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U.S. Women Defeat Costa Rica 3-0 to Earn Spot in Two-Game Playoff Against Italy for Berth to Germany 2011

• Abby Wambach Scores In Both Halves, Lauren Cheney Tallies First Goal and Gets an Assist
• Lori Lindsey Gets Start in Midfield and Records Two Assists
• USA Will Face Italy in Padova on Nov. 20 and at Toyota Park Bridgeview, Ill., on Nov. 27 With Aggregate Goals Deciding Final Berth to 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup

CANCUN, Mexico (Nov. 8, 2010) – The U.S. Women’s National Team defeated Costa Rica, 3-0, to earn third place at the 2010 CONCACAF Women’s World Cup Qualifying tournament and along with it a berth in a two-leg home-and-home series against Italy for the final spot in the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

The USA and Italy, the fifth-place finisher from Europe, will square off on Nov. 20 at Euganeo Stadium in Padova, Italy, with the return leg on Nov. 27 at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Ill. The winner of the series will be determined by total goals scored over the two matches. Ticket information for the U.S. leg will be announced shortly.

A highly motivated U.S. team started off strong for the first time in the tournament and put pressure on Costa Rica from the opening whistle. The skillful Central Americans did well holding the ball at times, but the Americans caught a nice attacking rhythm and tallied twice in the first 33 minutes, both off assists from Lori Lindsey who got the start at left midfield in place of the suspended Megan Rapinoe.

Costa Rica’s only two chances of the first half came when Katherine Alvardo shot high off a 35-yard free kick in the fifth minute and then when Shirley Cruz bent a free kick in from the left wing that U.S. goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart easily grabbed at the near post.

The USA broke through in the 17th minute after a quick series of passes sprung Lindsey free into the left side of the penalty area. She could have taken the half chance and shot on goal, but showed composure to slow the ball down and play a short pass back to Lauren Cheney at the top of the penalty box. Cheney cut sharply back to her left to lose a defender and then hit a low shot from 16 yards that deflected off Alvardo and past the wrong-footed goalkeeper Dinnia Diaz.

The second goal came in 33rd minute after some nice dribbling by Lindsey gave her space to cut into the middle from the left side and she chipped a pinpoint pass over the Costa Rica back line. Wambach held her run perfectly to stay onside and then struck a full volley with her left foot into the lower left corner from seven yards out, kissing the inside of the post on the way in.

Amy Rodriguez came off the bench at halftime in place of Heather O’Reilly at right midfield while Shannon Boxx and Wambach both left the game in the second half, Wambach soon after picking up a yellow card. The aggressive Americans got four yellow cards in the game, but will have no suspensions for the first leg in Italy.

Perhaps the key moments of the match occurred in the 50th minute as Costa Rica produced its first real scoring chance of the game as Monica Malvassi hit the left post on a breakaway. The ball bounced back into the middle of the penalty area, was cleared and the Americans pushed forward on the counter attack. The ball was held up well by Cheney at the top of the Costa Rica penalty area and she played a pass to Wambach into the right side of the box. Wambach’s sliding shot from 15 yards out snuck into the left corner to give the USA a game-clinching 3-0 lead.

The goals upped Wambach’s tournament total to eight and her career total to 117. Cheney’s goal was her second of the tournament after also scoring against Costa Rica in group play, and the 11th of her career.

Barnhart had to make two saves in the second half, the first coming in the 75th minute off a spinning free kick into goal mouth traffic that she had to kick save away before the U.S. cleared  She also had to dive to snag a low shot from Malvassi in the 76th minute. Otherwise, Barnhart’s night consisted mostly of numerous clears with her feet and starting the U.S. attack with throws to her backs.

The U.S. team fired 14 shots on the night against the committed Costa Ricans but were efficient in putting nine of them on goal, drawing six saves from Diaz.

As teams are allowed to suit up just 18 of the 20 players on their roster for each game of this tournament, defender Becky Sauerbrunn and the suspended Rapinoe did not dress for the USA.

The U.S. team will return to the United States for several days of rest before leaving for Italy on Nov. 14. The USA’s roster for both legs will be announced shortly. The matches against Italy will mark the first time the U.S. women have participated in a playoff to qualify for a FIFA Women’s World Cup, having advanced directly from the CONCACAF qualifying tournament in each previous attempt.

The 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup will take place from June 26-July 17 in nine venues across Germany: Berlin, Frankfurt, Mönchengladbach, Sinsheim, Wolfsburg, Augsburg, Bochum, Dresden and Leverkusen.

