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What's In A Name?

In soccer, everyone’s got a nickname, right? It’s just that the game happens so fast. As a player, you need a name that all your teammates can get out quickly and easily. Some nicknames are used only within the confines of the team while others have been adopted by fans and media.

On the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team, the nicknames fall into many different categories.

Some players rarely, if ever, hear their given names. We can’t remember the last time someone used Nicole Barnhart’s first name. She’s always “Barnie.” (Unless an occasion arises when someone pulls out “Barnyard” or “Barnacles,” which actually happens more than you might think).

Likewise for Shannon Boxx as 99.9 percent of the time it’s just “Boxxy.” We’re pretty sure she might not even respond to Shannon. Kristie Mewis is “Mew” or “Mewie” and Meghan Klingenberg is of course “Klingy.”

But nicknames are not just adding about adding a “y” or an “ie” to someone’s name. Sometimes it’s initials. Heather Ann O’Reilly has long been known as “HAO” (pronounced hey-oh). Sometime “HAO” calls Kelley O’Hara “KO.” Christen Press is sometimes “CP.” Young goalkeeper Adrianna Franch is “AD.”

(Side note: New U.S. head coach Tom Sermanni did call O’Reilly “Hailey” a few times in his first week of camp -- a combination of HAO and O’Reilly -- but that doesn’t really count as a nickname. He quickly corrected himself.)

Nicknames can be maiden names as well. Christie Rampone hasn’t been Christie Pearce for years, but her teammates still often call her “Pearcie,” proving that nicknames can stick around a while.

Some nicknames are more connected to a style of play. One of the best ever is “The Buehldozer” for Rachel Buehler (sometimes shortened to just “‘Dozer”), whose propensity for plowing through opponents earned her that moniker. Alex Morgan rose to international soccer fame with a nickname that seemed a perfect fit for her galloping running style and youthful exuberance: “Baby Horse.” While it’s still a popular nickname with the fans and on Twitter, her teammates rarely use it nowadays. As Megan Rapinoe said during the 2012 Olympics, “I think she’s definitely a stallion now.”

Many times, you just shorten it up. Carli Lloyd is “Car.” Megan Rapinoe is “Pinoe.” Ashlyn Harris is “Ash.” Crystal Dunn is “Cris” and Sydney Leroux is “Syd” (you can add “the Kid” if you like). Becky Sauerbrunn is “Becks,” or one that has become very popular on the U.S. team: “Reba.” (Yes, her real name is Rebecca).

Julie Johnston is “Jules” or “JJ,” and Lauren Cheney is “Chens” (pronounced Chains). Whitney Engen is “Whit,” Tobin Heath is “Tobes” and Ali Krieger is “Kriegs.” Her club teammates in Germany called her “Warrior Princess” (Krieger means warrior in German), but that’s a whole other story.

Yael Averbuch has one of the most fun nicknames on the team. You can call her “Ya-Ya.”

However, some players just don’t have nicknames. While in reality Jill is a nickname for Jillian, don’t call Jill Loyden “Jilly” (although U.S. goalkeeper coach Paul Rogers sometimes does).

Hope Solo is usually just Hope. Both her names are so cool that she doesn’t need a nickname.

And Abby Wambach is almost always Abby. Of course, when you’ve scored 154 career goals, you can go by one name. There is that rare occasion -- and this does happen -- that someone decides to use her real name: Mary Abigail. We’re not sure why it’s always funny when someone calls her “Mary” or “Abigail,” but it just is.

U.S. WNT vs. Iceland Post-Game Quotes

U.S. WNT vs. Iceland
Municipal Stadium; Albufeira, Portugal
March 6, 2013

U.S. head coach TOM SERMANNI
On making just one sub during the match:
“We should make some changes for the second game. We have a lot of fresh players so we should be able to increase or at least maintain the tempo we can play at.”

On the match:
“I was happy with the win and I was relatively happy with the second half performance, but it took us 45 minutes to get going. I thought in the first half, we were a little bit slow, a little bit sloppy and untidy. In the second half, we played a tempo that suits us better, moved the ball a lot better and put the Icelandic team under more pressure so that was better. It was a game of two halves.”

