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WNT vs. Mexico: Highlights - Oct. 24, 2014

The U.S. WNT booked a ticket to the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup with 3-0 Victory against Mexico at PPL Park in Chester, Pa.

WNT Books Ticket to 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup with 3-0 Victory against Mexico

CHESTER, Pennsylvania (Oct. 24, 2014) – A focused and aggressive U.S. Women’s National Team booked its seventh consecutive trip to the FIFA Women’s World Cup with a 3-0 victory against Mexico in the semifinals of the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship at PPL Park. 

Carli Lloyd scored two first-half goals and Christen Press tallied in the second half as the USA became the 19th team this year to earn a spot in the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada. 

The USA will next face Costa Rica in the title match of the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship on Sunday at PPL Park. The game kicks off at 6 p.m. ET (FOX Sports 1). Costa Rica defeated Trinidad & Tobago 3-0 in penalty kicks earlier Friday to advance to the final and qualify for its first FIFA Women’s World Cup. 

The USA will be in search of its third World Cup crown in Canada next year, having previously won the title at the 1991 and 1999 events. 

Just before kickoff of the USA’s semifinal game, defender and team captain Christie Rampone was honored for making her 300th appearance over her 16-year international career. U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati and CONCACAF President Jeffrey Webb presented Rampone with commemorative gifts in recognition of this achievement. (Christie Rampone Tribute | In Her Own Words

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Carli Lloyd (Tobin Heath), 6th minute: Despite facing a packed-in defense in the opening minutes, the USA’s decisive ball movement was too much for Mexico. Lauren Holiday switched the point of attack from the right to left side where Heath controlled. Heath brought the ball to her right foot and crossed back in to the top of the six-yard box, where Lloyd was perched. Without needing to leave her feet, Lloyd headed the ball into the right side of the frame past Mexico goalkeeper Pamela Tajonar to tally her third goal of the tournament. USA 1, MEX 0 (SEE GOAL)

USA – Carli Lloyd (penalty), 30th minute: Tobin Heath drew a foul in the left side of the box against Mexico’s Christina Murillo to earn a penalty kick. Lloyd stepped up and fired to the left side of the net as Pamela Tajonar guessed the opposite way. It was Lloyd’s fourth goal of the tournament. Additionally, Lloyd now has three multi-goal games this year. USA 2, MEX 0 (SEE GOAL) 

USA – Christen Press (Sydney Leroux), 56th minute: The U.S. worked the ball up centrally with Christie Rampone passing to Leroux in the midfield. Leroux’s through ball split a pair of Mexico defenders and forced Mexico’s Pamela Tajonar to rush off her line. Press got to the ball first, took a right-footed touch to elude Tajonar and then tapped in with her left foot for her second goal of the tournament. USA 3, MEX 0 (SEE GOAL) (FINAL) 

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
MEX – Pamela Tajonar and Christina Murillo, 19th minute: The USA created several chances during this sequence, starting with a Christen Press shot from the right side of the box that Tajonar parried away. Sydney Leroux was positioned in the right place for the rebound toward the top of the box, but her shot was blocked by Murillo. The U.S. lingered for several more seconds around the box and Mexico eventually cleared. 

MEX – Kenti Robles, 74th minute: Christen Press crossed the ball in from the right side of the box to Tobin Heath who had an opportunity from about eight yards out, but a sliding Robles was able to block the attempt. 

Milestone Watch:

  • Christie Rampone, earning her 300th cap, becomes the second U.S. WNT player to accomplish this feat, joining Kristine Lilly (352 games from 1987-2010).
  • With her 54th and 55th goals, Carli Lloyd passes Carin Gabarra (53 goals from 1987-96) for sole possession of eighth place on the U.S. WNT all-time goal scoring list. Next up on the list is seventh-place Shannon MacMillan (60 goals from 1993-2005).
  • Abby Wambach and Lloyd made their 13th appearances in a World Cup qualifying match. They are tied for second place on the USA’s all-time list behind only Lilly (17 games).
  • Goalkeeper Hope Solo, the U.S. WNT’s all-time shutouts leader, upped her record to 76 clean sheets in 158 games. 

