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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 190/27
Morgan Brian M 5-7 2/26/93 St. Simons Island, Ga. Houston Dash 27/4
Lori Chalupny D 5-4 1/29/84 St. Louis, Mo. Chicago Red Stars 100/9
Whitney Engen D 5-8 11/28/87 Rolling Hills Estates, Calif. Western New York Flash 25/3
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 90/11
Lauren Holiday M 5-8 9/30/87 Indianapolis, Ind. FC Kansas City 122/23
Julie Johnston D 5-7 4/6/92 Mesa, Ariz. Chicago Red Stars 10/3
Meghan Klingenberg D 5-2 8/2/88 Gibsonia, Pa. Houston Dash 32/2
Ali Krieger D 5-6 7/28/84 Dumfries, Va. Washington Spirit 64/1
Sydney Leroux F 5-7 5/7/90 Scottsdale, Ariz. Western New York Flash 69/33
Carli Lloyd M 5-8 7/16/82 Delran, N.J. Houston Dash 193/63
Alex Morgan F 5-7 7/2/89 Diamond Bar, Calif. Portland Thorns FC 84/51
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 58/0
Heather O'Reilly M 5-5 1/2/85 East Brunswick, N.J. FC Kansas City 218/41
Christen Press F 5-7 12/29/88 Palos Verdes Estates, Calif. Chicago Red Stars 43/20
Christie Rampone D 5-6 6/24/75 Point Pleasant, N.J. Sky Blue FC 304/4
Megan Rapinoe M 5-7 7/5/85 Redding, Calif. Seattle Reign FC 101/29
Amy Rodriguez F 5-4 2/17/87 Lake Forest, Calif. FC Kansas City 122/29
Becky Sauerbrunn D 5-7 6/6/85 St. Louis, Mo. FC Kansas City 79/0
Hope Solo GK 5-9 7/30/81 Richland, Wash. Seattle Reign FC 168/0
Abby Wambach F 5-11 6/2/80 Rochester, N.Y. Unattached 240/180

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

Swim on Through to the Other Side

“You want to hear a story about Kelley O’Hara? Here’s one that tells you everything you need to know,” says Paul Ratcliffe, coach of Stanford University’s women’s soccer team.

Before O’Hara’s senior year at Stanford, the women’s soccer team traveled to the University of Hawaii for preseason matches. On their off morning, they went sightseeing at Kailua Beach Park. Ratcliffe left the team on one side of the beach and took a walk with his family to the other.


Kailua Beach Park. Photo by Jessica Lieuson.

“When I get back, all the girls are sitting down, kind of laughing and looking uneasy. I was like, ‘Uh, what’s up?’ That’s when they pointed out two tiny flecks swimming out in the water, en route to an island that is far away –I’m talking like far, far out,” says Ratcliffe. “And I’m responsible for these girls, and I’m panicked. When I told the Hawaii coach about it, he says, ‘Yeah, people die doing that.’”

O’Hara and teammate Ali Riley (who plays for the New Zealand national team) had been sitting in the sand, idly wondering whether it was possible to swim out to that island in the distance. The daydreaming prompted reactions from their teammates: “Not possible,” “No way,” “You guys are out of you mind if you think you could swim all the way there!”

Teammate Impressions with the U.S. WNT

The U.S. WNT players spend a ton of time together on and off the field, so they’ve become very familiar with each other’s on-field Idiosyncrasies, as Heather O’Reilly and Abby Wambach demonstrate.

FOX Announces U.S. WNT FIFA Women’s World Cup TV Schedule

CHICAGO (May 20, 2015) – FOX Sports today announced its 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup broadcast schedule, which will feature two of the three U.S. Women’s National Team group-stage games live on FOX and the third live on FOX Sports 1. All 52 of the tournament’s games will be broadcast live from six cities across Canada between June 6 and July 5 on FOX, FOX Sports 1, and FOX Sports 2.  

An unprecedented 16 matches will be broadcast live on FOX and the 2015 event marks the first time since 2003 that any FIFA Women’s World Cup matches are scheduled for over-the-air broadcast in the U.S. The WNT’s group stage games against Sweden on Friday, June 12 at 8 p.m. ET, and Nigeria on Tuesday, June 16 at 8 p.m. ET will both air on FOX. The USA’s opening match against Australia on June 8 at 7:30 p.m. ET will air on FOX Sports 1.

U.S. WNT FIFA Women's Word Cup FOX Broadcast Schedule

Date                            Time                           Matchup                                 FOX Network
June 8, 2015               7:30 p.m. ET               WNT vs. AUS                            FOX Sports 1
June 12, 2015             8 p.m. ET                    WNT vs. SWE                           FOX
June 16, 2015             8 p.m. ET                    WNT vs. NGA                           FOX

Five of the 16 matches committed to air on FOX will be broadcast in primetime, including one semifinal, the third place match on July 4 and the final on July 5. FOX Sports 1 will carry 29 matches, including all eight in the round of 16, two quarterfinals and one semifinal. The remaining seven games are slated for FOX Sports 2.

