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U.S. WNT Set for Centennial Celebration Match Against Canada in Toronto at BMO Field


U.S. WNT HEADS TO CANADA FOR FIRST MATCH DURING THE NWSL: When the USA kicks off against Canada on June 2 in its first match since the start of the National Women’s Soccer League, it will mark 57 days since the USA’s last international game, a 3-1 victory against Holland in The Hague, Netherlands. Nineteen of the USA’s 21 players on this roster were on that trip to Europe, which also included a 3-3 tie with Germany in Offenbach, Germany. All the U.S. team players will be coming from competitive club schedules for a week of training in Canada before the match. U.S. head coach Tom Sermanni has called up 15 players who are currently members of NWSL clubs, four players playing in Europe and two rising college seniors (from Santa Clara and UNC) who should be top picks in the 2014 NWSL Draft. Sermanni will choose 18 players to suit up against Canada at BMO Field in a match that has been sold out for weeks. The USA is 6-0-2 in 2013, with the draws coming against Germany and Sweden.

WATCH LIVE ON ESPNews: The USA-Canada will be broadcast live on ESPNews at 4:30 p.m. ET. It will be the USA’s first match in Toronto since May 25, 2009, a 4-0 U.S. victory at BMO Field. Fans can also follow along on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and on Twitter at @ussoccer_WNT.

NWSL “FRENEMIES” ON DISPLAY IN TORONTO: Fourteen of the 20 players Canada named for this match and 15 of the 21 U.S. players on the U.S. roster play in the National Women’s Soccer League, meaning almost all of the players will be very familiar with each other as they will be playing against many current teammates and against numerous players whom they have faced so far in the first quarter of the NWSL season. Of course, the USA and Canadian players needed no formal introductions at the start of this club campaign, having played each other six times during 2011 and 2012.

FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD PLAYER OF THE YEAR WAMBACH #CHASINGMIA: U.S. WNT forward Abby Wambach 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, and all eyes will be on her as she inches closer to the world goal scoring record. She got one goal closer against Germany on April 5, scoring the opening goal of the match on a trademark far post header. It was Wambach’s 155 th career goal, and she is now only three behind the legendary Mia Hamm, the 2001 and 2002 FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year, who had 158 career international scores from 1987-2004. ussoccer.com will provide coverage of Wambach’s climb to the record, and you can join the chase by using the hashtag #ChasingMia.

WAMBACH HAS SCORED AGAINST 30 DIFFERENT COUNTRIES: Of her 155 career goals, Abby Wambach has scored 10 against Canada. Only Mexico and Norway have been on the receiving end of more Wambach goals, but she also has 10 against Japan and Sweden. Abby’s goals have come against:

Mexico                        19
Norway                       12
Canada                       10
Japan                         10
Sweden                      10
Ireland                        9
China PR                     9
Germany                     7
Costa Rica                   7
Australia                     6
Brazil                          6
Iceland                         6
Denmark                     5
Scotland                     4
New Zealand               4
Guatemala                  4
Haiti                           4
Korea DPR                   3
Chinese Taipei              3
France                         3
Jamaica                       2
Dominican Republic       2
Italy                             2
Finland                        2
England                       1
Panama                       1
T&T                            1
Colombia                     1
Nigeria                         1
Greece                         1

FRIENDLY IN CANADA LEADS INTO TWO DOMESTIC GAMES VS. SOUTH KOREA: The match against Canada will complete a run of seven straight matches outside the USA for the U.S. Women and will lead into a pair of domestic matches against the Korea Republic on June 15 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. and on June 20 at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J. The USA opened the year with games against Scotland in Florida and Tennessee but will have not have played on domestic soil for four months by the time they kick off against South Korea on June 15.

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

4:30 p.m. ET

ESPNews

Toronto; Canada

June 15

Korea Rep.

7 p.m. ET

ESPN3.com

Foxborough, Mass.

June 20

Korea Rep.

