One of the breakout players of the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup as Stephanie Lopez, the since married Cox is one of the USA’s most experienced defenders. Able to play on either flank, she’s seen most of her time on the left where her calmness under pressure and comfort with the ball have benefited the team in keeping possession and building the attack. Totally two-footed, her services from the wings and passing over distance could be of great benefit during the tournament.
CHICAGO (Aug. 29, 2014) – U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Jill Ellis has named 28 players for a training camp prior to two matches against Mexico, on Sept. 13 at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah, and on Sept. 18 at Sahlen’s Stadium in Rochester, New York.
The Sept. 13 kickoff time has changed to 7:30 p.m. MT and the game is live on ussoccer.com (TICKETS). The Sept. 18 match kicks off at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN2 and WatchESPN (TICKETS). Fans can also follow the U.S. WNT on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt and @ussoccer_esp.
This will be the first extended training period Ellis has had with the team since she was officially named the head coach on May 16. It will also be the final camp and matches before she names a 20-player roster that will attempt to qualify for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup at the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship being held in Kansas City, Kansas; Bridgeview, Illinois; Washington, D.C.; and Chester, Pennsylvania, from Oct. 15-26.
“Obviously as a coaching staff in the international arena, you are delighted when you can get a large group of players together for an extended period,” said Ellis. “It’s no secret that the battle for spots on the qualifying roster will be extremely competitive and we’re looking forward to the training environment and two tough games against a Mexico team that we will likely see again during the CONCACAF Championship.”
Twenty-nine players have represented the USA in international competition this year and 25 of them were invited to this camp along with midfielder Shannon Boxx and goalkeepers Nicole Barnhart and Alyssa Naeher, all of whom have yet to see action for the U.S. Women’s National Team in 2014.
The majority of the roster will begin training in Salt Lake City on Sept. 5 with the eight players who are playing in the NWSL Championship Game this weekend getting a few extra days off. Seattle Reign FC and FC Kansas City players will arrive on Sept. 8. Midfielder Morgan Brian, the lone non-professional on the roster, will arrive into camp on Sept. 7 after completing her weekend games with the University of Virginia.
Goalkeeper Hope Solo will likely get a shot to break the USA’s all-time shutout record in one of the matches against Mexico. She is currently tied with former U.S. great Briana Scurry at 71 career shutouts.
- Jill Ellis will name 18 players to suit up for each of the matches.
- The USA comes into the matches with an 8-2-3 record in 2014.
- Twenty-seven of the 28 players named played in the NWSL this season.
- The five U.S. strikers scored a combined 36 goals in the NWSL this season, although Alex Morgan and Abby Wambach missed significant parts of the season due to injury and Christen Press played in less than half the season’s matches after returning from Europe.
- Should Christie Rampone play in both Mexico matches, her cap total would grow to 297, meaning she would have a chance to hit 300 during the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship in October. Kristine Lilly is the only other player in soccer history to play 300 or more times for their country.
- Ali Krieger’s next cap will be her 50th, which would make her the 48th player in U.S. WNT history to reach 50 international appearances.
- The USA is 27-1-1 all-time against Mexico.
- Several U.S. players won NWSL postseason awards: Alyssa Naeher was the Goalkeeper of the Year, Becky Sauerbrunn was the Defender of the Year and Julie Johnston was the Rookie of the Year.
U.S. Women’s National Team Roster By Position – Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (4): Nicole Barnhart (FC Kansas City), Alyssa Naeher (Boston Breakers), Ashlyn Harris (Washington Spirit), Hope Solo (Seattle Reign FC)
DEFENDERS (10): Stephanie Cox (Seattle Reign FC), Crystal Dunn (Washington Spirit), Whitney Engen (Houston Dash), 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 (9): Shannon Boxx (Chicago Red Stars), Morgan Brian (Virginia), Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC), Lauren Holiday (FC Kansas City), Carli Lloyd (WNY Flash), Allie Long (Portland Thorns FC), Kristie Mewis (Boston Breakers), Heather O’Reilly (Boston Breakers), 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 (WNY Flash)
CHICAGO (June 2, 2014) – U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Jill Ellis has named 26 players to the training camp roster in preparation for two games against France – currently ranked fourth in the world by FIFA – on June 14 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida, and June 19 at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Connecticut. Both games kick off at 7:30 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on ussoccer.com.
