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U.S. WNT Finishes Two-Game Series vs. Mexico

U.S. Women's National Team head coach Jill Ellis prepares her team for one last match before the start of Women's World Cup qualifying and the focus is on fine-tuning and finalizing a 20-player roster.

Ellis Names 28 Players to U.S. WNT Training Camp Roster Prior to Matches Against Mexico

CHICAGO (Aug. 29, 2014) – U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Jill Ellis has named 28 players for a training camp prior to two matches against Mexico, on Sept. 13 at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah, and on Sept. 18 at Sahlen’s Stadium in Rochester, New York.

The Sept. 13 kickoff time has changed to 7:30 p.m. MT and the game is live on ussoccer.com (TICKETS). The Sept. 18 match kicks off at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN2 and WatchESPN (TICKETS). Fans can also follow the U.S. WNT on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt and @ussoccer_esp.

This will be the first extended training period Ellis has had with the team since she was officially named the head coach on May 16. It will also be the final camp and matches before she names a 20-player roster that will attempt to qualify for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup at the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship being held in Kansas City, Kansas; Bridgeview, Illinois; Washington, D.C.; and Chester, Pennsylvania, from Oct. 15-26.

“Obviously as a coaching staff in the international arena, you are delighted when you can get a large group of players together for an extended period,” said Ellis. “It’s no secret that the battle for spots on the qualifying roster will be extremely competitive and we’re looking forward to the training environment and two tough games against a Mexico team that we will likely see again during the CONCACAF Championship.”

Sydney Leroux, Megan Rapinoe and Alex Morgan

Twenty-nine players have represented the USA in international competition this year and 25 of them were invited to this camp along with midfielder Shannon Boxx and goalkeepers Nicole Barnhart and Alyssa Naeher, all of whom have yet to see action for the U.S. Women’s National Team in 2014.

The majority of the roster will begin training in Salt Lake City on Sept. 5 with the eight players who are playing in the NWSL Championship Game this weekend getting a few extra days off. Seattle Reign FC and FC Kansas City players will arrive on Sept. 8. Midfielder Morgan Brian, the lone non-professional on the roster, will arrive into camp on Sept. 7 after completing her weekend games with the University of Virginia.

Goalkeeper Hope Solo will likely get a shot to break the USA’s all-time shutout record in one of the matches against Mexico. She is currently tied with former U.S. great Briana Scurry at 71 career shutouts.

Additional Notes:

  • Jill Ellis will name 18 players to suit up for each of the matches.
  • The USA comes into the matches with an 8-2-3 record in 2014.
  • Twenty-seven of the 28 players named played in the NWSL this season.
  • The five U.S. strikers scored a combined 36 goals in the NWSL this season, although Alex Morgan and Abby Wambach missed significant parts of the season due to injury and Christen Press played in less than half the season’s matches after returning from Europe.
  • Should Christie Rampone play in both Mexico matches, her cap total would grow to 297, meaning she would have a chance to hit 300 during the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship in October. Kristine Lilly is the only other player in soccer history to play 300 or more times for their country.
  • Ali Krieger’s next cap will be her 50th, which would make her the 48th player in U.S. WNT history to reach 50 international appearances.
  • The USA is 27-1-1 all-time against Mexico.
  • Several U.S. players won NWSL postseason awards: Alyssa Naeher was the Goalkeeper of the Year, Becky Sauerbrunn was the Defender of the Year and Julie Johnston was the Rookie of the Year.

U.S. Women’s National Team Roster By Position – Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (4): Nicole Barnhart (FC Kansas City), Alyssa Naeher (Boston Breakers), Ashlyn Harris (Washington Spirit), Hope Solo (Seattle Reign FC)
DEFENDERS (10): Stephanie Cox (Seattle Reign FC), Crystal Dunn (Washington Spirit), Whitney Engen (Houston Dash), Julie Johnston (Chicago Red Stars), Meghan Klingenberg (Houston Dash), Ali Krieger (Washington Spirit), Kelley O’Hara (Sky Blue FC), Christie Rampone (Sky Blue FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City), Rachel Van Hollebeke (Portland Thorns FC)
MIDFIELDERS (9): Shannon Boxx (Chicago Red Stars), Morgan Brian (Virginia), Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC), Lauren Holiday (FC Kansas City), Carli Lloyd (WNY Flash), Allie Long (Portland Thorns FC), Kristie Mewis (Boston Breakers), Heather O’Reilly (Boston Breakers), Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign FC)
FORWARDS (5): Sydney Leroux (Seattle Reign FC), Alex Morgan (Portland Thorns FC), Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars), Amy Rodriguez (FC Kansas City), Abby Wambach (WNY Flash)

Crosses with Keepers

Coming for crosses is one of the most difficult parts of being a goalkeeper on any level. We talked with U.S. goalkeeper coach Paul Rogers, and goalkeepers Hope Solo, Nicole Barnhart, and Jill Loyden to get their thoughts on training to be strong in the air.

