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Back at Home, WNT Preps for Final Stretch Before World Cup

After playing six consecutive matches in Europe and winning the Algarve Cup in Portugal, the U.S. WNT have come home for a final stretch of four games leading into the Women’s World Cup. A sign that the World Cup is close? The players knocked out the final Beep Test of the year.

Ellis Names 25-Player Roster for Next Stretch of World Cup Prep

CHICAGO (March 20, 2015) – U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Jill Ellis has named a 25-player roster that will train in Los Angeles for a week before traveling to St. Louis for the USA’s first domestic match of the year against New Zealand on April 4 at Busch Stadium. Ellis will name 18 players to suit up for that game.

The roster includes the same 25 players who were in Portugal earlier this month to help the USA win the 2015 Algarve Cup, the program’s 10th title at the prestigious annual tournament, after defeating France 2-0 in the championship game. Additionally, there are two St. Louis natives in the roster: Becky Sauerbrunn, who was an All-American at Ladue High School and the 2003 Missouri Player of the Year, and Lori Chalupny, who was an All-American at Nerinx Hall High School.

The USA’s training camp will take place at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center in Carson, California, from March 23-30. The team will then depart for St. Louis, where it will train for three days before facing New Zealand. The game will be shown live on FOX Sports 1 at 2:30 p.m. CT/3:30 p.m. ET. More than 31,000 tickets have already been sold. (TICKETS)

“Having the initial training period in L.A., when we can go a bit harder and then tapering into the match in St. Louis will be excellent preparation for a New Zealand team that always gives us a highly competitive game,” said Ellis. “This will be an excellent test for us. They are aggressive, athletic and like to press. We’ll see some similar tendencies that we could see in our first group match at the World Cup and certainly the crowd will be tremendous. It will be nice to be back at home.”

The match against the Kiwis begins a four-game run-up to the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup that includes three Send-Off Series games in May.

The U.S. Women will begin the Send-Off Series against the Republic of Ireland on Sunday, May 10, at 11:30 a.m. PT at Avaya Stadium in San Jose, California, the new home of Major League Soccer's San Jose Earthquakes. From there, the USA will travel down the coast to face fellow CONCACAF Women’s World Cup qualifier Mexico on Sunday, May 17, at 6 p.m. PT at StubHub Center in Carson. Both California matches will be broadcast on FOX Sports 1, with the Mexico game also available on Univision Deportes.

After a short break, the U.S. team will head to the East Coast to conclude the Send-Off Series against Korea Republic on Saturday, May 30, at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey. The match will kick off at 4:30 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on ESPN, WatchESPN and Univision Deportes. Fans can follow all the upcoming WNT matches on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt and @ussoccer_esp.

SEND-OFF SERIES TICKETS

USA vs. Republic of Ireland (May 10 in San Jose, Calif.)
Tickets for the USA vs. Ireland are available starting March 27 at 10 a.m. through ussoccer.com, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and at all Ticketmaster ticket centers throughout the San Francisco Bay Area (including Walmart and Chavez Supermarkets).

USA vs. Mexico (May 17 in Carson, Calif.) (TICKETS)
Tickets for USA vs. Mexico on May 17 are available now through ussoccer.com, by calling 1-888-929-7849, and at the StubHub Center ticket office (open Monday-Friday, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.).

USA vs. Korea Republic (May 30 in Harrison, N.J.) (TICKETS)
Tickets for USA vs. Korea Republic go on sale starting March 20 at 10 a.m. ET and are available through ussoccer.com, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and at all Ticketmaster ticket centers throughout the New York/New Jersey metropolitan area (including many Walmart stores), as well as the Red Bull Arena ticket office (open Monday-Friday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.).

Groups of 20 or more can obtain an order form at ussoccer.com or call 312-528-1290.

This summer, the USA will face Australia, Sweden and Nigeria in Group D at the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup. The USA opens against Australia on June 8 at Winnipeg Stadium, followed by Sweden on June 12 in Winnipeg and Nigeria on June 16 at BC Place in Vancouver.

U.S. Women’s National Team Roster By Position: Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Ashlyn Harris (Washington Spirit), Alyssa Naeher (Boston Breakers), Hope Solo (Seattle Reign FC)
DEFENDERS (10): Lori Chalupny (Chicago Red Stars), Crystal Dunn (Washington Spirit), Whitney Engen (Western NY Flash), Julie Johnston (Chicago Red Stars), Meghan Klingenberg (Houston Dash), Ali Krieger (Washington Spirit), Kelley O’Hara (Sky Blue FC), Christie Rampone (Sky Blue FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City), Rachel Van Hollebeke (Portland Thorns FC)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Shannon Boxx (Chicago Red Stars), Morgan Brian (Houston Dash), Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC), Lauren Holiday (FC Kansas City), Carli Lloyd (Houston Dash), Heather O’Reilly (FC Kansas City), Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign FC)
FORWARDS (5): Sydney Leroux (Seattle Reign FC), Alex Morgan (Portland Thorns FC), Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars), Amy Rodriguez (FC Kansas City), Abby Wambach (Unattached)

