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National Soccer Hall of Fame Class of 2015 Nominees Announced

CHICAGO (Feb. 26, 2015) – Ballots have been finalized for the National Soccer Hall of Fame Class of 2015 elections, and voting will begin immediately for the Player, Veteran Player and Builder categories. Voting will continue through Friday, March 20, and the election results will be announced shortly after. Induction ceremony details for the Class of 2015 will be announced at a later date.

Players in their first year of eligibility include the following: two-time FIFA World Cup participant and current Columbus Crew head coach Gregg Berhalter; 13-year MLS veteran Jimmy Conrad; 13-year MNT fixture and MLS Cup champion Frankie Hejduk; 2008 Olympic gold medalist Natasha Kai; four-time FIFA World Cup participant and three-time CONCACAF Gold Cup Champion Kasey Keller; 10-year MNT veteran and current LA Galaxy technical director Jovan Kirovski; 1996 Olympic gold medalist and 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup champion Tiffeny Milbrett; two-time MLS Goalkeeper of the Year Pat Onstad; three-time MLS Cup champion Eddie Robinson; Colombian MLS star Diego Serna; two-time Olympic gold medalist Lindsay Tarpley; 15-year veteran and two-time MLS Goalkeeper of the Year Zach Thornton; and six-year WNT forward Christie Welsh.

Of the 31 players on the Player ballot, Robin Fraser and Shannon MacMillan are in their final year of eligibility.

In order to be eligible for election as a Player, an individual must be retired for at least three years, but for no more than 10 years, and have either: 1) Played in at least 20 international games for the U.S., or 2) Played at least five seasons in an American first-division professional league and named to a postseason All-League or All-Star team at least once.

The voting pool includes all past and present full Men's and Women's National Team coaches, all active MLS and NWSL head coaches with a minimum of four years of experience as a head coach at the highest level in the United States, MLS and NWSL management representatives, the MLS and NWSL Commissioners, U.S. Soccer CEO/Secretary General, U.S. Soccer President, designated media members, and all Hall of Famers.

Each voter can list up to 10 candidates per ballot. Any player appearing on at least 66.7 percent of ballots will earn election, while any player who does not appear on at least five percent of ballots will be removed from voting contention until they qualify for the Veteran ballot.

2015 National Soccer Hall of Fame Player Ballot

Chris Armas
Gregg Berhalter*
Jimmy Conrad*
Robin Fraser**
Frankie Hejduk*
Chris Henderson
Natasha Kai*
Kasey Keller*
Jovan Kirovski*
Chris Klein
Jason Kreis
Eddie Lewis
Shannon MacMillan**
Clint Mathis
Tiffeny Milbrett*
Jaime Moreno
John O’Brien
Ben Olsen
Pat Onstad*
Steve Ralston
Ante Razov
Tiffany Roberts
Eddie Robinson*
Tony Sanneh
Briana Scurry
Diego Serna*
Kate Sobrero Markgraf
Lindsay Tarpley*
Taylor Twellman
Christie Welsh*
Zach Thornton*

* First year of eligibility
** Final year of eligibility; moves to Veteran ballot in 2016

In addition to the Player ballot, voting is also set to begin for the Veteran Player and Builder ballots. Nine players are up for selection on the Veteran ballot, which is voted on only by current Hall of Famers after the list has been narrowed down by a screening committee.

Voters can name up to five Veteran candidates, and the top vote-getter will be elected as long as he or she appears on a minimum of 50 percent of the ballots. If no individual appears on 50 percent of the ballots, then no Veteran will be elected to the 2015 Class. More than one candidate may be elected in the event of a tie.

In order to be eligible for election as a Veteran, an individual must be retired for more than 10 years, and have either: 1) Played in at least 20 international games for the U.S. This requirement is reduced to 10 games if the games were prior to 1990, or 2) Played at least five seasons in an American first-division professional league and named to a postseason All-League or All-Star team at least once. or 3) Played at least five seasons in the MISL between 1984 and the end of the league in 1992, and been selected as a first-team postseason All-Star in at least one of those seasons.

2015 National Soccer Hall of Fame Veteran Ballot

Mike Burns
John Doyle
Marco Etcheverry
Linda Hamilton
Mary Harvey
Shep Messing
Glenn Myernick
Cindy Parlow
Tisha Venturini-Hoch

  • Eligible Veteran Bios
  • The 2015 Builder ballot includes nine individuals selected by a screening committee and follows the same procedures for election as the Veteran ballot, although the voting pool is expanded to also include select soccer administrators.

    Builders must be at least 50 years old and are eligible by making their mark in the soccer community in a non-playing capacity while sustaining a major and positive impact on American Soccer at the national federation or first-division level for at least 10 years. Referees must serve as a FIFA referee for at least seven years to be eligible (although a referee who has less than seven years as a FIFA international referee still can qualify for the list via 10 or more years as a United States first-division referee).

    2015 National Soccer Hall of Fame Builder Ballot

    Bob Contiguglia
    Don Garber
    Richard Groff
    Robert Kraft
    Tim Lieweke
    Francisco Marcos
    Fritz Marth
    Kevin Payne
    Sigi Schmid

    Complete information about the election and eligibility procedures is available online at ussoccer.com.

    The National Soccer Hall of Fame closed its Oneonta, N.Y., facility in 2010. The election process is being administered by U.S. Soccer Federation staff under election and eligibility guidelines established by the Hall of Fame Board of Directors.

    Established in 1950, the National Soccer Hall of Fame is dedicated to the sport of soccer in America by celebrating its history, preserving its legacy, inspiring its youth and honoring its heroes for generations to come. 

    Photo Gallery: WNT Enjoys Post-Training Scavenger Hunt

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

    Below is a gallery from the players post-training scavenger hunt that had the team in stitches by the end. 

    WNT Preps For Its 20th Algarve Cup

    The WNT has once again encamped on the beautiful southern coast of Portugal for the annual Algarve Cup. This year’s tournament takes on increased importance with the 2015 Women’s World Cup about 100 days away. With group matches against Norway, Switzerland and Iceland in a span of six days, the coaches and players are looking forward to the excellent competition as they continue the process of building towards the World Cup.

    Photo Gallery: WNT Gets Out on the Practice Pitch

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

    Photo Gallery: WNT Players Stretch Their Legs in Portugal

    Photos from the U.S. WNT's first day of training in Portugal ahead of the annual Algarve Cup, which begins on March 4, when the USA takes on Norway in its opening Group B match. 

    Former WNT Head Coach Tony DiCicco and Mexico Captain Monica Gonzalez Visit Guatemala with Sports Envoy Program

    CHICAGO (Feb. 24, 2015) – Former U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Tony DiCicco is in Guatemala City as a member of the U.S. Department of State Sports Envoy Program. DiCicco is joined by former Mexico Women’s National Team captain Monica Gonzalez. 

    As part of the program, which runs through Feb. 26, DiCicco and Gonzalez will meet with local sports figures and conduct clinics with local children. 

    DiCicco and Gonzalez kicked off the week with a meeting between U.S. Embassy staff, representatives from the Guatemalan Ministry of Culture and Sports and other organizations. The pair then led a clinic with more than 80 children at the Roosevelt Sports Complex in Guatemala City before staging an afternoon session in another part of the city. 

    Tuesday kicked off with a clinic involving nearly 100 children before heading to a motivational talk with middle school students about the impact of sports and values. In the afternoon, DiCicco and Gonzalez met the Guatemala Women’s National Team players and coaches. 

    DiCicco returns to the U.S. on Wednesday, Feb. 25, while Gonzalez continues to conduct clinics with children in Jalapa and Guatemala City until Feb. 26. 

    As head coach of the U.S. Women’s National Team, DiCicco led the team to the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup title and the 1996 Olympic gold medal. With a 103-8-8 record from 1994-99, DiCicco won more games than any coach in U.S. WNT history. He also guided the U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team to the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup title in 2008, with a team that boasted current WNT players Alex Morgan, Sydney Leroux, Meghan Klingenberg and Alyssa Naeher. 

    In partnership with the SportsUnited division within the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State, U.S. Soccer players, coaches and administrators have visited more than 24 countries since 2006. The athletes have offered soccer clinics for thousands of boys, girls and coaches. Athletes and coaches use sport as a tool to teach important values and life skills such as respect, teamwork, inclusion, acknowledgement of rules, discipline, and self-confidence. Most recently, former U.S. MNT defender Tony Sanneh and former WNT defender Zola Solamente visited Bolivia.

    Ellis Convoca a 25 Jugadoras Para la Copa Algarve 2015

    CHICAGO (21 de febrero, 2015) -- La directora técnica de la Selección Femenina de Estados Unidos Jill Ellis convocó a 25 jugadoras que viajarán a la Copa Algarve 2015 en Portugal. Será el 20vo viaje de EE.UU. a la Copa Algarve. Antes del inicio de la competencia, Ellis escogerá a 23 jugadoras para la nómina del torneo. Se enfrentarán a Noruega, Suiza e Islandia en el Grupo B.

    La nómina incluye a 22 de las 24 jugadoras que estuvieron en Europa para los partidos recientes de EE.UU. contra Francia e Inglaterra, con la mediocampista Megan Rapinoe, la defensa Christie Rampone y la portera Hope Solo regresando al equipo. Después de una evaluación formal, Solo fue reinstituida al equipo después de servir una suspensión de 30 días el mes pasado.

    El torneo de este año se llevará a cabo del 4 al 11 de marzo, y la selección viajará a Europa el 22 de febrero. La mayoría de los partidos se jugarán en sedes pequeñas a lo largo de la región de Algarve en la costa sur del país, con varios partidos (incluyendo el partido por el campeonato) llevándose a cabo en el Estadio Algarve. Los partidos para determinar los puestos finales se llevarán a cabo el 11 de marzo.

    EE.UU. enfrentará al equipo mundialista Noruega el 4 de marzo (2 p.m. ET) en el Estadio Municipal en Vila Real de San Antonio, en la frontera con España. Estados Unidos luego se enfrenta a Suiza, quien jugará en su primera Copa Mundial Femenina este verano, el 6 de marzo (12 p.m. ET), también en Vila Real de San Antonio. EE.UU. termina la fase de grupo el 9 de marzo contra Islandia en el Estadio Municipal de Lagos (1:30 p.m. ET) en la parte oeste de la región Algarve.

    Los primeros dos partidos y el partido por un puesto de EE.UU. el 11 de marzo (hora por determinarse) serán transmitidos en vivo por FOX Sports 1. Aficionados pueden seguir los partidos de EE.UU. en Twitter @ussoccer_went y @ussoccer_esp. Videos de las mejores jugadas estarán disponibles en ussoccer.com. Para el calendario completo de partidos, favor de visitar la página del torneo de la Copa Algarve en ussoccer.com.

    Seis de los equipos en el Top 10 de la FIFA competirán en la Copa Algarve este año, incluyendo los primeros cinco. Brasil, actualmente No. 8 en el ranking, participará en el torneo por primera vez. Once de los 12 países participantes están entre los mejores 20 a nivel mundial.

    "El valor de la Copa Algarve es, claro, jugar buenos partidos contra excelentes equipos en formato de torneo sin mucho descanso," dijo Ellis. "Cada año, el torneo presenta importantes retos, pero en lo que continuamos creciendo antes de la Copa Mundial, queremos probarnos en los más altos niveles posible. Nuestros rivales en este torneo nos dan otra oportunidad de medir nuestra profundidad y forma física."

