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Back at Home, WNT Preps for Final Stretch Before World Cup

After playing six consecutive matches in Europe and winning the Algarve Cup in Portugal, the U.S. WNT has come home for a final stretch of four games leading into the Women’s World Cup. A sign that the World Cup is close? The players knocked out the final Beep Test of the year.

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

Highlights: WNT Claims 10th Algarve Cup with 2-0 Defeat of France

The WNT played in the championship game of the Algarve Cup in a rematch game against France.

WNT Defeats France 2-0 to Win 10th Algarve Cup

FARO, Portugal (March 11, 2015) – The U.S. Women’s National Team earned its 10th championship at the Algarve Cup, defeating France 2-0 at Algarve Stadium. 

Defender Julie Johnston’s first WNT goal proved to be the winner and Christen Press recorded her 20th international goal late in the first half. Budweiser Woman of the Match Hope Solo and the USA defense earned the shutout, with Solo coming up big with a diving stop on Amandine Henry’s 81st-minute penalty kick. 

The title match was the USA’s 14th appearance in an Algarve Cup title game in 20 trips to the tournament. The USA and France had never faced each other in an Algarve Cup title game. 

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Julie Johnston (Lauren Holiday), 7th minute: Holiday took the free kick from 23 yards out to the left of the box and delivered a whipping right-footed ball that easily avoided France’s two-player wall and into the middle of the six-yard box. Johnston made a strong run, leaned to her left and headed the ball into the right side of the frame for her first WNT goal. It was Holiday’s team-leading third assist of the year. USA 1, FRA 0 (SEE GOAL) 

USA – Christen Press (Amy Rodriguez), 41st minute: Hope Solo’s goal kick reached the midfield and Rodriguez deflected the ball toward Press. Romania referee Cristina Dorcioman allowed the USA to play advantage, and France’s defense stalled. Press played on and weaved her way through three scrambling France defenders before slotting her low shot just inside the right post for her first goal of the year and 20th of her WNT career. USA 2, FRA 0 (SEE GOAL) (FINAL) 

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
USA – Lauren Holiday, 2nd minute: France possessed well in the early going, with Eugenie Le Sommer lurking at the edge of the 18-yard box. Le Sommer attempted a right-footed blast but Holiday lunged in with an aggressive block. 

USA – Hope Solo, 22nd minute: France’s Camille Abily geared up for a long range shot from outside the box that she drove past U.S. defender Julie Johnston. Solo needed to move slightly to her right to save the high-paced attempt and did well to prevent any rebound, leaning over to corral the shot. 

USA – Hope Solo, 35th minute: France was awarded a free kick just to the left of the box, and Camille Abily’s right-footed ball was played to the edge of the six-yard box. Solo rushed off her line and punched it away with her left glove, directing the ball toward the sideline. 

USA – Hope Solo, 40th minute: Kheira Hamraoui unleashed a low shot from distance, with Becky Sauerbrunn as the closest U.S. defender to the ball. Though Solo could have been partially screened, she was on top of the shot and punched it away. Julie Johnston then cleared the ball out of bounds. 

USA – Hope Solo, 71st minute: France’s Laure Boulleau crossed in from the left side and the ball bent toward the goal. Solo needed to stretch to tip the ball as it almost simultaneously caromed off of the crossbar. 

FRA – Sarah Bouhaddi, 79th minute: U.S. second-half sub Sydney Leroux hoped to get into the scoring act when the ball was played deep up the field. Bouhaddi read the play well and beat Leroux to the ball toward the top of the box. 

USA – Hope Solo, 81st minute: U.S. outside back Meghan Klingenberg was whistled for grabbing Marie-Laure Delie’s arm in the penalty box. Amandine Henry took the penalty kick and Solo had it read the whole way. Even before Henry’s shot, Solo took a step to her right and then dove in that direction to parry the ball away. (SEE SAVE) 

Milestone Watch:

  • Goalkeeper Hope Solo earned her 81st shutout for the USA.
  • Christen Press became the 26th player to record at least 20 goals during her WNT tenure.
  • Abby Wambach made her 238th appearance and ranks sixth on the all-time WNT list. She is one game behind fifth-place Joy Fawcett (239 games from 1987-2004).
  • Megan Rapinoe earned her 99th cap, and is now one appearance away from hitting the century mark. Thirty other WNT players have reached 100 caps. 

