U.S. Soccer

USA Remains Top of Group D After 0-0 Draw with Sweden

WINNIPEG, Canada (June 12, 2015) – The U.S. Women’s National Team drew Sweden 0-0 in front of a sellout crowd of 32,716 at Winnipeg Stadium to remain in first place of Group D at the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

Sweden’s strongest opportunity and only shot on goal came in the 77th minute from a set piece play. After a scramble in the USA box, Caroline Seger took a shot that looked like it would give Sweden the lead, but U.S. defender Meghan Klingenberg made an unbelievable save, heading the ball off the goal line with a little help from the crossbar to keep Sweden off the board.

In the day’s other Group D match, Australia defeated Nigeria 2-0 with two second half goals by Kyah Simon. Following today’s matches, the USA (1-0-1; 4 points) sits in first place of Group D, followed by Australia (1-1-0; 3 points), Sweden (0-0-2; 2 points) and Nigeria (0-1-1; 1 point).

The U.S. continues the tournament against Nigeria on June 16 at BC Place in Vancouver where it will wrap up Group D play. Fans can follow in-game updates on Twitter (@ussoccer_wnt and @ussoccer_esp).

Goal Scoring Rundown:
None

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
USA – Meghan Klingenberg, 77th minute:
Sweden’s Elin Rubensson took a corner kick and sent the ball into the middle of the box where Linda Sembrant headed it down towards the left side of the U.S. box. The ball fell to Carolina Seger, who ran forward to take a left-footed shot that had a clear path to the goal and would have given Sweden the lead had it not been for a fantastic reaction from Meghan Klingenberg who headed the shot off the goal line with a clearance that ricocheted off the underside of the crossbar to preserve the draw.

Next on the Schedule: The U.S. WNT will wrap up Group D play at the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup on Tuesday, June 16, against Nigeria. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. ET at BC Place in Vancouver, Canada.
Broadcast information:  FOX, NBC Universo 
Social:  Twitter (@ussoccer_wnt@ussoccer_esp);  FacebookInstagram

Advancement Scenarios:
The U.S. Women’s National Team will advance to the knockout stage if it finishes Group D in first or second place.

USA will finish in first place if:

  • It beats Nigeria
  • It ties Nigeria and Australia vs. Sweden finishes in a tie
  • It ties Nigeria and Sweden beats Australia by one goal
  • It loses to Nigeria by one goal and Sweden ties Australia

USA will finish in second place if:

  • It ties Nigeria and Australia beats Sweden
  • It ties Nigeria and Sweden beats Australia by more than 2 goals
  • It loses to Nigeria and there is a winner between Australia and Sweden 

The USA can also advance if it finishes as one of the top four third-place finishers across the six World Cup groups. Advancement as a third-place team will not be assured until the Group Stage concludes on June 17.

USA will finish in third place if:

  • It loses to Nigeria by two or more goals

If the USA finishes first in Group D, the team would play the third place finisher of Group B/E/F on June 22 in Edmonton.

If the USA finishes second in Group D, the team would play the winner of Group E on June 21 in Moncton.

If the USA finishes third in Group D and advances, the team could play the winner of Group B on June 20 in Ottawa – or – play the winner of Group A on June 21 in Vancouver.

Milestone Watch:

  • Hope Solo recorded her 85th career shutout. It was the first World Cup clean sheet for the USA since July 2, 2011, when Solo and the USA defeated Colombia 3-0 in group play. It was also Solo’s sixth clean sheet in World Cup play, the second most by a U.S. goalkeeper behind Brianna Scurry’s 10.
  • After tonight’s start, Solo now has 172 caps with the USWNT, the second-most for a goalkeeper in U.S. history behind Scurry’s (173; 1994-2008) and could tie the record if she starts the final group stage match for the USA.
  • Solo has the most starts by a WNT goalkeeper with a 166, surpassing Scurry’s 159 (from 1994-2008). Solo is also in 10th place on the WNT’s all-time starts list surpassing Carla Overbeck (161 games from 1988-2000) and behind ninth place Carli Lloyd who has 169.

Additional Notes:

  • The U.S. now has a record of 20-5-11 against Sweden all time.
  • Amy Rodriguez made her first appearance of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup when she entered in the 58th minute for Morgan Brian, who made the first World Cup start of her career.
  • The game was the first scoreless draw in U.S. history during group play in a World Cup. It was the second overall scoreless draw (0-0 against China in the 1999 WWC Final).
  • Defender Becky Sauerbrunn is the only player on the roster to start and play every game for the USA in 2015. She has played the most minutes (1059) of anyone on the team.
  • Carli Lloyd earned her 197th cap and could hit the 200 mark during the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup. She would become the 10th player in U.S. history to reach that mark and the fourth on the current roster. Christie Rampone, Wambach and Heather O’Reilly are the other three.
  • The USA, Nigeria and Sweden have competed in every edition of the FIFA Women's World Cup.

