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U.S. WNT Kicks off Fan Tribute Tour Against Costa Rica on Saturday in Rochester


U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Costa Rica – International Friendly
Sahlen’s Stadium; Rochester, N.Y.
Sept. 1, 2012

U.S. WNT KICKS OFF FAN TRIBUTE TOUR AGAINST COSTA RICA: The U.S. Women’s National Team begins its Fan Tribute Tour on Saturday, Sept. 1, as the gold medal winners host Costa Rica at 2:30 p.m. ET at Sahlen’s Stadium in Rochester, N.Y., the hometown of star striker Abby Wambach. The match will be broadcast live on NBC. Fans can follow the match via ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt. The U.S. WNT defeated 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup champion Japan 2-1 in the gold medal game of the 2012 London Olympics on Aug. 9 in front of more than 80,000 spectators at Wembley Stadium.

Fan Tribute Tour Currently Spans Five Cities: In celebration of the team’s third straight gold medal and fourth overall, the USA embarks on the Fan Tribute Tour that currently consists of five scheduled matches in September and October. Further dates and locations will be announced. Following the Sept. 1 match in Rochester, N.Y., the team hosts Australia for two matches on Sept. 16 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., (3:30 p.m. ET, NBC) and Sept. 19 at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colo., (10 p.m. ET, ESPN2 and ESPN3). U.S. Soccer also recently announced two matches against Germany, with an Oct. 20 game at Toyota Park in suburban Chicago and Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Conn. Times and ticket information will be announced shortly.

2012 U.S. WNT Schedule

Date

Opponent

Result/
Time (ET)

U.S. Goalscorers/TV

Venue

Jan. 20*

Dominican Republic

14-0 W

Wambach (2), Lloyd, Buehler, O’Reilly (3), Heath, Rodriguez (5), Cheney

BC Place, Vancouver, Canada

Jan. 22*

Guatemala

13-0 W

Wambach (2), Cheney, Rodriguez, Lloyd, Lindsey, Leroux (5), Rapinoe, Morgan

BC Place, Vancouver, Canada

Jan. 24*

Mexico

4-0 W

Lloyd (3), O’Reilly

BC Place, Vancouver, Canada

Jan. 27*

Costa Rica

3-0 W

Heath, Lloyd, Morgan

BC Place, Vancouver, Canada

Jan. 29*

Canada

4-0 W

Morgan (2), Wambach (2)

BC Place, Vancouver, Canada

Feb. 11

New Zealand

2-1 W

Morgan (2)

FC Dallas Stadium, Frisco, Texas

Feb. 29^

Denmark

5-0 W

Morgan (2), Wambach, Lloyd, Leroux

Estadio Municipal; Lagos, Portugal

March 2^

Norway

2-1 W

Wambach, Leroux

Estadio Municipal; Lagos, Portugal

March 5^

Japan

0-1 L

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Estadio Algarve; Faro, Portugal

March 7^

Sweden

4-0 W

Morgan (3), Wambach

Estadio Bela Vista; Parchal, Portugal

April 1**

Japan

1-1 T

Morgan

Yurtec Stadium; Sendai, Japan

April 3**

Brazil

3-0 W

Lloyd, Boxx, Rodriguez

Fukuda Denshi Arena; Chiba, Japan

May 27

China PR

4-1 W

Morgan (2), own goal, Wambach

PPL Park; Chester, Pa.

June 16^^

Sweden

3-1 W

Wambach, Morgan, Heath

Örjans Vall Stadium; Halmstad, Sweden

June 18^^

Japan

4-1 W

Morgan (2), Wambach (2)

Örjans Vall Stadium; Halmstad, Sweden

June 30

Canada

2-1 W

Own goal, Rodriguez

Rio Tinto Stadium; Sandy, Utah

July 25~

France

4-2 W

Wambach, Morgan (2), Lloyd

Hampden Park; Glasgow, Scotland

July 28~

Colombia

3-0 W

Rapinoe, Wambach, Lloyd

Hampden Park; Glasgow, Scotland

July 31~

Korea DPR

1-0 W

Wambach

Old Trafford; Manchester, England

Aug. 3~

New Zealand

2-0 W

Wambach, Leroux

St. James’ Park; Newcastle, England

Aug. 6~

Canada

4-3 W

Rapinoe (2), Wambach, Morgan

Old Trafford; Manchester, England

Aug. 9~

Japan

2-1 W

Lloyd (2)

Wembley Stadium; London, England

Sept. 1

Costa Rica

2:30 p.m.

