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Becky Sauerbrunn's Story - One Nation. One Team. 23 Stories.

At times, growing up with two older brothers wasn’t easy, but it certainly helped mold Becky Sauerbrunn into the tremendous competitor she is today. While her brothers did in fact dress her in make-shift goalie gear and shot hockey pucks at her, they also helped her learn to read, which opened up a new universe of literature and in turn nurtured her passion for knowledge. Now Sauerbrunn makes a point to learn about new cultures in all the places she’s been able to travel with the U.S. Women’s National Team while always looking to expand her education.

WNT Puts on a Show For Detroit and Birmingham

The U.S. Victory Tour rolled through Michigan and Alabama as the World Champions delighted the large crowds with two convincing performances.

WNT Defeats Haiti 5-0 at Ford Field in Detroit

DETROIT (Sept. 17, 2015) – The World Cup Champion U.S. Women’s National Team continued its Victory Tour with a 5-0 win against Haiti in front of a record crowd of 34,538 at Ford Field. The crowd was the largest to attend a soccer game in the history of the Detroit stadium.

Carli Lloyd struck first for the U.S. in the sixth minute. The 2015 World Cup Golden Ball winner was set up by a Crystal Dunn cross in a prelude of what would come over the next 84 minutes. In the 33rd minute, Dunn again had the assist, finding Christen Press with a near-post cross and she volleyed home for her 25th WNT score. Four minutes later, Lloyd added her second, and would complete her hat trick in the second half.

In the final minutes of the match, Dunn rose up for a header off a cross from Heather O’Reilly to earn her first international goal in her first start of the year and just her second cap of 2015. The teams will travel south for another match-up as the Victory Tour continues in Birmingham, Alabama on Sept. 20. For more information on tickets, click here. 

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Carli Lloyd (Crystal Dunn) 6th minute:
Crystal Dunn picked up the ball on the right and beat her defender down the line Just before reaching the end line, Dunn whipped a cross into the box. Lloyd out-jumped her defender and for a spectacular header, bouncing it in for first goal of the game. USA 1, HAI 0 SEE GOAL 

USA – Christen Press (Crystal Dunn), 33rd minute: Similar to the first goal, Crystal Dunn played creator. She worked a give-and-go with Tobin Heath before moving down the right-hand edge of the box and again curled in a cross that found Christen Press in front of the goal. Press shielded her defender and with re-directed the cross into the net at the near post. USA 2, HAI 0 SEE GOAL 

USA – Carli Lloyd (penalty kick) 37th minute: After Christen Press was taken down in the box, the U.S. was awarded a penalty kick. Lloyd powered a perfectly placed shot past the diving ‘keeper and into the right corner for a 3-0 halftime lead. USA 3, HAI 0 

USA – Carli Lloyd (Lauren Holiday) 69th minute: Lauren Holiday drove a perfect ball across the box on the corner kick. Lloyd rose above the pack and sent her header back across the goal, over the Haiti ‘keeper and into the net to complete her hat trick. USA 4, HAI 0 SEE GOAL 

USA – Crystal Dunn (Heather O’Reilly) 90+3 minute: In the game’s final seconds Crystal Dunn scored her first career international goal. It came on a cross from Heather O’Reilly. Dunn cut through the box, sliced in front of Abby Wambach and jumped high to power her header home. USA 5, HAI 0 FINAL 

Next on the Schedule: The WNT continues the 2015 Victory Tour with a stop in Birmingham, Alabama on Sept. 20 where it will face Haiti at Legion Field. 
Broadcast information: ESPN2, WatchESPN (1:30 p.m. CT; Sept. 20) 
Social:  Twitter (@ussoccer_wnt@ussoccer_esp);  FacebookInstagram 

Milestone Watch:
  • In addition to tallying two assists for her first international points, Crystal Dunn scored on a header in stoppage time for her first international goal.
  • With their appearances tonight, Becky Sauerbrunn earned her 90th cap, while Ali Krieger earned her 75th cap. Hope Solo earned her 180th cap.
  • With her goal tonight, Christen Press became the 22nd player in U.S. WNT history to score 25 goals.
  • Carli Lloyd’s trio of scores pushed her career total to 74 and she is now just one goal away from tying Cindy Parlow for sixth on the all-time list. The U.S. captain has scored 10 times in her last seven games and tonight marked her 10th multi-goal game for the WNT.
  • Lloyd became the sixth WNT player with four career hat tricks.
  • The WNT extended its record unbeaten streak to 99-consecutive home games (87-0-12). The last loss at home came to Denmark on Nov. 6, 2004.

