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U.S. WNT and Japan Draw 1-1 at 2014 Algarve Cup Opener

  • Sydney Leroux’s 27th International Goal Comes Off Block of Japan Goalkeeper Clearance
  • USA Out-Shoots Japan 20-8, Japan Captain Aya Miyama Equalizes with Late Free Kick
  • WNT Will Face Sweden on March 7 in Albufeira, Portugal, in Second Group B Match 

PARCHAL, Portugal (March 5, 2014) – The U.S. Women’s National Team certainly did enough to win, but had to settle for a 1-1 draw against Japan in the first Group B match for both teams at the 2014 Algarve Cup.

Up next for the USA will be Sweden on March 7 in Albufeira, Portugal (8:30 a.m. ET), in a match that will have major implications for the USA’s Algarve Cup championship game aspirations. The team must win the group to advance to the final. Fans can follow USA-Sweden on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt and watch highlights on ussoccer.com.

Despite creating the vast majority of dangerous scoring chances, the USA’s lone goal was a bit quirky, coming in the 59th minute when forward Sydney Leroux slid to block a clearance from Japan goalkeeper Erina Yamane, and the ball bounced back into the open net.

Just moments after Leroux had sprinted down the right wing and passed back to Christen Press, whose shot was saved by Yamane, the Japan goalkeeper received a pass back from her centerback and was just a bit too casual for the speedy Leroux, who sprinted hard at the 21-year-old ‘keeper from her left side and managed to ricochet the attempted clearance into the net from 12 yards out.

While the goal was unusual, the USA certainly deserved it and perhaps a few more. In fact, the U.S. put the ball into the Japan net just 72 seconds into the match, when Leroux’s shot hit a defender and bounced to Carli Lloyd, who finished her volley well from an offside position. Lloyd led a U.S. midfield that won numerous balls in dangerous spots, allowing the American counter-attack to flourish while putting Japan’s back line on their heels for most of the game.

Leroux had a chance off a right-side cross from Ali Krieger in the 12th minute that was going to stick into the upper right corner, but the 6-foot-1 Yamane palmed the shot up into the air, and it was headed off the line by a Japan defender.

In the 22nd minute, Heather O’Reilly darted past a defender into the right side of the penalty box and dribbled almost all the way to the near post, but her cross into a crowded goal mouth was cleared.

Leroux had a multitude of chances in both halves. In the 29th minute, she out-muscled a defender into the right side of the penalty area, but stuck her shot into the side-netting outside the right post. The USA counter-attacked with tremendous speed, creating numerous dangerous situations down the wings and in the 32nd minute, O’Reilly got free down the left, but her cross on the ground just eluded Leroux who was sliding through the goal box.

The Americans were going against the wind in the first half and as soon as they switched sides, the attacked picked up more steam. The USA fired 16 shots after the break to Japan’s three, and just four minutes into the second half, O’Reilly put Press behind the defense with a through ball. Her shot brought a nice save from Yamane, who knocked it away for a corner kick, and Leroux headed the ensuing service on goal, but it was cleared off the line by a defender.

Press played well, holding the ball in the attacking third, but also while running at the Japan back line, and in the 68th minute, she streaked down the left after a long throw-in and played a pass on the ground the O’Reilly at the near post, but under pressure, she pushed it just wide left.

In the 73rd minute Leroux smacked a shot from distance off the outside of the left post and then she had a great chance to win it in the 89 th, bulling her way past a defender into the right side of the penalty area, but cut her shot just past the far post from 15 yards out.

Japan was content to sit back for most of the match, but made a push with about 15 minutes left and got a questionable call in the 83rd minute when Becky Sauerbrunn was called for a hand ball while blocking a service that appeared to hit her chest.

Japan’s captain Aya Miyama took the freekick from about 35 yards out, hitting a wicked knuckler that  diving U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo could only parry into the upper right corner to tie the score at 1-1.

Japan also had a chance to win it late. In the 87th minute, Rumi Utsugi sent her volley wide left from close range as U.S. defenders converged.

Additional Notes:

  • The USA extended its current overall unbeaten streak to 43 games (36-0-7) dating back to March of 2012 when it lost to Japan during group play at the Algarve Cup.
  • The USA moved to 3-0-1 on the year with its first draw of 2014.
  • The U.S. WNT improved to 24-1-5 all-time against Japan.
  • The USA is now 16-0-4 under head coach Tom Sermanni.
  • Sermanni made just two substitutions in the match, sending on Tobin Heath for Heather O’Reilly and Kristie Mewis for Morgan Brian, both in the 73 rd minute.
  • It was the first appearance in a U.S. uniform for Heath, who struggled to overcome an ankle injury, since June 15, 2013, when she played 90 minutes against Korea Republic.
  • O’Reilly earned her 197th cap and is now just three games away from becoming the ninth WNT player to reach the 200-game mark.
  • With U.S. captain Christie Rampone and co-captain Abby Wambach not seeing action, Becky Sauerbrunn captained the U.S. team, as she did in the opening game of the Algarve Cup last year.
  • Twenty-one-year-old Morgan Brian made just her third start and earned her sixth cap.
  • The most recent U.S. tie in the Algarve Cup came in last year’s tournament, a 1-1 draw with Sweden in the final group game, a result that sent the USA to the championship game.

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

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Japan
Date: March 5, 2014
Competition: 2014 Algarve Cup – Group B
Venue: Belavista Municipal Stadium; Parchal, Portugal
Kickoff: 7:45 a.m. ET / 12:45 p.m. local
Attendance: 500
Weather: 66 degrees, windy, partly cloudy

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

USA – Sydney Leroux                        59th minute
JPN – Aya Miyama                              83

Lineups:
USA:
1-Hope Solo; 11-Ali Krieger, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn (capt.), 6-Whitney Engen, 14-Stephanie Cox; 9-Heather O’Reilly (17-Tobin Heath, 73), 7-Morgan Brian (19-Kristie Mewis, 73), 10-Carli Lloyd, 15-Megan Rapinoe; 23-Christen Press, 2-Sydney Leroux
Substitutions Not Used: 3-Christie Rampone, 5-Kelley O’Hara, 8-Amy Rodriguez, 12-Samantha Mewis, 13-Sarah Hagen, 16-Rachel Van Hollebeke, 18-Alyssa Naeher, 20-Abby Wambach, 21-Jill Loyden, 25-Meghan Klingenberg 
Head coach: Tom Sermanni

JPN: 21-Erina Yamane; 2-Yukari Kinga, 3-Azusa Iwashimizu, 4-Saki Kumagai, 19-Saori Ariyoshi (5-Aya Sameshima, 38); 6-Mizuho Sakaguchi (22-Nanase Kiryu, 68), 8-Aya Miyama (capt.), 9-Nahomi Kawasumi (16-Mana Iwabuchi, 59), 10-Homare Sawa (13-Rumi Utsugi, 76); 11-Shinobu Ohno, 17-Yuki Ogimi (15-Megumi Takase, 76)
Substitutions Not Used: 1-Miho Fukumoto, 7-Kozue Ando, 12-Megumi Kamionobe, 14-Asuna Tanaka, 18-Ayumi Kaihori, 20-Kana Kitahara, 23-Emi Nakajima                   
Head coach: Norio Sasaki

Stats Summary: USA / JPN
Shots: 20 / 8
Shots on Goal: 8 / 4
Saves: 3 / 6 
Corner Kicks: 2 / 4
Fouls: 12 / 5
Offside: 2 / 4

Misconduct Summary:
JPN -- Rumi Utsugi (caution)                           87th minute

Officials:
Referee: Efthalia Mitsi (GRE)
Assistant Referee 1: Chrysoula Kouromplyia (GRE)   
Assistant Referee 2: Judith Romano Garcia (ESP)
Fourth Official: Teodora Albon (ROM)

Budweiser Woman of the Match: Sydney Leroux  

Sermanni Names U.S. WNT Roster for 2014 Algarve Cup

CHICAGO (Feb. 24, 2014) – Following three victories in the team’s first three matches of the year, U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Tom Sermanni has named a 24-player roster that will travel to the 2014 Algarve Cup in Portugal.

