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

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

WNT vs. Mexico: Reaction

The U.S. WNT defeated Mexico 4-0 at a chilly Sahlen's Stadium in Rochester, N.Y. in its final match before heading into Women’s World Cup qualifying this October. U.S. head coach Jill Ellis, midfielder Megan Rapinoe, forward Amy Rodriguez and Rochester-native Abby Wambach react to the win, the momentum gained heading into the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship and the difficult of choosing a roster for that tournament.

Photo Gallery: WNT Completes Sweep of Mexico in Rochester

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

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

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

WNT vs. Mexico: Alex Morgan Goal

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

WNT vs. Mexico: Tobin Heath Goal

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

WNT vs. Mexico: Megan Rapinoe Goal

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

WNT vs. Mexico: Amy Rodiguez Goal

Amy Rodriguez opened the scoring in Rochester.

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

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

WNT Roll through Salt Lake with Big Win against Mexico

The U.S. Women’s National Team continued preparations for the Women’s CONCACAF Championship with an 8-0 win against Mexico in Sandy, Utah. Abby Wambach, Alex Morgan, Whitney Engen, Sydney Leroux and Heather O’Reilly were amongst the scorers as the USA tuned up in style. ussoccer.com takes a unique look at another memorable USA win!

Photo Gallery: WNT Completes Sweep of Mexico in Rochester

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

Rochester Revisited

The U.S. Women’s National Team will make its sixth appearance in Rochester, New York, when it hosts Mexico on Thursday, Sept. 18, at Sahlen’s Stadium (7 p.m. ET, ESPN2, Watch ESPN, delayed broadcast on Univision Deportes Network).

The USA has won all five previous matches in Rochester, most recently an 8-0 victory against Costa Rica on Sept. 1, 2012. The U.S. WNT will play for the fourth time at Sahlen’s Stadium, with two of the games played at the venue when it was named Rhinos Stadium.

The other two matches the USA played in Rochester were at Frontier Field in 1998 (4-0 win against Russia) and 2004 (4-3 win against Iceland), before the soccer-specific stadium was built.

Abby Wambach

The trip marks the return of Abby Wambach to her hometown where she is a local hero. The USA has some history in Rochester as it was the site of both Wambach’s and Mia Hamm’s 100th career goals.

Hamm’s 100th tally came at Frontier Field against Russia in 1998, and Wambach’s was the lone tally during a 1-0 win against Canada on July 19, 2009.

Wambach and midfielder Carli Lloyd both play their club soccer at Sahlen’s Stadium for the National Women’s Soccer League’s Western New York Flash.

Carli Lloyd and Heather Mitts

Photo Gallery: WNT Rolls Past Mexico in Utah

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

Familiar Mexico Side Returns for Two-Game Set vs. WNT

Anchored by its 19-year-old goalkeeper Cecilia Santiago, Mexico faces the always-difficult task of going up against the No. 1 FIFA-ranked U.S. Women’s National Team in a two-game set on Saturday, Sept. 13, at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah (7:30 p.m. MT, ussoccer.com) and on Thursday, Sept. 18, at Sahlen’s Stadium in Rochester, New York (7 p.m. ET, ESPN2; delayed broadcast at 12 a.m. ET/9 p.m. PT on Univision Deportes Network).

IN FOCUS: MEXICO
Federación Mexicana de Fútbol Asociación, A.C.
Founded: 1927 (Joined FIFA in 1929)
Head Coach: Leo Cuellar
FIFA World Ranking: 25
FIFA World Cups: 1999, 2011
Best FIFA World Cup Finish: Group play (1999-16th, 2011-11th)

Mexico Women’s National Team Roster by Position
GOALKEEPERS (2): 1-Cecilia Santiago (Unattached), 12-Brissa Rangel (Real Celeste)
DEFENDERS (7): 2-Arianna Romero (Houston Dash), 3-Monica Alvarado (TCU), 4-Alina Garciamendez (Unattached), 5-Paulina Solis (Once Mexico), 13-Bianca Sierra (Boston Breakers), 14-Christina Murillo (Michigan), 15-Guadalupe Cruzaley (Club Tijuana)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Liliana Mercado (Universidad de las Americas), 7-Nayeli Rangel (Unattached), 8-Teresa Noyola (Houston Dash), 10-Stephany Mayor (Universidad de las Americas), 11-Kenti Robles (Espanyol de Barcelona), 17-Veronica Perez (Washington Spirit)
FORWARDS (6): 9-Tanya Samarzich (USC), 16-Jazmine Ponce (Arizona), 18-Jackie Acevedo (Portland Thorns FC), 19-Luz Duarte (Juventus Sov), 20-Charlyn Corral (Merilappi United), 21-Lizbeth Angeles (Investigadoras PF)

MEXICO ROSTER NOTES

  • Five players on Mexico’s 18-player roster come from NWSL clubs, including Washington Spirit midfielder Veronica Perez and Portland Thorns FC forward Jackie Acevedo whose teams advanced to this year’s semifinals.
  • Other NWSL players include Houston Dash teammates Arianna Romero and Teresa Noyola and Boston Breakers defender Bianca Sierra.
  • Romero, a Phoenix-area native, was the 2013 Big Ten Conference Defender of the Year at Nebraska.
  • Noyola was the 2011 Hermann Trophy winner, awarded to the top collegiate player. She became the third straight Stanford player to earn the honor, with the previous winners being the USA’s Kelley O’Hara (2009) and Christen Press (2010).
  • Acevedo was born in Austin, Texas, and played collegiately for Tennessee (2008) and Southern Nazarene (2009-11) in Oklahoma.
  • Mexico 19-year-old goalkeeper Cecilia Santiago is the youngest goalkeeper to ever appear in a FIFA Women’s World Cup. At 16 years and 251 days old, she played during Mexico’s 1-1 draw against England in Group B play on June 27, 2011, in the World Cup in Germany.
  • Four Mexico players compete collegiately in the USA: defender Monica Alvarado at TCU, defender Christina Murillo at Michigan, forward Jazmine Ponce at Arizona and forward Tanya Samarzich at USC.
  • Nine of the 15 Mexico players on this roster took the field during its most recent loss to the U.S., a 7-0 defeat on Sept. 13, 2013, at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C.
Sydney Leroux and Christina Murillo

USA vs. Mexico: WNT Looks to Add to Impressive 27-1-1 Series Record

The U.S. Women’s National Team will look to maintain its dominant run against Mexico when the team hosts its neighbor to the south on Saturday, Sept. 13, at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah (7:30 p.m. MT, ussoccer.com), followed by a rematch on Thursday, Sept. 18, at Sahlen’s Stadium in Rochester, New York (7 p.m. ET, ESPN2; delayed broadcast at 12 a.m. ET/9 p.m. PT on Univision Deportes Network).

The USA is an impressive 27-1-1 all-time against Mexico. Here is a rundown of the series and memorable meetings between the two sides:

  • USA and Mexico will meet for the first time since Sept. 3, 2013, in Washington, D.C., when the U.S. won 7-0 for its largest victory against Mexico since 2002. In that match, Abby Wambach opened the scoring in the 11th minute and then Sydney Leroux scored four consecutive goals in a 20-minute span in the first half. Rachel Buehler (now Van Hollebeke) and Morgan Brian added the final goals. Brian’s tally was her first with the WNT.
  • The USA’s previous game with Mexico before the one in the nation’s capital came on Jan. 24, 2012, a 4-0 U.S. victory during group play at the CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Vancouver, Canada. Carli Lloyd registered her first-career hat trick in that match and Heather O’Reilly added a goal as the Americans clinched a semifinal berth with the win.
  • The USA has dominated the all-time series against Mexico, holding a 27-1-1 record. Before the past two dominating victories, the previous three matches were one-goal affairs, including a 2-1 loss for the USA on Nov. 5, 2010, during 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup Qualifying in Cancun, Mexico. That setback forced the USA into the third-place match of that tournament (which it won) and into a two-game playoff against Italy that the Americans took 2-0 on aggregate.
  • These will be the third and fourth matches of 2014 for the USA against a CONCACAF foe following the two games against Canada earlier this year in January and May. The USA has played seven matches against European teams and four matches against Asian teams so far this year.
  • Mexico is the third-ranked team in CONCACAF and ranked 25th in the world. With 3.5 berths (in addition to host Canada) available to the CONCACAF region for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada, Mexico is a favorite to qualify for the tournament.
  • Wambach has scored more goals against Mexico than against any other team, pounding in 20 against the USA’s southern neighbors.

Sydney Leroux

LAST TIME
On the field vs. Mexico:
Sept. 3, 2013 – RFK Stadium; Washington, D.C.

USA          7        Wambach 11; Leroux 21, 22, 30, 41; Buehler 55, Brian 72
MEX         0

Lineups:
USA: 1-Hope Solo (18-Nicole Barnhart, 46); 6-Crystal Dunn (22-Leigh Ann Robinson, 56), 3-Christie Rampone (capt.) (19-Rachel Buehler, 52), 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 8-Kristie Mewis; 9-Heather O’Reilly, 10-Carli Lloyd (16-Yael Averbuch, 55), 12-Lauren Holiday, 23-Erika Tymrak (25-Morgan Brian, 70); 2-Sydney Leroux, 20-Abby Wambach
Substitutions Not Used: 13-Alex Morgan, 14-Vanessa DiBernardo
Head coach: Tom Sermanni

MEX: 1-Cecilia Santiago; 13-Arianna Romero, 4-Christina Murillo, 3-Bianca Sierra, 2-Kenti Robles; 7-Nayeli Rangel (6-Liliana Mercado, 32), 8-Lupita Worbis; 9-Maribel Dominguez (capt.) (16-Stephany Mayor, 46), 10-Renae Cuellar (5-Paulina Solis, 54), 11-Monica Ocampo, 17-Veronica Perez (18-Sofia Huerta, 63)
Substitutions Not Used: 12-Pamela Tajonar, 14-Fabiola Ibarra, 15-Desiree Monsivais
Head coach: Leonardo Cuellar

U.S. Women's National Team

First Cap, Frozen Feet

While the U.S. Women’s National Team will be returning to the city where forward Alex Morgan earned her first cap in 2010 and she’ll be playing in the same stadium against the same opponent, one thing guaranteed to be different is the weather.

Most first caps are memorable, but Morgan’s was even more so. She entered the Rio Tinto Stadium pitch at halftime on March 31 in a driving snowstorm to run around in ankle deep snow. For a player born and raised in Southern California, who ventured only a few hundred miles and few degrees lower to northern California for college at the University of California Berkley, it was quite the shock.

It remains the only time she has played in snow.

“I’ve barely even seen a white Christmas, never mind played in snow,” said the Diamond Bar native. “I was standing there waiting to go in telling myself to pretend it was a nice, sunny California day. Then I got on and I didn’t feel my feet or legs, so that changed my outlook real quick.” 

Lesson Learned

Four years ago during the 2010 CONCACAF Women’s World Cup qualifying tournament in Cancun, Mexico, the U.S. Women’s National Team fell in the semifinal to Mexico by 2-1 score in what is considered one of the biggest upsets in team history. This time around, the American team is focused on not letting history repeat itself.

