U.S. WNT Opens 2014 Schedule against Canada on Jan. 31, in Frisco, Texas
Toyota Stadium – Frisco, Texas
Jan. 31, 2014
U.S. WNT OPENS 2014 SCHEDULE AGAINST HOST OF 2015 WOMEN’S WORLD CUP: After a highly successful 2013, the U.S. Women’s National Team opens its 30th year of competition against Canada on Jan. 31 at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas. The match, which kicks off at 8 p.m. CT, will be broadcast on FOX Sports 1 and is a good warm-up for CONCACAF’s qualifying tournament at the end of this year for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup, a tournament that will be hosted by Canada for the first time. Fans can also follow the match on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt. The meeting of the world’s top-ranked U.S. team against seventh-ranked Canada marks the first match between the countries in the United States since June 20, 2012, a 2-1 U.S. victory in Sandy, Utah. The teams met once in 2013 in front of a sell-out crowd in Toronto on June 2, a 3-0 U.S. victory that featured two goals from Alex Morgan and a late capper from Sydney Leroux.
U.S. Women's National Team By Position Roster -
GOALKEEPERS (3): 18-Nicole Barnhart (FC Kansas City), 21-Jill Loyden (Sky Blue FC), 1-Hope Solo (Seattle Reign FC)
DEFENDERS (9): 14-Stephanie Cox (Seattle Reign FC), 7-Crystal Dunn (Washington Spirit), 6-Whitney Engen (Tyresö), 11-Ali Krieger (Washington Spirit), 19-Kristie Mewis (Boston Breakers), 5-Kelley O’Hara (Sky Blue FC), 3-Christie Rampone (Sky Blue FC), 4-Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City), 16-Rachel Van Hollebeke (Portland Thorns FC)
MIDFIELDERS (8): 25-Morgan Brian (Virginia), 12-Lauren Holiday (FC Kansas City), 22-Julie Johnston (Chicago Red Stars), 10-Carli Lloyd (WNY Flash), 28-Samantha Mewis (UCLA), 9-Heather O’Reilly (Boston Breakers), 15-Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign FC), 17-Erika Tymrak (FC Kansas City)
FORWARDS (4): 2-Sydney Leroux (Seattle Reign FC), 23-Christen Press (Tyresö), 8-Amy Rodriguez (FC Kansas City), 20-Abby Wambach (WNY Flash)
KEEPING IT ROLLING: The USA heads into 2014 riding a 39-game unbeaten streak since its last loss, a 1-0 defeat to Japan on March 5, 2012, at the Algarve Cup in Portugal. (The U.S. record for an unbeaten streak is 51 games, set from Dec. 8, 2004, through Sept. 22, 2007.) Over the past 39 games, the U.S. has 33 wins and six ties, scoring 130 goals while allowing 29. The USA is also in the midst of a 77-game home unbeaten streak that includes 67 wins and 10 draws. The last loss for the USA on home soil came on Nov. 6, 2004, a 3-1 setback to Denmark in Philadelphia. It is one of only two losses the USA has suffered when Abby Wambach scores a goal.
COME BACK TO TEXAS: The U.S. WNT has an unbeaten record in the state of Texas (10-0-0) dating back to its first match on May 19, 1995 at Franklin Field in Dallas. The USA defeated Canada 9-1 in a game that drew 6,145 fans, which was at the time the second-largest crowd ever to watch the U.S. team in the United States. This will be the third appearance for the U.S. Women at Toyota Stadium (previously FC Dallas Stadium and Pizza Hut Park) and the second game there against Canada. The USA last played in Frisco on Feb. 11, 2012, in front of 20,677 fans that braved near-freezing temperatures to see Alex Morgan score two late goals to pull out a 2-1 victory against New Zealand. The USA also played there in May of 2007 in a 6-2 victory over Canada.
