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Photo Gallery: WNT Claims 2014 CONCACAF Women's Championship Title

Photos from the U.S. Women's National Team's 6-0 win against Costa Rica to claim the 2014 CONCACAF Women's Championship title.

WNT Rolls Past Costa Rica 6-0 to Win 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship Crown

CHESTER, Pennsylvania (Oct. 26, 2014) – The U.S. Women’s National Team held nothing back in closing out the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship. FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year nominee Abby Wambach recorded a first-half hat trick and four goals in all, and the USA rolled to a 6-0 victory against Costa Rica in the title match before 11,625 spectators at PPL Park. 

Carli Lloyd added a first-half goal to up her total to five goals in five tournament matches, and Sydney Leroux tallied her first goal of the competition in the second half. 

Wambach recorded the eighth hat trick of her international career, and the all-time goal scoring leader now has 177 goals in 228 matches. With her fourth goal, Wambach broke the U.S. WNT record with her 18th goal in World Cup qualifying matches, surpassing the mark of 17 set by Michelle Akers. 

Wambach scored seven goals in four games at the CONCACAF Women’s Championship to earn the Golden Boot. Lloyd won the Golden Ball as the tournament’s top player; and in addition to her five goals, Lloyd contributed four assists. Hope Solo was the Golden Glove winner, posting four shutouts. 

As a team, the U.S. outscored its opposition 21-0 in the tournament. 

The USA won the CONCACAF Women’s Championship for the fifth time. The WNT previously won the tournament in 1991, 1994, 2002 and 2006. The USA did not participate in the 1998 event because the team was already entered in the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup at the host nation. 

As finalists, the U.S. and Costa Rica had already qualified for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada. It will mark the USA’s seventh consecutive appearance in the Women’s World Cup, while Costa Rica is making its first appearance. 

Earlier in the day, Mexico defeated Trinidad & Tobago 4-2 in overtime to win the third-place game and automatic qualification to the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Mexico is the 21st team to qualify. 

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Abby Wambach (Morgan Brian), 4th minute: The USA threatened a couple times during this sequence, starting with Megan Rapinoe’s low, driven corner kick from the right side that eventually led to a long-distance shot from Meghan Klingenberg. Klingenberg’s strike was blocked by Costa Rica’s Diana Saenz, but not cleared far enough away as Brian collected on the left side. The USA’s youngest player  crossed to Wambach at the edge of the six-yard box and the all-time goal scoring leader finished with a snapped header. USA 1, CRC 0 (SEE GOAL)

USA – Carli Lloyd (Abby Wambach), 17th minute: Rapinoe’s corner kick from the left side reached Wambach on the right side of the box. Because she was too far from the goal to threaten the net with a shot, Wambach nodded the ball to the edge of the six-yard box toward Lloyd. Lloyd deftly flicked a header inside the left of the frame for her fifth goal in five tournament games. USA 2, CRC 0 (SEE GOAL)

USA – Abby Wambach (Carli Lloyd), 35th minute: Rapinoe played a through ball to Lloyd on the left side of the box. Lloyd eluded Costa Rica’s Carol Sanchez to create some space for a left-footed cross to the six-yard box, and once again Wambach headed the ball into the net. USA 3, CRC 0 (SEE GOAL) 

USA – Abby Wambach (Carli Lloyd), 41st minute: A carbon-copy of Wambach’s goal just six minutes earlier. Again, Rapinoe had the initial set-up pass to Lloyd in the left side of the box. This time, Lloyd turned to her right foot for the cross to Wambach, who headed into the right side of the frame. USA 4, CRC 0 (SEE GOAL) 

USA – Abby Wambach (Sydney Leroux), 71st minute: From midfield, Leroux’s up-field pass split a pair of Costa Rica defenders to Wambach on the right side of the box. Wambach recognized  that Dinnia Diaz was off her line and immediately launched a deft chip over the Costa Rica goalkeeper’s gloves and into the left side of the net. USA 5, CRC 0 (SEE GOAL) 

USA – Sydney Leroux (Tobin Heath), 73rd minute: Meghan Klingenberg left the ball to Heath on the left side of the area, and the second-half sub crossed the ball into the middle of the six-yard box. Leroux, who had hit the frame multiple times in this tournament, finally struck with a header into the back of the net. USA 6, CRC 0 (SEE GOAL) (FINAL) 

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
CRC – Dinnia Diaz, 12th minute: Midfielder Carli Lloyd, the USA’s most consistent scoring threat throughout the tournament, had an early opportunity when she received the ball in the box with her back to the goal. Lloyd spun counter clockwise to stave off her defender and shot toward the near left side of the frame. Diaz reacted well and got low for the diving save. 