    El Grupo A está compuesto por Alemania, Brasil, Suecia y RP China. El Grupo C tiene al anfitrión Portugal, Japón, Francia y Dinamarca.

    Será la 22va edición de la Copa Algarve y por primera vez en 14 años cambiara el formato de la competencia. Cuando la Copa Algarve expandió de ocho a 12 equipos en el 2001, se creó un Grupo C que generalmente consistía de equipos menores que eran elegibles para competir solamente para el séptimo, noveno y 11vo lugar.

    Este año, por primera vez, los 12 equipos competirán por el título. La final se disputará entre los dos ganadores de grupo con más puntos. Si los tres ganadores de grupo están empatados en puntos, los mejores dos serán determinados por una serie de desempates. El partido por el tercer lugar se jugará entre el tercer mejor ganador de grupo contra el mejor segundo lugar de los tres grupos.

    Asimismo, el partido por el quinto lugar se jugará entre los otros dos equipos en segundo lugar de su grupo; el partido por el séptimo lugar se jugará entre los mejores dos equipos en tercer lugar de su grupo. El otro equipo en tercer lugar de su grupo disputará el noveno lugar del torneo contra el mejor equipo en cuarto lugar de su grupo. Los otros dos equipos en cuarto lugar de su grupo jugarán por el 11vo lugar.

    La Selección Femenina de EE.UU. ha ganado la Copa Algarve en nueve ocasiones, un récord que incluye tres victorias consecutivas de 2003-05. Estados Unidos llegó a la final del torneo en nuevo años consecutivos de 2003-11 y más recientemente ganó el torneo en el 2013, derrotando a Alemania 2-0 en la final con dos goles de Alex Morgan. El año pasado, EE.UU. tuvo su peor desempeño, terminando en séptimo lugar con una victoria de 3-0 contra RDP Corea.

    Dieciocho jugadores de la Copa Algarve del año pasado regresan para este torneo, varias de las cuales han jugado en numerosas Copas Algarve.

    Nómina de la Selección Femenina de EE.UU. Por Posición
    ARQUERAS (3): Ashlyn Harris (Washington Spirit), Alyssa Naeher (Boston Breakers), Hope Solo (Seattle Reign FC)
    DEFENSAS (10): Lori Chalupny (Chicago Red Stars), Crystal Dunn (Washington Spirit), Whitney Engen (Western NY Flash), Julie Johnston (Chicago Red Stars), Meghan Klingenberg (Houston Dash), Ali Krieger (Washington Spirit), Kelley O’Hara (Sky Blue FC), Christie Rampone (Sky Blue FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City), Rachel Van Hollebeke (Portland Thorns FC)
    MEDIOCAMPISTAS (7): Shannon Boxx (Chicago Red Stars), Morgan Brian (Houston Dash), Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC), Lauren Holiday (FC Kansas City), Carli Lloyd (Houston Dash), Heather O’Reilly (FC Kansas City), Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign FC)
    DELANTERAS (5): Sydney Leroux (Seattle Reign FC), Alex Morgan (Portland Thorns FC), Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars), Amy Rodriguez (FC Kansas City), Abby Wambach (Western NY Flash)

    Notas adicionales:

    • Christie Rampone y Megan Rapinoe regresan a la nómina después de superar lesiones que la mantuvieron fuera de los dos partidos en Europa en febrero mientras que Hope Solo se reintegra al grupo después de servir su suspensión.
    • EE.UU. tiene un registro de 53-12-10 en la Copa Algarve, con 165 goles a favor y solamente 61 en contra.
    • La delantera Abby Wambach entra al torneo con 177 goles en su carrera, 21 de los cuales han sido anotados en 10 torneos de la Copa Algarve. Wambach es la máxima goleadora estadounidense en la Copa Algarve, al haber encontrado el fondo de la red ocho veces más que las 13 de Kristine Lilly.
    • Rapinoe y Lori Chalupny entran al torneo con 96 partidos cada una y las dos podrían llegar a los 100 si juegan en los cuatro partidos del torneo.
    • La mediocampista de EE.UU. Heather O'Reilly entra al torneo con 215 partidos jugados y jugó en su 200vo partido el año pasado en la Copa Algarve. O'Reilly jugará en su 13va Copa Algarve e hizo su debut en la Copa Algarve en el 2002 a la edad de 17 años.
    • Cuatro otras jugadoras también debutaron con la Selección en la Copa Algarve: la arquera Ashlyn Harris (2013), la defensa Whitney Engen (2012), la defensa Rachel Van Hollebeke (2008) y la delantera Amy Rodríguez (2005).
    • La capitana de EE.UU. Christie Rampone, quien actualmente es la jugadora con el segundo mayor número de partidos jugados con la Selección de EE.UU. con 304, guiará a una selección con 10 defensas. Rampone jugará en su 14va Copa Algarve.
    • La mediocampista Carli Lloyd fue nombrada la Jugadora Más Valiosa de la Copa Algarve 2007 después de anotar en los cuatro partidos ese año. También anotó tres goles en el torneo del 2010 y tiene un total de 10 goles en la Copa Algarve. Eso la tiene en tercer lugar entre las jugadoras activas por detrás de Wambach (12) y Alex Morgan (11).
    • La defensa Ali Krieger (2013) y la mediocampista Tobin Heath (2008) anotaron su primer gol con la selección en la Copa Algarve. Ambos goles vinieron contra RP China.
    • La mediocampista de EE.UU. Lauren Holiday se perdió el torneo el año pasado debido a un compromiso familiar. Ella ha marcado seis goles en el torneo, igual que O'Reilly.
    • Los desempates dentro de los grupos son los siguientes: 1) resultado entre los equipos involucrados, 2) diferencia de goles, 3) goles a favor, 4) mejor ranking de Juego Limpio de los partidos de grupo, 5) mejor ranking de la FIFA.
    • Si dos equipos o más tienen los mismos puntos en grupos diferentes, los desempates para determinar quien jugará en los partidos por los puestos finales serán los siguientes: 1) diferencia de goles, 2) goles a favor, 3) ranking de Juego Limpio de los partidos de grupo, 4) mejor ranking de la FIFA.
    • Cada equipo tiene permitido seis cambios por partido usando cuatro pausas durante el partido. Sim embargo, al iniciar el segundo tiempo, cada equipo solamente puede hacer tres pausas en el partido para hacer una cantidad máxima de seis cambios.
    • No hay suspensiones por acumulación de tarjetas amarillas durante el torneo, pero una tarjeta roja resultará en una suspensión de un partido.

    Ellis Names U.S. WNT Roster for 2015 Algarve Cup

    CHICAGO (Feb. 21, 2015) – U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Jill Ellis has named a 25-player roster that will travel to the 2015 Algarve Cup in Portugal. It will be the USA’s 20th trip to the Algarve Cup. Before the competition begins, Ellis will name 23 players to the tournament roster to face Norway, Switzerland and Iceland in Group B.

    The roster includes 22 of the 24 players that were in Europe for the USA’s recent matches against France and England, with midfielder Megan Rapinoe, defender Christie Rampone and goalkeeper Hope Solo. After a formal review by U.S. Soccer, Solo was reinstated to the squad after serving a 30-day suspension last month.

    This year’s tournament will run from March 4-11, and the U.S. team will depart for Europe on Feb. 22. The majority of the games will be played at small venues across the Algarve region on the southern coast of the country, with several matches at the 30,000-seat Algarve Stadium. The placement matches will take place on March 11.

    The USA will face 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup participant Norway on March 4 (2 p.m. ET) at the Municipal Stadium in Vila Real de San Antonio, which sits right on the border with Spain. The USA then takes on Switzerland, which will play in its first Women’s World Cup this summer, on March 6 (12 p.m. ET), also in Vila Real de San Antonio. The U.S. finishes group play on March 9 against Iceland at Municipal Stadium Lagos (1:30 p.m. ET), which is in the western part of the Algarve region.

    The USA’s first two matches and its placement match on March 11 (time TBD) will be shown live on FOX Sports 1. Fans will be able to follow the U.S. matches on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt and @ussoccer_esp. Highlights will be available ussoccer.com. For the entire tournament schedule, please visit the Algarve Cup tournament page on ussoccer.com.

    Six of the world’s top-10 ranked teams are in this year’s Algarve Cup, including the top five. Brazil, which is currently ranked eighth, will be participating for the first time. Eleven of the 12 participating countries are ranked in the top-20 in the world.

    “The value of the Algarve Cup is of course great games against top teams in a tournament format without much rest,” said Ellis. “In any year, this tournament presents great challenges, but as we continue to progress towards the World Cup, we want to get tested at the highest possible levels. Our opponents at this tournament give us another opportunity to gauge our depth and fitness.”

    Group A features Germany, Brazil, Sweden and China PR. Group C features host Portugal, Japan, France and Denmark.

    This will be the 22nd edition of the Algarve Cup and for the first time in 14 years, it will undergo a change in the competition format. When the Algarve Cup expanded from eight to 12 teams in 2001, a Group C was created that generally consisted of lower-tier teams that were eligible to compete only for spots in the placement matches for seventh, ninth and 11th place.

    This year, for the first time, all 12 teams will be competing for the tournament title. The final will be contested by the two group winners with the most points (or if all three group winners are tied on points, the top two will be determined by a series of tiebreakers). The third-place match will feature the third-best group winner against the best second-place team from the three groups.

    In addition, the fifth-place match will be played between the two remaining second-place teams; the seventh-place match between the two best third-place teams; the ninth-place match between the remaining third-place team against the best fourth-place team; while the 11th-place match will feature the remaining two teams that finished fourth in their groups.

    The U.S. Women have won the Algarve Cup a record nine times, including an unprecedented three straight championships from 2003-05. The USA made the championship game for nine consecutive years from 2003-11 and most recently won the tournament in 2013, defeating Germany 2-0 in the final on two goals from Alex Morgan. Last year, the USA had its worst finish ever, taking seventh place with a 3-0 win against Korea DPR.

    Eighteen players from last year’s Algarve Cup roster return, many of whom have played in numerous Algarve Cup tournaments.

