U.S. Women Face Canada in Frisco, Texas on Saturday, Live on Fox Soccer Channel
U.S. Women’s National Team Notes
USA vs. Canada
May 11, 2007
U.S. WOMEN READY FOR CANADA MATCH LIVE ON FOX SOCCER CHANNEL: The U.S. Women’s National Team trained on the velvet smooth pitch of Pizza Hut Park on Friday, May 11, in its final training before facing Canada on Saturday, May 12, at 6:30 p.m. CT / 7:30 p.m. ET (tickets). Fox Soccer Channel will broadcast the game live and go on the air at 6 p.m. CT / 7 p.m. ET with a 30-minute pre-game show. The U.S. team trained for only an hour in the searing Texas heat, as the attacking players did some finishing while the defenders worked on clearing. All 18 U.S. players are healthy and ready for selection in what will be the 39th meeting between the USA and Canada, tying a record for most games for an opponent against the USA.
• Greg Ryan got his first-ever home win over Canada on June 26, 2005, a 2-0 victory in Virginia Beach, Va.
• Cat Whitehill leads the USA in minutes played this year with 683. Lori Chalupny has played 641, followed by two defenders, Heather Mitts at 630 and Stephanie Lopez at 615. Several U.S. veterans, including Kristine Lilly and Abby Wambach, did not go to the Four Nations Tournament in January
• The USA has five players with 100 or more caps on the roster
• Lilly has 163 more caps than her next closest teammate, Christie Rampone, who has 161
• Lilly and Carli Lloyd are tied for the lead in goal scoring for the USA, each with four goals on the year. Lloyd got one in each of the four 2007 Algarve Cup matches, where she earned tournament MVP honors and the Top Scorer Award
• Goalkeeper Hope Solo has moved into second place on the all-time wins (28) and shutouts (23) list behind Briana Scurry. With three more caps, she will move past Siri Mullinix and become the second-most capped goalkeeper in U.S. history
• Since the end of the 2003 FIFA Women’s World Cup, the U.S. Women have gone 32-2-10 against teams that will be participating in the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup
• The U.S. team has allowed 14 goals in 39 matches under Ryan, a goals against average of 0.36 per game. Just six of those goals have come from the run of play
• The U.S. women have played six games in the state of Texas, winning all six in different venues. The match at the new Pizza Hut Park will be the USA’s seventh game in a seventh venue in Texas. The USA has played at Franklin Field outside of Dallas, at the Cotton Bowl, at Clyde Abshier Stadium, Robertson Stadium and Reliant Stadium, all in Houston, and at Blossom Field in San Antonio
• The U.S. Women’s National Team has had several important players from Texas. Dallas native Carla Overbeck, the long-time team captain who earned 168 caps for the USA from 1988-2000, retired after the 2000 Olympics. Other notable U.S. women’s players from Texas include Tracey (Bates) Leone, who earned 29 caps for the USA and was a member of the 1991 Women’s World Cup championship team, Susan Bush, the current head coach at the University of Houston, who earned 10 caps for the USA and scored three goals, and of course, Mia Hamm, who spent part of her childhood in Wichita Falls
• Will the USA have a young team in the Women’s World Cup? Only two of the top-11 World Cup scorers in U.S. history will be on the team in Kristine Lilly (seven career WWC goals) and Abby Wambach (three career WWC goals)
“WE ARE…THE U.S. WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM” TO AIR TWICE MORE ON FSC BEFORE MATCH: U.S. Soccer has produced an in depth look at the U.S. Women's National Team in preparation for the 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup that will air on Fox Soccer Channel in advance of this weekend’s USA-Canada match. The 30-minute program features personality profiles of the team’s players, behind-the scenes access and a look at day-to-day life for the U.S. women as they prepare for a six-game tour of the United States this summer in advance of the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup. The show also features a look at the coaching style of Ryan, who has guided the U.S. Women to a 32-0-7 record in two years as the team’s head coach. If you miss any of the FSC broadcasts, visit ussoccer.com's Studio 90 to view the show in its entirety.
