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U.S. WNT Prepares for Second Leg Against New Zealand at Columbus Crew Stadium


U.S. Women’s National Team Notes
vs. New Zealand – Oct. 30, 2013 – Columbus, Ohio

U.S. WNT PREPARES FOR SECOND LEG AGAINST FERNS: The U.S. Women’s National Team will look to end its three-game October schedule on a high note as it faces New Zealand on Oct. 30 at Columbus Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio (kickoff at 7:30 p.m. ET) in what will be the second meeting between these two teams in four days. The USA won the first match by a 4-1 score on Oct. 27 at Candlestick Park in front of more than 16,000 fans as Megan Rapinoe, Carli Lloyd, Christen Press and Heather O’Reilly scored. On Oct. 20, the USA earned a rousing 4-0 victory over the world’s eighth-ranked side Australia, getting goals from Lauren Holiday, Abby Wambach, Lloyd and Press in front of a crowd of more than 19,000 at the Alamodome in San Antonio. Head coach Tom Sermanni brings 21 players to Columbus in what will end an intense two weeks of training, travel and games. The match against New Zealand will be streamed live on ussoccer.com. This year, the U.S. has scored 51 goals while allowing nine, three of those to European champion Germany in an April 5 friendly in Offenbach, Germany. The USA has allowed only three goals in seven matches since that Germany game.

USA VS. BRAZIL WILL END 2013 SCHEDULE: The U.S. WNT will finish its 2013 schedule against Brazil on Sunday, Nov. 10, at the Florida Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Fla. The match will kick off at 3:30 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on NBC. Fans can also follow along on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt. The meeting of the world’s top-ranked U.S. team against fourth-ranked Brazil marks the first match between the countries in the United States since 2008 when the USA pulled out a 1-0 victory in San Diego during the game in which Abby Wambach broke her leg. The teams have played three times since – in Beijing, China, at the 2008 Olympic gold medal game; in Dresden, Germany, during the historic 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup quarterfinal; and in Chiba, Japan, during an international tournament in April 2012. The match will be the USA’s first visit to Orlando and the Citrus Bowl since May 22, 1999, when the Americans also played Brazil. That 3-0 U.S. victory featured Mia Hamm scoring her 108th-career goal to break the international scoring record.

U.S. Women’s National Team Roster:
GOALKEEPERS (4): 18-Nicole Barnhart (FC Kansas City), 28-Adrianna Franch (WNY Flash), 21-Jill Loyden (Sky Blue FC), 1-Hope Solo (Seattle Reign FC)
DEFENDERS (8): 16-Rachel Buehler (Portland Thorns FC), 14-Whitney Engen (Tyresö), 22-Meghan Klingenberg (Tyresö), 11-Ali Krieger (Tyresö), 8-Kristie Mewis (FC Kansas City), 3-Christie Rampone (Sky Blue FC), 26-Leigh Ann Robinson (FC Kansas City), 4-Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City)
MIDFIELDERS (5): 7-Yael Averbuch (Göteborg), 12-Lauren Holiday (FC Kansas City), 10-Carli Lloyd (WNY Flash), 9-Heather O’Reilly (Boston Breakers), 15-Megan Rapinoe (Lyon)
FORWARDS (4): 2-Sydney Leroux (Boston Breakers), 13-Alex Morgan (Portland Thorns FC), 23-Christen Press (Tyresö), 20-Abby Wambach (WNY Flash)

SO FAR, SO GOOD: The USA heads into its second-to-last match of the year with a 12-0-2 record in 2013. The draws came against European champion Germany and Sweden, which lost to Germany in the semifinal of last summer’s UEFA Women’s Championship. The U.S. Women are riding a 37-game unbeaten streak since their 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 12/8/2004 through 9/22/2007). Over the past 37 games, the U.S. has 32 wins and five ties, scoring 125 goals while allowing 27. The USA is riding a 75-game home unbeaten streak, including 66 wins and just nine ties. 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 just two losses the USA has suffered when Abby Wambach scores a goal. The USA’s last tie at home came on Oct. 23, 2012, a 2-2 draw with Germany in East Harford, Conn., that followed a 1-1 draw against Germany at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Ill., three days prior.

