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U.S. WNT Faces Australia on Sunday in Fan Tribute Tour Presented by Panasonic


U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Australia – International Friendly
The Home Depot Center; Carson, Calif.
Sept. 16, 2012

U.S. WNT FACES AUSTRALIA IN FAN TRIBUTE TOUR PRESENTED BY PANASONIC: The U.S. Women’s National Team takes on Australia in its next two matches of the Fan Tribute Tour presented by Panasonic. The USA gold medal-winning team from the 2012 London Olympics hosts Australia at 3:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, Sept. 16, at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., with a live broadcast on NBC. Following that match, the U.S. faces Australia at 10 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Sept. 19, at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, the home of Major League Soccer’s Colorado Rapids. A live broadcast airs on ESPN2 and is available through WatchESPN. Fans can follow both matches via ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt.

The U.S. WNT defeated 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup champion Japan 2-1 in the gold medal game of the 2012 Summer Games on Aug. 9 in front of more than 80,000 spectators at Wembley Stadium.

HONORING D’ANJOLELL:
The U.S. WNT will wear black armbands in honor of a founding mother of the U.S. WNT and former Major League Soccer front office executive, Betty D’Anjolell, who passed away on Tuesday, Sept. 11. D’Anjolell was part of a trio of women that helped gain support for women’s soccer to be accepted by the USOC for its 1985 Olympic Sports Festival, and the start of the U.S. Women’s National Team was born on Aug. 18, 1985. D’Anjolell also was the vice president of operations for D.C. United and was awarded MLS Executive of the Year in 1997.

FAN TRIBUTE TOUR CURRENTLY SPANS FIVE CITIES:
In celebration of the team’s third straight gold medal and fourth overall, the USA is hosting the Fan Tribute Tour, which currently consists of five scheduled matches in September and October. The USA opened the tour with an 8-0 victory against Costa Rica on Sept. 1 at Sahlen’s Stadium in Rochester, N.Y., the hometown of star striker Abby Wambach. Following the Sept. 16 and 19 matches against Australia, the USA faces Germany in back-to-back matches Oct. 20 at Toyota Park in suburban Chicago, and Oct. 23 at 7:30 p.m. ET at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Conn. (TICKETS)

2012 U.S. WNT Schedule

Date

Opponent

Result/
Time (ET)

U.S. Goalscorers/TV

Venue

Jan. 20*

Dominican Republic

14-0 W

Wambach (2), Lloyd, Buehler, O’Reilly (3), Heath, Rodriguez (5), Cheney

BC Place, Vancouver, Canada

Jan. 22*

Guatemala

13-0 W

Wambach (2), Cheney, Rodriguez, Lloyd, Lindsey, Leroux (5), Rapinoe, Morgan

BC Place, Vancouver, Canada

Jan. 24*

Mexico

4-0 W

Lloyd (3), O’Reilly

BC Place, Vancouver, Canada

Jan. 27*

Costa Rica

3-0 W

Heath, Lloyd, Morgan

BC Place, Vancouver, Canada

Jan. 29*

Canada

4-0 W

Morgan (2), Wambach (2)

BC Place, Vancouver, Canada

Feb. 11

New Zealand

2-1 W

Morgan (2)

FC Dallas Stadium, Frisco, Texas

Feb. 29^

Denmark

5-0 W

Morgan (2), Wambach, Lloyd, Leroux

Estadio Municipal; Lagos, Portugal

March 2^

Norway

2-1 W

Wambach, Leroux

Estadio Municipal; Lagos, Portugal

March 5^

Japan

0-1 L

--

Estadio Algarve; Faro, Portugal

March 7^

Sweden

4-0 W

Morgan (3), Wambach

Estadio Bela Vista; Parchal, Portugal

April 1**

Japan

1-1 T

Morgan

Yurtec Stadium; Sendai, Japan

April 3**

Brazil

3-0 W

Lloyd, Boxx, Rodriguez

Fukuda Denshi Arena; Chiba, Japan

May 27

China PR

4-1 W

Morgan (2), own goal, Wambach

PPL Park; Chester, Pa.

