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Jurgen Klinsmann and Abby Wambach up for FIFA Year-End Awards

CHICAGO (Oct. 28, 2014) – U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has been named to the 10-man shortlist for FIFA World Coach of the Year.

The three finalists for the award will be announced on Dec. 1, and the winner will be revealed at the FIFA Ballon d’Or in Zurich on Jan. 12, 2015.

Klinsmann led the USA through the “Group of Death” at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. The USA earned a victory against Ghana and a draw against Portugal to join fellow Group G side Germany in the Round of 16. Germany went on to win the tournament.

Overall, Klinsmann has a 33-13-11 record since becoming the 35th coach in the history of the U.S. MNT on July 29, 2011. Klinsmann is third on the U.S. MNT’s all-time coaching wins list. This year, Klinsmann and the USA have posted a 6-3-4 record.

Klinsmann has guided the USA to a current 17-game home unbeaten streak (16-0-1) and also led the team to a record-setting 13 straight wins at home from June 2, 2013, to Feb. 1, 2014.

As a player, the former Germany striker was voted third for FIFA World Player of the Year in 1995.

Abby Wambach

On Friday, FIFA announced its shortlist for FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year. USA forward Abby Wambach, the 2012 FIFA Women’s Player of the Year, is one of 10 players in contention for this year’s honor.

FIFA World Coach of the Year Shortlist:
Carlo Ancelotti (Italy/Real Madrid), Antonio Conte (Italy/Juventus/Italy national team), Pep Guardiola (Spain/Bayern Munich), Jurgen Klinsmann (Germany/USA national team), Joachim Loew (Germany/Germany national team), Jose Mourinho (Portugal/Chelsea), Manuel Pellegrini (Chile/Manchester City), Alejandro Sabella (Argentina/Argentina national team), Diego Simeone (Argentina/Atletico Madrid), Louis van Gaal (Netherlands/Netherlands national team/Manchester United)

FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year Shortlist:
Nadine Angerer (Germany), Veronica Boquete (Spain), Nilla Fischer (Sweden), Nahomi Kawasumi (Japan), Nadine Kessler (Germany), Marta (Brazil), Aya Miyama (Japan), Louisa Necib (France), Lotta Schelin (Sweden), Abby Wambach (USA)

Photo Gallery: WNT Claims 2014 CONCACAF Women's Championship Title

Photos from the U.S. Women's National Team's 6-0 win against Costa Rica to claim the 2014 CONCACAF Women's Championship title.

WNT vs. Costa Rica: Highlights - Oct. 26, 2014

The U.S. WNT rolled past Costa Rica 6-0 to win the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship crown.

WNT Rolls Past Costa Rica 6-0 to Win 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship Crown

CHESTER, Pennsylvania (Oct. 26, 2014) – The U.S. Women’s National Team held nothing back in closing out the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship. FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year nominee Abby Wambach recorded a first-half hat trick and four goals in all, and the USA rolled to a 6-0 victory against Costa Rica in the title match before 11,625 spectators at PPL Park. 

Carli Lloyd added a first-half goal to up her total to five goals in five tournament matches, and Sydney Leroux tallied her first goal of the competition in the second half. 

Wambach recorded the eighth hat trick of her international career, and the all-time goal scoring leader now has 177 goals in 228 matches. With her fourth goal, Wambach broke the U.S. WNT record with her 18th goal in World Cup qualifying matches, surpassing the mark of 17 set by Michelle Akers. 

Wambach scored seven goals in four games at the CONCACAF Women’s Championship to earn the Golden Boot. Lloyd won the Golden Ball as the tournament’s top player; and in addition to her five goals, Lloyd contributed four assists. Hope Solo was the Golden Glove winner, posting four shutouts. 

As a team, the U.S. outscored its opposition 21-0 in the tournament. 

The USA won the CONCACAF Women’s Championship for the fifth time. The WNT previously won the tournament in 1991, 1994, 2002 and 2006. The USA did not participate in the 1998 event because the team was already entered in the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup at the host nation. 

As finalists, the U.S. and Costa Rica had already qualified for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada. It will mark the USA’s seventh consecutive appearance in the Women’s World Cup, while Costa Rica is making its first appearance. 

Earlier in the day, Mexico defeated Trinidad & Tobago 4-2 in overtime to win the third-place game and automatic qualification to the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Mexico is the 21st team to qualify. 

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Abby Wambach (Morgan Brian), 4th minute: The USA threatened a couple times during this sequence, starting with Megan Rapinoe’s low, driven corner kick from the right side that eventually led to a long-distance shot from Meghan Klingenberg. Klingenberg’s strike was blocked by Costa Rica’s Diana Saenz, but not cleared far enough away as Brian collected on the left side. The USA’s youngest player  crossed to Wambach at the edge of the six-yard box and the all-time goal scoring leader finished with a snapped header. USA 1, CRC 0 (SEE GOAL)

USA – Carli Lloyd (Abby Wambach), 17th minute: Rapinoe’s corner kick from the left side reached Wambach on the right side of the box. Because she was too far from the goal to threaten the net with a shot, Wambach nodded the ball to the edge of the six-yard box toward Lloyd. Lloyd deftly flicked a header inside the left of the frame for her fifth goal in five tournament games. USA 2, CRC 0 (SEE GOAL)

USA – Abby Wambach (Carli Lloyd), 35th minute: Rapinoe played a through ball to Lloyd on the left side of the box. Lloyd eluded Costa Rica’s Carol Sanchez to create some space for a left-footed cross to the six-yard box, and once again Wambach headed the ball into the net. USA 3, CRC 0 (SEE GOAL) 

USA – Abby Wambach (Carli Lloyd), 41st minute: A carbon-copy of Wambach’s goal just six minutes earlier. Again, Rapinoe had the initial set-up pass to Lloyd in the left side of the box. This time, Lloyd turned to her right foot for the cross to Wambach, who headed into the right side of the frame. USA 4, CRC 0 (SEE GOAL) 

USA – Abby Wambach (Sydney Leroux), 71st minute: From midfield, Leroux’s up-field pass split a pair of Costa Rica defenders to Wambach on the right side of the box. Wambach recognized  that Dinnia Diaz was off her line and immediately launched a deft chip over the Costa Rica goalkeeper’s gloves and into the left side of the net. USA 5, CRC 0 (SEE GOAL) 

USA – Sydney Leroux (Tobin Heath), 73rd minute: Meghan Klingenberg left the ball to Heath on the left side of the area, and the second-half sub crossed the ball into the middle of the six-yard box. Leroux, who had hit the frame multiple times in this tournament, finally struck with a header into the back of the net. USA 6, CRC 0 (SEE GOAL) (FINAL) 

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
CRC – Dinnia Diaz, 12th minute: Midfielder Carli Lloyd, the USA’s most consistent scoring threat throughout the tournament, had an early opportunity when she received the ball in the box with her back to the goal. Lloyd spun counter clockwise to stave off her defender and shot toward the near left side of the frame. Diaz reacted well and got low for the diving save. 

CRC – Lixy Rodriguez, 49th minute: Abby Wambach nearly had another opportunity to add to her first-half hat trick. Morgan Brian played the ball toward the U.S. striker, and Rodriguez made a strong sliding effort in the box to disrupt the pass and prevent Wambach from tallying another goal. 

CRC – Dinnia Diaz, 89th minute: USA second-half sub Heather O’Reilly attacked from the right side and working the ball into position for a close range shot in the box. O’Reilly’s shot was denied by Diaz with a kick save at the near right post. 

USA Leaders at CONCACAF Women’s Championship:

  • Goals: Abby Wambach (7), Carli Lloyd (5), Tobin Heath (2), Christen Press (2), five tied with (1)
  • Assists: Sydney Leroux (4), Carli Lloyd (4), Tobin Heath (2), five tied with (1) 

Milestone Watch:

  • Christie Rampone, the active caps leader in the world, earned her 301st cap. She trails only Kristine Lilly (352 games from 1987-2010) on the all-time list.
  • Abby Wambach and Carli Lloyd each made their 14th appearances in a World Cup qualifying match. They are tied for second place on the USA’s all-time list behind only Lilly (17 games).
  • Wambach’s eighth hat trick ties her for second on the U.S. WNT all-time list with Cindy Parlow (eight hat tricks from 1996-2004). Mia Hamm holds the USA record with 10 hat tricks from 1987-2004.
  • Sydney Leroux scored her 33rd international goal, moving into sole possession of 15th place on the WNT all-time list past Lindsay Tarpley (32 goals from 2003-2011).
  • Goalkeeper Hope Solo, the U.S. WNT’s all-time shutouts leader, upped her record to 77 clean sheets in 159 games. 

Next on the Schedule:
The U.S. WNT will prepare for the four-team International Tournament of Brasilia from Dec. 10-21. The USA opens against China PR (Dec. 10), followed by Brazil (Dec. 14) and Argentina (Dec. 17) in group play. Kickoff times and additional tournament information will be announced at a later date.
Social: Twitter (@ussoccer_wnt; @ussoccer_esp); Facebook; Instagram 

Additional Notes:

  • The USA is now 15-2-3 in 2014.
  • The U.S. WNT moves to 10-0-0 all-time against Costa Rica. The USA has outscored Costa Rica 51-0.
  • U.S. head coach Jill Ellis made three starting lineup changes following the team’s 3-0 semifinal win against Mexico on Friday.
  • The majority of the defense returned to the starting lineup, with Hope Solo in goal, Meghan Klingenberg at left back, Ali Krieger at right back and captain Christie Rampone at center back. Becky Sauerbrunn got the call as the USA’s other center back, making her first start since the team’s 5-0 victory against Guatemala on Oct. 17 in the group stage.
  • The U.S. midfield featured returning starters Carli Lloyd and Lauren Holiday, while college senior Morgan Brian earned her first start of the tournament.
  • In the front of the USA’s 4-3-3 formation, regular starting midfielder Megan Rapinoe was pushed to forward. Christen Press earned her third straight start. Abby Wambach, who came off the bench against Mexico, returned to the starting group.
  • Ellis made all three subs in one block. In the 56th minute, Sydney Leroux and Heather O’Reilly replaced Brian and Press, respectively. In the 57th minute of that substitution trio, Tobin Heath entered for Rapinoe.
  • Lloyd is the only USA player to log the full 450 minutes during this year’s CONCACAF Women’s Championship.
  • Klingenberg, who wowed USA fans with her long-distance strike against Haiti, nearly struck with a second international goal in the 37th minute. However, her 17-yard shot rattled off of the crossbar.
  • The U.S. WNT is now 90-8-13 in the 111 games that Rampone has been the team captain.
  • The U.S. is 15-0-3 under head coach Jill Ellis.

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

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Costa Rica
Date: Oct. 26, 2014
Competition: 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship; Final
Venue: PPL Park; Chester, Pennsylvania
Kickoff: 6:00 p.m. ET
Attendance: 11,625
Weather: 63 degrees, partly cloudy 

Scoring Summary:   1          2          F
USA                            4          2          6
CRC                            0          0          0 

USA – Abby Wambach (Morgan Brian)                     4th minute
USA – Carli Lloyd (Abby Wambach)                         17
USA – Abby Wambach (Carli Lloyd)                         35
USA – Abby Wambach (Carli Lloyd)                         41
USA – Abby Wambach (Sydney Leroux)                  71
USA – Sydney Leroux (Tobin Heath)                        73 

Lineups:
USA: 1-Hope Solo; 16-Meghan Klingenberg, 3-Christie Rampone (capt.), 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 11-Ali Krieger; 12-Lauren Holiday, 7-Morgan Brian (2-Sydney Leroux, 56), 10-Carli Lloyd; 14-Christen Press (9-Heather O’Reilly, 56), 20-Abby Wambach, 15-Megan Rapinoe (17-Tobin Heath, 57)
Subs Not Used: 5-Kelley O’Hara, 6-Whitney Engen, 8-Amy Rodriguez, 18-Ashlyn Harris, 19-Julie Johnston
Head Coach: Jill Ellis 

CRC: 1-Dinnia Diaz; 5-Diana Saenz (9-Carolina Venegas, 46), 6-Carol Sanchez, 8-Daniela Cruz, 10-Shirley Cruz (capt.); 11-Raquel Rodriguez Cedeño, 12-Lixy Rodriguez (2-Gabriela Guillen, 76), 15-Cristin Granados, 16-Katherine Alvarado; 17-Daphnne Herrera, 20-Wendy Patricia Acosta (19-Fabiola Sanchez, 74)
Subs Not Used: 3-Mariane Ugalde, 4-Maríiana Benavidez, 7-Gloriana Villalobos, 13-Noelia Bermudez, 14-Yesmi Rodriguez, 18-Yirlania Arroyo
Head Coach: Avedissian Garabet 

Stats Summary: USA / CRC
Shots: 21 / 2
Shots on Goal: 14 / 0
Saves: 0 / 8
Corner Kicks: 8 / 2
Fouls: 18 / 6
Offside: 1 / 2 

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Megan Rapinoe (caution)       27th minute
USA – Lauren Holiday (caution)         60 

Officials:
Referee: Lucila Venegas (MEX)
Assistant Referee 1: Mayte Chavez (MEX)
Assistant Referee 2: Emperatriz Ayala (SLV)
Fourth Official: Maurees Skeete (GUY) 

Budweiser Woman of the Match: Abby Wambach

WNT vs. Costa Rica: Abby Wambach Goal - Oct. 26, 2014

Morgan Brian found Abby Wambach wide open in the penalty area for the opening goal in the final of the 2014 CONCACAF Women's Championship.

WNT Faces Costa Rica in CONCACAF Women's Championship Final

2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship
U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Costa Rica
PPL Park; Chester, Pennsylvania
Oct. 26, 2014

U.S. WNT FACES COSTA RICA IN CONCACAF WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL: The U.S. Women’s National Team has accomplished its primary goal of advancing to the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup. However, one important match remains at the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship as the USA faces Costa Rica in the tournament’s title match on Sunday, Oct. 26, at PPL Park in Chester, Pennsylvania. Kickoff is at 6 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1. Fans can also follow on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt and @ussoccer_esp.

The USA advanced to its seventh straight FIFA Women’s World Cup after defeating Mexico 3-0 on Friday, Oct. 24, in the semifinals of the CONCACAF Women’s Championship. Carli Lloyd, who hails from just outside of Philadelphia, led the way with two goals and Christen Press added a third. Earlier that day, Costa Rica tied Trinidad & Tobago 1-1 through regulation and overtime before triumphing 3-0 in a penalty kick shootout to book its first trip to the FIFA Women’s World Cup which takes place next year in Canada. (2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup Ticket Information)

The USA is looking to win its fifth title at the CONCACAF Women’s Championship. This year’s event marks the first time that USA has advance to the tournament final and not faced Canada.

CONCACAF WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP FINALS HISTORY:

  • April 28, 1991: USA 5, Canada 0 – Michelle Akers records a hat trick to lead the USA.
  • Aug. 21, 1994: USA 6, Canada 0 – Five USA players score, in addition to Canada’s own goal.
  • Sept. 6, 1998: Canada 1, Mexico 0 – As host nation of the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup, the USA did not need to participate.
  • Nov. 9, 2002: USA 2, Canada 1 (overtime) – Mia Hamm scored the 94th-minute game-winner (golden goal).
  • Nov. 26, 2006: USA 2, Canada 1 (overtime) – Kristine Lilly scored winning PK in 120th minute of CONCACAF Women’s Gold Cup.
  • Nov. 8, 2010: Canada 1, Mexico 0 – Christine Sinclair scored the lone PK goal of the CONCACAF Women’s Gold Cup. Earlier that day, the USA defeated Costa Rica 3-0 in the third-place game to advance to a playoff against Italy, which it won by a 2-0 aggregate.

For stories, group schedule, statistics and more, visit ussoccer.com’s 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship home page.

2014 U.S. WNT SCHEDULE:

Date

Opponent

Result/Time (ET)

U.S. Goal Scorers/TV

Venue

Jan. 31

Canada

1-0 W

Leroux

Toyota Stadium; Frisco, Texas

Feb. 8

Russia

7-0 W

Lloyd (2), Press (2), O’Reilly,

Leroux, Wambach

FAU Stadium; Boca Raton, Fla.

Feb. 13

Russia

8-0 W

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

Georgia Dome; Atlanta, Ga.

March 5

Japan^

1-1 T

Leroux

Parchal, Portugal

March 7

Sweden^

0-1 L

-

Albufeira, Portugal

March 10

Denmark^

3-5 L

Press, Leroux, Rapinoe

Albufeira, Portugal

March 12

Korea DPR^

3-0 W

Wambach (2), O’Reilly

Parchal, Portugal

April 6

China PR

2-0 W

Holiday, Rapinoe

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

April 10

China PR

3-0 W

Lloyd (2), Leroux

Qualcomm Stadium; San Diego, Calif.

May 8

Canada

1-1 T

Leroux

Investors Group Field; Winnipeg, Canada

June 14

France

1-0 W

Leroux

Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Fla.

June 19

France

2-2 T

Morgan (2)

Rentschter Field, East Hartford, Conn.

Aug. 20

Switzerland

4-1 W

Rapinoe, Lloyd, Press, Wambach

WakeMed Soccer Park, Cary, N.C.

Sept. 13

Mexico

8-0 W

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

Rio Tinto Stadium; Sandy, Utah

Sept. 18

Mexico

4-0 W

Rodriguez, Rapinoe, Heath, Morgan

Sahlen’s Stadium, Rochester, N.Y.

Oct. 15

T&T*

1-0 W

Wambach

Sporting Park; Kansas City, Kan.

Oct. 17

Guatemala*

5-0 W

Heath (2), Lloyd, Engen, Rapinoe

Toyota Park; Bridgeview, Ill.

Oct. 20

Haiti*

6-0 W

Wambach (2), Lloyd, Klingenberg, Press, Brian

RFK Stadium; Washington, D.C.

Oct. 24

Mexico*

3-0 W

Lloyd (2), Press

PPL Park; Chester, Pa.

Oct. 26

Costa Rica*

6 p.m.

FOX Sports 1

PPL Park; Chester, Pa.

^ Algarve Cup *2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship

QUALIFYING FORMAT: The 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship began with eight countries divided into two groups of four and the top two finishers in each group after round-robin play advanced to the semifinals. PPL Park in Chester, Pennsylvania, near Philadelphia, hosted the semifinals on Oct. 24, and will also host the third-place and championship games on Oct. 26. The two finalists (USA and Costa Rica) and the winner of the third-place match (Mexico vs. Trinidad & Tobago) qualify directly for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada. The fourth-place team will enter a two-leg playoff against South American third-place finisher Ecuador for a final berth.

