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Ellis Names 28 Players to U.S. WNT Training Camp Roster Prior to Matches Against Mexico

CHICAGO (Aug. 29, 2014) – U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Jill Ellis has named 28 players for a training camp prior to two matches against Mexico, on Sept. 13 at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah, and on Sept. 18 at Sahlen’s Stadium in Rochester, New York.

The Sept. 13 kickoff time has changed to 7:30 p.m. MT and the game is live on ussoccer.com (TICKETS). The Sept. 18 match kicks off at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN2 and WatchESPN (TICKETS). Fans can also follow the U.S. WNT on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt and @ussoccer_esp.

This will be the first extended training period Ellis has had with the team since she was officially named the head coach on May 16. It will also be the final camp and matches before she names a 20-player roster that will attempt to qualify for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup at the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship being held in Kansas City, Kansas; Bridgeview, Illinois; Washington, D.C.; and Chester, Pennsylvania, from Oct. 15-26.

“Obviously as a coaching staff in the international arena, you are delighted when you can get a large group of players together for an extended period,” said Ellis. “It’s no secret that the battle for spots on the qualifying roster will be extremely competitive and we’re looking forward to the training environment and two tough games against a Mexico team that we will likely see again during the CONCACAF Championship.”

Sydney Leroux, Megan Rapinoe and Alex Morgan

Twenty-nine players have represented the USA in international competition this year and 25 of them were invited to this camp along with midfielder Shannon Boxx and goalkeepers Nicole Barnhart and Alyssa Naeher, all of whom have yet to see action for the U.S. Women’s National Team in 2014.

The majority of the roster will begin training in Salt Lake City on Sept. 5 with the eight players who are playing in the NWSL Championship Game this weekend getting a few extra days off. Seattle Reign FC and FC Kansas City players will arrive on Sept. 8. Midfielder Morgan Brian, the lone non-professional on the roster, will arrive into camp on Sept. 7 after completing her weekend games with the University of Virginia.

Goalkeeper Hope Solo will likely get a shot to break the USA’s all-time shutout record in one of the matches against Mexico. She is currently tied with former U.S. great Briana Scurry at 71 career shutouts.

Additional Notes:

  • Jill Ellis will name 18 players to suit up for each of the matches.
  • The USA comes into the matches with an 8-2-3 record in 2014.
  • Twenty-seven of the 28 players named played in the NWSL this season.
  • The five U.S. strikers scored a combined 36 goals in the NWSL this season, although Alex Morgan and Abby Wambach missed significant parts of the season due to injury and Christen Press played in less than half the season’s matches after returning from Europe.
  • Should Christie Rampone play in both Mexico matches, her cap total would grow to 297, meaning she would have a chance to hit 300 during the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship in October. Kristine Lilly is the only other player in soccer history to play 300 or more times for their country.
  • Ali Krieger’s next cap will be her 50th, which would make her the 48th player in U.S. WNT history to reach 50 international appearances.
  • The USA is 27-1-1 all-time against Mexico.
  • Several U.S. players won NWSL postseason awards: Alyssa Naeher was the Goalkeeper of the Year, Becky Sauerbrunn was the Defender of the Year and Julie Johnston was the Rookie of the Year.

U.S. Women’s National Team Roster By Position – Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (4): Nicole Barnhart (FC Kansas City), Alyssa Naeher (Boston Breakers), Ashlyn Harris (Washington Spirit), Hope Solo (Seattle Reign FC)
DEFENDERS (10): Stephanie Cox (Seattle Reign FC), Crystal Dunn (Washington Spirit), Whitney Engen (Houston Dash), 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 (9): Shannon Boxx (Chicago Red Stars), Morgan Brian (Virginia), Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC), Lauren Holiday (FC Kansas City), Carli Lloyd (WNY Flash), Allie Long (Portland Thorns FC), Kristie Mewis (Boston Breakers), Heather O’Reilly (Boston Breakers), 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 (WNY Flash)

Solo on Verge of U.S. Soccer Shutout Record

As the U.S. Women’s National Team heads into its first fall friendly on Aug. 20 against Switzerland in front of a sold-out crowd at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, North Carolina, U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo is on the verge of breaking a long-standing U.S. Soccer record. Solo, who has earned 71 shutouts in her 152 caps since debuting for the USA in 2000, needs just one more clean sheet to surpass Briana Scurry’s record, set over 173 caps from 1994-2008.

