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U.S. Women Face Guatemala in Women's World Cup Qualifying


U.S. Women's National Team vs. Guatemala
Cancun, Mexico
2010 CONCACAF Women’s World Cup Qualifying
Oct. 29, 2010

U.S. WOMEN FACE GUATEMALA NEXT IN WOMEN’S WORLD CUP QUALIFYING: After a 5-0 victory against Haiti to open the 2010 CONCACAF Women’s World Cup Qualifying tournament, the U.S. Women’s National Team will have a day of rest before taking on Guatemala on Saturday, Oct. 30, at Estadio Quintana Roo in Cancun, Mexico. The match kicks off at 7:30 p.m. local time (8:30 p.m. ET) and fans can watch live via a free video web stream on CONCACAF.com (the commentary will be in Spanish) and/or follow along on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker. CONCACAF TV will stream every match of the Women’s World Cup Qualifying tournament. The 16-game event will finish with the championship and third-place matches on Nov. 8. The U.S. heads into qualifying with a roster of 20 players, all of which are healthy and ready for selection, but head coach Pia Sundhage will name 18 to suit up for each match.

TOURNAMENT FORMAT: The 2010 CONCACAF Women’s World Cup qualifying tournament is being held from Oct. 28-Nov. 8 at two stadiums in Cancún, Mexico. The eight-team competition, formerly known as the CONCACAF Women’s Gold Cup, will send both finalists to the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Germany while the tournament’s third-place finisher will face Italy, the winner of the playoff for fifth place in Europe, in a home-and-home and series for a final World Cup berth. The USA’s Group B, which also features Haiti, Guatemala and Costa Rica, will play all of its matches at Estadio Quintana Roo, home stadium for Atlante of the Mexican First Division. Group A, which features host Mexico, Canada, Trinidad & Tobago and Guyana, will play at Estadio Beto Avila, home to the Quintana Roo Tigres of the Mexican baseball league. After group play, the top two countries in both groups will cross-over to meet in the all-important semifinals, with the winner of Group A facing the second place team in Group B and vice-versa. For a complete schedule and results, go to the CONCACAF Women’s World Cup Qualifying page on ussoccer.com.

2010 CONCACAF Women’s World Cup Qualifying
Group B Schedule
Date                Opponent       Venue                                                  Web TV                        Kickoff/Result
Oct. 28             Haiti                 Estadio Quintana Roo; Cancun, Mexico                                      5-0 W
Oct. 30             Guatemala        Estadio Quintana Roo; Cancun, Mexico      CONCACAF.com           8:30 p.m. ET
Nov. 1              Costa Rica        Estadio Quintana Roo; Cancun, Mexico      CONCACAF.com           9:30 p.m. ET

The USA faces Guatemala on Oct. 30 on the second match day of Group B and then finishes first-round play against Costa Rica on Nov. 1. All the USA’s group matches will kick off at 7:30 p.m. local time. The match on Oct. 30 is at 8:30 p.m. ET, but as Mexico falls back to Standard Time on Oct. 31 (and the United States does not change until Nov. 7), the USA’s match on Nov. 1 against Costa Rica will kick off at 9:30 p.m. ET.

2010 CONCACAF Women's World Cup Qualifying
Group B Standings

Team W
L
T
GF
GA
GD
Pts.
 USA  1 0
0
5
0
+5
3
 Costa Rica
 1 0 0
1
0
+1
3
 Guatemala  0 1 0
0
1
-1
0
 Haiti  0 1 0
0
5
-5
0

Oct. 28
Costa Rica 1, Guatemala 0
USA 5, Haiti 0

Oct. 30
Costa Rica vs. Haiti
USA vs. Guatemala

Nov. 1
Haiti vs. Guatemala
USA vs. Costa Rica

U.S. WNT QUICK HITS:

  • The victory against Haiti marked the 50th win for Pia Sundhage as head coach of the U.S. Women’s National Team. Her record is now 50-1-5.
  • The match against Haiti marked the first Women’s World Cup qualifying experience for Nicole Barnhart, Amy LePeilbet, Rachel Buehler, Megan Rapinoe, Shannon Boxx, Yael Averbuch, Amy Rodriguez and Lauren Cheney.
  • Amy Rodriguez and Rachel Buehler scored their first Women’s World Cup qualifying goals. For Buehler, it was her first goal at the full international level.
  • When she came on at halftime to earn her 350th cap, Kristine Lilly made her 15th WWCQ appearances, extending her record for the most ever in U.S. history.
  • Abby Wambach’s hat trick, the sixth of her career, upped her career Women’s World Cup qualifying goals to six, more than all but seven players in U.S. history: Michelle Akers (17), Mia Hamm (12), Carin Gabarra (10), Kristine Lilly (9), Brandi Chastain (8), April Heinrichs (8) and Tiffeny Milbrett (8).
  • The USA’s 29 goals this year have been scored by 11 different players – Abby Wambach (11), Lauren Cheney (5), Amy Rodriguez (3), Megan Rapinoe (2), Heather O’Reilly (2), Carli Lloyd, Kristine Lilly, Shannon Boxx, Alex Morgan and Rachel Buehler, plus an own goal by Iceland in the Algarve Cup.
  • Goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart has never lost a match for the United States and is 15-0-3. The shutout against Haiti was the 12th of her career.
  • The hat trick against Haiti for Abby Wambach pushed her total for 2011 to 11, marking the fifth time she has scored in double-figures in a calendar year. That is second only behind Mia Hamm, who did it in nine different years.
  • Since the end of the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup, the USA is 52-1-6.
  • The USA is 73-1-2 when Abby Wambach scores a goal.
  • Of Wambach’s 112 goals, 45 have been with her head.
  • As teams can only suit up 18 of the 20 players on their rosters for each game, defender Ali Krieger and forward Alex Morgan did not dress vs. Haiti. The duo will likely dress for Guatemala match as U.S. head coach Pia Sundhage juggles her game day roster from match to match.
  • If the USA defeats Guatemala and Costa Rica defeats Haiti on the second match day of Group B, the USA will qualify for the semifinals with one first round match remaining.
  • Of the other seven teams in this tournament, only Guatemala doesn’t have at least one American player on its roster who has acquired citizenship of her current country. 

