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Sundhage Names 28 Players to New Jersey Training Camp in Advance of U.S. WNT Match against China on May 27

CHICAGO (May 9, 2012) – U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Pia Sundhage has named 28 players for a training camp being held in Princeton, N.J., from May 10-25. The U.S. team will then travel to Philadelphia to make final preparations for its match against China on May 27 at PPL Park in Chester, Pa., in what will be the second-to-last domestic match for the U.S. team before it departs for the 2012 London Olympics.

On April 24, the USA found out its first-round opponents at the Olympics. The U.S. will open Group G play with two matches at the famed Hampden Park in Glasgow, Scotland. The U.S. first faces France (5 p.m. local / 12 p.m. ET) on July 25 – two days before the Olympic Opening Ceremonies – and then takes on Colombia on July 28 (5 p.m. local / 12 p.m. ET). The USA will finish group play against Korea DPR on July 31 (5:15 p.m. local / 12:15 p.m. ET) at the legendary Old Trafford in Manchester, home to Manchester United.

Sundhage will choose 18 players to suit up against China. More than 12,500 tickets have already been sold for the match, which kicks off at 7 p.m. ET. Tickets starting at $22 are on sale through ussoccer.com, by phone at 1-800-298-4200 and at the PPL Park ticket office (open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.). Groups of 20 or more can obtain an order form at ussoccer.com or call 312-528-1290.

The roster includes 26 of the 27 players who trained during the camp in Bradenton, Fla., in April. Sundhage has added former Western New York Flash defender Gina Lewandowski, who plays for FFC Frankfurt in the German Women’s Bundesliga, and Oklahoma State goalkeeper Adrianna Franch, who was the USA’s backup ’keeper on the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Team. Franch is a rising senior for the Cowgirls. Lewandowski will join the camp a week late due to her club commitments.

U.S. Women’s National Team Training Camp Roster by Position - Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (5): Nicole Barnhart, Adrianna Franch, Ashlyn Harris, Jill Loyden, Hope Solo
DEFENDERS (10): Rachel Buehler, Stephanie Cox, Whitney Engen, Meghan Klingenberg, Amy LePeilbet, Gina Lewandowski, Heather Mitts, Kelley O’Hara, Christie Rampone, Becky Sauerbrunn
MIDFIELDERS (9): Shannon Boxx, Tobin Heath, Lori Lindsey, Carli Lloyd, Kristie Mewis, Heather O’Reilly, Megan Rapinoe, Amy Rodriguez, Keelin Winters
FORWARDS (4): Lauren Cheney, Sydney Leroux, Alex Morgan, Abby Wambach

“We had a very productive camp in Florida, but now we get to look forward to a game,” said Sundhage. “The practices and scrimmages in Florida were physical and mentally taxing, and that was the plan. Now we can train hard in New Jersey but also prepare for a match against a very good team as we continue the roster selection process for the Olympics.”

This USA will be facing China at PPL Park for the second time as the two teams also met at the home of Major League Soccer’s Philadelphia Union in October of 2010 in what was the U.S. team’s first match at the soccer-specific venue. The match ended in a 1-1 draw as Alex Morgan equalized late in the game with her first full international goal.

U.S. Soccer also recently announced the final match for the U.S. Women before the Olympics as the Americans will face Canada on June 30 at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah. Kickoff is set for 12 p.m. MT and the match will be broadcast live on NBC. Fans will also be able to follow the match on ussoccer.com's MatchTracker and via Twitter @ussoccer_wnt.

Tickets starting at $22 are on sale to the public through ussoccer.com, by phone at 801-727-2700 (Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. MT) and at the Rio Tinto Stadium ticket office (open Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.). Groups of 20 or more can obtain an order form at ussoccer.com or call 312-528-1290. Ultimate Fan Tickets (special VIP packages that include a premium ticket, a customized official U.S. National Team jersey with name and number, VIP access to the field before and after the game, and other unique benefits) are also available now exclusively through ussoccer.com.

U.S. Women’s National Team Roster Notes:

  • Five players on the U.S. roster will be training in their home state: Tobin Heath (Basking Ridge), Carli Lloyd (Delran), Jill Loyden (Vineland), Heather O’Reilly (East Brunswick) and team captain Christie Rampone (Point Pleasant). 
  • Just 13 players on the U.S. training camp roster have Olympic Games experience. 
  • The U.S. WNT is 10-1-1 in 2012, having scored 55 goals and allowed five. 
  • Kristie Mewis and Adrianna Franch are the only players on the roster still in college. Mewis will be a senior at Boston College next fall and Franch is a senior at Oklahoma State. 
  • Rampone is by far the most capped player on the roster with 256 and she is firmly in fourth place on the all-time U.S. WNT caps list. 
  • With 22 career goals, Alex Morgan is inching her way up the all-time U.S. goal scoring chart. She will need to reach 30 to get into the top-15 all-time.

 

U.S. WNT Head Coach Pia Sundhage Names 23-Player Roster for Two Matches in Japan

CHICAGO (March 21, 2012) – U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Pia Sundhage has named a 23-player roster that will travel to Japan in early April to compete in the Women’s Kirin Challenge Cup against 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup champion Japan and Brazil.

The U.S. will open against the hosts at Yurtec Stadium in Sendai on April 1 at 7:30 p.m. local (6:30 a.m. ET), before traveling south to face the Brazilians on April 3 at Fukuda Denshi Arena in Chiba at 8 p.m. local time (7 a.m. ET).

Both matches will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and ESPN3.

