One of the best young goalkeepers in the world at the 2002 and 2004 FIFA U-19 Women’s World Cups, she suffered several major injuries during her college career and didn’t get her first call-up to the senior team until her final season of college soccer at UNC in 2009 … 2012: Did not play in a game, but did train in numerous camps with the U.S. WNT … 2011 – Trained extensively with the U.S. team in the run-up to the Women’s World Cup … 2010: Got her second call-up to an extended training camp in Kennesaw, Ga., after the WPS season, and worked her way into the goalkeeping mix for the USA … Youth National Teams: Played every minute of all 12 matches for the USA over the 2002 FIFA U-19 Women’s World Cup in Canada and the 2004 FIFA U-19 Women’s World Cup in Thailand … The youngest starter on the team that won the inaugural U-19 Women’s World Cup in 2002, she made several key saves during the 1-0 overtime win in the title game … Was the captain of the 2004 U-19 Women’s World Cup Team that finished third … Finished her U-19 international career with 39 caps, one of the highest totals in U.S. history … Was also the starting goalkeeper for the USA in both CONCACAF qualifying tournaments for those youth World Cups … Played for the U.S. U-23/U-21s in 2009, 2006 and 2003, when she helped the U-21s win the Nordic Cup title in Denmark as the starting goalkeeper … During 2000 at the age of 15, she played with the U.S. U-16, U-17 and U-19 teams … Attended the U.S. U-14 I.D. camp in 1999 … First Appearance: None … First Shutout: None.
CHICAGO (Nov. 25, 2013) – U.S. Women’s National Team and Washington Spirit goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris will undergo arthroscopic surgery on her left knee on Dec. 3 to repair a torn lateral meniscus.
The injury has been impacting her play since June and the small tear will be cleaned up during a procedure that will keep her out 4-6 weeks.
Harris, who played every minute of 18 matches for the Washington Spirit this past season, has two caps with the National Team, both earned this year.
Following the NWSL season, she went to Sweden to play for Tyresö in the Damallsvenskan, helping the club to second place in the league and into the final eight of the UEFA Women’s Champions League.
CHICAGO (May 21, 2013) – U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Tom Sermanni has named a 21-player roster that will travel to Canada in preparation for the USA’s friendly match against the host on June 2 at Toronto’s BMO Field. The match will kick off at 4:30 p.m. ET and will be broadcast live on ESPNews. Fans can also follow live online via ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and Twitter @ussoccer_wnt.
Sermanni named 15 players currently competing for clubs in the National Women’s Soccer League, four players who are playing in Europe and two rising college seniors. Sermanni will name 18 players from the training camp roster to suit up against Canada at BMO Field, which is sold out for the first meeting between these two countries since the epic semifinal match at the 2012 Olympics.
The match, which marks the first friendly for the U.S. Women during the inaugural season of the NWSL, is part of U.S. Soccer’s Centennial Celebration weekend, which also includes the U.S. Men’s National Team facing Germany at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C., on June 2 at 2:30 p.m. ET, live on ESPN2, WatchESPN and UniMas.
“It’s always an important match when you play a neighbor, and with the strong contingent of Canadian players in the new league and how close the competition has become between the two countries over the past few years, there’s an intensity about this game far greater than a typical international friendly,” said Sermanni. “I know our players are really looking forward to the match and to the crowd, but also to getting back together as a national team and continuing to evolve in a positive direction.”
U.S. Women’s National Team Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Nicole Barnhart (FC Kansas City), Ashlyn Harris (Washington Spirit), Jill Loyden (Sky Blue FC)
DEFENDERS (8): Rachel Buehler (Portland Thorns FC), Crystal Dunn (North Carolina), Whitney Engen (Liverpool), Julie Johnston (Santa Clara), Ali Krieger (Washington Spirit), Kelley O’Hara (Sky Blue FC), Christie Rampone (Sky Blue FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Amber Brooks (Bayern Munich), Lauren Cheney (FC Kansas City), Tobin Heath (Paris Saint-Germain), Carli Lloyd (Western NY Flash), Kristie Mewis (FC Kansas City), Heather O’Reilly (Boston Breakers)
FORWARDS (4): Sydney Leroux (Boston Breakers), Alex Morgan (Portland Thorns FC), Christen Press (Tyresö), Abby Wambach (Western NY Flash)
Due to the one-off match, which takes place on an official FIFA match date, as well the roster limitations, Sermanni chose not to call up several European-based players who were with the USA at the Algarve Cup in Portugal, including midfielder Megan Rapinoe, who has the UEFA Women’s Champions League Final coming up as well as the championship match of the French Cup with Olympique Lyon.
