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U.S. Women's National Team Opens 20th Algarve Cup on March 6 Against Iceland


U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Iceland – Algarve Cup
Municipal Stadium; Albufeira, Portugal
March 6, 2013

U.S. WNT OPENS 20TH ALGARVE CUP TOURNAMENT AGAINST ICELAND: The U.S. Women’s National Team will open its 18th Algarve Cup in Portugal on March 6 with a match against Iceland at Municipal Stadium in Albufeira. It will be the first tournament match under head coach Tom Sermanni, who kicked off his tenure with two convincing wins against his home country of Scotland in February. This will be the 20th annual Algarve Cup Tournament which has grown into one of the best competitions on the yearly calendar for women’s international soccer. The USA has won the Algarve Cup eight times, most of any country. The U.S. team will train for eight days in Portugal before its opening match in a tournament that features the top three-ranked teams in the world (USA, Germany and Japan, respectively) and eight teams ranked in the top-20. 

20th Annual Algarve Cup 
The Algarve, Portugal
Group A
Germany, Norway, Japan, Denmark

Group B
USA, Sweden, Iceland, China PR

Group C
Portugal, Hungary, Wales, Mexico

2013 Algarve Cup tournament schedule and results

ALGARVE CUP TELEVISED IN THE USA FOR FIRST TIME: The Algarve Cup takes place primarily at small stadiums throughout the southern region of Portugal, but for the first time the U.S. WNT games will be broadcast on television in the United States. The Algarve Cup is being distributed by Integrated Sports Media for live viewing on both cable and satellite pay-per-view via iN Demand, Avail-TVN, DIRECTV and DISH for a suggested retail price of $14.95 per match. Additional same day replays will be available. Check with your Pay-Per-View provider for replay times. Fans can visit Integratedsportsnet.com for updates on TV coverage. Fans can also watch the matches online via Pay-Per-View. For web-streaming information go to http://www.ustream.tv/integratedsportsppv.  The U.S. matches can also be followed via ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt.

ALGARVE CUP FORMAT: Since the expansion to 12 teams 12 years ago, the Algarve Cup format has been as follows: The winners of Groups A and B will compete for the Algarve Cup championship, this year to take place on Wednesday, March 13. The two second-place finishers in Groups A and B will play for third place while the third-place finishers in each group will play for fifth. The Group C teams will be competing for a chance to play for spots seven through 12 as the winner of Group C will play the best fourth place team from Groups A or B for seventh place. The second place team in Group C will play the worst fourth place team from Groups A or B for ninth place, and the third and fourth place finishers in Group C will play each other for 11th place. There are provisions in the regulations this year for an adjustment to the format for placement games if the teams that finished third in both groups are playing each other in the group phase of this summer’s European championships.

ALGARVE CUP STARTS STRETCH OF SEVEN AWAY MATCHES FOR U.S. WOMEN: The Algarve Cup will begin a stretch of seven road matches for the U.S. Women, six in Europe and one in Toronto, Canada in June. Last year, the USA went a remarkable 17-1-1 in away matches, including 11-0-1 in Europe. That record of course included a perfect 6-0-0 at the Olympic Games in the United Kingdom.

