U.S. Soccer

USA Defeats Germany 2-1 to Win 2016 SheBelieves Cup

BOCA RATON, Florida (March 9, 2016) – The U.S. Women’s National Team scored two goals in a span of six minutes to defeat Germany 2-1 and win the 2016 SheBelieves Cup in front of a record crowd of 13,501 at FAU Stadium. The USA finished atop the tournament standings with wins against three of the top five teams in the world.

The crowd of 13,501 set a new record for an all-women’s soccer event in South Florida, breaking the previous mark of 12,031 that watched the USA play Norway in Fort Lauderdale on Feb. 6, 2000.

After scoring a stoppage-time game-winner against France on Sunday and the game-tying goal tonight, Alex Morgan earned the tournament’s Golden Ball and Golden Boot awards, while Hope Solo was awarded the Golden Glove after she allowed just one goal over three matches.

With Germany needing just a draw or win to claim the tournament title, Anja Mittag’s long-range tally in the 29th minute left the USA needing two goals to win the competition and the response was almost immediate. Morgan evened the score with a sublime bit of skill six minutes after Germany had taken the lead.

Samantha Mewis scored the title-clenching goal just six minutes after that in her first start of the competition. Mewis dispossessed Germany’s Melanie Behringer in the midfield and unleashed a low left-footed shot that deflected off a defender and slipped under diving German goalkeeper Almuth Schult.

The U.S. WNT returns to action in April when it squares off against Colombia in a pair of East Coast on April 6 in East Hartford, Connecticut (7 p.m. ET, FS1) and April 10 in Chester, Pennsylvania (2 p.m. ET, ESPN).

Goal Scoring Rundown:
GER – Anja Mittag (Isabel Kershowski), 29th minute:
Isabel Keshowski forced a U.S. turnover in its own territory and played a short pass to Anja Mittag. Mittag took three touches toward the center of the field and sent a low, driven shot from distance between a group of U.S. defenders that skipped past Hope Solo just inside the left post. USA 0, GER 1

USA – Alex Morgan (Meghan Klingenberg), 35th minute: Meghan Klingenberg evaded a defender and lofted a through ball into the left side of the Germany box for a sprinting Alex Morgan, who let the ball bounce twice before lifting it over a defender with her left foot and ripping a right-footed shot into the net in two fluid steps to haul the U.S. level. USA 1, GER 1 (SEE GOAL)

USA – Samantha Mewis, 41st minute: Samantha Mewis did well to steal the ball from Germany midfielder Melanie Behringer and pushed forward to the top of the Germany penalty box. Mewis then sent a left-footed shot from just over 20 yards out that deflected off a Germany defender and spun underneath German goalkeeper Almuth Schult to give the USA the lead and the eventually the tournament title. USA 2, GER 1 (SEE GOAL ) FINAL

Next on the Schedule: The U.S. WNT will host Colombia for pair of friendlies on April 6 at Pratt & Whitney Stadium in East Hartford, Conn. (7 p.m. ET, FS1) and April 10 at Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, Pa. (2 p.m. ET, ESPN).

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Additional Notes:

  • The USA is 9-0-0 in 2016, having scored 32 goals, good for an average of over 3.5 per match.
  • The USA is now 20-4-7 in 31 all-time meetings with Germany, including a 2-0 win in the semifinal of the 2015 Women’s World Cup.
  • Alex Morgan scored her eighth goal of 2016 passing Carli Lloyd and Crystal Dunn for sole possession of the team lead. It was her 64th career goal.
  • Ali Krieger, Whitney Engen, Samantha Mewis, Christen Press and Cyrstal Dunn earned their first starts of the tournament. Engen recorded her first start since Jan. 24 against Ireland.
  • Krieger played for FFC Frankfurt in Germany for five and a half years and speaks fluent German.
  • The WNT used five subs: Lindsey Horan replaced Mewis in the 61st minute, while Tobin Heath replaced Dunn and Mallory Pugh replaced Press in the 62nd minute. Kelley O’Hara replaced Krieger in the 80th minute and Julie Johnston replaced Meghan Klingenberg in stoppage time.
  • Mewis registered her second career goal in just her eighth cap and third career start. The defensive midfielder notched her first career goal in CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying against Puerto Rico on Feb. 15, 2016.
  • Samantha Mewis’ goal moved her past older sister Kristie Mewis, who has one goal in 15 caps for the USA.
  • Mittag’s goal was the first score allowed by the USA in 2016, snapping an eight-game shutout streak. The streak is the third longest by the WNT to start a season, behind 11 games without allowing a goal in 1991 and nine games in 2005. It was Mittag’s 40th international goal.