On the performance of Crystal Dunn, who made her first career start:
“She did fantastic. Crystal played the full 90 minutes and she was still full of running near the end. She was aggressive in how she played, she was up and down the field throughout the game and played exceptionally well.”

On getting a shutout:
“I’m happy with the clean sheet. It was of aims before we came into the game and the tournament. We wanted to make sure we didn’t give away any easy goals so it was good to come out of the game with no goals against.”

On scoring just her fourth career goal, in her 100th cap, while wearing the captain’s armband:
“Today was an incredible game for me. It’s sort of coming full circle here in the Algarve for me as I got my first cap here and my 100th cap here. Wearing this jersey is always such an honor and I value every moment of that, but to wear the captain’s armband makes it even more special. And then to get a goal on top of it! Usually we hit the corner kicks back post, but it came right to my head and I was ready and it was probably the best goal I’ve had. Well, maybe the Korea goal (in the 2011 Women’s World Cup), but it was an awesome goal so I’m pretty excited about it!”

On the USA getting its first shutout of 2013:
“It was great for us to get the clean sheet. We were tight back there and they didn’t get too many opportunities. In this tournament there are so many good teams and goal difference is really important so I’m happy we were able to come through with no goals against.”

On right back Crystal Dunn, the 2012 MAC Hermann Trophy winner at North Carolina, who made her first career start and earned her second cap:
“Crystal did great. She’s a dynamic outside back, she gets up and down the flank really well, she’s hard and tough and really athletic. It’s great to see such a young player doing so well.”

On the match:
“It wasn’t our best soccer game of all time. Against China, hopefully we can play some better soccer, connect some more passes and get some better rhythm.”

U.S. goalkeeper JILL LOYDEN
On making her third start and getting the shutout:
“Anytime you can play and get on the field and get some minutes, it’s a great opportunity to have fun and smile out there and I get to play behind some awesome teammates. We had fun out there and it showed. We got the shutout.”

On the U.S. defense:
“When I really don’t have to do too much, that’s always a great game for us. Credit to the defense for doing their job and making my life easy.”

On the USA having a much better performance in the second half:
“The second half was a lot better. We got the rust off and started knocking some passes. We were looking good and playing some sexy soccer.”

On her goal:
“I’ll actually say that I got the assist on Alex’s goal. She did all the hard work. As a forward, those kinds of goals come very infrequently, so I’ll take it, but at the end of the day, Alex did all the work. Hard defending and getting the ball across the front of the box and it was a simple goal for anyone to finish.”

On moving to within four goals of tying Mia Hamm’s world all-time scoring record:
“Right now, my thoughts are not about that. It’s about the Algarve Cup and getting the wins we need to get to the Final. This isn’t an easy tournament to win. There are great teams in this tournament, and if the goals come from me, or Alex, or Boxxy or Buehler, so be it. As long as we are on the right side of the scoreboard with the amount of goals that we need to with that game, that’s the most important part.”

On the slow start in the first half:
“We started off slow. There weren’t one or even two reasons for it, but in the end, often times we get in the locker room and sort things out. We really needed to get our outside backs into the attacking third and that really did sort out a lot of the lethargy we felt in the first half.”

On Rachel Buehler scoring in her 100th cap:
“I am so thrilled for Buehler to get a goal in her 100th cap. It’s a big deal for any defender to get a goal and for her to do it in her 100th cap is really special.”

On how winning the FIFA World Player of the Year has changed things:
“Whenever you are awarded such an honor, you want to represent it in the right way. The only way we can keep women’s football moving forward is to come back stronger and better. We’ve had a long four years, so I definitely took a break. Getting back into the swing of things is a bit more difficult as an older player, but I am optimistic about the way our team is playing. Yeah, we didn’t play as well in the first half, but the fact that we can recover and still make a go of it in the second half says a lot about who we are as a team and shows a lot to the younger players about the expectations of what this team is about.”

On the USA’s greatest strength:
“Our mentality. No matter what the circumstances are, no matter who our opponent is, it’s our belief that we will go out and play the best soccer we possibly can. It doesn’t mean we are going to be flawless, we are going to make mistakes, but I think our team knows how to win games. We have players that can score a lot of goals. Alex Morgan didn’t get one today, but don’t’ worry about that, she’ll figure it out and get on the score sheet later in this tournament.”