“Megan has two big matches coming up and we thought it best for all involved for her to stay in France to properly recover from the first and prepare for the second without that international travel mixed in between,” said Sermanni. “We wish Megan the best in her pursuit of what would be a tremendous achievement in winning the treble with Lyon, and we’ll see her on the East Coast for the South Korea matches in mid-June.”
The two college players named to the roster are defenders Crystal Dunn and Julie Johnston, both critical components of the team that won the 2012 FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup in Japan last year. Both have performed well since debuting for the USA at the beginning of 2013. The only uncapped player on the roster is midfielder Amber Brooks, a former U-17, U-20 and U-23 U.S. international. A veteran of two FIFA youth World Cups for the USA, she trained with the team in Germany in April, but this the first time she has been named to an official WNT roster.
U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo, who underwent wrist surgery in early March, will join the U.S. team in Canada for some training and evaluation of her wrist but will not be on the game roster. The U.S. coaching and medical staff is hoping for the world’s top ‘keeper to make a return to full fitness by mid-June.
“Hope’s rehabilitation has been progressing well, but we want to make sure she doesn’t jump back into competition prematurely,” said Sermanni. “The week in Canada seemed like the perfect time to give our medical staff and our goalkeeper coach, Paul Rogers, the chance to gauge her progress. Then we can take the appropriate steps to make a plan for her return to action.”
The match also marks the return to the U.S. roster of midfielder Carli Lloyd and goalkeeper Jill Loyden, both of whom have recovered from broken bones (shoulder and hand, respectively) suffered last March at the Algarve Cup in Portugal. Lloyd debuted for the Western New York Flash on May 11 while Loyden has yet to see league action for Sky Blue FC.
- Abby Wambach heads into the match with 155 career goals, just three short of tying Mia Hamm on the world’s all-time scoring list. #ChasingMia
- The USA’s quartet of forwards – Alex Morgan, Abby Wambach, Christen Press and Sydney Leroux – has scored 15 of the USA’s 24 goals so far in 2013, led by Press with a team-high six goals.
- The four forwards have also gotten off to a great start in their clubs’ seasons with Leroux (four goals) Wambach (three) and Morgan (four) among the NWSL leaders. Press has found the net seven times in seven games so far for her Swedish club Tyresö.
- U.S. captain Christie Rampone is currently the second most-capped player in U.S. history and the most-capped active player in the world with 280 career games played.
- The USA will be without 186-capped midfielder Shannon Boxx, who is recovering from minor knee surgery.
- BMO Field, which opened in 2007, has a capacity of just over 20,000 fans. A grass surface replaced the artificial turf in 2010.
- The USA has played Canada in Canada five times, running up a 4-0-1 record. The most recent match was the USA's only previous visit to BMO Field, a 4-0 victory in March of 2009.
- The USA is 44-3-5 all-time against Canada and has not lost to the Canadians since March of 2001.
- The match in Canada will feature the world's top two active scorers in Abby Wambach (155 career goals) and Canadian striker Christine Sinclair (145).
- The match will also be broadcast live nationally on all four regional Sportsnet channels in Canada.
In soccer, everyone’s got a nickname, right? It’s just that the game happens so fast. As a player, you need a name that all your teammates can get out quickly and easily. Some nicknames are used only within the confines of the team while others have been adopted by fans and media.
On the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team, the nicknames fall into many different categories.
Some players rarely, if ever, hear their given names. We can’t remember the last time someone used Nicole Barnhart’s first name. She’s always “Barnie.” (Unless an occasion arises when someone pulls out “Barnyard” or “Barnacles,” which actually happens more than you might think).
Likewise for Shannon Boxx as 99.9 percent of the time it’s just “Boxxy.” We’re pretty sure she might not even respond to Shannon. Kristie Mewis is “Mew” or “Mewie” and Meghan Klingenberg is of course “Klingy.”
But nicknames are not just adding about adding a “y” or an “ie” to someone’s name. Sometimes it’s initials. Heather Ann O’Reilly has long been known as “HAO” (pronounced hey-oh). Sometime “HAO” calls Kelley O’Hara “KO.” Christen Press is sometimes “CP.” Young goalkeeper Adrianna Franch is “AD.”