Q&A with National Instructor Lesle Gallimore

After a successful playing career at the University of California-Berkeley, Lesle Gallimore became an assistant coach at her alma mater. She spent several seasons coaching at Cal and then San Diego State before she took over at the University of Washington in 1994.

Gallimore is now starting her 21st season as head coach for the women’s soccer team at Washington, where she was twice named NSCAA West Region Coach of the Year in 1994 and 2000. Outside of her successful college career, Gallimore also has experience with several youth national teams, most recently assisting with the U-23 Women’s National Team camps in Seattle in June and July.

Gallimore is well-regarded throughout the Pacific Northwest and the country for her dedication to the sport and more specifically the success of female athletes and coaches. She is known for her social media presence to promote soccer and as a commentator for Seattle Reign FC of the National Women’s Soccer League. Gallimore started as a National Instructor for U.S. Soccer in 2011 and is highly respected in the coaching community as a leader for female coaches everywhere.

ussoccer.com: After a successful playing career, you transitioned to coaching in the late 1980s. How did you first get involved in coaching, and was that a difficult transition from playing to coaching?
Lesle Gallimore: “I coached summer camps through high school and college, and then became an assistant coach right out of school at my alma mater, University of California-Berkeley. It was a great opportunity for me to be at a place I loved while starting my coaching career and continuing to play at the highest level I could. I was an assistant for four seasons at Cal under three different head coaches. These circumstances gave me a lot of hands-on experience running a college program in a short period of time.

“I transitioned from playing to coaching very gradually. I was extremely fortunate to play at a decent level into my 30s and even early-40s. I learned a lot along the way about the difference between being a teammate and being a coach and how to separate the two. It wasn’t easy, but each year I learned more and more about what that meant.”

ussoccer.com: As head coach for a Division I college team, what do you focus on in selecting and developing your coaching and support staff?
LG: “I have tried to put people around me that are loyal, competent and bring a specific skill set that compliments what I try to do as a head coach. These skills could be their coaching ability on the field, their leadership style or their coaching experience. It is great to have coaches and people that give the team the best chance of being successful. In my opinion, different voices and styles can benefit players as long as they are complimentary to the head coach’s philosophy and vision.

“My associate head coach, and also a U.S. Soccer national instructor and youth national team coach, Amy Griffin, has been at the University of Washington for 19 of my 21 years. She and I have tried to add coaches to our staff that are eager to learn and eager to grow into bigger and better roles in their own programs. We feel like we have been successful and effective mentors in that way.”

ussoccer.com: During your time at UW, you won Pac-10 Coach of the Year in 2000, made it to the NCAA tournament 12 times – twice advancing to the quarterfinals, and have become the winningest coach in program history. What do these honors and achievements mean to you?
LG: “At the end of the day, the accomplishments, honors and achievements are flattering; they are a small sign that I’ve been an effective coach at the University of Washington. For me, though, intercollegiate athletics have a lot more to do with what you’re doing right now. Keeping on top of cutting edge techniques in my sport, making sure I am able to change and adapt to the needs of today’s athlete and all the while staying true to my philosophy and who I am is most important to me. The things that will always stay with me when it is all said and done will be the relationships I’ve made, the positive effect I’ve had on players and who they have become well after their playing careers.”

Hope Solo

ussoccer.com: During your time at Washington, you coached two players who went on to play for the U.S. WNT (Hope Solo and Tina Ellertson-Frimpong) and four players who now play in the NWSL. How does it feel to see your former players succeed at the highest level?
LG: “I am nothing but proud of all of our players who continue to play at a high level after college. It is not easy to be a professional or National Team player; it is even more difficult to be female and to achieve these goals. For all of them, I am so proud to have played even a small part in their successes.”

ussoccer.com: You are very active on Twitter (@CoachGallimore). How important is it for coaches in the modern era to utilize social media to their advantage?
LG: “I catch quite a bit of grief for my active ‘Twittering;’ however, I think it’s important for a few different reasons. I try to use it as a way to promote our program at UW and connect and inform potential recruits and fans of our team. I use it to promote our overall athletic program, teams, athletes and coaches at UW. I use it to grow the game overall, specifically to promote and encourage female coaches and athletes to excel. I try to support U.S. Soccer, the EPL, Seattle Sounders FC and MLS, Seattle Reign FC and the NWSL and any other soccer handles that I feel help grow the game. Most importantly, I try to stay positive and keep a good message. Sometimes I can get a little tongue-in-cheek, but overall I think people that follow me enjoy my messages. If not, I hope they unfollow me.”

ussoccer.com: In addition to your position at Washington, you’ve also done some broadcasting work as the analyst for Seattle Reign FC of the NWSL. How did you get involved in that? Is that something you see yourself doing more of in the future?
LG: “I was asked early on by Seattle Reign FC if I would like to do it. It’s pro bono work and I thought that since I know most of the players in the league and can speak personally about them to add ‘color’ to the commentary that it would be fun. My play-by-play partner, Tom Glasgow, really makes it work. He’s the best professional in the league doing games and he makes it easy for me to play off him. I’ll do commentary whenever anyone asks; I think it’s another way to educate and grow the game that I love.”

ussoccer.com: In 2012 you traveled to Morocco with the Empowering Women and Girls through Sports Initiative program on behalf of the US State Department. Can you tell us about that experience?
LG: “That was one of the top five soccer experiences of my life. It was great working with former U.S. WNT players Marian (Dalmy) Dougherty and Angela Hucles and being able to get to know them better. Additionally, it was truly an empowering experience not only for the candidates who attended, but also for me, and I’m sure for Angela and Marian.

“The program was designed to get women players who are at the end of their playing careers to stay involved with the game through coaching. The young Moroccan girls don’t have many female coaches as role models. Working with adult women and young girls on the field through coaching education was truly one of the most rewarding experiences of my career. I can’t wait to go on another Envoy trip.”

ussoccer.com: You spent time in camp recently with the U-23 WNT. What did you learn from that event?
LG: I was honored to be asked to work with the U-23 WNT in its June and July camps this year. I was able to work alongside three coaches that I have the utmost respect for in Amy Griffin, Janet Rayfield and Steve Swanson. Amy has been involved with U.S. Youth National Teams for quite some time now; she was a part of the U-20 World Cup Championship in 2012. I had so much firsthand knowledge via Amy about the process they went through with that cycle of players that is was fun for me to be there with them during these two camps. Their efficiency and communication with the players is first rate. Amy, Janet and Steve, along with April Heinrichs, demonstrate a true commitment to professionalism. They all showed me ways that other coaches put their teams in a position to succeed, develop, and enjoy the game in a high level environment. It was an invaluable experience for me and one for which I am extremely grateful.”

ussoccer.com: You have been very involved in women’s soccer at all levels in this country. How do you think women’s soccer has evolved in the last decade and where do you think it is headed?
LG: It has grown in so many ways that it’s difficult for me to do it justice without writing an entirely different article. U.S women’s soccer set the bar for the rest of the world and the world took note. It is apparent that it’s no longer a foregone conclusion that the U.S. women will be the best in the world at every major event. This part is the most exciting for me to watch and be a part of. How can we evaluate and develop in order to put U.S. women’s soccer at the top of the podium on a more regular basis?

“The youth soccer explosion has been unbelievable in this country. With that said, and it’s probably true of all youth sports in America, the value placed on winning at all costs at the younger ages has somewhat thwarted our technical and tactical development. This is why I love being involved in coaching education, particularly with a great leader like Dave Chesler. We need to spread the word to coaches across America that there are ‘Best Practices’ for youth development and that there are fundamentals steps that need to be taken early in a player’s life that far outweigh how many tournaments they win.”

ussoccer.com: How did you first get involved with instructing U.S. Soccer coaching courses?
LG: “Dave Chesler brought me on to the full U.S. Soccer staff a few years back. It has been a remarkable experience for me to be around not only the staff, which is made up of truly elite coaching educators, but also the candidates that I instruct and teach. We really learn a lot about ourselves as soccer educators and people from each individual course.”

ussoccer.com: Can you provide your thoughts on coaching education and the development of coaches in the U.S.?
LG: “I think the people that know Dave Chesler understand what a tireless worker he is and know that what he has been doing to revamp the education programs within U.S. Soccer is truly remarkable. He has been systematic, thorough and steady in his approach. He has traveled the world seeking out information on coaching education around the globe. The point that I agree on the most with Dave Chesler is that when it comes to coaching education, getting the licenses in a hurry is not what is best for coaches. Coaching education is a process of learning, testing, and most importantly, practicing the craft. This is the direction that the coaching schools are going in and, I believe, should go in. It’s more work for everyone, but it’s smarter and more beneficial in developing top-notch coaches for every level of the game in the U.S.”

ussoccer.com: What advice do you have for those who are looking to make a career in coaching?
LG: “My advice is to never stop learning about the game and new ways to teach it. Always put the players first. Surround yourself by great people and make sure that you stay true to who you are. Even when things don’t go your way, have integrity and be honest. Lastly: coach for the right reasons.”

Solo on Verge of U.S. Soccer Shutout Record

As the U.S. Women’s National Team heads into its first fall friendly on Aug. 20 against Switzerland in front of a sold-out crowd at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, North Carolina, U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo is on the verge of breaking a long-standing U.S. Soccer record. Solo, who has earned 71 shutouts in her 152 caps since debuting for the USA in 2000, needs just one more clean sheet to surpass Briana Scurry’s record, set over 173 caps from 1994-2008.

“It’s taken a lot of work over many years to get to this point, but of course no goalkeeper earns a shutout without their teammates,” said Solo. “The U.S. team has always taken pride not only in its defense and in winning games, but also in keeping opponents off the scoreboard. It’s been fun to play with so many players over the years and especially those in the back, so it’s an honor to be in a position to earn a record like this one. Hopefully, we can earn this shutout soon, and keep earning them as we work toward qualifying for the Women’s World Cup next summer.”

Solo, who made her debut on April 5, 2000, in an 8-0 victory against Iceland, is part of a six-goalkeeper club that earned a shutout in their first senior team cap for the United States. She would not earn another until 2002 and got her third in 2005 when she became the USA’s starter and began racking up the clean sheets.

Solo’s shutouts have spanned the globe with 30 of the 71 coming outside the United States in South Korea, China PR, Mexico, Norway, Germany, Canada, Japan and England. She has also earned shutouts against 16 different countries, the most coming against Canada (9) and China (8), which are two of the USA’s most frequent opponents.

She has played behind almost three dozen different defenders during her international career, but the back four for her first shutout consisted of Christie Pearce (now Rampone), current U.S. U-20 Women’s World Cup Team head coach Michelle French, Nandi Pryce and Danielle Slaton.

The back four for her most recent shutout, on June 14 against France, has one name in common with that back four 14 years ago: Christie Rampone. The current U.S. captain was joined by Ali Krieger, Becky Sauerbrunn and Stephanie Cox as the USA won 1-0 in Tampa, Florida.

Solo has averaged just over five shutouts a year during her 14-year international career, and her high came during the Olympic gold-medal winning year of 2008 when she notched 13 clean sheets. Five of Solo’s shutouts have been 0-0 affairs, but she has been in the nets for a remarkable 19 matches that ended 1-0 for the USA. She has guarded the goal for the USA for 12,552 minutes.

