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U.S. WNT Faces France in Two-Game Set, Starting June 14 in Tampa

U.S. Women’s National Team vs. France
Raymond James Stadium; Tampa, Fla.
June 14, 2014

U.S. WNT FACES FRANCE IN TWO-GAME SET: The U.S. Women’s National Team will face France on June 14 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida, and June 19 at Rentschter Field in East Hartford, Connecticut, as the fans in Florida and the tri-state area will get to see two of the best women’s soccer teams in the world square off in high-profile summer friendlies. Both matches kick off at 7:30 p.m. ET. Fans can watch live on and follow on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt. The USA is 6-2-2 so far in 2014 and will be playing its first matches under head coach Jill Ellis now that she has officially been named. Ellis comes into the job with a 6-0-3 record after having served as interim head coach on two different occasions.

WITH NWSL IN HIGH GEAR, PLAYERS HEAD TO INTERNATIONAL DUTY: All the National Women’s Soccer League teams are just short of halfway through league’s second season. Twenty-five of the USA’s 26 players will come directly from the league into Tampa to prepare for the match on June 14 or will head back to their clubs to make their 2014 NWSL debuts after the June 19 game. The USA could have up to three more additional international friendly matches before CONCACAF Women’s World Cup qualifying takes place in the United States in October.




Result/Time (ET)

U.S. Goal Scorers/TV


Jan. 31


1-0 W


Toyota Stadium; Frisco, Texas

Feb. 8


7-0 W

Lloyd (2), Press (2), O’Reilly,

Leroux, Wambach

FAU Stadium; Boca Raton, Fla.

Feb. 13


8-0 W

Own Goal (2), Rodriguez, Wambach, Brian, Holiday, Leroux, Press

Georgia Dome; Atlanta, Ga.

March 5


1-1 T


Parchal, Portugal

March 7


0-1 L


Albufeira, Portugal

March 10


3-5 L

Press, Leroux, Rapinoe

Albufeira, Portugal

March 12

Korea DPR*

3-0 W

Wambach (2), O’Reilly

Parchal, Portugal

April 6

China PR

2-0 W

Holiday, Rapinoe

Dick’s Sporting Goods Park; Commerce City, Colo.

April 10

China PR

3-0 W

Lloyd (2), Leroux

Qualcomm Stadium; San Diego, Calif.

May 8


1-1 T


Investors Group Field; Winnipeg, Canada

June 14


7:30 p.m.

Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Fla.

June 19


7:30 p.m.

Rentschter Field, East Hartford, Conn.

* Algarve Cup

U.S. ROSTER BREAKDOWN: The USA comes into the matches against France with a 26-player training camp roster, the first named by Jill Ellis after officially taking over as head coach. It includes 25 current NWSL players, and the youngest player, rising college senior Morgan Brian, the 2013 MAC Hermann Trophy winner at the University of Virginia. Ellis, who will name 18 players to suit up for each of the matches, called up three goalkeepers, seven defenders, nine midfielders and seven forwards. Of the USA’s 26 players, just five are over 30: team captain Christie Rampone (38 years old), midfielder Shannon Boxx (37 in two weeks), Abby Wambach (34), Hope Solo (32) and Carli Lloyd (31). For the first time in a while, there are no uncapped players on the roster, but there are four players with just one or two caps: Ashlyn Harris (2), Julie Johnston (2), Sarah Hagen (2) and Allie Long (1). Kelley O’Hara, who has played most defense and some outside midfield in her WNT career, will be training at forward, where she is currently playing for her NWSL club Sky Blue FC.