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

    Additional Notes:

    • Christie Rampone and Megan Rapinoe return to the roster after overcoming injuries that caused them to miss the USA’s two-game European tour in early February, while Hope Solo returns after serving her suspension.
    • The USA has a 53-12-10 record all-time at the Algarve Cup and has scored 165 goals while allowing 61.
    • U.S. forward Abby Wambach comes into the tournament with 177 career goals, 21 of which have been scored at the Algarve Cup in 10 tournaments. Wambach is the top Algarve Cup scorer in U.S. history, having found the net eight more times than Kristine Lilly’s 13 scores.
    • Rapinoe and Lori Chalupny head into the tournament with 96 caps each and both could earn their 100th if they play in all four matches.
    • U.S. midfielder Heather O’Reilly heads into the tournament with 215 career caps and earned her 200th last year at the Algarve Cup. O’Reilly will be playing in her 13th Algarve Cup and made her U.S. debut at the tournament in 2002 at the age of 17.
    • Four other players made their WNT debut at the Algarve Cup: goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris (2013), defender Whitney Engen (2012), defender Rachel Van Hollebeke (2008) and forward Amy Rodriguez (2005).
    • U.S. captain Rampone, who currently is the second most-capped player in U.S. history with 304, will lead the U.S. team that features 10 defenders. Rampone will be playing in her 14th Algarve Cup.
    • Midfielder Carli Lloyd was the MVP of the 2007 Algarve Cup after scoring in all four games that year. She also scored three goals in the 2010 tournament and has 10 goals in total at the Algarve Cup. That ranks third among active players behind only Wambach (21) and Alex Morgan (11).
    • Defender Ali Krieger (2013) and midfielder Tobin Heath (2008) scored their first WNT goal at the Algarve Cup. Both against China PR.
    • U.S. midfielder Lauren Holiday missed last year’s tournament due to a family commitment. She has scored six goals in this tournament, as has O’Reilly.
    • The tiebreakers within the groups are as follows: 1) head-to-head result, 2) goal differential, 3) goals scored, 4) best Fair Play ranking from the group matches and 5) best FIFA ranking.
    • If two or more teams have the same points in different groups, the tiebreakers to determine the placement matches will be: 1) goal differential, 2) goals scored, 3) best Fair Play ranking from the group matches and 4) best FIFA ranking.
    • Each team is allowed six substitutions per game using four stops during the match. However, when the second half starts, each team can only make three stops to perform a maximum of six substitutions.
    • There are no suspensions for yellow card accumulation during the tournament, but an ejection during the tournament will result in a one-game suspension.

    U.S. MNT and WNT 2015 Nike Away Kit Debuts This March

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    CHICAGO (Feb. 16, 2015) – The U.S. Men’s and Women’s National Teams have unveiled a bold new away Nike kit that features a stylish gradient design.

    The WNT will introduce the kit when it travels to Portugal for the 2015 Algarve Cup from March 4-11, and the MNT will wear the kit for the first time on March 25 against Denmark.

    Photo Gallery: National Soccer Hall of Fame 2014 Class Induction Ceremony

    Photos from the induction ceremony honoring the 2014 National Soccer Hall of Fame Class of 2014 that included former National Team players Kristine Lilly and Brian McBride as well as former Men's National Team head coach Bob Bradley. The ceremony took place in San Francisco on Feb. 14, 2015. 

    Photo Gallery: WNT Enjoys Post-Training Scavenger Hunt

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

    Below is a gallery from the players post-training scavenger hunt that had the team in stitches by the end. 

    Photo Gallery: WNT Gets Out on the Practice Pitch

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

    Photo Gallery: WNT Players Stretch Their Legs in Portugal

    Photos from the U.S. WNT's first day of training in Portugal ahead of the annual Algarve Cup, which begins on March 4, when the USA takes on Norway in its opening Group B match. 

    Photo Gallery: National Soccer Hall of Fame 2014 Class Induction Ceremony

    Photos from the induction ceremony honoring the 2014 National Soccer Hall of Fame Class of 2014 that included former National Team players Kristine Lilly and Brian McBride as well as former Men's National Team head coach Bob Bradley. The ceremony took place in San Francisco on Feb. 14, 2015. 

    Lilly, McBride, Bradley Inducted into National Soccer Hall of Fame

    The National Soccer Hall of Fame embraced three more inductees with the inclusion of Players Kristine Lilly and Brian McBride and Builder Bob Bradley during a ceremony Saturday, Feb. 14, at the U.S. Soccer Federation Annual General Meeting in San Francisco. Bradley was unavailable due to his coaching commitments in Norway.

    Lilly and McBride credited their coaches, family and more who helped guide their legendary careers and impact in the sport. Here are a few highlights of their induction speeches:

    On achieving dreams:
    Brian McBride: “There’s always going to be something you want to achieve. Make sure you don’t come up short because you didn’t put in the effort to reach that achievement. We can always improve, and we can always learn.”

    On lasting relationships:
    Kristine Lilly: “What I’m most grateful for was not just the soccer part, but that I met so many people and built lasting relationships with those people. That’s what I’m really grateful for. Thank you for opening the door for me, for believing in me, for having high expectations in me, for being there for me, and also for letting me go home in college when I was homesick, which was a lot. Anson [Dorrance], you set the standard and you set it high. We all benefited from your ambition to be the best.

    On teammates:
    KL: “I’d like to thank my teammates. You taught me how to push myself, celebrate, laugh, cry, stay together and strive to be the best. But more importantly, you taught me what it means to be a friend.”

    Kristine Lilly

    On their coaching influences:
    KL: “When I was 16 years old, you (Anson Dorrance) changed my life. You opened the door to a career that I never thought in a million years would lead me to this moment and so many other great moments. You took a chance on me, Julie [Foudy], Mia [Hamm] and Joy [Fawcett], four young kids, and you gave us a chance to see the world, work to be the best and show young girls that they can be the best at something.”

    BM: “The coaches that have influenced me are vast. I don’t think it’s fair to really talk about all of them because I’ve thanked a lot and have talked long. My high school coach, John Erford, was a huge influence on me. All you coaches out there, know that what you do is important. It doesn’t matter if it’s at a professional level, if it’s at a youth level, if it’s at an adult level. He’s taught me a lot of things, and one of the things he taught me is soccer is exactly what Kasey was saying – it’s a moment. Try being the person that you want to be. That meant making sure I was studying, making sure I was doing school work. When I met him, and my mom would tell you, I couldn’t be interested in doing homework. I couldn’t be interested in anything. He set me straight, and I’ll forever be grateful. I talked a little bit about Bruce [Arena]. He’s a special guy. Not only special for the field but the lasting impression on me and the lasting impression on my family. And that doesn’t happen very much. I’d like to thank David Moyes and Chris Coleman, who both gave me the opportunity to play in Europe. And Joe Clarke – when I went to St. Louis, I thought soccer was all about attacking. Growing up in Arlington Heights, we would do 45 minutes of shooting and 45 minutes of playing. When I got to St. Louis, that wasn’t the way soccer was played. Training was about understanding, small games, movement off the ball, and I had a little bit of that from the youth side, with ODP and some of the U-20 experience, but Joe always wanted you to know why you were doing things, and that is so important. On top of that, Joe is an amazing person.”

    McBride on Lilly’s ‘first-class’ career:
    BM: “Kristine, I actually got to know well, even though our paths didn’t cross very much. When they did, I had some time to spend with her. What everybody says about her is she’s first-class – and it’s true. She always worked extremely hard, but she also looked out for everybody else. We got to spend some time in Austin, a little bit in Arlington Heights, and she deserves everything and more with where she has gotten.”

    McBride on Bob Bradley:
    BM: “Bob led a legacy of true commitment, and his record shows for itself. He’s someone that has been so influential in so many of the players, having the chance to spend a little bit of the end of my career in Chicago and being there and seeing the tradition and honor – that’s him. He not only did that for the Fire but for the United States National Team.”

    Lilly’s thanks to her husband, David:
    KL: “I want to thank my husband, David. In 2004, we won the gold medal, and if we didn’t win, I would never have been able to show my face at the fire station. Thank you for supporting me, for loving me and for getting me back on the field after we had Sidney.”

    Brian McBride

    McBride’s thanks for his wife Dina’s support over his career:
    BM: “I met my wife when I was on loan at Preston in England, and I thought I was going to be Mr. Tough Guy. So the first game we were in an FA Cup game and I wanted to show the fans that I’ll go into any challenge. I went into this challenge and ended up not losing this challenge – of course I didn’t win the ball. I didn’t get knocked down, but people saw that I wasn’t afraid. From that one challenge, about three days later we played another game – 90 minutes. It was Sheffield Wednesday, we won the game, I come off the field, I pull off my shirt and my teammates go ‘woh.’ I go, ‘What’s wrong?’ I look down and my [right] arm is twice the size of this [left] arm. That led to me flying back for angioplasty, getting a blood clot out. I’m put on blood thinners. You can’t do any type of contact for the next three months. You can run, you can lift, do all that, but you’re going to be on blood thinners. You can go home. It just happened to be two days before Thanksgiving, and that time at home the next day I met my future wife. We were able to spend a whole month together. I’m sure all of us can look at how our relationships started in life, and this is not high school. This is 27, 28 years old, and you get to spend a whole month, every day, with that person. Thankfully, I met the most amazing woman who is an amazing mother who always supported me and I’m forever grateful.”

    Lilly on her brother Scott:
    KL: “To my brother, Scott, you didn’t teach me everything, but what you did teach me was more than that – you let me play. Whenever you were with your friends playing sports, you always let your little sister tag along. It showed me that I could do anything, so thank you for being the best role model.”

    McBride on his brother Matt:
    BM: “There was a period when he was my agent, when I called him from that Confederations Cup when Kasey [Keller] and I were first roommates. I had a scenario go down where I was offered a large sum of money – almost double what I was making in MLS, cash – to basically have a pre-contract, and I get on the phone, and here is this amazing offer. [Matt is] like, ‘What are you doing? That’s not you. You have to remember who you are and who you want to be.’ If you don’t think that that team is going to want you three years from now, why would they give you this money? That’s a tough thing. When you’re a player and you’re making $50,000 a year and you have this opportunity, it’s a tough thing to turn down. The advice that my brother gave me, not only there, but throughout my career, is indelible in who I am and who I present to you.”

    Lilly’s message to her daughters, Sidney and Jordan:
    KL: “Maybe one day you will believe that Mommy actually was a decent soccer player. We have it on video now. I hope you know and believe that you can do anything that you want. Playing soccer and putting that No. 13 jersey on made me feel at home. It’s something I will always be grateful for. Thank you very much.”

    National Soccer Hall of Fame: 13 Things I Learned During My Playing Career

    During the induction ceremony for the 2014 Class of the National Soccer Hall of Fame, former U.S. Women’s National Team midfielder Kristine Lilly, who famously donned No. 13 for more than two decades, listed the 13 things that she learned during her playing career. Lilly, former Men’s National Team forward Brian McBride and former MNT head coach Bob Bradley represented the 2014 National Soccer Hall of Fame Class at a ceremony on Saturday, Feb. 14, at the U.S. Soccer Federation Annual General Meeting in San Francisco.

    • No. 1: Oranges at halftime are still my favorite part of soccer, and they don’t have them much anymore.
    • No. 2: U.S. stamps don’t work when you are sending postcards from China. I was 16. It was my first trip, c’mon!
    • No. 3: A team is stronger when you stick together on and off the field. Winning is easier together and fighting for what is right is, as well.
    • No. 4: Playing for your country is an honor and a privilege and one that should never be taken lightly or disrespected.
    • No. 5: Scoring your first goal makes you feel like you belong. Scoring your last goal makes you feel like you still belong.
    • No. 6: We all have our role, whatever it may be – coming off the bench, trainer, coach, or protecting the post on corner kicks. It all makes a difference.
    • No. 7: You can’t do anything alone.
    • No. 8: I love being a role model, and we all have the responsibility to be one to someone.
    • No. 9: Standing on the podium with your teammates while your National Anthem is playing reminds me that dreams do come true.
    • No. 10: You always need your family, even if you’re miles and miles away from them.
    • No. 11: The FIFA anthem will always bring me back to a happy time.
    • No. 12: Playing in front of 90,000 people is a lot easier than giving a Hall of Fame speech.
    • No. 13: Relationships outlast the game of soccer. When I think about what I remember the most about playing, it isn’t the wins and losses – although they still feel good or still sting a bit – it is the people. It is the people that made my career so special. There are so many people that have impacted my life and I think or I hope that I have shared enough with them that they know.