 

 

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

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Costa Rica
Date: Nov. 8, 2010
Competition: 2010 CONCACAF Women’s World Cup Qualifying Tournament – Third-Place Match
Venue: Estadio Quintana Roo; Cancun, Mexico
Kickoff: 5 p.m. Local (6 p.m. ET)
Attendance: 2,500
Weather: Clear, breezy - 72 degrees

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

USA – Lauren Cheney (Lori Lindsey)                       17th minute
USA – Abby Wambach (Lori Lindsey)                      33
USA – Abby Wambach (Lauren Cheney)                  50

Lineups:
USA: 18-Nicole Barnhart; 16-Ali Krieger, 6-Amy LePeilbet, 3-Christie Rampone (capt.), 19-Rachel Buehler; 9-Heather O’Reilly (8-Amy Rodriguez, 46), 7-Shannon Boxx (4-Yael Averbuch, 57), 10-Carli Lloyd, 11-Lori Lindsey; 12-Lauren Cheney, 20-Abby Wambach (5-Alex Morgan, 68)
Subs not used: 1-Jill Loyden, 2-Heather Mitts, 13-Kristine Lilly, 14-Stephanie Cox
Head Coach: Pia Sundhage

CRC: 1-Dinnia Diaz; 20-Wendy Acosta, 3-Hazel Quiros (2-Silvia Flores, 46), 6-Carol Sanchez, 8-Daniella Cruz, 7-Maria Barrantes (14-Cristin Granados, 69), 10-Shirley Cruz (capt.) (17-Jacqueline Alvarez, 74), 16-Katherine Alvardo, 12-Laura Sanchez, 15-Monica Malvassi, 11-Raquel Rodriguez
Subs not used: 5-Ivonne Rodriguez, 9-Carolina Venegas, 18-Priscila Tapia, 19-Adriana Venegas
Head Coach: Randal Chacon

Statistical Summary: USA / CRC
Shots: 14 / 8
Shots on Goal: 9 / 2
Saves: 2 / 6
Corner Kicks: 3 / 1
Fouls: 14 / 6
Offside: 2 / 3

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Amy LePeilbet (caution)                    39th minute
USA – Abby Wambach (caution)                   65
USA – Yael Averbuch (caution)                    73
USA – Lori Lindsey (caution)                        80

Officials:
Referee: Quetzalli Alvarado (MEX)
Assistant Referee: Mayte Chavez (MEX)
Assistant Referee: Ivonne Ayala (SLV)
Fourth Official: Carol Anne Chenard (CAN)

ussoccer.com Woman of the Match: Christie Rampone

2010 CONCACAF Women's Championship Statistics

Name Pos. GP GS Min G A Pts. Y R
Averbuch, Yael M 3 2 169 1 0 2 1 0
Barnhart, Nicole GK 5 5 450 0 0 0 0 0
Boxx, Shannon M 5 5 355 0 2 2 1 0
Buehler, Rachel D 4 4 353 1 0 2 0 0
Cheney, Lauren F 3 2 214 2 1 5 1 0
Cox, Stephanie D 1 1 90 0 0 0 0 0
Krieger, Ali D 2 2 180 0 0 0 0 0
LePeilbet, Amy D 5 5 415 0 0 0 1 0
Lilly, Kristine M 3 1 142 0 2 2 0 0
Lindsey, Lori M 3 1 189 0 2 2 1 0
Lloyd, Carli M 5 5 396 2 5 9 0 0
Mitts, Heather D 3 3 270 0 0 0 0 0
Morgan, Alex F 4 0 135 2 1 5 0 0
O'Reilly, Heather M 5 4 255 0 3 3 0 0
Rampone, Christie D 5 5 450 0 0 0 1 0
Rapinoe, Megan F 3 2 225 2 1 5 2 0
Rodriguez, Amy F 4 3 281 4 0 8 0 0
Sauerbrunn, Becky D 1 0 35 0 0 0 0 0
Wambach, Abby F 5 5 346 8 1 17 1 0
TOTAL 5 5 450 22 18 60 8 0
Opponents 5 5 450 2 0 4 5 0

GOALKEEPING STATISTICS
GP GS Min W L T GF GA SO GAA
Barnhart, Nicole   5 5 450 4 1 0 22 2 4 0.40
Opponents 5 5 450 1 4 0 2 22 0 4.40

Nov 8 2010 WNT 3 CRC 0 Highlights

The U.S. Women's National Team defeated Costa Rica 3-0 in Cancun, Mexico to finish third in CONCACAF Women's World Cup qualifying on two goals from Abby Wambach and the opener from Lauren Cheney. The U.S. moves on to face Italy in a two leg, aggregate goals series for a place in the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup in Germany.

U.S. Women Upset by Mexico 2-1 at CONCACAF Women's World Cup Qualifying Tournament

• USA Will Have to Defeat Costa Rica in Third-Place Match, Then Win Two-Leg Playoff With Italy to Earn Berth to 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup
• Mexico Scores in Third Minute, Then Goes Ahead Two Minutes After U.S. Equalizer
• USA and Costa Rica Will Play on Nov. 8 at 6 p.m. ET live on ESPN2 at Estadio Quintana Roo for Playoff Berth

CANCUN, Mexico (Nov. 5, 2010) – The U.S. Women’s National Team fell to Mexico 2-1 in the semifinal of the 2010 CONCACAF Women’s World Cup Qualifying tournament and now faces a third-place match against Costa Rica for the right to play Italy in a home-and-home playoff series for the final berth to the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

The USA will face Costa Rica at 6 p.m. ET on Monday, Nov. 8 at Estadio Quintana Roo. ESPN2 will broadcast the third-place match live. Should the USA defeat Costa Rica on Monday night, the USA would travel to Italy for the first leg of the playoff series on Nov. 20. The home leg would be played on Nov. 27 at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Ill. with a kickoff time to be determined.

