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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.

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.

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.

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


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 Takes Aim at Group A Title Against Haiti Tonight in Washington, D.C.

2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship
U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Haiti
RFK Stadium; Washington, D.C.
Oct. 20, 2014

U.S. WNT GOES FOR GROUP TITLE AGAINST HAITI: The U.S. Women’s National Team wraps up Group A play in the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship against Haiti on Monday, Oct. 20, at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. 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 Guatemala 5-0 on Friday, Oct. 17, at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Illinois, with Tobin Heath leading the way with two goals. The U.S. moved to 2-0-0 and into sole possession of the Group A lead. Trinidad & Tobago and Haiti are both 1-1-0 and Guatemala (0-2-0) has been eliminated from semifinal contention. The top two Group A and Group B teams advance to the tournament semifinals.

The U.S. improved to 24-1-0 all-time in the CONCACAF Women’s Championship and is looking to win its fifth tournament title along with earning a berth to the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada.

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 on Saturday 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.

USA ADVANCEMENT SCENARIOS: The U.S. WNT is in strong shape to advance to the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship semifinals, which take place Oct. 24 at PPL Park in Chester, Pennsylvania. The tournament’s top three teams automatically qualify for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada from June 6-July 7. Below are the semifinal advancement scenarios heading into the final Group A match:

  • With a victory or draw against Haiti, the USA will win Group A heading into the semifinals to face the Group B runner-up.
  • If the USA falls to Haiti, the WNT can still secure first place by maintaining its goal differential over Haiti and Trinidad & Tobago. The USA currently has a plus-6 differential, and Trinidad & Tobago and Haiti are currently even.
  • It is mathematically possible for both Haiti and Trinidad & Tobago to leapfrog the USA in the group standings and leave the U.S. out of the semifinal picture, but the teams face a massive challenge based on goal differential.
  • Guatemala is out of semifinal contention with a 0-2-0 record.

Group A Disciplinary Notes

  • USA: Sydney Leroux was issued a yellow card during the 5-0 victory against Guatemala on Friday.
  • Haiti: Kencia Marseille and Kimberly Boulos were both shown yellow cards during Haiti’s 1-0 loss to Trinidad & Tobago on Friday. Goalkeeper Cynthia Chery was red-carded during the group-opening win against Guatemala and served her one-game suspension on Friday against Trinidad & Tobago.
  • Guatemala: Londy Barrios picked up a yellow card during her team’s group-opening loss to Haiti.
  • Trinidad & Tobago: Goalkeeper Kimika Forbes was ejected from Friday’s 1-0 win against Haiti and will serve a one-game suspension in Monday’s group finale against Guatemala.
  • For players who are sitting on a yellow card, an additional infraction Monday would result in a one-game suspension if their team advances to the tournament’s semifinal stage, but yellow card totals are erased once the semifinal stage begins.

Group A Standings

Team

GP

W

L

T

GF

GA

GD

Pts

USA

2

2

0

0

6

0

6

6

Trinidad & Tobago

2

1

1

0

1

1

0

3

Haiti

2

1

1

0

1

1

0

3

Guatemala

2

0

2

0

0

6

-6

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 vs. Guatemala, 5 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1
USA vs. Haiti, 7:30 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1

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*

7:30 p.m.

FOX Sports 1

RFK Stadium; Washington, D.C.

^ Algarve Cup *2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship

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.

WORLD RECORD AND COUNTING: Abby Wambach continues to add to her world goal scoring record after tallying career goal No. 171 during the USA’s 1-0 victory against Trinidad & Tobago on Oct. 15. 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 Trinidad & Tobago marked the 110th win for the USA in a game in which Wambach has scored at least one goal (110-2-8). Wambach has scored 46 goals in her past 57 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 17 games in its history at the four stadiums: two at Sporting Park, five at Toyota Park (including a Women’s World Cup playoff match in 2010), eight 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.

4-0-1

13

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

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 Alex Morgan was ruled out due to injury. Many of the players can play multiple positions, giving Ellis variety and depth on the roster, which consists of 19 professional players and 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 has 298 caps and is the most-capped active player in the world and second all-time in world history. The least-capped player on the roster is Ashlyn Harris (3). 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:

  • With Alex Morgan’s ankle injury keeping her out for the rest of the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship, the USA roster will be 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 have previous Women’s World Cup qualifying experience, led by forward Abby 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 Carli Lloyd played in the last two CONCACAF Women’s World Cup qualifying tournaments. Other U.S. WNT players with previous qualifying experience are Lauren 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 107 caps.
  • Wambach is the USA’s top scorer on the roster with 171 goals. After Wambach, Lloyd is the top scorer with 52 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.
  • Leroux and Wambach are tied for the USA lead with eight goals apiece in 2014. Lloyd, Morgan and Press have five goals each.
  • Lloyd and Rapinoe both have five assists, tied for best on the team this year.
  • 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.

IN THE RECORD BOOKS:

  • The USA’s current 89-game unbeaten streak at home (78-0-11 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. 52 of her career during the USA’s 5-0 win against Guatemala on Oct. 17. She is ninth on the USA’s all-time goal scoring list and is one behind eighth-place Carin Gabarra (53 goals from 1987-96).
  • Lloyd is the highest-scoring player in U.S. history who has played exclusively as a midfielder.
  • Christie Rampone could reach 300 caps during the CONCACAF Women’s Championship. She would become just the second player in world history to reach that mark after former teammate Kristine Lilly, who finished her career with 352 games played.
  • Rampone debuted for the USA in 1997 and has appeared for the WNT in three different decades. She has started 264 of her 298 caps and played 23,171 minutes in a U.S. uniform during her career.
  • 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 208 is now eighth on the USA’s all-time list. Abby Wambach (225) and Christie Rampone (298) 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 and another on Sept. 13 against Mexico and sits at 41. She has 34 two-goal games, five hat tricks, one four-goal game and one five-goal game.
  • With her goal against Switzerland on Aug. 20, Wambach joined Hamm as the only WNT players to reach 400 points in their career. Wambach has 407 points (171 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.

CONCACAF WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP HISTORY:

  • The USA is 24-1-0 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 138 goals in WWC qualifying (an average of 5.8 per game) while allowing five.

BY THE NUMBERS:

  • 0.65: Goals per game the USA has allowed in 2014
  • 1: USA’s FIFA ranking
  • 2: Players who have appeared in all 17 games in 2014: Christen Press and Becky Sauerbrunn
  • 3.2: Goals per game the USA has scored in 2014
  • 5: Assists by Carli Lloyd and Megan Rapinoe in 2014, tied for most on the team
  • 12: U.S. players to score a goal in 2014
  • 13: Goals in 29 career games for U.S. forward Christen Press
  • 52: 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
  • 110: U.S. victories when Wambach scores a goal (110-2-8 overall)
  • 130: Minutes on field per goal averaged by Mia Hamm in her career
  • 298: 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 12-0-3. 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: HAITI
Fédération Haïtienne de Football
Founded: 1904 (Joined FIFA in 1934)
Head Coach: Shek Borkowski
FIFA World Ranking: 119
CONCACAF Ranking: 14
FIFA World Cups: None
Best FIFA World Cup Finish: None

Haiti Women’s National Team Roster by Position
GOALKEEPERS (2): Geralda Saintilus, Cynthia Chery
DEFENDERS (7): Natacha Cajuste, Kencia Marseille, Shanna Hudson, Yvrose Gervil, Roselord Borgella, Clorene Rateau, Schmid Charles
MIDFIELDERS (6): Dieunise Jean Baptiste, Manoucheka Pierre-Louis, Lindsay Zullo, Wisline Dolce, Woodlyne Robuste, Sindy Jeune
FORWARDS (5): Generve Charles, Kimberly Boulos, Kensie Bobo, Marie Jean Pierre, Samantha Brand

HAITI ROSTER NOTES

  • Haiti’s head coach is American Shek Borkowski, who was born in Poland, but has had great success with FC Indiana in the USL W-League and the WPSL.
  • He became head coach of Haiti in February of 2012 and has brought the Haitian team to train in the USA for several months at a time.
  • Haiti finished second in its group behind Jamaica at the Caribbean Football Union Women’s Caribbean Cup to qualify for the semifinals and earn a berth to the CONCACAF Women’s Championship. Haiti lost its semifinal to Trinidad & Tobago, but defeated Martinique 5-1 in the third-place match.
  • Haiti goalkeeper Cynthia Chery, who was sent off in the 17th minute during the team’s opener against Guatemala, served her red card suspension against Trinidad & Tobago on Friday. She will be an available option on Monday.
  • Backup goalkeeper Geralda Saintilus made a clutch penalty kick save while midfielder Lindsay Zullo provided a 69th-minute goal to lead Haiti to a 1-0 win against Guatemala in the team’s CONCACAF Women’s Championship opener on Oct. 15 at Sporting Park.

USA VS. HAITI:

  • The USA has played Haiti just three times in its history, all in qualifying tournaments.
  • The first meeting was in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti, in 1991, where the USA won 10-0.
  • The teams also played in February of 2004 in qualifying for the 2004 Olympics, an 8-0 victory in Heredia, Costa Rica, and in October of 2010, in qualifying for the 2011 Women’s World Cup, a 5-0 U.S. victory that showed Haiti’s progress on the soccer field over the years.