U.S. defender CRYSTAL DUNN
On making her first start:
“I was a little nervous at first, but I think that’s normal. The girls around me were really supportive and they definitely helped me on the field. Once I got my first touches in, I felt pretty comfortable.”

On the match:
“I think we did well. A clean sheet is always a great start to the tournament. Iceland made it hard for us, but we kept our composure and really defended well as a team.”

Rachel Buehler Scores in Her 100th Career Cap as USA Defeats Iceland 3-0 to Open 2013 Algarve Cup in Portugal

  • #ChasingMia Update: Abby Wambach Scores 154th Career Goal, Putting her Four Shy of Tying Mia Hamm’s All-Time Record
  • Shannon Boxx Adds 27th Goal of Her Career on Header
  • Crystal Dunn Makes First Career Start
  • USA Will Face China PR Next on March 8 in Albufeira, Portugal Live on PPV

ALBUFEIRA, Portugal (March 6, 2013) – The U.S. Women’s National Team overcame a subpar first half to defeat Iceland 3-0 with all three goals coming in the second half. U.S. defender Rachel Buehler tallied in her 100th career cap and forward Abby Wambach’s 154th goal moved her closer to Mia Hamm’s all-time international scoring record during a 3-0 victory against Iceland. Those two scores were sandwiched around Shannon Boxx’s 27 th career goal.

It was the seventh year in a row the USA has won its Algarve Cup opener, but it was not easy against a physical Iceland team that played low pressure on the front line while pushing its backs high, which severely compacted the space in the midfield.

While the Americans struggled to connect passes and find an attacking rhythm in the first half, the USA scored almost exactly two minutes into the second.

The U.S. team earned a corner kick almost right off the kickoff and Lauren Cheney drilled her service on a line into the pack of players. Buehler was making a hard run through the middle and as the ball came across her body, she perfectly redirected the ball with a header into the left corner.

It was just the fourth goal of Buehler’s international career, and while it was not the most dramatic – she scored in the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup against Korea DPR – it was certainly emotional and important. Her fantastic header jump-started the USA’s attack to score three times, which may prove crucial in a group stage where goal difference often plays a critical role in who advances to the championship game.

The USA made it 2-0 in the 62nd minute off another corner kick. This time Cheney’s cross was closed enough to the net that Iceland goalkeeper Thora Helgadottir got a hand on it, but didn’t push it far and it went to Boxx at the far post. Her header sent the ball back across the ball and Iceland cleared, but not far enough, as Christie Rampone sent a powerful header back to the right post to Boxx, who jumped high to loop her six-yard header back across the goal into the left side of the goal.

Wambach scored one of the easiest goals of her career in the 74th minute, but the hard work was done by Morgan. The speedy forward raced into the left side of the penalty area to latch onto a weak back pass, beating Iceland goalkeeper Helgadottir to a loose ball before poking it past the goalkeeper to Wambach, who was alone in the middle to stroke home her shot from close range.

The goal moves Wambach to within four goals of tying Mia Hamm on the world’s all-time international scoring list and just five from passing Hamm’s mark of 158 set during her legendary career that spanned 1987-2004.

U.S. goalkeeper Jill Loyden made her third career start while earning her sixth career cap, but didn’t have much work over the 90 minutes, as she was called on to make just one save, that a collapse dive to her right in the 18th minute to snag a header off a free kick.

The USA had only six shots in the first half, but doubled that number in the second and came close to scoring on several occasions. Carli Lloyd pulled a full-out dive from Helgadottir with a strike from the top of the box at the right side, but it skipped just wide of the left post.

Wambach just missed scoring a spectacular diving header in the first half when the ball grazed off the top of her head as she went horizontal in the air chasing a Cheney free kick. In the 34th minute, Wambach had the USA’s best chance of the first half when she powered a header on goal off a corner kick, but it was saved well by Helgadóttir before her defenders cleared.

