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U.S. WNT vs. Sweden: Post-Match Quotes - March 7, 2014

U.S. WNT vs. Sweden
Post-Match Quotes – March 7, 2014
Algarve Cup – Group B

U.S. WNT head coach TOM SERMANNI
On the match:
“I was pleased with how we played in the second half and how we upped the tempo and how many chances we created, but in this game, you have to score goals.”

On his first loss as head coach of the U.S. WNT:
“You’re always going to lose games in football. That’s how it works. Sometimes you win games that perhaps you should have lost, sometimes you lose games that perhaps you should have one. But as I said, today we missed a penalty at nil-nil and in the last fifteen minutes we had four very good goal scoring opportunities and if you don’t take those, that makes a difference.”

On the big picture:
“It’s not just about winning or losing at the moment, but also really analyzing the performance. I think in the second half, and particularly in the second part of the second half, I was really pleased with the performance.”

On scoring just one goal in two games so far at the Algarve Cup:
“Normally, we’re a team that scores goals. Last year, we averaged between three and four goals a game, and in these last two games against really quality opposition, we created more chances than I thought we probably would have created. But at the moment, we’re just not scoring. So the only thing you can do is keep trying to create them, keep trying to make sure players’ stay positive, keep getting into goal scoring positions and hopefully turn it around.”

On Lotta Schelin’s goal:
"Schelin is an outstanding, world-class player. If you put balls in that area, she’s likely to score. But outside of that, I think it was really the only (significant) shot on goal that Sweden had.”

On Sweden’s defensive organization:
“We knew that was one of the strengths of Sweden. They are very well organized, very disciplined, particularly defensively, like most of the Scandinavian teams. They have a strong structure in that regard and they frustrated us for most of the first half. Obviously, if we had scored the penalty, that would have opened the game up a little bit, but we really managed to test that organization and discipline and tenacity, particularly for the last 30 minutes of the game, and certainly at that time we created enough chances to win the game.”

U.S. WNT midfielder CARLI LLOYD
On the match:

“In the first half, we pressured them really well, creative opportunities and got the PK. It’s just one of those things going on in this tournament, we’re creating chances, we’ve got the work ethic, the desire, the will and for some reason, they are not going into the back of the net. It’s alright, though, we still can work on some things, we still can learn and now is the time to get the kinks out and move forward and prepare for our next game.”

On creating enough chances to tie or win in the second half:
“We had a lot of chances and I think every single sub that came on; the Mewis sisters, Press and Apple, did a fantastic job. We couldn’t’ have asked for anything more from them. We created chances, there some suspects calls, a few could have gone our way, but overall I thought one was going to get in the back of the net. We’re all disappointed, but at the same time, we have to break it down, move on from it, learn from it and get ready for the next game.”

U.S. WNT defender CHRISTIE RAMPONE
On the match:

“This was a tough one. We definitely had more of the ball, not necessarily the best possession we could have played with, but we definitely made Sweden defend a lot and credit to them, they kept fighting and battling and cutting off the passing channels and blocking shots. We definitely had the run of play, we just didn’t finish, so now it’s back to practice to get ready for the next game.”

On the young players coming off the bench in the second half and making an impact:
“The young players came on and did really well. They brought a lot of energy, were very positive and were making good runs. They gave that effort we needed at the end of the game. It was a good taste for them, we got two first-cappers and hopefully they can get more.

On looking forward to the final group game vs. Denmark:
“We haven’t played our best soccer in the last two games. We need to get back on the field and do what we do best. We need to stay composed, knock the ball around, play with our mentality and have a good game against Denmark.”

U.S. WNT midfielder SAMANTHA MEWIS
On earning her first cap:

“I was excited to get my first cap and it was a lot of fun to get out on the field. I went on at the same time as my sister, which was really cool, and the girls were all really helpful in instructing me and helping me out, but I am really disappointed that we lost.”

On the match:
“It was a game of ups and downs and back and forth. The ball seemed to be in the air a lot, especially when I was on the field. Bit we did some good creating, especially on the flanks, so it was really disappointing to not get a goal or two.”

U.S. WNT forward SARAH HAGEN
On earning her first cap:

“It felt great to get in. I had a few opportunities that I wish I would have been able to finish. To be able to get some playing time was great and coming in in a game like this where it meant a lot for our team to win, it felt good to play a role.”

On having several chances to score in her brief time on the field:
“I felt like when I came in I was able to make somewhat of a difference, getting on a few balls in the air and we had a few dangerous crosses. I wish I could have gotten on the end of one of Carli’s crosses, but we definitely started to create more opportunities, unfortunately toddy we couldn’t finish them.”

Sermanni Names U.S. WNT Roster for 2014 Algarve Cup

CHICAGO (Feb. 24, 2014) – Following three victories in the team’s first three matches of the year, U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Tom Sermanni has named a 24-player roster that will travel to the 2014 Algarve Cup in Portugal.

This year’s tournament will run from March 5-12, and the U.S. team will depart for Europe on Tuesday, Feb. 25. The majority of the games will be played at small venues across the Algarve region on the southern coast of the country, with several matches (including the championship game) at the 30,000-seat Algarve Stadium. The placement matches will take place on March 12.

Fans will be able to follow the U.S. matches on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt and highlights will be available on ussoccer.com. For the entire tournament schedule, please go to the Algarve Cup tournament page on ussoccer.com.

The world’s top-ranked U.S. team, which has been placed in Group B for the annual tournament, will open play on March 5 against third-ranked Japan (7:45 a.m. ET) in Parchal. The USA will face sixth-ranked Sweden on March 7 in Albufeira (8:30 a.m. ET), and will finish group play on March 10 against 13th-ranked Denmark in Albufeira (10:40 a.m. ET). Before the competition starts, Sermanni will name 23 players to the tournament roster.

“The group we’re in at the Algarve Cup will probably be the most significant test since I’ve come aboard and a different kind of challenge as we will be playing teams that have the belief and aim to come out to attack us and beat us,” said Sermanni. “The dynamics of these games will be different than some of the more recent matches, and that’s something that we want, that we need and that the players are looking forward to.”

Group A features Germany, Norway, China PR and Iceland. Group C features host Portugal, Austria and first-time participants Russia and Korea DPR.

Since the expansion to 12 teams 13 years ago, the Algarve Cup format has been as follows: The winners of Groups A and B will compete for the Algarve Cup championship on Wednesday, March 12. The two second-place finishers in Groups A and B will play for third place while the third-place finishers in each group will play for fifth. The Group C teams will compete for a chance to play for spots 7-12 as the winner of Group C will play the best fourth-place team from Groups A or B for seventh place. The second-place team in Group C will play the worst fourth-place team from Groups A or B for ninth place, and the third- and fourth-place finishers in Group C will play each other for 11th place.

This year will mark the 19th trip to the Algarve Cup for the U.S. Women, who have won the tournament a record nine times, including an unprecedented three straight championships from 2003-05. Last year, the USA defeated Germany 2-0 in the championship game as forward Alex Morgan scored twice. The USA’s most recent loss took place at the Algarve Cup in 2012, a 1-0 setback to Japan in group play (which turned out to be the team’s only loss of the year) and the U.S. missed the championship game for the first time in 10 years.

Fifteen players from last year’s Algarve Cup roster return, including the core of the U.S. team, many of whom have played in numerous Algarve Cup tournaments. Morgan will not be one of them, however, as she is in the final stages of her return from an ankle injury.

Midfielder Tobin Heath does return to the U.S. roster and could see action in a U.S. jersey for the first time in almost eight months. Heath, who is currently playing in France with Paris Saint-Germain, is one of five players who will have shorter trips to the tournament. Heath and forward Sarah Hagen, who is playing in Germany with Bayern Munich, will arrive into camp on March 2 while Christen Press, Whitney Engen and Meghan Klingenberg will enjoy the trip south from chilly Sweden where they are playing with Tyresö for the remainder of its UEFA Women’s Champions League campaign, after which they will join their NWSL clubs.