CRC – Lixy Rodriguez, 49th minute: Abby Wambach nearly had another opportunity to add to her first-half hat trick. Morgan Brian played the ball toward the U.S. striker, and Rodriguez made a strong sliding effort in the box to disrupt the pass and prevent Wambach from tallying another goal. 

CRC – Dinnia Diaz, 89th minute: USA second-half sub Heather O’Reilly attacked from the right side and working the ball into position for a close range shot in the box. O’Reilly’s shot was denied by Diaz with a kick save at the near right post. 

USA Leaders at CONCACAF Women’s Championship:

  • Goals: Abby Wambach (7), Carli Lloyd (5), Tobin Heath (2), Christen Press (2), five tied with (1)
  • Assists: Sydney Leroux (4), Carli Lloyd (4), Tobin Heath (2), five tied with (1) 

Milestone Watch:

  • Christie Rampone, the active caps leader in the world, earned her 301st cap. She trails only Kristine Lilly (352 games from 1987-2010) on the all-time list.
  • Abby Wambach and Carli Lloyd each made their 14th appearances in a World Cup qualifying match. They are tied for second place on the USA’s all-time list behind only Lilly (17 games).
  • Wambach’s eighth hat trick ties her for second on the U.S. WNT all-time list with Cindy Parlow (eight hat tricks from 1996-2004). Mia Hamm holds the USA record with 10 hat tricks from 1987-2004.
  • Sydney Leroux scored her 33rd international goal, moving into sole possession of 15th place on the WNT all-time list past Lindsay Tarpley (32 goals from 2003-2011).
  • Goalkeeper Hope Solo, the U.S. WNT’s all-time shutouts leader, upped her record to 77 clean sheets in 159 games. 

Next on the Schedule:
The U.S. WNT will prepare for the four-team International Tournament of Brasilia from Dec. 10-21. The USA opens against China PR (Dec. 10), followed by Brazil (Dec. 14) and Argentina (Dec. 17) in group play. Kickoff times and additional tournament information will be announced at a later date.
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Additional Notes:

  • The USA is now 15-2-3 in 2014.
  • The U.S. WNT moves to 10-0-0 all-time against Costa Rica. The USA has outscored Costa Rica 51-0.
  • U.S. head coach Jill Ellis made three starting lineup changes following the team’s 3-0 semifinal win against Mexico on Friday.
  • The majority of the defense returned to the starting lineup, with Hope Solo in goal, Meghan Klingenberg at left back, Ali Krieger at right back and captain Christie Rampone at center back. Becky Sauerbrunn got the call as the USA’s other center back, making her first start since the team’s 5-0 victory against Guatemala on Oct. 17 in the group stage.
  • The U.S. midfield featured returning starters Carli Lloyd and Lauren Holiday, while college senior Morgan Brian earned her first start of the tournament.
  • In the front of the USA’s 4-3-3 formation, regular starting midfielder Megan Rapinoe was pushed to forward. Christen Press earned her third straight start. Abby Wambach, who came off the bench against Mexico, returned to the starting group.
  • Ellis made all three subs in one block. In the 56th minute, Sydney Leroux and Heather O’Reilly replaced Brian and Press, respectively. In the 57th minute of that substitution trio, Tobin Heath entered for Rapinoe.
  • Lloyd is the only USA player to log the full 450 minutes during this year’s CONCACAF Women’s Championship.
  • Klingenberg, who wowed USA fans with her long-distance strike against Haiti, nearly struck with a second international goal in the 37th minute. However, her 17-yard shot rattled off of the crossbar.
  • The U.S. WNT is now 90-8-13 in the 111 games that Rampone has been the team captain.
  • The U.S. is 15-0-3 under head coach Jill Ellis.

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

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Costa Rica
Date: Oct. 26, 2014
Competition: 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship; Final
Venue: PPL Park; Chester, Pennsylvania
Kickoff: 6:00 p.m. ET
Attendance: 11,625
Weather: 63 degrees, partly cloudy 

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

USA – Abby Wambach (Morgan Brian)                     4th minute
USA – Carli Lloyd (Abby Wambach)                         17
USA – Abby Wambach (Carli Lloyd)                         35
USA – Abby Wambach (Carli Lloyd)                         41
USA – Abby Wambach (Sydney Leroux)                  71
USA – Sydney Leroux (Tobin Heath)                        73 

Lineups:
USA: 1-Hope Solo; 16-Meghan Klingenberg, 3-Christie Rampone (capt.), 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 11-Ali Krieger; 12-Lauren Holiday, 7-Morgan Brian (2-Sydney Leroux, 56), 10-Carli Lloyd; 14-Christen Press (9-Heather O’Reilly, 56), 20-Abby Wambach, 15-Megan Rapinoe (17-Tobin Heath, 57)
Subs Not Used: 5-Kelley O’Hara, 6-Whitney Engen, 8-Amy Rodriguez, 18-Ashlyn Harris, 19-Julie Johnston
Head Coach: Jill Ellis 

