World Cup Champions Lori Chalupny, Julie Johnston and Christen Press visited Wrigley Field in Chicago to throw out the first pitch of the Cubs Oct. 31 game against the Cincinnati Reds. The WNT trio play their club soccer with the Chicago Red Stars, helping the side to its first NWSL playoff berth this season.
CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee (Aug. 19, 2015) – The World Cup Champion U.S. Women’s National Team continued its Victory Tour with a 7-2 win against Costa Rica in front of a record crowd of 20,535 at Finley Stadium. The crowd was the largest for a stand-alone WNT friendly in the southeastern region of the United States.
Members of the military led the team out on the field and a moment of silence was observed before kickoff in memory of the tragedy that took place on July 17 when a gunman opened fire on two military sites in Chattanooga, killing five servicemen. During the game the WNT players wore black armbands in memory of the victims.
The U.S. WNT will be auctioning off their autographed game-worn jerseys on ussoccer.com to raise money for the families of the victims. More information on the start of the auction will be provided soon.
After the U.S. took an early 2-0 lead behind goals from Carli Lloyd and Heather O’Reilly, the match was delayed for 83 minutes due to lightning. After returning to the field, the U.S. continued their dominance with additional goals from Abby Wambach, O’Reilly, Alex Morgan and Amy Rodriguez. The WNT also benefited from an own goal, but Costa Rica was able to find the back of the net twice in second half for their first ever goals against the U.S. in 12 meetings.
The U.S. players will now return to their NWSL clubs for the stretch run of the season and continues its Victory Tour with a pair of matches against Australia in September, at Ford Field in Detroit on Sept. 17 and at Legion Field in Birmingham, Alabama on Sept. 20. Tickets are going fast with 30,000 already sold in Detroit and 27,000 in Birmingham. For more information on tickets, click here.
Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Carli Lloyd, 7th minute: Lloyd’s spectacular blast from 31 yards off a direct free kick deflected off a Costa Rican defender in the wall, hit the bottom of the crossbar at the upper left corner and bounced down into the goal to give the WNT an early lead. USA 1, CRC 0 SEE GOAL
USA – Heather O’Reilly, 13th minute: Carli Lloyd received a pass at the top of the box, spun towards goal and blasted a shot on frame. The Costa Rican goalkeeper responded with a tremendous diving save, but couldn’t hold the ball and Heather O’Reilly followed up to finish the rebound and double the WNT lead. USA 2, CRC 0 SEE GOAL
USA – Abby Wambach (Lori Chalupny), 18th minute: Carli Lloyd started the run down the right side and as she approached the end line sent a cross over to Lori Chalupny, who was positioned in the left side of the box. With the defense closing in, Chalupny sent the ball back across to Abby Wambach, who one-timed it home with her left foot. USA 3, CRC 0
USA – Carli Lloyd (Megan Rapinoe), 20th minute: The goal came off a corner kick from Megan Rapinoe. Rapinoe whipped in a cross and Lloyd knifed though the defense, leapt into the air and volleyed home from close range for her second goal of the game. USA 4, CRC 0
USA – Heather O’Reilly (Abby Wambach), 23rd minute: Abby Wambach, who just five minutes before had scored a goal of her own, dribbled powerfully down the left side. O’Reilly made a run to the near post, and Wambach, who has been the recipient of many O’Reilly crosses in the past, was the distributor this time around. O’Reilly met Wambach’s cross with her a powerful header high into the net for her second score of the game. USA 5, CRC 0
USA – Katherine Alvarado (Own Goal), 31st minute: Off another corner Lloyd made a run into the box and Alvarado was grabber her the whole time. The driven ball skipped through traffic inside the penalty box, bounced off her shin and skipped into the back of the net. USA 6, CRC 0
CRC – Cristin Granados (Carolina Venegas), 56th minute: Carolina Venegas made a great move to get around Tobin Heath near the end line and then threaded a ball back to Granados in the seam. With a first-time shot she pushed it past a diving Hope Solo from close range. USA 6, CRC 1
CRC – Karla Villalobos (Mariana Benavides), 69th minute: Mariana Benavides got a long ball up and through the U.S. defense to Villalobos who took a few controlling dribbles near the top of the box and finessed a bending ball over Naeher and into the upper right corner. USA 6, CRC 2
USA – Alex Morgan (Amy Rodriguez), 81st minute: After substitute goalkeeper Yolian Sala made a great kick save, Costa Rica poorly cleared the ball away and it found Amy Rodriguez on the right side of the box. Rodriguez took a great touch to beat a defender and sent a perfect back post cross to Alex Morgan who chested it into the net for the seventh score of the game. USA 7, CRC 2 SEE GOAL
Next on the Schedule: The WNT continues the 2015 Victory Tour with a stop in Detroit on Sept. 17 to take on Australia at Ford Field, where more than 30,000 tickets have already been sold.
