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PLAYER POS. HT. BIRTHDATE HOMETOWN CLUB/COLLEGE CAPS/G
Shannon Boxx M 5-8 6/29/77 Redondo Beach, Calif. Chicago Red Stars 191/27
Morgan Brian M 5-7 2/26/93 St. Simons Island, Ga. Houston Dash 34/4
Lori Chalupny D 5-4 1/29/84 St. Louis, Mo. Chicago Red Stars 103/10
Whitney Engen D 5-8 11/28/87 Rolling Hills Estates, Calif. Western New York Flash 26/3
Ashlyn Harris GK 5-9 10/19/85 Satellite Beach, Fla. Washington Spirit 6/0
Tobin Heath M 5-6 5/29/88 Basking Ridge, N.J. Portland Thorns FC 97/11
Lauren Holiday M 5-8 9/30/87 Indianapolis, Ind. FC Kansas City 129/23
Julie Johnston D 5-7 4/6/92 Mesa, Ariz. Chicago Red Stars 18/3
Meghan Klingenberg D 5-2 8/2/88 Gibsonia, Pa. Houston Dash 40/2
Ali Krieger D 5-6 7/28/84 Dumfries, Va. Washington Spirit 72/1
Sydney Leroux F 5-7 5/7/90 Scottsdale, Ariz. Western New York Flash 75/35
Carli Lloyd M 5-8 7/16/82 Delran, N.J. Houston Dash 201/65
Alex Morgan F 5-7 7/2/89 Diamond Bar, Calif. Portland Thorns FC 90/52
Alyssa Naeher GK 5-9 4/20/88 Bridgeport, Conn. Boston Breakers 1/0
Kelley O'Hara D 5-5 8/4/88 Fayetteville, Ga. Sky Blue FC 62/1
Heather O'Reilly M 5-5 1/2/85 East Brunswick, N.J. FC Kansas City 220/41
Christen Press F 5-7 12/29/88 Palos Verdes Estates, Calif. Chicago Red Stars 49/21
Christie Rampone D 5-6 6/24/75 Point Pleasant, N.J. Sky Blue FC 307/4
Megan Rapinoe M 5-7 7/5/85 Redding, Calif. Seattle Reign FC 107/31
Amy Rodriguez F 5-4 2/17/87 Lake Forest, Calif. FC Kansas City 125/29
Becky Sauerbrunn D 5-7 6/6/85 St. Louis, Mo. FC Kansas City 87/0
Hope Solo GK 5-9 7/30/81 Richland, Wash. Seattle Reign FC 176/0
Abby Wambach F 5-11 6/2/80 Rochester, N.Y. Unattached 248/183

2015 FIFA Women's World Cup

Shannon Boxx

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-8

Birthdate:
6/29/1977

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Redondo Beach, Calif.

Club:
Chicago Red Stars

Morgan Brian

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-7

Birthdate:
2/26/1993

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
St. Simons Island, Ga.

Club:
Houston Dash

Lori Chalupny

Position:
Defender

Height:
5-4

Birthdate:
1/29/1984

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
St. Louis, Mo.

Club:
Chicago Red Stars

Whitney Engen

Position:
Defender

Height:
5-8

Birthdate:
11/28/1987

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Rolling Hills Estates, Calif.

Club:
Western New York Flash

Ashlyn Harris

Position:
Goalkeeper

Height:
5-9

Birthdate:
10/19/1985

Position:
Goalkeeper

Hometown:
Satellite Beach, Fla.

Club:
Washington Spirit

Tobin Heath

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-6

Birthdate:
5/29/1988

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Basking Ridge, N.J.

Club:
Portland Thorns FC

Lauren Holiday

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-8

Birthdate:
9/30/1987

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Indianapolis, Ind.

Club:
FC Kansas City

Julie Johnston

Position:
Defender

Height:
5-7

Birthdate:
4/6/1992

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Mesa, Ariz.

Club:
Chicago Red Stars

Meghan Klingenberg

Position:
Defender

Height:
5-2

Birthdate:
8/2/1988

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Gibsonia, Pa.

