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U.S. WNT Arrives in Dresden


U.S. WNT World Cup Update
June 25, 2011
Dresden, Germany

WILLKOMMEN IN DEUTSCHLAND, THE U.S. WNT ARRIVES IN DRESDEN: The U.S. Women’s National Team arrived in Dresden, Germany, on Thursday, June 24 in the early afternoon and will now move into their final preparations before opening the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup against Korea DPR on Tuesday, June 28, at Rudolf-Harbig Stadium. The match kicks off at 12:15 p.m. ET, but fans can tune in early to watch ESPN’s pre-game show at 11:45 a.m. ET. The USA will train at Rudolf-Harbig Stadium on Monday to get a first-hand look and feel of their opening match field. The Americans have seen a bit of rain so far in Dresden, but the weather forecasts are for excellent weather over the next few days and heading into match day. The U.S. game will actually occur on the third match day of the tournament and will be the fifth match of the competition.

U.S. GROUP D SCHEDULE

Date  Opponent  Time (ET) Venue 
June 28  Korea DPR  11:45 a.m.  Rudolf-Harbig Stadium; Dresden 
July 2  Colombia  11:30 a.m.  Rhein-Neckar-Arena; Sinsheim 
July 6  Sweden  2:30 p.m.  World Cup Stadium Wolfsburg; Wolfsburg

All games will be broadcast live on ESPN, ESPN3.com and Galavision

U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION
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

GERMANY READY TO GO:
It has been clear for a while that Germany was going to organize a special FIFA Women’s World Cup, and as the tournament gets ready to kick off on Sunday, June 26, with the hosts facing Canada in front of more than 70,000 fans at Berlin’s Olympic Stadium, and Nigeria playing France in Sinsheim, all signs point to a breakout event. The media coverage has been exhaustive, the TV coverage is expansive and organization here in Dresden is set to stage a first-rate Women’s World Cup.

WWC OPENING GAMES: The Nigeria-France match in Sinsheim kicks off at 3 p.m. local time on Sunday and will actually be the first game of the tournament. The hosts kick off at 6 p.m. local (pre-game show starts at 11:30 a.m. on ESPN with Ian Drake and Julie Foudy calling the action) against the committed Canadians in what should be an historic match for women’s soccer and one watched by most of Germany. In 1991, the hosts kicked off the competition in style with China defeating Norway 4-0, although it was the Norwegians who would rebound and advance to the final. In 1995, Germany defeated Japan 1-0 in the opening game followed by Brazil upsetting hosts Sweden later in the day 1-0. In 1999, there were four games on the opening day of June 19, but the first was the USA’s historic 3-0 victory over Denmark in front of 78,972 fans at the old Giants Stadium. In 2003, there were also four games on opening day, with Norway defeating France 2-0 in the tournament’s first match. The 2007 tournament opened in a somewhat embarrassing fashion for the women’s game as defending champion Germany thrashed Argentina 11-0. It was the first time the defending champions opened the next tournament, which used to be a tradition for the men’s FIFA World Cup.

KOREA DPR x 4: By some twist of Final Draw fate or a bounce of a ping pong ball, the USA will meet Korea DPR in group play for the fourth consecutive Women’s World Cup when the two squads square off on June 28 in Dresden. The USA won the matches in 1999 and 2003, both by 3-0 scores, but drew 2-2 in 2007 in a match where the Koreans scored twice while Abby Wambach was off the field getting stitches to fix a gash on her head. All the matches have been close affairs with the USA not putting the games away in 1999 and 2003 until the second half. The USA has never faced the North Koreans outside of a Women’s World Cup. For the full story, visit ussoccer.com.

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 ussoccer.com.

WNT PLAYER PROFILES: ussoccer.com 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 ussoccer.com can provide. Visit ussoccer.com’s Media Center for the latest edition.

VIDEOS FROM GERMANY

  • Studio 90: WNT Touches Down in Dresden: The U.S. Women's National Team arrived in Germany on Thursday, taking the field for their first training session in Dresden as the work towards the beginning of the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup and their opening match against Korea DPR on June 28.
  • Studio 90 First Training: Studio 90 interviews U.S. Women's National Team midfielder Carli Lloyd from the team's practice field in Dresden, Germany. The USA is preparing to face Korea DPR on June 28 to open the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup.
  • Studio 90 Extra Time w/Hope Solo – Part 1: Studio 90 Extra Time starts in Dresden, Germany with the first guest: U.S. WNT goalkeeper Hope Solo. Studio 90 asks Solo about the team's arrival in Germany, her recovery from shoulder surgery and the upcoming World Cup.
  • Studio 90 Extra Time w/Hope Solo – Part 2: In Part 2 of Studio 90 Extra Time with Hope Solo, the U.S. WNT goalkeeper goes in search of a good cup of coffee in Dresden, Germany
  • Behind the Crest: Camp Austria: In this first edition of Behind the Crest with the U.S. WNT, follow the team as it makes final preparations before traveling to Germany during its pre-tournament training camp nestled at the base of the scenic Austrian mountains.

FROM THE WNT BLOG
A collection of notes, anecdotes and links:

QUOTEABLE
U.S. FORWARD ABBY WAMBACH

On how women’s soccer has grown throughout the past decade:
“I would say that an awful lot of soccer associations are investing a lot more money in the women's game now than they did a decade ago. You can see the difference in talent nowadays. A lot of teams are playing fantastic soccer, such as England, Germany and Norway, and I believe those teams are capable of winning the World Cup. More teams are capable of winning this World Cup than there were in the past. But there's also been an improvement generally as well – there are no easy games anymore.”

On comparing this team with past World Cup Teams:
“Every team is different. It's like comparing apples and oranges. If you were to compare this team with teams of the past, it's difficult. But given my experience, I would say that this team is extremely well prepared. We want to go into Germany being confident and playing well. We know we need to string a bunch of good results together to be able to achieve our goals. We want to win this World Cup and we want to do it in a way in which people can get excited about. We know that Germany will organize a fantastic tournament and we want to play our part in putting a great product on the field.”

On getting to play in a World Cup three years after missing the Olympics with a broken leg:
“You get a greater sense of perspective when you're not allowed to do the things you love. It helps the fire burn a little bit brighter. I can tell you that even though we won the gold medal in China, not being on the field gave me an added edge this time around. I'm looking forward to being on the field even more. There's only one player in our squad that's been a World Cup champion before, but every single member of the squad wants to achieve it. We know it's not going to be easy, but it's what we have in mind.”

 

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