HEATH NEEDS REST: Midfielder Tobin Heath was ruled out of the games this month because of continuing issues with a right foot injury. Heath has played a bit for her French club Paris Saint-Germain since scoring the winning goal in the NWSL Championship Game for the Portland Thorns on Aug. 31. She will now rest her foot for an extended period of time. Heath has 69 caps and eight goals for the USA. U.S. head coach Tom Sermanni decided to keep defender Leigh Ann Robinson for both of the New Zealand games in place of Heath. Robinson was originally scheduled only to be with the squad for the Oct. 20 Australia game. She has one career cap, earned Sept. 3 during a 7-0 rout of Mexico in Washington, D.C.

PUT THE ROSTER ON SHUFFLE: U.S. head coach Tom Sermanni originally called in 25 players for this event, which covers 16 days and three games, but numerous players have traveled in and out because of European and college commitments. With the Oct. 20 match not falling on a FIFA date, the U.S. roster was originally to consist of mostly NWSL-based players, but four players who played for Tyresö in Sweden this year were able to get released early. Megan Rapinoe, who is currently playing with Lyon in France, was the final player into camp, having arrived on the evening of Oct. 21, and she scored just seven minutes into the New Zealand match in San Francisco. Sermanni will name 18 players to suit up for the game in Columbus.

STRAIGHT FROM PARIS: Three U.S. players currently playing in Sweden that were named to the roster arrived into camp earlier than expected. Ali Krieger, Christen Press and Meghan Klingenberg touched down in Texas on Oct. 17, traveling directly from Paris, where their Swedish club Tyresö won its UEFA Champions League Round of 32 series against Tobin Heath and Lindsey Horan's PSG. Tyresö won the first leg 2-1, with both goals coming from Press. The return leg in Paris ended 0-0 with U.S. goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris playing a stellar match, giving the Swedish club the aggregate victory. The three players were able to get released from their final Damallsvenskan match of the season after Tyresö defeated Yael Averbuch’s Göteborg FC 4-1, clinching second place and a Champions League berth for next season. As Tyresö could not win the league title – that was captured by LdB Malmö – the players were available for the Oct. 20 match against Australia at the Alamodome. When the U.S. roster was announced, the players were not set to arrive until after the Australia match. Defender Whitney Engen, who signed with Tyresö just for Champions League play, was always set to arrive before the Australia game. Against the Matildas, Engen and Klingenberg started while Press came off the bench and scored. Against New Zealand on Oct. 27, Klingenberg played 90 minutes, Press started and scored while Krieger also played 90 minutes.

PRESS DELIVERS IN SWEDEN: Christen Press rejoins the U.S. WNT after another highly successful season in Sweden. This year she led the Swedish league in scoring with 23 goals in 20 games, although her club Tyresö finished just short of the league title behind Malmö. Last season, she finished second in the league in scoring with 17 goals. Press has eight starts in 11 games for the USA in her first year of senior team activity.

THEY’RE BAAAAAACK: The USA heads into 2014 with some enviable depth. Consider the players who missed the 7-0 victory against Mexico on Sept. 3 who are in for this series of games: Christen Press, Ali Krieger, Meghan Klingenberg, and Whitney Engen and Megan Rapinoe only for the New Zealand games. In addition, Alex Morgan did not play against Mexico as she sat out while recovering from an MCL strain. The U.S. will have at its disposal four goalkeepers in Hope Solo, Nicole Barnhart, Jill Loyden and Adrianna Franch, who had an excellent rookie year in helping the WNY Flash to the NWSL title game. Morgan did not suit up against New Zealand in San Francisco after suffering an ankle sprain in training and is listed as day-to-day.

HELLO COLUMBUS : Columbus Crew Stadium, the first soccer-specific stadium built for MLS, has been a fine host to U.S. Soccer for years. The U.S. Women last played at Crew Stadium in 2011 against Japan, a 2-0 victory in May of that year. The U.S. Women are 4-1-0 all-time at the venue, which has been a fortress for the U.S. Men's National Team during World Cup qualifying. One of the wins for the U.S. Women at Crew Stadium was a 3-0 victory against North Korea during group play at the 2003 FIFA Women's World Cup. The USA was scheduled to play at Crew Stadium on Sept. 11, 2001, during the Nike U.S. Cup, also against Japan, but the events of that day led to the cancellation of the match and the rest of the tournament.

