the Boss

Of all the players in camp, DaMarcus Beasley and Gyasi Zardes have featured the most for Arena. Both players give insight into how the MNT boss operates.

Eight Players Familiar with Bruce Arena

While most the January Camp roster is working with Arena for the first time, eight players have previously played for him either at the club or international level. Can you name them?

A New Chapter for Benny

After years on the outside looking into the National Team picture, Sporting KC midfielder Benny Feilhaber is grasping his second chance with the MNT during January Camp. 

Dropping Some Wisdom

Veteran MNT midfielder Alejandro Bedoya discussed what to expect from January Camp with first-timer and Philadelphia Union teammate Keegan Rosenberry upon their arrival to Los Angeles.

Plenty to Say

Lots of media descended on the National Training Center for the MNT’s first training session on Jan. 11 and the players responded in kind. Check out their first day reactions.

Star Spangled Manneh

Gambian-born winger Kekuta Manneh is one step closer to representing the United States after it was confirmed he gained his U.S. citizenship last week.

Jozy Primed for 2017

Coming off one of the most productive seasons of his career, veteran forward Jozy Altidore is hoping to replicate his January Camp form from 2016 ahead of a big year for both the MNT and Toronto FC.

Agudelo - Never Forget the First

MNT forward Juan Agudelo was gracious in hosting a Facebook Live chat last week and fondly remembered scoring his first international goal as a 17-year-old in a 1-0 friendly win against South Africa in 2010.

Five Things to Know About MNT January Camp

Did you know the idea of January Camp was formalized by MNT head coach Bruce Arena during his first tenure in charge? Learn more about the history and the number of players that have jumpstarted their international careers during the annual MNT camp.

Five Great Moments at January Camp

From hat tricks, to a regional title and an all-time scoring record, plenty of history has been made during MNT January Camp. Learn more about who has made their mark throughout the years.

Roster Changes

While Arena originally announced a 32-player roster, that number decreased when D.C. United goalkeeper Bill Hamid was forced to withdraw from camp with a knee injury. Fellow goalkeeper Stefan Frei also departed camp with an ankle sprain, but was replaced by LA Galaxy backstop Brian Rowe.

On The Mend

While rostered players are going through the paces, injured defender Geoff Cameron has also been around the group the past week, rehabbing and getting treatment with MNT medical staff with hopes of returning soon for both Stoke City and the USA. Meanwhile, goalkeeper Tim Howard also popped into camp on Sunday and gave a status update on his injury recovery.



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MNT Jan 16, 2017

Graham Zusi Embracing Right Back Switch

When the roster for the annual January Camp is announced, most of the focus usually settles on the new faces whose domestic league success has earned them a shot with the National Team. This time around, however, it was a World Cup veteran who turned most heads with his inclusion – or more specifically, with the position listed next to his name on the sheet.

Veteran midfielder Graham Zusi, who has carved out a solid career as a winger for both Sporting KC and the MNT, has been added to the group of defenders called into the National Training Center for the camp and two friendlies against Serbia and Jamaica.

Zusi’s debut at right back actually came against then LA Galaxy manager Bruce Arena on May 1 at Sporting Park. The MNT winger gave an assured performance in that match, causing trouble up the wing when he provided the assist to Brad Davis’ 30th minute strike before locking down the right side in a 1-1 draw.

Arena remarked post-game that decision to play Zusi there “was interesting” and it seemed to have left an impression.

“To be honest with you, I enjoyed playing right back quite a bit,” Zusi told ussoccer.com during the first week of camp. “It’s something that I’m embracing for sure.”

Vermes deployed Zusi there a second time in Sporting KC’s Aug. 20 match against Vancouver Whitecaps FC, saying the 30-year-old “was outstanding” in the 2-0 win.

Zusi’s certainly not the first outside midfielder that has moved to defense. Four-time World Cup veteran DaMarcus Beasley filled in at left back at different points in his international career before making the full-time switch there for the U.S. in 2013. The crafty winger went on to make the position his own the next two years, featuring there during all four matches at the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Recalling his own conversion, Beasley said the most challenging part is learning to work as an overall unit with the other defenders.

“Mostly it’s just being in sync with your line – syncing with your center back and the entire back four – that part takes time,” he told ussoccer.com. “Obviously, you have individual qualities you can bring to that position, but the most important part is making sure you’re in sync with your left or right center back. That’s the battle you have to overcome.”

MNT assistant coach Kenny Arena worked on exactly that with the team’s defenders during Sunday’s training session, with both Beasley and fellow left back Greg Garza providing Zusi tips on how to work in the setup.

“He’s learning,” Beasley said. “He’s smart and experienced enough that he’ll be fine. He’s good going forward, defending one-on-one and he’s quick as well, so he shouldn’t have a problem making the switch.”

For his part, Zusi also recognizes the shift could ensure he sees more playing time going forward.

“In the National Team there’s quite a bit of competition, especially in the midfield, so the more positions I can play, I think the better for me,” he said. “I do enjoy the position -- it brings some freedom to my game. Outside backs see a lot of the ball and going forward I think Bruce is expecting to get me into the attack, so that fits my game as well.”

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MNT Jan 16, 2017