Sermanni has once again called up several young players as midfielder Morgan Brian, who turns 21 the day the USA arrives in Portugal, gets another call-up after scoring her second career goal in the USA’s 8-0 victory against Russia on Feb. 13. In addition, Sermanni gave Samantha Mewis, younger sister of U.S. defender Kristie Mewis, another call-up, as well as naming Mewis’s midfield partner at UCLA, Sarah Killion, to her first senior team roster. Like Mewis, Killion is a rising UCLA senior and was a part of the USA’s 2012 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup championship team.

“Again, we’re going into a competition phase with a number of players unavailable and that’s something that we’ve had to adjust to over this past year,” said Sermanni. “But players have come in and performed extremely well and that’s continued to increase the already intense competition in the squad.”

U.S. Women’s National Team Roster By Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3):
Jill Loyden (Sky Blue FC), Alyssa Naeher (Boston Breakers), Hope Solo (Seattle Reign FC)
DEFENDERS (9):
Stephanie Cox (Seattle Reign FC), Whitney Engen (Tyresö), Meghan Klingenberg (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 (7):
Morgan Brian (Virginia), Tobin Heath (Paris Saint-Germain), Sarah Killion (UCLA), Carli Lloyd (WNY Flash), Samantha Mewis (UCLA), Heather O’Reilly (Boston Breakers), Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign FC)
FORWARDS (5):
Sarah Hagen (Bayern Munich), Sydney Leroux (Seattle Reign FC), Christen Press (Tyresö), Amy Rodriguez (FC Kansas City), Abby Wambach (WNY Flash)

Additional Notes:

  • The USA has a 52-10-9 record all-time at the Algarve Cup and has scored 158 goals while allowing 54.
  • U.S. forward Abby Wambach comes into the tournament with 165 career goals, 19 of which have been scored at the Algarve Cup in nine tournaments. Wambach is the top Algarve Cup scorer in U.S. history, having found the net six more times than Kristine Lilly’s 13 scores.
  • Christen Press is the USA’s leading scorer this year with three goals and has scored 11 times in her first 14 games for the National Team.
  • Hope Solo leads a group of three goalkeepers that features Jill Loyden and Alyssa Naeher. Solo is two shutouts away from tying Briana Scurry for the most in U.S. history at 71.
  • U.S. midfielder Heather O’Reilly heads into the tournament with 196 career caps and could earn her historic 200th in the USA’s placement match if she features in all three group games. O’Reilly will be playing in her 12th Algarve Cup and made her U.S. debut at the Algarve Cup in 2002 at the age of 17.
  • Last year, Rachel Van Hollebeke earned her 100th-career cap at the Algarve Cup.
  • U.S. captain Christie Rampone, who currently is the second most-capped player in U.S. history with 289, will lead the U.S. team that features nine defenders. Rampone will be playing in her 13th Algarve Cup.
  • Midfielder Carli Lloyd was the MVP of the 2007 Algarve Cup after scoring in all four games that year. She also scored three goals in the 2010 tournament and has 10 goals in total at the Algarve Cup. That ranks third among active players behind only Wambach (19) and Alex Morgan (11).
  • Defender Whitney Engen made her U.S. debut at the 2012 Algarve Cup. Van Hollebeke made her debut at the 2008 Algarve Cup. Amy Rodriguez made her U.S. debut at the 2005 Algarve Cup.
  • Sarah Killion, Samantha Mewis, Sarah Hagen and Naeher are all looking for their first cap at the senior level.
  • U.S. midfielder Lauren Holiday will not be with the U.S. team for this tournament due to a family commitment.
  • Defender Crystal Dunn is not ready for game action as she recovers from an ankle injury.

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U.S. WNT Rolls to 7-0 Victory Against Russia in Boca Raton, Fla.

  • Carli Lloyd and Christen Press Each Score Two Goals
  • Abby Wambach Nets 164th Goal while Heather O’Reilly and Sydney Leroux Add Tallies to Help Extend Unbeaten Streak to 41 Games
  • USA and Russia Will Meet in Second Leg on Feb. 12 at Georgia Dome in Atlanta; Kick-Off at 7:30 p.m. ET on ussoccer.com 

BOCA RATON, Fla. (Feb. 8, 2014) – Led by two-goal efforts from midfielder Carli Lloyd and forward Christen Press, the U.S. Women’s National Team defeated Russia 7-0 at FAU Stadium in the first meeting of a two-game set.

Midfielder Heather O’Reilly and forward Sydney Leroux also supplied a goal each and world goal scoring record holder Abby Wambach tallied the 164 th of her career in the second half.

The U.S. WNT extended its unbeaten streak at home to 79 games (69-0-10) and extended its unbeaten streak overall to 41 games (35-0-6), dating back to March of 2012.

The USA and Russia square off again on Wed., Feb. 12, at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. The game kicks off at 7:30 p.m. ET and will be live on ussoccer.com. Fans can also follow the U.S. WNT on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt.

The Americans thoroughly controlled the run of play against Russia, dominating possession from the start, and opened the scoring deluge and in the 29th minute.

Lloyd, who missed the USA’s 1-0 victory against Canada on Jan. 31 while serving a red card suspension, beautifully split a pair of Russia defenders on the dribble to give herself a free look at goal. She then blasted her shot past Russia goalkeeper Elvira Todua and into the upper right corner for a 1-0 lead. Lloyd was set up by O’Reilly, who terrorized the right flank before exiting the game for Florida native Erika Tymrak in the 68th minute. The assist was the 48th of O’Reilly’s career, passing Carin Gabarra for sole possession of seventh place all-time.

In the 32nd minute O’Reilly found herself in the right place when cross from the left deflected off of Russia left back Marina Pushkareva and ricocheted to the U.S. midfielder. O’Reilly blasted her shot into the upper right corner for a 2-0 advantage and her 38th career goal.

With O’Reilly’s early dominance, Russia head coach Sergey Lavrentyev was forced to replace left back Elena Medved with Elena Medved after little more than 30 minutes.

The move did nothing to slow the U.S. attack and in the 37th minute Lloyd scored one of her signature blasts from distance. After bringing down a Stephanie Cox pass from the left side with her chest, Lloyd dribbled laterally until she found some space for her world-class right foot. With a strike reminiscent of her game-winner against France at the 2012 Olympics, she drilled her shot into the upper left corner to make it 3-0 lead.

In the second half, the USA picked up right where it left off with Lloyd crossing from the left to found Press, who redirected the ball with her head past Todua in the 51st minute.

Leroux made it 5-0 just three minutes later as she thundered into the penalty area to latch on to a well-weighted slip pass from Lauren Holiday. While fighting off a defender, she lunged for the ball and cut her shot past Todua on the ground and inside left post. Holiday assist was the 27th of her career, passing Brandi Chastain for sole possession of 13th place on the all-time WNT assists list.

Press grabbed her second goal of the match and 10th of her young international career in the 58th minute after a corner kick bounced out to Ali Krieger at the top of the box. The right back’s shot smacked off the chest of the Russian goalkeeper and Press was first to the rebound to tap it home for a 6-0 lead.

U.S. WNT head coach Tom Sermanni replaced Leroux and Press with Amy Rodriguez and Wambach, respectively, in the 60th minute and seven minutes later the fresh forward tandem connected for the final goal. Rodriguez supplied a nifty back heel pass to Wambach on the left side and she finished into the open net for the final margin.

Russia had to play the last 20 minutes or so with 10 players after defender Valentina Orlova took down Rodriguez on a breakaway and was shown a straight red card for being the last defender.