U.S. Women’s National Team By Position – Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Nicole Barnhart (FC Kansas City), Ashlyn Harris (Washington Spirit), Hope Solo (Seattle Reign FC)
DEFENDERS (7): Stephanie Cox (Seattle Reign FC), Whitney Engen (Houston Dash), Meghan Klingenberg (Houston Dash), Ali Krieger (Washington Spirit), Christie Rampone (Sky Blue FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City), Rachel Van Hollebeke (Portland Thorns)
MIDFIELDERS (9): Shannon Boxx (Chicago Red Stars), Morgan Brian (Virginia), Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns), Lauren Holiday (FC Kansas City), Julie Johnston (Chicago Red Stars), Carli Lloyd (WNY Flash), Allie Long (Portland Thorns), Kristie Mewis (FC Kansas City), Heather O’Reilly (Boston Breakers)
FORWARDS (7): Sarah Hagen (FC Kansas City), Sydney Leroux (Seattle Reign FC), Alex Morgan (Portland Thorns), Kelley O’Hara (Sky Blue FC), Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars), Amy Rodriguez (FC Kansas City), Abby Wambach (WNY Flash)

WORLD RECORD AND COUNTING: U.S. forward Abby Wambach finished second in the voting for the 2013 FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year (after winning the award for 2012) and currently has 167 career goals after scoring twice against Korea DPR in the final match of the Algarve Cup. Wambach passed the legendary Mia Hamm to become the world’s all-time leading scorer on June 20, 2013, when she pounded in four goals against South Korea at Red Bull Arena. Hamm, the 2001 and 2002 FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year, had 158 career international goals from 1987-2004. The match against North Korea at the Algarve Cup marked the 107th win for the USA in a game in which Wambach has scored at least one goal (107-2-8). Wambach has scored 42 goals in her past 53 games over 2012, 2013 and 2014. She is also third all-time in assists with 65, behind only Kristine Lilly (105) and Hamm (144). Wambach suffered an injury during NWSL play on June 1 and is listed as day-to-day in regards to selection for the June 14 match.

BABY HORSE IS BACK: U.S. forward Alex Morgan is back with the U.S. team for the first time since November of 2013, an absence of almost seven months. Morgan had a slow-healing stress reaction in her ankle that needed time and required much precaution to make sure it healed enough for her to go full-out again. Her status for the France matches will be determined after evaluation by the team’s medical and performance staff in regards to her readiness for international play. Morgan, who has 44 goals (tied for 11th all-time with Tisha Venturini) in her 77 caps has not scored since June 2, 2013, when she scored twice against Canada in Toronto for a 3-0 U.S. victory.

BOXX BABY ON BOARD: One of the USA’s all-time greats, Shannon Boxx, returns to U.S. training camp for the first time since having a baby daughter in late February. Boxx, who will turn 37 in June, will not play in the matches against France as she continues to work to get her game fitness back in preparation for her first NWSL games for the Chicago Red Stars. Boxx, who has 186 caps and 27 goals, is a three-time Olympic gold medalist and makes her return to the roster for the first time since March of 2013 at the Algarve Cup.

FLORIDA, AGAIN: The U.S. Women will be playing in Florida for the fifth time since December of 2012 when they played China PR in Boca Raton. In January of 2013, the USA played Scotland in Jacksonville, followed by a match in November of 2013 against Brazil in Orlando and then back to Boca Raton in February of this year to face Russia. The last time the USA played in Tampa was Nov. 8, 2008, in a 1-0 victory against the Korea Republic at Raymond James Stadium.

SIX IN, 18 TO GO: With the completion of the 2014 Asian Women’s Cup, the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup now has six teams. Along with host Canada, Japan, Australia, China PR, Korea Republic and Thailand have qualified out of Asia. Japan defeated Australia 1-0 in the championship game while China defeated Korea 2-1 to take third. Perhaps the biggest news was the qualification of Thailand to its first Women’s World Cup. Thailand defeated host Vietnam 2-1 for fifth place and became the first team to wholly benefit from the expansion of the tournament to 24 teams. The remaining 18 countries will come from Europe (8, up from 4.5 + host in 2011), Africa (3, up for 2), CONCACAF (3.5 + host, up from 2.5) South America (2.5, up from 2) and Oceania (1, same as in 2011). The fourth-place finisher in CONCACAF will play the third-place finisher in South America in a two-game playoff for the final berth.


