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U.S. U-20 WNT Blanks Brazil, Moves into Second in Group at FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup

EDMONTON, Canada (Aug. 8, 2014) – U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team forward Lindsey Horan scored an 82nd-minute goal and propelled the USA to a much-needed 1-0 victory against Brazil in both teams’ second Group B match at the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup at Commonwealth Stadium.

With the victory, the USA moves into second place in the group (1-1-0, 3 points). In Friday’s earlier Group B game, Germany and China PR played to a goal-heavy 5-5 draw that saw seven tallies in the second half alone. Germany leads the group at 1-0-1 (4 points), followed by the USA, China PR (0-0-2, 2 points) and Brazil (0-1-1, 1 point).

The U.S. U-20 WNT caps off Group B play against China PR on Tuesday, Aug. 12, at Moncton Stadium. The match kicks off at 5 p.m. ET on ESPN2 and WatchESPN.

The top two teams advance to the tournament’s quarterfinal stage on Aug. 16.

In addition to Horan’s goal, the USA had an energetic second half against Brazil that included a Margaret “Midge” Purce right-footed shot that banged off the crossbar and a Taylor Racioppi header that just missed the frame.

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Lindsey Horan (Summer Green), 82nd minute: After more than 170 minutes of scoreless play, the USA finally put an end to its drought with a solid build-up from second-half sub Summer Green. Green fought off two Brazil defenders on the right side, dribbled to the end line and crossed to the middle of the box where Lindsey Horan arrived to bury a low strike past Brazil goalkeeper Leticia. The tally was Horan’s first goal of the tournament, eighth this year in international play and the 21st goal of her U-20 tenure. USA 1, BRA 0

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
USA – Christina Gibbons, 16th minute: Shortly after Brazil played a short corner kick, the ball was crossed in to the left side of the box to Carol, who headed the ball toward the left side of the frame. USA defender Christina Gibbons had the near left post covered and blocked the shot at the goal line to keep the score level at 0-0 in the early stages of the match.

BRA – Julia, 20th minute: Purce darted past her defender down the left side to cross the ball in at the edge of the six-yard box. Her pass was headed toward U.S. teammate Rose Lavelle charging in at the right post, but Brazil defender Julia poked the ball away to intercept the buildup and surrender a USA corner kick.

BRA – Leticia, 67th minute: The best scoring chance for either team up to this stage of the game, Green set up Rose Lavelle with a well-place through ball. Lavelle shot toward the near right post and Brazil goalkeeper Leticia alertly made the save. The rebound bounced to Horan, but she was unable to cleanly get a second attempt on frame.

USA – Katelyn Rowland, 72nd minute: Brazil’s Patricia worked the ball from midfield trying to find Carol with a long lead pass behind the USA’s back line. U.S. goalkeeper Katelyn Rowland saw the danger immediately, rushed off of her line and outside the penalty area to make the clearance.

Next on the Schedule:
The U.S. U-20 WNT wraps up Group B play when it faces China PR at 5 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Aug. 12, at Moncton Stadium in Moncton, Canada.
Broadcast information: ESPN2, WatchESPN
Social: Twitter (@ussoccer_wnt | @ussoccer_esp); Facebook; Instagram

Quarterfinal Advancement Scenarios:

  • The USA advances to the Aug. 16 quarterfinals with a victory against China PR on Tuesday.
  • The U.S. can also advance with a draw against China PR, combined with a Brazil draw or loss to Germany.
  • A loss to China PR would drop the USA out of the top two positions in Group B and out of quarterfinal contention.
  • ·A USA win, combined with a Germany draw or loss to Brazil, would give the U.S. first place in the group and a matchup against the No. 2 seed in Group A. Korea DPR leads that group with six points, followed by host Canada and Ghana with three points apiece.

Additional Notes:

  • The USA is now 10-1-0 in international competition this year.
  • U.S. U-20 WNT head coach Michelle French’s starting lineup featured nine of the 11 starters from the opening Group B game against Germany. Defensively, Rowland returned in goal, as well as right back Stephanie Amack and the center back pairing of Katie Naughton and Cari Roccaro, the team captain. Christina Gibbons earned her first start at left back as she got the call instead of Brittany Basinger.
  • The midfield of the USA’s 4-3-3 formation remained unchanged from the first group match, with Andi Sullivan in the middle, Mallory Pugh on the left side and Rose Lavelle on the right.
  • Up front, the trio included returning starters Purce and Horan, while Makenzy Doniak earned her first start of the tournament after coming in to start the second half of the Germany game.
  • The USA played for nearly a 10-minute stretch down a player when Pugh injured her right ankle in the 27th minute. Brazil’s Djeni was issued a yellow card for a harsh late challenge against Pugh, and she was helped off the field after suffering an apparent right ankle injury. Pugh tested out her ankle for a stretch on the sideline, but ultimately the U.S. utilized its first sub with Taylor Racioppi in the 37th minute.
  • In the 38th minute, Horan picked up a yellow card for an incidental elbow to Djeni when Horan was shielding her from the ball. The bump resulted in a bloodied nose for Djeni and added toward the four minutes of stoppage time in the first half.
  • In the 66th minute, Green made her second straight appearance off of the bench, replacing Doniak.
  • The U.S. used its final substitution in the 82nd minute, with Rachel Hill replacing Purce.
  • The U.S. U-20s have allowed only four goals in international play this year, outscoring their opponents 41-4.

-U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team Match Report-

Match: U.S. U-20 Women’s National Team vs. Brazil
Date: Aug. 8, 2014
Competition: 2014 FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup – Group B
Venue: Commonwealth Stadium; Edmonton, Canada
Kickoff: 8 p.m. local / 10 p.m. ET
Attendance: 10,025
Weather: 55 degrees – cloudy, cool

Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA                        0 1 1
BRA                        0 0 0

USA – Lindsey Horan (Summer Green)    82nd minute

Lineups:
USA: 1-Katelyn Rowland; 16-Stephanie Amack, 3-Cari Roccaro (capt.), 20-Katie Naughton, 2-Christina Gibbons; 5-Rose Lavelle, 17-Andi Sullivan, 12-Mallory Pugh (6-Taylor Racioppi, 37); 15-Margaret Purce (11-Rachel Hill, 82), 10-Lindsey Horan, 9-Makenzy Doniak (8-Summer Green, 66)
Subs Not Used: 4-Brittany Basinger, 7-Savannah Jordan, 13-Carlyn Baldwin, 14-Nickolette Driesse, 18-Jane Campbell, 19-Kaleigh Riehl, 21-Rose Chandler
Head Coach: Michelle French

BRA: 12-Leticia; 2-Letícia Santos, 4-Julia, 5-Gabi, 6-Camila, 8-Djeni, 9-Byanca (17-Nenê, 60), 10-Andressa (capt.), 11-Patrícia (19-Rafaela, 73), 13-Nágela, 18-Carol (7-Duda, 80)
Subs Not Used: 1-Nicole, 3-Thaynara, 14-Caroline, 15-Gabi Lira, 16-Tipa, 20-Gabrielle, 21-Bussato
Head Coach: Doriva Bueno

Stats Summary: USA / BRA
Shots: 13 / 14
Shots on Goal: 6 / 8
Saves: 8 / 5
Corner Kicks: 7 / 4
Fouls: 11 / 5
Offside: 1 / 3

Misconduct Summary:
BRA – Djeni (caution)                  28th minute
USA – Lindsey Horan (caution)    38
BRA – Patrícia (caution)               70

Officials:
Referee: Kirsi Heikkinen (FIN)
Assistant Referee 1: Tonja Paavola (FIN)
Assistant Referee 2: Anu Jokela (FIN)
Fourth Official: Kateryna Monzul (UKR)

ussoccer.com Woman of the Match: Rose Lavelle

  • DateFriday, August 8, 2014
  • VenueEdmonton, Canada
  • Kickoff8:00 PM MT
  • Attendance10,025
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U.S. U-20 WNT Blanks Brazil, Moves into Second in Group at FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup

EDMONTON, Canada (Aug. 8, 2014) – U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team forward Lindsey Horan scored an 82nd-minute goal and propelled the USA to a much-needed 1-0 victory against Brazil in both teams’ second Group B match at the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup at Commonwealth Stadium.

