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Rochester's Own Abby Wambach

While back in her hometown with the U.S. Women’s National Team, legendary goal scorer Abby Wambach did an appearance a local Chevrolet dealership where as usual she showed love, and vice-versa, to the fine folks of Rochester. N.Y.

U.S. WNT Wraps Up Two-Game Set Against Mexico on Sept. 18 in Rochester

U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Mexico
Sahlen’s Stadium; Rochester, New York
Sept. 18, 2014

U.S. WNT FINISHES TWO-GAME SET VS. MEXICO, LOOKS TO WWC QUALIFYING: Coming off a dominating 8-0 victory against Mexico on Sept. 13 in Sandy, Utah, the U.S. Women’s National Team will finish its two-game series against its southern neighbor – and possible opponent during the upcoming CONCACAF Women’s World Cup Qualifying tournament – on Sept. 18 in Rochester, New York (7 p.m. ET on ESPN2 and WatchESPN and delayed at 12 a.m. ET/9 p.m. PT on Univision Deportes Network).

This will be the final match for both countries before the start of the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship that will automatically send three teams to the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada. Fans can follow on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt and @ussoccer_esp. The USA is 9-2-3 so far in 2014 and will be playing its fifth match under head coach Jill Ellis since she was officially named to the position in May.

ROSTER SPOTS: The USA had a week of training in Salt Lake City before the first Mexico game, which was the longest training period U.S. head coach Jill Ellis has had with the team since taking over. Ellis and her staff will take full advantage of the 28-player roster. They will choose 18 players to suit up for this second match against Mexico and are tasked with the difficult challenge of choosing 20 players for the roster that will enter the Women’s World Cup qualifying tournament in October. Nineteen players arrived in camp on Sept. 5 with the eight who played in the NWSL Championship on Aug. 31 arriving into camp on Sept. 8. The USA’s lone college player, Morgan Brian, arrived on Sept. 8 after participating in her weekend college matches with the University of Virginia. Twenty-seven of the 28 players on the roster played in the NWSL this season with Brian, who is a senior, the only non-professional.

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

7 p.m.

ESPN2, WatchESPN, Univision Deportes Network

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

#SOLO72: Against Mexico on Sept. 13, goalkeeper Hope Solo earned her 72nd shutout (in 154 caps) since debuting for the USA in 2000. Solo passed Briana Scurry’s record set over 173 caps from 1994-2008. Eleven of Solo’s shutouts have come in world championship play – five in the FIFA Women’s World Cup and six during the Olympics. As a confirmation of her reputation as a big-game player, 42 of Solo’s career shutouts – almost 60 percent – have come in tournament competitions that include world championships, qualifying for the World Cup and Olympics and elite tournaments such as the Algarve Cup, which is held annually in Portugal.

USA FACES TRINIDAD & TOBAGO, GUATEMALA AND HAITI IN QUALIFYING: The 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship, which will qualify three teams directly to the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup (and produce one playoff qualifier, as well), will be played from Oct. 15-26 in four host cities in the United States: Chicago, Kansas City, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. The USA opens Group A competition on Oct. 15 in Kansas City against Trinidad & Tobago (7:30 p.m. CT), then heads to Chicago to face Guatemala on Oct. 17 (8 p.m. CT) and finishes the first round in Washington, D.C., against Haiti on Oct. 20 (7:30 p.m. ET). 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).

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 playoff with a South American country for a final berth.

WORLD RECORD AND COUNTING: After scoring twice in the first half against Mexico on Sept. 13, forward Abby Wambach hit 170 goals for her career. On June 20, 2013, Wambach passed the legendary Mia Hamm to become the world’s all-time leading scorer when she pounded in four goals against South Korea at Red Bull Arena. Hamm had 158 international goals from 1987-2004. The match against Mexico marked the 109th win for the USA in a game in which Wambach has scored at least one goal (109-2-8). Wambach has scored 45 goals in her past 55 games over 2012, 2013 and 2014. She is also third all-time in assists with 65, behind only Kristine Lilly (105) and Hamm (144).

MORGAN IS BACK: Although she has played in just four games for the USA this year, Alex Morgan has shown that she is regaining the form which has made her one of the world’s most dangerous strikers. Coming off a two-goal, three-assist performance against Mexico, Morgan now has four goals in 2014. She returned to the U.S. team in June for the two matches against France, and her second-half appearance on June 14 in Tampa was her first since November of 2013, an absence due to injury of almost seven months. Morgan entered in the second half against France five days later in East Hartford, Connecticut, and scored two excellent goals to pull out the 2-2 draw. Those were Morgan’s first scores since June 2, 2012, when she scored twice against Canada in Toronto for a 3-0 U.S. victory. She now has 48 goals (10th all-time) in her 74 caps. Morgan, who played in 14 NWSL matches this past season, made her first start for the USA since her return from injury on Aug. 20 against Switzerland, playing 65 minutes.

12 IN, 12 TO GO: Switzerland, England, Spain, France, Norway and Germany have qualified from Europe for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup. The final round of matches is on Sept. 17 with Sweden likely to claim a seventh berth. With five teams having qualified from the 2014 Asian Women’s Cup – Japan, Australia, China PR, Korea Republic and Thailand – the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup now has 12 teams (including host Canada). 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. The remaining 12 countries will come from Europe (8 total: Switzerland, England, Spain, France, Norway and Germany plus 2 more, up from 4.5 + host in 2011), Africa (3, up for 2), CONCACAF (3.5 + host, up from 2.5) South America (2.5, up from 2) and Oceania (1, same as in 2011). The fourth-place finisher in CONCACAF will play the third-place finisher in South America in a two-game playoff for the final berth.

U.S. ROSTER BREAKDOWN: The USA’s 28-player roster features four goalkeepers, 10 defenders, nine midfielders and five forwards. An 18-player game day roster typically features two goalkeepers, six defenders, six midfielders and four forwards, although numerous U.S. players can play multiple positions to give Jill Ellis flexibility in choosing her roster to face Mexico. Of the USA’s 28 players, just seven are over 30 years old: team captain Christie Rampone (39), midfielder Shannon Boxx (37), forward Abby Wambach (34), goalkeeper Hope Solo (33), midfielder Carli Lloyd (32), goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart (32) and defender Ali Krieger (30). Rampone heads into the second game against Mexico with 296 caps as she is the most-capped active player in the world and second all-time in world history. The least-capped players are Alyssa Naeher (0), Ashlyn Harris (3), Julie Johnston (3) and Allie Long (4). Four players on the roster come into camp on the heels of their NWSL title with FC Kansas City: Becky Sauerbrunn, Nicole Barnhart, Lauren Holiday and Amy Rodriguez.

U.S. Women’s National Team By Position – Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (4): Nicole Barnhart (FC Kansas City), Alyssa Naeher (Boston Breakers), Ashlyn Harris (Washington Spirit), Hope Solo (Seattle Reign FC)
DEFENDERS (10): Stephanie Cox (Seattle Reign FC), Crystal Dunn (Washington Spirit), Whitney Engen (Houston Dash), 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 (9): Shannon Boxx (Chicago Red Stars), Morgan Brian (Virginia), Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC), Lauren Holiday (FC Kansas City), Carli Lloyd (WNY Flash), Allie Long (Portland Thorns FC), Kristie Mewis (Boston Breakers), 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)

U.S. ROSTER NOTES:

  • Twenty-nine players have seen game action for the USA in 2014, including first-cappers Samantha Mewis, Sarah Hagan and Allie Long. Long is the only player from this group on the current roster.
  • Lauren Holiday, the 2013 NWSL MVP and 2014 NWSL Championship Game MVP, became the 30th American female player to earn 100 caps when she played against Canada on May 8.
  • Abby Wambach is the USA’s top scorer on the roster with 170 goals. After Wambach, midfielder Carli Lloyd is the top scorer with 51 career international goals, followed by Alex Morgan (48) and Heather O’Reilly (41). Sydney Leroux is quickly climbing the charts with 32.
  • Amy Rodriguez had an excellent NWSL season with 13 goals in the regular season, good for second in the league, and then scored three more in the playoffs, including both goals in the NWSL title game. Rodriguez has 27 international scores to match Shannon Boxx and Joy Fawcett for 18th all-time.
  • Leroux is the USA’s leading scorer this year with eight goals. Wambach has seven and Lloyd and Christen Press have five goals each. Lloyd and Press each have four assists, best on the team this year.
  • Press is scoring at a one-goal-per-two-games clip, finding the net 13 times in her first 26 WNT games.
  • Julie Johnston gets her fourth consecutive call-up after a fine season with the Chicago Red Stars in which she was named NWSL Rookie of the Year while scoring her team’s first and last goals of the season. Prior to these call-ups, she had not been with the WNT since the February matches against Russia and got her first international minutes of the year and her third cap against Switzerland on Aug. 20, playing the entire second half.
  • Midfielder Allie Long earns her fourth call-up after getting her first cap on May 8 against Canada, coming on for Morgan Brian in the 68th minute. Long played in the 2006 FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup in Russia with current WNT players Tobin Heath, Kelley O’Hara, Stephanie Cox, Lauren Holiday and Rodriguez. Long started both games against France, playing 90 minutes in the first game and 60 minutes in the second. She played the final six minutes against Switzerland on Aug. 20.
  • All nine NWSL clubs are represented on the roster.

IN THE RECORD BOOKS:

  • The USA’s current 86-game unbeaten streak at home (75-0-11 since Nov. 6, 2004) is a team record. The next-highest streak is 50 games (48-0-2) from Feb. 10, 1996, through April 22, 1999. The USA tied the record on May 14, 2011 (2-0 win against Japan at Columbus Crew Stadium) and broke the record with the 51st game on May 18, 2011 (another 2-0 win against Japan at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, North Carolina).
  • Heather O’Reilly is the ninth player to hit 200 caps in U.S. history after reaching the milestone against Korea DPR on March 12 and with 207 is now eighth on the USA’s all-time list.
  • O’Reilly is the second-youngest player to hit 200 caps for the USA. Kristine Lilly was 28 years old, 9 months, 15 days when she earned cap No. 200 on May 7, 2000. O’Reilly was 29 years old, 2 months, 10 days when she earned her 200th cap.
  • O’Reilly is currently tied for sixth all-time in assists with Shannon MacMillan with 50.
  • In addition to breaking Mia Hamm’s world scoring record, Abby Wambach’s June 20, 2013, performance against the Korea Republic also made her the USA’s all-time leader in multiple-goal games with 39 for her career. She has since added another on March 12 against Korea DPR and another on Sept. 13 vs. Mexico and sits at 41. She has 34 two-goal games, five hat tricks, one four-goal game and one five-goal game.
  • With her goal vs. Switzerland on Aug. 20, Wambach joined Hamm as the only WNT players to reach 400 points in their career. Wambach has 405 points (170 goals, 65 assists) and Hamm had 460 (158 goals, 144 assists).
  • Carli Lloyd’s goal on Oct. 27 against New Zealand gave her 46 goals in her career and moved her past Julie Foudy into ninth on the all-time scoring list. Lloyd scored her first two of the year against Russia on Feb. 8 and added another two-goal game on April 10 against China PR to become the ninth player in U.S. history to score 50 or more goals. She added one more against Switzerland from the penalty spot on Aug. 20 to run her total to 51. She is also the highest-scoring player in U.S. history who has played exclusively as a midfielder.
  • In the Jan. 31 match against Canada, defender Becky Sauerbrunn became the 46th player in U.S. Women’s National Team history to hit 50 caps. She now has 63, which ties her for 41st all-time. Sydney Leroux became the 47th to hit 50 (she now has 55) on April 10 vs. China PR and Ali Krieger will become the 48th with her next cap.
  • Defender Christie Rampone is second all-time for the USA and in the world with 296 caps, trailing only Lilly (352 caps from 1987-2010).
  • With two more goals, Alex Morgan would become the 10th player in U.S. history to score 50 or more.

BY THE NUMBERS:

  • 0.79: Goals per game the USA has allowed in 2014
  • 1: USA’s FIFA ranking
  • 3: Players who have appeared in all 14 games in 2014: Heather O’Reilly, Christen Press and Becky Sauerbrunn
  • 3.14: Goals per game the USA has scored in 2014
  • 4: Assists by Carli Lloyd and Christen press in 2014, most on the team
  • 11: U.S. players to score a goal in 2014
  • 13: Goals in 25 career games for U.S. forward Christen Press
  • 51: Career goals by Lloyd, most ever for a WNT player who has played exclusively as a midfielder
  • 68: Minutes on the field per goal averaged by Sydney Leroux in her career
  • 72: Career shutouts by Hope Solo, the USA’s all-time record
  • 89: Minutes on the field per goal averaged by Alex Morgan in her career
  • 99: Minutes on field per goal averaged by Abby Wambach in her career
  • 109: U.S. victories when Wambach scores a goal (109-2-8 overall)
  • 130: Minutes on field per goal averaged by Mia Hamm in her career
  • 296: Caps by Christie Rampone, second all-time to Kristine Lilly (352)

JILL ELLIS FACT FILE : After her second stint as interim head coach for the U.S. Women’s National Team, a capacity in which she coached two games this year – a win against China PR and a tie against Canada – Jill Ellis was officially named the eighth head coach of the U.S. WNT on May 16. After coaching the final seven games of 2012 when she compiled a 5-0-2 record, Ellis officially started the job with a 6-0-3 record and is now 9-0-3. In taking the top position, Ellis stepped away from her job as Development Director for the U.S. Women’s National Teams, a job she was appointed to in January of 2011, but will still work closely with U.S. Women’s National Team Technical Director April Heinrichs to oversee the USA’s youth teams.

  • Ellis has extensive experience in the U.S. Women’s National Team programs having served as an assistant coach for the U.S. Women’s National Team under Pia Sundhage, helping the team to a gold medal at the 2008 Olympics. She has served two stints as head coach of the U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team, guiding the squad to the CONCACAF title in 2010 and to the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Germany.
  • Ellis also had two stints as the head coach of the U.S. Under-21 Women’s National Team, the second starting in the middle of 2005, after which she guided the team to the Nordic Cup in Sweden. She also coached the U-21s to the Nordic Cup title in Germany in 2000.
  • Ellis was a scout for the USA at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia, and has served as an assistant coach with the U.S. U-21s and U.S. U-16 Girls’ National Teams.
  • Ellis joined U.S. Soccer full-time after a highly successful 12-year run as the head women’s soccer coach for the UCLA Bruins. Ellis led UCLA to eight NCAA Final Fours, including seven in a row from 2003-2009, and won six straight conference titles from 2003-2008. She finished her time in Westwood with a record of 229-45-14. Ellis, who was also head coach at the University of Illinois, has an all-time collegiate coaching record of 248-63-14.
  • She was the 2000 NSCAA National Coach of the Year after leading the Bruins to the NCAA Final in just her second season as head coach.
  • Ellis arrived in Westwood after heading the University of Illinois women's soccer program for two years. In 1998, she brought the Fighting Illini to a 12-8 record and a first-ever Big Ten Tournament berth. Prior to coaching at Illinois, Ellis served as an assistant coach at the University of Virginia for one year (1996-97), at Maryland for three years (1994-96) and at North Carolina State for another three years (1988-90). As an assistant coach at North Carolina State, Ellis helped the Wolfpack secure the 1988 ACC title and an NCAA Final Four appearance.
  • A forward during her playing days at the College of William & Mary from 1984-87, Ellis was a Third-Team All-American in 1987. In 1984, Ellis helped Braddock Road in Virginia to the Under-19 club national championship.
  • Ellis grew up in Portsmouth, England, and came to the United States in 1981 at the age of 15. She also lived in Singapore for two years while her father helped to develop a national soccer program in that country. She earned her B.A. in English Literature and Composition from the College of William & Mary in 1988 and currently resides in Los Angeles. She has a USSF “A” coaching license.

IN FOCUS: MEXICO
Federación Mexicana de Fútbol Asociación, A.C.
Founded: 1927 (Joined FIFA in 1929)
Head Coach: Leo Cuellar
FIFA World Ranking: 25
FIFA World Cups: 1999, 2011
Best FIFA World Cup Finish: Group play (1999-16th, 2011-11th)

Mexico Women’s National Team Roster by Position
GOALKEEPERS (2): 1-Cecilia Santiago (Unattached), 12-Brissa Rangel (Real Celeste)
DEFENDERS (7): 2-Arianna Romero (Houston Dash), 3-Monica Alvarado (TCU), 4-Alina Garciamendez (Unattached), 5-Paulina Solis (Once Mexico), 13-Bianca Sierra (Boston Breakers), 14-Christina Murillo (Michigan), 15-Guadalupe Cruzaley (Club Tijuana)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Liliana Mercado (Universidad de las Americas), 7-Nayeli Rangel (Unattached), 8-Teresa Noyola (Houston Dash), 10-Stephany Mayor (Universidad de las Americas), 11-Kenti Robles (Espanyol de Barcelona), 17-Veronica Perez (Washington Spirit)
FORWARDS (6): 9-Tanya Samarzich (USC), 16-Jazmine Ponce (Arizona), 18-Jackie Acevedo (Portland Thorns FC), 19-Luz Duarte (Juventus Sov), 20-Charlyn Corral (Merilappi United), 21-Lizbeth Angeles (Investigadoras PF)

MEXICO ROSTER NOTES

  • Five players on Mexico’s 18-player roster come from NWSL clubs, including Washington Spirit midfielder Veronica Perez and Portland Thorns FC forward Jackie Acevedo whose teams advanced to this year’s semifinals. Perez scored her team’s lone goal in the 2-1 semifinal loss to the Seattle Reign. It was her only goal of the year.
  • Other NWSL players include Houston Dash teammates Arianna Romero and Teresa Noyola and Boston Breakers defender Bianca Sierra.
  • Romero, a Phoenix-area native, was the 2013 Big Ten Conference Defender of the Year at Nebraska.
  • Noyola was the 2011 Hermann Trophy winner, awarded to the top collegiate player. She became the third straight Stanford player to earn the honor, with the previous winners being the USA’s Kelley O’Hara (2009) and Christen Press (2010). Noyola played for the USA at the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup (playing in two matches) before switching associations.
  • Acevedo was born in Austin, Texas, and played collegiately for Tennessee (2008) and Southern Nazarene (2009-11) in Oklahoma.
  • Mexico 19-year-old goalkeeper Cecilia Santiago is the youngest goalkeeper to ever appear in a FIFA Women’s World Cup. At 16 years and 251 days old, she played during Mexico’s 1-1 draw against England in Group B play on June 27, 2011, in the World Cup in Germany.
  • Four Mexico players compete collegiately in the USA: defender Monica Alvarado at TCU, defender Christina Murillo at Michigan, forward Jazmine Ponce at Arizona and forward Tanya Samarzich at USC.