This year’s tournament will run from March 5-12, and the U.S. team will depart for Europe on Tuesday, Feb. 25. The majority of the games will be played at small venues across the Algarve region on the southern coast of the country, with several matches (including the championship game) at the 30,000-seat Algarve Stadium. The placement matches will take place on March 12.

Fans will be able to follow the U.S. matches on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt and highlights will be available on ussoccer.com. For the entire tournament schedule, please go to the Algarve Cup tournament page on ussoccer.com.

The world’s top-ranked U.S. team, which has been placed in Group B for the annual tournament, will open play on March 5 against third-ranked Japan (7:45 a.m. ET) in Parchal. The USA will face sixth-ranked Sweden on March 7 in Albufeira (8:30 a.m. ET), and will finish group play on March 10 against 13th-ranked Denmark in Albufeira (10:40 a.m. ET). Before the competition starts, Sermanni will name 23 players to the tournament roster.

“The group we’re in at the Algarve Cup will probably be the most significant test since I’ve come aboard and a different kind of challenge as we will be playing teams that have the belief and aim to come out to attack us and beat us,” said Sermanni. “The dynamics of these games will be different than some of the more recent matches, and that’s something that we want, that we need and that the players are looking forward to.”

Group A features Germany, Norway, China PR and Iceland. Group C features host Portugal, Austria and first-time participants Russia and Korea DPR.

Since the expansion to 12 teams 13 years ago, the Algarve Cup format has been as follows: The winners of Groups A and B will compete for the Algarve Cup championship on Wednesday, March 12. The two second-place finishers in Groups A and B will play for third place while the third-place finishers in each group will play for fifth. The Group C teams will compete for a chance to play for spots 7-12 as the winner of Group C will play the best fourth-place team from Groups A or B for seventh place. The second-place team in Group C will play the worst fourth-place team from Groups A or B for ninth place, and the third- and fourth-place finishers in Group C will play each other for 11th place.

This year will mark the 19th trip to the Algarve Cup for the U.S. Women, who have won the tournament a record nine times, including an unprecedented three straight championships from 2003-05. Last year, the USA defeated Germany 2-0 in the championship game as forward Alex Morgan scored twice. The USA’s most recent loss took place at the Algarve Cup in 2012, a 1-0 setback to Japan in group play (which turned out to be the team’s only loss of the year) and the U.S. missed the championship game for the first time in 10 years.

Fifteen players from last year’s Algarve Cup roster return, including the core of the U.S. team, many of whom have played in numerous Algarve Cup tournaments. Morgan will not be one of them, however, as she is in the final stages of her return from an ankle injury.

Midfielder Tobin Heath does return to the U.S. roster and could see action in a U.S. jersey for the first time in almost eight months. Heath, who is currently playing in France with Paris Saint-Germain, is one of five players who will have shorter trips to the tournament. Heath and forward Sarah Hagen, who is playing in Germany with Bayern Munich, will arrive into camp on March 2 while Christen Press, Whitney Engen and Meghan Klingenberg will enjoy the trip south from chilly Sweden where they are playing with Tyresö for the remainder of its UEFA Women’s Champions League campaign, after which they will join their NWSL clubs.

Sermanni has once again called up several young players as midfielder Morgan Brian, who turns 21 the day the USA arrives in Portugal, gets another call-up after scoring her second career goal in the USA’s 8-0 victory against Russia on Feb. 13. In addition, Sermanni gave Samantha Mewis, younger sister of U.S. defender Kristie Mewis, another call-up, as well as naming Mewis’s midfield partner at UCLA, Sarah Killion, to her first senior team roster. Like Mewis, Killion is a rising UCLA senior and was a part of the USA’s 2012 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup championship team.

“Again, we’re going into a competition phase with a number of players unavailable and that’s something that we’ve had to adjust to over this past year,” said Sermanni. “But players have come in and performed extremely well and that’s continued to increase the already intense competition in the squad.”

U.S. Women’s National Team Roster By Position:
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), Sarah Killion (UCLA), Carli Lloyd (WNY Flash), Samantha Mewis (UCLA), Heather O’Reilly (Boston Breakers), Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign FC)
FORWARDS (5):
Sarah Hagen (Bayern Munich), Sydney Leroux (Seattle Reign FC), Christen Press (Tyresö), Amy Rodriguez (FC Kansas City), Abby Wambach (WNY Flash)

Additional Notes:

  • The USA has a 52-10-9 record all-time at the Algarve Cup and has scored 158 goals while allowing 54.
  • U.S. forward Abby Wambach comes into the tournament with 165 career goals, 19 of which have been scored at the Algarve Cup in nine tournaments. Wambach is the top Algarve Cup scorer in U.S. history, having found the net six more times than Kristine Lilly’s 13 scores.
  • Christen Press is the USA’s leading scorer this year with three goals and has scored 11 times in her first 14 games for the National Team.
  • Hope Solo leads a group of three goalkeepers that features Jill Loyden and Alyssa Naeher. Solo is two shutouts away from tying Briana Scurry for the most in U.S. history at 71.
  • U.S. midfielder Heather O’Reilly heads into the tournament with 196 career caps and could earn her historic 200th in the USA’s placement match if she features in all three group games. O’Reilly will be playing in her 12th Algarve Cup and made her U.S. debut at the Algarve Cup in 2002 at the age of 17.
  • Last year, Rachel Van Hollebeke earned her 100th-career cap at the Algarve Cup.
  • U.S. captain Christie Rampone, who currently is the second most-capped player in U.S. history with 289, will lead the U.S. team that features nine defenders. Rampone will be playing in her 13th Algarve Cup.
  • Midfielder Carli Lloyd was the MVP of the 2007 Algarve Cup after scoring in all four games that year. She also scored three goals in the 2010 tournament and has 10 goals in total at the Algarve Cup. That ranks third among active players behind only Wambach (19) and Alex Morgan (11).
  • Defender Whitney Engen made her U.S. debut at the 2012 Algarve Cup. Van Hollebeke made her debut at the 2008 Algarve Cup. Amy Rodriguez made her U.S. debut at the 2005 Algarve Cup.
  • Sarah Killion, Samantha Mewis, Sarah Hagen and Naeher are all looking for their first cap at the senior level.
  • U.S. midfielder Lauren Holiday will not be with the U.S. team for this tournament due to a family commitment.
  • Defender Crystal Dunn is not ready for game action as she recovers from an ankle injury.

U.S. WNT Rolls to 7-0 Victory Against Russia in Boca Raton, Fla.

  • Carli Lloyd and Christen Press Each Score Two Goals
  • Abby Wambach Nets 164th Goal while Heather O’Reilly and Sydney Leroux Add Tallies to Help Extend Unbeaten Streak to 41 Games
  • USA and Russia Will Meet in Second Leg on Feb. 12 at Georgia Dome in Atlanta; Kick-Off at 7:30 p.m. ET on ussoccer.com 

BOCA RATON, Fla. (Feb. 8, 2014) – Led by two-goal efforts from midfielder Carli Lloyd and forward Christen Press, the U.S. Women’s National Team defeated Russia 7-0 at FAU Stadium in the first meeting of a two-game set.

Midfielder Heather O’Reilly and forward Sydney Leroux also supplied a goal each and world goal scoring record holder Abby Wambach tallied the 164 th of her career in the second half.

The U.S. WNT extended its unbeaten streak at home to 79 games (69-0-10) and extended its unbeaten streak overall to 41 games (35-0-6), dating back to March of 2012.

The USA and Russia square off again on Wed., Feb. 12, at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. The game kicks off at 7:30 p.m. ET and will be live on ussoccer.com. Fans can also follow the U.S. WNT on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt.

The Americans thoroughly controlled the run of play against Russia, dominating possession from the start, and opened the scoring deluge and in the 29th minute.

Lloyd, who missed the USA’s 1-0 victory against Canada on Jan. 31 while serving a red card suspension, beautifully split a pair of Russia defenders on the dribble to give herself a free look at goal. She then blasted her shot past Russia goalkeeper Elvira Todua and into the upper right corner for a 1-0 lead. Lloyd was set up by O’Reilly, who terrorized the right flank before exiting the game for Florida native Erika Tymrak in the 68th minute. The assist was the 48th of O’Reilly’s career, passing Carin Gabarra for sole possession of seventh place all-time.

