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Ella Masar Replaces Lauren Cheney on WNT Roster

CHICAGO (Jan. 14, 2009) – Forward Ella Masar has replaced Lauren Cheney on the 25-player U.S. Women’s National Team roster that will start a 17-day training camp on Jan. 20 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.

Cheney had to withdraw from camp due to academic commitments at UCLA.

Masar has been a key member of the U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team for the past two years, earning eight U-23 caps while helping the USA to Nordic Cup titles in Finland and Sweden. At least year’s Nordic Cup, she scored in the 2-0 win over Norway to send the USA to the championship game, then tallied twice against Germany in the 3-0 victory to take the title.

This will be the first senior team call-up for the 5-foot-5 striker who played her college soccer at Illinois, where she was an All-American and finished her career with 27 goals and 20 assists. Masar, an Illinois native from Urbana, will play in the WPS next season with the Chicago Red Stars.

Following the training camp, U.S. head coach Pia Sundhage will choose an 18-player roster to participate in the annual Algarve Cup in Portugal, this year running from March 4-11.

U.S. Under-23 Women's National Team Defeats Germany, 3-0, to Win Nordic Cup Championship

BORLANGE, Sweden (July 21, 2008) – The U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team defeated Germany, 3-0, to win the 2008 Nordic Cup championship as the young U.S. team posted its fourth consecutive shutout of the tournament.

Forward India Trotter opened the scoring in the 25th minute and Ella Massar added goals in the 34th and 63rd minutes as the USA won its second consecutive Nordic Cup title and 10th in the last 12 years at this event which serves as the top competition in the world for U-23 women.

Like in the USA’s first three matches in group play, the Americans dominated the proceedings, this time outshooting Germany 15-7 and allowing the Europeans just two shots on goal. Val Henderson picked up yet another shutout in goal for the U.S. team that did not allow a score over 360 minutes against Switzerland, England, Norway and Germany. The U.S. back line of Meghan Schnur, Becky Sauerbrunn, Nikki Krzysik and Katherine Reynolds played almost every minute in the tournament.

The first goal was created by midfielder Yael Averbuch, who lifted a great ball over the German defense on the right side. Trotter beats the defense with her speed and capitalized on her one-v-one chance, slotting the ball past the ‘keeper into the right corner for her second goal of the tournament.

Massar put the game away with her second and third goals of the tournament, the first coming 11 minutes before halftime. Reynolds started the sequence with a dribble down the right wing and sent a cross into the middle. Massar had time to settle the ball and rifle her shot into the right side of the net from 12 yards out.

The University of Illinois striker clinched the game 18 minutes into the second half, running onto a perfect through ball from Kiki Bosio. Massar outran two defenders and coolly finished on the ground for the final score line.

“We played well in the first 15 or 20 minutes of the game and we created numerous chances,” said U.S. head coach Bill Irwin. “We put one away early and the second goal came off the tactics that we have been working on. All three goals were great goals and our defense played very well once again. At the beginning of the second half, they came at us and we handled it well. It is a credit to our defense that we came through the Nordic Cup with a clean slate.”

The USA has faced Germany in the Nordic Cup championship game five times, winning four of those (2000, 2002, 2007 and in 2008). In 2006, Germany defeated the USA to break a string of seven straight Nordic Cup titles. The USA defeated Germany in the Nordic Cup title game last year by a 4-0 score.

The U-23s serve as a fertile breeding ground for future full National Team players as the majority of the current WNT player pool has passed through the U-21/U-23 program.

In the other placement matches, Sweden defeated Norway, 2-0, to take third place, Finland edged England, 1-0, to take fifth and Switzerland pounded Scotland, 5-0, to take seventh.

U.S. Under-23 Women's National Team Match Report

Participants: U.S. Under-23 Women's National Team vs. Germany
Competition: 2008 Nordic Cup - Final
Location: Borlange, Sweden
Date: July 21, 2008
Attendance: 500
Weather: Sunny, warm – 77 degrees

Scoring Summary:    1     2    Final
USA                               1     2       3
GER                               0    0       0

USA -- India Trotter (Yael Averbuch)               25th minute
USA -- Ella Masar (Katherine Reynolds)       34.
USA -- Ella Masar (Kiki Bosio)                         63.

