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U.S. WNT Prepared for First Match In England

U.S. Women's National Team Game Notes
USA vs. England Game Notes 
London, England 
April 1, 2011

U.S. WNT TAKES ON ENGLAND TO CONTINUE WOMEN’S WORLD CUP PREP: The U.S. Women’s National Team will have trained in England for 11 days before taking on the hosts on April 2 at Leyton Orient’s Brisbane Road. The match will be broadcast live on ESPN2 at 3 p.m. ET. Ian Darke will be calling his first U.S. Women’s National Team game and will be joined in the booth by former U.S. midfielder Julie Foudy. Fans can also follow the action as it happens on’s MatchTracker and on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt. This will be the first match in England for the U.S. Women in the 27-year history of the program. Following the clash with England, the USA will travel to Scotland for four more days of training before returning to the United States.

WOMEN’S WORLD CUP COUNTDOWN: The USA is a little under three months from opening the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup that will take place from June 26-July 17 in nine venues across Germany: Berlin, Frankfurt, Mönchengladbach, Sinsheim, Wolfsburg, Augsburg, Bochum, Dresden and Leverkusen. The USA will face Korea DPR on June 28 in Dresden, Colombia on July 2 in Sinsheim and Sweden on July 6 in Wolfsburg during first round play in Group C. The 16 nations competing are: host Germany; Korea DPR, Japan and Australia from Asia; Sweden, Norway, France and England from Europe; New Zealand from Oceania; the USA, Canada and Mexico from CONCACAF; Nigeria and Equatorial Guinea from Africa; and Brazil and Colombia from South America.

FIRST MEETING SINCE 2007 FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP: The U.S. Women have not faced England since the quarterfinal of the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup, a 3-0 victory in Tianjin, China, on Sept. 22, 2007. Shannon Boxx, Abby Wambach and Kristine Lilly scored that day.

TICKETS FOR JAPAN SERIES: The USA’s next internationals after the England match will be against Japan on May 14 in Columbus, Ohio, and May 18 in Cary, N.C. For the game in Cary tickets are on sale through and by phone at 1-800-745-3000. (Note: tickets will be sold at the WakeMed Soccer Park ticket office only on the day of the game). For the match in Columbus, tickets are on sale through and by calling 1-800-745-3000, at all central Ohio Ticketmaster ticket centers (including Kroger stores) and the Crew Stadium ticket office (open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.). Groups of 20 or more can obtain an order form for either game at or by calling 312-528-1290.

OUT WITH THE OLD, IN WITH THE NEW (JERSEY): The U.S. women will its last game in its current kit on April 2 against England before debuting the new uniform for the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup in the match against Japan on May 14 in Columbus, Ohio. The USA’s new uniforms set will be will feature a white jersey and, for the first time, a black jersey. Both styles are available for purchase now.

SOLO RETURNS: The match against England could be the return to competitive play for U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo, who underwent major shoulder surgery on Sept. 22, 2010. Solo’s strong recovery from a severe injury – an almost totally torn labrum – has been remarkable and she has been training full out since the last week of the Algarve Cup in Portugal. Solo became the USA’s first choice goalkeeper in 2005 and has earned 91 caps. She missed 16 matches during her recovery and 15 of those saw Nicole Barnhart start in goal. Jill Loyden, who is currently recovering from a broken hand, started the one game during that time. Barnhart performed admirably in her first extended stint as the starting goalkeeper as the USA won 13 of the games, lost two and tied one.


