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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SEND-OFF SERIES TICKETS

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

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

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

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

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

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

Additional Notes:

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

Photo Gallery: WNT Celebrates 10th Algarve Cup Crown

Photos from the WNT's 2-0 win against France at the 2015 Algarve Cup. Goals by Julie Johnston (her first career international score for the USWNT) and Christen Press handed the USA its 10th Algarve Cup crown, by far the most titles of any nation. 

The WNT next plays on April 4 against New Zealand at Busch Stadium in St. Louis (TICKETS). More than 30,000 tickets have already been sold for the match that will serve as the USA's 2015 home opener ahead of this summer's FIFA Women's World Cup in Canada, which begins June 6. Fans can also follow all the action on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt@ussoccer_esp and Instagram @ussoccer_wnt

Photo Gallery: WNT Advances to Algarve Cup Title Game

Photos from the WNT's 0-0 draw with Iceland at the 2015 Algarve Cup. The U.S. now moves on to the tournament championship match against France on Wednesday. The game will be broadcast on FOX Sports 1. Fans can also follow all the action on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt@ussoccer_esp and Instagram @ussoccer_wnt

WNT Draws 0-0 with Iceland to Win Group B and Earn Place in Algarve Cup Championship

LAGOS, Portugal (March 9, 2015) – In a scrappy game that featured 29 fouls, including 18 from Iceland, the U.S. Women’s National Team played to a 0-0 draw in its final Group B match at the 2015 Algarve Cup.

The tie was good enough for the USA to take first place in Group B with seven points. As one of the top two group winners, the U.S. earned a berth in the championship game against France on March 11. The venue and kickoff time will be confirmed later today, and the match will be broadcast on FOX Sports 1.

Iceland proved to be an organized and aggressive team as it dropped back into a defensive posture for the entire match and tried to launch long balls that were dealt with well by the USA’s back line. The U.S. put together numerous dangerous attacks that led to quite a few crosses, but could not pierce Iceland’s bunker.

France defeated Japan 3-1 to take all nine points from its three Group C games. The USA and France met recently on Feb. 8 in Lorient, France, in what was the first match of the year for the U.S. Women. The USA fell 2-0 as France scored twice in a two-minute span in the second half.

Goal Scoring Rundown:
None

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
USA – Hope Solo, 45th+1 minute: Iceland had created virtually no scoring chances through the first 45 minutes when the ball popped to Hólmfrídur Magnúsdóttir in the first minute of first-half stoppage time. She got off a dangerous shot high to the middle of the goal, but Solo flew to push the ball over the bar for a corner kick.

ISL – Gudbjörg Gunnarsdóttir, 67th minute: The USA pushed for a goal against the Iceland bunker for most of the match and Kelley O’Hara’s shot from distance in the 67th minute almost slipped through the hands of Gunnarsdóttir, but she managed to get enough of the ball to push the rocket over the crossbar.

ISL – Gudbjörg Gunnarsdóttir, 83th minute: Christen Press came on in the 60th minute and made an impact offensively, especially when she squared up on goal in the 83rd minute and fired on a line from 23 yards out. The ball was headed toward the right corner of the net, but Gunnarsdóttir dove to her left to push it outside the post.

Milestone Watch:

  • Abby Wambach made her 237th appearance and ranks sixth on the all-time WNT list, two games behind fifth-place Joy Fawcett (239 games from 1987-2004).
  • Defender Lori Chalupny earned her 98th cap. She is just two appearances away from hitting the century mark, which 30 other WNT players have reached.
  • Goalkeeper Hope Solo earned her 80th shutout.

Next on the Schedule:
The U.S. WNT faces France in the Championship Game at the 2015 Algarve Cup on Wednesday, March 11. Kickoff and venue will be announced shortly.
Broadcast information: FOX Sports 1
Social: Twitter (@ussoccer_wnt; @ussoccer_esp); Facebook; Instagram

Additional Notes:

  • This will be the USA’s 14th Algarve Cup title game in 20 trips to the tournament and the U.S. is going for its 10th title.
  • With nine titles, the USA is far and away the leader in all-time Algarve Cup championships.
  • The USA moved to 12-0-2 all-time against Iceland. The other draw, back in 2000, also finished 0-0.
  • The USA has played France three times at the Algarve Cup, winning all three matches. They have never faced each other in an Algarve Cup title game.
  • The U.S. is now 3-1-1 in 2015.
  • U.S. head coach Jill Ellis made six changes from the starting lineup that faced Norway on March 6, giving Kelley O’Hara, Tobin Heath, Heather O’Reilly and Rachel Van Hollebeke their first starts of the tournament.
  • Ellis used all six substitutes, starting with Carli Lloyd replacing Meghan Klingenberg at halftime. Lauren Holiday, Christen Press and Amy Rodriguez game on in the 60th minute for O’Reilly, Heath and Abby Wambach, respectively, while Shannon Boxx and Sydney Leroux played the last 15 minutes in place of Morgan Brian and Alex Morgan, respectively.
  • Wambach captained the USA.

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

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Iceland
Date: March 9, 2015
Competition: 2015 Algarve Cup – Group B
Venue: Municipal Stadium; Lagos, Portugal
Kickoff: 1:30 p.m. ET / 5:30 p.m. local
Attendance: 500
Weather: 64 degrees, cool and clear

Scoring Summary:   1          2          F
USA                            0          0          0
ISL                               0          0          0

Lineups:
USA: 1-Hope Solo; 5-Kelley O’Hara, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 19-Rachel Van Hollebeke, 25-Meghan Klingenberg (10-Carli Lloyd, 46); 9-Heather O’Reilly (12-Lauren Holiday, 60), 16-Lori Chalupny, 14-Morgan Brian (7-Shannon Boxx, 76), 17-Tobin Heath (23-Christen Press, 60); 13-Alex Morgan (2-Sydney Leroux, 76), 20-Abby Wambach (capt.) (8-Amy Rodriguez, 60)
Subs Not Used: 3-Christie Rampone, 11-Ali Krieger, 15-Megan Rapinoe, 22-Crystal Dunn, 24-Ashlyn Harris, 26-Julie Johnston
Head Coach: Jill Ellis

NOR: 13-Gudbjörg Gunnarsdóttir; 2-Anna María Baldursdóttir (20-Elísa Vidarsdóttir 85), 4-Glódís Perla Viggósdóttir, 15-Anna Björk Kristjánsdóttir, 11-Hallbera Gudný Gísladóttir; 18-Gudný Björk Ódinsdóttir (21-Fanndís Fridriksdóttir, 56), 7-Sara Björk Gunnarsdóttir, 14-Gunnhildur Yrsa Jónsdóttir (17-Ásgerdur Baldursdóttir, 70), 6-Hólmfrídur Magnúsdóttir (22-Rakel Hönnudóttir, 56), 10-Dagný Brynjarsdóttir; 16-Harpa Thorsteinsdóttir (23-Gudmunda Brynja Óladóttir, 85)    
Subs Not Used: 1-Sandra Sigurdardóttir, 3-Lára Kristín Pedersen, 5-Arna Sif Ásgrímsdóttir, 8-Katrín Ómarsdóttir, 12-Sonný Lára Thráinsdóttir, 19-Elín Metta Jensen
Head Coach: Frey Alexandersson

Stats Summary: USA / ISL
Shots: 8 / 2
Shots on Goal: 5 / 2
Saves: 2 / 4
Corner Kicks: 6 / 1
Fouls: 11 / 18
Offside: 4 / 1

Misconduct Summary:
ISL – Hólmfrídur Magnúsdóttir (caution)        14th minute
USA – Alex Morgan (caution)                        53
ISL – Sara Björk Gunnarsdóttir (caution)       72
ISL – Elísa Vidarsdóttir (cuation)                    89

Officials:
Referee: Abirami Naidu (SIN)
Assistant Referee 1: Sarah Ho (AUS)
Assistant Referee 2: Widiya Shamsuri (MAS)
Fourth Official: Stephanie Frappart (FRA)

Budweiser Woman of the Match: Becky Sauerbrunn  

U.S. National Team: A major attacking threat with pace, power and bravery to get to the ball first, Leroux first made waves in 2012 by scoring 14 goals, exclusively as a substitute … Since then, she has confirmed her goal scoring credentials as she continues to earn minutes in the USA’s deep pool of forwards.