Hope Solo

As a 5-foot-9 athletic specimen out of Richland in eastern Washington, she has always been known as a big-game player. She has put together some of her greatest performances when the lights were brightest and the stakes were the highest. And the statistics bear that out. Eleven of Solo’s shutouts have come in world championship play, five in the FIFA Women’s World Cup and six during the Olympics.

In fact, 42 of Solo’s career shutouts – almost 60 percent – have come in tournament competitions that include world championships, qualifying for the World Cup and Olympics and elite tournaments such as the Algarve Cup, which is held annually in Portugal.

She won the Golden Glove as the top goalkeeper at the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Germany and also won the Bronze Ball as the third-best player, the first time a goalkeeper has been voted one of the top three players in the tournament.

Solo has earned shutouts under five different U.S. WNT head coaches, including the most (37) for Pia Sundhage. She is also closing in on Scurry’s record of 133 career wins for the U.S. WNT. Solo is at 117 wins and counting.

Scurry’s last shutout came in June of 2007, so the record has stood for more than seven years. Soon, it will fall and #Solo72 will take its place.

WNT Qualifying Quest Begins

The U.S. Women’s National Team will barnstorm the Midwest and East Coast during the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship that will be held from Oct. 15-26 in four host cities: Chicago, Kansas City, Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia.

At stake: three automatic berths to the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada. After a successful second season of the National Women’s Soccer League, many of the U.S. players will get the chance to play in front of the same fans that cheered them on for the clubs as all the group matches will be played in NWSL cities. With a tremendous 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil setting a new standard for support of the U.S. National Team, the focus now turns to the U.S. Women as they begin their quest to qualify for a seventh consecutive Women’s World Cup.

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

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

U.S. WNT Wraps Up Two-Game Set Against Mexico on Sept. 18 in Rochester

U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Mexico
Sahlen’s Stadium; Rochester, New York
Sept. 18, 2014

U.S. WNT FINISHES TWO-GAME SET VS. MEXICO, LOOKS TO WWC QUALIFYING: Coming off a dominating 8-0 victory against Mexico on Sept. 13 in Sandy, Utah, the U.S. Women’s National Team will finish its two-game series against its southern neighbor – and possible opponent during the upcoming CONCACAF Women’s World Cup Qualifying tournament – on Sept. 18 in Rochester, New York (7 p.m. ET on ESPN2 and WatchESPN and delayed at 1 a.m. ET/10 p.m. PT on Univision Deportes Network).

This will be the final match for both countries before the start of the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship that will automatically send three teams to the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada. Fans can follow on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt and @ussoccer_esp. The USA is 9-2-3 so far in 2014 and will be playing its fifth match under head coach Jill Ellis since she was officially named to the position in May.

ROSTER SPOTS: The USA had a week of training in Salt Lake City before the first Mexico game, which was the longest training period U.S. head coach Jill Ellis has had with the team since taking over. Ellis and her staff will take full advantage of the 28-player roster. They will choose 18 players to suit up for this second match against Mexico and are tasked with the difficult challenge of choosing 20 players for the roster that will enter the Women’s World Cup qualifying tournament in October. Nineteen players arrived in camp on Sept. 5 with the eight who played in the NWSL Championship on Aug. 31 arriving into camp on Sept. 8. The USA’s lone college player, Morgan Brian, arrived on Sept. 8 after participating in her weekend college matches with the University of Virginia. Twenty-seven of the 28 players on the roster played in the NWSL this season with Brian, who is a senior, the only non-professional.

2014 U.S. WNT SCHEDULE:

Date

Opponent

Result/Time (ET)

U.S. Goal Scorers/TV

Venue

Jan. 31

Canada

1-0 W

Leroux

Toyota Stadium; Frisco, Texas

Feb. 8

Russia

7-0 W

Lloyd (2), Press (2), O’Reilly,

Leroux, Wambach

FAU Stadium; Boca Raton, Fla.

Feb. 13

Russia

8-0 W

Own Goal (2), Rodriguez, Wambach, Brian, Holiday, Leroux, Press

Georgia Dome; Atlanta, Ga.

March 5

Japan^

1-1 T

Leroux

Parchal, Portugal

March 7

Sweden^

0-1 L

-

Albufeira, Portugal

March 10

Denmark^

3-5 L

Press, Leroux, Rapinoe

Albufeira, Portugal

March 12

Korea DPR^

3-0 W

Wambach (2), O’Reilly

Parchal, Portugal

April 6

China PR

2-0 W

Holiday, Rapinoe

Dick’s Sporting Goods Park; Commerce City, Colo.

April 10

China PR

3-0 W

Lloyd (2), Leroux

Qualcomm Stadium; San Diego, Calif.

May 8

Canada

1-1 T

Leroux

Investors Group Field; Winnipeg, Canada

June 14

France

1-0 W

Leroux

Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Fla.

June 19

France

2-2 T

Morgan (2)

Rentschter Field, East Hartford, Conn.

Aug. 20

Switzerland

4-1 W

Rapinoe, Lloyd, Press, Wambach

WakeMed Soccer Park, Cary, N.C.

Sept. 13

Mexico

8-0 W

OG, Morgan (2), Wambach (2), Engen, Leroux, O’Reilly

Rio Tinto Stadium; Sandy, Utah

Sept. 18

Mexico

7 p.m.

ESPN2, WatchESPN, Univision Deportes Network

Sahlen’s Stadium, Rochester, N.Y.

Oct. 15

T&T*

8:30 p.m.

Sporting Park; Kansas City, Kan.

Oct. 17

Guatemala*

9 p.m.

Toyota Park; Bridgeview, Ill.

Oct. 20

Haiti*

7:30 p.m.

RFK Stadium; Washington, D.C.

^ Algarve Cup *2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship

#SOLO72: Against Mexico on Sept. 13, goalkeeper Hope Solo earned her 72nd shutout (in 154 caps) since debuting for the USA in 2000. Solo passed Briana Scurry’s record set over 173 caps from 1994-2008. Eleven of Solo’s shutouts have come in world championship play – five in the FIFA Women’s World Cup and six during the Olympics. As a confirmation of her reputation as a big-game player, 42 of Solo’s career shutouts – almost 60 percent – have come in tournament competitions that include world championships, qualifying for the World Cup and Olympics and elite tournaments such as the Algarve Cup, which is held annually in Portugal.

USA FACES TRINIDAD & TOBAGO, GUATEMALA AND HAITI IN QUALIFYING: The 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship, which will qualify three teams directly to the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup (and produce one playoff qualifier, as well), will be played from Oct. 15-26 in four host cities in the United States: Chicago, Kansas City, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. The USA opens Group A competition on Oct. 15 in Kansas City against Trinidad & Tobago (7:30 p.m. CT), then heads to Chicago to face Guatemala on Oct. 17 (8 p.m. CT) and finishes the first round in Washington, D.C., against Haiti on Oct. 20 (7:30 p.m. ET). Group B consists of Mexico, Costa Rica, Jamaica and Martinique (which is not a full-fledged member of FIFA and therefore cannot qualify for the CONCACAF Championship semifinals).

QUALIFYING FORMAT: The 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship features eight countries divided into two groups of four, with the top two finishers in each group after round-robin play moving on to the semifinals. All the countries will play one match in each of the three first-round venues. Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kansas; Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Illinois; and RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C., will each host two doubleheaders, one each for Groups A and B. PPL Park in Chester, Pennsylvania, near Philadelphia, will host the semifinals on Oct. 24, along with the third-place and championship games on Oct. 26. The two finalists and the winner of the third-place match will qualify directly for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada. The fourth-place team will enter a playoff with a South American country for a final berth.

WORLD RECORD AND COUNTING: After scoring twice in the first half against Mexico on Sept. 13, forward Abby Wambach hit 170 goals for her career. On June 20, 2013, Wambach passed the legendary Mia Hamm to become the world’s all-time leading scorer when she pounded in four goals against South Korea at Red Bull Arena. Hamm had 158 international goals from 1987-2004. The match against Mexico marked the 109th win for the USA in a game in which Wambach has scored at least one goal (109-2-8). Wambach has scored 45 goals in her past 55 games over 2012, 2013 and 2014. She is also third all-time in assists with 65, behind only Kristine Lilly (105) and Hamm (144).

MORGAN IS BACK: Although she has played in just four games for the USA this year, Alex Morgan has shown that she is regaining the form which has made her one of the world’s most dangerous strikers. Coming off a two-goal, three-assist performance against Mexico, Morgan now has four goals in 2014. She returned to the U.S. team in June for the two matches against France, and her second-half appearance on June 14 in Tampa was her first since November of 2013, an absence due to injury of almost seven months. Morgan entered in the second half against France five days later in East Hartford, Connecticut, and scored two excellent goals to pull out the 2-2 draw. Those were Morgan’s first scores since June 2, 2012, when she scored twice against Canada in Toronto for a 3-0 U.S. victory. She now has 48 goals (10th all-time) in her 74 caps. Morgan, who played in 14 NWSL matches this past season, made her first start for the USA since her return from injury on Aug. 20 against Switzerland, playing 65 minutes.

12 IN, 12 TO GO: Switzerland, England, Spain, France, Norway and Germany have qualified from Europe for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup. The final round of matches is on Sept. 17 with Sweden likely to claim a seventh berth. With five teams having qualified from the 2014 Asian Women’s Cup – Japan, Australia, China PR, Korea Republic and Thailand – the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup now has 12 teams (including host Canada). Japan defeated Australia 1-0 in the Asian Cup championship game while China defeated Korea 2-1 for third. Perhaps the biggest news was the qualification of Thailand to its first Women’s World Cup. Thailand defeated host Vietnam 2-1 for fifth place and became the first team to wholly benefit from the expansion of the tournament to 24 teams. The remaining 12 countries will come from Europe (8 total: Switzerland, England, Spain, France, Norway and Germany plus 2 more, up from 4.5 + host in 2011), Africa (3, up for 2), CONCACAF (3.5 + host, up from 2.5) South America (2.5, up from 2) and Oceania (1, same as in 2011). The fourth-place finisher in CONCACAF will play the third-place finisher in South America in a two-game playoff for the final berth.

U.S. ROSTER BREAKDOWN: The USA’s 28-player roster features four goalkeepers, 10 defenders, nine midfielders and five forwards. An 18-player game day roster typically features two goalkeepers, six defenders, six midfielders and four forwards, although numerous U.S. players can play multiple positions to give Jill Ellis flexibility in choosing her roster to face Mexico. Of the USA’s 28 players, just seven are over 30 years old: team captain Christie Rampone (39), midfielder Shannon Boxx (37), forward Abby Wambach (34), goalkeeper Hope Solo (33), midfielder Carli Lloyd (32), goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart (32) and defender Ali Krieger (30). Rampone heads into the second game against Mexico with 296 caps as she is the most-capped active player in the world and second all-time in world history. The least-capped players are Alyssa Naeher (0), Ashlyn Harris (3), Julie Johnston (3) and Allie Long (4). Four players on the roster come into camp on the heels of their NWSL title with FC Kansas City: Becky Sauerbrunn, Nicole Barnhart, Lauren Holiday and Amy Rodriguez.

