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WNT Moves into First Place in Group B, Tops Switzerland 3-0 at Algarve Cup

VILA REAL DE SANTO ANTONIO, Portugal (March 6, 2015) – The U.S. Women’s National Team scored three second-half goals and blanked Switzerland 3-0 in Group B action at the 2015 Algarve Cup at Municipal Stadium. Alex Morgan, Amy Rodriguez and second-half sub Abby Wambach each scored a goal in the final 45 minutes as the U.S. moved to 2-0-0 and into first place in Group B. 

The USA will face Iceland in its third and final Group B match on Monday, March 9, before the tournament’s placement stage. Kickoff is at 1:30 p.m. ET at Municipal Stadium in Lagos, Portugal. Due to inadequate lighting at the stadium, a television broadcast will not be available. Fans can follow in-game updates on Twitter (@ussoccer_wnt and @ussoccer_esp). 

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Alex Morgan (Lauren Holiday), 54th minute: U.S. midfielder Carli Lloyd earned a free kick from 29 yards out and Holiday took the set piece opportunity. Holiday delivered a strong ball from the right side, over a three-player wall and into the center of the box. Other than Switzerland defender Rahel Kiwic’s unsuccessful header attempt, Morgan was unmarked and redirected the cross with her right foot and into the back of the net for her second goal of the year and 51st of her career. USA 1, SUI 0 (SEE GOAL) 

USA – Amy Rodriguez, 72nd minute: Christen Press started the sequence with a darting run down the left side and a half shot/cross that Stenia Michel batted away. Rodriguez collected the rebound but did not initially have a clear path to shoot. With a quick shuffle, Rodriguez then lifted a shot just inside the left post for her first goal since Sept. 18, 2014, during a 4-0 victory against Mexico. USA 2, SUI 0 (SEE GOAL) 

USA – Abby Wambach, 81st minute: The USA took advantage of a poor back pass from Nicole Remund, who was pressured by a sliding Shannon Boxx. Switzerland’s Caroline Abbe had an opportunity to get to the ball against Wambach, but Wambach beat her to it. From the edge of the box, Wambach chipped the ball over Stenia Michel and into the right of the frame for her first goal of the year. USA 3, SUI 0 (FINAL) 

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
SUI – Lia Walti, 5th minute: The USA caught Switzerland’s defense off guard when Megan Rapinoe took a quick throw-in on the left side to Christen Press. Press dribbled into the box and shot from close range, and Walti tracked back quickly enough for the block to surrender a corner kick. 

SUI – Rahel Kiwic, 14th and 17th minutes: Megan Rapinoe played a deep ball toward left back Meghan Klingenberg, and Switzerland’s back line hesitated in tracking back. Klingenberg caught up with the pass before it reached the end line and crossed from the left side, playing a dangerous ball into the middle of the box that Kiwic turned away with a diving header. Three minutes later, Kiwic came up with another big play with a slide tackle to intercept a well-played Klingenberg through ball headed toward Alex Morgan. 

USA – Hope Solo, 39th minute: Solo read Lara Dickenmann’s corner kick well, rushing up to the middle of the box and punching with her right glove to start a USA counter attack. 

USA – Hope Solo, 60th minute: Switzerland attacked from the right side and crossed just above the box to Lara Dickenmann, whose sweeping right-footed shot was struck toward the left of the frame. Solo read the strike well and parried it away to keep Switzerland off of the score sheet. 

SUI – Stenia Michel, 62nd minute: Michel finished with seven saves on the day, with one of her strongest stops coming against Alex Morgan’s blast from just outside the box on the left side. Michel batted it away to maintain a one-goal deficit at the time. 

Milestone Watch:

  • Midfielder Megan Rapinoe earned her 98th cap and is now two away from becoming the 31st WNT player to reach the 100-game milestone.
  • Abby Wambach now has 178 goals in her WNT career. She is the USA’s all-time leader and is 20 goals ahead of former record holder Mia Hamm (158 goals from 1987-2004).
  • Wambach earned her 236th cap. She is sixth all-time, just three appearances behind fifth-place Joy Fawcett (239 caps from 1987-2004).
  • Goalkeeper Hope Solo, the WNT’s all-time shutout leader, posted her 79th-career clean sheet. She had three saves Friday against Switzerland. 

