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U.S. Women's National Team Set for Final Peace Queen Cup Group Match vs. Netherlands


United States Women’s National Team
Notes from Seoul, South Korea
2006 Peace Queen Cup
Nov. 1, 2006


U.S. WOMEN FACE THE NETHERLANDS FOR A PLACE IN 2006 PEACE QUEEN CUP TITLE GAME: After taking four points from its first two matches at the 2006 Peace Queen Cup, the U.S. Women’s National Team will take on the Netherlands in its final Group B match on Thursday, Nov. 2, at Suwon World Cup Stadium. The USA heads into its final match of the group tied on points with Denmark, but with a one-goal advantage in goal difference, which is the first tie-breaker. Thus, the USA controls its own destiny as it will earn a place in the final if it beats the Dutch by the same or more goals than Denmark beats Australia. The USA-Netherlands match kicks off at 2:30 p.m. and the Denmark-Australia match kicks off at 5 p.m., meaning the U.S. team will not know how many goals it needs to make the final while Denmark and Australia will know what is needed to make the title game. The Aussies are still alive for a place in the championship if they can beat Denmark and the USA ties or loses to the Netherlands. The U.S. team is 14-0-4 in 2006 and 22-0-5 under head coach Greg Ryan. Eighteen of the 20 players on the U.S. roster have played in the two games so far, the only exceptions being defender Amy LePeilbet who is carrying a slight injury, and uncapped forward Kacey White.

Group B Standings
Team   W   L   T   P  GF  GA   GD 
USA       1   0   1   4    3     1    +2
DEN      1   0   1   4    2     1    +1
AUS      1   1   0   3    1     2    -1
NED      0   2   0   0    0     2    -2

Advancement Scenarios
The USA makes the Peace Queen Cup championship game if:
The USA defeats the Netherlands by more or as many goals as Denmark beats Australia
The USA defeats the Netherlands and Australia beats Denmark
The USA defeats the Netherlands and Australia and Denmark tie
If the USA ties the Netherlands, they can still go through to the title game, as long as Australia and Denmark also tie.

LIGHT TRAINING AT SEOUL OLYMPIC STADIUM: The U.S. team prepared for its third game in five days with a light training at Seoul Olympic Stadium on Wednesday, Nov. 1, as U.S. head coach Greg Ryan ran the team through some small-sided possession games while those that played major minutes against Australia just jogged, stretched and got a few touches on the ball. The entire regular U.S. midfield of Leslie Osborne, Carli Lloyd and Aly Wagner did not play against Australia and should be rested and ready for the Dutch as the Americans will need a win and a number of goals to ensure advancement to the championship game. Forward Lindsay Tarpley played just six minutes at the end of the Australia match and will also be rested and ready for selection.

CANADA ADVANCES TO CHAMPIONSHIP GAME WITH 4-2 VICTORY AGAINST BRAZIL: Canada set up a potential all-CONCACAF Peace Queen Cup Final with a big 4-2 win over Brazil in the final Group A match for both teams. Canada needed just a tie to make the championship game. Italy defeated South Korea, 2-1, in the last match for both teams as the Italians picked up their first win and the hosts finished the tournament with a 0-3-0 record. Italy and Brazil both had four points from three matches, but Italy finished second in the group based on a slightly better goal difference. For complete tournaments standings go to the Peace Queen Cup competition page on ussoccer.com.