Morgan had several chances to open her 2013 account, including two in the waning moments of the first half. In the 44th minute a corner kick from the right side was headed back across the goal and Morgan got a solid piece of the ball, only to send it over the net. Seconds later she finally got loose in the penalty area from an Iceland team that battered her the entire match, but cut her half-volley wide right of the goal from 12 yards out.

In the 54th minute, Wambach found Morgan sprinting into the penalty area with a great long pass over the top of the Iceland defense, but she blasted her full volley high over the net. Morgan came close against in the 61st minute after she worked herself free from two defenders in the left side of the penalty area, but Helgadottir made a nice save with a dive to her right to push the right-footed shot away for a corner kick.

Heather O’Reilly did some hard running from right midfield for the USA all game long and earned the majority of the USA’s seven corner kicks on the afternoon. Former U.S. Under-20 star Crystal Dunn, who earned her first career cap at the senior level against Scotland on Feb. 13 in Nashville, Tenn., made her first career start, going the full 90 minutes at right back.

U.S. head coach Tom Sermanni made just one substitute in the game, sending on Christen Press for Carli Lloyd in the 64th minute.

The USA continues group play against China PR on March 8 back at the Municipal Stadium in Albufeira. Kickoff is at 2 p.m. local / 9 a.m. ET and fans can watch the match on TV or online via Pay-Per-View.

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Additional Notes:

  • As is tradition on the U.S. team, Rachel Buehler wore the captain’s armband in her 100th cap. She earned her 100th cap in the same tournament and in the same stadium where she earned her first cap in 2008 against China.
  • When Christen Press came on in the 64th minute for Carli Lloyd, she moved to left midfield and Lauren Cheney moved into the middle to take Lloyd’s spot.
  • Megan Rapinoe and Tobin Heath, who arrived late into training camp due to a match with their French clubs and participated in just one training session, did not see action.
  • The USA is riding a 26-game unbeaten streak since the last loss, which came to Japan on March 5 at the 2012 Algarve Cup in Portugal. The U.S. has scored 83 goals while allowing 20 in 23 wins and three ties.
  • As U.S. head coach Tom Sermanni made just one substitute in the game, that sets the stage for possibly using a group of fresh players against China on March 8 in the USA’s next Group B match.
  • Shannon Boxx’s 27th career goal came in her 183rd career cap.

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

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Iceland
Date: March 6, 2013
Competition: 2013 Algarve Cup; Group B    
Venue: Municipal Stadium; Albufeira, Portugal
Kickoff: 2 p.m. local / 9 a.m. ET
Attendance: 500
Weather: 63 degrees, sunny, windy

Scoring Summary:    1 2 F
USA                             0 3 3
ISL                                0 0 0

USA – Rachel Buehler (Lauren Cheney)        48th minute
USA – Shannon Boxx (Christie Rampone)     62
USA – Abby Wambach (Alex Morgan)           74

USA : 21-Jill Loyden; 6-Crystal Dunn, 19-Rachel Buehler (capt.), 3-Christie Rampone, 5-Kelley O’Hara; 9-Heather O’Reilly, 7-Shannon Boxx, 10-Carli Lloyd (23-Christen Press, 64), 12-Lauren Cheney; 13-Alex Morgan, 20-Abby Wambach
Substitutions Not Used: 2-Sydney Leroux, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 8-Kristie Mewis, 11-Ali Krieger, 14-Whitney Engen, 15-Megan Rapinoe, 16-Yael Averbuch, 17-Tobin Heath, 18-Nicole Barnhart, 22-Lindsey Horan, 24-Ashlyn Harris
Head coach: Tom Sermanni

ISL: 1-Thóra Helgadóttir; 2-Sif Atladóttir, 5-Hallbera Gudný Gísladóttir, 13-Glódís Perla Viggósdóttir, 10-Dóra María Lárusdóttir, 6-Hólmfrídur Magnúsdóttir (22-Sandra María Jessen, 64), 7-Sara Björk Gunnarsdóttir (capt.) (20-Gunnhildur Jónsdóttir, 83), 11-Katrín Ómarsdóttir (4-Edda Gardarsdóttir,73), 14-Dagný Brynjarsdóttir (15-Gudný Ódinsdóttir, 79), 9-Fanndís Fridriksdóttir (3-Rakel Hönnudóttir, 46), 18-Harpa Thorsteinsdóttir (23-Elín Metta Jensen, 73)
Substitutions Not Used: 8-Katrín Jónsdóttir, 12-Gudbjörg Gunnarsdóttir, 16-Birna Kristjánsdóttir, 17-Ólína Gudbjörg Vidarsdóttir, 19-Mist Edvardsdóttir, 21-Elísa Vidarsdóttir
Head coach: Sigurdur Eyjolfsson

