U.S. WNT Continues Four Nations Tournament Against Canada on Jan. 23
U.S. Women’s National Team
Notes from Chongqing, China
Saturday, Jan. 21, 2011
USA LOOKS TO REBOUND AGAINST CANADA AT FOUR NATIONS TOURNAMENT: The U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team will face Canada in its second match of the 2011 Four Nations Tournament on Sunday, Jan. 23 (6:05 a.m. ET) at the Yongchuan Sports Centre Stadium. The U.S. team will play the second match of the evening on the second match day of the tournament, facing the Canadians at 7:05 p.m. local on what is sure to be a frigid night. The crowds for the first match day were excellent with about 10,000 watching USA-Sweden and the stadium nearly full for the China-Canada game. The USA lost its opening match on Friday by a 2-1 score to Sweden and would need to win its last two games and would need some help from other teams to have any chance at the tournament title. U.S. head coach Pia Sundhage used all five allowed substitutes against Sweden and may make some changes to the starting lineup vs. Canada as well. Fans can follow the USA’s two remaining matches at the 2011 Four Nations Tournament @ussoccer_wnt on Twitter.
2011 Four Nations Tournament Standings
|Jan. 21||Sweden 2, USA 1|
|Canada 3, China 2|
|Jan. 23||China vs. Sweden||4:05 p.m. / 3:05 a.m.|
|USA vs. Canada||7:05 p.m. / 6:05 a.m.|
|Jan. 25||Canada vs. Sweden||3:35 p.m. / 2:35 a.m.|
|USA vs. China||6:35 p.m. / 5:35 a.m.|
U.S. WNT QUICK HITS:
• The USA lost its first match of the year for the first time since 2001 when it lost to China 1-0 in Panyu, China.
• Carli Lloyd’s goal against Sweden was the 23rd of her career, putting her 17th on the USA’s all-time scoring list. She is just below Natasha Kai (24) and Heather O’Reilly (27) and Joy Fawcett (27).
• U.S. head coach Pia Sundhage brought 23 players to China. Only 20 can suit up for each match, but Sundhage can adjust the roster from game-to-game. Numerous players should see minutes as three games in five days is no doubt a taxing schedule. Lindsay Tarpley, Meghan Klingenberg and Brittany Taylor did not suit up against Sweden.
• Sundhage made all five of the allowed substitutions against Sweden, sending on Yael Averbuch, Lori Lindsey, Tobin Heath, Alex Morgan and Sydney Leroux in the second half.
• Since the end of the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup, the USA is 57-3-6.
• The USA has allowed just 28 goals in 63 matches under Sundhage; 21 from the run of play, five from set plays and two on own goals.
• The loss to Sweden was just the third-ever for the USA in eight Four Nations Tournaments. During the 22 matches, the USA has gone 13-3-6, with one loss to China, Norway and Sweden.
• The loss to Sweden was just the second-ever for goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart, who is 20-2-3 all-time in the nets for the USA.
• Sydney Leroux earned her first cap with the full national team against Sweden, coming on in the 86th minute to become the 191st player in U.S. history to earn a cap. Leroux joined Amy LePeilbet, Becky Saurerbrunn, Tobin Heath and Lauren Cheney (among others) as U.S. players who debuted at the Four Nations Tournament.
• The loss to Sweden was the first time the U.S. women had surrendered a lead and lost in almost nine years. It was just the 12th time in U.S. history through 461 games that the USA had lost after taking a lead. Eight of those came to Norway, one to Germany, one to the Netherlands, one to China and now one to Sweden.
• Rachel Buehler is one cap away from hitting 50 for her career. That would make her the 39th player to reach that mark.
• The match against Canada will be the 52nd game the USA has played in China during the team’s history, that’s a full 11 percent of all the games every played by the U.S. women.
• The match against Sweden was the first that Amy Rodriguez and Lauren Cheney had started together on the forward line for the full national team and first time they had started together since the 2006 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup.
OPPONENT CAPSULE: Canada
Current FIFA World Ranking: 10
USA’s Overall Record vs. Canada: 40-3-4
Last Meeting vs. USA: July 22, 2009 (a 1-0 U.S. win in Charleston, S.C.)
