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WNT for Club and Country

The fast-approaching Women’s World Cup has kept the WNT players tremendously busy around the USA and the world, but they are looking forward to the chance to turn out for their NWSL clubs and play a handful of games before the final stretch run to Canada.

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.

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.

Algarve Quote Sheet: WNT vs. Iceland - March 9, 2015

U.S. WNT head coach Jill Ellis

On the match:
“I think going in we knew it was going to be a physical game. We had to stay in two-touch rhythm because certainly if we spent too much time on the ball they were going to come in and hit us hard. But this game was good because, one, I got to see players I needed to see, and two we got to rest some legs for the final.”

On what the team has to look forward to when they face France for the second time this year:
“It’s going to be another great test. Everything is about making strides, so it’s another opportunity to gauge where we’re at and see how far we’ve come in a month. The most important thing of going to a World Cup is the upward trend; in terms of performance, fitness and all the components that will help us win.”

On the challenge France will represent:
“They’re a very highly-skillful team, like to move the ball, and are a tremendous attacking team with a lot of good personalities and players. They’ve shown that they’re a top quality team, and it’s going to be another fantastic opportunity to play them.”

U.S. WNT forward Alex Morgan

On the match:
“I think Iceland’s strategy was definitely to frustrate us and not let us set the pace of the game. It was choppy but we knew that with a tie we could be in the final and we’re happy to be play for the championship now.”

U.S. WNT midfielder Heather O’Reilly

On Iceland’s competitiveness:
“I think that Iceland was good in terms of energy and competitiveness and compactness. It was a good, difficult match but our main goal which was making the final and we did enough.”

On being able to rest players:
“This is a really deep group and team, and we have different players who play different roles. It was good to rest some legs and be able to get ready for France.”

On facing France for the second time in about a month:
“We hate losing, so we’re still obviously disappointed in the result when we were in France. It’s nice that a month later we get to see them again and hopefully turn that result around.”

U.S. WNT defender Becky Sauerbrunn

On the physical match:
“It was definitely a game of duels and winning your individual battles. It was really about reading second balls, just being competitive and trying to be first to things and breaking pressure. You just kind of have to keep your head and stick with our game plan. (Iceland defensive tactics are) tough though, but you try to find people in the seams and kind of play our game. It’s tough when they’re disruptive but you have to go to the basics and that’s winning balls and connecting passes.”

On getting the opportunity to face France again after losing to them back in February:
“I think we’re on neutral ground now, we’re not in France, so that’s different. We want to right the wrongs that happened in that game.”

U.S. National Team: Played in her first world championship at the senior level at the 2004 Olympics and was the second-youngest player on the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup Team … The youngest player named to the 2002 CONCACAF Women’s Gold Cup roster and the youngest gold medal winner on the 2004 Olympic team … In the 2000s, she won a championship for either college, club or country in eight of the 10 years of the decade.

