BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (Sept. 20, 2015) – The World Cup Champion U.S. Women’s National Team continued its Victory Tour with an 8-0 win against Haiti in front of a record crowd of 35,753 at Legion Field in Birmingham, Ala. The crowd was the largest ever for a stand-alone WNT match in the southeastern United States.
It only took a minute for the U.S. to find the net as Kelley O’Hara took a short corner and crossed it in to Julie Johnston, who converted for the match’s first goal. The goal was one of five that would come for the WNT in the first half. Lloyd scored her first on a penalty kick in the 16th minute and one minute later Crystal Dunn put in her second goal in as many games after receiving a brilliant through ball from Megan Rapinoe. Lloyd would close out the half with two goals to complete her hat trick and in doing so became just the fifth American player with five international hat tricks (Hamm, Parlow, Wambach, Akers), three of which she has earned in the WNT’s last five games.
The USA continued to dominate possession and produced a number of chances in the second half. Amy Rodriguez converted the sixth goal of the game six minutes into the second frame, while Alex Morgan and Heather O’Reilly each tallied in the final five minutes of regulation to bring the WNT scoring total to eight and seal the win for the USA, which pushed its unbeaten streak at home to 100 consecutive games (88-0-12).
It will be a month before the WNT takes the field again when they will match up with Brazil for a pair of matches that continue the Victory Tour. The first match will be in the Pacific Northwest at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Washington. on Oct. 20. After that the team will travel back across the country for the second match at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Florida, on Oct. 25. For more information on tickets, click here.
Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Julie Johnston (Kelley O’Hara) 1st minute: Before a full minute of soccer had even been played, the U.S. found its first goal. It came from a short corner that O’Hara took from the right. The Haiti defense was slow to get into position, and O’Hara capitalized on the mistake and smashed in a low hard cross that found Johnston. Johnston directed in the cross with a confident touch that found the back of the net for the game’s first score. USA 1, HAI 0
USA – Carli Lloyd (penalty kick), 16th minute: After making a cutting move on the left hand side of the box, Alex Morgan was brought down, which set up the WNT with a penalty kick. Carli Lloyd stepped up to take it and calmly tucked it into the left corner to double the U.S. lead. USA 2, HAI 0
USA – Crystal Dunn (Megan Rapinoe), 17th minute: Just a minute after scoring its second goal, the WNT put the finishing touches on the third. After Haiti lost possession from the kickoff, Megan Rapinoe played a hard through ball up to Crystal Dunn. Dunn raced past the defense and ran onto the ball taking a controlling touch before smashing into the bottom left corner. USA 3, HAI 0
USA – Carli Lloyd (Alex Morgan) 22nd minute: Alex Morgan jetted down the left had side and attacked to the end line, where she blasted a cross in front of goal. The ball just got by Crystal Dunn, but Lloyd had run in behind and was there to bury for her second goal of the game. USA 4, HAI 0
USA – Carli Lloyd (Megan Rapinoe) 39th minute: Megan Rapinoe took the free kick from 35 yards out and looped a ball into the top of the box. Lloyd outmuscled her defender and rose for a header. She flicked on toward the goal and the ball dipped in over the jumping goalkeeper, clipping the cross bar and falling in. USA 5, HAI 0
USA – Amy Rodriguez (Kelley O'Hara) 51st minute: With little pressure on the ball for Amy Rodriguez, she took a few settling touches near the top of the box before ripping a blast from 20 yards out that beat the diving goalkeeper for a score. USA 6, HAI 0
USA – Alex Morgan (Whitney Engen) 85th minute: After producing a number of chances throughout the match, Morgan was finally rewarded for her efforts, scoring the matches seventh goal on a header in the 85th minute. It started from a short corner. O’Hara took the ball and attacked the box whipping in a cross that Engen got a touch to. The ball floated up and Morgan headed it into the net. USA 7, HAI 0
USA – Heather O’Reilly 88th minute: The U.S. did the work to get the ball down near the goal. After a deflection and a missed clearance the ball ended up at the feet of O’Reilly, who capitalized and kicked in for the eighth goal of the game. USA 8, HAI 0 FINAL
Next on the Schedule: The WNT continues the 2015 Victory Tour with a stop in Seattle, Wash. on Oct. 21 where it will face Brazil at CenturyLink Field.