Next on the Schedule:
The U.S. WNT advances to the title match of the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship on Sunday, Oct. 25, against Costa Rica at PPL Park in Chester, Pennsylvania. The game kicks off at 6 p.m. ET.

Broadcast information: FOX Sports 1 and multi-platform devices via FOX Sports GO, FOX Soccer 2GO and FOXSportsGo.com.
Social: Twitter (@ussoccer_wnt; @ussoccer_esp); Facebook; Instagram 

Additional Notes:

  • The USA is now 14-2-3 in 2014.
  • The U.S. WNT is now 26-1-0 all-time in CONCACAF Women’s World Cup qualifying.
  • The USA moves to 30-1-1 all-time against Mexico. The WNT’s only loss was a 2-1 defeat on Nov. 5, 2010, during 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup Qualifying in Cancun, Mexico. The USA is 5-1-0 against Mexico in qualifying matches.
  • U.S. head coach Jill Ellis made three starting lineup changes following the team’s 6-0 win against Haiti on Monday.
  • Hope Solo returned in goal for Ashlyn Harris.
  • The back line included three returning starters in left back Meghan Klingenberg and center back duo Whitney Engen and team captain Christie Rampone. Ali Krieger returned to the starting lineup at right back after Kelley O’Hara had played in that spot against Haiti.
  • The U.S. midfield remained unchanged from the group stage with the starting trio of Lauren Holiday, Carli Lloyd and Megan Rapinoe.
  • The front three of the USA’s 4-3-3 formation included returning starters Christen Press and Tobin Heath, as well as Sydney Leroux who had started in Oct. 17 match against Guatemala.
  • Press is the only USA player to have made an appearance in all 19 games this year.
  • In the 62nd minute, USA all-time goal scoring leader Abby Wambach entered the match for Leroux.
  • In the 67th minute, Morgan Brian entered for Rapinoe, and with the substitution, Holiday was pushed up into an attacking role in the midfield.
  • The USA’s final substitution was Heather O’Reilly replacing Holiday in the 75th minute.
  • For the second consecutive game in the tournament, Leroux was unfortunate to hit the woodwork. In the 49th minute, Rapinoe’s searching cross from the right side skipped past Heath to a wide-open Leroux, who put some power behind her close-range shot but hit the crossbar. Then in the 61st minute, Leroux’s shot ricocheted off of the right post.
  • Press hit the left post in the 84th minute that would have pushed the USA lead to four goals.
  • Lloyd has scored four goals in four games in the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship. Prior to this year’s tournament, she had scored two goals in nine qualifying games.
  • Lloyd is the only USA player to have logged the full 360 minutes during this year’s CONCACAF Women’s Championship.
  • The U.S. WNT is now 89-8-13 in the 110 games that Rampone has been the team captain.
  • The U.S. is 14-0-3 under head coach Jill Ellis.

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

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Mexico
Date: Oct. 24, 2014
Competition: 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship; Semifinals
Venue: PPL Park; Chester, Pennsylvania
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. ET
Attendance: 8,773
Weather: 68 degrees, cool 

Scoring Summary:   1          2          F
USA                            2          1          3
MEX                            0          0          0 

USA – Carli Lloyd (Tobin Heath)        6th minute
USA – Carli Lloyd (penalty kick)        30
USA – Christen Press (Sydney Leroux)        56 

Lineups:
USA: 1-Hope Solo; 11-Ali Krieger, 3-Christie Rampone (capt.), 6-Whitney Engen, 16-Meghan Klingenberg; 12-Lauren Holiday (9-Heather O’Reilly, 75), 10-Carli Lloyd, 15-Megan Rapinoe (7-Morgan Brian, 67); 14-Christen Press, 2-Sydney Leroux (20-Abby Wambach, 62), 17-Tobin Heath
Subs Not Used: 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 5-Kelley O’Hara, 8-Amy Rodriguez, 18-Ashlyn Harris, 19-Julie Johnston
Head Coach: Jill Ellis 