With the victory, the USA moves into second place in the group (1-1-0, 3 points). In Friday’s earlier Group B game, Germany and China PR played to a goal-heavy 5-5 draw that saw seven tallies in the second half alone. Germany leads the group at 1-0-1 (4 points), followed by the USA, China PR (0-0-2, 2 points) and Brazil (0-1-1, 1 point).

The U.S. U-20 WNT caps off Group B play against China PR on Tuesday, Aug. 12, at Moncton Stadium. The match kicks off at 5 p.m. ET on ESPN2 and WatchESPN.

The top two teams advance to the tournament’s quarterfinal stage on Aug. 16.

In addition to Horan’s goal, the USA had an energetic second half against Brazil that included a Margaret “Midge” Purce right-footed shot that banged off the crossbar and a Taylor Racioppi header that just missed the frame.

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Lindsey Horan (Summer Green), 82nd minute: After more than 170 minutes of scoreless play, the USA finally put an end to its drought with a solid build-up from second-half sub Summer Green. Green fought off two Brazil defenders on the right side, dribbled to the end line and crossed to the middle of the box where Lindsey Horan arrived to bury a low strike past Brazil goalkeeper Leticia. The tally was Horan’s first goal of the tournament, eighth this year in international play and the 21st goal of her U-20 tenure. USA 1, BRA 0

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
USA – Christina Gibbons, 16th minute: Shortly after Brazil played a short corner kick, the ball was crossed in to the left side of the box to Carol, who headed the ball toward the left side of the frame. USA defender Christina Gibbons had the near left post covered and blocked the shot at the goal line to keep the score level at 0-0 in the early stages of the match.

BRA – Julia, 20th minute: Purce darted past her defender down the left side to cross the ball in at the edge of the six-yard box. Her pass was headed toward U.S. teammate Rose Lavelle charging in at the right post, but Brazil defender Julia poked the ball away to intercept the buildup and surrender a USA corner kick.

BRA – Leticia, 67th minute: The best scoring chance for either team up to this stage of the game, Green set up Rose Lavelle with a well-place through ball. Lavelle shot toward the near right post and Brazil goalkeeper Leticia alertly made the save. The rebound bounced to Horan, but she was unable to cleanly get a second attempt on frame.

USA – Katelyn Rowland, 72nd minute: Brazil’s Patricia worked the ball from midfield trying to find Carol with a long lead pass behind the USA’s back line. U.S. goalkeeper Katelyn Rowland saw the danger immediately, rushed off of her line and outside the penalty area to make the clearance.

Next on the Schedule:
The U.S. U-20 WNT wraps up Group B play when it faces China PR at 5 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Aug. 12, at Moncton Stadium in Moncton, Canada.
Broadcast information: ESPN2, WatchESPN
Social: Twitter (@ussoccer_wnt | @ussoccer_esp); Facebook; Instagram

Quarterfinal Advancement Scenarios:

  • The USA advances to the Aug. 16 quarterfinals with a victory against China PR on Tuesday.
  • The U.S. can also advance with a draw against China PR, combined with a Brazil draw or loss to Germany.
  • A loss to China PR would drop the USA out of the top two positions in Group B and out of quarterfinal contention.
  • ·A USA win, combined with a Germany draw or loss to Brazil, would give the U.S. first place in the group and a matchup against the No. 2 seed in Group A. Korea DPR leads that group with six points, followed by host Canada and Ghana with three points apiece.

Additional Notes:

  • The USA is now 10-1-0 in international competition this year.
  • U.S. U-20 WNT head coach Michelle French’s starting lineup featured nine of the 11 starters from the opening Group B game against Germany. Defensively, Rowland returned in goal, as well as right back Stephanie Amack and the center back pairing of Katie Naughton and Cari Roccaro, the team captain. Christina Gibbons earned her first start at left back as she got the call instead of Brittany Basinger.
  • The midfield of the USA’s 4-3-3 formation remained unchanged from the first group match, with Andi Sullivan in the middle, Mallory Pugh on the left side and Rose Lavelle on the right.
  • Up front, the trio included returning starters Purce and Horan, while Makenzy Doniak earned her first start of the tournament after coming in to start the second half of the Germany game.
  • The USA played for nearly a 10-minute stretch down a player when Pugh injured her right ankle in the 27th minute. Brazil’s Djeni was issued a yellow card for a harsh late challenge against Pugh, and she was helped off the field after suffering an apparent right ankle injury. Pugh tested out her ankle for a stretch on the sideline, but ultimately the U.S. utilized its first sub with Taylor Racioppi in the 37th minute.
  • In the 38th minute, Horan picked up a yellow card for an incidental elbow to Djeni when Horan was shielding her from the ball. The bump resulted in a bloodied nose for Djeni and added toward the four minutes of stoppage time in the first half.
  • In the 66th minute, Green made her second straight appearance off of the bench, replacing Doniak.
  • The U.S. used its final substitution in the 82nd minute, with Rachel Hill replacing Purce.
  • The U.S. U-20s have allowed only four goals in international play this year, outscoring their opponents 41-4.

-U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team Match Report-

Match: U.S. U-20 Women’s National Team vs. Brazil
Date: Aug. 8, 2014
Competition: 2014 FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup – Group B
Venue: Commonwealth Stadium; Edmonton, Canada
Kickoff: 8 p.m. local / 10 p.m. ET
Attendance: 10,025
Weather: 55 degrees – cloudy, cool

Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA                        0 1 1
BRA                        0 0 0

USA – Lindsey Horan (Summer Green)    82nd minute

Lineups:
USA: 1-Katelyn Rowland; 16-Stephanie Amack, 3-Cari Roccaro (capt.), 20-Katie Naughton, 2-Christina Gibbons; 5-Rose Lavelle, 17-Andi Sullivan, 12-Mallory Pugh (6-Taylor Racioppi, 37); 15-Margaret Purce (11-Rachel Hill, 82), 10-Lindsey Horan, 9-Makenzy Doniak (8-Summer Green, 66)
Subs Not Used: 4-Brittany Basinger, 7-Savannah Jordan, 13-Carlyn Baldwin, 14-Nickolette Driesse, 18-Jane Campbell, 19-Kaleigh Riehl, 21-Rose Chandler
Head Coach: Michelle French

BRA: 12-Leticia; 2-Letícia Santos, 4-Julia, 5-Gabi, 6-Camila, 8-Djeni, 9-Byanca (17-Nenê, 60), 10-Andressa (capt.), 11-Patrícia (19-Rafaela, 73), 13-Nágela, 18-Carol (7-Duda, 80)
Subs Not Used: 1-Nicole, 3-Thaynara, 14-Caroline, 15-Gabi Lira, 16-Tipa, 20-Gabrielle, 21-Bussato
Head Coach: Doriva Bueno

