U.S. WNT Prepares for Second Group C Opponent Colombia in 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup
U.S. WNT vs. Colombia
2011 FIFA Womenâ€™s World Cup
July 1, 2011 Â
ON TO HEIDELBERG: The U.S. Womenâ€™s National Team arrived in Heidelberg, Germany, on Wednesday, June 29, a day after opening their 2011 FIFA Womenâ€™s World Cup campaign with a 2-0 victory against Korea DPR. The players who did not start in the match trained on Wednesday morning before the team and staff took a short 45-minute flight to Frankfurt. The traveling party then boarded a bus for an hour-long ride to their hotel in Heidelberg, which is just north of Sinsheim, the location of Rhein-Neckar-Arena which will host the USAâ€™s second Group C match on Saturday, July 2 against Colombia. Kickoff is at 12 p.m. ET (6 p.m. local) and the match is live on ESPN, ESPN3.com and Galavision (ESPN has a pre-game show starting at 11:30 a.m. ET, while Galavision will start at 11:50 ET).Â The U.S. practiced in Heidelberg on Thursday in front of a nice crowd of U.S. military personnel and their families (check out Studio 90 for a look at this extra-special training session) and then got a first-hand look at Rhein-Neckar-Arena when they conducted their final pre-game training session in the stadium on Friday.
USA-COLOMBIA SOLD OUT: The U.S.-Colombia match is sold out at Rhein-Neckar-Arena, making it the first game not involving hosts Germany to be at capacity during the 2011 Womenâ€™s World Cup. The stadium, which is the home of TSG 1899 Hoffenheim, holds just over 25,000 for Womenâ€™s World Cup matches. For a closer look at Rhein-Neckar-Arena, check out this ussoccer.com video.
OFF TO A GOOD START: In perhaps the most entertaining of the first six matches of the Women's World Cup, the USA picked up a huge win over North Korea 2-0 as Women's World Cup debutantes Lauren Cheney and Rachel Buehler scored in the second half. Amazingly, and due to the increased competitiveness of the women's game, the USA's win was the first by multiple goals until Franceâ€™s 4-0 demolition of Canada on Thursday night in Bochum. A fantastic and boisterous crowd of 21,859 came out to Rudolf-Harbig Stadium, many of whom were cheering loudly for the USA, creating an atmosphere that the U.S. players won't soon forget. After one match, the U.S. sits atop group C, equal on points with Sweden but ahead with a plus-2 goal difference.
U.S. GROUP C SCHEDULE
DateÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â OpponentÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Result/Time (ET)Â Â U.S. Goalscorers/TVÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Venue
June 28Â Â Â Â Korea DPRÂ Â Â Â Â Â 2-0 WÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Cheney, BuehlerÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Rudolf-Harbig Stadium; Dresden
July 2Â Â Â Â Â Â Â ColombiaÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â 11:30 a.m.Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â ESPN, ESPN3.com, GalavisionÂ Â Â Â Â Rhein-Neckar-Arena; Sinsheim
July 6Â Â Â Â Â Â Â SwedenÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 2:30 p.m.Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â ESPN, ESPN3.com, GalavisionÂ Â Â Â Â Â World Cup Stadium Wolfsburg; WolfsburgÂ Â Â Â Â
U.S. 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), 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 Oâ€™Hara (Boston Breakers), Heather Oâ€™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)
U.S. in the World Cup
- The North Korea match was the 13th Womenâ€™s World Cup match for Abby Wambach. She has scored nine goals in those games.
- Korea DPR was the 10th WWC match for team captain Christie Rampone.
- The USA will be wearing all white kits against Colombia.
- U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo earned her fourth Womenâ€™s World Cup shutout against Korea DPR.
- With a start against Colombia, Hope Solo will tie Mary Harvey for second most games ever played by a U.S. goalkeeper in a Womenâ€™s World Cup.
- Lauren Cheney and Rachel Buehler become the 21st and 22nd players respectively to score in a Womenâ€™s World Cup for the USA.
- Buehler become the fifth defender to tally a goal, following Joy Fawcett, Carla Overbeck, Brandi Chastain and Cat Whitehill.
- Seven players made their Womenâ€™s World Cup debuts against Korea DPR: Ali Krieger, Amy LePeilbet, Rachel Buehler, Lauren Cheney, Amy Rodriguez, Alex Morgan and Megan Rapinoe.
- Updated stats, lineups and results are available on the U.S. Womenâ€™s National Team page on ussoccer.com.