    Photo Gallery: 2014 National Soccer Hall of Fame Inductee Kristine Lilly

    Photos from the 23-year international career of Women's National Team legend, Kristine Lilly. Known as the "Queen of Caps," Lilly's record of 352 international caps for the USA stands as the most all-time among male and female players the world over. 

    National Soccer Hall of Fame: Lilly Revered for Leadership, Commitment

    Former U.S. Women’s National Team midfielder Kristine Lilly will be inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame’s Class of 2014. Lilly’s contribution to the WNT is staggering: world-record 352 appearances, 130 goals (third-most in WNT history), 105 assists (second behind only Mia Hamm) and 278 victories whenever she took the field.

    U.S. WNT forwards Abby Wambach and Alex Morgan, defender Christie Rampone, U.S. Soccer Technical Director and National Soccer Hall of Fame forward April Heinrichs, National Soccer Hall of Fame midfielder Julie Foudy, and former WNT head coach and National Soccer Hall of Famer Tony DiCicco took some time to reflect on Lilly’s career and impact on the National Team and the sport overall.


    Hall of Fame Honor:

    • Tony DiCicco: “I’m delighted for her being a first-ballot Hall of Fame awardee, and she clearly deserves it. She was just an amazing player, a player that you don’t see come around every generation. She had tremendous personal drive to be the best. Every day in practice, her commitment and consistency were masterful. She was a role model for her teammates. Kristine scored 130 goals, and remember that most of the time she was a flank midfielder. I saw her evolve as a young player to a role model for the National Team, to a captain, coached her with the Boston Breakers where she was a captain – she was incredibly competitive throughout her whole career.”
    • April Heinrichs: “I think her legacy is going to be one of the greatest players we’ve ever had. She will be an inspiration for anyone that ever watched her. I’m so happy to see that the Hall of Fame inducted Kristine Lilly. She’s as worthy as candidate as we’ve ever had in the women’s game. She’s an amazing citizen and a role model; she deserves this more than anything. I’m proud of her.”
    • Julie Foudy: “To see ‘Lil’ inducted into the Hall of Fame is where she should be. She’s one of the greatest to ever play this game and she did it with such class and grace. She represents everything I would hope kids would watch and see, and want to be.”
    • Christie Rampone: “She was definitely someone that I looked up to and then became friends with, teammates with, and still friendly with. She’s someone that was a special player and I was very, very lucky to play with. She’s in the Hall of Fame and she deserves it. I thought [the first time I ended up playing with her], that I knew she would be someone big and special and definitely make it to the Hall of Fame. She’s in it. She’s an awesome, incredible person now. Even better, she’s still in the soccer world coaching. I’m definitely excited, and congrats to you, Lil.”


    Early Days:

    • Julie Foudy: “ My first impression of Kristine was that she was tiny, but she was fast and she just ran all day, up and down that sideline. She had an engine and she was wispy. I thought, ‘That kid doesn’t stop.’”

    Lilly’s Influence:

    • Christie Rampone: “Kristine Lilly was the go-to girl for me. She was the girl that inspired me from Day 1. I locked in on her and saw the way she worked on the field, off the field, how she carried herself. She was so inspiring to just watch her on fitness and train. She always gave a 100 percent and she was consistent. She definitely was someone that I wanted to be at that level. I wanted to be following her, trying to be like her; that one day I could be like that, where I was as consistent, fit and focused and still enjoying the game, laughing and having fun.”
    • Tony DiCicco: “When we would have pickup games within the team, we would set things up like a draft. When the captains picked the players, whoever won the first pick, 95 percent of the time it was Kristine Lilly, and maybe Joy Fawcett in the other occasions. The players knew Kristine would impact the game the most. She could score, she could link to people, and her teams won most of the time. That just showed how much she influenced everyone and made her teammates better.”
    • Alex Morgan: “Kristine really was one of my biggest role models growing up. In the soccer world, she was a huge inspiration. Just what she did on the field, the confidence that she carried and the leadership role that she grew into, I just have so much respect for her.”
    • Julie Foudy: “She’s the teammate that never wants to take the credit. She would be like, ‘Why are you commending me? That’s what I was supposed to do.’ She saved that ball off the line in the final of the ’99 World Cup off her forehead on that corner kick against China and afterward I remember looking at her and saying, ‘You just saved our World Cup.’ And she was like, ‘What do you mean? That was my job.’ She was a tireless worker. She would come in the most fit, healthy, ready-to-go, game fit, and would beat everyone on fitness. She’s one of the best players in the world to ever play the game and you could sit down at dinner with her and you’d never know and she’d never tell you that.”
    • April Heinrichs: “Kristine Lilly was one of the quintessential flank players in the women’s game. She literally could have played left back, left wing forward, and left midfield, and she did throughout her career, I think, in one era or another. As good as she was left-footed, she could have also played in the right side, but there was this other girl in the team called Mia Hamm. Kristine understood how to manipulate the defender in a way that was tactical, physical and psychological. She was prepared to get up and down the sidelines without anyone wanting her to track her.”


    USA’s Iron Woman:

    • Tony DiCicco: “In the 1991 World Cup, in our first game against Sweden, she had a hip pointer injury and went down hard in the first half. Lilly never came out of games, but she had to come out because of the hip pointer. So we had the game, then a day off, and we were told that we might not get her back until the second round. The next day, she responded to the treatment and was good to go [against Brazil]. That was Lilly. She was a tremendous player, and a very durable player – 352 caps. She’s a wonderful person, too, and wanted to do things right. She was a good teammate, compassionate and a great leader. It was such an honor to coach her and be a friend. Kristine is unique. You’re not going to see another Lilly.”
    • Alex Morgan: “It was a little bit of a surreal experience to be able to play during her last six months and my first six months on the National Team. She played so many years on this team, is the most-capped women’s player in the world, so it was incredible to be able to see. She’s super comfortable with who she was. She was a true leader. When she spoke, people listened.”

    Competitiveness, Fitness and Versatility:

    • Tony DiCicco: “I can remember playing down in Trinidad against Canada, and Lilly was playing against a good flanker who at one point told her teammate to pass the ball because she was sick and tired of chasing her. She broke players. She was sometimes tactically faster than her teammates. She was always quick in transition and could make an attacking sprint.”
    • April Heinrichs: “Kristine Lilly was one of the quintessential flank players in the women’s game. She literally could have played left back, left wing forward, and left midfield, and she did throughout her career I think, in one era or another. As good as she was left-footed, she could have also played in the right side, but there was this other girl on the team called Mia Hamm. Kristine understood how to manipulate the defender in a way that was tactical, physical and psychological. She was prepared to get up and down the sidelines without anyone wanting her to track her.”


    Historic and Championship Feats:

    • Tony DiCicco: “When she reached her 200th cap, I think we were in Japan, and I’m coaching an athlete playing 200 times. Before the game we had a presentation to her because no one had been to 200 before. Now, we have quite a few, but nobody had been to 200. It wasn’t anything big, but she appreciate the acknowledgement so much. Coming from the coaching staff and her teammates, she was humble and appreciative for that.”
    • Abby Wambach: “‘Lil’ is one of those players that did so many things that contributed to the ultimate success of this team that will go unsung by all intents and purposes. And I think she was always the fittest, she was always the most professional and she was always there to do her job and to do what was asked for her. People always think about the ’99ers and Mia and how she was the face of the team and I would definitely say that ‘Lil’ had a massive impact on the heart and how successful this team was. There is no way this team wins World Championships and Olympic gold medals without her.”


    Passing the Torch and Next Chapter:

    • Alex Morgan: “I knew Kristine was retiring and I went up to her and asked her if after she was done she could pass down the number – sort of joking, but really not joking – just getting a feel for how she felt about that. And she said, ‘Yeah, of course, I would love to pass that down to you.’ She was so open about it, which made me feel a lot better about things. One of the reasons I wear No. 13 is because she was one of my biggest role models growing up and so it meant so much to allow me to wear that after such a historic career that she had.”
    • Abby Wambach: “I am just super proud to have been able to play with her and learn from her, and more than that, she is a friend and one of the best people you will meet. She is stubborn as all heck, but probably part of what makes her so great on the field and is now what makes her so great as a coach. The fact that she is now getting inducted into the Hall of Fame, there may have been no other player that would deserve it more than Kristine Lilly. She is a pro. She is one of the best players that have ever played the game, and she is my friend.”

    Photo Gallery: WNT Battles France in 2015 Opener

    Photos from the U.S. WNT's 2-0 loss to France in Lorient during its first match of 2015. The USA next faces England just outside London in Milton Keyes on Friday, Feb. 13. The match will be broadcast on FOX Sports 1 and Univision Deportes. 

    Photo Gallery: WNT Training Camp Picks Up Intensity

    Photos from the U.S. WNT's training sessions throughout Friday, Jan. 16. The WNT's January Camp runs through the end of the month before the team heads to Europe in early February for a pair of friendly matches against France on Feb. 8 in Lorient and against England on Feb. 13.

    National Soccer Hall of Fame Class of 2015 Nominees Announced

    CHICAGO (Feb. 26, 2015) – Ballots have been finalized for the National Soccer Hall of Fame Class of 2015 elections, and voting will begin immediately for the Player, Veteran Player and Builder categories. Voting will continue through Friday, March 20, and the election results will be announced shortly after. Induction ceremony details for the Class of 2015 will be announced at a later date.

    Players in their first year of eligibility include the following: two-time FIFA World Cup participant and current Columbus Crew head coach Gregg Berhalter; 13-year MLS veteran Jimmy Conrad; 13-year MNT fixture and MLS Cup champion Frankie Hejduk; 2008 Olympic gold medalist Natasha Kai; four-time FIFA World Cup participant and three-time CONCACAF Gold Cup Champion Kasey Keller; 10-year MNT veteran and current LA Galaxy technical director Jovan Kirovski; 1996 Olympic gold medalist and 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup champion Tiffeny Milbrett; two-time MLS Goalkeeper of the Year Pat Onstad; three-time MLS Cup champion Eddie Robinson; Colombian MLS star Diego Serna; two-time Olympic gold medalist Lindsay Tarpley; 15-year veteran and two-time MLS Goalkeeper of the Year Zach Thornton; and six-year WNT forward Christie Welsh.

    Of the 31 players on the Player ballot, Robin Fraser and Shannon MacMillan are in their final year of eligibility.

    In order to be eligible for election as a Player, an individual must be retired for at least three years, but for no more than 10 years, and have either: 1) Played in at least 20 international games for the U.S., or 2) Played at least five seasons in an American first-division professional league and named to a postseason All-League or All-Star team at least once.

    The voting pool includes all past and present full Men's and Women's National Team coaches, all active MLS and NWSL head coaches with a minimum of four years of experience as a head coach at the highest level in the United States, MLS and NWSL management representatives, the MLS and NWSL Commissioners, U.S. Soccer CEO/Secretary General, U.S. Soccer President, designated media members, and all Hall of Famers.

    Each voter can list up to 10 candidates per ballot. Any player appearing on at least 66.7 percent of ballots will earn election, while any player who does not appear on at least five percent of ballots will be removed from voting contention until they qualify for the Veteran ballot.