In the newly created three-nation tournament, Japan will also face Brazil April 5 at Homes Stadium in Kobe. The competition features three of the top four teams in the current FIFA Women’s World Rankings.

“Any time we get to play top teams, it’s always valuable,” said U.S. midfielder Carli Lloyd. “The more quality teams we can play, the better off we will be heading into the Olympics. We’ve lost to Japan the last two times we’ve played them and playing them in Japan is going to be a huge match. As a team, there are some things we need to work on, but we can’t get better unless we play great teams. We don’t get these opportunities too often so we have to embrace them and try to accomplish the things we need to do before we get to London.”

Sundhage is bringing the same 23 players that were in Portugal at the 2012 Algarve Cup as she continues the process of narrowing the roster down to the 18 players who will represent the USA in the 2012 Olympics.

This will be the third trip for the U.S. Women to Japan after facing the Japanese three times in three different cities in 1998 and twice in two different cities in 2006. The match in Sendai will be the second meeting between the two Women’s World Cup finalists since that tournament, as Japan pulled off a 1-0 victory against the USA on March 5 during group play at the Algarve Cup in Portugal. It was Japan’s first-ever victory over the USA in regulation time.

Sendai, located on the east coast of northern Japan, suffered catastrophic damage from the magnitude 9.0 offshore earthquake on March 11, 2011 (just nine days after the USA had played Japan in the 2011 Algarve Cup), which triggered a massive, destructive tsunami. Yurtec Stadium, which was built in 1997 and seats 20,000, was damaged in the earthquake and tsunami.

Chiba, which is a large suburb of Tokyo, is located near the east coast of central Japan. Fukuda Denshi Arena, which was completed in 2005, seats 18,500.

The USA’s most recent meeting with Brazil was one for the ages. The USA weathered a controversial ejection and played more than an hour of the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup quarterfinal with 10 players before dramatically tying the score in the 122nd minute on Abby Wambach’s now famous header goal, the latest ever scored in a World Cup.

The USA heads to Japan with a record of 9-1-0 on the year with just one of the games played on home soil. Forward Alex Morgan leads the USA in scoring in 2012, having found the net 11 times in the nine matches she played. Morgan’s hat trick (the first of her career) against Sweden in the third-place match of the Algarve Cup on March 5 made her the 15th player in U.S. history to reach double-figures in goals during a calendar year.

Wambach heads to Japan with 134 career goals and nine in 2012. Carli Lloyd and Sydney Leroux have seven goals each, while Amy Rodriguez has six.

Roster by Position - Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Nicole Barnhart, Ashlyn Harris, Hope Solo 
DEFENDERS (9): Rachel Buehler, Stephanie Cox, Whitney Engen, Meghan Klingenberg, Amy LePeilbet, Heather Mitts, Kelley O’Hara, Christie Rampone, Becky Sauerbrunn
MIDFIELDERS (7): Shannon Boxx, Tobin Heath, Lori Lindsey, Carli Lloyd, Heather O’Reilly, Megan Rapinoe, Amy Rodriguez
FORWARDS (4): Lauren Cheney, Sydney Leroux, Alex Morgan, Abby Wambach 

Japan Edges U.S. Women's National Team 1-0 to Take First Place in Group B at 2012 Algarve Cup

  • Japan Scores Game-Winner Off Corner Kick in 84th Minute
  • USA Loses for First Time in 2012 and for First-Time Ever in Regulation to Japan
  • U.S. WNT Will Face Sweden in Third-Place Match of Algarve Cup on March 7 in Parchal at 5:15 a.m. ET on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker

FARO, Portugal (March 5, 2012) – In a match short on attacking chances for both sides, the U.S. Women’s National Team fell to Japan 1-0 in the first meeting between the two countries since the historic 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup Final last summer in Germany.

Japanese substitute Megumi Takase headed home Aya Miyama’s corner kick service in the 84th minute and the USA’s furious push for the equalizer did not come to fruition.

The Americans entered the match needing a win or a tie to advance to its 10th consecutive Algarve Cup championship game, and as the contest entered its final stages, it looked as if a 0-0 draw would be good enough to earn the Americans a shot at their third consecutive and ninth overall title in this tournament.

However, with about six minutes left, Japan put together one of its few deep penetrations into the U.S. defensive third in the second half, crossing from the right side to the far post where defender Amy LePeilbet, who was under pressure from an attacking player, had to head the ball over her own end line for a corner kick.

Miyama’s service flew to the far post and Takase met it with a thunderous header, powering the ball into the right side of the net from just outside the six yard box. The goal came off Japan’s only corner kick of the game and its only shot of the second half.

“I think in the first half, we looked very nervous and the decision-making was off,” said U.S. head coach Pia Sundhage. “Too many times we gave away the ball in situations when we were not even under pressure or in tight spaces. We couldn’t keep the ball enough to be dangerous. When you give away the ball against Japan, they keep it. It’s so much defending. Mentally and physically, that’s tough, but I am happy with the changes we made at halftime and even parts of the first half where we tried to play more direct. I think we looked more dangerous and came up with a couple of chances, but overall you could tell there is a lot of things to work on and especially looking at Japan, their technique and how they keep the ball. They should be role models for the world, the way they play.”

The USA will now play for third place against Sweden, a 4-0 loser to Germany in the final match of Group A, on March 7 in Parchal. The match will kick off at 5:15 a.m. ET and fans can follow the action on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt.