Combining games with anticipated pregame, postgame and complementary programming, FOX Sports is expected to provide almost 200 hours of World Cup-Coverage averaging between six and seven hours a day over the month-long tournament.

Calling FOX Sports’ coverage of the 52 matches are Glenn Davis & Christine Latham; JP Dellacamera, Cat Whitehill & Tony DiCicco; Jenn Hildreth & Kyndra de St. Aubin; Justin Kutcher & Aly Wagner; and John Strong & Danielle Slaton. Dellacamera, Whitehill and DiCicco have been assigned to the three U.S. games in the group stage. Additionally, former USWNT player Angela Hucles will provide game analysis.

Complementing FOX Sports’ extensive live match coverage all month is studio programming originating from its specially-constructed set located at Jack Poole Plaza in Vancouver. ‘FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP TODAY’ will provide pre-match, halftime, post-match and bridge show coverage, while ‘FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP TONIGHT’ will offer the definitive last word on the day’s action. Most matches are to be preceded by a 60-minute edition of ‘FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP TODAY,’ though there are occasional 30- and 90-minute shows. Leading-off FOX Sports’ FIFA Women’s World Cup 2015™ coverage is FIFA Women’s World Cup Special: a live one-hour preview show airing on the eve of match play, Friday, June 5  from 7:30-8:30 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1. Besides FOX Sports’ Women’s World Cup-specific programs, ample tournament coverage is planned for daily viewing on FOX Sports 1’s signature news programs ‘AMERICA’S PREGAME’ and ‘FOX SPORTS LIVE’. 

Kate Abdo and Rob Stone share anchor duties for FOX Sports’ studio coverage from Vancouver and are joined analysts Monica Gonzalez, Ariane Hingst, Alexi Lalas, Christine Latham, Heather Mitts, Leslie Osborne, Kelly Smith, Eric Wynalda and Dr. Joe Machnik.  In addition to her match analysis, Hucles also contributes to studio coverage.

Jenny Taft, Julie Stewart-Binks and Grant Wahl serve as reporters during the four-week event.  Taft has been assigned the major role of being embedded with the U.S. Women’s National Team, providing in-depth reports, breaking news and features on the squad throughout the tournament as she has since World Cup Qualifying.  Stewart-Binks, a native Canadian, serves as a roving reporter, and is expected to report from at least 11 different games in four different cities during the group stage.  Wahl serves as correspondent-at-large, covering the wide-array of stories that develop naturally during a month-long tournament.

On the digital front, besides all matches and studio programs being streamed live on FOX Sports GO, the critically-acclaimed mobile app also offers three alternate streams during the tournament. The first, Match 360, offers exclusive backstage access to the walk players take from locker room to field and pregame warm-ups before every game, in-progress highlights throughout matches and post-match press conferences. A second feed offers a non-stop in-game view from the tactical cameras showing all 22 players, while the third feed comes directly from cable-cam as it flies above the field during play.  The Tactical Cam feed is available for 41 of the 52 matches, while the Cable Cam feed is available for 23. Finally, FOX Sports Digital video offers extended versions of more than 60 player profiles and team features produced specifically for FOX Sports’ coverage of the 2015 Women’s World Cup.

Carli Lloyd Offers Words of Wisdom to U-20 WNT

Carli Lloyd stopped by to talk to the U-20 WNT about the obstacles and challenges she overcame to reach her dreams of playing soccer at the highest competitive level.

HIGHLIGHTS: WNT Turns on Second-Half Style in 5-1 Romp over Mexico

Sydney Leroux and Abby Wambach led the way as the U.S. Women’s National Team defeated Mexico 5-1 in the second of its three-game Send-Off Series matches ahead of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

Leroux, Wambach Power USA to 5-1 Send-Off Series Victory against Mexico

CARSON, CALIFORNIA (May 17, 2015) – Sydney Leroux and Abby Wambach led the way as the U.S. Women’s National Team defeated Mexico 5-1 in the second of its three-game Send-Off Series matches ahead of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

Before a sellout crowd of 27,000, the largest-ever for the WNT at StubHub Center, the U.S. outshot Mexico 12-4 in the first half and put eight shots on goal while producing a number of close opportunities that required all manner of blocks and saves from the Mexico defense and goalkeeper Cecilia Santiago (five first-half saves), who kept things close with a fine performance.

After the U.S. broke through midway through the opening frame, Mexico struck back late in the first half as the teams entered the break knotted 1-1. But the USA turned on the style in the second half with four unanswered goals to put the match out of sight.