Broadcast information: ESPN2, WatchESPN (7 p.m. PT; Oct. 21)
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- Johnston’s goal was the fifth of her career goal and just the second to come from her foot. The slim majority of her goals (three) have come from headers. All five of Johnston’s goals have come off of set pieces.
- With her second hat trick in as many games, Carli Lloyd pushed her career total to 77 goals and in doing so passed Cindy Parlow for 6th on the all-time U.S. goal scoring list. Lloyd is the fifth American with five international hat tricks (Hamm, Parlow, Wambach, Akers).
- Lloyd has scored 16 goals this year, which is her career-high for a calendar year. She previously had scored 15 in 2012 and 2014. She has scored 13 times in her last eight games and today marked her 11th multi-goal game for the WNT.
- Amy Rodriguez scored the 30th goal of her career.
- Alex Morgan’s 54th goal moved her into sole possession of ninth place on the all-time U.S. scoring list, breaking her tie with Carin Gabarra.
- Dunn’s goal is her second in as many games. She scored the first goal of her WNT career in the USA’s last match against Haiti three days ago.
- The USA improved to 6-0-0 all-time against Haiti with 42 goals scored and none conceded.
- U.S. Women’s National Team Match Report -
Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Haiti
Date: Sept. 20, 2015
Competition: International Friendly – Victory Tour
Venue: Legion Field; Birmingham, Ala.
Kickoff: 1:30 p.m. CT
Weather: Hot, humid – 85 degrees
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 5 3 8
HAI 0 0 0
USA – Julie Johnston (Kelley O’Hara) 1st minute
USA – Carli Lloyd (penalty) 16
USA – Crystal Dunn (Megan Rapinoe) 17
USA – Carli Lloyd (Crystal Dunn) 22
USA – Carli Lloyd (Megan Rapinoe) 39
USA – Amy Rodriguez (Kelley O’Hara) 51
USA – Alex Morgan (Whitney Engen) 85
USA – Heather O’Reilly (Amy Rodriguez) 89
USA: 1-Hope Solo (21-Alyssa Naeher, 46); 5-Kelley O’Hara, 19-Julie Johnston (6-Whitney Engen, 46), 3-Christie Rampone (capt.), 22-Meghan Klingenberg (9-Heather O’Reilly, 60); 25-Crystal Dunn, 14-Morgan Brian, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn (7-Shannon Boxx,, 46), 15-Megan Rapinoe (11-Ali Krieger, 46), 10-Carli Lloyd (8-Amy Rodriguez, 46); 13-Alex Morgan
Subs Not Used: 2-Sydney Leroux, 12-Lauren Holiday, 16-Lori Chalupny, 17-Tobin Heath, 18-Ashlyn Harris, 20-Abby Wambach
Head coach: Jill Ellis
HAI: 12-Ednie Limage (capt.) (1-Jonie Gabriel, 90+1); 2-Soveline Beaubrun, 3-Jennifer Limage, 4-Clorene Rateau, 5-Sabine Chandler, 6-Kimberly Boulos, 7-Roselord Borgella (18-Kensia Destinvil, 46), 9-Nerilia Mondesir, 10-Betcheba Louis (21-Emeline Charles, 84), 16-Darline Radamaker (13-Zila Lafleur, 46), 17-Yvrose Gervil
Subs Not Used: 8-Sherly Jeudy, 19-Bencia Erleus, 20-Phisline Michel
Head coach: Shek Borkowski
Stats Summary: USA / HAI
Shots: 39 / 0
Shots on Goal: 19 / 0
Saves: 0 / 8
Corner Kicks: 10 / 0
Fouls: 6 / 12
Offside: 1 / 0
HAI – Nerilia Mondesir (caution)72nd minute
Referee: Margaret Domka (USA)
Assistant Referee 1: Amanda Ross (USA)
Assistant Referee 2: Veronica Perez (USA)
4th Official: Kate Abt (USA)
Budweiser Woman of the Match: Carli Lloyd
Amy Rodriguez had been married for three years when she discovered she was pregnant with her son Ryan. “We weren’t really planning on starting a family yet, but it happened out of luck. I say that because it was a blessing, and we are very happy,” says the USA’s spitfire forward known to her teammates as A-Rod. “But when I first found out I was pregnant, I was really scared. I didn’t know what that meant for my career. I didn’t know how I was going to do it.”