USA VS. MEXICO:

  • The USA has put up 15 goals against Mexico in its past two meetings. The match prior to the USA’s 8-0 victory on Sept. 13 came a year and 10 days earlier on Sept. 3, 2013, in Washington, D.C., when the U.S. won 7-0 for its largest victory against Mexico since 2002. In that match, Abby Wambach opened the scoring in the 11th minute and then Sydney Leroux scored four consecutive goals in a 20-minute span in the first half. Rachel Buehler (now Van Hollebeke) and Morgan Brian added the final goals. Brian’s tally was her first with the WNT.
  • On Sept. 13, Mexico’s Alina Garciamendez scored an own goal in the 12th minute, followed by Abby Wambach scoring twice sandwiched around an Alex Morgan goal to make it 4-0 at halftime. The USA scored four times on the other side of halftime, from Morgan, Whitney Engen (her second-career goal), Sydney Leroux and Heather O’Reilly.
  • The USA’s previous game with Mexico before the one in the nation’s capital came on Jan. 24, 2012, a 4-0 U.S. victory during group play at the CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Vancouver, Canada. Carli Lloyd registered her first-career hat trick in that match and Heather O’Reilly added a goal as the Americans clinched a semifinal berth with the win.
  • The USA has dominated the all-time series against Mexico, holding a 28-1-1 record. Before the past three dominating victories, the previous three matches were one-goal affairs, including a 2-1 loss for the USA on Nov. 5, 2010, during 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup Qualifying in Cancun, Mexico. That setback forced the USA into the third-place match of that tournament (which it won) and into a two-game playoff against Italy that the Americans took 2-0 on aggregate.
  • This will be the fourth match of 2014 for the USA against a CONCACAF foe following the two games against Canada earlier this year in January and May. The USA has played seven matches against European teams and four matches against Asian teams so far this year.
  • Mexico is the third-ranked team in CONCACAF and ranked 25th in the world. With 3.5 berths (in addition to host Canada) available to the CONCACAF region for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada, Mexico is a favorite to qualify for the tournament.
  • Abby Wambach has scored more goals against Mexico than against any other team, pounding in 22 against the USA’s southern neighbor.

LAST TIME
On the field for the USA:
Sept. 13, 2014 – Rio Tinto Stadium; Sandy, Utah

USA      8     Own Goal 12; Wambach 23, 41; Morgan 36, 56; Engen 58, Leroux 71, O’Reilly 75
MEX     0

Lineups:
USA: 1-Hope Solo; 14-Stephanie Cox (19-Crystal Dunn, 46), 4-Becky Sauerbrunn (6-Whitney Engen 46), 3-Christie Rampone (capt.), 25-Meghan Klingenberg; 12-Lauren Holiday, 10-Carli Lloyd (7-Morgan Brian, 71), 15-Megan Rapinoe (2-Sydney Leroux, 60); 23-Christen Press (9-Heather O’Reilly, 60), 20-Abby Wambach (17-Tobin Heath, 60), 13-Alex Morgan
Substitutions Not Used: 24-Ashlyn Harris
Head Coach: Jill Ellis

MEX: 1-Cecilia Santiago; 2-Arianna Romero, 4-Alina Garciamendez (capt.), 5-Paulina Solis, 13-Bianca Sierra; 6-Liliana Mercado (3-Monica Alvarado, 57), 7-Nayeli Rangel, 10-Stephany Mayor, 11-Kenti Robles (20-Charlyn Corral, 46), 17-Veronica Perez (21-Lizbeth Angeles, 88); 9-Tanya Samarzich (19-Luz Duarte, 67)
Substitutions Not Used: 8-Teresa Noyola, 12-Brissa Rangel, 14-Christina Murillo, 15-Guadalupe Cruzaley, 16-Jazmine Ponce, 18-Jackie Acevedo
Head coach: Leonardo Cuellar

Rochester Revisited

The U.S. Women’s National Team will make its sixth appearance in Rochester, New York, when it hosts Mexico on Thursday, Sept. 18, at Sahlen’s Stadium (7 p.m. ET, ESPN2, Watch ESPN, delayed broadcast on Univision Deportes Network).

The USA has won all five previous matches in Rochester, most recently an 8-0 victory against Costa Rica on Sept. 1, 2012. The U.S. WNT will play for the fourth time at Sahlen’s Stadium, with two of the games played at the venue when it was named Rhinos Stadium.

The other two matches the USA played in Rochester were at Frontier Field in 1998 (4-0 win against Russia) and 2004 (4-3 win against Iceland), before the soccer-specific stadium was built.

Abby Wambach

The trip marks the return of Abby Wambach to her hometown where she is a local hero. The USA has some history in Rochester as it was the site of both Wambach’s and Mia Hamm’s 100th career goals.

Hamm’s 100th tally came at Frontier Field against Russia in 1998, and Wambach’s was the lone tally during a 1-0 win against Canada on July 19, 2009.

Wambach and midfielder Carli Lloyd both play their club soccer at Sahlen’s Stadium for the National Women’s Soccer League’s Western New York Flash.

Carli Lloyd and Heather Mitts

2014 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final: Highlights

Seattle Sounders FC overcame a halftime deficit to claim the 2014 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Championship, beating Philadelphia Union 3-1 after extra time.

Photo Gallery: 2014 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final

Photos for the 2014 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final. Seattle Sounders FC beat the Philadelphia Union 3-1 after extra time.

Seattle Sounders FC Wins Fourth U.S. Open Cup Title with 3-1 Victory against Philadelphia Union

CHESTER, Pennsylvania (Sept. 16, 2014) – Seattle Sounders FC forward Clint Dempsey scored the game-winning goal in the first 15-minute overtime as Seattle defeated fellow Major League Soccer side Philadelphia Union 3-1 to win its fourth Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final over the past six years. A crowd of 15,256 was on hand at PPL Park.

Seattle previously won three straight from 2009-11 during the organization’s first three years competing in MLS. The Sounders match the Chicago Fire (1998, 2000, 2003, 2006) with the most U.S. Open Cup championships by an MLS squad; Seattle trails only Bethlehem Steel and Los Angeles Maccabi which won five titles apiece.

“We missed a few chances and we needed to get a few breaks, but the team had a lot of desire and determination,” Sounders FC head coach Sigi Schmid said. “This was the hardest final we’ve played in terms of figuring who to keep on the field and who to take off. I don’t know who’s going to play Saturday, but we’ll worry about that later. We’ve gone to five finals in six years and now we’ve won four, with two finals on the road.”

Clint Dempsey Obafemi Martins Marco Pappa

Dempsey scored the winner in the 101st minute on a give-and-go with Obafemi Martins to take a 2-1 lead, before Martins iced the game with an insurance goal in the 115th minute. Chad Barrett had Seattle’s opening score in regulation.

It was Seattle’s third game in this year’s tournament that was decided in overtime or a shootout, after beating Portland Timbers FC 3-1 in overtime in the quarterfinals on July 9 and going through overtime and then a 4-1 shootout to get past the San Jose Earthquakes in the fifth round on June 24.

Goal Scoring Rundown:
PHI – Maurice Edu (Cristian Maidana), 38th minute: Off of a Cristian Maidana left-footed free kick from the right side, Maurice Edu leapt between a pair of Sounders defenders to head the ball inside the left post past lunging Sounders goalkeeper Stefan Frei to give the hosts the early lead lead. PHI 1, SEA 0 (SEE GOAL) 

SEA – Chad Barrett (unassisted), 48th minute: The Union defense was unable to clear a Sounders corner kick after Seattle defender Chad Marshall headed it on frame and Philadelphia goalkeeper Zac MacMath made the save. But, Barrett was on hand to put away the rebound to tie the game. PHI 1, SEA 1 (SEE GOAL) 

SEA – Clint Dempsey (Obafemi Martins), 101st minute: Dempsey and Martins combined to work their way past several Union defenders, and Dempsey’s low, left-footed shot snuck inside the left post and out of reach of Union goalkeeper Zac MacMath to give the Sounders the lead in the first 15-minute overtime. PHI 1, SEA 2 (SEE GOAL) 

SEA – Obafemi Martins (Leo Gonzalez), 114th minute: Gonzalez played a long ball from the left side that Martins chest-trapped and turned at midfield. Martins then bowled ahead, fending off Union defender Ray Gaddis shoulder-to-shoulder, stutter-stepping and chipping over Zac MacMath for the insurance tally. PHI 1, SEA 3 (SEE GOAL) (FINAL) 

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
SEA – Stefan Frei, 30th minute: Philadelphia midfielder Andrew Wenger made a strong run down the left side and crossed the ball to Sebastien Le Toux in the box. The leading goal scorer of the U.S. Open Cup’s modern era nearly added goal No. 15 at point-blank range, but Frei made a big save with his body to keep the match scoreless. 

PHI – Sheanon Williams, 46th minute: The Sounders nearly scored in the opening minute of the second half when Clint Dempsey got in a good position in the middle of the box. He tried to redirect a cross from the right, but Union defender Sheanon Williams deflected Dempsey’s shot wide right of the frame.

PHI – Zac MacMath, 71st minute: Seattle’s attack worked the ball swiftly to the right side and Brad Evans shot right-footed inside the box, looking for the inside of the left post. MacMath stayed low with a lunging save to his right to keep the score level at 1-1. 

SEA – Zach Scott, 85th minute: Sebastien Le Toux had plenty of space to work with on the left side, but Scott got in the path of Le Toux’s shot in the nick of time to deflect for a Union corner kick. 

SEA – Stefan Frei, 88th minute: In the waning minutes of regulation, Raymon Gaddis initially shot right-footed with the intention of curling to the far right post, but Seattle’s defense deflected the attempt. The ball was kept alive in the box, though, and second-half sub Pedro Ribeiro had one more crack, only to have Frei scramble back for the save. 

SEA – Brad Evans and Stefan Frei, 110th minute: Playing with a sense of desperation, the Union attack picked up and Seattle’s defense was called a couple times. Union sub Fred immediately made an impact with a shot that was deflected by Evans for a corner kick.  Seconds later, Frei made a diving save on Carlos Valdes’ header at the near right post. 

Additional Notes:

  • With Seattle Sounders FC winning the 2014 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, the team is rewarded with a spot in the 2015-16 CONCACAF Champions League and a prize of $250,000. The Philadelphia Union earns $60,000 for being the tournament runner-up.
  • This is the 15th consecutive year an MLS team has won the U.S. Open Cup. The only organization to interrupt MLS teams’ dominance of the tournament is the Rochester Raging Rhinos who defeated the Colorado Rapids 2-0 in the 1999 final.
  • Clint Dempsey’s goal was his only tally of the event as the final represented his lone appearance in this year’s tournament. This marked Dempsey’s first club trophy in his professional career.
  • Obafemi Martins scored his second goal of the 2014 U.S. Open Cup.
  • Chad Barrett’s goal for Seattle was his second in the 2014 U.S. Open Cup. He scored the winning goal in the sixth minute of the Sounders’ 6-0 rout of the Chicago Fire in the semifinal round on Aug. 13.
  • Although he did not feature in the final, Seattle’s Kenny Cooper won the Golden Boot as the top scorer in the 2014 U.S. Open Cup with six goals in this year’s competition.
  • Maurice Edu’s goal for the Union was his second in this year’s tournament. Edu’s other tally came in the fourth round, when he tallyied a clutch equalizer in the 89th minute to force overtime as the Union eventually escaped with a 3-1 win against USL PRO side Harrisburg City Islanders on June 17.
  • Seattle’s starting lineup featured Stefan Frei in goal, with a back line of DeAndre Yedlin, Chad Marshall, Zach Scott and Leonardo Gonzalez. The midfield of the Sounders’ 4-4-2 formation included captain Brad Evans, Osvaldo Alonso, Andy Rose and Lamar Neagle. Chad Barrett and Clint Dempsey were paired up front.
  • Philadelphia’s starters included Zac MacMath in goal and a defensive unit featuring Raymon Gaddis, Carlos Valdes, Ethan White and Sheanon Williams. Maurice Edu captained the team and was joined in the midfield by Vincent Nogueira, Andrew Wenger, Sebastien Le Toux and Cristian Maidana. Conor Casey was the lone striker.

- Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final Match Report-

Match: Seattle Sounders FC vs. Philadelphia Union
Date: Sept. 16, 2014
Competition: Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final
Venue: PPL Park; Chester, Pennsylvania
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. ET
Attendance: 15,256
Weather: 73 degrees, cloudy

Scoring Summary:           1              2  OT1  OT2  F
PHI         1              0              0              0    1                      
SEA        0              1              1              1    3

PHI – Maurice Edu (Cristian Maidana)     38th minute
SEA – Chad Barrett          48
SEA – Clint Dempsey (Obafemi Martins)                101
SEA – Obafemi Martins (Leonardo Gonzalez)      114

Lineups:
PHI: 18-Zac MacMath; 25- Sheanon Williams (8-Fred, 110), 2-Carlos Valdes, 15-Ethan White, 28-Raymond Gaddis; 11-Sebastien Le Toux; 21-Maurice Edu (capt.), 5-Vincent Nogueira, 10-Cristian Maidana; 9-Andrew Wenger (44-Danny Cruz, 81), 6-Conor Casey (30-Pedro Ribeiro, 78)
Substitutions Not Used: 7-Brian Carroll, 13-Michael Lahoud, 14-Amobi Okugo, 92-Rais Mbolhi
Head Coach: Jim Curtin

SEA: 24-Stefan Frei; 12–Leo Gonzalez, 20-Zach Scott, 14-Chad Marshall, 17-DeAndre Yedlin; 27-Lamar Neagle, (10-Marco Pappa, 74), 5-Andy Rose, 6-Osvaldo Alonso, 3-Brad Evans (capt.) (8-Gonzalo Pineda, 94); 19-Chad Barrett, (9-Obafemi Martins, 60) 2-Clint Dempsey
Substitutions Not Used: 1-Marcus Hahnemann, 4-Jalil Anibaba; 33-Kenny Cooper, 42-Michael Azira
Head Coach: Sigi Schmid

Stats Summary: PHI / SEA
Shots:  19 / 19
Shots on Goal: 5 / 7
Saves: 7 / 3
Corner Kicks: 12 / 7
Fouls: 12 / 7
Offside: 2 / 2

Misconduct Summary:
SEA – Osvaldo Alonso (caution) 25th minute
PHI – Conor Casey (caution)        57

Officials:
Referee: Armando Villarreal
Assistant Referee 1: Peter Manikowski
Assistant Referee 2: Corey Parker
Fourth Official: Jose Carlos Rivero

2014 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final: Obafemi Martins Goal

Obafemi Martins raced past the Philadelphia defense to score an insurance goal as Seattle went up 3-1 in extra time.

2014 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final: Clint Dempsey Goal

Clint Dempsey's combination play with Obafemi Martins gave Seattle a 2-1 in the first period of extra time.

2014 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final: Chad Barrett Goal

Chad Barrett's header leveled the match after a scramble in front of Philadelphia's goal following a corner kick.

2014 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final: Maurice Edu Goal

Maurice Edu headed home from a set piece to give the Union a 1-0 lead late in the first half.

Rochester Revisited

The U.S. Women’s National Team will make its sixth appearance in Rochester, New York, when it hosts Mexico on Thursday, Sept. 18, at Sahlen’s Stadium (7 p.m. ET, ESPN2, Watch ESPN, delayed broadcast on Univision Deportes Network).

The USA has won all five previous matches in Rochester, most recently an 8-0 victory against Costa Rica on Sept. 1, 2012. The U.S. WNT will play for the fourth time at Sahlen’s Stadium, with two of the games played at the venue when it was named Rhinos Stadium.

The other two matches the USA played in Rochester were at Frontier Field in 1998 (4-0 win against Russia) and 2004 (4-3 win against Iceland), before the soccer-specific stadium was built.

Abby Wambach

The trip marks the return of Abby Wambach to her hometown where she is a local hero. The USA has some history in Rochester as it was the site of both Wambach’s and Mia Hamm’s 100th career goals.

Hamm’s 100th tally came at Frontier Field against Russia in 1998, and Wambach’s was the lone tally during a 1-0 win against Canada on July 19, 2009.

