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U.S. Women's National Team Faces Sweden to Open Volvo Winners Cup


Match will be Broadcast Live on Universal Sports Network at 10 a.m. ET on Saturday, June 16

U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Sweden
Örjans Vall Stadium; Halmstad, Sweden
June 16, 2012

USA FACES SWEDEN IN VOLVO WINNERS CUP: After a nine-day training camp in Gothenburg, Sweden, the U.S. Women’s National Team traveled south to Halmstad to prepare for two games over a three-day stretch in the first-ever Volvo Winners Cup, starting with a match against host Sweden at 10 a.m. ET on Saturday, June 16, at Örjans Vall Stadium. The USA then takes on 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup champion Japan at 7 a.m. ET on Monday, June 18, at Örjans Vall Stadium. The games serve as further tune-ups for all three teams for the 2012 London Olympics starting on July 25.

BOTH U.S. MATCHES BROADCAST ON UNIVERSAL SPORTS NETWORK: Both matches will be broadcast on the Universal Sports Network, which is providing live coverage of the June 16 match at 10 a.m. ET and a tape-delayed broadcast of the June 18 game at 10 a.m. ET. The two games will be available live on UniversalSports.com. Fans can also follow both matches via ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt. U.S. head coach Pia Sundhage has brought 22 players to Sweden – the 18-player roster that will compete in the Olympics and four Olympic alternates.

2012 U.S. WNT Schedule

Date

Opponent

Result/
Time (ET)

U.S. Goalscorers/TV

Venue

Jan. 20*

Dominican Republic

14-0 W

Wambach (2), Lloyd, Buehler, O’Reilly (3), Heath, Rodriguez (5), Cheney

BC Place, Vancouver, Canada

Jan. 22*

Guatemala

13-0 W

Wambach (2), Cheney, Rodriguez, Lloyd, Lindsey, Leroux (5), Rapinoe, Morgan

BC Place, Vancouver, Canada

Jan. 24*

Mexico

4-0 W

Lloyd (3), O’Reilly

BC Place, Vancouver, Canada

Jan. 27*

Costa Rica

3-0 W

Heath, Lloyd, Morgan

BC Place, Vancouver, Canada

Jan. 29*

Canada

4-0 W

Morgan (2), Wambach (2)

BC Place, Vancouver, Canada

Feb. 11

New Zealand

2-1 W

Morgan (2)

FC Dallas Stadium, Frisco, Texas

Feb. 29^

Denmark

5-0 W

Morgan (2), Wambach, Lloyd, Leroux

Estadio Municipal; Lagos, Portugal

March 2^

Norway

2-1 W

Wambach, Leroux

Estadio Municipal; Lagos, Portugal

March 5^

Japan

0-1 L

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Estadio Algarve; Faro, Portugal

March 7^

Sweden

4-0 W

Morgan (3), Wambach

Estadio Bela Vista; Parchal, Portugal

April 1**

Japan

1-1 T

Morgan

Yurtec Stadium; Sendai, Japan

April 3**

Brazil

3-0 W

Lloyd, Boxx, Rodriguez

Fukuda Denshi Arena; Chiba, Japan

May 27

China PR

4-1 W

Morgan (2), own goal, Wambach

PPL Park; Chester, Pa.

June 16^^

Sweden

10 a.m.

Universal Sports Network; UniversalSports.com

Örjans Vall Stadium; Halmstad, Sweden

June 18^^

Japan

7 a.m.

Universal Sports Network (10 a.m. ET delay); UniversalSports.com (7 a.m. ET live)

Örjans Vall Stadium; Halmstad, Sweden

June 30

Canada

2 p.m.

NBC

Rio Tinto Stadium; Sandy, Utah

July 25

France

12 p.m.

Hampden Park; Glasgow, Scotland

July 28

Colombia

12 p.m.

Hampden Park; Glasgow, Scotland

July 31

Korea DPR

12:15 p.m.

Old Trafford; Manchester, England

* CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying tournament
^ Algarve Cup
** Kirin Challenge Cup
^^ Volvo Winners Cup

U.S. ROSTER BY POSITIONDetailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3):
Nicole Barnhart, Jill Loyden, Hope Solo
DEFENDERS (7):
Rachel Buehler, Meghan Klingenberg, Amy LePeilbet, Heather Mitts, Kelley O’Hara, Christie Rampone, Becky Sauerbrunn
MIDFIELDERS (7):
Shannon Boxx, Tobin Heath, Lori Lindsey, Carli Lloyd, Heather O’Reilly, Megan Rapinoe, Amy Rodriguez
FORWARDS (5):
Lauren Cheney, Sydney Leroux, Alex Morgan, Christen Press, Abby Wambach

Olympic alternates in italics

U.S. ROSTER NOTES:

  • Alex Morgan leads the U.S. WNT with 14 goals in 12 games and has recorded five multi-goal games this year, most recently a two-goal effort during the USA’s 4-1 win against China PR on May 27 at PPL Park in Chester, Pa. She has her five multi-goal games over the last nine matches.
  • Morgan’s scoring clip is a rarity in U.S. Women’s history. The last person to record double-digit goals at a rate of more than one goal per game was Mia Hamm, who had 18 goals in 16 games in 1997. Even forward Abby Wambach, who is second on the USA’s all-time goal scoring list, has not averaged one goal per game in any year. She has been close on several occasions, including her 20 goals in 21 games in 2007.
  • Morgan notched a hat trick – the first of her career – to lead the U.S. past Sweden 4-0 on March 7 in the third-place match of the 2012 Algarve Cup. With that effort, Morgan became the 15th player in U.S. history to reach double figures in goals during a calendar year.
  • Captain and center back Christie Rampone leads the U.S. with 1,051 minutes this year. Rampone has now logged more than 1,000 minutes in 10 times different years during her U.S. WNT career.
  • Goalkeeper Hope Solo posted her eighth shutout of the year during the USA’s most recent 3-0 victory against Brazil on April 3. That eight-shutout total is the fourth-most in her 11 years with the U.S. WNT. Solo’s top clean sheet performances include 13 shutouts in 2008, 10 in 2006 and nine in 2007. Solo has 62 shutouts for her career, gradually inching toward Briana Scurry’s record 71.
  • Among the USA’s four Olympic alternates on the team’s trip to Sweden, midfielder Lori Lindsey has the most field time with 30 career caps and scored her first career international goal on Jan. 22 against Guatemala during Olympic Qualifying in Vancouver, Canada.
  • Heading into the Volvo Winners Cup, Olympic alternate forward Christen Press is the lone player on the roster who has yet to make an appearance with the U.S. WNT.
  • Midfielder Megan Rapinoe’s next appearance would be her 50th cap for the U.S. Women. There are 12 players on the USA’s experienced 2012 Olympic roster that have already surpassed the 50-game milestone.

USA VS. SWEDEN SERIES

  • The U.S. has faced Sweden 32 previous times, ranking as the fourth-most games against an opponent behind Canada (49), Norway (47) and China PR (45).
  • The USA is 19-5-8 all-time against Sweden, most recently posting a 4-0 victory in the third-place match of the 2012 Algarve Cup on March 7. U.S. forward Alex Morgan notched her first hat trick and Abby Wambach tallied her 134th career international goal.
  • The U.S.-Sweden series started out in the negative column for the USA with a 2-1 loss to Sweden on July 9, 1987, in Blaine, Minn. But the U.S. posted a 10-0-3 record in its next 13 matches through 2000.
  • The USA’s first win against Sweden came on Nov. 17, 1991, in the first-ever FIFA Women’s World Cup in Panyu, China. U.S. legend Mia Hamm made her first World Cup start and scored during the team’s 3-2 victory in both teams’ Group B opener. Hamm’s 62nd-minute goal gave the USA a 3-0 lead and proved to be the game-winner. Carin Jennings had two earlier goals for the U.S., and Sweden fought back late with two second-half tallies. Also playing in that match? Current U.S. head coach Pia Sundhage, who started and went the full 80 minutes (that’s right, the matches were just 80 minutes long for that World Cup). The U.S. Women would go on to win the first World Cup by defeating Norway in the Final, while Sweden dominated Germany in the third-place match.
  • The teams have met head-to-head once in the Olympics, with the USA topping Sweden 2-1 on July 23, 1996, in the opening round in Orlando, Fla. Tisha Venturini and Shannon MacMillan provided the scoring for the U.S., and the USA gave up an own goal for Sweden’s only score. Sundhage started and played the full 90 minutes for Sweden.

IN THE RECORD BOOKS

  • Captain Christie Rampone surpassed 20,000 minutes played for her career during the USA’s 3-0 win against Brazil in the Kirin Challenge Cup on April 3. With 1,051 minutes logged this year, she now has 20,064 in her 14 years with the WNT. She is the fifth U.S. Women’s player to reach such a feat, joining Kristine Lilly (28,700), Julie Foudy (21,669), Mia Hamm (20,694) and Joy Fawcett (20,527).
  • Rampone made her 250th career international appearance during the USA’s 2-1 victory against New Zealand on Feb. 11. Rampone (257 caps) ranks fourth all-time in U.S. WNT history, with Lilly (352), Hamm (275) and Foudy (271) ranking No. 1 through No. 3.
  • With her next start, midfielder Shannon Boxx (158 starts) will tie former U.S. WNT goalkeeper Briana Scurry for ninth all-time in career starts with 159. Forward Abby Wambach (156 starts), with her next start, will pass Tiffeny Milbrett for sole possession of 11th place in career starts with 157.
  • Lauren Cheney contributed her 10th assist of the year during the Brazil win, becoming the first player to reach double digits in that category since Heather O’Reilly and Wambach each posted a team-high 10 assists in 2008.
  • The USA is 86-2-5 all-time when Wambach scores a goal. The most recent of those two losses came in the 2011 Women’s World Cup against Sweden.