What she did know was that she wasn’t ready to be done. “I missed the sport for months and months. I’d watched my team play. Soccer is what I love to do and I wasn’t ready to stop. So my motivation came from my love of the game, wanting to get back there.”
After Rodriguez was traded to FC Kansas City, she had additional motivation. “The idea of being traded, I interpreted as, “they don’t have faith in me; they don’t think I can get back. I wanted to prove them wrong.”
And she did. Playing in what may have been a career-best season, she led FC Kansas City to the NWSL championship match. In a 2-1 victory, she scored both goals to help her team claim the 2014 league crown.
THE MOM NETWORK
“I always joke with Christie Rampone that she made being a mom look really easy because I did not realize how hard it was,” says Rodriguez. “I was so young when Christie had her kids in camp. Now I realize that when she had her kids around, I should’ve been lending a hand, asking, Christie, do you need something? I was so young and naïve. I just thought all the moms had it under control.” She laughs, “Now I realize they don’t.”
Rodriguez’s own Kansas City teammates were awesome. “Ryan had twenty other ‘aunties’ to help take care of him and hold him. Lauren Holiday became his other mom. She’d make him baby food and play with him while I was in the shower,” says Rodriguez.
U.S. National Team: 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.
2015: 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup Champion... Named to the 2015 U.S. FIFA Women's World Cup roster, her second World Cup selection... Has featured in 11 games for the U.S. this year, starting 4... Made her first start in the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup against China in the quarterfinals... Saw her first 2015 FIAF Women's World Cup action against Sweden on June 12, 2015... Scored her first goal with the WNT since Sept. 18, 2014, during the USA's 3-0 victory over Switzerland on March 6 at the Algarve Cup after coming in as a second-half sub... Started the championship match at the Algarve Cup, helping the USA defeat France 2-0 and win its 10th Algarve Cup title... 2014: After a year off due to pregnancy, Rodriguez came back into the lineup for the National Team as a sub in the 88th minute of a 1-0 win against Canada on Jan. 31… Appeared in 12 games and started four for the U.S…. Scored her first goal of the year during her third game back on the field on Feb. 12 in a 8-0 USA victory over Russia… Helped the U.S. win the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship – seeing action in two matches – to qualify for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup … 2013: Did not play for the WNT as she was pregnant and had her first child, a son Ryan, who was born on Aug. 6 … 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.
Professional / Club – 2014: After missing the inaugural season of the NWSL due to her pregnancy, Rodriguez had a dominant first year with FC Kansas City… Finished as the runner-up for the NWSL Golden Boot award after scoring a league second-best 13 goals, finished third in the voting for NWSL MVP, and was named to the NWSL Best XI First Team … Scored both goals in FCKC’s 2-1 victory over Seattle Reign in the NWSL Championship Game, giving the club its first NWSL title … Scored the opening goal in the semifinal game of the playoffs against Portland Thorns FC to help FCKC win the game 2-0 and advance to the championship game … Played in 22 games for FCKC and started 21… Scored the first goal of the 2014 NWSL season on April 12 against Sky Blue FC … 2013: Allocated to Seattle Reign FC for the inaugural season of the NWSL, but missed the entire year due to pregnancy and the birth of her son on Aug. 6 … On Nov. 7, she was traded from the Seattle Reign to FC Kansas City for Kristie Mewis (who was later traded to the Boston Breakers) … 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 club: 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.
Date of Birth
Feb 17, 1987
Lake Forest, Calif.
FC Kansas City