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Post-Match Quote Sheet: U.S. Women 1, Norway 0

U.S. Head Coach Pia Sundhage
On what the USA accomplished in the match:
“We got all the players a chance to get some minutes. Kacey White and Kendall Fletcher played 90 minutes, and I thought that was very important because you need play all 18 players, which we have done. The other thing was getting behind there back line, because Norway played pretty high pressure. At times, we did that well and at times, not so good. The most important thing after this game is healthy players and fresh legs going into the final.”

On what she liked about the match:
“We have not given up a goal yet, which is great. The other thing I am happy with is the way Megan Rapinoe played. That will give her confidence and the team as well.”

On the ebb and flow of the match:
“You can imagine that you have a team running at you the whole time and doing everything to win, but still we did not give up a goal. That is a very good thing with this team. We find a way to win. I think we created a running game, a transition game, and I would say we were a little bit naïve. We could have been a little more tactical and kept possession a little bit more, but we were eager to go forward when we didn’t have to. I think that is a lesson to learn. If you want to win a tournament, you have to know how to dictate the tempo, and I would say we didn’t do a good job of that today. Still, the defending, especially the back four, and Hope had another good game.”

On managing the end of the game better:
“If you look at the last 10 minutes, there are certain things we could do better. Instead of still continuing with this transition game, we could keep the ball even more and use the width. But we are so eager to play that big ball. It’s about decision making.”

On playing against her home country Sweden in the final:
“Regardless of what you have done before the final, everyone has the feeling of loving to play in the final. I think all 18 are ready to go. The fact that we are playing Sweden makes it a little interesting. I will have my best friend sitting on the other bench (asst. coach Lilly Persson). It would be cool to win that game.”

U.S. Goalkeeper Hope Solo
On her save of Kristin Lie’s shot in the 18th minute:
“I believe she struck it on top of the box to my right side. But Mitzy (Heather Mitts) was tracking the player down pretty fast to put pressure on her to get a shot off quickly. The only spot she had to shoot was my upper left. I got a good read on it and moved early.”

On tipping Ingvild Stensland's shot off the crossbar in the 83rd minute:
“Good thing my nails are long. I barely touched it. I got just a nick on it, but it was enough.”

On the defense:
“We had two younger players in our back line, a first-capper (Kendall Fletcher) and a younger player (Rachel Buehler) playing in a different position. I was so proud at the effort they put in, the organization, and Buehler was going into tackle after tackle, it was pretty incredible. I thought we were organized and played some of the best defense I’ve ever seen today.”

On Norway’s effort:
“I knew Norway was going to show up to play. We lost to Norway 2-0 in the Olympics, and it’s always been a very competitive match between the two teams. However, they just came off two losses, and I knew they weren’t going to be happy with three. They showed up, were ready to play and came out hard. They pressured us all over the field.”

U.S. Defender Kendall Fletcher
On her first cap:
“It was awesome. I think going into it, the emotion, I had to control myself and I had to focus so I didn’t really feel it, but right when the whistle blew at the end of the game, everything kind of rushed to me. I was like, ‘yes, I did it’! It was a great game, the team played awesome, ‘Pinoe (Megan Rapinoe) had a great goal, it was a great win and it was good to beat Norway, going 3-0 into the final.”

On the physical nature of the game:
“I think when it’s a competitive game, it makes you get into it right away. You’re ready to go from the beginning, right from the first tackle. You have to make statements in this kind of game and Buehler, the way she was just going after it in the air, tackling all over the field, that’s my kind of game. So it was a really good first game.”

U.S. Defender Rachel Buehler
On the match:
“It was a really, really tough game. I was battling in the air a lot because they were playing a lot of long balls. Norway is a tough, hard, fast and combative team so it really was a lot about heart out there.”

27 Players Called in for Two-Week Camp at The Home Depot Center as U.S. Women Prepare for Peace Queen Cup in South Korea

CHICAGO (May 19, 2008) – U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Pia Sundhage will bring 27 players to a two-week training camp at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., starting Monday, May 19, and running through Monday, June 2.