#CAUGHTMIA: U.S. WNT forward Abby Wambach, who was named the 2012 FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year at the 2012 FIFA Ballon d’Or gala in Zurich, Switzerland, in early January of 2013, added a few more lines to her legendary resume on June 20 when she pounded in four goals against South Korea to pass Mia Hamm on the world’s all-time international goal scoring list. Hamm, the 2001 and 2002 FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year, who had 158 career international scores from 1987-2004, will now be forever looking up at Wambach, who sits at 162 and counting. Wambach scored her 162nd against Australia on Oct. 20, marking the 103rd win for the USA in a game in which Wambach has scored at least one goal (103-2-8). Wambach has scored 37 goals in her past 43 games over 2012 and 2013. She is also third all-time in assists with 65, behind only Kristine Lilly (105) and Mia Hamm (144), who are the only players ever to surpass 100 assists in a career.

WAMBACH HAS SCORED AGAINST 31 DIFFERENT COUNTRIES: Coming into the two matches against South Korea in June of this year, Abby Wambach had never scored against Korea Republic. Of course, she had never before played against the Korea Republic. That changed quickly as she scored five goals in two games against one of the top teams in Asia. Of Wambach’s world record 162 career goals, she has scored the most against Mexico, peppering El Tri with 20 goals in 20 games. Sixty-nine of her 162 goals (43 percent) were scored with her head. She has scored four against New Zealand.

2013 COMING TO AN END: This year will see the USA play 16 total games in six countries and seven U.S. states, plus the District of Columbia. The only country the USA has played that is ranked outside of the top-20 in the world is Mexico (24). The U.S. has played five games against countries ranked in the top-10 by FIFA. Brazil is ranked fourth, Australia is eighth and New Zealand has risen to 19th. Getting 16 top-class matches in the year after an Olympic tournament represents a growth in the U.S. program as that year has historically been a bit quieter. In addition, getting to play 16 matches during a year that featured the inaugural season of the NWSL was a product of some excellent scheduling by U.S. Soccer and Tom Sermanni and his staff. The USA started the year in Florida, defeating Scotland 4-1 in Jacksonville, and will end in Florida when it faces Brazil in Orlando, Fla., on Nov. 10. The USA’s schedule for 2014 is still being finalized, but it will include a trip to the Algarve Cup, a home-and-home series against 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup host Canada and a collection of other domestic friendly matches.

2013 U.S. WNT SCHEDULE

Date

Opponent

Result/Time (ET)

U.S. Goal scorers/TV

Venue

Feb. 9

Scotland

4-1 W

Press (2), Boxx, Leroux

EverBank Field; Jacksonville, Fla.

Feb. 13

Scotland

3-1 W

Rapinoe, Wambach, Press

LP Field; Nashville, Tenn.

March 6*

Iceland

3-0 W

Buehler, Boxx, Wambach

Albufeira; Portugal

March 8*

China PR

5-0 W

Leroux, Krieger, Rapinoe, Press, Engen

Albufeira; Portugal

March 11*

Sweden

1-1 T

Morgan

Lagos; Portugal

March 13*

Germany

2-0 W

Morgan (2)

Faro; Portugal

April 5

Germany

3-3 T

Wambach, Rapinoe, Morgan

Offenbach; Germany

April 9

Netherlands

3-1 W

Heath, Press (2)

The Hague; Netherlands

June 2

Canada

3-0 W

Morgan (2), Leroux

Toronto; Canada

June 15

Korea Rep.

4-1 W

Mewis, Cheney, Lloyd, Wambach

Foxborough, Mass.

June 20

Korea Rep.

5-0 W

Wambach (4), Cheney

Harrison, N.J.

Sept. 3

Mexico

7-0 W

Wambach, Leroux (4), Buehler, Brian

Washington, D.C.

Oct. 20

Australia

4-0 W

Holiday, Lloyd, Wambach, Press

San Antonio, Texas

Oct. 27

New Zealand

4-1 W

Rapinoe, Lloyd, Press, O’Reilly

San Francisco, Calif.

Oct. 30

New Zealand

ussoccer.com

Columbus, Ohio

Nov. 10

Brazil

NBC

Orlando, Fla.

* Algarve Cup

U.S. ROSTER BREAKDOWN: U.S. head coach Tom Sermanni has four goalkeepers, eight defenders, five midfielders and four forwards available for this match. On the U.S. roster, just five players are over 30 years old: team captain Christie Rampone (38), Abby Wambach (33), Hope Solo (32), Nicole Barnhart (32) and Carli Lloyd (31). The U.S. roster features all professional players. Seventeen of the players competed in the inaugural season of NWSL, but two of those – Ali Krieger and Megan Rapinoe – are part of a group of six players on this roster currently playing in Europe.