  • Twenty-six players have seen game action for the USA so far in 2014, including first-cappers Samantha Mewis, Sarah Hagan and Allie Long.
  • Lauren Holiday, the 2013 NWSL MVP, became the 30th American female player to earn 100 caps when she played against Canada on May 8. She will be honored for that achievement before the June 14 game in Jacksonville.
  • U.S. forward Abby Wambach comes into the match with 167 career goals, just three of which have been scored against France – one in the Algarve Cup, one in the World Cup and one in the Olympics.
  • After Wambach, midfielder Carli Lloyd is the top scorer on the roster with 50 career international goals, followed by Alex Morgan (44) and Heather O’Reilly (40). Sydney Leroux is quickly climbing the charts with 30. Amy Rodriguez, who is tied for the NWSL lead in goals with 10, has 27 international scores to match Shannon Boxx and Joy Fawcett for 18th on the all-time list.
  • Leroux is the USA’s leading scorer this year with six goals. Wambach, Lloyd and Christen Press have four goals each. Lloyd also has four assists, best on the team this year, while Press also has one assist this year and has scored 12 times in her first 22 WNT games.
  • Press’ two-goal game against Russia on Feb. 8 marked her third two-goal game in just 22 caps.
  • Press (Chicago Red Stars) and defenders Whitney Engen and Meghan Klingenberg of the Houston Dash are back from Sweden after they helped take Tyresö to the brink of the UEFA Champions League title, falling 4-3 to Wolfsburg in a wild match in Lisbon on May 22.
  • Two U.S. regulars were not available for this roster due to injury in midfielder Megan Rapinoe (foot) and defender Crystal Dunn (hamstring).
  • Julie Johnston gets her second consecutive call-up after a fine start to the season with the Chicago Red Stars. She had not been with the WNT since the February matches against Russia and will be looking for her first international minutes of the year.
  • Midfielder Allie Long earns her second call-up after getting her first cap on May 8 against Canada, coming on for Morgan Brian in the 68th minute. Long played in the 2006 Under-20 Women’s World Cup in Russia with current WNT players Tobin Heath, Kelley O’Hara, Stephanie Cox, Holiday and Rodriguez.
  • Most players arrived into camp on June 8, but among a group coming in on June 9 were forward Sarah Hagen, who completed her highly successful run with Bayern Munich on June 8, and will make her NWSL debut for FC Kansas City after this camp.
  • Heath’s French league season came to a close on June 1, but her club Paris Saint-Germain still had the French Cup Final to play on June 7 and fell 2-0 to league champion Olympique Lyon.
  • Morgan saw her first game action of the 2014 NWSL season and first since November of last year when she played all 90 minutes for the Portland Thorns on June 7 in a 5-0 loss to Western New York.
  • Defender Rachel Van Hollebeke also saw her first NWSL minutes this season on June 7 for the Thorns after recovering from an ankle injury suffered on April 10 while playing for the USA against China PR in her hometown of San Diego. She played the entire second half of the NWSL match.
  • Van Hollebeke was a late addition to the U.S. roster, replacing Dunn who was ruled out due to a hamstring injury suffered with the Washington Spirit during NWSL play.
  • All nine NWSL clubs are represented on the roster.


