Next, the USA will close out Group A action against Puerto Rico on Monday, Feb. 15 (7:30 p.m. CT, NBCSN). The U.S. will take first place in the group with a win or a tie against Puerto Rico. The semifinal round will be played in Houston on Feb. 19, with the winners of the semifinal matches qualifying for the 2016 Olympics in Brazil.
FRISCO, Texas (Feb. 13, 2016) – The U.S. Women’s National Team assured itself a place in the semifinal of the 2016 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Championship with a 1-0 win against Mexico at Toyota Stadium. With the win, the USA now sits atop Group A with six points, three clear of Costa Rica and Mexico.
The six points puts the USA through to the semifinal round in Houston on Feb. 19 as Costa Rica meets Mexico in the Group A finale for both teams on Feb. 15 and only one of those countries can accrue six points. The winners of the semifinal matches qualify for the 2016 Olympics in Brazil.
The USA will take first place in the group with a win or a tie against Puerto Rico on Monday, Feb. 15 (7:30 p.m. CT, NBCSN) as it continues its quest for a berth to the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil.
In a match that saw Mexico play defensively in a 5-4-1 formation the entire match, the Americans at times struggled to break down a highly organized bunker, but the USA finally broke through on a penalty kick in the 80th minute. Carli Lloyd’s initial low, driven shot was well-saved by Mexico goalkeeper Cecilia Santiago, but Lloyd was first to the rebound and rolled it into the open net for the game’s lone goal. The USA earned the penalty kick when Karla Nieto was whistled for a hand ball in the box.
Earlier in the day, Costa Rica defeated Puerto Rico 9-0 in Group A action, tying both the Ticas and Mexico for second in the group with three points each, but Mexico (+5) leads on goal differential over Costa Rica (+4) heading into their match-up on Monday. With a win or a tie, Mexico will join the U.S. in semifinals. Costa Rica needs to win to advance.
Goal Scoring Rundown:
Carli Lloyd, 80th minute: The USA earned a penalty kick thanks to a hand ball by Mexico’s Karla Nieto in her own penalty area after Alex Morgan attempted to bring down a cross. Carli Lloyd’s low, driven shot was saved by Mexico goalkeeper Cecilia Santiago, but Lloyd followed up the ensuing rebound and tucked it in the center of the net to give the U.S. the deciding strike. USA 1, MEX 0 (SEE GOAL) FINAL
Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
USA - Hope Solo, 87th minute: Mexico carved out it's only real goal scoring opportunity late in the match, getting off a dangerous shot from distance that was headed into the top of Solo's net before the USA's all-time leader in goalkeeper wins calmly pushed the ball over the crossbar.
Next on the Schedule: The U.S. WNT completes Group A play in the 2016 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Championship on Monday, Feb. 15 at 7:30 p.m. CT against Puerto Rico at Toyota Stadium. The U.S. is attempting to qualify for a sixth consecutive Olympic Games and win the CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Championship for the fourth consecutive time. The match can be viewed live on NBCSN, NBC Universo and NBC Live Extra.
- Carli Lloyd leads the team with 11 all-time Olympic Qualifying appearances, followed by Hope Solo with 10. Lloyd is now four goals behind Abby Wambach’s U.S. record of 14 goals in Olympic qualifying.
- The match in Frisco marks the WNT’s fifth at this stadium (formerly Pizza Hut Park and FC Dallas Stadium). The USA owns a 5-0-0 record, including a two wins against Canada, and victories against Costa Rica and New Zealand prior to tonight’s match.
- The U.S. WNT extended its streak to seven consecutive games in CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying without allowing a goal, dating back to the Final of the 2008 Qualifying tournament when the U.S. tied Canada 1-1 on April 12, 2008 and went on to win in penalty kicks 6-5.
- Seventeen-year-old Mallory Pugh played the final 15 minutes, earning her 3rd cap and seeing action in her third consecutive match.
- Christen Press and Jaelene Hinkle were also second half subs, with Press adding a spark to the attack and almost scored several times, including a shot that banked off the left post.
