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Auction Underway for Autographed WNT Jerseys to Benefit the Chattanooga Heroes Fund

CHICAGO (Sept. 1, 2015) – The U.S. Women’s National Team’s autographed game-worn jerseys from the Victory Tour match against Costa Rica on Aug. 19 are now available via an online auction with all proceeds going to benefit the Chattanooga Heroes Fund.

Before and during the USA’s match against Costa Rica on Aug. 19 at Finley Stadium, U.S. Soccer and Women’s National Team players honored the victims of the July 16 tragedy in Chattanooga in which five servicemen were killed. There players were led out on the field by members of the military, there was a moment of silence before the match and the players wore black armbands in remembrance.

Now, with the support of the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team Players Association, the jerseys from all 23 players that were on the 2015 Women’s World Cup winning team who were in Chattanooga for the match are up for auction online on the U.S. Soccer Federation auction page. The Chattanooga Heroes Fund supports the families of those who lost their lives in the tragic shootings on July 16th as well as those who were wounded.

The auction concludes on the afternoon of Sept. 21, with the bidding opening at $200 for each jersey.

Gallery: Press, Johnston, Chalupny Throw Out First Pitch at Cubs Game

World Cup Champions Lori Chalupny, Julie Johnston and Christen Press visited Wrigley Field in Chicago to throw out the first pitch of the Cubs Oct. 31 game against the Cincinnati Reds. The WNT trio play their club soccer with the Chicago Red Stars, helping the side to its first NWSL playoff berth this season. 

Harris & Engen: BFFs

Coming from vastly different backgrounds and bringing tremendously different personalities and world views to Chapel Hill, N.C., U.S. Women’s National Team players Ashlyn Harris and Whitney Engen nevertheless forged a symbiotic friendship in college that allowed both to blossom as people, students and players.

#USWNT Victory Tour Rocks Out in Chattanooga

The World Cup Champion U.S. Women’s National Team continued its Victory Tour with a 7-2 win against Costa Rica in front of a record crowd of 20,535 at Finley Stadium. The crowd was the largest for a stand-alone WNT friendly in the southeastern region of the United States.

Veteran U.S. WNT Defender Rachel Van Hollebeke Retires from Club and Country

CHICAGO (Aug. 25, 2015) – Veteran defender Rachel Van Hollebeke has announced her retirement from club and country. Capped 113 times by the United States, she was a gold medal winner at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics and a starter at the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup, where she scored the clinching goal in the USA’s 2-0 opening match victory against Korea DPR. She is one of just five players to score for the United States as a defender in a Women’s World Cup. 

Van Hollebeke will begin her second career this fall when she starts medical school in her hometown at UC San Diego. Medical school has long been a goal for Van Hollebeke. She was pre-med in human biology when a student-athlete at Stanford and took her medical school entrance exams in 2008. She was accepted into UCSD in 2011 but has been deferring until this fall. Her father, Donald, was a long-time heart surgeon in San Diego. 

Van Hollebeke, who turns 30 on Aug. 26, made her first impact on the international scene as a key member of the U.S. team that won the 2002 FIFA Under-19 Women’s World Cup in Canada. She tore her ACL in the championship game of that tournament and would suffer another ACL injury before graduating from high school, the second on the opposite knee on her first day back on the field after the first surgery. 

Long-known for her mental toughness, Hollebeke would go on to be a starter for the USA at the 2004 FIFA U-19 Women’s World Cup in Thailand (earning 30 total U-19 caps), and then play extensively for the U.S. Under-21 Women’s National Team (earning 17 U-21 caps). She got her first call-up to the senior National Team in July of 2006 and made her full National Team debut under Pia Sundhage against China at the Algarve Cup in March of 2008. 

“I’m sad to be leaving the game because I love soccer, I love my teammates and I love Portland, but it’s also been a passion of mine for a long time to attend medical school, and this is the right time to start that journey,” said Van Hollebeke, who has played the last three seasons for Portland Thorns FC and was among the last 25 players vying for spots on the 2015 Women’s World Cup roster before it was cut to 23. “Soccer has been a huge part of my life, but I am so excited for this next step. I feel ready. I felt a shift this year and it was the right time to begin this part of my life.” 

Née Rachel Buehler, she changed to her married name on the back of her jersey at the beginning of 2014, but it was her maiden name that produced one of the best nicknames in U.S. history. Known for her sweet disposition off the field, her crunching tackles and tenacious ball-winning on the pitch earned her the moniker of “The Buehldozer” during the latter part of her career. 

Van Hollebeke started 84 of her 113 caps while playing center and outside back and scored five international goals. She is one of six players to play almost exclusively on the back line to earn 100 or more caps for the USA and scored on a header in her 100th cap as she captained the team against Iceland at the 2013 Algarve Cup. 

Van Hollebeke grew up in Del Mar, California, north of San Diego, where she played youth club soccer for the San Diego Surf. She would go on to have a decorated career at Stanford, becoming a three-year captain and earning a slew of academic and athletic awards. 

Van Hollebeke won league championships in both Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) and the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL). She was allocated to the FC Gold Pride for the inaugural season of WPS in 2009 and captained the club to the league title in 2010. She played in 2011 for the Boston Breakers. In the NWSL, she was allocated to the Portland Thorns in 2013, playing every minute of all 20 matches in which she appeared while helping lead the team to the league title in its inaugural season. She played the 2014 season for the Thorns and will end her career at the club when this season concludes. Due to her medical school commitments, she may not be available for the final two regular season games but could be available for the playoffs should the Thorns qualify. 

“I feel so blessed to have had the experiences in this game and I’m so thankful to my family, my husband and of course, all of my coaches and the support staff I’ve worked with over the years,” said Van Hollebeke. “My teammates are all like my sisters, and I love them all so much. I will forever be honored to be a part of such an outstanding group of women. In the end, I’m just very thankful to U.S. Soccer for investing in me at an early age and for bestowing on me the greatest honor of representing the United States for so many years.” 

Tickets for WNT Victory Tour Match vs. Brazil in Orlando go on Sale Sept. 1

CHICAGO (Aug. 20, 2015) – Tickets for the World Cup champion U.S. Women’s National Team’s Victory Tour match against Brazil in Orlando will go on sale on Tuesday, Sept. 1 at 10 a.m. ET.

The on-sale date for the Orlando match was originally scheduled for Aug. 21, but will now be the first day of September.

The match is the second leg of a two-game set against Brazil and will be played on Sunday, Oct. 25, at the Orlando Citrus Bowl in central Florida (2:30 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports Go). Tickets will be sold through ussoccer.com and by phone at 1-800-745-3000. Groups of 20 or more can obtain an order form at ussoccer.com or call 312-528-1290. Ultimate Fan Tickets (special VIP packages that include a premium ticket, a custom-made official U.S. National Team jersey with name and number, VIP access to the field before and after the game, and other unique benefits) are also available exclusively through ussoccer.com. 

Tickets will also be available at all Ticketmaster ticket centers (including most Walmart locations) as well as the Amway Center ticket office (open Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.) [Note: Tickets are not sold at the Orlando Citrus Bowl except on the day of the event.]  

The U.S. Women’s National Team Victory Tour began on Aug. 16 with the world champs rolling to an 8-0 win against Costa Rica at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh and followed that with a 7-2 win against the Ticas at Finley Stadium in Chattanooga. The WNT set attendance records in each game as the match in Pittsburgh was the largest crowd for a stand-alone U.S. WNT match on home soil while the crowd in Chattanooga was the largest for a stand-alone WNT friendly in the southeastern United States.

Around the match in Orlando, U.S. Soccer will also offer a four-day Girls Fantasy Camp (Oct. 23-26) for players born in 2000, 2001 and 2002. This exclusive fan-player opportunity includes training sessions with a former WNT player, accommodations at the official U.S. Soccer hotel, access to one WNT training session, premium match tickets & game-day Ultimate Fan Experience, U.S. Soccer training apparel and more. The Camp is a fundraiser to support U.S. Soccer development initiatives. Participation is made possible through a generous donation to U.S. Soccer, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, part of which is tax-deductible. For more information, please contact fantasycamp@ussoccer.org

Fans will also have the opportunity to enjoy the weekend as part of the U.S. Soccer Delegation in a four-day U.S. Soccer VIP Experience (Oct. 23-26). The VIP Experience includes premium match seats and Ultimate Fan Ticket, accommodations at the official U.S. Soccer hotel, VIP access to a WNT training, dinner with U.S. Soccer leadership, gifts and more. Part of the cost to participate is a tax-deductible donation and proceeds from the VIP Experience support U.S. Soccer development programs. For more information, contact vip@ussoccer.org.

Tickets for the first game against Brazil which will be played at CenturyLink Field in Seattle on Wednesday, Oct. 21 (7 p.m. PT on ESPN2 and WatchESPN) are currently available through ussoccer.com and by phone at 1-800-745-3000. Groups of 20 or more can obtain an order form at ussoccer.com or call 312-528-1290. Ultimate Fan Tickets (special VIP packages that include a premium ticket, a custom-made official U.S. National Team jersey with name and number, VIP access to the field before and after the game, and other unique benefits) are also available exclusively through ussoccer.com.

