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U.S. WNT Takes On Mexico Wednesday at PGE Park in Portland

Oct. 16, 2007
U.S. Women’s National Team
Notes from Portland, Oregon

U.S. WOMEN FACE MEXICO IN PORTLAND: The U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team plays the second of its three-match series against Mexico on Wednesday, Oct. 17, at PGE Park in Portland, Ore. The game kicks off at 7 p.m. PT and fans can follow all the action on’s MatchTracker. The USA is coming off a 5-1 win over Mexico in front of a loud crowd at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis and will play its second straight match on an artificial surface. The pitch is hard and quick at PGE Park, and with rain in the forecast, it should be quick slick as well. Temperatures around kick off time are projected to be in the low 50s, which should make for a chilly 90 minutes. The USA’s most recent match at PGE Park was a 5-0 win over New Zealand in October of 2004 after the Olympics. After playing in Portland, the U.S. team will travel to Albuquerque, N.M., for their final match of 2007 on Saturday, Oct. 20, at University Stadium. Kickoff is set for 4:30 p.m. MT. The USA is 18-1-3 in 2007.

2007 Women’s National Team Mexico Series

Date Opponent Venue Kickoff/Result
Oct. 13 Mexico Edward Jones Dome (St. Louis, Mo.) 5-1 W
Oct. 17 Mexico PGE Park (Portland, Ore.) 7 p.m. PT
Oct. 20 Mexico University Stadium (Albequerque, N.M.) 4:30 p.m. MT

BIG SECOND HALF IN ST. LOUIS: In the first match of this three-game series against Mexico, the USA found itself down 1-0 just three minutes into the game. Bolstered by its second-ever lead over the USA, Mexico pushed forward with verve and showed some excellent attacking ball possession, earning five corner kicks in the first 20 minutes. After the U.S. team found its legs, and started possessing the ball themselves, the Americans rolled over Mexico. The game-tying goal came from Heather O’Reilly in the 32nd minute, and the USA then scored four goals in a 27-minute span in the second half to seal the win, eventually piling up a 30-5 margin in shots, with 14 attempts on goal.

ONE GAME FOR LOPEZ: Defender Stephanie Lopez was the youngest player and only collegian on the USA’s 2007 Women’s World Cup Team. After the WWC, she returned to finish her senior season at the University of Portland, but due to the USA’s passing through the Northwest during the final three games of the year, she will be able to join the team for the match at PGE Park. She has played two games since returning from China, a 4-0 win over Oregon, where she picked up an assist, and a 3-1 win over Gonzaga. She did not play in the USA’s match in St. Louis and won’t play Albuquerque, but Portland fans should get to see her Wednesday night as the Pilots don’t play again until Friday, Oct. 19 at St. Mary’s in northern California. Lopez played all but 45 minutes of the Women’s World Cup and put in a tremendous overall performance. Lopez talked with on returning to college life and playing her last match as Stephanie Lopez (she’s getting married in December) on this exclusive podcast.

ABBY TO BE HONORED: U.S. forward Abby Wambach will be honored before the match in Portland for earning her 100th career cap, that coming in the USA’s quarterfinal win over England at the Women’s World Cup. Wambach scored the first goal in that 3-0 win. She became the 20th player to earn 100 caps for the U.S. Women’s National Team. Of the players under the century mark, Lindsay Tarpley, at 77 caps, is the next most capped player on the roster. Shannon Boxx has 75.

SOCCER AND SONGWHALE: U.S. Soccer is introducing the Songwhale Network to fans at the WNT game in Portland. Songwhale is an exclusive wi-fi network that allows fans who attend the match to enter digital raffles for CD's, autographed U.S. Soccer jerseys, and more, from the comfort of their seat. Fans can also view U.S. Women’s National Team video content. To participate, after entering the stadium, connect to the Songwhale wi-fi signal using your wi-fi enabled iPod, phone or other device and log on to Fans can also log on at the Songwhale table on the concourse.

U.S. WNT Quick Hits:
• Kate Markgraf, who was injured in the USA’s WWC semifinal, did not play against Mexico in St. Louis due to an ankle injury and is doubtful for the Portland match. She is missing the final game in Albuquerque due to a prior commitment. Defender Marian Dalmy injured her knee against Mexico in St. Louis and is also doubtful for the match in Portland.
• 18 players saw action in the 2007 Women’s World Cup. Five players scored goals and five players picked up assists.
• Cat Whitehill leads the USA in minutes played this year with 1936. Lori Chalupny has played 1815 and Stephanie Lopez has played 1743. Christie Rampone is at 1651 and Kristine Lilly is at 1592. Several U.S. veterans, including Lilly and Abby Wambach did not go to the Four Nations Tournament in January, missing three games.
• The USA has six players with 100 or more caps on the roster.
• Christie Rampone (175) and Kate Markgraf (168) are 8th and 9th on the all-time caps list respectively.
• Leslie Osborne earned her 50th career cap for the USA against Mexico on Oct. 13. Lori Chalupny hit 50 in the third-place match of the WWC.
• Abby Wambach has 85 career goals and is shooting for 100, which would tie Tiffeny Milbrett for 4th on the all-time U.S. goal scoring list. She needs 21 more goals to pass Michelle Akers and move into third place all-time.
• Kristine Lilly has 103 career assists and 128 career goals, making her just the second player in women’s soccer history to surpass the century marks in both categories, the other being Mia Hamm.
• With nine goals in Women’s World Cup play, Abby Wambach has moved past Mia Hamm and Kristine Lilly (eight each) and into second all-time in goals in U.S. Women’s World Cup history. Wambach trails only Michelle Akers who scored 10 goals in 1991 and two more in 1999 for a total of 12.
• Cat Whitehill has played 90 minutes in 11 consecutive World Cup games, and a total of 1,085 minutes after coming in at halftime for Brandi Chastain in the opening match of the 2003 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Carla Overbeck holds the all-time U.S. record for field players with 12 games – every game of the 1995 and 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cups. Goalkeeper Briana Scurry played 15 straight complete games from 1995-2003.

WAMBACH LOOKING FOR 20TH GOAL OF 2007: Abby Wambach has scored 19 goals so far this year, including six at the 2007 Women’s World Cup. If she scores one more goal this year, it will mark just the sixth time in the 22-year history of the program that a player has scored 20 or more goals in a calendar year. With another score, she will be the first player to hit the mark twice, after accomplishing the feat in 2004. Mia Hamm had nine years of double figure goals, but scored highs of 18 (1997), 19 (1995) and 20 (1998) during her historic career.

Top-10 Yearly High for Goals in WNT History
Year         Player                  Goals
1. 1991    Michelle Akers    39
2. 2004    Abby Wambach  31
3. 1999    Tiffeny Milbrett     21
4. 1998    Mia Hamm          20
5. 1999    Kristine Lilly        20
6. 1995    Mia Hamm          19
7. 1991    April Heinrichs   19
8. 2000    Cindy Parlow      19
9. 2007    Abby Wambach  19
10. 1997  Mia Hamm          18