LAST TIME
On the field for the USA:
Oct. 17, 2014 – Toyota Park; Bridgeview, Illinois – CONCACAF Women’s Championship

USA 5 Heat 7, 57; Lloyd 46; Engen 58; Rapinoe 66
GUA 0

Lineups:
USA: 1-Hope Solo; 11-Ali Krieger (5-Kelley O’Hara, 46), 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 6-Whitney Engen, 16-Meghan Klingenberg (8-Amy Rodriguez, 68), 12-Lauren Holiday, 10-Carli Lloyd (capt.), 15-Megan Rapinoe, 2-Sydney Leroux, 13-Alex Morgan (14-Christen Press, 42), 17-Tobin Heath
Subs Not Used: 3-Christie Rampone, 7-Morgan Brian, 9-Heather O’Reilly, 18-Ashlyn Harris, 19-Julie Johnston, 20-Abby Wambach
Head Coach: Jill Ellis

GUA: 12-Alicia Navas; 2-Daniela Andrade, 14-Coralia Monterroso, 5-Londy Barrios, 3-Marilyn Rivera; 10-Kimberly De León (7-Alida Argueta, 77), 15-Christian Recinos, 6-Gloria Aguilar, 4-Mia Espino; 8-María Monterroso (19-Diana Barrera, 77), 13-Aisha Solorzano (18-Kellin Mayen, 71)
Subs Not Used: 1-Yoselin Franco, 9-Ana Lucia Martínez, 11-Vilma López, 16-Cinthya Lopez, 17-Jennifer Barrios, 20-Melany Cayetano
Head Coach: Benjamin Monterroso

On the field for the USA vs. Haiti:
Oct. 28, 2010 – Estadio Quintana Roo; Cancun, Mexico (2011 Women’s World Cup Qualifying)

USA 5 Buehler 8; Wambach 15, 45+, 62; Rodriguez 40
GUA 0

Lineups:
USA: 18-Nicole Barnhart; 2-Heather Mitts, 6-Amy LePeilbet, 3-Christie Rampone (capt.), 26-Rachel Buehler; 9-Heather O’Reilly (15-Megan Rapinoe, 46), 7-Shannon Boxx, 10-Carli Lloyd, 4-Yael Averbuch (13-Kristine Lilly, 46); 8-Amy Rodriguez (12-Lauren Cheney, 57), 20-Abby Wambach
Subs Not Used: 1-Jill Loyden, 11-Lori Lindsey, 14-Stephanie Cox, 17-Becky Sauerbrunn
Head Coach: Pia Sundhage


HAI: 1-Geralda Saintillius; 3-Frantizcia Francois, 4-Kenci Marseille (capt.), 5-Marie Louine Valcine, 8-Felicia Libertin, 10-Wislin Dolce, 6-Fiorda Charles, 14-Samantha Brand (13-Maria Yves Dina Jean-Pierre, 68), 9-Adeline Saintilmond, 15-Kimberly Boulos (19-Nadia Valentin, 80), 20-Tatiana Mathelier (11-Sophia Batard, 60)
Subs Not Used: 7-Betty Sanon, 12-Nuela Antenor, 16-Marie Viola Nord, 17-Roselord Borgella
Head Coach: Agusto Moura de Oliveira 

Alex Morgan Ruled Out of CONCACAF Women’s Championship with Ankle Injury

CHICAGO (Oct. 18, 2014) – U.S. Women’s National Team forward Alex Morgan will be unavailable to participate in the remainder of the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship due to a left ankle sprain suffered last night against Guatemala in the USA’s second Group A match.

Morgan underwent an MRI this morning that confirmed the sprain, but revealed no additional damage. She will be out an estimated 4-6 weeks to rehabilitate the injury. Morgan will depart the U.S. camp and return home to continue her rehab.

“We certainly feel for Alex and of course having her go down is a big loss to our team. But as I’ve often said, one of our strengths is depth and everyone on the roster is prepared to step up,” said U.S. head coach Ellis. “After talking with our medical staff and Alex, we all agreed that the best course of action for her is to head home to minimize travel and get into an environment where she can totally focus on recovery.”

Morgan, who has scored 49 goals in 77 matches for the USA and five goals in seven games in 2014, had started the USA’s first two games of the Women’s World Cup qualifying tournament.

“It’s unfortunate timing, but I know my teammates will take care of business and qualify for the World Cup and I’ll be watching from my couch,” said Morgan. “I have plenty of time to get healthy with a longer break coming up for the team, so my job is to focus on the rehab and get back healthy as soon as I can.”

Once the competition begins, teams cannot make roster changes due to injuries; therefore, the USA will play the remainder of the tournament with 19 players.

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.

WNT Takes Control of Group A with 5-0 Victory against Guatemala

BRIDGEVIEW, Illinois (Oct. 17, 2014) – The U.S. Women’s National Team moved a step closer to securing a spot in the semifinals of the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship with a 5-0 victory against Guatemala in Group A play at Toyota Park. 

A resurgent USA squad scored four second-half goals. Tobin Heath led the way with two goals, while Carli Lloyd, Megan Rapinoe and center back Whitney Engen each tallied a goal. 

The USA moves to the summit of Group A with a 2-0-0 record. Earlier in the day in Group A action, Trinidad & Tobago defeated Haiti 1-0. At 1-1-0, both Trinidad & Tobago and Haiti are fighting to also move on from group play, while Guatemala has been eliminated with a 0-2-0 record. 

The U.S. wraps up Group A play against Haiti on Monday, Oct. 20, at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. (7:30 p.m. ET; FOX Sports 1). A victory or draw would guarantee the USA first place in the group and a top seed to face the Group B runner-up in the semifinals. The U.S. can also win Group A with a loss against Haiti if it retains superior goal differential. 

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Tobin Heath (Sydney Leroux), 7th minute: The USA worked the ball around the right flank to defensive back Ali Krieger, who crossed in toward the center of the box. A couple Guatemala players from the team’s five-player back line could not disrupt the pass, and Leroux reached back with her right foot to flick the ball toward the six-yard box. Heath converged and slotted low into the right side for the goal. USA 1, GUA 0 (SEE GOAL) 

USA – Carli Lloyd (Sydney Leroux), 46th minute: Just 30 seconds into the second half, the USA earned a two-goal cushion when Leroux cut back to her right foot from the left flank and crossed to Lloyd making a run toward the far right post. Lloyd rose up over Guatemala’s Kimberly De Leon and headed the ball to the left side of the frame past Alicia Navas. USA 2, GUA 0 (SEE GOAL) 

USA – Tobin Heath (Carli Lloyd), 57th minute: Megan Rapinoe had a line-drive corner kick from the right side that Lloyd volleyed from the left side of the box. The shot possibly was headed on goal, but just to make sure, Heath redirected with a cheeky flick of her left foot and her back to the goal, shooting inside the right post for her second goal of the match. Heath now has 11 international goals in 78 games and three goals this year. USA 3, GUA 0 (SEE GOAL) 

USA – Whitney Engen (Megan Rapinoe), 58th minute: The USA started to pile things on as Rapinoe’s free kick from the left went directly to Engen running in toward the left post. Guatemala’s defense broke down as Engen had a clear path and took advantage of the opportunity with a header inside the left of the frame. The center back scored her second goal of the year and third of her 20-game international career. USA 4, GUA 0 (SEE GOAL) 

USA – Megan Rapinoe, 66th minute: Carli Lloyd’s initial shot at the top of the box was blocked by Guatemala’s Gloria Aguilar, but Rapinoe was at the right place for the rebound. Rapinoe’s curling right-footed shot from 20 yards out struck nothing but net as Alicia Navas had little chance to get to the ball. USA 5, GUA 0 (SEE GOAL) (FINAL) 

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:GUA – Londy Barrios, 36th minute: Carli Lloyd worked the ball down the left side and crossed in toward Alex Morgan at the six-yard box. Barrios quickly got in the pathway and deflected it out for a USA corner kick as Morgan would have had a clear scoring chance at the near left post. 

GUA – Alicia Navas, 41st minute: Megan Rapinoe’s free kick from the right side lined up with both Whitney Engen and Sydney Leroux. Engen just missed getting a flick-header touch, but Leroux was in the way of Rapinoe’s kick and shot toward the goal. However, the ball went directly to Navas, and the Guatemala goalkeeper secured. 

GUA – Alicia Navas, 69th minute: Rapinoe’s shot from the left side was destined for the far right post, and Navas stayed on top of it with the save and did not allow a rebound with Sydney Leroux lurking. 

Milestone Watch:

  • Carli Lloyd now has 52 goals in her career, the most for a WNT player exclusively to play as a midfielder. Lloyd is ninth on the USA’s all-time goal scoring list and is now just one goal behind eighth-place Carin Gabarra (53 goals from 1987-96).
  • Lloyd notched her 29th-career assist and Megan Rapinoe her 28th assist. They rank 14th and 15th, respectively, on the U.S. WNT’s all-time assists list.
  • Hope Solo added to her U.S. WNT record with her 75th-career shutout. 