Next up for the U.S. Women are two matches against Australia, on Sept. 17 at Ford Field in Detroit (Tickets) and on Sept. 20 at Legion Field in Birmingham, Alabama (Tickets). The match in the Motor City has already sold 30,000 tickets while the match in the historic Legion Field has sold 27,000.

Highlights: WNT Rains Seven Goals on Costa Rica in Chattanooga

The #USWNT wrapped up a two game set against Costa Rica by beating the Ticas 7-2 at Chattanooga's Finley Stadium.

Gallery: WNT Continues Record Setting Victory Tour in Chattanooga

Photos from the #USWNT's 7-2 win against Costa Rica in its second game of the 2015 Victory Tour before a crowd of 20,535 at Finley Field in Chattanooga, Tennessee - a record attendance for a stand-alone WNT match in the south eastern United States. The world champion U.S. Women's National Team returns to action Sept. 17 against Australia at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan, before heading to Birmingham, Alabama for a rematch against the Matildas three days later. 

U.S. WNT Continues Victory Tour with 7-2 Win in Chattanooga

CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee (Aug. 19, 2015) – The World Cup Champion U.S. Women’s National Team continued its Victory Tour with a 7-2 win against Costa Rica in front of a record crowd of 20,535 at Finley Stadium. The crowd was the largest for a stand-alone WNT friendly in the southeastern region of the United States.

Members of the military led the team out on the field and a moment of silence was observed before kickoff in memory of the tragedy that took place on July 17 when a gunman opened fire on two military sites in Chattanooga, killing five servicemen. During the game the WNT players wore black armbands in memory of the victims.

The U.S. WNT will be auctioning off their autographed game-worn jerseys on ussoccer.com to raise money for the families of the victims. More information on the start of the auction will be provided soon.

After the U.S. took an early 2-0 lead behind goals from Carli Lloyd and Heather O’Reilly, the match was delayed for 83 minutes due to lightning. After returning to the field, the U.S. continued their dominance with additional goals from Abby Wambach, O’Reilly, Alex Morgan and Amy Rodriguez. The WNT also benefited from an own goal, but Costa Rica was able to find the back of the net twice in second half for their first ever goals against the U.S. in 12 meetings.   

The U.S. players will now return to their NWSL clubs for the stretch run of the season and continues its Victory Tour with a pair of matches against Australia in September, at Ford Field in Detroit on Sept. 17 and at Legion Field in Birmingham, Alabama on Sept. 20. Tickets are going fast with 30,000 already sold in Detroit and 27,000 in Birmingham. For more information on tickets, click here.

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Carli Lloyd, 7th minute:
Lloyd’s spectacular blast from 31 yards off a direct free kick deflected off a Costa Rican defender in the wall, hit the bottom of the crossbar at the upper left corner and bounced down into the goal to give the WNT an early lead. USA 1, CRC 0 SEE GOAL

USA – Heather O’Reilly, 13th minute: Carli Lloyd received a pass at the top of the box, spun towards goal and blasted a shot on frame. The Costa Rican goalkeeper responded with a tremendous diving save, but couldn’t hold the ball and Heather O’Reilly followed up to finish the rebound and double the WNT lead. USA 2, CRC 0 SEE GOAL

USA – Abby Wambach (Lori Chalupny), 18th minute: Carli Lloyd started the run down the right side and as she approached the end line sent a cross over to Lori Chalupny, who was positioned in the left side of the box. With the defense closing in, Chalupny sent the ball back across to Abby Wambach, who one-timed it home with her left foot. USA 3, CRC 0

USA – Carli Lloyd (Megan Rapinoe), 20th minute: The goal came off a corner kick from Megan Rapinoe. Rapinoe whipped in a cross and Lloyd knifed though the defense, leapt into the air and volleyed home from close range for her second goal of the game. USA 4, CRC 0

USA – Heather O’Reilly (Abby Wambach), 23rd minute: Abby Wambach, who just five minutes before had scored a goal of her own, dribbled powerfully down the left side. O’Reilly made a run to the near post, and Wambach, who has been the recipient of many O’Reilly crosses in the past, was the distributor this time around. O’Reilly met Wambach’s cross with her a powerful header high into the net for her second score of the game. USA 5, CRC 0

USA – Katherine Alvarado (Own Goal), 31st minute: Off another corner Lloyd made a run into the box and Alvarado was grabber her the whole time. The driven ball skipped through traffic inside the penalty box, bounced off her shin and skipped into the back of the net. USA 6, CRC 0

CRC – Cristin Granados (Carolina Venegas), 56th minute: Carolina Venegas made a great move to get around Tobin Heath near the end line and then threaded a ball back to Granados in the seam. With a first-time shot she pushed it past a diving Hope Solo from close range. USA 6, CRC 1

CRC – Karla Villalobos (Mariana Benavides), 69th minute: Mariana Benavides got a long ball up and through the U.S. defense to Villalobos who took a few controlling dribbles near the top of the box and finessed a bending ball over Naeher and into the upper right corner. USA 6, CRC 2

USA – Alex Morgan (Amy Rodriguez), 81st minute: After substitute goalkeeper Yolian Sala made a great kick save, Costa Rica poorly cleared the ball away and it found Amy Rodriguez on the right side of the box. Rodriguez took a great touch to beat a defender and sent a perfect back post cross to Alex Morgan who chested it into the net for the seventh score of the game. USA 7, CRC 2 SEE GOAL

Next on the Schedule: The WNT continues the 2015 Victory Tour with a stop in Detroit on Sept. 17 to take on Australia at Ford Field, where more than 30,000 tickets have already been sold.
Broadcast information: FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports GO (7 p.m. ET; Sept. 19)
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Milestone Watch:

  • Tobin Heath earned her 100th cap with the WNT. She is the 33rd player to play 100 times, having made her debut with the USA in 2008. She will be honored before the USA’s next match in Detroit.
  • Wambach extended her record as the world’s all-time leading goal scorer, notching the 184th goal of her career.
  • Heather O’Reilly’s brace pushed her career scoring total to 45 goals. She has scored two goals in each of the last two games and has now tallied four multi-goal games in her career.
  • Lloyd’s two scores gave her 71 for her career, just four short of tying Cindy Parlow for sixth on the USA’s all-time goal scoring list.
  • Shannon Boxx earned her 193rd cap, moving past Brandi Chastain into sole possession of 11th place on the USA’s all-time caps list.
  • Carli Lloyd earned her 204th cap to move into a tie for eighth place on the USA’s all-time caps list with Tiffeny Milbrett.
  • Alex Morgan’s 53rd goal moved her into a tie for ninth place with Carin Gabbara on the USA’s all-time scoring list.

Additional Notes:

  • In the game’s 15th minute, the game paused for lightning delay, which lasted 83 minutes.
  • Prior to the match, Lori Chalupny was honored for earning her 100th cap. On May 10 against Ireland in San Jose, Chalupny, who announced her retirement from international soccer on Aug. 17, became the 32nd American female to play 100 times for her country. She debuted for the USA at the age of 17 in 2001 and has won a U-19 Women's World Cup title, an Olympic gold medal and a Women's World Cup title.
  • The match was the second for the WNT at Finley Stadium and with the win the team improved to 2-0-0 in the Chattanooga. The USA last played there in 1997, when it defeated Sweden 3-1 at the home of the National Premier Soccer League's Chattanooga FC and the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga Moccasins football and women's soccer teams.
  • The WNT is now 5-0-0 all time in the state of Tennessee, where it has outscored opponents 17-5.
  • Carli Lloyd’s 70th goal made her the seventh player in U.S. history to score 70 or more goals.
  • Heather O’Reilly has scored multiple goals in each of the WNT’s last two games.
  • Costa Rica’s first goal was the first it has scored against the USWNT in the history of the series between the two teams.
  • The USA remains perfect against Costa Rica, improving its all-time record to 12-0-0. 

#USWNT Victory Tour Opens With Record Crowd in Pittsburgh

The #USWNT opened the Victory Tour by putting on an eight goal show in front of more than 44,000 fans in Pittsburgh

Gallery: Press, Johnston, Chalupny Throw Out First Pitch at Cubs Game

World Cup Champions Lori Chalupny, Julie Johnston and Christen Press visited Wrigley Field in Chicago to throw out the first pitch of the Cubs Oct. 31 game against the Cincinnati Reds. The WNT trio play their club soccer with the Chicago Red Stars, helping the side to its first NWSL playoff berth this season. 

Gallery: WNT Continues Record Setting Victory Tour in Chattanooga

Photos from the #USWNT's 7-2 win against Costa Rica in its second game of the 2015 Victory Tour before a crowd of 20,535 at Finley Field in Chattanooga, Tennessee - a record attendance for a stand-alone WNT match in the south eastern United States. The world champion U.S. Women's National Team returns to action Sept. 17 against Australia at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan, before heading to Birmingham, Alabama for a rematch against the Matildas three days later. 

Gallery: WNT Puts on an Eight Goal Show in First Victory Tour Match

Photos from the #USWNT's 8-0 win against Costa Rica to open the 2015 Victory Tour before a WNT record at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh. The WNT next heads to Chattanooga, Tennessee for a rematch with the Ticas on Aug. 19. 