MEX: 12-Pamela Tajonar (capt.); 2-Arianna Romero, 3-Bianca Sierra, 4-Alina Garcíamendez, 15-Christina Murillo (14-Monica Alvarado, 72); 6-Liliana Mercado, 7-Lydia Nayeli Rangel, 13-Kenti Robles (8-Teresa Noyola, 76); 18-Dinora Garza, 19-Tanya Samarzich, 20-Luz Duarte (10-Sandra Stephany Mayor, 55)
Subs Not Used: 1-Cecilia Santiago, 5-Paulina Solís, 11-Monica Ocampo, 9-Veronica Charlyn Corral, 16-Karla Nieto, 17-Veronica Perez
Head Coach: Leonardo Cuellar 

Stats Summary: USA / MEX
Shots: 21 / 1
Shots on Goal: 7 / 0
Saves: 0 / 4
Corner Kicks: 4 / 0
Fouls: 4 / 12
Offside: 9 / 1 

Misconduct Summary:
None 

Officials:
Referee: Sheena Dickson (CAN)
Assistant Referee 1: Marie-Josee Charbonneau (CAN)
Assistant Referee 2: Kimberly Moreira (CRC)
Fourth Official: Maurees Skeete (GUY) 

Budweiser Woman of the Match: Carli Lloyd

WNT vs. Mexico: Carli Lloyd Goal - Oct. 24, 2014

Carli Lloyd's header gave the U.S. an early 1-0 lead over Mexico in the semifinals of the 2014 CONCACAF Women's Championship.

MRS. 300

I am proud to have been able to play so many games for my country but, I've never been one who likes attention. More than any number of caps, I’m proud to have been able to play so long because of the experiences I've had in the game and the fact that I've been able to keep learning along the way on this amazing journey. Since I played my first game for the National Team in 1997, I've grown tremendously as a person, as a mom, and as a player. Even approaching 300 caps, I’m still learning about the game. I’m playing for my fifth head coach and I’m glad to be able to embrace change.

People often ask me to look back over all these caps, but I’m a person who likes to look forward. You can always think back and say ‘I wish I was this fit or this confident 10 years ago,’ but you learn from those experiences and move forward; that’s part of being successful. I will say, sometimes when I have a bad game, I stop and think, ‘I have almost 300 caps, how could I have a bad game!’ That’s soccer – nothing is given, everything is earned.

My family will likely be at my 300th cap, and my oldest daughter Rylie is starting to understand what I've done in my career, although she probably has no idea what a cap is. She knows about the big events, the World Cups and the Olympics, and all the players she’s been able to hang out with and places she’s gone. Someday, I’ll try to explain to her how I've gotten to this point in my career.

Christie Rampone - 300 Caps

With her start against Mexico in the semifinals of the 2014 CONCACAF Women's Championship, Christie Rampone became just the second player ever (man or woman) to reach the milestone of 300 appearances for the national team.

Difficult Road Tests on Horizon for Week 8 of Academy Season

While the U-13/14 age division focuses on its Central regional event this weekend in Westfield, Indiana, the older age groups continue to forge ahead through the 2014-15 regular season.

Several teams will face some difficult road challenges over the Oct. 25-26 weekend, which could potentially set the tone within their respective divisions.

Out West, De Anza Force heads north for two tough road tests in Northwest Division play. On Saturday, De Anza Force takes on Vancouver Whitecaps FC, followed by Crossfire Premier on Sunday. The Whitecaps U-17/18s are 7-0-0 (3.00 points per game) and their U-15/16 team is 5-1-1 (2.29 points per game), good for second place behind the San Jose Earthquakes. Both De Anza Force teams are in third place in the division, with the U-17/18s at 4-1-0 (2.40 points per game) and the U-15/16s as 2-1-2 (1.60 points per game). Crossfire Premier’s U-17/18 team is off to a good start this season with a 4-2-2 record and 1.75 points per game, in fifth place.

