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WNT vs. Argentina: Highlights - December 18, 2014

Christen Press (four goals) and Carli Lloyd (three goals) accounted for all of the goal scoring as the U.S. WNT defeated Argentina 7-0 in its final group match of the International Tournament of Brasilia. The victory, combined with Brazil’s win against China later in the evening, gave the USA a berth to the tournament’s title game.

WNT Defeats Argentina 7-0 in Group Finale of International Tournament of Brasilia

BRASILIA, Brazil (Dec. 18, 2014) – The U.S. Women’s National Team needed to win big to put itself in position to potentially advance to the final of the 2014 International Tournament of Brasilia, and its offense came through. Led by four goals from Christen Press and a Carli Lloyd hat trick, the USA defeated Argentina 7-0 in its third group match at Mane Garrincha Stadium. 

Press scored three goals in the first half and the seventh of the game while Lloyd notched her second-career hat trick (the other came against Mexico on Jan. 24, 2012) and also moved into seventh place on the WNT’s all-time goal scoring list with 61. 

With Brazil defeating China PR 4-1 in Thursday's later match, that sets up a final between the USA and host Brazil on Sunday, Dec. 21 (4 p.m. ET). Brazil went 3-0-0 in group play (9 points, plus-8 goal differential). The U.S. is second (1-1-1, 4 points, plus-6). China (1-1-1, 4 points, plus-3) will play Argentina (0-3-0, 0 points, minus-17) in the third-place game at 1 p.m. ET.

Goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher made her full WNT debut and made one save to earn the clean sheet, becoming the seventh U.S. WNT goalkeeper to post a shutout in her first cap. 

Thursday’s USA-Argentina game originally was scheduled for Wednesday and was postponed because of inclement weather and poor field conditions. 

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Christen Press (Morgan Brian), 7th minute: The U.S. struck quickly when Brian dribbled down the right side and forced Argentina goalkeeper Elisabeth Minnin to make the save, pushing the ball to her right. Press was on the spot to slam home the rebound. USA 1, ARG 0

USA – Christen Press (Abby Wambach), 23rd minute: In a combination on the right side of the box, Wambach played the ball to Press who took a couple dribbles and shot from 10 yards out. Elisabeth Minnin got a piece of the ball but was unable to parry it away. USA 2, ARG 0 

USA – Carli Lloyd (Morgan Brian), 30th minute: From the left side, Brian chipped in a perfect cross to Lloyd who headed it home for the three-goal cushion. The goal gave Lloyd a score in every match of the tournament. USA 3, ARG 0 

USA – Christen Press (Ali Krieger), 41st minute: Right back Ali Krieger crossed the ball in to Press who flicked her shot into the net at the near post for a first-half hat trick. It was Press’ first hat trick of her WNT career. USA 4, ARG 0 

USA – Carli Lloyd (Lori Chalupny), 44th minute: The outside backs continued to make an offensive impact as Chalupny dribbled up the left side of the box, beat her defender and crossed the ball in to Lloyd, who finished from close range for her second tally of the opening half. USA 5, ARG 0 

USA – Carli Lloyd (Heather O’Reilly), 47th minute: To open the second half, Megan Rapinoe crossed the ball in from the left side. Halftime substitute O’Reilly kept the attack alive with a high touch near the goal line and Lloyd hit a full volley into the lower left corner for her third goal of the match. USA 6, ARG 0 

USA – Christen Press (Megan Rapinoe), 78th minute: Megan Rapinoe dribbled into the penalty area and smashed a shot that the Argentina goalkeeper could not handle cleanly. That opened the door for Press, who tapped her shot in for her fourth goal of the match and her 11th of the year. USA 7, ARG 0 (FINAL) 

Milestone Watch:

  • With at least one goal in seven consecutive games, Carli Lloyd is now two games away from matching the U.S. WNT record of nine set by Michelle Akers from April 5 to May 25, 1991. Lloyd has 10 goals during that seven-game stretch.
  • Lloyd moves ahead of Shannon MacMillan for seventh place on the WNT’s all-time goal scoring list. Lloyd has 61 goals in 184 matches. MacMillan scored 60 goals in 176 games.
  • Alyssa Naeher became the seventh U.S. WNT goalkeeper to earn a shutout in her first appearance. The others are Gretchen Gegg (1986), Amy Allmann (1987), Mary Harvey (1989), Briana Scurry (1994), Hope Solo (2000) and Emily Oleksiuk (2001).
  • Abby Wambach now has 69-career assists (third all-time). 

