The U.S. Women’s National Team will play its second match of the 2017 SheBelieves Cup on March 4 against England at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey.
The two teams met most recently in the first match of the inaugural SheBelieves Cup tournament last year. A perfect shot into the upper 90 from Crystal Dunn proved to be the game-winner in narrow 1-0 victory for the USA. The goal materialized after Meghan Klingenberg did some nice work on the ball to the left of the penalty area, then slipped a pass between two England defenders to Dunn, who took two touches into the left corner of the box and ripped a shot into the top right corner for an incredible finish.
The competition is being played in a doubleheader format with France and Germany playing in the first game of the day at 2:15 p.m. ET. Following the first day of competition at the 2017 SheBelieves Cup, France sits atop the standings after a 2-1 last second win against England, followed by the USA’s 1-0 win against Germany. FULL STANDINGS.
Christie Rampone, the second-most capped player in the history of international women’s soccer with 311, will be honored by U.S. Soccer before the USA faces England on March 4 in the SheBelieves Cup. The pre-game ceremony for Rampone, who hails from Point Pleasant, N.J., will take place at Red Bull Arena, just 60 miles north of the small town on the Jersey Shore where she was a three-sport star in high school. Rampone, who played the final match of her 19-year international career on September 20, 2015, against Haiti in Birmingham, Alabama, captained the USA with tremendous class and professionalism from 2008-15. In her final competitive match, she entered the 2015 Women’s World Cup Final in the 86th minute and would triumphantly lift the World Cup Trophy with long-time teammate Abby Wambach. Rampone was the final member of the 20-player 1999 Women’s World Cup Team to retire from international competition (she outlasted her closest teammate by five years) but will enter pre-season with Sky Blue FC in March for her fifth NWSL season and 11th overall in the United States.
Fans can follow all the action from #USAvENG on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt and @ussoccer_esp, and follow the team along its journey on Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat (ussoccer_wnt).2017 SheBelieves Cup Schedule
|March 4||FRA vs. GER||Red Bull Arena||Harrison, N.J.||2:15 p.m. ET||FOX Sports GO|
|March 4||USA vs. ENG||Red Bull Arena||Harrison, N.J.||5 p.m. ET||FOX|
|March 7||GER vs. ENG||RFK Stadium||Washington, D.C.||4 p.m. ET||FOX Sports GO|
|March 7||USA vs. FRA||RFK Stadium||Washington D.C.||7 p.m. ET||FS1|
U.S. Women’s National Team SheBelieves Cup Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Jane Campbell (Houston Dash), Ashlyn Harris (Orlando Pride), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars)
DEFENDERS (6): Julie Johnston (Chicago Red Stars), Ali Krieger (Orlando Pride), Kelley O’Hara (Sky Blue FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City), Casey Short (Chicago Red Stars), Emily Sonnett (Portland Thorns FC)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Morgan Brian (Houston Dash), Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC), Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC), Rose Lavelle (Boston Breakers), Carli Lloyd (Houston Dash), Allie Long (Portland Thorns FC), Samantha Mewis (NC Courage), Brianna Pinto (CASL)
FORWARDS (6): Crystal Dunn (Chelsea Ladies FC, ENG), Jessica McDonald (NC Courage) Alex Morgan (Olympique Lyonnais, FRA), Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars); Mallory Pugh (UCLA), Lynn Williams (NC Courage)
USA vs. England: The USA is 9-3-1 all-time against England. The USA has beaten England by 1-0 scores in the two most recent meetings, on Feb. 13, 2015, in Milton Keynes, England with the lone goal coming from an Alex Morgan header and at the SheBelieves Cup on March 3, 2016 in Tampa, Fla, on a brilliant goal from Crystal Dunn.
FOX with the Lionesses: The game against England will air live on the main FOX network, making it the first U.S. WNT match to air on network TV since the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup Final. Fox Network reported an audience of 25.4 million people for that match, which along with 1.3 million that watched on the Spanish-language Telemundo, combined for 26.7 million viewers, thus making it the most-watched soccer game, male or female, in American history.
