U.S. WNT Opens Two-Match Set Against Russia at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton, Fla., on Feb. 8
FAU Stadium – Boca Raton, Fla.
Feb. 8, 2014
U.S. WNT FACES RUSSIA FOR FIRST TIME SINCE 2002: After starting off 2014 with a solid 1-0 victory against Canada in Frisco, Texas, the U.S. Women’s National Team has traveled to the southeast to face Russia for the first time since 2002. The USA opens a two-game set against the Russians on Sept. 8 at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton, Fla. (kickoff at 3:30 p.m. ET on ussoccer.com webcast), as the USA plays the second match of its 30th year of competition. The USA will then face Russia again on Feb. 12 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta (kickoff at 7:30 p.m. ET on a ussoccer.com webcast). Fans can also follow the matches on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt. The meeting of the world’s top-ranked U.S. team against 21st-ranked Russia marks the first match between the countries since a 5-1 victory by the USA on Sept. 29, 2002, in Uniondale, NY. Abby Wambach and Heather O’Reilly are the only players on the current roster who played in that match.
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 the first match against Russia riding a 40-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 40 games, the U.S. has 34 wins and six ties, scoring 131 goals while allowing 29. The USA is also in the midst of a 78-game home unbeaten streak that includes 68 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.
FOUR FOR FLORIDA: The USA’s match at FAU Stadium will be its fourth in the state of Florida in the last 13 months. The three previous games all ended with 4-1 U.S. victories. This four-game stretch in Florida started in Boca Raton during the final game of 2012, a 4-1 victory against China PR at FAU Stadium. The USA also started 2013 in Florida, defeating Scotland 4-1 in Jacksonville and then once again finished the year in the Sunshine State, defeating Brazil 4-1 at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando. The U.S. Women, who trained in the Orlando area for both the 1995 and 1999 Women’s World Cups, as well as the 1996 Olympics, have played quite a few games in Florida – 22, in fact – and is 17-4-1 all-time in this state.
BRIAN WINS HERMANN TROPHY: The roster includes the winner of the 2013 MAC Hermann Trophy as college soccer’s top player. University of Virginia rising 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. She got her first career start for the senior National Team against Canada on July 31 and played well in a 90-minute 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 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 Belgian 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 currently has 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 goals 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 46 games over 2012, 2013 and 2014. 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. Wambach has faced Russia once in her career, that coming in the USA’s most recent game against the Russians in 2002, but she did not score in that game. 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
Toyota Stadium; Frisco, Texas
FAU Stadium; Boca Raton, Fla.
Georgia Dome; Atlanta, Ga.
U.S. ROSTER NOTES:
- Forward Abby Wambach made her 187th-career start against Canada on Jan. 31 (213th overall appearance), tying her for sixth on the all-time starts lists with Kate Markgraf (187 starts in 201 games from 1998-2010).
- Heather O’Reilly and Hope Solo, who each made their 137th-career starts in the last match, are now tied for 13th on the all-time list with Michelle Akers.
- The USA is now 14-0-3 under Tom Sermanni.
- Christen Press entered the match against Canada in the 73rd minute for Wambach and played a key part in the winning goal, playing a give-and-go with Becky Sauerbrunn who assisted to Sydney Leroux.
- Forward Amy Rodriguez entered the game against Canada for Megan Rapinoe in the 88th minute, marking her first appearance for the USA since having a baby boy last August.
- U.S. midfielder Carli Lloyd received a red card in the final game of 2013, and served her one-game suspension against Canada in the opening match of the year, but will be ready for selection for the Russia matches.
- Just one player on the roster is looking for her first cap – that being UCLA senior Samantha Mewis – but, eight players have 11 caps or fewer.
- Twenty-year-old Morgan Brian is the youngest player on the roster. Fellow collegian 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.
- 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 get to the final game of 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 in January of 2013, Sermanni has called 45 players to at least one training camp. Of those 45 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 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), Engen (Houston Dash) and Press (Chicago Red Stars).
- All nine NWSL clubs are represented on the roster. FC Kansas City has the most players with five.
- After Wambach, who has 163 career goals, midfielder Lloyd is the top scorer on the roster with 46 career international goals, followed by 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 June 20, 2013, when she came into the match in the 52nd minute for Meghan Klingenberg.
- The USA is without forward Alex Morgan and midfielder Tobin Heath, who are both 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 an 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 78-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 194 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 as a midfielder.