Next on the Schedule:
The U.S. WNT will look ahead to the tournament's championship game against Brazil at 4 p.m. ET on Sunday, Dec. 21, to cap off the 2014 International Tournament of Brasilia. The championship game is preceded by the third-place game between China PR and Argentina at 1 p.m. ET.
Social: Twitter (@ussoccer_wnt; @ussoccer_esp); Facebook; Instagram 

Additional Notes:

  • The USA is now 16-3-4 in 2014.
  • The U.S. is 16-1-4 under head coach Jill Ellis.
  • With three goals, Carli Lloyd takes over the team lead in scoring this year from Abby Wambach with 15 goals. That ties her career high in a calendar year when she also scored 15 in 2012.
  • U.S. head coach Jill Ellis made five starting lineup changes following the team’s 3-2 loss to Brazil.
  • Alyssa Naeher, the 2014 NWSL Goalkeeper of the Year for the Boston Breakers, made her USA debut. She became the 22nd goalkeeper to suit up for the U.S. WNT.
  • The back line featured Lori Chalupny at left back, earning her second consecutive start, right back Ali Krieger and center backs Whitney Engen and Becky Sauerbrunn. Sauerbrunn has started in four straight games.
  • The midfield in the USA’s 4-3-3 formation featured Carli Lloyd at attacking midfielder with Lauren Holiday and Morgan Brian behind her.
  • The front three feature Tobin Heath, Abby Wambach and Christen Press from left to right. Wambach wore the captain’s armband.
  • Heather O’Reilly replaced Chalupny and Megan Rapinoe entered for Heath to open the second half.
  • The USA switched to a 3-5-2 for the latter part of the game.
  • In the closing minutes, Sydney Leroux subbed for Wambach in the 81st minute and Kelley O’Hara replaced Lauren Holiday in the 84th minute.
  • Press is the only WNT player to appear in all 23 games this year.
  • Leroux picked up a red card in second-half stoppage time and will be unavailable for the USA’s placement match on Sunday.

Dunn Preps Brian and Mewis for NWSL

With young U.S. WNT players Morgan Brian and Samantha Mewis having completed their college eligibility and set to be high picks in the 2015 NWSL Draft, Washington Spirit defender Crystal Dunn, who played her rookie season in 2014, sits down with the up-and-coming midfielders to discuss turning pro.

WNT Edged 3-2 by Brazil in Second Match at International Tournament of Brasilia

BRASILIA, Brazil (Dec. 14, 2014) – Despite taking an early two-goal lead, the U.S. Women’s National Team lost 3-2 to Marta and  Brazil in the USA’s second match of the 2014 International Tournament of Brasilia. Carli Lloyd and Megan Rapinoe scored early goals for the USA in an action packed game, but Brazilian ace Marta replied with a hat trick for the hosts. 

Brazil sits atop the tournament table with six points, followed by China PR – which beat Argentina 6-0 earlier in the day – with four. The USA is third with one point and faces last-place Argentina on Wednesday on the final day of round-robin play. The top two teams at the end of group play will meet for the championship while the third- and fourth-place teams will meet for third place. Both placement games will be on Dec. 21. The USA can still reach the championship match, but it must hope that China loses to Brazil and then make up the gap in goal difference; China is currently at +6 while the USA is at -1. 

In sharp contrast to the USA’s opening game against China, the match between the USA and Brazil was a wide open, flowing affair that featured end-to-end attacking throughout the game. Both teams carved out chances that had the crowd at Mané Garrincha Stadium regularly rising to its feet. The Americans had the better of the scoring chances, but Brazil had Marta, who made her three shots on goal count. 

The USA was unlucky to twice hit the woodwork on shots by Rapinoe and second-half sub Christen Press in the final minutes of each half, and were also thwarted on multiple occasions during the second stanza by Brazil goalkeeper Luciana, whose performance was outshone only by that of Marta. 

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Carli Lloyd (Tobin Heath), 6th minute: End-to-end action in the opening five minutes led to a USA corner that Megan Rapinoe whipped into the heart of the Brazil penalty area. Tobin Heath was on hand to knock down an attempted Brazil clearance right to the feet of Lloyd, who controlled the ball in the middle of the six-yard box, swiveled her hips towards goal and snapped a shot into the left hand side of the frame. USA 1, BRA 0  

USA – Megan Rapinoe (Abby Wambach), 9th minute: Rapinoe collected the ball from Abby Wambach wide on the right flank and beat her defender with a burst of pace. As she cut toward goal, Rapinoe unleashed a stinging shot from near the top of the box that caught Brazil goalkeeper Luciana off her line and dipped into the far left side netting. USA 2, BRA 0

BRA – Marta, 19th minute: The Brazilian ace got loose in midfield and put the USA center backs under pressure with a weaving run up the middle and then across the top of the USA box. With a defender and USA goalkeeper Hope Solo closing in, Marta blasted a shot from near the penalty spot into the right side of the goal. USA 2, BRA 1 

BRA – Marta, 55th minute: Against the run of play, Marta scored a spectacular solo goal. Picking the ball up just inside her own half, the Brazil forward drove toward the top of the USA penalty area. Cutting behind a diverting run from Debinah, Marta touched the ball wide left of the net and angled a hard, low shot back across the face of goal and into the far right hand netting. USA 2, BRA 2 

BRA – Marta (Beatriz), 65th minute: Beatriz seized on a USA turnover in its own half and slipped a pass to Marta in the right channel. Marta once again carried through a crowd of players before unleashing a dipping drive from distance that squeezed past Solo at her near right post. USA 2, BRA 3 (FINAL) 

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
USA – Meghan Klingenberg, 24th minute: With Brazil growing in confidence after scoring in the 19th minute, Klingenberg was alert to the run of Marta, tracking the Brazil attacker across the box and getting in a leaping block to deny the five-time World Player of the Year’s overhead kick attempt. 