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

Match:  U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Sweden
Date:  June 12, 2015
Competition:  2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup – Group D
Venue:  Winnipeg Stadium; Winnipeg, Canada
Kickoff:  8 p.m. ET (7 p.m. local)
Attendance:  32,716
Weather:  84 degrees; Partly Cloudy

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

Lineups:
USA:  1-Hope Solo; 11-Ali Krieger, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 19-Julie Johnston, 22-Meghan Klingenberg; 14-Morgan Brian (8-Amy Rodriguez, 58), 12-Lauren Holiday, 10-Carli Lloyd (capt.), 15-Megan Rapinoe; 23-Christen Press (20-Abby Wambach, 68), 2-Sydney Leroux (13-Alex Morgan, 78)
Subs Not Used:  3-Christie Rampone, 5-Kelley O’Hara, 6-Whitney Engen, 7-Shannon Boxx, 9-Heather O’Reilly,  16-Lori Chalupny, 17-Tobin Heath, 18-Ashlyn Harris, 21-Alyssa Naeher
Head coach: Jill Ellis
      

SWE : 1-Hedvig Lindahl; 23-Elin Rubensson, 14-Amanda Ilestedt, 5-Nilla Fischer, 7-Lisa Dahlkvist; 17-Caroline Seger, 18-Jessica Samuelsson, 10-Sofia Jakobsson, 16-Lina Nilsson (3-Linda Sembrant, 70); 15-Therese Sjogran (20-Emilia Appelqvist, 75), 8-Lotta Schelin (capt.) 
Subs not used: 2-Charlotte Rholin, 4-Emma Berglund, 6-Sara Thunebro, 9-Kosovare Asllani, 11-Jenny Hjohlman, 12-Hilda Carlen, 13-Malin Diaz Pettersson, 19-Emma Lund, 21-Carola Soberg, 22-Olivia Schough 
Head coach: Pia Sundhage

Stats Summary: USA / SWE
Shots: 12 / 9
Shots on Goal: 2 / 1
Saves: 0 / 2
Corner Kicks: 9 / 8
Fouls: 6 / 11
Offside: 2 / 1 

Misconduct Summary:
None

Officials:
Referee: Sachiko Yamagishi (JPN)
Assistant Referee 1: Naomi Teshirogi (JPN)
Assistant Referee 2: Sarah Walker (NZL)
Fourth Official: Ledya Tafesse (ETH)

Budweiser Woman of the Match: TBA

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WNT Jun 12, 2015

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

Match:  U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Sweden 
Date:  June 12, 2015 
Competition:  2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup – Group D 
Venue:  Winnipeg Stadium; Winnipeg, Canada 
Kickoff:  8 p.m. ET (7 p.m. local) 
Attendance:  32,716 
Weather:  84 degrees; Partly cloudy

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

Lineups: 
USA:  1-Hope Solo; 11-Ali Krieger, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 19-Julie Johnston, 22-Meghan Klingenberg; 14-Morgan Brian (8-Amy Rodriguez, 58), 12-Lauren Holiday, 10-Carli Lloyd (capt.), 15-Megan Rapinoe; 23-Christen Press (20-Abby Wambach, 68), 2-Sydney Leroux (13-Alex Morgan, 78) 
Subs Not Used:  3-Christie Rampone, 5-Kelley O’Hara, 6-Whitney Engen, 7-Shannon Boxx, 9-Heather O’Reilly,  16-Lori Chalupny, 17-Tobin Heath, 18-Ashlyn Harris, 21-Alyssa Naeher 
Head coach: Jill Ellis 
      

SWE : 1-Hedvig Lindahl; 23-Elin Rubensson, 14-Amanda Ilestedt, 5-Nilla Fischer, 7-Lisa Dahlkvist; 17-Caroline Seger, 18-Jessica Samuelsson, 10-Sofia Jakobsson, 16-Lina Nilsson (3-Linda Sembrant, 70); 15-Therese Sjogran (20-Emilia Appelqvist, 75), 8-Lotta Schelin (capt.) 
Subs not used: 2-Charlotte Rholin, 4-Emma Berglund, 6-Sara Thunebro, 9-Kosovare Asllani, 11-Jenny Hjohlman, 12-Hilda Carlen, 13-Malin Diaz Pettersson, 19-Emma Lund, 21-Carola Soberg, 22-Olivia Schough 
Head coach: Pia Sundhage