Next on the Schedule:
The U.S. WNT hosts New Zealand at 2:30 p.m. CT on April 4 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, where more than 30,000 tickets have been sold.
Broadcast information: FOX Sports 1; Ticket information
Social: Twitter (@ussoccer_wnt; @ussoccer_esp); Facebook; Instagram 

Additional Notes:

  • The USA moved to 15-1-2 all-time and improved to 4-0-0 in the Algarve Cup against France.
  • The U.S. is now 4-1-1 in 2015.
  • U.S. head coach Jill Ellis’ lineup featured a 4-4-2, with Hope Solo in goal and a defensive line of Ali Krieger at right back, Meghan Klingenberg on the left and center back pairing Becky Sauerbrunn and Julie Johnston.
  • In the midfield, Carli Lloyd wore the captain’s armband and played on the right. Christen Press was on the left and Lauren Holiday and Morgan Brian played centrally.
  • Alex Morgan and Amy Rodriguez were paired up top, with Rodriguez earning her first start of the tournament.
  • Kelley O’Hara replaced Rodriguez in the 68th minute for the USA’s first sub. Press moved up to forward and O’Hara played in the midfield.
  • In the 75th minute, Sydney Leroux entered for Press.
  • In the 85th minute, the USA made three subs. Shannon Boxx replaced Morgan Brian, Wambach for Klingenberg and Megan Rapinoe for Alex Morgan. Wambach played alongside Leroux up top, Rapinoe on the left side of the midfield and Boxx in central midfield. O’Hara dropped to left back. 

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

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. France
Date: March 11, 2015
Competition: 2015 Algarve Cup – Championship Match
Venue: Algarve Stadium; Faro, Portugal
Kickoff: 12 p.m. ET; 4 p.m. local
Attendance: 1,500 
Weather: 64 degrees; Sunny and breezy 

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

USA – Julie Johnston (Lauren Holiday)                     7th minute
USA – Christen Press (Amy Rodriguez)                    41 

Lineups:
USA: 1-Hope Solo; 11-Ali Krieger, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 26-Julie Johnston, 25-Meghan Klingenberg (20-Abby Wambach, 85); 10-Carli Lloyd (capt.), 12-Lauren Holiday, 14-Morgan Brian (7-Shannon Boxx, 85), 23-Christen Press (2-Sydney Leroux, 75); 8-Amy Rodriguez (5-Kelley O’Hara, 68), 13-Alex Morgan (15-Megan Rapinoe, 85)
Subs Not Used: 3-Christie Rampone, 9-Heather O’Reilly, 16-Lori Chalupny, 17-Tobin Heath, 19-Rachel Van Hollebeke, 22-Crystal Dunn, 24-Ashlyn Harris
Head coach: Jill Ellis

FRA: 16-Sarah Bouhaddi; 8-Jessica Houara, 20-Anaïg Butel, 5-Sabrina Delannoy, 3-Laure Boulleau; 13-Kadidiatou Diani (7-Kenza Dali, 58), 6-Amandine Henry, 10-Camille Abily, 23-Kheira Hamraoui (11-Claire Lavogez, 58); 17-Gaëtane Thiney (18-Marie-Laure Delie, 78), 9-Eugénie Le Sommer
Subs Not Used: 1-Emmeline Mainguy, 2-Wendie Renard, 4-Sandra Toletti, 12-Elodie Thomis, 14-Aureli Kaci, 15-Elise Bussaglia, 19-Griedge M’Bock Bathy Nka, 21-Méline Gerard, 22-Amel Majri
Head coach: Philippe Bergeroo 

