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Ellis Names 25-Player Roster for Next Stretch of World Cup Prep

CHICAGO (March 20, 2015) – U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Jill Ellis has named a 25-player roster that will train in Los Angeles for a week before traveling to St. Louis for the USA’s first domestic match of the year against New Zealand on April 4 at Busch Stadium. Ellis will name 18 players to suit up for that game.

The roster includes the same 25 players who were in Portugal earlier this month to help the USA win the 2015 Algarve Cup, the program’s 10th title at the prestigious annual tournament, after defeating France 2-0 in the championship game. Additionally, there are two St. Louis natives in the roster: Becky Sauerbrunn, who was an All-American at Ladue High School and the 2003 Missouri Player of the Year, and Lori Chalupny, who was an All-American at Nerinx Hall High School.

The USA’s training camp will take place at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center in Carson, California, from March 23-30. The team will then depart for St. Louis, where it will train for three days before facing New Zealand. The game will be shown live on FOX Sports 1 at 2:30 p.m. CT/3:30 p.m. ET. More than 31,000 tickets have already been sold. (TICKETS)

“Having the initial training period in L.A., when we can go a bit harder and then tapering into the match in St. Louis will be excellent preparation for a New Zealand team that always gives us a highly competitive game,” said Ellis. “This will be an excellent test for us. They are aggressive, athletic and like to press. We’ll see some similar tendencies that we could see in our first group match at the World Cup and certainly the crowd will be tremendous. It will be nice to be back at home.”

The match against the Kiwis begins a four-game run-up to the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup that includes three Send-Off Series games in May.

The U.S. Women will begin the Send-Off Series against the Republic of 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 to face fellow CONCACAF Women’s World Cup qualifier Mexico on Sunday, May 17, at 6 p.m. PT at StubHub Center in Carson. Both California matches will be broadcast on FOX Sports 1, with the Mexico game also available on Univision Deportes.

After a short break, the U.S. team will head 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 will be broadcast on ESPN, WatchESPN and Univision Deportes. Fans can follow all the upcoming WNT matches on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt and @ussoccer_esp.

SEND-OFF SERIES TICKETS

USA vs. Republic of Ireland (May 10 in San Jose, Calif.)
Tickets for the USA vs. Ireland are available starting March 27 at 10 a.m. through ussoccer.com, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and at all Ticketmaster ticket centers throughout the San Francisco Bay Area (including Walmart and Chavez Supermarkets).

USA vs. Mexico (May 17 in Carson, Calif.) (TICKETS)
Tickets for USA vs. Mexico on May 17 are available now through ussoccer.com, by calling 1-888-929-7849, and at the StubHub Center ticket office (open Monday-Friday, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.).

USA vs. Korea Republic (May 30 in Harrison, N.J.) (TICKETS)
Tickets for USA vs. Korea Republic go on sale starting March 20 at 10 a.m. ET and are available through ussoccer.com, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and at all Ticketmaster ticket centers throughout the New York/New Jersey metropolitan area (including many Walmart stores), as well as the Red Bull Arena ticket office (open Monday-Friday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.).

Groups of 20 or more can obtain an order form at ussoccer.com or call 312-528-1290.

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.

U.S. Women’s National Team Roster By Position: Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): 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 (7): Shannon Boxx (Chicago Red Stars), Morgan Brian (Houston Dash), Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC), Lauren Holiday (FC Kansas City), Carli Lloyd (Houston Dash), 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 (Unattached)

Additional Notes:

  • The USA last faced Ireland on Dec. 1, 2012, a 2-0 victory in Glendale, Arizona.
  • The U.S. outscored Mexico 15-0 over a span of three games in 2014. The CONCACAF foes embarked on a two-game set in September with the USA scoring four goals in each half for an 8-0 win on Sept. 13 at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah. Five days later, the WNT nabbed a 4-0 victory at Sahlen's Stadium in Rochester, New York. The teams also met on Oct. 24 at PPL Park in Chester, Pennsylvania, during the semifinal of the CONCACAF Women’s Championship where the USA picked up a 3-0 win to qualify for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
  • The USA most recently played the Korea Republic on June 20, 2013, also at Red Bull Arena, earning a 5-0 victory in a match that saw Abby Wambach score four times to surpass Mia Hamm’s all-time goal scoring record of 158. Wambach currently has 178 goals.
  • While the match at the brand new Avaya Stadium will be the first for the WNT, the U.S. Women have played 10 matches at StubHub Center, going 10-0-0 at the home of MLS champion LA Galaxy.
  • The U.S. WNT played six matches in San Jose from 1997-2007, all at Spartan Stadium.
  • The match against the Korea Republic will mark the third for the U.S. Women at Red Bull Arena, home to MLS’s New York Red Bulls.

WNT Send-Off Series Tickets On Sale Now

CHICAGO (March 16, 2015) – Tickets go on sale in the month of March for the U.S. Women’s National Team’s three Send-Off Series Games prior to departing for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada.

The U.S. will play the Republic of Ireland on Sunday, May 10, at 11:30 a.m. PT, at Avaya Stadium in San Jose, California; Mexico on Sunday, May 17, at 6:30 p.m. PT, at StubHub Center in Carson, California; and Korea Republic on Saturday, May 30, at 4:30 p.m. ET, at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey.

USA vs. Mexico
Tickets on Sale: March 13 at 10 a.m. PT [TICKETS]

Tickets are available through ussoccer.com, by calling 1-888-929-7849, and at the StubHub Center ticket office (open Monday-Friday, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.). Groups of 20 or more can obtain an order form at ussoccer.com or call 312-528-1290.

USA vs. Korea Republic
Tickets on Sale: March 20 at 10 a.m. ET [TICKETS]
Tickets are available through ussoccer.com, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and at all Ticketmaster ticket centers throughout the New York/New Jersey metropolitan area (including many Walmart stores), as well as the Red Bull Arena ticket office (open Monday-Friday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.).

USA vs. Republic of Ireland
Tickets on Sale: March 27 at 10 a.m. PT
Tickets are available through ussoccer.com, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and at all Ticketmaster ticket centers throughout the San Francisco Bay Area (including Walmart and Chavez Supermarkets).

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) will be available for all three Send-Off Series matches exclusively through ussoccer.com.

Both California matches will be broadcast on FOX Sports 1. The game in New Jersey will be broadcast on ESPN and Watch ESPN, as well as Univision Deportes. Fans can follow all the upcoming WNT matches on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt and @ussoccer_esp.

Prior to the Send-Off Series, the U.S. WNT will participate in the 2015 Algarve Cup in Portugal from March 4-11, opening up Group B play today against Norway at 2 p.m. ET (FOX Sports 1), at Municipal Stadium in Vila Real de San Antonio. It then faces Switzerland on March 6 at 12 p.m. ET, and finishes group play against Iceland on March 9 at 1:30 p.m. ET. A placement match will be played on March 11.

Following the Algarve Cup, the WNT returns home to play New Zealand on Saturday, April 4, at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. The match will kick off at 2:30 p.m. CT and be broadcast on FOX Sports 1. More than 30,000 tickets have been sold, the most for a stand-alone WNT home game in the program’s 30-year history. (TICKETS)

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.

Photo Gallery: WNT Celebrates 10th Algarve Cup Crown

Photos from the WNT's 2-0 win against France at the 2015 Algarve Cup. Goals by Julie Johnston (her first career international score for the USWNT) and Christen Press handed the USA its 10th Algarve Cup crown, by far the most titles of any nation. 

The WNT next plays on April 4 against New Zealand at Busch Stadium in St. Louis (TICKETS). More than 30,000 tickets have already been sold for the match that will serve as the USA's 2015 home opener ahead of this summer's FIFA Women's World Cup in Canada, which begins June 6. Fans can also follow all the action on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt@ussoccer_esp and Instagram @ussoccer_wnt

Highlights: WNT Claims 10th Algarve Cup with 2-0 Defeat of France

The WNT played in the championship game of the Algarve Cup in a rematch game against France.

Lewis, Roberts and Sahaydak Visit Indonesia as U.S. Soccer Sport Envoys


CHICAGO (March 12, 2015) – Former U.S. Men’s National Team and U.S. Women’s National Team defenders Eddie Lewis and Tiffany Roberts Sahaydak traveled to Indonesia as members of the U.S. Department of State Sports Envoy Program.

The program runs through March 18 and will consist of clinics and talks with sports journalists, coaches and players across the Indonesian cities of Jakarta, Serang and Solo. Before each clinic, Envoys will address the participants and speak about the connection between team sports and life skills, as well as the importance of physical activity for boys and girls.

Roberts Sahaydak is currently the head coach at the University of Central Florida. She earned 110 caps for the U.S. Women’s National Team between 1994-2003, winning the gold medal at the 1996 Olympic Games and the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Roberts Sahaydak was also a member of the third-place U.S. team at the 1995 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Norway. She is a veteran of the Sports Envoy program, having visited several countries since 2007.

Lewis and Roberts Sahaydak will be joined by Tim Sahaydak, who played for the U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team and is currently the associate head coach at UCF. It is the first Sports Envoy trip for both Sahaydak and Lewis.

Also a two-time FIFA World Cup veteran, Lewis earned 82 caps and scored 10 goals for the U.S. Men’s National Team from 1996-2008. Lewis was a part of the team that won the CONCACAF Gold Cup in 2002, before heading to the 2002 FIFA World Cup in Korea and Japan. He is widely renowned for assisting on Landon Donovan’s goal in the 2-0 win against Mexico on June 17, 2002.

In partnership with the U.S. State Department, U.S. Soccer players, coaches and administrators have visited more than 79 countries since 2005. The athletes have offered soccer clinics for thousands of boys, girls and coaches. Athletes and coaches use sport as a tool to teach important values and life skills such as respect, teamwork, inclusion, acknowledgement of rules, discipline, and self-confidence.

Algarve Quote Sheet: Jill Ellis and Players Discuss WNT's 2-0 victory over France

U.S. WNT head coach Jill Ellis:

On the Algarve Cup Final:
“I’m obviously pleased with the result. I think it was a competitive match with two good opponents. It was good for our confidence to get on the board early, but France put us under a tremendous amount of pressure. Having Hope [Solo] back with us and settled in was great and obviously she did very well. Now it’s about what are the takeaways, and what do we need to continue to work on? Because obviously June is the target.”

On the continued development of the team:
“For me and my staff – which haven’t been on the job as long as other staffs – I think what we had to do was kind of accelerate the process. We continue to believe in the process and this was a nice result and good for the momentum which can start to build. It was good for the players to get this result.”

On what she saw during the play that led to the USA’s second goal by Christen Press:
“It was a run with confidence. She’s been picking up those balls underneath and it’s a great spot for her to get the ball. I think she saw a gap and she’s got the acceleration going and the technique to get through. It was a world-class goal in transition.”On the aggressive play from the team:

“We started the game on the front foot and obviously got a goal, which was great. We knew it was going to be a 90-minute battle but I thought our physical presence was solid. I thought we got numbers around the ball and we limited the space better than we did before when we played them. The aggression and the defensive battles for 50-50 balls were really important to the outcome of this game so, I was really pleased.”

On the play of young center back Julie Johnson:
“She’s had an amazing tournament. Opportunity has knocked and she’s responded really well. It makes our job hard but in a way makes our job easy because now we’ve got great depth at that position and now she’s gained experience that she didn’t have in these games. I’m really, really proud of her and happy for her. “

On the play of Hope Solo:
“The minute she rejoined the team she’s had a focus. I was really pleased with giving up just one goal in this tournament and she’s a big part of that. I thought today her distribution was tremendous, her presence was excellent and obviously she had the big save on the penalty kick that was massive for us to maintain the two-goal advantage.”

On the takeaways from the tournament and what comes next for the team:
“We want to enjoy this for a day certainly but, we’re going into camp again in a matter of days. For me, the fitness piece and continuing to build that is important. I think our legs are getting there and this tournament was good in terms of getting a lot of players’ experience. It was a big tournament for Morgan Brian, Meghan Klingenberg, Christen Press and Julie Johnston in terms of getting experience at this level. I said to them at the beginning of camp, it’s really about finding ways to win and, sometimes you have to find ways to win when you don’t play well. Sometimes you win pretty or ugly. This has to be our mindset moving forward to gain the advantage.”

U.S. WNT goalkeeper Hope Solo

 On today’s game and the team as whole moving forward:

“France is a very good opponent and one of the best teams in the world. Jill had a great game plan, we stuck to it, and had an organized defense, which led to our counterattacks and we came out on top.”

On the continued development of the team:
“We’re on the right track to peak for the World Cup which is still three months away. We’re not at our best yet but we’re getting there. I was a very tactical game, but we had an organized defense, we were on the same page and we knew what we were doing.”

On her penalty kick save:
“It’s one of those things that you never know what you’re going to do when you step on the line. I stayed calm, I stayed relaxed and made the save,”

U.S. WNT midfielder Carli Lloyd

On what the tournament did for this team in terms of World Cup preparation:

“I think it’s a huge confidence booster. We’ve struggle a little bit in our previous games and we played against top contenders and it’s been really good. We came here with a certain game plan, certain things we wanted to work on and today we executed the game plan and scored two fantastic goals. We closed out the tournament on a high note which was a good boost for us.”

On the differences between this game against France and the one form a month ago:
“France came out and played well. They missed a penalty kick, which was a great save by Hope and a great follow up clear by Julie. We may not have did not created a ton of chances like we did in last game (in Lorient), but we took our chances well this time, had two great opportunities and put them away. It’s always good to play a top team and I think we can take a lot away from this. We can still improve. We still have some months to prepare, get ready and improve on a lot of things.”

On getting to return to the United States to play a home match for the first time since last October, which will be attended by more than 30,000 people in St. Louis:
“It’s been a while since we’ve played at home. It will be good to play in front of a home crowd. Thirty thousand tickets is an amazing number. It’s tremendous to see that, especially heading into the World Cup. These couple of games that are left before the World Cup are big preparation for us. We’ll be in Canada before we even know it.”

U.S. WNT midfielder Megan Rapinoe

On the impact this tournament had on the team:
“I think we got some confidence. I think we’re clicking more in all cylinders, especially defensively. We’re looking stronger by only giving up one goal in the first game. The team is feeling good.”

U.S. WNT defender Julie Johnston

On how it felt to score her first goal with the WNT:
“Happiness for sure. (Assistant coach) Tony (Gustavsson) gave me exactly the role that I needed to play on in set pieces so I was going to make sure that I did what he said I needed to do. They were happy and I was really happy to have my first goal.”

On Lauren Holiday’s cross that lead to her goal:
“It was a phenomenal ball; driven, perfect for a header. It was a great ball.”

