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Timmy Chandler Talks First International Goal

With the entire U.S. MNT Gold Cup roster gathered in Nashville on Thursday, U.S. Soccer ran players through a photo and video shoot ahead of this month’s regional championship. About halfway through the shoot the day before the game against Guatemala, defender Timmy Chandler arrived at the photo station and was told to replicate a regular goal celebration for the cameras.

“I don’t have one. I never score,” said the veteran right back who has just five goals in over 100 Bundesliga appearances.

“If I ever score --,” he tried to explain, before being cut off by team photographer John Dorton.

“It’s not a matter of if you ever score, it’s when you score,” he said.

Chandler would have done well to take that wisdom to heart going into Friday’s friendly. With the U.S. already leading 2-0 in the 58th minute, the 25-year-old received a pass from DeAndre Yedlin on the right and took the space in front of him to unleash a lethal, left-footed strike inside the far left post.

In the immediate moments following the goal, Chandler showed he hadn’t thought much about that celebration still. Instead of pumping his first or jumping in the air, Chandler got mobbed by his teammates about 25 yards from goal.

It was the celebration he preferred anyway.

“I didn’t have time to think,” he said Saturday morning. “I was very shocked -- it was a very nice goal. I was just happy to see all the guys come to me, congratulate me and laugh. The day before they asked me to do a celebration and I told them I didn’t have one because I never score. The next day I score. It’s a funny story, but I’m just happy to score my first goal for the National Team – it meant a lot for me.”

Following the match, the right-footed Chandler told reporters that four of his five professional goals had come with his left foot. Aside from the obvious reason of a right back cutting inside to shoot, Chandler told ussoccer.com Saturday his left peg just feels stronger to take shots with.

I feel confident in my left. I’m better crossing inside with my right, but I think I have a better, harder strike with my left. It has happened a few times in the Bundesliga. I’ve tried it a few times, but not every time as good as yesterday. The goal gave me some confidence, for sure.”

Chandler’s goal helped put the game out of reach for Guatemala before Chris Wondolowski added a fourth late in the match. While he earned praise from Jurgen Klinsmann post-game, Chandler agreed with the U.S. manager’s assessment that the team needed to improve upon its performance ahead of Tuesday’s Gold Cup opener against Honduras in Frisco, Texas.

“The first 10-20 minutes we didn’t play a very good game. We let the ball go a little bit. It’s not the best we’ve played in the last few months. After the second goal we did well, but we take Jurgen’s comments to heart. We know we need to do more to win against Honduras.”  

Selección Femenina de Estados Unidos es Campeón Mundial de FIFA 2015 con Victoria contra Japón

VANCOUVER, Canadá (5 de julio, 2015) – La Selección Femenina de Estados Unidos consiguió su tercer título mundial al vencer 5-2 a Japón en la Copa Mundial de la FIFA 2015.

Estados Unidos salió a toda velocidad, anotando dos goles en los primeros cinco minutos. Los goles de Carli Lloyd cayeron en los minutos tres, cinco y 16, y se convirtió en la primera jugadora en anotar un triplete en una final de la Copa Mundial Femenina de la FIFA. EE.UU. ahora tiene más goles que ninguna otra nación en Copas Mundiales con 112 (en 5-2). Alemania tiene 111. Lauren Holiday anotó gol en el minuto 14 y Tobin Heath anotó el último en el segundo tiempo para poner el marcador final.

Hope Solo fue otorgada el Guante de Oro como la mejor portera del torneo y Carli Lloyd recibió el Balón de Oro como la mejor jugadora de la Copa Mundial Femenina 2015.

Estados Unidos ahora tiene un registro de 25-1-6 contra Japón en una serie que data desde 1986. Han anotado 92 goles y recibido 22. Estados Unidos y Japón se enfrentaron en una Copa Mundial Femenina por cuarta ocasión y por segunda vez consecutiva en la final. 

