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There’s a tendency in modern life to reduce everything to its bare essentials, to deny all essences other than the material: New York Red Bulls will host a U.S. Open Cup Round of 16 match Wednesday evening at Red Bull Arena. New York Cosmos will be visiting. The winner will move on to the Quarterfinals; the loser will just move on.

WATCH: Wednesday at 7:30pm ET on ussoccer.com and MSG.

Humans, though, are as much metaphor as material, and so, too, our sporting preoccupations. This is a game of association football, yes - 22 men, a ball, all that - but so, so much more, always. “It’s hard ... there’s so many narratives,” Red Bull goalkeeper Luis Robles said. “It’s hard to keep them all straight; so many stories.” And it’s true, in this case; beyond the simple outlines of competition, there are enough “narratives,” to use Robles’ word, to fill a novella.

Here, then, is a handy guide to some of the prominent strands of narrative wound around this fascinating Open Cup matchup:

World Cup Soccer Moms

Three members of the USA's 2015 Women's World Cup Team have two full-time jobs: professional soccer player and mom. Christie Rampone, Shannon Boxx and Amy Rodriguez explain why it's not always easy, but why being a mom on the USWNT has tremendous rewards.

USA vs. Germany in Women's World Cup Semifinal Featuring Top Teams in the World

U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Germany
2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup – Semifinal
Olympic Stadium; Montreal, Canada
June 30, 2015 

WWC SEMIFINAL BRINGS TOGETHER TOP RANKED TEAMS IN THE WORLD: The U.S. Women’s National Team will contest a semifinal match for the seventh time in its history of Women’s World Cup play (the only country to achieve that feat) when it takes on Germany on Tuesday, June 30, 2015 at Olympic Stadium in Montreal, Canada, at the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup. The match will be broadcast live on FOX and NBC Universo at 7 p.m. ET (6 p.m. CT). Fans can follow all the action on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt and @ussoccer_esp, and follow the team along its journey on Instagram and on Snapchat (ussoccer_wnt). The USA and Germany will play the first of two semifinal matches, as Japan meets England on July 1 in Edmonton, with the USA earning its way into the final four with a 1-0 victory against China PR on June 26 in Ottawa.

FANS CREATE HOME FIELD ATMOSPHERE ABROAD: The U.S. WNT played in front of three sold-out crowds during its Women’s World Cup Send-Off Series and the vast majority of the more than 31,000 at Winnipeg Stadium on June 8 and more than 32,000 on June 12 were also solidly decked out in red, white and blue. The match against Nigeria at BC Place in Vancouver proved to be no different as the crowd of 52,193 fans, mostly of whom were backing the stars and stripes, was the fourth largest to attend a WNT match outside the U.S. Once again, fan support was prominent during the Round of 16 match, and although the crowd was smaller in the mammoth Commonwealth Stadium, a large number of the 19,000 fans that showed up for USA vs. Colombia were decked out in U.S. gear yet again on a Monday night. The quarterfinal against China PR was sold out, and the attendance for the epic USA vs. Germany showdown promises to be another huge pro-USA display as the teams are set to meet in the stadium that has the largest capacity at this year’s tournament with more than 66,000 seats. The U.S. average in World Cup matches so far is 33,550.

U.S. ROSTER NOTES:

  • Since allowing a goal against Australia in its opening match on June 8 in the 27th minute, the U.S. has shut down opponents for 423 straight minutes.
  • The USA has allowed 13 shots on goal over the 450 minutes of action so far and allowed just one against Sweden and two against Nigeria, Colombia and China. Germany is averaging 12 shots on goal per game, after playing matches vs. Thailand, Ivory Coast and Norway in group play, and Sweden and France in the knockout rounds.
  • Five U.S. players have played all 450 minutes of the tournament so far: defenders Julie Johnston, Meghan Klingenberg and Becky Sauerbrunn, midfielder Carli Lloyd and goalkeeper Hope Solo.
  • The U.S. WNT has now advanced to the semifinals of every Women’s World Cup it has participated in (1991, 1995, 1999, 2003, 2007, 2011 and 2015). The USA is the only country to achieve this feat.
  • Carli Lloyd scored her second goal of this year’s Women’s World Cup against China. Lloyd now has four goals in 2015 and 65 for her career. She has scored a total of three World Cup goals, one in 2011 and two in 2015.
  • Alex Morgan scored her first goal in this year’s Women’s World Cup against Colombia. Morgan now has three goals in 2015 and 52 international goals in her career. She has scored a total of three World Cup goals after scoring twice in 2011.
  • Before her start against Nigeria in the final group match, Morgan had only played 25 minutes in the tournament, coming off the bench against Australia and Sweden for 12 and 13 minutes, respectively, before playing 65 minutes against Nigeria. After playing 90 minutes vs. Colombia and 80 against China, she has now played a total of 260 minutes.
  • Morgan Brian, Klingenberg, Johnston, Sydney Leroux and Christen Press all made their World Cup debuts against Australia on June 8. All played against Sweden on June 12 as well, with Brian getting her first start. Klingenberg, Johnston and Leroux all saw action against Nigeria on June 16, while Brian, Klingenberg, Johnston and Press saw action against Colombia on June 22. Against China, Brian made her second start of the tournament, Klingenberg and Johnston made their fifth start, while Press saw action in her fourth game of this World Cup.
  • Press and Leroux also recorded their first World Cup points on June 8, with Press scoring a goal and Leroux an assist. Johnston recorded her first World Cup point against China on June 26 when she assisted on Lloyd’s goal. It was Johnston’s first career assist with the WNT.
  • So far, 19 of the 20 field players on the World Cup roster have seen action in the tournament.
  • Amy Rodriguez made her first appearance of the tournament on June 12 against Sweden, and her first start of the tournament on June 26 against China. Defender Lori Chalupny made her first appearance of the 2015 World Cup when she came in for Ali Krieger in the second half against Colombia on June 22. It was the seventh World Cup appearance of her career.
  • Heather O’Reilly played the last 10 minutes of the game against China on June 26 after coming in as a sub for Alex Morgan. It was O’Reilly’s 12th World Cup appearance of her career.
  • Kelley O’Hara made her debut in this year’s tournament when she started against China PR. It was O’Hara’s first career start in a World Cup match. She had only played one game before, 18 minutes as a substitute in 2011 vs. Sweden.
  • Shannon Boxx and Christie Rampone made their first appearance of the tournament against Nigeria on June 16. Rampone became the oldest player to appear in a World Cup match at 39 years 11 months and 23 days. This is Boxx’s fourth World Cup and Rampone’s fifth.
  • In its last 15 games, the U.S. has surrendered just five goals and has scored 27. Its only defeat of the year came on the first match, a 2-0 loss to France on Feb. 8, 2015, in Lorient, France.
  • Forward Abby Wambach leads the U.S. with six goals in 2015.
  • Chalupny scored against New Zealand in her hometown of St. Louis on April 4, marking it her first goal for the USA since she scored against the Republic of Ireland on Sept. 20, 2008. She scored her second goal of the year against Mexico on May 17, just 45 seconds after coming into the match as a second half sub.
  • Klingenberg scored her second National Team goal on a long-range blast against New Zealand. Her first goal was a similar long-range effort that came against Haiti on Oct. 8, during Women’s World Cup qualifying tournament last year.
  • Johnston has three goals in 2015, all coming in consecutive games. Her three goals were all from set pieces and all assisted by Holiday.
  • Eleven different players have scored for the USA in 2015: Morgan, Wambach, Rodriguez, Press, Johnston, Klingenberg, Rapinoe, Brian, Chalupny, Leroux and Lloyd.
  • U.S. captain Rampone is currently the second most-capped player in U.S. and world history with 307 appearances.
  • Rampone earned her 300th cap against with Mexico on Oct. 24, 2014, and her 307 games are the most of any active player in the world behind only former teammate Kristine Lilly.
  • Defender Becky Sauerbrunn is the only player on the roster to start every game for the USA. She has played the most minutes (1329) of anyone on the team.
  • Holiday leads all U.S. players on the rosters in assists with five in 2015. Holiday was the 2014 U.S. Soccer Female Athlete of the Year.
  • Brian, the USA’s youngest player at age 22, was the 2014 U.S. Soccer Young Female Athlete of the Year. She was also named the 2013 and 2014 Hermann Trophy winner while playing for the University of Virginia.
  • While Wambach is the USA’s top scorer on the roster with 183 goals, Lloyd is next with 65 career international goals and Morgan has 52. Heather O’Reilly has scored 41.
  • Christen Press’ four-goal performance against Argentina in Brazil last December was the ninth such game in U.S. history and second of 2014 after Wambach scored four times against Costa Rica in the final of the CONCACAF Women’s Championship. It was the first-career hat trick for Press.
  • All nine NWSL clubs are represented on the Women’s World Cup roster.

IN THE RECORD BOOKS:

  • Carli Lloyd became the 10th woman in U.S. history to reach 200 caps during the quarterfinal match against China PR on June 26. She is the fourth player on this World Cup roster to reach that mark. Christie Rampone, Abby Wambach and Heather O’Reilly are the other three. She also became the third player in U.S. history to score in her 200th appearance. Wambach and O’Reilly are the other two.
  • Hope Solo recorded her 88th career shutout against China. It was the fourth straight World Cup clean sheet for the USA, and Solo’s ninth in World Cup play, the second most by a U.S. goalkeeper and most in World Cup play behind Brianna Scurry (10).
  • Solo also earned her 175th cap against China. She is now the leader for caps by a goalkeeper in U.S. history. Briana Scurry earned 173 caps in her career (1994-2008).
  • Solo has the most starts by a WNT goalkeeper with 169. Solo is also in 10th place on the WNT’s all-time starts list and behind ninth place Carli Lloyd, who has 172.
  • Solo reached134 goalkeeper wins when the USA defeated China 1-0 on June 26. With the win, Solo became the all-time leader in wins for a goalkeeper in U.S. history. Brian Scurry had 133 during her career (1994-2008).
  • With her first goal of the game against Australia on June 8, U.S. midfielder Megan Rapinoe became the 13th U.S. female player to score 30 goals and tally 30 assists. She currently has 31 goals and 33 assists. Her brace against Australia were her first tallies of 2015.
  • Rapinoe became the 31st American female player to reach the century mark in caps, achieving that feat against New Zealand on April 4. She currently has 106 caps. Lori Chalupny became the 32nd player against Ireland on May 10.
  • With three goals against Argentina on Dec. 18 of last year, Carli Lloyd upped her career total to 61 and moved into sole possession of seventh place on the U.S. WNT’s all-time goal scoring list, passing Shannon MacMillan who scored 60 goals in her career. Lloyd, now with 65 goals, is the highest-scoring player in U.S. history who has played exclusively as a midfielder.
  • 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, 2014. Now with 220, she is seventh on the USA’s all-time list. Abby Wambach (247) and Christie Rampone (307) are the only active players ahead of her.
  • O’Reilly is the second-youngest player to hit 200 caps for the USA. Lilly was 28 years, 9 months and 15 days old when she earned cap No. 200 on May 7, 2000. O’Reilly was 29 years, 2 months and 10 days old when she earned her 200th cap.
  • O’Reilly is currently sixth all-time in assists with 52 and is 13th all-time in goals with 41.
  • In addition to breaking Mia Hamm’s world scoring record, 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 six more and now sits at 45. She has 37 two-goal games, five hat tricks, two four-goal games and one five-goal game.
  • Sydney Leroux is tied with April Heinrichs in 14th place on the all-time U.S. WNT goal-scoring list with 35 goals.
  • With her game-winning goal against England on Feb. 13, Alex Morgan became the 10th player in U.S. history to score 50 or more goals. She now has 52.