2015:
Has played in three games this year... Saw action twice during the USA's run to its 10th Algarve Cup title, both times as a second-half sub while recuperating from a minor injury... 2014: Appeared in 21 games and set career highs in games started (15), minutes played (1,308) and assists (5) … Scored nine goals, fourth-best on the team, finding the net against Canada (twice), Russia, Japan, Denmark, China PR, France, Mexico, and in the USA’s 6-0 win against Costa Rica in the final of the CONCACAF Women’s Championship as she helped the team book its ticket to the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup … 2013: Made a major impact on the U.S. attack, scoring 10 goals (second on the team) with four assists … Averaged a goal for every 83 minutes she was on the field … She played 835 minutes in 15 games, starting nine, which were her first nine starts after coming off the bench in the first 29 games of her career … Scored four goals – all in the first half and all in a row – in a 7-0 victory against Mexico on Sept. 3 in Washington, D.C. … Also scored against Scotland, China PR, New Zealand and the game-clincher in a 3-0 win vs. Canada in Toronto on June 2 … Scored twice in the 4-1 victory against Brazil on Nov. 10 in Orlando that finished the year …  Tied for third for most goals for club and country (21) of any American player … Headed into 2014 with 24 goals in her first 43 games … 2012: Had a breakout year, playing in 27 games, all as a reserve, and set a U.S. record for most goals as a substitute with 14, which were the first 14 of her career … Averaged a goal for every 37 minutes she was on the field … In her second career cap against Guatemala at CONCACAF Olympic qualifying, she scored the first five goals of her career, all in the second half, in her hometown of Vancouver, Canada … She was the youngest player on the Olympic qualifying team  while playing in three games as the USA won the regional title … Made her first world championship team at the senior level for the 2012 Olympics and played off the bench in four games … Scored her first Olympic goal against New Zealand in the quarterfinal, sealing the 2-0 victory in Newcastle … Scored the winning goal against Norway in a 2-1 victory in group play at the Algarve Cup … Also scored against Denmark at the Algarve Cup … Had a two-goal game against Ireland on Nov. 28 during the Fan Tribute Tour … Tied for third among players for most goals combined for club and country with 21 … 2011: A prolific scorer with the U.S. Under-20 WNT, she earned her first cap with the senior team at the beginning of 2011 … Made the roster for the Four Nations Tournament in China in January and came off the bench late in the game in the first match of the tournament against Sweden … Youth National Teams: One of the most dangerous forwards in the world at the U-20 level, finished her U-20 career as the USA’s most-capped player (39) and tied (with Lindsey Horan and Kelley O’Hara) for highest scorer at this level (24) … The USA’s all-time leading scorer in U-20 Women’s World Cups with 10 goals … Played in 18 international matches in 2010, including four at the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, and scored 17 goals in those games … Scored against Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago, Mexico, Germany, England, New Zealand, Japan, Ghana, Switzerland and Korea Republic in 2010… Scored a hat trick against Switzerland at the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, just the third ever in a Women’s World Cup by a U.S. player … A member of the U.S. team that won the 2010 CONCACAF U-20 Women’s Championship in Guatemala to earn a berth to the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, she scored the winning goal in the final minutes of the 1-0 victory against Mexico in the championship game … Started all five games in Guatemala and led the USA in scoring with six goals, scoring two each against Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago and two against Mexico, one in group play and one in the final … Also a key member of the U.S. team that won the 2008 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Chile … She became the first American since Carin Gabarra in 1991 to win the Golden Ball as the tournament’s top player at a FIFA Women’s World Cup … She also won the Golden Shoe as the tournament’s top scorer with five goals, including the first in the 2-1 championship game victory against Korea DPR … At the age of 14, she was a member of Canada’s team that played in the 2004 FIFA U-19 Women’s World Cup in Thailand, where she was the youngest player in the tournament ...Got clearance from FIFA to change associations to the USA in 2008 and went on to star at the U-20 Women’s World Cup … First Appearance: Jan. 21, 2011, vs. Sweden … First Goal: Jan. 22, 2012, vs. Guatemala (5 goals).