In the 32nd minute O’Reilly found herself in the right place when cross from the left deflected off of Russia left back Marina Pushkareva and ricocheted to the U.S. midfielder. O’Reilly blasted her shot into the upper right corner for a 2-0 advantage and her 38th career goal.

With O’Reilly’s early dominance, Russia head coach Sergey Lavrentyev was forced to replace left back Elena Medved with Elena Medved after little more than 30 minutes.

The move did nothing to slow the U.S. attack and in the 37th minute Lloyd scored one of her signature blasts from distance. After bringing down a Stephanie Cox pass from the left side with her chest, Lloyd dribbled laterally until she found some space for her world-class right foot. With a strike reminiscent of her game-winner against France at the 2012 Olympics, she drilled her shot into the upper left corner to make it 3-0 lead.

In the second half, the USA picked up right where it left off with Lloyd crossing from the left to found Press, who redirected the ball with her head past Todua in the 51st minute.

Leroux made it 5-0 just three minutes later as she thundered into the penalty area to latch on to a well-weighted slip pass from Lauren Holiday. While fighting off a defender, she lunged for the ball and cut her shot past Todua on the ground and inside left post. Holiday assist was the 27th of her career, passing Brandi Chastain for sole possession of 13th place on the all-time WNT assists list.

Press grabbed her second goal of the match and 10th of her young international career in the 58th minute after a corner kick bounced out to Ali Krieger at the top of the box. The right back’s shot smacked off the chest of the Russian goalkeeper and Press was first to the rebound to tap it home for a 6-0 lead.

U.S. WNT head coach Tom Sermanni replaced Leroux and Press with Amy Rodriguez and Wambach, respectively, in the 60th minute and seven minutes later the fresh forward tandem connected for the final goal. Rodriguez supplied a nifty back heel pass to Wambach on the left side and she finished into the open net for the final margin.

Russia had to play the last 20 minutes or so with 10 players after defender Valentina Orlova took down Rodriguez on a breakaway and was shown a straight red card for being the last defender.

The seven-goal victory was the USA’s most lopsided win since a 7-0 rout of Mexico on Sept. 3, 2013, at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C.

Additional Notes:

  • The U.S. WNT improved to 6-0-1 all-time against Russia.
  • The USA is now 18-4-1 all-time in Florida-based matches.
  • The U.S. WNT moves to 15-0-3 all-time under head coach Tom Sermanni.
  • U.S. captain and center back Christie Rampone returned to the starting lineup (after coming on as a sub against Canada on Jan. 31) to earn her 289th-career cap. Rampone ranks second all-time behind Kristine Lilly (352 appearances from 1987-2010).
  • Christen Press and Sydney Leroux were paired up top, marking just the second time the two have started alongside each other. The other was the USA’s 3-1 victory against the Netherlands on April 9, 2013, as Press scored two of the team’s three goals.
  • Midfielder Megan Rapinoe entered the game for Stephanie Cox in the 74th minute, and Rachel Van Hollebeke (formerly Buehler) replaced Sauerbrunn in the 77th minute, playing her first match under her married name.
  • With O’Reilly and Solo making their 138th-career starts, they have passed Michelle Akers and are tied for 13th on the all-time list.
  • The match marked the third two-goal game of Christen Press’s young international career.
  • It also marked the 17th time the USA has scored exactly seven goals in a match.
  • Stephanie Cox’s assist was the 12th of her career. Krieger’s assist was her fourth.
  • The USA out-shot Russia 32-3 and allowed just one shot on goal as Hope Solo picked up her 69th career shutout, putting her just two shy of tying Briana Scurry for most shutouts in U.S. history.

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

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Russia
Date:
Feb. 8, 2014
Competition:
International Friendly
Venue:
FAU Stadium; Boca Raton, Fla.
Kickoff:
3:30 p.m. ET
Attendance:
8,857
Weather:
80 degrees, scattered clouds

Scoring Summary:     1          2          F
USA                             3          4          7
RUS                             0          0          0

USA – Carli Lloyd (Heather O’Reilly)               29th  minute
USA – Heather O’Reilly                                               32
USA – Carli Lloyd (Stephanie Cox)                             37
USA – Christen Press (Carli Lloyd)                             51
USA – Sydney Leroux (Lauren Holiday)                    54
USA – Christen Press (Ali Krieger)                             59
USA – Abby Wambach (Amy Rodriguez)                   67

Lineups:
USA:
1-Hope Solo; 11-Ali Krieger, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn (16-Rachel Van Hollebeke, 80), 3-Christie Rampone (capt.), 14-Stephanie Cox (15-Megan Rapinoe, 74); 9-Heather O’Reilly (17-Erika Tymrak, 68), 10-Carli Lloyd, 12-Lauren Holiday, 19-Kristie Mewis; 23-Christen Press (8-Amy Rodriguez, 60), 2-Sydney Leroux (20-Abby Wambach, 60)
Substitutions Not Used: 6-Whitney Engen, 18-Nicole Barnhart
Head coach: Tom Sermanni

RUS: 1-Elvira Todua; 2-Marina Pushkereva  (18-Elena Medved, 33), 3-Valentina Orlova, 7-Ekaterina Dmitrenko, 19-Ksenia Tsybutovich (capt.); 13-Alla Sidorovskaya, 20-Nelli Korovkina (11-Anna Sinyutina, 90+4), 23-Elena Morozova (14-Anastasiya Chevtchenko, 53), 17-Ekaterina Pantyukhina (9-Alena Andreeva, 88); 10-Elena Terekhova (8-Karina Bliskaya, 75) 16-Elena Kostareva (4-Svetlana Tsidikova, 63)
Substitutions Not Used: 12- Maria Zhamanakova, 15-Ksenia Kovalenko, 21-Alena Beliaeva, 22-Daria Makarenko
Head coach: Sergey Lavrenty

Stats Summary: USA / RUS
Shots: 32 / 3
Shots on Goal: 18 / 1
Saves: 1 / 6
Corner Kicks: 13 / 2
Fouls: 8 / 8
Offside: 3 / 2

Misconduct Summary:
RUS – Valentina Orlova          (sent off)                     68th minute
RUS – Ekaterina Dmitrenko      (caution)                      70

Officials:

Referee: Marie-Soleil Beaudoin (CAN)
Assistant Referee 1: Marie-Josee Charbonneau (CAN)   
Assistant Referee 2: Suzanne Morisset (CAN)
Fourth Official: Christina Unkel (USA)

Budweiser Woman of the Match: Carli Lloyd

U.S. WNT Opens Two-Match Set Against Russia at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton, Fla., on Feb. 8

U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Russia
International Friendly

FAU Stadium – Boca Raton, Fla.

Feb. 8, 2014


U.S. WNT FACES RUSSIA FOR FIRST TIME SINCE 2002:
After starting off 2014 with a solid 1-0 victory against Canada in Frisco, Texas, the U.S. Women’s National Team has traveled to the southeast to face Russia for the first time since 2002. The USA opens a two-game set against the Russians on Sept. 8 at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton, Fla. (kickoff at 3:30 p.m. ET on ussoccer.com webcast), as the USA plays the second match of its 30th year of competition. The USA will then face Russia again on Feb. 12 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta (kickoff at 7:30 p.m. ET on a ussoccer.com webcast). Fans can also follow the matches on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt. The meeting of the world’s top-ranked U.S. team against 21st-ranked Russia marks the first match between the countries since a 5-1 victory by the USA on Sept. 29, 2002, in Uniondale, NY. Abby Wambach and Heather O’Reilly are the only players on the current roster who played in that match.

