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U.S. WNT vs. Sweden: Post-Match Quotes - March 7, 2014

U.S. WNT vs. Sweden
Post-Match Quotes – March 7, 2014
Algarve Cup – Group B

U.S. WNT head coach TOM SERMANNI
On the match:
“I was pleased with how we played in the second half and how we upped the tempo and how many chances we created, but in this game, you have to score goals.”

On his first loss as head coach of the U.S. WNT:
“You’re always going to lose games in football. That’s how it works. Sometimes you win games that perhaps you should have lost, sometimes you lose games that perhaps you should have one. But as I said, today we missed a penalty at nil-nil and in the last fifteen minutes we had four very good goal scoring opportunities and if you don’t take those, that makes a difference.”

On the big picture:
“It’s not just about winning or losing at the moment, but also really analyzing the performance. I think in the second half, and particularly in the second part of the second half, I was really pleased with the performance.”

On scoring just one goal in two games so far at the Algarve Cup:
“Normally, we’re a team that scores goals. Last year, we averaged between three and four goals a game, and in these last two games against really quality opposition, we created more chances than I thought we probably would have created. But at the moment, we’re just not scoring. So the only thing you can do is keep trying to create them, keep trying to make sure players’ stay positive, keep getting into goal scoring positions and hopefully turn it around.”

On Lotta Schelin’s goal:
"Schelin is an outstanding, world-class player. If you put balls in that area, she’s likely to score. But outside of that, I think it was really the only (significant) shot on goal that Sweden had.”

On Sweden’s defensive organization:
“We knew that was one of the strengths of Sweden. They are very well organized, very disciplined, particularly defensively, like most of the Scandinavian teams. They have a strong structure in that regard and they frustrated us for most of the first half. Obviously, if we had scored the penalty, that would have opened the game up a little bit, but we really managed to test that organization and discipline and tenacity, particularly for the last 30 minutes of the game, and certainly at that time we created enough chances to win the game.”

U.S. WNT midfielder CARLI LLOYD
On the match:

“In the first half, we pressured them really well, creative opportunities and got the PK. It’s just one of those things going on in this tournament, we’re creating chances, we’ve got the work ethic, the desire, the will and for some reason, they are not going into the back of the net. It’s alright, though, we still can work on some things, we still can learn and now is the time to get the kinks out and move forward and prepare for our next game.”

On creating enough chances to tie or win in the second half:
“We had a lot of chances and I think every single sub that came on; the Mewis sisters, Press and Apple, did a fantastic job. We couldn’t’ have asked for anything more from them. We created chances, there some suspects calls, a few could have gone our way, but overall I thought one was going to get in the back of the net. We’re all disappointed, but at the same time, we have to break it down, move on from it, learn from it and get ready for the next game.”

U.S. WNT defender CHRISTIE RAMPONE
On the match:

“This was a tough one. We definitely had more of the ball, not necessarily the best possession we could have played with, but we definitely made Sweden defend a lot and credit to them, they kept fighting and battling and cutting off the passing channels and blocking shots. We definitely had the run of play, we just didn’t finish, so now it’s back to practice to get ready for the next game.”

On the young players coming off the bench in the second half and making an impact:
“The young players came on and did really well. They brought a lot of energy, were very positive and were making good runs. They gave that effort we needed at the end of the game. It was a good taste for them, we got two first-cappers and hopefully they can get more.

On looking forward to the final group game vs. Denmark:
“We haven’t played our best soccer in the last two games. We need to get back on the field and do what we do best. We need to stay composed, knock the ball around, play with our mentality and have a good game against Denmark.”

U.S. WNT midfielder SAMANTHA MEWIS
On earning her first cap:

“I was excited to get my first cap and it was a lot of fun to get out on the field. I went on at the same time as my sister, which was really cool, and the girls were all really helpful in instructing me and helping me out, but I am really disappointed that we lost.”

On the match:
“It was a game of ups and downs and back and forth. The ball seemed to be in the air a lot, especially when I was on the field. Bit we did some good creating, especially on the flanks, so it was really disappointing to not get a goal or two.”

U.S. WNT forward SARAH HAGEN
On earning her first cap:

“It felt great to get in. I had a few opportunities that I wish I would have been able to finish. To be able to get some playing time was great and coming in in a game like this where it meant a lot for our team to win, it felt good to play a role.”

On having several chances to score in her brief time on the field:
“I felt like when I came in I was able to make somewhat of a difference, getting on a few balls in the air and we had a few dangerous crosses. I wish I could have gotten on the end of one of Carli’s crosses, but we definitely started to create more opportunities, unfortunately toddy we couldn’t finish them.”

Sermanni Names U.S. WNT Roster for 2014 Algarve Cup

CHICAGO (Feb. 24, 2014) – Following three victories in the team’s first three matches of the year, U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Tom Sermanni has named a 24-player roster that will travel to the 2014 Algarve Cup in Portugal.

This year’s tournament will run from March 5-12, and the U.S. team will depart for Europe on Tuesday, Feb. 25. The majority of the games will be played at small venues across the Algarve region on the southern coast of the country, with several matches (including the championship game) at the 30,000-seat Algarve Stadium. The placement matches will take place on March 12.

Fans will be able to follow the U.S. matches on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt and highlights will be available on ussoccer.com. For the entire tournament schedule, please go to the Algarve Cup tournament page on ussoccer.com.

The world’s top-ranked U.S. team, which has been placed in Group B for the annual tournament, will open play on March 5 against third-ranked Japan (7:45 a.m. ET) in Parchal. The USA will face sixth-ranked Sweden on March 7 in Albufeira (8:30 a.m. ET), and will finish group play on March 10 against 13th-ranked Denmark in Albufeira (10:40 a.m. ET). Before the competition starts, Sermanni will name 23 players to the tournament roster.

“The group we’re in at the Algarve Cup will probably be the most significant test since I’ve come aboard and a different kind of challenge as we will be playing teams that have the belief and aim to come out to attack us and beat us,” said Sermanni. “The dynamics of these games will be different than some of the more recent matches, and that’s something that we want, that we need and that the players are looking forward to.”

Group A features Germany, Norway, China PR and Iceland. Group C features host Portugal, Austria and first-time participants Russia and Korea DPR.

Since the expansion to 12 teams 13 years ago, the Algarve Cup format has been as follows: The winners of Groups A and B will compete for the Algarve Cup championship on Wednesday, March 12. The two second-place finishers in Groups A and B will play for third place while the third-place finishers in each group will play for fifth. The Group C teams will compete for a chance to play for spots 7-12 as the winner of Group C will play the best fourth-place team from Groups A or B for seventh place. The second-place team in Group C will play the worst fourth-place team from Groups A or B for ninth place, and the third- and fourth-place finishers in Group C will play each other for 11th place.

