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Photo Gallery: WNT Beats Haiti at 2014 CONCACAF Women's Championship

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.

WNT Defeats Haiti 6-0 to Earn Top Seed in Semifinals of 2014 CONCACAF Women's Championship

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Oct. 20, 2014) – The U.S. Women’s National Team is one victory away from booking its spot in the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup. 

USA all-time goal scoring leader Abby Wambach scored two goals and the United States soundly defeated Haiti 6-0 at RFK Stadium to earn first place in Group A and a top seed heading into the semifinals of the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship. The U.S. will face the Group B runner-up on Friday, Oct. 24, at PPL Park in Chester, Pennsylvania. 

Carli Lloyd, Christen Press and Morgan Brian each scored a goal, and defender Meghan Klingenberg added her first international tally. 

The top three teams in the CONCACAF Women’s Championship earn automatic qualification to the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup, while the fourth-place team enters a two-leg playoff against South American third-place finisher Ecuador for the final berth.

The USA’s semifinal opponent will be determined Tuesday with the conclusion of Group B play, and the U.S. WNT will take on the runner-up from that group. Costa Rica (2-0-0, 6 points) currently holds the top spot, followed by Mexico (1-1-0, 3 points) and Jamaica (1-1-0, 3 points). Martinique (0-0-2, 0 points) is in last place, but could not qualify for the semifinal stage anyway as it is not recognized as a FIFA country. 

Trinidad & Tobago was the Group A runner-up, holding off Guatemala for a 2-1 win earlier Monday to conclude the group stage with a 2-1-0 record and six points. Trinidad & Tobago will face the Group B winner in the semifinals. 

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Carli Lloyd, 9th minute: USA left back Meghan Klingenberg crossed the ball to the top of the six-yard box, where Abby Wambach and Haiti goalkeeper Geralda Saintilus met for a 50-50 challenge. Saintilus stepped in front of the pass and batted it away; however, she was unable to clear the ball out of the box and was well off her line when the USA retained possession. Lloyd collected the deflection, chested down to her foot and slotted into the net for her second goal of the tournament. USA 1, HAI 0

USA – Abby Wambach, 38th minute: Christen Press cut to her left foot and lofted a dangerous ball into the middle of the box with Wambach running straight at the goal. Haiti defender Roselord Borgella stretched with her right foot to intercept, but instead of clearing the danger, the deflection stayed in line with Wambach’s run. The all-time goal scoring leader headed the ball into the net without breaking stride to push the USA lead to two heading into halftime. USA 2, HAI 0 

USA – Meghan Klingenberg, 57th minute: Second-half sub Heather O’Reilly brought some high energy from the right flank and had ample space on this sequence to cross into the box. Haiti’s defense cleared the ball about eight yards above the box, where Klingenberg stepped up with a laser of a right-footed shot that was out of the reach of Saintilus and into the right side of the frame. It was Klingenberg’s first goal in 19 international games. USA 3, HAI 0 

USA – Abby Wambach (Carli Lloyd), 60th minute: Lloyd won the header at the top of the box and her pass found its way between two Haiti defenders at the edge of the six, where Wambach volleyed it home with her right foot past Saintilus. With her brace, Wambach now leads the U.S. WNT with 10 goals in 2014. USA 4, HAI 0 

USA – Christen Press, 65th minute: A couple minutes after they entered the match Sydney Leroux and Morgan Brian created the USA’s next scoring chance, with Leroux crossing from the right side and Brian redirecting the ball to the top of the six-yard box. Haiti’s defense once again got a deflection but could not clear, and Press rushed a left-footed shot into the left side of the goal. USA 5, HAI 0 

USA – Morgan Brian (Christen Press), 82nd minute: Press dribbled to the end line to elude her defender and crossed toward the penalty spot, where Brian shot from about eight yards out into the right side of the frame. It was Brian’s third goal in 14 appearances. USA 6, HAI 0 (FINAL) (Highlights)

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
HAI – Geralda Saintilus, 5th minute: Just several minutes after Carli Lloyd saw a goal disallowed because of an offside call, the USA attacked again with veteran striker Abby Wambach threatening the net. Wambach struck left-footed from the left side of the box, searching for the far right post. Saintilus secured the save on the low attempt and did not allow a rebound to keep the match scoreless in the early stages. 

USA – Whitney Engen, 33rd minute: The USA had a bad giveaway in midfield that opened a window for Haiti. Marie Jean Pierre collected the loose ball and rushed toward the net. The U.S. WNT’s back line recovered and Engen blocked Jean Pierre’s shot attempt a couple yards outside the area. 