Club:
Houston Dash

Ali Krieger

Position:
Defender

Height:
5-6

Birthdate:
7/28/1984

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Dumfries, Va.

Club:
Washington Spirit

Sydney Leroux

Position:
Forward

Height:
5-7

Birthdate:
5/7/1990

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
Scottsdale, Ariz.

Club:
Western New York Flash

Carli Lloyd

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-8

Birthdate:
7/16/1982

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Delran, N.J.

Club:
Houston Dash

Alex Morgan

Position:
Forward

Height:
5-7

Birthdate:
7/2/1989

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
Diamond Bar, Calif.

Club:
Portland Thorns FC

Alyssa Naeher

Position:
Goalkeeper

Height:
5-9

Birthdate:
4/20/1988

Position:
Goalkeeper

Hometown:
Bridgeport, Conn.

Club:
Boston Breakers

Kelley O'Hara

Position:
Defender

Height:
5-5

Birthdate:
8/4/1988

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Fayetteville, Ga.

Club:
Sky Blue FC

Heather O'Reilly

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-5

Birthdate:
1/2/1985

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
East Brunswick, N.J.

Club:
FC Kansas City

Christen Press

Position:
Forward

Height:
5-7

Birthdate:
12/29/1988

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
Palos Verdes Estates, Calif.

Club:
Chicago Red Stars

Christie Rampone

Position:
Defender

Height:
5-6

Birthdate:
6/24/1975

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Point Pleasant, N.J.

Club:
Sky Blue FC

Megan Rapinoe

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-7

Birthdate:
7/5/1985

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Redding, Calif.

Club:
Seattle Reign FC

Amy Rodriguez

Position:
Forward

Height:
5-4

Birthdate:
2/17/1987

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
Lake Forest, Calif.

Club:
FC Kansas City

Becky Sauerbrunn

Position:
Defender

Height:
5-7

Birthdate:
6/6/1985

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
St. Louis, Mo.

Club:
FC Kansas City

Hope Solo

Position:
Goalkeeper

Height:
5-9

Birthdate:
7/30/1981

Position:
Goalkeeper

Hometown:
Richland, Wash.

Club:
Seattle Reign FC

Abby Wambach

Position:
Forward

Height:
5-11

Birthdate:
6/2/1980

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
Rochester, N.Y.

Club:
Unattached

Tickets for U.S. WNT Match in Chattanooga Sold Out

CHICAGO (July 2, 2015) – Tickets for the U.S. Women’s National Team’s second post-Women’s World Cup game against Costa Rica have officially sold out.

The U.S. Women will play in front of over 20,000 fans at Finley Stadium on Wednesday, Aug. 19 in Chattanooga, Tennessee (6:30 p.m. ET on ESPN2), setting a WNT attendance record in the state.

Tickets for the match sold out in one day, making it the fourth sellout in the history of the 18-year-old stadium and the fastest selling event held at the venue. The USA has played at Finley Stadium before, but not since 1997, when it defeated Sweden, 3-1, at the home of the National Premier Soccer League’s Chattanooga FC and the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga Moccasins football and women’s soccer teams. The game against Sweden was the first soccer game held at Finley, drawing a crowd of 13,433 fans.

Three days prior to the match in Tennessee, the WNT will play Costa Rica in Pittsburgh, on Sunday, Aug. 16 at Heinz Field (1:30 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1). Tickets are available and more than 23,000 have already been sold. (TICKETS)

The WNT’s match in Pittsburgh marks the team’s second visit to Heinz Field, home of the NFL’s Pittsburgh Steelers, after defeating Iceland there by a 3-0 score in 2004 following the USA’s Olympic gold medal run in Greece. The return to Pittsburgh will be a homecoming of sorts for U.S. defender Meghan Klingenberg, who hails from nearby Gibsonia. The USA has played 15 times previously in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

The USWNT will next contest the Final at the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup on Sunday, July 5, at 7 p.m. ET when it takes on reigning World Champion Japan in a rematch of the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup title match. The game will be broadcast live on FOX and Telemundo. Fans can also follow all the excitement on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt and @ussoccer_esp.

#USWNT Chooses Their Favorite Emojis

Everybody loves a good emoji and with the Women’s World Cup final just three days away, the globe + trophy pairing is one of our favorites. Last week, the NBA Draft got us wondering what each of the #USWNT23 players would consider their favorite small digital icon. There was lots of variation, but Justise Winslow might be on to something, “they really like the monkeys.”

Take a look at the #USWNT’s favorite way to express themselves in electronic communication.

Gallery: USA Topples Germany to Advance to World Cup Final

Photos from the #USWNT's victory against world No. 1-ranked Germany in the Semifinals of the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup. The USA will meet the winner of England/Japan in the World Cup Final on Sunday, July 5, at BC Place in Vancouver, Canada. The championship match kicks off at 7 p.m. ET/ 4 PT and will air live on FOX and Telemundo. 

Thousands of Fans Gather in Lincoln Park to Support WNT

While more than 50,000 packed Olympic Stadium on Tuesday night in Montreal, back at home, thousands of USA supporters came together at Fan HQ in Chicago's Lincoln Park to watch the #USWNT's 2-0 victory against Germany in the semifinals of the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup.  The event included various fan-focused activities with opportunities to purchase U.S. Soccer merchandise and food and beverages.  Supporters were able to catch FOX's live feed of the match on a giant 19-by-33 foot, high-definition screen.  Even Teddy Goalsevelt, made famous during the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, made an appearance to help cheer the WNT to victory!


U.S. Soccer to Host Women's World Cup Viewing Party and FanHQ Event in Chicago's Lincoln Park

CHICAGO (June 30, 2015) – U.S. Soccer will host a U.S. Women’s National Team Viewing Party for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup Final against the England-Japan winner on Sunday, July 5 in Chicago’s Lincoln Park.

With support from the Chicago Park District, U.S. Soccer will kick off the festivities at 3 p.m. with a FanHQ event in Lincoln Park near the intersection of Stockton Drive and LaSalle Drive, just south of the Lincoln Park Zoo.

FanHQ will include various fan-focused activities, while U.S. Soccer merchandise, along with food, soft drinks, beer and other beverages will be available for purchase.

The viewing party will feature FOX’s live feed of the match displayed on a giant 19-by-33 foot, high-definition screen. The game kicks off at 6 p.m. CT. The Final match against England or Japan will be played at BC Place in Vancouver, Canada. The events are free and open to the public. 

Last summer U.S. Soccer hosted four viewing parties with inspiring success. The last Viewing Party at Soldier Field drew over 28,000 fans to the lakefront park.

The U.S. qualified for the Final after winning its group – which included Australia, Sweden and Nigeria – and then defeating Colombia 2-0 in the Round of 16, China 1-0 in the Quarterfinals and Germany 2-0 in the Semifinals.

Media are invited to the event, and all media requests should be directed to Sinhue Mendoza at smendoza@ussoccer.org, O: (312) 528- 1237, M: (224)-715-0387 or Alex Prosperi Alexander.Prosperi@fleishman.com (847) 830-0284.  Television affiliates are invited for live shots at the park and parking instructions will be sent out at a later date. U.S. Soccer asks that if you are looking to park your TV truck to please inform us in advance because parking will likely be restricted.

The U.S. Soccer Federation is the governing body of soccer in all its forms in the United States.  U.S. Soccer has played an integral part in charting the course for the sport in the USA for more than 100 years.  U.S. Soccer is headquartered in two refurbished mansions in Chicago’s Prairie Avenue Historical District. Since dubbed U.S. Soccer House, on the corner of 18th Street and Prairie Avenue it now serves as the American home of the world’s most popular sport.

FanHQ Heads to Vancouver for Women’s World Cup Final

CHICAGO (June 30, 2015) – With the U.S. Women’s National Team advancing to the final of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada, U.S. Soccer is bringing FanHQ back to Vancouver with events specifically planned for U.S. Soccer fans, as the team gets set to chase its third title.

FanHQ will bring together U.S. fans on Independence Day on Saturday July 4, to party the night before the grand finale between the USWNT and England/Japan, and again on matchday, Sunday, July 5, for a pre-game party.

