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U.S. WNT Aims to Win 2012 Olympic Group With Victory or Tie Against Korea DPR on Tuesday


U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Korea DPR – 2012 London Olympics
Old Trafford; Manchester, England
July 31, 2012

QUARTERFINAL-BOUND USA SHOOTS FOR GROUP WIN AGAINST KOREA DPR: The U.S. Women’s National Team looks to take first place in Group G when it wraps up the group stage of the 2012 London Olympics against Korea DPR at 12:15 p.m. ET on Tuesday, July 31, at Old Trafford in Manchester, England. The match will be broadcast live on the NBC Sports Network, the NBC Olympic Soccer Channel and streamed on NBC Live Extra. Fans can follow the match via ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt.

WIN OR TIE TOPS THE GROUP: The USA needs either a win or a draw to clinch first place in Group G as the team carries a three-point advantage over France and Korea DPR and holds a plus-2 goal differential on its nearest competitor France. The U.S. defeated France 4-2 on July 25 and is coming off a 3-0 win against Colombia on July 28. The USA has already assured itself a spot in the Olympic quarterfinals on Friday, Aug. 3.

2012 U.S. WNT Schedule

Date

Opponent

Result/

Time (ET)

U.S. Goalscorers/TV

Venue

Jan. 20*

Dominican Republic

14-0 W

Wambach (2), Lloyd, Buehler, O’Reilly (3), Heath, Rodriguez (5), Cheney

BC Place, Vancouver, Canada

Jan. 22*

Guatemala

13-0 W

Wambach (2), Cheney, Rodriguez, Lloyd, Lindsey, Leroux (5), Rapinoe, Morgan

BC Place, Vancouver, Canada

Jan. 24*

Mexico

4-0 W

Lloyd (3), O’Reilly

BC Place, Vancouver, Canada

Jan. 27*

Costa Rica

3-0 W

Heath, Lloyd, Morgan

BC Place, Vancouver, Canada

Jan. 29*

Canada

4-0 W

Morgan (2), Wambach (2)

BC Place, Vancouver, Canada

Feb. 11

New Zealand

2-1 W

Morgan (2)

FC Dallas Stadium, Frisco, Texas

Feb. 29^

Denmark

5-0 W

Morgan (2), Wambach, Lloyd, Leroux

Estadio Municipal; Lagos, Portugal

March 2^

Norway

2-1 W

Wambach, Leroux

Estadio Municipal; Lagos, Portugal

March 5^

Japan

0-1 L

--

Estadio Algarve; Faro, Portugal

March 7^

Sweden

4-0 W

Morgan (3), Wambach

Estadio Bela Vista; Parchal, Portugal

April 1**

Japan

1-1 T

Morgan

Yurtec Stadium; Sendai, Japan

April 3**

Brazil

3-0 W

Lloyd, Boxx, Rodriguez

Fukuda Denshi Arena; Chiba, Japan

May 27

China PR

4-1 W

Morgan (2), own goal, Wambach

PPL Park; Chester, Pa.

June 16^^

Sweden

3-1 W

Wambach, Morgan, Heath

Örjans Vall Stadium; Halmstad, Sweden

June 18^^

Japan

4-1 W

Morgan (2), Wambach (2)

Örjans Vall Stadium; Halmstad, Sweden

June 30

Canada

2-1 W

Own goal, Rodriguez

Rio Tinto Stadium; Sandy, Utah

July 25~

France

4-2 W

Wambach, Morgan (2), Lloyd

Hampden Park; Glasgow, Scotland

July 28~

Colombia

3-0 W

Rapinoe, Wambach, Lloyd

Hampden Park; Glasgow, Scotland

July 31~

Korea DPR

12:15 p.m.