Wambach and midfielder Carli Lloyd both play their club soccer at Sahlen’s Stadium for the National Women’s Soccer League’s Western New York Flash.

Carli Lloyd and Heather Mitts

Photo Gallery: 2014 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final

Photos for the 2014 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final. Seattle Sounders FC beat the Philadelphia Union 3-1 after extra time.

U.S. Open Cup Scoring Leaders Put Entire Focus on Title Opportunity

It is only fitting that the finalists for the 2014 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup also have the top two scorers in the tournament’s modern history.

Philadelphia Union striker Sebastien Le Toux, the top scorer with 14 goals, will go up against Seattle Sounders FC forward Kenny Cooper who is tied for second with 13 tallies, when both teams face each other on Tuesday in the U.S. Open Cup Final at PPL Park in Chester, Pennsylvania (7:30 p.m. ET, GolTV).

Tuesday’s game, however, is entirely focused on the trophy and far less about who is leading that scoring race.

“I want him to score two goals, but we win 3-2,” Le Toux said. “So he passes in front of me and we win the Cup.

“The fact that we are both leading scorers is a nice thing, but it’s not what we want. We are both looking at the trophy right now and we want to get it no matter what.”

For both forwards, their professional paths crossed once before when they were New York Red Bulls teammates in 2012. Cooper was the team’s leading scorer that year with 18 goals in MLS play. Le Toux had a down season with five goals between Vancouver and New York that year, but he has found his scoring touch again this season with the Union.

“Seba’s been doing great this year,” Cooper said. “We met each other a long time ago in Dallas and had the opportunity to play with each other in New York a couple years ago. He’s a great guy and a great player. I’m happy for his success and the great form he’s in right now.”

Cooper is in search of his first U.S. Open Cup crown while Le Toux is in search for his second. The French forward assisted Roger Levesque’s game-winning goal in the 2009 U.S. Open Cup Final as the Major League Soccer expansion side Seattle Sounders FC defeated host D.C. United 2-1 at RFK Stadium.

“It’s a competition that I’ve won one time before, so it’s very important,” Le Toux said. “I feel lucky to have won a final five years ago and I just hope to win again. It’ll be difficult, but we’ll try to be ready.”

Sigi Schmid

Along with the title, the U.S. Open Cup winner also will be rewarded with a spot in the CONCACAF Champions League, a familiar competition for Seattle after participating in 2012-13.

“Champions League is a competition that we’ve been in in the past. We enjoy that competition and look forward to it,” Sounders head coach Sigi Schmid said. “Getting knocked out in the semis [against Santos Laguna] the last time around gave us a taste of how close we can get to the final game. Being able to eliminate a team from Mexico (Tigres UANL) was something that was special at the time. But that’s far in the future.”

For Philadelphia-area native and Union interim head coach Jim Curtin, a two-time winner of the U.S. Open Cup, this year’s tournament carries more significance in his eyes.

“It’s something that means a lot to me, being from this city,” Curtin said. “To do it here would be special. It’s different than a player. I’ve won this competition twice as a player and I lost it once as a player, but as a coach it carries a little more weight. As a player you’re a little more selfish in your thinking and that it’s the team and the individuals. Sure, it’s for the city as well. But being from here, I feel more of the weight, not to let the city down. We want to win.”

Academy Alumni: Crew’s Trapp Tallies First MLS Goal

Crew Soccer Academy alum Wil Trapp started off a Columbus Crew rally with his first Major League Soccer goal to lead his side to a 2-2 road draw against the Houston Dynamo on Saturday at BBVA Compass Stadium. Following the weekend, the Crew sits at the fifth MLS Playoff spot with 37 points and a 9-9-10 record.

The second-year midfielder Trapp, formerly of the U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team and the 2013 U.S. Soccer Young Male Athlete of the Year, cut Houston’s lead to 2-1 in the 48th minute with a 25-yard strike off of a throw-in. Trapp’s shot, which is up for MLS Goal of the Week, snuck just inside the inside of the right post, and Columbus maintained its momentum with an Ethan Finlay header six minutes later.

Yedlin Assists Twice for Sounders: Seattle Sounders FC Academy alum and 2014 FIFA World Cup member DeAndre Yedlin assisted two goals, including Andy Rose’s stoppage-time game-winner, to lead Seattle to a 3-2 win against Real Salt Lake on Friday. Yedlin’s other assist was on Lamar Neagle’s 38th-minute tally. Yedlin recorded multiple assists in a game for the first time in his young career.

DeAndre Yedlin

Zardes Scores No. 15 for Galaxy: LA Galaxy Academy product Gyasi Zardes added to his banner season with his 15th goal of the season during the LA Galaxy’s 2-2 draw against the Montreal Impact last Wednesday. Zardes’ 59th-minute score cut Montreal’s lead to 2-1 before Alan Gordon notched the equalizer in the 64th minute. Zardes recently set the record for most goals by an MLS homegrown player, breaking the previous mark of 13 held by New England Revolution Academy alum Diego Fagundez.

Rowe Rallies Revs: Former Crossfire Premier midfielder Kelyn Rowe helped rally the New England Revolution to a 2-1 win against the Montreal Impact on Saturday in Foxborough. Just 10 minutes after Montreal gained a 1-0 lead, Rowe responded with a long-range strike past Troy Perkins for the equalizer, followed by Lee Nguyen’s winner. Rowe has been in top form with two goals and three assists over his past five matches.

Elsewhere, former Andromeda Academy midfielder Dillon Powers scored his fifth goal of the season during the Colorado Rapids’ 2-2 road draw against the Portland Timbers on Sunday, and Concorde Fire product Chris Duvall earned his first MLS assist, setting up a Thierry Henry goal during the New York Red Bulls’ 2-2 draw against the Philadelphia Union.

Photo Gallery: WNT Rolls Past Mexico in Utah

Photos from the U.S. WNT first of two matches against Mexico in preparation for the 2014 CONCACAF Women's Championship.

Sounders in Familiar Territory with U.S. Open Cup Title on the Line

Kenny Cooper has a personal incentive to extend Seattle Sounders FC’s dominance in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.

“Lamar Hunt’s name is on [the trophy],” Cooper said. “Lamar’s name is special to my family. My dad played for the Dallas Tornado, which he owned then, and when I first came to league, he was the owner of FC Dallas, where I started.

“I would love to win with this.”

He will get his opportunity Tuesday in Chester, Pennsylvania, at PPL Park when Seattle plays the Philadelphia Union in the Cup final (7:30 p.m. ET, GolTV), the fifth time in six years it has reached the championship match and chance at a fourth title.

Beside the family pride, a win also would put Cooper on par with his father, Ken Cooper Sr., in bragging rights at holiday family dinners. The British-born elder Cooper, who began his goalkeeping career with the Blackburn Rovers, won the 1971 North American Soccer League title with the Tornado.

“He has an NASL ring,” the younger Cooper said. “He’s one up on me at the moment. I’d love to win an MLS Cup ring one day, be part of a team that wins all three things. We’re fighting for all three trophies: the Supporters’ Shield, MLS and the Open Cup. I’d love to wear a ring like my father.”

Kenny Cooper

Cooper has played in the Open Cup final before, in 2007, when he came on late in the second half but could not rally FC Dallas from a one-goal deficit and the New England Revolution claimed the title with a 3-2 victory.

This season, Cooper  seems to be determined to claim a title. While he has three goals in 20 MLS games, Cooper has scored a tournament-leading six in four games in the Open Cup.

It is a determination that fits well with Seattle’s approach to the U.S. Open Cup, and the team’s seemingly ownership of it.

“We take a lot of pride in the competition,” said Sounders technical director Chris Henderson. “Even when we played as USL challengers, we went pretty deep into the tournament. That has continued on.

“If you have one night off, you’re out. It’s a knockout. I think we’re 21-3, including PKs. There’s a lot pride in the club in this. To be able to go as far we have, it’s one of hardest competitions to win.”

As a player with six different MLS clubs, Henderson only remembers reaching the semifinals, and most of the teams he played on treated the Open Cup as an afterthought.

“It’s certainly not like that here,” Henderson said.

Seattle won the Open Cup over the first three years the club played in Major League Soccer: 2009, 2010 and 2011. It reached the final in 2012 but lost to Sporting Kansas City.

Last year, Seattle lost its opening game in the tournament to the NASL’s Tampa Bay Rowdies, a 1-0 defeat that eliminated the team in the third round. It was a harbinger of a disappointing season that saw the team go winless in its last seven and get eliminated from the MLS Playoffs at the conference semifinal stage.

It was an experience Seattle did not want to repeat. It may seem commonplace for Seattle to win the Cup, but not to the Sounders.

“It never gets routine,” said manager Sigi Schmid, who in addition to the three Open Cups he’s won with Seattle also won one with Columbus, as well as two MLS Cups, a CONCACAF Champions Cup and three College Cups. “To win a fourth Open Cup in six years of existence, I think, is a pretty good statement.

“It’s one of two trophies you can win, maybe although you could count the Supporters’ Shield as a third. I’ve said that if you’re going to enter something, you try to win it. If you’re not trying to win, don’t enter.”

U.S. Soccer Medical Officer Dr. Bert Mandelbaum Pens Inspirational Book

Dr. Bert Mandelbaum is known throughout the world as a leading expert in the diagnosis and treatment of orthopedic conditions, especially those related to the knee. Combining his love of sports and medicine, Dr. Mandelbaum’s expertise is sought by some of the world’s most prestigious athletic organizations including the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), Major League Soccer and Major League Baseball among others. Most recently, he served as a FIFA medical officer at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, following service as team physician for the U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team during its five previous World Cup appearances.  

Dr. Mandelbaum is passionate about living every day to the fullest and helping others do the same. Guided by nearly three decades as an orthopedic surgeon treating thousands of patients from all walks of life, Dr. Manelbaum has identified a common link among those who are able to overcome mental and physical adversity in search of victory, whether in sports, in their profession, or in their personal life.

That link can be distilled into a simple truth: in order to truly win in anything, we must draw on the inner victorious spirit that is the birthright of every human being. In his first foray into book authorship, Dr. Mandelbaum has written The Win Within: Capturing Your Victorious Spirit, which is accompanied by a companion website, win-within.com. In The Win Within, he explains how the ability to succeed comes from that powerful spirit that dwells inside us all.

Dr. Bert Mandelbaum received his medical degree in 1980 from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. He completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at the Johns Hopkins Hospital and completed a fellowship in sports medicine at the University of California Los Angeles. He currently serves as medical director of the FIFA Medical Center of Excellence in Santa Monica, California, as director of research for Major League Baseball, and on the US Olympic Committee National Medical Network Advisory Group.

The following is an excerpt from The Win Within: Capturing Your Victorious Spirit.


Familiar Mexico Side Returns for Two-Game Set vs. WNT

Anchored by its 19-year-old goalkeeper Cecilia Santiago, Mexico faces the always-difficult task of going up against the No. 1 FIFA-ranked U.S. Women’s National Team in a two-game set on Saturday, Sept. 13, at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah (7:30 p.m. MT, ussoccer.com) and on Thursday, Sept. 18, at Sahlen’s Stadium in Rochester, New York (7 p.m. ET, ESPN2; delayed broadcast at 12 a.m. ET/9 p.m. PT on Univision Deportes Network).

IN FOCUS: MEXICO
Federación Mexicana de Fútbol Asociación, A.C.
Founded: 1927 (Joined FIFA in 1929)
Head Coach: Leo Cuellar
FIFA World Ranking: 25
FIFA World Cups: 1999, 2011
Best FIFA World Cup Finish: Group play (1999-16th, 2011-11th)

Mexico Women’s National Team Roster by Position
GOALKEEPERS (2): 1-Cecilia Santiago (Unattached), 12-Brissa Rangel (Real Celeste)
DEFENDERS (7): 2-Arianna Romero (Houston Dash), 3-Monica Alvarado (TCU), 4-Alina Garciamendez (Unattached), 5-Paulina Solis (Once Mexico), 13-Bianca Sierra (Boston Breakers), 14-Christina Murillo (Michigan), 15-Guadalupe Cruzaley (Club Tijuana)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Liliana Mercado (Universidad de las Americas), 7-Nayeli Rangel (Unattached), 8-Teresa Noyola (Houston Dash), 10-Stephany Mayor (Universidad de las Americas), 11-Kenti Robles (Espanyol de Barcelona), 17-Veronica Perez (Washington Spirit)
FORWARDS (6): 9-Tanya Samarzich (USC), 16-Jazmine Ponce (Arizona), 18-Jackie Acevedo (Portland Thorns FC), 19-Luz Duarte (Juventus Sov), 20-Charlyn Corral (Merilappi United), 21-Lizbeth Angeles (Investigadoras PF)

MEXICO ROSTER NOTES

  • Five players on Mexico’s 18-player roster come from NWSL clubs, including Washington Spirit midfielder Veronica Perez and Portland Thorns FC forward Jackie Acevedo whose teams advanced to this year’s semifinals.
  • Other NWSL players include Houston Dash teammates Arianna Romero and Teresa Noyola and Boston Breakers defender Bianca Sierra.
  • Romero, a Phoenix-area native, was the 2013 Big Ten Conference Defender of the Year at Nebraska.
  • Noyola was the 2011 Hermann Trophy winner, awarded to the top collegiate player. She became the third straight Stanford player to earn the honor, with the previous winners being the USA’s Kelley O’Hara (2009) and Christen Press (2010).
  • Acevedo was born in Austin, Texas, and played collegiately for Tennessee (2008) and Southern Nazarene (2009-11) in Oklahoma.
  • Mexico 19-year-old goalkeeper Cecilia Santiago is the youngest goalkeeper to ever appear in a FIFA Women’s World Cup. At 16 years and 251 days old, she played during Mexico’s 1-1 draw against England in Group B play on June 27, 2011, in the World Cup in Germany.
  • Four Mexico players compete collegiately in the USA: defender Monica Alvarado at TCU, defender Christina Murillo at Michigan, forward Jazmine Ponce at Arizona and forward Tanya Samarzich at USC.
  • Nine of the 15 Mexico players on this roster took the field during its most recent loss to the U.S., a 7-0 defeat on Sept. 13, 2013, at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C.
Sydney Leroux and Christina Murillo

USA vs. Mexico: WNT Looks to Add to Impressive 27-1-1 Series Record

The U.S. Women’s National Team will look to maintain its dominant run against Mexico when the team hosts its neighbor to the south on Saturday, Sept. 13, at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah (7:30 p.m. MT, ussoccer.com), followed by a rematch on Thursday, Sept. 18, at Sahlen’s Stadium in Rochester, New York (7 p.m. ET, ESPN2; delayed broadcast at 12 a.m. ET/9 p.m. PT on Univision Deportes Network).

The USA is an impressive 27-1-1 all-time against Mexico. Here is a rundown of the series and memorable meetings between the two sides:

  • USA and Mexico will meet for the first time since Sept. 3, 2013, in Washington, D.C., when the U.S. won 7-0 for its largest victory against Mexico since 2002. In that match, Abby Wambach opened the scoring in the 11th minute and then Sydney Leroux scored four consecutive goals in a 20-minute span in the first half. Rachel Buehler (now Van Hollebeke) and Morgan Brian added the final goals. Brian’s tally was her first with the WNT.
  • The USA’s previous game with Mexico before the one in the nation’s capital came on Jan. 24, 2012, a 4-0 U.S. victory during group play at the CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Vancouver, Canada. Carli Lloyd registered her first-career hat trick in that match and Heather O’Reilly added a goal as the Americans clinched a semifinal berth with the win.
  • The USA has dominated the all-time series against Mexico, holding a 27-1-1 record. Before the past two dominating victories, the previous three matches were one-goal affairs, including a 2-1 loss for the USA on Nov. 5, 2010, during 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup Qualifying in Cancun, Mexico. That setback forced the USA into the third-place match of that tournament (which it won) and into a two-game playoff against Italy that the Americans took 2-0 on aggregate.
  • These will be the third and fourth matches of 2014 for the USA against a CONCACAF foe following the two games against Canada earlier this year in January and May. The USA has played seven matches against European teams and four matches against Asian teams so far this year.
  • Mexico is the third-ranked team in CONCACAF and ranked 25th in the world. With 3.5 berths (in addition to host Canada) available to the CONCACAF region for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada, Mexico is a favorite to qualify for the tournament.
  • Wambach has scored more goals against Mexico than against any other team, pounding in 20 against the USA’s southern neighbors.

Sydney Leroux

LAST TIME
On the field vs. Mexico:
Sept. 3, 2013 – RFK Stadium; Washington, D.C.

