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Sports Envoy Program Continues in April With Clinics in Morocco

CHICAGO (April 20, 2012) – U.S. Soccer and the U.S. Department of State will send a former coach and players to Morocco from April 22-28 as part of the Sports Envoy program.

Former U.S. Women’s National Team midfielder Angela Hucles and defender Marian Dalmy will join former WNT assistant coach Lesle Gallimore for the clinics in Morocco. While in the North African nation, the envoys will work with 40 young female coaches from Morocco, as well as two coaches each from Tunisia and Libya. 

The coaches attending the clinics will learn about technical soccer skills and the psychology of coaching. They will then work with the Sports Envoys to conduct soccer clinics with local female soccer players and will also engage in discussions about the importance of women’s sports in light of the 40th anniversary of Title IX.

The Sports Envoy program is part of SportsUnited’s Empowering Women and Girls through Sport Initiative. Research has shown a strong connection between girls’ participation in sports and pursuing a higher level of education, which then leads to more women in leadership roles. Through the international program, U.S. Soccer seeks to promote sports and spark dialogue with children from around the world.

U.S. Soccer has been involved with Sports Envoy since 2006 and has sent former players and coaches to countries across South America, Asia and Africa. Participants include Marcelo Balboa, Amanda Cromwell, Lorrie Fair, Linda Hamilton, Jay Miller and Tony Sanneh. This will be the first envoy for Hucles, Dalmy and Gallimore.

Sports Envoy Program Continues in 2012 with Series of Trips in Spring

CHICAGO (Feb. 17, 2012) – The Sports Envoy program will continue in 2012, with a series of trips planned in the spring. U.S. Soccer, in conjunction with the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, will hold Sports Envoys from February to April in Malaysia, Algeria, Argentina, Venezuela and Morocco.

The Sports Envoy program is part of SportsUnited’s Empowering Women and Girls through Sport Initiative. Research has shown a strong connection between girls’ participation in sports and pursuing a higher level of education, which then leads to more women in leadership roles. Through the international program, U.S. Soccer seeks to promote sports and spark dialogue with children from around the world.

Former U.S. National Team players, coaches and administrators travel on the Sports Envoy trips to conduct soccer clinics for youth players, with a special focus on reaching out to girls, as well as clinics and discussions for coaches and administrators.

The first Sports Envoy of the year will be in February, when defenders Danielle Slaton and Tony Sanneh head to Malaysia, with former WNT General Manager Cheryl Bailey joining as the first Sports Administrator to focus on girls’ sports program administration.

WNT defenders Kate Markgraf and Linda Hamilton will travel to Algeria in March. In the same month, defender Amanda Cromwell and former WNT coach Lauren Gregg will conduct an Envoy in Argentina, while goalkeeper Siri Mullinix and defender Lorrie Fair go to Venezuela.

Midfielder Angela Hucles, defender Marian Dalmy and Washington head coach Leslie Gallimore will hold Envoy programs in Morocco in April.

U.S. Soccer has been involved with Sports Envoy since 2006 and has sent former players and coaches to countries across South America, Asia and Africa. Cromwell, Fair, Hamilton, Sanneh and Slaton have all participated in the program on past trips.

2012 Sports Envoy Programs

Dates Locations People
Feb. 18-25 Malaysia Danielle Slaton, Tony Sanneh , Cheryl Bailey
March 14-21 Algeria Kate Markgraf, Linda Hamilton
March 14-20 Argentina Amanda Cromwell, Lauren Gregg
March 15-20 Venezuela Siri Mullinix, Lorrie Fair
April 22-28 Morocco Angela Hucles, Marian Dalmy, Leslie Gallimore

Sundhage Makes Two Changes to U.S. Women's Roster For Match Against Germany on Oct. 29 in Augsburg

Ella Masar and Kacey White Will Replace Angela Hucles and Megan Rapinoe

CHICAGO (Oct. 16, 2009) – U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Pia Sundhage has made two changes to the 18-player roster that will travel to Germany later this month to take on the European champions on Oct. 29 in Augsburg, Germany.

The changes were necessitated by the retirement of midfielder Angela Hucles, and a left knee injury to midfielder Megan Rapinoe, who underwent arthroscopic knee surgery today on her meniscus. Rapinoe will be sidelined only for a few weeks. Ella Masar will replace Hucles and Kacey White replaces Rapinoe.

