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WNT vs. China: Highlights - April 10, 2014

Carli Lloyd became the ninth player to reach the 50-goal milestone with a brace and the U.S. Women’s National Team defeated China PR 3-0 in front of 12,857 fans at Qualcomm Stadium.

WNT vs. China: Field Level Highlights - Apr. 6, 2014

Field Level Highlights from the U.S. Women's National Team's 2-0 victory against China PR on April 6, 2014 in Commerce City, Colorado at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.

Photo Day with the WNT

While training in San Diego before its match on April 10 vs. China PR, the U.S. WNT took time out for its annual photo day. Lights, camera, action…!

WNT vs. China PR: Full Match - April 6, 2014

Lauren Holiday scored an unassisted goal in the first half and Megan Rapinoe followed with a second-half goal off a direct free kick as the U.S. Women's National Team defeated China PR 2-0 in front of 14,903 fans at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.

U.S. Women's National Team vs. China PR - Post-Match Quotes

U.S. WNT vs. China PR
Post-Match Quotes – April 6, 2014
Dick’s Sporting Goods Park; Commerce City, Colo.

U.S. WNT head coach TOM SERMANNI
On the match:
“Well, we’re pleased with a lot of things we did today and they were a lot of things we’ve been practicing this week during training. I thought our movement was good and our passing was quite incisive.”

On scoring just twice:
“What we should have done better is finished the game off a lot earlier. We really need to be finishing these games off when we’re creating chances. Because no matter who you’re playing against they’re going to get a chance against you.”

On Sydney Leroux:
“You wouldn’t want to be playing against here any day of the week. She’s physically very, very impressive. She’s got really good soccer skills and she’s a handful for any defender.”

On playing in the altitude:
“The players have been here for a week so that certainly helped us and I think that for teams coming in here it’s always a little more difficult. Certainly, for the first few days our players were breathing heavily.”

U.S. WNT forward SYDNEY LEROUX
On the crowd:
“The crowd was amazing. It was around 14,000 so we’re pretty happy, but the weather, I think we literally went through every single season. It was sunny and now it’s snowing, but Denver’s been awesome and we’re very thankful for such a great crowd today.”

On preparing for World Cup Qualifying:
“Of course, that is on our mind, but the most important thing is just coming together right now and figuring out what works and what doesn’t and we’re getting better every single day.”

On the game after Abby Wambach came on:
“It’s different when Abby is on the field because she brings such a different presence than anyone else. She’s so strong and dominant. We were working on me staying a little closer to her so when a long ball was sent in she can flick it on and I can potentially run on to it. “

On how Abby Wambach has helped her development:
“I’m still learning and she talks to me every day. She’s really helped me become a better player, a better professional and a better teammate.”

U.S. midfielder MEGAN RAPINOE
On the match:

“I thought it was really good. We're trying a new formation and I think we created a ton of chances. We'll keep working on that and I think there's always stuff to work on, but with the amount of chances we got, I think we should have gotten more than two (goals). But overall the play that we had, the possession that we had was really good.”

On teammate Sydney Leroux:
“Her potential and her raw talent are limitless but it’s early in her career. She has so much speed but I really think that she's starting to develop the other side of her game better. Her runs have gotten so much better and she's getting herself in better positions for us to play on the ball. She's only 23 and she's already broken in and she's a starter on this team.”

U.S. WNT forward ABBY WAMBACH
On the match:

"I think the first 30 minutes we kept the ball really well. I thought that the possession and the patience that we had was really good, and then the next step in the evolution of this new formation that we're playing is that attacking third, that final third, that final pass into the box. I think that as a forward, I'll take responsibility for that. We need to figure out how to break down defenses.”

On mentoring Sydney Leroux:
“I think that's what the game is all about, finding those relationships around the field whether it be between two forwards or an outside back or an outside midfielder, or the goalkeeper and back line. It's all about the relationships you create and if you can get on the same page and figure out what you're going to do, it makes it so much more difficult for a back line. Sydney is a younger player and she has physical abilities on the field that nobody else has so I want to put her in a position to be successful. In doing so, I want to utilize those strengths that she has and utilize them to the best of her abilities, so just trying to get her isolated. Whenever she goes one-on-one against a defender, I'm always encouraging her to take somebody on because she has that physical ability.”