On the experience of playing in her first big games for the WNT:
“The experience was great. I’m very thankful to even have the opportunity to be on the field and be able to play. I’ve learned a lot watching these players and playing with them every single day, so to be able to play with them in games like these is unbelievable. It’s definitely a dream come true.

U.S. WNT forward Christen Press

On her goal:

“It’s always hazy looking back on it, but I remember getting the ball in the pocket between the defensive line and midfield line and having a little bit of space as the defender was dropping off. Sometimes, as an attacking player, you see the little hole through the back line that you can try to wiggle through. Honestly, it doesn’t often work out so I’m glad it worked out today, and it was a great game to have it.”

On what getting that early goal lead did for the team:
“I think it was great for our momentum after having just played them and getting a difficult result. This time we came out and we took the power. We were able to settle down, play our style and dictate the tempo of the game and impose ourselves on the game. Towards the ends it changed because they were trying to push the goal and we were trying to hold them off but for a big part of the game we were able to play in a better style with more power and more influence in the game.”

On having a goalkeeper like Hope Solo:
“She’s a rock. We never doubt her. She knows what she’s doing. We listen, trust and respect her. The best part is that other teams do too and she imposes herself in every game. She’s huge for us and she makes the saves when we need her.”

WNT Defeats France 2-0 to Win 10th Algarve Cup

FARO, Portugal (March 11, 2015) – The U.S. Women’s National Team earned its 10th championship at the Algarve Cup, defeating France 2-0 at Algarve Stadium. 

Defender Julie Johnston’s first WNT goal proved to be the winner and Christen Press recorded her 20th international goal late in the first half. Budweiser Woman of the Match Hope Solo and the USA defense earned the shutout, with Solo coming up big with a diving stop on Amandine Henry’s 81st-minute penalty kick. 

The title match was the USA’s 14th appearance in an Algarve Cup title game in 20 trips to the tournament. The USA and France had never faced each other in an Algarve Cup title game. 

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Julie Johnston (Lauren Holiday), 7th minute: Holiday took the free kick from 23 yards out to the left of the box and delivered a whipping right-footed ball that easily avoided France’s two-player wall and into the middle of the six-yard box. Johnston made a strong run, leaned to her left and headed the ball into the right side of the frame for her first WNT goal. It was Holiday’s team-leading third assist of the year. USA 1, FRA 0 (SEE GOAL) 

USA – Christen Press (Amy Rodriguez), 41st minute: Hope Solo’s goal kick reached the midfield and Rodriguez deflected the ball toward Press. Romania referee Cristina Dorcioman allowed the USA to play advantage, and France’s defense stalled. Press played on and weaved her way through three scrambling France defenders before slotting her low shot just inside the right post for her first goal of the year and 20th of her WNT career. USA 2, FRA 0 (SEE GOAL) (FINAL) 

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
USA – Lauren Holiday, 2nd minute: France possessed well in the early going, with Eugenie Le Sommer lurking at the edge of the 18-yard box. Le Sommer attempted a right-footed blast but Holiday lunged in with an aggressive block. 

USA – Hope Solo, 22nd minute: France’s Camille Abily geared up for a long range shot from outside the box that she drove past U.S. defender Julie Johnston. Solo needed to move slightly to her right to save the high-paced attempt and did well to prevent any rebound, leaning over to corral the shot. 

USA – Hope Solo, 35th minute: France was awarded a free kick just to the left of the box, and Camille Abily’s right-footed ball was played to the edge of the six-yard box. Solo rushed off her line and punched it away with her left glove, directing the ball toward the sideline. 

USA – Hope Solo, 40th minute: Kheira Hamraoui unleashed a low shot from distance, with Becky Sauerbrunn as the closest U.S. defender to the ball. Though Solo could have been partially screened, she was on top of the shot and punched it away. Julie Johnston then cleared the ball out of bounds. 

USA – Hope Solo, 71st minute: France’s Laure Boulleau crossed in from the left side and the ball bent toward the goal. Solo needed to stretch to tip the ball as it almost simultaneously caromed off of the crossbar. 

FRA – Sarah Bouhaddi, 79th minute: U.S. second-half sub Sydney Leroux hoped to get into the scoring act when the ball was played deep up the field. Bouhaddi read the play well and beat Leroux to the ball toward the top of the box. 

USA – Hope Solo, 81st minute: U.S. outside back Meghan Klingenberg was whistled for grabbing Marie-Laure Delie’s arm in the penalty box. Amandine Henry took the penalty kick and Solo had it read the whole way. Even before Henry’s shot, Solo took a step to her right and then dove in that direction to parry the ball away. (SEE SAVE) 

Milestone Watch:

  • Goalkeeper Hope Solo earned her 81st shutout for the USA.
  • Christen Press became the 26th player to record at least 20 goals during her WNT tenure.
  • Abby Wambach made her 238th appearance and ranks sixth on the all-time WNT list. She is one game behind fifth-place Joy Fawcett (239 games from 1987-2004).
  • Megan Rapinoe earned her 99th cap, and is now one appearance away from hitting the century mark. Thirty other WNT players have reached 100 caps. 

Next on the Schedule:
The U.S. WNT hosts New Zealand at 2:30 p.m. CT on April 4 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, where more than 30,000 tickets have been sold.
Broadcast information: FOX Sports 1; Ticket information
Social: Twitter (@ussoccer_wnt; @ussoccer_esp); Facebook; Instagram 

Additional Notes:

  • The USA moved to 15-1-2 all-time and improved to 4-0-0 in the Algarve Cup against France.
  • The U.S. is now 4-1-1 in 2015.
  • U.S. head coach Jill Ellis’ lineup featured a 4-4-2, with Hope Solo in goal and a defensive line of Ali Krieger at right back, Meghan Klingenberg on the left and center back pairing Becky Sauerbrunn and Julie Johnston.
  • In the midfield, Carli Lloyd wore the captain’s armband and played on the right. Christen Press was on the left and Lauren Holiday and Morgan Brian played centrally.
  • Alex Morgan and Amy Rodriguez were paired up top, with Rodriguez earning her first start of the tournament.
  • Kelley O’Hara replaced Rodriguez in the 68th minute for the USA’s first sub. Press moved up to forward and O’Hara played in the midfield.
  • In the 75th minute, Sydney Leroux entered for Press.
  • In the 85th minute, the USA made three subs. Shannon Boxx replaced Morgan Brian, Wambach for Klingenberg and Megan Rapinoe for Alex Morgan. Wambach played alongside Leroux up top, Rapinoe on the left side of the midfield and Boxx in central midfield. O’Hara dropped to left back. 

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

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. France
Date: March 11, 2015
Competition: 2015 Algarve Cup – Championship Match
Venue: Algarve Stadium; Faro, Portugal
Kickoff: 12 p.m. ET; 4 p.m. local
Attendance: 1,500 
Weather: 64 degrees; Sunny and breezy 

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

USA – Julie Johnston (Lauren Holiday)                     7th minute
USA – Christen Press (Amy Rodriguez)                    41 

Lineups:
USA: 1-Hope Solo; 11-Ali Krieger, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 26-Julie Johnston, 25-Meghan Klingenberg (20-Abby Wambach, 85); 10-Carli Lloyd (capt.), 12-Lauren Holiday, 14-Morgan Brian (7-Shannon Boxx, 85), 23-Christen Press (2-Sydney Leroux, 75); 8-Amy Rodriguez (5-Kelley O’Hara, 68), 13-Alex Morgan (15-Megan Rapinoe, 85)
Subs Not Used: 3-Christie Rampone, 9-Heather O’Reilly, 16-Lori Chalupny, 17-Tobin Heath, 19-Rachel Van Hollebeke, 22-Crystal Dunn, 24-Ashlyn Harris
Head coach: Jill Ellis

FRA: 16-Sarah Bouhaddi; 8-Jessica Houara, 20-Anaïg Butel, 5-Sabrina Delannoy, 3-Laure Boulleau; 13-Kadidiatou Diani (7-Kenza Dali, 58), 6-Amandine Henry, 10-Camille Abily, 23-Kheira Hamraoui (11-Claire Lavogez, 58); 17-Gaëtane Thiney (18-Marie-Laure Delie, 78), 9-Eugénie Le Sommer
Subs Not Used: 1-Emmeline Mainguy, 2-Wendie Renard, 4-Sandra Toletti, 12-Elodie Thomis, 14-Aureli Kaci, 15-Elise Bussaglia, 19-Griedge M’Bock Bathy Nka, 21-Méline Gerard, 22-Amel Majri
Head coach: Philippe Bergeroo 

Stats Summary: USA / FRA
Shots: 5 / 11
Shots on Goal: 2 / 7
Saves: 7 / 0
Corner Kicks: 2 / 7
Fouls: 13 / 6
Offside: 3 / 2 

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Morgan Brian (caution)                       33rd minute 

Officials:
Referee: Cristina Dorcioman (ROU)
Assistant Referee 1: Petruta Iugulescu (ROU)
Assistant Referee 2: Sanja Rodak (CRO)
Fourth Official: Claudia Umpierrez (URU) 

Budweiser Woman of the Match: Hope Solo

GOAL: Press Extends WNT Lead vs. France

Christen Press ran through the French defense and doubled the U.S. lead.

GOAL: Johnston Gives WNT Lead vs. France in Algarve Cup Final

Julie Johnston scored her first international goal to give the USA an early lead over France in the 2015 Algarve Cup championship. Watch live on Fox Sports 1.

WNT Journey to the 2015 Algarve Cup Final

It wasn’t a totally smooth ride through the 2015 Algarve Cup for the WNT -- it never is at the highest levels of the sport -- but the American women won Group B in one of the world’s best women’s international tournaments and will face France in the championship game of this annual spring tournament.

Photo Gallery: WNT Celebrates 10th Algarve Cup Crown

Photos from the WNT's 2-0 win against France at the 2015 Algarve Cup. Goals by Julie Johnston (her first career international score for the USWNT) and Christen Press handed the USA its 10th Algarve Cup crown, by far the most titles of any nation. 

The WNT next plays on April 4 against New Zealand at Busch Stadium in St. Louis (TICKETS). More than 30,000 tickets have already been sold for the match that will serve as the USA's 2015 home opener ahead of this summer's FIFA Women's World Cup in Canada, which begins June 6. Fans can also follow all the action on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt@ussoccer_esp and Instagram @ussoccer_wnt

Photo Gallery: WNT Advances to Algarve Cup Title Game

Photos from the WNT's 0-0 draw with Iceland at the 2015 Algarve Cup. The U.S. now moves on to the tournament championship match against France on Wednesday. The game will be broadcast on FOX Sports 1. Fans can also follow all the action on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt@ussoccer_esp and Instagram @ussoccer_wnt

Photo Gallery: WNT in High Spirits Ahead of Iceland Match

Photos from the WNT's Sunday training session ahead of its final Group B match against Iceland at the 2015 Algarve Cup. The game against Iceland kicks off at 1:30 p.m. ET and fans can follow all the action Twitter @ussoccer_wnt, @ussoccer_esp and Instagram @ussoccer_wnt

Photo Gallery: WNT Turns It On in the Second Half to Beat Switzerland

Three second half goals propelled the USWNT past Switzerland 3-0 in Group B action at the 2015 Algarve Cup on Friday. Alex MorganAmy Rodriguez and second-half sub Abby Wambach each scored a goal in the final 45 minutes as the U.S. took control of Group B. 

The USA next faces Iceland at 1:30 p.m. ET on March 11. Due to insufficient stadium the match will not be televised but, fans can follow everything happening with the WNT during the tournament by following @ussoccer_wnt on Twitter and Instagram @ussoccer_wnt

Algarve Quote Sheet: WNT vs. Switzerland - March 6, 2015

U.S. WNT head coach Jill Ellis

On improvements from the first match day to the second:
“I thought we were patient. In the first half, Switzerland made it hard for us to play and they got numbers behind the ball, but I thought our patience and our tempo certainly picked up in the second half.  We obviously had some great finishes off a set piece and two goals in the run up play which I thought were fantastic. Our game changers came in and made a difference so I was really pleased; really pleased all-around with the performance.”

On Switzerland playing five or six players across the back:
“We have to move the ball quicker and move off the ball quicker, and that’s what we challenged them with at the halftime. We have to move and pick up the energy a little bit, and I think we did that. I think we started to move the pieces around and played more diagonal balls to stretch them a little bit and then we got it. I thought in the second half we played much better.”

On the advantage of getting all six substitutions in today:
“It’s huge. It’s part of our depth and it’s part of our build up to the World Cup. We need to know who can come in and make a difference. The players that came in were impactful and obviously we got to rest some legs which was huge at this point in the tournament.”

On Shannon Boxx making her first appearance with the WNT since April of 2013:
“I wanted someone in there to stabilize things and that can be a good role for Boxxy, to come in, tackle, win balls and stabilize us. She did that so I was really pleased for her.”

On the play of the back line, especially Meghan Klingenberg:
“Kling is a scrapper. She likes to go forward, attacking is her game but she has gotten much better defensively one-on-one. I thought the back line was solid overall with solving the players in front of them, and the runners behind them. They did a good job. To keep a clean sheet was fantastic. Hope‘s save was phenomenal. I was most pleased with the whole effort of the backline and the goalkeeper.”

U.S. WNT forward Abby Wambach

On the team being able to get on all six substitutes, including herself:
“This is a World Cup environment in terms of the structure of the tournament, so having multiple players not only come on and play but make a difference, that’s what it’s going to take to win a World Cup. Seven games is a lot and that’s obviously what we hope to accomplish and get to. But you’re going to have to play a lot of players to get there and play well. It’s not just about the best eleven playing seven straight, 90-minute games…Tonight it showed that we not only can play those starting eleven but the players that come off the bench can make an immediate impact.”

On her goal against Switzerland:
“When the ball went towards the defender I thought she was going to make  a play on it and when she didn’t,  I feel like I was in slow motion because I honestly thought she was going to touch the ball and she didn’t, she let the ball ran across her front. I kind of just ran as fast as I could, however slow that may have looked, got to the end of it, saw the goalkeeper was retreating to the back of her line and did my best to get a little bit of air under the ball, and luckily it went into the net.”

U.S. WNT forward Amy Rodriguez

On getting on the score sheet for the National Team:
“It feels good to score again. It’s been a while since I scored, so it was exciting and it was a great game to do it in too.”

On how the goal came about:
“Just a few quick little touches in front of the net. I felt like I had pressure from the ‘keeper and a defender, so tried some quick touches and tried to scoop it in. I’ve been getting a lot of comments about my quick feet so I’m just happy I was able to put it in.”

On the match overall:
“The huge thing is that we walked away with three points. We want to be in the championship of the Algarve Cup so, we have to keep working towards that and try to get another win against Iceland.”

