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U.S. Women's National Team Defender Heather Mitts Retires

Three-Time Olympic Gold Medalist Played 137 Times for the USA

CHICAGO (March 13, 2013) – Heather Mitts, one of just three women’s soccer players to win three Olympic gold medals, has announced her retirement from club and country.

The 34-year-old Mitts retires after having played 137 times for the United States, good for 18th on the USA’s all-time caps list and sixth-best for a defender. She debuted for the USA back in February of 1999, wearing the U.S. jersey for the first time against Finland in Orlando, Fla.

Mitts was a member of the USA’s 2004, 2008 and 2012 Olympic gold medal teams as well as the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup Team. She played in nine career Olympic matches including a memorable performance in the 2008 gold medal game victory against Brazil. She scored two goals in her career, both game-winners.

“The time has come for me to move onto a new stage of my career,” said Mitts. “I truly appreciate the women who paved the way, to my friends and dear teammates that I will never forget. I will miss the little things, the travel by plane, train and mini-van, the locker room moments, keeping my teammates on their toes and nothing will ever compare to putting on that U.S. jersey. It’s been an amazing journey with some obstacles, but in the very end I feel so fortunate that we were able to close on a golden note.”

For the USA, she started 104 of her 137 games and played in her last match on Dec. 15, 2012, against China in Boca Raton, Fla., coming on in the last 15 minutes for Christie Rampone in the state where she had a highly successful college career.

The 5-foot-5 right back always played bigger than her size and after breaking into the U.S. team full-time in 2004, played almost every game for the USA through 2008, aside from when she was out injured. She was a First-Team All-American at the University of Florida where she helped the Gators to an NCAA title in 1998. She ended her college career as Florida’s all-time leader in games played, games started and minutes.

“Nothing worthwhile is ever easy,” said Mitts. “It's a game but it's something we all love to do. I will miss the camaraderie more than anything and the chance to compete every day to be the best in the world. My teammates were my bridesmaids, confidants, source of inspiration and family and always made me look good on the field. Soccer has given me so many opportunities and has been a positive and humbling teacher. I feel completely fulfilled and it’s that perfect time to move on. I leave with a smile on my face and happiness in my heart.”

Mitts, who played in both former professional leagues, for the Philadelphia Charge in the WUSA and the Boston Breakers, Philadelphia Independence and the Atlanta Beat in WPS, was allocated to the Boston Breakers for the new NWSL before deciding to retire.

Sundhage Names 28 Players to New Jersey Training Camp in Advance of U.S. WNT Match against China on May 27

CHICAGO (May 9, 2012) – U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Pia Sundhage has named 28 players for a training camp being held in Princeton, N.J., from May 10-25. The U.S. team will then travel to Philadelphia to make final preparations for its match against China on May 27 at PPL Park in Chester, Pa., in what will be the second-to-last domestic match for the U.S. team before it departs for the 2012 London Olympics.

On April 24, the USA found out its first-round opponents at the Olympics. The U.S. will open Group G play with two matches at the famed Hampden Park in Glasgow, Scotland. The U.S. first faces France (5 p.m. local / 12 p.m. ET) on July 25 – two days before the Olympic Opening Ceremonies – and then takes on Colombia on July 28 (5 p.m. local / 12 p.m. ET). The USA will finish group play against Korea DPR on July 31 (5:15 p.m. local / 12:15 p.m. ET) at the legendary Old Trafford in Manchester, home to Manchester United.

Sundhage will choose 18 players to suit up against China. More than 12,500 tickets have already been sold for the match, which kicks off at 7 p.m. ET. Tickets starting at $22 are on sale through ussoccer.com, by phone at 1-800-298-4200 and at the PPL Park ticket office (open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.). Groups of 20 or more can obtain an order form at ussoccer.com or call 312-528-1290.

The roster includes 26 of the 27 players who trained during the camp in Bradenton, Fla., in April. Sundhage has added former Western New York Flash defender Gina Lewandowski, who plays for FFC Frankfurt in the German Women’s Bundesliga, and Oklahoma State goalkeeper Adrianna Franch, who was the USA’s backup ’keeper on the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Team. Franch is a rising senior for the Cowgirls. Lewandowski will join the camp a week late due to her club commitments.

U.S. Women’s National Team Training Camp Roster by Position - Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (5): Nicole Barnhart, Adrianna Franch, Ashlyn Harris, Jill Loyden, Hope Solo
DEFENDERS (10): Rachel Buehler, Stephanie Cox, Whitney Engen, Meghan Klingenberg, Amy LePeilbet, Gina Lewandowski, Heather Mitts, Kelley O’Hara, Christie Rampone, Becky Sauerbrunn
MIDFIELDERS (9): Shannon Boxx, Tobin Heath, Lori Lindsey, Carli Lloyd, Kristie Mewis, Heather O’Reilly, Megan Rapinoe, Amy Rodriguez, Keelin Winters
FORWARDS (4): Lauren Cheney, Sydney Leroux, Alex Morgan, Abby Wambach

“We had a very productive camp in Florida, but now we get to look forward to a game,” said Sundhage. “The practices and scrimmages in Florida were physical and mentally taxing, and that was the plan. Now we can train hard in New Jersey but also prepare for a match against a very good team as we continue the roster selection process for the Olympics.”

