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World Cup Veterans Tony Sanneh and Kate Markgraf Participate in U.S. Department of State Soccer Envoy Program in Ethiopia

CHICAGO (July 13, 2012) – Former U.S. Men’s National Team defender Tony Sanneh and former U.S. Women’s National Team defender Kate Markgraf are in Ethiopia participating in the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs Soccer Envoy Program. Sanneh and Markgraf will be in Ethiopia until July 15 as part of a U.S. government exchange program that brings people together for greater understanding through sports.


“I am grateful for the opportunity to represent our country and give back to the global football community,” said 2002 FIFA World Cup veteran Sanneh. “Soccer is one of the ties that bind countries around the world, and the chance to connect with people across so many different cultures and share our love and passion for the sport is a wonderful gift. We hope through this program that in some small way we can make a difference in people’s lives.”

The envoys are at work in the eastern Ethiopian city of Dire Dawa, where they will head the soccer portion of a four-day Youth Culture, Sport and Friendship Camp sponsored by the U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa. This camp, organized together with the Ethio-Italy Technical College, The Dire Dawa Mayor’s Office, The Dire Dawa Sports Commission and the Dire Dawa Police Commission, is aimed at exchanging cultural traditions and promoting healthy living through sport and education. The envoys will work with young men and women, ages 13 – 20.

Sport Envoys are current and retired professional athletes and coaches from a range of sports that travel overseas to conduct drills, lead teambuilding sessions, and engage youth in a dialogue on the importance of education, health, and respect for diversity. In partnership with SportsUnited, US Soccer players, coaches and administrators have visited over 18 countries since 2006. The athletes have offered soccer clinics for thousands of boys, girls, and coaches.

SportsUnited is the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs’ premier sports exchange program at the U.S. Department of State. Athletes and coaches from a range of sports are chosen to conduct clinics, visit schools, and engage with youth overseas in a dialogue on the importance of an education, positive health practices, and respect for diversity. Since 2003, SportsUnited has brought nearly 1,000 athletes from over 60 countries to the U.S. to participate in Sport Visitor programs. Since 2005, SportsUnited has sent over 220 U.S. athletes to more than 50 countries to participate in Sport Envoy programs.


Kate Markgraf Retires from Professional Soccer

CHICAGO (Oct. 14, 2010) – Kate Markgraf, one of the most-capped players in the history of the U.S. Women’s National team with 201 games played, has retired.

A starter for the USA in the last six world championships, she played her last match for the U.S. National Team on July 17 against Sweden in East Hartford, Conn., and retires as one of the greatest defenders in U.S. history.

Markgraf gave birth to twins, Carson (girl) and Xavier (boy) in July 2009, which forced her to miss the inaugural WPS season, but she played almost every minute for the Chicago Red Stars in 2010. Markgraf had her first son, Keegan, in July 2006. Formerly Kate Sobrero, she married Chris Markgraf in 2003.

Due to her solid WPS season this year, Markgraf was called back to the WNT and played in three matches in 2010, pushing her career cap total over 200 and making her just one of seven players to reach that mark.

Markgraf was the least experienced starter on the ground-breaking 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup Team. She had just 27 caps when she started with Carla Overbeck in the center of the U.S. defense in the opening game of that historic tournament.

Always a gritty and athletic defender, she grew into a leader in the back for the USA and was a fixture in the starting lineup for over 11 years, missing significant stretches of games only when she was pregnant and recovering from childbirth. She finishes her career having started 187 of her 201 caps while starting for the USA in the 1999, 2003 and 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cups and on the 2000, 2004 and 2008 Olympic Teams.

Her 201 caps rank seventh all-time in U.S. history and her 187 starts rank sixth. She earned her 100th career cap against Korea DPR in the 2003 FIFA Women’s World Cup and her 200th on July 13, 2010, against Sweden in Omaha, Neb.

As a collegian, she started all 96 games she played at Notre Dame and helped the Fighting Irish to an NCAA title in 1995.

One of Markgraf’s most memorable moments came on Sept. 20, 2008, at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Ill., when she scored what would be her only goal in a U.S. uniform, burying a penalty kick against Ireland.

Markgraf played in both the WUSA, where she played three seasons for the Boston Breakers, and in WPS, where she played this past season for the Red Stars.

The retirement of Markgraf leaves just three players from the 1999 Women’s World Cup squad still active in professional soccer: defender Christie Rampone, midfielder Kristine Lilly and forward Tiffeny Milbrett.

U.S. Women Charge Back with 1-0 Victory vs. Japan in Second Match of Olympics

QUIHUANGDAO, China (August 9, 2008) — The United States Women's Olympic Team rode a Carli Lloyd goal and a solid defensive effort to a 1-0 victory against Japan in the second match of Group G action at the 2008 Olympic Games.