Próximamente:
Estados Unidos jugará dos partidos contra Costa Rica en agosto. El 16 de agosto se enfrentarán en Heinz Field en Pittsburg, Pensilvania, a las 1:30 p.m. ET, y el 19 de agosto en Chattanooga, Tennessee, a las 6:30 p.m. CT en Finley Stadium.
Información de transmisión: 16 de agosto (FOX Sports 1); 19 de agosto (ESPN2, WatchESPN)
Social: Twitter (@ussoccer_wnt, @ussoccer_esp); Facebook; Instagram

Resumen de Goles:

USA – Carli Lloyd (Megan Rapinoe), minuto 3: Una jugada de Morgan Brian resultó en un tiro de esquina. Megan Rapinoe envió el balón al área grande y Carli Lloyd hizo una carrera de balazo desde el medio campo, rematando de primera al fondo de la red. USA 1, JPN 0. 

USA – Carli Lloyd, minuto 5: Lauren Holiday tomó el tiro libre desde el lado derecho del área grande, cruzando el balón por el área. La pelota se desvió en una defensa de Japón y Lloyd no duda en disparar. USA 2, JPN 0.

USA – Lauren Holiday, minuto 14: Japón intentó despejar el balón y rebotó mal. Lauren Holiday se abalanzó sobre el balón y le pegó de primera con una fuerza que dejó en el aire a la portera Ayumi Kaihori sin mucha oportunidad de reaccionar. USA 3, JPN 0.

USA – Carli Lloyd, minuto 16: Dos minutos después del riflazo de Holiday, Lloyd completó su hat trick con astucia. Lloyd se apoderó del balón en la mitad estadounidense y dio la vuelta. Vio a Ayumi Kaihori lejos de su marco y mandó un balón bombeado desde el medio campo. Kaihori no pudo retroceder a tiempo y el balón cruzó la línea de gol. USA 4, JPN 0.

JPN - Yuki Ogimi (Nahomi Kawasumi), minuto 27: Nahomi Kawasumi controló el balón por la banda derecha y lo pasó hacia el centro. Yuki Ogimi estaba justo adentro del área grande y Julie Johnston se barrió para interceptar el pase. Sin embargo, no calculó bien y Kawasumi se quedó con el balón a corta distancia de la portería. No dudó  y disparó por un lado de Hope Solo quien no pudo reaccionar a tiempo. USA 4, JPN 1.

JPN – Julie Johnston (autogol), minuto 52: Nahomi Kawasumi envió un tiro libre al área que Julie Johnston saltó para despejar, pero el balón se fue hacia atrás y se mantuvo fuera del alcance de Hope Solo, cruzando la línea de gol. USA 4, JPN 2.

USA – Tobin Heath (Morgan Brian), minuto 54: Lauren Holiday tomó un tiro de esquina del lado izquierdo pero nadie lo recibió en el primer poste y cruzó el área chica. Morgan Brian estaba en el lado derecho del área y lo recortó rápidamente hacia el centro, en donde venía Tobin Heath con velocidad. La mediocampista recibió balón y lo mandó al fondo de la red con potencia. USA 5, JPN 2. FINAL.

Atajadas Claves y Paradas Defensivas:

JPN – Ayumi Kaihori, minuto 24: Alex Morgan recibió un balón por el lado izquierdo y se lo llevó al área. Se quitó a su defensa y disparó, pero el tiro no llevaba mucha fuerza y Kaihori tuvo oportunidad de reaccionar y atajar. 

JPN – Ayumi Kaihori, minuto 50: Carli Lloyd controló bien el balón y afuera del área lo pasó hacia su izquierda para Morgan Brian fuera del área. Brian deslizó un disparo con fuerza desde larga distancia y Kaihori tuvo que desviar por arriba de la portería.

USA – Hope Solo, minuto 76: Japón envió un pase al centro por el lado izquierdo, calculando que llegaba Yuika Sugasawa. Llegó bien Sugasawa por el aire, cabeceando el balón de corta distancia hacia la meta, pero Hope Solo estaba atenta para atajar.