    2015 National Soccer Hall of Fame Player Ballot

    Chris Armas
    Gregg Berhalter*
    Jimmy Conrad*
    Robin Fraser**
    Frankie Hejduk*
    Chris Henderson
    Natasha Kai*
    Kasey Keller*
    Jovan Kirovski*
    Chris Klein
    Jason Kreis
    Eddie Lewis
    Shannon MacMillan**
    Clint Mathis
    Tiffeny Milbrett*
    Jaime Moreno
    John O’Brien
    Ben Olsen
    Pat Onstad*
    Steve Ralston
    Ante Razov
    Tiffany Roberts
    Eddie Robinson*
    Tony Sanneh
    Briana Scurry
    Diego Serna*
    Kate Sobrero Markgraf
    Lindsay Tarpley*
    Taylor Twellman
    Christie Welsh*
    Zach Thornton*

    * First year of eligibility
    ** Final year of eligibility; moves to Veteran ballot in 2016

    In addition to the Player ballot, voting is also set to begin for the Veteran Player and Builder ballots. Nine players are up for selection on the Veteran ballot, which is voted on only by current Hall of Famers after the list has been narrowed down by a screening committee.

    Voters can name up to five Veteran candidates, and the top vote-getter will be elected as long as he or she appears on a minimum of 50 percent of the ballots. If no individual appears on 50 percent of the ballots, then no Veteran will be elected to the 2015 Class. More than one candidate may be elected in the event of a tie.

    In order to be eligible for election as a Veteran, an individual must be retired for more than 10 years, and have either: 1) Played in at least 20 international games for the U.S. This requirement is reduced to 10 games if the games were prior to 1990, or 2) Played at least five seasons in an American first-division professional league and named to a postseason All-League or All-Star team at least once. or 3) Played at least five seasons in the MISL between 1984 and the end of the league in 1992, and been selected as a first-team postseason All-Star in at least one of those seasons.

    2015 National Soccer Hall of Fame Veteran Ballot

    Mike Burns
    John Doyle
    Marco Etcheverry
    Linda Hamilton
    Mary Harvey
    Shep Messing
    Glenn Myernick
    Cindy Parlow
    Tisha Venturini-Hoch

  • Eligible Veteran Bios
  • The 2015 Builder ballot includes nine individuals selected by a screening committee and follows the same procedures for election as the Veteran ballot, although the voting pool is expanded to also include select soccer administrators.

    Builders must be at least 50 years old and are eligible by making their mark in the soccer community in a non-playing capacity while sustaining a major and positive impact on American Soccer at the national federation or first-division level for at least 10 years. Referees must serve as a FIFA referee for at least seven years to be eligible (although a referee who has less than seven years as a FIFA international referee still can qualify for the list via 10 or more years as a United States first-division referee).

    2015 National Soccer Hall of Fame Builder Ballot

    Bob Contiguglia
    Don Garber
    Richard Groff
    Robert Kraft
    Tim Lieweke
    Francisco Marcos
    Fritz Marth
    Kevin Payne
    Sigi Schmid

    Complete information about the election and eligibility procedures is available online at ussoccer.com.

    The National Soccer Hall of Fame closed its Oneonta, N.Y., facility in 2010. The election process is being administered by U.S. Soccer Federation staff under election and eligibility guidelines established by the Hall of Fame Board of Directors.

    Established in 1950, the National Soccer Hall of Fame is dedicated to the sport of soccer in America by celebrating its history, preserving its legacy, inspiring its youth and honoring its heroes for generations to come. 

    Former WNT Head Coach Tony DiCicco and Mexico Captain Monica Gonzalez Visit Guatemala with Sports Envoy Program

    CHICAGO (Feb. 24, 2015) – Former U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Tony DiCicco is in Guatemala City as a member of the U.S. Department of State Sports Envoy Program. DiCicco is joined by former Mexico Women’s National Team captain Monica Gonzalez. 

    As part of the program, which runs through Feb. 26, DiCicco and Gonzalez will meet with local sports figures and conduct clinics with local children. 

    DiCicco and Gonzalez kicked off the week with a meeting between U.S. Embassy staff, representatives from the Guatemalan Ministry of Culture and Sports and other organizations. The pair then led a clinic with more than 80 children at the Roosevelt Sports Complex in Guatemala City before staging an afternoon session in another part of the city. 

    Tuesday kicked off with a clinic involving nearly 100 children before heading to a motivational talk with middle school students about the impact of sports and values. In the afternoon, DiCicco and Gonzalez met the Guatemala Women’s National Team players and coaches. 

    DiCicco returns to the U.S. on Wednesday, Feb. 25, while Gonzalez continues to conduct clinics with children in Jalapa and Guatemala City until Feb. 26. 

    As head coach of the U.S. Women’s National Team, DiCicco led the team to the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup title and the 1996 Olympic gold medal. With a 103-8-8 record from 1994-99, DiCicco won more games than any coach in U.S. WNT history. He also guided the U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team to the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup title in 2008, with a team that boasted current WNT players Alex Morgan, Sydney Leroux, Meghan Klingenberg and Alyssa Naeher. 

    In partnership with the SportsUnited division within the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State, U.S. Soccer players, coaches and administrators have visited more than 24 countries since 2006. The athletes have offered soccer clinics for thousands of boys, girls and coaches. Athletes and coaches use sport as a tool to teach important values and life skills such as respect, teamwork, inclusion, acknowledgement of rules, discipline, and self-confidence. Most recently, former U.S. MNT defender Tony Sanneh and former WNT defender Zola Solamente visited Bolivia.

    Ellis Convoca a 25 Jugadoras Para la Copa Algarve 2015

    CHICAGO (21 de febrero, 2015) -- La directora técnica de la Selección Femenina de Estados Unidos Jill Ellis convocó a 25 jugadoras que viajarán a la Copa Algarve 2015 en Portugal. Será el 20vo viaje de EE.UU. a la Copa Algarve. Antes del inicio de la competencia, Ellis escogerá a 23 jugadoras para la nómina del torneo. Se enfrentarán a Noruega, Suiza e Islandia en el Grupo B.

    La nómina incluye a 22 de las 24 jugadoras que estuvieron en Europa para los partidos recientes de EE.UU. contra Francia e Inglaterra, con la mediocampista Megan Rapinoe, la defensa Christie Rampone y la portera Hope Solo regresando al equipo. Después de una evaluación formal, Solo fue reinstituida al equipo después de servir una suspensión de 30 días el mes pasado.

    El torneo de este año se llevará a cabo del 4 al 11 de marzo, y la selección viajará a Europa el 22 de febrero. La mayoría de los partidos se jugarán en sedes pequeñas a lo largo de la región de Algarve en la costa sur del país, con varios partidos (incluyendo el partido por el campeonato) llevándose a cabo en el Estadio Algarve. Los partidos para determinar los puestos finales se llevarán a cabo el 11 de marzo.

    EE.UU. enfrentará al equipo mundialista Noruega el 4 de marzo (2 p.m. ET) en el Estadio Municipal en Vila Real de San Antonio, en la frontera con España. Estados Unidos luego se enfrenta a Suiza, quien jugará en su primera Copa Mundial Femenina este verano, el 6 de marzo (12 p.m. ET), también en Vila Real de San Antonio. EE.UU. termina la fase de grupo el 9 de marzo contra Islandia en el Estadio Municipal de Lagos (1:30 p.m. ET) en la parte oeste de la región Algarve.

    Los primeros dos partidos y el partido por un puesto de EE.UU. el 11 de marzo (hora por determinarse) serán transmitidos en vivo por FOX Sports 1. Aficionados pueden seguir los partidos de EE.UU. en Twitter @ussoccer_went y @ussoccer_esp. Videos de las mejores jugadas estarán disponibles en ussoccer.com. Para el calendario completo de partidos, favor de visitar la página del torneo de la Copa Algarve en ussoccer.com.

    Seis de los equipos en el Top 10 de la FIFA competirán en la Copa Algarve este año, incluyendo los primeros cinco. Brasil, actualmente No. 8 en el ranking, participará en el torneo por primera vez. Once de los 12 países participantes están entre los mejores 20 a nivel mundial.

    "El valor de la Copa Algarve es, claro, jugar buenos partidos contra excelentes equipos en formato de torneo sin mucho descanso," dijo Ellis. "Cada año, el torneo presenta importantes retos, pero en lo que continuamos creciendo antes de la Copa Mundial, queremos probarnos en los más altos niveles posible. Nuestros rivales en este torneo nos dan otra oportunidad de medir nuestra profundidad y forma física."

    El Grupo A está compuesto por Alemania, Brasil, Suecia y RP China. El Grupo C tiene al anfitrión Portugal, Japón, Francia y Dinamarca.

    Será la 22va edición de la Copa Algarve y por primera vez en 14 años cambiara el formato de la competencia. Cuando la Copa Algarve expandió de ocho a 12 equipos en el 2001, se creó un Grupo C que generalmente consistía de equipos menores que eran elegibles para competir solamente para el séptimo, noveno y 11vo lugar.

    Este año, por primera vez, los 12 equipos competirán por el título. La final se disputará entre los dos ganadores de grupo con más puntos. Si los tres ganadores de grupo están empatados en puntos, los mejores dos serán determinados por una serie de desempates. El partido por el tercer lugar se jugará entre el tercer mejor ganador de grupo contra el mejor segundo lugar de los tres grupos.

    Asimismo, el partido por el quinto lugar se jugará entre los otros dos equipos en segundo lugar de su grupo; el partido por el séptimo lugar se jugará entre los mejores dos equipos en tercer lugar de su grupo. El otro equipo en tercer lugar de su grupo disputará el noveno lugar del torneo contra el mejor equipo en cuarto lugar de su grupo. Los otros dos equipos en cuarto lugar de su grupo jugarán por el 11vo lugar.

    La Selección Femenina de EE.UU. ha ganado la Copa Algarve en nueve ocasiones, un récord que incluye tres victorias consecutivas de 2003-05. Estados Unidos llegó a la final del torneo en nuevo años consecutivos de 2003-11 y más recientemente ganó el torneo en el 2013, derrotando a Alemania 2-0 en la final con dos goles de Alex Morgan. El año pasado, EE.UU. tuvo su peor desempeño, terminando en séptimo lugar con una victoria de 3-0 contra RDP Corea.

    Dieciocho jugadores de la Copa Algarve del año pasado regresan para este torneo, varias de las cuales han jugado en numerosas Copas Algarve.