NBC

Sahlen’s Stadium; Rochester, N.Y.

Sept. 16

Australia

3:30 p.m.

NBC

The Home Depot Center; Carson, Calif.

Sept. 19

Australia

10 p.m.

ESPN2, ESPN3

Dick’s Sporting Goods Park; Commerce City, Colo.

Oct. 20

Germany

TBD

TBD

Toyota Park; Bridgeview, Ill.

Oct. 23

Germany

TBD

TBD

Rentschler Field; East Hartford, Conn.

* CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying tournament
^ Algarve Cup
** Kirin Challenge Cup
^^ Volvo Winners Cup
~ 2012 London Olympics

U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION
GOALKEEPERS (2): 1-Hope Solo, 18-Jill Loyden
DEFENDERS (6): 2-Heather Mitts, 3-Christie Rampone, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 5-Kelley O’Hara, 6-Amy LePeilbet, 16-Rachel Buehler
MIDFIELDERS (6): 7-Shannon Boxx, 8-Amy Rodriguez, 9-Heather O’Reilly, 10-Carli Lloyd, 15-Megan Rapinoe, 17-Tobin Heath
FORWARDS (4): 11-Sydney Leroux, 12-Lauren Cheney, 13-Alex Morgan, 14-Abby Wambach

OLYMPIC GOLDS OVER THE YEARS:
The Fan Tribute Tour embraces a U.S. Women’s National Team that has set a standard in the Olympics. No soccer team – men’s or women’s – has won four Olympic gold medals. Here is a look at all four gold medal-winning performances:

  • Aug. 9, 2012: USA 2, Japan 1: U.S. midfielder Carli Lloyd, the gold medal hero of the 2008 Olympics, once again led the way for the USA by scoring both goals to upend 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup champion Japan in front of more than 80,000 spectators at Wembley Stadium in London – an Olympic record crowd for women’s soccer and the largest crowd the U.S. WNT has played in front of outside the United States. Lloyd made a darting run in the eighth minute, heading home the game’s first goal. Then Lloyd unleashed a right-footed shot from 20 yards out in the 54th minute for what would prove to be the winning tally.
  • Aug. 24, 2008: USA 1, Brazil 0 (OT): The U.S. held Brazil scoreless for 120 minutes and Carli Lloyd took the spotlight with a game-winning goal in the sixth minute of overtime in front of 51,612 at Worker’s Stadium in Beijing. Lloyd’s left-footed strike from just outside the box was the finishing touch for the USA’s third gold medal in four Olympic Games. Goalkeeper Hope Solo made six saves for the clean sheet.
  • Aug. 26, 2004: USA 2, Brazil 1 (OT): Abby Wambach’s snap header from about 12 yards out in the 112th minute flew past Brazil goalkeeper Andreia for the winner as the young Wambach capitalized on Kristine Lilly’s corner kick. Lindsay Tarpley gave the USA a first-half lead in the 39th minute and Brazil’s Pretinha equalized in the 73rd minute. The Athens Olympics served as the final international championship for retiring players such as Joy Fawcett, Julie Foudy and Mia Hamm.
  • Aug. 1, 1996: USA 2, China PR 1: Tiffeny Milbrett scored off of a strong setup from Joy Fawcett in the 68th minute to give the USA its first gold medal in front of 76,481 at Sanford Stadium in Athens, Ga. Fawcett attacked down the right side into the penalty area, drew a China defender and slid the ball to a wide open Milbrett. Shannon MacMillan scored the first goal in the 19th minute, rebounding Mia Hamm’s initial shot that was saved by China goalkeeper Hong Gao and deflected off the post. China’s Lihong Zhao tied the score at 1-1 in the 32nd minute.