20 IN, 4 TO GO: With their advancement to the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship title match, Costa Rica and the USA became the 18th and 19th teams, respectively, to qualify for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Ivory Coast became the 20th team to qualify after defeating South Africa, 1-0, in the third-place match of the African qualifying tournament. Nigeria and Cameroon are Africa’s other representatives. Switzerland, England, Spain, France, Norway, Germany and Sweden have qualified from Europe. The Netherlands defeated Scotland, 2-1, in the first leg of the semifinals of the UEFA playoffs while Italy downed Ukaine by the same score. The two semifinal winners will battle in a two-leg final to be the last European qualifier. Five teams qualified from the 2014 Asian Women’s Cup – Japan, Australia, China PR, Korea Republic and Thailand. Japan defeated Australia 1-0 in the Asian Cup championship game while China defeated Korea 2-1 for third. Perhaps the biggest news was the qualification of Thailand to its first Women’s World Cup. Thailand defeated host Vietnam 2-1 for fifth place and became the first team to wholly benefit from the expansion of the tournament to 24 teams. In the South American qualifying tournament, Brazil won the competition with Colombia finishing second and Ecuador third to earn a playoff against the fourth place finisher from CONCACAF. The remaining four countries will come from Europe (1 more), CONCACAF (1.5), South America (.5) and Oceania (1). The Confederation breakdown of World Cup berths is as follows:


Host:

Canada

CONCACAF

3.5 + host, up from 2.5

Europe

8 total, up from 4.5 + host in 2011

South America

2.5, up from 2

Africa

5 total, up from 3

Oceania

1, same as in 2011

Asia

3 total, up from 2

WORLD RECORD AND COUNTING: Abby Wambach continues to add to her world goal scoring record after tallying career goals No. 172 and 173 against Haiti on Oct. 20 at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. On June 20, 2013, Wambach passed the legendary Mia Hamm to become the world’s all-time leading scorer when she pounded in four goals against South Korea at Red Bull Arena. Hamm had 158 international goals from 1987-2004. The match against Haiti marked the 111th win for the USA in a game in which Wambach has scored at least one goal (111-2-8). Wambach has scored 48 goals in her past 59 games over 2012, 2013 and 2014. She is also third all-time in assists with 65, behind only Kristine Lilly (105) and Hamm (144).

CONCACAF VENUE HISTORY: The USA is familiar with all four venues for the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship, having now played 20 games in its history at the four stadiums: two at Sporting Park, six at Toyota Park (including a Women’s World Cup playoff match in 2010), nine at RFK Stadium and three at PPL Park. The U.S. is coming off a 3-0 victory against Mexico on Friday, Oct. 24, in the semifinals of the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship. The USA has never lost a match at these venues.

Stadium

City

Record

GF

GA

The Skinny

Sporting Park

Kansas City, Kan.

1-0-1

2

1

1-1 tie vs. CAN in 2011; 1-0 win vs. TRI in 2014

Toyota Park

Bridgeview, Ill.

5-0-1

18

2

1-0 win vs. Italy in 2010 sent USA to WWC

RFK Stadium

Washington, D.C.

9-0-0

31

5

Most recent was 6-0 win vs. Haiti on Monday

PPL Park

Chester, Pa.

3-0-0

8

2

Defeated CHN twice at the venue

ROSTER SPOTS: U.S. head coach Jill Ellis chose 20 players for the USA’s 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship roster, which included two goalkeepers, seven defenders, six midfielders and five forwards, but will play the rest of the tournament with 19 after forward Alex Morgan was ruled out due to injury in second game. Many of the players can play multiple positions, giving Ellis variety and depth on the roster, which consists of all professional players aside from the USA’s lone college player, Morgan Brian, who is a senior at the University of Virginia. Of the USA’s 20 players, just five are over 30 years old: team captain Christie Rampone (39), forward Abby Wambach (34), goalkeeper Hope Solo (33), midfielder Carli Lloyd (32) and defender Ali Krieger (30). Rampone hit the historic 300 cap mark last game and is the most-capped active player in the world and second all-time in world history. The least-capped players on the roster are Ashlyn Harris and Julie Johnston who both have four caps. Three players on the roster helped FC Kansas City to the 2014 NWSL title: Becky Sauerbrunn, Lauren Holiday and Amy Rodriguez.

U.S. Women’s National Team By Position – Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): 18-Ashlyn Harris (Washington Spirit), 1-Hope Solo (Seattle Reign FC)
DEFENDERS (7): 6-Whitney Engen (WNY Flash), 19-Julie Johnston (Chicago Red Stars), 16-Meghan Klingenberg (Houston Dash), 11-Ali Krieger (Washington Spirit), 5-Kelley O’Hara (Sky Blue FC), 3-Christie Rampone (Sky Blue FC), 4-Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City)
MIDFIELDERS (6): 7-Morgan Brian (Virginia), 17-Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC), 12-Lauren Holiday (FC Kansas City), 10-Carli Lloyd (Houston Dash), 9-Heather O’Reilly (Boston Breakers), 15-Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign FC)
FORWARDS (4): 2-Sydney Leroux (Seattle Reign FC), 14-Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars), 8-Amy Rodriguez (FC Kansas City), 20-Abby Wambach (WNY Flash)

U.S. ROSTER NOTES:

  • U.S. head coach Jill Ellis has used 19 of the 20 players on the roster so far, with Julie Johnston (who was a late injury replacement for Crystal Dunn), the only player yet to see action.
  • Midfielder Carli Lloyd is the only player to log all 360 minutes during the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship.
  • Eight players have scored goals so far in the tournament, led by Lloyd who has four. Abby Wambach is second with three goals, and she now has 13 goals in World Cup qualifying, which ranks second all-time in U.S. WNT history behind Michelle Akers (17).
  • Tobin Heath and Christen Press each have two goals in the tournament.
  • Sydney Leroux leads the USA with three assists in the tournament. Lloyd has two..
  • Thirteen of the players on this roster participated in the qualifying tournament for the 2012 Olympics. The six players that did not are: goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris, defenders Whitney Engen, Julie Johnston and Meghan Klingenberg, midfielder Morgan Brian and forward Press.
  • Ten players on the roster had previous Women’s World Cup qualifying experience coming into this tournament, led by forward Wambach and midfielder Heather O’Reilly, both of whom played in the qualifying tournaments for the last three Women’s World Cup tournaments. Defender Christie Rampone and midfielder Lloyd played in the last two CONCACAF Women’s World Cup qualifying tournaments. Other U.S. WNT players with previous qualifying experience are Holiday, Ali Krieger, Megan Rapinoe, Amy Rodriguez, Becky Sauerbrunn and Hope Solo.
  • Holiday, the 2013 NWSL MVP and 2014 NWSL Championship Game MVP, became the 30th American female player to earn 100 caps when she played against Canada on May 8. She currently has 109 caps.
  • Wambach is the USA’s top scorer on the roster with 173 goals. After Wambach, Lloyd is the top scorer with 55 career international goals and O’Reilly has scored 41. Sydney Leroux is quickly climbing the charts with 32.
  • Rodriguez had an excellent NWSL season with 13 goals in the regular season, good for second in the league, and then scored three more in the playoffs, including both goals in the NWSL title game. Rodriguez has 28 international scores.
  • Wambach took over the team scoring lead in 2014 with her brace against Haiti in the USA’s final Group A match and now has 10 goals this year. Wambach is followed by Lloyd (9), Leroux (8) and Press (7).
  • Wambach has now reached double-figures in goals in eight different calendar years. Mia Hamm still holds the record with nine years in double-figures.
  • Lloyd’s six assists are best on the team this year and she is followed by Press and Rapinoe, both with five.
  • All nine NWSL clubs are represented on the roster.
  • Twenty-nine players have seen game action for the USA in 2014, including first-cappers Samantha Mewis, Sarah Hagan and Allie Long, none of whom made the qualifying roster.
  • The USA has scored 15 goals in the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship to lead all teams.

IN THE RECORD BOOKS:

  • Christie Rampone earned her 300th appearance on Oct. 24, joining only Kristine Lilly (352) in this elite caps club.
  • The USA’s current 91-game unbeaten streak at home (80-0-11 since Nov. 6, 2004) is a team record. The next-highest streak is 50 games (48-0-2) from Feb. 10, 1996, through April 22, 1999. The USA tied the record on May 14, 2011 (2-0 win against Japan at Columbus Crew Stadium) and broke the record with the 51st game on May 18, 2011 (another 2-0 win against Japan at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, North Carolina).
  • Carli Lloyd scored goals No. 54 and 55 of her career during the USA’s 3-0 win against Mexico on Oct. 24. She moved into sole possession of eighth place on the U.S. WNT’s all-time goal scoring list past Carin Gabarra (53 goals from 1987-96). Lloyd is now chasing Shannon MacMillan who scored 60 goals in her career.
  • Lloyd is the highest-scoring player in U.S. history who has played exclusively as a midfielder.
  • Heather O’Reilly is the ninth player to hit 200 caps in U.S. history after reaching the milestone against Korea DPR on March 12 and with 211 is now seventh on the USA’s all-time list. Abby Wambach (227) and Rampone (300) are the only active players ahead of her.
  • O’Reilly is the second-youngest player to hit 200 caps for the USA. Lilly was 28 years 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 sixth all-time in assists with 51.
  • In addition to breaking Mia Hamm’s world scoring record, Wambach’s June 20, 2013, performance against the Korea Republic also made her the USA’s all-time leader in multiple-goal games with 39 for her career. She has since added another on March 12 against Korea DPR, another on Sept. 13 against Mexico and another on Oct. 20 vs. Haiti and sits at 42. She has 35 two-goal games, five hat tricks, one four-goal game and one five-goal game.
  • With her goal against Switzerland on Aug. 20, Wambach joined Hamm as the only WNT players to reach 400 points in their career. Wambach has 411 points (173 goals, 65 assists) and Hamm had 460 (158 goals, 144 assists).
  • Leroux is tied with Lindsay Tarpley for 15th on the all-time U.S. WNT goal scoring list with 32 goals.
  • Ali Krieger became the 48th WNT player to reach 50 caps with her start against Trinidad & Tobago on Oct. 15. Other players to hit the 50-game milestone this year have included Sydney Leroux on April 10 against China PR and Becky Sauerbrunn on Jan. 31 against Canada.
  • Hope Solo earned her 76th shutout during the USA’s 3-0 win against Mexico on Oct. 24, extending her team record. Eleven of Solo’s shutouts have come in world championship play – five in the FIFA Women’s World Cup and six during the Olympics. As a confirmation of her reputation as a big-game player, 45 of Solo’s career shutouts – almost 60 percent – have come in tournament competitions that include world championships, qualifying for the World Cup and Olympics and elite tournaments such as the Algarve Cup, which is held annually in Portugal.

CONCACAF WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP HISTORY:

  • The USA is 26-1-0 all-time in CONCACAF Women’s World Cup qualifying.
  • The USA won the Women’s World Cup qualifying tournament in 1991, 1994, 2002 and 2006. As host, the U.S. WNT did not have to qualify for 1999. The USA played Canada in the championship game of each of those first four tournaments.
  • The USA finished third in 2010 after losing to Mexico, 2-1, in the semifinal and defeating Costa Rica 3-0 in the third-place match.
  • The USA has scored 147 goals in WWC qualifying (an average of 5.4 per game) while allowing five.

BY THE NUMBERS:

  • 0.58: Goals per game the USA has allowed in 2014
  • 1: Player to appear in all 19 games in 2014: Christen Press
  • 3.3: Goals per game the USA has scored in 2014
  • 6: Assists by Carli Lloyd in 2014, the most on the team
  • 13: U.S. players to score a goal in 2014
  • 15: Goals in 31 career games for U.S. forward Christen Press
  • 55: Career goals by Lloyd, most ever for a WNT player who has played exclusively as a midfielder
  • 76: Career shutouts by Hope Solo, the USA’s all-time record
  • 111: U.S. victories when Wambach scores a goal (111-2-8 overall)
  • 130: Minutes on field per goal averaged by Mia Hamm in her career
  • 300: 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, a capacity in which she coached two games this year – a win against China PR and a tie against Canada – Jill Ellis was officially named the eighth head coach of the U.S. WNT on May 16. After coaching the final seven games of 2012 when she compiled a 5-0-2 record, Ellis officially started the job with a 6-0-3 record and is now 14-0-3. In taking the top position, Ellis stepped away from her job as Development Director for the U.S. Women’s National Teams, a job she was appointed to in January of 2011, but will still work closely with U.S. Women’s National Team Technical Director April Heinrichs to oversee the USA’s youth teams.

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

IN FOCUS: COSTA RICA
Federación Costarricense de Fútbol 
Founded: 1921 (Joined FIFA in 1927) 
Head Coach: Garabet Avedissian 
FIFA World Ranking: 40 
FIFA World Cups: 2015 
Best FIFA World Cup Finish: Qualified for first World Cup in 2015

Costa Rica Women’s National Team Roster by Position
GOALKEEPERS (2): 1-Dinnia Diaz (Moravia), 18-Yirlania Arroyo (Sky Blue FC)
DEFENDERS (11): 2-Gabriela Guillen (Saprissa), 3-Mariane Ugalde (Saprissa), 4- Maríiana Benavidez (Herediano), 5-Diana Saenz (South Florida), 6-Carol Sanchez (Moravia), 8-Daniela Cruz (South Florida), 12-Lixy Rodriguez (UCEM), 13-Noelia Bermudez (Herediano), 14-Yesmi Rodriguez (Moravia), 20-Wendy Patricia Acosta (Moravia), 29-Fabiola Sanchez (Martin Methodist)
MIDFIELDERS (4): 7-Gloriana Villalobos (Saprissa), 10-Shirley Cruz (Paris Saint-Germain), 15-Cristin Granados (Saprissa), 16-Katherine Alvarado (Saprissa) 
FORWARDS (3): 9-Carolina Venegas (Saprissa), 11-Raquel Rodriguez Cedeño (Penn State), 17-Daphnne Herrera (Saprissa)

COSTA RICA ROSTER NOTES

  • Costa Rica qualified for its first FIFA Women’s World Cup with a 3-0 shootout victory against Trinidad & Tobago on Oct. 24. Carolina Venegas scored Costa Rica’s 19th-minute goal as both teams played to a 1-1 score through regulation and overtime. In the shootout, Katherine Alvarado, Carol Sanchez and Wendy Patricia Acosta each converted their attempts, while Trinidad & Tobago failed to convert as goalkeeper Dinnia Diaz saved all three attempts.
  • Costa Rica is 8-12-1 all-time in World Cup qualifying matches, posting a 3-0-0 record to win Group B in this year’s tournament.
  • Costa Rica is guaranteed its best finish in the CONCACAF Women’s Championship. Its previous best was third place in 1998.
  • Venegas is Costa Rica’s top goal scorer in this year’s tournament with four tallies. In addition to her recent goal against Trinidad & Tobago, Venegas scored the lone goal during Costa Rica’s 1-0 win against Mexico to open Group B play on Oct. 16. She also scored twice during her side’s 6-1 rout against Martinique on Oct. 21.
  • Penn State junior Raquel Rodriguez Cedeño has three goals for Costa Rica in the CONCACAF Women’s Championship, including the 86th-minute game-winner to lead Costa Rica past Jamaica 2-1 on Oct. 18. She also scored twice against Martinique.
  • Midfielder Shirley Cruz plays for France club powerhouse Paris Saint-Germain, where American forward Lindsey Horan currently plays and where Tobin Heath had played for six months for PSG’s runner-up Division 1 Féminine team in 2013-14 before returning to the U.S. to play for the National Women’s Soccer League’s Portland Thorns FC.

USA VS. COSTA RICA:

  • The USA is a perfect 9-0-0 all-time against Costa Rica, with all nine victories resulting in a shutout. The U.S. has outscored Costa Rica 45-0.
  • The U.S. is 3-0-0 in World Cup qualifying matches against Costa Rica, including a 4-0 win on Nov. 1, 2010, and a 3-0 victory on Nov. 8, 2010. The latter win, led by Abby Wambach’s brace, came in the 2010 CONCACAF Women’s Championship third-place game in Cancun, Mexico. The USA earned a spot in a two-game playoff against Italy and would go on to advance to the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
  • The USA-Costa Rica series began on June 25, 2000, with the U.S. earning an 8-0 victory in Group A play at the 2000 CONCACAF Women’s Gold Cup in Louisville. USA midfielder Nikki Serlenga, who featured for the WNT in 30 games from 2000-01, scored three goals in that match.
  • The U.S. has also played Costa Rica three times in Olympic qualifying, including a 3-0 win on Jan. 27, 2012, to qualify for the London Olympics later that year.
  • As part of the USA’s Fan Tribute Tour following the gold medal performance at the 2012 London Olympics, the U.S. defeated Costa Rica 8-0 on Sept. 1 in Rochester, New York. Hometown hero Wambach and Megan Rapinoe each scored two goals.

LAST TIME
On the field for the USA: 
Oct. 24, 2014 vs. Mexico – PPL Park; Chester, Pennsylvania
2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship

USA   2  1  3  Carli Lloyd 6, 30; Christen Press 56
MEX  0  0  0

Lineups:
USA: 1-Hope Solo; 11-Ali Krieger, 3-Christie Rampone (capt.), 6-Whitney Engen, 16-Meghan Klingenberg; 12-Lauren Holiday (9-Heather O’Reilly, 75), 10-Carli Lloyd, 15-Megan Rapinoe (7-Morgan Brian, 67); 14-Christen Press, 2-Sydney Leroux (20-Abby Wambach, 62), 17-Tobin Heath
Subs Not Used: 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 5-Kelley O’Hara, 8-Amy Rodriguez, 18-Ashlyn Harris, 19-Julie Johnston
Head Coach: Jill Ellis

MEX: 12-Pamela Tajonar (capt.); 2-Arianna Romero, 3-Bianca Sierra, 4-Alina Garcíamendez, 15-Christina Murillo (14-Monica Alvarado, 72); 6-Liliana Mercado, 7-Lydia Nayeli Rangel, 13-Kenti Robles (8-Teresa Noyola, 76); 18-Dinora Garza, 19-Tanya Samarzich, 20-Luz Duarte (10-Sandra Stephany Mayor, 55)
Subs Not Used: 1-Cecilia Santiago, 5-Paulina Solís, 11-Monica Ocampo, 9-Veronica Charlyn Corral, 16-Karla Nieto, 17-Veronica Perez
Head Coach: Leonardo Cuellar

On the field vs. Costa Rica:
Sept. 2, 2012 – Sahlen’s Stadium – Rochester, N.Y. – International Friendly

USA  5  3  8  Rapinoe 13, 45; Wambach 24, 32; Morgan 38; Leroux 77; Lloyd 84; O’Reilly 89
CRC  0  0  0

Lineups:
USA: 1-Hope Solo (21-Jill Loyden, 54); 6-Amy LePeilbet (2-Heather Mitts, 46), 3-Christie Rampone (capt.), 16-Rachel Buehler (4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 46), 5-Kelley O’Hara; 15-Megan Rapinoe (8-Amy Rodriguez, 55), 10-Carli Lloyd, 7-Shannon Boxx (9-Heather O’Reilly, 46), 17-Tobin Heath; 13-Alex Morgan, 14-Abby Wambach (11-Sydney Leroux, 72)
Subs Not Used: 12-Lauren Cheney
Head coach: Pia Sundhage

CRC: 1-Erica Miranda; 5-Diana Saenz (2-Noelle Sanz, 85), 8-Daniela Cruz, 14-Miriam Ugalde, 4-Gabriela Guillen (22-Yesmi Rodriguez, 89); 16-Cristin Granados, 10-Katherine Alvarado, 7-Mariela Campos; 9-Daphne Herrera (15-Mariana Benavides, 64), 11-Raquel Rodriguez, 6-Maria Barrantes (12-Mayra Almazan)
Subs Not Used: 17-Andreina Baltodano, 18-Noelia Bermudez, 19-Gabriela Alfaro
Head coach: Karla Aleman

#WNTvMEX Post-Game Reaction

U.S. WNT midfielder Carli Lloyd speaks about the team's performance against Mexico and throughout the tournament as well as focusing on not just World Cup qualification but winning the 2014 CONCACAF Women's Championship. 