U.S. Women’s National Team By Position – Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (4): Nicole Barnhart (FC Kansas City), Alyssa Naeher (Boston Breakers), Ashlyn Harris (Washington Spirit), Hope Solo (Seattle Reign FC)
DEFENDERS (10): Stephanie Cox (Seattle Reign FC), Crystal Dunn (Washington Spirit), Whitney Engen (Houston Dash), 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 (9): Shannon Boxx (Chicago Red Stars), Morgan Brian (Virginia), Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC), Lauren Holiday (FC Kansas City), Carli Lloyd (WNY Flash), Allie Long (Portland Thorns FC), Kristie Mewis (Boston Breakers), Heather O’Reilly (Boston Breakers), 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 (WNY Flash)

U.S. ROSTER NOTES:

  • Twenty-nine players have seen game action for the USA in 2014, including first-cappers Samantha Mewis, Sarah Hagan and Allie Long. Long is the only player from this group on the current roster.
  • Lauren Holiday, the 2013 NWSL MVP and 2014 NWSL Championship Game MVP, became the 30th American female player to earn 100 caps when she played against Canada on May 8.
  • Abby Wambach is the USA’s top scorer on the roster with 170 goals. After Wambach, midfielder Carli Lloyd is the top scorer with 51 career international goals, followed by Alex Morgan (48) and Heather O’Reilly (41). Sydney Leroux is quickly climbing the charts with 32.
  • Amy Rodriguez had an excellent NWSL season with 13 goals in the regular season, good for second in the league, and then scored three more in the playoffs, including both goals in the NWSL title game. Rodriguez has 27 international scores to match Shannon Boxx and Joy Fawcett for 18th all-time.
  • Leroux is the USA’s leading scorer this year with eight goals. Wambach has seven and Lloyd and Christen Press have five goals each. Lloyd and Press each have four assists, best on the team this year.
  • Press is scoring at a one-goal-per-two-games clip, finding the net 13 times in her first 26 WNT games.
  • Julie Johnston gets her fourth consecutive call-up after a fine season with the Chicago Red Stars in which she was named NWSL Rookie of the Year while scoring her team’s first and last goals of the season. Prior to these call-ups, she had not been with the WNT since the February matches against Russia and got her first international minutes of the year and her third cap against Switzerland on Aug. 20, playing the entire second half.
  • Midfielder Allie Long earns her fourth call-up after getting her first cap on May 8 against Canada, coming on for Morgan Brian in the 68th minute. Long played in the 2006 FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup in Russia with current WNT players Tobin Heath, Kelley O’Hara, Stephanie Cox, Lauren Holiday and Rodriguez. Long started both games against France, playing 90 minutes in the first game and 60 minutes in the second. She played the final six minutes against Switzerland on Aug. 20.
  • All nine NWSL clubs are represented on the roster.

IN THE RECORD BOOKS:

  • The USA’s current 86-game unbeaten streak at home (75-0-11 since Nov. 6, 2004) is a team record. The next-highest streak is 50 games (48-0-2) from Feb. 10, 1996, through April 22, 1999. The USA tied the record on May 14, 2011 (2-0 win against Japan at Columbus Crew Stadium) and broke the record with the 51st game on May 18, 2011 (another 2-0 win against Japan at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, North Carolina).
  • 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 and with 207 is now eighth on the USA’s all-time list.
  • O’Reilly is the second-youngest player to hit 200 caps for the USA. Kristine Lilly was 28 years old, 9 months, 15 days when she earned cap No. 200 on May 7, 2000. O’Reilly was 29 years old, 2 months, 10 days when she earned her 200th cap.
  • O’Reilly is currently tied for sixth all-time in assists with Shannon MacMillan with 50.
  • In addition to breaking Mia Hamm’s world scoring record, Abby 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 another on March 12 against Korea DPR and another on Sept. 13 vs. Mexico and sits at 41. She has 34 two-goal games, five hat tricks, one four-goal game and one five-goal game.
  • With her goal vs. Switzerland on Aug. 20, Wambach joined Hamm as the only WNT players to reach 400 points in their career. Wambach has 405 points (170 goals, 65 assists) and Hamm had 460 (158 goals, 144 assists).
  • Carli Lloyd’s goal on Oct. 27 against New Zealand gave her 46 goals in her career and moved her past Julie Foudy into ninth on the all-time scoring list. Lloyd scored her first two of the year against Russia on Feb. 8 and added another two-goal game on April 10 against China PR to become the ninth player in U.S. history to score 50 or more goals. She added one more against Switzerland from the penalty spot on Aug. 20 to run her total to 51. She is also the highest-scoring player in U.S. history who has played exclusively as a midfielder.
  • In the Jan. 31 match against Canada, defender Becky Sauerbrunn became the 46th player in U.S. Women’s National Team history to hit 50 caps. She now has 63, which ties her for 41st all-time. Sydney Leroux became the 47th to hit 50 (she now has 55) on April 10 vs. China PR and Ali Krieger will become the 48th with her next cap.
  • Defender Christie Rampone is second all-time for the USA and in the world with 296 caps, trailing only Lilly (352 caps from 1987-2010).
  • With two more goals, Alex Morgan would become the 10th player in U.S. history to score 50 or more.

BY THE NUMBERS:

  • 0.79: Goals per game the USA has allowed in 2014
  • 1: USA’s FIFA ranking
  • 3: Players who have appeared in all 14 games in 2014: Heather O’Reilly, Christen Press and Becky Sauerbrunn
  • 3.14: Goals per game the USA has scored in 2014
  • 4: Assists by Carli Lloyd and Christen press in 2014, most on the team
  • 11: U.S. players to score a goal in 2014
  • 13: Goals in 25 career games for U.S. forward Christen Press
  • 51: Career goals by Lloyd, most ever for a WNT player who has played exclusively as a midfielder
  • 68: Minutes on the field per goal averaged by Sydney Leroux in her career
  • 72: Career shutouts by Hope Solo, the USA’s all-time record
  • 89: Minutes on the field per goal averaged by Alex Morgan in her career
  • 99: Minutes on field per goal averaged by Abby Wambach in her career
  • 109: U.S. victories when Wambach scores a goal (109-2-8 overall)
  • 130: Minutes on field per goal averaged by Mia Hamm in her career
  • 296: Caps by Christie Rampone, second all-time to Kristine Lilly (352)

JILL ELLIS FACT FILE : After her second stint as interim head coach for the U.S. Women’s National Team, a capacity in which she coached two games this year – a win against China PR and a tie against Canada – Jill Ellis was officially named the eighth head coach of the U.S. WNT on May 16. After coaching the final seven games of 2012 when she compiled a 5-0-2 record, Ellis officially started the job with a 6-0-3 record and is now 9-0-3. In taking the top position, Ellis stepped away from her job as Development Director for the U.S. Women’s National Teams, a job she was appointed to in January of 2011, but will still work closely with U.S. Women’s National Team Technical Director April Heinrichs to oversee the USA’s youth teams.

  • Ellis has extensive experience in the U.S. Women’s National Team programs having served as an assistant coach for the U.S. Women’s National Team under Pia Sundhage, helping the team to a gold medal at the 2008 Olympics. She has served two stints as head coach of the U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team, guiding the squad to the CONCACAF title in 2010 and to the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Germany.
  • Ellis also had two stints as the head coach of the U.S. Under-21 Women’s National Team, the second starting in the middle of 2005, after which she guided the team to the Nordic Cup in Sweden. She also coached the U-21s to the Nordic Cup title in Germany in 2000.
  • Ellis was a scout for the USA at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia, and has served as an assistant coach with the U.S. U-21s and U.S. U-16 Girls’ National Teams.
  • Ellis joined U.S. Soccer full-time after a highly successful 12-year run as the head women’s soccer coach for the UCLA Bruins. Ellis led UCLA to eight NCAA Final Fours, including seven in a row from 2003-2009, and won six straight conference titles from 2003-2008. She finished her time in Westwood with a record of 229-45-14. Ellis, who was also head coach at the University of Illinois, has an all-time collegiate coaching record of 248-63-14.
  • She was the 2000 NSCAA National Coach of the Year after leading the Bruins to the NCAA Final in just her second season as head coach.
  • Ellis arrived in Westwood after heading the University of Illinois women's soccer program for two years. In 1998, she brought the Fighting Illini to a 12-8 record and a first-ever Big Ten Tournament berth. Prior to coaching at Illinois, Ellis served as an assistant coach at the University of Virginia for one year (1996-97), at Maryland for three years (1994-96) and at North Carolina State for another three years (1988-90). As an assistant coach at North Carolina State, Ellis helped the Wolfpack secure the 1988 ACC title and an NCAA Final Four appearance.
  • A forward during her playing days at the College of William & Mary from 1984-87, Ellis was a Third-Team All-American in 1987. In 1984, Ellis helped Braddock Road in Virginia to the Under-19 club national championship.
  • Ellis grew up in Portsmouth, England, and came to the United States in 1981 at the age of 15. She also lived in Singapore for two years while her father helped to develop a national soccer program in that country. She earned her B.A. in English Literature and Composition from the College of William & Mary in 1988 and currently resides in Los Angeles. She has a USSF “A” coaching license.

IN FOCUS: MEXICO
Federación Mexicana de Fútbol Asociación, A.C.
Founded: 1927 (Joined FIFA in 1929)
Head Coach: Leo Cuellar
FIFA World Ranking: 25
FIFA World Cups: 1999, 2011
Best FIFA World Cup Finish: Group play (1999-16th, 2011-11th)

Mexico Women’s National Team Roster by Position
GOALKEEPERS (2): 1-Cecilia Santiago (Unattached), 12-Brissa Rangel (Real Celeste)
DEFENDERS (7): 2-Arianna Romero (Houston Dash), 3-Monica Alvarado (TCU), 4-Alina Garciamendez (Unattached), 5-Paulina Solis (Once Mexico), 13-Bianca Sierra (Boston Breakers), 14-Christina Murillo (Michigan), 15-Guadalupe Cruzaley (Club Tijuana)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Liliana Mercado (Universidad de las Americas), 7-Nayeli Rangel (Unattached), 8-Teresa Noyola (Houston Dash), 10-Stephany Mayor (Universidad de las Americas), 11-Kenti Robles (Espanyol de Barcelona), 17-Veronica Perez (Washington Spirit)
FORWARDS (6): 9-Tanya Samarzich (USC), 16-Jazmine Ponce (Arizona), 18-Jackie Acevedo (Portland Thorns FC), 19-Luz Duarte (Juventus Sov), 20-Charlyn Corral (Merilappi United), 21-Lizbeth Angeles (Investigadoras PF)

MEXICO ROSTER NOTES

  • Five players on Mexico’s 18-player roster come from NWSL clubs, including Washington Spirit midfielder Veronica Perez and Portland Thorns FC forward Jackie Acevedo whose teams advanced to this year’s semifinals. Perez scored her team’s lone goal in the 2-1 semifinal loss to the Seattle Reign. It was her only goal of the year.
  • Other NWSL players include Houston Dash teammates Arianna Romero and Teresa Noyola and Boston Breakers defender Bianca Sierra.
  • Romero, a Phoenix-area native, was the 2013 Big Ten Conference Defender of the Year at Nebraska.
  • Noyola was the 2011 Hermann Trophy winner, awarded to the top collegiate player. She became the third straight Stanford player to earn the honor, with the previous winners being the USA’s Kelley O’Hara (2009) and Christen Press (2010). Noyola played for the USA at the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup (playing in two matches) before switching associations.
  • Acevedo was born in Austin, Texas, and played collegiately for Tennessee (2008) and Southern Nazarene (2009-11) in Oklahoma.
  • Mexico 19-year-old goalkeeper Cecilia Santiago is the youngest goalkeeper to ever appear in a FIFA Women’s World Cup. At 16 years and 251 days old, she played during Mexico’s 1-1 draw against England in Group B play on June 27, 2011, in the World Cup in Germany.
  • Four Mexico players compete collegiately in the USA: defender Monica Alvarado at TCU, defender Christina Murillo at Michigan, forward Jazmine Ponce at Arizona and forward Tanya Samarzich at USC.