Next on the Schedule:
The U.S. WNT faces Iceland in its third and final Group B match on Monday, March 9, before the placement stage. Kickoff is at 1:30 p.m. ET at Municipal Stadium in Lagos, Portugal.
Broadcast information: No TV due to inadequate lighting at the stadium.
Social: Twitter (@ussoccer_wnt; @ussoccer_esp); Facebook; Instagram 

Additional Notes:

  • The USA is now 2-0-0 all-time against Switzerland. The other meeting was a 4-1 U.S. victory on Aug. 20, 2014, at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, North Carolina.
  • The U.S. moves to 3-1-0 in 2015.
  • Head coach Jill Ellis’ lineup once again featured a 4-4-2 formation and two personnel changes from the 2-1 victory against Norway to open the Algarve Cup.
  • Hope Solo returned in goal for a second consecutive game, with a defensive unit that included right back Ali Krieger, center back duo Becky Sauerbrunn and Julie Johnston, and Meghan Klingenberg replacing Lori Chalupny with the start at left back.
  • The USA midfield included Lauren Holiday and Morgan Brian centrally, Carli Lloyd on the right and Megan Rapinoe on the left. Rapinoe made her first start in the tournament and Lloyd wore the captain’s armband.
  • Alex Morgan and Christen Press were paired up top. Press had played in the midfield against Norway and was pushed up for Friday’s game in place of Abby Wambach, who had started the opener.
  • Amy Rodriguez replaced Rapinoe to open the second half. Rodriguez moved up front alongside Morgan and Press dropped into the midfield.
  • The U.S. made two subs in the 65th minute, with Kelley O’Hara entering for Krieger and Heather O’Reilly for Brian. It marked O’Reilly’s first appearance of the year and her 216th of her WNT career.
  • In another wave of subs, Abby Wambach replaced Morgan and Shannon Boxx entered for Holiday in the 79rth minute. Tobin Heath stepped in for Press in the 80th minute. For Boxx, it was her first appearance since April 5, 2013, against Germany. 

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

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Switzerland
Date: March 6, 2015
Competition: 2015 Algarve Cup - Group B
Venue: Municipal Stadium; Vila Real de Santo Antonio, Portugal
Kickoff: 12 p.m. ET (5 p.m. local)
Attendance: 500 
Weather: 69 degrees; Sunny and breezy 

Scoring Summary:   1          2          F
USA                           0          3          3
SUI                             0          0          0 

USA – Alex Morgan (Lauren Holiday)                       54th minute
USA – Amy Rodriguez                                               72
USA – Abby Wambach                                               81 

Lineups:
USA: 1-Hope Solo; 11-Ali Krieger (5-Kelley O’Hara, 65), 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 26-Julie Johnston, 25-Meghan Klingenberg; 10-Carli Lloyd (capt.), 12-Lauren Holiday (7-Shannon Boxx, 79), 14-Morgan Brian (9-Heather O’Reilly, 65), 15-Megan Rapinoe (8-Amy Rodriguez, 46), 23-Christen Press (17-Tobin Heath, 80); 13-Alex Morgan (20-Abby Wambach, 79)
Subs Not Used: 2-Sydney Leroux, 6-Whitney Engen, 16-Lori Chalupny, 19-Rachel Van Hollebeke, 22-Crystal Dunn, 24-Ashlyn Harris
Head coach: Jill Ellis

SUI: 1-Stenia Michel; 15-Caroline Abbé (capt.), 9-Lia Wälti, 14-Rahel Kiwic (7-Martina Moser, 58), 5-Noëlle Maritz (6-Selina Kuster, 83), 16-Fabienne Humm (2-Nicole Remund, 73); 18-Vanessa Bürki (20-Florijana Ismaili, 83), 22-Vanessa Bernauer (8-Cinzia Zehnder, 73), 11-Lara Dickenmann, 13-Ana Maria Crnogorcevic, 19-Eseosa Aigbogun (4-Rachel Rinast, 46)
Subs Not Used: 3-Sandra Betschart, 10-Ramona Bachmann, 12-Nadine Böni, 21-Antonia Albisser, 23-Barla Deplazes
Head coach: Martina Voss-Tecklenburg 

Stats Summary: USA / SUI
Shots: 19 / 3
Shots on Goal: 11 / 3
Saves: 3 / 7
Corner Kicks: 4 / 3
Fouls: 6 / 9
Offside: 8 / 1 

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Carli Lloyd (caution)                67th minute
SUI – Lia Wälti (caution)                     70 

Officials:
Referee: Cristina Dorcioman (ROU)
Assistant Referee 1: Petruta Iugulescu (ROU)
Assistant Referee 2: Sanja Rodak (CRO)
Fourth Official: Carina Vitulano (ITA) 

Budweiser Woman of the Match: Amy Rodriguez

WNT Outside Backs on the Attack

While defense is always the priority, the WNT outside backs love getting into the attack, and when the time is right, are encouraged to do so by U.S. head coach Jill Ellis and her staff. Kelley O’Hara, Meghan Klingenberg, Ali Krieger and Lori Chalupny talk about making an offensive impact from the back.