Both events will feature music from DJ Spin Easy, a NYC DJ who brought his unique sets to FanHQ events earlier in Vancouver and Montreal, and in Brazil during the 2014 FIFA World Cup. He has opened up all over the world for Snoop Dogg, Akon, T-Pain, Ice Cube and others. 

Admission to both events is free. A limited number of RSVPs are available for guaranteed access. Walk-ups will be accommodated based on venue capacity. Food and drinks will be available to purchase. 

FanHQ Vancouver:

Night Before Party: July 4, 2015

  • WHERE: Commodore Ballroom || 868 Granville St. Vancouver, BC V6Z 1K3  
  • WHEN: 7 p.m.- 1 a.m. PT
  • ENTRY: FREE. Fans who RSVP will be guaranteed entry, all others will be admitted as capacity allows. 
  • ENTERTAINMENT: DJ Spin Easy
  • FOOD & BEVERAGE: Available for purchase 

Pre Match Party: July 5, 2015 

  • WHERE: Commodore Ballroom || 868 Granville St. Vancouver, BC V6Z 1K3  
  • WHEN: 11-3 p.m. PT
  • ENTRY: FREE. Fans who RSVP will be guaranteed entry. All others will be admitted as capacity allows. 
  • ENTERTAINMENT: DJ Spin Easy
  • FOOD & BEVERAGE: Available for purchase

For more details on FANHQ Vancouver, including RSVPs, visit to ussoccer.com/FanHQ


WNT Downs World No. 1 Germany 2-0 to Advance to 2015 World Cup Final

MONTREAL, Canada (June 30, 2015) – The U.S. Women’s National Team downed FIFA No.1-ranked Germany 2-0 at Olympic Stadium to advance to the Final of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup. It will be the fourth World Cup final appearance for the USA.

The first half was a balanced affair with both teams pressing and having opportunities to get on the board yet neither was able to capitalize. In the second half, things got going when U.S. defender Julie Johnston was called for a foul inside the penalty box in the 59th minute for pulling down Alexandra Popp. Celia Sasic stepped up to take the penalty kick but missed wide left to keep the game scoreless.

Almost ten minutes later, Alex Morgan got fouled in the box and it was the USA’s turn to attempt a PK. Carli Lloyd confidently netted the shot to give the USA the lead before assisting on Kelley O’Hara’s 84th-minute strike – the first of her international career – to secure the U.S. win.  

Hope Solo and the USA back line continued to shut down opponents and has now kept a scoreless streak for 513 straight minutes (a span of more than five-and-a-half matches)  in this year’s World Cup, the longest clean sheet streak in U.S. World Cup history.

It was Solo’s 10th clean sheet in World Cup play, tying Brianna Scurry’s record for shutouts in World Cup competition. The 10 clean sheets in a World Cup are not only a U.S. record, but also a FIFA Women’s World Cup record.

The WNT will vie for its third Women’s World Cup title on Sunday, July 5 at 4 p.m. PT, when it takes on the winner of the other Semifinal between England and Japan, which will be determined tomorrow, at BC Place in Vancouver, Canada. The tournament Final will be broadcast live on FOX and Telemundo. Fans can also follow in-game updates on Twitter (@ussoccer_wnt and  @ussoccer_esp).

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Carli Lloyd (penalty kick), 69th minute:
Germany’s Annike Khran was called for a foul against Alex Morgan in the box, prompting the referee to point to the penalty circle. Carli Lloyd stepped forward and sent former FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year Nadine Angerer the wrong way as she blasted her shot into the left side of the goal. USA 1, GER 0

USA – Kelley O’Hara (Carli Lloyd), 84th minute: Meghan Klingenberg played a great ball from th outside of the area to Carli Lloyd inside the right side of the Germany box. Lloyd made a strong move to the endline and played the ball across the face of goal where Kelley O’Hara tapped it in with her right foot to finish the opportunity cap a sterling team move by the USA with her first career WNT goal. USA 2, GER 0 (FINAL)

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
GER– Nadine Angerer, 7th minute: A corner kick from Megan Rapinoe went to the middle of the six-yard box by the near post where Julie Johnston was in great position to head it home. Germany’s goalkeeper Nadine Angerer was well placed to come up with a huge save and get the ball out of danger.