“Two matches against such a high-level team will give us a picture of where we are,” said Ellis, who was named the eighth head coach in U.S. Women’s National Team history on May 16. “Establishing how we want to play and integrating our philosophy is an important first step for a new coaching staff, but these types of matches will give us a wonderful opportunity to build on and keep testing out the player pool.”
Several players return to the roster after extended absences ranging from two months in the case of Kristie Mewis, who has recovered from an ankle injury, to much longer in the case of forward Alex Morgan and midfielder Shannon Boxx.
Boxx, who has 186 caps and 27 goals, is coming in for training and evaluation only and will not play in the matches as she mounts her comeback after having a daughter in late February. A three-time Olympic gold medalist, Boxx makes her return to the roster for the first time since March of 2013 at the Algarve Cup.
The availability of Morgan for the matches will be determined pending an evaluation by the team’s medical and performance staff of her progression toward international play. Morgan, who is at the tail end of her recovery from an ankle injury, has 44 goals in 70 matches, but has not appeared for the USA since November of 2013.
The roster features 25 players currently signed with National Women’s Soccer League clubs as Christen Press, Whitney Engen and Meghan Klingenberg have returned to the league after helping Tyresö of Sweden to the brink of the UEFA Women’s Champions League title. Tobin Heath’s French league season came to a close on June 1, but her club will play in the French Cup Final on June 7 against Olympique Lyon. Forward Sarah Hagen will complete her highly successful run with Bayern Munich on June 8 and then return to make her NWSL debut for FC Kansas City. The only non-professional on the roster is rising college senior Morgan Brian from Virginia.
- Jill Ellis will name 18 players from the 26-woman roster to suit up for each match.
- Portland Thorns FC midfielder Allie Long gets her second WNT call-up after earning her first cap against Canada on May 8 in Winnipeg.
- The U.S. Women’s National Team has launched its own Instagram account. Fans can now follow the U.S. Women’s National Teams at http://instagram.com/ussoccer_wnt.
- The USA is 6-2-2 in 2014.
- Two regulars are still injured and unavailable for selection in midfielder Megan Rapinoe (foot) and defender Rachel Van Hollebeke (ankle).
- U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo has 70 shutouts, one away from tying Briana Scurry for first on the USA’s all-time shutout list.
- Amy Rodriguez comes into the camp tied for the NWSL lead in goals with eight in 10 games.
GOALKEEPERS (3): Nicole Barnhart (FC Kansas City), Ashlyn Harris (Washington Spirit), Hope Solo (Seattle Reign FC)
DEFENDERS (7): Stephanie Cox (Seattle Reign FC), Crystal Dunn (Washington Spirit), Whitney Engen (Houston Dash), Meghan Klingenberg (Houston Dash), Ali Krieger (Washington Spirit), Christie Rampone (Sky Blue FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City)
MIDFIELDERS (9): Shannon Boxx (Chicago Red Stars), Morgan Brian (Virginia), Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC), Lauren Holiday (FC Kansas City), Julie Johnston (Chicago Red Stars), Carli Lloyd (WNY Flash), Allie Long (Portland Thorns FC), Kristie Mewis (Boston Breakers), Heather O’Reilly (Boston Breakers)
FORWARDS (7): Sarah Hagen (FC Kansas City), Sydney Leroux (Seattle Reign FC), Alex Morgan (Portland Thorns FC), Kelley O’Hara (Sky Blue FC), Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars), Amy Rodriguez (FC Kansas City), Abby Wambach (WNY Flash)
CHICAGO (April 30, 2014) – U.S. interim head coach Jill Ellis has named 22 players to the U.S. Women’s National Team roster that will travel to Winnipeg, Canada, for the May 8 match at Investors Group Field. The game will be shown live on ESPN3 and espnW.com at 8 p.m. ET (7 p.m. local).
