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U.S. WNT Arrives in Heidelberg to Prepare for Game Against Colombia

U.S. WNT World Cup Update
June 30, 2011
Heidelberg, Germany

ON TO HEIDELBERG: The U.S. Women’s National Team arrived in Heidelberg, Germany, on Wednesday, June 29, a day after opening their 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup campaign with a 2-0 victory against Korea DPR. The players who did not start in the match trained on Wednesday morning before the team and staff took a short 45-minute flight to Frankfurt. The traveling party then boarded a bus for an hour-long ride to their hotel in Heidelberg, which is just north of Sinsheim, the location of Rhein-Neckar-Arena which will host the USA’s second Group C match on Saturday, July 2 against Colombia. Kickoff is at 12 p.m. ET (6 p.m. local) and the match is live on ESPN, and Galavision (ESPN has a pre-game show starting at 11:30 a.m. ET, while Galavision will start at 11:50 ET). The U.S. will train in Heidelberg on Thursday and then get a first-hand look at Rhein-Neckar-Arena when they conduct their final training session in the stadium on Friday.

USA-COLOMBIA SOLD OUT: The U.S.-Colombia match is sold out at Rhein-Neckar-Arena, making it the first non-Germany game of the 2011 Women’s World Cup to be at capacity. The stadium, which is the home of TSG 1899 Hoffenheim, holds just over 25,000 for Women’s World Cup matches. For a closer look at Rhein-Neckar-Arena, check out this video.

OFF TO A GOOD START: In perhaps the most entertaining of the first six matches of the Women's World Cup, the USA picked up a huge win over North Korea 2-0 as Women's World Cup debutantes Lauren Cheney and Rachel Buehler scored in the second half. Amazingly, and due to the increased competitiveness of the women's game, the USA's win was the first by multiple goals until France’s 4-0 demolition of Canada on Thursday night in Bochum. A fantastic and boisterous crowd of 21,859 came out to Rudolf-Harbig Stadium, many of whom were cheering loudly for the USA, creating an atmosphere that the U.S. players won't soon forget. After one match, the U.S. sits atop group C, equal on points with Sweden but ahead with a plus-2 goal difference.


Date  Opponent  Result/Time (ET)  U.S. Goalscorers/TV  Venue 
June 28  Korea DPR   11:45 a.m.  Cheney, Buehler Rudolf-Harbig Stadium; Dresden 
July 2  Colombia   11:30 a.m.  ESPN,, Galavision Rhein-Neckar-Arena; Sinsheim 
July 6  Sweden   2:30 p.m.  ESPN,, Galavision World Cup Stadium Wolfsburg; Wolfsburg

GOALKEEPERS (3): Nicole Barnhart (Philadelphia Independence), Jill Loyden (magicJack), Hope Solo (magicJack)
DEFENDERS (8): Rachel Buehler (Boston Breakers), Stephanie Cox (Boston Breakers), Ali Krieger (out of contract), Amy LePeilbet (Boston Breakers), Heather Mitts (Atlanta Beat), Christie Rampone (magicJack), Becky Sauerbrunn (magicJack)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Shannon Boxx (magicJack), Tobin Heath (Sky Blue FC), Lori Lindsey (Philadelphia Independence), Carli Lloyd (Atlanta Beat), Kelley O’Hara (Boston Breakers), Heather O’Reilly (Sky Blue FC), Megan Rapinoe (Philadelphia Independence)
FORWARDS (4): Lauren Cheney (Boston Breakers), Alex Morgan (Western New York Flash), Amy Rodriguez (Philadelphia Independence), Abby Wambach (magicJack)

Link to Detailed Roster

OPENING GAMES IN THE BOOKS: With Group D teams playing their opening games on Wednesday all 16 teams have played their first 90 minutes of the Women’s World Cup. In the other Group C game, Colombia faced Sweden in their first-ever World Cup match. After the game remained scoreless into the second half, Sweden opened got the goal it needed in the 57th minute from Jessica Landstrom which proved enough to give Sweden the 1-0 win. For all the opening game results, visit


A collection of notes, anecdotes and links:

A collection of notes, anecdotes and links:

KRIEGER FEELING RIGHT AT HOME: Defender Ali Krieger has taken the path less traveled to the U.S. Women’s National Team, to say the least. As the USA’s only player who was based abroad in the run-up to the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup, she’s lived quite an adventure since graduating from college. Krieger means “warrior” in German and she’s proved to be just that as she fought for a spot on the USA’s 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup Team, bring her back to the country she’s called home for the last four years. For the complete feature, visit

ABBY ON GROUP C: U.S. striker Abby Wambach understands that big challenges await in perhaps the tournament’s most difficult first round group. The USA’s leading active goal scorer talks about all three of the USA’s Group C opponents in this feature for

WNT PLAYER PROFILES: pair up the Women’s World Cup players for some rapid fire questions and banter in creating the WNT Player Profiles series. The videos highlight your favorite women’s players, getting some fun facts and information you never knew before in the hopes that you can get to better know the players’ personalities. Check the WNT Blog for the latest editions of the WNT Player Profiles.

BEHIND THE CREST: Get an in-depth look at the U.S. WNT with Behind the Crest, a video series that follows the U.S. WNT during the Women’s World Cup in Germany. Behind the Crest will provide fans with insight into what the players and coaches do to prepare for the most important games of their career, providing access that only can provide. Visit’s Media Center for the latest edition.


On the game against Korea DPR:
“The thing I think about when I look back on the game is how we continued to progress through that game. Obviously when you start the first game of the World Cup, nerves are going on for both sides and it takes a few minutes to get into the game but I think we started out hard, we attacked, and then I think as you saw the game progress, from first half to second half, we did even better. You see how we improved throughout the game and I think that’s going to be huge for us going down the road to continue to improve game by game.”

On the pressure from playing in a World Cup:
“I think there’s pressure on us but I love that we have the pressure to do well. I think we do from back home, our fans back home, and from within ourselves, we feel pressure to do well because the U.S. has always been a top team. I think that’s why we play this game at this level. These are the big events that you want to play for.”

On being in Germany:
“It’s been great so far. FIFA and Germany have put together a great tournament. The locations are awesome. Heidelberg seems like a very cute town and I’m looking forward to walking around through the town a little bit and seeing more of it.”

On the game against Colombia:
“I heard that it’s a sold-out crowd and I’m not sure how many supporters we’ll have. I know that the troops will hopefully be able to come. We like high energy and as long as the crowd is sold out, it doesn’t matter who they’re rooting for as long as there’s some noise.”

On the game against Colombia:
“We’ve just recently focused our attention on Colombia. We’ve already seen some clips of them, some video. We’re getting ourselves accustomed to the way that they play, and they have been very impressive so far. That was a strong opening match for them, so we’re going to be ready.”


On possibly changing the lineup against Colombia:
“We’re always thinking about resting players. We haven’t changed the starting lineup that much from the Japan game.  If there’s a change to be made in the starting lineup, it is likely against Colombia. Further down the line, I don’t think we’d have the chance to do that. It’s so important to have many players playing minutes. I truly believe that if we play many games, it is important to use the whole bench.”

On the increased competition in women’s soccer:
“I think it’s great. That’s the best thing that could happen to the women’s game. Right now if you love soccer and you want to be on the highest level, it’s great to watch the women’s game. The speed of play (is getting better) and you see different teams and different cultures coming up. It’s so interesting and the development is so fast. It’s good because that means we need to be smarter. We need to do different things.”