U.S. WNT forward Alex Morgan

On the team’s patience to break down the Switzerland defense:
“[Switzerland] was playing a five-[person] backline, they were playing a slower pace than we wanted to and were trying to slow down the game. I think in the first half we played into what they wanted, but we came in and regrouped at halftime and realized we needed to step up the pace and play a little quicker. We came out ready to do that in the second half and converted our chances. I’m really happy with the way our team changed the game.”

On her goal from Lauren Holiday’s free kick:
“I just played with the offside line, the marker lost me and [Lauren] plays amazing balls in whether it’s off a free kick or in the run of play and she found me in the exact spot I was meant to be. All I needed was a tap in so, it was really all [Lauren’s] work and I was just on the end to finish it.”

U.S. WNT midfielder Shannon Boxx

On the feeling of returning to international competition after being away for almost two years:
“It felt amazing! It’s been a long road but, it’s been a fun road of trying to make it back. The support of my teammates has been amazing so I felt like when I got on the field everyone was super excited for me. The adrenaline was going! I was only in there for like 10 minutes but, I was like, ‘Whoo!’” It was fun and I’m hoping for a little bit more this trip. But the team is doing great. In the second half, the team picked it up and got some really good goals. It was a lot of fun.”

Photo Gallery: WNT Enjoys Light-Hearted Regen Session Ahead of Second Algarve Cup Match

Photos from WNT training in Portugal on Thursday morning after the team's 2-1 comeback triumph over Norway the night before. The USA next plays Switzerland on Friday at 12 p.m. ET at the 2015 Algarve Cup. The game will be broadcast on FOX Sports 1 and fans can also follow everything happening with the WNT during the tournament by following @ussoccer_wnt on Twitter and Instagram @ussoccer_wnt

Photo Gallery: WNT Scores 2-1 Comeback Win against Norway

Photos from the USWNT's 2-1 comeback triumph over Norway in the teams' opening Group B match at the 2015 Algarve Cup in Portugal. The U.S. fell behind to a first-half header by Norway's Ada Hegerberg, but a second-half double from Carli Lloyd (her eighth multi-goal game in her WNT career) pushed the USA to victory. 

The USA next plays Switzerland on Friday at 12 p.m. ET. The game will be broadcast on FOX Sports 1 and fans can also follow everything happening with the WNT during the 2015 Algarve by following @ussoccer_wnt on Twitter and Instagram @ussoccer_wnt

Photo Gallery: WNT on the Pitch and with the Press

Photos from U.S. WNT head coach Jill Ellis's press conference and the team's final day of training before beginning the 22nd edition of the Algarve Cup against Norway on Wednesday afternoon. The game will be broadcast at 2 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1 and will also be available on FOX Sports Go. Fans can also follow U.S. Soccer's coverage on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt@ussoccer_esp and Instagram @ussoccer_wnt.

Photo Gallery: Customizing the WNT Kit

ussoccer.com takes you behinds the scenes of the WNT equipment room to get a sneak peek at how the team's jerseys are customized for each player. WNT Equipment Manager Matt Owens painstakingly works over the 300+ degree heat press to apply the necessary numbers and name plates to all the players jerseys so they are ready for game day. 

The USA opens its 20th Algarve Cup campaign against Norway on Wednesday afternoon at 2 p.m. ET. The game will be broadcast on FOX Sports 1 and will also be available on FOX Sports Go. Fans can also follow U.S. Soccer's coverage on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt@ussoccer_esp and Instagram @ussoccer_wnt.

Photo Gallery: Training Intensifies for WNT Ahead of Algarve Cup Opener

A glimpse at the U.S. WNT's fifth day of training in Portugal ahead of the annual Algarve Cup. The USA takes on Norway on March 4 in its opening Group B match. The game will be broadcast on FOX Sports 1 and will also be available on FOX Sports Go. Fans can also follow U.S. Soccer's coverage on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt,@ussoccer_esp and Instagram @ussoccer_wnt.

Ellis Names 25-Player Roster for Next Stretch of World Cup Prep

CHICAGO (March 20, 2015) – U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Jill Ellis has named a 25-player roster that will train in Los Angeles for a week before traveling to St. Louis for the USA’s first domestic match of the year against New Zealand on April 4 at Busch Stadium. Ellis will name 18 players to suit up for that game.

The roster includes the same 25 players who were in Portugal earlier this month to help the USA win the 2015 Algarve Cup, the program’s 10th title at the prestigious annual tournament, after defeating France 2-0 in the championship game. Additionally, there are two St. Louis natives in the roster: Becky Sauerbrunn, who was an All-American at Ladue High School and the 2003 Missouri Player of the Year, and Lori Chalupny, who was an All-American at Nerinx Hall High School.

The USA’s training camp will take place at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center in Carson, California, from March 23-30. The team will then depart for St. Louis, where it will train for three days before facing New Zealand. The game will be shown live on FOX Sports 1 at 2:30 p.m. CT/3:30 p.m. ET. More than 31,000 tickets have already been sold. (TICKETS)

“Having the initial training period in L.A., when we can go a bit harder and then tapering into the match in St. Louis will be excellent preparation for a New Zealand team that always gives us a highly competitive game,” said Ellis. “This will be an excellent test for us. They are aggressive, athletic and like to press. We’ll see some similar tendencies that we could see in our first group match at the World Cup and certainly the crowd will be tremendous. It will be nice to be back at home.”

The match against the Kiwis begins a four-game run-up to the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup that includes three Send-Off Series games in May.

The U.S. Women will begin the Send-Off Series against the Republic of 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 to face fellow CONCACAF Women’s World Cup qualifier Mexico on Sunday, May 17, at 6 p.m. PT at StubHub Center in Carson. Both California matches will be broadcast on FOX Sports 1, with the Mexico game also available on Univision Deportes.

After a short break, the U.S. team will head 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 will be broadcast on ESPN, WatchESPN and Univision Deportes. Fans can follow all the upcoming WNT matches on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt and @ussoccer_esp.

SEND-OFF SERIES TICKETS

USA vs. Republic of Ireland (May 10 in San Jose, Calif.)
Tickets for the USA vs. Ireland are available starting March 27 at 10 a.m. through ussoccer.com, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and at all Ticketmaster ticket centers throughout the San Francisco Bay Area (including Walmart and Chavez Supermarkets).

USA vs. Mexico (May 17 in Carson, Calif.) (TICKETS)
Tickets for USA vs. Mexico on May 17 are available now through ussoccer.com, by calling 1-888-929-7849, and at the StubHub Center ticket office (open Monday-Friday, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.).

USA vs. Korea Republic (May 30 in Harrison, N.J.) (TICKETS)
Tickets for USA vs. Korea Republic go on sale starting March 20 at 10 a.m. ET and are available through ussoccer.com, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and at all Ticketmaster ticket centers throughout the New York/New Jersey metropolitan area (including many Walmart stores), as well as the Red Bull Arena ticket office (open Monday-Friday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.).

Groups of 20 or more can obtain an order form at ussoccer.com or call 312-528-1290.

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.

U.S. Women’s National Team Roster By Position: Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): 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 (7): Shannon Boxx (Chicago Red Stars), Morgan Brian (Houston Dash), Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC), Lauren Holiday (FC Kansas City), Carli Lloyd (Houston Dash), 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 (Unattached)

Additional Notes:

  • The USA last faced Ireland on Dec. 1, 2012, a 2-0 victory in Glendale, Arizona.
  • The U.S. outscored Mexico 15-0 over a span of three games in 2014. The CONCACAF foes embarked on a two-game set in September with the USA scoring four goals in each half for an 8-0 win on Sept. 13 at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah. Five days later, the WNT nabbed a 4-0 victory at Sahlen's Stadium in Rochester, New York. The teams also met on Oct. 24 at PPL Park in Chester, Pennsylvania, during the semifinal of the CONCACAF Women’s Championship where the USA picked up a 3-0 win to qualify for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
  • The USA most recently played the Korea Republic on June 20, 2013, also at Red Bull Arena, earning a 5-0 victory in a match that saw Abby Wambach score four times to surpass Mia Hamm’s all-time goal scoring record of 158. Wambach currently has 178 goals.
  • While the match at the brand new Avaya Stadium will be the first for the WNT, the U.S. Women have played 10 matches at StubHub Center, going 10-0-0 at the home of MLS champion LA Galaxy.
  • The U.S. WNT played six matches in San Jose from 1997-2007, all at Spartan Stadium.
  • The match against the Korea Republic will mark the third for the U.S. Women at Red Bull Arena, home to MLS’s New York Red Bulls.

WNT Send-Off Series Tickets On Sale Now

CHICAGO (March 16, 2015) – Tickets go on sale in the month of March for the U.S. Women’s National Team’s three Send-Off Series Games prior to departing for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada.

The U.S. will play the Republic of Ireland on Sunday, May 10, at 11:30 a.m. PT, at Avaya Stadium in San Jose, California; Mexico on Sunday, May 17, at 6:30 p.m. PT, at StubHub Center in Carson, California; and Korea Republic on Saturday, May 30, at 4:30 p.m. ET, at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey.

USA vs. Mexico
Tickets on Sale: March 13 at 10 a.m. PT [TICKETS]

Tickets are available through ussoccer.com, by calling 1-888-929-7849, and at the StubHub Center ticket office (open Monday-Friday, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.). Groups of 20 or more can obtain an order form at ussoccer.com or call 312-528-1290.

USA vs. Korea Republic
Tickets on Sale: March 20 at 10 a.m. ET [TICKETS]
Tickets are available through ussoccer.com, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and at all Ticketmaster ticket centers throughout the New York/New Jersey metropolitan area (including many Walmart stores), as well as the Red Bull Arena ticket office (open Monday-Friday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.).

USA vs. Republic of Ireland
Tickets on Sale: March 27 at 10 a.m. PT
Tickets are available through ussoccer.com, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and at all Ticketmaster ticket centers throughout the San Francisco Bay Area (including Walmart and Chavez Supermarkets).

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) will be available for all three Send-Off Series matches exclusively through ussoccer.com.

Both California matches will be broadcast on FOX Sports 1. The game in New Jersey will be broadcast on ESPN and Watch ESPN, as well as Univision Deportes. Fans can follow all the upcoming WNT matches on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt and @ussoccer_esp.

Prior to the Send-Off Series, the U.S. WNT will participate in the 2015 Algarve Cup in Portugal from March 4-11, opening up Group B play today against Norway at 2 p.m. ET (FOX Sports 1), at Municipal Stadium in Vila Real de San Antonio. It then faces Switzerland on March 6 at 12 p.m. ET, and finishes group play against Iceland on March 9 at 1:30 p.m. ET. A placement match will be played on March 11.

Following the Algarve Cup, the WNT returns home to play New Zealand on Saturday, April 4, at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. The match will kick off at 2:30 p.m. CT and be broadcast on FOX Sports 1. More than 30,000 tickets have been sold, the most for a stand-alone WNT home game in the program’s 30-year history. (TICKETS)

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.

Lewis, Roberts and Sahaydak Visit Indonesia as U.S. Soccer Sport Envoys


CHICAGO (March 12, 2015) – Former U.S. Men’s National Team and U.S. Women’s National Team defenders Eddie Lewis and Tiffany Roberts Sahaydak traveled to Indonesia as members of the U.S. Department of State Sports Envoy Program.

The program runs through March 18 and will consist of clinics and talks with sports journalists, coaches and players across the Indonesian cities of Jakarta, Serang and Solo. Before each clinic, Envoys will address the participants and speak about the connection between team sports and life skills, as well as the importance of physical activity for boys and girls.

Roberts Sahaydak is currently the head coach at the University of Central Florida. She earned 110 caps for the U.S. Women’s National Team between 1994-2003, winning the gold medal at the 1996 Olympic Games and the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Roberts Sahaydak was also a member of the third-place U.S. team at the 1995 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Norway. She is a veteran of the Sports Envoy program, having visited several countries since 2007.

Lewis and Roberts Sahaydak will be joined by Tim Sahaydak, who played for the U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team and is currently the associate head coach at UCF. It is the first Sports Envoy trip for both Sahaydak and Lewis.

Also a two-time FIFA World Cup veteran, Lewis earned 82 caps and scored 10 goals for the U.S. Men’s National Team from 1996-2008. Lewis was a part of the team that won the CONCACAF Gold Cup in 2002, before heading to the 2002 FIFA World Cup in Korea and Japan. He is widely renowned for assisting on Landon Donovan’s goal in the 2-0 win against Mexico on June 17, 2002.

In partnership with the U.S. State Department, U.S. Soccer players, coaches and administrators have visited more than 79 countries since 2005. The athletes have offered soccer clinics for thousands of boys, girls and coaches. Athletes and coaches use sport as a tool to teach important values and life skills such as respect, teamwork, inclusion, acknowledgement of rules, discipline, and self-confidence.

Algarve Quote Sheet: Jill Ellis and Players Discuss WNT's 2-0 victory over France

U.S. WNT head coach Jill Ellis:

On the Algarve Cup Final:
“I’m obviously pleased with the result. I think it was a competitive match with two good opponents. It was good for our confidence to get on the board early, but France put us under a tremendous amount of pressure. Having Hope [Solo] back with us and settled in was great and obviously she did very well. Now it’s about what are the takeaways, and what do we need to continue to work on? Because obviously June is the target.”

On the continued development of the team:
“For me and my staff – which haven’t been on the job as long as other staffs – I think what we had to do was kind of accelerate the process. We continue to believe in the process and this was a nice result and good for the momentum which can start to build. It was good for the players to get this result.”

On what she saw during the play that led to the USA’s second goal by Christen Press:
“It was a run with confidence. She’s been picking up those balls underneath and it’s a great spot for her to get the ball. I think she saw a gap and she’s got the acceleration going and the technique to get through. It was a world-class goal in transition.”On the aggressive play from the team:

“We started the game on the front foot and obviously got a goal, which was great. We knew it was going to be a 90-minute battle but I thought our physical presence was solid. I thought we got numbers around the ball and we limited the space better than we did before when we played them. The aggression and the defensive battles for 50-50 balls were really important to the outcome of this game so, I was really pleased.”

On the play of young center back Julie Johnson:
“She’s had an amazing tournament. Opportunity has knocked and she’s responded really well. It makes our job hard but in a way makes our job easy because now we’ve got great depth at that position and now she’s gained experience that she didn’t have in these games. I’m really, really proud of her and happy for her. “

On the play of Hope Solo:
“The minute she rejoined the team she’s had a focus. I was really pleased with giving up just one goal in this tournament and she’s a big part of that. I thought today her distribution was tremendous, her presence was excellent and obviously she had the big save on the penalty kick that was massive for us to maintain the two-goal advantage.”