NBC Sports Network; NBC Olympic Soccer Channel

Old Trafford; Manchester, England

Aug. 3~

TBD

TBD

NBC Sports Network; NBC Olympic Soccer Channel

St. James’ Park, Newcastle; or Hampden Park, Glasgow

* CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying tournament
^ Algarve Cup
** Kirin Challenge Cup
^^ Volvo Winners Cup
~ 2012 London Olympics

U.S. ROSTER BY POSITIONDetailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): 1-Hope Solo, 18-Nicole Barnhart
DEFENDERS (6): 2-Heather Mitts, 3-Christie Rampone, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 5-Kelley O’Hara, 6-Amy LePeilbet, 16-Rachel Buehler
MIDFIELDERS (6): 7-Shannon Boxx, 8-Amy Rodriguez, 9-Heather O’Reilly, 10-Carli Lloyd, 15-Megan Rapinoe, 17-Tobin Heath
FORWARDS (4): 11-Sydney Leroux, 12-Lauren Cheney, 13-Alex Morgan, 14-Abby Wambach

Group G Standings and Schedule

Team

GP 

W 

L 

T 

GF 

GA 

GD 

Pts 

United States 

2

2

0

0

7

2

+5

6

France

2

1

1

0

7

4

+3

3

Korea DPR

2

1

1

0

2

5

-3

3

Colombia

2

0

2

0

0

5

-5

0

Wednesday, July 25
USA 4, France 2
Korea DPR 2, Colombia 0

Saturday, July 28
USA 3, Colombia 0
France 5, Korea DPR 0

Tuesday, July 31
USA vs. Korea DPR, 12:15 p.m. ET
France vs. Colombia, 12:15 p.m. ET

GROUP G UPDATE:

  • USA 3, Colombia 0: The U.S. took firm hold of Group G with its second straight victory on July 28. The team has a three-point lead over France and Korea DPR heading into the final group match. Against Colombia, U.S. midfielder Megan Rapinoe scored her first career Olympic goal in the 33rd minute that proved to be the game-winner. Abby Wambach and Carli Lloyd each scored their second goals of the tournament.
  • France 5, Korea DPR 0: France rebounded from its 4-2 opening loss to the U.S. with a five-goal outburst against Korea DPR on July 28. Five different France players found the net: Laura Georges, Elodie Thomis, Marie-Laure Delie, Wendie Renard and Camille Catala. Korea DPR enters the final day of group play tied in points with France at three apiece. France’s goal differential is at plus-3 and it plays winless Colombia while Korea DPR’s is at minus-3 and faces group leaders USA.

U.S. ROSTER NOTES:

  • Seven players on the U.S. roster have scored in an Olympic tournament: Abby Wambach (4 goals in 2004; 2 goals in 2012), Carli Lloyd (2 goals in 2008; 2 goals in 2012), Heather O’Reilly (1 goal in 2004; 2 goals in 2008), Shannon Boxx (1 goal in 2004), Amy Rodriguez (1 goal in 2008), Alex Morgan (2 goals in 2012) and most recently Megan Rapinoe (1 goal in 2012), who had the game-winning tally against Colombia on July 28.
  • Morgan leads the U.S. WNT with 19 goals in 17 games and she has seven multi-goal games this year. Following her two-goal effort en route to a 4-2 win against France on July 25, Morgan moved into a tie for seventh place on the all-time U.S. WNT list for goals scored in a calendar year with April Heinrichs (1991), Mia Hamm (1995) and Cindy Parlow (2000).
  • Morgan’s scoring clip is a rarity in U.S. Women’s history. The last person to record double-digit goals at a rate of more than one goal per game was Mia Hamm, who had 18 goals in 16 games in 1997. Even Wambach, who is second on the USA’s all-time goal scoring list, has not averaged one goal per game in any year. She has been close on several occasions, including her 20 goals in 21 games in 2007.
  • Goalkeeper Hope Solo’s assist on Morgan’s first goal against France was the first international assist of her career since debuting for the team in 2000.
  • The USA’s 4-2 win against France marked the first time in Olympic play that the team had come back to win from a two-goal deficit. In all previous Olympic competition, the USA allowed more than one goal only three times – a 3-2 loss to Norway in the 2000 gold medal game, a 2-0 loss to Norway in the opening game of the 2008 Olympics and a 4-2 victory against Japan in the semifinal match of the 2008 Olympics (the USA was down 1-0 before scoring four straight).