  • Additional Notes:
    • Crystal Dunn’s start was her first of 2015 and her first appearance since coming on as a substitute against England in February. Dunn was the 2015 NWSL Golden Boot winner, scoring 15 goals.
    • Prior to the Sept. 20 match in Birmingham, midfielder Tobin Heath will be honored for earning her 100th cap. Against Costa Rica on Aug. 19, Heath became the 33rd American female to play 100 times for her country. She debuted for the USA in January of 2008 and has scored 12 goals over her first 101 games, including famously tallying the fifth goal in the 2015 Women's World Cup Final.
    • With the win tonight, the WNT remained unbeaten indoors, improving to 16-0-1.
    • The USA improves to 5-0-0 all-time against Haiti with 34 goals scored and none conceded.
    • Ashlyn Harris played the second half in goal to earn her eighth cap.
    • Carli Lloyd leads the USWNT in scoring in 2015 with 13 goals. The third time she has reached double-digits in goals scored in a calendar year. Her career high is 15, which she achieved in 2014 and 2012.

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

    Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Haiti
    Date: Sept. 17, 2015
    Competition: International Friendly – Victory Tour
    Venue: Ford Field; Detroit, Michigan
    Kickoff: 7 p.m. ET
    Attendance: 34,538
    Weather: Indoors 

    Scoring Summary:       1          2          F
    USA                                3          2          5
    HAI                                 0          0          0 

    USA – Carli Lloyd (Crystal Dunn)            6th minute
    USA – Christen Press (Crystal Dunn)        33
    USA – Carli Lloyd (penalty kick)              37
    USA – Carli Lloyd (Lauren Holiday)         69
    USA – Crystal Dunn (Heather O’Reilly)    90+3

    USA: 1-Hope Solo (18-Ashlyn Harris, 46); 5-Kelley O’Hara (11-Ali Krieger, 46), 19-Julie Johnston, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 22-Meghan Klingenberg; 25-Crystal Dunn, 14-Morgan Brian (12-Lauren Holiday, 46), 17-Tobin Heath (3-Christie Rampone, 63), 23-Christen Press (9-Heather O’Reilly, 63), 10-Carli Lloyd (capt.); 13-Alex Morgan (20-Abby Wambach, 63) 
    Subs Not Used: 6-Whitney Engen, 7-Shannon Boxx, 8-Amy Rodriguez, 15-Megan Rapinoe, 16-Lori Chalupny, 21-Alyssa Naeher
    Head coach: Jill Ellis 

    HAI: 12-Edny Limage (capt.) (1- Jonie Gabriel, 87); 2-Soveline Beaubrun, 4-Clorene Rateau, 6-Kimberly Boulos, 7-Roselord Borgella, 8-Sherly Jeudy (5-Sabine Chandler, 46), 9-Nerilia Mondesir, 10-Betcheba Louis (3-Jennifer Limage, 82), 13-Zila Lafleur (18-Kensia Destinvil, 86), 17-Yvrose Gervil, 20-Phisline Michel (16-Darline Radamaker, 46)
    Subs Not Used: 19-Bencia Erleus, 21-Emeline Charles
    Head coach: Shek Borkowski 

    Stats Summary: USA / HAI
    Shots: 36 / 1
    Shots on Goal: 13 / 1
    Saves: 1 / 8
    Corner Kicks: 7 / 1
    Fouls: 2 / 9
    Offside: 5 / 0 

    Misconduct Summary:
    HAI – Kimberly Boulos (caution)             85th minute 

    Referee: Katja Koroleva (USA)  
    Assistant Referee 1: Princess Brown (JAM)
    Assistant Referee 2: Stacy-Ann Greyson (JAM)
    4th Official: Tori Penso (USA) 

    Budweiser Woman of the Match: Carli Lloyd

    U.S. WNT Continues Victory Tour with 7-2 Win in Chattanooga

    CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee (Aug. 19, 2015) – The World Cup Champion U.S. Women’s National Team continued its Victory Tour with a 7-2 win against Costa Rica in front of a record crowd of 20,535 at Finley Stadium. The crowd was the largest for a stand-alone WNT friendly in the southeastern region of the United States.

    Members of the military led the team out on the field and a moment of silence was observed before kickoff in memory of the tragedy that took place on July 17 when a gunman opened fire on two military sites in Chattanooga, killing five servicemen. During the game the WNT players wore black armbands in memory of the victims.

    The U.S. WNT will be auctioning off their autographed game-worn jerseys on to raise money for the families of the victims. More information on the start of the auction will be provided soon.