The seven-goal victory was the USA’s most lopsided win since a 7-0 rout of Mexico on Sept. 3, 2013, at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C.

Additional Notes:

  • The U.S. WNT improved to 6-0-1 all-time against Russia.
  • The USA is now 18-4-1 all-time in Florida-based matches.
  • The U.S. WNT moves to 15-0-3 all-time under head coach Tom Sermanni.
  • U.S. captain and center back Christie Rampone returned to the starting lineup (after coming on as a sub against Canada on Jan. 31) to earn her 289th-career cap. Rampone ranks second all-time behind Kristine Lilly (352 appearances from 1987-2010).
  • Christen Press and Sydney Leroux were paired up top, marking just the second time the two have started alongside each other. The other was the USA’s 3-1 victory against the Netherlands on April 9, 2013, as Press scored two of the team’s three goals.
  • Midfielder Megan Rapinoe entered the game for Stephanie Cox in the 74th minute, and Rachel Van Hollebeke (formerly Buehler) replaced Sauerbrunn in the 77th minute, playing her first match under her married name.
  • With O’Reilly and Solo making their 138th-career starts, they have passed Michelle Akers and are tied for 13th on the all-time list.
  • The match marked the third two-goal game of Christen Press’s young international career.
  • It also marked the 17th time the USA has scored exactly seven goals in a match.
  • Stephanie Cox’s assist was the 12th of her career. Krieger’s assist was her fourth.
  • The USA out-shot Russia 32-3 and allowed just one shot on goal as Hope Solo picked up her 69th career shutout, putting her just two shy of tying Briana Scurry for most shutouts in U.S. history.

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

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Russia
Date:
Feb. 8, 2014
Competition:
International Friendly
Venue:
FAU Stadium; Boca Raton, Fla.
Kickoff:
3:30 p.m. ET
Attendance:
8,857
Weather:
80 degrees, scattered clouds

Scoring Summary:     1          2          F
USA                             3          4          7
RUS                             0          0          0

USA – Carli Lloyd (Heather O’Reilly)               29th  minute
USA – Heather O’Reilly                                               32
USA – Carli Lloyd (Stephanie Cox)                             37
USA – Christen Press (Carli Lloyd)                             51
USA – Sydney Leroux (Lauren Holiday)                    54
USA – Christen Press (Ali Krieger)                             59
USA – Abby Wambach (Amy Rodriguez)                   67

Lineups:
USA:
1-Hope Solo; 11-Ali Krieger, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn (16-Rachel Van Hollebeke, 80), 3-Christie Rampone (capt.), 14-Stephanie Cox (15-Megan Rapinoe, 74); 9-Heather O’Reilly (17-Erika Tymrak, 68), 10-Carli Lloyd, 12-Lauren Holiday, 19-Kristie Mewis; 23-Christen Press (8-Amy Rodriguez, 60), 2-Sydney Leroux (20-Abby Wambach, 60)
Substitutions Not Used: 6-Whitney Engen, 18-Nicole Barnhart
Head coach: Tom Sermanni

RUS: 1-Elvira Todua; 2-Marina Pushkereva  (18-Elena Medved, 33), 3-Valentina Orlova, 7-Ekaterina Dmitrenko, 19-Ksenia Tsybutovich (capt.); 13-Alla Sidorovskaya, 20-Nelli Korovkina (11-Anna Sinyutina, 90+4), 23-Elena Morozova (14-Anastasiya Chevtchenko, 53), 17-Ekaterina Pantyukhina (9-Alena Andreeva, 88); 10-Elena Terekhova (8-Karina Bliskaya, 75) 16-Elena Kostareva (4-Svetlana Tsidikova, 63)
Substitutions Not Used: 12- Maria Zhamanakova, 15-Ksenia Kovalenko, 21-Alena Beliaeva, 22-Daria Makarenko
Head coach: Sergey Lavrenty

Stats Summary: USA / RUS
Shots: 32 / 3
Shots on Goal: 18 / 1
Saves: 1 / 6
Corner Kicks: 13 / 2
Fouls: 8 / 8
Offside: 3 / 2

Misconduct Summary:
RUS – Valentina Orlova          (sent off)                     68th minute
RUS – Ekaterina Dmitrenko      (caution)                      70

Officials:

Referee: Marie-Soleil Beaudoin (CAN)
Assistant Referee 1: Marie-Josee Charbonneau (CAN)   
Assistant Referee 2: Suzanne Morisset (CAN)
Fourth Official: Christina Unkel (USA)

Budweiser Woman of the Match: Carli Lloyd

U.S. WNT Opens Two-Match Set Against Russia at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton, Fla., on Feb. 8

U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Russia
International Friendly

FAU Stadium – Boca Raton, Fla.

Feb. 8, 2014


U.S. WNT FACES RUSSIA FOR FIRST TIME SINCE 2002:
After starting off 2014 with a solid 1-0 victory against Canada in Frisco, Texas, the U.S. Women’s National Team has traveled to the southeast to face Russia for the first time since 2002. The USA opens a two-game set against the Russians on Sept. 8 at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton, Fla. (kickoff at 3:30 p.m. ET on ussoccer.com webcast), as the USA plays the second match of its 30th year of competition. The USA will then face Russia again on Feb. 12 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta (kickoff at 7:30 p.m. ET on a ussoccer.com webcast). Fans can also follow the matches on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt. The meeting of the world’s top-ranked U.S. team against 21st-ranked Russia marks the first match between the countries since a 5-1 victory by the USA on Sept. 29, 2002, in Uniondale, NY. Abby Wambach and Heather O’Reilly are the only players on the current roster who played in that match.

U.S. Women's National Team By Position Roster - Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3):
18-Nicole Barnhart (FC Kansas City), 21-Jill Loyden (Sky Blue FC), 1-Hope Solo (Seattle Reign FC)
DEFENDERS (9):
14-Stephanie Cox (Seattle Reign FC), 7-Crystal Dunn (Washington Spirit), 6-Whitney Engen (Tyresö), 11-Ali Krieger (Washington Spirit), 19-Kristie Mewis (Boston Breakers), 5-Kelley O’Hara (Sky Blue FC), 3-Christie Rampone (Sky Blue FC), 4-Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City), 16-Rachel Van Hollebeke (Portland Thorns FC)
MIDFIELDERS (8):
25-Morgan Brian (Virginia), 12-Lauren Holiday (FC Kansas City), 22-Julie Johnston (Chicago Red Stars), 10-Carli Lloyd (WNY Flash), 28-Samantha Mewis (UCLA), 9-Heather O’Reilly (Boston Breakers), 15-Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign FC), 17-Erika Tymrak (FC Kansas City)
FORWARDS (4):
2-Sydney Leroux (Seattle Reign FC), 23-Christen Press (Tyresö), 8-Amy Rodriguez (FC Kansas City), 20-Abby Wambach (WNY Flash)

KEEPING IT ROLLING: The USA heads into the first match against Russia riding a 40-game unbeaten streak since its last loss, a 1-0 defeat to Japan on March 5, 2012, at the Algarve Cup in Portugal. (The U.S. record for an unbeaten streak is 51 games, set from Dec. 8, 2004, through Sept. 22, 2007.) Over the past 40 games, the U.S. has 34 wins and six ties, scoring 131 goals while allowing 29. The USA is also in the midst of a 78-game home unbeaten streak that includes 68 wins and 10 draws. The last loss for the USA on home soil came on Nov. 6, 2004, a 3-1 setback to Denmark in Philadelphia. It is one of only two losses the USA has suffered when Abby Wambach scores a goal.

