U.S. Soccer

Dunn Strike Earns USA 1-0 Win Against England in First SheBelieves Cup Match

TAMPA, Florida (March 3, 2016) – The U.S. Women’s National Team defeated England 1-0 on a spectacular second-half goal from Crystal Dunn in its first match of the SheBelieves Cup.

The USA is tied with Germany atop the standings with three points after Germany defeated France, 1-0, in the first match of the evening.

The crowd of 13,027 at Raymond James Stadium set a record for a U.S. WNT match in Tampa, breaking the mark of 9,799 that watched the USA play France on June 14, 2014.

Dunn scored the game-winner in the 72nd minute, less than 10 minutes after entering as a substitute. Meghan Klingenberg pushed up the left channel and passed to Dunn, who wiggled free of a defender inside the penalty area before sending a laser shot into the upper right corner just over the outstretched hands of diving England goalkeeper Karen Bardsley.

Hope Solo was solid on the night, making two saves to record her 96th career shutout and 145th win, further extending her U.S. records. The U.S. WNT improved to 7-0-0 on the year with 29 goals scored and 0 goals allowed.

Goal Scoring Rundown: 
USA – Crystal Dunn (Meghan Klingenberg), 72nd minute: 
Meghan Klingenberg did some nice work on the ball to the left of the penalty area and then slipped a pass between two England defenders for Dunn, who took two touches into the left corner of the box and then ripped a shot into the top corner for her seventh score of the year. USA 1, ENG 0 (SEE GOAL) FINAL

Key Saves and Defensive Stops 
USA – Hope Solo, 59th minute: 
Toni Duggan brought the ball down the right flank with pace as Jodie Taylor streaked toward the box with only Becky Sauerbrunn back on defense. Sauerbrunn positioned herself well and cut off the passing lane, forcing Duggan to take a shot from 10 yards out. Duggan’s low show was hit with pace, but Solo did well to secure the ball with a dive to her right.

Next on the Schedule: The U.S. WNT will face France in its second match of the SheBelieves Cup on March 6 (2 p.m. CT; ESPN3) at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tennessee. The U.S. will wrap up the SheBelieves Cup against Germany on March 9 in Boca Raton, Florida. Click here for the full tournament schedule.

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Additional Notes:

  • The USA is 7-0-0 in 2016, having scored 29 goals while allowing none with four consecutive games (including a double-header vs. Colombia) coming up against teams that made excellent runs at the 2015 Women's World Cup.
  • Crystal Dunn tied Carli Lloyd for the team lead with her seventh goal of the year. Dunn notably scored five goals on Feb. 15 against Puerto Rico, doubling her career total of five heading into the match.
  • Tonight’s match was the fourth consecutive start for Kelley O’Hara and Mallory Pugh. It was also Pugh’s fourth career start and seventh cap, all coming in 2016.
  • Emily Sonnett earned her third start of the year and fourth of her career. She has eight total caps.
  • The USA used five subs. Christen Press replaced Lindsey Horan in the 63rd minute, Dunn replaced Mallory Pugh in the 67th minute, Ali Krieger replaced Kelley O’Hara in the 80th minute, Julie Johnston replaced Alex Morgan in the 80th minute and Whitney Engen replaced Meghan Klingenberg in the 90th minute.

Milestone Watch:

  • Carli Lloyd earned her 218th cap tonight, while Hope Solo recorded her 191st, extending her record for a U.S. goalkeeper.
  • Solo leads the WNT in all-time shutouts (96) and wins (145).
  • Becky Sauerbrunn became the 35th U.S. woman to make her 100th appearance for the WNT in last month’s CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Championship Final. She will be honored for her achievement in a pregame ceremony before the SheBelieves Cup game on March 6 against France in Nashville. She will also wear the captain’s armband in that game.

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

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. England Women’s National Team 
Date: March 3, 2016 
Competition: SheBelieves Cup 
Venue: Raymond James Stadium; Tampa, Fla. 
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. ET 
Attendance: 13,027 
Weather: 65 degrees; Cloudy

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

USA – Crystal Dunn (Meghan Klingenberg) 72nd minute 

Lineups: 
USA: 1-Hope Solo; 5-Kelley O'Hara (11-Ali Krieger, 80), 15-Emily Sonnett, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 7-Meghan Klingenberg (6-Whitney Engen, 90), 14-Morgan Brian, 22-Lindsey Horan (12-Christen Press, 63), 17-Tobin Heath, 10-Carli Lloyd (capt.), 2-Mallory Pugh (16-Crystal Dunn, 67), 13-Alex Morgan (8-Julie Johnston, 80) 
Subs not used: 3-Samantha Mewis, 9-Heather O’Reilly, 18-Ashlyn Harris, 19-Jaelene Hinkle, 20-Lauren Barnes, 21-Alysssa Naeher
Head coach: Jill Ellis

