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WNT vs. Switzerland: Highlights - March 6, 2015

The U.S. WNT played the second game of the 2015 Algarve with a 3-0 shutout win over Switzerland.

Photo Gallery: WNT Turns It On in the Second Half to Beat Switzerland

Three second half goals propelled the USWNT past Switzerland 3-0 in Group B action at the 2015 Algarve Cup on Friday. Alex MorganAmy Rodriguez and second-half sub Abby Wambach each scored a goal in the final 45 minutes as the U.S. took control of Group B. 

The USA next faces Iceland at 1:30 p.m. ET on March 11. Due to insufficient stadium the match will not be televised but, fans can follow everything happening with the WNT during the tournament by following @ussoccer_wnt on Twitter and Instagram @ussoccer_wnt

WNT Moves into First Place in Group B, Tops Switzerland 3-0 at Algarve Cup

VILA REAL DE SANTO ANTONIO, Portugal (March 6, 2015) – The U.S. Women’s National Team scored three second-half goals and blanked Switzerland 3-0 in Group B action at the 2015 Algarve Cup at Municipal Stadium. Alex Morgan, Amy Rodriguez and second-half sub Abby Wambach each scored a goal in the final 45 minutes as the U.S. moved to 2-0-0 and into first place in Group B. 

The USA will face Iceland in its third and final Group B match on Monday, March 9, before the tournament’s placement stage. Kickoff is at 1:30 p.m. ET at Municipal Stadium in Lagos, Portugal. Due to inadequate lighting at the stadium, a television broadcast will not be available. Fans can follow in-game updates on Twitter (@ussoccer_wnt and @ussoccer_esp).

The USA and France are the only two countries to take six points from their first two games at the Algarve Cup, and thus are in the driver’s seat to make the final. The top two group winners advance to the championship game on March 11.

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Alex Morgan (Lauren Holiday), 54th minute: U.S. midfielder Carli Lloyd earned a free kick from 29 yards out and Holiday took the set piece opportunity. Holiday delivered a strong ball from the right side, over a three-player wall and into the center of the box. Other than Switzerland defender Rahel Kiwic’s unsuccessful header attempt, Morgan was unmarked and redirected the cross with her right foot and into the back of the net for her second goal of the year and 51st of her career. USA 1, SUI 0 (SEE GOAL) 

USA – Amy Rodriguez, 72nd minute: Christen Press started the sequence with a darting run down the left side and a half shot/cross that Stenia Michel batted away. Rodriguez collected the rebound but did not initially have a clear path to shoot. With a quick shuffle, Rodriguez then lifted a shot just inside the left post for her first goal since Sept. 18, 2014, during a 4-0 victory against Mexico. USA 2, SUI 0 (SEE GOAL) 

USA – Abby Wambach, 81st minute: The USA took advantage of a poor back pass from Nicole Remund, who was pressured by a sliding Shannon Boxx. Switzerland’s Caroline Abbe had an opportunity to get to the ball against Wambach, but Wambach beat her to it. From the edge of the box, Wambach chipped the ball over Stenia Michel and into the right of the frame for her first goal of the year. USA 3, SUI 0 (FINAL) 

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
SUI – Lia Walti, 5th minute: The USA caught Switzerland’s defense off guard when Megan Rapinoe took a quick throw-in on the left side to Christen Press. Press dribbled into the box and shot from close range, and Walti tracked back quickly enough for the block to surrender a corner kick. 

SUI – Rahel Kiwic, 14th and 17th minutes: Megan Rapinoe played a deep ball toward left back Meghan Klingenberg, and Switzerland’s back line hesitated in tracking back. Klingenberg caught up with the pass before it reached the end line and crossed from the left side, playing a dangerous ball into the middle of the box that Kiwic turned away with a diving header. Three minutes later, Kiwic came up with another big play with a slide tackle to intercept a well-played Klingenberg through ball headed toward Alex Morgan. 

USA – Hope Solo, 39th minute: Solo read Lara Dickenmann’s corner kick well, rushing up to the middle of the box and punching with her right glove to start a USA counter attack. 

USA – Hope Solo, 60th minute: Switzerland attacked from the right side and crossed just above the box to Lara Dickenmann, whose sweeping right-footed shot was struck toward the left of the frame. Solo read the strike well and parried it away to keep Switzerland off of the score sheet. 