HAI – Geralda Saintilus, 72nd and 74th minutes: In the first of these sequences, Sydney Leroux nearly had a highlight reel effort when she attempted a diving header on Heather O’Reilly’s cross from the right. Though Leroux missed on the header, the ball fell to her between a pair of Haiti defenders and Leroux managed to get a left-footed shot off, only to have Saintilus come away with the save. Two minutes later, O’Reilly threatened the net, and her attempt deflected off of a defender and was headed to the right side of the frame. Saintilus dove to her left to again limit the damage of the USA’s heavy attack.

Milestone Watch:

  • Abby Wambach added to her all-time goal scoring record, notching goals No. 172 and 173 of her 226-game international career.
  • Wambach scored her 13th and 14th goals in World Cup qualifying, passing Mia Hamm (12) for second place on the USA’s all-time list. Michelle Akers holds the U.S. WNT record with 17 goals in the CONCACAF Women’s Championship.
  • Wambach made her 12th appearance in a World Cup qualifying match, which ties her with Julie Foudy and Hamm for second on the U.S. WNT’s all-time list. Kristine Lilly is the USA’s all-time leader with 17 games in the CONCACAF Women’s Championship.
  • Carli Lloyd scored the 53rd goal of her career, tying Carin Gabarra (53 goals from 1987-96) for eighth-place on the U.S. WNT all-time goal scoring list. Lloyd is the WNT’s top scorer among players who have exclusively played as midfielders. 

Next on the Schedule:
The U.S. WNT will face the Group B runner-up in the semifinals of the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship on Friday, Oct. 24, at PPL Park in Chester, Pennsylvania. The game kicks off at 7:30 p.m. ET.
Broadcast information: FOX Sports 1 and multi-platform devices via FOX Sports GO, FOX Soccer 2GO and FOXSportsGo.com.
Social: Twitter (@ussoccer_wnt; @ussoccer_esp); Facebook; Instagram 

Additional Notes:

  • The USA is now 13-2-3 in 2014.
  • The U.S. WNT is 4-0-0 all-time against Haiti. The USA has outscored Haiti 29-0 in its four meetings.
  • U.S. head coach Jill Ellis made five changes to her starting lineup following the team’s 5-0 victory against Guatemala. Three changes were on the defensive side of the ball, including the first start of the tournament for goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris. Harris earned her fourth-career cap and her second of 2014.
  • The back line included two returning starters in left back Meghan Klingenberg and center back Whitney Engen. Kelley O’Hara got the call ahead of Ali Krieger at right back, and center back and team captain Christie Rampone returned to the starting lineup after sitting out the Guatemala match. Rampone is now one cap away from 300 for her career.
  • The USA’s midfield remained unchanged from the Guatemala game with returning starters Lauren Holiday, Carli Lloyd and Megan Rapinoe.
  • The front three of the USA’s 4-3-3 formation included returning starter Tobin Heath, fresh off her two-goal effort against Guatemala, along with Abby Wambach and Christen Press. Wambach had started and scored the lone goal in the USA’s 1-0 win against Trinidad & Tobago and sat out the Guatemala game. Press was a first-half sub for Alex Morgan when she injured her ankle against Guatemala.
  • Heather O’Reilly entered the game to start the second half, replacing Rapinoe.
  • After the USA pushed its lead to four goals, Ellis utilized her final two subs with Sydney Leroux replacing Wambach in the 62nd minute and Morgan Brian entering for Heath in the 63rd minute. Brian made her first appearance in the tournament.
  • The USA could have added to its lead on several occasions, the most noteworthy being Sydney Leroux’s 80th-minute shot ricocheting off the right post.
  • Press is now the only USA player to have made an appearance in all 18 games this year.
  • Harris earned her first-career clean sheet in four appearances.
  • The U.S. WNT is now 88-8-13 in the 109 games that Rampone has been the team captain.