Masar, a forward for the Chicago Red Stars, is a former standout for the U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team but has yet to earn a full national team cap. She did participate in her first training camp with the senior side last January.

White, a midfielder on WPS champion Sky Blue FC, has 17 caps for the USA. Her two caps this year both came at the Algarve Cup in Portugal in March.

The USA will depart for Germany on Oct. 20 and train for eight days in Munich and Augsburg before facing the Germans at the new Impuls Arena in Augsburg.

U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Nicole Barnhart (FC Gold Pride), Hope Solo (St. Louis Athletica)
DEFENDERS (6): Brittany Bock (Los Angeles Sol), Rachel Buehler (FC Gold Pride), Lori Chalupny (St. Louis Athletica), Amy LePeilbet (Boston Breakers), Heather Mitts (Philadelphia Independence), Cat Whitehill (Washington Freedom)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Yael Averbuch (Sky Blue FC), Shannon Boxx (Los Angeles Sol), Tobin Heath (UNC), Lori Lindsey (Philadelphia Independence), Carli Lloyd (Out of Contract), Heather O’Reilly (Sky Blue FC), Kacey White (Sky Blue FC)
FORWARDS (3): Ella Masar (Chicago Red Stars), Amy Rodriguez (Philadelphia Independence), Abby Wambach (Washington Freedom)

Angela Hucles Retires From Professional Soccer

U.S. Midfielder and 2008 Olympic Hero Played 109 Times for the USA

CHICAGO (Oct. 16, 2009) – Angela Hucles, the U.S. Women’s National Team’s leading scorer at the 2008 Olympics, has announced her retirement from competitive soccer. The 31-year-old Hucles, who played the inaugural season of Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) with the Boston Breakers, hangs up her cleats having earned 109 caps for the USA while scoring 13 international goals.

Hucles will not travel with the USA to Germany for its Oct. 29 clash with the reigning Women’s World Cup and European champions and has also called an end to her WPS career.

“I feel so fortunate that I’ve been able to devote my life to soccer, make a career out of the game and have so many amazing experiences,” said Hucles. “I’ve been honored to play for my country and to be involved in the women’s professional league. The people within U.S. soccer and my club are my second family, so I’ll continue to be a supporter of the game and of these players who will continue to bring women’s soccer to the forefront of our country.”

The 5-foot-7 midfielder debuted for the USA in 2002 and started 48 of her 109 career caps (good for 24th on the U.S. all-time caps list), but had her best year ever for the USA in 2008. Coming into last year, she had scored just five career goals, but more than doubled that number, pounding in eight in 32 matches, by far the most games she had played in a calendar year.

Hucles had expected to be a reserve during the 2008 Olympics, but a broken leg suffered by Abby Wambach in the final pre-OIympic match thrust her into the starting lineup, where she put in one of the best clutch performances in U.S. history. Her team-leading four goals at the Olympics included two in the USA’s 4-2 semifinal victory over Japan.

“I’m happy to end my career after having such a great experience at the 2008 Olympics and being part of the inaugural season of the WPS,” said Hucles. “I just want to thank everyone who has been involved in my career because since starting with the Under-8 Tan Stingers, I’ve had many people who have been a part of helping me become the person and player that I am today.”

An All-American at the University of Virginia where she played from 1996-99 as a forward, she was a four-time All-ACC selection and finished her career as the all-time leading goal scorer in Cavalier history with 59 goals.

Hucles played all three seasons of the WUSA for the Boston Breakers from 2001-2003, scoring six goals with eight assists.

Hucles was a member of four world championship teams for the USA, winning two Olympic gold medals. She made her first world championship roster for the 2003 FIFA Women’s World Cup, but did not see action due to a shin injury. She played in two matches at the 2004 Olympics in Greece and was also on the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup Team. Then of course came the 2008 Olympics, where in addition to her two goals in the semifinal, she also scored against New Zealand in the final game of group play and a had a huge goal against Canada in the quarterfinal match, a 2-1 overtime victory.

“I always wanted to involve myself in things I was passionate about and give 110 percent,” said Hucles. “I feel like I’ve come to a point where I no longer can give that much and I know that there are other players who are ready to step up to the plate in order to bring the World Cup trophy back to the U.S. and carry on the professional women’s soccer in the United States as well.”

U.S. head coach Pia Sundhage will name a replacement for the Germany trip shortly.

