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WNT Defeats Haiti 6-0 to Earn Top Seed in Semifinals of 2014 CONCACAF Women's Championship

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Oct. 20, 2014) – The U.S. Women’s National Team is one victory away from booking its spot in the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup. 

USA all-time goal scoring leader Abby Wambach scored two goals and the United States soundly defeated Haiti 6-0 at RFK Stadium to earn first place in Group A and a top seed heading into the semifinals of the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship. The U.S. will face the Group B runner-up on Friday, Oct. 24, at PPL Park in Chester, Pennsylvania. 

Carli Lloyd, Christen Press and Morgan Brian each scored a goal, and defender Meghan Klingenberg added her first international tally. 

The top three teams in the CONCACAF Women’s Championship earn automatic qualification to the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup, while the fourth-place team enters a two-leg playoff against South American third-place finisher Ecuador for the final berth.

The USA’s semifinal opponent will be determined Tuesday with the conclusion of Group B play, and the U.S. WNT will take on the runner-up from that group. Costa Rica (2-0-0, 6 points) currently holds the top spot, followed by Mexico (1-1-0, 3 points) and Jamaica (1-1-0, 3 points). Martinique (0-0-2, 0 points) is in last place, but could not qualify for the semifinal stage anyway as it is not recognized as a FIFA country. 

Trinidad & Tobago was the Group A runner-up, holding off Guatemala for a 2-1 win earlier Monday to conclude the group stage with a 2-1-0 record and six points. Trinidad & Tobago will face the Group B winner in the semifinals. 

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Carli Lloyd, 9th minute: USA left back Meghan Klingenberg crossed the ball to the top of the six-yard box, where Abby Wambach and Haiti goalkeeper Geralda Saintilus met for a 50-50 challenge. Saintilus stepped in front of the pass and batted it away; however, she was unable to clear the ball out of the box and was well off her line when the USA retained possession. Lloyd collected the deflection, chested down to her foot and slotted into the net for her second goal of the tournament. USA 1, HAI 0

USA – Abby Wambach, 38th minute: Christen Press cut to her left foot and lofted a dangerous ball into the middle of the box with Wambach running straight at the goal. Haiti defender Roselord Borgella stretched with her right foot to intercept, but instead of clearing the danger, the deflection stayed in line with Wambach’s run. The all-time goal scoring leader headed the ball into the net without breaking stride to push the USA lead to two heading into halftime. USA 2, HAI 0 

USA – Meghan Klingenberg, 57th minute: Second-half sub Heather O’Reilly brought some high energy from the right flank and had ample space on this sequence to cross into the box. Haiti’s defense cleared the ball about eight yards above the box, where Klingenberg stepped up with a laser of a right-footed shot that was out of the reach of Saintilus and into the right side of the frame. It was Klingenberg’s first goal in 19 international games. USA 3, HAI 0 

USA – Abby Wambach (Carli Lloyd), 60th minute: Lloyd won the header at the top of the box and her pass found its way between two Haiti defenders at the edge of the six, where Wambach volleyed it home with her right foot past Saintilus. With her brace, Wambach now leads the U.S. WNT with 10 goals in 2014. USA 4, HAI 0 

USA – Christen Press, 65th minute: A couple minutes after they entered the match Sydney Leroux and Morgan Brian created the USA’s next scoring chance, with Leroux crossing from the right side and Brian redirecting the ball to the top of the six-yard box. Haiti’s defense once again got a deflection but could not clear, and Press rushed a left-footed shot into the left side of the goal. USA 5, HAI 0 

USA – Morgan Brian (Christen Press), 82nd minute: Press dribbled to the end line to elude her defender and crossed toward the penalty spot, where Brian shot from about eight yards out into the right side of the frame. It was Brian’s third goal in 14 appearances. USA 6, HAI 0 (FINAL) (Highlights)

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
HAI – Geralda Saintilus, 5th minute: Just several minutes after Carli Lloyd saw a goal disallowed because of an offside call, the USA attacked again with veteran striker Abby Wambach threatening the net. Wambach struck left-footed from the left side of the box, searching for the far right post. Saintilus secured the save on the low attempt and did not allow a rebound to keep the match scoreless in the early stages. 