With the shutout win, the U.S. secured a vital three points as they seek a place in the knockout phase, moving into second place in Group G behind leaders Norway. The top two finishers in each of the three groups advance to the second round along with two best third-place finishers based on points.

"I am very happy about our performance today against a very technical, talented Japan team," said U.S. head coach Pia Sundhage. "Besides a great goal by Carli Lloyd, I am very happy about our tactics with a fast player up top, Amy Rodriguez, and the way Heather O'Reilly played on the right side. But the bottom line is that it is the team that won today."

The U.S. will close out group action against New Zealand on Tuesday, Aug. 12, in Shenyang. Kickoff is set for 7:45 a.m. ET, and the match will be broadcast live on MSNBC and the NBC Olympic Soccer Channel. Fans can also follow along live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker.

The U.S. set a frenetic pace to open the contest, looking much more composed at the outset than in their opening match of the 2008 Games against Norway. The combination of tight organization and quick ball movement kept the Japanese under pressure from the opening whistle. The U.S. outshot Japan 18-9 on the night, while Hope Solo earned her first Olympic clean sheet in her second start.

The U.S. attack created its first opportunity in the eighth minute thanks to a nice passing exchange. Lindsay Tarpley played a lovely diagonal switch to O’Reilly on the right flank, who beat her marker to the endline. Her cross was narrowly cleared by a sliding Japanese defender as Angela Hucles lurked on the back post. Less than a minute later, Tarpley took a crack on her own, forcing her way through two defenders and ripping a left-footer from 20 yards that goalkeeper Miho Fukumoto did well to smother.

Japan’s first good chance came at the quarter-hour, and it was nearly trouble. Mizuho Sakaguchi received a pass inside the area and smacked a low drive that just skimmed by the far post.

The U.S. continued to press the game, seeking to exploit their speed on both flanks with quick passes played forward into space. Both Rodriguez – making her first Olympic start – and O’Reilly worked tirelessly throughout the night to keep the Japanese on their heels with their willingness to take on defenders.

Japan got another good look at the midway point of the first half when veteran Homare Sawa found space at the left corner of the box. Spying the far post, she tried to a curl a shot to upper corner, but Solo calmly rose to tip the ball over the bar.

The decisive moment came in the 27th minute as the result of hustle from the U.S. team. Tarpley fought for possession near the midfield stripe and played a through ball to Stephanie Cox, who had overlapped from the left back position. Cox raced to the endline and hit a left-footed cross towards the top of the box. The ball bounced past a defender and found Lloyd at the top of the box. Lloyd stepped up and unleashed a wicked half volley that sailed above Fukumoto and rippled the back of the net. The goal was Lloyd’s 18th in her international career and her first in Olympic play.

The pace mellowed a bit around the 30-minute mark as the heat and humidity began taking its toll, but both sides still probed for opportunities. In the 33rd minute, Yuki Nagasoto penetrated the U.S. penalty area by getting past Kate Markgraf. She slotted a ball across the six-yard box that appeared to be dangerous, but the U.S. defense stood well positioned and the effort skipped harmlessly through.

Just three minutes before the halftime whistle, the U.S. nearly broke through again. From near the center circle, Hucles started a quick counter by slipping a through ball between the Japanese defense and sending Rodriguez racing through towards goal. Charging into the box, she tried to pick out the far post but the Japanese ‘keeper stood her ground to thwart the attempt.

The second half began a bit more measured for the U.S. as Japan came out pressing for the equalizer. The U.S. did well to absorb the early pressure and shortly snatched the momentum.

Shannon Boxx – who traded moments of getting forward with her midfielder partner Lloyd - got a pair of chances three minutes apart. In the 56th minute, she took a first-time strike from the top of the area, only to see the well-struck effort keep rising over the Japanese goal. Three minutes later, she made a quick turn 25 yards out and slammed a left footer towards the near post that forced a diving save from Fukumoto.

The U.S. looked in control through the middle phase of the half, denying Japan a good look at goal while patiently seeking out counter-attacking opportunities in search of an insurance goal. They had a golden chance to double the lead in the 80th minute when O’Reilly delivered a penetrating pass to Rodriguez near the top right corner of the area. She fought off her defender and earned a clear look at goal. With the ‘keeper off her line, she let go a curling shot destined for the far post, but the ball bent agonizingly wide.

With minutes remaining, Japan turned up the heat as they probed for the equalizer. In the 88th minute, Shinobu Ohno beat three U.S. markers and dribbled to the endline. Her delivery into the six-yard box found Karina Maruyama first to the ball, but U.S. captain Christie Rampone bodied the Japanese attacker enough to force an off balance header that fell wide. Rampone earned her 199th international cap in the victory.

U.S. WOMEN'S NATIONAL TEAM GAME REPORT

Match-up: USA vs. Japan
Competition: 2008 Olympics
Venue: Qinhuangdao Olympic Sports Center Stadium; Qinhuangdao, China
Date: August 9, 2008; Kickoff – 5:00 p.m. local / 5:00 a.m. ET
Attendance: 16,912
Weather: Hazy, Humid, 78 degrees

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

USA – Carli Lloyd (Stephanie Cox) 27th minute.

