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USA Faces Mexico in Women's World Cup Send-Off Match

U.S. Women's National Team Game Notes
USA vs. Mexico
June 5 – Red Bull Arena - Harrison, N.J.

USA FACES MEXICO IN WOMEN’S WORLD CUP SEND-OFF MATCH: The USA will face Mexico in its Women’s World Cup Send-Off Match on June 5 at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J., just 23 days before opening the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup against Korea DPR on June 28 in Dresden, Germany (11:45 a.m. ET on ESPN2). The USA is coming off two excellent 2-0 victories over Japan in its first two domestic matches of the year and will be looking to end the preparation schedule on a high note against the improved Mexicans. The match will kick off at 2 p.m. ET and be broadcast live on ESPN2. Fans can also follow along on’s MatchTracker and via Twitter @ussoccer_wnt. This game will mark the first international match for a U.S. National Team at Red Bull Arena. Following the Mexico match, the U.S. team will have an eight-day break and then depart for a week-long pre-Women’s World Cup training camp in Austria. The U.S. team is scheduled to arrive in Dresden five days before its opening WWC match.

Date  Opponent   Result/Time TV  Venue 
May 14    Japan      2-0 W    Columbus Crew Stadium; Columbus, Ohio 
May 18  Japan  2-0 W    WakeMed Soccer Park; Cary, N.C. 
June 5  Mexico  2 p.m. ET              ESPN2      Red Bull Arena; Harrison, N.J. 
June 28  Korea DPR  11:45 a.m. ET  ESPN  Rudolf-Harbig-Stadium; Dresden, Germany 
July 2  Colombia  11:30 a.m. ET  ESPN  Rhein-Neckar-Arena; Sinsheim, Germany 
July 6  Sweden              2:30 p.m. ET  ESPN  Arena im Allerpark; Wolfsburg, Germany 

O’HARA NAMED TO WWC ROSTER: Midfielder Kelley O’Hara has been named to the United States roster for the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup, replacing Lindsay Tarpley who tore an ACL ligament in her right knee against Japan on May 14.  The 22-year-old O’Hara won the 2009 Hermann Trophy as college soccer’s top player after her senior season at Stanford University in which she had one of the best seasons in Division I history, scoring 26 goals with 13 assists. She has just five caps for the U.S. team, but has extensive experience with the U.S. youth National Teams, and was one of the USA’s top players at the 2006 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Russia. A speedy flank midfielder with a tenacious work rate, O’Hara has consistently been one of the USA’s fittest players, but has struggled with injuries for the past few months. She is now fit and ready to play in her first Women’s World Cup at the senior level. Sundhage is still waiting to make a final decision on defender Heather Mitts. A veteran of 115 career caps, Mitts has been struggling with hamstring issues but has trained fully all week. Sundhage has called in defender Whitney Engen to train this week as a cover for Mitts. While Sundhage named the World Cup roster on May 9, the final 21 player roster does not have to be turned into FIFA until June 10. The replacement of a player may take place if there is a serious injury up until 24 hours before the team’s first match.

U.S. Women’s National Team Roster by Position
GOALKEEPERS (3): Nicole Barnhart (Philadelphia Independence), Jill Loyden (magicJack), Hope Solo (magicJack)
DEFENDERS (8): Rachel Buehler (Boston Breakers), Stephanie Cox (Boston Breakers), *Whitney Engen (Western NY Flash), Ali Krieger (out of contract), Amy LePeilbet (Boston Breakers), Heather Mitts (Atlanta Beat), Christie Rampone (magicJack), Becky Sauerbrunn (magicJack)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Shannon Boxx (magicJack), Tobin Heath (Sky Blue FC), Lori Lindsey (Philadelphia Independence), Carli Lloyd (Atlanta Beat), Kelley O’Hara (Boston Breakers), Heather O’Reilly (Sky Blue FC), Megan Rapinoe (Philadelphia Independence)
FORWARDS (4): Lauren Cheney (Boston Breakers), Alex Morgan (Western New York Flash), Amy Rodriguez (Philadelphia Independence), Abby Wambach (magicJack)             

*Called into train, but not on official WWC roster

KRISTINE LILLY TO BE HONORED BEFORE USA-MEXICO: U.S. Women’s National Team legend Kristine Lilly, who retired from club and country this past January, will be honored by U.S. Soccer before the USA-Mexico match at Red Bull Arena on Sunday. Lilly ended her historic career with a world record 354 caps and second all-time with 130 career goals, only behind Mia Hamm in world history. Lilly played in five World Cups and three Olympic games, cementing her status as one of the best female players in history. She is both the youngest and oldest player ever to score for the USA, a remarkable feat, and her voluminous collection of career highlights read like a history of the Women’s National Team program. U.S. Soccer and the U.S. WNT will officially say goodbye during a ceremony prior to kickoff.

