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U.S. WNT Set to Face Canada in 2008 Peace Queen Cup Final

United States Women’s National Team
Notes from Seoul, South Korea
2008 Peace Queen Cup
June 20, 2008

U.S. WOMEN SET TO FACE CANADA IN 2008 PEACE QUEEN CUP FINAL: The USA and Canada will meet for the fourth time this year, this time for the championship of the 2008 Peace Queen Cup at 2 p.m. local (1 a.m. ET) at the Suwon World Cup Stadium. Fans can follow the game as it happens on’s MatchTracker. The USA played its first three matches at the smaller Suwon Sports Complex. The USA and Canada met in the opening game of 2008 for both teams, a 4-0 U.S. victory at the Four Nations Tournament in China. They met again in the championship game of the CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament, a match which ended in regulation tied at 1-1 before going to overtime and penalty kicks. Most recently, the teams played at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C., a 6-0 win for the USA as Natasha Kai tallied the first hat trick of her career. Canada will have one more day of rest than the USA heading into the championship game having finished group play on June 18 with a 2-0 win over New Zealand. The USA finished group play on June 19 with its 2-0 victory over Italy. The USA will be playing its fourth game in seven days. For a complete schedule and standings, visit’s 2008 Peace Queen Cup Homepage.

ONCE AGAIN, IT’S USA-CANADA: The USA and Canada met in the championship game of the 2006 Peace Queen Cup, a hard-fought and relatively even match that was decided by a Kristine Lilly goal in the 68th minute. The USA out-shot Canada by just a 10-8 margin. The two teams are virtually the same that met two years ago. Eleven of the 16 U.S. players who played that day are on the 2008. Missing from the U.S. side that won the 2006 tournament is Lilly, who is pregnant and due to give birth in about a month. Canada has 11 of the 14 players that played that day on its 2008 PQC roster. In 2006, both the USA and Canada were preparing for the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup. In 2008, both countries are deep into preparations for the Olympics.

Road to the 2008 Peace Queen Cup Championship Game
United States – Group B Winner
Date         Matchup                      Venue                                    U.S. Goal Scorers
June 15   USA 2, Australia 1    Suwon Sports Complex      Kai, Wambach
June 17   USA 1, Brazil 0          Suwon Sports Complex      Rodriguez
June 19   USA 2, Italy 0             Suwon Sports Complex      Wambach (2)

Canada – Group A Winner
Date         Matchup                             Venue Canada                         Goal Scorers
June 14   Canada 5, Argentina 0   Suwon World Cup Stadium    Matheson, Sinclair (2), Tancredi, Timko
June 16   Canada 3, S. Korea 1     Suwon World Cup Stadium    Lang, Sinclair (2)
June 18   Canada 2, NZL 0             Suwon World Cup Stadium    Sinclair, Lang

U.S. Women’s National Team Roster
2008 Peace Queen Cup – Suwon, South Korea
GOALKEEPERS (3): 24-Nicole Barnhart (Gilbertsville, Pa.), 1-Briana Scurry (Dayton, Minn.), 18-Hope Solo (Richland, Wash.)
DEFENDERS (6): 26-Rachel Buehler (Del Mar, Calif.), 17-Lori Chalupny (St. Louis, Mo.), 14-Stephanie Cox (Elk Grove, Calif.), 15-Kate Markgraf (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.), 2-Heather Mitts (Cincinnati, Ohio), 3-Christie Rampone (Point Pleasant, N.J.)
MIDFIELDERS (8): 7-Shannon Boxx (Redondo Beach, Calif.), 13-Tobin Heath (Basking Ridge, N.J.), 16-Angela Hucles (Virginia Beach, Va.), 11-Carli Lloyd (Delran, N.J.), 9-Heather O’Reilly (East Brunswick, N.J.), 5-Lindsay Tarpley (Kalamazoo, Mich.), 10-Aly Wagner (San Jose, Calif.), 21-Kacey White (Arlington, Texas)
FORWARDS (4): 8-Lauren Cheney (Indianapolis, Ind.), 6-Natasha Kai (Kahuku, Hawaii), 19-Amy Rodriguez (Lake Forest, Calif.), 20-Abby Wambach (Rochester, N.Y.).

Canada Women’s National Team Roster
2008 Peace Queen Cup – Suwon, South Korea

GOALKEEPERS (2): 1-Karina LeBlanc, 18-Erin McLeod
DEFENDERS (6): 2-Kristina Kiss, 3-Emily Zurrer, 4-Clare Rustad, 5-Robin Gayle, 10-Martina Franko, 11-Randee Hermus
MIDFIELDERS (5): 6-Sophie Schmidt, 8-Diana Matheson, 9-Candace Chapman, 13-Amy Walsh, 17-Brittany Timko
FORWARDS (7): 7-Rhian Wilkinson, 12-Christine Sinclair, 14-Melissa Tancredi, 15-Kara Lang, 16-Jonelle Filigno, 19-Amber Allen, 21-Jodi-Ann Robinson

Current FIFA World Ranking: 9
Overall Record vs. USA: 3-35-4
Last Meeting vs. USA: May 10, 2008 (a 6-0 U.S. victory at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C.)
Head Coach: Even Pellerud
Key Players: G Erin McLeod; D Clare Rustad, D Martina Franko, D Randee Hermus, M Diana Matheson, M Candace Chapman, F Christine Sinclair, F Melissa Tancredi, F Kara Lang.