(Side note: New U.S. head coach Tom Sermanni did call O’Reilly “Hailey” a few times in his first week of camp -- a combination of HAO and O’Reilly -- but that doesn’t really count as a nickname. He quickly corrected himself.)
Nicknames can be maiden names as well. Christie Rampone hasn’t been Christie Pearce for years, but her teammates still often call her “Pearcie,” proving that nicknames can stick around a while.
Some nicknames are more connected to a style of play. One of the best ever is “The Buehldozer” for Rachel Buehler (sometimes shortened to just “‘Dozer”), whose propensity for plowing through opponents earned her that moniker. Alex Morgan rose to international soccer fame with a nickname that seemed a perfect fit for her galloping running style and youthful exuberance: “Baby Horse.” While it’s still a popular nickname with the fans and on Twitter, her teammates rarely use it nowadays. As Megan Rapinoe said during the 2012 Olympics, “I think she’s definitely a stallion now.”
Many times, you just shorten it up. Carli Lloyd is “Car.” Megan Rapinoe is “Pinoe.” Ashlyn Harris is “Ash.” Crystal Dunn is “Cris” and Sydney Leroux is “Syd” (you can add “the Kid” if you like). Becky Sauerbrunn is “Becks,” or one that has become very popular on the U.S. team: “Reba.” (Yes, her real name is Rebecca).
Julie Johnston is “Jules” or “JJ,” and Lauren Cheney is “Chens” (pronounced Chains). Whitney Engen is “Whit,” Tobin Heath is “Tobes” and Ali Krieger is “Kriegs.” Her club teammates in Germany called her “Warrior Princess” (Krieger means warrior in German), but that’s a whole other story.
Yael Averbuch has one of the most fun nicknames on the team. You can call her “Ya-Ya.”
However, some players just don’t have nicknames. While in reality Jill is a nickname for Jillian, don’t call Jill Loyden “Jilly” (although U.S. goalkeeper coach Paul Rogers sometimes does).
Hope Solo is usually just Hope. Both her names are so cool that she doesn’t need a nickname.
And Abby Wambach is almost always Abby. Of course, when you’ve scored 154 career goals, you can go by one name. There is that rare occasion -- and this does happen -- that someone decides to use her real name: Mary Abigail. We’re not sure why it’s always funny when someone calls her “Mary” or “Abigail,” but it just is.
Post-Game Quote Sheet: U.S. Women's National Team vs. Sweden
2013 Algarve Cup
March 11, 2013
U.S. head coach
On the match:
“It was a real battle and not unexpected. Sweden knew they had to win and they went out to try and win it. Particularly in the first 45 minutes they really rattled us and put us in several difficult situations. I thought the second half was much better. I thought we started to play the game as we can play it. We started to up the tempo and have a bit more confidence in our passing and we started to penetrate. It was a tough battle, but a good draw. Perhaps in the second half we had enough chances to win the game, but we’re in the final and that’s what matters.”
On getting better throughout the game in what was a physical, rough and tumble match:
“I think we showed a lot of character and that’s an important part of a soccer game. There are some days you can go out and play the type of football you want to play and there are days at the office when you know it’s going to be really tough, roll-your-sleeves-up, kind of battle and today was one of those games. You need to be able to adjust and play under both of those conditions. For the last couple of months, we’ve been working on how to play the game, if you like, but today we had to switch over a different kind of mentality and that was one to be competitive and dig deep and we did that in the second half. That’s the sign of a championship team that can come back from an early goal, come back from a first half that was not the best and to really turn it around in the second half.”
On making a tactical change in the midfield:
“We made a change to push Heather O’Reilly up forward in behind the strikers because we felt we needed a bit more pace and penetration up front. We moved Tobin Heath to the right-hand side of midfield to get a bit more creative ability. That put a little more pressure on the back four of Sweden and we started getting a bit more into the thick of things after that.”
On giving goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris her first cap in a huge match:
“We’ve got three goalkeepers and three that we rate highly. This (tournament) was a good opportunity to see them all and basically give them all one game. Today was Ashlyn’s turn and I think she did well for her first cap. It was a really high pressure game and especially when you lose a goal early on that she had absolutely no chance with. She was put in a few difficult situations during the game and I think she handled them extremely well.”
On Alex Morgan scoring her first goal of 2013:
“Definitely good for her confidence. She’s helped create a couple of goals and has been in goal scoring positions and been a little unfortunate. When you are a striker, it’s really important to score goals to keep that confidence up.”