BY THE NUMBERS:

  • 1: USA’s FIFA ranking
  • 4: Sweden’s FIFA ranking
  • 5: Goals scored in a game by Sydney Leroux (Jan. 22, 2012), Amy Rodriguez (Jan. 20, 2012), Abby Wambach (Oct. 23, 2004), Tiffeny Milbrett (Nov. 2, 2002), Michelle Akers (Nov. 24, 1991) and Brandi Chastain (April 18, 1991)
  • 8: Shutouts for Hope Solo this year
  • 40: U.S. goals in 2011 in 20 total games (this number does not factor in Brazil’s own goal)
  • 56: The current unbeaten streak for the USA in domestic matches in which they are 50-0-6
  • 58: U.S. goals in 2012 through 13 games (this number does not factor in China’s own goal)
  • 194: Players who have earned a cap for the U.S. Women’s National Team since the program’s inception in 1985, the most recent being Whitney Engen, who earned her first cap against Norway at the Algarve Cup on March 4, 2011
  • 243: Goals scored during head coach Pia Sundhage’s 95 games as U.S. WNT head coach

ON USSOCCER.COM

PIA SUNDHAGE FACT FILE: Head coach Pia Sundhage is in the midst of her fourth full year in charge of the U.S. Women’s National Team. Below are some of her accomplishments as a player and coach.

  • Sundhage is the sixth official coach and second female coach in the history of the U.S. Women’s National Team program.
  • Sundhage’s record as head coach of the Women’s National Team is 79-6-10, with 244 goals for and 48 against.
  • As a player, Sundhage was one of the game’s best-ever players, finishing sixth in the voting for FIFA Women’s Player of the Century. A legendary player in Sweden, she played for her country in the 1991 and 1995 Women’s World Cups and 1996 Olympics. She scored four goals for Sweden at the 1991 Women’s World Cup, helping the Swedes to a third-place finish. She scored one goal in the 1995 Women’s World Cup (against Germany) and played every minute of all three matches at the Atlanta Olympics.
  • Sundhage started her coaching career while still playing, serving as player-coach for Hammarby from 1992-1994. She also coached Sweden’s Youth National Teams for 11 years from 1990-2001, coaching the U-16s, U-19s and U-21s.
  • After her retirement from the international game in 1996, she became head coach of the Sweden Under-19 Women’s National Team, leading the team to one gold medal and two bronze medals at the European Championships. She served as a scout for Sweden during the 1997 European Championships, the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup, the 2003 FIFA Women’s World Cup and the 2000 Olympics. Sundhage has also worked for FIFA on its Technical Study Group staff for the 2004 FIFA U-19 Women’s World Championship in Thailand.
  • Since taking over as head coach, Sundhage has given 17 players their first senior team caps.

IN FOCUS: SWEDEN
Svenska Fotbollförbundet (Swedish Football Association)
Founded: 1904 (Joined FIFA in 1904)
Head Coach: Thomas Dennerby
FIFA World Ranking: 4
Best FIFA World Cup Finish: Second Place (2003)
Best Olympics Finish: Fourth Place (2004)

SWEDEN ROSTER BY POSITION
GOALKEEPERS (3):
1-Hedvig Lindahl (Kristianstads DFF), 12-Kristin Hammarström (Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC), 21-Sofia Lundgren (Linköpings FC)
DEFENDERS (7):
2-Emma Berglund (Umeå IK), 3-Stina Segerström (Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC), 4-Annica Svensson (Tyresö FF), 6-Sara Thunebro (FFC Frankfurt), 7-Linda Sembrant (Tyresö FF), 13-Lina Nilsson (LdB FC Malmö), 15-Malin Levenstad (LdB FC Malmö)
MIDFIELDERS (7):
5-Caroline Seger (Tyresö FF), 10-Sofia Jakobsson (FC Rossiyanka), 11-Antonia Göransson (FFC Turbine Potsdam), 14-Johanna Almgren (Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC), 17-Lisa Dahlkvist (Tyresö FF), 18-Nilla Fischer (Linköpings FC), 20-Marie Hammarström (KIF Örebro DFF)
FORWARDS (5):
8-Lotta Schelin (Olympique Lyonnais), 9-Jessica Landstrom (FFC Frankfurt), 16-Madelaine Edlund (Tyresö FF), 19-Susanne Moberg (Kristianstads DFF), 22-Kosovare Asllani (Kristianstads DFF)

