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U.S. WNT Hosts New Zealand on Saturday in Frisco, Texas


USA, NEW ZEALAND BATTLE IN FRISCO: The U.S. Women’s National Team is coming off a dominant CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying tournament victory and now hosts New Zealand on Saturday, Feb. 11, at 3 p.m. CT at FC Dallas Stadium in Frisco, Texas. The match likely will include a sellout crowd in the 20,500-capacity stadium. The match will stream live on ussoccer.com and fans can also follow the game via ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker, on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt. Individual event tickets are on sale through Ticketmaster. The USA already has booked its ticket to the 2012 London Olympics. The 12th and final Olympic spot remains, and New Zealand still is on the outside looking in. New Zealand will play a two-game playoff against an undetermined opponent in Oceania qualifying in March or April.

2012 U.S. WNT Schedule

Date

Opponent

Time (ET)

TV

Venue

Jan. 19*

Dominican Republic

14-0 W

Universal Sports Network

BC Place, Vancouver, Canada

Jan. 21*

Guatemala

13-0 W

Universal Sports Network

BC Place, Vancouver, Canada

Jan. 23*

Mexico

4-0 W

Universal Sports Network

BC Place, Vancouver, Canada

Jan. 27*

Costa Rica (semis)

3-0 W

Universal Sports Network

BC Place, Vancouver, Canada

Jan. 29*

Canada (final)

4-0 W

NBC Sports Network

BC Place, Vancouver, Canada

Feb. 11

New Zealand

4 p.m.

ussoccer.com

FC Dallas Stadium, Frisco, Texas

Feb. 29^

Denmark

12 p.m.

TBD

Municipal Stadium; Lagos, Portugal

March 2^

Norway

10 a.m.

TBD

Municipal Stadium; Lagos, Portugal

March 5^

Japan

9:10 a.m.

TBD

Algarve Stadium; Faro, Portugal

April 1**

Japan

6:30 a.m.

ESPN2, ESPN3

Yurtec Stadium; Sendai, Japan

April 3**

Brazil

TBD

ESPN3

Fukuda Denshi Arena; Chiba, Japan

* CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying tournament

^ Algarve Cup

** Kirin Challenge Cup

U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION – Detailed Roster

GOALKEEPERS (2): 1-Hope Solo, 18-Nicole Barnhart

DEFENDERS (5): 3-Christie Rampone, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 5-Kelley O’Hara, 6-Amy LePeilbet, 19-Rachel Buehler

MIDFIELDERS (7): 7-Shannon Boxx, 8-Amy Rodriguez, 9-Heather O’Reilly, 10-Carli Lloyd, 15-Megan Rapinoe, 16-Lori Lindsey, 17-Tobin Heath

FORWARDS (4): 11-Sydney Leroux, 12-Lauren Cheney, 13-Alex Morgan, 20-Abby Wambach

ON USSOCCER.COM:

Studio 90: Training Begins in Frisco, Texas

U.S. WNT Head Coach Pia Sundhage Finding the Balance

New Kids Revisited

Studio 90: Wambach Climbs the Charts

Studio 90: 40 Seconds to Glory

ROSTER NOTES

  • Abby Wambach moved to No. 2 on the all-time women’s goal scoring list with her 130th and 131st goals on Jan. 29 against Canada, surpassing former U.S. WNT teammate Kristine Lilly (130). Mia Hamm holds the scoring lead with 158 career goals.
  • Goalkeeper Hope Solo and Christie Rampone are the only U.S. players who have played every minute of all five games in 2012.
  • Should Rampone play during Saturday’s match against New Zealand, it will mark her 250th career international appearance. Rampone’s current 249 caps rank fourth all-time in U.S. WNT history, 22 behind third-place Julie Foudy (271). Lilly (352) and Hamm (275) are the top two cap holders.
  • Carli Lloyd, Amy Rodriguez and Wambach lead the USA with six goals apiece this year. Five of Rodriguez’s tallies came in the second half of the U.S.’s 14-0 win against the Dominican Republic on Jan. 19 to open the 2012 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament.
  • Lauren Cheney leads the U.S. with seven assists, highlighted by her four-assist effort against the Dominican Republic on Jan. 19. Cheney already surpassed her previous high of five assists from 2011, when she and Megan Rapinoe led the team in that category.
  • The USA is 7-0-0 in Texas, and the team’s last match in the state was a 6-2 win against Canada on May 12, 2007, at FC Dallas Stadium.
  • Saturday’s match is the USA’s first domestic game of 2012. The U.S. is on an 11-game unbeaten streak (10-0-1) during annual domestic openers. The last loss came on Feb. 6, 2000, against Norway, when the U.S. dropped a 3-2 decision.