“It’s taken a lot of work over many years to get to this point, but of course no goalkeeper earns a shutout without their teammates,” said Solo. “The U.S. team has always taken pride not only in its defense and in winning games, but also in keeping opponents off the scoreboard. It’s been fun to play with so many players over the years and especially those in the back, so it’s an honor to be in a position to earn a record like this one. Hopefully, we can earn this shutout soon, and keep earning them as we work toward qualifying for the Women’s World Cup next summer.”

Solo, who made her debut on April 5, 2000, in an 8-0 victory against Iceland, is part of a six-goalkeeper club that earned a shutout in their first senior team cap for the United States. She would not earn another until 2002 and got her third in 2005 when she became the USA’s starter and began racking up the clean sheets.

Solo’s shutouts have spanned the globe with 30 of the 71 coming outside the United States in South Korea, China PR, Mexico, Norway, Germany, Canada, Japan and England. She has also earned shutouts against 16 different countries, the most coming against Canada (9) and China (8), which are two of the USA’s most frequent opponents.

She has played behind almost three dozen different defenders during her international career, but the back four for her first shutout consisted of Christie Pearce (now Rampone), current U.S. U-20 Women’s World Cup Team head coach Michelle French, Nandi Pryce and Danielle Slaton.

The back four for her most recent shutout, on June 14 against France, has one name in common with that back four 14 years ago: Christie Rampone. The current U.S. captain was joined by Ali Krieger, Becky Sauerbrunn and Stephanie Cox as the USA won 1-0 in Tampa, Florida.

Solo has averaged just over five shutouts a year during her 14-year international career, and her high came during the Olympic gold-medal winning year of 2008 when she notched 13 clean sheets. Five of Solo’s shutouts have been 0-0 affairs, but she has been in the nets for a remarkable 19 matches that ended 1-0 for the USA. She has guarded the goal for the USA for 12,552 minutes.

Hope Solo

As a 5-foot-9 athletic specimen out of Richland in eastern Washington, she has always been known as a big-game player. She has put together some of her greatest performances when the lights were brightest and the stakes were the highest. And the statistics bear that out. Eleven of Solo’s shutouts have come in world championship play, five in the FIFA Women’s World Cup and six during the Olympics.

In fact, 42 of Solo’s career shutouts – almost 60 percent – have come in tournament competitions that include world championships, qualifying for the World Cup and Olympics and elite tournaments such as the Algarve Cup, which is held annually in Portugal.

She won the Golden Glove as the top goalkeeper at the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Germany and also won the Bronze Ball as the third-best player, the first time a goalkeeper has been voted one of the top three players in the tournament.

Solo has earned shutouts under five different U.S. WNT head coaches, including the most (37) for Pia Sundhage. She is also closing in on Scurry’s record of 133 career wins for the U.S. WNT. Solo is at 117 wins and counting.

Scurry’s last shutout came in June of 2007, so the record has stood for more than seven years. Soon, it will fall and #Solo72 will take its place.

WNT vs. France: Field Level Highlights - June 14, 2014

Forward Sydney Leroux scored in her third consecutive game and the 21st minute goal proved to be the game-winner in the 1-0 win vs. France at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla.

WNT vs. France: Highlights - June 14, 2014

Hope Solo tied the U.S. Women’s National Team shutout record and Sydney Leroux scored her team-leading seventh goal of the year as the USA defeated France 1-0 in front of nearly 10,000 fans at Raymond James Stadium.

WNT vs. France: Reaction - June 14, 2014

Backed by a 21st minute goal from Sydney Leroux, the USA defeated France, 1-0, on a rainy night at Raymond James Stadium as Jill Ellis won her first game since being named the official head coach of the WNT. U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo tied the U.S. record for career shutouts with her 71st clean sheet while forward Alex Morgan saw international action (as an early substitute in the second half) for the first time since November of 2013.

