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WNT vs. Mexico: Highlights - Oct. 24, 2014

The U.S. WNT booked a ticket to the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup with 3-0 Victory against Mexico at PPL Park in Chester, Pa.

WNT Books Ticket to 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup with 3-0 Victory against Mexico

CHESTER, Pennsylvania (Oct. 24, 2014) – A focused and aggressive U.S. Women’s National Team booked its seventh consecutive trip to the FIFA Women’s World Cup with a 3-0 victory against Mexico in the semifinals of the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship at PPL Park. 

Carli Lloyd scored two first-half goals and Christen Press tallied in the second half as the USA became the 19th team this year to earn a spot in the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada. 

The USA will next face Costa Rica in the title match of the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship on Sunday at PPL Park. The game kicks off at 6 p.m. ET (FOX Sports 1). Costa Rica defeated Trinidad & Tobago 3-0 in penalty kicks earlier Friday to advance to the final and qualify for its first FIFA Women’s World Cup. 

The USA will be in search of its third World Cup crown in Canada next year, having previously won the title at the 1991 and 1999 events. 

Just before kickoff of the USA’s semifinal game, defender and team captain Christie Rampone was honored for making her 300th appearance over her 16-year international career. U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati and CONCACAF President Jeffrey Webb presented Rampone with commemorative gifts in recognition of this achievement. (Christie Rampone Tribute | In Her Own Words

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Carli Lloyd (Tobin Heath), 6th minute: Despite facing a packed-in defense in the opening minutes, the USA’s decisive ball movement was too much for Mexico. Lauren Holiday switched the point of attack from the right to left side where Heath controlled. Heath brought the ball to her right foot and crossed back in to the top of the six-yard box, where Lloyd was perched. Without needing to leave her feet, Lloyd headed the ball into the right side of the frame past Mexico goalkeeper Pamela Tajonar to tally her third goal of the tournament. USA 1, MEX 0 (SEE GOAL)

USA – Carli Lloyd (penalty), 30th minute: Tobin Heath drew a foul in the left side of the box against Mexico’s Christina Murillo to earn a penalty kick. Lloyd stepped up and fired to the left side of the net as Pamela Tajonar guessed the opposite way. It was Lloyd’s fourth goal of the tournament. Additionally, Lloyd now has three multi-goal games this year. USA 2, MEX 0 (SEE GOAL) 

USA – Christen Press (Sydney Leroux), 56th minute: The U.S. worked the ball up centrally with Christie Rampone passing to Leroux in the midfield. Leroux’s through ball split a pair of Mexico defenders and forced Mexico’s Pamela Tajonar to rush off her line. Press got to the ball first, took a right-footed touch to elude Tajonar and then tapped in with her left foot for her second goal of the tournament. USA 3, MEX 0 (SEE GOAL) (FINAL) 

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
MEX – Pamela Tajonar and Christina Murillo, 19th minute: The USA created several chances during this sequence, starting with a Christen Press shot from the right side of the box that Tajonar parried away. Sydney Leroux was positioned in the right place for the rebound toward the top of the box, but her shot was blocked by Murillo. The U.S. lingered for several more seconds around the box and Mexico eventually cleared. 

MEX – Kenti Robles, 74th minute: Christen Press crossed the ball in from the right side of the box to Tobin Heath who had an opportunity from about eight yards out, but a sliding Robles was able to block the attempt. 

Milestone Watch:

  • Christie Rampone, earning her 300th cap, becomes the second U.S. WNT player to accomplish this feat, joining Kristine Lilly (352 games from 1987-2010).
  • With her 54th and 55th goals, Carli Lloyd passes Carin Gabarra (53 goals from 1987-96) for sole possession of eighth place on the U.S. WNT all-time goal scoring list. Next up on the list is seventh-place Shannon MacMillan (60 goals from 1993-2005).
  • Abby Wambach and Lloyd made their 13th appearances in a World Cup qualifying match. They are tied for second place on the USA’s all-time list behind only Lilly (17 games).
  • Goalkeeper Hope Solo, the U.S. WNT’s all-time shutouts leader, upped her record to 76 clean sheets in 158 games. 

Next on the Schedule:
The U.S. WNT advances to the title match of the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship on Sunday, Oct. 25, against Costa Rica at PPL Park in Chester, Pennsylvania. The game kicks off at 6 p.m. ET.

