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U.S. WNT Faces New Zealand in Olympic Quarterfinals on Friday


U.S. Women’s National Team vs. New Zealand – 2012 London Olympics
St. James’ Park; Newcastle, England
Aug. 3, 2012

USA FACES NEW ZEALAND IN OLYMPIC QUARTERFINALS: The U.S. Women’s National Team, which is coming off its first 3-0-0 performance in the group stage, faces New Zealand in the quarterfinals of the 2012 Olympics at 9:30 a.m. ET on Friday, Aug. 3, at St. James’ Park in Newcastle, England.

The match will be broadcast live on the NBC Sports Network, NBC Olympic Soccer Channel and streamed on NBC Live Extra. Fans can follow the match via ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt.

Should the U.S. advance past New Zealand, the team would face the winner of the Great Britain-Canada quarterfinal match on Monday, Aug. 6, in the Olympic Semifinals at Old Trafford in Manchester, England.

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

9:30 a.m. ET

NBC Sports Network; NBC Olympic Soccer Channel; NBC Live Extra (web)

St. James’ Park; Newcastle, England

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

U.S. ROSTER BY POSITIONDetailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): 1-Hope Solo, 18-Nicole Barnhart
DEFENDERS (6): 2-Heather Mitts, 3-Christie Rampone, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 5-Kelley O’Hara, 6-Amy LePeilbet, 16-Rachel Buehler
MIDFIELDERS (6): 7-Shannon Boxx, 8-Amy Rodriguez, 9-Heather O’Reilly, 10-Carli Lloyd, 15-Megan Rapinoe, 17-Tobin Heath
FORWARDS (4): 11-Sydney Leroux, 12-Lauren Cheney, 13-Alex Morgan, 14-Abby Wambach

GROUP G UPDATE:

  • USA 1, Korea DPR 0: The U.S. already had a quarterfinal spot locked up, but the team made sure to maintain its momentum heading into the knockout phase. Abby Wambach took care of the scoring with her third goal in three Olympic Games, and the USA posted its first 3-0-0 mark in the group stage of the Olympics. Wambach’s tally, the 141st of her career and U.S. WNT-best seventh in Olympic play, came in the 25th minute.
  • France 1, Colombia 0: Needing a win to guarantee a place in the quarterfinals, France came through with an Elodie Thomis goal in the fifth minute to seal the deal. France could have run away with the match as Louisa Necib and Thomis also hit the frame. It was a dominant performance for France, which had a 13-2 shots on goal advantage and outshot Colombia 20-5 overall. France finished second in Group G at 2-0-1 and faces Sweden in the quarterfinals. Should France advance to the semifinals, it would face the winner of Friday’s Brazil-Japan match.

2012 Olympic Schedule

Date

Match

Time (ET)

Stage

Venue

Aug. 3

Sweden vs. France

7 a.m.

Quarterfinals

Hampden Park; Glasgow, Scotland

Aug. 3

USA vs. New Zealand

9:30 a.m.

Quarterfinals

St. James’ Park; Newcastle, England

Aug. 3

Brazil vs. Japan

12 p.m.

Quarterfinals

Millennium Stadium; Cardiff, Wales

Aug. 3

Great Britain vs. Canada

2:30 p.m.

Quarterfinals

City of Coventry Stadium; Coventry, England

Aug. 6

SWE/FRA vs. BZL/JPN winners

12 p.m.

Semifinals

BC Place, Vancouver, Canada

Aug. 6

USA /NZL vs. GBR/CAN winners

2:45 p.m.

Semifinals

Old Trafford Stadium; Manchester, England

Aug. 9

Semifinal Losers

8 a.m.

Bronze Medal

City of Coventry Stadium; Coventry, England

Aug. 9

Semifinal Winners

2:45 p.m.

