U.S. WNT ARRIVES IN ENGLAND TO CONTINUE WOMEN’S WORLD CUP PREP: The U.S. Women’s National Team has arrived in England where it will train for 11 days before taking on the hosts on April 2 at Leyton Orient’s Brisbane Road. The match will be broadcast live on ESPN2 at 3 p.m. ET. Fans can also follow the action as it happens on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt. This will be the first match in England for the U.S. women even though the USA played its first international women’s game in 1985. Following the clash with England, the USA will travel to Scotland for four more days of training before returning to the United States on April 7.
FIRST MEETING SINCE 2007 FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP: The U.S. women have not faced England since the quarterfinal of the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup, a 3-0 victory in Tianjin, China, on Sept. 22, 2007. Shannon Boxx, Abby Wambach and Kristine Lilly scored that day.
UK HISTORY: This is not only the first match for the U.S. women in the United Kingdom, but the Americans have played only a handful of matches against teams from the UK, having faced England just 10 times and Scotland once. The USA has never played Wales or Northern Ireland.
FOUR GAMES TO GERMANY: The match against England will mark the fourth-to-last friendly before the USA heads to Germany and the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup. The USA also has two matches scheduled against Japan, on May 14 at Columbus Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio (6:30 p.m. ET on Fox Soccer), and on May 18 at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C. (7 p.m. ET on ESPN2). The U.S. team will play one more domestic friendly on June 5 against a team and at a venue to be determined before heading to Austria in mid-June for a pre-Women’s World Cup training camp.
U.S. ROSTER BREAKDOWN: U.S. head coach Pia Sundhage has brought 23 players to England, three of whom are goalkeepers, and will suit up the whole roster for the England match on April 2. Each team will be allowed six substitutes in the game. Twenty-two of the players in England were on the USA’s Algarve Cup roster with the addition of defender Meghan Klingenberg who was playing for the U.S. U-23s in Spain during the Algarve Cup. Defender Ali Krieger has not yet joined training camp as she is finishing up her season in Germany where her club FFC Frankfurt will be playing in the German Cup Final against Turbine Potsdam of Berlin this weekend. Krieger will join the U.S. team immediately after that match. Every player besides Krieger plays in WPS.
U.S. WNT QUICK HITS:
- Pia Sundhage is 25-2-2 against European teams during her three and a half years as head coach of the USA. The USA is 12-0-1 against European teams in Europe under Sundhage.
- The USA is 6-1-0 in 2011, winning six straight games after falling to Sweden 2-1 in the first match of the year at the Four Nations Tournament in China.
- The U.S. team has won both tournaments it entered this year, taking the Four Nations in China and the Algarve Cup in Portugal.
- The USA’s leading scorer this year is Carli Lloyd with five goals. Amy Rodriguez has the most assists with three.
- Abby Wambach will be looking for her first goal since Nov. 8, 2010, when she scored twice against Costa Rica in the third-place match at the CONCACAF Women’s World Cup Qualifying Tournament. Wambach missed the Four Nations Tournament in China due to injury and came off the bench in all four games at the Algarve Cup in Portugal as she worked to regain her fitness.
- The USA has not been shut-out since Nov. 5, 2008, a 0-0 tie with South Korea. The USA has since scored in 29 consecutive games.
- Christie Rampone is the most-capped player on the U.S. roster with 233, 80 more than the next closest player, Abby Wambach.
- Abby Wambach has 117 career goals, 85 more than her next closest teammate, Lindsay Tarpley.
Stat of Note
The USA has played England in five different countries – Italy, the USA, France, Portugal and China – but never in England.