2015 FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP NOTES:

  • After scoring three times against Australia in its opening match of the 2015 FIFA WWC, the USA became the second country to reach and then surpass the century mark of World Cup goals scored. The USA currently has scored 105 WWC goals. Christen Press had the honor of scoring the 100th goal in U.S. Women’s World Cup history. Germany scored 10 goals in its opener on June 7 to hit 101 and become the first team to pass 100. The Germans currently have 111 goals after scoring 20 so far in this tournament.
  • The draw with Sweden was the first scoreless draw in U.S. history during group play in a World Cup. It was the second overall scoreless draw for the USA in a World Cup (0-0 against China in the 1999 WWC Final).
  • The USA is making its seventh appearance in a FIFA Women’s World Cup and is one of seven countries to appear in all seven editions of the tournament, the others being Brazil, Germany, Japan, Nigeria, Norway and Sweden. Only the USA, Germany and Japan remain in contention for this year’s tournament title.
  • The U.S. is the only country to have reached semifinals of every FIFA Women’s World Cup. The USA won in 1991 and 1999.
  • The U.S. WNT has now won its group in the World Cup every year except 2011, when it finished second to Sweden.
  • The 90,185 spectators on hand at the Rose Bowl for the USA’s victory against China PR in the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup represent the largest attendance in the tournament’s history. The largest venue at the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup is Olympic Stadium, which seats 66,308.
  • With her first-half goal against Nigeria, Abby Wambach moved into a tie with Germany’s Birgit Prinz for 2nd all-time with 14 World Cup goals. Brazil’s Marta is the leader with 15 goals, including one in this tournament. With Brazil out of this tournament, Wambach has a chance to tie Marta or break the record in Canada.
  • Wambach has scored in every World Cup group stage in which she has played (2003, 2007, 2011, 2015). She has scored seven goals, tallying three in final group stage matches.
  • Nine players on the current USA roster have scored in a Women’s World Cup tournament: Wambach, Megan Rapinoe, Alex Morgan, Carli Lloyd, Lauren Holiday, Heather O’Reilly, Lori Chalupny, Shannon Boxx, and Christen Press.
  • The U.S. WNT is 32-4-5 all-time in the Women’s World Cup, outscoring its opponents 105-33 in 41 games. The 32 wins and 41 games played are FIFA Women’s World Cup records.
  • The USA’s most lopsided victory in the tournament was a 7-0 win against Chinese Taipei in 1991.
  • Michelle Akers’ five goals against Chinese Taipei are the most in a single match in tournament history.
  • The U.S. holds two other individual records with Kristine Lilly playing a record 30 games in five World Cups and goalkeeper Briana Scurry earning a record 10 shutouts. 

BY THE NUMBERS, WWC EDITION:

2                Number of players in U.S. history to be named to Women’s World Cup rosters for

                  non-consecutive tournaments: Brandi Chastain (1991, 1999) and Lori Chalupny (2007, 2015)

2                Number of players who have played in six Women’s World Cups. Formiga of Brazil (1995-2015) and Homare Sawa of Japan (1995-2015) have played in this World Cup, making it six Women’s World Cup tournaments for each of them.

3                Number of players to have played in five Women’s World Cups: Christie Rampone (1997-present), Kristine Lilly of the USA (1991-2007) and Birgit Prinz of Germany (1995-2011). Bente Nordby of Norway (1991-2007) was on five Women’s World Cup rosters but played in four tournaments.

6                Players on the roster who hail from California. Four are from New Jersey, two are from Georgia and two are from St. Louis, Mo.

7                Number of games it will take to win the 2015 Women’s World Cup, up from six in the previous six editions of the tournament.

8                U.S. players on their first Women’s World Cup roster: Ashlyn Harris, Alyssa Naeher, Whitney Engen, Julie Johnston, Meghan Klingenberg, Morgan Brian, Sydney Leroux and Christen Press.

9                Number of clean sheets U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo has recorded in World Cups.

9                Number of players on the U.S. roster who have scored in a WWC tournament.

9                Former FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup champions on the 2015 WWC roster: Harris, Heather O’Reilly and Lori Chalupny (2002); Leroux, Alex Morgan, Klingenberg and Naeher (2008); Johnston and Brian (2012).

11              Number of players, out of 13, who played in the 2012 Olympic gold medal game who made this WWC roster.

14              Goals by Abby Wambach in Women’s World Cup play, a U.S. record.

15              Players on the roster that have played for the USA in a FIFA Women’s World Cup at the youth level.

17              Caps for Johnston, the least of any of the field player on the WWC team. (She had nine when she was named to the WWC roster).

22              Age of Brian, the youngest player on the WWC roster. Johnston is 23.

23              Women’s World Cup matches played by Wambach, the most on the 2015 WWC roster. Rampone has played in 18 Women’s World Cup games while Boxx has 16. Other players in double figures in Women’s World Cup matches are Carli Lloyd (16), Hope Solo (15) and O’Reilly (12).

23              Number of players on Women’s World Cup rosters, up from 21 for the 2011 tournament.

24              Number of nations that are participating, for the first time, in the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup, up from 16 that participated in the previous four editions. The 1991 and 1995 Women’s World Cups featured 12 teams.

28              Average age of the USA’s WWC roster

33              Goals allowed by the U.S. Women in WWC play.

34              Total Women’s World Cup goals scored by the USA’s WWC roster.

40              Age of Rampone, the oldest player on the WWC roster. Boxx is 38.

41              Number of matches played by the USA in the WWC (32-4-5), most by any team.

105            Goals scored by the U.S. Women in WWC play.

105            Average caps per player on the WWC roster.

192            Number of Women’s World Cup matches combined played by the WWC roster.

BATTLE OF THE TWO STARS: The USA (1991 and 1999) and Germany (2003 and 2007) have each won the FIFA Women’s World Cup twice and are currently ranked as the top two teams in the world. Germany is coming off a thrilling 5-4 penalty kick shootout victory against France, while the USA defeated China PR 1-0 to advance to the semifinals. Germany has outscored opponents 20-3 in this year’s World Cup, while the USA has shutout its opponents for 423 straight minutes. The USA and Germany have met on three previous occasions in World Cup play (1991 semifinal, 1999 quarterfinal and 2003 semifinal), with the winner of each game going on to win the tournament title that year. 

In Focus: Germany

German Football Association

Current FIFA World Ranking: 1
2015 Women’s World Cup Qualifying: Winners of the 2013 UEFA Women’s Championship (Country’s 8th title)
Women’s World Cup Finals Appearances: 1991, 1995, 1999, 2003, 2007, 2011, 2015
Record vs. USA: 4-18-7
Head Coach: Silvia Neid
Championship Honors: Women’s World Cup Champions in 2003 and 2007
Leading Women’s World Cup Qualifying Scorers: Celia Okoyino da Mbabi (2)
Key Players: Nadine Angerer, Anja Mittag, Saskia Batusiak, Celia Sasic, Leonie Maier, Dzsenifer Marozsan

Germany Women’s National Team Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): 1-Nadine Angerer (Portland Thorns FC), 12-Almuth Schult (VfL Wolfsburg), 21-Laura Benkarth (SC Freiburg)
DEFENDERS (7): 2-Bianca Schmidt (FFC Frankfurt), 3-Saskia Bartusiak (FFC Frankfurt), 4-Leonie Maier (Bayern Munich), 5-Annike Krahn (Paris Saint-Germain), 14-Babett Peter (VfL Wolfsburg), 15-Jennifer Cramer (FFC Turbine Postdam), 17-Josephine Henning (Paris Saint-Germain)
MIDFIELDERS (7): 6-Simone Laudehr (FFC Frankfurt), 7-Melanie Behringer (Bayern Munich), 10-Dzsenifer Marozsan (FFC Frankfurt), 16-Melanie Leupolz (Bayern Munich), 20-Lena Goessling (VfL Wolfsburg), 22-Tabea Kemme (FFC Turbine Postdam), 23-Sara Daebritz (SC Freiburg)
FORWARDS (6): 8-Pauline Bremer (Bayern Munich), 9-Lena Lotzen (Bayern Munich), 11-Anja Mittag (FC Rosengard), 13-Celia Sasic (FFC Frankfurt), 18-Alexandra Popp (VfL Wolfsburg), 19-Lena Petermann (SC Freiburg) 

GERMANY ROSTER NOTES

  • German captain Nadine Angerer was named the 2013 FIFA World Player of the Year, becoming the first goalkeeper - male or female - to win the award.
  • Angerer is the most experienced player on the roster with 144 caps. She is also the oldest player on the roster at 36-years-old. Sara Debritz is the youngest at 20-years-old.
  • Angerer is the starting goalkeeper for the Portland Thorns of the NWSL and is teammates with U.S. midfielder Tobin Heath and forward Alex Morgan.
  • Five players on the roster have over 100 caps: Angerer, Annike Krahn (122), Melanie Behringer (107), Anja Mittag (125) and Celia Sasic (109).
  • Angerer has a total of nine clean sheets in World Cup play, the same number as U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo. Angerer has recorded two in this year’s World Cup, while Solo has recorded four. The FIFA Women’s World Cup record is currently held by former U.S. goalkeeper Brianna Scurry, who recorded 10 clean sheets in World Cup play.
  • Angerer also holds the record for most minutes without conceding a goal by a goalkeeper with 622. Solo is second with 494.
  • Forward Celia Sasic is the leading goal scorer on the German roster with 63. The next closest player is Mittag with 38 goals. The Germans have scored 20 goals so far at the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup, the most of any team. Sasic leads the German roster with six goals while Mittag has five. Seven other players have scored.
  • U.S. defender Ali Krieger played club soccer for Frankfurt in Germany. Krieger was teammates with numerous German players, including Saskia Batusiak, Simone Laudehr and Dzsenifer Marozsan.
  • Six players on the roster were part of the team that won the 2007 Women’s World Cup. Angerer is the only player that was part of the 2007 and 2003 winning squads.
  • Germany holds the record for most goals scored in Women’s World Cup play with 111 so far. The USA is second with 105.
  • Germany’s head coach Silvia Nied was also the head coach during the German’s run to the 2007 World Cup title.
  • Behind the USA’s 41 Women’s World Cup games played, Germany is the team that has played the most Women’s World Cup matches with 37.
  • Germany went 679 minutes without conceding a goal in World Cup play. The USA is currently riding a streak of 423 shutout minutes.

USA VS. GERMANY SERIES

  • The USA has an all-time record of 18-4-7 against Germany.
  • The last meeting between both sides came on April 5, 2013 in Offenbach, Germany. The game ended in a 3-3 draw.
  • The USA and Germany have met on three previous occasions in World Cup play: a 5-2 USA win on Nov. 27, 1991 in China; a 3-2 USA win on July 1, 1999 in Maryland; and a 3-0 Germany win on Oct. 5, 2003 in Portland, Oregon. The winner of each of those matches has gone onto win the World Cup on each respective year.
  • Since that loss in 2003, the USA has gone 6-0-5 against Germany.
  • Out of the 29 meetings between both teams, only 10 have taken place outside the U.S. or Germany. The USA holds a 6-1-3 advantage in those games.

LAST TIME 
On the field for the USA vs. GER:
April 5, 2013 –Sparda Bank Hessen Stadium; Offenbach, Germany

USA   3          Wambach 47, Rapinoe 55, Morgan 71
GER    3          Kulig 63, Okoyino da Mbabi 85, Mittag 86

Lineups:
USA : 18-Nicole Barnhart; 6-Crystal Dunn, 3-Christie Rampone (capt.), 14-Whitney Engen, 8-Kristie Mewis; 9-Heather O’Reilly (17-Tobin Heath, 77), 7-Shannon Boxx, 12-Lauren Cheney, 15-Megan Rapinoe; 13-Alex Morgan, 20-Abby Wambach (2-Sydney Leroux, 80)
Substitutions Not Used: 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 5-Kelley O’Hara, 11-Ali Krieger, 16-Yael Averbuch, 19-Rachel Buehler, 21-Adrianna Franch, 22-Meghan Klingenberg, 23-Christen Press, 24-Ashlyn Harris, 25-Julie Johnston
Head coach: Tom Sermanni

GER: 1-Nadine Angerer (capt.); 25-Leonie Maier 3-Saskia Bartusiak, 22-Luisa Wensing, 4-Babett Peter (2-Bianca Schmidt, 57); 10-Linda Bresonik (11-Anja Mittag, 60), 8-Kim Kulig, 26-Nadine Keßler, 7-Melanie Behringer (15-Verena Faißt, 46); 13-Celia Okoyino da Mbabi, 14-Dzsenifer Marozsan (9-Alexandra Popp, 88).
Substitutions Not Used: 12-Almuth Schult, 18-Svenja Huth, 21-Kathrin Langert, 23-Josephine Henning, 27-Jennifer Cramer, 28-Tabea Kemme  
Head coach: Silvia Neid

Giant Killers: The 2005 Minnesota Thunder

In 2005, the Minnesota Thunder were U.S. Open Cup Giant Killers and it was no fluke either.