U.S. ROSTER NOTES:

  • Five players on the U.S. roster scored in the 2012 London Olympics and eight total players have scored in an Olympics: Abby Wambach (4 goals in 2004; 5 goals in 2012), Carli Lloyd (2 goals in 2008; 4 goals in 2012), Heather O’Reilly (1 goal in 2004; 2 goals in 2008), Shannon Boxx (1 goal in 2004), Amy Rodriguez (1 goal in 2008), Alex Morgan (3 goals in 2012), Megan Rapinoe (3 goals in 2012) and Sydney Leroux (1 goal in 2012).
  • Morgan and Rapinoe led the team with four assists apiece in the Olympics.
  • Morgan, Rapinoe and Wambach each had 10 points in this year’s Olympics.
  • Only three U.S. WNT players were on the field for all 570 minutes in the 2012 Olympics: goalkeeper Hope Solo, defender and team captain Christie Rampone and defender Kelley O’Hara.
  • Morgan leads the U.S. WNT with 20 goals in 21 games played, and she has seven multi-goal games this year.
  • Morgan’s game-winning goal against Canada on Aug. 6 is now the latest tally ever in a FIFA competition by a U.S. WNT team. Her strike hit the back of the net at 122 minutes, 23 seconds. Wambach’s memorable game-tying header against Brazil in the quarterfinals of the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup crossed the goal line at 121 minutes, 19 seconds.
  • The USA has scored 82 goals this year and has also benefitted from two own goals. That 82-goal total currently is the seventh-highest for a calendar year and the most since the USA scored 84 goals in 2008. This year’s scoring rate (3.73 goals per game) is currently the fifth-best, with the record being 4.38 goals per game in 1994 (57 goals in 13 goals).

USA vs. COSTA RICA SERIES

  • The U.S. is a perfect 8-0-0 against Costa Rica, with the series dating back to an 8-0 victory on June 25, 2000. The USA has never conceded a goal in the series, outscoring Costa Rica 37-0.
  • The last time the USA played Costa Rica, the team qualified for the 2012 London Olympics with a 3-0 win on Jan. 29 in the 2012 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying tournament semifinal at BC Place Stadium in Vancouver, Canada. Tobin Heath’s 16th-minute goal was the game-winner, with Carli Lloyd and Alex Morgan adding second-half goals. Two days later, the U.S. blanked host Canada 4-0 to win the last tournament.
  • The two sides have met in three Olympic qualifiers, with the USA also posting a 4-0 win on March 3, 2004, in San Jose, Costa Rica, and a 3-0 victory on April 9, 2008, in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.

IN THE RECORD BOOKS

  • During the 2012 London Olympics, USA goalkeeper Hope Solo broke the consecutive minutes streak by a goalkeeper during the team’s thrilling 4-3 victory against Canada in the semifinals. Solo entered the match with 900 consecutive minutes, with previous record holder Briana Scurry posting 990 minutes from 1994-95. Because the Canada match went into overtime, Solo surpassed Scurry’s mark with 1,020, and she currently sits at 1,110 minutes during a streak that started April 1 in a 1-1 draw against Japan.
  • Sydney Leroux’s second-half goal against New Zealand on Aug. 3 was her eighth of the year. All eight goals have come off the bench, matching teammate Amy Rodriguez’s 2012 total as a sub. Leroux and Rodriguez are the best off-the-bench duo in U.S. WNT history with their combined 16 goals in 2012, easily surpassing the previous 12-goal record from Debbie Keller and Tisha Venturini in 1998. Keller still holds the WNT record with nine goals off the bench in 1998, but Leroux and Rodriguez are within one goal of matching a mark that has stood for nearly 14 years.
  • U.S. defender and team captain Christie Rampone begins the Fan Tribute Tour in fourth place all-time with 266 caps, just six behind Julie Foudy (272) and nine behind Mia Hamm (275). Kristine Lilly holds the record with 352 caps.
  • Rampone has 21 career Olympic appearances and moved six ahead of previous USA record holders Joy Fawcett, Foudy, Lilly and Kate Markgraf.
  • Abby Wambach scored five goals in five straight games during the London Olympics, which is an Olympic record. She has nine career Olympic goals and is atop the USA leaderboard in that category, surpassing the previous record of five held by Mia Hamm and Tiffeny Milbrett.
  • Alex Morgan is tied for 15th all-time in career goals with 30, matching Brandi Chastain’s career mark. Morgan also is tied for fourth place on the all-time list for goals during a calendar year with 20, matching Hamm (1998), Lilly (1999) and Wambach (2007), who all had 20 goals in their respective campaigns.
  • Morgan’s team-leading 52 points this year (20 goals, 12 assists) are the most for a WNT player in a calendar year since 2004, when Wambach had 75 (31 goals, 13 assists).