WNT vs. Mexico: Highlights - Oct. 24, 2014

The U.S. WNT booked a ticket to the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup with 3-0 Victory against Mexico at PPL Park in Chester, Pa.

Photo Gallery: WNT Beats Mexico to Advance to 2015 World Cup

Photos from the U.S. WNT's 3-0 win against Mexico in the 2014 CONCACAF Women's Championship Semifinal that booked the USA a place in the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup.

WNT Books Ticket to 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup with 3-0 Victory against Mexico

CHESTER, Pennsylvania (Oct. 24, 2014) – A focused and aggressive U.S. Women’s National Team booked its seventh consecutive trip to the FIFA Women’s World Cup with a 3-0 victory against Mexico in the semifinals of the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship at PPL Park. 

Carli Lloyd scored two first-half goals and Christen Press tallied in the second half as the USA became the 19th team this year to earn a spot in the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada. 

The USA will next face Costa Rica in the title match of the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship on Sunday at PPL Park. The game kicks off at 6 p.m. ET (FOX Sports 1). Costa Rica defeated Trinidad & Tobago 3-0 in penalty kicks earlier Friday to advance to the final and qualify for its first FIFA Women’s World Cup. 

The USA will be in search of its third World Cup crown in Canada next year, having previously won the title at the 1991 and 1999 events. 

Just before kickoff of the USA’s semifinal game, defender and team captain Christie Rampone was honored for making her 300th appearance over her 16-year international career. U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati and CONCACAF President Jeffrey Webb presented Rampone with commemorative gifts in recognition of this achievement. (Christie Rampone Tribute | In Her Own Words

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Carli Lloyd (Tobin Heath), 6th minute: Despite facing a packed-in defense in the opening minutes, the USA’s decisive ball movement was too much for Mexico. Lauren Holiday switched the point of attack from the right to left side where Heath controlled. Heath brought the ball to her right foot and crossed back in to the top of the six-yard box, where Lloyd was perched. Without needing to leave her feet, Lloyd headed the ball into the right side of the frame past Mexico goalkeeper Pamela Tajonar to tally her third goal of the tournament. USA 1, MEX 0 (SEE GOAL)

USA – Carli Lloyd (penalty), 30th minute: Tobin Heath drew a foul in the left side of the box against Mexico’s Christina Murillo to earn a penalty kick. Lloyd stepped up and fired to the left side of the net as Pamela Tajonar guessed the opposite way. It was Lloyd’s fourth goal of the tournament. Additionally, Lloyd now has three multi-goal games this year. USA 2, MEX 0 (SEE GOAL) 

USA – Christen Press (Sydney Leroux), 56th minute: The U.S. worked the ball up centrally with Christie Rampone passing to Leroux in the midfield. Leroux’s through ball split a pair of Mexico defenders and forced Mexico’s Pamela Tajonar to rush off her line. Press got to the ball first, took a right-footed touch to elude Tajonar and then tapped in with her left foot for her second goal of the tournament. USA 3, MEX 0 (SEE GOAL) (FINAL) 

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
MEX – Pamela Tajonar and Christina Murillo, 19th minute: The USA created several chances during this sequence, starting with a Christen Press shot from the right side of the box that Tajonar parried away. Sydney Leroux was positioned in the right place for the rebound toward the top of the box, but her shot was blocked by Murillo. The U.S. lingered for several more seconds around the box and Mexico eventually cleared. 

MEX – Kenti Robles, 74th minute: Christen Press crossed the ball in from the right side of the box to Tobin Heath who had an opportunity from about eight yards out, but a sliding Robles was able to block the attempt. 

Milestone Watch:

  • Christie Rampone, earning her 300th cap, becomes the second U.S. WNT player to accomplish this feat, joining Kristine Lilly (352 games from 1987-2010).
  • With her 54th and 55th goals, Carli Lloyd passes Carin Gabarra (53 goals from 1987-96) for sole possession of eighth place on the U.S. WNT all-time goal scoring list. Next up on the list is seventh-place Shannon MacMillan (60 goals from 1993-2005).
  • Abby Wambach and Lloyd made their 13th appearances in a World Cup qualifying match. They are tied for second place on the USA’s all-time list behind only Lilly (17 games).
  • Goalkeeper Hope Solo, the U.S. WNT’s all-time shutouts leader, upped her record to 76 clean sheets in 158 games. 

Next on the Schedule:
The U.S. WNT advances to the title match of the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship on Sunday, Oct. 25, against Costa Rica at PPL Park in Chester, Pennsylvania. The game kicks off at 6 p.m. ET.

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Additional Notes:

  • The USA is now 14-2-3 in 2014.
  • The U.S. WNT is now 26-1-0 all-time in CONCACAF Women’s World Cup qualifying.
  • The USA moves to 30-1-1 all-time against Mexico. The WNT’s only loss was a 2-1 defeat on Nov. 5, 2010, during 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup Qualifying in Cancun, Mexico. The USA is 5-1-0 against Mexico in qualifying matches.
  • U.S. head coach Jill Ellis made three starting lineup changes following the team’s 6-0 win against Haiti on Monday.
  • Hope Solo returned in goal for Ashlyn Harris.
  • The back line included three returning starters in left back Meghan Klingenberg and center back duo Whitney Engen and team captain Christie Rampone. Ali Krieger returned to the starting lineup at right back after Kelley O’Hara had played in that spot against Haiti.
  • The U.S. midfield remained unchanged from the group stage with the starting trio of Lauren Holiday, Carli Lloyd and Megan Rapinoe.
  • The front three of the USA’s 4-3-3 formation included returning starters Christen Press and Tobin Heath, as well as Sydney Leroux who had started in Oct. 17 match against Guatemala.
  • Press is the only USA player to have made an appearance in all 19 games this year.
  • In the 62nd minute, USA all-time goal scoring leader Abby Wambach entered the match for Leroux.
  • In the 67th minute, Morgan Brian entered for Rapinoe, and with the substitution, Holiday was pushed up into an attacking role in the midfield.
  • The USA’s final substitution was Heather O’Reilly replacing Holiday in the 75th minute.
  • For the second consecutive game in the tournament, Leroux was unfortunate to hit the woodwork. In the 49th minute, Rapinoe’s searching cross from the right side skipped past Heath to a wide-open Leroux, who put some power behind her close-range shot but hit the crossbar. Then in the 61st minute, Leroux’s shot ricocheted off of the right post.
  • Press hit the left post in the 84th minute that would have pushed the USA lead to four goals.
  • Lloyd has scored four goals in four games in the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship. Prior to this year’s tournament, she had scored two goals in nine qualifying games.
  • Lloyd is the only USA player to have logged the full 360 minutes during this year’s CONCACAF Women’s Championship.
  • The U.S. WNT is now 89-8-13 in the 110 games that Rampone has been the team captain.
  • The U.S. is 14-0-3 under head coach Jill Ellis.

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

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Mexico
Date: Oct. 24, 2014
Competition: 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship; Semifinals
Venue: PPL Park; Chester, Pennsylvania
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. ET
Attendance: 8,773
Weather: 68 degrees, cool 

Scoring Summary:   1          2          F
USA                            2          1          3
MEX                            0          0          0 

USA – Carli Lloyd (Tobin Heath)        6th minute
USA – Carli Lloyd (penalty kick)        30
USA – Christen Press (Sydney Leroux)        56 

Lineups:
USA: 1-Hope Solo; 11-Ali Krieger, 3-Christie Rampone (capt.), 6-Whitney Engen, 16-Meghan Klingenberg; 12-Lauren Holiday (9-Heather O’Reilly, 75), 10-Carli Lloyd, 15-Megan Rapinoe (7-Morgan Brian, 67); 14-Christen Press, 2-Sydney Leroux (20-Abby Wambach, 62), 17-Tobin Heath
Subs Not Used: 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 5-Kelley O’Hara, 8-Amy Rodriguez, 18-Ashlyn Harris, 19-Julie Johnston
Head Coach: Jill Ellis 

MEX: 12-Pamela Tajonar (capt.); 2-Arianna Romero, 3-Bianca Sierra, 4-Alina Garcíamendez, 15-Christina Murillo (14-Monica Alvarado, 72); 6-Liliana Mercado, 7-Lydia Nayeli Rangel, 13-Kenti Robles (8-Teresa Noyola, 76); 18-Dinora Garza, 19-Tanya Samarzich, 20-Luz Duarte (10-Sandra Stephany Mayor, 55)
Subs Not Used: 1-Cecilia Santiago, 5-Paulina Solís, 11-Monica Ocampo, 9-Veronica Charlyn Corral, 16-Karla Nieto, 17-Veronica Perez
Head Coach: Leonardo Cuellar 

Stats Summary: USA / MEX
Shots: 21 / 1
Shots on Goal: 7 / 0
Saves: 0 / 4
Corner Kicks: 4 / 0
Fouls: 4 / 12
Offside: 9 / 1 

Misconduct Summary:
None 

Officials:
Referee: Sheena Dickson (CAN)
Assistant Referee 1: Marie-Josee Charbonneau (CAN)
Assistant Referee 2: Kimberly Moreira (CRC)
Fourth Official: Maurees Skeete (GUY) 

Budweiser Woman of the Match: Carli Lloyd

Photo Gallery: WNT Claims 2014 CONCACAF Women's Championship Title

Photos from the U.S. Women's National Team's 6-0 win against Costa Rica to claim the 2014 CONCACAF Women's Championship title.

Photo Gallery: WNT Beats Mexico to Advance to 2015 World Cup

Photos from the U.S. WNT's 3-0 win against Mexico in the 2014 CONCACAF Women's Championship Semifinal that booked the USA a place in the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup.

MRS. 300

I am proud to have been able to play so many games for my country but, I've never been one who likes attention. More than any number of caps, I’m proud to have been able to play so long because of the experiences I've had in the game and the fact that I've been able to keep learning along the way on this amazing journey. Since I played my first game for the National Team in 1997, I've grown tremendously as a person, as a mom, and as a player. Even approaching 300 caps, I’m still learning about the game. I’m playing for my fifth head coach and I’m glad to be able to embrace change.

People often ask me to look back over all these caps, but I’m a person who likes to look forward. You can always think back and say ‘I wish I was this fit or this confident 10 years ago,’ but you learn from those experiences and move forward; that’s part of being successful. I will say, sometimes when I have a bad game, I stop and think, ‘I have almost 300 caps, how could I have a bad game!’ That’s soccer – nothing is given, everything is earned.

My family will likely be at my 300th cap, and my oldest daughter Rylie is starting to understand what I've done in my career, although she probably has no idea what a cap is. She knows about the big events, the World Cups and the Olympics, and all the players she’s been able to hang out with and places she’s gone. Someday, I’ll try to explain to her how I've gotten to this point in my career.

Photo Gallery: WNT Beats Haiti at 2014 CONCACAF Women's Championship

Photos from the U.S. WNT's 6-0 win against Haiti in its final Group A game at the 2014 CONCACAF Women's Championship.

Photo Gallery: WNT Tops Group A with Win

Photos from the U.S. WNT's 5-0 win against Guatemala in its second game of the 2014 CONCACAF Women's Championship.

Room to Improve on Positive Start

CHICAGO (Oct. 16) - Focused on earning a berth to the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup set to be hosted in Canada next summer, the U.S. Women’s National Team played its first qualifying match in the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship – at the end of which, the top three teams automatically qualify for the World Cup – with a 1-0 victory over Trinidad and Tobago.

U.S. WNT head coach Jill Ellis acknowledged her team’s difficulty in the breaking down its opponent, but took the positive of opening tournament play with a win.

“Obviously, pleased that we got three points,” Ellis said after the match. “Credit to Trinidad, we don’t often see teams that sit as organized and put so many numbers behind the ball, so for us it was an excellent challenge. Defensively, we gave up some big mistakes, but for us right now, it literally is about regrouping and getting ready for Friday.”

The USA’s lone goal came in the 54th minute after forward Alex Morgan broke out on the left side of the box, was able to get past the goalkeeper, and sent a beauty of a pass to Abby Wambach, who knocked a header into the net to give the USA the advantage and eventual victory. The goal was the 171st of Wambach’s career with the National Team.


Photo Gallery: WNT Opens 2015 World Cup Qualifying with Win

Photos from the U.S. Women's National Team's 1-0 win against Trinidad and Tobago in its opening match of the 2014 CONCACAF Women's Championship.

Johnston Answers the Call

After initially not making the 20-woman roster for the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship, Julie Johnston was invited to Kansas City to train with the U.S. team for a week prior to the tournament. She thought she’d be leaving before the first game.

But things change quickly in the world of international soccer and after an injury to her good friend and former U-20 teammate Crystal Dunn, Johnston has been handed the #19 jersey for the her first World Cup qualifying tournament with the senior Women’s National Team.

“In the last camp before this tournament, I really wanted to make the 20-player roster and my whole focus going into that camp was to play and train like I was going to be a part of the team,” said Johnston, a 22-year-old former Santa Clara University star. “Then not making the team was definitely hard, but this team is so good that you just have to value the time you get. When I was offered to come in and train I was so excited because as a young player every training with these players helps you grow.”

Truth be told, her bags were packed and she was ready to head home before the coaching staff made the change official. It wasn’t easy seeing her good friend head to the airport instead.

“Crystal and I are very close and we’ve been through a lot together in soccer, so to replace her on the roster was bittersweet,” said Johnston. “I know these things happen, but I also know how hard she worked to make this roster and how deserving she was to be here, so it was emotional for both us.”

Now that she’s officially among the 20 players that will attempt to qualify the USA for the 2015 Women’s World Cup, her mentality hasn’t changed.

“I initially wanted to come in a do well as if I was on the 20-player roster,” said Johnston, who in her four caps and during training has seen time both at defensive midfield and at center back. “I wanted to learn how it is to prepare for a World Cup qualifying tournament, to get a feel for the whole experience and now I’m going to do whatever the team needs me to do.”

Johnston, who was the NWSL Rookie of the Year for the Chicago Red Stars in 2014 after being the third overall pick in the draft, is ready to step up if needed, and considering the USA will likely play five games in 12 days, she surely will be. Known for her world class ball-winning and grit, she’s also focusing on contributing to the attack and is tremendous going after crosses from set pieces in the opposing penalty box.

“One of the most important things, especially for a young player, is to learn from the players around you,” said Johnston. “My goals are to get totally confident playing at high pace with the best players in the world, understand my roles and play whatever positions I’m asked. I’m excited for the next step of this journey.”

Tournament Notes: WNT 2014 CONCACAF Women's Championship

2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship
U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Trinidad & Tobago
Sporting Park; Kansas City, Kansas
Oct. 15, 2014

U.S. WNT STARTS ROAD TO THE WORLD CUP: The U.S. Women’s National Team will enter its sixth CONCACAF Women’s World Cup qualifying tournament when it goes for one of three automatic berths at the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship, which runs Oct. 15-26 in four cities in the United States: Chicago, Kansas City, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. The USA has won four of the five qualifying tournaments since 1991, falling only in the 2011 edition when U.S. WNT was upset by Mexico in the semifinal. The USA heads into the tournament with a 10-2-3 record in 2014 while scoring 48 goals and allowing 11. 

USA FACES TRINIDAD & TOBAGO, GUATEMALA AND HAITI IN QUALIFYING: The USA opens its tournament on Oct. 15 against Trinidad & Tobago at Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kansas, in a match televised on Fox Sports 2 at 7:30 p.m. CT. Fans can also follow all the games on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt and @ussoccer_esp. The USA then heads to Bridgeview, Illinois, to continue Group A play against Guatemala on Oct. 17 (8 p.m. CT on Fox Sports 1) and finishes the first round in Washington, D.C., against Haiti on Oct. 20 (7:30 p.m. ET on Fox Sports 1). Group B consists of Mexico, Costa Rica, Jamaica and Martinique (which is not a full-fledged member of FIFA and therefore cannot qualify for the CONCACAF Championship semifinals). 

2014 U.S. WNT SCHEDULE:

Date

Opponent

Result/Time (ET)

U.S. Goal Scorers/TV

Venue

Jan. 31

Canada

1-0 W

Leroux

Toyota Stadium; Frisco, Texas

Feb. 8

Russia

7-0 W

Lloyd (2), Press (2), O’Reilly,

Leroux, Wambach

FAU Stadium; Boca Raton, Fla.

Feb. 13

Russia

8-0 W

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

Georgia Dome; Atlanta, Ga.

March 5

Japan^

1-1 T

Leroux

Parchal, Portugal

March 7

Sweden^

0-1 L

-

Albufeira, Portugal

March 10

Denmark^

3-5 L

Press, Leroux, Rapinoe

Albufeira, Portugal

March 12

Korea DPR^

3-0 W

Wambach (2), O’Reilly

Parchal, Portugal

April 6

China PR

2-0 W

Holiday, Rapinoe

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

April 10

China PR

3-0 W

Lloyd (2), Leroux

Qualcomm Stadium; San Diego, Calif.

May 8

Canada

1-1 T

Leroux

Investors Group Field; Winnipeg, Canada

June 14

France

1-0 W

Leroux

Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Fla.

June 19

France

2-2 T

Morgan (2)

Rentschter Field, East Hartford, Conn.

Aug. 20

Switzerland

4-1 W

Rapinoe, Lloyd, Press, Wambach

WakeMed Soccer Park, Cary, N.C.

Sept. 13

Mexico

8-0 W

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

Rio Tinto Stadium; Sandy, Utah

Sept. 18

Mexico

4-0 W

Rodriguez, Rapinoe, Heath, Morgan

Sahlen’s Stadium, Rochester, N.Y.

Oct. 15

T&T*

8:30 p.m.

 

Sporting Park; Kansas City, Kan.

Oct. 17

Guatemala*

9 p.m.

 

Toyota Park; Bridgeview, Ill.

Oct. 20

Haiti*

7:30 p.m.

 

RFK Stadium; Washington, D.C.

^ Algarve Cup   *2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship 

CONCACAF WOMEN’S WORLD CUP QUALIFYING HISTORY:

  • The USA is 22-1-0 all-time in CONCACAF Women’s World Cup qualifying.
  • The USA won the Women’s World Cup qualifying tournament in 1991, 1994, 2002 and 2006. As host, the U.S. WNT did not have to qualify for 1999. The USA played Canada in the championship game of each of those first four tournaments.
  • The USA finished third in 2010 after losing to Mexico, 2-1, in the semifinal and defeating Costa Rica 3-0 in the third-place match.
  • The USA has scored 137 goals in WWC qualifying (an average of 5.8 per game) while allowing 5. 

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

CONCACAF VENUE HISTORY: The USA will be familiar with all four venues for the 2014 CONCACAF Championship, having played 15 games in its history at the four stadiums: one at Sporting Park, four at Toyota Park (including a Women’s World Cup playoff match in 2010), eight at RFK Stadium and two at PPL Park. The USA has never lost a match at these venues.

Stadium

City

Record

GF

GA

The Skinny

Sporting Park

Kansas City, Kan.

0-0-1

1

1

Only match; a 1-1 tie with CAN in 2011

Toyota Park

Bridgeview, Ill.

3-0-1

8

2

1-0 win vs. Italy in 2010 sent USA to WWC

RFK Stadium

Washington, D.C.

8-0-0

25

5

Most recent was 7-0 win vs. MEX in 2013

PPL Park

Chester, Pa.

