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WNT Takes On Brazil

A match against Brazil in Brazil is one of the most difficult in women's soccer. Coming off a 1-1 draw with China, the USA will take on the hosts of the International Tournament of Brasilia on Dec. 14 on the second match day of this four-team competition.

WNT Sights and Sounds: Brasilia

The U.S. WNT is training in Brasilia, the capital of Brazil, in preparation for the International Tournament of Brasilia that will pit the Americans against China PR, Brazil and Argentina.

Ellis Names WNT Roster for International Tournament of Brasilia

CHICAGO (Dec. 5, 2014) – U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Jill Ellis has named 24 players to travel to Brazil for the International Tournament of Brasilia, a four-team competition being held from Dec. 10-21 at the National Stadium Mane Garrincha.

Ellis named all 20 players who helped the USA win the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship in October to qualify for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup. In addition, she named Washington Spirit defender Crystal Dunn, who was initially on the qualifying roster before suffering an injury in the lead-up, Boston Breakers goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher, former UCLA midfielder and 2014 MAC Hermann Trophy candidate Samantha Mewis and Chicago Red Stars defender Lori Chalupny.

“It’s a chance to travel to a new environment and play international matches in unfamiliar territory, which is always valuable when getting ready for a World Cup,” said Ellis. “It’s pretty exciting to get to play in a World Cup stadium, and many of our players have never played or even been to Brazil before. It’s a unique opportunity to go to a fantastic soccer country, have a great cultural experience and get four competitive games to end the year on a high note.”

The USA will open the tournament Dec. 10 against China PR (4:20 p.m. ET), face Brazil on Dec. 14 (3:45 p.m.) and finish group play on Dec. 17 against Argentina (4:20 p.m.). The final match day on Dec. 21 will feature the top two teams after round-robin play squaring off for the tournament championship while the two countries that finished third and fourth will battle for third place. The USA, Brazil and China PR will be participating in the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup next summer in Canada.

The U.S. Women have not played in Brazil since 1997 when they played two matches against the host, a 2-1 win in Taubaté and a 1-0 loss in São Paulo.

The matches mark the end of the USA's 2014 campaign, which will feature 24 games, the most of any year in which the U.S. players have competed in a domestic league. The current high came in 2003, the third year of the WUSA and also a World Cup year, when the U.S. WNT played 23 games. 

Additional Notes:

  • Midfielder Morgan Brian is still involved in the NCAA Tournament with the University of Virginia and will travel to Brazil to join the team following the completion of this weekend’s NCAA College Cup.
  • The International Tournament of Brasilia will be staged entirely at National Stadium Mane Garrincha, which hosted seven matches during the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
  • The National Stadium Mane Garrincha cost $900 million to build, making it the second-most expensive soccer stadium in the world after England's Wembley Stadium. It opened during the summer of 2013.
  • In its history, the U.S. WNT has played six matches in Brazil, four at a tournament in 1996 in Campinas (two against Brazil and matches against Ukraine and Russia) and two against Brazil in 1997.
  • The USA won the championship of the 1996 event in penalty kicks after drawing Brazil 1-1 in regulation.
  • The U.S. Women have never played anywhere in South America outside of those six games in Brazil.
  • Christie Rampone is the only player on the roster to have previously played in Brazil with the full National Team.
  • The U.S. Under-20 Women's National Team did participate in the Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2007 getting to the final of a tournament that featured full Women's National Teams before losing 5-0 to Brazil. That U-20 team featured current U.S. WNT players Lauren Holiday, Tobin Heath, Alyssa Naeher and Kelley O'Hara.
  • The USA has not played Argentina since 1998 when the countries played twice in three days in Southern California. The USA earned 8-1 and 7-0 victories on April 24 and 26, respectively. Those were the only matches between the two teams.
  • China PR is one of the most frequent opponents in U.S. history with 52 previous meetings, most recently in April - a 2-0 U.S. victory in Colorado and a 3-0 win in San Diego.
  • The USA most recently faced Brazil on Nov. 10, 2013, at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, a 4-1 U.S. victory.
  • The USA is currently ranked No. 1 in the world. Brazil is sixth, China PR is 14th and Argentina is 37th.

