US SoccerUS Soccer

Lori Chalupny

Women's National Team
National Teams

Lori Chalupny's Story - One Nation. One Team. 23 Stories.

While Lori Chalupny may admittedly still be a bit shy, she credits her U.S. youth National Team experience with helping her come out of her shell and find her voice. Now the St. Louis native is a college coach and a veteran player who, after five years away from the team, has a heightened appreciation for the opportunity to compete for a Women’s World Cup title.

USA Advances to 2015 World Cup Quarterfinal with 2-0 Win Against Colombia

EDMONTON, Canada (June 22, 2015) – The U.S. Women’s National Team recorded its third consecutive shutout to blank Colombia 2-0 in the Round of 16 at the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup and book its ticket to the tournament Quarterfinals.

Alex Morgan and Carli Lloyd scored in the second half to give the USA the lead and lift the team past Las Cafeteras. It was Morgan’s and Lloyd’s first goals since they both scored at the 2015 Algarve Cup in March.

Hope Solo and the USA back line have now shut out opponents for 333 straight minutes in this year’s World Cup. Solo also earned her 174th cap, the most by a goalkeeper in U.S. history, surpassing Briana Scurry (173 caps; 1994-2008).

The USA dominated much of the match in the first half with a couple of good chances, but it was not until the second frame until it converted those chances to goals.

In the 47th minute, he referee showed Catalina Perez a straight red card and called a penalty kick in favor of the USA after Colombia’s goalkeeper took down Morgan at the top of the penalty area. Abby Wambach stepped up to take it but shot wide left and the score remained 0-0 until Morgan’s strike six minutes later. Lloyd then sealed the win with a cooly taken PK in the 66th minute.

The WNT continues it World Cup quest against China PR on Friday, June 26, at 7:30 p.m. ET. The Quarterfinal will take place at Lansdowne Stadium in Ottawa, Canada. The game will be broadcast live on FOX and NBC Universo. Fans can also follow in-game updates on Twitter (@ussoccer_wnt and @ussoccer_esp).

In the other Round of 16 matchups, Germany beat Sweden 4-1, while China PR won 1-0 against Cameroon on Saturday. A day later, Australia eliminated Brazil with a 1-0 win, France advanced after a 3-0 win over Korea Republic and host nation Canada downed Switzerland 1-0. Earlier today, England came back to defeat Norway 2-1 and secure its spot in the Quarterfinals. Seven of the eight teams have now been decided with only the winner of Japan vs. Netherlands left to be determined.

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Alex Morgan (Ali Krieger), 53rd minute:
Ali Krieger was able to slip the ball past the defense to Alex Morgan, who was just outside the right side of the box. Morgan took a couple of touches and ran inside where she sent a right-footed strike toward goal. Colombia’s goalkeeper Stefany Castaño got a hand on it but deflected it up and into the goal for the USA’s first goal of the game and Morgan’s first World Cup goal since the 2011 tournament final against Japan. USA 1, COL 0

USA – Carli Lloyd (penalty), 66th minute: After Megan Rapinoe was fouled by Angela Clavijo inside the box, the referee pointed to the penalty spot in favor of the USA. Carli Lloyd stepped up to take the shot and sent a perfect attempt to the middle right of the net as Stefany Castaño jumeped the wrong way for the USA’s second of the game. USA 2, COL 0 (FINAL)

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
COL – Catalina Perez, 4th minute (save): The USA mounted an early attack when Tobin Heath got inside the box and fired a shot from eight yards out. Colombia’s Catalina Perez was alert however and leaned to her left to barely keep the ball out of the net with her palm. The ball wasn’t fully cleared out of danger and Abby Wambach tapped it in for a goal but the assistant referee had the flag up for offside.

COL – Catalina Perez, 28th minute (save): A ball played into the box by Lauren Holiday sailed over a group of players and right towards Alex Morgan, who was waiting in the middle. Morgan gave it a slight touch with her head to send it towards the top of the net but Perez jumped in time to tap it over the crossbar.

COL – Natalia Gaitan, 38th minute (save): Megan Rapinoe cut the ball to her right foot and whipped a pass towards the six-yard box. The U.S. was in great position to make a play but Colombia’s captain Natalia Gaitan got there first to clear it out with a great header.

COL – Stefany Castaño, 75th minute (save): Carli Lloyd had some nifty moves in the midfield and positioned herself at the top of the box, sending a missile shot straight for the net. Castaño was quick to the attempt and jumped on the ball to grab it and avoid any danger.

Next on the Schedule: The WNT will meet China PR on Friday, June 26 at 7:30 p.m. ET at Lansdowne Stadium in Ottawa, Canada.
Broadcast information:  FOX; NBC Universo 
Social:  Twitter (@ussoccer_wnt@ussoccer_esp);  FacebookInstagram

Milestone Watch:

  • Hope Solo recorded her 87th career shutout. It was the third straight World Cup clean sheet for the USA, and Solo’s eighth in World Cup play, the second most by a U.S. goalkeeper behind Brianna Scurry (10).
  • Solo tied Briana Scurry for most wins by a U.S. goalkeeper with 133.
  • Solo has the most starts by a WNT goalkeeper with 168. Solo is also in 10th place on the WNT’s all-time starts list and behind ninth place Carli Lloyd, who earned her 171st start in tonight’s game.
  • Carli Lloyd earned her 199th cap today and could hit the 200 mark if she plays during the Quarterfinal match against China PR on June 26. She would become the 10th player in U.S. history to reach that mark and the fourth on the current roster. Christie Rampone, Abby Wambach and Heather O’Reilly are the other three.