    Nómina de la Selección Femenina de EE.UU. Por Posición
    ARQUERAS (3): Ashlyn Harris (Washington Spirit), Alyssa Naeher (Boston Breakers), Hope Solo (Seattle Reign FC)
    DEFENSAS (10): Lori Chalupny (Chicago Red Stars), Crystal Dunn (Washington Spirit), Whitney Engen (Western NY Flash), Julie Johnston (Chicago Red Stars), Meghan Klingenberg (Houston Dash), Ali Krieger (Washington Spirit), Kelley O’Hara (Sky Blue FC), Christie Rampone (Sky Blue FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City), Rachel Van Hollebeke (Portland Thorns FC)
    MEDIOCAMPISTAS (7): Shannon Boxx (Chicago Red Stars), Morgan Brian (Houston Dash), Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC), Lauren Holiday (FC Kansas City), Carli Lloyd (Houston Dash), Heather O’Reilly (FC Kansas City), Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign FC)
    DELANTERAS (5): Sydney Leroux (Seattle Reign FC), Alex Morgan (Portland Thorns FC), Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars), Amy Rodriguez (FC Kansas City), Abby Wambach (Western NY Flash)

    Notas adicionales:

    • Christie Rampone y Megan Rapinoe regresan a la nómina después de superar lesiones que la mantuvieron fuera de los dos partidos en Europa en febrero mientras que Hope Solo se reintegra al grupo después de servir su suspensión.
    • EE.UU. tiene un registro de 53-12-10 en la Copa Algarve, con 165 goles a favor y solamente 61 en contra.
    • La delantera Abby Wambach entra al torneo con 177 goles en su carrera, 21 de los cuales han sido anotados en 10 torneos de la Copa Algarve. Wambach es la máxima goleadora estadounidense en la Copa Algarve, al haber encontrado el fondo de la red ocho veces más que las 13 de Kristine Lilly.
    • Rapinoe y Lori Chalupny entran al torneo con 96 partidos cada una y las dos podrían llegar a los 100 si juegan en los cuatro partidos del torneo.
    • La mediocampista de EE.UU. Heather O'Reilly entra al torneo con 215 partidos jugados y jugó en su 200vo partido el año pasado en la Copa Algarve. O'Reilly jugará en su 13va Copa Algarve e hizo su debut en la Copa Algarve en el 2002 a la edad de 17 años.
    • Cuatro otras jugadoras también debutaron con la Selección en la Copa Algarve: la arquera Ashlyn Harris (2013), la defensa Whitney Engen (2012), la defensa Rachel Van Hollebeke (2008) y la delantera Amy Rodríguez (2005).
    • La capitana de EE.UU. Christie Rampone, quien actualmente es la jugadora con el segundo mayor número de partidos jugados con la Selección de EE.UU. con 304, guiará a una selección con 10 defensas. Rampone jugará en su 14va Copa Algarve.
    • La mediocampista Carli Lloyd fue nombrada la Jugadora Más Valiosa de la Copa Algarve 2007 después de anotar en los cuatro partidos ese año. También anotó tres goles en el torneo del 2010 y tiene un total de 10 goles en la Copa Algarve. Eso la tiene en tercer lugar entre las jugadoras activas por detrás de Wambach (12) y Alex Morgan (11).
    • La defensa Ali Krieger (2013) y la mediocampista Tobin Heath (2008) anotaron su primer gol con la selección en la Copa Algarve. Ambos goles vinieron contra RP China.
    • La mediocampista de EE.UU. Lauren Holiday se perdió el torneo el año pasado debido a un compromiso familiar. Ella ha marcado seis goles en el torneo, igual que O'Reilly.
    • Los desempates dentro de los grupos son los siguientes: 1) resultado entre los equipos involucrados, 2) diferencia de goles, 3) goles a favor, 4) mejor ranking de Juego Limpio de los partidos de grupo, 5) mejor ranking de la FIFA.
    • Si dos equipos o más tienen los mismos puntos en grupos diferentes, los desempates para determinar quien jugará en los partidos por los puestos finales serán los siguientes: 1) diferencia de goles, 2) goles a favor, 3) ranking de Juego Limpio de los partidos de grupo, 4) mejor ranking de la FIFA.
    • Cada equipo tiene permitido seis cambios por partido usando cuatro pausas durante el partido. Sim embargo, al iniciar el segundo tiempo, cada equipo solamente puede hacer tres pausas en el partido para hacer una cantidad máxima de seis cambios.
    • No hay suspensiones por acumulación de tarjetas amarillas durante el torneo, pero una tarjeta roja resultará en una suspensión de un partido.

    Ellis Names U.S. WNT Roster for 2015 Algarve Cup

    CHICAGO (Feb. 21, 2015) – U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Jill Ellis has named a 25-player roster that will travel to the 2015 Algarve Cup in Portugal. It will be the USA’s 20th trip to the Algarve Cup. Before the competition begins, Ellis will name 23 players to the tournament roster to face Norway, Switzerland and Iceland in Group B.

    The roster includes 22 of the 24 players that were in Europe for the USA’s recent matches against France and England, with midfielder Megan Rapinoe, defender Christie Rampone and goalkeeper Hope Solo. After a formal review by U.S. Soccer, Solo was reinstated to the squad after serving a 30-day suspension last month.

    This year’s tournament will run from March 4-11, and the U.S. team will depart for Europe on Feb. 22. The majority of the games will be played at small venues across the Algarve region on the southern coast of the country, with several matches at the 30,000-seat Algarve Stadium. The placement matches will take place on March 11.

    The USA will face 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup participant Norway on March 4 (2 p.m. ET) at the Municipal Stadium in Vila Real de San Antonio, which sits right on the border with Spain. The USA then takes on Switzerland, which will play in its first Women’s World Cup this summer, on March 6 (12 p.m. ET), also in Vila Real de San Antonio. The U.S. finishes group play on March 9 against Iceland at Municipal Stadium Lagos (1:30 p.m. ET), which is in the western part of the Algarve region.

    The USA’s first two matches and its placement match on March 11 (time TBD) will be shown live on FOX Sports 1. Fans will be able to follow the U.S. matches on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt and @ussoccer_esp. Highlights will be available ussoccer.com. For the entire tournament schedule, please visit the Algarve Cup tournament page on ussoccer.com.

    Six of the world’s top-10 ranked teams are in this year’s Algarve Cup, including the top five. Brazil, which is currently ranked eighth, will be participating for the first time. Eleven of the 12 participating countries are ranked in the top-20 in the world.

    “The value of the Algarve Cup is of course great games against top teams in a tournament format without much rest,” said Ellis. “In any year, this tournament presents great challenges, but as we continue to progress towards the World Cup, we want to get tested at the highest possible levels. Our opponents at this tournament give us another opportunity to gauge our depth and fitness.”

    Group A features Germany, Brazil, Sweden and China PR. Group C features host Portugal, Japan, France and Denmark.

    This will be the 22nd edition of the Algarve Cup and for the first time in 14 years, it will undergo a change in the competition format. When the Algarve Cup expanded from eight to 12 teams in 2001, a Group C was created that generally consisted of lower-tier teams that were eligible to compete only for spots in the placement matches for seventh, ninth and 11th place.

    This year, for the first time, all 12 teams will be competing for the tournament title. The final will be contested by the two group winners with the most points (or if all three group winners are tied on points, the top two will be determined by a series of tiebreakers). The third-place match will feature the third-best group winner against the best second-place team from the three groups.

    In addition, the fifth-place match will be played between the two remaining second-place teams; the seventh-place match between the two best third-place teams; the ninth-place match between the remaining third-place team against the best fourth-place team; while the 11th-place match will feature the remaining two teams that finished fourth in their groups.

    The U.S. Women have won the Algarve Cup a record nine times, including an unprecedented three straight championships from 2003-05. The USA made the championship game for nine consecutive years from 2003-11 and most recently won the tournament in 2013, defeating Germany 2-0 in the final on two goals from Alex Morgan. Last year, the USA had its worst finish ever, taking seventh place with a 3-0 win against Korea DPR.

    Eighteen players from last year’s Algarve Cup roster return, many of whom have played in numerous Algarve Cup tournaments.

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

    Additional Notes:

    • Christie Rampone and Megan Rapinoe return to the roster after overcoming injuries that caused them to miss the USA’s two-game European tour in early February, while Hope Solo returns after serving her suspension.
    • The USA has a 53-12-10 record all-time at the Algarve Cup and has scored 165 goals while allowing 61.
    • U.S. forward Abby Wambach comes into the tournament with 177 career goals, 21 of which have been scored at the Algarve Cup in 10 tournaments. Wambach is the top Algarve Cup scorer in U.S. history, having found the net eight more times than Kristine Lilly’s 13 scores.
    • Rapinoe and Lori Chalupny head into the tournament with 96 caps each and both could earn their 100th if they play in all four matches.
    • U.S. midfielder Heather O’Reilly heads into the tournament with 215 career caps and earned her 200th last year at the Algarve Cup. O’Reilly will be playing in her 13th Algarve Cup and made her U.S. debut at the tournament in 2002 at the age of 17.
    • Four other players made their WNT debut at the Algarve Cup: goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris (2013), defender Whitney Engen (2012), defender Rachel Van Hollebeke (2008) and forward Amy Rodriguez (2005).
    • U.S. captain Rampone, who currently is the second most-capped player in U.S. history with 304, will lead the U.S. team that features 10 defenders. Rampone will be playing in her 14th Algarve Cup.
    • Midfielder Carli Lloyd was the MVP of the 2007 Algarve Cup after scoring in all four games that year. She also scored three goals in the 2010 tournament and has 10 goals in total at the Algarve Cup. That ranks third among active players behind only Wambach (21) and Alex Morgan (11).
    • Defender Ali Krieger (2013) and midfielder Tobin Heath (2008) scored their first WNT goal at the Algarve Cup. Both against China PR.
    • U.S. midfielder Lauren Holiday missed last year’s tournament due to a family commitment. She has scored six goals in this tournament, as has O’Reilly.
    • The tiebreakers within the groups are as follows: 1) head-to-head result, 2) goal differential, 3) goals scored, 4) best Fair Play ranking from the group matches and 5) best FIFA ranking.
    • If two or more teams have the same points in different groups, the tiebreakers to determine the placement matches will be: 1) goal differential, 2) goals scored, 3) best Fair Play ranking from the group matches and 4) best FIFA ranking.
    • Each team is allowed six substitutions per game using four stops during the match. However, when the second half starts, each team can only make three stops to perform a maximum of six substitutions.
    • There are no suspensions for yellow card accumulation during the tournament, but an ejection during the tournament will result in a one-game suspension.

    U.S. MNT and WNT 2015 Nike Away Kit Debuts This March

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    CHICAGO (Feb. 16, 2015) – The U.S. Men’s and Women’s National Teams have unveiled a bold new away Nike kit that features a stylish gradient design.

    The WNT will introduce the kit when it travels to Portugal for the 2015 Algarve Cup from March 4-11, and the MNT will wear the kit for the first time on March 25 against Denmark.

    Wambach, Rampone, and O'Hara Named Honorary Starters for 57th Annual Daytona 500

    CHICAGO (Feb. 15, 2015) – The U.S. Women’s National Team has been named the Honorary Starter of the 57th Annual DAYTONA 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series set to take place on Sunday, Feb. 22 at 1 p.m. ET at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. NASCAR’s biggest race will be broadcast live on FOX, FOX Deportes and can be heard on the radio through MRN Radio and SiriusXM.

    Forward Abby Wambach, defender Kelley O’Hara and WNT captain Christie Rampone will serve as the team’s representatives during the event and be the day’s Honorary Starters for the 200-lap, 500-mile race that kicks off the new NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. Additionally, the trio will be introduced at the driver’s meeting and participate in pre-race ceremonies.

    “We’re honored to welcome three members of the U.S. Women’s National Team as Honorary Starters for the DAYTONA 500,” Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III said. “We’re looking forward to have these phenomenal athletes wave the green flag on both ‘The Great American Race’ as well as the new NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season.”

    This summer, the USA will face Australia, Sweden and Nigeria in Group D at the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup. The USA opens against Australia on June 8 at Winnipeg Stadium, followed by Sweden on June 12 in Winnipeg and Nigeria on June 16 at BC Place in Vancouver. 

    The 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup runs from June 6-July 5 and all 52 games will be shown live on FOX, FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports 2 and on tablets and mobile devices through the FOX Sports GO app and FOXSportsGO.com.