2-0-0

5

2

Both vs. CHN, most recently 4-1 win in 2012

15 IN, 9 TO GO: Switzerland, England, Spain, France, Norway, Germany and Sweden have qualified from Europe for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Scotland will face the Netherlands and Italy takes on the Ukraine in the semifinals of the UEFA playoffs that will produce one more European qualifier. Five teams qualified from the 2014 Asian Women’s Cup – Japan, Australia, China PR, Korea Republic and Thailand. Japan defeated Australia 1-0 in the Asian Cup championship game while China defeated Korea 2-1 for third. Perhaps the biggest news was the qualification of Thailand to its first Women’s World Cup. Thailand defeated host Vietnam 2-1 for fifth place and became the first team to wholly benefit from the expansion of the tournament to 24 teams. In the recently completed South American qualifying tournament, Brazil won the competition with Colombia finishing second and Ecuador third to earn a playoff against the fourth place finisher from CONCACAF. The remaining nine countries will come from Europe (1 more), CONCACAF (3.5), Africa (3), South America (.5) and Oceania (1). The Confederation breakdown of World Cup berths is as follows:

Host:

Canada

CONCACAF

3.5 + host, up from 2.5

Europe

8 total, up from 4.5 + host in 2011

South America

2.5, up from 2

Africa

5 total, up from 3

Oceania

1, same as in 2011

Asia

3 total, up from 2



U.S. WNT Attacking Depth, Versatility to Play Big Role in Qualifying

U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Jill Ellis selected 20 players for the upcoming 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship, which kicks off Oct. 15 against Trinidad & Tobago at Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kansas.

The USA’s depth and extensive talent pool will bode well for a variety of reasons, particularly with three games and extensive travel over a six-day stretch at the group stage. It also means finding the proper balance of rotating players while finding some continuity in the lineup during the tournament.

“There are a lot of moving parts of just how we have to move around the country in the short period,” Ellis said during the U.S. WNT’s conference call on Monday following the roster announcement. “High focus will be on recovery. I’m definitely at a point with the players where I want to start to build continuity. I think the way we play, there will be a high-volume workload at certain positions. I’m going to be sensitive to that. We’re expecting a lot from our outside backs and our wide forwards, but I think trying to build a corps consistent group will be a big part of it for me.”

Ellis has put a premium on versatility in making selections for her roster, both from a positional and systematic standpoint.

“I think that most of our players, when I went through the list, versatility was one of the determining factors, especially when it came down to the last spots,” Ellis said. “I think that’s going to be very important. You take a player like Crystal Dunn, she can play multiple positions for us and while primarily we’re going to look at her as an outside back, I think we can have that flexibility. Certainly with getting out of the friendly mode where you can have six subs and now getting into the three subs, it’s very important for us.”

Boasting an offense that has outscored its opposition 48-11 this year, many eyes will be focused on the USA’s attack. Sydney Leroux leads the USA with eight goals this year, followed by Abby Wambach’s seven goals and a trio of players tied with five goals – Carli Lloyd, Alex Morgan and Christen Press. Amy Rodriguez, who has two goals for the U.S. WNT this year, was the top-scoring American in the NWSL this season and scored three goals in the playoffs as she helped lead FC Kansas City to the title.

Press has only started in eight of the USA’s 15 games this year, but she has been a prime example of someone who is willing to wear multiple hats in the team’s offensive third.

“She’s done very well since I’ve taken over,” Ellis said. “She’s a player that has great flexibility. She’s good face-up, she can play wide, she can play centrally, off the line or make runs from behind. She’s very versatile.”

Because of the USA’s scoring depth and the increased role of the WNT’s outside backs, that has also defined the role of players such as all-time goal scoring leader Wambach. Wambach has played in more of a deeper role in recent games, and Ellis said that allows her to focus more centrally in the attack.

“We don’t need her making hard runs out into wide areas because we’re playing with a little more width and we’re asking more of our outside backs,” Ellis said. “Abby can really operate between the width of the 18 and maybe even slightly narrower, so I think it’s been good. We want balls getting wide, her getting at the end of it and also combining and helping our wide players get in.”

Jill Ellis and Tony Gustavsson

Jurgen Klinsmann and Abby Wambach up for FIFA Year-End Awards

CHICAGO (Oct. 28, 2014) – U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has been named to the 10-man shortlist for FIFA World Coach of the Year.

The three finalists for the award will be announced on Dec. 1, and the winner will be revealed at the FIFA Ballon d’Or in Zurich on Jan. 12, 2015.

Klinsmann led the USA through the “Group of Death” at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. The USA earned a victory against Ghana and a draw against Portugal to join fellow Group G side Germany in the Round of 16. Germany went on to win the tournament.

Overall, Klinsmann has a 33-13-11 record since becoming the 35th coach in the history of the U.S. MNT on July 29, 2011. Klinsmann is third on the U.S. MNT’s all-time coaching wins list. This year, Klinsmann and the USA have posted a 6-3-4 record.

Klinsmann has guided the USA to a current 17-game home unbeaten streak (16-0-1) and also led the team to a record-setting 13 straight wins at home from June 2, 2013, to Feb. 1, 2014.

As a player, the former Germany striker was voted third for FIFA World Player of the Year in 1995.

Abby Wambach

On Friday, FIFA announced its shortlist for FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year. USA forward Abby Wambach, the 2012 FIFA Women’s Player of the Year, is one of 10 players in contention for this year’s honor.

FIFA World Coach of the Year Shortlist:
Carlo Ancelotti (Italy/Real Madrid), Antonio Conte (Italy/Juventus/Italy national team), Pep Guardiola (Spain/Bayern Munich), Jurgen Klinsmann (Germany/USA national team), Joachim Loew (Germany/Germany national team), Jose Mourinho (Portugal/Chelsea), Manuel Pellegrini (Chile/Manchester City), Alejandro Sabella (Argentina/Argentina national team), Diego Simeone (Argentina/Atletico Madrid), Louis van Gaal (Netherlands/Netherlands national team/Manchester United)

FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year Shortlist:
Nadine Angerer (Germany), Veronica Boquete (Spain), Nilla Fischer (Sweden), Nahomi Kawasumi (Japan), Nadine Kessler (Germany), Marta (Brazil), Aya Miyama (Japan), Louisa Necib (France), Lotta Schelin (Sweden), Abby Wambach (USA)

WNT Rolls Past Costa Rica 6-0 to Win 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship Crown

CHESTER, Pennsylvania (Oct. 26, 2014) – The U.S. Women’s National Team held nothing back in closing out the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship. FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year nominee Abby Wambach recorded a first-half hat trick and four goals in all, and the USA rolled to a 6-0 victory against Costa Rica in the title match before 11,625 spectators at PPL Park. 

Carli Lloyd added a first-half goal to up her total to five goals in five tournament matches, and Sydney Leroux tallied her first goal of the competition in the second half. 

Wambach recorded the eighth hat trick of her international career, and the all-time goal scoring leader now has 177 goals in 228 matches. With her fourth goal, Wambach broke the U.S. WNT record with her 18th goal in World Cup qualifying matches, surpassing the mark of 17 set by Michelle Akers. 

Wambach scored seven goals in four games at the CONCACAF Women’s Championship to earn the Golden Boot. Lloyd won the Golden Ball as the tournament’s top player; and in addition to her five goals, Lloyd contributed four assists. Hope Solo was the Golden Glove winner, posting four shutouts. 

As a team, the U.S. outscored its opposition 21-0 in the tournament. 

The USA won the CONCACAF Women’s Championship for the fifth time. The WNT previously won the tournament in 1991, 1994, 2002 and 2006. The USA did not participate in the 1998 event because the team was already entered in the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup at the host nation. 

As finalists, the U.S. and Costa Rica had already qualified for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada. It will mark the USA’s seventh consecutive appearance in the Women’s World Cup, while Costa Rica is making its first appearance. 

Earlier in the day, Mexico defeated Trinidad & Tobago 4-2 in overtime to win the third-place game and automatic qualification to the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Mexico is the 21st team to qualify. 

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Abby Wambach (Morgan Brian), 4th minute: The USA threatened a couple times during this sequence, starting with Megan Rapinoe’s low, driven corner kick from the right side that eventually led to a long-distance shot from Meghan Klingenberg. Klingenberg’s strike was blocked by Costa Rica’s Diana Saenz, but not cleared far enough away as Brian collected on the left side. The USA’s youngest player  crossed to Wambach at the edge of the six-yard box and the all-time goal scoring leader finished with a snapped header. USA 1, CRC 0 (SEE GOAL)

USA – Carli Lloyd (Abby Wambach), 17th minute: Rapinoe’s corner kick from the left side reached Wambach on the right side of the box. Because she was too far from the goal to threaten the net with a shot, Wambach nodded the ball to the edge of the six-yard box toward Lloyd. Lloyd deftly flicked a header inside the left of the frame for her fifth goal in five tournament games. USA 2, CRC 0 (SEE GOAL)

USA – Abby Wambach (Carli Lloyd), 35th minute: Rapinoe played a through ball to Lloyd on the left side of the box. Lloyd eluded Costa Rica’s Carol Sanchez to create some space for a left-footed cross to the six-yard box, and once again Wambach headed the ball into the net. USA 3, CRC 0 (SEE GOAL) 

USA – Abby Wambach (Carli Lloyd), 41st minute: A carbon-copy of Wambach’s goal just six minutes earlier. Again, Rapinoe had the initial set-up pass to Lloyd in the left side of the box. This time, Lloyd turned to her right foot for the cross to Wambach, who headed into the right side of the frame. USA 4, CRC 0 (SEE GOAL) 

USA – Abby Wambach (Sydney Leroux), 71st minute: From midfield, Leroux’s up-field pass split a pair of Costa Rica defenders to Wambach on the right side of the box. Wambach recognized  that Dinnia Diaz was off her line and immediately launched a deft chip over the Costa Rica goalkeeper’s gloves and into the left side of the net. USA 5, CRC 0 (SEE GOAL) 

USA – Sydney Leroux (Tobin Heath), 73rd minute: Meghan Klingenberg left the ball to Heath on the left side of the area, and the second-half sub crossed the ball into the middle of the six-yard box. Leroux, who had hit the frame multiple times in this tournament, finally struck with a header into the back of the net. USA 6, CRC 0 (SEE GOAL) (FINAL) 

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
CRC – Dinnia Diaz, 12th minute: Midfielder Carli Lloyd, the USA’s most consistent scoring threat throughout the tournament, had an early opportunity when she received the ball in the box with her back to the goal. Lloyd spun counter clockwise to stave off her defender and shot toward the near left side of the frame. Diaz reacted well and got low for the diving save. 

CRC – Lixy Rodriguez, 49th minute: Abby Wambach nearly had another opportunity to add to her first-half hat trick. Morgan Brian played the ball toward the U.S. striker, and Rodriguez made a strong sliding effort in the box to disrupt the pass and prevent Wambach from tallying another goal. 

CRC – Dinnia Diaz, 89th minute: USA second-half sub Heather O’Reilly attacked from the right side and working the ball into position for a close range shot in the box. O’Reilly’s shot was denied by Diaz with a kick save at the near right post. 

USA Leaders at CONCACAF Women’s Championship:

  • Goals: Abby Wambach (7), Carli Lloyd (5), Tobin Heath (2), Christen Press (2), five tied with (1)
  • Assists: Sydney Leroux (4), Carli Lloyd (4), Tobin Heath (2), five tied with (1) 

Milestone Watch:

  • Christie Rampone, the active caps leader in the world, earned her 301st cap. She trails only Kristine Lilly (352 games from 1987-2010) on the all-time list.
  • Abby Wambach and Carli Lloyd each made their 14th appearances in a World Cup qualifying match. They are tied for second place on the USA’s all-time list behind only Lilly (17 games).
  • Wambach’s eighth hat trick ties her for second on the U.S. WNT all-time list with Cindy Parlow (eight hat tricks from 1996-2004). Mia Hamm holds the USA record with 10 hat tricks from 1987-2004.
  • Sydney Leroux scored her 33rd international goal, moving into sole possession of 15th place on the WNT all-time list past Lindsay Tarpley (32 goals from 2003-2011).
  • Goalkeeper Hope Solo, the U.S. WNT’s all-time shutouts leader, upped her record to 77 clean sheets in 159 games. 

Next on the Schedule:
The U.S. WNT will prepare for the four-team International Tournament of Brasilia from Dec. 10-21. The USA opens against China PR (Dec. 10), followed by Brazil (Dec. 14) and Argentina (Dec. 17) in group play. Kickoff times and additional tournament information will be announced at a later date.
Social: Twitter (@ussoccer_wnt; @ussoccer_esp); Facebook; Instagram 

Additional Notes:

  • The USA is now 15-2-3 in 2014.
  • The U.S. WNT moves to 10-0-0 all-time against Costa Rica. The USA has outscored Costa Rica 51-0.
  • U.S. head coach Jill Ellis made three starting lineup changes following the team’s 3-0 semifinal win against Mexico on Friday.
  • The majority of the defense returned to the starting lineup, with Hope Solo in goal, Meghan Klingenberg at left back, Ali Krieger at right back and captain Christie Rampone at center back. Becky Sauerbrunn got the call as the USA’s other center back, making her first start since the team’s 5-0 victory against Guatemala on Oct. 17 in the group stage.
  • The U.S. midfield featured returning starters Carli Lloyd and Lauren Holiday, while college senior Morgan Brian earned her first start of the tournament.
  • In the front of the USA’s 4-3-3 formation, regular starting midfielder Megan Rapinoe was pushed to forward. Christen Press earned her third straight start. Abby Wambach, who came off the bench against Mexico, returned to the starting group.
  • Ellis made all three subs in one block. In the 56th minute, Sydney Leroux and Heather O’Reilly replaced Brian and Press, respectively. In the 57th minute of that substitution trio, Tobin Heath entered for Rapinoe.
  • Lloyd is the only USA player to log the full 450 minutes during this year’s CONCACAF Women’s Championship.
  • Klingenberg, who wowed USA fans with her long-distance strike against Haiti, nearly struck with a second international goal in the 37th minute. However, her 17-yard shot rattled off of the crossbar.
  • The U.S. WNT is now 90-8-13 in the 111 games that Rampone has been the team captain.
  • The U.S. is 15-0-3 under head coach Jill Ellis.

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

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Costa Rica
Date: Oct. 26, 2014
Competition: 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship; Final
Venue: PPL Park; Chester, Pennsylvania
Kickoff: 6:00 p.m. ET
Attendance: 11,625
Weather: 63 degrees, partly cloudy 

Scoring Summary:   1          2          F
USA                            4          2          6
CRC                            0          0          0 

USA – Abby Wambach (Morgan Brian)                     4th minute
USA – Carli Lloyd (Abby Wambach)                         17
USA – Abby Wambach (Carli Lloyd)                         35
USA – Abby Wambach (Carli Lloyd)                         41
USA – Abby Wambach (Sydney Leroux)                  71
USA – Sydney Leroux (Tobin Heath)                        73 

Lineups:
USA: 1-Hope Solo; 16-Meghan Klingenberg, 3-Christie Rampone (capt.), 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 11-Ali Krieger; 12-Lauren Holiday, 7-Morgan Brian (2-Sydney Leroux, 56), 10-Carli Lloyd; 14-Christen Press (9-Heather O’Reilly, 56), 20-Abby Wambach, 15-Megan Rapinoe (17-Tobin Heath, 57)
Subs Not Used: 5-Kelley O’Hara, 6-Whitney Engen, 8-Amy Rodriguez, 18-Ashlyn Harris, 19-Julie Johnston
Head Coach: Jill Ellis 

CRC: 1-Dinnia Diaz; 5-Diana Saenz (9-Carolina Venegas, 46), 6-Carol Sanchez, 8-Daniela Cruz, 10-Shirley Cruz (capt.); 11-Raquel Rodriguez Cedeño, 12-Lixy Rodriguez (2-Gabriela Guillen, 76), 15-Cristin Granados, 16-Katherine Alvarado; 17-Daphnne Herrera, 20-Wendy Patricia Acosta (19-Fabiola Sanchez, 74)
Subs Not Used: 3-Mariane Ugalde, 4-Maríiana Benavidez, 7-Gloriana Villalobos, 13-Noelia Bermudez, 14-Yesmi Rodriguez, 18-Yirlania Arroyo
Head Coach: Avedissian Garabet 

Stats Summary: USA / CRC
Shots: 21 / 2
Shots on Goal: 14 / 0
Saves: 0 / 8
Corner Kicks: 8 / 2
Fouls: 18 / 6
Offside: 1 / 2 

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Megan Rapinoe (caution)       27th minute
USA – Lauren Holiday (caution)         60 

Officials:
Referee: Lucila Venegas (MEX)
Assistant Referee 1: Mayte Chavez (MEX)
Assistant Referee 2: Emperatriz Ayala (SLV)
Fourth Official: Maurees Skeete (GUY) 

Budweiser Woman of the Match: Abby Wambach

WNT Faces Costa Rica in CONCACAF Women's Championship Final

2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship
U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Costa Rica
PPL Park; Chester, Pennsylvania
Oct. 26, 2014

U.S. WNT FACES COSTA RICA IN CONCACAF WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL: The U.S. Women’s National Team has accomplished its primary goal of advancing to the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup. However, one important match remains at the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship as the USA faces Costa Rica in the tournament’s title match on Sunday, Oct. 26, at PPL Park in Chester, Pennsylvania. Kickoff is at 6 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1. Fans can also follow on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt and @ussoccer_esp.

The USA advanced to its seventh straight FIFA Women’s World Cup after defeating Mexico 3-0 on Friday, Oct. 24, in the semifinals of the CONCACAF Women’s Championship. Carli Lloyd, who hails from just outside of Philadelphia, led the way with two goals and Christen Press added a third. Earlier that day, Costa Rica tied Trinidad & Tobago 1-1 through regulation and overtime before triumphing 3-0 in a penalty kick shootout to book its first trip to the FIFA Women’s World Cup which takes place next year in Canada. (2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup Ticket Information)

The USA is looking to win its fifth title at the CONCACAF Women’s Championship. This year’s event marks the first time that USA has advance to the tournament final and not faced Canada.

CONCACAF WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP FINALS HISTORY:

  • April 28, 1991: USA 5, Canada 0 – Michelle Akers records a hat trick to lead the USA.
  • Aug. 21, 1994: USA 6, Canada 0 – Five USA players score, in addition to Canada’s own goal.
  • Sept. 6, 1998: Canada 1, Mexico 0 – As host nation of the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup, the USA did not need to participate.
  • Nov. 9, 2002: USA 2, Canada 1 (overtime) – Mia Hamm scored the 94th-minute game-winner (golden goal).
  • Nov. 26, 2006: USA 2, Canada 1 (overtime) – Kristine Lilly scored winning PK in 120th minute of CONCACAF Women’s Gold Cup.
  • Nov. 8, 2010: Canada 1, Mexico 0 – Christine Sinclair scored the lone PK goal of the CONCACAF Women’s Gold Cup. Earlier that day, the USA defeated Costa Rica 3-0 in the third-place game to advance to a playoff against Italy, which it won by a 2-0 aggregate.

For stories, group schedule, statistics and more, visit ussoccer.com’s 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship home page.

2014 U.S. WNT SCHEDULE:

Date

Opponent

Result/Time (ET)

U.S. Goal Scorers/TV

Venue

Jan. 31

Canada

1-0 W

Leroux

Toyota Stadium; Frisco, Texas

Feb. 8

Russia

7-0 W

Lloyd (2), Press (2), O’Reilly,

Leroux, Wambach

FAU Stadium; Boca Raton, Fla.