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

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Haiti
Date: Oct. 20, 2014
Competition: 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship
Venue: RFK Stadium; Washington, D.C.
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. ET
Attendance: 6,421
Weather: 62 degrees, cool 

Scoring Summary:   1          2          F
USA                            2          4          6
HAI                              0          0          0           

USA – Carli Lloyd                                        9th minute         
USA – Abby Wambach                                38
USA – Meghan Klingenberg                        57
USA – Abby Wambach (Carli Lloyd)          61
USA – Christen Press                                   65
USA – Morgan Brian (Christen Press)         82 

Lineups:
USA: 18-Ashlyn Harris; 5-Kelley O’Hara, 3-Christie Rampone (capt.), 6-Whitney Engen, 16-Meghan Klingenberg; 12-Lauren Holiday, 10-Carli Lloyd, 15-Megan Rapinoe (9-Heather O’Reilly, 46); 14-Christen Press, 20-Abby Wambach (2-Sydney Leroux, 62), 17-Tobin Heath  (7-Morgan Brian, 63)
Subs Not Used: 1-Hope Solo, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 8-Amy Rodriguez, 11-Ali Krieger, 19-Julie Johnston
Head Coach: Jill Ellis 

HAI: 1-Geralda Saintilus; 4-Kencia Marseille (capt.), 6-Kimberly Boulos (8-Kensie Bobo,56), 9-Lindsay Zullo, 11-Woodlyne Robuste (10-Wisline Dolce, 60), 13-Marie Jean Pierre, 14-Samantha Brand, 15-Shanna Hudson (3-Generve Charles, 84), 17-Yvrose Gervil, 18-Roselord Borgella, 19-Clorene Rateau          
Subs Not Used: 2-Natacha Cajuste, 5-Dieunise Jean Baptiste, 7-Manoucheka Pierre-Louis, 12-Cynthia Chery, 16-Sindy Jeune, 20-Schmid Charles
Head Coach: Shek Borkowski 

Stats Summary: USA / HAI
Shots: 20 / 1
Shots on Goal: 12 / 0
Saves: 0 / 6
Corner Kicks: 12 / 0
Fouls: 7 / 6
Offside: 6 / 1 

Misconduct Summary:
None 

Officials:
Referee: Quetzali Alvarado (MEX)
Assistant Referee 1: Mayte Chavez (MEX)
Assistant Referee 2: Stacy-Ann Greyson (JAM)
Fourth Official: Maurees Skeete (GUY) 

Budweiser Woman of the Match: Lauren Holiday


Photo Gallery: WNT Opens 2015 World Cup Qualifying with Win

Photos from the U.S. Women's National Team's 1-0 win against Trinidad and Tobago in its opening match of the 2014 CONCACAF Women's Championship.

WNT Opens 2014 CONCACAF Women's Championship with 1-0 Win against Trinidad & Tobago

KANSAS CITY, Kansas (Oct. 15, 2014) – The U.S. Women’s National Team earned a 1-0 victory against Trinidad & Tobago to open Group A play at the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship at Sporting Park, home of Major League Soccer’s Sporting Kansas City. 

Trinidad & Tobago managed to withstand the USA’s heavy attack with plenty of defenders behind the ball, but the U.S. eventually found the back of the net when all-time leading goal scorer Abby Wambach scored her 171st international goal in the 54th minute. 

After the tournament’s opening day, the USA shares first place in Group A with Haiti as both teams earned 1-0 wins. In Wednesday’s earlier match, a shorthanded Haiti side defeated Guatemala at Sporting Park as Lindsey Zullo scored the game’s only goal. Haiti goalkeeper Cynthia Chery was given a red card early in the first half. 

With the victory against Trinidad & Tobago, the USA moves to an impressive 23-1-0 all-time in Women’s World Cup Qualifying. All eyes are on qualification for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada, and the U.S. is also looking to win its fifth CONCACAF Women’s Championship, having previously won the title in 1991, 1994, 2002 and 2006. The USA hosted the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup and did not have to go through the qualification process heading into that event. 

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Abby Wambach (Alex Morgan), 54th minute: After dominating the game with heavy possession and numerous scoring chances, the USA finally broke through when Morgan dribbled to her left to elude Trinidad & Tobago goalkeeper Kimika Forbes. From the end line, Morgan crossed to Wambach perched at the edge of the six-yard box, and Wambach headed the ball past defender Lauryn Hutchinson and into the right side of the frame for her eighth goal this year and a one-goal U.S. advantage over Trinidad & Tobago. USA 1, TRI 0 (FINAL) 

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
TRI – Kimika Forbes, 14th minute: The USA was lurking in the final third with frequent set piece opportunities. Megan Rapinoe delivered a corner kick from the right side and connected well with the onrushing Christen Press, who headed the ball toward the left side of the frame. Forbes parried the well-struck shot straight up and was able to collect. 

