The U.S. Women’s National Team defeated Costa Rica 4-0 on the strength of an aggressive attacking performance before 12,635 fans at Children’s Mercy Park in its last tune-up match ahead of the 2016 Olympic Games.
The USA now heads to Brazil for the 2016 Olympic Games and will begin Group G play vs. New Zealand in Belo Horizonte on Aug. 3 (6 p.m. ET; NBCSN, NBC Universo).Read more
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (July 22, 2016) – The U.S. Women’s National Team defeated Costa Rica 4-0 on the strength of an aggressive attacking performance before 12,635 fans at Children’s Mercy Park in its last tune-up match ahead of the 2016 Olympic Games.
Crystal Dunn, Mallory Pugh, Carli Lloyd and Christen Press scored the goals for the USA, which was creative and convincing in attack throughout the match. On the defensive side, goalkeepers Hope Solo and Alyssa Naeher combined to help the defense pitch its third consecutive shutout and 13th overall in 2016.
The USA now heads to Brazil for the 2016 Olympic Games and will begin Group G play vs. New Zealand in Belo Horizonte on Aug. 3 (6 p.m. ET; NBCSN, NBC Universo).
Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Crystal Dunn (Meghan Klingenberg), 15th minute: The USA gained control of the ball just inside Costa Rica’s half of the field and through a quick combination of passes worked the ball up the left flank through Alex Morgan to Meghan Klingenberg, overlapping from her left back spot. Klingenberg charged into the Ticas box and got her head up to pick out the run of Crystal Dunn at the back post. Klingenber’s low pass across the face of goal was perfectly timed to meet Dunn’s run and the versatile attacker easily tapped the ball into the back of the net to reach double figures (10) in goals scored in 2016. USA 1, CRC 0 (SEE GOAL)
USA – Mallory Pugh, 22nd minute: The 18-year-old attacker seized on a Costa Rica turnover in her defensive half the of the field and deftly pushed the ball past two Ticas while at full sprint up the left touchline. As she bore down on goal, Pugh employed a quick feint to get the last defender back on her heels before racing past and firing a wide-angle shot from seven yards out in between the near left post and Costa Rica goalkeeper Dinnia Diaz for her third goal in her debut year with the senior National Team. USA 2, CRC 0 (SEE GOAL)
USA – Carli Lloyd (Becky Sauerbrunn), 45+6: From a set piece 30 yards away from Costa Rica’s goal toward the right sideline, USA co-captain Becky Sauerbrunn picked out fellow captain Carli Lloyd, who was making a darting run into the heart of the Tica’s penalty area. Having lost her marker, Lloyd snapped an uncontested header inside the left post from 12 yards out for the 88th goal of her career. USA 3, CRC 0
USA – Christen Press (Allie Long), 79th minute: Tobin Heath’s high pressure caused a wayward pass out of the back from Costa Rica and the ball rolled right to Allie Long in the central channel about 25 yards away from goal. Instead of shoot, Long wearily picked out Christen Press’s slashing run across the top of the Tica’s box with a slick one-time pass. Press took one touch to control the ball before ripping a shot into the right side netting from near the penalty spot for her fifth goal of 2016. USA 4, CRC 0 (SEE GOAL) FINAL
Next on the Schedule: The U.S. WNT returns to action for the 2016 Olympic Games and begins Group G play against New Zealand in Belo Horizonte on Aug. 3 (6 p.m. ET; NBCSN, NBC Universo). The team then remains in Belo Horizonte to face France on Aug. 6 (4 p.m. ET; NBCSN, NBC Universo) before taking off to Manaus for its final Group E game vs. Colombia (6 p.m. ET; NBCSN, NBC Universo).
- The USA improved to 14-0-1 in 2016. The team has scored 52 goals and pitched 13 shutouts while allowing just four goals.
- Now with 10 goals in 2016, Crystal Dunn is the USA’s second leading scorer behind only Alex Morgan (11).
- Meghan Klingenberg’s assist on Dunn’s goal was her fourth in 15 games played this year. Coming into 2016, Klingenberg had only recorded one assist in her 50 caps.
