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U.S. Women’s National Team
USA vs. Canada
Notes from Frisco, Texas
May 10, 2007


U.S. WOMEN TOUCH DOWN IN TEXAS TO PREPARE FOR CANADA MATCH: The U.S. Women’s National Team arrived in Texas on the afternoon of May 9 in advance of its match against Canada (tickets) on May 12 at Pizza Hut Park. The U.S. team held a short training on Wednesday on a field outside the stadium in front of more than 300 young soccer players from local Nike-outfitted club the Dallas Texans. The U.S. team’s autograph session was cut a few minutes short by a thunderstorm and lightning warnings, prompting a sprint to the team bus, but the players still managed to sign quite a few pads, balls and jerseys.

FSC PREVIEWS USA-CANADA MATCH WITH 30 MINUTE PRE-GAME SHOW: The first USA-Canada clash of 2007 will be broadcast live on Fox Soccer Channel with the pre-game show starting at 6:00 p.m. CT / 7 P.M. ET and the kickoff scheduled for 6:30 p.m. CT / 7:30 p.m. ET. Fans can also follow the action on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker. Dave Johnson will be calling the match with Ohio State head women’s soccer coach Lori Walker handling the color and Steve Bell on the sideline.

WE ARE…THE U.S. WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM TO AIR TWICE MORE ON FSC BEFORE MATCH: U.S. Soccer has produced an in depth look at the U.S. Women's National Soccer Team in preparation for the 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup that will air on the Fox Soccer Channel in advance of this weekend’s USA-Canada match. The 30-minute program features personality profiles of the team’s players, behind-the scenes access and a look at day-to-day life for the U.S. women as they prepare for a seven-game tour of the United States this summer in advance of the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup. The show also features at look at the coaching style of Greg Ryan, who has guided the U.S. Women to a 32-0-7 record in two years as the team’s head coach. If you miss any of the FSC broadcasts, visit ussoccer.com's Studio 90 to view the show in its entirety.

“We Are … the U.S. Women’s National Team” on Fox Soccer Channel

Date

Time

Friday, May 11

8:30 p.m. ET 

Saturday, May 12

2:30 p.m. ET

   

USA ENTERS STRETCH RUN TO 2007 FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP: This will be the second of eight domestic games the U.S. women will play before leaving in late August for the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup. The USA has a challenging preparation schedule remaining before leaving for China, a slate of matches that should help prepare the U.S. for a difficult first-round group featuring North Korea, Sweden and Nigeria. Six of the last seven teams the USA will play in the WWC warm-up matches will be participating in the 2007 Women’s World Cup. Finland, the opponent in the final Send-Off match at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., is the only team to miss out on the Women’s World Cup. [TICKETS]

2007 Women’s National Team Send-Off Series

Date Opponent   Location Kickoff TV Tickets
June 16 China     Cleveland Browns Stadium (Cleveland, Ohio) 7 p.m. ET ussoccer.com's MatchACCESS Available
June 23 Brazil     Giants Stadium (East Rutherford, N.J.) 5 p.m. ET ESPN2 Available
July 14 Norway     Rentschler Field (East Hartford, Conn.) 6 p.m. ET ESPN2 Available
July 28 Japan   Spartan Stadium (San Jose, Calif.) 7 p.m. PT ussoccer.com's MatchACCESS Available
Aug. 12 New Zealand   Soldier Field (Chicago, Ill.) 12 p.m. CT ESPN2 Available
Aug. 25 Finland   The Home Depot Center (Carson, Calif.) TBA   ESPN2 Available
 

IN THE PINK, ON MOTHER’S DAY WEEKEND: Against Canada on Saturday, the U.S. Women's National Team players will be wearing pink jerseys in support of breast cancer research and to help raise awareness for a disease that affects one in eight women and takes almost 43,000 lives a year. As part of the campaign, U.S. Soccer is making a donation to both the Y-ME National Breast Cancer Organization and the MD Anderson Cancer Center, and are encouraging fans to get involved ussoccer.com/support. U.S. Soccer will also be auctioning off the players jerseys through ussoccer.com. This match will mark the first time the U.S. women have ever worn a special jersey. The special pink jerseys carry even more meaning considering that the match will be played on Mother’s Day weekend. The U.S. team will have a special guest on the bench for the match in Fossil Ridge HS (Keller, Texas) junior soccer player Lauren Perez, who lost her mother to breast cancer just last Easter. Perez will wearing an official U.S. pink jersey made with her name and number to honor her mom and the day.

