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U.S. WNT Wraps Up Two-Game Series Against Korea Republic at Red Bull Arena


U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Korea Republic
Red Bull Arena
Harrison, N.J.
June 20, 2013

U.S. WNT WRAPS UP TWO-GAME SERIES vs. KOREA REPUBLIC AT RED BULL ARENA: After a convincing 4-1 victory against Korea Republic on June 15 in Foxborough, Mass., the U.S. Women’s National Team will wrap-up the two-game set on June 20 at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J. in a match that will kickoff at 7:30 p.m. ET live on NBC Sports Network. Fans can also follow along on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and on Twitter at @ussoccer_WNT. Left back and Boston area native Kristie Mewis scored her first international goal against the South Koreans, followed by scores from Lauren Cheney, Carli Lloyd and Abby Wambach (from the penalty spot) to give the USA a comfortable victory.

23 FOR 18: U.S. head coach Tom Sermanni called up 23 players for the two matches and will name 18 to suit up for each match. Included in those 23 are 17 NWSL players, four players currently well into their seasons in Europe and two college players in defender Crystal Dunn (North Carolina) and first-time call-up Morgan Brian, a midfielder from Virginia who, along with Dunn, was key component in the USA’s 2012 U-20 Women’s World Cup winning side. Brian earned her first cap on June 15, coming on for Lauren Cheney in the 77th minute. It is likely that U.S. head coach Tom Sermanni will make a few changes from the 18-player roster that suited up against the Koreans outside of Boston.

EUROS READY TO PLAY: The four players currently embroiled in European league play did not make it into camp until June 13 and 14 and the Americans trained with 16 players prior to the arrivals of Christen Press, Yael Averbuch, Meghan Klingenberg and Megan Rapinoe (whose season is finished, but was taking a short break before joining the U.S. team followed by her debut with the Seattle Reign in NWSL). The three Sweden-based players had club matches, and only Averbuch suited up for the June 15 meeting with South Korea as the USA needed some cover at defensive midfield. Averbuch came on for Carli Lloyd in the 67 th minute to earn her 22nd cap. It is likely that Press, Rapinoe and Klingenberg will see action on June 20.

SO FAR, SO GOOD: The USA comes into the match at Red Bull Arena with a 8-0-2 record in 2013, with the draws coming against Germany and Sweden, and is riding a 33-game unbeaten streak since the last loss, which came to Japan (1-0) on March 5, 2012 at the Algarve Cup in Portugal. Over those 33 games, the U.S. has scored 105 goals while allowing 26 in 28 wins and five ties. The USA is riding a 71-game home unbeaten streak. Those 71 games have included just nine ties and 62 wins. The last loss for the USA on home soil came on Nov. 6, 2004, a 3-1 setback to Denmark in Philadelphia. It was one of just two losses the USA has suffered when Abby Wambach scores a goal.

FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD PLAYER OF THE YEAR WAMBACH #CHASINGMIA: U.S. WNT forward Abby Wambach 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, and all eyes will be on her as she inches closer to the world goal scoring record. She got one goal closer against South Korea on June 15, scoring on a penalty kick in second half stoppage time. It was Wambach’s 156 th career goal, and she is now only two behind the legendary Mia Hamm, the 2001 and 2002 FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year, who had 158 international scores from 1987-2004. ussoccer.com will provide coverage of Wambach’s climb to the record, and you can join the chase by using the hashtag #ChasingMia. The win against South Korea marked the 100th win for the USA in a game in which Wambach has scored at least one goal (100-2-8).

JERSEY GIRLS COME HOME: The U.S. roster features six players from New Jersey so the June 20 match will be a homecoming for Christie Rampone (Point Pleasant), Heather O’Reilly (East Brunswick), Carli Lloyd (Delran), Yael Averbuch (Upper Montclair), Tobin Heath (Basking Ridge), and Jill Loyden (Vineland). In addition, defender Crystal Dunn hails from Rockville Centre, N.Y. There will definitely be some loud cheers for the homes state players while Rampone and defender Kelley O’Hara both play for Sky Blue FC in the NWSL.

BOSTON STRONG: The U.S. Women’s National Team wore game jerseys and pre-game warm-ups embellished with a Boston Strong logo for the team's match in the Boston area on June 15 against Korea Republic at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. With the support of the Players' Association, all of the jerseys and warm-up tops will be signed by the players and auctioned off on ussoccer.com to benefit The Victim Relief Fund of The One Fund Boston. All proceeds will assist the families of the victims who were killed and the victims who were most seriously affected as a result of the tragic events during the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013 and related events on April 18 and 19. In May of 2011, the U.S. Soccer held a similar auction of game-worn jerseys from U.S. Women's National Team players who faced Japan on May 14 at Columbus Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. The auction raised a total of $20,597 with the proceeds from the fundraiser going to the American Red Cross to benefit tsunami relief efforts in Japan.