- Pugh, Hinkle and Press were also the three subs vs. Costa Rica on Feb. 10
- The WNT remains unbeaten in all-time CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying with a 15-0-1 record.
- The WNT improved to 32-1-1 all-time against Mexico.
- Carli Lloyd has now scored 84 international goals. She is in sixth place on the WNT’s all-time scoring list. Lloyd has scored 21 goals in the USA’s last 16 matches starting with the Round of 16 game vs. Colombia at the 2015 Women’s World Cup.
- Solo is the all-time leader caps (188) and wins (142) for a goalkeeper in U.S. history with.
- Solo added to her WNT record shoutout total and now has 93.
- Becky Sauerbrunn earned her 98th cap and could reach the century mark during the tournament, becoming the 35th U.S. woman to play 100 times for the WNT.
- U.S. Women’s National Team Match Report -
Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Mexico
Date: Feb. 13, 2016
Competition: 2016 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying – Group A
Venue: Toyota Stadium; Frisco, Texas
Kickoff: 3 p.m. CT
Weather: 64 degrees, sunny
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 0 1 1
MEX 0 0 0
USA – Carli Lloyd 80th minute
USA: Starters: 1-Hope Solo; 11-Ali Krieger (2-Mallory Pugh, 75), 8-Julie Johnston, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 7-Meghan Klingenberg; 14-Morgan Brian, 9-Lindsey Horan; 16-Crystal Dunn (12-Christen Press, 46), 10-Carli Lloyd (capt.), 17-Tobin Heath; 13-Alex Morgan (19-Jaelene Hinkle, 84)
Subs Not Used: 3-Samantha Mewis, 5-Kelley O'Hara, 6-Emily Sonnett, 15-Stephanie McCaffrey, 18-Ashlyn Harris, 20-Alyssa Naeher
Head coach: Jill Ellis
MEX: 1-Cecilia Santiago; 2-Arianna Romero, 3-Janelly Farias, 4-Alina Garciamendez, 15-Monica Flores; 7-Nayeli Rangel, 8-Teresa Noyola (18-Tanya Samarzich, 87), 17-Verónica Pérez (6-Karla Nieto, 71), 16-Desiree Monsivais; 11-Mónica Ocampo, 9-Maribel Domínguez (10-Katlyn Johnson, 69)
Subs Not Used: 5-Valeria Miranda, 12-Bianca Henninger, 13-Greta Espinoza, 14-Annia Mejia, 19-Paloma Zermeńa, 20-Esthefanny Barreras
Head coach: Leonardo Cuellar
Stats Summary: USA / MEX
Shots: 16 / 2
Shots on Goal: 6 / 2
Saves: 2 / 3
Corner Kicks: 7 / 3
Fouls: 11 /11
Offside: 3 / 1
USA - Tobin Heath (caution) 33rd minute
MEX - Teresa Noyola (caution) 48
Referee: Melissa Borjas (HON)
Assistant Referee 1: Shirley Perello (HON)
Assistant Referee 2: Emperatriz Ayala (SLV)
4th Official: Marian Leon (SLV)
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2016 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Championship
USA vs. Mexico (Group A)
Feb. 13, 2016
Toyota Stadium - Frisco, Texas
Live Streaming: NBC Live Extra - http://liveextra.nbcsports.com
TV Broadcast: NBC Universo (Spanish.) Replay: 8:30 p.m. CT on NBC Sports Network
Tonight’s WNT Starting XI vs. Mexico: 1-Hope Solo; 11-Ali Krieger, 8-Julie Johnston, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 7-Meghan Klingenberg; 14-Morgan Brian, 9-Lindsey Horan, 16-Crystal Dunn, 10-Carli Lloyd (capt.), 17-Tobin Heath; 13-Alex Morgan
Subs: 2-Mallory Pugh, 3-Samantha Mewis, 5-Kelley O'Hara, 6-Emily Sonnett, 12-Christen Press, 15-Stephanie McCaffrey, 18-Ashlyn Harris, 19-Jaelene Hinkle, 20-Alyssa Naeher
- U.S. WNT head coach Jill Ellis will use the same starting lineup that took the field in the 5-0 win against Costa Rica on Feb. 10.