TRI – Kimika Forbes, 38th and 39th minutes: In the 38th minute, Carli Lloyd unleashed a shot from 21 yards out after a quick give-and-go with Megan Rapinoe, but Forbes denied Lloyd with a diving save to her right at the near post to surrender a corner kick. In the following sequence, Rapinoe’s corner from the left side bounced around the box, and Abby Wambach, with her back to goal, attempted a flicked header. Wambach put the shot on frame, but it lacked pace and power as Forbes collected her third save. 

TRI – Kimika Forbes, 52nd minute: Several minutes after pushing a high-percentage header chance wide right of the net, Abby Wambach was back on the attack when Christen Press set her up inside the top of the box. From 14 yards out, Wambach tried to chip the ball over Forbes, but the Trinidad & Tobago goalkeeper closed the distance and made the right-handed save. 

TRI – Kimika Forbes, 62nd and 81st minutes: Though the shots on goal were not in succession, Forbes had a knack for coming up with big saves against Rapinoe. Rapinoe’s 62nd-minute attempt from the left side was stopped by the Trinidad & Tobago goalkeeper, and then her low, 81st-minute drive was smothered at the near right post. 

TRI – Kimika Forbes, 90th+2 minute: USA second-half sub Sydney Leroux got behind Trinidad & Tobago’s defense with a run down the left side. Leroux shot right-footed, hoping to slot the ball to the far right post, but Forbes made the save with her left leg.

Milestone Watch:

  • Abby Wambach, the U.S. WNT’s all-time leader with 171 goals, recorded her 11th-career goal in Women’s World Cup Qualifying, tying her for fourth on the USA’s all-time list with Joy Fawcett.
  • U.S. captain Christie Rampone appeared in her 298th match as she nears the 300-game milestone. She is second only to Kristine Lilly (352 caps from 1987-2010) in all-time WNT caps.
  • With her 177th cap, Carli Lloyd moved past Shannon MacMillan (176 games from 1993-2005) for 12th on the WNT’s all-time caps list.
  • Abby Wambach and second-half sub Heather O’Reilly have now appeared in four different CONCACAF Women’s Championships (2002, 2006, 2010 and 2014). That mark ties for second place among U.S. WNT players, trailing only Lilly’s five (1991, 1994, 2002, 2006, 2010).
  • Hope Solo added to her U.S. WNT record with her 74th-career shutout, making one save on the night. 

Next on the Schedule:
The U.S. WNT continues Group A play in the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship against Guatemala on Friday, Oct. 17, at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Illinois. The game kicks off at 8 p.m. CT.
Broadcast information: FOX Sports 1 and multi-platform devices via FOX Sports GO, FOX Soccer 2GO and FOXSportsGo.com.
Social: Twitter (@ussoccer_wnt; @ussoccer_esp); Facebook; Instagram 

Additional Notes:

  • The USA is now 11-2-3 in 2014.
  • The U.S. WNT is 8-0-0 all-time against Trinidad & Tobago and 4-0-0 in World Cup qualifying. Wednesday’s game was the USA’s closest margin of victory between the two sides. The previous mark was the USA’s 3-1 win on April 10, 1994.
  • The USA has outscored Trinidad & Tobago 55-2 in the all-time series.
  • U.S. head coach Jill Ellis’ starting lineup included a defensive group featuring goalkeeper Hope Solo, right back Ali Krieger, left back Meghan Klingenberg and center backs Becky Sauerbrunn and Christie Rampone. Rampone wore the captain’s armband.
  • The U.S. midfield included Lauren Holiday on the left, Carli Lloyd on the right and Abby Wambach playing centrally in a 4-3-3 formation.
  • The front line included Megan Rapinoe, Alex Morgan and Christen Press from left to right.
  • Sydney Leroux replaced Press in the 61st minute.
  • Heather O’Reilly entered the game in the 77th minute for Wambach, who departed with well-earned chants from the USA fan base.
  • Ellis’ final sub was Amy Rodriguez, who replaced Rapinoe in the 87th minute.
  • Nine of the USA starters had played in a previous World Cup qualifier heading into the match, while Klingenberg and Press made their first appearances and starts in the CONCACAF Women’s Championship.
  • Wambach is the USA’s active leader in World Cup qualifying appearances, earning her 11th cap. Rampone, Lloyd and O’Reilly earned their 10th caps in the qualifying tournament. 