In the East, a highly anticipated matchup at the U-17/18 age group features Weston FC traveling to face Kendall SC. Kendall leads the Southeast Division with a 6-1-1 record and 2.38 points per game, and Weston is in fifth place at 4-2-2 (1.75 points per game).

One of the toughest road trips among the Central teams is in the Frontier Division. Sporting Kansas City heads to Texas to face FC Dallas, which is in first place at the U-15/16 level at 4-0-0 and 3.00 points per game and third at the U-17/18s at 3-1-0 (2.25 points per game). Sporting’s U-17/18s are right on FC Dallas’ heels in fourth place (3-1-1, 2.00 points per game).

2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup Ticket Information

With the U.S. Women’s National Team advancing to the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup, it’s time for fans to begin locking in plans and purchasing their tickets to support the team during its quest for a third World Cup title in Canada next summer. 

For fans who can’t wait until the Women’s World Cup Draw on Dec. 6 when the U.S. Women’s National Team finds out their opponents, venues and match dates, or are looking to purchase tickets at a specific venue, package tickets by stadium are now available for purchase during the first of four sale phases. The first phase runs until Dec. 5.  

The second ticketing phase (Dec. 6-Early 2015) will allow fans to purchase tickets to specific U.S. WNT matches.  

Below is information on the stadiums, the ticket phases, the types of ticket packages and frequently asked questions. For more detailed information, fans can check out FIFA’s Ticketing Guide

STADIUMS
There will be six stadiums in six different cities hosting games at next year’s World Cup: BC Place in Vancouver, British Columbia; Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton, Alberta; Winnipeg Stadium in Winnipeg, Manitoba; Lansdowne Stadium in Ottawa, Ontario; Olympic Stadium in Montreal, Quebec; and Moncton Stadium in Moncton, New Brunswick. 

TICKET PACKAGES
A Stadium Passport includes tickets for every match day at a single stadium (with exception of the Final match ticket at BC Place). Each of the six stadiums has an individual package with prices ranging from $90 to $495* depending on the number of matches set to be held in each venue, and whether it is hosting a Group Stage, Round of 16, Quarterfinal or Semifinal match. 

A Stadium Half Pass includes a fixed set of tickets for half of the matches at the selected stadium (with exception of the Final match ticket at BC Place). The Stadium Half Pass will only be offered for three venues: BC Place, Commonwealth Stadium and Olympic Stadium. Prices range from $80 to $315* depending on the number of matches set to be held in each venue, and whether it is hosting a Group Stage, Round of 16, Quarterfinal or Semifinal match. 

*Ticket prices do not include all fees and are in Canadian dollars. 

TICKET PHASES
Phase 1 (Oct. 24-Dec. 5, 2014): During this phase, fans have the ability to purchase a Stadium Passport and/or a Stadium Half Pass. At this time, fans will NOT know which teams will be playing in each stadium as the Women’s World Cup Draw is not until Dec. 6. These tickets are available on a first-come, first-serve basis through a price category reservation system at FIFA.com/Canada2015. Seat assignments will be completed by the end of November 2014, and fans wishing to sit together should purchase on one account. 

Phase 2 (Dec. 6, 2014-Early 2015): Starting after the Women’s World Cup Draw on Dec. 6, fans also have the ability to purchase a Stadium Passport and/or a Stadium Half Pass during this stage. Fans will be able to purchase tickets for specific matches as the entire schedule will be known. Also, individuals will be able to select their own seat when purchasing a Passport and/or Half Pass by using either the interactive map seat or ‘best available option’ through FIFA.com/Canada2015.

