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Ellis Names WNT Roster for May 8 Match vs. Canada

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 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.

Additional Notes:

  • 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
  • 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)

WNT Sights and Sounds: Physical Testing at the OTC

Before its on-field training on April 8 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif., the U.S. players were put through a series of jumping and sprinting physical tests in beautiful 80-degree weather.

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, 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, 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, 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)
Jill Loyden (Sky Blue FC), Alyssa Naeher (Boston Breakers), Hope Solo (Seattle Reign FC)
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)
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)
Sydney Leroux (Seattle Reign FC), Christen Press (Tyresö), Amy Rodriguez (FC Kansas City), Katie Stengel (LA Blues), Abby Wambach (WNY Flash)

Additional Notes:

  • 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.

WNT vs. Denmark: Highlights - March 10, 2014

The U.S. WNT lost by a 5-3 score to Denmark in its final Group B match at the 2014 Algarve Cup. They USA went behind 3-0 in the first half before making a run in second on goals from Christen Press, Sydney Leroux and Megan Rapinoe, but fell short in a match that featured five total goals after the break.

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

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

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

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  

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.