A jittery U.S. team put together a poor first half in which Japan had the majority of possession while the Americans struggled to string passes together. Still, the U.S. actually put the ball in the net just seven minutes into the game after Abby Wambach headed a long Christie Rampone free kick to Alex Morgan inside the six-yard box. The young forward volleyed her chance into the left corner but it was immediately waved away for offside.

The USA’s best chance of the half came in the 26th minute as Morgan ran onto a long ball over the defense, out-muscled a defender and struck a left-footed drive off the base of the right post from 16 yards out.

Sundhage gave starts to Lauren Cheney at right midfield and Amy Rodriguez on the left. But by the beginning of the second half, Sundhage had changed out three-fourths of her midfield. Sundhage sent on Lori Lindsey for Carli Lloyd in the 31st minute and then switched out both flank players at halftime, inserting Megan Rapinoe and Heather O’Reilly. She also sent on Stephanie Cox for Kelley O’Hara at left back to start the second half.

The U.S. did have more of the game and better possession in the second half, but Japan still held the ball very well, although at times the team seemed in no rush to get forward. Outside of several low crosses that U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo had to snag, and the winning goal, Japan did not threaten the U.S. net after the break.

While the Japanese did well at times to possess the ball in front of the USA’s back line, the Americans’ team defense did a fine job of keeping the dangerous players away from the goal and no one got behind central defenders Rachel Buehler and Rampone all afternoon.

On the other end, Morgan caused the Japanese trouble with her speed and tenacity all match, but she had several crosses from dangerous spots blocked or cleared and failed to find the frame on a few other decent chances. In the 57th minute, Morgan was able to beat Japanese goalkeeper Miho Fukumoto to a ball in the right side of the penalty area. As Morgan touched it by her, she went to ground, but it was unclear if she had made contact with the Japanese ’keeper. Morgan popped to her feet immediately still in possession of the ball, but her cross found no one in the center of the box.

One minute later, Cox sent in a driven cross from the left flank. The ball was headed up in the air and fell to Morgan, who blasted her volley just over the crossbar.

In the 63rd minute, it was Morgan again who got a good look at the goal. This time a nice build-up got the ball to Wambach with her back to goal near the top of the penalty area. She turned and slipped a pass through to Morgan, who evaded a defender, but her angled left-footed shot from the right side of the penalty box went wide left.

In the 81st minute, Rapinoe had a go from distance, but her strike was saved by the diving Fukumoto at the right post. Young forward Sydney Leroux replaced Wambach in the 72nd minute and looked dangerous with several powerful runs, but she too could not find the net after scoring in the first two Algarve Cup games.

Sundhage sent on Tobin Heath for LePeilbet in the 87th minute in a last ditch effort to find an equalizer, and the USA produced two golden chances in the waning moments. The first came after Shannon Boxx was taken down hard about 30 yards from the goal, but Rapinoe spun her free kick shot wide left. Then Boxx got on the end of a Cox cross off a free kick from the left side but agonizingly bounced her header over the goal from about 10 yards out.

Additional Match Notes:

  • The Americans suffered their first shutout of the year and first since a 0-0 tie with South Korea on Nov. 5, 2008. The U.S. Women had gone 57 games since last failing to score in a match.
  • It was the USA’s first loss of the year after eight consecutive wins to start 2012.
  • The loss broke a 31-match unbeaten streak in regulation time at the Algarve Cup. The USA had not lost a game in regulation at this tournament since March 18, 2004, a 3-1 setback to Sweden.
  • In Group A, Germany thrashed Sweden 4-0 and will face Japan in the title game in what will be a rematch of Japan’s epic quarterfinal victory over the Germans during the Women’s World Cup last summer.
  • The USA has failed to beat Sweden in the last three meetings between the countries. The USA lost 2-1 at the 2011 Four Nations Tournament in China, fell 2-1 in group play at the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup and tied 1-1 in an exhibition during the last match of 2011 in Glendale, Ariz. The USA out-shot Japan 7-5 but put just two shots on goal, its lowest total in recent memory.

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

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Japan
Date: March 5, 2012
Competition: 2012 Algarve Cup – Group B
Venue: Estadio Algarve; Faro, Portugal
Kickoff: 2:10 p.m. Local / 9:10 a.m. ET
Attendance: 1,000
Weather: 65 degrees, sunny, breezy

Scoring Summary:    1          2          F
USA                            0          1          1
JPN                             0          0          0

JPN – Megumi Takase (Aya Miyama)            84th minute.

Lineups:
USA: 1-Hope Solo; 6-Amy LePeilbet (17-Tobin Heath, 87), 3-Christie Rampone (capt.), 19-Rachel Buehler, 5-Kelley O’Hara (14-Stephanie Cox, 46); 12-Lauren Cheney (9-Heather O’Reilly, 46), 7-Shannon Boxx, 10-Carli Lloyd (16-Lori Lindsey, 31), 8-Amy Rodriguez (15-Megan Rapinoe, 46); 13-Alex Morgan, 20-Abby Wambach (11-Sydney Leroux, 72)
Subs not used: 2-Heather Mitts, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 18-Nicole Barnhart, 22-Whitney Engen
Head coach: Pia Sundhage

JPN: 12-Miho Fukumoto; 2-Yukari Kinga, 3-Azusa Iwashimizu (13-Rumi Utsugi, 65), 4-Saki Kumagai, 5-Aya Sameshima, 14-Asuna Tanaka (16-Kanako Ito, 90+3), 6-Mizuho Sakaguchi (20-Yuika Sugasawa, 79), 8-Aya Miyama, 17-Yuki Nagasato, 7-Kozue Ando (19-Megumi Takase, 65), 11-Shinobu Ohno (9-Nahomi Kawasumi, 65)
Subs not used: 1-Ayumi Kaihori, 15-Saori Ariyoshi, 18-Nanase Kiryu, 21-Mai Kyokawa
Head coach: Norio Sasaki