Investors Group Field, which opened in 2013, is located on the University of Manitoba campus and is home to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League. The stadium features an artificial field and has a capacity of just over 33,000. It is one of six venues that will be used for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
“With World Cup qualifying in less than six months, each game against a quality opponent is significant for this group, but no question playing Canada in Canada stirs the emotions and gives it greater meaning,” said Ellis. “We have been scouting the NWSL games, and we have some injuries, so I think the roster is indicative of some of the top performers playing in the league at the moment. I am looking forward to getting the group to Winnipeg and having a few days of prep before the match.”
The roster includes 18 players currently in the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) in addition to all three Americans – Christen Press, Whitney Engen and Meghan Klingenberg – who helped Tyresö of Sweden advance to the UEFA Women’s Champions League Final with a 3-0 victory this past weekend against Birmingham of England in the second leg of the semifinal series. The trio will join their NWSL clubs following the Champions League Final against holders Wolfsburg of Germany on May 22 in Lisbon, Portugal.
The U.S. roster includes three players from Seattle Reign FC, which currently sits atop the NWSL standings, as well as three players from FC Kansas City, the Washington Spirit and Sky Blue FC. There are 21 professionals on the roster plus rising college senior Morgan Brian, the 2013 MAC Hermann Trophy winner at Virginia who is up to 10 caps in her young international career.
Two players return to a U.S. roster after extended absences in goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris, as well as former Under-20 and Under-23 international Allie Long, who is off to a fine start with Portland Thorns FC. Long, who is tied for second in the league in scoring with three goals, came into one event under Pia Sundhage in 2010, but did not earn a cap.
In addition, Ellis has given a first senior team call-up to Portland Thorns FC defender Nikki Marshall, a former Under-20 and Under-23 international who was a member of the USA’s 2008 FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup championship team along with two other players on the roster, Meghan Klingenberg and Sydney Leroux.
- Ellis will name 18 players from the 22-woman roster to suit up for the match.
- The U.S. Women’s National Team has launched its own Instagram account. Fans can now follow the U.S. Women’s National Teams exclusively at http://instagram.com/ussoccer_wnt.
- The U.S. WNT opened its 2014 campaign with a 1-0 win against Canada on Jan. 31 in front of 20,862 fans at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas. Sydney Leroux scored the game’s only goal and the USA improved to 47-3-5 all-time against Canada.
- The U.S. and Canada have faced each other once before in Winnipeg, but that was almost 24 years ago, with the USA posting a 4-1 victory on July 27, 1990.
- The match in Winnipeg will mark the fifth between the two teams in Canada. The most recent match between the neighbors on Canadian soil came on June 2, 2013, a 3-0 U.S. victory at BMO Field in Toronto.
- Several injured players were unavailable for this match, including forward Alex Morgan, midfielder Kristie Mewis, midfielder Megan Rapinoe and defender Rachel Van Hollebeke.
- Defender Crystal Dunn returns to the roster and will be looking to see her first international action of the year after being sidelined with an ankle injury.
- U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo comes into the match having allowed just one goal in three NWSL matches to date, tied for best in the league. With 70 shutouts, Solo is one away from tying Briana Scurry for first on the USA’s all-time shutout list.