Sermanni Names U.S. WNT Roster for Matches Against Canada and Russia

CHICAGO (Jan. 24, 2014) – U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Tom Sermanni has named a roster of 24 players for a three-game, three-week road trip as the USA opens its 2014 schedule.

The USA will play its first match of year on Jan. 31 against Canada at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas (8 p.m. CT on FOX Sports 1). The team then travels to Florida to face Russia on Feb. 8 at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton (3:30 p.m. ET on ussoccer.com web stream), followed by a quick trip to Atlanta to play Russia again on Feb. 12 at the Georgia Dome (7:30 p.m. ET on ussoccer.com web stream). Sermanni will name 18 players to suit up for each of the matches.

“The players and staff are looking forward to playing matches,” said Sermanni. “We had productive training camps in December and January, but having three games in less than two weeks is a great opportunity for these players to continue to show their growth as individuals and as a team. This is the start of a year in which competition for places becomes much more critical, as does team performance and results.”

All the players named to this roster participated in the USA’s early January camp at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center in Carson, Calif. With the exceptions of forward Alex Morgan and midfielder Tobin Heath, both of whom are still recovering from injuries, the USA will bring its full complement of regulars into these first matches of the year.

The roster includes the first and third overall picks in the 2014 NWSL College Draft with defender Crystal Dunn going No. 1 to the Washington Freedom and midfielder Julie Johnston at No. 3 to the Chicago Red Stars.

Sermanni also gave a first roster spot to rising UCLA senior Samantha Mewis, who helped the Bruins to the NCAA title last fall. The 6-foot-tall Samantha is the younger sister of current U.S. WNT defender Kristie Mewis.

The Mewis sisters played together on both the 2008 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Team and the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Team, but this is first time they are on a full U.S. Women’s National Team roster together. The younger Mewis trained with the USA for a few days at the end of the January camp in Los Angeles.

The series of matches also marks the first that will see defender Rachel Buehler switch to her married name on the back of her jersey. Buehler, who was married in November of 2012, will now go by Rachel Van Hollebeke (pronounced “van HALL-ah-beck”).

U.S. Women's National Team Roster By Position – Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Nicole Barnhart (FC Kansas City), Jill Loyden (Sky Blue FC), Hope Solo (Seattle Reign FC)
DEFENDERS (9): Stephanie Cox (Seattle Reign FC), Crystal Dunn (Washington Spirit), Whitney Engen (Tyresö), Ali Krieger (Washington Spirit), Kristie Mewis (Boston Breakers), Kelley O’Hara (Sky Blue FC), Christie Rampone (Sky Blue FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City), Rachel Van Hollebeke (Portland Thorns FC)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Morgan Brian (Virginia), Lauren Holiday (FC Kansas City), Julie Johnston (Chicago Red Stars), Carli Lloyd (WNY Flash), Samantha Mewis (UCLA), Heather O’Reilly (Boston Breakers), Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign FC), Erika Tymrak (FC Kansas City)
FORWARDS (4): Sydney Leroux (Seattle Reign FC), Christen Press (Tyresö), Amy Rodriguez (FC Kansas City), Abby Wambach (WNY Flash)

Additional Notes:

  • The 2014 schedule begins with the 51st meeting between the USA and Canada. The USA is 42-3-5 all-time against the host of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
  • Seventeen players on the training camp roster played in the NWSL last season. Twenty-two of the 24 players have committed to play in the league during its second season in 2014.
  • It was announced this week that Megan Rapinoe has ended her tenure with French club Lyon and will be available to play for Seattle Reign FC for the entire NWSL season.
  • Three players on the roster were new allocations to NWSL clubs for the upcoming season: Stephanie Cox (Seattle Reign FC), Whitney Engen (Houston Dash) and Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars).
  • All nine NWSL clubs are represented on the roster. FC Kansas City has the most players with five.
  • Since taking over as the U.S. Women’s National Team head coach in January of 2013, Tom Sermanni has seen 44 players called in to at least one training camp. Of those 44 players, 32 have earned at least one cap.
  • Sermanni has thus far also given 10 players their first caps.
  • After Abby Wambach, who has 163 career goals, midfielder Carli Lloyd is the top scorer on the roster with 46 career international goals, followed by Heather O’Reilly with 37.
  • Wambach finished second in the voting for the 2013 FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year after winning the award for 2012.
  • 2012 Olympic gold medalist Kelley O’Hara, who was a late addition to the January camp roster, could return to game action for the first time since April 9, 2013, when she started against the Netherlands in The Hague.
  • The call-up of both Mewis sisters – Kristie and Samantha – marks the first time sisters have played together on the full U.S. Women’s National Team since 1998, when identical twins Lorrie (120 career caps) and Ronnie Fair (3 caps) played together.
  • Alex Morgan will be with the U.S. team for a few days during the middle of the trip, but only for rehabilitation and evaluation purposes as she continues to come back from her ankle injury.
  • Tobin Heath, who is currently in France with her club Paris Saint-Germain, is progressing well with her recovery from a foot injury but is not ready yet for National Team action.
  • The roster also includes the winner of the 2013 MAC Hermann Trophy as college soccer’s top player in University of Virginia senior Morgan Brian.