Next on the Schedule:
The U.S. WNT wraps up Group A play in the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship against Haiti on Monday, Oct. 20, at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. 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 12-2-3 in 2014.
  • The U.S. WNT is 3-0-0 all-time against Guatemala. The USA has outscored Guatemala 27-0 in its three meetings.
  • U.S. head coach Jill Ellis made three changes to her starting lineup from the tournament opener against Trinidad & Tobago. The returning defensive starters included Hope Solo in goal, right back Ali Krieger, left back Meghan Klingenberg and center back Becky Sauerbrunn. Whitney Engen made her first start, getting the call ahead of Christie Rampone.
  • The midfield included returning starters Lauren Holiday and team captain Carli Lloyd, while Megan Rapinoe dropped back to the midfield against Guatemala. She had been in the front line in the last match.
  • Lloyd wore the armband for the first time since the USA’s 2-2 draw against France on June 19 in East Hartford, Connecticut.
  • The USA’s three starting forwards in their 4-3-3 formation featured returning starter Alex Morgan, and Sydney Leroux and Tobin Heath made their first starts, while Abby Wambach and Christen Press came off the bench.
  • In the 37th minute, Morgan collided with Guatemala defender Londy Barrios in a shoulder-to-shoulder sequence in Guatemala’s defensive third. Morgan injured her left ankle, attempted to put pressure on it on the sidelines but was eventually forced to exit the game. She was ruled to have sprained her ankle, and Press replaced her in the 42nd minute.
  • The USA thought it had a two-goal lead heading into the halftime break when Meghan Klingenberg crossed from the left and connected perfectly with Press in the 45th minute. However, on the Press header, she was ruled to have fouled Marilyn Rivera and the goal was called back.
  • Kelley O’Hara was brought into the game for Krieger to open the second half.
  • In the 68th minute, Ellis used her final sub with Amy Rodriguez entering for Klingenberg. Heath dropped back to Klingenberg’s spot at left back.
  • Lloyd and Rapinoe each scored their third-career goals in the CONCACAF Women’s Championship.
  • Press and Sauerbrunn are the only USA players to have made an appearance in all 17 games this year.

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

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Guatemala
Date: Oct. 17, 2014
Competition: 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship – Group A
Venue: Toyota Park; Bridgeview, Illinois
Kickoff: 8 p.m. CT
Attendance: 6,796
Weather: 55 degrees, cool 

Scoring Summary:   1          2          F
USA                            1          4          5
GUA                            0          0          0           

USA – Tobin Heath (Sydney Leroux)            7th minute
USA – Carli Lloyd (Sydney Leroux)   46
USA – Tobin Heath (Carli Lloyd)        57
USA – Whitney Engen (Megan Rapinoe)      58
USA – Megan Rapinoe           66 

Lineups:
USA: 1-Hope Solo; 11-Ali Krieger (5-Kelley O’Hara, 46), 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 6-Whitney Engen, 16-Meghan Klingenberg (8-Amy Rodriguez, 68), 12-Lauren Holiday, 10-Carli Lloyd (capt.), 15-Megan Rapinoe, 2-Sydney Leroux, 13-Alex Morgan (14-Christen Press, 42), 17-Tobin Heath
Subs Not Used: 3-Christie Rampone, 7-Morgan Brian, 9-Heather O’Reilly, 18-Ashlyn Harris, 19-Julie Johnston, 20-Abby Wambach
Head Coach: Jill Ellis 

GUA: 12-Alicia Navas; 2-Daniela Andrade, 14-Coralia Monterroso, 5-Londy Barrios, 3-Marilyn Rivera; 10-Kimberly De León (7-Alida Argueta, 77), 15-Christian Recinos, 6-Gloria Aguilar, 4-Mia Espino; 8-María Monterroso (19-Diana Barrera, 77), 13-Aisha Solorzano (18-Kellin Mayen, 71)
Subs Not Used: 1-Yoselin Franco, 9-Ana Lucia Martínez, 11-Vilma López, 16-Cinthya Lopez, 17-Jennifer Barrios, 20-Melany Cayetano
Head Coach: Benjamin Monterroso                 

Stats Summary: USA / GUA
Shots: 21 / 0
Shots on Goal: 11 / 0
Saves: 0 / 6
Corner Kicks: 11 / 0
Fouls: 14 / 10
Offside: 7 / 0 

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Sydney Leroux (caution)        49th minute 

Officials:
Referee: Maurees Skeete (GUY)
Assistant Referee 1: Stacy Ann Greyson (JAM)
Assistant Referee 2: Kimberly Morera (CRC)
Fourth Official: Marianela Araya (CRC) 

Budweiser Woman of the Match:  Megan Rapinoe

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.

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

Photo Gallery: WNT Completes Sweep of Mexico in Rochester

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

Rochester Revisited

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

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

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

Abby Wambach

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

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

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

Carli Lloyd and Heather Mitts

Photo Gallery: WNT Rolls Past Mexico in Utah

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

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 Takes Aim at Group A Title Against Haiti Tonight in Washington, D.C.

2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship
U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Haiti
RFK Stadium; Washington, D.C.
Oct. 20, 2014

U.S. WNT GOES FOR GROUP TITLE AGAINST HAITI: The U.S. Women’s National Team wraps up Group A play in the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship against Haiti on Monday, Oct. 20, at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. 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 Guatemala 5-0 on Friday, Oct. 17, at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Illinois, with Tobin Heath leading the way with two goals. The U.S. moved to 2-0-0 and into sole possession of the Group A lead. Trinidad & Tobago and Haiti are both 1-1-0 and Guatemala (0-2-0) has been eliminated from semifinal contention. The top two Group A and Group B teams advance to the tournament semifinals.

The U.S. improved to 24-1-0 all-time in the CONCACAF Women’s Championship and is looking to win its fifth tournament title along with earning a berth to the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada.

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 on Saturday 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.

USA ADVANCEMENT SCENARIOS: The U.S. WNT is in strong shape to advance to the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship semifinals, which take place Oct. 24 at PPL Park in Chester, Pennsylvania. The tournament’s top three teams automatically qualify for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada from June 6-July 7. Below are the semifinal advancement scenarios heading into the final Group A match:

  • With a victory or draw against Haiti, the USA will win Group A heading into the semifinals to face the Group B runner-up.
  • If the USA falls to Haiti, the WNT can still secure first place by maintaining its goal differential over Haiti and Trinidad & Tobago. The USA currently has a plus-6 differential, and Trinidad & Tobago and Haiti are currently even.
  • It is mathematically possible for both Haiti and Trinidad & Tobago to leapfrog the USA in the group standings and leave the U.S. out of the semifinal picture, but the teams face a massive challenge based on goal differential.
  • Guatemala is out of semifinal contention with a 0-2-0 record.

Group A Disciplinary Notes

  • USA: Sydney Leroux was issued a yellow card during the 5-0 victory against Guatemala on Friday.
  • Haiti: Kencia Marseille and Kimberly Boulos were both shown yellow cards during Haiti’s 1-0 loss to Trinidad & Tobago on Friday. Goalkeeper Cynthia Chery was red-carded during the group-opening win against Guatemala and served her one-game suspension on Friday against Trinidad & Tobago.
  • Guatemala: Londy Barrios picked up a yellow card during her team’s group-opening loss to Haiti.
  • Trinidad & Tobago: Goalkeeper Kimika Forbes was ejected from Friday’s 1-0 win against Haiti and will serve a one-game suspension in Monday’s group finale against Guatemala.
  • For players who are sitting on a yellow card, an additional infraction Monday would result in a one-game suspension if their team advances to the tournament’s semifinal stage, but yellow card totals are erased once the semifinal stage begins.

Group A Standings

Team

GP

W

L

T

GF

GA

GD

Pts

USA

2

2

0

0

6

0

6

6

Trinidad & Tobago

2

1

1

0

1

1

0

3

Haiti

2

1

1

0

1

1

0

3

Guatemala

2

0

2

0

0

6

-6

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 vs. Guatemala, 5 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1
USA vs. Haiti, 7:30 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1

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*

7:30 p.m.

FOX Sports 1

RFK Stadium; Washington, D.C.

^ Algarve Cup *2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship

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.

WORLD RECORD AND COUNTING: Abby Wambach continues to add to her world goal scoring record after tallying career goal No. 171 during the USA’s 1-0 victory against Trinidad & Tobago on Oct. 15. 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 Trinidad & Tobago marked the 110th win for the USA in a game in which Wambach has scored at least one goal (110-2-8). Wambach has scored 46 goals in her past 57 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 17 games in its history at the four stadiums: two at Sporting Park, five at Toyota Park (including a Women’s World Cup playoff match in 2010), eight 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.

4-0-1

13

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

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 Alex Morgan was ruled out due to injury. Many of the players can play multiple positions, giving Ellis variety and depth on the roster, which consists of 19 professional players and 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 has 298 caps and is the most-capped active player in the world and second all-time in world history. The least-capped player on the roster is Ashlyn Harris (3). 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:

  • With Alex Morgan’s ankle injury keeping her out for the rest of the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship, the USA roster will be 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 have previous Women’s World Cup qualifying experience, led by forward Abby 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 Carli Lloyd played in the last two CONCACAF Women’s World Cup qualifying tournaments. Other U.S. WNT players with previous qualifying experience are Lauren 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 107 caps.
  • Wambach is the USA’s top scorer on the roster with 171 goals. After Wambach, Lloyd is the top scorer with 52 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.
  • Leroux and Wambach are tied for the USA lead with eight goals apiece in 2014. Lloyd, Morgan and Press have five goals each.
  • Lloyd and Rapinoe both have five assists, tied for best on the team this year.
  • 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.