    Past DAYTONA 500 Honorary Starters include actor and humanitarian Gary Sinise, NASCAR Hall of Famers Bobby Allison and Richard Petty, NFL legend Ray Lewis and comedian Whoopi Goldberg.

    Tickets for the 57th annual DAYTONA 500 and all Budweiser Speedweeks 2015 events are on sale now and can be purchased by calling 1-800-PITSHOP or visiting www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com.

    Fans can follow NASCAR on Twitter and stay up to speed on the latest news by using hashtag #DAYTONA500 and #SPEEDWEEKS. Fans can also stay connected with Daytona International Speedway on Facebook and Pinterest for the latest news all season long and follow the latest on DAYTONA Rising, the $400 million frontstretch renovation at the “World Center of Racing” by using #DAYTONARising or visiting www.daytonarising.com.

    Quote Sheet: WNT vs. England - Feb. 13, 2015

    U.S. WNT head coach Jill Ellis

    On the match:

    “This was a challenging match, but I thought we deserved the goal that we got. Later in the game they started to press us, but again, it was good test for us and this game gave us things we need to see in preparation for the World Cup. “ 

    On the importance of winning this game after the loss last week:

    “Yes, it’s important as far as momentum but I think the players truly understand where we are in the process. We scheduled Brazil, we scheduled France, we scheduled England early in our preparation phase so we’re still building momentum in our fitness and our play. I think playing those teams early is a test for us. It’s important that we remember where our end point is, and where our end product is, and we’re not there yet.”

    On what she has learned from the team during the last two matches in Europe:

    “When we came off our World Cup qualifiers, we don’t find out as much as we need to. We’ve played some of these types of games closer to the event, but having games scheduled now, it helps as you have young players on the squad that need to be in stressful situations. These are the things that we have to go through and experience now instead to be ready for June.” 

    U.S. WNT midfielder Lauren Holiday

    On the overall team performance:

    “I thought that was a huge step for us. We connected passes, our shape was pretty good and Alex had a great goal. We need to clean some things up, but overall our team performance was a step in the right direction. 

    On ball-possession and creating opportunities:

    “I think it’s going to come. Obviously the final pass needs to be a little cleaner and when we’re in the final third we need to have a little more patience, but I think it’s going to come and we’ll get our chances.”

    On the trip as a whole serving as preparation for the World Cup:

    “These were two fantastic games for us to play. France was awesome to play against; it was a learning experience for us and we needed to be exposed in some places just to grow. England the same thing; a great team and we were able to pick them apart and grow from the France game.”

    U.S. WNT forward Alex Morgan

    On what was learned from the France game heading into the England match:

    “It was a long travel day from France to England so we had a lot of time to think about what we could have done better, and how the team can move forward on this journey to the World Cup. I think it was a positive thing for us to see our weaknesses and see where we can work on. We came together and really focused on each other, on being selfless and putting it all out there. It’s been a couple of games since we’ve seen a positive result on the field, so we feel really good finishing this European tour.”

    On what’s next on the road to the World Cup:

    “We only have about a week off and then we go to Portugal for the Algarve Cup. That will be another test, playing four great teams and hopefully getting to the final, but for us we’re going to take one game at time. Obviously, you saw from these last two games that are going to be tested with every team in the World Cup. These are great teams that we’re playing pretty early before the World Cup to prepare ourselves and see the steps we need in order to get to the level we want to be at for the World Cup.”

    U.S. WNT forward Christen Press

    On the match:

    “This match was a huge step forward for us. Coming back after a tough loss is not easy. So for us to come out and put in a good performance, play as a team and work for each other was huge. We have a big tournament ahead of us at the Algarve Cup so we have to get better every game and I think we did that today.”

    On the European tour:

    “These games were great learning opportunities for us. Of course, there is a lot of evaluation being done on our squad right now. Not just from within, but other teams are looking at us, the media is looking at us, so there’s a lot of evaluation going on, but it’s important for us to take these games in stride and realize that we are learning and getting better and come this summer, we have to peak.”


    WNT Caps Off European Trip with 1-0 Victory against England

    MILTON KEYNES, England (Feb. 13, 2015) – Alex Morgan scored the 50th goal of her career and the U.S. Women’s National Team notched its first win of the year, defeating No. 6 -ranked England 1-0 in front of 14,369 spectators at stadiummk. 

    The USA now looks ahead to the 2015 Algarve Cup in Portugal, opening against Norway on Wednesday, March 4 (2 p.m. ET; FOX Sports 1). The WNT’s first home game of the year is April 4 against New Zealand at Busch Stadium in St. Louis (live on FOX Sports 1), where more than 28,000 tickets have already been sold (TICKETS).

    The U.S. improved to 8-3-1 all-time against England. Seven of those eight wins have come by shutout.

    The United States had many other moments to add to the scoring column, earning 10 corner kicks and a significant advantage in possession. However, the U.S. could not quite capitalize and England goalkeeper Karen Bardsley had a strong performance that included five saves.

    Goal Scoring Rundown:
    USA – Alex Morgan (Lauren Holiday), 25th minute: Morgan Brian started the sequence with a quick pass from the right flank to Holiday, who then crossed left-footed to Alex Morgan in the middle of the box. Morgan rose over England captain Steph Houghton and headed the ball toward the left of the frame. Goalkeeper Karen Bardley got her right glove on the shot, but it was not enough to prevent the ball from crossing the goal line as the USA scored the only goal it would need. USA 1, ENG 0 (SEE GOAL) (FINAL) 

    Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
    ENG – Steph Houghton, 21st minute: In one of the USA’s first attacking sequences in the first half, Morgan Brian collected the ball at the edge of the box and ripped a shot. However, England’s captain Houghton lunged in for the block and denied the opportunity. 

    ENG – Karen Bardsley, 40th minute: USA right back Ali Krieger received the ball from Abby Wambach at the edge of the box and tried to sneak a shot past Bardsley at the near right post, only to see Bardsley cover the space well for the save.

    ENG – Steph Houghton, 45th minute, +1: Left back Meghan Klingenberg crossed a dangerous ball into the box with Abby Wambach lurking in front of the goal. Instead, Houghton positioned herself in between to deflect the cross just wide right of the frame.

    USA – Ashlyn Harris, 56th minute: Until this point, England was without a shot on frame, but Fran Kirby ended that stretch with a pacey strike from well outside the box. Harris stretched for the clutch save, parrying the ball just enough to push it off the crossbar. That left a rebound opportunity, which Jodie Taylor got on the end of and placed into the back of the net. However, the assistant referee ruled that Taylor was offside, nullifying the goal.

    ENG – Karen Bardsley, 62nd minute: Alex Morgan looked to add to her goals total, escaping some contact from Laura Bassett and finding enough space to let off a left-footed shot toward the right post. Morgan did not quite get everything behind it, and Bardsley collected with the save to her left.

    USA – Ali Krieger, 90th minute, +4: England had one final moment to squeeze out an equalizer, but on Eniola Aluko’s cross from the right side into the six-yard box, Krieger headed clear to maintain the shutout.

    Milestone Watch:

    • With her 50th goal, Alex Morgan is now the 10th WNT player to reach that milestone. Morgan is now three goals behind ninth-place Carin Gabarra (53 goals from 1987-1996).
    • Abby Wambach became the sixth WNT player to earn 200 starts, joining Kristine Lilly (330), Christie Rampone (270), Julie Foudy (260), Mia Hamm (247) and Joy Fawcett (234). Wambach has now earned 234 caps, which also ranks sixth all-time.

    Next on the Schedule:
    The U.S. WNT returns to action at the 2015 Algarve Cup in Portugal, starting against Norway on Wednesday, March 4. Kickoff is at 2 p.m. ET at Vila Real de San Antonio.
    Broadcast information: FOX Sports 1
    Social: Twitter (@ussoccer_wnt; @ussoccer_esp); Facebook; Instagram 

    Additional Notes:

    • Head coach Jill Ellis made two starting lineup changes from the USA’s previous match against No. 3-ranked France.
    • Goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris earned her second straight cap and appeared for the sixth time in her career.
    • The back line included the center back pairing of Becky Sauerbrunn and Whitney Engen, Meghan Klingenberg on the left and Ali Krieger on the right. Krieger earns her first start of the year after coming off the bench against France.
    • The midfield in the USA’s 4-4-2 included Lauren Holiday and Morgan Brian in the center, Carli Lloyd on the left and Christen Press on the right.
    • Alex Morgan and Abby Wambach were paired up top. Wambach, who was a second-half sub against France, wore the captain’s armband.
    • Defender Crystal Dunn made her first appearance of the year and collected the 24th cap of her career, replacing Klingenberg in the 79th minute.
    • In the waning moments, Amy Rodriguez entered for Morgan in the 90th minute and Kelley O’Hara replaced Press in the second minute of stoppage time. 

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

    Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. England
    Date: Feb. 13, 2015
    Competition: International Friendly 
    Venue: stadiummk; Milton Keynes, England
    Kickoff: 3 p.m. ET
    Attendance: 14,369
    Weather: 41 degrees; Scattered clouds 

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

    USA – Alex Morgan (Lauren Holiday) 25th minute 

    Lineups:
    USA: 24-Ashlyn Harris; 11-Ali Krieger, 6-Whitney Engen, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 25-Meghan Klingenberg (22-Crystal Dunn, 79); 23-Christen Press (5-Kelley O’Hara, 90+2), 15-Morgan Brian, 12-Lauren Holiday, 10-Carli Lloyd; 13-Alex Morgan (8-Amy Rodriguez, 90), 20-Abby Wambach (capt.)
    Subs Not Used: 7-Shannon Boxx, 9-Heather O’Reilly, 14-Julie Johnston, 16-Lori Chalupny, 17-Tobin Heath, 19-Rachel Van Hollebeke, 21-Alyssa Naeher, 26-Tori Huster
    Head coach: Jill Ellis

    ENG: 1-Karen Bardsley; 2-Alex Scott, 5-Steph Houghton (capt.), 6-Laura Bassett (19-Jessica Clarke, 90), 3-Demi Stokes (14-Alex Greenwood, 70); 7-Jordan Nobbs (16-Fara Williams, 81), 8-Jill Scott, 4-Jo Potter (20-Eni Aliko, 79), 11-Karen Carney; 9-Jodie Taylor (22-Lianne Sanderson, 81), 10-Fran Kirby,
    Subs Not Used: 12-Gemma Bonner, 13-Siobhan Chamberlain, 15-Casey Stoney, 17-Katie Chapman, 18-Jade Moore, 21-Carly Telford
    Head coach: Mark Sampson 

    Stats Summary: USA / ENG
    Shots: 12 / 3
    Shots on Goal: 6 / 2
    Saves: 2 / 5
    Corner Kicks: 10 / 2
    Fouls: 3 / 7
    Offside: 1 / 1 

    Misconduct Summary:
    None

    Officials:
    Referee: Sandra Bastos (POR)
    Assistant Referee 1: Olga Almeida (POR)
    Assistant Referee 2: Maria Joao Freire (POR)
    Fourth Official: Lorraine Clark (SCO)

    Budweiser Woman of the Match: Christen Press

    U.S. Soccer to Host First "Girls Fantasy Camp" During 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup

    CHICAGO (Feb. 12, 2015) – U.S. Soccer will be hosting its first “Girls Fantasy Camp” during the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada, as a special fundraiser to support upcoming development initiatives and continue to grow the sport in the United States.