U.S. WNT Peace Queen Cup Schedule
Date   Opponent         Venue                             City                                  Kickoff / ET
Nov. 2 Netherlands    Suwon WC Stadium    Suwon, South Korea   2:30 p.m. / 12:30 a.m. ET


2006 Peace Cup Schedule / Results
October 28                           Venue
Brazil 1, South Korea 0      Seoul
Canada 3, Italy 2                 Seoul

October 29                               Venue
Australia 1, Netherlands 0   Gimhae
USA 1, Denmark 1                 Gimhae

October 30                               Venue
Brazil 1, Italy 1                          Masan
Canada 3, South Korea 1      Masan

October 31                                Venue
USA 2, Australia 0                  Cheonan
Denmark 1, Netherlands 0   Cheonan

Nov. 1                                          Venue
Canada 4, Brazil 2                    Changwon
Italy 2, South Korea 1               Changwon

Nov. 2                                           Venue
USA vs. Netherlands                Suwon
Australia vs. Denmark              Suwon

Nov. 4                                           Venue
Championship Game               Seoul


USA vs. NETHERLANDS HISTORY: The USA and the Netherlands haven’t met since 1999 when they played a two-match set in May before the 1999 Women’s World Cup. The USA win both contests, by 5-0 and 3-0 scores. The teams have played just four times in the all-time series with Netherlands winning the first, 4-3, back in May of 1991 before the 1991 Women’s World Cup. The USA won 6-0 in the other meeting in 1996 in the USA’s first-ever match in the State of California. The Netherlands had a respectable run in European Women’s World Cup qualifying, but finished as expected behind France and England. Netherlands got off to a great start with two 1-0 wins over France and Austria, but back-to-back 2-0 and 4-0 losses to France and England, respectively, ended their Women’s World Cup dreams. The Dutch are coached by Vera Pauw, one of the most respected female women’s soccer coaches in the world. The former head coach of the Scotland Women’s National Team from 1998-2004, she played 15 years for the Dutch National Team and earned 87 caps for the Netherlands.

Netherlands Group 5 European Qualifying for 2007 FIFA WWC
Date                    Opponent  Score   Netherlands Goal Scorer(s)
Sept. 24, 2005   France       1-0 W   Marloes De Boer
Oct. 29, 2005     Austria       1-0 W   Gilanne Louwarrs
Nov. 17, 2005    England     0-1 L    --
March 25, 2006 Hungary     5-0 W  Gilanne Louwarrs (2), Shirley Smith, Nicole Delies, Anouk Hoogendijk
May 13, 2006     France        0-2 L    --
Aug. 31, 2006    England     0-4 L    --
Sept. 20, 2006   Austria       4-0 W   Dionne Demarteu, Nicole Delies, Sylvia Smit (2)
Sept. 24, 2006   Hungary    4-0 W   Karin Stevens (3), Sylvia Smit

U.S. Roster (Hometown – caps/goals):
GOALKEEPERS (2):
1-Briana Scurry (Dayton, Minn. – 158), 18-Hope Solo (Richland, Wash – 33);
DEFENDERS (7): 17-Lori Chalupny (St. Louis, Mo. – 26/2), 8-Tina Frimpong (Vancouver, Wash. – 16/0), 14-Amy LePeilbet (Crystal Lake, Ill. – 23/0), 15-Kate Markgraf (Bloomfield Hills, Mich. – 150/0), 2-Heather Mitts (Cincinnati, Ohio – 59/2), 3-Christie Rampone (Point Pleasant, N.J. – 152/4), 4-Cat Whitehill (Birmingham, Ala. – 95/10);
MIDFIELDERS (6): 16-Angela Hucles (Virginia Beach, Va. – 56/5), 11-Carli Lloyd (Delran, N.J. – 17/1), 23-Joanna Lohman (Silver Spring, Md. – 6/0), 21-Marci Miller (St. Charles, Ill. – 10/0), 12-Leslie Osborne (Brookfield, Wis. – 26/1), 10-Aly Wagner (San Jose, Calif. – 105/21);
FORWARDS (5): 6-Natasha Kai (Kahuku, Hawaii – 13/6), 13-Kristine Lilly (Wilton, Conn. – 315/115), 5-Lindsay Tarpley (Kalamazoo, Mich. – 55/12), 20-Abby Wambach (Rochester, N.Y. – 81/64), 19-Kacey White (Arlington, Tex. – 0/0).