Quote Sheet: Josh Perez and the U-17 MNT Dominate Guatemala

2015 CONCACAF U-17 Championship Quote Sheet
USA 4, GUA 1
March 5, 2015
U-17 MNT head coach RICHIE WILLIAMS

On the win over Guatemala:
"We’re extremely happy to be able to come out and play against a very difficult Guatemala team and get three points. I thought our mentality was great, our approach to the game – from the first minute to the 90th minute – the group played great. Again we take one game at a time, we respect our opponent. Guatemala is a good opponent. Again credit to our guys who were able to come and get the goals we needed to get. I thought it was a good defensive performance - our goalkeeper made a couple good saves for us. Overall we’re very happy and we move on to the next game.”

On what to expect from Honduras, taking into consideration they are playing at home:
"First of all, Honduras is a very good team. I would have to think they would be the favorites – Honduras playing in Honduras, in their home country, in their stadium, with their fans. So we have to be prepared. They’re a very good team. As we saw, all the teams in the tournament are very difficult, so we cannot approach any game in an easy way. We’ll prepare. And like we said, one game at a time. Honduras is next and we’ll be ready to go come game time.”

On the strengths of the Honduras team:
“I think they are a well-rounded team. I think they are good defensively, they are good on the attack, they’re athletic and physical, and they play good soccer. Honduras is one of the best countries in our region from the senior level all the way down to the youth levels. I think they’re a well-rounded team and we have to be well prepared to go out and compete.”

On the seven lineup changes from the last game and the depth of the team:
“We said from the beginning of the tournament when we announced our roster that we felt we had a deep roster, that we trust everybody on the team – all 20 players – when they’re called upon. They’ve all played in major international matches over the last two years, so we have confidence in all the players, and they should have confidence when they step on the field. We feel like we can put any of our 20 players on the field and play well and get a good result.”

On the play of goalkeeper Will Pulisic:
“You need your goalkeeper to come up with saves. There’s going to be times where there’s breakdowns and some good combinations from their team. Will made some good saves for us, which we needed. We hope we don’t give up too many chances in a game, but if we do, we feel confident with Will in the back.”

On Josh Perez scoring a hat trick and his performance overall:
“Josh was excellent. He was aggressive, he was running at players, taking players one-on-one, taking two players on and beating them. His quickness and his technical ability showed and he was able to obviously get three goals. I thought he was dangerous all day. And on top of him attacking, I thought he played very well defensively also, putting his body on the line when they were taking some shots at him at the end. I was very happy with Josh and the rest of the team and we need that same effort come next game against Honduras.”

U.S. U-17 MNT forward JOSH PEREZ

On why he was able to score three goals:
"It was a mindset. I was mentally prepared to go out there and do my thing, and I was able to score goals. But none of it happens without the support of my teammates, who did a lot of the work to set those up and then keep us in the game.”

On his free kick goal and gaining momentum:
“It was kinda lucky in some ways. My intention was to cross it, but fortunately I hit it pretty good and it went in. I just got fired up, and after that I started to try and score goals and it came out.”

On the second goal and the pass from Christian Pulisic to set it up:
“I know that Christian is very creative, and I knew that he was just going to find me somehow – one way or another. He looked right over the defender and put the ball in and I just got through. And mentally, I just thought no one was going to stop me from there so I cut in, cut in, and shot.”

On his mom being at the game:
“For me her being here was a beautiful moment for me. She gives me all the support I need, so I dedicated those three goals to her.”

U.S. U-17 MNT midfielder ERIC CALVILLO

On the team’s approach to the game:
“We expected to come out strong, which we did. Coach talked about how maybe we were a little relaxed in the second game, and today we wanted to come out strong before Guatemala could come at us.” 

On having seven different starters from the last game and not missing a beat:
"Coach always tells us that we’re a really good team, that we’re stacked - not one, but two in every position. We have guys that come off the bench when we need them and do good work, and guys that can start any game. And we saw that today.”

On being able to score early and take a lead:
“We always say that we have to get that first goal, that’s the goal that we need. Once you get that first goal then the rest keep coming. We still have to have that mindset to keep the shutout, but unfortunately today wasn’t the day.”

U.S. U-17 MNT goalkeeper WILL PULISIC

On seeing more action versus Guatemala than the first two games:
"I’m always ready, that’s my job to back my team up. I’m expecting to get some shots and I’m expecting to make the saves I can make.”