FOUR FOR FLORIDA: The USA’s match at FAU Stadium will be its fourth in the state of Florida in the last 13 months. The three previous games all ended with 4-1 U.S. victories. This four-game stretch in Florida started in Boca Raton during the final game of 2012, a 4-1 victory against China PR at FAU Stadium. The USA also started 2013 in Florida, defeating Scotland 4-1 in Jacksonville and then once again finished the year in the Sunshine State, defeating Brazil 4-1 at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando. The U.S. Women, who trained in the Orlando area for both the 1995 and 1999 Women’s World Cups, as well as the 1996 Olympics, have played quite a few games in Florida – 22, in fact – and is 17-4-1 all-time in this state.

BRIAN WINS HERMANN TROPHY: The roster includes the winner of the 2013 MAC Hermann Trophy as college soccer’s top player. University of Virginia rising senior Morgan Brian took home the trophy in mid-January in St. Louis, edging her U.S. WNT teammate Crystal Dunn (who won in 2012) and UCLA defender Abby Dahlkemper. Brian had a remarkably balanced 16 goals and 14 assists in leading UVA to an undefeated regular season and an NCAA Final Four appearance. She got her first career start for the senior National Team against Canada on July 31 and played well in a 90-minute appearance.

SISTER ACT: U.S. head coach Tom Sermanni gave rising UCLA senior Samantha Mewis, who helped the Bruins to the NCAA title last fall, her first official call-up to the senior team. 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 (New Zealand) and the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Team (Germany), 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 at the end of the January camp in Los Angeles. The only previous time that sisters were on a full U.S. Women’s National Team roster came in 1997 and 1998, when identical twins Lorrie (120 career caps) and Ronnie Fair (3 caps) played together. The two matches they played together came in a pair of victories against England on May 9, 1997, in San Jose, Calif., (5-0) and May 11, 1997, in Portland, Ore., (6-0). Lorrie started and Ronnie came on as a sub in both games.

NEW NAME, SAME BUEHLDOZER: This series of matches 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”), adding a bit of Belgian flair to the U.S. team.

#CAUGHTMIA: U.S. WNT forward Abby Wambach finished second in the voting for the 2013 FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year (after winning the award for 2012) and currently has 163 career goals. Wambach passed the legendary Mia Hamm to become the world’s all-time leading scorer on June 20, 2013, when she pounded in four goals against South Korea at Red Bull Arena. Hamm, the 2001 and 2002 FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year, who had 158 career international goals from 1987-2004, will now be forever looking up at Wambach. Wambach scored her 163rd goal against Brazil on Nov. 10, 2013, marking the 104th win for the USA in a game in which Wambach has scored at least one goal (104-2-8). Wambach has scored 38 goals in her past 46 games over 2012, 2013 and 2014. She is also third all-time in assists with 65, behind only Kristine Lilly (105) and Hamm (144).

WAMBACH HAS SCORED AGAINST 31 DIFFERENT COUNTRIES: Of Abby Wambach’s world-record 163 career goals, she has scored the most against Mexico, peppering El Tri with 20 goals in 20 games. Wambach has faced Russia once in her career, that coming in the USA’s most recent game against the Russians in 2002, but she did not score in that game. Sixty-nine of her 163 goals (43 percent) were scored with her head. Her goals have come against:

Mexico 20
Norway 12
Canada 10
Japan 10
Sweden 10
Ireland 9
China PR 9
Australia 7
Brazil 7
Costa Rica 7
Germany 7
Iceland 6
Denmark 5
Kor. Republic 5
Scotland 4
New Zealand 4
Guatemala 4
Haiti 4
Korea DPR 3
C. Taipei 3
France 3
Jamaica 2
Dom. Rep. 2
Italy 2
Finland 2
England 1
Panama 1
T&T 1
Colombia 1
Nigeria 1
Greece 1

2014 U.S. WNT SCHEDULE:

Date

Opponent

Result/Time (ET)

U.S. Goal scorers/TV

Venue

Jan. 31

Canada

1-0 W

Leroux

Toyota Stadium; Frisco, Texas

Feb. 8

Russia

3:30 p.m.

ussoccer.com webcast

FAU Stadium; Boca Raton, Fla.

Feb. 12

Russia

7:30 p.m.

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Georgia Dome; Atlanta, Ga.

U.S. ROSTER NOTES:

  • Forward Abby Wambach made her 187th-career start against Canada on Jan. 31 (213th overall appearance), tying her for sixth on the all-time starts lists with Kate Markgraf (187 starts in 201 games from 1998-2010).
  • Heather O’Reilly and Hope Solo, who each made their 137th-career starts in the last match, are now tied for 13th on the all-time list with Michelle Akers.
  • The USA is now 14-0-3 under Tom Sermanni.
  • Christen Press entered the match against Canada in the 73rd minute for Wambach and played a key part in the winning goal, playing a give-and-go with Becky Sauerbrunn who assisted to Sydney Leroux.
  • Forward Amy Rodriguez entered the game against Canada for Megan Rapinoe in the 88th minute, marking her first appearance for the USA since having a baby boy last August.
  • U.S. midfielder Carli Lloyd received a red card in the final game of 2013, and served her one-game suspension against Canada in the opening match of the year, but will be ready for selection for the Russia matches.
  • Just one player on the roster is looking for her first cap – that being UCLA senior Samantha Mewis – but, eight players have 11 caps or fewer.
  • Twenty-year-old Morgan Brian is the youngest player on the roster. Fellow collegian Samantha Mewis is 21.
  • Midfielder Megan Rapinoe has ended her stint with Lyon in France and is back in the United States full-time. Unlike last year, when she just played over half a season in the NWSL for Seattle Reign FC (12 games), she will be available from the kickoff this year.
  • Press and defender Whitney Engen will head back to Sweden after this series of games to continue playing for Tyresö, as the club chases its UEFA Champions League aspirations. The duo will remain in Sweden until Tyresö is eliminated from the tournament or after the Final, if it should get to the final game of the competition. Tyresö will face Austrian club Neulengbach in the quarterfinal round. The first leg is March 23.
  • Since taking over as the U.S. Women’s National Team in January of 2013, Sermanni has called 45 players to at least one training camp. Of those 45 players, 32 have earned at least one cap.
  • Sermanni gave 10 players their first cap in 2013: Morgan Brian, Amber Brooks, Crystal Dunn, Ashlyn Harris, Lindsey Horan, Julie Johnston, Leigh Ann Robinson, Kristie Mewis, Christen Press and Erika Tymrak. Six of those players are on this roster.
  • Seventeen players on the 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.
  • Three players on the roster were new allocations to NWSL clubs for the upcoming season: Stephanie Cox (Seattle Reign FC), Engen (Houston Dash) and Press (Chicago Red Stars).
  • All nine NWSL clubs are represented on the roster. FC Kansas City has the most players with five.
  • After Wambach, who has 163 career goals, midfielder Lloyd is the top scorer on the roster with 46 career international goals, followed by O’Reilly with 37.
  • 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 June 20, 2013, when she came into the match in the 52nd minute for Meghan Klingenberg.
  • The USA is without forward Alex Morgan and midfielder Tobin Heath, who are both recovering from injuries. 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 an ankle injury.
  • 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 for National Team action.

