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PLAYER POS. HT. BIRTHDATE HOMETOWN CLUB/COLLEGE
Nicole Barnhart GK 5-10 10/10/81 Gilbertsville, Pa. FC Kansas City
Shannon Boxx M 5-8 6/29/77 Redondo Beach, Calif. Chicago Red Stars
Morgan Brian M 5-7 2/26/93 St. Simons Island, Ga. Pont Verda Storm
Stephanie Cox D 5-6 4/3/86 Elk Grove, Calif. Seattle Reign FC
Crystal Dunn D 5-1 7/3/92 Rockville Centre, N.Y. Washington Spirit
Whitney Engen D 5-8 11/28/87 Rolling Hills Estates, Calif. Tyreso (Sweden)
Ashlyn Harris GK 5-9 10/19/85 Satellite Beach, Fla. Washington Spirit
Tobin Heath M 5-6 5/29/88 Basking Ridge, N.J. Paris Saint-Germain (France)
Lauren Holiday M 5-8 9/30/87 Indianapolis, Ind. FC Kansas City
Julie Johnston D 5-7 4/6/92 Mesa, Ariz. Chicago Red Stars
Meghan Klingenberg M 5-2 8/2/88 Gibsonia, Pa. Houston Dash
Ali Krieger D 5-6 7/28/84 Dumfries, Va. Washington Spirit
Sydney Leroux F 5-7 5/7/90 Los Angeles, Calif. Seattle Reign FC
Carli Lloyd M 5-8 7/16/82 Delran, N.J. Western New York Flash
Allie Long M 5-7 8/13/87 Northport, N.Y. Portland Thorns FC
Kristie Mewis M 5-7 2/25/91 Hanson, Mass. Boston Breakers
Alex Morgan F 5-7 7/2/89 Diamond Bar, Calif. Portland Thorns FC
Alyssa Naeher GK 5-9 4/20/88 Bridgeport, Conn. Boston Breakers
Heather O'Reilly M 5-5 1/2/85 East Brunswick, N.J. Boston Breakers
Kelley O'Hara D 5-5 8/4/88 Fayetteville, Ga. Sky Blue FC
Christen Press F 5-7 12/29/88 Palos Verdes Estates, Calif. Tyreso (Sweden)
Christie Rampone D 5-6 6/24/75 Point Pleasant, N.J. Sky Blue FC
Megan Rapinoe M 5-7 7/5/85 Redding, Calif. Lyon (France)
Amy Rodriguez F 5-4 2/17/87 Lake Forest, Calif. FC Kansas City
Becky Sauerbrunn D 5-7 6/6/85 St. Louis, Mo. FC Kansas City
Hope Solo GK 5-9 7/30/81 Richland, Wash. Seattle Reign FC
Rachel Van Hollebeke D 5-5 8/26/85 Del Mar, Calif. Portland Thorns FC
Abby Wambach F 5-11 6/2/80 Rochester, N.Y. Western New York Flash

U.S. WNT to Play in Four-Nation December Tournament in Brazil

CHICAGO (Oct. 1, 2014) – The U.S. Women’s National Team will travel to Brazil in December for a four-team international tournament featuring host Brazil, China PR and Argentina. Brazil and China have already qualified for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

The International Tournament of Brasilia will be staged entirely at National Stadium Mane Garrincha – which hosted seven matches during the 2014 FIFA World Cup – and will run from Dec. 10-21. The USA will open the tournament Dec. 10 against China PR, face Brazil on Dec. 14 and finish group play on Dec. 17 against Argentina. The final match day on Dec. 21 will feature the top two teams after round-robin play squaring off for the tournament championship while the two countries that finished third and fourth will battle for third place.

Kickoff times and additional tournament information will be announced at a later date. With two or three days between matches, the USA will get plenty of training days along with games against two teams in the upcoming FIFA Women’s World Cup.

