The #USWNT will face Japan in the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup Final on Sunday. Prior to the match, FIFA announced the shortlists of tournament awards highlighted by four United States Women’s National Team players along with three players from the Japanese team they will meet in the final.
U.S. WNT candidates for the Golden Ball are defender Julie Johnston, midfielder Carli Lloyd and midfielder Megan Rapinoe. Johnston has played every minute as a member of the U.S. backline that is carrying a 513-minute shutout streak and has allowed just one goal through six games. Hope Solo is also among three candidates for the Golden Glove awarded to the top net-minder in the tournament, an honor she won at the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
Japanese goalkeeper Ayumi Kaihori was also nominated for the Golden Glove. Solo has allowed just one goal through six matches and has played an integral role in the U.S. shutout streak. She’s been an immense presence on a well-organized backline and been a crucial part of the USA’s defensive resolve throughout the tournament. With another shutout, Solo would have 11 in Women’s World Cup play and set an all-time tournament record. Kaihori has allowed three goals in four appearances.
Lloyd has scored a goal in the last three knockout round matches for the U.S. including two game-winners. The veteran midfielder opened her scoring in the tournament against Colombia converting a penalty kick. The following match, Lloyd notched the game-winning header against China off a Johnston service. Most recently, Lloyd buried her second PK of the tournament in a 2-0 victory over Germany adding an assist on Kelley O’Hara’s first international goal.
Rapinoe was the game changer for the United States in their opening match of the World Cup scoring two goals in America’s 3-1 victory over Australia. She’s notched an assist as well and despite being suspended for the quarterfinal due to yellow card accumulation, has been a consistently dynamic threat up and down the wing for the USA.
Saori Ariyoshi and Aya Miyama are the Japanese candidates for Golden Ball. Ariyoshi scored the first goal in Japan’s 2-1 victory over the Netherlands in the Round of 16. Miyama has played every minute for Japan scoring two goals and adding two assists including the game-winning assist to help her team advance to the quarterfinals.
Sunday’s match features the two oldest teams in the history of the Women’s World Cup tournament with the U.S averaging 29-years-old and six months and Japan having the average age of 28-years-old and five months.
Neither team has any players eligible for the Young Player Award, however the youngest player on the roster for the U.S. WNT, Morgan Brian at age 22 has made a major impact in the tournament starting three matches for the U.S. and allowing Lloyd to take on a more attacking role through the knockout stages.
Japan’s youngest player, also 22, is Mana Iwabuchi, who has been a second half spark for the Japanese scoring the game-winning goal in Japan’s 1-0 victory over Australia in the quarterfinals.
The winners including the Golden, Silver and Bronze Boots for the tournament’s top scorers and the FIFA Fair Play Award will be announced after the FIFA Women’s World Cup Final on July 5. The match will kickoff at 4 p.m. PT and will be broadcasted on FOX and Telemundo.
The first half was a balanced affair with both teams pressing and having opportunities to get on the board yet neither was able to capitalize. In the second half, things got going when U.S. defender Julie Johnston was called for a foul inside the penalty box in the 59th minute for pulling down Alexandra Popp. Celia Sasic stepped up to take the penalty kick but missed wide left to keep the game scoreless.
Almost ten minutes later, Alex Morgan got fouled in the box and it was the USA’s turn to attempt a PK. Carli Lloyd confidently netted the shot to give the USA the lead before assisting on Kelley O’Hara’s 84th-minute strike – the first of her international career – to secure the U.S. win.
Hope Solo and the USA back line continued to shut down opponents and has now kept a scoreless streak for 513 straight minutes (a span of more than five-and-a-half matches) in this year’s World Cup, the longest clean sheet streak in U.S. World Cup history.
It was Solo’s 10th clean sheet in World Cup play, tying Brianna Scurry’s record for shutouts in World Cup competition. The 10 clean sheets in a World Cup are not only a U.S. record, but also a FIFA Women’s World Cup record.
The WNT will vie for its third Women’s World Cup title on Sunday, July 5 at 4 p.m. PT, when it takes on the winner of the other Semifinal between England and Japan, which will be determined tomorrow, at BC Place in Vancouver, Canada. The tournament Final will be broadcast live on FOX and Telemundo. Fans can also follow in-game updates on Twitter (@ussoccer_wnt and @ussoccer_esp).
Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Carli Lloyd (penalty kick), 69th minute: Germany’s Annike Khran was called for a foul against Alex Morgan in the box, prompting the referee to point to the penalty circle. Carli Lloyd stepped forward and sent former FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year Nadine Angerer the wrong way as she blasted her shot into the left side of the goal. USA 1, GER 0
USA – Kelley O’Hara (Carli Lloyd), 84th minute: Meghan Klingenberg played a great ball from th outside of the area to Carli Lloyd inside the right side of the Germany box. Lloyd made a strong move to the endline and played the ball across the face of goal where Kelley O’Hara tapped it in with her right foot to finish the opportunity cap a sterling team move by the USA with her first career WNT goal. USA 2, GER 0 (FINAL)
Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
GER– Nadine Angerer, 7th minute: A corner kick from Megan Rapinoe went to the middle of the six-yard box by the near post where Julie Johnston was in great position to head it home. Germany’s goalkeeper Nadine Angerer was well placed to come up with a huge save and get the ball out of danger.
USA – Hope Solo, 8th minute: Alexandra Popp had a clear shot at goal from the left side of the USA box, sending a ball to the near post. However, Hope Solo was prepared and jumped high to deflect the ball over the crossbar for a Germany corner.
GER – Nadine Angerer, 15th minute: Alex Morgan split two defendersas she broke into the Germany box from midfield. Morgan sent a shot straight towards Angerer, who made a solid stop with her foot to deflect the shot away.
Next on the Schedule:
The WNT will meet the winner of England/Japan on Sunday, July 5 at 4 p.m. PT at BC Place in Vancouver, Canada.
Broadcast information: FOX; Telemundo
Social: Twitter (@ussoccer_wnt; @ussoccer_esp); Facebook; Instagram
- Hope Solo recorded her 89th career shutout. It was the fifth straight World Cup clean sheet for the USA, and Solo’s 10th in World Cup play, tying Brian Scurry for the most by a U.S. goalkeeper.
- Carli Lloyd is the third U.S. WNT player to score in three straight games in a World Cup, joining Michelle Akers (1991) and Abby Wambach (twice; in 2003 and 2011).
- The U.S. now holds a 19-4-7 all-time record against Germany, outscoring the Germans 62-29. The USA hasn’t lost to Germany since 2003 and has gone 7-0-5 since then.
- Kelley O’Hara made her third career World Cup appearance in the second half, and scored her first career international goal for the WNT.
- The USA will be making its fourth appearance in a FIFA Women’s World Cup Final. Germany is the only other team to have reached the final that amount of times.
- This was the fourth time the U.S. met Germany in Women’s World Cup play, the USA has a 3-1-0 advantage in these matches.
- Carli Lloyd has scored in three straight games for the WNT. Her goal in the second half was her fourth career World Cup strike and her 66th overall.
- Since allowing a goal against Australia in its opening match on June 8 in the 27th minute, the U.S. has shut out Sweden, Nigeria, Colombia, China and Germany – a stretch of 513 consecutive minutes.
- 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 (1,419) of anyone on the team.
- Five U.S. players have played all 540 minutes of the tournament so far: defenders Julie Johnston, Meghan Klingenberg, Sauerbrunn, midfielder Carli Lloyd, and goalkeeper Hope Solo.
- In its last 16 games, the U.S. has surrendered just three goals and has scored 29.
- So far, 19 of the 20 field players on the World Cup roster have seen action in the tournament.
- Germany lost by two goals for the first time in 26 Women's World Cup games. The last time was in the 1995 final (2-0 to Norway).
- The USA is the third country to reach consecutive Women's World Cup finals (Germany - 2003/07) (Norway - 1991/95).
- Coming on as a sub in the second half, Wambach played in her 24th career WWC game, tied for second most all-time with Julie Foudy, Brigit Prinz and Formiga. Only Kristine Lilly has more (30).
- Twelve different players have scored for the USA in 2015: Kelley O’Hara, Morgan, Wambach, Rodriguez, Press, Johnston, Klingenberg, Rapinoe, Brian, Chalupny, Leroux and Lloyd.
- The game was the first time that Germany was shutout in this tournament and held to one shot on goal. Germany was averaging 12 shots on goal before tonight’s match and had outscored opponents 20-3.