Led by long-time coach and founder Buzz Lagos, the Thunder defeated three MLS teams on their 2005 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup run. After narrowly scraping by the Chicago Fire PDL team 2-1 thanks to an 89th minute Fire own goal, the Thunder turned up the burners and outscored their next three MLS opponents 11-6.

“Most people will focus on their league play and just take the tournament in stride. After our successful 2004 Open Cup tournament, we just made the decision to put our best foot forward for the 2005 Open Cup,” said Lagos who coached the Thunder for 16 years and planned on retiring after the 2005 season. 

WNT Congratulates PNT on Qualifying for 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio

The #USWNT took a moment after training ahead of Tuesday's World Cup Semifinal showdown with Germany to congratulate the U.S. Soccer Paralympic National Team on its achievement of qualifying for the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil! The U.S. PNT placed 7th at the recently completed Cerebral Palsy Football World Championships and will next compete at the Pan American Games later this summer in Toronto. The U.S. WNT faces World-No. 1 ranked Germany at Olympic Stadium in Montreal on June 30 at 7 p.m. on FOX and NBC Universo.

Lloyd Lives up to Reputation with Clutch Game-Winning Goal on 200th Cap

United States Women’s National Team veteran Carli Lloyd earned her 200th cap for her country on Friday, and scored the game-winning goal to send the USA to the semifinals of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

Lloyd is no stranger to owning big moments. The 32-year-old central midfielder scored game-winning goals for the #USWNT in both the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Finals. Lloyd acknowledges that scoring the game-winning goal on her 200th cap is high up on her list of career accolades, but exactly where it ranks is still to be determined. Lloyd, a two-time Olympic Gold medalist, has yet to hoist a World Cup trophy.

“If it were the World Cup final it would definitely be the moment.” Lloyd emphasizes. “But, it’s a quarterfinal, which is still great but I want more and I think that’s what keeps me going and keeps me motivated.  I want to be in that final game and standing on the top podium after that final whistle is blown.”

Lloyd is the U.S. WNT all-time leading goalscorer for a player that has played exclusively as a midfielder and she has been working tirelessly on her aerial game over the past 12 months with trainer James Galanis. “James is probably really happy I put that one away.” Carli said of her towering game-winning header against China. “He’s served me a million balls over the years and he’s always telling me that I need to be more of an aerial presence and attack the ball. That’s what I did. It’s all about the repetition.”

U.S. WNT teammate and 23-year-old centerback Julie Johnston earned the assist on Lloyd’s game-winning header against China on Friday and said she played the ball into the box knowing what the outcome could be. “Carli is going to go up for whatever ball comes her way,” said Johnston, who has helped the U.S. WNT earn four shutouts through five matches of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

Despite being 10 years into her U.S. WNT career, Lloyd still fondly remembers her first cap for the USA. The U.S. WNT earned a 7-0 victory against Ukraine July 10, 2005. Lloyd recalls the feeling of uncertainty; unsure if she would even get into the match. She did get in – playing nearly 20 minutes. But her most vivid memory from that first cap with the senior team was of seeing her name on the back of her jersey. 

“It was so cool and such an honor to see my name on the back of my jersey knowing that the U.S. crest was on the front [as she pointed towards the location of the U.S. crest above her heart]."

Cutting the Field: 2015 USOC Round of 16 Kicks Off Tuesday

CHICAGO (June 29, 2015) - Things are starting to get serious in the 2015 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. The Round of 16 marks the first round in which no new clubs enter the fray, with every team having played at least one match in the 2015 competition.

The Round of 16 features 14 sides from Division I Major League Soccer along with Division II NASL representative New York Cosmos and Division III USL’s Charlotte Independence. The match days are split evenly this week with four games each on Tuesday, June 30 and Wednesday, July 1 across eight different states.

Check out notes and broadcast information for each match below and follow all the Round of 16 action via the competition’s official Twitter account @OpenCup.

Gallery: Indoor Training for the WNT in Montreal

With inclement weather in Montreal, the U.S. WNT headed inside for Sunday's training session.  ussoccer.com gives you a unique look at some silhouette images from the session! The team is back in action Tuesday, June 30th in a semifinal match against Germany. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. ET from Olympic Stadium and will be broadcast on FOX and NBC Universo. 

U.S. PNT Qualifies for Rio 2016 Paralympic Games

CHICAGO (June 27, 2015) – For the first time in its history, the U.S. Paralympic National Team defeated Argentina 4-1 to finish in seventh place at the 2015 Cerebral Palsy Football World Championships at St. George’s Park, and qualify for next summer’s 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

"To beat Argentina for the first time in USPNT history is always going to be special, but to win 4-1 in the World Championships it’s fantastic,” said U.S. PNT head coach Stuart Sharp. “The players stood up well to a tough team who had a lot of experience. I am proud of the character shown by every player on the field. However, to get to this position in the tournament, it took a full squad effort and without the bench players and the players who have trained with the USPNT throughout the year, this would have not been possible.”

A brace from David Garza propelled the USA to victory, as the red, white and blue became one of eight teams to clinch a spot for Rio 2016.

The U.S. PNT will now compete at the 2015 Parapan Am Games in Toronto later this year before fully setting its sights towards the Paralympic Games.

“To say I am proud would be an understatement,” Sharp continued. “We have qualified for the Paralympic Games in Rio 2016 and we will enjoy this moment before we reset our focus for the Para American Games in Toronto this coming August.”

For in-game updates, results, news and more insight on the U.S. PNT, like them on Facebook or follow the team on Twitter @ussoccer_PNT.

 - U.S. Paralympic National Team Match Report -

Match: U.S. Paralympic National Team vs. Argentina
Date: Saturday, June 27, 2015
Competition: 2015 C.P. World Championships

Venue: St. George’s Park; Staffordshire, England

Kickoff: 4:30 p.m. local
Attendance: 100
Weather: 65 degrees 

Scoring Summary:       1          2          F
USA                             1          3          4
ARG                             0          1          1             

USA – David Garza                   30th minute
USA – Seth Jahn                       45
ARG – Matias Salvat                 46
USA – Adam Ballou                   57

Lineups:
USA: 23-Marthell Vasqeuz 5, 2-Gavin Sibayan 7, 6-Adam Ballou 7, 9-Seth Jahn 6 (4-Tyler Bennett 7 56’), 10-Kevin Hensley (capt.) 8, 11-Mason Abbiate 7, 14-David Garza 6
Subs not used: 1-Keith Johnson 7, 3-Bryce Boarman 5, 19-Michael Moore 7
Suspended: 5-Jordan Weise 7
Head Coach: Stuart Sharp 

ARG: 12-Gustavo Nahuelquin 5, 2-Pablo Molina 7 (1-Claudio Figuera 7 29’), 3-Mariano Cortes 7, 4-Rodrigo Luquez 7, 5-Matias Bassi 8 (10-Mariano Morana 8 39’), 7-Rodrigo Lugrin (capt.) 7, 11-Matias Fernandez 7
Subs not used: 6-Maximiliano Fernandez 7, 8-Ezequiel Jaime 7, 9-Duncan Coronel 7, 13-Matias Salvat 5, 14-Alberto Alabarce 7
Head Coach: Osvaldo Jorge Hernandez 

Stats Summary: USA / ARG
Shots: 15 / 14
Shots on Goal: 9 / 7
Saves: 4 / 4
Corner Kicks: 6 / 4
Fouls: 9 / 9
Offsides: 0 / 0

Misconduct Summary:
ARG – Gustavo Nahuelquin (ejection)                 29th minute
ARG – Matias Fernandez (caution)                      31
ARG – Mariano Morana  (caution)                       51
ARG – Mariano Cortes (caution)                         60

Officials:
Referee: Kyunyong Park
Assistant Referee 1: Ashley List
Assistant Referee 2: Scott Henry
Fourth Official: Jon Burridge

Please Note: Games are 60 minutes long.

The Empire Derby: Two of New York's Biggest Teams Battle for City Supremecy

There’s a tendency in modern life to reduce everything to its bare essentials, to deny all essences other than the material: New York Red Bulls will host a U.S. Open Cup Round of 16 match Wednesday evening at Red Bull Arena. New York Cosmos will be visiting. The winner will move on to the Quarterfinals; the loser will just move on.

WATCH: Wednesday at 7:30pm ET on ussoccer.com and MSG.

Humans, though, are as much metaphor as material, and so, too, our sporting preoccupations. This is a game of association football, yes - 22 men, a ball, all that - but so, so much more, always. “It’s hard ... there’s so many narratives,” Red Bull goalkeeper Luis Robles said. “It’s hard to keep them all straight; so many stories.” And it’s true, in this case; beyond the simple outlines of competition, there are enough “narratives,” to use Robles’ word, to fill a novella.

Here, then, is a handy guide to some of the prominent strands of narrative wound around this fascinating Open Cup matchup:

Giant Killers: The 2005 Minnesota Thunder

In 2005, the Minnesota Thunder were U.S. Open Cup Giant Killers and it was no fluke either.

Led by long-time coach and founder Buzz Lagos, the Thunder defeated three MLS teams on their 2005 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup run. After narrowly scraping by the Chicago Fire PDL team 2-1 thanks to an 89th minute Fire own goal, the Thunder turned up the burners and outscored their next three MLS opponents 11-6.

“Most people will focus on their league play and just take the tournament in stride. After our successful 2004 Open Cup tournament, we just made the decision to put our best foot forward for the 2005 Open Cup,” said Lagos who coached the Thunder for 16 years and planned on retiring after the 2005 season. 

Lloyd Lives up to Reputation with Clutch Game-Winning Goal on 200th Cap

United States Women’s National Team veteran Carli Lloyd earned her 200th cap for her country on Friday, and scored the game-winning goal to send the USA to the semifinals of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

Lloyd is no stranger to owning big moments. The 32-year-old central midfielder scored game-winning goals for the #USWNT in both the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Finals. Lloyd acknowledges that scoring the game-winning goal on her 200th cap is high up on her list of career accolades, but exactly where it ranks is still to be determined. Lloyd, a two-time Olympic Gold medalist, has yet to hoist a World Cup trophy.

“If it were the World Cup final it would definitely be the moment.” Lloyd emphasizes. “But, it’s a quarterfinal, which is still great but I want more and I think that’s what keeps me going and keeps me motivated.  I want to be in that final game and standing on the top podium after that final whistle is blown.”

Lloyd is the U.S. WNT all-time leading goalscorer for a player that has played exclusively as a midfielder and she has been working tirelessly on her aerial game over the past 12 months with trainer James Galanis. “James is probably really happy I put that one away.” Carli said of her towering game-winning header against China. “He’s served me a million balls over the years and he’s always telling me that I need to be more of an aerial presence and attack the ball. That’s what I did. It’s all about the repetition.”

U.S. WNT teammate and 23-year-old centerback Julie Johnston earned the assist on Lloyd’s game-winning header against China on Friday and said she played the ball into the box knowing what the outcome could be. “Carli is going to go up for whatever ball comes her way,” said Johnston, who has helped the U.S. WNT earn four shutouts through five matches of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

Despite being 10 years into her U.S. WNT career, Lloyd still fondly remembers her first cap for the USA. The U.S. WNT earned a 7-0 victory against Ukraine July 10, 2005. Lloyd recalls the feeling of uncertainty; unsure if she would even get into the match. She did get in – playing nearly 20 minutes. But her most vivid memory from that first cap with the senior team was of seeing her name on the back of her jersey. 