2015:
Has appeared in two games for the U.S. so far this year, starting one at the Algarve Cup and upping her career caps with the WNT to 217 (as of March 11, 2015)... Helped the U.S. to its 10th Algarve Cup title ... Has played in nine of the USA's 10 Algarve Cup title runs.... 2014: Became the ninth U.S. female player to hit 200 caps after reaching the milestone against Korea DPR on March 12  at the Algarve Cup … Heads into 2015 in seventh on the USA’s all-time list with Abby Wambach and Christie Rampone the only active players ahead of her … She was the second-youngest player to hit 200 caps for the USA: Kristine Lilly was 28 years old, 9 months, 15 days when she earned cap No. 200 on May 7, 2000 and O’Reilly was 29 years old, 2 months, 10 days when she earned her 200th cap … Played in 22 matches, tied for second most on the team, and started 10 games … Played 1,116 minutes and scored four goals with five assists, upping her international goal total to 41 and becoming just the 13th U.S. female player to score 40 or more goals … Scored twice against Russia in back-to-back games and got a goal against Korea DPR at the Algarve Cup … Also scored against Mexico … Was a member of the U.S. team that won the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship to qualify for the Women’s World Cup, playing in four matches … 2013: Was one of the most consistent players on the WNT, leading the team in minutes played with 1,143 and was the only player to play more than 1,000 minutes … Tied for second on the team in matches played with 14 while starting 12 and scored one goal (against New Zealand) with four assists … 2012: Played 1,458 minutes in 27 matches, the second-most of any year in her WNT career, and started 17 … Had six goals and 13 assists – the second-most on the U.S. team – in what was her second-best scoring year ever … Played in four matches at the Olympics, starting two, and had one of the biggest assists in U.S. history with her cross to Alex Morgan for the game-winning goal in 123rd minute of the Olympic semifinal win against Canada … She came into the semifinal during overtime in the 101st minute and ran down Abby Wambach’s pass on the right wing before sending in the fateful service … Started three games at the CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying tournament and had four goals and three assists … Registered her first career hat trick against the Dominican Republic in the first match of Olympic qualifying … 2011: Started all 18 games she played for the USA and her 1,418 minutes were fourth-best on the team … Scored three goals with three assists to hit 30 career goals and tie Brandi Chastain for 13th on the USA’s all-time scoring list … Started five games at the Women’s World Cup, her second World Cup tournament at the senior level, and scored one goal with one assist … Her fantastic shot from distance against Colombia in the USA’s second group game was one of the 10 finalists for FIFA Goal of the Year and gave her three career goals in the WWC … Missed the USA’s final group match against Sweden at the WWC with a minor injury … Passed 150 career caps, becoming just the 16th U.S. player to reach the mark … Broke the U.S. record for consecutive matches played (previously held by Carla Overbeck at 63), playing in 74 straight games from 8/12/07 to 1/21/11 … 2010: Played in all 18 matches for the USA, starting 17, while scoring two goals with six assists … Scored the winning goal in a 2-1 victory against China in Kennesaw, Ga., in October and scored in a 4-0 triumph against Germany in May … With 27 career goals at the end of 2010, she moved into the list of top-15 all-time goal scorers in U.S. history … Played in all five matches at the CONCACAF Women’s World Cup Qualifying tournament while registering three assists … Started both legs against Italy in the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup playoff series … 2009: Played in all eight matches for the WNT, starting seven, and had a team-leading three assists … Moved into the top 25 in all-time caps … 2008: Had her best scoring year ever for the WNT (10 goals, 10 assists), becoming just the sixth female player in U.S. history to tally double figures in goals and assists in a calendar year … In 2008, she more than doubled her career assists … Started 33 of the 36 matches she played, leading the team in games played, while earning her minutes almost entirely at flank midfield … Set U.S. records for most games played in a year (36) and most consecutive games played in a year (36) … Scored against Italy at the Peace Queen Cup in South Korea … Got a key goal in the victory against Costa Rica during Olympic qualifying that sent the USA to China … Started all six games at the Olympics and was the second leading scorer for the USA with two goals and three assists … She got a goal in the first-round win against New Zealand, which was the fastest goal in Olympics history coming just 40 seconds into the game … Also scored in the Olympic semifinal against Japan, where she also had two assists to Angela Hucles … Had a huge assist in the quarterfinal win against Canada … Scored the winning goal in the USA’s final match of the year, a 1-0 victory against China in Detroit … Scored four times on the USA’s Achieve Your Gold Tour following the Olympics … 2007: Played in 22 games, starting 15, and had her best-ever scoring year to date with seven goals … Scored twice at the 2007 Women’s World Cup, including a crucial tying goal against Korea DPR in the first match of the tournament … Played in all six games at the WWC, starting five … Also scored against Norway in the third-place match … Scored one of her best goals on a blast against Canada on May 12 … Also scored against England at the Four Nations Tournament in January … 2006: Played in 14 matches, starting 11, and scored three goals … Played in three matches at the Four Nations Tournament, starting one … Had an excellent tournament in starting all four matches at the Algarve Cup and played 90 minutes for the first time against Denmark, a match in which she scored twice ... It was the first two-goal game of her career … Also scored against Ireland … 2005: Played in all four matches at the Algarve Cup, starting one, which was her first start since breaking her leg in June of 2003 … Played in seven matches during the year, starting three, and scored one goal, that against Ukraine in Portland, Ore. … 2004: Named U.S. Soccer’s Young Female Athlete of the Year … Played in 12 matches off the bench and made a late run during the Olympic Residency Camp to earn a spot on the roster for Greece … Picked up two assists in her first match after being named to the Olympic roster during a 3-1 win against Australia … Scored one of the most important goals in U.S. history in overtime against Germany in the Olympic semifinal off an assist from Mia Hamm to help the USA to a 2-1 win … 2003: Earned 10 caps and scored two goals, but suffered a broken fibula in her left leg on June 14 against Ireland in Salt Lake City just 74 seconds into the game after colliding with the Irish goalkeeper while scoring her third full National Team goal … Did not recover sufficiently in time to make the Women’s World Cup Team … 2002: Played in eight games, including her debut against Sweden at the Algarve Cup, and scored her first full international goal against Italy at the Nike U.S. Women’s Cup in Cary, N.C. … At the age of 17, she earned four caps at the Algarve Cup in Portugal in March of 2002, playing against Sweden, England, Norway and Denmark … Youth National Teams: A key player on the USA’s 2002 U-19 World Championship team, scoring four goals with seven assists to help the USA to the first-ever world championship for youth women … Played a part in the golden goal against Canada in the USA’s 1-0 win in the championship game, keeping a cross alive with a hard near-post run before Lindsay Tarpley finished it to end the game … She scored 18 goals in 18 U-19 internationals … A member of the 2002 Under-19 CONCACAF Qualifying Team, she helped the USA qualify for the 2002 FIFA Under-19 Women’s World Championship, playing in all three matches and scoring seven goals with four assists ... A member of the USA’s 2005 U-21 Nordic Cup title team, scoring four goals in four matches including one in the championship game win against Norway … First Appearance: March 1, 2002, vs. Sweden … First Goal: Oct. 6, 2002, vs. Italy.