Stats Summary: USA / ISL
Shots: 18 / 4
Shots on Goal: 8 / 1
Saves: 1 / 5
Corner Kicks: 7 / 3
Fouls: 12 / 16
Offside: 7 / 2

Misconduct Summary:

Referee: Fusako Kajiyama (JPN)
Assistant Referee 1: Allyson Flynn (AUS)
Assistant Referee 2: Saori Takahashi (JPN)
Fourth Official: Salome Di Iorio (ARG)

Budweiser Woman of the Match: Heather O'Reilly

Sundhage Calls Up 31 Players for December Training Camp in Advance of Olympic Qualifying

CHICAGO (Nov. 29, 2011) – U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Pia Sundhage has called up 31 players for an 18-day training camp at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., as she continues to evaluate the player pool in preparation for 2012 Olympic qualifying.

The camp in Los Angeles will run from Dec. 3-20 as the U.S. finishes off an eventful year. The team will come together again in early January at The Home Depot Center when Sundhage will again call up 30-plus players for a week of training before selecting a roster of 20 players to participate in the 2012 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament being held Jan. 19-29 in Vancouver, B.C.

Sundhage named 27 of the 30 players who took part in the USA’s most recent training camp in Arizona prior to its final match of the year, a 1-1 draw with Sweden on Nov. 19 in Glendale, Ariz. Midfielder Tobin Heath scored the USA’s lone goal in that match, the third of her career.

On the roster is goalkeeper Hope Solo, who returns to training camp after missing the Arizona event due to her participation on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars. Sundhage also added three of the nation’s top collegians from this past season in Kristie Mewis of Boston College, Melissa Henderson of Notre Dame and Christine Nairn of Penn State.

Mewis, who has U-17 and U-20 FIFA Women’s World Cups on her resume, was the 2008 U.S. Soccer Young Female Athlete of the Year and has seen some training time with the senior side this year. She scored eight goals with six assists this season at Boston College. The December training camp will be the first call-up for Henderson to the full team. As a senior, she led the Irish in scoring with 18 goals (giving her 70 for her career) and she is one of the leading scorers for the U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team this year. Nairn, who has two full international caps and one goal (a game-winner against Canada in July of 2009), had a phenomenal season for the Lions, notching three goals with a team-high 13 assists. She was a member of the USA’s 2008 U-20 FIFA Women’s World Cup Team – along with Alex Morgan, Keelin Winters, Sydney Leroux, Meghan Klingenberg and Ingrid Wells – that won the tournament in Chile.

All 21 players from the USA’s 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup Team were named to the roster.

U.S. Women’s National Team Roster by Position - Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (4): Nicole Barnhart (out of contract), Ashlyn Harris (Western New York Flash), Jill Loyden (out of contract), Hope Solo (out of contract)
DEFENDERS (9): Rachel Buehler (out of contract), Stephanie Cox (out of contract), Whitney Engen (Western New York Flash), Meghan Klingenberg (Boston Breakers), Ali Krieger (FFC Frankfurt), Amy LePeilbet (out of contract), Heather Mitts (out of contract), Christie Rampone (out of contract), Becky Sauerbrunn (out of contract)
MIDFIELDERS (12): Yael Averbuch (out of contract), Shannon Boxx (out of contract), Tobin Heath (out of contract), Lori Lindsey (out of contract), Carli Lloyd (out of contract), Kristie Mewis (Boston College), Christine Nairn (Penn State), Kelley O’Hara (out of contract), Heather O’Reilly (out of contract), Megan Rapinoe (out of contract), Ingrid Wells (Georgetown), Keelin Winters (Boston Breakers)
FORWARDS (6): Lauren Cheney (out of contract), Melissa Henderson (Notre Dame), Sydney Leroux (UCLA), Alex Morgan (Western New York Flash), Amy Rodriguez (out of contract), Abby Wambach (out of contract)


Sundhage Names 29 Players for Three-Week U.S. WNT Training Camp in Florida

CHICAGO (April 11, 2011) – U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Pia Sundhage has named a roster of 29 players for a training camp that will take place in West Palm Beach, Fla., from April 18-May 6.