“It was so cool and such an honor to see my name on the back of my jersey knowing that the U.S. crest was on the front [as she pointed towards the location of the U.S. crest above her heart]."

Gallery: Indoor Training for the WNT in Montreal

With inclement weather in Montreal, the U.S. WNT headed inside for Sunday's training session.  ussoccer.com gives you a unique look at some silhouette images from the session! The team is back in action Tuesday, June 30th in a semifinal match against Germany. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. ET from Olympic Stadium and will be broadcast on FOX and NBC Universo. 

Gallery: USA Shuts Down China on the Way to World Cup Semis

A second-half goal from Carli Lloyd, who wore the captain's armband in her 200th cap for the USWNT, lifted the USA to a 1-0 win against China PR in the 2015 Women's World Cup Quarterfinal. The U.S. defense put in another sterling effort to pitch its fourth consecutive clean sheet and send the USA to a Semifinal match up with Germany next Tuesday, June 30 in Montreal. The Semifinal kicks off at 7 p.m. ET from Olympic Stadium and will be broadcast on FOX. #Believe

Gallery: The Road to Quarters

Take a look back at the USWNT's first four games of the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup. Watch the team take on China in the quarterfinals tonight. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. ET and will be televised on FOX and NBC Universo.

Carli Lloyd Surprises #USA Fans in Ottawa

The U.S. WNT released a campaign prior to the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup that was created to empower young women. ussoccer.com had the opportunity to interview some young athletes to find out what the #SheBelieves message meant to them.

Back for More

A look down the list of matchups between lower-league sides and MLS clubs prior to the Fourth Round of the 2015 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup might have given a glimmer of an upset or two.

Keeping Tobin Tethered to Earth

Tobin Heath – her long brown hair worn in a loose and messy ponytail, a few pieces always escaping out the sides – was known to skateboard through the UNC campus, her main mode of transportation since she was a kid. In Chapel Hill, sidewalks are made out of brick, not ideal for skateboarding, which meant Tobin cruised up the street, often rolling right up to the soccer field.

Anson Dorrance, UNC women’s soccer coach, comments, “I lived in abject terror that she was going to get hit.”  (Which did happen once. The “non morning person” came down the hill on her way to 8am class, just going for it, hoping a car wouldn’t be there – it was. “I ended up totally wiping out - and the car broke my board.”)

Born and raised in New Jersey, Tobin, winger for the U.S. national team, is more California in both vibe and pastime – on the national team bus, she listens to reggae and reads Surfer magazine. In the one summer she did spend in Los Angeles, rooming with fellow national team player Kelley O’Hara, the pair had a daily routine: train, skate to beach, surf, and train some more.  

Tobin Heath on Beach
The beach is one of Heath's favorite places to be

Gallery: #USWNT Travels to Ottawa for World Cup Quarterfinals

Photos from the #USWNT's travel from Edmonton to Ottawa ahead of the World Cup Quarterfinals.  The WNT continues its World Cup quest against China PR on Friday, June 26, at 7:30 p.m. ET. The Quarterfinal match will take place at Lansdowne Stadium in Ottawa, Canada. The game will be broadcast live on FOX and NBC Universo. Fans can also follow in-game updates on Twitter(@ussoccer_wnt and @ussoccer_esp).

USA vs. Germany in Women's World Cup Semifinal Featuring Top Teams in the World

U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Germany
2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup – Semifinal
Olympic Stadium; Montreal, Canada
June 30, 2015 

WWC SEMIFINAL BRINGS TOGETHER TOP RANKED TEAMS IN THE WORLD: The U.S. Women’s National Team will contest a semifinal match for the seventh time in its history of Women’s World Cup play (the only country to achieve that feat) when it takes on Germany on Tuesday, June 30, 2015 at Olympic Stadium in Montreal, Canada, at the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup. The match will be broadcast live on FOX and NBC Universo at 7 p.m. ET (6 p.m. CT). Fans can follow all the action on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt and @ussoccer_esp, and follow the team along its journey on Instagram and on Snapchat (ussoccer_wnt). The USA and Germany will play the first of two semifinal matches, as Japan meets England on July 1 in Edmonton, with the USA earning its way into the final four with a 1-0 victory against China PR on June 26 in Ottawa.

FANS CREATE HOME FIELD ATMOSPHERE ABROAD: The U.S. WNT played in front of three sold-out crowds during its Women’s World Cup Send-Off Series and the vast majority of the more than 31,000 at Winnipeg Stadium on June 8 and more than 32,000 on June 12 were also solidly decked out in red, white and blue. The match against Nigeria at BC Place in Vancouver proved to be no different as the crowd of 52,193 fans, mostly of whom were backing the stars and stripes, was the fourth largest to attend a WNT match outside the U.S. Once again, fan support was prominent during the Round of 16 match, and although the crowd was smaller in the mammoth Commonwealth Stadium, a large number of the 19,000 fans that showed up for USA vs. Colombia were decked out in U.S. gear yet again on a Monday night. The quarterfinal against China PR was sold out, and the attendance for the epic USA vs. Germany showdown promises to be another huge pro-USA display as the teams are set to meet in the stadium that has the largest capacity at this year’s tournament with more than 66,000 seats. The U.S. average in World Cup matches so far is 33,550.

U.S. ROSTER NOTES:

  • Since allowing a goal against Australia in its opening match on June 8 in the 27th minute, the U.S. has shut down opponents for 423 straight minutes.
  • The USA has allowed 13 shots on goal over the 450 minutes of action so far and allowed just one against Sweden and two against Nigeria, Colombia and China. Germany is averaging 12 shots on goal per game, after playing matches vs. Thailand, Ivory Coast and Norway in group play, and Sweden and France in the knockout rounds.
  • Five U.S. players have played all 450 minutes of the tournament so far: defenders Julie Johnston, Meghan Klingenberg and Becky Sauerbrunn, midfielder Carli Lloyd and goalkeeper Hope Solo.
  • The U.S. WNT has now advanced to the semifinals of every Women’s World Cup it has participated in (1991, 1995, 1999, 2003, 2007, 2011 and 2015). The USA is the only country to achieve this feat.
  • Carli Lloyd scored her second goal of this year’s Women’s World Cup against China. Lloyd now has four goals in 2015 and 65 for her career. She has scored a total of three World Cup goals, one in 2011 and two in 2015.
  • Alex Morgan scored her first goal in this year’s Women’s World Cup against Colombia. Morgan now has three goals in 2015 and 52 international goals in her career. She has scored a total of three World Cup goals after scoring twice in 2011.
  • Before her start against Nigeria in the final group match, Morgan had only played 25 minutes in the tournament, coming off the bench against Australia and Sweden for 12 and 13 minutes, respectively, before playing 65 minutes against Nigeria. After playing 90 minutes vs. Colombia and 80 against China, she has now played a total of 260 minutes.
  • Morgan Brian, Klingenberg, Johnston, Sydney Leroux and Christen Press all made their World Cup debuts against Australia on June 8. All played against Sweden on June 12 as well, with Brian getting her first start. Klingenberg, Johnston and Leroux all saw action against Nigeria on June 16, while Brian, Klingenberg, Johnston and Press saw action against Colombia on June 22. Against China, Brian made her second start of the tournament, Klingenberg and Johnston made their fifth start, while Press saw action in her fourth game of this World Cup.
  • Press and Leroux also recorded their first World Cup points on June 8, with Press scoring a goal and Leroux an assist. Johnston recorded her first World Cup point against China on June 26 when she assisted on Lloyd’s goal. It was Johnston’s first career assist with the WNT.
  • So far, 19 of the 20 field players on the World Cup roster have seen action in the tournament.
  • Amy Rodriguez made her first appearance of the tournament on June 12 against Sweden, and her first start of the tournament on June 26 against China. Defender Lori Chalupny made her first appearance of the 2015 World Cup when she came in for Ali Krieger in the second half against Colombia on June 22. It was the seventh World Cup appearance of her career.
  • Heather O’Reilly played the last 10 minutes of the game against China on June 26 after coming in as a sub for Alex Morgan. It was O’Reilly’s 12th World Cup appearance of her career.
  • Kelley O’Hara made her debut in this year’s tournament when she started against China PR. It was O’Hara’s first career start in a World Cup match. She had only played one game before, 18 minutes as a substitute in 2011 vs. Sweden.
  • Shannon Boxx and Christie Rampone made their first appearance of the tournament against Nigeria on June 16. Rampone became the oldest player to appear in a World Cup match at 39 years 11 months and 23 days. This is Boxx’s fourth World Cup and Rampone’s fifth.
  • In its last 15 games, the U.S. has surrendered just five goals and has scored 27. Its only defeat of the year came on the first match, a 2-0 loss to France on Feb. 8, 2015, in Lorient, France.
  • Forward Abby Wambach leads the U.S. with six goals in 2015.
  • Chalupny scored against New Zealand in her hometown of St. Louis on April 4, marking it her first goal for the USA since she scored against the Republic of Ireland on Sept. 20, 2008. She scored her second goal of the year against Mexico on May 17, just 45 seconds after coming into the match as a second half sub.
  • Klingenberg scored her second National Team goal on a long-range blast against New Zealand. Her first goal was a similar long-range effort that came against Haiti on Oct. 8, during Women’s World Cup qualifying tournament last year.
  • Johnston has three goals in 2015, all coming in consecutive games. Her three goals were all from set pieces and all assisted by Holiday.
  • Eleven different players have scored for the USA in 2015: Morgan, Wambach, Rodriguez, Press, Johnston, Klingenberg, Rapinoe, Brian, Chalupny, Leroux and Lloyd.
  • U.S. captain Rampone is currently the second most-capped player in U.S. and world history with 307 appearances.
  • Rampone earned her 300th cap against with Mexico on Oct. 24, 2014, and her 307 games are the most of any active player in the world behind only former teammate Kristine Lilly.
  • Defender Becky Sauerbrunn is the only player on the roster to start every game for the USA. She has played the most minutes (1329) of anyone on the team.
  • Holiday leads all U.S. players on the rosters in assists with five in 2015. Holiday was the 2014 U.S. Soccer Female Athlete of the Year.
  • Brian, the USA’s youngest player at age 22, was the 2014 U.S. Soccer Young Female Athlete of the Year. She was also named the 2013 and 2014 Hermann Trophy winner while playing for the University of Virginia.
  • While Wambach is the USA’s top scorer on the roster with 183 goals, Lloyd is next with 65 career international goals and Morgan has 52. Heather O’Reilly has scored 41.
  • Christen Press’ four-goal performance against Argentina in Brazil last December was the ninth such game in U.S. history and second of 2014 after Wambach scored four times against Costa Rica in the final of the CONCACAF Women’s Championship. It was the first-career hat trick for Press.
  • All nine NWSL clubs are represented on the Women’s World Cup roster.