Alex Morgan to Appear on Cover of FIFA16

U.S. Women’s National Team forward Alex Morgan will appear on the EA SPORTS FIFA 16 cover, becoming one of the first two women to do so in the video game’s history. Canada’s Christine Sinclair has also been selected to feature on the cover. This is the first edition in which women will take the pitch in the video game. 

Morgan will share the FIFA 16 cover with Argentina forward and four-time FIFA Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi in the United States, while Canada National Team captain Sinclair will share it with Messi in Canada.

“It is an incredible honor to be one of the first women featured on the cover of EA SPORTS FIFA,” said Morgan. “I know people all over the world play this game and I’m really excited that FIFA 16 is putting such an important spotlight on women’s soccer.  And now to share the cover with today’s greatest player is surreal.”

FIFA 16 arrives in stores this September 22 on Origin™ on PC, Xbox One, PlayStation®4 and PlayStation®3 entertainment systems.

For more information about EA SPORTS FIFA 16 visit www.easports.com/fifa or join the EA SPORTS community at http://www.facebook.com/easportsfifa or Twitter @easportsfifa and use the hashtag #FIFA16.  The game is not yet rated by the ESRB. 

Gallery: USWNT Players Grace Covers of Sports Illustrated

In an unprecedented event in the history of Sports Illustrated, all 23 members of the U.S. Women's National Team will grace covers of the latest issue of the widely popular sports magazine. This is the first time every member of a team has had a dedicated solo cover.

After finishing atop the 'Group of Death' at this summer's 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup in Canada, the USWNT went on to beat Colombia, China PR and Germany on its run to the final where it defeated Japan in the highest scoring Women's final in World Cup history. 

The team's first stop back in the U.S. was in LA where a crowd of more than 10,000 celebrated with the players at LA LIVE. From there, it was off to the Big Apple for a ticker tape parade down the Canyon of Heroes in lower Manhattan. Between all the interviews, the rally and the parade in NYC, the USWNT found time to shoot their covers for Sports Illustrated. Get a sneak peek behind the scenes of the shoot in video below. 

#USWNT Thanks Fans in Ticker Tape Parade in New York

The City of New York threw a Ticker Tape Parade for the U.S. Women’s National Team to honor their victory at the 2015 Women’s World Cup. Fans lined the streets in Manhattan to show their appreciation for the team with the players riding across 12 floats during the historic event.

Letter to USWNT from Carol Heiss Jenkins

To the members of the U.S. Women’s National Team,

It’s hard to believe it’s been 55 years since I was riding in a convertible down the Canyon of Heroes, the same parade route all of you will be riding along on Friday. I was 20 years old, having just won an Olympic gold medal in figure skating, and like yours, my life was a whirlwind, flying by like the ticker tape in the sky.  It was a magical day, and I remember looking up at all of these people and all of these tall buildings. It was a marvelous scene that I have never forgotten. 

I am so proud that my hometown of New York will be honoring you women the same way. Your victory in the World Cup captivated all of us Americans. I made sure I tuned in right from the start, and I am so glad I didn’t miss any of the goals, including all three of the ones scored by Carli Lloyd. All of you put on a wonderful display of athleticism, sportsmanship and spirit, and you all made us so proud. 

I had no idea that I was the last woman athlete to be honored with a ticker-tape parade until reporters started contacting me about it this week. It took a long time to honor other women athletes but I am glad you are the women who will have that honor. To win a third World Cup for the United States was no easy task. Having competed at the Olympic and World level, I understand the enormous pressures you faced and know what an incredible feeling it is to perform well under those circumstances and with so many people watching.

It is wonderful to see so many young women involved in sports today, and I think your “SheBelieves” campaign has helped ignite this passion and has instigated this sentiment that anything is possible in a whole new generation of young girls.

If you believe in something, write it down, because if you believe it, then it becomes a goal. Young girls have to have dreams and believe in those dreams in order to make them happen. I have two granddaughters who play soccer, one of whom earned a four-year soccer scholarship at Brevard College in North Carolina. Your efforts in the World Cup will inspire young women to keep their athletic dreams alive.

I wish I could be in New York to celebrate with all of you. Not a lot keeps me down but I just underwent hip surgery last month, and this is one time I have to listen to my doctors and stay put. But I will be watching the parade on TV from my home in Cleveland, and I will be cheering for all of you. This team will be remembered for many years to come.

Enjoy the moment. Look up at the buildings and the people above. The cheering fans should make you realize your accomplishment transcends just a score in a soccer game. Take it all in, as it goes by fast. This moment in time is very well-deserved, and I hope your day is as magical as the one I enjoyed back in 1960.

Congratulations,
Carol Heiss Jenkins

 

 

55 Years Later, Carol Heiss Jenkins Reflects on Historic Day

It’s been 55 years since a female athlete has been honored with a ticker-tape parade in the City of New York. 

The last time such recognition was awarded was on March 6, 1960, and the woman sitting inside that white convertible waving to the USA faithful along the streets of Manhattan was New York native Carol Heiss Jenkins, a figure skater who had just returned home after earning her first Olympic gold medal.

From 1956-60, Heiss Jenkins was a dominant force in the world of international figure skating. She won five consecutive World Championships, four straight National Titles and earned two Olympic medals (silver in 1956 and gold in 1960), all by the time she was 20 years old. She was also the first woman to land a double axel in competition.

Despite not recalling in detail the organization of the event itself, Heiss Jenkins vividly remembers what it felt like.

“I just remember looking up at the high buildings and seeing the confetti and people waving all along the Canyon of Heroes and wishing congrats,” Heiss Jenkins said. “They were smiling and saying I love you. It was a magical day. When we finished and it came to an end, Mayor Robert Wagner greeted me and gave me the Key and Medallion to the City, and he also kissed me on the cheek. As a 20-year-old I was like, ‘oh my goodness.’”

The U.S. Women’s National Team will not only be the first female athletes to get a ticker-tape parade in their honor since 1960, but the USWNT will also have the recognition of becoming the very first all-female team to ride through the streets of New York City. 

“I watched all of it; all of the goals and also the historic three goals from Carli (Lloyd) were phenomenal. It was a star moment to have a hat trick in the Final. At that level - the actual performance like the Olympics, like the NBA finals; you work so hard to get to the Final and then to do that in the Final it’s unbelievable. The girls were wonderful. They never let down, and that’s so important at a Final, never over until it’s over. The whole team was superb.”

Unaware that her parade had been the last for a female athlete, when she was told that that was the case, Heiss Jenkins felt a surge of pride and excitement for this new generation paving the way for future female role models and champions.

“If you believe in something, write it down, because if you believe it, then it becomes a goal. Young girls have to have dreams and believe in those dreams in order to make them happen. I think this parade is so important. Everyone is going to watch. It’s such a big thing for women and girls to see. I hope the team takes it all in because it’s a wonderful day. It’s one of those rewards that you don’t expect. You have to earn it. But this is a reward that is the icing on the cake and it’s engraved in history forever. I didn’t realize the history of this but I think these girls know it and will appreciate it.”

Historic Ticker-Tape Parade Honor Awarded to World Champion USWNT

When New York City celebrated the dedication of the Statue of Liberty in 1886, former New York governor and then-president Grover Cleveland venerated the occasion with a huge parade in celebration of what was quickly becoming a symbol of the nation’s spirit and integrity. As the marching bands and floats passed the stock market buildings on Wall Street, workers in the buildings threw their ticker-tape, which was an early way to transmit stock market prices and information, out of their windows in spur-of-the-moment show of jubilation. As the streams of thin lines of paper fell onto the city streets, a tradition was born.

On July 7, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup Champion U.S. Women’s National Team would be the first all-women team to receive such an honor.

New York City, like most big cities, has many parades annually. However the ticker-tape celebration has historically been one of great prestige and stature, and has been reserved to honor kings and queens, Nobel laureates, war heroes, and the like.

As the decades passed, sports teams began to be honored with these kinds of events as well. Since U.S. Senator and famed astronaut John Glenn’s ticker-tape parade in 1999, the only other recipients of this special parade have been two New York sports teams: the MLB’s New York Yankees and the NFL’s New York Giants. That Jill Ellis’ intrepid group of triumphant women has been granted this distinction in light of their World Cup success is a wonderful recognition of their status as national heroes.

Other women have received ticker-tape parades in the past, such as Olympic medal winners (both men and women were honored). Amelia Earhart received the honor twice, and Gertrude Ederle received the commendation after being the first woman to swim across the English Channel. The most recent woman to receive the honor (without any man present to receive it alongside her) was Carol Heiss in 1960, after winning an Olympic gold medal in figure skating.

These ticker-tape parades generally follow a certain path, partying their way down Broadway and through the financial district, through what is commonly referred to as “The Canyon of Heroes.” Though originally office workers in the buildings above would use their supplies of ticker-tape to rain down upon those being celebrated, these days people usually throw confetti and shreds of paper. However, the joyous spirit of this celebration remains.

After the team’s victory over Japan in the final of this year’s World Cup set record numbers in viewership and became the most watched soccer game in U.S. history, it is no surprise that the USWNT is being honored in such a way.  

The NYC ticker-tape parade honoring World Cup Champs is set to take place on Friday, July 10. 

