One of the team's best goal scorers and craftiest players, Rapinoe saw the early part of her career stalled by knee injuries. But in recent years, Rapinoe has developed into a true scoring threat for the USA. She gained national and international acclaim with her left-footed cross to Abby Wambach to set up the tying goal in the dying seconds of overtime against Brazil in the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup quarterfinal. Rapinoe also scored her first Olympic goal during a 3-0 win against Colombia on July 28, 2012, to clinch a quarterfinals berth at the 2012 London Olympics.
Photos from the U.S. Women's National Team's 6-0 win against Costa Rica to claim the 2014 CONCACAF Women's Championship title.
CHESTER, Pennsylvania (Oct. 26, 2014) – The U.S. Women’s National Team held nothing back in closing out the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship. FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year nominee Abby Wambach recorded a first-half hat trick and four goals in all, and the USA rolled to a 6-0 victory against Costa Rica in the title match before 11,625 spectators at PPL Park.
Carli Lloyd added a first-half goal to up her total to five goals in five tournament matches, and Sydney Leroux tallied her first goal of the competition in the second half.
Wambach recorded the eighth hat trick of her international career, and the all-time goal scoring leader now has 177 goals in 228 matches. With her fourth goal, Wambach broke the U.S. WNT record with her 18th goal in World Cup qualifying matches, surpassing the mark of 17 set by Michelle Akers.
Wambach scored seven goals in four games at the CONCACAF Women’s Championship to earn the Golden Boot. Lloyd won the Golden Ball as the tournament’s top player; and in addition to her five goals, Lloyd contributed four assists. Hope Solo was the Golden Glove winner, posting four shutouts.
As a team, the U.S. outscored its opposition 21-0 in the tournament.
The USA won the CONCACAF Women’s Championship for the fifth time. The WNT previously won the tournament in 1991, 1994, 2002 and 2006. The USA did not participate in the 1998 event because the team was already entered in the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup at the host nation.
As finalists, the U.S. and Costa Rica had already qualified for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada. It will mark the USA’s seventh consecutive appearance in the Women’s World Cup, while Costa Rica is making its first appearance.
Earlier in the day, Mexico defeated Trinidad & Tobago 4-2 in overtime to win the third-place game and automatic qualification to the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Mexico is the 21st team to qualify.
Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Abby Wambach (Morgan Brian), 4th minute: The USA threatened a couple times during this sequence, starting with Megan Rapinoe’s low, driven corner kick from the right side that eventually led to a long-distance shot from Meghan Klingenberg. Klingenberg’s strike was blocked by Costa Rica’s Diana Saenz, but not cleared far enough away as Brian collected on the left side. The USA’s youngest player crossed to Wambach at the edge of the six-yard box and the all-time goal scoring leader finished with a snapped header. USA 1, CRC 0 (SEE GOAL)
USA – Carli Lloyd (Abby Wambach), 17th minute: Rapinoe’s corner kick from the left side reached Wambach on the right side of the box. Because she was too far from the goal to threaten the net with a shot, Wambach nodded the ball to the edge of the six-yard box toward Lloyd. Lloyd deftly flicked a header inside the left of the frame for her fifth goal in five tournament games. USA 2, CRC 0 (SEE GOAL)
USA – Abby Wambach (Carli Lloyd), 35th minute: Rapinoe played a through ball to Lloyd on the left side of the box. Lloyd eluded Costa Rica’s Carol Sanchez to create some space for a left-footed cross to the six-yard box, and once again Wambach headed the ball into the net. USA 3, CRC 0 (SEE GOAL)
USA – Abby Wambach (Carli Lloyd), 41st minute: A carbon-copy of Wambach’s goal just six minutes earlier. Again, Rapinoe had the initial set-up pass to Lloyd in the left side of the box. This time, Lloyd turned to her right foot for the cross to Wambach, who headed into the right side of the frame. USA 4, CRC 0 (SEE GOAL)
USA – Abby Wambach (Sydney Leroux), 71st minute: From midfield, Leroux’s up-field pass split a pair of Costa Rica defenders to Wambach on the right side of the box. Wambach recognized that Dinnia Diaz was off her line and immediately launched a deft chip over the Costa Rica goalkeeper’s gloves and into the left side of the net. USA 5, CRC 0 (SEE GOAL)
USA – Sydney Leroux (Tobin Heath), 73rd minute: Meghan Klingenberg left the ball to Heath on the left side of the area, and the second-half sub crossed the ball into the middle of the six-yard box. Leroux, who had hit the frame multiple times in this tournament, finally struck with a header into the back of the net. USA 6, CRC 0 (SEE GOAL) (FINAL)
Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
CRC – Dinnia Diaz, 12th minute: Midfielder Carli Lloyd, the USA’s most consistent scoring threat throughout the tournament, had an early opportunity when she received the ball in the box with her back to the goal. Lloyd spun counter clockwise to stave off her defender and shot toward the near left side of the frame. Diaz reacted well and got low for the diving save.
