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U.S. WNT Squares Off against Mexico for Berth in 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup


U.S. Women's National Team vs. Mexico
Cancun, Mexico
2010 CONCACAF Women’s World Cup Qualifying
Nov. 4, 2010

U.S. WOMEN FACE MEXICO FOR BERTH IN 2011 FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP: The United States finished first in Group B at the 2010 CONCACAF Women’s World Cup Qualifying Tournament in Cancun, earning a semifinal match-up with the Group A runners-up, Mexico. The USA and Mexico will meet at Estadio Beto Avila for a berth in the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup on Friday, Nov. 5, at 8 p.m. local / 10 p.m. ET in what will be the second semifinal of the evening. Fans can watch live via a free web stream on concacaf.com (the commentary will be in Spanish) and follow along on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker. Canada and Costa Rica will play for the first of CONCACAF’s two berths to Germany at 5 p.m. local / 7 p.m. ET.

FOUR GAMES LEFT, THREE COUNTRIES WILL MOVE ON: The winners of the semifinals will not only earn berths to Germany, but will play for the Confederation championship on Monday, Nov. 8, at 8 p.m. local / 9 p.m. ET (The United States falls back an hour on Nov. 7). The losers of the semifinals will square off in the third place match for the right to face Italy in a two leg, home-and-home series to determine the final berth to Germany. The USA has played all three of its matches so far at Estadio Quintana Roo, home to Atlante of the Mexico first division. The semifinals will be played at Estadio Beto Avila, home to the Quintana Roo Tigres of the Mexican baseball league, and site of Mexico’s group games. A capacity crowd of nearly 9,000 is expected at the stadium, very few of whom will be rooting for the United States. For a complete schedule and results, go to the CONCACAF Women’s World Cup Qualifying page on ussoccer.com.

2010 CONCACAF Women’s World Cup Qualifying Tournament
U.S. Women’s National Team Schedule and Results
Date                Opponent       Kickoff/Result    Venue                                                         Web TV
Oct. 28             Haiti                 5-0 W                   Estadio Quintana Roo; Cancun, Mexico            --                     
Oct. 30             Guatemala        9-0 W                   Estadio Quintana Roo; Cancun, Mexico             --                     
Nov. 1              Costa Rica        4-0 W                   Estadio Quintana Roo; Cancun, Mexico             --                     
Nov. 5              Mexico             10 p.m. ET            Estadio Beta Ávila; Cancun, Mexico                  concacaf.com  
Nov. 8              TBD                 TBD                      Estadio Quintana Roo; Cancun, Mexico            concacaf.com  

As Mexico has fallen back to Standard Time (and the United States does not change until Nov. 7), the USA’s semifinal match on Nov. 5 will kick off at 10 p.m. ET.

U.S. WNT Quick Hits:

  • The U.S. has brought a roster of 20 players to Mexico, all of which are healthy and ready for selection, but head coach Pia Sundhage will name 18 to suit up for each match.
  • Two U.S. players have scored their first goals for the U.S. WNT in this tournament, Rachel Buehler against Guatemala and Yael Averbuch against Costa Rica.
  • Abby Wambach has scored in all three first round games and has six goals total in the tournament, the most of any player, and one ahead of Mexico’s Maribel Dominguez. Her six goals have upped her career total to 115.
  • Wambach has nine career WWCQ goals. With one more, she will tie Carin Gabarra for third place on the USA’s all-time Women’s World Cup qualifying goal scoring list. She now sits behind only Michelle Akers (17), Mia Hamm (12) and Gabarra (10).
  • The USA’s 42 goals this year have been scored by 11 different players – Abby Wambach (14), Lauren Cheney (6), Amy Rodriguez (6), Megan Rapinoe (4), Alex Morgan (3), Carli Lloyd (2), Heather O’Reilly (2), Yael Averbuch, Kristine Lilly, Shannon Boxx, and Rachel Buehler, an own goal by Iceland in the Algarve Cup accounts for the remaining goal.
  • Since the end of the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup, the USA is 54-1-6.
  • The USA and Canada are the only teams who have yet to allow a goal in this tournament.
  • This match marks the 26th all-time meeting between the two countries, but just one has been in Mexico.  The USA and Mexico met in group play at the 2008 Olympic Qualifying tournament in Ciudad Juarez. Natasha Kai scored twice for the USA, bookending a 3-1 victory. Kai scored early in the game, Mexico tied it up in the 31st minute, but the USA came right back down the field and went ahead 2-1 on a goal from Abby Wambach just a minute later. Kai added the clincher just before halftime.
  • Wambach has scored 19 of her 115 goals against Mexico.
  • Mexico has several Mexican-American players, including defender Rubi Sandoval who played at Cal State Fullerton, Perez, Natalie Vinti and Natalie Garcia who both play at the University of San Diego and Alina Garciamendez from Texas who attends Stanford, the NCAA’s top ranked women’s soccer team. Garciamendez will not play against the USA as she has returned to Stanford to prepare for Friday’s clash with Oregon State that will decide the Pac-10 title. Both teams are 7-0-0 in conference play.
  • The referee for USA-Mexico will be Dianne Ferreira of Guyana.