- The U.S. WNT is 33-4-5 all-time in the Women’s World Cup, outscoring its opponents 107-33 in 42 games. The 33 wins and 42 games played are FIFA Women’s World Cup records.
- U.S. Women’s National Team Match Report –
U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Germany
Date: June 30, 2015
Competition: 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup – Semifinal
Venue: Olympic Stadium; Montreal, Canada
Kickoff: 7 p.m. ET
Weather: Indoor Stadium
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 0 2 2
GER 0 0 0
USA – Carli Lloyd (penalty kick) 69th minute
USA – Kelley O’Hara (Carli Lloyd) 84
USA: 1-Hope Solo; 11-Ali Krieger, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 19-Julie Johnston, 22-Meghan Klingenberg; 12-Lauren Holiday, 14-Morgan Brian, 10-Carli Lloyd (capt.), 15-Megan Rapinoe (20-Abby Wambach,80), 13-Alex Morgan (2-Sydney Leroux, 90+3), 17-Tobin Heath (5-Kelley O’Hara, 75)
Subs Not Used: 3-Christie Rampone, 6-Whitney Engen, 7-Shannon Boxx, 8-Amy Rodriguez, 9-Heather O’Reilly, 16-Lori Chalupny,18-Ashlyn Harris, 21-Alyssa Naeher, 23-Christen Press
Head coach: Jill Ellis
: 1-Nadine Angerer (capt.); 4-Leonie Maier, 5-Annike Krahn, 3-Saskia Bartusiak, 22-Tabea Kemme; 6-Simone Laudehr, 20-Lena Goessling, 11-Anja Mittag
(10-Dzsenifer Marozsan, 78), 16-Melanie Leupolz, 18-Alexandra Popp; 13-Celia Sasic
Subs not used: 2-Bianca Schmidt, 7-Melanie Behringer, 8-Pauline Bremer, 9-Lena Lotzen, 12-Almuth Schult, 14-Babett Peter, 15-Jennifer Cramer, 17-Josephine Henning, 19-Lena Petermann, 21-Laura Benkarth, 23-Sara Daebritz
Head coach: Silvia Neid
Stats Summary: USA / GER
Shots: 12 / 15
Shots on Goal: 5 / 1
Saves: 1 / 3
Corner Kicks: 8 / 4
Fouls: 10 / 11
Offside: 1 / 1
GER – Leonie Maier (caution) 34th minute
USA – Becky Sauerbrunn (caution) 38
USA – Julie Johnston (caution) 59
GER - Annike Krahn (caution) 69
Referee: Teodora Albon (ROU)
Assistant Referee 1: Petruta Iugulescu (ROU)
Assistant Referee 2: Maria Sukenikova (SVK)
Fourth Official: Salome di Iorio (ARG)
Budweiser Woman of the Match: Carli Lloyd
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); Facebook; Instagram
- 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.
- 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 -
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)
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
: 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
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
Growing up in rural Palo Cedro, near Redding, California, Megan Rapinoe was one of six kids. “My family is really important to me,” says the outgoing U.S. winger many have come to know as simply, Pinoe. “There’s a ton of us - so many different personalities – everyone has their own thing going on, so much of it going on.”
Megan and her twin sister Rachael were the youngest, and they had a Tom Sawyer-like childhood. They roamed the land, climbing the giant oak tree, fishing for crawfish in the creek, playing one-on-one basketball or baseball or soccer on the neighboring fields, playing house in the chicken coop. “It’s like a little penned-in area, with a little house. It was disgusting –it was a chicken coop – but you could kind of get in there and we loved it.”
Denise, Rapinoe’s mom, relied on her “wicker whistle” to call the sisters home. “Whenever she wanted us to come inside, she’d put her pinkies in her mouth – it was so loud, you could just hear it forever. That was our call home.” That whistle still comes in handy today. At Megan’s games with big crowds, Denise will whip out the pinkies, and Megan follows the sound to find her family in the stands.
Rapinoe brings to the game a creative, free-flowing, improvised quality – a quality that may have grown out of the childhood where she was given a lot of freedom to roam.
