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U.S. WNT and Brazil Meet in Quarterfinals of the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup

U.S. WNT vs. Brazil
2011 FIFA Women's World Cup
Dresden, Germany
July 9, 2011

USA MEETS BRAZIL IN DRESDEN QUARTERFINAL CLASH: With meetings against Brazil in the last four women's soccer world championships (two Olympic Games and one Women's World Cup) it is no surprise that the USA will once again meet Brazil in a major match at a FIFA event. While the meetings at the 2004 Olympics, the 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup and the 2008 Olympics took place in two finals and one semifinal, the clash on July 10 at Rudolf-Harbig Stadium in Dresden will occur in the quarterfinal, one of four epic matches that will take place over two days here in Germany. The match will be broadcast on ESPN, and Galavision at 11:30 a.m. ET, with the pre-game show on ESPN beginning at 11 a.m. The match is expected to be a sell-out at the almost 26,000-seat stadium, which should make for a raucous environment at a World Cup that has already set the standard for fan atmosphere.

FAMILIAR FOES: Although the USA has not played Brazil since the 2008 Olympic final in Beijing, the two teams are quite familiar with each other, having met 27 times overall and seven times in 2007 and 2008. Eight players from Brazil's Women's World Cup roster have experience in Women's Professional Soccer, led by five-time FIFA Women's World Player of the Year Marta, who played for the Los Angeles Sol, FC Gold Pride and currently for the Western New York Flash. The only other Brazilian currently playing in the league is Marta's Flash teammate Maurine.

U.S. Women's World Cup Schedule
                                       Result/       U.S. Goalscorers/
       Opponent     Time (ET)   TV                                                                                            Venue
June 28   Korea DPR   2-0 W          Cheney, Buehler                     Rudolf-Harbig Stadium; Dresden
July 2       Colombia     3-0 W          O'Reilly, Rapinoe, Lloyd             Rhein-Neckar-Arena; Sinsheim
July 6       Sweden       1-2 L             Wambach               World Cup Stadium Wolfsburg; Wolfsburg
July 10     Brazil            11 a.m.        ESPN,                  Rudolf-Harbig Stadium; Dresden

U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION (Detailed Roster)
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 O’Hara (Boston Breakers), Heather O’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)

WINNER GETS FRANCE OR ENGLAND: The winner of USA-Brazil will advance to the Women’s World Cup semifinal on July 13 in Mönchengladbach against the winner of the all-European tussle between France and England. The winner of the Germany vs. Japan and Sweden vs. Australia quarterfinals will meet in the other semifinal on July 13 in Frankfurt.

U.S. in the World Cup

  • Abby Wambach's goal against Sweden was her 10th in Women's World Cups, making her just the eighth player in history to hit double figures in Women's World Cup goals.
  • The USA out-shot its three group opponents by a 66-34 margin.
  • In the 27 prior meetings between Brazil and USA, the USA has 23 wins, two losses and two draws.
  • The USA and Brazil have met three times in the FIFA Women's World Cup, the first coming in the group stage in 1991, when USA cruised to a 5-0 victory, and the second at the historic semifinal of the 1999 FIFA Women's World Cup, a 2-0 U.S. victory. The most recent encounter took place four years ago, also in the semifinal, when Brazil won 4-0 on a Leslie Osborne own-goal, two goals from Marta and a strike by Cristiane.
  • The teams have played four times in the Olympics, all U.S. wins, including two gold-medal matches. The teams also met in the semifinal in 2000 in Sydney, the U.S. pulling out a 1-0 victory on a goal from Mia Hamm. The teams met in group play at Athens 2004, with the USA winning 2-0 in a match that saw Brazil as the aggressor but Mia Hamm struck a penalty kick and Abby Wambach added a goal for the victory. The rematch in that tournament came in the gold medal game with the USA prevailing 2-1 after extra time as Lindsay Tarpley and Pretinha scored in regulation and Abby Wambach got the winner in the 112th minute. In the 2008 gold medal game, the game again went to overtime where Carli Lloyd scored the game-winning goal in the 96th minute.
  • Against Brazil, the USA will be wearing its all back uniforms for the first time in the tournament.
  • The 2-1 setback to Sweden in the final game of group play was just the second loss for U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo since she took over as the No. 1 'keeper in 2005. Since then, she has a remarkable record of 72-2-8.
  • With the start against Sweden, Solo passed Mary Harvey for second most games ever played by a U.S. goalkeeper in a Women's World Cup with seven.
  • The penalty kick goal for Sweden in the 16th minute of the USA's Group C final ended Hope Solo's scoreless streak at 796 minutes, just 47 minutes short of the longest streak in team history, a record that has stood for 20 years. Kim Maslin-Kammerdeiner played 843 minutes without allowing a goal from 1988 to 1991, which were the first 843 minutes of her international career. Solo's streak is the second longest in team history.
  • The USA's six goals in the tournament have been scored by six different players and four of those players,  Lauren Cheney, Rachel Buehler, Megan Rapinoe and Carli Lloyd,  cored their first Women's World Cup goals.
  • Nine players have made their Women's World Cup debuts in this tournament: Ali Krieger, Amy LePeilbet, Buehler, Cheney, Amy Rodriguez, Alex Morgan, Rapinoe, Tobin Heath, Lori Lindsey and Kelley O'Hara.
  • U.S. head coach Pia Sundhage has used 17 of the 21 players on the roster so far, with only the back-up goalkeepers and defenders Heather Mitts and Becky Sauerbrunn yet to see the field.
  • Seven players have played every minute so far: Buehler, Cheney, Krieger, Lloyd, Christie Rampone, Solo and Wambach.
  • Heather O'Reilly, who sat out the Sweden game, is recovered from a minor injury and will be available for selection against Brazil.
  • The referee for USA-Brazil will be Jacqui Melksham of Australia.