USA – Whitney Engen, 33rd minute: The USA had a bad giveaway in midfield that opened a window for Haiti. Marie Jean Pierre collected the loose ball and rushed toward the net. The U.S. WNT’s back line recovered and Engen blocked Jean Pierre’s shot attempt a couple yards outside the area. 

HAI – Geralda Saintilus, 72nd and 74th minutes: In the first of these sequences, Sydney Leroux nearly had a highlight reel effort when she attempted a diving header on Heather O’Reilly’s cross from the right. Though Leroux missed on the header, the ball fell to her between a pair of Haiti defenders and Leroux managed to get a left-footed shot off, only to have Saintilus come away with the save. Two minutes later, O’Reilly threatened the net, and her attempt deflected off of a defender and was headed to the right side of the frame. Saintilus dove to her left to again limit the damage of the USA’s heavy attack.

Milestone Watch:

  • Abby Wambach added to her all-time goal scoring record, notching goals No. 172 and 173 of her 226-game international career.
  • Wambach scored her 13th and 14th goals in World Cup qualifying, passing Mia Hamm (12) for second place on the USA’s all-time list. Michelle Akers holds the U.S. WNT record with 17 goals in the CONCACAF Women’s Championship.
  • Wambach made her 12th appearance in a World Cup qualifying match, which ties her with Julie Foudy and Hamm for second on the U.S. WNT’s all-time list. Kristine Lilly is the USA’s all-time leader with 17 games in the CONCACAF Women’s Championship.
  • Carli Lloyd scored the 53rd goal of her career, tying Carin Gabarra (53 goals from 1987-96) for eighth-place on the U.S. WNT all-time goal scoring list. Lloyd is the WNT’s top scorer among players who have exclusively played as midfielders. 

Next on the Schedule:
The U.S. WNT will face the Group B runner-up in the semifinals of the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship on Friday, Oct. 24, at PPL Park in Chester, Pennsylvania. The game kicks off at 7:30 p.m. ET.
Broadcast information: FOX Sports 1 and multi-platform devices via FOX Sports GO, FOX Soccer 2GO and FOXSportsGo.com.
Social: Twitter (@ussoccer_wnt; @ussoccer_esp); Facebook; Instagram 

Additional Notes:

  • The USA is now 13-2-3 in 2014.
  • The U.S. WNT is 4-0-0 all-time against Haiti. The USA has outscored Haiti 29-0 in its four meetings.
  • U.S. head coach Jill Ellis made five changes to her starting lineup following the team’s 5-0 victory against Guatemala. Three changes were on the defensive side of the ball, including the first start of the tournament for goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris. Harris earned her fourth-career cap and her second of 2014.
  • The back line included two returning starters in left back Meghan Klingenberg and center back Whitney Engen. Kelley O’Hara got the call ahead of Ali Krieger at right back, and center back and team captain Christie Rampone returned to the starting lineup after sitting out the Guatemala match. Rampone is now one cap away from 300 for her career.
  • The USA’s midfield remained unchanged from the Guatemala game with returning starters Lauren Holiday, Carli Lloyd and Megan Rapinoe.
  • The front three of the USA’s 4-3-3 formation included returning starter Tobin Heath, fresh off her two-goal effort against Guatemala, along with Abby Wambach and Christen Press. Wambach had started and scored the lone goal in the USA’s 1-0 win against Trinidad & Tobago and sat out the Guatemala game. Press was a first-half sub for Alex Morgan when she injured her ankle against Guatemala.
  • Heather O’Reilly entered the game to start the second half, replacing Rapinoe.
  • After the USA pushed its lead to four goals, Ellis utilized her final two subs with Sydney Leroux replacing Wambach in the 62nd minute and Morgan Brian entering for Heath in the 63rd minute. Brian made her first appearance in the tournament.
  • The USA could have added to its lead on several occasions, the most noteworthy being Sydney Leroux’s 80th-minute shot ricocheting off the right post.
  • Press is now the only USA player to have made an appearance in all 18 games this year.
  • Harris earned her first-career clean sheet in four appearances.
  • The U.S. WNT is now 88-8-13 in the 109 games that Rampone has been the team captain.