BRIAN WINS HERMANN TROPHY: The roster includes the winner of the 2013 MAC Hermann Trophy as college soccer’s top player. University of Virginia senior Morgan Brian took home the trophy in mid-January in St. Louis, edging her U.S. WNT teammate Crystal Dunn (who won in 2012) and UCLA defender Abby Dahlkemper. Brian had a remarkably balanced 16 goals and 14 assists in leading UVA to an undefeated regular season and an NCAA Final Four appearance.
SISTER ACT: U.S. head coach Tom Sermanni gave rising UCLA senior Samantha Mewis, who helped the Bruins to the NCAA title last fall, her first official call-up to the senior team. The 6-foot-tall Samantha is the younger sister of current U.S. WNT defender Kristie Mewis. The Mewis sisters played together on both the 2008 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Team (New Zealand) and the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Team (Germany), but this is first time they are on a full U.S. Women’s National Team roster together. The younger Mewis trained with the USA at the end of the January camp in Los Angeles. The last (and only previous) time that sisters were on a full U.S. Women’s National Team roster came in 1997 and 1998, when identical twins Lorrie (120 career caps) and Ronnie Fair (3 caps) played together. The two matches they played together came in a pair of victories against England on May 9, 1997, in San Jose, Calif. (5-0) and May 11, 1997 in Portland, Ore., (6-0). Lorrie started and Ronnie came on as a sub in both games.
NEW NAME, SAME BUEHLDOZER: This series of matches marks the first that will see defender Rachel Buehler switch to her married name on the back of her jersey. Buehler, who was married in November of 2012, will now go by Rachel Van Hollebeke (pronounced “van HALL-ah-beck”), adding a bit of Dutch flair to the U.S. team.
#CAUGHTMIA: U.S. WNT forward Abby Wambach finished second in the voting for the 2013 FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year (after winning the award for 2012) and heads into 2014 with 163 career goals. Wambach passed the legendary Mia Hamm to become the world’s all-time leading scorer on June 20, 2013, when she pounded in four goals against South Korea at Red Bull Arena. Hamm, the 2001 and 2002 FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year, who had 158 career international scores from 1987-2004, will now be forever looking up at Wambach. Wambach scored her 163rd goal against Brazil on Nov. 10, 2013, marking the 104th win for the USA in a game in which Wambach has scored at least one goal (104-2-8). Wambach has scored 38 goals in her past 45 games over 2012 and 2013. She is also third all-time in assists with 65, behind only Kristine Lilly (105) and Hamm (144).
WAMBACH HAS SCORED AGAINST 31 DIFFERENT COUNTRIES: Of Abby Wambach’s world-record 163 career goals, she has scored the most against Mexico, peppering El Tri with 20 goals in 20 games. Going into 2014, Wambach has scored 10 goals against Canada. Sixty-nine of her 163 goals (43 percent) were scored with her head. Her goals have come against:
China PR 9
Costa Rica 7
Kor. Republic 5
New Zealand 4
Korea DPR 3
C. Taipei 3
Dom. Rep. 2
2014 U.S. WNT SCHEDULE:
U.S. Goal scorers/TV
FOX Sports 1
Toyota Stadium; Frisco, Texas
FAU Stadium; Boca Raton, Fla.
Georgia Dome; Atlanta, Ga.
U.S. ROSTER NOTES:
- U.S. midfielder Carli Lloyd is suspended for this match after receiving a red card in the USA’s most recent game against Brazil on Nov. 10, 2013.
- Just one player on the roster is looking for her first cap – that being UCLA senior Samantha Mewis – but, eight players have 10 caps or fewer.
- Twenty-year-old Morgan Brian is the youngest player on the roster. Samantha Mewis is 21.
- Midfielder Megan Rapinoe has ended her stint with Lyon in France and is back in the United States full-time. Unlike last year, when she just played over half a season in the NWSL for Seattle Reign FC (12 games), she will be available from the kickoff this year.