Milestone Watch:

  • Carli Lloyd earned her 220th cap tonight, while Hope Solo recorded her 193rd, extending her record for a U.S. goalkeeper.
  • Solo recorded her 147th career win, improving her all-time U.S. record for a goalkeeper.

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

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Germany Women’s National Team
Date: March 9, 2016
Competition: 2016 SheBelieves Cup
Venue: FAU Stadium; Boca Raton, Fla.
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. ET
Attendance: 13,501
Weather:
73 Degrees; Warm and clear

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

GER – Anja Mittag (Isabel Kerschowski)         29th minute
USA – Alex Morgan (Meghan Klingenberg)      35
USA – Samantha Mewis                                41

Lineups:
USA:
1-Hope Solo; 11-Ali Krieger (5-Kelley O'Hara, 80), 6-Whitney Engen, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 7-Meghan Klingenberg (8-Julie Johnston, 90+1); 3-Samantha Mewis (22-Lindsey Horan, 61), 14-Morgan Brian, 12-Christen Press (2-Mallory Pugh, 61), 10-Carli Lloyd (capt.), 16-Crystal Dunn (17-Tobin Heath, 61); 13-Alex Morgan
Subs not used: 9-Heather O’Reilly, 15-Emily Sonnett, 18-Ashlyn Harris, 19-Jaelene Hinkle, 20-Lauren Barnes, 21-Alysssa Naeher,

Head coach: Jill Ellis

GER: 1-Almuth Schult; 4-Leonie Maier, 3-Saskia Bartusiak (capt.), 14-Babett Peter, 22-Tabea Kemme (16-Svenja Huth, 74); 15-Anna Blässe, 10-Dzsenifer Marozsan, 7-Melanie Behringer (20-Lena Goeßling, 74), 17-Isabel Kerschowski (19-Lena Petermann, 84); 11-Anja Mittag (9-Mandy Islacker, 84), 18-Alexandra Popp
Subs not used: 12-Laura Benkarth, 21- Lisa Weiß, 2-Josephine Henning, 5-Annike Krahn, 6-Lina Magull, 24-Sara Doorsoun
Head Coach: Silvia Neid

Stats Summary: USA / GER
Shots: 8 / 11
Shots on Goal: 5 / 5
Saves: 4 / 3
Corner Kicks: 7 / 4
Fouls: 8 / 10
Offside: 4 / 2

Misconduct Summary:
GER – Isabel Kerschowski (caution)       55th minute
GER – Leonie Maier (caution)                 76

Officials:
Referee: Carol-Anne Chenard (CAN)
Assistant Referee 1: Marie-Josee Charbonneau (CAN)
Assistant Referee 2: Chantal Boudreau (CAN)
4th Official: Michelle Pye (CAN)

Budweiser Woman of the Match: Alex Morgan
Golden Glove:
Hope Solo
Golden Boot:
Alex Morgan
Golden Ball:
Alex Morgan

Final 2016 She Believes Cup Standings

Team

GP

W

L

T

GF

GA

GD

Pts.

