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U.S. WNT Defeats Mexico 4-0 in Final Tune-Up for CONCACAF Women's Championship

Amy Rodriguez, Megan Rapinoe, Tobin Heath and Alex Morgan Tally Goals;
USA Eyes 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship Starting Oct. 15 vs. Trinidad & Tobago at Sporting Park in Kansas City

U.S. WNT Wraps Up Two-Game Set Against Mexico on Sept. 18 in Rochester

U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Mexico
Sahlen’s Stadium; Rochester, New York
Sept. 18, 2014

U.S. WNT FINISHES TWO-GAME SET VS. MEXICO, LOOKS TO WWC QUALIFYING: Coming off a dominating 8-0 victory against Mexico on Sept. 13 in Sandy, Utah, the U.S. Women’s National Team will finish its two-game series against its southern neighbor – and possible opponent during the upcoming CONCACAF Women’s World Cup Qualifying tournament – on Sept. 18 in Rochester, New York (7 p.m. ET on ESPN2 and WatchESPN and delayed at 1 a.m. ET/10 p.m. PT on Univision Deportes Network).

This will be the final match for both countries before the start of the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship that will automatically send three teams to the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada. Fans can follow on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt and @ussoccer_esp. The USA is 9-2-3 so far in 2014 and will be playing its fifth match under head coach Jill Ellis since she was officially named to the position in May.

ROSTER SPOTS: The USA had a week of training in Salt Lake City before the first Mexico game, which was the longest training period U.S. head coach Jill Ellis has had with the team since taking over. Ellis and her staff will take full advantage of the 28-player roster. They will choose 18 players to suit up for this second match against Mexico and are tasked with the difficult challenge of choosing 20 players for the roster that will enter the Women’s World Cup qualifying tournament in October. Nineteen players arrived in camp on Sept. 5 with the eight who played in the NWSL Championship on Aug. 31 arriving into camp on Sept. 8. The USA’s lone college player, Morgan Brian, arrived on Sept. 8 after participating in her weekend college matches with the University of Virginia. Twenty-seven of the 28 players on the roster played in the NWSL this season with Brian, who is a senior, the only non-professional.




Result/Time (ET)

U.S. Goal Scorers/TV


Jan. 31


1-0 W


Toyota Stadium; Frisco, Texas

Feb. 8


7-0 W

Lloyd (2), Press (2), O’Reilly,

Leroux, Wambach

FAU Stadium; Boca Raton, Fla.

Feb. 13


8-0 W

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

Georgia Dome; Atlanta, Ga.

March 5


1-1 T


Parchal, Portugal

March 7


0-1 L


Albufeira, Portugal

March 10


3-5 L

Press, Leroux, Rapinoe

Albufeira, Portugal

March 12

Korea DPR^

3-0 W

Wambach (2), O’Reilly

Parchal, Portugal

April 6

China PR

2-0 W

Holiday, Rapinoe

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

April 10

China PR

3-0 W

Lloyd (2), Leroux

Qualcomm Stadium; San Diego, Calif.

May 8


1-1 T


Investors Group Field; Winnipeg, Canada

June 14


1-0 W


Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Fla.

June 19


2-2 T

Morgan (2)

Rentschter Field, East Hartford, Conn.

Aug. 20


4-1 W

Rapinoe, Lloyd, Press, Wambach

WakeMed Soccer Park, Cary, N.C.

Sept. 13


8-0 W

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

Rio Tinto Stadium; Sandy, Utah

Sept. 18


7 p.m.

ESPN2, WatchESPN, Univision Deportes Network

Sahlen’s Stadium, Rochester, N.Y.

Oct. 15


8:30 p.m.

Sporting Park; Kansas City, Kan.

Oct. 17


9 p.m.

Toyota Park; Bridgeview, Ill.

Oct. 20


7:30 p.m.

RFK Stadium; Washington, D.C.

^ Algarve Cup *2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship

#SOLO72: Against Mexico on Sept. 13, goalkeeper Hope Solo earned her 72nd shutout (in 154 caps) since debuting for the USA in 2000. Solo passed Briana Scurry’s record set over 173 caps from 1994-2008. 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, 42 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.