USA: 1-Valerie Henderson; 11-Meghan Schnur; 15-Becky Sauerbrunn, 4-Nikki Krzysik (12-Kasey Moore, 87), 7-Katherine Reynolds; 10-Yael Averbuch, 13-Tina DiMartino (17-Katy Frierson, 20) (14-Kerri Hanks, 68), 9-Brittany Klein (6-Lorraine Quinn, 87), 5-Kiki Bosio 8-India Trotter (16-Katy Larkin, 83), 3-Ella Masar.
Subs Not Used: 18-Cori Alexander, 2-Marissa Abegg
Head Coach: Bill Irwin

GER: 1-Lisa Weiss; 18-Daniela Lowenberg (4-Josephine Schlanke, 79), 5-Caroloin Schiewe; 14-Pia Marxkord; 13-Katharina Baunach (3-Corina Schroder, 77), 7-Bianca Schmidt; 6-Karolin Thomas; 8-Meike Weber (2-Juliane Hofler, 69), 10-Nicole Banecki (17-Sussanne Hartel 72), 11-Isabel Kerschowski; 9-Stephanie Goddard (16-Sylvie Banecki, 45)
Subs Not Used: 12-Klara Muhle, 15-Christina Schellenberg
Head Coach: Bettina Wiegmann

Statistical Summary: USA / GER
Shots:                                15 / 7
Shots on Goal:                   8 / 2
Saves:                                  2 / 5
Fouls:                                   8 / 12
Corner Kicks:                      8 / 2
Offside:                                7 / 2

Misconduct Summary: None

2008 Nordic Cup Placement Matches
Monday, July 21
7th Place Match                          Switzerland 5, Scotland 0
5th Place Match                          Finland 1, England 0
3rd Place Match                          Sweden 2, Norway 0
Championship Match                USA 3, Germany 0

U.S. Under-23 Women's National Team Defeats Norway, 2-0, to Make Nordic Cup Championship

FARNAS, Sweden (July 19, 2008) – The U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team defeated Norway, 2-0, in its third and final group game to earn a place in the 2008 Nordic Cup championship game against Germany.

The U.S. team got an early goal from Ella Massar and clinched it with a late own goal from Norway to earns its 12th consecutive trip to the Nordic Cup final. The USA will be going for its 10th overall Nordic Cup title in the past 12 years. The USA has faced Germany in the Nordic Cup championship game four times, winning three of those (2000, 2002 and 2007). In 2006, Germany defeated the USA to break a string of seven straight Nordic Cup titles.

The USA went ahead 1-0 in just the 13th minute after Player of the Game Tina DiMartino played a ball to Kiki Bosio on the right wing. Bosio drilled it across the penalty area and Ella Massar crashed the goal box to score into the right side of the net.

The USA out-shot Norway 15-4, but would not get any breathing room until 15 minutes remained in the match when Bosio once again sent in a hard cross on the ground at the top of the six-yard box. A Norwegian defender tried to slide and knock it away, but inadvertently kicked the ball into her own net.

"We didn't play well but got the result,” said U.S. head coach Bill Irwin, whose team racked up its third straight shutout. “Again we created loads of chances and didn't capitalize on them, but our defense has been solid all tournament."

U.S. goalkeeper Val Henderson has yet to be scored on in the tournament, but gave way to Cori Alexander for the final 10 minutes of the Norway match.

In the Group A games, Germany tied Sweden, 2-2, but it was good enough to send them to the championship game based on superior goal difference. Finland defeated Scotland, 2-0, relegating the Scots to the match for seventh place. In the other Group B match, England beat Switzerland, 1-0, to pick up its first win of the tournament.