June 16^^

Sweden

3-1 W

Wambach, Morgan, Heath

Örjans Vall Stadium; Halmstad, Sweden

June 18^^

Japan

4-1 W

Morgan (2), Wambach (2)

Örjans Vall Stadium; Halmstad, Sweden

June 30

Canada

2-1 W

Own goal, Rodriguez

Rio Tinto Stadium; Sandy, Utah

July 25~

France

4-2 W

Wambach, Morgan (2), Lloyd

Hampden Park; Glasgow, Scotland

July 28~

Colombia

3-0 W

Rapinoe, Wambach, Lloyd

Hampden Park; Glasgow, Scotland

July 31~

Korea DPR

1-0 W

Wambach

Old Trafford; Manchester, England

Aug. 3~

New Zealand

2-0 W

Wambach, Leroux

St. James’ Park; Newcastle, England

Aug. 6~

Canada

4-3 W

Rapinoe (2), Wambach, Morgan

Old Trafford; Manchester, England

Aug. 9~

Japan

2-1 W

Lloyd (2)

Wembley Stadium; London, England

Sept. 1

Costa Rica

8-0 W

Rapinoe (2), Wambach (2), Morgan, Leroux, Lloyd, O’Reilly

Sahlen’s Stadium; Rochester, N.Y.

Sept. 16

Australia

3:30 p.m.

NBC

The Home Depot Center; Carson, Calif.

Sept. 19

Australia

10 p.m.

ESPN2, WatchESPN

Dick’s Sporting Goods Park; Commerce City, Colo.

Oct. 20

Germany

TBD

TBD

Toyota Park; Bridgeview, Ill.

Oct. 23

Germany

7:30 p.m.

TBD

Rentschler Field; East Hartford, Conn.

* CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying tournament
^ Algarve Cup
** Kirin Challenge Cup
^^ Volvo Winners Cup
~ 2012 London Olympics

U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION
GOALKEEPERS (2): 1-Hope Solo, 21-Jill Loyden
DEFENDERS (6): 2-Heather Mitts, 3-Christie Rampone, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 5-Kelley O’Hara, 6-Amy LePeilbet, 19-Rachel Buehler
MIDFIELDERS (5): 7-Shannon Boxx, 9-Heather O’Reilly, 10-Carli Lloyd, 15-Megan Rapinoe, 17-Tobin Heath
FORWARDS (5): 8-Amy Rodriguez, 11-Sydney Leroux, 12-Lauren Cheney, 13-Alex Morgan, 20-Abby Wambach

U.S. ROSTER NOTES:

  • Five players on the U.S. roster scored in the 2012 London Olympics and eight total players have scored in an Olympics: Abby Wambach (4 goals in 2004; 5 goals in 2012), Carli Lloyd (2 goals in 2008; 4 goals in 2012), Heather O’Reilly (1 goal in 2004; 2 goals in 2008), Shannon Boxx (1 goal in 2004), Amy Rodriguez (1 goal in 2008), Alex Morgan (3 goals in 2012), Megan Rapinoe (3 goals in 2012) and Sydney Leroux (1 goal in 2012).
  • The London Olympics marked the first time the U.S. WNT won every game en route to the gold medal.
  • The U.S. WNT won the FIFA Fair Play award at the 2012 Olympics.
  • Rapinoe and Morgan led the team with four assists apiece in the Olympics.
  • Morgan, Rapinoe and Wambach each had 10 points in this year’s Olympics.
  • Only three U.S. WNT players were on the field for all 570 minutes in the 2012 Olympics: goalkeeper Hope Solo, defender and team captain Christie Rampone and defender Kelley O’Hara.
  • Morgan’s next appearance will mark her 50th career international cap. Among the USA’s 2012 London Olympics roster, 14 other players have already surpassed 50 appearances, the most recent being Tobin Heath who earned her 50th cap during the thrilling come-from-behind victory against Canada in the Olympic Semifinals on Aug. 6.
  • Morgan’s game-winning goal against Canada on Aug. 6 is now the latest tally ever in a FIFA competition. Her strike hit the back of the net at 122 minutes, 23 seconds. Wambach’s memorable game-tying header against Brazil in the quarterfinals of the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup crossed the goal line at 121 minutes, 19 seconds.
  • Morgan leads the U.S. with 21 goals in 22 games played, and she has seven multi-goal games this year.
  • The USA has scored 90 goals in 23 matches this year and has also benefitted from two own goals. That 90-goal total currently is the fifth-highest for a calendar year and the most since the USA scored 102 goals in 2004. This year’s scoring rate (3.91 goals per game) is currently the fourth-best, with the record being 4.38 goals per game in 1994 (57 goals in 13 games).