Stats Summary: USA / BRA
Shots: 13 / 14
Shots on Goal: 6 / 8
Saves: 8 / 5
Corner Kicks: 7 / 4
Fouls: 11 / 5
Offside: 1 / 3

Misconduct Summary:
BRA – Djeni (caution)                  28th minute
USA – Lindsey Horan (caution)    38
BRA – Patrícia (caution)               70

Officials:
Referee: Kirsi Heikkinen (FIN)
Assistant Referee 1: Tonja Paavola (FIN)
Assistant Referee 2: Anu Jokela (FIN)
Fourth Official: Kateryna Monzul (UKR)

ussoccer.com Woman of the Match: Rose Lavelle

U.S. U-20 Women’s World Cup Quote Sheet: USA vs. Brazil

U.S. U-20 WNT head coach MICHELLE FRENCH

On Summer Green’s impact and what she brings to the team:
“She’s come in and she’s been so composed on the ball and so technical and confident. It’s a piece that’s important for us. When she comes in late in the game with fresh legs, she’s changed the momentum for us. I couldn’t be more pleased with the impact that she made today. She was smiling and beaming after the game because of how well she did and we know that’s what Summer can do. To know you have that weapon to come off the bench is really important for us.”

On Taylor Racioppi’s performance off the bench in her first U-20 cap:
“I thought Taylor (Racioppi) came in and after she ran her legs off for the first five minutes, I thought she was extremely composed. For only being with this team for one camp, to come in and start to connect with everybody, both in her defensive shape and being able to be composed and get a hold of the ball. I thought it was big for her to be able to do that. “

On Cari Roccaro’s performance and leading the defense:
“Cari held our line. She stepped when she needed to and pushed players on when she needed to. She kept everyone connected, which is so key in our defensive shape. Her leadership and her ability to win balls in the air was big for us.”

On the U.S. defensive effort against Brazil:
“Brazil’s confidence on the ball, their ability to be patient on the ball and build, was a big challenge for us because we had to be just as patient defensively and not get stretched, similar to what happened in the Germany game where we did get stretched defensively. I was really proud of our players for staying disciplined in the way that we wanted to defend tonight.”

On the team’s feeling going forward in the tournament:
“The plan is to continue to get stronger and play better with every game. I still think we struggled with our possession and developing our rhythm and creating our rhythm. We still have a lot more to continue to get better at moving into our China game. But we’ve got a lot bigger pulse than we did before we started this game. “

On Lindsey Horan’s goal-scoring ability:
“That’s one of the things that she does best, her movement in the box to lose defenders. She’s so savvy and sophisticated. It’s typical Lindsey, but it’s definitely a special trait of hers.”

On Horan’s mentality:
“She was pretty focused going into the game today and very determined to play well. Of course she wants to get a goal, but at the end of the day she wanted us to get the three points. For her to score that goal in that big of a moment is going to be great for her moving forward to get that weight off her shoulders.”

On the feeling of getting the win over Brazil:
“I don’t know if relief is the word I would use, but we knew it was going to be vitally important to get three points tonight. I was just happy that we were able to do that.”

On the feeling towards the end of the game with the score tied at 0-0:
“We felt as a staff that we were going to find a way to get one. We didn’t know who it was going to come from. I thought the players that came in completely impacted the game. For us to be able to continue to scratch and fight and find a way to get one says a lot about the mentality of this team. “

On playing a defensive battle against Brazil:
“It’s not out of our comfort zone because we spend a lot of time dedicated to our defending and our defending shape. It’s just the World Cup and you’re in an environment where you want to go get the ball. Being patient is part of it, but at the same time I think we did well and I was proud of the players.”

U.S. U-20 WNT midfielder ROSE LAVELLE

On the mentality of the team moving forward:
“It’s such proud moment knowing that we got the result and we’re going all the way to Moncton with our heads held high and a chance to move on. We had to dig deep towards the end, but we got the goal. That’s the American spirit – we keep fighting no matter what.”

On the physicality of play:
“I think at times we were getting a little frustrated, so we might resort to being a little more physical but overall it wasn’t too terrible. I think both teams played a pretty hard game.“

On Summer Green’s contribution as a sub:
“Summer’s awesome, coming off the bench and making such a huge impact. It was such a great cross line and Lindsey’s finish was just icing on the cake.”

On building and moving on to the next game:
“We’re excited to still have a chance to move on. We are going to embrace this moment, but then we’re going to refocus and move on to the next game. China will a huge challenge.”

U.S. U-20 WNT forward SUMMER GREEN

On the game-winning goal:
“What I remember is trying to get past the outside and one of the Brazil players defending me and getting a piece of the ball and kind of tripping. After that I picked my head up and looked for people in white and I saw Lindsey pop out. She was right there and finished an amazing goal.”

On the approach as a sub:
“Coming off the bench, I try to stay as focused as if I am in the game. We’ve always learned to be in the game, not at the game. I have a lot of support from the players and the coaches. When I go in I just get myself ready and have that mentality that we need to get a result.”

On playing for the U.S. and playing with something to prove:
“Playing for the U.S., we always have something to prove. We’ve got to show who we are. I think that’s part of any team. Everyone out here – on the bench, coming off the bench, on the field – everyone as something to prove.”

U.S. U-20 WNT forward Lindsey Horan

On the feeling after winning the game:
“It feels amazing. We wanted it so bad and we worked so hard. During the game we all came together and gutted it out. It was incredible.”

On creating chances and persevering:
“We were creating opportunities like last game and it wasn’t going our way again. We were trying to stay positive and know that the chances were going to keep coming. Summer Green came into the game and completely changed it. We kept plugging away and going for it.”

On the game-winning goal:
“Our team got the ball wide, Summer got to end line, dribbled around the girl, and played me a perfect ball. Credit to her, I thought that was outstanding. She really changed the game for me.”

On the U-20 WNT’s confidence going forward:
“I think it’s huge for our confidence. We now know that we can put away these chances and we can come together as a team. Getting our opening goal and winning our first game just boosts the team up a lot. In the locker room after the game, it was incredible difference.”

U.S. U-20 WNT Refocuses on Brazil

After falling to Germany in its opening match of the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup, the U.S. team has a positive outlook as it focuses on preparing the body and mind for a crucial Group B clash with Brazil.

USA Looks to Get Back on Track in FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup Against Brazil on Friday

U.S. U-20 Women’s National Team vs. Brazil
2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup
Commonwealth Stadium; Edmonton, Canada
Aug. 8, 2014

U.S. U-20 WNT LOOKS TO GET BACK ON TRACK AGAINST BRAZIL: The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team will look to bounce back from a 2-0 opening-game loss to Germany on Aug. 5 when it faces Brazil in its second Group B match on Aug. 8 at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton. Kickoff is at 10 p.m. ET (8 p.m. local) and the match will be broadcast on ESPNU and WatchESPN. The USA will then have three days of rest – including a travel day to Moncton in the far east of Canada – before finishing group play against China PR on Aug. 12 (5 p.m. local/4 p.m. ET on ESPN2 and WatchESPN). After falling to Germany in a hard-fought, end-to-end match in which the USA fired 16 shots on goal, the clash with Brazil will be a crucial one for the young U.S. squad, which must pick up points to advance out of the group. Fans can also follow all the matches of the U.S. U-20s on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt. For full coverage, visit the FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup tournament page on ussoccer.com .