Women's World Cup Final is Most-Watched Soccer Match in U.S. History

The U.S. Women’s National Team set a television ratings record during its victory in the final of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup against Japan, making the game the most-watched soccer match in U.S. history. According to FOX, the match clocked in at just under 23 million viewers, an increase of 77% compared to the final of the 2011 Women’s World Cup, a match between the same teams.

FOX said the match started out with around 16 million viewers, but as the game progressed and the goals added up, the count rose to nearly 23 million. According to FOX, the top 5 markets for the game included (from highest to lowest): Kansas City, St. Louis, San Diego, Denver and Austin.

The U.S. fan support during this year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup was been nothing short of spectacular, with multiple USWNT players saying the matches felt like they were playing at home. Throngs of USA fans showed up to not only the matches, but also to fan parties, both in Canada and stateside. 

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Auction Underway for Autographed WNT Jerseys to Benefit the Chattanooga Heroes Fund

CHICAGO (Sept. 1, 2015) – The U.S. Women’s National Team’s autographed game-worn jerseys from the Victory Tour match against Costa Rica on Aug. 19 are now available via an online auction with all proceeds going to benefit the Chattanooga Heroes Fund.

Before and during the USA’s match against Costa Rica on Aug. 19 at Finley Stadium, U.S. Soccer and Women’s National Team players honored the victims of the July 16 tragedy in Chattanooga in which five servicemen were killed. There players were led out on the field by members of the military, there was a moment of silence before the match and the players wore black armbands in remembrance.

Now, with the support of the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team Players Association, the jerseys from all 23 players that were on the 2015 Women’s World Cup winning team who were in Chattanooga for the match are up for auction online on the U.S. Soccer Federation auction page. The Chattanooga Heroes Fund supports the families of those who lost their lives in the tragic shootings on July 16th as well as those who were wounded.

The auction concludes on the afternoon of Sept. 21, with the bidding opening at $200 for each jersey.

Veteran U.S. WNT Defender Rachel Van Hollebeke Retires from Club and Country

CHICAGO (Aug. 25, 2015) – Veteran defender Rachel Van Hollebeke has announced her retirement from club and country. Capped 113 times by the United States, she was a gold medal winner at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics and a starter at the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup, where she scored the clinching goal in the USA’s 2-0 opening match victory against Korea DPR. She is one of just five players to score for the United States as a defender in a Women’s World Cup. 

Van Hollebeke will begin her second career this fall when she starts medical school in her hometown at UC San Diego. Medical school has long been a goal for Van Hollebeke. She was pre-med in human biology when a student-athlete at Stanford and took her medical school entrance exams in 2008. She was accepted into UCSD in 2011 but has been deferring until this fall. Her father, Donald, was a long-time heart surgeon in San Diego. 

Van Hollebeke, who turns 30 on Aug. 26, made her first impact on the international scene as a key member of the U.S. team that won the 2002 FIFA Under-19 Women’s World Cup in Canada. She tore her ACL in the championship game of that tournament and would suffer another ACL injury before graduating from high school, the second on the opposite knee on her first day back on the field after the first surgery. 

Long-known for her mental toughness, Hollebeke would go on to be a starter for the USA at the 2004 FIFA U-19 Women’s World Cup in Thailand (earning 30 total U-19 caps), and then play extensively for the U.S. Under-21 Women’s National Team (earning 17 U-21 caps). She got her first call-up to the senior National Team in July of 2006 and made her full National Team debut under Pia Sundhage against China at the Algarve Cup in March of 2008. 

“I’m sad to be leaving the game because I love soccer, I love my teammates and I love Portland, but it’s also been a passion of mine for a long time to attend medical school, and this is the right time to start that journey,” said Van Hollebeke, who has played the last three seasons for Portland Thorns FC and was among the last 25 players vying for spots on the 2015 Women’s World Cup roster before it was cut to 23. “Soccer has been a huge part of my life, but I am so excited for this next step. I feel ready. I felt a shift this year and it was the right time to begin this part of my life.” 

Née Rachel Buehler, she changed to her married name on the back of her jersey at the beginning of 2014, but it was her maiden name that produced one of the best nicknames in U.S. history. Known for her sweet disposition off the field, her crunching tackles and tenacious ball-winning on the pitch earned her the moniker of “The Buehldozer” during the latter part of her career. 

Van Hollebeke started 84 of her 113 caps while playing center and outside back and scored five international goals. She is one of six players to play almost exclusively on the back line to earn 100 or more caps for the USA and scored on a header in her 100th cap as she captained the team against Iceland at the 2013 Algarve Cup. 

Van Hollebeke grew up in Del Mar, California, north of San Diego, where she played youth club soccer for the San Diego Surf. She would go on to have a decorated career at Stanford, becoming a three-year captain and earning a slew of academic and athletic awards. 

Van Hollebeke won league championships in both Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) and the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL). She was allocated to the FC Gold Pride for the inaugural season of WPS in 2009 and captained the club to the league title in 2010. She played in 2011 for the Boston Breakers. In the NWSL, she was allocated to the Portland Thorns in 2013, playing every minute of all 20 matches in which she appeared while helping lead the team to the league title in its inaugural season. She played the 2014 season for the Thorns and will end her career at the club when this season concludes. Due to her medical school commitments, she may not be available for the final two regular season games but could be available for the playoffs should the Thorns qualify. 

“I feel so blessed to have had the experiences in this game and I’m so thankful to my family, my husband and of course, all of my coaches and the support staff I’ve worked with over the years,” said Van Hollebeke. “My teammates are all like my sisters, and I love them all so much. I will forever be honored to be a part of such an outstanding group of women. In the end, I’m just very thankful to U.S. Soccer for investing in me at an early age and for bestowing on me the greatest honor of representing the United States for so many years.” 

Tickets for WNT Victory Tour Match vs. Brazil in Orlando go on Sale Sept. 1

CHICAGO (Aug. 20, 2015) – Tickets for the World Cup champion U.S. Women’s National Team’s Victory Tour match against Brazil in Orlando will go on sale on Tuesday, Sept. 1 at 10 a.m. ET.

The on-sale date for the Orlando match was originally scheduled for Aug. 21, but will now be the first day of September.

The match is the second leg of a two-game set against Brazil and will be played on Sunday, Oct. 25, at the Orlando Citrus Bowl in central Florida (2:30 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports Go). Tickets will be sold through ussoccer.com and by phone at 1-800-745-3000. Groups of 20 or more can obtain an order form at ussoccer.com or call 312-528-1290. Ultimate Fan Tickets (special VIP packages that include a premium ticket, a custom-made official U.S. National Team jersey with name and number, VIP access to the field before and after the game, and other unique benefits) are also available exclusively through ussoccer.com. 

Tickets will also be available at all Ticketmaster ticket centers (including most Walmart locations) as well as the Amway Center ticket office (open Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.) [Note: Tickets are not sold at the Orlando Citrus Bowl except on the day of the event.]  

The U.S. Women’s National Team Victory Tour began on Aug. 16 with the world champs rolling to an 8-0 win against Costa Rica at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh and followed that with a 7-2 win against the Ticas at Finley Stadium in Chattanooga. The WNT set attendance records in each game as the match in Pittsburgh was the largest crowd for a stand-alone U.S. WNT match on home soil while the crowd in Chattanooga was the largest for a stand-alone WNT friendly in the southeastern United States.

Around the match in Orlando, U.S. Soccer will also offer a four-day Girls Fantasy Camp (Oct. 23-26) for players born in 2000, 2001 and 2002. This exclusive fan-player opportunity includes training sessions with a former WNT player, accommodations at the official U.S. Soccer hotel, access to one WNT training session, premium match tickets & game-day Ultimate Fan Experience, U.S. Soccer training apparel and more. The Camp is a fundraiser to support U.S. Soccer development initiatives. Participation is made possible through a generous donation to U.S. Soccer, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, part of which is tax-deductible. For more information, please contact fantasycamp@ussoccer.org

Fans will also have the opportunity to enjoy the weekend as part of the U.S. Soccer Delegation in a four-day U.S. Soccer VIP Experience (Oct. 23-26). The VIP Experience includes premium match seats and Ultimate Fan Ticket, accommodations at the official U.S. Soccer hotel, VIP access to a WNT training, dinner with U.S. Soccer leadership, gifts and more. Part of the cost to participate is a tax-deductible donation and proceeds from the VIP Experience support U.S. Soccer development programs. For more information, contact vip@ussoccer.org.

Tickets for the first game against Brazil which will be played at CenturyLink Field in Seattle on Wednesday, Oct. 21 (7 p.m. PT on ESPN2 and WatchESPN) are currently available through ussoccer.com and by phone at 1-800-745-3000. Groups of 20 or more can obtain an order form at ussoccer.com or call 312-528-1290. Ultimate Fan Tickets (special VIP packages that include a premium ticket, a custom-made official U.S. National Team jersey with name and number, VIP access to the field before and after the game, and other unique benefits) are also available exclusively through ussoccer.com.

Next up for the U.S. Women are two matches against Australia, on Sept. 17 at Ford Field in Detroit (Tickets) and on Sept. 20 at Legion Field in Birmingham, Alabama (Tickets). The match in the Motor City has already sold 30,000 tickets while the match in the historic Legion Field has sold 27,000.

