U.S. Soccer

WNT Blanks China PR 2-0 in Phoenix in Front of Record Crowd

GLENDALE, Arizona (Dec. 13, 2015) – The 2015 World Cup Champion U.S. Women’s National Team resumed its Victory Tour with 2-0 shutout of China PR at University of Phoenix Stadium in front of 19,066 fans, a record crowd to watch a WNT game in Arizona.

The meeting was the first between the teams since the June 26 quarterfinal at the 2015 Women's World Cup, a match won 1-0 by the USA on a Carli Lloyd goal in Ottawa, Canada.

Despite attacking for a majority of the game, the USA did not find the net until Crystal Dunn finally broke through in the 39th minute following a poor clearance from China PR. She collected the rolling ball inside the box and fired a left-footed shot through traffic and into the right side of the net past the screened China goalkeeper. The goal was Dunn’s fourth international score.

Similar to the previous match against Trinidad & Tobago on Dec. 10, Christen Press came on as a sub and immediately impacted the game, scoring on her first touches with a blast from long range to seal victory for the USA. Press entered the game in the 79th and scored in the 81st.

Forward Abby Wambach made her 254th appearance as she came on in the 79th minute for Carli Lloyd. The USA will bid farewell to Wambach, the world's all-time leading scorer, in the final game of the Victory Tour on Dec. 16 in New Orleans in a rematch against China PR.

With the win, the WNT extended its unbeaten home streak to 104 games (91-0-13). The last loss at home came to Denmark on Nov. 6, 2004, in Philadelphia.

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Crystal Dunn, 39th minute: Alex Morgan ran deep into the attacking third down the right side and crossed the ball on the ground. China twice failed to clear and the ball rolled to Dunn, who took a touch and then blasted a shot with her left foot into the back of the net. USA 1, CHN 0 ( SEE GOAL)

USA – Christen Press, 81st minute: Another poor clearance from China inside the box led to substitute Christen Press scoring on her first touches of the game. She collected the ball, made space for a shot with a nifty dribble and drove the ball into the upper left corner her 10th goal of the year. USA 2, CHN 0. FINAL ( SEE GOAL)

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
CHN – Zhao Lina, 54th – Second-half sub Heather O’Reilly ran with the ball on the left side, sending an excellent cross to Alex Morgan in the middle. Morgan got good contact on her half-volley but Lina was able to shuffle acorss the goal and made a great with her body to block the attempt.

USA – Alyssa Naeher, 90+4: On the very last play of the game, China PR took a corner kick that was perfectly sent to the middle of the box. Li Ying jumped up for the ball and placed an excellent header on frame, but Naeher secured the ball solidly on the dive to preserve the shutout.

Next on the Schedule: The U.S. WNT concludes its Victory Tour in New Orleans on Dec. 16 (7 p.m. CT; FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports GO) with a rematch against China PR. The match in New Orleans will serve as the farewell game for retiring U.S. legend Abby Wambach.
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Milestone Watch:

  • Crystal Dunn scored her fourth international goal. All four goals have come during the Victory Tour.
  • Christen Press notched her 10th goal of 2015, and is now one shy of her career-best 11 goals she scored last year. Her 10 goals are the second-most on the team behind Lloyd’s 18. Press now has 29 goals in her career. Eight of Press’ 10 goals this year have come during the Victory Tour.
  • Tonight’s attendance was 19,066, which marks the largest crowd to watch a USWNT match in Arizona. The previous record was 18,482 (a 1-1 draw vs. Sweden on Nov. 19, 2011, also at University of Phoenix Stadium).
  • More than 28,000 tickets have been sold for the final Victory Tour match in New Orleans, nearly doubling the previous WNT record in Louisiana of 15,074, set July 13, 2003 in a 1-0 victory over Brazil at Tad Gormley Stadium in New Orleans (which was the only previous visit to Louisiana).
  • Lindsey Horan got her third consecutive start for the WNT and earned her fifth cap. She scored her first international goal in the 92nd minute on Dec. 10 against Trinidad & Tobago in San Antonio and added two assists.
  • The match marked Alyssa Naeher’s fourth cap and second start in goal for the USA. She earned her second career shutout.

