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WNT Sights and Sounds: Hot and Humid in Tampa

In this edition of WNT Sights and Sounds, we see the WNT in hot, humid Tampa, during a training that was cut short by approaching lightning, but not before the team got in some quality work in the sun and rain.

Ellis Names 26 Players for Pair of June Matches against France

CHICAGO (June 2, 2014) – U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Jill Ellis has named 26 players to the training camp roster in preparation for two games against France – currently ranked fourth in the world by FIFA – on June 14 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida, and June 19 at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Connecticut. Both games kick off at 7:30 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on ussoccer.com.

“Two matches against such a high-level team will give us a picture of where we are,” said Ellis, who was named the eighth head coach in U.S. Women’s National Team history on May 16. “Establishing how we want to play and integrating our philosophy is an important first step for a new coaching staff, but these types of matches will give us a wonderful opportunity to build on and keep testing out the player pool.”

Several players return to the roster after extended absences ranging from two months in the case of Kristie Mewis, who has recovered from an ankle injury, to much longer in the case of forward Alex Morgan and midfielder Shannon Boxx.

Boxx, who has 186 caps and 27 goals, is coming in for training and evaluation only and will not play in the matches as she mounts her comeback after having a daughter in late February. A three-time Olympic gold medalist, Boxx makes her return to the roster for the first time since March of 2013 at the Algarve Cup.

The availability of Morgan for the matches will be determined pending an evaluation by the team’s medical and performance staff of her progression toward international play. Morgan, who is at the tail end of her recovery from an ankle injury, has 44 goals in 70 matches, but has not appeared for the USA since November of 2013.

The roster features 25 players currently signed with National Women’s Soccer League clubs as Christen Press, Whitney Engen and Meghan Klingenberg have returned to the league after helping Tyresö of Sweden to the brink of the UEFA Women’s Champions League title. Tobin Heath’s French league season came to a close on June 1, but her club will play in the French Cup Final on June 7 against Olympique Lyon. Forward Sarah Hagen will complete her highly successful run with Bayern Munich on June 8 and then return to make her NWSL debut for FC Kansas City. The only non-professional on the roster is rising college senior Morgan Brian from Virginia.

Additional Notes:

  • Jill Ellis will name 18 players from the 26-woman roster to suit up for each match.
  • Portland Thorns FC midfielder Allie Long gets her second WNT call-up after earning her first cap against Canada on May 8 in Winnipeg.
  • The U.S. Women’s National Team has launched its own Instagram account. Fans can now follow the U.S. Women’s National Teams at http://instagram.com/ussoccer_wnt.
  • The USA is 6-2-2 in 2014.
  • Two regulars are still injured and unavailable for selection in midfielder Megan Rapinoe (foot) and defender Rachel Van Hollebeke (ankle).
  • U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo has 70 shutouts, one away from tying Briana Scurry for first on the USA’s all-time shutout list.
  • Amy Rodriguez comes into the camp tied for the NWSL lead in goals with eight in 10 games.
U.S. Women’s National Team Roster by Position
GOALKEEPERS (3):
Nicole Barnhart (FC Kansas City), Ashlyn Harris (Washington Spirit), Hope Solo (Seattle Reign FC)
DEFENDERS (7):
Stephanie Cox (Seattle Reign FC), Crystal Dunn (Washington Spirit), Whitney Engen (Houston Dash), Meghan Klingenberg (Houston Dash), Ali Krieger (Washington Spirit), Christie Rampone (Sky Blue FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City)
MIDFIELDERS (9):
Shannon Boxx (Chicago Red Stars), Morgan Brian (Virginia), Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC), Lauren Holiday (FC Kansas City), Julie Johnston (Chicago Red Stars), Carli Lloyd (WNY Flash), Allie Long (Portland Thorns FC), Kristie Mewis (Boston Breakers), Heather O’Reilly (Boston Breakers)
FORWARDS (7):
Sarah Hagen (FC Kansas City), Sydney Leroux (Seattle Reign FC), Alex Morgan (Portland Thorns FC), Kelley O’Hara (Sky Blue FC), Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars), Amy Rodriguez (FC Kansas City), Abby Wambach (WNY Flash)

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 espnW.com 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 http://instagram.com/ussoccer_wnt.
  • 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 vs. China PR: Field Level Highlights - April 10, 2014

Carli Lloyd became the ninth U.S. Women’s National Team player to reach the 50-goal milestone, scoring twice as the USA defeated China PR 3-0 in front of 12,857 fans at Qualcomm Stadium.