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

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Haiti
Date: Oct. 20, 2014
Competition: 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship
Venue: RFK Stadium; Washington, D.C.
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. ET
Attendance: 6,421
Weather: 62 degrees, cool 

Scoring Summary:   1          2          F
USA                            2          4          6
HAI                              0          0          0           

USA – Carli Lloyd                                        9th minute         
USA – Abby Wambach                                38
USA – Meghan Klingenberg                        57
USA – Abby Wambach (Carli Lloyd)          61
USA – Christen Press                                   65
USA – Morgan Brian (Christen Press)         82 

Lineups:
USA: 18-Ashlyn Harris; 5-Kelley O’Hara, 3-Christie Rampone (capt.), 6-Whitney Engen, 16-Meghan Klingenberg; 12-Lauren Holiday, 10-Carli Lloyd, 15-Megan Rapinoe (9-Heather O’Reilly, 46); 14-Christen Press, 20-Abby Wambach (2-Sydney Leroux, 62), 17-Tobin Heath  (7-Morgan Brian, 63)
Subs Not Used: 1-Hope Solo, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 8-Amy Rodriguez, 11-Ali Krieger, 19-Julie Johnston
Head Coach: Jill Ellis 

HAI: 1-Geralda Saintilus; 4-Kencia Marseille (capt.), 6-Kimberly Boulos (8-Kensie Bobo,56), 9-Lindsay Zullo, 11-Woodlyne Robuste (10-Wisline Dolce, 60), 13-Marie Jean Pierre, 14-Samantha Brand, 15-Shanna Hudson (3-Generve Charles, 84), 17-Yvrose Gervil, 18-Roselord Borgella, 19-Clorene Rateau          
Subs Not Used: 2-Natacha Cajuste, 5-Dieunise Jean Baptiste, 7-Manoucheka Pierre-Louis, 12-Cynthia Chery, 16-Sindy Jeune, 20-Schmid Charles
Head Coach: Shek Borkowski 

Stats Summary: USA / HAI
Shots: 20 / 1
Shots on Goal: 12 / 0
Saves: 0 / 6
Corner Kicks: 12 / 0
Fouls: 7 / 6
Offside: 6 / 1 

Misconduct Summary:
None 

Officials:
Referee: Quetzali Alvarado (MEX)
Assistant Referee 1: Mayte Chavez (MEX)
Assistant Referee 2: Stacy-Ann Greyson (JAM)
Fourth Official: Maurees Skeete (GUY) 

Budweiser Woman of the Match: Lauren Holiday


Tournament Notes: WNT 2014 CONCACAF Women's Championship

2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship
U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Trinidad & Tobago
Sporting Park; Kansas City, Kansas
Oct. 15, 2014

U.S. WNT STARTS ROAD TO THE WORLD CUP: The U.S. Women’s National Team will enter its sixth CONCACAF Women’s World Cup qualifying tournament when it goes for one of three automatic berths at the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship, which runs Oct. 15-26 in four cities in the United States: Chicago, Kansas City, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. The USA has won four of the five qualifying tournaments since 1991, falling only in the 2011 edition when U.S. WNT was upset by Mexico in the semifinal. The USA heads into the tournament with a 10-2-3 record in 2014 while scoring 48 goals and allowing 11. 

USA FACES TRINIDAD & TOBAGO, GUATEMALA AND HAITI IN QUALIFYING: The USA opens its tournament on Oct. 15 against Trinidad & Tobago at Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kansas, in a match televised on Fox Sports 2 at 7:30 p.m. CT. Fans can also follow all the games on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt and @ussoccer_esp. The USA then heads to Bridgeview, Illinois, to continue Group A play against Guatemala on Oct. 17 (8 p.m. CT on Fox Sports 1) and finishes the first round in Washington, D.C., against Haiti on Oct. 20 (7:30 p.m. ET on Fox Sports 1). Group B consists of Mexico, Costa Rica, Jamaica and Martinique (which is not a full-fledged member of FIFA and therefore cannot qualify for the CONCACAF Championship semifinals). 

2014 U.S. WNT SCHEDULE:

Date

Opponent

Result/Time (ET)

U.S. Goal Scorers/TV

Venue

Jan. 31

Canada

1-0 W

Leroux

Toyota Stadium; Frisco, Texas

Feb. 8

Russia

7-0 W

Lloyd (2), Press (2), O’Reilly,

Leroux, Wambach

FAU Stadium; Boca Raton, Fla.