Netherlands Roster:
GOALKEEPERS (2): 1-Loes Geurts, 16-Marleen Wissink;
DEFENDERS (8): 7-Sylvia Smit, 4-Marloes de Boer, 13-Chavelli Stolk, 12-Esther Scheenaard, 3-Liesbeth Migchelsen, 5-Petra Hogewoning, 2-Dyanne Bito, 14-Karin Legemate;
MIDFIELDERS (5): 18-Linda Bos, 15-Dionne Demarteau, 8-Anouk Hoogendijk, 6-Sherida Spitse, 7-Jennifer Voss;
FORWARDS (5): 10-Karin Stevens, 20-Nangila van Eyck, 11-Claudia van den Heiligenberg, 19-Nicole Delies, 9-Manon Melis.

COFFEE BEAN IS USA HQ: The U.S. team hotel is part of a large complex that includes a mall, a bus station, banks, post offices, restaurants and numerous other shops. It is almost a city within itself, which is one reason (along with the long bus rides in horrific traffic the team has been enduring on the way to training) why the U.S. players have rarely left the complex. The main reason for the players being homebodies is a combination of two of the players’ favorite things on the road – coffee house drinks and free wireless internet – which they are getting in the coffee shop attached to the hotel. At any given time when the team is not training, meeting or eating, you will see a least a half-dozen U.S. players typing away on their laptops in the coffee shop.

CLICK ON ALL_ACCESS VIDEO AND JOIN THE USA IN SOUTH KOREA: The first-ever trip to South Korea for the U.S. Women’s National Team has been busy and eventful. To see video of the USA’s journey, including a special trip to the DMZ, a feature on Leslie Osborne’s debut as a runway model, and highlights and reaction from the games, go to all_access video on ussoccer.com.

ALOHA FROM KOREA: Natasha Kai has gotten off to a fast start with the U.S. Women’s National Team, scoring six goals in her first 13 matches, including goal in her first-ever cap and a great strike in her first-ever start, against Australia on Oct. 31. The speedy striker checks in from Seoul, South Korea, to talk about her development as a player, her search for Hawaiian food in Los Angeles and her goals for the upcoming months, on this exclusive ussoccer.com podcast. In another podcast from South Korea, find out about Joanna Lohman’s journey to the National Team and why you should give her a call if you need some office space for your business.

MARKGRAF GETS 150TH CAP: When Kate Markgraf came into the game at halftime of the USA’s 2-0 win over Australia on Oct. 31, it marked her 150th appearance for the USA. She becomes the 13th player to play 150 or more times for the U.S. Women’s National Team. Markgraf made her international debut on April 26, 1998, vs. Argentina.

LePEILBET RULED OUT OF THE TOURNAMENT: U.S. defender Amy LePeilbet has been ruled out of the Peace Queen Cup due to a minor left knee injury. LePeilbet was training with the team in South Korea, but was suffering discomfort from the lingering injury and will get an MRI after returning to the United States. LePeilbet, a former ASU All-American, has played 23 times for the USA, including starting nine of the 13 matches she has played in 2006.

SUWON WORLD CUP STADIUM HAS HISTORY FOR U.S. SOCCER: The venue for the USA-Netherlands clash in the U.S. team’s last Group B match at the Peace Queen Cup is Suwon World Cup Stadium. The beautiful stadium just outside of Seoul seats just over 44,000 and was built in 2001 for the 2002 FIFA World Cup. It played host to one of the greatest victories in the history of U.S. Soccer, the historic 3-2 win over Portugal in the first round the 2002 World Cup. The U.S. women will be trying to channel the magic of U.S. goal scorers that day -- John O’Brien, Brian McBride and Landon Donovan -- when they take the field against the Dutch with a place in the Peace Queen Cup championship game on the line.

Stat of Note
Eleven different players have scored the USA’s 50 goals this year, led by Abby Wambach, who has 15, or 30 percent of the USA’s goals.

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