USA – Hope Solo, 57th minute: Christie Rampone tried to guide the ball back to Solo in the USA box, but Debinha was able to slip around the veteran center back and send a strong toe poke toward goal that Solo did well to smother. 

BRA – Luciana, 75th minute: Forward Christen Press worked herself some room  to shoot from outside the top of the box and let fly with a hard shot but it was not far enough outside Luciana’s range as she dived to her left to gather the shot. 

BRA – Luciana, 86th minute: The USA had numbers up on a counter attack as Press carried the ball in from the left flank. Press smacked a dipping drive while in full stride that was headed for the left upper-90, but Luciana was able to recover her momentum and made a soaring stop to keep Press from equalizing. 

BRA – Luciana, 90th minute: The USA won a free kick just outside the top middle of Brazil’s penalty area after Tobin Heath was taken down and Carli Lloyd stepped up to send a well-placed free kick toward the right-hand roof of the net, but Luciana got in a strong leaping parry to send the shot over the crossbar. 

Milestone Watch:

  • Christie Rampone, the active caps leader in the world, earned her 303rd cap. She trails only Kristine Lilly (352 games from 1987-2010) on the all-time list.
  • Carli Lloyd’s 58th goal put her just two shy of Shannon MacMillan for seventh on the USA’s all-time goal scoring list. Lloyd is also just three goals shy of her career best 15 goals she scored in a calendar year for the USA in 2012.
  • Lloyd moved past Julie Foudy into ninth place on the WNT’s all-time points list with 148 (58 goals, 32 assists). Foudy had 145-career points (45 goals, 55 assists). 

Next on the Schedule:
The U.S. WNT will close out group play at the International Tournament of Brasilia against Argentina on Dec. 17 (4:20 p.m. ET) before playing a final placement match on Dec. 21.
Social: Twitter (@ussoccer_wnt; @ussoccer_esp); Facebook; Instagram 

Additional Notes:

  • The USA is now 15-3-4 in 2014.
  • The U.S. WNT falls to 25-3-3 all-time against Brazil.
  • Outside back Lori Chalupny made her first appearance for the U.S. WNT since October of 2009, playing 31 minutes and then as planned, exited the match and was replaced by Ali Krieger.
  • U.S. head coach Jill Ellis made all of her allowed four substitutes in the match, beginning with Krieger. In the second half, Christen Press came on for Megan Rapinoe, Morgan Brian entered for Lauren Holiday and Samantha Mewis made her first appearance for the WNT since March 10 against Denmark in the Algarve Cup when she subbed on for Sydney Leroux with 10 minutes to play.
  • The U.S. WNT is now 90-9-14 in the 111 games that Rampone has been the team captain.
  • The match marked the first loss under head coach Jill Ellis. The U.S. is 15-1-4 under head coach Jill Ellis. 

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

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Brazil
Date: Dec. 14, 2014
Competition: 2014 International Tournament of Brasilia; Group Play
Venue: Mané Garrincha Stadium; Brasilia, Brazil
Kickoff: 7 p.m. local / 4 p.m. ET
Attendance: 5,421
Weather: 72 degrees, cloudy 

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

USA – Carli Lloyd (Tobin Heath)                                6th minute
USA – Megan Rapinoe (Abby Wambach)                   9                    
BRA – Marta                                                               19
BRA – Marta                                                               55
BRA – Marta (Beatriz)                                                65        

Lineups:
USA: 1-Hope Solo; 25-Meghan Klingenberg, 3-Christie Rampone (capt.), 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 16-Lori Chalupny (11-Ali Krieger, 31);  12-Lauren Holiday (7-Morgan Brian, 65), 10-Carli Lloyd, 20-Abby Wambach; 15-Megan Rapinoe (23-Christen Press, 64), 2-Sydney Leroux (22-Samantha Mewis, 79), 17-Tobin Heath
Subs Not Used: 5-Kelley O’Hara, 6-Whitney Engen, 8-Amy Rodriguez, 9-Heather O’Reilly, 13-Alex Morgan, 14-Julie Johnston, 18-Alyssa Naeher, 19-Crystal Dunn
Head Coach: Jill Ellis 

BRA: 12-Luciana; 2-Poliana,  3-Bruna (capt.),  4-Tayla,  11- Andressa Alves, 7-Maurine (21-Beatriz, 59), 5-Thaisa, 20-Formiga, 8-Rosana (6-Tamires, 71), 9-Debinha, 10-Marta (17-Andressinha, 88)
Subs Not Used: 1-Andreia Suntaque, 13-Camila, 14-Monica,  15-Erika, 16-Rafaelle, 18-Fernandes, 19-Darlene,  22-Gabi, 23-Barbara
Head Coach: Oswaldo Alvarez 