Lineups:
USA: 18-Hope Solo; 2-Heather Mitts, 15-Kate Markgraf, 3-Christie Rampone – Capt.,14-Stephanie Cox (4-Rachel Buehler, 83); 9-Heather O’Reilly, 7-Shannon Boxx, 11-Carli Lloyd, 5-Lindsay Tarpley (13-Tobin Heath, 73); 16-Angela Hucles, 8-Amy Rodriguez (6-Natasha Kai, 86)
Subs not used: 1-Nicole Barnhart,10-Aly Wagner, 12-Lauren Cheney, 17-Lori Chalupny
Head Coach: Pia Sundhage

JPN: 1-Miho Fukumoto; 2-Yukari Kinga, 3-Hiromi Ikeda (9-Eriko Arakawa, 82) 4-Azusa Iwashimizu, 7-Kozue Ando (12-Karina Maruyama, 62); 5-Miyuki Yanagita, 8-Aya Miyama, 10-Homare Sawa, 15-Mizuho Sakaguchi (13-Ayumi Hara, 65); 17-Yuki Nagasato, 11-Shinobu Ohno.
Subs not used: 6-Tomoe Kato,14-Kyoko Yano, 16-Rumi Utsugi, 18-Ayumi Kaihori
Head Coach: Norio Sasaki

Statistical Summary: USA / JPN
Shots: 18/9
Shots on Goal: 6/4
Saves: 4/5
Corner Kicks: 9/4
Fouls: 7/6
Offside: 5/2

Misconduct Summary:
JPN – Homare Sawa (caution) 74th minute.

Officials:
Referee: Pannipar Kamnueng (THA)
Asst. Referee: Widiya Shamsuri (MAS)
Asst. Referee: Ja Daw Kaw (MYA)
4th Official: Christine Beck(GER)

Sierra Mist Woman of the Match: Carli Lloyd

2008 Olympic Women’s Soccer Tournament Standings
Group G
Team     W     L     T     Pts    GF    GA GD
NOR      2       0     0     6         3     0     +3
USA       1       1     0     3        1      2     -1
NZL        0       1    1     1         2     3      -1
JPN        0       1     1     1        2     3      -1

Aug. 6
Japan 2, New Zealand 2
Norway 2, USA 0

Aug. 9
USA 1, Japan 0
New Zealand 0, Norway 1

Aug. 12
Norway vs. Japan, 7:45 a.m. ET
USA vs. New Zealand, 7:45 a.m. ET

Group E
Team     W     L     T     Pts    GF    GA GD
CAN       1     0      1     4         3       2    +1
CHN       1     0      1     4         3       2    +1
SWE       1    1       0     3         2       2     0
ARG       0     2      0     0         1       3    -2

Aug. 6
Argentina 1, Canada 2
China 2, Sweden 1

Aug. 9
Sweden 1, Argentina 0
Canada 1, China 1

Aug. 12
China vs. Argentina, 7:45 a.m. ET
Sweden vs. Canada, 7:45 a.m. ET

Group F
Team     W     L     T     Pts    GF    GA GD
BRA        1     0     1     4         2        1     +1
GER        1     0     1     4         1        0   +1
PRK        1     1     0     3         2        2    0
NGA       0     2     0     0         0         2    -2

Aug. 6
Germany 0, Brazil 0
North Korea 1, Nigeria 0

Aug. 9
Nigeria 0, Germany 1
Brazil 2, North Korea 1

Aug. 12
North Korea vs. Germany, 5 a.m. ET
Nigeria vs. Brazil, 5 a.m. ET

Post-Match Quote Sheet: Norway 2, U.S. Women 0

U.S. head coach Pia Sundhage
On the match:
“My glass is always half full. For us, it is a new experience to lose a game and the fact we tried to turn around and create some chances in the second half is positive. I’m happy that this is the first game and not the last. We still have two more games to go. We will take the good part of the second half going forward to play against Japan and New Zealand.”

On the match and the USA’s effort in the second half:
“This was a crazy game with us giving up two goals at the beginning of the game, but then we bounced back. In the second half, we made some tactical changes, tried three in the back, and tried certain things. The effort of the players is the reason we will be successful and we still have a chance to win a gold medal.”
On looking forward to the next match:
“We have a choice right now. You can imagine (what it can do to a team) to give up two early goals playing in your first game. What is very important is to keep our style and that is something we as coaches will emphasize. We can look at bad things, and we will adjust, but also look at good parts in the game where we created chances and where we kept possession and played pretty good soccer. That is the choice that we have and we will look at positive things.”