Statistical Summary: USA / JPN
Shots: 7 / 5
Shots on Goal: 2 / 4
Saves: 3 / 2
Corner Kicks: 1 / 1
Fouls: 10 / 5
Offside: 3 / 7

Misconduct Summary:
None

Officials
Referee: Pernill Larsson (SWE)
Assistant Referee: Sanja Rodak (CRO)
Assistant Referee: Petruta Iugulsecu (ROU)
4th Official: Jana Adamkova (CZE)

Bud Light Woman of the Match: Rachel Buehler

Morgan Scores Twice as U.S. WNT Defeats Denmark 5-0 to Open 2012 Algarve Cup

  • Wambach Adds 132nd Career Goal; Lloyd and Leroux Also Score
  • Japan Defeats Norway 2-1 in other Group B Match
  • U.S. WNT Will Have One Day of Rest Before Facing Norway on March 2 in Lagos at 10 a.m. ET on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker

LAGOS, Portugal (Feb. 29, 2012) – The U.S. Women’s National Team scored twice in the first half and three times in the last 15 minutes to defeat Denmark 5-0 in its Group B opener at the 2012 Algarve Cup.

U.S. forward Alex Morgan scored twice with one assist while Abby Wambach, Carli Lloyd and Sydney Leroux added single goals as the USA took a commanding lead in its group after the first round of matches. Japan defeated Norway 2-1 in the other Group B contest.

The USA will meet Norway next on March 2 at 10 a.m. ET in Lagos. Fans can follow the action on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and on Twitter at @ussoccer_wnt.

The USA played in a 4-4-2 formation with Morgan and Wambach starting up top, and the duo once again proved to be a potent partnership.

The USA’s first goal came in the 21st minute as Wambach spun a long ball over the top to Morgan, whose run took her defender deep into Denmark territory. Morgan flicked the ball with her head to Heather O’Reilly on the right side and the U.S. midfielder collected, cut inside and then played it back to Morgan behind the defense and into the right side of the penalty area.

Under pressure, Morgan struck a hard shot from 16 yards out that caromed off the left post, rolled behind Denmark goalkeeper Heidi Johansen, and then settled into the net just inside the post.

The USA’s first quality series of ball possession came in the 15th minute and led to right back Amy LePeilbet sending in a cross from the flank. Morgan kept the ball alive with a leaping header at the far post. The ball fell to Lloyd inside the six-yard box, but she was almost too close to Johansen, who snuffed her hard shot at point blank range at the left post.

The match had a bit of a rambunctious start as the Danes put good pressure on the U.S. midfield and backs, but the Americans settled down to control most of the first half hour. Denmark flipped the field on the U.S. in the latter part of this half and looked dangerous at times with some nice passing around the top of the penalty area, but it was the Americans who scored the next goal.

It came just a minute before halftime and was once again a Morgan-Wambach production. LePeilbet struck a long ball from near the top of her own penalty box to Wambach at midfield. The big U.S. striker flicked it on with her head to Morgan, who turned and raced down the right side with a defender in tow. She sprinted almost all the way to the end line, drawing the ’keeper to the near post, and for a moment it looked as if she wouldn’t have space to cross. Wambach lost her defender with a fantastic hesitation run, burst to the top of the six-yard box and met Morgan’s short pass with a powerful sliding shot into the middle of the net. It was Wambach’s 132nd career goal.

U.S. head coach Pia Sundhage made three changes at halftime, replacing Wambach with Tobin Heath, sending on Amy Rodriguez for O’Reilly and inserting Stephanie Cox for Kelley O’Hara at left back. All would add to the USA’s attack in the final 45 minutes as Heath played flank midfield, moving Cheney up top with Morgan.

Denmark had several dangerous counter-attacks in the second half, but almost all were cut off by U.S. defenders. U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo earned the shutout by handling her housekeeping chores inside the box with aplomb. She cleaned up a few bouncing balls, caught several crosses, punched away one dangerous corner kick and was quick off her line to smother several through balls at the feet of Danish attackers.

Denmark’s best second-half chance came when Nadia Nadim flew through the middle to get her head on a corner kick, but it bounced right into Solo’s steady hands.

The USA put the game away with three nice goals at the end of the match. The first came in the 76th minute when Morgan slipped a ball through to the streaking Lauren Cheney into the left side of the box. She beat Johansen to the ball, smoothly rounding the Denmark ’keeper with a deft touch and then slammed her shot off the left post.

Amazingly, the ball came right back to her in the left side of the penalty area and she showed remarkable composure to collect and then roll a pass into the middle for the crashing Lloyd. She took her chance first-time, pushing a shot into the right corner with her right foot a few yards left of the penalty spot.

Morgan added her second goal in the 84th minute after substitute Lori Lindsey lofted a ball from the right side toward the top of the box. Morgan leaped to win the ball and it fell into a pack of players just inside the penalty area. Heath battled several defenders to dig the ball out and Morgan came running through to smack her shot through traffic and into the net. It was Morgan’s 18th career international goal and her team-leading eighth this year.