FIVE NEW JERSEY PLAYERS LEAD USA INTO FIRST MATCH AT RED BULL ARENA: The match at spectacular Red Bull Arena is the first international match for any U.S. Soccer National Team at one of the newest jewels in the growing collection of world class soccer-specific stadiums in the United States. The U.S. women have played quite a few matches in New Jersey, appearing five times at the old Giants Stadium in East Rutherford and twice in the mid-1990s at Rutgers University in Piscataway. The only match the USA has ever lost in New Jersey was its first at Giants Stadium in April of 1999, not long before the kick-off of the Women’s World Cup, when the Americans fell to China 2-1. The match against Mexico will also mark a homecoming of sorts for the five New Jersey products on the USA’s Women’s World Cup roster, the most of any state besides California, which has six. Team captain Christie Rampone hails from Point Pleasant and veteran flank midfielder Heather O’Reilly is from East Brunswick. Attacking midfielder Carli Lloyd is from Delran and flank midfielder Tobin Heath is from Basking Ridge. Back-up goalkeeper Jill Loyden is from Vineland.

WOMEN’S WORLD CUP COUNTDOWN: It is less than a month from the start of 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup, which will take place from June 26-July 17 in nine venues across Germany: Berlin, Frankfurt, Mönchengladbach, Sinsheim, Wolfsburg, Augsburg, Bochum, Dresden and Leverkusen. The USA will face Korea DPR on June 28 in Dresden, Colombia on July 2 in Sinsheim (which is already sold out at the 25,641-seat Rhein-Neckar-Arena) and Sweden on July 6 in Wolfsburg during first round play. The 16 nations competing are: host Germany; Korea DPR, Japan and Australia from Asia; Sweden, Norway, France and England from Europe; New Zealand from Oceania; the USA, Canada and Mexico from North America; Nigeria and Equatorial Guinea from Africa; and Brazil and Colombia from South America.

GERMANY 2011 HAS SOLD 620,000 TICKETS: Due to the release of a previously reserved blocks of tickets, the finalizing of stadium layout plans, and returns from previous sales phases, additional tickets are now available to purchase for the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup in Germany. The total number of match tickets on general sale has been increased from 800,000 to 900,000. More than 620,000 tickets have been sold so far, or approximately 70 per cent of the total available for general sale. With about month to go until the tournament, the restructuring of the previously reserved blocks means tickets are also back on sale for the most sought-after matches, including some 2,000 tickets for the opening match at the Berlin Olympic stadium between Germany and Canada on June 26, 3,000 for the Final in Frankfurt, and 4,000 for the semifinal on the same ground. Other smaller blocks of tickets are also available again for previously sold-out matches such as Germany's group matches and the games in Sinsheim. The newly-released tickets may be purchased online at, or via the ticketing hotline: +49 1805 / 06 2011.

LAST TIME OUT vs. MEXICO: The last time the USA and Mexico met was in the semifinal of the 2010 CONCACAF Women’s World Cup Qualifying Tournament in Cancun, Mexico, where the hosts pulled off their first-ever victory over the Americans in a huge upset. The conditions and circumstances all came together for the Mexicans who were playing at home in front of a big crowd against a sluggish U.S. team in a one-off game for a World Cup berth. Mexico scored just three minutes into the match and after the USA had tied the game, the Mexicans scored just moments after to take the 2-1 lead. It was a historic day for Mexico, which played a gutsy and tactical match over the 90 minutes. U.S. goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart was forced to make just one save during the game, but Mexico did create a few dangerous chances outside the goals. Still, the USA pounded away during the second half, eventually out-shooting Mexico 17-8, but could not find an equalizer and was forced to win the third-place match against Costa Rica (3-0) and then a two-game home-and-home series against Italy (2-0 on aggregate) to earn the 16th and final berth to Germany.