On the two quick goals:
“The first goal is some sort of competition in the air, and of course, I would love to see that we could deal with that situation better. But that’s good attacking by Norway. The second goal we gave away the ball. You can call it mistakes, but we bounced back from that and created many chances.”

U.S. defender Christie Rampone
On the match:
“We had a lot of great attacking moments in the second half, but I think our timing was just a little bit off. Luck plays a little bit of a factor, but I’d rather see us have some better timing and bring that to the second game so that some of those crosses will be in the back of the net.”

On the match:
“Norway are great competitors and we have a lot of respect for them. It was just unfortunate that they got two early goals on us. Our team bounced back and there were some good moments. We just have to take the positives and lucky for us, it was the first game.”

On the team’s mood after the match:
“Our heads are up. We have to take away the positives from that game and move on. We can’t dwell on this game. We have the next game against Japan and that’s what we have to look forward to. I have confidence in this team and know we’ll bounce back.”

U.S. midfielder Shannon Boxx
On the match:
“It was bad that we gave up two goals early, but the rest of the game we were fighting and pushing to get those two goals back. We have to go back and see the good things that we did, because I think we did some good things and had some opportunities, we just didn’t finish them.”

On giving up two early goals:
“You can’t do that in this tournament. We came out a bit flat and we’ve learned from that. We have two more games and we’re going to come out a lot stronger.”

On the leadership it will take to make the quarterfinals:
“It comes from the veterans that have been in the Olympics before and have seen it takes more than just one game. We’ve seen you can lose just one game and come back and move on. We’ve told everybody that … we are going to come back stronger against Japan and we know we have to win.”

U.S. midfielder Heather O’Reilly
On the match:
“At the start of the game, we made a couple of mistakes and they capitalized. I think that we mentally came back from a 2-0 deficit really strong and confident. We kept our heads the entire game and had great leadership the entire game. It’s tough when you go down two goals in the first couple of minutes. I think it was nerves a little bit.”

On the two early goals:
“The first goal was a difficult cross. You can tell if a cross is good if it makes a goalkeeper guess to come out or not and that’s exactly what that cross was. It’s just unfortunate with Hope Solo and Lori Chalupny colliding like that. Really, it was two unfortunate errors on our part and we showed some bravery and courage to push on.”

U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo
On the first goal:
“That’s the life of a goalkeeper. It’s about decisions. It was a pretty well-placed ball where I was forced to make a decision, come or go. I came and she beat me to it.”

On bouncing back against Japan:
“There were a lot of nerves. It was our first Olympic game, but we had some glimpses of brilliance. You could see the potential out there. I think we are going to come back stronger. I’m not just saying that to say it. You felt the energy out there after the game. No one hung their heads. I think we’re getting this one out of the way. The nerves will be gone now.”

U.S. defender Kate Markgraf:
On bouncing back in the next two matches:
“Norway lost in the first game in 2000 and came back and won in the finals. That’s the great thing about the Olympics. You always have second chances in the round-robin play. We just have to take care of business and have great games against Japan and New Zealand. We believe we can do it.”

On the two early goals:
“The first goal they played a good ball in unfortunately it didn’t bounce our way. The second goal was totally my fault. I didn’t play the ball back hard enough to Hope (Solo) and I didn’t see the player either. So, it was totally an error that didn’t need to happen and didn’t help our situation as we were already a goal down.”

On the competition getting tougher in the Olympics:
“Once you hit the Olympics, friendlies don’t matter. People turn up their game a notch and take advantage of mistakes and that’s exactly what they did. We had two mistakes and they capitalized.”

Norway Scores Twice Early, U.S. Women Lose in 2008 Olympic Opener

QINHUANGDAO, China (Aug. 6, 2008) – The U.S. Women’s National Team fell to Norway, 2-0, in the first match for both teams at the 2008 Olympics as the Europeans stunned the U.S. with two goals in the first five minutes. The Americans pushed to pull a goal back in the second half, but an organized Norwegian side held on for the victory on a hot and steamy night at the Qinhuangdao Sports Center Stadium.

The loss was just the second-ever for the U.S. women in the Olympics, with the only other loss also coming to Norway in the 2000 Olympic Final in Sydney, Australia.

Norway sits atop Group G with three points. Japan came back from a two-goal deficit to tie New Zealand, 2-2, creating a tie for second place with one point each. The USA will face Japan next in a critical match on Saturday, Aug. 9, at 5 a.m. ET live on USA Network and the NBC Olympic Soccer Channel.

"My glass is always half full. For us, it is a new experience to lose a game and the fact we tried to turn around and create some chances in the second half is positive,” said U.S. head coach Pia Sundhage, who suffers her first loss as the U.S. head coach. “I'm happy that this is the first game and not the last. We still have two more games to go. We will take the good part of the second half going forward to play against Japan and New Zealand.”