Coach: Carolina Morace
Key Players: GK Karina LeBlanc, GL Erin McLeod, D Candace Chapman, D Emily Zurrer, M Carmelina Moscato, M Diana Matheson, F Jonelle Filigno F Christine Sinclair, F Melissa Tancredi
USA vs. Canada Fast Facts: The USA has played Canada more times than any other nation as Sunday’s clash will be the 48th all-time meeting … Amazingly, the teams have met at least once a year (and often multiple times) every year dating back to 1993, but did not play in 2010 … There were three meetings in 2009, a 4-0 win in Toronto that was Canada’s first match under head coach Carolina Morace, and two 1-0 U.S. victories in the U.S. during that summer on goals from Abby Wambach and Christine Nairn … The USA has dominated the series historically, but four of the last five meetings have been one-goal victories for the Americans … Canada features one of the world’s best strikers in Christine Sinclair who has 114 goals, putting her in a tie for fifth all-time in world history for women’s soccer … Abby Wambach is fourth with 117 … She scored twice in the last 10 minutes and stoppage time to lead Canada to a 3-2 comeback victory over China in the Maple Leafs opening game of the Four Nations Tournament … Forward Melissa Tancredi also scored for Canada, which got the winning goal on the last rush of the game in the 94th minute … Along with Sinclair, Canada has three other players who play in WPS in defender Candace Chapman (Western NY Flash), goalkeeper Erin McLeod (Washington Freedom) and goalkeeper Karina LeBlanc (played last season for the Philadelphia Independence) … With its win over China, Canada extended its current unbeaten streak to 11 matches, a new team record … Canada has nine wins and two draws dating back to September, 30, 2010, starting the streak with a 3-1 victory over China at BMO Field in Toronto … The win marked the first time Canada has beaten China in China and the first time Canada has beaten China in back-to-back matches … The USA has played Canada three times in China, defeating them 2-0 at the 2004 Four Nations Tournament in Shenzhen (on goals from Lindsay Tarpley and Joy Fawcett), 4-0 at the 2008 Four Nations Tournament in Guangzhou (Pia Sundhage’s first game) and famously 2-1 in the quarterfinal of the 2008 Olympics in Shanghai (as Natasha Kai scored the winning goal).
U.S. WNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): 18-Nicole Barnhart (out of contract), 24-Ashlyn Harris (Western New York Flash)
DEFENDERS (7): 19-Rachel Buehler (Boston Breakers), 14-Stephanie Cox (Boston Breakers), 6-Amy LePeilbet (Boston Breakers), 2-Heather Mitts (Atlanta Beat), 3-Christie Rampone (out of contract), 22-Becky Sauerbrunn (Washington Freedom), 25-Brittany Taylor (Sky Blue FC)
MIDFIELDERS (10): 4-Yael Averbuch (Western New York Flash), 7-Shannon Boxx (out of contract),11- Tobin Heath (Sky Blue FC), 27-Meghan Klingenberg (Washington Freedom), 16-Lori Lindsey (Philadelphia Independence), 10-Carli Lloyd (Atlanta Beat), 21-Kelley O’Hara (Boston Breakers), 9-Heather O’Reilly (Sky Blue FC), 15-Megan Rapinoe (Philadelphia Independence), 5-Lindsay Tarpley (out of contract)
FORWARDS (4): 12-Lauren Cheney (Boston Breakers), 26-Sydney Leroux (UCLA), 13-Alex Morgan (Western New York Flash), 8-Amy Rodriguez (Philadelphia Independence)
Canada WNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Stephanie Labbé (Piteå IF), Karina LeBlanc (unattached), Erin McLeod (Washington Freedom)
DEFENDERS (9): Candace Chapman (Western New York Flash), Robyn Gayle (Vancouver Whitecaps), Sophie Schmidt (Vancouver Whitecaps), Emily Zurrer (Vancouver Whitecaps), Christine Exeter (University of Louisville), Brittany Timko (unattached), Rhian Wilkinson (Lillestrøm SK Kvinner), Melanie Booth (Vancouver Whitecaps), Marie-Eve Nault (Ottawa Fury)
MIDFIELDERS (4): Laura Chénard (Amiral de Québec), Kaylyn Kyle (Vancouver Whitecaps), Diana Matheson (Lillestrøm SK Kvinner), Carmelina Moscato (unattached)
FORWARDS (9): Josée Bélanger (Amiral de Québec), Jonelle Filigno (Rutgers University), Christina Julien (Ottawa Fury), Taylor Patterson (unattached), Jodi-Ann Robinson (Vancouver Whitecaps), Desiree Scott (Vancouver Whitecaps), Christine Sinclair (Western New York Flash), Melissa Tancredi (Vancouver Whitecaps)
CANADA COMING OFF TWO TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONSHIPS: Canada has won its last two tournaments, taking first place at the CONCACAF Women’s World Cup qualifying tournament by defeating Costa Rica 4-0 in the semifinal to earn its berth to Germany and then downing host Mexico 1-0 in the title game. In December, Canada went to Brazil for a four-team round-robin tournament and defeated the Netherlands 5-0, Mexico 1-0 and tied Brazil 0-0, then drew Brazil 2-2 in the title game, but won the tournament on goal difference.
STUDIO 90 FROM CHONGQING: Even though the U.S. team is thousands of miles away in central China, you can still follow the squad through updates, highlights and features from the Four Nations Tournament in Chongqing by logging on to ussoccer.com and Studio 90.
FOLLOW THE WNT ON TWITTER: Keep up with all U.S. women’s National Team news by following at www.twitter.com/ussoccer_wnt. It’s also where you will be getting live updates from the USA’s matches in China.
STAT OF NOTE
The 21 field players on the U.S. roster in China have scored 147 goals career goals. Abby Wambach has 117.