U.S. goalkeeper ASHLYN HARRIS
On if she was nervous in her first cap:
“It was fun. It was pretty frantic, clearly, for those who watched, but I just tried to keep my cool and demand and take charge of the back and make sure I was instructing. I was relaxed. I felt really good. I was nervous at the beginning of the game, but I knew it was going to be a big game.”
On her first senior team cap at the age of 27 after being in the WNT programs since she was 14:
“I’ve waited a long time for this moment. It just shows that (the coaches) are not scared to put me in when it comes to crunch time and I appreciate that. It’s a proud time for myself, my family and my teammates. Everyone’s excited.”
On facing a talented attacking side like Sweden:
“They were coming at us, absolutely. (In the first half), they were dictating the game a little too much, but we figured it out and said ‘let’s play how we play and do what we do best.’ The game slowed down a little bit more and I’m happy with the performance. We gave up a goal, but that happens, and I don’t think she’ll do that again.
On giving up an early goal on a 40-yard strike:
“Those things happen. You just have to respond well. I didn’t get rattled by it.”
U.S. forward ALEX MORGAN
On her goal:
“Luck was a little bit on my side today. Pinoe hit a great ball in and actually that’s a goal I’ve been wanting to get. I’m always on the ‘keeper and not in the prime position to be the goal scorer for corner kicks…It was a good time for me to get my first goal at the Algarve Cup this year.”
On the match:
“It was super physical today. We kind of expected it going into with the match with Pia coaching Sweden now and the Sweden team wanting to show Pia where they are and welcome the new coach. So we expected that going into the match and we just needed to go with the flow and know that rhythm would be a little disrupted. Tomorrow, we’re going to have some bruises definitely.”
On playing against Pia Sundhage on the opposing bench:
“I think I tried to tune Pia out and that fact that she was speaking Swedish helped a little bit. After the match, it was a frustrating feeling having tied and having so many opportunities in the last 10 minutes, so I didn’t want to go over and hug her, but then I was like, no, she’s done so much for us, so I went over and gave her a hug, and as always, she was so happy to see all of us.”
U.S. defender KELLEY O’HARA
On the match:
“Sweden came out hard and I think they were in a hundred (pressuring high on defense). We knew that the game would start fast-paced, hard and physical and it was pretty much like that for 90 minutes. In the second half, we came out with a good game plan and stuck to what we wanted to do, which was get it wide and get it into the box and combine, and I think we did a good job.”
On the match after the USA equalized:
“We did an excellent job of game management in the end once we got that goal. We knew if we kept it that way that we’d be going through. We were looking for another one, but at the same time being aware of keeping the tie as well.
On playing against Pia Sundhage on the opposing bench:
“When she started to yell when I was on her side, I am so used to hearing her voice; it was like, ‘Are you talking to me? Oh, you’re talking Swedish. I’m not on your team anymore!’ So it was a bit weird.”
Municipal Stadium; Albufeira, Portugal
March 6, 2013
U.S. head coach TOM SERMANNI
On making just one sub during the match:
“We should make some changes for the second game. We have a lot of fresh players so we should be able to increase or at least maintain the tempo we can play at.”
On the match:
“I was happy with the win and I was relatively happy with the second half performance, but it took us 45 minutes to get going. I thought in the first half, we were a little bit slow, a little bit sloppy and untidy. In the second half, we played a tempo that suits us better, moved the ball a lot better and put the Icelandic team under more pressure so that was better. It was a game of two halves.”
On the performance of Crystal Dunn, who made her first career start:
“She did fantastic. Crystal played the full 90 minutes and she was still full of running near the end. She was aggressive in how she played, she was up and down the field throughout the game and played exceptionally well.”
On getting a shutout:
“I’m happy with the clean sheet. It was of aims before we came into the game and the tournament. We wanted to make sure we didn’t give away any easy goals so it was good to come out of the game with no goals against.”
U.S. defender RACHEL BUEHLER
On scoring just her fourth career goal, in her 100th cap, while wearing the captain’s armband:
“Today was an incredible game for me. It’s sort of coming full circle here in the Algarve for me as I got my first cap here and my 100th cap here. Wearing this jersey is always such an honor and I value every moment of that, but to wear the captain’s armband makes it even more special. And then to get a goal on top of it! Usually we hit the corner kicks back post, but it came right to my head and I was ready and it was probably the best goal I’ve had. Well, maybe the Korea goal (in the 2011 Women’s World Cup), but it was an awesome goal so I’m pretty excited about it!”