U.S. Women’s National Team Roster By Position
GOALKEEPERS (3): Ashlyn Harris (Washington Spirit), Jill Loyden (Sky Blue FC), Hope Solo (Seattle Reign FC)
DEFENDERS (9): Stephanie Cox (Seattle Reign FC), Crystal Dunn (Washington Spirit), Whitney Engen (Tyresö), Meghan Klingenberg (Tyresö), Ali Krieger (Washington Spirit), Nikki Marshall (Portland Thorns FC), Kelley O’Hara (Sky Blue FC), Christie Rampone (Sky Blue FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Morgan Brian (Virginia), Lauren Holiday (FC Kansas City), Julie Johnston (Chicago Red Stars), Carli Lloyd (WNY Flash), Allie Long (Portland Thorns FC), Heather O’Reilly (Boston Breakers)
FORWARDS (4): Sydney Leroux (Seattle Reign FC), Christen Press (Tyresö), Amy Rodriguez (FC Kansas City), Abby Wambach (WNY Flash)
Sermanni Names 24 Players to U.S. WNT Roster for Games vs. China PR in Commerce City, Colo., and San Diego
CHICAGO (March 25, 2014) – U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Tom Sermanni has named 24 players to a training camp roster for the USA’s upcoming matches against China PR on April 6 at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colo. (3 p.m. MT on ussoccer.com), and on April 10 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego (8 p.m. PT on NBC Sports Network). Fans can also follow both matches via Twitter @ussoccer_wnt.
Tickets for the match in Colorado are on sale through ussoccer.com, by phone at 1-866-461-6556 or 303-534-6119 (Monday-Saturday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. MT; Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. MT), at all Dick’s Sporting Goods locations in Metro Denver, at the Dick’s Sporting Goods Park ticket office (open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.) and the Pepsi Center box office (open Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.).
Tickets for the match in San Diego are on sale through ussoccer.com, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and at all Ticketmaster ticket centers throughout the San Diego area (including many Walmart stores). [Note: Tickets are not sold at Qualcomm Stadium except on the day of the event.]
Twenty-two of the 24 players were with the USA at the 2014 Algarve Cup in Portugal. Sermanni added forward Katie Stengel, a former Wake Forest star, who was a member of the USA’s 2012 FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup championship team. Stengel was most recently with the U.S. Under-23 WNT for the Six Nations Tournament in La Manga, Spain, where she scored against Norway in the final match to help the USA secure the title. She becomes the seventh player from the 2012 FIFA Under-20 Women's World Cup champions to earn a call-up to the senior side.
Midfielder Lauren Holiday, the 2013 National Women’s Soccer League MVP, returns to the roster after missing the Algarve Cup due to a family commitment, but forward Alex Morgan and defender Crystal Dunn are still not sufficiently recovered from ankle injuries.
Sermanni will name 18 players to suit up for each of the two matches that will be the final international games before the start of the second season of the NWSL, which kicks off April 12.
U.S. Women’s National Team Roster – (Detailed Roster)
GOALKEEPERS (3): Jill Loyden (Sky Blue FC), Alyssa Naeher (Boston Breakers), Hope Solo (Seattle Reign FC)
DEFENDERS (9): Stephanie Cox (Seattle Reign FC), Whitney Engen (Tyresö), Meghan Klingenberg (Tyresö), Ali Krieger (Washington Spirit), Kristie Mewis (Boston Breakers), Kelley O’Hara (Sky Blue FC), Christie Rampone (Sky Blue FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City), Rachel Van Hollebeke (Portland Thorns FC)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Morgan Brian (Virginia), Tobin Heath (Paris Saint-Germain), Lauren Holiday (FC Kansas City), Carli Lloyd (WNY Flash), Samantha Mewis (UCLA), Heather O’Reilly (Boston Breakers), Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign FC)
FORWARDS (5): Sydney Leroux (Seattle Reign FC), Christen Press (Tyresö), Amy Rodriguez (FC Kansas City), Katie Stengel (LA Blues), Abby Wambach (WNY Flash)
- The match at Qualcomm Stadium will be a homecoming for defender Rachel Van Hollebeke (formerly Buehler) who grew up in Del Mar, Calif., north of San Diego and played her youth club soccer for the San Diego Surf. Van Hollebeke has played 111 times for the USA and in two Olympic Games and the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup. She also represented the USA in the 2002 and 2004 FIFA U-19 Women's World Cups.
- The USA has an all-time record of 30-8-12 against China PR.
- Over the course of three months this year (February-March-April), China will have sent its Under-17, Under-20 and senior Women’s National Teams to the USA to play their respective age group teams.
- Abby Wambach, Christen Press and Sydney Leroux are tied for the lead in goals this year as all have found the net four times. Press has one assist.
