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U.S. MNT Advances to Round of 16 After 1-0 Loss to Germany in Group G Finale

  • DateThursday, June 26, 2014
  • VenueArena Pernambuco; Recife, Brazil
  • Kickoff12:00 PM ET
  • Attendance41,876

Match: U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Germany
Date: June 26, 2014
Competition: 2014 FIFA World Cup – Group G
Venue: Arena Pernambuco; Recife, Brazil
Kickoff: 12 p.m. ET
Attendance: 41,876
Weather: 73 degrees, rainy 

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

GER – Thomas Muller              55th minute

USA: 1-Tim Howard; 23-Fabian Johnson, 3-Omar Gonzalez, 5-Matt Besler, 7-DaMarcus Beasley; 15-Kyle Beckerman, 13-Jermaine Jones; 14-Brad Davis (11-Alejandro Bedoya, 59), 4- Michael Bradley, 19- Graham Zusi (2-DeAndre Yedlin, 84) 8-Clint Dempsey (capt.)
Subs Not Used: 6-John Brooks, 10-Mix Diskerud, 12-Brad Guzan, 16-Julian Green, 18-Chris Wondolowski, 20-Geoff Cameron, 21-Timmy Chandler, 22-Nick Rimando, 23-Aron Johannsson
Not Available: 17-Jozy Altidore
Head coach: Jurgen Klinsmann 

GER: 1-Manuel Neuer; 4-Benedikt Howedes, 5-Mats Hummels, 17-Per Mertesacker, 20-Jerome Boateng; 7-Bastian Schweinsteiger (19-Mario Gotze,76), 16-Phillip Lahm, 18-Toni Kroos; 8-Mesut Ozil (9-Andre Schurrle, 89), 10-Lukas Podolski (11-Miroslav Klose, 46), 13-Thomas Muller
Subs not used: 2-Kevin Grosskreutz, 3-Matthias Ginter, 6-Sami Khedira, 12-Ron-Robert Zieler, 14-Julian Draxler, 15-Erik Durm, 21-Shkodran Mustafi, 22-Roman Weidenfeller, 23-Christoph Kramer
Head coach: Joachim Low 

Stats Summary: USA / GER
Shots: 4 / 13
Shots on Goal: 0 / 6
Saves: 5 / 0
Corner Kicks: 2 / 3
Fouls: 15 / 9
Offside: 2 / 7 

Misconduct Summary:
GER- Benedikt Howedes (caution)     11th minute
USA- Omar Gonzalez (caution)         37
USA- Kyle Beckerman (caution)         62 

Referee: Ravshan Irmatov (UZB)
Assistant Referee 1: Abduxamidullo Rasulov (UZB)
Assistant Referee 2: Bakhadyr Kochkarov (KGZ)
Fourth Official: Alioum (CMR)

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.

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.)

2014 CONCACAF Women's Championship in Focus: Mexico

Mexicana de Fútbol Asociación, A.C.
Founded: 1927 (Joined FIFA in 1929)
Head Coach:
Leo Cuellar
FIFA World Ranking:
FIFA World Cups:
1999, 2011
Best FIFA World Cup Finish:
Group play (1999-16th, 2011-11th) 

Mexico finished second in Group B of the 2014 CONCACAF Women's Championship behind Costa Rica, which beat Las Tri 1-0 in the teams' opening match of the competition. Mexico recovered to win its next two games and finish on six points with a 2-1-0 record that included a 10-0 whitewashing of Martinique and a vital 3-1 win against Jamaica as the two countries went head to head in their final group-stage match to determine which would move on to face the USA in the semifinals.

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Mexico Women’s National Team Roster by Position
GOALKEEPERS (2): 1-Cecilia Santiago (Club América), 12-Pamela Tajonar (Unattached)
2-Arianna Romero (Houston Dash), 3-Bianca Sierra (Boston Breakers), 4-Alina Garcíamendez (Unattached), 5-Paulina Solís (Once México), 13-Kenti Robles (Espanyol de Barcelona), 14-Monica Alvarado (Texas Christian University), 15-Christina Murillo (University of Michigan)
6-Liliana Mercado (UDLA), 7-Lydia Nayeli Rangel (Unattached), 8-Teresa Noyola (Houston Dash), 10-Sandra Stephany Mayor (UDLA), 11-Monica Ocampo (Sky Blue FC), 16-Karla Nieto (Galeana Morelos), 18-Dinora Garza (Unattached)
9-Veronica Charlyn Corral (Merilappi United), 17-Veronica Perez (Washington Spirit), 19-Tanya Samarzich (LA Blues), 20-Luz Duarte (Juventus SOV) 