TWO AGAINST SOUTH KOREA, THEN NWSL: The USA’s domestic matches against the Korea Republic on June 15 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. and on June 20 at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J. will be the final ones of the summer and last internationals before the end of the NWSL season. After these games, the players will get back together next after the conclusion of the club campaign with yet to be determined international friendly matches currently being planned for the fall.

2013 U.S. WNT Schedule

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.

7:30 p.m. ET

NBC Sports Network

Harrison, N.J.

* Algarve Cup

U.S. Women’s National Team Roster 
GOALKEEPERS (3): Nicole Barnhart (FC Kansas City), Jill Loyden (Sky Blue FC), Hope Solo (Seattle Reign)
DEFENDERS (8): Rachel Buehler (Portland Thorns FC), Crystal Dunn (North Carolina), Whitney Engen (Liverpool), Meghan Klingenberg (Tyresö), Ali Krieger (Washington Spirit), Kelley O’Hara (Sky Blue FC), Christie Rampone (Sky Blue FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Yael Averbuch (Göteborg), Morgan Brian (Virginia), Lauren Cheney (FC Kansas City), Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC), Carli Lloyd (Western NY Flash), Kristie Mewis (FC Kansas City), Heather O’Reilly (Boston Breakers), Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign)
FORWARDS (4): Sydney Leroux (Boston Breakers), Alex Morgan (Portland Thorns FC), Christen Press (Tyresö), Abby Wambach (Western NY Flash) 

U.S. ROSTER BREAKDOWN: U.S. head coach Tom Sermanni has three goalkeepers, eight defenders, eight midfielders and four forwards at his disposal, although several players have played on several lines, most notably Christen Press (forward or midfield) and Kristie Mewis (left midfield or left back). Of the USA’s 23 players, just five are over 30 years old: team captain Christie Rampone (37 years old), Abby Wambach (33), Nicole Barnhart (31), Hope Solo (31) and Carli Lloyd (30). Sermanni named 18 of the 21 players who trained in Canada for a week prior to the USA’s 3-0 victory vs. the host on June 2 in Toronto and added midfielder Megan Rapinoe, who will has completed her season in France with Lyon, midfielder Yael Averbuch (Göteborg in Sweden), defender Meghan Klingenberg (Tyresö in Sweden) and the youngest player on the squad, 20-year-old midfielder Morgan Brian. Aside from Liverpool’s Whitney Engen, who was released for this camp after two club wins in England since the Canada match, the European-based players played club matches that caused them to miss the first few days of training in Boston. In addition, U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo makes her return to the roster for the first time since February after fully recovering from wrist surgery. The two college players named are defender Crystal Dunn, who started the June 2 match vs. Canada and played 63 minutes to earn her fifth cap, and Brian, a rising junior at Virginia. Along with Dunn, Brian was one of the stars on the U.S. team that won the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Japan. 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 against Nigeria in the U-20 Women’s World Cup semifinal. She was the 2011 Gatorade National Female High School Athlete of the Year, the first soccer player so honored.