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

9 a.m. ET

PPV

Albufeira; Portugal

March 8*

China PR

9 a.m. ET 

PPV

Albufeira; Portugal

March 11*

Sweden

11 a.m. ET 

PPV

Lagos; Portugal

March 13*

TBD

TBD 

PPV

TBD, Portugal

April 5

Germany

TBD 

TBD 

Offenbach; Germany

April 9

Netherlands

 1 p.m. ET

TBD

The Hague, Netherlands

June 2

Canada

 4:30 p.m. ET

ESPNews

Toronto, Canada

* Algarve Cup

U.S. ROSTER BREAKDOWN: The USA comes to the 2013 Algarve Cup with a 23-player roster. U.S. head coach Tom Sermanni has brought three goalkeepers, seven defenders, eight midfielders and five forwards. Of the USA’s 23 players, just four are over 30 in team captain Christie Rampone (37 years old), Shannon Boxx (35), Abby Wambach (32) and Nicole Barnhart (31). The youngest player on the squad is 18-year-old forward Lindsey Horan who is one of two players on the roster without a cap. Sixteen of the players on the roster were at the tournament last year. Four players – defender Crystal Dunn, midfielder Kristie Mewis, Horan and forward Christen Press – are at their first Algarve Cup. Twenty-two of the 23 players on the roster are professionals with 18 set to play in the NWSL this coming season while four are based in Europe and one – Dunn – has a year of college soccer remaining. 

U.S. Women’s National Team 
2013 Algarve Cup Roster by Position
GOALKEEPERS (3): 18-Nicole Barnhart (FC Kansas City), 24-Ashlyn Harris (Washington Spirit), 21-Jill Loyden (Sky Blue FC)
DEFENDERS (7): 19-Rachel Buehler (Portland Thorns FC), 6-Crystal Dunn (UNC), 14-Whitney Engen (Liverpool, England), 11-Ali Krieger (Washington Spirit), 5-Kelley O’Hara (Sky Blue FC), 3-Christie Rampone (Sky Blue FC), 4-Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City)
MIDFIELDERS (8): 16-Yael Averbuch (Göteborg, Sweden), 7-Shannon Boxx (Chicago Red Stars), 12-Lauren Cheney (FC Kansas City), 17-Tobin Heath (PSG, France), 10-Carli Lloyd (Western New York Flash), 8-Kristie Mewis (FC Kansas City), 9-Heather O’Reilly (Boston Breakers), 15-Megan Rapinoe (Lyon, France)
FORWARDS (5): 22-Lindsey Horan (PSG, France), 2-Sydney Leroux (Boston Breakers), 13-Alex Morgan (Portland Thorns FC), 23-Christen Press (Tyresö, Sweden), 20-Abby Wambach (Western New York Flash)

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. Wambach is currently sitting on 153 career goals and is only five behind the legendary Mia Hamm, the 2001 and 2002 FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year, who had 158 career 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.

U.S. ROSTER NOTES

  • U.S. head coach Tom Sermanni named 23 players to the Algarve Cup roster, all of whom are eligible to play in the tournament. Each team is allowed six substitutes per match.
  • U.S. defender Rachel Buehler is on 99 caps and during the Algarve Cup should become the 29th female player to play 100 times.
  • Fourteen of the 18 players who helped the USA win the 2012 Olympic gold medal were named to the Algarve Cup roster. The four gold medalists that did not make the trip to Portugal are goalkeeper Hope Solo (wrist injury), defender Heather Mitts, defender Amy LePeilbet (recovering from knee surgery) and forward Amy Rodriguez (pregnant).
  • Eighteen of the players on the U.S. roster are set to play in the new National Women’s Soccer League. Midfielders Megan Rapinoe and Tobin Heath are scheduled to join their NWSL clubs after the completion of their French league seasons for Olympique Lyonnais and Paris Saint-Germain, respectively.
  • Forward Christen Press (Tyresö in Sweden), midfielder Yael Averbuch (Göteborg in Sweden), forward Lindsey Horan (Paris Saint-Germain in France) and defender Whitney Engen (Liverpool in England) are playing in Europe while defender Crystal Dunn still has a year of college eligibility left at North Carolina.
  • The 18-year-old Horan, who will turn 19 in May, was the first American player to skip college soccer and sign a professional contract in Europe. Horan has played for the USA at the U-17 and U-20 levels and is age-eligible for the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup. She is the youngest field player to be called into the full Women’s National Team since Amy Rodriguez made her debut at the Algarve Cup in March of 2005. Rodriguez had turned 18 just about a month before debuting for the full National Team.
  • Megan Rapinoe’s Lyon played against Tobin Heath and Lindsey Horan’s PSG on March 2 before the trio traveled to Portugal to join the U.S. team on March 3. Lyon triumphed 3-0 with all three players starting. 
  • Abby Wambach played her 200th career match against Scotland in Nashville on Feb. 13, making her the eighth player in U.S. history to reach that mark. She captained the squad in honor of her historic milestone.
  • Press became the first U.S. player in history to score three times in her first two caps when she tallied twice against Scotland on Feb. 9 in Jacksonville, Fla., and once against the Scots on Feb. 13 in Nashville, Tenn.