Additional Notes:

  • The USA last faced Ireland on Dec. 1, 2012, a 2-0 victory in Glendale, Arizona.
  • The U.S. outscored Mexico 15-0 over a span of three games in 2014. The CONCACAF foes embarked on a two-game set in September with the USA scoring four goals in each half for an 8-0 win on Sept. 13 at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah. Five days later, the WNT nabbed a 4-0 victory at Sahlen's Stadium in Rochester, New York. The teams also met on Oct. 24 at PPL Park in Chester, Pennsylvania, during the semifinal of the CONCACAF Women’s Championship where the USA picked up a 3-0 win to qualify for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
  • The USA most recently played the Korea Republic on June 20, 2013, also at Red Bull Arena, earning a 5-0 victory in a match that saw Abby Wambach score four times to surpass Mia Hamm’s all-time goal scoring record of 158. Wambach currently has 178 goals.
  • While the match at the brand new Avaya Stadium will be the first for the WNT, the U.S. Women have played 10 matches at StubHub Center, going 10-0-0 at the home of MLS champion LA Galaxy.
  • The U.S. WNT played six matches in San Jose from 1997-2007, all at Spartan Stadium.
  • The match against the Korea Republic will mark the third for the U.S. Women at Red Bull Arena, home to MLS’s New York Red Bulls.

Photo Gallery: WNT in High Spirits Ahead of Iceland Match

Photos from the WNT's Sunday training session ahead of its final Group B match against Iceland at the 2015 Algarve Cup. The game against Iceland kicks off at 1:30 p.m. ET and fans can follow all the action Twitter @ussoccer_wnt, @ussoccer_esp and Instagram @ussoccer_wnt

Photo Gallery: WNT Enjoys Light-Hearted Regen Session Ahead of Second Algarve Cup Match

Photos from WNT training in Portugal on Thursday morning after the team's 2-1 comeback triumph over Norway the night before. The USA next plays Switzerland on Friday at 12 p.m. ET at the 2015 Algarve Cup. The game will be broadcast on FOX Sports 1 and fans can also follow everything happening with the WNT during the tournament by following @ussoccer_wnt on Twitter and Instagram @ussoccer_wnt

Photo Gallery: Customizing the WNT Kit

ussoccer.com takes you behinds the scenes of the WNT equipment room to get a sneak peek at how the team's jerseys are customized for each player. WNT Equipment Manager Matt Owens painstakingly works over the 300+ degree heat press to apply the necessary numbers and name plates to all the players jerseys so they are ready for game day. 

The USA opens its 20th Algarve Cup campaign against Norway on Wednesday afternoon at 2 p.m. ET. The game will be broadcast on FOX Sports 1 and will also be available on FOX Sports Go. Fans can also follow U.S. Soccer's coverage on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt@ussoccer_esp and Instagram @ussoccer_wnt.

U.S. National Team: A young, athletic defender who reached the full international level with the USA after featuring prominently for the WNT program at the U-17 and U-20 levels.

2015:
Has been with the WNT in all traning camps and trips, and has seen action in one game so far this year.. Member of the roster that competed and helped the USA win its 10th Algarve Cup after defeating France 2-0 on March 11... 2014: Saw quite a bit of action in training camps in her first year as a professional … Played in four matches with one start … Was named to the roster for the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship but was forced to withdraw right before the tournament due to a mild MCL strain … 2013: Broke into the senior national team in impressive fashion in 2013 while still a senior in college, playing 532 minutes while earning her first eight caps … She started six of those games at outside back … Youth National Teams: A key member of the U.S. team that won the 2012 FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup title in Japan … She played every minute of all six matches and registered two huge assists from right back, setting up Chioma Ubogagu’s game-winning overtime goal in the 2-1 quarterfinal victory against Korea DPR and Kealia Ohai’s game-winner in the historic 1-0 victory against Germany in the championship game … During the U-20 Women’s World Cup, she helped shut down several of the top young attackers in the world with inspired play at outside back … Played four out of the five games at the CONCACAF U-20 Women’s Championship tournament – playing every minute of those four matches – and picked up three assists in the tournament as the USA won the regional title … Finished her U-20 career as one of the most capped players at that level with 39 games played … She played two cycles with the U-20s after also representing the USA at the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Germany … A member of the team that won the 2012 CONCACAF Under-20 Women’s Championship and earned a berth to the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Japan … Played every minute of all four games she started at qualifying, totaling 360 … Had three assists in the tournament … A member of the U.S. team that won the 2010 CONACAF U-20 Women’s Championships in Guatemala to earn a berth to the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup … She played every minute of all five games, one of just two players to do so … Played every minute of all four games at the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Germany at center back … First U-20 WNT camp was in January of 2009 … Played in 16 total matches for the U-20s in 2010 heading into the U-20 Women’s World Cup, including 14 international matches … Played outside back for the U.S. U-17s in 2008, but has moved to center back for the U-20s … One of the USA’s best players at the 2008 FIFA U-17 Women’s World in New Zealand, she recovered from an illness early in the tournament to play every minute of four games … Finished her U-17 career with 13 caps and one goal, but it was a huge stoppage time score that put the USA in the U-17 Women’s World Cup with a 1-0 victory over Mexico in the semifinal of the 2008 CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Championships in Trinidad & Tobago … Brought into the U-17 program in 2008 and played almost every match for the team that year … One of the three players born in 1993 to make the Women’s World Cup roster … One of two players to start all five games and play every minute of the CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Qualifying tournament … Attended the U.S. Soccer Under-14 I.D. Camp in 2006. First cap: Feb. 13, 2013 vs. Scotland. First goal: None.


