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U-23 & WNT Midfielder, Morgan Brian - Bio
Morgan Brian had an excellent year for college and country as she was the youngest player on the U.S. Women’s National Team in 2014. She earned 13 of her 16 career caps this year while making nine starts. She also scored twice for the National Team (upping her career total to three goals), finding the net against Russia and against Haiti during the Women’s World Cup qualifying tournament. Morgan, who also played for the U.S. Under-23s this year, missed eight games for the University of Virginia due to her WNT commitments, but still managed to score seven goals with 10 assists to help lead the Cavaliers to a No. 2 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament, where in the first round she tied an NCAA single-game record with five assists.

U-20 WNT Midfielder, Rose Lavelle - Bio
One of the top players for the U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team, the two-way midfielder was the MVP of the CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship in the Cayman Islands, where she helped the USA qualify for the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup. She played every minute of all four World Cup matches for the U.S. and scored her first World Cup goal against China PR during group play. After returning to the University of Wisconsin, she helped the Badgers to an 18-2-2 overall regular-season record and a No. 4 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament. She played in all 22 games for Wisconsin, scoring three goals with nine assists, and was named First-Team All-Big Ten. 

U-20 & WNT Midfielder, Samantha Mewis - Bio
The six-foot center midfielder had a spectacular senior season at UCLA, scoring 15 goals with 12 assists during the regular season while leading the Bruins to an 18-0-2 record and a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament. She was named the Pac-12 Player of the Year while ranking first in all conference scoring categories. She picked up another goal and an assist in UCLA’s NCAA first-round victory. For the USA, after playing in three youth Women’s World Cups over the years, she made her senior team debut at the Algarve Cup in Portugal, playing in two matches with one start while becoming one half of just the second sister tandem (along with Kristie Mewis) in U.S. history to play for the WNT. 

U-17 & U-20 WNT Midfielder, Mallory Pugh - Bio
The 16-year-old Pugh had a busy year, representing both the U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team, for which she scored four international goals (and finished her U-17 career with 15 goals in 12 U-17 caps) and the U-20 Women’s National Team at the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Canada. As the USA’s youngest player, she started in all four World Cup matches despite suffering a bad ankle injury in the second match against Brazil. The Real Colorado product is age-eligible for the next two U-20 Women’s World Cup tournaments. 

U-20 WNT Goalkeeper, Katelyn Rowland - Bio
The starting goalkeeper at the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Canada, Rowland allowed just three goals over the four matches, one from the penalty spot, and established herself as one of the top young goalkeepers in the world. She did not allow a goal as the USA rampaged to the title at the CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship in the Cayman Islands and finished the year with an 8-1-1 international record and a 0.37 GAA. In her senior season at UCLA, she broke the NCAA record for career shutouts, earning her 53rd in UCLA’s NCAA first-round victory. Rowland also broke her own school records for single-season shutouts (16), consecutive shutouts in a season (7) and consecutive shutout minutes in a season (667). She played all 1,840 minutes and led the Bruins to the best team goals against average (0.196), shutout percentage (0.800) and save percentage (0.913) marks in the nation. She finished the regular season with just four goals allowed and was named the Pac-12 Goalkeeper of the Year.

Photo Gallery: WNT Claims 2014 CONCACAF Women's Championship Title

Photos from the U.S. Women's National Team's 6-0 win against Costa Rica to claim the 2014 CONCACAF Women's Championship title.

WNT Rolls Past Costa Rica 6-0 to Win 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship Crown

CHESTER, Pennsylvania (Oct. 26, 2014) – The U.S. Women’s National Team held nothing back in closing out the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship. FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year nominee Abby Wambach recorded a first-half hat trick and four goals in all, and the USA rolled to a 6-0 victory against Costa Rica in the title match before 11,625 spectators at PPL Park. 

Carli Lloyd added a first-half goal to up her total to five goals in five tournament matches, and Sydney Leroux tallied her first goal of the competition in the second half. 

Wambach recorded the eighth hat trick of her international career, and the all-time goal scoring leader now has 177 goals in 228 matches. With her fourth goal, Wambach broke the U.S. WNT record with her 18th goal in World Cup qualifying matches, surpassing the mark of 17 set by Michelle Akers. 

Wambach scored seven goals in four games at the CONCACAF Women’s Championship to earn the Golden Boot. Lloyd won the Golden Ball as the tournament’s top player; and in addition to her five goals, Lloyd contributed four assists. Hope Solo was the Golden Glove winner, posting four shutouts. 

As a team, the U.S. outscored its opposition 21-0 in the tournament. 

The USA won the CONCACAF Women’s Championship for the fifth time. The WNT previously won the tournament in 1991, 1994, 2002 and 2006. The USA did not participate in the 1998 event because the team was already entered in the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup at the host nation. 

As finalists, the U.S. and Costa Rica had already qualified for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada. It will mark the USA’s seventh consecutive appearance in the Women’s World Cup, while Costa Rica is making its first appearance. 

Earlier in the day, Mexico defeated Trinidad & Tobago 4-2 in overtime to win the third-place game and automatic qualification to the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Mexico is the 21st team to qualify. 

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Abby Wambach (Morgan Brian), 4th minute: The USA threatened a couple times during this sequence, starting with Megan Rapinoe’s low, driven corner kick from the right side that eventually led to a long-distance shot from Meghan Klingenberg. Klingenberg’s strike was blocked by Costa Rica’s Diana Saenz, but not cleared far enough away as Brian collected on the left side. The USA’s youngest player  crossed to Wambach at the edge of the six-yard box and the all-time goal scoring leader finished with a snapped header. USA 1, CRC 0 (SEE GOAL)

USA – Carli Lloyd (Abby Wambach), 17th minute: Rapinoe’s corner kick from the left side reached Wambach on the right side of the box. Because she was too far from the goal to threaten the net with a shot, Wambach nodded the ball to the edge of the six-yard box toward Lloyd. Lloyd deftly flicked a header inside the left of the frame for her fifth goal in five tournament games. USA 2, CRC 0 (SEE GOAL)

USA – Abby Wambach (Carli Lloyd), 35th minute: Rapinoe played a through ball to Lloyd on the left side of the box. Lloyd eluded Costa Rica’s Carol Sanchez to create some space for a left-footed cross to the six-yard box, and once again Wambach headed the ball into the net. USA 3, CRC 0 (SEE GOAL) 

USA – Abby Wambach (Carli Lloyd), 41st minute: A carbon-copy of Wambach’s goal just six minutes earlier. Again, Rapinoe had the initial set-up pass to Lloyd in the left side of the box. This time, Lloyd turned to her right foot for the cross to Wambach, who headed into the right side of the frame. USA 4, CRC 0 (SEE GOAL) 

USA – Abby Wambach (Sydney Leroux), 71st minute: From midfield, Leroux’s up-field pass split a pair of Costa Rica defenders to Wambach on the right side of the box. Wambach recognized  that Dinnia Diaz was off her line and immediately launched a deft chip over the Costa Rica goalkeeper’s gloves and into the left side of the net. USA 5, CRC 0 (SEE GOAL) 

USA – Sydney Leroux (Tobin Heath), 73rd minute: Meghan Klingenberg left the ball to Heath on the left side of the area, and the second-half sub crossed the ball into the middle of the six-yard box. Leroux, who had hit the frame multiple times in this tournament, finally struck with a header into the back of the net. USA 6, CRC 0 (SEE GOAL) (FINAL) 

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
CRC – Dinnia Diaz, 12th minute: Midfielder Carli Lloyd, the USA’s most consistent scoring threat throughout the tournament, had an early opportunity when she received the ball in the box with her back to the goal. Lloyd spun counter clockwise to stave off her defender and shot toward the near left side of the frame. Diaz reacted well and got low for the diving save. 

CRC – Lixy Rodriguez, 49th minute: Abby Wambach nearly had another opportunity to add to her first-half hat trick. Morgan Brian played the ball toward the U.S. striker, and Rodriguez made a strong sliding effort in the box to disrupt the pass and prevent Wambach from tallying another goal. 

CRC – Dinnia Diaz, 89th minute: USA second-half sub Heather O’Reilly attacked from the right side and working the ball into position for a close range shot in the box. O’Reilly’s shot was denied by Diaz with a kick save at the near right post. 

USA Leaders at CONCACAF Women’s Championship:

  • Goals: Abby Wambach (7), Carli Lloyd (5), Tobin Heath (2), Christen Press (2), five tied with (1)
  • Assists: Sydney Leroux (4), Carli Lloyd (4), Tobin Heath (2), five tied with (1) 

Milestone Watch:

  • Christie Rampone, the active caps leader in the world, earned her 301st cap. She trails only Kristine Lilly (352 games from 1987-2010) on the all-time list.
  • Abby Wambach and Carli Lloyd each made their 14th appearances in a World Cup qualifying match. They are tied for second place on the USA’s all-time list behind only Lilly (17 games).
  • Wambach’s eighth hat trick ties her for second on the U.S. WNT all-time list with Cindy Parlow (eight hat tricks from 1996-2004). Mia Hamm holds the USA record with 10 hat tricks from 1987-2004.
  • Sydney Leroux scored her 33rd international goal, moving into sole possession of 15th place on the WNT all-time list past Lindsay Tarpley (32 goals from 2003-2011).
  • Goalkeeper Hope Solo, the U.S. WNT’s all-time shutouts leader, upped her record to 77 clean sheets in 159 games. 