    The camp, open to girls of all skill levels born in the years 2000, 2001 and 2002, will consist of a seven-day training experience designed to mirror a National Team camp environment. The camp will be led by former Women’s National Team players, including camp director Lindsay Tarpley.

    “This is a very unique opportunity for young players,” said Tarpley, who played in the 2007 Women’s World Cup and the 2004 and 2008 Olympic Games. “It’s a chance to see what it is like to be a National Team player on one of the biggest stages, the World Cup. This is something everyone dreams about as a player, but few get to experience.” 

    U.S. Soccer will accept 18 players into the Girls Fantasy Camp in Winnipeg, from June 7-13. Camp dates will overlap two of the USA’s opening group stage matches against Australia on June 8 and Sweden on June 12. Camp participants will have the opportunity to enjoy behind-the-scenes access to a U.S. Women’s National Team training session, meet U.S. Soccer staff and attend daily training sessions with former Women’s National Team players.

    “We know the tournament will be thrilling for these young players who are at the start of their own competitive careers,” said Tarpley, who captained the USA to the championship at the inaugural FIFA U-19 Women’s World Cup in 2002. “We are even more excited to share the behind-the-scenes moments and share in the journey at the World Cup. It’s inspiring to see your favorite player train at a session before you set off on your own.” 

    U.S. Soccer is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Proceeds from the Girls Fantasy Camp will help fund important development initiatives to foster the next generation of inspirational coaches and players, including need-based scholarships for talented young players, high-performance national team programs and coaching education.

    Participation in the Girls Fantasy Camp is made possible through a generous and impactful donation to U.S. Soccer, part of which is tax deductible. Camp costs include accommodations, meals, daily training sessions, behind-the-scenes access to a U.S. WNT training session, ground transportation throughout the camp, National Team training gear and more.

    Space is limited. The Girls Fantasy Camp will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. If interested, please contact vip@ussoccer.org.

    In Focus: England Senior Women's Team

    England Senior Women's Team
    Current FIFA World Ranking: 6
    2015 Women’s World Cup Qualifying: Finished first in UEFA Group 6 (10-0-0; GF 52, GA 1)
    Women’s World Cup Finals Appearances: 4 – 1995 (7th), 2007 (7th), 2011 (7th), 2015
    Record vs. USA: 3-7-1
    Head Coach: Mark Sampson
    Championship Honors: None
    Leading Women’s World Cup Qualifying Scorer(s): Eniola Aluko (13)
    Key Players: Stephanie Houghton (Manchester City), Karen Carney (Birmingham City), Eniola Aluko (Chelsea Ladies), Lianne Sanderson (Arsenal), Alex Scott (Arsenal), Fara Williams (Liverpool)

    England Women's National Team Roster by Position:
    Goalkeepers (3): Karen Bardsley (Manchester City), Siobhan Chamberlain (Arsenal), Carly Telford (Notts County)
    Defenders (8): Anita Asante (Malmo), Laura Bassett (Notts County), Gemma Bonner (Liverpool), Alex Greenwood (Notts County), Steph Houghton (Manchester City), Alex Scott (Arsenal), Casey Stoney (Arsenal), Demi Stokes (Manchester City)
    Midfielders (8): Karen Carney (Birmingham City), Katie Chapman (Chelsea), Fran Kirby (Reading), Jade Moore (Birmingham City), Jordan Nobbs (Arsenal), Jo Potter (Birmingham City), Jill Scott (Manchester City), Fara Williams (Liverpool)
    Forwards (4): Eniola Aluko (Chelsea), Jess Clarke (Notts County), Lianne Sanderson (Arsenal), Jodie Taylor (Portland Thorns FC) 

    USA VS. ENGLAND:

    • The USA has played England just 11 times and only once since meeting in the quarterfinal of the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup in China, a 3-0 U.S. victory. Shannon Boxx, Abby Wambach and Kristine Lilly scored that day.
    • The most recent meeting came before the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup, a 2-1 loss for the USA in London.
    • The WNT holds a 7-3-1 all-time record against England. The first two meetings (1985 and 1988) were both U.S losses in games played in Italy in the third and 29th games ever played by the Women’s National Team. Since then, the USA has won seven of the nine matches with only one draw, which occurred during the Four Nations Tournament in China in 2007. The USA has outscored England 31-9 over the course of the series.
    • 11 of the 16 players who played against England in 2011 are on the USA’s roster for this match

    ENGLAND ROSTER NOTES

    • England has numerous players with ties to the USA. Goalkeeper Karen Bardsley grew up in Southern California and played for the SoCal Blues youth club and at Cal-State Fullerton. She was the Big West Goalkeeper of the Year in 2004, 2005 and 2006.
    • Bardsley, midfielder Katie Chapman, defenders Anita Asante and Alex Scott, and speedy forward Eniola Aluko all played in WPS.
    • Lianne Sanderson recently finished a highly successful stint with the NWSL’s Boston Breakers, while Jodie Taylor scored 11 goals for the Washington Spirit last season and is currently with the Portland Thorns.
    • England Women's record goal scorer Kelly Smith, who played a fantastic match against the USA during the 2011 friendly, announced her retirement from international soccer after a 20-year career. Smith, who scored 46 goals for the Lionesses, will continue to play domestic football for Arsenal. Smith made her England debut against Italy in 1995, earned 117 caps, scored 46 goals and played in the 2007 and 2011 Women’s World Cups, the Euros in 2001, 2005, 2009 and 2013 and played for Team GB at the Olympics in 2012.
    • It was a perfect ten for England on the road to Canada, as they won all of their qualifying matches against Ukraine, Wales, Turkey, Belarus and Montenegro, despite changing coaches four games into the campaign. In total, they scored 52 goals with Eniola Aluko netting a quarter of them (13) and conceded just once in 900 minutes.
    • The Three Lionesses scored 19 unanswered goals against Montenegro, with the only goal allowed to Olha Ovdiychuk in a 2-1 win over Ukraine in Lviv.
    • England has a good mix of youth and veteran players. Alex Scott and Fara Williams both have more than 100 caps.
    • Head coach Mark Sampson was appointed as Hope Powell's successor in December of 2013 and will be just 32 years old when he leads England into the FIFA Women's World Cup. Previously in charge of Bristol Academy, Sampson has been credited with bringing a more technical and creative side to the team's play, while encouraging a club style environment off the pitch.
    • This will be England's fourth appearance at a FIFA Women's World Cup, and they are grouped with France, Mexico and Colombia.
    • On their previous three occasions in 1995, 2007 and 2011 England have reached the quarterfinals. 

    LAST TIME

    On the field for the USA:
    Feb. 8, 2015 – Stade du Moustoir; Lorient, France

    USA                0         
    FRA                2          Eugénie Le Sommer, 50; Jessica Houara, 51

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

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

    On the field for the USA vs. ENG:
    April 2, 2011 – Matchroom Stadium; London, England

    USA                1          Megan Rapinoe, 39
    ENG               2          Jess Clark, 8; Rachel Yankey, 26

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

    Lineups:
    USA: 18-Nicole Barnhart (1-Hope Solo, 46); 11-Ali Krieger, 3-Christie Rampone (capt.), 19-Rachel Buehler, 6-Amy LePeilbet (14-Stephanie Cox, 46); 9-Heather O’Reilly, 7-Shannon Boxx, 10-Carli Lloyd, 15-Megan Rapinoe (17-Tobin Heath, 70); 8-Amy Rodriguez (13-Alex Morgan, 70), 20-Abby Wambach (12-Lauren Cheney, 62)
    Subs not used: 4-Yael Averbuch, 5-Lindsay Tarpley, 16-Lori Lindsey, 21-Kelley O’Hara, 22-Becky Sauerbrunn, 24-Ashlyn Harris, 25-Meghan Klingenberg
    Head Coach: Pia Sundhage

    ENG: 1-Karen Bardsley; 2-Alex Scott, 6-Casey Stoney, 5-Faye White (capt.) (21-Sophie Bradley, 68), 3-Rachel Unitt, 8-Jill Scott, 4-Fara Williams, 7-Jess Clarke, 10-Kelly Smith, 11-Rachel Yankey (19-Karen Carney, 75), 9-Ellen White
    Subs not used:  12-Anita Asante, 13-Rachel Brown, 14-Eniola Aluko, 15-Lindsay Johnson, 16-Sue Smith, 17-Steph Houghton, 18-Laura Bassett, 20-Claire Rafferty, 22-Siobhan Chamberlain, 23-Dunia Susi, 24-Natasha Dowie
    Head Coach: Hope Powell

    WNT Preps For Its 20th Algarve Cup

    The WNT has once again encamped on the beautiful southern coast of Portugal for the annual Algarve Cup. This year’s tournament takes on increased importance with the 2015 Women’s World Cup about 100 days away. With group matches against Norway, Switzerland and Iceland in a span of six days, the coaches and players are looking forward to the excellent competition as they continue the process of building towards the World Cup.

    Kristine Lilly's 2014 National Soccer Hall of Fame Induction Speech

    Former U.S. Women's National Team player Kristine Lilly is inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2014 along with Bob Bradley and Brian McBride. Lilly gave her induction speech at U.S. Soccer's Anniversary Dinner in San Francisco.

    WNT vs. England: Highlights - February 13, 2015

    Alex Morgan scored the 50th goal of her career and the U.S. Women's National Team notched its first win of the year, defeating No. 6-ranked England 1-0 in front of 14,369 spectators at stadiummk.

    WNT vs. England: Alex Morgan Goal - Feb. 13, 2015

    Alex Morgan scores the first goal of the match after a beautiful cross from Lauren Holiday. Watch the match live on Fox Sports 1 and Univision Deportes.

    One Nation. One Team. 23 Stories - WNT Trailer

    ussoccer.com’s “One Nation. One Team. 23 Stories.” returns in Spring of 2015 with the Women’s National Team. Stay tuned for information about the full release schedule!

    WNT Refocuses on England Clash

    After a tough 2-0 loss to France in Lorient, the WNT traveled to England to prep for its second match of 2015 against the up-and-coming Lionesses. While the weather was cold, the USA’s mentality heated up as the team zeroed in on another match against one of the world’s top teams.

    WNT vs. France: Highlights - Feb. 8, 2015

    France defeated the U.S. WNT 2-0 in front of a sell-out crowd in Lorient, France.

    WNT Bowlerama

    Getting out of the hotel for a night while in France, team bonding, and of course, some competition, all came together at the U.S. WNT Bowling Tournament. There were many pins knocked down, many more left standing, and in the end, a triumph for the “Bowling Brunettes.”

    WNT Preps for 2015 Opener on Picturesque Coast of France

    After an intense three-week camp in Los Angeles in January, the U.S. WNT has traveled to the picturesque western coast of France in preparation to face the hosts on Feb. 8 in Lorient. U.S. head coach Jill Ellis, as well as midfielder Tobin Heath and Christen Press, both of whom have experience in European soccer, preview the match against one of the world’s best teams.

    Increased Programming Boosts YNT Development

    The U.S. Youth National Teams are seeing a lot more of each other with an increase in programming and the addition of teams at the Under-16 and Under-19 levels. U.S. Women’s Technical Director April Heinrichs, who also runs the U-18 training camps, breaks down the changes and improvements.
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