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U.S. WNT Set to Take On Russia in Rematch at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on Feb. 13


U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Russia
International Friendly

Georgia Dome – Atlanta, Ga.

Feb. 13, 2014


U.S. WNT AND RUSSIA FINISH TWO-GAME SET UNDER THE DOME:
The U.S. Women’s National Team will finish a two-game series against Russia on Feb. 13 in what will be the U.S. team’s last match before the always difficult Algarve Cup in early March. The USA is coming off a resounding 7-0 victory against Russia in Boca Raton, Fla., on Feb. 8, a match that saw two goals from Carli Lloyd and Christen Press and one score each from Heather O’Reilly, Sydney Leroux and Abby Wambach. The Feb. 13 game at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta will kick off at 7:30 p.m. ET and will be shown live on ussoccer.com. Fans can also follow the match on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt. The game was rescheduled from the Feb. 12 date because of inclement weather.

U.S. Women's National Team By Position Roster -
Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3):
18-Nicole Barnhart (FC Kansas City), 21-Jill Loyden (Sky Blue FC), 1-Hope Solo (Seattle Reign FC)
DEFENDERS (9):
14-Stephanie Cox (Seattle Reign FC), 7-Crystal Dunn (Washington Spirit), 6-Whitney Engen (Tyresö), 11-Ali Krieger (Washington Spirit), 19-Kristie Mewis (Boston Breakers), 5-Kelley O’Hara (Sky Blue FC), 3-Christie Rampone (Sky Blue FC), 4-Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City), 16-Rachel Van Hollebeke (Portland Thorns FC)
MIDFIELDERS (8):
25-Morgan Brian (Virginia), 12-Lauren Holiday (FC Kansas City), 22-Julie Johnston (Chicago Red Stars), 10-Carli Lloyd (WNY Flash), 28-Samantha Mewis (UCLA), 9-Heather O’Reilly (Boston Breakers), 15-Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign FC), 17-Erika Tymrak (FC Kansas City)
FORWARDS (4):
2-Sydney Leroux (Seattle Reign FC), 23-Christen Press (Tyresö), 8-Amy Rodriguez (FC Kansas City), 20-Abby Wambach (WNY Flash)

KEEPING IT ROLLING:
The USA heads into this match riding a 41-game unbeaten streak since its last loss, a 1-0 defeat to Japan on March 5, 2012, at the Algarve Cup in Portugal. The U.S. record for an unbeaten streak is 51 games (43-0-8), set from Dec. 8, 2004, through Sept. 22, 2007. Over the past 41 games, the U.S. has 35 wins and six ties, scoring 138 goals while allowing 29. The USA is also in the midst of a 79-game home unbeaten streak that includes 69 wins and 10 draws. 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 only two losses the USA has suffered when Abby Wambach scores a goal.

WELCOME HOME, O'HARA:
U.S. defender Kelley O’Hara has not played for the USA since June 20, 2012, as she nears the end of her recovery from major ankle surgery, but could experience her return to the field near her hometown. O’Hara hails from Fayetteville, Ga., about 30 minutes south of Atlanta, and attended Starrs Mill High School where she was the team captain as a junior and senior and All-State all four years. She was a Parade All-American as a junior and a senior and led the Panthers to the 5A State Title in 2006 with 20 goals and 16 assists. That season, she was the 2006 Atlanta Journal-Constitution Player of the Year, an NSCAA All-American and the 2006 Gatorade Georgia State Player of the Year.

FIRST WNT GAME IN ATLANTA:
The U.S. Women’s National Team has played quite a few matches in the state of Georgia – seven, in fact – but in the 30-year history of the program, the team has never played in the city of Atlanta. The USA last played in the Atlanta area on Oct. 2, 2010, during a 2-1 victory against China PR at the Kennesaw State University Soccer Stadium. The USA is 7-0-0 all-time in the state of Georgia, including three games in nearby Decatur, one match in Clarkston, the aforementioned visit to Kennesaw, and of course the 1996 Olympic semifinal and gold medal matches in Athens at the University of Georgia.