Next on the Schedule:
The U.S. WNT will prepare for the four-team International Tournament of Brasilia from Dec. 10-21. The USA opens against China PR (Dec. 10), followed by Brazil (Dec. 14) and Argentina (Dec. 17) in group play. Kickoff times and additional tournament information will be announced at a later date.
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Additional Notes:

  • The USA is now 15-2-3 in 2014.
  • The U.S. WNT moves to 10-0-0 all-time against Costa Rica. The USA has outscored Costa Rica 51-0.
  • U.S. head coach Jill Ellis made three starting lineup changes following the team’s 3-0 semifinal win against Mexico on Friday.
  • The majority of the defense returned to the starting lineup, with Hope Solo in goal, Meghan Klingenberg at left back, Ali Krieger at right back and captain Christie Rampone at center back. Becky Sauerbrunn got the call as the USA’s other center back, making her first start since the team’s 5-0 victory against Guatemala on Oct. 17 in the group stage.
  • The U.S. midfield featured returning starters Carli Lloyd and Lauren Holiday, while college senior Morgan Brian earned her first start of the tournament.
  • In the front of the USA’s 4-3-3 formation, regular starting midfielder Megan Rapinoe was pushed to forward. Christen Press earned her third straight start. Abby Wambach, who came off the bench against Mexico, returned to the starting group.
  • Ellis made all three subs in one block. In the 56th minute, Sydney Leroux and Heather O’Reilly replaced Brian and Press, respectively. In the 57th minute of that substitution trio, Tobin Heath entered for Rapinoe.
  • Lloyd is the only USA player to log the full 450 minutes during this year’s CONCACAF Women’s Championship.
  • Klingenberg, who wowed USA fans with her long-distance strike against Haiti, nearly struck with a second international goal in the 37th minute. However, her 17-yard shot rattled off of the crossbar.
  • The U.S. WNT is now 90-8-13 in the 111 games that Rampone has been the team captain.
  • The U.S. is 15-0-3 under head coach Jill Ellis.

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

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Costa Rica
Date: Oct. 26, 2014
Competition: 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship; Final
Venue: PPL Park; Chester, Pennsylvania
Kickoff: 6:00 p.m. ET
Attendance: 11,625
Weather: 63 degrees, partly cloudy 

Scoring Summary:   1          2          F
USA                            4          2          6
CRC                            0          0          0 

USA – Abby Wambach (Morgan Brian)                     4th minute
USA – Carli Lloyd (Abby Wambach)                         17
USA – Abby Wambach (Carli Lloyd)                         35
USA – Abby Wambach (Carli Lloyd)                         41
USA – Abby Wambach (Sydney Leroux)                  71
USA – Sydney Leroux (Tobin Heath)                        73 

Lineups:
USA: 1-Hope Solo; 16-Meghan Klingenberg, 3-Christie Rampone (capt.), 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 11-Ali Krieger; 12-Lauren Holiday, 7-Morgan Brian (2-Sydney Leroux, 56), 10-Carli Lloyd; 14-Christen Press (9-Heather O’Reilly, 56), 20-Abby Wambach, 15-Megan Rapinoe (17-Tobin Heath, 57)
Subs Not Used: 5-Kelley O’Hara, 6-Whitney Engen, 8-Amy Rodriguez, 18-Ashlyn Harris, 19-Julie Johnston
Head Coach: Jill Ellis 

CRC: 1-Dinnia Diaz; 5-Diana Saenz (9-Carolina Venegas, 46), 6-Carol Sanchez, 8-Daniela Cruz, 10-Shirley Cruz (capt.); 11-Raquel Rodriguez Cedeño, 12-Lixy Rodriguez (2-Gabriela Guillen, 76), 15-Cristin Granados, 16-Katherine Alvarado; 17-Daphnne Herrera, 20-Wendy Patricia Acosta (19-Fabiola Sanchez, 74)
Subs Not Used: 3-Mariane Ugalde, 4-Maríiana Benavidez, 7-Gloriana Villalobos, 13-Noelia Bermudez, 14-Yesmi Rodriguez, 18-Yirlania Arroyo
Head Coach: Avedissian Garabet 

