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U.S. WNT Match Against Switzerland in Cary, North Carolina, is Sold Out

CHICAGO (July 25, 2014) – The U.S. Women’s National Team match against Switzerland on Wednesday, Aug. 20, at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, North Carolina, is sold out. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. ET and fans can watch the game live on ussoccer.com and also follow on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt and @ussoccer_esp.

The USA’s first match at WakeMed Soccer Park since the expansion to its current 10,000 capacity and the first sellout for the U.S. Women at this venue will also be the first meeting between the countries at the women’s senior level. This is a rare occurrence for the U.S. team, which has been playing international soccer for 29 years.

Switzerland is one of six nations that have already qualified for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup where it will join host Canada. Switzerland has won European Group 3 with one match left to play in qualifying, taking 25 points from nine games with an 8-0-1 record ahead of Iceland and Denmark. The achievement marks the first time Switzerland has qualified for a Women’s World Cup at the senior level.

WNT Qualifying Quest Begins

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

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

2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship to be Held in K.C., Chicago, D.C. and Philadelphia

CHICAGO (July 24, 2014) – The 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship, which will qualify three teams for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup, will be played in four host cities in the United States: Chicago, Kansas City, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C.

The tournament, which will take place from Oct. 15-26, features eight countries divided into two groups of four with the top two finishers in each group after round-robin play moving on to the semifinals. All the countries, including the U.S. Women’s National Team, will play one match in each of the three first-round venues. Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kansas, Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Illinois, and RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C., will each host two doubleheaders, one each for Groups A and B.

PPL Park in Philadelphia will host the semifinal matches on Oct. 24, along with the third-place match and championship games on Oct. 26. The two finalists and the winner of the third-place match will qualify directly for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada. The fourth-place team will enter a playoff with a South American country for a final berth.

“We are honored to serve as the local organizing committee for this tournament as we continue to support and grow women’s soccer in this region on a large scale,” said U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati. “The second season of the NWSL has been exciting to follow, and this tournament provides fans with another opportunity to see some of the best women’s soccer players in the world compete on the international level. With the tremendous success and popularity of the men’s World Cup here in the United States this summer, we are looking forward to carrying that momentum right through to the Women’s World Cup in Canada and beyond.”

The group stage matches for the tournament will all be played in cities with NWSL clubs, meaning several of the U.S. WNT players will get the chance to play in front of their hometown fans. The tournament begins at Sporting Park on Oct. 15 with the first two matches of Group A followed by the first two matches of Group B on Oct. 16. All eight teams will then move to Toyota Park where the Group A doubleheader matches will take place on Oct. 17 and Group B matches on Oct. 18. The teams will finish first round play at RFK Stadium with the Group A doubleheader games taking place on Oct. 20 and Group B on Oct. 21.

The final four teams will then move on to PPL Park for the last four games. The top two finishers in each group will cross over for the semifinal matches as the Group A winner will play the Group B runner-up and vice versa.

“We look forward to an exciting World Cup qualifying round played in the United States at some of the best stadiums in the world in front of passionate football fans," said CONCACAF President Jeffrey Webb.

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

As host of the Women’s World Cup, Canada has already secured its berth, so the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship will feature the USA, Mexico, Costa Rica (the Group II winner in the Central American qualifying tournament), Guatemala (the Group I winner in the Central American qualifying tournament) and the four semifinalists in the final round of the CFU Women’s Caribbean Cup, which will take place Aug. 19-26 in Trinidad & Tobago.

The final tournament schedule and kickoff times will be set at the Final Draw on Sept. 5 in Miami. Ticket information will be made available in the near future.

The U.S. last hosted the Women’s World Cup qualifying tournament in 2006 and split hosting responsibilities with Canada in 2002 when games were played in Seattle and Vancouver, Canada.

Up next for the U.S. WNT is a match against Switzerland on Aug. 20 at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, North Carolina. The match kicks off at 7:30 p.m. ET and will be live on ussoccer.com. Fans can also follow both games on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt. Tickets go on sale to the public Friday, July 25, at 10 a.m. ET through ussoccer.com, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and at all Ticketmaster ticket centers throughout the Triangle area (including many Walmart stores). Purchases will be limited to six tickets per household.

U.S. WNT to Face Switzerland in Cary, North Carolina, on Aug. 20

CHICAGO (July 16, 2014) – The U.S. Women’s National Team will face Switzerland on Wednesday, Aug. 20, at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, North Carolina, with kickoff set for 7:30 p.m. ET. Fans can watch the game live on ussoccer.com and can also follow along on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt and @ussoccer_esp.

The match will mark the first meeting between the sides at the women’s senior level, a rare occurrence for the U.S. team, which has been playing international soccer for 29 years.

Tickets go on sale to the public Friday, July 25, at 10 a.m. ET through ussoccer.com, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and at all Ticketmaster ticket centers throughout the Triangle area (including many Walmart stores). Purchases will be limited to six tickets per household. [Note: Tickets will only be sold at WakeMed Soccer Park on the day of the event.] Ultimate Fan Tickets (special VIP packages that include a premium ticket, a custom-made official U.S. National Team jersey with name and number, VIP access to the field before and after the game, and other unique benefits) are also available exclusively through ussoccer.com.

As a sponsor of U.S. Soccer, Visa is pleased to offer all Visa cardholders access to an advance ticket sale for this match before the sale to the general public. This advance sale starts Thursday, July 24, at 10 a.m. ET and runs until Friday, July 25, at 8 a.m. at ussoccer.com. Visa will be the only payment method accepted through the Visa presale and is the preferred card of U.S. Soccer. Terms and conditions apply.

Switzerland is one of six nations that have already qualified for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup where it will join host Canada. Switzerland has won European Group 3 with one match left to play in qualifying, taking 25 points from nine games with an 8-0-1 record ahead of Iceland and Denmark. The achievement marks the first time Switzerland has qualified for a Women’s World Cup at the senior level.

Additional Notes:

  • Switzerland will be the 25th European country the USA has faced in its history, although several of those countries no longer exist.
  • The game on Aug. 20 will be the sixth time the U.S. Women have played at WakeMed Soccer Park, and first since the venue was expanded to seat 10,000 fans.
  • The USA has strong connections to the Triangle area of North Carolina, with many former and several current players having attended North Carolina, including current midfielders Heather O’Reilly, Tobin Heath and Allie Long, defenders Whitney Engen, Crystal Dunn and Meghan Klingenberg and goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris.
  • The U.S. Women have previously played 11 matches in North Carolina – five in Cary, two in Charlotte, three in Davidson and one in Greensboro.
  • Lara Dickenmann, who plays for French power Olympic Lyon and played college soccer at Ohio State (where she was the Big Ten Freshman of the Year in 2004), leads Switzerland in Women’s World Cup qualifying with 10 goals. She also played for the New Jersey Wildcats and Jersey Sky Blue during her time in college.
  • Fabienne Humm has scored eight times for Switzerland in qualifying, as has former Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) player Ramona Bachmann, who played for the Atlanta Beat. Ana Maria Crnogorčević, who plays for Frankfurt in Germany, has six goals in qualifying.
  • Switzerland’s coach is former German international Martina Voss-Tecklenburg who played more than 100 matches for her country and played in the 1991, 1995 and 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cups as well as the 1996 Olympics.
  • The USA comes into the match with a 7-2-3 record in 2014.
  • The USA is currently ranked No. 1 in the world. Switzerland is 19th.

Coaching Q&A: Women's National Team Head Coach Jill Ellis

The U.S. Soccer Coaching Education Department continues a new series of articles to introduce coaches to its National Instructional Staff. Each month, the department will feature a Q&A with a member of the staff that will delve into his or her background and coaching experience.

The National Instructional Staff consists of top coaches from across the country, leading the sport in coaching education. We aim to share with coaches a small glimpse of our instructors' history, knowledge and expertise that they provide at U.S. Soccer educational events.

WNT vs. France: Highlights - June 19, 2014

Alex Morgan scored her first international goals of 2014 to help the U.S. earn a 2-2 draw against France.

Post-Match Quote Sheet: U.S. WNT vs. France

U.S. WNT head coach JILL ELLIS
Initial thoughts on the game and Alex Morgan’s performance:

I think every time we step on the field I’m learning some things. I thought it was a great show of character tonight and obviously Alex is coming back (into form). In the second half we stepped it up a bit and solved a few things, but France is a great opponent. I was really pleased with some of the adjustments and some of the things that we did and our transition I thought was very good tonight.”

On Morgan’s recovery from an ankle injury:
“I wasn’t expecting a lot out of her when I initially came in. Through the camp she’s done really well. In the games, she’s improved. I’m really pleased for her. She’s worked very, very hard to come back from this.”

On what she has emphasized since taking over as head coach:
“There are some qualities that we want to try and look at. When you have the full team together, you want start to do some things. We want to work on attacking shape and look at defensive transition. Those are things that we’re starting to build on.”

On second half adjustment:
“We played a little higher out of the back. That allowed us to connect to the midfield a little bit more. I think overall our ball movement was much better in the second half and we set the line a little bit higher defensively and then in the attack I felt like we were able to play out a little bit better.”

On what she was looking for from the game:
“I think we wanted some answers, not just in how we want to try and play but also looking at players and looking at players in different spots. I was very pleased with some of the things we saw tonight.”

U.S. WNT defender CHRISTIE RAMPONE
On Jill Ellis’ impact on the team thus far:

“This is the first time I’ve had her as a head coach and she’s really taking charge. She’s defining roles and we’ve done a lot of film work. It’s been only a few short days but I think the team has really done well under her and we are more defined and clear-cut, and I think she’s done well in these last two games for us.”

On playing different formations in preparing for the 2015 Women’s World Cup qualifying:
“It’s a process. We are starting a new formation, a 4-3-3. It’s only an extra thing in our pocket because we’ve been playing a 4-4-2 for so long. It’s a process of learning how to defend and attack out of it. There are moments of the game that we are finding it to click, and then we go back on watch film. It’s a process over this next year to define it and get it at the right tempo and the right pace so that we’re ready.”

On Alex Morgan’s return and contribution:
“It’s great to see Alex coming back on after being gone for so long and scoring those two goals. She looked great, she’s in stride. It’s good to see.”

On the flow of the game and difference between the first and second halves:
“We were just a little tight in the first half and not really finding the spaces in between our lines and the pockets. I think in the second half we opened up our shape a little bit and found those seams. And also Alex, when she came in, she stretched them a little bit so that allowed us to find the pockets underneath and connect a little bit more. Our tempo was also a little bit better in the second half.”

U.S. WNT goalkeeper ASHLYN HARRIS
On the match:

“A really exciting game. A tough game. I would have loved to have won. I would have loved to have had a shutout. But this is the type of environment we want to be in. We want people to put us under pressure. We want people to challenge us. It was a great crowd tonight. It’s been a long camp, and it was our second game, so some heavy legs. Overall I’m really proud of the team. I think they dug deep, gritted it out in a really physical match and I’m really pleased.”

On preparing to start in place of Hope Solo:
My job is to show up every day at training, give everything I have and if my name is called, I’m ready.”

On the physicality demanded of a goalkeeper:
“It’s tough. I come in with my hands; they come in with their feet. Sometimes it’s not a win-win. I just have to make myself as big as possible. If I take a knock, I’ve got to get back up and continue to do it. I’ve got to be as big as I can for my team. I knew coming out here today I was going to have to make some big saves and in doing that I have to put my body on the line.”

On the second goal scored by France:
“There was a lot of stuff going on, but at the end of the day we just needed to pressure harder. It took a deflection off Klingenberg’s calf. I was already leaning one way. It’s tough to get back and get down. The pitch got slick as the night wore on. It was a good goal, a good open opportunity for her, we’ve just got to tighten up here and there and make sure we don’t allow those types of shot at the top of the 18.”

On getting more time with the U.S. WNT:
“I’m super confident. Every day, playing with the best players in the world, our practices are absolutely top drawer quality. These players are insane. And they work and they work and they are always on the grind. It just makes me better every single day. I love being a part of it. I’m just a small piece of the puzzle, trying to climb my way up. These girls are great. They’re great people, great footballers. I think people are going to have a fun show watching these girls continue.”

U.S. WNT forward ALEX MORGAN
On jumping over the sign boards and celebrating with the fans after her first goal:

“I wanted to do something special actually. I thought about crying in the moment but it was still early in the game, no time for that. I just wanted to give appreciation to the American Outlaws for being here and coming out here tonight.”

On her first goal:
“To be honest, I don’t remember a lot of it. I just remember turning and seeing the far post open. I hit it as well as I could have and from there and I felt so happy.”

On how she feels about the team going forward:
“I just feel like, finally I’m back and doing what I am supposed to be doing; scoring goals. It feels good. This team has made a lot of progress in this formation under Jill. I see us continuing to improve and France gave their all. I think we played a really good team today and I’m happy that we fought back for the tie.”

On the process of returning from injury:
“The past few months have definitely been mentally draining and physically just trying to get my fitness back has not been the easiest. After getting a couple minutes the other night and 45 minutes tonight and hopefully a lot of minutes with my club team in the coming weeks, I think I’ll be back to 100 percent fit. I feel like my recovery is done, so I’m now looking forward to what else I can do to better myself on the field.”