IN THE RECORD BOOKS:

  • The USA’s 78-game unbeaten streak at home is a team record. The next-highest streak is 50 games (48-0-2) from Feb. 10, 1996, through April 22, 1999. The USA tied the record on May 14, 2011 (2-0 win against Japan at Columbus Crew Stadium) and broke the record with the 51st game on May 18, 2011 (another 2-0 win against Japan at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C.).
  • In 2013, for just the second time in its history, the U.S. WNT posted an unbeaten record during a year that featured double-digit fixtures. The U.S. ended the year at 13-0-3, and the only previous occurrence of this undefeated mark was in 2006, when the USA went 18-0-4. There are four other instances when the U.S. went unbeaten while playing less than 10 games during the calendar year.
  • Heather O’Reilly, the third most-capped player on the roster with 194 games played, passed Brandi Chastain for ninth place on the all-time career appearances list in the final game of 2013. This year, she could be the ninth player (a remarkable number in itself) to hit 200 caps in U.S. history.
  • In addition to breaking Mia Hamm’s world scoring record, Abby Wambach’s June 20performance against the Korea Republic also made her the USA’s all-time leader in multiple-goal games with 39 for her career. She has 32 two-goal games, five hat tricks, one four-goal game and one five-goal game.
  • Carli Lloyd’s goal on Oct. 27 against New Zealand gave her 46 goals in her career and moved her past Julie Foudy into ninth on the all-time scoring list. Lloyd is also the highest-scoring player in U.S. history who has played exclusively as a midfielder.
  • In the last match against Canada, defender Becky Sauerbrunn became the 46th player in U.S. Women’s National Team history to hit 50 caps.
  • U.S. captain Christie Rampone is currently the second most-capped player in U.S. history and the most-capped active player in the world with 288 career games played. Only Kristine Lilly is ahead of her at 352, but even if Rampone plays through the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup, she would not catch Lilly.

BY THE NUMBERS:
0.69 Goals per game that the USA allowed in 2013
1 USA’s FIFA ranking
3.5 Goals per game the USA scored in 2013
6 Assists by Lauren Holiday and Abby Wambach in 2013, tied for best on the team
8 Goals in 13 career games for U.S. forward Christen Press
40 USA’s current overall unbeaten streak dating back to 2012 (34-0-6)
68 Career shutouts by Hope Solo, just three behind all-time WNT leader Briana Scurry
91.2 Minutes on field per goal averaged by Alex Morgan in her career
99.7 Minutes on field per goal averaged by Abby Wambach in her career
104 U.S. victories when Wambach scores a goal (104-2-8 overall)
130 Minutes on field per goal averaged by Mia Hamm in her career
288 Caps by Christie Rampone, second all-time to Kristine Lilly

TOM SERMANNI FACT FILE: Tom Sermanni was named head coach of the U.S. Women’s National Team on Oct. 30, 2012, becoming the seventh head coach in the team’s history. He led the USA to an unbeaten 14-0-3 record in 2013. Sermanni came to U.S. Soccer after eight years as the head coach of the Australia Women’s National Team, which he coached to the quarterfinal stage of both the 2007 and 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cups. Sermanni officially started the U.S. WNT position on Jan. 1, 2013, after interim head coach Jill Ellis managed seven games (5-0-2) in 2012. Sermanni took over for Pia Sundhage, the 2012 World Coach of the Year for women’s soccer, who accepted the head coaching position for her native Sweden. Below are some of Sermanni’s accomplishments:

  • Sermanni was the 2007 Asian Football Confederation Coach of the Year, leading Australia to a runner-up finish at the 2006 AFC Women’s Cup, where the team fell to China PR in penalty kicks, and to the championship of that tournament in 2010, when the Matildas downed Korea DPR in penalties.
  • Sermanni coached all three seasons of the Women’s United Soccer Association (WUSA), serving as an assistant for the San Jose CyberRays during the inaugural season, in which he helped the club to the league championship. He was also an assistant for the CyberRays in 2002 before taking the head coaching job of the New York Power in 2003, where he coached U.S. Women’s National Team legends Christie Rampone, Shannon Boxx and Tiffeny Milbrett.
  • Sermanni’s coaching career in both men’s and women’s professional soccer has taken him all over the world, including stints in Japan, the USA and Malaysia. Sermanni began his coaching career in men’s soccer in the late 1980s, when he transitioned from player-coach to head coach of the Canberra Croatia/Metros in the New South Wales State League from 1988-1991.
  • He coached the Australia Schoolboys side from 1989-1991 and coached the men’s program at the Australian Institute of Sport from 1991-1993.
  • He coached Sydney Olympic FC in the Australian top flight – the National Soccer League – in 1993-1994 before taking his first women’s job with the Australian National Team in 1994.
  • After stepping away from the Matildas in 1997, Sermanni transitioned back to men’s soccer, traveling to Japan to coach J-League side Sanfrecce Hiroshima from 1997-1999. He then had a stint with the Canberra Cosmos in the NSL from 1999-2001 before moving to the USA to coach in the WUSA.
  • Sermanni, a native of Glasgow, Scotland, had a long playing career as a midfielder from 1971 through 1989, when he retired after playing two years with Canberra Croatia and became a player-coach and then head coach.
  • Prior to that, he played from 1984-1987 with Canberra City and in 1983 with Marconi. From 1971 through 1983, he played in England and Scotland, representing Dunfermline Athletic (Scotland) in 1983, Torquay United (England) from 1979-1982 and Blackpool (England) from 1978-1979.
  • He turned professional in 1973 and played six seasons for Albion Rovers from 1973-1978 in Scotland after playing amateur soccer for Cumbernauld United from 1971-1973. Overall, Sermanni played more than 300 professional matches and scored more than 50 goals.

IN FOCUS: RUSSIA
Football Union of Russia
Founded: 1912 (Joined FIFA in 1912)
Head Coach: Sergey Lavrentyev
FIFA World Ranking: 21
Best FIFA World Cup Finish (Participated in 1999 & 2003): Quarterfinals (1999 & 2003)
Best Olympics Finish: No appearances

RUSSIA ROSTER BY POSITION:
GOALKEEPERS (3):
Elvira Todua (Rossiyanka), Maria Zhamanakova (Zorky), Alena Beliaeva (Mordovochka)
DEFENDERS (8):
Daria Makarenko (Zvezda-2005), Karina Blinskaya (Rossiyanka), Elena Medved (Zorky), Ksenia Kovalenko (CSP Izmailovo), Ksenia Tsybutovich (Ryazan-VDV), Marina Pushkareva (Kubanochka), Valentina Orlova (Zvezda-2005), Ekaterina Dmitrenko (Rossiyanka)
MIDFIELDERS (5):
Nelli Korovkina (CSP Izmailovo), Anna Sinyutina (Ryazan-VDV), Svetlana Tsidikova (Zorky), Elena Morozova (Zorky), Alla Sidorovskaya (CSP Izmailovo)
FORWARDS (5):
Anastasiya Chevtchenko (University of Pennsylvania), Elena Terekhova (Ryazan-VDV), Elena Kostareva (Kubanochka), Ekaterina Pantyukhina (Zvezda-2005), Alena Andreeva (CSP Izmailovo)

RUSSIA ROSTER NOTES:

  • Russia was in Group C at last summer’s UEFA Women’s Championship, finishing in third place behind France and Spain, but ahead of England.
  • The Russians put in a respectable performance, losing 3-1 to France while tying both England and Spain 1-1, but the two points were not enough to get them through to the knockout stage.
  • Elena Morozova scored her country’s goal against France, Nelli Korovkina scored the lone goal against England (in a match the English tied in the 92 nd minute) and Elena Terekhova scored against Spain.
  • Russia’s 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup qualifying campaign got off to a rough start with a 9-0 loss in Germany, but the team responded with a 2-0 win in Slovakia on a goal from Elena Morozova and a Slovak own goal.
  • Just eight players on Russia’s roster were part of its European championship team.
  • Russia has one American on its roster in 19-year-old Anastasiya Chevtchenko out of Portland, Ore., who plays college soccer at University of Pennsylvania in the Ivy League.
  • Russia head coach Sergey Lavrentyev is a former professional player who played for five different domestic clubs from 1989-1998.

