CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee (Aug. 19, 2015) – The World Cup Champion U.S. Women’s National Team continued its Victory Tour with a 7-2 win against Costa Rica in front of a record crowd of 20,535 at Finley Stadium. The crowd was the largest for a stand-alone WNT friendly in the southeastern region of the United States.
Members of the military led the team out on the field and a moment of silence was observed before kickoff in memory of the tragedy that took place on July 17 when a gunman opened fire on two military sites in Chattanooga, killing five servicemen. During the game the WNT players wore black armbands in memory of the victims.
The U.S. WNT will be auctioning off their autographed game-worn jerseys on ussoccer.com to raise money for the families of the victims. More information on the start of the auction will be provided soon.
After the U.S. took an early 2-0 lead behind goals from Carli Lloyd and Heather O’Reilly, the match was delayed for 83 minutes due to lightning. After returning to the field, the U.S. continued their dominance with additional goals from Abby Wambach, O’Reilly, Alex Morgan and Amy Rodriguez. The WNT also benefited from an own goal, but Costa Rica was able to find the back of the net twice in second half for their first ever goals against the U.S. in 12 meetings.
The U.S. players will now return to their NWSL clubs for the stretch run of the season and continues its Victory Tour with a pair of matches against Australia in September, at Ford Field in Detroit on Sept. 17 and at Legion Field in Birmingham, Alabama on Sept. 20. Tickets are going fast with 30,000 already sold in Detroit and 27,000 in Birmingham. For more information on tickets, click here.
Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Carli Lloyd, 7th minute: Lloyd’s spectacular blast from 31 yards off a direct free kick deflected off a Costa Rican defender in the wall, hit the bottom of the crossbar at the upper left corner and bounced down into the goal to give the WNT an early lead. USA 1, CRC 0 SEE GOAL
USA – Heather O’Reilly, 13th minute: Carli Lloyd received a pass at the top of the box, spun towards goal and blasted a shot on frame. The Costa Rican goalkeeper responded with a tremendous diving save, but couldn’t hold the ball and Heather O’Reilly followed up to finish the rebound and double the WNT lead. USA 2, CRC 0 SEE GOAL
USA – Abby Wambach (Lori Chalupny), 18th minute: Carli Lloyd started the run down the right side and as she approached the end line sent a cross over to Lori Chalupny, who was positioned in the left side of the box. With the defense closing in, Chalupny sent the ball back across to Abby Wambach, who one-timed it home with her left foot. USA 3, CRC 0
USA – Carli Lloyd (Megan Rapinoe), 20th minute: The goal came off a corner kick from Megan Rapinoe. Rapinoe whipped in a cross and Lloyd knifed though the defense, leapt into the air and volleyed home from close range for her second goal of the game. USA 4, CRC 0
USA – Heather O’Reilly (Abby Wambach), 23rd minute: Abby Wambach, who just five minutes before had scored a goal of her own, dribbled powerfully down the left side. O’Reilly made a run to the near post, and Wambach, who has been the recipient of many O’Reilly crosses in the past, was the distributor this time around. O’Reilly met Wambach’s cross with her a powerful header high into the net for her second score of the game. USA 5, CRC 0
USA – Katherine Alvarado (Own Goal), 31st minute: Off another corner Lloyd made a run into the box and Alvarado was grabber her the whole time. The driven ball skipped through traffic inside the penalty box, bounced off her shin and skipped into the back of the net. USA 6, CRC 0
CRC – Cristin Granados (Carolina Venegas), 56th minute: Carolina Venegas made a great move to get around Tobin Heath near the end line and then threaded a ball back to Granados in the seam. With a first-time shot she pushed it past a diving Hope Solo from close range. USA 6, CRC 1
CRC – Karla Villalobos (Mariana Benavides), 69th minute: Mariana Benavides got a long ball up and through the U.S. defense to Villalobos who took a few controlling dribbles near the top of the box and finessed a bending ball over Naeher and into the upper right corner. USA 6, CRC 2
USA – Alex Morgan (Amy Rodriguez), 81st minute: After substitute goalkeeper Yolian Sala made a great kick save, Costa Rica poorly cleared the ball away and it found Amy Rodriguez on the right side of the box. Rodriguez took a great touch to beat a defender and sent a perfect back post cross to Alex Morgan who chested it into the net for the seventh score of the game. USA 7, CRC 2 SEE GOAL
Next on the Schedule: The WNT continues the 2015 Victory Tour with a stop in Detroit on Sept. 17 to take on Australia at Ford Field, where more than 30,000 tickets have already been sold.
Broadcast information: FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports GO (7 p.m. ET; Sept. 19)
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- Tobin Heath earned her 100th cap with the WNT. She is the 33rd player to play 100 times, having made her debut with the USA in 2008. She will be honored before the USA’s next match in Detroit.
