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U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Mexico
RFK Stadium
Washington, D.C.
Sept. 3, 2013

U.S. WNT GETS IN FALL FRIENDLY AFTER NWSL SEASON: The U.S. Women’s National Team will hit the field on Sept. 3 against Mexico at RFK Stadium in its first match since June 20, a magical night in the history of the U.S. team that saw Abby Wambach enter the game against Korea Republic needing two goals to tie Mia Hamm’s all-time international scoring record. Wambach scored three goals in the first 30 minutes and added a fourth just before halftime as the USA won 5-0, in front of 18,961 fans at Red Bull Arena. The USA has gone 75 days between matches, an uncharacteristically long stretch of inactivity for the WNT due to the NWSL season. After the Mexico match, the players will have the remainder of September and the first part of October off before the team gets back together for a several more friendlies. The USA is 9-0-2 on the year and currently ranked No. 1 in the world. The Americans have scored 36 goals while allowing eight, three of those to European champion Germany in an April 5 friendly on April 5 in Offenbach, Germany.

WNT DEBUTS ON FS1: USA-Mexico will kick off at 8 p.m. ET live on FOX Sports 1 in what will be the first international soccer match on the new network. JP Dellacamera and former U.S. defender Kate Markgraf will be calling the action with Jenn Hildreth on the sidelines. Fans can also follow along on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and on Twitter at @ussoccer_WNT.

U.S. Women’s National Team Roster 
GOALKEEPERS (2): 18-Nicole Barnhart (FC Kansas City), 1-Hope Solo (Seattle Reign)
DEFENDERS (6): 19-Rachel Buehler (Portland Thorns FC), 6-Crystal Dunn (UNC), 8-Kristie Mewis (FC Kansas City), 3-Christie Rampone (Sky Blue FC), 22-Leigh Ann Robinson (FC Kansas City), 4-Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City)
MIDFIELDERS (7): 16-Yael Averbuch (Göteborg), 14-Vanessa DiBernardo (Illinois), 25-Morgan Brian (Virginia), 12-Lauren Holiday (FC Kansas City), 10-Carli Lloyd (Western NY Flash), 9-Heather O’Reilly (Boston Breakers), 23-Erika Tymrak (FC Kansas City)
FORWARDS (3): 2-Sydney Leroux (Boston Breakers), 13-Alex Morgan (Portland Thorns FC), 20-Abby Wambach (Western NY Flash)

18 CALLED: With only one training day in Washington, D.C., U.S. head coach Tom Sermanni called up just 18 players, all of whom will suit up for the match. Included are 14 NWSL players, three college players and one player based overseas – Yael Averbuch. Due to the short event, Sermanni did not call up any other European based-players, but Averbuch got the nod as she was previously scheduled to be in the United States for a wedding. The college players are UNC defender Crystal Dunn, Illinois midfielder Vanessa DiBernardo (who replaced late scratch Megan Rapinoe) and Morgan Brian, a midfielder from UVA who, along with Dunn and DiBernardo, were key components in the USA’s 2012 U-20 Women’s World Cup-winning side. Dunn has started her senior year with a bang, scoring four goals in the first three matches, all Tar Heel wins. Brian, who has tallied two goals with three assists in her first four college games this season, earned her first cap on June 15, coming on for Lauren Cheney in the 77th minute. Dunn has six caps and has made four starts for the USA this year. DiBernado has one goals and three assist so far in three college games this season.

LIKE FATHER, LIKE DAUGHTER : This is the first call-up to the senior team for the 21-year-old Vanessa DiBernardo. Should she see action against Mexico, she will become the first female player whose father played for the senior National Team to earn a cap with the full WNT. She is the daughter of Angelo DiBernardo, former U.S. Men’s National Team player and 1978 Hermann Trophy winner for Indiana who earned 20 caps from 1979-85. The elder DiBernardo also played in the 1984 Olympics for the USA and played six seasons in the NASL, mostly with the New York Cosmos.

ALEX MORGAN UPDATE : U.S. forward Alex Morgan was injured on Aug. 7 in NWSL play, and due to the MCL strain, did not play until the NWSL Championship Game on Aug. 31, coming on in the 71st minute for a 10-woman Portland Thorns team that was perilously clinging to a 1-0 lead. Morgan would eventually assist on Christine Sinclair’s game-clincher in the second minute of stoppage time. She will come into U.S. training camp and be evaluated by the USA’s medical staff. Said Sermanni: “We will evaluate Alex’s recovery from her injury when she comes into camp. At this point, the most important thing is that she is completely fit and healthy. If our medical staff says she’s ready to play, then she’ll play.”