- Forward Christen Press and defender Whitney Engen will head back to Sweden after this series of games to continue playing for Tyresö as the club chases its UEFA Champions League aspirations. The duo will remain in Sweden until Tyresö is eliminated from the tournament or after the final, if it should win the competition. Tyresö will face Austrian club Neulengbach in the quarterfinal round. The first leg is March 23.
- Since taking over as the U.S. Women’s National Team head coach in January of 2013, Tom Sermanni has called 44 players in to at least one training camp. Of those 44 players, 32 have earned at least one cap.
- Sermanni gave 10 players their first cap in 2013: Morgan Brian, Amber Brooks, Crystal Dunn, Ashlyn Harris, Lindsey Horan, Julie Johnston, Leigh Ann Robinson, Kristie Mewis, Christen Press and Erika Tymrak. Six of those players are on this roster.
- Seventeen players on the training camp roster played in the NWSL last season. Twenty-two of the 24 players have committed to play in the league during its second season in 2014.
- Three players on the roster were new allocations to NWSL clubs for the upcoming season: Stephanie Cox (Seattle Reign FC), Whitney Engen (Houston Dash) and Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars).
- All nine NWSL clubs are represented on the roster. FC Kansas City has the most players with five.
- After Abby Wambach, who has 163 career goals, midfielder Carli Lloyd is the top scorer on the roster with 46 career international goals, followed by Heather O’Reilly with 37.
- 2012 Olympic gold medalist Kelley O’Hara, who was a late addition to the January camp roster, could return to game action for the first time since April 9, 2013, when she started against the Netherlands in The Hague.
- The USA will be without Alex Morgan and Tobin Heath for these matches as both are recovering from injuries. Morgan will be with the U.S. team for a few days during the middle of the trip, but only for rehabilitation and evaluation purposes as she continues to come back from her ankle injury.
- Heath, who is currently in France with her club Paris Saint-Germain, is progressing well with her recovery from a foot injury but is not ready for National Team action.
IN THE RECORD BOOKS:
- The USA’s 77-game unbeaten streak at home is a team record. The next-highest streak is 50 games (48-0-2) from Feb. 10, 1996, through April 22, 1999. The USA tied the record on May 14, 2011 (2-0 win against Japan at Columbus Crew Stadium) and broke the record with the 51st game on May 18, 2011 (another 2-0 win against Japan at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C.).
- In 2013, for just the second time in its history, the U.S. WNT posted an unbeaten record during a year that featured double-digit fixtures. The U.S. ended the year at 13-0-3, and the only previous occurrence of this undefeated mark was in 2006, when the USA went 18-0-4. There are four other instances when the U.S. went unbeaten while playing less than 10 games during the calendar year.
- Heather O’Reilly, the third most-capped player on the roster with 193 games played, passed Brandi Chastain for ninth place on the all-time career appearances list in the final game of 2013. This year, she could be the ninth player (a remarkable number in itself) to hit 200 caps in U.S. history.
- In addition to breaking Mia Hamm’s world scoring record, Abby Wambach’s June 20performance against the Korea Republic also made her the USA’s all-time leader in multiple-goal games with 39 for her career. She has 32 two-goal games, five hat tricks, one four-goal game and one five-goal game.
- Carli Lloyd’s goal on Oct. 27 against New Zealand gave her 46 goals in her career and moved her past Julie Foudy into ninth on the all-time scoring list. Lloyd is also the highest-scoring player in U.S. history who has played exclusively in the midfield.
- Defender Becky Sauerbrunn is on 49 caps and her next one will make her the 46th player in U.S. Women’s National Team history to hit 50 caps.
- U.S. captain Christie Rampone is currently the second most-capped player in U.S. history and the most-capped active player in the world with 287 career games played. Only Kristine Lilly is ahead of her at 352, but even if Rampone plays through the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup, she would not catch Lilly.