ENG: 1-Karen Bardsley, 2-Lucy Bronze, 5-Steph Houghton (capt.), 6-Gilly Flaherty, 3-Alex Greenwood (18-Izzy Christiansen, 64), 4-Fara Williams (10-Karen Carney, 72), 8-Jill Scott, 7-Jordan Nobbs, 11-Demi Stokes, 19-Toni Duggan (20-Eniola Aluko, 88), 9-Jodie Taylor (22-Fran Kirby, 78)
Subs not used: 12-Alex Scott, 13-Siobhan Chamberlain, 14-Claire Rafferty, 15-Casey Stoney, 16-Laura Bassett, 17-Katie Chapman, 21-Carly Telford, 23-Gemma Davison
Head coach: Mark Sampson

Stats Summary: USA / ENG 
Shots: 7 / 6 
Shots on Goal: 3 / 2 
Saves: 1 / 1 
Corner Kicks: 0 / 5 
Fouls: 14 / 16 
Offside: 2 / 1

Misconduct Summary: 
ENG – Alex Greenwood (caution)     31st minute

Officials: 
Referee: Tatiana Alguera (NIC) 
Assistant Referee 1: Marie-Han Gagnon (CAN) 
Assistant Referee 2: Emperatriz Ayala (SLV) 
4th Official: Miriam Leon (SLV)

Woman of the Match: Becky Sauerbrunn

2016 SheBelieves Cup Standings

Team

W

L

T

Pts.

GF

GA

GER

1

0

0

3

1

0

USA

1

0

0

3

1

0

ENG

0

1

0

0

0

1

FRA

0

1

0

0

0

1

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

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. England Women’s National Team
Date: Mar. 3, 2016
Competition: SheBelieves Cup
Venue: Raymond James Stadium; Tampa, Fla.
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. ET
Attendance: 13,027
Weather: 65 degrees; Cloudy

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

USA – Crystal Dunn (Meghan Klingenberg)                     72nd minute     

Lineups:
USA: 1-Hope Solo; 5-Kelley O'Hara (11-Ali Krieger, 80), 15-Emily Sonnett, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 7-Meghan Klingenberg (6-Whitney Engen, 90), 14-Morgan Brian, 22-Lindsey Horan (12-Christen Press, 63), 17-Tobin Heath, 10-Carli Lloyd (capt.), 2-Mallory Pugh (16-Crystal Dunn, 67), 13-Alex Morgan (8-Julie Johnston, 80)
Subs not used: 3-Samantha Mewis, 9-Heather O’Reilly, 18-Ashlyn Harris, 19-Jaelene Hinkle, 20-Lauren Barnes, 21-Alysssa Naeher
Head coach: Jill Ellis

ENG: 1-Karen Bardsley, 2-Lucy Bronze, 5-Steph Houghton (capt.), 6-Gilly Flaherty, 3-Alex Greenwood (18-Izzy Christiansen, 64), 4-Fara Williams (10-Karen Carney, 72), 8-Jill Scott, 7-Jordan Nobbs, 11-Demi Stokes, 19-Toni Duggan (20-Eniola Aluko, 88), 9-Jodie Taylor (22-Fran Kirby, 78)
Subs not used: 12-Alex Scott, 13-Siobhan Chamberlain, 14-Claire Rafferty, 15-Casey Stoney, 16-Laura Bassett, 17-Katie Chapman, 21-Carly Telford, 23-Gemma Davison
Head coach: Mark Sampson

Stats Summary: USA / ENG
Shots: 7 / 6
Shots on Goal: 3 / 2
Saves:  1 / 1
Corner Kicks: 0 / 5
Fouls: 14 / 16
Offside: 2 / 1

Misconduct Summary:
ENG – Alex Greenwood (caution)           31st minute

Officials:
Referee: Tatiana Alguera (NIC)
Assistant Referee 1: Marie-Han Gagnon (CAN)
Assistant Referee 2: Emperatriz Ayala (SLV)
4th Official: Miriam Leon (SLV)

Woman of the Match: Becky Sauerbrunn

Breaking Down the WNT’s Top 10 Goals of 2016

In 2016, the U.S. Women’s National Team scored 92 goals so choosing a Top 10 was not an easy task. We selected our "Top 10 Goals of 2016" based on the quality of the goal, the skill of the finish, the importance of the goal and a dash of sentimental value (#ThanksHAO). Tell us, which is your favorite WNT goal of 2016? Did your favorite make the list?