Sweden Edges U.S. Women on Penalties in Algarve Final

FARO, Portugal (March 11, 2009) – The U.S. Women’s National Team fell in a penalty kick shootout to Sweden in the championship game of the 2009 Algarve Cup after the match ended dramatically with a 1-1 score in regulation.

Shannon Boxx equalized in the 90th minute and the match went directly to penalty kicks, where the USA lost 4-3 after seven shooters.

Boxx’s goal came after an intense second half of searching for a tying goal to answer Lotta Schelin’s tally in the 18th minute. The Americans finally got it with seconds left in regulation time.

Carli Lloyd slipped past a player in midfield with a nice cut move and played a perfect ball into the left side of the penalty area to the streaking Natasha Kai. The Hawaiian ran the ball down at the end line, but was knocked down by a retreating Swedish defender. From a sitting position, Kai managed to knock the ball back to Megan Rapinoe in the left side of the penalty area. Rapinoe struck a hard cross on the ground through the goal mouth to Boxx at the far post where she slammed it first-time into the net from two yards away.

The dramatic goal, the USA’s second 90th-minute score of the tournament, led to an even more dramatic penalty kick shootout.

Sweden’s Louise Fors started her country out with a hard shot into the lower left corner. Boxx answered with a perfect blast into the upper right corner. Lisa Dahlkvist also found the lower left corner, setting the stage for Rapinoe, whose driven shot was almost directly at Swedish goalkeeper Kristin Hammarstrøm and she batted the ball away.

Linda Sembrandt hit her shot off the left post and in, followed by Lloyd tucking her chance away into the left corner as well to make it 3-2 Sweden after three shots each. The USA then got new life as Anna Paulson skied Sweden’s fourth shot over the bar. The Americans didn’t take advantage as Christie Rampone clanged her shot off the inside of the left post and behind the Swedish ‘keeper, but it didn’t cross the goal line.

Schelin then stepped to the spot on her team’s fifth kick with a chance to win the match, but Solo acrobatically pushed her shot away with a full-extension dive to left post. The miss meant that late substitute Tina DiMartino had to convert the USA’s fifth kick to send the shootout into sudden death. DiMartino’s shot was seemingly saved by Hammarstrøm with a dive to the left post, which would have ended the game, but somehow the ball squeezed through the goalkeeper’s hands and rolled across the goal line.

Emelie Ölander then blasted her shot over the goal and incredibly, Sweden had missed its fourth, fifth and sixth kicks, giving 88th minute sub Angie Woznuk a chance to win it for the USA. Unfortunately, Hammarstrøm guessed correctly and pushed Woznuk’s shot away with a dive to the left post.

Stine Segerstrom then finished smartly into the lower left corner on her team’s seventh penalty and Heather Mitts cracked her shot off the left post and out to give Sweden the victory.

Mitts earned her 100th cap for the USA in the match, becoming the 25th female player and eighth defender in U.S. history to reach that career milestone.

The Americans had gifted Sweden the lead off a give-away in USA’s defensive third by Boxx, who hit her back-pass too lightly to Rampone and created a 3-v-1 situation. Caroline Seger swooped in to control the ball, dribbled hard at Rampone and then played a pass to her left to the wide-open Schelin. The lanky Swedish striker had plenty of time to pick her corner and rolled her shot into the lower right corner past the charging Solo. It would be the last time Schelin would beat Solo, her former teammate on the Swedish club side Kopparbergs/Goteborg, although she had plenty of chances.

In the 24th minute, Sara Thunebro got around the left side of the U.S. defense and cut a cross back to Schelin who was making a hard run to the top of the six-yard box. She swiped at the ball from almost point blank range, but somehow Solo, who was moving across the goal, stuck her foot out and saved the shot. The rebound bounced off the fallen Schelin and over the end line.

In the 52nd minute, Schelin was back terrorizing the U.S. defense as she tussled with Boxx on a through ball. Boxx went down, giving Schelin another one-on-one with Solo, but the U.S. ‘keeper flung herself at the ball and gobbled it up as Schelin tried to dribble around her.

In the 67th minute, Schelin got behind the U.S. defense once again, but this time Solo held her ground and timed her challenge perfectly, stealing the ball right off her feet.

Sweden was certainly the better team in the first half, attacking with fervor and creating a few chances that were either saved by Solo or scrambled away by the defense, while exerting intense defensive pressure in the midfield that precluded the Americans from developing any sort of rhythm. Sweden forward Victoria Svensson did a great job of finding the space between the U.S. midfield and backline, then combining with her teammates, but the U.S. backs held strong after giving up that 18th minute goal.

