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U.S. Women’s National Team Defeats Canada 4-0 To Win CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Tournament

  • Wambach Surpasses Lilly as No. 2 All-Time Goal Scoring Leader with Two Goals
  • Morgan Nets Two Goals, Two Assists in First Start Alongside Wambach
  • U.S. Wins CONCACAF Qualifying for Third Straight Time
  • Up Next for U.S. WNT is Match Against New Zealand on Feb. 11 at FC Dallas Stadium

VANCOUVER, Canada (Jan. 29, 2012) – U.S. striker Abby Wambach moved to No. 2 on the U.S. and world all-time goal scoring list, Alex Morgan tallied two goals and two assists, and the U.S. Women’s National Team defeated Canada 4-0 in front of a sold-out crowd of 25,427 at BC Place to take the championship of the 2012 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Tournament.

Both teams sealed their berths to the 2012 London Olympics with semifinal wins last Friday, but that did nothing to temper the emotion and energy the USA and Canada showcased in front of a CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying-record crowd.

Wambach netted her 130th and 131st career goals in the 24th and 28th minutes, respectively, to surpass former U.S. WNT teammate Kristine Lilly, who retired at the beginning of 2011 with 130 career goals. Wambach now trails only U.S. legend Mia Hamm (158).

Also at the forefront of the U.S. attack was Morgan, who got her first start of the tournament as she paired up with Wambach in a 4-4-2 formation. It marked the first time that Morgan and Wambach started a match together and Morgan contributed to each of the four U.S. goals.

“I think we came out really strong and the early goal took the wind out of their sails a bit,” said Wambach. “It quieted the crowd down a considerable amount, and then of course the second goal is just the backbreaker for them. It's hard to score one goal against the U.S., let alone two to equalize and three to go ahead.”

U.S. WNT head coach Pia Sundhage shook up her starting lineup for the championship game, leaving regulars Shannon Boxx, Lauren Cheney, Heather O’Reilly, Rachel Buehler and Amy LePeilbet on the bench. Only Cheney and Buehler eventually saw action, but by that time the game was well in hand.

In the 4-4-2 formation, Heather Mitts got the start at right back, with Christie Rampone and Becky Sauerbrunn in the middle and Kelley O’Hara on the left. Lori Lindsey was inserted to pair with Carli Lloyd at center midfield, and Megan Rapinoe got her second start of the tournament, this time at left midfield. Amy Rodriguez was on the right flank with Morgan and Wambach partnered up front.

In the fourth minute the USA struck on the counter attack as Lloyd sent the ball up to Wambach, who then headed the ball forward for Morgan who had made a strong run up the gut of Canada’s defense. Morgan fended off Canada’s Shannon Woeller and Candace Chapman and then placed the shot low into the left side of the net past onrushing Canada goalkeeper Erin McLeod for the 1-0 lead.

In the 24th minute the USA doubled its lead as Rapinoe sent Morgan down the right side and she raced toward the end line before crossing to the near post. Wambach was making a perfect run and darted in to flick a header past McLoed for the 2-0 lead.

The Americans effectively sealed the match in the 28th minute after Canada’s defense was in scramble mode after Lloyd’s initial low driven shot hit the right post. The ball deflected out and Morgan latched onto it before showing great composure to draw a defender and play a short square pass to Wambach on her left. The U.S. striker spun the ball into the lower right corner with a first-time shot to take sole possession of second place in career goals ahead of Lilly with No. 131.

A Canadian team that was energized by the large crowd had two critical scoring chances in the first half, but U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo showed her class on both occasions to keep the momentum on the USA’s side.

The first came in the 18th minute with the U.S. holding onto a 1-0 lead. Canada’s star forward Christine Sinclair, who otherwise had a quiet match, slipped a nice ball behind the U.S. defense to forward Christina Julien. Solo came off her line and smothered that shot, instigating a huge collision with Julien before the ball was cleared out of harm’s way.