Stats Summary: USA / SWE 
Shots: 12 / 9 
Shots on Goal: 2 / 1 
Saves: 0 / 2 
Corner Kicks: 9 / 8 
Fouls: 6 / 11 
Offside: 2 / 1 

Misconduct Summary: 
None

Officials: 
Referee: Sachiko Yamagishi (JPN) 
Assistant Referee 1: Naomi Teshirogi (JPN) 
Assistant Referee 2: Sarah Walker (NZL) 
Fourth Official: Ledya Tafesse (ETH)

Budweiser Woman of the Match: TBA

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Defend Together

The U.S. WNT players take great comfort in knowing their back line will be solid regardless of who plays.  And after two matches of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup, that defensive cohesiveness has been on display, with different players stepping up big throughout 180 minutes of Group D play.

From Hope Solo’s game-changing saves in the first game, to Ali Krieger’s enterprising wing play, to the developing central defensive partnership between Juile Johnston and Becky Sauerbrunn, everybody used so far on the backline has been up to the challenge of the World Cup.

“It doesn’t matter who’s playing,” said veteran defender Krieger. “We’re all going to make sure we’re on the same page at the same time and that’s what’s important.”

The #USWNT is bolstered by incredible depth and belief that every individual on the 23-player roster has the ability to get the job done.


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WNT Jun 16, 2015

Klingenberg Just Doing Her Job

The United States Women’s National Team leads Group D after their first two matches at the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada and most recently played Sweden to a 0-0 draw on Friday night in a meeting between two of the world’s top-five ranked teams. 

A key play in the match came from Meghan Klingenberg, who had a goal-line clearance in the 77th minute at Winnipeg Stadium. The 5-foot-2 defender – the shortest player on the U.S. WNT – leapt into action as Sweden’s Caroline Seger, a former club teammate, sent in a volley after a scramble that was headed toward upper right corner. 

Klingenberg, stationed on the goal line from the preceding corner kick, positioned herself perfectly and elevated to meet the shot with a game-saving header that saw the ball come inches from crossing the line only to then carom off the crossbar and out of danger. It was Sweden’s only shot on goal during the match. 

Klingenberg refused to accept any praise: “I was just doing my job,” she said, when asked about her game-changing heroics afterward. 

"I saw it coming but obviously when it's coming through a crowd you never know what's going to happen,” recalled Klingenberg. “It could take a deflection and you kind of have to react as it's coming.” 

“I saw it coming as soon as it was getting over peoples heads. And as soon as I saw it coming, I was like alright, ‘get ready, better get this with your head or we're screwed." 

So, yeah. Just doing her job. 

The dramatic intervention proved to be a pivotal moment in preserving the shutout and was featured on SportsCenter’s Top 10 Plays

Meghan Klingenberg

The goal line clearances aside, ‘Kling’ has been doing her job consistently in 2015, appearing in every WNT match this year. 

The clutch clearance, reminiscent of Kristine Lilly’s goal-line stop in the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup final, leaves the United States in pole position ahead of a decisive group-stage finale against Nigeria on Tuesday in the team’s quest for a third World Cup title. 

Meghan Klingenberg, Kristine Lilly
Sixteen years after Kristine Lilly famously saved the USA's bacon with a headed clearance off the goal line in the 1999 World Cup Final,
Meghan Klingenberg delivered a similarly impressive play to earn the USWNT a result against Sweden in group play of the 2015 edition of the tournament.

Klingenberg vividly remembers watching Lilly’s historic header in 1999, which ultimately sent the USA-China finale into a penalty kick shootout. And in doing so, caused quite the scheduling conflict for the 11-year-old Klingenberg and her best friend because of an ‘NSYNC concert they planned to attend. 

The play is of course a vivid memory for Lilly as well. She lists it as the second best moment of her career, behind only the joy of winning a world championship with her teammates. 

Thanks to Klingenberg’s quick reactions, and vertical leap, the pursuit of a comparable career moment is still very much on track for her and her teammates.

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WNT Jun 14, 2015

Pinoe's Biggest Fan

There are no pictures of his family. “When you look at your pictures, it hurts,” he says. "If you’ve got ‘em up on the wall, you’d look at them all day, and you don’t want to hurt all day long.”