Stats Summary: USA / FRA
Shots: 5 / 11
Shots on Goal: 2 / 7
Saves: 7 / 0
Corner Kicks: 2 / 7
Fouls: 13 / 6
Offside: 3 / 2 

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Morgan Brian (caution)                       33rd minute 

Officials:
Referee: Cristina Dorcioman (ROU)
Assistant Referee 1: Petruta Iugulescu (ROU)
Assistant Referee 2: Sanja Rodak (CRO)
Fourth Official: Claudia Umpierrez (URU) 

Budweiser Woman of the Match: Hope Solo

U.S. National Team: Called into the U.S. team for the first time in January of 2008 and then earned a place on the roster for the Four Nations Tournament in China where she earned her first two caps … Her first start and cap against Canada on Jan. 16, 2008, was also Pia Sundhage’s first match as head coach … Trained with the WNT in February of that year, but then traveled to Spain with the U.S. U-23s … Did not get another call-up to the senior team until after the 2010 WPS season and worked her way into the mix as she has become a vital player and consistent defender for the National Team.

2015:
 Only player on the roster to have started and played the entirety (540 minutes) of all six matches for the U.S. Women so far this year... Vital member of the WNT defense during its run at the Algarve Cup en route to capturing its 10th title following a 2-0 victory over France on March 11... 2014: Played in 22 games, logging career-highs in minutes played (1,757) and games started (20) … Member of the team that won the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship as she played every minute of three matches to help the USA book its ticket to the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup … Became the 46th female U.S. player to play 50 more games when she started the first game of the year against Canada in Frisco, Texas, and had the assist on the game-winning goal … 2013: Was a consistent starter at center-back, getting the nod in 10 of the 12 games she played … Played 940 minutes, third most on the team … 2012: Saw the most action of her National Team career to date , playing 1,255 minutes over 22 games while making nine starts … Played both center back and at outside back during the year … Made her first Olympic Team and played in three matches off the bench … Only played 38 total minutes, but was a sub in both the semifinal and the final to help seal those victories and the Olympic gold medal … Started and played every minute of three matches at the CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying tournament in Vancouver, Canada … 2011: Had her best year yet for the National Team, playing in 12 games while starting eight and made her first Women’s World Cup roster at the senior level … Played in just one match in Germany but had a stellar game while playing all 90 minutes during the semifinal victory against France, stepping up in a big way to replace the suspended Rachel Buehler … 2010: Played in five matches, starting three, and made the roster for the CONCACAF Women’s World Cup Qualifying tournament, playing in one match … Was called into a training camp prior to the qualifying roster being named due to an injury to another player and ended up making the roster and solidifying her place in the national team pool … Youth National Teams: Played for the U.S. U-21s/U-23s in 2007 and 2008, winning Nordic Cup titles in both years … Co-captain of Nordic Cup champion U-23s in 2008 … Was a starter and co-captain for the USA at the 2004 FIFA U-19 Women’s World Cup in Thailand, playing every minute of all six games … Completed her U-19 career with 25 caps … Member of U.S. U-16s and U-17s from 2000-02 … Attended the U.S. U-14 I.D. camp in 1999 … First Appearance: Jan. 16, 2008, vs. Canada … First Goal: None.

