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U.S. Wraps Up Training in Austria


U.S. WNT World Cup Update
June 21, 2011
Leogang, Austria

U.S. WRAPS UP TRAINING IN AUSTRIA: The U.S. Women’s World Cup Team will conclude seven days of training in Austria on June 21 with an afternoon practice. The team will have a rest day on Wednesday and then travel to Dresden, Germany, on Thursday morning to make final preparations for its opening match of the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup against Korea DPR on June 28 (11:45 a.m. ET pre-game show on ESPN). The USA will conduct its first training in Germany on Thursday afternoon. The U.S. team has been training at the base of towering mountains in Leogang, Austria, a winter ski village that features stunning views and a perfect set-up for soccer teams to conduct summer training. The entire U.S. roster is currently healthy and fit for selection for the opening match.

U.S. GROUP D SCHEDULE

Date  Opponent  Time (ET) Venue 
June 28  Korea DPR  11:45 a.m.  Rudolf-Harbig Stadium; Dresden 
July 2  Colombia  11:30 a.m.  Rhein-Neckar-Arena; Sinsheim 
July 6  Sweden  2:30 p.m.  World Cup Stadium Wolfsburg; Wolfsburg 

All games will be broadcast live on ESPN, ESPN3.com and Univision

U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION
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)

Link to Detailed Roster

KOREA DPR x 4:
By some twist of Final Draw fate or a bounce of a ping pong ball, the USA will meet Korea DPR in group play for the fourth consecutive Women’s World Cup when the two squads square off on June 28 in Dresden. The USA won the matches in 1999 and 2003, both by 3-0 scores, but drew 2-2 in 2007 in a match where the Koreans scored twice while Abby Wambach was off the field getting a gash on her head stitched up. All the matches have been close affairs with the USA not putting the games away in 1999 and 2003 until the second half. The USA has never faced the North Koreans outside of a Women’s World Cup. ussoccer.com will have a more detailed story on the history of the USA and Korea DPR in Women’s World Cups up on the site before the match.

ROOKIES WITH EXPERIENCE: There are 13 players on the U.S. roster who will be participating in their first Women’s World Cup, but eight of them represented the USA in at least one FIFA youth Women’s World Cup Tournament and five of them played in the 2008 Olympic Games. Rachel Buehler played in the 2002 and 2004 FIFA U-19 Women’s World Cups. Amy Rodriguez, Megan Rapinoe and Becky Sauerbrunn played in the 2004 U-19 event. Rodriguez also played in the 2006 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup along with Lauren Cheney, Kelley O‘Hara and Tobin Heath. Alex Morgan was one of the stars of the 2008 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, helping the USA to the title. Heather Mitts, Buehler, Rodriguez, Cheney and Heath were a part of the USA’s 2008 Olympic gold medal team. Mitts was also on the USA’s 2004 Olympic gold medal winning side. Only back-up goalkeeper Jill Loyden, defender Ali Krieger and midfielder Lori Lindsey have never participated in a world championship at any level.

QUOTEABLE

U.S. GOALKEEPER HOPE SOLO
On the Austrian training camp:
“We have been able to get mentally prepared and put ourselves in an environment with no distractions. I think it’s really helped the team stay focused, come together and work on things we have to perfect going into our game against North Korea.”

On the focus once the team arrives in Germany:
“We’re fit and we’re strong, and once we get to Germany we are going to be focusing on locking down our set pieces, finding our rhythm between our backs to midfields to forwards, and finding our team defensive shape. Really, just perfecting everything to go into that first game with confidence.”

U.S. FORWARD AMY RODRIGUEZ
On the Austrian training camp:
“The preparation has been good. The climate is similar to what we are going to experience in Germany and we’ve really been focusing on our training sessions. They’ve been really sharp and that’s important, especially heading into a big tournament like this.”

On the start of the World Cup being just a few days away:
“We’re all exited for the games to start. We’re at the point where we no longer want to play against each other, we want to go ahead and play against other teams. We are ready to start the tournament and there is a lot of fire in our bellies.”

On the team’s focus for the first match:
“We know what we need to do; we just need to make it happen. Now is the time to focus on ourselves. There’s been a lot of speculation on how we will match up with the teams in our group, but it all comes down to performance, so come June 28 it’s a chance to show what we can do in big games and every player on the team is excited for that opportunity.”

U.S. FORWARD LAUREN CHENEY
On finishing up the Austria training camp:
“The past week that we’ve been in Austria I think we’ve definitely brought our competitiveness and that mentality is important building toward the tournament. These past few days we have trained so hard, everything has been a battle and I think we are preparing mentally for Germany. Personally, I’m ready for Germany. Austria is beautiful, but I am ready to get there and I think the whole team is exited and anxious to get to Dresden.”

VIDEOS FROM AUSTRIA

  • Smile for the Camera : The U.S. Women’s World Cup Team took its official team photo during the squad’s training camp in Austria and our ussoccer.com cameras were there.
  • Salzburg Snapshots : During its pre-tournament training for the Women’s World Cyup in Austria, the U.S. WNT spent an afternoon in the beautiful ancient city of Salzburg.
  • Willkommen to Austria : The U.S. WNT has arrived in Europe and is getting to work at its very scenic training camp outside of Salzburg.
  • On Our Way : The U.S. WNT has embarked on its journey to the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup, traveling from Washington, D.C. to Munich, Germany and then bussing to Austria for an eight-day training camp.

FROM THE WNT BLOG
A collection of notes, anecdotes and links:

FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP HISTORY: This will be the sixth Women’s World Cup that FIFA has staged since the inaugural tournament back in 1991. For snapshots of the previous five tournaments that featured some of the world’s most legendary players, click here, but here are some facts and figures on the growth of the tournament over the years. The first two tournaments consisted of 12 teams in two groups of four, with the top two finishers in each group advancing to the quarterfinals along with the two best third-place teams. The most recent four tournaments, including Germany 2011, feature 16 teams with the two top teams in each group advancing to the quarters. The 2015 Women’s World Cup in Canada will feature 24 teams for the first time.

Nations Participating in Women’s World Cup Qualifying
2011 Germany: 122
2007 China PR: 119  
2003 USA: 100
1999 USA: 81
1995 Sweden: 52
1991 China PR: 45

NINE STADIUMS FOR GERMANY 2011: The 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup will feature nine different venues, the most ever for a Women’s World Cup and one more than the USA used in 1999.

Frankfurt  FIFA Women’s World Cup Stadium (Host of the Final 
Berlin  Olympiastadion 
Moenchengladbach         Stadion im Borussia-Park 
Sinsheim  Rhein-Neckar-Arena 
Wolfsburg  Arena im Allerpark
Augsburg  FIFA Women’s World Cup Stadium 
Bochum  FIFA Women’s World Cup Stadium  
Dresden  Rudolf-Harbig-Stadion
Leverkusen  FIFA Women’s World Cup Stadium 

FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP GOALS: The average number of goals scored in Women’s World cups has stayed fairly steady over the years, but with the increase in the athleticism and improvement in goalkeeping in the women’s game, the average has dropped a bit since the first three tournaments. The record for most goals scored and highest average came in the USA in 1999 when the 16 teams combined for 123 scores. Germany and the USA share the record for most goals in a competition with the USA scoring 25 in 1991 and Germany doing the same in 2003. Germany holds the record for most goals in a game with 11 against Argentina in 2007.

Competition  Total  No. of Matches Average 
China PR 2007  111  32  3.47 
USA 2003  107  32  3.34 
USA 1999  123  32  3.84 
Sweden 1995  99  26  3.81 
China PR 1991  99  26  3.81 
 

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