On the giving up the first goal of the tournament in the third game:
“We always want to keep a shutout, but in the end scoring four goals is good. To give up one, it hurts but we’ll move on and learn from it. We’re just happy we won the game.”

On if a goalkeeper can feed off the offense to stay ready:
“Yea, of course. Whenever you score a goal you get excited, you get more into the game, and it gets you going. Whenever we score I’m happy.”

U-17 MNT vs. Guatemala: Highlights - March 5, 2015

Josh Perez's first half hat trick led the way in a 4-1 win for the U.S. U-17 MNT.

Selección Masculina Sub-17 Derrota 4-1 a Guatemala en Campeonato Sub-17 CONCACAF 2015

SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras (5 de marzo, 2015) – La Selección Masculina Sub-17 de Estados Unidos (3-0-0, 9 puntos) derrotó a Guatemala (1-2-0, 3 puntos) 4-1 en su tercer partido del Grupo A del Campeonato Sub-17 de CONCACAF 2015. Josh Pérez anotó un triplete en el primer tiempo y Pierre Da Silva añadió un gol en el segundo tiempo.

El triplete de Pérez marca el segundo para la Selección Sub-17 en el campeonato, ya que Joe Gallardo también logró la hazaña durante el primer partido, una victoria de 5-0 contra Cuba.

EE.UU. ahora se ha enfrentado a Guatemala en cinco ocasiones en un Campeonato Sub-17 de CONCACAF y tiene un registro perfecto de 5-0-0 contra Guatemala. Estados Unidos también mantiene la ventaja en diferencia de goles, sobrepasando a los centroamericanos 17-2.

El gol del guatemalteco Erick Soto en el minuto 65 rompió la racha de 245 minutos en el que la defensa estadounidense no había permitido un gol.

En el cuarto encuentro del Grupo A, Estados Unidos se medirá contra el anfitrión Honduras el domingo, 8 de marzo, a las 9:30 p.m. ET en vivo por FOX Sports 2 y Univisión Deportes. Con una victoria el domingo, Estados Unidos ganaría el Grupo A con 12 puntos y conseguiría su boleto automático a la Copa Mundial Sub-17 de la FIFA 2015.

En el primer partido del día del Grupo A, Cuba y Jamaica empataron 1-1. Trinidad y Tobago se enfrentará al anfitrión Honduras en el último partido de la noche.

Próximamente:
Estados Unidos se enfrenta al anfitrión Honduras el domingo, 8 de marzo, a las 9:30 p.m. ET en vivo por FOX Sports 2 y Univisión Deportes. Su paso por el Grupo A termina contra Jamaica (11 de marzo, 7 p.m. ET).
Información de transmisión: Univisión Deportes, FOX Sports 2
Social: Twitter (@ussoccer_ynt, @ussoccer_esp); Facebook; Instagram

Resumen de Goles:
USA – Josh Pérez, minuto 10: Después de una falta en contra de Guatemala, el mediocampista Christian Pulisic y el delantero Josh Pérez se alinearon fuera del área grande y desde el lado derecho para cobrar el tiro libre. Pulisic titubeó como si fuera a ir a cobrarlo, pero Pérez se fue con el pie izquierdo y mando el intento con una curva directo al fondo de la red para abrir el marcador. USA 1, GUA 0

USA – Josh Pérez, minuto 19 (Christian Pulisic): Desde el lado derecho, Pulisic le pasó el balón a Perez quien lo controló y llevo a la esquina izquierda del área grande. Desde esa punta, Perez remató de zurda y encontró el lado derecho del arco para su segundo tanto del partido. La asistencia fue la cuarta del torneo para Pulisic. USA 2, GUA 0.

USA – Josh Pérez, minuto 45 (penal): Christian Pulisic se estaba separando de sus tres defensas mientras que entraba al área grande, cuando Mario Rodas vino de atrás y le cometió falta. El árbitro indicó penal y Josh Pérez caminó hacia el centro del área para cobrarlo. Perez envió el balón al lado izquierdo, mientras que el portero Gilder Lemus se lanzó al lado derecho sin oportunidad alguna de conseguir la atajada. USA 3, GUA 0 (MEDIO TIEMPO)

USA – Pierre Da Silva, minuto 48 (Luca de la Torre): Jugando desde el centro del campo, Luca de la Torre centró el balón y corrió hasta la línea del área grande. Desde ahí le mandó un pase suave de pie derecho a Da Silva al lado izquierdo quien disparó nuevamente de zurda y consiguió meter el balón en la esquina izquierda del arco y detrás el portero guatemalteco. La asistencia fue la tercera del torneo para de la Torre. USA 4, GUA 0.

