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U.S. WNT Caps off Fan Tribute Series, Presented by Panasonic, Against China PR in Florida


U.S. Women’s National Team vs. China PR – International Friendly
FAU Stadium; Boca Raton, Fla.
Dec. 15, 2012

U.S. WNT CAPS OFF YEAR, FAN TRIBUTE SERIES AGAINST CHINA IN FLORIDA: The U.S. Women’s National Team started the year with a five-game shutout streak and will try to close out 2012 in the same fashion when it hosts China PR on Saturday, Dec. 15, at Florida Atlantic University Stadium in Boca Raton, Fla. The match, which is the 10th and final game of the 2012 Fan Tribute Tour, presented by Panasonic, will be broadcast live at 7 p.m. ET on the NBC Sports Network and Univision Deportes Network. Fans can follow the match via ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt.

NEW WOMEN’S LEAGUE NAME, LOGO TO BE UNVEILED SATURDAY:
At halftime of the U.S. WNT-China PR broadcast on both the NBC Sports Network and Univision Deportes Network this Saturday, the new professional women’s league will unveil its name and logo as play begins in the spring of 2013. In November, U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati announced the formation of an eight-team league in which U.S. Soccer, the Canadian Soccer Association and the Federation of Mexican Football will subsidize the salaries for up to a combined 52 players to ensure a sustaining business model. U.S. Soccer will play a major role in organizing and running the league.

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

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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

1-0 W

Wambach

Old Trafford; Manchester, England

Aug. 3++

New Zealand

2-0 W

Wambach, Leroux

St. James’ Park; Newcastle, England

Aug. 6++

Canada

4-3 W

Rapinoe (2), Wambach, Morgan

Old Trafford; Manchester, England

Aug. 9++

Japan

2-1 W

Lloyd (2)

Wembley Stadium; London, England

Sept. 1

Costa Rica

8-0 W

Rapinoe (2), Wambach (2), Morgan, Leroux, Lloyd, O’Reilly

Sahlen’s Stadium; Rochester, N.Y.

Sept. 16

Australia

2-1 W

Morgan, Boxx

The Home Depot Center; Carson, Calif.

Sept. 19

Australia

6-2 W

O’Reilly, Morgan (2), Wambach, Boxx, Leroux

Dick’s Sporting Goods Park; Commerce City, Colo.

Oct. 20

Germany

1-1 T

Wambach

Toyota Park; Bridgeview, Ill.

Oct. 23

Germany

2-2 T

Wambach, Heath

Rentschler Field; East Hartford, Conn.

Nov. 28

Rep. of Ireland

5-0 W

Morgan (3), Leroux (2)

JELD-WEN Field; Portland, Ore.

Dec. 1

Rep. of Ireland

2-0 W

Morgan, Rapinoe

Univ. of Phoenix Stadium; Glendale, Ariz.

Dec. 8

China PR

2-0 W

Lloyd, Leroux

Ford Field; Detroit, Mich.

Dec. 12

China PR

4-0 W

Wambach (2), Lloyd, Rodriguez

BBVA Compass Stadium; Houston

Dec. 15

China PR

7 p.m.

NBC Sports Network, Univision Deportes

FAU Stadium; Boca Raton, Fla.

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

U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION
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 (5): 7-Shannon Boxx, 9-Heather O’Reilly, 10-Carli Lloyd, 15-Megan Rapinoe, 17-Tobin Heath
FORWARDS (5): 8-Amy Rodriguez, 11-Sydney Leroux, 12-Lauren Cheney, 13-Alex Morgan, 14-Abby Wambach

SHUTOUT STREAK
The U.S. heads into Saturday’s match without allowing a goal for the past 365 minutes. Following a 2-2 draw against Germany on Oct. 23, the U.S. Women posted two shutouts wins against the Republic of Ireland on Nov. 28 and Dec. 1, followed by two clean sheets against China on Dec. 12 and 15. The USA has outscored its opponents 13-0 during that stretch.