BRIAN WINS HERMANN TROPHY:
The roster includes the winner of the 2013 MAC Hermann Trophy as college soccer’s top player. University of Virginia rising senior Morgan Brian took home the trophy in mid-January in St. Louis, edging her U.S. WNT teammate Crystal Dunn (who won in 2012) and UCLA defender Abby Dahlkemper. Brian had a remarkably balanced 16 goals and 14 assists in leading UVA to an undefeated regular season and an NCAA Final Four appearance. She got her first career start for the senior National Team against Canada on July 31 and played well in a 90-minute appearance.

SISTER ACT: U.S. head coach Tom Sermanni gave rising UCLA senior Samantha Mewis, who helped the Bruins to the NCAA title last fall, her first official call-up to the senior team. The 6-foot-tall Samantha is the younger sister of current U.S. WNT defender Kristie Mewis. The Mewis sisters played together on both the 2008 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Team (New Zealand) and the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Team (Germany), but this is first time they are on a full U.S. Women’s National Team roster together. The younger Mewis trained with the USA at the end of the January camp in Los Angeles. The only previous time that sisters were on a full U.S. Women’s National Team roster came in 1997 and 1998, when identical twins Lorrie (120 career caps) and Ronnie Fair (3 caps) played together. The two matches they played together came in a pair of victories against England on May 9, 1997, in San Jose, Calif., (5-0) and May 11, 1997, in Portland, Ore. (6-0). Lorrie started and Ronnie came on as a sub in both games.

NEW NAME, SAME BUEHLDOZER: This series of matches marks the first that sees defender Rachel Buehler switch to her married name on the back of her jersey. Buehler, who was married in November of 2012, is going by Rachel Van Hollebeke (pronounced “van HALL-ah-beck”), adding a bit of Belgian flair to the U.S. team. She picked up her first cap as Van Hollebeke, and 109th overall, on Feb. 8 against Russia, coming on as a substitute in the 80th minute.

#CAUGHTMIA: U.S. WNT forward Abby Wambach finished second in the voting for the 2013 FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year (after winning the award for 2012) and currently has 164 career goals. Wambach passed the legendary Mia Hamm to become the world’s all-time leading scorer on June 20, 2013, when she pounded in four goals against South Korea at Red Bull Arena. Hamm, the 2001 and 2002 FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year, who had 158 career international goals from 1987-2004, will now be forever looking up at Wambach. Wambach scored her 164th goal – and first of 2014 – when the capped the scoring against Russia on Feb. 8 with the USA’s seventh goal. It marked the 105th win for the USA in a game in which Wambach has scored at least one goal (105-2-8). Wambach has scored 39 goals in her past 47 games over 2012, 2013 and 2014. She is also third all-time in assists with 65, behind only Kristine Lilly (105) and Hamm (144).

WAMBACH HAS SCORED AGAINST 31 DIFFERENT COUNTRIES: Of Abby Wambach’s world-record 164 career goals, she has scored the most against Mexico, peppering El Tri with 20 goals in 20 games. Wambach has faced Russia twice in her career, the first more than 10 years ago in 2002, but she did not score in that game. Sixty-nine of her 164 goals (42 percent) were scored with her head.


2014 U.S. WNT SCHEDULE:

Date

Opponent

Result/Time (ET)

U.S. Goal scorers

Venue

Jan. 31

Canada

1-0 W

Leroux

Toyota Stadium; Frisco, Texas

Feb. 8

Russia

7-0 W

Lloyd (2), Press (2), O’Reilly,

Leroux, Wambach

FAU Stadium; Boca Raton, Fla.

Feb. 13

Russia

7:30 p.m.

ussoccer.com

Georgia Dome; Atlanta, Ga.