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Professional / Club2014: Traded from the Boston Breakers to FC Kansas City on Oct. 27 in exchange for forward Morgan Marlborough and defender Kassey Kallman … Started 21 of the 22 games she played for the Breakers during the 2014 season, leading the team in scoring with nine goals and five assists … Was by far the team leader in shots (53) and shots on goal (34) … Named to the NWSL Second XI … 2013: Allocated to the Boston Breakers for the 2013 NWSL season, starting all 20 games in which she played … Played 1,734 minutes and scored five goals with six assists to finish third on the team in scoring … 2012: Signed with the Boston Breakers for the 2012 WPS season before the league folded … 2011: Played 929 minutes for her home state Sky Blue FC, starting 10 of the 11 matches she played … Scored one goal with one assist … 2010: Started all 22 games she played in for Sky Blue while playing every minute of those games … Scored one goal with a team-leading five assists and was named to the WPS All-Star Team … 2009: Allocated to Sky Blue FC in her home state of New Jersey for the inaugural WPS season … Played every minute in each of her 17 matches during the regular season, helping Sky Blue to a fourth-place finish in the league and the final playoff berth … She then helped lead Sky Blue to an emotional three-game playoff run, winning all three matches on the road, and scored the winning goal in the WPS championship game victory against Los Angeles … Named MVP of the WPS Championship Game but, in the post-game interview, deferred the honor to Christie Rampone … Youth Club: Played from 1994-99 for the East Brunswick Dynamite, then switched to the PDA Splash for two years and the PDA Torpedoes for one year … Won state titles with the Dynamite in 1994 and 1995 and with the Splash in 2001.