USA vs. CANADA Fast Facts: Amazingly, this will be the 43rd meeting between the neighbors, moving Canada one game ahead of Norway for the most-ever games played against the USA … The USA and Canada are CONCACAF’s two representatives in the 2008 Olympics after both teams won their semifinals at Olympic Qualifying … The USA and Canada then met in the championship game of the qualifying tournament, a thrilling match that saw a fantastic performance from Canadian goalkeeper Erin McLeod, who made a bushel of spectacular saves to help the game to overtime and then penalty kicks … Carli Lloyd scored on a world-class free kick for the USA in OT and Melissa Tancredi tallied for Canada with just a few minutes left in overtime before the USA prevailed in PKs … In the first meeting of the year between the teams, the USA won, 4-0, at the Four Nations Tournament in China which was also the first match under new head coach Pia Sundhage … In that game, the USA scored all four goals in the second half, two by Amy Rodriguez and two by Lindsay Tarpley, in just a 27-minute span …The teams most recently met in a 6-0 U.S. win in Washington D.C. on May 10 in one of the USA’s most complete performances of the year … All 20 players on the USA’s game roster have played so far in the PQC tournament … 18 different players have started a game … Weather forecast for the championship game: HOT … Temperatures could be in the high 80s and even reach 90 with scattered thunderstorms and it surely will be quite humid … U.S. captain Christie Rampone is probable for the match after sitting out the clash with Italy … All other U.S. players are healthy and ready for selection … Lloyd is the only player to start all 17 games this year … The rosters are virtually the same as the ones that met in May in Washington, D.C. … Canada has added two players in defender Emily Zurrer and forward Amber Allen … Canada’s entry into the Olympics is their first for soccer in 24 years and first-ever for their women’s team … Canada has three dangerous attackers, but leading the way of course is their all-time leading scorer Christine Sinclair, a former University of Portland star, who has five goals in the tournament and is closing in on 100 goals … Kara Lang, who plays her college soccer at UCLA with U.S. forward Lauren Cheney and is coached by U.S. asst. Jillian Ellis, has scored twice in the tournament … Tancredi, the powerful center forward who scored against the USA at Olympic qualifying, has one goal … The trio has combined for eight of Canada’s 10 goals … Canada had little trouble winning all three group games by a 10-1 margin … The USA’s five goals have come from three players, although the U.S. team has seen some excellent scoring diversity this year as 12 players have combined to score 53 goals … Of the 20 players on Canada’s roster, half play for the Vancouver Whitecaps in the USL W-League … Long-time Canadian head coach Even Pellerud, who led Canada to a fourth place finish in the 2003 FIFA Women’s World Cup, has announced that he will step down after the Olympics … He coached his native Norway to the 1995 Women’s World Cup title …

THE CENTURY (OF GOALS) CLUB: With two goals against Italy, Abby Wambach is sitting on 98 and just two away from the magical 100-goal mark. Should she get two more, she would join a five-player group of some of the all-time greats who have scored 100 or more goals for the USA, led by Mia Hamm (158), Kristine Lilly (129), Michelle Akers (105) and Tiffeny Milbrett (100).

PREVIEWING THE FINAL: For a few quotes from U.S. head coach Pia Sundhage and some U.S. players on the match-up with Canada in the Peace Queen Cup championship game, check out the post-game quote sheet from the USA-Italy match.

OLYMPIC GROUPS: As members of the same Confederation, the USA and Canada of course won’t meet in the first round at the Olympics. Canada will play in Group E, opening with Argentina, a team they beat 5-0 in this year’s Peace Queen Cup, followed by matches with host China and then Sweden. The USA will open up Group G play against Norway, followed by a match against Japan and then New Zealand. North Korea, Brazil, Nigeria and Germany make up Group F. Olympic play for women’s soccer begins on Aug. 6, two days before the official Opening Ceremonies.

THIS BLOG HAS SEOUL: The WNT Blog has been in full swing at the Peace Queen Cup and we’ve got a few more days of posts before our Bloggers go on a short hiatus. If you haven’t been keeping up, check out the recent postings or perhaps get a bit nostalgic and go back to read some of the almost 500 posts since we started this Blog in August of 2007.

HUCLES TRADES CLEATS FOR HEELS, FIELD FOR RUNWAY: Midfielder Angela Hucles was the USA’s model in the fashion show at the 2008 Peace Queen Cup Welcome Ceremony, held at the spectacular Suwon Castle. Check out Angela’s high fashion modeling debut as well as some footage you won’t often see on’s all_access video. Can you say Korean pop stars?

REAL GIRLS: If you’ve already scoured the U.S. WNT blog, watched all the all_access videos and checked out all the WNT photo galleries and still can’t get enough of the U.S. Women’s National Team, be sure to make MySpace your next stop. Catch webisodes of “Real Girls” at U.S. Soccer’s MySpace page: There, you will see some more behind-the-scenes action of the squad as they make their way from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, and the 2007 CONCACAF qualifying tournament, to Beijing for the 2008 Olympic Games.

Stat of Note
Abby Wambach and Christie Rampone are tied for most minutes played this year with 1,273 each.

She Said It
U.S. forward Abby Wambach the day after Carli Lloyd broke her nose and was sporting somewhat of a raccoon look:

“There’s really nothing cooler than two black eyes.”