On how valuable the two games against France were:
“It was a great game for the World Cup qualification tournament coming up in October. You can’t get a better team than France to come here to the U.S. and play us twice. It’s a great opportunity for us to try out new things, to see what works and what doesn’t. I think there’s a lot of positive to take from this moving forward into qualifiers.”

On her second goal:
“After the moment I thought it was a little similar to Clint’s (World Cup) goal, his first goal of the tournament when he cut the defender inside then slotted it. All I remember is being on the ground and the ball going in the back of the net and just feeling so happy to be able to tie the game up.”

U.S. WNT midfielder Carli Lloyd
On the match:

“I think we did some good things in the first half. We’re still working on things and I think we’re moving in the right direction. We’re slowly building. We had some good sequences. We just talked about a few tactical things in the first half. In the second half, we just went at them more. We had a little bit more grit and determination. We were tackling and scored some great goals. This is the first time in a really long time where we’ve played a team that’s pretty much up to our level. It was a fantastic night to play.”

On how playing France will help the team going forward:
“They were definitely throwing numbers at us. I think the first game we played them they did a really good job of countering us and I thought in the first half we did a good job of countering them in transition. They play good soccer. Anytime you give them space and time, they’re really good at moving the ball out, getting it out to the other side, playing in between those gaps and seams. The more we can stay compact, vertically and horizontally, the better off we’re going to be. This is Jill’s second game with us. I thought in two games in a 10-day span, we implemented some really good things and it’s only going to get better.”

On her presence as a leader on the field:
“I think I try to bring that every single game. We all lead in different ways. Hope leads in her way back there. Abby obviously is very vocal. I just try to lead by example and grit. Get the team going, set the standard with tackles and all of that. But obviously, those are two phenomenal players that we’re still missing on the pitch. So when we add those pieces in, we’re moving in the right direction that’s for sure.”

WNT vs. France: Post-Game Reactions - June 19, 2014

Alex Morgan scored both goals in a 2-2 draw with France in East Hartford, Connecticut. The goals were her first since June of 2013. U.S. head coach Jill Ellis, defender Christie Rampone, midfielder Carli Lloyd, goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris (who earned her third cap) and Morgan react to the tie with the talented French.

U.S. WNT Equalizes Twice as Morgan's Brace Earns 2-2 Draw with France

EAST HARTFORD, Connecticut (June 19, 2014) – U.S. Women’s National Team forward Alex Morgan scored her first international goals in seven months as she helped FIFA’s No. 1-ranked USA overcome two deficits to earn a 2-2 draw against No. 4 France in front of 14,695 fans at Rentschler Field.

The U.S. WNT also extended its record home unbeaten streak to 84 games having posted a 74-0-10 record since Nov. 6, 2004.

Goal Scoring Rundown:
FRA – Louisa Necib (penalty), 27th minute: In the sequence leading up to a penalty kick call, France’s Elodie Thomis chipped the ball over the USA defense toward the left side of the box. France playmaker Louisa Necib and USA goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris made a dash toward the corner of the six-yard box. Harris slid to deflect the ball away, but she was ruled to have made contact with Necib’s leg, resulting in a penalty. Necib shot down the middle as Harris guessed to her right to give France the lead. USA 0, FRA 1

USA – Alex Morgan (Allie Long), 56th minute: Alex Morgan, playing in just her second match this year, found her scoring touch and looked to be fully recovered from an ankle injury that kept her out for seventh months. Midfielder Allie Long, making just her second start, played threaded a pass to Morgan in the middle of the field. Morgan made space at the top of the penalty area and drilled a left-footed strike from 25 yards out that deflected off the inside of the left post and past France goalkeeper Sarah Bouhaddi. Morgan then jumped over the signboards behind the goal to celebrate the equalizer with the fans. It was Morgan’s first goal of the year and first goal since she recorded a brace against Canada on June 2, 2013. USA 1, FRA 1

FRA – Amandine Henry (unassisted), 68th minute: France dispossessed the USA in midfield and launched a lightning-quick attack up the middle. Ali Krieger broke things up, but her clearance wound up at the foot of Amandine Henry, who ran onto the ball a yard inside the box on the right side and fired just inside the right post past a diving Ashlyn Harris to retake the lead. The ball took a nasty deflection off a U.S. defender to wrong-foot Harris. USA 1, FRA 2

USA – Alex Morgan (Tobin Heath), 85th minute: Second-half sub Tobin Heath took the quick throw-in from the left side to Alex Morgan and the energetic forward weaved her way through two France defenders for a right-footed shot. France goalkeeper Sarah Bouhaddi got a foot on it, but did not do enough to prevent the ball from bouncing into the net. USA 2, FRA 2

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
FRA – Laura Georges, 7th minute: France defender Laura Georges was called upon several times in the early moments to break up the USA attack. She had an important clearance when U.S. right back Ali Krieger sprinted up the right side and crossed toward Carli Lloyd. Her redirect was trickling toward the net, but Georges got to the ball in the six-yard box to keep the USA off the score sheet.

FRA – Sarah Bouhaddi, 12th minute: Though it was a fairly routine save, France goalkeeper Sarah Bouhaddi was sure-handed on Sydney Leroux’s strike from the left side. The USA’s first shot on frame had some pace on it, and Bouhaddi secured it en route to a pair of saves in the first 45 minutes.

USA – Ashlyn Harris, 75th minute: With the lead, France was in no hurry to take its set pieces, and shortly after a Necib corner kick, she got the ball back and crossed from the left side. Eugenie Le Sommer was in the area, but U.S. goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris alertly left her line and dove in front of Le Sommer for an important catch.

USA – Ashlyn Harris, 88th minute: Louisa Necib played a perfect lead pass toward Gaetane Thiney in the middle of the box giving her a one-on-one chance. Ashlyn Harris made an aggressive rush to stop Thiney’s shot but initiated a hard, yet brave collision. It took some time for Harris to recover, but the sacrifice preserved the U.S. draw.

Milestone Watch:

  • Alex Morgan scored her 45th and 46th goals, passing Julie Foudy (45 goals) for 10th on the all-time goal scoring list.
  • Heather O’Reilly moved into sole possession of seventh on the all-time caps list with her 205th appearance, passing Tiffeny Milbrett (204 caps from 1991-2005).
  • Carli Lloyd moved into a 13th-place tie in all-time caps with former U.S. WNT goalkeeper Briana Scurry with her 173rd cap.
  • With her second-half appearance, defender Christie Rampone reaches 294 caps. She is second all-time behind Kristine Lilly (352 caps from 1987-2010).

Next on the Schedule:
No future international friendly matches have been announced at this time. The USA will be looking forward to CONCACAF Women’s World Cup qualifying, which will take place in the United States in October.
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Additional Notes:

  • The USA is 14-0-2 in the all-time series against France.
  • The U.S. WNT is now 8-2-2 in 2014.
  • U.S. WNT head coach Jill Ellis went with a starting lineup that featured Ashlyn Harris in goal as she made her first appearance of 2014 and third appearance of her career. Regular starting goalkeeper Hope Solo was unavailable due to a family commitment.
  • The back line featured two changes from the previous game against France, with Meghan Klingenberg at left back and Whitney Engen at center back. Right back Ali Krieger and center back Becky Sauerbrunn retained their starting roles.
  • The midfield trio in the 4-3-3 formation remained unchanged with Allie Long, Carli Lloyd and Lauren Holiday.
  • Carli Lloyd wore the captain’s armband.
  • The starting front three included one lineup change from the last game with Heather O’Reilly getting the nod. Sydney Leroux and Christen Press returned to the starting lineup.
  • All-time goal scoring leader Abby Wambach (167 goals) was once again unavailable for selection Thursday as she returns from a knee injury that occurred during a June 1 match in National Women’s Soccer League play.
  • At the start of the second half, Ellis made her first two substitutions as Christie Rampone entered for Engen and Alex Morgan replaced O’Reilly.
  • Tobin Heath replaced Long in the 60th minute.
  • In the 79th minute, Kelley O’Hara replaced Klingenberg and Amy Rodriguez joined the attack in place of Leroux.
  • O’Reilly, Press and Sauerbrunn are the only WNT players to have appeared in all 12 matches in 2014.

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

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. France
Date: June 19, 2014
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Rentschler Field; East Hartford, Conn.
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. ET
Attendance: 14,695
Weather: 78 degrees, humid

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

FRA- Louisa Necib (penalty)              27th minute
USA- Alex Morgan (Allie Long)          56
FRA- Amandine Henry                       68
USA- Alex Morgan (Tobin Heath)      85

Lineups:
USA: 24-Ashlyn Harris; 11-Ali Krieger, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 6-Whitney Engen (3-Christie Rampone, 46), 25-Meghan Klingenberg (5-Kelley O’Hara, 79); 15-Allie Long (17-Tobin Heath, 60), 10-Carli Lloyd (capt.), 12-Lauren Holiday; 9-Heather O’Reilly (13-Alex Morgan, 46), 2-Sydney Leroux (8-Amy Rodriguez, 79), 23-Christen Press
Subs Not Used: 7-Morgan Brian, 18-Nicole Barnhart
Head Coach: Jill Ellis

FRA: 16-Sarah Bouhaddi; 8-Jessica Houara, 2-Wendy Renard, 4-Laura Goerges, 24-Julie Soyer; 6-Amandine Henry, 15-Elise Bussaglia, 14-Louisa Necib, 12- Elodie Thomis; 9-Eugenie Le Sommer (10-Camille Abily, 84), 17-Gaetane Thiney (18-Marie Laure Delie, 89)
Subs Not Used: 1-Celine Deville, 3-Laure Boulleau, 5-Sabrina Delannoy,  7-Viviane Asseyi, 11-Laetitia Tonazzi, 13-Pauline Crammer, 19-Marina Makanza, 20-Anaig Butel, 21-Laetitia Phiippe, 22-Amel Hamraoui, 23-Kheria Hamraoui, 25-Ines Jurena
Head Coach: Philippe Bergeroo

Stats Summary: USA / FRA
Shots: 11 / 8
Shots on Goal: 6 / 3
Saves: 1 / 4
Corner Kicks: 4 / 1
Fouls: 5 / 14
Offside: 1 / 5

Misconduct Summary:
None

Officials:
Referee: Quetzalli Alvarado (MEX)
Assistant Referee 1: Felisha Mariscal (USA)
Assistant Referee 2: Mayte Chavez (MEX)
Fourth Official: Kristen Salazar (USA)

Budweiser Woman of the Match: Alex Morgan

Studio 90: U.S. WNT Preps for Second Leg With France

The U.S. WNT will face France on July 19 at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Conn., hoping to build on the 1-0 victory in the first match between the teams on June 14. U.S. head coach Jill Ellis and midfielders Carli Lloyd, Heather O'Reilly and Lauren Hoilday preview the rematch against a talented French side.

WNT Qualifying Quest Begins

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

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

Coaching Q&A: Women's National Team Head Coach Jill Ellis

The U.S. Soccer Coaching Education Department continues a new series of articles to introduce coaches to its National Instructional Staff. Each month, the department will feature a Q&A with a member of the staff that will delve into his or her background and coaching experience.

The National Instructional Staff consists of top coaches from across the country, leading the sport in coaching education. We aim to share with coaches a small glimpse of our instructors' history, knowledge and expertise that they provide at U.S. Soccer educational events.

Quote Sheet: New WNT Head Coach Jill Ellis and U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati

Opening remarks and introduction of U.S. WNT head coach Jill Ellis:
Sunil Gulati: “ Jill Ellis will become the eighth coach of our Women’s National Team in our history. We’re very excited that Jill has agreed to take the team through the World Cup and beyond. We had a pretty short and focused process since we made the decision (to change coaches) about a month ago. In that process we interviewed three candidates that were finalists with a search committee that consisted of Dan Flynn, April Heinrichs, and myself, and from that group we decided that Jill was the best candidate. We didn’t consider any current NWSL coaches. The thought of doing double-duty or waiting until they were available didn’t make sense to us. In Jill, we have someone who knows our program, who has been extraordinarily successful, who has coached the team very recently with success, and we are very confident in her abilities to lead the team forward. The marching orders are pretty straightforward from our perspective- and her own view and from the team- and that is success next summer in Canada and in Rio a year later….We should also mention that we have also announced today, along with CONCACAF, that we will host the CONCACAF Qualifying Tournament for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in the United States. That will be in October, so Jill has already brought us good luck in that sense that we will be playing at home.”

Initial thoughts and feelings about being named head coach:
Jill Ellis: “Sunil, thank you so much. I’m truly honored and humbled by this opportunity. I want to thank Sunil and Dan Flynn for their investment in me and this tremendous opportunity. I’m really excited to get going. I actually love the fact that qualifiers are right around the corner and the World Cup is next year because it does bring laser focus. I feel like I have a very good handle on the current core of players. I’m excited to bring them in and start to gel and get ready for qualifiers. To echo Sunil, I’m delighted that we will be playing on home turf for those qualifiers.”