  • Pia Sundhage is 25-2-2 against European teams during her three and a half years as head coach of the USA. During that time, the team has scored 60 goals and allowed 13 against UEFA teams. The USA is 12-0-1 against European teams in Europe under Sundhage. 
  • The USA is 6-1-0 in 2011, winning six straight games after falling to Sweden, 2-1, in the first match of the year at the Four Nations Tournament in China. 
  • The U.S. team has won both tournaments it entered this year, taking the Four Nations in China and the Algarve Cup in Portugal. 
  • The USA’s leading scorer this year is Carli Lloyd with five goals. Amy Rodriguez leads the team with three assists. 
  • Abby Wambach will be looking for her first goal since Nov. 8, 2010, when she scored twice against Costa Rica in the third-place match at the CONCACAF Women’s World Cup Qualifying Tournament. Wambach missed the Four Nations Tournament in China due to injury and came off the bench in all four games at the Algarve Cup in Portugal as she worked to regain her fitness. 
  • The USA has not been shut-out since Nov. 5, 2008, a 0-0 tie with South Korea. The USA has since scored in 29 consecutive games. 
  • Christie Rampone is the most-capped player on the U.S. roster with 233, 80 more than the next closest player, Wambach. 
  • Wambach has 117 career goals, 85 more than her next closest teammate, Lindsay Tarpley. 
  • U.S. forward Alex Morgan has scored seven goals in her first 15 caps, almost a goal every two games. 
  • Nine of the USA’s 18 matches in 2010 were against European teams and four of the first seven this year have been against countries from UEFA. 
  • The USA has allowed two goals in a game eight times in 69 matches under Pia Sundhage, but only three of those were losses. In 2008, the U.S. Women defeated Australia, 3-2 and 5-4, in consecutive games. The USA also lost to Norway 2-0 and defeated Japan 4-2 at the 2008 Olympics. In 2010, the USA has defeated Germany 3-2 in the Algarve Cup Final and lost to Mexico 2-1 in CONCACAF qualifying. 
  • Since the end of the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup, the USA is 63-3-6. 
  • The USA is 73-1-2 when Wambach scores a goal. 
  • The USA has allowed just 32 goals in 69 matches under Sundhage; 24 from the run of play, six from set plays and two on own goals. 
  • The USA’s 17 goals this year have been scored by eight different players: Carli Lloyd (5), Morgan (3), Lauren Cheney (2), Rodriguez (2), Tarpley (2), Shannon Boxx, Heather O’Reilly and Megan Rapinoe. 
  • The only uncapped player on the U.S. roster is goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris. Three other players have less than 10 in defender Becky Sauerbrunn (8), midfielder Kelley O’Hara (5) and defender Meghan Klingenberg (2).

LAST TIME OUT AGAINST ENGLAND: The USA and England haven’t met since Sept. 23, 2007, in the quarterfinal of the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Tianjin, China. The USA scored all three goals in the second half with scores from Abby Wambach, Shannon Boxx and Kristine Lilly coming in a 13-minute span to put the game away. Just seven of the 13 U.S. players who played that day are on the roster for this match. The USA out-shot England 17-9 on the night and Hope Solo saved all four England shots on goal.

Competition: 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup – Quarterfinal
Venue: Tianjin Olympic Center Stadium – Tianjin, China
Date: Sept. 22, 2007
Attendance: 29,586
Weather: Cool, clear – 72 degrees

Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA                        0 3 3
ENG                        0 0 0

USA – Abby Wambach (Kristine Lilly)    48th minute
USA – Shannon Boxx (Cat Whitehill)      57
USA – Kristine Lilly (Cat Whitehill)         60

USA: 18-Hope Solo; 3-Christie Rampone, 15-Kate Markgraf, 4-Cat Whitehill, 14-Stephanie Lopez; 7-Shannon Boxx (11-Carli Lloyd, 82) 12-Leslie Osborne, 17-Lori Chalupny; 9-Heather O’Reilly, 20-Abby Wambach (6-Natasha Kai, 86), 13-Kristine Lilly (Capt.)
Subs not used: 1-Briana Scurry, 2-Marian Dalmy, 5-Lindsay Tarpley, 8-Tina Ellertson, 10-Aly Wagner, 16-Angela Hucles, 19-Marci Jobson, 21-Nicole Barnhart
Head Coach: Greg Ryan