USA VS. MEXICO:

  • The USA has put up 15 goals against Mexico in its past two meetings. The match prior to the USA’s 8-0 victory on Sept. 13 came a year and 10 days earlier on Sept. 3, 2013, in Washington, D.C., when the U.S. won 7-0 for its largest victory against Mexico since 2002. In that match, Abby Wambach opened the scoring in the 11th minute and then Sydney Leroux scored four consecutive goals in a 20-minute span in the first half. Rachel Buehler (now Van Hollebeke) and Morgan Brian added the final goals. Brian’s tally was her first with the WNT.
  • On Sept. 13, Mexico’s Alina Garciamendez scored an own goal in the 12th minute, followed by Abby Wambach scoring twice sandwiched around an Alex Morgan goal to make it 4-0 at halftime. The USA scored four times on the other side of halftime, from Morgan, Whitney Engen (her second-career goal), Sydney Leroux and Heather O’Reilly.
  • The USA’s previous game with Mexico before the one in the nation’s capital came on Jan. 24, 2012, a 4-0 U.S. victory during group play at the CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Vancouver, Canada. Carli Lloyd registered her first-career hat trick in that match and Heather O’Reilly added a goal as the Americans clinched a semifinal berth with the win.
  • The USA has dominated the all-time series against Mexico, holding a 28-1-1 record. Before the past three dominating victories, the previous three matches were one-goal affairs, including a 2-1 loss for the USA on Nov. 5, 2010, during 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup Qualifying in Cancun, Mexico. That setback forced the USA into the third-place match of that tournament (which it won) and into a two-game playoff against Italy that the Americans took 2-0 on aggregate.
  • This will be the fourth match of 2014 for the USA against a CONCACAF foe following the two games against Canada earlier this year in January and May. The USA has played seven matches against European teams and four matches against Asian teams so far this year.
  • Mexico is the third-ranked team in CONCACAF and ranked 25th in the world. With 3.5 berths (in addition to host Canada) available to the CONCACAF region for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada, Mexico is a favorite to qualify for the tournament.
  • Abby Wambach has scored more goals against Mexico than against any other team, pounding in 22 against the USA’s southern neighbor.

LAST TIME
On the field for the USA:
Sept. 13, 2014 – Rio Tinto Stadium; Sandy, Utah

USA      8     Own Goal 12; Wambach 23, 41; Morgan 36, 56; Engen 58, Leroux 71, O’Reilly 75
MEX     0

Lineups:
USA: 1-Hope Solo; 14-Stephanie Cox (19-Crystal Dunn, 46), 4-Becky Sauerbrunn (6-Whitney Engen 46), 3-Christie Rampone (capt.), 25-Meghan Klingenberg; 12-Lauren Holiday, 10-Carli Lloyd (7-Morgan Brian, 71), 15-Megan Rapinoe (2-Sydney Leroux, 60); 23-Christen Press (9-Heather O’Reilly, 60), 20-Abby Wambach (17-Tobin Heath, 60), 13-Alex Morgan
Substitutions Not Used: 24-Ashlyn Harris
Head Coach: Jill Ellis

MEX: 1-Cecilia Santiago; 2-Arianna Romero, 4-Alina Garciamendez (capt.), 5-Paulina Solis, 13-Bianca Sierra; 6-Liliana Mercado (3-Monica Alvarado, 57), 7-Nayeli Rangel, 10-Stephany Mayor, 11-Kenti Robles (20-Charlyn Corral, 46), 17-Veronica Perez (21-Lizbeth Angeles, 88); 9-Tanya Samarzich (19-Luz Duarte, 67)
Substitutions Not Used: 8-Teresa Noyola, 12-Brissa Rangel, 14-Christina Murillo, 15-Guadalupe Cruzaley, 16-Jazmine Ponce, 18-Jackie Acevedo
Head coach: Leonardo Cuellar

U.S. WNT Routs Mexico 8-0 as Hope Solo Earns Record 72nd Clean Sheet

SANDY, Utah (Sept. 13, 2014) – The U.S. Women’s National Team rolled over Mexico in the first of a two-game set against its CONCACAF foe, scoring four goals in each half to win 8-0 at Rio Tinto Stadium.

Alex Morgan scored two goals and assisted three others.  Abby Wambach also recorded a brace and goalkeeper Hope Solo earned the clean sheet to break the U.S. WNT record with the 72nd shutout of her career. Solo surpassed the previous shut-out mark of 71 held by Briana Scurry.

The U.S. played a dominant and well-rounded match as second-half subs Whitney Engen, Sydney Leroux and Heather O’Reilly added goals, and the U.S. benefited from an own goal in the opening minutes.

The USA and Mexico meet again on Thursday, Sept. 18, at Sahlen’s Stadium in Rochester, New York (7 p.m. ET on ESPN2 and Watch ESPN with and a delayed broadcast at 1 a.m. ET/10 p.m. PT on Univision Deportes Network). These matches serve as the USA’s final preparation heading into CONCACAF Women’s Championship, which starts in mid-October.

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Own Goal (Alina Garciamendez), 11th minute: The U.S. WNT earned a gift early on when Alex Morgan’s lead pass toward Abby Wambach was skipped to Garciamendez. Though she was able to intercept, Garciamendez’s attempted clear deflected over Mexico goalkeeper Cecilia Santiago who was well off her line, bounced once and crossed the goal line. USA 1, MEX 0 

USA – Abby Wambach (Alex Morgan), 23rd minute: Megan Rapinoe set up the sequence with a dish to Morgan down the left sideline. Morgan brought the ball toward the end line, and despite having her first cross blocked, calmly set up Wambach with a second pass just outside the six-yard box. Wambach’s left-footed shot got through the Mexico defense and past Cecilia Santiago to signal a long night for Mexico. USA 2, MEX 0 

USA – Alex Morgan (unassisted), 36th minute: Mexico defender Bianca Sierra made a shaky decision on a lofted pass toward her own box. The ball bounced off her chest as she retreated toward her own goal and Morgan, who was running alongside her, won the ball and sent a right-footed chip over Santiago into the net. USA 3, MEX 0

USA – Abby Wambach (Alex Morgan), 41st minute: The USA kept its foot on the gas as Morgan had plenty of space on the right side of the box. She crossed, and even though Cecilia Santiago managed to get a fingertip on the ball, it was not enough to push the ball out of the path of Wambach who slotted it home for the 170th tally of her career and the seventh of this year. USA 4, MEX 0 

USA – Alex Morgan (Christen Press), 56th minute: A quick passing sequence found Press in the right side of the box and she sent a smooth-rolling pass to Morgan near the right post. She slotted home with her right foot to open the second-half scoring. USA 5, MEX 0

USA – Whitney Engen (Christen Press), 58th minute: Off of Megan Rapinoe’s corner kick from the right side, Press rose among the pack and headed to the right side of the goal box. Engen delivered her snap header into the upper right corner for her first goal of the year and second of her career. USA 6, MEX 0

USA – Sydney Leroux (Lauren Holiday), 71st minute:  Second-half sub Leroux, the team’s leading goal scorer in 2014, got into the act on a set piece chance. Holiday took the right-footed corner kick from the left side and her driven cross was met by Leroux who powered her header home from the top of the six-yard box. USA 7, MEX 0

USA – Heather O’Reilly (Alex Morgan), 75th minute:  Lauren Holiday played a superb through ball to Morgan on the left side of the box. Though Mexico’s defense deflected Morgan’s first cross attempt, Morgan stuck with it and found O’Reilly for a left-footed shot from six yards out to cap off the scoring. USA 8, MEX 0 (FINAL) 

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
MEX – Cecilia Santiago, 45th minute: The scoring damage had already been done, but Mexico’s 19-year-old goalkeeper tried to keep Mexico’s faint hopes alive with a diving save just before halftime. Megan Rapinoe rocketed a right-footed shot from about 17 yards out, and her attempt to the near left post was parried away by Santiago for a USA corner kick. 

MEX – Cecilia Santiago, 52nd minute: From 20 yards out, Alex Morgan launched a left-footed shot headed toward the near right side of the frame, but Santiago smothered it with the diving save to her left. 

Milestone Watch:

  • Hope Solo’s U.S. record 72 clean sheets have been posted over 154 games starting in 2000. Briana Scurry’s previous record of 71 shutouts were accumulated over 173 matches.
  • Solo’s first cap and shutout in April of 2000 was also an 8-0 match, that win over Iceland.
  • Center back Christie Rampone played in her 296th match as she continues to inch closer to 300 caps. Only Kristine Lilly has appeared in more games for the USA (352 games from 1987-2010).
  • Abby Wambach upped her all-time record goal scoring total to 170 with her brace. She is now 12 goals ahead of the legendary Mia Hamm (158 goals from 1987-2004).
  • With her two assists to Wambach, Alex Morgan now has 31 for her career. That moves her ahead of Lauren Holiday for 12th on the all-time list.
  • Carli Lloyd played in her 175th match. With her next appearance, Lloyd will tie Shannon MacMillan for 12th on the USA’s all-time list. MacMillan had 176 caps from 1993-2005.
  • Morgan is currently 10th on the all-time goal scoring list with 48 following Saturday’s brace. Morgan sits three goals behind Lloyd.

Next on the Schedule:
The U.S. WNT and Mexico square off in a rematch on Thursday, Sept. 18, at Sahlen’s Stadium in Rochester, New York (7 p.m. ET).