IN THE RECORD BOOKS

  • The U.S. Women’s National Team has scored 38 goals in five January matches, shattering the previous January record of 18 goals in four games in 1996.
  • The U.S. has not allowed a goal in its first five matches this year, a feat that has only been accomplished three other times: 1991, 2004 and 2005.
  • The USA is 82-2-5 all-time when Abby Wambach scores a goal. The most recent of those two losses came in the 2011 Women’s World Cup against Sweden.
  • Goalkeeper Hope Solo established a new CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Tournament shutout streak, posting 454 scoreless minutes. She posted 450 scoreless minutes in this year’s tournament and four scoreless minutes at the end of the 2008 tournament. Canada goalkeeper Erin McLeod held the previous CONCACAF record (399 minutes from 2004 to 2008).

BY THE NUMBERS:

  • 0: Goals allowed by the U.S. in five matches this year
  • 1: World ranking of the U.S. Women’s National Team
  • 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)
  • 38: U.S. goals in 2012 over five games
  • 40: U.S. goals in 2011 over 20 games (this number does not factor in an own goal vs. Brazil)
  • 55 The current unbeaten streak for the USA in domestic matches in which they are 49-0-6
  • 99.5 Minutes Wambach averages between goals
  • 130: Minutes that Mia Hamm averaged between goals
  • 131: Career goals by Wambach, putting her second ahead of Kristine Lilly (130) and behind Mia Hamm (158) on the all-time scoring list
  • 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
  • 223: Goals scored during head coach Pia Sundhage’s 87 games as U.S. WNT head coach

USA VS. NEW ZEALAND SERIES

  • The U.S. has a 7-1-0 overall record against New Zealand. New Zealand won the first match between the two sides 1-0 on Dec. 15, 1987, in Taipei, Taiwan.
  • Since the opening loss, the USA is in the midst of a seven-game winning streak against New Zealand, posting six shutouts with a 34-0 scoring advantage during that stretch.
  • The U.S. last played New Zealand on Aug. 12, 2008, earning a 4-0 victory during the Shanghai Olympics to advance to the quarterfinals out of Group G. Heather O’Reilly scored a goal 40 seconds into the match, which at the time was the fastest goal scored for the U.S. WNT before Abby Wambach’s 38-second goal to open a 14-0 victory against the Dominican Republic on Jan. 19, 2012, in the CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament.
  • The USA last hosted New Zealand on Aug. 12, 2007, and cruised to a 6-1 win at Soldier Field in Chicago. Carli Lloyd and Wambach each scored a pair of goals during the international friendly.
  • The referee assignment for Saturday’s USA-New Zealand match includes the following: Moo Hackett (referee), Veronica Perez (AR1), Jennifer Jones (AR2), Juliana Duncan (4th).

U.S. FACES JAPAN, BRAZIL IN KIRIN CHALLENGE CUP: The U.S. will travel to Japan for early April matches against the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup champions and Brazil, taking on the hosts at Yurtec Stadium in Sendai on April 1 (6:30 a.m. ET, live on ESPN2 and ESPN3) before traveling south to face the Brazilians on April 3 (ESPN3, with a kickoff time yet to be determined) in Fukuda Denshi Arena in Chiba. The newly created three-nation tournament, named the Women’s Kirin Challenge Cup, will include a Japan-Brazil match on April 5.

ALGARVE CUP VENUES FINALIZED: The kickoff times and venues for the U.S. WNT at the 2012 Algarve Cup have been confirmed, with the eight-time Algarve champion opening against Denmark on Feb. 29 at Municipal Stadium in Lagos. Kickoff time is 5 p.m. local/12 p.m. ET. The USA’s second Group B match against Norway is March 2 in Lagos (3 p.m. local/10 a.m. ET). The U.S. Women wrap up the group stage with a match against Japan at Algarve Stadium in Faro (2:10 p.m. local/9:10 a.m. ET).

WAMBACH, U.S. WNT AWARDED: The U.S. WNT and Abby Wambach were awarded January Team and Athlete of the Month honors by the U.S. Olympic Committee, thanks to their incredible performances at the 2012 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying tournament in Vancouver, Canada. Wambach had six goals and four assists in five games, and the team outscored its opposition 38-0 throughout the tournament.

DOMESTIC ATTENDANCE NUMBERS: There is expected to be a sellout crowd of 20,500 at FC Dallas Stadium on Saturday. The last time the U.S. WNT drew more than 20,000 for a domestic match was on Oct. 16, 2004, when 20,435 showed for the USA’s 1-0 victory against Mexico at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. In 2003, there were seven domestic matches that drew more than 20,000 spectators, including 34,144 at RFK Stadium on Sept. 21, 2003, during a 3-1 win against Sweden in the FIFA Women’s World Cup.

BOUND FOR LONDON: The U.S. has qualified for its fifth consecutive Olympic Games and won the CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament for a third consecutive time. In 2008, the USA won the Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Mexico and went on to win the gold medal in Beijing. In 2004, the U.S. won the Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Costa Rica and went on to win gold in Athens, Greece. The U.S. qualified for the 1996 Atlanta Games as host and for the 2000 Sydney Games as a top-seven finisher at the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup. The USA was the lone CONCACAF representative at the 1996 and 2000 Olympic Games, the first two that featured women’s soccer. Mexico qualified along with the USA for the 2004 Olympics in Athens, while the Canadians claimed the second spot behind the U.S. in 2008 in Beijing.