The camp will be a key training period for the U.S. players and Sundhage and she enters the stretch run of her evaluation process to choose a 21-player roster to represent the United States at the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Germany this summer.

The roster consists of 25 players from Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS), three collegiate players who will attend the camp for just a week and defender Ali Krieger, who returns to the USA after completing her club season in Germany with FFC Frankfurt.

Players will train Monday through Friday of each week with the WPS players traveling to the sites of their club’s matches on the days before the games, and then returning to national team camp the day after. As the camp is being held in West Palm Beach, training home to WPS club magicJack, the players from that club and their opponents will not have to travel on the weekends of magicJack home games (April 23 and May 1). magicJack has the most players of any WPS club in the camp with eight.

The roster features all 23 players who traveled to the United Kingdom for the USA’s 15-day training camp and match against England in London. Goalkeeper Jill Loyden returns to camp for the first time since suffering a broken hand while training in January. Defender Heather Mitts also returns from injury to train with the U.S. team for the first time since January at the Four Nations, where she played in one match.

The three collegians attending the camp are forward Sydney Leroux (UCLA) and midfielders Kristie Mewis (Boston College) and Christine Nairn (Penn State). All have extensive international experience at the youth level with Leroux earning her first cap this January at the Four Nations Tournament while Nairn earned two caps at the senior level in 2009. Mewis, the 2008 U.S. Soccer Young Female Athlete of the Year, is uncapped. Leroux and Mewis will attend only the first week of camp from April 18-22 while Nairn will train only in the second week from April 25-29.

Aside from Loyden, Mitts and the collegians, the only other player called in who was not in the U.K. for the most recent camp is defender Whitney Engen.

The U.S. Women's National Team will play a pair of domestic matches in May to prepare for the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup, facing Japan on May 14 at Columbus Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio, and on May 18 at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C. The match at Columbus Crew Stadium will kick off at 6:30 p.m. ET and be broadcast live exclusively on Fox Soccer and Fox Deportes. The second leg in Cary kicks off at 7 p.m. ET and will air live on ESPN2. For the game in Cary, tickets are on sale to the general public through and by phone at 1-800-745-3000. For the match in Columbus, tickets are on sale through, by calling 1-800-745-3000, at all central Ohio Ticketmaster ticket centers (including Kroger stores) and the Crew Stadium ticket office.

U.S. Women’s National Team Roster by Position - Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (4): Nicole Barnhart (Philadelphia Independence), Ashlyn Harris (Western New York Flash), Jill Loyden (magicJack), Hope Solo (magicJack)
DEFENDERS (8): Rachel Buehler (Boston Breakers), Stephanie Cox (Boston Breakers), Whitney Engen (Western New York Flash), Ali Krieger (out of contract), Amy LePeilbet (Boston Breakers), Heather Mitts (Atlanta Beat), Christie Rampone (magicJack), Becky Sauerbrunn (magicJack)
MIDFIELDERS (12): Yael Averbuch (Western New York Flash), Shannon Boxx (magicJack), Tobin Heath (Sky Blue FC), Meghan Klingenberg (magicJack), Lori Lindsey (Philadelphia Independence), Carli Lloyd (Atlanta Beat), Kristie Mewis (Boston College), Christine Nairn (Penn State), Kelley O’Hara (Boston Breakers), Heather O’Reilly (Sky Blue FC), Megan Rapinoe (Philadelphia Independence), Lindsay Tarpley (magicJack)
FORWARDS (5): Lauren Cheney (Boston Breakers), Sydney Leroux (UCLA), Alex Morgan (Western New York Flash), Amy Rodriguez (Philadelphia Independence), Abby Wambach (magicJack)


Sundhage Names 23-Player Roster for Match Against England on April 2 at Brisbane Road in East London

CHICAGO (March 15, 2011) – U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Pia Sundhage has named a roster of 23 players to travel to the United Kingdom on March 21 in preparation for the USA’s first match in England on April 2 at Brisbane Road in East London. The game will be televised live on ESPN2 at 3 p.m. ET.

