CHICAGO (June 23, 2016) – U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Jill Ellis has named 24 players to a training camp roster ahead of the July 9 match against South Africa at Soldier Field in Chicago (12 p.m. CT on FS1).
The game will mark the first meeting with South Africa [TICKETS] and it will be the USA’s second-to-last match before departing for Brazil with the final Olympic send-off game taking place on July 22 vs. Costa Rica at Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kansas (8 p.m. CT on ESPN) [TICKETS].
“We’re looking forward to finalizing our Olympic roster,” said Ellis. “We have been evaluating players since our Victory Tour last year, so we are anticipating a great camp and finishing that process. It’s exciting to play a new opponent and South Africa instantly has our respect for earning an Olympic berth from Africa.”
Twenty-two of the players were on the roster for the USA’s two early June friendlies against Japan, but two familiar faces make their returns. U.S. co-captain Carli Lloyd is back on the roster after missing the Japan matches with a knee injury and should be available for selection. Also on the roster for the first time since last December is midfielder Megan Rapinoe, who is continuing her recovery from ACL surgery. Rapinoe is in camp for training and evaluation and will not play in the match.
U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo comes into the match with 99 career shutouts and the possibility of hitting 100, making her the first goalkeeper in U.S. and world history to achieve that milestone. Solo has nine shutouts in her 10 wins in 2016.
Tickets for the match in Chicago are on sale through ussoccer.com, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and at all Ticketmaster ticket centers throughout Chicagoland (including Walmart stores). [Note: Tickets are not sold at Soldier Field except on the day of the event.] Groups of 20 or more can order at ussoccer.com.
Tickets for the match in Kansas City are on sale through ussoccer.com, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and at all Ticketmaster ticket centers throughout the Kansas City area (including Hen House Markets). [Note: Tickets will not be sold at the Children’s Mercy Park ticket office except for the day of the event.] Purchases are limited to eight tickets per household.
Ultimate Fan Tickets (special VIP packages that include a premium ticket, a custom-made official U.S. National Team jersey with name and number, VIP access to the field before and after the games, and other unique benefits) are also available exclusively through ussoccer.com.
U.S. Women’s National Team Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Ashlyn Harris (Orlando Pride), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars), Hope Solo (Seattle Reign FC)
DEFENDERS (9): Whitney Engen (Boston Breakers), Jaelene Hinkle (Western New York Flash), Julie Johnston (Chicago Red Stars), Meghan Klingenberg (Portland Thorns FC), Ali Krieger (Washington Spirit), Gina Lewandowski (FC Bayern Munich), Kelley O’Hara (Sky Blue FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City), Emily Sonnett (Portland Thorns FC)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Morgan Brian (Houston Dash), Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC), Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC), Carli Lloyd (Houston Dash), Allie Long (Portland Thorns FC), Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign FC), Samantha Mewis (Western New York Flash), Heather O’Reilly (FC Kansas City)
FORWARDS (4): Crystal Dunn (Washington Spirit), Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride), Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars), Mallory Pugh (Real Colorado)
- The USA’s 2016 Olympic roster will feature 18 players made up of 16 field players and two goalkeepers.
- The USA is 12-0-1 in 2016 heading into its final two matches before the Olympics, having scored 47 goals and allowed four.
- The match against South Africa will be the first meeting between the two countries in women’s international play, just the second African country the USA has faced in its history and marks the first-ever friendly against an African team. The Americans have played Nigeria four times, all in World Cup or Olympic competition.
- South Africa, which qualified for its second consecutive Olympic Women’s Soccer Tournament, was drawn into a difficult Group E with Brazil, China and Sweden.
- In its first women’s FIFA event at the 2012 Olympics, South Africa did not advance out of its group, falling 4-1 to Sweden and losing 3-0 to Canada, but then drawing 0-0 with eventual silver medalist Japan.
- The U.S. Women have played 11 matches in Chicago, but have not played at Soldier Field since 2007.
- The USA has never lost in Chicago, home to the U.S. Soccer Federation headquarters, going 4-0-1 at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Ill., and 6-0-0 at Soldier Field. Four of those matches came before the massive renovation of the stadium, which originally opened in 1924. The WNT’s most recent visit to the historic venue resulted in a 6-1 victory against New Zealand on Aug. 12, 2007.