Stats Summary: USA / BRA
Shots: 11 / 10
Shots on Goal: 7 / 4
Saves: 1 / 5
Corner Kicks: 6 / 1
Fouls: 20 / 8
Offside: 3 / 2 

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Megan Rapinoe (caution)                   31st minute
USA – Hope Solo (caution)                            41
USA – Abby Wambach (caution)                   68
BRA – Tayla (caution)                                                89 

Officials:
Referee: n/a
Assistant Referee 1: n/a
Assistant Referee 2: n/a
Fourth Official: n/a 

Budweiser Woman of the Match:   Meghan Klingenberg

U.S. WNT Faces Host Brazil in Brasilia on Dec. 14

2014 International Tournament of Brasilia
U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Brazil
Mane Garrincha Stadium; Brasilia, Brazil
Dec. 14, 2014

U.S. WNT FACES HOST BRAZIL IN SECOND GAME OF TOURNAMENT: The U.S. Women’s National Team prepares for host Brazil in its second match of the four-game International Tournament of Brasilia on Sunday, Dec. 14. Kickoff against Brazil is set for 4 p.m. ET. The USA is coming off a 1-1 draw against China PR on Dec. 10 that featured Carli Lloyd’s 11th goal of the year and 57th of her career. After Brazil, the USA then faces Argentina on Dec. 17 (4:20 p.m. ET). Following round-robin play, the four teams will compete in either the championship (the top two teams in group play) or third-place (third- and fourth-place teams in group play) matches on Dec. 21. All the games are played at Mane Garrincha Stadium, which hosted seven matches during last summer’s World Cup. Fans can follow along on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt and @ussoccer_esp and full highlights will be available on ussoccer.com.

BRAZIL TOPS GROUP: Brazil enters the match coming off a dominant 4-0 victory against Argentina, highlighted by a brace from veteran midfielder Formiga. Debinha opened up the scoring with a first-half header and Formiga pushed the lead to 2-0 just before halftime with a header off of a set piece. In the second half, Argentina’s defense broke down and allowed an own goal, and Formiga capped off the scoring with a 20-yard strike, placing her shot in the lower left of the frame.

International Tournament of Brasilia Standings

Team

GP

W

L

T

GF

GA

GD

Pts

Brazil

1

1

0

0

4

0

4

3

USA

1

0

0

1

1

1

0

1

China PR

1

0

0

1

1

1

0

1

Argentina

1

0

1

0

0

4

-4

0

International Tournament of Brasilia Schedule

Date

Opponent

Kickoff/Result

Dec. 10

USA vs. China PR

1-1

Brazil vs. Argentina

4-0

Dec. 14

Argentina vs. China PR

1 p.m. ET

Brazil vs. USA

4 p.m. ET

Dec. 17

USA vs. Argentina

4:20 p.m. ET

Brazil vs. China PR

7 p.m. ET

Dec. 21

Third-Place Match

1 p.m. ET

Championship

4 p.m. ET

24 TO BRAZIL: U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Jill Ellis named 24 players to travel to Brazil for the International Tournament of Brasilia. Ellis named all 20 players who helped the USA win the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship in October to qualify for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup. In addition, she named Washington Spirit defender Crystal Dunn, who was initially on the qualifying roster before suffering an injury in the lead-up, Boston Breakers goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher, former UCLA midfielder and 2014 MAC Hermann Trophy candidate Samantha Mewis and Chicago Red Stars defender Lori Chalupny. The official tournament roster is 23 players so one player per game will not suit up for the matches.

TOURNAMENT RULES: Should teams be even on points after the complete of group play, the tiebreakers are as follows: goal differential, goals scored, lowest number of red cards, lowest number of yellow cards and a drawing of lots. A player can only be suspended for the championship or third-place match if they received a yellow card in each of the three group matches or a red card in the third group match. Teams are allowed four field player substitutions per match, and a fifth if the team needs to change a goalkeeper.

U.S. Women’s National Team Roster By Position
GOALKEEPERS (3): Ashlyn Harris (Washington Spirit), Alyssa Naeher (Boston Breakers), Hope Solo (Seattle Reign FC)
DEFENDERS (9): Lori Chalupny (Chicago Red Stars), Crystal Dunn (Washington Spirit), Whitney Engen (Western NY Flash), 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)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Morgan Brian (Virginia), Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC), Lauren Holiday (FC Kansas City), Carli Lloyd (WNY Flash), Samantha Mewis (UCLA), Heather O’Reilly (FC Kansas City), 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)

USA DRAWN INTO GROUP D AT 2015 WOMEN’S WORLD CUP: After the Final Draw was conducted on Dec. 6 in Ottawa, Canada, the U.S. Women's National Team learned it will face Australia, Nigeria and Sweden in Group D at the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup, taking place from June 6-July 5 in Canada. The U.S. will open Group D play against Australia on June 8 at Winnipeg Stadium. The USA then faces Sweden on June 12 in Winnipeg, followed by Nigeria on June 16 at BC Place in Vancouver. The USA, Nigeria and Sweden have competed in every edition of the FIFA Women's World Cup.