CRC – Lixy Rodriguez, 49th minute: Abby Wambach nearly had another opportunity to add to her first-half hat trick. Morgan Brian played the ball toward the U.S. striker, and Rodriguez made a strong sliding effort in the box to disrupt the pass and prevent Wambach from tallying another goal.
CRC – Dinnia Diaz, 89th minute: USA second-half sub Heather O’Reilly attacked from the right side and working the ball into position for a close range shot in the box. O’Reilly’s shot was denied by Diaz with a kick save at the near right post.
USA Leaders at CONCACAF Women’s Championship:
- Goals: Abby Wambach (7), Carli Lloyd (5), Tobin Heath (2), Christen Press (2), five tied with (1)
- Assists: Sydney Leroux (4), Carli Lloyd (4), Tobin Heath (2), five tied with (1)
- Christie Rampone, the active caps leader in the world, earned her 301st cap. She trails only Kristine Lilly (352 games from 1987-2010) on the all-time list.
- Abby Wambach and Carli Lloyd each made their 14th appearances in a World Cup qualifying match. They are tied for second place on the USA’s all-time list behind only Lilly (17 games).
- Wambach’s eighth hat trick ties her for second on the U.S. WNT all-time list with Cindy Parlow (eight hat tricks from 1996-2004). Mia Hamm holds the USA record with 10 hat tricks from 1987-2004.
- Sydney Leroux scored her 33rd international goal, moving into sole possession of 15th place on the WNT all-time list past Lindsay Tarpley (32 goals from 2003-2011).
- Goalkeeper Hope Solo, the U.S. WNT’s all-time shutouts leader, upped her record to 77 clean sheets in 159 games.
Next on the Schedule:
The U.S. WNT will prepare for the four-team International Tournament of Brasilia from Dec. 10-21. The USA opens against China PR (Dec. 10), followed by Brazil (Dec. 14) and Argentina (Dec. 17) in group play. Kickoff times and additional tournament information will be announced at a later date.
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- The USA is now 15-2-3 in 2014.
- The U.S. WNT moves to 10-0-0 all-time against Costa Rica. The USA has outscored Costa Rica 51-0.
- U.S. head coach Jill Ellis made three starting lineup changes following the team’s 3-0 semifinal win against Mexico on Friday.
- The majority of the defense returned to the starting lineup, with Hope Solo in goal, Meghan Klingenberg at left back, Ali Krieger at right back and captain Christie Rampone at center back. Becky Sauerbrunn got the call as the USA’s other center back, making her first start since the team’s 5-0 victory against Guatemala on Oct. 17 in the group stage.
- The U.S. midfield featured returning starters Carli Lloyd and Lauren Holiday, while college senior Morgan Brian earned her first start of the tournament.
- In the front of the USA’s 4-3-3 formation, regular starting midfielder Megan Rapinoe was pushed to forward. Christen Press earned her third straight start. Abby Wambach, who came off the bench against Mexico, returned to the starting group.
- Ellis made all three subs in one block. In the 56th minute, Sydney Leroux and Heather O’Reilly replaced Brian and Press, respectively. In the 57th minute of that substitution trio, Tobin Heath entered for Rapinoe.
- Lloyd is the only USA player to log the full 450 minutes during this year’s CONCACAF Women’s Championship.
- Klingenberg, who wowed USA fans with her long-distance strike against Haiti, nearly struck with a second international goal in the 37th minute. However, her 17-yard shot rattled off of the crossbar.
- The U.S. WNT is now 90-8-13 in the 111 games that Rampone has been the team captain.
- The U.S. is 15-0-3 under head coach Jill Ellis.