Brisbane Road, officially known as Matchroom Stadium, is home to English League One side Leyton Orient. The match will be a part of a 20-day training camp in the U.K. for the U.S., which is preparing for the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Germany from June 26-July 17.

The roster features 22 of the 24 players that traveled to Portugal and won the 2011 Algarve Cup plus the addition of midfielder Meghan Klingenberg, who was playing with the U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team in early March during its victory at the Four Nations Tournament in La Manga, Spain.

The England game could mark the return to game action for U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo, who is at the end of a lengthy recovery from major shoulder surgery last September.

After the England game, the USA will travel to Scotland for four more days of training and a closed-door training match against Scotland.

The U.S. has met England just 10 times in its 27-year history. Four of the games have been in Europe (two in Italy, one in France, one in Portugal) and four in the United States. The last two matches took place in China, including the most recent meeting, a 3-0 quarterfinal victory for the USA at the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

U.S. Women’s National Team Roster by Position - Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Nicole Barnhart (Philadelphia Independence), Ashlyn Harris (Western New York Flash), Hope Solo (magicJack’s Washington Freedom)
DEFENDERS (6): Rachel Buehler (Boston Breakers), Stephanie Cox (Boston Breakers), Ali Krieger (FFC Frankfurt), Amy LePeilbet (Boston Breakers), Christie Rampone (magicJack’s Washington Freedom), Becky Sauerbrunn (Washington Freedom)
MIDFIELDERS (10): Yael Averbuch (Western New York Flash), Shannon Boxx (magicJack’s Washington Freedom), Tobin Heath (Sky Blue FC), Meghan Klingenberg (magicJack’s Washington Freedom), Lori Lindsey (Philadelphia Independence), Carli Lloyd (Atlanta Beat), Kelley O’Hara (Boston Breakers), Heather O’Reilly (Sky Blue FC), Megan Rapinoe (Philadelphia Independence), Lindsay Tarpley (magicJack’s Washington Freedom)
FORWARDS (4): Lauren Cheney (Boston Breakers), Alex Morgan (Western New York Flash), Amy Rodriguez (Philadelphia Independence), Abby Wambach (magicJack’s Washington Freedom)


U.S. National Team – 2012: Did not play in a U.S. WNT match …  2011: Played in three matches off the bench, all at Four Nations Tournament in China … Traveled to the Algarve Cup in Portugal, but did not see action … 2010: Saw the most action of her national team career, playing in 10 matches while starting five and scoring one goal, that coming off a direct free kick against Costa Rica in the CONCACAF Women’s World Cup qualifying tournament … Played in three matches during Women’s World Cup qualifying, starting two … 2009: Earned her third senior team cap when she was called upon to start at outside midfield against Germany in the USA’s 1-0 victory in October in Augsburg, which was her only match of the year and first career start … She had the cross that eventually led to the game-winning goal from Abby Wambach in that match … 2007: Earned her first two senior team caps, coming off the bench in two matches at the Four Nations Tournament in China, playing against England and China … Youth National Teams: Played for the USA at every level of the youth national teams … Played for the U.S. U-23s in 2008, captaining the USA to a Nordic Cup title in Sweden … Played on the U-16 WNT in 2002 and U-17 WNT in 2003 before joining the U-19 WNT in 2003 … Finished her U-19 career with 15 caps and two goals … A member of the U.S. team that finished third at the 2004 FIFA U-19 Women’s World Cup in Thailand, where she played in two matches … Started three of the five matches at CONCACAF qualifying in Canada, scoring two goals with one assist … First Appearance: Jan. 28, 2007, vs. England ... First Goal: Nov. 1, 2010, vs. Costa Rica.

