One of the USA’s most versatile players over the past four years, she has become a key player in the U.S. midfield … Tremendously strong and one of the USA’s best with her back to the goal, she has also shown to be an adept passer and scorer when facing the net … The former Lauren Cheney started using her married name on the back of her jersey during the NWSL season and in the fall of 2013 with the U.S. WNT
A glimpse at the U.S. WNT's fifth day of training in Portugal ahead of the annual Algarve Cup. The USA takes on Norway on March 4 in its opening Group B match. The game will be broadcast on FOX Sports 1 and will also be available on FOX Sports Go. Fans can also follow U.S. Soccer's coverage on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt,@ussoccer_esp and Instagram @ussoccer_wnt.
Photos from the U.S. WNT's second day of training in Portugal ahead of the annual Algarve Cup, which begins on March 4, when the USA takes on Norway in its opening Group B match. The game will be broadcast on FOX Sports 1 and will also be available on FOX Sports Go. Fans can also follow U.S. Soccer's coverage on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt, @ussoccer_esp and Instagram @ussoccer_wnt.
CHICAGO (Feb. 21, 2015) – U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Jill Ellis has named a 25-player roster that will travel to the 2015 Algarve Cup in Portugal. It will be the USA’s 20th trip to the Algarve Cup. Before the competition begins, Ellis will name 23 players to the tournament roster to face Norway, Switzerland and Iceland in Group B.
The roster includes 22 of the 24 players that were in Europe for the USA’s recent matches against France and England, with midfielder Megan Rapinoe, defender Christie Rampone and goalkeeper Hope Solo. After a formal review by U.S. Soccer, Solo was reinstated to the squad after serving a 30-day suspension last month.
This year’s tournament will run from March 4-11, and the U.S. team will depart for Europe on Feb. 22. The majority of the games will be played at small venues across the Algarve region on the southern coast of the country, with several matches at the 30,000-seat Algarve Stadium. The placement matches will take place on March 11.
The USA will face 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup participant Norway on March 4 (2 p.m. ET) at the Municipal Stadium in Vila Real de San Antonio, which sits right on the border with Spain. The USA then takes on Switzerland, which will play in its first Women’s World Cup this summer, on March 6 (12 p.m. ET), also in Vila Real de San Antonio. The U.S. finishes group play on March 9 against Iceland at Municipal Stadium Lagos (1:30 p.m. ET), which is in the western part of the Algarve region.
The USA’s first two matches and its placement match on March 11 (time TBD) will be shown live on FOX Sports 1. Fans will be able to follow the U.S. matches on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt and @ussoccer_esp. Highlights will be available ussoccer.com. For the entire tournament schedule, please visit the Algarve Cup tournament page on ussoccer.com.
Six of the world’s top-10 ranked teams are in this year’s Algarve Cup, including the top five. Brazil, which is currently ranked eighth, will be participating for the first time. Eleven of the 12 participating countries are ranked in the top-20 in the world.
“The value of the Algarve Cup is of course great games against top teams in a tournament format without much rest,” said Ellis. “In any year, this tournament presents great challenges, but as we continue to progress towards the World Cup, we want to get tested at the highest possible levels. Our opponents at this tournament give us another opportunity to gauge our depth and fitness.”
Group A features Germany, Brazil, Sweden and China PR. Group C features host Portugal, Japan, France and Denmark.
This will be the 22nd edition of the Algarve Cup and for the first time in 14 years, it will undergo a change in the competition format. When the Algarve Cup expanded from eight to 12 teams in 2001, a Group C was created that generally consisted of lower-tier teams that were eligible to compete only for spots in the placement matches for seventh, ninth and 11th place.
This year, for the first time, all 12 teams will be competing for the tournament title. The final will be contested by the two group winners with the most points (or if all three group winners are tied on points, the top two will be determined by a series of tiebreakers). The third-place match will feature the third-best group winner against the best second-place team from the three groups.
In addition, the fifth-place match will be played between the two remaining second-place teams; the seventh-place match between the two best third-place teams; the ninth-place match between the remaining third-place team against the best fourth-place team; while the 11th-place match will feature the remaining two teams that finished fourth in their groups.
The U.S. Women have won the Algarve Cup a record nine times, including an unprecedented three straight championships from 2003-05. The USA made the championship game for nine consecutive years from 2003-11 and most recently won the tournament in 2013, defeating Germany 2-0 in the final on two goals from Alex Morgan. Last year, the USA had its worst finish ever, taking seventh place with a 3-0 win against Korea DPR.