U.S. ROSTER NOTES

  • The USA’s quartet of forwards – Alex Morgan, Abby Wambach, Christen Press and Sydney Leroux – has scored 19 of the USA’s 31 goals so far in 2013, led by Press and Morgan tied for a team with a team-high six goals.
  • The four forwards have also gotten off to a great start in their club seasons with Leroux (five goals) Morgan (five) and Wambach (league-leading six) among the NWSL leaders. Press has found the net a league-leading 12 times in 11 games so far for her top of the table Swedish club, Tyresö. Press has scored nine goals in her last four Damallsvenskan matches.
  • On June 15, Hope Solo played in her first match since February after fully recovering from wrist surgery. She played the entire second half in place of Nicole Barnhart and had to make two diving saves in her 45 minutes.
  • Against South Korea, the USA scored a goal in the third minute of second half stoppage time for the second straight game after Sydney Leroux tallied in 90+3 against Canada on June 2.
  • ·      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 career 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 205th cap earned on June 2 against Canada, Abby Wambach moved past Tiffeny Milbrett into sixth on the all-time caps list. Wambach now has 206 and Joy Fawcett (239 caps) is ahead of her in fifth.
  • 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 282 career games played. Only Kristine Lilly is ahead of her at 352. Even if Rampone plays through the 2015 Women’s World Cup, she would not catch the Queen of Caps.
  • Heather O’Reilly, who is 10 years younger than Rampone, is the third most-capped player on the roster with 187 games played. With her start against Korea on June 15, O’Reilly moved ahead Shannon Boxx for 10th on the all-time caps list.
  • Alex Morgan leads the USA in minutes played this year with 650. Morgan, Tobin Heath and Sydney Leroux have each played in a team-leading nine games (out of a total of 10 so far) this year.
  • The USA is without midfielder Shannon Boxx, who is recovering from minor knee surgery. She will get the chance to return to action with her NWSL club the Chicago Red Stars before likely returning to international duty in the fall.
  • Three players who have earned their first caps this year made this roster: defender Crystal Dunn, a member of the USA’s 2012 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup championship team; Kristie Mewis, the third overall pick in the NWSL College Draft by FC Kansas City; and Christen Press, who was the second leading scorer in the Swedish league last season and is off to a great start this year. Midfielder Morgan Brian was the only uncapped player named to the roster, but earned her first on June 15 at Gillette Stadium.
  • Dunn, the 2012 MAC Hermann Trophy winner for UNC, earned her first senior team cap 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, as did Johnston and Press (who scored twice in the game).
  • Defenders Ali Krieger and Whitney Engen scored their first WNT goals at the Algarve Cup, and Rachel Buehler scored her fourth career goal. Krieger’s goal was the first for the USA by an outside back since the 2008 Olympic semifinal, when Lori Chalupny scored against Japan.
  • This will be the second match for the U.S. Women at Red Bull Arena. The first came on June 5, 2011 before the Women’s World Cup and Lauren Cheney scored a late goal on a spectacular strike from distance to give the USA a 1-0 victory over Mexico in a game that saw the USA out-shoot its southern neighbor 34-4.
  • The USA has played eight games all-time in New Jersey, five of them at the old and new Giants Stadium, while going 6-1-1 all-time in the Garden State.

BY THE NUMBERS
0.80           Goals per game that USA has allowed in 2013
1                USA’s FIFA ranking
3.10           Goals per game the USA has scored in 2013
6                Goals in eight career games for U.S. forward Christen Press
7                European teams the USA has played in 2013 (5-0-2 record)
13              Number of different players who have scored for the USA this year, most since 2004 when 16 different players scored a goal
33              USA’s current overall unbeaten streak dating back to last year (28-0-5)
62              Career assists for Abby Wambach, putting her third on the all-time U.S. list
87              Minutes on field per goal averaged by Alex Morgan in her career
100            U.S. victories when Wambach scores a goal (100-2-8 overall)
101            Minutes on field per goal averaged by Abby Wambach in her career
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
136            Caps for Hope Solo, second all-time in U.S. history for a goalkeeper
282            Christie Rampone’s caps, second all-time to Kristine Lilly

USA in NWSL: Following are the NWSL statistics of the U.S. players so far this season. Alex Morgan leads the league in shots (37) and shots on goal (24) while Lauren Cheney is second in assists with five. Rachel Buehler, Lauren Cheney, Christie Rampone, Abby Wambach and Becky Sauerbrunn have played every minute of every game they’ve played in for their clubs so far. 

Field players

NAME            GP       GS      M        G         A         GWG  SH      SOG   OFF    FC       FS       YC

Buehler            9          9          810      0          0          0          0          0          0          6          4          1

Cheney            8          8          720      4          5          0          30        12        2          7          16        0

Krieger            8          8          675      1          0          0          6          4          0          4          2          1

Leroux             7          7          616      5          1          1          20        10        3          3          3          0

Lloyd              4          3          296      1          0          0          15        7          0          8          4          0

Mewis             8          8          704      0          0          0          24        10        0          11        5          2

Morgan           9          9          808      5          3          2          37        24        13        8          15        2

O’Hara                        9          8          701      0          2          0          30        13        5          11        7          2

O’Reilly          8          8          654      3          1          2          16        14        6          3          3          0

Rampone         9          9          810      0          0          0          3          3          1          2          3          0

Sauerbrunn      7          7          630      0          1          0          1          0          0          1          2          0

Wambach        7          7          630      6          2          2          27        17        6          7          11        0

Goalkeepers             

NAME            GP       GS      Min     GA      GAA    Sh       SOG   Sv                  

Barnhart          8          8          720      8          1.00     57        35        27       

Loyden            0          0          0          0          0          0          0          0

Solo                 2          2          180      2          1.00     32        11        9                                

 

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 Cup tournaments . 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.

USA vs. KOREA REPUBLIC SERIES

  • The USA has played Korea Republic just seven times in its history and holds a 6-0-1 record while scoring 28 goals and allowing just three.
  • Before the June 20 game, the most recent three meetings all came in November of 2008 during the USA’s domestic tour to celebrate the Olympic gold medal. It was during those three games that the South Koreans earned their only tie, a 0-0 draw in Cincinnati. The USA won the other two games sandwiched around that draw, winning 3-1 in Richmond, Va., and 1-0 in Tampa, Fla.
  • Those results in 2008 showed the growth of the South Korean team, which had lost the previous three meetings in the late 90s by a combined score of 18-1.

