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Alyssa Naeher and her twin sister were drawn to opposite ends of the soccer field: Amanda would become a high scoring forward in college while Alyssa gravitated to the goal. After an early mishap, the duo rebounded, learning to complement each other and hone each other's competitive edge. Today, each Naeher sister calls herself the other's biggest fan.

WNT Send-Off Series Begins in Sunny San Jose

The U.S. WNT defeated the Republic of Ireland in front of a sold-out crowd on a glorious Bay Area afternoon, that just happened to be Mother's Day.

WNT Launches #SheBelieves Initiative, Asking Women and Girls to Join in Aspiring to Achieve their Goals

CHICAGO (May 12, 2015) – While the U.S. Women’s National Team players are preparing to make an impression on the soccer world during the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup, they also are determined to make an impact on their fans, especially the young girls and women who will be watching them this summer.

In an effort to give back to the young fans that support them on the field, the U.S. WNT players are sending a simple yet powerful message back: #SheBelieves. Conceived and developed by the USWNT players, the #SheBelieves campaign is a message to young girls that they can accomplish all their goals and dreams.

“As a team, we are always excited to be able to positively impact young fans, especially young girls,” said U.S. WNT captain Christie Rampone. “Our fans have shown us how much they believe in us, and we believe in them, too. We want everyone to have that confidence on and off the field. The #SheBelieves initiative allows us to interact with the fans and encourage them to set high goals and strive to reach them no matter what the obstacles.”

Highlighting #SheBelieves will be “#SheBelieves in her Community,” a week-long celebration from May 19-24 where the WNT players will give back to their local communities during special events focused on young kids. At these events, which will take place at 17 different locations across the country, players will interact with fans in locations ranging from their former high schools and clubs to local children’s hospitals, among others.

As part of the #SheBelieves initiative, the team invites fans to share on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram all the ways in which they are working to be the best at whatever they choose to do using the #SheBelieves hashtag.

Below is a list of the “#SheBelieves in her Community” events across the nation. More detailed information on each event will be provided to the specific local market in the coming days.

#SheBelieves in her Community - 2015

Player

Date

Location

Lori Chalupny

May 19

St. Louis

Meghan Klingenberg

May 19

Pittsburgh

Alex Morgan

May 19

Kansas City, Mo.

Carli Lloyd

May 19

Mount Laurel, N.J.

Ashlyn Harris

May 19

Satellite Beach, Fla.

Lauren Holiday

May 20

Indianapolis

Alyssa Naeher

May 20

Trumbull, Conn.

Amy Rodriguez & Christen Press

May 20

East Los Angeles

Kelley O'Hara

May 20

Peachtree City, Ga.

Sydney Leroux

May 21

Greater Kansas City

Christie Rampone

May 21

Manasquan, N.J.

Morgan Brian & Julie Johnston

May 21

Philadelphia

Ali Krieger

May 20

Dumfries, Va.

Whitney Engen

May 21

Charlotte, N.C.

Megan Rapinoe & Hope Solo

May 22

Seattle

Shannon Boxx & Becky Sauerbrunn

TBA

Portland

Tobin Heath & Heather O'Reilly

May 24

Zarephath, N.J.

Gallery: WNT Delivers 3-0 Win Over Ireland on Mother's Day

Photos from the U.S. Women's National Team's 3-0 defeat of the Republic of Ireland before a sell-out crowd of 18,000 at Avaya Stadium on Mother's Day. Abby Wambach bagged a brace in the first half to reach 180 career goals, and Julie Johnston scored in a third consecutive match to cap off the scoring for the U.S., which next plays Mexico on May 17 at StubHub Center in Carson, California. That match kicks off at 6 p.m. PT and will be broadcast on FOX Sports 1 and Univision Deportes. 

WNT Players Wish Their Moms Happy Mother's Day

With the U.S. Women's National Team beginning their Send-Off Series tomorrow in San Jose, WNT players took the chance to wish their Moms a Happy Mother's Day.
  • Full name is Alyssa Michele Naeher
  • Majored in Kinesiology
  • Twin sister Amanda was a standout forward at Messiah College in Grantham, Pa.
  • One of the all-time leading scorers in NCAA Division III history, she scored well over 100 goals in her career
  • Amanda also scored more than 2,000 in high school basketball
  • Younger sister Abigail attended Samford University
  • Enjoys doing the crossword puzzle every morning with her coffee
  • Is a huge New England Patriots fan
  • All-time favorite TV show is “Friends” but is currently into “Modern Family” and “New Girl.” 