Eighteen players from last year’s Algarve Cup roster return, many of whom have played in numerous Algarve Cup tournaments.
U.S. Women’s National Team Roster By Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Ashlyn Harris (Washington Spirit), Alyssa Naeher (Boston Breakers), Hope Solo (Seattle Reign FC)
DEFENDERS (10): Lori Chalupny (Chicago Red Stars), Crystal Dunn (Washington Spirit), Whitney Engen (Western NY Flash), Julie Johnston (Chicago Red Stars), Meghan Klingenberg (Houston Dash), Ali Krieger (Washington Spirit), Kelley O’Hara (Sky Blue FC), Christie Rampone (Sky Blue FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City), Rachel Van Hollebeke (Portland Thorns FC)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Shannon Boxx (Chicago Red Stars), Morgan Brian (Houston Dash), Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC), Lauren Holiday (FC Kansas City), Carli Lloyd (Houston Dash), Heather O’Reilly (FC Kansas City), 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 (Western NY Flash)
- Christie Rampone and Megan Rapinoe return to the roster after overcoming injuries that caused them to miss the USA’s two-game European tour in early February, while Hope Solo returns after serving her suspension.
- The USA has a 53-12-10 record all-time at the Algarve Cup and has scored 165 goals while allowing 61.
- U.S. forward Abby Wambach comes into the tournament with 177 career goals, 21 of which have been scored at the Algarve Cup in 10 tournaments. Wambach is the top Algarve Cup scorer in U.S. history, having found the net eight more times than Kristine Lilly’s 13 scores.
- Rapinoe and Lori Chalupny head into the tournament with 96 caps each and both could earn their 100th if they play in all four matches.
- U.S. midfielder Heather O’Reilly heads into the tournament with 215 career caps and earned her 200th last year at the Algarve Cup. O’Reilly will be playing in her 13th Algarve Cup and made her U.S. debut at the tournament in 2002 at the age of 17.
- Four other players made their WNT debut at the Algarve Cup: goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris (2013), defender Whitney Engen (2012), defender Rachel Van Hollebeke (2008) and forward Amy Rodriguez (2005).
- U.S. captain Rampone, who currently is the second most-capped player in U.S. history with 304, will lead the U.S. team that features 10 defenders. Rampone will be playing in her 14th Algarve Cup.
- Midfielder Carli Lloyd was the MVP of the 2007 Algarve Cup after scoring in all four games that year. She also scored three goals in the 2010 tournament and has 10 goals in total at the Algarve Cup. That ranks third among active players behind only Wambach (21) and Alex Morgan (11).
- Defender Ali Krieger (2013) and midfielder Tobin Heath (2008) scored their first WNT goal at the Algarve Cup. Both against China PR.
- U.S. midfielder Lauren Holiday missed last year’s tournament due to a family commitment. She has scored six goals in this tournament, as has O’Reilly.
- The tiebreakers within the groups are as follows: 1) head-to-head result, 2) goal differential, 3) goals scored, 4) best Fair Play ranking from the group matches and 5) best FIFA ranking.
- If two or more teams have the same points in different groups, the tiebreakers to determine the placement matches will be: 1) goal differential, 2) goals scored, 3) best Fair Play ranking from the group matches and 4) best FIFA ranking.
- Each team is allowed six substitutions per game using four stops during the match. However, when the second half starts, each team can only make three stops to perform a maximum of six substitutions.
- There are no suspensions for yellow card accumulation during the tournament, but an ejection during the tournament will result in a one-game suspension.