U.S. WNT Continues Victory Tour with 7-2 Win in Chattanooga

CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee (Aug. 19, 2015) – The World Cup Champion U.S. Women’s National Team continued its Victory Tour with a 7-2 win against Costa Rica in front of a record crowd of 20,535 at Finley Stadium. The crowd was the largest for a stand-alone WNT friendly in the southeastern region of the United States.

Members of the military led the team out on the field and a moment of silence was observed before kickoff in memory of the tragedy that took place on July 17 when a gunman opened fire on two military sites in Chattanooga, killing five servicemen. During the game the WNT players wore black armbands in memory of the victims.

The U.S. WNT will be auctioning off their autographed game-worn jerseys on ussoccer.com to raise money for the families of the victims. More information on the start of the auction will be provided soon.

After the U.S. took an early 2-0 lead behind goals from Carli Lloyd and Heather O’Reilly, the match was delayed for 83 minutes due to lightning. After returning to the field, the U.S. continued their dominance with additional goals from Abby Wambach, O’Reilly, Alex Morgan and Amy Rodriguez. The WNT also benefited from an own goal, but Costa Rica was able to find the back of the net twice in second half for their first ever goals against the U.S. in 12 meetings.   

The U.S. players will now return to their NWSL clubs for the stretch run of the season and continues its Victory Tour with a pair of matches against Australia in September, at Ford Field in Detroit on Sept. 17 and at Legion Field in Birmingham, Alabama on Sept. 20. Tickets are going fast with 30,000 already sold in Detroit and 27,000 in Birmingham. For more information on tickets, click here.

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Carli Lloyd, 7th minute:
Lloyd’s spectacular blast from 31 yards off a direct free kick deflected off a Costa Rican defender in the wall, hit the bottom of the crossbar at the upper left corner and bounced down into the goal to give the WNT an early lead. USA 1, CRC 0 SEE GOAL

USA – Heather O’Reilly, 13th minute: Carli Lloyd received a pass at the top of the box, spun towards goal and blasted a shot on frame. The Costa Rican goalkeeper responded with a tremendous diving save, but couldn’t hold the ball and Heather O’Reilly followed up to finish the rebound and double the WNT lead. USA 2, CRC 0 SEE GOAL

USA – Abby Wambach (Lori Chalupny), 18th minute: Carli Lloyd started the run down the right side and as she approached the end line sent a cross over to Lori Chalupny, who was positioned in the left side of the box. With the defense closing in, Chalupny sent the ball back across to Abby Wambach, who one-timed it home with her left foot. USA 3, CRC 0

USA – Carli Lloyd (Megan Rapinoe), 20th minute: The goal came off a corner kick from Megan Rapinoe. Rapinoe whipped in a cross and Lloyd knifed though the defense, leapt into the air and volleyed home from close range for her second goal of the game. USA 4, CRC 0

USA – Heather O’Reilly (Abby Wambach), 23rd minute: Abby Wambach, who just five minutes before had scored a goal of her own, dribbled powerfully down the left side. O’Reilly made a run to the near post, and Wambach, who has been the recipient of many O’Reilly crosses in the past, was the distributor this time around. O’Reilly met Wambach’s cross with her a powerful header high into the net for her second score of the game. USA 5, CRC 0

USA – Katherine Alvarado (Own Goal), 31st minute: Off another corner Lloyd made a run into the box and Alvarado was grabber her the whole time. The driven ball skipped through traffic inside the penalty box, bounced off her shin and skipped into the back of the net. USA 6, CRC 0

CRC – Cristin Granados (Carolina Venegas), 56th minute: Carolina Venegas made a great move to get around Tobin Heath near the end line and then threaded a ball back to Granados in the seam. With a first-time shot she pushed it past a diving Hope Solo from close range. USA 6, CRC 1

CRC – Karla Villalobos (Mariana Benavides), 69th minute: Mariana Benavides got a long ball up and through the U.S. defense to Villalobos who took a few controlling dribbles near the top of the box and finessed a bending ball over Naeher and into the upper right corner. USA 6, CRC 2

USA – Alex Morgan (Amy Rodriguez), 81st minute: After substitute goalkeeper Yolian Sala made a great kick save, Costa Rica poorly cleared the ball away and it found Amy Rodriguez on the right side of the box. Rodriguez took a great touch to beat a defender and sent a perfect back post cross to Alex Morgan who chested it into the net for the seventh score of the game. USA 7, CRC 2 SEE GOAL

Next on the Schedule: The WNT continues the 2015 Victory Tour with a stop in Detroit on Sept. 17 to take on Australia at Ford Field, where more than 30,000 tickets have already been sold.
Broadcast information: FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports GO (7 p.m. ET; Sept. 19)
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Milestone Watch:

  • Tobin Heath earned her 100th cap with the WNT. She is the 33rd player to play 100 times, having made her debut with the USA in 2008. She will be honored before the USA’s next match in Detroit.
  • Wambach extended her record as the world’s all-time leading goal scorer, notching the 184th goal of her career.
  • Heather O’Reilly’s brace pushed her career scoring total to 45 goals. She has scored two goals in each of the last two games and has now tallied four multi-goal games in her career.
  • Lloyd’s two scores gave her 71 for her career, just four short of tying Cindy Parlow for sixth on the USA’s all-time goal scoring list.
  • Shannon Boxx earned her 193rd cap, moving past Brandi Chastain into sole possession of 11th place on the USA’s all-time caps list.
  • Carli Lloyd earned her 204th cap to move into a tie for eighth place on the USA’s all-time caps list with Tiffeny Milbrett.
  • Alex Morgan’s 53rd goal moved her into a tie for ninth place with Carin Gabbara on the USA’s all-time scoring list.

Additional Notes:

  • In the game’s 15th minute, the game paused for lightning delay, which lasted 83 minutes.
  • Prior to the match, Lori Chalupny was honored for earning her 100th cap. On May 10 against Ireland in San Jose, Chalupny, who announced her retirement from international soccer on Aug. 17, became the 32nd American female to play 100 times for her country. She debuted for the USA at the age of 17 in 2001 and has won a U-19 Women's World Cup title, an Olympic gold medal and a Women's World Cup title.
  • The match was the second for the WNT at Finley Stadium and with the win the team improved to 2-0-0 in the Chattanooga. The USA last played there in 1997, when it defeated Sweden 3-1 at the home of the National Premier Soccer League's Chattanooga FC and the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga Moccasins football and women's soccer teams.
  • The WNT is now 5-0-0 all time in the state of Tennessee, where it has outscored opponents 17-5.
  • Carli Lloyd’s 70th goal made her the seventh player in U.S. history to score 70 or more goals.
  • Heather O’Reilly has scored multiple goals in each of the WNT’s last two games.
  • Costa Rica’s first goal was the first it has scored against the USWNT in the history of the series between the two teams.
  • The USA remains perfect against Costa Rica, improving its all-time record to 12-0-0. 

Lori Chalupny to Retire From International Soccer at End of 2015

CHICAGO (Aug. 17, 2015) – The 10-game fall tour to celebrate the USA’s championship run at the 2015 Women’s World Cup will be the final matches in a U.S. uniform for veteran defender Lori Chalupny. 

Chalupny, 31, will retire from an international career that began in March of 2001 when at the age of 17 she debuted against Italy in a match prior to the Algarve Cup. She currently has 103 caps and 10 goals. She will play out the season with the Chicago Red Stars in the NWSL and then make a decision in regard to her professional club future. 

“It’s been an amazing year,” said Chalupny. “Winning a World Cup is any soccer player’s biggest dream and I feel very fortunate to have had these experiences. That said, there is no better way to go out than as a world champion and this just seemed like the right time to put a cap on my international career. It’s been an emotional journey back to the National Team, and I’m really thankful to U.S. Soccer, to Jill, to the staff and to my teammates for making this year such a memorable one.” 

Chalupny displayed tremendous versatility throughout her career, making an impact as a center-midfielder and an outside back. Chalupny’s international career can be divided into two parts, the first spanning 2001-2009 when she played 92 games, starting 79. In 2009, she served as captain of the U.S. team for several matches. As a midfielder, she started in the 2007 Women’s World Cup, scoring against Nigeria in group play and against Norway in the Third-Place match. As a defender, she helped the USA win the gold medal at the 2008 Olympics, scoring in the epic 4-2 win against Japan in the semifinal match. 

In 2009, her international career was put on hold due to concussion issues, but she continued to play in various professional leagues. In 2014, she approached U.S. Soccer about the possibility of returning to the National Team. Following extensive examinations by two independent neurology experts, along with an examination of those results by the U.S. Soccer medical staff, she was cleared to return to U.S. WNT action and played well enough to earn a spot on her second Women’s World Cup Team. 

Chalupny played in one match off the bench in Canada, coming on for the final 10 minutes against Colombia in the Round of 16. 

Among the highlights Chalupny experienced during her second stint with the National Team were scoring in her hometown of St. Louis on April 4 of this year in front of a then-record crowd of 35,817 as the USA defeated New Zealand, 4-0. She also came off the bench to spark a 5-1 U.S. victory against Mexico on May 17 with a goal just seconds after entering the match at halftime. 