Professional / Club2012: Signed with Göteborg FC in the Swedish First Division in September of 2012 and played in 16 total matches (10 in the Damallsvenskan, four Champions League matches and two Swedish Cup matches), starting 15 of those games … She scored seven goals, six in the Damallsvenskan and one in Champions League against Fortuna Hjørring of Denmark ... 2011: Had a brief stint in Russia with WFC Rossiyanka after the end of the 2011 WPS season, joining the team for the quarterfinal of the UEFA Champions League … She made two appearances against Germany's Turbine Potsdam in the Champions League before returning to the USA … Signed with the Western New York Flash in WPS and played in 14 matches, helping the squad to the championship in the final year of the league … She converted the fifth penalty in the shootout that turned out to be the winning kick when Ashlyn Harris saved the Philadelphia Independence’s fifth attempt … 2010: Played in 23 games for Sky Blue FC, starting 19 and scored one goal, that coming off a spectacular full volley … 2009: Taken in the first round, fourth overall, of the 2009 WPS Draft by her home state Sky Blue FC … Started 14 of the 18 games she played for SBFC … Didn’t score a goal, but helped the team to a fourth-place finish during the regular season and then played a key role in the Cinderella run to the WPS championship … Played every minute of all three playoff matches … Youth: Played for the Under-10 and Under-11 Monclair Kangaroos … Played on boys’ teams the next three years with the Under-12 and Under-13 Montclair Mavericks and the Under-14 Ramapo Wildcats … Joined the U-18 World Class club team at the age of 15 and played for them until she left for college … Won the Orange Classic with World Class in 2002, and were the 2003 state cup champions and regional semifinalists … In 2004 U-18s, World Class won state and regional titles … Was the youngest player ever to play with W-League, when she played with the NJ Stallions at the age of 14.

Personal – Full name Yael Friedman Averbuch … Her middle name is her dad’s last name and her last name is her mom’s maiden name … Both parents are runners … Mom is the author of nine books, including her first soccer book, “Goal! The Ultimate Guide for Soccer Moms and Dads” … Also published a book with former U.S. Women’s National Team player Brandi Chastain titled “It’s Not About the Bra” … Has a younger sister, Shira, who played soccer at Stanford … Her 55-yard goal for UNC just four seconds into a match against Yale is the fastest goal in women’s college soccer history and has over 4 million hits on YouTube … Was the ACC Scholar-Athlete of the Year for women’s soccer in 2007 and 2008 … Majored in psychology and had a 3.7 GPA … Was active in community outreach programs, was a member of the Carolina Leadership Academy’s Veteran Leaders program and was presented its highest honor, the Three-Dimensional Leader Award … Averbuch was inducted into the National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame and Museum in 2006, joining a list of athletes that includes legends such as Hall of Fame pitcher Sandy Koufax and Olympic swimmer Dara Torres … An experienced public speaker, she has authored magazine and Internet articles on her soccer experiences and was first nationally published at age 12 … An excellent writer, she has penned a blog on her soccer experiences for The New York Times online.

College / High School – Started every game of her four-year career at North Carolina, setting an all-time team and NCAA record with 105 consecutive starts … She scored 32 goals with 29 assists for 93 career points … Her UNC jersey was retired in spring of 2009 … In December of 2008, she received the Top VIII Award as a senior, the most prestigious honor awarded by the NCAA, given annually to eight student-athletes who excel athletically, academically and in leadership and community service … In 2009, she received the Patterson Medal, the most prestigious award presented to student-athletes at the University of North Carolina … Was also the ESPN Academic All-American of the Year and NSCAA Scholar Athlete of the Year, both for 2008 … A two-year captain (2007-2008), she helped lead the Tar Heels to two NCAA National Championships (2006 and 2008) and was a member of the NCAA All-Tournament team both years … Won ACC titles during all four years of her college career and was a three-time NSCAA All-American, a three-time All-ACC selection and the 2006 ACC Offensive Player of the Year … Also a MAC Hermann Trophy finalist as junior … High School: Attended Montclair High School, but did not play high school soccer … A NSCAA All-American and USYSA All-American as a sophomore, junior and senior … Also a Parade All-American as a junior and senior.