College / High School – As a senior she had a dream season, leading North Carolina to its 18th NCAA women’s championship with a 2-1 victory against top-ranked and previously unbeaten Notre Dame … The Tar Heels finished with 27 successive wins (27-1-0) after a season-opening loss in overtime at Texas A&M, tying the school record for victories in a season … Scored in the semifinal victory against UCLA and in the national championship game, earning Offensive MVP honors … Scored 12 goals with 16 assists as a senior, ending her college career with 59 career goals and 49 assists for 167 points, including 15 goals and 14 assists in the NCAA tournament, tying Mia Hamm for second place in Carolina history and ending fourth all-time in NCAA playoff history … Won the prestigious NCAA Honda Award as a senior … Also was a three-time nominee for the award … Named a Hermann Trophy finalist for the second time as a senior … Won the NCAA Top VIII Award, given to NCAA athletes based on athletic and academic achievements … Named the 2006 Soccer America Women’s Player of the Year … Was the ESPN The Magazine All-Academic Player of the Year as a senior at UNC … As a junior, she helped lead UNC to a 23-1-1 record with a team-leading 18 goals and 11 assists … Started all 24 games in which she played and earned ACC Offensive Player of the Year honors, as well as Second-Team NSCAA All-American honors … Also named First-Team All-ACC for the second year in a row … An ACC All-Academic Team selection and was named ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American … Had a great sophomore season after which she was named First-Team NSCAA All-American and First-Team All-ACC … Finished as UNC’s leading scorer with 37 points (13 goals and 11 assists), despite missing the first two matches of the season while playing with the Olympic Team … A finalist for the prestigious NCAA Honda Award … Led the Tar Heels to a 20-1-2 record overall, the ACC regular season championship, a consensus No. 1 finish in all four national polls at the close of the regular season and the No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament … Came on strong to have a stellar freshman season at UNC after the recovery from her broken leg hampered her early in the season … Played in 25 games for the Tar Heels, starting 20, and scored 16 goals with 11 assists for 43 points, good for third on the team … Scored in all six of her team’s NCAA playoff matches to help lead UNC to the NCAA Championship and a perfect 27-0-0 record … Scored twice in the NCAA title game and once in the semifinal and was named Offensive MVP of the Final Four … Named to the NCAA All-Tournament Team … Broke the UNC record for goals in an NCAA Tournament with eight and she added two assists for 18 points … Scored 13 of her 16 goals in the final 12 games of the season … Named to the All-ACC Second Team and was an NSCAA Third-Team All-American … High School: Attended East Brunswick High School in her hometown of East Brunswick, N.J. … One of the finest players in New Jersey history, she was All-Conference, All-County and All-State all four years … EBHS MVP as a freshman, sophomore and junior … The New Jersey Player of the Year for 2001 as a junior … An NSCAA All-American four times from 1999 to 2003 … A Parade All-American in 2001 as a junior when she led the Lady Bears to the state title … She was a Parade All-American and the Parade National Player of the Year as a senior … Was also the Gatorade National High School Girls’ Soccer Player of the Year … Was Soccer America’s No. 1 college recruit in the country … Scored 143 goals in her high school career.

Personal – Full name is Heather O’Reilly Werry (legally changed her name after marrying Dave Werry in 2011) … Nickname is “HAO” (from her former initials Heather Ann O’Reilly and pronounced HEY-oh) … Graduated from the University of North Carolina in 2009 and majored in education … Played basketball in high schools and claims she was a “legit point guard” … Her youth club, PDA in New Jersey, named a girls’ team after her called PDA O’Reilly … Gives significant credit to PDA for helping develop her as a player and to this day considers it her soccer home … Father Andy was a three-time All-American in track at Villanova in the early 1970s … She has three older brothers who she credits in helping build her competitiveness … Biggest sports thrills include winning three Olympic gold medals and winning two NCAA titles at UNC ... Favorite foods are all things breakfast ... Favorite movie is “Good Will Hunting” ... Favorite TV show is “Modern Family” … Hobbies include watching movies, reading, eating and laughing … Likes doing crosswords, but only kind of easy ones … Tries to dance, but can’t … Tries to cook, but can’t … In the off-season, she resides in Chapel Hill, N.C. and is a die-hard Tar Heel fan … Enjoys working with kids, especially in her volunteer work with America SCORES, a soccer program with the purpose of providing boys and girls with an alternative to spending after-school time on the streets … Traveled to Rwanda as an athlete ambassador for Right to Play in 2012 … Has a website at www.oreillysoccer.com … Also runs a soccer camp called Heather O’Reilly Soccer Academy in her home state of New Jersey … Loves puppies and chocolate.

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