Professional / Club: 2014: Was the first overall pick in the 2014 NWSL Draft by the Washington Spirit … Had an excellent first pro season, playing in 21 games spanning 1,488 minutes while starting 18 matches in helping the Spirit to the NWSL playoff semifinal … Registered three assists on the season … Youth club: Played with the Albertson Fury from U-15 until she left for college … Played U-13 through U-15 with the RVC Tornadoes … Played U-10 though U-13 with the RVC Power where she won a state title.


College / High School: As a senior in 2013, she led the Tar Heels in scoring with year with 34 points from 14 goals and six assists … She missed several games due to National Team commitments and late-season injury problems that kept her out of several ACC and NCAA Tournament matches … After winning the MAC Hermann Trophy as a junior, she finished second to Morgan Brian as a senior … Finished her college career with 31 goals and 25 assists in 80 games … Started every game she played during her first three seasons and then started 18 of 21 as a senior … Named a First-Team NSCAA All-American, making her a four-time All- American, three First-Team selections and one Third-Team … She was also named the ACC Offensive Player of the Year, becoming the only player to win ACC Offensive and Defensive (2012 & 2010) Player of the Year awards … The first player to win ACC Player of the Year honors three times since Mia Hamm in 199 … As a junior in 2012, she had a memorable year, scoring five goals with five assists while playing all over the field while leading North Carolina to an improbable NCAA title and winning the MAC Hermann Trophy as college soccer’s best player … Dunn missed the non-conference portion of the Tar Heels’ schedule while playing in the U-20 Women’s World Cup, but once she joined the lineup, her experience and versatility made an immediate impact … Dunn started at center back for the first 11 games back in the lineup before being moved to the center midfield for UNC’s six-game NCAA Tournament run … She played a key role in helping Carolina capture its 22nd national championship in school history, assisting on goals in both Final Four games … The three-year starter earned NSCAA First Team All-America honors and was named the ACC Defensive Player of the Year … Also won the prestigious Honda Award for soccer, recognizing superior athletic skills, leadership, academic excellence and eagerness to participate in community service … As a sophomore, she played in 19 of UNC’s 20 games while scoring three goals with six assists … She was named the Soccer America Freshman of the Year … A 2010 NSCAA Third-Team All-America and was First-Team All-ACC … As a freshman, she was the All-ACC Defensive Player of the Year, the first ever freshman to win the honor … Part of the ACC All- Freshman Team and was named First-Team NSCAA All-American … Started all 23 games she played in as a freshman -- totaling 1,929 minutes -- and was the third-leading scorer with 26 points on nine goals and eight assists … Scored six goals in the final five games of the campaign and played the entire match 18 times … Attended South Side High School where she scored 20 goals her senior year and was a four-year starter on the pitch at forward and midfield … A Parade All-American and New York Player of the Year … First-team All-State and All-Long Island in 2006, ‘07 and ‘09 … She was an All-New York First Team selection and All-Long Island as a freshman, sophomore and senior … 2009 NSCAA, ESPNRise and Parade high school All-America … Only played three games during her junior year due to National Team commitments … The New York Gatorade High School Player of the Year in 2009 … Team captain in 2008 and 2009 … Led team to New York state championships in 2006, 2007 and 2009 … She missed the 2008 campaign due to National Team commitments … The teams she played on in in ‘07 and ‘09 went undefeated and were ranked No. 1 in the nation by the NSCAA … Lost only two games in three seasons in high school … Scored 46 goals and had 35 assists in three high school seasons… In the 2009 state championship game, she scored four goals and had a hat trick in the first 20 minutes of the match … As a senior, she was named Newsday Long Island Player of the Year, Nassau County Class A Player of the Year, New York Sportswriters Class A Player of the Year, BigAppleSoccer.com youth Player of the Year and the winner of the Mike Clark Award for the best all-around athlete in Nassau County.


Personal: Full name is Crystal Alyssia Dunn … Majoring in sociology … A member of her high school honor roll … Loves all sports … Likes to dance, sing, go to movies and hang with friends … Likes to entertain people with her musical talents … Also likes to watch scary movies … Is one-quarter Native American … Brother Henry played in the minor leagues for the Cleveland Indians … Is a sneaker fanatic … Favorite athlete is LeBron James … Loves to eat Chinese food … Enjoys listening to Nicki Minaj and Beyoncé … Favorite movie is “Love & Basketball.”



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