This USA will be facing China at PPL Park for the second time as the two teams also met at the home of Major League Soccer’s Philadelphia Union in October of 2010 in what was the U.S. team’s first match at the soccer-specific venue. The match ended in a 1-1 draw as Alex Morgan equalized late in the game with her first full international goal.

U.S. Soccer also recently announced the final match for the U.S. Women before the Olympics as the Americans will face Canada on June 30 at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah. Kickoff is set for 12 p.m. MT and the match will be broadcast live on NBC. Fans will also be able to follow the match on ussoccer.com's MatchTracker and via Twitter @ussoccer_wnt.

Tickets starting at $22 are on sale to the public through ussoccer.com, by phone at 801-727-2700 (Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. MT) and at the Rio Tinto Stadium ticket office (open Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.). Groups of 20 or more can obtain an order form at ussoccer.com or call 312-528-1290. Ultimate Fan Tickets (special VIP packages that include a premium ticket, a customized official U.S. National Team jersey with name and number, VIP access to the field before and after the game, and other unique benefits) are also available now exclusively through ussoccer.com.

U.S. Women’s National Team Roster Notes:

  • Five players on the U.S. roster will be training in their home state: Tobin Heath (Basking Ridge), Carli Lloyd (Delran), Jill Loyden (Vineland), Heather O’Reilly (East Brunswick) and team captain Christie Rampone (Point Pleasant). 
  • Just 13 players on the U.S. training camp roster have Olympic Games experience. 
  • The U.S. WNT is 10-1-1 in 2012, having scored 55 goals and allowed five. 
  • Kristie Mewis and Adrianna Franch are the only players on the roster still in college. Mewis will be a senior at Boston College next fall and Franch is a senior at Oklahoma State. 
  • Rampone is by far the most capped player on the roster with 256 and she is firmly in fourth place on the all-time U.S. WNT caps list. 
  • With 22 career goals, Alex Morgan is inching her way up the all-time U.S. goal scoring chart. She will need to reach 30 to get into the top-15 all-time.

 

U.S. WNT Head Coach Pia Sundhage Names 23-Player Roster for Two Matches in Japan

CHICAGO (March 21, 2012) – U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Pia Sundhage has named a 23-player roster that will travel to Japan in early April to compete in the Women’s Kirin Challenge Cup against 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup champion Japan and Brazil.

The U.S. will open against the hosts at Yurtec Stadium in Sendai on April 1 at 7:30 p.m. local (6:30 a.m. ET), before traveling south to face the Brazilians on April 3 at Fukuda Denshi Arena in Chiba at 8 p.m. local time (7 a.m. ET).

Both matches will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and ESPN3.

In the newly created three-nation tournament, Japan will also face Brazil April 5 at Homes Stadium in Kobe. The competition features three of the top four teams in the current FIFA Women’s World Rankings.

“Any time we get to play top teams, it’s always valuable,” said U.S. midfielder Carli Lloyd. “The more quality teams we can play, the better off we will be heading into the Olympics. We’ve lost to Japan the last two times we’ve played them and playing them in Japan is going to be a huge match. As a team, there are some things we need to work on, but we can’t get better unless we play great teams. We don’t get these opportunities too often so we have to embrace them and try to accomplish the things we need to do before we get to London.”

Sundhage is bringing the same 23 players that were in Portugal at the 2012 Algarve Cup as she continues the process of narrowing the roster down to the 18 players who will represent the USA in the 2012 Olympics.

This will be the third trip for the U.S. Women to Japan after facing the Japanese three times in three different cities in 1998 and twice in two different cities in 2006. The match in Sendai will be the second meeting between the two Women’s World Cup finalists since that tournament, as Japan pulled off a 1-0 victory against the USA on March 5 during group play at the Algarve Cup in Portugal. It was Japan’s first-ever victory over the USA in regulation time.

Sendai, located on the east coast of northern Japan, suffered catastrophic damage from the magnitude 9.0 offshore earthquake on March 11, 2011 (just nine days after the USA had played Japan in the 2011 Algarve Cup), which triggered a massive, destructive tsunami. Yurtec Stadium, which was built in 1997 and seats 20,000, was damaged in the earthquake and tsunami.

Chiba, which is a large suburb of Tokyo, is located near the east coast of central Japan. Fukuda Denshi Arena, which was completed in 2005, seats 18,500.

The USA’s most recent meeting with Brazil was one for the ages. The USA weathered a controversial ejection and played more than an hour of the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup quarterfinal with 10 players before dramatically tying the score in the 122nd minute on Abby Wambach’s now famous header goal, the latest ever scored in a World Cup.

