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Ellis Names WNT Roster for Matches in Europe against France and England

CHICAGO (Jan. 30, 2015) – U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Jill Ellis has named 24 players for a 13-day trip to Europe that will feature matches against France on Feb. 8 in Lorient (12 p.m. ET on ESPN2) and against England on Feb. 13 in Milton Keynes (3 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1).

The USA has not played in France since 1995 when it was also preparing for a World Cup and played three matches against Italy, Canada and France over a span of five days. The USA last played a friendly match in England on April 2, 2011, falling to England, 2-1. The USA played four of its six 2012 Olympic matches in England with the first two being played in Glasgow, Scotland.

Both France and England went unbeaten in their UEFA Women's World Cup qualifying groups. France compiled a 10-0-0 record while scoring 54 goals and allowing just three. England also went 10-0-0, while netting 52 goals against just one allowed. France is currently ranked third in the world and England is sixth.

"These games are exactly what we need," said Jill Ellis when the matches were announced. "Our goal leading up to the World Cup is to play some of the best teams. These are two opponents that will test us and certainly two teams we could meet in Canada. Both teams are exceptionally well-organized, have a high level of athleticism and will pose some excellent challenges."

Twenty-three of the 24 players named participated in the USA’s three-week January camp, with the only addition being first-time call-up Tori Huster, a midfielder with the Washington Spirit.

Additional Notes:

  • The USA will be without three regulars for this tour as Megan Rapinoe (knee) and Christie Rampone (back) picked up minor injuries during the USA’s January training camp and will not be ready for action, and goalkeeper Hope Solo is serving a suspension.
  • The U.S. Women played France twice in June of 2014 in two highly competitive matches: a 1-0 U.S. victory in Tampa, Florida, on a score from Sydney Leroux and a 2-2 draw in East Hartford, Connecticut, in which Alex Morgan scored both goals.
  • The USA’s group for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup features Australia, Sweden and Nigeria. England and France are in Group F with Colombia and Mexico.
  • The USA is 14-0-2 all-time against France. The teams met in the semifinal of the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup and during group play at the 2012 Olympics.
  • The USA is 7-3-1 all-time against England. The teams haven't met since the match in London in 2011.
  • The U.S. WNT includes players who have played professional club soccer in both France and England. Tobin Heath played with Paris Saint-Germain from 2013-14 while Whitney Engen helped the Liverpool Ladies to a league title in 2013.
  • Carli Lloyd and Christen Press led the USA in games played in 2014, both seeing action in 23 out of the 24 total games. Lloyd started all 23 of her matches to lead the team.

U.S. Women’s National Team Roster By Position
GOALKEEPERS (3): Nicole Barnhart (FC Kansas City), Ashlyn Harris (Washington Spirit), Alyssa Naeher (Boston Breakers)
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), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City), Rachel Van Hollebeke (Portland Thorns FC)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Shannon Boxx (Chicago Red Stars), Morgan Brian (Houston Dash), Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC), Lauren Holiday (FC Kansas City), Tori Huster (Washington Spirit), Carli Lloyd (Houston Dash), Heather O’Reilly (FC Kansas City)
FORWARDS (5): Sydney Leroux (Seattle Reign FC), Alex Morgan (Portland Thorns FC), Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars), Amy Rodriguez (FC Kansas City), Abby Wambach (Western NY Flash)

U.S. Soccer Announces 2015 Schedule for U.S. Women's National Team

CHICAGO (Jan 26, 2015) – The U.S. Women’s National Team will play 10 matches in 2015 prior to the FIFA Women’s World Cup, including four across the United States in April and May as the team completes its final preparations for the tournament.

After six matches in Europe, the USA’s first domestic match will be played against New Zealand on Saturday, April 4, at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri. The match will kick off at 2:30 p.m. CT and be broadcast on FOX Sports 1.

Tickets for the game in St. Louis go on sale to the public Friday, Jan. 30 at 10 a.m. CT through ussoccer.com, by phone at 314-345-9000 and at the 8th Street ticket windows at Busch Stadium (open Monday-Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.). 

Groups of 20 or more can obtain an order form at ussoccer.com or call 312-528-1290. 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 game, and other unique benefits) are also available exclusively through ussoccer.com. 