It was the first victory for Mexico against the USA in 26 matches between the countries and for the Americans the stunning upset could not have come at a worse time. In what amounts to the biggest result in Mexican women’s soccer history, the hosts earned its first berth to a FIFA Women’s World Cup since 1999 and will be joined by Canada, which defeated Costa Rica 4-0 in the first semifinal on four second half goals.

It was also the first ever CONCACAF Women’s World Cup qualifying loss by the USA which dropped to 19-1-0 and the first time the USA has failed to advance to the championship of a CONCACAF event. It was just the second loss in 60 matches under U.S. head coach Pia Sundhage and first since the opening game of the 2008 Olympics.

“You can’t take anything for granted," said Sundhage. "We knew Mexico would be a good team and that it would be a good game. Today, they scored one more goal than we did and their early goal made a big different. They got the 12th player, the crowd to support them and they had so much energy. Not only that, when we scored to tie the game, they came back to score right after.”


In front of a loud and boisterous capacity crowd at Estadio Beto Avila, the Mexicans used the energy of their supporters to play an inspired match, scoring twice in the first 27 minutes. It was just the third time in the history between the two teams that Mexico has scored twice on the USA.

The Americans started poorly in all three of its group games and once again that theme held true as Mexican star Maribel Dominguez ran under a looping pass to sneak behind the U.S. back line just past two minutes into the game. She toe-poked her shot past stranded U.S. goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart to give Mexico an early lead.

It once again took the USA a few minutes to settle into the match, but the Americans finally broke through on a corner kick from the left side in the 25th minute. Megan Rapinoe sent a hard cross into the middle and Mexico couldn’t clear before Carli Lloyd won the scrum, sliding to knock the ball into the lower right corner.

Just when it seemed the Americans were poised to take over the match, to Mexico’s credit, the hosts came right back down the field and took the lead less than two minutes later as Veronica Perez got her head on a cross from the right wing and snuck a shot into the lower left corner past the scrambling Barnhart. Mexico matched the USA at seven shots each in the first half, but the majority of the game featured furious U.S. attacks against organized Mexican defending and solid goalkeeping.

The U.S. pushed hard for the equalizer for the final 60 minutes of the game, but Mexico held tough while getting an excellent performance from goalkeeper Erika Venegas who made six saves.

The U.S. team served a few dangerous crosses into the middle and Megan Rapinoe and Carli Lloyd had several cracks on goal from distance, but the USA’s finishing was wanting.

Abby Wambach got her head on a cross in the 71st minute as Vanegas missed on the attempted catch, but no U.S. player could finish the bouncing ball inside the six-yard box.

The Mexicans did a nice does a nice job of pressuring the U.S. players and possessing the ball to chip away at time and utilized some severe time-wasting tactics in the second half as they tried to salt the game away. The USA was somehow whistled for 25 fouls to just four on Mexico, which allowed the hosts to slow the game down to a crawl at certain points in the match.

The USA did have its chances to equalize, but struggled to create quality chances throughout the entire game. Wambach’s flying header of a bouncing ball in the 78th minute was well-saved by Venegas, who knocked the ball down and pounced on it.

Mexico’s only good chance of the second half came in the 80th minute, but Lydia Rangel sent a header wide left. Amy Rodriguez put the ball in the Mexican net in stoppage time, but the flag was already up for offside. The USA fired 10 shots to Mexico’s one after the break, but couldn’t pierce Vanegas for a second time.

Wambach suffered a cut on her forehead challenging for a head ball right at the end of regulation and missed the final few minutes of stoppage time as trainers attended to the gash. She is expected to play on Monday against Costa Rica.

 

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Mexico
Date: Nov. 5, 2010
Competition: 2010 CONCACAF Women’s World Cup Qualifying Tournament – Semifinal
Venue: Estadio Beto Avila; Cancun, Mexico
Kickoff: 9 p.m. Local (10 p.m. ET)
Attendance: 8,500
Weather: Cool, clear – 60 degrees

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

MEX – Maribel Dominguez        3rd minute
USA – Carli Lloyd                    25
MEX – Veronica Perez              27

Lineups:
USA: 18-Nicole Barnhart; 2-Heather Mitts, 6-Amy LePeilbet, 3-Christie Rampone (capt.), 19-Rachel Buehler (13-Kristine Lilly, 84); 9-Heather O’Reilly (5-Alex Morgan, 60), 7-Shannon Boxx, 10-Carli Lloyd, 15-Megan Rapinoe; 8-Amy Rodriguez, 20-Abby Wambach
Subs not used: 1-Jill Loyden, 4-Yael Averbuch, 11-Lori Lindsey, 16-Ali Krieger, 17-Becky Sauerbrunn
Not available: 12-Lauren Cheney, 14-Stephanie Cox
Head Coach: Pia Sundhage