United States

3

3

0

0

4

1

+3

9

Germany

3

2

1

0

4

3

+1

6

England

3

0

2

1

1

3

-2

1

France

3

0

2

1

0

2

-2

1

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WNT Mar 9, 2016

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

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Germany Women’s National Team
Date: March 9, 2016
Competition: 2016 SheBelieves Cup
Venue: FAU Stadium; Boca Raton, Fla.
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. ET
Attendance: 13,501
Weather:
73 Degrees; Warm and clear

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

GER – Anja Mittag (Isabel Kerschowski)                         29th minute
USA – Alex Morgan (Meghan Klingenberg)                     35
USA – Samantha Mewis                                                    41

Lineups:
USA: 1-Hope Solo; 11-Ali Krieger (5-Kelley O'Hara, 80), 6-Whitney Engen, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 7-Meghan Klingenberg (8-Julie Johnston, 90+1); 3-Samantha Mewis (22-Lindsey Horan, 61), 14-Morgan Brian, 12-Christen Press (2-Mallory Pugh, 61), 10-Carli Lloyd (capt.), 16-Crystal Dunn (17-Tobin Heath, 61); 13-Alex Morgan
Subs not used: 9-Heather O’Reilly, 15-Emily Sonnett, 18-Ashlyn Harris, 19-Jaelene Hinkle, 20-Lauren Barnes, 21-Alysssa Naeher,

Head coach: Jill Ellis

GER: 1-Almuth Schult; 4-Leonie Maier, 3-Saskia Bartusiak (capt.), 14-Babett Peter, 22-Tabea Kemme (16-Svenja Huth, 74); 15-Anna Blässe, 10-Dzsenifer Marozsan, 7-Melanie Behringer (20-Lena Goeßling, 74), 17-Isabel Kerschowski (19-Lena Petermann, 84); 11-Anja Mittag (9-Mandy Islacker, 84), 18-Alexandra Popp
Subs not used: 12-Laura Benkarth, 21- Lisa Weiß, 2-Josephine Henning, 5-Annike Krahn, 6-Lina Magull, 24-Sara Doorsoun
Head Coach: Silvia Neid
 

Stats Summary: USA / GER
Shots: 8 / 11
Shots on Goal: 5 / 5
Saves: 4 / 3
Corner Kicks: 7 / 4
Fouls: 8 / 10
Offside: 4 / 2

Misconduct Summary:
GER – Isabel Kerschowski (caution)                   55th minute
GER – Leonie Maier (caution)                             76

Officials:
Referee: Carol-Anne Chenard (CAN)
Assistant Referee 1: Marie-Josee Charbonneau (CAN)                                                   
Assistant Referee 2: Chantal Boudreau (CAN)
4th Official: Michelle Pye (CAN)                                                

Budweiser Woman of the Match: Alex Morgan

SheBelieves Cup:
Golden Glove:
Hope Solo
Golden Boot:
Alex Morgan
Golden Ball:
Alex Morgan

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Making the Case: Alex Morgan, 2016 Female Player of the Year

On Monday, U.S. Soccer announced the five nominees for 2016 U.S. Soccer Female Player of the Year. This year's nominees include forwards Crystal Dunn and Alex Morgan, midfielders Tobin Heath and Carli Lloyd and defender Becky Sauerbrunn. Today we continue to make the case for each of the candidates with WNT forward, Alex Morgan.

After battling injuries in 2014-15, Morgan had a strong 2016, kicking off the year in her home state of California, where she earned her 100th cap, the 34th U.S. woman to do so, and scored her first goal of the year in a win against Ireland in San Diego.

Morgan went on to score 17 goals in 21 games in 2016 (tied for the team lead with Carli Lloyd), her second highest goal total in a calendar year in her seven-year career with the WNT. She also had three assists. The only other time Morgan scored double-digit goals for the USA in a calendar year was in 2012 (28 goals), when she earned her first (and to date, only) U.S. Soccer Female Player of the Year award. 

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WNT Dec 8, 2016

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 Crowned 2016 SheBelieves Cup Champion

The U.S. Women’s National Team defeated Germany 2-1 to win the 2016 SheBelieves Cup on Wednesday night at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton, Florida. Down 1-0 in the first half after a 29th-minute goal from Germany’s Anja Mittag, the USA scored twice in the period to take the lead. Alex Morgan tallied in the 35th and Samantha Mewis scored the title-clenching goal six minutes later in her first start of the competition. With the win, the USA improved its 2016 record to 9-0-0.

In addition to the team title, Morgan earned the tournament’s Golden Ball and Golden Boot awards, while Hope Solo was awarded the Golden Glove after she allowed just one goal over three matches.