“Historically, we’ve had a two-week December training camp to finish the year, but getting the opportunity to get four international matches, as well as some excellent training at facilities that hosted teams in the World Cup this past summer, was too good to pass up,” said U.S. head coach Jill Ellis.

The U.S. Women have not played in Brazil since 1997 when they played two matches against the host, a 2-1 win in Taubaté and a 1-0 loss in São Paulo.

The matches mark the end of the USA’s 2014 campaign of 24 scheduled games, the most of any year in which the U.S. players have competed in a domestic league. The current high is 2003, the third year of the WUSA and also a World Cup year, when the U.S. WNT played 23 games.

International Tournament of Brasilia Schedule

Date

Opponent

Venue

Dec. 10

USA vs. China PR

National Stadium Mane Garrincha; Brasilia, Brazil

Brazil vs. Argentina

National Stadium Mane Garrincha; Brasilia, Brazil

Dec. 14

Argentina vs. China PR

National Stadium Mane Garrincha; Brasilia, Brazil

Brazil vs. USA

National Stadium Mane Garrincha; Brasilia, Brazil

Dec. 17

USA vs. Argentina

National Stadium Mane Garrincha; Brasilia, Brazil

Brazil vs. China PR

National Stadium Mane Garrincha; Brasilia, Brazil

Dec. 21

Third-Place Match

National Stadium Mane Garrincha; Brasilia, Brazil

Championship

National Stadium Mane Garrincha; Brasilia, Brazil

Additional Notes:

  • 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 team teams.
  • China PR is one of the most frequent opponents in U.S. history with 52 previous meetings, most recently in April – a 2-0 U.S. victory in Colorado and a 3-0 win in San Diego.
  • The USA is currently ranked No. 1 in the world. Brazil is sixth, China PR is 14th and Argentina is 37th.

Individual Match-Day Tickets at CONCACAF Women’s Championship Now Available

CHICAGO (Sept. 24, 2014) – Individual tickets for each match-day doubleheader at the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship, the tournament serving to qualify teams for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup, go on sale starting at 10 a.m. local venue time on Thursday, Sept. 25.

Tickets are available at ussoccer.com, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 (for games in Kansas City, Chicago and Washington, D.C.) and 1-800-298-4200 (for events in Philadelphia), and at all Ticketmaster ticket centers in the local Kansas City, Chicago and Washington, D.C., areas for the doubleheaders in those regions.

Series ticket sales for each city will end on Wednesday, Sept. 24, at 11:59 p.m. local time for fans looking to buy tickets to all events in a specific venue.

The 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship opens with first-round doubleheaders at Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kansas, from Oct. 15-16 (TICKETS) before continuing to Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Illinois, from Oct. 17-18 (TICKETS) and concluding group play at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C., from Oct. 20-21 (TICKETS). PPL Park in Chester, Pennsylvania, is the host site of the semifinals (Oct. 24), third-place (Oct. 26) and final (Oct. 26) matches (TICKETS).

The U.S. Women’s National Team opens Group A play against Trinidad & Tobago at 7:30 p.m. CT on Wednesday, Oct. 15, at Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kansas. Group A also includes Guatemala and Haiti. Group B features Costa Rica, Mexico, Jamaica and Martinique.

Each team will face the others in its group once (round-robin format) while playing one game in each of the three first-round venues. The top two finishers in each group travel to Philadelphia for the semifinal round.

The USA will play the second match of all three Group A doubleheaders. In Group B, Mexico will play the late game on each of its first-round match dates.

The top three finishers in the tournament – the two finalists and the winner of the third-place match – will qualify directly for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup June 6-July 5 in Canada, while the fourth-place team enters a playoff with a team from South America for a World Cup berth. Martinique cannot qualify for the semifinal stage as it is not recognized as a FIFA country. Therefore, if Martinique finishes in one of the top two spots in Group B, the third-place team would advance to the semifinals.

All 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship matches will be televised live across FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports 2 or FOX Soccer Plus and will also be available on multi-platform devices via FOX Sports GO, FOX Soccer 2GO and FOXSportsGo.com. Follow U.S. WNT updates on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt and @ussoccer_esp, Facebook and Instagram.

