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U.S. WNT Set to Face Colombia on Saturday in Second 2012 Olympic Match


U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Colombia – 2012 London Olympics
Hampden Park; Glasgow, Scotland
July 28, 2012

GROUP-LEADING USA FACES COLOMBIA SECOND OLYMPIC MATCH: The U.S. Women’s National Team is coming off a clutch, historic and highly entertaining 4-2 come-from-behind victory against France on July 25 and will face Colombia in its second Group G match at 12 p.m. ET on Saturday, July 28, at Hampden Park in Glasgow, Scotland. The match will be broadcast live on the NBC Sports Network and the NBC Olympic Soccer Channel, as well as streamed online on NBC Live Extra. Fans can also follow the match via ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt.

UPCOMING GROUP G ACTION: The USA is atop Group G with three points alongside Korea DPR, which defeated Colombia 2-0 on July 25. Both teams hold a plus-2 goal differential, but the USA is in first-place by virtue of more goals scored. Following Saturday’s game against Colombia, the USA wraps up group play 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 and the NBC Olympic Soccer Channel.

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

12 p.m.

NBC Sports Network; NBC Olympic Soccer Channel

Hampden Park; Glasgow, Scotland

July 31~

Korea DPR

12:15 p.m.

NBC Sports Network; NBC Olympic Soccer Channel

Old Trafford; Manchester, England

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

U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Nicole Barnhart, Hope Solo
DEFENDERS (6): Rachel Buehler, Amy LePeilbet, Heather Mitts, Kelley O’Hara, Christie Rampone, Becky Sauerbrunn
MIDFIELDERS (6): Shannon Boxx, Tobin Heath, Carli Lloyd, Heather O’Reilly, Megan Rapinoe, Amy Rodriguez
FORWARDS (4): Lauren Cheney, Sydney Leroux, Alex Morgan, Abby Wambach

Group G Standings and Schedule

Team

GP

W

L

T

GF

GA

GD

Pts

United States

1

1

0

0

4

2

+2

3

Korea DPR

1

1

0

0

2

0

+2

3

Colombia

1

0

1

0

0

2

-2

0

France

1

0

1

0

2

4

-2

0

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

Saturday, July 28
USA vs. Colombia, 12 p.m. ET
France vs. Korea DPR, 2:45 p.m. ET

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

GROUP G OPENERS RECAP:

  • USA 4, France 2: On July 25, the USA rebounded from a 2-0 deficit through 13 minutes with four unanswered goals at Hampden Park in Glasgow, Scotland. Carli Lloyd’s 56th-minute goal proved to be the game-winner for a 3-2 lead, Alex Morgan scored her first two Olympic goals and Abby Wambach started the comeback with a clutch header in the 19th minute to swing the momentum in the USA’s favor.
  • Korea DPR 2, Colombia 0: Korea DPR head coach Sin Ui Gun’s side delayed taking the field for more than an hour because of an error that displayed the Republic of Korea flag on the big screens next to the photos of the North Korean players. Following the delay, Korea DPR striker Kim Song-Hui led the charge with two goals for a victory against Colombia and a share of the Group G lead on July 25. She tallied goals in the 39th and 85th minutes and Korea DPR held a 7-2 shots on goal advantage over Colombia.

U.S. ROSTER NOTES:

  • Six players on the U.S. roster have scored in an Olympics: Abby Wambach (4 goals in 2004; 1 goal in 2012), Carli Lloyd (2 goals in 2008; 1 goal 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) and now Alex Morgan (2 goals in 2012).
  • Morgan became the third U.S player to score two goals in an Olympic game. Angela Hucles scored twice in the 4-2 win against Japan on Aug. 18, 2008, in the semifinals of the 2008 Olympics. Eight years earlier, Tiffeny Milbrett scored both U.S. goals in the 2-3 loss to Norway on Sept. 28, 2000 at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney.
  • Morgan leads the U.S. WNT with 19 goals in 16 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 is 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 in 2008 (the USA was down 1-0 before scoring four straight).
  • Shannon Boxx, who injured a hamstring early in the match against France, will not play against Colombia, but is listed as day-to-day for the USA’s final group match against Korea DPR.