U.S. Women's National Team By Position Roster - Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3):
18-Nicole Barnhart (FC Kansas City), 21-Jill Loyden (Sky Blue FC), 1-Hope Solo (Seattle Reign FC)
DEFENDERS (9):
14-Stephanie Cox (Seattle Reign FC), 7-Crystal Dunn (Washington Spirit), 6-Whitney Engen (Tyresö), 11-Ali Krieger (Washington Spirit), 19-Kristie Mewis (Boston Breakers), 5-Kelley O’Hara (Sky Blue FC), 3-Christie Rampone (Sky Blue FC), 4-Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City), 16-Rachel Van Hollebeke (Portland Thorns FC)
MIDFIELDERS (8):
25-Morgan Brian (Virginia), 12-Lauren Holiday (FC Kansas City), 22-Julie Johnston (Chicago Red Stars), 10-Carli Lloyd (WNY Flash), 28-Samantha Mewis (UCLA), 9-Heather O’Reilly (Boston Breakers), 15-Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign FC), 17-Erika Tymrak (FC Kansas City)
FORWARDS (4):
2-Sydney Leroux (Seattle Reign FC), 23-Christen Press (Tyresö), 8-Amy Rodriguez (FC Kansas City), 20-Abby Wambach (WNY Flash)

KEEPING IT ROLLING: The USA heads into the first match against Russia riding a 40-game unbeaten streak since its last loss, a 1-0 defeat to Japan on March 5, 2012, at the Algarve Cup in Portugal. (The U.S. record for an unbeaten streak is 51 games, set from Dec. 8, 2004, through Sept. 22, 2007.) Over the past 40 games, the U.S. has 34 wins and six ties, scoring 131 goals while allowing 29. The USA is also in the midst of a 78-game home unbeaten streak that includes 68 wins and 10 draws. The last loss for the USA on home soil came on Nov. 6, 2004, a 3-1 setback to Denmark in Philadelphia. It is one of only two losses the USA has suffered when Abby Wambach scores a goal.

FOUR FOR FLORIDA: The USA’s match at FAU Stadium will be its fourth in the state of Florida in the last 13 months. The three previous games all ended with 4-1 U.S. victories. This four-game stretch in Florida started in Boca Raton during the final game of 2012, a 4-1 victory against China PR at FAU Stadium. The USA also started 2013 in Florida, defeating Scotland 4-1 in Jacksonville and then once again finished the year in the Sunshine State, defeating Brazil 4-1 at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando. The U.S. Women, who trained in the Orlando area for both the 1995 and 1999 Women’s World Cups, as well as the 1996 Olympics, have played quite a few games in Florida – 22, in fact – and is 17-4-1 all-time in this state.

BRIAN WINS HERMANN TROPHY: The roster includes the winner of the 2013 MAC Hermann Trophy as college soccer’s top player. University of Virginia rising senior Morgan Brian took home the trophy in mid-January in St. Louis, edging her U.S. WNT teammate Crystal Dunn (who won in 2012) and UCLA defender Abby Dahlkemper. Brian had a remarkably balanced 16 goals and 14 assists in leading UVA to an undefeated regular season and an NCAA Final Four appearance. She got her first career start for the senior National Team against Canada on July 31 and played well in a 90-minute appearance.

SISTER ACT: U.S. head coach Tom Sermanni gave rising UCLA senior Samantha Mewis, who helped the Bruins to the NCAA title last fall, her first official call-up to the senior team. The 6-foot-tall Samantha is the younger sister of current U.S. WNT defender Kristie Mewis. The Mewis sisters played together on both the 2008 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Team (New Zealand) and the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Team (Germany), but this is first time they are on a full U.S. Women’s National Team roster together. The younger Mewis trained with the USA at the end of the January camp in Los Angeles. The only previous time that sisters were on a full U.S. Women’s National Team roster came in 1997 and 1998, when identical twins Lorrie (120 career caps) and Ronnie Fair (3 caps) played together. The two matches they played together came in a pair of victories against England on May 9, 1997, in San Jose, Calif., (5-0) and May 11, 1997, in Portland, Ore., (6-0). Lorrie started and Ronnie came on as a sub in both games.

NEW NAME, SAME BUEHLDOZER: This series of matches marks the first that will see defender Rachel Buehler switch to her married name on the back of her jersey. Buehler, who was married in November of 2012, will now go by Rachel Van Hollebeke (pronounced “van HALL-ah-beck”), adding a bit of Belgian flair to the U.S. team.

#CAUGHTMIA: U.S. WNT forward Abby Wambach finished second in the voting for the 2013 FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year (after winning the award for 2012) and currently has 163 career goals. Wambach passed the legendary Mia Hamm to become the world’s all-time leading scorer on June 20, 2013, when she pounded in four goals against South Korea at Red Bull Arena. Hamm, the 2001 and 2002 FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year, who had 158 career international goals from 1987-2004, will now be forever looking up at Wambach. Wambach scored her 163rd goal against Brazil on Nov. 10, 2013, marking the 104th win for the USA in a game in which Wambach has scored at least one goal (104-2-8). Wambach has scored 38 goals in her past 46 games over 2012, 2013 and 2014. She is also third all-time in assists with 65, behind only Kristine Lilly (105) and Hamm (144).

WAMBACH HAS SCORED AGAINST 31 DIFFERENT COUNTRIES: Of Abby Wambach’s world-record 163 career goals, she has scored the most against Mexico, peppering El Tri with 20 goals in 20 games. Wambach has faced Russia once in her career, that coming in the USA’s most recent game against the Russians in 2002, but she did not score in that game. Sixty-nine of her 163 goals (43 percent) were scored with her head. Her goals have come against:

Mexico 20
Norway 12
Canada 10
Japan 10
Sweden 10
Ireland 9
China PR 9
Australia 7
Brazil 7
Costa Rica 7
Germany 7
Iceland 6
Denmark 5
Kor. Republic 5
Scotland 4
New Zealand 4
Guatemala 4
Haiti 4
Korea DPR 3
C. Taipei 3
France 3
Jamaica 2
Dom. Rep. 2
Italy 2
Finland 2
England 1
Panama 1
T&T 1
Colombia 1
Nigeria 1
Greece 1

2014 U.S. WNT SCHEDULE:

Date

Opponent

Result/Time (ET)

U.S. Goal scorers/TV

Venue

Jan. 31

Canada

1-0 W

Leroux

Toyota Stadium; Frisco, Texas

Feb. 8

Russia

3:30 p.m.

ussoccer.com webcast

FAU Stadium; Boca Raton, Fla.

Feb. 12

Russia

7:30 p.m.

ussoccer.com webcast

Georgia Dome; Atlanta, Ga.

U.S. ROSTER NOTES:

  • Forward Abby Wambach made her 187th-career start against Canada on Jan. 31 (213th overall appearance), tying her for sixth on the all-time starts lists with Kate Markgraf (187 starts in 201 games from 1998-2010).
  • Heather O’Reilly and Hope Solo, who each made their 137th-career starts in the last match, are now tied for 13th on the all-time list with Michelle Akers.
  • The USA is now 14-0-3 under Tom Sermanni.
  • Christen Press entered the match against Canada in the 73rd minute for Wambach and played a key part in the winning goal, playing a give-and-go with Becky Sauerbrunn who assisted to Sydney Leroux.
  • Forward Amy Rodriguez entered the game against Canada for Megan Rapinoe in the 88th minute, marking her first appearance for the USA since having a baby boy last August.
  • U.S. midfielder Carli Lloyd received a red card in the final game of 2013, and served her one-game suspension against Canada in the opening match of the year, but will be ready for selection for the Russia matches.
  • Just one player on the roster is looking for her first cap – that being UCLA senior Samantha Mewis – but, eight players have 11 caps or fewer.
  • Twenty-year-old Morgan Brian is the youngest player on the roster. Fellow collegian Samantha Mewis is 21.
  • Midfielder Megan Rapinoe has ended her stint with Lyon in France and is back in the United States full-time. Unlike last year, when she just played over half a season in the NWSL for Seattle Reign FC (12 games), she will be available from the kickoff this year.
  • Press and defender Whitney Engen will head back to Sweden after this series of games to continue playing for Tyresö, as the club chases its UEFA Champions League aspirations. The duo will remain in Sweden until Tyresö is eliminated from the tournament or after the Final, if it should get to the final game of the competition. Tyresö will face Austrian club Neulengbach in the quarterfinal round. The first leg is March 23.
  • Since taking over as the U.S. Women’s National Team in January of 2013, Sermanni has called 45 players to at least one training camp. Of those 45 players, 32 have earned at least one cap.
  • Sermanni gave 10 players their first cap in 2013: Morgan Brian, Amber Brooks, Crystal Dunn, Ashlyn Harris, Lindsey Horan, Julie Johnston, Leigh Ann Robinson, Kristie Mewis, Christen Press and Erika Tymrak. Six of those players are on this roster.
  • Seventeen players on the roster played in the NWSL last season. Twenty-two of the 24 players have committed to play in the league during its second season in 2014.
  • Three players on the roster were new allocations to NWSL clubs for the upcoming season: Stephanie Cox (Seattle Reign FC), Engen (Houston Dash) and Press (Chicago Red Stars).
  • All nine NWSL clubs are represented on the roster. FC Kansas City has the most players with five.
  • After Wambach, who has 163 career goals, midfielder Lloyd is the top scorer on the roster with 46 career international goals, followed by O’Reilly with 37.
  • 2012 Olympic gold medalist Kelley O’Hara, who was a late addition to the January camp roster, could return to game action for the first time since June 20, 2013, when she came into the match in the 52nd minute for Meghan Klingenberg.
  • The USA is without forward Alex Morgan and midfielder Tobin Heath, who are both recovering from injuries. Morgan will be with the U.S. team for a few days during the middle of the trip, but only for rehabilitation and evaluation purposes as she continues to come back from an ankle injury.
  • Heath, who is currently in France with her club Paris Saint-Germain, is progressing well with her recovery from a foot injury but is not ready for National Team action.