    After the U.S. took an early 2-0 lead behind goals from Carli Lloyd and Heather O’Reilly, the match was delayed for 83 minutes due to lightning. After returning to the field, the U.S. continued their dominance with additional goals from Abby Wambach, O’Reilly, Alex Morgan and Amy Rodriguez. The WNT also benefited from an own goal, but Costa Rica was able to find the back of the net twice in second half for their first ever goals against the U.S. in 12 meetings.   

    The U.S. players will now return to their NWSL clubs for the stretch run of the season and continues its Victory Tour with a pair of matches against Australia in September, at Ford Field in Detroit on Sept. 17 and at Legion Field in Birmingham, Alabama on Sept. 20. Tickets are going fast with 30,000 already sold in Detroit and 27,000 in Birmingham. For more information on tickets, click here.

    Goal Scoring Rundown:
    USA – Carli Lloyd, 7th minute:
    Lloyd’s spectacular blast from 31 yards off a direct free kick deflected off a Costa Rican defender in the wall, hit the bottom of the crossbar at the upper left corner and bounced down into the goal to give the WNT an early lead. USA 1, CRC 0 SEE GOAL

    USA – Heather O’Reilly, 13th minute: Carli Lloyd received a pass at the top of the box, spun towards goal and blasted a shot on frame. The Costa Rican goalkeeper responded with a tremendous diving save, but couldn’t hold the ball and Heather O’Reilly followed up to finish the rebound and double the WNT lead. USA 2, CRC 0 SEE GOAL

    USA – Abby Wambach (Lori Chalupny), 18th minute: Carli Lloyd started the run down the right side and as she approached the end line sent a cross over to Lori Chalupny, who was positioned in the left side of the box. With the defense closing in, Chalupny sent the ball back across to Abby Wambach, who one-timed it home with her left foot. USA 3, CRC 0

    USA – Carli Lloyd (Megan Rapinoe), 20th minute: The goal came off a corner kick from Megan Rapinoe. Rapinoe whipped in a cross and Lloyd knifed though the defense, leapt into the air and volleyed home from close range for her second goal of the game. USA 4, CRC 0

    USA – Heather O’Reilly (Abby Wambach), 23rd minute: Abby Wambach, who just five minutes before had scored a goal of her own, dribbled powerfully down the left side. O’Reilly made a run to the near post, and Wambach, who has been the recipient of many O’Reilly crosses in the past, was the distributor this time around. O’Reilly met Wambach’s cross with her a powerful header high into the net for her second score of the game. USA 5, CRC 0

    USA – Katherine Alvarado (Own Goal), 31st minute: Off another corner Lloyd made a run into the box and Alvarado was grabber her the whole time. The driven ball skipped through traffic inside the penalty box, bounced off her shin and skipped into the back of the net. USA 6, CRC 0

    CRC – Cristin Granados (Carolina Venegas), 56th minute: Carolina Venegas made a great move to get around Tobin Heath near the end line and then threaded a ball back to Granados in the seam. With a first-time shot she pushed it past a diving Hope Solo from close range. USA 6, CRC 1

    CRC – Karla Villalobos (Mariana Benavides), 69th minute: Mariana Benavides got a long ball up and through the U.S. defense to Villalobos who took a few controlling dribbles near the top of the box and finessed a bending ball over Naeher and into the upper right corner. USA 6, CRC 2

    USA – Alex Morgan (Amy Rodriguez), 81st minute: After substitute goalkeeper Yolian Sala made a great kick save, Costa Rica poorly cleared the ball away and it found Amy Rodriguez on the right side of the box. Rodriguez took a great touch to beat a defender and sent a perfect back post cross to Alex Morgan who chested it into the net for the seventh score of the game. USA 7, CRC 2 SEE GOAL

    Next on the Schedule: The WNT continues the 2015 Victory Tour with a stop in Detroit on Sept. 17 to take on Australia at Ford Field, where more than 30,000 tickets have already been sold.
    Broadcast information: FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports GO (7 p.m. ET; Sept. 19)
    Social: Twitter (@ussoccer_wnt@ussoccer_esp); FacebookInstagram

    Milestone Watch:

    • Tobin Heath earned her 100th cap with the WNT. She is the 33rd player to play 100 times, having made her debut with the USA in 2008. She will be honored before the USA’s next match in Detroit.
    • Wambach extended her record as the world’s all-time leading goal scorer, notching the 184th goal of her career.
    • Heather O’Reilly’s brace pushed her career scoring total to 45 goals. She has scored two goals in each of the last two games and has now tallied four multi-goal games in her career.
    • Lloyd’s two scores gave her 71 for her career, just four short of tying Cindy Parlow for sixth on the USA’s all-time goal scoring list.
    • Shannon Boxx earned her 193rd cap, moving past Brandi Chastain into sole possession of 11th place on the USA’s all-time caps list.
    • Carli Lloyd earned her 204th cap to move into a tie for eighth place on the USA’s all-time caps list with Tiffeny Milbrett.
    • Alex Morgan’s 53rd goal moved her into a tie for ninth place with Carin Gabbara on the USA’s all-time scoring list.