USA – Hope Solo, 8th minute: Alexandra Popp had a clear shot at goal from the left side of the USA box, sending a ball to the near post. However, Hope Solo was prepared and jumped high to deflect the ball over the crossbar for a Germany corner.

GER – Nadine Angerer, 15th minute: Alex Morgan split two defendersas she broke into the Germany box from midfield. Morgan sent a shot straight towards Angerer, who made a solid stop with her foot to deflect the shot away.

Next on the Schedule: The WNT will meet the winner of England/Japan on Sunday, July 5 at 4 p.m. PT at BC Place in Vancouver, Canada.
Broadcast information:  FOX; Telemundo 
Social:  Twitter (@ussoccer_wnt@ussoccer_esp);  FacebookInstagram

Milestone Watch:

  • Hope Solo recorded her 89th career shutout. It was the fifth straight World Cup clean sheet for the USA, and Solo’s 10th in World Cup play, tying Brian Scurry for the most by a U.S. goalkeeper.
  • Carli Lloyd is the third U.S. WNT player to score in three straight games in a World Cup, joining Michelle Akers (1991) and Abby Wambach (twice; in 2003 and 2011).
  • The U.S. now holds a 19-4-7 all-time record against Germany, outscoring the Germans 62-29. The USA hasn’t lost to Germany since 2003 and has gone 7-0-5 since then.
  • Kelley O’Hara made her third career World Cup appearance in the second half, and scored her first career international goal for the WNT.
  • The USA will be making its fourth appearance in a FIFA Women’s World Cup Final. Germany is the only other team to have reached the final that amount of times.

Additional Notes:

  • This was the fourth time the U.S. met Germany in Women’s World Cup play, the USA has a 3-1-0 advantage in these matches.
  • Carli Lloyd has scored in three straight games for the WNT. Her goal in the second half was her fourth career World Cup strike and her 66th overall.
  • Since allowing a goal against Australia in its opening match on June 8 in the 27th minute, the U.S. has shut out Sweden, Nigeria, Colombia, China and Germany – a stretch of 513 consecutive minutes.  
  • Defender Becky Sauerbrunn is the only player on the roster to start and play every game for the USA in 2015. She has played the most minutes (1,419) of anyone on the team.
  • Five U.S. players have played all 540 minutes of the tournament so far: defenders Julie Johnston, Meghan Klingenberg, Sauerbrunn, midfielder Carli Lloyd, and goalkeeper Hope Solo.
  • In its last 16 games, the U.S. has surrendered just three goals and has scored 29.
  • So far, 19 of the 20 field players on the World Cup roster have seen action in the tournament.
  • Germany lost by two goals for the first time in 26 Women's World Cup games. The last time was in the 1995 final (2-0 to Norway).
  • The USA is the third country to reach consecutive Women's World Cup finals (Germany - 2003/07) (Norway - 1991/95).
  • Coming on as a sub in the second half, Wambach played in her 24th career WWC game, tied for second most all-time with Julie Foudy, Brigit Prinz and Formiga. Only Kristine Lilly has more (30).
  • Twelve different players have scored for the USA in 2015: Kelley O’Hara, Morgan, Wambach, Rodriguez, Press, Johnston, Klingenberg, Rapinoe, Brian, Chalupny, Leroux and Lloyd.
  • The game was the first time that Germany was shutout in this tournament and held to one shot on goal. Germany was averaging 12 shots on goal before tonight’s match and had outscored opponents 20-3.
  • The U.S. WNT is 33-4-5 all-time in the Women’s World Cup, outscoring its opponents 107-33 in 42 games. The 33 wins and 42 games played are FIFA Women’s World Cup records.