USA FACES TRINIDAD & TOBAGO, GUATEMALA AND HAITI IN QUALIFYING: The 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship, which will qualify three teams directly to the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup (and produce one playoff qualifier, as well), will be played from Oct. 15-26 in four host cities in the United States: Chicago, Kansas City, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. The USA opens Group A competition on Oct. 15 in Kansas City against Trinidad & Tobago (7:30 p.m. CT), then heads to Chicago to face Guatemala on Oct. 17 (8 p.m. CT) and finishes the first round in Washington, D.C., against Haiti on Oct. 20 (7:30 p.m. ET). Group B consists of Mexico, Costa Rica, Jamaica and Martinique (which is not a full-fledged member of FIFA and therefore cannot qualify for the CONCACAF Championship semifinals).

QUALIFYING FORMAT: The 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship features eight countries divided into two groups of four, with the top two finishers in each group after round-robin play moving on to the semifinals. All the countries will play one match in each of the three first-round venues. Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kansas; Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Illinois; and RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C., will each host two doubleheaders, one each for Groups A and B. PPL Park in Chester, Pennsylvania, near Philadelphia, will host the semifinals on Oct. 24, along with the third-place and championship games on Oct. 26. The two finalists and the winner of the third-place match will qualify directly for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada. The fourth-place team will enter a playoff with a South American country for a final berth.

WORLD RECORD AND COUNTING: After scoring twice in the first half against Mexico on Sept. 13, forward Abby Wambach hit 170 goals for her career. 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 Mexico marked the 109th win for the USA in a game in which Wambach has scored at least one goal (109-2-8). Wambach has scored 45 goals in her past 55 games over 2012, 2013 and 2014. She is also third all-time in assists with 65, behind only Kristine Lilly (105) and Hamm (144).

MORGAN IS BACK: Although she has played in just four games for the USA this year, Alex Morgan has shown that she is regaining the form which has made her one of the world’s most dangerous strikers. Coming off a two-goal, three-assist performance against Mexico, Morgan now has four goals in 2014. She returned to the U.S. team in June for the two matches against France, and her second-half appearance on June 14 in Tampa was her first since November of 2013, an absence due to injury of almost seven months. Morgan entered in the second half against France five days later in East Hartford, Connecticut, and scored two excellent goals to pull out the 2-2 draw. Those were Morgan’s first scores since June 2, 2012, when she scored twice against Canada in Toronto for a 3-0 U.S. victory. She now has 48 goals (10th all-time) in her 74 caps. Morgan, who played in 14 NWSL matches this past season, made her first start for the USA since her return from injury on Aug. 20 against Switzerland, playing 65 minutes.

12 IN, 12 TO GO: Switzerland, England, Spain, France, Norway and Germany have qualified from Europe for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup. The final round of matches is on Sept. 17 with Sweden likely to claim a seventh berth. With five teams having qualified from the 2014 Asian Women’s Cup – Japan, Australia, China PR, Korea Republic and Thailand – the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup now has 12 teams (including host Canada). 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. The remaining 12 countries will come from Europe (8 total: Switzerland, England, Spain, France, Norway and Germany plus 2 more, up from 4.5 + host in 2011), Africa (3, up for 2), CONCACAF (3.5 + host, up from 2.5) South America (2.5, up from 2) and Oceania (1, same as in 2011). The fourth-place finisher in CONCACAF will play the third-place finisher in South America in a two-game playoff for the final berth.

U.S. ROSTER BREAKDOWN: The USA’s 28-player roster features four goalkeepers, 10 defenders, nine midfielders and five forwards. An 18-player game day roster typically features two goalkeepers, six defenders, six midfielders and four forwards, although numerous U.S. players can play multiple positions to give Jill Ellis flexibility in choosing her roster to face Mexico. Of the USA’s 28 players, just seven are over 30 years old: team captain Christie Rampone (39), midfielder Shannon Boxx (37), forward Abby Wambach (34), goalkeeper Hope Solo (33), midfielder Carli Lloyd (32), goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart (32) and defender Ali Krieger (30). Rampone heads into the second game against Mexico with 296 caps as she is the most-capped active player in the world and second all-time in world history. The least-capped players are Alyssa Naeher (0), Ashlyn Harris (3), Julie Johnston (3) and Allie Long (4). Four players on the roster come into camp on the heels of their NWSL title with FC Kansas City: Becky Sauerbrunn, Nicole Barnhart, Lauren Holiday and Amy Rodriguez.