Norway’s dream start came in the second minute. After Christie Rampone cleared away a long throw in, Norway captain Ane Stangeland Horpestad swung in a looping cross from the left wing. Lori Chalupny was good position to try to win the header, but U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo charged off her line and collided with Chalupny as Leni Larsen Kaurin got her head to the ball, popping it over both U.S. players and into the empty net.

Two minutes later Norway scored again. The goal came after Kate Markgraf played a back pass from the right sideline into the middle of the field, but hit it too softly, and it was picked off in stride by Melissa Wiik who dribbled into the penalty area and curved a fantastic shot inside the left post around Solo.

After a few early build-ups and corner kicks, the best chance for the U.S. in the first half came in the 26th minute and was created by midfielder Heather O’Reilly. With the U.S. pressing, O’Reilly dribbled to the end line and cut back a pass that deflected to Carli Lloyd, who touched the ball forward to Angela Hucles, but her curling shot flew over the crossbar.

In the 15th minute, Sundhage was forced to make her first substitution as Chalupny departed the match due to a blow to the side of her head in the collision with Solo on the first goal. She was replaced by Stephanie Cox.

In the second half, Norway was content to sit back and counter-attack while the U.S. picked up the pressure, eventually firing 20 shots during the game. Norway’s best chance of the second half came in the 49th minute off a free-kick that Marit Christensen flicked just wide of Solo’s right post.

Forward Amy Rodriguez came on at halftime replacing Lindsay Tarpley and helped the U.S. build numerous attacks through the final 45 minutes, but the Americans struggled to solve Norway’s defense with the final pass. In the 61st minute, forward Natasha Kai put a shot over the bar from a tight angle and in the 78th Lloyd had a pair of chances denied after her first shot came back to her off a defender.

The USA also had two good chances in stoppage time, the first when Hucles hit a blast from outside of the area that would have dipped into the net if not for a great leaping save from Erika Skarbøe. A minute later, Lloyd’s strike from nearly the same spot went just wide of the post.

This was the 44th meeting in a rivalry that dates to 1987, with Norway having more success against the U.S. than any other team. Going into the match the U.S. had won the 10 previous meetings dating to 2002, and the win was the 19th in the series for the Scandinavian side.

The game marked the first Olympic appearances for Solo, Chalupny, Lloyd, Kai, Cox, Rodriguez and Tobin Heath, who came on late in the game for Cox. It was also the first Olympic starts for Hucles and O’Reilly. Chalupny is listed as day-to-day for the USA’s next match against Japan.

In other Olympic action, Germany and Brazil played to a 0-0 tie in a rematch of the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup Final. The hosts China were also victorious, surprising No. 3-ranked Sweden 2-1, and are tied for first in Group F with Canada who were 2-1 winners against Argentina.

- U.S. WOMEN'S NATIONAL TEAM GAME REPORT -

Match-up: USA vs. Norway
Competition: 2008 Olympics
Venue: Qinhuangdao Olympic Sports Center Stadium; Qinhuangdao, China
Date: August 6, 2008; Kickoff – 7:45 p.m. local / 7:45 a.m. ET
Attendance: 17,673
Weather: Hazy, Humid, 83 degrees

Scoring Summary:    1    2    F
USA                                0   0   0
NOR                               2   0   2

NOR – Leni Larsen Kaurin (Ane Stangeland Horpestad)    2nd minute.
NOR – Melissa Wiik                                                                     4.

Lineups:
USA: 18-Hope Solo; 2-Heather Mitts, 15-Kate Markgraf, 3-Christie Rampone – Capt., 17-Lori Chalupny (14-Stephanie Cox, 15, 13-Tobin Heath, 78); 9-Heather O’Reilly, 7-Shannon Boxx, 11-Carli Lloyd, 5-Lindsay Tarpley (8-Amy Rodriguez); 16-Angela Hucles, 6-Natasha Kai
Subs: 4-Rachel Buehler, 10-Aly Wagner, 12-Lauren Cheney, 18-Nicole Barnhart
Head Coach: Pia Sundhage

NOR: 1-Erika Skarbøe; 2-Ane Stangeland Horpestad – Capt., 3-Gunhild Følstad, 7-Trine Rønning, 12-Marit Christensen; 4-Ingvild Stensland, 6-Marie Knutsen (5-Siri Nordby, 88’), 13-Lene Storløkken; 10-Melissa Wiik (17-Lene Mykjåland, 69’), 8-Solveig Gulbrandsen, 11-Leni Larsen Kaurin (14-Guro Knutsen, 67’)
Subs:, 9-Isabell Herlovsen, 15-Marita Skammelsrud Lund, 16-Elise Thorsnes, 18-Christine Nilsen
Head Coach: Bjarne Berntsen

Statistical Summary: USA / NOR
Shots:                                  20 / 12
Shots on Goal:                   11 / 6
Saves:                                   6 / 8
Corner Kicks:                       4 / 1
Fouls:                                  12 / 11
Offside:                                  2 / 3

Misconduct Summary:
None.