MEX: 1-Erika Venegas; 2-Kenti Robles (5-Maria de Jesus Castillo, 93+), 4-Natalie Vinti, 13-Natalie Garcia, 15-Luz Saucedo; 7-Evelyn Lopez (17-Tania Morales, 52), 8-Guadalupe Worbis, 11-Lydia Rangel, 9-Maribel Dominguez, 10-Dinora Garza, 18-Veronica Perez
Subs not used: 3-Rubi Sandoval, 6-Monica Vergara, 12-Pamela Tajonar, 16-Liliana Mercado, 20-Cecilia Santiago
Head Coach: Leo Cuellar

Statistical Summary: USA / MEX
Shots: 17 / 8
Shots on Goal: 7 / 3
Saves: 1 / 6
Corner Kicks: 5 / 6
Fouls: 25 / 4
Offside: 1 / 3

Misconduct Summary:
MEX – Kenti Robles (caution)          42nd minute
USA – Rapinoe (caution)                61
USA – Shannon Boxx (caution)       79
USA – Christie Rampone (caution)  90

Officials:
Referee: Dianne Ferreira (GUY)
Assistant Referee: Ivonne Ayala (SLV)
Assistant Referee: Flor Escobar (GUA)
Fourth Official: Carol Anne Chenard (CAN)

ussoccer.com Woman of the Match: Carli Lloyd 
 


Nov 5 2010 WNT 1 MEX 2 Highlights

The U.S. Women’s National Team was upset by Mexico 2-1 in the semifinals of the CONCACAF Women's World Cup Qualifying Tournament at Estadio Beto Avila in Cancun, Mexico. Carli Lloyd equalized in the 25th minute but Mexico quickly rebounded to take the lead.

U.S. Women's National Team Beats Costa Rica 4-0 to Top Group B at CONCACAF Women's World Cup Qualifying in Cancun, Mexico

  • Four Different Players Score for USA as Americans Sweep First Round Matches 
  • Wambach Nails First-Half Penalty Kick; Cheney, Averbuch and Morgan Tally in Second Half 
  • USA Will Wait for Completion of Group A Matches On Nov. 2 to Find Out Semifinal Opponent

CANCUN, Mexico (Nov. 1, 2010) – The U.S. Women’s National Team earned its third consecutive shutout by defeating Costa Rica 4-0 to win Group B at the 2010 CONCACAF Women’s World Cup Qualifying tournament.

Abby Wambach nailed a first half penalty kick, upping her tournament total to six and her career total to 115, while Lauren Cheney, Yael Averbuch and Alex Morgan scored in the second half. The USA scored 18 goals over the three group games while allowing zero.

The victory earns the Americans the right to face the second place team from Group A in the semifinal on Nov. 5 at 8 p.m. local / 10 p.m. ET for a berth to the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Germany. Fans can watch live on CONCACAF.com and follow on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker.

The USA’s opponent will be either Canada or Mexico, who face each other for first place in Group A on Nov. 2 at 7:30 p.m. local / 9:30 ET. Canada needs just a tie to win the group while Mexico would need to win. The first place team in Group A will face Costa Rica in the semifinals.

U.S. head coach Pia Sundhage gave three players the starting nod for the first time in the tournament, inserting Ali Krieger at right back, Kristine Lilly at left midfield and Lauren Cheney at forward.

Amazingly, Costa Rica actually had three scoring chances before the USA created any of its own. The first opportunity came just two minutes into the game after the USA gave the ball away in midfield. That led to a wide open shot for Wendy Acosta in the left side of penalty area, but she struck it wide right.

In the eighth minute Costa Rica mounted a nice attack down the right flank that ended with a well-struck cross rolling across the U.S. goalmouth, but no attacker could get a foot on it.

In the 16th minute, a free kick from deep on the right wing was headed high by Silvia Flores, who got a good piece of the ball. After that, Costa Rica failed to create any quality scoring chances, although the Ticas did keep battling until the end.

The Americans started poorly in attacking rhythm in the first two games of the tournament and this match was no exception. The first chance for the U.S. came in the 24th minute after Wambach got in behind the defense in the right side of the penalty box. She played a firm square pass to Carli Lloyd on the ground, but her shot was blocked about 10 yards from the net by a scrambling Costa Rican defender.

The USA got down the flanks repeatedly in the first half, especially on the right side, but virtually every cross sailed behind the goal. After its initial flurry that produced those three chances for Costa Rica, the Central Americans settled back behind the ball and looked to counter, but nothing troubled U.S. goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart for the rest of the half. Barnhart did have to make a tough save off a free kick in the dying minutes though, pushing a well-struck shot over the crossbar.

The U.S. pressure finally produced a goal when Cheney was taken down in the penalty box in the 31st minute after she had settled a long free kick from Amy LePeilbet. Wambach stepped up and finished coolly into the left corner to give the USA a 1-0 lead. It was the USA’s first shot on goal of the half.