SUI – Stenia Michel, 62nd minute: Michel finished with seven saves on the day, with one of her strongest stops coming against Alex Morgan’s blast from just outside the box on the left side. Michel batted it away to maintain a one-goal deficit at the time. 

Milestone Watch:

  • Midfielder Megan Rapinoe earned her 98th cap and is now two away from becoming the 31st WNT player to reach the 100-game milestone.
  • Abby Wambach now has 178 goals in her WNT career. She is the USA’s all-time leader and is 20 goals ahead of former record holder Mia Hamm (158 goals from 1987-2004).
  • Wambach earned her 236th cap. She is sixth all-time, just three appearances behind fifth-place Joy Fawcett (239 caps from 1987-2004).
  • Goalkeeper Hope Solo, the WNT’s all-time shutout leader, posted her 79th-career clean sheet. She had three saves Friday against Switzerland. 

Next on the Schedule:
The U.S. WNT faces Iceland in its third and final Group B match on Monday, March 9, before the placement stage. Kickoff is at 1:30 p.m. ET at Municipal Stadium in Lagos, Portugal.
Broadcast information: No TV due to inadequate lighting at the stadium.
Social: Twitter (@ussoccer_wnt; @ussoccer_esp); Facebook; Instagram 

Additional Notes:

  • The USA is now 2-0-0 all-time against Switzerland. The other meeting was a 4-1 U.S. victory on Aug. 20, 2014, at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, North Carolina.
  • The U.S. moves to 3-1-0 in 2015.
  • Head coach Jill Ellis’ lineup once again featured a 4-4-2 formation and two personnel changes from the 2-1 victory against Norway to open the Algarve Cup.
  • Hope Solo returned in goal for a second consecutive game, with a defensive unit that included right back Ali Krieger, center back duo Becky Sauerbrunn and Julie Johnston, and Meghan Klingenberg replacing Lori Chalupny with the start at left back.
  • The USA midfield included Lauren Holiday and Morgan Brian centrally, Carli Lloyd on the right and Megan Rapinoe on the left. Rapinoe made her first start in the tournament and Lloyd wore the captain’s armband.
  • Alex Morgan and Christen Press were paired up top. Press had played in the midfield against Norway and was pushed up for Friday’s game in place of Abby Wambach, who had started the opener.
  • Amy Rodriguez replaced Rapinoe to open the second half. Rodriguez moved up front alongside Morgan and Press dropped into the midfield.
  • The U.S. made two subs in the 65th minute, with Kelley O’Hara entering for Krieger and Heather O’Reilly for Brian. It marked O’Reilly’s first appearance of the year and her 216th of her WNT career.
  • In another wave of subs, Abby Wambach replaced Morgan and Shannon Boxx entered for Holiday in the 79rth minute. Tobin Heath stepped in for Press in the 80th minute. For Boxx, it was her first appearance since April 5, 2013, against Germany. 

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

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Switzerland
Date: March 6, 2015
Competition: 2015 Algarve Cup - Group B
Venue: Municipal Stadium; Vila Real de Santo Antonio, Portugal
Kickoff: 12 p.m. ET (5 p.m. local)
Attendance: 500 
Weather: 69 degrees; Sunny and breezy 

Scoring Summary:   1          2          F
USA                           0          3          3
SUI                             0          0          0 

USA – Alex Morgan (Lauren Holiday)                       54th minute
USA – Amy Rodriguez                                               72
USA – Abby Wambach                                               81 

USA: 1-Hope Solo; 11-Ali Krieger (5-Kelley O’Hara, 65), 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 26-Julie Johnston, 25-Meghan Klingenberg; 10-Carli Lloyd (capt.), 12-Lauren Holiday (7-Shannon Boxx, 79), 14-Morgan Brian (9-Heather O’Reilly, 65), 15-Megan Rapinoe (8-Amy Rodriguez, 46), 23-Christen Press (17-Tobin Heath, 80); 13-Alex Morgan (20-Abby Wambach, 79)
Subs Not Used: 2-Sydney Leroux, 6-Whitney Engen, 16-Lori Chalupny, 19-Rachel Van Hollebeke, 22-Crystal Dunn, 24-Ashlyn Harris
Head coach: Jill Ellis