  • Hope Solo is one shutout away from tying Briana Scurry for the most in U.S. history at 71.
  • The USA’s current 82-game unbeaten streak at home (72-0-10 since Nov. 6, 2004) is a team record. The next-highest streak is 50 games (48-0-2) from Feb. 10, 1996, through April 22, 1999. The USA tied the record on May 14, 2011 (2-0 win against Japan at Columbus Crew Stadium) and broke the record with the 51st game on May 18, 2011 (another 2-0 win against Japan at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, North Carolina).
  • Heather O’Reilly is the ninth player to hit 200 caps in U.S. history after reaching the milestone against Korea DPR on March 12 and with 203 has now moved past Kate Markgraf (201) into eighth on the USA’s all-time list.
  • With her next appearance, O’Reilly will tie Tiffeny Milbrett for seventh all-time with 204 caps in her career.
  • O’Reilly is the second-youngest player to hit 200 caps for the USA. Kristine Lilly was 28 years old, 9 months, 15 days when she earned cap No. 200 on May 7, 2000. O’Reilly was 29 years old, 2 months, 10 days when she earned her 200th cap.
  • O’Reilly is currently tied for sixth all-time in assists with Shannon MacMillan with 50.
  • In addition to breaking Mia Hamm’s world scoring record, Abby Wambach’s June 20, 2013, performance against the Korea Republic also made her the USA’s all-time leader in multiple-goal games with 39 for her career. She has since added another on March 12 against Korea DPR and sits at 40. She has 33 two-goal games, five hat tricks, one four-goal game and one five-goal game.
  • With her next assist or goal, Wambach will join Hamm as the only WNT players to reach 400 points in their career. Wambach has 399 points (167 goals, 65 assists) and Hamm had 460 (158 goals, 144 assists).
  • Carli Lloyd’s goal on Oct. 27 against New Zealand gave her 46 goals in her career and moved her past Julie Foudy into ninth on the all-time scoring list. Lloyd scored her first two of the year against Russia on Feb. 8 and added another two-goal game on April 10 against China PR to become the ninth player in U.S. history to score 50 or more goals. Lloyd is also the highest-scoring player in U.S. history who has played exclusively as a midfielder.
  • In the Jan. 31 match against Canada, defender Becky Sauerbrunn became the 46th player in U.S. Women’s National Team history to hit 50 caps. She now has 59, which ranks her 42nd all-time.
  • Defender Christie Rampone is second all-time with 292 caps, trailing only Lilly (352 caps from 1987-2010).
  • With six more goals, Alex Morgan would become the 10th player in U.S. history to score 50 or more goals.
  • Morgan, who is tied with Tisha Venturini for 11th on the all-time goal scoring list with 44, is also one goal away from matching 10th-place Julie Foudy (45 goals from 1988-2004).


  • The U.S. Women do not have an extensive history against France, having played just 14 times and only twice since 2006.
  • The two most recent encounters, however, were both epic matches in world championships. The USA defeated France 3-1 on July 13, 2011, in the FIFA Women’s World Cup semifinal in Monchengladbach, Germany. The U.S. also won the Olympic curtain raiser 4-2 on July 25, 2012, in Glasgow, Scotland, as Alex Morgan scored twice, while Abby Wambach and Carli Lloyd contributed a goal each.
  • The USA is 13-0-1 all-time against France. Seven of those meetings took place between 1991-97.
  • The USA has scored 45 goals against France while allowing 11.
  • The lone tie between the teams came at the Four Nations Tournament in Guangzhou, China, in 2006, a 0-0 draw.


  • 0.8: Goals per game the USA has allowed in 2014
  • 1: USA’s FIFA ranking
  • 2.9: Goals per game the USA has scored in 2014
  • 4: Assists by Carli Lloyd in 2014, most on the team
  • 3: Number of players who have played in all 10 games so far this year: O’Reilly, Press and Sauerbrunn
  • 9: Number of U.S. players to score a goal in 2014
  • 12: Goals in 22 career games for U.S. forward Christen Press
  • 50: Career goals by Carli Lloyd, most ever for a WNT player who has played exclusively as a midfielder
  • 70: Career shutouts by Hope Solo, just one behind all-time WNT leader Briana Scurry
  • 99: Minutes on field per goal averaged by Abby Wambach in her career
  • 107: U.S. victories when Wambach scores a goal (107-2-8 overall)
  • 130: Minutes on field per goal averaged by Mia Hamm in her career
  • 292: Caps by Christie Rampone, second all-time to Kristine Lilly (352)




JILL ELLIS FACT FILE : After her second stint as interim head coach for the U.S. Women’s National Team, in which she coached two games this year – a win vs. China and a tie vs. Canada – Jill Ellis was officially named the eighth head coach of the U.S. WNT on May 16. After coaching the final seven games of 2012 when she compiled a 5-0-2 record, Ellis officially starts the job with a 6-0-2 record. Ellis has stepped away from her job as Development Director for the U.S. Women's National Teams, a job she was appointed to in January of 2011, but will still work closely with U.S. Women’s National Team Technical Director April Heinrichs to oversee the USA’s youth teams.