WNT Sights and Sounds: Sun and Snow in Denver

Welcome to a new category of U.S. WNT videos that we are calling "Sights and Sounds." Here's a look inside a WNT training that took place on April 3 at the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colo.


One of the world's best players in the air, Wambach is the second all-time leading scorer in international soccer history behind only Mia Hamm (158). Wambach surpassed former U.S. WNT teammate Kristine Lilly (130) earlier in 2012 to move into second place. She has 141 goals through the group stage of the 2012 London Olympics. Wambach is a five-time U.S. Soccer Female Athlete of the Year, most recently recognized for her 2011 campaign that included eight goals and four assists. Her ability to wear down defenses with her physical play, aerial game and hard running has long been a key to the USA's success.

Has developed into one of the most dangerous goal scorers in the world since debuting for the USA in 2001 … Has the best goals-per-game ratio in U.S. history, having scored 152 goals in her 198 games through the end of 2012 … Of her 152 goals through the end of 2012, 66 have come with her head … Through the end of 2012, the USA is 97-2-7 all-time in games in which she scored … 2012: Had one of the best years of her brilliant career, culminating in winning the FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year, which was presented the Gala Awards in Zurich, Switzerland … She was just the second American to win the honor and first since Mia Hamm won it the first two years it was awarded in 2001 and 2002 … Had the second best scoring year of her career, pounding in 27 goals (just one behind Alex Morgan) with eight assists … Set a U.S. and Olympic record by scoring in the first five matches of the 2012 Olympics  … Her header goal against France off a corner kick with the USA down 2-0 sparked a comeback to the 4-2 victory and ignited the USA’s gold medal run … Her clutch penalty kick with 10 minutes left in regulation tied the semifinal against Canada 3-3, sending the game to overtime where the USA dramatically won 4-3 on Alex Morgan’s goal in the last minute of stoppage time at the end of the second OT period … Started all six games at the Olympics and played all but 13 minutes of the tournament while winning her second gold medal … Had seven multiple goal games  and scored in 20 of the USA’s 32 matches … The only player to start all 32 matches, she played 2,454 minutes – the most of any year in her career – and the most of any field player … Delighted her hometown crowd in the first game of the 10-game Fan Tribute Tour following the Olympics by scoring twice against Costa Rica in Rochester, N.Y. … Scored in both friendly matches against Germany in October … Started all six games at the CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying tournament in Vancouver, Canada, playing just 285 minutes and still scored six goals to lead the U.S. team in the competition while dishing five assists … Scored two goals in each of the final two matches of the year against China to up her career total to 152, just seven short of breaking Mia Hamm’s all-time scoring record for international soccer … 2011: Earned U.S. Soccer Female Athlete of the Year honors for the second consecutive year and the fifth time overall … Scored eight goals with four assists in 2011, including goals in the final four matches of the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup, all with her head … The only U.S. player to ever score in the final four – or even three – games of the Women’s World Cup … Won the Silver Ball as the second best player at the Women’s World Cup and the Bronze Boot as the third leading scorer in the tournament … Struggled with an injury leading into the Women’s World Cup, and had scored just one goal heading to Germany, but then scored in the USA’s last group game, in the quarterfinal against Brazil, in the semifinal against France and in the championship against Japan … She made both of her attempts in the two penalty kick shootouts at the World Cup, the only U.S. player to do so … At the time, her goal against Brazil in the dying seconds of overtime time was the latest goal ever scored in a FIFA competition (122nd minute) … Her four goals in the tournament gave her 13 World Cup goals for her career, moving her past the great Michelle Akers into first on the all-time list of U.S. goal scorers for a World Cup … She scored in both post-World Cup matches against Canada, including two goals in a 3-0 win in front of a sold-out crowd in Portland on Sept. 22, giving her goals in six consecutive games and tying her personal best streak … Finished third in the voting for the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year … Named the Women’s Sports Foundation Sportswoman of the Year and the prestigious Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year, the first soccer player – man or woman – ever to receive the award … Played 1,330 minutes in 17 games, starting 13 … 2010: Had a sensational year for the USA, starting all 18 games she played while scoring 16 goals with four assists to lead the team in scoring … Had six multiple goal games, scoring twice against Norway, Sweden, Germany and Costa Rica and a hat trick against Guatemala, the seventh hat trick of her career … Scored in the 3-2 victory against Germany in the Algarve Cup championship game … Scored the game-winner against Mexico in the 1-0 victory played in ankle-deep snow in Salt Lake City and then made snow angels to celebrate … Scored twice in the must-win third-place game against Costa Rica at the CONCACAF Women’s World Cup Qualifying tournament as the USA won 3-0 to earn a spot in the playoff series against Italy …Started all five games at the Women’s World Cup Qualifying tournament, leading the team in scoring with eight goals … Played all 180 minutes of both legs against Italy and assisted on Alex Morgan’s game-winning goal in stoppage time during the first leg in Padova … Finished fifth in the voting for FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year … 2009: Played