IN THE RECORD BOOKS:

  • The USA’s 78-game unbeaten streak at home is a team record. The next-highest streak is 50 games (48-0-2) from Feb. 10, 1996, through April 22, 1999. The USA tied the record on May 14, 2011 (2-0 win against Japan at Columbus Crew Stadium) and broke the record with the 51st game on May 18, 2011 (another 2-0 win against Japan at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C.).
  • In 2013, for just the second time in its history, the U.S. WNT posted an unbeaten record during a year that featured double-digit fixtures. The U.S. ended the year at 13-0-3, and the only previous occurrence of this undefeated mark was in 2006, when the USA went 18-0-4. There are four other instances when the U.S. went unbeaten while playing less than 10 games during the calendar year.
  • Heather O’Reilly, the third most-capped player on the roster with 194 games played, passed Brandi Chastain for ninth place on the all-time career appearances list in the final game of 2013. This year, she could be the ninth player (a remarkable number in itself) to hit 200 caps in U.S. history.
  • In addition to breaking Mia Hamm’s world scoring record, Abby Wambach’s June 20performance against the Korea Republic also made her the USA’s all-time leader in multiple-goal games with 39 for her career. She has 32 two-goal games, five hat tricks, one four-goal game and one five-goal game.
  • Carli Lloyd’s goal on Oct. 27 against New Zealand gave her 46 goals in her career and moved her past Julie Foudy into ninth on the all-time scoring list. Lloyd is also the highest-scoring player in U.S. history who has played exclusively as a midfielder.
  • In the last match against Canada, defender Becky Sauerbrunn became the 46th player in U.S. Women’s National Team history to hit 50 caps.
  • U.S. captain Christie Rampone is currently the second most-capped player in U.S. history and the most-capped active player in the world with 288 career games played. Only Kristine Lilly is ahead of her at 352, but even if Rampone plays through the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup, she would not catch Lilly.

BY THE NUMBERS:
0.69 Goals per game that the USA allowed in 2013
1 USA’s FIFA ranking
3.5 Goals per game the USA scored in 2013
6 Assists by Lauren Holiday and Abby Wambach in 2013, tied for best on the team
8 Goals in 13 career games for U.S. forward Christen Press
40 USA’s current overall unbeaten streak dating back to 2012 (34-0-6)
68 Career shutouts by Hope Solo, just three behind all-time WNT leader Briana Scurry
91.2 Minutes on field per goal averaged by Alex Morgan in her career
99.7 Minutes on field per goal averaged by Abby Wambach in her career
104 U.S. victories when Wambach scores a goal (104-2-8 overall)
130 Minutes on field per goal averaged by Mia Hamm in her career
288 Caps by Christie Rampone, second all-time to Kristine Lilly

TOM SERMANNI FACT FILE: Tom Sermanni was named head coach of the U.S. Women’s National Team on Oct. 30, 2012, becoming the seventh head coach in the team’s history. He led the USA to an unbeaten 14-0-3 record in 2013. Sermanni came to U.S. Soccer after eight years as the head coach of the Australia Women’s National Team, which he coached to the quarterfinal stage of both the 2007 and 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cups. Sermanni officially started the U.S. WNT position on Jan. 1, 2013, after interim head coach Jill Ellis managed seven games (5-0-2) in 2012. Sermanni took over for Pia Sundhage, the 2012 World Coach of the Year for women’s soccer, who accepted the head coaching position for her native Sweden. Below are some of Sermanni’s accomplishments:

  • Sermanni was the 2007 Asian Football Confederation Coach of the Year, leading Australia to a runner-up finish at the 2006 AFC Women’s Cup, where the team fell to China PR in penalty kicks, and to the championship of that tournament in 2010, when the Matildas downed Korea DPR in penalties.
  • Sermanni coached all three seasons of the Women’s United Soccer Association (WUSA), serving as an assistant for the San Jose CyberRays during the inaugural season, in which he helped the club to the league championship. He was also an assistant for the CyberRays in 2002 before taking the head coaching job of the New York Power in 2003, where he coached U.S. Women’s National Team legends Christie Rampone, Shannon Boxx and Tiffeny Milbrett.
  • Sermanni’s coaching career in both men’s and women’s professional soccer has taken him all over the world, including stints in Japan, the USA and Malaysia. Sermanni began his coaching career in men’s soccer in the late 1980s, when he transitioned from player-coach to head coach of the Canberra Croatia/Metros in the New South Wales State League from 1988-1991.
  • He coached the Australia Schoolboys side from 1989-1991 and coached the men’s program at the Australian Institute of Sport from 1991-1993.
  • He coached Sydney Olympic FC in the Australian top flight – the National Soccer League – in 1993-1994 before taking his first women’s job with the Australian National Team in 1994.
  • After stepping away from the Matildas in 1997, Sermanni transitioned back to men’s soccer, traveling to Japan to coach J-League side Sanfrecce Hiroshima from 1997-1999. He then had a stint with the Canberra Cosmos in the NSL from 1999-2001 before moving to the USA to coach in the WUSA.
  • Sermanni, a native of Glasgow, Scotland, had a long playing career as a midfielder from 1971 through 1989, when he retired after playing two years with Canberra Croatia and became a player-coach and then head coach.
  • Prior to that, he played from 1984-1987 with Canberra City and in 1983 with Marconi. From 1971 through 1983, he played in England and Scotland, representing Dunfermline Athletic (Scotland) in 1983, Torquay United (England) from 1979-1982 and Blackpool (England) from 1978-1979.
  • He turned professional in 1973 and played six seasons for Albion Rovers from 1973-1978 in Scotland after playing amateur soccer for Cumbernauld United from 1971-1973. Overall, Sermanni played more than 300 professional matches and scored more than 50 goals.