Broadcast information: ESPN2, WatchESPN

Social: Twitter (@ussoccer_wnt | @ussoccer_esp); Facebook; Instagram

Additional Notes:

  • The USA is now 9-2-3 in 2014.
  • Hope Solo moved to 119-9-18 for her career. She is second only to Briana Scurry for all-time wins (Scurry went 133-12-14 from 1994-2008).
  • The USA improved to 109-2-8 when Abby Wambach scores a goal.
  • The U.S. is now 28-1-1 all-time against Mexico.
  • U.S. head coach Jill Ellis’ starting lineup featured Hope Solo in goal and a defensive group of Meghan Klingenberg at left back, Stephanie Cox at right back and Becky Sauerbrunn and Christine Rampone as the center backs. Rampone wore the captain’s armband.
  • The midfield corps in the 4-3-3 included Megan Rapinoe on the left side, Lauren Holiday on the right and Carli Lloyd in the center.
  • The USA’s front line included Christen Press, Alex Morgan and Abby Wambach.
  • To open the second half, Ellis made two defensive substitutions with Crystal Dunn replacing Cox and Whitney Engen in for Sauerbrunn.
  • In the 60th minute, Sydney Leroux, Tobin Heath and Heather O’Reilly were brought in for Rapinoe, Wambach and Press, respectively.
  • Morgan Brian served as the final substitution for Lloyd in the 71st minute.
  • Sauerbrunn, Press and O’Reilly are the only U.S. WNT players to have seen action in all 14 matches in 2014.

-U.S. Women’s National Team Report-

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Mexico
Date: Sept. 13, 2014
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Rio Tinto Stadium
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. MT
Attendance: 8,849
Weather: 79 degrees, mostly sunny

Scoring Summary:   1      2      F
USA                               4      4      8
MEX                               0      0      0                                                       

USA – Own Goal (Alina Garciamendez)                  12th minute
USA – Abby Wambach (Alex Morgan)                    23
USA – Alex Morgan                                                         36
USA – Abby Wambach (Alex Morgan)                    41
USA – Alex Morgan (Christen Press)                       56
USA – Whitney Engen (Christen Press)                  58
USA – Sydney Leroux (Lauren Holiday)                  71
USA – Heather O’Reilly (Alex Morgan)                   75

Lineups:
USA: 1-Hope Solo; 14-Stephanie Cox (19-Crystal Dunn, 46), 4-Becky Sauerbrunn (6-Whitney Engen 46), 3-Christie Rampone (capt.), 25-Meghan Klingenberg; 12-Lauren Holiday, 10-Carli Lloyd (7-Morgan Brian, 71), 15-Megan Rapinoe (2-Sydney Leroux, 60); 23-Christen Press (9-Heather O’Reilly, 60), 20-Abby Wambach (17-Tobin Heath, 60), 13-Alex Morgan
Substitutions Not Used: 24-Ashlyn Harris
Head Coach: Jill Ellis

MEX: 1-Cecilia Santiago; 2-Arianna Romero, 4-Alina Garciamendez (capt.), 5-Paulina Solis, 13-Bianca Sierra; 6-Liliana Mercado (3-Monica Alvarado, 57), 7-Nayeli Rangel, 10-Stephany Mayor, 11-Kenti Robles (20-Charlyn Corral, 46), 17-Veronica Perez (21-Lizbeth Angeles, 88); 9-Tanya Samarzich (19-Luz Duarte, 67)
Substitutions Not Used: 8-Teresa Noyola, 12-Brissa Rangel, 14-Christina Murillo, 15-Guadalupe Cruzaley, 16-Jazmine Ponce, 18-Jackie Acevedo
Head coach: Leonardo Cuellar

Stats Summary: USA / MEX
Shots:  25 / 8
Shots on Goal: 10 / 1
Saves: 1 / 3
Corner Kicks: 7 / 1
Fouls: 10 / 10
Offside: 7 / 2

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Lauren Holiday (caution)                 64th minute

Officials:
Referee: Vilma Montez (SLV)
Assistant Referee 1: Elizabeth Aguilar (SLV)
Assistant Referee 2: Ivonne Ayala (SLV)
Fourth Official: Melissa Borjas (HON)

Budweiser Woman of the Match: Hope Solo

WNT Kicks Off Final Pair of WWC Qualifying Preparation Matches vs. Mexico Tonight at 9:30 ET on ussoccer.com

U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Mexico
Rio Tinto Stadium; Sandy, Utah
Sept. 13, 2014

U.S. WNT WARMS UP FOR QUALIFYING WITH TWO GAMES VS. MEXICO: The U.S. Women’s National Team will face Mexico in a pair of friendlies, on Sept. 13 in Sandy, Utah (7:30 p.m. MT on ussoccer.com), and Sept. 18 in Rochester, New York (7 p.m. ET on ESPN2 and delayed at 12 a.m. ET/9 p.m. PT on Univision Deportes Network). These represent the final matches for both countries before the start of the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship that will automatically send three teams to the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada. Fans can also follow both games on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt and @ussoccer_esp. The USA is 8-2-3 so far in 2014 and will be playing its fourth and fifth matches under head coach Jill Ellis since she was officially named to the position in May.

ROSTER SPOTS: The USA will have had a week of training in Salt Lake City before the first Mexico game, which is the longest training period U.S. head coach Jill Ellis has had with the team since taking over. She and her staff will take full advantage of the 28-player roster. Ellis will not only have to choose 18 players to suit up for each of the two matches against Mexico, but is also tasked with the difficult challenge of choosing 20 players for the roster that will enter the Women’s World Cup qualifying tournament in October. Nineteen players arrived in camp on Sept. 5 with the eight who played in the NWSL Championship Game on Aug. 31 arriving into camp on Sept. 8. The USA’s lone college player, Morgan Brian, arrived on Sept. 8 after participating in her weekend college matches with the University of Virginia. Twenty-seven of the 28 players on the roster played in the NWSL this season with Brian, who is a senior, the only non-professional.

2014 U.S. WNT SCHEDULE:

Date

Opponent

Result/Time (ET)

U.S. Goal Scorers/TV

Venue

Jan. 31

Canada

1-0 W

Leroux

Toyota Stadium; Frisco, Texas

Feb. 8

Russia

7-0 W

Lloyd (2), Press (2), O’Reilly,

Leroux, Wambach

FAU Stadium; Boca Raton, Fla.

Feb. 13

Russia

8-0 W

Own Goal (2), Rodriguez, Wambach, Brian, Holiday, Leroux, Press

Georgia Dome; Atlanta, Ga.

March 5

Japan^

1-1 T

Leroux

Parchal, Portugal

March 7

Sweden^

0-1 L

-

Albufeira, Portugal

March 10

Denmark^

3-5 L

Press, Leroux, Rapinoe

Albufeira, Portugal

March 12

Korea DPR^

3-0 W

Wambach (2), O’Reilly

Parchal, Portugal

April 6

China PR

2-0 W

Holiday, Rapinoe

Dick’s Sporting Goods Park; Commerce City, Colo.

April 10

China PR

3-0 W

Lloyd (2), Leroux

Qualcomm Stadium; San Diego, Calif.

May 8

Canada

1-1 T

Leroux

Investors Group Field; Winnipeg, Canada

June 14

France

1-0 W

Leroux

Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Fla.

June 19

France

2-2 T

Morgan (2)

Rentschter Field, East Hartford, Conn.

Aug. 20

Switzerland

4-1 W

Rapinoe, Lloyd, Press, Wambach

WakeMed Soccer Park, Cary, N.C.

Sept. 13

Mexico

9:30 p.m.

Rio Tinto Stadium; Sandy, Utah

Sept. 18

Mexico

7 p.m.

Sahlen’s Stadium, Rochester, N.Y.

Oct. 15

T&T*

8:30 p.m.

Sporting Park; Kansas City, Kan.

Oct. 17

Guatemala*

9 p.m.

Toyota Park; Bridgeview, Ill.

Oct. 20

Haiti*

7:30 p.m.

RFK Stadium; Washington, D.C.

^ Algarve Cup *2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship

#SOLO72: U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo, who has earned 71 shutouts in her 153 caps since debuting for the USA in 2000, needs just one more clean sheet to surpass Briana Scurry’s record, set over 173 caps from 1994-2008. Eleven of Solo’s shutouts have come in world championship play – five in the FIFA Women’s World Cup and six during the Olympics. As a confirmation of her reputation as a big-game player, 42 of Solo’s career shutouts – almost 60 percent – have come in tournament competitions that include world championships, qualifying for the World Cup and Olympics and elite tournaments such as the Algarve Cup, which is held annually in Portugal.

USA LEARNS OPPONENTS FOR WOMEN’S WORLD CUP QUALIFYING: The 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship, which will qualify three teams directly to the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup (and produce one playoff qualifier, as well), will be played from Oct. 15-26 in four host cities in the United States: Chicago, Kansas City, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. The USA opens Group A competition on Oct. 15 in Kansas City against Trinidad & Tobago (7:30 p.m. CT), then heads to Chicago to face Guatemala on Oct. 17 (8 p.m. CT) and finishes the first round in Washington, D.C., against Haiti on Oct. 20 (7:30 p.m. ET). Group B consists of Mexico, Costa Rica, Jamaica and Martinique (which is not a full-fledged member of FIFA and therefore cannot qualify for the CONCACAF Championship semifinals).

QUALIFYING FORMAT: The 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship features eight countries divided into two groups of four with the top two finishers in each group after round-robin play moving on to the semifinals. All the countries will play one match in each of the three first-round venues. Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kansas; Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Illinois; and RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C., will each host two doubleheaders, one each for Groups A and B. PPL Park in Chester, Pennsylvania, near Philadelphia, will host the semifinals on Oct. 24, along with the third-place and championship games on Oct. 26. The two finalists and the winner of the third-place match will qualify directly for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada. The fourth-place team will enter a playoff with a South American country for a final berth.

WORLD RECORD AND COUNTING: After scoring from the penalty spot against Switzerland on Aug. 20, U.S. forward Abby Wambach currently has 168 goals in her career. Wambach passed the legendary Mia Hamm to become the world’s all-time leading scorer on June 20, 2013, when she pounded in four goals against South Korea at Red Bull Arena. Hamm had 158 international goals from 1987-2004. The match against Switzerland marked the 108th win for the USA in a game in which Wambach has scored at least one goal (108-2-8). Wambach has scored 43 goals in her past 54 games over 2012, 2013 and 2014. She is also third all-time in assists with 65, behind only Kristine Lilly (105) and Hamm (144).

MORGAN BAGS TWO IN RETURN: Alex Morgan returned to the U.S. team in June for the two matches against France, and her second-half appearance on June 14 in Tampa was her first since November of 2013, an absence due to injury of almost seven months. Morgan entered in the second half against France five days later in East Hartford, Connecticut, and scored two excellent goals to pull out the 2-2 draw, her first scores since June 2, 2012, when she scored twice against Canada in Toronto for a 3-0 U.S. victory. She now has 46 goals (10th all-time) in her 80 caps. Morgan is now fully healthy and fit after playing in 14 NWSL matches this past season. She made her first start since her return from injury on Aug. 20 against Switzerland, playing 65 minutes.

Series Tickets for 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship Games in Philadelphia Available Now

CHICAGO (Sept. 8, 2014) – Tickets for the semifinal games, third place and final matches of the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship in Chester, Pennsylvania, go on sale to the public Sept. 12 at 10 a.m. ET. The tournament will directly qualify three teams to the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada. Due to the expected high demand, purchases at this time are limited to series tickets only. A series ticket includes all the games played at the venue.

Fans can purchase series tickets for the doubleheaders on Oct. 24 (semifinals) and Oct. 26 (third place and final matches) starting Friday, Sept. 12 at 10 a.m. ET through ussoccer.com, by phone at 1-800-298-4200 and at the PPL Park ticket office (open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.).