The attack in Orlando was unspeakable. Conceived in hatred. Intended to hurt and divide.
Instead, we choose to unite.
“One Nation. One Team.” It’s a theme that represents the heart of U.S. Soccer and has long inspired our Men’s and Women’s National Teams, particularly when competing on the stage of an international tournament.
We return to that stage on Thursday night with a simplified message:
One Nation that takes pride in individuality, but comes together for one goal.
One Nation that loves courageously – our team, our fans and each other.
One Nation that sings together, cheers together and stands together.
One Nation that finds strength in unity and victory in solidarity.
One Nation that refuses to be silenced.
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El ataque en Orlando es algo que nos ha dejado sin palabras. Un acto originado por el odio, con la intención de herir y separarnos como seres humanos.
No. Eso no lo vamos a permitir. Para nosotros, triunfa la unión.
“Una Nación. Un Equipo.” Es una frase que representa el corazón de U.S. Soccer y por mucho tiempo a inspirado a nuestras selecciones nacionales, particularmente cuando compiten en un torneo internacional.
Nosotros regresamos al escenario competitivo el jueves con un mensaje simple:
Una Nación que se enorgullece en su individualidad, pero siempre se une por un objetivo.
Una Nación que ama con pasión – a nuestro equipo, aficionados y a nuestro prójimo.
Una Nación que canta, se apoya y se pone de pie junta.
Una Nación que encuentra la fuerza en la unidad, y la victoria en la solidaridad.
Una Nación que se rehúsa a ser silenciada.
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CLEVELAND, Ohio (June 5, 2016) – The U.S. Women’s National Team defeated Japan 2-0 on goals from Julie Johnston and Alex Morgan in front of 23,535 fans – a record attendance for a WNT game in the State of Ohio – in a match that was abandoned in the 76th minute due to inclement weather.
After a thrilling 3-3 draw last Thursday in the teams’ first meeting since the historic 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup Final, the USA put in a dominant performance in the second leg of this two-game set, controlling large swaths of the game and generating numerous goal scoring opportunities while holding firm defensively. The USA held Japan to just two shots on goal.
Johnston scored what proved to be the game-winner in the 27th minute with her eighth career goal, all of set plays, before Morgan capped things off in the 62nd with her team leading 11th goal of 2016.
With the U.S. in control of the match, both teams began introducing numerous second half substitutions, but after playing almost the entire match under sunny skies, the weather abruptly took a turn for the worse and in the 76th minute the match officials were forced to send the players back to the locker room due to lightning and heavy rain. After a long delay, and with more bad weather rolling in, the matched was called off.
U.S. Soccer is awaiting final word from FIFA as to whether the match and all the statistics will count as official.
The U.S. WNT will finish its preparations for the 2016 Olympics in Rio next month, beginning with the first match in team history against South Africa at Soldier Field in Chicago on July 9 (12 p.m. CT; FS1). The team will play a second match later in July against an as yet to be announced opponent before departing for the Olympics.
Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Julie Johnston (Allie Long), 27th minute: The U.S. won a free kick near the right sideline just inside Japan’s half of the field that Morgan Brian sent toward the top of the penalty area. Ami Sugita miss-hit her attempted clearance and the ball fell to Megan Klingenberg, who tapped it back into the left side of the penalty area to Allie Long. Long dribbled into the box before whipping a low cross to the far post where Johnston had gotten in front of her marker to easily redirect the ball into the net. USA 1, JPN 0 (SEE GOAL)
USA – Alex Morgan (Crystal Dunn), 62nd minute: Julie Johnston sent a long ball over the Japan backline down the right wing for Crystal Dunn to run onto. Dunn sprinted into the attacked third and spun a first-time cross low across the face of goal for Alex Morgan who slipped between a pair of Japan defenders to redirect the ball into the roof of the net for the game-capping goal. USA 2, JPN 0 (SEE GOAL) FINAL
Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
JPN – Erina Yamane, 1st minute: The USA came flying out of the gates from the opening whistle and immediately put Japan’s defense under pressure. Crystal Dunn got down the right flank and picked out Christen Press, who was cutting into the box. Press saw her point blank shot saved by on rushing Japan goalkeeper. The rebound fell to Alex Morgan in the middle of the penalty area and her goal-bound shot hit teammate Allie Long. The USA got another crack at goal, but it was cleared away by a defender with Yamane still finding her footing after making the initial save.
