US Women Set To Face Mexico in San Diego
United States Women’s National Team
San Diego, Calif.
March 28, 2010
U.S. WOMEN OPEN 2010 DOMESTIC SCHEDULE WITH MATCHES AGAINST MEXICO: Coming off a championship run at the 2010 Algarve Cup in Portugal in early March, the U.S. Women’s National Team begins its domestic schedule with two matches against Mexico on March 28 at Torero Stadium on the campus of the University of San Diego (2 p.m. PT live on FSC and Fox Sports Español) and on March 31 at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah (7 p.m. MT on ESPN2). These two matches are the final international games for the USA before the second season of WPS kicks off on the weekend of April 10 and 11. The U.S. call-ups left WPS pre-season camps for these two matches and will be returning immediately to their clubs from Salt Lake City. For each match, Pia Sundhage will suit up 18 of the 24 players who have been called in. Since coaching her first game at the helm of the United States in January of 2008, Sundhage has compiled an overall record of 44-1-3 with the only loss in regulation time coming in the first game of the 2008 Olympics. The match in Sandy will be Sundhage’s 50th as head coach of the USA.
U.S. WNT 2010 Schedule & Results
|Date||Opponent||Time / Result||TV / U.S. Goal Scorer(s)||Venue|
|Feb. 24||Iceland||2-0 W||Own Goal, Cheney||VR de SA, Portugal|
|Feb. 26||Norway||2-1 W||Wambach (2)||Olhao, Portugal|
|Mar. 1||Sweden||2-0 W||Cheney (2)||Ferreiras, Portugal|
|Mar. 3||Germany||3-2 W||Lloyd, Wambach, Cheney||Faro, Portugal|
|Mar. 28||Mexico||2 p.m. PT||FSC & FSE||San Diego, Calif.|
|Mar. 31||Mexico||7 p.m. MT||ESPN2||Sandy, Utah|
|May 22||Germany||6 p.m. ET||ESPN2||Cleveland, Ohio|
U.S. WNT Quick Hits:
• The USA’s nine goals this year have been scored by just three different players – Abby Wambach, Lauren Cheney and Carli Lloyd, plus an own goal by Iceland in the Algarve Cup.
• U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo has an all-time record of 68-5-9. Second goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart has never lost a match and is 13-0-1.
• Heather O’Reilly’s 25 goals put her 15th on the all-time list. Abby Wambach is fourth all-time in U.S. history with her 104 goals. They are the only two players on this roster who are in the top-15 all-time goal scorers. Nine of those players are retired.
• The USA has not played a domestic match since July 22, 2009, a 1-0 victory against Canada in Charleston, S.C.
• The USA is riding a 41-game unbeaten streak in domestic matches (38-0-3).
• Of the 194 players who have represented the U.S. Women’s National Team, 80 have scored a goal.
• Since Pia Sundhage took over the U.S. team in the fall of 2007, she has given nine players their first-ever cap, but just two of them are on the roster for the Mexico games. Sundhage’s first-cappers are: Rachel Buehler, Tina DiMartino, Tobin Heath, Ali Krieger, Ella Masar, Becky Sauerbrunn, Kendall Fletcher, Christine Nairn and Meghan Schnur.
• The U.S. team has been shut out in a match just eight times in the last 100 international matches, but lost just two of those games. The USA tied Australia 0-0 in October of 2005, tied France 0-0 in January of 2006, tied China in March of 2006, tied Germany 0-0 in March of 2006 (in a game the USA lost in penalty kicks in the Algarve Cup Final), tied Germany 0-0 in January of 2007, lost to Brazil 0-4 in the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup Final, lost to Norway 0-2 in the first round of the 2008 Olympics and tied South Korea in November of 2008. By contrast, the USA has earned 66 shutouts in its last 100 matches.
• Since the end of the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup, the USA is 46-1-4.
• The USA has not lost a match in which it took a lead in over seven years.
EYE TOWARDS GERMANY: As the calendar moved to 2010, the focus shifted squarely on qualifying for the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Germany. The two-time defending champions, serving as tournament hosts, will be favorites to hoist a third consecutive trophy, but the Americans will hopefully have something to say about that. There is no doubt, however, that the Germans will run a fantastic Women’s World Cup, scheduled for June 26-July 17, 2011, in nine cities spread out all over Germany: Berlin, Frankfurt, Mönchengladbach, Sinsheim, Wolfsburg, Augsburg, Bochum, Dresden and Leverkusen. Almost all of the cities with host four matches, but unlike past Women’s World Cups, there will be no doubleheaders. The largest stadium is in Berlin (74,244), which will host just the opening game featuring the Germans. The smallest stadium is in Bochum, which seats 23,691. The Women’s World Cup final will take place in Frankfurt (49,240) on July 17. The dates and venues for CONCACAF qualifying have yet to be determined, but the competition will likely be held in late October/early November following the WPS season.