NWSL NEWBIES: The first incarnation of a U.S. women’s pro league, WUSA, helped nurture future WNT stars Shannon Boxx and Abby Wambach. The second, WPS, gave key younger players in the WNT pool like Rachel Buehler, Becky Sauerbrunn and Amy LePeilbet a place to develop. The third, NWSL, is also starting to reap benefits. Both midfielder Erika Tymrak and defender Leigh Ann Robinson earned their first-ever senior team call-ups after excellent seasons with FC Kansas City. Tymrak, the NWSL Rookie of the Year, played for the USA at the 2008 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in New Zealand but has not been a part of the national team programs since. For Robinson, this is her first call-up at any level.

SHE’S NOT HERE: Several of the USA’s “regular” players are not on the roster for the Mexico match, most because they are playing in Europe. Defender Ali Krieger is currently playing for Tyresö in Sweden along with forward Christen Press (who is tied for second in goals this year with Alex Morgan at six and who leads the Swedish league in scoring with 16 goals in 14 games). Defender Whitney Engen is currently playing with Liverpool and will join Tyresö after her English season. Several players are dealing with injuries, including Shannon Boxx, who played just two matches for the Chicago Red Stars before having early-season knee surgery. In addition, Kelley O’Hara underwent reconstructive ankle surgery on Aug. 15 and will be out 6-8 months while. Both 2013 NWSL Championship Game MVP Tobin Heath and Megan Rapinoe are nursing foot injuries, both of which require rest to completely heal. With just two goalkeepers in the 18, the USA’s goalkeeping pool – which also includes Jill Loyden, Ashlyn Harris, Alyssa Naeher and Adrianna Franch - will not get another look until October. Meghan Klingenberg and teenage striker Lindsey Horan are also playing overseas with Tyresö and Paris Saint-Germain, respectively.

SO FAR, SO GOOD: The USA comes into the match at RFK Stadium with a 9-0-2 record in 2013, with the draws coming against European champion Germany and against Sweden, which lost to Germany in the semifinal of this summer’s Euros. The U.S. Women are riding a 34-game unbeaten streak since their last loss, a 1-0 defeat to Japan on March 5, 2012, at the Algarve Cup in Portugal. Over those 34 games, the U.S. has 29 wins and five ties, scoring 110 goals while allowing 26. The USA is riding a 72-game home unbeaten streak, including 63 wins and just nine ties. The last loss for the USA on home soil came on Nov. 6, 2004, a 3-1 setback to Denmark in Philadelphia. It is one of just two losses the USA has suffered when Abby Wambach scores a goal. The USA’s last tie at home came on Oct. 23, 2012, a 2-2 draw with Germany in East Harford, Conn., that followed a 1-1 draw with the Germans at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Ill. three days prior.

#CAUGHTMIA: U.S. WNT forward Abby Wambach, who was named the 2012 FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year at the 2012 FIFA Ballon d’Or gala in Zurich, Switzerland, in early January, added a few more lines to her legendary resume on June 20 when she pounded in four goals against South Korea to pass Mia Hamm on the world’s all-time goal international scoring list. Hamm, the 2001 and 2002 FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year who had 158 career international scores from 1987-2004, will now forever be looking up at Wambach, who sits at 160 and counting. The victory against South Korea at Red Bull Arena marked the 101st win for the USA in a game in which Wambach has scored at least one goal (101-2-8). Wambach has scored 35 goals in her past 41 games over 2012 and 2013.

WAMBACH HAS SCORED AGAINST 31 DIFFERENT COUNTRIES: Coming into the two matches against South Korea in June, Abby Wambach had never scored against Korea Republic. Of course, she had never before played against the Korea Republic. That changed quickly as she scored five goals in two games vs. the Koreans. Of Abby’s world record 160 career goals, she’s scored the most against Mexico, terrorizing El Tri with 19 goals. Her goals have come against:

Mexico            19
Norway           12
Canada             10
Japan               10
Sweden            10
Ireland             9
China PR         9
Germany         7
Costa Rica       7
Australia         6
Brazil              6
Iceland             6
Denmark         5
Korea Republic 5
Scotland          4
New Zealand   4
Guatemala       4
Haiti                4
Korea DPR     3
C. Taipei         3
France             3
Jamaica            2
Dom. Rep.      2
Italy                2
Finland            2
England           1
Panama            1
T&T                1
Colombia         1
Nigeria             1
Greece             1 