On why she withdrew from consideration during the last head coach search:
JE : “I think it was a personal and a timing issue for me. I had been involved with Pia Sundhage’s staff in 2008 and I have worked for U.S. Soccer since then, and obviously I was still at UCLA. Having done double-duty in two roles for a long time and then really focusing on my youth role, I really didn’t think that the timing was right for me. Since then, I have moved and my personal life is a little bit different but I just recognize that this is a unique opportunity. It felt right. My energy is there and the excitement of moving forward with this group is a huge honor.”

On why Ellis was hired and what characteristics she possesses:
SG: “We think Jill’s got all the right credentials in terms of experience and how she relates to the players. We’ve been able to see that first hand in the two times she’s been with the senior team and previously with our youth teams. She gets top marks in all the work she’s been doing on the technical side with all of our programs over the last several years. It’s all of those things; it’s ability, it’s leadership, it’s experience, it’s success, and more recently working with the senior team.”

On why the CONCACAF Qualifying Tournament for the 2015 Women’s World Cup was moved to the U.S:
SG : “In terms of the CONCACAF tournament, the original plan was to host the tournament in Mexico. They had some issues with the venues that they had been planning to use. We talked with Mexico and with CONCACAF and we were happy to step up, and CONCACAF was pleased with that possibility. It was a relatively straightforward move.”

On the time until the World Cup:
SG: “I don’t quite view it with the same urgency that some people have said. It’s not as if the team has been idle for a long period of time. They’ve been playing regular games with mixed results. The players, unlike a situation when we didn’t have a league, are playing week in and week out and there are 13 months until the Women’s World Cup with a Qualifying Tournament between now and then. The urgency in terms of success in the tournament has little to do with the fact that it’s in Canada. This team wants to succeed every time we step into a World Championship or Olympics, or frankly any time they are on the field. That’s the goal. There’s plenty of time for Jill to get the team playing the way she’d like it to, playing the way we’re capable of and being on the winner’s stand next summer.”

On her knowledge of the players and goals for the team as the head coach:
JE: “My familiarity with the players is a huge plus for me because I’ve worked with these players in the youth program and I have seen the younger players who have come in and integrated with the veterans. I have a really good feel for the players, and they are in a good environment right now. The focus for me will be about bringing in players, and the initial piece will be about trying to establish a starting core and start to build relationships to get ready for qualifiers. As always, after qualifying, it’s then about looking and reassessing again. That’s a normal process that you go through once you get through qualifiers. Often those rosters aren’t the same from qualifiers to World Cup. Not beating around the bush, I know the expectation, I embrace the expectation. I know that we want to win and I think that this group is capable of winning. That’s what we want. It is always the expectation, and people have asked me if that’s something that’s intimidating, and I say ‘no’ because when you work for U.S. Soccer, it is about winning gold medals and being on the first place podium. It’s just a tremendous opportunity. I relish it.”

On when venues will be announced for the CONCACAF Qualifying Tournament:
SG : “I’m not sure exactly when that will happen. It will be in conjunction with CONCACAF. I would guess in June, but they may choose to have us announce that a little bit later given that the men’s tournament is going on. Certainly during the next month or month-and-a-hal,f I would think is when we would announce the venues. We have a lead on it already.”

On feelings about her history and knowledge of current players:
JE: “The only two players I haven’t directly coached as a head coach have been Abby [Wambach] and Christie [Rampone]. All of the other players, I was with the U-21s and the U-20s. How does that help me? I could very readily say to the players that these are the areas we need to continue to refine and get better to help us be successful. Knowing their strengths and the mentality is going to be important as well. Being connected to the youth, I’ve seen the U-20s from the last group. Julie Johnston and Morgan Brian; I have seen them competing. I think it gives me a really good handle of not just what’s in front of me but what’s also potentially coming down the line. With this group, the core has been established and what I love about them is they do embrace the new players. This group is locked on, they want to win. For the veteran players, bringing younger players in that can help the core, they are open and welcome to that. Abby is a tremendous role model. I think she will continue to have a major role with this team. On and off the field, she brings so much to this group. Alex Morgan hasn’t been in for quite a while. She’s been hurt. I know she’s now returning to some modified training but she will obviously be very welcome back. In her absence, Sydney Leroux has stepped up and established herself. We have a really good blend of younger players and experienced players. The common denominator is that they’re just very, very hungry to win this World Cup.”

On seeing current players in the youth programs and existing relationships:
JE: “The first time I saw Sydney, she had black and white hair and she was 14 years old and scored one of the best youth goals I have ever seen. I’ve known Sydney for a long, long time and coached her in college. I remember seeing Carli [Lloyd] with the U-21s and I went over to her and I said ‘I’ve not seen a female strike a ball as well as you do.’ Heather O’Reilly’s mentality, Megan Rapinoe’s creativity, and all of those things I saw when they were young players. It’s been awesome to see them progress and now be big personalities for our senior team. Lauren Holiday and Rapinoe were I think 18-years-old and I was over in Europe with them. Just to see where they are now, it’s a credit to them and it’s a credit to our process and what U.S. Soccer is layered in.”

On filling the vacancy of Women’s Youth Development Director left by the hiring of Ellis as head coach:
SG: “The process has started about how we would fill the role and the vacancy. Since April was part of the search committee we talked about that some. I don’t think we will bring on an individual in the immediate future in the next few weeks. But, we are talking about how we might shift some responsibilities of some people that are involved in the program already and down the road, that could be this year, have someone else on a full-time basis. Jill will obviously be completely focused on the Women’s National Team but has lots of experience there so she can certainly step in when needed in terms of overall guidance with some of our youth teams.”

On the hiring process now in comparison to the last search for a head coach:
SG: “The process wasn’t that much different. We had a lot of candidates the last time, it’s how many we chose to interview. We had a lot of interest this time but chose to interview three people. In the last go-round, we had chosen to interview six. It certainly would have been seven had Jill not withdrawn from the process. That part of the process isn’t dissimilar. The timing is different because it’s 13 months until the World Cup. Therefore the focus has to be much more on the short term preparation of the National Team. On the other hand, Jill has a much greater knowledge of our programs and our youth programs and the technical side of our programs than virtually any candidate that we talked to last time. She could still do some of that, I won’t say with her eyes closed but with her eyes wide open, when there’s time to do that. The focus is very much on the job description which is to win next summer.”

On players' positive comments about her as a coach:
JE: “In the interim everyone loves you (laughter). But connecting with players is a part of who I am as a coach. Building relationships so there is a trust there so you can have challenging conversations. While it is obviously very nice and appreciated, what it said to me is that who I am and what I am about as far as relating to players is important, even to the senior players. It was great to get their vote of confidence, and now it’s creating an environment where they’re continuing to be bought in to the process and the whole team environment.”

On how she sees herself fitting into the evolution of the U.S. WNT’s style of play:
JE: “I think, first of all, I have an appreciation for the game and I love to see the game played in an aesthetic way. I was actually at the game in 2011 when Japan beat Germany in Germany and I think it was a little bit of a tipping point for the women’s game because, suddenly, having the ball was the priority. For me, personally, being able to keep possession, create more chances, build from back to front through the midfield, is very, very important. But I also recognize that we do have unique qualities. We have technical players and we have technical athletes, as well. Much like the modern game, the counter is going to be a part of our weaponry just because of the pace and the precision that we have to make that pass. But also, you must be able to control the tempo of the game. I think that’s the style that I’ve always believed in. I think the players I tried to recruit at UCLA were players that could definitely, in the midfield area, keep possession of the ball. So, for me, the game has to meet the challenges and the opponents will sometimes sit in on us and we have to be thoughtful with movement and tempo, and there will be teams that will press us and we have to be able to punish teams with a counter. I certainly think that aesthetics and efficiency will be key for me.”

On whether or not any qualifying matches for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in the U.S. will be played on turf:
SG: “We haven’t decided on the venues so I can’t comment on that. When we do, is it possible that some of matches will be played on artificial surface? Yes, it’s possible, but since we haven’t selected any venues yet, I can’t say for sure.”

On how much the two matches Ellis coached as an interim head coach affected the decision to hire her:
SG: “None of the these things come down to one specific game, and certainly not friendly games when Jill had the team for a few weeks. Obviously we were able to observe her interaction with the players and so on, but they weren’t directly impactful.”

Ellis Takes the Reins

They say timing is everything, but perhaps putting in the time is everything.

In the case of new U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Jill Ellis, that time began as a 15-year-old coming to America from Portsmouth, England, with a passion for soccer shared by few women in 1981, or at least millions less than in 2014.

The daughter of a soccer coach, Ellis grew up in the American soccer system. She won a national club title at the under-19 level, had a stellar playing career at the College of William and Mary and went on to coach more than 300 NCAA Division I matches.  Along the way, she coached at virtually every level of the U.S. Women’s National Team programs, watching several generations of female players grow from teenagers into seasoned and highly successful professionals with the U.S. Women’s National Team, which became the most successful women’s soccer team in the world.


Q & A with Mary Harvey

ussoccer.com: Could you give a brief overview of the trip, beginning from when you were invited to go?

Mary Harvey: “We received an email from Pam Perkins at U.S. Soccer saying, ‘We have an envoy trip to Jordan,’ and, ‘Is anyone interested in going?’ I hit reply and said, ‘Oh my God, this is going to be an amazing trip,’ because here is what Jordan is doing to promote girls’ and women’s soccer and wrote all these things I knew: Prince Ali’s efforts, they’re hosting the Under-17 Women’s World Cup in 2015, they have a foundation called the Asian Football Development Project that’s investing in the Gulf and Middle East regions. They’re really doing a lot. I was like, this is a great opportunity, you should send somebody big like Mia or Brandi or Foudy. Then they came back and said, ‘Well, congratulations, you’re going.’ I was like, ‘No, no, you missed the point. Send someone, someone’s heard of!’ And they ended up sending me and I was obviously really excited that Danielle Slaton’s going. In preparation, the embassy in Jordan reached out to the Jordanian Football Association, as well as different schools in the area, public schools and universities, and put together a program for us. We then got on a conference and Danielle and I gave our input on different things. We asked for a couple things. The things we asked for were, we’d like to do something with the embassy’s kids themselves. We did that in Iraq and it seemed to be really appreciated. We also wanted to potentially have a round-table discussion with people in power to make decisions around access to sport for girls, and so they added that as well.”

From Crepes to Peladas, U.S. WNT Immersed in Algarve

As the team with the most championships at the Algarve Cup since its inception in 1994, the U.S. Women’s National Team has certainly produced on the field, but that doesn’t mean that they didn’t enjoy their time off it. Here are six memorable clips from the U.S. WNT during their previous trips to the Algarve region:

Portugal 101 with HAO: Heather O’Reilly’s tour of Albufeira in 2009 once again proved her worth as a tour guide and gave fans a look at the area where the U.S. team stayed for years at the tournament. It seems her degree in education is definitely paying off, although her cartography skills could use a little work. To learn the basics about Albufeira and the U.S. WNT’s experience there, give this tour with HAO a watch. If you enjoy O’Reilly’s tour guide skills, here is a similar video when she showed us around Guangdong Olympic Stadium in China way back in 2007.

Secret Diet of Champions: Watch the U.S. WNT players treat themselves with these made-to-order crepes in 2007, followed by an attempt at a crepe-making from defender Heather Mitts. The final result received rave reviews from the team, even Aly Wagner, the ultimate crepe critic. (Warning: This crepe making and eating might produce hunger and crepe cravings.) But as shown in the video, “the bananas make it healthy,” and helped spur the U.S. WNT to a title that year.

Life of Two Souvenir Connoisseurs: Watch Megan Rapinoe and Lori Lindsey as they spend the afternoon souvenir shopping near the U.S. WNT’s hotel in the Albufeira, Portugal, in search of a perfect gift for each other.

Creative Soccer Tennis: Tobin Heath and Yael Averbuch got creative with their soccer tennis at the team’s hotel in Portugal in 2013. Hopefully the other guests didn’t mind too much as Heath and Averbuch turned the location into their own personal playground. Watch as they use people, pillows, chairs, plants and swimming pools as their net before winning the 2013 Algarve Cup.

The Other 2009 Algarve Cup: The spirit of the 2009 Sandcastle Competition forever lives on within the rivalries among the forwards, midfielders, defenders and goalkeepers. The sandcastle building teams, divided by position, put forth total effort, but alas, there could only be one winner. Watch as the champions celebrate and attribute the win to their excellent teamwork.

Can You Spell Pelada? Heath and Averbuch entertain yet again in their 2011 Trick Shot Battle. The “goal” was to spell pelada, the Portuguese word for a kick-around or pickup game. They earned letters by scoring trick shots, and whoever got to all six letters first wins. Also, watch the video that started it all, the original Ball Trick Battle from 2006 featuring Heath and Casey Nogueira.

Rampone Returns to Her Roots

It’s a story almost too amazing to be true.

Around 1920, a Scottish immigrant named William Dowie traveled to the New World in search of the American dream, leaving behind a 10-year career as a goalkeeper for Raith Rovers, a small club founded in 1883 in Kirkcaldy, about 45 miles east of Glasgow.