U.S. National Team: Has had quite a bit of training with the senior Women’s National Team, but is a veteran of the USA’s youth national teams and was the starting goalkeeper for the team that won the 2008 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup.

2015:
Named to the 2015 U.S. FIFA Women's World Cup roster, her first World Cup selection... Has not seen any action with the WNT on the year but has been part of the USA's roster for all eight matches this year, including the 2015 Algarve Cup, where the USA won its 10th title after defeating France 2-0 in the final on March 11... 2014: Earned her first cap and shutout in a victory against Argentina at the International Tournament of Brasilia in December … Was at the January training camp and traveled with the USA in March to the Algarve Cup in Portugal ... Was on the roster for the Aug. 20, 2014 game against Switzerland  and a pair of games in September against Mexico ... Trained during the entire 2014 Women’s World Cup qualifying tournament, but was not on the official roster … 2013: Was called into camp with the senior team ahead of a November friendly against Brazil ... 2011: Travelled with the U.S. to Portugal for the Algarve Cup ... 2010:Trained at camp in January and September … 2009: Earned her first call-up to train with the senior team in December 2009 … Youth National Teams: Played for the U.S. U-23 team ... Won the 2008 U-20 FIFA Women’s World Cup with the U.S. U-20 Women’s National Team, earning the Golden Glove as the tournament’s best goalkeeper after posting five wins in the tournament over France, Argentina, England, Germany and Korea DPR in the Final ... While in high school was called up to play for the U.S. U-16 and U-17 National Teams … Attended the U.S. U-14 I.D. camp in 2002 … First Appearance: Dec. 18, 2014, vs. Argentina  … First Shutout: Dec. 18, 2014, vs. Argentina

Professional / Club – 2014: She was the 2014 NWSL Goalkeeper of the Year ... Played in and started all 24 games, one of only two Breakers to do so ... Logged a team-high 2,115 minutes, which also ranked her second in the league ... Set a NWSL record and team record with 106 saves ... Registered three shutouts and stopped six of the nine penalty shots she faced ... The six penalty kick saves was the most in NWSL history and a career high ... 2013: Started eight of the nine games she appeared in for the Breakers after joining the club as a free agent in May ... Finished with a 4-2-2 record with team-high two shutouts ... Joined after finishing her German Bundesliga season with FFC Turbine Potsdam … It marked her second stint with the Breakers ... She was selected in the first round (11th overall) of the 2010 WPS Draft ... 2012: With FFC Turbine Potsdam for the 2012/13 Frauen Bundesliga season, she posted a 16-4-1 record with 10 shutouts, helping the team earn a berth into the 2013-14 Champions League ... Potsdam finished second in the Bundesliga, four points back of champions VFL Wolfsburg ... In debut season with Potsdam (2011/12), Naeher went 13-2-2 with 11 shutouts in the league and Potsdam won the Bundesliga ... Made her debut on Sept. 28, 2011, coming on in the 64th minute of the team’s 6-0 victory over Thor/KA of Iceland in the UEFA Women’s Champions League ... Over two years at Potsdam, she had a 6-3-1 Champions League record with four shutouts … 2011: Set a franchise record and led Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) with 99 saves for the Boston Breakers ... Finished with a 5-9-4 record with five shutouts ... Had a goals against average of 1.33 ... Started and played in all 18 games ... Logged 1,620 minutes ... 2010: In her rookie season of 2010, she started all 16 games she played in during the regular season, logging 1,379 minutes ... Faced 90 shots and made 69 saves ... Allowed 18 goals for a 1.17 goals against average ... Posted a record of 9-4-2 with three shutouts ... Played in one playoff game and made three saves in a loss to the Philadelphia Independence in the WPS Super Semifinal ... Youth: Played youth club soccer with Yankee United from U-12 through U-15, then switched to South Central for U-16 to U-19 where she wont a state title … Was a Parade All-American and two-time NSCAA Youth All-American.

College / High School: A three-time NSCAA All-American at Penn State ... Started and played 74 games for the Nittany Lions ... Finished with a career record of 50-19-5 and 24 shutouts ... Had a career 0.89 goals against average ... She was the Big Ten Tournament Defensive MVP in 2008 and the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year in 2007 ... Was First-Team All-Big Ten selection  in 2007 and 2008 ... Named to Big Ten All-Freshman Team in 2006 ... High School: Three-time All-State and three-time FAA All-Conference selection at Christian Heritage School, where she also was an honor roll student ... Scored more than 2,000 points in her career as a standout basketball player where she was the starting point guard.

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