USA          7        Wambach 11; Leroux 21, 22, 30, 41; Buehler 55, Brian 72
MEX         0

Lineups:
USA: 1-Hope Solo (18-Nicole Barnhart, 46); 6-Crystal Dunn (22-Leigh Ann Robinson, 56), 3-Christie Rampone (capt.) (19-Rachel Buehler, 52), 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 8-Kristie Mewis; 9-Heather O’Reilly, 10-Carli Lloyd (16-Yael Averbuch, 55), 12-Lauren Holiday, 23-Erika Tymrak (25-Morgan Brian, 70); 2-Sydney Leroux, 20-Abby Wambach
Substitutions Not Used: 13-Alex Morgan, 14-Vanessa DiBernardo
Head coach: Tom Sermanni

MEX: 1-Cecilia Santiago; 13-Arianna Romero, 4-Christina Murillo, 3-Bianca Sierra, 2-Kenti Robles; 7-Nayeli Rangel (6-Liliana Mercado, 32), 8-Lupita Worbis; 9-Maribel Dominguez (capt.) (16-Stephany Mayor, 46), 10-Renae Cuellar (5-Paulina Solis, 54), 11-Monica Ocampo, 17-Veronica Perez (18-Sofia Huerta, 63)
Substitutions Not Used: 12-Pamela Tajonar, 14-Fabiola Ibarra, 15-Desiree Monsivais
Head coach: Leonardo Cuellar

U.S. Women's National Team

The Younger Yanks Are Coming

ussoccer.com: Having reviewed the win against the Czech Republic, what are your lasting impressions of the performance?
Jurgen Klinsmann: “There are a lot of positives we can take out of this game. We asked this younger generation - the group that here and there was not a big part of the World Cup in Brazil - to step it up and make statements. I think that young group made a very, very strong statement. We asked players such as Mix Diskerud, Joe Corona, Jozy Altidore and others to take the responsibilities into their hands and guide that young team in Prague, and that’s what they did. Winning in Prague against a Czech team that barely missed out on qualifying for the World Cup is a strong statement. So overall, it was a very positive trip. We learned a lot, and this group deserves to come along.”

ussoccer.com: There seemed to be an increased aggressiveness in the midfield. What were your instructions to those guys?
JK: “With every young group that comes through the system, you want them to step it up physically year by year. You want them to take over responsibilities, you want them to grow, to be louder on the field, but also to send out signals physically. It’s a physical sport, and in many cases it’s about one-on-one battles on the field and winning those battles. That’s what Mix, Michael Orozco, Joe Corona, John Brooks, Jozy Altidore, Ale Bedoya did. They stepped up and showed they can compete physically. That’s what we wanted to see, so for that reason they deserve a compliment.”

ussoccer.com: The team also seemed to show a commitment to playing out of the bac, particularly with the distribution by Brad Guzan. Did you ask them to stick with that plan and not be afraid to take risks? Is that something you plan to preach moving forward?
JK: “It’s definitely a huge step for us to play out of the back, to find defenders and open up the game right away and not to play long balls all the time. Pretty much every long ball is a turn over. In the first half with Brad Guzan delivering those balls into Diskerud, into the fullbacks, into the centerbacks, that looked really nice. Obviously for Nick Rimando, he’s used to doing that. He’s almost like a field player and he’s very comfortable playing out of the back. We told them not to worry about making mistakes. Here and there it might happen, but we want this game to be developed from the back into the midfield and then into the forwards and not to be forced always to play long balls. This is something we are going to encourage more and more going forward. We want to keep the ball. We want to build out of the back. We want them to have the confidence to do that and not worry about mistakes. I think it was a big step forward, and we will emphasize that going into the October games as well.”

ussoccer.com: While Jozy didn’t have many scoring chances, he seemed to show improved hold up play. What were your impressions?
JK: “It was huge for us to have Jozy Altidore back in our lineup. This was the biggest bummer for us in the World Cup, to lose Jozy in the first game. I think we could have made a huge step in the World Cup, especially facing a team like Belgium in the Round of 16, if Jozy had been on the field.  I asked him to guide this young group. He’s still a young guy himself - he’s 24 years old but he already has 70 caps. We made him the captain and told him to guide these guys and he enjoyed that. He battled the whole game. He won most of his one-on-one battles, he provided great assists. He connected with Joe Gyau to the right and Julian green to the left, and connected to the midfield. It was a very strong performance by Jozy, even if he didn’t score. This is what we want to see from him. Sooner or later, I told him you are going to score your goals in the Premier League and continue to score goals for the National Team.”

U.S. WNT Wraps Up Two-Game Set Against Mexico on Sept. 18 in Rochester

U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Mexico
Sahlen’s Stadium; Rochester, New York
Sept. 18, 2014

U.S. WNT FINISHES TWO-GAME SET VS. MEXICO, LOOKS TO WWC QUALIFYING: Coming off a dominating 8-0 victory against Mexico on Sept. 13 in Sandy, Utah, the U.S. Women’s National Team will finish its two-game series against its southern neighbor – and possible opponent during the upcoming CONCACAF Women’s World Cup Qualifying tournament – on Sept. 18 in Rochester, New York (7 p.m. ET on ESPN2 and WatchESPN and delayed at 12 a.m. ET/9 p.m. PT on Univision Deportes Network).

This will be the final match for both countries before the start of the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship that will automatically send three teams to the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada. Fans can follow on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt and @ussoccer_esp. The USA is 9-2-3 so far in 2014 and will be playing its fifth match under head coach Jill Ellis since she was officially named to the position in May.

ROSTER SPOTS: The USA had a week of training in Salt Lake City before the first Mexico game, which was the longest training period U.S. head coach Jill Ellis has had with the team since taking over. Ellis and her staff will take full advantage of the 28-player roster. They will choose 18 players to suit up for this second match against Mexico and are tasked with the difficult challenge of choosing 20 players for the roster that will enter the Women’s World Cup qualifying tournament in October. Nineteen players arrived in camp on Sept. 5 with the eight who played in the NWSL Championship on Aug. 31 arriving into camp on Sept. 8. The USA’s lone college player, Morgan Brian, arrived on Sept. 8 after participating in her weekend college matches with the University of Virginia. Twenty-seven of the 28 players on the roster played in the NWSL this season with Brian, who is a senior, the only non-professional.

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

7 p.m.

ESPN2, WatchESPN, Univision Deportes Network

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

#SOLO72: Against Mexico on Sept. 13, goalkeeper Hope Solo earned her 72nd shutout (in 154 caps) since debuting for the USA in 2000. Solo passed Briana Scurry’s record set over 173 caps from 1994-2008. Eleven of Solo’s shutouts have come in world championship play – five in the FIFA Women’s World Cup and six during the Olympics. As a confirmation of her reputation as a big-game player, 42 of Solo’s career shutouts – almost 60 percent – have come in tournament competitions that include world championships, qualifying for the World Cup and Olympics and elite tournaments such as the Algarve Cup, which is held annually in Portugal.

USA FACES TRINIDAD & TOBAGO, GUATEMALA AND HAITI IN QUALIFYING: The 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship, which will qualify three teams directly to the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup (and produce one playoff qualifier, as well), will be played from Oct. 15-26 in four host cities in the United States: Chicago, Kansas City, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. The USA opens Group A competition on Oct. 15 in Kansas City against Trinidad & Tobago (7:30 p.m. CT), then heads to Chicago to face Guatemala on Oct. 17 (8 p.m. CT) and finishes the first round in Washington, D.C., against Haiti on Oct. 20 (7:30 p.m. ET). 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).

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 playoff with a South American country for a final berth.

WORLD RECORD AND COUNTING: After scoring twice in the first half against Mexico on Sept. 13, forward Abby Wambach hit 170 goals for her career. On June 20, 2013, Wambach passed the legendary Mia Hamm to become the world’s all-time leading scorer when she pounded in four goals against South Korea at Red Bull Arena. Hamm had 158 international goals from 1987-2004. The match against Mexico marked the 109th win for the USA in a game in which Wambach has scored at least one goal (109-2-8). Wambach has scored 45 goals in her past 55 games over 2012, 2013 and 2014. She is also third all-time in assists with 65, behind only Kristine Lilly (105) and Hamm (144).

MORGAN IS BACK: Although she has played in just four games for the USA this year, Alex Morgan has shown that she is regaining the form which has made her one of the world’s most dangerous strikers. Coming off a two-goal, three-assist performance against Mexico, Morgan now has four goals in 2014. She returned to the U.S. team in June for the two matches against France, and her second-half appearance on June 14 in Tampa was her first since November of 2013, an absence due to injury of almost seven months. Morgan entered in the second half against France five days later in East Hartford, Connecticut, and scored two excellent goals to pull out the 2-2 draw. Those were Morgan’s first scores since June 2, 2012, when she scored twice against Canada in Toronto for a 3-0 U.S. victory. She now has 48 goals (10th all-time) in her 74 caps. Morgan, who played in 14 NWSL matches this past season, made her first start for the USA since her return from injury on Aug. 20 against Switzerland, playing 65 minutes.

12 IN, 12 TO GO: Switzerland, England, Spain, France, Norway and Germany have qualified from Europe for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup. The final round of matches is on Sept. 17 with Sweden likely to claim a seventh berth. With five teams having qualified from the 2014 Asian Women’s Cup – Japan, Australia, China PR, Korea Republic and Thailand – the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup now has 12 teams (including host Canada). 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. The remaining 12 countries will come from Europe (8 total: Switzerland, England, Spain, France, Norway and Germany plus 2 more, up from 4.5 + host in 2011), Africa (3, up for 2), CONCACAF (3.5 + host, up from 2.5) South America (2.5, up from 2) and Oceania (1, same as in 2011). The fourth-place finisher in CONCACAF will play the third-place finisher in South America in a two-game playoff for the final berth.

U.S. ROSTER BREAKDOWN: The USA’s 28-player roster features four goalkeepers, 10 defenders, nine midfielders and five forwards. An 18-player game day roster typically features two goalkeepers, six defenders, six midfielders and four forwards, although numerous U.S. players can play multiple positions to give Jill Ellis flexibility in choosing her roster to face Mexico. Of the USA’s 28 players, just seven are over 30 years old: team captain Christie Rampone (39), midfielder Shannon Boxx (37), forward Abby Wambach (34), goalkeeper Hope Solo (33), midfielder Carli Lloyd (32), goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart (32) and defender Ali Krieger (30). Rampone heads into the second game against Mexico with 296 caps as she is the most-capped active player in the world and second all-time in world history. The least-capped players are Alyssa Naeher (0), Ashlyn Harris (3), Julie Johnston (3) and Allie Long (4). Four players on the roster come into camp on the heels of their NWSL title with FC Kansas City: Becky Sauerbrunn, Nicole Barnhart, Lauren Holiday and Amy Rodriguez.

U.S. Women’s National Team By Position – Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (4): Nicole Barnhart (FC Kansas City), Alyssa Naeher (Boston Breakers), Ashlyn Harris (Washington Spirit), Hope Solo (Seattle Reign FC)
DEFENDERS (10): Stephanie Cox (Seattle Reign FC), Crystal Dunn (Washington Spirit), Whitney Engen (Houston Dash), 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 (9): Shannon Boxx (Chicago Red Stars), Morgan Brian (Virginia), Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC), Lauren Holiday (FC Kansas City), Carli Lloyd (WNY Flash), Allie Long (Portland Thorns FC), Kristie Mewis (Boston Breakers), 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)

U.S. ROSTER NOTES:

  • Twenty-nine players have seen game action for the USA in 2014, including first-cappers Samantha Mewis, Sarah Hagan and Allie Long. Long is the only player from this group on the current roster.
  • Lauren Holiday, the 2013 NWSL MVP and 2014 NWSL Championship Game MVP, became the 30th American female player to earn 100 caps when she played against Canada on May 8.
  • Abby Wambach is the USA’s top scorer on the roster with 170 goals. After Wambach, midfielder Carli Lloyd is the top scorer with 51 career international goals, followed by Alex Morgan (48) and Heather O’Reilly (41). Sydney Leroux is quickly climbing the charts with 32.
  • Amy Rodriguez had an excellent NWSL season with 13 goals in the regular season, good for second in the league, and then scored three more in the playoffs, including both goals in the NWSL title game. Rodriguez has 27 international scores to match Shannon Boxx and Joy Fawcett for 18th all-time.
  • Leroux is the USA’s leading scorer this year with eight goals. Wambach has seven and Lloyd and Christen Press have five goals each. Lloyd and Press each have four assists, best on the team this year.
  • Press is scoring at a one-goal-per-two-games clip, finding the net 13 times in her first 26 WNT games.
  • Julie Johnston gets her fourth consecutive call-up after a fine season with the Chicago Red Stars in which she was named NWSL Rookie of the Year while scoring her team’s first and last goals of the season. Prior to these call-ups, she had not been with the WNT since the February matches against Russia and got her first international minutes of the year and her third cap against Switzerland on Aug. 20, playing the entire second half.
  • Midfielder Allie Long earns her fourth call-up after getting her first cap on May 8 against Canada, coming on for Morgan Brian in the 68th minute. Long played in the 2006 FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup in Russia with current WNT players Tobin Heath, Kelley O’Hara, Stephanie Cox, Lauren Holiday and Rodriguez. Long started both games against France, playing 90 minutes in the first game and 60 minutes in the second. She played the final six minutes against Switzerland on Aug. 20.
  • All nine NWSL clubs are represented on the roster.

IN THE RECORD BOOKS:

  • The USA’s current 86-game unbeaten streak at home (75-0-11 since Nov. 6, 2004) is a team record. The next-highest streak is 50 games (48-0-2) from Feb. 10, 1996, through April 22, 1999. The USA tied the record on May 14, 2011 (2-0 win against Japan at Columbus Crew Stadium) and broke the record with the 51st game on May 18, 2011 (another 2-0 win against Japan at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, North Carolina).
  • Heather O’Reilly is the ninth player to hit 200 caps in U.S. history after reaching the milestone against Korea DPR on March 12 and with 207 is now eighth on the USA’s all-time list.
  • O’Reilly is the second-youngest player to hit 200 caps for the USA. Kristine Lilly was 28 years old, 9 months, 15 days when she earned cap No. 200 on May 7, 2000. O’Reilly was 29 years old, 2 months, 10 days when she earned her 200th cap.
  • O’Reilly is currently tied for sixth all-time in assists with Shannon MacMillan with 50.
  • In addition to breaking Mia Hamm’s world scoring record, Abby Wambach’s June 20, 2013, performance against the Korea Republic also made her the USA’s all-time leader in multiple-goal games with 39 for her career. She has since added another on March 12 against Korea DPR and another on Sept. 13 vs. Mexico and sits at 41. She has 34 two-goal games, five hat tricks, one four-goal game and one five-goal game.
  • With her goal vs. Switzerland on Aug. 20, Wambach joined Hamm as the only WNT players to reach 400 points in their career. Wambach has 405 points (170 goals, 65 assists) and Hamm had 460 (158 goals, 144 assists).
  • Carli Lloyd’s goal on Oct. 27 against New Zealand gave her 46 goals in her career and moved her past Julie Foudy into ninth on the all-time scoring list. Lloyd scored her first two of the year against Russia on Feb. 8 and added another two-goal game on April 10 against China PR to become the ninth player in U.S. history to score 50 or more goals. She added one more against Switzerland from the penalty spot on Aug. 20 to run her total to 51. She is also the highest-scoring player in U.S. history who has played exclusively as a midfielder.
  • In the Jan. 31 match against Canada, defender Becky Sauerbrunn became the 46th player in U.S. Women’s National Team history to hit 50 caps. She now has 63, which ties her for 41st all-time. Sydney Leroux became the 47th to hit 50 (she now has 55) on April 10 vs. China PR and Ali Krieger will become the 48th with her next cap.
  • Defender Christie Rampone is second all-time for the USA and in the world with 296 caps, trailing only Lilly (352 caps from 1987-2010).
  • With two more goals, Alex Morgan would become the 10th player in U.S. history to score 50 or more.

BY THE NUMBERS:

  • 0.79: Goals per game the USA has allowed in 2014
  • 1: USA’s FIFA ranking
  • 3: Players who have appeared in all 14 games in 2014: Heather O’Reilly, Christen Press and Becky Sauerbrunn
  • 3.14: Goals per game the USA has scored in 2014
  • 4: Assists by Carli Lloyd and Christen press in 2014, most on the team
  • 11: U.S. players to score a goal in 2014
  • 13: Goals in 25 career games for U.S. forward Christen Press
  • 51: Career goals by Lloyd, most ever for a WNT player who has played exclusively as a midfielder
  • 68: Minutes on the field per goal averaged by Sydney Leroux in her career
  • 72: Career shutouts by Hope Solo, the USA’s all-time record
  • 89: Minutes on the field per goal averaged by Alex Morgan in her career
  • 99: Minutes on field per goal averaged by Abby Wambach in her career
  • 109: U.S. victories when Wambach scores a goal (109-2-8 overall)
  • 130: Minutes on field per goal averaged by Mia Hamm in her career
  • 296: Caps by Christie Rampone, second all-time to Kristine Lilly (352)

JILL ELLIS FACT FILE : After her second stint as interim head coach for the U.S. Women’s National Team, a capacity in which she coached two games this year – a win against China PR and a tie against Canada – Jill Ellis was officially named the eighth head coach of the U.S. WNT on May 16. After coaching the final seven games of 2012 when she compiled a 5-0-2 record, Ellis officially started the job with a 6-0-3 record and is now 9-0-3. In taking the top position, Ellis stepped away from her job as Development Director for the U.S. Women’s National Teams, a job she was appointed to in January of 2011, but will still work closely with U.S. Women’s National Team Technical Director April Heinrichs to oversee the USA’s youth teams.