SUI: 1-Stenia Michel; 15-Caroline Abbé (capt.), 9-Lia Wälti, 14-Rahel Kiwic (7-Martina Moser, 58), 5-Noëlle Maritz (6-Selina Kuster, 83), 16-Fabienne Humm (2-Nicole Remund, 73); 18-Vanessa Bürki (20-Florijana Ismaili, 83), 22-Vanessa Bernauer (8-Cinzia Zehnder, 73), 11-Lara Dickenmann, 13-Ana Maria Crnogorcevic, 19-Eseosa Aigbogun (4-Rachel Rinast, 46)
Subs Not Used: 3-Sandra Betschart, 10-Ramona Bachmann, 12-Nadine Böni, 21-Antonia Albisser, 23-Barla Deplazes
Head coach: Martina Voss-Tecklenburg 

Stats Summary: USA / SUI
Shots: 19 / 3
Shots on Goal: 11 / 3
Saves: 3 / 7
Corner Kicks: 4 / 3
Fouls: 6 / 9
Offside: 8 / 1 

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Carli Lloyd (caution)                67th minute
SUI – Lia Wälti (caution)                     70 

Referee: Cristina Dorcioman (ROU)
Assistant Referee 1: Petruta Iugulescu (ROU)
Assistant Referee 2: Sanja Rodak (CRO)
Fourth Official: Carina Vitulano (ITA) 

Budweiser Woman of the Match: Amy Rodriguez

WNT vs. Norway: Highlights - March 4, 2015

The U.S. WNT kicked off the 2015 Algarve with a 2-1 win over Norway. Carli Lloyd scored both goals for the USA.

Photo Gallery: WNT Scores 2-1 Comeback Win against Norway

Photos from the USWNT's 2-1 comeback triumph over Norway in the teams' opening Group B match at the 2015 Algarve Cup in Portugal. The U.S. fell behind to a first-half header by Norway's Ada Hegerberg, but a second-half double from Carli Lloyd (her eighth multi-goal game in her WNT career) pushed the USA to victory. 

The USA next plays Switzerland on Friday at 12 p.m. ET. The game will be broadcast on FOX Sports 1 and fans can also follow everything happening with the WNT during the 2015 Algarve by following @ussoccer_wnt on Twitter and Instagram @ussoccer_wnt

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 U.S. Under-20 Women’s World Cup in Japan … 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 this year … Heading into the Women’s World Cup, she has 13 U-20 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: None. First goal: None.

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. 

Full name is Julie Beth Johnston … Nicknames are JJ, Jules, Ju … Majoring in Communications … Enjoys cooking and baking, travelling, hanging out with friends and family and doing Pilates … Favorite foods are almond/peanut butter and chicken … Favorite dessert is anything chocolate … Favorite movies are Bridesmaids, The Notebook, and Superbad … Favorite TV shows are Modern Family and Family Guy … Sister plays Melanie plays soccer at Grand Canyon University … Father David played football at Louisiana State University … She was a member of the National Junior Honor Society and the National Honor Society at Dobson HS.

As a junior, and despite missing the team's first seven games while leading the USA to the U-20 Women’s World Cup title, Johnston was a First-Team All-WCC selection while leading the team in goals with eight and points with 21 … She added five assists and had three game-winning goals … She finished second in the conference in goals per game (0.53) and points per game (1.40) … She was named NSCAA First-Team All-American and a MAC Hermann semi-finalist for the second year in a row … As a sophomore, she was a MAC Hermann Trophy Semifinalist, an NSCAA First-Team All-American and All-WCC First-Team … Started all 21 games and led the Broncos with nine goals and four assists... Scored four game winning goals (at Cal Poly, vs. WSU, vs. Cal and vs. Nevada) … As a freshman, named the 2010 WCC Freshman of the Year, Second-Team All-West Region, First-Team Soccer America All-Freshman, Second-Team All-WCC and WCC All-Freshman ... Played in 20 games, starting 16 and totaling 1,519 minutes played ... Led the team with five assists … Opted not to play soccer at Dobson High School, but rather volunteered as a student athletic trainer.