Additional Notes:

  • The U.S. WNT has now advanced to the quarterfinals of every Women’s World Cup it has participated in (1991, 1995, 1999, 2003, 2007, 2011 and 2015).
  • Since allowing a goal against Australia in its opening match on June 8 in the 27th minute, the U.S. has shut down opponents
  • The U.S. now has a record of 3-0-0 against Colombia and has outscored the nation 8-0 in a span of three games. The two sides have now met once at the Olympics and twice in World Cup play.
  • Alex Morgan scored her first goal since she netted one during the USA’s 3-0 victory against Switzerland on March 4. Morgan now has three goals in 2015 and 52 international goals in her career.
  • Carli Lloyd scored her first goal since netting two goals in the USA’s 2-1 win against Norway on March 4, 2015. Lloyd now has three goals in 2015 and 64 for her career.
  • Lloyd has scored in every match the WNT has played against Colombia.
  • Defender Lori Chalupny made her first appearance of the 2015 World Cup when she came in for Ali Krieger in the second half. It was her seventh World Cup appearance of her career.
  • 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 (1,239) of anyone on the team.
  • Six U.S. players have played all 360 minutes of the tournament so far: midfielder Lauren Holiday, defender Julie Johnston, defender Meghan Klingenberg, midfielder Carli Lloyd, defender Sauerbrunn and goalkeeper Hope Solo.
  • In its last 14 games, the U.S. has surrendered just three goals and has scored 26.
  • So far, 17 of the 20 field players on the World Cup roster have seen action in the tournament.
  • Holiday and Rapinoe each received a yellow card during the match. It was their second of the tournament and will cause both players to miss the USA’s Quarterfinal match against China PR.

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

Match:  U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Colombia
Date:  June 22, 2015
Competition:  2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup – Round of 16
Venue:  Commonwealth Stadium; Edmonton, Canada
Kickoff:  8 p.m. ET (6 p.m. local)
Attendance:  19,412
Weather:  70 degrees; Partly Cloudy

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

USA – Alex Morgan (Ali Krieger)       53rd minute
USA – Carli Lloyd (penalty)               66

USA:  1-Hope Solo; 11-Ali Krieger (16-Lori Chalupny, 81), 19-Julie Johnston, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 22-Meghan Klingenberg; 15-Megan Rapinoe (23-Christen Press, 75) 12-Lauren Holiday, 10-Carli Lloyd, 17-Tobin Heath; 13-Alex Morgan, 20-Abby Wambach (capt.) (14-Morgan Brian, 69)
Subs Not Used: 2-Sydney Leroux, 3-Christie Rampone, 5-Kelley O’Hara, 6-Whitney Engen, 7-Shannon Boxx, 8-Amy Rodriguez, 9-Heather O’Reilly, 18-Ashlyn Harris, 21-Alyssa Naeher,
Head coach: Jill Ellis

COL : 22-Catalina Perez; 17-Carolina Arias, 14-Nataly Arias, 13-Angela Clavijo, 9-Orianica Velasquez; 3-Natalia Gaitan (capt.), 6-Daniela Montoya (19-Leicy Santos, 85); 4-Diana Ospina, 10-Yoreli Rincon (11-Catalina Usme, 72) 16-Lady Andrade; 7-Ingrid Vidal (1-Stefany Castaño, 49)
Subs not used: 2-Carolina Arbelaez, 5-Lina Granados, 8-Mildrey Pineda, 11-Catalina Usme, 15-Tatiana Ariza, 18-Yisela Cuesta, 19-Leicy Santos, 20-Laura Cosme, 21-Isabella Echeverri, 23-Manuela Gonzalez
Head coach: Fabian Taborda

Stats Summary: USA / COL
Shots: 15 / 10
Shots on Goal: 6 / 2
Saves: 2 / 4
Corner Kicks: 8 / 3
Fouls: 21 / 12
Offside: 2 / 0 

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Lauren Holiday (caution)                     17th minute
USA – Megan Rapinoe (caution)                    42
COL – Catalina Perez (sent off)                     47
COL – Angela Clavijo (caution)                      65

Referee: Stephanie Frappart (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Manuela Nicolosi (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Yolanda Parga (ESP)
Fourth Official: Abirami Apbai Naidu (SIN)

Budweiser Woman of the Match: Carli Lloyd

Behind The Crest: Ep. 4 - #USWNT in Canada

The U.S. Women's National Team moves to the Round of 16 in episode 4 of "Behind the Crest." After beating Nigeria in Vancouver, the team boards a plane to Edmonton where they find out their next opponent - Colombia - and get set for their knockout round match on June 22.

#TBT: Before the Stars Earned Their Stripes

Every journey has to start somewhere.

For most, the #USWNT is a group of fearless women representing their country while fighting for the ultimate prize in women’s soccer.

But for others, especially family and friends, the player everyone else sees on the field is just the silly girl who grew up before their very own eyes.

In honor of #TBT, we’ve compiled the 23 best photos of your #USWNT before they were the players you root for every day.

On #FridayNight the USA will come out onto the pitch for the #USAvSWE match in Winnipeg. But first, let’s take a trip down memory lane and enjoy the fact that before all of this, before the bright lights and the world stage, that player you dearly admire was once just a five-year-old with a big smile and an even bigger dream. 

WNT Brings #SheBelieves to Local Communities

In an effort to give back to the young fans that support them on the field, the U.S. WNT players are sending a simple yet powerful message back: #SheBelieves. Conceived and developed by the USWNT players, the #SheBelieves campaign is a message to young girls that they can accomplish all their goals and dreams.


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.


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.”

Lori Chalupny


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.”

Lori Chalupny

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. 

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.