The USA heads to Japan with a record of 9-1-0 on the year with just one of the games played on home soil. Forward Alex Morgan leads the USA in scoring in 2012, having found the net 11 times in the nine matches she played. Morgan’s hat trick (the first of her career) against Sweden in the third-place match of the Algarve Cup on March 5 made her the 15th player in U.S. history to reach double-figures in goals during a calendar year.

Wambach heads to Japan with 134 career goals and nine in 2012. Carli Lloyd and Sydney Leroux have seven goals each, while Amy Rodriguez has six.

Roster by Position - Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Nicole Barnhart, Ashlyn Harris, Hope Solo 
DEFENDERS (9): Rachel Buehler, Stephanie Cox, Whitney Engen, Meghan Klingenberg, Amy LePeilbet, Heather Mitts, Kelley O’Hara, Christie Rampone, Becky Sauerbrunn
MIDFIELDERS (7): Shannon Boxx, Tobin Heath, Lori Lindsey, Carli Lloyd, Heather O’Reilly, Megan Rapinoe, Amy Rodriguez
FORWARDS (4): Lauren Cheney, Sydney Leroux, Alex Morgan, Abby Wambach 

U.S. WNT Nets 2-1 Win Against Norway in Algarve Cup

  • Wambach Scores 133rd Career Goal; Sydney Leroux Adds Game-Winner Off the Bench
  • Norway Scores in Final Seconds
  • U.S. WNT Will Face Japan on March 5 in Faro at 9:10 a.m. ET on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker

LAGOS, Portugal (March 2, 2012) – The U.S. Women’s National Team scored two second-half goals to defeat Norway 2-1 in its second group match at the 2012 Algarve Cup. After a scoreless first half, Abby Wambach broke through in the 51st minute with her 133rd career international goal and then 21-year-old Sydney Leroux tallied what turned out to be the game-winner in the 81st.

The USA will next meet Japan on March 5 at Estadio Algarve in Faro with a kickoff of 9:10 a.m. ET. It will be the first meeting between the teams since the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup Final on July 17 last summer. Fans can follow the action on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt.

The USA heads into the match against the Japanese needing a victory or a tie to win the group and qualify for the championship game, which will be played on March 7.

Japan defeated Denmark 2-0 in the other Group B match, giving both the USA and Japan the full six points from two group matches. The USA holds the advantage in the first tiebreaker – goal difference – having scored seven and allowed just one for a plus-six, while the Japanese have scored four and allowed one for a plus-three.

The USA once again played in 4-4-2 formation but U.S. head coach Pia Sundhage made three changes from the starting lineup that faced Denmark on Feb. 29. Sundhage inserted Becky Sauerbrunn in the center of the defense to pair with Christie Rampone and started Stephanie Cox at left back with Tobin Heath at left midfield. Heath played with a light cast on her left arm after breaking a small bone in her wrist during a fall against Denmark.

While neither team could find the net in the first half – Norway had just one shot and it wasn’t on goal – the Americans could have scored several goals early. In just the 8th minute, Morgan picked off a Norway pass in the midfield, touched the ball around a defender and raced toward the goal down the left side. She had Wambach making a run up the middle but chose to shoot, and Norwegian goalkeeper Caroline Knutsen was able to dive to parry the near-post drive away for a corner kick.

About five minutes later, Morgan burst through the center of the Norway defense on a breakaway. She ran 40 yards with three players chasing but then cut her left-footed shot wide right of the goal from the top of the penalty area.

Morgan played distributor in the 23rd minute after a nice combination of passes down the right wing got her free to chip a cross into the middle. The ball was headed up in the air by a Norwegian defender and it fell to the leaping Heath at the far post, but her sharp header was pushed away by Knutsen.

Norway played in a 4-5-1 formation that made the midfield quite crowded and possessing the ball in the center of the field difficult, but U.S. center midfielders Shannon Boxx and Carli Lloyd did a fine job of keeping the U.S. team linked together while helping keep the attacking rhythm going.

On the other end, Norway did create some danger during the game, mostly through quick counter-attacks and set plays but put together its most effective sequences early in the second half.

Besides the goal, Norway’s two most dangerous chances came just after the break. In the 48th minute, Lindy Melissa Wiik got free into the right side of the U.S. penalty area and she fired at Hope Solo, but Solo held her ground and pushed the shot away. Just a few minutes later, Solo had to make a similar save at the left post on Elise Thorsnes, but this one she caught.

With those bullets dodged, it was Wambach who put the USA ahead on the next U.S. attack. Wambach started it with a cross from the left side. The ball skipped through the penalty area and out to the right, where Heather O’Reilly ran it down. She played it back into Boxx, who was dispossessed, but the ball rolled right to second half substitute Heather Mitts on the right side. Wambach’s former teammate at the University of Florida spun a perfect cross over the pack of players to the left side of the penalty box. Wambach’s first touch settled the ball and then she laced a 16-yard shot across the face of the goal, off the right post and in.