But the soccer games; that’s something different, that’s a distraction. His sister is Megan Rapinoe, left mid for the U.S. National Team, and everybody in prison – the deputies, the inmates, the doctor – knows it. Megan, known as “Pinoe,” has platinum blonde hair; Brian has a mohawk. Megan has two discreet tattoos - “nature ran her course” on her inner bicep, and an Arabic script that translates to “trust yourself” on her wrist. Brian’s tattoos creep up his neck, behind his ears, down his arms, chest and back. Hairstyle and body décor aside, they look identical. “Sometimes I look in the mirror and see him,” says Rapinoe. Their eyes, nose, smile, and charisma are the same.

They grew up together in a giant familial clan in rural California – six siblings and dozens of cousins traipsing through the countryside. Megan and her twin sister Rachael were the youngest. Brian was the next up in age, five years older.

“He’s funny and charming and lovable, the kind of guy everybody wanted to be around,” says Rapinoe. The twins followed him everywhere, running after the chickens, tramping through the woods, riding bikes across the fields. Brian’s the one who taught them how to fish for crawfish in the creek, luring the small crustaceans into a bucket via bacon and chunks of hot dog.

He’s also the one who got them into soccer. He played first, and their mother Denise coached his team. “She didn’t know squat about soccer, still doesn’t,” laughs Brian on a phone call from the Vista Detention Facility. “The only thing my mom knows about soccer is how to paint soccer balls on her fingernails.” But she went out there and tried anyway. And Megan and Rachael were the three-year-olds along the sideline always chasing after the ball. The family lived across the street from a church with a big soccer field, and everyday Brian would take them over there - the nine-year-old showing the four-year-olds how it was done.

While Rachael was shy, Megan was more like Brian: she liked to crack jokes, she didn’t mind being center stage. “I idolized him,” says Rapinoe. “I wanted to do whatever he did.” If he got a bowl cut, she got a bowl cut. If he walked around shirtless, Megan walked around shirtless. He loved to play; she loved to play. He wore jersey No. 7; she wore jersey No. 7. He played on the left wing; she played on the left wing.

“Megan and Rachael followed me in some ways,” says Brian. “But I’m really glad they didn’t in others.”

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WNT Jun 14, 2015

Gallery: USA, Sweden Battle to 0-0 Draw in Group D

Photos from the #USWNT's 0-0 draw with Sweden in the team's second Group D match at the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup at Winnipeg Stadium. Meghan Klingenberg turned in a fantastic headed clearance off the goal line and the center defensive pair of Backy Sauerbrunn and Julie Johnston put in a strong shift in front of Hope Solo, who had yet another good game between the sticks, as the U.S. held firm defensively to earn a result against a well-drilled Sweden side.

The USA finishes group play against Nigeria in its next match on Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET at BC Place in Vancouver. The match will be broadcast on FOX and NBC Universo. Fans can also follow the #USWNT throughout the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup via their favorite social media on Facebook, Twitter @ussoccer_wnt, @ussoccer_esp and Instagram @ussoccer_wnt.

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WNT Jun 13, 2015

La Selección Femenina Empata con Suecia 0-0 en Copa Mundial Femenina de la FIFA 2015

WINNIPEG, Canadá (12 de junio, 2015) – La Selección Femenina de Estados Unidos empató 0-0 contra Suecia en Winnipeg Stadium para mantener el liderato del Grupo D en la Copa Mundial Femenina de la FIFA 2015.

El marcador en cero fue el sexto para la portera de EE.UU. Hope Solo en Copas Mundiales, y es el primero para Estados Unidos en una Copa Mundial desde vencer a Colombia 3-0 el 2 de julio, 2011.

Solo tuvo ayuda de la defensa Meghan Klingenberg, quien reaccionó bien para cabecear un disparo claro sobre la línea de gol en lo que parecía un gol seguro para la sueca Caroline Seger. Es la primera vez que Estados Unidos empató un partido de grupo 0-0, y la segunda vez en su historia en Copas Mundiales que termina con el mismo marcador. El otro empate de 0-0 fue contra China en la final de la Copa Mundial Femenina de la FIFA 1999, que mandó a los equipos a tiros penales.

Estados Unidos ahora tiene un registro de 20-5-11 contra Suecia desde 1987. Se han enfrentado en cuatro Copas Mundiales consecutivas (2003, 2007, 2011 y 2015) y en cinco mundiales en total (1991).