1. Alex Morgan vs. Germany (SheBelieves Cup; March 9): The game-tying goal brought the USA back into the game after an early strike from Germany’s Anja Mittag had given the European Champions the lead in the de facto SheBelieves Cup Final. Meghan Klingenberg evaded a defender near midfield and lofted a ball over the top of the German defense down the left side into the path of the sprinting Morgan. She let the ball bounce twice, as she muscled out a first defender, before deftly lifting it over Saskia Bartusiak with her left foot and ripping a right-footed shot into the net in two fluid steps. The importance of the goal, the level of difficulty and the skill and style with which she finished takes the top spot in 2016.

2. Carli Lloyd vs. Switzerland (International Friendly; Oct. 23): Lloyd has scored 96 goals in her career including quite a few spectacular strikes from distance, but it’s safe to say this should be among her best. While nothing may ever top her midfield shot in the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup Final, this rocket against Switzerland comes close. Some swift interplay between Andi Sullivan, Lloyd and Kelley O’Hara resulted in Lloyd receiving a pass from O’Hara and advancing toward the Switzerland goal. Lloyd crushed a lightning bolt strike from 27 yards out for a finish that spurred FOX’s play-by-play announcer Glenn Davis to describe as “hit with no regard for humanity.” It was the equalizing to make it 1-1 in what would be a 5-1 U.S. victory.

3. Crystal Dunn vs. England (SheBelieves Cup; March 3): Dunn had a terrific year for the USA. She scored 14 goals, including her five-goal performance against Puerto Rico, and also scored her first Olympic goal. But it was her game-winning tally against England at the SheBelieves Cup that stood out. After a competitive first half between two of the top teams in the world, Dunn came in as a substitute in the second half. The goal came after Meghan Klingenberg did some nice work on the ball to the left of the penalty area and then slipped a pass between two England defenders for Dunn, who took two touches into the left corner of the box and then ripped a shot into the top right corner for an incredible finish in the 1-0 U.S. victory.

4. Christen Press vs. Costa Rica (Olympic Qualifying; Feb. 10): Press is a prodigious goal scorer. In 80 games with the WNT, she has scored 41 goals, which includes 12 in 2016. There was one however that stood tall amongst the rest as it required a high level of poise and skill. In the opening game of CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying, Tobin Heath found Press with a cross into the penalty area from the left side. With her back to the goal, and just outside the six-yard box, she settled the ball with the outside of her right foot away from a defender, spun around and finished into the roof of the net on the left side. Classy finish and classic Press.

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WNT Dec 2, 2016

Gallery: WNT Opens SheBelieves Cup with 1-0 Win Against England

The U.S. Women’s National Team defeated England 1-0 on a spectacular second-half goal from Crystal Dunn in its first match of the SheBelieves Cup. The USA is tied with Germany atop the standings with three points after Germany defeated France, 1-0, in the first match of the evening.

The crowd of 13,027 at Raymond James Stadium set a record for a WNT match in Tampa, breaking the mark of 9,799 that watched the USA play France on June 14, 2014. The WNT improved to 7-0-0 on the year with 29 goals scored and 0 goals allowed.

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WNT Mar 4, 2016

Dunn Strike Earns USA 1-0 Win Against England in First SheBelieves Cup Match

TAMPA, Florida (March 3, 2016) – The U.S. Women’s National Team defeated England 1-0 on a spectacular second-half goal from Crystal Dunn in its first match of the SheBelieves Cup.

The USA is tied with Germany atop the standings with three points after Germany defeated France, 1-0, in the first match of the evening.

The crowd of 13,027 at Raymond James Stadium set a record for a U.S. WNT match in Tampa, breaking the mark of 9,799 that watched the USA play France on June 14, 2014.

Dunn scored the game-winner in the 72nd minute, less than 10 minutes after entering as a substitute. Meghan Klingenberg pushed up the left channel and passed to Dunn, who wiggled free of a defender inside the penalty area before sending a laser shot into the upper right corner just over the outstretched hands of diving England goalkeeper Karen Bardsley.

Hope Solo was solid on the night, making two saves to record her 96th career shutout and 145th win, further extending her U.S. records. The U.S. WNT improved to 7-0-0 on the year with 29 goals scored and 0 goals allowed.

Goal Scoring Rundown: 
USA – Crystal Dunn (Meghan Klingenberg), 72nd minute: 
Meghan Klingenberg did some nice work on the ball to the left of the penalty area and then slipped a pass between two England defenders for Dunn, who took two touches into the left corner of the box and then ripped a shot into the top corner for her seventh score of the year. USA 1, ENG 0 (SEE GOAL) FINAL

Key Saves and Defensive Stops 
USA – Hope Solo, 59th minute: 
Toni Duggan brought the ball down the right flank with pace as Jodie Taylor streaked toward the box with only Becky Sauerbrunn back on defense. Sauerbrunn positioned herself well and cut off the passing lane, forcing Duggan to take a shot from 10 yards out. Duggan’s low show was hit with pace, but Solo did well to secure the ball with a dive to her right.