Lloyd Hits for Two, Leroux Adds the Third: U.S. WNT vs. China - April 10, 2014

SAN DIEGO (April 10, 2014) – Carli Lloyd became the ninth U.S. Women’s National Team player to reach the 50-goal milestone, scoring twice as the USA defeated China PR 3-0 in front of 12,857 fans at Qualcomm Stadium.

Sydney Leroux added a goal – her 29th career tally – moments after halftime when she found the net 13 seconds into second half. U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo made one world-class save to earn her 70th career clean sheet and move within one of Briana Scurry’s USA record of 71.

Interim head coach Jill Ellis began her second stint as interim head coach after Tom Sermanni was relieved of his duties as on Sunday. Ellis is now 6-0-2 all-time after compiling a record of 5-0-2 as the interim coach in 2012 following Pia Sundhage’s departure.

The USA almost got on the board just seconds into the match captain Becky Sauerbrunn launched a long ball over the defense on the right side. Megan Rapinoe ran it down and crossed that ball into the middle where it was deflected to Lloyd. The midfielder had a brief look at an open net, but her shot was deflected wide left off the toe of a China defender.

The USA lost San Diego native Rachel Van Hollebeke early in the game as she suffered a left ankle injury, which forced Ellis to bring in Whitney Engen in the seventh minute.

In the 12th minute, Solo came up with her huge save on Zhang Rui’s right-footed blast, flying to her left to parry the ball away despite being screened by goal mouth traffic.

That was the best effort from China on the night and the USA was the aggressor the rest of the way, led by Lloyd’s finishing prowess. In the 20th minute, the U.S. broke the deadlock when Rapinoe dished to Leroux down the left sideline. Leroux dribbled past her defender to the end line and crossed the ball to Lauren Holiday at the far post. Holiday, who was on the right side of the six-yard box, redirected the ball back to Lloyd, who finished from 12 yards out with a left-footed shot into the right side of the net.

In the 23rd minute, it was Rapinoe again who sparked the initial attack with a shot from the right side that was deflected by China’s Zeng Ying. Wang Shanshan attempted to clear the ball out of harm’s way, but it went to Lloyd, who controlled it from 24 yards out and then smashed another left-footer that flew just inside the left post for a 2-0 advantage. The goal was the 50th of Lloyd’s WNT career and made her the ninth U.S. player to reach that milestone.

The U.S. came out of the halftime break and padded its lead after just 13 seconds. Off the kickoff, the USA sent a long ball into the penalty area, and China was burned by a botched clearance when Wang Shanshan only partly made contact with the ball at the edge of the box. Rapinoe pounced with a short pass to Leroux, who slid from just outside the left corner of the six-yard box to sneak the ball underneath goalkeeper Zhang Yue and into the lower right corner. Leroux now has 29 goals for her WNT career and a team-leading five tallies for the USA in 2014.

The USA pushed for more goals, and only several quality saves from Zhang kept the score down. Among the chances created was a Rapinoe attempt from about 30 yards out in the 55th minute that forced the Chinese goalkeeper to make a tip save over the crossbar. Second-half sub Christen Press had a strong scoring chance nearly two minutes after she entered the game, but her 59th-minute shot was blocked by Wang in the right side in the box.

The U.S. had two chances in the 60th minute when a Leroux header hit the crossbar and then Zhang dove to save an Abby Wambach header off the ensuing corner kick.

The majority of the WNT players will have approximately a month away from international duty as they start the National Women’s Soccer League season this weekend.

Next up for the U.S. WNT is a match against Canada on Thursday, May 8, at Investors Group Field in Winnipeg. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. CT (8 p.m. ET).

Milestone Watch:

  • The USA added to its record home unbeaten streak which is now at 82 games. The U.S. WNT is 72-0-10 during its current streak, which started on Dec. 8, 2004, with a 5-0 victory against Mexico in Carson, Calif.
  • Carli Lloyd, who increased her career goals total to 50, is now three tallies behind eighth-place Carin Gabarra on the WNT all-time list.
  • Heather O’Reilly passed longtime defender Kate Markgraf to move into sole possession of eighth place on the all-time caps list with 202 appearances. Markgraf earned 201 caps from 1998-2010. O’Reilly is inching closer to seventh-place Tiffeny Milbrett, who played in 204 games from 1991-2005.
  • Hope Solo earned her 150th career cap and is the 18th WNT player to reach that milestone. Among USA goalkeepers, Solo is second only to Briana Scurry (173 caps from 1994-2008).
  • Lauren Holiday played in her 99th career game, and with her next appearance she would be the 30th player in WNT history to reach the century mark.
  • Sydney Leroux made her 50th appearance since debuting for the USA in 2011. She is the 47th WNT player to reach 50 games in her career.
  • With her 30th assist, Holiday becomes the 12th WNT player to reach that career mark.
  • With her 109th appearance, Amy Rodriguez tied with Angela Hucles for 28th all-time.