    Additional Notes:

    • In the game’s 15th minute, the game paused for lightning delay, which lasted 83 minutes.
    • Prior to the match, Lori Chalupny was honored for earning her 100th cap. On May 10 against Ireland in San Jose, Chalupny, who announced her retirement from international soccer on Aug. 17, became the 32nd American female to play 100 times for her country. She debuted for the USA at the age of 17 in 2001 and has won a U-19 Women's World Cup title, an Olympic gold medal and a Women's World Cup title.
    • The match was the second for the WNT at Finley Stadium and with the win the team improved to 2-0-0 in the Chattanooga. The USA last played there in 1997, when it defeated Sweden 3-1 at the home of the National Premier Soccer League's Chattanooga FC and the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga Moccasins football and women's soccer teams.
    • The WNT is now 5-0-0 all time in the state of Tennessee, where it has outscored opponents 17-5.
    • Carli Lloyd’s 70th goal made her the seventh player in U.S. history to score 70 or more goals.
    • Heather O’Reilly has scored multiple goals in each of the WNT’s last two games.
    • Costa Rica’s first goal was the first it has scored against the USWNT in the history of the series between the two teams.
    • The USA remains perfect against Costa Rica, improving its all-time record to 12-0-0. 

    Behind The Crest. Ep. 8 - #USWNT in Canada

    The U.S. WNT wins the World Cup and celebrates with fans in this final episode of Behind the Crest from Canada. After a great win against Japan in Vancouver, the team goes on set at FOX, heads back to the USA to present the trophy to fans in Los Angeles and caps it off with a historic ticker tape parade in New York City.


    Becky Sauerbrunn describes herself as her two older brothers’ guinea pig. They’d duct-tape plywood to her arms and take slap shocks at her; they’d see how far they could launch her off the couch; they’d roll her into a blanket like a burrito – so tight that to this day, she does not like being tucked in; they’d steal her stuffed animals and beat them up while she tried to rescue them. Once, they accidentally hit her in the face with the bat – she was gushing blood but her brothers didn’t want to get in trouble so they slapped a Band-Aid on her and tried to barricade her upstairs. She escaped and her parents took her to the hospital where she got stitches.

    “Aside from physically toughening me up, they also toughened me up mentally,” says Sauerbrunn. If she cried, they’d call her a baby. Or if she said ‘Ow,’ a little too loud, hoping that her mom and dad would hear, they’d hit her harder, onto her tactics and unimpressed. “I learned how to take it. It taught me how to not really rely on other people to solve my problems. I think that kind of stayed with me. I’m very motivated internally. I’m a bit of a scrapper.”

    Becky with her Brothers


    This tolerance for pain came in handy during her first National Team cap against Canada, “I was so nervous, I didn’t think I was going to start, but there was an injury so I was thrown into the starting lineup,” recalls Sauerbrunn. In the second half, there’s a ball in the air and both Sauerbrunn and a Canadian are going up for it. The Candian tries to flick the ball but instead catches Sauerbrunn full in the face with her head. “And I’m trying to shake it off, like, okay, that hurt really bad but keep going. Then I went to feel my face and my nose was like all the way over here. But I was like, okay, well, I can keep playing.” Blood was “gushing” down her face and when a nearby teammate caught sight of her, she looked at her with horror and told her to get off the field. She headed to the sideline, holding her nose with her shirt – and when she pulled her shirt away, the coach flinched and muttered, “Oh my God.” The team doctor reset it right there in the locker room. Becky played in the next game with a “MacGyver-like mask” made out of random materials they happened to have on hand in the training room. A contraption with the same industrious, ramshackle style as the plywood-hockey ensembles her brother would put her in as a kid.


    Becky with her brothers in a tent

    Her two brothers were more than just “brutes”. They also helped their little sister learn how to read. “I had trouble when I first started learning how to read and my brothers would read to me and then help me try to figure out the words.” These days Sauerbrunn is a voracious reader who brings three or four books on every National Team trip. “Reading is such an escape, so nice to just get away. Plus, I want to continue learning. Soccer will only last for so long and I’d still like my brain to function, so it’s good to keep exercising it.”

    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: 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup Champion... Named to the 2015 U.S. FIFA Women's World Cup roster, her second World Cup selection... Only player to play and start all 17 matches for the U.S. Women this year, playing the most minutes on the team with 1509... 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 / Club – 2014: 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.