It was Wambach’s 133rd career international goal and second of the tournament. Mitts became the second U.S. outside back to record an assist in the tournament after Cox got one in the victory against Denmark.

Norway pushed hard for an equalizer, but the U.S. back line in the second half – Cox, Sauerbrunn, Rachel Buehler (who replaced Rampone at halftime) and Mitts did a stellar job of breaking up one Norway counter-attack after another.

Sundhage sent on Amy Rodriguez for O’Reilly in the 58th minute and Sydney Leroux for Morgan in the 77th minute, and the two would combine for the winning goal.

It started when Buehler struck a fantastic weak-side pass from the center to the left wing, covering about 50 yards in the air. Rodriguez collected and ran at her defender down the line before cutting the ball back inside and hitting a cross to the far post. The crashing Leroux jumped over a Norway defender to pound a header into the net from three yards out as both went down in a heap.

It was Leroux’s seventh international goal in just seven career games and her second of the tournament.

Norway got on the board with just seconds left after the U.S. let Thorsnes get free in the left side of the penalty area. She did well to keep her composure and power a shot past Solo from close range. The USA didn’t even have time to kick off before the final whistle blew. It was the first goal Solo has allowed in 2012 and only the second the U.S. has allowed in its first eight games of the year.

Additional Match Notes:

  • U.S. captain Rampone came off at halftime, the first time in a year that she had been substituted (the last time was March 7, 2011 vs. Finland at the Algarve Cup) and Wambach wore the armband until she also came off in the 65th minute and passed it on to Boxx.
  • Wambach’s goal was her 17th in the Algarve Cup, most all-time for any U.S. player, and two behind Portugal’s Carla Couto for the all-time tournament lead.
  • In Group A Germany defeated China 1-0 for its second consecutive 1-0 win and Sweden routed Iceland 4-1.
  • Germany and Sweden will meet for the Group A title on March 5 with Sweden needing just a tie to make the Algarve Cup Championship game.
  • In Group C, Portugal beat Hungary 4-0 and Wales and Ireland tied 0-0.
  • The USA out-shot Norway 17-5 for the match.
  • Sundhage made all six of her allowed substitutes, also sending on Lauren Cheney for Wambach in the 65th minute.
  • The match against Japan will be played at the beautiful Estadio Algarve which was built for the 2004 European Championships. It is the venue that often hosts the championship game of this tournament.

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

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Norway
Date: March 2, 2012
Competition: 2012 Algarve Cup – Group B
Venue: Municipal Stadium; Lagos, Portugal
Kickoff: 3 p.m. Local / 10 a.m. ET
Attendance: 300
Weather: 63 degrees, sunny, partly cloudy

Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA                        1 1 2
NOR                        0 1 1

USA – Abby Wambach (Heather Mitts) 51st minute
USA – Sydney Leroux (Amy Rodriguez) 81
NOR – Elise Thorsnes 90+3

Lineups:
USA: 1-Hope Solo; 6-Amy LePeilbet (2-Heather Mitts, 46), 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 3-Christie Rampone (capt.) (19-Rachel Buehler, 46), 14-Stephanie Cox; 9-Heather O’Reilly (8-Amy Rodriguez, 58), 7-Shannon Boxx, 10-Carli Lloyd, 17-Tobin Heath (15-Megan Rapinoe, 46); 13-Alex Morgan (11-Sydney Leroux, 77), 20-Abby Wambach (12-Lauren Cheney, 65)
Subs not used: 5-Kelley O’Hara, 16-Lori Lindsey, 18-Nicole Barnhart, 22-Whitney Engen
Head coach: Pia Sundhage

NOR: 12-Caroline Knutsen; 2-Madeleine Gisk, 5-Toril Akerhaugen, 7-Trine Rønning, 14-Marita Skammelsrud; 4-Ingvild Stensland (capt.), (15-Nora Holstad Berge, 30), 6-Maren Mjelde, 13-Gry Tofte Ims (17-Ingrid Mo Wold, 80); 9-Isabell Herlovsen (19-Emilie Havvi, 83), 10-Lindy Melissa Wiik (20-Caroline Hansen, 65), 18-Cecilie Pedersen (16-Elise Thorsnes, 46)
Subs not used: 1-Ingrid Hjelmseth, 3-Kristine Hegland, 8-Ingvild Isaksen, 11-Leni Larsen Kaurin, 21-Christine Nilsen
Head coach: Eli Landsem

Statistical Summary: USA / NOR
Shots: 17 / 5
Shots on Goal: 7 / 4
Saves: 3 / 5
Corner Kicks: 4 / 6
Fouls: 7 / 5
Offside: 6 / 3