MOST COMPETITIVE WOMENâ€™S WORLD CUP EVER: This Women's World Cup was supposed to be the most competitive in history and so far the statistics have shown that to be the case. After the first eight games (each of the 16 teams in the tournament had played one match), the average winning margin was the lowest in Women's World Cup history. The USAâ€™s 2-0 victory over Korea DPR was the only match of the first round of games that was decided by more than one goal. France doubled that feat with a 4-0 demolition of Canada on Thursday. Here are the average margins of each teamâ€™s opening World Cup match in the six tournaments that have been contested:Â
YearÂ Â Â Average
1991 Â Â 3.0
1995 Â Â 2.7
1999 Â Â 1.5
2003 Â Â 2.6
2007 Â Â 2.6
2011 Â Â 1.0
For all of the Womenâ€™s World Cup results, visit ussoccer.com.
VIDEOS FROM GERMANY
- Alex Morganâ€™s Moving Forward
- Studio 90: WNT Heads to Heidelberg
- WNT vs. Korea DPR: Reactions â€“ June 29, 2011
- WNT Back Home: Captainâ€™s Journey
- WNT Back Home: Jersey Shore
- Studio 90 Extra Time: Heather Oâ€™Really Pt. 1 / Pt. 2
FROM THE WNT BLOG
A collection of notes, anecdotes and links:
- Presidential Delegation to Travel to Germany
- Opening Match a Huge TV Hit in Germany
- WNT Player Profile: Heath and Cheney
- Exciting Start for the USA
- In-Game Notes: USA vs. Korea DPR
- Want to Watch the USA and Eat Potato Skins?
KRIEGER FEELING RIGHT AT HOME: Defender Ali Krieger has taken the path less traveled to the U.S. Womenâ€™s National Team, to say the least. As the USAâ€™s only player who was based abroad in the run-up to the 2011 FIFA Womenâ€™s World Cup, sheâ€™s lived quite an adventure since graduating from college. Krieger means â€œwarriorâ€ in German and sheâ€™s proved to be just that as she fought for a spot on the USAâ€™s 2011 FIFA Womenâ€™s World Cup Team, bring her back to the country sheâ€™s called home for the last four years. For the complete feature, visit ussoccer.com.
ABBY ON GROUP C: U.S. striker Abby Wambach understands that big challenges await in perhaps the tournamentâ€™s most difficult first round group. The USAâ€™s leading active goal scorer talks about all three of the USAâ€™s Group C opponents in this feature for ussoccer.com.
WNT PLAYER PROFILES: ussoccer.com pair up the Womenâ€™s World Cup players for some rapid fire questions and banter in creating the WNT Player Profiles series. The videos highlight your favorite womenâ€™s players, getting some fun facts and information you never knew before in the hopes that you can get to better know the playersâ€™ personalities. Check the WNT Blog for the latest editions of the WNT Player Profiles.
BEHIND THE CREST: Get an in-depth look at the U.S. WNT with Behind the Crest, a video series that follows the U.S. WNT during the Womenâ€™s World Cup in Germany. Behind the Crest will provide fans with insight into what the players and coaches do to prepare for the most important games of their career, providing access that only ussoccer.com can provide. Visit ussoccer.comâ€™s Media Center for the latest edition.
U.S. MIDFIELDER SHANNON BOXX
On the game against Korea DPR:
â€œThe thing I think about when I look back on the game is how we continued to progress through that game. Obviously when you start the first game of the World Cup, nerves are going on for both sides and it takes a few minutes to get into the game but I think we started out hard, we attacked, and then I think as you saw the game progress, from first half to second half, we did even better. You see how we improved throughout the game and I think thatâ€™s going to be huge for us going down the road to continue to improve game by game.â€
On the pressure from playing in a World Cup:
â€œI think thereâ€™s pressure on us but I love that we have the pressure to do well. I think we do from back home, our fans back home, and from within ourselves, we feel pressure to do well because the U.S. has always been a top team. I think thatâ€™s why we play this game at this level. These are the big events that you want to play for.â€
U.S. FORWARD ALEX MORGAN
On being in Germany:
â€œItâ€™s been great so far. FIFA and Germany have put together a great tournament. The locations are awesome. Heidelberg seems like a very cute town and Iâ€™m looking forward to walking around through the town a little bit and seeing more of it.â€
On the game against Colombia:
â€œI heard that itâ€™s a sold-out crowd and Iâ€™m not sure how many supporters weâ€™ll have. I know that the troops will hopefully be able to come. We like high energy and as long as the crowd is sold out, it doesnâ€™t matter who theyâ€™re rooting for as long as thereâ€™s some noise.â€
U.S. MIDFIELDER HEATHER Oâ€™REILLY