She also became the 32nd player to reach 100 appearances for the USA, earning her 100th cap on May 10 against Ireland in San Jose. She will be honored for that achievement on Wednesday night in Chattanooga as the USA faces Costa Rica in the second match of the Victory Tour. 

Chalupny grew up in St. Louis and from an early age was a part of the USA’s Youth National Teams. She was a starter and unsung hero on the U.S. team that won the inaugural FIFA U-19 Women’s World Cup in 2002 when she played alongside future U.S. Women’s National Team players Heather O’Reilly, Lindsay Tarpley, Ashlyn Harris, Rachel Van Hollebeke and Leslie Osborne, among others. She attended the University of North Carolina where she won one NCAA title. In 2005, she was voted the U.S. Soccer Young Female Athlete of the Year. 

Chalupny played in the WPS in 2009 with her hometown St. Louis Athletica and also played in the league for the Atlanta Beat. In 2012, she played for the Chicago Red Stars in the WPSL, and briefly in Sweden, and has played the last three seasons for the Red Stars in the NWSL. 

“I have so many great memories from my career and all the teams I’ve played with and the teammates I’ve been fortunate enough to play alongside,” said Chalupny. “Now, I am looking forward to the next chapter of my life. I know I will still be heavily involved in the game and look forward to sharing my passion with young players in whatever environment I find myself in.” 

Chalupny is currently in her third season as the assistant women’s soccer coach at Maryville University in St. Louis. Chalupny holds a U.S. Soccer “B” Coaching license. 

Six games of the 10-game tour have been confirmed with the USA opening the Victory Tour with an 8-0 win against Costa Rica yesterday in Pittsburgh. The USA will play Costa Rica again on Wednesday night, Aug. 19, at Finley Stadium in Chattanooga, Tenn. The USA will face Women’s World Cup quarterfinalist Australia on Thursday, Sept. 17 at Ford Field in Detroit followed by a second match against the Aussies on Sunday, Sept. 20 at historic Legion Field in Birmingham, Alabama. October will feature two matches against Brazil, on Oct. 21 at CenturyLink Field in Seattle and Oct. 25 at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando.

Five U.S. WNT Players Named to 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup All-Star Squad

The 2015 World Cup champion U.S. Women’s National Team earned a coveted third star above its crest this summer by winning the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in July, and the accolades keep on coming. Five U.S. players were among the 23 selected to the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup All-Star squad; Golden Glove goalkeeper Hope Solo, defenders Julie Johnston and Meghan Klingenberg, midfielder Megan Rapinoe and Golden Ball winner Carli Lloyd.

Solo backstoped the WNT throughout the tournament, playing all seven games and earning five shutouts in a clean-sheet streak that reached 540 minutes.

Johnston and Klingenberg also contributed in the back to help bolster the elite, title-winning defense. Johnston played every minute of the tournament at center-back, while Klingenberg did the same at left back. In addition to shutting down the opposition, both defenders made memorable and important individual plays in the tournament. Klingenberg jumped to head a ball off the goal-line to save the game against Sweden in the group stage and Johnston delivered an assist that Carli Lloyd headed in for a goal to defeat China in the quarterfinals.

It was Rapinoe that got the WNT off to a great start, scoring two goals in the USA’s 3-1 win against Australia in its tournament opener. She also tallied two assists in the tournament, including one in the World Cup Final.

Lloyd earned Golden Ball honors as the tournament’s best player. She scored six goals, all coming in the knockout rounds, including a historic hat trick in the Women’s World Cup Final. She also won the Silver Boot as the tournament’s second leading scorer.

The All-Star squad is made up of 23 players who succeeded in getting fans out of their seats and truly impressed FIFA’s Technical Study Group (TSG).  In addition to naming the All-Stars, the TSG published the FIFA Technical Report, a 234-page document that covers the 52 matches of the World Cup as well as technical and tactical analysis, trends, confederations analysis, a refereeing report, a goal-line technology report and a medical report.

2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup All-Star Squad

Goalkeepers: Nadine Angerer (GER), Karen Bardsley (ENG), Hope Solo (USA)

Defenders: Saori Ariyoshi (JPN), Lucy Bronze (ENG), Kadeisha Buchanan (CAN), Steph Houghton (ENG), Julie Johnston (USA), Meghan Klingenberg (USA), Wendie Renard (FRA)

Midfielders and forwards: Ramona Bachmann (SUI), Lisa De Vanna (AUS), Amandine Henry (FRA), Elise Kellond-Knight (AUS), Eugénie Le Sommer (FRA), Carli Lloyd (USA), Anja Mittag (GER), Aya Miyama (JPN), Megan Rapinoe (USA), Mizuho Sakaguchi (JPN), Celia Sasic (GER), Elodie Thomis (FRA), Rumi Utsugi (JPN).

World Champion U.S. WNT Opens Victory Tour with 8-0 Win Against Costa Rica in Front of Record Crowd in Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH (Aug. 16, 2015) – The World Champion U.S. Women’s National Team opened its Victory Tour in style with an 8-0 win against Costa Rica in front of a crowd of 44,028 at Heinz Field. The attendance set a record for the largest crowd for a stand-alone U.S. WNT match on home soil.

In a special homecoming, Pittsburgh native Meghan Klingenberg scored early in the second half, by which time the USA already held a substantial lead. Christen Press and Heather O’Reilly led the scoring for the USA with a hat trick and a pair of goals respectively. Defenders Julie Johnston and Whitney Engen also put their names on the scoresheet with header goals while Ashlyn Harris and Hope Solo split the goalkeeping duties for the shutout. Solo made three saves in the second half on Costa Rica’s only three shots.

The team entered the stadium to a rapturous standing ovation from the Heinz Field crowd and will likely see a similar scene when it next travels to Chattanooga, Tennessee, where it will face a rematch with Las Ticas before a sold-out crowd of more than 20,000 at Finlay Stadium on Aug. 19. That match kicks off at 6:30 p.m. ET and can be seen on ESPN2 and WatchESPN.

After the double-header with Costa Rica, the USA continues its Victory Tour with a pair of matches against Australia, at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan, and Legion Field in Birmingham, Alabama on Sept. 17 and 20, respectively. From there the Victory Tour continues with a pair of games against Brazil in October before taking a break in November and then finishing with four matches in December. Dates and venues for those games will be announced in the near future.

Goal Scoring Rundown: 
USA – Heather O’Reilly, 4th minute: 
As Costa Rica attempted to play out of the back, O’Reilly stripped a defender and raced into the Ticas’ penalty area. From the right side of the box, O’Reilly powered her show low into the near post past the wrong-footed ‘keeper for her 42nd international goal. USA 1, CRC 0 SEE GOAL

USA – Christen Press, 29th: Megan Rapinoe chipped the ball through the Costa Rica defense to Press inside the penalty area. After a nice collection that opened up space for a shot, Press saw her first, right-footed effort blocked by a defender but was first to the rebound and drilled a left-footed shot into the right side of the net.  USA 2, CRC 0 SEE GOAL

USA – Julie Johnston (Megan Rapinoe), 36th minute: Megan Rapinoe whipped in a corner kick from the left side that found an unmarked Johnston steaming toward the near post. The U.S. center back sent a powerful header into the middle of the next past a falling Diaz for her fourth career goal. USA 3, CRC 0

USA – Christen Press, 45th minute: Press continued her offensive outburst as Rapinoe sent in another dangerous corner kick that connected with Shannon Boxx at the back post. Boxx sent a header back across goal that Diaz tried to swat away, but her clearance fell to the feet of Press in the center of the six-yard box and she slammed the ball home from close range just before the halftime whistle. USA 4, CRC 0

USA – Meghan Klingenberg (Tobin Heath), 56th minute: The Pittsburgh crowd erupted into a frenzy as second half substitute Tobin Heath carried the ball at pace down Costa Rica’s left side to the end line and cut the ball back into the middle of the box. Klingenberg ran onto the service and with a great bit of skill, redirected the ball with her left foot into the far side netting from 10 yards out. In a wild celebration, she ran to her teammates on the sideline, high-fived the whole bench and then grabbed a Pittsburgh Steelers Terrible Towel from U.S. head coach Jill Ellis before waving it aloft in tribute to her hometown fans. USA 5, CRC 0 ( SEE GOAL)

USA – Heather O’Reilly, 60th minute: Lori Chalupny got forward to play Christen Press into the right side of the Costa Rica penalty area. Press brought down the chipped pass, swiveled 180 degrees and sent a beautiful curling chip shot off the cross bar that fell to Heather O’Reilly who was crashing the back post. With the net wide open, O’Reilly had time to collect before smashing the ball home for the second multi-goal game of her career. USA 6, CRC 0

USA – Whitney Engen (Abby Wambach), 63rd minute: From yet another set piece, the USA targeted Wambach at the far post, and the world’s all-time leading goal scorer headed the ball down toward goal. As it bounced back up off the ground, Engen snuck in front of a waiting Diaz to snap a header into the back of the net for her fourth international goal. USA 7, CRC 0

USA – Christen Press (Heather O’Reilly), 68th minute: O’Reilly drove down the left flank and picked out Press who was making a delayed run into the Costa Rica box. With one deft touch, Press controlled the ball, stole a look at goal and then snapped a shot from near the top of the box into the upper left-hand corner of the goal to put the finishing touch on the second hat trick of her career and the day’s goal scoring. USA 8, CRC 0 (FINAL)

Key Saves and Defensive Stops: 
CRC – Dianna Diaz, 8th minute: 
With the USA threatening down Costa Rica’s right flank through some nifty combination play that nearly put Meghan Klingenberg in alone on goal, Diaz made a diving stop, charging out of her goal to smother the ball a step before Klingenberg arrived. 