U.S. WNT AT THE ALGARVE CUP

  • The USA is 49-10-8 all-time in the Algarve Cup.
  • The USA has scored 147 goals while allowing 53 at the Algarve Cup.
  • The most goals the USA has scored in an Algarve Cup game is seven, achieved against Portugal in 2000.
  • The most goals the USA has scored in an Algarve Cup game not against Portugal is five, achieved against France in a 5-1 win in 2004 and twice against Denmark in 5-0 wins in 2006 and 2012.
  • The U.S. Women have gone 12-1-4 in openers of this annual tournament the past 17 times they have attended. The only opening game loss came in 2001 when the USA brought a very young team to the Algarve during WUSA pre-season camps. 
  • Until the USA lost to Japan 1-0 in the third group match at last year’s Algarve Cup, the Americans had not lost a match in regulation time in the Algarve Cup since 2004, a 3-1 setback to Sweden. The USA still made the championship game that year and won its second Algarve Cup title 2-0 against China. The USA went unbeaten in 31 straight Algarve Cup matches before that Japan loss, by far a tournament record.
  • Nine players on the USA’s roster have scored at the Algarve Cup: Abby Wambach (18 goals), Carli Lloyd (10), Alex Morgan (8), Lauren Cheney (6), Heather O’Reilly (5), Shannon Boxx (2), Sydney Leroux (2), Megan Rapinoe (2) and Tobin Heath (1).
  • Wambach’s 18 goals are tops all-time at the Algarve Cup for a U.S. player and one of the leaders all time in the 20-year history of the tournament.
  • The USA had been shut out in just seven of its 67 all-time Algarve Cup games (with two coming in 2001), but were shutout twice in 2006, with both games ending 0-0 in regulation against China and Germany. The tie against China in the 2006 Algarve opener broke a streak of 17 straight games in which the USA had scored at this tournament. Currently, the USA has scored in one straight Algarve Cup game after being shutout last year by Japan in the final group game and defeating Sweden 4-0 in the third-place match.
  • Four teams have played in all 20 Algarve Cups so far: Denmark, Norway, Sweden and host Portugal. 

ALL-TIME U.S. FINISHES AT THE ALGARVE CUP: The USA has had some tremendous success at the Algarve Cup (eight straight appearances in the championship game from 2004-2012 and eight titles overall), but the USA didn’t win its first until its sixth try in 2000 when a Brandi Chastain penalty kick defeated Norway in the title game 1-0. It took the USA three years to win it again.

