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U.S. Women's National Team Set To Face Germany in Augsburg, Germany, Thursday, Oct. 29


U.S. Women’s National Team
Augsburg, Germany
Oct. 28, 2009

USA READY FOR CLASH WITH GERMANY AT SOLD-OUT IMPULS ARENA: After eight days of training in chilly Germany, the U.S. team is primed and ready for its clash with Germany at the newly opened Impuls Arena in Augsburg. The match between the top two teams in the current FIFA Women’s World Rankings will kick off at 6 p.m. local time (1 p.m. ET) and fans can follow on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker. It will be the first meeting between the teams since January of 2007 making it 33 months between matches. Since that last game against Germany, which opened the USA’s 2007 schedule, the Americans have lost just two matches and tied six while winning 58 games.

U.S. Women’s National Team Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Nicole Barnhart (FC Gold Pride), Hope Solo (St. Louis Athletica)
DEFENDERS (6): Brittany Bock (Los Angeles Sol), Rachel Buehler (FC Gold Pride), Lori Chalupny (St. Louis Athletica), Amy LePeilbet (Boston Breakers), Heather Mitts (Philadelphia Independence), Cat Whitehill (Washington Freedom)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Yael Averbuch (Sky Blue FC), Shannon Boxx (Los Angeles Sol), Tobin Heath (UNC), Lori Lindsey (Philadelphia Independence), Carli Lloyd (Sky Blue FC), Heather O’Reilly (Sky Blue FC), Kacey White (Sky Blue FC)
FORWARDS (3): Ella Masar (Chicago Red Stars), Amy Rodriguez (Philadelphia Independence), Abby Wambach (Washington Freedom)

GERMANY HOSTS THE WORLD: The 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup will be held in Germany and the USA will get a good taste of the atmosphere that awaits them as a sold-out crowd is expected at Impuls Arena, which will serve as one of the nine venues for the sixth Women’s World Cup. The two-time defending champions, hosting on their own soil, will be favorites to hoist a third consecutive trophy, but the Americans will hopefully have something to stay about that. There is no doubt, however, the Germans will run a fantastic Women’s World Cup, scheduled for June 26-July 17, 2011, in nine cities: Augsburg, Berlin, Bochum, Dresden, Frankfurt, Leverkusen, Mönchengladbach, Sinsheim and Wolfsburg. The venues are spread out all over Germany. Almost all of the cities will host four matches, but unlike past Women’s World Cups, there will be no doubleheaders. The largest stadium is in Berlin (74,244), which will host just the opening game featuring the Germans. The smallest stadium is in Bochum, which seats 23,691. The Women’s World Cup Final will take place in Frankfurt (49,240) on July 17. The dates and venues for CONCACAF qualifying have yet to be determined, but the competition will likely be held at the end of 2010. Germany will also host the next FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, taking place July 13-Aug. 1, 2010.

QUICK HITS:

  • Of the 18 players on the roster for the match, just six played against Germany during the last meeting between the teams in January of 2007: Hope Solo, Heather Mitts, Cat Whitehill (who was the U.S. captain), Lori Chalupny , Carli Lloyd (who came off the bench) and Heather O’Reilly.
  • The USA’s 11 goals this year have been scored by nine different players. Only Shannon Boxx and Megan Rapinoe have two each.
  • U.S. goalkeeper Solo has an all-time record of 64-5-9. Nicole Barnhart has never lost a match and is 12-0-1.
  • O’Reilly’s 25 goals put her 15th on the all-time list. Abby Wambach is tied for fourth all-time in U.S. history with her 100 goals. Along with Lindsay Tarpley (30 goals), they are the only three active U.S. National Team players in the top-15 all-time goal scorers.
  • Since returning from her year-long rehabilitation from a knee injury suffered against Australia on April 27 of 2008, Mitts has made a run to and through the Olympics, the Achieve Your Gold Tour, the Algarve Cup and the most recent exhibitions that have seen her start 30 of the 32 games the USA has played.
  • The USA has received five yellow cards this year, one each to Boxx, Rachel Buehler, Kendall Fletcher, Rapinoe and Angie Woznuk.
  • Of the 193 players who have represented the United States Women’s National Team, 80 have scored a goal.
  • Heather O’Reilly leads the U.S. team in assists in 2009 with three.
  • The USA had five players log 11 multiple-goal matches in 2008, but the USA has not had a player score more than one goal in a match in the last 16 matches. The last player to score more than one goal in a game was Angela Hucles against Japan in the Olympic semifinal on Aug. 18, 2008. The players who scored multiple goals were Amy Rodriguez, Tarpley (three times), Wambach (twice), Natasha Kai (three times) and Hucles.
  • Since Pia Sundhage took over the U.S. team in the fall of 2007, she has given seven players their first-ever caps, but just two of them are on the roster for the Germany game. Sundhage’s first-cappers are: Buehler, Tina DiMartino, Fletcher, Tobin Heath, Ali Krieger, Christine Nairn and Becky Sauerbrunn.
  • The U.S. team has been shutout in a match just seven times in the last 100 international matches, but lost just three of those games. The USA tied Australia 0-0 in October of 2005, tied France 0-0 in January of 2006, tied Germany 0-0 in March of 2006 (in a game the USA lost in PKs in the Algarve Cup Final), tied Germany 0-0 in January of 2007, lost to Brazil 0-4 in the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup Final, lost to Norway 0-2 in the first round of the 2008 Olympics and tied South Korea in November of 2008. By contrast, the USA has earned 66 shutouts in its last 100 matches.
  • Since the end of the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup, the USA is 41-1-4.