The USA continued to push in the final minutes and it was no surprise that a fifth goal came. Morgan ran down a pass on the left flank, just saving it from going out of bounds. She then passed back to Cox in the left side of the box and the U.S. defender struck a hard shot on the ground through a pack of players and was likely going to roll past the far post until Leroux – who did well to stay onside – slid to knock the ball into the open net from the sharpest of angles. Leroux, the USA’s youngest player at 21, scored her sixth career goal in just six games after getting five in one game at Olympic Qualifying in Vancouver, Canada.

Additional Match Notes:

  • The match was the second in U.S. Women’s National Team history on “Leap Day” after a 2-0 victory over Mexico on Feb. 29 back in 2004.
  • Wambach scored one goal that day against Mexico, and with one today, is tied with Morgan as the USA’s all-time “Leap Day” scorers with two apiece.
  • Wambach’s goal was her 16th in the Algarve Cup, most all-time for any U.S. player.
  • The USA defeated Denmark in the 2009 Algarve Cup opener 2-0 in the most recent meeting between these two teams before today.
  • This was the fourth time the U.S. has scored five goals in an Algarve Cup match, and second most in the tournament. The USA scored seven against Portugal in 2000.
  • Both Group A matches ended 1-0 with Germany defeating Iceland and Sweden defeating China.
  • Both Group C matches also ended 1-0 with Hungary defeating Ireland and Wales downing host Portugal.

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

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Denmark
Date: Feb. 29, 2012
Competition: 2012 Algarve Cup – Group B
Venue: Municipal Stadium; Lagos, Portugal
Kickoff: 5 p.m. Local / Noon ET
Attendance: 300
Weather: 67 degrees, clear and breezy
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA                        2 3 5
DEN                        0 0 0
USA – Alex Morgan (Heather O’Reilly) 21st minute
USA – Abby Wambach (Alex Morgan) 44
USA – Carli Lloyd (Lauren Cheney) 76
USA – Alex Morgan (Tobin Heath) 84
USA – Sydney Leroux (Stephanie Cox) 90+3

Lineups:
USA: 1-Hope Solo; 6-Amy LePeilbet, 19-Rachel Buehler, 3-Christie Rampone (capt.), 5-Kelley O’Hara (14-Stephanie Cox, 46); 9-Heather O’Reilly (8-Amy Rodriguez, 46), 7-Shannon Boxx (16-Lori Lindsey, 72), 10-Carli Lloyd, 12-Lauren Cheney (11-Sydney Leroux, 78); 13-Alex Morgan, 20-Abby Wambach (17-Tobin Heath, 46)
Subs not used: 2-Heather Mitts, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 15-Megan Rapinoe, 18-Nicole Barnhart, 22-Whitney Engen
Head coach: Pia Sundhage

DEN: 1-Heidi Johansen; 2-Line Hansen (18-Marie Bjerg, 46), 4-Line Jensen, 8-Therese Nielsen, 15-Malene Olsen; 3-Katrine Pedersen (capt.), 6-Mariann Knudsen (20-Anna Thorsen, 46), 11-Katrine Veje (13-Johanna Rasmussen, 65), 12-Nanna Christiansen (14-Kristine Pedersen, 65); 10-Pemille Harder (7-Sanne Nielsen, 78), 17-Nadia Nadim (9-Lise Munk, 68)
Subs not used: 5-Janni Jensen, 16-Stina Petersen, 19-Sofie Pedersen
Head coach: Kenneth Heiner-Moller

Statistical Summary: USA / DEN
Shots: 16 / 5
Shots on Goal: 13 / 4
Saves: 4 / 7
Corner Kicks: 12 / 5
Fouls: 7 / 8
Offside: 5 / 3

Misconduct Summary:
None

Officials
Referee: Liang Qin (CHN)
Assistant Referee: Yongmei Cui (CHN)
Assistant Referee: Yan Fan (CHN)
4th Official: Katalin Kulcsar (HUN)

Bud Light Woman of the Match: Alex Morgan

Post-Match Quote Sheet: U.S. WNT vs. Guatemala

Post-Match Quote Sheet
U.S. WNT vs. Guatemala
CONCACAF Olympic Women's Qualifying
Jan. 22, 2012

U.S. Women’s National Team head coach PIA SUNDHAGE
On the USA scoring 13 goals and Sydney Leroux getting five in her second ever match…
“It’s astonishing (for Sydney Leroux) to come off the bench and score so many goals like Amy Rodriguez did the other day. I am so proud and happy to be around this team because this never happened before; so many goals, so many great goals, and I am happy for the team and happy for Syd. It was quality for sure.”

On what it means to record two blowout results, albeit against weaker competition…
“I would like to look at it as if we are ready. If you look at the game today, as compared to the last game, I think we struggled a little bit at the beginning of the game. I said at halftime, look at the first 15 minutes, you can take anything for granted. You have to bring it. I felt they picked it up after 15-20 minutes and in the second half we played well. We had so many attacking personalities and our bench is very strong.”

On the play of outside backs Heather Mitts and Kelley O’Hara…
“At halftime, I thought they could even be higher. We want them to attack even more with the starting position even higher. In the first half Kelley O’Hara had two crosses from the left which was great, as you know she is a midfielder forward and we are trying to make her an outside back. It is important to have outside backs going forward and completing passes. If they are serving the ball into the box or the relationship with the outside mid, it doesn’t matter, we need crosses because we have goal scorers and the sooner they show up in the box the more dangerous it is.”

On how she will pick a starting lineup for the Mexico game with so many players playing well…
“We look at each of them and see their performance and who is playing well with each other. Soccer is not only the 11 best players, it’s about finding a good relationship with the starting lineup and looking at the bench and being comfortable with whomever we bring in. They have made it really hard for us and I’m really happy about that.”