CRC: 1-Dinnia Diaz; 5-Diana Saenz (9-Carolina Venegas, 46), 6-Carol Sanchez, 8-Daniela Cruz, 10-Shirley Cruz (capt.); 11-Raquel Rodriguez Cedeño, 12-Lixy Rodriguez (2-Gabriela Guillen, 76), 15-Cristin Granados, 16-Katherine Alvarado; 17-Daphnne Herrera, 20-Wendy Patricia Acosta (19-Fabiola Sanchez, 74)
Subs Not Used: 3-Mariane Ugalde, 4-Maríiana Benavidez, 7-Gloriana Villalobos, 13-Noelia Bermudez, 14-Yesmi Rodriguez, 18-Yirlania Arroyo
Head Coach: Avedissian Garabet 

Stats Summary: USA / CRC
Shots: 21 / 2
Shots on Goal: 14 / 0
Saves: 0 / 8
Corner Kicks: 8 / 2
Fouls: 18 / 6
Offside: 1 / 2 

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Megan Rapinoe (caution)       27th minute
USA – Lauren Holiday (caution)         60 

Officials:
Referee: Lucila Venegas (MEX)
Assistant Referee 1: Mayte Chavez (MEX)
Assistant Referee 2: Emperatriz Ayala (SLV)
Fourth Official: Maurees Skeete (GUY) 

Budweiser Woman of the Match: Abby Wambach

#WNTvMEX Post-Game Reaction

U.S. WNT midfielder Carli Lloyd speaks about the team's performance against Mexico and throughout the tournament as well as focusing on not just World Cup qualification but winning the 2014 CONCACAF Women's Championship. 


WNT vs. Mexico: Highlights - Oct. 24, 2014

The U.S. WNT booked a ticket to the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup with 3-0 Victory against Mexico at PPL Park in Chester, Pa.

Photo Gallery: WNT Beats Mexico to Advance to 2015 World Cup

Photos from the U.S. WNT's 3-0 win against Mexico in the 2014 CONCACAF Women's Championship Semifinal that booked the USA a place in the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup.