7:30 p.m. ET

NBC Sports Network

Harrison, N.J.

* Algarve Cup

U.S. Women’s National Team Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Nicole Barnhart (FC Kansas City), Ashlyn Harris (Washington Spirit), Jill Loyden (Sky Blue FC)
DEFENDERS (8): Rachel Buehler (Portland Thorns FC), Crystal Dunn (UNC), Whitney Engen (Liverpool), Julie Johnston (Santa Clara), Ali Krieger (Washington Spirit), Kelley O’Hara (Sky Blue FC), Christie Rampone (Sky Blue FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Amber Brooks (Bayern Munich), Lauren Cheney (FC Kansas City), Tobin Heath (PSG), Carli Lloyd (Western NY Flash), Kristie Mewis (FC Kansas City), Heather O’Reilly (Boston Breakers)
FORWARDS (4): Sydney Leroux (Boston Breakers), Alex Morgan (Portland Thorns FC), Christen Press (Tyresö), Abby Wambach (Western NY Flash)

U.S. ROSTER BREAKDOWN: With the one-off match taking place on a FIFA date, U.S. head coach Tom Sermanni brought in a roster of 21 players, 18 of which will suit up to play against Canada. Sermanni has three goalkeepers, eight defenders, six midfielders and four forwards at his disposal, although several players have played on several lines, most notably Christen Press (forward or midfield) and Kristie Mewis (left midfield or left back). Of the USA’s 21 players, just four are over 30 years old: team captain Christie Rampone (37 years old), Abby Wambach (33 on game day), Nicole Barnhart (31) and Carli Lloyd (30). The youngest player on the squad is 20-year-old defender Crystal Dunn, who has four caps. Eighteen of the 21 players for this event in Canada were on the U.S. roster for the two games in Europe in early April, with Sermanni adding goalkeeper Jill Loyden and midfielder Carli Lloyd, both of whom have recovered from broken bones (hand and shoulder, respectively) suffered at the Algarve Cup in March, and midfielder Amber Brooks. Lloyd, who was out a little over two months before returning to game action, earns her call-up after playing in two NWSL matches following her recovery. Loyden has yet to see action with Sky Blue FC. With Shannon Boxx sidelined and recovering from minor knee surgery, Sermanni added Bayern Munich’s Brooks to provide depth at defensive midfield. Brooks, who trained with the USA for a few days in Germany in April, is the only uncapped player on the roster. Although Boxx is out, the USA has several players who can play in the central midfield, including Tobin Heath, Lauren Cheney, Press and of course Lloyd