  • Ellis has extensive experience in the U.S. Women’s National Team programs having served as an assistant coach for the U.S. Women’s National Team under Pia Sundhage, helping the team to a gold medal at the 2008 Olympics. She has served two stints as head coach of the U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team, guiding the squad to the CONCACAF title in 2010 and to the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Germany.
  • Ellis also had two stints as the head coach of the U.S. Under-21 Women’s National Team, the second starting in the middle of 2005, after which she guided the team to the Nordic Cup in Sweden. She also coached the U-21s to the Nordic Cup title in Germany in 2000.
  • Ellis was a scout for the USA at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia, and has served as an assistant coach with the U.S. U-21s and U.S. U-16 Girls’ National Teams.
  • Ellis joined U.S. Soccer full-time after a highly successful 12-year run as the head women’s soccer coach for the UCLA Bruins. Ellis led UCLA to eight NCAA Final Fours, including seven in a row from 2003-2009, and won six straight conference titles from 2003-2008. She finished her time in Westwood with a record of 229-45-14. Ellis, who was also head coach at the University of Illinois, has an all-time collegiate coaching record of 248-63-14.
  • She was the 2000 NSCAA National Coach of the Year after leading the Bruins to the NCAA Final in just her second season as head coach.
  • Ellis arrived in Westwood after heading the University of Illinois women's soccer program for two years. In 1998, she brought the Fighting Illini to a 12-8 record and a first-ever Big Ten Tournament berth. Prior to coaching at Illinois, Ellis served as an assistant coach at the University of Virginia for one year (1996-97), at Maryland for three years (1994-96) and at North Carolina State for another three years (1988-90). As an assistant coach at North Carolina State, Ellis helped the Wolfpack secure the 1988 ACC title and an NCAA Final Four appearance.
  • A forward during her playing days at the College of William & Mary from 1984-87, Ellis was a Third-Team All-American in 1987. In 1984, Ellis helped Braddock Road in Virginia to the Under-19 club national championship.
  • Ellis grew up in Portsmouth, England, and came to the United States in 1981 at the age of 15. She also lived in Singapore for two years while her father helped to develop a national soccer program in that country. She earned her B.A. in English Literature and Composition from the College of William & Mary in 1988 and currently resides in Los Angeles. She has a USSF “A” coaching license.

Fédération Française de Football
Founded: 1904 (Joined FIFA in 1919)
Head Coach: Philippe Bergeroo
FIFA World Ranking: 4
FIFA World Cups: 5 (1995, 1999, 2003, 2007, 2011)
Best FIFA World Cup Finish: Fourth Place (2011)

France Women's National Team Roster By Position
GOALKEEPERS (3): Sarah Bouhaddi (Olympique Lyonnais), Céline Deville (FCF Juvisy), Llaëtitia Philippe (Montpellier)
DEFENDERS (7): Laure Boulleau (Paris Saint-Germain), Anaïg Butel (FCF Juvisy), Sabrina Delannoy (Paris Saint-Germain), Laura Georges (Paris Saint-Germain), Jessica Houara (Paris Saint-Germain), Wendie Renard (Olympique Lyonnais), Julie Doyer (FCF Juvisy)
MIDFIELDERS (9): Camille Abily (Olympique Lyonnais), Elise Bussaglia (Olympique Lyonnais), Kheira Hamraoui (Paris Saint-Germain) Amandine Henry (Olympique Lyonnais), Inès Jurena (FCF Juvisy), Amel Majri (Olympique Lyonnais), Marina Makanza (Montpellier), Louisa Necib (Olympique Lyonnais), Elodie Thomis (Olympique Lyonnais)
FORWARDS (6): Civiane Asseyi (Montpellier), Pauline Crammer (RSC Anderlecht), Marie Laure Delie (Paris Saint-Germain), Eugénie Le Sommer (Olympique Lyonnais), Gaëtane Thiney (FCF Juvisy), Laëtitia Tonazzi (Olympique Lyonnais)