At the end of the camp, Sundhage will choose a 20-player roster to compete in the 2008 Peace Queen Cup in South Korea, where the U.S. will play Australia (June 15), Brazil (June 17) and Italy (June 19). If the USA wins the group, it will play for the Peace Queen Cup title on June 21. The U.S. leaves for South Korea on June 8. All the USA’s group matches will be played in Suwon, South Korea. For a complete 2008 Peace Queen Cup schedule, go to ussoccer.com.

Two players currently recovering from minor surgery – goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart (knee) and captain Christie Rampone (gall bladder) – will join the camp should they be fit enough to participate. Defender Keeley Dowling and midfielder Angie Woznuk return to camp after missing action while recovering from back injuries.

With Barnhart sidelined, Sundhage has called in 2004 Olympic gold medalist Kristin Luckenbill to join Hope Solo and Briana Scurry in the U.S. net.

Sundhage has also called in one player who has yet to see training camp action, giving a look to uncapped defender Kendall Fletcher, a former UNC star and veteran of the U.S. U-21 Women’s National Team.

Defender Ali Krieger, who is currently playing for FFC Frankfurt, the top women’s club in Germany and one of the best in Europe, will join camp on May 25 after she is released from club duty. Krieger earned her first two caps for the U.S. in January at the Four Nations Tournament in China.

The reminder of the training camp roster is made up of the players who helped the USA to three wins on its recent domestic tour, downing Australia, 3-2, on April 27 and, 5-4, on May 3, and rolling over Canada, 6-0, on May 10. Twelve different players have scored goals for the USA in 2008, led by Natasha Kai with 10 goals, while Abby Wambach and Lindsay Tarpley have nine each.

This will be the second edition of the Peace Queen Cup, with the USA winning the inaugural tournament in 2006. The competition, which also features North Korea, South Korea, Canada and Argentina, is extremely well-organized and one of the most competitive women’s tournaments in the world leading into the Olympics.

UNITED STATES WOMEN’S NATIONAL SOCCER TEAM
Training Camp Roster
May 19 - June 2, 2008 – The Home Depot Center – Carson, Calif.

Player Pos. Ht. DOB Hometown College Caps/Goals
Boxx, Shannon M 5-8 06/29/77 Redondo Beach, Calif. Notre Dame 89/18
Buehler, Rachel D 5-5 08/26/85 Del Mar, Calif. Stanford 8/0
Chalupny, Lori D 5-4 01/29/84 St. Louis, Mo. UNC 66/6
Cheney, Lauren F 5-8 09/30/87 Indianapolis, Ind. UCLA 9/3
Cox, Stephanie D 5-6 04/03/86 Elk Grove, Calif. Portland 40/0
Dowling, Keeley D 5-8 02/17/83 Carmel, Ind. Tennessee 0/0
Fletcher, Kendall D 5-6 11/11/84 Cary, N.C. UNC 0/0
Heath, Tobin M 5-6 05/29/88 Basking Ridge, N.J. UNC 10/2
Hucles, Angela M 5-7 07/05/78 Virginia Beach, Va. Virginia 80/6
Kai, Natasha F 5-8 05/22/83 Kahuku, Hawaii Hawaii 45/18
Krieger, Ali D 5-6 07/28/84 Dumfries, Va. Penn State 2/0
Lloyd, Carli M 5-8 07/16/82 Delran, N.J. Rutgers 58/15
Luckenbill, Kristin GK 5-9 05/28/79 Paoli, Pa. Dartmouth 14
Markgraf, Kate D 5-7 08/23/76 Bloomfield Hills, Mich. Notre Dame 178/0
Mitts, Heather D 5-5 06/09/78 Cincinnati, Ohio Florida 74/2
O'Reilly, Heather F 5-5 01/02/85 East Brunswick, N.J. UNC 86/19
Osborne, Leslie M 5-8 05/27/83 Brookfield, Wis. Santa Clara 60/3
Rodriguez, Amy F 5-4 02/17/87 Lake Forest, Calif. USC 17/3
Scurry, Briana GK 5-8 09/07/71 Dayton, Minn. Massachusetts 170
Solo, Hope GK 5-9 07/30/81 Richland, Wash. Washington 61
Tarpley, Lindsay M 5-6 09/22/83 Kalamazoo, Mich. UNC 93/26
Trotter, India F 5-8 03/10/85 Plantation, Fla. Florida State 2/0
Wagner, Aly M 5-5 08/10/80 San Jose, Calif. Santa Clara 117/21
Wambach, Abby F 5-11 06/02/80 Rochester, N.Y. Florida 119/95
White, Kacey M 5-4 04/27/84 Arlington, Texas UNC 6/0
Whitehill, Cat D 5-7 02/10/82 Birmingham, Ala. UNC 129/11
Woznuk, Angie M 5-5 03/29/85 El Cajon, Calif. Portland 6/1

Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Kristin Luckenbill (Paoli, Pa.), Briana Scurry (Dayton, Minn.), Hope Solo (Richland, Wash.);
DEFENDERS (9): Rachel Buehler (Del Mar, Calif.), Lori Chalupny (St. Louis, Mo.), Stephanie Cox (Elk Grove, Calif.), Keeley Dowling (Carmel, Ind.), Kendall Fletcher (Cary, N.C.), Ali Krieger (Dumfries, Va.), Kate Markgraf (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.), Heather Mitts (Cincinnati, Ohio), Cat Whitehill (Birmingham, Ala.);
MIDFIELDERS (9): Shannon Boxx (Redondo Beach, Calif.), Tobin Heath (Basking Ridge, N.J.), Angela Hucles (Virginia Beach, Va.), Carli Lloyd (Delran, N.J.), Leslie Osborne (Brookfield, Wis.), Lindsay Tarpley (Kalamazoo, Mich.), Aly Wagner (San Jose, Calif.), Kacey White (Arlington, Texas), Angie Woznuk (El Cajon, Calif.);
FORWARDS (6): Lauren Cheney (Indianapolis, Ind.), Natasha Kai (Kahuku, Hawaii), Heather O’Reilly (East Brunswick, N.J.), Amy Rodriguez (Lake Forest, Calif.), India Trotter (Plantation, Fla.), Abby Wambach (Rochester, N.Y.).

Team Staff:
Head Coach: Pia Sundhage; Redondo Beach, Calif.
Asst. Coach: Jillian Ellis; Los Angeles, Calif.
Asst. Coach: Erica Walsh; State College, Pa.
GK Coach: Phil Wheddon; Monroe, Conn.
Sports Science/Fitness Coach: Helena Andersson Orebro, Sweden
General Manager: Cheryl Bailey; Redondo Beach, Calif.
Athletic Trainer: Gigi Garcia; Miami, Fla.
Athletic Trainer: Michele Gould; Wilmington, De.
Equipment Manager: Andrew Dessert; Kansas City, Mo.
Massage Therapist: Mark Higgins; Chicago, Ill.
Massage Therapist: Scott Street; Virginia Beach, Va.
Massage Therapist: Jerrod Fritz; Charleston, S.C.
Videographer: Noelle Jouglet; San Diego, Calif.
Videographer: Libby Wells; San Diego, Calif.
Team Security: Mark Pharris; Atlanta, Ga.
Press Officer: Aaron Heifetz; Cypress, Calif.

U.S. Under-21 WNT Heads Into Portland Training Camp In Advance of 2007 Nordic Cup in Finland

CHICAGO (June 5, 2007) -- U.S. Under-21 Women’s National Team head coach Bill Irwin will bring 24 players to a training camp in Portland, Oregon, from June 6-13 in what will be the final camp before he chooses the 2007 U.S. Nordic Cup Team, which will travel to Vassa, Finland, from July 12-25 for the annual Nordic Cup tournament.