U.S. ROSTER NOTES

  • The USA’s quartet of forwards – Alex Morgan, Abby Wambach, Christen Press and Sydney Leroux – has scored 15 of the USA’s 24 goals so far in 2013, led by Press with a team-high six goals.
  • The four forwards have also gotten off to a great start in their club seasons with Leroux (four goals) Morgan (four) and Wambach (three) among the NWSL leaders. Press has found the net nine times in eight games so far for her Swedish club, Tyresö.
  • 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 3rd anniversary of her debut; Abby Wambach had 32 and Natasha Kai had 24.
  • Morgan’s goal against Germany gave her 42 for her career, one short of tying Carli Lloyd for 11th on the all-time scoring list, and marked the third game in a row in which she scored. She did not find the net against the Dutch on April 9.
  • With one more goal, Carli Lloyd will tie Tisha Venturini for 10th place on the USA’s all-time goal scoring list at 44 career goals.
  • With her 204th cap earned on April 5 against Germany, Abby Wambach moved into a tie with Tiffeny Milbrett for sixth on the all-time caps list. If she plays against Canada, she will move into sole possession of sixth place with Joy Fawcett (239 caps) ahead of her in fifth.
  • 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 280 career games played.
  • Heather O’Reilly, who is 10 years younger than Rampone, is the second most-capped player on the roster with 185 games played.
  • The USA is without midfielder Shannon Boxx, who is recovering from minor knee surgery. She is a possible call-up for the USA’s mid-June matches against South Korea.
  • U.S. midfielder Megan Rapinoe was not called up for this event due to her end-of-the-season schedule with Lyon in France, which consisted of the Champions League Final in London, in which Lyon was upset 1-0 by German champs Wolfsburg, and the French Cup Final.
  • Five players who have earned their first caps this year made this roster: defender Julie Johnston, the 2012 U.S. Soccer Young Female Athlete of the Year; defender Crystal Dunn, a member of the USA’s 2012 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup championship team; Kristie Mewis, the third overall pick in the NWSL College Draft by FC Kansas City; Christen Press, who was the second leading scorer in the Swedish league last season and is off to a great start this year; and Ashlyn Harris, who earned her first-career cap against Sweden in the Algarve Cup.
  • Dunn, the 2012 MAC Hermann Trophy winner for UNC, earned her first senior team cap against Scotland on Feb. 13 and Mewis, the 2008 U.S. Soccer Young Female Athlete of the Year, earned her first cap against the Scots on Feb. 9, as did Johnston and Press (who scored twice in the game).
  • Defenders Ali Krieger and Whitney Engen scored their first-career WNT goals at the Algarve Cup, and Rachel Buehler scored her fourth career goal. Krieger’s goal was the first for the USA by an outside back since the 2008 Olympic semifinal, when Lori Chalupny scored against Japan.
  • Amber Brooks co-captained the USA in New Zealand at the 2008 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup, a tournament which saw the young Americans advance to the final of the first FIFA tournament for that age group before falling to North Korea, 2-1, in overtime. Brooks was also a starter for the USA at the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Germany.
  • Of the USA’s four European-based players for this match, Tobin Heath (who will join the Portland Thorns this summer) and Amber Brooks have completed their seasons. The club seasons for Whitney Engen’s Liverpool and Christen Press’ Tyresö are well underway.
  • Press scored four goals in a match earlier in the month against last-place Sunnana.
  • U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo, who has almost completely recovered from wrist surgery in early March, was not named to the roster for the June 2 match, but did train with the team for four days and will likely see her return to international action for the mid-June matches against South Korea. 

BY THE NUMBERS
0.88            Goals per game that USA has allowed in 2013
1                 USA’s FIFA ranking
3                 Goals per game the USA has scored in 2013
6                 Goals in seven career games for U.S. forward Christen Press
31               USA’s current overall unbeaten streak dating back to last year (26-0-5)
87.6            Minutes on field per goal averaged by Alex Morgan in her career
99               U.S. victories when Wambach scores a goal (99-2-8 overall)
100             Minutes on field per goal averaged by Abby Wambach in her career
120             Goals scored by the U.S. WNT in 2012 (118 individual goals, 2 own goals)
130             Minutes on field per goal averaged by Mia Hamm in her career
280             Christie Rampone’s caps, second all-time to Kristine Lilly

USA vs. CANADA SERIES

  • The USA has played Canada in Canada six times, running up a 5-0-1 record. The most recent match was in the title game of the CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Tournament, a 4-0 victory on Jan. 29, 2012 at BC Place in Vancouver.
  • The USA has played in Toronto twice, the first time in June of 2001 at the old Varsity Stadium, a 2-2 draw. The USA last played in Toronto on May 25, 2009, at BMO Field, a 4-0 victory in one of the first matches for anadian head coach Carolina Morace.
  • The USA is 44-3-5 all-time against Canada and has not lost to the Canadians since March of 2001.
  • The match in Canada will feature the world's top two active scorers in Abby Wambach (155 career goals) and Canadian striker Christine Sinclair (145).
  • The June 2 match will be the first meeting between the two sides since the epic semifinal of the 2012 Olympics at Old Trafford in Manchester, England. The USA fell behind three times in that game – on three goals from Sinclair – but battled back all three times, getting two goals from Megan Rapinoe (the first directly off a corner kick and the second on a brilliant strike from distance) before tying it for the final time on a penalty kick from Abby Wambach with 10 minutes left in regulation.
  • Alex Morgan won the game with the latest goal in FIFA history, heading in a cross from Heather O’Reilly in the 123rd minute to send the USA to the gold medal game. The ball actually flew into the net at 122 minutes and 22 seconds. Seconds after the restart, the match was over.
  • The teams have played each other six times over 2011 and 2012, with four of the games decided by one goal along with 3-0 and 4-0 U.S. victories. The latter came in the championship game of the CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Vancouver, B.C. as Alex Morgan and Abby Wambach each scored twice in front of a sell-out crowd of 25,427.


