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WNT vs. Brazil: Highlights - December 21, 2014

The U.S. WNT wrapped up 2014 with a 0-0 draw against Brazil in the International Tournament of Brasilia.

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La Selección Femenina de EE. UU. Termina en Segundo Lugar del Torneo Internacional de Brasilia

BRASILIA, Brasil (21 de diciembre, 2014) - Jugando en condiciones de lluvia y sobre un césped saturado, la Selección Femenina de Estados Unidos empató contra Brasil, 0-0, en la final del Torneo Internacional de Brasilia en el Estadio Mané Garrincha. Debido a que Brasil había acumulado más puntos que EE.UU. durante la fase de grupos (nueve puntos a comparación con cuatro de EE.UU.), la selección de Brasil fue coronada campeona. 

EE.UU. termina en segundo lugar después de registrar 1-1-1 en la fase de grupos y avanzar a la final por tener mayor diferencia de goles que RP China. 

Fue solamente la segunda vez que EE.UU. y Brasil han empatado sin goles en su colorida historia.  Estados Unidos y Brasil empataron 0-0 el 27 de junio, 2000, en Foxborough, Massachusetts. 

Las dos mejores oportunidades de gol de EE.UU. ocurrieron en el segundo tiempo. La primera fue en el minuto 59 cuando Tobin Heath cruzó el balón del lado izquierdo para Abby Wambach, quien se había puesto en el poste derecho. El intento de cabeza de Wambach pasó por arriba de la esquina derecha de la portería. 

En el partido por tercer lugar, RP China y Argentina también empataron 0-0. Con más puntos después de la fase de grupo, China (1-1-1, 4 puntos en el grupo) fue otorgado el tercer lugar sobre Argentina (0-3-0, 0 puntos en el grupo). 

Resumen de Goles:
Ninguno 

Atajadas Claves y Paradas Defensivas:
USA - Hope Solo, minuto 30: Poco después de que Morgan Brian fuera amonestada por una falta contra Andressa Alves, Marta mandó un tiro libre peligroso hacia la marca penal. Solo leyó bien el disparo y desvió el balón con los puños hacia el borde del área y la defensa estadounidense lo despejó fuera de peligro. 

BRA - Luciana, minuto 60: Estados Unidos jugó el balón desde el medio campo hacia Tobin Heath, quien se deslizaba sola hacia la portería contra la portera de Brasil, Luciana. Luciana ganó la carrera y despejó con el pie derecho justo afuera del área.

USA - Hope Solo, minuto 83: El tiro de esquina de Brasil fue enviado hacia el área y Solo despejo con los puños. Aunque Brasil remató desde el borde del área, el disparo se fue por muy arriba de la portería.

BRA - Luciana, minuto 86: En un tiro de esquina de Megan Rapinoe, la defensa central Becky Sauerbrunn se elevó para el cabezazo en el segundo poste y dirigió el balón hacia el centro. Sin embargo, Luciana se elevó para despejar con la palma de la mano.

En la Mira:

  • La capitana de EE.UU. Christie Rampone jugó en su 304o partido. Está en el segundo lugar de la lista después de los 352 partidos de Kristine Lilly.
  • La portera Hope Solo, la líder de EE.UU. en partido sin conceder gol, alcanzó 78 partidos con cero goles. Fue so 11o partido sin conceder gol en el 2014.

Próximamente:
La Selección Femenina de EE.UU. empieza el 2015 con una concentración en el Centro Nacional de Entrenamiento de U.S. Soccer en Carson, California, seguido por dos partidos en Europa en febrero. EE.UU. se enfrenta a Francia el 8 de febrero en Lorient, seguido por Inglaterra el 13 de febrero en una sede aún por determinarse.
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- Resumen de Juego de la Selección Femenina de Estados Unidos -

Encuentro: Selección Femenina de Estados Unidos vs. Brasil
Fecha: 21 de diciembre, 2014
Torneo: Torneo Internacional de Brasilia 2014; Final
Sede: Estadio Mané Garrincha; Brasilia, Brasil
Inicio: 7 p.m. local / 4 p.m. ET
Asistencia: 11,000
Clima: 72 grados, lluvia consistente 

Resumen de anotaciones:   1          2          F
USA                                        0          0          0
BRA                                        0          0          0 