Stats Summary: USA / CRC
Shots: 21 / 2
Shots on Goal: 14 / 0
Saves: 0 / 8
Corner Kicks: 8 / 2
Fouls: 18 / 6
Offside: 1 / 2 

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Megan Rapinoe (caution)       27th minute
USA – Lauren Holiday (caution)         60 

Officials:
Referee: Lucila Venegas (MEX)
Assistant Referee 1: Mayte Chavez (MEX)
Assistant Referee 2: Emperatriz Ayala (SLV)
Fourth Official: Maurees Skeete (GUY) 

Budweiser Woman of the Match: Abby Wambach

WNT vs. Costa Rica: Abby Wambach Goal - Oct. 26, 2014

Morgan Brian found Abby Wambach wide open in the penalty area for the opening goal in the final of the 2014 CONCACAF Women's Championship.

Photo Gallery: WNT Beats Mexico to Advance to 2015 World Cup

Photos from the U.S. WNT's 3-0 win against Mexico in the 2014 CONCACAF Women's Championship Semifinal that booked the USA a place in the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup.

A member of the team that won the 2012 CONCACAF Under-20 Women’s Championship and earned a berth to the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Japan … Played in four games and totaled 337 minutes in the qualifying tournament … Had one goal and one assist during qualifying, scoring in the 4-0 semifinal victory over Mexico that earned the USA its berth to the Women’s World Cup … Had 15 U-20 caps and three goals heading into the WWC in Japan … Scored a goal against Switzerland in La Manga, Spain in February of 2012 … The youngest player named to the 2008 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup roster, she played in one match against Paraguay, going all 90 minutes as a defender … She was also the youngest player on the CONCACAF Qualifying team, seeing action in three matches and scoring against El Salvador … Captained the U.S. U-17 team during the 2009-2010 cycle and had seven goals at the CONCACAF qualifying tournament as the USA out-scored its opponents 38-0 but failed to qualify for the U-17 Women’s World Cup Was after falling in a penalty kick shootout during the semifinal … Finished her U-17 international career with 22 caps and 15 goals … Called up from the U.S. U-15s to the U-17s in 2008 … Participated in the U.S. Soccer Under-14 I.D. Camp in 2007 and played some matches with the U-14s that year as well.

Full name is Morgan Paige Brian … Nickname is Moe or Miss M … Plans to major in a discipline in the kinesiology department … A member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes … Played varsity basketball as an eighth-grader, freshman, sophomore, and senior, earning team MVP every year as well as the Coach’s Award and All-Region and All-State recognition … Enjoys playing Ping-Pong, basketball, going to the beach and watching movies on a rainy day … Also loves to spend time with friends and sleep … Her sister plays soccer for D-2 Armstrong Atlantic University in Savannah, Ga. … Favorite foods are pineapple gratin and peanut butter pie … Favorite candy is Warheads, extreme sour hard candies.

Named the Soccer America National Freshman of the Year for Virginia in 2011 … An NSCAA First-Team All-American … A Second-Team Soccer America MVP … Hermann Trophy Semifinalist … Named the ACC Freshman of the Year and First-Team All-ACC … The second-leading scorer on the Cavs with 11 goals and eight assists … Started in 22 games and appeared in 23 of the 24 total matches … Attended Frederica Academy … Was the 2011 Gatorade Female Athlete of the Year and the 2011 Gatorade National Girls’ Soccer Player of the Year … She was also the 2010 Parade National Girls Soccer Player of the Year … 2010 NSCAA Youth Player of the Year … 2010 NSCAA High School and Youth All-American … 2010 ESPN Rise All-American … A two-time Parade All-American … Two-Time Gatorade Georgia State Player of the Year … Played varsity as an 8th grader and was All-Region and All-State, helping her team to 2nd place in the state tournament … As a freshman, she was team MVP, All-Region and All-State and helped the Knights to the state title … She scored 83 goals with 50 assists in her first two years of high school soccer and had 71 goals and 30 assists her senior season for the Knights … Did not play many high school games as a junior due to national team commitments. ... Club: Played for the Ponte Vedra Storm from U-12 to U-19 … Won state championships at the U-18 and U-17 levels with the Storm … Was the national runner-up in as U-17s … Storm won the U-19 national title in the summer of 2012.

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