RETURN TO TORERO, DEBUT AT RIO TINTO: The U.S. women will be playing at Torero Stadium for the fourth time, after games at the scenic venue in 2003 against Japan (0-0 tie), in 2006 against Ireland (5-0 win) and in 2008 against Brazil (1-0 win). The Brazil match holds some infamy as Abby Wambach broke her leg in that game just days before the U.S. team left for the Beijing Olympics. This game will mark the first time Wambach has returned to the stadium since the injury. The USA will be playing at Rio Tinto Stadium for the first time, although its first and thus far only trip to Utah in 2003 was a highly successful 5-0 win against Ireland played in front of a big crowd at Rice-Eccles Stadium on the campus of the University of Utah. However, a U.S. player also broke her leg in that match as Heather O’Reilly collided with the Irish ‘keeper just seconds into the game and broke her left fibula. It was O’Reilly’s first start for the WNT after coming off the bench 17 times previously. The injury knocked O’Reilly out of a likely spot on the 2003 U.S. Women’s World Cup Team.
2010 WNT SCHEDULE BUILT AROUND WPS: The U.S. Women’s National Team will have a busier schedule in 2010. Part of the year will still be designed around the WPS season. In addition to the Mexico matches, the USA will face Germany on May 22 at Cleveland Browns Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio, (6 p.m. ET live on ESPN2) on a weekend that the WPS will not play matches. The U.S. team may play two more yet to be confirmed matches during the WPS season and will likely play two more domestic games right after the conclusion of the season to prepare for the 2010 CONCACAF Women’s Gold Cup that will serve as the qualifying tournament for Germany.
OPPONENT CAPSULE: Mexico
Current FIFA World Ranking: 22
USA overall record vs. Mexico: 22-0-1
Last Meeting vs. USA: April 6, 2008 (a 3-1 U.S. win in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico during CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying)
Head Coach: Leo Cuellar
Key Players: F Lulu Gordillo, F Evelyn Lopez, F Monica Ocampo, F Guadalupe Worbis, F Maribel Dominguez
USA vs. MEXICO Fast Facts: These matches mark the 24th and 25th meetings between the two countries, but just one has been in Mexico, that coming in the most recent meeting in Ciudad Juarez during CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying in April of 2008 … Abby Wambach has scored 18 of her 104 goals against Mexico, more than double the number of goals she has scored against any other country … While the USA has 23 players playing in WPS, Mexico has just two: Monica Ocampo of the Atlanta Beat and Veronica Perez from San Mateo, Calif. and the Univ. of Washington who is trying to make the St. Louis Athletica …The Mexican Women’s National Team program is having a great year, having qualified for the U-17 and U-20 FIFA Women’s World Cup, and hope to add the senior Women’s World Cup at CONCACAF qualifying later this year …. Mexico has never defeated the USA, but did earn a 1-1 tie in Albuquerque, N.M., in the USA’s final match of 2007 … Mexico has several Mexican-American players, including defender Rubi Sandoval who played at Cal State Fullerton and midfielder Veronica Perez who played at the Univ. of Washington … These matches could mark the return of Maribel Dominguez to the Mexico lineup … Dominguez, who has been living and playing in Spain for the past four or five years, is Mexico’s all-time greatest player … She almost single-handedly led Mexico to a berth in the 2004 Olympics by putting in an epic performance at qualifying ... She also played for the WUSA’s Atlanta Beat during 2003, scoring a plethora of goals early in the campaign.