Phase 3 (Early 2015-Late Spring 2015): During this stage, all remaining tickets in the stadiums will be made available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Phase 4 (Late Spring 2015-July 5): During this stage, all remaining tickets in the stadiums which will be made available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Tickets will also become available at official ticket offices during this stage (the ticket office locations will be confirmed at a later date).

Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How and when will I get my tickets?
Individuals who have purchased Stadium Passports and/or Half Passes during Phases 1 and 2 will receive unique tickets that will be delivered beginning in late March 2015. Purchasers who select the ‘print at home’ option must check the email address associated with their ticketing account for the notice and link to print tickets. 

Q: Do I need to buy two tickets for a doubleheader?
No. One ticket gives you access to both matches on a doubleheader match day. 

Q: What about purchasing tickets for the Final match?
All Stadium Passport or Half Pass purchasers during Phase 1 in any official host city will have the first opportunity to purchase tickets to the Final match. The Final match will be available as a purchasable add-on while completing your ticket order. Final match ticket must be purchased at this time and cannot be purchased after completing your Stadium Passport or Half Pass purchase. Single ticket purchase opportunity will be available in 2015. A limit of six tickets will apply to the Final match and prices range from $50 to $165.

Q: Can I leave and re-enter the stadium with my ticket?  
No. There is no re-entry into a stadium. Once a ticket has been used to enter the stadium, it cannot be used to enter again, including between matches of a doubleheader. If you leave the stadium after the first match, you will require another ticket to re-enter for the second match. 

Q: Do children have to purchase tickets as well?
Children two years and under at competition time (June/July 2015) do not require their own ticket for entry but must sit in a guardian’s lap and not take up an additional seat of their own. Children older than two years must have a ticket to entry. 

Q: What if a match is delayed/postponed or cancelled?
Tickets to delayed or postponed matches are valid and are not exchangeable or refundable. The tickets should be used at the reschedule date and time. If a match is cancelled, the ticket purchaser will be eligible for a refund. 

For further ticketing information including more FAQs, group tickets options, accessibility concerns, and list of prohibited items and code of conduct, click on the official FIFA ticket purchasing guide.

WNT Set for Semifinal with Women’s World Cup Berth on the Line

The U.S. WNT is focused and ready for its semifinal clash with Mexico in the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship. After handily winning Group A, the U.S. team is taking nothing for granted as a victory will earn a berth to the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

Women’s National Team Captain Christie Rampone Set to Earn Historic 300th Cap

CHICAGO (Oct. 24, 2014) – U.S. Women’s National Team captain Christie Rampone is set to earn her historic 300th cap should she play tonight against Mexico in the semifinal of the CONCACAF Women’s Championship at PPL Park in Chester, Pennsylvania.

Rampone, who debuted for the USA in 1997, would become just the second player in soccer history to play 300 times for their country, following former teammate Kristine Lilly who finished her illustrious career with a world record 352 games from 1987-2010.

Rampone, 39, is currently the most capped active player in the world. Even more remarkable, she is a rare player who has achieved international success with the USA after playing at a small soccer school. She was a two-sport star at Monmouth University in West Long Branch, N.J. where she was also the starting point guard on the basketball team. As a college striker, she scored 79 career goals.

She switched to defense for the U.S. WNT under then head coach Tony DiCicco, and aside from a brief stint at flank midfielder, has played on the back line since.

Rampone was named captain by former head coach Pia Sundhage in 2008, and since then, the USA has compiled an 88-8-13 record with the New Jersey native wearing the armband.

