Field Level Highlights from the U.S. Women's National Team's 2-0 victory against China PR on April 6, 2014 in Commerce City, Colorado at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.
While training in San Diego before its match on April 10 vs. China PR, the U.S. WNT took time out for its annual photo day. Lights, camera, action…!
Lauren Holiday scored an unassisted goal in the first half and Megan Rapinoe followed with a second-half goal off a direct free kick as the U.S. Women's National Team defeated China PR 2-0 in front of 14,903 fans at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.
As the U.S. Women’s National Team prepares to play China PR twice in a span of five days, we look back at the last meeting between the two countries which took place at the 2013 Algarve Cup in Portugal and featured goals from two unlikely sources, defenders Whitney Engen and Ali Krieger.
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PARCHAL, Portugal (March 12, 2014) – The U.S. Women’s National Team won its final game of the 2014 Algarve Cup, taking seventh place in the tournament with a 3-0 victory against Korea DPR on two goals from Abby Wambach and a late clincher from Heather O’Reilly.
The match marked O’Reilly’s 200th cap as she became the ninth female player in U.S. history to achieve that milestone. In those 200 games, she has been a direct part of 90 goals, scoring 40 and assisting on 50. She picked up her 50th assist in the USA’s previous match against Denmark on March 10.
The USA displayed a much more consistent attacking rhythm throughout the game than it achieved in previous matches, and while it didn’t produce a ton quality chances against an organized North Korea, the three goals all came from tremendous build-ups and featured quality finishes.
The first goal, which came in the 11th minute, was thing of beauty. A series of quick passes moved the ball from the left to the right wing, where Ali Krieger had space to cross from almost flush on the sideline. Her booming service flew over the last North Korea defender to the crashing Wambach at the far post, and she finished powerfully with a diving header.
North Korea knocked the ball around well, and threated with some excellent ball movement through the midfield, but the USA’s team defense, led by center backs Becky Sauerbrunn and Rachel Van Hollebeke and center midfielder Carli Lloyd, was stellar in its ball-winning. The USA limited Korea DPR to just two shots in the game, neither of which was on goal.
Wambach doubled the leaded in the 58th minute, but Lloyd was the catalyst, making a tremendous dribbling run into the left side of the box that featured power and skill. She was able to get all the way to the end line and cut a short pass back through a defender’s legs to Wambach, who had her back to the goal. In a moment of inspiration, with one sweeping motion, Wambach rolled the ball with the sole of her left foot and into the net from close range past the stunned North Korea goalkeeper.
The goals were the 166th and 167th of Wambach’s career as she continues to add to her world record. The brace also upped her total at the Algarve Cup to 21, the most for any U.S. player.
After some initial attacking pressure from North Korea early in the second half, the USA dominated the rest of the game, but didn’t get a clinching goal until two minutes remained.
O’Reilly, who had come on at halftime for Tobin Heath, was the recipient of another Lloyd assist. This one was made possible by Krieger, who slid to knock a pass to Lloyd in the right side of the penalty area. Lloyd then sent a hard cross on the ground through the goal mouth and a Wambach run to the near post drew several North Korea defenders and the goalkeeper, leaving O’Reilly wide open at the far post to finish from the door step.
Most of the U.S. players will now return home to begin their pre-season camps with their National Women’s Soccer League clubs, while several will head back to Europe to finish their European club campaigns. The second season of the NWSL kicks off on April 12.
The USA will be back in action next for two games against China PR on April 6 at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colo. (3 p.m. MT) and April 10 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego (8 p.m. PT, NBC Sports Network). Fans can follow the U.S. WNT on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt.
- The USA upped its record to 4-2-1 on the year.
- The USA moved to 5-0-1 all-time against Korea DPR. This was the first match between the countries that did not take place in a Women’s World Cup or an Olympics as the teams met in the group play at the 1999, 2003, 2007 and 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cups and the 2012 Olympics.
- U.S. head coach Tom Sermanni made two subs during the second half, sending on Kelley O’Hara for Meghan Klingenberg at left back in the 59th minute and forward Christen Press played the final 15 minutes in relief of Amy Rodriguez.
- Goalkeeper Jill Loyden made her third career start in goal and picked up her second career shutout. It was her ninth overall cap and second this year.
- Carli Lloyd played all 90 minutes in all four matches, the only U.S. player to do so.
- With 40 goals and 50 assists Heather O’Reilly is just the seventh player in U.S. WNT history to join the 40/50 club, along with Abby Wambach (167/65), Mia Hamm (158/144), Kristine Lilly (130/105), Tiffeny Milbrett (100/61), Shannon MacMillan (60/50) and Julie Foudy (45/55).
- In yet another sign of the USA bringing out the best in its opponents, Sweden lost in the third-place match to Iceland, 2-1, and Denmark fell in the fifth-place match to China PR in penalty kicks, after tying 1-1 in regulation.
- Austria defeated Portugal 2-1 for 11th place.