Feb. 13

Russia

8-0 W

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

Georgia Dome; Atlanta, Ga.

March 5

Japan^

1-1 T

Leroux

Parchal, Portugal

March 7

Sweden^

0-1 L

-

Albufeira, Portugal

March 10

Denmark^

3-5 L

Press, Leroux, Rapinoe

Albufeira, Portugal

March 12

Korea DPR^

3-0 W

Wambach (2), O’Reilly

Parchal, Portugal

April 6

China PR

2-0 W

Holiday, Rapinoe

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

April 10

China PR

3-0 W

Lloyd (2), Leroux

Qualcomm Stadium; San Diego, Calif.

May 8

Canada

1-1 T

Leroux

Investors Group Field; Winnipeg, Canada

June 14

France

1-0 W

Leroux

Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Fla.

June 19

France

2-2 T

Morgan (2)

Rentschter Field, East Hartford, Conn.

Aug. 20

Switzerland

4-1 W

Rapinoe, Lloyd, Press, Wambach

WakeMed Soccer Park, Cary, N.C.

Sept. 13

Mexico

8-0 W

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

Rio Tinto Stadium; Sandy, Utah

Sept. 18

Mexico

4-0 W

Rodriguez, Rapinoe, Heath, Morgan

Sahlen’s Stadium, Rochester, N.Y.

Oct. 15

T&T*

1-0 W

Wambach

Sporting Park; Kansas City, Kan.

Oct. 17

Guatemala*

5-0 W

Heath (2), Lloyd, Engen, Rapinoe

Toyota Park; Bridgeview, Ill.

Oct. 20

Haiti*

6-0 W

Wambach (2), Lloyd, Klingenberg, Press, Brian

RFK Stadium; Washington, D.C.

Oct. 24

Mexico*

3-0 W

Lloyd (2), Press

PPL Park; Chester, Pa.

Oct. 26

Costa Rica*

6 p.m.

FOX Sports 1

PPL Park; Chester, Pa.

^ Algarve Cup *2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship

QUALIFYING FORMAT: The 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship began with eight countries divided into two groups of four and the top two finishers in each group after round-robin play advanced to the semifinals. PPL Park in Chester, Pennsylvania, near Philadelphia, hosted the semifinals on Oct. 24, and will also host the third-place and championship games on Oct. 26. The two finalists (USA and Costa Rica) and the winner of the third-place match (Mexico vs. Trinidad & Tobago) qualify directly for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada. The fourth-place team will enter a two-leg playoff against South American third-place finisher Ecuador for a final berth.

20 IN, 4 TO GO: With their advancement to the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship title match, Costa Rica and the USA became the 18th and 19th teams, respectively, to qualify for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Ivory Coast became the 20th team to qualify after defeating South Africa, 1-0, in the third-place match of the African qualifying tournament. Nigeria and Cameroon are Africa’s other representatives. Switzerland, England, Spain, France, Norway, Germany and Sweden have qualified from Europe. The Netherlands defeated Scotland, 2-1, in the first leg of the semifinals of the UEFA playoffs while Italy downed Ukaine by the same score. The two semifinal winners will battle in a two-leg final to be the last European qualifier. Five teams qualified from the 2014 Asian Women’s Cup – Japan, Australia, China PR, Korea Republic and Thailand. Japan defeated Australia 1-0 in the Asian Cup championship game while China defeated Korea 2-1 for third. Perhaps the biggest news was the qualification of Thailand to its first Women’s World Cup. Thailand defeated host Vietnam 2-1 for fifth place and became the first team to wholly benefit from the expansion of the tournament to 24 teams. In the South American qualifying tournament, Brazil won the competition with Colombia finishing second and Ecuador third to earn a playoff against the fourth place finisher from CONCACAF. The remaining four countries will come from Europe (1 more), CONCACAF (1.5), South America (.5) and Oceania (1). The Confederation breakdown of World Cup berths is as follows:


Host:

Canada

CONCACAF

3.5 + host, up from 2.5

Europe

8 total, up from 4.5 + host in 2011

South America

2.5, up from 2

Africa

5 total, up from 3

Oceania

1, same as in 2011

Asia

3 total, up from 2

WORLD RECORD AND COUNTING: Abby Wambach continues to add to her world goal scoring record after tallying career goals No. 172 and 173 against Haiti on Oct. 20 at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. On June 20, 2013, Wambach passed the legendary Mia Hamm to become the world’s all-time leading scorer when she pounded in four goals against South Korea at Red Bull Arena. Hamm had 158 international goals from 1987-2004. The match against Haiti marked the 111th win for the USA in a game in which Wambach has scored at least one goal (111-2-8). Wambach has scored 48 goals in her past 59 games over 2012, 2013 and 2014. She is also third all-time in assists with 65, behind only Kristine Lilly (105) and Hamm (144).

CONCACAF VENUE HISTORY: The USA is familiar with all four venues for the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship, having now played 20 games in its history at the four stadiums: two at Sporting Park, six at Toyota Park (including a Women’s World Cup playoff match in 2010), nine at RFK Stadium and three at PPL Park. The U.S. is coming off a 3-0 victory against Mexico on Friday, Oct. 24, in the semifinals of the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship. The USA has never lost a match at these venues.

Stadium

City

Record

GF

GA

The Skinny

Sporting Park

Kansas City, Kan.

1-0-1

2

1

1-1 tie vs. CAN in 2011; 1-0 win vs. TRI in 2014

Toyota Park

Bridgeview, Ill.

5-0-1

18

2

1-0 win vs. Italy in 2010 sent USA to WWC

RFK Stadium

Washington, D.C.

9-0-0

31

5

Most recent was 6-0 win vs. Haiti on Monday

PPL Park

Chester, Pa.

3-0-0

8

2

Defeated CHN twice at the venue

ROSTER SPOTS: U.S. head coach Jill Ellis chose 20 players for the USA’s 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship roster, which included two goalkeepers, seven defenders, six midfielders and five forwards, but will play the rest of the tournament with 19 after forward Alex Morgan was ruled out due to injury in second game. Many of the players can play multiple positions, giving Ellis variety and depth on the roster, which consists of all professional players aside from the USA’s lone college player, Morgan Brian, who is a senior at the University of Virginia. Of the USA’s 20 players, just five are over 30 years old: team captain Christie Rampone (39), forward Abby Wambach (34), goalkeeper Hope Solo (33), midfielder Carli Lloyd (32) and defender Ali Krieger (30). Rampone hit the historic 300 cap mark last game and is the most-capped active player in the world and second all-time in world history. The least-capped players on the roster are Ashlyn Harris and Julie Johnston who both have four caps. Three players on the roster helped FC Kansas City to the 2014 NWSL title: Becky Sauerbrunn, Lauren Holiday and Amy Rodriguez.

U.S. Women’s National Team By Position – Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): 18-Ashlyn Harris (Washington Spirit), 1-Hope Solo (Seattle Reign FC)
DEFENDERS (7): 6-Whitney Engen (WNY Flash), 19-Julie Johnston (Chicago Red Stars), 16-Meghan Klingenberg (Houston Dash), 11-Ali Krieger (Washington Spirit), 5-Kelley O’Hara (Sky Blue FC), 3-Christie Rampone (Sky Blue FC), 4-Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City)
MIDFIELDERS (6): 7-Morgan Brian (Virginia), 17-Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC), 12-Lauren Holiday (FC Kansas City), 10-Carli Lloyd (Houston Dash), 9-Heather O’Reilly (Boston Breakers), 15-Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign FC)
FORWARDS (4): 2-Sydney Leroux (Seattle Reign FC), 14-Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars), 8-Amy Rodriguez (FC Kansas City), 20-Abby Wambach (WNY Flash)

U.S. ROSTER NOTES:

  • U.S. head coach Jill Ellis has used 19 of the 20 players on the roster so far, with Julie Johnston (who was a late injury replacement for Crystal Dunn), the only player yet to see action.
  • Midfielder Carli Lloyd is the only player to log all 360 minutes during the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship.
  • Eight players have scored goals so far in the tournament, led by Lloyd who has four. Abby Wambach is second with three goals, and she now has 13 goals in World Cup qualifying, which ranks second all-time in U.S. WNT history behind Michelle Akers (17).
  • Tobin Heath and Christen Press each have two goals in the tournament.
  • Sydney Leroux leads the USA with three assists in the tournament. Lloyd has two..
  • Thirteen of the players on this roster participated in the qualifying tournament for the 2012 Olympics. The six players that did not are: goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris, defenders Whitney Engen, Julie Johnston and Meghan Klingenberg, midfielder Morgan Brian and forward Press.
  • Ten players on the roster had previous Women’s World Cup qualifying experience coming into this tournament, led by forward Wambach and midfielder Heather O’Reilly, both of whom played in the qualifying tournaments for the last three Women’s World Cup tournaments. Defender Christie Rampone and midfielder Lloyd played in the last two CONCACAF Women’s World Cup qualifying tournaments. Other U.S. WNT players with previous qualifying experience are Holiday, Ali Krieger, Megan Rapinoe, Amy Rodriguez, Becky Sauerbrunn and Hope Solo.
  • Holiday, the 2013 NWSL MVP and 2014 NWSL Championship Game MVP, became the 30th American female player to earn 100 caps when she played against Canada on May 8. She currently has 109 caps.
  • Wambach is the USA’s top scorer on the roster with 173 goals. After Wambach, Lloyd is the top scorer with 55 career international goals and O’Reilly has scored 41. Sydney Leroux is quickly climbing the charts with 32.
  • Rodriguez had an excellent NWSL season with 13 goals in the regular season, good for second in the league, and then scored three more in the playoffs, including both goals in the NWSL title game. Rodriguez has 28 international scores.
  • Wambach took over the team scoring lead in 2014 with her brace against Haiti in the USA’s final Group A match and now has 10 goals this year. Wambach is followed by Lloyd (9), Leroux (8) and Press (7).
  • Wambach has now reached double-figures in goals in eight different calendar years. Mia Hamm still holds the record with nine years in double-figures.
  • Lloyd’s six assists are best on the team this year and she is followed by Press and Rapinoe, both with five.
  • All nine NWSL clubs are represented on the roster.
  • Twenty-nine players have seen game action for the USA in 2014, including first-cappers Samantha Mewis, Sarah Hagan and Allie Long, none of whom made the qualifying roster.
  • The USA has scored 15 goals in the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship to lead all teams.

IN THE RECORD BOOKS:

  • Christie Rampone earned her 300th appearance on Oct. 24, joining only Kristine Lilly (352) in this elite caps club.
  • The USA’s current 91-game unbeaten streak at home (80-0-11 since Nov. 6, 2004) is a team record. The next-highest streak is 50 games (48-0-2) from Feb. 10, 1996, through April 22, 1999. The USA tied the record on May 14, 2011 (2-0 win against Japan at Columbus Crew Stadium) and broke the record with the 51st game on May 18, 2011 (another 2-0 win against Japan at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, North Carolina).
  • Carli Lloyd scored goals No. 54 and 55 of her career during the USA’s 3-0 win against Mexico on Oct. 24. She moved into sole possession of eighth place on the U.S. WNT’s all-time goal scoring list past Carin Gabarra (53 goals from 1987-96). Lloyd is now chasing Shannon MacMillan who scored 60 goals in her career.
  • Lloyd is the highest-scoring player in U.S. history who has played exclusively as a midfielder.
  • Heather O’Reilly is the ninth player to hit 200 caps in U.S. history after reaching the milestone against Korea DPR on March 12 and with 211 is now seventh on the USA’s all-time list. Abby Wambach (227) and Rampone (300) are the only active players ahead of her.
  • O’Reilly is the second-youngest player to hit 200 caps for the USA. Lilly was 28 years 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 sixth all-time in assists with 51.
  • In addition to breaking Mia Hamm’s world scoring record, Wambach’s June 20, 2013, performance against the Korea Republic also made her the USA’s all-time leader in multiple-goal games with 39 for her career. She has since added another on March 12 against Korea DPR, another on Sept. 13 against Mexico and another on Oct. 20 vs. Haiti and sits at 42. She has 35 two-goal games, five hat tricks, one four-goal game and one five-goal game.
  • With her goal against Switzerland on Aug. 20, Wambach joined Hamm as the only WNT players to reach 400 points in their career. Wambach has 411 points (173 goals, 65 assists) and Hamm had 460 (158 goals, 144 assists).
  • Leroux is tied with Lindsay Tarpley for 15th on the all-time U.S. WNT goal scoring list with 32 goals.
  • Ali Krieger became the 48th WNT player to reach 50 caps with her start against Trinidad & Tobago on Oct. 15. Other players to hit the 50-game milestone this year have included Sydney Leroux on April 10 against China PR and Becky Sauerbrunn on Jan. 31 against Canada.
  • Hope Solo earned her 76th shutout during the USA’s 3-0 win against Mexico on Oct. 24, extending her team record. Eleven of Solo’s shutouts have come in world championship play – five in the FIFA Women’s World Cup and six during the Olympics. As a confirmation of her reputation as a big-game player, 45 of Solo’s career shutouts – almost 60 percent – have come in tournament competitions that include world championships, qualifying for the World Cup and Olympics and elite tournaments such as the Algarve Cup, which is held annually in Portugal.

CONCACAF WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP HISTORY:

  • The USA is 26-1-0 all-time in CONCACAF Women’s World Cup qualifying.
  • The USA won the Women’s World Cup qualifying tournament in 1991, 1994, 2002 and 2006. As host, the U.S. WNT did not have to qualify for 1999. The USA played Canada in the championship game of each of those first four tournaments.
  • The USA finished third in 2010 after losing to Mexico, 2-1, in the semifinal and defeating Costa Rica 3-0 in the third-place match.
  • The USA has scored 147 goals in WWC qualifying (an average of 5.4 per game) while allowing five.

BY THE NUMBERS:

  • 0.58: Goals per game the USA has allowed in 2014
  • 1: Player to appear in all 19 games in 2014: Christen Press
  • 3.3: Goals per game the USA has scored in 2014
  • 6: Assists by Carli Lloyd in 2014, the most on the team
  • 13: U.S. players to score a goal in 2014
  • 15: Goals in 31 career games for U.S. forward Christen Press
  • 55: Career goals by Lloyd, most ever for a WNT player who has played exclusively as a midfielder
  • 76: Career shutouts by Hope Solo, the USA’s all-time record
  • 111: U.S. victories when Wambach scores a goal (111-2-8 overall)
  • 130: Minutes on field per goal averaged by Mia Hamm in her career
  • 300: 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, a capacity in which she coached two games this year – a win against China PR and a tie against Canada – Jill Ellis was officially named the eighth head coach of the U.S. WNT on May 16. After coaching the final seven games of 2012 when she compiled a 5-0-2 record, Ellis officially started the job with a 6-0-3 record and is now 14-0-3. In taking the top position, Ellis stepped away from her job as Development Director for the U.S. Women’s National Teams, a job she was appointed to in January of 2011, but will still work closely with U.S. Women’s National Team Technical Director April Heinrichs to oversee the USA’s youth teams.

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

IN FOCUS: COSTA RICA
Federación Costarricense de Fútbol 
Founded: 1921 (Joined FIFA in 1927) 
Head Coach: Garabet Avedissian 
FIFA World Ranking: 40 
FIFA World Cups: 2015 
Best FIFA World Cup Finish: Qualified for first World Cup in 2015

Costa Rica Women’s National Team Roster by Position
GOALKEEPERS (2): 1-Dinnia Diaz (Moravia), 18-Yirlania Arroyo (Sky Blue FC)
DEFENDERS (11): 2-Gabriela Guillen (Saprissa), 3-Mariane Ugalde (Saprissa), 4- Maríiana Benavidez (Herediano), 5-Diana Saenz (South Florida), 6-Carol Sanchez (Moravia), 8-Daniela Cruz (South Florida), 12-Lixy Rodriguez (UCEM), 13-Noelia Bermudez (Herediano), 14-Yesmi Rodriguez (Moravia), 20-Wendy Patricia Acosta (Moravia), 29-Fabiola Sanchez (Martin Methodist)
MIDFIELDERS (4): 7-Gloriana Villalobos (Saprissa), 10-Shirley Cruz (Paris Saint-Germain), 15-Cristin Granados (Saprissa), 16-Katherine Alvarado (Saprissa) 
FORWARDS (3): 9-Carolina Venegas (Saprissa), 11-Raquel Rodriguez Cedeño (Penn State), 17-Daphnne Herrera (Saprissa)

COSTA RICA ROSTER NOTES

  • Costa Rica qualified for its first FIFA Women’s World Cup with a 3-0 shootout victory against Trinidad & Tobago on Oct. 24. Carolina Venegas scored Costa Rica’s 19th-minute goal as both teams played to a 1-1 score through regulation and overtime. In the shootout, Katherine Alvarado, Carol Sanchez and Wendy Patricia Acosta each converted their attempts, while Trinidad & Tobago failed to convert as goalkeeper Dinnia Diaz saved all three attempts.
  • Costa Rica is 8-12-1 all-time in World Cup qualifying matches, posting a 3-0-0 record to win Group B in this year’s tournament.
  • Costa Rica is guaranteed its best finish in the CONCACAF Women’s Championship. Its previous best was third place in 1998.
  • Venegas is Costa Rica’s top goal scorer in this year’s tournament with four tallies. In addition to her recent goal against Trinidad & Tobago, Venegas scored the lone goal during Costa Rica’s 1-0 win against Mexico to open Group B play on Oct. 16. She also scored twice during her side’s 6-1 rout against Martinique on Oct. 21.
  • Penn State junior Raquel Rodriguez Cedeño has three goals for Costa Rica in the CONCACAF Women’s Championship, including the 86th-minute game-winner to lead Costa Rica past Jamaica 2-1 on Oct. 18. She also scored twice against Martinique.
  • Midfielder Shirley Cruz plays for France club powerhouse Paris Saint-Germain, where American forward Lindsey Horan currently plays and where Tobin Heath had played for six months for PSG’s runner-up Division 1 Féminine team in 2013-14 before returning to the U.S. to play for the National Women’s Soccer League’s Portland Thorns FC.

USA VS. COSTA RICA:

  • The USA is a perfect 9-0-0 all-time against Costa Rica, with all nine victories resulting in a shutout. The U.S. has outscored Costa Rica 45-0.
  • The U.S. is 3-0-0 in World Cup qualifying matches against Costa Rica, including a 4-0 win on Nov. 1, 2010, and a 3-0 victory on Nov. 8, 2010. The latter win, led by Abby Wambach’s brace, came in the 2010 CONCACAF Women’s Championship third-place game in Cancun, Mexico. The USA earned a spot in a two-game playoff against Italy and would go on to advance to the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
  • The USA-Costa Rica series began on June 25, 2000, with the U.S. earning an 8-0 victory in Group A play at the 2000 CONCACAF Women’s Gold Cup in Louisville. USA midfielder Nikki Serlenga, who featured for the WNT in 30 games from 2000-01, scored three goals in that match.
  • The U.S. has also played Costa Rica three times in Olympic qualifying, including a 3-0 win on Jan. 27, 2012, to qualify for the London Olympics later that year.
  • As part of the USA’s Fan Tribute Tour following the gold medal performance at the 2012 London Olympics, the U.S. defeated Costa Rica 8-0 on Sept. 1 in Rochester, New York. Hometown hero Wambach and Megan Rapinoe each scored two goals.