On the takeaways from the tournament and what comes next for the team:
“We want to enjoy this for a day certainly but, we’re going into camp again in a matter of days. For me, the fitness piece and continuing to build that is important. I think our legs are getting there and this tournament was good in terms of getting a lot of players’ experience. It was a big tournament for Morgan Brian, Meghan Klingenberg, Christen Press and Julie Johnston in terms of getting experience at this level. I said to them at the beginning of camp, it’s really about finding ways to win and, sometimes you have to find ways to win when you don’t play well. Sometimes you win pretty or ugly. This has to be our mindset moving forward to gain the advantage.”

U.S. WNT goalkeeper Hope Solo

 On today’s game and the team as whole moving forward:

“France is a very good opponent and one of the best teams in the world. Jill had a great game plan, we stuck to it, and had an organized defense, which led to our counterattacks and we came out on top.”

On the continued development of the team:
“We’re on the right track to peak for the World Cup which is still three months away. We’re not at our best yet but we’re getting there. I was a very tactical game, but we had an organized defense, we were on the same page and we knew what we were doing.”

On her penalty kick save:
“It’s one of those things that you never know what you’re going to do when you step on the line. I stayed calm, I stayed relaxed and made the save,”

U.S. WNT midfielder Carli Lloyd

On what the tournament did for this team in terms of World Cup preparation:

“I think it’s a huge confidence booster. We’ve struggle a little bit in our previous games and we played against top contenders and it’s been really good. We came here with a certain game plan, certain things we wanted to work on and today we executed the game plan and scored two fantastic goals. We closed out the tournament on a high note which was a good boost for us.”

On the differences between this game against France and the one form a month ago:
“France came out and played well. They missed a penalty kick, which was a great save by Hope and a great follow up clear by Julie. We may not have did not created a ton of chances like we did in last game (in Lorient), but we took our chances well this time, had two great opportunities and put them away. It’s always good to play a top team and I think we can take a lot away from this. We can still improve. We still have some months to prepare, get ready and improve on a lot of things.”

On getting to return to the United States to play a home match for the first time since last October, which will be attended by more than 30,000 people in St. Louis:
“It’s been a while since we’ve played at home. It will be good to play in front of a home crowd. Thirty thousand tickets is an amazing number. It’s tremendous to see that, especially heading into the World Cup. These couple of games that are left before the World Cup are big preparation for us. We’ll be in Canada before we even know it.”

U.S. WNT midfielder Megan Rapinoe

On the impact this tournament had on the team:
“I think we got some confidence. I think we’re clicking more in all cylinders, especially defensively. We’re looking stronger by only giving up one goal in the first game. The team is feeling good.”

U.S. WNT defender Julie Johnston

On how it felt to score her first goal with the WNT:
“Happiness for sure. (Assistant coach) Tony (Gustavsson) gave me exactly the role that I needed to play on in set pieces so I was going to make sure that I did what he said I needed to do. They were happy and I was really happy to have my first goal.”

On Lauren Holiday’s cross that lead to her goal:
“It was a phenomenal ball; driven, perfect for a header. It was a great ball.”

On the experience of playing in her first big games for the WNT:
“The experience was great. I’m very thankful to even have the opportunity to be on the field and be able to play. I’ve learned a lot watching these players and playing with them every single day, so to be able to play with them in games like these is unbelievable. It’s definitely a dream come true.

U.S. WNT forward Christen Press

On her goal:

“It’s always hazy looking back on it, but I remember getting the ball in the pocket between the defensive line and midfield line and having a little bit of space as the defender was dropping off. Sometimes, as an attacking player, you see the little hole through the back line that you can try to wiggle through. Honestly, it doesn’t often work out so I’m glad it worked out today, and it was a great game to have it.”

On what getting that early goal lead did for the team:
“I think it was great for our momentum after having just played them and getting a difficult result. This time we came out and we took the power. We were able to settle down, play our style and dictate the tempo of the game and impose ourselves on the game. Towards the ends it changed because they were trying to push the goal and we were trying to hold them off but for a big part of the game we were able to play in a better style with more power and more influence in the game.”

On having a goalkeeper like Hope Solo:
“She’s a rock. We never doubt her. She knows what she’s doing. We listen, trust and respect her. The best part is that other teams do too and she imposes herself in every game. She’s huge for us and she makes the saves when we need her.”

WNT Defeats France 2-0 to Win 10th Algarve Cup

FARO, Portugal (March 11, 2015) – The U.S. Women’s National Team earned its 10th championship at the Algarve Cup, defeating France 2-0 at Algarve Stadium. 

Defender Julie Johnston’s first WNT goal proved to be the winner and Christen Press recorded her 20th international goal late in the first half. Budweiser Woman of the Match Hope Solo and the USA defense earned the shutout, with Solo coming up big with a diving stop on Amandine Henry’s 81st-minute penalty kick. 

The title match was the USA’s 14th appearance in an Algarve Cup title game in 20 trips to the tournament. The USA and France had never faced each other in an Algarve Cup title game. 

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Julie Johnston (Lauren Holiday), 7th minute: Holiday took the free kick from 23 yards out to the left of the box and delivered a whipping right-footed ball that easily avoided France’s two-player wall and into the middle of the six-yard box. Johnston made a strong run, leaned to her left and headed the ball into the right side of the frame for her first WNT goal. It was Holiday’s team-leading third assist of the year. USA 1, FRA 0 (SEE GOAL) 

USA – Christen Press (Amy Rodriguez), 41st minute: Hope Solo’s goal kick reached the midfield and Rodriguez deflected the ball toward Press. Romania referee Cristina Dorcioman allowed the USA to play advantage, and France’s defense stalled. Press played on and weaved her way through three scrambling France defenders before slotting her low shot just inside the right post for her first goal of the year and 20th of her WNT career. USA 2, FRA 0 (SEE GOAL) (FINAL) 

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
USA – Lauren Holiday, 2nd minute: France possessed well in the early going, with Eugenie Le Sommer lurking at the edge of the 18-yard box. Le Sommer attempted a right-footed blast but Holiday lunged in with an aggressive block. 

USA – Hope Solo, 22nd minute: France’s Camille Abily geared up for a long range shot from outside the box that she drove past U.S. defender Julie Johnston. Solo needed to move slightly to her right to save the high-paced attempt and did well to prevent any rebound, leaning over to corral the shot. 

USA – Hope Solo, 35th minute: France was awarded a free kick just to the left of the box, and Camille Abily’s right-footed ball was played to the edge of the six-yard box. Solo rushed off her line and punched it away with her left glove, directing the ball toward the sideline. 

USA – Hope Solo, 40th minute: Kheira Hamraoui unleashed a low shot from distance, with Becky Sauerbrunn as the closest U.S. defender to the ball. Though Solo could have been partially screened, she was on top of the shot and punched it away. Julie Johnston then cleared the ball out of bounds. 

USA – Hope Solo, 71st minute: France’s Laure Boulleau crossed in from the left side and the ball bent toward the goal. Solo needed to stretch to tip the ball as it almost simultaneously caromed off of the crossbar. 

FRA – Sarah Bouhaddi, 79th minute: U.S. second-half sub Sydney Leroux hoped to get into the scoring act when the ball was played deep up the field. Bouhaddi read the play well and beat Leroux to the ball toward the top of the box. 

USA – Hope Solo, 81st minute: U.S. outside back Meghan Klingenberg was whistled for grabbing Marie-Laure Delie’s arm in the penalty box. Amandine Henry took the penalty kick and Solo had it read the whole way. Even before Henry’s shot, Solo took a step to her right and then dove in that direction to parry the ball away. (SEE SAVE) 

Milestone Watch:

  • Goalkeeper Hope Solo earned her 81st shutout for the USA.
  • Christen Press became the 26th player to record at least 20 goals during her WNT tenure.
  • Abby Wambach made her 238th appearance and ranks sixth on the all-time WNT list. She is one game behind fifth-place Joy Fawcett (239 games from 1987-2004).
  • Megan Rapinoe earned her 99th cap, and is now one appearance away from hitting the century mark. Thirty other WNT players have reached 100 caps. 

Next on the Schedule:
The U.S. WNT hosts New Zealand at 2:30 p.m. CT on April 4 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, where more than 30,000 tickets have been sold.
Broadcast information: FOX Sports 1; Ticket information
Social: Twitter (@ussoccer_wnt; @ussoccer_esp); Facebook; Instagram 

Additional Notes:

  • The USA moved to 15-1-2 all-time and improved to 4-0-0 in the Algarve Cup against France.
  • The U.S. is now 4-1-1 in 2015.
  • U.S. head coach Jill Ellis’ lineup featured a 4-4-2, with Hope Solo in goal and a defensive line of Ali Krieger at right back, Meghan Klingenberg on the left and center back pairing Becky Sauerbrunn and Julie Johnston.
  • In the midfield, Carli Lloyd wore the captain’s armband and played on the right. Christen Press was on the left and Lauren Holiday and Morgan Brian played centrally.
  • Alex Morgan and Amy Rodriguez were paired up top, with Rodriguez earning her first start of the tournament.
  • Kelley O’Hara replaced Rodriguez in the 68th minute for the USA’s first sub. Press moved up to forward and O’Hara played in the midfield.
  • In the 75th minute, Sydney Leroux entered for Press.
  • In the 85th minute, the USA made three subs. Shannon Boxx replaced Morgan Brian, Wambach for Klingenberg and Megan Rapinoe for Alex Morgan. Wambach played alongside Leroux up top, Rapinoe on the left side of the midfield and Boxx in central midfield. O’Hara dropped to left back. 

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

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. France
Date: March 11, 2015
Competition: 2015 Algarve Cup – Championship Match
Venue: Algarve Stadium; Faro, Portugal
Kickoff: 12 p.m. ET; 4 p.m. local
Attendance: 1,500 
Weather: 64 degrees; Sunny and breezy 

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

USA – Julie Johnston (Lauren Holiday)                     7th minute
USA – Christen Press (Amy Rodriguez)                    41 

Lineups:
USA: 1-Hope Solo; 11-Ali Krieger, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 26-Julie Johnston, 25-Meghan Klingenberg (20-Abby Wambach, 85); 10-Carli Lloyd (capt.), 12-Lauren Holiday, 14-Morgan Brian (7-Shannon Boxx, 85), 23-Christen Press (2-Sydney Leroux, 75); 8-Amy Rodriguez (5-Kelley O’Hara, 68), 13-Alex Morgan (15-Megan Rapinoe, 85)
Subs Not Used: 3-Christie Rampone, 9-Heather O’Reilly, 16-Lori Chalupny, 17-Tobin Heath, 19-Rachel Van Hollebeke, 22-Crystal Dunn, 24-Ashlyn Harris
Head coach: Jill Ellis

FRA: 16-Sarah Bouhaddi; 8-Jessica Houara, 20-Anaïg Butel, 5-Sabrina Delannoy, 3-Laure Boulleau; 13-Kadidiatou Diani (7-Kenza Dali, 58), 6-Amandine Henry, 10-Camille Abily, 23-Kheira Hamraoui (11-Claire Lavogez, 58); 17-Gaëtane Thiney (18-Marie-Laure Delie, 78), 9-Eugénie Le Sommer
Subs Not Used: 1-Emmeline Mainguy, 2-Wendie Renard, 4-Sandra Toletti, 12-Elodie Thomis, 14-Aureli Kaci, 15-Elise Bussaglia, 19-Griedge M’Bock Bathy Nka, 21-Méline Gerard, 22-Amel Majri
Head coach: Philippe Bergeroo 

Stats Summary: USA / FRA
Shots: 5 / 11
Shots on Goal: 2 / 7
Saves: 7 / 0
Corner Kicks: 2 / 7
Fouls: 13 / 6
Offside: 3 / 2 

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Morgan Brian (caution)                       33rd minute 

Officials:
Referee: Cristina Dorcioman (ROU)
Assistant Referee 1: Petruta Iugulescu (ROU)
Assistant Referee 2: Sanja Rodak (CRO)
Fourth Official: Claudia Umpierrez (URU) 

Budweiser Woman of the Match: Hope Solo

WNT Seeks 10th Algarve Cup Title Against France

U.S. Women's National Team vs. France
2015 Algarve Cup – Championship Game
Algarve Stadium; Algarve, Portugal
March 11, 2015

WNT FACES FRANCE IN ALGARVE CUP FINAL: Following a 2-1 win against Norway, a 3-0 triumph over Switzerland and a 0-0 draw with Iceland, the U.S. WNT finished atop Group B with seven points and with the second-best point total of the three group winners. The U.S. earned a spot alongside Group C champion France (9 points) in the championship match of the 2015 Algarve Cup. USA-France will kick off at 12 p.m. ET on Wednesday, March 11, at the Algarve Stadium in Algarve, Portugal. The game will be broadcast live on FOX Sports 1 and FOX Sports2Go. Fans can follow the match on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt and @ussoccer_esp, and watch highlights on ussoccer.com.

GOING FOR 10: The championship game will represent the program’s 14th Algarve Cup Final appearance. The U.S. WNT most recently won the Algarve Cup in 2013, beating Germany 2-0 in the title game to earn its ninth title, the most of any country. This year’s tournament features six of the world's top-10 ranked teams, including the top five. Brazil, currently ranked eighth, is participating for the first time. In all, 11 of the 12 participating countries are ranked in the top-20 in the world.

2015 Algarve Cup Placement Matches

Placement Match

Matchup

Venue

Local Kickoff / ET

Championship:

USA vs. France

Faro, Portugal

4 p.m. / 12 p.m.

3rd Place Match

Sweden vs. Germany

Parchal, Portugal

12 p.m. / 8 a.m.

5th Place Match

Norway vs. Denmark

Albufeira, Portugal

6 p.m. / 2 p.m.

7th Place Match

Brazil vs. Switzerland

Albufeira, Portugal

3 p.m. / 11 a.m.

9th Place Match

Japan vs. Iceland

Faro, Portugal

12:15 / 8:15 a.m.

11th Place Match

Portugal vs. China PR

Parchal, Portugal

3 p.m. / 11 a.m.

 

22nd Annual Algarve Cup Final Group Standings
Group A

Team

GP

W

L

T

GF

GA

GD

Pts.

SWE

3

2

1

0

7

4

+3

6

GER

3

2

1

0

3

5

+2

6

BRA

3

1

1

1

3

3

 0

4

CHN

3

0

2

1

0

5

-5

1

Group A Update: Germany finished group play with a strong result, trouncing Brazil 3-1 on goals from Alexandra Popp, Celia Sasic and Dzsenifer Marozsan. Sweden rebounded from its loss against Brazil with a dominant 3-0 win against China PR on a penalty kick by Lotta Schelin and goals by Kosovare Asllani and Sofia Jakobsson. Tied with six points each, the Group A winner was determined by head-to-head results between Sweden and Germany. Sweden beat Germany 4-2 in their first group matchup on March 4, thus claiming the top spot.

Group B

Team

GP

W

L

T

GF

GA

GD

Pts.

