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Ellis Names 25-Player Roster for Next Stretch of World Cup Prep

CHICAGO (March 20, 2015) – U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Jill Ellis has named a 25-player roster that will train in Los Angeles for a week before traveling to St. Louis for the USA’s first domestic match of the year against New Zealand on April 4 at Busch Stadium. Ellis will name 18 players to suit up for that game.

The roster includes the same 25 players who were in Portugal earlier this month to help the USA win the 2015 Algarve Cup, the program’s 10th title at the prestigious annual tournament, after defeating France 2-0 in the championship game. Additionally, there are two St. Louis natives in the roster: Becky Sauerbrunn, who was an All-American at Ladue High School and the 2003 Missouri Player of the Year, and Lori Chalupny, who was an All-American at Nerinx Hall High School.

The USA’s training camp will take place at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center in Carson, California, from March 23-30. The team will then depart for St. Louis, where it will train for three days before facing New Zealand. The game will be shown live on FOX Sports 1 at 2:30 p.m. CT/3:30 p.m. ET. More than 31,000 tickets have already been sold. (TICKETS)

“Having the initial training period in L.A., when we can go a bit harder and then tapering into the match in St. Louis will be excellent preparation for a New Zealand team that always gives us a highly competitive game,” said Ellis. “This will be an excellent test for us. They are aggressive, athletic and like to press. We’ll see some similar tendencies that we could see in our first group match at the World Cup and certainly the crowd will be tremendous. It will be nice to be back at home.”

The match against the Kiwis begins a four-game run-up to the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup that includes three Send-Off Series games in May.

The U.S. Women will begin the Send-Off Series against the Republic of Ireland on Sunday, May 10, at 11:30 a.m. PT at Avaya Stadium in San Jose, California, the new home of Major League Soccer's San Jose Earthquakes. From there, the USA will travel down the coast to face fellow CONCACAF Women’s World Cup qualifier Mexico on Sunday, May 17, at 6 p.m. PT at StubHub Center in Carson. Both California matches will be broadcast on FOX Sports 1, with the Mexico game also available on Univision Deportes.

After a short break, the U.S. team will head to the East Coast to conclude the Send-Off Series against Korea Republic on Saturday, May 30, at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey. The match will kick off at 4:30 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on ESPN, WatchESPN and Univision Deportes. Fans can follow all the upcoming WNT matches on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt and @ussoccer_esp.

SEND-OFF SERIES TICKETS

USA vs. Republic of Ireland (May 10 in San Jose, Calif.)
Tickets for the USA vs. Ireland are available starting March 27 at 10 a.m. through ussoccer.com, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and at all Ticketmaster ticket centers throughout the San Francisco Bay Area (including Walmart and Chavez Supermarkets).

USA vs. Mexico (May 17 in Carson, Calif.) (TICKETS)
Tickets for USA vs. Mexico on May 17 are available now through ussoccer.com, by calling 1-888-929-7849, and at the StubHub Center ticket office (open Monday-Friday, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.).

USA vs. Korea Republic (May 30 in Harrison, N.J.) (TICKETS)
Tickets for USA vs. Korea Republic go on sale starting March 20 at 10 a.m. ET and are available through ussoccer.com, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and at all Ticketmaster ticket centers throughout the New York/New Jersey metropolitan area (including many Walmart stores), as well as the Red Bull Arena ticket office (open Monday-Friday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.).

Groups of 20 or more can obtain an order form at ussoccer.com or call 312-528-1290.

This summer, the USA will face Australia, Sweden and Nigeria in Group D at the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup. The USA opens against Australia on June 8 at Winnipeg Stadium, followed by Sweden on June 12 in Winnipeg and Nigeria on June 16 at BC Place in Vancouver.