LAST TIME
On the field for the USA: 
Oct. 24, 2014 vs. Mexico – PPL Park; Chester, Pennsylvania
2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship

USA   2  1  3  Carli Lloyd 6, 30; Christen Press 56
MEX  0  0  0

Lineups:
USA: 1-Hope Solo; 11-Ali Krieger, 3-Christie Rampone (capt.), 6-Whitney Engen, 16-Meghan Klingenberg; 12-Lauren Holiday (9-Heather O’Reilly, 75), 10-Carli Lloyd, 15-Megan Rapinoe (7-Morgan Brian, 67); 14-Christen Press, 2-Sydney Leroux (20-Abby Wambach, 62), 17-Tobin Heath
Subs Not Used: 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 5-Kelley O’Hara, 8-Amy Rodriguez, 18-Ashlyn Harris, 19-Julie Johnston
Head Coach: Jill Ellis

MEX: 12-Pamela Tajonar (capt.); 2-Arianna Romero, 3-Bianca Sierra, 4-Alina Garcíamendez, 15-Christina Murillo (14-Monica Alvarado, 72); 6-Liliana Mercado, 7-Lydia Nayeli Rangel, 13-Kenti Robles (8-Teresa Noyola, 76); 18-Dinora Garza, 19-Tanya Samarzich, 20-Luz Duarte (10-Sandra Stephany Mayor, 55)
Subs Not Used: 1-Cecilia Santiago, 5-Paulina Solís, 11-Monica Ocampo, 9-Veronica Charlyn Corral, 16-Karla Nieto, 17-Veronica Perez
Head Coach: Leonardo Cuellar

On the field vs. Costa Rica:
Sept. 2, 2012 – Sahlen’s Stadium – Rochester, N.Y. – International Friendly

USA  5  3  8  Rapinoe 13, 45; Wambach 24, 32; Morgan 38; Leroux 77; Lloyd 84; O’Reilly 89
CRC  0  0  0

Lineups:
USA: 1-Hope Solo (21-Jill Loyden, 54); 6-Amy LePeilbet (2-Heather Mitts, 46), 3-Christie Rampone (capt.), 16-Rachel Buehler (4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 46), 5-Kelley O’Hara; 15-Megan Rapinoe (8-Amy Rodriguez, 55), 10-Carli Lloyd, 7-Shannon Boxx (9-Heather O’Reilly, 46), 17-Tobin Heath; 13-Alex Morgan, 14-Abby Wambach (11-Sydney Leroux, 72)
Subs Not Used: 12-Lauren Cheney
Head coach: Pia Sundhage

CRC: 1-Erica Miranda; 5-Diana Saenz (2-Noelle Sanz, 85), 8-Daniela Cruz, 14-Miriam Ugalde, 4-Gabriela Guillen (22-Yesmi Rodriguez, 89); 16-Cristin Granados, 10-Katherine Alvarado, 7-Mariela Campos; 9-Daphne Herrera (15-Mariana Benavides, 64), 11-Raquel Rodriguez, 6-Maria Barrantes (12-Mayra Almazan)
Subs Not Used: 17-Andreina Baltodano, 18-Noelia Bermudez, 19-Gabriela Alfaro
Head coach: Karla Aleman

#WNTvMEX Post-Game Reaction

U.S. WNT midfielder Carli Lloyd speaks about the team's performance against Mexico and throughout the tournament as well as focusing on not just World Cup qualification but winning the 2014 CONCACAF Women's Championship. 


WNT Books Ticket to 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup with 3-0 Victory against Mexico

CHESTER, Pennsylvania (Oct. 24, 2014) – A focused and aggressive U.S. Women’s National Team booked its seventh consecutive trip to the FIFA Women’s World Cup with a 3-0 victory against Mexico in the semifinals of the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship at PPL Park. 

Carli Lloyd scored two first-half goals and Christen Press tallied in the second half as the USA became the 19th team this year to earn a spot in the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada. 

The USA will next face Costa Rica in the title match of the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship on Sunday at PPL Park. The game kicks off at 6 p.m. ET (FOX Sports 1). Costa Rica defeated Trinidad & Tobago 3-0 in penalty kicks earlier Friday to advance to the final and qualify for its first FIFA Women’s World Cup. 

The USA will be in search of its third World Cup crown in Canada next year, having previously won the title at the 1991 and 1999 events. 

Just before kickoff of the USA’s semifinal game, defender and team captain Christie Rampone was honored for making her 300th appearance over her 16-year international career. U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati and CONCACAF President Jeffrey Webb presented Rampone with commemorative gifts in recognition of this achievement. (Christie Rampone Tribute | In Her Own Words

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Carli Lloyd (Tobin Heath), 6th minute: Despite facing a packed-in defense in the opening minutes, the USA’s decisive ball movement was too much for Mexico. Lauren Holiday switched the point of attack from the right to left side where Heath controlled. Heath brought the ball to her right foot and crossed back in to the top of the six-yard box, where Lloyd was perched. Without needing to leave her feet, Lloyd headed the ball into the right side of the frame past Mexico goalkeeper Pamela Tajonar to tally her third goal of the tournament. USA 1, MEX 0 (SEE GOAL)

USA – Carli Lloyd (penalty), 30th minute: Tobin Heath drew a foul in the left side of the box against Mexico’s Christina Murillo to earn a penalty kick. Lloyd stepped up and fired to the left side of the net as Pamela Tajonar guessed the opposite way. It was Lloyd’s fourth goal of the tournament. Additionally, Lloyd now has three multi-goal games this year. USA 2, MEX 0 (SEE GOAL) 

USA – Christen Press (Sydney Leroux), 56th minute: The U.S. worked the ball up centrally with Christie Rampone passing to Leroux in the midfield. Leroux’s through ball split a pair of Mexico defenders and forced Mexico’s Pamela Tajonar to rush off her line. Press got to the ball first, took a right-footed touch to elude Tajonar and then tapped in with her left foot for her second goal of the tournament. USA 3, MEX 0 (SEE GOAL) (FINAL) 

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
MEX – Pamela Tajonar and Christina Murillo, 19th minute: The USA created several chances during this sequence, starting with a Christen Press shot from the right side of the box that Tajonar parried away. Sydney Leroux was positioned in the right place for the rebound toward the top of the box, but her shot was blocked by Murillo. The U.S. lingered for several more seconds around the box and Mexico eventually cleared. 

MEX – Kenti Robles, 74th minute: Christen Press crossed the ball in from the right side of the box to Tobin Heath who had an opportunity from about eight yards out, but a sliding Robles was able to block the attempt. 

Milestone Watch:

  • Christie Rampone, earning her 300th cap, becomes the second U.S. WNT player to accomplish this feat, joining Kristine Lilly (352 games from 1987-2010).
  • With her 54th and 55th goals, Carli Lloyd passes Carin Gabarra (53 goals from 1987-96) for sole possession of eighth place on the U.S. WNT all-time goal scoring list. Next up on the list is seventh-place Shannon MacMillan (60 goals from 1993-2005).
  • Abby Wambach and Lloyd made their 13th appearances in a World Cup qualifying match. They are tied for second place on the USA’s all-time list behind only Lilly (17 games).
  • Goalkeeper Hope Solo, the U.S. WNT’s all-time shutouts leader, upped her record to 76 clean sheets in 158 games. 

Next on the Schedule:
The U.S. WNT advances to the title match of the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship on Sunday, Oct. 25, against Costa Rica at PPL Park in Chester, Pennsylvania. The game kicks off at 6 p.m. ET.

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Additional Notes:

  • The USA is now 14-2-3 in 2014.
  • The U.S. WNT is now 26-1-0 all-time in CONCACAF Women’s World Cup qualifying.
  • The USA moves to 30-1-1 all-time against Mexico. The WNT’s only loss was a 2-1 defeat on Nov. 5, 2010, during 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup Qualifying in Cancun, Mexico. The USA is 5-1-0 against Mexico in qualifying matches.
  • U.S. head coach Jill Ellis made three starting lineup changes following the team’s 6-0 win against Haiti on Monday.
  • Hope Solo returned in goal for Ashlyn Harris.
  • The back line included three returning starters in left back Meghan Klingenberg and center back duo Whitney Engen and team captain Christie Rampone. Ali Krieger returned to the starting lineup at right back after Kelley O’Hara had played in that spot against Haiti.
  • The U.S. midfield remained unchanged from the group stage with the starting trio of Lauren Holiday, Carli Lloyd and Megan Rapinoe.
  • The front three of the USA’s 4-3-3 formation included returning starters Christen Press and Tobin Heath, as well as Sydney Leroux who had started in Oct. 17 match against Guatemala.
  • Press is the only USA player to have made an appearance in all 19 games this year.
  • In the 62nd minute, USA all-time goal scoring leader Abby Wambach entered the match for Leroux.
  • In the 67th minute, Morgan Brian entered for Rapinoe, and with the substitution, Holiday was pushed up into an attacking role in the midfield.
  • The USA’s final substitution was Heather O’Reilly replacing Holiday in the 75th minute.
  • For the second consecutive game in the tournament, Leroux was unfortunate to hit the woodwork. In the 49th minute, Rapinoe’s searching cross from the right side skipped past Heath to a wide-open Leroux, who put some power behind her close-range shot but hit the crossbar. Then in the 61st minute, Leroux’s shot ricocheted off of the right post.
  • Press hit the left post in the 84th minute that would have pushed the USA lead to four goals.
  • Lloyd has scored four goals in four games in the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship. Prior to this year’s tournament, she had scored two goals in nine qualifying games.
  • Lloyd is the only USA player to have logged the full 360 minutes during this year’s CONCACAF Women’s Championship.
  • The U.S. WNT is now 89-8-13 in the 110 games that Rampone has been the team captain.
  • The U.S. is 14-0-3 under head coach Jill Ellis.

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

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Mexico
Date: Oct. 24, 2014
Competition: 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship; Semifinals
Venue: PPL Park; Chester, Pennsylvania
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. ET
Attendance: 8,773
Weather: 68 degrees, cool 

Scoring Summary:   1          2          F
USA                            2          1          3
MEX                            0          0          0 

USA – Carli Lloyd (Tobin Heath)        6th minute
USA – Carli Lloyd (penalty kick)        30
USA – Christen Press (Sydney Leroux)        56 

Lineups:
USA: 1-Hope Solo; 11-Ali Krieger, 3-Christie Rampone (capt.), 6-Whitney Engen, 16-Meghan Klingenberg; 12-Lauren Holiday (9-Heather O’Reilly, 75), 10-Carli Lloyd, 15-Megan Rapinoe (7-Morgan Brian, 67); 14-Christen Press, 2-Sydney Leroux (20-Abby Wambach, 62), 17-Tobin Heath
Subs Not Used: 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 5-Kelley O’Hara, 8-Amy Rodriguez, 18-Ashlyn Harris, 19-Julie Johnston
Head Coach: Jill Ellis 

MEX: 12-Pamela Tajonar (capt.); 2-Arianna Romero, 3-Bianca Sierra, 4-Alina Garcíamendez, 15-Christina Murillo (14-Monica Alvarado, 72); 6-Liliana Mercado, 7-Lydia Nayeli Rangel, 13-Kenti Robles (8-Teresa Noyola, 76); 18-Dinora Garza, 19-Tanya Samarzich, 20-Luz Duarte (10-Sandra Stephany Mayor, 55)
Subs Not Used: 1-Cecilia Santiago, 5-Paulina Solís, 11-Monica Ocampo, 9-Veronica Charlyn Corral, 16-Karla Nieto, 17-Veronica Perez
Head Coach: Leonardo Cuellar 

Stats Summary: USA / MEX
Shots: 21 / 1
Shots on Goal: 7 / 0
Saves: 0 / 4
Corner Kicks: 4 / 0
Fouls: 4 / 12
Offside: 9 / 1 

Misconduct Summary:
None 

Officials:
Referee: Sheena Dickson (CAN)
Assistant Referee 1: Marie-Josee Charbonneau (CAN)
Assistant Referee 2: Kimberly Moreira (CRC)
Fourth Official: Maurees Skeete (GUY) 

Budweiser Woman of the Match: Carli Lloyd

2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup Ticket Information

With the U.S. Women’s National Team advancing to the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup, it’s time for fans to begin locking in plans and purchasing their tickets to support the team during its quest for a third World Cup title in Canada next summer. 

For fans who can’t wait until the Women’s World Cup Draw on Dec. 6 when the U.S. Women’s National Team finds out their opponents, venues and match dates, or are looking to purchase tickets at a specific venue, package tickets by stadium are now available for purchase during the first of four sale phases. The first phase runs until Dec. 5.  

The second ticketing phase (Dec. 6-Early 2015) will allow fans to purchase tickets to specific U.S. WNT matches.  

Below is information on the stadiums, the ticket phases, the types of ticket packages and frequently asked questions. For more detailed information, fans can check out FIFA’s Ticketing Guide

STADIUMS
There will be six stadiums in six different cities hosting games at next year’s World Cup: BC Place in Vancouver, British Columbia; Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton, Alberta; Winnipeg Stadium in Winnipeg, Manitoba; Lansdowne Stadium in Ottawa, Ontario; Olympic Stadium in Montreal, Quebec; and Moncton Stadium in Moncton, New Brunswick. 

TICKET PACKAGES
A Stadium Passport includes tickets for every match day at a single stadium (with exception of the Final match ticket at BC Place). Each of the six stadiums has an individual package with prices ranging from $90 to $495* depending on the number of matches set to be held in each venue, and whether it is hosting a Group Stage, Round of 16, Quarterfinal or Semifinal match. 

A Stadium Half Pass includes a fixed set of tickets for half of the matches at the selected stadium (with exception of the Final match ticket at BC Place). The Stadium Half Pass will only be offered for three venues: BC Place, Commonwealth Stadium and Olympic Stadium. Prices range from $80 to $315* depending on the number of matches set to be held in each venue, and whether it is hosting a Group Stage, Round of 16, Quarterfinal or Semifinal match. 

*Ticket prices do not include all fees and are in Canadian dollars. 

TICKET PHASES
Phase 1 (Oct. 24-Dec. 5, 2014): During this phase, fans have the ability to purchase a Stadium Passport and/or a Stadium Half Pass. At this time, fans will NOT know which teams will be playing in each stadium as the Women’s World Cup Draw is not until Dec. 6. These tickets are available on a first-come, first-serve basis through a price category reservation system at FIFA.com/Canada2015. Seat assignments will be completed by the end of November 2014, and fans wishing to sit together should purchase on one account. 

Phase 2 (Dec. 6, 2014-Early 2015): Starting after the Women’s World Cup Draw on Dec. 6, fans also have the ability to purchase a Stadium Passport and/or a Stadium Half Pass during this stage. Fans will be able to purchase tickets for specific matches as the entire schedule will be known. Also, individuals will be able to select their own seat when purchasing a Passport and/or Half Pass by using either the interactive map seat or ‘best available option’ through FIFA.com/Canada2015.

Phase 3 (Early 2015-Late Spring 2015): During this stage, all remaining tickets in the stadiums will be made available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Phase 4 (Late Spring 2015-July 5): During this stage, all remaining tickets in the stadiums which will be made available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Tickets will also become available at official ticket offices during this stage (the ticket office locations will be confirmed at a later date).

Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How and when will I get my tickets?
Individuals who have purchased Stadium Passports and/or Half Passes during Phases 1 and 2 will receive unique tickets that will be delivered beginning in late March 2015. Purchasers who select the ‘print at home’ option must check the email address associated with their ticketing account for the notice and link to print tickets. 

Q: Do I need to buy two tickets for a doubleheader?
No. One ticket gives you access to both matches on a doubleheader match day. 

Q: What about purchasing tickets for the Final match?
All Stadium Passport or Half Pass purchasers during Phase 1 in any official host city will have the first opportunity to purchase tickets to the Final match. The Final match will be available as a purchasable add-on while completing your ticket order. Final match ticket must be purchased at this time and cannot be purchased after completing your Stadium Passport or Half Pass purchase. Single ticket purchase opportunity will be available in 2015. A limit of six tickets will apply to the Final match and prices range from $50 to $165.

Q: Can I leave and re-enter the stadium with my ticket?  
No. There is no re-entry into a stadium. Once a ticket has been used to enter the stadium, it cannot be used to enter again, including between matches of a doubleheader. If you leave the stadium after the first match, you will require another ticket to re-enter for the second match. 

Q: Do children have to purchase tickets as well?
Children two years and under at competition time (June/July 2015) do not require their own ticket for entry but must sit in a guardian’s lap and not take up an additional seat of their own. Children older than two years must have a ticket to entry. 

Q: What if a match is delayed/postponed or cancelled?
Tickets to delayed or postponed matches are valid and are not exchangeable or refundable. The tickets should be used at the reschedule date and time. If a match is cancelled, the ticket purchaser will be eligible for a refund. 

For further ticketing information including more FAQs, group tickets options, accessibility concerns, and list of prohibited items and code of conduct, click on the official FIFA ticket purchasing guide.

Women’s National Team Captain Christie Rampone Set to Earn Historic 300th Cap

CHICAGO (Oct. 24, 2014) – U.S. Women’s National Team captain Christie Rampone is set to earn her historic 300th cap should she play tonight against Mexico in the semifinal of the CONCACAF Women’s Championship at PPL Park in Chester, Pennsylvania.

Rampone, who debuted for the USA in 1997, would become just the second player in soccer history to play 300 times for their country, following former teammate Kristine Lilly who finished her illustrious career with a world record 352 games from 1987-2010.

Rampone, 39, is currently the most capped active player in the world. Even more remarkable, she is a rare player who has achieved international success with the USA after playing at a small soccer school. She was a two-sport star at Monmouth University in West Long Branch, N.J. where she was also the starting point guard on the basketball team. As a college striker, she scored 79 career goals.

She switched to defense for the U.S. WNT under then head coach Tony DiCicco, and aside from a brief stint at flank midfielder, has played on the back line since.

Rampone was named captain by former head coach Pia Sundhage in 2008, and since then, the USA has compiled an 88-8-13 record with the New Jersey native wearing the armband.

Additional Notes:

  • Rampone has played in four Women’s World Cups (1999, 2003, 2007, 2011) and four Olympic Games (2000, 2004, 2008, 2012) with the USA.
  • She has played the most games in her career against Canada (29), followed by China (27), Brazil (22) and Mexico (22).
  • Rampone has played for the USA in 134 cities in the USA and around the world.
  • She has earned caps in 17 different countries and 32 different U.S. states plus the District of Columbia.
  • Rampone has four career goals, two of them coming against Iceland on April 5, 2000.
  • Rampone has played for six U.S. WNT coaches, with the most games coming under Pia Sundhage (93).
  • She has played 157 friendly matches and 142 matches in various tournaments, including 22 Olympic matches and 17 Women’s World Cup matches.

2014 CONCACAF Women's Championship in Focus: Mexico

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

Mexico finished second in Group B of the 2014 CONCACAF Women's Championship behind Costa Rica, which beat Las Tri 1-0 in the teams' opening match of the competition. Mexico recovered to win its next two games and finish on six points with a 2-1-0 record that included a 10-0 whitewashing of Martinique and a vital 3-1 win against Jamaica as the two countries went head to head in their final group-stage match to determine which would move on to face the USA in the semifinals.