This year will mark the 19th trip to the Algarve Cup for the U.S. Women, who have won the tournament a record nine times, including an unprecedented three straight championships from 2003-05. Last year, the USA defeated Germany 2-0 in the championship game as forward Alex Morgan scored twice. The USA’s most recent loss took place at the Algarve Cup in 2012, a 1-0 setback to Japan in group play (which turned out to be the team’s only loss of the year) and the U.S. missed the championship game for the first time in 10 years.

Fifteen players from last year’s Algarve Cup roster return, including the core of the U.S. team, many of whom have played in numerous Algarve Cup tournaments. Morgan will not be one of them, however, as she is in the final stages of her return from an ankle injury.

Midfielder Tobin Heath does return to the U.S. roster and could see action in a U.S. jersey for the first time in almost eight months. Heath, who is currently playing in France with Paris Saint-Germain, is one of five players who will have shorter trips to the tournament. Heath and forward Sarah Hagen, who is playing in Germany with Bayern Munich, will arrive into camp on March 2 while Christen Press, Whitney Engen and Meghan Klingenberg will enjoy the trip south from chilly Sweden where they are playing with Tyresö for the remainder of its UEFA Women’s Champions League campaign, after which they will join their NWSL clubs.

Sermanni has once again called up several young players as midfielder Morgan Brian, who turns 21 the day the USA arrives in Portugal, gets another call-up after scoring her second career goal in the USA’s 8-0 victory against Russia on Feb. 13. In addition, Sermanni gave Samantha Mewis, younger sister of U.S. defender Kristie Mewis, another call-up, as well as naming Mewis’s midfield partner at UCLA, Sarah Killion, to her first senior team roster. Like Mewis, Killion is a rising UCLA senior and was a part of the USA’s 2012 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup championship team.

“Again, we’re going into a competition phase with a number of players unavailable and that’s something that we’ve had to adjust to over this past year,” said Sermanni. “But players have come in and performed extremely well and that’s continued to increase the already intense competition in the squad.”

U.S. Women’s National Team Roster By Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3):
Jill Loyden (Sky Blue FC), Alyssa Naeher (Boston Breakers), Hope Solo (Seattle Reign FC)
DEFENDERS (9):
Stephanie Cox (Seattle Reign FC), Whitney Engen (Tyresö), Meghan Klingenberg (Tyresö), Ali Krieger (Washington Spirit), Kristie Mewis (Boston Breakers), Kelley O’Hara (Sky Blue FC), Christie Rampone (Sky Blue FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City), Rachel Van Hollebeke (Portland Thorns FC)
MIDFIELDERS (7):
Morgan Brian (Virginia), Tobin Heath (Paris Saint-Germain), Sarah Killion (UCLA), Carli Lloyd (WNY Flash), Samantha Mewis (UCLA), Heather O’Reilly (Boston Breakers), Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign FC)
FORWARDS (5):
Sarah Hagen (Bayern Munich), Sydney Leroux (Seattle Reign FC), Christen Press (Tyresö), Amy Rodriguez (FC Kansas City), Abby Wambach (WNY Flash)

Additional Notes:

  • The USA has a 52-10-9 record all-time at the Algarve Cup and has scored 158 goals while allowing 54.
  • U.S. forward Abby Wambach comes into the tournament with 165 career goals, 19 of which have been scored at the Algarve Cup in nine tournaments. Wambach is the top Algarve Cup scorer in U.S. history, having found the net six more times than Kristine Lilly’s 13 scores.
  • Christen Press is the USA’s leading scorer this year with three goals and has scored 11 times in her first 14 games for the National Team.
  • Hope Solo leads a group of three goalkeepers that features Jill Loyden and Alyssa Naeher. Solo is two shutouts away from tying Briana Scurry for the most in U.S. history at 71.
  • U.S. midfielder Heather O’Reilly heads into the tournament with 196 career caps and could earn her historic 200th in the USA’s placement match if she features in all three group games. O’Reilly will be playing in her 12th Algarve Cup and made her U.S. debut at the Algarve Cup in 2002 at the age of 17.
  • Last year, Rachel Van Hollebeke earned her 100th-career cap at the Algarve Cup.
  • U.S. captain Christie Rampone, who currently is the second most-capped player in U.S. history with 289, will lead the U.S. team that features nine defenders. Rampone will be playing in her 13th Algarve Cup.
  • Midfielder Carli Lloyd was the MVP of the 2007 Algarve Cup after scoring in all four games that year. She also scored three goals in the 2010 tournament and has 10 goals in total at the Algarve Cup. That ranks third among active players behind only Wambach (19) and Alex Morgan (11).
  • Defender Whitney Engen made her U.S. debut at the 2012 Algarve Cup. Van Hollebeke made her debut at the 2008 Algarve Cup. Amy Rodriguez made her U.S. debut at the 2005 Algarve Cup.
  • Sarah Killion, Samantha Mewis, Sarah Hagen and Naeher are all looking for their first cap at the senior level.
  • U.S. midfielder Lauren Holiday will not be with the U.S. team for this tournament due to a family commitment.
  • Defender Crystal Dunn is not ready for game action as she recovers from an ankle injury.

U.S. WNT Opens Two-Match Set Against Russia at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton, Fla., on Feb. 8

U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Russia
International Friendly

FAU Stadium – Boca Raton, Fla.

Feb. 8, 2014


U.S. WNT FACES RUSSIA FOR FIRST TIME SINCE 2002:
After starting off 2014 with a solid 1-0 victory against Canada in Frisco, Texas, the U.S. Women’s National Team has traveled to the southeast to face Russia for the first time since 2002. The USA opens a two-game set against the Russians on Sept. 8 at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton, Fla. (kickoff at 3:30 p.m. ET on ussoccer.com webcast), as the USA plays the second match of its 30th year of competition. The USA will then face Russia again on Feb. 12 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta (kickoff at 7:30 p.m. ET on a ussoccer.com webcast). Fans can also follow the matches on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt. The meeting of the world’s top-ranked U.S. team against 21st-ranked Russia marks the first match between the countries since a 5-1 victory by the USA on Sept. 29, 2002, in Uniondale, NY. Abby Wambach and Heather O’Reilly are the only players on the current roster who played in that match.