Broadcast information: FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports GO (7 p.m. ET; Sept. 19)
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- Tobin Heath earned her 100th cap with the WNT. She is the 33rd player to play 100 times, having made her debut with the USA in 2008. She will be honored before the USA’s next match in Detroit.
- Wambach extended her record as the world’s all-time leading goal scorer, notching the 184th goal of her career.
- Heather O’Reilly’s brace pushed her career scoring total to 45 goals. She has scored two goals in each of the last two games and has now tallied four multi-goal games in her career.
- Lloyd’s two scores gave her 71 for her career, just four short of tying Cindy Parlow for sixth on the USA’s all-time goal scoring list.
- Shannon Boxx earned her 193rd cap, moving past Brandi Chastain into sole possession of 11th place on the USA’s all-time caps list.
- Carli Lloyd earned her 204th cap to move into a tie for eighth place on the USA’s all-time caps list with Tiffeny Milbrett.
- Alex Morgan’s 53rd goal moved her into a tie for ninth place with Carin Gabbara on the USA’s all-time scoring list.
- In the game’s 15th minute, the game paused for lightning delay, which lasted 83 minutes.
- Prior to the match, Lori Chalupny was honored for earning her 100th cap. On May 10 against Ireland in San Jose, Chalupny, who announced her retirement from international soccer on Aug. 17, became the 32nd American female to play 100 times for her country. She debuted for the USA at the age of 17 in 2001 and has won a U-19 Women's World Cup title, an Olympic gold medal and a Women's World Cup title.
- The match was the second for the WNT at Finley Stadium and with the win the team improved to 2-0-0 in the Chattanooga. The USA last played there in 1997, when it defeated Sweden 3-1 at the home of the National Premier Soccer League's Chattanooga FC and the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga Moccasins football and women's soccer teams.
- The WNT is now 5-0-0 all time in the state of Tennessee, where it has outscored opponents 17-5.
- Carli Lloyd’s 70th goal made her the seventh player in U.S. history to score 70 or more goals.
- Heather O’Reilly has scored multiple goals in each of the WNT’s last two games.
- Costa Rica’s first goal was the first it has scored against the USWNT in the history of the series between the two teams.
- The USA remains perfect against Costa Rica, improving its all-time record to 12-0-0.
Five-year-old Lori Chalupny spent all two-and-a-half hours of the afterschool program playing soccer with the boys on the blacktop. “I’d literally turn black from the asphalt. My mom would come to pick me up and she’d make me go wash up before I was allowed to get in the car.” She’d continue playing for hours by herself when she got home, dribbling around piles of leaves, kicking the ball against the wooden fence in her dad’s backyard. She’d break the wooden slats and her father would have to nail the boards back together again. “I couldn’t get enough,” says Chalupny.
SHY TO THE BONE
Lori Chalupny was so shy she couldn’t handle a phone call. “My mom, wanting to make me less shy, would ask me to order the pizza. I could not do it. I didn’t want to make the call.” Shyness was a constant: “I played on the Youth National Teams for years and my teammates were like, ‘Yeah, but we didn’t hear you talk for the first five. And when I had to talk to media, I couldn’t form a complete sentence. It was horrible, I stumbled over every word.”
THE QUIET LEADER
Ironically, the kid who couldn’t speak in front of groups now spends all her time doing exactly that. When she’s not playing, she’s an assistant coach at Washington University in St. Louis. She still gets nervous speaking to a group – “I feel like I almost pump myself up to go coach,” says Chalupny. “But you know, the bottom line is that when all the players are standing there, waiting for you to talk, you end up talking.”
And when you have a coach who is a veteran of the National Team, you pay attention to what they have to say. “The players come to me with issues – how do I get more playing time? Or, what did you do as a captain to get the team pumped up? And I say, it’s not something you can say, it’s not a magical word, you just make sure everyone feels important and knows their role.”
Lori’s team is obviously proud – “They tweet stuff like, ‘No big deal, my coach is playing against Brazil tonight.’ It makes me smile.”
U.S. National Team: Returned to the WNT fold at the end 2015 after a five-year absence, starting the last three games of the year at the International Tournament of Brasilia … Got her first taste of international duty in 2001 but, didn’t break into the National Team full time until 2005.