On looking forward to the Mexico game…
“I will look at the two games we’ve played and look at our strengths and talk a little bit about how Mexico has played in their two games. We won’t talk much about 2010, this is 2012 and we want to qualify for the Olympics. It will be a hard to choose a lineup. We have some decisions to make and many players have been playing well out there.”

U.S. Women’s National Team forward ABBY WAMBCH
On passing Birgit Prinz on the all-time international goal scoring list…
“I’m shocked that I have, truthfully. The later you go in your career, your stats start piling up and the awards come with all of it. But the truth is our team is playing well right now. We have one more important game to get to the next round and then hopefully reach our final goal, which is getting to the Olympics in London.”

On the team’s form heading into Tuesday’s showdown with Mexico…
“I think it's important that everybody be firing on all cylinders when we play Mexico. That's obviously the game that’s' been marked on our calendars this entire tournament. Whoever wins that game goes through in our group in first place so that's going to be the most important thing. That's what we're thinking about and we're prepared for it.”

On the results in the first two games…
“It's really hard because we understand that 14 and 13 goal games can be looked down upon by some of our viewers, fans and fans from other countries. But the truth is we didn't get our job done during the last qualifying tournament. This is a statement we want to make to the rest of the world and our region, CONCACAF. We can't take any game for granted. We have to play hard, play physical and respect the game. That's why the results have been what you've seen.”

U.S. Women’s National Team midfielder LORI LINDSEY
On scoring her first goal for the U.S. Women’s National Team
"It's fun to get a goal and put a good team performance together. It's always fun to contribute to that so I'm excited. As was pointed out, I'm 128 goals behind Abby so I feel like she should be getting a little nervous. I'm right on her heels."

U.S. Women’s National Team forward SYDNEY LEROUX
On her five-goal performance in the team's win against Guatemala...
“I owe it all, of course, to my teammates who gave me some great balls. I put them away and did what I was supposed to do with them. It's been an amazing couple weeks and I'm so blessed to be able to play with these girls. They make me better every day and I give my thanks to them.”

On playing in front of family and friends...
"It is so important to play in front of my mom and family and friends. I grew up here and to have them come and support me is pretty special."

On scoring five goals in her hometown of Vancouver…
“It's pretty sweet. I know there are some people who don't respect my decision (to switch affiliations and play for the USA) and there are some people who do. I'm happy where I am and I'm happy to wear this jersey. I wanted to contribute to my team and put my best foot forward. I wanted to do what I needed to do to help this team win.”

U.S. Women’s National Team defender ALI KRIEGER
On the past few days…
“It's been pretty emotional and draining the past few days. It's my first time injuring my knee and obviously I want to be playing, who doesn't. I'm staying positive and looking forward. I'm just taking it one day at a time.”

On the play that led to her injury...
“I didn't know it was my ACL. It didn't feel that bad to be honest but I know something obviously was wrong. I was hoping for the best but the MRI sees a little better than I do.”

On her mindset looking forward...
“I'm still kind of in shock, to be honest. After such a year and awesome World Cup that our team had, I wanted to be part of the team this whole entire year building to another amazing event. I'm hoping I can get a piece of that, but I’m going to take it one day, one week at a time and try to see what happens.”

U.S. Women’s National Team Qualifies for Semifinals of 2012 CONCACAF Olympic Women’s Qualifying with 13-0 Victory Against Guatemala

  • Vancouver Native Leroux Ties U.S. WNT Record with Five Goals, All in Second Half 
  • Wambach Nets 128th, 129th Goals, Surpasses Germany’s Prinz For Third All-Time 
  • USA Sets Program Record with 27 Goals in Two-Game Stretch 
  • USA Faces Mexico on Jan. 24 at 7:30 p.m. PT/10:30 p.m. ET Live on Universal Sports Network with Group B Title on the Line

VANCOUVER, Canada (Jan. 22, 2012) – Led by Vancouver native Sydney Leroux’s five-goal performance, the U.S. Women’s National Team defeated Guatemala 13-0 in its second group match at the 2012 CONCACAF Olympic Women’s Qualifying Tournament to earn a berth into the all-important semifinal round.

The U.S. result, combined with Mexico’s 7-0 victory against the Dominican Republic in the other Group B game of the evening, clinched semifinal places for both teams. The U.S. and Mexico will meet for the group title on Tuesday, Jan. 24 at 7:30 p.m. PT (10:30 a.m. ET). The match will be televised live on Universal Sports Network and streamed live on universalsports.com and concacaf.com.

The USA, which holds a plus-15 goal differential over its southern neighbors heading into the final group match, needs a win or a draw against Mexico to win Group B and face the second-place team from Group A for a berth to the Olympics.

After scoring a team-record 14 goals in their opening match on Jan. 20 against the Dominican Republic, the U.S. found the net 13 more times to set a U.S. Women’s record of 27 over a two-game stretch. That topped the previous mark of 24 goals in 1991 when the U.S. topped Mexico and Martinique by 12-0 margins on April 20 and 22 of that year. The 13 goals were the second-most scored in a game by the U.S., behind only Friday’s result against the Dominican Republic.

Leroux, who earned just her second cap for the U.S., garnered Bud Light Woman of the Match honors for coming on at halftime and scoring five goals to tie a U.S. record. The goals were Leroux’s first five for the senior national team after finishing her Under-20 career as the USA’s all-time leading international scorer for that age level.