IN THE RECORD BOOKS:

  • Carli Lloyd became the 10th woman in U.S. history to reach 200 caps during the quarterfinal match against China PR on June 26. She is the fourth player on this World Cup roster to reach that mark. Christie Rampone, Abby Wambach and Heather O’Reilly are the other three. She also became the third player in U.S. history to score in her 200th appearance. Wambach and O’Reilly are the other two.
  • Hope Solo recorded her 88th career shutout against China. It was the fourth straight World Cup clean sheet for the USA, and Solo’s ninth in World Cup play, the second most by a U.S. goalkeeper and most in World Cup play behind Brianna Scurry (10).
  • Solo also earned her 175th cap against China. She is now the leader for caps by a goalkeeper in U.S. history. Briana Scurry earned 173 caps in her career (1994-2008).
  • Solo has the most starts by a WNT goalkeeper with 169. Solo is also in 10th place on the WNT’s all-time starts list and behind ninth place Carli Lloyd, who has 172.
  • Solo reached134 goalkeeper wins when the USA defeated China 1-0 on June 26. With the win, Solo became the all-time leader in wins for a goalkeeper in U.S. history. Brian Scurry had 133 during her career (1994-2008).
  • With her first goal of the game against Australia on June 8, U.S. midfielder Megan Rapinoe became the 13th U.S. female player to score 30 goals and tally 30 assists. She currently has 31 goals and 33 assists. Her brace against Australia were her first tallies of 2015.
  • Rapinoe became the 31st American female player to reach the century mark in caps, achieving that feat against New Zealand on April 4. She currently has 106 caps. Lori Chalupny became the 32nd player against Ireland on May 10.
  • With three goals against Argentina on Dec. 18 of last year, Carli Lloyd upped her career total to 61 and moved into sole possession of seventh place on the U.S. WNT’s all-time goal scoring list, passing Shannon MacMillan who scored 60 goals in her career. Lloyd, now with 65 goals, is the highest-scoring player in U.S. history who has played exclusively as a midfielder.
  • 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, 2014. Now with 220, she is seventh on the USA’s all-time list. Abby Wambach (247) and Christie Rampone (307) are the only active players ahead of her.
  • O’Reilly is the second-youngest player to hit 200 caps for the USA. Lilly was 28 years, 9 months and 15 days old when she earned cap No. 200 on May 7, 2000. O’Reilly was 29 years, 2 months and 10 days old when she earned her 200th cap.
  • O’Reilly is currently sixth all-time in assists with 52 and is 13th all-time in goals with 41.
  • In addition to breaking Mia Hamm’s world scoring record, 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 six more and now sits at 45. She has 37 two-goal games, five hat tricks, two four-goal games and one five-goal game.
  • Sydney Leroux is tied with April Heinrichs in 14th place on the all-time U.S. WNT goal-scoring list with 35 goals.
  • With her game-winning goal against England on Feb. 13, Alex Morgan became the 10th player in U.S. history to score 50 or more goals. She now has 52.

2015 FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP NOTES:

  • After scoring three times against Australia in its opening match of the 2015 FIFA WWC, the USA became the second country to reach and then surpass the century mark of World Cup goals scored. The USA currently has scored 105 WWC goals. Christen Press had the honor of scoring the 100th goal in U.S. Women’s World Cup history. Germany scored 10 goals in its opener on June 7 to hit 101 and become the first team to pass 100. The Germans currently have 111 goals after scoring 20 so far in this tournament.
  • The draw with Sweden was the first scoreless draw in U.S. history during group play in a World Cup. It was the second overall scoreless draw for the USA in a World Cup (0-0 against China in the 1999 WWC Final).
  • The USA is making its seventh appearance in a FIFA Women’s World Cup and is one of seven countries to appear in all seven editions of the tournament, the others being Brazil, Germany, Japan, Nigeria, Norway and Sweden. Only the USA, Germany and Japan remain in contention for this year’s tournament title.
  • The U.S. is the only country to have reached semifinals of every FIFA Women’s World Cup. The USA won in 1991 and 1999.
  • The U.S. WNT has now won its group in the World Cup every year except 2011, when it finished second to Sweden.
  • The 90,185 spectators on hand at the Rose Bowl for the USA’s victory against China PR in the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup represent the largest attendance in the tournament’s history. The largest venue at the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup is Olympic Stadium, which seats 66,308.
  • With her first-half goal against Nigeria, Abby Wambach moved into a tie with Germany’s Birgit Prinz for 2nd all-time with 14 World Cup goals. Brazil’s Marta is the leader with 15 goals, including one in this tournament. With Brazil out of this tournament, Wambach has a chance to tie Marta or break the record in Canada.
  • Wambach has scored in every World Cup group stage in which she has played (2003, 2007, 2011, 2015). She has scored seven goals, tallying three in final group stage matches.
  • Nine players on the current USA roster have scored in a Women’s World Cup tournament: Wambach, Megan Rapinoe, Alex Morgan, Carli Lloyd, Lauren Holiday, Heather O’Reilly, Lori Chalupny, Shannon Boxx, and Christen Press.
  • The U.S. WNT is 32-4-5 all-time in the Women’s World Cup, outscoring its opponents 105-33 in 41 games. The 32 wins and 41 games played are FIFA Women’s World Cup records.
  • The USA’s most lopsided victory in the tournament was a 7-0 win against Chinese Taipei in 1991.
  • Michelle Akers’ five goals against Chinese Taipei are the most in a single match in tournament history.
  • The U.S. holds two other individual records with Kristine Lilly playing a record 30 games in five World Cups and goalkeeper Briana Scurry earning a record 10 shutouts. 

BY THE NUMBERS, WWC EDITION:

2                Number of players in U.S. history to be named to Women’s World Cup rosters for

                  non-consecutive tournaments: Brandi Chastain (1991, 1999) and Lori Chalupny (2007, 2015)

2                Number of players who have played in six Women’s World Cups. Formiga of Brazil (1995-2015) and Homare Sawa of Japan (1995-2015) have played in this World Cup, making it six Women’s World Cup tournaments for each of them.

3                Number of players to have played in five Women’s World Cups: Christie Rampone (1997-present), Kristine Lilly of the USA (1991-2007) and Birgit Prinz of Germany (1995-2011). Bente Nordby of Norway (1991-2007) was on five Women’s World Cup rosters but played in four tournaments.

6                Players on the roster who hail from California. Four are from New Jersey, two are from Georgia and two are from St. Louis, Mo.

7                Number of games it will take to win the 2015 Women’s World Cup, up from six in the previous six editions of the tournament.

8                U.S. players on their first Women’s World Cup roster: Ashlyn Harris, Alyssa Naeher, Whitney Engen, Julie Johnston, Meghan Klingenberg, Morgan Brian, Sydney Leroux and Christen Press.

9                Number of clean sheets U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo has recorded in World Cups.

9                Number of players on the U.S. roster who have scored in a WWC tournament.

9                Former FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup champions on the 2015 WWC roster: Harris, Heather O’Reilly and Lori Chalupny (2002); Leroux, Alex Morgan, Klingenberg and Naeher (2008); Johnston and Brian (2012).

11              Number of players, out of 13, who played in the 2012 Olympic gold medal game who made this WWC roster.

14              Goals by Abby Wambach in Women’s World Cup play, a U.S. record.

15              Players on the roster that have played for the USA in a FIFA Women’s World Cup at the youth level.

17              Caps for Johnston, the least of any of the field player on the WWC team. (She had nine when she was named to the WWC roster).

22              Age of Brian, the youngest player on the WWC roster. Johnston is 23.

23              Women’s World Cup matches played by Wambach, the most on the 2015 WWC roster. Rampone has played in 18 Women’s World Cup games while Boxx has 16. Other players in double figures in Women’s World Cup matches are Carli Lloyd (16), Hope Solo (15) and O’Reilly (12).

23              Number of players on Women’s World Cup rosters, up from 21 for the 2011 tournament.

24              Number of nations that are participating, for the first time, in the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup, up from 16 that participated in the previous four editions. The 1991 and 1995 Women’s World Cups featured 12 teams.

28              Average age of the USA’s WWC roster

33              Goals allowed by the U.S. Women in WWC play.

34              Total Women’s World Cup goals scored by the USA’s WWC roster.

40              Age of Rampone, the oldest player on the WWC roster. Boxx is 38.

41              Number of matches played by the USA in the WWC (32-4-5), most by any team.

105            Goals scored by the U.S. Women in WWC play.

105            Average caps per player on the WWC roster.

192            Number of Women’s World Cup matches combined played by the WWC roster.

BATTLE OF THE TWO STARS: The USA (1991 and 1999) and Germany (2003 and 2007) have each won the FIFA Women’s World Cup twice and are currently ranked as the top two teams in the world. Germany is coming off a thrilling 5-4 penalty kick shootout victory against France, while the USA defeated China PR 1-0 to advance to the semifinals. Germany has outscored opponents 20-3 in this year’s World Cup, while the USA has shutout its opponents for 423 straight minutes. The USA and Germany have met on three previous occasions in World Cup play (1991 semifinal, 1999 quarterfinal and 2003 semifinal), with the winner of each game going on to win the tournament title that year. 

In Focus: Germany

German Football Association

Current FIFA World Ranking: 1
2015 Women’s World Cup Qualifying: Winners of the 2013 UEFA Women’s Championship (Country’s 8th title)
Women’s World Cup Finals Appearances: 1991, 1995, 1999, 2003, 2007, 2011, 2015
Record vs. USA: 4-18-7
Head Coach: Silvia Neid
Championship Honors: Women’s World Cup Champions in 2003 and 2007
Leading Women’s World Cup Qualifying Scorers: Celia Okoyino da Mbabi (2)
Key Players: Nadine Angerer, Anja Mittag, Saskia Batusiak, Celia Sasic, Leonie Maier, Dzsenifer Marozsan

Germany Women’s National Team Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): 1-Nadine Angerer (Portland Thorns FC), 12-Almuth Schult (VfL Wolfsburg), 21-Laura Benkarth (SC Freiburg)
DEFENDERS (7): 2-Bianca Schmidt (FFC Frankfurt), 3-Saskia Bartusiak (FFC Frankfurt), 4-Leonie Maier (Bayern Munich), 5-Annike Krahn (Paris Saint-Germain), 14-Babett Peter (VfL Wolfsburg), 15-Jennifer Cramer (FFC Turbine Postdam), 17-Josephine Henning (Paris Saint-Germain)
MIDFIELDERS (7): 6-Simone Laudehr (FFC Frankfurt), 7-Melanie Behringer (Bayern Munich), 10-Dzsenifer Marozsan (FFC Frankfurt), 16-Melanie Leupolz (Bayern Munich), 20-Lena Goessling (VfL Wolfsburg), 22-Tabea Kemme (FFC Turbine Postdam), 23-Sara Daebritz (SC Freiburg)
FORWARDS (6): 8-Pauline Bremer (Bayern Munich), 9-Lena Lotzen (Bayern Munich), 11-Anja Mittag (FC Rosengard), 13-Celia Sasic (FFC Frankfurt), 18-Alexandra Popp (VfL Wolfsburg), 19-Lena Petermann (SC Freiburg) 

GERMANY ROSTER NOTES

  • German captain Nadine Angerer was named the 2013 FIFA World Player of the Year, becoming the first goalkeeper - male or female - to win the award.
  • Angerer is the most experienced player on the roster with 144 caps. She is also the oldest player on the roster at 36-years-old. Sara Debritz is the youngest at 20-years-old.
  • Angerer is the starting goalkeeper for the Portland Thorns of the NWSL and is teammates with U.S. midfielder Tobin Heath and forward Alex Morgan.
  • Five players on the roster have over 100 caps: Angerer, Annike Krahn (122), Melanie Behringer (107), Anja Mittag (125) and Celia Sasic (109).
  • Angerer has a total of nine clean sheets in World Cup play, the same number as U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo. Angerer has recorded two in this year’s World Cup, while Solo has recorded four. The FIFA Women’s World Cup record is currently held by former U.S. goalkeeper Brianna Scurry, who recorded 10 clean sheets in World Cup play.
  • Angerer also holds the record for most minutes without conceding a goal by a goalkeeper with 622. Solo is second with 494.
  • Forward Celia Sasic is the leading goal scorer on the German roster with 63. The next closest player is Mittag with 38 goals. The Germans have scored 20 goals so far at the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup, the most of any team. Sasic leads the German roster with six goals while Mittag has five. Seven other players have scored.
  • U.S. defender Ali Krieger played club soccer for Frankfurt in Germany. Krieger was teammates with numerous German players, including Saskia Batusiak, Simone Laudehr and Dzsenifer Marozsan.
  • Six players on the roster were part of the team that won the 2007 Women’s World Cup. Angerer is the only player that was part of the 2007 and 2003 winning squads.
  • Germany holds the record for most goals scored in Women’s World Cup play with 111 so far. The USA is second with 105.
  • Germany’s head coach Silvia Nied was also the head coach during the German’s run to the 2007 World Cup title.
  • Behind the USA’s 41 Women’s World Cup games played, Germany is the team that has played the most Women’s World Cup matches with 37.
  • Germany went 679 minutes without conceding a goal in World Cup play. The USA is currently riding a streak of 423 shutout minutes.

