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Julie Johnston has played soccer for as long as she can remember, and fueled by competition with her sister, she became one of the best young players in the country, and then the world, when she captained the USA to the 2012 FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup title. Still, she struggled with self-confidence trying to make the huge jump to the full National Team, and without the constant support of her friends and family, she says she might not have made it to her first Women’s World Cup.

WNT Puts on a Show For Detroit and Birmingham

The U.S. Victory Tour rolled through Michigan and Alabama as the World Champions delighted the large crowds with two convincing performances.

Highlights: WNT Bests Haiti in Birmingham

The World Cup Champion U.S. Women’s National Team continued its Victory Tour with an 8-0 win against Haiti in front of a record crowd of 35,753 at Legion Field in Birmingham, Ala. The crowd was the largest ever for a stand-alone WNT match in the southeastern United States.

Lloyd Hat Trick Leads WNT to 8-0 Victory against Haiti in Birmingham

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (Sept. 20, 2015) – The World Cup Champion U.S. Women’s National Team continued its Victory Tour with an 8-0 win against Haiti in front of a record crowd of 35,753 at Legion Field in Birmingham, Ala. The crowd was the largest ever for a stand-alone WNT match in the southeastern United States. 

It only took a minute for the U.S. to find the net as Kelley O’Hara took a short corner and crossed it in to Julie Johnston, who converted for the match’s first goal. The goal was one of five that would come for the WNT in the first half. Lloyd scored her first on a penalty kick in the 16th minute and one minute later Crystal Dunn put in her second goal in as many games after receiving a brilliant through ball from Megan Rapinoe. Lloyd would close out the half with two goals to complete her hat trick and in doing so became just the fifth American player with five international hat tricks (Hamm, Parlow, Wambach, Akers), three of which she has earned in the WNT’s last five games. 

The USA continued to dominate possession and produced a number of chances in the second half. Amy Rodriguez converted the sixth goal of the game six minutes into the second frame, while Alex Morgan and Heather O’Reilly each tallied in the final five minutes of regulation to bring the WNT scoring total to eight and seal the win for the USA, which pushed its unbeaten streak at home to 100 consecutive games (88-0-12). 

It will be a month before the WNT takes the field again when they will match up with Brazil for a pair of matches that continue the Victory Tour. The first match will be in the Pacific Northwest at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Washington. on Oct. 20. After that the team will travel back across the country for the second match at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Florida, on Oct. 25. For more information on tickets, click here.  

Goal Scoring Rundown:  
USA – Julie Johnston (Kelley O’Hara) 1st minute: 
Before a full minute of soccer had even been played, the U.S. found its first goal. It came from a short corner that O’Hara took from the right. The Haiti defense was slow to get into position, and O’Hara capitalized on the mistake and smashed in a low hard cross that found Johnston. Johnston directed in the cross with a confident touch that found the back of the net for the game’s first score.  USA 1, HAI 0  

USA – Carli Lloyd (penalty kick), 16th minute: After making a cutting move on the left hand side of the box, Alex Morgan was brought down, which set up the WNT with a penalty kick. Carli Lloyd stepped up to take it and calmly tucked it into the left corner to double the U.S. lead. USA 2, HAI 0  

USA – Crystal Dunn (Megan Rapinoe), 17th minute: Just a minute after scoring its second goal, the WNT put the finishing touches on the third. After Haiti lost possession from the kickoff, Megan Rapinoe played a hard through ball up to Crystal Dunn. Dunn raced past the defense and ran onto the ball taking a controlling touch before smashing into the bottom left corner. USA 3, HAI 0  

USA – Carli Lloyd (Alex Morgan) 22nd minute: Alex Morgan jetted down the left had side and attacked to the end line, where she blasted a cross in front of goal. The ball just got by Crystal Dunn, but Lloyd had run in behind and was there to bury for her second goal of the game. USA 4, HAI 0  

USA – Carli Lloyd (Megan Rapinoe) 39th minute: Megan Rapinoe took the free kick from 35 yards out and looped a ball into the top of the box. Lloyd outmuscled her defender and rose for a header. She flicked on toward the goal and the ball dipped in over the jumping goalkeeper, clipping the cross bar and falling in. USA 5, HAI 0 

USA – Amy Rodriguez (Kelley O'Hara) 51st minute: With little pressure on the ball for Amy Rodriguez, she took a few settling touches near the top of the box before ripping a blast from 20 yards out that beat the diving goalkeeper for a score.  USA 6, HAI 0 

USA – Alex Morgan (Whitney Engen) 85th minute: After producing a number of chances throughout the match, Morgan was finally rewarded for her efforts, scoring the matches seventh goal on a header in the 85th minute. It started from a short corner. O’Hara took the ball and attacked the box whipping in a cross that Engen got a touch to. The ball floated up and Morgan headed it into the net.  USA 7, HAI 0 

USA – Heather O’Reilly 88th minute: The U.S. did the work to get the ball down near the goal. After a deflection and a missed clearance the ball ended up at the feet of O’Reilly, who capitalized and kicked in for the eighth goal of the game.  USA 8, HAI 0 FINAL 