Additional Notes:

  • The USA is 6-2-1 in 2014.
  • The U.S. is now 32-8-12 all-time against China PR.
  • The U.S. WNT moved to 6-0-2 all-time under interim head coach Jill Ellis.
  • Thursday’s starting lineup featured Hope Solo in goal, with a defensive line that included right back Ali Krieger, left back Meghan Klingenberg and center backs Rachel Van Hollebeke and Becky Sauerbrunn. Sauerbrunn wore the captain’s armband, while Van Hollebeke enjoyed a homecoming as she hails from northern San Diego suburb Del Mar, Calif.
  • The midfield of the USA’s 4-3-3 formation included Megan Rapinoe on the left side, Morgan Brian on the right and Carli Lloyd centrally.
  • Lauren Holiday pushed up from her typical midfield role to center forward, flanked beside Heather O’Reilly on the right and Sydney Leroux on the left.
  • Rapinoe, O’Reilly, Press and Sauerbrunn are the only WNT players to have appeared in all nine USA matches this year.
  • Van Hollebeke picked up an ankle injury just two minutes into the match. After trying to fight through the pain on the sidelines, Ellis decided to sub out Van Hollebeke, bringing in Whitney Engen in the seventh minute.
  • Abby Wambach was brought into the match to open the second half as she entered for Brian. It marked Wambach’s 220th career appearance.
  • In the 57th minute, Tobin Heath and Christen Press replaced Rapinoe and O’Reilly, respectively.
  • Kelley O’Hara replaced Holiday in the 64th minute. O’Hara moved to left back and Klingenberg pushed into the midfield.
  • Amy Rodriguez was the USA’s sixth and final sub, entering for Leroux in the 76th minute.

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

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. China PR
Date: April 10, 2014
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Qualcomm Stadium; San Diego, Calif.
Kickoff: 8 p.m. PT
Attendance: 12,857
Weather: 62 degrees, mostly cloudy

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

USA – Carli Lloyd (Lauren Holiday)                  20th minute
USA – Carli Lloyd (unassisted)                        23
USA – Sydney Leroux (Megan Rapinoe)         46

Lineups:
USA: 1-Hope Solo; 11-Ali Krieger, 16-Van Hollebeke (6-Whitney Engen, 7), 4-Becky Sauerbrunn (capt.), 25-Meghan Klingenberg, 7-Morgan Brian (20-Abby Wambach, 46), 10-Carli Lloyd, 15-Megan Rapinoe (17-Tobin Heath, 57), 9-Heather O’Reilly (23-Christen Press, 57), 12-Lauren Holiday (5-Kelley O’Hara, 64), 2-Sydney Leroux (8-Amy Rodriguez, 76)
Substitutions Not Used: 18-Alyssa Naeher
Head coach: Jill Ellis

CHN: 1-Zhang Yue; 3-Wang Lingling  (7-Xu Yanlu, 34), 6-Zeng Ying, 26-Li Dongna, 30-Liu Shanshan; 14-Wang Shanshan, 23-Ren Guixin (capt.), 25-Zhang Rui (13-Gao Qi, 87), 28-Zhang Xin (16-Wan Chen, 63); 10-Li Ying, 29-Yang Li (18-Han Peng, 66)
Substitutions Not Used: 9-Lou Jiahui, 11-Huang Yini, 17-Li Xianglin, 19-Zhou Feifei, 20-Song Duan, 21-Wang Lisi, 22-Wang Yun
Head coach: Hao Wei

Stats Summary: USA / CHN
Shots:  18 / 3
Shots on Goal: 12 / 2
Saves: 1 / 3
Corner Kicks: 7 / 1
Fouls: 11 / 9
Offside: 1 / 0

Misconduct Summary:
CHN – Li Ying (caution)                     59th minute

Officials:
Referee: Katja Koroleva (USA)
Assistant Referee 1: Felisha Mariscal (USA)
Assistant Referee 2: Amanda Ross (USA)
Fourth Official: Alejandro Mariscal (USA)

Budweiser Woman of the Match: Carli Lloyd

 