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

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Trinidad & Tobago
Date: Oct. 15, 2014
Competition: 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship
Venue: Sporting Park; Kansas City, Kansas
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. CT
Attendance: 3,621
Weather: 60 degrees, cool 

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

USA – Abby Wambach (Alex Morgan)                      54th minute 

Lineups:
USA: 1-Hope Solo; 11-Ali Krieger, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 3-Christie Rampone (capt.), 16-Meghan Klingenberg; 12-Lauren Holiday, 10-Carli Lloyd, 15-Megan Rapinoe (8-Amy Rodriguez, 87), 14-Christen Press (2-Sydney Leroux, 61); 20-Abby Wambach (9-Heather O’Reilly, 77), 13-Alex Morgan
Subs Not Used: 5-Kelley O’Hara, 6-Whitney Engen, 7-Morgan Brian, 17-Tobin Heath, 18-Ashlyn Harris, 19-Julie Johnston
Head Coach: Jill Ellis 

TRI: 1-Kimika Forbes; 4-Rhea Belgrave, 5-Arin King, 15-Liana Hinds (18-Khadisha Debessette, 79), 16-Brianna Ryce; 20-Lauren Hutchinson, 9-Maylee Attin Johnson (capt.), 8-Patrice Superville (14-Karyn Forbes, 82), 10-Tasha St Louis (3-Mariah Shade, 46); 12-Ahkeela Mollon, 19-Kennya Cordner    
Subs Not Used: 2-Ayanna Russell, 6-Khadidra Debessete, 7-Dernelle Mascall, 11-Janine Francois, 13-Anique Walker, 17-Tenesha Palmer
Head Coach: Randy Waldrum 

Stats Summary: USA / TRI
Shots: 29 / 7
Shots on Goal: 9 / 1
Saves: 1 / 8
Corner Kicks: 10 / 1
Fouls: 7 / 6
Offside: 1 / 0 

Misconduct Summary:
TRI - Maylee Attin Johnson (caution)             16th minute 

Officials:
Referee: Marianela Araya (CRC)
Assistant Referee 1: Kimberly Moreira (CRC)
Assistant Referee 2: Enedina Caudillo (MEX)
Fourth Official: Lucila Venegas (MEX) 

Budweiser Woman of the Match: Lauren Holiday  

Tournament Notes: WNT 2014 CONCACAF Women's Championship

2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship
U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Trinidad & Tobago
Sporting Park; Kansas City, Kansas
Oct. 15, 2014

U.S. WNT STARTS ROAD TO THE WORLD CUP: The U.S. Women’s National Team will enter its sixth CONCACAF Women’s World Cup qualifying tournament when it goes for one of three automatic berths at the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship, which runs Oct. 15-26 in four cities in the United States: Chicago, Kansas City, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. The USA has won four of the five qualifying tournaments since 1991, falling only in the 2011 edition when U.S. WNT was upset by Mexico in the semifinal. The USA heads into the tournament with a 10-2-3 record in 2014 while scoring 48 goals and allowing 11. 

USA FACES TRINIDAD & TOBAGO, GUATEMALA AND HAITI IN QUALIFYING: The USA opens its tournament on Oct. 15 against Trinidad & Tobago at Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kansas, in a match televised on Fox Sports 2 at 7:30 p.m. CT. Fans can also follow all the games on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt and @ussoccer_esp. The USA then heads to Bridgeview, Illinois, to continue Group A play against Guatemala on Oct. 17 (8 p.m. CT on Fox Sports 1) and finishes the first round in Washington, D.C., against Haiti on Oct. 20 (7:30 p.m. ET on Fox Sports 1). Group B consists of Mexico, Costa Rica, Jamaica and Martinique (which is not a full-fledged member of FIFA and therefore cannot qualify for the CONCACAF Championship semifinals). 

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

7-0 W

Lloyd (2), Press (2), O’Reilly,

Leroux, Wambach

FAU Stadium; Boca Raton, Fla.

Feb. 13

Russia

8-0 W

Own Goal (2), Rodriguez, Wambach, Brian, Holiday, Leroux, Press

Georgia Dome; Atlanta, Ga.

March 5

Japan^

1-1 T

Leroux

Parchal, Portugal

March 7

Sweden^

0-1 L

-

Albufeira, Portugal

March 10

Denmark^

3-5 L

Press, Leroux, Rapinoe

Albufeira, Portugal

March 12

Korea DPR^

3-0 W

Wambach (2), O’Reilly

Parchal, Portugal

April 6

China PR

2-0 W

Holiday, Rapinoe

Dick’s Sporting Goods Park; Commerce City, Colo.

April 10

China PR

3-0 W

Lloyd (2), Leroux

Qualcomm Stadium; San Diego, Calif.