U.S. Women's National Team By Position Roster - Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3):
18-Nicole Barnhart (FC Kansas City), 21-Jill Loyden (Sky Blue FC), 1-Hope Solo (Seattle Reign FC)
DEFENDERS (9):
14-Stephanie Cox (Seattle Reign FC), 7-Crystal Dunn (Washington Spirit), 6-Whitney Engen (Tyresö), 11-Ali Krieger (Washington Spirit), 19-Kristie Mewis (Boston Breakers), 5-Kelley O’Hara (Sky Blue FC), 3-Christie Rampone (Sky Blue FC), 4-Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City), 16-Rachel Van Hollebeke (Portland Thorns FC)
MIDFIELDERS (8):
25-Morgan Brian (Virginia), 12-Lauren Holiday (FC Kansas City), 22-Julie Johnston (Chicago Red Stars), 10-Carli Lloyd (WNY Flash), 28-Samantha Mewis (UCLA), 9-Heather O’Reilly (Boston Breakers), 15-Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign FC), 17-Erika Tymrak (FC Kansas City)
FORWARDS (4):
2-Sydney Leroux (Seattle Reign FC), 23-Christen Press (Tyresö), 8-Amy Rodriguez (FC Kansas City), 20-Abby Wambach (WNY Flash)

KEEPING IT ROLLING: The USA heads into the first match against Russia riding a 40-game unbeaten streak since its last loss, a 1-0 defeat to Japan on March 5, 2012, at the Algarve Cup in Portugal. (The U.S. record for an unbeaten streak is 51 games, set from Dec. 8, 2004, through Sept. 22, 2007.) Over the past 40 games, the U.S. has 34 wins and six ties, scoring 131 goals while allowing 29. The USA is also in the midst of a 78-game home unbeaten streak that includes 68 wins and 10 draws. The last loss for the USA on home soil came on Nov. 6, 2004, a 3-1 setback to Denmark in Philadelphia. It is one of only two losses the USA has suffered when Abby Wambach scores a goal.

FOUR FOR FLORIDA: The USA’s match at FAU Stadium will be its fourth in the state of Florida in the last 13 months. The three previous games all ended with 4-1 U.S. victories. This four-game stretch in Florida started in Boca Raton during the final game of 2012, a 4-1 victory against China PR at FAU Stadium. The USA also started 2013 in Florida, defeating Scotland 4-1 in Jacksonville and then once again finished the year in the Sunshine State, defeating Brazil 4-1 at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando. The U.S. Women, who trained in the Orlando area for both the 1995 and 1999 Women’s World Cups, as well as the 1996 Olympics, have played quite a few games in Florida – 22, in fact – and is 17-4-1 all-time in this state.

BRIAN WINS HERMANN TROPHY: The roster includes the winner of the 2013 MAC Hermann Trophy as college soccer’s top player. University of Virginia rising senior Morgan Brian took home the trophy in mid-January in St. Louis, edging her U.S. WNT teammate Crystal Dunn (who won in 2012) and UCLA defender Abby Dahlkemper. Brian had a remarkably balanced 16 goals and 14 assists in leading UVA to an undefeated regular season and an NCAA Final Four appearance. She got her first career start for the senior National Team against Canada on July 31 and played well in a 90-minute appearance.

SISTER ACT: U.S. head coach Tom Sermanni gave rising UCLA senior Samantha Mewis, who helped the Bruins to the NCAA title last fall, her first official call-up to the senior team. The 6-foot-tall Samantha is the younger sister of current U.S. WNT defender Kristie Mewis. The Mewis sisters played together on both the 2008 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Team (New Zealand) and the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Team (Germany), but this is first time they are on a full U.S. Women’s National Team roster together. The younger Mewis trained with the USA at the end of the January camp in Los Angeles. The only previous time that sisters were on a full U.S. Women’s National Team roster came in 1997 and 1998, when identical twins Lorrie (120 career caps) and Ronnie Fair (3 caps) played together. The two matches they played together came in a pair of victories against England on May 9, 1997, in San Jose, Calif., (5-0) and May 11, 1997, in Portland, Ore., (6-0). Lorrie started and Ronnie came on as a sub in both games.

NEW NAME, SAME BUEHLDOZER: This series of matches marks the first that will see defender Rachel Buehler switch to her married name on the back of her jersey. Buehler, who was married in November of 2012, will now go by Rachel Van Hollebeke (pronounced “van HALL-ah-beck”), adding a bit of Belgian flair to the U.S. team.

#CAUGHTMIA: U.S. WNT forward Abby Wambach finished second in the voting for the 2013 FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year (after winning the award for 2012) and currently has 163 career goals. Wambach passed the legendary Mia Hamm to become the world’s all-time leading scorer on June 20, 2013, when she pounded in four goals against South Korea at Red Bull Arena. Hamm, the 2001 and 2002 FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year, who had 158 career international goals from 1987-2004, will now be forever looking up at Wambach. Wambach scored her 163rd goal against Brazil on Nov. 10, 2013, marking the 104th win for the USA in a game in which Wambach has scored at least one goal (104-2-8). Wambach has scored 38 goals in her past 46 games over 2012, 2013 and 2014. She is also third all-time in assists with 65, behind only Kristine Lilly (105) and Hamm (144).

WAMBACH HAS SCORED AGAINST 31 DIFFERENT COUNTRIES: Of Abby Wambach’s world-record 163 career goals, she has scored the most against Mexico, peppering El Tri with 20 goals in 20 games. Wambach has faced Russia once in her career, that coming in the USA’s most recent game against the Russians in 2002, but she did not score in that game. Sixty-nine of her 163 goals (43 percent) were scored with her head. Her goals have come against:

Mexico 20
Norway 12
Canada 10
Japan 10
Sweden 10
Ireland 9
China PR 9
Australia 7
Brazil 7
Costa Rica 7
Germany 7
Iceland 6
Denmark 5
Kor. Republic 5
Scotland 4
New Zealand 4
Guatemala 4
Haiti 4
Korea DPR 3
C. Taipei 3
France 3
Jamaica 2
Dom. Rep. 2
Italy 2
Finland 2
England 1
Panama 1
T&T 1
Colombia 1
Nigeria 1
Greece 1

2014 U.S. WNT SCHEDULE:

Date

Opponent

Result/Time (ET)

U.S. Goal scorers/TV

Venue

Jan. 31

Canada

1-0 W

Leroux

Toyota Stadium; Frisco, Texas

Feb. 8

Russia

3:30 p.m.

ussoccer.com webcast

FAU Stadium; Boca Raton, Fla.

Feb. 12

Russia

7:30 p.m.

ussoccer.com webcast

Georgia Dome; Atlanta, Ga.

U.S. ROSTER NOTES:

  • Forward Abby Wambach made her 187th-career start against Canada on Jan. 31 (213th overall appearance), tying her for sixth on the all-time starts lists with Kate Markgraf (187 starts in 201 games from 1998-2010).
  • Heather O’Reilly and Hope Solo, who each made their 137th-career starts in the last match, are now tied for 13th on the all-time list with Michelle Akers.
  • The USA is now 14-0-3 under Tom Sermanni.
  • Christen Press entered the match against Canada in the 73rd minute for Wambach and played a key part in the winning goal, playing a give-and-go with Becky Sauerbrunn who assisted to Sydney Leroux.
  • Forward Amy Rodriguez entered the game against Canada for Megan Rapinoe in the 88th minute, marking her first appearance for the USA since having a baby boy last August.
  • U.S. midfielder Carli Lloyd received a red card in the final game of 2013, and served her one-game suspension against Canada in the opening match of the year, but will be ready for selection for the Russia matches.
  • Just one player on the roster is looking for her first cap – that being UCLA senior Samantha Mewis – but, eight players have 11 caps or fewer.
  • Twenty-year-old Morgan Brian is the youngest player on the roster. Fellow collegian Samantha Mewis is 21.
  • Midfielder Megan Rapinoe has ended her stint with Lyon in France and is back in the United States full-time. Unlike last year, when she just played over half a season in the NWSL for Seattle Reign FC (12 games), she will be available from the kickoff this year.
  • Press and defender Whitney Engen will head back to Sweden after this series of games to continue playing for Tyresö, as the club chases its UEFA Champions League aspirations. The duo will remain in Sweden until Tyresö is eliminated from the tournament or after the Final, if it should get to the final game of the competition. Tyresö will face Austrian club Neulengbach in the quarterfinal round. The first leg is March 23.
  • Since taking over as the U.S. Women’s National Team in January of 2013, Sermanni has called 45 players to at least one training camp. Of those 45 players, 32 have earned at least one cap.
  • Sermanni gave 10 players their first cap in 2013: Morgan Brian, Amber Brooks, Crystal Dunn, Ashlyn Harris, Lindsey Horan, Julie Johnston, Leigh Ann Robinson, Kristie Mewis, Christen Press and Erika Tymrak. Six of those players are on this roster.
  • Seventeen players on the roster played in the NWSL last season. Twenty-two of the 24 players have committed to play in the league during its second season in 2014.
  • Three players on the roster were new allocations to NWSL clubs for the upcoming season: Stephanie Cox (Seattle Reign FC), Engen (Houston Dash) and Press (Chicago Red Stars).
  • All nine NWSL clubs are represented on the roster. FC Kansas City has the most players with five.
  • After Wambach, who has 163 career goals, midfielder Lloyd is the top scorer on the roster with 46 career international goals, followed by O’Reilly with 37.
  • 2012 Olympic gold medalist Kelley O’Hara, who was a late addition to the January camp roster, could return to game action for the first time since June 20, 2013, when she came into the match in the 52nd minute for Meghan Klingenberg.
  • The USA is without forward Alex Morgan and midfielder Tobin Heath, who are both recovering from injuries. Morgan will be with the U.S. team for a few days during the middle of the trip, but only for rehabilitation and evaluation purposes as she continues to come back from an ankle injury.
  • Heath, who is currently in France with her club Paris Saint-Germain, is progressing well with her recovery from a foot injury but is not ready for National Team action.

IN THE RECORD BOOKS:

  • The USA’s 78-game unbeaten streak at home is a team record. The next-highest streak is 50 games (48-0-2) from Feb. 10, 1996, through April 22, 1999. The USA tied the record on May 14, 2011 (2-0 win against Japan at Columbus Crew Stadium) and broke the record with the 51st game on May 18, 2011 (another 2-0 win against Japan at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C.).
  • In 2013, for just the second time in its history, the U.S. WNT posted an unbeaten record during a year that featured double-digit fixtures. The U.S. ended the year at 13-0-3, and the only previous occurrence of this undefeated mark was in 2006, when the USA went 18-0-4. There are four other instances when the U.S. went unbeaten while playing less than 10 games during the calendar year.
  • Heather O’Reilly, the third most-capped player on the roster with 194 games played, passed Brandi Chastain for ninth place on the all-time career appearances list in the final game of 2013. This year, she could be the ninth player (a remarkable number in itself) to hit 200 caps in U.S. history.
  • In addition to breaking Mia Hamm’s world scoring record, Abby Wambach’s June 20performance against the Korea Republic also made her the USA’s all-time leader in multiple-goal games with 39 for her career. She has 32 two-goal games, five hat tricks, one four-goal game and one five-goal game.
  • Carli Lloyd’s goal on Oct. 27 against New Zealand gave her 46 goals in her career and moved her past Julie Foudy into ninth on the all-time scoring list. Lloyd is also the highest-scoring player in U.S. history who has played exclusively as a midfielder.
  • In the last match against Canada, defender Becky Sauerbrunn became the 46th player in U.S. Women’s National Team history to hit 50 caps.
  • U.S. captain Christie Rampone is currently the second most-capped player in U.S. history and the most-capped active player in the world with 288 career games played. Only Kristine Lilly is ahead of her at 352, but even if Rampone plays through the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup, she would not catch Lilly.

BY THE NUMBERS:
0.69 Goals per game that the USA allowed in 2013
1 USA’s FIFA ranking
3.5 Goals per game the USA scored in 2013
6 Assists by Lauren Holiday and Abby Wambach in 2013, tied for best on the team
8 Goals in 13 career games for U.S. forward Christen Press
40 USA’s current overall unbeaten streak dating back to 2012 (34-0-6)
68 Career shutouts by Hope Solo, just three behind all-time WNT leader Briana Scurry
91.2 Minutes on field per goal averaged by Alex Morgan in her career
99.7 Minutes on field per goal averaged by Abby Wambach in her career
104 U.S. victories when Wambach scores a goal (104-2-8 overall)
130 Minutes on field per goal averaged by Mia Hamm in her career
288 Caps by Christie Rampone, second all-time to Kristine Lilly

TOM SERMANNI FACT FILE: Tom Sermanni was named head coach of the U.S. Women’s National Team on Oct. 30, 2012, becoming the seventh head coach in the team’s history. He led the USA to an unbeaten 14-0-3 record in 2013. Sermanni came to U.S. Soccer after eight years as the head coach of the Australia Women’s National Team, which he coached to the quarterfinal stage of both the 2007 and 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cups. Sermanni officially started the U.S. WNT position on Jan. 1, 2013, after interim head coach Jill Ellis managed seven games (5-0-2) in 2012. Sermanni took over for Pia Sundhage, the 2012 World Coach of the Year for women’s soccer, who accepted the head coaching position for her native Sweden. Below are some of Sermanni’s accomplishments:

  • Sermanni was the 2007 Asian Football Confederation Coach of the Year, leading Australia to a runner-up finish at the 2006 AFC Women’s Cup, where the team fell to China PR in penalty kicks, and to the championship of that tournament in 2010, when the Matildas downed Korea DPR in penalties.
  • Sermanni coached all three seasons of the Women’s United Soccer Association (WUSA), serving as an assistant for the San Jose CyberRays during the inaugural season, in which he helped the club to the league championship. He was also an assistant for the CyberRays in 2002 before taking the head coaching job of the New York Power in 2003, where he coached U.S. Women’s National Team legends Christie Rampone, Shannon Boxx and Tiffeny Milbrett.
  • Sermanni’s coaching career in both men’s and women’s professional soccer has taken him all over the world, including stints in Japan, the USA and Malaysia. Sermanni began his coaching career in men’s soccer in the late 1980s, when he transitioned from player-coach to head coach of the Canberra Croatia/Metros in the New South Wales State League from 1988-1991.
  • He coached the Australia Schoolboys side from 1989-1991 and coached the men’s program at the Australian Institute of Sport from 1991-1993.
  • He coached Sydney Olympic FC in the Australian top flight – the National Soccer League – in 1993-1994 before taking his first women’s job with the Australian National Team in 1994.
  • After stepping away from the Matildas in 1997, Sermanni transitioned back to men’s soccer, traveling to Japan to coach J-League side Sanfrecce Hiroshima from 1997-1999. He then had a stint with the Canberra Cosmos in the NSL from 1999-2001 before moving to the USA to coach in the WUSA.
  • Sermanni, a native of Glasgow, Scotland, had a long playing career as a midfielder from 1971 through 1989, when he retired after playing two years with Canberra Croatia and became a player-coach and then head coach.
  • Prior to that, he played from 1984-1987 with Canberra City and in 1983 with Marconi. From 1971 through 1983, he played in England and Scotland, representing Dunfermline Athletic (Scotland) in 1983, Torquay United (England) from 1979-1982 and Blackpool (England) from 1978-1979.
  • He turned professional in 1973 and played six seasons for Albion Rovers from 1973-1978 in Scotland after playing amateur soccer for Cumbernauld United from 1971-1973. Overall, Sermanni played more than 300 professional matches and scored more than 50 goals.

