U.S. Soccer

WNT Defeats Haiti 5-0 at Ford Field in Detroit

DETROIT (Sept. 17, 2015) – The World Cup Champion U.S. Women’s National Team continued its Victory Tour with a 5-0 win against Haiti in front of a record crowd of 34,538 at Ford Field. The crowd was the largest to attend a soccer game in the history of the Detroit stadium.

Carli Lloyd struck first for the U.S. in the sixth minute. The 2015 World Cup Golden Ball winner was set up by a Crystal Dunn cross in a prelude of what would come over the next 84 minutes. In the 33rd minute, Dunn again had the assist, finding Christen Press with a near-post cross and she volleyed home for her 25th WNT score. Four minutes later, Lloyd added her second, and would complete her hat trick in the second half.

In the final minutes of the match, Dunn rose up for a header off a cross from Heather O’Reilly to earn her first international goal in her first start of the year and just her second cap of 2015. The teams will travel south for another match-up as the Victory Tour continues in Birmingham, Alabama on Sept. 20. For more information on tickets, click here. 

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Carli Lloyd (Crystal Dunn) 6th minute:
Crystal Dunn picked up the ball on the right and beat her defender down the line Just before reaching the end line, Dunn whipped a cross into the box. Lloyd out-jumped her defender and for a spectacular header, bouncing it in for first goal of the game. USA 1, HAI 0 SEE GOAL 

USA – Christen Press (Crystal Dunn), 33rd minute: Similar to the first goal, Crystal Dunn played creator. She worked a give-and-go with Tobin Heath before moving down the right-hand edge of the box and again curled in a cross that found Christen Press in front of the goal. Press shielded her defender and with re-directed the cross into the net at the near post. USA 2, HAI 0 SEE GOAL 

USA – Carli Lloyd (penalty kick) 37th minute: After Christen Press was taken down in the box, the U.S. was awarded a penalty kick. Lloyd powered a perfectly placed shot past the diving ‘keeper and into the right corner for a 3-0 halftime lead. USA 3, HAI 0 

USA – Carli Lloyd (Lauren Holiday) 69th minute: Lauren Holiday drove a perfect ball across the box on the corner kick. Lloyd rose above the pack and sent her header back across the goal, over the Haiti ‘keeper and into the net to complete her hat trick. USA 4, HAI 0 SEE GOAL 

USA – Crystal Dunn (Heather O’Reilly) 90+3 minute: In the game’s final seconds Crystal Dunn scored her first career international goal. It came on a cross from Heather O’Reilly. Dunn cut through the box, sliced in front of Abby Wambach and jumped high to power her header home. USA 5, HAI 0 FINAL 

Next on the Schedule: The WNT continues the 2015 Victory Tour with a stop in Birmingham, Alabama on Sept. 20 where it will face Haiti at Legion Field. 
Broadcast information: ESPN2, WatchESPN (1:30 p.m. CT; Sept. 20) 
Social:  Twitter (@ussoccer_wnt@ussoccer_esp);  FacebookInstagram 

Milestone Watch:
  • In addition to tallying two assists for her first international points, Crystal Dunn scored on a header in stoppage time for her first international goal.
  • With their appearances tonight, Becky Sauerbrunn earned her 90th cap, while Ali Krieger earned her 75th cap. Hope Solo earned her 180th cap.
  • With her goal tonight, Christen Press became the 22nd player in U.S. WNT history to score 25 goals.
  • Carli Lloyd’s trio of scores pushed her career total to 74 and she is now just one goal away from tying Cindy Parlow for sixth on the all-time list. The U.S. captain has scored 10 times in her last seven games and tonight marked her 10th multi-goal game for the WNT.
  • Lloyd became the sixth WNT player with four career hat tricks.
  • The WNT extended its record unbeaten streak to 99-consecutive home games (87-0-12). The last loss at home came to Denmark on Nov. 6, 2004.

  • Additional Notes:
    • Crystal Dunn’s start was her first of 2015 and her first appearance since coming on as a substitute against England in February. Dunn was the 2015 NWSL Golden Boot winner, scoring 15 goals.
    • Prior to the Sept. 20 match in Birmingham, midfielder Tobin Heath will be honored for earning her 100th cap. Against Costa Rica on Aug. 19, Heath became the 33rd American female to play 100 times for her country. She debuted for the USA in January of 2008 and has scored 12 goals over her first 101 games, including famously tallying the fifth goal in the 2015 Women's World Cup Final.
    • With the win tonight, the WNT remained unbeaten indoors, improving to 16-0-1.
    • The USA improves to 5-0-0 all-time against Haiti with 34 goals scored and none conceded.
    • Ashlyn Harris played the second half in goal to earn her eighth cap.
    • Carli Lloyd leads the USWNT in scoring in 2015 with 13 goals. The third time she has reached double-digits in goals scored in a calendar year. Her career high is 15, which she achieved in 2014 and 2012.