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Mexico
Date: Nov. 5, 2010
Competition: 2010 CONCACAF Women’s World Cup Qualifying Tournament – Semifinal
Venue: Estadio Beto Avila; Cancun, Mexico
Attendance: 8,500
Weather: Cool, clear – 60 degrees        

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

MEX - Maribel Dominguez (n/a)      3rd minute 
USA - Carli Lloyd  25 
MEX - Veronica Perez (n/a)  27 

USA: 18-Nicole Barnhart; 2-Heather Mitts, 6-Amy LePeilbet, 3-Christie Rampone (capt.), 19-Rachel Buehler (13-Kristine Lilly, 84); 9-Heather O’Reilly (5-Alex Morgan, 60), 7-Shannon Boxx, 10-Carli Lloyd, 15-Megan Rapinoe; 8-Amy Rodriguez, 20-Abby Wambach  
Subs not used: 1-Jill Loyden, 4-Yael Averbuch, 11-Lori Lindsey, 16-Ali Krieger, 17-Becky Sauerbrunn
Not dressing: 12-Lauren Cheney, 14-Stephanie Cox
Head Coach: Pia Sundhage

MEX: 1-Erika Venegas; 2-Kenti Robles (5-Maria de Jesus Castillo, 93+), 4-Natalie Vinti, 13-Natalie Garcia, 15-Luz Saucedo; 7-Evelyn Lopez (17-Tania Morales, 52), 8-Guadalupe Worbis, 11-Lydia Rangel, 9-Maribel Dominguez, 10-Dinora Garza, 18-Veronica Perez
Subs not used: 3-Rubi Sandoval, 6-Monica Vergara, 12-Pamela Tajonar, 16-Liliana Mercado, 20-Cecilia Santiago 
Head Coach: Leo Cuellar

Current FIFA World Ranking:
USA All-time record vs. Mexico:
Last Meeting vs. USA:
Nov. 5, 2010 (a 2-1 Mexico win in Cancun, Mexico during CONCACAF Women’s World Cup)
Head Coach: Leo Cuellar
Key Players: G Erika Venegas, M Eve Lopez, F Monica Ocampo, M Lupita Worbis, F Maribel Dominguez

USA vs. MEXICO Fast Facts: This match marks the 28th meeting between the between the two countries, but first ever in which Mexico is coming off a win … Abby Wambach has scored 19 of her 118 goals against Mexico and has had six two-goal games against the Mexicans … Mexico has numerous Mexican-American players, including a few who play or have played in American colleges … Texas product Alina Garciamendez, is a star defender at Stanford, while Natalie Vinti and Natalia Garcia play for the University of San Diego …Midfielder Teresa Noyola, who hails from Palo Alto, Calif. and plays for Stanford, played for the USA in the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup before switching associations … Midfielder Monica Alvarado plays for Texas Christian University while defender Marlene Sandoval had a fine career at Cal State Fullerton … Maribel Dominguez, Mexico’s all-time greatest player, has been living and playing in Spain for the past five years … She almost single-handedly led Mexico to a berth in the 2004 Olympics by putting in an epic performance at qualifying and scored Mexico’s first goal in the semifinal of the CONCACAF Women’s World Cup Qualifying Tournament ... Veronica Perez who hails from San Mateo, Calif. and played briefly with the St. Louis Athletica in WPS, scored the game-winner on a header … The dedication of Mexico’s head coach Leonard Cuellar is one of the main reasons Mexican women’s soccer has grown so much in the last decade ... Cuellar played in the NASL for the San Diego Sockers and San Jose Earthquakes and played for Mexico at the 1978 World Cup.

GOALKEEPERS (2): 1-Erika Vanegas, 20-Ceci Santiago         
DEFENDERS (7): 2-Kenti Robles, 13-Natalie Garcia, 15-Charito Saucedo, 16-Liliana Mercado, 3-Marlene Sandoval, 4-Alina Garciamendez, 5-Natalie Vinti
MIDFIELDERS (8):  6-Moni Vergara, 7-Eve Lopez, 8-Lupita Worbis, 11-Nayeli Rangel, 17-Tania Morales, 18-Veronica Perez, 19-Teresa Noyola, 23-Monica Alvarado          
FORWARDS (5):  9-Maribel Dominguez, 10-Dinora Garza, 21-Fany Mayor, 22-Charlyn Corral, 24-Monica Ocampo

all_access NEW JERSEY: The U.S. Women’s World Cup Team has five players who hail from New Jersey and we talked to all of them about coming home for the Women’s World Cup Send-Off Match in this all_access video. You can also go Inside the Lines with the WNT during a recent fitness and weights session, and hear U.S. head coach Pia Sundhage and players preview the Mexico game.

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Stat of Note
Ten players on the U.S. Women’s World Cup roster have 50 more caps. Eleven players have less than 50. Defender Amy LePeilbet has 48.