-U.S. Women’s National Team Match Report-
U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Korea DPR
Date: March 12, 2014
Competition: 2014 Algarve Cup – Seventh-Place Game
Venue: Belavista Municipal Stadium; Parchal, Portugal
Kickoff: 7 a.m. ET / 11 a.m. local
Weather: 61 degrees, sunny, breezy
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 1 2 3
PRK 0 0 0
USA – Abby Wambach (Ali Krieger) 11th minute
USA – Abby Wambach (Carli Lloyd) 58
USA – Heather O’Reilly (Carli Lloyd) 88
USA: 21-Jill Loyden; 11-Ali Krieger, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 16-Rachel Van Hollebeke, 25-Meghan Klingenberg (5-Kelley O’Hara, 59); 15-Megan Rapinoe, 7-Morgan Brian, 10-Carli Lloyd, 17-Tobin Heath (9-Heather O’Reilly, 46); 8-Amy Rodriguez (23-Christen Press, 75), 20-Abby Wambach (capt.)
Substitutions Not Used: 1-Hope Solo, 2-Sydney Leroux, 3-Christie Rampone, 6-Whitney Engen, 12-Samantha Mewis, 13-Sarah Hagen, 14-Stephanie Cox, 18-Alyssa Naeher, 19-Kristie Mewis,
Head coach: Tom Sermanni
1-Hong Myong Hui; 6-Kim Un Hyang, 15-Kim Nam Hui, 16-Kim Un Ha, 19-Yun Song Mi; 7-Kim Su Gyong, 8-Kim Un Ju, 9-Jong Yu Ri, 12-Kim Yun Mi; 10-Ho Un Byol,
11-Ra Un Sim (capt.)
Substitutions Not Used: 3-Paek Gol Gum, 4-Jo Jong Sim, 13-Ri Yong Mi, 18-Kim Su Jong, 21-Cha Un Ju,
Head coach: Kim Kwang Min
Stats Summary: USA / PRK
Shots: 10 / 2
Shots on Goal: 5 / 0
Saves: 0 / 3
Corner Kicks: 2 /0
Fouls: 10 / 8
Offside: 2 / 0
PRK – Ra Un Sim (caution) 45th minute
Referee: Stephanie Frappart (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Ella De Vries (BEL)
Assistant Referee 2: Manuela Nicolosi (FRA)
Fourth Official: Riem Hussein (GER)
Budweiser Woman of the Match: Rachel Van Hollebeke
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PARCHAL, Portugal (March 5, 2014) – The U.S. Women’s National Team certainly did enough to win, but had to settle for a 1-1 draw against Japan in the first Group B match for both teams at the 2014 Algarve Cup.
Up next for the USA will be Sweden on March 7 in Albufeira, Portugal (8:30 a.m. ET), in a match that will have major implications for the USA’s Algarve Cup championship game aspirations. The team must win the group to advance to the final. Fans can follow USA-Sweden on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt and watch highlights on ussoccer.com.
Despite creating the vast majority of dangerous scoring chances, the USA’s lone goal was a bit quirky, coming in the 59th minute when forward Sydney Leroux slid to block a clearance from Japan goalkeeper Erina Yamane, and the ball bounced back into the open net.
Just moments after Leroux had sprinted down the right wing and passed back to Christen Press, whose shot was saved by Yamane, the Japan goalkeeper received a pass back from her centerback and was just a bit too casual for the speedy Leroux, who sprinted hard at the 21-year-old ‘keeper from her left side and managed to ricochet the attempted clearance into the net from 12 yards out.
While the goal was unusual, the USA certainly deserved it and perhaps a few more. In fact, the U.S. put the ball into the Japan net just 72 seconds into the match, when Leroux’s shot hit a defender and bounced to Carli Lloyd, who finished her volley well from an offside position. Lloyd led a U.S. midfield that won numerous balls in dangerous spots, allowing the American counter-attack to flourish while putting Japan’s back line on their heels for most of the game.
Leroux had a chance off a right-side cross from Ali Krieger in the 12th minute that was going to stick into the upper right corner, but the 6-foot-1 Yamane palmed the shot up into the air, and it was headed off the line by a Japan defender.
In the 22nd minute, Heather O’Reilly darted past a defender into the right side of the penalty box and dribbled almost all the way to the near post, but her cross into a crowded goal mouth was cleared.
Leroux had a multitude of chances in both halves. In the 29th minute, she out-muscled a defender into the right side of the penalty area, but stuck her shot into the side-netting outside the right post. The USA counter-attacked with tremendous speed, creating numerous dangerous situations down the wings and in the 32nd minute, O’Reilly got free down the left, but her cross on the ground just eluded Leroux who was sliding through the goal box.
The Americans were going against the wind in the first half and as soon as they switched sides, the attacked picked up more steam. The USA fired 16 shots after the break to Japan’s three, and just four minutes into the second half, O’Reilly put Press behind the defense with a through ball. Her shot brought a nice save from Yamane, who knocked it away for a corner kick, and Leroux headed the ensuing service on goal, but it was cleared off the line by a defender.