IN THE RECORD BOOKS:

  • The USA’s current 89-game unbeaten streak at home (78-0-11 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. 52 of her career during the USA’s 5-0 win against Guatemala on Oct. 17. She is ninth on the USA’s all-time goal scoring list and is one behind eighth-place Carin Gabarra (53 goals from 1987-96).
  • Lloyd is the highest-scoring player in U.S. history who has played exclusively as a midfielder.
  • Christie Rampone could reach 300 caps during the CONCACAF Women’s Championship. She would become just the second player in world history to reach that mark after former teammate Kristine Lilly, who finished her career with 352 games played.
  • Rampone debuted for the USA in 1997 and has appeared for the WNT in three different decades. She has started 264 of her 298 caps and played 23,171 minutes in a U.S. uniform during her career.
  • 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 208 is now eighth on the USA’s all-time list. Abby Wambach (225) and Christie Rampone (298) 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 and another on Sept. 13 against Mexico and sits at 41. She has 34 two-goal games, five hat tricks, one four-goal game and one five-goal game.
  • With her goal against Switzerland on Aug. 20, Wambach joined Hamm as the only WNT players to reach 400 points in their career. Wambach has 407 points (171 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.

CONCACAF WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP HISTORY:

  • The USA is 24-1-0 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 138 goals in WWC qualifying (an average of 5.8 per game) while allowing five.

BY THE NUMBERS:

  • 0.65: Goals per game the USA has allowed in 2014
  • 1: USA’s FIFA ranking
  • 2: Players who have appeared in all 17 games in 2014: Christen Press and Becky Sauerbrunn
  • 3.2: Goals per game the USA has scored in 2014
  • 5: Assists by Carli Lloyd and Megan Rapinoe in 2014, tied for most on the team
  • 12: U.S. players to score a goal in 2014
  • 13: Goals in 29 career games for U.S. forward Christen Press
  • 52: 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
  • 110: U.S. victories when Wambach scores a goal (110-2-8 overall)
  • 130: Minutes on field per goal averaged by Mia Hamm in her career
  • 298: 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 12-0-3. 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: HAITI
Fédération Haïtienne de Football
Founded: 1904 (Joined FIFA in 1934)
Head Coach: Shek Borkowski
FIFA World Ranking: 119
CONCACAF Ranking: 14
FIFA World Cups: None
Best FIFA World Cup Finish: None

Haiti Women’s National Team Roster by Position
GOALKEEPERS (2): Geralda Saintilus, Cynthia Chery
DEFENDERS (7): Natacha Cajuste, Kencia Marseille, Shanna Hudson, Yvrose Gervil, Roselord Borgella, Clorene Rateau, Schmid Charles
MIDFIELDERS (6): Dieunise Jean Baptiste, Manoucheka Pierre-Louis, Lindsay Zullo, Wisline Dolce, Woodlyne Robuste, Sindy Jeune
FORWARDS (5): Generve Charles, Kimberly Boulos, Kensie Bobo, Marie Jean Pierre, Samantha Brand

HAITI ROSTER NOTES

  • Haiti’s head coach is American Shek Borkowski, who was born in Poland, but has had great success with FC Indiana in the USL W-League and the WPSL.
  • He became head coach of Haiti in February of 2012 and has brought the Haitian team to train in the USA for several months at a time.
  • Haiti finished second in its group behind Jamaica at the Caribbean Football Union Women’s Caribbean Cup to qualify for the semifinals and earn a berth to the CONCACAF Women’s Championship. Haiti lost its semifinal to Trinidad & Tobago, but defeated Martinique 5-1 in the third-place match.
  • Haiti goalkeeper Cynthia Chery, who was sent off in the 17th minute during the team’s opener against Guatemala, served her red card suspension against Trinidad & Tobago on Friday. She will be an available option on Monday.
  • Backup goalkeeper Geralda Saintilus made a clutch penalty kick save while midfielder Lindsay Zullo provided a 69th-minute goal to lead Haiti to a 1-0 win against Guatemala in the team’s CONCACAF Women’s Championship opener on Oct. 15 at Sporting Park.

USA VS. HAITI:

  • The USA has played Haiti just three times in its history, all in qualifying tournaments.
  • The first meeting was in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti, in 1991, where the USA won 10-0.
  • The teams also played in February of 2004 in qualifying for the 2004 Olympics, an 8-0 victory in Heredia, Costa Rica, and in October of 2010, in qualifying for the 2011 Women’s World Cup, a 5-0 U.S. victory that showed Haiti’s progress on the soccer field over the years.

LAST TIME
On the field for the USA:
Oct. 17, 2014 – Toyota Park; Bridgeview, Illinois – CONCACAF Women’s Championship

USA 5 Heat 7, 57; Lloyd 46; Engen 58; Rapinoe 66
GUA 0

Lineups:
USA: 1-Hope Solo; 11-Ali Krieger (5-Kelley O’Hara, 46), 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 6-Whitney Engen, 16-Meghan Klingenberg (8-Amy Rodriguez, 68), 12-Lauren Holiday, 10-Carli Lloyd (capt.), 15-Megan Rapinoe, 2-Sydney Leroux, 13-Alex Morgan (14-Christen Press, 42), 17-Tobin Heath
Subs Not Used: 3-Christie Rampone, 7-Morgan Brian, 9-Heather O’Reilly, 18-Ashlyn Harris, 19-Julie Johnston, 20-Abby Wambach
Head Coach: Jill Ellis

GUA: 12-Alicia Navas; 2-Daniela Andrade, 14-Coralia Monterroso, 5-Londy Barrios, 3-Marilyn Rivera; 10-Kimberly De León (7-Alida Argueta, 77), 15-Christian Recinos, 6-Gloria Aguilar, 4-Mia Espino; 8-María Monterroso (19-Diana Barrera, 77), 13-Aisha Solorzano (18-Kellin Mayen, 71)
Subs Not Used: 1-Yoselin Franco, 9-Ana Lucia Martínez, 11-Vilma López, 16-Cinthya Lopez, 17-Jennifer Barrios, 20-Melany Cayetano
Head Coach: Benjamin Monterroso

On the field for the USA vs. Haiti:
Oct. 28, 2010 – Estadio Quintana Roo; Cancun, Mexico (2011 Women’s World Cup Qualifying)

USA 5 Buehler 8; Wambach 15, 45+, 62; Rodriguez 40
GUA 0

Lineups:
USA: 18-Nicole Barnhart; 2-Heather Mitts, 6-Amy LePeilbet, 3-Christie Rampone (capt.), 26-Rachel Buehler; 9-Heather O’Reilly (15-Megan Rapinoe, 46), 7-Shannon Boxx, 10-Carli Lloyd, 4-Yael Averbuch (13-Kristine Lilly, 46); 8-Amy Rodriguez (12-Lauren Cheney, 57), 20-Abby Wambach
Subs Not Used: 1-Jill Loyden, 11-Lori Lindsey, 14-Stephanie Cox, 17-Becky Sauerbrunn
Head Coach: Pia Sundhage


HAI: 1-Geralda Saintillius; 3-Frantizcia Francois, 4-Kenci Marseille (capt.), 5-Marie Louine Valcine, 8-Felicia Libertin, 10-Wislin Dolce, 6-Fiorda Charles, 14-Samantha Brand (13-Maria Yves Dina Jean-Pierre, 68), 9-Adeline Saintilmond, 15-Kimberly Boulos (19-Nadia Valentin, 80), 20-Tatiana Mathelier (11-Sophia Batard, 60)
Subs Not Used: 7-Betty Sanon, 12-Nuela Antenor, 16-Marie Viola Nord, 17-Roselord Borgella
Head Coach: Agusto Moura de Oliveira 

Alex Morgan Ruled Out of CONCACAF Women’s Championship with Ankle Injury

CHICAGO (Oct. 18, 2014) – U.S. Women’s National Team forward Alex Morgan will be unavailable to participate in the remainder of the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship due to a left ankle sprain suffered last night against Guatemala in the USA’s second Group A match.

Morgan underwent an MRI this morning that confirmed the sprain, but revealed no additional damage. She will be out an estimated 4-6 weeks to rehabilitate the injury. Morgan will depart the U.S. camp and return home to continue her rehab.

“We certainly feel for Alex and of course having her go down is a big loss to our team. But as I’ve often said, one of our strengths is depth and everyone on the roster is prepared to step up,” said U.S. head coach Ellis. “After talking with our medical staff and Alex, we all agreed that the best course of action for her is to head home to minimize travel and get into an environment where she can totally focus on recovery.”

Morgan, who has scored 49 goals in 77 matches for the USA and five goals in seven games in 2014, had started the USA’s first two games of the Women’s World Cup qualifying tournament.