Sundhage sent on Lori Lindsey in the 37th minute to give Lloyd a rest in advance of the important semifinal match in four days. The USA’s attacking midfielder had played every minute of the tournament thus far.

The first half was a bit disjointed due to the 21 fouls called, 13 on the USA, but the Americans finally settled down in the second half and found the net three times.

The first sign the Americans were knocking on the door came in a flurry of three shots in three minutes starting in the 56th. The first chance came when Lilly played Cheney in behind the defense in the left side of the box, but her left-footed shot was stabbed by Costa Rican goalkeeper Dinnia Diaz.

Next, Cheney slapped a volley right at Diaz off a right wing cross from Ali Kreiger and then Lilly struck a hard volley that drew a great save from the Costa Rica goalkeeper after an Averbuch cross skipped through to her at the left post.

Diaz would get injured in the 62nd minute after she crashed into Cheney who was chasing a looping ball over the top of the defense. Somehow Cheney, who was playing the ball and did not even see Diaz, was shown a yellow card. The Costa Rican ‘keeper, who had her knee bent back at an awkward angle, stayed down for several minutes. She rose to play on, but only for six more minutes.

Cheney finally got her goal in the 68th minute off a right side corner kick from Averbuch. The ball bounced around in the box for a moment before Cheney struck a blistering volley over and through goalmouth traffic and into the roof of the net from about eight yards out. This time Diaz stayed down and did not get up, having to be stretchered off.

Reserve goalkeeper Priscila Tapia had the unfortunate experience of touching the ball for the first time when she picked it out of the back of the net.

In the 73rd minute, Morgan was taken down about 27 yards from the goal and a shade to the left. Lilly touched a short square pass to the right and Averbuch drilled a world class swerving shot that flew past the cold ‘keeper and into the net. It was Averbuch’s first career goal for the national team.

Morgan, who entered the match in the 62nd minute for Wambach, added a definite spark to the attack with her speed and then tallied the final goal, her third in just five caps for the USA.

The final goal was also perhaps the best, coming after two huge switch passes. The first was from Averbuch to Lilly on the left wing and Lilly then played it back to 75th minute substitute Heather O’Reilly on the right flank. O’Reilly skinned her defender and drove to the end line before playing a ball to Morgan at the near post. It got stuck under her feet for a moment as she spun toward goal, but she dug it out and then tapped a shot through three defenders and past the Tapia from three yards out.

As teams are allowed to suit up just 18 of the 20 players on their roster for each game of this tournament, defender Heather Mitts and forward Amy Rodriguez did not dress for the USA.

The 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup will take place from June 26-July 17 in nine venues across Germany: Berlin, Frankfurt, Mönchengladbach, Sinsheim, Wolfsburg, Augsburg, Bochum, Dresden and Leverkusen.

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Costa Rica
Date: Nov. 1, 2010
Competition: 2010 CONCACAF Women’s World Cup Qualifying Tournament – Group B
Venue: Estadio Quintana Roo; Cancun, Mexico
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. Local (9:30 p.m. ET)
Attendance: 502
Weather: Warm, breezy – 67 degrees

Scoring Summary: 1     2     F
USA                         1     3     4
CRC                         0     0     0

USA – Abby Wambach (penalty kick)     32nd minute
USA – Lauren Cheney                          68
USA – Yael Averbuch (Kristine Lilly)      73
USA – Alex Morgan (Heather O’Reilly)   81

Lineups:
USA: 18-Nicole Barnhart; 16-Ali Krieger, 6-Amy LePeilbet, 3-Christie Rampone (capt.), 19-Rachel Buehler; 4-Yael Averbuch, 7-Shannon Boxx (9-Heather O’Reilly, 75), 10-Carli Lloyd (11-Lori Lindsey, 37), 13-Kristine Lilly; 12-Lauren Cheney, 20-Abby Wambach (5-Alex Morgan, 62)
Subs not used: 1-Jill Loyden, 14-Stephanie Cox, 15-Megan Rapinoe, 17-Becky Sauerbrunn
Head Coach: Pia Sundhage

CRC: 1-Dinnia Diaz (18-Priscila Tapia, 72); 20-Wendy Acosta, 3-Hazel Quiros, 6-Carol Sanchez, 2-Silvia Flores; 5-Ivonne Rodriguez, 10-Shirley Cruz (capt.), 16-Katherine Alvardo, 12-Laura Sanchez; 15-Monica Malvassi (7-Maria Barrantes, 79), 19-Adriana Venegas (9-Carolina Venegas, 59)
Subs not used: 4-Yahaira Aguilar, 13-Yuliana Rodriguez, 14-Cristin Granados, 17-Jacqueline Alvarez
Head Coach: Randal Chacon

Statistical Summary: USA / CRC
Shots: 13 / 5
Shots on Goal: 8 / 2
Saves: 2 / 4
Corner Kicks: 6 / 3
Fouls: 22 / 9
Offside: 1 / 2

Misconduct Summary:
CRC – Shirley Cruz (caution)     31st minute
USA – Lauren Cheney (caution) 61

Officials:
Referee: Lucila Venegas (MEX)
Assistant Referee: Mayte Chavez (MEX)
Assistant Referee: Jaqueline Saez (PAN)
Fourth Official: Quetzalli Alvardo (MEX)

ussoccer.com Woman of the Match: Amy LePeilbet

Nov 8 2010 WNT vs CRC Reactions

Studio 90 wraps up its coverage from Cancun with some post-game thoughts after the 3-0 victory against Costa Rica.

