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.
Photos from the U.S. WNT's 6-0 win against Haiti in its final Group A game at the 2014 CONCACAF Women's Championship.
WASHINGTON, D.C. (Oct. 20, 2014) – The U.S. Women’s National Team is one victory away from booking its spot in the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
USA all-time goal scoring leader Abby Wambach scored two goals and the United States soundly defeated Haiti 6-0 at RFK Stadium to earn first place in Group A and a top seed heading into the semifinals of the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship. The U.S. will face the Group B runner-up on Friday, Oct. 24, at PPL Park in Chester, Pennsylvania.
Carli Lloyd, Christen Press and Morgan Brian each scored a goal, and defender Meghan Klingenberg added her first international tally.
The top three teams in the CONCACAF Women’s Championship earn automatic qualification to the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup, while the fourth-place team enters a two-leg playoff against South American third-place finisher Ecuador for the final berth.
The USA’s semifinal opponent will be determined Tuesday with the conclusion of Group B play, and the U.S. WNT will take on the runner-up from that group. Costa Rica (2-0-0, 6 points) currently holds the top spot, followed by Mexico (1-1-0, 3 points) and Jamaica (1-1-0, 3 points). Martinique (0-0-2, 0 points) is in last place, but could not qualify for the semifinal stage anyway as it is not recognized as a FIFA country.
Trinidad & Tobago was the Group A runner-up, holding off Guatemala for a 2-1 win earlier Monday to conclude the group stage with a 2-1-0 record and six points. Trinidad & Tobago will face the Group B winner in the semifinals.
Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Carli Lloyd, 9th minute: USA left back Meghan Klingenberg crossed the ball to the top of the six-yard box, where Abby Wambach and Haiti goalkeeper Geralda Saintilus met for a 50-50 challenge. Saintilus stepped in front of the pass and batted it away; however, she was unable to clear the ball out of the box and was well off her line when the USA retained possession. Lloyd collected the deflection, chested down to her foot and slotted into the net for her second goal of the tournament. USA 1, HAI 0
USA – Abby Wambach, 38th minute: Christen Press cut to her left foot and lofted a dangerous ball into the middle of the box with Wambach running straight at the goal. Haiti defender Roselord Borgella stretched with her right foot to intercept, but instead of clearing the danger, the deflection stayed in line with Wambach’s run. The all-time goal scoring leader headed the ball into the net without breaking stride to push the USA lead to two heading into halftime. USA 2, HAI 0
USA – Meghan Klingenberg, 57th minute: Second-half sub Heather O’Reilly brought some high energy from the right flank and had ample space on this sequence to cross into the box. Haiti’s defense cleared the ball about eight yards above the box, where Klingenberg stepped up with a laser of a right-footed shot that was out of the reach of Saintilus and into the right side of the frame. It was Klingenberg’s first goal in 19 international games. USA 3, HAI 0
USA – Abby Wambach (Carli Lloyd), 60th minute: Lloyd won the header at the top of the box and her pass found its way between two Haiti defenders at the edge of the six, where Wambach volleyed it home with her right foot past Saintilus. With her brace, Wambach now leads the U.S. WNT with 10 goals in 2014. USA 4, HAI 0
USA – Christen Press, 65th minute: A couple minutes after they entered the match Sydney Leroux and Morgan Brian created the USA’s next scoring chance, with Leroux crossing from the right side and Brian redirecting the ball to the top of the six-yard box. Haiti’s defense once again got a deflection but could not clear, and Press rushed a left-footed shot into the left side of the goal. USA 5, HAI 0
USA – Morgan Brian (Christen Press), 82nd minute: Press dribbled to the end line to elude her defender and crossed toward the penalty spot, where Brian shot from about eight yards out into the right side of the frame. It was Brian’s third goal in 14 appearances. USA 6, HAI 0 (FINAL) (Highlights)
Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
HAI – Geralda Saintilus, 5th minute: Just several minutes after Carli Lloyd saw a goal disallowed because of an offside call, the USA attacked again with veteran striker Abby Wambach threatening the net. Wambach struck left-footed from the left side of the box, searching for the far right post. Saintilus secured the save on the low attempt and did not allow a rebound to keep the match scoreless in the early stages.
USA – Whitney Engen, 33rd minute: The USA had a bad giveaway in midfield that opened a window for Haiti. Marie Jean Pierre collected the loose ball and rushed toward the net. The U.S. WNT’s back line recovered and Engen blocked Jean Pierre’s shot attempt a couple yards outside the area.
HAI – Geralda Saintilus, 72nd and 74th minutes: In the first of these sequences, Sydney Leroux nearly had a highlight reel effort when she attempted a diving header on Heather O’Reilly’s cross from the right. Though Leroux missed on the header, the ball fell to her between a pair of Haiti defenders and Leroux managed to get a left-footed shot off, only to have Saintilus come away with the save. Two minutes later, O’Reilly threatened the net, and her attempt deflected off of a defender and was headed to the right side of the frame. Saintilus dove to her left to again limit the damage of the USA’s heavy attack.
- Abby Wambach added to her all-time goal scoring record, notching goals No. 172 and 173 of her 226-game international career.
- Wambach scored her 13th and 14th goals in World Cup qualifying, passing Mia Hamm (12) for second place on the USA’s all-time list. Michelle Akers holds the U.S. WNT record with 17 goals in the CONCACAF Women’s Championship.
- Wambach made her 12th appearance in a World Cup qualifying match, which ties her with Julie Foudy and Hamm for second on the U.S. WNT’s all-time list. Kristine Lilly is the USA’s all-time leader with 17 games in the CONCACAF Women’s Championship.
- Carli Lloyd scored the 53rd goal of her career, tying Carin Gabarra (53 goals from 1987-96) for eighth-place on the U.S. WNT all-time goal scoring list. Lloyd is the WNT’s top scorer among players who have exclusively played as midfielders.
Next on the Schedule:
The U.S. WNT will face the Group B runner-up in the semifinals of the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship on Friday, Oct. 24, at PPL Park in Chester, Pennsylvania. The game kicks off at 7:30 p.m. ET.
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- The USA is now 13-2-3 in 2014.
- The U.S. WNT is 4-0-0 all-time against Haiti. The USA has outscored Haiti 29-0 in its four meetings.
- U.S. head coach Jill Ellis made five changes to her starting lineup following the team’s 5-0 victory against Guatemala. Three changes were on the defensive side of the ball, including the first start of the tournament for goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris. Harris earned her fourth-career cap and her second of 2014.
- The back line included two returning starters in left back Meghan Klingenberg and center back Whitney Engen. Kelley O’Hara got the call ahead of Ali Krieger at right back, and center back and team captain Christie Rampone returned to the starting lineup after sitting out the Guatemala match. Rampone is now one cap away from 300 for her career.
- The USA’s midfield remained unchanged from the Guatemala game with returning starters Lauren Holiday, Carli Lloyd and Megan Rapinoe.
- The front three of the USA’s 4-3-3 formation included returning starter Tobin Heath, fresh off her two-goal effort against Guatemala, along with Abby Wambach and Christen Press. Wambach had started and scored the lone goal in the USA’s 1-0 win against Trinidad & Tobago and sat out the Guatemala game. Press was a first-half sub for Alex Morgan when she injured her ankle against Guatemala.
- Heather O’Reilly entered the game to start the second half, replacing Rapinoe.
- After the USA pushed its lead to four goals, Ellis utilized her final two subs with Sydney Leroux replacing Wambach in the 62nd minute and Morgan Brian entering for Heath in the 63rd minute. Brian made her first appearance in the tournament.
- The USA could have added to its lead on several occasions, the most noteworthy being Sydney Leroux’s 80th-minute shot ricocheting off the right post.
- Press is now the only USA player to have made an appearance in all 18 games this year.
- Harris earned her first-career clean sheet in four appearances.
- The U.S. WNT is now 88-8-13 in the 109 games that Rampone has been the team captain.
- U.S. Women’s National Team Match Report -
Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Haiti
Date: Oct. 20, 2014
Competition: 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship
Venue: RFK Stadium; Washington, D.C.
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. ET
Weather: 62 degrees, cool
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 2 4 6
HAI 0 0 0
USA – Carli Lloyd 9th minute
USA – Abby Wambach 38
USA – Meghan Klingenberg 57
USA – Abby Wambach (Carli Lloyd) 61
USA – Christen Press 65
USA – Morgan Brian (Christen Press) 82
USA: 18-Ashlyn Harris; 5-Kelley O’Hara, 3-Christie Rampone (capt.), 6-Whitney Engen, 16-Meghan Klingenberg; 12-Lauren Holiday, 10-Carli Lloyd, 15-Megan Rapinoe (9-Heather O’Reilly, 46); 14-Christen Press, 20-Abby Wambach (2-Sydney Leroux, 62), 17-Tobin Heath (7-Morgan Brian, 63)
Subs Not Used: 1-Hope Solo, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 8-Amy Rodriguez, 11-Ali Krieger, 19-Julie Johnston
Head Coach: Jill Ellis
HAI: 1-Geralda Saintilus; 4-Kencia Marseille (capt.), 6-Kimberly Boulos (8-Kensie Bobo,56), 9-Lindsay Zullo, 11-Woodlyne Robuste (10-Wisline Dolce, 60), 13-Marie Jean Pierre, 14-Samantha Brand, 15-Shanna Hudson (3-Generve Charles, 84), 17-Yvrose Gervil, 18-Roselord Borgella, 19-Clorene Rateau
Subs Not Used: 2-Natacha Cajuste, 5-Dieunise Jean Baptiste, 7-Manoucheka Pierre-Louis, 12-Cynthia Chery, 16-Sindy Jeune, 20-Schmid Charles
Head Coach: Shek Borkowski
Stats Summary: USA / HAI
Shots: 20 / 1
Shots on Goal: 12 / 0
Saves: 0 / 6
Corner Kicks: 12 / 0
Fouls: 7 / 6
Offside: 6 / 1
Referee: Quetzali Alvarado (MEX)
Assistant Referee 1: Mayte Chavez (MEX)
Assistant Referee 2: Stacy-Ann Greyson (JAM)
Fourth Official: Maurees Skeete (GUY)
Budweiser Woman of the Match: Lauren Holiday
CHICAGO (Oct. 16) - Focused on earning a berth to the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup set to be hosted in Canada next summer, the U.S. Women’s National Team played its first qualifying match in the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship – at the end of which, the top three teams automatically qualify for the World Cup – with a 1-0 victory over Trinidad and Tobago.
U.S. WNT head coach Jill Ellis acknowledged her team’s difficulty in the breaking down its opponent, but took the positive of opening tournament play with a win.
“Obviously, pleased that we got three points,” Ellis said after the match. “Credit to Trinidad, we don’t often see teams that sit as organized and put so many numbers behind the ball, so for us it was an excellent challenge. Defensively, we gave up some big mistakes, but for us right now, it literally is about regrouping and getting ready for Friday.”
The USA’s lone goal came in the 54th minute after forward Alex Morgan broke out on the left side of the box, was able to get past the goalkeeper, and sent a beauty of a pass to Abby Wambach, who knocked a header into the net to give the USA the advantage and eventual victory. The goal was the 171st of Wambach’s career with the National Team.
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.
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.