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA- Sydney Leroux (Megan Rapinoe), 28th minute: 
Sydney Leroux made a perfectly-timed run onto a Megan Rapinoe through-ball that sliced through Mexico’s defense. From the left side, Leroux found herself one-on-one with goalkeeper Cecilia Santiago and made a touch with the outside of her left foot to dart around the keeper. Then from a difficult angle, Leroux blasted a left-footed shot across the goalmouth into the far side netting. USA 1, MEX 0 (SEE GOAL)

MEX- Ariana Calderon (Bianca Sierra), 39th minute: From a free kick, Bianca Sierra bent a long, curling ball in from the left. Hope Solo went out to punch it clear, but Ariana Calderon was first to ball and headed it in to the vacated net, ending the U.S.’s shutout streak at five games. USA 1, MEX 1 (SEE GOAL)

USA- Lori Chalupny (Abby Wambach), 46th minute: Out of the second-half gate, the U.S. pressured with an immediate attack. Two second-half subs made the goal happen. Abby Wambach was the first to a deflected, rolling ball in the box. She controlled near the post with her back to a pressing ‘keeper and defender. Sensing the defense, Wambach dished it out to a waiting Chalupny, who fired and buried a near-post goal, just out of reach of the diving Santiago. USA 2, MEX 1 (SEE GOAL)

USA- Abby Wambach (penalty kick), 58th minute: Mexico’s Arianna Romero went to clear away a U.S. corner kick, but sent her clearance off her hand to set up a USA penalty kick. Abby Wambach lined up, and blasted a left-footed shot into the left corner of the goal. USA 3, MEX 1 (SEE GOAL)

USA- Sydney Leroux (Morgan Brian), 61st minute: Leroux’s second goal of the night was similar to her first, only this time it came from the right side. Leroux ran onto a Morgan Brian ball and made one right-footed touch to get outside of the closing goalkeeper. With the room the touch created, Leroux finished into the lower left corner of the goal. USA 4, MEX 1 (SEE GOAL)

USA- Abby Wambach (Tobin Heath), 72nd minute: From the left edge of the box, Tobin Heath left her defender behind with a wicked cut, which gave her room to send a cross to Abby Wambach at the back post. Wambach out-jumped a pair of defenders to head home her second goal of the night. USA 5, MEX 1 (FINAL) (SEE GOAL

Key Saves and Defensive Stops: 
MEX- Cecilia Santiago, 10th minute (save):
 Megan Rapinoe played a ball through the middle to Christen Press who completed the one-two by leading Rapinoe with a perfectly-timed pass. Rapinoe, ripped a shot from the center of the box, but Santiago was there to meet her and cut down the angle to make a quick save.

MEX-Alina Garcíamendez and Cecilia Santiago, 14th minute (block and save): In the closing seconds of the 14th minute, the Mexico defense rallied to stand firm and hold off a barrage of close-range U.S. shots. The action began when Morgan Brian brought the ball down the right side and looped a cross to a breaking Christen Press at the back post. Press connected with a header that beat the keeper, but Mexico’s Alina Garcíamendez headed it off the line and away. Garcíamendez’s key stop rolled out to a waiting Sydney Leroux, who took a shot that deflected off a defender to Megan Rapinoe on the left. Rapinoe sent a rocket from five yards out that connected with Santiago’s face and bounced out to Carli Lloyd on the opposite side of the goal. Lloyd then headed back across to Rapinoe, who headed another shot on target, but Santiago had recovered to make the save again, this time holding on to put an end to the U.S. attack.

MEX-Alina Garcíamendez and Cecilia Santiago, 43rd minute (block and save): For the second time in the half, the Mexico goalkeeper and defender rallied to hold off a series of USA shots. Leroux again chased down a ball on the left side, but seeing the defense closing in, cut back and passed off to Lauren Holiday. From 25 yards out Holiday ripped a shot at Santiago, who blocked it. Megan Rapinoe followed the shot and looked to put in the rebound, but Santiago made a diving reaction save to deflect it away again. Morgan Brian ran onto the deflection and fired a shot of her own, but Garcíamendez stepped in front and blocked it aside.

Milestone Watch:

  • The crowd of 27,000 was the largest in WNT history when playing in Carson.
  • Abby Wambach widened the gap as the world’s all-time leading goal-scorer with her 181st and 182nd international goals. Wambach is the team’s leading goal-scorer in 2015 with five scores.