USA VS. RUSSIA SERIES:

  • The USA has an all-time 5-0-1 record against Russia.
  • The one draw against Russia came on Aug. 15, 2000, a 1-1 tie in College Park, Md., that was the final start of Michelle Akers’ career. Akers also scored her final international goal against Russia two days earlier in a 7-1 victory at Annapolis, Md.
  • The most recent meeting between the teams came on Sept. 29, 2002, in the opening game of the Nike U.S. Women’s Cup. The USA won 5-1 on goals from Brandi Chastain, Cindy Parlow, Aly Wagner and two from Mia Hamm.
  • Forward Abby Wambach and midfielder Heather O’Reilly were the only two players from the current roster that played against Russia the last time the two teams met in 2002 in Uniondale, N.Y. Wambach started and O’Reilly subbed on for her in the 39th minute. It was the fifth cap for both O’Reilly and Wambach.
  • One of the many highlights of Mia Hamm's career came against Russia at the 1998 Nike U.S. Women's Cup when she scored her 100th career international goal in Rochester, N.Y., on Sept. 18 of that year in a 4-0 victory. The brilliant half-volley from a stiff angle that roared into the roof of the net set off an euphoric celebration at the sold-out Frontier Field and put Hamm into a select group of just four players who had, at that time, scored at least 100 career international goals.
  • The U.S. Women played the USSR twice during the early 1990s, winning 8-0 in Blaine, Minn., and 3-0 in Varna, Bulgaria.

LAST TIME:
On the field for the USA:
Jan. 31, 2014 – Toyota Stadium; Frisco, Texas – International Friendly

USA 1 Sydney Leroux 78
CAN 0

Lineups:
USA:
1-Hope Solo; 11-Ali Krieger, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 6-Whitney Engen (3-Christie Rampone, 77), 14-Stephanie Cox; 9-Heather O’Reilly, 25-Morgan Brian, 12-Lauren Holiday, 15-Megan Rapinoe (8-Amy Rodriguez, 88); 2-Sydney Leroux, 20-Abby Wambach (capt.) (23-Christen Press, 74)
Substitutions Not Used: 7-Crystal Dunn, 19-Kristie Mewis, 21-Jill Loyden, 22-Julie Johnston

Head coach: Tom Sermanni

CAN: 1-Erin McLeod; 7-Rhian Wilkinson (3-Sura Yekka, 74), 14-Kadeisha Buchanan, 10-Lauren Sesselmann, 20-Marie-Éve Nault (4-Carmelina Moscato, 81); 8-Diana Matheson (16-Jonelle Filigno, 86), 11-Desiree Scott, 13-Sophie Schmidt; 9-Josée Bélanger (17-Brittany Baxter, 71), 12-Christine Sinclair (capt.), 19-Adriana Leon (6-Kaylyn Kyle, 61)
Substitutions Not Used: 21-Stephanie Labbe, 33-Karina LeBlanc, 2-Emily Zurrer
Head coach: John Herdman

On the field against Russia:
Sept. 29, 2002 – Mitchel Athletic Complex; Uniondale, N.Y. – Nike U.S. Women’s Cup

USA 5 Chastain 25; Parlow 31; Hamm 59, 62; Wagner 64
RUS 1 Barbachina 84

Lineups:
USA:
1-Briana Scurry; 15-Kate Sobrero, 6-Brandi Chastain, 14-Joy Fawcett, 19-Danielle Slaton; 5-Tiffany Roberts (17-Angela Hucles, 46), 13-Kristine Lilly (2-Lorrie Fair, 46), 11-Julie Foudy, 9-Mia Hamm (8-Shannon MacMillan, 64); 12-Cindy Parlow (10-Aly Wagner, 46), 22-Abby Wambach (27-Heather O'Reilly, 39).
Subs not used: 4-Cat Reddick, 18-Siri Mullinix

Head coach: April Heinrichs

RUS: 1-Tatiana Pitchougova, 2-Marina, Kolomiets, 4-Natalia Karaseva (17-Anastassia Poustovoitova, 46), 5-Vera Stroukova, 6-Svetlana Sedakova (15-Irina Mironova, 69), 7-Tatiana Skotnikova, 9-Alexandra Svetlitskaya (8-Oxana Shmachkova, 46), 10-Natalia Barbachina, 11-Olga Letyushova, 13-Elena Fomina, 18-Elena Jikhareva.
Subs not used: 3-Marina Burakova, 12-Maria Pigaleva, 14-Valentina Barkova
Head coach: Yuri Bystritsky

GAME SUMMARY OF LAST MEETING BETWEEN USA AND RUSSIA: Mia Hamm scored twice and Cindy Parlow added her 50th-career goal as the U.S. Women's National Team patiently broke down a skillful Russian team to register a dominating 5-1 victory in the opening game of the 2002 Nike U.S. Women's Cup. The USA got stellar performances from Hamm, who had two goals and an assist, and second half substitute Aly Wagner, who had two assists and a goal, to bury Russia with three goals in a five-minute span in the second half. Russia is one of four European teams that had already qualified for the 2003 FIFA Women's World Cup.

Although the Americans had a sluggish first half, two dynamic plays by Hamm got the U.S. to the break with a 2-0 lead. The USA only took three shots in the first 24 minutes, but scored in the 25th, on a penalty kick by Brandi Chastain after Hamm was cut down in the penalty box. The USA had a couple of close calls in the next two minutes, as Julie Foudy had a shot cleared off the goal line and Abby Wambach sent a dangerous header bouncing to the goal that was saved by Tatiana Pitchougova, but it was Hamm who got the U.S. its second goal in the 31st minute. Kristine Lilly won a tackle on the left wing and drove to the end line before sending a floated cross to the far post. Hamm flew toward the end line to save the ball with a flicked header, athletically looping the ball over Pitchougova. It bounced almost on the goal line and Parlow darted in bravely to head the ball into the back of the net from close range. It was Parlow's 50th international goal, becoming the sixth U.S. player to score 50 or more goals in her career. Parlow's first goal was also against Russia, back in 1996 in her first appearance with the National Team.

U.S. WNT Tops Canada 1-0 to Open 2014 in Front of 20,862 Fans in Frisco, Texas

LEROUX SCORES AS U.S. WNT TOPS CANADA 1-0 TO OPEN 2014
IN FRONT OF 20,862 FANS IN FRISCO, TEXAS

  • Sydney Leroux Scores Game’s Only Goal in 78th Minute
  • Largest Home Crowd in More than 10 Years Watches USA Improve to 11-0-0 in Texas-Based Games and Extend Home Unbeaten Streak to 78 Games
  • USA Prepares for Two-Game Set Against Russia at 3:30 p.m. ET on Feb. 8 in Boca Raton, Fla., and at 7:30 p.m. ET on Feb. 12 in Atlanta; Games will be Webcast Live on ussoccer.com

FRISCO, Texas (Jan. 31, 2014) – The U.S. Women’s National Team has dominated in the Lone Star State, and Sydney Leroux kept that streak intact as her goal led the USA to a 1-0 victory against Canada in front of a raucous crowd of 20,862 at Toyota Stadium.

It marked the largest crowd for a WNT home game in more than a decade, when 23,176 fans watched the USA beat Mexico 3-1 on Nov. 2, 2003, at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas.

The U.S. improved to 11-0-0 in Texas-based games, thanks to Leroux finding the net in the 78th minute to open 2014 in winning fashion with her 25th goal in 44 appearances. The USA also extended its home unbeaten streak to 78 games.

Next up, the USA will face Russia for a two-game set on Feb. 8 at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton, Fla., (3:30 p.m. ET kickoff), and on Feb. 12 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta (7:30 p.m. ET kickoff). Both games will be webcast live on ussoccer.com. Fans can also follow the action on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt.