Additional Notes:

  • Mesa, Arizona native Julie Johnston played in front of her hometown crowd for the United States for the first time and saw the American Outlaws unveil a tifo in her honor before the match.
  • The win today marks the 20th victory of the year for the USWNT (20-1-4). The USA has now won 20 or more games in a year on nine occasions.
  • Forward Stephanie McCaffrey and defenders Jaelene Hinkle and Emily Sonnett all earned their third caps
  • This was the USA’s third visit to University of Phoenix Stadium, home to the NFL’s playoff-bound Arizona Cardinals. The USA last played at the world-class facility in November of 2011 (1-1 tie with Sweden) and December of 2012 (2-0 win vs. Ireland). The USA also played two matches in Phoenix in 1995 to kick off the campaign for the 1995 Women’s World Cup, facing Australia twice at the Cave Creek Complex, and played at Bank One Ballpark, home to the Arizona Diamondbacks in Dec. of 2000.
  • USA captain Christie Rampone will not be available for the final Victory Tour match due to ongoing issues resulting from a bone bruise in her left knee. Rampone has returned home, but will re-join the U.S. team for the final game of the Victory Tour in New Orleans.
  • Nineteen different players have scored for the USA this year, led by Carli Lloyd with 18 goals (16 of which have come since the start of the knockout rounds at the Women’s World Cup).
  • Lloyd’s 18 goals are a career high for her in a calendar year and eight more than her closest teammate. Press has 10 goals and Wambach and Alex Morgan have seven each. Lloyd’s previous high was 15 in 2014 and 2012.
  • The 19 players to score for the USA in 2015 are: Kelley O’Hara, Morgan, Wambach, Amy Rodriguez, Press, Julie Johnston, Meghan Klingenberg, Megan Rapinoe, Morgan Brian, Lori Chalupny, Sydney Leroux, Lloyd, Lauren Holiday, Tobin Heath, Heather O’Reilly, Whitney Engen, Crystal Dunn, McCaffrey and Lindsey Horan.
  • Alex Morgan could be the next U.S. player to hit 100 caps as she is currently at 98. Becky Sauerbrunn is next in line with 95.
  • In 25 games played this year, the U.S. has surrendered 11 goals and has scored 74. The USA hasn’t lost a match since dropping its opening game of 2015 on Feb. 8 to France.
  • While Wambach is the USA’s top scorer on the roster with 184 goals, Lloyd is next with 79 career international goals and Morgan has 56. Heather O’Reilly has scored 46.
  • U.S. Soccer has announced the five nominees for the 2015 U.S. Soccer Female Player of the Year. This year's field features midfielders Lauren Holiday, Carli Lloyd, Megan Rapinoe, defender Becky Sauerbrunn, and goalkeeper Hope Solo. All five played major roles in the USA winning the 2015 Women's World Cup with Carli Lloyd winning the Golden Ball as the best player in the tournament while Solo won the Golden Glove as the top goalkeeper. Lloyd, Solo and Sauerbrunn played every minute of the tournament. The winner will be announced on Wednesday, Dec. 16, during the pre-game coverage of the USA vs. China PR match from NOLA on FOX Sports 1.
  • With her goal against Haiti on Sept. 17, Press became the 22nd player in U.S. WNT history to score 25 or more goals. She currently has 29, which moves her past Shannon Boxx and Joy Fawcett into 20th on the USA’s all-time goal scoring list.
  • Wambach’s appearance against Costa Rica on Aug. 16 marked her 250th cap. She’s one of only five U.S. players to hit that mark and now has 254 with one match left to play.
  • Heather O'Reilly earned her 226th cap when she came on at halftime.

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

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. China PR
Date: Dec. 13, 2015
Competition: International Friendly; Victory Tour
Venue: University of Phoenix Stadium; Glendale, Arizona
Kickoff: 5 p.m. MT
Attendance: 19,066
Weather: Indoors

Scoring Summary: 1   2   F
USA                         1   1   2
CHN                         0   0   0

USA – Crystal Dunn 39th minute
USA – Christen Press 81

Lineups:
USA: 21-Alyssa Naeher; 11-Ali Krieger (26-Jaelene Hinkle, 46), 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 19-Julie Johnston, 22-Meghan Klingenberg; 25-Crystal Dunn (9-Heather O’Reilly, 46), 31-Lindsey Horan (27-Emily Sonnett, 79), 14-Morgan Brian, 17-Tobin Heath (28-Stephanie McCaffrey, 79); 10-Carli Lloyd (capt.) (20-Abby Wambach, 79), 13-Alex Morgan (23-Christen Press, 79)
Subs Not Used: 1-Hope Solo, 2-Sydney Leroux, 5-Kelley O’Hara, 6-Whitney Engen, 8-Amy Rodriguez, 18-Ashlyn Harris, 29-Samantha Mewis, 30-Rose Lavelle, 32-Danielle Colaprico
Head coach: Jill Ellis