  • Ellis has extensive experience in the U.S. Women’s National Team programs having served as an assistant coach for the U.S. Women’s National Team under Pia Sundhage, helping the team to a gold medal at the 2008 Olympics. She has served two stints as head coach of the U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team, guiding the squad to the CONCACAF title in 2010 and to the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Germany.
  • Ellis also had two stints as the head coach of the U.S. Under-21 Women’s National Team, the second starting in the middle of 2005, after which she guided the team to the Nordic Cup in Sweden. She also coached the U-21s to the Nordic Cup title in Germany in 2000.
  • Ellis was a scout for the USA at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia, and has served as an assistant coach with the U.S. U-21s and U.S. U-16 Girls’ National Teams.
  • Ellis joined U.S. Soccer full-time after a highly successful 12-year run as the head women’s soccer coach for the UCLA Bruins. Ellis led UCLA to eight NCAA Final Fours, including seven in a row from 2003-2009, and won six straight conference titles from 2003-2008. She finished her time in Westwood with a record of 229-45-14. Ellis, who was also head coach at the University of Illinois, has an all-time collegiate coaching record of 248-63-14.
  • She was the 2000 NSCAA National Coach of the Year after leading the Bruins to the NCAA Final in just her second season as head coach.
  • Ellis arrived in Westwood after heading the University of Illinois women's soccer program for two years. In 1998, she brought the Fighting Illini to a 12-8 record and a first-ever Big Ten Tournament berth. Prior to coaching at Illinois, Ellis served as an assistant coach at the University of Virginia for one year (1996-97), at Maryland for three years (1994-96) and at North Carolina State for another three years (1988-90). As an assistant coach at North Carolina State, Ellis helped the Wolfpack secure the 1988 ACC title and an NCAA Final Four appearance.
  • A forward during her playing days at the College of William & Mary from 1984-87, Ellis was a Third-Team All-American in 1987. In 1984, Ellis helped Braddock Road in Virginia to the Under-19 club national championship.
  • Ellis grew up in Portsmouth, England, and came to the United States in 1981 at the age of 15. She also lived in Singapore for two years while her father helped to develop a national soccer program in that country. She earned her B.A. in English Literature and Composition from the College of William & Mary in 1988 and currently resides in Los Angeles. She has a USSF “A” coaching license.

IN FOCUS: MEXICO
Federación Mexicana de Fútbol Asociación, A.C.
Founded: 1927 (Joined FIFA in 1929)
Head Coach: Leo Cuellar
FIFA World Ranking: 25
FIFA World Cups: 1999, 2011
Best FIFA World Cup Finish: Group play (1999-16th, 2011-11th)

Mexico Women’s National Team Roster by Position
GOALKEEPERS (2): 1-Cecilia Santiago (Unattached), 12-Brissa Rangel (Real Celeste)
DEFENDERS (7): 2-Arianna Romero (Houston Dash), 3-Monica Alvarado (TCU), 4-Alina Garciamendez (Unattached), 5-Paulina Solis (Once Mexico), 13-Bianca Sierra (Boston Breakers), 14-Christina Murillo (Michigan), 15-Guadalupe Cruzaley (Club Tijuana)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Liliana Mercado (Universidad de las Americas), 7-Nayeli Rangel (Unattached), 8-Teresa Noyola (Houston Dash), 10-Stephany Mayor (Universidad de las Americas), 11-Kenti Robles (Espanyol de Barcelona), 17-Veronica Perez (Washington Spirit)
FORWARDS (6): 9-Tanya Samarzich (USC), 16-Jazmine Ponce (Arizona), 18-Jackie Acevedo (Portland Thorns FC), 19-Luz Duarte (Juventus Sov), 20-Charlyn Corral (Merilappi United), 21-Lizbeth Angeles (Investigadoras PF)

MEXICO ROSTER NOTES

  • Five players on Mexico’s 18-player roster come from NWSL clubs, including Washington Spirit midfielder Veronica Perez and Portland Thorns FC forward Jackie Acevedo whose teams advanced to this year’s semifinals. Perez scored her team’s lone goal in the 2-1 semifinal loss to the Seattle Reign. It was her only goal of the year.
  • Other NWSL players include Houston Dash teammates Arianna Romero and Teresa Noyola and Boston Breakers defender Bianca Sierra.
  • Romero, a Phoenix-area native, was the 2013 Big Ten Conference Defender of the Year at Nebraska.
  • Noyola was the 2011 Hermann Trophy winner, awarded to the top collegiate player. She became the third straight Stanford player to earn the honor, with the previous winners being the USA’s Kelley O’Hara (2009) and Christen Press (2010). Noyola played for the USA at the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup (playing in two matches) before switching associations.
  • Acevedo was born in Austin, Texas, and played collegiately for Tennessee (2008) and Southern Nazarene (2009-11) in Oklahoma.
  • Mexico 19-year-old goalkeeper Cecilia Santiago is the youngest goalkeeper to ever appear in a FIFA Women’s World Cup. At 16 years and 251 days old, she played during Mexico’s 1-1 draw against England in Group B play on June 27, 2011, in the World Cup in Germany.
  • Four Mexico players compete collegiately in the USA: defender Monica Alvarado at TCU, defender Christina Murillo at Michigan, forward Jazmine Ponce at Arizona and forward Tanya Samarzich at USC.

USA VS. MEXICO:

  • The USA has put up 15 goals against Mexico in its past two meetings. The match prior to the USA’s 8-0 victory on Sept. 13 came a year and 10 days earlier on Sept. 3, 2013, in Washington, D.C., when the U.S. won 7-0 for its largest victory against Mexico since 2002. In that match, Abby Wambach opened the scoring in the 11th minute and then Sydney Leroux scored four consecutive goals in a 20-minute span in the first half. Rachel Buehler (now Van Hollebeke) and Morgan Brian added the final goals. Brian’s tally was her first with the WNT.
  • On Sept. 13, Mexico’s Alina Garciamendez scored an own goal in the 12th minute, followed by Abby Wambach scoring twice sandwiched around an Alex Morgan goal to make it 4-0 at halftime. The USA scored four times on the other side of halftime, from Morgan, Whitney Engen (her second-career goal), Sydney Leroux and Heather O’Reilly.
  • The USA’s previous game with Mexico before the one in the nation’s capital came on Jan. 24, 2012, a 4-0 U.S. victory during group play at the CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Vancouver, Canada. Carli Lloyd registered her first-career hat trick in that match and Heather O’Reilly added a goal as the Americans clinched a semifinal berth with the win.
  • The USA has dominated the all-time series against Mexico, holding a 28-1-1 record. Before the past three dominating victories, the previous three matches were one-goal affairs, including a 2-1 loss for the USA on Nov. 5, 2010, during 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup Qualifying in Cancun, Mexico. That setback forced the USA into the third-place match of that tournament (which it won) and into a two-game playoff against Italy that the Americans took 2-0 on aggregate.
  • This will be the fourth match of 2014 for the USA against a CONCACAF foe following the two games against Canada earlier this year in January and May. The USA has played seven matches against European teams and four matches against Asian teams so far this year.
  • Mexico is the third-ranked team in CONCACAF and ranked 25th in the world. With 3.5 berths (in addition to host Canada) available to the CONCACAF region for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada, Mexico is a favorite to qualify for the tournament.
  • Abby Wambach has scored more goals against Mexico than against any other team, pounding in 22 against the USA’s southern neighbor.

LAST TIME
On the field for the USA:
Sept. 13, 2014 – Rio Tinto Stadium; Sandy, Utah

USA      8     Own Goal 12; Wambach 23, 41; Morgan 36, 56; Engen 58, Leroux 71, O’Reilly 75
MEX     0

Lineups:
USA: 1-Hope Solo; 14-Stephanie Cox (19-Crystal Dunn, 46), 4-Becky Sauerbrunn (6-Whitney Engen 46), 3-Christie Rampone (capt.), 25-Meghan Klingenberg; 12-Lauren Holiday, 10-Carli Lloyd (7-Morgan Brian, 71), 15-Megan Rapinoe (2-Sydney Leroux, 60); 23-Christen Press (9-Heather O’Reilly, 60), 20-Abby Wambach (17-Tobin Heath, 60), 13-Alex Morgan
Substitutions Not Used: 24-Ashlyn Harris
Head Coach: Jill Ellis

MEX: 1-Cecilia Santiago; 2-Arianna Romero, 4-Alina Garciamendez (capt.), 5-Paulina Solis, 13-Bianca Sierra; 6-Liliana Mercado (3-Monica Alvarado, 57), 7-Nayeli Rangel, 10-Stephany Mayor, 11-Kenti Robles (20-Charlyn Corral, 46), 17-Veronica Perez (21-Lizbeth Angeles, 88); 9-Tanya Samarzich (19-Luz Duarte, 67)
Substitutions Not Used: 8-Teresa Noyola, 12-Brissa Rangel, 14-Christina Murillo, 15-Guadalupe Cruzaley, 16-Jazmine Ponce, 18-Jackie Acevedo
Head coach: Leonardo Cuellar

Seattle Sounders FC Wins Fourth U.S. Open Cup Title with 3-1 Victory against Philadelphia Union

CHESTER, Pennsylvania (Sept. 16, 2014) – Seattle Sounders FC forward Clint Dempsey scored the game-winning goal in the first 15-minute overtime as Seattle defeated fellow Major League Soccer side Philadelphia Union 3-1 to win its fourth Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final over the past six years. A crowd of 15,256 was on hand at PPL Park.

Seattle previously won three straight from 2009-11 during the organization’s first three years competing in MLS. The Sounders match the Chicago Fire (1998, 2000, 2003, 2006) with the most U.S. Open Cup championships by an MLS squad; Seattle trails only Bethlehem Steel and Los Angeles Maccabi which won five titles apiece.

“We missed a few chances and we needed to get a few breaks, but the team had a lot of desire and determination,” Sounders FC head coach Sigi Schmid said. “This was the hardest final we’ve played in terms of figuring who to keep on the field and who to take off. I don’t know who’s going to play Saturday, but we’ll worry about that later. We’ve gone to five finals in six years and now we’ve won four, with two finals on the road.”

Clint Dempsey Obafemi Martins Marco Pappa

Dempsey scored the winner in the 101st minute on a give-and-go with Obafemi Martins to take a 2-1 lead, before Martins iced the game with an insurance goal in the 115th minute. Chad Barrett had Seattle’s opening score in regulation.

It was Seattle’s third game in this year’s tournament that was decided in overtime or a shootout, after beating Portland Timbers FC 3-1 in overtime in the quarterfinals on July 9 and going through overtime and then a 4-1 shootout to get past the San Jose Earthquakes in the fifth round on June 24.

Goal Scoring Rundown:
PHI – Maurice Edu (Cristian Maidana), 38th minute: Off of a Cristian Maidana left-footed free kick from the right side, Maurice Edu leapt between a pair of Sounders defenders to head the ball inside the left post past lunging Sounders goalkeeper Stefan Frei to give the hosts the early lead lead. PHI 1, SEA 0 (SEE GOAL) 

SEA – Chad Barrett (unassisted), 48th minute: The Union defense was unable to clear a Sounders corner kick after Seattle defender Chad Marshall headed it on frame and Philadelphia goalkeeper Zac MacMath made the save. But, Barrett was on hand to put away the rebound to tie the game. PHI 1, SEA 1 (SEE GOAL) 

SEA – Clint Dempsey (Obafemi Martins), 101st minute: Dempsey and Martins combined to work their way past several Union defenders, and Dempsey’s low, left-footed shot snuck inside the left post and out of reach of Union goalkeeper Zac MacMath to give the Sounders the lead in the first 15-minute overtime. PHI 1, SEA 2 (SEE GOAL) 

SEA – Obafemi Martins (Leo Gonzalez), 114th minute: Gonzalez played a long ball from the left side that Martins chest-trapped and turned at midfield. Martins then bowled ahead, fending off Union defender Ray Gaddis shoulder-to-shoulder, stutter-stepping and chipping over Zac MacMath for the insurance tally. PHI 1, SEA 3 (SEE GOAL) (FINAL) 

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
SEA – Stefan Frei, 30th minute: Philadelphia midfielder Andrew Wenger made a strong run down the left side and crossed the ball to Sebastien Le Toux in the box. The leading goal scorer of the U.S. Open Cup’s modern era nearly added goal No. 15 at point-blank range, but Frei made a big save with his body to keep the match scoreless. 

PHI – Sheanon Williams, 46th minute: The Sounders nearly scored in the opening minute of the second half when Clint Dempsey got in a good position in the middle of the box. He tried to redirect a cross from the right, but Union defender Sheanon Williams deflected Dempsey’s shot wide right of the frame.

PHI – Zac MacMath, 71st minute: Seattle’s attack worked the ball swiftly to the right side and Brad Evans shot right-footed inside the box, looking for the inside of the left post. MacMath stayed low with a lunging save to his right to keep the score level at 1-1. 

SEA – Zach Scott, 85th minute: Sebastien Le Toux had plenty of space to work with on the left side, but Scott got in the path of Le Toux’s shot in the nick of time to deflect for a Union corner kick. 

SEA – Stefan Frei, 88th minute: In the waning minutes of regulation, Raymon Gaddis initially shot right-footed with the intention of curling to the far right post, but Seattle’s defense deflected the attempt. The ball was kept alive in the box, though, and second-half sub Pedro Ribeiro had one more crack, only to have Frei scramble back for the save. 

SEA – Brad Evans and Stefan Frei, 110th minute: Playing with a sense of desperation, the Union attack picked up and Seattle’s defense was called a couple times. Union sub Fred immediately made an impact with a shot that was deflected by Evans for a corner kick.  Seconds later, Frei made a diving save on Carlos Valdes’ header at the near right post. 

Additional Notes:

  • With Seattle Sounders FC winning the 2014 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, the team is rewarded with a spot in the 2015-16 CONCACAF Champions League and a prize of $250,000. The Philadelphia Union earns $60,000 for being the tournament runner-up.
  • This is the 15th consecutive year an MLS team has won the U.S. Open Cup. The only organization to interrupt MLS teams’ dominance of the tournament is the Rochester Raging Rhinos who defeated the Colorado Rapids 2-0 in the 1999 final.
  • Clint Dempsey’s goal was his only tally of the event as the final represented his lone appearance in this year’s tournament. This marked Dempsey’s first club trophy in his professional career.
  • Obafemi Martins scored his second goal of the 2014 U.S. Open Cup.
  • Chad Barrett’s goal for Seattle was his second in the 2014 U.S. Open Cup. He scored the winning goal in the sixth minute of the Sounders’ 6-0 rout of the Chicago Fire in the semifinal round on Aug. 13.
  • Although he did not feature in the final, Seattle’s Kenny Cooper won the Golden Boot as the top scorer in the 2014 U.S. Open Cup with six goals in this year’s competition.
  • Maurice Edu’s goal for the Union was his second in this year’s tournament. Edu’s other tally came in the fourth round, when he tallyied a clutch equalizer in the 89th minute to force overtime as the Union eventually escaped with a 3-1 win against USL PRO side Harrisburg City Islanders on June 17.
  • Seattle’s starting lineup featured Stefan Frei in goal, with a back line of DeAndre Yedlin, Chad Marshall, Zach Scott and Leonardo Gonzalez. The midfield of the Sounders’ 4-4-2 formation included captain Brad Evans, Osvaldo Alonso, Andy Rose and Lamar Neagle. Chad Barrett and Clint Dempsey were paired up front.
  • Philadelphia’s starters included Zac MacMath in goal and a defensive unit featuring Raymon Gaddis, Carlos Valdes, Ethan White and Sheanon Williams. Maurice Edu captained the team and was joined in the midfield by Vincent Nogueira, Andrew Wenger, Sebastien Le Toux and Cristian Maidana. Conor Casey was the lone striker.

- Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final Match Report-

Match: Seattle Sounders FC vs. Philadelphia Union
Date: Sept. 16, 2014
Competition: Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final
Venue: PPL Park; Chester, Pennsylvania
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. ET
Attendance: 15,256
Weather: 73 degrees, cloudy

Scoring Summary:           1              2  OT1  OT2  F
PHI         1              0              0              0    1                      
SEA        0              1              1              1    3

PHI – Maurice Edu (Cristian Maidana)     38th minute
SEA – Chad Barrett          48
SEA – Clint Dempsey (Obafemi Martins)                101
SEA – Obafemi Martins (Leonardo Gonzalez)      114

Lineups:
PHI: 18-Zac MacMath; 25- Sheanon Williams (8-Fred, 110), 2-Carlos Valdes, 15-Ethan White, 28-Raymond Gaddis; 11-Sebastien Le Toux; 21-Maurice Edu (capt.), 5-Vincent Nogueira, 10-Cristian Maidana; 9-Andrew Wenger (44-Danny Cruz, 81), 6-Conor Casey (30-Pedro Ribeiro, 78)
Substitutions Not Used: 7-Brian Carroll, 13-Michael Lahoud, 14-Amobi Okugo, 92-Rais Mbolhi
Head Coach: Jim Curtin

SEA: 24-Stefan Frei; 12–Leo Gonzalez, 20-Zach Scott, 14-Chad Marshall, 17-DeAndre Yedlin; 27-Lamar Neagle, (10-Marco Pappa, 74), 5-Andy Rose, 6-Osvaldo Alonso, 3-Brad Evans (capt.) (8-Gonzalo Pineda, 94); 19-Chad Barrett, (9-Obafemi Martins, 60) 2-Clint Dempsey
Substitutions Not Used: 1-Marcus Hahnemann, 4-Jalil Anibaba; 33-Kenny Cooper, 42-Michael Azira
Head Coach: Sigi Schmid

Stats Summary: PHI / SEA
Shots:  19 / 19
Shots on Goal: 5 / 7
Saves: 7 / 3
Corner Kicks: 12 / 7
Fouls: 12 / 7
Offside: 2 / 2

Misconduct Summary:
SEA – Osvaldo Alonso (caution) 25th minute
PHI – Conor Casey (caution)        57

Officials:
Referee: Armando Villarreal
Assistant Referee 1: Peter Manikowski
Assistant Referee 2: Corey Parker
Fourth Official: Jose Carlos Rivero

Stuart Sharp Names U.S. Paralympic Roster for 2014 America Cup in Canada

CHICAGO (Sept. 16, 2014) – The U.S. Paralympic National Team is traveling to Canada for the 2014 America Cup, which runs Sept. 19-26 at the University of Toronto Pan Am Fields. U.S. PNT head coach Stuart Sharp named a 14-player roster for this event as the team flies into Toronto today.