ELEVEN IN, ONE TO GO: Eleven teams have now qualified for the 12-team Olympic Football Tournament: host Great Britain; Japan and North Korea from Asia; Cameroon and South Africa from Africa; Brazil and Colombia from South America; and Sweden and France from Europe; and now the USA and Canada following their CONCACAF semifinal victories on Friday. New Zealand is expected to earn Oceania’s lone berth.

U-23 MNT TO HOST MEXICO IN FRISCO: The U.S. Women are focused on Saturday’s game, but the U.S. U-23 Men’s National Team also will be in Frisco, Texas. The U-23s are hosting the Mexico U-23 National Team at 9 p.m. CT on Feb. 29 at FC Dallas Stadium in an important match before the CONCACAF Men’s Olympic Qualifying tournament. Tickets starting at $20 are on sale through ussoccer.com, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and at all Ticketmaster ticket centers throughout the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex (including Walmart and Fiesta stores).

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 73-5-9, with 223 goals for and 43 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.
  • 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: NEW ZEALAND

New Zealand Football

Founded: 1891 (Joined FIFA in 1948)

Head Coach: Tony Readings

Best FIFA World Cup Finish: Posted a 0-1-2 record in the 2011 World Cup, playing Mexico to a 2-2 draw

Best Olympics Finish: Posted a 0-1-2 record in the 2008 Olympics, playing Japan to a 2-2 draw

NEW ZEALAND ROSTER BY POSITION

GOALKEEPERS (2): 1-Jenny Bindon, 21-Erin Nayler

DEFENDERS (6): 2-Ria Percival, 3-Anna Green, 5-Abbey Erceg, 6-Rebecca Smith, 7-Ali Riley, 19-Kristy Hill

MIDFIELDERS (5): 4-Katie Hoyle, 8-Hayley Moorwood, 11-Kirsty Yallop, 12-Betsy Hassett, 16-Annalie Longo

FORWARDS (5): 9-Amber Hearn, 10-Sarah Gregorius, 13-Rosie White, 14-Holly Patterson, 17-Hannah Wilkinson

NEW ZEALAND NOTES

  • Defender Ali Riley, who hails from Los Angeles, played at Stanford, with the 2011 WPS champion Western New York Flash and with the 2010 WPS champion FC Gold Pride. She has been teammates with almost a dozen U.S. players.
  • Duke graduate and defender Rebecca Smith captained New Zealand during the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Forward Rosie White is coming off her freshman season with UCLA, and midfielder Betsy Hassett wrapped up her junior season with Cal.
  • Forward Holly Patterson recently was named to the roster to replace forward Emma Kete, who injured her ankle during training. Patterson is one of two uncapped players on New Zealand’s roster, the other being backup goalkeeper Erin Nayler.
  • Patterson is the youngest player on New Zealand’s roster (17 years old) and goalkeeper Jenny Bindon is the oldest (38).
  • Twelve players on New Zealand’s roster have earned 30 or more caps, led by midfielder Hayley Moorwood’s 69 appearances.
  • Forward Amber Hearn leads the New Zealand roster with 23 goals.

LAST TIME

On the field for USA:

Jan. 29, 2012 – BC Place Stadium – Vancouver, Canada – CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying

U.S. 4, Canada 0

USA 4 Alex Morgan, 4, 56; Abby Wambach, 24, 28

CAN 0

Lineups:

USA: 1-Hope Solo; 2-Heather Mitts (19-Rachel Buehler, 69), 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 3-Christie Rampone (capt.), 5-Kelley O’Hara; 8-Amy Rodriguez (14-Sydney Leroux, 63), 16-Lori Lindsey, 10-Carli Lloyd, 15-Megan Rapinoe; 13-Alex Morgan, 20-Abby Wambach (12-Lauren Cheney, 46)

Subs not used: 6-Amy LePeilbet, 7-Shannon Boxx, 9-Heather O’Reilly, 17-Tobin Heath, 18-Nicole Barnhart

Head coach: Pia Sundhage

CAN: 18-Erin McLeod; 2-Shannon Woeller, 5-Robyn Gale (7-Rhian Wilkinson, 54), 9-Candace Chapman, 16-Lauren Sesselmann; 6-Kaylyn Kyle (14-Melissa Tancredi, 46), 15-Kelly Parker, 13-Sophie Schmidt (4-Carmelina Moscato, 61), 11-Desiree Scott; 12-Christine Sinclair, 10-Christina Julien

Subs not used: 1-Karina LeBlanc, 3-Melanie Booth, 8-Alyscha Mottershead, 17-Brittany Timko, 19-Chelsea Stewart, 20-Chelsea Buckland

Head coach: John Herdman

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