Just before the halftime whistle in the 44th minute Julien again had a scoring chance as she timed her run perfectly to stay in an onside position and went one-on-one against Solo. Solo did not commit, holding her ground until Julien shot low to the goalkeeper’s left. Solo made a brilliant point-blank reaction save to keep a three-goal lead through the first 45 minutes.

Sundhage sent Lauren Cheney into the game for Wambach at halftime and Cheney contributed her tournament-leading seventh assist in the 56th minute. Cheney sent a perfectly-timed long ball to the streaking Morgan as Canada’s defense tried to push up. As the flag stayed down, Morgan raced into the penalty box, held off a defender, rounded McLeod, then eluded the slide of another defender before calmly rolling her left-footed shot into the back of the net for her second goal of the match and a 4-0 lead.

Vancouver native Sydney Leroux made her third appearance in the tournament when she replaced Amy Rodriguez in the second half and almost scored the USA’s fifth on a late header.

The victory gave the USA its third straight CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Tournament title, improved its all-time record against Canada to 43-3-5 and improved its current unbeaten streak against its northern neighbors to 25 games. Lloyd, Rodriguez and Wambach were the USA’s top goal scorers for the tournament with six goals apiece. Cheney led in assists with seven, followed by Morgan with six assists.

For Canada, Sinclair had nine goals, but she could not find the net on Sunday. The USA defense did not give up a goal over the five games in the tournament to start off 2012 and the U.S. offense outscored its opponents by a 38-0 margin.

Solo has established a new shutout streak in the CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Tournament with 454 consecutive scoreless minutes. Solo posted 450 scoreless minutes in this year’s tournament and four scoreless minutes at the end of the 2008 tournament. Canada’s McLeod was the previous shutout streak holder with 399 minutes – the final 21 minutes from 2004, followed by 378 minutes in 2008.

The U.S. team will now go on a short break before regrouping in Frisco, Texas, to prepare for its meeting with New Zealand on Feb. 11 at FC Dallas Stadium (tickets). The match, which pits two 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup participants, will kick off at 3 p.m. CT.

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

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Canada
Date: Jan. 29, 2012
Competition: 2012 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament – Final
Venue: BC Place Stadium; Vancouver, Canada
Kickoff: 5 p.m. PT
Attendance: 25,427 (Sell-Out)
Weather: Indoors; 72 degrees

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

USA – Alex Morgan (Abby Wambach)    4th minute
USA – Abby Wambach (Alex Morgan)    24
USA – Abby Wambach (Alex Morgan)    28
USA – Alex Morgan (Lauren Cheney)     56

Lineups:
USA: 1-Hope Solo; 2-Heather Mitts (19-Rachel Buehler, 69), 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 3-Christie Rampone (capt.), 5-Kelley O’Hara; 8-Amy Rodriguez (14-Sydney Leroux, 63), 16-Lori Lindsey, 10-Carli Lloyd, 15-Megan Rapinoe; 13-Alex Morgan, 20-Abby Wambach (12-Lauren Cheney, 46)
Subs not used: 6-Amy LePeilbet, 7-Shannon Boxx, 9-Heather O’Reilly, 17-Tobin Heath, 18-Nicole Barnhart
Head coach: Pia Sundhage

CAN: 18-Erin McLeod; 2-Shannon Woeller, 5-Robyn Gayle (7-Rhian Wilkinson, 54), 9-Candace Chapman, 16-Lauren Sesselmann; 6-Kaylyn Kyle (14-Melissa Tancredi, 46), 15-Kelly Parker, 13-Sophie Schmidt (4-Carmelina Moscato, 61), 11-Desiree Scott; 12-Christine Sinclair, 10-Christina Julien
Subs not used: 1-Karina LeBlanc, 3-Melanie Booth, 8-Alyscha Mottershead, 17-Brittany Timko, 19-Chelsea Stewart, 20-Chelsea Buckland
Head coach: John Herdman

Statistical Summary: USA / CAN
Shots: 22 / 8
Shots on Goal: 13 / 6
Saves: 6 / 8
Corner Kicks: 8 / 1
Fouls: 7 / 9
Offside: 0 / 6