The U.S. WNT returns to action in April when it squares off against Colombia on April 6 in East Hartford, Connecticut (7 p.m. ET, FS1) and again on April 10 in Chester, Pennsylvania (2 p.m. ET, ESPN).

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WNT Mar 10, 2016

USA Defeats Germany 2-1 to Win 2016 SheBelieves Cup

BOCA RATON, Florida (March 9, 2016) – The U.S. Women’s National Team scored two goals in a span of six minutes to defeat Germany 2-1 and win the 2016 SheBelieves Cup in front of a record crowd of 13,501 at FAU Stadium. The USA finished atop the tournament standings with wins against three of the top five teams in the world.

The crowd of 13,501 set a new record for an all-women’s soccer event in South Florida, breaking the previous mark of 12,031 that watched the USA play Norway in Fort Lauderdale on Feb. 6, 2000.

After scoring a stoppage-time game-winner against France on Sunday and the game-tying goal tonight, Alex Morgan earned the tournament’s Golden Ball and Golden Boot awards, while Hope Solo was awarded the Golden Glove after she allowed just one goal over three matches.

With Germany needing just a draw or win to claim the tournament title, Anja Mittag’s long-range tally in the 29th minute left the USA needing two goals to win the competition and the response was almost immediate. Morgan evened the score with a sublime bit of skill six minutes after Germany had taken the lead.

Samantha Mewis scored the title-clenching goal just six minutes after that in her first start of the competition. Mewis dispossessed Germany’s Melanie Behringer in the midfield and unleashed a low left-footed shot that deflected off a defender and slipped under diving German goalkeeper Almuth Schult.

The U.S. WNT returns to action in April when it squares off against Colombia in a pair of East Coast on April 6 in East Hartford, Connecticut (7 p.m. ET, FS1) and April 10 in Chester, Pennsylvania (2 p.m. ET, ESPN).

Goal Scoring Rundown:
GER – Anja Mittag (Isabel Kershowski), 29th minute:
Isabel Keshowski forced a U.S. turnover in its own territory and played a short pass to Anja Mittag. Mittag took three touches toward the center of the field and sent a low, driven shot from distance between a group of U.S. defenders that skipped past Hope Solo just inside the left post. USA 0, GER 1

USA – Alex Morgan (Meghan Klingenberg), 35th minute: Meghan Klingenberg evaded a defender and lofted a through ball into the left side of the Germany box for a sprinting Alex Morgan, who let the ball bounce twice before lifting it over a defender with her left foot and ripping a right-footed shot into the net in two fluid steps to haul the U.S. level. USA 1, GER 1 (SEE GOAL)

USA – Samantha Mewis, 41st minute: Samantha Mewis did well to steal the ball from Germany midfielder Melanie Behringer and pushed forward to the top of the Germany penalty box. Mewis then sent a left-footed shot from just over 20 yards out that deflected off a Germany defender and spun underneath German goalkeeper Almuth Schult to give the USA the lead and the eventually the tournament title. USA 2, GER 1 (SEE GOAL ) FINAL

Next on the Schedule: The U.S. WNT will host Colombia for pair of friendlies on April 6 at Pratt & Whitney Stadium in East Hartford, Conn. (7 p.m. ET, FS1) and April 10 at Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, Pa. (2 p.m. ET, ESPN).

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

Additional Notes:

  • The USA is 9-0-0 in 2016, having scored 32 goals, good for an average of over 3.5 per match.
  • The USA is now 20-4-7 in 31 all-time meetings with Germany, including a 2-0 win in the semifinal of the 2015 Women’s World Cup.
  • Alex Morgan scored her eighth goal of 2016 passing Carli Lloyd and Crystal Dunn for sole possession of the team lead. It was her 64th career goal.
  • Ali Krieger, Whitney Engen, Samantha Mewis, Christen Press and Cyrstal Dunn earned their first starts of the tournament. Engen recorded her first start since Jan. 24 against Ireland.
  • Krieger played for FFC Frankfurt in Germany for five and a half years and speaks fluent German.
  • The WNT used five subs: Lindsey Horan replaced Mewis in the 61st minute, while Tobin Heath replaced Dunn and Mallory Pugh replaced Press in the 62nd minute. Kelley O’Hara replaced Krieger in the 80th minute and Julie Johnston replaced Meghan Klingenberg in stoppage time.
  • Mewis registered her second career goal in just her eighth cap and third career start. The defensive midfielder notched her first career goal in CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying against Puerto Rico on Feb. 15, 2016.
  • Samantha Mewis’ goal moved her past older sister Kristie Mewis, who has one goal in 15 caps for the USA.
  • Mittag’s goal was the first score allowed by the USA in 2016, snapping an eight-game shutout streak. The streak is the third longest by the WNT to start a season, behind 11 games without allowing a goal in 1991 and nine games in 2005. It was Mittag’s 40th international goal.

Milestone Watch:

  • Carli Lloyd earned her 220th cap tonight, while Hope Solo recorded her 193rd, extending her record for a U.S. goalkeeper.
  • Solo recorded her 147th career win, improving her all-time U.S. record for a goalkeeper.

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

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Germany Women’s National Team
Date: March 9, 2016
Competition: 2016 SheBelieves Cup
Venue: FAU Stadium; Boca Raton, Fla.
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. ET
Attendance: 13,501
Weather:
73 Degrees; Warm and clear

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

GER – Anja Mittag (Isabel Kerschowski)         29th minute
USA – Alex Morgan (Meghan Klingenberg)      35
USA – Samantha Mewis                                41

Lineups:
USA:
1-Hope Solo; 11-Ali Krieger (5-Kelley O'Hara, 80), 6-Whitney Engen, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 7-Meghan Klingenberg (8-Julie Johnston, 90+1); 3-Samantha Mewis (22-Lindsey Horan, 61), 14-Morgan Brian, 12-Christen Press (2-Mallory Pugh, 61), 10-Carli Lloyd (capt.), 16-Crystal Dunn (17-Tobin Heath, 61); 13-Alex Morgan
Subs not used: 9-Heather O’Reilly, 15-Emily Sonnett, 18-Ashlyn Harris, 19-Jaelene Hinkle, 20-Lauren Barnes, 21-Alysssa Naeher,

Head coach: Jill Ellis

GER: 1-Almuth Schult; 4-Leonie Maier, 3-Saskia Bartusiak (capt.), 14-Babett Peter, 22-Tabea Kemme (16-Svenja Huth, 74); 15-Anna Blässe, 10-Dzsenifer Marozsan, 7-Melanie Behringer (20-Lena Goeßling, 74), 17-Isabel Kerschowski (19-Lena Petermann, 84); 11-Anja Mittag (9-Mandy Islacker, 84), 18-Alexandra Popp
Subs not used: 12-Laura Benkarth, 21- Lisa Weiß, 2-Josephine Henning, 5-Annike Krahn, 6-Lina Magull, 24-Sara Doorsoun
Head Coach: Silvia Neid

Stats Summary: USA / GER
Shots: 8 / 11
Shots on Goal: 5 / 5
Saves: 4 / 3
Corner Kicks: 7 / 4
Fouls: 8 / 10
Offside: 4 / 2

Misconduct Summary:
GER – Isabel Kerschowski (caution)       55th minute
GER – Leonie Maier (caution)                 76

Officials:
Referee: Carol-Anne Chenard (CAN)
Assistant Referee 1: Marie-Josee Charbonneau (CAN)
Assistant Referee 2: Chantal Boudreau (CAN)
4th Official: Michelle Pye (CAN)

Budweiser Woman of the Match: Alex Morgan
Golden Glove:
Hope Solo
Golden Boot:
Alex Morgan
Golden Ball:
Alex Morgan

Final 2016 She Believes Cup Standings

Team

GP

W

L

T

GF

GA

GD

Pts.

United States

3

3

0

0

4

1

+3

9

Germany

3

2

1

0

4

3

+1

6

England

3

0

2

1

1

3

-2

1

France

3

0

2

1

0

2

-2

1

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WNT Mar 9, 2016
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