Is it possible that nearly 92 years later his great-granddaughter would return to Scotland – Glasgow, in fact! – to captain the United States in the 2012 Olympics?

It is. And she has.

U.S. captain Christie Rampone (née Pearce) grew up knowing only her great-grandfather’s name, that he was from Scotland, and that he might have played professional soccer around the turn of the century, but little else.

On the USA’s trip to Scotland in April of 2011 (piggybacked off a match in London) to play a closed-door scrimmage during the Women’s World Cup preparations, Rampone mentioned her Scottish roots to U.S. Women’s National Team press officer Aaron Heifetz, who took this wee bit of information and asked the Scottish Football Association if it was possible to track down anything else on her great-grandfather.

The USA’s team liaison, Shirley, placed a few calls to the proper folks back at the federation headquarters in Glasgow and struck gold. Lo and behold, in a country that can trace its history as an independent sovereign state back to the early Middle Ages and seems to chronicle that history – especially the football history – extremely well, they found some information on Mr. Bill Dowie.

In the humorously-named Always Next Season: 125 Years of Raith Rovers Football Club, there is a listing for a goalkeeper named William Dowie, who played for the club from 1905-1915. He was signed from Dunnikier Athletic and played 130 games for Raith, oddly scoring two goals! (Maybe on penalty kicks?)

A phone call to Christie’s mom (William Dowie’s granddaughter) back in New Jersey revealed he was born in 1886, which would have made him a very appropriate 19 years old when he debuted for Raith Rovers. Mrs. Pearce also said he came over to the United States at the age of 34, which would have been in 1920, five years after he had finished his career at Rovers. Once again, entirely plausible.

In the book, Dowie was described thusly in a report on a match from around 1905:

“Rovers’ young goalkeeper Dowie was a veritable octopus in goal, and gave a marvelous display of fistic prowess, punching the ball clear in all directions and repeatedly over the bar.”

And we thought Christie’s amazing athleticism came from her father’s side of the family? She has never been called an octopus, though.
Rampone
In 1906, Dowie helped preserve a win over St. Bernards, who were granted a penalty kick late in the game, but “Bill Dowie saved both the kick and the rebound.”

The real find in the book, though, was a picture of William Dowie. After staring intently at the photo, Christie said that he did in fact look like her uncle Bill Dowie (the name was passed down), her mom’s brother.

By the time Rampone returned to Scotland for the Olympics, word had spread that the captain of the USA had some real Scottish blood

That fact has made her popular with the Scottish media in Glasgow, who are intrigued and excited about her story and have almost embraced her as one of their own.

In fact, a crew from the Olympic Broadcasting Service, which is in charge of producing content for all the Olympics rights holders, produced a feature on Rampone. The crew traveled to Raith Rovers to find out some more about Bill Dowie, came back with even more photos of their former goalkeeper and got a jersey signed for Rampone by the current team. In fact, the folks at the club were over the moon that Rampone had returned “home.”

Perhaps the best thing about the story is that Bill Dowie, despite leaving this world years ago, has brought his family together in his homeland.

No fewer than 16 members of the Dowie/Pearce clan were inspired to come to Scotland to experience the country of their ancestor.

“The cool thing is I never would have discovered any of this had I not made it to the national team and played long enough to travel to Scotland last year and then make it to this Olympics,” said Rampone. “We never really had any information on him and we’ve all learned a lot. My mother wasn’t originally coming to the first two games, and then my uncle decided to come when he found out it was in Scotland, then my aunt jumped on board…it’s pretty special to have so many family members here in the bRamponeirthplace of my great-grandfather.”

Neither Rampone’s mom nor her own father (who worked on ships to carve out a better life for his family) played soccer, so the soccer gene seems to have skipped two generations. In retrospect, perhaps all those genes were saved up for the U.S. captain, who at age 37 and after having two children is still one of the fittest, fastest and strongest players on the U.S. team.

What Rampone appreciates most is the warm welcome she has received in Scotland. It’s an Olympic memory she’ll carry forever.  

“The reception has been fantastic,” said Rampone. “I never even thought they would take me under their wing as one of their own. Even though I’m from a different country, part of me is from Scotland, and they’ve been supporting me like a long-lost daughter. I hope the Scottish fans appreciate our team and our team spirit. We’ll always remember Glasgow fondly. It’s been pretty cool.”

Suffice it to say, William Wallace would have been honored to ride with Rampone.

U.S. WNT Match Against Switzerland in Cary, North Carolina, is Sold Out

CHICAGO (July 25, 2014) – The U.S. Women’s National Team match against Switzerland on Wednesday, Aug. 20, at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, North Carolina, is sold out. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. ET and fans can watch the game live on ussoccer.com and also follow on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt and @ussoccer_esp.

The USA’s first match at WakeMed Soccer Park since the expansion to its current 10,000 capacity and the first sellout for the U.S. Women at this venue will also be the first meeting between the countries at the women’s senior level. This is a rare occurrence for the U.S. team, which has been playing international soccer for 29 years.

Switzerland is one of six nations that have already qualified for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup where it will join host Canada. Switzerland has won European Group 3 with one match left to play in qualifying, taking 25 points from nine games with an 8-0-1 record ahead of Iceland and Denmark. The achievement marks the first time Switzerland has qualified for a Women’s World Cup at the senior level.

2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship to be Held in K.C., Chicago, D.C. and Philadelphia

CHICAGO (July 24, 2014) – The 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship, which will qualify three teams for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup, will be played in four host cities in the United States: Chicago, Kansas City, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C.

The tournament, which will take place from Oct. 15-26, features eight countries divided into two groups of four with the top two finishers in each group after round-robin play moving on to the semifinals. All the countries, including the U.S. Women’s National Team, will play one match in each of the three first-round venues. Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kansas, Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Illinois, and RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C., will each host two doubleheaders, one each for Groups A and B.

PPL Park in Philadelphia will host the semifinal matches on Oct. 24, along with the third-place match and championship games on Oct. 26. The two finalists and the winner of the third-place match will qualify directly for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada. The fourth-place team will enter a playoff with a South American country for a final berth.

“We are honored to serve as the local organizing committee for this tournament as we continue to support and grow women’s soccer in this region on a large scale,” said U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati. “The second season of the NWSL has been exciting to follow, and this tournament provides fans with another opportunity to see some of the best women’s soccer players in the world compete on the international level. With the tremendous success and popularity of the men’s World Cup here in the United States this summer, we are looking forward to carrying that momentum right through to the Women’s World Cup in Canada and beyond.”

The group stage matches for the tournament will all be played in cities with NWSL clubs, meaning several of the U.S. WNT players will get the chance to play in front of their hometown fans. The tournament begins at Sporting Park on Oct. 15 with the first two matches of Group A followed by the first two matches of Group B on Oct. 16. All eight teams will then move to Toyota Park where the Group A doubleheader matches will take place on Oct. 17 and Group B matches on Oct. 18. The teams will finish first round play at RFK Stadium with the Group A doubleheader games taking place on Oct. 20 and Group B on Oct. 21.

The final four teams will then move on to PPL Park for the last four games. The top two finishers in each group will cross over for the semifinal matches as the Group A winner will play the Group B runner-up and vice versa.

“We look forward to an exciting World Cup qualifying round played in the United States at some of the best stadiums in the world in front of passionate football fans," said CONCACAF President Jeffrey Webb.

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

As host of the Women’s World Cup, Canada has already secured its berth, so the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship will feature the USA, Mexico, Costa Rica (the Group II winner in the Central American qualifying tournament), Guatemala (the Group I winner in the Central American qualifying tournament) and the four semifinalists in the final round of the CFU Women’s Caribbean Cup, which will take place Aug. 19-26 in Trinidad & Tobago.

The final tournament schedule and kickoff times will be set at the Final Draw on Sept. 5 in Miami. Ticket information will be made available in the near future.

The U.S. last hosted the Women’s World Cup qualifying tournament in 2006 and split hosting responsibilities with Canada in 2002 when games were played in Seattle and Vancouver, Canada.

Up next for the U.S. WNT is a match against Switzerland on Aug. 20 at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, North Carolina. The match kicks off at 7:30 p.m. ET and will be live on ussoccer.com. Fans can also follow both games on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt. Tickets go on sale to the public Friday, July 25, at 10 a.m. ET through ussoccer.com, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and at all Ticketmaster ticket centers throughout the Triangle area (including many Walmart stores). Purchases will be limited to six tickets per household.

U.S. WNT to Face Switzerland in Cary, North Carolina, on Aug. 20

CHICAGO (July 16, 2014) – The U.S. Women’s National Team will face Switzerland on Wednesday, Aug. 20, at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, North Carolina, with kickoff set for 7:30 p.m. ET. Fans can watch the game live on ussoccer.com and can also follow along on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt and @ussoccer_esp.

The match will mark the first meeting between the sides at the women’s senior level, a rare occurrence for the U.S. team, which has been playing international soccer for 29 years.

Tickets go on sale to the public Friday, July 25, at 10 a.m. ET through ussoccer.com, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and at all Ticketmaster ticket centers throughout the Triangle area (including many Walmart stores). Purchases will be limited to six tickets per household. [Note: Tickets will only be sold at WakeMed Soccer Park on the day of the event.] Ultimate Fan Tickets (special VIP packages that include a premium ticket, a custom-made official U.S. National Team jersey with name and number, VIP access to the field before and after the game, and other unique benefits) are also available exclusively through ussoccer.com.

As a sponsor of U.S. Soccer, Visa is pleased to offer all Visa cardholders access to an advance ticket sale for this match before the sale to the general public. This advance sale starts Thursday, July 24, at 10 a.m. ET and runs until Friday, July 25, at 8 a.m. at ussoccer.com. Visa will be the only payment method accepted through the Visa presale and is the preferred card of U.S. Soccer. Terms and conditions apply.

Switzerland is one of six nations that have already qualified for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup where it will join host Canada. Switzerland has won European Group 3 with one match left to play in qualifying, taking 25 points from nine games with an 8-0-1 record ahead of Iceland and Denmark. The achievement marks the first time Switzerland has qualified for a Women’s World Cup at the senior level.

Additional Notes:

  • Switzerland will be the 25th European country the USA has faced in its history, although several of those countries no longer exist.
  • The game on Aug. 20 will be the sixth time the U.S. Women have played at WakeMed Soccer Park, and first since the venue was expanded to seat 10,000 fans.
  • The USA has strong connections to the Triangle area of North Carolina, with many former and several current players having attended North Carolina, including current midfielders Heather O’Reilly, Tobin Heath and Allie Long, defenders Whitney Engen, Crystal Dunn and Meghan Klingenberg and goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris.
  • The U.S. Women have previously played 11 matches in North Carolina – five in Cary, two in Charlotte, three in Davidson and one in Greensboro.
  • Lara Dickenmann, who plays for French power Olympic Lyon and played college soccer at Ohio State (where she was the Big Ten Freshman of the Year in 2004), leads Switzerland in Women’s World Cup qualifying with 10 goals. She also played for the New Jersey Wildcats and Jersey Sky Blue during her time in college.
  • Fabienne Humm has scored eight times for Switzerland in qualifying, as has former Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) player Ramona Bachmann, who played for the Atlanta Beat. Ana Maria Crnogorčević, who plays for Frankfurt in Germany, has six goals in qualifying.
  • Switzerland’s coach is former German international Martina Voss-Tecklenburg who played more than 100 matches for her country and played in the 1991, 1995 and 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cups as well as the 1996 Olympics.
  • The USA comes into the match with a 7-2-3 record in 2014.
  • The USA is currently ranked No. 1 in the world. Switzerland is 19th.

Post-Match Quote Sheet: U.S. WNT vs. France

U.S. WNT head coach JILL ELLIS
Initial thoughts on the game and Alex Morgan’s performance:

I think every time we step on the field I’m learning some things. I thought it was a great show of character tonight and obviously Alex is coming back (into form). In the second half we stepped it up a bit and solved a few things, but France is a great opponent. I was really pleased with some of the adjustments and some of the things that we did and our transition I thought was very good tonight.”

On Morgan’s recovery from an ankle injury:
“I wasn’t expecting a lot out of her when I initially came in. Through the camp she’s done really well. In the games, she’s improved. I’m really pleased for her. She’s worked very, very hard to come back from this.”

On what she has emphasized since taking over as head coach:
“There are some qualities that we want to try and look at. When you have the full team together, you want start to do some things. We want to work on attacking shape and look at defensive transition. Those are things that we’re starting to build on.”

On second half adjustment:
“We played a little higher out of the back. That allowed us to connect to the midfield a little bit more. I think overall our ball movement was much better in the second half and we set the line a little bit higher defensively and then in the attack I felt like we were able to play out a little bit better.”

On what she was looking for from the game:
“I think we wanted some answers, not just in how we want to try and play but also looking at players and looking at players in different spots. I was very pleased with some of the things we saw tonight.”