Misconduct Summary:
CAN – Kaylyn Kyle (caution) 32nd minute

Officials
Referee: Quetzalli Alvarado (MEX)
Assistant Referee 1: Shirley Perello (HON)
Assistant Referee 2: Kimberly Moreira (CRC)
4th Official: Gillian Martindale (BRB)

Bud Light Woman of the Match: Alex Morgan


WNT vs Canada Highlights Jan 29 2012

Alex Morgan scored twice and set up both of Abby Wambach's goals as the U.S. Women's National Team rolled to a 4-0 win against Canada to wrap up the CONCACAF Olympic Women's Qualifying tournament and take first place in the competition.

2012 U.S. WNT Olympic Qualifying Statistics

Name Pos. GP GS Min G A Pts. Y R
Boxx, Shannon M 4 3 290 0 1 1 0 0
Buehler, Rachel D 4 3 292 1 2 4 0 0
Cheney, Lauren F 5 4 360 2 7 11 0 0
Heath, Tobin M 2 2 107 2 0 4 0 0
Krieger, Ali D 1 1 42 0 1 1 0 0
LePeilbet, Amy D 3 3 270 0 0 0 0 0
Leroux, Sydney F 3 0 118 5 0 10 0 0
Lindsey, Lori M 3 2 194 1 0 2 0 0
Lloyd, Carli M 5 5 405 6 1 13 0 0
Mitts, Heather D 3 2 206 0 1 1 0 0
Morgan, Alex F 4 1 208 4 6 14 0 0
O'Hara, Kelley M 3 3 270 0 3 3 0 0
O'Reilly, Heather M 3 3 249 4 3 11 0 0
Rampone, Christie D 5 5 450 0 0 0 0 0
Rapinoe, Megan M 4 2 221 1 1 3 0 0
Rodriguez, Amy F 5 3 263 6 3 15 0 0
Sauerbrunn, Becky D 3 3 270 0 0 0 0 0
Solo, Hope GK 5 5 450 0 0 0 0 0
Wambach, Abby F 5 5 285 6 5 17 0 0
TOTAL 5 5 450 38 34 110 0 0
Opponents 5 5 450 21 0 42 2 0
GOALKEEPING STATISTICS
GP GS Min W L T GF GA SO GAA
Solo, Hope   5 5 450 5 0 0 38 0 5 0.00
Opponents 5 5 450 0 5 0 0 38 0 7.60

WNT vs Canada Reaction Jan 29 2012

Players from the U.S. Women's National Team and head coach Pia Sundhage react to the 4-0 win against Canada to wrap up the CONCACAF Olympic Women's Qualifying tournament.

WNT vs Costa Rica Highlights Jan 27 2012

The U.S. Women's National Team defeats Costa Rica 3-0 to book a spot at the 2012 Olympics in London. Tobin Heath, Carli Lloyd and Alex Morgan score the goals for the WNT in the semifinals of the CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Vancouver, Canada.

U.S. Women’s National Team Wins Group B at 2012 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying with 4-0 Victory Against Mexico

  • USA Will Face Costa Rica Live on Universal Sports Network on Friday, Jan. 27, at 5 p.m. PT for Berth to 2012 London Olympics
  • Lloyd Nets First Career Hat Trick, Giving Her Goals in Each Qualifying Match 
  • Cheney Posts Tournament-High Sixth Assist 
  • USA Improves to 11-0-1 in Olympic Qualifying, 26-1-1 Against Mexico

VANCOUVER, Canada (Jan. 24, 2012) – Midfielder Carli Lloyd scored three goals and the U.S. Women’s National Team netted two early strikes in the opening eight minutes to defeat Mexico 4-0 and win Group B of the 2012 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament at BC Place Stadium.

The USA earned the full nine points to win the group stage, posting a plus-31 goal differential while earning the right to face Group A runner-up Costa Rica in the semifinal on Friday, Jan. 27, at 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET. The match will be broadcast live on Universal Sports Network and streamed on universalsports.com and CONCACAF.com.

Host Canada will play Mexico in the other semifinal at 8 p.m. PT/11 p.m. ET. Canada topped Costa Rica 5-1 on Monday to win Group A. The semifinal winners earn berths to the 2012 London Olympics.

“I am very happy about four goals and especially Carli Lloyd, the way she was on the end of the set pieces,” said U.S. head coach Pia Sundhage. “In the beginning of the game we got up 2-0 fairly quickly, but after that we couldn’t find the rhythm in the attack and it was a little bit tough for us to change the point of attack and get it going. In the second half, by putting Syd Leroux up top, we stretched the team a little bit and it got better and better. And of course getting that 3-0 goal gave us confidence.”

Three of the USA's goals came via set pieces; two off corner kicks and one off a free kick. The U.S. netted back-to-back goals in the seventh and eighth minutes to gain the quick 2-0 lead. In the seventh minute, Lloyd notched her third goal of the tournament with a nifty finish. The play originated off a Lauren Cheney corner kick from the right side. U.S. defender Rachel Buehler slid to hammer a shot off the right post, but Lloyd was the first to pounce on the rebound and head the bouncing ball through traffic and into the left side of the net for a 1-0 lead.

In the eighth minute, Heather O’Reilly tallied an unassisted goal to make it 2-0, but Amy Rodriguez deserved much of the credit for the score. The speedy Rodriguez, who got the start at left midfield, raced into the left side of the penalty area and crossed a ball that deflected off of a Mexico defender. Mexico goalkeeper Cecilia Santiago stretched to her left to parry the ball away, but couldn’t turn it away from danger. O’Reilly rushed the net and pounded the loose ball into the roof of the goal from close range for her fourth score of the group stage. It was her 34th career international goal.

The USA was in control of the match the whole way as some sturdy defending held Mexico without a shot on goal for the entire 90 minutes. Mexico, however, also showed some gritty work on defense and had some key stops to keep the match within reach heading into halftime. Mexico’s biggest stop came from Alina Garciamendez, who bailed out her goalkeeper Santiago with a goal-line block in the 23rd minute after U.S. striker Abby Wambach had cracked a shot on goal from close range. 

Mexico did knock the ball around nicely, especially in the second half, but couldn’t find a way to get behind the U.S. defense.

In the 57th minute, Lloyd gave the USA a cushion with her second tally of the game, and fourth of the tournament. O’Reilly was chopped down on the right flank and Cheney took the free kick. A perfect service found Lloyd in at the far post in the six-yard box and she jumped over a Mexican defender to head home. Santiago and Mexico defender Marlene Sandoval appeared to be more concerned with containing Wambach who was in the vicinity, leaving Lloyd to score her second header of the game and third of the tournament. Cheney’s assist to Lloyd was her sixth to lead the tournament competition. Wambach came out of the match after an hour as Sundhage chose to rest her for the all-important semifinal match.

Lloyd completed her hat trick and wrapped up the night in the 86th minute. Substitute Megan Rapinoe took the team’s 11th corner kick on the left side. Buehler, making a near post run, did the brunt of the work to win the ball, and from the end line she sent a right-footed cross on the ground to Lloyd, who was wide open at the top of the six-yard box. Lloyd finished smartly for her fifth goal of the tournament and 33rd of her career.

With the win, the USA improves to 11-0-1 in Olympic qualifying matches and improves to 26-1-1 overall against Mexico. The U.S. has outscored the tournament field 31-0, previously earning a 14-0 win against the Dominican Republic and a 13-0 victory against Guatemala in the other Group B matches.

Mexico could not muster the magic that the team had on Nov. 5, 2010, when it upset the USA with a 2-1 win during the CONCACAF Women’s World Cup Qualifying Tournament to force the USA into a third-place match against Costa Rica, and ultimately a two-game playoff against Italy to qualify for last year’s World Cup.

Mexico only troubled U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo a few times with long range shots that were off the mark and the USA ended the game with a 17-4 shot advantage.

The USA also defeated Costa Rica for berths to the 2004 and 2008 Olympics, winning 4-0 in San Jose, Costa Rica, back on March 3, 2004, and 2-0 in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, on April 9, 2008, in a match that was played in a dust storm. The USA will have no such issues on Friday night as the game will of course be played indoors at BC Place. 

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

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Mexico
Date: Jan. 24, 2012
Competition: 2012 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament – Group B
Venue: BC Place Stadium; Vancouver, Canada
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. PT
Attendance: 7,599
Weather: Indoors; 72 degrees

Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA                        2 2 4
MEX                        0 0 0

USA – Carli Lloyd (Rachel Buehler)   7th minute
USA – Heather O’Reilly                    8
USA – Carli Lloyd (Lauren Cheney)   57
USA – Carli Lloyd (Rachel Buehler)   86

Lineups:
USA: 1-Hope Solo; 19-Rachel Buehler, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 3-Christie Rampone (capt.), 6-Amy LePeilbet; 9-Heather O’Reilly, 10-Carli Lloyd, 7-Shannon Boxx (16-Lori Lindsey, 77), 8-Amy Rodriguez (14-Sydney Leroux, 46), 12-Lauren Cheney; 20-Abby Wambach (15-Megan Rapinoe, 61)
Subs not used: 2-Heather Mitts, 5-Kelley O’Hara, 13-Alex Morgan, 17-Tobin Heath, 18-Nicole Barnhart
Head coach: Pia Sundhage


MEX: 1-Cecilia Santiago; 3-Marlene Sandoval, 4-Alina Garciamendez (8-Marylin Diaz, 73), 5-Bianca Sierra, 6-Natalie Garcia Mendez; 13-Jennifer Ruiz, 15-Rosario Saucedo, 10-Dinora Garza (7-Teresa Noyola, 66), 17-Veronica Perez; 9-Maribel Dominguez (capt.), 11-Monica Ocampo (18-Christina Murillo, 59)
Subs not used: 2-Arianna Romero, 12-Anjuli Ladron De Guevara, 16-Anisa Guajardo, 19-Monica Alvarado, 20-Chrystal Martinez
Not eligible: 14-Renae Cuellar
Head coach: Leonardo Cuellar


Statistical Summary: USA / MEX
Shots: 17 / 4
Shots on Goal: 9 / 0
Saves: 0 / 3
Corner Kicks: 11 / 1
Fouls: 11 / 7
Offside: 2 / 2

Misconduct Summary:
None

Officials
Referee: Carol Anne Chenard (CAN)
Assistant Referee 1: Marie-Josee Charbonneau (CAN)
Assistant Referee 2: Shirley Perello (HON)
4th Official: Irazema Aguilera (CUB)

Bud Light Woman of the Match: Carli Lloyd 

WNT vs Mexico Highlights Jan 24 2012

The U.S. Women's National Team defeated Mexico 4-0 at the CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying in Vancouver, Canada. Carli Lloyd led the attack with a hat trick and Heather O'Reilly struck for the WNT's second goal in the 9th minute.

WNT vs Mexico Reaction Jan 24 2012

Head coach Pia Sundhage and players react to the 4-0 win against Mexico at CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying in Vancouver, Canada.

U.S. Women’s National Team Qualifies for Semifinals of 2012 CONCACAF Olympic Women’s Qualifying with 13-0 Victory Against Guatemala

  • Vancouver Native Leroux Ties U.S. WNT Record with Five Goals, All in Second Half 
  • Wambach Nets 128th, 129th Goals, Surpasses Germany’s Prinz For Third All-Time 
  • USA Sets Program Record with 27 Goals in Two-Game Stretch 
  • USA Faces Mexico on Jan. 24 at 7:30 p.m. PT/10:30 p.m. ET Live on Universal Sports Network with Group B Title on the Line

VANCOUVER, Canada (Jan. 22, 2012) – Led by Vancouver native Sydney Leroux’s five-goal performance, the U.S. Women’s National Team defeated Guatemala 13-0 in its second group match at the 2012 CONCACAF Olympic Women’s Qualifying Tournament to earn a berth into the all-important semifinal round.

The U.S. result, combined with Mexico’s 7-0 victory against the Dominican Republic in the other Group B game of the evening, clinched semifinal places for both teams. The U.S. and Mexico will meet for the group title on Tuesday, Jan. 24 at 7:30 p.m. PT (10:30 a.m. ET). The match will be televised live on Universal Sports Network and streamed live on universalsports.com and concacaf.com.

The USA, which holds a plus-15 goal differential over its southern neighbors heading into the final group match, needs a win or a draw against Mexico to win Group B and face the second-place team from Group A for a berth to the Olympics.

After scoring a team-record 14 goals in their opening match on Jan. 20 against the Dominican Republic, the U.S. found the net 13 more times to set a U.S. Women’s record of 27 over a two-game stretch. That topped the previous mark of 24 goals in 1991 when the U.S. topped Mexico and Martinique by 12-0 margins on April 20 and 22 of that year. The 13 goals were the second-most scored in a game by the U.S., behind only Friday’s result against the Dominican Republic.

Leroux, who earned just her second cap for the U.S., garnered Bud Light Woman of the Match honors for coming on at halftime and scoring five goals to tie a U.S. record. The goals were Leroux’s first five for the senior national team after finishing her Under-20 career as the USA’s all-time leading international scorer for that age level.

Abby Wambach added two goals before coming off at halftime, upping her career total to 129 and moving her past German legend Birgit Prinz into third on the world’s all-time scoring list. Wambach now sits behind only two former teammates, Kristine Lilly (130) and Mia Hamm (158).

“It’s astonishing (for Sydney Leroux) to come off the bench and score so many goals like Amy Rodriguez did the other day,” said U.S. head coach Pia Sundhage. “I am so proud to be around this team because this never happened before; so many goals, so many great goals, and I am happy for the team and happy for Syd. It was quality for sure.”

Sundhage made six changes from the starting lineup that faced the Dominican Republic two days earlier, electing to rest several players. Sundhage gave starts to Heather Mitts (who got the nod in place of the injured Ali Krieger), Kelley O’Hara, Becky Sauerbrunn, Megan Rapinoe, Lori Lindsey and Amy Rodriguez.

O’Hara, the Hermann Trophy winner as a forward following her senior year at Stanford in 2009, made just her second career start for the USA, earning her eighth cap. She played outside back for the first time in her National Team career and contributed three assists.

Lauren Cheney, Rodriguez, Carli Lloyd, Alex Morgan, Megan Rapinoe and Lindsey added single goals as eight different players scored. Lindsey’s goal, a header off a cross from O’Hara in the 34th minute, was her first in 25 caps for the U.S.

Cheney’s goal was unassisted in the 24th minute as she sent a deft chip over Guatemala’s goalkeeper after the defense failed to clear the ball. Lloyd scored on a diving header in the 33rd minute off a cross by O’Hara from the left and Morgan converted a tap-in goal after she rounded the ‘keeper in the right side of the box. Mitts fed her the ball for that score.

Leroux, who grew up in Vancouver until she was 15 and moved to the United States, was born to a Canadian mother and an American father. She scored her first goal less than three minutes after entering the game and notched a true hat trick, pounding in four consecutive goals during a 23-minute span. Her five second-half goals match Rodriguez, who had five after the break just two days earlier against the Dominican Republic. Also sharing that feat of scoring five in a game are Wambach (Oct. 23, 2004 vs. Ireland), Michelle Akers (Nov. 24, 1991 vs. Chinese Taipei), Tiffeny Milbrett (Nov. 2, 2002, vs. Panama) and Brandi Chastain (April 18, 1991).

Leroux is actually the second player to register a hat trick in her second cap, following Danielle Garrett (now Fotopoulos) who scored three against Ukraine in 1996. However, she is the first U.S. player ever to score five goals in her second game.

Morgan, who paired with Leroux to win the 2008 FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup in Chile, assisted on two of Leroux’s goals, including her first in the 48th to make it 7-0. Leroux then headed one home off a perfect cross from Rodriguez in the 50th minute for an 8-0 lead.

In the 75th minute, Rapinoe ran onto a cross from Morgan in the left side of the penalty box to rip a first-time shot off the bottom of the crossbar and just over the goal line to make it 9-0.

Leroux scored another header in the 70th minute to make it 10-0 as O’Hara hustled down the left side and served into the box. Leroux wrapped up her scoring performance with a tap-in goal in the 87th minute off of a Rodriguez cross from the left.

In the early going it was Wambach who got the U.S. offense started when she netted in the 12th and 14th minutes to give the USA an early 2-0 lead. On Wambach’s first goal, Rapinoe played a nice through ball that split the Guatemala defense and put Wambach in a perfect position to roll a shot with the outside of her left foot into the lower left corner net. In the 14th, Wambach met a Lauren Cheney free kick and drove a header into the ground that Guatemala goalkeeper Maricruz Lemus misjudged, allowing it to bounce over her. The second goal gave Wambach 12 tallies during CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying, setting a tournament record.

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

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Guatemala
Date: Jan. 22, 2012
Competition: 2012 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament – Group B
Venue: BC Place Stadium; Vancouver, Canada
Kickoff: 4:30 p.m. PT
Attendance: 6,259
Weather: Indoors; 72 degrees

Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA                        6 7 13
GUA                        0 0 0

USA – Abby Wambach (Megan Rapinoe)   12th minute
USA – Abby Wambach (Lauren Cheney)    14
USA – Lauren Cheney (unassisted)            24
USA – Amy Rodriguez (Abby Wambach)    29
USA – Carli Lloyd (Kelley O’Hara)              33
USA – Lori Lindsey (Kelley O’Hara)            34
USA – Sydney Leroux (Alex Morgan)         48
USA – Sydney Leroux (Amy Rodriguez)     51
USA – Sydney Leroux (Alex Morgan)         57
USA – Sydney Leroux (Kelley O’Hara)        70
USA – Megan Rapinoe (Alex Morgan)        75
USA – Alex Morgan (Heather Mitts)           83
USA – Sydney Leroux (Amy Rodriguez)     87

Lineups:
USA: 1-Hope Solo; 2-Heather Mitts, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 3-Christie Rampone (capt.), 5-Kelley O’Hara; 15-Megan Rapinoe, 10-Carli Lloyd (7-Shannon Boxx, 46), 16-Lori Lindsey, 8-Amy Rodriguez, 12-Lauren Cheney (13-Alex Morgan, 46); 20-Abby Wambach (14-Sydney Leroux, 46)
Subs not used: 6-Amy LePeilbet, 9-Heather O’Reilly, 17-Tobin Heath, 18-Nicole Barnhart, 19-Rachel Buehler
Head coach: Pia Sundhage


GUA: 1-Maricruz Lemus; 3-Marilyn Rivera, 4-Shannon Brooks, 14-Coralia Monterroso, 20-Katherine Ramos; 11-Rocio Sosa, 17-Ana Lucia Martinez (16-Alejandra De Leon, 68), 19-Andrea Tobar; 7-Wendy Pineda (capt.), 8-Maria Monterroso (18-Idania Perez, 78), 13-Maria Pelayes (6-Amarilis Lohaiza, 46)
Subs not used: 2-Jeymi Hernandez, 5-Londy Barrios, 9-Cinthya Lopez, 10-Gladys Suriano, 12-Mariandre Rodas, 15-Kimberly De Leon
Head coach: Raul Calderon


Statistical Summary: USA / GUA
Shots: 37 / 8
Shots on Goal: 28/ 2
Saves: 2 / 11
Corner Kicks: 8 / 3
Fouls: 10 / 3
Offside: 7 / 0

Misconduct Summary:
None

Officials
Referee: Irazema Aguilera (CUB)
Assistant Referee 1: Shirley Perello (HON)
Assistant Referee 2: Stacy Ann Greyson (JAM)
4th Official: Cardella Samuels (JAM)