  • Two of the French players have experience in the USA. Defender Laura Georges played college soccer at Boston College from 2004-2007 where she was the ACC Defensive Player of the Year and midfielder Camille Abily played in the WPS with the Los Angeles Sol and FC Gold Pride, winning the title with FCGP in 2010
  • Almost the entire French team comes from the top four clubs in France, including perennial champion and two-time Champions League winners Olympique Lyonnais, who has also won six consecutive French league titles including this year, has 10 players on the roster. Runners-up PSG, which features Americans Tobin Heath and Lindsey Horan, has six players. Third place Juvisy has five players and fourth place Montpellier has three players.
  • The only player who does not play for one of the top four clubs in France is forward Pauline Crammer, who plays for Anderlecht in Belgium.
  • France head coach Philippe Bergeroo, a former goalkeeper, earned three caps for the France national team during the late 1970s and early 1980s. He was a member of the France squad in the 1986 FIFA World Cup and the team that won the European Championship in 1984.
  • France is cruising to its sixth consecutive Women’s World Cup berth, having taken maximum points from seven matches in Group 7 of European Women’s World Cup qualifying.
  • France has scored 45 goals in WWC qualifying while allowing just two, and its closest matches were two 3-1 wins vs. Austria.
  • France was expected to contend for the title at last summer’s UEFA Women’s Championships but was upset on penalty kicks in the quarterfinal round by Denmark despite dominating the match.
  • Forward Gaëtane Thiney has scored 12 goals in qualifying, the most of any European team, while star midfielder Louisa Necib has a remarkable 15 assists on her team’s 45 goals in seven matches.
  • Marie-Laure Delie has scored seven times while Eugénie Le Sommer and Wendie Renard have five goals each.

On the field for the USA:
May 8, 2014 – Investors Group Field; Winnipeg, Canada

USA   1   Sydney Leroux 78
CAN   1   Buchanan 35

USA: 1-Hope Solo; 11-Ali Krieger, 6-Whitney Engen (3-Christie Rampone, 82), 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 25-Meghan Klingenberg (16-Crystal Dunn, 59), 10-Carli Lloyd, 7-Morgan Brian (17-Allie Long, 68), 12-Lauren Holiday; 9-Heather O’Reilly, 20-Abby Wambach (capt.) (23-Christen Press, 68), 2-Sydney Leroux
Substitutions Not Used: 8-Amy Rodriguez , 21-Jill Loyden, 22-Julie Johnston 
Head Coach: Jill Ellis

CAN: 1-Erin McLeod; 7-Rhian Wilkinson (5-Robyn Gayle, 90+6), 20-Kadeisha Buchanan, 3-Rebecca Quinn, 2-Sura Yekka; 8-Diana Matheson, 11-Desiree Scott, 12-Christine Sinclair (capt.), 13-Sophie Schmidt (10-Jessie Fleming, 86); 9-Josée Bélanger (6-Kaylyn Kyle, 64), 16-Jonelle Filigno (14-Melissa Tancredi, 74)
Substitutions Not Used: 15-Nkem Ezurike, 17-Brittany Baxter, 19-Adriana Leon, 22-Ashley Lawrence, 33-Karina LeBlanc
Head Coach: John Herdman

On the field for the USA vs. France:
July 25, 2012 – Hampden Park; Glasgow, Scotland – 2012 Olympics – Group G

USA   4   Abby Wambach 18; Alex Morgan 31; Carli Lloyd 56; Alex Morgan 66
FRA   2   Gaëtane Thiney 12; Marie-Laure Delie 14

USA: 1-Hope Solo; 6-Amy LePeilbet, 3-Christie Rampone (capt.), 16-Rachel Buehler, 5-Kelley O’Hara; 15-Megan Rapinoe (11-Sydney Leroux, 83), 7-Shannon Boxx (10-Carli Lloyd, 16), 12-Lauren Cheney, 17-Tobin Heath; 13-Alex Morgan (8-Amy Rodriguez, 75), 14-Abby Wambach
Subs not used: 2-Heather Mitts, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 9-Heather O’Reilly, 18-Nicole Barnhart
Head coach: Pia Sundhage

FRA: 18-Sarah Bouhaddi; 2-Wendie Renard, 5-Ophélle Meilleroux (4-Laura Georges, 45), 7-Corine Franco, 8-Sonia Bompastor; 10-Camille Abily (6-Sandrine Soubeyrand, 72), 11-Marie-Laure Delie, 12-Élodie Thomis, 14-Louisa Necib (9-Eugénie Le Sommer, 45); 15-Élise Bussaglia, 17-Gaëtane Thiney
Subs not used: 1-Céline Deville, 3-Laure Boulleau, 13-Camille Catala, 16-Sabrina Viguier
Head coach: Bruni Bini