U.S. WNT defender CHRISTIE RAMPONE
On Jill Ellis’ impact on the team thus far:

“This is the first time I’ve had her as a head coach and she’s really taking charge. She’s defining roles and we’ve done a lot of film work. It’s been only a few short days but I think the team has really done well under her and we are more defined and clear-cut, and I think she’s done well in these last two games for us.”

On playing different formations in preparing for the 2015 Women’s World Cup qualifying:
“It’s a process. We are starting a new formation, a 4-3-3. It’s only an extra thing in our pocket because we’ve been playing a 4-4-2 for so long. It’s a process of learning how to defend and attack out of it. There are moments of the game that we are finding it to click, and then we go back on watch film. It’s a process over this next year to define it and get it at the right tempo and the right pace so that we’re ready.”

On Alex Morgan’s return and contribution:
“It’s great to see Alex coming back on after being gone for so long and scoring those two goals. She looked great, she’s in stride. It’s good to see.”

On the flow of the game and difference between the first and second halves:
“We were just a little tight in the first half and not really finding the spaces in between our lines and the pockets. I think in the second half we opened up our shape a little bit and found those seams. And also Alex, when she came in, she stretched them a little bit so that allowed us to find the pockets underneath and connect a little bit more. Our tempo was also a little bit better in the second half.”

U.S. WNT goalkeeper ASHLYN HARRIS
On the match:

“A really exciting game. A tough game. I would have loved to have won. I would have loved to have had a shutout. But this is the type of environment we want to be in. We want people to put us under pressure. We want people to challenge us. It was a great crowd tonight. It’s been a long camp, and it was our second game, so some heavy legs. Overall I’m really proud of the team. I think they dug deep, gritted it out in a really physical match and I’m really pleased.”

On preparing to start in place of Hope Solo:
My job is to show up every day at training, give everything I have and if my name is called, I’m ready.”

On the physicality demanded of a goalkeeper:
“It’s tough. I come in with my hands; they come in with their feet. Sometimes it’s not a win-win. I just have to make myself as big as possible. If I take a knock, I’ve got to get back up and continue to do it. I’ve got to be as big as I can for my team. I knew coming out here today I was going to have to make some big saves and in doing that I have to put my body on the line.”

On the second goal scored by France:
“There was a lot of stuff going on, but at the end of the day we just needed to pressure harder. It took a deflection off Klingenberg’s calf. I was already leaning one way. It’s tough to get back and get down. The pitch got slick as the night wore on. It was a good goal, a good open opportunity for her, we’ve just got to tighten up here and there and make sure we don’t allow those types of shot at the top of the 18.”

On getting more time with the U.S. WNT:
“I’m super confident. Every day, playing with the best players in the world, our practices are absolutely top drawer quality. These players are insane. And they work and they work and they are always on the grind. It just makes me better every single day. I love being a part of it. I’m just a small piece of the puzzle, trying to climb my way up. These girls are great. They’re great people, great footballers. I think people are going to have a fun show watching these girls continue.”

U.S. WNT forward ALEX MORGAN
On jumping over the sign boards and celebrating with the fans after her first goal:

“I wanted to do something special actually. I thought about crying in the moment but it was still early in the game, no time for that. I just wanted to give appreciation to the American Outlaws for being here and coming out here tonight.”

On her first goal:
“To be honest, I don’t remember a lot of it. I just remember turning and seeing the far post open. I hit it as well as I could have and from there and I felt so happy.”

On how she feels about the team going forward:
“I just feel like, finally I’m back and doing what I am supposed to be doing; scoring goals. It feels good. This team has made a lot of progress in this formation under Jill. I see us continuing to improve and France gave their all. I think we played a really good team today and I’m happy that we fought back for the tie.”

On the process of returning from injury:
“The past few months have definitely been mentally draining and physically just trying to get my fitness back has not been the easiest. After getting a couple minutes the other night and 45 minutes tonight and hopefully a lot of minutes with my club team in the coming weeks, I think I’ll be back to 100 percent fit. I feel like my recovery is done, so I’m now looking forward to what else I can do to better myself on the field.”

On how valuable the two games against France were:
“It was a great game for the World Cup qualification tournament coming up in October. You can’t get a better team than France to come here to the U.S. and play us twice. It’s a great opportunity for us to try out new things, to see what works and what doesn’t. I think there’s a lot of positive to take from this moving forward into qualifiers.”

On her second goal:
“After the moment I thought it was a little similar to Clint’s (World Cup) goal, his first goal of the tournament when he cut the defender inside then slotted it. All I remember is being on the ground and the ball going in the back of the net and just feeling so happy to be able to tie the game up.”

U.S. WNT midfielder Carli Lloyd
On the match:

“I think we did some good things in the first half. We’re still working on things and I think we’re moving in the right direction. We’re slowly building. We had some good sequences. We just talked about a few tactical things in the first half. In the second half, we just went at them more. We had a little bit more grit and determination. We were tackling and scored some great goals. This is the first time in a really long time where we’ve played a team that’s pretty much up to our level. It was a fantastic night to play.”

On how playing France will help the team going forward:
“They were definitely throwing numbers at us. I think the first game we played them they did a really good job of countering us and I thought in the first half we did a good job of countering them in transition. They play good soccer. Anytime you give them space and time, they’re really good at moving the ball out, getting it out to the other side, playing in between those gaps and seams. The more we can stay compact, vertically and horizontally, the better off we’re going to be. This is Jill’s second game with us. I thought in two games in a 10-day span, we implemented some really good things and it’s only going to get better.”

On her presence as a leader on the field:
“I think I try to bring that every single game. We all lead in different ways. Hope leads in her way back there. Abby obviously is very vocal. I just try to lead by example and grit. Get the team going, set the standard with tackles and all of that. But obviously, those are two phenomenal players that we’re still missing on the pitch. So when we add those pieces in, we’re moving in the right direction that’s for sure.”

U.S. WNT Equalizes Twice as Morgan's Brace Earns 2-2 Draw with France

EAST HARTFORD, Connecticut (June 19, 2014) – U.S. Women’s National Team forward Alex Morgan scored her first international goals in seven months as she helped FIFA’s No. 1-ranked USA overcome two deficits to earn a 2-2 draw against No. 4 France in front of 14,695 fans at Rentschler Field.

The U.S. WNT also extended its record home unbeaten streak to 84 games having posted a 74-0-10 record since Nov. 6, 2004.

Goal Scoring Rundown:
FRA – Louisa Necib (penalty), 27th minute: In the sequence leading up to a penalty kick call, France’s Elodie Thomis chipped the ball over the USA defense toward the left side of the box. France playmaker Louisa Necib and USA goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris made a dash toward the corner of the six-yard box. Harris slid to deflect the ball away, but she was ruled to have made contact with Necib’s leg, resulting in a penalty. Necib shot down the middle as Harris guessed to her right to give France the lead. USA 0, FRA 1

USA – Alex Morgan (Allie Long), 56th minute: Alex Morgan, playing in just her second match this year, found her scoring touch and looked to be fully recovered from an ankle injury that kept her out for seventh months. Midfielder Allie Long, making just her second start, played threaded a pass to Morgan in the middle of the field. Morgan made space at the top of the penalty area and drilled a left-footed strike from 25 yards out that deflected off the inside of the left post and past France goalkeeper Sarah Bouhaddi. Morgan then jumped over the signboards behind the goal to celebrate the equalizer with the fans. It was Morgan’s first goal of the year and first goal since she recorded a brace against Canada on June 2, 2013. USA 1, FRA 1

FRA – Amandine Henry (unassisted), 68th minute: France dispossessed the USA in midfield and launched a lightning-quick attack up the middle. Ali Krieger broke things up, but her clearance wound up at the foot of Amandine Henry, who ran onto the ball a yard inside the box on the right side and fired just inside the right post past a diving Ashlyn Harris to retake the lead. The ball took a nasty deflection off a U.S. defender to wrong-foot Harris. USA 1, FRA 2

USA – Alex Morgan (Tobin Heath), 85th minute: Second-half sub Tobin Heath took the quick throw-in from the left side to Alex Morgan and the energetic forward weaved her way through two France defenders for a right-footed shot. France goalkeeper Sarah Bouhaddi got a foot on it, but did not do enough to prevent the ball from bouncing into the net. USA 2, FRA 2

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
FRA – Laura Georges, 7th minute: France defender Laura Georges was called upon several times in the early moments to break up the USA attack. She had an important clearance when U.S. right back Ali Krieger sprinted up the right side and crossed toward Carli Lloyd. Her redirect was trickling toward the net, but Georges got to the ball in the six-yard box to keep the USA off the score sheet.

FRA – Sarah Bouhaddi, 12th minute: Though it was a fairly routine save, France goalkeeper Sarah Bouhaddi was sure-handed on Sydney Leroux’s strike from the left side. The USA’s first shot on frame had some pace on it, and Bouhaddi secured it en route to a pair of saves in the first 45 minutes.

USA – Ashlyn Harris, 75th minute: With the lead, France was in no hurry to take its set pieces, and shortly after a Necib corner kick, she got the ball back and crossed from the left side. Eugenie Le Sommer was in the area, but U.S. goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris alertly left her line and dove in front of Le Sommer for an important catch.

USA – Ashlyn Harris, 88th minute: Louisa Necib played a perfect lead pass toward Gaetane Thiney in the middle of the box giving her a one-on-one chance. Ashlyn Harris made an aggressive rush to stop Thiney’s shot but initiated a hard, yet brave collision. It took some time for Harris to recover, but the sacrifice preserved the U.S. draw.

Milestone Watch:

  • Alex Morgan scored her 45th and 46th goals, passing Julie Foudy (45 goals) for 10th on the all-time goal scoring list.
  • Heather O’Reilly moved into sole possession of seventh on the all-time caps list with her 205th appearance, passing Tiffeny Milbrett (204 caps from 1991-2005).
  • Carli Lloyd moved into a 13th-place tie in all-time caps with former U.S. WNT goalkeeper Briana Scurry with her 173rd cap.
  • With her second-half appearance, defender Christie Rampone reaches 294 caps. She is second all-time behind Kristine Lilly (352 caps from 1987-2010).

Next on the Schedule:
No future international friendly matches have been announced at this time. The USA will be looking forward to CONCACAF Women’s World Cup qualifying, which will take place in the United States in October.
Social: Twitter (@ussoccer_wnt); Facebook; Instagram

Additional Notes:

  • The USA is 14-0-2 in the all-time series against France.
  • The U.S. WNT is now 8-2-2 in 2014.
  • U.S. WNT head coach Jill Ellis went with a starting lineup that featured Ashlyn Harris in goal as she made her first appearance of 2014 and third appearance of her career. Regular starting goalkeeper Hope Solo was unavailable due to a family commitment.
  • The back line featured two changes from the previous game against France, with Meghan Klingenberg at left back and Whitney Engen at center back. Right back Ali Krieger and center back Becky Sauerbrunn retained their starting roles.
  • The midfield trio in the 4-3-3 formation remained unchanged with Allie Long, Carli Lloyd and Lauren Holiday.
  • Carli Lloyd wore the captain’s armband.
  • The starting front three included one lineup change from the last game with Heather O’Reilly getting the nod. Sydney Leroux and Christen Press returned to the starting lineup.
  • All-time goal scoring leader Abby Wambach (167 goals) was once again unavailable for selection Thursday as she returns from a knee injury that occurred during a June 1 match in National Women’s Soccer League play.
  • At the start of the second half, Ellis made her first two substitutions as Christie Rampone entered for Engen and Alex Morgan replaced O’Reilly.
  • Tobin Heath replaced Long in the 60th minute.
  • In the 79th minute, Kelley O’Hara replaced Klingenberg and Amy Rodriguez joined the attack in place of Leroux.
  • O’Reilly, Press and Sauerbrunn are the only WNT players to have appeared in all 12 matches in 2014.

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

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. France
Date: June 19, 2014
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Rentschler Field; East Hartford, Conn.
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. ET
Attendance: 14,695
Weather: 78 degrees, humid

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

FRA- Louisa Necib (penalty)              27th minute
USA- Alex Morgan (Allie Long)          56
FRA- Amandine Henry                       68
USA- Alex Morgan (Tobin Heath)      85

Lineups:
USA: 24-Ashlyn Harris; 11-Ali Krieger, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 6-Whitney Engen (3-Christie Rampone, 46), 25-Meghan Klingenberg (5-Kelley O’Hara, 79); 15-Allie Long (17-Tobin Heath, 60), 10-Carli Lloyd (capt.), 12-Lauren Holiday; 9-Heather O’Reilly (13-Alex Morgan, 46), 2-Sydney Leroux (8-Amy Rodriguez, 79), 23-Christen Press
Subs Not Used: 7-Morgan Brian, 18-Nicole Barnhart
Head Coach: Jill Ellis

FRA: 16-Sarah Bouhaddi; 8-Jessica Houara, 2-Wendy Renard, 4-Laura Goerges, 24-Julie Soyer; 6-Amandine Henry, 15-Elise Bussaglia, 14-Louisa Necib, 12- Elodie Thomis; 9-Eugenie Le Sommer (10-Camille Abily, 84), 17-Gaetane Thiney (18-Marie Laure Delie, 89)
Subs Not Used: 1-Celine Deville, 3-Laure Boulleau, 5-Sabrina Delannoy,  7-Viviane Asseyi, 11-Laetitia Tonazzi, 13-Pauline Crammer, 19-Marina Makanza, 20-Anaig Butel, 21-Laetitia Phiippe, 22-Amel Hamraoui, 23-Kheria Hamraoui, 25-Ines Jurena
Head Coach: Philippe Bergeroo

Stats Summary: USA / FRA
Shots: 11 / 8
Shots on Goal: 6 / 3
Saves: 1 / 4
Corner Kicks: 4 / 1
Fouls: 5 / 14
Offside: 1 / 5

Misconduct Summary:
None

Officials:
Referee: Quetzalli Alvarado (MEX)
Assistant Referee 1: Felisha Mariscal (USA)
Assistant Referee 2: Mayte Chavez (MEX)
Fourth Official: Kristen Salazar (USA)

Budweiser Woman of the Match: Alex Morgan

Hope Solo Ties Shutout Record as U.S. WNT Defeats France 1-0

TAMPA, Florida (June 14, 2014) – Goalkeeper Hope Solo tied the U.S. Women’s National Team shutout record and Sydney Leroux scored her team-leading seventh goal of the year as the USA defeated France 1-0 in front of 9,799 fans at Raymond James Stadium.

Solo made one save en route to her fourth shutout this year and 71st of her career, matching the U.S. WNT record set by Briana Scurry.

The match is the first of back-to-back international friendlies between the USA (ranked No. 1 by FIFA) and France (ranked No. 4). They square off again June 19 in East Hartford, Connecticut.

Saturday’s game kicked off a little more than 30 minutes later than scheduled due to a lightning delay, and the first half was played through a steady rain.

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Sydney Leroux (Christen Press), 21st minute: Carli Lloyd started the sequence with the dish to Christen Press, who flicked the ball into the left side of the box toward Sydney Leroux. Leroux aggressively battled through France defenders Jessica Houara and Laura Georges to maintain the USA’s attack and then slid the ball past France goalkeeper Sarah Bouhaddi into the right side of the net for the lead. It was Leroux’s team-leading seventh goal of the year. USA 1, FRA 0 (FINAL)

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
USA – Hope Solo, 8th minute: France’s counterattack was effective in the early going, and the explosive speed of Elodie Thomis past the USA defense paved the way for a one-on-one chance against Hope Solo. The U.S. goalkeeper played Thomis’ angle with precision, making the save at the near right post to keep the match scoreless.

USA – Hope Solo, 43rd minute: USA goalkeeper Hope Solo needed to battle both France’s dangerous attack and the slick conditions on the pitch. France crossed the ball from the right side to Eugenie Le Sommer, who headed the ball into the rain-soaked grass. Solo reacted to the bounce to her right side, needing to lunge back a bit to prevent the ball from crossing the goal line, she was able to corral the ball to maintain the 1-0 lead heading into halftime.

Milestone Watch:

  • Hope Solo’s record-tying 71 shutouts have come in 152 appearances since she has played for the WNT beginning in 2000. Briana Scurry’s 71 shutouts spanned 173 caps from 1994-2008.
  • Solo is one appearance from matching Michelle Akers (153 caps from 1985-2000) for 17th on the all-time list.
  • Sydney Leroux moved ahead of Brandi Chastain on the all-time goal scoring list. Leroux’s 31st goal of her career puts her all alone in 16th place past Chastain (30 goals from 1988-2004). She is now one goal behind 15th-place Lindsay Tarpley (32 goals from 2003-2011).
  • Heather O’Reilly earned her 204th cap, which ties her for seventh on the all-time list with Tiffeny Milbrett.
  • Defender Christie Rampone made the 293rd appearance of her career. She is second all-time behind Kristine Lilly (352 caps from 1987-2010).
  • Midfielder Carli Lloyd earned her 172nd cap. With her next appearance, Lloyd will tie Briana Scurry for 13th on the all-time list. Scurry had 173 appearances from 1994-2008.
  • Midfielder Lauren Holiday, who became the 30th WNT player to reach 100 caps during the USA’s 1-1 draw against Canada on May 8, was honored before the game reaching the century mark milestone. She wore the captain’s armband on Saturday and now has 101 appearances for her career.

Next on the Schedule:
The U.S. WNT hosts France in a rematch at 7:30 p.m. ET on Thursday, June 19, at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Connecticut.
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Social: Twitter (@ussoccer_wnt); Facebook; Instagram

Additional Notes:

  • The USA is 14-0-1 in the all-time series against France.
  • The U.S. WNT is now 7-2-2 in 2014.
  • With Jill Ellis managing her first match as the team’s official head coach, she went with a starting lineup that featured Hope Solo in goal and a defensive group that included left back Stephanie Cox, right back Ali Krieger and center backs Christie Rampone and Becky Sauerbrunn.
  • The midfield included the trio of Allie Long, Carli Lloyd and Lauren Holiday in the USA’s 4-3-3 formation. Long earned the first start of her international career in just her second appearance. She debuted for the WNT as a second-half sub during the USA’s 1-1 draw against Canada on May 8.
  • The starting front three in attack were Christen Press, Sydney Leroux and Tobin Heath.
  • All-time goal scoring leader Abby Wambach (167 goals) was not available for selection Saturday as she returns from a knee injury that occurred during a June 1 match in National Women’s Soccer League play.
  • Heath sustained an injury early in the second half that prompted Ellis to use her first sub of the game with forward Alex Morgan.
  • Morgan entered in the 49th minute, marking her first game in 2014 and first appearance since November of 2013 in her battle back from an ankle injury.
  • Heather O’Reilly replaced Leroux in the 66th minute.
  • O’Reilly, Press and Sauerbrunn are the only WNT players to have appeared in all 11 matches in 2014.
  • Press notched her second assist this year. The WNT has seven players with two or more assists this year: Lloyd (4), O’Reilly (3), Megan Rapinoe (3), Cox (2), Holiday (2), Krieger (2) and Press (2).

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

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. France
Date: June 14, 2014
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Raymond James Stadium; Tampa, Fla.
Kickoff: 8:13 p.m. ET (weather delay)
Attendance: 9,799
Weather: 84 degrees, scattered thunderstorms

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

USA – Sydney Leroux (Christen Press)    21st minute

Lineups:
USA: 1-Hope Solo, 2-Sydney Leroux (9-Heather O’Reilly, 66), 3-Christie Rampone, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 10-Carli Lloyd, 11-Ali Krieger, 12-Lauren Holiday (capt.), 14-Stephanie Cox, 15-Allie Long, 17-Tobin Heath (13-Alex Morgan, 49), 23-Christen Press
Subs Not Used: 6-Whitney Engen, 7-Morgan Brian, 8-Amy Rodriguez, 16-Rachel Van Hollebeke, 24-Ashlyn Harris
Head Coach: Jill Ellis

FRA: 3-Laure Boulleau, 4-Laura Georges, 5-Sabrina Delannoy, 6-Amandine Henry, 8-Jessica Houara, 9-Eugenie Le Sommer (11-Laetitia Tonazzi, 80), 10-Camille Abily (15-Elise Bussaglia, 75), 12-Elodie Thomis (19-Marina Makanza, 54), 14-Louisa Necib, 16-Sarah Bouhaddi, 18-Marie Laure Delie (17-Gaetane Thiney, 68)
Subs Not Used: 1-Celine Deville, 7-Viviane Asseyi, 13-Pauline Crammer, , 20-Anaig Butel, 21-Laetitia Phiippe, 22-Amel Hamraoui, 23-Kheria Hamraoui, 24-Julie Soyer, 25-Ines Jurena
Head Coach: Philippe Bergeroo

Stats Summary: USA / FRA
Shots: 6 / 8
Shots on Goal: 1 / 2
Saves: 2 / 0
Corner Kicks: 8 / 2
Fouls: 7 / 7
Offside: 1 / 4

Misconduct Summary:
FRA – Eugenie Le Sommer (caution)    59th minute
USA – Stephanie Cox (caution)            68
USA – Hope Solo (caution)                  83
USA – Christen Press (caution)            90

Officials:
Referee: Christina Unkel (USA)
Assistant Referee 1: Amanda Ross (USA)
Assistant Referee 2: Shirley Perello (HON)
Fourth Official: Katja Koroleva (USA)

Budweiser Woman of the Match: Christie Rampone

U.S. WNT to Hold Public Training Session on Wednesday, June 18, at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Connecticut

CHICAGO (June 13, 2014) – All U.S. Soccer fans are invited to attend the U.S. Women’s National Team public training session on Wednesday, June 18, at 11 a.m. at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Connecticut.

Admission is free and open to the public. Fans can park in Lot 7 and enter through Gate C. U.S. Soccer Supporters Club members in the Star Club and above receive field level access at the public training session. If fans wish to take part in this exclusive priority, they can join the U.S. Soccer Supporters Club Star Club or upgrade their membership at ussoccer.com/supporters.

At the session, fans will get a first-hand look at how the U.S. Women’s National Team prepares for a match the day before a game and hear exclusive interviews with select players.

The U.S. Women’s National Team faces France on Thursday, June 19, at Rentschler Field. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. ET and the game will be streamed live on ussoccer.com.

Tickets are now on sale through ussoccer.com, by phone at 1-877-522-8499 (8 a.m. to 10 p.m. ET only) and at the XL Center ticket office (open Monday-Friday, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.) Tickets are not sold at Rentschler Field except on the day of the event.

U.S. WNT Faces France in Two-Game Set, Starting June 14 in Tampa

U.S. Women’s National Team vs. France
Raymond James Stadium; Tampa, Fla.
June 14, 2014

U.S. WNT FACES FRANCE IN TWO-GAME SET: The U.S. Women’s National Team will face France on June 14 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida, and June 19 at Rentschter Field in East Hartford, Connecticut, as the fans in Florida and the tri-state area will get to see two of the best women’s soccer teams in the world square off in high-profile summer friendlies. Both matches kick off at 7:30 p.m. ET. Fans can watch live on ussoccer.com and follow on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt. The USA is 6-2-2 so far in 2014 and will be playing its first matches under head coach Jill Ellis now that she has officially been named. Ellis comes into the job with a 6-0-3 record after having served as interim head coach on two different occasions.

WITH NWSL IN HIGH GEAR, PLAYERS HEAD TO INTERNATIONAL DUTY: All the National Women’s Soccer League teams are just short of halfway through league’s second season. Twenty-five of the USA’s 26 players will come directly from the league into Tampa to prepare for the match on June 14 or will head back to their clubs to make their 2014 NWSL debuts after the June 19 game. The USA could have up to three more additional international friendly matches before CONCACAF Women’s World Cup qualifying takes place in the United States in October.

2014 U.S. WNT SCHEDULE:

Date

Opponent

Result/Time (ET)

U.S. Goal Scorers/TV

Venue

Jan. 31

Canada

1-0 W

Leroux

Toyota Stadium; Frisco, Texas

Feb. 8

Russia

7-0 W

Lloyd (2), Press (2), O’Reilly,

Leroux, Wambach

FAU Stadium; Boca Raton, Fla.

Feb. 13

Russia

8-0 W

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

Georgia Dome; Atlanta, Ga.

March 5

Japan*

1-1 T

Leroux

Parchal, Portugal

March 7

Sweden*

0-1 L

-

Albufeira, Portugal

March 10

Denmark*

3-5 L

Press, Leroux, Rapinoe

Albufeira, Portugal

March 12

Korea DPR*

3-0 W

Wambach (2), O’Reilly

Parchal, Portugal

April 6

China PR

2-0 W

Holiday, Rapinoe

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

April 10

China PR

3-0 W

Lloyd (2), Leroux

Qualcomm Stadium; San Diego, Calif.

May 8

Canada

1-1 T

Leroux

Investors Group Field; Winnipeg, Canada

June 14

France

7:30 p.m.

ussoccer.com

Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Fla.

June 19

France

7:30 p.m.

ussoccer.com

Rentschter Field, East Hartford, Conn.

* Algarve Cup

U.S. ROSTER BREAKDOWN: The USA comes into the matches against France with a 26-player training camp roster, the first named by Jill Ellis after officially taking over as head coach. It includes 25 current NWSL players, and the youngest player, rising college senior Morgan Brian, the 2013 MAC Hermann Trophy winner at the University of Virginia. Ellis, who will name 18 players to suit up for each of the matches, called up three goalkeepers, seven defenders, nine midfielders and seven forwards. Of the USA’s 26 players, just five are over 30: team captain Christie Rampone (38 years old), midfielder Shannon Boxx (37 in two weeks), Abby Wambach (34), Hope Solo (32) and Carli Lloyd (31). For the first time in a while, there are no uncapped players on the roster, but there are four players with just one or two caps: Ashlyn Harris (2), Julie Johnston (2), Sarah Hagen (2) and Allie Long (1). Kelley O’Hara, who has played most defense and some outside midfield in her WNT career, will be training at forward, where she is currently playing for her NWSL club Sky Blue FC.