WAMBACH NOTCHES 150TH-CAREER GOAL
The U.S. is coming off a 4-0 victory against China PR on Wednesday, and star striker Abby Wambach took the spotlight with her 149th and 150th career goals. The former University of Florida star has 25 goals in 2012, her second-highest total in a calendar year behind only her 31-goal performance in 2004. She is also inching closer to 2007 National Soccer Hall of Famer Mia Hamm’s world record of 158 career goals.

U.S. ROSTER NOTES

  • Alex Morgan (28 goals) and Abby Wambach (25 goals) have combined for 53 goals in 2012 – the second-most goals of any duo in U.S. WNT history. The record is 55 goals in 1991 when Michelle Akers scored a record 39 goals and Carin Jennings tallied 16 goals.
  • Morgan, the 2012 U.S. Soccer Female Athlete of the Year, joined an exclusive club as she and Mia Hamm are the only U.S. WNT players to record at least 20 goals and 20 assists in the same calendar year. Morgan has 28 goals and 20 assists in 2012 and Hamm had 20 goals and 20 assists in 1998. Morgan’s assists total ties with Hamm for the third-best ever in a year. Hamm holds the WNT record with 22 assists in 2004 and Carin Gabarra is second with 21 assists in 1991.
  • Morgan notched her second-career hat trick on Nov. 28 during the USA’s 5-0 win against the Republic of Ireland. She also scored three goals on March 7 en route to a 4-0 win against Sweden to take third place at the 2012 Algarve Cup. Morgan became the ninth WNT player to record two or more hat tricks.
  • Only four players in U.S. WNT history have scored more than 20 goals in a calendar year. It has happened just five times: Michelle Akers (39 in 1991), Tiffeny Milbrett (21 in 1999), Wambach twice (31 goals in 2004, 25 in 2012) and Morgan (28 in 2012).
  • Five players on the U.S. roster scored in the 2012 London Olympics and eight total players have scored in an Olympics: Wambach (4 goals in 2004; 5 goals in 2012), Carli Lloyd (2 goals in 2008; 4 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), Morgan (3 goals in 2012), Megan Rapinoe (3 goals in 2012) and Sydney Leroux (1 goal in 2012).
  • The London Olympics marked the first time the U.S. WNT won every game en route to the gold medal.
  • Rapinoe and Morgan led the team with four assists apiece in the Olympics.
  • Morgan, Rapinoe and Wambach each had 10 points in this year’s Olympics.
  • Only three U.S. WNT players were on the field for all 570 minutes in the 2012 Olympics: goalkeeper Hope Solo, defender and team captain Christie Rampone and defender Kelley O’Hara.
  • Morgan’s game-winning goal against Canada on Aug. 6 is the latest tally ever in a FIFA competition. Her strike hit the back of the net at 122 minutes, 23 seconds. Wambach’s memorable game-tying header against Brazil in the quarterfinals of the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup crossed the goal line at 121 minutes, 19 seconds.
  • The USA has scored 116 goals this year (114 individual goals, 2 own goals) in 31 games (27-1-3) for the third-most productive U.S. WNT campaign ever. The all-time record is 124 goals in 41 games in 2000, followed by 122 goals in 28 games in 1991.

U.S. WNT IN FLORIDA

  • The USA will be playing its 20th match in Florida. The U.S. Women are 14-4-1 all-time in the Sunshine State.
  • The last time the U.S. hosted a game in Florida was a 1-0 victory against Korea Republic on Nov. 8, 2008, at Raymond James Stadium.
  • The U.S. has played one other match at Florida Atlantic University, a closed-door, 2-1 loss to Norway on Feb. 9, 2000. An 18-year-old Christie Welsh scored the game’s first goal.
  • China PR and the U.S. have met once before in Florida in the 1996 Olympics, playing to a scoreless draw on July 25, 1996, in front of 43,525 at the Orange Bowl in Miami.