Additional Notes:

  • Rampone has played in four Women’s World Cups (1999, 2003, 2007, 2011) and four Olympic Games (2000, 2004, 2008, 2012) with the USA.
  • She has played the most games in her career against Canada (29), followed by China (27), Brazil (22) and Mexico (22).
  • Rampone has played for the USA in 134 cities in the USA and around the world.
  • She has earned caps in 17 different countries and 32 different U.S. states plus the District of Columbia.
  • Rampone has four career goals, two of them coming against Iceland on April 5, 2000.
  • Rampone has played for six U.S. WNT coaches, with the most games coming under Pia Sundhage (93).
  • She has played 157 friendly matches and 142 matches in various tournaments, including 22 Olympic matches and 17 Women’s World Cup matches.

U-17 WNT to Hold November Camp at NTC in Los Angeles

CHICAGO (Oct. 23, 2014) – U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team head coach B.J. Snow has named 25 players for a training camp running from Nov. 1-8 at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center in Carson, Calif. in the second domestic event of this cycle.

The U-17s are coming off a highly successful trip to the Korea Republic at the end of August/beginning of September in which they earned two convincing victories against the hosts.

This U-17 camp, which features mostly players born 1999 and a few in 2000, will run concurrently with the U.S. Under-15 Girls’ National Team camp, which features players mostly born 2000 and a few in 2001.

The age cut-off for the next U-17 Women’s World Cup in 2016, which is currently scheduled to be played in Jordan, is for players born on or after Jan. 1, 1999.

U.S. U-17 WNT Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Kat Asman (Concorde Fire SC; Roswell, Ga.), Hilary Beall (San Diego Surf; Laguna Beach, Calif.), Brooke Bollinger (Orlando City; Orlando, Fla.)
DEFENDERS (7): Kerry Abello (Team Chicago; Aurora, Ill.), Karlie Paschall (Tennessee SC; Brentwood, Tenn.), Kiara Pickett (Eagles; Santa Barbara, Calif.), Karina Rodriguez (So Cal Blues; Torrance, Calif.), Izzy Rodriguez (Michigan Hawks; Canton, Mich.), Jackie Schaefer (JFC; Atlantic Beach, Fla.), Sydney Zandi (Penn Fusion; West Chester, Pa.)
MIDFIELDERS (9): Rachael Dorwart (Penn Fusion; Mechanicsburg, Pa.), Chloe Frisch (San Diego Surf; Carlsbad, Calif.), Bri Halverson (Futura Futbol Club; Bolivar, Mo.), Nicki Hernandez (Eclipse Select; Naperville, Ill.), Jaelin Howell (Real Colorado; Windsor, Colo.), Brooke Redington (So Cal Blues; Manhattan Beach, Calif.), Ashley Sanchez (So Cal Blues; Monrovia, Calif.), Jordan Taylor (Ohio Premier Eagels; Wadsworth, Ohio), Taryn Torres (Solar-Chelsea Soccer Club; Frisco, Texas)
FORWARDS (6): Joanna Harber (Eastside FC; Bellevue, Wash.), Rachel Jones (Tophat 18 Gold; Lawrenceville, Ga.), Civana Kuhlmann (Colorado Rush; Littleton, Colo.), Alexa Spaanstra (Michigan Hawks; Brighton, Mich.), Frankie Tagliaferri (PDA; Colt Neck, N.J.), Emma Thomson (Sockers FC; Parkridge, Ill.)

Results

Date Matchup Result Venue Attendance Goal Scorers
November 3, 1996 MNT vs Guatemala 2-0 W RFK Stadium; Washington, D.C. 30,082 McBride, Wynalda
November 10, 1996 MNT vs Trinidad & Tobago 2-0 W University of Richmond Stadium; Richmond, Va. 19,312 Dooley, Wynalda
November 24, 1996 MNT vs Trinidad & Tobago 1-0 W 8,000 Moore
December 1, 1996 MNT vs Costa Rica 1-2 L San Jose, Costa Rica 25,000 Jones
December 14, 1996 MNT vs Costa Rica 2-1 W Stanford Stadium; Palo Alto, Calif. 40,527 Lassiter, McBride
December 21, 1996 MNT vs Guatemala 2-2 D San Salvador 14,500 Hejduk, Radosavljevic
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