Dunn Across the Pond: Earlier this year, WNT forward Crystal Dunn announced her move to Chelsea Ladies FC in England. This means that Dunn will likely face several club teammates in the match in Harrison. She was also the lone goal scorer in last year’s SheBelieves game against the Lionesses. Dunn is the second WNT player to play for the Fulham club after Allie Long made the move to England following the completion of the 2013 season with the Portland Thorns for an off-season loan.
Rising in the World: The England Women’s National Team has experienced an ascension in the last few years. Out of the seven World Cups contested, England has qualified to four, reaching its highest finish most recently in Canada 2015, where the Lionesses defeated No.2-ranked Germany in the third-place match to claim the bronze medal. Additionally, currently ranked No. 5 in the world, England hit an all-time high ranking in March of 2016 when FIFA named them the No. 4 best team in the world, a massive improvement from a 14th place ranking in 2004.
Young Mark Sampson: Since 2013, England has been led by Mark Sampson, who at 34 years old is one of the youngest head coaches in international women’s soccer. At the helm, Sampson has led England to the 2015 Cyprus Cup title and a third-place finish at the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup, the country’s highest finish in its history, after defeating Germany 1-0 in extra time for the first time in 21 games.
#SheBelievesHero Contest: The U.S. Women’s National Team announced the launch of the SheBelieves Hero contest ahead of the SheBelieves Cup. The contest, which ran from Feb. 7-10, aimed to find a girl between the ages of 13-17 that embodies the SheBelieves spirit. Conceived and developed by the U.S. Women’s National Team players, SheBelieves is a movement to inspire young girls and women and encourage them to accomplish their goals and dreams, athletic or otherwise. The campaign was originally launched in the run-up to the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup but has since evolved and grown into a special bond between the team and its fans, taking its powerful message of empowerment and that of believing in yourself into communities across the nation.
Through dedication, teamwork, perseverance and success, the U.S. WNT players inspire new generations of young girls and women to be better and strive for better; they inspire them to believe. A SheBelieves Hero is a leader in their community, a confident and passionate individual who empowers others around her and is working to make a difference. DETAILS.
Nearing 100: Carli Lloyd has scored 96 goals and needs four more to become the sixth player in WNT history to reach the century mark. Between the time she debuted for the U.S. WNT six days’ shy of age 23, and when she turned 30, Lloyd scored 36 international goals. Remarkably, since she’s turned 30, she has scored 60 goals in just over four years.
Jersey Ties: U.S. co-captain Carli Lloyd enjoyed her return to an almost sold-out Talen Energy Stadium on March 1 for the USA’s 1-0 victory against Germany. The stadium is just about 30 miles from her hometown of Delran, N.J. Now, she gets to play in her home state against England at Red Bull Arena. Lloyd tied for the team lead in goals last year with 17 (along with a team-high 11 assists, which was her personal best in a calendar year) and was named the FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year for the second year in a row, becoming the fourth woman to win multiple awards and the second American – after Mia Hamm – to win it two years in a row. In addition, the match will also be a homecoming of sorts for 2016 U.S. Soccer Female Player of the Year Tobin Heath who hails from Basking Ridge, New Jersey, and midfielder Allie Long and forward Crystal Dunn, who grew up on Long Island in Northport and Rockville Centre, respectively.
At Red Bull Arena: The game against England will be the fourth visit to Harrison, New Jersey and Red Bull Arena. The U.S. first played in Harrison on June 5, 2011, a 1-0 win vs. Mexico. The USA also has played two games vs. the Korea Republic at RBA. The first was a 5-0 win on June 20, 2013, when Abby Wambach scored four times to break Mia Hamm’s record of 158 goals to become the all-time leading scorer in international soccer. Most recently, the USA tied Korea Republic, 0-0, on May 30, 2015 in the final send-off match before the start of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup.