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U.S. WNT Match Against Switzerland in Cary, North Carolina, is Sold Out

CHICAGO (July 25, 2014) – The U.S. Women’s National Team match against Switzerland on Wednesday, Aug. 20, at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, North Carolina, is sold out. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. ET and fans can watch the game live on ussoccer.com and also follow on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt and @ussoccer_esp.

The USA’s first match at WakeMed Soccer Park since the expansion to its current 10,000 capacity and the first sellout for the U.S. Women at this venue will also be the first meeting between the countries at the women’s senior level. This is a rare occurrence for the U.S. team, which has been playing international soccer for 29 years.

Switzerland is one of six nations that have already qualified for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup where it will join host Canada. Switzerland has won European Group 3 with one match left to play in qualifying, taking 25 points from nine games with an 8-0-1 record ahead of Iceland and Denmark. The achievement marks the first time Switzerland has qualified for a Women’s World Cup at the senior level.

2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship to be Held in K.C., Chicago, D.C. and Philadelphia

CHICAGO (July 24, 2014) – The 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship, which will qualify three teams for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup, will be played in four host cities in the United States: Chicago, Kansas City, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C.

The tournament, which will take place from Oct. 15-26, 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, including the U.S. Women’s National Team, 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 Philadelphia will host the semifinal matches on Oct. 24, along with the third-place match 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.

“We are honored to serve as the local organizing committee for this tournament as we continue to support and grow women’s soccer in this region on a large scale,” said U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati. “The second season of the NWSL has been exciting to follow, and this tournament provides fans with another opportunity to see some of the best women’s soccer players in the world compete on the international level. With the tremendous success and popularity of the men’s World Cup here in the United States this summer, we are looking forward to carrying that momentum right through to the Women’s World Cup in Canada and beyond.”

The group stage matches for the tournament will all be played in cities with NWSL clubs, meaning several of the U.S. WNT players will get the chance to play in front of their hometown fans. The tournament begins at Sporting Park on Oct. 15 with the first two matches of Group A followed by the first two matches of Group B on Oct. 16. All eight teams will then move to Toyota Park where the Group A doubleheader matches will take place on Oct. 17 and Group B matches on Oct. 18. The teams will finish first round play at RFK Stadium with the Group A doubleheader games taking place on Oct. 20 and Group B on Oct. 21.

The final four teams will then move on to PPL Park for the last four games. The top two finishers in each group will cross over for the semifinal matches as the Group A winner will play the Group B runner-up and vice versa.

“We look forward to an exciting World Cup qualifying round played in the United States at some of the best stadiums in the world in front of passionate football fans," said CONCACAF President Jeffrey Webb.

All matches will be televised live across FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports 2 or FOX Soccer Plus, and will also be available on multi-platform devices via FOX Sports GO, FOX Soccer 2GO and FOXSportsGO.com.

As host of the Women’s World Cup, Canada has already secured its berth, so the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship will feature the USA, Mexico, Costa Rica (the Group II winner in the Central American qualifying tournament), Guatemala (the Group I winner in the Central American qualifying tournament) and the four semifinalists in the final round of the CFU Women’s Caribbean Cup, which will take place Aug. 19-26 in Trinidad & Tobago.

The final tournament schedule and kickoff times will be set at the Final Draw on Sept. 5 in Miami. Ticket information will be made available in the near future.

The U.S. last hosted the Women’s World Cup qualifying tournament in 2006 and split hosting responsibilities with Canada in 2002 when games were played in Seattle and Vancouver, Canada.

Up next for the U.S. WNT is a match against Switzerland on Aug. 20 at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, North Carolina. The match kicks off at 7:30 p.m. ET and will be live on ussoccer.com. Fans can also follow both games on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt. Tickets go on sale to the public Friday, July 25, at 10 a.m. ET through ussoccer.com, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and at all Ticketmaster ticket centers throughout the Triangle area (including many Walmart stores). Purchases will be limited to six tickets per household.

Coaching Q&A: Women's National Team Head Coach Jill Ellis

The U.S. Soccer Coaching Education Department continues a new series of articles to introduce coaches to its National Instructional Staff. Each month, the department will feature a Q&A with a member of the staff that will delve into his or her background and coaching experience.

The National Instructional Staff consists of top coaches from across the country, leading the sport in coaching education. We aim to share with coaches a small glimpse of our instructors' history, knowledge and expertise that they provide at U.S. Soccer educational events.

WNT vs. France: Post-Game Reactions - June 19, 2014

Alex Morgan scored both goals in a 2-2 draw with France in East Hartford, Connecticut. The goals were her first since June of 2013. U.S. head coach Jill Ellis, defender Christie Rampone, midfielder Carli Lloyd, goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris (who earned her third cap) and Morgan react to the tie with the talented French.

U.S. WNT Equalizes Twice as Morgan's Brace Earns 2-2 Draw with France

EAST HARTFORD, Connecticut (June 19, 2014) – U.S. Women’s National Team forward Alex Morgan scored her first international goals in seven months as she helped FIFA’s No. 1-ranked USA overcome two deficits to earn a 2-2 draw against No. 4 France in front of 14,695 fans at Rentschler Field.

The U.S. WNT also extended its record home unbeaten streak to 84 games having posted a 74-0-10 record since Nov. 6, 2004.

Goal Scoring Rundown:
FRA – Louisa Necib (penalty), 27th minute: In the sequence leading up to a penalty kick call, France’s Elodie Thomis chipped the ball over the USA defense toward the left side of the box. France playmaker Louisa Necib and USA goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris made a dash toward the corner of the six-yard box. Harris slid to deflect the ball away, but she was ruled to have made contact with Necib’s leg, resulting in a penalty. Necib shot down the middle as Harris guessed to her right to give France the lead. USA 0, FRA 1

USA – Alex Morgan (Allie Long), 56th minute: Alex Morgan, playing in just her second match this year, found her scoring touch and looked to be fully recovered from an ankle injury that kept her out for seventh months. Midfielder Allie Long, making just her second start, played threaded a pass to Morgan in the middle of the field. Morgan made space at the top of the penalty area and drilled a left-footed strike from 25 yards out that deflected off the inside of the left post and past France goalkeeper Sarah Bouhaddi. Morgan then jumped over the signboards behind the goal to celebrate the equalizer with the fans. It was Morgan’s first goal of the year and first goal since she recorded a brace against Canada on June 2, 2013. USA 1, FRA 1

FRA – Amandine Henry (unassisted), 68th minute: France dispossessed the USA in midfield and launched a lightning-quick attack up the middle. Ali Krieger broke things up, but her clearance wound up at the foot of Amandine Henry, who ran onto the ball a yard inside the box on the right side and fired just inside the right post past a diving Ashlyn Harris to retake the lead. The ball took a nasty deflection off a U.S. defender to wrong-foot Harris. USA 1, FRA 2

USA – Alex Morgan (Tobin Heath), 85th minute: Second-half sub Tobin Heath took the quick throw-in from the left side to Alex Morgan and the energetic forward weaved her way through two France defenders for a right-footed shot. France goalkeeper Sarah Bouhaddi got a foot on it, but did not do enough to prevent the ball from bouncing into the net. USA 2, FRA 2

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
FRA – Laura Georges, 7th minute: France defender Laura Georges was called upon several times in the early moments to break up the USA attack. She had an important clearance when U.S. right back Ali Krieger sprinted up the right side and crossed toward Carli Lloyd. Her redirect was trickling toward the net, but Georges got to the ball in the six-yard box to keep the USA off the score sheet.

FRA – Sarah Bouhaddi, 12th minute: Though it was a fairly routine save, France goalkeeper Sarah Bouhaddi was sure-handed on Sydney Leroux’s strike from the left side. The USA’s first shot on frame had some pace on it, and Bouhaddi secured it en route to a pair of saves in the first 45 minutes.

USA – Ashlyn Harris, 75th minute: With the lead, France was in no hurry to take its set pieces, and shortly after a Necib corner kick, she got the ball back and crossed from the left side. Eugenie Le Sommer was in the area, but U.S. goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris alertly left her line and dove in front of Le Sommer for an important catch.

USA – Ashlyn Harris, 88th minute: Louisa Necib played a perfect lead pass toward Gaetane Thiney in the middle of the box giving her a one-on-one chance. Ashlyn Harris made an aggressive rush to stop Thiney’s shot but initiated a hard, yet brave collision. It took some time for Harris to recover, but the sacrifice preserved the U.S. draw.

Milestone Watch:

  • Alex Morgan scored her 45th and 46th goals, passing Julie Foudy (45 goals) for 10th on the all-time goal scoring list.
  • Heather O’Reilly moved into sole possession of seventh on the all-time caps list with her 205th appearance, passing Tiffeny Milbrett (204 caps from 1991-2005).
  • Carli Lloyd moved into a 13th-place tie in all-time caps with former U.S. WNT goalkeeper Briana Scurry with her 173rd cap.
  • With her second-half appearance, defender Christie Rampone reaches 294 caps. She is second all-time behind Kristine Lilly (352 caps from 1987-2010).