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 (9): Lori Chalupny (Chicago Red Stars), Crystal Dunn (Washington Spirit), Whitney Engen (WNY 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)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Morgan Brian (Virginia), Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC), Lauren Holiday (FC Kansas City), Carli Lloyd (Houston Dash), Samantha Mewis (UCLA), 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 (WNY Flash)

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 Takes Control of Group A with 5-0 Victory against Guatemala

BRIDGEVIEW, Illinois (Oct. 17, 2014) – The U.S. Women’s National Team moved a step closer to securing a spot in the semifinals of the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship with a 5-0 victory against Guatemala in Group A play at Toyota Park. 

A resurgent USA squad scored four second-half goals. Tobin Heath led the way with two goals, while Carli Lloyd, Megan Rapinoe and center back Whitney Engen each tallied a goal. 

The USA moves to the summit of Group A with a 2-0-0 record. Earlier in the day in Group A action, Trinidad & Tobago defeated Haiti 1-0. At 1-1-0, both Trinidad & Tobago and Haiti are fighting to also move on from group play, while Guatemala has been eliminated with a 0-2-0 record. 

The U.S. wraps up Group A play against Haiti on Monday, Oct. 20, at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. (7:30 p.m. ET; FOX Sports 1). A victory or draw would guarantee the USA first place in the group and a top seed to face the Group B runner-up in the semifinals. The U.S. can also win Group A with a loss against Haiti if it retains superior goal differential. 

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Tobin Heath (Sydney Leroux), 7th minute: The USA worked the ball around the right flank to defensive back Ali Krieger, who crossed in toward the center of the box. A couple Guatemala players from the team’s five-player back line could not disrupt the pass, and Leroux reached back with her right foot to flick the ball toward the six-yard box. Heath converged and slotted low into the right side for the goal. USA 1, GUA 0 (SEE GOAL) 

USA – Carli Lloyd (Sydney Leroux), 46th minute: Just 30 seconds into the second half, the USA earned a two-goal cushion when Leroux cut back to her right foot from the left flank and crossed to Lloyd making a run toward the far right post. Lloyd rose up over Guatemala’s Kimberly De Leon and headed the ball to the left side of the frame past Alicia Navas. USA 2, GUA 0 (SEE GOAL) 

USA – Tobin Heath (Carli Lloyd), 57th minute: Megan Rapinoe had a line-drive corner kick from the right side that Lloyd volleyed from the left side of the box. The shot possibly was headed on goal, but just to make sure, Heath redirected with a cheeky flick of her left foot and her back to the goal, shooting inside the right post for her second goal of the match. Heath now has 11 international goals in 78 games and three goals this year. USA 3, GUA 0 (SEE GOAL) 

USA – Whitney Engen (Megan Rapinoe), 58th minute: The USA started to pile things on as Rapinoe’s free kick from the left went directly to Engen running in toward the left post. Guatemala’s defense broke down as Engen had a clear path and took advantage of the opportunity with a header inside the left of the frame. The center back scored her second goal of the year and third of her 20-game international career. USA 4, GUA 0 (SEE GOAL) 

USA – Megan Rapinoe, 66th minute: Carli Lloyd’s initial shot at the top of the box was blocked by Guatemala’s Gloria Aguilar, but Rapinoe was at the right place for the rebound. Rapinoe’s curling right-footed shot from 20 yards out struck nothing but net as Alicia Navas had little chance to get to the ball. USA 5, GUA 0 (SEE GOAL) (FINAL) 

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:GUA – Londy Barrios, 36th minute: Carli Lloyd worked the ball down the left side and crossed in toward Alex Morgan at the six-yard box. Barrios quickly got in the pathway and deflected it out for a USA corner kick as Morgan would have had a clear scoring chance at the near left post. 

GUA – Alicia Navas, 41st minute: Megan Rapinoe’s free kick from the right side lined up with both Whitney Engen and Sydney Leroux. Engen just missed getting a flick-header touch, but Leroux was in the way of Rapinoe’s kick and shot toward the goal. However, the ball went directly to Navas, and the Guatemala goalkeeper secured. 

GUA – Alicia Navas, 69th minute: Rapinoe’s shot from the left side was destined for the far right post, and Navas stayed on top of it with the save and did not allow a rebound with Sydney Leroux lurking. 