“It’s exciting after six months of focused preparation to be finally taking the USPNT into a major championship,” Sharp said. “It’s going to be a tough group to get out of with the world’s on-form side Brazil, and the unpredictable but talented Mexico side in there with us, but we are confident we can get the results that matter and move on to the next stage of the competition.”

The USA will open against Mexico on Saturday, Sept. 20, and then face Brazil on Monday, Sept. 22, in Group B play. Group A includes host side Canada, Argentina and Venezuela.

Following the group stage, the group winners will face the opposite group runner-up in the semifinals on Wednesday, Sept. 24. The event concludes with three placement games on Friday, Sept. 26 – a fifth-place game, consolation final (third-place game) and the final.

All 14 players were part of Sharp’s domestic training camp in mid-August in Chula Vista, California. Earlier this year, the PNT took second place at the ninth International Trophy of 7-A-Side Football in Barcelona, Spain.

“There have been a lot of changes to the squad, both in players and philosophy, in the past few months,” Sharp said. “However, the settling process, although short, has been successful and we are now ready to challenge ourselves against the best the Americas Region has to offer. It is an absolute privilege to be leading the squad as its head coach into this competition and I am confident that the players who will be wearing the U.S. jersey will give everything possible to do their nation proud.”

Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Alex Hendricks (Columbus, Ohio), Keith Johnson (Houston, Texas)
DEFENDERS (4): Chris Ahrens (Baldwinsville, N.Y.), Bryce Boarman (Colorado Springs, Colo.), Shea Cassidy (Buena Park, Calif.), Kevin Hensley (Memphis, Tenn.)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Tyler Bennett (Wadsworth, Ohio), David Garza (Chula Vista, Calif.), Daniel Hoffman (Reisterstown, Md.), Seth Jahn (Tampa, Fla.), Gavin Sibayan (Colorado Spring, Colo.), Marthell Vazquez (Long Beach, Calif.)
FORWARDS (2): Michael Moore (Plano, Texas), Rene Renteria (San Fernando, Calif.)

Players who have Cerebral Palsy, suffered a stroke or traumatic brain injury yet are ambulatory may be eligible to play for the U.S. Paralympic National Team. Interested players should contact U.S. PNT head coach Stuart Sharp (ssharp@ussoccer.org) or team manager Pam Perkins (pperkins@ussoccer.org).

U.S. Paralympic National Team

Philadelphia Union Hosts Seattle Sounders FC on Sept. 16 to Decide U.S. Open Cup Crown

CHICAGO (Sept. 15, 2014) – The 2014 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final kicks off Tuesday, Sept. 16, with Major League Soccer’s Philadelphia Union hosting Seattle Sounders FC (TICKETS). The game starts at 7:30 p.m. ET on GolTV and live on goltv.tv.

The match will also be broadcast locally in Philadelphia by the Comcast Network, the cable home of the Philadelphia Union. Seattle Sounders FC is providing a live radio broadcast on soundersfc.com. Fans can follow the championship of the 101st edition of the U.S. Open Cup on Twitter @ussoccer.

Seattle won the event three consecutive times from 2009-11 and was the runner-up to Sporting Kansas City in 2012. This is the Union’s first appearance in the U.S. Open Cup Final.

Two of the tournament’s top goal scorers will go head-to-head in this year’s title match. Philadelphia’s Sebastien Le Toux is the all-time goal scoring leader in the modern era with 14 tallies. Seattle’s Kenny Cooper is tied for second with 13 goals, and he is 2014’s leading tournament scorer with five goals.

ON USSOCCER.COM

TEAM ROSTERS BY POSITION:
Each team will have 18 players available for Tuesday’s game:
Philadelphia Union
GOALKEEPERS: 1-Andre Blake, 18-Zac MacMath, 92-Rais Mbolhi
DEFENDERS: 2-Carlos Valdes, 4-Austin Berry, 14-Amobi Okugo, 15-Ethan White, 16-Richie Marquez, 25-Sheanon Williams, 28-Raymon Gaddis, 33-Fabio Alves
MIDFIELDERS: 5-Vincent Nogueira, 7-Brian Carroll, 8-Fred Da Silva, 10-Cristian Maidana, 13-Michael Lahoud, 21-Maurice Edu, 22-Leo Fernandes, 27-Zach Pfeffer, 30-Pedro Ribeiro, 44-Danny Cruz
FORWARDS: 6-Conor Casey, 9-Andrew Wenger, 11-Sebastien Le Toux, 12-Aaron Wheeler, 17-Brian Brown, 29-Antoine Hoppenot

Seattle Sounders FC
GOALKEEPERS: 1-Marcus Hahnemann, 24-Stefan Frei, 29-Josh Ford
DEFENDERS: 4-Jalil Anibaba, 12-Leonardo Gonzalez, 14-Chad Marshall, 15-Dylan Remick, 17-DeAndre Yedlin, 18-Djimi Traore, 20-Zach Scott, 31-Damion Lowe
MIDFIELDERS: 3-Brad Evans, 5-Andy Rose, 6-Osvaldo Alonso, 8-Gonzalo Pineda, 10-Marco Pappa, 11-Aaron Kovar, 25-Aaron Long, 27-Lamar Neagle, 42-Micheal Azira
FORWARDS: 2-Clint Dempsey, 7-Tristan Bowen, 9-Obafemi Martins, 13-Sean Okoli, 19-Chad Barrett, 23-Cam Weaver, 33-Kenny Cooper, 77-Kevin Parsemain

PHILADELPHIA ROSTER NOTES

  • Union forward Sebastien Le Toux has scored three goals in the 2014 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. He is tied with 10 other players for fifth in this year’s tournament, and his free kick tally in the quarterfinals gave him 14th all-time to surpass the previous record of 13 he shared with David Bulow, Johnny Menyongar and Jaime Moreno.
  • Le Toux was a member of Seattle Sounders FC’s 2009 U.S. Open Cup-winning team, assisting Roger Levesque’s 86th-minute goal that gave Seattle a 2-0 lead. The goal proved to be the game-winner as D.C. United’s Clyde Simms scored in the waning moments during Seattle’s 2-1 victory.
  • Rookie Pedro Ribeiro and Le Toux each scored a goal this past weekend to rally the Union to a 2-2 draw against the New York Red Bulls in MLS play on Saturday at PPL Park in Chester, Pennsylvania.

SEATTLE ROSTER NOTES

  • With his brace during Seattle’s 6-0 semifinal victory against the Chicago Fire on Aug. 13, Kenny Cooper moved into a tie for second place on the all-time goal scoring list in the modern era with David Bulow, Johnny Menyongar and Jaime Moreno. Cooper only trails the Philadelphia Union’s Sebastien Le Toux (14 goals).
  • Osvaldo Alonso, Brad Evans and Zach Scott were rostered members of the Sounders’ 2009 championship team. Alonso played the full 90 minutes and Evans was a second-half sub as Seattle defeated D.C. United 2-1 on Sept. 2, 2009, at RFK Stadium. The Sounders became the second MLS expansion side to win the Open Cup title (the other expansion team being the 1998 Chicago Fire).
  • In 2010, Alonso once again logged 90 minutes and Scott was an unused sub as the Sounders earned their second straight U.S. Open Cup, overcoming a first-half deficit en route to a 2-1 victory on Oct. 5, in front of 31,311 at Qwest Field in Seattle. (Sounders vs. Columbus Crew Highlights – Oct. 5, 2010)
  • Alonso scored in the sixth minute of stoppage time in the 2011 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final to cap off Seattle’s 2-0 win on Oct. 4, 2011, against the Chicago Fire for the Sounders’ third-straight title. A total of 35,615 fans were in attendance at CenturyLink Field. Outside back Leonardo Gonzalez and midfielders Evans and Lamar Neagle started and played the full 90 in that game as Seattle’s defense allowed only six shots, four on goal.

U.S. OPEN CUP GOAL SCORERS

  • Philadelphia Union: Sebastien Le Toux (3), Andrew Wenger (2), Conor Casey (1), Maurice Edu (1), Amobi Okugo (1)
  • Seattle Sounders FC: Kenny Cooper (5), Andy Rose (2), Osvaldo Alonso (1), Chad Barrett (1), Brad Evans (1), Aaron Kovar (1), Obafemi Martins (1), Sean Okoli (1), Marco Pappa (1), Zach Scott (1)

HOW THEY GOT TO THE FINAL
Philadelphia Union

  • Fourth Round (June 17): Philadelphia Union 3, Harrisburg City Islanders (USL PRO) 1 (OT): The Union had an ominous start to this year’s tournament, trailing 1-0 late in the first half to the USL PRO side. Maurice Edu scored a clutch equalizer in the 89th minute, and Andrew Wenger carried the Union with two goals in overtime for the two-goal victory at PPL Park in Chester, Pennsylvania. (recap)
  • Fifth Round (June 24): Philadelphia Union 2, New York Cosmos (NASL) 1 (OT): Sebastien Le Toux scored two goals, including the winner in the 115rth minute, to escape an upset bid against the New York Cosmos. The Cosmos led early in the second half from Alessandro Noselli, but Le Toux responded immediately to force overtime. ( recap)
  • Quarterfinal (July 8): Philadelphia Union 2, New England Revolution (MLS) 0: Sebastien Le Toux broke the all-time goal scoring record in tournament history with his 14rth tally (and third in this year’s tournament) and Conor Casey scored the early game-winner at PPL Park in Chester, Pennsylvania. ( recap)
  • Semifinal (Aug. 12): Philadelphia Union 1, FC Dallas (MLS) 1 (Philadelphia wins 4-3 in shootout): Union goalkeeper Zac MacMath came up with two saves during a penalty kick shootout to lead Philadelphia to the victory at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas. Amobi Okugo scored his first goal in Open Cup play early in the first half, only to see FC Dallas respond with Fabian Castillo’s equalizer the closing minutes of regulation. After overtime, the match went to PKs, where MacMath turned away shots by Blas Perez and Victor Ulloa. The Union’s Sheanon Williams, Vincent Nogueira, Cristian Maidana and Maurice Edu each converted their attempts for the win. ( recap)

Seattle Sounders FC

  • Fourth Round (June 18): Seattle Sounders FC 5, PSA Elite (USASA) 0: Sounders homegrown player Aaron Kovar drew the penalty that led to Brad Evans’ opening goal in the 22nd minute and assisted a Zach Scott goal as Seattle rolled past PSA Elite, out-shooting the USASA side 21-1. Kenny Cooper recorded a brace and Sean Okoli capped off the scoring in the 84th minute. (recap)
  • Fifth Round (June 24): Seattle Sounders FC 1, San Jose Earthquakes (MLS) 1 (Seattle wins 4-1 in shootout): After San Jose’s Steven Lenhart gave his side a lead in the 24rth minute, Kenny Cooper equalized just two minutes later. Both sides stayed even through regulation and overtime, and it was all Seattle with Gonzalo Pineda, Marco Pappa, Brad Evans and Lamar Neagle each converted their penalty kicks. San Jose’s Alan Gordon missed his attempt and Seattle goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann saved JJ Koval’s attempt. ( recap)
  • Quarterfinal (July 9): Seattle Sounders FC 3, Portland Timbers FC (MLS) 1 (OT): Kenny Cooper scored the game-winning goal in the 111th minute and Marco Pappa added an insurance goal five minutes later at the Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila, Washington. Osvaldo Alonso broke a scoreless deadlock in the 69th minute, but Portland forced overtime when Darlington Nagbe equalized late in second-half stoppage time. (recap)
  • Semifinal (Aug. 13): Seattle Sounders FC 6, Chicago Fire (MLS) 0: Andy Rose and Kenny Cooper each tallied two goals as Seattle coasted past the Fire, a four-time champion of the U.S. Open Cup, at the Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila, Washington. Chad Barrett scored a sixth-minute goal against his former Chicago team for the early lead and the game-winning tally. Second-half sub Obafemi Martins also added a goal in the 79th minute before Cooper put the match well out of reach with back-to-back scores in the final 10 minutes. (recap)

PENNSYLVANIA OPEN CUP ROOTS: Only the states of New York (26) and California (15) have fielded more U.S. Open Cup champions than Pennsylvania in the tournament’s 101-year history. The Philadelphia Union is one victory away from changing the top-two picture. Pennsylvania has been the home of 14 previous Open Cup title winners, led by the storied Bethlehem Steel teams that racked up five titles in 1915, 1916, 1918, 1919 and 1926. Other Pennsylvania-based champions included four-time winner Philadelphia Ukrainian Nationals (1960, 1961, 1963 and 1966), two-time champion Pittsburgh Harmarville (1952 and 1956), Gallatin (1942), Philadelphia German-American SC (1936) and Pittsburgh Morgan (1949).

ABOUT THE U.S. OPEN CUP: The Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, recognized as U.S. Soccer’s National Club Championship, is an annual competition open to all amateur and professional soccer teams affiliated with U.S. Soccer. The tournament has crowned a champion for 100 consecutive years dating back to 1914. This year’s winner will earn $250,000, a berth in the 2015-16 CONCACAF Champions’ League and have its name engraved on the historic Dewar Challenge Trophy, one of the oldest nationally contested trophies in American team sports. The runner-up will take home $60,000. In 1999, the competition was renamed to honor American soccer pioneer Lamar Hunt.

U.S. Open Cup Championship Results (1914-present)

Year

Match

1914

Brooklyn Field Club 2, Brooklyn Celtic 1 (May 16, Coates Field; Pawtucket, R.I.)

1915

Bethlehem Steel of Pa. 3, Brooklyn Celtic 1 (May 1; Taylor Field; Bethlehem, Pa.)

1916

Bethlehem Steel of Pa. 1, Fall River Rovers 0 (May 16; Coates Field; Pawtucket, R.I.)

1917

Fall River Rovers of Mass. 1, Bethlehem Steel of Pa. 0 (May 5, Coates Field; Pawtucket, R.I.)

1918

Bethlehem Steel of Pa. 3, Fall River Rovers 0 – replay (May 19; Harrison, N.J.)

1919

Bethlehem Steel of Pa. 2, Paterson FC (April 19; Athletic Field; Fall River, Mass.)

1920

St. Louis Ben Miller FC 2, Fore River Rovers 1 (May 8; Handlan's Park; St. Louis, Mo.)

1921

Brooklyn Robbins Dry Dock 4, Scullin Steel 2 (April 19; Fall River Athletic Field; Fall River, Mass.)

1922

St. Louis Scullin Steel 3, Todd Shipyards 2 (March 19; High School Field; St. Louis, Mo.)

1923

Paterson FC of N.J. title v. Scullin Steel, which could not field team for replay (injuries; baseball)

1924

Fall River Marksmen of Mass. 4, Vesper Buick 2 (March 30; High School Field; St. Louis, Mo.)

1925

Shawsheen FC of Andover, Mass. 3, Canadian Club 0 (April 19; Mark's Stadium; Tiverton, R.I.)

1926

Bethlehem Steel of Pa. 7, Ben Miller SC (April 11; Ebbets Field; Brooklyn, N.Y.)

1927

Fall River Marksmen of Mass. 7, Holley Carburetor (May 1; Univ. of Detroit Stadium; Detroit)

1928

New York Nationals 4, Bricklayers 1 – aggregate score (April 9 in New York; April 15 in Chicago)

1929

New York Hakoah SC 5, Madison Kennels 0 – aggregate (March 31 in St. Louis; April 7 in Brooklyn)

1930

Fall River Marksmen of Mass. 9, Bruell Insurance 3 – agg. (3/30 in New York; 4/6 in Cleveland)

1931

Fall River Marksmen of Mass. 9, Bricklayer FC 3 – agg. (4/5 in New York; 4/12 and 4/19 in Chicago)

1932

New Bedford Whalers of Mass. 8, Stix, Baer & Fuller 5 – agg. (3/26 and 4/2; Sportsman's Park; St.L)

1933

St.L Stix, Baer & Fuller 3, N.Y. Americans 1 – aggregate (April 16 in St. Louis; April 23 in Bronx, N.Y.)

1934

St.L Stix, Baer & Fuller 11, Pawtucket Rangers 5 – agg. (4/1 in St.L; 4/8 in Pawtucket; 4/16 in St.L)

1935

St.L Central Breweries 7, Pawtucket Rangers 5 – agg. (4/28 in St.L; 5/6 in Paw.; 5/12 in Newark)

1936

Phila. German-American SC 5, Shamrocks SC 2 – aggregate (April 26 in St. Louis; May 3 in Phila.)

1937

New York Americans 4, Shamrocks SC 3 – aggregate (April 11 in St. Louis; April 18 in Bronx, N.Y.)

1938

Chicago Sparta ABA 6, St. Mary's Celtic 2 – aggregate (April 17 in Chicago; April 24 in Bronx, N.Y.)

1939

Brooklyn St. Mary's Celtic 5, Manhattan Beer 2 – agg. (April 30 in Chicago; May 7 in Bronx, N.Y.)

1940

Baltimore SC and Chicago Sparta named co-champs (2-2 in aggregate; 3rd game not agreed upon)

1941

Pawtucket Rangers of R.I. 8, Chrysler FC 5 – agg. (May 4 in Pawtucket, R.I.; May 11 in Detroit)

1942

Gallatin SC 6, Pawtucket Rangers 3 – aggregate (May 17 in Dora, Pa.; May 31 in Pawtucket, R.I.)