U.S. Under-23 Women's National Team Match Report

Participants: U.S. Under-23 Women's National Team vs. Norway
Competition: 2008 Nordic Cup - Group B
Location: Farnas, Sweden
Date: July 19, 2008
Attendance: 348
Weather: Cloudy, Rainy – 58 degrees

Scoring Summary: 1    2   Final
USA                            1    1     2
NOR                           0    0      0

USA - Ella Masar (Kiki Bosio)              13th minute.
USA - Own Goal                                       75.

USA: 1-Valerie Henderson (18-Cori Alexander, 80) 11-Meghan Schnur; 15-Becky Sauerbrunn, 4-Nikki Krzysik (12-Kasey Moore, 77), 7-Katherine Reynolds; 13-Tina DiMartino (6-Lorraine Quinn, 84), 9-Brittany Klein; 10-Yael Averbuch; 5-Kiki Bosio; 8-India Trotter (16-Katy Larkin, 70), 3-Ella Masar (14-Kerri Hanks, 56).
Subs Not Used: 2-Marissa Abegg, 17-Katy Frierson.
Head Coach: Bill Irwin

NOR: 12-Runa Barli; 2-Nora Holstad; 9-Kine Bjerk; 6-Camilla Aseng (8-Stine Sannaess, 83), 5-Trude Johannessen; 4-Gry Tofte Ims; 7-Nasra Abdullah;10-Ingrid Schjelderup;11-June Pedersen (16-Kristin Jonvik, 80), 21-Line Smorsgard (3-Janne Stange, 66), 20-Aimee Edris (14-Inger Ane Hole, 31).
Subs Not Used: 1-Lill Yvonee Karlsrud, 15-Tine Wulf Eikeland, 18-Gunilla Forseth.
Head Coach: Goril Kringen

Statistical Summary:  USA / NOR
Shots:                                 15 / 4
Shots on Goal:                    8 / 2
Saves:                                   2 / 6
Fouls:                                    9 / 12
Corner Kicks:                       6 / 2
Offside:                                  6 / 1

Misconduct Summary: None.

2008 Nordic Cup Schedule - Sweden
July 15-21, 2008

Group A Standings
Teams       W   L   T   Pts.   GF  GA   GD
Germany   2    0   1     7        9     2     +7
Sweden     2    0   1     7        6     3     +3
Finland      1    2   0     3        3     4      -1
Scotland    0    3   0     0        0    10   -10

Tuesday, July 15
Sweden 3, Scotland 0
Germany 2, Finland 0

Thursday, July 17
Sweden 2, Finland 1
Germany 5, Scotland 0

Thursday, July 19
Sweden 2, Germany 2
Finland 2, Scotland 0

Group B Standings
Teams          W   L    T   Pts.  GF  GA   GD
USA                3    0    0     9     6     0     +6
Norway          1    1    1     4     4     4     +0
England        1    2    0     3     1      5     -4
Switzerland  0    2    1     1      2      4    -2

Tuesday, July 15
USA 1, Switzerland 0
Norway 2, England 0

Thursday, July 17
USA 3, England 0
Switzerland 2, Norway 2

Thursday, July 19
USA 2, Norway 0
England 1, Switzerland 0

Monday, July 21
7th Place Match Switzerland vs. Scotland
5th Place Match England vs. Finland
3rd Place Match Norway vs. Sweden
Championship Match USA vs. Germany

Irwin Names U.S. Under-23 WNT Nordic Cup Roster

CHICAGO (July 9, 2008) - U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team head coach Bill Irwin has named 18 players to the roster that will travel to Falun, Sweden, on July 11 for the 2008 Nordic Cup tournament, being held from July 15-21. The U.S. roster features numerous players with extensive U.S. Youth National Team experience, four who have earned caps with the full U.S. Women’s National Team and seven players who have appeared for the USA in a FIFA youth world championship.

The USA has competed in the Nordic Cup for the last 14 years, which is held in Northern Europe every summer, during which time it has become the focus of the USA’s oldest Youth National Team.