BY THE NUMBERS:

  • 1: USA’s FIFA ranking
  • 5: Goals scored in a game by Sydney Leroux (Jan. 22, 2012), Amy Rodriguez (Jan. 20, 2012), Abby Wambach (Oct. 23, 2004), Tiffeny Milbrett (Nov. 2, 2002), Michelle Akers (Nov. 24, 1991) and Brandi Chastain (April 18, 1991)
  • 9: Career Olympic goals by Wambach, a U.S. WNT record
  • 9: Games this year in which Morgan and Wambach both contributed at least one goal (9-0-0 record)
  • 11: Straight wins for the U.S. (USA drew Japan 1-1 on April 1, 2012, before 11 consecutive wins)
  • 16: Combined goals off the bench this year by Amy Rodriguez (8) and Sydney Leroux (8)
  • 22: Career Olympic appearances by U.S. captain Christie Rampone
  • 40: Costa Rica’s FIFA ranking
  • 93: U.S. victories when Abby Wambach scores a goal (93-2-5 overall)
  • 194: Players who have earned a cap for the U.S. Women’s National Team since the program’s inception in 1985, the most recent being Whitney Engen, who earned her first cap against Norway at the Algarve Cup on March 4, 2011
  • 501: Games played by the U.S. WNT since team began play in 1985 (390-57-54 record)

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PIA SUNDHAGE FACT FILE: Head coach Pia Sundhage is in the midst of her fourth full year in charge of the U.S. Women’s National Team. Below are some of her accomplishments as a player and coach.

  • Sundhage is the sixth official coach and second female coach in the history of the U.S. Women’s National Team program.
  • Sundhage’s record as head coach of the Women’s National Team is 88-6-10, with 268 goals for and 57 against.
  • As a player, Sundhage was one of the game’s best-ever players, finishing sixth in the voting for FIFA Women’s Player of the Century. A legendary player in Sweden, she played for her country in the 1991 and 1995 Women’s World Cups and 1996 Olympics. She scored four goals for Sweden at the 1991 Women’s World Cup, helping the Swedes to a third-place finish. She scored one goal in the 1995 Women’s World Cup (against Germany) and played every minute of all three matches at the Atlanta Olympics.
  • Sundhage started her coaching career while still playing, serving as player-coach for Hammarby from 1992-1994. She also coached Sweden’s Youth National Teams for 11 years from 1990-2001, coaching the U-16s, U-19s and U-21s.
  • After her retirement from the international game in 1996, she became head coach of the Sweden Under-19 Women’s National Team, leading the team to one gold medal and two bronze medals at the European Championships. She served as a scout for Sweden during the 1997 European Championships, the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup, the 2003 FIFA Women’s World Cup and the 2000 Olympics. Sundhage has also worked for FIFA on its Technical Study Group staff for the 2004 FIFA U-19 Women’s World Championship in Thailand.
  • Since taking over as head coach, Sundhage has given 17 players their first senior team caps.

IN FOCUS: COSTA RICA

  • Costa Rican Football Federation (Federación Costarricense de Fútbol)
  • Founded: 1921 (Joined FIFA in 1927)
  • Head Coach: Karla Aleman
  • FIFA World Ranking: 40
  • Best FIFA World Cup Finish: Has never qualified
  • Best Olympics Finish: Has never qualified