CHN: 22-Zhao Lina; 2-Liu Shanshan, 14-Zhao Rong, 6-Li Dongna, 24-Xue Jiao; 9-Wang Shanshan, 11-Wang Shuang (10-Li Ying, 71), 15-Lei Jiahui (18-Han Peng, 46), 17-Gu Yasha (7-Xu Yanlu, 79), 35-Yang Man (23-Ren Guixin, 71); 19-Tan Ruyin
Subs Not Used: 5-Wu Haiyan, 12-Bi Xiaolin, 16-Lou Jiahui, 20-Zhang Rui, 21-Wang Lisi, 28-Jiang Meizi, 31-Ma Xiaoxu, 32-Miao Siwen
Head coach: Bruno Bini

Stats Summary: USA / CHN
Shots: 24 / 4
Shots on Goal: 6 / 3
Saves: 3 / 4
Corner Kicks: 8 / 1
Fouls: 3 / 10
Offside: 3 / 0

Misconduct Summary:
None

Officials:
Referee: Cardella Samuels (JAM)
Assistant Referee 1: Stacy-Ann Greyson (JAM)
Assistant Referee 2: Antonette Williams (JAM)
4th Official: Crystal Sobers (TRI)

Budweiser Woman of the Match: Meghan Klingenberg

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WNT Dec 13, 2015

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

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. China PR
Date: Dec. 13, 2015
Competition: International Friendly; Victory Tour
Venue: University of Phoenix Stadium; Glendale, Arizona
Kickoff: 5 p.m. MT
Attendance: 19,066
Weather: Indoor

Scoring Summary:       1          2          F
USA                             1          1          2
CHN                             0          0          0

USA – Crystal Dunn                                                       39th minute
USA – Christen Press                                                    81

Lineups:
USA: 21-Alyssa Naeher; 11-Ali Krieger (26-Jaelene Hinkle, 46), 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 19-Julie Johnston, 22-Meghan Klingenberg; 25-Crystal Dunn (9-Heather O’Reilly, 46), 31-Lindsey Horan (27-Emily Sonnett, 79), 14-Morgan Brian, 17-Tobin Heath (28-Stephanie McCaffrey, 79); 10-Carli Lloyd (capt.) (20-Abby Wambach, 79), 13-Alex Morgan (23-Christen Press, 79)
Subs Not Used: 1-Hope Solo, 2-Sydney Leroux, 5-Kelley O’Hara, 6-Whitney Engen, 8-Amy Rodriguez, 18-Ashlyn Harris, 29-Samantha Mewis, 30-Rose Lavelle, 32-Danielle Colaprico
Head coach: Jill Ellis

CHN: 22-Zhao Lina; 2-Liu Shanshan, 14-Zhao Rong, 6-Li Dongna, 24-Xue Jiao; 9-Wang Shanshan, 11-Wang Shuang (10-Li Ying, 71), 15-Lei Jiahui (18-Han Peng, 46), 17-Gu Yasha (7-Xu Yanlu, 79), 35-Yang Man (23-Ren Guixin, 71); 19-Tan Ruyin
Subs Not Used: 5-Wu Haiyan, 12-Bi Xiaolin, 16-Lou Jiahui, 20-Zhang Rui, 21-Wang Lisi, 28-Jiang Meizi, 31-Ma Xiaoxu, 32-Miao Siwen
Head coach: Bruno Bini

Stats Summary: USA / CHN
Shots: 24 / 4
Shots on Goal: 6 / 3
Saves:  3 / 4
Corner Kicks: 8 / 1
Fouls: 3 / 10
Offside: 3 / 0

Misconduct Summary:
None

Officials:
Referee: Cardella Samuels (JAM)
Assistant Referee 1: Stacy-Ann Greyson (JAM)
Assistant Referee 2: Antonette Williams (JAM)
4th Official: Crystal Sobers (TRI)

Budweiser Woman of the Match: Meghan Klingenberg

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Sporting Kansas City Brings It All Back Home

Home is a practicality in the world of sports. An advantage. A better option than playing away. But when Sporting Kansas City’s players talk about home, about Children’s Mercy Park and the fans that make it bounce and sing, you get the sense it means a little more than that.