U.S. Women’s National Team Roster By Position: Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Ashlyn Harris (Washington Spirit), Alyssa Naeher (Boston Breakers), Hope Solo (Seattle Reign FC)
DEFENDERS (10): Lori Chalupny (Chicago Red Stars), Crystal Dunn (Washington Spirit), Whitney Engen (Western NY Flash), 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 (7): Shannon Boxx (Chicago Red Stars), Morgan Brian (Houston Dash), Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC), Lauren Holiday (FC Kansas City), Carli Lloyd (Houston Dash), Heather O’Reilly (FC Kansas City), 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 (Unattached)

Additional Notes:

  • The USA last faced Ireland on Dec. 1, 2012, a 2-0 victory in Glendale, Arizona.
  • The U.S. outscored Mexico 15-0 over a span of three games in 2014. The CONCACAF foes embarked on a two-game set in September with the USA scoring four goals in each half for an 8-0 win on Sept. 13 at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah. Five days later, the WNT nabbed a 4-0 victory at Sahlen's Stadium in Rochester, New York. The teams also met on Oct. 24 at PPL Park in Chester, Pennsylvania, during the semifinal of the CONCACAF Women’s Championship where the USA picked up a 3-0 win to qualify for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
  • The USA most recently played the Korea Republic on June 20, 2013, also at Red Bull Arena, earning a 5-0 victory in a match that saw Abby Wambach score four times to surpass Mia Hamm’s all-time goal scoring record of 158. Wambach currently has 178 goals.
  • While the match at the brand new Avaya Stadium will be the first for the WNT, the U.S. Women have played 10 matches at StubHub Center, going 10-0-0 at the home of MLS champion LA Galaxy.
  • The U.S. WNT played six matches in San Jose from 1997-2007, all at Spartan Stadium.
  • The match against the Korea Republic will mark the third for the U.S. Women at Red Bull Arena, home to MLS’s New York Red Bulls.

Photo Gallery: WNT Celebrates 10th Algarve Cup Crown

Photos from the WNT's 2-0 win against France at the 2015 Algarve Cup. Goals by Julie Johnston (her first career international score for the USWNT) and Christen Press handed the USA its 10th Algarve Cup crown, by far the most titles of any nation. 

The WNT next plays on April 4 against New Zealand at Busch Stadium in St. Louis (TICKETS). More than 30,000 tickets have already been sold for the match that will serve as the USA's 2015 home opener ahead of this summer's FIFA Women's World Cup in Canada, which begins June 6. Fans can also follow all the action on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt@ussoccer_esp and Instagram @ussoccer_wnt

WNT vs. Iceland: Highlights - March 9, 2015

The USA and Iceland played to a hard-fought scoreless draw in the final group stage match of the 2015 Algarve Cup.

Photo Gallery: WNT Advances to Algarve Cup Title Game

Photos from the WNT's 0-0 draw with Iceland at the 2015 Algarve Cup. The U.S. now moves on to the tournament championship match against France on Wednesday. The game will be broadcast on FOX Sports 1. Fans can also follow all the action on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt@ussoccer_esp and Instagram @ussoccer_wnt

WNT Draws 0-0 with Iceland to Win Group B and Earn Place in Algarve Cup Championship

LAGOS, Portugal (March 9, 2015) – In a scrappy game that featured 29 fouls, including 18 from Iceland, the U.S. Women’s National Team played to a 0-0 draw in its final Group B match at the 2015 Algarve Cup.

The tie was good enough for the USA to take first place in Group B with seven points. As one of the top two group winners, the U.S. earned a berth in the championship game against France on March 11. The venue and kickoff time will be confirmed later today, and the match will be broadcast on FOX Sports 1.

Iceland proved to be an organized and aggressive team as it dropped back into a defensive posture for the entire match and tried to launch long balls that were dealt with well by the USA’s back line. The U.S. put together numerous dangerous attacks that led to quite a few crosses, but could not pierce Iceland’s bunker.

France defeated Japan 3-1 to take all nine points from its three Group C games. The USA and France met recently on Feb. 8 in Lorient, France, in what was the first match of the year for the U.S. Women. The USA fell 2-0 as France scored twice in a two-minute span in the second half.

Goal Scoring Rundown:
None

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
USA – Hope Solo, 45th+1 minute: Iceland had created virtually no scoring chances through the first 45 minutes when the ball popped to Hólmfrídur Magnúsdóttir in the first minute of first-half stoppage time. She got off a dangerous shot high to the middle of the goal, but Solo flew to push the ball over the bar for a corner kick.

ISL – Gudbjörg Gunnarsdóttir, 67th minute: The USA pushed for a goal against the Iceland bunker for most of the match and Kelley O’Hara’s shot from distance in the 67th minute almost slipped through the hands of Gunnarsdóttir, but she managed to get enough of the ball to push the rocket over the crossbar.