U.S. ROSTER NOTES

  • Lauren Holiday was the NWSL MVP during the inaugural season, and the roster includes NWSL Defender of the Year Becky Sauerbrunn and NWSL Goalkeeper of the Year Nicole Barnhart.
  • The USA’s quartet of forwards – Alex Morgan, Abby Wambach, Christen Press and Sydney Leroux – has scored 31 of the USA’s 51 goals (60 percent) so far in 2013. Wambach leads the team with 10 goals, but Press has eight and Leroux has seven. Both Wambach and Leroux have had four-goal games this year, while both Morgan and Press each have a pair of two-goal games.
  • Press has scored eight goals in her 11 caps so far. With two two-goal games to her credit, she has scored in six out of her 11 games so far.
  • Two players who have earned their first caps this year are on the roster – defender Kristie Mewis, the third overall pick in the NWSL College Draft by FC Kansas City, and forward Press.
  • U.S. head coach Tom Sermanni has given eight players their first caps in 2013: Morgan Brian, Crystal Dunn, Ashlyn Harris, Lindsey Horan, Julie Johnston, Mewis, Press and Erika Tymrak.
  • The USA has seven players on its roster with 11 or less caps, but just one uncapped player in goalkeeper Adrianna Franch, as Sermanni continues the push to get younger players into the squad and increase the competition for roster spots and starting spots.
  • Almost a quarter of the USA’s roster (five players) is made up of FC Kansas City teammates. The Western New York Flash have three players while the Seattle Reign, Boston Breakers, Portland Thorns and Sky Blue FC each have two players. The Washington Spirit is represented by Ali Krieger.
  • 2012 Olympic champions Kelley O’Hara and Amy LePeilbet are recovering from major surgeries on their ankle and knee, respectively, while long-time midfield stalwart Shannon Boxx is pregnant with her first child and will be out of action.
  • Seventeen of the players on the roster played for NWSL clubs, but one (Krieger) is on loan to Swedish club Tyresö. Tyresö also features Whitney Engen, Meghan Klingenberg and Press, while Megan Rapinoe has returned to France to play for Lyon.
  • Engen, who recently helped Liverpool win the FA Women’s Super League title for the first time, was acquired by Tyresö just for Champions League and helped the club overcome Tobin Heath and Lindsey Horan’s Paris Saint-Germain in the Round of 32 series.
  • On Oct. 27 against New Zealand, U.S. captain Christie Rampone saw her first game action since recovering from knee surgery in early September. She played the final 18 minutes against the Kiwis, spelling Becky Sauerbrunn.

IN THE RECORD BOOKS

  • The current 75-game home unbeaten streak is the record. The next-highest is 50 games (48-0-2) from Feb. 10, 1996-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.).
  • The USA has scored three or more goals in eight consecutive games. The current record of scoring three or more goals is 11 consecutive games, which the team has done twice:
    • 1999: April 29-July 1, 11-0-0 record
    • 2002: March 7-Nov. 6, 11-0-0 record
  • The USA is on a five-game streak of scoring four or more goals. The record is seven straight (April 7-May 18, 1991, when the team outscored the field 58-0 in that stretch to open the year). The USA also has three stretches of six games of scoring four or more goals in 1994-95, 1997 and 1999-00) and two other stretches of five games with four or more goals (1996 and 2002).
  • 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.
  • Alex Morgan made her U.S. debut on March 31, 2009. With 41 goals heading into the Germany match last April 5, she had the most goals of any player in U.S. history by the third anniversary of her debut; Wambach had 32 and Natasha Kai had 24.
  • Morgan’s two goals against Canada on June 2 gave her 44 for her career, moving her into a tie for 11th place on the all-time scoring list with Tisha Venturini. She has not found the net in her past three WNT games and sat out the Sept. 3 match against Mexico recovering from an MCL strain, but had numerous chances against Australia on Oct. 20.
  • 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 in the midfield.
  • With her 205th cap on June 2 against Canada, Wambach moved past Tiffeny Milbrett into sixth on the all-time caps list. Wambach, who currently has 210 caps, is now chasing Joy Fawcett (239 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 285 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. Rampone is recovering from minor knee surgery and may not be available for the Oct. 27 match.
  • Heather O’Reilly, who is 10 years younger than Rampone and three years younger than Wambach, is the third most-capped player on the roster with 191 games played. O’Reilly is 10th on the all-time caps list, just one game behind Brandi Chastain.
  • The WNT has 12 consecutive wins in the USA, but that’s far off the record. The most consecutive wins in the U.S. is 21 (April 10, 1993, a 3-0 win vs. Germany in Atlanta; through Feb. 2, 1996, a 3-2 win against Norway in Tampa, Fla.).