Broadcast information: FOX Sports 1 and multi-platform devices via FOX Sports GO, FOX Soccer 2GO and FOXSportsGo.com.
Social: Twitter (@ussoccer_wnt; @ussoccer_esp); Facebook; Instagram 

Additional Notes:

  • The USA is now 14-2-3 in 2014.
  • The U.S. WNT is now 26-1-0 all-time in CONCACAF Women’s World Cup qualifying.
  • The USA moves to 30-1-1 all-time against Mexico. The WNT’s only loss was a 2-1 defeat on Nov. 5, 2010, during 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup Qualifying in Cancun, Mexico. The USA is 5-1-0 against Mexico in qualifying matches.
  • U.S. head coach Jill Ellis made three starting lineup changes following the team’s 6-0 win against Haiti on Monday.
  • Hope Solo returned in goal for Ashlyn Harris.
  • The back line included three returning starters in left back Meghan Klingenberg and center back duo Whitney Engen and team captain Christie Rampone. Ali Krieger returned to the starting lineup at right back after Kelley O’Hara had played in that spot against Haiti.
  • The U.S. midfield remained unchanged from the group stage with the starting trio of Lauren Holiday, Carli Lloyd and Megan Rapinoe.
  • The front three of the USA’s 4-3-3 formation included returning starters Christen Press and Tobin Heath, as well as Sydney Leroux who had started in Oct. 17 match against Guatemala.
  • Press is the only USA player to have made an appearance in all 19 games this year.
  • In the 62nd minute, USA all-time goal scoring leader Abby Wambach entered the match for Leroux.
  • In the 67th minute, Morgan Brian entered for Rapinoe, and with the substitution, Holiday was pushed up into an attacking role in the midfield.
  • The USA’s final substitution was Heather O’Reilly replacing Holiday in the 75th minute.
  • For the second consecutive game in the tournament, Leroux was unfortunate to hit the woodwork. In the 49th minute, Rapinoe’s searching cross from the right side skipped past Heath to a wide-open Leroux, who put some power behind her close-range shot but hit the crossbar. Then in the 61st minute, Leroux’s shot ricocheted off of the right post.
  • Press hit the left post in the 84th minute that would have pushed the USA lead to four goals.
  • Lloyd has scored four goals in four games in the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship. Prior to this year’s tournament, she had scored two goals in nine qualifying games.
  • Lloyd is the only USA player to have logged the full 360 minutes during this year’s CONCACAF Women’s Championship.
  • The U.S. WNT is now 89-8-13 in the 110 games that Rampone has been the team captain.
  • The U.S. is 14-0-3 under head coach Jill Ellis.

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

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Mexico
Date: Oct. 24, 2014
Competition: 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship; Semifinals
Venue: PPL Park; Chester, Pennsylvania
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. ET
Attendance: 8,773
Weather: 68 degrees, cool 

Scoring Summary:   1          2          F
USA                            2          1          3
MEX                            0          0          0 

USA – Carli Lloyd (Tobin Heath)        6th minute
USA – Carli Lloyd (penalty kick)        30
USA – Christen Press (Sydney Leroux)        56 

Lineups:
USA: 1-Hope Solo; 11-Ali Krieger, 3-Christie Rampone (capt.), 6-Whitney Engen, 16-Meghan Klingenberg; 12-Lauren Holiday (9-Heather O’Reilly, 75), 10-Carli Lloyd, 15-Megan Rapinoe (7-Morgan Brian, 67); 14-Christen Press, 2-Sydney Leroux (20-Abby Wambach, 62), 17-Tobin Heath
Subs Not Used: 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 5-Kelley O’Hara, 8-Amy Rodriguez, 18-Ashlyn Harris, 19-Julie Johnston
Head Coach: Jill Ellis 

MEX: 12-Pamela Tajonar (capt.); 2-Arianna Romero, 3-Bianca Sierra, 4-Alina Garcíamendez, 15-Christina Murillo (14-Monica Alvarado, 72); 6-Liliana Mercado, 7-Lydia Nayeli Rangel, 13-Kenti Robles (8-Teresa Noyola, 76); 18-Dinora Garza, 19-Tanya Samarzich, 20-Luz Duarte (10-Sandra Stephany Mayor, 55)
Subs Not Used: 1-Cecilia Santiago, 5-Paulina Solís, 11-Monica Ocampo, 9-Veronica Charlyn Corral, 16-Karla Nieto, 17-Veronica Perez
Head Coach: Leonardo Cuellar 

Stats Summary: USA / MEX
Shots: 21 / 1
Shots on Goal: 7 / 0
Saves: 0 / 4
Corner Kicks: 4 / 0
Fouls: 4 / 12
Offside: 9 / 1 

Misconduct Summary:
None 

Officials:
Referee: Sheena Dickson (CAN)
Assistant Referee 1: Marie-Josee Charbonneau (CAN)
Assistant Referee 2: Kimberly Moreira (CRC)
Fourth Official: Maurees Skeete (GUY) 

Budweiser Woman of the Match: Carli Lloyd

WNT vs. Mexico: Carli Lloyd Goal - Oct. 24, 2014

Carli Lloyd's header gave the U.S. an early 1-0 lead over Mexico in the semifinals of the 2014 CONCACAF Women's Championship.