- Becky Sauerbrunn’s assist on Carli Lloyd’s goal was the fourth of her career and second of 2016, which is the most she’s recorded in a calendar year.
- U.S. Women’s National Team Match Report -
Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Costa Rica
Date: July 22, 2016
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Children’s Mercy Park; Kansas City, Kansas
Kickoff: 8 p.m. CT
Weather: 91 degrees; Clear
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 3 1 4
CRC 0 0 0
USA – Crystal Dunn (Meghan Klingenberg) 15th minute
USA – Mallory Pugh 22
USA – Carli Lloyd (Becky Sauerbrunn) 45+6
USA – Christen Press (Allie Long) 79
USA: 1-Hope Solo (18-Alyssa Naeher, 46); 5-Kelley O’Hara, 8-Julie Johnston, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn (6-Whitney Engen, 46), 7-Meghan Klingenberg (11-Ali Krieger, 46); 3-Allie Long, 9-Lindsey Horan (14-Morgan Brian, 78), 10-Carli Lloyd (capt.); 2-Mallory Pugh (17-Tobin Heath, 77), 13-Alex Morgan (12-Christen Press, 63), 16-Crystal Dunn
Subs not used: 20-Samantha Mewis
Head Coach: Jill Ellis
CRC : 1-Dinnia Diaz (13-Noelia Bermudez, 46); 5-Diana Saenz (2-Carolina Angulo, 90+3), 3-Fabiola Villalobos (19-Fabiola Sanchez, 84), 4-Mariana Benavides, 12-Lixy Rodriguez; 15-Cristin Granados, 14-Maria Fernanda Barrantes, 10-Shirley Cruz (capt.) (23-Gloriana Villalobos, 82), 16-Katherine Alvarado, 7-Melissa Herrera (17-Karla Villalobos, 79); 11-Raquel Rodriguez (9-Carolina Venegas, 63)
Subs not used: 6-Maria Paula Elizondo
Head Coach: Amelia Valverde
Stats Summary: USA / CRC
Shots: 19 / 1
Shots on Goal: 7 / 1
Saves: 1 / 3
Corner Kicks: 10 / 0
Fouls: 11 / 8
Offside: 5 / 1
CRC – Katherine Alvarado (caution) 10th minute
USA – Allie Long (caution) 24
CRC – Fabiola Villalobos (caution) 28
Referee: Ekaterina Koroleva (USA)
Assistant Referee 1: Amanda Ross (USA)
Assistant Referee 2: Deleana Quan (USA)
4th Official: Margaret Domka (USA)
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USA vs. Costa Rica
July 22, 2016
Children’s Mercy Park
Kansas City, Kansas
Live Broadcast: ESPN & Univision Deportes
Tonight’s U.S. WNT Starting XI vs. Costa Rica: 1-Hope Solo; 5-Kelley O’Hara, 8-Julie Johnston, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 7-Meghan Klingenberg; 3-Allie Long, 9-Lindsey Horan, 10-Carli Lloyd (capt.); 2-Mallory Pugh, 13-Alex Morgan, 16-Crystal Dunn
Subs: 6-Whitney Engen, 11-Ali Krieger, 12-Christen Press, 14-Morgan Brian, 17-Tobin Heath, 18-Alyssa Naeher, 20-Sam Mewis
- The USA will start in a 4-3-3 formation, featuring Alex Morgan at striker with Crystal Dunn and Mallory Pugh on the wings, Allie Long and Lindsey Horan patrolling center midfield with Carli Lloyd as attacking midfielder. Kelley O’Hara is starting at right back, Meghan Klingenberg at left back with Becky Sauerbrunn and Julie Johnston in the middle.
- Twenty-two players (18 members of the U.S. Olympic Women’s Soccer Team + the four alternates) traveled to Kansas City, but only 18 will suit up tonight. The four players not suiting up today are: Megan Rapinoe, Heather O’Reilly, Emily Sonnett and Ashlyn Harris.
- The backline of Solo, O’Hara, Sauerbrunn, Johnston and Klingenberg will take the field together for the eighth time in 2016.