GUA – Erick Soto, minuto 65: Victor Valdez mandó el balón al centro del área después de cobrar un saque de esquina corto. La zaga estadounidense pudo despejar el cruce y mandarlo fuera del área grande pero Erick Soto estaba sólo fuera del área y recogió el disparo para enviarlo directo al poste derecho y por de las manos de Pulisic. USA 4, GUA 1 (FINAL)

Atajadas Claves y Oportunidades Peligrosas:
USA – Will Pulisic, minuto 16: Guatemala tenía una oportunidad peligrosa con John Méndez desde un tiro de esquina desde el lado izquierdo. Pulisic salió al área para despejar el balón con los puños. Guatemala se mantuvo activo en el ataque pero EE.UU. bloqueó el intento adicional y siguió con su ventaja de un gol.

USA – William Pulisic, minuto 27: Después de un tiro de esquina que parecía no tener peligro, la defensa guatemalteca recuperó el balón, lo jugó hacia la esquina izquierda del área grande y mandó un disparo de pierna derecha directamente hacia el arco. El portero William Pulisic estaba listo y brincó para bloquear el intento con ambas manos y desviarlo por encima del arco.

GUA – Gilder Lemus, minutos 80 y 81: Con el resultado cómodamente en favor de EE.UU., el portero guatemalteco se mantuvo tranquilo y bloqueó un intento de McKinze Gaines desde el lado izquierdo. Un minuto después, Brandon Vásquez tuvo un remate hacia el arco que nuevamente Lemus pudo atajar para prevenir más goles.

- Resumen de Juego de la Selección Masculina Sub-17 de Estados Unidos -

Encuentro: Selección Masculina Sub-17 de Estados Unidos vs. Guatemala
Fecha: 5 de marzo, 2015
Torneo: Campeonato Sub-17 de CONCACAF 2015; Grupo A
Sede: Estadio Francisco Morazán; San Pedro Sula, Honduras
Inicio: 6 p.m. ET
Asistencia: TBD
Clima: 88 grados; despejado con humedad

Resumen de anotaciones:      1 2 F
USA                                         3 1 4
GUA                                        0 1 1

USA – Josh Pérez                                                       minuto 10
USA – Josh Pérez (Christian Pulisic)                        19
USA – Josh Pérez (penal)                                          45
USA – Pierre Da Silva (Luca de la Torre)                 48
GUA – Erick Soto                                                       65

Alineaciones:
USA : 1-William Pulisic; 2-Matthew Olosunde (16-Thomas McCabe, 51), 4-Alexis Velela, 15-Daniel Barbir, 18-Tyler Adams; 6-Eric Calvillo (capt), 8-Luca de la Torre, 10-Christian Pulisic (3-John Nelson, 46); 11-Josh Pérez (13- McKinze Gaines, 77), 19-Brandon Vásquez, 17-Pierre Da Silva
Suplentes no utilizados: 5-Hugo Arellano, 7-Haji Wright, 9-Joe Gallardo, 12-Kevin Silva, 14-Tanner Dieterich, 20-Alejandro Zendejas
Director Técnico: Richie Williams

GUA: 12-Gilder Lemus; 2-David Ramos, 4-Fernando Fuentes (capt.), 5-Mario Rodas, 17-Abel Lemus (19-Oliver Díaz 53); 6-Stefan Behrens, 10-John Méndez, 11-Diego Raymundo (14-Erick Soto, 51), 13-Victor Valdez; 7-Esteban García, 20-Richard Rodríguez (16-Moises Orellana, 58)
Suplentes no utilizados: 1-Angel Castro; 3-Gonzalo Deras, 8-Alvaro Velásquez, 9-Francisco Spross, 15-Armando Aroche, 18-Juan Diego Riley
Director Técnico: Juan Manuel Funes

Resumen estadístico: USA / GUA
Tiros: 15 / 8
Tiros a Gol: 7 / 4
Atajadas: 3 / 3
Tiros de Esquina: 2 / 4
Faltas: 11 / 15
Fuera de Lugar: 0 / 1

Resumen de penalidades:
GUA – Diego Raymundo (amonestación)      minuto 23
GUA – Mario Rodas (amonestación)              69
GUA – Esteban Garcia (amonestación)           73

Árbitros:
Árbitro: Ricardo Montero (CRC)
Árbitro Asistente 1: Juan Mora (CRC)
Árbitro Asistente 2: Miguel Paredes (MEX)
Cuarto Oficial: Cesar Ramos (MEX)

Jugador del Partido: Josh Pérez

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