Next on the Schedule: The WNT continues the 2015 Victory Tour with a stop in Seattle, Wash. on Oct. 21 where it will face Brazil at CenturyLink Field. 
Broadcast information: ESPN2, WatchESPN (7 p.m. PT; Oct. 21) 
Social: Twitter (@ussoccer_wnt; @ussoccer_esp); Facebook; Instagram 

Milestone Watch:

  • Johnston’s goal was the fifth of her career goal and just the second to come from her foot. The slim majority of her goals (three) have come from headers. All five of Johnston’s goals have come off of set pieces. 
  • With her second hat trick in as many games, Carli Lloyd pushed her career total to 77 goals and in doing so passed Cindy Parlow for 6th on the all-time U.S. goal scoring list. Lloyd is the fifth American with five international hat tricks (Hamm, Parlow, Wambach, Akers). 
  • Lloyd has scored 16 goals this year, which is her career-high for a calendar year. She previously had scored 15 in 2012 and 2014. She has scored 13 times in her last eight games and today marked her 11th multi-goal game for the WNT.  
  • Amy Rodriguez scored the 30th goal of her career. 
  • Alex Morgan’s 54th goal moved her into sole possession of ninth place on the all-time U.S. scoring list, breaking her tie with Carin Gabarra. 

Additional Notes: 

  • Dunn’s goal is her second in as many games. She scored the first goal of her WNT career in the USA’s last match against Haiti three days ago. 
  • The USA improved to 6-0-0 all-time against Haiti with 42 goals scored and none conceded. 


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

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Haiti  
Date: Sept. 20, 2015  
Competition: International Friendly – Victory Tour  
Venue: Legion Field; Birmingham, Ala.  
Kickoff: 1:30 p.m. CT  
Attendance: 35,753   
Weather: Hot, humid – 85 degrees   

Scoring Summary: 1    2    F  
USA                          5    3    8  
HAI                           0     0    0   

USA – Julie Johnston (Kelley O’Hara)                1st minute  
USA – Carli Lloyd (penalty)                                 16  
USA – Crystal Dunn (Megan Rapinoe)               17  
USA – Carli Lloyd (Crystal Dunn)                        22  
USA – Carli Lloyd (Megan Rapinoe)                   39  
USA – Amy Rodriguez (Kelley O’Hara)                 51  
USA – Alex Morgan (Whitney Engen)                 85  
USA – Heather O’Reilly (Amy Rodriguez)           89   

USA: 1-Hope Solo (21-Alyssa Naeher, 46); 5-Kelley O’Hara, 19-Julie Johnston (6-Whitney Engen, 46), 3-Christie Rampone (capt.), 22-Meghan Klingenberg (9-Heather O’Reilly, 60); 25-Crystal Dunn, 14-Morgan Brian, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn (7-Shannon Boxx,, 46), 15-Megan Rapinoe (11-Ali Krieger, 46), 10-Carli Lloyd (8-Amy Rodriguez, 46); 13-Alex Morgan    
Subs Not Used: 2-Sydney Leroux, 12-Lauren Holiday, 16-Lori Chalupny, 17-Tobin Heath, 18-Ashlyn Harris, 20-Abby Wambach  
Head coach: Jill Ellis   

HAI: 12-Ednie Limage (capt.) (1-Jonie Gabriel, 90+1); 2-Soveline Beaubrun, 3-Jennifer Limage, 4-Clorene Rateau, 5-Sabine Chandler, 6-Kimberly Boulos, 7-Roselord Borgella (18-Kensia Destinvil, 46), 9-Nerilia Mondesir, 10-Betcheba Louis (21-Emeline Charles, 84), 16-Darline Radamaker (13-Zila Lafleur, 46), 17-Yvrose Gervil  
Subs Not Used: 8-Sherly Jeudy, 19-Bencia Erleus, 20-Phisline Michel  
Head coach: Shek Borkowski  

Stats Summary: USA / HAI  
Shots: 39 / 0  
Shots on Goal: 19 / 0  
Saves: 0 / 8  
Corner Kicks: 10 / 0  
Fouls: 6 / 12  
Offside: 1 / 0   

Misconduct Summary:  
HAI – Nerilia Mondesir (caution)72nd minute  

Referee: Margaret Domka (USA)      
Assistant Referee 1: Amanda Ross (USA)  
Assistant Referee 2: Veronica Perez (USA)   
4th Official: Kate Abt (USA)  

Budweiser Woman of the Match: Carli Lloyd 

Gallery: Press, Johnston, Chalupny Throw Out First Pitch at Cubs Game

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. 



“The most common question I ever get is, ‘What would you do if you weren’t a soccer player?’” says Johnston. “And I make up stuff every single time – it is not consistent, because I have never thought about not playing. I love it.”

At thirteen, her parents sat her down and said, “Look, are you sure this is what you want to do?” Johnston says, “I didn’t grow up with a ton of money and club soccer was expensive, so they wanted to be sure that this was what I was focused on. And I was. Soccer was everything.”