USA

3

2

0

1

5

1

+4

7

NOR

3

1

1

1

4

4

0

4

SUI

3

1

1

1

4

5

-1

4

ISL

3

0

2

1

0

3

-3

1

Group B Update: The USA secured its place in the championship game place after a 0-0 draw against Iceland gave the team seven points, the second-best points total in all three groups. The other Group B match also ended in a draw, with Norway getting goals from Trine Ronning and Isabell Herlovsen in the second half and Switzerland tying it up thanks to Rahel Kiwic and Fabienne Humm.

Group C

Team

GP

W

L

T

GF

GA

GD

Pts.

FRA

3

3

0

0

8

2

+6

9

DEN

3

1

1

1

5

7

 -2

4

JPN

3

1

2

0

5

5

0

3

POR

3

0

2

1

2

6

-4

1

Group C Update: France finished Group C with its third win in a row, taking down Japan 3-1 after falling behind 1-0 in the first half. Gaëtane Thiney’s penalty kick sparked the French comeback which was aided by a goal from Eugénie Le Sommer and a second goal from Thiney. France was the only country to finish with the full nine points and the most of all teams, earning a spot in the championship match. Denmark had a seemingly safe 2-0 lead on Portugal with about 15 minutes left in the game but a penalty kick by Dolores Silva and an 86-minute goal by Claudia Neto tied the score 2-2 and allowed the Portuguese to come out with a draw.

For a full listing of the 2015 Algarve Cup schedule and results, visit the tournament page on ussoccer.com.

2015 U.S. WNT SCHEDULE:

Date

Opponent

Time

TV/Result

Venue

Feb. 8

France

12 p.m. ET

0-2 L

Stade du Moustoir; Lorient, France

Feb. 13

England

3 p.m. ET

1-0 W

stadiummk; Milton Keynes, England

March 4

Norway*

2 p.m. ET

2-1 W

Vila Real de Santo Antonio, Portugal

March 6

Switzerland*

12 p.m. ET

3-0 W

Vila Real de Santo Antonio, Portugal

March 9

Iceland*

1:30 p.m. ET

0-0 T

Lagos, Portugal

March 11

France*

12 p.m. ET

FOX Sports 1

Algarve, 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 Rep.

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

* Algarve Cup

U.S. Women’s National Team Roster By Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): 24-Ashlyn Harris (Washington Spirit), 21-Alyssa Naeher (Boston Breakers), 1-Hope Solo (Seattle Reign FC)
DEFENDERS (10): 16-Lori Chalupny (Chicago Red Stars), 22-Crystal Dunn (Washington Spirit), 6-Whitney Engen (Western NY Flash), 26-Julie Johnston (Chicago Red Stars), 25-Meghan Klingenberg (Houston Dash), 11-Ali Krieger (Washington Spirit), 5-Kelley O'Hara (Sky Blue FC), 3-Christie Rampone (Sky Blue FC), 4-Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City), 19-Rachel Van Hollebeke (Portland Thorns)
MIDFIELDERS (7): 7-Shannon Boxx (Chicago Red Stars), 14-Morgan Brian (Houston Dash), 17-Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC), 12-Lauren Holiday (FC Kansas City), 10-Carli Lloyd (Houston Dash), 9-Heather O'Reilly (FC Kansas City), 15-Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign FC)
FORWARDS (5): 2-Sydney Leroux (Seattle Reign FC), 13-Alex Morgan (Portland Thorns FC), 23-Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars), 8-Amy Rodriguez (FC Kansas City), 20-Abby Wambach (Western NY Flash)

U.S. ROSTER NOTES:

  • Carli Lloyd's two goals in the 2-1 victory against Norway on March 4 gave her 63 for her career and 12 at the Algarve Cup, making her the third all-time leading scorer at the Algarve Cup behind Abby Wambach (22) and Kristine Lilly (13). Alex Morgan also has 12 at the Algarve Cup.
  • The USA's five goals so far in the tournament have come from four different players.
  • Lloyd and Morgan are the only U.S. players to receive a yellow card, but all U.S. players are eligible for the championship.
  • Morgan did not play in last year's Algarve Cup as she was recovering from an ankle injury. Midfielder Lauren Holiday also missed last year's tournament, due to a family commitment. She has scored six goals in the Algarve Cup.

IN THE RECORD BOOKS:

  • World goal scoring record holder Abby Wambach tallied her 178th goal during the USA’s 3-0 victory against Switzerland on March 6. Wambach is now 20 goals ahead of previous U.S. WNT goal scoring record holder Mia Hamm (158 goals from 1987-2004).
  • Lori Chalupny and Megan Rapinoe each have 98 caps in their WNT careers as they near the century mark. Thirty other WNT players have reached that milestone, including nine other players currently in the 2015 Algarve Cup roster.
  • With two goals against Norway on March 4, Carli Lloyd upped her career total to 63. She is in sole possession of seventh place on the U.S. WNT's all-time goal scoring list, passing Shannon MacMillan who scored 60 goals in her career. Lloyd is the highest-scoring player in U.S. history who has played exclusively as a midfielder.
  • Heather O'Reilly is the ninth player to hit 200 caps in U.S. history after reaching the milestone against Korea DPR on March 12, 2014. Now with 216, she is seventh on the USA's all-time list. Abby Wambach (237) and Christie Rampone (304) are the only active players ahead of her. Rampone is currently the second most-capped player in U.S. and world history behind Kristine Lilly (352).
  • Hope Solo came into the tournament with a U.S. record 78 career shutouts and with clean sheets against Switzerland and Iceland. She now has 80 in 165 games.
  • Solo is tied for the most starts by a WNT goalkeeper, matching Briana Scurry’s 159 during the USA’s scoreless draw against Iceland on Monday. Solo and Scurry are tied for 12th on the WNT’s all-time starts list, one behind 11th-place Brandi Chastain (160 games from 1988-2004).

U.S. WNT AT THE ALGARVE CUP

  • The USA has a 55-12-11 record all-time at the Algarve Cup.
  • The USA will be making its 14th appearance in an Algarve Cup final, having won the tournament nine times, the most of any country.
  • The USA has scored 170 goals while allowing 62 at the Algarve Cup.
  • There are now 38 different WNT players have scored at the Algarve Cup.
  • Wambach's 22 goals are tops all-time at the Algarve Cup for a U.S. player and one of the leaders all time in the 22-year history of the tournament.

Videos and Photo Galleries:

Releases:

ALL-TIME U.S. FINISHES AT THE ALGARVE CUP: The USA has had some tremendous and remarkable success at the Algarve Cup (eight straight appearances in the championship game from 2004-2012 and nine titles overall), but the USA didn't win its first title until its sixth try in 2000 when a Brandi Chastain penalty kick defeated Norway in the title game 1-0. It took the USA three years to win it again.

Year

U.S. Finish

No. of teams

Champion

Runner-Up

1994

Second

6

Norway

USA

1995

Fourth

8

Sweden

Denmark

1996

Did not participate

8

Sweden

Norway

1997

Did not participate

8

Norway

China PR

1998

Third

8

Norway

Denmark

1999

Second

8

China PR

USA

2000

First

8

USA

Norway

2001

Sixth

8

Sweden

Denmark

2002

Fifth

12

China PR

Norway

2003

First

12

USA

China PR

2004

First

12

USA

Norway

2005

First

12

USA

Germany

2006

Second

12

Germany

USA

2007

First

12

USA

Denmark

2008

First

12

USA

Denmark

2009

Second

12

Sweden

USA

2010

First

12

USA

Germany

2011

First

12

USA

Iceland

2012

Third

12

Germany

Japan

2013

First

12

USA

Germany

2014

Seventh

12

Germany

Japan

IN FOCUS: FRANCE

Current FIFA World Ranking: 3
2015 Women's World Cup Qualifying: Won Group 7 in UEFA Women’s World Cup Qualifying (10-0-0; 54 GF, 3 GA)
Women's World Cup Finals Appearances: 3 – 2003 (9th), 2011 (4th), 2015
Record vs. USA: 1-14-2
Head Coach: Philippe Bergeroo
Championship Honors: None
Leading Women’s World Cup Qualifying Scorers: Gaëtane Thiney (13), Marie-Laure Delie (9), Eugénie Le Sommer (7), Wendie Renard (5)
Key Players: Gaëtane Thiney (Juvisy), Louisa Necib (Lyon), Wendie Renard (Lyon), Eugénie Le Sommer (Lyon), Marie-Laure Delie (PSG), Laura Georges (PSG) 

2105 Algarve Cup France Women's National Team Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): 16-Sarah Bouhaddi (Olympique Lyonnais), 21-Méline Gerard (A.S. Saint-Etienne), 1-Emmeline Mainguy (EA Guingamp)
DEFENDERS (8): 3-Laure Boulleau (Paris Saint-Germain), 20-Anaïg Butel (F.C.F. Juvisy), 5-Sabrina Delannoy (Paris Saint-Germain), 8-Jessica Houara (Paris Saint-Germain), 22-Amel Majri (Olympique Lyonnais), 19-Griedge M’Bock Bathy Nka (E.A. Guingamp), 2-Wendie Renard (Olympique Lyonnais), 4-Sandra Toletti (Montpellier HSC)
MIDFIELDERS (9): 10-Camille Abily (Olympique Lyonnais), 15-Elise Bussaglia (Olympique Lyonnais), 7-Kenza Dali (Paris-Saint-Germain), 23-Kheira Hamraoui (Paris-Saint-Germain), 6-Amandine Henry (Olympique Lyonnais), 14-Aureli Kaci (Paris Saint-Germain FC), 11-Claire Lavogez (Montpellier H.S.C), 17-Gaëtane Thiney (F.C.F. Juvisy), 12-Elodie Thomis (Olympique Lyonnais)
FORWARDS (3): 18-Marie-Laure Delie (Paris-Saint-Germain), 13-Kadidiatou Diani (F.C.F Juvisy), 9-Eugénie Le Sommer (Olympique Lyonnais)

USA VS. FRANCE SERIES

  • Despite first playing France in 1988, the U.S. Women do not have an extensive history against France, having played just 17 times and only five times since 2006.
  • The most recent meeting came just over a month ago in Lorient, France, on Feb. 8 when the USA fell to France 2-0 for the first time in the series history. France scored twice in a two-minute span in the second half on a header from Eugénie Le Sommer and a miss-hit cross from the right wing by Jessica Houara that flew over U.S. goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris, hit the far post, and bounced in.
  • The USA and France also faced each other twice in June 2014, a 1-0 U.S. victory in Tampa, Florida, on a goal from Sydney Leroux and a 2-2 draw in East Hartford, Connecticut, as Alex Morgan scored both goals, equalizing twice to cancel out scores from Louisa Necib (on a penalty kick) and Amandine Henry.          
  • Before those matches, there came an epic pair of matches in world championships. The USA defeated France 3-1 on July 13, 2011, in the FIFA Women’s World Cup semifinal in Monchengladbach, Germany. The U.S. also won the Olympic curtain raiser 4-2 on July 25, 2012, in Glasgow, Scotland, as Alex Morgan scored twice, while Abby Wambach and Carli Lloyd contributed a goal each.
  • The USA is 14-1-2 all-time against France. Seven of those meetings took place from 1991-97.
  • The USA has scored 48 goals against France while allowing 15.
  • Before the 2-2 draw in 2014, the first tie between the teams came at the Four Nations Tournament in Guangzhou, China, in 2006, a 0-0 draw.
  • U.S. midfielder Tobin Heath played with and against almost all the French players while playing with Paris Saint-Germain in 2013.
  • France is in Group F at the Women’s World Cup with England, Colombia and Mexico. 

FRANCE ROSTER NOTES

  • France, which will be considered one of the favorites this summer at the FIFA Women’s World Cup, has some of the best players in the world at their positions and some of the best team speed in the world, in addition to center back Wendie Renard, who matches up to the size of Abby Wambach, a rare occurrence in international women’s soccer.
  • France has depth in the attack with powerful midfielder/forward Gaetane Thiney scoring 13 goals in WWC qualifying.
  • France strolled through its World Cup qualifying campaign to secure a third appearance at the FIFA Women’s World Cup, winning all 10 Group 7 matches, while scoring 54 goals and conceding three.
  • In October of 2014, France earned its first victory over Germany, winning 2-0 in Offenbach.
  • France, which won the 2012 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup, also has some tremendous young talent, led by Griedge Mbock-Bathy and Claire Lavogez. France finished third at the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup.
  • France head coach Philippe Bergeroo took over from Bruno Bini in September of 2013. A former French international goalkeeper and EURO 1984 winner, he had previously coached Paris Saint-Germain, Rennes, and the French men’s U-17 side, and was part of Aime Jacquet’s backroom staff during France 1998. This is the first time in his career that he has been in charge of a women’s team.
  • French midfielder Camille Abily played in Women’s Professional Soccer with the Los Angeles Sol and FC Gold Pride, winning the title with FCGP in 2010.
  • Almost the entire French team comes from the top four clubs in France. Perennial champion and two-time Champions League winners Olympique Lyonnais, which has won six consecutive French league titles including last season, has eight players on the roster. Runner-up PSG, which features American Lindsey Horan, has seven players.

LAST TIME on the field vs. FRA:
Feb. 8, 2015 – Stade du Moustoir; Lorient, France
USA                0         
FRA                2          Le Sommer 50; Houara 51

Lineups:
USA: 24-Ashlyn Harris; 25-Meghan Klingenberg, 6-Whitney Engen, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 16-Lori Chalupny (11-Ali Krieger, 55); 17-Tobin Heath (8-Amy Rodriguez, 77), 15-Morgan Brian (20-Abby Wambach, 63), 12-Lauren Holiday, 10-Carli Lloyd (capt.); 23-Christen Press, 13-Alex Morgan
Subs Not Used: 5-Kelley O’Hara, 7-Shannon Boxx, 9-Heather O’Reilly, 14-Julie Johnston, 18-Nicole Barnhart, 19-Rachel Van Hollebeke, 21-Alyssa Naeher, 22-Crystal Dunn, 26-Tori Huster
Head coach: Jill Ellis

FRA: 1-Sarah Bouhaddi; 8-Jessica Houara, 4-Laura Georges, 2-Wendie Renard, 22-Amel Majri; 12-Elodie Thomis (11-Claire Lavogez, 74), 10-Camille Abily (23-Kheira Hamaroui, 82), 6-Amandine Henry, 14-Louisa Necib (7-Kenza Dali, 40); 17-Gaëtane Thiney (18-Marie Laure Delie, 87), 9-Eugénie Le Sommer (15-Elise Bussaglia, 74)
Subs Not Used: 1-Céline Deville, 3-Laure Boulleau, 5-Sabrina Delannoy, 13-Kadiatou Diani, 19-Gridge Mbock Bathy, 20-Anaig Butel, 21-Meline Gerard
Head coach: Philippe Bergeroo

Algarve Quote Sheet: WNT vs. Iceland - March 9, 2015

U.S. WNT head coach Jill Ellis

On the match:
“I think going in we knew it was going to be a physical game. We had to stay in two-touch rhythm because certainly if we spent too much time on the ball they were going to come in and hit us hard. But this game was good because, one, I got to see players I needed to see, and two we got to rest some legs for the final.”