Officials
Referee: Nicole Petignat (SUI)
Asst. Referee: Cristini Cini (ITA)
Asst. Referee: Karine Vives Solana (FRA)
4th Official: Dagmar Damkova (CZE)

Sierra Mist Woman of the Match: Christie Rampone

2008 Olympic Women’s Soccer Tournament Standings
Group G
Team  W L  T   Pts GF GA GD
NOR   1   0  0   3     2     0   +2
NZL     0   0 1   1      2     2    0
JPN     0   0 1   1      2     2    0
USA     0  1  0   0      0     2   -2

Aug. 6
Japan 2, New Zealand 2
Norway 2 USA 0

Aug. 9
USA vs. Japan, 5 a.m.. ET
New Zealand vs. Norway, 7:45 a.m. ET

Aug. 12
Norway vs. Japan, 7:45 a.m. ET
USA vs. New Zealand, 7:45 a.m. ET

Group E
Team  W  L   T Pts GF GA  GD
CAN     1   0   0    3    2    1   +1
CHN    1    0  0    3     2    1   +1
SWE    0    1  0    0    1     2    -1
ARG     0   1   0    0    1    2     -1

Aug. 6
Argentina 1, Canada 2
China 2, Sweden 1

Aug. 9
Sweden vs. Argentina, 5 a.m. ET
Canada vs. China, 7:45 a.m. ET

Aug. 12
China vs. Argentina, 7:45 a.m. ET
Sweden vs. Canada, 7:45 a.m. ET

Group F
Team   W     L     T    Pts  GF  GA   GD
PRK     1       0     0      3     1     0     +1
BRA      0      0     1      1      0    0       E
GER      0      0     1     1      0     0      E
NGA      0      1      0     0      0     1     -1

Aug. 6
Germany 0, Brazil 0
North Korea 1, Nigeria 0

Aug. 9
Nigeria vs. Germany, 5 a.m. ET
Brazil vs. North Korea, 7:45 a.m. ET

Aug. 12
North Korea vs. Germany, 5 a.m. ET
Nigeria vs. Brazil, 5 a.m. ET

Kai Scores Late Header to Give U.S. Women 1-0 Win Over Brazil; Top Scorer Abby Wambach Breaks Leg and is Out of the Olympics

SAN DIEGO, Calif. (July 16, 2008) – The U.S. Women’s National Team defeated Brazil, 1-0, on a 85th minute goal from forward Natasha Kai in front of a sell-out standing-room-only crowd of 7,502.

The win also featured a loss for the U.S. team, as top scorer Abby Wambach broke her leg in a 31st minute collision with Brazilian defender Andreia Rosa. The two players went hard into a tackle and the Brazilian caught Wambach with a full swing flush in the middle of her lower leg.

Wambach went down in a heap and immediately called for medical attention. The match was stopped for about five minutes as an air cast was put around her leg and she was loaded onto a stretcher. Wambach was taken to the hospital where X-rays confirmed a mid-oblique fracture of her tibia and fibula, the bones that make up the lower leg. The USA’s leading scorer this year with 13 goals and 10 assists will undergo surgery tomorrow to have a rod inserted in her leg and will be out approximately 12 weeks.

Despite losing one of its leaders, the U.S. team continued to press Brazil and the back line held the South Americans to just one shot on goal during the entire game. The U.S. had just three shots on goal, but the final one was the game-winner.

Kai entered the match the 56th minute and would bag the winning goal just five minutes from the end of the game. The goal came from a free-kick just outside the penalty area on the right side, just a few yards from the end line.

Lloyd chipped a cross into the middle and Kai got inside position on her defender before pounding a header down into the net from just inside the six-yard box. It was Kai’s 12th goal of the year and 20th of her international career.

“So many things happened in this game, and I’ve very happy with the way we ended the game with that great goal, a beautiful goal,” said U.S. head coach Pia Sundhage. “(Scoring a winning goal late in the game) has happened to this team so many times. There is something about this team that is ‘winning.’ It’s late in the game and they create chances and all of a sudden you get the big goals.”

The match marked the USA’s second straight 1-0 victory over Brazil after winning 1-0 on July 13 in Commerce City, Colo. on a goal from Amy Rodriguez, who got the start tonight in San Diego and played the entire 90 minutes while causing problems for the Brazilian all night defense with her speed and quickness.

Wambach had two early chances to get what would have been her 100th career goal. In just the fourth minute, she got behind the Brazilian defense in the left side of the penalty area, but her sliding shot bounced just past the right post. She also rounded Brazilian goalkeeper Barbara a few minutes later in the left side of the box, but her angle was too sharp to take a shot. She cut back inside and Barbara dove at her feet, sending Wambach sprawling.