On the USA getting its first shutout of 2013:
“It was great for us to get the clean sheet. We were tight back there and they didn’t get too many opportunities. In this tournament there are so many good teams and goal difference is really important so I’m happy we were able to come through with no goals against.”
On right back Crystal Dunn, the 2012 MAC Hermann Trophy winner at North Carolina, who made her first career start and earned her second cap:
“Crystal did great. She’s a dynamic outside back, she gets up and down the flank really well, she’s hard and tough and really athletic. It’s great to see such a young player doing so well.”
On the match:
“It wasn’t our best soccer game of all time. Against China, hopefully we can play some better soccer, connect some more passes and get some better rhythm.”
U.S. goalkeeper JILL LOYDEN
On making her third start and getting the shutout:
“Anytime you can play and get on the field and get some minutes, it’s a great opportunity to have fun and smile out there and I get to play behind some awesome teammates. We had fun out there and it showed. We got the shutout.”
On the U.S. defense:
“When I really don’t have to do too much, that’s always a great game for us. Credit to the defense for doing their job and making my life easy.”
On the USA having a much better performance in the second half:
“The second half was a lot better. We got the rust off and started knocking some passes. We were looking good and playing some sexy soccer.”
U.S. forward ABBY WAMBACH
On her goal:
“I’ll actually say that I got the assist on Alex’s goal. She did all the hard work. As a forward, those kinds of goals come very infrequently, so I’ll take it, but at the end of the day, Alex did all the work. Hard defending and getting the ball across the front of the box and it was a simple goal for anyone to finish.”
On moving to within four goals of tying Mia Hamm’s world all-time scoring record:
“Right now, my thoughts are not about that. It’s about the Algarve Cup and getting the wins we need to get to the Final. This isn’t an easy tournament to win. There are great teams in this tournament, and if the goals come from me, or Alex, or Boxxy or Buehler, so be it. As long as we are on the right side of the scoreboard with the amount of goals that we need to with that game, that’s the most important part.”
On the slow start in the first half:
“We started off slow. There weren’t one or even two reasons for it, but in the end, often times we get in the locker room and sort things out. We really needed to get our outside backs into the attacking third and that really did sort out a lot of the lethargy we felt in the first half.”
On Rachel Buehler scoring in her 100th cap:
“I am so thrilled for Buehler to get a goal in her 100th cap. It’s a big deal for any defender to get a goal and for her to do it in her 100th cap is really special.”
On how winning the FIFA World Player of the Year has changed things:
“Whenever you are awarded such an honor, you want to represent it in the right way. The only way we can keep women’s football moving forward is to come back stronger and better. We’ve had a long four years, so I definitely took a break. Getting back into the swing of things is a bit more difficult as an older player, but I am optimistic about the way our team is playing. Yeah, we didn’t play as well in the first half, but the fact that we can recover and still make a go of it in the second half says a lot about who we are as a team and shows a lot to the younger players about the expectations of what this team is about.”
On the USA’s greatest strength:
“Our mentality. No matter what the circumstances are, no matter who our opponent is, it’s our belief that we will go out and play the best soccer we possibly can. It doesn’t mean we are going to be flawless, we are going to make mistakes, but I think our team knows how to win games. We have players that can score a lot of goals. Alex Morgan didn’t get one today, but don’t’ worry about that, she’ll figure it out and get on the score sheet later in this tournament.”
U.S. defender CRYSTAL DUNN
On making her first start:
“I was a little nervous at first, but I think that’s normal. The girls around me were really supportive and they definitely helped me on the field. Once I got my first touches in, I felt pretty comfortable.”
On the match:
“I think we did well. A clean sheet is always a great start to the tournament. Iceland made it hard for us, but we kept our composure and really defended well as a team.”
Rachel Buehler Scores in Her 100th Career Cap as USA Defeats Iceland 3-0 to Open 2013 Algarve Cup in Portugal
- #ChasingMia Update: Abby Wambach Scores 154th Career Goal, Putting her Four Shy of Tying Mia Hamm’s All-Time Record
- Shannon Boxx Adds 27th Goal of Her Career on Header
- Crystal Dunn Makes First Career Start
- USA Will Face China PR Next on March 8 in Albufeira, Portugal Live on PPV
ALBUFEIRA, Portugal (March 6, 2013) – The U.S. Women’s National Team overcame a subpar first half to defeat Iceland 3-0 with all three goals coming in the second half. U.S. defender Rachel Buehler tallied in her 100th career cap and forward Abby Wambach’s 154th goal moved her closer to Mia Hamm’s all-time international scoring record during a 3-0 victory against Iceland. Those two scores were sandwiched around Shannon Boxx’s 27 th career goal.