2010 USA WNT BY THE NUMBERS:
0.75 Goals allowed per game by the USA in 2009
0 Number of games the USA has played inside USA so far this year
1 World ranking of the U.S. Women’s National Team
2.25 Average goals per game for the USA in 2009
3 Number of players in the USA’s top-20 on the all-time caps list to get a cap this year
3 Number of different players to score a goal for the USA this year
4 Number of players who have started all four games for the USA this year (Buehler, O’Reilly, Boxx and Wambach)
4 Number of different goalkeepers who have played for the USA since the end of the 2003 FIFA Women’s World Cup
4 Number of games the USA has played outside USA this year
21 Goals the USA has allowed in 48 matches so far under Pia Sundhage, 15 from the run of play, four from set plays and two on own goals
98 Average number of minutes between Abby Wambach goals
104 Career goals by Abby Wambach, putting her 4th on the USA’s all-time list at the age of 29 and tied for seventh all-time in world history
194 Players who have earned a cap for the U.S. Women’s National Team since the program’s inception in 1985
BUEHLER COMES HOME: U.S. center back Rachel Buehler, who hails from Del Mar, Calif., 20 miles north of downtown San Diego, did not get off the bench when the USA last played at Torero Stadium, but that should not happen this time around. An All-American at Torrey Pines High School, Buehler played all 90 minutes of every match at the 2010 Algarve Cup and the final three matches of 2009, performing extremely well in the middle of the U.S. defense with Amy LePeilbet while Christie Rampone has been on pregnancy leave. Buehler, who has earned the nickname “Buehldozer” for her crunching ball-winning, is up to 35 caps. Her emergence as an impact player at the senior level after a long youth national team career and an excellent run at Stanford, gives the USA excellent depth at center back once Rampone returns.
WAMBACH RISING ON ALL-TIME GOAL SCORER LIST: Due to a remarkable confluence of circumstances, Abby Wambach got the unique opportunity to score her historic 100th goal in her hometown of Rochester, N.Y. last July 19 at Marina Auto Stadium and she came through in dramatic fashion, finding the net in the 78th minute of the USA’s 1-0 victory against Canada. It was Wambach’s first goal for the USA since breaking her leg in July of 2009 and she has scored four more since, one against Germany last October in the 1-0 victory in Augsburg and three at the recently completed Algarve Cup in Portugal. With her 100th goal Wambach joined a quartet of U.S. Soccer legends in the elite 100-goal club: Mia Hamm (158), Kristine Lilly (129), Michelle Akers (105) and Tiffeny Milbrett (100). Wambach is just two goals away from passing legends Carolina Morace, currently the head coach of Canada, and Michelle Akers, and is within striking distance of Kristine Lilly, although the U.S. veteran’s call-up for these matches may give her the chance to increase her total. With Germany’s Birgit Prinz certainly playing at least through the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup, she has a good chance to catch or pass Hamm, while Wambach would have some work to do to surpass 150 goals, especially with the national team schedule scaled back now due to WPS. Odds are good that Wambach will get a goal or two in these games, having torched Mexico for 18 during her career.
ALL-TIME GOAL SCORERS IN THE HISTORY OF WOMEN'S INTERNATIONAL SOCCER
|Rank||Player||Goals||Country||as of March 27, 2010 ® Retired|
CAPTAIN BOXX: In the absence of Christie Rampone, who is recovering and Lori Chalupny, who is taking time off due to concussion-related issues, Shannon Boxx captained the USA during all four Algarve Cup matches. Boxx is the 11th player to be designated as a captain in the history of the U.S. Women’s National Team, joining, in chronological order: Denise Bender, April Heinrichs, Lori Henry, Michelle Akers, Carla Overbeck, Julie Foudy, Joy Fawcett, Kristine Lilly, Christie Rampone and Lori Chalupny.
LILLY RECALLED: Kristine Lilly is already the oldest player ever to earn a cap for the U.S. Women’s National Team when she did so at 37 years, 145 days on Dec. 13, 2008 against China. If Lilly gets into one of the Mexico matches, she will become the only player in U.S. history, and though unconfirmed, likely in world history, to appear for her national team in four different decades. Lilly earned 15 caps in 1980s, 176 in the 1990s and 151 from 2000-2009. The former U.S. captain is the second all-time leading scorer in world history with 129 goals and has played in five FIFA Women’s World Cup tournaments, the most of any female player. She played every minute of every match for the Boston Breakers during the inaugural WPS season, the only American to do so.
CAP CRAZY: The U.S. roster for the Mexico matches includes five uncapped players, but it is still a veteran-laden team. With Kristine Lilly’s call-up, she brings her world record 342 caps, but the USA also has 100-cap club members Abby Wambach (135), Cat Whitehill (132), Shannon Boxx (122), Heather O’Reilly (120) and Heather Mitts (107). Next to 100 caps could be Carli Lloyd (89) or Hope Solo (88), but Stephanie Cox (58) seems to have played her way back into the mix, especially with the absence of Lori Chalupny (92) leaving an opening at left back. If you subtract all the 100-cappers from the mix, the entire rest of the U.S. roster (19 players) has just 73 total combined caps more than Lilly has by herself.