PPL Park, home to Major League Soccer’s Philadelphia Union, will host back-to-back semifinal games at 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. ET on Friday, Oct. 24. The tournament’s third-place game kicks off at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 26, with the final at 6 p.m.

The 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship opens with first-round doubleheaders at Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kansas, Oct. 15-16 (TICKETS) before continuing to Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Illinois, Oct. 17-18 (TICKETS) and concluding group play at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C., Oct. 20-21 (TICKETS).

The draw for the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship was held in Miami on Sept. 5. In first-round action, Group A features the USA, Trinidad & Tobago, Guatemala and Haiti, while Group B includes Costa Rica, Mexico, Jamaica and Martinique. Each team will play the others in its group once (round-robin format), playing one game in each of the three first-round venues. The top two finishers in each group travel to Philadelphia for the semifinal round.

The USA will play the second Group A match during all three doubleheaders, and Mexico’s Group B matches will also be the second featured game at that stage of the tournament.

The top three finishers in the tournament – the semifinal winners and the winner of the third-place match – will qualify directly for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup June 6-July 5 in Canada, while the fourth-place team enters a playoff with a team from South America for the final World Cup slot.

Martinique cannot qualify for the semifinal stage as it is not recognized as a FIFA country. Therefore, if Martinique finishes in one of the top two spots in its group, the third-place team would advance to the semifinals.

The U.S. last hosted a Women’s World Cup qualifying tournament in 2006.

Up next for the U.S. WNT is a two-game set against Mexico on Sept. 13 at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah (7:30 p.m. MT kickoff; TICKETS), followed by a Sept. 18 rematch at Sahlen’s Stadium in Rochester, New York (7 p.m. ET; TICKETS). The Sept. 13 game will be live on ussoccer.com and the Sept. 18 game will be live on ESPN2 and WatchESPN, with an additional delayed broadcast on Univision Deportes Network at 12 a.m. ET Sept. 19 (9 p.m. PT Sept. 18). Fans can follow both games on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt and @ussoccer_esp.

NOTE: The Group B schedule of games has been adjusted since the original announcement. Each of the first-round games involving Mexico has been moved to the second match played on each respective date.

2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship Schedule

Date

Opponent

Time (ET)

Venue

Oct. 15

Guatemala vs. Haiti

6 p.m.

Sporting Park; Kansas City, Kan.

USA vs. Trinidad

8:30 p.m.

Sporting Park; Kansas City, Kan.

Oct. 16

Jamaica vs. Martinique

6 p.m.

Sporting Park; Kansas City, Kan.

Costa Rica vs. Mexico

8:30 p.m.

Sporting Park; Kansas City, Kan.

Oct. 17

Haiti vs. Trinidad

6:30 p.m.

Toyota Park; Bridgeview, Ill.

USA vs. Guatemala

9 p.m.

Toyota Park; Bridgeview, Ill.

Oct. 18

Costa Rica vs. Jamaica

4 p.m.

Toyota Park; Bridgeview, Ill.

Martinique vs. Mexico

6:30 p.m.

Toyota Park; Bridgeview, Ill.

Oct. 20

Trinidad vs. Guatemala

5 p.m.

RFK Stadium; Washington, D.C.

Haiti vs. USA

7:30 p.m.

RFK Stadium; Washington, D.C.

Oct. 21

Martinique vs. Costa Rica

5 p.m.

RFK Stadium; Washington, D.C.

Mexico vs. Jamaica

7:30 p.m.

RFK Stadium; Washington, D.C.

Oct. 24

1st A vs. 2nd B

4:30 p.m.

PPL Park; Chester, Pa.

1st B vs. 2nd A

7:30 p.m.

PPL Park; Chester, Pa.

Oct. 26

Third-Place Match

3 p.m.

PPL Park; Chester, Pa.

Championship

6 p.m.

PPL Park; Chester, Pa.

USA Drawn into 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship Group A with Trinidad & Tobago, Guatemala, Haiti

CHICAGO (Sept. 5, 2014) – The U.S. Women’s National Team has been drawn into Group A for the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship where it will face Trinidad & Tobago, Guatemala and Haiti in first-round play. The groups and matchups were set during the Final Draw for the tournament that was held this morning in Miami. Group B features Costa Rica, Mexico, Jamaica and Martinique.

The USA opens its competition on Oct. 15 in Kansas City against Trinidad & Tobago (7:30 p.m. CT), then moves with Group A to Chicago where it will face Guatemala on Oct. 17 (8 p.m. CT) and finishes the first round in Washington, D.C., against Haiti on Oct. 20 (7:30 p.m. ET).

“An opponent at this point is an opponent standing between us and the World Cup,” U.S. head coach Jill Ellis said. “We will prepare for every team with the same respect, resolve and planning while making sure our focus is on our performance. We will approach every game with the intent of maximizing our points and getting to the semifinal.”

The tournament, which will take place from Oct. 15-26, features eight countries divided into two groups of four with each group’s top two finishers after round-robin play advancing to the semifinals. The winners of the semifinal matches and the third-place match will qualify directly to the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada. The fourth-place finisher will earn a spot in a two-game playoff against the third-place team from South America for a final berth to Canada.

Martinique cannot qualify for the semifinal stage as it is not recognized as a FIFA country. Therefore, if Martinique finishes in one of the top two spots in its group, the third-place team would advance to the semifinals.

All the countries, including the U.S. Women’s National Team, will play one match in each of the three first-round venues. Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kansas (Oct. 15-16), Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Illinois (Oct. 17-18), and RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. (Oct. 20-21), will each host two doubleheaders, one each for Groups A and B on succeeding days. PPL Park in Chester, Pennsylvania, will host the semifinal matches on Oct. 24, along with the third-place match and championship games on Oct. 26.

All matches will be televised live across FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports 2 or FOX Soccer Plus and will also be available on multi-platform devices via FOX Sports GO, FOX Soccer 2GO and FOXSportsGO.com.

Ellis Names 28 Players to U.S. WNT Training Camp Roster Prior to Matches Against Mexico

CHICAGO (Aug. 29, 2014) – U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Jill Ellis has named 28 players for a training camp prior to two matches against Mexico, on Sept. 13 at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah, and on Sept. 18 at Sahlen’s Stadium in Rochester, New York.

The Sept. 13 kickoff time has changed to 7:30 p.m. MT and the game is live on ussoccer.com (TICKETS). The Sept. 18 match kicks off at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN2 and WatchESPN (TICKETS). Fans can also follow the U.S. WNT on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt and @ussoccer_esp.

This will be the first extended training period Ellis has had with the team since she was officially named the head coach on May 16. It will also be the final camp and matches before she names a 20-player roster that will attempt to qualify for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup at the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship being held in Kansas City, Kansas; Bridgeview, Illinois; Washington, D.C.; and Chester, Pennsylvania, from Oct. 15-26.

“Obviously as a coaching staff in the international arena, you are delighted when you can get a large group of players together for an extended period,” said Ellis. “It’s no secret that the battle for spots on the qualifying roster will be extremely competitive and we’re looking forward to the training environment and two tough games against a Mexico team that we will likely see again during the CONCACAF Championship.”

Sydney Leroux, Megan Rapinoe and Alex Morgan

Twenty-nine players have represented the USA in international competition this year and 25 of them were invited to this camp along with midfielder Shannon Boxx and goalkeepers Nicole Barnhart and Alyssa Naeher, all of whom have yet to see action for the U.S. Women’s National Team in 2014.

The majority of the roster will begin training in Salt Lake City on Sept. 5 with the eight players who are playing in the NWSL Championship Game this weekend getting a few extra days off. Seattle Reign FC and FC Kansas City players will arrive on Sept. 8. Midfielder Morgan Brian, the lone non-professional on the roster, will arrive into camp on Sept. 7 after completing her weekend games with the University of Virginia.

Goalkeeper Hope Solo will likely get a shot to break the USA’s all-time shutout record in one of the matches against Mexico. She is currently tied with former U.S. great Briana Scurry at 71 career shutouts.

Additional Notes:

  • Jill Ellis will name 18 players to suit up for each of the matches.
  • The USA comes into the matches with an 8-2-3 record in 2014.
  • Twenty-seven of the 28 players named played in the NWSL this season.
  • The five U.S. strikers scored a combined 36 goals in the NWSL this season, although Alex Morgan and Abby Wambach missed significant parts of the season due to injury and Christen Press played in less than half the season’s matches after returning from Europe.
  • Should Christie Rampone play in both Mexico matches, her cap total would grow to 297, meaning she would have a chance to hit 300 during the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship in October. Kristine Lilly is the only other player in soccer history to play 300 or more times for their country.
  • Ali Krieger’s next cap will be her 50th, which would make her the 48th player in U.S. WNT history to reach 50 international appearances.
  • The USA is 27-1-1 all-time against Mexico.
  • Several U.S. players won NWSL postseason awards: Alyssa Naeher was the Goalkeeper of the Year, Becky Sauerbrunn was the Defender of the Year and Julie Johnston was the Rookie of the Year.

U.S. Women’s National Team Roster By Position – Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (4): Nicole Barnhart (FC Kansas City), Alyssa Naeher (Boston Breakers), Ashlyn Harris (Washington Spirit), Hope Solo (Seattle Reign FC)
DEFENDERS (10): Stephanie Cox (Seattle Reign FC), Crystal Dunn (Washington Spirit), Whitney Engen (Houston Dash), 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 (9): Shannon Boxx (Chicago Red Stars), Morgan Brian (Virginia), Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC), Lauren Holiday (FC Kansas City), Carli Lloyd (WNY Flash), Allie Long (Portland Thorns FC), Kristie Mewis (Boston Breakers), Heather O’Reilly (Boston Breakers), 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 (WNY Flash)

Series Tickets for CONCACAF Women’s Championship Games in Chicago and D.C. Go On Sale Sept. 5

CHICAGO (Aug. 28, 2014) – Tickets for first-round games of the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship in Bridgeview, Illinois, and Washington, D.C., go on sale to the public Sept. 5 at 10 a.m. local time. The tournament will directly qualify three teams to the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada. Due to the expected high demand, purchases at this time are limited to series tickets only. A series ticket includes all the games played at a specific venue.

Fans can purchase series tickets for the Oct. 17-18 doubleheaders at Toyota Park near Chicago and the Oct. 20-21 twin-bills at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C., starting at 10 a.m. local venue time through ussoccer.com, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and at all Ticketmaster ticket centers in the host cities. [Note: Tickets will not be sold at the RFK Stadium ticket office except on the days of the event.]

Toyota Park, home to Major League Soccer’s Chicago Fire, hosts four sides from Group A (including the USA) on Oct. 17 and four teams from Group B on Oct. 18. All eight teams then travel to RFK Stadium, home of D.C. United, where the Group A teams will play their final group games on Oct. 20, while Group B teams close out the first round with games on Oct. 21.

Ticket availability for the semifinals on Oct. 24 and the third-place and championship matches on Oct. 26 at PPL Park in Chester, Pennsylvania, will be announced in the near future. The tournament opens at Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kansas, with first-round doubleheaders Oct. 15-16. Tickets for the Kansas City series go on sale to the public Aug. 29 at 10 a.m. CT (TICKETS).