GROUP B SUMMARY: The USA’s 2-0 loss to Germany lost a bit of the sting as the other Group B match between Brazil and China PR ended in a 1-1 draw. Brazil took the lead in the 66th minute through Byanca, but China stole an equalizer in the 89th minute through Zhang Zhu. While the USA currently sits at the bottom of Group B, a victory against Brazil combined with a Germany win against China would put the U.S. in a positive position to advance to the quarterfinal round.

2014 U.S. U-20 FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP SCHEDULE:

Date

Opponent

Time (ET)

TV

Venue

Aug. 5

Germany

0-2 L

ESPNU, WatchESPN

Commonwealth Stadium;

Edmonton, Canada

Aug. 8

Brazil

10 p.m.

ESPNU, WatchESPN

Commonwealth Stadium;

Edmonton, Canada

Aug. 12

China PR

5 p.m.

ESPN2, WatchESPN

Moncton Stadium; Moncton, Canada

Group B Standings

GP

W

L

T

GF

GA

GD

Pts

Germany

1

1

0

0

2

0

+2

3

Brazil

1

0

0

1

1

1

0

1

China PR

1

0

0

1

1

1

0

1

USA

1

0

1

0

0

2

-2

0

Group B Schedule
Tuesday, Aug. 5
USA 0, Germany 2
China PR 1, Brazil 1

Friday, Aug. 8
Germany vs. China PR
USA vs. Brazil

Tuesday, Aug. 12
USA vs. China PR
Germany vs. Brazil

TURF TIME: For the first time, three of the four stadiums for the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup will feature artificial surfaces. This is the third FIFA youth women’s tournament to have games on artificial turf. The 2014 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Costa Rica and the 2012 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Azerbaijan also had matches on turf. Three of the four stadiums – Edmonton, Moncton and Montréal, where the final will be played – will also be used for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

TOURNAMENT FORMAT: The FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup – which is staged every two years – features 16 nations divided into four groups of four teams each. The top two teams in each group advance to the quarterfinal stage on Aug. 16 and 17. The semifinals will take place Wednesday, Aug. 20, in Montreal and Moncton and the final and third-place matches will be held on Sunday, Aug. 24, in Montreal. Players eligible for this age group tournament must have been born on or after Jan. 1, 1994.

CONSISTENT U.S. PRESENCE: The USA has competed in all six previous Women’s World Cups held for this age group, winning the inaugural tournament in 2002 in Canada when it was a U-19 event, finishing third in 2004 in Thailand, finishing fourth in 2006 in Russia when it moved to U-20s, winning in 2008 in Chile on the strength of goal scoring from current Olympic gold medalists Alex Morgan and Sydney Leroux, and finished fifth in 2010 in Germany. The USA returned to the top of the podium in 2012, winning the tournament in Japan on a goal from Kealia Ohai in the championship game. The U-19 tournaments featured 12 teams while the last four – including Canada – featured 16.

U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION – DETAILED
GOALKEEPERS (3): 18-Jane Campbell (Stanford; Kennesaw, Ga.), 21-Rose Chandler (Penn State; Atlanta, Ga.), 1-Katelyn Rowland (UCLA; Vacaville, Calif.)
DEFENDERS (6): 16-Stephanie Amack (Stanford; Pleasanton, Calif.), 4-Brittany Basinger (Penn State; Purcellville, Va.), 2-Christina Gibbons (Duke; Raleigh, N.C.), 20-Katie Naughton (Notre Dame; Elk Grove Village, Ill.), 19-Kaleigh Riehl (BRYC; Fairfax Station, Va.), 3-Cari Roccaro (Notre Dame; East Islip, N.Y.)
MIDFIELDERS (6): 13-Carlyn Baldwin (Tennessee; Oakton, Va.), 14-Nickolette Driesse (Florida State: Wayne, N.J.), 5-Rose Lavelle (Wisconsin; Cincinnati, Ohio), 12-Mallory Pugh (Real Colorado; Highlands Ranch, Colo.), 6-Taylor Racioppi (PDA; Ocean Township, N.J.), 17-Andi Sullivan (Bethesda SC; Lorton, Va.)
FORWARDS (6): 9-Makenzy Doniak (Virginia; Chino Hills, Calif.), 8-Summer Green (North Carolina; Milford, Mich.), 11-Rachel Hill (Connecticut; Rollinsford, N.H.), 10-Lindsey Horan (Paris Saint-Germain; Golden, Colo.), 7-Savannah Jordan (Florida; Fayetteville, Ga.), 15-Margaret Purce (Harvard; Silver Spring, Md.)

U-20 WNT ON USSOCCER.COM:

U.S. ROSTER NOTES:

  • U.S. head coach Michelle French used all three subs against Germany: forward Makenzy Doniak replaced Savannah Jordan at halftime, midfielder Carlyn Baldwin replaced Andi Sullivan in the 74th minute and forward Summer Green came on for Margaret Purce in the 76th minute. Green hit the left post in stoppage time.
  • The USA out-shot Germany 21-18 and fired 16 shots on goal. At the 2012 U-20 WWC, the USA took 18 shots on goal over the entire three games of the first round. The most shots on goal the USA had in a game in 2012 was nine.
  • Baldwin’s substitute appearance was just her second U-20 cap.
  • The official attendance for the USA-Germany match, which was a doubleheader with the other Group B match between China PR and Brazil, was 10,101.
  • U.S. midfielder Rose Lavelle received a yellow card in the first half against Germany. Two yellow cards result in a one-game suspension during the World Cup, although cards are erased after the quarterfinal round.
  • The age cut-off date for this Women’s World Cup is Jan. 1, 1994. Eight of the 21 players selected by French were born in 1994, eight were born in 1995, three were born in 1996, one in 1997 and one in 1998, meaning five players on the 2014 roster will be age-eligible for the 2016 FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup.
  • Mallory Pugh, who is the youngest player on the roster and was born in 1998, could play in three consecutive U-20 Women’s World Cups. She will not turn 17 until April of next year.
  • French selected one rising high school junior (Pugh), two rising high school seniors (Taylor Racioppi and Kaleigh Riehl), three graduating high school seniors (Andi Sullivan, Carlyn Baldwin and Rose Chandler) who will be freshmen in college this fall, 10 rising college sophomores, four rising juniors and one rising senior in Katelyn Rowland.
  • Thirteen different colleges are represented on the roster, led by Stanford with three players. Penn State and Notre Dame each have two players.
  • Seventeen different youth clubs are represented on the roster.
  • Twelve different states are represented, led by Virginia with four players and California and Georgia with three players each. New Jersey and Colorado each have two players.
  • Eleven different players have scored for the USA in international matches this year, nine of whom made the World Cup roster. Linsdey Horan leads the team with eight international goals this year and is the top scorer in this cycle with 21 career U-20 goals.
  • Two players on the U.S. roster were a part of the USA’s 2012 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Team in Japan: defender Cari Roccaro (5 games/4 starts, 422 minutes) and defender Stephanie Amack (DNP). Roccaro played the final 30 minutes in the group match against Germany and all 90 minutes in the final.
  • Five players on this year’s U-20 roster played for the USA in the 2012 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Azerbaijan: defender Brittany Basinger (3/3, 270, 1 assist), forward Summer Green (3/3, 261, 2 goals), forward Margaret Purce (1/1, 62), midfielder Andi Sullivan (3/3, 261) and goalkeeper Jane Campbell (3/3, 225).
  • The USA was forced to make a change to its World Cup roster after it was named on July 17 as Rachel Hill replaced McKenzie Meehan due to injury. Meehan was the USA’s leading scorer at the qualifying tournament with six goals.