“It’s unfortunate timing, but I know my teammates will take care of business and qualify for the World Cup and I’ll be watching from my couch,” said Morgan. “I have plenty of time to get healthy with a longer break coming up for the team, so my job is to focus on the rehab and get back healthy as soon as I can.”

Once the competition begins, teams cannot make roster changes due to injuries; therefore, the USA will play the remainder of the tournament with 19 players.

WNT Takes Control of Group A with 5-0 Victory against Guatemala

BRIDGEVIEW, Illinois (Oct. 17, 2014) – The U.S. Women’s National Team moved a step closer to securing a spot in the semifinals of the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship with a 5-0 victory against Guatemala in Group A play at Toyota Park. 

A resurgent USA squad scored four second-half goals. Tobin Heath led the way with two goals, while Carli Lloyd, Megan Rapinoe and center back Whitney Engen each tallied a goal. 

The USA moves to the summit of Group A with a 2-0-0 record. Earlier in the day in Group A action, Trinidad & Tobago defeated Haiti 1-0. At 1-1-0, both Trinidad & Tobago and Haiti are fighting to also move on from group play, while Guatemala has been eliminated with a 0-2-0 record. 

The U.S. wraps up Group A play against Haiti on Monday, Oct. 20, at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. (7:30 p.m. ET; FOX Sports 1). A victory or draw would guarantee the USA first place in the group and a top seed to face the Group B runner-up in the semifinals. The U.S. can also win Group A with a loss against Haiti if it retains superior goal differential. 

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Tobin Heath (Sydney Leroux), 7th minute: The USA worked the ball around the right flank to defensive back Ali Krieger, who crossed in toward the center of the box. A couple Guatemala players from the team’s five-player back line could not disrupt the pass, and Leroux reached back with her right foot to flick the ball toward the six-yard box. Heath converged and slotted low into the right side for the goal. USA 1, GUA 0 (SEE GOAL) 

USA – Carli Lloyd (Sydney Leroux), 46th minute: Just 30 seconds into the second half, the USA earned a two-goal cushion when Leroux cut back to her right foot from the left flank and crossed to Lloyd making a run toward the far right post. Lloyd rose up over Guatemala’s Kimberly De Leon and headed the ball to the left side of the frame past Alicia Navas. USA 2, GUA 0 (SEE GOAL) 

USA – Tobin Heath (Carli Lloyd), 57th minute: Megan Rapinoe had a line-drive corner kick from the right side that Lloyd volleyed from the left side of the box. The shot possibly was headed on goal, but just to make sure, Heath redirected with a cheeky flick of her left foot and her back to the goal, shooting inside the right post for her second goal of the match. Heath now has 11 international goals in 78 games and three goals this year. USA 3, GUA 0 (SEE GOAL) 

USA – Whitney Engen (Megan Rapinoe), 58th minute: The USA started to pile things on as Rapinoe’s free kick from the left went directly to Engen running in toward the left post. Guatemala’s defense broke down as Engen had a clear path and took advantage of the opportunity with a header inside the left of the frame. The center back scored her second goal of the year and third of her 20-game international career. USA 4, GUA 0 (SEE GOAL) 

USA – Megan Rapinoe, 66th minute: Carli Lloyd’s initial shot at the top of the box was blocked by Guatemala’s Gloria Aguilar, but Rapinoe was at the right place for the rebound. Rapinoe’s curling right-footed shot from 20 yards out struck nothing but net as Alicia Navas had little chance to get to the ball. USA 5, GUA 0 (SEE GOAL) (FINAL) 

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:GUA – Londy Barrios, 36th minute: Carli Lloyd worked the ball down the left side and crossed in toward Alex Morgan at the six-yard box. Barrios quickly got in the pathway and deflected it out for a USA corner kick as Morgan would have had a clear scoring chance at the near left post. 

GUA – Alicia Navas, 41st minute: Megan Rapinoe’s free kick from the right side lined up with both Whitney Engen and Sydney Leroux. Engen just missed getting a flick-header touch, but Leroux was in the way of Rapinoe’s kick and shot toward the goal. However, the ball went directly to Navas, and the Guatemala goalkeeper secured. 

GUA – Alicia Navas, 69th minute: Rapinoe’s shot from the left side was destined for the far right post, and Navas stayed on top of it with the save and did not allow a rebound with Sydney Leroux lurking. 

Milestone Watch:

  • Carli Lloyd now has 52 goals in her career, the most for a WNT player exclusively to play as a midfielder. Lloyd is ninth on the USA’s all-time goal scoring list and is now just one goal behind eighth-place Carin Gabarra (53 goals from 1987-96).
  • Lloyd notched her 29th-career assist and Megan Rapinoe her 28th assist. They rank 14th and 15th, respectively, on the U.S. WNT’s all-time assists list.
  • Hope Solo added to her U.S. WNT record with her 75th-career shutout. 

Next on the Schedule:
The U.S. WNT wraps up Group A play in the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship against Haiti on Monday, Oct. 20, at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. 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 12-2-3 in 2014.
  • The U.S. WNT is 3-0-0 all-time against Guatemala. The USA has outscored Guatemala 27-0 in its three meetings.
  • U.S. head coach Jill Ellis made three changes to her starting lineup from the tournament opener against Trinidad & Tobago. The returning defensive starters included Hope Solo in goal, right back Ali Krieger, left back Meghan Klingenberg and center back Becky Sauerbrunn. Whitney Engen made her first start, getting the call ahead of Christie Rampone.
  • The midfield included returning starters Lauren Holiday and team captain Carli Lloyd, while Megan Rapinoe dropped back to the midfield against Guatemala. She had been in the front line in the last match.
  • Lloyd wore the armband for the first time since the USA’s 2-2 draw against France on June 19 in East Hartford, Connecticut.
  • The USA’s three starting forwards in their 4-3-3 formation featured returning starter Alex Morgan, and Sydney Leroux and Tobin Heath made their first starts, while Abby Wambach and Christen Press came off the bench.
  • In the 37th minute, Morgan collided with Guatemala defender Londy Barrios in a shoulder-to-shoulder sequence in Guatemala’s defensive third. Morgan injured her left ankle, attempted to put pressure on it on the sidelines but was eventually forced to exit the game. She was ruled to have sprained her ankle, and Press replaced her in the 42nd minute.
  • The USA thought it had a two-goal lead heading into the halftime break when Meghan Klingenberg crossed from the left and connected perfectly with Press in the 45th minute. However, on the Press header, she was ruled to have fouled Marilyn Rivera and the goal was called back.
  • Kelley O’Hara was brought into the game for Krieger to open the second half.
  • In the 68th minute, Ellis used her final sub with Amy Rodriguez entering for Klingenberg. Heath dropped back to Klingenberg’s spot at left back.
  • Lloyd and Rapinoe each scored their third-career goals in the CONCACAF Women’s Championship.
  • Press and Sauerbrunn are the only USA players to have made an appearance in all 17 games this year.

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

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Guatemala
Date: Oct. 17, 2014
Competition: 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship – Group A
Venue: Toyota Park; Bridgeview, Illinois
Kickoff: 8 p.m. CT
Attendance: 6,796
Weather: 55 degrees, cool 

Scoring Summary:   1          2          F
USA                            1          4          5
GUA                            0          0          0           

USA – Tobin Heath (Sydney Leroux)            7th minute
USA – Carli Lloyd (Sydney Leroux)   46
USA – Tobin Heath (Carli Lloyd)        57
USA – Whitney Engen (Megan Rapinoe)      58
USA – Megan Rapinoe           66 

Lineups:
USA: 1-Hope Solo; 11-Ali Krieger (5-Kelley O’Hara, 46), 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 6-Whitney Engen, 16-Meghan Klingenberg (8-Amy Rodriguez, 68), 12-Lauren Holiday, 10-Carli Lloyd (capt.), 15-Megan Rapinoe, 2-Sydney Leroux, 13-Alex Morgan (14-Christen Press, 42), 17-Tobin Heath
Subs Not Used: 3-Christie Rampone, 7-Morgan Brian, 9-Heather O’Reilly, 18-Ashlyn Harris, 19-Julie Johnston, 20-Abby Wambach
Head Coach: Jill Ellis 

GUA: 12-Alicia Navas; 2-Daniela Andrade, 14-Coralia Monterroso, 5-Londy Barrios, 3-Marilyn Rivera; 10-Kimberly De León (7-Alida Argueta, 77), 15-Christian Recinos, 6-Gloria Aguilar, 4-Mia Espino; 8-María Monterroso (19-Diana Barrera, 77), 13-Aisha Solorzano (18-Kellin Mayen, 71)
Subs Not Used: 1-Yoselin Franco, 9-Ana Lucia Martínez, 11-Vilma López, 16-Cinthya Lopez, 17-Jennifer Barrios, 20-Melany Cayetano
Head Coach: Benjamin Monterroso                 

Stats Summary: USA / GUA
Shots: 21 / 0
Shots on Goal: 11 / 0
Saves: 0 / 6
Corner Kicks: 11 / 0
Fouls: 14 / 10
Offside: 7 / 0 

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Sydney Leroux (caution)        49th minute 

Officials:
Referee: Maurees Skeete (GUY)
Assistant Referee 1: Stacy Ann Greyson (JAM)
Assistant Referee 2: Kimberly Morera (CRC)
Fourth Official: Marianela Araya (CRC) 

Budweiser Woman of the Match:  Megan Rapinoe

U.S. WNT Ready for Guatemala Tonight in Chicago

2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship
U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Guatemala
Toyota Park; Bridgeview, Illinois
Oct. 17, 2014

U.S. WNT FACES GUATEMALA IN SECOND QUALIFYING MATCH: The U.S. Women’s National Team will face Guatemala as it resumes Group A play in the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship on Friday, Oct. 17, at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Illinois. Kickoff is at 8 p.m. CT and the match will be broadcast on FOX Sports 1. Fans can also follow all the U.S. games on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt and @ussoccer_esp.