Group A Standings

Team

GP

W

L

T

GF

GA

GD

Pts

CRC

3

3

0

0

9

2

7

9

MEX

3

2

1

0

13

2

11

6

JAM

3

1

2

0

8

5

3

3

MTQ

3

0

3

0

1

22

-21

0

Mexico Women’s National Team Roster by Position
GOALKEEPERS (2): 1-Cecilia Santiago (Club América), 12-Pamela Tajonar (Unattached)
DEFENDERS (7):
2-Arianna Romero (Houston Dash), 3-Bianca Sierra (Boston Breakers), 4-Alina Garcíamendez (Unattached), 5-Paulina Solís (Once México), 13-Kenti Robles (Espanyol de Barcelona), 14-Monica Alvarado (Texas Christian University), 15-Christina Murillo (University of Michigan)
MIDFIELDERS (7):
6-Liliana Mercado (UDLA), 7-Lydia Nayeli Rangel (Unattached), 8-Teresa Noyola (Houston Dash), 10-Sandra Stephany Mayor (UDLA), 11-Monica Ocampo (Sky Blue FC), 16-Karla Nieto (Galeana Morelos), 18-Dinora Garza (Unattached)
FORWARDS (4):
9-Veronica Charlyn Corral (Merilappi United), 17-Veronica Perez (Washington Spirit), 19-Tanya Samarzich (LA Blues), 20-Luz Duarte (Juventus SOV) 

MEXICO ROSTER NOTES

  • Three players on Mexico are tied for the team lead in goals scored during the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship: Luz Duarte, Monica Ocampo and Sandra Stephany Mayor all have two goals apiece. Mexico leads the tournament with 13 goals scored – one ahead of the USA.
  • Five players on Mexico’s 20-player roster come from NWSL clubs, including Washington Spirit forward Veronica Perez whose team advanced to this year’s semifinals. Perez scored her team’s lone goal in the 2-1 semifinal loss to the Seattle Reign. It was her only goal of the year.
  • Other NWSL players include Houston Dash teammates Arianna Romero and Teresa Noyola, Boston Breakers defender Bianca Sierra and Sky Blue FC midfielder Monica Ocampo.
  • Romero, a Phoenix-area native, was the 2013 Big Ten Conference Defender of the Year at Nebraska.
  • Noyola was the 2011 Hermann Trophy winner, awarded to the top collegiate player. She became the third straight Stanford player to earn the honor, with the previous winners being the USA’s Kelley O’Hara (2009) and Christen Press (2010). Noyola played for the USA at the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup (playing in two matches) before switching associations.
  • Goalkeeper Cecilia Santiago, 19, is the youngest goalkeeper to ever appear in a FIFA Women’s World Cup. At 16 years and 251 days old, she played during Mexico’s 1-1 draw against England in Group B play on June 27, 2011, in the World Cup in Germany.
  • Three Mexico players compete collegiately in the USA: defender Monica Alvarado at TCU, defender Christina Murillo at Michigan and forward Tanya Samarzich at USC. 

#USAvMEX:

  • The USA has dominated the all-time series against Mexico, holding a 29-1-1 record. Before the past four dominating victories, the previous three matches were one-goal affairs.
  • The USA and Mexico have met in five previous Women’s World Cup qualifying matches dating back to April 18, 1991 when the U.S. strolled to a 12-0 victory in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Overall, the U.S. WNT has collected a 4-1-0 record against Mexico in WWCQ games, outscoring Las Tri 27-2.
  • That lone setback came in a 2-1 loss for the USA on Nov. 5, 2010, during 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup Qualifying in Cancun, Mexico. That defeat forced the USA into the third-place match of that tournament (which it won) and into a two-game playoff against Italy that the Americans took 2-0 on aggregate.
  • This will be the seventh match of 2014 for the USA against a CONCACAF foe including the pair of friendly games against both Canada and Mexico earlier this year as well as its three Group A games against Trinidad and Tobago, Guatemala and Haiti. The USA has played seven matches against European teams and four matches against Asian teams so far this year.
  • The USA put up 12 goals against Mexico in the teams’ recent double header in September. The first match saw the USA score an 8-0 victory on Sept. 13, its largest margin of victory against Mexico since posting the same score line in a friendly on May 5, 2000, in Portland, Oregon.  
  • More recently, the USA’s largest win against Mexico was a 7-0 victory on Sept. 3, 2013, in Washington, D.C. In that match, Abby Wambach opened the scoring in the 11th minute and then Sydney Leroux scored four consecutive goals in a 20-minute span in the first half. Rachel Buehler (now Van Hollebeke) and Morgan Brian added the final goals. Brian’s tally was her first with the WNT.
  • The USA’s previous game with Mexico before the one in the nation’s capital came on Jan. 24, 2012, a 4-0 U.S. victory during group play at the CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Vancouver, Canada. Carli Lloyd registered her first career hat trick in that match and Heather O’Reilly added a goal as the Americans clinched a semifinal berth with the win.
  • The most recent game against Mexico also resulted in a 4-0 win for the USA on September 18 in Rochester, N.Y. Although Wambach did not score in what was a homecoming match for her, Amy Rodriguez, Megan Rapinoe, Tobin Heath and Alex Morgan helped the U.S. WNT to an easy win.
  • Mexico is the third-ranked team in CONCACAF and ranked 25th in the world. With 3.5 berths (in addition to host Canada) available to the CONCACAF region for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada, Mexico is a favorite to qualify for the tournament.
  • Abby Wambach has scored more goals against Mexico than against any other team, pounding in 22 against the USA’s southern neighbor. 

MEXICO LAST TIME VS. USA 
USA 4 vs. MEX 0 - Sept. 18, 2014 – Sahlen’s Stadium – Rochester, N.Y. – International Friendly

USA – Amy Rodriguez (Megan Rapinoe)                          9th minute
USA – Megan Rapinoe                                                        37
USA – Tobin Heath (Amy Rodriguez)                                44
USA – Alex Morgan (Heather O’Reilly)                            79  

Lineups:
USA: 1-Hope Solo (capt.); 5-Kelley O’Hara, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 3-Christie Rampone, 25-Meghan Klingenberg (19-Crystal Dunn, 61), 12-Lauren Holiday (16-Julie Johnston, 46), 10-Carli Lloyd, 15-Megan Rapinoe (20-Abby Wambach, 46); 2-Sydney Leroux (23-Christen Press, 67), 8-Amy Rodriguez (13-Alex Morgan, 46), 17-Tobin Heath (9-Heather O’Reilly, 46)
Subs Not Used: 24-Ashlyn Harris
Head Coach: Jill Ellis
 

MEX: 1-Cecilia Santiago; 2-Arianna Romero, 3-Monica Alvarado, 5-Paulina Solis, 13-Bianca Sierra; 6-Liliana Mercado (11-Kenti Robles, 57), 7-Nayeli Rangel, 10-Stephany Mayor, 17-Veronica Perez (capt.) (14-Christina Murillo, 90+2); 9-Tanya Samarzich (8-Teresa Noyola, 67), 20-Charlyn Corral (19-Luz Duarte, 87)
Subs Not Used: 12-Brissa Rangel, 15-Guadalupe Cruzaley, 16-Jazmine Ponce, 18-Jackie Acevedo, 21-Lizbeth Angeles
Head Coach: Leonardo Cuellar

USA Aims to Secure Automatic World Cup Berth against Mexico

2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship
U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Mexico
PPL Park; Chester, Pennsylvania
Oct. 24, 2014

U.S. WNT CAN SECURE AUTOMATIC WOMEN’S WORLD CUP BERTH AGAINST MEXICO: The U.S. Women’s National Team can punch its ticket to the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada when it faces Mexico in the semifinals of the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship on Friday, Oct. 24, at PPL Park in Chester, Pennsylvania. Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1. Fans can also follow all the U.S. games on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt and @ussoccer_esp.

The USA defeated Haiti 6-0 on Monday, Oct. 20, at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C., with Abby Wambach scoring twice. The U.S. moved to 3-0-0 in Group A play and claimed a top seed in the semifinal round, winning its qualifying group. Mexico finished as the runner-up in Group B with a 2-1-0 record with its only loss coming in its opening game to Costa Rica, which faces Trinidad & Tobago in Friday’s other semifinal. The U.S. improved to 25-1-0 all-time in the CONCACAF Women’s Championship and is looking to win its fifth tournament title.

RAMPONE SET FOR 300 CAPS: U.S. Women’s National Team captain Christie Rampone is set to earn her historic 300th cap should she play against Mexico in the all-important semifinal of the CONCACAF Women’s Championship at PPL Park. Rampone, who debuted for the USA in 1997 and has appeared in three different decades, will become just the second player in soccer history to play 300 times for their country, following former teammate Kristine Lilly who finished her illustrious career with a world record 352 games from 1987-2010. Rampone, 39, is currently the most-capped active player in the world. Even more remarkable, she is a rare player to achieve international success with the USA after playing at a small soccer school. She was a two-sport star at Monmouth University in West Long Branch, New Jersey, where she was also the starting point guard on the basketball team. As a striker, she scored 79 career college goals. She switched to defender for the U.S. team under then-head coach Tony DiCicco, and aside from a brief stint at flank midfielder, has played in the back ever since. Rampone was named captain by former head coach Pia Sundhage in 2008 and since then the USA has compiled an 88-8-13 record with the New Jersey native wearing the armband. She has started 265 of her 299 caps and played 23,261 minutes in a U.S. uniform during her career.

WORLD RECORD AND COUNTING: Abby Wambach continues to add to her world goal scoring record after tallying career goals No. 172 and 173 against Haiti on Oct. 20 at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. On June 20, 2013, Wambach passed the legendary Mia Hamm to become the world’s all-time leading scorer when she pounded in four goals against South Korea at Red Bull Arena. Hamm had 158 international goals from 1987-2004. The match against Haiti marked the 111th win for the USA in a game in which Wambach has scored at least one goal (111-2-8). Wambach has scored 48 goals in her past 58 games over 2012, 2013 and 2014. She is also third all-time in assists with 65, behind only Kristine Lilly (105) and Hamm (144).

MORGAN RULED OUT FOR REMAINDER OF TOURNAMENT: U.S. WNT forward Alex Morgan will be unavailable for the remainder of the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship. Morgan suffered a left ankle sprain during the first half of the USA’s 5-0 win against Guatemala on Friday. Morgan underwent an MRI that confirmed the sprain, and she will be out 4-6 weeks to rehabilitate the injury. Morgan has scored 49 goals in 77 games during her WNT career, including five goals in seven games in 2014.

Group A Standings

Team

GP

W

L

T

GF

GA

GD

Pts

USA

3

3

0

0

12

0

12

9

Trinidad & Tobago

3

2

1

0

3

1

2

6

Haiti

3

1

2

0

1

7

-6

3

Guatemala

3

0

3

0

1

8

-7

0

Wednesday, Oct. 15
Haiti 1, Guatemala 0
USA 1, Trinidad & Tobago 0

Friday, Oct. 17
Trinidad & Tobago 1, Haiti 0
USA 5, Guatemala 0 

Monday, Oct. 20
Trinidad & Tobago 2 vs. Guatemala 1
USA 6 vs. Haiti 0

LAST TIME
On the field for the USA:
Oct. 20, 2014 vs. HAI – RFK Stadium – Washington, D.C. – 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship

USA – Carli Lloyd                                        9th minute         
USA – Abby Wambach                                38
USA – Meghan Klingenberg                        57
USA – Abby Wambach (Carli Lloyd)          61
USA – Christen Press                                   65
USA – Morgan Brian (Christen Press)         82  

Lineups:
USA: 18-Ashlyn Harris; 5-Kelley O’Hara, 3-Christie Rampone (capt.), 6-Whitney Engen, 16-Meghan Klingenberg; 12-Lauren Holiday, 10-Carli Lloyd, 15-Megan Rapinoe (9-Heather O’Reilly, 46); 14-Christen Press, 20-Abby Wambach (2-Sydney Leroux, 62), 17-Tobin Heath  (7-Morgan Brian, 63)
Subs Not Used: 1-Hope Solo, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 8-Amy Rodriguez, 11-Ali Krieger, 19-Julie Johnston
Head Coach: Jill Ellis
 

HAI: 1-Geralda Saintilus; 4-Kencia Marseille (capt.), 6-Kimberly Boulos (8-Kensie Bobo,56), 9-Lindsay Zullo, 11-Woodlyne Robuste (10-Wisline Dolce, 60), 13-Marie Jean Pierre, 14-Samantha Brand, 15-Shanna Hudson (3-Generve Charles, 84), 17-Yvrose Gervil, 18-Roselord Borgella, 19-Clorene Rateau          
Subs Not Used: 2-Natacha Cajuste, 5-Dieunise Jean Baptiste, 7-Manoucheka Pierre-Louis, 12-Cynthia Chery, 16-Sindy Jeune, 20-Schmid Charles
Head Coach: Shek Borkowski 

CONCACAF WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP HISTORY:

  • The USA is 25-1-0 all-time in CONCACAF Women’s World Cup qualifying.
  • The USA won the Women’s World Cup qualifying tournament in 1991, 1994, 2002 and 2006. As host, the U.S. WNT did not have to qualify for 1999. The USA played Canada in the championship game of each of those first four tournaments.
  • The USA finished third in 2010 after losing to Mexico, 2-1, in the semifinal and defeating Costa Rica 3-0 in the third-place match.
  • The USA has scored 144 goals in WWC qualifying (an average of 5.5 per game) while allowing five.

CONCACAF VENUE HISTORY: The USA is familiar with all four venues for the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship, having now played 19 games in its history at the four stadiums: two at Sporting Park, six at Toyota Park (including a Women’s World Cup playoff match in 2010), nine at RFK Stadium and two at PPL Park. The U.S. is coming off a 5-0 victory against Guatemala on Friday, Oct. 17, in its second Group A match of the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship. The USA has never lost a match at these venues. 

Stadium

City

Record

GF

GA

The Skinny

Sporting Park

Kansas City, Kan.

1-0-1

2

1

1-1 tie vs. CAN in 2011; 1-0 win vs. TRI in 2014

Toyota Park

Bridgeview, Ill.

5-0-1

18

2

1-0 win vs. Italy in 2010 sent USA to WWC

RFK Stadium

Washington, D.C.

9-0-0

31

5

Most recent was 6-0 win vs. Haiti on Monday

PPL Park

Chester, Pa.

2-0-0

5

2

Both vs. CHN, most recently 4-1 win in 2012


QUALIFYING FORMAT: The 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship featured eight countries divided into two groups of four and the top two finishers in each group after round-robin play have now moved on to the semifinals. PPL Park in Chester, Pennsylvania, near Philadelphia, will host the semifinals on Oct. 24, along with the third-place and championship games on Oct. 26. The two finalists and the winner of the third-place match will qualify directly for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada. The fourth-place team will enter a two-leg playoff against South American third-place finisher Ecuador for a final berth.

17 IN, 7 TO GO: With the qualification of the first two countries from Africa – Nigeria and Cameroon both won their semifinal games at the 2014 African Women's Championship in Windhoek, Namibia -- there are now 17 qualifiers for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup. (South Africa and Côte d’Ivoire will battle for the final spot from Africa). Switzerland, England, Spain, France, Norway, Germany and Sweden have qualified from Europe Scotland will face the Netherlands and Italy takes on the Ukraine in the semifinals of the UEFA playoffs that will produce one more European qualifier. Five teams qualified from the 2014 Asian Women’s Cup – Japan, Australia, China PR, Korea Republic and Thailand. Japan defeated Australia 1-0 in the Asian Cup championship game while China defeated Korea 2-1 for third. Perhaps the biggest news was the qualification of Thailand to its first Women’s World Cup. Thailand defeated host Vietnam 2-1 for fifth place and became the first team to wholly benefit from the expansion of the tournament to 24 teams. In the recently completed South American qualifying tournament, Brazil won the competition with Colombia finishing second and Ecuador third to earn a playoff against the fourth place finisher from CONCACAF. The remaining seven countries will come from Europe (1 more), CONCACAF (3.5), Africa (1), South America (.5) and Oceania (1). The Confederation breakdown of World Cup berths is as follows:

Host:

Canada

CONCACAF

3.5 + host, up from 2.5

Europe

8 total, up from 4.5 + host in 2011

South America

2.5, up from 2

Africa

5 total, up from 3

Oceania

1, same as in 2011

Asia

3 total, up from 2

U.S. Women’s National Team By Position – Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): 18-Ashlyn Harris (Washington Spirit), 1-Hope Solo (Seattle Reign FC)
DEFENDERS (7): 6-Whitney Engen (WNY Flash), 19-Julie Johnston (Chicago Red Stars), 16-Meghan Klingenberg (Houston Dash), 11-Ali Krieger (Washington Spirit), 5-Kelley O’Hara (Sky Blue FC), 3-Christie Rampone (Sky Blue FC), 4-Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City)
MIDFIELDERS (6): 7-Morgan Brian (Virginia), 17-Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC), 12-Lauren Holiday (FC Kansas City), 10-Carli Lloyd (Houston Dash), 9-Heather O’Reilly (Boston Breakers), 15-Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign FC)
FORWARDS (4): 2-Sydney Leroux (Seattle Reign FC), 14-Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars), 8-Amy Rodriguez (FC Kansas City), 20-Abby Wambach (WNY Flash)

U.S. ROSTER NOTES:

  • U.S. head coach Jill Ellis has used 19 of the 20 players on the roster so far, with Julie Johnston (who was a late injury replacement for Crystal Dunn), the only player yet to see action.
  • Midfielders Carli Lloyd and Lauren Holiday are the only players to play all 270 minutes so far.
  • Eight players have scored goals so far in the tournament, led by Abby Wambach who has three. She is now second all-time in Women’s World Cup qualifying goals with 13, trailing Michelle Akers (17).
  • Carli Lloyd and Tobin Heath have both scored twice in the tournament.
  • Lloyd and Sydney Leroux each have two assists.
  • With Alex Morgan’s ankle injury keeping her out for the rest of the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship, the USA roster is down to 19 players.
  • Thirteen of the players on this roster participated in the qualifying tournament for the 2012 Olympics. The six players that did not are: goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris, defenders Whitney Engen, Julie Johnston and Meghan Klingenberg, midfielder Morgan Brian and forward Christen Press.
  • Ten players on the roster had previous Women’s World Cup qualifying experience coming into this tournament, led by forward Wambach and midfielder Heather O’Reilly, both of whom played in the qualifying tournaments for the last three Women’s World Cup tournaments. Defender Christie Rampone and midfielder Lloyd played in the last two CONCACAF Women’s World Cup qualifying tournaments. Other U.S. WNT players with previous qualifying experience are Holiday, Ali Krieger, Megan Rapinoe, Amy Rodriguez, Becky Sauerbrunn and Hope Solo.
  • Holiday, the 2013 NWSL MVP and 2014 NWSL Championship Game MVP, became the 30th American female player to earn 100 caps when she played against Canada on May 8. She currently has 108 caps.
  • Wambach is the USA’s top scorer on the roster with 173 goals. After Wambach, Lloyd is the top scorer with 53 career international goals and O’Reilly has scored 41. Sydney Leroux is quickly climbing the charts with 32.
  • Rodriguez had an excellent NWSL season with 13 goals in the regular season, good for second in the league, and then scored three more in the playoffs, including both goals in the NWSL title game. Rodriguez has 28 international scores.
  • Wambach took over the team scoring lead in 2014 with her brace against Haiti in the USA’s final Group A match and now has 10 goals this year. Leroux is second on the team with eight goals, while Lloyd and Press are close behind with seven and six goals, respectively.
  • Wambach has now reached double-figures in goals in eight different calendar years. Mia Hamm still holds the record with nine years in double-figures.
  • Lloyd’s six assists are best on the team this year and she is followed by Press and Rapinoe, both with five.
  • All nine NWSL clubs are represented on the roster.
  • Twenty-nine players have seen game action for the USA in 2014, including first-cappers Samantha Mewis, Sarah Hagan and Allie Long, none of whom made the qualifying roster.
  • The USA has scored 12 goals in the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship, which is actually second to Mexico, which has found the net 13 times after defeating Martinique, 10-0.