SWEDEN ROSTER NOTES:

  • Sweden recently suffered a blow to its Olympic hopes when midfielder Therese Sjögran suffered a torn ACL during training. She is Sweden’s most-capped player with more than 175 international appearances. Sjögran played for New Jersey-based Sky Blue FC during the 2011 Women’s Professional Soccer season.
  • Lotta Schelin, who has scored 44 goals for Sweden in 105 appearances, first debuted for the senior team during the 2006 Algarve Cup en route to a third-place finish. That year she was awarded the Diamond Ball as Sweden’s best female player, and was the Damallsvenskan Forward of the Year.
  • Midfielder Caroline Seger played in WPS for the Philadelphia Independence in 2010 and the Western New York Flash in 2011. Seger helped Western New York win the regular-season and championship titles, notching one of the team’s shootout goals in the final to defeat her former Independence team.
  • Midfielder Antonia Göransson was Sweden’s leading goal scorer during the 2012 Algarve Cup, scoring three of the team’s five goals as the team took fourth place. Göransson had two goals during Sweden’s 4-1 win against Iceland in the group stage.
  • Sweden took third in the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup, falling to eventual champion Japan in the semifinals but edging France 2-1 in the third-place match on July 16. Schelin had the game’s first goal and Marie Hammaström tallied the game-winner in the 82nd minute.
  • Schelin and Seger were named to the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup All-Star Team.
  • Head coach Thomas Dennerby, who has led the Sweden women’s team since 2005, is a former Hammarby IF player who won an Allsvenskan title in 2001.

LAST TIME
On the field for the USA:

April 3, 2012 – Fukuda Denshia Arena – Chiba, Japan – Women’s Kirin Challenge Cup

USA     4   Alex Morgan 34, 50; own goal 36; Abby Wambach 83
China  1   Zhang Rui 22

Lineups:
USA:
1-Hope Solo; 6-Amy LePeilbet (11-Sydney Leroux, 81), 3-Christie Rampone (capt.) (4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 62), 19-Rachel Buehler, 5-Kelley O’Hara; 9-Heather O’Reilly (8-Amy Rodriguez, 46), 7-Shannon Boxx, 10-Carli Lloyd (12-Lauren Cheney 46), 15-Megan Rapinoe; 13-Alex Morgan, 20-Abby Wambach
Subs not used: 2-Heather Mitts, 14-Meghan Klingenberg, 18-Nicole Barnhart
Head coach: Pia Sundhage

CHN: 1-Zhang Yue; 3-Zhou Gaoping, 4-Li Jiayue, 5-Wang Dongni, 12-Zhao Hongli (17-Pang Fengyue, 85); 6-Ren Guixin (23-Li Wen 56), 14-Liu Shukun, 16-Wang Xin (15-Xu Yanlu, 68; 21-Wang Lisi, 87), 18-Han Peng (19-Zhou Feifei, 39), 25-Zhang Rui (10-Ma Xiaoxu, 78); 11-Lou Jiahui
Subs not used: 22-Wang Fei
Head coach: Hao Wei

Vs. Sweden for the USA:
March 7, 2012 – Estadio Municipal Bela Vista – Parchal, Portugal – 2012 Algarve Cup (Third-Place Match)

USA        4   Alex Morgan 4, 33, 72; Abby Wambach 36
Sweden  0

Lineups:
USA:
18-Nicole Barnhart; 6-Amy LePeilbet, 3-Christie Rampone (capt.), 19-Rachel Buehler, 5-Kelley O’Hara; 9-Heather O’Reilly (15-Megan Rapinoe, 71), 7-Shannon Boxx, 10-Carli Lloyd (12-Lauren Cheney, 71), 17-Tobin Heath (8-Amy Rodriguez, 56); 13-Alex Morgan, 20-Abby Wambach (11-Sydney Leroux, 82)
Subs not used: 1-Hope Solo; 2-Heather Mitts, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 14-Stephanie Cox, 16-Lori Lindsey, 22-Whitney Engen
Head coach: Pia Sundhage

SWE: 1-Hedvig Lindahl; 2-Charlotte Rohlin (capt.), 2-Stina Segerstrom (7-Linda Sembrant, 46), 6-Sara Thunebro, 13-Emma Berglund (20-Marie Hammaström, 85); 5-Caroline Seger, 11-Antonia Göransson (10-Sofia Jakobsson, 63), 14-Johanna Almgren (18-Nilla Fischer, 46), 15-Therese Sjögran (19-Susanne Moberg, 88), 17-Lisa Dahlkvist; 8-Lotta Schelin (9-Jessica Landstrom)
Subs not used: 4-Annica Svensson, 12-Kristin Hammarstrom, 16-Madelaine Edlund, 21-Sofia Lundgren
Head coach: Thomas Dennerby

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