Misconduct Summary:
None

Officials
Referee: Jesica Salom Di Iorio (ARG)
Assistant Referee: Nadia Weiler (PAR)
Assistant Referee: Luzmila Gonzalez (COL)
4th Official: Carina Vitulano (ITA)

Bud Light Woman of the Match: Carli Lloyd

 

U.S. Women’s National Team Opens 2012 CONCACAF Olympic Women’s Qualifying With Record Performance in 14-0 Rout of Dominican Republic

  • U.S. WNT Scores Seven Goals in Each Half to Pass Previous Record of 12 Goals in a Game
  • Rodriguez Ties U.S. WNT Record with Five Goals While O’Reilly Adds Hat Trick With Two Assists and Wambach Scores Twice With Two Assists 
  • Krieger Injures Right Knee and Will Undergo MRI Saturday 
  • USA Returns to Group B Action on Jan. 22 against Guatemala at 4:30 p.m. PT/7:30 p.m. ET Live on Universal Sports Network

VANCOUVER, Canada (Jan. 20, 2012) – The U.S. Women’s National Team rolled past a young and over-matched Dominican Republic side to open the 2012 CONCACAF Olympic Women’s Qualifying Tournament with a dominating 14-0 victory in a match played indoors at BC Place.

The 14 goals set a U.S. WNT record for most goals in a game, breaking the previous mark of 12 established during back-to-back 12-0 wins in 1991 CONCACAF Women’s World Cup Qualifying against Mexico and Martinique.

Second-half sub Amy Rodriguez tied an individual U.S. Women’s record with five goals (all in the second half) for her second career international hat trick. Abby Wambach (Oct. 23, 2004 vs. Ireland, also all five in the second half), Michelle Akers (Nov. 24, 1991, against Chinese Taipei in the FIFA Women’s World Cup), Tiffeny Milbrett (Nov. 2, 2002 in CONCACAF Women’s World Cup Qualifying) and Brandi Chastain (whose five came in that rout of Mexico on April 18, 1991) also have five-goal games to their resume.

It was the first match of the year for the U.S. Women and first-ever meeting with the Dominicans. The Americans started fast and never let up, getting a goal just 35 seconds into the match, which is believed to be the fastest goal in U.S. history, surpassing Heather O’Reilly’s goal against New Zealand in the 2008 Olympics that came just 40 seconds after the opening whistle.

O’Reilly contributed a hat trick, her first-ever for the U.S. team, and Wambach scored her 126th and 127th career goals despite only playing the first half. She is now three goals behind Kristine Lilly, who ranks second all-time in U.S. and world history with 130 goals.

The U.S. team is looking for a top-two finish in Group B in order to qualify for the semifinals, with the winners of those two matches qualifying for the 2012 London Olympics. The USA will have only one day of rest before returning to action on Sunday, Jan. 22, against Guatemala, which fell to Mexico 5-0 on Friday in the first Group B match of the day. The U.S. and Guatemala kick off Sunday’s match at 4:30 p.m. PT/7:30 p.m. ET in a match televised live on the Universal Sports Network. The match will also be streamed live on universalsports.com and concacaf.com.

“This team is ready and I think the fact we got early goals made it easier for us,” said U.S. head coach Pia Sundhage. “We got early momentum and it’s very hard to play against us when we have a good start. It’s good to play games after our training camp leading up to this where we did the hard work to prepare. We want to try to qualify for the Olympics and we care about every single game and every single goal.”

After Wambach opened the scored on a header from a perfect right-wing cross off the boot of O’Reilly, the U.S. scored two more goals inside the first eight minutes. Midfielder Carli Lloyd (fourth minute) and defender Rachel Buehler (seventh minute) both knocked home rebounds of Wambach shots.

The U.S. onslaught continued in the 17th minute as O’Reilly did all the work on a dynamic dribbling run, splitting two Dominican Republic defenders before pulling goalkeeper Heidy Salazar toward the near right post and slotting the ball past her for a 4-0 lead. Just two minutes later, Wambach added her second tally of the match for a 5-0 cushion with a rolling shot that snuck underneath Salazar.

Midfielder Tobin Heath – making just her sixth career start -- gave the USA a 6-0 lead in the 30th minute as O’Reilly lifted a short pass to her inside the penalty area to beat the back line. Heath rounded the ‘keeper to the left and tucked the ball into the open net. In the 31st minute, O’Reilly and Cheney executed a perfect give-and-go into the ride side of the penalty area before O’Reilly smashed her shot into the left corner to make it 7-0 at halftime.

In the 40th minute, U.S. defender Ali Krieger went down with what appeared to be serious knee injury. Following her right-footed shot, the Dominican Republic’s Leonela Mojica nailed Krieger’s right leg with a reckless tackle and the U.S. right back had to be stretchered off the field. She will undergo an MRI tomorrow to determine the extent of the injury. Veteran Heather Mitts took Krieger’s place in the 43rd minute and went the rest of the way.