USA VS. GERMANY SERIES

  • The USA has an all-time record of 18-4-7 against Germany.
  • The last meeting between both sides came on April 5, 2013 in Offenbach, Germany. The game ended in a 3-3 draw.
  • The USA and Germany have met on three previous occasions in World Cup play: a 5-2 USA win on Nov. 27, 1991 in China; a 3-2 USA win on July 1, 1999 in Maryland; and a 3-0 Germany win on Oct. 5, 2003 in Portland, Oregon. The winner of each of those matches has gone onto win the World Cup on each respective year.
  • Since that loss in 2003, the USA has gone 6-0-5 against Germany.
  • Out of the 29 meetings between both teams, only 10 have taken place outside the U.S. or Germany. The USA holds a 6-1-3 advantage in those games.

LAST TIME 
On the field for the USA vs. GER:
April 5, 2013 –Sparda Bank Hessen Stadium; Offenbach, Germany

USA   3          Wambach 47, Rapinoe 55, Morgan 71
GER    3          Kulig 63, Okoyino da Mbabi 85, Mittag 86

Lineups:
USA : 18-Nicole Barnhart; 6-Crystal Dunn, 3-Christie Rampone (capt.), 14-Whitney Engen, 8-Kristie Mewis; 9-Heather O’Reilly (17-Tobin Heath, 77), 7-Shannon Boxx, 12-Lauren Cheney, 15-Megan Rapinoe; 13-Alex Morgan, 20-Abby Wambach (2-Sydney Leroux, 80)
Substitutions Not Used: 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 5-Kelley O’Hara, 11-Ali Krieger, 16-Yael Averbuch, 19-Rachel Buehler, 21-Adrianna Franch, 22-Meghan Klingenberg, 23-Christen Press, 24-Ashlyn Harris, 25-Julie Johnston
Head coach: Tom Sermanni

GER: 1-Nadine Angerer (capt.); 25-Leonie Maier 3-Saskia Bartusiak, 22-Luisa Wensing, 4-Babett Peter (2-Bianca Schmidt, 57); 10-Linda Bresonik (11-Anja Mittag, 60), 8-Kim Kulig, 26-Nadine Keßler, 7-Melanie Behringer (15-Verena Faißt, 46); 13-Celia Okoyino da Mbabi, 14-Dzsenifer Marozsan (9-Alexandra Popp, 88).
Substitutions Not Used: 12-Almuth Schult, 18-Svenja Huth, 21-Kathrin Langert, 23-Josephine Henning, 27-Jennifer Cramer, 28-Tabea Kemme  
Head coach: Silvia Neid

Cutting the Field: 2015 USOC Round of 16 Kicks Off Tuesday

CHICAGO (June 29, 2015) - Things are starting to get serious in the 2015 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. The Round of 16 marks the first round in which no new clubs enter the fray, with every team having played at least one match in the 2015 competition.

The Round of 16 features 14 sides from Division I Major League Soccer along with Division II NASL representative New York Cosmos and Division III USL’s Charlotte Independence. The match days are split evenly this week with four games each on Tuesday, June 30 and Wednesday, July 1 across eight different states.

Check out notes and broadcast information for each match below and follow all the Round of 16 action via the competition’s official Twitter account @OpenCup.

U.S. PNT Qualifies for Rio 2016 Paralympic Games

CHICAGO (June 27, 2015) – For the first time in its history, the U.S. Paralympic National Team defeated Argentina 4-1 to finish in seventh place at the 2015 Cerebral Palsy Football World Championships at St. George’s Park, and qualify for next summer’s 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

"To beat Argentina for the first time in USPNT history is always going to be special, but to win 4-1 in the World Championships it’s fantastic,” said U.S. PNT head coach Stuart Sharp. “The players stood up well to a tough team who had a lot of experience. I am proud of the character shown by every player on the field. However, to get to this position in the tournament, it took a full squad effort and without the bench players and the players who have trained with the USPNT throughout the year, this would have not been possible.”

A brace from David Garza propelled the USA to victory, as the red, white and blue became one of eight teams to clinch a spot for Rio 2016.

The U.S. PNT will now compete at the 2015 Parapan Am Games in Toronto later this year before fully setting its sights towards the Paralympic Games.

“To say I am proud would be an understatement,” Sharp continued. “We have qualified for the Paralympic Games in Rio 2016 and we will enjoy this moment before we reset our focus for the Para American Games in Toronto this coming August.”

For in-game updates, results, news and more insight on the U.S. PNT, like them on Facebook or follow the team on Twitter @ussoccer_PNT.

 - U.S. Paralympic National Team Match Report -

Match: U.S. Paralympic National Team vs. Argentina
Date: Saturday, June 27, 2015
Competition: 2015 C.P. World Championships

Venue: St. George’s Park; Staffordshire, England

Kickoff: 4:30 p.m. local
Attendance: 100
Weather: 65 degrees 

Scoring Summary:       1          2          F
USA                             1          3          4
ARG                             0          1          1             

USA – David Garza                   30th minute
USA – Seth Jahn                       45
ARG – Matias Salvat                 46
USA – Adam Ballou                   57

Lineups:
USA: 23-Marthell Vasqeuz 5, 2-Gavin Sibayan 7, 6-Adam Ballou 7, 9-Seth Jahn 6 (4-Tyler Bennett 7 56’), 10-Kevin Hensley (capt.) 8, 11-Mason Abbiate 7, 14-David Garza 6
Subs not used: 1-Keith Johnson 7, 3-Bryce Boarman 5, 19-Michael Moore 7
Suspended: 5-Jordan Weise 7
Head Coach: Stuart Sharp 

ARG: 12-Gustavo Nahuelquin 5, 2-Pablo Molina 7 (1-Claudio Figuera 7 29’), 3-Mariano Cortes 7, 4-Rodrigo Luquez 7, 5-Matias Bassi 8 (10-Mariano Morana 8 39’), 7-Rodrigo Lugrin (capt.) 7, 11-Matias Fernandez 7
Subs not used: 6-Maximiliano Fernandez 7, 8-Ezequiel Jaime 7, 9-Duncan Coronel 7, 13-Matias Salvat 5, 14-Alberto Alabarce 7
Head Coach: Osvaldo Jorge Hernandez 

Stats Summary: USA / ARG
Shots: 15 / 14
Shots on Goal: 9 / 7
Saves: 4 / 4
Corner Kicks: 6 / 4
Fouls: 9 / 9
Offsides: 0 / 0

Misconduct Summary:
ARG – Gustavo Nahuelquin (ejection)                 29th minute
ARG – Matias Fernandez (caution)                      31
ARG – Mariano Morana  (caution)                       51
ARG – Mariano Cortes (caution)                         60

Officials:
Referee: Kyunyong Park
Assistant Referee 1: Ashley List
Assistant Referee 2: Scott Henry
Fourth Official: Jon Burridge

Please Note: Games are 60 minutes long.

U-15/16 Academy Playoff Quarterfinals Set

The 2014-15 Development Academy Playoffs group stage for the U-15/16 age group concluded Friday afternoon at Grand Park in Westfield, Indiana following a weather delay. When it was all said and done, eight teams won their respective groups and advanced to the knockout rounds.

The matchups for the Quarterfinals, which will take place on July 8 at the home site of the top four seeds, are as follows:

Georgia United was the first team to secure their place in the next round when they won Group G with their third straight win earlier in the morning.

The remaining matches kicked off at 11:15 a.m. ET, but lightning in the general vicinity around the 60th minute mark forced a weather delay.

The New England Revolution, Chivas USA and Vancouver Whitecaps were leading their respective groups going into the day, and maintained their lead in their final match to advance as winners of Groups A, C and H, respectively.

Four matches, which pit the top two teams in their respective groups – with the winner advancing – resumed after a two and a half hour delay. The New York Red Bulls would go on to defeat the Portland Timbers 4-2 to win Group G on nine points, Beachside Soccer Club tied Orlando City SC 1-1 and won Group E with seven points, the Philadelphia Union defeated the Houston Dynamo 2-0 to win Group F with nine points, and FC Dallas defeated the LA Galaxy 2-0 to claim Group B with nine points.

As group winners, the eight teams advance to a single-game knockout round played at the higher seed’s home facility on July 8. The four winners from the quarterfinals will advance to the Academy Championships, the semifinals will take place on July 16 in Carson, California. The Championship games for each age group will be played on July 18.

END OF YEAR AWARDS: The following players were recognized as the 2014-15 U.S. Soccer Development Academy Conference XI for each U-15/16 conference:

Eastern Conference:
Goalkeeper: Trey Miller (New England Revolution)
Defenders: Daniel Jones (New England Revolution), Jordi Avila (Kendall SC), Mason Deeds (New York Red Bulls), Jonathan Rosales (Orlando City SC)
Midfielders: Chris Durkin (Richmond United), Raul Aguilera (Orlando City SC), Jose Carranza (D.C. United)
Forwards: Patrick Okonkwo (Georgia United), Colby Agu (Capital Area RailHawks Academy-CASL), Brian Saramago (New York Red Bulls)

Central Conference:
Goalkeeper: Ben Hale (FC Dallas)
Defenders: Aiden Stanley (St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri), Reggie Cannon (FC Dallas), Gabe Kash (St. Louis Scott Gallagher Metro), Matthew Constant (Dallas Texans)
Midfielders: Weston McKennie (FC Dallas), Suniel Veerakone (Crew SC Academy Wolves), Djordje Mihalovic (Chicago Fire)
Forwards: Devin Vega (FC Dallas), Daniel Wright (Crew SC Academy Wolves), Dwight Williams Jr. (Solar Chelsea SC)

West Conference:
Goalkeeper: Pierce Ashworth (Pateadores)
Defenders: Angel Farias (De Anza Force), Eves McKay (Real Salt Lake AZ), Vernon Fernandez (De Anza Force), Daniel Villegas (Chivas USA)
Midfielders: Marc Joshua (Juventus Sport Club), Oscar Penate (Chivas USA), Terrell Lowe (Portland Timbers)
Forwards: Ethan Zubak (LA Galaxy), Simon Lekressner (Crossfire Premier), Wilson Harris (Real So Cal)

U-17/18 Academy Playoff Quarterfinals Set

The group stage of the 2014-15 Development Academy Playoffs came to a dramatic end on Friday morning at Grand Park in Westfield, Indiana with eight U-17/18 teams winning their respective groups to advance to knockout rounds.  

The matchups for the Quarterfinals, which will take place on July 7 at the home site of the top four seeds, are as follows:

The most dramatic ending came in Group C, where Colorado Rush and Players Development Academy went to penalty kicks to decide the group winner. After Rush defeated Sockers FC and PDA defeated Pateadores on matchday three, both Rush and PDA finished tied on points, goal differential, goals scored, and had previously tied their matchup, 2-2. Rush and PDA then stepped onto Field #11 for a penalty shootout, which PDA won 4-1 to claim the group.

The Montreal Impact Academy finished  as the top seed and won Group E with seven points.

Real Salt Lake AZ and Houston Dynamo were the only teams to sweep all three of their matches, with RSL claiming Group F and Houston finishing atop Group H on nine points each.

The San Jose Earthquakes won Group G with seven points after defeating Texas Rush 1-0 in their third game.

Real So Cal and Capital Area RailHawks-CASL finished with seven points each in Group D, with Real So Cal winning the group with a +6 goal differential to CASL’s +5. On matchday three, Real So Cal defeated Solar Chelsea SC 5-1 while the RailHawks defeated the Seattle Sounders 4-3.

Shattuck-St. Mary’s won Group A on seven points while the Chicago Fire Academy took Group F, also with seven points. 

As group winners, the eight teams advance to a single-game knockout round played at the higher seed’s home facility on July 7. The four winners from the quarterfinals will advance to the Academy Championships, the semifinals will take place on July 16 in Carson, California. The Championship games for each age group will be played on July 18.