Próximamente:
Estados Unidos cierra el Grupo D contra Nigeria (16 de junio; 8 p.m. ET).
Información de transmisión: FOX, NBC Universo
Social: Twitter (@ussoccer_wnt, @ussoccer_esp); Facebook; Instagram

Resumen de Goles:
Ninguno

Atajadas Claves y Paradas Defensivas:
SWE – Jessica Samuelsson, minuto 64: Megan Rapinoe se llevó el balón por la banda izquierda y lo mandó en el aire al segundo poste. Carli Lloyd leyó bien la jugada y saltó para cabecear pero la defensa Jessica Samuelsson también estaba atenta e interceptó la pelota llegando al cabezazo antes que Lloyd.

USA – Meghan Klingenberg, minuto 77: Un tiro de esquina de Elin Rubensson rebotó en la cabeza de Linda Sembrant en el área estadounidense. El balón le cayó a Carolina Seger, quien expertamente lo tocó de primera hacia el arco al ver a la portera Hope Solo lejos de la portería. El balón voló por arriba de Solo y parecía gol seguro, pero la defensa Meghan Klingenberg mostró sus reflejos al despejar increíblemente el balón con la cabeza en la línea de gol. El balón pegó en el travesaño antes de regresar al terreno de juego.

Notas Adicionales y En La Mira:

  • Carli Lloyd ahora tiene 197 partidos jugados con EE.UU. y podría jugar en su partido No. 200 durante la Copa Mundial Femenina de la FIFA 2015. Sería la décima jugadora en la historia de EE.UU. en llegar a esa meta y la cuarta en la nómina actual. Rampone, Wambach y Heather O’Reilly son las otras.
  • La defensa Becky Sauerbrunn es la única jugadora en la nómina que ha sido titular en todos los partidos de EE.UU. en lo que va del año.
  • Estados Unidos participa en su séptima Copa Mundial de la FIFA y es una de siete selecciones que han participado en todas las ediciones del torneo. Los otros son Alemania, Brasil, Japón, Nigeria, Noruega y Suecia. 

- Resumen de Juego de la Selección Femenina de Estados Unidos -

Encuentro: Selección Femenina de Estados Unidos vs. Suecia
Fecha: 12 de junio, 2015
Torneo: Copa Mundial Femenina de la FIFA 2015; Grupo D
Sede: Winnipeg Stadium; Winnipeg, Manitoba
Inicio: 8 p.m. ET (7 p.m. hora local)
Asistencia: 32,716 (lleno completo)
Clima: 84 grados, parcialmente nublado 

Resumen de anotaciones:     1          2          F
USA                                        0          0          0
SWE                                       0          0          0 

Alineaciones:
USA: 1-Hope Solo; 11-Ali Krieger, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 19-Julie Johnston, 22-Meghan Klingenberg; 14-Morgan Brian (8-Amy Rodriguez, 58), 12-Lauren Holiday, 10-Carli Lloyd (capt.), 15-Megan Rapinoe; 23-Christen Press (20-Abby Wambach, 68), 2-Sydney Leroux (13-Alex Morgan, 78)
Suplentes no utilizadas: 3-Christie Rampone, 5-Kelley O’Hara, 6-Whitney Engen, 7-Shannon Boxx, 9-Heather O’Reilly,  16-Lori Chalupny, 17-Tobin Heath, 18-Ashlyn Harris, 21-Alyssa Naeher
Directora Técnica: Jill Ellis 

SWE: 1-Hedvig Lindahl; 23-Elin Rubensson, 14-Amanda Ilestedt, 5-Nilla Fischer, 7-Lisa Dahlkvist; 17-Caroline Seger, 18-Jessica Samuelsson, 10-Sofia Jakobsson, 16-Lina Nilsson (3-Linda Sembrant, 70); 15-Therese Sjogran (20-Emilia Appelqvist, 75), 8-Lotta Schelin (capt.)
Suplentes no utilizadas: 2-Charlotte Rholin, 4-Emma Berglund, 6-Sara Thunebro, 9-Kosovare Asllani, 11-Jenny Hjohlman, 12-Hilda Carlen, 13-Malin Diaz Pettersson, 19-Emma Lund, 21-Carola Soberg, 22-Olivia Schough
Directora Técnica: Pia Sundhage

Resumen estadístico: USA / SWE
Tiros: 12 / 9
Tiros al arco: 2 / 1
Atajadas: 0 / 2
Tiros de esquina: 9 / 8
Faltas: 6 / 11
Fueras de lugar: 2 / 1 

Resumen de penalidades:
None 

Árbitros:
Árbitro: Sachiko Yamagishi (JPN)
Árbitro Asistente 1: Naomi Teshirogi (JPN)
Árbitro Asistente 2: Sarah Walker (NZL)
Cuarto Oficial: Ledya Tafesse (ETH)

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