ISL – Gudbjörg Gunnarsdóttir, 83th minute: Christen Press came on in the 60th minute and made an impact offensively, especially when she squared up on goal in the 83rd minute and fired on a line from 23 yards out. The ball was headed toward the right corner of the net, but Gunnarsdóttir dove to her left to push it outside the post.

Milestone Watch:

  • Abby Wambach made her 237th appearance and ranks sixth on the all-time WNT list, two games behind fifth-place Joy Fawcett (239 games from 1987-2004).
  • Defender Lori Chalupny earned her 98th cap. She is just two appearances away from hitting the century mark, which 30 other WNT players have reached.
  • Goalkeeper Hope Solo earned her 80th shutout.

Next on the Schedule:
The U.S. WNT faces France in the Championship Game at the 2015 Algarve Cup on Wednesday, March 11. Kickoff and venue will be announced shortly.
Broadcast information: FOX Sports 1
Social: Twitter (@ussoccer_wnt; @ussoccer_esp); Facebook; Instagram

Additional Notes:

  • This will be the USA’s 14th Algarve Cup title game in 20 trips to the tournament and the U.S. is going for its 10th title.
  • With nine titles, the USA is far and away the leader in all-time Algarve Cup championships.
  • The USA moved to 12-0-2 all-time against Iceland. The other draw, back in 2000, also finished 0-0.
  • The USA has played France three times at the Algarve Cup, winning all three matches. They have never faced each other in an Algarve Cup title game.
  • The U.S. is now 3-1-1 in 2015.
  • U.S. head coach Jill Ellis made six changes from the starting lineup that faced Norway on March 6, giving Kelley O’Hara, Tobin Heath, Heather O’Reilly and Rachel Van Hollebeke their first starts of the tournament.
  • Ellis used all six substitutes, starting with Carli Lloyd replacing Meghan Klingenberg at halftime. Lauren Holiday, Christen Press and Amy Rodriguez game on in the 60th minute for O’Reilly, Heath and Abby Wambach, respectively, while Shannon Boxx and Sydney Leroux played the last 15 minutes in place of Morgan Brian and Alex Morgan, respectively.
  • Wambach captained the USA.

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

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Iceland
Date: March 9, 2015
Competition: 2015 Algarve Cup – Group B
Venue: Municipal Stadium; Lagos, Portugal
Kickoff: 1:30 p.m. ET / 5:30 p.m. local
Attendance: 500
Weather: 64 degrees, cool and clear

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

Lineups:
USA: 1-Hope Solo; 5-Kelley O’Hara, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 19-Rachel Van Hollebeke, 25-Meghan Klingenberg (10-Carli Lloyd, 46); 9-Heather O’Reilly (12-Lauren Holiday, 60), 16-Lori Chalupny, 14-Morgan Brian (7-Shannon Boxx, 76), 17-Tobin Heath (23-Christen Press, 60); 13-Alex Morgan (2-Sydney Leroux, 76), 20-Abby Wambach (capt.) (8-Amy Rodriguez, 60)
Subs Not Used: 3-Christie Rampone, 11-Ali Krieger, 15-Megan Rapinoe, 22-Crystal Dunn, 24-Ashlyn Harris, 26-Julie Johnston
Head Coach: Jill Ellis

NOR: 13-Gudbjörg Gunnarsdóttir; 2-Anna María Baldursdóttir (20-Elísa Vidarsdóttir 85), 4-Glódís Perla Viggósdóttir, 15-Anna Björk Kristjánsdóttir, 11-Hallbera Gudný Gísladóttir; 18-Gudný Björk Ódinsdóttir (21-Fanndís Fridriksdóttir, 56), 7-Sara Björk Gunnarsdóttir, 14-Gunnhildur Yrsa Jónsdóttir (17-Ásgerdur Baldursdóttir, 70), 6-Hólmfrídur Magnúsdóttir (22-Rakel Hönnudóttir, 56), 10-Dagný Brynjarsdóttir; 16-Harpa Thorsteinsdóttir (23-Gudmunda Brynja Óladóttir, 85)    
Subs Not Used: 1-Sandra Sigurdardóttir, 3-Lára Kristín Pedersen, 5-Arna Sif Ásgrímsdóttir, 8-Katrín Ómarsdóttir, 12-Sonný Lára Thráinsdóttir, 19-Elín Metta Jensen
Head Coach: Frey Alexandersson