Sundhage used her final two substitutions at halftime, replacing Wambach with Alex Morgan and Heath with Rodriguez, whose first two touches of the game were goals. In fact, Rodriguez earned her hat trick in just 13 minutes and her five goals came in just 30. She had a golden chance to set the U.S. record near the end of the match but flew a shot over the goal from the center of the penalty area. Cheney assisted on the first two Rodriguez goals, slotting low crosses that she pushed into the net from close range to make it 9-0.

Rodriguez added her third in the 58th to get the U.S. into double-figures as she finished a rebound off a defender’s leg after Morgan had beaten a player into the left of the penalty box and crossed. Cheney then scored hr only goal of the game in the 64th minute after she ran onto a perfect cross from O’Reilly to volley first-time into an open net.

The USA tied its record for most goals in a game in the 69th minute with Rodriguez’ fourth of the game as she took a pass from Cheney and smashed a shot from distance into the upper right corner. Cheney dished for four assists in the match, one shy of a U.S. record. Rodriguez then broke the team record in the 75th minute after running onto a pass from Morgan. She took one touch in the penalty area and then slotted her shot inside the left post.

The U.S. also set a CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Tournament record for most goals in a game that previously stood at eight.

On the last goal, Rodriguez turned provider, setting up O’Reilly for a tap-in volley that capped the scoring and her hat trick in the 78th minute, finishing off the most prolific scoring night in the 28-year history of the U.S. Women’s National Team.

After facing Guatemala on Sunday, the USA will finish Group B play against Mexico on Tuesday, Jan. 24 (7:30 p.m. PT/10:30 p.m. ET). The all-important semifinals take place on Friday, Jan. 27.

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

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. the Dominican Republic
Date: Jan. 20, 2012
Competition: 2012 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament
Venue: BC Place Stadium; Vancouver, Canada
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. PT
Attendance: 6,321
Weather: Indoors; 72 degrees

Scoring Summary: 1  2  F
USA                        7  7  14
DOM                       0  0   0

USA -- Abby Wambach (Heather O’Reilly)   1st minute
USA -- Carli Lloyd (Abby Wambach)           5
USA -- Rachel Buehler (Abby Wambach)     7
USA -- Heather O’Reilly (Ali Krieger)          17
USA -- Abby Wambach (Carli Lloyd)          19
USA -- Tobin Heath (Heather O’Reilly)        30
USA -- Heather O’Reilly (Lauren Cheney)    31
USA -- Amy Rodriguez (Lauren Cheney)     46
USA -- Amy Rodriguez (Lauren Cheney)     48
USA -- Amy Rodriguez (Unassisted)           58
USA -- Lauren Cheney (Heather O’Reilly)    64
USA -- Amy Rodriguez (Lauren Cheney)     69
USA -- Amy Rodriguez (Alex Morgan)        75
USA -- Heather O’Reilly (Amy Rodriguez)   78

Lineups:
USA: 1-Hope Solo; 11-Ali Krieger (2-Heather Mitts, 43), 19-Rachel Buehler, 3-Christie Rampone (capt.), 6-Amy LePeilbet; 9-Heather O’Reilly, 10-Carli Lloyd, 7-Shannon Boxx, 12-Lauren Cheney, 17-Tobin Heath (8-Amy Rodriguez, 46); 20-Abby Wambach (13-Alex Morgan, 46)
Subs not used: 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 5-Kelley O’Hara, 14-Sydney Leroux, 15-Megan Rapinoe, 16-Lori Lindsey, 18-Nicole Barnhart
Head coach: Pia Sundhage


DOM: 12-Heidy Salazar (capt.); 5-Ana Odaliza Diaz, 6-Yesenia Sencion De Maria Lopez (18-Oliva Santana, 51), 2-Carmen Miguelina Polanco, 4-Lissi Maria Sanchez, 3-Denny Vargas; 20-Ana Brenda Frias, 13-Leonela Mojica, 15-Jocelyn Raquel Rodriguez (16-Katherine Rodriguez, 88); 10-Yaqueisi Alexandra Nuñez, 11-Betzaida Ubri Mateo
Subs not used: 1-Isairis Isabel Minaya, 7-Loida Michel De Jesus, 8-Diana Elizabeth Santana, 9-Anajaira Maciel Caudio, 14-Amanda Rodriguez, 19-Gabriela Peña
Not eligible: 17-Johanna Santelis
Head coach: Rufino Sotolongo


Statistical Summary: USA / DOM
Shots: 49 / 3
Shots on Goal: 25 / 1
Saves: 1 / 9
Corner Kicks: 9 / 0
Fouls: 7 / 3
Offside: 9 / 1

Misconduct Summary:
None

Officials
Referee: Cardella Samuels (JAM)
AR1: Stacy Greyson (JAM)
AR2: Kimberly Moriera (CRC)
4th Official: Maria Flores (CRC)

Bud Light Woman of the Match: Amy Rodriguez

 

Sundhage Calls Up 31 Players for December Training Camp in Advance of Olympic Qualifying

CHICAGO (Nov. 29, 2011) – U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Pia Sundhage has called up 31 players for an 18-day training camp at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., as she continues to evaluate the player pool in preparation for 2012 Olympic qualifying.