  • Three players on Mexico are tied for the team lead in goals scored during the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship: Luz Duarte, Monica Ocampo and Sandra Stephany Mayor all have two goals apiece. Mexico leads the tournament with 13 goals scored – one ahead of the USA.
  • Five players on Mexico’s 20-player roster come from NWSL clubs, including Washington Spirit forward Veronica Perez whose team advanced to this year’s semifinals. Perez scored her team’s lone goal in the 2-1 semifinal loss to the Seattle Reign. It was her only goal of the year.
  • Other NWSL players include Houston Dash teammates Arianna Romero and Teresa Noyola, Boston Breakers defender Bianca Sierra and Sky Blue FC midfielder Monica Ocampo.
  • Romero, a Phoenix-area native, was the 2013 Big Ten Conference Defender of the Year at Nebraska.
  • Noyola was the 2011 Hermann Trophy winner, awarded to the top collegiate player. She became the third straight Stanford player to earn the honor, with the previous winners being the USA’s Kelley O’Hara (2009) and Christen Press (2010). Noyola played for the USA at the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup (playing in two matches) before switching associations.
  • Goalkeeper Cecilia Santiago, 19, is the youngest goalkeeper to ever appear in a FIFA Women’s World Cup. At 16 years and 251 days old, she played during Mexico’s 1-1 draw against England in Group B play on June 27, 2011, in the World Cup in Germany.
  • Three Mexico players compete collegiately in the USA: defender Monica Alvarado at TCU, defender Christina Murillo at Michigan and forward Tanya Samarzich at USC. 


  • The USA has dominated the all-time series against Mexico, holding a 29-1-1 record. Before the past four dominating victories, the previous three matches were one-goal affairs.
  • The USA and Mexico have met in five previous Women’s World Cup qualifying matches dating back to April 18, 1991 when the U.S. strolled to a 12-0 victory in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Overall, the U.S. WNT has collected a 4-1-0 record against Mexico in WWCQ games, outscoring Las Tri 27-2.
  • That lone setback came in a 2-1 loss for the USA on Nov. 5, 2010, during 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup Qualifying in Cancun, Mexico. That defeat forced the USA into the third-place match of that tournament (which it won) and into a two-game playoff against Italy that the Americans took 2-0 on aggregate.
  • This will be the seventh match of 2014 for the USA against a CONCACAF foe including the pair of friendly games against both Canada and Mexico earlier this year as well as its three Group A games against Trinidad and Tobago, Guatemala and Haiti. The USA has played seven matches against European teams and four matches against Asian teams so far this year.
  • The USA put up 12 goals against Mexico in the teams’ recent double header in September. The first match saw the USA score an 8-0 victory on Sept. 13, its largest margin of victory against Mexico since posting the same score line in a friendly on May 5, 2000, in Portland, Oregon.  
  • More recently, the USA’s largest win against Mexico was a 7-0 victory on Sept. 3, 2013, in Washington, D.C. In that match, Abby Wambach opened the scoring in the 11th minute and then Sydney Leroux scored four consecutive goals in a 20-minute span in the first half. Rachel Buehler (now Van Hollebeke) and Morgan Brian added the final goals. Brian’s tally was her first with the WNT.
  • The USA’s previous game with Mexico before the one in the nation’s capital came on Jan. 24, 2012, a 4-0 U.S. victory during group play at the CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Vancouver, Canada. Carli Lloyd registered her first career hat trick in that match and Heather O’Reilly added a goal as the Americans clinched a semifinal berth with the win.
  • The most recent game against Mexico also resulted in a 4-0 win for the USA on September 18 in Rochester, N.Y. Although Wambach did not score in what was a homecoming match for her, Amy Rodriguez, Megan Rapinoe, Tobin Heath and Alex Morgan helped the U.S. WNT to an easy win.
  • Mexico is the third-ranked team in CONCACAF and ranked 25th in the world. With 3.5 berths (in addition to host Canada) available to the CONCACAF region for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada, Mexico is a favorite to qualify for the tournament.
  • Abby Wambach has scored more goals against Mexico than against any other team, pounding in 22 against the USA’s southern neighbor. 

USA 4 vs. MEX 0 - Sept. 18, 2014 – Sahlen’s Stadium – Rochester, N.Y. – International Friendly

USA – Amy Rodriguez (Megan Rapinoe)                          9th minute
USA – Megan Rapinoe                                                        37
USA – Tobin Heath (Amy Rodriguez)                                44
USA – Alex Morgan (Heather O’Reilly)                            79  

USA: 1-Hope Solo (capt.); 5-Kelley O’Hara, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 3-Christie Rampone, 25-Meghan Klingenberg (19-Crystal Dunn, 61), 12-Lauren Holiday (16-Julie Johnston, 46), 10-Carli Lloyd, 15-Megan Rapinoe (20-Abby Wambach, 46); 2-Sydney Leroux (23-Christen Press, 67), 8-Amy Rodriguez (13-Alex Morgan, 46), 17-Tobin Heath (9-Heather O’Reilly, 46)
Subs Not Used: 24-Ashlyn Harris
Head Coach: Jill Ellis

MEX: 1-Cecilia Santiago; 2-Arianna Romero, 3-Monica Alvarado, 5-Paulina Solis, 13-Bianca Sierra; 6-Liliana Mercado (11-Kenti Robles, 57), 7-Nayeli Rangel, 10-Stephany Mayor, 17-Veronica Perez (capt.) (14-Christina Murillo, 90+2); 9-Tanya Samarzich (8-Teresa Noyola, 67), 20-Charlyn Corral (19-Luz Duarte, 87)
Subs Not Used: 12-Brissa Rangel, 15-Guadalupe Cruzaley, 16-Jazmine Ponce, 18-Jackie Acevedo, 21-Lizbeth Angeles
Head Coach: Leonardo Cuellar