Alineaciones:
USA:  1-Hope Solo; 25-Meghan Klingenberg, 3-Christie Rampone (capt.), 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 16-Lori Chalupny (11-Ali Krieger, 56); 7-Morgan Brian, 10-Carli Lloyd, 12-Lauren Holiday; 17-Tobin Heath (9-Heather O’Reilly, 81), 20-Abby Wambach (8-Amy Rodríguez, 74), 5-Kelley O’Hara (15-Megan Rapinoe, 73)
Suplentes No Utilizadas: 6-Whitney Engen, 13-Alex Morgan, 14-Julie Johnston, 18-Alyssa Naeher, 19-Crystal Dunn, 22-Samantha Mewis
Suspendida: 2-Sydney Leroux
Directora Técnica: Jill Ellis 

BRA: 12-Luciana; 2-Poliana, 3-Bruna (capt.), 14-Monica, 11- Andressa Alves (17-Andressinha, 89), 7-Maurine (6-Tamires, 57), 5-Thaisa, 20-Formiga, 8-Rosana (21-Beatriz, 57), 10-Marta, 9-Debinha
Suplentes No Utilizadas: 1-Andreia Suntaque, 4-Tayla, 13-Camila, 15-Erika, 16-Rafaelle, 18-Fernandes, 19-Darlene, 22-Gabi, 23-Barbara
Director Técnico: Oswaldo Álvarez 

Resumen estadístico: USA / BRA
Tiros: 4 / 4
Tiros al arco: 1 / 1
Atajadas: 1 / 1
Tiros de esquina: 2 / 6
Faltas: 18 / 9
Fueras de lugar: 3 / 2 

Resumen de penalidades:
USA - Morgan Brian (amonestación)             minuto 30
USA - Tobin Heath (amonestación)               51
USA - Abby Wambach (amonestación)         72 

Jugadora del Partido Budweiser: Morgan Brian

WNT Ties Brazil 0-0 in Title Game at International Tournament of Brasilia

BRASILIA, Brazil (Dec. 21, 2014) – Playing in steady rain on a saturated pitch, the U.S. Women’s National Team tied Brazil 0-0 in the championship match of the 2014 International Tournament of Brasilia. As Brazil accumulated more points than the USA during the group stage (nine points to the U.S. WNT’s four), Brazil was awarded to the tournament title. 

The U.S. finishes runner-up after posting a 1-1-1 record in group play. 

The match marked just the second time the USA and Brazil have played to a scoreless draw in their storied history. The previous occasion was on June 27, 2000, in Foxborough, Massachusetts. 

In the USA’s final match of 2014, its two best scoring chances came in the second half. The first came off a 59th-minute cross from Tobin Heath on the left wing. She picked out Abby Wambach, who was making a run to the far post, but the pass was just a bit too high and the 5-11 striker sent her header just outside the upper right corner of the goal. 

In the 86th minute, a Becky Sauerbrunn header off of a Megan Rapinoe corner kick was saved by Brazil goalkeeper Luciana and Brazil fended off the USA’s late attack to secure the draw. 

The USA did put the ball in the net in extra time as Carli Lloyd finished into the lower left corner from close range, but the goal was waved away for offside. After Heather O’Reilly played a cross in from the left side, the ball was headed up in the air by Morgan Brian. Amy Rodriguez was in an offside position on the header, but did not touch the ball, which bounced off a Brazilian defender straight to Lloyd, who slotted home. 

Brazil had the better overall possession in the match, but its scoring chances were few. Brazil’s best chance came in the 38th minute off of a Marta corner kick from the right side. Monica, who did not play against the USA in the teams’ previous tournament matchup, rose from eight yards out and headed the ball just wide left of the frame. 

U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo was forced to make just one save on a shot from distance, but she was tremendous controlling her penalty area and had several excellent punches during the match. 

In the third-place game, China PR and Argentina played to a scoreless draw. With more points in group play, China (1-1-1, 4 points in the group stage) was awarded third place over Argentina (0-3-0, 0 points in group). 

Goal Scoring Rundown:
(None) 

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
USA – Hope Solo, 30th minute: Just after Morgan Brian was issued a yellow card for a foul against Andressa Alves, Brazil’s Marta delivered a dangerous free kick toward the penalty spot. Solo confidently read the ball and punched it toward the edge of the box for the USA defense to clear it out of harm’s way. 