Oct 30 2010 WNT 9 Guatemala 0 Highlights

The U.S. WNT continued the CONCACAF Women's World Cup Qualifying Tournament with a 9-0 win against Guatemala which qualified them for the next round and secured passage out of Group B.

U.S. Women Defeat Guatemala 9-0 to Qualify for Semifinals at CONCACAF Women's World Cup Qualifying in Cancun, Mexico

  • Amy Rodriguez Gets First Career Hat Trick; Abby Wambach and Megan Rapinoe Each Bag Two Goals 
  • Carli Lloyd Dishes for Three Assists, Scores On a Penalty Kick 
  • Final Group Match for USA is Against Costa Rica on Nov. 1 at 9:30 p.m. ET at Estadio Quintana Roo

CANCUN, Mexico (Oct. 30, 2010) – The U.S. Women’s National Team earned its second consecutive dominating victory at the 2010 CONCACAF Women’s World Cup Qualifying tournament, defeating Guatemala 9-0 as Amy Rodriguez recorded a hat trick while Abby Wambach and Megan Rapinoe scored twice each.

The win, coupled with Costa Rica’s 3-0 victory over Haiti in the first match of the evening, qualifies the Americans for the semifinals with one first round game left to play. That match takes place on Nov. 1 when the USA and Costa Rica square off to determine first place in Group B. The match kicks off at 9:30 p.m. ET and fans can watch live via a web stream on CONCACAF.com or follow on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker.

The top two finishers in each group will cross over in the semifinals with the winners of those matches earning berths to the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Germany. The winner of the third-place match will compete in a two-game playoff against Italy, which won the playoff for fifth place in Europe, for the final berth to the Germany.

U.S. head coach Pia Sundhage made two changes to the starting lineup which defeated Haiti 5-0 two days ago, inserting Stephanie Cox at left back in place of Rachel Buehler and Megan Rapinoe at left midfield for Yael Averbuch.

The match marked the first ever meeting between the USA and Guatemala in women’s soccer and the Central Americans were simply outmatched in size, strength and speed.

Truth be told, the U.S. played a disjointed first 20 minutes as Guatemala chased the ball with enthusiasm, but as it turned out, that was perhaps not the best of tactics, as the Americans finally found an attacking rhythm and pounded in six goals in the final 25 minutes of the half against the tiring Central Americans.

The U.S. broke through in the 21st minute as Heather O’Reilly hammered a shot from the top of the penalty box that Guatemala goalkeeper Ana Lucia Spross saved with a great dive to her right, but the lightning quick Rodriguez was first to the rebound. Rodriguez pounded her shot into the net from two yards out past the scrambling Spross, who couldn’t get to her feet to pounce on the rolling ball. 

Rapinoe made it 2-0 less than a minute later as Spross spilled her knuckling long range shot into the lower right corner.

Wambach scored the first of her two goals, which came in a three-minute span, in the 29th minute off a free kick from the left wing. Rapinoe curved in a perfect cross and Wambach powered a header past Spross, who had no chance.

Wambach added her second, and her fifth of the tournament, just two minutes later as Carli Lloyd lifted a well-weighted ball over the Guatemala defense into the left side of the penalty area. Wambach settled the ball, cut back into the middle and slapped a shot from nine yards out that deflected off Spross’ hands before bouncing into the right corner of the net.

The fifth goal was also courtesy of a pass from Lloyd that sliced open the defense. The USA’s attacking midfielder slipped a ball through into the middle of the penalty area where Rapinoe made a nice touch to guide it forward and then struck a hard left-footed shot just inside the right post from 18 yards out. It was her eighth career goal in her 18th cap.

Lloyd, who earned ussoccer.com Player of the Match honors for the second game in a row, completed a true hat trick of assists in stoppage time of the first half after Heather O’Reilly laid a short pass back to her at the top of the box following a nice U.S. attack. Lloyd smacked a bouncing shot that Rodriguez re-directed hockey style, first-timing the ball into the back of the net from nine yards out.

With the game well in hand at 4-0 in the 39th minute, Sundhage decided to give Wambach some rest and replaced her with Alex Morgan. The 21-year-old striker hit the left post off a service from a free kick soon after.

The first goal of second half came when Guatemala let a pass from Heather Mitts skip through to O’Reilly who was streaking down the right wing. She took a hard touch into the penalty box and played a cross on the ground that Morgan deftly re-directed into the lower left corner from four yards out with the inside of her preferred left boot. The goal was Morgan’s second with the national team in just her fourth career game.