Sweden’s goal marked the only one allowed by the USA in the tournament.

The Swedes may also have done enough to win the match in the second half, but the U.S. team never gave up its search for an equalizer while playing much better in the final 45 minutes.

Sundhage sent on forward Amy Rodriguez at halftime and moved Rapinoe to the left midfield slot where she created all kinds of danger. Boxx also moved into more of a midfield role.

The USA started to make a real push midway through the second half, and Rampone’s run from the back in the 63rd minute almost produced a goal, but her bending ball behind the defense from the left side of the penalty area was just a bit too far for Rodriguez.

Three minutes later, Rapinoe slipped a pass through the Sweden defense to the streaking Rodriguez, but she fired her breakaway chance at Hammarstrøm who pulled off the kick save.

Three minutes after that, the USA sent a looping ball into the penalty area that bounced hard over the onrushing Hammarstrøm and a defender had to clear it out of the six-yard box with an overhead kick.

In the 75th minute, Rapinoe was taken down above the left side of the penalty area, but Lloyd ripped her free kick right at the Swedish ‘keeper from 30 yards away. Lloyd had another chance two minutes later as she played a short corner to Rodriguez, got it back as she dribbled centrally and ripped a shot that a Swedish defender headed out of the hands of her own ‘keeper at the left post.

Solo had to come up big again with five minutes left as Sweden’s counterattack continued to threaten. The U.S. ‘keeper flew to her left to snag a shot from Madelaine Edlund that could have snuck inside the left post. Solo’s phenomenal performance in her three starts at the Algarve Cup earned her Best Player of the tournament honors. It was first time in 14 Algarve Cups that a goalkeeper has won the award.

The USA only had one or two good chances in a lackluster first half, but one came right after Sweden’s goal as Lloyd found a bit of space to win a long throw-in into Sweden’s penalty area. She got a good strike on the ball, but hammered her shot off the legs of Hammarstrøm from about 10 yards away.

The match marked the USA’s seventh straight Algarve Cup championship game. The USA won the tournament in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007 and 2008, but fell in penalty kicks to the Germans in the 2006. The USA won the Algarve Cup for the first time in 2000.

The U.S. played without starting defender Lori Chalupny, who missed her second straight game due to illness, but Rachel Buehler filled in admirably at left back.

In the other Algarve Cup placement matches, Poland reversed a 5-1 thrashing at the hands of Wales in the final match of Group C play to defeat the Welsh 2-1 and take eleventh place. Norway defeated Austria, 2-0, to take ninth. Finland and Portugal tied 1-1 after regulation before the hosts fell 4-2 in penalty kicks and China PR downed Iceland, 1-0, to take third. A 43rd minute goal from Julie Rydahl Bukh gave Denmark a 1-0 upset win against Germany in the third-place match.

The U.S. players now head back to United States to join their WPS clubs in final preparations for the inaugural season that opens March 29 as the Washington Freedom visit the Los Angeles Sol. The U.S. team will not come together again until this summer for matches that will be announced in the near future.

- U.S. WOMEN'S NATIONAL TEAM MATCH REPORT -

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Sweden
Date: March 11, 2009
Competition: 2009 Algarve Cup; Championship Game
Venue: Estadio Algarve; Faro, Portugal
Kickoff: 4 p.m. (Noon ET)
Attendance: 1,200
Weather: 72 degrees, sunny, breezy

Scoring Summary: 1    2    F    PKs
USA                            0    1    1    3
SWE                           1    0    1    4

SWE – Lotta Schelin (Caroline Seger) 18th minute
USA – Shannon Boxx (Megan Rapinoe) 90

Penalty Summary:
SWE: Fors (goal), Dahlkvist (goal), Sembrandt (goal), Paulson (miss – high), Schelin (saved), Ölander (miss – high), Segerström (goal)
USA: Boxx (goal), Rapinoe (saved), Lloyd (goal), Rampone (miss – left post), DiMartino (goal), Woznuk (saved), Mitts (miss – left post)