U.S. Women’s National Team By Position – Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (4): Nicole Barnhart (FC Kansas City), Alyssa Naeher (Boston Breakers), Ashlyn Harris (Washington Spirit), Hope Solo (Seattle Reign FC)
DEFENDERS (10): Stephanie Cox (Seattle Reign FC), Crystal Dunn (Washington Spirit), Whitney Engen (Houston Dash), Julie Johnston (Chicago Red Stars), Meghan Klingenberg (Houston Dash), Ali Krieger (Washington Spirit), Kelley O’Hara (Sky Blue FC), Christie Rampone (Sky Blue FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City), Rachel Van Hollebeke (Portland Thorns FC)
MIDFIELDERS (9): Shannon Boxx (Chicago Red Stars), Morgan Brian (Virginia), Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC), Lauren Holiday (FC Kansas City), Carli Lloyd (WNY Flash), Allie Long (Portland Thorns FC), Kristie Mewis (Boston Breakers), Heather O’Reilly (Boston Breakers), Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign FC)
FORWARDS (5): Sydney Leroux (Seattle Reign FC), Alex Morgan (Portland Thorns FC), Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars), Amy Rodriguez (FC Kansas City), Abby Wambach (WNY Flash)


  • Twenty-nine players have seen game action for the USA in 2014, including first-cappers Samantha Mewis, Sarah Hagan and Allie Long. Long is the only player from this group on the current roster.
  • Lauren 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.
  • Abby Wambach is the USA’s top scorer on the roster with 170 goals. After Wambach, midfielder Carli Lloyd is the top scorer with 51 career international goals, followed by Alex Morgan (48) and Heather O’Reilly (41). Sydney Leroux is quickly climbing the charts with 32.
  • Amy 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 27 international scores to match Shannon Boxx and Joy Fawcett for 18th all-time.
  • Leroux is the USA’s leading scorer this year with eight goals. Wambach has seven and Lloyd and Christen Press have five goals each. Lloyd and Press each have four assists, best on the team this year.
  • Press is scoring at a one-goal-per-two-games clip, finding the net 13 times in her first 26 WNT games.
  • Julie Johnston gets her fourth consecutive call-up after a fine season with the Chicago Red Stars in which she was named NWSL Rookie of the Year while scoring her team’s first and last goals of the season. Prior to these call-ups, she had not been with the WNT since the February matches against Russia and got her first international minutes of the year and her third cap against Switzerland on Aug. 20, playing the entire second half.
  • Midfielder Allie Long earns her fourth call-up after getting her first cap on May 8 against Canada, coming on for Morgan Brian in the 68th minute. Long played in the 2006 FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup in Russia with current WNT players Tobin Heath, Kelley O’Hara, Stephanie Cox, Lauren Holiday and Rodriguez. Long started both games against France, playing 90 minutes in the first game and 60 minutes in the second. She played the final six minutes against Switzerland on Aug. 20.
  • All nine NWSL clubs are represented on the roster.