IN FOCUS: RUSSIA
Football Union of Russia
Founded: 1912 (Joined FIFA in 1912)
Head Coach: Sergey Lavrentyev
FIFA World Ranking: 21
Best FIFA World Cup Finish (Participated in 1999 & 2003): Quarterfinals (1999 & 2003)
Best Olympics Finish: No appearances

RUSSIA ROSTER BY POSITION:
GOALKEEPERS (3):
Elvira Todua (Rossiyanka), Maria Zhamanakova (Zorky), Alena Beliaeva (Mordovochka)
DEFENDERS (8):
Daria Makarenko (Zvezda-2005), Karina Blinskaya (Rossiyanka), Elena Medved (Zorky), Ksenia Kovalenko (CSP Izmailovo), Ksenia Tsybutovich (Ryazan-VDV), Marina Pushkareva (Kubanochka), Valentina Orlova (Zvezda-2005), Ekaterina Dmitrenko (Rossiyanka)
MIDFIELDERS (5):
Nelli Korovkina (CSP Izmailovo), Anna Sinyutina (Ryazan-VDV), Svetlana Tsidikova (Zorky), Elena Morozova (Zorky), Alla Sidorovskaya (CSP Izmailovo)
FORWARDS (5):
Anastasiya Chevtchenko (University of Pennsylvania), Elena Terekhova (Ryazan-VDV), Elena Kostareva (Kubanochka), Ekaterina Pantyukhina (Zvezda-2005), Alena Andreeva (CSP Izmailovo)

RUSSIA ROSTER NOTES:

  • Russia was in Group C at last summer’s UEFA Women’s Championship, finishing in third place behind France and Spain, but ahead of England.
  • The Russians put in a respectable performance, losing 3-1 to France while tying both England and Spain 1-1, but the two points were not enough to get them through to the knockout stage.
  • Elena Morozova scored her country’s goal against France, Nelli Korovkina scored the lone goal against England (in a match the English tied in the 92 nd minute) and Elena Terekhova scored against Spain.
  • Russia’s 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup qualifying campaign got off to a rough start with a 9-0 loss in Germany, but the team responded with a 2-0 win in Slovakia on a goal from Elena Morozova and a Slovak own goal.
  • Just eight players on Russia’s roster were part of its European championship team.
  • Russia has one American on its roster in 19-year-old Anastasiya Chevtchenko out of Portland, Ore., who plays college soccer at University of Pennsylvania in the Ivy League.
  • Russia head coach Sergey Lavrentyev is a former professional player who played for five different domestic clubs from 1989-1998.

USA VS. RUSSIA SERIES:

  • The USA has an all-time 5-0-1 record against Russia.
  • The one draw against Russia came on Aug. 15, 2000, a 1-1 tie in College Park, Md., that was the final start of Michelle Akers’ career. Akers also scored her final international goal against Russia two days earlier in a 7-1 victory at Annapolis, Md.
  • The most recent meeting between the teams came on Sept. 29, 2002, in the opening game of the Nike U.S. Women’s Cup. The USA won 5-1 on goals from Brandi Chastain, Cindy Parlow, Aly Wagner and two from Mia Hamm.
  • Forward Abby Wambach and midfielder Heather O’Reilly were the only two players from the current roster that played against Russia the last time the two teams met in 2002 in Uniondale, N.Y. Wambach started and O’Reilly subbed on for her in the 39th minute. It was the fifth cap for both O’Reilly and Wambach.
  • One of the many highlights of Mia Hamm's career came against Russia at the 1998 Nike U.S. Women's Cup when she scored her 100th career international goal in Rochester, N.Y., on Sept. 18 of that year in a 4-0 victory. The brilliant half-volley from a stiff angle that roared into the roof of the net set off an euphoric celebration at the sold-out Frontier Field and put Hamm into a select group of just four players who had, at that time, scored at least 100 career international goals.
  • The U.S. Women played the USSR twice during the early 1990s, winning 8-0 in Blaine, Minn., and 3-0 in Varna, Bulgaria.

LAST TIME:
On the field for the USA:
Jan. 31, 2014 – Toyota Stadium; Frisco, Texas – International Friendly

USA 1 Sydney Leroux 78
CAN 0

Lineups:
USA:
1-Hope Solo; 11-Ali Krieger, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 6-Whitney Engen (3-Christie Rampone, 77), 14-Stephanie Cox; 9-Heather O’Reilly, 25-Morgan Brian, 12-Lauren Holiday, 15-Megan Rapinoe (8-Amy Rodriguez, 88); 2-Sydney Leroux, 20-Abby Wambach (capt.) (23-Christen Press, 74)
Substitutions Not Used: 7-Crystal Dunn, 19-Kristie Mewis, 21-Jill Loyden, 22-Julie Johnston

Head coach: Tom Sermanni

CAN: 1-Erin McLeod; 7-Rhian Wilkinson (3-Sura Yekka, 74), 14-Kadeisha Buchanan, 10-Lauren Sesselmann, 20-Marie-Éve Nault (4-Carmelina Moscato, 81); 8-Diana Matheson (16-Jonelle Filigno, 86), 11-Desiree Scott, 13-Sophie Schmidt; 9-Josée Bélanger (17-Brittany Baxter, 71), 12-Christine Sinclair (capt.), 19-Adriana Leon (6-Kaylyn Kyle, 61)
Substitutions Not Used: 21-Stephanie Labbe, 33-Karina LeBlanc, 2-Emily Zurrer
Head coach: John Herdman

On the field against Russia:
Sept. 29, 2002 – Mitchel Athletic Complex; Uniondale, N.Y. – Nike U.S. Women’s Cup