BY THE NUMBERS

  • 0.64: Goals per game that the USA has allowed in 2013
  • 1: USA’s FIFA ranking
  • 3.62: Goals per game the USA has scored in 2013
  • 6: Assists by Lauren Holiday in 2013, best on the team
  • 8: Goals in 11 career games for U.S. forward Christen Press
  • 30: Players that have earned a cap this year for the WNT
  • 37: USA’s current overall unbeaten streak dating back to 2012 (32-0-5)
  • 67: Career shutouts by Hope Solo, just four behind all-time leader Briana Scurry
  • 90.7: Minutes on field per goal averaged by Alex Morgan in her career
  • 98.9: Minutes on field per goal averaged by Abby Wambach in her career
  • 103: U.S. victories when Wambach scores a goal (103-2-8 overall)
  • 130: Minutes on field per goal averaged by Mia Hamm in her career
  • 285: Caps by Christie Rampone, second all-time to Kristine Lilly

USA IN NWSL: Lauren Holiday had a fantastic club season, winning the league MVP and the Golden Boot as the top scorer with 12 goals. She was also tops in assists with nine. Abby Wambach finished tied for second in goals with Sydney Leroux (11 each) and second in the league in assists with eight. Alex Morgan finished the season as the league leader in shots (82) and shots on goal (44), while Megan Rapinoe finished second in the league in shots with 65 after playing in only 12 matches. WNT players swept the league awards as Nicole Barnhart won Goalkeeper of the Year, and Becky Sauerbrunn won Defender of the Year. Defenders Rachel Buehler, Sauerbrunn and Christie Rampone and midfielder Holiday played every minute for which they were available for their clubs this year. Carli Lloyd scored eight goals during the regular season and added two more in the playoffs, scoring both in the WNY Flash’s 2-0 win against Sky Blue FC.

NWSL BEST XI: Twelve players on the USA’s October roster were named to the NWSL Best XI First Team or Second Team. NWSL Goalkeeper of the Year Nicole Barnhart, Sky Blue FC defender Christie Rampone (who had an excellent club season at 38), FC Kansas City defenders Leigh Ann Robinson and Becky Sauerbrunn, FCKC midfielder Lauren Holiday, Boston Breakers forward Sydney Leroux and Western New York Flash forward Abby Wambach were named to the First Team. Portland Thorns defender Rachel Buehler, Washington Spirit defender Ali Krieger, Western New York Flash goalkeeper Adrianna Franch, Seattle Reign midfielder Megan Rapinoe and Thorns forward Alex Morgan made the Second Team.

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. 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 takes 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 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: NEW ZEALAND
New Zealand Football
Founded: 1891 (joined FIFA in 1948)
Head Coach: Tony Readings
FIFA World Ranking: 19
Best FIFA World Cup Finish (1991, 2007, 2011): Group play (1991, 2007, 2011)
Best Olympics Finish (2008, 2012): Quarterfinal (2012)

NEW ZEALAND ROSTER BY POSITION
GOALKEEPERS (2): 1-Jenny Bindon (Hibiscus Coast), 21-Erin Nayler (Eastern Suburbs)
DEFENDERS (8): 5-Abby Erceg (Jena), 3-Anna Green (Eastern Suburbs), 18-Megan Lee (Louisiana State), 14-Elizabeth Milne (Glenfield Rovers), 6-Meikayla Moore (Coastal Spirit), 2-Ria Percival (Jena), 7-Ali Riley (Malmo), 15-Rebekah Stott (Melbourne Victory)
MIDFIELDERS (4): 12-Betsy Hassett (Unattached), 4-Katie Hoyle (Melbourne Victory), 16-Annalie Longo (Three Kings United), 11-Kirsty Yallop (Vittsjo)
FORWARDS (6): 20-Hellen Collins (Claudelands Rovers), 10-Sarah Gregorius (Liverpool), 19-Stephanie Skilton (Syracuse), 9-Amber Hearn (Jena), 13-Rosie White (UCLA), 17-Hannah Wilkinson (Tennessee)