Solo recovered from major shoulder surgery last September to earn her place on the squad. Widely hailed as one of top goalkeepers in the world with an unparalleled kicking game, she underwent months of painful rehabilitation to get to this point and has been training and playing full out since the middle of March. Solo is second all-time in U.S. history in caps, wins and shutouts for a goalkeeper. She posted five clean sheets during 2012 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying in January, and her shutout streak of 454 minutes dating back to the end of the 2008 tournament is a new record.

Has started in goal for the USA at every age level of the U.S. National Team program … 2012: Started 31 of the USA’s 32 matches and posted a record of 26-1-3 while helping the USA to the Olympic gold medal, her second … Led the USA in minutes played with 2,579 minutes in goal … Played every minute of the 2012 Olympics and put in an epic performance on the biggest of stages in the 2-1 gold medal game victory against Japan, making a handful of crucial and spectacular saves to preserve the victory … Had three shutouts in the Olympics … Played in more games and played more minutes than any other year during her career and her 11 shutouts were the second best yearly total of her career … Played every minute of all five games at the CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying tournament in Vancouver, Canada and did not allow a goal, which included a shutout of Canada in the championship game … 2011: Solidified her standing as the world’s best female goalkeeper with a stellar performance during the Women’s World Cup in Germany … She was one of four U.S. players to play every minute and made key saves along with consistent overall play throughout the tournament, winning the Golden Glove as the top ‘keeper at the WWC … She also won the Bronze Ball as the third best player, the first time a goalkeeper has been voted one of the top three players in the tournament … Spent the first part of the year completing her recovery from major shoulder surgery the previous September, then made her return to the lineup on April 2, playing the second half against England … She then started the next 11 games and compiled a 6-1-3 record … Was on the short list of 10 finalists for the FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year … 2010: Played in six games for the USA, winning them all, but had major shoulder surgery on Sept. 22 and spent the rest of the year rehabilitating … In the first match of the year, she became the first U.S. goalkeeper to save two penalty kicks during regulation time, twice stopping Iceland spot kicks in the opening game of the Algarve Cup … Made several excellent saves in the championship game of the Algarve Cup to help the USA to a 3-2 victory against Germany … Also played a world class match during a 4-0 victory against Germany in Cleveland, Ohio, in May … Finished seventh in the voting for FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year … 2009: Named the U.S. Soccer Female Athlete of the Year … Started six matches for the USA, earning four shutouts and allowing just one goal, that coming in the Algarve Cup final … Named MVP of the Algarve Cup after a spectacular performance in the championship game where she made a bushel of world class saves in regulation and then saved a penalty kick in the shootout that would have won the game for Sweden … Had a fantastic match against Germany in Germany to earn the shutout in a 1-0 victory … 2008: Started 27 games and compiled a record of 23-1-0 while allowing just 0.46 goals per game … Earned 13 shutouts on the year … Had an excellent tournament at the 2008 Olympics, starting all six games and playing every minute while making numerous huge plays throughout the tournament to help the USA to the gold medal … Was in goal for the USA in the championship game of the Four Nations Tournament and the Algarve Cup, the crucial semifinal victory in Olympic Qualifying that sent the USA to China and the championship game of the Peace Queen Cup in South Korea … Was on the 10-player short list for FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year … 2007: Started 15 games, earning nine shutouts and started the first four games of the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup in her first world championship … Was 13-0-2 on the year, allowing just eight goals and had three shutouts in the Women’s World Cup … 2006: Played in 18 matches, going undefeated at 14-0-4 … Goal given up against France in a 4-1 win at the Algarve Cup ended her streak of 1,054 minutes without allowing a goal from the run of play … 2005: Became the starting goalkeeper for the USA for the first time, starting seven of the team’s nine matches and earning seven shutouts … Started three of four games at the Algarve Cup, earning shutouts in each, including against Germany in the championship game … 2004: Trained with the USA in 2004 during Olympic Residency Camp and was named the alternate goalkeeper on the Olympic Team traveling to Greece ... 2002: Played 247 minutes with three starts in five matches and earning one shutout … 2001: Started four matches and played the full 90 minutes in all of them … 2000: Played three matches including her debut and first shutout against Iceland on April 5 … Youth National Teams: Arrived late for the 2002 Nordic Cup after training with the full WNT, coming on at halftime against host Finland and then playing every minute of the remaining three-and-a-half games … Was the U-21 starter on the 2001 Nordic Cup championship team in Norway … Also played one match for the U-21s at the 2000 Nordic Cup in Germany ... Started for the U-16s and U-18s from 1996-1999 ... Did not surrender a goal in eight games for the U-18s in 1999, including three Pan-Am tournament starts in Winnipeg, Canada ... Shut out Mexico 1-0 in the 1999 Pan-Am final … First Appearance: April 5, 2000, vs. Iceland … First Shutout: April 5, 2000, vs. Iceland.