USA vs. CHINA PR SERIES

  • The U.S. holds a 19-game unbeaten streak against China PR with a 16-0-3 record dating back to a 2-0 victory on March 20, 2003, in Loule, Portugal.
  • Overall, the U.S. Women are 28-8-12 in the series that started with a 2-1 win on July 20, 1986. During that span, the U.S. has a 78-33 scoring margin.
  • The U.S. famously defeated China 5-4 in a shootout during the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup on July 10 in Pasadena, Calif. Brandi Chastain tallied the game-ending penalty kick.
  • The USA won on its home soil against China in the first-ever women’s soccer event at the 1996 Olympics, earning a 2-1 victory in the gold medal game on Aug. 1 at Sanford Stadium in Athens, Ga. Shannon MacMillan had the game-opening goal and Tiffeny Milbrett scored the eventual game-winner midway through the second half.
  • The U.S. and China have met three times this year. Along with the USA’s recent 4-0 win at BBVA Compass Stadium on Dec. 12, the U.S. played to a 4-1 victory on May 27 in front of a sellout crowd of 18,573 at PPL Park in Chester, Pa., then posted a 2-0 win at Ford Field in Detroit on Dec. 8.


IN THE RECORD BOOKS

  • U.S. defender and team captain Christie Rampone tied Mia Hamm for second all-time in career caps when she made her 275th career appearance on Wednesday against China PR at BBVA Compass Stadium. Rampone will move into sole possession of second on Saturday. Kristine Lilly holds the record with 352 caps.
  • Rampone has 22-career Olympic appearances and moved six ahead of previous USA record holders Joy Fawcett, Foudy, Lilly and Kate Markgraf.
  • Midfielder Heather O’Reilly had three assists during Wednesday’s win against China to give her 13 for the season and 43 for her career. She moved up to eighth place on the all-time U.S. WNT assists list, passing Aly Wagner who had 42 assists from 1998-2008. O’Reilly’s 13 assists are the most ever in her career for a calendar year.
  • U.S. forward Amy Rodriguez became the 28th U.S. WNT player to reach 100 caps when she started and captained the team on Dec. 8 in Detroit.
  • Abby Wambach scored five goals in five straight games during the London Olympics, which is an Olympic record. She has nine-career Olympic goals and is atop the USA leaderboard in that category, surpassing the previous record of five held by Hamm and Milbrett.
  • Alex Morgan’s 76 points (28 goals, 20 assists) put her in sole possession of second place for a WNT player in a calendar year. Morgan’s assist against China PR helped her pass Wambach’s 2004 mark of 75 points (31 goals, 13 assists). The U.S. record was set by Michelle Akers, who had 86 points in 1991 (39 goals, 8 assists).
  • Hope Solo has set a pair of U.S. WNT goalkeeper records in 2012. She has 25 victories this year, besting her previous record of 23 in 2008. Solo also played a span of 1,163 consecutive minutes earlier this year, surpassing the previous mark of 990 set by Briana Scurry.
  • Sydney Leroux increased her U.S. WNT record to 13 goals scored off the bench in a year when she tallied a second-half goal during the USA’s 2-0 win against China on Dec. 8. Leroux broke the previous bench scoring record of nine goals originally set by Debbie Keller in 1998. Rodriguez has nine goals off the bench in 2012 to tie for second with Keller.