Press played well, holding the ball in the attacking third, but also while running at the Japan back line, and in the 68th minute, she streaked down the left after a long throw-in and played a pass on the ground the O’Reilly at the near post, but under pressure, she pushed it just wide left.
In the 73rd minute Leroux smacked a shot from distance off the outside of the left post and then she had a great chance to win it in the 89 th, bulling her way past a defender into the right side of the penalty area, but cut her shot just past the far post from 15 yards out.
Japan was content to sit back for most of the match, but made a push with about 15 minutes left and got a questionable call in the 83rd minute when Becky Sauerbrunn was called for a hand ball while blocking a service that appeared to hit her chest.
Japan’s captain Aya Miyama took the freekick from about 35 yards out, hitting a wicked knuckler that diving U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo could only parry into the upper right corner to tie the score at 1-1.
Japan also had a chance to win it late. In the 87th minute, Rumi Utsugi sent her volley wide left from close range as U.S. defenders converged.
- The USA extended its current overall unbeaten streak to 43 games (36-0-7) dating back to March of 2012 when it lost to Japan during group play at the Algarve Cup.
- The USA moved to 3-0-1 on the year with its first draw of 2014.
- The U.S. WNT improved to 24-1-5 all-time against Japan.
- The USA is now 16-0-4 under head coach Tom Sermanni.
- Sermanni made just two substitutions in the match, sending on Tobin Heath for Heather O’Reilly and Kristie Mewis for Morgan Brian, both in the 73 rd minute.
- It was the first appearance in a U.S. uniform for Heath, who struggled to overcome an ankle injury, since June 15, 2013, when she played 90 minutes against Korea Republic.
- O’Reilly earned her 197th cap and is now just three games away from becoming the ninth WNT player to reach the 200-game mark.
- With U.S. captain Christie Rampone and co-captain Abby Wambach not seeing action, Becky Sauerbrunn captained the U.S. team, as she did in the opening game of the Algarve Cup last year.
- Twenty-one-year-old Morgan Brian made just her third start and earned her sixth cap.
- The most recent U.S. tie in the Algarve Cup came in last year’s tournament, a 1-1 draw with Sweden in the final group game, a result that sent the USA to the championship game.
-U.S. Women’s National Team Match Report-
U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Japan
Date: March 5, 2014
Competition: 2014 Algarve Cup – Group B
Venue: Belavista Municipal Stadium; Parchal, Portugal
Kickoff: 7:45 a.m. ET / 12:45 p.m. local
Weather: 66 degrees, windy, partly cloudy
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 0 1 1
JPN 0 1 1
USA – Sydney Leroux 59th minute
JPN – Aya Miyama 83
USA: 1-Hope Solo; 11-Ali Krieger, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn (capt.), 6-Whitney Engen, 14-Stephanie Cox; 9-Heather O’Reilly (17-Tobin Heath, 73), 7-Morgan Brian (19-Kristie Mewis, 73), 10-Carli Lloyd, 15-Megan Rapinoe; 23-Christen Press, 2-Sydney Leroux
Substitutions Not Used: 3-Christie Rampone, 5-Kelley O’Hara, 8-Amy Rodriguez, 12-Samantha Mewis, 13-Sarah Hagen, 16-Rachel Van Hollebeke, 18-Alyssa Naeher, 20-Abby Wambach, 21-Jill Loyden, 25-Meghan Klingenberg
Head coach: Tom Sermanni
21-Erina Yamane; 2-Yukari Kinga, 3-Azusa Iwashimizu, 4-Saki Kumagai, 19-Saori Ariyoshi (5-Aya Sameshima, 38); 6-Mizuho Sakaguchi (22-Nanase Kiryu, 68),
8-Aya Miyama (capt.), 9-Nahomi Kawasumi (16-Mana Iwabuchi, 59), 10-Homare Sawa (13-Rumi Utsugi, 76); 11-Shinobu Ohno, 17-Yuki Ogimi (15-Megumi Takase, 76)
Substitutions Not Used: 1-Miho Fukumoto, 7-Kozue Ando, 12-Megumi Kamionobe, 14-Asuna Tanaka, 18-Ayumi Kaihori, 20-Kana Kitahara, 23-Emi Nakajima
Head coach: Norio Sasaki
Stats Summary: USA / JPN
Shots: 20 / 8
Shots on Goal: 8 / 4
Saves: 3 / 6
Corner Kicks: 2 / 4
Fouls: 12 / 5
Offside: 2 / 4
JPN -- Rumi Utsugi (caution) 87th minute
Referee: Efthalia Mitsi (GRE)
Assistant Referee 1: Chrysoula Kouromplyia (GRE)
Assistant Referee 2: Judith Romano Garcia (ESP)
Fourth Official: Teodora Albon (ROM)
Budweiser Woman of the Match: Sydney Leroux
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.
Date of Birth
Jul 28, 1984