U.S. Women’s National Team By Position – Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Nicole Barnhart (FC Kansas City), Ashlyn Harris (Washington Spirit), Hope Solo (Seattle Reign FC)
DEFENDERS (7): Stephanie Cox (Seattle Reign FC), Whitney Engen (Houston Dash), Meghan Klingenberg (Houston Dash), Ali Krieger (Washington Spirit), Christie Rampone (Sky Blue FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City), Rachel Van Hollebeke (Portland Thorns)
MIDFIELDERS (9): Shannon Boxx (Chicago Red Stars), Morgan Brian (Virginia), Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns), Lauren Holiday (FC Kansas City), Julie Johnston (Chicago Red Stars), Carli Lloyd (WNY Flash), Allie Long (Portland Thorns), Kristie Mewis (FC Kansas City), Heather O’Reilly (Boston Breakers)
FORWARDS (7): Sarah Hagen (FC Kansas City), Sydney Leroux (Seattle Reign FC), Alex Morgan (Portland Thorns), Kelley O’Hara (Sky Blue FC), Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars), Amy Rodriguez (FC Kansas City), Abby Wambach (WNY Flash)

WORLD RECORD AND COUNTING: U.S. forward Abby Wambach finished second in the voting for the 2013 FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year (after winning the award for 2012) and currently has 167 career goals after scoring twice against Korea DPR in the final match of the Algarve Cup. Wambach passed the legendary Mia Hamm to become the world’s all-time leading scorer on June 20, 2013, when she pounded in four goals against South Korea at Red Bull Arena. Hamm, the 2001 and 2002 FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year, had 158 career international goals from 1987-2004. The match against North Korea at the Algarve Cup marked the 107th win for the USA in a game in which Wambach has scored at least one goal (107-2-8). Wambach has scored 42 goals in her past 53 games over 2012, 2013 and 2014. She is also third all-time in assists with 65, behind only Kristine Lilly (105) and Hamm (144). Wambach suffered an injury during NWSL play on June 1 and is listed as day-to-day in regards to selection for the June 14 match.

BABY HORSE IS BACK: U.S. forward Alex Morgan is back with the U.S. team for the first time since November of 2013, an absence of almost seven months. Morgan had a slow-healing stress reaction in her ankle that needed time and required much precaution to make sure it healed enough for her to go full-out again. Her status for the France matches will be determined after evaluation by the team’s medical and performance staff in regards to her readiness for international play. Morgan, who has 44 goals (tied for 11th all-time with Tisha Venturini) in her 77 caps has not scored since June 2, 2013, when she scored twice against Canada in Toronto for a 3-0 U.S. victory.

BOXX BABY ON BOARD: One of the USA’s all-time greats, Shannon Boxx, returns to U.S. training camp for the first time since having a baby daughter in late February. Boxx, who will turn 37 in June, will not play in the matches against France as she continues to work to get her game fitness back in preparation for her first NWSL games for the Chicago Red Stars. Boxx, who has 186 caps and 27 goals, is a three-time Olympic gold medalist and makes her return to the roster for the first time since March of 2013 at the Algarve Cup.

FLORIDA, AGAIN: The U.S. Women will be playing in Florida for the fifth time since December of 2012 when they played China PR in Boca Raton. In January of 2013, the USA played Scotland in Jacksonville, followed by a match in November of 2013 against Brazil in Orlando and then back to Boca Raton in February of this year to face Russia. The last time the USA played in Tampa was Nov. 8, 2008, in a 1-0 victory against the Korea Republic at Raymond James Stadium.

SIX IN, 18 TO GO: With the completion of the 2014 Asian Women’s Cup, the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup now has six teams. Along with host Canada, Japan, Australia, China PR, Korea Republic and Thailand have qualified out of Asia. Japan defeated Australia 1-0 in the championship game while China defeated Korea 2-1 to take third. Perhaps the biggest news was the qualification of Thailand to its first Women’s World Cup. Thailand defeated host Vietnam 2-1 for fifth place and became the first team to wholly benefit from the expansion of the tournament to 24 teams. The remaining 18 countries will come from Europe (8, up from 4.5 + host in 2011), Africa (3, up for 2), CONCACAF (3.5 + host, up from 2.5) South America (2.5, up from 2) and Oceania (1, same as in 2011). The fourth-place finisher in CONCACAF will play the third-place finisher in South America in a two-game playoff for the final berth.

U.S. ROSTER NOTES:

  • Twenty-six players have seen game action for the USA so far in 2014, including first-cappers Samantha Mewis, Sarah Hagan and Allie Long.
  • Lauren Holiday, the 2013 NWSL MVP, became the 30th American female player to earn 100 caps when she played against Canada on May 8. She will be honored for that achievement before the June 14 game in Jacksonville.
  • U.S. forward Abby Wambach comes into the match with 167 career goals, just three of which have been scored against France – one in the Algarve Cup, one in the World Cup and one in the Olympics.
  • After Wambach, midfielder Carli Lloyd is the top scorer on the roster with 50 career international goals, followed by Alex Morgan (44) and Heather O’Reilly (40). Sydney Leroux is quickly climbing the charts with 30. Amy Rodriguez, who is tied for the NWSL lead in goals with 10, has 27 international scores to match Shannon Boxx and Joy Fawcett for 18th on the all-time list.
  • Leroux is the USA’s leading scorer this year with six goals. Wambach, Lloyd and Christen Press have four goals each. Lloyd also has four assists, best on the team this year, while Press also has one assist this year and has scored 12 times in her first 22 WNT games.
  • Press’ two-goal game against Russia on Feb. 8 marked her third two-goal game in just 22 caps.
  • Press (Chicago Red Stars) and defenders Whitney Engen and Meghan Klingenberg of the Houston Dash are back from Sweden after they helped take Tyresö to the brink of the UEFA Champions League title, falling 4-3 to Wolfsburg in a wild match in Lisbon on May 22.
  • Two U.S. regulars were not available for this roster due to injury in midfielder Megan Rapinoe (foot) and defender Crystal Dunn (hamstring).
  • Julie Johnston gets her second consecutive call-up after a fine start to the season with the Chicago Red Stars. She had not been with the WNT since the February matches against Russia and will be looking for her first international minutes of the year.
  • Midfielder Allie Long earns her second call-up after getting her first cap on May 8 against Canada, coming on for Morgan Brian in the 68th minute. Long played in the 2006 Under-20 Women’s World Cup in Russia with current WNT players Tobin Heath, Kelley O’Hara, Stephanie Cox, Holiday and Rodriguez.
  • Most players arrived into camp on June 8, but among a group coming in on June 9 were forward Sarah Hagen, who completed her highly successful run with Bayern Munich on June 8, and will make her NWSL debut for FC Kansas City after this camp.
  • Heath’s French league season came to a close on June 1, but her club Paris Saint-Germain still had the French Cup Final to play on June 7 and fell 2-0 to league champion Olympique Lyon.
  • Morgan saw her first game action of the 2014 NWSL season and first since November of last year when she played all 90 minutes for the Portland Thorns on June 7 in a 5-0 loss to Western New York.
  • Defender Rachel Van Hollebeke also saw her first NWSL minutes this season on June 7 for the Thorns after recovering from an ankle injury suffered on April 10 while playing for the USA against China PR in her hometown of San Diego. She played the entire second half of the NWSL match.
  • Van Hollebeke was a late addition to the U.S. roster, replacing Dunn who was ruled out due to a hamstring injury suffered with the Washington Spirit during NWSL play.
  • All nine NWSL clubs are represented on the roster.

IN THE RECORD BOOKS:

  • Hope Solo is one shutout away from tying Briana Scurry for the most in U.S. history at 71.
  • The USA’s current 82-game unbeaten streak at home (72-0-10 since Nov. 6, 2004) is a team record. The next-highest streak is 50 games (48-0-2) from Feb. 10, 1996, through April 22, 1999. The USA tied the record on May 14, 2011 (2-0 win against Japan at Columbus Crew Stadium) and broke the record with the 51st game on May 18, 2011 (another 2-0 win against Japan at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, North Carolina).
  • Heather O’Reilly is the ninth player to hit 200 caps in U.S. history after reaching the milestone against Korea DPR on March 12 and with 203 has now moved past Kate Markgraf (201) into eighth on the USA’s all-time list.
  • With her next appearance, O’Reilly will tie Tiffeny Milbrett for seventh all-time with 204 caps in her career.
  • O’Reilly is the second-youngest player to hit 200 caps for the USA. Kristine Lilly was 28 years old, 9 months, 15 days when she earned cap No. 200 on May 7, 2000. O’Reilly was 29 years old, 2 months, 10 days when she earned her 200th cap.
  • O’Reilly is currently tied for sixth all-time in assists with Shannon MacMillan with 50.
  • In addition to breaking Mia Hamm’s world scoring record, Abby Wambach’s June 20, 2013, performance against the Korea Republic also made her the USA’s all-time leader in multiple-goal games with 39 for her career. She has since added another on March 12 against Korea DPR and sits at 40. She has 33 two-goal games, five hat tricks, one four-goal game and one five-goal game.
  • With her next assist or goal, Wambach will join Hamm as the only WNT players to reach 400 points in their career. Wambach has 399 points (167 goals, 65 assists) and Hamm had 460 (158 goals, 144 assists).
  • Carli Lloyd’s goal on Oct. 27 against New Zealand gave her 46 goals in her career and moved her past Julie Foudy into ninth on the all-time scoring list. Lloyd scored her first two of the year against Russia on Feb. 8 and added another two-goal game on April 10 against China PR to become the ninth player in U.S. history to score 50 or more goals. Lloyd is also the highest-scoring player in U.S. history who has played exclusively as a midfielder.
  • In the Jan. 31 match against Canada, defender Becky Sauerbrunn became the 46th player in U.S. Women’s National Team history to hit 50 caps. She now has 59, which ranks her 42nd all-time.
  • Defender Christie Rampone is second all-time with 292 caps, trailing only Lilly (352 caps from 1987-2010).
  • With six more goals, Alex Morgan would become the 10th player in U.S. history to score 50 or more goals.
  • Morgan, who is tied with Tisha Venturini for 11th on the all-time goal scoring list with 44, is also one goal away from matching 10th-place Julie Foudy (45 goals from 1988-2004).

USA VS. FRANCE:

  • The U.S. Women do not have an extensive history against France, having played just 14 times and only twice since 2006.
  • The two most recent encounters, however, were both epic matches in world championships. The USA defeated France 3-1 on July 13, 2011, in the FIFA Women’s World Cup semifinal in Monchengladbach, Germany. The U.S. also won the Olympic curtain raiser 4-2 on July 25, 2012, in Glasgow, Scotland, as Alex Morgan scored twice, while Abby Wambach and Carli Lloyd contributed a goal each.
  • The USA is 13-0-1 all-time against France. Seven of those meetings took place between 1991-97.
  • The USA has scored 45 goals against France while allowing 11.
  • The lone tie between the teams came at the Four Nations Tournament in Guangzhou, China, in 2006, a 0-0 draw.

BY THE NUMBERS:

  • 0.8: Goals per game the USA has allowed in 2014
  • 1: USA’s FIFA ranking
  • 2.9: Goals per game the USA has scored in 2014
  • 4: Assists by Carli Lloyd in 2014, most on the team
  • 3: Number of players who have played in all 10 games so far this year: O’Reilly, Press and Sauerbrunn
  • 9: Number of U.S. players to score a goal in 2014
  • 12: Goals in 22 career games for U.S. forward Christen Press
  • 50: Career goals by Carli Lloyd, most ever for a WNT player who has played exclusively as a midfielder
  • 70: Career shutouts by Hope Solo, just one behind all-time WNT leader Briana Scurry
  • 99: Minutes on field per goal averaged by Abby Wambach in her career
  • 107: U.S. victories when Wambach scores a goal (107-2-8 overall)
  • 130: Minutes on field per goal averaged by Mia Hamm in her career
  • 292: Caps by Christie Rampone, second all-time to Kristine Lilly (352)

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

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

IN FOCUS: FRANCE
Fédération Française de Football
Founded: 1904 (Joined FIFA in 1919)
Head Coach: Philippe Bergeroo
FIFA World Ranking: 4
FIFA World Cups: 5 (1995, 1999, 2003, 2007, 2011)
Best FIFA World Cup Finish: Fourth Place (2011)

France Women's National Team Roster By Position
GOALKEEPERS (3): Sarah Bouhaddi (Olympique Lyonnais), Céline Deville (FCF Juvisy), Llaëtitia Philippe (Montpellier)
DEFENDERS (7): Laure Boulleau (Paris Saint-Germain), Anaïg Butel (FCF Juvisy), Sabrina Delannoy (Paris Saint-Germain), Laura Georges (Paris Saint-Germain), Jessica Houara (Paris Saint-Germain), Wendie Renard (Olympique Lyonnais), Julie Doyer (FCF Juvisy)
MIDFIELDERS (9): Camille Abily (Olympique Lyonnais), Elise Bussaglia (Olympique Lyonnais), Kheira Hamraoui (Paris Saint-Germain) Amandine Henry (Olympique Lyonnais), Inès Jurena (FCF Juvisy), Amel Majri (Olympique Lyonnais), Marina Makanza (Montpellier), Louisa Necib (Olympique Lyonnais), Elodie Thomis (Olympique Lyonnais)
FORWARDS (6): Civiane Asseyi (Montpellier), Pauline Crammer (RSC Anderlecht), Marie Laure Delie (Paris Saint-Germain), Eugénie Le Sommer (Olympique Lyonnais), Gaëtane Thiney (FCF Juvisy), Laëtitia Tonazzi (Olympique Lyonnais)