The eight countries which will compete in the 2014 CONCACAF Women's Championship are the United States and Mexico from North America, Guatemala and Costa Rica from Central America, and Caribbean sides Haiti, Jamaica, Martinique and Trinidad & Tobago. The Final Draw to place the teams in two groups of four will take place in Miami on Sept. 5.

The tournament format will see the top two teams in each group advance to Philadelphia for the semifinals on Oct. 24, when the winner of each group will face the runner-up of the opposite group. The third-place and championship games will be held on Oct. 26.

The top three finishers – the semifinal winners and the winner of the third-place match -- will qualify directly for the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup June 6-July 5 in Canada, while the fourth-place team enters a playoff with a team from South America for the final World Cup slot.

The U.S. previously hosted a Women's World Cup qualifying tournament in 2006.

Up next for the U.S. WNT is a two-game set against Mexico on Sept. 13 at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah (4:30 p.m. MT kickoff; TICKETS), followed by a Sept. 18 rematch at Sahlen's Stadium in Rochester, New York (7 p.m. ET; TICKETS). The Sept. 13 game will be live on ussoccer.com and the Sept. 18 game will be live on ESPN2 and WatchESPN. Fans can follow both games on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt and @ussoccer_esp.

Series Tickets for CONCACAF Women’s Championship in K.C. Available Starting Aug. 29

CHICAGO (Aug. 25, 2014) – Tickets for first-round games in Kansas City for the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship, the tournament that will directly qualify three teams to the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup, go on sale to the public Friday, Aug. 29, at 10 a.m. CT. Due to the expected high demand, purchases are limited to series tickets only. A series ticket includes all the games played at the venue.

Fans can purchase series tickets for the Oct. 15-16 games at Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kansas, through ussoccer.com, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and at all Ticketmaster ticket centers in the Kansas City area (including many Hen House Markets). [Note: Tickets will not be sold at the Sporting Park ticket office.]

Sporting Park, home to Major League Soccer’s Sporting Kansas City, hosts doubleheader events on consecutive days. Four sides from Group A (including the USA in the featured game) open the competition Oct. 15, followed by the four Group B squads each playing their first match Oct. 16. The draw to determine the exact matchups will be held Sept. 5 in Miami.

Details regarding series tickets for the remaining three tournament venues (Chicago, Washington and Philadelphia) will be announced in the near future.

The following eight countries are competing in the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship: the United States and Mexico from North America, Guatemala and Costa Rica from Central America, and four countries from the Caribbean in Haiti, Jamaica, Martinique and Trinidad & Tobago.

Three teams from the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship will directly qualify for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup from June 6-July 5 in Canada. After completing round-robin play at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Illinois (Oct. 17-18), and at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. (Oct. 20-21), the top two teams from each group advance to Philadelphia for the semifinals on Oct. 24, followed by the third-place and championship games on Oct. 26. The tournament’s top three teams go to the FIFA Women’s World Cup, while the fourth-place team enters a playoff with a team from South America for the final World Cup slot.

The U.S. previously hosted a Women’s World Cup qualifying tournament in 2006.

Up next for the U.S. WNT is a two-game set against Mexico on Sept. 13 at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah (4:30 p.m. MT kickoff; TICKETS), followed by a Sept. 18 rematch at Sahlen’s Stadium in Rochester, New York (7 p.m. ET; TICKETS). The Sept. 18 game will be live on ESPN2 and WatchESPN. Fans can follow both games on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt and @ussoccer_esp.

Post-Game Quote Sheet: WNT vs. Switzerland – Aug. 20, 2014

U.S. WNT head coach Jill Ellis

Overall thoughts on the match:
“We knew Switzerland was going to be a good challenge. We played good, uptempo soccer. We got a lot of players in tonight. Some really good spurts and we’ve been focusing on a few things. We haven’t had much time together so overall I was very pleased with the effort and with the result.”

On areas of focus for this game:
“We worked a little bit, talking about our build up and I think we’ve got to get more out of our outside backs going forward. I think we have to get a little bit more connection centrally between our three. But we tried some different things tonight.”

On the new formation, specifically for Lauren Holiday and Megan Rapinoe:
“I wanted Holiday to control the rhythm so I moved her deeper into the midfield. We took Holiday out of the ten. I wanted to see Megan in there because she’s so good running at players. Her final pass is so good. She’s got a shot and she’s dangerous in there.”

On Crystal Dunn’s contribution on the back line and playing on the left side”
“She doesn’t usually play on the left side. I was actually really pleased. Defensively, she’s coming back in. This is her first time back in with me. I actually thought she did a solid job. She’s got to get her timing of her releasing down and how to play out a little bit better. I was pleased. Pleased with her positioning overall.”

On the depth of the WNT:
“Going into our camp for World Cup Qualifiers, we’ll have 26 solid players competing for a spot. I was pleased to see different players come in tonight and start to emerge. I’m really excited about it.”

On Christie Rampone’s role:
"She’s been phenomenal. She’s been hurt, a little banged up and her confidence was a little bit low. She has leadership, the ability to control the line and still her pace, she’s kind of a freak of nature. She’s been fantastic for us. Calms the team, good leader on and off the field. I’m really excited and hope she can make this journey with us. I believe she can.

On Abby Wambach’s return from injury:
“Abby’s coming along and that’s why I think it was so important for her to get a goal tonight. She’s worked very, very hard physically and on the technical side of her game to get up to speed fairly quickly. By our next camp, I think she’ll be 100 percent.”

On Alex Morgan’s return after recovering from injury:
“Alex has found her form. She had a great game the other night. She looks really sharp. That’s why she got the start, because she’s been playing very well and she looked good in camp.”

U.S. WNT goalkeeper Hope Solo

On not breaking the shutout record:
“For me, the record is going to come when it comes. I’m not going to chase it. It’s always disappointing to get scored on if it’s a game with a record-breaking opportunity or not. Of course I’d like to get the record so I can move on and focus on other things, but it’s not the end-all-be-all for me to have it happen here in Cary or against Mexico in the next two games, or whenever it happens.”

U.S. WNT midfielder Megan Rapinoe

On her goal in the third minute:
“I think it popped out wide to Sydney and I was just filling in the top of the box. I took a quick touch and hit it. I think it took a little bit of a deflection going in, but it was on frame at least, so count it.”

On playing in a different formation:
“It is different. It is definitely different than playing the wing. The responsibilities are just different. I have the responsibility to just find the space. It puts a little bit more onus on my to find that space.”

U.S. WNT defender Crystal Dunn

On her contribution to the team:
“I did my best to try and push up when I could. I think Switzerland did a good job of shutting that space down. I think my role on this team is to get the ball and possess it and that’s what I tried to do tonight.”

On head coach Jill Ellis’ decision to move her from right back to left back:
“I’m just happy she wanted me on the field. At the end of the day, she could tell me Hope is taking a break and I’m playing keeper and I’d be happy about that. It was great to be out there regardless of what side I’m on. “

On the back line taking shape:
“It’s going to be big. I think over the past two years we’ve been switching up a lot. I think it’s important to get a set back four. That’s what I’m competing for: to try and win a spot on this team.”

U.S. WNT midfielder Carli Lloyd

On her initial thoughts of the game:
“I thought it was a good result for us. Even though it was a short trip for us, the last couple days we’ve been working on some things. I thought we really started to find the momentum. The second half was fun. We were pinging it around, having some fun, finding some space. Overall, a good result, some good goals, some good things. Obviously there are some things we can tidy up on and work on, but this is a good start for where we want to be.”

On how the team can improve going forward:
“Just having that mindset of getting into our defensive shape a little bit quicker. A little bit more diligent with that. As long as we get back into our shape, then we can take a little bit of time. As long as we’re compact, we won’t give teams a lot of time and space to play. The Swiss were a good, quality side. They had some good attacking abilities. If you give them good time and space, they’re going to ping balls around you. Overall it was a good result.”

On the new formation with Megan Rapinoe, Lauren Holiday and Abby Wambach:
“As long as we can fine tune our shape in the middle, and we started to find that in the second half, Holiday and I started to connect with Rapinoe in there and then Press and when Abby came in. We started to really find the rhythm, find the space and picking off those pockets. We’ve got to keep building off of that.”

U.S. WNT forward Christen Press

On moving forward with a new formation:
“I was higher up the field and there were more counterattacks, so that’s good. I’m just trying to find my way on this team, find my role and see what I can do to help the team win.”

On her goal to give the U.S. a 3-1 lead:
“I think the goal was a corner kick that was headed out. I got on the second ball, and it was a chest and shoulder and volley, I think before it bounced. It was one of those where you strike through the ball, a little bit on one side and it bent into the upper part of the net.”

On having the Stanford women’s soccer team in attendance:
“It’s always great to have your alma mater there. I learned so much from Stanford and I’m glad they could be at the game.”

On the atmosphere and fans:
“I think that the environment tonight was phenomenal. When Abby walked in to the locker room she said, ‘that’s how it should feel going to play a soccer game.’ We all had the chills, with the girls outside screaming and supporting us and all the tailgaters. It’s phenomenal for us to see. It’s such a motivation. We’re so, so blessed to have this support going into our World Cup Qualifiers.”


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

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

WNT vs. Mexico: Reaction

The U.S. WNT defeated Mexico 4-0 at a chilly Sahlen's Stadium in Rochester, N.Y. in its final match before heading into Women’s World Cup qualifying this October. U.S. head coach Jill Ellis, midfielder Megan Rapinoe, forward Amy Rodriguez and Rochester-native Abby Wambach react to the win, the momentum gained heading into the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship and the difficult of choosing a roster for that tournament.

WNT vs. Mexico: Alex Morgan Goal

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

WNT vs. Mexico: Tobin Heath Goal

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

WNT vs. Mexico: Megan Rapinoe Goal

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

WNT vs. Mexico: Amy Rodiguez Goal

Amy Rodriguez opened the scoring in Rochester.

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

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

WNT Roll through Salt Lake with Big Win against Mexico

The U.S. Women’s National Team continued preparations for the Women’s CONCACAF Championship with an 8-0 win against Mexico in Sandy, Utah. Abby Wambach, Alex Morgan, Whitney Engen, Sydney Leroux and Heather O’Reilly were amongst the scorers as the USA tuned up in style. ussoccer.com takes a unique look at another memorable USA win!

Rochester's Own Abby Wambach

While back in her hometown with the U.S. Women’s National Team, legendary goal scorer Abby Wambach did an appearance a local Chevrolet dealership where as usual she showed love, and vice-versa, to the fine folks of Rochester. N.Y.

WNT vs. Mexico: Reaction – Sept. 14, 2014

The U.S. Women’s National Team rolled over Mexico 8-0 while scoring four goals in each half in the first of a two-game set between the countries. U.S. head coach Jill Ellis, Alex Morgan, who scored twice with three assists, Abby Wambach, who also had a brace, and goalkeeper Hope Solo, who set the all-time U.S. record for shutouts with her 72nd clean sheet, react to the match.
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