BY THE NUMBERS:
0.69 Goals per game that the USA allowed in 2013
1 USA’s FIFA ranking
3.5 Goals per game the USA scored in 2013
6 Assists by Lauren Holiday and Abby Wambach in 2013, tied for best on the team
8 Goals in 12 career games for U.S. forward Christen Press
39 USA’s current overall unbeaten streak dating back to 2012 (33-0-6)
67 Career shutouts by Hope Solo, just four behind all-time WNT leader Briana Scurry
91.2 Minutes on field per goal averaged by Alex Morgan in her career
99.3 Minutes on field per goal averaged by Abby Wambach in her career
104 U.S. victories when Wambach scores a goal (104-2-8 overall)
130 Minutes on field per goal averaged by Mia Hamm in her career
287 Caps by Christie Rampone, second all-time to Kristine Lilly
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. He led the USA to an unbeaten 13-0-3 record in 2013. Sermanni came to U.S. Soccer after eight years as the head coach of the Australia Women’s National Team, which he coached to the quarterfinal stage of both the 2007 and 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cups. 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 took 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 PR in penalty kicks, and to the championship of that tournament in 2010, when the 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 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 (Scotland) 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: CANADA
Canadian Soccer Association
Founded: 1912 (joined FIFA in 1913)
Head Coach: John Herdman
FIFA World Ranking: 7
Best FIFA World Cup Finish (1995, 1999, 2003, 2007, 2011): Third Place (2003)
Best Olympics Finish (2008, 2012): Third Place (2012)
CANADA ROSTER BY POSITION:
GOALKEEPERS (3): 1-Erin McLeod (Houston Dash), 21-Stephanie Labbe (KIF Orebro), 33-Karina LeBlanc (Chicago Red Stars)
DEFENDERS (7): 2-Emily Zurrer (Jitex BK), 3-Sura Yekka (Brams United), 4-Carmelina Moscato (Seattle Reign FC), 7-Rhian Wilkinson (unattached), 10-Lauren Sesselmann (Houston Dash), 14-Kadeisha Buchanan (West Virginia), 20-Marie-Éve Nault (KIF Orebro)
MIDFIELDERS (4): 6-Kaylyn Kyle (Boston Breakers), 8-Diana Matheson (Washington Spirit), 11-Desiree Scott (FC Kansas City), 13-Sophie Schmidt (Sky Blue FC)
FORWARDS (5): 9-Josée Belanger (unattached), 12-Christine Sinclair (Portland Thorns FC), 16-Jonelle Filigno (Sky Blue FC), 17-Brittany Baxter (unattached), 19-Adriana Leon (Chicago Red Stars)
CANADA ROSTER NOTES:
- Eleven of Canada’s 19 players are signed with NWSL clubs, although a majority of them changed teams during the offseason. Among those moves was the Chicago Red Stars sending goalkeeper Erin McLeod to the Houston Dash, after acquiring goalkeeper Karina LeBlanc from the NWSL Champion Portland Thorns FC, who signed goalkeeper and 2013 FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year Nadine Angerer.
- Canada brings a fairly experienced side to Texas with six players having played 100 or more times for their country. Six additional players have played between 55 and 92 games.
- Fourteen of the players on Canada’s roster were on the 2012 Olympic bronze medal-winning team when Canada pulled off an upset of France as midfielder Diana Matheson scored on the last kick of the game in the second minute of stoppage time. It was Canada’s only shot on goal during the match.
- One of the world’s finest strikers, - Christine Sinclair - heads into the match as the third all-time leading international goal scorer in women’s soccer history with 147 career goals. Sinclair has 85 more goals than the total goals for the rest of the roster combined.
- Sinclair was the top scorer in the 2012 Olympics with seven goals, three of them coming in the epic semifinal match against the USA. Sinclair also scored the clinching goal in the inaugural NWSL Championship Game in 2013, a 2-0 victory for Portland Thorns FC against the Western New York Flash.