The U.S. out-shot Brazil 12-5 for the game with Lloyd getting several nice cracks at goal from distance during the match, but the Brazilian goalkeepers made solid catches on each. Lori Chalupny had a good look at goal in the first half after she ran onto a deflected ball in box, but her left-footed shot went just wide from 16 yards.

Brazil’s best chance came in the 58th minute as Maicon hit a nice drive from the top of the penalty box after the USA had cleared a corner kick, but it flew a few yards wide of the upper left corner.

The match marked the 100th career appearance for Lindsay Tarpley, who earned her first cap at Torero Stadium in 2003 against Japan. She captained the team for the first 56 minutes before being replaced by Kai. Tarpley became the 21st female player in U.S. history to play 100 or more times for her country.

The win sends the U.S. to the Beijing Olympics with a 21-0-1 record in 2008. The U.S. team will have a few days off before departing for China on July 23. A replacement for Wambach will be named in the next few days.

The U.S. opens its 2008 Olympics on Aug. 6 against Norway in at the Olympic Sports Center in Qinhuangdao (7:45 p.m. local / 7:45 a.m. ET). The U.S. will continue Group G play against Japan on Aug. 9, also in Qinhuangdao (5 p.m. local / 5 a.m. ET), before finishing the first-round against New Zealand on Aug. 12 at the Olympics Sports Center in Shenyang (7:45 p.m. local / 7:45 a.m. ET).

- U.S. WOMEN'S NATIONAL TEAM GAME REPORT -

Match-up: USA vs. Brazil
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Torero Stadium; San Diego, Calif.
Date: July 16, 2008; Kickoff – 7 p.m. PT
Attendance: 7,502 (Sell Out)
Weather: Cool, clear – 71 degrees

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

USA – Natasha Kai (Carli Lloyd) 85th minute.

Lineups:
USA: 1-Hope Solo; 17-Lori Chalupny, 3-Christie Rampone – Capt, 15-Kate Markgraf, 2-Heather Mitts; 7-Shannon Boxx, 9-Heather O’Reilly, 5-Lindsay Tarpley (6-Natasha Kai, 56), 11-Carli Lloyd (10-Aly Wagner, 86); 8-Amy Rodriguez, 12-Abby Wambach (16-Angela Hucles, 38).
Subs not used: 4-Rachel Buehler, 13-Tobin Heath, 14-Stephanie Cox, 18-Nicole Barnhart.
Head Coach: Pia Sundhage

BRA: 1-Barbara (12-Andrea, 46); 2-Jatoba, 4-Tania, 5-Andreia Rosa (20-Raquel, 88), 6-Rosana (13-Dani, 66); 7-Formiga, 9-Maicon, 14-Ester; 11-Pretinha (15-Maurine, 46), 18-Fabiana (17-Francielle, 76).
Subs not used: 3-Pitty, 8-Juliana, 16-Daiane
Head Coach: Jorge Barcellos

Statistical Summary:
USA / BRA
Shots: 12 / 5
Shots on Goal: 3 / 1
Saves: 1 / 2
Corner Kicks: 5 / 2
Fouls: 9 / 18
Offside: 2 / 1

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Heather Mitts (caution) 9th minute.
BRA – Maicon (caution) 26.
BRA -- Renata Costa (caution) 29.
BRA – Daiane (caution) 49.

Officials
Referee: Jen Bennett (USA)
Asst. Referee: Felisha Mariscal (USA)
Asst. Referee: Shirin Nikpournezhati (USA)
4th Official: Bing Kongmebhol (USA)