USA 5 Chastain 25; Parlow 31; Hamm 59, 62; Wagner 64
RUS 1 Barbachina 84

Lineups:
USA:
1-Briana Scurry; 15-Kate Sobrero, 6-Brandi Chastain, 14-Joy Fawcett, 19-Danielle Slaton; 5-Tiffany Roberts (17-Angela Hucles, 46), 13-Kristine Lilly (2-Lorrie Fair, 46), 11-Julie Foudy, 9-Mia Hamm (8-Shannon MacMillan, 64); 12-Cindy Parlow (10-Aly Wagner, 46), 22-Abby Wambach (27-Heather O'Reilly, 39).
Subs not used: 4-Cat Reddick, 18-Siri Mullinix

Head coach: April Heinrichs

RUS: 1-Tatiana Pitchougova, 2-Marina, Kolomiets, 4-Natalia Karaseva (17-Anastassia Poustovoitova, 46), 5-Vera Stroukova, 6-Svetlana Sedakova (15-Irina Mironova, 69), 7-Tatiana Skotnikova, 9-Alexandra Svetlitskaya (8-Oxana Shmachkova, 46), 10-Natalia Barbachina, 11-Olga Letyushova, 13-Elena Fomina, 18-Elena Jikhareva.
Subs not used: 3-Marina Burakova, 12-Maria Pigaleva, 14-Valentina Barkova
Head coach: Yuri Bystritsky

GAME SUMMARY OF LAST MEETING BETWEEN USA AND RUSSIA: Mia Hamm scored twice and Cindy Parlow added her 50th-career goal as the U.S. Women's National Team patiently broke down a skillful Russian team to register a dominating 5-1 victory in the opening game of the 2002 Nike U.S. Women's Cup. The USA got stellar performances from Hamm, who had two goals and an assist, and second half substitute Aly Wagner, who had two assists and a goal, to bury Russia with three goals in a five-minute span in the second half. Russia is one of four European teams that had already qualified for the 2003 FIFA Women's World Cup.

Although the Americans had a sluggish first half, two dynamic plays by Hamm got the U.S. to the break with a 2-0 lead. The USA only took three shots in the first 24 minutes, but scored in the 25th, on a penalty kick by Brandi Chastain after Hamm was cut down in the penalty box. The USA had a couple of close calls in the next two minutes, as Julie Foudy had a shot cleared off the goal line and Abby Wambach sent a dangerous header bouncing to the goal that was saved by Tatiana Pitchougova, but it was Hamm who got the U.S. its second goal in the 31st minute. Kristine Lilly won a tackle on the left wing and drove to the end line before sending a floated cross to the far post. Hamm flew toward the end line to save the ball with a flicked header, athletically looping the ball over Pitchougova. It bounced almost on the goal line and Parlow darted in bravely to head the ball into the back of the net from close range. It was Parlow's 50th international goal, becoming the sixth U.S. player to score 50 or more goals in her career. Parlow's first goal was also against Russia, back in 1996 in her first appearance with the National Team.

Sermanni Names U.S. WNT Roster for Matches Against Canada and Russia

CHICAGO (Jan. 24, 2014) – U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Tom Sermanni has named a roster of 24 players for a three-game, three-week road trip as the USA opens its 2014 schedule.

The USA will play its first match of year on Jan. 31 against Canada at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas (8 p.m. CT on FOX Sports 1). The team then travels to Florida to face Russia on Feb. 8 at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton (3:30 p.m. ET on ussoccer.com web stream), followed by a quick trip to Atlanta to play Russia again on Feb. 12 at the Georgia Dome (7:30 p.m. ET on ussoccer.com web stream). Sermanni will name 18 players to suit up for each of the matches.

“The players and staff are looking forward to playing matches,” said Sermanni. “We had productive training camps in December and January, but having three games in less than two weeks is a great opportunity for these players to continue to show their growth as individuals and as a team. This is the start of a year in which competition for places becomes much more critical, as does team performance and results.”

All the players named to this roster participated in the USA’s early January camp at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center in Carson, Calif. With the exceptions of forward Alex Morgan and midfielder Tobin Heath, both of whom are still recovering from injuries, the USA will bring its full complement of regulars into these first matches of the year.

The roster includes the first and third overall picks in the 2014 NWSL College Draft with defender Crystal Dunn going No. 1 to the Washington Freedom and midfielder Julie Johnston at No. 3 to the Chicago Red Stars.

Sermanni also gave a first roster spot to rising UCLA senior Samantha Mewis, who helped the Bruins to the NCAA title last fall. The 6-foot-tall Samantha is the younger sister of current U.S. WNT defender Kristie Mewis.

The Mewis sisters played together on both the 2008 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Team and the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Team, but this is first time they are on a full U.S. Women’s National Team roster together. The younger Mewis trained with the USA for a few days at the end of the January camp in Los Angeles.

The series of matches also marks the first that will see defender Rachel Buehler switch to her married name on the back of her jersey. Buehler, who was married in November of 2012, will now go by Rachel Van Hollebeke (pronounced “van HALL-ah-beck”).

U.S. Women's National Team Roster By Position – Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Nicole Barnhart (FC Kansas City), Jill Loyden (Sky Blue FC), Hope Solo (Seattle Reign FC)
DEFENDERS (9): Stephanie Cox (Seattle Reign FC), Crystal Dunn (Washington Spirit), Whitney Engen (Tyresö), Ali Krieger (Washington Spirit), Kristie Mewis (Boston Breakers), Kelley O’Hara (Sky Blue FC), Christie Rampone (Sky Blue FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City), Rachel Van Hollebeke (Portland Thorns FC)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Morgan Brian (Virginia), Lauren Holiday (FC Kansas City), Julie Johnston (Chicago Red Stars), Carli Lloyd (WNY Flash), Samantha Mewis (UCLA), Heather O’Reilly (Boston Breakers), Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign FC), Erika Tymrak (FC Kansas City)
FORWARDS (4): Sydney Leroux (Seattle Reign FC), Christen Press (Tyresö), Amy Rodriguez (FC Kansas City), Abby Wambach (WNY Flash)

Additional Notes:

  • The 2014 schedule begins with the 51st meeting between the USA and Canada. The USA is 42-3-5 all-time against the host of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
  • Seventeen players on the training camp roster played in the NWSL last season. Twenty-two of the 24 players have committed to play in the league during its second season in 2014.
  • It was announced this week that Megan Rapinoe has ended her tenure with French club Lyon and will be available to play for Seattle Reign FC for the entire NWSL season.
  • Three players on the roster were new allocations to NWSL clubs for the upcoming season: Stephanie Cox (Seattle Reign FC), Whitney Engen (Houston Dash) and Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars).
  • All nine NWSL clubs are represented on the roster. FC Kansas City has the most players with five.
  • Since taking over as the U.S. Women’s National Team head coach in January of 2013, Tom Sermanni has seen 44 players called in to at least one training camp. Of those 44 players, 32 have earned at least one cap.
  • Sermanni has thus far also given 10 players their first caps.
  • After Abby Wambach, who has 163 career goals, midfielder Carli Lloyd is the top scorer on the roster with 46 career international goals, followed by Heather O’Reilly with 37.
  • Wambach finished second in the voting for the 2013 FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year after winning the award for 2012.
  • 2012 Olympic gold medalist Kelley O’Hara, who was a late addition to the January camp roster, could return to game action for the first time since April 9, 2013, when she started against the Netherlands in The Hague.
  • The call-up of both Mewis sisters – Kristie and Samantha – marks the first time sisters have played together on the full U.S. Women’s National Team since 1998, when identical twins Lorrie (120 career caps) and Ronnie Fair (3 caps) played together.
  • Alex Morgan will be with the U.S. team for a few days during the middle of the trip, but only for rehabilitation and evaluation purposes as she continues to come back from her ankle injury.
  • Tobin Heath, who is currently in France with her club Paris Saint-Germain, is progressing well with her recovery from a foot injury but is not ready yet for National Team action.
  • The roster also includes the winner of the 2013 MAC Hermann Trophy as college soccer’s top player in University of Virginia senior Morgan Brian.