BY THE NUMBERS

  • 1: USA’s FIFA ranking
  • 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)
  • 9: Career Olympic goals by Wambach, a U.S. WNT record
  • 11: Games this year in which Morgan and Wambach both contributed at least one goal (11-0-0 record)
  • 19: China PR’s FIFA ranking
  • 22: Combined goals off the bench this year by Leroux (13) and Rodriguez (9)
  • 22: Career Olympic appearances by U.S. captain Christie Rampone
  • 96: U.S. victories when Abby Wambach scores a goal (96-2-7 overall)
  • 116: Goals scored by the U.S. WNT in 2012 (114 individual goals, 2 own goals)


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OLYMPIC GOLD OVER THE YEARS:

The Fan Tribute Tour embraces a U.S. Women’s National Team that has set a standard in the Olympics. No soccer team – men’s or women’s – has won four Olympic gold medals. Here is a look at all four gold medal-winning performances:

  • Aug. 9, 2012: USA 2, Japan 1: U.S. midfielder Carli Lloyd, the gold medal hero of the 2008 Olympics, once again led the way for the USA by scoring both goals to upend 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup champion Japan in front of more than 80,000 spectators at Wembley Stadium in London – an Olympic record crowd for women’s soccer and the largest crowd the U.S. WNT has played in front of outside the United States. Lloyd made a darting run in the eighth minute, heading home the game’s first goal. Then Lloyd unleashed a right-footed shot from 20 yards out in the 54th minute for what would prove to be the winning tally.
  • Aug. 24, 2008: USA 1, Brazil 0 (OT): The U.S. held Brazil scoreless for 120 minutes and Carli Lloyd took the spotlight with a game-winning goal in the sixth minute of overtime in front of 51,612 at Worker’s Stadium in Beijing. Lloyd’s left-footed strike from just outside the box was the finishing touch for the USA’s third gold medal in four Olympic Games. Goalkeeper Hope Solo made six saves for the clean sheet.
  • Aug. 26, 2004: USA 2, Brazil 1 (OT): Abby Wambach’s snap header from about 12 yards out in the 112th minute flew past Brazil goalkeeper Andreia for the winner as the young Wambach capitalized on Kristine Lilly’s corner kick. Lindsay Tarpley gave the USA a first-half lead in the 39th minute and Brazil’s Pretinha equalized in the 73rd minute. The Athens Olympics served as the final international championship for retiring players such as Joy Fawcett, Julie Foudy and Mia Hamm.
  • Aug. 1, 1996: USA 2, China PR 1: Tiffeny Milbrett scored off of a strong setup from Joy Fawcett in the 68th minute to give the USA its first gold medal in front of 76,481 at Sanford Stadium in Athens, Ga. Fawcett attacked down the right side into the penalty area, drew a China defender and slid the ball to a wide open Milbrett. Shannon MacMillan scored the first goal in the 19th minute, rebounding Mia Hamm’s initial shot that was saved by China goalkeeper Hong Gao and deflected off the post. China’s Lihong Zhao tied the score at 1-1 in the 32nd minute.

JILL ELLIS FACT FILE: Interim head coach Jill Ellis has managed six games for the U.S. Women’s National Team, compiling a 4-0-2 record as she manages the team for the remainder of 2012 before Tom Sermanni takes the reins at the start of 2013. The 46-year-old Ellis was appointed as the Development Director for the U.S. Women’s National Teams in January of 2011. She oversees the women’s youth national team program at the U-14, U-15 and U-17 levels. Below are some of her accomplishments as a player and coach.

  • Ellis served as an assistant coach under Pia Sundhage, helping the U.S. Women’s National Team to a gold medal at the 2008 Olympics.
  • Ellis twice coached the U.S. U-20 Women’s National Team, guiding the squad to the CONCACAF title in 2010 and the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Germany.
  • She also had two stints as the head coach of the U.S. U-21 WNT, the second starting in the middle of 2005, after which she guided the team to the Nordic Cup in Sweden. Ellis also coached the U-21s to the Nordic Cup title in Germany in 2000.
  • Ellis spent 12 years as the head coach of the UCLA women’s team, leading the Bruins to eight NCAA Final Fours, including seven in a row from 2003-09. She won six straight conference titles (2003-08) and compiled a 229-45-14 record.
  • She also was the head coach at the University of Illinois in 1997 and 1998.
  • Ellis grew up in Portsmouth, England, and came to the U.S. in 1981 at age 15. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the College of William & Mary in 1988.
  • The former Williams & Mary forward (1984-87) was a third-team All-American in 1987 and an honorable mention all-region selection in 1985.