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

    Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Haiti
    Date: Sept. 17, 2015
    Competition: International Friendly – Victory Tour
    Venue: Ford Field; Detroit, Michigan
    Kickoff: 7 p.m. ET
    Attendance: 34,538
    Weather: Indoors 

    Scoring Summary:       1          2          F
    USA                                3          2          5
    HAI                                 0          0          0 

    USA – Carli Lloyd (Crystal Dunn)            6th minute
    USA – Christen Press (Crystal Dunn)        33
    USA – Carli Lloyd (penalty kick)              37
    USA – Carli Lloyd (Lauren Holiday)         69
    USA – Crystal Dunn (Heather O’Reilly)    90+3

    Lineups:
    USA: 1-Hope Solo (18-Ashlyn Harris, 46); 5-Kelley O’Hara (11-Ali Krieger, 46), 19-Julie Johnston, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 22-Meghan Klingenberg; 25-Crystal Dunn, 14-Morgan Brian (12-Lauren Holiday, 46), 17-Tobin Heath (3-Christie Rampone, 63), 23-Christen Press (9-Heather O’Reilly, 63), 10-Carli Lloyd (capt.); 13-Alex Morgan (20-Abby Wambach, 63) 
    Subs Not Used: 6-Whitney Engen, 7-Shannon Boxx, 8-Amy Rodriguez, 15-Megan Rapinoe, 16-Lori Chalupny, 21-Alyssa Naeher
    Head coach: Jill Ellis 

    HAI: 12-Edny Limage (capt.) (1- Jonie Gabriel, 87); 2-Soveline Beaubrun, 4-Clorene Rateau, 6-Kimberly Boulos, 7-Roselord Borgella, 8-Sherly Jeudy (5-Sabine Chandler, 46), 9-Nerilia Mondesir, 10-Betcheba Louis (3-Jennifer Limage, 82), 13-Zila Lafleur (18-Kensia Destinvil, 86), 17-Yvrose Gervil, 20-Phisline Michel (16-Darline Radamaker, 46)
    Subs Not Used: 19-Bencia Erleus, 21-Emeline Charles
    Head coach: Shek Borkowski 

    Stats Summary: USA / HAI
    Shots: 36 / 1
    Shots on Goal: 13 / 1
    Saves: 1 / 8
    Corner Kicks: 7 / 1
    Fouls: 2 / 9
    Offside: 5 / 0 

    Misconduct Summary:
    HAI – Kimberly Boulos (caution)             85th minute 

    Officials:
    Referee: Katja Koroleva (USA)  
    Assistant Referee 1: Princess Brown (JAM)
    Assistant Referee 2: Stacy-Ann Greyson (JAM)
    4th Official: Tori Penso (USA) 

    Budweiser Woman of the Match: Carli Lloyd

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

    Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Haiti
    Date: Sept. 17, 2015
    Competition: International Friendly – Victory Tour
    Venue: Ford Field; Detroit, Michigan
    Kickoff: 7 p.m. ET
    Attendance: 34,538
    Weather: Indoors

    Scoring Summary:      1          2          F
    USA                            3          2          5
    HAI                             0          0          0

    USA – Carli Lloyd (Crystal Dunn)                    6th minute
    USA – Christen Press (Crystal Dunn)               33
    USA – Carli Lloyd (penalty kick)                      37
    USA – Carli Lloyd (Lauren Holiday)                 69
    USA – Crystal Dunn (Heather O’Reilly)            90+3

    Lineups:
    USA: 1-Hope Solo (18-Ashlyn Harris, 46); 5-Kelley O’Hara (11-Ali Krieger, 46), 19-Julie Johnston, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 22-Meghan Klingenberg; 25-Crystal Dunn, 14-Morgan Brian (12-Lauren Holiday, 46), 17-Tobin Heath (3-Christie Rampone, 63), 23-Christen Press (9-Heather O’Reilly, 63), 10-Carli Lloyd (capt.); 13-Alex Morgan (20-Abby Wambach, 63)
    Subs Not Used: 6-Whitney Engen, 7-Shannon Boxx, 8-Amy Rodriguez, 15-Megan Rapinoe, 16-Lori Chalupny, 21-Alyssa Naeher
    Head coach: Jill Ellis

    HAI: 12-Edny Limage (capt.) (1- Jonie Gabriel, 87); 2-Soveline Beaubrun, 4-Clorene Rateau, 6-Kimberly Boulos, 7-Roselord Borgella, 8-Sherly Jeudy (5-Sabine Chandler, 46), 9-Nerilia Mondesir, 10-Betcheba Louis (3-Jennifer Limage, 82), 13-Zila Lafleur (18-Kensia Destinvil, 86), 17-Yvrose Gervil, 20-Phisline Michel (16-Darline Radamaker, 46)
    Subs Not Used: 19-Bencia Erleus, 21-Emeline Charles
    Head coach: Shek Borkowski

    Stats Summary: USA / HAI
    Shots: 36 / 1
    Shots on Goal: 13 / 1
    Saves: 1 / 8
    Corner Kicks: 7 / 1
    Fouls: 2 / 9
    Offside: 5 / 0

    Misconduct Summary:
    HAI – Kimberly Boulos (caution)          85th minute

    Officials:
    Referee: Katja Koroleva (USA)  
    Assistant Referee 1: Princess Brown (JAM)
    Assistant Referee 2: Stacy-Ann Greyson (JAM)
    4th Official: Tori Penso (USA)

    Budweiser Woman of the Match: TBD

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

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    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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    Recapping the First Week of MNT January Camp

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    A New Chapter for Benny

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    Dropping Some Wisdom

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    Plenty to Say

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    Star Spangled Manneh

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    Jozy Primed for 2017

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    Agudelo - Never Forget the First

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    Five Things to Know About MNT January Camp

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    Five Great Moments at January Camp

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    Roster Changes

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    On The Mend

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    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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