SUNDHAGE AND NEID MEET AGAIN: The international playing careers of U.S. head coach Pia Sundhage and Germany’s Silvia Neid ran somewhat parallel courses with the Swedish international and German international crossing paths on more than several occasions. None was bigger than in first round play at the 2005 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Sweden. In its first game of the tournament, Sweden had been upset, 1-0, by Brazil and was on the verge of elimination in its own country when it fell behind Germany, 2-0, after 42 minutes. The Swedes mounted a furious comeback in the second half, scoring three times, including an 80th minute penalty from Sundhage that tied the score. Malin Andersson scored the dramatic winner in the 86th minute. Both Sundhage and Neid played the entire 90 minutes. Both teams would eventually advance out of the group, but Sweden fell in the quarterfinal to China in penalties and the Germans advanced to the championship with consecutive wins against England and China, only to fall to Norway 2-0 in the title game. Sundhage and Neid both played in the 2006 Olympics, which marked the final international matches for both players, who then launched what have become extremely successful coaching careers.

OPPONENT CAPSULE: Germany
Current FIFA World Ranking: 2    
Overall USA record vs. Germany: 16-4-4 
Last Meeting vs. USA: Jan. 26, 2007 (a 0-0 tie at the Four Nations Tournament in Guangzhou, China)
Head Coach: Silvia Neid

USA vs. Germany Fast Facts: German head coach Silvia Neid is pulling no punches for this match as all 18 players she named to the game roster were a part of Germany’s title run to the 2009 European Women’s Championship last September … The USA’s 16-4-4 record against Germany includes two wins against the former West Germany, coming in 1988 and 1990 … Since 2000, the USA is 6-1-3 against Germany … The United States is the only country in the world with an all-time winning record against the Germans … Like the USA, Germany has a few injuries, most notably impact midfielder Melanie Behringer … The USA will be without veterans Lindsay Tarpley (recovering from ACL surgery), team captain Christie Rampone (pregnancy) and midfielder Megan Rapinoe (recovering from minor knee surgery), among other key players who have featured over the past two years … Shannon Boxx is the only player on the U.S. roster who has experience playing in Germany, doing a stint with Saarbrucken in 1999-00 … Current U.S. WNT player Leslie Osborne, who was in the USA’s last training camp but was ruled out of this trip with a calf injury, is currently training in Germany with a second division team as her boyfriend is playing professional basketball in Germany … Germany’s most recent victory over the USA that wasn’t after penalty kicks came in the semifinal of the 2003 FIFA Women’s World Cup, a 3-0 triumph in Portland, Oregon … Since then, the USA has won two games and the teams have tied two games, although Germany did triumph in the penalty kick shootout in the 2006 Algarve Cup Final after the 0-0 draw through regulation … Germany’s top scorer is Birgit Prinz, who is third all-time in the world with 125 goals … Other top scorers include flank midfielder Kerstin Garefrekes (37 goals in 112 caps), Euro 2009 star Inka Grings (50 goals in 78 games) and rambunctious forward Martina Muller (28 goals in 82 games) … The USA top scorers are Abby Wambach (100 goals in 130 games), Heather O’Reilly (25 goals in 115), Shannon Boxx (20 goals in 117 games) and Carli Lloyd (19 goals in 84 games).

German National Team Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): 1-Nadine Angerer (FFC Frankfurt), 12-Ursula Holl (FCR Duisburg);
DEFENDERS (5): 3-Saskia Bartusiak (FFC Frankfurt), 4-Babett Peter (FFC Turbine Potsdam), 5-Annike Krahn (FCR Duisburg), 15-Sonja Fuss (FC Köln), 22-Bianca Schmidt (FFC Turbine Potsdam)
MIDFIELDERS (5): 6-Simone Laudehr (FCR Duisburg), 10-Linda Bresonik (FCR Duisburg), 14-Kim Kulig (Hamburger SV), 18-Kerstin Garefrekes  (FFC Frankfurt), 20-Jennifer Zietz (FFC Turbine Potsdam)
FORWARDS (4): 8-Inka Grings (FCR Duisburg), 9-Birgit Prinz (FFC Frankfurt), 11-Anja Mittag (FFC Turbine Potsdam), 13-Célia Okoyino da Mbabi (SC 07 Bad Neuenahr), 16-Martina Müller (VfL Wolfsburg), 19-Fatmire Bajramaj (FFC Turbine Potsdam)
RESERVES (3): 21-Lisa Weiß (SG Essen-Schönebeck), 23-Navina Omilade (VfL Wolfsburg), 29-Lena Goeßling (SC 07 Bad Neuenahr)