2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship Schedule

Date

Opponent

Time / TV

Venue

Oct. 15

Guatemala vs. Haiti

5 p.m. CT / FOX Sports 2

Sporting Park; Kansas City, Kan.

USA vs. Trinidad

7:30 p.m. CT / FOX Sports 2

Sporting Park; Kansas City, Kan.

Oct. 16

Jamaica vs. Martinique

5 p.m. CT / FOX Sports 2

Sporting Park; Kansas City, Kan.

Costa Rica vs. Mexico

7:30 p.m. CT / FOX Sports 2

Sporting Park; Kansas City, Kan.

Oct. 17

Haiti vs. Trinidad

5:30 p.m. CT / FOX Sports 2

Toyota Park; Bridgeview, Ill.

USA vs. Guatemala

8 p.m. CT / FOX Sports 1

Toyota Park; Bridgeview, Ill.

Oct. 18

Costa Rica vs. Jamaica

3 p.m. CT / FOX Sports 2

Toyota Park; Bridgeview, Ill.

Martinique vs. Mexico

5:30 p.m. CT / FOX Sports 2

Toyota Park; Bridgeview, Ill.

Oct. 20

Trinidad vs. Guatemala

5 p.m. ET / FOX Sports 1

RFK Stadium; Washington, D.C.

Haiti vs. USA

7:30 p.m. ET / FOX Sports 1

RFK Stadium; Washington, D.C.

Oct. 21

Martinique vs. Costa Rica

5 p.m. ET / FOX Sports 1

RFK Stadium; Washington, D.C.

Mexico vs. Jamaica

7:30 p.m. ET / FOX Sports 1

RFK Stadium; Washington, D.C.

Oct. 24

1st B vs. 2nd A*

4:30 p.m. ET / FOX Sports 2

PPL Park; Chester, Pa.

1st A vs. 2nd B*

7:30 p.m. ET / FOX Sports 1

PPL Park; Chester, Pa.

Oct. 26

Third-Place Match

3 p.m. ET / FOX Sports 1

PPL Park; Chester, Pa.

Championship

6 p.m. ET / FOX Sports 1

PPL Park; Chester, Pa.

* If the USA advances to semifinal round, the schedule will be adjusted, if necessary, in order for the USA to play in the second semifinal match.

WNT vs. Mexico: Highlights - Sept. 18, 2014

Amy Rodriguez, Megan Rapinoe, Tobin Heath, and Alex Morgan all scored as the U.S. WNT defeated Mexico, 4-0.

Photo Gallery: WNT Completes Sweep of Mexico in Rochester

Photos from the U.S. WNT's second of two matches against Mexico in preparation for the 2014 CONCACAF Women's Championship.

U.S. WNT Defeats Mexico 4-0 in Final Tune-Up for CONCACAF Women's Championship

Amy Rodriguez, Megan Rapinoe, Tobin Heath and Alex Morgan Tally Goals;
USA Eyes 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship Starting Oct. 15 vs. Trinidad & Tobago at Sporting Park in Kansas City

WNT vs. Mexico: Alex Morgan Goal

Alex Morgan headed home from Heather O'Reilly's cross.

WNT vs. Mexico: Tobin Heath Goal

Megan Rapinoe's long ball found the feet of Tobin Heath, who coolly finished to add to the U.S. lead.

WNT vs. Mexico: Megan Rapinoe Goal

Megan Rapinoe's shot took a deflection into the Mexico goal to give the U.S. a 2-0 lead.

WNT vs. Mexico: Amy Rodiguez Goal

Amy Rodriguez opened the scoring in Rochester.

U.S. WNT Finishes Two-Game Series vs. Mexico

U.S. Women's National Team head coach Jill Ellis prepares her team for one last match before the start of Women's World Cup qualifying and the focus is on fine-tuning and finalizing a 20-player roster.
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