U.S. 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup Group D Schedule
Date; Opponent; Venue; Local; Kickoff / ET
June 8; Australia; Winnipeg Stadium; 6:30 p.m. / 7:30 p.m.
June 12; Sweden; Winnipeg Stadium; 7 p.m. / 8 p.m.
June 16; Nigeria; BC Place; Vancouver 5 p.m. / 8 p.m.

TOURNAMENT NOTES:

  • The USA is currently ranked No. 1 in the world. Brazil is sixth, China PR is 14th and Argentina is 37th.
  • The USA, China PR and Brazil have qualified for next summer’s FIFA Women’s World Cup.
  • Among the seven 2014 FIFA World Cup matches played at the National Stadium Mane Garrincha last summer were Argentina's 1-0 quarterfinal victory against Belgium and Brazil's 3-0 loss to the Netherlands in the third-place match.
  • The National Stadium Mane Garrincha cost $900 million to build, making it the second-most expensive soccer stadium in the world after England's Wembley Stadium. It opened during the summer of 2013.
  • In its history, the U.S. WNT has played seven total matches in Brazil – four at a tournament in 1996 in Campinas (two against Brazil and matches against Ukraine and Russia), two against Brazil in 1997 and Wednesday’s opening 1-1 draw against China PR at the 2014 International Tournament of Brasilia.
  • The USA won the championship of the 1996 event in penalty kicks after drawing Brazil 1-1 in regulation.
  • The U.S. Women have never played anywhere in South America outside of Brazil.
  • The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team did participate in the Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2007 getting to the final of a tournament that featured full Women's National Teams before losing 5-0 to Brazil. That U-20 team featured current U.S. WNT players Lauren Holiday, Tobin Heath, Alyssa Naeher and Kelley O’Hara.
  • The USA has not played Argentina since 1998 when the countries played twice in three days in Southern California. The USA earned 8-1 and 7-0 victories on April 24 and 26, respectively. Those were the only matches between the two teams.
  • China PR is one of the most frequent opponents in U.S. history with 53 meetings.

U.S. ROSTER NOTES:

  • Midfielder Morgan Brian arrived in Brazil a few days after the rest of the team on Dec. 8 after playing in the NCAA Championship Game with the University of Virginia, where her team fell 1-0 to Florida State.
  • The USA is coming off a highly successful run at the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship where the USA won all five games by shutout, including a 3-0 win against Mexico in the semifinal that earned the team a berth to the Women’s World Cup, and a 6-0 win in the championship game against Costa Rica.
  • Abby Wambach was the top scorer in the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship with seven goals and holds a world record with 177 goals in her career.
  • Carli Lloyd won the CONCACAF Women’s Championship tournament MVP after notching five goals and four assists. Hope Solo was named the top goalkeeper in the tournament.
  • Lauren Holiday was named the 2014 U.S. Soccer Female Athlete of the Year on Dec. 6, and was also voted the Young U.S. Soccer Female Athlete of the Year in 2007 as Lauren Cheney. 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 111 caps.
  • Wambach is the USA’s top scorer on the roster with 177 goals. After Wambach, Lloyd is the top scorer with 57 career international goals. Alex Morgan has 49 and Heather O’Reilly has scored 41. Sydney Leroux is quickly climbing the charts with 33.
  • 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 eight assists are best on the team this year and she is followed by Megan Rapinoe with six and Leroux and Christen Press with five apiece.
  • Lloyd’s 57th goal puts her just three shy of Shannon MacMillan for seventh on the USA’s all-time goal scoring list. Lloyd also moved past Julie Foudy into ninth place on the WNT’s all-time points list with 146 (57 goals, 32 assists). Foudy had 145-career points (45 goals, 55 assists).
  • Twenty-nine players have seen game action for the USA in 2014, including first-cappers Samantha Mewis, Sarah Hagan and Allie Long.
  • Christie Rampone, the active caps leader in the world, earned her 302nd cap on Dec. 10. She trails only Kristine Lilly (352 games from 1987-2010) on the all-time list.
  • Kelley O’Hara earned her 50th cap against China PR, making her the 48th player to reach that number for the U.S. WNT.

ON USSOCCER.COM:
Video and Features
Dec. 10 - WNT vs. China PR: Highlights – Dec. 10, 2014
Dec. 9 - WNT Sights and Sounds: Brasilia
Dec. 7 - WNT Watches World Cup Draw from Brazil
Dec. 7 - Lauren Holiday - 2014 U.S. Soccer Female Athlete of the Year
Dec. 6 - Holiday, Leroux, Press and Rampone React to Women's World Cup Draw
Dec. 6 - Jill Ellis Gives Thoughts on U.S. Group Opponents at 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup
Dec. 6 - Jill Ellis' Message to the Fans after Women's World Cup Draw
Dec. 5 - Bem-Vindo A Brazil