Trained with the full U.S. team for the first time in April of 2012 in Bradenton, Fla. … Also traveled and trained with the U.S. team for two matches in Sweden in June … Named as an alternate to the 2012 Olympic Team without previously earning a cap and traveled with the squad to the U.K. … Youth National Teams: Attended training camp with the U-23s in October of 2011 … In July of 2010, she scored three times in three matches for the U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team, including in a 1-0 defeat of Sweden, as the U.S. won the Four Nations Tournament in England ... Traveled to Germany with the U.S. U-23s for a three-match tour in May of 2010 and started both matches which ended as 2-2 draws against Germany and South Korea ... Also played for the U.S. U-23s in 2009 and scored against an Irish select side during a U-23 two-match tour of Ireland and Northern Ireland ... Finished her U-23 career with five caps and three goals … Was a member of U.S. U-20 player pool in 2008 … First Appearance: None … First Goal: None.
2013: Signed with Stockholm-based Tyresö for her second season in Damallsvenskan, Sweden’s premier women’s soccer league … 2012: Played her first season in Damallsvenskan with Göteborg and finished second in the league in scoring with 17 goals … Helped Göteborg win the Swedish Cup in overtime, 2-1, against 2012 league champions and her future club, Tyresö … Played in 34 games (21 Damallsvenskan, six Champions League, one Supercup, and six Swedish Cup), starting 33 … Scored 25 goals in all competitions (17 Damallsvenskan, three in the Champions League and five in the Swedish Cup) … 2011: Selected with the No. 4 pick in the Women’s Professional Soccer Draft by the Washington Freedom which transitioned to the magicJack based in Boca Raton, Fla. … Played in 17 matches for magicJack spanning 1,173 minutes and scored eight goals, which included a hat trick against the Boston Breakers, and was named the league’s Rookie of the Year … 2009: Helped the Pali Blues to the W-League championship in the summer of 2009 … Youth: Played club for the Slammers FC of Newport Beach, Calif. ... Won the Golden Boot for most goals scored in the USYSA National Championship tournament … Her team won U-14 and U-16 national titles and were finalists as U-18s and U-19s.
Full name is Christen Annemarie Press … Majored in Communications and Psychology … As a senior at Stanford, she was named to the ESPN Academic All-America First-Team ... Selected as the Pac-10’s Scholar-Athlete of the Year for women's soccer and named to the Pac-10 All-Academic First-Team ... As a junior, she was an Pac-10 All-Academic Second-Team Selection … As a sophomore she was Second Team All-Academic Pac-10 ... Father played football for Dartmouth … Writes a well-read and well-received blog for SoccerAmerica.com … The middle of three daughters and says “we are like Alvin and the Chipmunks” … Loves the ocean and sunshine … Most days she can be found writing and sipping a cappuccino at a coffee shop or shoe shopping … Has volunteered at the Boys & Girls Club in Los Angeles … Lived in Madrid for three months during the winter quarter of her junior year – where she took classes only in Spanish – and taught English to kindergarten-aged children … Is proficient in Spanish, but wants to get better … Is also learning Swedish … Has a “really bad” sweet tooth, especially chocolate and pastry-type desserts.Had a brilliant college career at Stanford from 2007-10, breaking school records for career points (183), goals (71), assists (41) and shots (500) ... Set single-season school records for shots (180) and game-winning goals (10), and tied the mark for goals (26) ... In 2010, she became the second consecutive Stanford player to win the MAC Hermann Trophy, college soccer's most prestigious award ... She received Pac-10 First or Second-Team honors all four years … Stanford had a 67-0-1 record when Press had a goal or assist during her collegiate career ... Is the Cardinal's all-time scorer in NCAA Tournament play with 13 goals … As a senior in 2010 she not only won the MAC Hermann Trophy as the nation's best player, but also won national player of the year awards from Soccer America and Top Drawer Soccer ... Was named the Pac-10 Conference Player of the Year and earned NSCAA First-Team All-America honors for the first time … Was also a Soccer America MVPs First-Team selection for the second time ... Named to the NCAA College Cup All-Tournament team for the third consecutive season ... Named NSCAA All-Pacific Region First-Team ... An All-Pac-10 First-Team selection for the second time ... Was the national leader in goals (26) and points (60) while helping the Cardinal reach the College Cup final while compiling a 23-1-2 record ... Her 26 goals tied the school’s single-season scoring record, set in 2009 by Kelley O'Hara ... Led Stanford to its second consecutive perfect conference season, sending the team to its third consecutive College Cup ... Scored her first collegiate hat trick in a 6-1 victory over Utah in Santa Clara on Sept. 17 ... Had either a goal or assist over a stretch of 18 consecutive matches ... Scored or assisted in 20 of Stanford’s 26 matches ... Had seven multi-goal matches in 2010 ... Scored on a curving left-footed shot in the 32nd minute to give Stanford its first-ever lead against North Carolina (Aug. 27) in a 2-2 draw ... Broke the Stanford career scoring record on an unassisted 20-yarder in the 59th minute against USC (Oct. 8), breaking Sarah Rafanelli’s mark of 59 that had stood since 1993 ... Scored twice in a 2-0 victory over visiting Oregon State – the first on a full volley – to decide the Pac-10 title (Nov. 5) ... Scored twice in a 3-0 NCAA third-round victory in the rain against visiting UCLA (Nov. 19) ... Had a school-record 10 game-winning goals. As a Junior in 2009 she scored a golden goal on a screaming 24-yarder in the 94th minute against UCLA in the NCAA College Cup semifinals in chilly and windy conditions in College Station, Texas, to give Stanford a 2-1 victory ... Had the second-highest scoring season in Stanford history to date, with 21 goals and 16 assists for 58 points ... Tied for the national lead in assists … Top Drawer Soccer’s National Co-Player of the Year with O’Hara ... Combined with O’Hara on 19 goals ... Press and O’Hara scored 47 of Stanford’s 80 goals and combined for 123 points, the most for a tandem in the country since 2005 ... Had seven game-winning goals ... Received her first All-America honor by being named to the NSCAA Second-Team ... Named to Soccer America's MVPs First-Team … Named to the NCAA College Cup All-Tournament team for the second consecutive season ... Scored the fastest goal in Stanford history, only 23 seconds into Stanford’s 2-0 victory over BYU (Nov. 14) in the second round of the NCAA Tournament ... Named NSCAA All-Pacific Region First-Team and All-Pac-10 First-Team … As a Sophomore in 2008, she had 16 goals and 11 assists (43 points), the second-highest single-season point total in school history at the time ... Named Second-Team All-West Region and Second-Team All-Pac-10 ... Only Stanford player named to the College Cup All-Tournament team ... Had a goal or an assist in 19 matches ... As a freshman in 2007 she was the Pac-10 Freshman of the Year, Second-Team All-Pac-10 and was named to the Pac-10 All-Freshman team ... Started in 18 of 21 appearances ... Led the team in assists (6) and was second in goals (8), points (22) and shots (60) … A 2007 graduate of Chadwick School in Palos Verdes Peninsula, Calif. ... A 2006 NSCAA High School All-American and a Parade All-American ... Was a two-year team captain and four-year starter ... Led Dolphins to two Southern Section Division IV titles ... Scored 128 high school goals, including a school-record 38 as a junior ... A two-time Southern Section Division IV Offensive Player of the Year ... A four-time Prep League Offensive MVP ... Also won letters in track and tennis.
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