- Wambach extended her record as the world’s all-time leading goal scorer, notching the 184th goal of her career.
- Heather O’Reilly’s brace pushed her career scoring total to 45 goals. She has scored two goals in each of the last two games and has now tallied four multi-goal games in her career.
- Lloyd’s two scores gave her 71 for her career, just four short of tying Cindy Parlow for sixth on the USA’s all-time goal scoring list.
- Shannon Boxx earned her 193rd cap, moving past Brandi Chastain into sole possession of 11th place on the USA’s all-time caps list.
- Carli Lloyd earned her 204th cap to move into a tie for eighth place on the USA’s all-time caps list with Tiffeny Milbrett.
- Alex Morgan’s 53rd goal moved her into a tie for ninth place with Carin Gabbara on the USA’s all-time scoring list.
- In the game’s 15th minute, the game paused for lightning delay, which lasted 83 minutes.
- Prior to the match, Lori Chalupny was honored for earning her 100th cap. On May 10 against Ireland in San Jose, Chalupny, who announced her retirement from international soccer on Aug. 17, became the 32nd American female to play 100 times for her country. She debuted for the USA at the age of 17 in 2001 and has won a U-19 Women's World Cup title, an Olympic gold medal and a Women's World Cup title.
- The match was the second for the WNT at Finley Stadium and with the win the team improved to 2-0-0 in the Chattanooga. The USA last played there in 1997, when it defeated Sweden 3-1 at the home of the National Premier Soccer League's Chattanooga FC and the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga Moccasins football and women's soccer teams.
- The WNT is now 5-0-0 all time in the state of Tennessee, where it has outscored opponents 17-5.
- Carli Lloyd’s 70th goal made her the seventh player in U.S. history to score 70 or more goals.
- Heather O’Reilly has scored multiple goals in each of the WNT’s last two games.
- Costa Rica’s first goal was the first it has scored against the USWNT in the history of the series between the two teams.
- The USA remains perfect against Costa Rica, improving its all-time record to 12-0-0.
A PICKUP CULTURE
Her freshman year at UNC in 2006, the dorm Heath lived in had a soccer field right outside. “We’d always kind of end up out there at some point, whatever hour it was. At one or two in the morning, we’d go turn on the lights and play,” says Heath. “That was the story of our class, my group of friends; we always wanted to play, anytime, anywhere. That was our culture.” Their first visit to campus, the new soccer freshmen skipped orientation, where you pick out classes and pick up your laptops, and headed out to the field.
Fetzer Field (UNC’s game field) always had a sign posted that read “CLOSED,” but the friends always snuck in anyway. They also played in the dorm hallways, “even people who didn’t play soccer wanted to play; it was so fun.” They played in the parking garage, using trash cans as goals. They even snuck out onto the game field at midnight, several hours after winning the national championship. “Even though we’d just won this great thing, even though our season had ended in the best possible way, we still didn’t want it to be over,” remembers Heath with a grin.
AT HOME IN THE WORLD
Tobin’s known not only for her free-flowing style on the field, but also for her vagabond approach toward the world. She has no set home and instead prefers to drift from place to place, visiting one coast and then the other, hopping from one friend or family member’s house to the next. She’s got a few bags of her stuff at her sister’s house, a few bags of stuff at her parents’ house. “When people are like, ‘Yeah, you can come anytime you want,’ I literally come any time I want. I guess most people hear that and are like, ‘uh, thanks,’ and it never happens, but with me, if you invite me somewhere, and I think it would be a cool thing to do, I’ll probably do it. Don’t invite me some place unless you mean it!” laughs Tobin. “And I don’t mind sleeping on a couch or a floor, so that helps.”
In Chapel Hill, sidewalks are made out of brick, which is not ideal for skateboarding – Tobin’s main mode of transportation since she was a kid. “While you’re going down a hill, it’s like, do or die. You’re either going to make it or you’re not. Because a brick might just be missing,” says Tobin.
Anson Dorrance, North Carolina’s Women’s soccer coach, comments, “I lived in abject terror that she was going to get hit.” Which did happen once. The “non-morning person” came down the hill on her way to 8 a.m. class, just hoping a car wouldn’t be there – it was. “It broke my board in two,” recalls Heath.“We were just trying to keep her tethered to the earth,” laughs Dorrance.
U.S. National Team: One of the USA’s most skillful players and dynamic dribblers, she has been a member of the last three world championship squads.