Lineups:
USA: 1-Hope Solo; 2-Heather Mitts (capt.), 7-Shannon Boxx, 3-Christie Rampone, 4-Rachel Buehler; 9-Heather O’Reilly (12-Angie Woznuk, 88), 16-Angela Hucles (19-Tina DiMartino, 83), 10-Carli Lloyd, 5-Lindsay Tarpley (8-Amy Rodriguez, 46); 15-Megan Rapinoe, 6-Natasha Kai
Subs not used: 13-Kendall Fletcher, 17-Lori Chalupny, 18-Nicole Barnhart, 21-Kacey White
Head Coach: Pia Sundhage

SWE: 12-Kristin Hammarstrøm, 2-Charlotte Rohlin, 3-Stina Segerström, 4-Anna Paulson, 6-Sara Thunebro (7-Emelie Ölander, 46); 5-Caroline Seger (19-Linda Sembrandt, 78), 15-Therese Sjögran (16-Louise Fors, 63), 17-Kosovare Aslani (14-Madelaine Edlund, 53), 18-Nilla Fischer (20-Lisa Dahlkvist, 37); 11-Victoria Svensson (capt.) (10-Sara Lindén, 71), 8-Lotta Schelin
Subs not used: 1-Hedvid Lindahl, 9-Anna Lindblom, 13-Alexandra Niilsson
Head Coach: Thomas Dennerby

Statistical Summary: USA / SWE
Shots: 11 / 11
Shots on Goal: 8 / 6
Saves: 5 / 6
Corner Kicks: 5 / 6
Fouls: 12 / 11
Offside: 5 / 0

Misconduct Summary:
None

Officials:
Referee: Bibiana Steinhaus (GER)
Assistant Referee: Marina Wozniak (GER)
Assistant Referee: Moiken Reichert (GER)
Fourth Official: Gyongyi Gaal (HUN)

ussoccer.com Woman of the Match:
Hope Solo

Algarve Cup Final Standings
1. Sweden
2. USA
3. Denmark
4. Germany
5. China
6. Iceland
7. Finland
8. Portugal
9. Norway
10. Austria
11. Poland
12. Wales

Rapinoe Goal Gives U.S. 1-0 Win Against Norway

FERREIRAS, Portugal (March 9, 2009) – Forward Megan Rapinoe scored in the 21st minute to give the U.S. Women’s National Team a 1-0 victory against Norway in the final group game for both teams at the 2009 Algarve Cup.

The U.S. will face Sweden in the Algarve Cup championship game on Wednesday, March 11, at the Stadium Algarve in Faro. Kickoff is at 4 p.m. local / 12 p.m. ET and fans can follow live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker. Sweden won Group A by defeating Germany 3-2 after going up 3-0 at halftime, in a game the Scandinavians had to win to make the title match. The championship game match-up pits U.S. head coach Pia Sundhage against her home country.

Coming into the Norway game, the USA had already qualified for the championship by virtue of earlier victories over Denmark and Iceland, but the U.S. put a positive capper on group play with its third straight shutout in a contest that at times turned into a track meet of counter attacks.

Norway fielded a squad with several young players and battled gamely for the entire match with the U.S. goal coming slightly against the run of play. It originated from the left wing as midfielder Kacey White took a hard dribble down the flank before playing a threaded pass to Amy Rodriguez at the top of the penalty area. With her back to the goal, Rodriguez spun a first-time pass to Rapinoe, who took a touch to the inside to beat a player, continued for a few more yards and then smashed her skimming shot across the face of the goal, off the left post and into the net. Norwegian goalkeeper Caroline Knutsen almost got a glove to the ball, but the pace of the shot was enough to beat her.

It was Rapinoe’s third international goal in just her second start after scoring twice off the bench against Chinese Taipei in 2006.

Goalkeeper Hope Solo came up big for USA once again, making an eye-popping save in the 18th minute off a shot from Kristine Lie. The Norwegian forward found space at the top of the U.S. penalty area on the left side and struck a spinning shot that was surely headed into the absolute upper right corner. Solo got a magnificent jump on the ball and executed a fully extended dive to tip the ball over the goal with her right hand. She then punched away the ensuing corner kick.

While the game was end-to-end, and the USA did outshoot Norway 12-9, both teams struggled to consistently test each other’s ‘keeper. Norway did have a golden chance in just the fourth minute as Ingvild Isaksen popped free in front of the goal, but shot wide right from 10 yards away.

The USA almost made it 2-0 in the 33rd minute as White lifted a looping pass over the Norway defensive line to Rodriguez, who powered through a defender to win the ball, but lifted her shot just wide right of the goal.