- Carli Lloyd will play in her 11th Olympic Qualifying game. She has the most Olympic Qualifying appearances of anyone on the U.S. roster. She’s also recorded nine career goals in the tournament, including one against Costa Rica last Wednesday. Her nine goals are just five short of Abby Wambach’s record of 14. Alex Morgan has six.
- Morgan’s goal 12 seconds into the match against Costa Rica (she scored again in the second half) was the earliest in U.S. WNT history (she also has the latest, scoring after 122 minutes and 22 seconds against Canada in the semifinal of the 2012 Olympics). It was also the quickest in CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying history, besting Abby Wambach (35 seconds vs. Dominican Republic on Jan. 20, 2012).
- Five of the 10 goals scored in the USA’s two games in 2016 have been a direct combination of Lloyd and Morgan, with one providing the assist and the other the goal.
- Lloyd has a team-leading 83 international goals, while Morgan has 59, just one short of tying Shannon MacMillan for eighth on the USA’s all-time scoring list.
- The other two players in the starting lineup to have scored in an Olympic Qualifying match are Tobin Heath (3) and Crystal Dunn (1). Christen Press, who will be on the bench, recorded her first after this super display of skill against Costa Rica.
- Dunn’s goal vs. Costa Rica on Feb. 10 was the fifth of her career and first in Olympic Qualifying. She became the 21st U.S. WNT player to score in an Olympic qualifier, and Press became the 22nd.
- Goalkeeper Hope Solo will play in her 10th Olympic Qualifying match. She earned her 92nd shutout against Costa Rica on Feb. 10. With 141 wins, she is the leader for wins by a goalkeeper in U.S. history.
- Lloyd has scored 20 goals in the USA’s last 15 matches, starting with the Round of 16 game at the Women’s World Cup.
- Both Solo and Lloyd, alongside midfielder Heath, are the only three players on the roster to have participated in both the 2008 and 2012 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Championships.
- Defender Becky Sauerbrunn makes her 98th appearance for the WNT and could hit 100 during the Qualifying tournament. There are four other players on the roster that have played 100 times or more for the USA. They are all starting tonight: Lloyd, Solo, Heath and Morgan.
- Lloyd will earn her earn her 214th cap tonight while Solo gets her 188th, extending her U.S. record for a GK.
- Meghan Klingenberg, Julie Johnston, Morgan Brian, Lindsey Horan and Dunn will play in their second Olympic qualifier. They all, along with Press, Mallory Pugh and Jaelene Hinkle, made their Olympic Qualifying debut against Costa Rica.
- Pugh is the youngest player ever named to a U.S. Olympic Qualifying roster. She also became the youngest female player in WNT history to play in an Olympic qualifier match at 17 years, 9 months and 12 days old when she came on for Dunn in the 68th minute against Costa Rica on Feb. 10.
- Horan will make her ninth WNT appearance and third start of the year. She’s the only player in the starting lineup with less than 10 caps for the USA. This is her sixth career start.
- Three of tonight’s starters (Heath, Horan and Klingenberg) are members of the Portland Thorns of the NWSL.
- The USA has never lost a match in Olympic Qualifying, but it did tie Canada 1-1 in the title game of the 2008 tournament before prevailing in penalty kicks.
- The backline of Solo, Ali Krieger, Johnston, Sauerbrunn and Klingenberg is the same backline that started all seven matches at the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup and shutout opponents for 539 consecutive minutes, allowing only three goals through the tournament.
- Out of the 11 starters, only Horan and Dunn were not part of the 2015 FIFA WWC roster.
- Lloyd and Sauerbrunn were named as the new captains of the U.S. Women's National Team in January by U.S. head coach Jill Ellis. The duo becomes the 13th & 14th players officially named captain of the U.S. WNT over the 31 years of the program. When Lloyd and Sauerbrunn are on the field at the same time, Lloyd will wear the armband.
- Fans may notice several players wearing different numbers from the Women’s World Cup. For this year, when selected, Johnston will wear 8, Klingenberg will wear 7 and Press will wear 12. GK Alyssa Naeher will wear 20 during this tournament as rosters must be numbered 1-20.