IN FOCUS: KOREA REPUBLIC
Korea Football Association
Founded: 1933 (Joined FIFA in 1948)
Head Coach: Yoon Dukyeo
FIFA World Ranking: 16
Best FIFA World Cup Finish: 14th (2003)
Best Olympics Finish: Never qualified

KOREA REPUBLIC ROSTER BY POSITION
GOALKEEPERS (2): 1-Kim Jungmi (Hyundai Steel), 21-Yoon Younggeul (Suwon FMC)   
DEFENDERS (5): 2-Kim Jihye (Sports Toto), 3-Jeong Younga (Seoul City), 4-Shim Seoyeon (Goyang Daekyo),
6-Lim Seonjoo (Hyundai Steel), 20-Kim Hyeri (Seoul City)
MIDFIELDERS (10): 5-Lee Sejin (Hyundai Steel), 7-Lee Eunhye (Goyang Daekyo), 8-Cho Sohyun (Hyundai Steel), 11-Lee Jangmi (Sports Toto), 13-Lee Mina (Hyundai Steel), 14-Kwon Hahnul (Busan Sangmu) 15-Kim Narae (Suwon FMC), 17-Park Heeyoung (Sports Toto), 19-Shin Jiyoung (Seoul City), 22-Lee Jungeun (Hanyang Women's Univ.)     
FORWARDS (5): 9-Park Heeyoung (KSPO), 10-Ji Soyun (Kobe INAC), 12-Yoo Younga (Busan Sangmu), 16-Kim Sangeun (KSPO), 18-Jeoun EunhaF (KSPO)

KOREA REPUBLIC NOTES:

  • South Korea’s lone goal against the USA on June 15 came on a superb strike from Cho Sohyun. It was her third international goal.
  • South Korea has an eight-team women’s professional league and all the players come from that league except for Ji Soyun who plays for Kobe INAC in Japan.
  • South Korea’s biggest women’s soccer success came at the youth level when they won the 2010 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Trinidad & Tobago, defeating Japan in a remarkable final that was tied 3-3 through regulation, went scoreless in overtime and then six-deep in the penalty kick shootout.
  • One player on the current Korean roster, midfielder Lee Jungeun, scored in that U-17 World Cup Final, tallying the first goal of the game in the sixth minute.
  • South Korea will not enter Asian qualifying for Canada 2015 until the second round. In the preliminary round of the AFC Women’s Asian Cup held from May 31 until June 9, 2013, Jordan, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam topped their sections to make it through and will join Australia, Japan, China PR and Korea Republic in competing at the AFC Women's Asian Cup Vietnam 2014 in Ho Chi Minh City between from May 14-25, 2014. The top five finishers will advance to Canada 2015.
  • With Korea DPR not eligible for the next Women’s World Cup following numerous players testing positive for banned substances during Germany 2011, and with the expanded field to 24 teams giving Asia five spots, the South Koreas are surely on track to earn a berth to their second World Cup tournament at the senior level.

LAST TIME:

On the field for the USA:
June 15, 2013 – Gillette Stadium; Foxborough, Mass. – International Friendly
USA                4          Mewis 3, Cheney 7, Lloyd 57, Wambach 90+3
KOR               1         

Lineups:
USA : 18-Nicole Barnhart (1-Hope Solo, 46); 3-Christie Rampone, 19-Rachel Buehler (capt.) (11-Ali Krieger, 70), 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 8-Kristie Mewis; 9-Heather O’Reilly, 10-Carli Lloyd (16-Yael Averbuch, 67), 12-Lauren Cheney (25-Morgan Brian, 77), 17-Tobin Heath; 2-Sydney Leroux (20-Abby Wambach, 46), 13-Alex Morgan
Substitutions Not Used: 6-Crystal Dunn, 14-Whitney Engen
Head coach: Tom Sermanni

KOR: 1-Kim Jungmi, 4-Shim Seoyeon, 6-Lim Seonjoo, 20-Kim Hyeri (14-Kwon Hahnul, 80), 5-Lee Sejin, 8-Cho Sohyun, 15-Kim Narae (13-Lee Mina, 71), 17-Park Heeyoung (22-Lee Jungeun, 62; 3-Jeong Younga, 87), 10-Ji Soyun, 12-Yoo Younga (2-Kim Jihye, 90), 18-Jeoun Eunha (16-Kim Sangeun, 54)
Substitutions Not Used: 19-Shin Jiyoung, 21-Yoon Younggeul             
Head coach: Yoon Dukyeo 

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