The USA is coming off a 1-0 victory against Trinidad & Tobago on Wednesday, Oct. 15, at Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kansas, in which the USA out-shot its Caribbean opponent 29-7, but struggled to break down a stingy Trinidad & Tobago bunker that featured five players across the back line with four midfielders stacked tightly in front of them. U.S. WNT goal scoring record holder Abby Wambach led the charge with her 171st goal in the 54th minute and that was enough to secure the win against the speedy Soca Princesses, who created a few chances off counter-attacks. The USA improved to 23-1-0 all-time in the CONCACAF Women’s Championship and is looking to win its fifth tournament title as well as a berth to the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada.

The USA and Haiti are tied atop Group A. Earlier on Wednesday, Haiti overcame an early red card, saw back-up goalkeeper Geralda Saintilus save a penalty kick and scored a 69th-minute shorthanded goal from Lindsay Zullo for a 1-0 victory.

Group A Standings

Team

GP

W

L

T

GF

GA

GD

Pts

USA

1

1

0

0

1

0

1

3

Haiti

1

1

0

0

1

0

1

3

Guatemala

1

0

1

0

0

1

-1

0

Trinidad & Tobago

1

0

1

0

0

1

-1

0

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

Friday, Oct. 17
Haiti vs. Trinidad & Tobago, 6:30 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 2
USA vs. Guatemala, 9 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1

Monday, Oct. 20
Trinidad & Tobago vs. Guatemala, 5 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1
USA vs. Haiti, 7:30 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1

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

HAITI AWAITS ON MONDAY: Following Friday’s game against Guatemala, the USA will finish Group A against Haiti on Monday, Oct. 20 (7:30 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1) at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. After group play, the tournament heads to the Philadelphia area. The semifinals take place Oct. 24, followed by the third-place and championship games on Oct. 26 at PPL Park in Chester, Pennsylvania. The tournament’s top three teams automatically qualify for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada from June 6-July 5. 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*

1-0 W

Wambach

Sporting Park; Kansas City, Kan.

Oct. 17

Guatemala*

9 p.m.

FOX Sports 1

Toyota Park; Bridgeview, Ill.

Oct. 20

Haiti*

7:30 p.m.

FOX Sports 1

RFK Stadium; Washington, D.C.

^ Algarve Cup   *2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship

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.

WORLD RECORD AND COUNTING: Abby Wambach continues to add to her world goal scoring record after tallying career goal No. 171 during the USA’s 1-0 victory against Trinidad & Tobago on Oct. 15. 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 Trinidad & Tobago marked the 110th win for the USA in a game in which Wambach has scored at least one goal (110-2-8). Wambach has scored 46 goals in her past 57 games over 2012, 2013 and 2014. She is also third all-time in assists with 65, behind only Kristine Lilly (105) and Hamm (144).

MORGAN IS BACK: Although she has played in just six games for the USA this year, Alex Morgan has shown that she has regained the form that has made her one of the world’s most dangerous strikers. Morgan has five goals in her six games in 2014, set up Abby Wambach’s game-winner on Oct. 15 with her 32nd career assist, and most notably tallied a combined three goals and three assists during the USA’s two victories against Mexico on Sept. 13 and 18. Before her return to the U.S. team in June for the two matches against France, she had not appeared for the USA since November of 2013, an absence due to an injury of almost seven months. She now has 49 goals (10th all-time) in her 76 caps and with her next goal will become the 10th player in U.S. history to score 50 or more goals.

CONCACAF VENUE HISTORY: The USA is familiar with all four venues for the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship, having now played 16 games in its history at the four stadiums: two 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 U.S. is coming off a 1-0 victory against Trinidad & Tobago on Wednesday, Oct. 15, to open 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.

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

ROSTER SPOTS: U.S. head coach Jill Ellis chose 20 players for the USA’s 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship roster, which includes two goalkeepers, seven defenders, six midfielders and five forwards. Many of the players can play multiple positions, giving Ellis variety and depth on the roster, which consists of 19 professional players and 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 has 298 caps and is the most-capped active player in the world and second all-time in world history. The least-capped player on the roster is Ashlyn Harris (3). 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 (5): 2-Sydney Leroux (Seattle Reign FC), 13-Alex Morgan (Portland Thorns FC), 14-Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars), 8-Amy Rodriguez (FC Kansas City), 20-Abby Wambach (WNY Flash)

U.S. ROSTER NOTES:

  • Fourteen 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.
  • Eleven players on the roster have previous Women’s World Cup qualifying experience, led by forward Abby 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 Carli Lloyd played in the last two CONCACAF Women’s World Cup qualifying tournaments. Other U.S. WNT players with previous qualifying experience are Lauren Holiday, Ali Krieger, Alex Morgan, 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 106 caps.
  • Wambach is the USA’s top scorer on the roster with 171 goals. After Wambach, Lloyd is the top scorer with 51 career international goals, followed by Morgan (49) and O’Reilly (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.
  • Leroux and Wambach are tied for the USA lead with eight goals apiece in 2014. Lloyd, Morgan and Press have five goals each.
  • Lloyd, Morgan, Press, Rapinoe and O’Reilly each have four assists, tied for best on the team this year.
  • 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.

IN THE RECORD BOOKS:

  • 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.
  • Carli Lloyd’s goal on Oct. 27 against New Zealand gave her 46 goals in her career and moved her past Julie Foudy into ninth on the all-time scoring list. Lloyd scored her first two of the year against Russia on Feb. 8 and added another two-goal game on April 10 against China PR to become the ninth player in U.S. history to score 50 or more goals. She added one more against Switzerland from the penalty spot on Aug. 20 to run her total to 51. She is also the highest-scoring player in U.S. history who has played exclusively as a midfielder. She is just two goals behind Carin Gabarra in eighth place.
  • Lloyd is currently 12th on the U.S. WNT all-time appearances list with 177, recently passing Shannon MacMillan (176 from 1993-2005).
  • Christie Rampone will likely hit 300 caps during the CONCACAF Women’s Championship. She would become just the second player in world history to reach that mark after former teammate Kristine Lilly, who finished her career with 352 games played.
  • Rampone debuted for the USA in 1997 and has appeared for the WNT in three different decades. She has started 264 of her 298 caps and played 23,171 minutes in a U.S. uniform during her career.
  • The USA’s current 88-game unbeaten streak at home (77-0-11 since Nov. 6, 2004) is a team record. The next-highest streak is 50 games (48-0-2) from Feb. 10, 1996, through April 22, 1999. The USA tied the record on May 14, 2011 (2-0 win against Japan at Columbus Crew Stadium) and broke the record with the 51st game on May 18, 2011 (another 2-0 win against Japan at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, North Carolina).
  • Heather O’Reilly is the ninth player to hit 200 caps in U.S. history after reaching the milestone against Korea DPR on March 12 and with 208 is now eighth on the USA’s all-time list. Abby Wambach (225) and Christie Rampone (298) 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 and another on Sept. 13 against Mexico and sits at 41. She has 34 two-goal games, five hat tricks, one four-goal game and one five-goal game.
  • With her goal against Switzerland on Aug. 20, Wambach joined Hamm as the only WNT players to reach 400 points in their career. Wambach has 407 points (171 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.
  • With one more goal, Alex Morgan will become the 10th player in U.S. history to score 50 or more.
  • Hope Solo earned her 74th shutout during the USA’s 1-0 win against Trinidad & Tobago on Oct. 15, 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, 43 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 23-1-0 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 138 goals in WWC qualifying (an average of 5.8 per game) while allowing five.

BY THE NUMBERS:

  • 0.69: Goals per game the USA has allowed in 2014
  • 1: USA’s FIFA ranking
  • 3: Players who have appeared in all 16 games in 2014: Heather O’Reilly, Christen Press and Becky Sauerbrunn
  • 3.1: Goals per game the USA has scored in 2014
  • 4: Assists by Carli Lloyd, Alex Morgan, Christen Press, Heather O’Reilly and Megan Rapinoe in 2014, tied for most on the team
  • 12: U.S. players to score a goal in 2014
  • 13: Goals in 28 career games for U.S. forward Christen Press
  • 51: Career goals by Lloyd, most ever for a WNT player who has played exclusively as a midfielder
  • 74: Career shutouts by Hope Solo, the USA’s all-time record
  • 110: U.S. victories when Wambach scores a goal (110-2-8 overall)
  • 130: Minutes on field per goal averaged by Mia Hamm in her career
  • 298: 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 11-0-3. 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: GUATEMALA
Federación Nacional de Fútbol de Guatemala
Founded: 1919 (Joined FIFA in 1946)
Head Coach: Benjamin Monterroso
FIFA World Ranking: 57
CONCACAF Ranking: 6
FIFA World Cups: None
Best FIFA World Cup Finish: None

For Guatemala notes, visit ussoccer.com.