Notas Adicionales y En La Mira:

  • Estados Unidos es el cuarto país en llegar a la final de Copas Mundiales Femeninas en torneos consecutivos (2011 y 2015). Los otros tres son Alemania (2003, 2007), Noruega (1991, 1995) y Japón (2011, 2015).
  • Abby Wambach jugó en su partido 25 en una Copa Mundial Femenina, sobrepasando los 24 de Julie Foudy, Birgit Prinz y Formia. Solamente Kristine Lilly jugó en más partidos mundialistas (30).
  • Carli Lloyd anotó los goles No. 67, 68 y 69 de su carrera. Fue capitana de la Selección Femenina de EE.UU. cuatro veces en Canadá. Es la única jugadora estadounidense en anotar gol en cuatro partidos consecutivos en una Copa Mundial. Dos estadounidenses han anotado en tres partidos consecutivos en una Copa Mundial—Michelle Akers (1991) y Abby Wambach (dos veces, 2003 y 2011).
  • Once jugadoras de EE.UU. han anotado un gol en una Copa Mundial Femenina de la FIFA—Abby Wambach, Megan Rapinoe, Alex Morgan, Lloyd, Lauren Holiday, O’Hara, Heather O’Reilly, Lori Chalupny, Shannon Boxx  Tobin Heath y Christen Press.
  • Cinco jugadoras estadounidenses jugaron los 630 minutos en el torneo—las defensas Julie Johnston, Meghan Klingenberg y Becky Sauerbrunn, la mediocampista Carli Lloyd y la portera Hope Solo.
  • Sauerbrunn es la única jugadora en la nómina que ha sido titular en todos los partidos de EE.UU este año. Tiene más minutos (1509) que ninguna otra jugadora en el equipo.
  • La Selección Femenina tiene un registro de 34-4-5 en Copas Mundiales Femeninas de la FIFA, anotando 112 goles en 42 partidos, a comparación de 35 goles de sus rivales.
  • A lo largo del torneo, EE.UU. mantuvo un marcador en cero contra Suecia, Nigeria, Colombia, China y Alemania.

- Resumen de Juego de la Selección Femenina de Estados Unidos -

Encuentro: Selección Femenina de Estados Unidos vs. Japón
Fecha: 5 de julio, 2015
Torneo: Copa Mundial Femenina de la FIFA 2015; Final
Sede: BC Place; Vancouver, Canadá
Asistencia: 53,341
Clima: 77 grados, parcialmente nublado 

Resumen de anotaciones:    1          2          F

USA                                        4          1          5
JPN                                         1          1          2 

USA – Carli Lloyd (Megan Rapinoe)             minuto 3
USA – Carli Lloyd                                          5
USA – Lauren Holiday                                   14
USA – Carli Lloyd                                          16
JPN – Yuki Ogimi (Nahomi Kawasumi)        27
JPN – Julie Johnston (autogol)                       52
USA – Tobin Heath (Morgan Brian)              54 

Alineaciones:

USA: 1-Hope Solo; 11-Ali Krieger, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 19-Julie Johnston, 22-Meghan Klingenberg; 12-Lauren Holiday, 14-Morgan Brian, 10-Carli Lloyd (capt.), 15-Megan Rapinoe (5-Kelley O’Hara, 61), 13-Alex Morgan (3-Christie Rampone, 86), 17-Tobin Heath (20-Abby Wambach, 79)
Suplentes no utilizadas: 2-Sydney Leroux, 6-Whitney Engen, 7-Shannon Boxx, 8-Amy Rodriguez, 9-Heather O’Reilly, 16-Lori Chalupny, 18-Ashlyn Harris, 21-Alyssa Naeher, 23-Christen Press
Directora Técnica: Jill Ellis