After winning its first Nordic Cup in 1997 (over Norway), the USA has won an amazing nine out of the last 11 Nordic Cups including seven in a row from 1999-2005, before falling in 2006 in the championship game to Germany. The U.S. recaptured the title last year under Irwin, pounding Germany, 4-0, in the title game. The USA won the last Nordic Cup contested in Sweden in 2004, defeating Norway, 4-1, in the final.

The Nordic Cup features eight teams and two groups followed by placement matches. The USA was drawn into Group B, where it will face Switzerland, England and Norway. Group A features host Sweden, Germany, Finland the full National Team of Scotland.

The American women open play against Switzerland on July 15 in Borlange before taking on England on July 17 in Borlange. The team will finished group play against Norway on July 19 in Famas. The placement matches are on July 21. All the matches are near Falun, which is 120 miles northwest of Stockholm.

Irwin’s roster features six players who helped the USA win last year’s Nordic Cup in Finland, led by defender Becky Sauerbrunn and midfielder Tina DiMartino, both of whom earned caps for the full National Team at the Four Nations Tournament in China last January. Midfielder India Trotter, who spent the first six months of this year training with the full WNT, and midfielder Yael Averbuch, both have two caps for the senior side.

“We have players who have won the Nordic Cup and played in Youth World Championships,” said Irwin. “We’ve had some excellent international matches this year leading into this tournament and some success against European teams, but we will look to the experienced players to lead this team in Sweden. We are expecting mature and consistent performances from our team with four matches in seven days.”

Irwin’s squad has gone 4-1-1 in international matches in 2008, all against European countries.

Sauerbrunn, Averbuch, midfielder Meghan Schnur and forward Kerri Hanks, who won the Hermann Trophy in 2006 at Notre Dame, played for the USA at the 2004 FIFA U-19 Women’s World Cup in Thailand. Hanks also played for the U.S. team that won the 2002 FIFA U-19 Women’s World Cup in Canada. DiMartino, goalkeeper Val Henderson and defender Nikki Krzysik played for the USA at the 2006 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Russia. Henderson was named to the FIFA All-Star Team in that tournament.

Seven players on the roster have previous Nordic Cup experience, led by goalkeeper Cori Alexander, who will be attending her third consecutive Nordic Cup. Forward Kiki Bosio, who scored twice in last year’s Nordic Cup, is one of five additional players who were in Finland last year. The group also includes DiMartino, Krzysik, Sauerbrunn and forward Ella Masar.

The youngest player selected is 18-year-old midfielder Katy Frierson who will attend Auburn as a freshman this fall.

Many current full Women’s National Team players have participated in the Nordic Cup. At last year’s tournament were defender Rachel Buehler, a member of the USA’s 2008 Olympic Team, and defender Ali Krieger, who was named as alternate to the Olympic Team.

“As always, playing with the U-23s and traveling to the Nordic Cup is a chance for these players to show that they have the talent to make the jump to the full team,” said Irwin. “With the new pro league on the horizon, and the next Women’s World Cup three years away, this tournament is extremely valuable for these players. Some of them have seen time with the National Team but haven’t quite broken in. This is their chance to show that they can perform in a difficult tournament competition.”

Age eligible players for the 2008 Nordic Cup are those born on or after January 1, 1985.

Fourteen different colleges are represented on this year’s Nordic Cup roster, with UCLA and Virginia having two each while three players from Santa Clara made the squad.

2008 Nordic Cup Schedule - Sweden
July 15-21, 2008

Group A: Sweden, Scotland, Germany, Finland
Group B: USA, Switzerland, Norway, England

Tuesday, July 15
Group A: Sweden vs. Scotland
Group A: Germany vs. Finland
Group B: USA vs. Switzerland
Group B: Norway vs. England

Thursday, July 17
Group A: Finland vs. Sweden
Group A: Scotland vs. Germany
Group B: USA vs. England
Group B: Switzerland vs. Norway

Thursday, July 19
Group A: Sweden vs. Germany
Group A: Scotland vs. Finland
Group B: USA vs. Norway
Group B: England vs. Switzerland

Monday, July 21
7th Place Match
5th Place Match
3rd Place Match
Championship Match