It was also her route to free college. “I knew wherever I went, I wasn’t going to have my parents pay for college, so I’d go on visits and just cross off schools if they didn’t give me a full ride.” But then she fell in love with the coaches and program at Santa Clara, an expensive private school. The program didn’t offer full rides until you’d earned it, but Johnston went anyway, hoping she could earn her way to a full ride by the end of the year.

At the end of the season, she sat terrified in the coach’s office, convinced that she was going to have to transfer because she couldn’t afford it. But coach Jerry Smith was not about to lose Julie Johnston and he found the money to keep her at Santa Clara. “When Julie decides she’s going to do it – she’s going to do it,” says Smith. “She won’t get outworked.

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While in California, Johnston met Zach Ertz, who played football at Stanford University. Zach was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in 2013 and was a rookie in the NFL at the same time Julie was getting her first call up with the National Team. “He’s in the exact same boat as me – you’re young, but you want to be so great. And everyone’s so good and you just want to do well and be next to them. It’s been so amazing to have Zach there, to have someone who understands as I’m worrying that I’m going to get cut.”

Zach graduated a year before Johnston and the first thing he got from his new Nike rep was a pair of cleats for Johnston; he custom-colored them in Santa Clara maroon and gold and put his number on her cleats. “I totally loved it,” laughs Johnston, “but my teammates really teased me. They’d be like, ‘Ohhh, Ms. Hertz, how’s it going today?’”

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“Everywhere I go, wherever I wind up living, no matter where, I always have a place I go run – and that’s my safe place,” says Johnston.

In Mesa, Arizona, where Julie grew up, her place was ‘The Mountain’ – “It’s complete desert, all cactus and rocks, 120 degrees out, but that’s my comfort spot,” says Johnston, who would run up the mountain for summer training. “Once, I tried to bring my dog, ended up having to carry him up the whole way,” laughs Johnston. At the top, there’s a rock with Julie’s name bleached into it. While she claims she didn’t do it, she still thinks of it as “her rock.” “Any time I come home, The Mountain is the first place I go.”

Julie Johnston

U.S. National Team: A gifted young defender who has been part of the U.S. Soccer program since 2006 when she attended a U-14 National Identification Camp, Johnston found tremendous success with the U-20 WNT, captaining the team to the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup title. The 2012 U.S. Soccer Young Female Athlete of the Year earned her first cap with the WNT in 2013.

2015: 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup Champion... Named to the 2015 U.S. FIFA Women's World Cup roster, her first World Cup selection... Has scored three goals for the WNT this year, the most by a defender so far... Her three goals all came in consecutive games, from set pieces, and assisted by teammate Lauren Holiday... Has played and started in 14 games so far this year, a career-high in starts... Recorded her first career assist against China in the quarterfinals of the World Cup, connecting with Carli Lloyd for the game-winning goal... Scored her first goal with the WNT during the USA's 2-0 victory over France in the final of the Algarve Cup on March 11, helping the U.S. capture its 10th title while starting in three matches during the tournament ... Did not see any action but was part of the roster that traveled to Europe for the U.S.'s first two matches of the year against France on Feb. 8 and England on Feb. 13... 2014: Made three substitute appearances for the WNT in the latter half of the year, featuring in international friendlies against Mexico and Switzerland as well as getting some time against China PR in the International Tournament de Brasilia … 2013: Earned her first senior cap in a 4-1 win against Scotland on Feb. 9 … Played her first full 90 minutes at the international level against the Netherlands on April 9 … Youth National Teams: The 2012 U.S. Soccer Young Female Athlete of the Year … A member of the full WNT and U-23 WNT player pools … The captain of the U.S. team that won the 2012 FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup in Japan … She won the bronze ball as the third-best player in the tournament, a rare honor for a defender … Marshaled a U.S. defense that defeated three extremely talented group winners in the knockout rounds of the tournament, downing Korea DPR, Nigeria and Germany in the quarterfinal, semifinal and final, respectively, while allowing just one goal … Started all six games of the U-20 Women’s World Cup and played all but 32 minutes of the tournament  … A member of the team that won the 2012 CONCACAF Under-20 Women’s Championship and earned a berth to the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Japan … Played in three games in the qualifying tournament and scored three goals, including one in the 4-0 semifinal victory over Mexico that sent the USA to Japan … Scored a goal against Switzerland at the La Manga tournament in Spain in 2012 … Finished her U-20 career with 19 caps and four goals … Attended U.S. Under-18 Training Camps in 2010 and 2011 … Attended the U.S. Under-14 National Identification Camp in 2006. First cap: Feb. 9, 2013, vs. Scotland First goal: March 11, 2015, vs. France

Professional/Club – 2014: Signed her first professional contract with the Chicago Red Stars after being selected with the No. 3 overall pick in the NWSL Draft… Started all 21 games she played for the club, tying for third in games played … Was second in starts (21) and minutes played (1,890) only to WNT teammate Lori Chalupny … Named the 2014 NWSL Rookie of the Year … Scored two goals, the first one of the season for Chicago and the last one  … Also had two assists … Youth: Played U-9 through U-12 for Arsenal GSC … Played U-13 through U-19 for Sereno Soccer Club … Won the state title nine times with Sereno Soccer Club … Was the captain at Sereno.