Feb. 13

Russia

8-0 W

Own Goal (2), Rodriguez, Wambach, Brian, Holiday, Leroux, Press

Georgia Dome; Atlanta, Ga.

March 5

Japan^

1-1 T

Leroux

Parchal, Portugal

March 7

Sweden^

0-1 L

-

Albufeira, Portugal

March 10

Denmark^

3-5 L

Press, Leroux, Rapinoe

Albufeira, Portugal

March 12

Korea DPR^

3-0 W

Wambach (2), O’Reilly

Parchal, Portugal

April 6

China PR

2-0 W

Holiday, Rapinoe

Dick’s Sporting Goods Park; Commerce City, Colo.

April 10

China PR

3-0 W

Lloyd (2), Leroux

Qualcomm Stadium; San Diego, Calif.

May 8

Canada

1-1 T

Leroux

Investors Group Field; Winnipeg, Canada

June 14

France

1-0 W

Leroux

Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Fla.

June 19

France

2-2 T

Morgan (2)

Rentschter Field, East Hartford, Conn.

Aug. 20

Switzerland

4-1 W

Rapinoe, Lloyd, Press, Wambach

WakeMed Soccer Park, Cary, N.C.

Sept. 13

Mexico

8-0 W

OG, Morgan (2), Wambach (2), Engen, Leroux, O’Reilly

Rio Tinto Stadium; Sandy, Utah

Sept. 18

Mexico

4-0 W

Rodriguez, Rapinoe, Heath, Morgan

Sahlen’s Stadium, Rochester, N.Y.

Oct. 15

T&T*

8:30 p.m.

 

Sporting Park; Kansas City, Kan.

Oct. 17

Guatemala*

9 p.m.

 

Toyota Park; Bridgeview, Ill.

Oct. 20

Haiti*

7:30 p.m.

 

RFK Stadium; Washington, D.C.

^ Algarve Cup   *2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship 

CONCACAF WOMEN’S WORLD CUP QUALIFYING HISTORY:

  • The USA is 22-1-0 all-time in CONCACAF Women’s World Cup qualifying.
  • The USA won the Women’s World Cup qualifying tournament in 1991, 1994, 2002 and 2006. As host, the U.S. WNT did not have to qualify for 1999. The USA played Canada in the championship game of each of those first four tournaments.
  • The USA finished third in 2010 after losing to Mexico, 2-1, in the semifinal and defeating Costa Rica 3-0 in the third-place match.
  • The USA has scored 137 goals in WWC qualifying (an average of 5.8 per game) while allowing 5. 

QUALIFYING FORMAT: The 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship features eight countries divided into two groups of four, with the top two finishers in each group after round-robin play moving on to the semifinals. All the countries will play one match in each of the three first-round venues. Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kansas; Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Illinois; and RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C., will each host two doubleheaders, one each for Groups A and B. PPL Park in Chester, Pennsylvania, near Philadelphia, will host the semifinals on Oct. 24, along with the third-place and championship games on Oct. 26. The two finalists and the winner of the third-place match will qualify directly for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada. The fourth-place team will enter a two-leg playoff against South American third-place finisher Ecuador for a final berth.

CONCACAF VENUE HISTORY: The USA will be familiar with all four venues for the 2014 CONCACAF Championship, having played 15 games in its history at the four stadiums: one at Sporting Park, four at Toyota Park (including a Women’s World Cup playoff match in 2010), eight at RFK Stadium and two at PPL Park. The USA has never lost a match at these venues.

Stadium

City

Record

GF

GA

The Skinny

Sporting Park

Kansas City, Kan.

0-0-1

1

1

Only match; a 1-1 tie with CAN in 2011

Toyota Park

Bridgeview, Ill.

3-0-1

8

2

1-0 win vs. Italy in 2010 sent USA to WWC

RFK Stadium

Washington, D.C.

8-0-0

25

5

Most recent was 7-0 win vs. MEX in 2013

PPL Park

Chester, Pa.