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 comes 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 Cup tournaments . 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 youthful 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 was 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 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: CANADA
Canadian Soccer Association
Founded: 1912 (Joined FIFA in 1913)
Head Coach: John Herdman
FIFA World Ranking: 7
Best FIFA World Cup Finish: Fourth (2003)
Best Olympics Finish: Third (2012)

CANADA ROSTER BY POSITION
GOALKEEPERS (2): Karina LeBlanc (Portland Thorns FC), Erin McLeod (Chicago Red Stars)
DEFENDERS (8): Kadeisha Buchanan (West Virginia), Robyn Gayle (Washington Spirit), Carmelina Moscato (Chicago Red Stars), Rachel Quon (Chicago Red Stars), Lauren Sesselmann (FC Kansas City), Kylla Sjoman (Herford), Rhian Wilkinson (Boston Breakers), Emily Zurrer (Seattle Reign FC)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Kaylyn Kyle (Seattle Reign FC), Ashley Lawrence (West Virginia), Diana Matheson (Washington Spirit), Sophie Schmidt (Sky Blue FC), Desiree Scott (FC Kansas City), Danica Wu (Ohio State)
FORWARDS (4): Tiffany Cameron (Seattle Reign FC), Christina Julien (Rossiyanka), Christine Sinclair (Portland Thorns FC), Melissa Tancredi (unattached)

CANADA NOTES:

  • Canada won the bronze medal at the 2012 Olympics, upsetting France 1-0 on a goal from midfielder Diana Matheson two minutes into second half stoppage time despite being outshot by the French 18-4. Canada’s goal was its only shot on goal in the match, but the French put only four of their 18 shots on frame.
  • Canada’s roster features 14 players who were part of Canada’s bronze-medal-winning roster at the Olympics.
  • In addition to the Olympic group, Canada coach John Herdman added youngsters Kadeisha Buchanan (West Virginia), Tiffany Cameron (Seattle Reign), Ashley Lawrence (West Virginia), Danica Wu (Ohio State) and Kylla Sjoman (Herford in Germany).
  • Rachel Quon, a 21-year-old defender for Chicago Red Stars in NWSL who played for the USA in both the 2008 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup and the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, has earned her first call-up to a Canada camp. She has a route to Canadian citizenship through her father.
  • Striker Melissa Tancredi rejoins the team for the first time since the team won its Olympic bronze medal in August of 2012.
  • Of the 20 players named to the squad 10 featured in the Olympic semifinal between Canada and USA.
  • 14 of the 20 players on the Canada WNT roster are currently playing with NWSL clubs.
  • Christian Julien currently plays for Rossiyanka in Russia where she recently featured in the knockout stages of 2013 UEFA Women’s Champions League with the club.
  • Canada last beat the USA in an International ‘A’ match at the 2001 Algarve Cup in Portugal with a 3-0 victory over the Americans.
  • Canada will be playing Germany in Germany on June 19.
  • Canada played two matches in Europe in early April, tying France in Nice 1-1 on a stoppage time goal from Kaylyn Kyle on the last kick of the match, then fell to England 1-0 in Rotherham when they allowed a late goal in the second minute of second half stoppage time.
  • A sell-out crowd of more than 22,000 fans is expected for the match at BMO Field, home to Toronto FC of Major League Soccer.
  • BMO Field is not one of the venues for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup, which is scheduled to be held entirely on artificial turf surfaces, as it chose not to bid due to potential conflicts with the 2015 Pan American Games. The cities of Vancouver, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Ottawa, Montreal, and Moncton will host tournament matches.