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

Match:  U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Germany
Date:  June 30, 2015
Competition:  2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup – Semifinal
Venue:  Olympic Stadium; Montreal, Canada
Kickoff:  7 p.m. ET
Attendance:  51,176
Weather:  Indoor Stadium

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

USA – Carli Lloyd (penalty kick)                    69th minute
USA – Kelley O’Hara (Carli Lloyd)                 84

Lineups:
USA:  1-Hope Solo; 11-Ali Krieger, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 19-Julie Johnston, 22-Meghan Klingenberg; 12-Lauren Holiday, 14-Morgan Brian, 10-Carli Lloyd (capt.), 15-Megan Rapinoe (20-Abby Wambach,80), 13-Alex Morgan (2-Sydney Leroux, 90+3), 17-Tobin Heath (5-Kelley O’Hara, 75)
Subs Not Used: 3-Christie Rampone, 6-Whitney Engen, 7-Shannon Boxx, 8-Amy Rodriguez, 9-Heather O’Reilly, 16-Lori Chalupny,18-Ashlyn Harris, 21-Alyssa Naeher, 23-Christen Press
Head coach: Jill Ellis
 

GER : 1-Nadine Angerer (capt.); 4-Leonie Maier, 5-Annike Krahn, 3-Saskia Bartusiak, 22-Tabea Kemme; 6-Simone Laudehr, 20-Lena Goessling, 11-Anja Mittag (10-Dzsenifer Marozsan, 78), 16-Melanie Leupolz, 18-Alexandra Popp; 13-Celia Sasic
Subs not used: 2-Bianca Schmidt, 7-Melanie Behringer, 8-Pauline Bremer, 9-Lena Lotzen, 12-Almuth Schult, 14-Babett Peter, 15-Jennifer Cramer, 17-Josephine Henning, 19-Lena Petermann, 21-Laura Benkarth, 23-Sara Daebritz
Head coach: Silvia Neid

Stats Summary: USA / GER
Shots: 12 / 15
Shots on Goal: 5 / 1
Saves: 1 / 3
Corner Kicks: 8 / 4
Fouls: 10 / 11
Offside: 1 / 1

Misconduct Summary:
GER – Leonie Maier (caution)                        34th minute
USA – Becky Sauerbrunn (caution)               38
USA – Julie Johnston (caution)                      59
GER - Annike Krahn (caution)                       69

Officials:
Referee: Teodora Albon (ROU)
Assistant Referee 1: Petruta Iugulescu (ROU)
Assistant Referee 2: Maria Sukenikova (SVK)
Fourth Official: Salome di Iorio (ARG)

Budweiser Woman of the Match: Carli Lloyd

WNT Trains in Olympic Stadium

The U.S. WNT wraps up training ahead of the semifinals with a one-hour session in Olympic Stadium. Jill Ellis and Alex Morgan were in the press conference to talk about the match with Germany tonight, which begins at 7 p.m. ET and will be televised on FOX and NBC Universo. 

Gallery: Fan HQ Lands in Montreal

Fan HQ shifts to Montreal as the USA gets ready for its semifinal against Germany. USA fans stream into Quebec to support the WNT in a game between No. 1 & No. 2 in the world.  Watch the game tonight at 7 p.m. ET on FOX and NBC Universo. 

Big Goal. Big Celebration.

Carli Lloyd scored the game-winning goal against China that qualified the USA for the semifinals of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup. The remarkable finish began with a Julie Johnston service into China’s 18-yard-box. Lloyd elevated over her defender, Zhao Rong, and headed the ball past Chinese goalkeeper Wang Fei and into the back of the net.

What transpired afterward was a slew of raw emotions from the entire U.S. WNT. “I tend to celebrate more in a big setting,” said Lloyd referring to her karate kick of the corner flag. “When the pressure is on and it’s a big goal, you don’t really think about what you’re doing after you score, you just react because you’re so happy.”

Lloyd admits the karate kick was something that had been in the back of her mind for a while. “I’d seen it before.” Lloyd continued, “But you don’t see it often in the women’s game and it was something different than I had ever done. So I did it; it just kind of happened.”

Morgan Brian, the 22-year-old defensive midfielder who played centrally with Lloyd on Friday, had a major role in allowing Lloyd to join the attack more frequently than in the previous four matches for the U.S. WNT. Brian was not directly involved in the goal sequence, but her pure excitement would lead you to think otherwise. 

Carli Lloyd, Morgan Brian

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