The camp in Los Angeles will run from Dec. 3-20 as the U.S. finishes off an eventful year. The team will come together again in early January at The Home Depot Center when Sundhage will again call up 30-plus players for a week of training before selecting a roster of 20 players to participate in the 2012 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament being held Jan. 19-29 in Vancouver, B.C.

Sundhage named 27 of the 30 players who took part in the USA’s most recent training camp in Arizona prior to its final match of the year, a 1-1 draw with Sweden on Nov. 19 in Glendale, Ariz. Midfielder Tobin Heath scored the USA’s lone goal in that match, the third of her career.

On the roster is goalkeeper Hope Solo, who returns to training camp after missing the Arizona event due to her participation on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars. Sundhage also added three of the nation’s top collegians from this past season in Kristie Mewis of Boston College, Melissa Henderson of Notre Dame and Christine Nairn of Penn State.

Mewis, who has U-17 and U-20 FIFA Women’s World Cups on her resume, was the 2008 U.S. Soccer Young Female Athlete of the Year and has seen some training time with the senior side this year. She scored eight goals with six assists this season at Boston College. The December training camp will be the first call-up for Henderson to the full team. As a senior, she led the Irish in scoring with 18 goals (giving her 70 for her career) and she is one of the leading scorers for the U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team this year. Nairn, who has two full international caps and one goal (a game-winner against Canada in July of 2009), had a phenomenal season for the Lions, notching three goals with a team-high 13 assists. She was a member of the USA’s 2008 U-20 FIFA Women’s World Cup Team – along with Alex Morgan, Keelin Winters, Sydney Leroux, Meghan Klingenberg and Ingrid Wells – that won the tournament in Chile.

All 21 players from the USA’s 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup Team were named to the roster.

U.S. Women’s National Team Roster by Position - Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (4): Nicole Barnhart (out of contract), Ashlyn Harris (Western New York Flash), Jill Loyden (out of contract), Hope Solo (out of contract)
DEFENDERS (9): Rachel Buehler (out of contract), Stephanie Cox (out of contract), Whitney Engen (Western New York Flash), Meghan Klingenberg (Boston Breakers), Ali Krieger (FFC Frankfurt), Amy LePeilbet (out of contract), Heather Mitts (out of contract), Christie Rampone (out of contract), Becky Sauerbrunn (out of contract)
MIDFIELDERS (12): Yael Averbuch (out of contract), Shannon Boxx (out of contract), Tobin Heath (out of contract), Lori Lindsey (out of contract), Carli Lloyd (out of contract), Kristie Mewis (Boston College), Christine Nairn (Penn State), Kelley O’Hara (out of contract), Heather O’Reilly (out of contract), Megan Rapinoe (out of contract), Ingrid Wells (Georgetown), Keelin Winters (Boston Breakers)
FORWARDS (6): Lauren Cheney (out of contract), Melissa Henderson (Notre Dame), Sydney Leroux (UCLA), Alex Morgan (Western New York Flash), Amy Rodriguez (out of contract), Abby Wambach (out of contract)

 


One of the USA's most veteran players, the gutsy Mitts earned her first cap in 1999. From 2004-2010 she played in almost every game the USA played, starting most of them, almost exclusively at right back. Mitts made her third appearance in the Olympic Games when she started during the USA's 3-0 victory against Colombia on July 28, 2012, as the U.S. clinched a quarterfinal berth in the London Olympics.