USA VS. COLOMBIA SERIES


  • The U.S. has faced Colombia only on one other occasion on July 2, 2011, in the FIFA Women’s World Cup. The USA defeated Colombia 3-0 in the second match in Group C.
  • That victory secured a place in the quarterfinal phase of the World Cup.
  • Heather O’Reilly, Megan Rapinoe and Carli Lloyd each scored a goal for the USA through 57 minutes and the team dominated from the start. The U.S. out-shot Colombia 27-12 and 9-4 on goal.
  • The USA’s 2012 Olympic group consists of three opponents that the team faced during the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup: Colombia, France and Korea DPR.


IN THE RECORD BOOKS


  • 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. She has surpassed the previous USA record holders of Joy Fawcett, Julie Foudy, Kristine Lilly and Kate Markgraf.
  • 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 at 162 and into sole possession of 12th place with 169 career caps. Boxx and Overbeck had been tied in both categories.
  • The USA is 89-2-5 all-time when Wambach scores a goal.
  • Captain Christie Rampone surpassed 20,000 minutes played for her career during the USA’s 3-0 win against Brazil in the Kirin Challenge Cup on April 3. With 1,321 minutes logged this year, she now has 20,334 in her 14 years with the WNT. She is the fifth U.S. Women’s player to reach such a feat, joining Kristine Lilly (28,700), Julie Foudy (21,669), Mia Hamm (20,694) and Joy Fawcett (20,527).
  • Rampone made her 250th career international appearance during the USA’s 2-1 victory against New Zealand on Feb. 11. Rampone (261 caps) ranks fourth all-time in U.S. WNT history, with Lilly (352), Hamm (275) and Foudy (271) ranking No. 1 through No. 3.
  • The U.S. Women have scored four goals in an Olympic match on two previous occasions, both during the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. The first was a 4-0 win against New Zealand on Aug. 12, followed by the 4-2 win against Japan on Aug. 18, in the tournament semifinals.


BY THE NUMBERS:

1 USA’s FIFA ranking
4 Two-goal scorers through the first day of the 2012 Olympics: Alex Morgan (U.S.), Lotta Schelin (Sweden), Marta (Brazil), Kim Song-Hui (Korea DPR)
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)
8 Games this year in which Morgan and Wambach both contributed at least one goal (8-0-0 record)
22 Goals in the first six matches of the 2012 Olympics
28 Colombia’s FIFA ranking
70 U.S. goals in 2012 through 16 games (this number does not factor in two own goals)
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

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Quote Sheet: U.S. WNT head coach Pia Sundhage Conference Call
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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 83-6-10, with 257 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.
  • 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: COLOMBIA
Federación Colombiana de Fútbol (FCF)
Founded: 1924 (FIFA affiliation: 1936)
Head Coach: Ricardo Rozo
FIFA World Ranking: 28
Best FIFA World Cup Finish: Group stage in 2011
Best Olympics Finish: Had never qualified for Olympics until 2012 London Games

COLOMBIA ROSTER BY POSITION
GOALKEEPERS (2): 1-Stefany Castaño, 12-Sandra Sepulveda
DEFENDERS (5): 3-Natalia Gaitan, 4-Natalia Ariza, 5-Nataly Arias, 13-Yulieht Dominguez, 14-Kelis Peduzine
MIDFIELDERS (7): 2-Tatiana Ariza, 6-Daniela Montoya, 8-Yoreli Rincon, 9-Carmen Rodallega, 10-Catalina Usme, 11-Liana Salazar, 18-Ana Montoya
FORWARDS (4): 7-Orianica Velasquez, 15-Ingrid Vidal, 16-Lady Andrade, 17-Melissa Ortiz

COLOMBIA ROSTER NOTES:

  • Nine players on Colombia’s roster have collegiate soccer ties within the U.S.
  • Twin sisters Tatiana Ariza and Natalia Ariza play for Austin Peay, where Tatiana led the team last season in goals (15) and assists (7).
  • Colombia has an incredibly young group in the Olympics. The oldest player on the team is 29-year-old defender Kelis Peduzine. Three players entered the Olympics in search of their first international cap: 17-year-old goalkeeper Stefany Castaño, 22-year-old forward Melissa Ortiz and 20-year-old midfielder Ana Montoya.
  • Midfielder Carmen Rodallega leads Colombia’s roster with 35 caps and midfielder Catalina Usme is the team’s leading goal scorer with 14 tallies.
  • Yoreli Rincon led Colombia with five goals during Olympic qualifying. The team finished second at the 2010 South American Women’s Championships, which served as qualifying for both the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup and the 2012 Olympics.


LAST TIME
On the field for the USA:
July 25, 2012 – Hampden Park – Glasgow, Scotland – 2012 London Olympics, Group 5

USA     4   Abby Wambach 19, Alex Morgan 32, 66, Carli Lloyd 56
France 2   Gaetane Thiney 12, Marie-Laure Delie 14

Lineups:
USA: 1-Hope Solo; 6-Amy LePeilbet, 3-Christie Rampone (capt.), 16-Rachel Buehler, 5-Kelley O’Hara; 15-Megan Rapinoe (11-Sydney Leroux, 84), 7-Shannon Boxx (10-Carli Lloyd, 17), 12-Lauren Cheney, 17-Tobin Heath; 13-Alex Morgan (8-Amy Rodriguez, 76), 14-Abby Wambach
Subs not used: 2-Heather Mitts, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 9-Heather O’Reilly, 18-Nicole Barnhart
Head coach: Pia Sundhage

FRA: 18-Sarah Bouhaddi; 2-Wendie Renard, 5-Ophélle Meilleroux (4-Laura Georges, 46), 7-Corine Franco, 8-Sonia Bompastor; 10-Camille Abily (6-Sandrine Soubeyrand, 71), 11-Marie-Laure Delie, 12-Élodie Thomis, 14-Louisa Necib (9-Eugénie Le Sommer, 46); 15-Élise Bussaglia, 17-Gaëtane Thiney
Subs not used: 1-Céline Deville, 3-Laure Boulleau, 13-Camille Catala, 16-Sabrina Viguier
Head coach: Bruni Bini

Vs. Colombia for the USA:
July 2, 2011 – Rhein-Neckar-Arena – Sinsheim, Germany – 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup, Group C

USA           3   Heather O’Reilly 12, Megan Rapinoe 50, Carli Lloyd 57
Colombia   0

Lineups:
USA: 1-Hope Solo; 11-Ali Krieger, 19-Rachel Buehler, 3-Christie Rampone (capt.), 6-Amy LePeilbet (14-Stephanie Cox, 56); 9-Heather O’Reilly (17-Tobin Heath, 62),16-Lori Lindsey, 10-Carli Lloyd, 12-Lauren Cheney; 8-Amy Rodriguez (15-Megan Rapinoe, 46), 20-Abby Wambach
Subs not used: 2-Heather Mitts, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 5-Kelley O’Hara, 7-Shannon Boxx, 13-Alex Morgan,18-Nicole Barnhart, 21-Jill Loyden
Head coach: Pia Sundhage

COL: 12-Sandra Sepulveda; 5-Nataly Arias, 14-Kelis Peduzine, 3-Natalia Gaitan (capt.), 19-Fatima Montano; 4-Diana Ospina, 13-Yulieht Dominguez, 11-Liana Salazar (10-Yoreli Rincon, 55), 9-Carmen Rodallega; 18-Katerin Castro, 7- Catalina Usme (20-Orianica Velasquez, 53)
Subs not used: 1-Paula Forero, 2-Yuli Munoz, 6-Daniela Montoya, 8-Andrea Peralta, 15-Tatiana Ariza, 16-Lady Andrade, 17-Ingrid Vidal, 21-Alejandra Velasco
Head coach: Ricardo Rozo


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