WNT Opens 2014 CONCACAF Women's Championship with 1-0 Win against Trinidad & Tobago

KANSAS CITY, Kansas (Oct. 15, 2014) – The U.S. Women’s National Team earned a 1-0 victory against Trinidad & Tobago to open Group A play at the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship at Sporting Park, home of Major League Soccer’s Sporting Kansas City. 

Trinidad & Tobago managed to withstand the USA’s heavy attack with plenty of defenders behind the ball, but the U.S. eventually found the back of the net when all-time leading goal scorer Abby Wambach scored her 171st international goal in the 54th minute. 

After the tournament’s opening day, the USA shares first place in Group A with Haiti as both teams earned 1-0 wins. In Wednesday’s earlier match, a shorthanded Haiti side defeated Guatemala at Sporting Park as Lindsey Zullo scored the game’s only goal. Haiti goalkeeper Cynthia Chery was given a red card early in the first half. 

With the victory against Trinidad & Tobago, the USA moves to an impressive 23-1-0 all-time in Women’s World Cup Qualifying. All eyes are on qualification for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada, and the U.S. is also looking to win its fifth CONCACAF Women’s Championship, having previously won the title in 1991, 1994, 2002 and 2006. The USA hosted the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup and did not have to go through the qualification process heading into that event. 

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Abby Wambach (Alex Morgan), 54th minute: After dominating the game with heavy possession and numerous scoring chances, the USA finally broke through when Morgan dribbled to her left to elude Trinidad & Tobago goalkeeper Kimika Forbes. From the end line, Morgan crossed to Wambach perched at the edge of the six-yard box, and Wambach headed the ball past defender Lauryn Hutchinson and into the right side of the frame for her eighth goal this year and a one-goal U.S. advantage over Trinidad & Tobago. USA 1, TRI 0 (FINAL) 

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
TRI – Kimika Forbes, 14th minute: The USA was lurking in the final third with frequent set piece opportunities. Megan Rapinoe delivered a corner kick from the right side and connected well with the onrushing Christen Press, who headed the ball toward the left side of the frame. Forbes parried the well-struck shot straight up and was able to collect. 

TRI – Kimika Forbes, 38th and 39th minutes: In the 38th minute, Carli Lloyd unleashed a shot from 21 yards out after a quick give-and-go with Megan Rapinoe, but Forbes denied Lloyd with a diving save to her right at the near post to surrender a corner kick. In the following sequence, Rapinoe’s corner from the left side bounced around the box, and Abby Wambach, with her back to goal, attempted a flicked header. Wambach put the shot on frame, but it lacked pace and power as Forbes collected her third save. 

TRI – Kimika Forbes, 52nd minute: Several minutes after pushing a high-percentage header chance wide right of the net, Abby Wambach was back on the attack when Christen Press set her up inside the top of the box. From 14 yards out, Wambach tried to chip the ball over Forbes, but the Trinidad & Tobago goalkeeper closed the distance and made the right-handed save. 

TRI – Kimika Forbes, 62nd and 81st minutes: Though the shots on goal were not in succession, Forbes had a knack for coming up with big saves against Rapinoe. Rapinoe’s 62nd-minute attempt from the left side was stopped by the Trinidad & Tobago goalkeeper, and then her low, 81st-minute drive was smothered at the near right post. 

TRI – Kimika Forbes, 90th+2 minute: USA second-half sub Sydney Leroux got behind Trinidad & Tobago’s defense with a run down the left side. Leroux shot right-footed, hoping to slot the ball to the far right post, but Forbes made the save with her left leg.

Milestone Watch:

  • Abby Wambach, the U.S. WNT’s all-time leader with 171 goals, recorded her 11th-career goal in Women’s World Cup Qualifying, tying her for fourth on the USA’s all-time list with Joy Fawcett.
  • U.S. captain Christie Rampone appeared in her 298th match as she nears the 300-game milestone. She is second only to Kristine Lilly (352 caps from 1987-2010) in all-time WNT caps.
  • With her 177th cap, Carli Lloyd moved past Shannon MacMillan (176 games from 1993-2005) for 12th on the WNT’s all-time caps list.
  • Abby Wambach and second-half sub Heather O’Reilly have now appeared in four different CONCACAF Women’s Championships (2002, 2006, 2010 and 2014). That mark ties for second place among U.S. WNT players, trailing only Lilly’s five (1991, 1994, 2002, 2006, 2010).
  • Hope Solo added to her U.S. WNT record with her 74th-career shutout, making one save on the night. 

Next on the Schedule:
The U.S. WNT continues Group A play in the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship against Guatemala on Friday, Oct. 17, at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Illinois. The game kicks off at 8 p.m. CT.
Broadcast information: FOX Sports 1 and multi-platform devices via FOX Sports GO, FOX Soccer 2GO and FOXSportsGo.com.
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Additional Notes:

  • The USA is now 11-2-3 in 2014.
  • The U.S. WNT is 8-0-0 all-time against Trinidad & Tobago and 4-0-0 in World Cup qualifying. Wednesday’s game was the USA’s closest margin of victory between the two sides. The previous mark was the USA’s 3-1 win on April 10, 1994.
  • The USA has outscored Trinidad & Tobago 55-2 in the all-time series.
  • U.S. head coach Jill Ellis’ starting lineup included a defensive group featuring goalkeeper Hope Solo, right back Ali Krieger, left back Meghan Klingenberg and center backs Becky Sauerbrunn and Christie Rampone. Rampone wore the captain’s armband.
  • The U.S. midfield included Lauren Holiday on the left, Carli Lloyd on the right and Abby Wambach playing centrally in a 4-3-3 formation.
  • The front line included Megan Rapinoe, Alex Morgan and Christen Press from left to right.
  • Sydney Leroux replaced Press in the 61st minute.
  • Heather O’Reilly entered the game in the 77th minute for Wambach, who departed with well-earned chants from the USA fan base.
  • Ellis’ final sub was Amy Rodriguez, who replaced Rapinoe in the 87th minute.
  • Nine of the USA starters had played in a previous World Cup qualifier heading into the match, while Klingenberg and Press made their first appearances and starts in the CONCACAF Women’s Championship.
  • Wambach is the USA’s active leader in World Cup qualifying appearances, earning her 11th cap. Rampone, Lloyd and O’Reilly earned their 10th caps in the qualifying tournament. 

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

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Trinidad & Tobago
Date: Oct. 15, 2014
Competition: 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship
Venue: Sporting Park; Kansas City, Kansas
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. CT
Attendance: 3,621
Weather: 60 degrees, cool 

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

USA – Abby Wambach (Alex Morgan)                      54th minute 

Lineups:
USA: 1-Hope Solo; 11-Ali Krieger, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 3-Christie Rampone (capt.), 16-Meghan Klingenberg; 12-Lauren Holiday, 10-Carli Lloyd, 15-Megan Rapinoe (8-Amy Rodriguez, 87), 14-Christen Press (2-Sydney Leroux, 61); 20-Abby Wambach (9-Heather O’Reilly, 77), 13-Alex Morgan
Subs Not Used: 5-Kelley O’Hara, 6-Whitney Engen, 7-Morgan Brian, 17-Tobin Heath, 18-Ashlyn Harris, 19-Julie Johnston
Head Coach: Jill Ellis 

TRI: 1-Kimika Forbes; 4-Rhea Belgrave, 5-Arin King, 15-Liana Hinds (18-Khadisha Debessette, 79), 16-Brianna Ryce; 20-Lauren Hutchinson, 9-Maylee Attin Johnson (capt.), 8-Patrice Superville (14-Karyn Forbes, 82), 10-Tasha St Louis (3-Mariah Shade, 46); 12-Ahkeela Mollon, 19-Kennya Cordner    
Subs Not Used: 2-Ayanna Russell, 6-Khadidra Debessete, 7-Dernelle Mascall, 11-Janine Francois, 13-Anique Walker, 17-Tenesha Palmer
Head Coach: Randy Waldrum 

Stats Summary: USA / TRI
Shots: 29 / 7
Shots on Goal: 9 / 1
Saves: 1 / 8
Corner Kicks: 10 / 1
Fouls: 7 / 6
Offside: 1 / 0 

Misconduct Summary:
TRI - Maylee Attin Johnson (caution)             16th minute 

Officials:
Referee: Marianela Araya (CRC)
Assistant Referee 1: Kimberly Moreira (CRC)
Assistant Referee 2: Enedina Caudillo (MEX)
Fourth Official: Lucila Venegas (MEX) 

Budweiser Woman of the Match: Lauren Holiday  

2014 CONCACAF Women's Championship in Focus: Haiti

IN FOCUS: HAITI
Fédération Haïtienne de Football
Founded: 1904 (Joined FIFA in 1934)
Head Coach: Shek Borkowski
FIFA World Ranking: 119
CONCACAF Ranking: 14
FIFA World Cups: None
Best FIFA World Cup Finish: None

Haiti Women’s National Team Roster by Position
GOALKEEPERS (2): Geralda Saintilus, Cynthia Chery  
DEFENDERS (7): Natacha Cajuste, Kencia Marseille, Shanna Hudson, Yvrose Gervil, Roselord Borgella, Clorene Rateau, Schmid Charles
MIDFIELDERS (6): Dieunise Jean Baptiste, Manoucheka Pierre-Louis, Lindsay Zullo, Wisline Dolce, Woodlyne Robuste, Sindy Jeune
FORWARDS (5): Generve Charles, Kimberly Boulos, Kensie Bobo, Marie Jean Pierre, Samantha Brand 

HAITI ROSTER NOTES

  • Haiti’s head coach is American Shek Borkowski, who was born in Poland, but has had great success with FC Indiana in the USL W-League and the WPSL.
  • He became head coach of Haiti in February of 2012 and has brought the Haitian team to train in the USA for several months at a time.
  • Haiti finished second in its group behind Jamaica at the Caribbean Football Union Women’s Caribbean Cup to qualify for the semifinals and earn a berth to the CONCACAF Women’s Championship. Haiti lost its semifinal to Trinidad & Tobago, but defeated Martinique 5-1 in the third-place match.