Happy Holidays from U.S. Soccer

U.S. Soccer and the Men’s and Women’s National Teams would like to wish everyone Happy Holidays in 2013!

The tall, strong and athletic Barnhart played a key role for the USA in 2010 and 2011 when she stepped into goal as the starter in the absence of Hope Solo (who was recovering from a shoulder injury) and helped the USA qualify for the Women’s World Cup. Heading into 2012, Barnhart had an impressive all-time career 26-3-4 record.

U.S. National Team – A backup goalkeeper on the USA’s last four world championship teams, at the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup, the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup and the 2012 Olympics … Came back into Residency Training Camp on trial during 2007 and played well enough to earn a contract and a place on the Women’s World Cup Team and has been a regular call-up ever since … 2012: Played in five games, starting one and had a 2-0-0 record while allowing just one goal … She upped her all-time career mark to 28-3-4 … Her one start came in the third-place match of the Algarve Cup, a 4-0 shutout victory against Sweden … 2011: Played in 10 matches, starting nine, including the first eight of the year as Hope Solo finished her recovery from shoulder surgery … Those matches included back-stopping the USA to two tournament victories, at the Four Nations Tournament in China in January and the Algarve Cup in Portugal in March … Compiled a record of 6-2-1 … 2010: Took over the starting role after Hope Solo had shoulder surgery in September and started all five games in CONCACAF Women’s World Cup qualifying and the two playoff matches against Italy … Strong play in two shutouts against Italy helped the USA secure its 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup berth … Played in 11 total matches, compiling a record of 8-1-2, and her 11 starts during the year were a career high … Allowed just five goals in 990 minutes of action … 2009: Played in three matches for the USA, starting two, and earned 1-0 shutouts in both … The first was against Iceland at the Algarve Cup in March and the second against Canada in Rochester, N.Y., in July, the same match in which Abby Wambach scored her 100th goal … Did not allow a goal in 225 minutes of action … 2008: Played in four matches for the USA before undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery in early May … Came back to play in 13 total matches, starting eight and gave up just one goal while earning five shutouts … Earned a shutout against Italy at the Peace Queen Cup in South Korea … Earned a shutout against Norway in the USA’s third match of the 2008 Algarve Cup, helping the Americans to the championship game … Played in her most important international match to date against Canada in the championship game of the 2008 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament, making several excellent saves and sealing the win with a penalty kick stop in the shootout victory against Canada … 2007: Played in one match in 2007, getting the shutout against Mexico in Portland, Ore., on Oct. 17 during the post-WWC tour, her fourth career cap … 2006: Did not appear … 2005: The youth national team veteran earned her first cap in goal and got her first career shutout with the full Women’s National Team on March 9 in a 1-0 victory against France at the Algarve Cup in Portugal … Earned her second career goalkeeper cap, also a shutout, in the USA’s 7-0 win against Ukraine in Portland, Ore. … 2004: Earned her first cap as a field player when the USA ran out of substitutes against Mexico at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City on Oct. 16 during the Fan Celebration Tour … She played the last five minutes plus stoppage time at forward next to Abby Wambach in the 1-0 win … Youth National Teams: A member of the 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2005 U-21 Nordic Cup Teams, she helped the USA to titles in Finland, Denmark, Iceland and Sweden, respectively … Also a member of the USA’s U-18 and U-16 National Team pools … First Appearance: Oct. 16, 2004, vs. Mexico … First Shutout: March 9, 2005, vs. France.