Held in Northern Europe every summer, the USA has competed in the tournament for well more than a decade, as it has become the focus of the USA’s oldest youth national team during its six-month run-up to the prestigious competition. In respond to FIFA moving oldest FIFA world championship for women from Under-19 to Under-20, this year the Nordic Cup moves from an Under-21 competition to an Under-23 tournament (it was staged as a U-20 event from 1990-1997) and Irwin will bring an 18-player roster featuring a mixture of U-21 and older players to Finland.

The USA has won eight Nordic Cup titles, including seven in a row before falling last year in the championship game to Germany. The USA won the last Nordic Cup contested in Finland in 2002, defeating Germany, 3-1 in the final.

While the Nordic Cup has long featured eight teams and three group games followed by a placement match, this year’s format calls for two group games and then a placement match, giving the USA little room for error in the first round to earn a berth to the title game, which will pit the winners of Group A, featuring England, Finland and Germany, and Group B, which will feature Norway, Sweden and the USA.
The American women open with Norway on July 18 in Närpiö, followed by the match against Sweden on July 22 in Vaasa. The placement matches are on July 24. All the matches are in and around Vassa on the west coast of Finland right on the Gulf of Bothnia.

Irwin’s Portland training camp roster features seven players who competed for the USA at the 2006 U-20 Women’s World Championship in Russia, and several other players with extensive youth National Team experience, including defenders Kendall Fletcher (14 U-21 caps), Manya Maksoki (19 U-21 caps) and Rachel Buehler (14 U-21 caps), and midfielder Sarah Huffman (22 U-21 caps), all of whom played on the USA’s 2002 U-19 team that won the first FIFA youth world championship.

“This roster is close to the team we will be taking to Finland, but there are several players not in camp that are in running and several players coming to Portland trying to show they deserve a spot on the final 18-player roster,” said Irwin. “We’ve had some good preparation this year with matches in England and Germany, as well as the tournament in Alabama, and this group is highly motivated to go to Europe and win back the Nordic Cup.”

Irwin has three attacking players who showed to be among the best in the world in their age group during their FIFA world championship experience.

Midfielder Angie Woznuk was one of the stars of the U.S. team that finished third in the 2004 FIFA U-19 Women’s World Championship in Thailand. She won the Silver Ball as the second most outstanding player and the Bronze Boot as the third leading scorer in the tournament. Forward Megan Rapinoe scored three times for the USA in Thailand and forward Danesha Adams won the Bronze Ball as the third most outstanding player at the 2006 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Championship in Russia. All three have a smattering of caps for the full Women’s National Team.

After winning its first Nordic Cup in 1997 (over Norway in Denmark), the USA has won an amazing eight out of the last 10 Nordic Cups, and seven in a row from 1999-2005. Age eligible players for the 2007 Nordic Cup are those born on or after January 1, 1984.

2007 Nordic Cup Schedule- Finland - July 18-24, 2007

Group A: Finland, England and Germany
Group B: USA, Norway and Sweden

Wednesday, July 18
Group A: Finland vs. England at Hietalahti Stadium, Vaasa
Group B: USA vs. Norway at Närpiö

Friday, July 20
Group A: England vs. Germany at Seinäjoki
Group B: Norway vs. Sweden at Vöyri

Sunday, July 22.
Group A: Germany vs. Finland at Lapua
Group B: Sweden vs. USA at Kaarle Stadium, Vaasa

Tuesday, July 24
Fifth Place Match at Sepänkylä
Third Place Match at Kaarle Stadium, Vaasa
Championship Match at Hietalahti Stadium, Vaasa



Coaching Staff:
Head Coach:                 Bill Irwin                                        Portland, Ore.
Asst. Coach:                  Dean Duerst                                Middleton, Wis.
GK Coach:                     Everton Edwards                         Miami, Fla.