JPN: 18-Ayumi Kaihori; 3-Azusa Iwashimizu (10-Homare Sawa, 33), 4-Saki Kumagai, 5-Aya Sameshima, 6-Mizuho Sakaguchi; 8-Aya Miyama (capt.), 9-Nahomi Kawasumi (15-Yuika Sugasawa, 39), 11-Shinobu Ohno (16-Mana Iwabuchi, 60), 13-Rumi Utsugi, 17-Yuki Ogimi, 19-Saori Ariyoshi
Suplentes no utilizadas: 1-Miho Fukumoto, 21-Erina Yamane; 2-Yukari Kinga, 12-Megumi Kamionobe, 20-Yuri Kawamura, 23-Kana Kitahara; 7-Kozue Ando, 14-Asuna Takana, 22-Asano Nagasato
Directora Técnico: Norio Sasaki

Resumen estadístico: USA / JPN
Tiros: 15 / 12
Tiros al arco: 7 / 4
Atajadas: 3 / 2
Tiros de esquina: 7 / 3
Faltas: 14 / 10
Fueras de lugar: 1 / 1 

Resumen de penalidades:

JPN – Homare Sawa (amonestación)                          minuto 82
JPN – Mana Iwabuchi (amonestación)                       85

Árbitros:
Árbitro: Kateryna Monzul (UKR)
Árbitro Asistente 1: Natalia Rachynska (UKR)
Árbitro Asistente 2: Yolanda Parga (ESP)
Cuarto Oficial: Claudia Umpierrez (URU)

Jugadora del Partido Budweiser: Carli Lloyd

World Champions: USA Wins 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup

VANCOUVER, Canada (July 5, 2015) – The U.S. Women’s National Team defeated Japan 5-2 at BC Place on Sunday night to become the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup Champion and the first three-time FIFA Women’s World Cup winner. 

In the first 16 minutes of play the USA took a 4-0 lead over Japan after Carli Lloyd netted the fastest hat trick in Women’s World Cup history and Lauren Holiday added a goal to put the USA up by a wide margin. 

Japan ended the USA’s record-tying shutout streak at 540 minutes by scoring in the 28th minute. The Asian nation built a bit of momentum early in the second half as Julie Johnston’s defensive clearance instead sent the ball into the USA’s net. However, Tobin Heath responded two minutes later to make it 5-2 and complete the highest scoring Final (seven goals) in FIFA Women’s World Cup history.

Loyd and goalkeeper Hope Solo were awarded the Golden Ball and Golden Glove, as the best player and the best goalkeeper at the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup, respectively. It was the second straight Golden Glove award for Solo (she also won it in 2011) and the first for Lloyd. Lloyd became the second American to win the award, joining Carin Jennings, who won it in 1991. 

The USA is now the only country to win three Women’s World Cup and the country to score the most goals (five) in a WWC Final – no other team has scored more than two. 

The WNT will return to the USA for a pair of friendly matches against Costa Rica on Aug. 16 and Aug. 19 in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, and Chattanooga, Tennessee, respectively, before embarking on their nationwide celebration tour (details to be announced). 

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Carli Lloyd (Megan Rapinoe), 3rd minute:
Playing a short corner kick on the ground, Megan Rapinoe sent a ball straight through several Japanese defenders to the middle of the six yard box. Carli Lloyd stormed from the back of the box to time her arrival with the ball perfectly and finished with a left-footed strike to score the fastest goal in FIFA Women’s World Cup Final history. USA 1, JPN 0 

USA – Carli Lloyd, 5th minute: Two minutes later, another set piece play led to a U.S. goal. Lauren Holiday stepped up to take the free kick from the right side of the box and sent a shot to the middle of the box that was flicked on by Julie Johnston through a forest of players before Carli Lloyd found it right in front of the net and tapped it in with the inside of her right foot for the second goal of the game and he fifth of the tournament. USA 2, JPN 0 

USA – Lauren Holiday, 14th minute: The sequence began with Tobin Heath, who sent a pass from the midfield intended for Alex Morgan but had the ball intercepted by Japanese defender Azusa Iwashimizu. Iwashimizu tried to head it out of danger but instead directed the ball up in the air. It came down right in front of Lauren Holiday, who volleyed it in stride with her right foot to net her first goal of the tournament. USA 3, JPN 0