One of the USA’s best attacking defenders and a gritty ball-winner, before returning to the USA for good in 2013, she was only U.S. regular playing her club soccer overseas … 2012: Played in just one match at the CONCACAF Olympic qualifying tournament before tearing her ACL in the 42nd minute against the Dominican Republic, which ruled her out for the year … 2011: Had a breakout year while seeing the most extensive action of her National Team career so far, starting all 16 games in which she played … Her 1,341 minutes played were sixth-best on the team … Made her first Women’s World Cup team and started all six games in her return to Germany, where she lived and played for the previous four years … One of four U.S. players to play every minute of the Women’s World Cup … Sealed her place in U.S. history by converting the fifth and final penalty kick in the dramatic shootout victory over Brazil in the quarterfinal … Had two assists during the year … 2010: Played in eight matches for the USA, starting four … Played all 180 minutes in two matches at the CONCACAF Women’s World Cup Qualifying tournament … 2008: Made her first roster and debuted in January at the Four Nations Tournament in China, starting and playing every minute of games against Canada and Finland … Her first start in a 4-0 win against Canada was also Pia Sundhage’s first match as head coach of the USA … First call-up came in January … Youth National Teams: Played for the U.S. U-21/U-23 Women’s National Team in 2006 and 2007 … First Appearance: Jan. 16, 2008, vs. Canada … First goal: None.

2012: Returned to Frankfurt and played six matches over three months before coming back to the USA to play in the first season NWSL … Was allocated to the Washington Spirit for the inaugural season of the NWSL … 2010-11: Helped Frankfurt win the German Cup in 2011, a 2-1 victory against Turbine Potsdam in front of more than 20,000 fans in her last game for Frankfurt before returning to the USA for a brief period after four years abroad … Played in 11 games for Frankfurt, starting all of them, and scored one goal … 2009: She regained match fitness to play in 10 matches, starting nine, on loan with the Washington Freedom during the 2009 WPS season … 2008-09: Wasn’t able to play for most of the 2008-2009 season at Frankfurt due to a foot injury that kept her out for about nine months … 2008: Allocated to the Washington Freedom before the start-up of Women’s Professional Soccer in 2008, but due to her contract with Frankfurt, she was initially unavailable to the Freedom … 2007-08: She won “the treble” in 2008, winning a UEFA Women’s Championship, the Bundesliga title and the German Cup with Frankfurt … Scored her first goal in Germany on Feb. 24, 2008, vs. FCR Duisburg … Youth: Coached by her dad Ken Krieger on the Prince William Sparklers, for whom she played from age 7 to 19 … Eight players stayed with the team for that entire run, and almost every player went on to play NCAA Division I. 

 Full name is Alexandra Blaire Krieger … Majored in advertising and public relations at Penn State … Speaks fluent German … When she is done with her soccer career she wants to get into sports broadcasting … Loves movie nights … Her favorite color is fuchsia … Favorite food is Mexican … Brother is a hair-stylist Chris MacMillan Salon in Beverly Hills … Loves going to live sporting events … Is a big Washington Redskins fan and proud Penn State alumna … Loves going to live concerts and Broadway musicals … Dad is director of coaching for both boys and girls for the Prince William Soccer Club in Woodbridge, Va. … Mom lives in Miami and is a physical education teacher at The Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart … Is a morning person, and loves chatting over coffee … Loves to skateboard (on a longboard), but wishes she was better at it … Peanut butter pretzels are her weakness … Lives for beach days and wants to learn how to surf … Cherishes spending times with her best friends … Loves watching cartoons … Always, always, always wears mascara, even if it’s just to get the mail … Enjoys cooking as it relaxes her and brunch is her favorite meal … Obsessed with her new “underground” dance class called Kazaxe … Loves to laugh (she thinks it adds years to one’s life) … Always paints her nails before games … Her brother Kyle is her hero.Played at Penn State from 2003-2006, where she was a two-time All-American and a First-Team NSCAA All-American … Started every game she played for the Nittany Lions, totaling 87 career matches … Scored 11 goals with 19 assists during her college career … Had a career-high seven goals as a junior and a career-high nine assists as a freshman … Broke her leg two days before the opening of the NCAA playoffs during her junior season in November of 2005 … She was the Big Ten Co-Defensive Player of the Year in 2006 …. The Big Ten Freshman of the Year in 2003 … Helped the Nittany Lions to four consecutive Big Ten titles … High School: Attended Forest Park Senior High School in Woodbridge, Va. … The Virginia Gatorade Girls’ Soccer Player of the Year as a senior in 2003 … First-Team All-Metro as a junior and senior … Team captain as a junior and senior for the Bruins.
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