ENG: 1-Rachel Brown; 2-Alex Scott, 3-Casey Stoney, 5-Faye White, 6-Mary Phillip (18-Lianne Sanderson, 80), 12-Anita Asanta; 4-Katie Chapman, 16-Jill Scott, 7-Karen Carney, 10-Kelly Smith; 9-Eniola Aluko (11-Rachel Yankey, 46)
Subs not used: 13-Siobhan Chamberlain, 14-Rachel Unitt, 15-Sue Smith, 17-Jodie Handley, 19-Vicky Exley, 20-Lindsay Johnson 21-Carly Telford
Suspended: 8-Fara Williams
Head Coach: Hope Powell

HISTORY WITH ENGLAND: The USA has played England 10 times in its history and just four times in the past 10 years. The USA holds a 7-2-1 all-time record against the English. The first two meetings (1985 and 1988) were both U.S losses in games played in Italy in the third and 29th games ever played by the U.S. women. Since then, the USA has won seven of the eight matches with one draw (1-1), that coming during the Four Nations Tournament in China in 2007. The USA has outscored England 30-7 for the series, and 23-1 in the last six matches.

ENGLAND IN GROUP B: England was drawn into a Group B at the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup, along with Japan, New Zealand and Mexico, and will have designs on taking the top spot in the group to earn a berth in the quarterfinals. England qualified for the Women’s World Cup by first taking the stop spot in UEFA Women’s World Cup Qualifying Group 5. If not for a 2-2 draw with Spain in Aranda de Duero, England would have taken full points from its eight matches and ended with a 7-0-1 record against Spain, Austria, Turkey and Malta. (Poor Malta scored one goal and allowed 51 for a minus-50 goal difference). England then defeated Switzerland 5-2 on aggregate against the two-leg series to earn its berth to Germany. Fara Williams scored twice, as did Kelly Smith, while Eniola Aluko of Sky Blue FC added a goal.

KELLY SMITH: England features a player widely regarded as one of the top three in the world, and perhaps the best midfielder, in veteran Kelly Smith. The 32-year-old England captain debuted in 1995 (after the Women’s World Cup) and has since played 102 times for her country while scoring 43 goals. Smith has spent a good chunk of her career in the United States. She played college ball at Seton Hall in New Jersey from 1997-99, played in the W-League with the New Jersey Lady Stallions before the start of the WUSA and with the New Jersey Wildcats before the start of WPS. She has played in both of the U.S. pro leagues, starring for the Philadelphia Charge (WUSA) from 2001-2003 and for the Boston Breakers (WPS) for the past two seasons. She is one of five England players playing in WPS.

BRITS IN WPS: There are five players on the England roster playing in Women’s Professional Soccer in the United States and all are important players for their clubs. Sky Blue FC out of New Jersey features England National Team players in goalkeeper Karen Bardsley (who is American by birth and grew up in Orange County, Calif.), defender Anita Asante and speedy forward Eniola Aluko. The Boston Breakers have two in Kelly Smith and right back Alex Scott, who have both been full-time starters in their WPS careers. Midfielder Katie Chapman played for the Chicago Red Stars last season and former England international Lianne Sanderson plays for the Philadelphia Independence.

IN GOAL, THE AMERICAN BARDSLEY: In either an interesting coincidence or a testament to the depth of the USA’s goalkeeping pool, the U.S. WNT may face an American goalkeeper for the second time in a matter of months. After squaring off during the WWC playoff series against Italy’s Anna Picarelli, who hails from California and played at Pepperdine University, the USA could face Karen Bardsley on April 2. England has three talented goalkeepers in Rachel Brown (73 caps), Siobhan Chamberlain (19 caps) and Bardsley (11 caps), who hails from Chino Hills, Calif., and played for the powerhouse Orange County girls club the SoCal Blues. Her father is British, and with quite a few talented goalkeepers in the mix for U.S. team in the middle of the last decade, she opted to play for England’s youth teams during an excellent career at Cal State Fullerton, earning Big West Goalkeeper of the Year in 2004, 2005 and 2006. She made her debut for the senior side in 2009 at the Algarve Cup in Portugal after playing for the England U-21s and the U-19s in the 2004 UEFA Women’s U-19 Championships. Bardsley had an excellent first part of the WPS season last year for Sky Blue, good enough to earn a spot on the All-Star Team, but was injured in training for the match and missed most of the rest of the season. Bardley played the first three Women’s World Cup qualifiers for England, but the veteran Brown took over for the final seven matches including the playoff against Switzerland.