Supporters Club members and fans following U.S. Soccer on Facebook and Twitter will have access to purchase tickets for all matches in advance of any public sale. More information on how to join the Supporters Club and its various levels of membership, as well as links to U.S. Soccer's Facebook and Twitter pages, can be found at ussoccer.com. For further questions, you may also contact supporters@ussoccer.org.

The final three matches take place in May and make up the Send-Off Series prior to departing for Winnipeg, Canada, in advance of the team’s first match of the Women’s World Cup. The USA’s first game will be against Ireland on Sunday, May 10, at 11:30 a.m. PT at Avaya Stadium in San Jose, California, the new home of Major League Soccer’s San Jose Earthquakes. 

From there, the USA will travel down the coast for its second Send-Off Series match, facing Mexico on Sunday, May 17, at 6 p.m. PT at StubHub Center in Carson, California. Both California matches will be broadcast on FOX Sports 1. 

The U.S. heads to the East Coast to conclude the Send-Off Series against Korea Republic on Saturday, May 30, at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey. The match will kick off at 4:30 p.m. ET and be broadcast on ESPN and WatchESPN. Fans can follow all the upcoming WNT matches on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt and @ussoccer_esp.

Ticket information for the Send-Off Series matches will be announced at a later date. 

As previously announced, the U.S. WNT opens the 2015 schedule in February with a pair of international matches abroad. The team will first play France in Lorient on Feb. 8 (Noon ET on ESPN2), followed by a meeting with England on Feb. 13 in Milton Keynes (3 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1).

The U.S. WNT will then play four matches at the annual Algarve Cup in Portugal from March 4-11. The U.S. will play Norway, Switzerland and Iceland in group play on March 4, March 6 and March 9, respectively, along with a placement match on March 11. Information on the kickoff times and venues will be provided in the coming weeks. All Algarve Cup matches will be televised on FOX Sports 1 and will also be available on multi-platform devices via FOX Sports GO, FOX Soccer 2Go and FOXSportsGO.com.

This summer, the USA will face Australia, Sweden and Nigeria in Group D at the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup. The USA opens against Australia on June 8 at Winnipeg Stadium, followed by Sweden on June 12 in Winnipeg and Nigeria on June 16 at BC Place in Vancouver.  

The 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup runs from June 6-July 5 and all 52 games will be shown live on FOX, FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports 2 and on tablets and mobile devices through the FOX Sports GO app and FOXSportsGO.com.

2015 U.S. Women’s National Team Schedule:

Date

Opponent

Time

TV

Venue

Feb. 8

France

12 p.m. ET

ESPN2

Stade du Moustoir; Lorient, France

Feb. 13

England

3 p.m. ET

FOX Sports 1

stadiummk; Milton Keynes, England

March 4

Norway

TBD

FOX Sports 1

Vila Real de San Antonio, Portugal

March 6

Switzerland

TBD

FOX Sports 1

Vila Real de San Antonio, Portugal

March 9

Iceland

TBD

FOX Sports 1

Lagos, Portugal

March 11

TBD

TBD

FOX Sports 1

TBD, Portugal

April 4

New Zealand

2:30 p.m. CT

FOX Sports 1

Busch Stadium; St. Louis, Mo.

May 10

Ireland

11:30 a.m. PT

FOX Sports 1

Avaya Stadium; San Jose, Calif.

May 17

Mexico

6 p.m. PT

FOX Sports 1

StubHub Center; Carson, Calif.

May 30

Korea Republic

4:30 p.m. ET

ESPN, WatchESPN

Red Bull Arena; Harrison, N.J.

June 8

Australia

6:30 p.m. CT

FOX

Winnipeg Stadium; Winnipeg, Canada

June 12

Sweden

7 p.m. CT

FOX

Winnipeg Stadium; Winnipeg, Canada

June 16

Nigeria

5 p.m. PT

FOX

BC Place Stadium; Vancouver, Canada

Q&A: Midfielder Sam Mewis Talks Camp and NWSL

U.S. Women’s National Team midfielder Samantha Mewis sat down with ussoccer.com to discuss the progress the team is making in its latest January Camp as well as how she anticipates this will help her in the professional ranks after being drafted No.4 overall to the Western New York Flash earlier today during the 2015 National Women’s Soccer League Draft.

ussoccer.com: Can you give us a brief update from the Women’s National Team camp?