FOUR MORE ON THE DOCKET: After the September 3 match, the U.S. players will have about six weeks off before getting back together for up to four more yet-to-be-confirmed friendly matches in the fall.
2013 U.S. WNT Schedule * Algarve Cup

Date

Opponent

Result/Time (ET)

U.S. Goal scorers/TV

Venue

Feb. 9

Scotland

4-1 W

Press (2), Boxx, Leroux

EverBank Field; Jacksonville, Fla.

Feb. 13

Scotland

3-1 W

Rapinoe, Wambach, Press

LP Field; Nashville, Tenn.

March 6*

Iceland

3-0 W

Buehler, Boxx, Wambach

Albufeira; Portugal

March 8*

China PR

5-0 W

Leroux, Krieger, Rapinoe, Press, Engen

Albufeira; Portugal

March 11*

Sweden

1-1 T

Morgan

Lagos; Portugal

March 13*

Germany

2-0 W

Morgan (2)

Faro; Portugal

April 5

Germany

3-3 T

Wambach, Rapinoe, Morgan

Offenbach; Germany

April 9

Netherlands

3-1 W

Heath, Press (2)

The Hague; Netherlands

June 2

Canada

3-0 W

Morgan (2), Leroux

Toronto; Canada

June 15

Korea Rep.

4-1 W

Mewis, Cheney, Lloyd, Wambach

Foxborough, Mass.

June 20

Korea Rep.

5-0 W

Wambach (4), Cheney

Harrison, N.J.

Sept.3

Mexico

FOX Sports1

Washington, D.C.

U.S. ROSTER BREAKDOWN: U.S. head coach Tom Sermanni has two goalkeepers, six defenders, seven midfielders and three forwards – plus six allowed subs -- at his disposal against Mexico, although several players have played on several lines, most notably Kristie Mewis (left midfield or left back) and Lauren Holiday (outside midfield, center midfielder and forward). Of the USA’s 18 players, five are over 30 years old: team captain Christie Rampone (38 years old), Abby Wambach (33), Hope Solo (32), Nicole Barnhart (31) and Carli Lloyd (31). The U.S. roster features 15 professional players and three collegiate players, who are of course the youngest on the roster. The youngest player in the squad is 20-year-old midfielder Morgan Brian, who is a junior at Virginia. Crystal Dunn, a senior at UNC, and Illinois senior Vanessa DiBernardo are both 21 years-old. Both Morgan and DiBernardo scored in the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, against Nigeria in the semifinal and North Korea in the quarterfinal, respectively, while Dunn had assists on the winning goals in the quarterfinal (2-1) and the 1-0 championship game victory against Germany.

U.S. ROSTER NOTES

  • The USA’s quartet of forwards – Alex Morgan, Abby Wambach, Christen Press and Sydney Leroux – has scored 23 of the USA’s 36 goals (63%) so far in 2013. Wambach, whose four-goal performance on June 20 put her at eight on the year, leads the team. It was Wambach’s first four-goal game for the USA, although she does have one five-goal game in her career. Press and Morgan are tied for second on the team with six goals each.
  • Three players who have earned their first caps this year made this roster: defender Crystal Dunn; defender Kristie Mewis, the third overall pick in the NWSL College Draft by FC Kansas City; and midfielder Morgan Brian. Dunn, the 2012 MAC Hermann Trophy winner for UNC, earned her first senior team cap (she had 39 for the U-20s) against Scotland on Feb. 13 and Mewis, the 2008 U.S. Soccer Young Female Athlete of the Year, earned her first cap against the Scots on Feb. 9. Brian earned her first cap vs. South Korea on June 15 in Boston.
  • Brian, a center midfielder, has been in several events with the U.S. U-23s this year and finished her U-20 career with 21 caps and four goals, including a header goal in the 2-0 victory vs. Nigeria in the U-20 WWC semifinal. She was the 2011 Gatorade National Female High School Athlete of the Year, the first soccer player so honored, until Morgan Andrews, a member of the USA’s U-20 WNT, won it this year.
  • U.S. head coach Tom Sermanni has given seven players their first caps in 2013: Morgan Brian, Crystal Dunn, Ashlyn Harris, Lindsey Horan, Julie Johnston, Kristie Mewis and Christen Press.
  • The USA has six players on its roster with six caps or less, a rare occurrence in the history of the U.S. team and indicative of U.S. head coach Tom Sermanni’s push to get younger players into the squad and increase the competition for roster spots and starting spots.
  • One-third of the USA’s roster (six players) is made up of FC Kansas City teammates. The Boston Breakers, WNY Flash, and inaugural NWSL champion Portland Thorns each have two players while Christie Rampone is the only player from Sky Blue FC and Hope Solo is lone player from Seattle Reign.