On the game against Colombia:
â€œWeâ€™ve just recently focused our attention on Colombia. Weâ€™ve already seen some clips of them, some video. Weâ€™re getting ourselves accustomed to the way that they play, and they have been very impressive so far. That was a strong opening match for them, so weâ€™re going to be ready.â€
U.S. HEAD COACH PIA SUNDHAGE
On possibly changing the lineup against Colombia:
â€œWeâ€™re always thinking about resting players. We havenâ€™t changed the starting lineup that much from the Japan game.Â If thereâ€™s a change to be made in the starting lineup, it is likely against Colombia. Further down the line, I donâ€™t think weâ€™d have the chance to do that. Itâ€™s so important to have many players playing minutes. I truly believe that if we play many games, it is important to use the whole bench.â€
On the increased competition in womenâ€™s soccer:
â€œI think itâ€™s great. Thatâ€™s the best thing that could happen to the womenâ€™s game. Right now if you love soccer and you want to be on the highest level, itâ€™s great to watch the womenâ€™s game. The speed of play (is getting better) and you see different teams and different cultures coming up. Itâ€™s so interesting and the development is so fast. Itâ€™s good because that means we need to be smarter. We need to do different things.â€
FIRST EVER MEETING WITH COLOMBIA COMES IN THE WWC: The U.S. Womenâ€™s National Team will meet Colombia for the first time in its history when the two countries clash on July 2 at Rhein-Neckar Arena. While the USA has a long history against Brazil (27 matches), the meetings with other South American countries have been sparse. The USA has played Argentina twice, and this game will mark the first against a South American team other than Brazil or Argentina. Colombia has five players with ties to U.S. colleges. Colombiaâ€™s top attacker is 17-year-old Yoreli Rincon, who scored five times in the Womenâ€™s World Cup qualifying matches.
COLOMBIA USES YOUTH WOMENâ€™S WORLD CUPS TO BOOST SENIOR SIDE: Colombia is on a nice run in its womenâ€™s soccer development after qualifying for the first-ever FIFA U-17 Womenâ€™s World Cup in New Zealand, a squad that provided the core of the U-20 that surprised many by taking fourth place at the 2010 FIFA U-20 Womenâ€™s world Cup in Germany last summer.
COLOMBIAâ€™S ROAD TO GERMANY: Colombia qualified for its first Womenâ€™s World Cup by finishing second at the South American Womenâ€™s Championships last November. Despite losing 2-1 to Brazil, the Colombians picked up big wins over Paraguay, Venezuela and Uruguay that took them to second place in Group B at the South American Womenâ€™s Championship. In the final four-team pool, a 1-1 draw with Chile and another loss to the Brazilians left Colombia needing to beat Argentina in their final game and hope for the Chileans to stumble in their final game. All ended well as Colombia edged out the Argentina, 1-0, on a goal from Ingrid Vidal, and Brazil defeated Chile, 3-1, allowing Colombia to slip into the runners-up spot and earn their berth to Germany.
OPPONENT CAPSULE: Colombia
Current FIFA World Ranking: 31Â
USA All-time record vs. Colombia: 0-0-0
Last Meeting vs. USA: None
Head Coach:Â Ricardo Rozo
Key Players: D Nataly Arias, F Catalina Usme, F Ingrid Vidal, M Yorely Rincon
COLOMBIA Quick Hits:
- Colombia finished second at the South American championship to qualify for the Women's World Cup for the first time.
- Colombiaâ€™s coach Ricardo Rozo is a former player for Millonarios and a number of second division sides. The 49-year-old steered Colombia to fourth place at the 2010 FIFA U-20 Womenâ€™s World Cup in Germany before guiding Colombia to second place in the South American Womenâ€™s Championship.
- 11 different players scored for Colombia during South American Womenâ€™s World Cup qualifying and the team scored 19 goals, more than any other team.
COLOMBIA WWC ROSTER
GOALKEEPERS (3): 1-Paula Forero (Gol Star), 12-Sandra Sepulveda (Formas Intimas Medellin), 21-Alejandra Velasco (Gol Star)
DEFENDERS (6): 2-Yuli Munoz (Estudiantes), 3-Natalia Gaitan (Univ. of Toledo), 5-Nataly Arias (Univ. of Maryland), 8-Andrea Peralta (Estudiantes), 14-Kelis Peduzine, 19-Fatima Montano (Aguila Roja)
MIDFIELDERS (8): 4-Diana Ospina (Formas Intimas Medellin), 6-Daniela Montoya (Formas Intimas Medellin), 9-Carmen Rodallega (Sarmiento), 10-Yoreli Rincon (Gol Star), 11-Liana Salazar (Univ. of Kansas), 13-Yulieht Dominguez (Estudiantes), 15-Tatiana Ariza (Austin Peay State Univ.), 20-Orianica Velasquez (Indiana Univ.)
FORWARDS (4): 7-Catalina Usme (Independiente Medellin), 16-Lady Andrade (Liga Bogota), 17-Ingrid Vidal (Generaciones Palmiranas), 18-Katerin Castro (Estudiantes)