Stats Summary: USA / ISL
Shots: 8 / 2
Shots on Goal: 5 / 2
Saves: 2 / 4
Corner Kicks: 6 / 1
Fouls: 11 / 18
Offside: 4 / 1

Misconduct Summary:
ISL – Hólmfrídur Magnúsdóttir (caution)        14th minute
USA – Alex Morgan (caution)                        53
ISL – Sara Björk Gunnarsdóttir (caution)       72
ISL – Elísa Vidarsdóttir (cuation)                    89

Officials:
Referee: Abirami Naidu (SIN)
Assistant Referee 1: Sarah Ho (AUS)
Assistant Referee 2: Widiya Shamsuri (MAS)
Fourth Official: Stephanie Frappart (FRA)

Budweiser Woman of the Match: Becky Sauerbrunn  

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U.S. National Team: One of the USA’s toughest and most experienced defenders, she had an extensive youth international career before breaking into the full team in 2006 and 2007 … Changed the name on the back of her jersey from Buehler to her married name – Van Hollebeke – heading into 2014.

2015:
Made her first appearance and start of the year in a 0-0 draw with Iceland on March 9 at the Algarve Cup... Played all 90 minutes and helped the USA advance to the championship match where the WNT won its 10th Algarve Cup with a 2-0 victory over France on March 11... 2014: Played 197 minutes in four games, starting three … Suffered an ankle injury early in an April match vs. China PR in her hometown of San Diego that kept her off the field for an extended period …  2013: Played 653 minutes in 10 matches, starting six, and scored two goals – a career high for a calendar year … She captained the USA in her 100th cap on March 6 against Iceland at the Algarve Cup and scored, pounding in a header … She became the 29th female player to play 100 or more times for the United States … Also scored in a 7-0 victory vs. Mexico at RFK Stadium on Sept. 3, upping her career goal total to five, fifth-best all-time for a defender … 2012: Played in 31 of the USA’s 32 matches, starting 26, and had one goal with four assists, doubling her career assist total to that point … Her 2,433 minutes marked the first time she had played more than 2,000 minutes in a year for the USA … Started all six games at the 2012 Olympics, playing all but 38 minutes of the tournament in helping the USA to the gold medal, her second … Played four matches at Olympic qualifying, starting three games, and scored her one goal of the year against the Dominican Republic, giving her three for her career … 2011: A full-time starter for the USA in 2011, she played in 19 of the USA’s 20 matches, starting 18 … The only match she missed came when she was suspended for the Women’s World Cup semifinal after getting a controversial red card in the quarterfinal win against Brazil ... Started all five games she played in the Women’s World Cup in Germany and scored her first-ever World Cup goal in the 2-0 victory over Korea DPR to clinch the USA’s opening match of the tournament … It was just her second career goal … Was second on the team in minutes played with 1,608 … 2010: Had a breakthrough year for the U.S. WNT, becoming a starter and named co-captain … Started 17 matches and led the team in minutes played with 1,474, playing in the central defense and at outside back … Played four matches in the CONCACAF Women’s World Cup Qualifying Tournament and scored her first career goal against Haiti in a 5-0 win … Played all 180 minutes in the two-leg Women’s World Cup playoff against Italy … 2009: Played in all eight WNT matches, making five starts, including the huge win against Germany in Germany at the end of October … Also started the final two matches at the Algarve Cup in Portugal … Solidified her role as an impact player on the USA’s back line as she passed 30 career caps … 2008: Made her first WNT roster and debuted for the full team in March of 2008 at the Algarve Cup in Portugal, starting and playing the entire game against China… Earned the first 23 caps of her career in 2008, playing well enough – mostly at outside back – to earn a spot on the 2008 Olympic Team … Played in two matches at the Olympics, starting one, in which she played all 90 minutes against New Zealand in group play … Started eight total matches during the year and picked up one assist … 2007: Attended training camps throughout the winter and spring with the Women’s National Team and participated in the Residency Training Camp ... 2006: Got her first call-up to training camp in July 2006 … Youth National Team: Played extensively with the U.S. U-21 Women’s National Team (earning 17 U-21 caps), playing in the Nordic Cup in Sweden (2005), Norway (2006) and Finland (2007), while winning the title in 2005 and 2007 … Was a starter for the USA in two FIFA youth world championships … Played on the U.S. team that took third place in the 2004 FIFA U-19 Women’s World Cup in Thailand and on the team that won the 2002 FIFA U-19 Women’s World Cup in Canada, but suffered a torn ACL at the beginning of the championship game in Edmonton … She had started five of six games in the tournament to that point, scoring a goal off a penalty kick against England … Started all five games at the CONCACAF qualifying tournament in Canada in 2004, playing every minute while scoring two goals with one assist … Finished her U-19 international career with 30 U-19 caps … In 2003, she did not play with the U-19s as she was recovering from another ACL injury, this one to her other knee, which came on the first day after returning to the field after rehabbing her first torn ACL … Played with the U-17 and U-16 National Teams … First Appearance: March 5, 2008, vs. China … First Goal: Oct. 28, 2010, vs. Haiti.