Year

U.S. Finish

Number of teams

Champion

Runner-Up

1994

Second

6

Norway

USA

1995

Fourth

8

Sweden

Denmark

1996

Did not participate

8

Sweden

Norway

1997

Did not participate

8

Norway

China

1998

Third

8

Norway

Denmark

1999

Second

8

China

USA

2000

First

8

USA

Norway

2001

Sixth

8

Sweden

Denmark

2002

Fifth

12

China

Norway

2003

First

12

USA

China

2004

First

12

USA

Norway

2005

First

12

USA

Germany

2006

Second

12

Germany

USA

2007

First

12

USA

Denmark

2008

First

12

USA

Denmark

2009

Second

12

Sweden

USA

2010

First

12

USA

Germany

2011

First

12

USA

Iceland

2012

Third

12

Germany

Japan

HISTORY OF ALGARVE EXCELLENCE: With the success of the U.S. team in this tournament, the Americans have also taken home several individual awards over the years, including five MVPs and six Top Scorer awards. In 1999, Tiffeny Milbrett was the Best Player and the Top Scorer with four goals. In 2002, Shannon MacMillan was the Top Scorer with seven goals, the most in one Algarve Cup tournament by a U.S. player. In 2004, Abby Wambach was the Top Scorer with five goals and Shannon Boxx was voted Best Player. In 2005, Christie Welsh was Top Scorer with five goals. In 2006, Hope Solo was voted Best Goalkeeper and Boxx took home her second Algarve Cup MVP award. In 2007, Carli Lloyd did the double, taking the Top Scorer (four goals) and Best Player awards. In 2009, Solo was the first goalkeeper to win the tournament’s MVP award. In 2011, Alex Morgan scored three goals, tied with a few others, but won the top scorer award as she played the least minutes of all those tied.

USA vs. ICELAND SERIES

  • The USA and Iceland have played 12 times since the first meeting in 1998 and the USA holds an 11-0-1 all-time record. The most recent meeting came in the championship game of the 2011 Algarve Cup, a 4-2 victory for the United States, which trailed 2-1 in the first half before scoring three unanswered goals.
  • The last three meetings between the teams have come at the Algarve Cup, all U.S. wins. The Americans won 1-0 in 2009, 2-0 in 2010 and 4-2 in 2011.
  • The USA has scored 35 goals in the series while allowing six.
  • The USA-Iceland matches at the Algarve Cup have been extremely competitive matches. In the opening match of the 2010 Algarve Cup, the two countries played a wild affair in which the USA scored two goals in two minutes during the second half and U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo saved a penalty kick in both halves during a 2-0 victory.
  • Meghan Schnur (who was playing in the first of what would be just six career games for the USA) created the first goal on a nice run down the left wing, whipping a hard left-footed cross into the goal mouth that Iceland defender Sif Atladóttir tried to clear, but instead headed into her own net. Lauren Cheney bagged her goal one minute after Atladóttir’s mistake. When the USA met Iceland at the 2009 Algarve Cup, the Americans had to wait until the 90th minute for a goal by Natasha Kai in a 1-0 victory.
  • The USA and Iceland played a match for the ages on Sept. 25, 2004, in Rochester, N.Y., with the USA building a 3-0 lead on two goals from hometown hero Abby Wambach and one from Mia Hamm. Iceland then scored three goals in six minutes, a record against the USA, to tie the game. Heather Mitts won the game with her first career goal in the third minute of stoppage time to send the sell-out crowd at Frontier Field into a frenzy. Christie Rampone and Wambach are the only players on the 2013 Algarve Cup roster who played in that game.
  • Iceland’s lone tie with the USA came on April 8, 2000, in Charlotte, N.C. when the U.S. starters tied 0-0 two days after the U.S. reserves had defeated Iceland, 8-0.

CLASSIC HIGHLIGHTS: WNT VS. ICELAND FROM 2005: ussoccer.com has been posting "Classic Highlights" as part of the Centennial celebration during 2013. The latest look back comes from 2005 when the USA met Iceland at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. Danielle Fotopoulous got two goals for the USA, with Shannon Boxx also on the scoresheet. Watch Classic Highlights on ussoccer.com.

WHAT’S IN AN ICELANDIC NAME?: Whenever the U.S. Women play Iceland (which is not that often, only 12 times in history in fact), we like to bring out the following explanation of the Icelandic names. Contrary to most other places in the world, Iceland is not very fond of "surnames" and EVERYBODY is on a first name basis. This is because there are hardly any "family names" in Iceland. How do you recognize each other and who belongs to whom? Well, it's simple really. The Icelandic people are descendants from Vikings and they kept track of people by recognizing who was their father, as in "Helgi son of Ólafur the Brave, son of Leifur the Large" (not an actual example). Thus was born the tradition of naming children after their father's first name. So the way it works in Iceland is that boys are given first names and then their father's first name + "son" as a "surname". Girls on the other hand are given first names and then their father's first name + "dóttir" (as in "daughter") as a "surname".