IN FOCUS: RUSSIA
Football Union of Russia
Founded: 1912 (Joined FIFA in 1912)
Head Coach: Sergey Lavrentyev
FIFA World Ranking: 21
Best FIFA World Cup Finish (Participated in 1999 & 2003): Quarterfinals (1999 & 2003)
Best Olympics Finish: No appearances

RUSSIA ROSTER BY POSITION:
GOALKEEPERS (3):
Elvira Todua (Rossiyanka), Maria Zhamanakova (Zorky), Alena Beliaeva (Mordovochka)
DEFENDERS (8):
Daria Makarenko (Zvezda-2005), Karina Blinskaya (Rossiyanka), Elena Medved (Zorky), Ksenia Kovalenko (CSP Izmailovo), Ksenia Tsybutovich (Ryazan-VDV), Marina Pushkareva (Kubanochka), Valentina Orlova (Zvezda-2005), Ekaterina Dmitrenko (Rossiyanka)
MIDFIELDERS (5):
Nelli Korovkina (CSP Izmailovo), Anna Sinyutina (Ryazan-VDV), Svetlana Tsidikova (Zorky), Elena Morozova (Zorky), Alla Sidorovskaya (CSP Izmailovo)
FORWARDS (5):
Anastasiya Chevtchenko (University of Pennsylvania), Elena Terekhova (Ryazan-VDV), Elena Kostareva (Kubanochka), Ekaterina Pantyukhina (Zvezda-2005), Alena Andreeva (CSP Izmailovo)

RUSSIA ROSTER NOTES:

  • Russia was in Group C at last summer’s UEFA Women’s Championship, finishing in third place behind France and Spain, but ahead of England.
  • The Russians put in a respectable performance, losing 3-1 to France while tying both England and Spain 1-1, but the two points were not enough to get them through to the knockout stage.
  • Elena Morozova scored her country’s goal against France, Nelli Korovkina scored the lone goal against England (in a match the English tied in the 92 nd minute) and Elena Terekhova scored against Spain.
  • Russia’s 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup qualifying campaign got off to a rough start with a 9-0 loss in Germany, but the team responded with a 2-0 win in Slovakia on a goal from Elena Morozova and a Slovak own goal.
  • Just eight players on Russia’s roster were part of its European championship team.
  • Russia has one American on its roster in 19-year-old Anastasiya Chevtchenko out of Portland, Ore., who plays college soccer at University of Pennsylvania in the Ivy League.
  • Russia head coach Sergey Lavrentyev is a former professional player who played for five different domestic clubs from 1989-1998.

USA VS. RUSSIA SERIES:

  • The USA has an all-time 5-0-1 record against Russia.
  • The one draw against Russia came on Aug. 15, 2000, a 1-1 tie in College Park, Md., that was the final start of Michelle Akers’ career. Akers also scored her final international goal against Russia two days earlier in a 7-1 victory at Annapolis, Md.
  • The most recent meeting between the teams came on Sept. 29, 2002, in the opening game of the Nike U.S. Women’s Cup. The USA won 5-1 on goals from Brandi Chastain, Cindy Parlow, Aly Wagner and two from Mia Hamm.
  • Forward Abby Wambach and midfielder Heather O’Reilly were the only two players from the current roster that played against Russia the last time the two teams met in 2002 in Uniondale, N.Y. Wambach started and O’Reilly subbed on for her in the 39th minute. It was the fifth cap for both O’Reilly and Wambach.
  • One of the many highlights of Mia Hamm's career came against Russia at the 1998 Nike U.S. Women's Cup when she scored her 100th career international goal in Rochester, N.Y., on Sept. 18 of that year in a 4-0 victory. The brilliant half-volley from a stiff angle that roared into the roof of the net set off an euphoric celebration at the sold-out Frontier Field and put Hamm into a select group of just four players who had, at that time, scored at least 100 career international goals.
  • The U.S. Women played the USSR twice during the early 1990s, winning 8-0 in Blaine, Minn., and 3-0 in Varna, Bulgaria.

LAST TIME:
On the field for the USA:
Jan. 31, 2014 – Toyota Stadium; Frisco, Texas – International Friendly

USA 1 Sydney Leroux 78
CAN 0

Lineups:
USA:
1-Hope Solo; 11-Ali Krieger, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 6-Whitney Engen (3-Christie Rampone, 77), 14-Stephanie Cox; 9-Heather O’Reilly, 25-Morgan Brian, 12-Lauren Holiday, 15-Megan Rapinoe (8-Amy Rodriguez, 88); 2-Sydney Leroux, 20-Abby Wambach (capt.) (23-Christen Press, 74)
Substitutions Not Used: 7-Crystal Dunn, 19-Kristie Mewis, 21-Jill Loyden, 22-Julie Johnston

Head coach: Tom Sermanni

CAN: 1-Erin McLeod; 7-Rhian Wilkinson (3-Sura Yekka, 74), 14-Kadeisha Buchanan, 10-Lauren Sesselmann, 20-Marie-Éve Nault (4-Carmelina Moscato, 81); 8-Diana Matheson (16-Jonelle Filigno, 86), 11-Desiree Scott, 13-Sophie Schmidt; 9-Josée Bélanger (17-Brittany Baxter, 71), 12-Christine Sinclair (capt.), 19-Adriana Leon (6-Kaylyn Kyle, 61)
Substitutions Not Used: 21-Stephanie Labbe, 33-Karina LeBlanc, 2-Emily Zurrer
Head coach: John Herdman

On the field against Russia:
Sept. 29, 2002 – Mitchel Athletic Complex; Uniondale, N.Y. – Nike U.S. Women’s Cup

USA 5 Chastain 25; Parlow 31; Hamm 59, 62; Wagner 64
RUS 1 Barbachina 84

Lineups:
USA:
1-Briana Scurry; 15-Kate Sobrero, 6-Brandi Chastain, 14-Joy Fawcett, 19-Danielle Slaton; 5-Tiffany Roberts (17-Angela Hucles, 46), 13-Kristine Lilly (2-Lorrie Fair, 46), 11-Julie Foudy, 9-Mia Hamm (8-Shannon MacMillan, 64); 12-Cindy Parlow (10-Aly Wagner, 46), 22-Abby Wambach (27-Heather O'Reilly, 39).
Subs not used: 4-Cat Reddick, 18-Siri Mullinix

Head coach: April Heinrichs

RUS: 1-Tatiana Pitchougova, 2-Marina, Kolomiets, 4-Natalia Karaseva (17-Anastassia Poustovoitova, 46), 5-Vera Stroukova, 6-Svetlana Sedakova (15-Irina Mironova, 69), 7-Tatiana Skotnikova, 9-Alexandra Svetlitskaya (8-Oxana Shmachkova, 46), 10-Natalia Barbachina, 11-Olga Letyushova, 13-Elena Fomina, 18-Elena Jikhareva.
Subs not used: 3-Marina Burakova, 12-Maria Pigaleva, 14-Valentina Barkova
Head coach: Yuri Bystritsky

GAME SUMMARY OF LAST MEETING BETWEEN USA AND RUSSIA: Mia Hamm scored twice and Cindy Parlow added her 50th-career goal as the U.S. Women's National Team patiently broke down a skillful Russian team to register a dominating 5-1 victory in the opening game of the 2002 Nike U.S. Women's Cup. The USA got stellar performances from Hamm, who had two goals and an assist, and second half substitute Aly Wagner, who had two assists and a goal, to bury Russia with three goals in a five-minute span in the second half. Russia is one of four European teams that had already qualified for the 2003 FIFA Women's World Cup.

Although the Americans had a sluggish first half, two dynamic plays by Hamm got the U.S. to the break with a 2-0 lead. The USA only took three shots in the first 24 minutes, but scored in the 25th, on a penalty kick by Brandi Chastain after Hamm was cut down in the penalty box. The USA had a couple of close calls in the next two minutes, as Julie Foudy had a shot cleared off the goal line and Abby Wambach sent a dangerous header bouncing to the goal that was saved by Tatiana Pitchougova, but it was Hamm who got the U.S. its second goal in the 31st minute. Kristine Lilly won a tackle on the left wing and drove to the end line before sending a floated cross to the far post. Hamm flew toward the end line to save the ball with a flicked header, athletically looping the ball over Pitchougova. It bounced almost on the goal line and Parlow darted in bravely to head the ball into the back of the net from close range. It was Parlow's 50th international goal, becoming the sixth U.S. player to score 50 or more goals in her career. Parlow's first goal was also against Russia, back in 1996 in her first appearance with the National Team.

U.S. WNT Tops Canada 1-0 to Open 2014 in Front of 20,862 Fans in Frisco, Texas

LEROUX SCORES AS U.S. WNT TOPS CANADA 1-0 TO OPEN 2014
IN FRONT OF 20,862 FANS IN FRISCO, TEXAS

  • Sydney Leroux Scores Game’s Only Goal in 78th Minute
  • Largest Home Crowd in More than 10 Years Watches USA Improve to 11-0-0 in Texas-Based Games and Extend Home Unbeaten Streak to 78 Games
  • USA Prepares for Two-Game Set Against Russia at 3:30 p.m. ET on Feb. 8 in Boca Raton, Fla., and at 7:30 p.m. ET on Feb. 12 in Atlanta; Games will be Webcast Live on ussoccer.com

FRISCO, Texas (Jan. 31, 2014) – The U.S. Women’s National Team has dominated in the Lone Star State, and Sydney Leroux kept that streak intact as her goal led the USA to a 1-0 victory against Canada in front of a raucous crowd of 20,862 at Toyota Stadium.