BRA – Luciana, 60th minute: The USA played the ball from the midfield behind Brazil’s defense in the direction of Tobin Heath, who was in a one-on-one against Brazil goalkeeper Luciana but the net-minder won the foot race, beating Heath by one step to prevent a potential U.S. goal.

USA – Hope Solo, 83rd minute: Brazil’s corner kick was whipped in and Solo punched the ball away. Though Brazil did follow with a volley from the top of the box, it sailed over the goal as the USA continued to maintain its clean sheet.

BRA – Luciana, 86th minute: Off of a Megan Rapinoe corner kick, U.S. center back Becky Sauerbrunn rose for the header at the back host and directed back across toward the center bar. However, Luciana rose up to palm the shot away.

Milestone Watch:

  • U.S. WNT captain Christie Rampone earned her 304th-career cap. She is second on the USA’s all-time list behind only Kristine Lilly’s 352 appearances.
  • Goalkeeper Hope Solo, the USA’s all-time leader in career shutouts, earned her 78th clean sheet. It was her 11th shutout in 2014.

Next on the Schedule:
The U.S. WNT begins 2015 with a January camp at U.S. Soccer’s National Training Center in Carson, California, followed by two matches in in Europe in early February. The USA faces France on Feb. 8 in Lorient, followed by England on Feb. 13 at a venue to be determined.
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Additional Notes:

  • The USA wraps up its 2014 schedule with a 16-3-5 record.
  • The U.S. is 16-1-5 under head coach Jill Ellis.
  • After Alyssa Naeher played in the last match against Argentina, earning her first cap, Hope Solo returned to the goal, anchoring a defense featuring right back Meghan Klingenberg, left back Lori Chalupny and the center back duo of Becky Sauerbrunn and team captain Christie Rampone.
  • The starting midfield of the USA’s 4-3-3 included Lauren Holiday, Carli Lloyd and Morgan Brian.
  • The front line included Tobin Heath, Abby Wambach and Kelley O’Hara from left to right. O’Hara has played as an outside back for the WNT since 2012, but she returned to forward, a position at which she won the MAC Hermann Trophy at Stanford.
  • Three U.S. forwards were unavailable for Sunday’s final. Sydney Leroux served her suspension after receiving a red card late in the second half against Argentina on Thursday. Christen Press returned to the United States because of a death in her family. Alex Morgan is still not cleared to play as she completes her recovery from an ankle injury.
  • Outside back Ali Krieger replaced Chalupny in the 55th minute. Chalupny started in three of the tournament’s four games.
  • In the 74th minute, Megan Rapinoe entered for O’Hara and Amy Rodriguez replaced Wambach. Rodriguez made her first appearance of the tournament.
  • Heather O’Reilly was the USA’s fourth and final sub in the 80th minute as she took over from Heath.
  • Lloyd caps off the year as the U.S. WNT’s leader with 15 goals and eight assists. Wambach was second on the team with 14 goals and Rapinoe was second in assists with seven.
  • Lloyd and Press tied for the team lead with 23 appearances in the USA’s 24 matches. 

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

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Brazil
Date: Dec. 21, 2014
Competition: 2014 International Tournament of Brasilia; Final
Venue: Mané Garrincha Stadium; Brasilia, Brazil
Kickoff: 7 p.m. local / 4 p.m. ET
Attendance: 11,000
Weather: 72 degrees; Steady rain 

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

Lineups:
USA: 1-Hope Solo; 25-Meghan Klingenberg, 3-Christie Rampone (capt.), 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 16-Lori Chalupny (11-Ali Krieger, 56); 7-Morgan Brian, 10-Carli Lloyd, 12-Lauren Holiday; 17-Tobin Heath (9-Heather O’Reilly, 81), 20-Abby Wambach (8-Amy Rodriguez, 74), 5-Kelley O’Hara (15-Megan Rapinoe, 73)
Subs Not Used: 6-Whitney Engen, 13-Alex Morgan, 14-Julie Johnston, 18-Alyssa Naeher, 19-Crystal Dunn, 22-Samantha Mewis
Suspended: 2-Sydney Leroux
Head Coach: Jill Ellis 