Sam Mewis: “We’ve been here for about a week-and-a-half now. We’ve had a couple of scrimmages and a couple of intra squads that are going really well. I think the team is making huge improvements and working exactly on what the coaches want us to work on. It’s so cool for me to be here individually, I feel like I’m learning a lot and it’s an awesome thing to be a part of.”

Sam Mewis

ussoccer.com: Being a World Cup year, how would you say the intensity of this camp is compared to others?

SM: "The intensity level is unreal. I have so much respect for these girls who do this career year-round and do it for so long. It being a World Cup year, obviously everyone is fighting for a spot right now and it’s so competitive. At the same time everyone is trying to come together so it’s huge challenge. But I give everyone so much credit for doing this, for being so great about it, and for being so welcoming to the younger players."

ussoccer.com: How valuable is it as a younger player to be here at this camp?

SM: "It’s so valuable. My stint earlier this year was three, four camps, and I got better in those two or three months than I have ever in a stint of time in my whole life. Getting to play at this level is so good to me as an individual player. It’s so good for my awareness and my development. If I want to continue down this road in the future, this time in here is so valuable for me so I really have to take advantage of everyday that I get."

Sam Mewis

ussoccer.com: Now that you and some of the other players are joining the professional level, how does this camp set you up for that?

SM: "I think instead of being home and training on my own, getting to be here and playing at the highest level will only be that much better for me in a couple of months when I start playing in the NWSL. I’m staying fit, I’m playing at a high level, I’m getting all of this exposure and getting to play against all of these people who I’m going to be playing against in a couple of months. It’s just so good as a training environment. I get to come and live in L.A. for three weeks and train in good weather with the best players in the league. There’s just no better preseason for the league."


2014 Hall of Fame Induction to be Held Feb. 14 During AGM in San Francisco

CHICAGO (Jan. 13, 2015) – Former U.S. Women’s National Team midfielder Kristine Lilly, Men’s National Team forward Brian McBride and former U.S. MNT and Major League Soccer head coach Bob Bradley will be inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame on Saturday, Feb. 14, during the U.S. Soccer Federation Annual General Meeting in San Francisco.

The induction ceremony will take place at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis as part of the AGM Anniversary Dinner. McBride and Lilly will be in attendance, but Bradley will be unable to attend due to his responsibilities as the manager of Stabaek in Norway.

Lilly, the sport’s all-time international caps leader, having played 352 games for the United States from 1987-2010, and McBride, who starred in three FIFA World Cups (1998, 2002 and 2006) for the U.S. MNT, are first-ballot Hall of Fame inductees. Bradley enters the Hall of Fame as a Builder after coaching soccer at the highest levels in the United States.

Lilly enters the Hall of Fame after appearing in international competition for 21 different years over a 24-year span. She won two of the five FIFA Women’s World Cups in which she played. A two-time Olympic gold medalist, Lilly played six seasons in domestic professional leagues, including five for the Boston Breakers in the Women’s United Soccer Association and Women’s Professional Soccer.

McBride enters the Hall of Fame as one of the most lauded Americans in the history of European club soccer. From 1993-2006, McBride earned 95 caps with the U.S., and his 30 international goals helped the team reach the semifinals of the 1999 FIFA Confederations Cup, claim the 2002 CONCACAF Gold Cup title and reach the quarterfinals of the 2002 FIFA World Cup – the best finish by the team in the modern era. McBride played 11 seasons in MLS with the Columbus Crew (1996-2003) and Chicago Fire (2008-10), as well as seven seasons with three English teams, including five with Fulham, where he was named captain in his final season.

As head coach of the U.S. MNT, Bradley guided the team to the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup title, the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup final and a first-place finish in Group C at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. As an MLS head coach, Bradley brought success to the Chicago Fire from 1998-2002, winning an MLS Cup (1998) and the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup twice (1998, 2002) before coaching the New York/New Jersey MetroStars from 2003-05 and Chivas USA in 2006.

The Colin Jose Media Award nomination committee determined there will not be an award given this year.