IN FOCUS: CHINA PR
Chinese Football Association
Founded: 1924 (Joined FIFA in 1931)
Head Coach: Hao Wei
FIFA World Ranking: 19
Best FIFA World Cup Finish: Second Place (1999)
Best Olympics Finish: Second Place (1996)


CHINA PR ROSTER BY POSITION
GOALKEEPERS (2): 1-Zhang Yue (Beijing), 12-Wang Fei (Dalian)
DEFENDERS (7): 2-Wang Lingling (Beijing), 4-Li Jiayue (Shanghai), 6-Lin Yuping (Army), 14-Wang Dongni (Dalian), 19-Liu Shanshan (Hebei), 20-Huang Yini (Shanghai), 26-Wu Haiyan (Beijing)
MIDFIELDERS (7): 7-Bi Yan (Dalian), 11-Pu Wei (Shanghai), 18-Han Peng (Tianjin), 21-Wang Lisi (Jiang Su), 23-Ren Guixin (Changchun), 25-Zhang Rui (Army), 33-Zhang Xin (Shanghai)
FORWARDS (4): 10-Ma Xiaoxu (Dalian), 13-Wang Shanshan (Tianjin), 16-Wang Chen (Beijing), 27-Li Ying (Zhejiang)


CHINA PR ROSTER NOTES:

  • Six players on China PR’s roster were part of the 2012 FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup team earlier this year, including four of its six defenders: Wu Haiyan, Lin Yuping, Liu Shanshan and Huang Yini.
  • Pu Wei, the team captain, played on China’s 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup team that fell to the USA in penalty kicks in the title match. She would later sign with the WUSA’s Washington Freedom.
  • China participated in the 12-team 2012 Algarve Cup in Portugal and wound up with a ninth-place finish, defeating host Portugal 1-0 for its lone victory on March 7. The USA settled for third place in the event with a 4-0 win against Sweden in the third-place match on March 7.
  • China did not qualify for the 2012 London Olympics – the first time the team has failed to do so. China’s best Olympics finish was in the inaugural 1996 Summer Games in Atlanta, where the team took the silver medal against the gold medal-winning USA.


LAST TIME
On the field for the USA:
Dec. 12, 2012 – BBVA Compass Stadium; Houston, Texas – International Friendly

USA   4 Abby Wambach 20, 63; Carli Lloyd 62, Amy Rodriguez 85
CHN   0

Lineups:
USA: 1-Hope Solo (18-Nicole Barnhart, 46); 2-Heather Mitts (16-Rachel Buehler, 46), 3-Christie Rampone (capt.), 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 6-Amy LePeilbet; 9-Heather O’Reilly, 10-Carli Lloyd, 12-Lauren Cheney (7-Shannon Boxx, 46), 17-Tobin Heath (15-Megan Rapinoe, 46); 13-Alex Morgan (8-Amy Rodriguez, 75), 14-Abby Wambach (11-Sydney Leroux, 69)
Subs Not Used: 5-Kelley O’Hara 
Head coach: Jill Ellis

CHN: 12-Wang Fei; 4-Li Jiayue, 14-Wang Dongni, 20-Huang Yini, 26-Wu Haiyan; 7-Bi Yan (16-Wang Chen, 52), 18-Han Peng (2-Wang Lingling, 62; 33-Zhang Xin, 78), 11-Pu Wei (capt.), 21-Wang Lisi (23-Ren Guixin, 49), 25-Zhang Rui (19-Liu Shanshan, 68), 27-Li Ying (10-Ma Xiaoxu, 57)
Subs Not Used: 1-Zhang Yue, 6-Lin Yuping, 13-Wang Shanshan
Head coach: Hao Wei

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