Abby Wambach added two goals before coming off at halftime, upping her career total to 129 and moving her past German legend Birgit Prinz into third on the world’s all-time scoring list. Wambach now sits behind only two former teammates, Kristine Lilly (130) and Mia Hamm (158).

“It’s astonishing (for Sydney Leroux) to come off the bench and score so many goals like Amy Rodriguez did the other day,” said U.S. head coach Pia Sundhage. “I am so proud to be around this team because this never happened before; so many goals, so many great goals, and I am happy for the team and happy for Syd. It was quality for sure.”

Sundhage made six changes from the starting lineup that faced the Dominican Republic two days earlier, electing to rest several players. Sundhage gave starts to Heather Mitts (who got the nod in place of the injured Ali Krieger), Kelley O’Hara, Becky Sauerbrunn, Megan Rapinoe, Lori Lindsey and Amy Rodriguez.

O’Hara, the Hermann Trophy winner as a forward following her senior year at Stanford in 2009, made just her second career start for the USA, earning her eighth cap. She played outside back for the first time in her National Team career and contributed three assists.

Lauren Cheney, Rodriguez, Carli Lloyd, Alex Morgan, Megan Rapinoe and Lindsey added single goals as eight different players scored. Lindsey’s goal, a header off a cross from O’Hara in the 34th minute, was her first in 25 caps for the U.S.

Cheney’s goal was unassisted in the 24th minute as she sent a deft chip over Guatemala’s goalkeeper after the defense failed to clear the ball. Lloyd scored on a diving header in the 33rd minute off a cross by O’Hara from the left and Morgan converted a tap-in goal after she rounded the ‘keeper in the right side of the box. Mitts fed her the ball for that score.

Leroux, who grew up in Vancouver until she was 15 and moved to the United States, was born to a Canadian mother and an American father. She scored her first goal less than three minutes after entering the game and notched a true hat trick, pounding in four consecutive goals during a 23-minute span. Her five second-half goals match Rodriguez, who had five after the break just two days earlier against the Dominican Republic. Also sharing that feat of scoring five in a game are Wambach (Oct. 23, 2004 vs. Ireland), Michelle Akers (Nov. 24, 1991 vs. Chinese Taipei), Tiffeny Milbrett (Nov. 2, 2002, vs. Panama) and Brandi Chastain (April 18, 1991).

Leroux is actually the second player to register a hat trick in her second cap, following Danielle Garrett (now Fotopoulos) who scored three against Ukraine in 1996. However, she is the first U.S. player ever to score five goals in her second game.

Morgan, who paired with Leroux to win the 2008 FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup in Chile, assisted on two of Leroux’s goals, including her first in the 48th to make it 7-0. Leroux then headed one home off a perfect cross from Rodriguez in the 50th minute for an 8-0 lead.

In the 75th minute, Rapinoe ran onto a cross from Morgan in the left side of the penalty box to rip a first-time shot off the bottom of the crossbar and just over the goal line to make it 9-0.

Leroux scored another header in the 70th minute to make it 10-0 as O’Hara hustled down the left side and served into the box. Leroux wrapped up her scoring performance with a tap-in goal in the 87th minute off of a Rodriguez cross from the left.

In the early going it was Wambach who got the U.S. offense started when she netted in the 12th and 14th minutes to give the USA an early 2-0 lead. On Wambach’s first goal, Rapinoe played a nice through ball that split the Guatemala defense and put Wambach in a perfect position to roll a shot with the outside of her left foot into the lower left corner net. In the 14th, Wambach met a Lauren Cheney free kick and drove a header into the ground that Guatemala goalkeeper Maricruz Lemus misjudged, allowing it to bounce over her. The second goal gave Wambach 12 tallies during CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying, setting a tournament record.

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

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Guatemala
Date: Jan. 22, 2012
Competition: 2012 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament – Group B
Venue: BC Place Stadium; Vancouver, Canada
Kickoff: 4:30 p.m. PT
Attendance: 6,259
Weather: Indoors; 72 degrees

Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA                        6 7 13
GUA                        0 0 0

USA – Abby Wambach (Megan Rapinoe)   12th minute
USA – Abby Wambach (Lauren Cheney)    14
USA – Lauren Cheney (unassisted)            24
USA – Amy Rodriguez (Abby Wambach)    29
USA – Carli Lloyd (Kelley O’Hara)              33
USA – Lori Lindsey (Kelley O’Hara)            34
USA – Sydney Leroux (Alex Morgan)         48
USA – Sydney Leroux (Amy Rodriguez)     51
USA – Sydney Leroux (Alex Morgan)         57
USA – Sydney Leroux (Kelley O’Hara)        70
USA – Megan Rapinoe (Alex Morgan)        75
USA – Alex Morgan (Heather Mitts)           83
USA – Sydney Leroux (Amy Rodriguez)     87

Lineups:
USA: 1-Hope Solo; 2-Heather Mitts, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 3-Christie Rampone (capt.), 5-Kelley O’Hara; 15-Megan Rapinoe, 10-Carli Lloyd (7-Shannon Boxx, 46), 16-Lori Lindsey, 8-Amy Rodriguez, 12-Lauren Cheney (13-Alex Morgan, 46); 20-Abby Wambach (14-Sydney Leroux, 46)
Subs not used: 6-Amy LePeilbet, 9-Heather O’Reilly, 17-Tobin Heath, 18-Nicole Barnhart, 19-Rachel Buehler
Head coach: Pia Sundhage