Professional / Club2014: Played in 22 games for the Seattle Reign, starting 21 and played 1,873 minutes … Scored five goals, four of them game-winners, to help Seattle to a 16-2-6 overall record, the league title, the No.1 seed in the NSWL playoffs and a berth in the championship game … 2013: On Nov. 18, she was traded to Seattle Reign FC for midfielder Kristie Mewis, goalkeeper Michelle Betos and two 2015 draft picks … Allocated to the Boston Breakers for the inaugural NWSL campaign and had a tremendous season, scoring 11 goals to finish tied for second with Abby Wambach … She played 1,694 minutes while starting all 18 games in which she played … Finished fifth in the league in shots (62), but just three behind second-place Megan Rapinoe … Named to the NWSL Best XI … 2012: Taken with the first pick in the 2012 WPS Draft by the Atlanta Beat, but never played after the league ceased operations … 2011: Played with the W-League Vancouver Whitecaps in her hometown during the summer, scoring 11 goals in 11 games with two assists … Youth Club: Won provincials three years in a row with the Coquitlam City Wild, where she played from U-14s through U-16s … The Wild won the national championship in 2004, where she had two four-goal games and more than 11 goals in the four-game tournament ... Youngest player to play for the Vancouver Whitecaps Club in the W-League at the age of 15 ... Won a championship with Team BC at the Canada Games in 2005 where she scored in the final ... Member of three state cup-winning teams in the United States, helping Eastside (Seattle, Wash.) to a title in 2006 before moving to Arizona where she played for Sereno in 2007 and 2008.

College / High School – Was a three-time NSCAA All-American and All-Pac 12 selection … As a senior, she played in 21 games and led the team in scoring with 16 goals and three assists … Was named First-Team NSCAA All-American and Soccer America MVP First Team ... Led the team in scoring for the third-straight season ... Led the Pac-12 in game-winning goals with eight ... Was named to the All-Pac-12 First Team ... Had four multiple- goal games and two hat tricks on the season ... She finished her college career ranked in the top 5 at UCLA in several offensive categories, including points (126 - 4th), goals (57 - 4th) and game-winning goals (23 - 4th)… As a junior, she played in 20 games and was the team’s leading scorer with 13 goals and one assist … Named a First-Team Soccer America MVP … Had a breakout sophomore season at UCLA in 2009, leading the team in scoring with 23 goals and two assists … Her 23 goals tied the school single-season record previously set by Lauren Cheney in 2007 … Set UCLA single-season records for both points and goals in NCAA Tournament play, registering 16 points on eight goals during the 2009 NCAA Championships … Tied the school’s single-game record for goals, scoring four in a 7-1 victory against Boise State in the NCAA First Round … Also scored twice in a 5-0 win against San Diego State in the second round … Punched in two more in a 3-0 quarterfinal victory against Virginia … Scored a goal in 14 of 24 matches and had seven multiple-goal games … As a freshman, she played in 19 matches, making 18 starts, and scored five goals with six assists … Was a member of the Pac-10 All-Freshman Team, but missed all five of UCLA’s matches during the NCAA Tournament while leading the U.S. to the FIFA U-20 world title ... Scored her first collegiate goal in the team’s season opener, tallying the game winner in a 2-1 victory against UC Santa Barbara.

Personal – Full name is Sydney Leroux Dwyer … Nickname is “Syd”… Married to Major League Soccer player Dom Dwyer who plays for Sporting Kansas City and she resides in Kansas City when not on the road … Majored in history at UCLA and graduated in the Fall of 2012 … Gives much credit in her youth development to club coaches Chico Munoz and Les Armstrong … Loves animals and has a rather fierce Chihuahua named Boss who is eight pounds … One of her main mentors is Kobe Bryant … Is an avid shopper … Has confessed that she has a “ridiculous” amount of clothes … Loves wearing heels, but admits she can’t walk in them very well … Always has her nails done … Says she would be a make-up artist/stylist is she’s wasn’t playing soccer … Mom is Canadian and played third base for the Canadian National Softball Team … Father is American and played Major League Baseball with the Anaheim Angels … Born and raised in Canada until she was 14 and moved to the United States with a goal of playing for the U.S. Women’s National Team … Loves music, vacationing and is a collector of inspirational quotes … Enjoys writing and fashion … Loves to make people laugh and loves all things funny … Favorite musical artists include Beyonce, Hozier, Vance Joy, J. Cole and Drake … Favorite TV shows are “Scandal,” “How to get Away with Murder,” “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette” … Favorite candy is Swedish Fish … Favorite color is purple … Played Little League Baseball with boys from the ages of 5-14.

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