Post-Game Quote Sheet: U.S. U-20 WNT vs. Korea DPR

U.S. U-20 WNT vs. Korea DPR
2012 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup – Quarterfinal
Komaba Stadium; Saitama Japan
Aug. 31, 2012

U.S. head coach STEVE SWANSON
On the match:
“We’re obviously very excited about the win. It was a great result. Looking at the game, you couldn’t ask for a better advertisement for women’s football around the world. I thought this game had everything. It had tremendous talent, skilled players, there was a lot of end-to-end attacking, good tackling, good defending, good goalkeeping and the crowd was fantastic.”

On the match:
“From our standpoint, we knew it was going to be a competitive game and it certainly was. We’ve got a lot of respect for North Korea, I thought they played very hard and it was every bit the game we expected so we are happy to move on. I thought our players played tremendous. We learned the lessons from the first three games and that carried over tonight.”

On dealing with an uncharacteristic amount of long balls from the North Koreans:
“Against a team that plays some direct balls, your defense overall tends to get stretched, so we talked a little bit at halftime and, when we could, we wanted to stay connected. I thought our back line did a great job of that. We hadn’t seen that kind of play yet in the tournament, but I thought we dealt with that very well.”

On the overtime periods:
“I thought our team did a very good job of possessing the ball in the overtime, especially the second overtime. I think that made a big difference. Maybe the fatigue on their side showed a bit, but again I thought we did a good job of trying to keep the ball in their end in that second overtime.”

On the team rebounding after giving up the tying goal:
“I thought after they scored that we did a good job of settling down again and getting back to our style of play. That was very important. For a coach to see that in this kind of environment, to give up a goal and respond like that, that was good to see.”

On the crowd which included a huge contingent of North Korean fans:
“The atmosphere tonight was great. The North Korean fans were very spirited and vocal and they added to the game. It’s hard sometimes at the games where they don’t get the crowds that they deserve, but this was a special game for a number of reasons. It had a lot of the great elements of soccer and I think the crowd was part of that.”

On the high quality of the match:
“This could have easily been a semifinal or a final. It’s great for this tournament, it’s great for women’s soccer and it’s great for the world to see.”

On improving from game to game:
“It was a great team effort tonight and we needed it. From the first game, I feel like we’ve been slowly getting better and it was great to see them put it all together tonight when we needed to.”

On rebounding after the loss to Germany in Group play:
“We’ve got a good group here. The coaches on the staff did a great of scouting and preparation, especially after a tough loss. Then to go up a goal, lose a goal and they tie it, the momentum is on their side. We held it together, got our bearings, got after it and scored the game-winner, and then held them off in overtime. It’s nice to see all the hard work that the team has put in come through when it really mattered under this kind of pressure and in this environment. It’s a good confidence builder as we look to the next game ahead.”

U.S. forward CHIOMA UBOGAGU
On the match:
“They are a great team, but I thought we played very well, stuck in there and showed a lot of heart today.”

On entering the match in the 71st minute:
“We were up 1-0 so Steve told me to defend hard, come back and help our outside backs and make sure there was nothing easy for them. The first five minutes I was in, they got a goal, so the plans changed and we had to keep attacking and keep fighting.”

On the heart the team showed during the match:
“We’ve been together for nine months and we really want this. There is a lot of work that went into this and one of things that we said in the huddle is that we are a fit team. We are not tired. This is why we ran all the fitness tests, all the beep tests, and we just kept plugging away.”

On her goal:
“The build-up to our goal started with Crystal (Dunn) attacking on the flank and she served a great ball in and my defender kind of cheated on it so I got my head on it and then I went crazy. I got a little dizzy and shaky and everyone rushed to me. It was awesome.”

U.S. midfielder SAMANTHA MEWIS
On the match:
“I am so proud of my team. We’ve talked this whole time about taking this all the way and the true character of teams comes out when the going gets tough. We showed our true character tonight. It was hard. North Korea was an awesome team and we had to play around their strengths and to our strengths and I felt we were very prepared for the game.”

On the intensity of an overtime game:
“It was tough. I can’t imagine the people who played the whole game because I was exhausted. All the conditioning and all the fitness paid off.”

On Ubogagu’s goal:
“When Chi headed that ball in, I kind of blacked out. She turned and was running and I didn’t want her to run past me. I was kind of running with her because I just wanted to hug her. It was a great team play and I was so proud of her.”

U.S. midfielder VANESSA DiBERNARDO
On her goal:
“I just got the ball a little bit outside the box and saw that no one was really on me so I took the shot. It was nice to get a goal and it’s an amazing feeling.”

On the match:
“We knew there was going to be some space in the midfield because we were up a player so we wanted to take advantage of that as much as we could, and get to the end line and use the flanks. I thought we did a good job of that and did a good job of keeping possession once we got the ball.”

On playing 120 minutes of end-to-end soccer:
“It was really draining on our bodies and we really had to go end-to-end because they were sending long balls. We had to track, win it, and go back the other way. We just had to make sure we were marking.”

On the fight of the team:
“This team has a lot of heart and we never quit. Once we got that goal in the first overtime we knew we just had to keep the ball and not let them get any chances.”

Post-Game Quote Sheet U.S. U-20 WNT vs. Ghana

U.S. U-20 WNT vs. Ghana
2012 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup – Group D
Hiroshima Big Arch Stadium; Hiroshima, Japan
Aug. 20, 2012


U.S. head coach STEVE SWANSON
On the match:
“Obviously we are very pleased with the result against a very good Ghana team. They are very quick, agile, very athletic and to come away with the result we had tonight is what you hope for and you don’t necessarily always get in a tournament like this.”

On the match:
“Certainly we were a bit nervous, but that was a good team we beat 4-0 and it didn’t seem like a 4-0 game at the end of the day. We did some good things, but we certainly could be sharper. I think you have to credit Ghana’s athleticism and their organization defensively. It was tough at times. We had to move the ball very, very quickly and they did a good job of pressuring us. We scored some good goals and there were some bits and pieces where we did some really good things, combined well, got behind them and got some chances. But we know we can get better. I think we’ll learn more each game.”