USA – Carli Lloyd, 16th minute: Carli Lloyd intercepted the ball in midfield and touched it past a Japan player. Crossing the midfield line, she launched a shot that caught Japan goalkeeper Ayumi Kaihori out of her net. While Kaihori got a hand to the ball, she could not keep it from bouncing off the post and into the back of the net, thus completing the fastest hat trick in Women’s World Cup history. USA 4, JPN 0 

JPN – Yuki Ogimi (Nahomi Kawasumi), 28th minute: Nahomi Kawasumi played a great ball from the right channel, spotting teammate Yuki Ogimi inside the box. Ogimi evaded a challenge from Julie Johnston, swiveled around and sent a curling shot beyond the reach of Hope Solo for the Japan’s first goal of the match that ended the USA’s record-tying shutout streak. USA 4, JPN 1

JPN – Julie Johnston (own goal), 52nd: Julie Johnston tried to clear a free kick attempt with a header that bounced across the face of goal and nestled inside the far post of Hope Solo’s net for Japan’s second score of the game. USA 4, JPN 2

USA – Tobin Heath (Morgan Brian), 54th: Japan’s goalkeeper Ayumi Kaihori  punched a Lauren Holiday corner kick clear to the right side. Kaihori’s punch wasn’t strong enough and the ball landed at Morgan Brian’s feet. Brian cut the ball back into the middle where Tobin Heath used the inside of her foot to one-time Brian’s perfect ball into the back of the net for the final score line. USA 5, JPN 2 (FINAL)

Next on the Schedule: The WNT return to the USA for a pair of friendly matches against Costa Rica on Aug. 16 and Aug. 19 in Pittsburgh, Pa., and Chattanooga, Tenn., respectively.
Broadcast information: FOX Sports 1 (Aug. 16), ESPN2 (Aug. 19)
Social: Twitter (@ussoccer_wnt@ussoccer_esp); FacebookInstagram

Milestone Watch:

  • The USA becomes the first country to win three FIFA Women’s World Cup titles.
  • Carli Lloyd is the first U.S. WNT player to score in four straight games in a World Cup. She netted a goal against China, Colombia and Germany and three against Japan.
  • Lloyd also became the first woman in a FIFA WWC to score a hat trick in a Final match and scored the fastest hat trick in Women’s World Cup history.
  • Lloyd also became the third U.S. Woman to score a hat trick in WWC play: Carin Jennings Gabarra netted three goals against Germany in 1991 and Akers scored five against Chinese Taipei that same year.
  • Lloyd’s goal in the third minute was the fastest goal scored in a WWC Final game.
  • Lloyd scored both U.S. goals in the 2012 Olympic gold medal game (a 2-1 win over Japan), and the sole goal in the 2008 gold-medal game (1-0 over Brazil). With her three goals against Japan tonight, she became the first American to score in three major-tournament finals.
  • Midfielders Lauren Holiday and Tobin Heath each score their first goals of the tournament. It was Heath’s first goal in a Women’s World Cup.
  • The U.S. WNT finished this year’s tournament with a 34-4-5 all-time in Women’s World Cup play, outscoring its opponents 112-35 in 43 games. The 34 wins, 112 goals scored and the 43 games played are FIFA Women’s World Cup records.
  • With its five goals against Japan, the USA now holds the record for most goals scored in WWC play with 112 – the team scored 14 throughout the tournament. Germany scored 20 in Canada to finish in second with 111.
  • The USA’s five goals were the most any team has scored in a WWC Final. No other team has scored more than two.
  • The USA’s two goals in the first five minutes of the match against Japan was the first time any team scored twice in that span in a WWC game. 