BRA: 12-Luciana; 2-Poliana, 3-Bruna (capt.), 14-Monica, 11- Andressa Alves (17-Andressinha, 89), 7-Maurine (6-Tamires, 57), 5-Thaisa, 20-Formiga, 8-Rosana (21-Beatriz, 57), 10-Marta, 9-Debinha
Subs Not Used: 1-Andreia Suntaque, 4-Tayla, 13-Camila, 15-Erika, 16-Rafaelle, 18-Fernandes, 19-Darlene, 22-Gabi, 23-Barbara
Head Coach: Oswaldo Alvarez 

Stats Summary: USA / BRA
Shots: 4 / 4
Shots on Goal: 1 / 1
Saves: 1 / 1
Corner Kicks: 2 / 6
Fouls: 18 / 9
Offside: 3 / 2 

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Morgan Brian (caution)                       30th minute
USA – Tobin Heath (caution)                         51
USA – Abby Wambach (caution)                   72 

Officials:
Referee: n/a
Assistant Referee 1: n/a
Assistant Referee 2: n/a
Fourth Official: n/a 

Budweiser Woman of the Match: Morgan Brian 

U.S. U-20 MNT Sweeps Honduras in San Pedro Sula

SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras (Dec. 21, 2014) – The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team repeated its performance against Honduras, earning another 2-1 victory against the host country at Estadio Morazan. The USA defeated Honduras by the same score line just three days earlier in the final international match preparation for the 2015 CONCACAF U-20 Championship in early January.

Romain Gall scored a first-half goal and Lynden Gooch supplied the game-winner in the second half for the U-20 MNT, which is 6-1-2 in international competition and 12-2-2 overall this year.

Gall gave the USA a 1-0 lead in the 26th minute after receiving the ball above the box. He side-stepped a defender to his right and fired a hard shot to the upper right corner. Devron Garcia answered with a 36th-minute equalizer, but the USA would respond in the second half.

In the 71st minute, Kellyn Acosta played a free kick into the corner of the box where Matt Miazga headed the ball in a scramble among several players. Ultimately, the ball popped out to Gooch, who back-heeled the ball into the net for the 2-1 lead.

Gall leads the U-20s with four goals in 2014. Gooch tallied his first-career goal with this age group.

-U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team Match Report-

Match: U.S. U-20 MNT vs. Honduras U-20 MNT
Date: Dec. 21, 2014
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Estadio Morazán; San Pedro Sula, Honduras
Kickoff: 4 p.m. ET
Attendance: 400
Weather: Cloudy, 82 degrees

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

USA – Romain Gall           26th minute
HON – Devron Garcia       36
USA – Lynden Gooch       71

Lineups:
USA: Zack Steffen; Shaquell Moore (John Requejo, 52), Conor Donovan, Matt Miazga, Tyler Turner (Luis Martir, 71); Kellyn Acosta (capt.), Lynden Gooch (Amando Moreno, 71), Tommy Thompson (Chase Gasper, 88); Paul Arriola, Bradford Jamieson IV (Russell Canouse, 46), Romain Gall (Fernando Arce, 76)
Subs Not Used: Jeff Caldwell, Joel Sonora
Head Coach: Tab Ramos

HON: 1-Cristian Hernandez; 2-Kevin Alvarez (15-Orental Dilbert, 64), 5-Dabirson Sanchez, 4-Luis Alvarado, 6-Carlos Arias; 16-Devron Garcia, 13-Jhow Banegas, 17-Elder Torres (20-Christopher Alegria, 82); 19-Junior Lacayo, 10-Jose Alberto Escalante (11-Jorge Calix, 59), 9-Alberth Elis (14-Jhom Caballero, 68)
Subs Not Used: 3-Bayron Garcia, 7-Michael Cortez, 8-Rolin Fernandez, 12-Roberto Diaz, 21-Rodimiro Tejada
Head Coach: Jorge Jimenez

Stats Summary: USA / HON
Shots: 10 / 11
Shots on Goal: 4 / 4
Saves: 3 / 2
Corner Kicks: 5 / 6
Fouls: 16 / 22
Offside: 1 / 1

Misconduct Summary:
HON – Carlos Arias (caution)        61st minute
USA – Conor Donovan (caution)   63
HON – Orental Dilbert (caution)    81

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