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U.S. Women's National Team Notes from Charleston, S.C.


U.S. Women’s National Team
Notes from Charleston, S.C.
July 21, 2009


U.S. WOMEN LOOK FOR SWEEP OF THREE-GAME SERIES WITH CANADA: Coming off a 4-0 win in Toronto on May 25 and a 1-0 victory in Rochester, N.Y., on July 19, the U.S. Women’s National Team will look for a sweep in the three-game summer series against northern rival Canada, as the two sides meet on Wednesday, July 22 at Blackbaud Stadium in Charleston, S.C. (Live on FSC and Fox Sports en Español at 8 p.m. ET). Fans can also follow on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and official Twitter feed at www.twitter.com/ussoccer. The event will likely mark the USA’s final domestic match of 2009 as the players will head back to their WPS clubs following the game for final stretch of the season and the hunt for a playoff spot. The U.S. team is scheduled to get together for three extended training camps in the fall, two domestic (September and December) and one foreign trip in October. With the win in Rochester, Sundhage is now 38-1-3 overall as head coach of the USA.

2009 U.S. WNT vs. Canada Tri-Series
Date Opponent  Venue Result/Time TV/Goal Scorer(s)
May 25 Canada BMO Field; Toronto Canada 4-0 W Boxx, Rapinoe, Tarpley, Cheney
July 19 Canada Rochester Rhinos Stadium; Rochester, N.Y. 1-0 W  Wambach 
July 22 Canada Blauckbaud Stadium; Charleston S.C. 8 p.m. ET FSC & Fox Sports en Espanol
                   
AB FAB: There was a bit of magic that took place last Sunday in Rochester, N.Y., as Abby Wambach scored her 100th career international goal. Not only was it the game-winner in the 1-0 victory, not only did it elevate her to a pantheon of U.S. legends who had previously reached the 100-goal mark, not only did she score her 100th in the same town as her friend and mentor Mia Hamm, and not only was it her first goal for the national team since breaking her leg a little over a year ago, but it came in front of her hometown fans, family and friends with less than 12 minutes left in the match. It certainly can be considered one of the best moments in U.S. Women’s National Team history. Wambach now joins a quartet of U.S. Soccer legends in the elite 100-goal club: Mia Hamm (158), Kristine Lilly (129), Michelle Akers (105) and Tiffeny Milbrett (100).

TAKE A VIDEO TOUR: The U.S. soccer all_access video team has been churning out the videos this week. If you haven’t perused them, take a few minutes and:

1)    Watch Leslie Osborne and Cat Whitehill talk about their comebacks from serious injuries
2)    Watch Abby Wambach talk about her return to her hometown of Rochester, N.Y.
3)    Get to know 18-year-old Christine Nairn, the USA’s youngest player. (blog)
4)    See Abby Wambach and Christine Sinclair of Canada talk about their pursuit of 100 goals and what the
        two world class strikers have in common.
5)    See how the U.S. team gets strong in the weight room.

STUDIO 90 IS PACKED: Also be sure to check out today’s edition of Studio 90, which is packed with features on the WNT, including an excellent highlight piece from the 1-0 victory over Canada, a tribute to Abby and her 100 goals and some thoughts from Pia Sundhage on the upcoming match against Canada in Rochester as well as looking forward to Germany 2011.

LINEUP SHUFFLE?: U.S. head coach Pia Sundhage made just three substitutes in the 1-0 victory over Canada last Sunday and several very experienced players did not see any action, including midfielders Lindsay Tarpley, Carli Lloyd and Leslie Osborne, defender Stephanie Cox and goalkeeper Hope Solo. With Sundhage wanting to give chances to multiple players, as she continues the early stages of streamlining her squad for FIFA Women’s World Cup qualifying to be held late next year, fans may see more than a few lineup changes for Wednesday night’s match. Tarpley has been nursing a sprained ankle suffered in a WPS match, but trained the past two days and is available for selection. The USA’s youngest player, 18-year-old Christine Nairn, also did not get on the field in the last match and will be looking for her second career cap after debuting on May 25 against Canada in Toronto.

EYE TOWARDS GERMANY: With the glorious run to the 2008 Olympic gold medal fading into warm memories, the focus for the U.S. team is clearly on the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Germany. The two-time defending champions, hosting on their own soil, will be favorites to hoist a third consecutive trophy, but the Americans will hopefully have something to say about that. There is no doubt, however, that the Germans will run a fantastic Women’s World Cup, scheduled for June 26-July 17, 2011, in nine cities throughout Germany: Berlin, Frankfurt, Mönchengladbach, Sinsheim, Wolfsburg, Augsburg, Bochum, Dresden and Leverkusen. Almost all of the cities will host four matches, but unlike past Women’s World Cups, there will be no doubleheaders. The largest stadium 74,244) is in Berlin, which will host just the opening game featuring the Germans. The smallest stadium is in Bochum, which seats 23,691. The Women’s World Cup Final will take place in Frankfurt (49,240) on July 17. The dates and venues for CONCACAF qualifying have yet to be determined, but the competition will likely be held at the end of 2010.


RETURN TO BLACKBAUD: The USA’s three previous matches in South Carolina have all been at Blackbaud Stadium, one of the finest small soccer venues in the country. The USA has won all three matches at Blackbaud without allowing a goal, defeating Mexico 7-0 in Jan. 12, 2003, Iceland 1-0 on Feb. 16, 2003, and Mexico again by a 3-0 score on Oct. 23, 2005.

2009 U.S. WNT BY THE NUMBERS:
0.17    Goals allowed per game by the USA in 2009
1          Number of games the U.S. has played inside the U.S. so far this year
1          World ranking of the U.S. Women’s National Team
1          Goals the U.S. has allowed over six games this year
1          Number of players who have started all five games for the U.S. this year (Angela Hucles)
1.67    Average goals per game for the U.S. in 2009
3          Number of players in the U.S.’s top-20 on the all-time caps list to get a cap this year
5          Number of different goalkeepers that have played for the U.S. since the end of the 2003 FIFA
            Women’s World Cup
5          Number of games the U.S. has played outside U.S. this year
7          Number of different players to score a goal for the U.S. this year
8          Players that started all six Olympic matches.
10        Assists for Heather O’Reilly and Abby Wambach, tops on the team in 2008
18       Goals the U.S. has allowed in 42 matches so far under Pia Sundhage, 12 from the run of play, four
            from set plays and two on own goals
97        Abby Wambach’s minutes to goal ratio
100      Career goals by Abby Wambach, putting her fifth on the USA’s all-time list at the age of 29 and tied for
             9th all-time in world history
130      Mia Hamm’s minutes to goal ratio
193      Players who have earned a cap for the U.S. Women’s National Team since the program’s inception
             in 1985

BE THE BLOG: The two-time defending bronze medalist in ussoccer.com’s Best Blog category for the Best of U.S. Soccer Awards is back. Yes, we are talking about the WNT Blog. If you haven’t caught up, take a few moments to check out a slew of posts, videos and pics as the USA completes its two-game domestic tussle with Canada. We know the WNT Blog hasn’t been that active this year, but that doesn’t mean that the fans can’t keep this streak of third-place finishes going come December. So if you are a fan of the WNT, keep clicking.

Stat of Note
The U.S. Women’s National Team is 66-1-2 in matches in which Abby Wambach scores.
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