  • The USA’s current 86-game unbeaten streak at home (75-0-11 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).
  • 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 207 is now eighth on the USA’s all-time list.
  • O’Reilly is the second-youngest player to hit 200 caps for the USA. Kristine Lilly was 28 years old, 9 months, 15 days when she earned cap No. 200 on May 7, 2000. O’Reilly was 29 years old, 2 months, 10 days when she earned her 200th cap.
  • O’Reilly is currently tied for sixth all-time in assists with Shannon MacMillan with 50.
  • In addition to breaking Mia Hamm’s world scoring record, Abby Wambach’s June 20, 2013, performance against the Korea Republic also made her the USA’s all-time leader in multiple-goal games with 39 for her career. She has since added another on March 12 against Korea DPR and another on Sept. 13 vs. Mexico and sits at 41. She has 34 two-goal games, five hat tricks, one four-goal game and one five-goal game.
  • With her goal vs. Switzerland on Aug. 20, Wambach joined Hamm as the only WNT players to reach 400 points in their career. Wambach has 405 points (170 goals, 65 assists) and Hamm had 460 (158 goals, 144 assists).
  • Carli Lloyd’s goal on Oct. 27 against New Zealand gave her 46 goals in her career and moved her past Julie Foudy into ninth on the all-time scoring list. Lloyd scored her first two of the year against Russia on Feb. 8 and added another two-goal game on April 10 against China PR to become the ninth player in U.S. history to score 50 or more goals. She added one more against Switzerland from the penalty spot on Aug. 20 to run her total to 51. She is also the highest-scoring player in U.S. history who has played exclusively as a midfielder.
  • In the Jan. 31 match against Canada, defender Becky Sauerbrunn became the 46th player in U.S. Women’s National Team history to hit 50 caps. She now has 63, which ties her for 41st all-time. Sydney Leroux became the 47th to hit 50 (she now has 55) on April 10 vs. China PR and Ali Krieger will become the 48th with her next cap.
  • Defender Christie Rampone is second all-time for the USA and in the world with 296 caps, trailing only Lilly (352 caps from 1987-2010).
  • With two more goals, Alex Morgan would become the 10th player in U.S. history to score 50 or more.


  • 0.79: Goals per game the USA has allowed in 2014
  • 1: USA’s FIFA ranking
  • 3: Players who have appeared in all 14 games in 2014: Heather O’Reilly, Christen Press and Becky Sauerbrunn
  • 3.14: Goals per game the USA has scored in 2014
  • 4: Assists by Carli Lloyd and Christen press in 2014, most on the team
  • 11: U.S. players to score a goal in 2014
  • 13: Goals in 25 career games for U.S. forward Christen Press
  • 51: Career goals by Lloyd, most ever for a WNT player who has played exclusively as a midfielder
  • 68: Minutes on the field per goal averaged by Sydney Leroux in her career
  • 72: Career shutouts by Hope Solo, the USA’s all-time record
  • 89: Minutes on the field per goal averaged by Alex Morgan in her career
  • 99: Minutes on field per goal averaged by Abby Wambach in her career
  • 109: U.S. victories when Wambach scores a goal (109-2-8 overall)
  • 130: Minutes on field per goal averaged by Mia Hamm in her career
  • 296: Caps by Christie Rampone, second all-time to Kristine Lilly (352)

JILL ELLIS FACT FILE : After her second stint as interim head coach for the U.S. Women’s National Team, 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 9-0-3. 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.

Federación Mexicana de Fútbol Asociación, A.C.
Founded: 1927 (Joined FIFA in 1929)
Head Coach: Leo Cuellar
FIFA World Ranking: 25
FIFA World Cups: 1999, 2011
Best FIFA World Cup Finish: Group play (1999-16th, 2011-11th)

Mexico Women’s National Team Roster by Position
GOALKEEPERS (2): 1-Cecilia Santiago (Unattached), 12-Brissa Rangel (Real Celeste)
DEFENDERS (7): 2-Arianna Romero (Houston Dash), 3-Monica Alvarado (TCU), 4-Alina Garciamendez (Unattached), 5-Paulina Solis (Once Mexico), 13-Bianca Sierra (Boston Breakers), 14-Christina Murillo (Michigan), 15-Guadalupe Cruzaley (Club Tijuana)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Liliana Mercado (Universidad de las Americas), 7-Nayeli Rangel (Unattached), 8-Teresa Noyola (Houston Dash), 10-Stephany Mayor (Universidad de las Americas), 11-Kenti Robles (Espanyol de Barcelona), 17-Veronica Perez (Washington Spirit)
FORWARDS (6): 9-Tanya Samarzich (USC), 16-Jazmine Ponce (Arizona), 18-Jackie Acevedo (Portland Thorns FC), 19-Luz Duarte (Juventus Sov), 20-Charlyn Corral (Merilappi United), 21-Lizbeth Angeles (Investigadoras PF)