CRC – Dianna Diaz, 17th minute: Shannon Boxx unleashed a rocket from a wide angle on Diaz’s left that swerved toward the middle of the goal, but the Costa Rica goalkeeper punched the shot up over the crossbar to deny the U.S. adding to its early lead.

USA – Hope Solo, 50th minute: Solo has called into action right away after coming on at halftime. A chipped diagonal pass put Karla Villalobos in alone on goal. Solo charged out of the net, cut down the angle and got a piece of Villalobos’ shot, forcing it to skid wide of the left of the goal.

Next on the Schedule: The WNT continues the 2015 Victory Tour with a stop in Chattanooga, Tennessee on Aug. 19, where it will take on Costa Rica before a sold out crowd of over 20,000 at Finlay Stadium. 
Broadcast information: ESPN2, WatchESPN (6:30 p.m. ET; Aug. 19) 
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Milestone Watch:

  • Christen Press scored the second hat trick of her career. Her first came in a four-goal performance against Argentina at the International Tournament of Brasilia in December of 2014.
  • Heather O’Reilly notched her second multi-goal game of her career. The first came on Jan. 20, 2012, when she scored a hat trick against the Dominican Republic during Olympic Qualifying.
  • The 8-0 wins ties the USA biggest win in the history of its series with Costa Rica. The WNT beat the Ticas by the same score line on two previous occasions, in 2000 and 2012.
  • The crowd of 44,028 at Heinz Field is the largest stand-alone attendance on home soil in the history of the U.S. WNT.

Additional Notes:

  • Ashlyn Harris got the start for the USA in goal for the first time since pitching a 1-0 shutout against England in Milton Keynes in February of this year. Hope Solo replaced her in net for the U.S. at halftime. 
  • This is the first game of the year that Becky Sauerbrunn did not start for the USA. She had previously started all 17 matches, playing the most minutes on the team with 1,509. 
  • Veterans Shannon Boxx and Christie Rampone, who played all 90 minutes, both made their first starts of 2015. Boxx was removed at halftime for Morgan Brian. 
  • The USA remains perfect against Costa Rica, improving its all-time record to 11-0-0. 
  • Julie Johnston has scored all four of her WNT goals off set plays.

World Champs Begin Victory Tour in Pittsburgh

Following its historic run to the championship of the 2015 Women’s World Cup in Canada, the U.S. Women’s National Team embarks on a 10-game Victory Tour across the country that will serve the dual purpose of celebrating the USA’s third Women’s World Cup title with the fans, while also preparing the team for the 2016 CONCACAF Olympic qualifying tournament that will take place in early February of next year. The USA opens the Victory Tour on Aug. 16 against fellow Women’s World Cup participant Costa Rica at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh (1:30 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1 and FOX Sports Go) and then will travel to Chattanooga, Tennessee, to meet the Ticas on Aug. 19 at Finley Stadium (6:30 p.m. ET on ESPN2 and WatchESPN). Fans can also follow all the action on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt and @ussoccer_esp, and follow the team along its journey on Instagram and Snapchat (ussoccer_wnt).

Six games of the Victory Tour have been confirmed with the USA also playing Australia in Detroit and Birmingham, Alabama, in September and Brazil in Seattle and Orlando in October. There will be no WNT matches in November and the team will finish its tour with four matches in early to mid-December. The U.S. team has lost just one match this year, that being its first game of 2015 against France in Lorient, a 2-0 defeat in early February that the USA flipped one month later when the teams met in the championship game of the 2015 Algarve Cup in Portugal. The USA is 13-1-3 this year, including a record of 3-0-1 on home soil.

U.S. Women’s National Team Roster By Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): 18-Ashlyn Harris (Washington Spirit), 21-Alyssa Naeher (Boston Breakers), 1-Hope Solo (Seattle Reign FC)
DEFENDERS (8): 16-Lori Chalupny (Chicago Red Stars), 6-Whitney Engen (Western NY Flash), 19-Julie Johnston (Chicago Red Stars), 22-Meghan Klingenberg (Houston Dash), 11-Ali Krieger (Washington Spirit), 5-Kelley O’Hara (Sky Blue FC), 3-Christie Rampone (Sky Blue FC), 4-Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City)
MIDFIELDERS (7): 7-Shannon Boxx (Chicago Red Stars), 14-Morgan Brian (Houston Dash), 17-Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC), 12-Lauren Holiday (FC Kansas City), 10-Carli Lloyd (Houston Dash), 9-Heather O’Reilly (FC Kansas City), 15-Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign FC)
FORWARDS (5): 2-Sydney Leroux (Western NY Flash), 13-Alex Morgan (Portland Thorns FC), 23-Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars), 8-Amy Rodriguez (FC Kansas City), 20-Abby Wambach (unattached)

WNT LOOKS TO EXTEND HOME UNBEATEN STREAK: The USA’s current 96-game unbeaten streak at home (84-0-12 since Nov. 6, 2004) is a team record. The next-highest streak is 50 games (48-0-2) from Feb. 10, 1996, through April 22, 1999. The USA tied the record on May 14, 2011 (2-0 win against Japan at Columbus Crew Stadium) and broke the record with the 51st game on May 18, 2011 (another 2-0 win against Japan at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, North Carolina).

CROWDS ARE FAN-TASTIC: During its run in Canada, the USWNT played in front of what felt like seven straight home crowds, averaging 37,732 fans per game, all of which it seemed were wearing red, white and blue. The knock-out round matches were the most impressive, with electric atmospheres at each game including crowds of more than 50,000 for the semifinal in Montreal and championship game in Vancouver.

The buzz has certainly carried over to home soil, as the USA will play in front of more than 40,000 fans at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, setting a record not only for a soccer match in Pittsburgh, but also for the largest crowd ever for a stand-alone domestic friendly for the USWNT. The previous record was set earlier this year when 35,817 turned out to see the USA defeat New Zealand 4-0 at in St. Louis. The all-time record for any friendly match for the U.S. Women is 46,037 for a double-header with the U.S. WNT in Washington, D.C. on May 30, 1998, a 5-0 win vs. New Zealand. The Aug. 19 match in Chattanooga sold out its 20,000 available tickets in a few hours and tickets sold for both of the September matches vs. Australia in Detroit and Birmingham are already over 21,000. 

KLINGENBURGH: The match in Pittsburgh will be a homecoming for U.S. defender Meghan Klingenberg, who grew up in Gibsonia, about 17 miles north of Heinz Field. Klingenberg graduated from Pine-Richland High School in 2007 where she was the captain of her high school team and led the Rams to the 2005 Pennsylvania state high school championship. She was an NSCAA All-America selection and a Parade High School All-American before heading to the University of North Carolina, where she won two NCAA titles.

HISTORY AT HEINZ: The WNT’s match in Pittsburgh marks the team’s second visit to Heinz Field, home of the NFL’s Pittsburgh Steelers. The USA defeated Iceland there by a 3-0 score in 2004 following the Olympic gold medal run in Greece.  The USA has played 15 matches in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, but this will be just the second in Pittsburgh.

ACT TWO AT FINLEY: The USA has also played at Chattanooga’s Finley Stadium once before, but not since 1997, when it defeated Sweden 3-1 at the home of the National Premier Soccer League’s Chattanooga FC and the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga Moccasins football and women’s soccer teams. That trip in 1997 also featured a closed door match that counted as a full international. Played at the Baylor School, it was also a 3-1 win for the USA over Sweden and featured a goal from Kristi DeVert, which was her only one in four career caps that spanned 99 minutes. The Aug. 19 match will be the USA’s fifth game in Tennessee with two having taken place in Chattanooga and two in Nashville.

HUGE TV RATINGS FOR WOMEN’S WORLD CUP: The 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup was record setting for TV ratings and increased for every U.S. match. FOX scored a new high for its soccer coverage when an average audience of 5.7 million tuned in to watch the United States beat China in the quarterfinal match on June 26. The match was also the third most-watched women’s soccer match on record in the United States, after the 1999 and 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup Finals. Four days later, that record was broken as the USA vs. Germany semifinal on June 30 hit an average of 8.4 million viewers, establishing yet another soccer record as the most viewed semifinal ever in the U.S. (men or women) and third-most watched women’s soccer match of all time. The first six USA matches on FOX and FOX Sports 1 averaged 5.3 million viewers, 121% better than the 2011 tournament averaged through the semifinals (2.4 million).