Milestone Watch:

  • Carli Lloyd now has 52 goals in her career, the most for a WNT player exclusively to play as a midfielder. Lloyd is ninth on the USA’s all-time goal scoring list and is now just one goal behind eighth-place Carin Gabarra (53 goals from 1987-96).
  • Lloyd notched her 29th-career assist and Megan Rapinoe her 28th assist. They rank 14th and 15th, respectively, on the U.S. WNT’s all-time assists list.
  • Hope Solo added to her U.S. WNT record with her 75th-career shutout. 

Next on the Schedule:
The U.S. WNT wraps up Group A play in the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship against Haiti on Monday, Oct. 20, at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. 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.
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Additional Notes:

  • The USA is now 12-2-3 in 2014.
  • The U.S. WNT is 3-0-0 all-time against Guatemala. The USA has outscored Guatemala 27-0 in its three meetings.
  • U.S. head coach Jill Ellis made three changes to her starting lineup from the tournament opener against Trinidad & Tobago. The returning defensive starters included Hope Solo in goal, right back Ali Krieger, left back Meghan Klingenberg and center back Becky Sauerbrunn. Whitney Engen made her first start, getting the call ahead of Christie Rampone.
  • The midfield included returning starters Lauren Holiday and team captain Carli Lloyd, while Megan Rapinoe dropped back to the midfield against Guatemala. She had been in the front line in the last match.
  • Lloyd wore the armband for the first time since the USA’s 2-2 draw against France on June 19 in East Hartford, Connecticut.
  • The USA’s three starting forwards in their 4-3-3 formation featured returning starter Alex Morgan, and Sydney Leroux and Tobin Heath made their first starts, while Abby Wambach and Christen Press came off the bench.
  • In the 37th minute, Morgan collided with Guatemala defender Londy Barrios in a shoulder-to-shoulder sequence in Guatemala’s defensive third. Morgan injured her left ankle, attempted to put pressure on it on the sidelines but was eventually forced to exit the game. She was ruled to have sprained her ankle, and Press replaced her in the 42nd minute.
  • The USA thought it had a two-goal lead heading into the halftime break when Meghan Klingenberg crossed from the left and connected perfectly with Press in the 45th minute. However, on the Press header, she was ruled to have fouled Marilyn Rivera and the goal was called back.
  • Kelley O’Hara was brought into the game for Krieger to open the second half.
  • In the 68th minute, Ellis used her final sub with Amy Rodriguez entering for Klingenberg. Heath dropped back to Klingenberg’s spot at left back.
  • Lloyd and Rapinoe each scored their third-career goals in the CONCACAF Women’s Championship.
  • Press and Sauerbrunn are the only USA players to have made an appearance in all 17 games this year.

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

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Guatemala
Date: Oct. 17, 2014
Competition: 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship – Group A
Venue: Toyota Park; Bridgeview, Illinois
Kickoff: 8 p.m. CT
Attendance: 6,796
Weather: 55 degrees, cool 

Scoring Summary:   1          2          F
USA                            1          4          5
GUA                            0          0          0           

USA – Tobin Heath (Sydney Leroux)            7th minute
USA – Carli Lloyd (Sydney Leroux)   46
USA – Tobin Heath (Carli Lloyd)        57
USA – Whitney Engen (Megan Rapinoe)      58
USA – Megan Rapinoe           66 

Lineups:
USA: 1-Hope Solo; 11-Ali Krieger (5-Kelley O’Hara, 46), 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 6-Whitney Engen, 16-Meghan Klingenberg (8-Amy Rodriguez, 68), 12-Lauren Holiday, 10-Carli Lloyd (capt.), 15-Megan Rapinoe, 2-Sydney Leroux, 13-Alex Morgan (14-Christen Press, 42), 17-Tobin Heath
Subs Not Used: 3-Christie Rampone, 7-Morgan Brian, 9-Heather O’Reilly, 18-Ashlyn Harris, 19-Julie Johnston, 20-Abby Wambach
Head Coach: Jill Ellis 

GUA: 12-Alicia Navas; 2-Daniela Andrade, 14-Coralia Monterroso, 5-Londy Barrios, 3-Marilyn Rivera; 10-Kimberly De León (7-Alida Argueta, 77), 15-Christian Recinos, 6-Gloria Aguilar, 4-Mia Espino; 8-María Monterroso (19-Diana Barrera, 77), 13-Aisha Solorzano (18-Kellin Mayen, 71)
Subs Not Used: 1-Yoselin Franco, 9-Ana Lucia Martínez, 11-Vilma López, 16-Cinthya Lopez, 17-Jennifer Barrios, 20-Melany Cayetano
Head Coach: Benjamin Monterroso                 