“We Are … the U.S. Women’s National Team” on Fox Soccer Channel
Friday, May 11
8:30 p.m. ET
Saturday, May 12
2:30 p.m. ET
FSC PREVIEWS USA-CANADA MATCH WITH 30 MINUTE PRE-GAME SHOW: The first USA-Canada clash of 2007 will kick-off at 6:30 p.m. CT / 7:30 p.m. ET, but Fox Soccer Channel will come on the air with a 30-minute pre-game show starting at 6 p.m. CT / 7 p.m. ET. Fans can also follow the action on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker.
USA vs. CANADA HISTORY: This will be the first meeting between the USA and Canada since the title game of the 2006 CONCACAF Women’s Gold Cup, which served as the CONCACAF qualifying tournament for the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup. The USA beat Canada, 2-1, in the match, defeating Canada for the fourth time in a regional title game. The USA-Canada rivalry is as heated as any in the world, but it wasn’t always that way. It was certainly a one-sided affair for the first 15 years the teams played, as the USA racked up 21 straight wins and 22 victories in 23 games from 1986-2000. Canada has experienced a resurgence in the new millennium, one that has seen them move up to No. 10 in the FIFA Women’s World Rankings. In November of 2000, Canada picked up its first win over the USA in a decade and half, but it has since proven to be a blip on the radar, as the USA has won 10 of the last 13 games (and eight in a row) with two ties since then, and the one loss came with a very young team at the 2001 Algarve Cup. Still, the last seven matches have been highly competitive with the USA wining by two goals four times and just one goal three times. The match will mark the 39th meeting between the two teams, tying the record for the most games against any opponent in U.S. Women’s National Team history. Only Norway (39) has played the USA as many times. Amazingly, of the 38 meetings between the two teams, only four have been played in Canada. Twenty-four of the games have been played in the USA and 10 have been on neutral ground. The USA and Canada have played at least once a year every year since 1993. Canada is coming off a two-game trip to China where it lost, 3-1, on May 3 and 2-1 on May 6. In the latter match, the Canadians significantly out-shot the hosts, but could not find an equalizer.
U.S. head coach Greg Ryan
On the match vs. Canada:
“It’s going to be a great game. Canada comes and plays hard and physical and we are going to have to match that. We are both trying to get ourselves as prepared as we can for this World Cup and I have great confidence that will we do very well and are one of the top teams in the world, so I am excited that we get to play this kind of a game.”
On what challenges Canada presents:
“It’s great because they are going to come after us, put us under a lot of pressure and they are very physical and strong, like Norway and Australia, and even North Korea, who is in our group. So, this game is great preparation for that kind of match.”
On Canada’s defensive tactics:
“They play in a 4-3-3 and slide into a 4-5-1 defensively, so tactically we are working on some ways to break down a team that sits five in the midfield. We’ve been working on that a little bit and hopefully it will go well on Saturday.”
U.S. midfielder Shannon Boxx
On the match:
“Canada, obviously, we’ve played a lot, but I’m excited to get back in and play a tough game. The biggest part for me is just the physical part of it, getting back and playing after my knee surgery. I know that if I get over this game, it’s smooth sailing (for her recovery) the rest of the year.”
“They’ve gotten better over the years, they’ve been in Residency Camp as well and they are going to the World Cup to get good results. It’s going to be a really good game, a good battle, between two teams who know each other really well.”
BOTH TEAMS PREPARING FOR 2007 WOMEN’S WORLD CUP: Both the USA and Canada are deep into preparations for the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup. While the USA is in Residency Training Camp and will be playing its second of eight domestic matches this year before the Women’s World Cup, Canada has also been in a Residency Camp of its own and just returned from a two-game trip to China. While the USA’s Group B at the Women’s World Cup is perhaps the most difficult, Canada’s Group C is no picnic, as the Maple Leafs will have to face Norway, Australia and Ghana, three teams known, like Canada, for their grit and toughness.