Morgan drew a penalty kick in the 55th minute after running onto a throw-in from Rapinoe when her legs were taken out from under her in the left side of the box. Lloyd stepped up and buried the spot kick to make it 8-0 for her first goal of the tournament after picking up five assists. It was her 21st career score.

Rodriguez started the scoring and two minutes from time she would end it as well. After the first two goals of the second half, the U.S. team down-shifted a bit and was content to possess the ball, but the Americans still created quite a few scoring chances, including the one Rodriguez finished to earn her first career hat trick.

The goal came when Morgan raced down the left wing, beating two defenders who tried to slide tackle. She then played a pass on the ground back to Rodriguez who spun a left-footed chip into the upper right corner. With the three goals, Rodriguez upped her career total to 12.

As teams are allowed to suit up just 18 of the 20 players on their roster for each game of this tournament, defender Rachel Buehler and forward Lauren Cheney did not dress for the USA. Defender Becky Sauerbrunn earned her first cap since January of 2008 when she came on for Amy LePeilbet in the 56th minute.

The 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup will take place from June 26-July 17 in nine venues across Germany: Berlin, Frankfurt, Mönchengladbach, Sinsheim, Wolfsburg, Augsburg, Bochum, Dresden and Leverkusen.

U.S. Women’s National Team Match Report

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Guatemala
Date: Oct. 30, 2010
Competition: 2010 CONCACAF Women’s World Cup Qualifying Tournament – Group B
Venue: Estadio Quintana Roo; Cancun, Mexico
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. Local (8:30 p.m. ET)
Attendance: 1,050
Weather: Cool, breezy – 65 degrees

Scoring Summary:    1          2          F
USA                            6          3          9
GUA                           0          0          0

USA – Amy Rodriguez (Heather O’Reilly)               21st minute
USA – Megan Rapinoe                                         22
USA – Abby Wambach (Megan Rapinoe)                 29
USA – Abby Wambach (Carli Lloyd)                        31
USA – Megan Rapinoe (Carli Lloyd)                         40
USA – Amy Rodriguez (Carli Lloyd)                       45+
USA – Alex Morgan (Heather O’Reilly)                    49
USA – Carli Lloyd (penalty kick)                              55
USA – Amy Rodriguez (Alex Morgan)                     88

Lineups:
USA: 18-Nicole Barnhart; 2-Heather Mitts, 6-Amy LePeilbet (17-Becky Sauerbrunn, 56), 3-Christie Rampone (capt.), 14-Stephanie Cox; 9-Heather O’Reilly, 7-Shannon Boxx (11-Lori Lindsey, 46), 10-Carli Lloyd, 15-Megan Rapinoe; 8-Amy Rodriguez, 20-Abby Wambach (5-Alex Morgan, 39)
Subs not used: 1-Jill Loyden, 4-Yael Averbuch, 13-Kristine Lilly, 16-Ali Krieger
Head Coach: Pia Sundhage

GUA: 22-Ana Lucia Spross; 6-Marilyn Rivera, 20-Kathrine Ramos, 5-Londy Barrios, 16-Kimberly De Leon; 8-Maria Monterroso, 11-Rocio Sosa (17-Sheny Vega, 80), 18-Daniela Andrade (12-Cynthia Lopez, 46); 7-Wendy Pineda (capt.); 9-Daniela Mendez, 10-Gladys Suriano (13-Ana Lucia Martinez, 68)
Subs not used: 1-Marticruz Lemus, 3-Idania Perez, 4-Gloria Lohaiza, 14-Coralia Monterroso
Head Coach:  Raul Calderon  

Statistical Summary: USA / GUA
Shots: 21 / 3
Shots on Goal: 12 / 4
Saves: 3 / 3
Corner Kicks: 1 / 0
Fouls: 10 / 10
Offside: 5 / 2

Misconduct Summary:
GUA – Kathrine Ramos (caution)                  55th minute
USA – Megan Rapinoe (caution)                   70

Officials:
Referee: Shane De Silva (TRI)
Assistant Referee: Cindy Mohammed (TRI)
Assistant Referee: Jaqueline Saez (PAN)
Fourth Official: Caradella Samuels (JAM)

ussoccer.com Woman of the Match: Carli Lloyd

Oct 26 2010 WNT and Haiti

The U.S. WNT opens the 2010 CONCACAF Women’s World Cup Qualifying tournament against Haiti, but for the U.S. players, the game has a bit more meaning. The players have brought cleats, clothes and other gear as gifts for their Haitian counterparts, whose country is still struggling to recover from the effects of the devastating earthquake.