Professional / Club 2014: Overcame an ankle injury suffered with the U.S. team to play in 12 games for Portland Thorns FC, starting nine and logging in 835 minutes … Helped the team to a 10-8-6 regular season record and a third place finish to qualify for the NWSL playoffs where team fell 2-0 to eventual NWSL title winner FC Kansas City in the semifinals … Lived in Japan for three months in the fall of 2014- alongside WNT teammate Kristie Mewis as they did a stint with the Iga FC Kunoichi club … 2013: Allocated to Portland Thorns FC for the inaugural NWSL season and had an excellent year in helping her club to the 2013 NWSL title … Played every minute of all 20 matches that she started, picking up two assists … Committed just 14 fouls, one for every 128 minutes she was on the field ... Played all 90 minutes in both the semifinal and championship game … Named to the NWSL Second XI … 2012: Signed as a free agent with the Atlanta Beat before the WPS folded … 2011: Signed with the Boston Breakers and played 895 minutes over 10 matches, starting them all … Scored one goal, the third of her professional club career, and helped the Breakers to the WPS playoffs … 2010: Played in and started 22 matches for FC Gold Pride, scoring one goal while captaining the club to the WPS title … Named a starter in the WPS All-Star Game and to the WPS Best XI … Committed just 13 fouls over 1,958 minutes … 2009: Allocated to FC Gold Pride for the inaugural WPS season … Started 17 matches, playing every minute of each game as she anchored the back line … Had one goal and one assist … Committed just 10 fouls in more than 1,530 minutes … Youth: Played for the San Diego Surf for seven years ... Named the club’s 2003 Player of the Year ... Was an NSCAA U-16 and U-17 Youth All-American.

College / High School – Finished a decorated career at Stanford in the fall of 2007 and was named by the NCAA Honors Committee as a recipient of the prestigious NCAA Top VIII Award … A three-year captain for the Cardinal, she was an All-Pac-10 Conference First-Team selection …She was an NSCAA First-Team All- American Scholar Athlete and was chosen as the ESPN Academic All-American of the Year … As a red-shirt senior, she started all 23 of Stanford’s games during one of the school’s most successful years ever … As a redshirt junior in 2006, she was an All-Pac-10 First Team selection and named to the Pac-10 All-Academic First Team, one of two players in the conference to be named to both First Teams ... She was also an ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American First Team selection ... Started all 23 games for the Cardinal, one of four Stanford players to start every game ... Led the defense to 15 shutouts and a 0.55 goals-against average ... As a redshirt sophomore in 2005, she started all 20 games for the Cardinal and earned Second Team All-Pac-10 accolades ... Named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District Second-Team ... Tallied two goals on the year, both game-winners during the Stanford Nike Invitational ... Her first collegiate goal came against Santa Clara ... Followed up with her second goal two days later against Colorado College ... As a sophomore in 2004, she redshirted the season, spending the fall with the U.S. Under-19 National Team … As a freshman in 2003, she played in 15 games and made eight starts … High School: At Torrey Pines High School, she was twice named a Parade Magazine All-American (2002 and 2003) and named the Torrey Pines’ Defender of the Year in 2000 and Player of the Year in 2001 and 2002 ... Captained her high school squad during her junior and senior seasons ... Named the 2001 and 2002 Palomar League Player of the Year ... Earned First Team All-CIF and All-Palomar League honors for three straight years (2000-02).

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