USA VS. HAITI:

  • The USA has played Haiti just three times in its history, all in qualifying tournaments.
  • The first meeting was in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti, in 1991, where the USA won 10-0.
  • The teams also played in February of 2004 in qualifying for the 2004 Olympics, an 8-0 victory in Heredia, Costa Rica, and in October of 2010, in qualifying for the 2011 Women’s World Cup, a 5-0 U.S. victory that showed Haiti’s progress on the soccer field over the years.

2014 CONCACAF Women's Championship in Focus: Guatemala

IN FOCUS: GUATEMALA
Federación Nacional de Fútbol de Guatemala
Founded: 1919 (Joined FIFA in 1946)
Head Coach: Benjamin Monterroso
FIFA World Ranking: 57
CONCACAF Ranking: 6
FIFA World Cups: None
Best FIFA World Cup Finish: None

Guatemala Women’s National Team Roster by Position
GOALKEEPERS (2):  Yoselin Franco, Alicia Navas
DEFENDERS (5): Daniela Andrade, Londy Barrios, Gloria Aguilar, Coralia Monterroso, Kellin Mayen
MIDFIELDERS (5): Marilyn Rivera, Mia Espino, Christian Recinos, Cinthya Lopez, Jennifer Barrios
FORWARDS (8): Alida Argueta, María Monterroso, Ana Lucia Martínez, Kimberly De León, Vilma López, Aisha Solorzano, Diana  Barrera, Melany Cayetano 

GUATEMALA ROSTER NOTES

  • Guatemala has seven players from the side that participated in the 2010 CONCACAF Women’s World Cup Qualifying tournament: Daniela Andrade, Kimberly De León, Cinthya Lopez, Ana Lucia Martinez, Marilyn Rivera, as well as head coach Benjamin Monterroso’s daughters – Coralia Monterroso and Maria Monterroso.
  • Coralia Monterroso, 22, is the team captain.
  • Guatemala has participated in this tournament four previous times.
  • Guatemala went a perfect 3-0-0 in Central American qualifying to reach the final round. 

USA VS. GUATEMALA:

  • The USA has played Guatemala just twice in its history, once in qualifying for the 2011 Women’s World Cup and then in qualifying for the 2012 Olympics.
  • The USA won 9-0 in Cancun, Mexico, in 2010 and 13-0 in 2012 in Vancouver, Canada, as Sydney Leroux came off the bench to score five goals to tie a U.S. record. She was one of eight U.S. players to score in that game.

2014 CONCACAF Women's Championship in Focus: Trinidad & Tobago

IN FOCUS: TRINIDAD & TOBAGO
Trinidad and Tobago Football Association
Founded: 1908 (Joined FIFA in 1964)
Head Coach: Randy Waldrum
FIFA World Ranking: 86
CONCACAF Ranking: 9
FIFA World Cups: None
Best FIFA World Cup Finish: None

Trinidad & Tobago Women’s National Team Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3):  Kimika Forbes, Afiyah Matthias, Tinesha Palmer
DEFENDERS (8): Ayanna Russell, Rhea Belgrave, Arin King, Danielle Blair, Liana Hinds, Brianna Ryce, Khadisha Debessette, Lauren Hutchinson
MIDFIELDERS (4):  Khadidra Debessette, Maylee Attin Johnson, Janine Francois, Karyn Forbes
FORWARDS (5): Mariah Shade, Dernelle Mascall, Tasha St. Louis, Ahkeela Mollon, Kennya Cordner

TRINIDAD & TOBAGO ROSTER NOTES

  • Trinidad & Tobago qualified for the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship by defeating Jamaica 1-0 in the final of the inaugural Caribbean Football Union Women’s Caribbean Cup in Port of Spain.
  • Mariah Shade – named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player – struck for the lone goal in the eighth minute.
  • The Soca Princesses completed the final round with a perfect 4-0-0 record, winning Group B while scoring 20 goals and conceding none.
  • Trinidad & Tobago’s head coach is Randy Waldrum, one of the top college coaches in U.S. history who won 399 games spanning 24 seasons at Tulsa, Baylor and Notre Dame. He won two NCAA titles with the Fighting Irish.
  • Waldrum is currently the head coach of the Houston Dash in the NWSL, where he coaches U.S. players Whitney Engen and Meghan Klingenberg.
  • Waldrum also coached the U.S. Under-23 WNT in 2012-2013.

USA VS. TRINIDAD & TOBAGO:

  • The U.S. WNT has played seven matches in its history against Trinidad & Tobago with four of them coming in CONCACAF qualifying events. The USA is 7-0-0 in those games.
  • The most recent meeting came during the Olympic qualifying tournament in 2004, a 7-0 victory in San Jose, Costa Rica, that featured a hat trick from Shannon Boxx.
  • The last meeting in Women’s World Cup qualifying came in 2003 during a challenging 3-0 victory in Fullerton, Calif. on goals from Brandi Chastain, Cindy Parlow and Tiffeny Milbrett.
  • Trinidad & Tobago’s best result against the USA came in 1994, a 3-1 U.S. victory in Scarborough, Tobago, in the only match between the two countries that was played in Trinidad & Tobago.
  • The USA has gotten into double-figures in goals three times against Trinidad & Tobago; at the first CONCACAF Women’s World Cup qualifying tournament in 1991 (10-0), at the qualifying tournament for the 1995 Women’s World Cup in Montreal, Canada (11-1 in a match that featured a brawl) and at the CONCACAF Women’s Gold Cup in 2000 (11-0 in a tournament that was not a qualifying event).

Johnston Replaces Dunn on U.S. CONCACAF Women’s Championship Roster

CHICAGO (Oct. 14, 2014) – One day before the USA kicks off the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship on Wednesday against Trinidad & Tobago at Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kansas (7:30 p.m. CT on FOX Sports 2), U.S. head coach Jill Ellis has made a roster change due to injury, replacing defender Crystal Dunn with defender/midfielder Julie Johnston.

An MRI confirmed that Dunn suffered a mild sprain to the medial collateral ligament in her right knee at training last Friday and will be out for 2-4 weeks.

“It’s an unfortunate situation and we definitely feel for Crystal, but we are confident that Julie can come in and contribute to our qualifying campaign,” said Ellis. “She’s a versatile player, she’s been training well and she’s ready to go.”

Johnston, who has four caps, including two appearances this year, was the 2014 NWSL Rookie of the Year for the Chicago Red Stars and scored her club’s first and last goals of the season.

She was the captain of the U.S. team that won the 2012 FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup in Japan (a team on which Dunn also played a key role) and was awarded the Bronze Ball as the third best player in the tournament, a rare honor for a defender.

Johnston has been training with the U.S. team in Kansas City, Mo., since camp began on Oct. 6.

After the match against T&T, the USA will continue Group A play against Guatemala on Friday, Oct. 17, at 8 p.m. CT (FOX Sports 1) at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Illinois, and finish the first round against Haiti on Monday, Oct. 20, at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C., at 7:30 p.m. ET (FOX Sports 1).

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.

WNT vs. Guatemala: Megan Rapinoe Goal - Oct. 17, 2014

Megan Rapinoe curled in a shot for the fifth goal of the night.

WNT vs. Guatemala: Whitney Engen Goal - Oct. 17, 2014

Whitney Engen found space off a free kick and blasted a powerful header into the net.

WNT vs. Guatemala: Tobin Heath Second Goal - Oct. 17, 2014

Tobin Heath's second goal of the night gave the U.S. a 3-0 lead.

WNT vs. Guatemala: Carli Lloyd Goal - Oct. 17, 2014

Carli Lloyd headed in a beautiful cross from Sydney Leroux to double the U.S. lead.

WNT vs. Guatemala: Tobin Heath Goal - Oct. 17, 2014

Tobin Heath got a toe to the ball to push it past the Guatemalan goalkeeper for the opening goal in Chicago.

WNT vs. Trinidad & Tobago: Highlights - Oct. 15, 2014

The U.S. Women's National Team beat Trinidad & Tobago 1-0 to start out the Women's CONCACAF Championship. A goal from Abby Wambach gave the USA all three points at Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan.
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