A hypothetical example:
Father = Ragnar Helgason
Mother = Inga Bjarnadóttir
Their son = Leifur Ragnarsson
Their daughter = Anna Ragnarsdóttir

Or, if Alex Morgan, whose dad’s name is Mike, was Icelandic, her name would be Alex Mikesdottir.

Referring to the family by their "surnames" is therefore pointless and everyone goes by their first names. Women also don't take their husband's surname when they get married as it would mess everything up. It's also worth mentioning that most Icelanders can trace back their family-line to the 13th century or so (Iceland was first settled in the 9th century), so this system appears to be working. Keep in mind, Iceland lists its population at only 319,000 people.

IN THE RECORD BOOKS

  • U.S. defender and team captain Christie Rampone moved past Mia Hamm for sole possession of second all-time in career caps when she played in her 276th match against China PR in the final game of 2012. Rampone is the most-capped player on the U.S. roster and also the most capped active player in the world with 277. Kristine Lilly holds the record with 352 caps.
  • Alex Morgan, who finished third in the 2012 FIFA Women’s Player of the Year voting, recorded 21 assists last year to tie for the second-most assists in a calendar year with Carin Jennings (21 assists in 1991). Mia Hamm holds the assists record with 22 in 2004.
  • Morgan’s scoring rate in 2012 ranked second all-time as she compiled 77 points (28 goals, 21 assists). Michelle Akers holds the record with 86 points in 1991 (39 goals, 8 assists).
  • Sydney Leroux set a U.S. WNT record of 14 goals scored off the bench in a year, easily breaking the previous bench scoring record of nine goals originally set by Debbie Keller in 1998. She got another off the bench on Feb. 9, 2013, a game in which she played in the first half of a match for the very first time when she replaced the injured Alex Morgan with five minutes left before halftime.
  • Leroux started her first U.S. match and played 90 minutes for the first time against Scotland on Feb. 13 in Nashville, Tenn.

BY THE NUMBERS
1          USA’s FIFA ranking
11        Games in 2012 in which Alex Morgan and Abby Wambach both scored at least one goal (11-0-0 record)
25        USA’s current overall unbeaten streak dating back to last year (22-0-3)
43        Carli Lloyd’s career goals, third all-time for a player who has exclusively played midfield
84        Minutes on field per goal averaged by Alex Morgan in her career
98        U.S. victories when Wambach scores a goal (98-2-7 overall)
100      Minutes on field per goal averaged by Abby Wambach in her career
130      Minutes on field per goal averaged by Mia Hamm in her career
120      Goals scored by the U.S. WNT in 2012 (118 individual goals, 2 own goals)
277      Christie Rampone’s caps, second all-time to Kristine Lilly

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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 comes to U.S. Soccer after eight years as the head coach of the Australia Women’s National Team, which he coached in both the 2007 and 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup tournaments and reached the quarterfinal stage in both events. 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.

IN FOCUS: ICELAND
The Football Association of Iceland - Knattspyrnusamband Íslands
Founded: 1947 (Joined FIFA in 1947)
Head Coach: Siggi Eyjolfsson 
FIFA World Ranking: 16
Best FIFA World Cup Finish: Never qualified