Stats Summary: USA / GUA
Shots: 21 / 0
Shots on Goal: 11 / 0
Saves: 0 / 6
Corner Kicks: 11 / 0
Fouls: 14 / 10
Offside: 7 / 0 

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Sydney Leroux (caution)        49th minute 

Officials:
Referee: Maurees Skeete (GUY)
Assistant Referee 1: Stacy Ann Greyson (JAM)
Assistant Referee 2: Kimberly Morera (CRC)
Fourth Official: Marianela Araya (CRC) 

Budweiser Woman of the Match:  Megan Rapinoe


Rodriguez has loads of international experience, having played in two FIFA youth Women's World Cups, five starts in the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup and two Olympics in 2008 and 2012. In the 2008 Summer Games, Rodriguez started the last five matches of the tournament. Her tremendous speed always causes problems for opponents as she can certainly stretch any defense. One of the USA's best scrappers in the box, she scored the lone goal in the second leg of the USA’s two-game playoff against Italy, a 1-0 victory, that clinched the berth to Germany.

Saw her first significant action for the full National Team in 2008 after playing in youth World Cups in 2004 and 2006 … First cap with the WNT came in 2005 when she was a senior in high school … 2012: Played in 29 matches, a career high, while starting five games … Scored nine goals with five assists … Tied a U.S. record with five goals in a match, all in the second half, when she came into the first match of the year at CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying against the Dominican Republic in Vancouver, Canada … All of her goals came as a substitute … Also scored against Brazil and nabbed the winning goal against Canada in the waning minutes of a 2-1 victory in a friendly in Sandy, Utah …  Played in four matches at the Olympics, all off the bench, and won her second Olympic gold medal … Played in all five games at CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying, which included three starts, and had six goals and three assists … 2011: Started all 18 games she played for the USA and saw 1,102 minutes of action … Scored four goals with three assists … Played in her first Women’s World Cup at the senior level, starting the first five matches of the tournament … 2010: Played in 17 matches, starting 11, and finished third on the team in scoring with seven goals (topping her career high of six achieved in 2008) and one assist … Scored her first career hat trick against Guatemala at the CONCACAF Women’s World Cup Qualifying tournament, in which she played four games, starting three, and scored four times … Scored one of the biggest goals of her career in the second leg of the Women’s World Cup playoff series against Italy, pounding in the game-winner in a 1-0 victory on Nov. 27 at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Ill. … Started both legs of the playoff series and played all but five minutes over the two games … 2009: Started five of the seven games she played for the USA … 2008: Played in 26 matches while starting 11 … Scored her first two full international goals in the first match of the year against Canada and added another against Norway in the Algarve Cup … Made a strong run to earn a spot in the Olympic Team, then came off the bench in the first match before starting the final five games … Scored once at the Olympics, against New Zealand, but had two assists, including the pass on the game-winner to Carli Lloyd in the gold medal game … Scored six goals with seven assists on the year including two game-winners against Brazil in 1-0 victories at the Peace Queen Cup in South Korea and in a friendly match in Commerce City, Colo., before the Olympics … 2006: Earned three caps in 2006, all off the bench at the Algarve Cup … 2005: Earned two caps at the Algarve Cup, playing as a sub against Finland and Denmark … Worked her way from the U.S. U-17s to the U-19s to the U-21s to the full WNT during the course of a year from March of 2004 to March of 2005 … Youth National Teams: A member of the U.S. squad at the 2006 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, she had scored 14 goals in total 20 matches for the U-20s in 2006 heading into the World Cup, where she scored two goals as the USA finished fourth … Finished her U-20 career with 11 goals in 19 U-20 international matches … Helped the USA qualify for the 2006 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup by scoring four goals in the CONCACAF qualifying tournament in Mexico in January of 2006 … Scored the first goal in the 3-2 championship game win over Canada … A member of the U.S. U-19 team that participated in the 2004 FIFA U-19 Women’s World Cup in Thailand, she was the only uncapped player on the roster heading into the tournament … Scored in her first game in Thailand against South Korea and finished the tournament with two goals and two assists … Played on the USA’s 2005 Nordic Cup championship team in Sweden with the U-21s … Played with the U.S. U-16s and U-17s in 2001 and 2002 and started moving between the U-17s and U-19s in 2003 and 2004 … First Appearance: March 11, 2005, vs. Finland … First Goal: Jan. 16, 2008, vs. Canada.