It was the seventh year in a row the USA has won its Algarve Cup opener, but it was not easy against a physical Iceland team that played low pressure on the front line while pushing its backs high, which severely compacted the space in the midfield.
While the Americans struggled to connect passes and find an attacking rhythm in the first half, the USA scored almost exactly two minutes into the second.
The U.S. team earned a corner kick almost right off the kickoff and Lauren Cheney drilled her service on a line into the pack of players. Buehler was making a hard run through the middle and as the ball came across her body, she perfectly redirected the ball with a header into the left corner.
It was just the fourth goal of Buehler’s international career, and while it was not the most dramatic – she scored in the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup against Korea DPR – it was certainly emotional and important. Her fantastic header jump-started the USA’s attack to score three times, which may prove crucial in a group stage where goal difference often plays a critical role in who advances to the championship game.
The USA made it 2-0 in the 62nd minute off another corner kick. This time Cheney’s cross was closed enough to the net that Iceland goalkeeper Thora Helgadottir got a hand on it, but didn’t push it far and it went to Boxx at the far post. Her header sent the ball back across the ball and Iceland cleared, but not far enough, as Christie Rampone sent a powerful header back to the right post to Boxx, who jumped high to loop her six-yard header back across the goal into the left side of the goal.
Wambach scored one of the easiest goals of her career in the 74th minute, but the hard work was done by Morgan. The speedy forward raced into the left side of the penalty area to latch onto a weak back pass, beating Iceland goalkeeper Helgadottir to a loose ball before poking it past the goalkeeper to Wambach, who was alone in the middle to stroke home her shot from close range.
The goal moves Wambach to within four goals of tying Mia Hamm on the world’s all-time international scoring list and just five from passing Hamm’s mark of 158 set during her legendary career that spanned 1987-2004.
U.S. goalkeeper Jill Loyden made her third career start while earning her sixth career cap, but didn’t have much work over the 90 minutes, as she was called on to make just one save, that a collapse dive to her right in the 18th minute to snag a header off a free kick.
The USA had only six shots in the first half, but doubled that number in the second and came close to scoring on several occasions. Carli Lloyd pulled a full-out dive from Helgadottir with a strike from the top of the box at the right side, but it skipped just wide of the left post.
Wambach just missed scoring a spectacular diving header in the first half when the ball grazed off the top of her head as she went horizontal in the air chasing a Cheney free kick. In the 34th minute, Wambach had the USA’s best chance of the first half when she powered a header on goal off a corner kick, but it was saved well by Helgadóttir before her defenders cleared.
Morgan had several chances to open her 2013 account, including two in the waning moments of the first half. In the 44th minute a corner kick from the right side was headed back across the goal and Morgan got a solid piece of the ball, only to send it over the net. Seconds later she finally got loose in the penalty area from an Iceland team that battered her the entire match, but cut her half-volley wide right of the goal from 12 yards out.
In the 54th minute, Wambach found Morgan sprinting into the penalty area with a great long pass over the top of the Iceland defense, but she blasted her full volley high over the net. Morgan came close against in the 61st minute after she worked herself free from two defenders in the left side of the penalty area, but Helgadottir made a nice save with a dive to her right to push the right-footed shot away for a corner kick.
Heather O’Reilly did some hard running from right midfield for the USA all game long and earned the majority of the USA’s seven corner kicks on the afternoon. Former U.S. Under-20 star Crystal Dunn, who earned her first career cap at the senior level against Scotland on Feb. 13 in Nashville, Tenn., made her first career start, going the full 90 minutes at right back.
U.S. head coach Tom Sermanni made just one substitute in the game, sending on Christen Press for Carli Lloyd in the 64th minute.
The USA continues group play against China PR on March 8 back at the Municipal Stadium in Albufeira. Kickoff is at 2 p.m. local / 9 a.m. ET and fans can watch the match on TV or online via Pay-Per-View.
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- As is tradition on the U.S. team, Rachel Buehler wore the captain’s armband in her 100th cap. She earned her 100th cap in the same tournament and in the same stadium where she earned her first cap in 2008 against China.