On what the team has to look forward to when they face France for the second time this year:
“It’s going to be another great test. Everything is about making strides, so it’s another opportunity to gauge where we’re at and see how far we’ve come in a month. The most important thing of going to a World Cup is the upward trend; in terms of performance, fitness and all the components that will help us win.”

On the challenge France will represent:
“They’re a very highly-skillful team, like to move the ball, and are a tremendous attacking team with a lot of good personalities and players. They’ve shown that they’re a top quality team, and it’s going to be another fantastic opportunity to play them.”

U.S. WNT forward Alex Morgan

On the match:
“I think Iceland’s strategy was definitely to frustrate us and not let us set the pace of the game. It was choppy but we knew that with a tie we could be in the final and we’re happy to be play for the championship now.”

U.S. WNT midfielder Heather O’Reilly

On Iceland’s competitiveness:
“I think that Iceland was good in terms of energy and competitiveness and compactness. It was a good, difficult match but our main goal which was making the final and we did enough.”

On being able to rest players:
“This is a really deep group and team, and we have different players who play different roles. It was good to rest some legs and be able to get ready for France.”

On facing France for the second time in about a month:
“We hate losing, so we’re still obviously disappointed in the result when we were in France. It’s nice that a month later we get to see them again and hopefully turn that result around.”

U.S. WNT defender Becky Sauerbrunn

On the physical match:
“It was definitely a game of duels and winning your individual battles. It was really about reading second balls, just being competitive and trying to be first to things and breaking pressure. You just kind of have to keep your head and stick with our game plan. (Iceland defensive tactics are) tough though, but you try to find people in the seams and kind of play our game. It’s tough when they’re disruptive but you have to go to the basics and that’s winning balls and connecting passes.”

On getting the opportunity to face France again after losing to them back in February:
“I think we’re on neutral ground now, we’re not in France, so that’s different. We want to right the wrongs that happened in that game.”

WNT Draws 0-0 with Iceland to Win Group B and Earn Place in Algarve Cup Championship

LAGOS, Portugal (March 9, 2015) – In a scrappy game that featured 29 fouls, including 18 from Iceland, the U.S. Women’s National Team played to a 0-0 draw in its final Group B match at the 2015 Algarve Cup.

The tie was good enough for the USA to take first place in Group B with seven points. As one of the top two group winners, the U.S. earned a berth in the championship game against France on March 11. The venue and kickoff time will be confirmed later today, and the match will be broadcast on FOX Sports 1.

Iceland proved to be an organized and aggressive team as it dropped back into a defensive posture for the entire match and tried to launch long balls that were dealt with well by the USA’s back line. The U.S. put together numerous dangerous attacks that led to quite a few crosses, but could not pierce Iceland’s bunker.

France defeated Japan 3-1 to take all nine points from its three Group C games. The USA and France met recently on Feb. 8 in Lorient, France, in what was the first match of the year for the U.S. Women. The USA fell 2-0 as France scored twice in a two-minute span in the second half.

Goal Scoring Rundown:
None

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
USA – Hope Solo, 45th+1 minute: Iceland had created virtually no scoring chances through the first 45 minutes when the ball popped to Hólmfrídur Magnúsdóttir in the first minute of first-half stoppage time. She got off a dangerous shot high to the middle of the goal, but Solo flew to push the ball over the bar for a corner kick.

ISL – Gudbjörg Gunnarsdóttir, 67th minute: The USA pushed for a goal against the Iceland bunker for most of the match and Kelley O’Hara’s shot from distance in the 67th minute almost slipped through the hands of Gunnarsdóttir, but she managed to get enough of the ball to push the rocket over the crossbar.

ISL – Gudbjörg Gunnarsdóttir, 83th minute: Christen Press came on in the 60th minute and made an impact offensively, especially when she squared up on goal in the 83rd minute and fired on a line from 23 yards out. The ball was headed toward the right corner of the net, but Gunnarsdóttir dove to her left to push it outside the post.

Milestone Watch:

  • Abby Wambach made her 237th appearance and ranks sixth on the all-time WNT list, two games behind fifth-place Joy Fawcett (239 games from 1987-2004).
  • Defender Lori Chalupny earned her 98th cap. She is just two appearances away from hitting the century mark, which 30 other WNT players have reached.
  • Goalkeeper Hope Solo earned her 80th shutout.

Next on the Schedule:
The U.S. WNT faces France in the Championship Game at the 2015 Algarve Cup on Wednesday, March 11. Kickoff and venue will be announced shortly.
Broadcast information: FOX Sports 1
Social: Twitter (@ussoccer_wnt; @ussoccer_esp); Facebook; Instagram

Additional Notes:

  • This will be the USA’s 14th Algarve Cup title game in 20 trips to the tournament and the U.S. is going for its 10th title.
  • With nine titles, the USA is far and away the leader in all-time Algarve Cup championships.
  • The USA moved to 12-0-2 all-time against Iceland. The other draw, back in 2000, also finished 0-0.
  • The USA has played France three times at the Algarve Cup, winning all three matches. They have never faced each other in an Algarve Cup title game.
  • The U.S. is now 3-1-1 in 2015.
  • U.S. head coach Jill Ellis made six changes from the starting lineup that faced Norway on March 6, giving Kelley O’Hara, Tobin Heath, Heather O’Reilly and Rachel Van Hollebeke their first starts of the tournament.
  • Ellis used all six substitutes, starting with Carli Lloyd replacing Meghan Klingenberg at halftime. Lauren Holiday, Christen Press and Amy Rodriguez game on in the 60th minute for O’Reilly, Heath and Abby Wambach, respectively, while Shannon Boxx and Sydney Leroux played the last 15 minutes in place of Morgan Brian and Alex Morgan, respectively.
  • Wambach captained the USA.

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

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Iceland
Date: March 9, 2015
Competition: 2015 Algarve Cup – Group B
Venue: Municipal Stadium; Lagos, Portugal
Kickoff: 1:30 p.m. ET / 5:30 p.m. local
Attendance: 500
Weather: 64 degrees, cool and clear

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

Lineups:
USA: 1-Hope Solo; 5-Kelley O’Hara, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 19-Rachel Van Hollebeke, 25-Meghan Klingenberg (10-Carli Lloyd, 46); 9-Heather O’Reilly (12-Lauren Holiday, 60), 16-Lori Chalupny, 14-Morgan Brian (7-Shannon Boxx, 76), 17-Tobin Heath (23-Christen Press, 60); 13-Alex Morgan (2-Sydney Leroux, 76), 20-Abby Wambach (capt.) (8-Amy Rodriguez, 60)
Subs Not Used: 3-Christie Rampone, 11-Ali Krieger, 15-Megan Rapinoe, 22-Crystal Dunn, 24-Ashlyn Harris, 26-Julie Johnston
Head Coach: Jill Ellis

NOR: 13-Gudbjörg Gunnarsdóttir; 2-Anna María Baldursdóttir (20-Elísa Vidarsdóttir 85), 4-Glódís Perla Viggósdóttir, 15-Anna Björk Kristjánsdóttir, 11-Hallbera Gudný Gísladóttir; 18-Gudný Björk Ódinsdóttir (21-Fanndís Fridriksdóttir, 56), 7-Sara Björk Gunnarsdóttir, 14-Gunnhildur Yrsa Jónsdóttir (17-Ásgerdur Baldursdóttir, 70), 6-Hólmfrídur Magnúsdóttir (22-Rakel Hönnudóttir, 56), 10-Dagný Brynjarsdóttir; 16-Harpa Thorsteinsdóttir (23-Gudmunda Brynja Óladóttir, 85)    
Subs Not Used: 1-Sandra Sigurdardóttir, 3-Lára Kristín Pedersen, 5-Arna Sif Ásgrímsdóttir, 8-Katrín Ómarsdóttir, 12-Sonný Lára Thráinsdóttir, 19-Elín Metta Jensen
Head Coach: Frey Alexandersson

Stats Summary: USA / ISL
Shots: 8 / 2
Shots on Goal: 5 / 2
Saves: 2 / 4
Corner Kicks: 6 / 1
Fouls: 11 / 18
Offside: 4 / 1

Misconduct Summary:
ISL – Hólmfrídur Magnúsdóttir (caution)        14th minute
USA – Alex Morgan (caution)                        53
ISL – Sara Björk Gunnarsdóttir (caution)       72
ISL – Elísa Vidarsdóttir (cuation)                    89

Officials:
Referee: Abirami Naidu (SIN)
Assistant Referee 1: Sarah Ho (AUS)
Assistant Referee 2: Widiya Shamsuri (MAS)
Fourth Official: Stephanie Frappart (FRA)

Budweiser Woman of the Match: Becky Sauerbrunn  

Sanneh, Hamilton Travel to Malaysia as U.S. Soccer Sports Envoys


CHICAGO (March 9, 2015) – Former U.S. Men’s National Team and U.S. Women’s National Team defenders Tony Sanneh and Linda Hamilton, respectively, will travel to Malaysia as members of the U.S. Department of State Sports Envoy Program.

As part of the program, which runs from March 9-13, Sanneh and Hamilton will conduct clinics with more than 250 children and coaches in three cities—Kota Bharu, Kuala Lumpur and Kota Kinabalu—around Malaysia.

Hamilton will conduct two clinics with school children in Kuala Lumpur on Monday before being joined by Sanneh on Tuesday, March 10. That day, both will conduct a clinic with 30 soccer coaches from local schools in the morning, followed by a clinic with about 50 high school and university students in the afternoon.

Over the course of the remaining three days, Hamilton and Sanneh will conduct five more clinics, with students ranging from age 7-20.

Sanneh was a member of the 2002 FIFA World Cup team that advanced to the quarterfinals of the tournament and was recently named to the U.S. Men’s National Team “All-Decade Team.” Hamilton is no stranger to traveling to Asia, having been part of the U.S. backline at the 1991 FIFA Women’s World Cup. She earned 71 caps with the U.S. Women’s National Team from 1987-1995. Both have traveled extensively as Sports Envoys for U.S. Soccer and the State Department.

In partnership with the State Department, U.S. Soccer players, coaches and administrators have visited more than 79 countries since 2005. The athletes have offered soccer clinics for thousands of boys, girls and coaches. Athletes and coaches use sport as a tool to teach important values and life skills such as respect, teamwork, inclusion, acknowledgement of rules, discipline, and self-confidence.

WNT Faces Iceland for Berth in Algarve Cup Final

U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Iceland
2015 Algarve Cup – Group B
Municipal Stadium; Lagos, Portugal
March 9, 2015

WNT FACES ICELAND FOR BERTH IN ALGARVE CUP FINAL: After earning the full six points from its first two Algarve Cup matches with a 2-1 win against Norway and a 3-0 triumph over Switzerland, the U.S. Women’s National Team is well-positioned to earn a berth in the championship game with its Group B finale against Iceland remaining. The USA-Iceland match will kick off at 1:30 p.m. ET on Monday, March 9, but will not be televised due to inadequate lighting at the Municipal Stadium in Lagos, Portugal. Fans can follow the match on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt and @ussoccer_esp, and watch highlights on ussoccer.com.

GOING FOR 10: Should the USA advance to the championship game, it will be the program’s 14th Algarve Cup Final. The U.S. WNT most recently won the Algarve Cup in 2013, beating Germany 2-0 in the title game to earn its ninth title, the most of any country. The U.S. team trained for eight days in Portugal before the starting this tournament that features six of the world’s top-10 ranked teams, including the top five. Brazil, currently ranked eighth, is participating for the first time. In all, 11 of the 12 participating countries are ranked in the top-20 in the world.

ALGARVE CUP FORMAT: This is the 22nd edition of the Algarve Cup, and for the first time in 14 years, it has undergone a change in the competition format. When the Algarve Cup expanded from eight to 12 teams in 2001, a Group C was created that generally consisted of lower-tier teams that were eligible to compete only for spots in the placement matches for seventh, ninth and 11th. This year, for the first time, all 12 teams will be competing for the tournament title. The final will be contested by the two group winners with the most points (or if all three group winners are tied on points, the top two will be determined by a series of tiebreakers). The third-place match will feature the third-best group winner against the best second-place team from the three groups. In addition, the fifth-place match will be played between the two remaining second-place teams; the seventh-place match between the two best third-place teams; the ninth-place match between the remaining third-place team against the best fourth-place team; while the 11th-place match will feature the remaining two teams that finished fourth in their groups.

USA ADVANCEMENT SCENARIOS: As there are three teams in groups B and C that could end up winning the group with six points, and two in Group A (along with Brazil, that could finish with seven), the scenarios of who could make the championship game under this new Algarve Cup format are vast and varied. But this much we know…

  • With only two teams – the USA and France – on six points after the first two match days, those two countries are in the driver’s seat for berths to the final. With wins, both teams will qualify for the championship game.
  • Should the USA draw with Iceland and finish on seven points, it would still win the group, but then would have to beat out at least one of the other group winners to earn a spot in the title game, with the first tiebreaker being goal differential and the second being goals scored. The USA is currently at plus-4, Brazil is at plus-2 and France is at plus-4, but much could change in the final round of matches as far as goal differential and goals scored.
  • If the USA falls to Iceland, there would still be a chance to win the group with six points, and even advance to the championship game, but it would have to rely on the correct confluence of results and scores in Group B and the other groups.

22nd Annual Algarve Cup Standings
Group A

Team

GP

W

L

T

GF

GA

GD

Pts.

BRA

2

1

0

1

2

0

+2

4

SWE

2

1

1

0

4

4

0

3

GER

2

1

1

0

4

4

0

3

CHN

2

0

1

1

0

2

-2

1

Group A Update: Germany rebounded from a 4-2 loss to Sweden on the first match day to defeat China PR 2-0 on goals from Anja Mittag and Alexandra Popp. Germany did suffer an injury blow, losing talented central defender Luisa Wensing to a broken leg. Sweden fell to Brazil 2-0 on a long-distance free kick from Marta and a penalty kick by Andressa, but still has a chance to win the group with its finale coming against China. Germany and Brazil meet in one of the marquee matches on the final match day with both likely needing a win to take first in the group. Brazil also suffered an apparent serious injury when forward Debinha went down in the 15th minute and needed to be replaced.

Group B

Team

GP

W

L

T

GF

GA

GD

Pts.

