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U.S. WNT Set To Face Japan in Second Game of May Series

U.S. Women's National Team Game Notes
USA vs. Japan
WakeMed Soccer Park, Cary, N.C.
May 18, 2011

WOMEN’S WORLD CUP TEAM HEADS INTO SECOND OF TWO MATCHES AGAINST JAPAN: After a convincing 2-0 victory over Japan on May 14 at Columbus Crew Stadium, the U.S. Women’s National Team heads into the second-to-last match before the start of the Women’s World Cup with the second leg of this two-game series on May 18 at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C. The match will be televised live on ESPN2 at 7 p.m. ET. Head coach Pia Sundhage named the 21-player U.S. Women’s World Cup Team on Monday, May 9, but lost one player in midfielder Lindsay Tarpley when she tore her ACL in the first match against Japan. Sundhage will carefully consider her options for the final roster spot, but may not make a decision for a few weeks. Sundhage has called in defender Whitney Engen and midfielder Sinead Farrelly for training this week and takes 22 players into the match against Japan, which is currently ranked fourth in the world. Heading into these two matches, the U.S. team was coming off a three-week training camp in West Palm Beach, Fla., during which the players joined their clubs on the weekends for WPS games. A total of 29 players were called in at some point during the camp before Sundhage settled on the World Cup roster.

TARPLEY TEARS ACL, WILL MISS WWC: U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team midfielder Lindsay Tarpley, a member of the USA’s Olympic gold medal winning team in 2004 and 2008 and was also a member of the USA’s 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup Team, tore the anterior cruciate ligament in her right knee with about 15 minutes remaining in the match against Japan on May 14 in Columbus, Ohio. Tarpley will be sidelined for six to eight months and will be replaced on the USA’s 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup roster. The final rosters are not due to FIFA until 10 working days before the start of the tournament, which begins on June 26.

U.S. WNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): 18-Nicole Barnhart (Philadelphia Independence), 21-Jill Loyden (magicJack), 1-Hope Solo (magicJack)
DEFENDERS (8): 19-Rachel Buehler (Boston Breakers), 14-Stephanie Cox (Boston Breakers), 22-Whitney Engen (Western New York Flash), 11-Ali Krieger (Out of contract), 6-Amy LePeilbet (Boston Breakers), 2-Heather Mitts (Atlanta Beat), 3-Christie Rampone (magicJack), 4-Becky Sauerbrunn (magicJack)
MIDFIELDERS (7): 7-Shannon Boxx (magicJack), 23-Sinead Farrelly (Philadelphia Independence), 17-Tobin Heath (Sky Blue FC), 16-Lori Lindsey (Philadelphia Independence), 10-Carli Lloyd (Atlanta Beat), 9-Heather O’Reilly (Sky Blue FC), 15-Megan Rapinoe (Philadelphia Independence)
FORWARDS (4): 12-Lauren Cheney (Boston Breakers), 13-Alex Morgan (Western New York Flash), 8-Amy Rodriguez (Philadelphia Independence), 20-Abby Wambach (magicJack)

THREE AND OUT: The three domestic games in May and June will be the final official internationals before the U.S. women open World Cup play on June 28 in Dresden, Germany, against Korea DPR. All three of the USA’s domestic matches will be televised live. The match on May 18 at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C., kicks off at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN2. The U.S. team will face Mexico on June 5 at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J., in a game that kicks off at 2 p.m. ET on ESPN2. Fans can also follow the action as it happens on’s MatchTracker and on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt. The U.S. team will depart for Austria in mid-June for a pre-Women’s World Cup training camp before arriving in Dresden five days before its opening match.

Date Opponent Time (Local/ET) TV Venue
May 14 Japan 2-0 W -- Columbus Crew Stadium; Columbus, Ohio
May 18 Japan 7 p.m. ET ESPN2 WakeMed Soccer Park; Cary, N.C.
June 5 Mexico 2 p.m. ET ESPN2 Red Bull Arena; Harrison, N.J.
June 28 Korea DPR 11:45 a.m. ET ESPN Rudolf-Harbig-Stadium; Dresden, Germany
July 2 Colombia 11:30 a.m. ET ESPN Rhein-Neckar-Arena; Sinsheim, Germany
July 6 Sweden 2:30 p.m. ET ESPN Arena im Allerpark; Wolfsburg, Germany

U.S. WNT TO GIVE SHIRTS OFF THEIR BACKS TO BENEFIT JAPANESE TSUNAMI RELIEF: The autographed game-worn jerseys of the U.S. Women’s World Cup Team players from the USA-Japan match on May 14 at Columbus Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio, are available via an internet auction on with all the proceeds benefiting Japanese tsunami relief efforts. The U.S. wore the new black jerseys for the first time against Japan on May 14 in Columbus, Ohio, and, following the match, the jerseys were washed and every player signed each shirt. The Japan Women’s National Team is in the United States to prepare for its Women’s World Cup run and are playing the first international games since a devastating tsunami hit the northeast part of the country on March 11, causing billions of dollars in damage and the loss of at least 18,000 lives. A moment of silence was observed prior to the match in Columbus to honor the victims of the disaster, and a similar moment of silence will be observed before the game against Japan on May 18 at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C.


  • Pia Sundhage is 13-0-2 all-time against Asian teams during her three and a half years as head coach of the USA. The team has scored 31 goals and allowed 12 against AFC teams under Sundhage. 
  • The USA is 7-2-0 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, and then fell to England in London April 2, also by a 2-1 score before defeating Japan 2-0 on May 14. 
  • The USA’s leading scorer this year is Carli Lloyd with five goals. Amy Rodriguez has the most assists with three to go along with her three goals.
  • Since the end of the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup, the USA is 64-4-6. 
  • The USA is 77-1-2 when Abby Wambach scores a goal. 
  • The USA’s 20 goals this year have been scored by nine different players: Carli Lloyd (5), Amy Rodriguez (3), Alex Morgan (3), Lauren Cheney (2), Megan Rapinoe (2), Lindsay Tarpley (2), Shannon Boxx, Heather O’Reilly and Abby Wambach.

FIFA YOUTH WWC BENEFITS THE USA: Nine players on the USA’s 2011 Women’s World Cup roster have played in a FIFA Youth Women’s World Cup. Rachel Buehler played in two FIFA U-19 FIFA Women’s World Cups, in 2002 in Canada and in 2004 in Thailand. Buehler was a part of the USA’s U-19 Women’s World Cup champions in 2002 with Heather O’Reilly. Becky Sauerbrunn and Megan Rapinoe represented the USA in Thailand while Tobin Heath was one of the youngest players at the 2006 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Russia. Stephanie Cox played in Thailand and was the captain of the team in Russia. Amy Rodriguez played in both Thailand and Russia while Lauren Cheney was on the 2006 team in Russia. Alex Morgan helped lead the USA to the title at the 2008 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Chile.

LAST TIME IN CARY: This will be the fifth match for the U.S. Women at WakeMed Soccer Park, formerly SAS Stadium, and most recently the team played there on April 27, 2008, against Australia in a match that was delayed 53 minutes by rain and lightning. Despite the weather, it was one of the most exciting games of the year as the