Next on the Schedule:
No future international friendly matches have been announced at this time. The USA will be looking forward to CONCACAF Women’s World Cup qualifying, which will take place in the United States in October.
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Additional Notes:

  • The USA is 14-0-2 in the all-time series against France.
  • The U.S. WNT is now 8-2-2 in 2014.
  • U.S. WNT head coach Jill Ellis went with a starting lineup that featured Ashlyn Harris in goal as she made her first appearance of 2014 and third appearance of her career. Regular starting goalkeeper Hope Solo was unavailable due to a family commitment.
  • The back line featured two changes from the previous game against France, with Meghan Klingenberg at left back and Whitney Engen at center back. Right back Ali Krieger and center back Becky Sauerbrunn retained their starting roles.
  • The midfield trio in the 4-3-3 formation remained unchanged with Allie Long, Carli Lloyd and Lauren Holiday.
  • Carli Lloyd wore the captain’s armband.
  • The starting front three included one lineup change from the last game with Heather O’Reilly getting the nod. Sydney Leroux and Christen Press returned to the starting lineup.
  • All-time goal scoring leader Abby Wambach (167 goals) was once again unavailable for selection Thursday as she returns from a knee injury that occurred during a June 1 match in National Women’s Soccer League play.
  • At the start of the second half, Ellis made her first two substitutions as Christie Rampone entered for Engen and Alex Morgan replaced O’Reilly.
  • Tobin Heath replaced Long in the 60th minute.
  • In the 79th minute, Kelley O’Hara replaced Klingenberg and Amy Rodriguez joined the attack in place of Leroux.
  • O’Reilly, Press and Sauerbrunn are the only WNT players to have appeared in all 12 matches in 2014.

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

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. France
Date: June 19, 2014
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Rentschler Field; East Hartford, Conn.
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. ET
Attendance: 14,695
Weather: 78 degrees, humid

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

FRA- Louisa Necib (penalty)              27th minute
USA- Alex Morgan (Allie Long)          56
FRA- Amandine Henry                       68
USA- Alex Morgan (Tobin Heath)      85

Lineups:
USA: 24-Ashlyn Harris; 11-Ali Krieger, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 6-Whitney Engen (3-Christie Rampone, 46), 25-Meghan Klingenberg (5-Kelley O’Hara, 79); 15-Allie Long (17-Tobin Heath, 60), 10-Carli Lloyd (capt.), 12-Lauren Holiday; 9-Heather O’Reilly (13-Alex Morgan, 46), 2-Sydney Leroux (8-Amy Rodriguez, 79), 23-Christen Press
Subs Not Used: 7-Morgan Brian, 18-Nicole Barnhart
Head Coach: Jill Ellis

FRA: 16-Sarah Bouhaddi; 8-Jessica Houara, 2-Wendy Renard, 4-Laura Goerges, 24-Julie Soyer; 6-Amandine Henry, 15-Elise Bussaglia, 14-Louisa Necib, 12- Elodie Thomis; 9-Eugenie Le Sommer (10-Camille Abily, 84), 17-Gaetane Thiney (18-Marie Laure Delie, 89)
Subs Not Used: 1-Celine Deville, 3-Laure Boulleau, 5-Sabrina Delannoy,  7-Viviane Asseyi, 11-Laetitia Tonazzi, 13-Pauline Crammer, 19-Marina Makanza, 20-Anaig Butel, 21-Laetitia Phiippe, 22-Amel Hamraoui, 23-Kheria Hamraoui, 25-Ines Jurena
Head Coach: Philippe Bergeroo

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

Misconduct Summary:
None

Officials:
Referee: Quetzalli Alvarado (MEX)
Assistant Referee 1: Felisha Mariscal (USA)
Assistant Referee 2: Mayte Chavez (MEX)
Fourth Official: Kristen Salazar (USA)

Budweiser Woman of the Match: Alex Morgan

Studio 90: U.S. WNT Preps for Second Leg With France

The U.S. WNT will face France on July 19 at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Conn., hoping to build on the 1-0 victory in the first match between the teams on June 14. U.S. head coach Jill Ellis and midfielders Carli Lloyd, Heather O'Reilly and Lauren Hoilday preview the rematch against a talented French side.
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