U.S. Soccer

2016 Women's International Cup

Belfast, Northern Ireland
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PREVIEW: U.S. WNT Takes on Korea Republic Twice in October

CHICAGO (Oct. 16, 2017) – There are only four games remaining on the U.S. Women’s National Team’s 2017 schedule, with a pair of friendlies against Korea Republic coming up next, on Oct. 19 (7 p.m. CT; FS1) at the Mercedes Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana and on Oct. 22 (2 p.m. ET; ESPN) at Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, North Carolina. The USA is 7-0-2 all-time against Korea Republic, which is ranked 15th in the world.

The two teams most recently met in 2015, a 0-0 draw in New Jersey in the final game before the USA traveled to Canada for the FIFA Women’s World Cup. All nine games between the teams have taken place on U.S. soil even though the USA has played two friendly tournaments in South Korea in its history, but did not meet the hosts at either one.

U.S. Women’s National Team Roster by Position (Caps/Goals):
GOALKEEPERS (3): 18-Jane Campbell (Houston Dash;1/0), 24-Ashlyn Harris (Orlando Pride; 13/0), 1-Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars; 20/0)
DEFENDERS (6): 7-Abby Dahlkemper (NC Courage; 9/0), 8-Julie Ertz (Chicago Red Stars: 53/11), 11-Sofia Huerta (Chicago Red Stars; 1/0), 5-Kelley O’Hara (Sky Blue FC; 101/2), 4-Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City; 131/0), 7-Casey Short (Chicago Red Stars; 15/0)
MIDFIELDERS (5): 9-Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC, 39/4), 10-Carli Lloyd (Houston Dash; 242/97); 20-Allie Long (Portland Thorns FC; 31/5), 3-Samantha Mewis (NC Courage; 30/5), 6-Andi Sullivan (Stanford; 4/0)
FORWARDS (6): 19-Crystal Dunn (Chelsea FC; 55/22), 13-Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride: 130/77); 23-Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars; 92/43), 2-Mallory Pugh (Washington Spirit; 28/6), 15-Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign; 125/33), 12-Lynn Williams (NC Courage; 11/3)

Both of the draws between the teams have been 0-0 affairs, the first coming in 2008 during the USA’s post-Olympic tour following the gold medal win in Beijing, and the second was the most recent meeting in 2015 in Harrison, N.J. The USA’s most recent win against Korea Republic came in 2013, a 5-0 result at Red Bull Arena. (The teams also played five days before that, a 4-1 U.S. win in Foxborough, Mass.). That match at RBA was a historic night for the USA as forward Abby Wambach became the greatest goal scorer in women’s international soccer as she scored four goals – all in the first half.  It was the third strike in the 29th minute that gave her 159 in her career and moved her past former teammate Mia Hamm to become the all-time leader in international goals. Lauren Cheney scored the fifth and final goal in that match. Only six players on the U.S. roster were a part of the team that played against Korea Republic in 2015: Julie Ertz, Becky Sauerbrunn, Kelley O'Hara, Tobin Heath, Carli Lloyd and Christen Press. Alex Morgan, Megan Rapinoe, Ashlyn Harris and Alyssa Naeher were on the bench, but did not play.

Fans can follow all the action from #USAvKOR on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt and @ussoccer_esp, and follow the team along its journey on Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat (ussoccer_wnt).

STORYLINES

Milestones: On Sept. 15, defender Kelley O’Hara started and captained the USA against New Zealand to earn her 100th cap, becoming the 36th player in U.S. WNT history to play 100 or more times for her country. O’Hara debuted as a forward for the USA in 2010 against Mexico in San Diego and switched to playing primarily defender in 2012 when she played a key role in the USA winning the Olympic gold medal in London. While O’Hara reached her 100th cap last month, there is another player on the roster who is now approaching a milestone of her own and could reach it this upcoming camp. U.S. co-captain Carli Lloyd is the two-time reigning FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year. She is the all-time active caps leader with 242 and is sitting on 97 goals, three away from becoming the sixth player to score 100 or more goals for the USA, and the first since 2009 when Abby Wambach scored her 100th.

One Year to Qualifying: The 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup that will be contested from June 7-July 7, 2019, in nine cities in France is still on the distant horizon, as is the CONCACAF Qualifying tournament, which will be held about a year from now. The tournament host and teams have not been solidified, but the USA, Canada and Mexico will earn automatic berths into the final eight-team tournament, while the other five nations will have to go through pre-qualifying in their respective regions. From that eight-team tournament, three teams will qualify directly to France while a fourth will enter a two-leg playoff against the third-place team from South America. With just four games left on the 2017 schedule, the USA is focused squarely on the end-goal of 2018, a place among the 24 teams in France.