BACK AT RFK: The USA-Mexico clash will be the first match in Washington, D.C., for the U.S. women in more than five years. The USA last played at RFK Stadium on May 10, 2008, in a 6-2 rout of Canada. It will be the USA’s eighth all-time match at RFK Stadium, and the USA has never lost a game at the historic venue going back to its first visit in 1995. The USA’s streak at RFK Stadium includes the opening game of the 2003 FIFA Women’s World Cup, a 3-1 victory against Sweden.

IN THE RECORD BOOKS

  • In addition to breaking Mia Hamm’s world scoring record, Wambach’s June 20performance also made her the USA’s all-time leader in multiple goal games with 39 for her career. She currently has 32 two-goal games, five hat tricks, one four-goal game and one five-goal game.
  • Alex Morgan made her U.S. debut on March 31, 2009. With 41 goals heading into the Germany match last April 5, she had the most goals of any player in U.S. history by the 3rd anniversary of her debut; Abby Wambach had 32 and Natasha Kai had 24.
  • Morgan’s two goals against Canada on June 2 gave her 44 for her career, moving her into a tie for 10th place the all-time scoring list with Tisha Venturini.
  • Carli Lloyd’s strike from distance on June 15 gave her 44 goals to tie her with Morgan and Venturini, and all three are now just behind Julie Foudy, who finished her career with 45.
  • With her 206th cap earned on June 2 against Canada, Wambach moved past Tiffeny Milbrett into sixth on the all-time caps list. Wambach, who currently has 207 caps, is now chasing Joy Fawcett, who finished her career with 239 caps.
  • U.S. captain Christie Rampone is currently the second most-capped player in U.S. history and the most-capped active player in the world with 283 career games played. Only Kristine Lilly is ahead of her at 352, but even if Rampone plays through the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup, she would not catch Lilly.
  • Heather O’Reilly, who is 10 years younger than Rampone and three years younger than Wambach, is the third most-capped player on the roster with 188 games played. O’Reilly is 10th on the all-time caps list, just four games behind Brandi Chastain.

BY THE NUMBERS

0.73           Goals per game that USA has allowed in 2013
1                USA’s FIFA ranking
3.27           Goals per game the USA has scored in 2013
4                Assists for Alex Morgan, Tobin Heath, Sydney Leroux and Lauren Holiday in 2013, tied for the team lead.
6                Goals in nine career games for U.S. forward Christen Press
33              USA’s current overall unbeaten streak dating back to last year (27-0-5)
44              Career goals of Carli Lloyd and Alex Morgan, tied for 10th all-time with Tisha Venturini
88.7           Minutes on field per goal averaged by Alex Morgan in her career
98.5           Minutes on field per goal averaged by Abby Wambach in her career
101            U.S. victories when Wambach scores a goal (101-2-8 overall)
120            Goals scored by the U.S. WNT in 2012 (118 individual goals, 2 own goals)
130            Minutes on field per goal averaged by Mia Hamm in her career
283            Christie Rampone’s caps, second all-time to Kristine Lilly

USA in NWSL: Lauren Holiday had a fantastic club season, winning the league MVP and the Golden Boot as the top scorer with 12 goals. She was also tops in assists with nine. Abby Wambach finished tied for second in goals with Sydney Leroux (11 each) and second in the league in assists with eight. Alex Morgan finished the season as the league leader in shots (82) and shots on goal (44) while Megan Rapinoe finished second in the league in shots with 65 after playing in only 12 matches. Every NWSL player award was won by a player on the September 3 WNT roster with Nicole Barnhart winning Goalkeeper of the Year, Becky Sauerbrunn winning Defender of the Year, and Erika Tymrak winning Rookie of the Year. Defenders Rachel Buehler, Becky Sauerbrunn and Christie Rampone and midfielder Lauren Holiday played every minute for which they were available for their clubs this year. Carli Lloyd scored eight goals during the regular season and added to more in the playoff, scoring both in the WNY Flash’s 2-0 win over Sky Blue FC. Following are the regular season NWSL statistics of the U.S. players on this roster: 

WNT Field Players in the NWSL

NAME              GP       GS       M         G         A          SH       SOG     OFF     FC        FS        YC
Buehler              20         20         1800     0          2          1          1          0          14         9          2
Holiday             18         18         1620     12         9          63         31         3          14         28         0
Leroux               19         19         1694     11         2          62         30         15         11         9          1
Lloyd                15         14         1286     8          0          53         22         3          35         18         4
Mewis               20         20         1784     1          0          34         13         1          12         19         2
Morgan              18         18         1525     8          5          82         44         22         21         26         4
O’Reilly              20         20         1734     5          6          43         32         15         11         6          1
Rampone           20         20         1800     0          0          4          3          1          4          9          0
Rapinoe             12         11         1023     5          1          65         27         11         25         15         1
Robinson           22         22         1900     0          5          10         6          2          5          5          1
Sauerbrunn         19         19         1710     0          1          2          1          0          2          5          0
Tymrak             21         16         1453     6          4          26         14         5          2          18         0
Wambach           19         19         1706     11         8          64         40         15         32         34         2

WNT Goalkeepers in the NWSL                        
NAME              GP       GS       Min      GA       GAA     Sh        SOG     Sv        Sv%               
Barnhart             20         20         1800     19         0.95      187       86         57         78%
Solo                  14         14         1260     19         1.36      198       101       81         80%                            

NWSL BEST XI: Ten of the 14 NWSL players on the USA’s roster to face Mexico were named to the NWSL Best XI First Team or Second Team. NWSL Goalkeeper of the Year Nicole Barnhart, Sky Blue FC defender Christie Rampone (who had an excellent club season at 38), FC Kansas City defenders Leigh Ann Robinson and Becky Sauerbrunn, FCKC midfielder Lauren Holiday, Boston Breakers forward Sydney Leroux and Western New York Flash forward Abby Wambach were named to the First Team. Portland Thorns defender Rachel Buehler, FCKC midfielder Erika Tymrak and Thorns forward Alex Morgan made the Second Team.

TOM SERMANNI FACT FILE: Tom Sermanni was named head coach of the U.S. Women’s National Team on Oct. 30, 2012, becoming the seventh head coach in the team’s history. Sermanni came to U.S. Soccer after eight years as the head coach of the Australia Women’s National Team, which he coached to the quarterfinal stage of both the 2007 and 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cups. Sermanni officially started the U.S. WNT position on Jan. 1, 2013, after interim head coach Jill Ellis managed seven games (5-0-2) in 2012. Sermanni takes over for Pia Sundhage, the 2012 World Coach of the Year for women’s soccer, who accepted the head coaching position for her native Sweden.

Below are some of Sermanni’s accomplishments:

  • Sermanni was the 2007 Asian Football Confederation Coach of the Year, leading Australia to a runner-up finish at the 2006 AFC Women’s Cup, where the team fell to China in penalty kicks, and to the championship of that tournament in 2010, when the youthful Matildas downed Korea DPR in penalties.
  • Sermanni coached all three seasons of the Women’s United Soccer Association (WUSA), serving as an assistant for the San Jose CyberRays during the inaugural season, in which he helped the club to the league championship. He was also an assistant for the CyberRays in 2002 before taking the head coaching job of the New York Power in 2003, where he coached U.S. Women’s National Team legends Christie Rampone, Shannon Boxx and Tiffeny Milbrett.
  • Sermanni’s coaching career in both men’s and women’s professional soccer has taken him all over the world, including stints in Japan, the USA and Malaysia. Sermanni began his coaching career in men’s soccer in the late 1980s, when he was transitioned from player-coach to head coach of the Canberra Croatia/Metros in the New South Wales State League from 1988-1991.
  • He coached the Australia Schoolboys side from 1989-1991 and coached the men’s program at the Australian Institute of Sport from 1991-1993.
  • He coached Sydney Olympic FC in the Australian top flight – the National Soccer League – in 1993-1994 before taking his first women’s job with the Australian National Team in 1994.
  • After stepping away from the Matildas in 1997, Sermanni transitioned back to men’s soccer, traveling to Japan to coach J-League side Sanfrecce Hiroshima from 1997-1999. He then had a stint with the Canberra Cosmos in the NSL from 1999-2001 before moving to the USA to coach in the WUSA.
  • Sermanni, a native of Glasgow, Scotland, had a long playing career as a midfielder from 1971 through 1989, when he retired after playing two years with Canberra Croatia and became a player-coach and then head coach.
  • Prior to that, he played from 1984-1987 with Canberra City and in 1983 with Marconi. From 1971 through 1983, he played in England and Scotland, representing Dunfermline Athletic in 1983, Torquay United (England) from 1979-1982 and Blackpool (England) from 1978-1979.
  • He turned professional in 1973 and played six seasons for Albion Rovers from 1973-1978 in Scotland after playing amateur soccer for Cumbernauld United from 1971-1973. Overall, Sermanni played more than 300 professional matches and scored more than 50 goals.