USA vs. AUSTRALIA SERIES

  • The USA is unbeaten against Australia with a 19-0-2 record and a 71-17 scoring advantage.
  • In the first 15 meetings, the U.S. won every match while outscoring Australia 58-9.
  • The series started with the USA’s 6-0 victory on Dec. 16, 1987, in Taipei, Taiwan.
  • The U.S. and Australia face each other for the first time in more than four years. The USA last defeated Australia 2-1 in the opening match of the Peace Queen Cup on June 15, 2008, with Natasha Kai scoring the opening goal and Abby Wambach tallying the game-winner in the 77th minute.
  • In the 2004 Olympics in Greece, the USA played Australia to a 1-1 draw, with the one point giving the U.S. first place in Group G before moving onto the Olympic Quarterfinals. Kristine Lilly had the game’s first goal in the 19th minute. Though Wambach was suspended for this match because of yellow card accumulation, she would score the winning goals in the quarterfinals (a 2-1 win against Japan) and the gold medal game (2-1 overtime victory against Brazil).


IN THE RECORD BOOKS

  • Hope Solo saw her U.S. WNT goalkeeping consecutive minutes played streak come to a close at 1,163. Solo surpassed the previous record set by Briana Scurry (990) during the 2012 London Olympics. Backup goalkeeper Jill Loyden replaced Solo in the 54th minute of the USA’s Sept. 1 victory against Costa Rica.
  • Sydney Leroux tied a U.S. WNT record for goals scored off the bench in a year with her ninth of 2012 against Costa Rica. That mark equals Debbie Keller’s nine goals off the bench in 1998. U.S. forward Amy Rodriguez is also nearing the record as she has eight goals in a substitute role for 2012.
  • U.S. defender and team captain Christie Rampone ranks fourth all-time with 267 caps and is just five behind Julie Foudy (272) and eight behind Mia Hamm (275). Kristine Lilly holds the record with 352 caps.
  • Rampone has 22 career Olympic appearances and moved six ahead of previous USA record holders Joy Fawcett, Foudy, Lilly and Kate Markgraf.
  • Abby Wambach scored five goals in five straight games during the London Olympics, which is an Olympic record. She has nine career Olympic goals and is atop the USA leaderboard in that category, surpassing the previous record of five held by Hamm and Tiffeny Milbrett.
  • Alex Morgan moved into sole possession of 15th all-time in career goals with 31 after contributing a tally against Costa Rica to pass Brandi Chastain (30). Morgan also moved into sole possession of fourth on the all-time list for goals scored in a calendar year with 21. Hamm (1998), Lilly (1999) and Wambach (2007) each had 20 goals in their respective campaigns.
  • Morgan’s team-leading 55 points this year (21 goals, 13 assists) are the most for a WNT player in a calendar year since 2004, when Wambach had 75 points (31 goals, 13 assists).


BY THE NUMBERS:

  • 1: USA’s FIFA ranking
  • 5: Goals scored in a game by Sydney Leroux (Jan. 22, 2012), Amy Rodriguez (Jan. 20, 2012), Abby Wambach (Oct. 23, 2004), Tiffeny Milbrett (Nov. 2, 2002), Michelle Akers (Nov. 24, 1991) and Brandi Chastain (April 18, 1991)
  • 9: Career Olympic goals by Wambach, a U.S. WNT record
  • 9: Australia’s FIFA ranking, which ties for its highest ever (also ninth in September 2010)
  • 10: Games this year in which Morgan and Wambach both contributed at least one goal (10-0-0 record)
  • 12: Straight wins for the U.S. (USA drew Japan 1-1 on April 1, 2012, before 12 consecutive victories)
  • 17: Combined goals off the bench this year by Leroux (9) and Rodriguez (8)
  • 22: Career Olympic appearances by U.S. captain Christie Rampone
  • 89: Wins under U.S. head coach Pia Sundhage, who is completing her U.S. WNT tenure on Sept. 19
  • 94: U.S. victories when Abby Wambach scores a goal (94-2-5 overall)
  • 194: Players who have earned a cap for the U.S. Women’s National Team since the program’s inception in 1985, the most recent being Whitney Engen, who earned her first cap against Norway at the Algarve Cup on March 4, 2011


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OLYMPIC GOLD OVER THE YEARS:
The Fan Tribute Tour embraces a U.S. Women’s National Team that has set a standard in the Olympics. No soccer team – men’s or women’s – has won four Olympic gold medals. Here is a look at all four gold medal-winning performances:

  • Aug. 9, 2012: USA 2, Japan 1: U.S. midfielder Carli Lloyd, the gold medal hero of the 2008 Olympics, once again led the way for the USA by scoring both goals to upend 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup champion Japan in front of more than 80,000 spectators at Wembley Stadium in London – an Olympic record crowd for women’s soccer and the largest crowd the U.S. WNT has played in front of outside the United States. Lloyd made a darting run in the eighth minute, heading home the game’s first goal. Then Lloyd unleashed a right-footed shot from 20 yards out in the 54th minute for what would prove to be the winning tally.
  • Aug. 24, 2008: USA 1, Brazil 0 (OT): The U.S. held Brazil scoreless for 120 minutes and Carli Lloyd took the spotlight with a game-winning goal in the sixth minute of overtime in front of 51,612 at Worker’s Stadium in Beijing. Lloyd’s left-footed strike from just outside the box was the finishing touch for the USA’s third gold medal in four Olympic Games. Goalkeeper Hope Solo made six saves for the clean sheet.
  • Aug. 26, 2004: USA 2, Brazil 1 (OT): Abby Wambach’s snap header from about 12 yards out in the 112th minute flew past Brazil goalkeeper Andreia for the winner as the young Wambach capitalized on Kristine Lilly’s corner kick. Lindsay Tarpley gave the USA a first-half lead in the 39th minute and Brazil’s Pretinha equalized in the 73rd minute. The Athens Olympics served as the final international championship for retiring players such as Joy Fawcett, Julie Foudy and Mia Hamm.
  • Aug. 1, 1996: USA 2, China PR 1: Tiffeny Milbrett scored off of a strong setup from Joy Fawcett in the 68th minute to give the USA its first gold medal in front of 76,481 at Sanford Stadium in Athens, Ga. Fawcett attacked down the right side into the penalty area, drew a China defender and slid the ball to a wide open Milbrett. Shannon MacMillan scored the first goal in the 19th minute, rebounding Mia Hamm’s initial shot that was saved by China goalkeeper Hong Gao and deflected off the post. China’s Lihong Zhao tied the score at 1-1 in the 32nd minute.

PIA SUNDHAGE FACT FILE: Head coach Pia Sundhage is completing her fourth full year in charge of the U.S. Women’s National Team. Her tenure with the WNT concludes when the squad faces Australia on Sept. 19. Below are some of her accomplishments as a player and coach.

  • Sundhage is the sixth official coach and second female coach in the history of the U.S. Women’s National Team program.
  • Sundhage’s record as head coach of the Women’s National Team is 89-6-10, with 276 goals for and 57 against.
  • As a player, Sundhage was one of the game’s best-ever players, finishing sixth in the voting for FIFA Women’s Player of the Century. A legendary player in Sweden, she played for her country in the 1991 and 1995 Women’s World Cups and 1996 Olympics. She scored four goals for Sweden at the 1991 Women’s World Cup, helping the Swedes to a third-place finish. She scored one goal in the 1995 Women’s World Cup (against Germany) and played every minute of all three matches at the Atlanta Olympics.
  • Sundhage started her coaching career while still playing, serving as player-coach for Hammarby from 1992-1994. She also coached Sweden’s Youth National Teams for 11 years from 1990-2001, coaching the U-16s, U-19s and U-21s.
  • After her retirement from the international game in 1996, she became head coach of the Sweden Under-19 Women’s National Team, leading the team to one gold medal and two bronze medals at the European Championships. She served as a scout for Sweden during the 1997 European Championships, the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup, the 2003 FIFA Women’s World Cup and the 2000 Olympics. Sundhage has also worked for FIFA on its Technical Study Group staff for the 2004 FIFA U-19 Women’s World Championship in Thailand.
  • Since taking over as head coach, Sundhage has given 17 players their first senior team caps.


IN FOCUS: AUSTRALIA

  • Football Federation Australia
  • Founded: 1911 (Joined FIFA in 1956)
  • Head Coach: Tom Sermanni
  • FIFA World Ranking: 9
  • Best FIFA World Cup Finish: Quarterfinals in 2007, 2011
  • Best Olympics Finish: Quarterfinals in 2004


AUSTRALIA ROSTER BY POSITION
GOALKEEPERS (2): 18-Brianna Davey, 21-Mackenzie Arnold
DEFENDERS (4): 5-Laura Alleway, 8-Danielle Brogan, 10-Yesim Servet Uzunlar, 19-Stephanie Catley
MIDFIELDERS (6): 2-Teigen Allen, 4-Clare Polkinghorne, 7-Caitlin Foord, 14-Collette McCallum, 15-Emily van Egmond, 23-Alanna Kennedy
FORWARDS (8): 3-Ashley Brown, 9-Sarah Walsh, 11-Lisa De Vanna, 12-Kathryn Gill, 17-Kyah Simon, 20-Samantha Kerr, 22-Michelle Heyman, 24-Emily Gielnik