Additional Notes:

  • The game was the third meeting between the USA and Japan in a major tournament Final. The USA now has a 2-0-1 record in those meetings: Wins in 2015 WWC and 2012 Olympics. Tie in 2011 WWC (1-3 PKs).
  • Lloyd leads the U.S. with eight goals in 2015.
  • While Wambach is the USA’s top scorer on the roster with 183 goals, Lloyd is next with 69 career international goals and Morgan has 52. Heather O’Reilly has scored 41.
  • Defender Becky Sauerbrunn is the only player on the roster to start and play every game for the USA in 2015. She has played the most minutes (1,509) of anyone on the team.
  • Five U.S. players played all 630 minutes of the tournament: defenders Julie Johnston, Meghan Klingenberg, Sauerbrunn, midfielder Carli Lloyd, and goalkeeper Hope Solo.
  • In its last 17 games, the U.S. has surrendered just five goals and has scored 34.
  • Nineteen of the 20 field players on the World Cup roster saw action in the tournament.
  • Coming on as a sub in the second half, Wambach played in her 25th career WWC game, tied for second most all-time with Julie Foudy, Brigit Prinz and Formiga. Only Kristine Lilly has more (30).
  • Lloyd has sole possession of seventh place on the U.S. WNT’s all-time goal scoring list, passing Shannon MacMillan who scored 60 goals in her career. Lloyd, now with 69 goals, is the highest-scoring player in U.S. history who has played exclusively as a midfielder.
  • Hope Solo finished with 10 clean sheets in Women’s World Cup play, tying the record for most by a U.S. goalkeeper and most in World Cup play with Brianna Scurry.
  • Solo now has 136 goalkeeper wins and is the all-time leader in wins for a goalkeeper in U.S. history. Brian Scurry had 133 during her career (1994-2008).
  • Eleven players on the current USA roster have scored in a Women’s World Cup tournament: Tobin Heath, Wambach, Megan Rapinoe, Alex Morgan, Carli Lloyd, Lauren Holiday, Heather O’Reilly, Lori Chalupny, Shannon Boxx, Christen Press and Kelley O’Hara.
  • For the first time in FIFA WWC history, 24 nations participated at this year’s event, up from 16 that participated in the previous four editions. The 1991 and 1995 Women’s World Cups featured 12 teams. 
  • Fourteen different players have scored for the USA in 2015: Tobin Heath, Lauren Holiday, Kelley O’Hara, Morgan, Wambach, Rodriguez, Press, Johnston, Klingenberg, Megan Rapinoe, Brian, Chalupny, Leroux and Lloyd. 

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

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Japan
Date: July 5, 2015
Competition: 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup – Final
Venue: BC Place; Vancouver, Canada
Kickoff: 4 p.m. PT
Attendance: 53,341
Weather: Indoor Stadium

Scoring Summary:   1          2          F
USA                            4          1          5
JPN                             1          1          2

USA – Carli Lloyd (Megan Rapinoe)              3rd minute
USA – Carli Lloyd                                           5
USA – Lauren Holiday                                    14
USA – Carli Lloyd                                           16
JPN – Yuki Ogimi (Nahomi Kawasumi)         27
JPN – Julie Johnston (own goal)                    52
USA – Tobin Heath (Morgan Brian)               54

Lineups:
USA: 1-Hope Solo; 11-Ali Krieger, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 19-Julie Johnston, 22-Meghan Klingenberg; 12-Lauren Holiday, 14-Morgan Brian, 10-Carli Lloyd (capt.), 15-Megan Rapinoe (5-Kelley O’Hara, 61), 13-Alex Morgan (3-Christie Rampone, 86), 17-Tobin Heath (20-Abby Wambach, 79)
Subs Not Used: 2-Sydney Leroux, 6-Whitney Engen, 7-Shannon Boxx, 8-Amy Rodriguez, 9-Heather O’Reilly, 16-Lori Chalupny,18-Ashlyn Harris, 21-Alyssa Naeher, 23-Christen Press
Head coach: Jill Ellis
 