LAST TIME:
On the field for the USA:
April 9, 2013 – Kyocera Stadium; The Hague, Netherlands – International Friendly

USA                 3           Heath 36; Press 45, 60
NED                1           Melis 81

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

Lineups:
USA : USA: 24-Ashlyn Harris; 11-Ali Krieger, 19-Rachel Buehler (capt.), 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 5-Kelley O’Hara (13-Alex Morgan,79); 9-Heather O’Reilly (22-Meghan Klingenberg, 65), 16-Yael Averbuch (12-Lauren Cheney,79), 25-Julie Johnston, 17-Tobin Heath; 23-Christen Press, 2-Sydney Leroux
Substitutions Not Used: 3-Christie Rampone, 6-Crystal Dunn, 7-Shannon Boxx, 8-Kristie Mewis, 14-Whitney Engen, 15-Megan Rapinoe, 18-Nicole Barnhart, 20-Abby Wambach, 21-Adrianna Franch
Head coach: Tom Sermanni

NED: 1-Loes Geurts; 2-Dyanne Bito, 3-Daphne Koster (capt.) (14-Leonne Stentler,57), 4-Mandy van den Berg, 5-Claudia van den Heiligenberg, 6-Anouk Dekker (19-Daniëlle van de Donk, 46), 7-Kirsten van den Ven (22-Sylvia Smit, 80), 8-Anouk Hoogendijk, 9-Lieke Martens (20-Marlous Pieëte, 83), 10-Sherida Spitse, 11-Manon Melis
Substitutions Not Used: 12-Kim Dolstra, 13-Mirte Roelvink, 15-Siri Worm, 16-Sari van Veenendaal, 17-Desiree van Lunteren, 18-Tessel Middag, 21-Chantal de Ridder, 23-Laura du Ry
Head coach: Roger Reijners

On the field for the USA vs. CAN:
Aug.6, 2012 – Old Trafford; Manchester, England – 2012 Olympic Games

USA                 4           Rapinoe 54, 70; Wambach 80; Morgan 123
CAN                3           Sinclair 22, 67, 73

Scoring Summary:          1       2       ET1      ET2       F
USA                                 0       3       0           1             4
CAN                                 1       2       0           0             3

Lineups:
USA: 1-Hope Solo; 6-Amy LePeilbet (11-Sydney Leroux, 76), 3-Christie Rampone (capt.), 16-Rachel Buehler (4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 110), 5-Kelley O’Hara; 15-Megan Rapinoe, 10-Carli Lloyd, 12-Lauren Cheney (9-Heather O’Reilly, 101), 17-Tobin Heath; 13-Alex Morgan, 14-Abby Wambach
Subs not used: 2-Heather Mitts, 7-Shannon Boxx, 8-Amy Rodriguez, 18-Nicole Barnhart
Head coach: Pia Sundhage

CAN: 18-Erin McLeod; 7-Rhian Wilkinson, 4-Carmelina Moscato, 10-Lauren Sesselmann, 20-Marie-Eve Nault (3-Chelsea Stewart, 101); 8-Diana Matheson, 11-Desiree Scott, 13-Sophie Schmidt; 12-Christine Sinclair, 14-Melissa Tancredi, 16-Jonelle Filigno (6-Kaylyn Kyle, 67)
Subs not used: 1-Karina LeBlanc, 2-Emily Zurrer, 5-Robyn Gayle, 9-Candace Chapman, 15-Kelly Parker, 17-Brittany Timko
Head coach: John Herdman


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