With a shade more than 10 minutes remaining in regulation, Leroux got the game-winner and it started with defender Becky Sauerbrunn stepping into the attack on a dynamic run into the right side of the penalty area.

Sauerbrunn, who became the 46th player in U.S. WNT history to reach 50 career appearances, began the buildup with a precise give-and-go sequence with second-half sub Christen Press. Sauerbrunn crossed the ball from the right of the six-yard box to Leroux who was stationed at the left post. She stretched to push the ball into the open net for the long-awaited one-goal lead.

The USA and Canada had some choppy moments in the first half as each side tried to find some fluidity in their first game of the year. Canada was plagued by three yellow cards in the opening 45 minutes, while the U.S. failed capitalize on several strong scoring chances.

Leroux was lurking around the Canadian goal from start to finish. Her 13th-minute shot was stopped by charging Canada goalkeeper Erin McLeod, who alertly came off her line to bravely stuff Leroux’s attempt. In the 22nd minute, Leroux’s header off an Ali Krieger cross bounced directly to McLeod for the save.

The Americans had the vast majority of possession, but found space in the attacking third to be at a premium as Canada played a smart tactical game mixed with numerous hard fouls. Canada was whistled for 16 fouls to the USA’s three. Still, the U.S was dangerous throughout the match, and Abby Wambach had back-to-back close-range shots in the 36th minute blocked by Canada defender Lauren Sesselmann.

Canada launched a few troubling attacks, one of which ended in a solid diving save from Solo in the waning moments, and the visitors actually had the best scoring chance for either team in the first half. Quick one-touch passing from Christine Sinclair and Josée Bélanger set up Diana Matheson on the right side in the 40th minute. Solo came out well to cut down the angle and forced the right-footed shot to roll wide-left of the goal.

Solo now has 68 career shutouts and is only three clean sheets behind all-time leader Briana Scurry (71 shutouts from 1994-2008).

Additional Notes:

  • The U.S. WNT moved to 47-3-5 all-time against Canada, the host nation of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
  • The U.S. moved to 10-2-2 in January openers.
  • Midfielder and 2013 MAC Hermann Trophy winner Morgan Brian, the youngest player on the roster at 20 years old, made her first start and played very well while earning her fourth overall appearance. In 2013, Brian scored a goal in three games and 62 minutes.
  • Forward Abby Wambach made her 187th-career start, (213th overall appearance), tying her for sixth on the all-time starts lists with Kate Markgraf (187 starts in 201 games from 1998-2010).
  • Heather O’Reilly and Hope Solo, who each made their 137th-career starts, are now tied for 13th on the all-time list with Michelle Akers.
  • Head coach Tom Sermanni has started his second year with the U.S. WNT. The USA is now 14-0-3 under Sermanni.
  • Sermanni’s lineup Friday included Solo in goal, anchoring a defense that featured left back Stephanie Cox, center backs Whitney Engen and Sauerbrunn and right back Ali Krieger.
  • The USA’s team defense was excellent, limiting Canada to one shot on goal.
  • In the midfield of Sermanni’s 4-4-2 lineup were Megan Rapinoe, Lauren Holiday, Brian and O’Reilly. Up front was team captain Wambach and Sydney Leroux.
  • In the 74th minute, Christen Press entered the match for Wambach, who passed off the captain’s armband to O’Reilly.
  • Sermanni brought in Christie Rampone for Engen in the 77th minute. Rampone now has made 288 appearances since debuting for the USA in 1997. Rampone ranks second all-time in caps behind only Kristine Lilly (352 caps from 1987-2010).
  • Amy Rodriguez entered the game for Rapinoe in the 88th minute, marking her first appearance for the USA since having a baby boy last August.
  • The USA played without forward Alex Morgan and midfielder Tobin Heath, who are both recovering from injuries.

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

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Canada
Date:
Jan. 31, 2014
Competition:
International Friendly
Venue:
Toyota Stadium; Frisco, Texas
Kickoff:
8 p.m. CT
Attendance:
20,862
Weather:
62 degrees, clear

Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA                         0 1 1
CAN                         0 0 0

USA – Sydney Leroux (Becky Sauerbrunn) 78th minute

Lineups:
USA:
1-Hope Solo; 11-Ali Krieger, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 6-Whitney Engen (3-Christie Rampone, 77), 14-Stephanie Cox; 9-Heather O’Reilly, 25-Morgan Brian, 12-Lauren Holiday, 15-Megan Rapinoe (8-Amy Rodriguez, 88); 2-Sydney Leroux, 20-Abby Wambach (capt.) (23-Christen Press, 74)
Substitutions Not Used: 7-Crystal Dunn, 19-Kristie Mewis, 21-Jill Loyden, 22-Julie Johnston

Head coach: Tom Sermanni

CAN: 1-Erin McLeod; 7-Rhian Wilkinson (3-Sura Yekka, 74), 14-Kadeisha Buchanan, 10-Lauren Sesselmann, 20-Marie-Éve Nault (4-Carmelina Moscato, 81); 8-Diana Matheson (16-Jonelle Filigno, 86), 11-Desiree Scott, 13-Sophie Schmidt; 9-Josée Bélanger (17-Brittany Baxter, 71), 12-Christine Sinclair (capt.), 19-Adriana Leon (6-Kaylyn Kyle, 61)
Substitutions Not Used: 21-Stephanie Labbe, 33-Karina LeBlanc, 2-Emily Zurrer
Head coach: John Herdman

Stats Summary: USA / CAN
Shots: 15 / 7
Shots on Goal: 6 / 1
Saves: 1 / 4
Corner Kicks: 6 / 2
Fouls: 3 / 16
Offside: 3 / 0

Misconduct Summary:
CAN – Josée Bélanger 29th minute
CAN – Kaseisha Buchanan 33
CAN –Lauren Sesselmann 38

Officials:
Referee: Mirian León (SLV)
Assistant Referee 1: Kimberly Moreira (CRC)
Assistant Referee 2: Enedina Caudillo Gómez (MEX)
Fourth Official: Quetzalli Alvarado (MEX)

Budweiser Woman of the Match: Becky Sauerbrunn


The U.S. captain is still one of her country's fastest, strongest and most tenacious players. The central defender became the first U.S. player to compete for four Olympic teams during the 2012 London Olympics. She also is the most-capped U.S. WNT Olympian, earning her record 17th cap during a 4-2 victory against France on July 25. The only mother on the team, she has two daughters and has rebounded strong from both pregnancies to seal her place as one of the most legendary players in U.S. history.