WNT PLAYER PROFILES: pairs up the Women's World Cup players for some rapid fire questions and banter in creating the WNT Player Profiles series. The videos highlight your favorite WNT players, releasing some fun facts and information you never knew before in the hopes that you can get to better know the players' personalities. Check the players' bio pages 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 Women'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 can provide.

PERSISTANCE PAYS OFF FOR LORI LINDSEY: Lori Lindsey has been nicknamed 'Lightning' on the U.S. Women's National Team, not only because of the delectable alliteration, but because her teammates like to make fun of her powerful yet compact running style. Perhaps it's even an ode to her quick wit? In any event, what it certainly does not describe is her rise to the 2011 Women's World Cup Team. That was slow and steady, a seven-year journey that saw hundreds of training sessions but precious few actual international appearances.


U.S. Defender Rachel Buehler
On playing Brazil after a loss:
"Losing to Sweden was obviously a disappointment, but I think we had some great moments of soccer in that game. It just didn't go our way. Now, we're going to face Brazil and we're getting ready for that match." 

U.S. Defender Christie Rampone
On facing Brazil in the quarterfinals:
"We knew we had to face Brazil to win this tournament. Facing them a little earlier is not really what we expected, but we're taking it in and I think the players are actually excited to play Brazil." 

On handling the Brazilian attack:
"They have three great attacking players with Marta, Cristiane and Rosana, but we'll be ready for it. We like to go against the best, we want to beat the best. It feels better to do that and go forward."

U.S. Forward Abby Wambach
On facing Brazil:
"I believe we have the confidence and the faith in each other as a team, as a 21. We believe if we do this together, we can beat anybody. Obviously, Brazil has fantastic individual talent and have proven over many years that they are capable of winning games - beating us in fact in big tournaments - so this is not going to be an easy game, but neither will any of the games from here on out. It could be the difference of an inch here, a toe-poke here so I'm excited to see what's going to happen tomorrow night." 

On how the team is feeling going into the quarterfinals:
"Experience goes a long way. All of us are not very comfortable or used to losing very often, especially on this team. It's very rarely that we lose two in a row. Not that I have 100 percent knowledge that we are going to win this next game, but I can bet we are going to give every single part of ourselves in this game so we can ensure our berth into the semifinals."

U.S. Midfielder Carli Lloyd
On what the team needs to do to beat Brazil:
"It takes a team to win championships and I really believe that every single person on this team is going to contribute. We need everybody. We have that USA mentality and are going to go at them. We're fit, we're strong and we don't give up. I think that's one of the greatest things about this team. We've been doing some really good things, creating a lot of chances. I think the goals are going to start to come, which is important."

Current FIFA World Ranking: 3
USA All-time record vs. Brazil: 23-2-2
Last Meeting vs. USA: Aug. 21, 2008 (a 1-0 U.S. victory in the Olympic gold medal game in Beijing, China)
Head Coach: Kleiton Lima
Key Players: G Andreia, D Aline, D Erika, M Rosana, M Formiga, F Marta, F Cristiane

BRAZIL Quick Hits:

  • Brazil scored seven goals in three group games, tied for most in the tournament, and has yet to concede a score.
  • Marta, Rosana and Cristiane each have two goals in the tournament, while Erika has the other.
  • While Marta and Maurine are the only current WPS players on the roster, Cristiane played for the Chicago Red Stars, Formiga played for FC Gold Pride (as well as the New Jersey Wildcats and Jersey Sky Blue in the W-League), Francielle and Elaine play for the St. Louis Athletic, Rosana did two season with Sky Blue FC and Fabiana played for the Boston Breakers.
  • Brazil won its group for the fourth successive time at the Women's World Cup and for the second time in a row finished with a 100 percent record from their three group games without conceding a goal. Brazil is unbeaten in the group stage in the last 12 years.
  • Christiane scored her seventh FIFA Women's World Cup goal in Brazil's final Group C match against Equatorial Guinea. All her seven strikes in the WWC have come in the second half - five of them between the 47th and 56th minutes.
  • Six Brazilians play their club ball for Santos, long one of the top women's clubs in Brazil. Marta also did a stint with Santos during the WPS off-season.
  • Marta has scored three goals in seven WPS matches so far this season.
  • According to the Brazilian Federation, Marta has scored 78 goals in 72 career matches. Cristiane has 43 in 50.

GOALKEEPERS (3): 1-Andreia (Santos), 12-Barbara (Foz Cataratas), 21-Thais (Bangu)
DEFENDERS (6): 2-Maurine (Western New York Flash, USA), 3-Daiane (Botucatu), 4-Aline (Santos), 13-Erika (Santos), 16-Elaine (Tyreso, SWE), 20-Roseane (Bangu)
MIDFIELDERS (7): 5-Renata Costa (CBF), 6-Rosana (Centro Olimpico), 7-Ester (Santos), 8-Formiga (CBF), 9-Beatriz (CBF), 14-Fabiana (Santos), 15-Francielle
FORWARDS (5): 10-Marta (Western New York Flash, USA), 11-Cristiane (Santos), 17-Daniele (Vasco de Gama), 18-Thais (Bangu), 19-Grazielle (America)