Consistent Starters: Only two players this year have started every game the USA has played so far: Samantha Mewis and Becky Sauerbrunn. Mewis has played 980 minutes so far, the most besides Becky Sauerbrunn’s 1,035. Mewis has 30 caps, has started all 12 matches and scored her fifth WNT goal against Brazil on July 30, tying the score at 1-1 with a grass-cutter from outside the penalty area. U.S. co-captain Sauerbrunn had her sixth career assist on Christen Press’s goal against Norway on June 11. With 131 caps, Sauerbrunn has moved ahead of Alex Morgan into 24th place on the all-time caps list (tied with Aly Wagner). She is one of 28 female players to play 125 or more times for the USA.

NWSL Championship: On Saturday, Oct. 14, the Portland Thorns defeated the North Carolina Courage, 1-0, to claim their second NWSL title and first since the league’s inaugural season in 2013. Lindsey Horan scored the game’s lone goal. Horan and Tobin Heath started and played all 90 minutes for the Thorns, while Long entered in stoppage time to help close out the win. On North Carolina’s side, Abby Dahlkemper, Samantha Mewis, Taylor Smith and Lynn Williams all started the match.

Heath and Smith Out With Injuries: Forward Tobin Heath (ankle) and defender Taylor Smith (shoulder) had to withdraw from training camp after suffering injuries in the NWSL Championship match on Saturday, Oct. 14. At this time, the players will not be replaced and the USA will have 20 players on the roster of which 18 will suit up for each match.

Success for Club and Country for Morgan: Alex Morgan comes into the matches with 77 goals after moving past Cindy Parlow into sole possession of seventh place on the USA’s all-time goal scoring list. She scored three goals during the September matches and has now scored in her last three games for the U.S. after scoring her first WNT goal of the year in the 3-0 victory against Japan at the Tournament of Nations on Aug. 3, followed by one on Sept. 15 and twice on Sept. 19.

Morgan also ended her NWSL season on a scoring streak, scoring nine goals in her last 12 games for the Orlando Pride. In August, she was directly involved in nine of the 13 goals scored by Orlando and scored in all five matches, which earned her the NWSL Player of the Month recognition. She finished the season with nine goals (tied for fifth in the league with Lynn Williams) and four assists in 14 games (including the playoff semifinal) after rejoining the Pride midseason following a successful spell with French club Olympique Lyonnais that saw her win both a league title and the 2017 UEFA Women's Champions League.

South Korea Continues Road to France 2019: South Korea took a huge step towards earning a spot at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup when it won its group at the AFC Women’s Asian Cup Qualifying tournament. At that qualifying tournament, South Korea and North Korea tied 1-1 and both defeated Uzbekistan by 4-0 scores. That meant that winning the group and earning a berth to the final qualifying tournament came down to the goals scored against India and Hong Kong. South Korea beat Hong Kong 6-0 while North Korea beat them 5-0 and South Korea beat India 10-0 while North Korea beat them 8-0, which accounted for the three-goal difference which eventually sent South Korea to the final round of the 2018 Asian Cup, while North Korea, which won both the U-17 and U-20 FIFA Women’s World Cups in 2016, will not be participating in the next World Cup.

Korea Republic will now compete in the final eight-team 2018 AFC Women’s Asian Cup tournament that will be held in Jordan and will serve as the final World Cup qualifying tournament for France 2019. At that tournament, the top five teams will punch their tickets to the main event. The teams competing will be: Host Jordan, Japan, Australia, China PR, Korea Republic, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam. READ: Five Things About Korea Republic.

In New Orleans and Cary: The U.S. WNT last played in New Orleans in the final game of 2015, which was also the farewell game for U.S. legend Abby Wambach, a 1-0 loss to China PR. The USA’s only other match in Louisiana was in New Orleans in July of 2003, a 1-0 victory against Brazil. The U.S. WNT will be playing its seventh game all-time at WakeMed Soccer Park, now named after long-time women’s soccer supporter Joe Sahlen, who owned the Western New York Flash in the NWSL before selling the club as it moved to North Carolina and became the Courage for the 2017 season. The Flash won the NWSL title in 2016. The USA has won all six previous games played at the venue.