Results

Date Matchup Result Venue Attendance Goal Scorers
October 28, 2010 WNT vs Haiti Women 5-0 W Estadio Quintana Roo; Cancun 2,500 Beuhler, Wambach (3), Rodgriguez
October 30, 2010 WNT vs Guatemala Women 9-0 W Estadio Quintana Roo; Cancun 1,050 Rodriguez (3), Wambach (2), Rapinoe (2), Morgan, Lloyd
November 1, 2010 WNT vs Costa Rica Women 4-0 W Estadio Quintana Roo; Cancun 502 Wambach, Cheney, Averbuch, Morgan
November 5, 2010 WNT vs Mexico Women 1-2 L Estadio Beto Avila; Cancun 8,500 Lloyd
November 8, 2010 WNT vs Costa Rica Women 3-0 W Estadio Quintana Roo; Cancun 2,500 Cheney, Wambach (2)
PLAYER POS. HT. BIRTHDATE HOMETOWN CLUB/COLLEGE
Yael Averbuch M 5-10 11/3/86 Upper Montclair, N.J. Washington Spirit
Nicole Barnhart GK 5-10 10/10/81 Gilbertsville, Pa. FC Kansas City
Shannon Boxx M 5-8 6/29/77 Redondo Beach, Calif. Chicago Red Stars
Rachel Van Hollebeke D 5-5 8/26/85 Del Mar, Calif. Portland Thorns FC
Lauren Holiday M 5-8 9/30/87 Indianapolis, Ind. FC Kansas City
Stephanie Cox D 5-6 4/3/86 Elk Grove, Calif. Seattle Reign FC
Ali Krieger D 5-6 7/28/84 Dumfries, Va. Washington Spirit
Amy LePeilbet D 5-7 3/12/82 Crystal Lake, Ill. Chicago Red Stars
Kristine Lilly M 5-4 7/22/71 Wilton, Conn. Boston Breakers
Lori Lindsey M 5-5 3/19/80 Indianapolis, Ind. Washington Spirit
Carli Lloyd M 5-8 7/16/82 Delran, N.J. Houston Dash
Jill Loyden GK 5-10 5/25/85 Vineland, N.J. Sky Blue FC
Heather Mitts D 5-5 6/9/78 Cincinnati, Ohio Boston Breakers
Alex Morgan F 5-7 7/2/89 Diamond Bar, Calif. Portland Thorns FC
Heather O'Reilly M 5-5 1/2/85 East Brunswick, N.J. FC Kansas City
Christie Rampone D 5-6 6/24/75 Point Pleasant, N.J. Sky Blue FC
Megan Rapinoe M 5-7 7/5/85 Redding, Calif. Seattle Reign FC
Amy Rodriguez F 5-4 2/17/87 Lake Forest, Calif. FC Kansas City
Becky Sauerbrunn D 5-7 6/6/85 St. Louis, Mo. FC Kansas City
Abby Wambach F 5-11 6/2/80 Rochester, N.Y. Western New York Flash

2010 CONCACAF WOMEN'S CHAMPIONSHIP

GROUP A

Team

GP

W

L

T

GF

GA

GD

Pts

Canada

3

3

0

0

12

0

+12

9

Mexico

3

2

1

0

9

5

+4

6

Trin. & Tobago

3

1

2

0

4

4

0

3

Guyana

3

0

3

0

3

19

-16

0

Wednesday, October 29

Canada 1, Trinidad & Tobago 0; Estadio de Beisbol Beto Avila; Cancun, Mexico
Mexico 7, Guyana 2; Estadio de Beisbol Beto Avila; Cancun, Mexico

Friday, October 31
Canada 8, Guyana 0; Estadio de Beisbol Beto Avila; Cancun, Mexico
Mexico 2, Trinidad & Tobago 0, Estadio de Beisbol Beto Avila; Cancun, Mexico

Sunday, November 2
Guyana 4, Trinidad & Tobago 1; Estadio de Beisbol Beto Avila; Cancun, Mexico
Canada 3, Mexico 0; Estadio de Beisbol Beto Avila; Cancun, Mexico

GROUP B

Team

GP

W

L

T

GF

GA

GD

Pts

United States

3

3

0

0

18

0

+18

9

Costa Rica

3

2

1

0

4

4

0

6

Haiti

3

1

2

0

1

8

-7

3

Guatemala

3

0

3

0

0

11

-11

0

Tuesday, October 28
Costa Rica 1, Guatemala 0; Estadio Quintana Roo; Cancun, Mexico
United States 5, Haiti 0; Estadio Quintana Roo; Cancun, Mexico

Thursday, October 30
Costa Rica 3, Haiti 0; Estadio Quintana Roo; Cancun, Mexico
United States 9, Guatemala 0; Estadio Quintana Roo; Cancun, Mexico

Saturday, November 1
Haiti 1, Guatemala 0; Estadio Quintana Roo; Cancun, Mexico
United States 4, Costa Rica 0; Estadio Quintana Roo; Cancun, Mexico

SEMIFINALS

Wednesday, November 5
Canada 4, Costa Rica 0; Estadio de Beisbol Beto Avila; Cancun, Mexico
Mexico 2, United States 1; Estadio de Beisbol Beto Avila; Cancun, Mexico

THIRD PLACE GAME

Saturday, November 8
United States 3, Costa Rica 0; Estadio Quintana Roo; Cancun, Mexico

FINAL

Saturday, November 8
Canada 1, Mexico 0; Estadio Quintana Roo; Cancun, Mexico

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