Releases
Dec. 10 - U.S. WNT Opens International Tournament of Brasilia with 1-1 Tie against China PR
Dec. 6 - U.S. WNT to Face Australia, Sweden and Nigeria in Group D at 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup
Dec. 6 - Lauren Holiday Voted 2014 U.S. Female Athlete of the Year
Dec. 5 - Ellis Names WNT Roster for International Tournament of Brasilia
Dec. 4 - DeAndre Yedlin, Morgan Brian and Gavin Sibayan Earn 2014 U.S. Soccer Athlete of the Year Honors
Oct. 1 - U.S. WNT to Play in Four-Nations December Tournament in Brazil

U.S. WNT Opens International Tournament of Brasilia with 1-1 Tie vs. China PR

BRASILIA, Brazil (Dec. 10, 2014) – The U.S. Women’s National Team tied China PR 1-1 in its first match of the 2014 International Tournament of Brasilia as Carli Lloyd scored the USA’s lone goal in the 23rd minute. The match was the first of four that the USA will play in this tournament that also features Brazil and Argentina.

The top two teams at the end of round-robin play will meet for the championship while the third- and fourth-place teams will meet for third place. Both games will be on Dec. 21.

This third USA-China meeting of the year was played in front of a sparse crowd at the mammoth Mané Garrincha Stadium that hosted seven matches of the 2014 FIFA World Cup and a sluggish U.S. team had a hard time creating chances against a compact and organized China defense.

The USA limited China to just one shot on goal, that coming on a tremendous strike from Hang Peng in the 67th minute, which produced China’s score.

China possessed the ball well, but could not get behind a stingy U.S. back line. While the USA sent numerous dangerous crosses into the China penalty area, and had five corner kicks to China’s zero, the U.S. only tested goalkeeper Wang Fei on a few occasions during the evening.

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Carli Lloyd (Megan Rapinoe), 23rd minute: After a slow 20-minute stretch to open the game, China’s first foul of the game led to the U.S. goal. The USA took the free kick quickly down the right side to Rapinoe, who drove to the end line and crossed hard on the ground. The cross found Lloyd unmarked and she pushed her shot home from close range to give the USA the lead. USA 1, CHN 0

CHN – Hang Peng, 67th minute: An increase in energy in the China attack paid off as the first (and as it turned out only) shot on goal of the game went in. Peng collected a long switched pass from the left in the right side of the box and struck a brilliant shot into the upper left corner past flying USA goalkeeper Hope Solo. USA 1, CHN 1 (FINAL)

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
CHN – Wang Fei , 60th minute: Sydney Leroux powered forward by herself on a counter with a defender in tow. She drifted to the right side of the box and fired a hard shot across the goal that Fei did well to push away on a full-out five.

Milestone Watch:

  • Christie Rampone, the active caps leader in the world, earned her 302nd cap. She trails only Kristine Lilly (352 games from 1987-2010) on the all-time list.
  • Carli Lloyd’s 57th goal put her just three shy of Shannon MacMillan for seventh on the USA’s all-time goal scoring list.
  • Lloyd moved past Julie Foudy into ninth place on the WNT’s all-time points list with 146 (57 goals, 32 assists). Foudy had 145-career points (45 goals, 55 assists).
  • Kelley O’Hara earned her 50th cap, becoming the 48th player to do so in WNT history.

Next on the Schedule:
The U.S. WNT will continue its group play in the International Tournament of Brasilia against host Brazil on Dec. 14 (4 p.m. ET) and finish group play with Argentina on Dec. 17 (4:20 p.m. ET).

Social: Twitter (@ussoccer_wnt; @ussoccer_esp); Facebook; Instagram

Additional Notes:

  • The USA is now 15-2-4 in 2014.
  • The U.S. WNT moves to 32-8-13 all-time against China PR. The USA has outscored China 93-35.
  • U.S. head coach Jill Ellis made all of her allowed four substitutes in the match, three of them at halftime. At the break, Abby Wambach came on for Megan Rapinoe, Kelley O’Hara replaced Meghan Klingenberg and Heather O’Reilly came in for Tobin Heath.
  • The U.S. WNT is now 90-8-14 in the 111 games that Rampone has been the team captain.
  • The U.S. is 15-0-4 under head coach Jill Ellis.

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

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. China PR
Date: Dec. 10, 2014
Competition: 2014 International Tournament of Brasilia; Group Play
Venue: Mané Garrincha Stadium; Brasilia, Brazil
Kickoff: 7:20 p.m. local / 4:20 p.m. ET
Attendance: 300
Weather: 73 degrees, overcast

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

USA – Carli Lloyd (Megan Rapinoe)   23rd minute
CHN – Hang Peng                                 67

Lineups:
USA: 1-Hope Solo; 11-Ali Krieger, 3-Christie Rampone (capt.), 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 25-Meghan Klingenberg (5-Kelley O’Hara, 46); 12-Lauren Holiday (14-Julie Johnston, 59), 10-Carli Lloyd; 15-Megan Rapinoe (20-Abby Wambach, 46); 23-Christen Press, 2-Sydney Leroux, 17-Tobin Heath (9-Heather O’Reilly, 46)
Subs Not Used: 6-Whitney Engen, 7-Morgan Brian, 8-Amy Rodriguez, 13-Alex Morgan, 16-Lori Chalupny, 18-Alyssa Naeher, 19-Crystal Dunn, 22-Samantha Mewis
Head Coach: Jill Ellis