A high-scoring forward in college, she converted to defender for the USA when she made her debut in 1997 ... Named captain of the U.S. Women’s National Team in 2008 … Is one of two players from a small soccer school ever to make an impact on the National Team ... Formerly Christie Pearce, she switched the back of her jersey to her married name in 2004 … After the retirement of Kristine Lilly in 2010, she became the most capped player on the U.S. team and the only active player remaining from the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup championship team … Currently the most capped active player in the world … 2012: One of three U.S. players to play in all 32 matches, starting 31 … Has two assists during the year, upping her career total to 11 … Served her fifth year as captain and led the USA to its third consecutive Olympic gold medal … Played in her fourth Olympics, most of any U.S. player … One of three U.S. players to play every minute of all six games at the Olympics … Also played every minute of all five games at the CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying tournament as the USA won the regional title in Vancouver, Canada … During 2012, she passed Julie Foudy and Mia Hamm to become the second most-capped player in U.S. and world history with a remarkable 276 games played and currently sits behind only Kristine Lilly (352) … 2011: Once again anchored the U.S. back line from her center back position, starting all 18 games she played while finishing third on the team in minutes played with 1,590 … Played in her fourth Women’s World Cup, joining just four other U.S. players to have accomplished that feat … She was the most capped player in the Women’s World Cup and ended the year with 244 games played, good for fourth all-time in U.S. history … Started all six games in Germany and was one of four players to play every minute … 2010: Gave birth to her second child, Reece, on March 6 and played her first club match exactly three months later on June 6 … Made her return to the U.S. lineup July 17, coming off the bench against Sweden in East Hartford, Conn., and slotted back into the starting lineup after that … Played 10 total games for the USA, starting nine, including all five at the CONCACAF Women’s World Cup Qualifying tournament, where she played every minute … Also played every minute of both legs of the Women’s World Cup playoff against Italy ….2009: Played every minute of all five matches she started before taking a break at the end of the summer due to her pregnancy … 2008: Earned her 200th cap against New Zealand in the final first-round match at the 2008 Olympics, becoming the sixth U.S. player to hit the 200-cap mark … Had a stellar year at centerback captaining the National Team, starting all 35 matches in which she played and setting a U.S. record for minutes played in a calendar year at 3,066 … She was the first player ever to play more than 3,000 minutes in a year … Missed some training time after recovering from surgery to remove her gall bladder in May but did not miss any game action … Started all six games at the 2008 Olympics, playing every minute … The Beijing Olympics was her sixth world championship for the USA … 2007: Started all 20 games in which she played, playing all but 59 minutes of those games … Was the most-capped defender and second most-capped player on the 2007 Women’s World Cup team … Started all six games of the Women’s World Cup, her third WWC tournament, but the first time she had played in every match of the competition … 2006: Made her return to the National Team and played against Norway at the Four Nations Tournament in China just 112 days after having a baby … Played in 20 games, starting 17 … 2005: Took the year off to have her first child, Rylie Rampone, who was born Sept. 29 … 2004: Had a stellar year for the USA, starting 26 of the 28 matches she played, including every minute of the five matches in which she appeared at the 2004 Olympics ... Became the fifth most-capped defender in U.S. history during the year … 2003: Continued her steady play after making a complete comeback from ACL surgery, starting 15 of the 17 games in which she played … Started all four Women’s World Cup matches in which she played, playing every minute of those games … Became the 15th U.S. player to earn 100 caps when she played against Brazil on July 13 in New Orleans … She captained the USA for the first time in that match … 2002: Called into two training camps but did not play for the USA while recovering from ACL surgery … 2001: Played in four matches for the USA during a limited schedule, starting two … Missed the 2001 Nike U.S. Women’s Cup after tearing her right ACL while playing for the New York Power … 2000: Was one of the USA’s most consistent players, earning the starting spot at right back … In a breakout year, she started 30 of the 33 matches in which she played, including all five games at the Olympics and played 2,540 minutes … Scored two of her four career goals, both against Iceland on April 5, in Davidson, N.C. … 1999: A member of the 1999 Women’s World Cup championship team, she played in one match against Korea DPR ... The versatile defender played in 18 matches for the USA in 1999, starting eight ... 1998: Solidified her position as a solid starter in the defense, starting 14 of her 19 matches ... Started both matches as the USA took the gold medal at the 1998 Goodwill Games ... 1997: Started 16 of 18 games for the USA in 1997, her first year with the National Team, finishing third on the team in minutes played ... First trained with the USA at training camp in San Diego in January ... Traveled with the USA to Australia in February of 1997, making her debut against the Matildas on Feb. 28 in Melbourne ... Played the second half in Melbourne, then all 180 minutes of matches in Bathurst and Canberra, and her international career was off and running ... Played right midfield in all three games at Nike U.S. Cup 1997, scoring the 100th U.S. Women’s Cup goal against Australia in Ambler, Pa. ... First Appearance: Feb. 28, 1997, vs. Australia ... First Goal: May 2, 1997, vs. Korea Rep.

2013: Allocated to her home state Sky Blue FC for the inaugural NWSL season … 2011: Signed with magicJack for the 2011 WPS season and played every minute of all 11 games she played in helping the club to a playoff berth … Had one assist … 2010: Played in 16 matches for Sky Blue, starting 14 … Named as a WPS All-Star Game reserve … 2009: Allocated to Sky Blue in her home state of New Jersey for the inaugural WPS season in 2009 … She helped lead underdog Sky Blue to the inaugural WPS championship, taking over as head coach with two games left during what was a tumultuous regular season and leading the team to one regular season win, the final playoff berth and three dramatic road wins in the playoffs to claim the title … Missed a few games early in the WPS season due to injury but ended up starting 14 games and was a WPS All-Star, starting in the All-Star Game … Named the WPS Sportswoman of the Year … Played a key role in shutting out a powerful Los Angeles Sol attack in the 1-0 WPS title game victory, all while almost three months pregnant … 2003: With the New York Power of the WUSA, started and played every minute of 18 matches, recording one assist … 2002: Recovered from ACL surgery at the end of the 2001 season to play 1,699 minutes over 19 matches, all of which she started … 2001: Was a founding player in the WUSA for the New York Power …  Helped lead the Power to the WUSA playoffs before tearing her ACL just two minutes into the third to last match of the regular season … Started 18 matches for the Power and played every minute until her injury … 1998: Played several matches for the New Jersey Stallions of the W-League during the summer of 1998 … Youth: Played youth club with the Twin County Saints.

Full name is Christie Patricia Rampone (née Pearce) … Married Chris Rampone on Nov. 9, 2001, in Jersey City, N.J. … Graduated from Monmouth with a degree in special education and has her teaching credential ... Received an Honorary Doctorate from Monmouth in Public Services in May of 2005 … Also volunteered as a soccer coach and basketball coach at the middle school where she was student teaching ... Worked in classroom situations with communication-handicapped children ... A lifetime New Jersey resident, she moved to California for two years to train for the 2007 WWC and the 2008 Olympics but now is back home for good … Has a black Labrador named Tiger, who serves as her alarm clock and running buddy and a yellow lab named Murphy, who likes to escape from the backyard … Owns a self-storage facility in Manchester, N.J., called Airship Self Storage (call if you need a unit) … Is sometimes known as Captain America and the Ultimate Soccer Mom … Has a website at www.christierampone.com

Was a two-sport star at Monmouth University in New Jersey … Is the school’s all-time leading scorer in soccer … Was the starting point guard on the basketball team, but opted to miss numerous games during her senior season while training and traveling with the National Team ... Started all 80 games in her soccer career, scoring 79 career goals with 54 assists for 212 career points ... Was a First-Team All-Mid-Atlantic Region selection and 1995 and 1996 Northeast Conference Player of the Year in soccer ... Led Monmouth to a 51-11 mark over her last three seasons, including a 17-5 record as a senior ... Ranked third nationally in scoring as a senior with 75 points, fourth in goals with 29, seventh in assists with 17 and second in game-winning goals with nine ... Monmouth’s record holder for goals, assists and points in a season, she posted 10 multiple-goal games as a senior ... Finished eighth in the nation in 1995 with 19 goals and 15 assists for 53 points ... Co-captained the basketball team as a senior and was considered the quickest player on the team, a tenacious one-on-one defender and an excellent passer ... Played both the point guard and shooting guard positions for Monmouth ... Had a career-high 22 points vs. Rider during the 1995-96 season, picked up a career-high 13 assists vs. Marist that same season, and had a career-best 10 steals vs. Fairleigh Dickinson the year before ... Holds the school record for steals in a season (79) as well as in a game and a career ... Also played in two lacrosse games for Monmouth as a senior ... High School: Heralded as the finest athlete Ocean County has ever produced, earning all-league honors in basketball, soccer and field hockey ... As a senior at Point Pleasant Boro High School, she became the first person to lead the Shore Conference in scoring in soccer, basketball and field hockey ... Scored 2,190 career points in high school basketball ... Was named New Jersey Female Athlete of the Year by the New Jersey Nets as a senior.

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