“I don’t even have the words to express what it means to me to win a trophy with this atmosphere and these amazing fans,” said Tim Melia, SKC’s outstanding goalkeeper who conceded just two goals in five games of the 2017 U.S. Open Cup. He forced back tears amid a swirl of blue confetti and that warm feeling of being with people who care about the same things you do. “The feeling is something I want to feel every night of my life. The closeness of the fans and the players here, and what they do for us, it’s just amazing. They’re so much a part of us.”

You can’t blame Melia for getting emotional. Home is a heavy notion. It matters, maybe more than anything. And he had a hard road to the rarefied air of Cup Finals and being ranked among the top goalkeepers in Major League Soccer. It wasn’t too many years ago that he didn’t have a club, that he was willing to entertain whatever offers came his way. But at Children’s Mercy Park on the night he and SKC beat the Red Bulls 2-1 to win a fourth Open Cup, he got a standing ovation just for coming out to warm up.

2017 U.S. Open Cup Champions - Sporting Kansas City

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U.S. Open Cup Sep 21, 2017

Hackworth Names USA Roster for 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup in India

CHICAGO (Sept. 21, 2017) – U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team head coach John Hackworth has named a 21-player roster for the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup in India, which runs from Oct. 6-28.

“This cycle of players is unique in terms of the quality, depth and work ethic of the group,” Hackworth said. “The biggest challenge in selecting this roster was the competition for spots at almost every position. Our team is looking forward to this opportunity to compete for the U-17 World Cup and are motivated to prove themselves on the world stage.”

The group departs Sept. 24 for training in Dubai, where the remaining players will join the camp prior to arrival in India.

The USA was drawn into Group A with Colombia, Ghana and India. The team opens group play vs. India on Oct. 6 (10:30 a.m. ET), followed by matches against Ghana on Oct. 9 (7:30 a.m. ET) and Colombia on Oct. 12 (10:30 a.m. ET). The first two games will be played at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi, while the final group game will be played at Dr. DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai. All of the U.S.’s group matches will be broadcast live on FS2 and UNIVERSO.

The World Cup will be played in six cities across India: Kochi, Goa, Navi Mumbai, New Delhi, Guwahati, and Kolkata. A total of 24 countries participate in the tournament with the top two teams from each of the six groups, as well as the four best third-place teams, advance to the Round of 16 on October 16, 17, and 18. The championship and third-place matches take place Saturday, Oct. 28, at the 66,600-capacity Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan Stadium in Kolkata.

U.S. 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup Roster by Position:

GOALKEEPERS (3): Alex Budnik (Sockers FC; Arlington Heights, Ill.), Carlos Joaquim Dos Santos (S.L. Benfica; Philadelphia, Penn.), Justin Garces (Atlanta United FC; Miami, Fla.)

DEFENDERS (6): Sergiño Dest (Ajax; Almere-stad, Netherlands), Christopher Gloster (New York Red Bulls; Montclair, N.J.), Jaylin Lindsey (Sporting Kansas City; Charlotte, N.C.), James Sands (New York City FC; Rye, N.Y.), Tyler Shaver (New York City FC; Greenwich, Conn.), Akil Watts (Portland Timbers, Fort Wayne, Ind.)

MIDFIELDERS (6): George Acosta (North Carolina FC; Hollywood, Fla.), Taylor Booth (Real Salt Lake; Eden, Utah), Christopher Durkin (D.C. United; Glen Allen, Va.), Blaine Ferri (Solar Soccer Club; Southlake, Texas), Chris Goslin (Atlanta United FC; Locust Grove, Ga.), Indiana Vassilev (Unattached; Savannah, Ga.)

FORWARDS (6): Ayo Akinola (Toronto FC; Brampton Ont.), Andrew Carleton (Atlanta United FC; Powder Springs, Ga.), Jacobo Reyes (C.F. Monterrey; Houston, Texas), Bryan Reynolds (FC Dallas; Little Elm, Texas), Joshua Sargent (St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri; O'Fallon, Mo.), Tim Weah (Paris Saint-Germain F.C., Rosedale, N.Y.)

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U-17 MNT Sep 21, 2017

WNT Social: Morgan and O’Hara Take on FB Live as Goals Highlight Productive Week

The U.S. Women’s National Team wrapped up an entertaining and successful week as it defeated New Zealand with a combined score of 8-1 in a two-game set of friendlies on Sept. 15 in Commerce City, Colorado and on Sept. 19 in Cincinnati, Ohio.