CHN: 12-Wang Fei; 2-Liu Shanshan, 3-Wang Shanshan, 5-Wu Haiyan (capt.), 8-Li Dongna, 11-Zhao Rong (18-Han Peng, 44), 15-Wang Shuang (17-Gu Yasha, 73), 19-Tan Ruyin, 23-Ren Guixin, 24-Tang Jiali (14-Goa Qi, 71), 25-Zhang Rui (10-Li Ying, 87)
Subs Not Used: 1-Zhang Yue, 4-Lu Jiayue, 6-Lyu Siqi, 9- Lou Jiahue, 16-Lei Jiahue.
Head Coach: Hao Wei

Stats Summary: USA / CHN
Shots: 6 / 6
Shots on Goal: 4 / 1
Saves: 0 / 3
Corner Kicks: 5 / 0
Fouls: 15 / 5
Offside: 0 / 3

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Tobin Heath (caution)  24th minute
CHN – Goa Qi (caution)          89

Officials:
Referee: n/a
Assistant Referee 1: n/a
Assistant Referee 2: n/a
Fourth Official: n/a

Budweiser Woman of the Match: Becky Sauerbrunn

WNT Sights and Sounds: Brasilia

The U.S. WNT is training in Brasilia, the capital of Brazil, in preparation for the International Tournament of Brasilia that will pit the Americans against China PR, Brazil and Argentina.

WNT Opens Four-Game Brasilia Tournament Wednesday against China PR

2014 International Tournament of Brasilia
U.S. Women’s National Team vs. China PR
Mane Garrincha Stadium; Brasilia, Brazil
Dec. 10, 2014

U.S. WNT FACES CHINA PR TO BEGIN FOUR-GAME TOURNAMENT: The U.S. Women’s National Team will finish its 2014 schedule at the four-team International Tournament of Brasilia, taking place from Dec. 10-21 in the Brazilian capital. Host Brazil, China PR and Argentina join the USA in the tournament that will feature round-robin play followed by a championship game pitting the top two teams in the group and a third-place match between the third and fourth place finishers. The USA will face China PR first on Dec. 10 (4:20 p.m. ET), then take on Brazil on Dec. 14 (4 p.m. ET) and finish group play with Argentina on Dec. 17 (4:20 p.m. ET). The championship and third-place matches will be played on Dec. 21. All the games will be played at Mane Garrincha Stadium, which hosted seven matches during last summer’s World Cup. Fans can follow along on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt and @ussoccer_esp and full highlights will be available on ussoccer.com. 

International Tournament of Brasilia Schedule

Date

Opponent

Kickoff

Dec. 10

USA vs. China PR

4:20 p.m. ET

Brazil vs. Argentina

7 p.m. ET

Dec. 14

Argentina vs. China PR

1 p.m. ET

Brazil vs. USA

4 p.m. ET

Dec. 17

USA vs. Argentina

4:20 p.m. ET

Brazil vs. China PR

7 p.m. ET

Dec. 21

Third-Place Match

1 p.m. ET

Championship

4 p.m. ET

24 TO BRAZIL: U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Jill Ellis named 24 players to travel to Brazil for the International Tournament of Brasilia. Ellis named all 20 players who helped the USA win the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship in October to qualify for the 2015 Women’s World Cup. In addition, she named Washington Spirit defender Crystal Dunn, who was initially on the qualifying roster before suffering an injury in the lead up, Boston Breakers goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher, former UCLA midfielder and 2014 MAC Hermann Trophy candidate Samantha Mewis and Chicago Red Stars defender Lori Chalupny. The official tournament roster is 23 players so one player will not suit up for the matches.

TOURNAMENT RULES: Should teams be even on points after the complete of group play, the tie-breakers are as follows: goal difference, goals scored, lowest number of red cards, lowest number of yellow cards, a drawing of lots. A player can only be suspended for the championship or third-place match if they received a yellow card in each of the three group matches or a red card in the third group match. Teams are allowed four field player substitutions per match, and a fifth if the team needs to change a goalkeeper.

U.S. Women’s National Team Roster By Position
GOALKEEPERS (3): Ashlyn Harris (Washington Spirit), Alyssa Naeher (Boston Breakers), Hope Solo (Seattle Reign FC)
DEFENDERS (9): Lori Chalupny (Chicago Red Stars), Crystal Dunn (Washington Spirit), Whitney Engen (Western NY Flash), 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)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Morgan Brian (Virginia), Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC), Lauren Holiday (FC Kansas City), Carli Lloyd (WNY Flash), Samantha Mewis (UCLA), Heather O’Reilly (FC Kansas City), 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)

USA DRAWN INTO GROUP D AT 2015 WOMEN’S WORLD CUP: After the Final Draw was conducted on Dec. 6 in Ottawa, Canada, the U.S. Women's National Team learned it will face Australia, Nigeria and Sweden in Group D at the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup, taking place from June 6-July 5 in Canada. The U.S. will open Group D play against Australia on June 8 at Winnipeg Stadium. The USA then faces Sweden on June 12 in Winnipeg, followed by Nigeria on June 16 at BC Place in Vancouver. The USA, Nigeria and Sweden have competed in every edition of the FIFA Women's World Cup.