NEW ZEALAND ROSTER NOTES

  • After New Zealand’s performances at the 2012 London Olympics when it became the first New Zealand soccer team to reach the quarterfinals of a major tournament at any level, NZ women’s soccer was seen as a genuine medal prospect for Rio 2016 and received funding of $NZ 800k ($650,000 on current exchange rates) into the women's program both this year and next.
  • New Zealand goalkeeper Jenny Bindon, who is an American from Illinois, moved to New Zealand after her marriage to Grant Bindon, a former captain of the New Zealand Men's Volleyball Team, whom she met while they were students at Lewis University. At 39 years old, she was the oldest player at the 2012 Olympics. She suffered a head injury against the USA late in that Olympic quarterfinal match and it took her a better part of the year to fully recover.
  • New Zealand has as many as 32 players who have played for various age group National Teams playing college soccer across the USA, and four of those are on this roster – forwards Stephanie Skilton (Syracuse), Rosie White (UCLA) and Hannah Wilkinson (Tennessee), who scored the Ferns’ lone goal against the USA on Oct. 27. Wilkinson has five goals for the Volunteers, White has two for the Bruins and Skilton leads the Orange with nine. Defender Megan Lee plays at LSU.
  • Defender Ali Riley is an American from Pacific Palisades, Calif. who starred at Stanford and played in the WPS with the Bay Area FC Gold Pride and the Western New York Flash, winning league titles in both seasons. She was the WPS Rookie of the Year in 2010 with the Gold Pride. She is currently playing with Malmo in the Swedish First Division and won the league title there, as well.

USA VS. NEW ZEALAND SERIES

  • The U.S. has a 10-1-0 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 has a 10-game winning streak against New Zealand, posting seven shutouts with a 42-3 scoring advantage during that stretch.
  • Before the Oct. 27 match in San Francisco, the USA had last played New Zealand in the quarterfinal of the 2012 Olympics in Newcastle, England, a 2-0 victory in which Abby Wambach scored early and Sydney Leroux added a late goal to send the Americans to the semifinal.
  • The U.S. also played New Zealand in the 2008 Olympics, earning a 4-0 victory during group play to advance to the quarterfinals. 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 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. O’Reilly’s goal is still the fastest goal in Olympic history.
  • New Zealand came as close to defeating the USA as it ever has since that first match on Feb. 11, 2012, in sub-freezing temperatures in Frisco, Texas. Forward Hannah Wilkinson, who currently plays at the University Tennessee, scored in the 49th minute (she now has NZ’s last two goals against the Americans) and the USA needed two very late goals from Alex Morgan in front of a crowd of more than 20,000. Morgan scored in the 88th minute and then bagged a game-winner three minutes into stoppage time. Both were on headers. New Zealand’s goal came on its only shot on goal during the match.

LAST TIME:
On the field for the USA:
Oct. 27, 2013 – Candlestick Park; San Francisco – International Friendly

USA   4   Rapinoe 7, Lloyd 12, Press 42, O’Reilly 87
NZL    1   Wilkinson 54

Lineups:
USA: 1-Hope Solo (18-Nicole Barnhart, 46); 11-Ali Krieger, 16-Rachel Buehler, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn (3-Christie Rampone, 73), 22-Meghan Klingenberg; 9-Heather O’Reilly, 10-Carli Lloyd, 12-Lauren Holiday (8-Kristie Mewis, 80), 15-Megan Rapinoe (2-Sydney Leroux, 80); 23-Christen Press, 20-Abby Wambach (capt.)
Substitutions Not Used: 7-Yael Averbuch, 14-Whitney Engen, 26-Leigh Ann Robinson
Head coach: Tom Sermanni

NZL: 21-Erin Nayler; 5-Abby Erceg (capt.), 2-Ria Percival, 7-Ali Riley, 15-Rebekah Stott; 12-Betsy Hassett (11-Kirsty Yallop, 60), 4-Katie Hoyle, 16-Annalie Longo; 10-Sarah Gregorius (13-Rosie White, 79), 9-Amber Hearn, 17-Hannah Wilkinson (20-Hellen Collins, 75)
Substitutions Not Used: 1-Jenny Bindon, 3-Anna Green, 6-Meikayla Moore, 14-Elizabeth Milne, 18-Megan Lee, 19-Stephanie Skilton
Head coach: Tony Readings

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