JPN: 18-Ayumi Kaihori; 3-Azusa Iwashimizu (10-Homare Sawa, 33), 4-Saki Kumagai, 5-Aya Sameshima, 6-Mizuho Sakaguchi, 8-aya Miyama (C), 9-Nahomi Kawasumi (15-Yuika Sugasawa, 39), 11-Shinobu Ohno (16-Mana Iwabuchi, 60), 13-Rumi Utsugi, 17-Yuki Ogimi, 19-Saori Ariyoshi
Subs Not Used: 1-Miho Fukumoto, 2-Yukari Kinga, 12-Megumi Kamionobe, 14-Asuna Tanaka, 20-Yuri Kawamura, 21-Erina Yamane, 22-Asano Nagasato, 23-Kana Kitahara, 7-Kozue Ando
Head Coach: Norio Sasaki

Stats Summary: USA / JPN
Shots: 15 / 12
Shots on Goal: 7 / 4
Saves: 3 / 2
Corner Kicks: 7 / 3
Fouls: 14 / 10
Offside: 1 / 1

Misconduct Summary:
JPN – Homare Sawa (caution)                      82nd minute
JPN – Mana Iwabuchi (caution)                     85

Officials:
Referee: Kateryna Monzul (UKR)
Assistant Referee 1: Natalia Rachynska (UKR)
Assistant Referee 2: Yolanda Parga (ESP)
Fourth Official: Claudia Umpierrez (URU)

Budweiser Woman of the Match: Carli Lloyd

Behind The Crest: Ep. 7 - #USWNT in Canada

The U.S. Women's National Team defeats Germany in the semifinal and flies west to Vancouver. As the team prepares for the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup Final against Japan, Jill Ellis and Abby Wambach reflect on the progress to this point and look forward to the culmination of the journey.

U.S. Fan Support Sets Viewing Records for Semifinal Match

The United States versus Germany semifinal match of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup became the third most watched women’s soccer match of all-time with 8.4 million viewers, trailing only the USA-China Final in 1999 and USA-Japan Final in 2011.

The #USWNT has felt the fan support in-stadium too.

“The crowds have been outrageous,” veteran forward Abby Wambach said. “I know we are in Canada at the World Cup but it feels like we’re at home. So many of the stadiums have been full of American fans.”

Wambach proceeded to give specifics about the fan support in Montreal against Germany, “with it being a dome, it made it even louder so when that second goal went in it was almost as if the roof came off. I couldn’t be more thankful of all the Americans for crossing the border to come support us. We hope we give you something you can really cheer about today.”

That United States versus Germany match also became the most-watched World Cup semifinal – men’s or women’s – ever in the United States, breaking the mark set by Germany-Italy in the 2006 Men’s World Cup (5.9).

The top markets for the semifinal match were Kansas City and St. Louis (9.3) (Fox Sports). The National Women’s Soccer League team, FC Kansas City boasts a League best four players on the U.S. WNT roster: Lauren Holiday, Heather O’Reilly, Amy Rodriguez and Becky Sauerbrunn.

The highly anticipated 2011 World Cup Final rematch between the United States and Japan at BC Place in Vancouver, kicks off today at 4 p.m. PT and it is already sold-out. Additionally, #FanHQ was packed with Red, White and Blue last night, as fans came out to celebrate the night before the big game. The party continues today at The Commodore Ballroom from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. PT.

The U.S. WNT players feel an extra sense of nationalism with the World Cup Final falling just one day after Independence Day. “It’s always an honor to be playing in a World Cup Final, but it’s even better playing in the World Cup Final the day after the Fourth of July,” said Carli Lloyd. “ We have a special opportunity to give America something extra to celebrate on an already special weekend for our country.”

Lauren Holiday added, “To play this game on the world stage on America’s birthday, there’s just an undeniable sense of pride and patriotism among the group right now.”

The 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup Final will be broadcast on FOX and Telemundo with coverage beginning at 2 p.m. PT/5 p.m. ET.


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