IN THE RECORD BOOKS:

  • The USA’s current 90-game unbeaten streak at home (79-0-11 since Nov. 6, 2004) is a team record. The next-highest streak is 50 games (48-0-2) from Feb. 10, 1996, through April 22, 1999. The USA tied the record on May 14, 2011 (2-0 win against Japan at Columbus Crew Stadium) and broke the record with the 51st game on May 18, 2011 (another 2-0 win against Japan at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, North Carolina).
  • Carli Lloyd scored goal No. 53 of her career during the USA’s 6-0 win against Haiti on Oct. 20. She is tied for eighth on the USA’s all-time goal scoring list with Carin Gabarra (53 goals from 1987-96). Lloyd is now chasing Shannon MacMillan who scored 60 goals in her career.
  • Lloyd is the highest-scoring player in U.S. history who has played exclusively as a midfielder.
  • Heather O’Reilly is the ninth player to hit 200 caps in U.S. history after reaching the milestone against Korea DPR on March 12 and with 210 is now seventh on the USA’s all-time list. Abby Wambach (226) and Christie Rampone (299) are the only active players ahead of her.
  • O’Reilly is the second-youngest player to hit 200 caps for the USA. Lilly was 28 years 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 sixth all-time in assists with 51.
  • 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, another on Sept. 13 against Mexico and another on Oct. 20 vs. Haiti and sits at 42. She has 35 two-goal games, five hat tricks, one four-goal game and one five-goal game.
  • With her goal against Switzerland on Aug. 20, Wambach joined Hamm as the only WNT players to reach 400 points in their career. Wambach has 411 points (173 goals, 65 assists) and Hamm had 460 (158 goals, 144 assists).
  • Leroux is tied with Lindsay Tarpley for 15th on the all-time U.S. WNT goal scoring list with 32 goals.
  • Ali Krieger became the 48th WNT player to reach 50 caps with her start against Trinidad & Tobago on Oct. 15. Other players to hit the 50-game milestone this year have included Sydney Leroux on April 10 against China PR and Becky Sauerbrunn on Jan. 31 against Canada.
  • Hope Solo earned her 75th shutout during the USA’s 5-0 win against Guatemala on Oct. 17, extending her team record. Eleven of Solo’s shutouts have come in world championship play – five in the FIFA Women’s World Cup and six during the Olympics. As a confirmation of her reputation as a big-game player, 44 of Solo’s career shutouts – almost 60 percent – have come in tournament competitions that include world championships, qualifying for the World Cup and Olympics and elite tournaments such as the Algarve Cup, which is held annually in Portugal. 

BY THE NUMBERS:

  • 0.61: Goals per game the USA has allowed in 2014
  • 1: Players who have appeared in all 17 games in 2014: Christen Press
  • 3.3: Goals per game the USA has scored in 2014
  • 6: Assists by Carli Lloyd in 2014, the most on the team
  • 13: U.S. players to score a goal in 2014
  • 14: Goals in 30 career games for U.S. forward Christen Press
  • 53: Career goals by Lloyd, most ever for a WNT player who has played exclusively as a midfielder
  • 75: Career shutouts by Hope Solo, the USA’s all-time record
  • 111: U.S. victories when Wambach scores a goal (111-2-8 overall)
  • 130: Minutes on field per goal averaged by Mia Hamm in her career
  • 299: Caps by Christie Rampone, second all-time to Kristine Lilly (352) 

2014 U.S. WNT SCHEDULE:

Date

Opponent

Result/Time (ET)

U.S. Goal Scorers/TV

Venue

Jan. 31

Canada

1-0 W

Leroux

Toyota Stadium; Frisco, Texas

Feb. 8

Russia

7-0 W

Lloyd (2), Press (2), O’Reilly,

Leroux, Wambach

FAU Stadium; Boca Raton, Fla.

Feb. 13

Russia

8-0 W

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

Georgia Dome; Atlanta, Ga.

March 5

Japan^

1-1 T

Leroux

Parchal, Portugal

March 7

Sweden^

0-1 L

-

Albufeira, Portugal

March 10

Denmark^

3-5 L

Press, Leroux, Rapinoe

Albufeira, Portugal

March 12

Korea DPR^

3-0 W

Wambach (2), O’Reilly

Parchal, Portugal

April 6

China PR

2-0 W

Holiday, Rapinoe

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

April 10

China PR

3-0 W

Lloyd (2), Leroux

Qualcomm Stadium; San Diego, Calif.

May 8

Canada

1-1 T

Leroux

Investors Group Field; Winnipeg, Canada

June 14

France

1-0 W

Leroux

Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Fla.

June 19

France

2-2 T

Morgan (2)

Rentschter Field, East Hartford, Conn.

Aug. 20

Switzerland

4-1 W

Rapinoe, Lloyd, Press, Wambach

WakeMed Soccer Park, Cary, N.C.

Sept. 13

Mexico

8-0 W

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

Rio Tinto Stadium; Sandy, Utah

Sept. 18

Mexico

4-0 W

Rodriguez, Rapinoe, Heath, Morgan

Sahlen’s Stadium, Rochester, N.Y.

Oct. 15

T&T*

1-0 W

Wambach

Sporting Park; Kansas City, Kan.

Oct. 17

Guatemala*

5-0 W

Heath (2), Lloyd, Engen, Rapinoe

Toyota Park; Bridgeview, Ill.

Oct. 20

Haiti*

6-0 W

Wambach (2), Lloyd, Kling, Press, Brian

RFK Stadium; Washington, D.C.

Oct. 24

Mexico*

7:30 p.m.

FOX Sports 1

PPL Park; Chester, Pa.

^ Algarve Cup   *2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship

JILL ELLIS FACT FILE: After her second stint as interim head coach for the U.S. Women’s National Team, a capacity in which she coached two games this year – a win against China PR and a tie against Canada – Jill Ellis was officially named the eighth head coach of the U.S. WNT on May 16. After coaching the final seven games of 2012 when she compiled a 5-0-2 record, Ellis officially started the job with a 6-0-3 record and is now 13-0-3. In taking the top position, Ellis stepped away from her job as Development Director for the U.S. Women’s National Teams, a job she was appointed to in January of 2011, but will still work closely with U.S. Women’s National Team Technical Director April Heinrichs to oversee the USA’s youth teams.

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

For stories, group schedule, statistics and more, visit ussoccer.com’s 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship home page

WNT Defeats Haiti 6-0 to Earn Top Seed in Semifinals of 2014 CONCACAF Women's Championship

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Oct. 20, 2014) – The U.S. Women’s National Team is one victory away from booking its spot in the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup. 

USA all-time goal scoring leader Abby Wambach scored two goals and the United States soundly defeated Haiti 6-0 at RFK Stadium to earn first place in Group A and a top seed heading into the semifinals of the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship. The U.S. will face the Group B runner-up on Friday, Oct. 24, at PPL Park in Chester, Pennsylvania. 

Carli Lloyd, Christen Press and Morgan Brian each scored a goal, and defender Meghan Klingenberg added her first international tally. 

The top three teams in the CONCACAF Women’s Championship earn automatic qualification to the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup, while the fourth-place team enters a two-leg playoff against South American third-place finisher Ecuador for the final berth.

The USA’s semifinal opponent will be determined Tuesday with the conclusion of Group B play, and the U.S. WNT will take on the runner-up from that group. Costa Rica (2-0-0, 6 points) currently holds the top spot, followed by Mexico (1-1-0, 3 points) and Jamaica (1-1-0, 3 points). Martinique (0-0-2, 0 points) is in last place, but could not qualify for the semifinal stage anyway as it is not recognized as a FIFA country. 

Trinidad & Tobago was the Group A runner-up, holding off Guatemala for a 2-1 win earlier Monday to conclude the group stage with a 2-1-0 record and six points. Trinidad & Tobago will face the Group B winner in the semifinals. 

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Carli Lloyd, 9th minute: USA left back Meghan Klingenberg crossed the ball to the top of the six-yard box, where Abby Wambach and Haiti goalkeeper Geralda Saintilus met for a 50-50 challenge. Saintilus stepped in front of the pass and batted it away; however, she was unable to clear the ball out of the box and was well off her line when the USA retained possession. Lloyd collected the deflection, chested down to her foot and slotted into the net for her second goal of the tournament. USA 1, HAI 0

USA – Abby Wambach, 38th minute: Christen Press cut to her left foot and lofted a dangerous ball into the middle of the box with Wambach running straight at the goal. Haiti defender Roselord Borgella stretched with her right foot to intercept, but instead of clearing the danger, the deflection stayed in line with Wambach’s run. The all-time goal scoring leader headed the ball into the net without breaking stride to push the USA lead to two heading into halftime. USA 2, HAI 0 

USA – Meghan Klingenberg, 57th minute: Second-half sub Heather O’Reilly brought some high energy from the right flank and had ample space on this sequence to cross into the box. Haiti’s defense cleared the ball about eight yards above the box, where Klingenberg stepped up with a laser of a right-footed shot that was out of the reach of Saintilus and into the right side of the frame. It was Klingenberg’s first goal in 19 international games. USA 3, HAI 0 

USA – Abby Wambach (Carli Lloyd), 60th minute: Lloyd won the header at the top of the box and her pass found its way between two Haiti defenders at the edge of the six, where Wambach volleyed it home with her right foot past Saintilus. With her brace, Wambach now leads the U.S. WNT with 10 goals in 2014. USA 4, HAI 0 

USA – Christen Press, 65th minute: A couple minutes after they entered the match Sydney Leroux and Morgan Brian created the USA’s next scoring chance, with Leroux crossing from the right side and Brian redirecting the ball to the top of the six-yard box. Haiti’s defense once again got a deflection but could not clear, and Press rushed a left-footed shot into the left side of the goal. USA 5, HAI 0 

USA – Morgan Brian (Christen Press), 82nd minute: Press dribbled to the end line to elude her defender and crossed toward the penalty spot, where Brian shot from about eight yards out into the right side of the frame. It was Brian’s third goal in 14 appearances. USA 6, HAI 0 (FINAL) (Highlights)

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
HAI – Geralda Saintilus, 5th minute: Just several minutes after Carli Lloyd saw a goal disallowed because of an offside call, the USA attacked again with veteran striker Abby Wambach threatening the net. Wambach struck left-footed from the left side of the box, searching for the far right post. Saintilus secured the save on the low attempt and did not allow a rebound to keep the match scoreless in the early stages. 

USA – Whitney Engen, 33rd minute: The USA had a bad giveaway in midfield that opened a window for Haiti. Marie Jean Pierre collected the loose ball and rushed toward the net. The U.S. WNT’s back line recovered and Engen blocked Jean Pierre’s shot attempt a couple yards outside the area. 

HAI – Geralda Saintilus, 72nd and 74th minutes: In the first of these sequences, Sydney Leroux nearly had a highlight reel effort when she attempted a diving header on Heather O’Reilly’s cross from the right. Though Leroux missed on the header, the ball fell to her between a pair of Haiti defenders and Leroux managed to get a left-footed shot off, only to have Saintilus come away with the save. Two minutes later, O’Reilly threatened the net, and her attempt deflected off of a defender and was headed to the right side of the frame. Saintilus dove to her left to again limit the damage of the USA’s heavy attack.

Milestone Watch:

  • Abby Wambach added to her all-time goal scoring record, notching goals No. 172 and 173 of her 226-game international career.
  • Wambach scored her 13th and 14th goals in World Cup qualifying, passing Mia Hamm (12) for second place on the USA’s all-time list. Michelle Akers holds the U.S. WNT record with 17 goals in the CONCACAF Women’s Championship.
  • Wambach made her 12th appearance in a World Cup qualifying match, which ties her with Julie Foudy and Hamm for second on the U.S. WNT’s all-time list. Kristine Lilly is the USA’s all-time leader with 17 games in the CONCACAF Women’s Championship.
  • Carli Lloyd scored the 53rd goal of her career, tying Carin Gabarra (53 goals from 1987-96) for eighth-place on the U.S. WNT all-time goal scoring list. Lloyd is the WNT’s top scorer among players who have exclusively played as midfielders. 

Next on the Schedule:
The U.S. WNT will face the Group B runner-up in the semifinals of the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship on Friday, Oct. 24, at PPL Park in Chester, Pennsylvania. The game kicks off at 7:30 p.m. ET.
Broadcast information: FOX Sports 1 and multi-platform devices via FOX Sports GO, FOX Soccer 2GO and FOXSportsGo.com.
Social: Twitter (@ussoccer_wnt; @ussoccer_esp); Facebook; Instagram 

Additional Notes:

  • The USA is now 13-2-3 in 2014.
  • The U.S. WNT is 4-0-0 all-time against Haiti. The USA has outscored Haiti 29-0 in its four meetings.
  • U.S. head coach Jill Ellis made five changes to her starting lineup following the team’s 5-0 victory against Guatemala. Three changes were on the defensive side of the ball, including the first start of the tournament for goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris. Harris earned her fourth-career cap and her second of 2014.
  • The back line included two returning starters in left back Meghan Klingenberg and center back Whitney Engen. Kelley O’Hara got the call ahead of Ali Krieger at right back, and center back and team captain Christie Rampone returned to the starting lineup after sitting out the Guatemala match. Rampone is now one cap away from 300 for her career.
  • The USA’s midfield remained unchanged from the Guatemala game with returning starters Lauren Holiday, Carli Lloyd and Megan Rapinoe.
  • The front three of the USA’s 4-3-3 formation included returning starter Tobin Heath, fresh off her two-goal effort against Guatemala, along with Abby Wambach and Christen Press. Wambach had started and scored the lone goal in the USA’s 1-0 win against Trinidad & Tobago and sat out the Guatemala game. Press was a first-half sub for Alex Morgan when she injured her ankle against Guatemala.
  • Heather O’Reilly entered the game to start the second half, replacing Rapinoe.
  • After the USA pushed its lead to four goals, Ellis utilized her final two subs with Sydney Leroux replacing Wambach in the 62nd minute and Morgan Brian entering for Heath in the 63rd minute. Brian made her first appearance in the tournament.
  • The USA could have added to its lead on several occasions, the most noteworthy being Sydney Leroux’s 80th-minute shot ricocheting off the right post.
  • Press is now the only USA player to have made an appearance in all 18 games this year.
  • Harris earned her first-career clean sheet in four appearances.
  • The U.S. WNT is now 88-8-13 in the 109 games that Rampone has been the team captain.

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

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Haiti
Date: Oct. 20, 2014
Competition: 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship
Venue: RFK Stadium; Washington, D.C.
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. ET
Attendance: 6,421
Weather: 62 degrees, cool 

Scoring Summary:   1          2          F
USA                            2          4          6
HAI                              0          0          0           

USA – Carli Lloyd                                        9th minute         
USA – Abby Wambach                                38
USA – Meghan Klingenberg                        57
USA – Abby Wambach (Carli Lloyd)          61
USA – Christen Press                                   65
USA – Morgan Brian (Christen Press)         82 

Lineups:
USA: 18-Ashlyn Harris; 5-Kelley O’Hara, 3-Christie Rampone (capt.), 6-Whitney Engen, 16-Meghan Klingenberg; 12-Lauren Holiday, 10-Carli Lloyd, 15-Megan Rapinoe (9-Heather O’Reilly, 46); 14-Christen Press, 20-Abby Wambach (2-Sydney Leroux, 62), 17-Tobin Heath  (7-Morgan Brian, 63)
Subs Not Used: 1-Hope Solo, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 8-Amy Rodriguez, 11-Ali Krieger, 19-Julie Johnston
Head Coach: Jill Ellis 

HAI: 1-Geralda Saintilus; 4-Kencia Marseille (capt.), 6-Kimberly Boulos (8-Kensie Bobo,56), 9-Lindsay Zullo, 11-Woodlyne Robuste (10-Wisline Dolce, 60), 13-Marie Jean Pierre, 14-Samantha Brand, 15-Shanna Hudson (3-Generve Charles, 84), 17-Yvrose Gervil, 18-Roselord Borgella, 19-Clorene Rateau          
Subs Not Used: 2-Natacha Cajuste, 5-Dieunise Jean Baptiste, 7-Manoucheka Pierre-Louis, 12-Cynthia Chery, 16-Sindy Jeune, 20-Schmid Charles
Head Coach: Shek Borkowski 

Stats Summary: USA / HAI
Shots: 20 / 1
Shots on Goal: 12 / 0
Saves: 0 / 6
Corner Kicks: 12 / 0
Fouls: 7 / 6
Offside: 6 / 1 

Misconduct Summary:
None 

Officials:
Referee: Quetzali Alvarado (MEX)
Assistant Referee 1: Mayte Chavez (MEX)
Assistant Referee 2: Stacy-Ann Greyson (JAM)
Fourth Official: Maurees Skeete (GUY) 

Budweiser Woman of the Match: Lauren Holiday


WNT vs. Costa Rica: Highlights - Oct. 26, 2014

The U.S. WNT rolled past Costa Rica 6-0 to win the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship crown.

WNT vs. Costa Rica: Abby Wambach Goal - Oct. 26, 2014

Morgan Brian found Abby Wambach wide open in the penalty area for the opening goal in the final of the 2014 CONCACAF Women's Championship.

WNT vs. Mexico: Highlights - Oct. 24, 2014

The U.S. WNT booked a ticket to the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup with 3-0 Victory against Mexico at PPL Park in Chester, Pa.

WNT vs. Mexico: Carli Lloyd Goal - Oct. 24, 2014

Carli Lloyd's header gave the U.S. an early 1-0 lead over Mexico in the semifinals of the 2014 CONCACAF Women's Championship.

Christie Rampone - 300 Caps

With her start against Mexico in the semifinals of the 2014 CONCACAF Women's Championship, Christie Rampone became just the second player ever (man or woman) to reach the milestone of 300 appearances for the national team.

WNT Set for Semifinal with Women’s World Cup Berth on the Line

The U.S. WNT is focused and ready for its semifinal clash with Mexico in the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship. After handily winning Group A, the U.S. team is taking nothing for granted as a victory will earn a berth to the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

Kling’s Golazo

Meghan Klingenberg’s first WNT goal was one to remember. Her brilliant strike from just under 28 yards out against Haiti on Oct. 20, 2104, in the USA’s final Group A match of the CONCACAF Women’s Championships was enjoyed as much by her teammates as by Klingenberg herself. It was also the #1 play on ESPN SportsCenter Top-10 Plays of the Day, which is pretty cool.

WNT vs. Haiti: Highlights - Oct. 20, 2014

USA all-time goal scoring leader Abby Wambach scored two goals and the United States soundly defeated Haiti 6-0 at RFK Stadium to earn first place in Group A and a top seed heading into the semifinals of the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship.

Carli Lloyd: Polar Bear

Some U.S. WNT players love ice baths, some hate them. Almost all of them take the plunge when they do regeneration work. Put midfielder Carli Lloyd in the former category as she takes to ice baths like polar bears to arctic waters.

WNT vs. Guatemala: Highlights - Oct. 17, 2014

The U.S. WNT put away Guatemala with a four-goal second half outburst in both teams' second match of the 2014 CONCACAF Women's Championship.
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