USA

2

2

0

0

5

1

+4

6

NOR

2

1

1

0

2

2

0

3

SUI

2

1

1

0

2

3

-1

3

ISL

2

0

2

0

0

3

-3

0

Group B Update: The USA moved into first place with a convincing 3-0 win against Switzerland, with all three goals coming in the second half. Alex Morgan finished a deftly played free kick from Lauren Holiday with a close-range volley, Amy Rodriguez pulled off some fancy footwork in front of the net to make it 2-0 and substitute Abby Wambach added a third on a long-range chip over the goalkeeper after running onto an errant back pass. In the other Group B match, Norway used a ninth-minute goal from Emilie Havvi to defeat Iceland 1-0. The results mean the USA needs just a tie against Iceland to win the group, but a win will ensure the U.S. a berth in the championship game as France is the only other team with six points after the first two match days and thus the only team that accrue the full nine points after three games.

Group C

Team

GP

W

L

T

GF

GA

GD

Pts.

FRA

2

2

0

0

5

1

+4

6

JPN

2

1

1

0

4

2

+2

3

DEN

2

1

1

0

3

5

-1

3

POR

2

0

2

0

0

4

-4

0

Group C Update: France walloped Denmark with four goals in the first half from four different players – Eugenie Le Sommer, Camille Abily, Kenzi Dali and Claire Lavogez – and was up 3-0 inside of 14 minutes on the way to an eventual 4-1 victory. Japan rebounded from its 2-1 loss to Denmark to defeat host Portugal 3-0 on goals from Yuri Kawamura, Kumi Yokoyama and Yuika Sugasawa. That sets up a France-Japan clash on the final day of group play while Denmark is also still in the running for the group title with its one match remaining against Portugal. France needs just a tie to win the group, but like the USA, can clinch a berth for the title game with a win.

For a full listing of the 2015 Algarve Cup schedule and results, visit the tournament page on ussoccer.com.

ALGARVE CUP FAST FACTS

  • There will be no overtime in the Algarve Cup placement games on March 11. If tied at the end of regulation, any of the six placement matches will go directly to penalty kicks.
  • In each match, each team is allowed to perform six substitutions using four stops during the match. However, when the second half starts, each team can only make three stops to perform a maximum of six substitutions. During each stop, each team can substitute one or more players.
  • The tiebreakers within the groups are as follows: 1) head-to-head result, 2) goal differential, 3) goals scored, 4) best Fair Play ranking from the group matches and 5) best FIFA ranking.
  • If two or more teams have the same points in different groups, the tiebreakers to determine the placement matches will be: 1) goal differential, 2) goals scored, 3) best Fair Play ranking from the group matches and 4) best FIFA ranking.
  • If a player earns two yellow card cautions during the tournament, she will receive a one-match suspension. A red card will also result in a one-game suspension.
  • Two awards will be given out at the end of the tournament – Best Player and the Fair Play Award.

ALGARVE CUP BEGINS EIGHT-GAME RUN TO WORLD CUP: The USA heads into the Algarve Cup with eight games remaining before opening FIFA Women’s World Cup play on June 8 against Australia in Winnipeg. The U.S. team will play four matches in eight days at the Algarve Cup and then return home for four matches over April and May, the first of which will be played on April 4 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. More than 30,000 tickets have already been sold for the match.

2015 U.S. WNT SCHEDULE:

Date

Opponent

Time

TV/Result

Venue

Feb. 8

France

12 p.m. ET

0-2 L

Stade du Moustoir; Lorient, France

Feb. 13

England

3 p.m. ET

1-0 W

stadiummk; Milton Keynes, England

March 4

Norway*

2 p.m. ET

2-1 W

Vila Real de Santo Antonio, Portugal

March 6

Switzerland*

12 p.m. ET

3-0 W

Vila Real de Santo Antonio, Portugal

March 9

Iceland*

1:30 p.m. ET

--

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 Rep.

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

* Algarve Cup

USA DRAWN INTO GROUP D AT 2015 WOMEN’S WORLD CUP: At the Final Draw conducted on Dec. 6 in Ottawa, the U.S. Women’s National Team was drawn into Group D at the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup where it will face Australia, Nigeria and Sweden. The seventh Women’s World Cup will take place from June 6-July 5 in Canada. The U.S. will open the tournament against Australia on June 8 at Winnipeg Stadium, face Sweden on June 12 in Winnipeg, and finish Group D play against 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.

25 TO ALGARVE: U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Jill Ellis named a 25-player training roster for the 2015 Algarve Cup but as just 23 can suit up for the games, goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher, and captain Christie Rampone did not suit up for the first two matches. After the first two group games, Whitney Engen, who suffered a minor hamstring injury, was replaced on the roster by Rampone, who has returned to full fitness after recovering from a back injury that kept her out of the USA’s two early February friendly matches. The roster includes 22 of the 24 players that were in Europe for the USA’s recent matches against France and England, with midfielder Megan Rapinoe, Rampone and goalkeeper Hope Solo rejoining the squad.

U.S. Women’s National Team Roster By Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): 24-Ashlyn Harris (Washington Spirit), 21-Alyssa Naeher (Boston Breakers), 1-Hope Solo (Seattle Reign FC)
DEFENDERS (10): 16-Lori Chalupny (Chicago Red Stars), 22-Crystal Dunn (Washington Spirit), 6-Whitney Engen (Western NY Flash), 26-Julie Johnston (Chicago Red Stars), 25-Meghan Klingenberg (Houston Dash), 11-Ali Krieger (Washington Spirit), 5-Kelley O’Hara (Sky Blue FC), 3-Christie Rampone (Sky Blue FC), 4-Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City), 19-Rachel Van Hollebeke (Portland Thorns)
MIDFIELDERS (7): 7-Shannon Boxx (Chicago Red Stars), 14-Morgan Brian (Houston Dash), 17-Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC), 12-Lauren Holiday (FC Kansas City), 10-Carli Lloyd (Houston Dash), 9-Heather O’Reilly (FC Kansas City), 15-Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign FC)
FORWARDS (5): 2-Sydney Leroux (Seattle Reign FC), 13-Alex Morgan (Portland Thorns FC), 23-Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars), 8-Amy Rodriguez (FC Kansas City), 20-Abby Wambach (Western NY Flash)

U.S. ROSTER NOTES:

  • Carli Lloyd’s two goals in the 2-1 victory against Norway on March 4 gave her 63 for her career and 12 at the Algarve Cup, making her the third all-time leading scorer at the Algarve Cup behind Abby Wambach (21) and Kristine Lilly (13). Alex Morgan has 12 at the Algarve Cup.
  • The USA’s five goals so far in the tournament have come from four different players.
  • Lloyd is the only U.S. player carrying a yellow card caution.
  • Morgan did not play in last year’s Algarve Cup as she was recovering from an ankle injury. Midfielder Lauren Holiday also missed last year’s tournament, due to a family commitment. She has scored six goals in the Algarve Cup.
  • Holiday, the 2013 NWSL MVP and 2014 NWSL Championship Game MVP, was also the 2014 U.S. Soccer Female Athlete of the Year.
  • Hope Solo came into the tournament with a U.S. record 78 career shutouts and with the clean sheet against Switzerland now has 79.
  • U.S. captain Christie Rampone is currently the second most-capped player in U.S. and world history with 304.
  • Lloyd was the MVP of the 2007 Algarve Cup after scoring in all four games that year. She also scored three goals in the 2010 tournament.
  • Four players on the roster made their WNT debut at the Algarve Cup: goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris (2013), defender Whitney Engen (2012), defender Rachel Van Hollebeke (2008) and forward Amy Rodriguez (2005).
  • Defender Ali Krieger (2013), defender Whitney Engen (2013) and midfielder Tobin Heath (2008) scored their first WNT goal at the Algarve Cup. All against China PR.
  • Against Switzerland on March 6, veteran midfielder Shannon Boxx saw her first action in a game since April of 2013 when she played against Germany in a 3-3 tie in Offenbach. Boxx played the final 12 minutes in place of Holiday. Boxx’s long layoff was due to injuries, but also pregnancy, as she gave birth to a baby daughter a little more than one year ago. Boxx has 27 goals in 187 caps for the USA and played in the past three Women’s World Cup and three Olympic tournaments.
  • Lloyd was the only player to log all 450 minutes during the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship. She was named MVP of the tournament after scoring five goals.
  • Lloyd led the USA in scoring in 2014, finding the net 15 times, tying her career high in a calendar year. Wambach was second with 14 goals. Lloyd also led the USA in assists with eight.
  • Nine players on the roster are trying to make their first Women’s World Cup squad: Harris, Alyssa Naeher, Crystal Dunn, Engen, Julie Johnston, Meghan Klingenberg, Morgan Brian, Sydney Leroux and Christen Press.
  • Brian, the USA’s youngest player at age 22, was the 2014 U.S. Soccer Young Female Athlete of the Year.
  • While Wambach is the USA’s top scorer on the roster with 178 goals, Lloyd is next with 63 career international goals and Morgan has 51. Heather O’Reilly has scored 41.
  • With 14 goals in 2014, Wambach reached double-figures in eight different calendar years. Mia Hamm still holds the record with nine years in double-figures.
  • Wambach has 22 goals all-time at the Algarve Cup.
  • Rodriguez had an excellent 2014 NWSL season with 13 goals in the regular season, good for second in the league and most from the run of play. She scored three more in the playoffs, including both goals in the NWSL title game. Rodriguez has 28 international scores.
  • Press’ four-goal performance against Argentina in Brazil in December was the ninth such game in U.S. history and second of 2014 after Wambach scored four times against Costa Rica in the championship game of the CONCACAF Women’s Championship. It was the first-career hat trick for Press.
  • Lloyd and Press led the USA with 23 appearances (out of 24 total games) in 2014. Lloyd started all 23.
  • Naeher, the 2014 NWSL Goalkeeper of the Year for the Boston Breakers, made her USA debut against Argentina on Dec. 18, 2014, and became the 22nd goalkeeper to suit up for the U.S. WNT.
  • Naeher also 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), Solo (2000) and Emily Oleksiuk (2001).
  • Left back Lori Chalupny played in three matches in the International Tournament of Brasilia last December, starting them all, while making a return to the U.S. team for the first time since the fall of 2010. She now has 97 caps and potentially could reach 100 in her hometown of St. Louis at the USA’s first domestic game of 2015.
  • All nine NWSL clubs are represented on the roster.

IN THE RECORD BOOKS:

  • With two goals against Norway on March 4, Carli Lloyd upped her career total to 63. She is in sole possession of seventh place on the U.S. WNT’s all-time goal scoring list, passing Shannon MacMillan who scored 60 goals in her career. Lloyd is the highest-scoring player in U.S. history who has played exclusively as a midfielder.
  • Heather O’Reilly is the ninth player to hit 200 caps in U.S. history after reaching the milestone against Korea DPR on March 12, 2014. Now with 215, she is seventh on the USA’s all-time list. Abby Wambach (236) and Christie Rampone (304) are the only active players ahead of her.
  • O’Reilly is the second-youngest player to hit 200 caps for the USA. Lilly was 28 years, 9 months and 15 days old when she earned cap No. 200 on May 7, 2000. O’Reilly was 29 years, 2 months and 10 days old when she earned her 200th cap.
  • O’Reilly is currently sixth all-time in assists with 52 and is 13th all-time in goals with 41.
  • In addition to breaking Mia Hamm’s world scoring record, Wambach’s June 20, 2013, performance against the Korea Republic also made her the USA’s all-time leader in multiple-goal games with 39 for her career. She has since added four more and now sits at 43. She has 35 two-goal games, five hat tricks, two four-goal games and one five-goal game.
  • Sydney Leroux is 15th on the all-time U.S. WNT goal scoring list with 33 goals.
  • With her game-winning goal against England on Feb. 13, Alex Morgan became the 10th player in U.S. history to score 50 or more goals. She now has 51.

U.S. WNT AT THE ALGARVE CUP

  • The USA has a 55-12-10 record all-time at the Algarve Cup.
  • The USA has scored 170 goals while allowing 62 at the Algarve Cup.
  • There are now 38 different WNT players have scored at the Algarve Cup.
  • The USA has never lost at the Vila Real de Santo Antonio venue, site for its first two matches of the 2015 Algarve Cup, going 10-0-1 over the years. At the Lagos venue, where the USA will play its third Group B match, the USA has a losing record, going 4-5-1 over the years.
  • The most goals the USA has scored in an Algarve Cup game is seven, achieved against Portugal in 2000.
  • The most goals the USA has scored in an Algarve Cup game not against Portugal is five, achieved against France in a 5-1 win in 2004 and twice against Denmark in 5-0 wins in 2006 and 2012.
  • After winning on March 4, the U.S. Women have gone 14-1-5 in openers of the annual tournament the past 20 times they have attended. The only loss came in 2001 when the USA brought a very young team to the Algarve during WUSA pre-season camps.
  • Fourteen players on the roster have scored at the Algarve Cup: Abby Wambach (22 goals), Carli Lloyd (12), Alex Morgan (12), Lauren Holiday (6), Heather O’Reilly (6), Sydney Leroux (5), Megan Rapinoe (4), Shannon Boxx (3), Amy Rodriguez (3), Christen Press (2), Rachel Van Hollebeke (1), Whitney Engen (1), Tobin Heath (1) and Ali Krieger (1),
  • Wambach’s 22 goals are tops all-time at the Algarve Cup for a U.S. player and one of the leaders all time in the 22-year history of the tournament.
  • The USA had been shut out in just eight of its 77 all-time Algarve Cup games (with two coming in 2001), before being shutout twice in 2006, with both games ending 0-0 in regulation against China and Germany. The USA was shutout again last year in a 1-0 loss to Sweden in its second group match. The tie against China in the 2006 Algarve opener broke a streak of 17 straight games in which the USA had scored at this tournament.
  • Four teams have played in all 22 Algarve Cups so far: Denmark, Norway, Sweden and host Portugal.

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ALL-TIME U.S. FINISHES AT THE ALGARVE CUP: The USA has had some tremendous and remarkable success at the Algarve Cup (eight straight appearances in the championship game from 2004-2012 and nine titles overall), but the USA didn’t win its first title until its sixth try in 2000 when a Brandi Chastain penalty kick defeated Norway in the title game 1-0. It took the USA three years to win it again.