The National Soccer Hall of Fame election process is administered by U.S. Soccer Federation staff under election and eligibility guidelines established by the Hall of Fame Board of Directors. Established in 1950, the National Soccer Hall of Fame is dedicated to the sport of soccer in America by celebrating its history, preserving its legacy, inspiring its youth and honoring its heroes for generations to come.

FIFA Live Your Goals Tour Set to Make Stop at NSCAA Convention on Jan. 16 in Philadelphia

CHICAGO (Jan. 12, 2015) – In an effort to showcase the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup and encourage the development of women’s soccer, FIFA’s Live Your Goals Tour will make a stop in the United States on Friday, Jan. 16 during the 2014 National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Convention in Philadelphia.

The events will take place around the 2015 National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) College Draft, starting with a welcome breakfast for media at 7:30 a.m. ET and press conference at 8:30 a.m. in room 112A to discuss the FIFA Women’s World Cup and the message of the Live Your Goals campaign.

Participants will include FIFA Deputy Director of the Competitions Division and Head of Women’s Competitions Tatjana Haenni, FIFA Senior Women’s Football Development Manager Mayi Cruz Blanco and U.S. Soccer Women’s National Team Technical Director April Heinrichs. Light breakfast will be served.

The Live Your Goals Tour will also include an extensive panel discussion about the development of women’s soccer in the United States. Speakers set to participate in the panel include FIFA ExCo Member Sonia Bien-Aime, NWSL and Sky Blue FC Head Coach and Technical Director Jim Gabarra, Haenni, Blanco and Heinrichs. The panel will take place at 2:30 p.m. in room 113B, the same location as the NWSL College Draft.

In addition, FIFA will also have the Women’s World Cup Trophy on display inside the Grand Hall of the convention center, providing attendees the opportunity to take photos. The trophy will be on display from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. ET.

The Live Your Goals initiative was launched by FIFA to build enthusiasm for football among girls and women around the world and inspire as many as possible to take up playing. The 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada marks the first time that 24 teams will take part in the showpiece event. The tournament will take place from June 6-July 5 across six cities from coast to coast (Edmonton, Moncton, Montreal, Ottawa, Vancouver and Winnipeg).

Billed as “The World’s Largest Annual Gathering of Soccer Coaches,” each year the NSCAA Convention draws approximately 4,000 coaches from its 30,000-plus members, and more than 10,000 attendees over five days for live field demonstration and lecture sessions, networking socials, coaching diplomas and more.

Live Your Goals Tour | 2015 NSCAA Convention
Philadelphia Convention Center

Time (ET) / Event / Location
8:30 a.m.: Press Conference; 112A *Light breakfast to be served
11 a.m.-1 p.m.: Women’s World Cup Trophy Display; Grand Hall
2:30 p.m.: Panel Discussion on Women’s Development; 113B

Ellis Names WNT Roster for January Camp at NTC

CHICAGO (Jan. 2, 2015) – U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Jill Ellis has named 29 players for a 21-day training camp, running from Jan. 5-25 at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center in Carson, California, that will kick off the USA’s Women’s World Cup year.

Ellis named all 24 players that were recently in Brazil for the International Tournament of Brasilia and has added several veterans in midfielder Shannon Boxx, defender Rachel Van Hollebeke and goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart, as well as midfielders Kristie Mewis and Allie Long. The camp begins an extensive schedule of training and matches in 2015 as Ellis and her staff work towards the naming of a 23-player roster for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup, which kicks off in Canada this June.

The U.S. WNT returns to international play with two matches in Europe; the first against France in Lorient on Feb. 8, followed by a meeting with England on Feb. 13 in Milton Keynes. The USA’s entire 2015 schedule for the run-up to the Women’s World Cup will be announced in the near future.