GERMANY ROLLS AT 2009 EUROPEAN WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIPS: Germany won its fifth straight European Women’s Championship last September in Finland, this one in resounding fashion by defeating England, 6-2, in the championship game on two goals each from Inka Grings and Birgit Prinz and one each from Melanie Behringer and Kim Kulig. Germany made quick work of the first round, defeating Norway 4-0, France 5-1 and Iceland 1-0 while playing mostly with reserves. The Germans had the most difficulty in the quarterfinal where it got past scrappy Italy by a 2-1 score, then dispatched Norway 3-1 in the semifinal. Grings was the tournament’s top scorer with six goals. Fatmire Bajramaj added three goals, but impressively, 11 different Germans scored during the competition. It was Germany’s seventh overall European title after winning in 1989, 1991, 1995, 1997, 2001, 2005 and now 2009.

BLOGENHEIM: The USA trip to Germany is almost over, but you can catch up with the fun and games on and off the field through words and pictures with the WNT Blog.

all_access VIDEO IN GERMANY: If you haven’t checked out all_access videos on the USA’s arrival in Germany, a special clinic for some local German youths, how the team passes the time on busses and a sit-down with young center backs Amy LePeilbet and Rachel Buehler, it’s not too late. You can also see a video preview of the USA-Germany match by clicking on the Multimedia section on ussoccer.com.

MITTS IS RIGHT: Heather Mitts has been a fixture at right back for the U.S. Women’s National Team over the past six years. Find out how her off-field personality contrasts just a wee bit with her on-field work in this exclusive feature for ussoccer.com.

LONG HISTORY: The USA and Germany have played many epic matches over the years. We look at the top-five USA-German clashes in history, according to ussoccer.com, dating back to the 1991 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

THE BEST OF THE NETS: The USA-Germany came will feature the world’s top two goalkeepers in Hope Solo and Nadine Angerer. Find out what makes them the best and what each had to say about each other in this special goalkeeper feature on ussoccer.com.

FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD RANKINGS: The USA-Germany match puts together a rare meeting between the world’s top two teams. Following are the top-10 women’s national teams in the world according to FIFA:

Rank Country Points
 1 USA  2197
 2 Germany 2162
 3 Brazil 2125
 4 Sweden 2069
 5 Korea DPR 2026
 6 Japan 2011
 7 Norway 1998
 8 England 1977
 9 Denmark 1972
 10 France 1954

2009 U.S. WNT BY THE NUMBERS:

0.14 Goals allowed per game by the USA in 2009
1 World ranking of the U.S. Women’s National Team
1 Goals the USA has allowed over seven games this year
1.57 Average goals per game for the USA in 2009
2 Number of games the USA has played inside the U.S. so far this year
3 Number of players in the USA’s top-20 on the all-time caps list to get a cap this year
5 Players on the current roster who started all six matches at the 2008 Olympics
5 Number of different goalkeepers that have played for the USA since the end of the 2003 FIFA Women’s World Cup
5 Number of games the USA has played outside USA this year
8 Number of different players to score a goal for the USA this year
10 Assists for Heather O’Reilly and Abby Wambach, tops on the team in 2008
18 Goals the USA has allowed in 40 matches so far under Pia Sundhage, 12 from the run of play, four from set plays and two on own goals
97 Abby Wambach’s minutes to goal ratio
100 Career goals by Abby Wambach, putting her fifth on the USA’s all-time list at the age of 29 and tied for ninth all-time in world history
130 Mia Hamm’s minutes to goal ratio
193 Players who have earned a cap for the U.S. Women’s National Team since the program’s inception in 1985

Stat of Note
As close as we can tell, there have been eight previous matches between defending Women’s World Cup and defending Olympic champions. Keep in mind that women’s soccer did not become a part of the Olympics until 1996.

  • In 2001, 2000 Olympic champs Norway defeated the 1999 WWC champion USA 4-3 at the Algarve Cup, but that U.S. team did not include one member of the historic 1999 squad.
  • In 2002, the full squads of USA and Norway met at the Four Nations in China and the Algarve Cup in Portugal, with the USA losing both matches, 1-0 and 3-2 respectively.
  • The USA would get revenge on Norway in the summer of 2002, winning 4-0 in Blaine, Minn. That started an unprecedented streak of 10 straight wins against Norway.
  • In July of 2004, 2000 Olympic champ Norway beat 2003 WWC champs Germany 1-0.
  • In 2005, 2004 Olympic champs USA beat 2003 WWC champs Germany 1-0 at the Algarve Cup Final in Portugal.
  • In 2006, the USA fell to Germany in penalty kicks in the Algarve Cup Final after tying 0-0 in regulation.
  • And finally, in January of 2007, Olympic champs USA tied WWC champs Germany 0-0 at the Four Nations in China.

FINAL TALLY:
Olympic champion wins: 5
Women’s World Cup champions wins: 1
Ties: 2

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