2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup Group B Schedule - Full Schedule
|No.||Date||Match-up||Venue||Kickoff (Local / ET)|
|3||Sept. 11||USA vs. North Korea||Chengdu||5 p.m. / 5 a.m.|
|4||Sept. 11||Nigeria vs. Sweden||Chengdu||8 p.m. / 8 a.m.|
|11||Sept. 14||Sweden vs. USA||Chengdu||5 p.m. / 5 a.m.|
|12||Sept. 14||North Korea vs. Nigeria||Chengdu||8 p.m. / 8 a.m.|
|19||Sept. 18||Nigeria vs. USA||Shanghai||8 p.m. / 8 a.m.|
|20||Sept. 18||North Korea vs. Sweden||Tianjin||8 p.m. / 8 a.m.|
U.S. Women’s National Team Roster:
GOALKEEPERS (2): 24-Nicole Barnhart (Gilbertsville, Pa.), 18-Hope Solo (Richland, Wash.);
DEFENDERS (6): 22-Marian Dalmy (Lakewood, Colo.), 14-Stephanie Lopez (Elk Grove, Calif.), 15-Kate Markgraf (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.), 2-Heather Mitts (Cincinnati, Ohio), 3-Christie Rampone (Point Pleasant, N.J.), 4-Cat Whitehill (Birmingham, Ala.);
MIDFIELDERS (5): 7-Shannon Boxx (Redondo Beach, Calif.), 17-Lori Chalupny (St. Louis, Mo.), 11-Carli Lloyd (Delran, N.J.), 12-Leslie Osborne (Brookfield, Wis.), 10-Aly Wagner (San Jose, Calif.);
FORWARDS (5): 6-Natasha Kai (Kahuku, Hawaii), 13-Kristine Lilly (Wilton, Conn.), 9-Heather O’Reilly (East Brunswick, N.J.), 5-Lindsay Tarpley (Kalamazoo, Mich.), 20-Abby Wambach (Rochester, N.Y.).
Canada Women’s National Team Roster:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Erin McLeod (Calgary, AB), Taryn Swiatek (Calgary, BC);
DEFENDERS (5): Martina Franko (Squamish, BC), Randee Hermus (Langley, BC), Kristina Kiss (Ottawa, ON),
Sophie Schmidt (Abbotsford, BC), Caroline Vanderpool (Dollard-des-Ormeaux, QC);
MIDFIELDERS (6): Candace Chapman (Langley, BC), Diana Matheson (Oakville, ON), Andrea Neil (Vancouver, BC), Katie Thorlakson (Langley, BC), Brittany Timko (Coquitlam, BC), Amy Walsh (St. Bruno, QC).
FORWARDS (5): Amber Allen (Pitt Meadows, BC), Kara Lang (Oakville, ON), Jodi-Ann Robinson (Richmond, BC), Christine Sinclair (Burnaby, BC), Rhiann Wilkinson (Baie D’Urfe, QC).
IN THE PINK, ON MOTHER’S DAY WEEKEND: Against Canada on Saturday, the U.S. Women's National Team players will be wearing pink jerseys in support of breast cancer research and to help raise awareness for a disease that affects one in eight women and takes almost 43,000 lives a year. As part of the campaign, U.S. Soccer is making a donation to both the Y-ME National Breast Cancer Organization and the MD Anderson Cancer Center, and is encouraging fans to get involved. U.S. Soccer will also be auctioning off the players’ jerseys through ussoccer.com. This match will mark the first time the U.S. women have ever worn a special jersey. The pink jerseys carry even more meaning considering that the match will be played on Mother’s Day weekend. The U.S. team will have a special guest on the bench for the match in Fossil Ridge HS (Keller, Texas) junior soccer player Lauren Perez, who lost her mother to breast cancer just last Easter. Perez will wear an official U.S. pink jersey made with her name and number to honor her mom and the day.
Stat of Note
Canada’s star forward Christine Sinclair has scored 64 career international goals, just 10 less than the rest of the roster combined. Kristine Lilly has scored 121 career international goals, just 40 less than the entire U.S. roster combined. Take away Abby Wambach’s 69 career goals, and she has scored 29 more goals than the rest of the roster.