U.S. Women’s National Team Roster By Position (Detailed Roster):
GOALKEEPERS (4): Nicole Barnhart (FC Kansas City), Ashlyn Harris (Washington Spirit), Alyssa Naeher (Boston Breakers), Hope Solo (Seattle Reign FC)
DEFENDERS (10): 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), Rachel Van Hollebeke (Portland Thorns FC)
MIDFIELDERS (10): Shannon Boxx (Chicago Red Stars), Morgan Brian (Virginia), Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC), Lauren Holiday (FC Kansas City), Allie Long (Portland Thorns FC), Carli Lloyd (Houston Dash), Kristie Mewis (Boston Breakers), 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 (Western NY Flash)

Additional Notes:

  • Carli Lloyd led the USA in scoring in 2014 with 15 goals and was the MVP of the CONCACAF Women’s World Cup qualifying tournament.
  • Lloyd and Christen Press led the USA in games played in 2014, both seeing action in 23 out of the 24 total games. Lloyd started all 23 of her matches to lead the team.
  • Lloyd also led the USA in assists in 2014 with eight. Megan Rapinoe was second with seven.
  • Lauren Holiday was named the 2014 U.S. Soccer Female Athlete of the Year.
  • The roster includes two finalists for the 2014 MAC Hermann Trophy, awarded to the top player in college soccer, in Morgan Brian of the University of Virginia and Samantha Mewis of UCLA. Both have completed their college careers and should be high picks in the 2015 NWSL Draft. Brian was also the 2014 U.S. Soccer Young Female Athlete of the Year.
  • Rachel Van Hollebeke and Kristie Mewis, both of whom have been in Japan playing with Iga FC Kunoichi, return to the U.S. roster for the first time since a pair of September matches against Mexico. Van Hollebeke is recovering from a nagging calf injury and will join camp as soon as she is ready for training.
  • Nicole Barnhart, Shannon Boxx and Allie Long also return for the first time since September.

Wambach Named CONCACAF Female Player of the Year

CHICAGO (Dec. 23, 2014) – U.S. Women’s National Team forward Abby Wambach was named the 2014 CONCACAF Female Player of the Year. Wambach, who was the runner-up to Alex Morgan for the award in 2013, edged out Costa Rica’s Shirley Cruz for the top honor.

Wambach, a member of the National Women's Soccer League's WNY Flash, scored 14 goals and posted three assists in 20 games for the WNT. She is the team's all-time leading goal scorer with 177 in 232-career appearances.

Tim Howard

U.S. Men’s National Team and Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard was the CONCACAF Goalkeeper of the Year for the second consecutive occasion, beating out Mexico’s Guillermo Ochoa and Costa Rica’s Keylor Navas. Howard had a memorable 2014 FIFA World Cup highlighted by a 15-save performance against Belgium. Howard also was third in the CONCACAF Player of the Year voting.

USA referee Mark Geiger was named the 2014 CONCACAF Referee of the Year, finishing ahead of Mexico’s Marco Antonio Rodriguez and Costa Rica’s Walter Quesada. Geiger refereed three matches at the 2014 World Cup, including a Round of 16 match between France and Nigeria. He was the 2014 Major League Soccer Referee of the Year and manned the middle during the 2014 MLS Cup Final as the LA Galaxy won its fifth title.

Mark Geiger

2014 CONCACAF Awards
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Winner: Keylor Navas, Goalkeeper (Real Madrid/ESP & Costa Rica)
Second: Bryan Ruiz, Forward (Fulham FC/ENG & Costa Rica)
Third: Tim Howard, Goalkeeper (Everton/ENG & United States)

FEMALE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Winner: Abby Wambach, Forward (Western New York Flash/USA & United States)
Second: Shirley Cruz, Midfielder (Paris Saint-Germain/FRA & Costa Rica)
Third: Veronica Charlyn Corral (Merilappi United/FIN & Mexico)

GOALKEEPER OF THE YEAR
Winner: Tim Howard (Everton/ENG & United States)
Second: Guillermo Ochoa (Malaga/ESP & Mexico)
Third: Keylor Navas (Real Madrid/ESP & Costa Rica)

COACH OF THE YEAR
Winner: Jorge Luis Pinto (Costa Rica)
Second: Luis Fernando Suarez (Honduras)
Third: Oscar Ramirez (LD Alajuelense/CRC)

REFEREE OF THE YEAR
Winner: Mark Geiger (USA)
Second: Marco Antonio Rodriguez (Mexico)
Third: Walter Quesada (Costa Rica)

GOAL OF THE YEAR
Winner: Bryan Ruiz, Costa Rica v Italy, 44th minute (June 20, 2014)
Second: Esteban Ramirez, Herediano v Saprissa, 20th minute Nov. 2, 2014)
Third: Joel Campbell, Costa Rica v Uruguay, 54th minute (June 14, 2014)

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