Players Pos. Ht. DOB Hometown School

U-23 Caps/Goals

Abegg, Marissa D 5-7 03/14/87 Lake Oswego, Ore. Stanford


Alexander, Cori GK 5-10 05/06/85 Martinez, Calif. Portland


Averbuch, Yael M 5-11 11/03/86 Upper Montclair, N.J. UNC


Bosio, Kiki F 5-7 11/03/87 Mission Viejo, Calif. Santa Clara


DiMartino, Tina M 5-3 01/06/86 Massapequa, N.Y. UCLA


Frierson, Katy M 5-5 04/08/90 Homewood, Ala. Auburn


Hanks, Kerri F 5-7 09/02/85 Allen, Texas Notre Dame


Henderson, Val GK 5-7 04/19/86 Orinda, Calif. UCLA


Klein, Brittany M 5-3 10/29/86 Arcadia, Calif. Santa Clara


Krzysik, Nikki D 5-7 05/23/87 Clifton, N.J. Virginia


Larkin, Katie F 5-5 03/19/87 Draper, Utah BYU


Maser, Ella F 5-5 04/03/86 Urbana, Ill. Illinois


Moore, Kasey D 5-8 08/03/87 Mission Viejo, Calif. Texas


Quinn, Lorraine M 5-2 08/14/86 Farmingdale, N.Y. Duke


Reynolds, Katherine D 5-8 09/14/87 Medina, Wash. Santa Clara


Sauerbrunn, Becky D 5-7 06/06/85 St. Louis, Mo. Virginia


Schnur, Meghan M 5-6 04/16/85 Storrs, Conn. UConn


Trotter, India M 5-8 03/10/85 Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. Florida State


U.S. U-23 Women’s National Team Roster By Position
GOALKEEPERS (2): Cori Alexander (Portland), Val Henderson (UCLA)
DEFENDERS (5): Marissa Abegg (Stanford), Nikki Krzysik (Virginia), Kasey Moore (Texas), Katherine Reynolds (Santa Clara), Becky Sauerbrunn (Virginia)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Yael Averbuch (UNC), Tina DiMartino (UCLA), Katy Frierson (Auburn), Brittany Klein (Santa Clara), Lorraine Quinn (Duke), Meghan Schnur (Uconn), India Trotter (Florida State)
FORWARDS (4): Kiki Bosio (Santa Clara), Kerri Hanks (Notre Dame), Katie Larkin (BYU), Ella Masar (Illinois)

U.S. U-23 WNT Will Travel To Germany For Camp and Matches

CHICAGO (May 5, 2008) - The U.S. U-23 Women's National Team will travel to Germany from May 16-24 for several matches against the Germany U-23 Women’s National Team and a women’s Bundesliga club team.The U-23s will play a promoted friendly in Crailsheim against TSV Crailsheim on May 20, followed by the clash with the German U-23s on May 22 in Wangen, and will finish with another as yet confirmed scrimmage on May 24.

U.S. head coach Bill Irwin will bring 18 players to Germany for the trip as he continues to prepare the squad for the 2008 Nordic Cup to be held in Sweden from July 15-21. The U-23s are coming off a training camp in Portland where they trounced the University of Portland by a 7-1 score.

U.S. U-23 WNT Training Camp Roster
May 16-24, 2008
Wangen, Germany
GOALKEEPERS (2): Cori Alexander (Portland), Val Henderson (UCLA);
DEFENDERS (6): Marisa Abegg (Stanford), Nikki Krzysik (Virginia), Casey Moore (Texas), Becky Sauerbrunn (Virginia), Brittany Taylor (Connecticut), Elise Weber (Notre Dame);
MIDFIELDERS (4): Yael Averbuch (North Carolina), Kiki Bosio (Santa Clara), Brittany Klein (Santa Clara), Lorraine Quinn (Duke);
FORWARDS (6): Ameera Abdullah (Florida), Amanda Cinalli (Notre Dame), Kerri Hanks (Notre Dame), Katie Larkin (BYU), Allison Mallams (Marquette), Ella Masar (Illinois).