2-0-0

5

2

Both vs. CHN, most recently 4-1 win in 2012

15 IN, 9 TO GO: Switzerland, England, Spain, France, Norway, Germany and Sweden have qualified from Europe for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Scotland will face the Netherlands and Italy takes on the Ukraine in the semifinals of the UEFA playoffs that will produce one more European qualifier. Five teams qualified from the 2014 Asian Women’s Cup – Japan, Australia, China PR, Korea Republic and Thailand. Japan defeated Australia 1-0 in the Asian Cup championship game while China defeated Korea 2-1 for third. Perhaps the biggest news was the qualification of Thailand to its first Women’s World Cup. Thailand defeated host Vietnam 2-1 for fifth place and became the first team to wholly benefit from the expansion of the tournament to 24 teams. In the recently completed South American qualifying tournament, Brazil won the competition with Colombia finishing second and Ecuador third to earn a playoff against the fourth place finisher from CONCACAF. The remaining nine countries will come from Europe (1 more), CONCACAF (3.5), Africa (3), South America (.5) and Oceania (1). The Confederation breakdown of World Cup berths is as follows:

Host:

Canada

CONCACAF

3.5 + host, up from 2.5

Europe

8 total, up from 4.5 + host in 2011

South America

2.5, up from 2

Africa

5 total, up from 3

Oceania

1, same as in 2011

Asia

3 total, up from 2



WNT Sights and Sounds from Kansas City

During training camp in Kanas City, Mo., ahead of the opening match of the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship, the U.S. Women’s National Team mixed a bit of fun with a lot of hard work as it prepared to take on Trinidad & Tobago on Oct. 15 at Sporting Park.

WNT Fine-Tuning for CONCACAF Qualifying Tournament

After a week of excellent training in Kansas City, the U.S. WNT is sharp and ready to begin its quest for a berth to the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup, a tournament that will for the first time feature 24 countries. The expansion means the CONCACAF region has an extra World Cup spot (3.5 + plus the host, up from 2.5 in 2011), which means all the teams will be more motivated than ever to book their tickets to Canada.

Ellis Names WNT Roster for 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship

CHICAGO (Oct. 6, 2014) – U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Jill Ellis has named 20 players to the roster for the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship that will be contested from Oct. 15-26 in four U.S. cities. CONCACAF will officially announce the rosters for all the competing teams today.

“I’ve said on numerous occasions, I feel this is one of the most competitive rosters to make in our recent history,” said Ellis. “The way the players performed during our most recent camp and two games against Mexico certainly made it difficult on the coaching staff. In the end, we feel we came to the best decisions possible and we have depth and versatility at every position. This is a highly motivated group and we’re ready for the qualifying tournament.”

The 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship features eight countries divided into two groups of four with each group’s top two finishers after round-robin play advancing to the semifinals. The two finalists and the winner of the third-place match will qualify directly to the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada. The fourth-place finisher will earn a spot in a two-game playoff against Ecuador, which finished third in South America qualifying, for a final berth to the tournament.

The U.S. Women’s National Team opens Group A play at Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kansas, against Trinidad & Tobago on Wednesday, Oct. 15, at 7:30 p.m. CT (FOX Sports 2). The USA will then face Guatemala on Friday, Oct. 17, at 8 p.m. CT (FOX Sports 1) at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Illinois, and finish the first round against Haiti on Monday, Oct. 20, at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C., at 7:30 p.m. ET (FOX Sports 1).

In addition, fans will have comprehensive access to all 16 matches with live and on-demand streaming via FOX Soccer 2Go and FOX Sports GO, the app that provides live video of FOX Sports content at home or on the go. FOXSoccer.com will also feature video highlights, editorial coverage, live play-by-play and scoring updates.

Eleven players on the roster have previous Women’s World Cup qualifying experience, led by forward Abby Wambach and midfielder Heather O’Reilly, both of whom played in the qualifying tournaments for the last three Women’s World Cup tournaments. Defender Christie Rampone and midfielder Carli Lloyd played in the last two CONCACAF Women’s World Cup qualifying tournaments. Other U.S. WNT players with previous qualifying experience are Lauren Holiday, Ali Krieger, Alex Morgan, Megan Rapinoe, Amy Rodriguez, Becky Sauerbrunn and Hope Solo.