Gold Medal

Wembley Stadium; London, England

U.S. ROSTER NOTES:

  • Seven players on the U.S. roster have scored in an Olympics: Abby Wambach (4 goals in 2004; 3 goals in 2012), Carli Lloyd (2 goals in 2008; 2 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 (2 goals in 2012) and Megan Rapinoe (1 goal in 2012), who had the game-winning tally against Colombia on July 28.
  • Only three U.S. WNT players have been on the field for all 270 minutes in the 2012 Olympics: goalkeeper Hope Solo, defender and team captain Christie Rampone and defender Kelley O’Hara, who turns 24 years old on Sunday, Aug. 4.
  • Morgan leads the U.S. WNT with 19 goals in 18 games, and she has seven multi-goal games this year. Following her two-goal effort en route to a 4-2 win against France on July 25, Morgan moved into a tie for seventh place on the all-time U.S. WNT list for goals scored in a calendar year with April Heinrichs (1991), Mia Hamm (1995) and Cindy Parlow (2000).
  • Morgan’s scoring clip is a rarity in U.S. Women’s history. The last person to record double-digit goals at a rate of more than one goal per game was Mia Hamm, who had 18 goals in 16 games in 1997. Even Wambach, who is second on the USA’s all-time goal scoring list, has not averaged one goal per game in any year. She has been close on several occasions, including her 20 goals in 21 games in 2007.
  • The USA’s 4-2 win against France marked the first time in Olympic play that the team had come back to win from a two-goal deficit. In all previous Olympic competition, the USA allowed more than one goal only three times – a 3-2 loss to Norway in the 2000 gold medal game, a 2-0 loss to Norway in the opening game of the 2008 Olympics and a 4-2 victory against Japan in the semifinal match in 2008 (the USA was down 1-0 before scoring four straight).


USA vs. NEW ZEALAND SERIES

  • The U.S. is 8-1-0 against New Zealand and heads into Friday’s game with eight straight victories in the series.
  • The two sides most recently met on Feb. 11, 2012, in a match played in freezing temperatures in Frisco, Texas. Hannah Wilkinson scored in the 49th minute and the Americans had the chase the game for the rest of the way. Alex Morgan then tallied the tying and game-winning goals in the closing minutes to defeat New Zealand 2-1 in front of a sellout crowd of 25,677 at FC Dallas Stadium.
  • These two teams met in group play of the 2008 Olympics on Aug. 12 of that year with the USA winning 4-0 in Shenyang, China. The victory pushed the USA through to the quarterfinals earned the Group G title. USA midfielder Heather O’Reilly scored the game’s first goal just 40 seconds into the match, an Olympic record.
  • In that Olympic match, the USA won its group with a plus-3 goal differential, while Norway (tied on points with the U.S. with six) lost its final group game 5-1 to Japan and finished with a minus-1 goal differential.
  • The USA’s most lopsided victory against New Zealand was a 6-0 win on Oct. 10, 2004, in an international friendly at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, the hometown of U.S. defender Heather Mitts.
  • U.S. legend Mia Hamm and notched her 100th and 101st assists when the U.S. defeated New Zealand 5-0 on June 4, 2000, at the Pacific Cup in Sydney, Australia. Hamm (144 assists) and Kristine Lilly (105) are the only two U.S. WNT players to eclipse the 100-assist mark in their careers.