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Schedule

Results

Date Matchup Result Venue Attendance Goal Scorers
3-0 W Belfast, Northern Ireland Briede, own goal, Grey
3-1 W Lurgan, Northern Ireland Turnbow(2), Briede
1-2 L Ballymena, Northern Ireland Grey

U-18 WNT Olympic Training Center Camp - Sept. 3-10

PLAYER POS. HT. BIRTHDATE HOMETOWN CLUB/COLLEGE
D Aurora, Ill. Eclipse
F 5-7 Voorhes, N.J. Winslow Soccer Club
M 5-7 Atherton, Calif. PSV Union
M 5-2 Celina, Texas FC Dallas
F 5-5 Alpharetta, Ga. Tophat SC
F Chesterfield, Mo. SLSG - Missouri
M Las Vegas, Nev. San Diego Surf
GK Birmingham, Ala. Concord Fire
D Denver, Colo. Colorado Rush
D 5-7 Los Angeles, Calif. Real So Cal
D Portland, Ore. Crossfire United
D 5-4 Brentwood, Tenn. Tennessee SC
GK Livermore, Calif. Pleasant Rage
F Carrollton, Texas Dallas Texans
F Liberty Lake, Washington Crossfire Premier

U-18 WNT Olympic Training Center Camp - Sept. 3-10

Kerry Abello

Position:
Defender

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Aurora, Ill.

Club:
Eclipse

Amirah Ali

Position:
Forward

Height:
5-7

Birthdate:

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
Voorhes, N.J.

Club:
Winslow Soccer Club

Olivia Athens

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-7

Birthdate:

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Atherton, Calif.

Club:
PSV Union

Haley Berg

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-2

Birthdate:

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Celina, Texas

Club:
FC Dallas

Isabella Briede

Position:
Forward

Height:
5-5

Birthdate:

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
Alpharetta, Ga.

Club:
Tophat SC

Kirsten Davis

Position:
Forward

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
Chesterfield, Mo.

Club:
SLSG - Missouri

Arlie Jones

Position:
Midfielder

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Las Vegas, Nev.

Club:
San Diego Surf

Ashley Orkus

Position:
Goalkeeper

Position:
Goalkeeper

Hometown:
Birmingham, Ala.

Club:
Concord Fire

Brynn Martin

Position:
Defender

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Denver, Colo.

Club:
Colorado Rush

Taylor Mitchell

Position:
Defender

Height:
5-7

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Los Angeles, Calif.

Club:
Real So Cal

Mia Palmer

Position:
Defender

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Portland, Ore.

Club:
Crossfire United

Karlie Paschall

Position:
Defender

Height:
5-4

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Brentwood, Tenn.

Club:
Tennessee SC

Olivia Sekany

Position:
Goalkeeper

Position:
Goalkeeper

Hometown:
Livermore, Calif.

Club:
Pleasant Rage

Rheagen Smith

Position:
Forward

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
Carrollton, Texas

Club:
Dallas Texans

Kelsey Turnbow

Position:
Forward

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
Liberty Lake, Washington

Club:
Crossfire Premier

Date Match Time (ET) / Result Venue
Oct. 18
United States vs. England 2-1 L Ballymena, Northern Ireland
Oct. 20 United States vs. France 3-1 W Lurgan, Northern Ireland
Oct. 23 United States vs. Northern Ireland 3-0 W Belfast, Northern Ireland

2016 Women's International Cup Statistics

Record: 2-1-0

Player

Pos

GP

GS

Min.

G

A

Pts

Y/R

Kerry Abello D 1 1 90 0 0 0 0/0
Amirah Ali F 3 2 132 0 0 0 0/0
Haley Berg M 3 1 130 0 0 0 0/0
Belle Briede F 3 1 110 2 0 4 0/0
Sam Coffey M 3 3 270 0 0 0 0/0
Kirsten Davis F 2 1 70 0 0 0 0/0
Sydney Dawson D 3 3 270 0 0 0 0/0
Julie Doyle D 3 2 152 0 0 0 0/0
Mireya Grey F 3 2 189 2 0 4 0/0
Joanna Harber D 2 1 110 0 0 0 0/0
Brooke Heinsohn GK 2 2 180 0 0 0 0/0
Arlie Jones M 3 3 254 0 2 2 0/0
Mandy McGlynn GK 1 1 90 0 0 0 0/0
Tara McKeown F 2 1 118 0 0 0 0/0
Shea Moyer M 3 2 121 0 0 0 0/0
Mia Palmer D 2 1 110 0 0 0 0/0
Karlie Paschall D 3 3 270 0 0 0 0/0
Kelsey Turnbow F 3 2 201 2 1 5 0/0
Viviana Villacorta M 3 1 126 0 1 1 0/0
Sofia Weiner M 1 0 16 0 0 0 0/0
                 
Own Goal         1      
Totals
3 3 270 7 4 16 0/0
Opponent Totals
3 3 270 3 1 7 0/0

2016 Women's International Cup Goalkeeping Statistics

Player Name

GP

GS

Min.

GF

GA

SO

GAA

W-L-T

Brooke Heinsohn 2 2 180 4 3 0 1.50 1-1-0
Mandy McGlynn 1 1 90 3 0 0 0.00 1-0-0
Totals 2 2 270 7 3 0 1.00 2-1-0
Opponent Totals 2 2 270 3 7 0 2.33 1-2-0

Updated through Oct. 24, 2016

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