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U.S. Defeats China 2-0 to Win Four Nations Tournament

  • Carli Lloyd and Amy Rodriguez Score for U.S. 
  • USA Rebounds From Opening Game Loss To Win Tournament for the Seventh Time 
  • Nicole Barnhart Wins Tournament’s Best Goalkeeper Award 
  • USA to Regroup in Florida for Training Camp from Feb. 3-9 on Road to 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup

CHONGQING, China (Jan. 25, 2011) – The U.S. Women’s National Team defeated host China PR 2-0 to win the 2011 Four Nations Tournament while getting a first half score from midfielder Carli Lloyd and a second half goal from forward Amy Rodriguez.

After Canada beat Sweden 1-0 in the first match of the evening, the USA needed just a victory against China to tie Canada on points with six apiece and win the tournament based on its head-to-head win over the Canadians two days ago. As it turned out, the USA also finished with the best goal differential of any of the four teams at +2. Canada finished second, China third and Sweden, which defeated the USA in the opening game, but then lost two straight, ended in fourth.

“It’s so much more fun to win,” said U.S. head coach Pia Sundhage. “We took some good things from the loss to Sweden, and that’s one of the reasons we stepped up a little bit against Canada. We took certain things from the 2-1 win against Canada and I think today we ended up controlling the game.”

The USA and China PR produced just four total shots in the first half with both American chances coming off the right foot of Lloyd. The second shot was her goal, giving her two for the tournament after also scoring against Sweden and 24 in her international career.

In the 25th minute Tobin Heath was chopped down above the left side of the penalty box, earning a yellow card for Liu Huana, and Lloyd pounded her free kick chance just left of the goal. She would not miss in the 31st minute as the USA played its first corner kick of the match short from the left side, with Lloyd passing to Rodriguez, who touched it back to Lloyd. She took a hard touch into the penalty area, slipping the tackle of a defender and then drove a low shot inside the near post from 16 yards out.

China’s two good chances came in the first 15 minutes after bad giveaways by the USA inside their own half resulted in passes directly to Chinese attackers. The first turnover led to a hard shot from outside that U.S. goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart gobbled up, and the second led to an attack deep into the right side of the USA’s penalty area that the defenders had to scramble to clear. Barnhart was named Best Goalkeeper of the Tournament after performing well in all three matches.

The USA put the ball in the net in the 40th minute off another corner from the left side, but seconds after Rodriguez had seemingly stuffed the ball home from a crowd inside the six yard box, the referee waved it off for a foul.

At halftime, Megan Rapinoe replaced Lauren Cheney and Yael Averbuch replaced Shannon Boxx as the USA switched to a 4-5-1 formation with Rodriguez as lone striker. Rapinoe was at the point of a three-woman center midfield in front of Lloyd and Averbuch.

During the second half the USA absorbed quite a bit of Chinese pressure and played some better rhythmical soccer, firing nine of its 11 shots after the break. In the 53rd minute, Lloyd rocked the crossbar after a Rodriguez cross from the right was cleared back to her near the top of the penalty box and Heath’s follow-up volley was just deflected away for a corner kick.

The clinching goal came in the 67th minute off a nice combination down the left wing between Rapinoe and Heath, who launched a perfectly-angled pass over the Chinese back line. Rodriguez raced past the defenders and Chinese goalkeeper Zhang Yue seemed to misread the U.S. forward’s quickness, hesitating as she came off her line. Rodriguez punished her indecision by slipping the ball past the stranded ‘keeper into the lower left corner from just inside the penalty area. It was the 14th international goal for Rodriguez.

China showed some excellent possession throughout the match and especially in the second half as the USA was content to play low pressure and challenge the hosts to find a way through or around them. They could do neither as the midfield did a nice job of ball-winning while the back line of Stephanie Cox (who came on for Amy LePeilbet in the 42nd minute), Becky Sauerbrunn, captain Christie Rampone and Rachel Buehler held strong to earn the shutout.

The victory gave the U.S. women their seventh tournament title under Sundhage, dating back to the 2008 Four Nations which were the first games for the USA under the Swede. The USA has now won the Four Nations Tournament in China seven out of eight times it has participated.

The U.S. team will now get a week-long break before heading to Florida and a training camp from Feb. 3-9, after which Sundhage will choose a team for the 2011 Algarve Cup in Portugal. The USA is at the end of the first of six months of preparation for the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup that will take place from June 26-July 17 in nine venues across Germany: Berlin, Frankfurt, Mönchengladbach, Sinsheim, Wolfsburg, Augsburg, Bochum, Dresden and Leverkusen.

The 16 nations competing are: host Germany, Korea DPR, Japan and Australia from Asia and Sweden, Norway, France and England from Europe, New Zealand from Oceania, the USA, Canada and Mexico from CONCACAF, Nigeria and Equatorial Guinea from Africa and Brazil and Colombia from South America. 

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

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. China
Date: Jan. 25, 2011
Competition: 2011 Four Nations Tournament
Venue: Yongchuan Sports Centre Stadium; Chongqing, China
Kickoff: 6:35 p.m. local / 5:35 a.m. ET
Attendance: 12,000  
Weather: Cold, haze – 39 degrees

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

USA – Carli Lloyd (Amy Rodriguez)             31st minute
USA – Amy Rodriguez (Tobin Heath)           67

Lineups:
USA: 18-Nicole Barnhart; 22-Becky Sauerbrunn, 6-Amy LePeilbet (14-Stephanie Cox, 42), 3-Christie Rampone (capt.), 19-Rachel Buehler (27-Meghan Klingenberg, 82); 11-Tobin Heath, 7-Shannon Boxx (4-Yael Averbuch, 46), 10-Carli Lloyd, 9-Heather O’Reilly; 12-Lauren Cheney (15-Megan Rapinoe, 46), 8-Amy Rodriguez (13-Alex Morgan, 71)
Subs not used: 5-Lindsay Tarpley, 21-Kelley O’Hara, 24-Ashlyn Harris, 25-Brittany Taylor
Head Coach: Pia Sundhage

CHN: 13-Zhang Yue; 2-Liu Huana (19-Li Wen, 46), 3-Zhou Goaping, 5-Yuan Fan, 4-Li Danyang, 11-Gu Yasha (14-Wang Lingling, 46), 16-Zhang Na, 17-Pang Fengyue (25-Xu Wenjia, 82), 18-Qu Shanshan (capt.) (24-Zhang Jieli, 54), 23-You Jia, 9-Ma Jun
Subs not used: 1-Huang Luna, 10-Zhou Feifei, 20-Wang Dongni, 21-Zhang Nan
Head Coach:  Li Xiaopeng

Statistical Summary: USA / CHN
Shots: 11 / 4
Shots on Goal: 3 / 2
Saves: 2 / 1
Corner Kicks: 6 / 1
Fouls: 11 / 7
Offside: 6 / 1

Misconduct Summary:
CHN – Liu Huana (caution)             26th minute
USA – Heather O’Reilly (caution)     58

Officials:
Referee: Wang Jia (CHN)
Assistant Referee 1: Fang Yan (CHN)
Assistant Referee 2: Cui Yongmei (CHN)
Fourth Official: Margaret Domka (USA)

ussoccer.com Woman of the Match: Carli Lloyd

Final 2011 Four Nations Tournament Standings

Team   W  L  T  GF  GA  GD  PTS
 USA  2  1  0  5  3  +2  6
 CAN  2  1  0  5  4  +1  6
 CHN  1  2  0  4  5  -1  3
 SWE  1  2  0  3  4  -1  3

2011 Four Nations Tournament Awards
Best Player: Christine Sinclair (CAN)
Top Scorer: You Jia (CHN)
Best Goalkeeper: Nicole Barnhart (USA)
Fair Play Award: Sweden

U.S. WNT to Face China in Last 2011 Four Nations Tournament Match

U.S. Women’s National Team
Chongqing, China
Jan. 24, 2011

U.S. WOMEN TO FACE HOST CHINA AT FOUR NATIONS TOURNAMENT: The U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team will finish the 2011 Four Nations tournament on Tuesday, Jan. 25, with a match against host China PR (5:35 a.m. ET) in front of what is sure to be a large and vocal crowd. On a wacky two first match days, Canada beat China, which beat Sweden, which beat the USA, which beat Canada. That means the teams are all tied with one win and three points each as well as tied on goal difference, with each nation having scored as many goals as it has given up. There are numerous permutations of how the U.S. can win the tournament, a few of which are outlined in the WNT Blog. Fans can follow the USA’s last match against China @ussoccer_wnt on Twitter.

2011 Four Nations Tournament Standings

Team W L T GF GA GD Pts.
CAN 1 1 0 4 4 0 3
CHN 1 1 0 4 4 0 3
SWE 1 1 0 3 3 0 3
USA 1 1 0 3 3 0 3

2011 Four Nations Tournament Schedule / Results

Date Match Time (local/ET) Venue
Jan. 21 Sweden 2, USA 1 -- Yongchuan Sports Centre Stadium; Chongqing, China
  Canada 3, China 2 -- Yongchuan Sports Centre Stadium; Chongqing, China
Jan. 23 China 2, Sweden 1 -- Yongchuan Sports Centre Stadium; Chongqing, China
  USA 2, Canada 1 -- Yongchuan Sports Centre Stadium; Chongqing, China
Jan. 25 Canada vs. Sweden 3:35 p.m. / 2:35 a.m. Yongchuan Sports Centre Stadium; Chongqing, China
  USA vs. China 6:35 p.m. / 5:35 a.m. Yongchuan Sports Centre Stadium; Chongqing, China


TOURNAMENT SCENARIOS FOR THE USA: With all four teams tied at three points apiece and all having scored as many goals as they have let in, the final match day of the 2011 Four Nations Tournament should be quite interesting. The USA plays China in the second match of the day and will therefore know what needs to be done to win the competition. Right now the USA does know that in order to win it, a victory over China is a must. Canada and China have a slight edge right now as both have scored four goals while the USA and Sweden have scored three each. For complete scenarios, visit the WNT Blog.

U.S. WNT QUICK HITS:

  • Lindsay Tarpley’s goal against Canada was the 31st of her international career, moving her past Brandi Chastain into sole possession of 12th place on the USA’s all-time scoring list. Next up for Tarpley would be April Heinrichs’ 37 scores. 
  • With her 121st cap, Tarpley also moved past Lorrie Fair into 20th on the USA’s all-time caps list. 
  • Rachel Buehler earned her 50th cap against Canada, becoming the 39th U.S. player to reach that mark. 
  • Midfielder Meghan Klingenberg earned her first cap for the USA when she came on in the 78th minute. She becomes the 192nd player to earn a cap for the United States and the 15th player to earn a first cap under Pia Sundhage. 
  • Sundhage brought 23 players to China and so far 22 of them have seen action, with just back-up goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris yet to get on the field. 
  • The U.S. win against Canada extended its unbeaten streak against their northern neighbors to 21 games. It also ended Canada’s team-record 11-game unbeaten streak. 
  • Against Canada, three players got their first starts in D Brittany Taylor, M Kelley O’Hara and F Alex Morgan. Taylor and Morgan played the full 90 minutes. 
  • Lauren Cheney achieved the rare “triple” against Canada: A goal, an assist and a yellow card. 
  • Sundhage made all five of the allowed substitutions against both Sweden and Canada and the only U.S. player to play all 180 minutes of the tournament so far is goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart. Only four players have played as much as 135 total minutes: Rachel Buehler, Christie Rampone, Lauren Cheney and Lori Lindsey. 
  • Since the end of the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup, the USA is 58-3-6. 
  • The USA has allowed just 29 goals in 64 matches under Sundhage; 22 from the run of play, five from set plays and two on own goals. The USA has scored 147 goals under Sundhage. 
  • During its 23 all-time matches at the Four Nations, the USA has gone 14-3-6, with one loss to China, Norway and Sweden. 
  • The match against China will be the 53rd game the USA has played in China during the team’s history, a full 11 percent of games ever played by the U.S. women. 
  • Four of the last six meetings between the teams have been one-goal U.S. victories, with one draw and one 4-0 win. 
  • The USA has of course played China in all seven previous Four Nations Tournaments, going 4-1-2. 
  • The USA is 6-3-5 all-time against China in China.

OPPONENT CAPSULE: China
CURRENT FIFA World Ranking: 13
USA Overall Record vs. China: 24-8-12
Last Meeting vs. USA: Oct. 6, 2010 (a 1-1 tie in Chester, Pa.)
Head Coach: Li Xiaopeng
Key Players: D Weng Xinzhi, D Zhao Gaoping, M Zhang Na, F Xu Yaun

USA vs. China Fast Facts: The USA and China last met in a pair of matches last fall in the United States in Kennesaw, Ga., and Chester, Pa., with the USA winning the first 2-1 and tying the second 1-1 … This will be the 44th meeting between the two countries and the USA is on a 15-game unbeaten streak against the Chinese dating back to the 2003 Four Nations Tournament when the USA lost to China 2-0 in front of 40,000 fans … Prior to the meetings last fall, the USA and China have not squared off since Dec. 17, 2008, marking 22 months since the previous meeting, the longest gap between games since 1991 … After having two consecutive Europeans at the helm (Marika Domanski-Lyfors, assisted by Pia Sundhage, coached China in the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup followed by French coach Elisabeth Loisel who was let go after the 2008 Algarve Cup), China has hired Chinese coaches since then … China’s current coach is 35-year-old Li Xiaopeng, a former professional player who played for China from 2000-2005 … Li was also an assistant coach for the Chinese Men’s National Team … China, a Women’s World Cup finalist in 1999 and host in 2007, failed to qualify for the tournament for the first time when it finished fourth in the 2010 Asian Women’s Cup last May … China fell to Korea DPR in the semifinal and then lost 2-0 to Japan in the all-important match for third place with the winner earning Asia’s third and final WWC berth … China suffered a quarterfinal loss at the 2008 Olympics where it also fell to Asian rival Japan 2-0 in what many saw as a changing of the guard atop Asian women’s football … The USA and China have played 22 times since 2000, but only seven of those have been in the United States … Eight have been in China and the remaining seven matches were in Australia, Germany and Portugal … After failing to qualify for Germany ’11, China is focusing on developing a young team for qualifying for the 2012 Olympics in London … After taking a 2-0 lead against Canada in its first game of this tournament, China folded in allowing three second half goals, the last on the final attack of the game … Sweden rested four starters in China’s second match and the hosts managed a 2-1 victory in a game that saw them create numerous quality attacking chances.

U.S. WNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): 18-Nicole Barnhart (out of contract), 24-Ashlyn Harris (Western New York Flash)
DEFENDERS (7): 19-Rachel Buehler (Boston Breakers), 14-Stephanie Cox (Boston Breakers), 6-Amy LePeilbet (Boston Breakers), 2-Heather Mitts (Atlanta Beat), 3-Christie Rampone (out of contract), 22-Becky Sauerbrunn (Washington Freedom), 25-Brittany Taylor (Sky Blue FC)
MIDFIELDERS (10): 4-Yael Averbuch (Western New York Flash), 7-Shannon Boxx (out of contract),11- Tobin Heath (Sky Blue FC), 27-Meghan Klingenberg (Washington Freedom), 16-Lori Lindsey (Philadelphia Independence), 10-Carli Lloyd (Atlanta Beat), 21-Kelley O’Hara (Boston Breakers), 9-Heather O’Reilly (Sky Blue FC), 15-Megan Rapinoe (Philadelphia Independence), 5-Lindsay Tarpley (out of contract)
FORWARDS (4): 12-Lauren Cheney (Boston Breakers), 26-Sydney Leroux (UCLA), 13-Alex Morgan (Western New York Flash), 8-Amy Rodriguez (Philadelphia Independence)

China WNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): 1-Huang Luna, 13-Zhang Yue
DEFENDERS (6): 3-Zhou Goaping,5-Yuan Fan, 4-Li Danyang, 6-Weng Xinzhi, 14-Wang Lingling, 20-Wang Dongni
MIDFIELDERS (7): 7-Bi Yan, 11-Gu Yasha, 15-Yu Yahui, 16-Zhang Na, 17-Pang Fengyue, 18-Qu Shanshan, 25-Xu Wenjia
FORWARDS (5): 8-Xu Yuan, 10-Li Lin, 23-You Jia, 9-Ma Jun, 24-Zhang, Jieli

UP NEXT FOR THE USA: After returning home from China, the U.S. team will have about a week off before regrouping in Florida for a week-long training camp, after which U.S. head coach Pia Sundhage will chose a roster for the 2011 Algarve Cup in Portugal. The USA will be facing Japan, Finland and Norway in group play during that tournament.

HIGHLIGHTS FROM CHONGQING: You can see highlights of the USA’s two Four Nations matches so far, as well as updates and features, by logging on to ussoccer.com and Studio 90.

FOLLOW THE WNT ON TWITTER: Keep up with all U.S. Women’s National Team news by following on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt. It’s also where you will be getting live updates for USA’s final match in China.

 

U.S. Women Rebound to Defeat Canada 2-1 at Four Nations Tournament in China

  • Lauren Cheney and Lindsay Tarpley Score and Assist in Second Half 
  • Three Players Get First-Ever Start, Meghan Klingenberg Earns First Cap 
  • USA Finishes Four Nations Against Host China on Tuesday, Jan. 25, at 5:35 a.m. ET, Fans Can Follow the Match Live @ussoccer_wnt on Twitter

CHONGQING, China (Jan. 23, 2011) – The U.S. Women’s National Team got itself back into contention for the title at the 2011 Four Nations tournament with a 2-1 victory against Canada as Lauren Cheney and Lindsay Tarpley scored second half goals.

“You have to look at two things from the game, attitude over 90 minutes, which we emphasized after the Sweden game, and I think we brought that to this game, but also smartness,” said U.S. head coach Pia Sundhage. “We kept possession with our two center midfielders. Carli Lloyd and Lori Lindsey did a good job at times and eventually we created chances and eventually we put them away as well.”

China PR defeated Sweden 2-1 in the first match of the evening, meaning all four teams in the tournament have a win and a loss, three points and a goal difference at zero. China and Canada sit in a better position by virtue of scoring four goals each, one more than the USA and Sweden.

In order to win the tournament, the USA must defeat China and hope Sweden and Canada tie their last match, or that the USA comes out on top in the tie-breakers against the winner of that match, which are: 1) goal difference, 2) goals scored and 3) head-to-head result.

U.S. head coach Pia Sundhage changed seven players from the starting lineup that lost to Sweden on Friday, switching out both outside backs, a center-back, both flank midfielders, a center-midfielder and one forward.

The match marked the first career starts for defender Brittany Taylor, midfielder Kelley O’Hara and forward Alex Morgan, who earned their second, fourth and 10th caps respectively. Defender Becky Sauerburnn earned just her fourth cap and made her first start since she debuted at the Four Nations Tournament in 2008. Twenty-two-year-old midfielder Meghan Klingenberg earned her first career cap when she entered the match in the 78th minute for O’Hara.

The first half was mostly uneventful with each team creating just one legitimate chance. The USA’s came in the 38th minute as Amy Rodriguez darted free into the left side of the penalty area and hit a high shot toward the near post that Canadian goalkeeper Karina LeBlanc had to push away for a corner kick on a flying dive.

Canada’s came in the 44th minute when its star forward Christine Sinclair burst into the right side of the penalty area with Christie Rampone on her hip. U.S. goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart was quick off her line to stuff Sinclair’s shot, which spun away for a corner.

The USA did have several other looks at goal before the break. In the 17th minute, Alex Morgan dribbled almost all the way to the left post and slid a ball through the goal mouth, but no one was inside the six yard box to finish. In the 34th minute, O’Hara got under a long free-kick from Stephanie Cox, but her volley flew wide left.

Canada did well to earn seven corner kicks in the first half and the USA was perhaps a bit fortunate as the Maples Leafs sabotaged their own chances with numerous poor services.

Canada created the first chance of the second half off yet another corner kick as the ball flew from the left side to Emily Zurrer at the far post, but she shanked her wide-open shot high and wide.

Sundhage had sent on Lindsay Tarpley just 31 minutes into the game for Megan Rapinoe and also inserted Lauren Cheney on the forward line for Amy Rodriguez at halftime. Those two players would trade goals and assists to give the USA the win.

Before the goals, the U.S. was the aggressor, playing much better in the attacking third than in the first half while also connecting through the center midfield via Lloyd and Lindsey, and then later Yael Averbuch after she came into the game.

In the 50th minute, Morgan got in behind the Canadian defense off a Lloyd pass down the right wing. Her cross was deflected up in the air by a defender and fell just inches from the crossbar. LeBlanc got her hands on it to push it back up off the crossbar. The ball bounced down, if not over then line, then halfway, before the Canadians could clear as Cheney’s desperate attempt to bundle it home went wanting.

Just a minute later, Tarpley powered shot off the cross bar and a rebound chance was cleared out of the goalmouth.

The U.S. pressure finally paid off in the 54th minute as O’Hara made a run down the left wing, cut back away from the goal and spun a cross to Tarpley in the center of the penalty area. With her back to the goal, Tarpley deftly flicked the ball first-time into Cheney’s path near the left-side of the goal box and she gracefully lifted the ball over LeBlanc and into the net from about seven yards out. The goal was the 12th of Cheney’s international career.

Canada roared right back with Sinclair finding some space deep into the right side of the U.S. penalty box. Her cross on the ground was stabbed by Barnhart, who then jumped on the rebound.

Barnhart couldn’t save Canada’s quickly-earned equalizer in the 56th minute as Melissa Tancredi got behind the defense off a pass from Kaylyn Kyle, drove into left side of the penalty area and rolled a 16-yard shot just inside the right post.

The USA continued to pound away and in the 59th minute a two-shot flurry saw LeBlanc make a save and then a defender clear a ball out of the goal. Cheney forced another Canadian clear out of its six-yard box just a minute later after some nice work in tight space near the right post.

Cheney was the fulcrum of the USA’s counter-attack that produced the winning goal, driving the ball toward the Canadian defense before playing a rolling pass to Tarpley into the left side of the box. She hit an inch-perfect shot with her left foot that snuck just inside the right post although LeBlanc seemingly had the angle covered.

It was Tarpley’s 31st career goal, moving her past Brandi Chastain into 11th place on the USA’s all-time scoring list. It was also Tarpley’s first goal since May 25, 2009, when she scored against Canada in a 4-0 win in Toronto. Tarpley tore an ACL at the end of the 2009 WPS season was playing in just her second international game since the injury.

The USA almost had a clinching goal in the 86th minute as Morgan burst past Zurrer up the middle while chasing a skipping ball and was taken down from behind just at the edge of the penalty area by substitute Carmelina Moscato, who was fortunate to just receive a yellow card. The USA pounded the ensuing free kick into the Canadian wall.

Canada pushed hard in the last 15 minutes for the equalizer, but the USA defended well and got a fantastic game in the middle from Sauerbrunn who hadn’t started for the USA since the Four Nations Tournament in 2008.

Sinclair earned her 150th career cap on the night and almost all of the Canadian danger came from her dribbling, passing or shooting, including a golden chance in stoppage time as she crushed a full volley that was headed into the right side of the net were it not for a flying save from Barnhart that pushed it away and preserved the win. Seconds later, Barnhart followed up her world class stop by rushing out of her goal to sweep a ball away with her legs from the onrushing Sinclair.

The victory for the USA ended Canada’s team record 11-game unbeaten streak in what was the first meeting between the long-time rivals since the summer of 2009. For the second game in a row, Sundhage used all five substitutes, also sending on Rachel Buehler at halftime for Rampone.

The USA is at the start of six months of preparation for the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup that will take place from June 26-July 17 in nine venues across Germany: Berlin, Frankfurt, Mönchengladbach, Sinsheim, Wolfsburg, Augsburg, Bochum, Dresden and Leverkusen.

The 16 nations competing are: host Germany, Korea DPR, Japan and Australia from Asia and Sweden, Norway, France and England from Europe, New Zealand from Oceania, the USA, Canada and Mexico from CONCACAF, Nigeria and Equatorial Guinea from Africa and Brazil and Colombia from South America.

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

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Canada
Date: Jan. 23, 2011
Competition: 2011 Four Nations Tournament
Venue: Yongchuan Sports Centre Stadium; Chongqing, China
Kickoff: 7:05 p.m. local / 6:05 a.m. ET
Attendance: 7,000
Weather: Cold, haze – 39 degrees

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

USA – Lauren Cheney (Lindsay Tarpley)     54th minute
CAN – Melissa Tancredi (Kaylyn Kyle)         56
USA – Lindsay Tarpley (Lauren Cheney)      70

Lineups:
USA: 18-Nicole Barnhart; 25-Brittany Taylor, 22-Becky Sauerbrunn, 3-Christie Rampone (capt.) (19-Rachel Buehler, 46), 14-Stephanie Cox; 21-Kelley O’Hara (27-Meghan Klingenberg, 78) 16-Lori Lindsey, 10-Carli Lloyd (4-Yael Averbuch, 66), 15-Megan Rapinoe (5-Lindsay Tarpley, 31); 8-Amy Rodriguez (12-Lauren Cheney, 46), 13-Alex Morgan
Subs not used: 9-Heather O’Reilly, 11-Tobin Heath, 24-Ashlyn Harris, 26-Sydney Leroux
Head Coach: Pia Sundhage


CAN: 1-Karina LeBlanc; 7-Rhian Wilkinson, 9-Candace Chapman (4-Carmelina Moscato, 64), 13-Sophie Schmidt (19-Desiree Scott, 73), 20-Marie-Eve Nault; 6-Kaylyn Kyle, 82-Emily Zurrer, 8-Diana Matheson, 16-Jonelle Filigno (23-Jodi-Ann Robinson, 81); 14-Melissa Tancredi (10-Christina Julien, 67), 12-Christine Sinclair (capt.)
Subs not used: 3-Melanie Booth, 5-Robyn Gayle, 17-Brittany Timko, 21-Laura Chénard, 22-Stephanie Labbé
Head Coach: Carolina Morace

Statistical Summary: USA / CAN
Shots: 12 / 8
Shots on Goal: 8 / 5
Saves: 4 / 3
Corner Kicks: 8 / 10
Fouls: 11 / 5
Offside: 7 / 5

Misconduct Summary:
CAN -- Candace Chapman (caution)    61st minute
CAN – Carmelina Moscato (caution)    85
USA – Lauren Cheney (caution)          94

Officials:
Referee: He Jin (CHN)
Assistant Referee 1: Fang Yan (CHN)
Assistant Referee 2: Wu Chun (CHN)
Fourth Official: Qin Liang (CHN)

ussoccer.com Woman of the Match: Carli Lloyd

 

U.S. WNT Continues Four Nations Tournament Against Canada on Jan. 23

U.S. Women’s National Team
Notes from Chongqing, China
Saturday, Jan. 21, 2011

USA LOOKS TO REBOUND AGAINST CANADA AT FOUR NATIONS TOURNAMENT: The U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team will face Canada in its second match of the 2011 Four Nations Tournament on Sunday, Jan. 23 (6:05 a.m. ET) at the Yongchuan Sports Centre Stadium. The U.S. team will play the second match of the evening on the second match day of the tournament, facing the Canadians at 7:05 p.m. local on what is sure to be a frigid night. The crowds for the first match day were excellent with about 10,000 watching USA-Sweden and the stadium nearly full for the China-Canada game. The USA lost its opening match on Friday by a 2-1 score to Sweden and would need to win its last two games and would need some help from other teams to have any chance at the tournament title. U.S. head coach Pia Sundhage used all five allowed substitutes against Sweden and may make some changes to the starting lineup vs. Canada as well. Fans can follow the USA’s two remaining matches at the 2011 Four Nations Tournament @ussoccer_wnt on Twitter.

2011 Four Nations Tournament Standings
Team     W    L    T    GF    GA  GD  Pts.
CAN    1  0  0  3   2  +1  3
SWE    1  0  0  2   1  +1  3
CHN    0  1  0  2   3  -1  0
USA    0  1  0  1   2  -1  0

 

Date  Match  Kickoff (local/ET) 
Jan. 21  Sweden 2, USA 1   
  Canada 3, China 2   
Jan. 23  China vs. Sweden  4:05 p.m. / 3:05 a.m. 
  USA vs. Canada  7:05 p.m. / 6:05 a.m. 
Jan.  25 Canada vs. Sweden  3:35 p.m. / 2:35 a.m. 
USA vs. China 6:35 p.m. / 5:35 a.m.


U.S. WNT QUICK HITS:
• The USA lost its first match of the year for the first time since 2001 when it lost to China 1-0 in Panyu, China.
• Carli Lloyd’s goal against Sweden was the 23rd of her career, putting her 17th on the USA’s all-time scoring list. She is just below Natasha Kai (24) and Heather O’Reilly (27) and Joy Fawcett (27).
• U.S. head coach Pia Sundhage brought 23 players to China. Only 20 can suit up for each match, but Sundhage can adjust the roster from game-to-game. Numerous players should see minutes as three games in five days is no doubt a taxing schedule. Lindsay Tarpley, Meghan Klingenberg and Brittany Taylor did not suit up against Sweden.
• Sundhage made all five of the allowed substitutions against Sweden, sending on Yael Averbuch, Lori Lindsey, Tobin Heath, Alex Morgan and Sydney Leroux in the second half.
• Since the end of the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup, the USA is 57-3-6.
• The USA has allowed just 28 goals in 63 matches under Sundhage; 21 from the run of play, five from set plays and two on own goals.
• The loss to Sweden was just the third-ever for the USA in eight Four Nations Tournaments. During the 22 matches, the USA has gone 13-3-6, with one loss to China, Norway and Sweden.
• The loss to Sweden was just the second-ever for goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart, who is 20-2-3 all-time in the nets for the USA.
• Sydney Leroux earned her first cap with the full national team against Sweden, coming on in the 86th minute to become the 191st player in U.S. history to earn a cap. Leroux joined Amy LePeilbet, Becky Saurerbrunn, Tobin Heath and Lauren Cheney (among others) as U.S. players who debuted at the Four Nations Tournament.
• The loss to Sweden was the first time the U.S. women had surrendered a lead and lost in almost nine years. It was just the 12th time in U.S. history through 461 games that the USA had lost after taking a lead. Eight of those came to Norway, one to Germany, one to the Netherlands, one to China and now one to Sweden.
• Rachel Buehler is one cap away from hitting 50 for her career. That would make her the 39th player to reach that mark.
• The match against Canada will be the 52nd game the USA has played in China during the team’s history, that’s a full 11 percent of all the games every played by the U.S. women.
• The match against Sweden was the first that Amy Rodriguez and Lauren Cheney had started together on the forward line for the full national team and first time they had started together since the 2006 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup.

OPPONENT CAPSULE: Canada
Current FIFA World Ranking:
10
USA’s Overall Record vs. Canada: 40-3-4
Last Meeting vs. USA: July 22, 2009 (a 1-0 U.S. win in Charleston, S.C.)
Coach: Carolina Morace
Key Players: GK Karina LeBlanc, GL Erin McLeod, D Candace Chapman, D Emily Zurrer, M Carmelina Moscato, M Diana Matheson, F Jonelle Filigno F Christine Sinclair, F Melissa Tancredi

USA vs. Canada Fast Facts: The USA has played Canada more times than any other nation as Sunday’s clash will be the 48th all-time meeting … Amazingly, the teams have met at least once a year (and often multiple times) every year dating back to 1993, but did not play in 2010 … There were three meetings in 2009, a 4-0 win in Toronto that was Canada’s first match under head coach Carolina Morace, and two 1-0 U.S. victories in the U.S. during that summer on goals from Abby Wambach and Christine Nairn … The USA has dominated the series historically, but four of the last five meetings have been one-goal victories for the Americans … Canada features one of the world’s best strikers in Christine Sinclair who has 114 goals, putting her in a tie for fifth all-time in world history for women’s soccer … Abby Wambach is fourth with 117 … She scored twice in the last 10 minutes and stoppage time to lead Canada to a 3-2 comeback victory over China in the Maple Leafs opening game of the Four Nations Tournament … Forward Melissa Tancredi also scored for Canada, which got the winning goal on the last rush of the game in the 94th minute … Along with Sinclair, Canada has three other players who play in WPS in defender Candace Chapman (Western NY Flash), goalkeeper Erin McLeod (Washington Freedom) and goalkeeper Karina LeBlanc (played last season for the Philadelphia Independence) … With its win over China, Canada extended its current unbeaten streak to 11 matches, a new team record … Canada has nine wins and two draws dating back to September, 30, 2010, starting the streak with a 3-1 victory over China at BMO Field in Toronto … The win marked the first time Canada has beaten China in China and the first time Canada has beaten China in back-to-back matches … The USA has played Canada three times in China, defeating them 2-0 at the 2004 Four Nations Tournament in Shenzhen (on goals from Lindsay Tarpley and Joy Fawcett), 4-0 at the 2008 Four Nations Tournament in Guangzhou (Pia Sundhage’s first game) and famously 2-1 in the quarterfinal of the 2008 Olympics in Shanghai (as Natasha Kai scored the winning goal).

U.S. WNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): 18-Nicole Barnhart (out of contract), 24-Ashlyn Harris (Western New York Flash)
DEFENDERS (7): 19-Rachel Buehler (Boston Breakers), 14-Stephanie Cox (Boston Breakers), 6-Amy LePeilbet (Boston Breakers), 2-Heather Mitts (Atlanta Beat), 3-Christie Rampone (out of contract), 22-Becky Sauerbrunn (Washington Freedom), 25-Brittany Taylor (Sky Blue FC)
MIDFIELDERS (10): 4-Yael Averbuch (Western New York Flash), 7-Shannon Boxx (out of contract),11- Tobin Heath (Sky Blue FC), 27-Meghan Klingenberg (Washington Freedom), 16-Lori Lindsey (Philadelphia Independence), 10-Carli Lloyd (Atlanta Beat), 21-Kelley O’Hara (Boston Breakers), 9-Heather O’Reilly (Sky Blue FC), 15-Megan Rapinoe (Philadelphia Independence), 5-Lindsay Tarpley (out of contract)
FORWARDS (4): 12-Lauren Cheney (Boston Breakers), 26-Sydney Leroux (UCLA), 13-Alex Morgan (Western New York Flash), 8-Amy Rodriguez (Philadelphia Independence)

Canada WNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Stephanie Labbé (Piteå IF), Karina LeBlanc (unattached), Erin McLeod (Washington Freedom)
DEFENDERS (9): Candace Chapman (Western New York Flash), Robyn Gayle (Vancouver Whitecaps), Sophie Schmidt (Vancouver Whitecaps), Emily Zurrer (Vancouver Whitecaps), Christine Exeter (University of Louisville), Brittany Timko (unattached), Rhian Wilkinson (Lillestrøm SK Kvinner), Melanie Booth (Vancouver Whitecaps), Marie-Eve Nault (Ottawa Fury)
MIDFIELDERS (4): Laura Chénard (Amiral de Québec), Kaylyn Kyle (Vancouver Whitecaps), Diana Matheson (Lillestrøm SK Kvinner), Carmelina Moscato (unattached)
FORWARDS (9): Josée Bélanger (Amiral de Québec), Jonelle Filigno (Rutgers University), Christina Julien (Ottawa Fury), Taylor Patterson (unattached), Jodi-Ann Robinson (Vancouver Whitecaps), Desiree Scott (Vancouver Whitecaps), Christine Sinclair (Western New York Flash), Melissa Tancredi (Vancouver Whitecaps)

CANADA COMING OFF TWO TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONSHIPS: Canada has won its last two tournaments, taking first place at the CONCACAF Women’s World Cup qualifying tournament by defeating Costa Rica 4-0 in the semifinal to earn its berth to Germany and then downing host Mexico 1-0 in the title game. In December, Canada went to Brazil for a four-team round-robin tournament and defeated the Netherlands 5-0, Mexico 1-0 and tied Brazil 0-0, then drew Brazil 2-2 in the title game, but won the tournament on goal difference.

STUDIO 90 FROM CHONGQING: Even though the U.S. team is thousands of miles away in central China, you can still follow the squad through updates, highlights and features from the Four Nations Tournament in Chongqing by logging on to ussoccer.com and Studio 90.

FOLLOW THE WNT ON TWITTER: Keep up with all U.S. women’s National Team news by following at www.twitter.com/ussoccer_wnt. It’s also where you will be getting live updates from the USA’s matches in China.

STAT OF NOTE
The 21 field players on the U.S. roster in China have scored 147 goals career goals. Abby Wambach has 117.

U.S. Women Fall 2-1 to Sweden in Opening Game of 2011 at Four Nations Tournament in China

  • Carli Lloyd Scores in 11th Minute, But Sweden Comes From Behind to Score in Both Halves 
  • Young Forward Sydney Leroux Earns First Cap Off the Bench 
  • USA Faces Canada on Sunday, Jan. 23 at 6:05 a.m. ET, Fans Can Follow the Match Live @ussoccer_wnt on Twitter

CHONGQING, China (Jan. 21, 2011) – In a clash between two of the world’s top teams, the U.S. Women’s National Team lost its first game of the year and opening match of the Four Nations Tournament 2-1 to Sweden on a cold afternoon at the Yongchuan Sports Centre Stadium.

U.S. midfielder Carli Lloyd headed home a corner kick in the 11th minute, but Swedish defender Stina Segerstrom answered back six minutes later with an equalizer, also off a corner. Midfielder Kosovare Asllani, who played for the Chicago Red Stars in WPS last season, tallied the winning goal for Sweden with about 30 minutes remaining.

“Our speed of play wasn’t good enough,” said U.S. head coach Pia Sundhage. “One thing as a team that we need to get much better at is moving without the ball. This game today tells us many things that we need to work on, but I am confident that we have enough time and enough games to prepare for the World Cup. This was just the first one.”

The U.S. team played with better rhythm that it displayed in the latter matches of 2010, and perhaps had more possession than the Swedes, but the attack broke down too often allowing the Europeans to repeatedly unleash dangerous counters which put pressure on the U.S. backline throughout the game. The U.S. also struggled to create chances in the attacking third and put just four shots on goal. In a rare occurrence, the USA was out-shot as Sweden accrued 11 total shots to the USA’s seven.

Both teams had chances inside of the first three minutes, the first coming from Amy Rodriguez who had a moment’s look at the goal from deep inside the penalty area, but couldn’t turn the ball on frame. Sweden came right down the field on the first of many counters but a scrambling defensive effort forced Josefine Oqvist too wide for a shot. Forced into her second option, her pass into the middle was cleared by U.S. captain Christie Rampone.

The USA took the lead on its first corner kick of the game as Megan Rapinoe struck a beautifully driven ball to the near post that was flicked on by Lauren Cheney to Lloyd, who powered a header into the upper corner from five years out. It was Lloyd’s 23rd international goal.

Sweden tied the game about five minutes later off a corner kick by Therese Sjogran from the right side. Somehow the ball evaded a pack of U.S. defenders and skidded through the penalty area on the ground to Segerstrom, who had time to collect and turn before striking a low shot from 16 yards out into the lower left corner.

A key moment in the match occurred in the 36th minute as hesitation by Sweden’s two center-backs allowed a pass to slip behind the defensive line to Rodriguez, who raced in uncontested on a breakaway. Rodriguez’ final touch betrayed her however, and she couldn’t get off a shot as the ball rolled into the arms of Swedish goalkeeper Hedvig Lindahl.

Sjogran was her usual menacing presence down the left flank and her attacking earned the majority of Sweden’s nine corner kicks. Oqvist, who scored two goals the last time Sweden beat the USA in regulation time in 2004, was often at the point of Sweden’s counters. Just one minute into the second half she burst free into the left side of the penalty area, but shot wide right from a sharp angle.

The winning goal actually came from the right side as Lina Nilsson played a ball on the ground into the penalty area. Asllani somehow dug it out of a pack of players and deposited her shot into the lower left corner from about 10 yards away.

Sundhage changed out her center midfield at halftime, replacing Shannon Boxx with Yael Averbuch and Carli Lloyd with Lori Lindsey, and until Sweden’s goal, the U.S. looked to be in control of the match.

Rapinoe was perhaps the USA’s most dangerous player, getting a good look at goal in the 50th minute before spinning her shot wide left of the goal from the left side of the penalty area. Less than a minute later, her cross from the left wing almost fell inside the far post, but no U.S. player was there to finish.

The USA buzzed around Sweden’s penalty box during the last 20 minutes with 71st minute substitute Tobin Heath giving her team an attacking spark, but with Sweden protecting its lead well, the Americans couldn’t get a clean strike on goal.

In the 80th minute, off another counter, U.S. goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart had to make a fine save on Madelaine Edlund’s shot, diving to her right to palm it away for a corner kick. Besides the goals, it was the only shot that truly troubled Barnhart on the night.

The USA had its best chance for an equalizer in the 84th minute after corner kick led to a scramble inside Sweden’s penalty box. Rampone's on-frame volley was deflected by a mass of players, but it bounced to Lindsey who had a chance to poke it in from close range yet somehow Lindhal came out with the ball.

Twenty-year-old forward Sydney Leroux, the USA’s all-time leading scorer in FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup competition, earned her first cap with the senior team when she came on in the 86th minute for a final push. Twenty-one year old striker Alex Morgan, the top pick in the 2011 WPS Draft, entered the game in the 72nd minute for Rodriguez and put some pressure on the Sweden back line with her running down the left wing.

Both nations played without their top attackers. The USA’s leading scorer Abby Wambach is recovering from a minor injury while Sweden’s Lotta Schelin is playing club soccer in France.

The match marked just the seventh time since the end of the 1995 FIFA Women’s World Cup that the U.S. women have lost a match in which they have taken a lead. The USA had not lost a match in which it took a lead in more than seven years.

The match marked the first meeting of the year between the USA and Sweden, who will meet on July 6 in Wolfsburg during Group C play at the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Germany. The teams could also meet at the Algarve Cup in Portugal in March. The victory was Sweden’s fourth ever against the USA against 18 losses and six ties.

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.

The 16 nations competing are: host Germany, Korea DPR, Japan and Australia from Asia and Sweden, Norway, France and England from Europe, New Zealand from Oceania, the USA, Canada and Mexico from CONCACAF, Nigeria and Equatorial Guinea from Africa and Brazil and Colombia from South America.

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

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Sweden
Date: Jan. 21, 2011
Competition: 2011 Four Nations Tournament
Venue: Yongchuan Sports Centre Stadium; Chongqing, China
Kickoff: 3:35 p.m. local / 2:35 a.m. ET
Attendance: 16,000
Weather: Cold, haze – 40 degrees

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

USA – Carli Lloyd (Lauren Cheney)                 11th minute
SWE -- Stina Segerström (Therese Sjögran)     16
SWE – Kosovare Asllani (Lina Nilsson)             61

Lineups:
USA: 18-Nicole Barnhart; 2-Heather Mitts, 6-Amy LePeilbet, 3-Christie Rampone (capt.), 19-Rachel Buehler; 9-Heather O’Reilly (26-Sydney Leroux, 86), 7-Shannon Boxx (4-Yael Averbuch, 46), 10-Carli Lloyd (16-Lori Lindsey, 46), 15-Megan Rapinoe (11-Tobin Heath, 71); 12-Lauren Cheney, 8-Amy Rodriguez (13-Alex Morgan, 72)
Subs not used: 14-Stephanie Cox, 21-Kelley O’Hara, 22-Becky Sauerbrunn, 24-Ashlyn Harris
Head Coach: Pia Sundhage

SWE: 1-Hedvig Lindahl; 13-Lina Nilsson, 2-Charlotte Rohlin (capt.), 3-Stina Segerström, 4-Annica Svensson; 10-Kosovare Asllani (19-Johanna Almgren, 61), 17-Lisa Dahlkvist (18-Louise Fors, 78), 16-Linda Forsberg (6-Linda Sembrant, 81), 15-Therese Sjögran; 9-Antonia Göransson (5-Marie Hammarström, 62), 14-Josefine Öqvist (8-Madelaine Edlund, 73)
Subs not used: 12-Kristin Hammarström, 20-Johanna Frisk, 31-Tilda Heimerson
Head Coach: Thomas Dennerby

Statistical Summary: USA / SWE
Shots: 7 / 12
Shots on Goal: 4 / 8
Saves: 6 / 2
Corner Kicks: 6 / 9
Fouls: 6 / 9
Offside: 3 / 6

Misconduct Summary:
None

Officials:
Referee: Qin Liang (CHN)               
Assistant Referee 1: Zhang Lingling (CHN)
Assistant Referee 2: Wu Chun (CHN )
Fourth Official: He Jin (CHN)

ussoccer.com Woman of the Match:
Rachel Buehler

 

Sundhage Names 23 Players To Roster For 2011 Four Nations Tournament in China

CHICAGO (Jan. 13, 2011) – U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Pia Sundhage has named 23 players to the roster for the 2011 Four Nations Tournament taking place in Chongqing, China, where the USA will face Sweden, Canada and the host.

With the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup commencing in late June, the tournament will be a key part of Sundhage’s crafting of the eventual Women’s World Cup roster as the USA takes on three strong nations, including Sweden, which is the USA’s third Group C opponent at the Women’s World Cup in Germany.

All the matches will take place at the 28,000-seat Yongchuan Sports Centre with the USA opening the tournament against the Swedes on Friday, Jan. 21 (2:35 a.m. ET). The USA then meets Canada on Sunday, Jan. 23 (6:05 a.m. ET) and China PR on Tuesday, Jan. 25 (5:35 a.m. ET). Fans can follow all three of the USA’s matches from China on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt.

The USA is coming off a six-day training camp at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., which was not attended by eight veterans and defender Ali Krieger (who is fulfilling club commitments in Germany). Seven of those veterans are on the roster for China with the exception of striker Abby Wambach who has a lingering heel injury that will require more rest.

The veterans named were Shannon Boxx, Rachel Buehler, Amy LePeilbet, Carli Lloyd, Heather Mitts, Heather O’Reilly and Christie Rampone, all of whom were given extended time off during the recently completed camp after a long 2010 schedule.

Sixteen players from the squad that qualified for the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup by winning a two-leg playoff series against Italy were named to the roster, including goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart, midfielders Lori Lindsey, Yael Averbuch and Megan Rapinoe, defenders Stephanie Cox and Becky Sauerbrunn, and forwards Lauren Cheney, Alex Morgan and Amy Rodriguez, who was the scorer of the winning goal in the second leg against the Italians.

Sundhage chose 16 of the 25 players from the training camp. Included in that number are two players making their first tournament rosters with the full team in forward Sydney Leroux and midfielder Megan Klingenberg. Both were members of the U.S. team that won the 2008 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Chile while Leroux was also the USA’s leadings scorer at the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Germany. Klingenberg makes the roster after her very first WNT camp.

Midfielder Tobin Heath returns to a tournament roster for the first time in 18 months after recovering from reconstructive ankle surgery that limited her to three WPS matches in her rookie year. She earned her first caps at the Four Nations Tournament in 2008. Midfielder Kelley O’Hara, the 2009 MAC Hermann Trophy winner for Stanford, played in just three matches off the bench in 2010, but after a fine rookie season in WPS, makes the roster for her first Four Nations Tournament.

Lindsey Tarpley, a veteran with 120 caps and 30 goals, was in just her third training camp since completely recovering from ACL surgery. She earned just one cap in 2010, but makes this roster looking for a return to form that has saw her earn a place on the USA’s last two Olympic Teams and the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup Team.

Defender Brittany Taylor, who earned her lone cap in the snow against Mexico in last March, will be looking for her second appearance in China. The USA lost back-up goalkeeper Jill Loyden to a broken hand during training camp and with Hope Solo not yet ready for game action, Ashlyn Harris makes the roster to back-up Barnhart.

This will be the USA’s eighth trip to the Four Nations Tournament, but first since 2008 after skipping the competition in 2009 and 2010. The USA has won the tournament six times, failing to take top honors only in 2002. During its 21 all-time matches in the tournament, the USA is 13-2-6, with one loss each to China and Norway.

U.S. Women’s National Team Roster by Position - Detailed Roster
2011 Four Nations Tournament
Chongqing, China
Jan. 21-25, 2011

GOALKEEPERS (2): Nicole Barnhart (out of contract), Ashlyn Harris (Western New York Flash)
DEFENDERS (7): Rachel Buehler (Boston Breakers), Stephanie Cox (Boston Breakers), Amy LePeilbet (Boston Breakers), Heather Mitts (out of contract), Christie Rampone (out of contract) Becky Sauerbrunn (Washington Freedom), Brittany Taylor (Sky Blue FC)
MIDFIELDERS (10): Yael Averbuch (Western New York Flash), Shannon Boxx (out of contract), Tobin Heath (Sky Blue FC), Meghan Klingenberg (North Carolina), Lori Lindsey (Philadelphia Independence), Carli Lloyd (Atlanta Beat), Kelley O’Hara (Boston Breakers), Heather O’Reilly (Sky Blue FC), Megan Rapinoe (Philadelphia Independence), Lindsay Tarpley (out of contract)
FORWARDS (4): Lauren Cheney (Boston Breakers), Sydney Leroux (UCLA), Alex Morgan (California), Amy Rodriguez (Philadelphia Independence)

 

Sundhage Names 26 Players to January Training Camp in Preparation for 2011 Four Nations Tournament

Eight Veterans Given Time Off, But Will Join 15 Players Selected from Camp to Face Sweden, Canada and China to Open 2011 Schedule in Chongqing, China

CHICAGO (Dec. 20, 2010) – U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Pia Sundhage has named 26 players to the roster for a six-day training camp from Jan. 8-13 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. The camp will precede a trip to China for the 2011 Four Nations Tournament, a competition that will also feature Sweden, Canada and the host.

Eight veteran players have been given the camp off by Sundhage, but they will join 15 players selected from the 26-player training camp roster for the trip to China. Sundhage will bring 23 players to Chongqing to play matches against Sweden on Jan. 21, Canada on Jan. 23 and China on Jan. 25. The Swedes are the USA’s third Group C opponent at the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Germany. The USA also opened the 2004 campaign against Sweden at the Four Nations Tournament, winning 3-0 in Shenzhen, China.

While Shannon Boxx, Rachel Buehler, Amy LePeilbet, Carli Lloyd, Heather Mitts, Heather O’Reilly, Christie Rampone and 2010 Female Athlete of the Year Abby Wambach will get an extended rest after a long 2010 schedule, the roster does feature quite a few experienced players in addition to first-ever call-ups for several young prospects. 

Fourteen players from the squad that qualified for the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup by winning a two-leg playoff series against Italy have been named to the roster, including goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart, all-time cap leader Kristine Lilly, forward Amy Rodriguez, who was the scorer of the winning goal in the second leg against the Italians, midfielders Lori Lindsey, Megan Rapinoe, defender Stephanie Cox, and forward Lauren Cheney.

2008 Olympic veterans Tobin Heath and Hope Solo also make their returns after major injuries. Heath has been cleared to train with the USA for the first time since the fall of 2009 after recovering from illness and an ankle injury. She has not played in a match for the USA since July of 2009. Solo, who is recovering well from major shoulder surgery last September, will be in camp to continue her rehabilitation and do some light training but will not be cleared to play.

Sundhage has called three players to the national team for the first time. Boston Breakers midfielder Jordan Angeli, a member of the U.S. team at the 2006 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Russia, gets her first look after playing in 21 WPS games last season and scoring seven goals, good for second on the team.

Meghan Klingenberg, who finished her career at North Carolina this past fall and was a key member of the U.S. team that won the 2008 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, gets her first senior team call-up. The youngest player in camp will be 20-year-old Kristie Mewis, the 2008 U.S. Soccer Young Female Athlete of the Year and a member of the USA’s U-17 Women’s World Cup Team in 2008 and U-20 Women’s World Cup Team in 2010. She had an excellent sophomore season for Boston College this year, helping the Eagles to their first Final Four. Sydney Leroux, the USA’s all-time leading scorer in U-20 Women’s World Cups, gets her second call-up to the full team.

The roster is chock full of young WPS players who have worked their way into the WNT player pool this year, including goalkeepers Jill Loyden, Alyssa Naeher and Ashlyn Harris, a new signing for the expansion Western New York Flash, defenders Whitney Engen, Becky Sauerbrunn, Meghan Schnur and Brittany Taylor, and midfielders Kelley O’Hara and Yael Averbuch.

Midfielder Joanna Lohman, who has nine career caps, gets her first call-up since 2007 while veteran midfielder Lindsey Tarpley will be in her third camp since returning from ACL surgery during the last WPS season. Sundhage also called up Leslie Osborne, a veteran of the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup, who had a fine season for the Boston Breakers and who, along with Tarpley, trained with the USA during the two-leg series with Italy.

The 26 players will spend five full days training at The Home Depot Center before the Four Nations squad leaves for China in the early hours of Jan. 14. This will be the USA’s eighth trip to the Four Nations Tournament, but first since 2008 after skipping the competition last year. During its 21 all-time matches in the tournament, the USA is 13-2-6, with one loss to China and Norway.

U.S. Women’s National Team Roster by Position Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (5): Nicole Barnhart (Out of Contract), Ashlyn Harris (Western New York Flash), Jill Loyden (Out of Contract), Alyssa Naeher (Boston Breakers), Hope Solo (Out of Contract)
DEFENDERS (5): Stephanie Cox (Out of Contract), Whitney Engen (Western New York Flash), Becky Sauerbrunn (Washington Freedom), Meghan Schnur (Out of Contract), Brittany Taylor (Sky Blue FC)
MIDFIELDERS (12): Jordan Angeli (Boston Breakers), Yael Averbuch (Out of Contract), Tobin Heath (Sky Blue FC), Meghan Klingenberg (North Carolina), Kristine Lilly (Boston Breakers), Lori Lindsey (Philadelphia Independence), Joanna Lohman (Philadelphia Independence), Kristie Mewis (Boston College), Kelley O’Hara (Boston Breakers), Leslie Osborne (Boston Breakers), Megan Rapinoe (Out of Contract), Lindsay Tarpley (Out of Contract)
FORWARDS (4): Lauren Cheney (Boston Breakers), Sydney Leroux (UCLA), Alex Morgan (California), Amy Rodriguez (Philadelphia Independence)

WNT Faces Costa Rica in CONCACAF Women's Championship Final

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

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

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

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

CONCACAF WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP FINALS HISTORY:

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

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

2014 U.S. WNT SCHEDULE:

Date

Opponent

Result/Time (ET)

U.S. Goal Scorers/TV

Venue

Jan. 31

Canada

1-0 W

Leroux

Toyota Stadium; Frisco, Texas

Feb. 8

Russia

7-0 W

Lloyd (2), Press (2), O’Reilly,

Leroux, Wambach

FAU Stadium; Boca Raton, Fla.

Feb. 13

Russia

8-0 W

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

Georgia Dome; Atlanta, Ga.

March 5

Japan^

1-1 T

Leroux

Parchal, Portugal

March 7

Sweden^

0-1 L

-

Albufeira, Portugal

March 10

Denmark^

3-5 L

Press, Leroux, Rapinoe

Albufeira, Portugal

March 12

Korea DPR^

3-0 W

Wambach (2), O’Reilly

Parchal, Portugal

April 6

China PR

2-0 W

Holiday, Rapinoe

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

April 10

China PR

3-0 W

Lloyd (2), Leroux

Qualcomm Stadium; San Diego, Calif.

May 8

Canada

1-1 T

Leroux

Investors Group Field; Winnipeg, Canada

June 14

France

1-0 W

Leroux

Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Fla.

June 19

France

2-2 T

Morgan (2)

Rentschter Field, East Hartford, Conn.

Aug. 20

Switzerland

4-1 W

Rapinoe, Lloyd, Press, Wambach

WakeMed Soccer Park, Cary, N.C.

Sept. 13

Mexico

8-0 W

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

Rio Tinto Stadium; Sandy, Utah

Sept. 18

Mexico

4-0 W

Rodriguez, Rapinoe, Heath, Morgan

Sahlen’s Stadium, Rochester, N.Y.

Oct. 15

T&T*

1-0 W

Wambach

Sporting Park; Kansas City, Kan.

Oct. 17

Guatemala*

5-0 W

Heath (2), Lloyd, Engen, Rapinoe

Toyota Park; Bridgeview, Ill.

Oct. 20

Haiti*

6-0 W

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

RFK Stadium; Washington, D.C.

Oct. 24

Mexico*

3-0 W

Lloyd (2), Press

PPL Park; Chester, Pa.

Oct. 26

Costa Rica*

6 p.m.

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PPL Park; Chester, Pa.

^ Algarve Cup *2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship

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

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


Host:

Canada

CONCACAF

3.5 + host, up from 2.5

Europe

8 total, up from 4.5 + host in 2011

South America

2.5, up from 2

Africa

5 total, up from 3

Oceania

1, same as in 2011

Asia

3 total, up from 2

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

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

Stadium

City

Record

GF

GA

The Skinny

Sporting Park

Kansas City, Kan.

1-0-1

2

1

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

Toyota Park

Bridgeview, Ill.

5-0-1

18

2

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

RFK Stadium

Washington, D.C.

9-0-0

31

5

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

PPL Park

Chester, Pa.

3-0-0

8

2

Defeated CHN twice at the venue

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

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

U.S. ROSTER NOTES:

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

IN THE RECORD BOOKS:

  • Christie Rampone earned her 300th appearance on Oct. 24, joining only Kristine Lilly (352) in this elite caps club.
  • The USA’s current 91-game unbeaten streak at home (80-0-11 since Nov. 6, 2004) is a team record. The next-highest streak is 50 games (48-0-2) from Feb. 10, 1996, through April 22, 1999. The USA tied the record on May 14, 2011 (2-0 win against Japan at Columbus Crew Stadium) and broke the record with the 51st game on May 18, 2011 (another 2-0 win against Japan at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, North Carolina).
  • Carli Lloyd scored goals No. 54 and 55 of her career during the USA’s 3-0 win against Mexico on Oct. 24. She moved into sole possession of eighth place on the U.S. WNT’s all-time goal scoring list past Carin Gabarra (53 goals from 1987-96). Lloyd is now chasing Shannon MacMillan who scored 60 goals in her career.
  • Lloyd is the highest-scoring player in U.S. history who has played exclusively as a midfielder.
  • Heather O’Reilly is the ninth player to hit 200 caps in U.S. history after reaching the milestone against Korea DPR on March 12 and with 211 is now seventh on the USA’s all-time list. Abby Wambach (227) and Rampone (300) are the only active players ahead of her.
  • O’Reilly is the second-youngest player to hit 200 caps for the USA. Lilly was 28 years old, 9 months, 15 days when she earned cap No. 200 on May 7, 2000. O’Reilly was 29 years old, 2 months, 10 days when she earned her 200th cap.
  • O’Reilly is currently sixth all-time in assists with 51.
  • In addition to breaking Mia Hamm’s world scoring record, Wambach’s June 20, 2013, performance against the Korea Republic also made her the USA’s all-time leader in multiple-goal games with 39 for her career. She has since added another on March 12 against Korea DPR, another on Sept. 13 against Mexico and another on Oct. 20 vs. Haiti and sits at 42. She has 35 two-goal games, five hat tricks, one four-goal game and one five-goal game.
  • With her goal against Switzerland on Aug. 20, Wambach joined Hamm as the only WNT players to reach 400 points in their career. Wambach has 411 points (173 goals, 65 assists) and Hamm had 460 (158 goals, 144 assists).
  • Leroux is tied with Lindsay Tarpley for 15th on the all-time U.S. WNT goal scoring list with 32 goals.
  • Ali Krieger became the 48th WNT player to reach 50 caps with her start against Trinidad & Tobago on Oct. 15. Other players to hit the 50-game milestone this year have included Sydney Leroux on April 10 against China PR and Becky Sauerbrunn on Jan. 31 against Canada.
  • Hope Solo earned her 76th shutout during the USA’s 3-0 win against Mexico on Oct. 24, extending her team record. Eleven of Solo’s shutouts have come in world championship play – five in the FIFA Women’s World Cup and six during the Olympics. As a confirmation of her reputation as a big-game player, 45 of Solo’s career shutouts – almost 60 percent – have come in tournament competitions that include world championships, qualifying for the World Cup and Olympics and elite tournaments such as the Algarve Cup, which is held annually in Portugal.

CONCACAF WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP HISTORY:

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

BY THE NUMBERS:

  • 0.58: Goals per game the USA has allowed in 2014
  • 1: Player to appear in all 19 games in 2014: Christen Press
  • 3.3: Goals per game the USA has scored in 2014
  • 6: Assists by Carli Lloyd in 2014, the most on the team
  • 13: U.S. players to score a goal in 2014
  • 15: Goals in 31 career games for U.S. forward Christen Press
  • 55: Career goals by Lloyd, most ever for a WNT player who has played exclusively as a midfielder
  • 76: Career shutouts by Hope Solo, the USA’s all-time record
  • 111: U.S. victories when Wambach scores a goal (111-2-8 overall)
  • 130: Minutes on field per goal averaged by Mia Hamm in her career
  • 300: Caps by Christie Rampone, second all-time to Kristine Lilly (352)

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JILL ELLIS FACT FILE : After her second stint as interim head coach for the U.S. Women’s National Team, a capacity in which she coached two games this year – a win against China PR and a tie against Canada – Jill Ellis was officially named the eighth head coach of the U.S. WNT on May 16. After coaching the final seven games of 2012 when she compiled a 5-0-2 record, Ellis officially started the job with a 6-0-3 record and is now 14-0-3. In taking the top position, Ellis stepped away from her job as Development Director for the U.S. Women’s National Teams, a job she was appointed to in January of 2011, but will still work closely with U.S. Women’s National Team Technical Director April Heinrichs to oversee the USA’s youth teams.

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

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

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

COSTA RICA ROSTER NOTES

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

USA VS. COSTA RICA:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

#WNTvMEX Post-Game Reaction

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

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

Results

Date Matchup Result Venue Attendance Goal Scorers
January 21, 2011 WNT vs Sweden Women 1-2 L Yongchuan Sports Centre; Chongqing, China 10,000 Lloyd
January 23, 2011 WNT vs Canada Women 2-1 W Yongchuan Sports Centre; Chongqing, China 7,000 Cheney, Tarpley
January 25, 2011 WNT vs China PR Women 2-0 W Yongchuan Sports Centre; Chongqing, China 12,000 Lloyd, Rodriguez
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