USA VS. KOREA DPR SERIES

  • The U.S. and Korea DPR have faced each other four previous times – all in FIFA Women’s World Cup competition – with the USA posting a 3-0-1 record. The team has outscored North Korea 10-2 in the series.
  • This Tuesday’s Olympic group match will mark the first time the USA and North Korea will face one another outside of the Women’s World Cup.
  • The head-to-head series debuted on June 27, 1999, in Foxborough, Mass. The USA earned a 3-0 victory to advance to the World Cup quarterfinals and eliminate Korea DPR in Group A play. Tisha Venturini had two goals and Shannon MacMillan had a goal and two assists for the U.S., with all three goals coming in the second half. Christie Rampone (known as Christie Pierce at the time) was a 73rd-minute sub for Tiffany Roberts in that game.
  • The last time the two countries faced each other, the USA opened Group C competition in the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup with a 2-0 victory on June 28 in Dresden, Germany. Lauren Cheney had the game-winner in the 54th minute and defender Rachel Buehler scored her second career goal in the 76th minute.
  • Among the other appearances, the USA blanked Korea DPR 3-0 on Sept. 26, 2003, in Columbus, Ohio, and the two sides played to a 2-2 draw on Sept. 11, 2007, in Chengdu, China. During the World Cup-opening draw in 2007, Korea DPR held a brief 2-1 lead in the 62nd minute, but Heather O’Reilly notched an unassisted equalizer in the 69th minute to earn a point.


IN THE RECORD BOOKS

  • Abby Wambach scored her sixth career Olympic goal during the USA’s 3-0 win against Colombia on July 28. That put her atop the U.S. leaderboard in that category. Mia Hamm and Tiffeny Milbrett were the previous leaders with five career Olympic goals.
  • Veteran U.S. defender Christie Rampone became the USA’s all-time leader in Olympic appearances with 17 during the team’s 4-2 win against France on July 25. Rampone now has 18 career Olympic appearances following the team’s 3-0 victory against Colombia on July 28 and she is now two ahead of previous USA record holders Joy Fawcett, Julie Foudy, Kristine Lilly and Kate Markgraf.
  • With her next start, Rampone will move into a tie for fourth place on the all-time WNT start list alongside Joy Fawcett (234 starts). Rampone currently has 233 starts and 262 caps.
  • Alex Morgan ranks 16th all-time in career goals with 29 and is one goal away from tying 15th-ranked Brandi Chastain’s career mark of 30. Also with her next goal, Morgan (currently with 19 goals in 2012) will move into a tie for fourth place on the all-time list for goals during a calendar year with Mia Hamm (1998), Kristine Lilly (1999) and Abby Wambach (2007), who all had 20 goals in their respective campaigns.
  • Morgan’s 46 points this year (19 goals, eight assists) are the most for a WNT player in a calendar year since 2004, when Wambach had 75 (31 goals, 13 assists) and Hamm had 50 (14 goals, 22 assists).
  • Midfielder Shannon Boxx, who had a shortened game against France because of a hamstring injury, moved ahead of Carla Overbeck in a couple of categories with her start. Boxx moved into sole possession of seventh place on the career starts list at 162 and into sole possession of 12th place with 169 career caps. Boxx and Overbeck had been tied in both categories.