  • Five players on Mexico’s 18-player roster come from NWSL clubs, including Washington Spirit midfielder Veronica Perez and Portland Thorns FC forward Jackie Acevedo whose teams advanced to this year’s semifinals. Perez scored her team’s lone goal in the 2-1 semifinal loss to the Seattle Reign. It was her only goal of the year.
  • Other NWSL players include Houston Dash teammates Arianna Romero and Teresa Noyola and Boston Breakers defender Bianca Sierra.
  • Romero, a Phoenix-area native, was the 2013 Big Ten Conference Defender of the Year at Nebraska.
  • Noyola was the 2011 Hermann Trophy winner, awarded to the top collegiate player. She became the third straight Stanford player to earn the honor, with the previous winners being the USA’s Kelley O’Hara (2009) and Christen Press (2010). Noyola played for the USA at the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup (playing in two matches) before switching associations.
  • Acevedo was born in Austin, Texas, and played collegiately for Tennessee (2008) and Southern Nazarene (2009-11) in Oklahoma.
  • Mexico 19-year-old goalkeeper Cecilia Santiago is the youngest goalkeeper to ever appear in a FIFA Women’s World Cup. At 16 years and 251 days old, she played during Mexico’s 1-1 draw against England in Group B play on June 27, 2011, in the World Cup in Germany.
  • Four Mexico players compete collegiately in the USA: defender Monica Alvarado at TCU, defender Christina Murillo at Michigan, forward Jazmine Ponce at Arizona and forward Tanya Samarzich at USC.


  • The USA has put up 15 goals against Mexico in its past two meetings. The match prior to the USA’s 8-0 victory on Sept. 13 came a year and 10 days earlier on Sept. 3, 2013, in Washington, D.C., when the U.S. won 7-0 for its largest victory against Mexico since 2002. In that match, Abby Wambach opened the scoring in the 11th minute and then Sydney Leroux scored four consecutive goals in a 20-minute span in the first half. Rachel Buehler (now Van Hollebeke) and Morgan Brian added the final goals. Brian’s tally was her first with the WNT.
  • On Sept. 13, Mexico’s Alina Garciamendez scored an own goal in the 12th minute, followed by Abby Wambach scoring twice sandwiched around an Alex Morgan goal to make it 4-0 at halftime. The USA scored four times on the other side of halftime, from Morgan, Whitney Engen (her second-career goal), Sydney Leroux and Heather O’Reilly.
  • The USA’s previous game with Mexico before the one in the nation’s capital came on Jan. 24, 2012, a 4-0 U.S. victory during group play at the CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Vancouver, Canada. Carli Lloyd registered her first-career hat trick in that match and Heather O’Reilly added a goal as the Americans clinched a semifinal berth with the win.
  • The USA has dominated the all-time series against Mexico, holding a 28-1-1 record. Before the past three dominating victories, the previous three matches were one-goal affairs, including a 2-1 loss for the USA on Nov. 5, 2010, during 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup Qualifying in Cancun, Mexico. That setback forced the USA into the third-place match of that tournament (which it won) and into a two-game playoff against Italy that the Americans took 2-0 on aggregate.
  • This will be the fourth match of 2014 for the USA against a CONCACAF foe following the two games against Canada earlier this year in January and May. The USA has played seven matches against European teams and four matches against Asian teams so far this year.
  • Mexico is the third-ranked team in CONCACAF and ranked 25th in the world. With 3.5 berths (in addition to host Canada) available to the CONCACAF region for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada, Mexico is a favorite to qualify for the tournament.
  • Abby Wambach has scored more goals against Mexico than against any other team, pounding in 22 against the USA’s southern neighbor.