It marked the largest crowd for a WNT home game in more than a decade, when 23,176 fans watched the USA beat Mexico 3-1 on Nov. 2, 2003, at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas.

The U.S. improved to 11-0-0 in Texas-based games, thanks to Leroux finding the net in the 78th minute to open 2014 in winning fashion with her 25th goal in 44 appearances. The USA also extended its home unbeaten streak to 78 games.

Next up, the USA will face Russia for a two-game set on Feb. 8 at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton, Fla., (3:30 p.m. ET kickoff), and on Feb. 12 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta (7:30 p.m. ET kickoff). Both games will be webcast live on ussoccer.com. Fans can also follow the action on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt.

With a shade more than 10 minutes remaining in regulation, Leroux got the game-winner and it started with defender Becky Sauerbrunn stepping into the attack on a dynamic run into the right side of the penalty area.

Sauerbrunn, who became the 46th player in U.S. WNT history to reach 50 career appearances, began the buildup with a precise give-and-go sequence with second-half sub Christen Press. Sauerbrunn crossed the ball from the right of the six-yard box to Leroux who was stationed at the left post. She stretched to push the ball into the open net for the long-awaited one-goal lead.

The USA and Canada had some choppy moments in the first half as each side tried to find some fluidity in their first game of the year. Canada was plagued by three yellow cards in the opening 45 minutes, while the U.S. failed capitalize on several strong scoring chances.

Leroux was lurking around the Canadian goal from start to finish. Her 13th-minute shot was stopped by charging Canada goalkeeper Erin McLeod, who alertly came off her line to bravely stuff Leroux’s attempt. In the 22nd minute, Leroux’s header off an Ali Krieger cross bounced directly to McLeod for the save.

The Americans had the vast majority of possession, but found space in the attacking third to be at a premium as Canada played a smart tactical game mixed with numerous hard fouls. Canada was whistled for 16 fouls to the USA’s three. Still, the U.S was dangerous throughout the match, and Abby Wambach had back-to-back close-range shots in the 36th minute blocked by Canada defender Lauren Sesselmann.

Canada launched a few troubling attacks, one of which ended in a solid diving save from Solo in the waning moments, and the visitors actually had the best scoring chance for either team in the first half. Quick one-touch passing from Christine Sinclair and Josée Bélanger set up Diana Matheson on the right side in the 40th minute. Solo came out well to cut down the angle and forced the right-footed shot to roll wide-left of the goal.

Solo now has 68 career shutouts and is only three clean sheets behind all-time leader Briana Scurry (71 shutouts from 1994-2008).

Additional Notes:

  • The U.S. WNT moved to 47-3-5 all-time against Canada, the host nation of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
  • The U.S. moved to 10-2-2 in January openers.
  • Midfielder and 2013 MAC Hermann Trophy winner Morgan Brian, the youngest player on the roster at 20 years old, made her first start and played very well while earning her fourth overall appearance. In 2013, Brian scored a goal in three games and 62 minutes.
  • Forward Abby Wambach made her 187th-career start, (213th overall appearance), tying her for sixth on the all-time starts lists with Kate Markgraf (187 starts in 201 games from 1998-2010).
  • Heather O’Reilly and Hope Solo, who each made their 137th-career starts, are now tied for 13th on the all-time list with Michelle Akers.
  • Head coach Tom Sermanni has started his second year with the U.S. WNT. The USA is now 14-0-3 under Sermanni.
  • Sermanni’s lineup Friday included Solo in goal, anchoring a defense that featured left back Stephanie Cox, center backs Whitney Engen and Sauerbrunn and right back Ali Krieger.
  • The USA’s team defense was excellent, limiting Canada to one shot on goal.
  • In the midfield of Sermanni’s 4-4-2 lineup were Megan Rapinoe, Lauren Holiday, Brian and O’Reilly. Up front was team captain Wambach and Sydney Leroux.
  • In the 74th minute, Christen Press entered the match for Wambach, who passed off the captain’s armband to O’Reilly.
  • Sermanni brought in Christie Rampone for Engen in the 77th minute. Rampone now has made 288 appearances since debuting for the USA in 1997. Rampone ranks second all-time in caps behind only Kristine Lilly (352 caps from 1987-2010).
  • Amy Rodriguez entered the game for Rapinoe in the 88th minute, marking her first appearance for the USA since having a baby boy last August.
  • The USA played without forward Alex Morgan and midfielder Tobin Heath, who are both recovering from injuries.

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

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Canada
Date:
Jan. 31, 2014
Competition:
International Friendly
Venue:
Toyota Stadium; Frisco, Texas
Kickoff:
8 p.m. CT
Attendance:
20,862
Weather:
62 degrees, clear

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

USA – Sydney Leroux (Becky Sauerbrunn) 78th minute

Lineups:
USA:
1-Hope Solo; 11-Ali Krieger, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 6-Whitney Engen (3-Christie Rampone, 77), 14-Stephanie Cox; 9-Heather O’Reilly, 25-Morgan Brian, 12-Lauren Holiday, 15-Megan Rapinoe (8-Amy Rodriguez, 88); 2-Sydney Leroux, 20-Abby Wambach (capt.) (23-Christen Press, 74)
Substitutions Not Used: 7-Crystal Dunn, 19-Kristie Mewis, 21-Jill Loyden, 22-Julie Johnston

Head coach: Tom Sermanni

CAN: 1-Erin McLeod; 7-Rhian Wilkinson (3-Sura Yekka, 74), 14-Kadeisha Buchanan, 10-Lauren Sesselmann, 20-Marie-Éve Nault (4-Carmelina Moscato, 81); 8-Diana Matheson (16-Jonelle Filigno, 86), 11-Desiree Scott, 13-Sophie Schmidt; 9-Josée Bélanger (17-Brittany Baxter, 71), 12-Christine Sinclair (capt.), 19-Adriana Leon (6-Kaylyn Kyle, 61)
Substitutions Not Used: 21-Stephanie Labbe, 33-Karina LeBlanc, 2-Emily Zurrer
Head coach: John Herdman

Stats Summary: USA / CAN
Shots: 15 / 7
Shots on Goal: 6 / 1
Saves: 1 / 4
Corner Kicks: 6 / 2
Fouls: 3 / 16
Offside: 3 / 0

Misconduct Summary:
CAN – Josée Bélanger 29th minute
CAN – Kaseisha Buchanan 33
CAN –Lauren Sesselmann 38

Officials:
Referee: Mirian León (SLV)
Assistant Referee 1: Kimberly Moreira (CRC)
Assistant Referee 2: Enedina Caudillo Gómez (MEX)
Fourth Official: Quetzalli Alvarado (MEX)

Budweiser Woman of the Match: Becky Sauerbrunn

Sermanni Names U.S. WNT Roster for Matches Against Canada and Russia

CHICAGO (Jan. 24, 2014) – U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Tom Sermanni has named a roster of 24 players for a three-game, three-week road trip as the USA opens its 2014 schedule.

The USA will play its first match of year on Jan. 31 against Canada at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas (8 p.m. CT on FOX Sports 1). The team then travels to Florida to face Russia on Feb. 8 at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton (3:30 p.m. ET on ussoccer.com web stream), followed by a quick trip to Atlanta to play Russia again on Feb. 12 at the Georgia Dome (7:30 p.m. ET on ussoccer.com web stream). Sermanni will name 18 players to suit up for each of the matches.

“The players and staff are looking forward to playing matches,” said Sermanni. “We had productive training camps in December and January, but having three games in less than two weeks is a great opportunity for these players to continue to show their growth as individuals and as a team. This is the start of a year in which competition for places becomes much more critical, as does team performance and results.”