Photo Gallery: WNT Beats Haiti at 2014 CONCACAF Women's Championship

Photos from the U.S. WNT's 6-0 win against Haiti in its final Group A game at the 2014 CONCACAF Women's Championship.

WNT vs. Haiti: Highlights - Oct. 20, 2014

USA all-time goal scoring leader Abby Wambach scored two goals and the United States soundly defeated Haiti 6-0 at RFK Stadium to earn first place in Group A and a top seed heading into the semifinals of the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship.

One of the USA's best and most crafty dribblers, she has taken on a greater role in 2012 as both a starter and a key sub in the midfield. Heath scored two goals in two starts during CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying in Vancouver, Canada, finding the net during the 14-0 rout of the Dominican Republic on Jan. 20, 2012. She also tallied the game-winner during the USA's 3-0 victory against Costa Rica on Jan. 27 to clinch a spot in the 2012 London Olympics.

One of the USA’s most skillful players and dynamic dribblers, she has been a member of the last three world championship squads … 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 winner 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.

2013: Allocated to the Portland Thorns for the inaugural NWSL season … 2012: 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 2012-2013 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.

Full name is Tobin Powell Heath … Nickname is “Tobs” … Enjoys playing any sport, hanging out with the family and spending time outdoors … Also a talented tennis player … Loves the beach and the water and was voted to have the “Best Tan” by her U-20 WNT teammates … An avid reader of ussoccer.com ... Is learning how to surf … Loves a good hamburger, as well as waffles and mango … Skateboarded around campus and to class at UNC … Enjoys all the traveling that an international player gets to do but also gets homesick … Featured in three much-viewed ussoccer.com videos: “Ball Trick Battle” with Casey Nogueira when both were U-20s in 2006, “Tobin Heath: WALKABOUT” in 2008, which won ussoccer.com’s Best Video of the Year and “Trick Shot Battle” with Yael Averbuch in 2011, that has more than 185,000 YouTube views.

As a senior at North Carolina, she scored five goals with 10 assists for the Tar Heels, who compiled a record of 23-3-1 and pulled out 1-0 victories in both the NCAA semifinal and championship game … Was named to the NCAA All-Tournament Team … Finished her UNC career with 19 goals and 32 assists … Was a major factor in leading UNC to its second straight NCAA title (and three in four years) and fourth straight Atlantic Coast Conference title … Heath was named First-Team All-ACC and was a First-Team NSCAA All-American, her third selection for each … Was also the first runner-up for the MAC Hermann Trophy, given to college soccer’s top player … Also named a First-Team Soccer America MVP … As a junior for the Tar Heels, she scored eight goals with eight assists while starting 25 of the 26 matches in which she played, helping UNC to a 25-1-2 record and the NCAA title … She missed UNC’s first match of the year while at the Olympics … Named Second-Team All-American and First-Team All-ACC … As a sophomore, she started 21 of the 23 games she played, scoring two goals with five assists … A First-Team NSCAA All-American and First-Team All-ACC pick, she was also named a Soccer America MVP … A consensus freshman All-America on UNC’s 2006 national championship team, she was named an NSCAA Second Team All-American and Second-Team All-ACC as well ... Started 22 of the 23 games she played for the Tar Heels at the left midfield spot, scoring four goals with nine assists  … Missed the first five games of the season playing with the U.S. U-20 Women’s National Team at the World Cup in Russia ... Made her Tar Heel debut against Washington on Sept. 8 and then started the final 22 games of the season … An Academic All-ACC Team selection ... Named to All-Tournament Team at 2006 NCAA College Cup … High School: Committed to attend UNC heading into her junior year of high school … A Parade All-American as a freshman, sophomore and junior at Ridge High School ... The New Jersey Gatorade Player of the Year as a junior … Did not play high school soccer her senior year, opting instead to train with boys … Led Ridge High School to one state championship … Was an NSCAA All-American as a sophomore and junior … Named the Gatorade New Jersey Player of the Year ... Named to the Newark Star Ledger’s First-Team All-State and the paper’s New Jersey Player of the Year.

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