On the field for the USA:
Sept. 13, 2014 – Rio Tinto Stadium; Sandy, Utah

USA      8     Own Goal 12; Wambach 23, 41; Morgan 36, 56; Engen 58, Leroux 71, O’Reilly 75
MEX     0

USA: 1-Hope Solo; 14-Stephanie Cox (19-Crystal Dunn, 46), 4-Becky Sauerbrunn (6-Whitney Engen 46), 3-Christie Rampone (capt.), 25-Meghan Klingenberg; 12-Lauren Holiday, 10-Carli Lloyd (7-Morgan Brian, 71), 15-Megan Rapinoe (2-Sydney Leroux, 60); 23-Christen Press (9-Heather O’Reilly, 60), 20-Abby Wambach (17-Tobin Heath, 60), 13-Alex Morgan
Substitutions Not Used: 24-Ashlyn Harris
Head Coach: Jill Ellis

MEX: 1-Cecilia Santiago; 2-Arianna Romero, 4-Alina Garciamendez (capt.), 5-Paulina Solis, 13-Bianca Sierra; 6-Liliana Mercado (3-Monica Alvarado, 57), 7-Nayeli Rangel, 10-Stephany Mayor, 11-Kenti Robles (20-Charlyn Corral, 46), 17-Veronica Perez (21-Lizbeth Angeles, 88); 9-Tanya Samarzich (19-Luz Duarte, 67)
Substitutions Not Used: 8-Teresa Noyola, 12-Brissa Rangel, 14-Christina Murillo, 15-Guadalupe Cruzaley, 16-Jazmine Ponce, 18-Jackie Acevedo
Head coach: Leonardo Cuellar

Rochester Revisited

The U.S. Women’s National Team will make its sixth appearance in Rochester, New York, when it hosts Mexico on Thursday, Sept. 18, at Sahlen’s Stadium (7 p.m. ET, ESPN2, Watch ESPN, delayed broadcast on Univision Deportes Network).

The USA has won all five previous matches in Rochester, most recently an 8-0 victory against Costa Rica on Sept. 1, 2012. The U.S. WNT will play for the fourth time at Sahlen’s Stadium, with two of the games played at the venue when it was named Rhinos Stadium.

The other two matches the USA played in Rochester were at Frontier Field in 1998 (4-0 win against Russia) and 2004 (4-3 win against Iceland), before the soccer-specific stadium was built.

Abby Wambach

The trip marks the return of Abby Wambach to her hometown where she is a local hero. The USA has some history in Rochester as it was the site of both Wambach’s and Mia Hamm’s 100th career goals.

Hamm’s 100th tally came at Frontier Field against Russia in 1998, and Wambach’s was the lone tally during a 1-0 win against Canada on July 19, 2009.

Wambach and midfielder Carli Lloyd both play their club soccer at Sahlen’s Stadium for the National Women’s Soccer League’s Western New York Flash.

Carli Lloyd and Heather Mitts

U.S. WNT Routs Mexico 8-0 as Hope Solo Earns Record 72nd Clean Sheet

SANDY, Utah (Sept. 13, 2014) – The U.S. Women’s National Team rolled over Mexico in the first of a two-game set against its CONCACAF foe, scoring four goals in each half to win 8-0 at Rio Tinto Stadium.

Alex Morgan scored two goals and assisted three others.  Abby Wambach also recorded a brace and goalkeeper Hope Solo earned the clean sheet to break the U.S. WNT record with the 72nd shutout of her career. Solo surpassed the previous shut-out mark of 71 held by Briana Scurry.

The U.S. played a dominant and well-rounded match as second-half subs Whitney Engen, Sydney Leroux and Heather O’Reilly added goals, and the U.S. benefited from an own goal in the opening minutes.

The USA and Mexico meet again on Thursday, Sept. 18, at Sahlen’s Stadium in Rochester, New York (7 p.m. ET on ESPN2 and Watch ESPN with and a delayed broadcast at 1 a.m. ET/10 p.m. PT on Univision Deportes Network). These matches serve as the USA’s final preparation heading into CONCACAF Women’s Championship, which starts in mid-October.