Bud Light Woman of the Match: Sydney Leroux

 

Results

Date Matchup Result Venue Attendance Goal Scorers
January 20, 2012 WNT vs Dominican Republic Women 4-0 W BC Place; Vancouver, Canada 6,321 Wambach(2), Lloyd, Buehler, O'Reilly(3), Heath, Rodriguez(5), Cheney
January 22, 2012 WNT vs Guatemala Women 3-0 W BC Place; Vancouver, Canada 6,259 Wambach(2), Cheney, Rodriguez, Lloyd, Lindsey, Leroux(5), Rapinoe, Morgan
January 24, 2012 WNT vs Mexico Women 4-0 W BC Place; Vancouver, Canada 7,599 Lloyd(3), O'Reilly
January 27, 2012 WNT vs Costa Rica Women 3-0 W BC Place; Vancouver, Canada 22,954 Heath, Lloyd, Morgan
January 29, 2012 WNT vs Canada Women 4-0 W BC Place; Vancouver, Canada 25,427 Morgan(2), Wambach(2)
PLAYER POS. HT. BIRTHDATE HOMETOWN CLUB/COLLEGE
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
Tobin Heath M 5-6 5/29/88 Basking Ridge, N.J. Portland Thorns 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
Sydney Leroux F 5-7 5/7/90 Los Angeles, Calif. Seattle Reign FC
Lori Lindsey M 5-5 3/19/80 Indianapolis, Ind. Washington Spirit
Carli Lloyd M 5-8 7/16/82 Delran, N.J. Western New York Flash
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
Kelley O'Hara D 5-5 8/4/88 Fayetteville, Ga. Sky Blue FC
Heather O'Reilly M 5-5 1/2/85 East Brunswick, N.J. Boston Breakers
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
Hope Solo GK 5-9 7/30/81 Richland, Wash. Seattle Reign FC
Abby Wambach F 5-11 6/2/80 Rochester, N.Y. Western New York Flash

2012 CONCACAF WOMEN’S OLYMPIC QUALIFYING

GROUP A

Team

GP

W

L

T

GF

GA

GD

Pts

Canada

3

3

0

0

13

1

+12

9

Costa Rica

3

2

1

0

5

5

0

6

Haiti

3

1

2

0

3

8

-5

3

Cuba

3

0

3

0

0

7

-7

0

Thursday, January 19
Costa Rica 2, Cuba 0; BC Place; Vancouver, Canada
Canada 6, Haiti 0; BC Place; Vancouver, Canada 

Saturday, January 21
Costa Rica 2, Haiti 0; BC Place; Vancouver, Canada
Canada 2, Cuba 0; BC Place; Vancouver, Canada 

Monday, January 23
Haiti 3, Cuba 0; BC Place; Vancouver, Canada
Canada 5, Costa Rica 1; BC Place; Vancouver, Canada 

GROUP B

Team

GP

W

L

T

GF

GA

GD

Pts

United States

3

3

0

0

31

0

+31

9

Mexico

3

2

1

0

12

4

+8

6

Guatemala

3

1

2

0

6

18

-12

3

Dominican Republic

3

0

3

0

0

27

-27

0

Friday, January 20
Mexico 5, Guatemala 0; BC Place; Vancouver, Canada
United States 14, Dominican Republic 0; BC Place; Vancouver, Canada

Sunday, January 22
Costa Rica 3, Haiti 0; BC Place; Vancouver, Canada
United States 9, Guatemala 0; BC Place; Vancouver, Canada 

Tuesday, January 24
Mexico 7, Dominican Republic 0; BC Place; Vancouver, Canada
United States 13, Guatemala 0; BC Place; Vancouver, Canada 

SEMIFINALS

Friday, January 27
United States 3, Costa Rica 0; BC Place; Vancouver, Canada
Canada 3, Mexico 1; BC Place; Vancouver, Canada 

FINAL

Sunday, January 29
United States 4, Canada 0; BC Place; Vancouver, Canada

 

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