U.S. 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup Group D Schedule
Date                Opponent       Venue                                     Local Kickoff / ET
June 8              Australia          Winnipeg Stadium      6:30 p.m. / 7:30 p.m.
June 12            Sweden           Winnipeg Stadium      7 p.m. / 8 p.m.  
June 16            Nigeria            BC Place; Vancouver 5 p.m. / 8 p.m.  

TOURNAMENT NOTES:

  • The USA is currently ranked No. 1 in the world. Brazil is sixth, China PR is 14th and Argentina is 37th.
  • The USA, China PR and Brazil have qualified for next summer’s FIFA Women’s World Cup.
  • Among the seven 2014 FIFA World Cup matches played at the National Stadium Mane Garrincha last summer were Argentina's 1-0 quarterfinal victory against Belgium and Brazil's 3-0 loss to the Netherlands in the third-place match.
  • The National Stadium Mane Garrincha cost $900 million to build, making it the second-most expensive soccer stadium in the world after England's Wembley Stadium. It opened during the summer of 2013.
  • In its history, the U.S. WNT has played six total matches in Brazil, four at a tournament in 1996 in Campinas (two against Brazil and matches against Ukraine and Russia) and two against Brazil in 1997.
  • The USA won the championship of the 1996 event in penalty kicks after drawing Brazil 1-1 in regulation.
  • The U.S. Women have never played anywhere in South America outside of those six games in Brazil.
  • The U.S. Under-20 Women's National Team did participate in the Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2007 getting to the final of a tournament that featured full Women's National Teams before losing 5-0 to Brazil. That U-20 team featured current U.S. WNT players Lauren Holiday, Tobin Heath, Alyssa Naeher and Kelley O'Hara.
  • The USA has not played Argentina since 1998 when the countries played twice in three days in Southern California. The USA earned 8-1 and 7-0 victories on April 24 and 26, respectively. Those were the only matches between the two teams.
  • China PR is one of the most frequent opponents in U.S. history with 52 previous meetings. Most recently, the sides met twice last April with the U.S. winning both games: a 2-0 victory in Colorado and a 3-0 win in San Diego.

U.S. ROSTER NOTES:

  • Midfielder Morgan Brian arrived in Brazil a few days after the rest of the team on Dec. 8 after playing in the NCAA Championship Game with the University of Virginia, where her team fell 1-0 to Florida State.
  • The USA is coming off a highly successful run at the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship where the USA won all five games by shutout, including a 3-0 win against Mexico in the semifinal that earned the team a berth to the Women’s World Cup, and a 6-0 win in the championship game against Costa Rica.
  • Abby Wambach was the top scorer in the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship with seven goals and travels to Brazil with a world-record 177 and counting.
  • Carli Lloyd won the CONCACAF Women’s Championship tournament MVP after notching five goals and four assists. Hope Solo was named the top goalkeeper in the tournament.
  • Lauren Holiday was named the 2014 U.S. Soccer Female Athlete of the Year on Dec. 6, and was also voted the Young U.S. Soccer Female Athlete of the Year in 2007 as Lauren Cheney. 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 110 caps.
  • Wambach is the USA’s top scorer on the roster with 177 goals. After Wambach, Lloyd is the top scorer with 56 career international goals. Alex Morgan has 49 and Heather O’Reilly has scored 41. Sydney Leroux is quickly climbing the charts with 33.
  • 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 eight assists are best on the team this year and she is followed by Leroux, Christen Press and Megan Rapinoe, all with five.
  • Twenty-nine players have seen game action for the USA in 2014, including first-cappers Samantha Mewis, Sarah Hagan and Allie Long.
  • Kelley O’Hara’s next cap will be her 50th, making her the 48th female to reach that number for the U.S. WNT.

ON USSOCCER.COM:
Video and Features
Dec. 7 - WNT Watches World Cup Draw from Brazil
Dec. 7 - Lauren Holiday - 2014 U.S. Soccer Female Athlete of the Year
Dec. 6 - Holiday, Leroux, Press and Rampone React to Women's World Cup Draw
Dec. 6 - Jill Ellis Gives Thoughts on U.S. Group Opponents at 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup
Dec. 6 - Jill Ellis' Message to the Fans after Women's World Cup Draw
Dec. 5 - Bem-Vindo A Brazil

Releases
Dec. 6 - U.S. WNT to Face Australia, Sweden and Nigeria in Group D at 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup
Dec. 6 - Lauren Holiday Voted 2014 U.S. Female Athlete of the Year
Dec. 5 - Ellis Names WNT Roster for International Tournament of Brasilia
Dec. 4 - DeAndre Yedlin, Morgan Brian and Gavin Sibayan Earn 2014 U.S. Soccer Athlete of the Year Honors
Oct. 1 - U.S. WNT to Play in Four-Nations December Tournament in Brazil

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