FIRST MEETING WITH GUATEMALA: The Oct. 30 meeting at Estadio Quintana Roo will be the first between the United States and Guatemala in women’s soccer. In fact, for the USA it will be just the seventh meeting with a Central American country. The U.S. women have played Costa Rica five times and Panama once. Four of the previous six meetings have been in CONCACAF Qualifying tournaments and the Americans have never allowed a goal to a team from Central America.

HOW GUATEMALA GOT HERE: Guatemala qualified for the final eight of the 2010 CONCACAF Women’s World Cup by winning its three-team group in the Central American zone, defeating Belize, 5-1, and El Salvador, 2-1. This is just Guatemala’s third appearance in a CONCACAF women’s championship and first since 2000. Guatemala brings a young team to Mexico which relies heavily on its U-20 women’s side that finished third in its group behind Canada and Costa Rica during U-20 CONCACAF qualifying last January. Eleven players from that U-20 team are on the roster for this tournament, led by midfielder Ana Martinez, who scored two of Guatemala’s three goals at the U-20 CONCACAF championship.

Central American Zone Pre-Qualifying
Date                             Match-Up                                             Guatemala Goal Scorers
April 22, 2010               Guatemala 2, El Salvador 1                    Ramos, Cayetano
April 24, 2010               Guatemala 5, Belize 1                           Tobar, Ramos, Cayetano (2), Lohaiza

U.S. WNT CONCACAF Women’s World Cup Qualifying Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): 18-Nicole Barnhart (FC Gold Pride), 1-Jill Loyden (Chicago Red Stars)
DEFENDERS (7): 19-Rachel Buehler (FC Gold Pride), 14-Stephanie Cox (Boston Breakers), 16-Ali Krieger (FFC Frankfurt), 6-Amy LePeilbet (Boston Breakers), 2-Heather Mitts (Philadelphia Independence), 3-Christie Rampone (Sky Blue FC), 17-Becky Sauerbrunn (Washington Freedom)
MIDFIELDERS (7): 4-Yael Averbuch (Sky Blue FC), 7-Shannon Boxx (FC Gold Pride), 13-Kristine Lilly (Boston Breakers), 11-Lori Lindsey (Philadelphia Independence), 10-Carli Lloyd (Sky Blue FC), 9-Heather O’Reilly (Sky Blue FC), 15-Megan Rapinoe (Chicago Red Stars)
FORWARDS (4): 12-Lauren Cheney (Boston Breakers), 5-Alex Morgan (California), 8-Amy Rodriguez (Philadelphia Independence), 20-Abby Wambach (Washington Freedom)

Guatemala WNT CONCACAF Women’s World Cup Qualifying Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): 1-Marticruz Lemus, 22-Ana Lucia Spross
DEFENDERS (8): 3-Idania Perez, 4-Gloria Lohaiza, 6-Marilyn Rivera, 8-Maria Monterroso, 9-Daniela Mendez, 14-Coralia Monterroso, 15-Marlen Veliz, 16-Kimberly De Leon
MIDFIELDERS (7): 5-Londy Barrios, 10-Gladys Suriano, 11-Rocio Sosa, 12-Cynthia Lopez, 13-Ana Lucia Martinez, 18-Daniela Andrade, 19-Vanessa Ovando
FORWARDS (3): 7-Wendy Pineda, 17-Sheny Vega, 20-Kathrine Ramos

THE GOAL IS GERMANY: All eight teams at the 2010 CONCACAF Women’s World Cup qualifying tournament have their sites set on a coveted berth to the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Germany. Hosting on their own soil the two-time defending champions will be favorites to hoist a third consecutive trophy and there is no doubt that the Germans will run a fantastic Women’s World Cup, scheduled for June 26-July 17 in nine cities spread out all over the country: Berlin, Frankfurt, Mönchengladbach, Sinsheim, Wolfsburg, Augsburg, Bochum, Dresden and Leverkusen. Almost all of the cities will 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. So far, more than half of the field is set. The qualifiers so far are: host Germany, Korea DPR, Japan and Australia from Asia and Sweden, Norway, France and England from Europe and New Zealand from Oceania.

BARNIE IN GOAL: With Hope Solo recovering from major shoulder surgery, Nicole Barnhart has stepped into the nets for the USA. Hear Barnie’s take on taking over the starting role in this exclusive all_access feature for ussoccer.com.

CANCUN BLOG: Did you see Heather Mitts in that Mexican wrestling mask? How about that picture of the diving header from Megan Rapinoe? Pretty colorful seats at Quintana Roo, huh? These are all things you can say to your co-workers around the water cooler if you've kept up on the WNT Blog. You can also see some pics from a unique meeting after the USA-Haiti match between the players from both teams as the U.S. players gave extra soccer gear, cleats, clothes, toiletries and other comfort items to Haitians.

FOLLOW THE WNT ON TWITTER: Keep up with all U.S. women’s National Team news (in short form, of course) by following at www.twitter.com/ussoccer_wnt

STAT OF NOTE: There have been 162 games in the history of CONCACAF’s Women’s World Cup Qualifying going back to the first match on April 16, 1991, where Canada defeated Costa Rica, 6-0, in front of 40,000 fans at the Stade Silvio Cator in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Since that game, 830 goals have been scored, an average of just more than five per game.



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