Ellis named a roster that features seven defenders, six midfielders and five forwards, along with two goalkeepers in veteran Solo and Ashlyn Harris, who makes her first CONCACAF qualifying roster at the senior level.

The group of defenders is an excellent mix of young and experienced players. Rampone, the world’s active leader in caps at 297, two-time NWSL Defender of the Year Sauerbrunn, Kelley O’Hara and Krieger all have world championship pedigrees. Whitney Engen and Meghan Klingenberg, who are both working toward 20 caps, have tremendous experience in both U.S. and international pro leagues and played in the UEFA Women’s Champions League Final last season for their Swedish club, Tyresö. Crystal Dunn had a fine rookie season in the NWSL and was a key player on the USA’s 2012 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup championship squad.

The midfield is also vastly experienced with three players sitting on 100 caps or more, led by O’Reilly (208 with 41 goals), Lloyd (175/51) and Holiday (105/23). Tobin Heath (77/9) and Rapinoe (87/27) are also fast approaching the century mark while 21-year-old University of Virginia senior Morgan Brian (13/2) adds a dash of youth to this group as the youngest player on the roster.

The U.S. forwards are a formidable group, having combined for 27 of the USA’s 48 goals this year. Four of the five forwards have played in multiple world championships for the USA, and Christen Press, who has scored 13 goals in her first 27 matches, was an alternate on the 2012 Olympic Team. Wambach, who has scored more goals in Women’s World Cup qualifying (11) than all but two players in U.S. history (Michelle Akers with 17 and Mia Hamm with 12), heads into the tournament with 170 career goals. Sydney Leroux leads the USA in scoring this year with eight goals while Morgan has scored five in five games in 2014. Rodriguez tallied her second international goal of the year on Sept. 18 against Mexico and was second in the NWSL in scoring with 13 goals while adding three more in the playoffs.

Additional Notes:

  • Fourteen of the players on this roster participated in the qualifying tournament for the 2012 Olympics. The six players that did not are: goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris, defenders Crystal Dunn, Whitney Engen, Meghan Klingenberg, midfielder Morgan Brian and forward Christen Press.
  • The USA is 10-2-3 in 2014.
  • The U.S. WNT is 22-1-0 all-time in CONCACAF Women’s World Cup qualifying from 1991-2010.
  • Thirty-one players have scored for the USA in Women’s World Cup qualifying and four of them have hit double-figures: Michelle Akers (17), Mia Hamm (12), Abby Wambach (11) and Carin Gabarra (10).
  • Amy Rodriguez scored five goals in six games in her one previous Women’s World Cup qualifying tournament in 2010. That includes her game-winning goal in the 1-0 victory against Italy in the second leg of the playoff that helped the USA earn its berth to the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
  • Qualification for the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup did not go exactly as planned for the USA as the Americans were upset in the semifinal by Mexico, 2-1, in Cancun. The USA was forced to win the third-place match to earn a right to face Italy in a two-legged playoff for the final berth to the Women’s World Cup in Germany and emerged victorious by a 2-0 aggregate score.
  • Alyssa Naeher will be training with the team as a third goalkeeper during the duration of the tournament, but will not be a part of the official game roster. Defender Julie Johnston and midfielder Kristie Mewis will train with the U.S. team for a week in Kansas City, but will depart camp before the competition begins.

U.S. Women’s National Team Roster by Position
GOALKEEPERS (2): Ashlyn Harris (Washington Spirit), Hope Solo (Seattle Reign FC)
DEFENDERS (7): Crystal Dunn (Washington Spirit), Whitney Engen (Houston Dash), Meghan Klingenberg (Houston Dash), Ali Krieger (Washington Spirit), Kelley O’Hara (Sky Blue FC), Christie Rampone (Sky Blue FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Morgan Brian (Virginia), Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC), Lauren Holiday (FC Kansas City), Carli Lloyd (WNY Flash), Heather O’Reilly (Boston Breakers), Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign FC)
FORWARDS (5): Sydney Leroux (Seattle Reign FC), Alex Morgan (Portland Thorns FC), Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars), Amy Rodriguez (FC Kansas City), Abby Wambach (WNY Flash)

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.

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.

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