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Own Goal (Alina Garciamendez), 11th minute: The U.S. WNT earned a gift early on when Alex Morgan’s lead pass toward Abby Wambach was skipped to Garciamendez. Though she was able to intercept, Garciamendez’s attempted clear deflected over Mexico goalkeeper Cecilia Santiago who was well off her line, bounced once and crossed the goal line. USA 1, MEX 0 

USA – Abby Wambach (Alex Morgan), 23rd minute: Megan Rapinoe set up the sequence with a dish to Morgan down the left sideline. Morgan brought the ball toward the end line, and despite having her first cross blocked, calmly set up Wambach with a second pass just outside the six-yard box. Wambach’s left-footed shot got through the Mexico defense and past Cecilia Santiago to signal a long night for Mexico. USA 2, MEX 0 

USA – Alex Morgan (unassisted), 36th minute: Mexico defender Bianca Sierra made a shaky decision on a lofted pass toward her own box. The ball bounced off her chest as she retreated toward her own goal and Morgan, who was running alongside her, won the ball and sent a right-footed chip over Santiago into the net. USA 3, MEX 0

USA – Abby Wambach (Alex Morgan), 41st minute: The USA kept its foot on the gas as Morgan had plenty of space on the right side of the box. She crossed, and even though Cecilia Santiago managed to get a fingertip on the ball, it was not enough to push the ball out of the path of Wambach who slotted it home for the 170th tally of her career and the seventh of this year. USA 4, MEX 0 

USA – Alex Morgan (Christen Press), 56th minute: A quick passing sequence found Press in the right side of the box and she sent a smooth-rolling pass to Morgan near the right post. She slotted home with her right foot to open the second-half scoring. USA 5, MEX 0

USA – Whitney Engen (Christen Press), 58th minute: Off of Megan Rapinoe’s corner kick from the right side, Press rose among the pack and headed to the right side of the goal box. Engen delivered her snap header into the upper right corner for her first goal of the year and second of her career. USA 6, MEX 0

USA – Sydney Leroux (Lauren Holiday), 71st minute:  Second-half sub Leroux, the team’s leading goal scorer in 2014, got into the act on a set piece chance. Holiday took the right-footed corner kick from the left side and her driven cross was met by Leroux who powered her header home from the top of the six-yard box. USA 7, MEX 0

USA – Heather O’Reilly (Alex Morgan), 75th minute:  Lauren Holiday played a superb through ball to Morgan on the left side of the box. Though Mexico’s defense deflected Morgan’s first cross attempt, Morgan stuck with it and found O’Reilly for a left-footed shot from six yards out to cap off the scoring. USA 8, MEX 0 (FINAL) 

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
MEX – Cecilia Santiago, 45th minute: The scoring damage had already been done, but Mexico’s 19-year-old goalkeeper tried to keep Mexico’s faint hopes alive with a diving save just before halftime. Megan Rapinoe rocketed a right-footed shot from about 17 yards out, and her attempt to the near left post was parried away by Santiago for a USA corner kick. 

MEX – Cecilia Santiago, 52nd minute: From 20 yards out, Alex Morgan launched a left-footed shot headed toward the near right side of the frame, but Santiago smothered it with the diving save to her left. 

Milestone Watch:

  • Hope Solo’s U.S. record 72 clean sheets have been posted over 154 games starting in 2000. Briana Scurry’s previous record of 71 shutouts were accumulated over 173 matches.
  • Solo’s first cap and shutout in April of 2000 was also an 8-0 match, that win over Iceland.
  • Center back Christie Rampone played in her 296th match as she continues to inch closer to 300 caps. Only Kristine Lilly has appeared in more games for the USA (352 games from 1987-2010).
  • Abby Wambach upped her all-time record goal scoring total to 170 with her brace. She is now 12 goals ahead of the legendary Mia Hamm (158 goals from 1987-2004).
  • With her two assists to Wambach, Alex Morgan now has 31 for her career. That moves her ahead of Lauren Holiday for 12th on the all-time list.
  • Carli Lloyd played in her 175th match. With her next appearance, Lloyd will tie Shannon MacMillan for 12th on the USA’s all-time list. MacMillan had 176 caps from 1993-2005.
  • Morgan is currently 10th on the all-time goal scoring list with 48 following Saturday’s brace. Morgan sits three goals behind Lloyd.

Next on the Schedule:
The U.S. WNT and Mexico square off in a rematch on Thursday, Sept. 18, at Sahlen’s Stadium in Rochester, New York (7 p.m. ET).

