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Heather O'Reilly grew up with three older brothers who loved including her in their sporting exploits and watched with pride as her athleticism grew...even when she started beating their friends. Later, O'Reilly would discover that she shares something else with one of her brothers: the game face.

#USWNT Victory Tour Rocks Out in Chattanooga

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.

Highlights: WNT Rains Seven Goals on Costa Rica in Chattanooga

The #USWNT wrapped up a two game set against Costa Rica by beating the Ticas 7-2 at Chattanooga's Finley Stadium.

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 ussoccer.com 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. 

Highlights: WNT Puts Eight Past Costa Rica to Open Victory Tour

The #USWNT kicked off the 2015 Victory Tour in style with an 8-0 win over Costa Rica.
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RUNNING FOR FAMILY PRIDE…AND A TURKEY

At the annual Turkey Trot in East Brunswick, New Jersey, the weekend before Thanksgiving, the winner of each age category takes home a turkey. Heather O’Reilly ran every year she could, showing up in her green soccer jersey, fresh off the field. “For a good many years, my mom never had to buy a turkey for Thanksgiving. Heather won every year,” says Heather’s brother Steve. Heather’s memory of her first year running has stuck with her, “For the little kids, they had your parents line up and you basically ran to your mom. I remember running so hard, and then my mom scooping me up, yelling, ‘You won! You won! You got the turkey!’ She grabbed me so hard. She was so happy that I won the race. It was cool to see my mom so proud and happy.”

O’Reilly liked the way it felt to make her family proud. She had three older brothers, “I wanted to impress them, I wanted them to be like, ‘Oooh look at my sister!’ They just loved it if I would beat one of their friends in basketball or in a race. And at a young age, that’s what drove me; that was really important to my early motivation. I got this confidence about being fast, about being able to hang with the guys, being encouraged by my brothers.”

Heather O'Reilly

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GAME FACE

“It just happens; when I’m going hard, when I’m very intense. As more photos were taken of me, then you realize, ‘Wow, I do make a face, like all the time.’” Interestingly, the game face runs in the family. Her brothers, talented track runners in high school, all shared the trademark O’Reilly scowl, “In photos, they’d be straining and I’d be like, ‘Geez, your face is so intense.’ And then it’s in every one of my soccer photos. I wear my heart on my sleeve.”

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COMMUNITY OUTREACH

The veteran is also a leader in the community – she works with America Scores, an inner-city outreach program that couples soccer with literacy building, and Right to Play, an international organization that helps instill life skills via sport.

FROM ROOKIE TO VETERAN

O’Reilly, commonly known as “HAO,” got her first call up to the National Team when she was still in high school. Her childhood best friend Lindsey Berger remembers her coming home from a weekend away and saying, “You’ll never believe where I just was; I was at Mia Hamm’s house!” Now, the kid who was once struck dumb by her chance to hang with Mia Hamm, sees herself as a bridge between generations. “I think it’s cool that I can help pass along the traditions, the attitudes, and the approach to training that’s unique: very serious, very intense, but also full of joy that I learned from the ‘99 generation.”

“I’ve spent half of my life on this team. I’ve worn a lot of different hats, had a lot of different roles,” says O’Reilly. “Going into the 2015 World Cup, I’m very proud to be a veteran, but we definitely feel like there’s unfinished business. We have three Olympic gold medals– but there’s one glaring omission from the resume.”


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: 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup Champion... Named to the 2015 U.S. FIFA Women's World Cup roster, her third World Cup selection... Has appeared in five games for the U.S. so far this year, starting one at the Algarve Cup and upping her career caps with the WNT to 220 (as of June 29, 2015)... Made her first appearance in the 2015 World Cup in the quarterfinal match against China... 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 / Club – 2014: 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.

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