ICELAND ROSTER BY POSITION
GOALKEEPERS (3): Thóra Helgadóttir (Malmö, Sweden), Gudbjörg Gunnarsdóttir (Avaldsnes, Norway), Birna Kristjánsdóttir (Breidablik)  
DEFENDERS (7): Katrín Jónsdóttir (Umea, Sweden), Ólína Gudbjörg Vidarsdóttir (Chelsea Ladies, England), Rakel Hönnudóttir (Breidablik), Sif Atladóttir (Kristianstads, Sweden), Hallbera Gudný Gísladóttir (Pitea, Sweden), Mist Edvardsdóttir (Avaldsnes, Norway), Elísa Vidarsdóttir (ÍBV), Glódís Perla Viggósdóttir (Stjarnan)           
MIDFIELDERS (8): Edda Gardarsdóttir (Chelsea Ladies, England), Dóra María Lárusdóttir (Valur), Hólmfrídur Magnúsdóttir (Avaldsnes, Norway), Sara Björk Gunnarsdóttir (Malmö, Sweden), Katrín Ómarsdóttir (Liverpool Ladies, England), Gudný Ódinsdóttir (Kristianstads, Sweden), Dagný Brynjarsdóttir (Valur), Gunnhildur Jónsdóttir (Arna-Bjornar, Norway)        
FORWARDS (4): Fanndís Fridriksdóttir (Kolbotn, Norway), Harpa Thorsteinsdóttir (Stjarnan), Sandra María Jessen (Thór), Elín Metta Jensen (Valur)

ICELAND ROSTER NOTES

  • Six players on Iceland’s roster play their club soccer in Sweden, five play in Norway and three play in England, which includes one player – midfielder Katrín Ómarsdóttir – who plays with U.S. defender Whitney Engen at Liverpool Ladies. Ómarsdóttir played college soccer at UC Berkeley, for three years with U.S. forward Alex Morgan, and also played in the W-League in the USA.
  • This is Iceland’s ninth appearance at the Algarve Cup. Its best finish was second when it lost to the USA in the championship game in 2011. In that tournament, Iceland beat Sweden, China and Denmark by one goal in each game to qualify for the final.
  • Iceland goalkeeper Thóra Helgadóttir played college soccer in the USA at Duke.
  • Iceland captain Katrín Jónsdóttir, who has well over 100 caps for her country, finished her medical studies while playing in Norway and is now also a practicing physician.
  • Iceland is in a difficult Group B with Germany, Norway and the Netherlands at the 12-team European Women’s Championships to be held this summer in Sweden.
  • Iceland qualified for the Euros last October by defeating Ukraine 3-2 in both the home and away legs of the playoff.
  • Iceland qualified for its first Euros in 2009 and narrowly lost their three matches against France, Norway and Germany in Finland.

LAST TIME:
On the field for the USA:
Feb. 14, 2013 – LP Field; Nashville, Tenn. – International Friendly

USA                3          Megan Rapinoe, 21; Abby Wambach 51; Christen Press, 54
SCO                1          Suzanne Grant 81

Lineups:
USA: 1-Hope Solo; 11-Ali Krieger (27-Crystal Dunn, 69), 28-Whitney Engen, 19-Rachel Buehler, 5-Kelley O’Hara (Lori Lindsey, 85), 9-Heather O’Reilly, 7-Shannon Boxx (10-Carli Lloyd, 67), 12-Lauren Cheney, 15-Megan Rapinoe, 14-Sydney Leroux (17-Tobin Heath, 81), 20-Abby Wambach (capt.) (22-Christen Press, 61)
Substitutions Not Used: 3-Christie Rampone, 21-Jill Loyden
Head coach: Tom Sermanni

SCO: 1-Gemma Fay (capt.) (12-Shannon Lynn, 46); 2-Rhonda Jones, 10-Jennifer Beattie (17-Frankie Brown, 56), 4-Elish McSorley, 3-Rachael Small; 14-Leanne Crichton (18-Emma Mitchell, 66), 5-Leanne Ross, 7-Hayley Lauder (15-Joelle Murray, 78), 8-Kim Little, 13-Jane Ross9- (Suzanne Malone, 89), 6-Joanne Love (11-Suzanne Grant, 76)
Substitutions Not Used: 16-Lisa Evans
Head coach: Anna Signeul

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