- In the last match against Canada, defender Becky Sauerbrunn became 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 288 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 13 career games for U.S. forward Christen Press
40 USA’s current overall unbeaten streak dating back to 2012 (34-0-6)
68 Career shutouts by Hope Solo, just three behind all-time WNT leader Briana Scurry
91.2 Minutes on field per goal averaged by Alex Morgan in her career
99.7 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
288 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 14-0-3 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: RUSSIA
Football Union of Russia
Founded: 1912 (Joined FIFA in 1912)
Head Coach: Sergey Lavrentyev
FIFA World Ranking: 21
Best FIFA World Cup Finish (Participated in 1999 & 2003): Quarterfinals (1999 & 2003)
Best Olympics Finish: No appearances
RUSSIA ROSTER BY POSITION:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Elvira Todua (Rossiyanka), Maria Zhamanakova (Zorky), Alena Beliaeva (Mordovochka)
DEFENDERS (8): Daria Makarenko (Zvezda-2005), Karina Blinskaya (Rossiyanka), Elena Medved (Zorky), Ksenia Kovalenko (CSP Izmailovo), Ksenia Tsybutovich (Ryazan-VDV), Marina Pushkareva (Kubanochka), Valentina Orlova (Zvezda-2005), Ekaterina Dmitrenko (Rossiyanka)
MIDFIELDERS (5): Nelli Korovkina (CSP Izmailovo), Anna Sinyutina (Ryazan-VDV), Svetlana Tsidikova (Zorky), Elena Morozova (Zorky), Alla Sidorovskaya (CSP Izmailovo)
FORWARDS (5): Anastasiya Chevtchenko (University of Pennsylvania), Elena Terekhova (Ryazan-VDV), Elena Kostareva (Kubanochka), Ekaterina Pantyukhina (Zvezda-2005), Alena Andreeva (CSP Izmailovo)
RUSSIA ROSTER NOTES:
- Russia was in Group C at last summer’s UEFA Women’s Championship, finishing in third place behind France and Spain, but ahead of England.
- The Russians put in a respectable performance, losing 3-1 to France while tying both England and Spain 1-1, but the two points were not enough to get them through to the knockout stage.
- Elena Morozova scored her country’s goal against France, Nelli Korovkina scored the lone goal against England (in a match the English tied in the 92 nd minute) and Elena Terekhova scored against Spain.
- Russia’s 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup qualifying campaign got off to a rough start with a 9-0 loss in Germany, but the team responded with a 2-0 win in Slovakia on a goal from Elena Morozova and a Slovak own goal.
- Just eight players on Russia’s roster were part of its European championship team.
- Russia has one American on its roster in 19-year-old Anastasiya Chevtchenko out of Portland, Ore., who plays college soccer at University of Pennsylvania in the Ivy League.
- Russia head coach Sergey Lavrentyev is a former professional player who played for five different domestic clubs from 1989-1998.
USA VS. RUSSIA SERIES:
- The USA has an all-time 5-0-1 record against Russia.
- The one draw against Russia came on Aug. 15, 2000, a 1-1 tie in College Park, Md., that was the final start of Michelle Akers’ career. Akers also scored her final international goal against Russia two days earlier in a 7-1 victory at Annapolis, Md.
- The most recent meeting between the teams came on Sept. 29, 2002, in the opening game of the Nike U.S. Women’s Cup. The USA won 5-1 on goals from Brandi Chastain, Cindy Parlow, Aly Wagner and two from Mia Hamm.
- Forward Abby Wambach and midfielder Heather O’Reilly were the only two players from the current roster that played against Russia the last time the two teams met in 2002 in Uniondale, N.Y. Wambach started and O’Reilly subbed on for her in the 39th minute. It was the fifth cap for both O’Reilly and Wambach.
- One of the many highlights of Mia Hamm's career came against Russia at the 1998 Nike U.S. Women's Cup when she scored her 100th career international goal in Rochester, N.Y., on Sept. 18 of that year in a 4-0 victory. The brilliant half-volley from a stiff angle that roared into the roof of the net set off an euphoric celebration at the sold-out Frontier Field and put Hamm into a select group of just four players who had, at that time, scored at least 100 career international goals.
- The U.S. Women played the USSR twice during the early 1990s, winning 8-0 in Blaine, Minn., and 3-0 in Varna, Bulgaria.