Lindsay Tarpley, who played in the center of the midfield for the full 90 minutes, had a semi-breakaway chance five minutes into the second half as she ran onto a ball that had been guided on by halftime sub Natasha Kai, but Knutsen got a piece her close range shot to push it wide left.

Norway put excellent defensive pressure on the U.S. backs and midfielders, making it very difficult for the Americans to find an attacking rhythm. The U.S. backs were stellar, matching Norway’s physical play for 90 minutes. On the back line, Sundhage gave a first cap to Kendall Fletcher, who also picked up her first yellow card, while Rachel Buehler, Heather Mitts and Christie Rampone ran down every counter attack and battled for every air ball. Shannon Boxx came into the game in the 62nd minute for Mitts as Fletcher moved to right back and helped keep the Norwegian attack at bay.

Solo pulled off another top class save in the 83rd minute when Norwegian captain Ingvild Stensland rocketed a shot that forced U.S. ‘keeper to spring straight up and tip it off the crossbar and over the goal.

The USA is the only country in the 12-team tournament that has yet to allow a goal.

The USA will be playing in its seventh straight Algarve Cup championship game, having won the tournament in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007 and 2008. The USA fell in penalty kicks to Germany in the 2006 final. The USA won the Algarve Cup for the first time in 2000 and will be going for its sixth overall title.

- U.S. WOMEN'S NATIONAL TEAM MATCH REPORT -

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Norway
Date: March 9, 2009
Competition: 2009 Algarve Cup; Group B
Venue: Parque Desportiva da Nora; Ferreiras, Portugal
Kickoff: 3 p.m. (11 a.m. ET)
Attendance: 400
Weather: 66 degrees, sunny, breezy

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

USA – Megan Rapinoe (Amy Rodriguez)          21st minute

Lineups:
USA: 1-Hope Solo; 2-Heather Mitts (7-Shannon Boxx, 62), 3-Christie Rampone – Capt., 13-Kendall Fletcher, 4-Rachel Buehler; 9-Heather O’Reilly (12-Angie Woznuk, 83), 16-Angela Hucles (10-Carli Lloyd, 46), 5-Lindsay Tarpley, 21-Kacey White, 15-Megan Rapinoe (19-Tina DiMartino, 70), 8-Amy Rodriguez (6-Natasha Kai, 46)
Subs not used: 17-Lori Chalupny, 18-Nicole Barnhart
Head Coach: Pia Sundhage

NOR: 12-Caroline Knutsen; 6-Camilla Huse (10-Lindy Melissa Wiik, 60), 7-Trine Rønning, 15-Hedda Strand Gardsjord, 18-Toril Akerhaugen; 4-Ingvild Stensland, 5-Anneli Giske, 17-Maren Mjelde, 21-Lena Storløkken (13-Siri Nordeide Grønli, 80); 19-Ingvild Isaksen (11-Leni Larsen Kaurin, 60), 20-Kristin Lie
Subs not used: 1-Ingrid Hjelmseth, 2-Solfrid Andersen, 3-Marita Skammelsrud Lund, 8-Solveig Gulbrandsen, 14-Marthe Johansen, 16-Ingrid Schjelderup
Head Coach: Bjarne Berntsen

Statistical Summary: USA / NOR
Shots: 12 / 9
Shots on Goal: 5 / 5
Saves: 3 / 4
Corner Kicks: 2 / 6
Fouls: 12 / 10
Offside: 5 / 7

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Kendall Fletcher (caution)       45th minute
NOR – Trine Ronning (caution)          75

Officials:
Referee: Gyongyi Gall (HUN)
Assistant: Referee: Yolanda Parga Rodriguez (ESP)
Assistant: Referee: Maria Luisa Villa Gutierres (ESP)
Fourth Official: Kirsi Savolainen (FIN)