2012: Allocated to her hometown Seattle Reign for the inaugural NWSL season … 2011: Signed with magicJack for the 2011 WPS season and played in four matches, compiling a record of 3-1-0 with two shutouts … Played in just four WPS matches as she took time off after the Women’s World Cup to heal her shoulder after accelerating her rehabilitation to make it back in time for the tournament … 2010: Played in six games for St. Louis Athletica before the team ceased operations, then signed with and played 16 games for the Atlanta Beat … Played the entire year with an injured shoulder and had major surgery soon after the end of the WPS season … Ended the season with a 6-8-8 record, six shutouts and a 1.64 GAA … Was third in the WPS in shutouts and goals against average and first in saves … Named as a starter in the WPS All-Star Game … 2009: Allocated to St. Louis Athletica for the inaugural WPS season in 2009 … Started 17 games for Athletica and was second in the league in saves and shutouts while allowing 14 goals and compiling a 0.82 GAA … Named the WPS Goalkeeper of the Year and a WPS All-Star … Played a key role in helping Athletica to a 10-6-4 record, good for second place during the regular season and a berth in the Super Semifinal … 2003: Taken in the first round of the 2003 WUSA Draft by the Philadelphia Charge … Battled early season injuries but played in eight games and had a 1.25 GAA … 2005: Stayed in Europe, this time to play in the French First Division with Lyon … 2004: Played in the Swedish First Division in 2004 with Göteborg.

Full name is Hope Amelia Solo … Already a popular player with fans and media, she gained tremendous notoriety after her World Cup performance, appearing on the cover of Sports Illustrated and the cover of ESPN the Magazine’s Body Issue … Also appeared as a contestant on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars, making it to the final four couples … Authored a best-selling autobiography in 2012 titled Solo: A Memoir of Hope … In 2012, she married Jerramy Stevens, a former tight end in the NFL who played five seasons for the Seattle Seahawks and four seasons for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers … They met at the University of Washington and are both proud Husky alums … Says she never thought she would come to love Florida, but now enjoys spending time in Tampa and learning how to fish from her husband … Grew up camping, crabbing, hunting and fishing on rivers … She and her husband now catch their own fishing bait as he taught her how to throw a net to catch it … Now spends quite a bit of time fishing on their boat named Amistad … Her favorite night includes watching movies and her favorite genre is science fiction … Almost went to college as a field player or for basketball and initially never wanted to be a goalkeeper … Worked with Team Up and Grassroots Soccer at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa … Her trip to South Africa was the first time she had attended a men’s World Cup and now has a personal goal to never miss another … Her family owns four chickens … She has two Dobermans.

The top goalkeeper in Pac-10 history, she was a four-time All-Pac-10 selection for the Washington Huskies … Finished her career as Washington’s all-time leader in shutouts (18), saves (325) and GAA (1.02) … Was named an NSCAA All-American as a sophomore, junior and senior … As a senior, she was the only goalkeeper up for the Hermann Award … High School: Scored 109 goals as a forward at Richland High School ... Scored three times in the semifinals and twice in the state championship game for the Bombers in 1999 ... Scored 38 goals as a senior ... Was a two-time Parade All-American.
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