Year

U.S. Finish

No. of teams

Champion

Runner-Up

1994

Second

6

Norway

USA

1995

Fourth

8

Sweden

Denmark

1996

Did not participate

8

Sweden

Norway

1997

Did not participate

8

Norway

China PR

1998

Third

8

Norway

Denmark

1999

Second

8

China PR

USA

2000

First

8

USA

Norway

2001

Sixth

8

Sweden

Denmark

2002

Fifth

12

China PR

Norway

2003

First

12

USA

China PR

2004

First

12

USA

Norway

2005

First

12

USA

Germany

2006

Second

12

Germany

USA

2007

First

12

USA

Denmark

2008

First

12

USA

Denmark

2009

Second

12

Sweden

USA

2010

First

12

USA

Germany

2011

First

12

USA

Iceland

2012

Third

12

Germany

Japan

2013

First

12

USA

Germany

2014

Seventh

12

Germany

Japan

HISTORY OF ALGARVE EXCELLENCE: With the success of the U.S. team in this tournament, the Americans have also taken home several individual awards over the years, including five MVPs and six Top Scorer awards. In 1999, Tiffeny Milbrett was the Best Player and the Top Scorer with four goals. In 2002, Shannon MacMillan was the Top Scorer with seven goals, the most in one Algarve Cup tournament by a U.S. player. In 2004, Abby Wambach was the Top Scorer with five goals and Shannon Boxx was voted Best Player. In 2005, Christie Welsh was Top Scorer with five goals. In 2006, Hope Solo was voted Best Goalkeeper and Boxx took home her second Algarve Cup MVP award. In 2007, Carli Lloyd did the double, taking the Top Scorer (four goals) and Best Player awards. In 2009, Solo was the first goalkeeper to win the tournament’s MVP award. In 2011, Alex Morgan scored three goals, tied with a few others, but won the top scorer award as she played the least minutes of all those tied. In 2013, Morgan was the top scorer in the tournament with three goals while Megan Rapinoe was named Best Player.

IN FOCUS: ICELAND
Current FIFA World Ranking: 20 
2015 Women’s World Cup Qualifying: Finished second in UEFA Women’s World Cup qualifying Group 3 (6-1-3; 29 GF, 9 GA) 
Women’s World Cup Finals Appearances: None
Record vs. USA: 0-12-1 
Head Coach: Frey Alexandersson
Championship Honors: None 
Leading Women’s World Cup Qualifying Scorers: Dagný Brynjarsdóttir (7), Harpa Thorsteinsdóttir (3), Dóra Maria Lárusdóttir (3) 
Key Players: Elísa Vidarsdóttir (Kristanstads DFF), Sara Björk Gunnarsdóttir (FC Rosengard), Katrín Ómarsdóttir (Liverpool LFC), Dagný Brynjarsdóttir (Bayern Münich), Hólmfrídur Magnúsdóttir (Avaldsnes), Margrét Lára Vidarsdóttir (Kristanstads DFF) 

2105 Algarve Cup Iceland Women’s National Team Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): 1-Sandra Sigurdardóttir (Stjarnan), 12-Sonný Lára Thráinsdóttir (Breiðablik), 13-Gudbjörg Gunnarsdóttir (Lilleström)
DEFENDERS (6): 2-Anna María Baldursdóttir (Stjarnan), 3-Lára Kristín Pedersen (Stjarnan), 4-Glódís Perla Viggósdóttir (Eskilstuna), 5-Arna Sif Ásgrímsdóttir (Þór), 15-Anna Björk Kristjánsdóttir (Stjarnan), 20-Elísa Vidarsdóttir (Kristanstads DFF)
MIDFIELDERS (8): 7-Sara Björk Gunnarsdóttir (FC Rosengard), 8-Katrín Ómarsdóttir (Liverpool LFC), 10-Dagný Brynjarsdóttir (Bayern Münich), 11-Hallbera Gudný Gísladóttir (Breiðablik), 14-Gunnhildur Yrsa Jónsdóttir (Stabæk), 17-Ásgerdur S. Baldursdóttir (Stjarnan), 18-Gudný Björk Ódinsdóttir (Kristanstads DFF), 22-Rakel Hönnudóttir (Breiðablik)
FORWARDS (6): 6-Hólmfrídur Magnúsdóttir (Avaldsnes), 9-Margrét Lára Vidarsdóttir (Kristanstads DFF), 16-Harpa Thorsteinsdóttir (Stjarnan), 19-Elín Metta Jensen (Valur), 21-Fanndís Fridriksdóttir (Breiðablik), 23-Gudmunda Brynja Óladóttir (Selfoss)

USA VS. ICELAND SERIES

  • The USA and Iceland have played 13 times since the first meeting in 1998 and the USA holds a 12-0-1 all-time record. The most recent meeting came at the 2013 Algarve Cup in the opening match of the tournament, a 3-0 win in which Rachel Van Hollebeke (then Buehler) played in her 100th match and scored, along with goals from Shannon Boxx and Abby Wambach.
  • The USA and Iceland played in the championship game of the 2011 Algarve Cup, a 4-2 victory for the United States, which trailed 2-1 in the first half before scoring three unanswered goals.
  • The last four meetings between the teams have come at the Algarve Cup, all U.S. wins. The Americans won 1-0 in 2009, 2-0 in 2010, 4-2 in 2011 and 3-0 in 2013.
  • The USA has scored 38 goals in the series while allowing six.
  • The USA-Iceland matches at the Algarve Cup have been extremely competitive matches. In the opening match of the 2010 Algarve Cup, the two countries played a wild affair in which the USA scored two goals in two minutes during the second half and U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo saved a penalty kick in both halves during a 2-0 victory.
  • Meghan Schnur (who was playing in the first of what would be just six career games for the USA) created the first goal on a nice run down the left wing, whipping a hard left-footed cross into the goal mouth that Iceland defender Sif Atladóttir tried to clear, but instead headed into her own net. Lauren Cheney bagged her goal one minute after Atladóttir’s mistake. When the USA met Iceland at the 2009 Algarve Cup, the Americans had to wait until the 90th minute for a goal by Natasha Kai in a 1-0 victory.
  • The USA and Iceland played a match for the ages on Sept. 25, 2004, in Rochester, New York, with the USA building a 3-0 lead on two goals from hometown hero Abby Wambach and one from Mia Hamm. Iceland then scored three goals in six minutes, a record against the USA, to tie the score. Heather Mitts won the game with her first-career goal in the third minute of stoppage time to send the sellout crowd at Frontier Field into a frenzy. Christie Rampone and Wambach are the only players on the 2015 Algarve Cup roster who played in that game.
  • Iceland’s lone tie with the USA came on April 8, 2000, in Charlotte, North Carolina, when the U.S. starters tied 0-0 two days after the U.S. reserves had defeated Iceland 8-0.

ICELAND ROSTER NOTES

  • Iceland has more than a few players playing their club ball outside the country, including Bayern Munich’s Dagný Brynjarsdóttir who helped Florida State to the NCAA title this past fall and finished second in the voting for the MAC Hermann Trophy behind the USA’s Morgan Brian. She scored 44-career goals for the Seminoles.
  • Katrín Ómarsdóttir plays for Liverpool Ladies of the English FA WSL and helped the club win the league title in 2013 along with the USA’s Whitney Engen. She played college soccer at the University of California-Berkeley from 2008 until 2010. She also played in the WPSL for the Orange County Waves.
  • Hólmfrídur Magnúsdóttir played in the United States in the WPS for the Philadelphia Independence and made 31 appearances in two seasons, scoring four goals.
  • Margrét Lára Viðarsdóttir, 28, is Iceland’s all-time goal scorer with more than 70 tallies.
  • At the 2013 European Women’s Championship, Iceland drew 1-1 with Norway, lost to Germany 3-0 and beat the Netherlands 1-0 in group play, and advanced to the quarterfinal where it lost to host Sweden by a 4-0 score.

WHAT’S IN AN ICELANDIC NAME?: Whenever the U.S. Women play Iceland (which is not that often, only 13 times in history in fact), we like to bring out the following explanation of the Icelandic names. Contrary to most other places in the world, Iceland is not very fond of “surnames” and everybody on a first-name basis. This is because there are hardly any “family names” in Iceland. How do you recognize each other and who belongs to whom? It’s simple really. The Icelandic people are descendants from Vikings and they kept track of people by recognizing who was their father, as in “Helgi son of Ólafur the Brave, son of Leifur the Large” (not an actual example). Thus was born the tradition of naming children after their father’s first name. The way it works in Iceland is that boys are given first names and then their father’s first name + “son” as a “surname.” Girls on the other hand are given first names and then their father’s first name + “dóttir” (as in “daughter”) as a “surname.”

A hypothetical example:
Father = Ragnar Helgason
Mother = Inga Bjarnadóttir
Their son = Leifur Ragnarsson
Their daughter = Anna Ragnarsdóttir

Or, if Alex Morgan, whose dad’s name is Mike, was Icelandic, her name would be Alex Mikesdottir.

Referring to the family by their “surnames” is therefore pointless and everyone goes by their first names. Women also do not take their husband’s surname when they get married. It is also worth mentioning that most Icelanders can trace back their family-line to the 13th century or so (Iceland was first settled in the 9th century), so this system appears to be working. Keep in mind, Iceland lists its population at only 325,671 people.

LAST TIME
On the field for the USA:
March 6, 2015 – Municipal Stadium; Vila Real de San Antonio, Portugal

USA   3   Alex Morgan 54, Amy Rodriguez 72, Abby Wambach 81
SUI    0

Lineups:
USA: 1-Hope Solo; 11-Ali Krieger (5-Kelley O’Hara, 65), 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 26-Julie Johnston, 25-Meghan Klingenberg; 10-Carli Lloyd (capt.), 12-Lauren Holiday (7-Shannon Boxx, 79), 14-Morgan Brian (9-Heather O’Reilly, 65), 15-Megan Rapinoe (8-Amy Rodriguez, 46), 23-Christen Press (17-Tobin Heath, 80); 13-Alex Morgan (20-Abby Wambach, 79)
Subs Not Used: 2-Sydney Leroux, 6-Whitney Engen, 16-Lori Chalupny, 19-Rachel Van Hollebeke, 22-Crystal Dunn, 24-Ashlyn Harris
Head Coach: Jill Ellis

SUI: 1-Stenia Michel; 15-Caroline Abbé (capt.), 9-Lia Wälti, 14-Rahel Kiwic (7-Martina Moser, 58), 5-Noëlle Maritz (6-Selina Kuster, 83), 16-Fabienne Humm (2-Nicole Remund, 73); 18-Vanessa Bürki (20-Florijana Ismaili, 83), 22-Vanessa Bernauer (8-Cinzia Zehnder, 73), 11-Lara Dickenmann, 13-Ana Maria Crnogorcevic, 19-Eseosa Aigbogun (4-Rachel Rinast, 46)
Subs Not Used: 3-Sandra Betschart, 10-Ramona Bachmann, 12-Nadine Böni, 21-Antonia Albisser, 23-Barla Deplazes
Head Coach: Martina Voss-Tecklenburg

On the field for the USA vs. ISL
March 6, 2013 – Municipal Stadium; Albufeira, Portugal

USA   3   Rachel Buehler 48, Shannon Boxx 62, Abby Wambach 74
ISL    0

Lineups:
USA : 21-Jill Loyden; 6-Crystal Dunn, 19-Rachel Buehler (capt.), 3-Christie Rampone, 5-Kelley O’Hara; 9-Heather O’Reilly, 7-Shannon Boxx, 10-Carli Lloyd (23-Christen Press, 64), 12-Lauren Cheney; 13-Alex Morgan, 20-Abby Wambach
Subs Not Used: 2-Sydney Leroux, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 8-Kristie Mewis, 11-Ali Krieger, 14-Whitney Engen, 15-Megan Rapinoe, 16-Yael Averbuch, 17-Tobin Heath, 18-Nicole Barnhart, 22-Lindsey Horan, 24-Ashlyn Harris
Head Coach: Tom Sermanni

ISL: 1-Thóra Helgadóttir; 2-Sif Atladóttir, 5-Hallbera Gudný Gísladóttir, 13-Glódís Perla Viggósdóttir, 10-Dóra María Lárusdóttir, 6-Hólmfrídur Magnúsdóttir (22-Sandra María Jessen, 64), 7-Sara Björk Gunnarsdóttir (capt.) (20-Gunnhildur Jónsdóttir, 83), 11-Katrín Ómarsdóttir (4-Edda Gardarsdóttir,73), 14-Dagný Brynjarsdóttir (15-Gudný Ódinsdóttir, 79), 9-Fanndís Fridriksdóttir (3-Rakel Hönnudóttir, 46), 18-Harpa Thorsteinsdóttir (23-Elín Metta Jensen, 73)
Subs Not Used: 8-Katrín Jónsdóttir, 12-Gudbjörg Gunnarsdóttir, 16-Birna Kristjánsdóttir, 17-Ólína Gudbjörg Vidarsdóttir, 19-Mist Edvardsdóttir, 21-Elísa Vidarsdóttir
Head Coach: Sigurdur Eyjolfsson

Highlights: WNT Claims 10th Algarve Cup with 2-0 Defeat of France

The WNT played in the championship game of the Algarve Cup in a rematch game against France.

GOAL: Press Extends WNT Lead vs. France

Christen Press ran through the French defense and doubled the U.S. lead.

GOAL: Johnston Gives WNT Lead vs. France in Algarve Cup Final

Julie Johnston scored her first international goal to give the USA an early lead over France in the 2015 Algarve Cup championship. Watch live on Fox Sports 1.

WNT Journey to the 2015 Algarve Cup Final

It wasn’t a totally smooth ride through the 2015 Algarve Cup for the WNT -- it never is at the highest levels of the sport -- but the American women won Group B in one of the world’s best women’s international tournaments and will face France in the championship game of this annual spring tournament.

WNT vs. Iceland: Highlights - March 9, 2015

The USA and Iceland played to a hard-fought scoreless draw in the final group stage match of the 2015 Algarve Cup.

WNT vs. Switzerland: Highlights - March 6, 2015

The U.S. WNT played the second game of the 2015 Algarve with a 3-0 shutout win over Switzerland.

WNT Outside Backs on the Attack

While defense is always the priority, the WNT outside backs love getting into the attack, and when the time is right, are encouraged to do so by U.S. head coach Jill Ellis and her staff. Kelley O’Hara, Meghan Klingenberg, Ali Krieger and Lori Chalupny talk about making an offensive impact from the back.

WNT vs. Norway: Highlights - March 4, 2015

The U.S. WNT kicked off the 2015 Algarve with a 2-1 win over Norway. Carli Lloyd scored both goals for the USA.

WNT Set for 2015 Algarve Cup Opener vs. Norway

After a week of training in southern Portugal, the WNT is set for its Algarve Cup opener against Norway. This is the USA’s 20th trip to the annual tournament, which has grown tremendously over the years, and in 2015 features the top five ranked teams in the world.

WNT Scavenger Hunt Gets Real, Real Quick

During a break in training in Portugal before the 2015 Algarve Cup, the WNT was put through a team-building exercise that was a scavenger hunt of sorts, as groups of players had to accomplish a list of tasks in a set amount of time. To no one’s surprise, it quickly got competitive as the teams tried to creatively accomplish their tasks to win the day.
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