USA AND MEXICO IN CONCACAF WWC QUALIFYING: The USA and Mexico have a long history, having played 25 times since the first meeting, which came in CONCACAF qualifying for the 1991 FIFA Women’s World Cup. The USA won 12-0 that day, but starting in 1998, the Mexicans have consistently upped the level of their program, thanks mostly to long-time head coach Leo Cuellar, and are now ranked 22nd in the world. The USA and Mexico have met four times in Women’s World Cup qualifying. The USA won 9-0 in 1994 in Montreal, but as witness to the growth of Mexico women’s soccer, the matches in 2002 and 2006 were 3-0 and 2-0, respectively. The USA and Mexico met in the semifinals of the 2006 CONCACAF Women’s World Cup Qualifying tournament at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. That competition consisted of just four teams, so the USA’s 2-0 victory on two goals from Abby Wambach sent the Americans to China.

AND IN OLYMPIC QUALIFYING: The two teams have met three times in qualifying for the last two Olympics games, the USA won 2-0 and 3-2 in two matches in Costa Rica in 2004, and 3-1 in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico in 2008.

MEXICO LED BY “MARIGOL”: The Mexican youth women’s national team had a very good year, qualifying for both the U-17 and U-20 FIFA Women’s World Cups, so the future looks bright for the program. For the senior team, forward Maribel “Marigol” Dominguez is perhaps Mexico’s all-time greatest player. She has been living and playing in Spain for the past five years, but is Mexico’s all-time leading scorer and almost single-handedly led Mexico to a berth in the 2004 Olympics by putting in an epic performance at qualifying. Now 31 years old, she also played in the WUSA for Atlanta Beat during 2003, scoring a bunch of goals early in the campaign.

MEXICO TAKES SECOND IN GROUP A: Mexico picked up two nice wins in the first two Group A matches, downing Guyana, 7-2, and Trinidad & Tobago, 2-0, before a somewhat disappointing 3-0 loss to Canada in its final group match. Of Mexico’s nine goals, star forward Maribel Dominguez has scored five.

Mexico Women’s World Cup Qualifying Results
Date           Match                                    Mexico Goal Scorers
Oct. 29        Mexico 7, Guyana 2                   Garza (2), Dominguez (4), Worbis
Oct. 31        Mexico 2, Trinidad & Tobago 0   Dominguez, Lopez
Nov. 1         Mexico 0, Canada 3                    --

U.S. WNT CONCACAF Women’s World Cup Qualifying Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): 18-Nicole Barnhart (FC Gold Pride), 1-Jill Loyden (Chicago Red Stars)
DEFENDERS (7): 19-Rachel Buehler (FC Gold Pride), 14-Stephanie Cox (Boston Breakers), 16-Ali Krieger (FFC Frankfurt), 6-Amy LePeilbet (Boston Breakers), 2-Heather Mitts (Philadelphia Independence), 3-Christie Rampone (Sky Blue FC), 17-Becky Sauerbrunn (Washington Freedom)
MIDFIELDERS (7): 4-Yael Averbuch (Sky Blue FC), 7-Shannon Boxx (FC Gold Pride), 13-Kristine Lilly (Boston Breakers), 11-Lori Lindsey (Philadelphia Independence), 10-Carli Lloyd (Sky Blue FC), 9-Heather O’Reilly (Sky Blue FC), 15-Megan Rapinoe (Chicago Red Stars)
FORWARDS (4): 12-Lauren Cheney (Boston Breakers), 5-Alex Morgan (California), 8-Amy Rodriguez (Philadelphia Independence), 20-Abby Wambach (Washington Freedom)