On the field for the USA:
Jan. 31, 2014 – Toyota Stadium; Frisco, Texas – International Friendly
USA 1 Sydney Leroux 78
USA: 1-Hope Solo; 11-Ali Krieger, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 6-Whitney Engen (3-Christie Rampone, 77), 14-Stephanie Cox; 9-Heather O’Reilly, 25-Morgan Brian, 12-Lauren Holiday, 15-Megan Rapinoe (8-Amy Rodriguez, 88); 2-Sydney Leroux, 20-Abby Wambach (capt.) (23-Christen Press, 74)
Substitutions Not Used: 7-Crystal Dunn, 19-Kristie Mewis, 21-Jill Loyden, 22-Julie Johnston
Head coach: Tom Sermanni
1-Erin McLeod; 7-Rhian Wilkinson (3-Sura Yekka, 74), 14-Kadeisha Buchanan, 10-Lauren Sesselmann, 20-Marie-Éve Nault (4-Carmelina Moscato, 81); 8-Diana
Matheson (16-Jonelle Filigno, 86), 11-Desiree Scott, 13-Sophie Schmidt; 9-Josée Bélanger (17-Brittany Baxter, 71), 12-Christine Sinclair (capt.),
19-Adriana Leon (6-Kaylyn Kyle, 61)
Substitutions Not Used: 21-Stephanie Labbe, 33-Karina LeBlanc, 2-Emily Zurrer
Head coach: John Herdman
On the field against Russia:
Sept. 29, 2002 – Mitchel Athletic Complex; Uniondale, N.Y. – Nike U.S. Women’s Cup
USA 5 Chastain 25; Parlow 31; Hamm 59, 62; Wagner 64
RUS 1 Barbachina 84
USA: 1-Briana Scurry; 15-Kate Sobrero, 6-Brandi Chastain, 14-Joy Fawcett, 19-Danielle Slaton; 5-Tiffany Roberts (17-Angela Hucles, 46), 13-Kristine Lilly (2-Lorrie Fair, 46), 11-Julie Foudy, 9-Mia Hamm (8-Shannon MacMillan, 64); 12-Cindy Parlow (10-Aly Wagner, 46), 22-Abby Wambach (27-Heather O'Reilly, 39).
Subs not used: 4-Cat Reddick, 18-Siri Mullinix
Head coach: April Heinrichs
1-Tatiana Pitchougova, 2-Marina, Kolomiets, 4-Natalia Karaseva (17-Anastassia Poustovoitova, 46), 5-Vera Stroukova, 6-Svetlana Sedakova (15-Irina Mironova,
69), 7-Tatiana Skotnikova, 9-Alexandra Svetlitskaya (8-Oxana Shmachkova, 46), 10-Natalia Barbachina, 11-Olga Letyushova, 13-Elena Fomina, 18-Elena
Subs not used: 3-Marina Burakova, 12-Maria Pigaleva, 14-Valentina Barkova
Head coach: Yuri Bystritsky
GAME SUMMARY OF LAST MEETING BETWEEN USA AND RUSSIA: Mia Hamm scored twice and Cindy Parlow added her 50th-career goal as the U.S. Women's National Team patiently broke down a skillful Russian team to register a dominating 5-1 victory in the opening game of the 2002 Nike U.S. Women's Cup. The USA got stellar performances from Hamm, who had two goals and an assist, and second half substitute Aly Wagner, who had two assists and a goal, to bury Russia with three goals in a five-minute span in the second half. Russia is one of four European teams that had already qualified for the 2003 FIFA Women's World Cup.
Although the Americans had a sluggish first half, two dynamic plays by Hamm got the U.S. to the break with a 2-0 lead. The USA only took three shots in the first 24 minutes, but scored in the 25th, on a penalty kick by Brandi Chastain after Hamm was cut down in the penalty box. The USA had a couple of close calls in the next two minutes, as Julie Foudy had a shot cleared off the goal line and Abby Wambach sent a dangerous header bouncing to the goal that was saved by Tatiana Pitchougova, but it was Hamm who got the U.S. its second goal in the 31st minute. Kristine Lilly won a tackle on the left wing and drove to the end line before sending a floated cross to the far post. Hamm flew toward the end line to save the ball with a flicked header, athletically looping the ball over Pitchougova. It bounced almost on the goal line and Parlow darted in bravely to head the ball into the back of the net from close range. It was Parlow's 50th international goal, becoming the sixth U.S. player to score 50 or more goals in her career. Parlow's first goal was also against Russia, back in 1996 in her first appearance with the National Team.