Her country upbringing also shaped her playing experiences. After one year playing State ODP, the family scrapped it, as it was just too far away. Even club practices were a three-hour trek, which often meant the two sisters just stayed at home and played themselves. When they were playing with their club team, Elk Grove United, creativity was the emphasis, “My coach never told us what to do. He always gave us a lot of freedom and wanted us to try things.”
FROM CHICKEN COOPS TO GLOBE TROTTINGThe kid who grew up playing in the chicken coop has now lived in cities all over the world, from Lyon, France to Portland, Oregon. In Lyon, playing for Olympique Lyonnais, she visited museums and opera houses, walked cobblestone streets, raced her Smart Car against the men’s teams Ferarris and Maserrattis. In Seattle, she lived on Capitol Hill, which she describes as “gay-friendly, straight-friendly, trans-friendly, everything friendly,” a place “where you never had to think about [sexuality] ever, which is really important to me.” Pinoe says, “I’ve loved living in different places. I like having that experience.” Yet the continent-hopping lifestyle of a National Team soccer player means she also gravitates toward having a place to call home. Now playing for the Seattle Reign, she lives a little south of the city– close enough to enjoy the perks, but far enough away to have a little of the space she enjoyed so much as a kid.
U.S. National Team: One of the USA’s most skillful attackers and goal scorers, she (and her hair) gained instant fame for sending in the cross that Abby Wambach headed home in the dying seconds of extra time against Brazil in the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup quarterfinal … Her two-goal performance in the epic semifinal match of the 2012 Olympics further cemented her star status.
2015: Named to the 2015 U.S. FIFA Women's World Cup roster, her second World Cup selection... Has played in 11 games so far for the U.S. Women this year and started nine... Scored two goals and tallied an assist in the three Group Stage games... Captained the USA during its 3-0 victory over Ireland on May 10 in San Jose, California... Earned her 100th cap with the WNT on April 4, when she started against New Zealand in the USA's 4-0 win in St. Louis, becoming the 31st woman in WNT history to achieve the century mark... Provided the assist on Lori Chalupny's goal during the win against New Zealand, the 30th assist of her career... Made her first start of the year at the Algarve Cup and played in two more games during the tournament after missing the opening matches against France on Feb. 8 and England on Feb. 13 with a knee injury suffered during January camp... Came in as a second-half sub during the U.S.'s 2-0 victory over France on March 11 to earn her 99th cap and help the WNT's to its 10th Algarve Cup title ... 2014: Played in 21 games for the USA, starting 16 and logging in 1,253 minutes … Scored six goals and had seven assists … Scored against Switzerland, Mexico, China and Denmark in the Algarve Cup; against Guatemala in the CONCACAF Women’s Championship, and against Brazil in the Brasilia International Tournament to close out the year … Helped the U.S. win the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship and book its ticket to the 2015 FIFA World Cup … Was one of four players to play and start all five matches of the tournament… 2013: Played 614 minutes in just seven games, mostly due to club commitments in France, but still scored four goals with three assists … Scored against Scotland, China, Germany and New Zealand … Assisted, off a corner kick, on Abby Wambach’s 159th career goal that broke Mia Hamm’s world all-time international scoring record on June 20 against Korea Republic at Red Bull Arena … In 2013 she became the 34th player in U.S. WNT history to play 75 or more matches … 2012:Had her best year to date for the U.S. WNT, playing 1,649 minutes in 29 games while starting 20, the highest yearly totals of her career … Scored eight goals with 12 assists, also career highs … Her 12 assists were third highest on the team … Started all six games of the 2012 Olympics, her first Olympic tournament, while scoring three goals with four assists … Her four assists at the Olympics were tied for tops on the team … One of her assists came on Carli Lloyd’s game-winning goal in the 2-1 Olympic gold medal game victory against Japan … Scored the game-winning goal against Colombia in group play and also scored two spectacular goals against Canada in the Olympic semifinal, twice drawing the USA even in a match it would win 4-3 in the final minute of extra time of overtime … Her first goal against Canada came directly off a corner kick and the second was a brilliant strike from outside the penalty area … Played in four games at CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying, starting one and had one goal and one assist … Was on the short list for the FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year and finished 10th in the final voting … 2011: Played in 18 games, starting 13, and scored three