U.S. WNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): 18-Nicole Barnhart (Philadelphia Independence), 24-Ashlyn Harris (Western New York Flash), 1-Hope Solo (magicJack)
DEFENDERS (6): 19-Rachel Buehler (Boston Breakers), 14-Stephanie Cox (Boston Breakers), 11-Ali Krieger (FFC Frankfurt), 6-Amy LePeilbet (Boston Breakers), 3-Christie Rampone (magicJack), 22-Becky Sauerbrunn (magicJack)
MIDFIELDERS (10): 4-Yael Averbuch (Western New York Flash), 7-Shannon Boxx (magicJack), 17-Tobin Heath (Sky Blue FC), 25-Meghan Klingenberg (magicJack), 16-Lori Lindsey (Philadelphia Independence), 10-Carli Lloyd (Atlanta Beat), 21-Kelley O’Hara (Boston Breakers), 9-Heather O’Reilly (Sky Blue FC), 15-Megan Rapinoe (Philadelphia Independence), 5-Lindsay Tarpley (magicJack)
FORWARDS (4): 12-Lauren Cheney (Boston Breakers), 13-Alex Morgan (Western New York Flash), 8-Amy Rodriguez (Philadelphia Independence), 20-Abby Wambach (magicJack)

England WNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Karen Bardsley (Sky Blue FC), Rachel Brown (Everton Ladies), Siobhan Chamberlain (Bristol Academy Ladies)
DEFENDERS (8): Sophie Bradley (Lincoln Ladies), Lindsay Johnson (Everton Ladies), Claire Rafferty (Chelsea Ladies), Alex Scott (Boston Breakers), Casey Stoney (Lincoln Ladies), Dunia Susi (Birmingham City Ladies), Rachel Unitt (Everton Ladies), Faye White (Arsenal Ladies)
MIDFIELDERS (5): Anita Asante (Sky Blue FC), Laura Bassett (Birmingham City Ladies), Steph Houghton (Arsenal Ladies), Jill Scott (Everton Ladies), Fara Williams (Everton Ladies)
FORWARDS (7): Eniola Aluko (Sky Blue FC), Karen Carney (Birmingham City Ladies), Jess Clarke (Lincoln Ladies), Natasha Dowie (Everton Ladies), Kelly Smith (Boston Breakers), Sue Smith (Lincoln Ladies), Ellen White (Arsenal Ladies), Rachel Yankey (Arsenal Ladies)

CAPTAIN CHRISTIE: Christie Rampone is in her fourth year as captain for the United States. After being first out of the tunnel for the first time as captain on Jan. 16, 2008, against Canada in Pia Sundhage’s first game as head coach, she has worn the captain’s armband 53 times (including once when she got her 100th cap), leading the U.S. to the gold medal at the 2008 Olympics. Rampone is fifth all-time in caps for the USA with 233 and just seven from moving past Joy Fawcett into fourth place. She missed a few games at the end of 2009 and beginning of 2010 due to pregnancy and recovery from the birth of her second daughter.

ASKING ALEX: Young U.S. forward Alex Morgan has had a quality start to her full national team career. sat her down to ask her 11 Questions, ranging from her role on her team, her transition to the pros and her favorite MLS team.

LLOYD RAISES HER LEVEL: U.S. midfielder Carli Lloyd is playing some of the best soccer of her career, and that can only mean good things for the U.S. Women’s National Team. One key: increased fitness, as she tells in this exclusive feature.

BBC? NOPE, STUDIO 90: The U.S. Women have been training outside of London for 11 days so you can catch up on a few videos involving Megan Rapinoe’s musical talents, goalkeeper coach Paul Rogers teaching his goalkeepers how to speak Cockney rhyming slang and watch a preview of the USA’s first-ever match in the United Kingdom.

Stat of Note
Both the USA and England have seven players on their rosters who have scored 10 or more goals for their country.