All the players named to this roster participated in the USA’s early January camp at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center in Carson, Calif. With the exceptions of forward Alex Morgan and midfielder Tobin Heath, both of whom are still recovering from injuries, the USA will bring its full complement of regulars into these first matches of the year.

The roster includes the first and third overall picks in the 2014 NWSL College Draft with defender Crystal Dunn going No. 1 to the Washington Freedom and midfielder Julie Johnston at No. 3 to the Chicago Red Stars.

Sermanni also gave a first roster spot to rising UCLA senior Samantha Mewis, who helped the Bruins to the NCAA title last fall. The 6-foot-tall Samantha is the younger sister of current U.S. WNT defender Kristie Mewis.

The Mewis sisters played together on both the 2008 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Team and the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Team, but this is first time they are on a full U.S. Women’s National Team roster together. The younger Mewis trained with the USA for a few days at the end of the January camp in Los Angeles.

The series of matches also marks the first that will see defender Rachel Buehler switch to her married name on the back of her jersey. Buehler, who was married in November of 2012, will now go by Rachel Van Hollebeke (pronounced “van HALL-ah-beck”).

U.S. Women's National Team Roster By Position – Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Nicole Barnhart (FC Kansas City), Jill Loyden (Sky Blue FC), Hope Solo (Seattle Reign FC)
DEFENDERS (9): Stephanie Cox (Seattle Reign FC), Crystal Dunn (Washington Spirit), Whitney Engen (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 (8): Morgan Brian (Virginia), Lauren Holiday (FC Kansas City), Julie Johnston (Chicago Red Stars), Carli Lloyd (WNY Flash), Samantha Mewis (UCLA), Heather O’Reilly (Boston Breakers), Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign FC), Erika Tymrak (FC Kansas City)
FORWARDS (4): Sydney Leroux (Seattle Reign FC), Christen Press (Tyresö), Amy Rodriguez (FC Kansas City), Abby Wambach (WNY Flash)

Additional Notes:

  • The 2014 schedule begins with the 51st meeting between the USA and Canada. The USA is 42-3-5 all-time against the host of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
  • Seventeen players on the training camp roster played in the NWSL last season. Twenty-two of the 24 players have committed to play in the league during its second season in 2014.
  • It was announced this week that Megan Rapinoe has ended her tenure with French club Lyon and will be available to play for Seattle Reign FC for the entire NWSL season.
  • Three players on the roster were new allocations to NWSL clubs for the upcoming season: Stephanie Cox (Seattle Reign FC), Whitney Engen (Houston Dash) and Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars).
  • All nine NWSL clubs are represented on the roster. FC Kansas City has the most players with five.
  • Since taking over as the U.S. Women’s National Team head coach in January of 2013, Tom Sermanni has seen 44 players called in to at least one training camp. Of those 44 players, 32 have earned at least one cap.
  • Sermanni has thus far also given 10 players their first caps.
  • After Abby Wambach, who has 163 career goals, midfielder Carli Lloyd is the top scorer on the roster with 46 career international goals, followed by Heather O’Reilly with 37.
  • Wambach finished second in the voting for the 2013 FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year after winning the award for 2012.
  • 2012 Olympic gold medalist Kelley O’Hara, who was a late addition to the January camp roster, could return to game action for the first time since April 9, 2013, when she started against the Netherlands in The Hague.
  • The call-up of both Mewis sisters – Kristie and Samantha – marks the first time sisters have played together on the full U.S. Women’s National Team since 1998, when identical twins Lorrie (120 career caps) and Ronnie Fair (3 caps) played together.
  • Alex Morgan will be with the U.S. team for a few days during the middle of the trip, but only for rehabilitation and evaluation purposes as she continues to come back from her ankle injury.
  • Tobin Heath, who is currently in France with her club Paris Saint-Germain, is progressing well with her recovery from a foot injury but is not ready yet for National Team action.
  • The roster also includes the winner of the 2013 MAC Hermann Trophy as college soccer’s top player in University of Virginia senior Morgan Brian.



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.

One of the USA’s most skillful two-footed players, she has shown the ability to play anywhere on the back line during her extensive youth and full international career … 2011: Played in 14 games, starting seven, and had one assist that came on her first touch against Colombia in the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup just moments after she had entered the match as a substitute … Played 67 minutes over two matches at the Women’s World Cup in Germany during her second World Cup tournament at the senior level … 2010: Had a resurgence of sorts with the U.S. team, playing in nine games while starting six … Played in one match at the CONCACAF Women’s World Cup Qualifying tournament … 2009: Played in one match, going 90 minutes against Canada in Charleston, S.C. … 2008: Played in 24 games for the USA, starting nine … A member of the 2008 Olympic team, she earned her roster spot after being brought back into the team due to an injury to Cat Whitehill … Ended up playing a key role in the Olympics, coming off the bench in four matches and starting one … Had the crucial assist to Carli Lloyd in the USA’s 1-0 victory against Japan in group play … Had four assists during the year attacking from outside back … 2007: Earned a consistent starting slot on the WNT … Her role became even more important after Heather Mitts went down in May with a torn ACL … Started 18 of the 21 games she played, developing into an impact player on the back line … Started all six games at the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup, her first world championship at the senior level, and played all but 45 minutes of the tournament … At 21, she was the youngest member and only player with college eligibility on the Women’s World Cup team … Had four assists during the year, but her corner kicks at the Women’s World Cup helped created two goals … 2006: Earned her second and third caps at the 2006 Algarve Cup, where she also made her first career start, going 90 minutes in a 4-1 victory against France … Made the roster for the 2006 Four Nations Tournament in China, but did not play … Played in eight total games, starting one … 2005: Earned her first call-up to the Women’s National Team and first cap at the 2005 Algarve Cup in Portugal … Came on as a substitute in the third match of the tournament against Denmark … Youth National Teams: The captain of the U.S. squad at the 2006 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Championship in Russia … Had 34 international caps for the U.S. U-19s/U-20s … Played in four of six games at the 2006 FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Championship in Russia, helping the USA to a fourth place finish … She made penalty kicks in shootouts in both the semifinal and third-place match … Played in 22 matches for the U-20s in 2006, including 10 international games … Did not participate in qualifying for the 2006 U-20 Women’s World Championship as she was in China with the full team … She saw first action with the U.S. U-21s in 2005 and played every minute of all four games at the 2005 Nordic Cup, helping the USA to the title … Starter at left back for the U.S. U-19s at the 2004 FIFA U-19 Women’s World Championship in Thailand, she played every minute of all six matches … Had both assists in the USA’s 2-0 quarterfinal win against Australia … Has been involved in the U.S. National Team Youth programs since 2000 … Started all 24 games she played in 2004 with the U-19s, including 17 full internationals … Had seven assists on the year including five in full internationals … Started all five matches at the 2004 CONCACAF Qualifying tournament, playing all but seven minutes of the competition … In 2003, she played seven international matches, starting all seven …Played in camps with the U-16 GNT and U-17 WNT in 2002 and was part of the U-14 GNT Identification Camp in 2000 … First Appearance: March 13, 2005, vs. Denmark … First Goal: None.
2011: Played 11 games, starting them all, spanning 969 minutes for the Boston Breakers and helped the team to a WPS playoff berth … 2010: Signed with the Boston Breakers for the 2010 WPS season … Started all 23 regular season matches she played in … Scored one goal – her first as a professional – with three assists while helping the team to a second place finish and a playoff berth into the Super Semifinal … Led Boston in minutes played with 2,038 during the regular season and was the only player to play more than 2,000 minutes … 2009: Allocated to the Los Angeles Sol for the inaugural WPS season in 2009 … Had an excellent season at left back for the Sol in 2009, playing every minute of all 19 matches she started while helping the club to a first-place finish during the regular season and a berth in the WPS championship game … Youth: Played club for Elk Grove United along with college and current U.S. teammate Megan Rapinoe … In 2003, she helped her Elk Grove United win the U-19 State and Regional championships and was runner-up at Nationals … Won 2002 and 2003 U-19 Premier League champs … All-League in Women’s Premier Soccer League (WPSL) for Elk Grove Pride in 2002.

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.

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