IN FOCUS: MEXICO
Federación Mexicana de Fútbol Asociación
Founded: 1927 (joined FIFA in 1929)
Head Coach: Leonardo Cuellar
FIFA World Ranking: 24
Best FIFA World Cup Finish: Group play (1999-16th, 2011-11th)
Best Olympics Finish: Quarterfinal (2004)

MEXICO ROSTER BY POSITION
GOALKEEPERS (2): 1- Cecilia Santiago (Boston Breakers), 12- Pamela Tajonar   (Western New York Flash)    
DEFENDERS (5): 2-Kenti Robles (F.C. Barcelona), 3-Bianca Sierra (Auburn University), 4-Christina Murillo (Univ. of Michigan), 5-Paulina Solis (Colegio ONCE), 13-Arianne Romero (Univ. of Nebraska)                
MIDFIELDERS (4): 7-Nayeli Rangel (Sky Blue FC), 8-Lupita Worbis (Washington Spirit), 6-Liliana Mercado (Universidad de las Americas), 16-Stephany Mayor (Universidad de las Americas)                       
FORWARDS (7): 9-Maribal Dominguez (Chicago Red Stars), 10-Renae Cuellar (Sundsvall), 14-Fabiola Ibarra (Colegio Once), 11-Monica Ocampo (Sky Blue FC), 15-Desiree Monsivais (ITESEM Monterrey), 17-Veronica Perez (Western New York Flash), 18-Sofia Huerta (Santa Clara University)                   

USA vs. MEXICO SERIES

  • USA and Mexico will meet for the first time since Jan. 24, 2012, a 4-0 U.S. victory during group play at the CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Vancouver, Canada. Carli Lloyd registered her first career hat trick in that match and Heather O’Reilly added a goal as the Americans clinched a berth in the semifinal with the win.
  • The USA has dominated the all-time series against Mexico, holding a 26-1-1 record, but before that 4-0 win in Canada, the previous three matches were one-goal affairs, including a 2-1 loss for the USA on Nov. 5, 2010, during 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup Qualifying in Cancun, Mexico. That setback forced the USA into the third-place match of that tournament (which it won) and into a two-game playoff against Italy that the Americans took 2-0 on aggregate.
  • This will be the second match in 2013 for the USA against a CONCACAF foe following the 3-0 victory against Canada on June 2 in Toronto. The USA has played seven matches against European teams and three matches against Asian teams so far this year.
  • Mexico is the third-ranked team in CONCACAF and ranked 24th in the world. With 3.5 berths (in addition to host Canada) available to the CONCACAF region for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada, Mexico is a favorite to qualify for the tournament.

MEXICO NOTES:

  • Eight players on the Mexico’s 18-player roster come from NWSL clubs, including Renae Cuellar of the Seattle Reign, who is already playing for Sundsvall in Sweden. Cuellar scored five goals for FC Kansas City before being traded to the Reign, for whom she did not score.
  • Both goalkeepers, Cecilia Santiago and Pamela Tajonar, were back-ups in the league for the Boston Breakers and Western New York Flash, respectively, but several attacking players had quality seasons including Monica Ocampo of Sky Blue FC, who finished tied for third in the league in scoring with eight goals and was named NWSL Player of the Month for August.
  • The 26-year-old Ocampo scored three times in three games during August, including the game-winning goal against the Washington Spirit in a 1-0 victory on Aug. 3. She also scored twice in a 3-3 draw against the Chicago Red Stars on Aug. 10 and took the corner kick that led to the game-tying goal in a 1-1 draw with the Spirit on Aug. 18. Her eight goals on the season, which were a team-best for Sky Blue, came in 901 minutes of action.
  • Cuellar also named four players currently beginning their U.S. college seasons in Bianca Sierra from Auburn, Christina Murillo from Michigan, Arianne Romero from Nebraska and Sofia Huerta from Santa Clara, who led Mexico in scoring with three goals at the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Japan.
  • Six players on the roster, including the above four collegians, Santiago and Sky Blue FC midfielder Nayeli Rangel, were a part of the Mexico U-20 team that made finished second in their group and advance to the Quarterfinal, where it lost to Nigeria 1-0 in overtime. At the U-20 World Cup, Mexico lost to Japan 4-1, defeated Switzerland 2-0 and pounded New Zealand 4-0.
  • Also on the roster is Mexico’s greatest-ever player, Maribel Dominguez of the Chicago Red Stars. The 34-year-old forward scored twice for Chicago this year and has an amazing 74 goals in her 114 career international caps. Dominguez played in the first U.S. pro league, the WUSA, for the Atlanta Beat and also spent some time with Barcelona in Spain, where Mexican defender Kenti Robles currently plays.

LAST TIME:
On the field for the USA:
June 20, 2013 – Red Bull Arena; Harrison, N.J. – International Friendly

USA                5          Wambach 10, 19, 29, 45+1; Cheney 64
KOR               0         

Lineups:
USA : 1-Hope Solo (21-Jill Loyden, 46); 6-Crystal Dunn, 3-Christie Rampone (capt.) (4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 48), 14-Whitney Engen, 22-Meghan Klingenberg (5-Kelley O’Hara, 52); 9-Heather O’Reilly, 10-Carli Lloyd, 12-Lauren Cheney (16-Yael Averbuch, 71), 15-Megan Rapinoe; 13-Alex Morgan (2-Sydney Leroux, 49), 20-Abby Wambach (23-Christen Press, 58)
Substitutions Not Used: 17-Tobin Heath
Head coach: Tom Sermanni

KOR: 1-Kim Jungmi, 4-Shim Seoyeon (capt.), 6-Lim Seonjoo, 20-Kim Hyeri, 5-Lee Sejin (13-Lee Mina, 56), 8-Cho Sohyun, 15-Kim Narae, 17-Park Heeyoung (14-Kwon Hahnul, 60), 10-Ji Soyun (19-Shin Jiyoung, 86), 12-Yoo Younga, 18-Jeoun Eunha (16-Kim Sangeun, 76)
Substitutions Not Used: 2-Kim Jihye, 3-Jeong Younga, 7-Lee Eunhye, 9-Park Heeyoung, 11-Lee Jangmi, 21-Yoon Younggeul, 22-Lee Jungeun     
Head coach: Yoon Dukyeo 

On the field for the USA vs. MEX:
Jan. 24, 2012 – BC Place; Vancouver, Canada – 2012 Olympic Qualifying Tournament

USA                4          Lloyd 7, 57, 86; O’Reilly 8
MEX               0         

Lineups:
USA: 1-Hope Solo; 19-Rachel Buehler, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 3-Christie Rampone (capt.), 6-Amy LePeilbet; 9-Heather O’Reilly, 10-Carli Lloyd, 7-Shannon Boxx (16-Lori Lindsey, 77), 8-Amy Rodriguez (14-Sydney Leroux, 46), 12-Lauren Cheney; 20-Abby Wambach (15-Megan Rapinoe, 61)
Subs not used: 2-Heather Mitts, 5-Kelley O’Hara, 13-Alex Morgan, 17-Tobin Heath, 18-Nicole Barnhart
Head coach: Pia Sundhage

MEX: 1-Cecilia Santiago; 3-Marlene Sandoval, 4-Alina Garciamendez (8-Marylin Diaz, 73), 5-Bianca Sierra, 6-Natalie Garcia Mendez; 13-Jennifer Ruiz, 15-Rosario Saucedo, 10-Dinora Garza (7-Teresa Noyola, 66), 17-Veronica Perez; 9-Maribel Dominguez (capt.), 11-Monica Ocampo (18-Christina Murillo, 59)
Subs not used: 2-Arianna Romero, 12-Anjuli Ladron De Guevara, 16-Anisa Guajardo, 19-Monica Alvarado, 20-Chrystal Martinez
Not eligible: 14-Renae Cuellar

Head coach: Leonardo Cuellar

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