Professional / Club2014: Named the NWSL Defender of the Year to become the first repeat winner of an NWSL season-end award after also claiming the honor in 2013 … Helped FC Kansas City win its first NWSL title after the team defeated Seattle 2-1 in the NWSL Championship Game … Named to the NWSL Best XI First-Team … Played every minute of 22 starts for FCKC during the regular season … Tied for third-most starts in the team … Has still yet to come out of a professional club match in which she started … 2013: Had an excellent season with FC Kansas City, playing every minute of all 19 games she started in helping her club to a second place finish and a playoff berth … Was named the 2013 NWSL Defender of the Year and to the NWSL Best XI … At this point in her career, she had yet to come out of a professional game in which she had started, playing every minute, spanning three WPS seasons and one NWSL season (and missed just 10 minutes in her college career) … 2012: Allocated to FC Kansas City for the inaugural NWSL season … The only player to play every minute of the first two WPS regular seasons, a streak that was only broken when she left to play for the USA at the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Germany … She played every minute of every match she played in her WPS career … Signed with Sky Blue FC as a free agent for the 2012 season before the league folded … 2011: Signed with magicJack and played in 13 regular season games, tied for most WPS matches played by a U.S. WNT player, while playing all 1,170 minutes (most by a WNT player) … Also played all 180 minutes over magicJack’s two playoff games … 2010: She started all 24 matches for the Washington Freedom and picked one up assist … Played all 120 minutes in playoff match against Philadelphia … 2009: Selected by the Washington Freedom as the third overall pick in the 2008 WPS General Draft ahead of the inaugural season … She started all 20 games and scored one goal, a spectacular header for the Freedom’s first WPS goal … Immediately after the 2009 WPS season, she played three months in Norway for Røa IL, a club right outside of Oslo … Her team finished first in the league and won the Norwegian Cup … She also played two rounds of UEFA Champions League, defeating Everton of England and FK Zvezda of Russia in two-leg series’ to get to the final eight … 2008: Played for the Freedom in W-League during 2008 … Played for the Richmond Kickers in the W-League in 2006-07 and the Boston Renegades in 2005 … Youth club: Played youth club for J.B. Marine and helped lead her teams to four state cup titles and a 2000 regional championship.

College / High School – Played at Virginia from 2003 to 2007 … Played every game and all but 10 minutes during her college career … She became the Cavaliers’ only three-time NSCAA All-American and was named First-Team NSCAA All-American and the ACC Defensive Player of the Year as a senior in 2007 … Part of defensive unit that led the nation in goals against average (0.40) and set a school record with 15 shutouts in 2007 … NSCAA Scholar Athlete of the Year in 2007 … As a junior in 2006, she was an NSCAA Second-Team All-American and First-Team All-ACC … Started all 22 games and played every minute of the season … Named to the ACC All-Academic Team in 2006 … As a sophomore in 2005, she was Second-Team All-ACC, started every game and played every minute of the season … Had one goal and two assists … Her 2,289 minutes played set a Virginia record for a season … Red-shirted what would have been her sophomore season in 2004 to play in the FIFA U-19 Women’s World Cup … As a freshman in 2003, she was an NSCAA First-Team All­American, Second-Team All-ACC and the ACC Freshman of the Year … Started all 21 games and played every minute of the season … High School: Attended Ladue High School where she was a two-time NSCAA Youth All-American and a two-time Parade All-American … She was the 2003 Gatorade Missouri Player of the Year … First-Team St. Louis Post-Dispatch All-Metro as a senior … She had 21 goals and 19 assists during her senior year … Was also conference player of the year in volleyball and basketball … St. Louis Post-Dispatch Scholar-Athlete Award winner.

Personal – Full name is Rebecca Elizabeth Sauerbrunn … Majored in English literature and composition at Virginia … Was midway through getting her master’s in education from UVA when WPS started, so she put her studies on hold … Loves country music … Loves reading fiction, especially science fiction and fantasy, and her favorite series is “His Dark Materials” by Philip Pullman … Will name her first cat “Ender” after her favorite science fiction character … Favorite all-time TV show is “Lost” … Enjoys “Game of Thrones,” “The Wire,” “True Detective,” and pretty much anything created by HBO or Netflix ... Favorite movie is “The Shawshank Redemption” … Loves going to movies and enjoys writing … Favorite soccer team is Arsenal but also really likes watching Real Madrid … Likes Liverpool center back Martin Skrtel because they are complete opposites in how they play … Favorite color is grey … The youngest of three children, she has two older brothers … Surprisingly good at video games, especially racing and adventure ones, like Zelda … Would drink lattes all day, every day if not for the resulting dehydration and over-active brain activity … Has a dry, dark sense of humor that still often catches her teammates off guard … Favorite number is 11, and during the past 15 years she has either worn 11 or 22, but at the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup and 2012 Olympics she wore the number 4 and has kept that number ever since.

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