BY THE NUMBERS:

  • 1: USA’s FIFA ranking
  • 3: USA players who have scored two goals in this year’s Olympics: Carli Lloyd, Alex Morgan and Abby Wambach
  • 5: Goals scored in a game by Sydney Leroux (Jan. 22, 2012), Amy Rodriguez (Jan. 20, 2012), Abby Wambach (Oct. 23, 2004), Tiffeny Milbrett (Nov. 2, 2002), Michelle Akers (Nov. 24, 1991) and Brandi Chastain (April 18, 1991)
  • 5: Goals allowed by Korea DPR in its second game of the 2012 London Olympics
  • 8: Games this year in which Morgan and Wambach both contributed at least one goal (8-0-0 record)
  • 8: Korea DPR’s FIFA ranking
  • 18: Career Olympic appearances by U.S. captain Christie Rampone
  • 73: U.S. goals in 2012 through 17 games (this number does not factor in two own goals)
  • 90: U.S. victories when Abby Wambach scores a goal (90-2-5 overall)
  • 194: Players who have earned a cap for the U.S. Women’s National Team since the program’s inception in 1985, the most recent being Whitney Engen, who earned her first cap against Norway at the Algarve Cup on March 4, 2011


ON USSOCCER.COM


PIA SUNDHAGE FACT FILE: Head coach Pia Sundhage is in the midst of her fourth full year in charge of the U.S. Women’s National Team. Below are some of her accomplishments as a player and coach.

  • Sundhage is the sixth official coach and second female coach in the history of the U.S. Women’s National Team program.
  • Sundhage’s record as head coach of the Women’s National Team is 84-6-10, with 260 goals for and 53 against.
  • As a player, Sundhage was one of the game’s best-ever players, finishing sixth in the voting for FIFA Women’s Player of the Century. A legendary player in Sweden, she played for her country in the 1991 and 1995 Women’s World Cups and 1996 Olympics. She scored four goals for Sweden at the 1991 Women’s World Cup, helping the Swedes to a third-place finish. She scored one goal in the 1995 Women’s World Cup (against Germany) and played every minute of all three matches at the Atlanta Olympics in 1996.
  • Sundhage started her coaching career while still playing, serving as player-coach for Hammarby from 1992-1994. She also coached Sweden’s Youth National Teams for 11 years from 1990-2001, coaching the U-16s, U-19s and U-21s.
  • After her retirement from the international game in 1996, she became head coach of the Sweden Under-19 Women’s National Team, leading the team to one gold medal and two bronze medals at the European Championships. She served as a scout for Sweden during the 1997 European Championships, the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup, the 2003 FIFA Women’s World Cup and the 2000 Olympics. Sundhage has also worked for FIFA on its Technical Study Group staff for the 2004 FIFA U-19 Women’s World Championship in Thailand.
  • Since taking over as head coach, Sundhage has given 17 players their first senior team caps.


IN FOCUS: KOREA DPR

  • DPR Korea Football Association
  • Founded: 1945 (FIFA affiliation: 1958)
  • Head Coach: Sin Uin Gun
  • FIFA World Ranking: 8
  • Best FIFA World Cup Finish: Quarterfinals of 2007 World Cup in China
  • Best Olympics Finish: Group stage of 2008 Olympics in Beijing


KOREA DPR ROSTER BY POSITION
GOALKEEPERS (2): 1-Jo Yun Mi, 18-O Chang Ran
DEFENDERS (6): 2-Kim Nam Hui, 3-Kim Myong Gum, 4-Ro Chol Ok, 5-Yun Song Mi, 14-Pong Son Hwa, 15-Ri Nam Sil
MIDFIELDERS (6): 6-Choe Un Ju, 7-Ri Ye Gyong, 8-Jon Myong Hwa, 11-Kim Chung Sim, 12-Kim Un Hyang, 13-O Hui Sun
FORWARDS (4): 9-Choe Mi Gyong, 10-Yun Hyon Hi, 16-Kim Song Hui, 17-Kwon Song Hwa

KOREA DPR ROSTER NOTES:

  • Eight players on Korea DPR’s roster play for April 25 Sports Club, which has won the DPR Korea League 13 times since 1985.
  • Midfielder Ri Ye Gyong has the most experience with 27 international appearances and a team-leading nine goals.
  • Forward Kim Song Hui is the oldest player on the roster at 25 years old. With her two goals during the team’s 2-0 victory against Colombia on July 25, Song Hui moved into second place on the team in career goals with seven.
  • Defenders Kim Nam Hui and Ri Nam Sil are the youngest players on Korea DPR’s roster at 18 years old and both were born in 1994.
  • Korea DPR head coach Sin Uin Gun and his side refused to take the field for nearly an hour prior at the team’s Olympic opener against Colombia on July 25 because a South Korean flag was shown on the video screen instead of a North Korean flag during player introductions. Eventually, Korea DPR won the Group G match 2-0.
  • In August of 2011, FIFA banned Korea DPR from the 2015 Women’s World Cup after five players tested positive for steroids from traditional musk deer gland therapy. North Korea’s Jong Pok Sim, Hong Myong Hui, Ho Un Byol and Ri Un Hyang were also suspended for an 18-month period from all soccer-related activity and Song Jong Sun was suspended for 14 months. The DPR Korea Football Association was fined $400,000.


LAST TIME
On the field for the USA:
July 28, 2012 – Hampden Park – Glasgow, Scotland – 2012 London Olympics, Group G

USA           3   Megan Rapinoe 33, Abby Wambach 74, Carli Lloyd 77
Colombia   0

Lineups:
USA: 1-Hope Solo; 2-Heather Mitts, 3-Christie Rampone (capt.), 16-Rachel Buehler, 5-Kelley O’Hara; 9-Heather O’Reilly (17-Tobin Heath, 67), 10-Carli Lloyd, 12-Lauren Cheney, 15-Megan Rapinoe (8-Amy Rodriguez, 81); 13-Alex Morgan, 14-Abby Wambach (11-Sydney Leroux, 78)
Subs not used: 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 6-Amy LePeilbet, 7-Shannon Boxx, 18-Nicole Barnhart
Head coach: Pia Sundhage

COL: 18-Sandra Sepulveda; 3-Natalia Gaitan (capt.), 5-Nataly Arias, 13-Yulieht Dominguez, 14-Kelis Peduzine; 2-Tatiana Ariza (11-Liana Salazar, 71), 9-Carmen Rodallega (12-Ana Montoya, 71), 10-Catalina Usme, 7-Orianica Velasquez, 15-Ingrid Vidal (17-Melissa Ortiz, 87), 16-Lady Andrade
Subs not used: 1-Stefany Castaño, 4-Natalia Ariza, 6-Daniela Montoya, 8-Yoreli Rincon
Head coach: Ricardo Rozo

Vs. Korea DPR for the USA:
June 28, 2011 – Rudolf-Harbig Stadium – Dresden, Germany – 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup, Group C

USA              2   Lauren Cheney 54, Rachel Buehler 76
Korea DPR   0

Lineups:
USA: 1-Hope Solo; 11-Ali Krieger, 19-Rachel Buehler, 3-Christie Rampone (capt.), 6-Amy LePeilbet; 9-Heather O’Reilly (15-Megan Rapinoe, 79), 7-Shannon Boxx, 10-Carli Lloyd, 12-Lauren Cheney; 8-Amy Rodriguez (13-Alex Morgan, 75), 20-Abby Wambach
Subs not used: 2-Heather Mitts, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 5-Kelley O’Hara, , 14-Stephanie Cox, , 16-Lori Lindsey, 17-Tobin Heath 18-Nicole Barnhart, 21-Jill Loyden
Head coach: Pia Sundhage

PRK: 1-Hong Myong Hui; 3-Ho Un Byol (20-Kwon Song Hwa, 81), 5-Song Jong Sun, 16-Jong Pok Sim, 17-Ri Un Hyang; 8-Kim Su Gyong, 10-Jo Yun Mi, 11-Ri Ye Gyong, 12-Jon Myong Hwa (13-Kim Un Ju, 68); 7-Yun Hyon Hi (6-Paek Sol Hui, 48), 9-Ra Un Sim
Subs not used: 2-Jon Hong Yon, 4-Kim Myong Gum, 14-Kim Chung Sim, 15-Yu Jong Hui, 18-Ri Jin Sim, 19-Choe Mi Gyong, 21-Kim Chol Ok
Head coach: Kim Kwang Min

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