2013: Allocated to the Seattle Reign for the inaugural season of the NWSL, but will miss the season due to pregnancy … 2011: Played 641 minutes over 10 matches for the Philadelphia Independence of the WPS, starting six, and scored two goals … Scored in both of Philadelphia’s playoff matches, tallying the second goal in the 2-0 victory over magicJack in the Super Semifinal and then equalized in the 88th minute of the championship game against the Western New York Flash, sending the game to OT before Philly eventually fell in penalty kicks … 2010: Had a breakout season with the Philadelphia Independence, leading the team in scoring with 12 regular season goals and six assists … Finished third in the league in goals … Scored the winning goal in the first round of the playoffs in overtime against the Washington Freedom to send her team to the Super Semifinal … Finished second on the team in minutes played with 2,001 … Named to the WPS Best XI and a starter in the WPS All-Star Game … 2009: The No. 1 overall pick in the 2009 WPS College Draft by the Boston Breakers for the inaugural WPS season in 2009 … Started 11 of the 17 games she played for the Breakers, scoring one goal … Traded to the Independence on Sept. 29, 2009, during the WPS offseason, along with the Breakers’ first-round draft pick (fifth overall), for Philadelphia’s two first round selections (second overall and 11th overall) in the 2010 draft … Youth: On the youth level, she played for West Coast SC from U-12 through U-14 before changing to the Laguna Hills Eclipse at the U-14 level … Won the state, regional and national title as U-15s and U-18s (in 2005) with the Eclipse.

 Full name is Amy Joy Rodriguez … Nickname is “A-Rod” … Graduated with degree in psychology from USC … Married former USC water polo player Adam Shilling in October of 2011 … Enjoys wakeboarding and camping with her family … Oldest of three children, her younger sister Lauren played club for West Coast FC and will attend her cross-town rival UCLA … Father is of Cuban descent, and she speaks a bit of Spanish and hopes to one day be fluent … Favorite band is Coldplay … Loves chocolate … Favorite soccer players are Lionel Messi and Robin van Persie … Is an excellent hair braider … Has recently taken up a new passion for reading … Favorite color is green … Enjoys shopping and getting her nails done … Says her favorite pet is her little sister, Lauren, who is known as “L-Rod.” Finished her college career as the fourth all-time leading scorer in school history at USC with 31 goals and 17 assists (79 points) … Twelve of her goals were game-winners … As a senior in 2008, she led the Trojans with eight goals in 20 games and was selected First-Team All-Pac-10 and a Third-Team NSCAA All-American, leading the USC to the NCAA Tournament … She missed the first three games of the season while at the Olympics … As a junior, she helped lead USC to its first NCAA title, starting 21 of 25 matches … She scored twice in the NCAA semifinal in a massive upset of UCLA … She was named to the All-NCAA Tournament Team and the Offensive MVP of the Final Four … Was Second-Team All-Pac 10 … Led the Trojans in scoring in 2007 with 10 goals and three assists on the way to a 20-3-1 record and the NCAA championship … As a sophomore in 2006, she missed USC's first four games while competing with the U.S. Under-20 National Team at the U-20 FIFA Women’s World Championships in Russia ... Started 14 of 16 games after her return, scoring the game-winning goal in USC's NCAA First Round upset of Santa Clara ... Finished with four goals and three assists ... Had a solid freshman year, leading the team in scoring with nine goals and seven assists while compiling a 13-6-2 record … She was named an NSCAA Third-Team All-American … Also named the Pac-10 Freshman of the Year and First-Team All-Pac 10 … She had four game-winning goals on the year … High School: Attended Santa Margarita Catholic High School but was home schooled for first semester of her senior year due to playing in the U-19 World Championship … The 2004 Gatorade and Parade Girls’ High School Player of the Year … Was also the NSCAA Player of the Year … The MVP of her high school team and an All-League and All-CIF selection as a junior and senior and team captain as a senior … The Orange County Register and Los Angeles Times Girls’ High School Player of the Year … Named an NSCAA and Parade All-American in 2003 and 2004 … Was the Female Athlete of the Year at SMCHS.
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