END OF YEAR AWARDS: The following players were recognized as the 2014-15 U.S. Soccer Development Academy Conference XI for each U-17/18 conference:

Eastern Conference:
Goalkeeper: Mason Stadjuhar (Orlando City SC)
Defenders: Kyle Duncan (New York Red Bulls), Nicholas Hinds (Kendall SC), Andrew Lombard (New York Red Bulls), DJ Mason (Capital Area RailHawks Academy-CASL)
Midfielders: Zach Herivaux (New England Revolution), James Murphy (Players Development Academy), Jorge Calix (D.C. United)
Forwards: Juan Sanchez (New York Red Bulls), McKinley Curran (PA Classics), Lucas Mendes (D.C. United)

Central Conference:
Goalkeeper: Marcel DaSilva (Shattuck-St. Mary’s)
Defenders: Akeem Ward (Shattuck-St. Mary’s), Mauricio Pineda (Chicago Fire), Jeremy Colvin (Texas Rush), Jeremiah Gutjahr (Indiana Fire)
Midfielders: Cameron Lindley (Chicago Fire), Jackson Yueill (Minnesota Thunder Academy), Christian Lucatero (Houston Dynamo)
Forwards: Brandon Guhl (Texas Rush), Nash Popovic (Vardar), Emmanuel Sabbi (Chicago Fire)

West Conference:
Goalkeeper: J.T. Marcinkowski (San Jose Earthquakes)
Defenders: Danilo Acosta (Real Salt Lake AZ), Diego Silva (Real Salt Lake AZ), David Burns (San Juan Soccer Club), Michael Lopez (LA Galaxy)
Midfielders: Amir Bashti (San Jose Earthquakes), Jose Hernandez (Real Salt Lake AZ), Adrian Vera (LA Galaxy)
Forwards: Victor Mansaray (Seattle Sounders), Rey Ortiz (LA Galaxy), Spencer Held (Real So Cal)

WNT Shuts Out China 1-0 to Advance to 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup Semifinal

OTTAWA, Canada (June 26, 2015) – The U.S. Women’s National Team recorded its fourth consecutive shutout to defeat China PR 1-0 in the Quarterfinals at the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup and advance to the tournament Semifinal. 

Carli Lloyd, starting as the team’s captain, earned her 200th cap and headed in the game-winning goal in the 53rd minute. Lloyd is the third WNT player to score on her 200th cap. Abby Wambach and Heather O’Reilly are the others to achieve the feat. 

Hope Solo and the USA back line have now held opponents scoreless for 423 straight minutes in this year’s World Cup, the longest clean sheet streak in U.S. World Cup history. The win was the 134th of Solo’s career, which moved her past Brianna Scurry and into first place on the USA’s all-time list. 

The USA is the only country to reach the Semifinal in all seven Women’s World Cups. The WNT continues it World Cup quest against Germany on Tuesday, June 30, at 7 p.m. ET. The Semifinal will take place at Olympic Stadium in Montreal, Canada. The game will be broadcast live on FOX. Fans can also follow in-game updates on Twitter (@ussoccer_wnt and @ussoccer_esp). 

Germany beat France 0(5)-0(4) in penalty kicks to earn its spot in the Semifinal. This will be the fourth time the U.S. has met Germany in Women’s World Cup play. The WNT holds a 2-1-0 record against the European nation. 

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Carli Lloyd (Julie Johnston), 51st minute:
It all started from a free kick near midfield. Meghan Klingenberg raised her hand and sent it over to Julie Johnston who was waiting in the center of the pitch at the center circle. Johnston turned and pushed over to her right. With room Johnston drilled a long cross into the box, where Lloyd outjumped her defender and directed a perfect header into the bottom right corner. USA 1, CHN 0 (FINAL)

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
CHN – Li Dongna, 4th minute: Kelly O’Hara played a high, looping ball into the box toward Julie Johnston, who was in China’s penalty area after a free kick. China’s ‘keeper Wang Fei, jumped to it and the ball bounced back out toward Amy Rodriguez, who was free for a shot on the rebound. Rodriguez quickly fired, but Dongna was there waiting and stepped in front of the shot, clearing it away to safety. 

CHN – Wang Fei, 37th minute (save): Carli Lloyd blasted a free kick from 28 yards out toward the upper left corner, but Wang Fei was able to make a leaping save and batted it away.

Next on the Schedule: The WNT will meet Germany on Tuesday, June 30 at 7:00 p.m. ET at Olympic Stadium in Montreal, Canada.
Broadcast information: FOX, Spanish language TV TBD.
Social: Twitter (@ussoccer_wnt@ussoccer_esp); FacebookInstagram

Milestone Watch:

  • Carli Lloyd became the ninth player to hit 200 caps in U.S. history and the fourth on the current roster. She is tenth on the USA’s all-time list. Heather O’Reilly (220) Abby Wambach (247) and Christie Rampone (307) are the only active U.S. players ahead of her.
  • Hope Solo passed Briana Scurry and moved into first on the WNT’s all-time wins list with 134.
  • Solo recorded her 88th career shutout. It was the fourth straight World Cup clean sheet for the USA, and Solo’s ninth in World Cup play, the second most by a U.S. goalkeeper behind Brianna Scurry (10).
  • Lloyd is the third U.S. WNT player to score on her 200th cap, Wambach and O’Reilly did the same.
  • The U.S. extended its unbeaten streak against China to 25 games. The teams have met 54 times and the USA holds a 33-8-13 all-time record against the Steel Roses, outscoring them 94-35.
  • The U.S. extended its unbeaten streak to 32 games when scoring first at the Women’s World Cup (28-4-0).
  • Julie Johnston’s assist on Lloyd’s goal was the first of her career. 

Additional Notes:

  • The U.S. WNT has now advanced to the Semifinals in every Women’s World Cup it has participated in (1991, 1995, 1999, 2003, 2007, 2011 and 2015).
  • This will be the fourth time the U.S. has met Germany in Women’s World Cup play. Each of the three previous times the teams have met, the winner has gone on to win the tournament.
  • Amy Rodriguez and Kelly O’Hara earned their first start of the tournament, respectively, while Heather O’Reilly made her debut appearance. O'Hara's appearance was also her first of the competition.
  • Carli Lloyd has scored in back-to-back games for the WNT. Her goal in the second half was her fourth World Cup strike and her 65th overall. Lloyd has also scored in each of the last two matches between the U.S. and China. When the team’s last met in Dec. 2014, Lloyd scored the lone goal for the USA in a 1-1 draw.
  • Since allowing a goal against Australia in its opening match on June 8 in the 27th minute, the U.S. has shut out Sweden, Nigeria, Colombia and China – a stretch of 423 consecutive minutes.  
  • Defender Becky Sauerbrunn is the only player on the roster to start and play every game for the USA in 2015. She has played the most minutes (1,329) of anyone on the team.
  • Five U.S. players have played all 450 minutes of the tournament so far: defender Julie Johnston, defender Meghan Klingenberg, midfielder Carli Lloyd, defender Sauerbrunn and goalkeeper Hope Solo.
  • In its last 15 games, the U.S. has surrendered just three goals and has scored 27.
  • So far, 19 of the 20 field players on the World Cup roster have seen action in the tournament.
  • Lauren Holiday and Megan Rapinoe were not eligible to appear in the match, serving suspensions for yellow cards earned. Both players will be eligible for the Semifinal game.

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

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. China PR
Date: June 26, 2015
Competition: 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup – Quarterfinal
Venue: Lansdowne Stadium; Ottawa, Canada
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. ET
Attendance: 24,141
Weather: 75 degrees; Partly cloudy

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

USA – Carli Lloyd (Julie Johnston)    51st minute

Lineups:
USA: 1-Hope Solo; 11-Ali Krieger, 19-Julie Johnston, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 22-Meghan Klingenberg; 5-Kelley O’Hara (23-Christen Press, 61), 14-Morgan Brian, 10-Carli Lloyd (capt.), 17-Tobin Heath; 8-Amy Rodriguez (20-Abby Wambach, 86), 13-Alex Morgan (9-Heather O’Reilly,81)
Subs Not Used: 2-Sydney Leroux, 3-Christie Rampone, 6-Whitney Engen, 7-Shannon Boxx, 8-Amy Rodriguez, 16-Lori Chalupny, 18-Ashlyn Harris, 21-Alyssa Naeher,
Not Available: 12-Lauren Holiday, 15-Megan Rapinoe
Head coach: Jill Ellis
 

CHN: 12- Wang Fei; 5- Wu Haiyan (capt.), 14- Zhao Rong, 6- Li Dongna, 2- Liu Shanshan; 21- Wang Lisi, 19-Tan Ruyin (3-Pang Fengyue, 58), 16- Lou Jiahui (11-Wang Shuang, 35), 23- Ren Guixin, 18- Han Peng (13- Tang Jiali, 18); 9- Wang Shanshan
Subs not used: 1- Zhang Yue, 4- Li Jiayue, 7- Xu Yanlu, 8- Ma Jun, 10- Li Ying, 15- Lei Jiahui, 17- Gu Yasha, 20- Zhang Rui, 22- Zhao Lina
Head coach: Hao Wei

Stats Summary: USA / CHN
Shots: 17 / 6
Shots on Goal: 4 / 2
Saves: 2 / 2
Corner Kicks: 4 / 3
Fouls: 11 / 10
Offside: 7 / 2 

Misconduct Summary:
CHN – Wu Haiyan (caution)               50th minute

Officials:
Referee: Carina Vitulano (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Michelle O’Neill (IRL)
Assistant Referee 2: Tonja Paavola (FIN)
Fourth Official: Salome di Iorio (ARG)

Budweiser Woman of the Match: Carli Lloyd

Selección Femenina Avanza a Semifinales con Victoria de 1-0 Contra China

OTTAWA, Canadá (26 de junio, 2015) – La Selección Femenina de Estados Unidos venció a China 1-0 con un gol de Carli Lloyd y se convirtió en la única nación en llegar a semifinales en todos los torneos de Copa Mundial Femenina de la FIFA.

Estados Unidos ahora se enfrentará a Alemania por cuarta vez en una Copa Mundial Femenina. El partido se llevará a cabo el 30 de junio a las 7 p.m. ET en el Olympic Stadium en Montreal. Será transmitido en vivo por FOX, y aficionados también pueden seguir el partido en vivo por medio de Twitter @ussoccer_wnt y @ussoccer_esp.

Fue el partido número 200 de Lloyd, quien anotó el gol de la victoria de EE.UU.  con gol de cabeza. Ali Krieger tuvo la oportunidad de anotar en el minuto 72 pero su disparo estalló en el travesaño.

La defensa de Estados Unidos lleva 423 minutos sin ceder gol en contra, lo cual es un récord estadounidense en Copa Mundiales. Asimismo, la portera Hope Solo hoy sumó su victoria 134 con la selección lo que también un record para porteras en la historia de Estados Unidos.

Próximamente:
Estados Unidos se enfrentará a Alemania en semifinales de la Copa Mundial Femenina de la FIFA el martes, 30 de junio, a las 7 p.m. ET en Olympic Stadium en Montreal.
Información de transmisión: FOX, (Español por determinarse)
Social: Twitter (@ussoccer_wnt, @ussoccer_esp); Facebook; Instagram

Resumen de Goles:
USA – Carli Lloyd (Julie Johnston), minuto 51: La defensa de Estados Unidos controló el balón y Julie Johnston mandó un pase elevado al centro del área grande. Carli Lloyd se elevó por arriba de Zhao Rong, quien intentaba defenderla, y dirigió el balón a la meta. La pelota rebotó en el césped por abajo del brazo extendido de Wang Fei y entró a la portería. USA 1, CHN 0, FINAL

Atajadas Claves y Paradas Defensivas:
CHN – Wang Fei, minuto 20: El medio campo de Estados Unidos completó una serie de pases que culminó con Carli Lloyd bajando el balón con el pecho en el borde del área grande y tocando el balón a la derecha para Alex Morgan. La delantera dio la vuelta y mandó un tiro a la portería, pero fue un tiro fácil para la portera de China, Wang Fei. 