Next on the Schedule:
The U.S. WNT faces Korea Republic on May 30 at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey at 4:30 p.m. ET
Broadcast information: ESPN, WatchESPN and Univision Deportes
Social: Twitter @ussoccer_wntFacebook; Instagram @ussoccer_wnt

Additional Notes:

  • The USA improved its record against rival Mexico to 31-1-1, and the WNT has outscored its North American foe 139-12. The win also extended the WNT’s perfect record against Mexico in Carson to 8-0-0.
  • The U.S. WNT extended its unbeaten streak in Carson to 11 games. The team holds an immaculate 11-0-0 record that dates back to its first matchup at the home of the LA Galaxy back in 2003. The USA has outscored opponents 42-4 in Carson. No team has ever scored more than one goal against the U.S. Women while playing in Carson.
  • Abby Wambach’s pair of goals brought her career scoring total against Mexico to 24 goals. Wambach has scored more goals against Mexico than against any other team. It was her eight multi-goal game against Mexico.
  • Sydney Leroux made her first start of the 2015 season and scored her second and third goals of the year. Her last start came in the WNT’s 3-2 defeat in the 2014 Brasilia International Tournament to host Brazil on Dec. 14, 2014.
  • While the five-game shutout streak for the U.S. has ended; in its last seven games, the U.S. has surrendered just two goals and scored 20.
  • Lori Chalupny’s goal was her second of the year, with her first coming in the U.S’s 4-0 win over New Zealand on April 4.
  • Midfielder Tobin Heath, who missed last game with a tender hamstring, returned today and recorded an assist.

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

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Mexico
Date: May 17, 2015
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: StubHub Center; Carson, California
Kickoff: 6 p.m. PT
Attendance: 27,000 (sellout)
Weather: 61 degrees, partly cloudy 

Scoring Summary:                1          2          F
USA                                        1          4          5
MEX                                       1          0          1 

USA – Sydney Leroux (Megan Rapinoe)      28th minute
MEX – Ariana Calderon (Bianca Sierra)        39
USA – Lori Chalupny (Abby Wambach)       46
USA – Abby Wambach (penalty kick)           58
USA – Sydney Leroux (Morgan Brian)         61
USA – Abby Wambach (Tobin Heath)          72 

Lineups:
USA: 1-Hope Solo; 11-Ali Krieger (5-Kelley O’Hara, 70), 19-Julie Johnston (3-Christie Rampone, 46), 4-Becky Sauerbrunn (6-Whitney Engen, 70), 22-Meghan Klingenberg (16-Lori Chalupny, 46); 14-Morgan Brian, 12-Lauren Holiday (17-Tobin Heath, 62), 10-Carli Lloyd (capt.); 15-Megan Rapinoe; 2-Sydney Leroux, 23-Christen Press (20-Abby Wambach, 46)
Subs Not Used: 7-Shannon Boxx, 8-Amy Rodriguez, 9-Heather O’Reilly, 13-Alex Morgan, 18-Ashley Harris, 21-Alyssa Naeher
Head coach: Jill Ellis

MEX: 1-Cecilia Santiago; 2-Kenti Robles, 3-Christina Murillo (6-Jennifer Ruiz, 64), 4-Alina Garcíamendez, 15-Bianca Sierra; 7-Nayeli Rangel, 11-Monica Ocampo, 14-Arianna Romero, 17-Veronica Perez; 9-Veronica Charlyn Corral, 21-Ariana Calderon (19-Renae Cuellar, 42 (16-Monica Alvarado, 69))
Subs Not Used: 12-Pamela Tajonar, 23-Mariana Ladron; 5-Valeria Miranda, 13-Greta Espinoza, 10-Stephany Mayor, 18-Amanda Perez, 8-Teresa Noyola, 22-Fabiola Ibarra, 24-Maria Sanchez; 20-Yadira Toraya
Head coach: Leonardo Cuellar 

Stats Summary: USA / MEX
Shots: 29 / 6
Shots on Goal: 13 / 4
Saves: 3 / 6
Corner Kicks: 7 / 1
Fouls: 9 / 5
Offside: 1 / 0 

Misconduct Summary:
None

Officials:
Referee: Marianela Araya Cruz (CRC)
Assistant Referee 1: Katherine Daniela Jimenez (CRC)
Assistant Referee 2: Nelly Odette Alvarado Quiros (CRC)
4th Official: Maurees Skeete (GUY) 

Budweiser Woman of the Match: Sydney Leroux

GOAL: Abby Wambach Blasts Home a Penalty Kick to Increase the U.S. Advantage

Abby Wambach scored on a penalty to kick to make the score 3-1 vs. Mexico.

GOAL: Lori Chalupny Picks Out the Corner for the Game-Winner

Lori Chalupny scored with her first touch after subbing on at halftime to give the USA a 2-1 lead.

WNT Returns to LA for Second Send-Off Series Match

The #USWNT returns to Los Angeles to continue the Send-Off Series. Whitney Engen and Shannon Boxx talk about the team’s training as they seek to get into a rhythm before the World Cup Group Stage while Carli Lloyd speaks to the U-20 Women’s National Team about her experiences in the international game.
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