May 8

Canada

1-1 T

Leroux

Investors Group Field; Winnipeg, Canada

June 14

France

1-0 W

Leroux

Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Fla.

June 19

France

2-2 T

Morgan (2)

Rentschter Field, East Hartford, Conn.

Aug. 20

Switzerland

4-1 W

Rapinoe, Lloyd, Press, Wambach

WakeMed Soccer Park, Cary, N.C.

Sept. 13

Mexico

8-0 W

OG, Morgan (2), Wambach (2), Engen, Leroux, O’Reilly

Rio Tinto Stadium; Sandy, Utah

Sept. 18

Mexico

4-0 W

Rodriguez, Rapinoe, Heath, Morgan

Sahlen’s Stadium, Rochester, N.Y.

Oct. 15

T&T*

8:30 p.m.

 

Sporting Park; Kansas City, Kan.

Oct. 17

Guatemala*

9 p.m.

 

Toyota Park; Bridgeview, Ill.

Oct. 20

Haiti*

7:30 p.m.

 

RFK Stadium; Washington, D.C.

^ Algarve Cup   *2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship 

CONCACAF WOMEN’S WORLD CUP QUALIFYING HISTORY:

  • The USA is 22-1-0 all-time in CONCACAF Women’s World Cup qualifying.
  • The USA won the Women’s World Cup qualifying tournament in 1991, 1994, 2002 and 2006. As host, the U.S. WNT did not have to qualify for 1999. The USA played Canada in the championship game of each of those first four tournaments.
  • The USA finished third in 2010 after losing to Mexico, 2-1, in the semifinal and defeating Costa Rica 3-0 in the third-place match.
  • The USA has scored 137 goals in WWC qualifying (an average of 5.8 per game) while allowing 5. 

QUALIFYING FORMAT: The 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship features eight countries divided into two groups of four, with the top two finishers in each group after round-robin play moving on to the semifinals. All the countries will play one match in each of the three first-round venues. Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kansas; Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Illinois; and RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C., will each host two doubleheaders, one each for Groups A and B. PPL Park in Chester, Pennsylvania, near Philadelphia, will host the semifinals on Oct. 24, along with the third-place and championship games on Oct. 26. The two finalists and the winner of the third-place match will qualify directly for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada. The fourth-place team will enter a two-leg playoff against South American third-place finisher Ecuador for a final berth.

CONCACAF VENUE HISTORY: The USA will be familiar with all four venues for the 2014 CONCACAF Championship, having played 15 games in its history at the four stadiums: one at Sporting Park, four at Toyota Park (including a Women’s World Cup playoff match in 2010), eight at RFK Stadium and two at PPL Park. The USA has never lost a match at these venues.

Stadium

City

Record

GF

GA

The Skinny

Sporting Park

Kansas City, Kan.

0-0-1

1

1

Only match; a 1-1 tie with CAN in 2011

Toyota Park

Bridgeview, Ill.

3-0-1

8

2

1-0 win vs. Italy in 2010 sent USA to WWC

RFK Stadium

Washington, D.C.

8-0-0

25

5

Most recent was 7-0 win vs. MEX in 2013

PPL Park

Chester, Pa.

2-0-0

5

2

Both vs. CHN, most recently 4-1 win in 2012

15 IN, 9 TO GO: Switzerland, England, Spain, France, Norway, Germany and Sweden have qualified from Europe for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Scotland will face the Netherlands and Italy takes on the Ukraine in the semifinals of the UEFA playoffs that will produce one more European qualifier. Five teams qualified from the 2014 Asian Women’s Cup – Japan, Australia, China PR, Korea Republic and Thailand. Japan defeated Australia 1-0 in the Asian Cup championship game while China defeated Korea 2-1 for third. Perhaps the biggest news was the qualification of Thailand to its first Women’s World Cup. Thailand defeated host Vietnam 2-1 for fifth place and became the first team to wholly benefit from the expansion of the tournament to 24 teams. In the recently completed South American qualifying tournament, Brazil won the competition with Colombia finishing second and Ecuador third to earn a playoff against the fourth place finisher from CONCACAF. The remaining nine countries will come from Europe (1 more), CONCACAF (3.5), Africa (3), South America (.5) and Oceania (1). The Confederation breakdown of World Cup berths is as follows:

Host:

Canada

CONCACAF

3.5 + host, up from 2.5

Europe

8 total, up from 4.5 + host in 2011

South America

2.5, up from 2

Africa

5 total, up from 3

Oceania

1, same as in 2011

Asia

3 total, up from 2




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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