Mexico WNT CONCACAF Women’s World Cup Qualifying Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): 1-Erika Venegas, 12-Pamela Tajonar, 20-Cecilia Santiago 
DEFENDERS (7): 2-Kenti Robles, 3-Rubi Sandoval, 4-Natalie Vinti, 5-Maria de Jesus Castillo, 13-Natalie Garcia, 14-Alina Garciamendez, 15-Luz Saucedo
MIDFIELDERS (6): 6-Monica Vergara, 7-Juana Lopez, 8-Guadalupe Worbis, 11-Lydia Rangel, 16-Liliana Mercado, 17-Tania Morales
FORWARDS (4): 9-Maribel Dominguez, 10-Dinora Garza, 18-Veronica Perez, 19-Stephany Mayor

SOUTH AMERICA WWCQ UPDATE: Qualifying in South America kicks off on Nov. 4, not only for two berths to the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup, but also for two spots at the 2012 Olympics in London. The 10-team tournament is being held in Ecuador and will be the fifth Copa America for women. The teams are divided into pools of five, with the host nation joining defending South American champions Argentina, Bolivia, Peru and Chile in Group A, while perennial continental power Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela, Paraguay and Uruguay are in Group B. The top two in each section will go forward to a final four-team round-robin phase to decide the champions and runners-up.

AFRICA WWCQ UPDATE: African qualifying for two berths to the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup is underway in South Africa with South Africa (2-1 against Tanzania), Nigeria (5-0 against Mail) and Ghana (2-1 against Algeria) all picking up wins in their first games. Equatorial Guinea is actually the reigning champions of African women’s soccer, but they enter the eight-team tournament as underdogs when they defend their trophy against perennial Women’s World Cup qualifiers Nigeria, the Black Queens of Ghana and the hosts, known as Banyana Banyana (The Girls). Equatorial Guinea tied its first match, 2-2, with Cameroon. Nigeria’s Super Falcons, the seven-time continental champions, have dominated the African women’s championships since its inception. Nigeria’s only stumble in this tournament came two years ago in Equatorial Guinea. Nigeria has blended a good bit of youth with experience, with nine players that participated in the recent U-20 and U-17 FIFA Women’s World Cups. South Africa has reached the final match three previous times, but they have yet to claim the top prize at the continental championship and have yet to qualify for a Women’s World Cup. In fact, the previous two times South Africa have hosted the competition, Nigeria have won the tournament. Nigeria defeated South Africa, 2-1, on Nov. 4 in group play.

THE GOAL IS GERMANY: The top two finishers at the 2010 CONCACAF Women’s World Cup qualifying tournament will earn berths to the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Germany. Hosting on their own soil, the two-time defending champions will be favorites to hoist a third consecutive trophy and there is no doubt that the Germans will run a fantastic Women’s World Cup, scheduled for June 26-July 17, 2011, in nine cities spread out all over the country: Berlin, Frankfurt, Mönchengladbach, Sinsheim, Wolfsburg, Augsburg, Bochum, Dresden and Leverkusen. Almost all of the cities will host four matches, but unlike past Women’s World Cups, there will be no doubleheaders. The largest stadium is in Berlin (74,244), which will host just the opening game featuring the Germans. The smallest stadium is in Bochum, which seats 23,691. The Women’s World Cup Final will take place in Frankfurt (49,240) on July 17. So far, more than half of the field is set. The qualifiers so far are: host Germany, Korea DPR, Japan and Australia from Asia and Sweden, Norway, France and England from Europe and New Zealand from Oceania.

LILLY HAS SEEN IT, DONE IT ALL: Kristine Lilly is playing in her record fifth CONCACAF Women’s World Cup Qualifying tournament. Her first was in 1991 in Haiti and she’s been in every once since, outside of 1999, when the USA hosted and didn’t have to qualify. We asked U.S. forward Abby Wambach to take Lilly on a trip down memory lane in this special all_access video. From Haiti in 1991 to Cancun, Mexico in 2010, it’s been a heck of a ride.

GOALS, GOALS, GOALS FOR THE RED, WHITE AND BLUE: You can see all 18 goals that the USA has scored over its first three games in CONCACAF Women’s World Cup qualifying, plus much, much more on ussoccer.com’s all_access video.

FOLLOW THE WNT ON TWITTER: Keep up with all U.S. Women’s National Team news (in short form, of course) by following at www.twitter.com/ussoccer_wnt

STAT OF NOTE: Abby Wambach’s six goals in this tournament give her 115 for her career, 15 short of Kristine Lilly who is the second leading scorer in world history behind Mia Hamm’s career 158 goals. Between Wambach and Lilly is Germany’s Birgit Prinz (33 years old) with 126. Scotland’s Julie Fleeting, who turns 30 in December, has 114 career goals while Canada’s Christine Sinclair, who is 27, has 106.

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