COSTA RICA ROSTER BY POSITION
GOALKEEPERS (2): 1-Erica Miranda, 18-Noelia Bermudez
DEFENDERS (5): 2-Noelle Sanz, 4-Gabriela Guillen, 5-Diana Saenz, 8-Daniela Cruz, 14-Mariam Ugalde
MIDFIELDERS (7): 7-Mariela Campos, 10-Katherine Alvarado, 15-Mariana Benavides, 16-Cristin Granados, 17-Andreina Baltodano, 19-Gaby Alfaro, 22-Yesmi Rodriguez
FORWARDS (4): 6-Maria Fernanda Barrantes, 9-Melissa Herrera, 11-Raquel Rodriguez, 12-Mayra Almazan

COSTA RICA ROSTER NOTES:

  • Costa Rica’s young roster includes only three players who have scored an international goal: Penn State freshman forward Raquel Rodriguez (8), midfielder Katherine Alvarado (3) and forward Maria Fernanda Barrantes (1).
  • Rodriguez’s father, Sivianni, played for the Costa Rica National Team.
  • Only three players on Costa Rica’s current roster were born before 1990 – 23-year-olds Barrantes, midfielder Cristin Granados and defender Diana Saenz.
  • Forward Melissa Herrera is the youngest player on Costa Rica at only 15 years old.

LAST TIME
On the field for the USA:
Aug. 9, 2012 – Wembley Stadium – London, England – 2012 London Olympics, Gold Medal Game
USA   2   Carli Lloyd 9, 54
JPN    1   Yuki Ogimi 63

Lineups:
USA: 1-Hope Solo; 6-Amy LePeilbet, 3-Christie Rampone (capt.), 16-Rachel Buehler (4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 80), 5-Kelley O’Hara; 15-Megan Rapinoe (12-Lauren Cheney, 57), 7-Shannon Boxx, 10-Carli Lloyd, 17-Tobin Heath; 13-Alex Morgan, 14-Abby Wambach
Subs not used: 2-Heather Mitts, 8-Amy Rodriguez, 9-Heather O’Reilly, 11-Sydney Leroux, 18-Nicole Barnhart
Head coach: Pia Sundhage

JPN: 1-Miho Fukimoto; 2-Yukari Kinga, 3-Azusa Iwashimizu, 4-Saki Kumagai, 5-Aya Sameshima (16-Mana Iwabuchi, 77); 6-Mizuho Sakaguchi (14-Asuna Tanaka, 59), Aya Miyama (capt.), 9-Nahomi Kawasumi, 10-Homare Sawa; 11-Shinobu Ohno (13-Karina Maruyama, 86), 17-Yuki Ogimi
Subs not used: 18-Ayumi Kaihori, 12-Kyoko Yano, 7-Kozue Ando, 15-Megumi Takase
Head coach: Norio Sasaki

Vs. Costa Rica for the USA:
Jan. 27, 2012 – BC Place Stadium – Vancouver, Canada
2012 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament – Semifinal
USA   3   Tobin Heath 16, Carli Lloyd 72, Alex Morgan 89
CRC   0

Lineups:
USA: 1-Hope Solo; 5-Kelley O’Hara, 19-Rachel Buehler, 3-Christie Rampone (capt.), 6-Amy LePeilbet; 9-Heather O’Reilly (8-Amy Rodriguez, 70), 10-Carli Lloyd, 7-Shannon Boxx (15-Megan Rapinoe, 80), 12-Lauren Cheney, 17-Tobin Heath (13-Alex Morgan, 63); 20-Abby Wambach
Subs not used: 2-Heather Mitts, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 14-Sydney Leroux, 16-Lori Lindsey, 18-Nicole Barnhart
Head coach: Pia Sundhage

CRC: 18-Erika Miranda; 5-Diana Saenz (17-Adriana Venegas, 87), 6-Karol Sanchez, 8-Daniela Cruz, 19-Fabiola Sanchez, 20-Wendy Acosta, 7-Mariela Campos, 16-Katherine Alvarado, 4-Fernanda Barrantes (12-Lixy Rodriguez, 65), 10-Shirley Cruz (capt.) (15-Cristin Granados, 90), 11-Raquel Rodriguez
Subs not used: 1- Julieth Arias, 2-Saudy Rosales, 9-Carolina Venegas, 14-Marianne Ugalde
Not eligible: 3-Yendry Villalobos
Head coach: Karla Aleman


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