U.S. Women’s National Team Roster:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Nicole Barnhart (Gilbertsville, Pa.), Hope Solo (Richland, Wash.);
DEFENDERS (6): Marian Dalmy (Lakewood, Colo.), Stephanie Lopez (Elk Grove, Calif.), Kate Markgraf (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.), Heather Mitts (Cincinnati, Ohio), Christie Rampone (Point Pleasant, N.J.), Cat Whitehill (Birmingham, Ala.);
MIDFIELDERS (5): Shannon Boxx (Redondo Beach, Calif.), Lori Chalupny (St. Louis, Mo.), Carli Lloyd (Delran, N.J.), Leslie Osborne (Brookfield, Wis.), Aly Wagner (San Jose, Calif.);
FORWARDS (5): Natasha Kai (Kahuku, Hawaii), Kristine Lilly (Wilton, Conn.), Heather O’Reilly (East Brunswick, N.J.), Lindsay Tarpley (Kalamazoo, Mich.), Abby Wambach (Rochester, N.Y.).

RYAN COMES BACK TO TEXAS: U.S. head coach Greg Ryan makes a return to his home state of Texas for the first time as head coach of the U.S. Women’s National Team. Ryan, who grew up in the Dallas area, was a First-Team All-American at Southern Methodist University in 1978, before playing six seasons in the NASL from 1979-1984. Ryan returned to SMU after his pro career and earned his BA in biology. He also earned his Teachers Certification in Biology from SMU in 1986. Ryan was the head women’s soccer coach at SMU from 1996-1999, compiling a record of 37-21-5, which included a trip to the NCAA tournament in 1997.

GROUP B IT IS: The U.S. team found out its first-round opponents at the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup Final Draw, held on April 22 in Wuhan, and will be facing North Korea, Sweden and Nigeria. Amazingly, those are the same three countries the USA faced in the 2003 FIFA Women’s World Cup, but in a different order. Four years ago, the USA opened with Sweden, played Nigeria second and finished with North Korea. The USA was drawn into what surely is the most difficult group at the Women’s World Cup as Sweden is ranked fourth in the world and North Korea is five. All four countries are arguably the top team in their confederation heading into the Women’s World Cup, considering the recent slides suffered by Germany in Europe and China in Asia. All teams will play their first and second matches of group play in the venue to which they are assigned, then all teams will travel for their third (and final) first-round match. The 16-team tournament will be staged at five stadiums in five cities: Chengdu, Hangzhou, Shanghai, Tianjin and Wuhan. Four of the venues are in the eastern part of China, while Chengdu is in central China. Tianjin is the northernmost venue and is approximately 125 miles southeast of Beijing, host of the 2008 Olympic Games. The Opening Match (Sept. 10) and Women’s World Cup Final (Sept. 30) will both be played in Shanghai at the Shanghai Hongkou Football Stadium.

USA’s Group B Opponent Capsules

2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup  Group B Schedule - Full Schedule

No. Date Match-up Venue Kickoff (Local / ET)
3 Sept. 11 USA vs. North Korea Chengdu   5 p.m. / 5 a.m.
4 Sept. 11 Nigeria vs. Sweden Chengdu   8 p.m. / 8 a.m.
11 Sept. 14 Sweden vs. USA Chengdu   5 p.m. / 5 a.m.
12 Sept. 14 North Korea vs. Nigeria Chengdu   8 p.m. / 8 a.m.
19 Sept. 18 Nigeria vs. USA Shanghai  8 p.m. / 8 a.m.
20 Sept. 18 North Korea vs. Sweden Tianjin   8 p.m. / 8 a.m.
         

Stat of Note
The U.S. team is 32-3-3 all-time against Canada, but has not beaten a Canadian team (featuring its top players) by more than two goals since 2000, a span of 14 matches.

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