Sierra Mist Woman of the Match: Natasha Kai

First came into a National Team camp after her sophomore college season in 1995, but would not make an impact on the team until 1998 when she debuted … Formerly Kate Sobrero, she started using her married name on the back of her jersey in 2004 … At the end of 2008, she had started 184 of the 198 games in her career, coming off the bench just 14 times … 2008: The co-captain of the U.S. National Team, she did not play in the Four Nations Tournament in January in China as she recovered from an ankle injury, but went on to start 27 of the 29 matches she played, including every minute of five games at the 2008 Olympics … It was the sixth straight world championship tournament in which she has started for the U.S. WNT … Registered the ninth assist of her career during a win over Mexico in Olympic Qualifying … Scored her first-ever goal for the USA on Sept. 20, 2008, against Ireland, nailing a penalty kick to break her U.S. record scoreless streak of 192 games … 2007: Used part of the year to regain strength and fitness after the birth of her son in 2006 and got back to full speed in time to play in her third Women’s World Cup … Ended the year starting all 15 games she played, including the first five at the Women’s World Cup … Missed the third-place match with an ankle injury that carried over into the first part of 2008 … 2006: Took most of the year off from soccer to have her first baby, Keegan Jamison, who was born on July 18, 2006 … 2005: The only player to start and play every minute of all nine games during the year, including all four games at the Algarve Cup … 2004: Played in 33 of the USA’s 34 games, starting 32, and led the USA in minutes played at 2,812 … Earned a career-high three assists (and in fact had just three total assists in the previous six years), including one in the Olympics to Abby Wambach on a goal against Greece …  Played every minute of all six games at the 2004 Olympics in Greece … 2003: Was second on the USA in minutes played in 2003 with 1,620 … Started 20 of her 21 matches, both tied for team-highs … Earned her 100th cap during the Women’s World Cup against North Korea in Columbus, Ohio … Started all six games at the WWC … Missed the final match of 2003 vs. Mexico due to her marriage … 2002: Played in 16 matches for the USA as both a central defender and outside back … A member of the CONCACAF Women’s Gold Cup Team that qualified the USA for the 2003 Women’s World Cup … 2001: A fixture in the central defense, she played every minute in her four matches for the USA during a limited schedule … 2000: A consistent rock in the center of the U.S. defense with Joy Fawcett, she played in 29 matches, starting them all … Played all 462 minutes over five games in the Olympics … 1999: Solidified her starting spot in the central defense in 1999, playing in 21 matches, including five 1999 Women's World Cup games … The most inexperienced U.S. starter in the Women's World Cup, she had an excellent tournament despite spraining her ankle during the first round … 1998: Had her breakthrough year in 1998, playing in her first 13 games for the full national team and starting both matches as the USA won the 1998 Goodwill Games gold medal … Recorded her first start and played 90 minutes against Japan on May 24, 1998, in Yokohama … Was called into the USA's January 1998 training camp in San Diego, but broke her jaw in a gruesome collision with U.S. goalkeeper Tracy Ducar … After having her jaw wired shut for six weeks, she rebounded strongly to play in the Goodwill Games and start all three games at the 1998 Nike U.S. Women's Cup ... Youth National Teams: First played for the U.S. Under 20 Women’s National Team in 1993 and competed in the Nordic Cup in 1994 … Was a starter on the USA's Nordic Cup champion Under 20 Team in Denmark in 1997 as an overage player … First Appearance: April 26, 1998, vs. Argentina ... First Goal: Sept. 20, 2008, vs. Ireland.
Allocated to the Chicago Red Stars for the inaugural WPS season in 2009, but will sit out the year as she is pregnant with twins … Was a founding player in the WUSA for the Boston Breakers … 2003: Started all 19 games in which she played, helping the Breakers to the playoffs for the first time … Had three assists on the season … Was named to the All-WUSA Second Team … 2002: Missed a few games at the beginning of the season while recovering from minor knee surgery, but started 16 games for the Breakers … Named as a reserve to the WUSA North All-Star Team … 2001: Played every minute of her 20 matches … Had two assists on the year … Etc.: Played for KIF Orebro in the Swedish First Division for two months in the Spring of 2005 … Won three state titles with her Michigan Hawks club team.
Full name is Kathryn Michele Markgraf (formerly Sobrero) … Nickname is “Sobs” … In 2005, she was accepted into Northwestern Law School in Chicago and Northeastern Law School in Boston … Married former Providence College soccer player Chris Markgraf on Oct. 31, 2003 … Is pregnant with twins which are due in late Spring/early Summer of 2009 … Earned her degree in Science Business at Notre Dame and was a member of the Dean's List … Threw out the first ball at a Detroit Tigers game following the 1999 Women's World Cup … Paid up on a bet and dyed her hair bright red after defender Joy Fawcett scored against Germany in the Women's World Cup quarterfinals, then played the rest of the tournament as a redhead …Was an intern at MTV in New York in 2000 … Image is depicted in a mural at the new Detroit Airport honoring accomplished people from the state of Michigan … Loves going to live music concerts … Dream is to see U2 and Sarah McLachlan … Someday wants to go on a safari, and learn Spanish … Dons a “cheesehead” every December for a Green Bay Packers game with her Wisconsin-born husband … One goal in life is to finish a USA Today crossword puzzle without cheating … Is an avid cook … Loves gummi bears, cheese and YoBaby products.

A four year starter at Notre Dame, she started all 96 games in her career and was a three time NSCAA All American, earning First Team honors twice … Scored seven goals with 24 assists in four years at Notre Dame … Captained the Fighting Irish as a senior … Her play at marking back during her sophomore year was instrumental in the Fighting Irish winning the 1995 NCAA championship … Was the Defensive MVP of the 1995 NCAA Final Four … Was on the cover of Soccer America following Notre Dame's NCAA title ... Scored the game winning goal in the 1994 NCAA semifinal against Portland on a header ... Was a three-time All Big East selection and the Big East Defensive Player of the Year as a senior … Was an All MCC selection as a freshman before Notre Dame moved to the Big East … Scored 16 goals and had 26 assists as a forward at Detroit Country Day en route to the 1991 state championship as a junior … Was an NSCAA All American and three time all state selection at Country Day … Was also an all league outside hitter in volleyball for three years at Country Day.

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