On Maya Hayes scoring a hat trick:

“I couldn’t be happier for Maya. She’s worked very hard and she’s shown what kind of explosiveness she has. We have a lot of forwards that are explosive, but certainly Maya is as explosive as they get. I think she did a really good job of setting up her runs and she finished some really good goals. She’s been playing consistently for the last three months and that’s exciting for us.”

On Japan staging the Women’s World Cup about six months after the tournament was moved from original host Uzbekistan:
“It’s been absolutely first-class from our perspective. Ever since we’ve arrived in Hiroshima, the accommodations, the people and the local organizing committee have been tremendous to us. It doesn’t seem like six months is enough time, but it seems like they’ve been planning for two years the way the tournament has been staged so far.”

On getting off to a good start in the tournament:
“You need to get off to a good start in a tournament like this and we got the result we wanted tonight. For us, it’s trying to see if we can get a little more consistent over the course of 90 minutes. Certainly with our possession, we need to be a little sharper and little better with our decisions. But overall, to come in and get this result against a very good Ghana team is exciting for us and gives us some momentum now.

U.S. forward MAYA HAYES
On winning the first game of the tournament:
“It’s always exciting to come here and play in a World Cup in this atmosphere. We are happy to finally get this tournament started and to come away with three goals is awesome, but I couldn’t do it without my teammates. Just being able to play as a team and play our game in a big game like this is what we take away from this match.”

On playing in the intense heat:
“I think we were prepared really well for it. We’ve had a few training camps in humidity and hot weather. Obviously to actually be here and play in it takes a little getting used to, but for the most part we’ve adjusted well and have been undertaking the strategies that have been given to us to cope with the heat.”

On scoring three goals:
“I think my team brings the best out of me. As a team, we want to work the ball around and play the fastest possession we can play and I think that works to my advantage.”

On getting the nerves out in the first game:
“We can get better from here. In the first game, we got the nerves out, and that’s the best thing, and we are looking forward to better performances in the next games.”

On gaining confidence from the win:
“Our confidence is growing. Obviously being the first game, you go in a little shaky, but as a young team building confidence this is the best we could do and we are in a good spot and we’re looking forward to China.”

On which of her three goals she like the best:
“The favorite of the three? I would probably say…the first one because I don’t usually score with my head. And it was a great buildup how we won it from Ghana and went on the counter.”

U.S. goalkeeper BRYANE HEABERLIN
On the match and the back line:
“Ghana was an awesome team. They were fast, good on the ball, good in the air and our defense did a good job keeping them in front of us and not allowing them to win a lot of balls up top. Julie (Johnston) and Kassey (Kallman) did an amazing job and Molly (Pathman) and Crystal (Dunn) kept them outside and it was awesome.”

U.S. defender JULIE JOHNSTON
On the match:
“This game gave us some great experience and it gave us a great foundation in this tournament, but we still have a lot to learn. Ghana was a great team, they were fast and aggressive and we weren’t quite ready for it at the beginning of the game. But we settled down a little bit which was huge for our team and got that first goal, which relaxed us a little bit.”

U.S. midfielder SAMANTHA MEWIS
On coming off the bench and getting two assists:
“Coming in off the bench, Steve just told me to make sure everyone was keeping it and moving the ball as quickly as they could, playing one- and two-touch and to stop dribbling so much because we were getting caught up in tight situations. I communicated that to the team when I came on and Maya had some great finishes and I think we finished the game stronger than we started, so I was happy to get on the field.”

On getting the ball to Maya Hayes:
“It’s definitely a good thing to get the ball to Maya Hayes. She was on this game and I think it will be a great tournament for her. She’s got a lot of experience and I feel lucky to have her on my team.”

On what the team learned from the match:
“It proves even if we are struggling a little bit, we can figure it out. I think getting this first game under our belt for a lot of the players will get them some confidence and experience and help us the rest of the tournament.”

One of the most capped players in this cycle of U-20s, she heads into the Women’s World Cup having played 33 times for the USA at this level …  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 in five games, totaling one goal and one assist in 305 minutes … Scored two goals against Switzerland in La Manga, Spain in February … Scored two goals in two games against China in April… 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 … Played in two games, starting one … Played in 13 total games for the USA heading into the 2010 Women’s World Cup, including eight internationals and scored one goal, that coming against New Zealand … Had 16 total caps and two goals for the 2010 U-20s … One of the three players born in 1992 to make the 2008 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup roster in New Zealand … Ended her U-17 career with eight goals in 13 U-17 caps … Played in five games in New Zealand, starting four … Played in four matches at the CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Qualifying, scoring three goals with one assist, including two goals in the opening game win over Costa Rica … Played for the U.S. U-16 Girls’ National Team in 2007 … Played for the U.S. U-15 Girls’ National Team in 2007 and attended the U.S. Soccer Under-14 Girls’ I.D. Camp in 2006.

Has played from U-8 through U-16 with the Scorpions SC … Won 2006 U-13 State Cup and Regional titles … Won 2008 U-15 State Cup and Regional titles … Missed Nationals due to CONCACAF Qualifying in T&T.

Full name is Samantha June Mewis … Nickname is Sam … Majoring in English at UCLA … An Honor Roll student in high school … Likes to read and go to the beach … Loves to listen to Taylor Swift … Mom attended Northeastern on a full basketball scholarship and has run a marathon … Dad played soccer at Fitchburg State College and has also run a few marathons … Played varsity basketball as a freshman and ran track as a junior … Older sister Kristie is a star at Boston College and a member of the U.S. Women’s National Team Player Pool … With Kristie, they became the first sisters ever to represent the USA at a Women’s World Cup, playing together on the U-17s in New Zealand in 2008 … Also played with Kristie at the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Germany … Highlighted with Kristie in Sports Illustrated's "Where Will They Be?" feature in August of 2010 ... Once got 15 stitches in her head when she collided on a header during a club match.

As a freshman at UCLA, played 21 games, tallying six goals and seven assists … As captain at Whitman Hanson Regional High School, she earned the honor of NSCAA National Player of the Year as a senior … She was an Atlantic Coast League All-Star and a member of the Patriot Ledger All-Scholastic Team as a junior … Eastern Mass. GSCA Div. First-Team selection as a junior … NSCAA All-State and All-New England and an NSCAA All-American as a junior … Scored 32 goals with 11 assists as a junior … Massachusetts Gatorade Player of the Year, ESPN Rise First-Team All American and Parade All-American as a junior and senior … Also named to the Boston Globe All-Scholastic Team … Won the South sectional championship as a junior and won the league title all four years … Scored 15 goals as a freshman … Played only a handful of high school games as a sophomore due to National Team commitments... Club: Played from U-7 through U-19 with the Scorpions SC … Won State Cup in 2006, 2008, 2009 and 2012 … Earned regional titles in 2006, 2008 and 2012.

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