CHN – Li Dongna, minuto 26: Un tiro libre de Estados Unidos no fue despejado completamente y Amy Rodríguez mantuvo viva la jugada. Rodríguez le dio el balón a Kelley O’Hara, quien envió el balón adentro del área chica. Julie Johnston alcanzó a tocar el balón hacia la portería al ver que la portera estaba vencida. Pero las defensas Wu Haiyan y Li Dongna estaban en la línea de gol y Dongna salvó el balón con el pie izquierdo.

CHN – Wang Fei, minuto 37: Un tiro libre de Carli Lloyd fue una alerta para la portera Wang Fei. Lloyd envió el balón por arriba de la barrera y Wang Fei bloqueó el intento.

Notas Adicionales y En La Mira:

  • Carli Lloyd anotó el gol No. 65 de su carrera. El gol fue su cuarto en Copas Mundiales Fem y su segundo consecutivo del torneo actual.
  • Lloyd se convirtió en la décima jugadora en jugar 200 partidos con la Selección Femenina de Estados Unidos, y la tercera en anotar un gol en su partido No. 200. Las otras dos fueron Abby Wambach y Heather O’Reilly.
  • Estados Unidos participa en su séptima Copa Mundial de la FIFA y es una de siete selecciones que han participado en todas las ediciones del torneo. Los otros son Alemania, Brasil, Japón, Nigeria, Noruega y Suecia.
  • Heather O’Reilly entró por primera vez en la copa mundial en el minuto 81. Ahora ha jugado en tres Copas Mundiales Femeninas de la  FIFA (2007, 2011, 2015).
  • Los 423 minutos sin conceder gol son un récord estadounidense en Copas Mundiales.
  • Cinco jugadoras estadounidenses han jugado los 450 minutos en lo que va del torneo—las defensas Julie Johnston, Meghan Klingenberg y Becky Sauerbrunn, la mediocampista Carli Lloyd y la portera Hope Solo.
  • Sauerbrunn es la única jugadora en la nómina que ha sido titular en todos los partidos de EE.UU este año. Tiene más minutos (1329) que ninguna otra jugadora en el equipo.
  • Hope Solo ahora tiene 134 victorias en la portería de EE.UU., un nuevo récord estadounidense.

- Resumen de Juego de la Selección Femenina de Estados Unidos -

Encuentro: Selección Femenina de Estados Unidos vs. China
Fecha: 26 de junio, 2015
Torneo: Copa Mundial Femenina de la FIFA 2015; Cuartos de Final
Sede: Lansdowne Stadium; Ottawa, Ontario
Inicio: 7:30 p.m. ET
Asistencia: 24,141
Clima: 78 grados, parcialmente nublado 

Resumen de anotaciones:     1          2          F
USA                                        0          1          1
CHN                                       0          0          0 

USA – Carli Lloyd (Julie Johnston)   minuto 51

Alineaciones:
USA: 1-Hope Solo; 11-Ali Krieger, 19-Julie Johnston, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 22-Meghan Klingenberg; 5-Kelley O’Hara (23-Christen Press, 61), 14-Morgan Brian, 10-Carli Lloyd (capt.), 17-Tobin Heath; 8-Amy Rodriguez (20-Abby Wambach, 86), 13-Alex Morgan (9-Heather O’Reilly, 81)
Suplentes no utilizadas: 2-Sydney Leroux, 3-Christie Rampone, 6-Whitney Engen, 7-Shannon Boxx, 16-Lori Chalupny, 18-Ashlyn Harris, 21-Alyssa Naeher
No Disponibles: 12-Lauren Holiday, 15-Megan Rapinoe
Directora Técnica: Jill Ellis 

CHN: 1-Wang Fei; 2-Liu Shanshan, 5-Wu Haiyan (capt.), 6-Li Gongna, 9-Wang Shanshan, 14-Zhao Rong, 16-Lou Jiahui (11-Wang Shuang, 35), 18-Han Peng (13-Tang Jiali, 75), 19-Tan Ruyin (3-Pang Fengyue, 58), 21-Wang Lisi, 23-Ren Guixin
Suplentes no utilizadas: 1-Zhang Yue, 7-Xu Yanlu, 8-Ma Jun, 10-Li Ying, 15-Lei Jiahui, 17-Gu Yasha, 20-Zhang Rui, 22-Zhao Lina
Director Técnico: Hao Wei 

Resumen estadístico: USA / CHN
Tiros: 17 / 6
Tiros al arco: 4 / 2
Atajadas: 2 / 2
Tiros de esquina: 4 / 3
Faltas: 11 / 10
Fueras de lugar: 7 / 2 

Resumen de penalidades:
CHN – Wu Haiyan (amonestación)                            minuto 50 

Árbitros:
Árbitro: Carina Vitulano (ITA)
Árbitro Asistente 1: Michelle O’Neill (IRL)
Árbitro Asistente 2: Tonja Paavola (FIN)
Cuarto Oficial: Salome Di Iorio (ARG)

Jugadora del Partido Budweiser: Carli Lloyd

FanHQ Returns to 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup for Semifinal in Montreal

CHICAGO (June 26, 2015) – U.S. Soccer is bringing FanHQ back to the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada, with events specifically planned for U.S. Soccer fans in Montréal. 

FanHQ will bring together U.S. fans on Monday, June 29, to party the night before the U.S. Women’s National Team Semifinal match against Germany and again on matchday (Tuesday, June 30) for a pre-game party.

Both events will feature music from DJ Spin Easy, a NYC DJ who brought his unique sets to FanHQ events earlier this month in Vancouver, and in Brazil during the 2014 FIFA World Cup. He has opened up all over the world for Snoop Dogg, Akon, T-Pain, Ice Cube and others. 

Admission to both events is free, and fans who RSVP will have guaranteed access. Walk-ups will be accommodated based on venue capacity. Food and drinks will be available to purchase. 

For fans planning to attend both the FanHQ pre match event on June 30, and the U.S. semifinal match that same night, a bus service will be available to transport fans directly from the FanHQ venue to Olympic Stadium. In order to hop on the bus, fans must have RSPV’d to the FanHQ event.

FanHQ Montreal:

Night Before Party: June 29, 2015 

  • WHERE: Theatre Telus || 1280 St-Denis, Montréal, Quebec H2X 3J6  
  • WHEN: 7 p.m.- 1 a.m. ET
  • ENTRY: FREE. Fans who RSVP will be guaranteed entry, all others will be admitted as capacity allows. 
  • ENTERTAINMENT: DJ Spin Easy
  • FOOD & BEVERAGE: Available for purchase 

Pre Match Party: June 30, 2015 

  • WHERE: Le Newton || 1476 Rue Crescent, Montréal, Quebec H3G 2B6  
  • WHEN: 1-6 p.m. ET
  • ENTRY: FREE. Fans who RSVP will be guaranteed entry as well as access to the bus shuttle service offered directly from the venue to Olympic Stadium. All others will be admitted as capacity allows. 
  • ENTERTAINMENT: DJ Spin Easy
  • FOOD & BEVERAGE: Available for purchase

For more details on FANHQ Vancouver, including RSVPs, visit to ussoccer.com/FanHQ

U.S. Soccer to Host Women's World Cup Viewing Party and FanHQ Event in Chicago's Lincoln Park

CHICAGO (June 26, 2015) – U.S. Soccer will host a 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup Viewing Party for the U.S. Women’s National Team Semifinal match against Germany on Tuesday, June 30 in Chicago’s Lincoln Park.

With support from the Chicago Park District, U.S. Soccer will kick off the festivities at 3 p.m. with a FanHQ event in Lincoln Park near the intersection of Stockton Drive and LaSalle Drive, just south of the Lincoln Park Zoo.

FanHQ will include various fan-focused activities, while U.S. Soccer merchandise, along with food, soft drinks, beer and other beverages will be available for purchase.

The viewing party will feature FOX’s live feed of the match displayed on a giant 19-by-33 foot, high-definition screen. The game kicks off at 6 p.m. CT. The semifinal match against Germanywill be played at Olympic Stadium in Montréal, Canada. The events are free and open to the public. 

Last summer U.S. Soccer hosted four viewing parties with inspiring success. The last Viewing Party at Soldier Field drew over 28,000 fans to the lakefront park. Media roll of the 2014 viewing parties is available here.

The U.S. qualified for the semifinal after winning its group – which included Australia, Sweden and Nigeria – and then defeating Colombia 2-0 in the Round of 16 and China 1-0 in the Quarterfinals.

The USA has an 18-4-7 all-time record against Germany.

Media are invited to the event, and all media requests should be directed to Sinhue Mendoza at smendoza@ussoccer.org, O: (312) 528- 1237, M: (224)-715-0387 or Alex Prosperi Alexander.Prosperi@fleishman.com (847) 830-0284.  Television affiliates are invited for live shots at the park and parking instructions will be sent out at a later date. U.S. Soccer asks that if you are looking to park your TV truck to please inform us in advance because parking will likely be restricted.

The U.S. Soccer Federation is the governing body of soccer in all its forms in the United States.  U.S. Soccer has played an integral part in charting the course for the sport in the USA for more than 100 years.  U.S. Soccer is headquartered in two refurbished mansions in Chicago’s Prairie Avenue Historical District. Since dubbed U.S. Soccer House, on the corner of 18th Street and Prairie Avenue it now serves as the American home of the world’s most popular sport.

World Cup Soccer Moms

Three members of the USA's 2015 Women's World Cup Team have two full-time jobs: professional soccer player and mom. Christie Rampone, Shannon Boxx and Amy Rodriguez explain why it's not always easy, but why being a mom on the USWNT has tremendous rewards.

WNT Congratulates PNT on Qualifying for 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio

The #USWNT took a moment after training ahead of Tuesday's World Cup Semifinal showdown with Germany to congratulate the U.S. Soccer Paralympic National Team on its achievement of qualifying for the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil! The U.S. PNT placed 7th at the recently completed Cerebral Palsy Football World Championships and will next compete at the Pan American Games later this summer in Toronto. The U.S. WNT faces World-No. 1 ranked Germany at Olympic Stadium in Montreal on June 30 at 7 p.m. on FOX and NBC Universo.

Behind The Crest: Ep. 5 - #USWNT in Canada

The U.S. Women's National Team begins the knockout round with a win against Colombia in Edmonton. The team puts the win behind them quickly and looks ahead to a quarterfinal with China with only three full days of rest between matches. Alex Morgan and Morgan Brian preview the game and reflect on the depth of the USA team ahead of a big match in Ottawa.

Behind The Crest: Ep. 4 - #USWNT in Canada

The U.S. Women's National Team moves to the Round of 16 in episode 4 of "Behind the Crest." After beating Nigeria in Vancouver, the team boards a plane to Edmonton where they find out their next opponent - Colombia - and get set for their knockout round match on June 22.

MNT Earns Famous Victory Over Reigning World Cup Champs

For the second time in five days, the U.S. Men’s National Team successfully converted in the last three minutes of a game, this time to defeat No.1-ranked and 2014 FIFA World Cup champion Germany, 2-1 at RheinEnergieSTADION in Cologne.

Introducing Futures Camp

U.S. Soccer Technical Staff selected 58 players players for a three-day camp that focused on identifying the most talented players in the ’00 and ’01 birth year that appear to be on a later physical development growth path and/or are born in the second half of the year, to reduce the impact of physical maturity and relative age effect on identification and evaluation of talent.

Behind The Crest: Ep. 3 - #USWNT in Canada

The U.S. Women's National Team leaves Winnipeg behind and heads to Vancouver. Rest and recovery are of the utmost importance as the team prepares to face Nigeria to wrap group play. Behind the Crest gives you an inside look at how the team is preparing for the match.

U-20 MNT Ready for Quarterfinal with Serbia

U.S. U-20 Men's National Team head coach Tab Ramos and players preview the match against Serbia in the quarterfinals of the 2015 U-20 FIFA World Cup.

Behind The Crest: Ep. 2 - #USWNT in Canada

After opening the 2015 Women's World Cup with a 3-1 victory over Australia, the #USWNT gets right back to work to prepare for Sweden.
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