FRANCE ROSTER NOTES

  • Two of the French players have experience in the USA. Defender Laura Georges played college soccer at Boston College from 2004-2007 where she was the ACC Defensive Player of the Year and midfielder Camille Abily played in the WPS with the Los Angeles Sol and FC Gold Pride, winning the title with FCGP in 2010
  • Almost the entire French team comes from the top four clubs in France, including perennial champion and two-time Champions League winners Olympique Lyonnais, who has also won six consecutive French league titles including this year, has 10 players on the roster. Runners-up PSG, which features Americans Tobin Heath and Lindsey Horan, has six players. Third place Juvisy has five players and fourth place Montpellier has three players.
  • The only player who does not play for one of the top four clubs in France is forward Pauline Crammer, who plays for Anderlecht in Belgium.
  • France head coach Philippe Bergeroo, a former goalkeeper, earned three caps for the France national team during the late 1970s and early 1980s. He was a member of the France squad in the 1986 FIFA World Cup and the team that won the European Championship in 1984.
  • France is cruising to its sixth consecutive Women’s World Cup berth, having taken maximum points from seven matches in Group 7 of European Women’s World Cup qualifying.
  • France has scored 45 goals in WWC qualifying while allowing just two, and its closest matches were two 3-1 wins vs. Austria.
  • France was expected to contend for the title at last summer’s UEFA Women’s Championships but was upset on penalty kicks in the quarterfinal round by Denmark despite dominating the match.
  • Forward Gaëtane Thiney has scored 12 goals in qualifying, the most of any European team, while star midfielder Louisa Necib has a remarkable 15 assists on her team’s 45 goals in seven matches.
  • Marie-Laure Delie has scored seven times while Eugénie Le Sommer and Wendie Renard have five goals each.

LAST TIME
On the field for the USA:
May 8, 2014 – Investors Group Field; Winnipeg, Canada

USA   1   Sydney Leroux 78
CAN   1   Buchanan 35

Lineups:
USA: 1-Hope Solo; 11-Ali Krieger, 6-Whitney Engen (3-Christie Rampone, 82), 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 25-Meghan Klingenberg (16-Crystal Dunn, 59), 10-Carli Lloyd, 7-Morgan Brian (17-Allie Long, 68), 12-Lauren Holiday; 9-Heather O’Reilly, 20-Abby Wambach (capt.) (23-Christen Press, 68), 2-Sydney Leroux
Substitutions Not Used: 8-Amy Rodriguez , 21-Jill Loyden, 22-Julie Johnston 
Head Coach: Jill Ellis

CAN: 1-Erin McLeod; 7-Rhian Wilkinson (5-Robyn Gayle, 90+6), 20-Kadeisha Buchanan, 3-Rebecca Quinn, 2-Sura Yekka; 8-Diana Matheson, 11-Desiree Scott, 12-Christine Sinclair (capt.), 13-Sophie Schmidt (10-Jessie Fleming, 86); 9-Josée Bélanger (6-Kaylyn Kyle, 64), 16-Jonelle Filigno (14-Melissa Tancredi, 74)
Substitutions Not Used: 15-Nkem Ezurike, 17-Brittany Baxter, 19-Adriana Leon, 22-Ashley Lawrence, 33-Karina LeBlanc
Head Coach: John Herdman

On the field for the USA vs. France:
July 25, 2012 – Hampden Park; Glasgow, Scotland – 2012 Olympics – Group G

USA   4   Abby Wambach 18; Alex Morgan 31; Carli Lloyd 56; Alex Morgan 66
FRA   2   Gaëtane Thiney 12; Marie-Laure Delie 14

Lineups:
USA: 1-Hope Solo; 6-Amy LePeilbet, 3-Christie Rampone (capt.), 16-Rachel Buehler, 5-Kelley O’Hara; 15-Megan Rapinoe (11-Sydney Leroux, 83), 7-Shannon Boxx (10-Carli Lloyd, 16), 12-Lauren Cheney, 17-Tobin Heath; 13-Alex Morgan (8-Amy Rodriguez, 75), 14-Abby Wambach
Subs not used: 2-Heather Mitts, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 9-Heather O’Reilly, 18-Nicole Barnhart
Head coach: Pia Sundhage

FRA: 18-Sarah Bouhaddi; 2-Wendie Renard, 5-Ophélle Meilleroux (4-Laura Georges, 45), 7-Corine Franco, 8-Sonia Bompastor; 10-Camille Abily (6-Sandrine Soubeyrand, 72), 11-Marie-Laure Delie, 12-Élodie Thomis, 14-Louisa Necib (9-Eugénie Le Sommer, 45); 15-Élise Bussaglia, 17-Gaëtane Thiney
Subs not used: 1-Céline Deville, 3-Laure Boulleau, 13-Camille Catala, 16-Sabrina Viguier
Head coach: Bruni Bini

U.S. WNT to Hold Public Training Session at 11 a.m. on Friday, June 13, at Raymond James Stadium

CHICAGO (June 4, 2014) – All U.S. Soccer fans are invited to attend the U.S. Women’s National Team public training session on Friday, June 13, at 11 a.m. ET at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.

Admission is free and open to the public. Fans can park in Lot 6D and enter through Gate C. U.S. Soccer Supporters Club members in the Star Club and above receive field level access at the public training session. If fans wish to take part in this exclusive priority, they can join the U.S. Soccer Supporters Club Star Club or upgrade their membership at ussoccer.com/supporters.

At the session, fans will get a first-hand look at how the U.S. Women’s National Team prepares for a match the day before a game under new head coach Jill Ellis.

The U.S. Women’s National Team faces France on Saturday, June 14, at Raymond James Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. ET.

Tickets are now on sale through ussoccer.com, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and at all Ticketmaster ticket centers throughout the Tampa Bay region (including Walmart).

Ellis Names 26 Players for Pair of June Matches against France

CHICAGO (June 2, 2014) – U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Jill Ellis has named 26 players to the training camp roster in preparation for two games against France – currently ranked fourth in the world by FIFA – on June 14 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida, and June 19 at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Connecticut. Both games kick off at 7:30 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on ussoccer.com.

“Two matches against such a high-level team will give us a picture of where we are,” said Ellis, who was named the eighth head coach in U.S. Women’s National Team history on May 16. “Establishing how we want to play and integrating our philosophy is an important first step for a new coaching staff, but these types of matches will give us a wonderful opportunity to build on and keep testing out the player pool.”

Several players return to the roster after extended absences ranging from two months in the case of Kristie Mewis, who has recovered from an ankle injury, to much longer in the case of forward Alex Morgan and midfielder Shannon Boxx.

Boxx, who has 186 caps and 27 goals, is coming in for training and evaluation only and will not play in the matches as she mounts her comeback after having a daughter in late February. A three-time Olympic gold medalist, Boxx makes her return to the roster for the first time since March of 2013 at the Algarve Cup.

The availability of Morgan for the matches will be determined pending an evaluation by the team’s medical and performance staff of her progression toward international play. Morgan, who is at the tail end of her recovery from an ankle injury, has 44 goals in 70 matches, but has not appeared for the USA since November of 2013.

The roster features 25 players currently signed with National Women’s Soccer League clubs as Christen Press, Whitney Engen and Meghan Klingenberg have returned to the league after helping Tyresö of Sweden to the brink of the UEFA Women’s Champions League title. Tobin Heath’s French league season came to a close on June 1, but her club will play in the French Cup Final on June 7 against Olympique Lyon. Forward Sarah Hagen will complete her highly successful run with Bayern Munich on June 8 and then return to make her NWSL debut for FC Kansas City. The only non-professional on the roster is rising college senior Morgan Brian from Virginia.

Additional Notes:

  • Jill Ellis will name 18 players from the 26-woman roster to suit up for each match.
  • Portland Thorns FC midfielder Allie Long gets her second WNT call-up after earning her first cap against Canada on May 8 in Winnipeg.
  • The U.S. Women’s National Team has launched its own Instagram account. Fans can now follow the U.S. Women’s National Teams at http://instagram.com/ussoccer_wnt.
  • The USA is 6-2-2 in 2014.
  • Two regulars are still injured and unavailable for selection in midfielder Megan Rapinoe (foot) and defender Rachel Van Hollebeke (ankle).
  • U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo has 70 shutouts, one away from tying Briana Scurry for first on the USA’s all-time shutout list.
  • Amy Rodriguez comes into the camp tied for the NWSL lead in goals with eight in 10 games.
U.S. Women’s National Team Roster by Position
GOALKEEPERS (3):
Nicole Barnhart (FC Kansas City), Ashlyn Harris (Washington Spirit), Hope Solo (Seattle Reign FC)
DEFENDERS (7):
Stephanie Cox (Seattle Reign FC), Crystal Dunn (Washington Spirit), Whitney Engen (Houston Dash), Meghan Klingenberg (Houston Dash), Ali Krieger (Washington Spirit), Christie Rampone (Sky Blue FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City)
MIDFIELDERS (9):
Shannon Boxx (Chicago Red Stars), Morgan Brian (Virginia), Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC), Lauren Holiday (FC Kansas City), Julie Johnston (Chicago Red Stars), Carli Lloyd (WNY Flash), Allie Long (Portland Thorns FC), Kristie Mewis (Boston Breakers), Heather O’Reilly (Boston Breakers)
FORWARDS (7):
Sarah Hagen (FC Kansas City), Sydney Leroux (Seattle Reign FC), Alex Morgan (Portland Thorns FC), Kelley O’Hara (Sky Blue FC), Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars), Amy Rodriguez (FC Kansas City), Abby Wambach (WNY Flash)

WNT vs. France: Highlights - June 19, 2014

Alex Morgan scored her first international goals of 2014 to help the U.S. earn a 2-2 draw against France.

WNT vs. France: Post-Game Reactions - June 19, 2014

Alex Morgan scored both goals in a 2-2 draw with France in East Hartford, Connecticut. The goals were her first since June of 2013. U.S. head coach Jill Ellis, defender Christie Rampone, midfielder Carli Lloyd, goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris (who earned her third cap) and Morgan react to the tie with the talented French.

Studio 90: U.S. WNT Preps for Second Leg With France

The U.S. WNT will face France on July 19 at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Conn., hoping to build on the 1-0 victory in the first match between the teams on June 14. U.S. head coach Jill Ellis and midfielders Carli Lloyd, Heather O'Reilly and Lauren Hoilday preview the rematch against a talented French side.

8 Things About U.S. WNT Forward Sarah Hagen

She made her full Women’s National Team debut at the 2014 Algarve Cup in Portugal, but many U.S. fans don’t know much about Sarah Hagen as she’s spent the last few years playing in Germany for Bayern Munich. That will soon change as she’s returned to the USA to feature for FC Kansas City in the NWSL, and of course, you’ll now learn 8 Things you probably didn’t know about the tall striker from Appleton, Wisconsin.

Klingenberg, Hagen and Heath Set for 2014 NWSL Debuts

Three U.S. WNT players who have returned from Europe to play in the NWSL at mid-season have yet to make their league debuts. We talked to Meghan Klingenberg of the Houston Dash and Sarah Hagen of FC Kansas City, who will be playing their first career NWSL matches after the USA’s finishes its two-game set with France, and Tobin Heath of the Portland Thorns, who comes back to the northwest for her second campaign after winning the title last year.

WNT Sights and Sounds: Connecticut Calling

In this edition of WNT Sights and Sounds, the team trains in lush surrounds of the Farmington Sports Arena on a beautiful day in Connecticut. This much we know: Tobin Heath would not make a good water girl and Alex Morgan shows how shooting drills can also be fitness.

WNT vs. France: Field Level Highlights - June 14, 2014

Forward Sydney Leroux scored in her third consecutive game and the 21st minute goal proved to be the game-winner in the 1-0 win vs. France at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla.

WNT vs. France: Highlights - June 14, 2014

Hope Solo tied the U.S. Women’s National Team shutout record and Sydney Leroux scored her team-leading seventh goal of the year as the USA defeated France 1-0 in front of nearly 10,000 fans at Raymond James Stadium.

WNT vs. France: Reaction - June 14, 2014

Backed by a 21st minute goal from Sydney Leroux, the USA defeated France, 1-0, on a rainy night at Raymond James Stadium as Jill Ellis won her first game since being named the official head coach of the WNT. U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo tied the U.S. record for career shutouts with her 71st clean sheet while forward Alex Morgan saw international action (as an early substitute in the second half) for the first time since November of 2013.

WNT vs. France: Sydney Leroux Goal - June 14, 2014

Sydney Leroux shrugged off two French defenders and slotted the home game winner in Tampa.
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