goals with five assists over her 1,085 minutes … Was a starter for most of the year, but became a reserve just before the Women’s World Cup, where she played her role extremely well coming off the bench, getting one goal with three assists … Played in all six games in the World Cup, starting the group match against Sweden and the World Cup Final … Her three assists came in the final three games of the World Cup, crossing the ball that was famously headed home by Abby in the quarterfinal against Brazil, setting up Alex Morgan’s game-clinching goal in the semifinal victory against France and Morgan’s score in the World Cup Final against Japan … Also scored against England and Japan during the year … 2010: Recovered from illness to work her way back into the U.S. lineup, starting eight of the 10 games she played … Scored four goals with two assists, one of which came in the second leg of the Women’s World Cup playoff series against Italy that set up Amy Rodriguez’s game-winning goal … Started both games in the playoff series … Scored against Sweden and China, and twice against Guatemala at the CONCACAF Women’s World Cup Qualifying tournament, in which she played three games … 2009: Made a big impact in her return to the WNT for the first time in two years, playing in seven games and starting six while scoring two goals with one assist … Scored against Norway in the Algarve Cup in a 1-0 victory and also added a goal against Canada in Toronto … 2007-08: Did not play for the USA as she recovered from two ACL injuries … 2006: Trained with team at 2006 Residency Training Camp in Carson, Calif. … Came into training with the USA early in 2006 and played in four matches, scoring her first two career goals against Chinese Taipei on Oct. 1, but returned to her college team and suffered an ACL injury just four days later … Youth National Teams: Was one of the standout players on the U.S. team that finished third at the 2004 FIFA U-19 Women’s World Championship in Thailand … She had an excellent tournament, scoring three goals, tied for the team lead, including one in the third-place match victory against Brazil … Ended her U-19 international career with 21 caps and nine goals … First camp with the U-19 WNT was in January of 2003 in Chula Vista, Calif. … Played in three matches at the 2004 CONCACAF U-19 Qualifying tournament, scoring three goals … Scored her first goal with the U-19s against Mexico on March 1, 2003 … Scored against Canada in 6-1 victory on May 27, 2003 … Traveled with U-19s on European tour to Netherlands and Germany in July of 2003 … Played in USYSA International Tournament in Houston in May of 2003 … Played with the U-16 GNT in 2002 and traveled with the U-16s to France and Houston … First Appearance: July 23, 2006, vs. Ireland ... First Goal: Oct. 1, 2006, vs. Chinese Taipei (two goals).
Professional / Club – 2014: Despite only playing nine games for the Reign, she scored four goals and recorded one assist as Seattle went on to win the NWSL regular season title with a 16-2-6 overall record … Scored the sole goal for the Reign in the 86th minute of the 2-1 loss to FC Kansas City in the NSWL Championship Game … 2013: Signed with two-time European Champions League winners Lyon for the second half of the French league season and played in six games while scoring twice … Played in five UEFA Champions League matches for Lyon, scoring two goals, against Rosengård and Juvisy … Helped Lyon reach the 2013 UEFA Women’s Champions League Final where she started and played 46 minutes as her team fell 2-1 to German club Wolfsburg … Allocated to the Seattle Reign for the inaugural NWSL season but did not join the team until late June after the end of her French season with Lyon … Ended up playing 1,023 minutes in 12 games, starting 11 and scored five goals with one assist … Her impact on the Reign was such that despite playing only half the season, she was named to the NWSL Second XI … Finished second in the NWSL in shots with 65 and shots on goal (27) despite playing at least six games less than the other leaders ... 2011: Signed with the Philadelphia Independence for the 2011 WPS season after the Chicago Red Stars ceased operations but was traded to magicJack in exchange for cash considerations on June 22 during the Women’s World Cup … Ended up playing 10 WPS matches, starting six, with two goals and two assists over 641 minutes … Played all 90 minutes of magicJack’s two playoff matches, scoring in the quarterfinal victory against Boston … 2010: Struggled with illness and fitness, but played in 20 games, starting 19 and scoring one goal on the last touch of the last game of the season … 2009: Taken second overall in the first round of the 2009 WPS College Draft by the Chicago Red Stars … Started 17 of the 18 games she played for the Red Stars, scoring two goals with three assists … Was named as a WPS First-Team All-Star … Youth club: She played with the Mavericks from U-12 to U-14, then played with Elk Grove United until she went to college … Won State and Regional Champions with Elk Grove United in 2003 … National runner-up in 2003.