- Defender Kadeisha Buchanan just played her freshman season at West Virginia this past fall.
- Canada’s last five results include a 0-0 tie with Mexico in late November, 2-0 and 1-0 victories over Scotland during a tournament in Brazil in December, a 0-0 draw with Brazil in that tournament and a surprising 1-0 loss to Chile, which is not ranked in the latest FIFA Women’s World Rankings.
USA VS. CANADA SERIES:
- The 2014 schedule begins with the 55th meeting between the USA and Canada. The USA is 46-3-5 all-time against the host of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
- During its 29 years of activity, the USA has played Canada more than any other country. The USA has played China PR 50 times and Norway 48 times.
- The most recent meeting came on June 2, 2013, in front of a sold-out crowd of 22,453 at BMO Field in Toronto as the USA triumphed 3-0 on two goals from Alex Morgan and one from Sydney Leroux.
- The two countries have faced each other in the last two Olympics, a 2-1 quarterfinal win for the USA in 2008 and a dramatic 4-3 semifinal triumph in overtime for the Americans in 2012.
On the field for the USA:
Nov. 10, 2013 – Florida Citrus Bowl; Orlando, Fla. – International Friendly
USA 4 Sydney Leroux 15, 36; Abby Wambach 17; Erika Tymrak 76
BRA 1 Rosana 25
USA: 1-Hope Solo; 26-Leigh Ann Robinson, 3-Christie Rampone (capt.) (16-Rachel Buehler, 75), 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 19-Stephanie Cox (23-Erika Tymrak, 75); 9-Heather O’Reilly, 22-Amber Brooks (7-Yael Averbuch, 81), 10-Carli Lloyd, 8-Kristie Mewis; 2-Sydney Leroux (13-Alex Morgan, 68), 20-Abby Wambach (25-Lindsey Horan, 68)
Substitutions Not Used: 12-Lauren Holiday, 18-Nicole Barnhart
Head coach: Tom Sermanni
12-Thais; 2-Rilany, 4-Andreia Rosa, 5-Thaisa, 3-Calandrini; 8-Laylla (15-Bia, 46), 10-Rosana (capt.) (18-Thaisinha, 68), 9-Gabi Zanotti (19-Raquel, 46),
6-Andressa, 7-Debinha, 11-Cristiane (17-Nene, 76)
Substitutions Not Used: 1-Luciana, 13-Tayla, 14-Maria, 16-Tamires, 20-Rafinha
Head coach: Marcio de Oliveira
On the field against Canada:
June 2, 2013 – BMO Field; Toronto, Canada – International Friendly
USA 3 Alex Morgan 70, 71; Sydney Leroux 90+3
USA: 18-Nicole Barnhart; 11-Ali Krieger, 3-Christie Rampone (capt.), 14-Whitney Engen, 6-Crystal Dunn (8-Kristie Mewis, 63); 9-Heather O’Reilly, 10-Carli Lloyd, 12-Lauren Cheney, 17-Tobin Heath (2-Sydney Leroux, 74); 13-Alex Morgan (23-Christen Press, 83), 20-Abby Wambach
Substitutions Not Used: 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 5-Kelley O’Hara, 19-Rachel Buehler, 21-Jill Loyden
Head coach: Tom Sermanni
1-Erin McLeod; 9-Kadeisha Buchanan, 4-Carmelina Moscato, 16-Lauren Sesselmann, 7-Rhian Wilkinson, 2-Emily Zurrer (3-Danica Wu, 78), 8-Diana Matheson,
13-Sophie Schmidt (6-Kaylyn Kyle, 68), 11-Desiree Scott, 12-Christine Sinclair (capt.), 14-Melissa Tancredi (15-Tiffany Cameron, 61)
Substitutions Not Used: 5-Robyn Gayle, 10-Christina Julien, 17-Ashley Lawrence, 19-Kylla Sjoman, 33-Karina LeBlanc
Head coach: John Herdman
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