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Additional Notes:

  • The USA is now 9-2-3 in 2014.
  • Hope Solo moved to 119-9-18 for her career. She is second only to Briana Scurry for all-time wins (Scurry went 133-12-14 from 1994-2008).
  • The USA improved to 109-2-8 when Abby Wambach scores a goal.
  • The U.S. is now 28-1-1 all-time against Mexico.
  • U.S. head coach Jill Ellis’ starting lineup featured Hope Solo in goal and a defensive group of Meghan Klingenberg at left back, Stephanie Cox at right back and Becky Sauerbrunn and Christine Rampone as the center backs. Rampone wore the captain’s armband.
  • The midfield corps in the 4-3-3 included Megan Rapinoe on the left side, Lauren Holiday on the right and Carli Lloyd in the center.
  • The USA’s front line included Christen Press, Alex Morgan and Abby Wambach.
  • To open the second half, Ellis made two defensive substitutions with Crystal Dunn replacing Cox and Whitney Engen in for Sauerbrunn.
  • In the 60th minute, Sydney Leroux, Tobin Heath and Heather O’Reilly were brought in for Rapinoe, Wambach and Press, respectively.
  • Morgan Brian served as the final substitution for Lloyd in the 71st minute.
  • Sauerbrunn, Press and O’Reilly are the only U.S. WNT players to have seen action in all 14 matches in 2014.

-U.S. Women’s National Team Report-

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Mexico
Date: Sept. 13, 2014
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Rio Tinto Stadium
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. MT
Attendance: 8,849
Weather: 79 degrees, mostly sunny

Scoring Summary:   1      2      F
USA                               4      4      8
MEX                               0      0      0                                                       

USA – Own Goal (Alina Garciamendez)                  12th minute
USA – Abby Wambach (Alex Morgan)                    23
USA – Alex Morgan                                                         36
USA – Abby Wambach (Alex Morgan)                    41
USA – Alex Morgan (Christen Press)                       56
USA – Whitney Engen (Christen Press)                  58
USA – Sydney Leroux (Lauren Holiday)                  71
USA – Heather O’Reilly (Alex Morgan)                   75

USA: 1-Hope Solo; 14-Stephanie Cox (19-Crystal Dunn, 46), 4-Becky Sauerbrunn (6-Whitney Engen 46), 3-Christie Rampone (capt.), 25-Meghan Klingenberg; 12-Lauren Holiday, 10-Carli Lloyd (7-Morgan Brian, 71), 15-Megan Rapinoe (2-Sydney Leroux, 60); 23-Christen Press (9-Heather O’Reilly, 60), 20-Abby Wambach (17-Tobin Heath, 60), 13-Alex Morgan
Substitutions Not Used: 24-Ashlyn Harris
Head Coach: Jill Ellis

MEX: 1-Cecilia Santiago; 2-Arianna Romero, 4-Alina Garciamendez (capt.), 5-Paulina Solis, 13-Bianca Sierra; 6-Liliana Mercado (3-Monica Alvarado, 57), 7-Nayeli Rangel, 10-Stephany Mayor, 11-Kenti Robles (20-Charlyn Corral, 46), 17-Veronica Perez (21-Lizbeth Angeles, 88); 9-Tanya Samarzich (19-Luz Duarte, 67)
Substitutions Not Used: 8-Teresa Noyola, 12-Brissa Rangel, 14-Christina Murillo, 15-Guadalupe Cruzaley, 16-Jazmine Ponce, 18-Jackie Acevedo
Head coach: Leonardo Cuellar

Stats Summary: USA / MEX
Shots:  25 / 8
Shots on Goal: 10 / 1
Saves: 1 / 3
Corner Kicks: 7 / 1
Fouls: 10 / 10
Offside: 7 / 2

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Lauren Holiday (caution)                 64th minute

Referee: Vilma Montez (SLV)
Assistant Referee 1: Elizabeth Aguilar (SLV)
Assistant Referee 2: Ivonne Ayala (SLV)
Fourth Official: Melissa Borjas (HON)

Budweiser Woman of the Match: Hope Solo