GOALKEEPERS (3): Kelsey Davis (Portland), Joanna Haig (Louisville), Val Henderson (UCLA)
DEFENDERS (8): Marisa Abegg (Stanford), Rachel Buehler (Stanford), Kendall Fletcher (UNC), Nikki Krzysik (Virginia), Stephanie Logterman (Texas), Manya Makoski (Arizona State), Becky Sauerbrunn (Virginia), Sarah Wagenfuhr (Florida State)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Kiki Bosio (Santa Clara), Jen Buczkowski (Notre Dame), Sarah Huffman (Virginia), Kara Kabellis (Wisconsin), Ali Krieger (Penn State), Elisabeth Redmond (Duke), Lisa Sara (Portland), Angie Woznuk (Portland)
FORWARDS (5): Danesha Adams (UCLA), Kelsey Carpenter (Texas), Whitney Engen (UNC), Kerri Hanks (Notre Dame), Megan Rapinoe (Portland)

U.S. U-21 Women Head to Germany For Three Matches

CHICAGO (May 14, 2007) - U.S. Under-21 Women’s National Team head coach Bill Irwin will take 18 players to Dortmund, Germany for three matches against top women’s club teams on a trip from May 18-27.

The U-21s are coming off a second place finish at the 2007 Futbol Internacional Tournament in Alabama, where they fell in penalty kicks to Canada in the championship game.

The U-21s will face Gutersloh on May 22, followed by a match against SG Essen-Schönebeck on May 24 and finish with a game against 07 Bad Neuenahr on May 26. The German women’s Bundesliga is widely hailed as one of the top two women’s leagues in the world, along with Sweden’s top division.

Irwin will bring a strong squad to Germany as 11 of the 18 players named have played in one or more youth world championships for the USA. Midfielder Angie Woznuk has one cap for the full National Team, the only player on the roster with senior team caps. Defender Rachel Buehler is currently in Residency Training Camp with the Women’s National Team, but will leave camp to play with the U-21s.

The U-21s will return home and the squad will have just a week before re-grouping in Portland, Ore., from June 6-13 for a training camp that will be the last preparation for the 2007 Nordic Cup to be held in Finland from July 18-24.

U.S. U-21 WNT Schedule
Date         Opponent
May 22     Gutersloh
May 24     Essen-Schonebeck
May 26     07 Bad Neuenahr

U.S. U-21 WNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Cori Alexander (Portland), Kelsey Davis (Portland);
DEFENDERS (6): Rachel Buehler (Stanford), Kendall Fletcher (UNC), Nikki Krzysik (Virginia), Stephanie Logterman (Texas), Manya Makoski (Arizona State), Becky Sauerbrunn (Virginia);
MIDFIELDERS (6): Natalie Capuano (Penn), Tina DiMartino (UCLA), Kara Karellis (Wisconsin), Ali Krieger (Penn State), Lisa Sari (Portland), Angie Woznuk (Portland);
FORWARDS (4): Natalie Budge (Portland), Kerri Hanks (Notre Dame), Ella Masar (Illinois), Jessica Rostedt (Virginia).

U-21 WNT Falls to Canada in PKs at Futbol Internacional Tournament Final

MOBILE, Ala. (April 28, 2007) – The U.S. Under-21 Women’s National Team fell in penalty kicks to the Canadian Olympic Development Team after playing to a 0-0 draw in the championship game of the 2007 Futbol Internacional Tournament.

The U.S. team had won both its previous games in the six-team tournament by 2-0 scores but could not find a way past Canadian goalkeepers Taryn Swiatek and Karina LeBlanc, who have 20 and 50 caps respectively for Canada’s senior side.

Canada’s Olympic Development Team featured a mixture of national team veterans and young prospects.

The U.S. team had more of the chances during the match, out-shooting Canada by a 13-3 margin, but failed to finish into open nets on at least one occasion in each half.

The match ended 0-0 after regulation time and went straight to penalty kicks. After Canada’s Amy Vermuelen converted her team’s first chance, U.S. defender Stephanie Logterman had her kick saved by LeBlanc, and that would eventually be the difference as each team then made all the rest of its kicks before Canada’s Paige Adams knocked in her team’s fifth chance to end the game.