AUSTRALIA ROSTER NOTES:

  • Australia is without its starting goalkeeper Melissa Barbieri, who announced she is pregnant in August. That leaves Australia with a pair of teenage goalkeeper options against the USA with 17-year-old Brianna Davey and 18-year-old Mackenzie Arnold.
  • Davey earned her first cap as Australia defeated Haiti 4-0 on Thursday, Sept. 13, at the Michael A. Carroll Track & Soccer Stadium in Indianapolis. Australia’s other rostered goalkeeper Arnold has not made an appearance yet for Australia’s senior team.
  • Sarah Walsh, 29, is the oldest player on Australia’s current roster and she is the leading goalscorer among this group with 37 career tallies. She played during the 2009 Women’s Professional Soccer season with Sky Blue FC and St. Louis Athletica.
  • Lisa de Vanna, who played for the Washington Freedom and magicJack in WPS, leads the current roster with 82 international appearances.
  • Since advancing to the quarterfinals of the 2004 Olympics, Australia has not qualified for the tournament.


LAST TIME
On the field for the USA:
Sept. 1, 2012 – Sahlen’s Stadium – Rochester, N.Y. – International Friendly
USA   8   Rapinoe 13, 45; Wambach 24, 32; Morgan 38; Leroux 77; Lloyd 84; O’Reilly 89
CRC   0

Lineups:
USA: 1-Hope Solo (21-Jill Loyden, 54); 6-Amy LePeilbet (2-Heather Mitts, 46), 3-Christie Rampone (capt.), 16-Rachel Buehler (4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 46), 5-Kelley O’Hara; 15-Megan Rapinoe (8-Amy Rodriguez, 55), 10-Carli Lloyd, 7-Shannon Boxx (9-Heather O’Reilly, 46), 17-Tobin Heath; 13-Alex Morgan, 14-Abby Wambach (11-Sydney Leroux, 72)
Subs not used: 12-Lauren Cheney
Head coach: Pia Sundhage

CRC: 1-Erica Miranda; 5-Diana Saenz (2-Noelle Sanz, 85), 8-Daniela Cruz, 14-Miriam Ugalde, 4-Gabriela Guillen (22-Yesmi Rodriguez, 89); 16-Cristin Granados, 10-Katherine Alvarado, 7-Mariela Campos; 9-Daphne Herrera (15-Mariana Benavides, 64), 11-Raquel Rodriguez, 6-Maria Barrantes (12-Mayra Almazan, 46)
Subs not used: 17-Andreina Baltodano, 18-Noelia Bermudez, 19-Gabriela Alfaro
Head coach: Karla Aleman

Vs. Australia:
June 15, 2008 – Suwon Sports Complex – Suwon, South Korea
2008 Peac Queen Cup – Group B
USA   2   Natasha Kai 35, Abby Wambach 77
AUS   1   Heather Garriock 57

Lineups:
USA: 18-Hope Solo; 17-Lori Chalupny, 3-Christie Rampone – Capt., 15-Kate Markgraf, 2-Heather Mitts; 9-Heather O’Reilly (13-Tobin Heath, 72), 7-Shannon Boxx, 11-Carli Lloyd (16-Angela Hucles, 36), 5-Lindsay Tarpley (10-Aly Wagner, 46); 6-Natasha Kai (8-Lauren Cheney, 62), 20-Abby Wambach.
Subs not used: 14-Stephanie Cox, 19-Amy Rodriguez, 21-Kacey White, 24-Nicole Barnhart, 26-Rachel Buehler
Head Coach: Pia Sundhage

AUS: 1-Melissa Barbieri; 4-Dianne Alagich, 5-Cheryl Salisbury (2-Kate McShea, 72), 16-Lauren Colthorpe, 19-Clare Polkinghorne, 32-Ellyse Perry; 7-Heather Garriock, 14-Collette McCallum (6-Amber Neilson, 85), 20-Joanne Burgess (13-Amy Chapman, 50); 11-Lisa De Vanna, 8-Caitlin Munoz (12-Kate Gill, 74).
Subs not used: 3-Karla Reuter, 18-Lydia Williams, 23-Kim Carroll, 24-Kyah Simon, 25-Jenna Tristram
Head Coach: Tom Sermanni

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