ussoccer.com Woman of the Match:
Megan Rapinoe

Earned the first nine caps of her international career in 2002, starting two games and scoring her first international goal against Costa Rica at the CONCACAF Women’s Gold Cup, where she helped the USA qualify for the 2003 Women’s World Cup … First trained with the USA in September of 2001 … 2008: Had her best ever year on the National Team, playing in 32 games and scoring eight goals, including a team leading four at the 2008 Olympics … At the Olympics, she scored against New Zealand in group play, against Canada in the quarterfinal and tallied twice against Japan in the semifinal … Started 15 matches during the year… Scored a dramatic stoppage time game-winning goal for the USA in a 5-4 win over Australia on May 3 in Birmingham, Ala. … Also scored a stoppage-time winner in the championship of the Peace Queen Cup to give the USA a 1-0 win over Canada … Scored her third goal of the year on a remarkable long range blast against Norway in Fredrikstad … Also scored in her home state of Virginia in a victory over South Korea in November on the Achieve Your Gold Tour … Came off the bench to assist on the USA’s third goal in a 3-0 win over Costa Rica during Olympic Qualifying that send the USA to China … 2007: Played in 11 games, starting four … Was a member of the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup Team, but did not play in the tournament … 2006: Played in seven games, starting four … 2005: Played in seven matches, including one her hometown of Virginia Beach, Va. … Started three matches and moved over 50 career caps … Played in all four matches at the Algarve Cup, starting two … 2004: A member of the 2004 Olympic Team, she played in two matches in Greece … Played in 21 games, starting eight and scored four goals, three coming at the Algarve Cup in Portugal … Registered the first two-goal game of her career in that tourney against France …Also scored the winning goal in a 1-0 victory over Denmark … 2003: Earned a regular spot on the National Team, starting six of the 15 games in which she played, and made the 2003 Women’s World Cup Team, but a shin injury precluded her from seeing any action during the tournament … Youth National Teams: Was a member of the Under-20 National Team from 1997-1999 … First Appearance: April 27, 2002, vs. Finland … First Goal: November 6, 2002, vs. Costa Rica.
 
Allocated to the Boston Breakers for the inaugural WPS season in 2009 … One of two players (Kristine Lilly) to play for the Breakers in the WUSA and WPS … Selected in the 12th round with the 93rd overall pick in the WUSA inaugural draft by the Boston Breakers in 2001 ... 2003: Had her best WUSA season, starting all 17 games in which she played while scoring one goal with four assists to help the Breakers to the playoffs for the first time … Named to the All-WUSA Second Team … 2002: Played in 19 games and started 17, scoring three goals with four assists … Named as a reserve on the WUSA North All-Star Team … 2001: Finished the season with two goals while playing in all 21 games (starting 19) … Scored the first goal in Breakers history during preseason in a 3-0 victory over Duke in Durham, N.C., on March 6, 2001 … Etc.: Played for the Hampton Roads Piranhas in the W-League in 2000, leading the league in assists … Also scored six goals in 14 games … Played for the Boston Renegades in the summer of 2005 and 2006.
 
Full name is Angela Khalia Hucles … Graduated from the University of Virginia in May of 2000 with a degree in Anthropology … Her brother Phillip played soccer at William and Mary, was drafted to Chicago Fire but hung up the boots and will graduate from Virginia Law School in May 2009 ... Parents, Michael and Janis are both doctorate professors at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va. in history and psychology, respectively … Selected in 2008 and 2009 for the Women’s Sports Foundation Athlete Advisory Board … Wrote columns on women’s sports for the Boston Metro during the 2002 WUSA season … Trying to learn to play the guitar but is a pro at video game Guitar Hero and drums on Rock Band … Works with the Massachusetts state Treasury Department’s “Savings Makes Cents” program in which she speaks to children at schools about the importance of saving money … Is a New England SCORES spokesperson … Has traveled to Africa on behalf of a charity organization Triad Trust to bring AIDS education to children … Her typical pre-game meal is pasta and chicken, and sometimes ice cream … Her favorite cartoon characters are Wonder Woman and Betty Boop, but she also loves Bert & Ernie from Sesame Street … Likes building up her massive DVD and music collection … Likes electronic gadgets such as her iPod and digital camera … Newest gadgets she’s enjoying are her big screen HDTV and American Idol video game for PlayStation … Her favorite foods are Asian, Mexican and Italian cuisine … Enjoys spending time with her family and playing with her little cousins … Loves to read books of all sorts, but is particularly interested in real estate and learning more about different ways of investing.
Played at the University of Virginia from 1996-1999, where she was a four-time First-Team All-ACC selection … Was a four-time Mid-Atlantic All-Star ... Finished her career as the all-time leader in goals (59) and points (138) at UVA … Holds the record at Virginia for most game-winning goals with 19 … Was a finalist for the Hermann Trophy in 1999 … A Parade and NSCAA All-American selection in 1995 at Norfolk Academy … A two-time All-State and All-Region selection in 1994 and 1995 … Norfolk Academy's all-time leading scorer with 204 goals and 106 assists.
 
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