- Lloyd, who is returning to the starting lineup for the first time since April 10 against Colombia, will captain the USA. She missed the two games against Japan in June due to injury and came off the bench at halftime against South Africa in early July.
- Lloyd earns her 224th cap and has scored 87 goals, including eight in 2016.
- Eight players in tonight’s lineup also started against Costa Rica in the first meeting of the year between the teams on Feb. 10 in the opening game of 2016 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying. These players are: Solo, Johnston, Sauerbrunn, Klingenberg, Horan, Lloyd, Morgan and Dunn.
- Morgan (2), Lloyd and Dunn found the back of the net in that meeting with Las Ticas to help the USA to a 5-0 victory. Press, who is on the bench tonight, also tallied.
- Morgan scored her first of two goals against Costa Rica on Feb. 10 just 12 seconds into the match. It is the fastest goal scored in Olympic Qualifying history and U.S. history.
- Morgan has 67 international goals, scoring a team-leading 11 in 14 games so far this year. She will make her 12th start of 2016 and earn her 112th cap.
- Morgan's two goals on June 2 against Japan marked her 18th career multi-goal game.
- The only other time Morgan has scored double-digit goals for the USA in a calendar year was in 2012, which, coincidently, also happened to be an Olympic year.
- Goalkeeper Hope Solo comes into today’s match with 100 career shutouts. She became the first goalkeeper in soccer history to reach the 100 mark on July 9 against South Africa.
- Solo also comes in with 150 wins and will earn her 198th cap tonight, only two away from reaching 200 caps and becoming the first goalkeeper in history to achieve that mark.
- Solo has 11 wins in 2016, 10 by shutout, and also has a good chance to surpass her high of 13 shutouts in a calendar year achieved in another Olympic year, 2008. Solo has earned shutouts against 29 different countries.
- Dunn and Klingenberg will make their 15th appearance this year. Today marks Dunn’s 11th start and Klingenberg’s 14th.
- Dunn has scored nine goals in 2016, second-best on the team, only behind Morgan.
- Long will make her seventh career start and fifth of the year. She scored her first career goals against Colombia on April 6 in Hartford, Connecticut, tallying twice.
- Johnston scored her first brace for the USA against Colombia on April 10 in Chester, Pennsylvania. She went on to score against Japan on June 5. She has eight international goals and will earn her 39th cap tonight.
- Pugh, who is making her 14th appearance this year and 10th start, has scored two goals in 2016 and has a team-leading seven assists after providing the assist on Dunn’s game-winning goal against South Africa on July 9.
- Horan earns her 11th start of the year and 14th appearance. She has scored two goals in 2016.
- Sauerbrunn will be playing in front of fans very familiar with the U.S. co-captain as she plays professionally for the FC Kansas City in the NWSL.
CHICAGO (July 22, 2016) – The U.S. Women’s National Team has just one final send-off match before departing for the 2016 Olympics in Brazil. The USA will play Costa Rica on July 22 at Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kansas (8 p.m. CT on ESPN and Univision Deportes Network), a team it knows well from CONCACAF competitions. The USA is 13-0-1 in 2016, earning 12 shutouts while allowing just four goals. Fans can follow all the action from #USAvCRC on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt and@ussoccer_esp, and follow the team along its journey on Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat (ussoccer_wnt).
USA vs. Costa Rica: The two sides most recently met on Feb. 10 to kick off the 2016 Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Frisco, Texas. The USA won 5-0 and scored 12 seconds into the match through Alex Morgan, who went on to score one more, Carli Lloyd, Crystal Dunn and Christen Press. Here are Five Things to Know about Costa Rica.
Olympic Team Set: U.S. head coach Jill Ellis named her 18-player Olympic Team on July 12 and will bring that squad, plus the four alternate players, to Kansas City for the match. She will suit up just 18 players for the second meeting with Costa Rica this year.
WNT Animated, Presented by Ritz: U.S. Soccer has released a new video series titled "WNT Animated, Presented by Ritz" that features the players of the U.S. Women's National Team. The videos feature the players and personalities that will be headed to Brazil, highlighting one-of-a-kind stories in animation form. Watch all 18 player videos plus one bonus video featuring head coach Jill Ellis.