2015: 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup Champion... Earned her 100th cap with the USWNT on May 10 against the Republic of Ireland, coming on as a second half sub during the USA's 3-0 win in San Jose, California... Named to the 2015 U.S. FIFA Women's World Cup roster, her second World Cup selection... became second player in U.S. history to be named to two non-consecutive Women's World Cup rosters (2007, 2015), following Brandi Chastain (1991, 1999) ... Has played in eight games, started three and scored two goals so far this year... Made her first appearance in the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup in the Round of 16 against Colombia... Was one of three defenders to tally a goal in the USA's 4-0 win against New Zealand on April 4 in her hometown of St. Louis... It was her first goal with the WNT since Sept. 20, 2008, when she scored against the Republic of Ireland... Took the field against France on Feb 8., and twice during the Algarve Cup, helping the USA to its 10th tournament title after playing during the WNT's 2-1 victory over Norway on March 4, and in a 0-0 draw against Iceland on March 9... 2014: Played in three of the WNT’s final four games of the year at the International Tournament de Brasilia which her first action with the National Team in five years… Played a total of 130 minutes at outside back, but was replaced in each game as she worked her way back to international fitness … Recorded an assist in just her second game back with the team … 2009:Played every minute in five matches for the USA, captaining the USA to its 1-0 victory over Germany in October … Took over as the role as U.S. captain after Christie Rampone stopped competing in August due to her pregnancy … 2008: After playing in the midfield in 2007, she moved to outside back, which is where she started her WNT career, and played 34 matches starting 32 while finishing fourth on the team in minutes played … Scored two goals and one assist as she evolved into one of the best attacking outside backs in the world … Was knocked out of the USA’s first Olympic match after just 15 minutes and missed the second game of group play against Japan, but came back to play every minute of the remaining four matches … Scored one of the most important goals in U.S. history against Japan in the semifinal, blasting in the go-ahead goal just before halftime … 2007: Played in every game in 2007, one of just two players to do so … Started 23 of the 24 games the U.S. played, including all six at the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup … Played every minute of every game at the WWC, one of two players to accomplish that feat … Scored twice at the Women’s World Cup, including the game-winner in the 1-0 victory over Nigeria to finish group play … Also scored against Norway in the third-place match, where she also had an assist … Had four goals and three assists during the year … Scored against China at the Four Nations Tournament Championship in January in Guangzhou, China, helping the U.S. to a 2-0 win and the tournament title… Also scored in a 6-2 win against Canada in a May friendly …2006: Started two games at the 2006 Four Nations Tournament in China, but suffered a concussion in that tourney against France and was out of action for four months … 2005: Voted the 2005 U.S. Soccer Young Female Athlete of the Year … Had a breakout tournament at the Algarve Cup, starting all four matches for the USA, playing mostly at left back, as the USA did not allow a goal and won the tournament championship … Played in six total games during the year, starting them all, and scored one goal, that coming against Canada …2004: A member of the 2004 Olympic Residency Training Camp, she played in four matches during the year, scoring her first career goal on May 9 against Mexico … 2003: Earned one cap in 2003, that coming against Italy … 2001: Earned first four caps for the full national team in 2001, playing against Italy in Rieti, Italy and then playing three matches in the 2001 Algarve Cup in Portugal, starting against Portugal and coming on as a substitute vs. Sweden and Norway … Youth National Teams: A key member of the U.S. team that won the inaugural FIFA Under-19 Women’s World Cup in 2002, she was the unsung hero of the team for her tireless work and poise in the midfield … Also a key member of the U.S. team that qualified in T&T for the World Cup … Helped the U.S. U-21s to the Nordic Cup titles in 2003 in Denmark, 2004 in Iceland and 2005 in Sweden … Also a member of the USA’s 2001 Under-21 Nordic Cup championship team, scoring two goals in the tournament, one against Denmark and then against Sweden in the championship game … Earned 14 Under-21 caps and 21 Under-19 caps during her youth career … Also played with the U.S. U-16 National Team in 2000, meaning that by the age of 17, she had played for the USA at four levels …First Appearance: March 7, 2001, vs. Italy … First Goal: May 9, 2004, vs. Mexico.
Professional / Club: 2014: Put in a tremendous season as the captain of the Chicago Red Stars, playing 23 of the team’s 24 regular season games (and starting 22 of those matches) and led the team with 2,003 minutes played … Was the most fouled player in the NWSL for a second straight season, suffering 45 infractions… Added five goals from her central midfield role … 2013: Allocated to the Chicago Red Stars for the inaugural season of the NWSL… Named to the NWSL Best XI as a midfielder… Started 17 of 18 games played and scored five goals on top of providing four assists … 2012: Played for the Chicago Red Stars of the WPSL-E, scoring five goals in 13 games before venturing to Swedish football later in the year to join AIK Fotboll Dam … 2011: Played the last season of WPS for the Atlanta Beat, ultimately scoring four goals in 34 appearances for the club … 2010: Transferred from St. Louis Athletica to the Atlanta Beat … 2009: Allocated to St. Louis Athletica for the inaugural WPS season where she captained the team … Helped Athletica to a second place finish during the regular season with a record of 10-6-4 and a berth into the Super Semifinal match … Named to the All-WPS First Team and played in the WPS All-Star Game … Played 18 matches for her hometown Athletica, scoring two goals with one assist … Tied for first as the most fouled player in the WPS … Youth club: Played for the Gateway Strikers at a forward from 1994-’95 before moving to JB Marine, where she played for eight years ... Won the U-23 national championship with JB Marine in 2004.
Date of Birth
Jan 29, 1984
St. Louis, Mo.
Chicago Red Stars