2014: Has appeared in 16 games for the USA, starting 15 while the USA compiled a record of 14-0-2 with her on the field … While playing primarily a deeper role in the midfield, she has scored two goals, against China PR during a 2-0 win and Russia in an 8-0 victory … An integral member of the U.S. team that won the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship … She was in the starting lineup for all five games, playing 435 minutes and helping the USA book its ticket to the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup … 2013: Played 876 minutes – fourth most on the team -- in 12 matches, starting 10 and scored three goals … Tied for the team lead in assists with six … Scored in both friendlies against the Korea Republic in June and against Australia in October … Assisted on Abby Wambach’s first two goals in her four-goal performance on June 20, 2013, against the Korea Republic at Red Bull Arena, setting up goal No. 157 and No. 158, that tied Mia Hamm’s world all-time international scoring record … 2012: Played in 31 of the USA’s 32 games, starting 24 … She scored two goals with 11 assists, fourth best on the team and more than twice her previous yearly high for the USA … Her 2,131 minutes were by far a career high for a year and twice as many as any previous yearly total since debuting in 2007 … Played in all six games at the Olympics, starting five, and came off the bench in the gold medal game to play the final 23 minutes after she had suffered a minor injury in the semifinal … Played in all five games at Olympic qualifying, starting four of the games, and scored two goals while registering a team-high seven assists in the tournament … 2011: Played in 19 games – a career high at that point for a calendar year – while starting 13, which more than doubled her previous career high for a year … Tied for second on the team in scoring with five goals and five assists and surpassed 50 career caps … Played more than 1,000 minutes in a year for the USA for the first time … Was one of the breakout players of the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup as she played most of the year as a reserve, but earned a starting spot right before the tournament and ended up being in the first 11 for all six games … Scored twice in Germany – the USA’s opening goal of the tournament against North Korea and the opening goal of the semifinal against France – while leading the team with three assists, two off corner kicks to Abby Wambach’s head … Was named to the Women’s World Cup All-Star Team … Scored against Iceland in the Algarve Cup final … 2010: Had her best year to date with the WNT, scoring seven goals with two assists and was the second-leading scorer on the team … Played in 13 total matches, starting seven … Had a fantastic Algarve Cup in Portugal, scoring in three out of the four matches while totaling four goals, including the game-winner in the 3-2 championship game victory against Germany … Also scored against Iceland and bagged two against Sweden at the Algarve … Scored against Mexico in a friendly in March … Played in three games in CONCACAF Women’s World Cup Qualifying, scoring two goals, including the important second goal in the 4-0 third-place match victory against Costa Rica … Came off the bench in both games of the two-leg FIFA Women’s World Cup playoff series against Italy …2009: Played in three matches for the USA, all off the bench, while scoring one goal, a fantastic header against Canada in the USA’s 4-0 win in Toronto … 2008: Saw her first significant action, playing in 10 matches leading into the Olympics while scoring two goals, one against Finland at the Algarve Cup and the other in the Olympic Qualifying Tournament against Jamaica … Named as an alternate to the 2008 Olympic Team but was moved into the 18-player roster after an injury to Wambach … A last-minute addition, she did not play in the first three matches of the Olympics, but then came off the bench in the final three games to contribute some vitally important minutes, and played a part in the movement that led to the game-winning goal in the Olympic gold medal game … Ended the year playing in 14 games, with three starts … 2007: Earned her first senior team cap and start against Germany at the 2007 Four Nations Tournament in China … Residency Training Camp participant … Earned her second cap, and scored her first goal, against Mexico in the USA’s first domestic match of 2007 on April 14 in Foxborough, Mass. … Named the U.S. Soccer Young Female Athlete of the Year … 2006: Was a participant in Residency Training Camp in Carson, Calif. … 2005: First trained with the Women’s National Team in two training camps … Youth National Teams: A member of the U.S. squad at the 2006 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, she scored 21 goals in 30 total matches for the U-20s in 2006 heading into the World Cup … Ended her U-20 career with 15 goals in 20 U-20 international matches, which included the Pan Am Games in 2007 … A member of the U.S. team that won the 2006 CONCACAF U-20 Final Women’s Qualifying Tournament in Mexico, helping the USA earn a berth to the 2006 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Russia ... Scored four goals in the qualifying tournament, tying for the team lead, and got an assist and the winning goal in the USA’s 3-2 comeback win against Canada in the championship game … Played for the USA at the 2007 Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, leading the team with six goals, including a pair in a semifinal upset of the full Canadian Women’s National Team … Attended her first U.S. U-20 training camp at The Home Depot Center in May of 2005 … The youngest member of the 2005 U.S. U-21 Nordic Cup Team, she scored two goals and had an assist in each of the four games, helping the USA to its unprecedented seventh straight title … Scored in the Nordic Cup final against Norway … Played with the U.S. U-17 Women’s National Team in 2004 ... First Appearance: Jan. 26, 2007, vs. Germany ... First Goal: April 14, 2007, vs. Mexico.
Full maiden name is Lauren Nicole Cheney … Majored in sociology … Has an obsession with shopping … Enjoys watching movies … Is one of the WNT’s best dancers … If she could, she would eat Mexican food or sushi every day … Married New Orleans Pelicans guard and 2013 NBA All-Star Jrue Holiday in Malibu, Calif. in July of 2013 … The couple attended UCLA together … Had open heart surgery at the age of three to correct a heart defect.
Date of Birth
Sep 30, 1987
FC Kansas City