At Children’s Mercy Park: This will be the third match for the U.S. Women in Kansas with the team playing at Children's Mercy Park (formerly Sporting Park and home to MLS club Sporting Kansas City) in September of 2011 against Canada (1-1 T) and in October of 2014 against Trinidad & Tobago (1-0 W) in Women's World Cup Qualifying. The USA has played four times on the other side of the Kansas-Missouri border at Arrowhead Stadium, winning twice and tying twice, but has not played there since 2004.
USA Set to Face New Zealand, France and Colombia In Olympic Group Play: The Final Draw for the Olympic Tournament was held on April 14 in Rio de Janeiro and the United States was drawn into Group G with New Zealand, France and Colombia for the tournament taking place from Aug. 3-19 at seven venues throughout Brazil. The U.S. will open Group G play on Aug. 3 - two days before the Olympic Opening Ceremonies - against New Zealand (7 p.m. local / 6 p.m. ET) at Mineirão Stadium in Belo Horizonte. The USA will stay in Belo Horizonte - which is 270 miles north of Rio de Janeiro - to face France at Mineirão Stadium on Aug. 6 (5 p.m. local / 4 p.m. ET) and finish group play against Colombia on Aug. 9 (6 p.m. local / 6 p.m. ET) at the Amazônia Stadium in Manaus, the same arena in which the U.S. MNT tied Portugal 2-2 during the 2014 FIFA World Cup, and the furthest soccer venue from Rio (more than 1,700 miles). Drawn into Group E with Brazil were China PR, Sweden and South Africa. Group F will consist of Germany, Canada, the tournament's only debutante Zimbabwe, and Australia.
U.S. WOMEN'S NATIONAL TEAM ROSTER BY POSITION:
GOALKEEPERS (2): 18-Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars), 1- Hope Solo (Seattle Reign FC)
DEFENDERS (6): 6-Whitney Engen (Boston Breakers), 8-Julie Johnston (Chicago Red Stars), 7-Meghan Klingenberg (Portland Thorns FC), 11-Ali Krieger (Washington Spirit), 5-Kelley O'Hara (Sky Blue FC), 4- Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City)
MIDFIELDERS (6): 14-Morgan Brian (Houston Dash), 17-Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC), 9-Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC), 10-Carli Lloyd (Houston Dash), 3-Allie Long (Portland Thorns FC), Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign)
FORWARDS (4): 16-Crystal Dunn (Washington Spirit), 13-Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride), 12-Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars); 2- Mallory Pugh (Real Colorado)
COSTA RICA WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM ROSTER BY POSITION:
GOALKEEPERS (2): 1-Dinnia Díaz (Moravia), 13- Noelia Bermúdez (Levante, ESP)
DEFENDERS (7): 2-Carolina Angulo (Deportivo Saprissa), 3-Fabiola Villalobos (Deportivo Saprissa), 4-Mariana Benavides (Moravia), 5-Diana Saenz (Madrid FF, ESP), 6-Maria Paula Elizondo (Deportivo Saprissa), 12-Lixy Rodríguez (Santa Teresa, ESP), 19-Fabiola Sánchez (Martin Methodist College, USA)
MIDFIELDERS (6): 7-Melissa Herrera (Moravia), 10-Shirley Cruz (Paris Saint Germain, FRA), 15-Cristin Granados (Deportivo Saprissa), 16-Katherine Alvarado (Deportivo Saprissa), 17-Karla Villalobos (Moravia), 23-Gloriana Villalobos (Deportivo Saprissa)
FORWARDS (3): 9-Carolina Venegas (Madrid FF, ESP), 11-Raquel Rodríguez (Sky Blue FC, USA), 14-Maria Fernanda Barrantes (Moravia)
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The U.S. Women’s National Team trained in Kansas City on Thursday evening in preparation for its final send-off match against Costa Rica before the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil. The USA vs. CRC game will kick off on Friday, July 22 at 8 p.m. CT (ESPN, UDN) at Children’s Mercy Park.
The WNT were joined by Kodi, a 12-year-old girl battling neuroblastoma, and her family during the training session on Thursday.Read more