Mar. 5

Japan

TBA

-

TBA, Portugal

Mar. 7

Sweden

TBA

-

TBA, Portugal

Mar. 10

Denmark

TBA

-

TBA, Portugal

Mar. 12

Placement Match

TBA

-

TBA, Portugal

U.S. ROSTER NOTES:

  • Forward Abby Wambach made her 187th-career start against Canada on Jan. 31 (213th overall appearance), tying her for sixth on the all-time starts lists with Kate Markgraf (187 starts in 201 games from 1998-2010). She came off the bench against Russia on Feb. 8 to earn her 214th cap.
  • Heather O’Reilly and Hope Solo each made their 138th-career starts in the last match, and passed Michelle Akers to move into 13th on the all-time list.
  • The USA is now 15-0-3 under Tom Sermanni.
  • Forward Amy Rodriguez entered the game against Canada for Megan Rapinoe in the 88th minute, marking her first appearance for the USA since having a baby boy last August. She also came on as a sub against Russia on Feb. 8 and picked up her first assist as a mom.
  • Christen Press’s two-goal game against Russia on Feb. 8 marked her third two-goal game in just 14 caps. Carli Lloyd has four multiple-goal games in her career – one hat trick and three two-goal games.
  • Just one player on the roster is looking for her first cap – that being UCLA senior Samantha Mewis – but, eight players have 11 caps or fewer.
  • Twenty-year-old Morgan Brian is the youngest player on the roster. Fellow collegian Samantha Mewis is 21.
  • Midfielder Megan Rapinoe has ended her stint with Lyon in France and is back in the United States full-time. Unlike last year, when she just played over half a season in the NWSL for Seattle Reign FC (12 games), she will be available from the kickoff this year.
  • Press and defender Whitney Engen will head back to Sweden after this series of games to continue playing for Tyresö, as the club chases its UEFA Champions League aspirations. The duo will remain in Sweden until Tyresö is eliminated from the tournament or after the Final, if it should get to the final game of the competition. Tyresö will face Austrian club Neulengbach in the quarterfinal round. The first leg is March 23.
  • Since taking over as the U.S. Women’s National Team in January of 2013, Sermanni has called 45 players to at least one training camp. Of those 45 players, 32 have earned at least one cap.
  • Sermanni gave 10 players their first cap in 2013: Morgan Brian, Amber Brooks, Crystal Dunn, Ashlyn Harris, Lindsey Horan, Julie Johnston, Leigh Ann Robinson, Kristie Mewis, Christen Press and Erika Tymrak. Six of those players are on this roster.
  • Seventeen players on the roster played in the NWSL last season. Twenty-two of the 24 players have committed to play in the league during its second season in 2014.
  • Three players on the roster were new allocations to NWSL clubs for the upcoming season: Stephanie Cox (Seattle Reign FC), Engen (Houston Dash) and Press (Chicago Red Stars).
  • All nine NWSL clubs are represented on the roster. FC Kansas City has the most players with five.
  • After Wambach, who has 164 career goals, midfielder Lloyd is the top scorer on the roster with 48 career international goals, followed by O’Reilly with 38.
  • 2012 Olympic gold medalist Kelley O’Hara, who was a late addition to the January camp roster, could return to game action for the first time since April 9, 2013, when she started against the Netherlands in The Hague.
  • The USA is without forward Alex Morgan and midfielder Tobin Heath, who are both recovering from injuries. Morgan was with the U.S. team for a few days during the middle of the trip, but only for rehabilitation and evaluation purposes as she continues to come back from an ankle injury.
  • Heath, who is currently in France with her club Paris Saint-Germain, is progressing well with her recovery from a foot injury but is not ready for National Team action.

IN THE RECORD BOOKS:

  • The USA’s 79-game unbeaten streak at home is a team record. The next-highest streak is 50 games (48-0-2) from Feb. 10, 1996, through April 22, 1999. The USA tied the record on May 14, 2011 (2-0 win against Japan at Columbus Crew Stadium) and broke the record with the 51st game on May 18, 2011 (another 2-0 win against Japan at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C.).
  • In 2013, for just the second time in its history, the U.S. WNT posted an unbeaten record during a year that featured double-digit fixtures. The U.S. ended the year at 13-0-3, and the only previous occurrence of this undefeated mark was in 2006, when the USA went 18-0-4. There are four other instances when the U.S. went unbeaten while playing less than 10 games during the calendar year.
  • Heather O’Reilly, the third most-capped player on the roster with 195 games played, passed Brandi Chastain for ninth place on the all-time career appearances list in the final game of 2013. This year, she could be the ninth player (a remarkable number in itself) to hit 200 caps in U.S. history.
  • In addition to breaking Mia Hamm’s world scoring record, Abby Wambach’s June 20performance against the Korea Republic also made her the USA’s all-time leader in multiple-goal games with 39 for her career. She has 32 two-goal games, five hat tricks, one four-goal game and one five-goal game.
  • Carli Lloyd’s goal on Oct. 27 against New Zealand gave her 46 goals in her career and moved her past Julie Foudy into ninth on the all-time scoring list. Lloyd scored her first two of the year against Russia on Feb. 8 and now has 48. Lloyd is also the highest-scoring player in U.S. history who has played exclusively as a midfielder.
  • In the Jan. 31 match against Canada, defender Becky Sauerbrunn became the 46th player in U.S. Women’s National Team history to hit 50 caps. She now has 51.
  • 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 289 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.
  • The WNT last played indoors on Oct. 20, 2013, in San Antonio, Texas. The USA is 10-0-0 all-time under a roof, playing its first match indoors at the Pontiac Silverdome in Michigan in 1993.

BY THE NUMBERS:
0.69: Goals per game that the USA allowed in 2013
1: USA’s FIFA ranking
3.5: Goals per game the USA scored in 2013
6: Assists by Lauren Holiday and Abby Wambach in 2013, tied for best on the team
10: Goals in 14 career games for U.S. forward Christen Press
41: USA’s current overall unbeaten streak dating back to 2012 (35-0-6)
69: Career shutouts by Hope Solo, just two behind all-time WNT leader Briana Scurry
91.2: Minutes on field per goal averaged by Alex Morgan in her career
99.3: Minutes on field per goal averaged by Abby Wambach in her career
105: U.S. victories when Wambach scores a goal (105-2-8 overall)
130: Minutes on field per goal averaged by Mia Hamm in her career
289: Caps by Christie Rampone, second all-time to Kristine Lilly

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. He led the USA to an unbeaten 13-0-3 record in 2013. 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 took 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 PR in penalty kicks, and to the championship of that tournament in 2010, when the 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 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 (Scotland) 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: RUSSIA
Football Union of Russia
Founded: 1912 (Joined FIFA in 1912)
Head Coach: Sergey Lavrentyev
FIFA World Ranking: 21
Best FIFA World Cup Finish (Participated in 1999 & 2003): Quarterfinals (1999 & 2003)
Best Olympics Finish: No appearances

RUSSIA ROSTER BY POSITION:
GOALKEEPERS (3):
1-Elvira Todua (Rossiyanka), 12-Maria Zhamanakova (Zorky), 21-Alena Beliaeva (Mordovochka)
DEFENDERS (8):
22-Daria Makarenko (Zvezda-2005), 8-Karina Blinskaya (Rossiyanka), 18-Elena Medved (Zorky), 15-Ksenia Kovalenko (CSP Izmailovo), 19-Ksenia Tsybutovich (Ryazan-VDV), 2-Marina Pushkareva (Kubanochka), 3-Valentina Orlova (Zvezda-2005), 7-Ekaterina Dmitrenko (Rossiyanka)
MIDFIELDERS (5):
20-Nelli Korovkina (CSP Izmailovo), 11-Anna Sinyutina (Ryazan-VDV), 4-Svetlana Tsidikova (Zorky), 23-Elena Morozova (Zorky), 13-Alla Sidorovskaya (CSP Izmailovo)
FORWARDS (5):
14-Anastasiya Chevtchenko (University of Pennsylvania), 10-Elena Terekhova (Ryazan-VDV), 16-Elena Kostareva (Kubanochka), 17-Ekaterina Pantyukhina (Zvezda-2005), 9-Alena Andreeva (CSP Izmailovo)

RUSSIA ROSTER NOTES:

  • Russia was in Group C at last summer’s UEFA Women’s Championship, finishing in third place behind France and Spain, but ahead of England.
  • The Russians put in a respectable performance, losing 3-1 to France while tying both England and Spain 1-1, but the two points were not enough to get them through to the knockout stage.
  • Elena Morozova scored her country’s goal against France, Nelli Korovkina scored the lone goal against England (in a match the English tied in the 92nd minute) and Elena Terekhova scored against Spain.
  • Russia’s 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup qualifying campaign got off to a rough start with a 9-0 loss in Germany, but the team responded with a 2-0 win in Slovakia on a goal from Elena Morozova and a Slovak own goal.
  • Just eight players on Russia’s roster were part of its European championship team.
  • Russia has one American on its roster in 19-year-old Anastasiya Chevtchenko out of Portland, Ore., who plays college soccer at University of Pennsylvania in the Ivy League.
  • Russia head coach Sergey Lavrentyev is a former professional player who played for five different domestic clubs from 1989-1998.
  • Defender Valentina Orlova received a red card in the 68th minute on Sept. 8 after dragging down Amy Rodriguez on a foul that she was deemed to be the last defender.
  • Two minutes after the sending off, Ekaterina Dmitrenko received a yellow card for taking down Erika Tymrak at the top of the penalty area.

USA VS. RUSSIA SERIES:

  • The USA has an all-time 6-0-1 record against Russia.
  • The one draw against Russia came on Aug. 15, 2000, a 1-1 tie in College Park, Md., that was the final start of Michelle Akers’ career. Akers also scored her final international goal against Russia two days earlier in a 7-1 victory at Annapolis, Md.
  • Before Feb. 8 in Boca Raton, the most recent meeting between the teams came on Sept. 29, 2002, in the opening game of the Nike U.S. Women’s Cup. The USA won 5-1 on goals from Brandi Chastain, Cindy Parlow, Aly Wagner and two from Mia Hamm.
  • Forward Abby Wambach and midfielder Heather O’Reilly were the only two players from the current roster that played against Russia in 2002 in Uniondale, N.Y. Wambach started and O’Reilly subbed on for her in the 39th minute. It was the fifth cap for both O’Reilly and Wambach.
  • One of the many highlights of Mia Hamm's career came against Russia at the 1998 Nike U.S. Women's Cup when she scored her 100th career international goal in Rochester, N.Y., on Sept. 18 of that year in a 4-0 victory. The brilliant half-volley from a stiff angle that roared into the roof of the net set off an euphoric celebration at the sold-out Frontier Field and put Hamm into a select group of just four players who had, at that time, scored at least 100 career international goals.
  • The U.S. Women played the USSR twice during the early 1990s, winning 8-0 in Blaine, Minn., and 3-0 in Varna, Bulgaria.

LAST TIME:
On the field for the USA:

Feb. 8, 2014 – FAU Stadium; Boca Raton, Fla. – International Friendly

USA 7 Lloyd 29, 37; O’Reilly 32; Press 51, 59; Leroux 54; Wambach 67
RUS 0

Lineups:
USA:
1-Hope Solo; 11-Ali Krieger, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn (16-Rachel Van Hollebeke, 80), 3-Christie Rampone (capt.), 14-Stephanie Cox (15-Megan Rapinoe, 74); 9-Heather O’Reilly (17-Erika Tymrak, 68), 10-Carli Lloyd, 12-Lauren Holiday, 19-Kristie Mewis; 23-Christen Press (8-Amy Rodriguez, 60), 2-Sydney Leroux (20-Abby Wambach, 60)
Substitutions Not Used: 6-Whitney Engen, 18-Nicole Barnhart
Head coach: Tom Sermanni

RUS: 1-Elvira Todua; 2-Marina Pushkereva (18-Elena Medved, 33), 3-Valentina Orlova (sent off, 68), 7-Ekaterina Dmitrenko, 19-Ksenia Tsybutovich (capt.); 13-Alla Sidorovskaya, 20-Nelli Korovkina (11-Anna Sinyutina, 90+4), 23-Elena Morozova (14-Anastasiya Chevtchenko, 53), 17-Ekaterina Pantyukhina (9-Alena Andreeva, 88); 10-Elena Terekhova (8-Karina Bliskaya, 75) 16-Elena Kostareva (4-Svetlana Tsidikova, 63)
Substitutions Not Used: 12- Maria Zhamanakova, 15-Ksenia Kovalenko, 21-Alena Beliaeva, 22-Daria Makarenko
Head coach: Sergey Lavrentyev

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