The U.S. U-21s will come together again in late May for a trip to Germany, where they will play three top German women’s clubs. U.S. head coach Bill Irwin is preparing the U-21s for the annual Nordic Cup, which this year will be held in Finland from July 18-24. The USA won seven Nordic Cup titles in a row before falling last summer to Germany in the title game.

U.S. UNDER-21 WOMEN'S NATIONAL TEAM GAME REPORT

Match-up: USA U-21 vs. Canada ODT
Competition: 2007 Futbol Internacional Championship
Venue: Baker HS Stadium – Mobile, Alabama
Date: April 28, 2007; Kickoff – 7:30 p.m. ET
Attendance: 1,500
Weather: Warm, humid – 80 degrees

Scoring Summary:
                     1 2 F PK
USA              0 0 0 3
CAN ODT    0 0 0 5

Lineups:
USA: 18-Kelsey Davis; 16-Stephanie Logterman, 15-Rachel Buehler – Capt., 9-Kendall Fletcher, 2-Manya Makoski; 22-Sarah Huffman (13-Kara Kabellis, 83), 8-Amanda Poach, 17-Angie Woznuk; 7-Danesha Adams, 12-Kelsey Carpenter (6-Rachel Rapinoe, 71), 5-Kelley O’Hara (19-Kiki Bosio, 59).
Subs not used: 1-Cori Alexander, 4-Lisa Sari, 10-Nkechi Kanu, 11-Danielle Collins, 14-Natalie Capuano, 20-Marissa Abegg, 24-Joanna Haig, 25-Chioma Igwe, 26-Courtney Hooker, 29-Tiffany Weimer
Head coach: Bill Irwin

CAN ODT: 20-Taryn Swiatek (1-Karina LeBlanc, 46), 17-Eden Hingwing (12-Alexi Marton, 46), 4-Sasha Andrews, 2-Caroline Vanderpool, 5-Melissa Tancredi (16-Monica Lamfeist, 46), 8-Kaylyn Kyle, 6-Amy Apps (3-Taryne Boudreau, 46), 7-Paige Adams, 13-Jodi-Ann Robinson, 10-Amy Vermuelen, 14-Amber Allen.

Statistical Summary: USA/CAN ODT
Shots: 13/3
Shots on Goal: 4/2
Saves: 2/4
Corner Kicks: 5/1
Fouls: 10/15
Offside: 3/0

Misconduct Summary:
CAN – Amy Vermuelen (caution) 33rd minute.

Officials:
Referee: Sharon Wheeler (USA)

Penalty Kicks
Canada - Result / USA - Result
Amy Vermuelen - Goal / Stephanie Logterman - Saved
Kaylyn Kyle - Goal / Angie Wonzuk - Goal
Taryne Boudreau - Goal / Amanda Poach - Goal
Jodi-Ann Robinson - Goal / Manya Makoski - Goal
Paige Adams - Goal / n/a

2007 Futbol Internacional Tournament Final Results
Date        Match-Up Venue (Stadium)
April 22   Canada ODT 1, Mexico U-21 0 Birmingham, Ala. (Legion Field)
April 22   USA U-21 2, China U-21 0 Birmingham, Ala. (Legion Field)
April 24   USA U-21 2, T&T 0 Huntsville, Ala. (Alabama A&A Football Stadium)
April 24   Argentina 1, Canada ODT 1 Montgomery, Ala. (Montgomery YMCA Soccer Complex)
April 26   China U-21 2, T&T 0 Tuscaloosa, Ala. (U. of Alabama Soccer Stadium)
April 26   Mexico U-21 1, Argentina 1 Decatur, Ala. (Jack Allen Soccer Stadium)
April 28   Argentina 2, T&T 0 Mobile, Ala. (Baker HS Stadium)
                 Mexico 1, China 0 Mobile, Ala. (Baker HS Stadium)
                 USA 0, Canada ODT 0 (3-5 Pks) Mobile, Ala. (Baker HS Stadium)

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