JPN – Erina Yamane, 8th minute: Christen Press got in behind the Japan defense down its left flank and cut past a defender before centering the ball for Allie Long, who was making a trailing run out of midfield. Long had a good look at goal, but her low shot right at Yamane who was able to get down and smother.
JPN – Erin Yamane, 46th minute: Alex Morgan muscled her way past a Japan defender to earn a one-vs.-one chance and after creating a bit of space for herself, she unleashed a dipping shot from just outside the penalty area that required Yamane to reach at full stretch in order to it palm away and keep the U.S. from moving further ahead early in the second half.
Next on the Schedule: The U.S. WNT returns to action when it meets South Africa for a friendly for the first time in team history at Soldier Field in Chicago on July 9 (12 p.m. CT; FS1).
- Hope Solo, who earned her 196th cap, earned the 99th shutout of her career, and with two games left before the Olympics, could become the first goalkeeper to reach 100 before the USA leaves for Brazil. The USA plays South Africa for the first time in team history on July 9 at Soldier Field in Chicago and will play a yet to be announced match in late July.
- The 23,535 fans at today’s game mark the largest crowd to watch the WNT in the state of Ohio. The previous record was 23,101 at Columbus Crew Stadium on Oct. 3, 1999 vs. South Korea.
- Alex Morgan now has seven career goals vs. Japan, the most she has vs. any country.
- Morgan has now scored in seven games of the 11 she’s played in 2016, and with four multi-goal games so far, has a total of 11 goals in 2016.
- Morgan now has 67 career goals and 18 multi-goal games for the USA.
- The only other time Morgan scored double-digit goals for the USA in a calendar year was in 2012, which, coincidently, also happened to be an Olympic year.
- Julie Johnston scored her third goal of 2016 and eighth career goal. All have come off set pieces.
- Allie Long notched her second career assist for the WNT.
- U.S. Women’s National Team Match Report -
Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Japan
Date: June 5, 2016
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: FirstEnergy Stadium; Cleveland, Ohio
Kickoff: 1 p.m. ET
Weather: 74 degrees, mostly cloudy (Abandoned in 76th minute due to inclement weather).
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 1 1 2
JPN 0 0 0
USA – Julie Johnston (Allie Long) 27th minute
USA – Alex Morgan (Crystal Dunn) 62
USA: 1-Hope Solo; 5-Kelley O’Hara, 8-Julie Johnston, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn (capt.), 7-Meghan Klingenberg; 14-Morgan Brian (20-Lindsey Horan, 57), 23-Allie Long, 12-Christen Press; 16-Crystal Dunn (11- Ali Krieger, 75), 13-Alex Morgan, 17-Tobin Heath
Subs Not Used: 3-Samantha Mewis, 6-Whitney Engen, 9-Heather O’Reilly, 15-Emily Sonnett, 21-Alyssa Naeher
Head coach: Jill Ellis
JPN: 1-Erina Yamane; 5-Yuri Kawamura (2-Saori Ariyoshi, 56),15-Hikari Takagi, 4-Saki Kumagai, 6-Rumi Utsugi (capt.); 17-Ami Sugita (7-Emi Nakajima 46), 10-Mizuho Sakaguchi, 14-Yu Nakasato, 13-Rika Masuya (19-Mayu Sasaki, 65); 11-Yuika Sugasawa (8-Sonoko Chiba, 46), 16-Mana Iwabuchi (20-Kumi Yokoyama, 64)
Subs Not Used: 3-Tomoko Muramatsu, 12-Ayaka Yamashita, 18-Sakiko Ikeda
Head coach: Asako Takakura
Stats Summary: USA / JPN
Shots: 11 / 3
Shots on Goal: 9 / 2
Saves: 2 / 4
Corner Kicks: 3 / 2
Fouls: 5 / 11
Offside: 4 / 1
USA – Julie Johnston (caution) 13th minute
JPN – Yuika Sugasawa (caution) 36
Referee: Marianela Cruz (CRC)
Assistant Referee 1: Nelly Alvarado (CRC)
Assistant Referee 2: Shirley Lopez (HON)
4th Official: Melissa Pastrana (HON)
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