2015: 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup Champion... Named to the 2015 U.S. FIFA Women's World Cup roster, her second World Cup selection... Recorded her first assist of the year on a sweet snake move against Mexico on May 17 to set up Abby Wambach's goal during the USA's 5-1 victory... Made her first career World Cup start on June 16th in a group stage game against Nigeria... Scored her first World Cup goal in the finals against Japan... Has appeared in 13 games and started seven for the USA... Member of the team that captured the USA's 10th Algarve Cup on March 11 after defeating France 2-0 in the final... 2014: Had her second most productive year of her career with the WNT in terms of games played (16) and starts (10), minutes on the field (795), goals (3) and assists (4) … Was integral in the WNT’s run to the 2014 CONCACAF Championship, scoring two goals (both against Guatemala in the opening match) and adding two assists to help the team claim a berth at the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup… 2013: Had a quality first half of the year, playing 609 minutes in nine games (while starting seven), but did not play for the USA in the second half of the year due to an ankle injury … Scored once (against the Netherlands in The Hague) and had four assists … 2012: Had her best year yet for the U.S. WNT, playing in 26 matches and starting 16, both career highs … Scored four goals with seven assists, also career highs for a year … Played in all six games at the 2012 Olympics, starting four, while winning her second gold medal … Had three assists in the Olympics, one against France on Alex Morgan’s second goal, one against Colombia on Abby Wambach’s goal and one to Sydney Leroux against New Zealand … Played in two matches at the CONCACAF Olympic qualifying tournament, both starts, and scored two goals … Also scored against Sweden and Germany during the year … 2011: Had a quality “rebound” year after not seeing any National Team action 2010, playing in 15 games with two starts … Scored one goal with two assists, with her lone score coming in the final game of the year, a 1-1 draw with Sweden … Played in four matches off the bench at the FIFA Women’s World Cup, including the quarterfinal, semifinal and final in what was her first World Cup at the senior level … 2010:Did not play for the USA as she recovered from illness and a major ankle injury suffered early in the WPS season that eventually required surgery … 2009: Was named the 2009 U.S. Soccer Young Female Athlete of the Year … Played in two matches for the USA, both against Canada in July … 2008: Made her first WNT roster and debuted at the Four Nations Tournament in China … Nutmegged a Finland player on her first touches in her first cap … As the youngest player (20) on the 2008 Olympic gold medal team, she saw action in three games off the bench … Earned her first 17 caps for the USA in 2008 and scored two goals, including her first, which came against China at the Algarve Cup … 2007: Trained with the Women’s National Team in January for the first time … Youth National Teams: Played for the U.S. U-23 Women’s National Team in 2009 … Started for the silver medal-winning U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team at the Pan-American Games in Rio de Janeiro in the summer of 2007 … Was one of the standout players for the USA at the 2006 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Russia, where she played in three matches … One of five players to make the World Cup roster without participating in CONCACAF Qualifying … The third youngest player on the World Cup roster … Played in 24 matches for the U-20s in 2006, scoring five goals including two in international matches … Scored her first international goal at the U-20 level against Canada in April in Brazil … Trained with the U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team for the first time in March of 2006 … Made a late run to make the World Cup roster after an excellent performance at the Ricardo Teixeira Cup in Brazil in April … Finished her U-20 international career with 14 caps and two goals … Also saw time in U.S. Under-21 Women’s National Team in 2006 during a trip to Holland in April … Played with the U.S. U-17 Women’s National Team in 2004 and 2005 and the U.S. U-16 Girls’ National Team in 2003 and 2004 … Participated in the U-14 Girls’ National Team Identification Camp … First Appearance: Jan. 18, 2008, vs. Finland … First goal: March 5, 2008, vs. China.
Professional / Club – 2014: Started all five games in which she saw action, playing 401 minutes, but spent the majority of the NWSL season with the U.S. National Team or rehabbing injuries … 2013: Returned from France after the end of her European club season with Paris Saint-Germain to help the Portland Thorns to the inaugural NWSL championship … Was hampered by an ankle injury at the end of the season, but ended up playing in seven regular season matches and picking up three assists … Scored in both the NWSL playoff semifinal and championship game, getting the winning goal in the 2-0 title match victory against the Western New York Flash on a world-class direct free kick at the end of the first half … Played in eight matches for PSG in the second half of the season, scoring four times … 2012: Allocated to the Portland Thorns FC for the inaugural NWSL season … Played briefly with the New York Fury in the WPSL … Signed with Paris Saint-German in the French First Division for the second half of the 20122013 season … 2011: Played 571 minutes in 12 matches for Sky Blue FC, starting three, and had one assist … 2010: The No. 1 pick in the 2010 WPS Draft by the expansion Atlanta Beat … Played in just three matches for the Beat before suffering a season-ending ankle injury … Traded to her home state Sky Blue FC on Dec. 10 along with Eniola Aluko and Angie Kerr in exchange for Sky Blue FC’s pair of first-round picks in the 2011 WPS Draft and future considerations … Youth: Helped the PDA Wildcats win one club national championship, in 2003 as U-14s, and into two other club national championship tournaments … Helped the PDA Wildcats to the U-17 club National Championship game in 2005.