Next on the Schedule: The U.S. WNT will face France in its second match of the SheBelieves Cup on March 6 (2 p.m. CT; ESPN3) at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tennessee. The U.S. will wrap up the SheBelieves Cup against Germany on March 9 in Boca Raton, Florida. Click here for the full tournament schedule.

Social: Facebook ; Twitter (@ussoccer_wnt@ussoccer_esp); Instagram; Snapchat (ussoccer_wnt)

Additional Notes:

  • The USA is 7-0-0 in 2016, having scored 29 goals while allowing none with four consecutive games (including a double-header vs. Colombia) coming up against teams that made excellent runs at the 2015 Women's World Cup.
  • Crystal Dunn tied Carli Lloyd for the team lead with her seventh goal of the year. Dunn notably scored five goals on Feb. 15 against Puerto Rico, doubling her career total of five heading into the match.
  • Tonight’s match was the fourth consecutive start for Kelley O’Hara and Mallory Pugh. It was also Pugh’s fourth career start and seventh cap, all coming in 2016.
  • Emily Sonnett earned her third start of the year and fourth of her career. She has eight total caps.
  • The USA used five subs. Christen Press replaced Lindsey Horan in the 63rd minute, Dunn replaced Mallory Pugh in the 67th minute, Ali Krieger replaced Kelley O’Hara in the 80th minute, Julie Johnston replaced Alex Morgan in the 80th minute and Whitney Engen replaced Meghan Klingenberg in the 90th minute.

Milestone Watch:

  • Carli Lloyd earned her 218th cap tonight, while Hope Solo recorded her 191st, extending her record for a U.S. goalkeeper.
  • Solo leads the WNT in all-time shutouts (96) and wins (145).
  • Becky Sauerbrunn became the 35th U.S. woman to make her 100th appearance for the WNT in last month’s CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Championship Final. She will be honored for her achievement in a pregame ceremony before the SheBelieves Cup game on March 6 against France in Nashville. She will also wear the captain’s armband in that game.

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

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. England Women’s National Team 
Date: March 3, 2016 
Competition: SheBelieves Cup 
Venue: Raymond James Stadium; Tampa, Fla. 
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. ET 
Attendance: 13,027 
Weather: 65 degrees; Cloudy

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

USA – Crystal Dunn (Meghan Klingenberg) 72nd minute 

Lineups: 
USA: 1-Hope Solo; 5-Kelley O'Hara (11-Ali Krieger, 80), 15-Emily Sonnett, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 7-Meghan Klingenberg (6-Whitney Engen, 90), 14-Morgan Brian, 22-Lindsey Horan (12-Christen Press, 63), 17-Tobin Heath, 10-Carli Lloyd (capt.), 2-Mallory Pugh (16-Crystal Dunn, 67), 13-Alex Morgan (8-Julie Johnston, 80) 
Subs not used: 3-Samantha Mewis, 9-Heather O’Reilly, 18-Ashlyn Harris, 19-Jaelene Hinkle, 20-Lauren Barnes, 21-Alysssa Naeher
Head coach: Jill Ellis

ENG: 1-Karen Bardsley, 2-Lucy Bronze, 5-Steph Houghton (capt.), 6-Gilly Flaherty, 3-Alex Greenwood (18-Izzy Christiansen, 64), 4-Fara Williams (10-Karen Carney, 72), 8-Jill Scott, 7-Jordan Nobbs, 11-Demi Stokes, 19-Toni Duggan (20-Eniola Aluko, 88), 9-Jodie Taylor (22-Fran Kirby, 78)
Subs not used: 12-Alex Scott, 13-Siobhan Chamberlain, 14-Claire Rafferty, 15-Casey Stoney, 16-Laura Bassett, 17-Katie Chapman, 21-Carly Telford, 23-Gemma Davison
Head coach: Mark Sampson

Stats Summary: USA / ENG 
Shots: 7 / 6 
Shots on Goal: 3 / 2 
Saves: 1 / 1 
Corner Kicks: 0 / 5 
Fouls: 14 / 16 
Offside: 2 / 1

Misconduct Summary: 
ENG – Alex Greenwood (caution)     31st minute

Officials: 
Referee: Tatiana Alguera (NIC) 
Assistant Referee 1: Marie-Han Gagnon (CAN) 
Assistant Referee 2: Emperatriz Ayala (SLV) 
4th Official: Miriam Leon (SLV)

Woman of the Match: Becky Sauerbrunn

2016 SheBelieves Cup Standings

Team

W

L

T

Pts.

GF

GA

GER

1

0

0

3

1

0

USA

1

0

0

3

1

0

ENG

0

1

0

0

0

1

FRA

0

1

0

0

0

1

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