IN FOCUS: BRAZIL
Confederação Brasileira de Futebol
Founded: 1914 (Joined FIFA in 1923)
Head Coach: Doriva Bueno
Best FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Finishes: Third place (2006), fourth place (2002 and 2004)

USA VS. BRAZIL SERIES :

  • The U.S. and Brazil have met just twice in the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, both in third-place matches. In 2004, the USA defeated a Brazil team lead by Marta and Cristiane by a 3-0 score as Kerri Hanks, Megan Rapinoe and Angie Woznuk scored.
  • In 2006, the teams tied 0-0 through regulation and Brazil triumphed 6-5 in a dramatic penalty kick shootout in which the USA had a kick to win it.

BRAZIL ROSTER
GOALKEEPERS (3): 1-Nicole (Team Chicago Brasil), 12-Leticia (Sao Jose), 21-Bussato (Sao Jose)
DEFENDERS (6): 2-Letícia Santos (Sao Jose), 3-Thaynara (Vasco da Gama), 4-Julia (Centro Olimpico), 6-Camila (Kindermann), 13-Nágela (Ferroviaria), 14-Caroline (unattached)
MIDFIELDERS (4): 5-Gabi (Sao Jose), 8-Djeni (Kindermann), 15-Gabi Lira (Centro Olimpico), 16-Tipa (Centro Olimpico)
FORWARDS (8): 7-Duda (Sao Francisco), 9-Byanca (Foz Cataratas), 10-Andressa (Kindermann), 11-Patrícia (Cataratas), 17-Nenê (Ferroviaria), 18-Carol (Monroe College, USA), 19-Rafaela (Ferroviaria), 20-Gabrielle (Kindermann)

BRAZIL ROSTER NOTES:

  • Brazil has qualified for every edition of the tournament, finishing fourth in 2002 and 2004 (when they were led by two of the world’s best strikers in Marta and Cristiane) before coming third in 2006 (then they defeated the USA in a penalty kick shootout after the match ended 0-0).
  • In 2008, Brazil lost 3-2 in the quarterfinal to a Germany side that went on to finish third, and was knocked out in the first phase in 2010, losing 1-0 to Korea DPR in their opening game before drawing 1-1 with Sweden. A 4-1 victory over New Zealand in the team’s last match was not enough to avoid elimination.
  • In the most recent U-20 World Cup in 2012 in Japan, Brazil did not make it out of the group after drawing with Italy and Nigeria and losing to Korea Republic.
  • Brazil arrives to Canada as South American champions for the sixth time. Brazil defeated fellow qualifier Paraguay 2-0 in the final, meaning that Brazil has now won every edition of the continental tournament at this age level.
  • Against Paraguay, a penalty from Andressa opened the scoring 35 minutes into the first half after Ludmila was brought down in the area. In the second half, it was Ludmila’s turn to score when the striker received the ball from Andressa, dribbled past two defenders and slipped a shot past the keeper.
  • Brazil finished the qualifying tournament with six wins and a draw, also defeating Chile, Uruguay and Venezuela, while drawing with Colombia, in group play, and took down Bolivia (3-0), Colombia (6-0) and Paraguay (2-0) in the final phase.
  • Five-time FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year Marta won the Silver Ball at this tournament in 2002 and the Golden Ball as the tournament’s top player in 2004.

LAST TIME
On the field for the USA:
Aug. 5, 2014 – Commonwealth Stadium; Edmonton, Canada
2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup; Group B

USA   0
GER   2   Peterman 65, Panfil 90

Lineups:
USA: 1-Katelyn Rowland; 16-Stephanie Amack, 3-Cari Roccaro (capt.), 20-Katie Naughton, 4-Brittany Basinger; 5-Rose Lavelle, 17-Andi Sullivan (13-Carlyn Baldwin, 74), 12-Mallory Pugh; 15-Margaret Purce (8-Summer Green, 77), 10-Lindsey Horan, 7-Savannah Jordan (9-Makenzy Doniak, 46)
Subs Not Used: 2-Christina Gibbons, 6-Taylor Racioppi, 11-Rachel Hill, 14-Nickolette Driesse, 18-Jane Campbell, 19-Kaleigh Riehl, 21-Rose Chandler
Head Coach: Michelle French

GER: 1-Meike Kaemper; 2-Manjou Wilde, 3-Felicitas Rauch, 4-Margarita Gidion, 8-Rebecca Knaak, 6-Lina Magull (capt.) (10-Linda Dallmann, 60), 11-Theresa Panfil, 13-Sara Daebritz (7-Kathrin Schermuly, 79), 19-Rieke Dieckmann; 9-Pauline Bremer, 18-Lena Petermann (15-Wibke Meister, 72)
Subs Not Used: 5-Franziska Jaser, 12-Merle Frohms, 14-Marie Becker, 16-Joelle Wedemeyer, 17-Jennifer Gaugigl, 20-Madeline Gier, 21-Anna Klink
Head Coach: Maren Meinert

WNT Faces Costa Rica in CONCACAF Women's Championship Final

2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship
U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Costa Rica
PPL Park; Chester, Pennsylvania
Oct. 26, 2014

U.S. WNT FACES COSTA RICA IN CONCACAF WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL: The U.S. Women’s National Team has accomplished its primary goal of advancing to the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup. However, one important match remains at the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship as the USA faces Costa Rica in the tournament’s title match on Sunday, Oct. 26, at PPL Park in Chester, Pennsylvania. Kickoff is at 6 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1. Fans can also follow on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt and @ussoccer_esp.

The USA advanced to its seventh straight FIFA Women’s World Cup after defeating Mexico 3-0 on Friday, Oct. 24, in the semifinals of the CONCACAF Women’s Championship. Carli Lloyd, who hails from just outside of Philadelphia, led the way with two goals and Christen Press added a third. Earlier that day, Costa Rica tied Trinidad & Tobago 1-1 through regulation and overtime before triumphing 3-0 in a penalty kick shootout to book its first trip to the FIFA Women’s World Cup which takes place next year in Canada. (2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup Ticket Information)

The USA is looking to win its fifth title at the CONCACAF Women’s Championship. This year’s event marks the first time that USA has advance to the tournament final and not faced Canada.

CONCACAF WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP FINALS HISTORY:

  • April 28, 1991: USA 5, Canada 0 – Michelle Akers records a hat trick to lead the USA.
  • Aug. 21, 1994: USA 6, Canada 0 – Five USA players score, in addition to Canada’s own goal.
  • Sept. 6, 1998: Canada 1, Mexico 0 – As host nation of the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup, the USA did not need to participate.
  • Nov. 9, 2002: USA 2, Canada 1 (overtime) – Mia Hamm scored the 94th-minute game-winner (golden goal).
  • Nov. 26, 2006: USA 2, Canada 1 (overtime) – Kristine Lilly scored winning PK in 120th minute of CONCACAF Women’s Gold Cup.
  • Nov. 8, 2010: Canada 1, Mexico 0 – Christine Sinclair scored the lone PK goal of the CONCACAF Women’s Gold Cup. Earlier that day, the USA defeated Costa Rica 3-0 in the third-place game to advance to a playoff against Italy, which it won by a 2-0 aggregate.