GUA: 1-Maricruz Lemus; 3-Marilyn Rivera, 4-Shannon Brooks, 14-Coralia Monterroso, 20-Katherine Ramos; 11-Rocio Sosa, 17-Ana Lucia Martinez (16-Alejandra De Leon, 68), 19-Andrea Tobar; 7-Wendy Pineda (capt.), 8-Maria Monterroso (18-Idania Perez, 78), 13-Maria Pelayes (6-Amarilis Lohaiza, 46)
Subs not used: 2-Jeymi Hernandez, 5-Londy Barrios, 9-Cinthya Lopez, 10-Gladys Suriano, 12-Mariandre Rodas, 15-Kimberly De Leon
Head coach: Raul Calderon


Statistical Summary: USA / GUA
Shots: 37 / 8
Shots on Goal: 28/ 2
Saves: 2 / 11
Corner Kicks: 8 / 3
Fouls: 10 / 3
Offside: 7 / 0

Misconduct Summary:
None

Officials
Referee: Irazema Aguilera (CUB)
Assistant Referee 1: Shirley Perello (HON)
Assistant Referee 2: Stacy Ann Greyson (JAM)
4th Official: Cardella Samuels (JAM)

Bud Light Woman of the Match: Sydney Leroux

 


One of the best possessors of the ball on the U.S. team, she has been in the national team program for years, but only in 2010 did she carve out a consistent role through her excellent work rate, superb passing, and willingness to sacrifice for the team. The central midfielder led the USA in assists in 2010 with seven despite playing less than half the minutes available last year.

Broke into the National Team relatively late in her career but has been a consistent call-up over the past three years … 2012: Played in six matches, starting two, and scored her first career national team goal against Guatemala – on a header – at the Olympic qualifying tournament in Vancouver, Canada … Named as an alternate to the 2012 Olympic Team and traveled with the squad to the U.K. … 2011: Played in 10 games, starting three, and made her first Women’s World Cup team … Played in one match in Germany, starting and playing the entire 90 minutes in the USA’s second group match, a victory over Colombia … 2010: Had her best and most active year for the USA, playing in 13 matches while starting six and upping her career cap total to 14 … Had a team-high seven assists, including three – one in each group game – at the Algarve Cup in Portugal … 2009: Called into WNT training camps on the strength of her WPS performance but did not appear in a match … 2006: A part of Residency Training Camp … 2005: Earned her first cap against Iceland as a substitute … 2004: Part of Residency Training Camp in Carson, Calif. … Youth National Teams: A long-time member of the USA’s youth national team pool, she played for the U.S. U-16, U-17 and U-21 teams … A member of the USA’s U-21 2001 Nordic Cup champions in Norway … First Appearance: July 24, 2005, vs. Iceland … First Goal: Jan. 22, 2012, vs. Guatemala.
Allocated to the Washington Spirit for the 2013 NWSL season … 2012: Played a few games for the Western New York Flash in the WPSL-Elite as the team won the championship … 2011: Played 254 minutes in nine games for the Independence, starting one, as Philadelphia earned a playoff berth with a second-place finish in the league … 2010: The first player taken in the 2010 WPS Expansion Draft by the Independence … Started all 23 games she played for the Independence, helping the team to a playoff berth, two playoff wins and a berth into the championship game … Scored two goals with a team-leading eight assists (tied for second in the league), meaning she led her club and country in assists … Named to the WPS Best XI … Was also named to the WPS All-Star Team … 2009: She played for the Washington Freedom in the inaugural season of WPS in 2009 after being taken 17th overall by the Freedom in the WPS General Draft … Started 18 of the 19 games she played for the Freedom, scoring two goals with one assist …. 2007: Member of the 2007 W-League champions with the Freedom … 2003: Traded to the Freedom at the 2003 WUSA Draft and was a member of 2003 Founders Cup III Champions … 2002: The fourth overall pick in 2002 WUSA Draft by San Diego Spirit, she played in 20 games, starting 13, and scored two goals with five assists … 2000: Played for the Indiana Blaze of the W-League from 1997-2000.

Full name is Lori Ann Lindsey … Nicknames are “L-Squared” and Lori “The Lightning” Lindsey ... Majored in sociology and was a member of the IMP Secret Society at UVA ... Favorite book is “The Power of One” ... Hobbies include going to the movies, reading, listening to music and shopping ... Lived in Washington, D.C., while playing with the Freedom, and one of her fondest memories was attending Barack Obama’s first inauguration ... Favorite food is kebabs (when she’s not eating donuts or Ding Dongs) and favorite restaurant is Lebanese Taverna in D.C. … Passionate about strength and conditioning and ultimately would like to train female athletes and help them achieve their professional and fitness goals ... Brother Chris played college soccer at Earlham … When she was in high school, she refereed current U.S. WNT teammate Lauren Cheney’s indoor soccer games ... Was a mean cross-country runner and an avid skateboarder in sixth grade (credit goes to her dad for building her first ramp) ... Wants people to know there’s more than corn in Indiana.

Played at Virginia from 1998-2001 and was the school’s first-ever Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year, winning the award two consecutive years (2000, 2001) joining North Carolina’s Mia Hamm as the only other player to achieve that distinction ... Finished as the sixth all-time scorer in UVA history with 33 goals and 76 points ... An NSCAA Second-Team All-American in 2001 and Third-Team All-American in 2000 ... She was also a 2001 finalist for the MAC Award … Named Female Athlete of the Year at UVA for the 2001-02 academic year ... High School: A graduate of Pike High School, she was named an NSCAA Parade All-American and earned First-Team All-State honors four consecutive years ... When she graduated, she was the all-time leading prep scorer in Indiana high school history.
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