1943

Brooklyn Hispano 5, Morgan Strasser 4 – aggregate (May 24 and 30; Starlight Park; Bronx, N.Y.)

1944

Brooklyn Hispano 4, Morgan Strasser 0 (May 14; The Polo Grounds, New York, N.Y.)

1945

N.Y. Brookhattan 6, Cleveland Americans 2 – agg. (June 10 in Bronx, N.Y.; Jun 16 in Cleveland)

1946

Chicago Vikings 3, Fall River Ponta Delgada 2 – agg. (July 7 in Tiverton, R.I.; July 14 in Chicago, Ill.)

1947

Fall River Ponta Delgada SC 9, Sparta 3 – agg. (Aug. 31 in Fall River, Mass.; Sept. 7 in Chicago, Ill.)

1948

St. Louis Simpkins-Ford 3, Brookhattan-Galicia 2 (Oct. 17; Sportsman's Park; St. Louis, Mo.)

1949

Pittsburgh Morgan SC 4, Philadelphia Nationals 3 – aggregate (May 15 in Phila.; May 29 in Pitt.)

1950

St. Louis Simpkins-Ford 3, Ponta Delgada 1 – agg. (April 22 in St. Louis; May 7 in Tiverton, R.I.)

1951

N.Y. German Hungarian SC 8, Heidelberg SC 6 – agg. (June 10 in Pitt.; June 17 in Queens, N.Y.)

1952

Pittsburgh Harmarville SC 7, Phila. Nationals 5 – aggregate (June 1 in Harmarville; June 8 in Phila.)

1953

Chicago Falcons 3, Pittsburgh Harmarville – agg. (April 19 in Harmarville, Pa.; April 26 in Chicago)

1954

New York Americans 3, St. Louis Kutis SC 1 – aggregate (April 18 in St. Louis; May 16 in N.Y.)

1955

SC Eintracht of N.Y. 2, Danish American SC 0 (April 24; Rancho La Cienega Stadium; Los Angeles)

1956

Pittsburgh Harmarville SC 3, Schwaben SC of Ill. 2 – aggregate (July 21 in Chicago; July 28 in Pa.)

1957

St. Louis Kutis SC 6, New York Hakoah 1 – aggregate (March 31 in St. Louis; April 14 in Bronx, N.Y.)

1958

Los Angeles Kickers 2, Baltimore Pompei SC 1 (July 21; Baltimore, Md.)

1959

San Pedro McIlvaine Canvasbacks of Calif. 4, Fall River 3 (June 8; Rancho La Cienega Stadium; L.A.)

1960

Philadelphia Ukrainian Nationals 5, Los Angeles Kickers 3 (May 29; Edison Field; Philadelphia, Pa.)

1961

Philadelphia Ukrainian Nationals 7, United Scots 4 – aggregate (June 11 in L.A.; June 25 in Phila.)

1962

New York Hungaria 3, San Francisco Scots 2 (June 17; Eintracht Oval; New York, N.Y.)

1963

Philadelphia Ukrainian Nationals 1, Armenian SC 0 (June 2; Philadelphia, Pa.)

1964

Los Angeles Kickers 4, Ukrainian Nationals 2 – aggregate (June 1 in Phila.; June 21 in L.A.)

1965

New York Ukrainians 5, Hansa of Ill. 2 – aggregate score (June 27 in N.Y.; July 7 in Chicago)

1966

Phila. Ukrainian Nationals 4, Orange County SC 0 – aggregate (May 22 in L.A.; June 5 in Phila.)

1967

New York Greek-American 4, Orange County SC 2 (July 23; Eintracht Oval; New York, N.Y.)

1968

New York Greek-American 2, Olympic SC of Ill. 1 – aggregate (July 21 in Chicago; July 28 in N.Y.)

1969

New York Greek-American 1, Montebello Armenians 0 (June 29; Los Angeles, Calif.)

1970

SC Elizabeth of N.J. 2, Los Angeles Croatia 1 (May 3; New York)

1971

New York Hota SC 6, San Pedro Yugoslavs 4 (May 16; Rancho Cienega Stadium; Los Angeles, Calif.)

1972

SC Elizabeth of N.J. 1, San Pedro Yugoslavs 0 (May 21; Union, N.J.)

1973

Los Angeles Maccabee SC 5, Cle. Inter-Italian 3 (June 10; Rancho Cienega Stadium; Los Angeles)

1974

New York Greek-American 2, Chicago Croatian SC 0 (June 2; New York)

1975

Los Angeles Maccabee SC 1, N.Y. Inter-Giuliana 0 (June 15; El Camino College; Torrance, Calif.)

1976

San Francisco AC 1, N.Y. Inter-Giuliana 0 (May 23)

1977

Los Angeles Maccabee SC 5, United German Hungarians 1 (June 19)

1978

Los Angeles Maccabee SC 2, Vasco Da Gama 0 (July 30)

1979

Brooklyn Dodgers SC 2, Chicago Croatian SC 1 (June 17)

1980

New York Pancyprian-Freedoms 3, Maccabee AC 2 (June 15)

1981

Los Angeles Maccabee SC 5, Brooklyn Dodgers SC 1 (June 28)

1982

New York Pancyprian-Freedoms 4, Maccabee AC 3 (June 6)

1983

New York Pancyprian-Freedoms 4, St. Louis Kutis SC 3 (July 3)

1984

New York A.O. Krete 4, San Pedro Yugoslavs 2 (June 24; St. Louis Soccer Park; Fenton, Mo.)

1985

San Francisco Greek-American AC 2, St. Louis Kutis 1 (June 30)

1986

St. Louis Kutis SC 1, San Pedro Yugoslavs 0 (July 13; Long Beach, Calif.)

1987

Club España of Wash. D.C. 3-2 in penalties; 0-0 in reg. (June 21; St. Louis Soccer Park; Fenton, Mo.)

1988

St. Louis Busch SC 2, Greek-American AC 1 (June 25; St. Louis Soccer Park; Fenton, Mo.)

1989

St. Petersburg Kickers of Fla. 2, N.Y. Greek AA 1 (July 8; St. Louis Soccer Park; Fenton, Mo.)

1990

Chicago A.A.C. Eagles 2, Brooklyn Italians 1 (July 28; Kuntz Stadium; Indianapolis, Ind.)

1991

Brooklyn Italians SC 1, Richardson Rockets 0 (Aug. 10; Brooklyn College; Brooklyn, N.Y.)

1992

San Jose Oaks of Calif. 2, Bridgeport Vasco da Gama 1 (July 11; Kuntz Stadium; Indianapolis, Ind.)

1993

San Fran. C.D. Mexico 5, United German-Hungarians 0 (July 17; Kuntz Stadium; Indianapolis, Ind.)

1994

San Francisco Greek-American AC 3, Bavarian Leinenkugel 0 (July 30; UGH Field; Oakford, Pa.)

1995

Richmond Kickers 4-2 in penalties v. El Paso Patriots; 1-1 in reg. (Aug. 27; El Paso, Texas)

1996

D.C. United 3, Rochester Raging Rhinos 0 (Oct. 30; RFK Stadium; Washington, D.C.)

1997

Dallas Burn 5-3 in penalties v. D.C. United; 0-0 in reg. (Oct. 29; Carroll Stadium; Indianapolis, Ind.)

1998

Chicago Fire 2, Columbus Crew 1 (Oct. 30; Soldier Field; Chicago, Ill.)

1999

Rochester Raging Rhinos 2, Colorado Rapids 0 (Sept. 13; Crew Stadium; Columbus, Ohio)

2000

Chicago Fire 2, Miami Fusion 1 (Oct. 21; Soldier Field; Chicago, Ill.)

2001

LA Galaxy 2, New England Revolution 1 (Oct. 27; Titan Stadium; Fullerton, Calif.)

2002

Columbus Crew 1, LA Galaxy 0 (Oct. 24; Crew Stadium; Columbus, Ohio)

2003

Chicago Fire 1, N.Y./N.J. MetroStars 0 (Oct. 15; Giants Stadium; East Rutherford, N.J.)

2004

Kansas City Wizards 1, Chicago Fire 0 (Sept. 22; Arrowhead Stadium; Kansas City, Mo.)

2005

LA Galaxy 1, FC Dallas 0 (Sept. 28; The Home Depot Center; Carson, Calif.)

2006

Chicago Fire 3, LA Galaxy 1 (Sept. 27; Toyota Park; Bridgeview, Ill.)

2007

New England Revolution 3, FC Dallas 2 (Oct. 3; Pizza Hut Park; Frisco, Texas)

2008

D.C. United 2, Charleston Battery 1 (Sept. 3; RFK Stadium; Washington, D.C.)

2009

Seattle Sounders FC 2, D.C. United 1 (Sept. 2; RFK Stadium; Washington, D.C.)

2010

Seattle Sounders FC 2, Columbus Crew 1 (Oct. 5; Qwest Field; Seattle, Wash.)

2011

Seattle Sounders FC 2, Chicago Fire 0 (Oct. 4; CenturyLink Field; Seattle, Wash.)

2012

Sporting Kansas City 3-2 in penalties vs. Seattle Sounders FC; 1-1 in reg. (Aug. 9; Sporting Park; Kansas City, Kan.)

2013

D.C. United 1, Real Salt Lake 0 (Oct. 1; Rio Tinto Stadium; Sandy, Utah)

U.S. Open Cup Press Conference

The Philadelphia Union and Seattle Sounders FC meet in the championship match tomorrow at PPL Park to decide the winner of the 2014 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. Today's final press conference in advance of the game begins at 2 p.m. ET and will feature Philadelphia Union head coach Jim Curtin and midfielder Sebastian LeToux as well as Seattle Sounders FC manager Sigi Schmid and forward Kenny Cooper.

U.S. WNT Routs Mexico 8-0 as Hope Solo Earns Record 72nd Clean Sheet

SANDY, Utah (Sept. 13, 2014) – The U.S. Women’s National Team rolled over Mexico in the first of a two-game set against its CONCACAF foe, scoring four goals in each half to win 8-0 at Rio Tinto Stadium.

Alex Morgan scored two goals and assisted three others.  Abby Wambach also recorded a brace and goalkeeper Hope Solo earned the clean sheet to break the U.S. WNT record with the 72nd shutout of her career. Solo surpassed the previous shut-out mark of 71 held by Briana Scurry.

The U.S. played a dominant and well-rounded match as second-half subs Whitney Engen, Sydney Leroux and Heather O’Reilly added goals, and the U.S. benefited from an own goal in the opening minutes.

The USA and Mexico meet again on Thursday, Sept. 18, at Sahlen’s Stadium in Rochester, New York (7 p.m. ET, ESPN2 and Watch ESPN). These matches serve as the USA’s final preparation heading into CONCACAF Women’s Championship, which starts in mid-October.

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Own Goal (Alina Garciamendez), 11th minute: The U.S. WNT earned a gift early on when Alex Morgan’s lead pass toward Abby Wambach was skipped to Garciamendez. Though she was able to intercept, Garciamendez’s attempted clear deflected over Mexico goalkeeper Cecilia Santiago who was well off her line, bounced once and crossed the goal line. USA 1, MEX 0 

USA – Abby Wambach (Alex Morgan), 23rd minute: Megan Rapinoe set up the sequence with a dish to Morgan down the left sideline. Morgan brought the ball toward the end line, and despite having her first cross blocked, calmly set up Wambach with a second pass just outside the six-yard box. Wambach’s left-footed shot got through the Mexico defense and past Cecilia Santiago to signal a long night for Mexico. USA 2, MEX 0 

USA – Alex Morgan (unassisted), 36th minute: Mexico defender Bianca Sierra made a shaky decision on a lofted pass toward her own box. The ball bounced off her chest as she retreated toward her own goal and Morgan, who was running alongside her, won the ball and sent a right-footed chip over Santiago into the net. USA 3, MEX 0

USA – Abby Wambach (Alex Morgan), 41st minute: The USA kept its foot on the gas as Morgan had plenty of space on the right side of the box. She crossed, and even though Cecilia Santiago managed to get a fingertip on the ball, it was not enough to push the ball out of the path of Wambach who slotted it home for the 170th tally of her career and the seventh of this year. USA 4, MEX 0 

USA – Alex Morgan (Christen Press), 56th minute: A quick passing sequence found Press in the right side of the box and she sent a smooth-rolling pass to Morgan near the right post. She slotted home with her right foot to open the second-half scoring. USA 5, MEX 0

USA – Whitney Engen (Christen Press), 58th minute: Off of Megan Rapinoe’s corner kick from the right side, Press rose among the pack and headed to the right side of the goal box. Engen delivered her snap header into the upper right corner for her first goal of the year and second of her career. USA 6, MEX 0

USA – Sydney Leroux (Lauren Holiday), 71st minute:  Second-half sub Leroux, the team’s leading goal scorer in 2014, got into the act on a set piece chance. Holiday took the right-footed corner kick from the left side and her driven cross was met by Leroux who powered her header home from the top of the six-yard box. USA 7, MEX 0

USA – Heather O’Reilly (Alex Morgan), 75th minute:  Lauren Holiday played a superb through ball to Morgan on the left side of the box. Though Mexico’s defense deflected Morgan’s first cross attempt, Morgan stuck with it and found O’Reilly for a left-footed shot from six yards out to cap off the scoring. USA 8, MEX 0 (FINAL) 

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
MEX – Cecilia Santiago, 45th minute: The scoring damage had already been done, but Mexico’s 19-year-old goalkeeper tried to keep Mexico’s faint hopes alive with a diving save just before halftime. Megan Rapinoe rocketed a right-footed shot from about 17 yards out, and her attempt to the near left post was parried away by Santiago for a USA corner kick. 

MEX – Cecilia Santiago, 52nd minute: From 20 yards out, Alex Morgan launched a left-footed shot headed toward the near right side of the frame, but Santiago smothered it with the diving save to her left. 

Milestone Watch:

  • Hope Solo’s U.S. record 72 clean sheets have been posted over 154 games starting in 2000. Briana Scurry’s previous record of 71 shutouts were accumulated over 173 matches.
  • Solo’s first cap and shutout in April of 2000 was also an 8-0 match, that win over Iceland.
  • Center back Christie Rampone played in her 296th match as she continues to inch closer to 300 caps. Only Kristine Lilly has appeared in more games for the USA (352 games from 1987-2010).
  • Abby Wambach upped her all-time record goal scoring total to 170 with her brace. She is now 12 goals ahead of the legendary Mia Hamm (158 goals from 1987-2004).
  • With her two assists to Wambach, Alex Morgan now has 31 for her career. That moves her ahead of Lauren Holiday for 12th on the all-time list.
  • Carli Lloyd played in her 175th match. With her next appearance, Lloyd will tie Shannon MacMillan for 12th on the USA’s all-time list. MacMillan had 176 caps from 1993-2005.
  • Morgan is currently 10th on the all-time goal scoring list with 48 following Saturday’s brace. Morgan sits three goals behind Lloyd.

Next on the Schedule:
The U.S. WNT and Mexico square off in a rematch on Thursday, Sept. 18, at Sahlen’s Stadium in Rochester, New York (7 p.m. ET).

Broadcast information: ESPN2, WatchESPN

Social: Twitter (@ussoccer_wnt | @ussoccer_esp); Facebook; Instagram

Additional Notes:

  • The USA is now 9-2-3 in 2014.
  • Hope Solo moved to 119-9-18 for her career. She is second only to Briana Scurry for all-time wins (Scurry went 133-12-14 from 1994-2008).
  • The USA improved to 109-2-8 when Abby Wambach scores a goal.
  • The U.S. is now 28-1-1 all-time against Mexico.
  • U.S. head coach Jill Ellis’ starting lineup featured Hope Solo in goal and a defensive group of Meghan Klingenberg at left back, Stephanie Cox at right back and Becky Sauerbrunn and Christine Rampone as the center backs. Rampone wore the captain’s armband.
  • The midfield corps in the 4-3-3 included Megan Rapinoe on the left side, Lauren Holiday on the right and Carli Lloyd in the center.
  • The USA’s front line included Christen Press, Alex Morgan and Abby Wambach.
  • To open the second half, Ellis made two defensive substitutions with Crystal Dunn replacing Cox and Whitney Engen in for Sauerbrunn.
  • In the 60th minute, Sydney Leroux, Tobin Heath and Heather O’Reilly were brought in for Rapinoe, Wambach and Press, respectively.
  • Morgan Brian served as the final substitution for Lloyd in the 71st minute.
  • Sauerbrunn, Press and O’Reilly are the only U.S. WNT players to have seen action in all 14 matches in 2014.