Professional / Club – 2013: Allocated to FC Kansas City for the inaugural season of the NWSL … 2011: Signed with the Philadelphia Independence for the 2011 WPS season and started nine total matches to help the club to a WPS playoff berth and a berth in the championship game … Earned a shutout in the 2-0 Super Semifinal victory against magicJack … Compiled a 4-3-2 record with three shutouts and had a goals against average of 1.11 … 2010: Helped FC Gold Pride to the 2010 WPS title, starting 21 games and playing 1,880 minutes while making 73 saves and allowing just 16 goals … Had eight shutouts, including the WPS championship game, and was named the WPS Goalkeeper of the Year and a WPS All-Star … Also was the goalkeeper on the WPS Best XI … 2009: Allocated to FC Gold Pride for the inaugural WPS season in 2009 … Was the starting goalkeeper for FC Gold Pride, starting all 16 matches in which she played … Made 74 saves, allowed 23 goals for a 1.44 GAA and earned two shutouts … Youth: Played for FC DELCO youth club, winning several state championships … In 2005, inducted into the FC DELCO Hall of Fame … Also played for Souderton in her earlier club years, as well as with a boys’ club team from Boyertown ... Played a significant time on the field as well.

Personal – Full name is Nicole Renee Barnhart … Nickname is “Barnie” ... Finished high school academic career with a 4.2 GPA … Interested in working as a graphic artist in advertising or marketing … Earned a double major in studio art and psychology from Stanford, graduating in June of 2005 ... Also interested in art therapy and her ideal job would be working in this field at a children’s hospital … A talented sketch artist … Played three months of lacrosse for Stanford after the completion of her senior year of soccer eligibility but stopped playing and became the team manager after turning professional with the U.S. team at the Algarve Cup … Studied American Sign Language for two years at Stanford and would love to further her studies ... Volunteers at the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital when home in the Bay Area … Involved with the Garth Brooks’ and Troy Aikman’s Teammates for Kids Foundation … Does not like chocolate ... Has served as a volunteer assistant women’s soccer coach at Stanford since the fall of 2005 and was a member of the staff that helped the Cardinal win the 2011 NCAA title …  In her free time, enjoys drawing, and creating digital artwork ... Enjoys cooking ... Loves to do crossword puzzles and is the best on the team at Bananagrams … Owns a true log cabin in the woods in the Pocono Mountains and enjoys spending quiet time there and remodeling … It was always a dream of hers to own a log cabin … Takes her pillow and stuffed dog (Woof) on every soccer trip … One of her most memorable soccer moments would have to be her five minutes of fame as a forward with the WNT during the 2004 Fan Celebration Tour.

College / High School – Played in 71 games in her career at Stanford, starting 66 … Ranks No. 1 in Cardinal history with 35 career shutouts and is second all-time in minutes played (6,180) for goalkeepers … She is also first all-time in goals against average at 0.45 … Played her senior season for Stanford in 2004, starting all 22 games while playing 2044 minutes and allowing just 10 goals for a 0.44 GAA, good for third in the NCAA … Earned 10 shutouts and was named First-Team All-Pac 10 (her third All-Pac-10 recognition) and honorable mention All-Academic Pac-10 … Also named First-Team NSCAA All-American, co-captain and a semifinalist for the Hermann Trophy … In 2003 as a junior, she earned First-Team All-West Region and All-Pac-10 honors ... She co-captained the team, starting all 21 games while playing 1,947 minutes, posted a 0.79 GAA and recorded seven shutouts on the year … Named a semifinalist for the Hermann Trophy ... Earned honorable mention Pac-10 All-Academic honors ... Tops the Stanford record book with a 0.41 career goals-against average ... As a sophomore in 2002, she was named First-Team NSCAA All-American and earned First-Team All-West Region and All-Pac-10 honors ... Started all 23 games in goal, amassing 2,047 minutes on the season ... Finished the year as the nation’s top goalkeeper with a 0.18 goals-against average ... She recorded 18 shutouts and allowed only four goals all season, a Stanford record ... Set single-season Cardinal records in minutes played (2,047), total shutouts (18), goals allowed (4) and goals-against average (0.18) ... Also set the record for fewest goals allowed in the Pac-10 ... She posted career-high seven consecutive shutout games, shutting out Cal Poly, California, Notre Dame and Portland in the NCAA Tournament ... Earned honorable mention Pac-10 All-Academic honors … Redshirted in 2001 due to a torn ACL … In 2000 as a freshman, she made five appearances, picking up four shared shutouts and saw action in the First Round of the NCAA Tournament against San Jose State ... Made her collegiate debut in the second half of a 4-0 win against Saint Mary’s, playing 15 minutes … High School: Played for the boys’ team at Boyertown High School for all four years, playing on the field a bit as well as in goal … Also played basketball and lacrosse, where she was an All-American.

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