IN THE RECORD BOOKS

  • Abby Wambach scored her seventh career Olympic goal during the USA’s 1-0 win against Korea DPR on July 31, putting her atop the U.S. leaderboard in career Olympic goals. During these Olympics Games she surpassed the previous record of five held by Mia Hamm and Tiffeny Milbrett.
  • Veteran U.S. defender Christie Rampone became the USA’s all-time leader in Olympic appearances with 17 during the team’s 4-2 win against France on July 25. Rampone now has 19 career Olympic appearances following the team’s 1-0 victory against Korea DPR on July 31 and she is three ahead of previous USA record holders of Joy Fawcett, Julie Foudy, Kristine Lilly and Kate Markgraf.
  • Rampone moved into a tie for fourth place on the all-time WNT list with her 234th career international start on July 31, matching former U.S. defender Joy Fawcett. Fawcett had 234 starts and 239 caps in 17 years of play. Rampone has 234 starts and 263 caps in her 14th year with the U.S. WNT.
  • Alex Morgan ranks 16th all-time in career goals with 29 and is one goal away from tying 15th-ranked Brandi Chastain’s career mark of 30. Also with her next goal, Morgan (currently with 19 goals in 2012) will move into a tie for fourth place on the all-time list for goals during a calendar year with Mia Hamm (1998), Kristine Lilly (1999) and Abby Wambach (2007), who all had 20 goals in their respective campaigns.
  • Morgan’s 46 points this year (19 goals, eight assists) are the most for a WNT player in a calendar year since 2004, when Wambach had 75 (31 goals, 13 assists) and Hamm had 50 (14 goals, 22 assists).


BY THE NUMBERS:

  • 1: USA’s FIFA ranking
  • 3: USA players who have scored at least two goals in this year’s Olympics: Carli Lloyd (2), Alex Morgan (2) and Abby Wambach (3)
  • 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)
  • 7: Career Olympic goals by Wambach, a U.S. WNT record
  • 8: Games this year in which Morgan and Wambach both contributed at least one goal (8-0-0 record)
  • 19: Career Olympic appearances by U.S. captain Christie Rampone
  • 23: New Zealand’s FIFA ranking
  • 91: U.S. victories when Abby Wambach scores a goal (91-2-5 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
  • 498: Games played by the U.S. WNT since team began play in 1985 (387-57-54 record)


U.S. WNT to Host Australia on Sept. 16: The U.S. will host its second post-2012 London Olympics international friendly against Australia at 12:30 p.m. PT on Sunday, Sept. 16, at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. The match will be broadcast live on NBC. The U.S. WNT will kick off its post-Olympics against Costa Rica on Sept. 1 at 2:30 p.m. ET at Sahlen’s Stadium in Rochester, N.Y., the hometown of star striker Abby Wambach. That game also will be broadcast live on NBC.

ON USSOCCER.COM


PIA SUNDHAGE FACT FILE: Head coach Pia Sundhage is in the midst of her fourth full year in charge of the U.S. Women’s National Team. 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 85-6-10, with 261 goals for and 53 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: NEW ZEALAND

  • New Zealand Football
  • Founded: 1891 (FIFA affiliation: 1948)
  • Head Coach: Tony Readings
  • FIFA World Ranking: 23
  • Best FIFA World Cup Finish: Group stages of 1991, 2007, 2011 World Cups
  • Best Olympics Finish: Quarterfinal stage of 2012 London Olympics


NEW ZEALAND ROSTER BY POSITION
GOALKEEPERS (2): 1-Jenny Bindon, 18-Rebecca Rolls
DEFENDERS (7): 2-Ria Percival, 3-Anna Green, 5-Abby Erceg, 6-Rebecca Smith, 7-Ali Riley, 14-Kristy Hill, 15-Rebekah Stott
MIDFIELDERS (5): 4-Katie Hoyle, 8-Hayley Moorwood, 11-Kirsty Yallop, 12-Betsy Hassett, 16-Annalie Longo
FORWARDS (4): 9-Amber Hearn, 10-Sarah Gregorius, 13-Rosie White, 17-Hannah Wilkinson

NEW ZEALAND ROSTER NOTES:

  • New Zealand’s Rebecca Smith and Sarah Gregorius each scored a goal and the team benefited from an own goal to defeat Cameroon 3-1 on July 31 as the squad finished third in Group E and secured the final quarterfinal spot of the 2012 Olympics.
  • Smith, New Zealand’s captain, is from Palos Verdes, Calif. and attended Duke University from 1999-2003.
  • Right back Ali Riley is from Pacific Palisades, Calif. and attended Stanford with several U.S. Olympic Team players from 2006-2009. She played seasons in the WPS for the FC Gold Pride and Western New York Flash.
  • This year’s Olympics marks the first time New Zealand has advanced through the group stage and into the quarterfinals.
  • The team has had a difficult path through group play, suffering 1-0 losses to Great Britain and Brazil before posting a necessary three points in the Group E finale. The Kiwis were minutes away from posting a scoreless draw against Brazil on July 28 until Cristiane tallied the game-winner in the 86th minute.
  • New Zealand forward Rosie White plays at UCLA where she was a teammate of U.S. forward Sydney Leroux at UCLA in 2011.
  • Goalkeeper Jenny Bindon is the oldest player of the 2012 Olympics at 39 years old.
  • New Zealand touts a fairly experienced group with 10 players who have earned 50 or more international caps.


LAST TIME
On the field for the USA:
July 31, 2012 – Old Trafford – Manchester, England – 2012 London Olympics, Group 5
USA             1   Abby Wambach 25
Korea DPR  0

Lineups:
USA: 1-Hope Solo; 6-Amy LePeilbet, 3-Christie Rampone (capt.), 16-Rachel Buehler (4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 75), 5-Kelley O’Hara; 9-Heather O’Reilly, 10-Carli Lloyd, 12-Lauren Cheney (8-Amy Rodriguez, 84), 15-Megan Rapinoe (17-Tobin Heath, 45); 13-Alex Morgan, 14-Abby Wambach
Subs not used: 2-Heather Mitts, 7-Shannon Boxx, 11-Sydney Leroux, 18-Nicole Barnhart
Head coach: Pia Sundhage

PRK: 18-O Chang Ran; 2-Kim Nam Hui, 3-Kim Myong Gum, 14-Pong Son Hwa, 20-Choe Yong Sim; 7-Ri Ye Gyong, 8-Jon Myong Hwa, 6-Choe Un Ju, 11-Kim Chung Sim (capt.) (12-Kim Un Hyang, 80); 10-Yun Hyon Hi (21-Kim Su Gyong, 31), 16-Kim Song Hui (9-Choe Mi Gyong, 63)
Subs not used: 1-Jo Yun Mi, 5-Yun Song Mi, 15-Ri Nam Sil, 13-O Hui Sun
Head coach: Sin Uin Gun

Vs. New Zealand for the USA:
Aug. 12, 2008 – Shenyang Olympic Stadium – Shenyang, China – 2008 Beijing Olympics, Group G
USA               4 Heather O’Reilly 1, Amy Rodriguez 43, Lindsay Tarpley 56, Angelica Hucles 60
New Zealand 0

Lineups:
USA: 18-Hope Solo; 2-Heather Mitts (14-Stephanie Cox, 63), 4-Rachel Buehler, 3-Christie Rampone – Capt., 83, 17-Lori Chalupny; 9-Heather O’Reilly (10-Aly Wagner, 76), 7-Shannon Boxx, 11-Carli Lloyd, 5-Lindsay Tarpley; 16-Angela Hucles, 8-Amy Rodriguez (6-Natasha Kai, 56)
Subs not used: 1-Nicole Barnhart, 12-Lauren Cheney, 13-Tobin Heath, 15-Kate Markgraf
Head Coach: Pia Sundhage

NZL: 1-Jenny Bindon; 2-Ria Percival, 5-Abby Erceg, 6-Rebbecca Smith, 17-Marlies Oostdam (14-Kristy Hill, 64); 4-Katie Hoyle (3-Anna Green, 64), 8-Hayley Moorwood, 11-Kristy Yallop; 7-Ali Riley, 9-Amber Heam, (13-Rebecca Tegg, 74), 15-Emma Kete
Subs not used: 10-Emily McColl, 12-Merissa Smith, 7-Renee Leota, 18-Rachel Howard
Head Coach: John Herdman

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