With a week of trainings, hotel stays, traveling and two productive match days, the U.S. WNT took to social media to share some of the best moments of camp life, connect with fans and shed a light on just what goes on during a WNT camp.

Below we highlight the best social media moments of the week:

Once the entire squad made its way into Denver, it was time to hit the weight room and get things started in the Mile High City.

The first few days of camp were special for both Lindsey Horan (Golden) and Mallory Pugh (Highlands Ranch), who both hail from the Denver area.

But it wasn’t only just Horan and Pugh that were basking in the joy of being home, as almost the entire WNT roster “took over” with banners hanging downtown all along 16th Street Mall, making Denver the official home of the WNT for a few days.

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WNT Sep 21, 2017

Besler: This is Why We Play the Game

Sporting Kansas City’s captain Matt Besler had a busy night in the Final of the 2017 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, U.S. Soccer club championship. The U.S. National Team defender and Kansas native kept things tight at the back, resisting the menace of New York Red Bulls’ ace marksman Bradley Wright-Phillips and their elegant playmaker Sacha Kljestan. Amid the celebrations, fireworks and blue confetti at Children’s Mercy Park, the good-natured skipper took a few minutes to talk to ussoccer.com about what it means to bring another title to Kansas City.  

ussoccer.com: It’s another Open Cup title for Sporting Kansas City. That makes it four in all. How does it feel to be a part of a club that has never lost an Open Cup final?
Matt Besler:
This is what it’s all about. These are the nights you live for as a soccer player. Here with these fans right now and my teammates, celebrating a win like this is the reason why you even play this game.

ussoccer.com: The game had a physical edge from the start. The tackles were flying in and no one on either team gave any quarter. Did you expect the game to play out the way it did?
MB:
It was a tough game. Everyone was working for everything and it was clear that both teams were committed and trying their all to win this Cup. Both teams were really aggressive in their tackles and it really played out like a classic cup final. I felt like this was the kind of game we were going to have tonight and we were good enough to get through it in the end. But it was never easy.

ussoccer.com: The New York Red Bulls didn’t go quietly. They were pressing hard at the end with the score at 2-1 and it looked like an equalizer might be in the cards…
MB:
You have to credit the Red Bulls for the effort they put in, but at the end of the day we did what we needed to do and it was enough for us to win. You can never predict how a final is going to go, but you can be sure they’re not going to be easy. None of our games in this Open Cup were easy. We had to work for everything. And this one went our way tonight and I don’t really have the words to describe what I’m feeling right now.

ussoccer.com: It seemed like there was a special feeling to this Sporting Kansas City team from the start of the Open Cup campaign. Would you say there was something like destiny about this Cup run?
MB:
I would. It started in our first game. We really felt like something special was happening with us. There was a real special feeling in the locker room and around the club. When we played in Dallas and had to be a man down for almost 90 minutes, there was something about winning that game with all of that going against us, that just made it seem like we were headed for something great.

ussoccer.com: The SKC Family suffered a loss not long before that FC Dallas game…
MB:
One of our owners, Neal Patterson, passed away a week before the Dallas Quarterfinal. It was a tough thing for the club and for everyone connected to it. I’d just like to dedicate this win to him. 

ussoccer.com: You’re getting to be an old hand at winning Cups – MLS Cups and Open Cups. How does this one measure up to the rest?
MB:
Any Cup feels just as sweet as the one before. It never gets old. I don’t even know how I feel right now – I’m still in a haze about it. I haven’t had a minute to even digest it. We’re trying to win as many of these things as we can before we’re done playing. Nothing compares to the feeling.

ussoccer.com: Latif Blessing, a young man with a lot of talent, had a big night. In a team with many experienced leaders, it must be satisfying to see one of the youngsters step up in such a big way…
MB:
Latif stepped up tonight. He was a threat from the opening whistle. It was unfortunate that he had to leave the game with an injury, but he certainly made his mark on it. He imposed his will while he was in there. We couldn’t ask any more of him.

ussoccer.com: What do you have to say to the fans that have been such a huge part of your 2017 Open Cup campaign and all of the success that has come to this club?
MB:
I just want to say “thank you” to all of them. They are our twelfth man, they are our lifeblood, whatever you want to call it. It doesn’t matter. We owe a lot to these fans right here. They’re just the best. They’re always there for us. You can’t find better fans anywhere.

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U.S. Open Cup Sep 21, 2017
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