- The U.S. team, which is ranked No. 1 in the latest FIFA Women’s World Rankings, is 4-2-1 in 2014 and has scored 23 goals while allowing seven.
- China is 19th in the current FIFA Women’s World Rankings.
- Seventeen of the players on the roster will start the 2014 NWSL season while three – Whitney Engen (Houston Dash), Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars) and Meghan Klingenberg (Houston Dash) – will finish their UEFA Women’s Champions League run with Tyresö of Sweden before returning to the USA.
- Two players with college eligibility were called up: Morgan Brian of Virginia (who is up to eight caps) and Samantha Mewis of UCLA, who earned her first two caps at the Algarve Cup. Both will be seniors this coming fall.
- Midfielder Heather O’Reilly will be honored before the April 6 match in Colorado for earning her 200th career cap on March 12 vs. Korea DPR at the Algarve Cup.
- If goalkeeper Hope Solo plays in both matches vs. China, she will hit 150 caps and become the 18th female player to hit that mark in U.S. Soccer history.
- Midfield Carli Lloyd is two goals short of becoming the ninth player in U.S. history to score 50 or more international goals.
Full name is Stephanie Renée Cox … Formerly Stephanie Lopez, she married former Portland baseball player Brian Cox in December 2007 … First player of Hispanic decent to make a major impact on the Women’s National Team … Lettered three times in basketball in high school … Graduated from Portland with a bachelor of arts in psychology with a 3.7 GPA … Her parents, Rob and Cindy, started taking in foster babies when she was 10 and have continued to do so ever since, caring for more than 100 babies before they can be placed in more permanent homes … Lists some of her best soccer moments as winning the 2005 NCAA Championship, 4-0, as well as pulling on the national team jersey for the first time, and being a member of the amazing 2008 Olympic gold medal team … In January of 2008, she was named the Bill Hayward Female Amateur Athlete of the Year for 2007 at the 56th annual Oregon Sports Awards … Loves to cook dinners in her Crock-Pot as she is mostly at home during the winters … Loves to make chocolate chip pancakes with her husband … Also enjoys going to watch her husband coach the JV basketball team at South Kitsap HS … Enjoys reading, watching movies, and beating husband at soccer racquetball (he has gotten better!) … Has three brothers: Jeremiah, Justin and Daniel … Loves spending time with her family at home in Elk Grove …. In her free time at training camp, she likes to read (a lot) and get together with teammates for Bible study.
As a senior, she missed the first 10 games of the season while training for and playing in the 2007 Women’s World Cup, but returned to Portland to start the remaining eight games … She scored two goals (doubling her career total of one) and got two assists while helping UP to an undefeated run in conference play, the WCC title and an NCAA playoff berth … Won the prestigious Senior CLASS Award … As a junior, she played in 14 games, starting 13, and scored her first college goal … Missed several college games due to national team commitments … Helped Portland to a 17-4-3 record and to the third round of the NCAA Tournament … Redshirted what would have been her sophomore season to play at the 2004 FIFA U-19 World Championship in Thailand … Returned to Portland in 2005, helping the Pilots to an undefeated record of 23-0-2 and the NCAA Championship … Named to the NCAA All-Tournament Team … Started all 25 games in which she played and had five assists … Named an NSCAA First-Team All-American as well as First-Team All-WCC … Also named the WCC Defender of the Year … Started 23 matches as a freshman in the center of the defense for the Pilots, tying for the most on the team … Notched only point of her freshman year in her first game as a Pilot, assisting on the winning goal in 1-0 win against Colorado on Aug. 29, 2003 … Named All-WCC First-Team, All-Region and to the Soccer America All-Freshman Team … High School: Attended Elk Grove High School and graduated with a 4.17 GPA … Won two league championships (2001-02) … Delta League MVP junior and senior seasons … All-Section First-Team as a junior … An NSCAA All-American and Parade All-American as a senior … Also named a McDonald’s All-American … All-City MVP as a senior.
Date of Birth
Apr 3, 1986
Elk Grove, Calif.
Seattle Reign FC