every minute of all four matches she played for the USA, making her return to the WNT from a broken leg on May 25 against Canada in Toronto … In her next match, she scored her 100th career goal in dramatic fashion during a 1-0 victory against Canada in her hometown of Rochester, N.Y., on July 19 … She became the fifth player in U.S. history and ninth player in world history to score 100 career international goals … Scored her 101st career goal in a 1-0 victory against Germany in front of a sold-out crowd in Augsburg, Germany … 2008: Was having another brilliant year when it was cut short by a broken leg on July 16 against Brazil in San Diego in the last match before the Olympics … Before she broke both her tibia and fibula, causing her to be replaced on the Olympic roster, she had played in 22 games, starting 21, and was the USA’s leading scorer with 13 goals and 10 assists … Her 10 assists were the second most in a calendar year for the WNT … Scored several key goals for the USA, including the game-winner against Mexico in Olympic Qualifying … Scored the game-winner against Australia and both goals against Italy at the Peace Queen Cup … 2007: Named U.S. Soccer Female Athlete of the Year for the third time … Led the USA in scoring with 20 goals, just the sixth time a player has scored 20 or more goals in a calendar year … Became the first player to score 20 or more goals in a year twice in her career … With her first goal against New Zealand on Aug. 12, she moved into sole possession of fifth place on the all-time U.S. goal scoring list …  Became the 20th U.S. player to hit 100 caps, earning her century against England in the Women’s World Cup quarterfinal win … Scored six goals in the Women’s World Cup to lead the USA and won the Silver Shoe as the second-leading scorer in the tournament … Had seven two-goal games … Scored her 20 goals in 21 total games … Also had five assists … Scored in eight of the USA’s 11 domestic games … 2006: Led the USA in scoring with 17 goals and eight assists … Started all three games at the Four Nations, scoring against Norway in the first match for her 50th career goal … Scored 50 career goals in 64 games, the second-quickest to 50 goals in U.S. history behind Michelle Akers … Started all four games at the Algarve Cup, getting one goal against Denmark … Recorded her fourth career hat trick in a 3-1 victory against Japan on May 7 in Kumamoto … Came up huge for the USA at 2006 CONCACAF Qualifying while playing on a bad ankle, scoring both goals in the 2-0 win against Mexico that sent the USA to the Women’s World Cup … Finished fourth in the voting for FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year … 2005: Started all eight games in which she played, scoring four goals with five assists … Scored twice in her four starts at the 2005 Algarve Cup … Entering 2005, she had scored 45 goals in her 55 career cap; while after 55 career games, Mia Hamm had scored 16 career goals … 2004: Named the 2004 U.S. Soccer Female Athlete of the Year, her second in a row … Finished fourth in voting for the 2004 FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year … Started all five matches she played at the 2004 Olympics (she was suspended for the final group game vs. Australia) and scored four goals with one assist … She became the first U.S. player to score four goals in an Olympic tournament, helping the USA to the gold medal with goals against Greece and Brazil in the first round, Japan in the quarterfinals and the dramatic overtime game-winner in the Olympic Final against Brazil … Enjoyed one of the greatest years in U.S. Women’s National Team history, scoring 31 goals in the final 30 matches of 2004 … The 31-goal performance marks the second highest total in a calendar year by a U.S. player, and she became one of only five players to score 20 or more goals in a year, joining Mia Hamm, Michelle Akers, Kristine Lilly and Tiffeny Milbrett … Her 31 goals and 13 assists mark just the seventh time a U.S. players has recorded double figures in goals and assists in a calendar year, but four of those years came from Hamm … The 75 points mark the third-highest point total in U.S. history, surpassed only by Michelle Akers in 1991 (39 goals, 7 assists, 85 points) and Alex Morgan in 2012 (28 goals, 21 assists, 77 points) … The Denmark match on Nov. 6 was the first game the USA had lost in which Wambach had scored and following the 2005 Algarve Cup, the USA was 32-1-1 in games she has tallied … Averaged a goal every 74 minutes she was on the field in 2004 … Tied a U.S. record for goals in a game on Oct. 23, scoring all five goals in the second half in the USA’s 5-0 win against Ireland in Houston … In May, she played at forward, in the midfield, and for most of the second half, at left back, for the FIFA Women’s World Stars in Paris during a 3-2 win against Germany as part of FIFA’s Centennial celebrations at Stade de France … 2003: Played in just six matches, starting three, before the Women’s World Cup, but turned out to be one of the stars of the tournament … Ended the year having played 14 matches, starting nine, including five Women’s World Cup matches … Led the USA in scoring at the WWC with three goals, tallying one of the most important goals in U.S. history in the 1-0 win against Norway in the quarterfinal … Also scored against Nigeria and North Korea … She scored all nine of her goals in the last 12 matches of the year … 2002: Earned seven of her eight career caps to date, starting four matches, while scoring five goals … Had a hat trick against Scotland on Sept. 8 … Was a member of the CONCACAF Women’s Gold Cup Team that qualified the USA for the 2003 Women’s World Cup, scoring against Panama in her only appearance of the tournament … Youth National Teams: A member of the 2001 U.S. Under-21 Nordic Cup championship team, she scored three goals across the first three matches, but was suspended from the final due to yellow card accumulation … Also played for the U.S. Under-16 National Team in 1996 … First Appearance: Sept. 9, 2001, vs. Germany ... First Goal: April 27, 2002, vs. Finland.