For stories, group schedule, statistics and more, visit ussoccer.com’s 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship home page.

2014 U.S. WNT SCHEDULE:

Date

Opponent

Result/Time (ET)

U.S. Goal Scorers/TV

Venue

Jan. 31

Canada

1-0 W

Leroux

Toyota Stadium; Frisco, Texas

Feb. 8

Russia

7-0 W

Lloyd (2), Press (2), O’Reilly,

Leroux, Wambach

FAU Stadium; Boca Raton, Fla.

Feb. 13

Russia

8-0 W

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

Georgia Dome; Atlanta, Ga.

March 5

Japan^

1-1 T

Leroux

Parchal, Portugal

March 7

Sweden^

0-1 L

-

Albufeira, Portugal

March 10

Denmark^

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

Canada

1-1 T

Leroux

Investors Group Field; Winnipeg, Canada

June 14

France

1-0 W

Leroux

Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Fla.

June 19

France

2-2 T

Morgan (2)

Rentschter Field, East Hartford, Conn.

Aug. 20

Switzerland

4-1 W

Rapinoe, Lloyd, Press, Wambach

WakeMed Soccer Park, Cary, N.C.

Sept. 13

Mexico

8-0 W

OG, Morgan (2), Wambach (2), Engen, Leroux, O’Reilly

Rio Tinto Stadium; Sandy, Utah

Sept. 18

Mexico

4-0 W

Rodriguez, Rapinoe, Heath, Morgan

Sahlen’s Stadium, Rochester, N.Y.

Oct. 15

T&T*

1-0 W

Wambach

Sporting Park; Kansas City, Kan.

Oct. 17

Guatemala*

5-0 W

Heath (2), Lloyd, Engen, Rapinoe

Toyota Park; Bridgeview, Ill.

Oct. 20

Haiti*

6-0 W

Wambach (2), Lloyd, Klingenberg, Press, Brian

RFK Stadium; Washington, D.C.

Oct. 24

Mexico*

3-0 W

Lloyd (2), Press

PPL Park; Chester, Pa.

Oct. 26

Costa Rica*

6 p.m.

FOX Sports 1

PPL Park; Chester, Pa.

^ Algarve Cup *2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship

QUALIFYING FORMAT: The 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship began with eight countries divided into two groups of four and the top two finishers in each group after round-robin play advanced to the semifinals. PPL Park in Chester, Pennsylvania, near Philadelphia, hosted the semifinals on Oct. 24, and will also host the third-place and championship games on Oct. 26. The two finalists (USA and Costa Rica) and the winner of the third-place match (Mexico vs. Trinidad & Tobago) qualify directly for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada. The fourth-place team will enter a two-leg playoff against South American third-place finisher Ecuador for a final berth.

20 IN, 4 TO GO: With their advancement to the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship title match, Costa Rica and the USA became the 18th and 19th teams, respectively, to qualify for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Ivory Coast became the 20th team to qualify after defeating South Africa, 1-0, in the third-place match of the African qualifying tournament. Nigeria and Cameroon are Africa’s other representatives. Switzerland, England, Spain, France, Norway, Germany and Sweden have qualified from Europe. The Netherlands defeated Scotland, 2-1, in the first leg of the semifinals of the UEFA playoffs while Italy downed Ukaine by the same score. The two semifinal winners will battle in a two-leg final to be the last European qualifier. Five teams qualified from the 2014 Asian Women’s Cup – Japan, Australia, China PR, Korea Republic and Thailand. Japan defeated Australia 1-0 in the Asian Cup championship game while China defeated Korea 2-1 for 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. In the South American qualifying tournament, Brazil won the competition with Colombia finishing second and Ecuador third to earn a playoff against the fourth place finisher from CONCACAF. The remaining four countries will come from Europe (1 more), CONCACAF (1.5), South America (.5) and Oceania (1). The Confederation breakdown of World Cup berths is as follows:


Host:

Canada

CONCACAF

3.5 + host, up from 2.5

Europe

8 total, up from 4.5 + host in 2011

South America

2.5, up from 2

Africa

5 total, up from 3

Oceania

1, same as in 2011

Asia

3 total, up from 2

WORLD RECORD AND COUNTING: Abby Wambach continues to add to her world goal scoring record after tallying career goals No. 172 and 173 against Haiti on Oct. 20 at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. On June 20, 2013, Wambach passed the legendary Mia Hamm to become the world’s all-time leading scorer when she pounded in four goals against South Korea at Red Bull Arena. Hamm had 158 international goals from 1987-2004. The match against Haiti marked the 111th win for the USA in a game in which Wambach has scored at least one goal (111-2-8). Wambach has scored 48 goals in her past 59 games over 2012, 2013 and 2014. She is also third all-time in assists with 65, behind only Kristine Lilly (105) and Hamm (144).

CONCACAF VENUE HISTORY: The USA is familiar with all four venues for the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship, having now played 20 games in its history at the four stadiums: two at Sporting Park, six at Toyota Park (including a Women’s World Cup playoff match in 2010), nine at RFK Stadium and three at PPL Park. The U.S. is coming off a 3-0 victory against Mexico on Friday, Oct. 24, in the semifinals of the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship. The USA has never lost a match at these venues.

Stadium

City

Record

GF

GA

The Skinny

Sporting Park

Kansas City, Kan.

1-0-1

2

1

1-1 tie vs. CAN in 2011; 1-0 win vs. TRI in 2014

Toyota Park

Bridgeview, Ill.

5-0-1

18

2

1-0 win vs. Italy in 2010 sent USA to WWC

RFK Stadium

Washington, D.C.

9-0-0

31

5

Most recent was 6-0 win vs. Haiti on Monday

PPL Park

Chester, Pa.

3-0-0

8

2

Defeated CHN twice at the venue

ROSTER SPOTS: U.S. head coach Jill Ellis chose 20 players for the USA’s 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship roster, which included two goalkeepers, seven defenders, six midfielders and five forwards, but will play the rest of the tournament with 19 after forward Alex Morgan was ruled out due to injury in second game. Many of the players can play multiple positions, giving Ellis variety and depth on the roster, which consists of all professional players aside from the USA’s lone college player, Morgan Brian, who is a senior at the University of Virginia. Of the USA’s 20 players, just five are over 30 years old: team captain Christie Rampone (39), forward Abby Wambach (34), goalkeeper Hope Solo (33), midfielder Carli Lloyd (32) and defender Ali Krieger (30). Rampone hit the historic 300 cap mark last game and is the most-capped active player in the world and second all-time in world history. The least-capped players on the roster are Ashlyn Harris and Julie Johnston who both have four caps. Three players on the roster helped FC Kansas City to the 2014 NWSL title: Becky Sauerbrunn, Lauren Holiday and Amy Rodriguez.