- U.S. Women’s National Team Match Report -
Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Costa Rica
Date: Oct. 26, 2014
Competition: 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship; Final
Venue: PPL Park; Chester, Pennsylvania
Kickoff: 6:00 p.m. ET
Weather: 63 degrees, partly cloudy
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 4 2 6
CRC 0 0 0
USA – Abby Wambach (Morgan Brian) 4th minute
USA – Carli Lloyd (Abby Wambach) 17
USA – Abby Wambach (Carli Lloyd) 35
USA – Abby Wambach (Carli Lloyd) 41
USA – Abby Wambach (Sydney Leroux) 71
USA – Sydney Leroux (Tobin Heath) 73
USA: 1-Hope Solo; 16-Meghan Klingenberg, 3-Christie Rampone (capt.), 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 11-Ali Krieger; 12-Lauren Holiday, 7-Morgan Brian (2-Sydney Leroux, 56), 10-Carli Lloyd; 14-Christen Press (9-Heather O’Reilly, 56), 20-Abby Wambach, 15-Megan Rapinoe (17-Tobin Heath, 57)
Subs Not Used: 5-Kelley O’Hara, 6-Whitney Engen, 8-Amy Rodriguez, 18-Ashlyn Harris, 19-Julie Johnston
Head Coach: Jill Ellis
CRC: 1-Dinnia Diaz; 5-Diana Saenz (9-Carolina Venegas, 46), 6-Carol Sanchez, 8-Daniela Cruz, 10-Shirley Cruz (capt.); 11-Raquel Rodriguez Cedeño, 12-Lixy Rodriguez (2-Gabriela Guillen, 76), 15-Cristin Granados, 16-Katherine Alvarado; 17-Daphnne Herrera, 20-Wendy Patricia Acosta (19-Fabiola Sanchez, 74)
Subs Not Used: 3-Mariane Ugalde, 4-Maríiana Benavidez, 7-Gloriana Villalobos, 13-Noelia Bermudez, 14-Yesmi Rodriguez, 18-Yirlania Arroyo
Head Coach: Avedissian Garabet
Stats Summary: USA / CRC
Shots: 21 / 2
Shots on Goal: 14 / 0
Saves: 0 / 8
Corner Kicks: 8 / 2
Fouls: 18 / 6
Offside: 1 / 2
USA – Megan Rapinoe (caution) 27th minute
USA – Lauren Holiday (caution) 60
Referee: Lucila Venegas (MEX)
Assistant Referee 1: Mayte Chavez (MEX)
Assistant Referee 2: Emperatriz Ayala (SLV)
Fourth Official: Maurees Skeete (GUY)
Budweiser Woman of the Match: Abby Wambach
Photos from the U.S. WNT's 3-0 win against Mexico in the 2014 CONCACAF Women's Championship Semifinal that booked the USA a place in the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup.
Photos from the U.S. WNT's 6-0 win against Haiti in its final Group A game at the 2014 CONCACAF Women's Championship.
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 … 2012: Had her best year yet 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 lost her spot 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).
Full name is Megan Anna Rapinoe … Nickname is “Pinoe” … Enjoys playing guitar, the beach and shopping … Majored in sociology … Has a twin sister, Rachael, who also played soccer at Portland … Is the youngest of six children … Prefers living in a city … Lists “The Shawshank Redemption” as one of her favorite movies … Competed in track as a freshman and sophomore, and basketball as freshman, sophomore and senior in high school … Was on the honor roll every semester of high school … Enjoys traveling, going to zoos and good coffee … Her favorite cities are Sydney; London; San Francisco; Phuket, Thailand; Chicago and Boston … She cannot travel without gum, a hair straightener, her computer, neck pillow, iPod, and toothbrush … Her favorite musical artists are currently Florence and the Machine, Adele, Missy Higgins, Kings of Leon and Dar Williams, Tegan + Sara, M83, Black Keys, Cat PowerPlayed just three full seasons at Portland as her junior year was cut short after two matches due to an ACL injury … Had one more season of college eligibility remaining, but opted to enter the WPS draft … As a senior in 2008, she started all 22 games for the Pilots and was named a Soccer America First-Team All-American and an NSCAA Second Team All-American … Voted the WCC Player of the Year and was All-WCC First Team … She led the team and the WCC in assists (13) … Also became the eighth player in school history to get 30 goals and 25 assists in a career … Her 88 career points (30 goals, 28 assists) are 10th-best in school history despite playing just 60 total games due to injuries … As a junior in 2007, she appeared in just two matches off the bench early in the year before suffering season-ending knee injury for the second consecutive season … Was granted a medical hardship waiver by the NCAA, but never used it … As a sophomore in 2006, she was among the nation’s leading scorers with 10 goals and two assists in 11 matches before suffering a season-ending knee injury against Washington State on Oct. 5 … She joined Tiffeny Milbrett and Shannon MacMillan as the only Pilots to score 25 goals and 15 assists in just two years … In 2005 as a freshman, she helped the Pilots to an undefeated season and the NCAA championship. … She was an NSCAA First-Team All-American and was on the Soccer America First Team Freshman All-American list ... She made the College Cup All-Tournament Team and was the WCC Freshman of the Year ... An All-WCC First Team and All-WCC Freshman Team selection ... She played and started all 25 games as an attacking midfielder, scoring 15 goals and adding 13 assists for 43 points … Also recorded seven game-winning goals … Did not play college soccer in what would have been her freshman season in order to play in the 2004 FIFA U-19 Women’s World Cup in Thailand … High School: Did not play high school soccer, opting for club instead … Parade and NSCAA All-American as a junior and senior … A McDonald’s All-American in 2004.