2012: Allocated to her hometown Western New York Flash for the inaugural NWSL season … 2011: Scored nine goals for magicJack despite playing in just 11 games due to National Team commitments in helping her club to a playoff berth … Also had two assists … Was named to the WPS Best XI … Took over as head coach of magicJack on July 21 following the Women’s World Cup and guided the team at the end of the season and in its two playoff matches … 2010: Started all 22 games she played for the Freedom, logging 1,979 minutes … Scored 13 goals (second in WPS) with eight assists (tied for second in WPS) and helped the Freedom to a playoff berth … Had five game-winning goals … Named to the WPS Best XI and was the top overall vote-getter for the WPS All-Star Game … 2009: Allocated to the Washington Freedom for the inaugural WPS season in 2009 … Played in 17 games for the Freedom, starting 16, and was the top American goal scorer in WPS with eight goals, which was good for a tie for second in the league …Also had five assists, which tied her for second in WPS, but led the league in shots (70) and shots on goal (35) … Named to the WPS All-Star Team … Helped the Freedom to third-place finish in the regular season and a berth in the playoffs with an 8-7-5 record … 2003: Had a spectacular WUSA season, tying for the league lead in scoring with 33 points (13 goals, 7 assists) and was named to the All-WUSA First Team as she led the Freedom to the WUSA title … Scored both of her team’s goals in the Founders Cup Championship Game, the winner in sudden death overtime, and was named the MVP of the match … Also won the 2003 WUSA Goal of the Year for a spectacular diving header … Led the WUSA in fouls committed with 62 … Had four multi-goal games … Led the WUSA in points per game at 1.83 … Was named as a starter to the WUSA All-Star Game … 2002: Was the second player taken in the 2002 WUSA Draft by the Washington Freedom … Started 19 games for the Freedom, scoring 10 goals, and was named the WUSA Rookie of the Year … Was named All-WUSA Second Team and finished tied for fourth in the WUSA in scoring while helping the Freedom to the WUSA title game … Voted as a starter to the WUSA South All-Star Team and earned MVP honors with two goals and an assist in the South’s 6-1 win … Youth: Was a three-year captain for the Rochester Spirit club … Played several matches for Ajax of Los Angeles in the WPSL in the summer of 2005.
Full name is Mary Abigail Wambach … Was a four-year varsity starter for her high school basketball team, earning All-Greater Rochester honors twice ... Is the youngest of seven children, four boys and three girls … Parents came to all but four of her college games … Loves her coffee and newspapers in the morning … Loves listening to music, surfing, playing video games and playing with the kids of the USA’s Soccer Moms … Won three cars in her career as MVP of the WUSA Founders Cup in 2003 and for twice being named the U.S. Soccer Female Athlete of the Year … Has an English bulldog named Kingston who can ride a skateboard … Burrito bowls are her favorite thing to eat … Likes mountain biking and being outdoors … After she finishes her soccer career, she would like to hike the Appalachian Trail … Sister Laura played soccer at Xavier … Sister Beth played basketball at Harvard.