U.S. Women’s National Team By Position – Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): 18-Ashlyn Harris (Washington Spirit), 1-Hope Solo (Seattle Reign FC)
DEFENDERS (7): 6-Whitney Engen (WNY Flash), 19-Julie Johnston (Chicago Red Stars), 16-Meghan Klingenberg (Houston Dash), 11-Ali Krieger (Washington Spirit), 5-Kelley O’Hara (Sky Blue FC), 3-Christie Rampone (Sky Blue FC), 4-Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City)
MIDFIELDERS (6): 7-Morgan Brian (Virginia), 17-Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC), 12-Lauren Holiday (FC Kansas City), 10-Carli Lloyd (Houston Dash), 9-Heather O’Reilly (Boston Breakers), 15-Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign FC)
FORWARDS (4): 2-Sydney Leroux (Seattle Reign FC), 14-Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars), 8-Amy Rodriguez (FC Kansas City), 20-Abby Wambach (WNY Flash)

U.S. ROSTER NOTES:

  • U.S. head coach Jill Ellis has used 19 of the 20 players on the roster so far, with Julie Johnston (who was a late injury replacement for Crystal Dunn), the only player yet to see action.
  • Midfielder Carli Lloyd is the only player to log all 360 minutes during the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship.
  • Eight players have scored goals so far in the tournament, led by Lloyd who has four. Abby Wambach is second with three goals, and she now has 13 goals in World Cup qualifying, which ranks second all-time in U.S. WNT history behind Michelle Akers (17).
  • Tobin Heath and Christen Press each have two goals in the tournament.
  • Sydney Leroux leads the USA with three assists in the tournament. Lloyd has two..
  • Thirteen of the players on this roster participated in the qualifying tournament for the 2012 Olympics. The six players that did not are: goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris, defenders Whitney Engen, Julie Johnston and Meghan Klingenberg, midfielder Morgan Brian and forward Press.
  • Ten players on the roster had previous Women’s World Cup qualifying experience coming into this tournament, led by forward Wambach and midfielder Heather O’Reilly, both of whom played in the qualifying tournaments for the last three Women’s World Cup tournaments. Defender Christie Rampone and midfielder Lloyd played in the last two CONCACAF Women’s World Cup qualifying tournaments. Other U.S. WNT players with previous qualifying experience are Holiday, Ali Krieger, Megan Rapinoe, Amy Rodriguez, Becky Sauerbrunn and Hope Solo.
  • Holiday, the 2013 NWSL MVP and 2014 NWSL Championship Game MVP, became the 30th American female player to earn 100 caps when she played against Canada on May 8. She currently has 109 caps.
  • Wambach is the USA’s top scorer on the roster with 173 goals. After Wambach, Lloyd is the top scorer with 55 career international goals and O’Reilly has scored 41. Sydney Leroux is quickly climbing the charts with 32.
  • Rodriguez had an excellent NWSL season with 13 goals in the regular season, good for second in the league, and then scored three more in the playoffs, including both goals in the NWSL title game. Rodriguez has 28 international scores.
  • Wambach took over the team scoring lead in 2014 with her brace against Haiti in the USA’s final Group A match and now has 10 goals this year. Wambach is followed by Lloyd (9), Leroux (8) and Press (7).
  • Wambach has now reached double-figures in goals in eight different calendar years. Mia Hamm still holds the record with nine years in double-figures.
  • Lloyd’s six assists are best on the team this year and she is followed by Press and Rapinoe, both with five.
  • All nine NWSL clubs are represented on the roster.
  • Twenty-nine players have seen game action for the USA in 2014, including first-cappers Samantha Mewis, Sarah Hagan and Allie Long, none of whom made the qualifying roster.
  • The USA has scored 15 goals in the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship to lead all teams.

IN THE RECORD BOOKS:

  • Christie Rampone earned her 300th appearance on Oct. 24, joining only Kristine Lilly (352) in this elite caps club.
  • The USA’s current 91-game unbeaten streak at home (80-0-11 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).
  • Carli Lloyd scored goals No. 54 and 55 of her career during the USA’s 3-0 win against Mexico on Oct. 24. She moved into sole possession of eighth place on the U.S. WNT’s all-time goal scoring list past Carin Gabarra (53 goals from 1987-96). Lloyd is now chasing Shannon MacMillan who scored 60 goals in her career.
  • Lloyd is the highest-scoring player in U.S. history who has played exclusively as a midfielder.
  • 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 211 is now seventh on the USA’s all-time list. Abby Wambach (227) and Rampone (300) are the only active players ahead of her.
  • O’Reilly is the second-youngest player to hit 200 caps for the USA. 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 sixth all-time in assists with 51.
  • In addition to breaking Mia Hamm’s world scoring record, 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, another on Sept. 13 against Mexico and another on Oct. 20 vs. Haiti and sits at 42. She has 35 two-goal games, five hat tricks, one four-goal game and one five-goal game.
  • With her goal against Switzerland on Aug. 20, Wambach joined Hamm as the only WNT players to reach 400 points in their career. Wambach has 411 points (173 goals, 65 assists) and Hamm had 460 (158 goals, 144 assists).
  • Leroux is tied with Lindsay Tarpley for 15th on the all-time U.S. WNT goal scoring list with 32 goals.
  • Ali Krieger became the 48th WNT player to reach 50 caps with her start against Trinidad & Tobago on Oct. 15. Other players to hit the 50-game milestone this year have included Sydney Leroux on April 10 against China PR and Becky Sauerbrunn on Jan. 31 against Canada.
  • Hope Solo earned her 76th shutout during the USA’s 3-0 win against Mexico on Oct. 24, extending her team record. Eleven of Solo’s shutouts have come in world championship play – five in the FIFA Women’s World Cup and six during the Olympics. As a confirmation of her reputation as a big-game player, 45 of Solo’s career shutouts – almost 60 percent – have come in tournament competitions that include world championships, qualifying for the World Cup and Olympics and elite tournaments such as the Algarve Cup, which is held annually in Portugal.

CONCACAF WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP HISTORY:

  • The USA is 26-1-0 all-time in CONCACAF Women’s World Cup qualifying.
  • The USA won the Women’s World Cup qualifying tournament in 1991, 1994, 2002 and 2006. As host, the U.S. WNT did not have to qualify for 1999. The USA played Canada in the championship game of each of those first four tournaments.
  • The USA finished third in 2010 after losing to Mexico, 2-1, in the semifinal and defeating Costa Rica 3-0 in the third-place match.
  • The USA has scored 147 goals in WWC qualifying (an average of 5.4 per game) while allowing five.

BY THE NUMBERS:

  • 0.58: Goals per game the USA has allowed in 2014
  • 1: Player to appear in all 19 games in 2014: Christen Press
  • 3.3: Goals per game the USA has scored in 2014
  • 6: Assists by Carli Lloyd in 2014, the most on the team
  • 13: U.S. players to score a goal in 2014
  • 15: Goals in 31 career games for U.S. forward Christen Press
  • 55: Career goals by Lloyd, most ever for a WNT player who has played exclusively as a midfielder
  • 76: Career shutouts by Hope Solo, the USA’s all-time record
  • 111: U.S. victories when Wambach scores a goal (111-2-8 overall)
  • 130: Minutes on field per goal averaged by Mia Hamm in her career
  • 300: Caps by Christie Rampone, second all-time to Kristine Lilly (352)

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JILL ELLIS FACT FILE : After her second stint as interim head coach for the U.S. Women’s National Team, a capacity in which she coached two games this year – a win against China PR and a tie against 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 started the job with a 6-0-3 record and is now 14-0-3. In taking the top position, Ellis 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.