- When Christen Press came on in the 64th minute for Carli Lloyd, she moved to left midfield and Lauren Cheney moved into the middle to take Lloyd’s spot.
- Megan Rapinoe and Tobin Heath, who arrived late into training camp due to a match with their French clubs and participated in just one training session, did not see action.
- The USA is riding a 26-game unbeaten streak since the last loss, which came to Japan on March 5 at the 2012 Algarve Cup in Portugal. The U.S. has scored 83 goals while allowing 20 in 23 wins and three ties.
- As U.S. head coach Tom Sermanni made just one substitute in the game, that sets the stage for possibly using a group of fresh players against China on March 8 in the USA’s next Group B match.
- Shannon Boxx’s 27th career goal came in her 183rd career cap.
-U.S. Women’s National Team Match Report-
U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Iceland
Date: March 6, 2013
Competition: 2013 Algarve Cup; Group B
Venue: Municipal Stadium; Albufeira, Portugal
Kickoff: 2 p.m. local / 9 a.m. ET
Weather: 63 degrees, sunny, windy
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 0 3 3
ISL 0 0 0
USA – Rachel Buehler (Lauren Cheney) 48th minute
USA – Shannon Boxx (Christie Rampone) 62
USA – Abby Wambach (Alex Morgan) 74
USA : 21-Jill Loyden; 6-Crystal Dunn, 19-Rachel Buehler (capt.), 3-Christie Rampone, 5-Kelley O’Hara; 9-Heather O’Reilly, 7-Shannon Boxx, 10-Carli Lloyd (23-Christen Press, 64), 12-Lauren Cheney; 13-Alex Morgan, 20-Abby Wambach
Substitutions Not Used: 2-Sydney Leroux, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 8-Kristie Mewis, 11-Ali Krieger, 14-Whitney Engen, 15-Megan Rapinoe, 16-Yael Averbuch, 17-Tobin Heath, 18-Nicole Barnhart, 22-Lindsey Horan, 24-Ashlyn Harris
Head coach: Tom Sermanni
1-Thóra Helgadóttir; 2-Sif Atladóttir, 5-Hallbera Gudný Gísladóttir, 13-Glódís Perla Viggósdóttir, 10-Dóra María Lárusdóttir, 6-Hólmfrídur Magnúsdóttir
(22-Sandra María Jessen, 64), 7-Sara Björk Gunnarsdóttir (capt.) (20-Gunnhildur Jónsdóttir, 83), 11-Katrín Ómarsdóttir (4-Edda Gardarsdóttir,73), 14-Dagný
Brynjarsdóttir (15-Gudný Ódinsdóttir, 79), 9-Fanndís Fridriksdóttir (3-Rakel Hönnudóttir, 46), 18-Harpa Thorsteinsdóttir (23-Elín Metta Jensen, 73)
Substitutions Not Used: 8-Katrín Jónsdóttir, 12-Gudbjörg Gunnarsdóttir, 16-Birna Kristjánsdóttir, 17-Ólína Gudbjörg Vidarsdóttir, 19-Mist Edvardsdóttir, 21-Elísa Vidarsdóttir
Head coach: Sigurdur Eyjolfsson
Stats Summary: USA / ISL
Shots: 18 / 4
Shots on Goal: 8 / 1
Saves: 1 / 5
Corner Kicks: 7 / 3
Fouls: 12 / 16
Offside: 7 / 2
Referee: Fusako Kajiyama (JPN)
Assistant Referee 1: Allyson Flynn (AUS)
Assistant Referee 2: Saori Takahashi (JPN)
Fourth Official: Salome Di Iorio (ARG)
Budweiser Woman of the Match: Heather O'Reilly
2013: Allocated to the Washington Spirit for the inaugural season of the NWSL … 2012: In June 2012, she signed with FCR 2001 Duisburg in the Women’s Bundesliga … Played eight matches with Duisburg in 2012 before the winter break, seven Bundesliga games (630 minutes) and one German Cup game (120 including extra time), before the Spirit reached a mutual agreement with Duisburg for her release to start the NWSL season in Washington … 2011: Signed with the Western New York Flash for the 2011 WPS season and put in a stellar performance, earning WPS Goalkeeper of the Year honors while helping the club to the regular season title and championship in its first year of existence … Made several key saves in the championship game victory over Philadelphia, including stopping the Independence’s fifth and final penalty kick during the shootout to clinch the title for the Flash … She played every minute of all 18 regular season games while compiling a 13-2-3 record and a 1.00 GAA, which was tops in the league … She tied for the league lead in shutouts with five … 2010: Taken in the second round of the 2010 WPS Draft, 19th overall, by the St. Louis Athletica, but did not play in a match as she backed up Hope Solo … She signed with the Washington Freedom as a free agent in June after St. Louis folded and played a key role in the team’s playoff run, starting the final nine matches in relief of injured goalkeeper Erin McLeod … She went 4-3-2 with four shutouts, making 36 saves and allowing 10 goals … Made six saves in an excellent performance in the Freedom's playoff match against Philadelphia Independence … Youth: Played club soccer with boys until the age of 14 ... First teams were the Palm Bay Rangers and South Brevard United ... Played for the Seminole Ice girls for three seasons ... Won the state championship in 2003 with the U-17 Indialantic Force.
Full name is Ashlyn Michelle Harris … Nicknamed “Ash” … Majored in communications … Loves fashion … Always up for an adventure … Has extensive tattoo work on her left arm and left side of her torso, “my body is a canvas, it tells my story, it’s personal and real” … Comes from a small beach town where surfing and skateboarding are ways of life, and those are her two favorite things to do outside of soccer … Very artistic, loves to draw, paint and design clothes … Loves being around people, telling stories and making people laugh … Absolutely loves Shark Week on Discovery Channel … Has always wanted a pet dragon as in a “Game of Thrones” dragon … Wishes money grew on trees … Owns a silver and black four-door hard-top 4x4 Jeep, lifted with big tires whose name is King Arthur … Favorite thing to eat is mac n’ cheese … Aspires to be on America’s Next Top Model … Loves movies and date nights … Considers herself a giving person and a dreamer and likes to live life to the fullest and then never look back … Loves to act, loves to be in front of the camera and took several acting classes in college … Would one day love be in a movie and loves to be in front of the camera … Always up for a dance party, no matter what time or place … Has an older brother Chris … Really loves home-cooked meals at grandma’s house.
After arriving in Chapel Hill in the spring of 2005, she suffered two ACL tears (in 2005 with UNC and in 2006 while playing with the U.S. U-23s) and a serious thumb injury before she ever played in a college game … After getting healthy, she ended up playing in 79 games in her college career and winning three NCAA titles … Named to the ACC All-Academic Team as a junior and sophomore and the ACC Academic Honor Roll her first three years … As a senior in 2009, her first as a full-time starter, she started 25 of the 27 games she played, posting a record of 23-3-1 … Made 45 saves and had a GAA of 0.42 … As a redshirt junior in 2008, she appeared in 27 games, starting 13 while playing half of each game … Had a 0.66 goals against average … As a redshirt sophomore in 2007, her first season healthy, she appeared in 19 games and allowed just nine goals while splitting matches … Was in goal for the ACC Tournament semifinal against Virginia in the second half and overtime and saved the fourth Virginia penalty kick during the shootout as Carolina advanced to the finals … As a redshirt freshman in 2006, she returned from rehabilitation for her second ACL tear to enter the Carolina lineup in time to play in all six NCAA tournament matches … She made seven saves and allowed three goals in 247 minutes of action … She entered the playoff game against Texas A&M with the Tar Heels trailing 2-1 with 33 minutes to play and held the Aggies scoreless the rest of the way as Carolina rallied for a 3-2 victory ... Made a key save in the second half of the NCAA semifinals on a breakaway against UCLA when the game was still scoreless ... Redshirted what would have been her freshman year in 2005 after tearing her ACL … High School: Graduated from Satellite High School in Satellite Beach, Fla. in May 2004 ... A four-year (2001–2004) starter at Satellite High School … The 2002 Satellite girls’ women’s soccer team finished 29-1-1, scoring 178 goals and allowing 10 goals in 31 games and finished No. 1 in the state … Named a four-time NSCAA All-America and was the NSCAA Player of the Year in 2004 ... A four-time Parade Magazine All-America, including being named the Parade Magazine Player of the Year in 2004 ... Named team MVP and to All-County Team and All-Region Team in 2003 and 2004 ... Was the Gatorade National Girls’ Soccer Player of the Year in 2004 ... Led high school team to state championships her sophomore and junior years in 2002 and 2003.
Date of Birth
Oct 19, 1985
Satellite Beach, Fla.