As a senior, she scored 31 goals with 13 assists in 24 matches to help Florida to the NCAA Final Four in 2001 … Was the SEC Player of the Year for the second consecutive season in 2001, making her the first player in league history to win player of the year or tournament MVP honors in consecutive seasons … Was a First-Team All-SEC selection for the fourth consecutive season … Was Florida’s leading scorer with 31 goals, 13 assists and 75 points as a senior … Also owns UF’s career records for goals (96), assists (49), points (241), game-winning goals (24) and hat-tricks (10) … Led the NCAA Division I in points per game (3.26) and goals per game (1.34) … Finished her NCAA career sixth all-time in both points (241) and goals (96) … Had 10 multiple-goal matches in 2001, including hat tricks vs. Mississippi State, Kentucky (SEC Tournament semifinal) and Georgia (NCAA Second Round) … Set a UF record with at least one goal in 10 consecutive matches (tied for third best in NCAA history) … Named a finalist for the 2001 Hermann Trophy and Missouri Athletic Club Player of the Year awards … As a junior, she led the Gators with 23 goals and eight assists for 54 points in 2000 … Finished third in the final balloting for the 2000 Hermann Trophy … Her season goal total of 23 was tied for fourth in the nation … As a sophomore in 1999, she started 22 matches and was named a First-Team NSCAA All-America selection … Scored 23 goals with 16 assists for 62 points, which each ranked in the nation’s top five for season totals … Set a school record for assists in a season with 16 … Led the SEC in total points and assists and was second in total goals … Had seven multi-goal matches, including a collegiate-high four goals against LSU and a hat-trick against Vanderbilt in the SEC Tournament semifinal … As a freshman in 1998, she started all 26 games she played in, helping the Gators win the NCAA championship … Second on the team in goals (19), assists (12), and points (50) … Was a Soccer America Freshman All-America selection … Scored five or more points in a match on four occasions … Scored both goals in the Gators’ SEC Tournament final victory against Vanderbilt … High School: During her high school career, she scored 142 goals, including 34 in 1997 … Was the 1997 National High School Player of the Year for Our Lady of Mercy High School … Was named All-Greater Rochester Player of the Year in 1995 and 1997 … Was named an NSCAA All-American in 1996 and 1997 … Was named the Gatorade New York Player of the Year in 1997.

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