-U.S. Women’s National Team Report-

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Mexico
Date: Sept. 13, 2014
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Rio Tinto Stadium
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. MT
Attendance: 8,849
Weather: 79 degrees, mostly sunny

Scoring Summary:   1      2      F
USA                               4      4      8
MEX                               0      0      0                                                       

USA – Own Goal (Alina Garciamendez)                  12th minute
USA – Abby Wambach (Alex Morgan)                    23
USA – Alex Morgan                                                         36
USA – Abby Wambach (Alex Morgan)                    41
USA – Alex Morgan (Christen Press)                       56
USA – Whitney Engen (Christen Press)                  58
USA – Sydney Leroux (Lauren Holiday)                  71
USA – Heather O’Reilly (Alex Morgan)                   75

Lineups:
USA: 1-Hope Solo; 14-Stephanie Cox (19-Crystal Dunn, 46), 4-Becky Sauerbrunn (6-Whitney Engen 46), 3-Christie Rampone (capt.), 25-Meghan Klingenberg; 12-Lauren Holiday, 10-Carli Lloyd (7-Morgan Brian, 71), 15-Megan Rapinoe (2-Sydney Leroux, 60); 23-Christen Press (9-Heather O’Reilly, 60), 20-Abby Wambach (17-Tobin Heath, 60), 13-Alex Morgan
Substitutions Not Used: 24-Ashlyn Harris
Head Coach: Jill Ellis

MEX: 1-Cecilia Santiago; 2-Arianna Romero, 4-Alina Garciamendez (capt.), 5-Paulina Solis, 13-Bianca Sierra; 6-Liliana Mercado (3-Monica Alvarado, 57), 7-Nayeli Rangel, 10-Stephany Mayor, 11-Kenti Robles (20-Charlyn Corral, 46), 17-Veronica Perez (21-Lizbeth Angeles, 88); 9-Tanya Samarzich (19-Luz Duarte, 67)
Substitutions Not Used: 8-Teresa Noyola, 12-Brissa Rangel, 14-Christina Murillo, 15-Guadalupe Cruzaley, 16-Jazmine Ponce, 18-Jackie Acevedo
Head coach: Leonardo Cuellar

Stats Summary: USA / MEX
Shots:  25 / 8
Shots on Goal: 10 / 1
Saves: 1 / 3
Corner Kicks: 7 / 1
Fouls: 10 / 10
Offside: 7 / 2

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Lauren Holiday (caution)                 64th minute

Officials:
Referee: Vilma Montez (SLV)
Assistant Referee 1: Elizabeth Aguilar (SLV)
Assistant Referee 2: Ivonne Ayala (SLV)
Fourth Official: Melissa Borjas (HON)

Budweiser Woman of the Match: Hope Solo

Coaching Department Announces Fall and Winter Course Dates plus Adoption of New Grading Policy

CHICAGO (Sept. 12, 2014) — U.S. Soccer’s Coaching Department will conduct National Coaching Schools for “A,” “B,” “C” and “Goalkeeping” License Courses throughout January, February and March of 2015 in Arizona and Florida. Priority registration will be available for each course to candidates who qualify based on previous U.S. Soccer licensing. After a wait period, courses will open for qualified applicants who do not hold the relevant U.S. Soccer license.

“We have created an intentional progression of U.S. Soccer content through the sequencing of courses,” said Director of Coaching Development Dave Chesler. “Our teaching competencies and tools are reinforced through the sequential coaching methodology in our pathway. We encourage licensing candidates to enter the U.S. Soccer pathway early and remain in for consistency, efficiency and positive growth.”

Registration Schedule

  • U.S. Soccer “A” License Courses:
    Open for qualified coaches who hold their National “B” license on Monday, Sept. 22
  • U.S. Soccer “B” License Courses:
    Open for qualified coaches who hold their National “C” license on Monday, Sept. 29
    Open for qualified coaches who do not have a U.S. Soccer license on Friday, Oct. 3
  • U.S. Soccer “C” License Courses:
    Open for qualified coaches who hold their National “D” license on Monday, Oct. 6
    Open for qualified coaches who do not have a U.S. Soccer license on Friday, Oct. 10
  • U.S. Soccer Goalkeeping Course:
    Open for all qualified coaches on Monday, Oct. 13

In addition to the registration policy, the Coaching Department will be introducing a new grading policy for the National “A,” “B,” and “C” license courses starting in January of 2015. The new grading scale will evaluate candidates throughout every aspect of the course in order to accurately measure their comprehensive coaching ability.

“Essentially, we will grade every course component on a numerical scale,” said Chesler. “Our goal is to place relative value through specific measures of competency for each component. These scores will be combined to provide an overall result that reflects the ‘body of work’ for the entire course.”

The Coaching Department believes it is important to constantly revise policies such as the grading policy to continually strive to create the best environment for the education and evaluation of coaches.

“This policy will benefit each candidate greatly by clearly defining the areas of competency and the areas where further growth is recommended,” said Chesler. “The process will also include an action plan that may serve as a template for positive change in coaching competencies. The course outcomes will stimulate and in some cases mandate that coaching development is a continuous process of professional development.”

Participants at U.S. Soccer’s National Coaching Schools will have the opportunity to earn a nationally recognized license from U.S. Soccer, the governing body of soccer in all its forms in the United States, and a member of the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA).

At a course, coaches will interact with the nation’s top-level instructors, including current and former U.S. National Team, professional and international coaches. The licensing programs are focused on teaching coaches current theoretical and practical knowledge to provide coaches the ability to improve the every-day training environment for elite players.

To learn more about what to expect at a U.S. Soccer course visit the Coaching Education section of ussoccer.com.

School                                     Date                                Location
National “C” PM                     Oct. 24-25                      Region I (Newark, N.J.)
National “C” PM                     Oct. 25-26                      Region II (Chicago, Ill.)

National “C” PM                      Dec. 6-7                          Region III (Tampa, Fla.)
National “C” PM                      Dec. 13-14                      Region IV (Portland, Ore.)

National “B” License               Jan. 3-11                        IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.)
National “C” License               Jan. 3-11                        IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.)

National “A” License                Jan. 3-11                        Grande Sports World (Casa Grande, Ariz.)
National “B” License                Jan. 3-11                        Grande Sports World (Casa Grande, Ariz.)

National “B” License                 Jan. 11-19                      Grande Sports World (Casa Grande, Ariz.)
National “C” License                 Jan. 11-19                      Grande Sports World (Casa Grande, Ariz.)

National “A” License                  Jan. 17-25                     IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.)
National “B” License                  Jan. 17-25                     IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.)

National “GK” License**            Feb. 1-8                          IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.)
National “B” License                 Feb. 21-March 1            Clearwater Chargers (Clearwater, Fla.)

National “B” License                  Feb. 28-March 8          Grande Sports World (Casa Grande, Ariz.)
National “C” License                  Feb. 28-March 8          Grande Sports World (Casa Grande, Ariz.)

International Workshop**         March 13-22                 TBD

National Courses                     Spring / Summer 2015 Information available in January of 2015

** = “A” license coaches may earn eight (8) CEU credits

For inquiries, please contact the Coaching Department at coaches@ussoccer.org.

U.S. Soccer Announces 2015 “A” Renewal Courses

CHICAGO (Sept. 12, 2014) — U.S. Soccer’s Coaching Department plans to conduct six “A” Renewal educational courses in 2015. The “A” Renewal course is separate from the “A” license course and focuses on specific topics in soccer today. These courses provide the opportunity for current “A” license holders to earn eight (8) Continuing Education Units (CEUs) to renew their license for an additional four (4) years.

The “A” renewal program has steadily moved away from auditing at “A” license courses to provide higher-level and more specific learning opportunities for coaches. In September 2013, the Coaching Department partnered with the New England Revolution of Major League Soccer (MLS) on a new coaching development initiative for current “A” license coaches. The professional team partnership continued when the Coaching Department ran a similar event in collaboration with the Portland Timbers in April, 2014. These courses allowed “A” renewal candidates to observe a professional club in depth and learn how they operate on a daily basis. The courses were focused, specific, and gave candidates materials to bring back to their own programs.

 “A” renewal courses will continue in spring 2015 and will offer coaches a behind the scenes look at a professional clubs’ structure from the first team to youth levels.

“Participants in recent renewal courses in conjunction with the New England Revolution, the Portland Timbers and the Boston Breakers of the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) had the opportunity to experience each respective club’s philosophy, culture, structure and how they implement these pieces throughout every level of their programming,” said National Instructor Jay Hoffman. “Candidates had the chance to observe both first team and academy training, interact with coaching and management staff and observe a league match.”

“This new focus provides candidates with a unique opportunity that otherwise may not be available to them. It also provides technical leaders with information that they can take back to their respective coaching environments.”

In addition to renewal courses, “A” license coaches have the opportunity to take part in the Coaching Department International Workshop. The International Workshop involves an educational visit to a leading soccer nation in the world to study their programs and philosophy. Past participants have visited Argentina, Brazil, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, and England. The dates for next year’s International Workshop have been set for March 13-22, 2015. The workshop location and registration details will be announced later this fall.

Current “A” license coaches may renew their license by attending an “A” renewal course, the National “Goalkeeping” course, a National “Youth” course or the International Workshop. Coaches who successfully complete one of these courses will earn eight (8) CEUs. “A” renewal course dates will be available in early 2015.

For inquiries please contact the Coaching Department at coaches@ussoccer.org.

Week 2 Academy Preview: Northwest, Mid-America Sides Among Those Gearing Up for Opener

The second week of the 2014-15 Development Academy season will be in full swing, with 108 scheduled games on the docket for the U-13/14 through U-17/18 age groups.

The Northwest Division will see its first action of the Academy’s eighth season. Seattle Sounders FC’s road trip to Vancouver Whitecaps FC stands out among the many competitive matchups on the horizon this weekend. Last season, Seattle edged Vancouver for the Northwest Division title at the U-17/18 age group, while Vancouver took the top spot in the U-15/16s with Seattle earning third place and a wildcard berth.

Juventus Sport Club makes its U-15/16 and U-17/18 Academy debut on the road against the San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday. The Academy’s other newcomer, FC Golden State, heads into its second week of play against Real So Cal on Saturday. FC Golden State’s first matches at the older age groups included a 2-1 victory by the U-15/16s against Nomads and an offensive-packed 6-5 loss to Nomads at the U-17/18 age group.

Many Central Conference teams also will be playing in their first matches of the new campaign. One intriguing matchup is at the U-17/18s, as last season’s division champion Chicago Fire faces St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri. A good corps of the 2013-14 SLSG Missouri U-15/16 team, which went 15-5-7 in the Mid-America Division last season, is part of this season’s U-17/18 squad. The Fire has some new faces in the mix, including former Crew Soccer Academy Wolves forward Kalenga Selemani and former U.S. U-17 Residency defender Peter Schropp in his first Academy action.

Peter Schropp

Among other anticipated matchups, the Philadelphia Union hosts Players Development Academy at all three age groups on Saturday. Defending U-17/18 national champion PDA, coming off its 2-1 victory against PA Classics, will have a tough test against a Union side that earned a convincing 4-1 win against Baltimore Bays Chelsea last week. All five of the Union U-15/16 and U-17/18 teams’ September games are at home. This is PDA’s lone road game until Oct. 12.

For the latest results during the 2014-15 Development Academy season, visit academy.demosphere.com.

WNT Kicks Off Final Pair of WWC Qualifying Preparation Matches vs. Mexico Tonight at 9:30 ET on ussoccer.com

U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Mexico
Rio Tinto Stadium; Sandy, Utah
Sept. 13, 2014

U.S. WNT WARMS UP FOR QUALIFYING WITH TWO GAMES VS. MEXICO: The U.S. Women’s National Team will face Mexico in a pair of friendlies, on Sept. 13 in Sandy, Utah (7:30 p.m. MT on ussoccer.com), and Sept. 18 in Rochester, New York (7 p.m. ET on ESPN2 and delayed at 12 a.m. ET/9 p.m. PT on Univision Deportes Network). These represent the final matches for both countries before the start of the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship that will automatically send three teams to the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada. Fans can also follow both games on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt and @ussoccer_esp. The USA is 8-2-3 so far in 2014 and will be playing its fourth and fifth matches under head coach Jill Ellis since she was officially named to the position in May.

ROSTER SPOTS: The USA will have had a week of training in Salt Lake City before the first Mexico game, which is the longest training period U.S. head coach Jill Ellis has had with the team since taking over. She and her staff will take full advantage of the 28-player roster. Ellis will not only have to choose 18 players to suit up for each of the two matches against Mexico, but is also tasked with the difficult challenge of choosing 20 players for the roster that will enter the Women’s World Cup qualifying tournament in October. Nineteen players arrived in camp on Sept. 5 with the eight who played in the NWSL Championship Game on Aug. 31 arriving into camp on Sept. 8. The USA’s lone college player, Morgan Brian, arrived on Sept. 8 after participating in her weekend college matches with the University of Virginia. Twenty-seven of the 28 players on the roster played in the NWSL this season with Brian, who is a senior, the only non-professional.

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

9:30 p.m.

Rio Tinto Stadium; Sandy, Utah

Sept. 18

Mexico

7 p.m.

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

#SOLO72: U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo, who has earned 71 shutouts in her 153 caps since debuting for the USA in 2000, needs just one more clean sheet to surpass Briana Scurry’s record, set over 173 caps from 1994-2008. Eleven of Solo’s shutouts have come in world championship play – five in the FIFA Women’s World Cup and six during the Olympics. As a confirmation of her reputation as a big-game player, 42 of Solo’s career shutouts – almost 60 percent – have come in tournament competitions that include world championships, qualifying for the World Cup and Olympics and elite tournaments such as the Algarve Cup, which is held annually in Portugal.

USA LEARNS OPPONENTS FOR WOMEN’S WORLD CUP QUALIFYING: The 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship, which will qualify three teams directly to the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup (and produce one playoff qualifier, as well), will be played from Oct. 15-26 in four host cities in the United States: Chicago, Kansas City, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. The USA opens Group A competition on Oct. 15 in Kansas City against Trinidad & Tobago (7:30 p.m. CT), then heads to Chicago to face Guatemala on Oct. 17 (8 p.m. CT) and finishes the first round in Washington, D.C., against Haiti on Oct. 20 (7:30 p.m. ET). 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).

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 playoff with a South American country for a final berth.

WORLD RECORD AND COUNTING: After scoring from the penalty spot against Switzerland on Aug. 20, U.S. forward Abby Wambach currently has 168 goals in her career. Wambach passed the legendary Mia Hamm to become the world’s all-time leading scorer on June 20, 2013, when she pounded in four goals against South Korea at Red Bull Arena. Hamm had 158 international goals from 1987-2004. The match against Switzerland marked the 108th win for the USA in a game in which Wambach has scored at least one goal (108-2-8). Wambach has scored 43 goals in her past 54 games over 2012, 2013 and 2014. She is also third all-time in assists with 65, behind only Kristine Lilly (105) and Hamm (144).

MORGAN BAGS TWO IN RETURN: Alex Morgan returned to the U.S. team in June for the two matches against France, and her second-half appearance on June 14 in Tampa was her first since November of 2013, an absence due to injury of almost seven months. Morgan entered in the second half against France five days later in East Hartford, Connecticut, and scored two excellent goals to pull out the 2-2 draw, her first scores since June 2, 2012, when she scored twice against Canada in Toronto for a 3-0 U.S. victory. She now has 46 goals (10th all-time) in her 80 caps. Morgan is now fully healthy and fit after playing in 14 NWSL matches this past season. She made her first start since her return from injury on Aug. 20 against Switzerland, playing 65 minutes.

Rochester's Own Abby Wambach

While back in her hometown with the U.S. Women’s National Team, legendary goal scorer Abby Wambach did an appearance a local Chevrolet dealership where as usual she showed love, and vice-versa, to the fine folks of Rochester. N.Y.

2014 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final: Highlights

Seattle Sounders FC overcame a halftime deficit to claim the 2014 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Championship, beating Philadelphia Union 3-1 after extra time.

2014 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final: Obafemi Martins Goal

Obafemi Martins raced past the Philadelphia defense to score an insurance goal as Seattle went up 3-1 in extra time.

2014 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final: Clint Dempsey Goal

Clint Dempsey's combination play with Obafemi Martins gave Seattle a 2-1 in the first period of extra time.

2014 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final: Chad Barrett Goal

Chad Barrett's header leveled the match after a scramble in front of Philadelphia's goal following a corner kick.

2014 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final: Maurice Edu Goal

Maurice Edu headed home from a set piece to give the Union a 1-0 lead late in the first half.

WNT vs. Mexico: Reaction – Sept. 14, 2014

The U.S. Women’s National Team rolled over Mexico 8-0 while scoring four goals in each half in the first of a two-game set between the countries. U.S. head coach Jill Ellis, Alex Morgan, who scored twice with three assists, Abby Wambach, who also had a brace, and goalkeeper Hope Solo, who set the all-time U.S. record for shutouts with her 72nd clean sheet, react to the match.

WNT vs. Mexico: Highlights - Sept. 13, 2014

The U.S. Women’s National Team rolled over Mexico in the first of a two-game set against its CONCACAF foe, scoring four goals in each half to win 8-0 at Rio Tinto Stadium.

One Cap, One Touch, One Goal

On July 7, 2000, a U.S. Women’s National Team featuring numerous young players (but also current U.S. captain Christie Rampone and current U-20 U.S. WNT head coach Michelle French) defeated Italy, 4-1, in Central Islip, New York. In the 87th minute, Bountiful, Utah native Carolyn Putz entered the match to earn her first cap and less than four minutes later scored on her first touch of the game. It would be her only appearance for the full National Team. A college teammate at the University of Washington with Hope Solo, who was on the bench that day, Putz remains the only player from Utah to score for the WNT. With the USA in Salt Lake City to face Mexico, the now Caroline Leith (who is married with three kids) visited practice to recount her one cap, one touch and one goal.

World Cup Qualifying Looms as WNT Prepares for Mexico

The U.S. Women’s National Team will open a two-game set against Mexico on Sept. 19 at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah, but the players and head coach Jill Ellis certainly have an eye on the CONCACAF Women’s World Cup qualifying tournament in October.
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