Since breaking into the team full time in 2004, she has earned 113 of her 118 caps and become one of the USA’s steadiest defenders … 2011: Partially tore both hamstrings at different points during the year but recovered in time to make the Women’s World Cup team, her first … Played in just four games, starting one … 2010: Suffered a few minor injuries, but still started in all 10 games she played … Played every minute of three matches at the CONCACAF Women’s World Cup Qualifying tournament … Started both legs of the Women’s World Cup Playoff against Italy … 2009: Played in all eight matches for the USA, starting seven and earning her 100th cap against Sweden in the Algarve Cup Final, a match in which she captained the team … Had one assist during the year, against Canada in Toronto, for her seventh career point … 2008: Returned from major knee injury just in time to be earn a spot on the Olympic Team, starting all three of the USA’s domestic games over late April and early May …Started 24 of 25 matches she played for the USA including all six at the 2008 Olympics as she played a key role in the USA’s gold medal run … Had one assist, in the Olympic semifinal against Japan as she threw the ball in to Heather O’Reilly, who scored … Spent the last half of 2007 and first half of 2008 rehabilitating from ACL surgery … 2007: Played in eight matches, starting them all, before she suffered an ACL injury against Canada on May 12 that knocked her out of contention for the Women’s World Cup … 2006: Played in 22 matches, most of the team, and started 20 games, tied for most … Was second on the team in minutes played with 1,759 … 2005: Started and played every minute of the 2005 Algarve Cup at right back … Started eight of the USA’s nine matches during the year … 2004: A member of the USA’s 2004 Olympic Residency Camp, she had a breakout year, playing in 28 games while starting 17 … Played in her first world championship at the 2004 Olympics, seeing time in two matches including playing 90 minutes against Australia … Scored the first two goals of her career, both game-winners on goalmouth scrambles after corner kicks, tallying against Canada on July 3 and in a wild 4-3 win against Iceland during the Fan Celebration Tour on Sept. 25 … 2003: Played in two matches, bringing her career total to five matches with no starts … 2002: Appeared in one match … 2001: Was called into training camp for the 2001 Nike U.S. Women’s Cup and made the game roster of 18 … Appeared in one game … 1999: Made her U.S. debut against Finland at the Algarve Cup … Youth National Teams: Was a member of the U.S. Under-21 Women’s National Team Pool in 1999-2000 … Was a member of the U-21 team that won the 1999 Nordic Cup in Iceland … First Appearance: Feb. 24, 1999, vs. Finland … First Goal: July 3, 2004, vs. Canada.
2011: Traded by the Philadelphia Independence to the Atlanta Beat for the 2011 WPS season … Played 708 minutes for the Beat over eight games, starting them all … 2010: Signed with the Philadelphia Independence as a free agent during the 2009 WPS offseason … Played in 17 games for the Independence in 2010, starting 15, helping the club to a playoff berth, two playoff wins and a berth in the championship game … 2009: Allocated to the Boston Breakers for the inaugural WPS season in 2009 … Started 19 matches for the Breakers, mostly at left back, and tallied one assist across her 1,631 minutes … 2003: Started all 51 games in which she played for the Charge in three seasons, helping the club to the WUSA playoffs in the first two years … Was a WUSA All-Star in 2003 … Played 4,414 minutes in her WUSA career and had eight career assists … Broke her tibia in WUSA action in 2003 and was sidelined for five weeks during the WNT’s lead-up to the 2003 FIFA Women’s World Cup … 2001: Selected in the second round of the inaugural WUSA Draft by the Philadelphia Charge in 2001 … Club: Was a member of the Cardinal Premier team that won a national championship in 1997 … Won two Ohio state titles with Club Cincinnati.

Full name is Heather Blaine Mitts … Graduated with a degree in advertising … Worked for ESPN as a sideline reporter on college football during the 2005 seasons … Served as a studio analyst for ABC/ESPN/ESPN2 during the 2003 and 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cups and was the sideline reporter for several MLS broadcasts in 2005 and 2006 … Has done color commentary for Sunshine Network and for Fox Sports South on women’s college soccer games … Appeared on the cover of Philadelphia Magazine in June of 2002 as one of the city’s “Sexiest Singles” … Was voted sexiest player in the WUSA on Playboy.com during the 2001 season … Also was voted ESPN.com’s “Sexiest Female Athlete” in 2004 … The first soccer player ever to appear in FHM in a five-page photo spread … Was on the cover of the Sports Illustrated for Women college preview issue in 1999 … Also appeared in the 2005 SI Swimsuit Issue with then-fiancé, now-husband A.J. Feeley, a quarterback with the St. Louis Rams … Was married on Feb. 13, 2010 in Mexico … Co-hosted the “Tailgate Show” on Comcast SportsNet, the pre-game for the Philadelphia Eagles home games in 2004 … Ran with the bulls in Pamplona, Spain in 1999 … Loves watching and playing sports … Traveling, food and wine are her passions … Loves to play golf, tennis and squash … Has a website at www.heathermitts.com … Father, Don, a cardiac surgeon at Christ Hospital in Cincinnati, played basketball at Kentucky under Adolph Rupp … Holds a soccer camp every summer in her hometown of Cincinnati … Is the co-owner of D1 Sports, a sports-specific training facility in Cincinnati.

Played at Florida from 1996-1999 and graduated as the all-time leader in games played (95), starts (94) and minutes played (7,547) … Only game she did not start was the very first game of her freshman year … Helped the Gators to it’s first and only NCAA title in women’s soccer in 1998 … Helped Florida win the SEC title all four years of her career … Was named Most Inspirational Player as a freshman at UF and was team MVP as a senior … Was an NSCAA First-Team All-American as a senior and Third-Team as a junior … Named to the NCAA All-Tournament after the NCAA Championship run and All-SEC First-Team as a junior … Was also a SEC All-Academic pick … High School: Was a First-Team All-State selection as a junior and senior at St. Ursula Academy, which went 70-5-10 during her career, winning the 1993 state title.

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