IN FOCUS: COSTA RICA
Federación Costarricense de Fútbol 
Founded: 1921 (Joined FIFA in 1927) 
Head Coach: Garabet Avedissian 
FIFA World Ranking: 40 
FIFA World Cups: 2015 
Best FIFA World Cup Finish: Qualified for first World Cup in 2015

Costa Rica Women’s National Team Roster by Position
GOALKEEPERS (2): 1-Dinnia Diaz (Moravia), 18-Yirlania Arroyo (Sky Blue FC)
DEFENDERS (11): 2-Gabriela Guillen (Saprissa), 3-Mariane Ugalde (Saprissa), 4- Maríiana Benavidez (Herediano), 5-Diana Saenz (South Florida), 6-Carol Sanchez (Moravia), 8-Daniela Cruz (South Florida), 12-Lixy Rodriguez (UCEM), 13-Noelia Bermudez (Herediano), 14-Yesmi Rodriguez (Moravia), 20-Wendy Patricia Acosta (Moravia), 29-Fabiola Sanchez (Martin Methodist)
MIDFIELDERS (4): 7-Gloriana Villalobos (Saprissa), 10-Shirley Cruz (Paris Saint-Germain), 15-Cristin Granados (Saprissa), 16-Katherine Alvarado (Saprissa) 
FORWARDS (3): 9-Carolina Venegas (Saprissa), 11-Raquel Rodriguez Cedeño (Penn State), 17-Daphnne Herrera (Saprissa)

COSTA RICA ROSTER NOTES

  • Costa Rica qualified for its first FIFA Women’s World Cup with a 3-0 shootout victory against Trinidad & Tobago on Oct. 24. Carolina Venegas scored Costa Rica’s 19th-minute goal as both teams played to a 1-1 score through regulation and overtime. In the shootout, Katherine Alvarado, Carol Sanchez and Wendy Patricia Acosta each converted their attempts, while Trinidad & Tobago failed to convert as goalkeeper Dinnia Diaz saved all three attempts.
  • Costa Rica is 8-12-1 all-time in World Cup qualifying matches, posting a 3-0-0 record to win Group B in this year’s tournament.
  • Costa Rica is guaranteed its best finish in the CONCACAF Women’s Championship. Its previous best was third place in 1998.
  • Venegas is Costa Rica’s top goal scorer in this year’s tournament with four tallies. In addition to her recent goal against Trinidad & Tobago, Venegas scored the lone goal during Costa Rica’s 1-0 win against Mexico to open Group B play on Oct. 16. She also scored twice during her side’s 6-1 rout against Martinique on Oct. 21.
  • Penn State junior Raquel Rodriguez Cedeño has three goals for Costa Rica in the CONCACAF Women’s Championship, including the 86th-minute game-winner to lead Costa Rica past Jamaica 2-1 on Oct. 18. She also scored twice against Martinique.
  • Midfielder Shirley Cruz plays for France club powerhouse Paris Saint-Germain, where American forward Lindsey Horan currently plays and where Tobin Heath had played for six months for PSG’s runner-up Division 1 Féminine team in 2013-14 before returning to the U.S. to play for the National Women’s Soccer League’s Portland Thorns FC.

USA VS. COSTA RICA:

  • The USA is a perfect 9-0-0 all-time against Costa Rica, with all nine victories resulting in a shutout. The U.S. has outscored Costa Rica 45-0.
  • The U.S. is 3-0-0 in World Cup qualifying matches against Costa Rica, including a 4-0 win on Nov. 1, 2010, and a 3-0 victory on Nov. 8, 2010. The latter win, led by Abby Wambach’s brace, came in the 2010 CONCACAF Women’s Championship third-place game in Cancun, Mexico. The USA earned a spot in a two-game playoff against Italy and would go on to advance to the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
  • The USA-Costa Rica series began on June 25, 2000, with the U.S. earning an 8-0 victory in Group A play at the 2000 CONCACAF Women’s Gold Cup in Louisville. USA midfielder Nikki Serlenga, who featured for the WNT in 30 games from 2000-01, scored three goals in that match.
  • The U.S. has also played Costa Rica three times in Olympic qualifying, including a 3-0 win on Jan. 27, 2012, to qualify for the London Olympics later that year.
  • As part of the USA’s Fan Tribute Tour following the gold medal performance at the 2012 London Olympics, the U.S. defeated Costa Rica 8-0 on Sept. 1 in Rochester, New York. Hometown hero Wambach and Megan Rapinoe each scored two goals.

LAST TIME
On the field for the USA: 
Oct. 24, 2014 vs. Mexico – PPL Park; Chester, Pennsylvania
2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship

USA   2  1  3  Carli Lloyd 6, 30; Christen Press 56
MEX  0  0  0

Lineups:
USA: 1-Hope Solo; 11-Ali Krieger, 3-Christie Rampone (capt.), 6-Whitney Engen, 16-Meghan Klingenberg; 12-Lauren Holiday (9-Heather O’Reilly, 75), 10-Carli Lloyd, 15-Megan Rapinoe (7-Morgan Brian, 67); 14-Christen Press, 2-Sydney Leroux (20-Abby Wambach, 62), 17-Tobin Heath
Subs Not Used: 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 5-Kelley O’Hara, 8-Amy Rodriguez, 18-Ashlyn Harris, 19-Julie Johnston
Head Coach: Jill Ellis

MEX: 12-Pamela Tajonar (capt.); 2-Arianna Romero, 3-Bianca Sierra, 4-Alina Garcíamendez, 15-Christina Murillo (14-Monica Alvarado, 72); 6-Liliana Mercado, 7-Lydia Nayeli Rangel, 13-Kenti Robles (8-Teresa Noyola, 76); 18-Dinora Garza, 19-Tanya Samarzich, 20-Luz Duarte (10-Sandra Stephany Mayor, 55)
Subs Not Used: 1-Cecilia Santiago, 5-Paulina Solís, 11-Monica Ocampo, 9-Veronica Charlyn Corral, 16-Karla Nieto, 17-Veronica Perez
Head Coach: Leonardo Cuellar

On the field vs. Costa Rica:
Sept. 2, 2012 – Sahlen’s Stadium – Rochester, N.Y. – International Friendly

USA  5  3  8  Rapinoe 13, 45; Wambach 24, 32; Morgan 38; Leroux 77; Lloyd 84; O’Reilly 89
CRC  0  0  0

Lineups:
USA: 1-Hope Solo (21-Jill Loyden, 54); 6-Amy LePeilbet (2-Heather Mitts, 46), 3-Christie Rampone (capt.), 16-Rachel Buehler (4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 46), 5-Kelley O’Hara; 15-Megan Rapinoe (8-Amy Rodriguez, 55), 10-Carli Lloyd, 7-Shannon Boxx (9-Heather O’Reilly, 46), 17-Tobin Heath; 13-Alex Morgan, 14-Abby Wambach (11-Sydney Leroux, 72)
Subs Not Used: 12-Lauren Cheney
Head coach: Pia Sundhage

CRC: 1-Erica Miranda; 5-Diana Saenz (2-Noelle Sanz, 85), 8-Daniela Cruz, 14-Miriam Ugalde, 4-Gabriela Guillen (22-Yesmi Rodriguez, 89); 16-Cristin Granados, 10-Katherine Alvarado, 7-Mariela Campos; 9-Daphne Herrera (15-Mariana Benavides, 64), 11-Raquel Rodriguez, 6-Maria Barrantes (12-Mayra Almazan)
Subs Not Used: 17-Andreina Baltodano, 18-Noelia Bermudez, 19-Gabriela Alfaro
Head coach: Karla Aleman

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