The Final

The USA’s 5-2 victory over Japan in the World Cup Final averaged 25.4 million viewers, making it the most-watched soccer match in U.S. history, according to Nielsen and an increase of 88% from the 2011 WWC Final (13.5 million) and up 41% from the USA-China on ABC in 199 (18 million). The match posted a 12.9 household rating/share with 25.4 million viewers and peaked at 30.9 million in the second half between 8:30-8:45 p.m. ET. The previous U.S. viewing record was 18,220,000 for the USA-Portugal game on ESPN at the 2014 World Cup. The average audience exceeded every game of the NBA Finals and pushed the 2015 tournament average to 1.824 million viewers per each of the tournament’s 52 matches across all networks (FOX, FOX Sports 1 and FOX Sports 2), up 21 percent over 1,511,000 averaged on ESPN and ESPN2 for the 32 matches played in 2011. The match earned the second-largest soccer audience ever in the U.S. — trailing only last year’s Germany/Argentina World Cup Final on ABC and Univision (26.5M).

To date for this year, USA-Japan ranks as the fifth-most watched sporting event outside of the NFL. Only the three-game College Football Playoff and the Duke/Wisconsin NCAA Basketball Tournament title game (28.2M) scored larger numbers. The match had a larger audience than every NBA game since Spurs-Heat Game 7 in 2013 (26.6M on ABC and ESPN Deportes), every Major League Baseball game since Rangers-Cardinals Game 7 in 2011 (25.4M on FOX), and every hockey game since the Canada-United States final in the 2010 Olympics (27.6M on NBC).

En Espanol

Telemundo’s broadcast of the Final reached 1.27 million viewers, making it the highest viewed Spanish-language game in Women’s World Cup history. During this broadcast, Argentine announcer Andres Cantor’s famed “Goooooool” call for Carli Lloyd’s fantastic hat-trick goal from midfield went on for just under forty seconds.

ONE NATION. ONE TEAM. 23 STORIES: Prior to the Women’s World Cup in Canada, U.S. Soccer produced its "One Nation. One Team. 23 Stories." series so fans could get to get to know the players U.S. Women’s World Cup Team. Fans certainly know them now, but the videos are still piling up the views. Sprinkled with humor, fun and heartfelt stories, the videos give fans insight into the players’ personalities, families, motivations, and some of the challenges they’ve experienced on the different roads they’ve traveled to earn the right to represent the United States in the ultimate competition for a soccer player.

One Nation. One Team. 23 Stories.: Watch all 23 Videos

CARLI LLOYD AND HOPE SOLO WIN FIFA GOLDEN BALL, SILVER BOOT AND GOLDEN GLOVE: Two U.S. players picked up post-tournament hardware in Canada as Carli Lloyd won the Golden Ball as the best player in the tournament. She becomes just the third American to win the award and second at a senior level tournament, following Carin Gabarra at the 1991 Women’s World Cup. Lloyd also won the Silver Boot as the second leading scorer in the tournament. Lloyd and Germany’s Celia Sasic both scored six goals with one assist, but Saskic (who scored three goals in a 10-0 pasting of Ivory Coast in the opening match of the tournament) was awarded the Golden Boot based on less minutes played during the tournament. Lloyd did not get credit for an assist from FIFA for playing the short pass to Megan Rapinoe that she took on an almost half-field run and scored to clinch the USA’s opening match against Australia. The awards and her World Cup performance, which included the historic hat trick in the Final, make Lloyd one of the front-runners for the FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year. U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo, who played every minute of the tournament and registered five shutouts, received the Golden Glove as the best net-minder in the tournament, an honor she also won at the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Defender Julie Johnston and Rapinoe were also on the short list for the Golden Ball.

U.S. ROSTER NOTES:

  • Midfielder Carli Lloyd has scored in four straight games for the WNT, tallying in all four knock-out matches (Colombia, China, Germany and Japan). Her three goals in the Women’s World Cup Final gave her seven in Women’s World Cup play and 69 overall.
  • Lloyd captained the USA four times at the Women’s World Cup with Abby Wambach serving as captain in the other three matches.
  • Lloyd was the third U.S. WNT player to score in three straight games in a World Cup, joining Michelle Akers (1991) and Abby Wambach (twice; in 2003 and 2011) and the only American to do it in four straight Women’s World Cup games.
  • Lloyd scored both U.S. goals in the 2012 Olympic gold medal game (a 2-1 win over Japan), and the sole goal in the 2008 gold-medal game (1-0 over Brazil). No other American has scored in three major-tournament finals.
  • Lloyd, Lauren Holiday and Tobin Heath became just the fourth, fifth and sixth players in U.S. history to score in a Women’s World Cup Final. Michelle Akers scored both goals in the 1991 Final, the 1999 championship game ended 0-0 and went to penalty kicks while Alex Morgan and Abby Wambach scored in the 2011 Women’s World Cup Final.
  • Kelley O’Hara made her debut in the 2015 Women’s World Cup tournament when she started against China PR on June 26. It was O’Hara’s first career start in a World Cup match. She had only played one game before, 18 minutes as a substitute in 2011 vs. Sweden. She made her second appearance at this year’s tournament when she came in as a second half substitute in the match against Germany and scored her first World Cup goal. It came in the 84th minute to seal the game and propel the USA to the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup Final, where she came off the bench in her third straight game and played the final 30 minutes in place of Megan Rapinoe.
  • Since allowing a goal against Australia in its opening Women’s World Cup match on June 8 in the 27th minute, the U.S. shut out Sweden, Nigeria, Colombia, China and Germany – a stretch of 513 consecutive minutes. The USA allowed a goal in the 27th minute of the Final to end its shutout streak at 539, falling one minute short of tying a tournament record. Germany did not allow a goal over its six games of the 2007 Women’s World Cup.  
  • 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 (1,509) on the team.
  • Five U.S. players played all 630 minutes of the Women’s World Cup tournament: defenders Julie Johnston, Meghan Klingenberg and Sauerbrunn, midfielder Lloyd, and goalkeeper Hope Solo.
  • In 17 games played this year, the U.S. has surrendered just seven goals and has scored 34. The USA hasn’t lost a match since dropping its opening game of 2015 on Feb. 8 to France.
  • The USA was the fourth country to reach consecutive Women's World Cup finals (2011 and 2015). The other three are Germany (2003, 2007), Norway (1991, 1995) and Japan (2011, 2015).
  • After coming on as a sub in the second half of the Women’s World Cup Final, Abby Wambach played in her 25th and final WWC game, moving into sole possession of second most ever behind Kristine Lilly (30).
  • Alex Morgan scored her first goal in this year’s Women’s World Cup against Colombia. Morgan has three goals in 2015 and 52 international goals in her career. She has three World Cup goals after scoring twice in 2011.
  • Fourteen different players have scored for the USA in 2015: Kelley O’Hara, Morgan, Wambach, Amy Rodriguez, Christen Press, Johnston, Klingenberg, Megan Rapinoe, Morgan Brian, Lori Chalupny, Sydney Leroux, Lloyd, Lauren Holiday and Tobin Heath.
  • Remarkably, O’Hara’s goal in the semifinal was her first of the year – and first of her international career – and Holiday’s and Heath’s goals in the Women’s World Cup Final were their first scores of 2015.
  • Brian, Klingenberg, Johnston, Leroux and Press all made their World Cup debuts against Australia on June 8. All played against Sweden on June 12 as well, with Brian getting her first start. Klingenberg, Johnston and Leroux all saw action against Nigeria on June 16, while Brian, Klingenberg, Johnston and Press saw action against Colombia on June 22. Brian, Klingenberg and Johnston all started against China and Germany on June 26 and June 30, respectively, and Leroux came in as a second half stoppage time against Germany. Brian, Klingenberg and Johnston all started against Japan in the Final.
  • Press and Leroux also recorded their first World Cup points on June 8, with Press scoring a goal and Leroux an assist. Johnston recorded her first World Cup point against China on June 26 when she assisted on Lloyd’s goal. It was Johnston’s first assist with the WNT.
  • 19 of the 20 field players on the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup saw action in the tournament with only defender Whitney Engen not getting on the field.
  • Amy Rodriguez made her first appearance of the tournament on June 12 against Sweden, and her first start of the tournament on June 26 against China. Defender Lori Chalupny made her first appearance of the 2015 World Cup when she came in for Ali Krieger in the second half against Colombia on June 22. It was the seventh World Cup appearance of her career.
  • Heather O’Reilly played the last 10 minutes of the game against China on June 26 after coming in as a sub for Alex Morgan. It was O’Reilly’s 12th World Cup appearance.
  • Shannon Boxx and Christie Rampone made their first appearance of the tournament against Nigeria on June 16. Rampone became the oldest player to appear in a World Cup match at 39 years 11 months and 23 days. Rampone also played the final five minutes of the championship game. This is Boxx’s fourth and final World Cup and Rampone’s fifth and final World Cup.
  • Lloyd leads the USA in scoring this year with eight goals. Wambach has six goals.
  • Chalupny scored against New Zealand in her hometown of St. Louis on April 4, marking it her first goal for the USA since she scored against the Republic of Ireland on Sept. 20, 2008. She scored her second goal of the year against Mexico on May 17, just 45 seconds after coming into the match as a second half sub.
  • Klingenberg scored her second National Team goal on a long-range blast against New Zealand. Her first goal was a similar long-range effort that came against Haiti on Oct. 8, during Women’s World Cup qualifying tournament last year.
  • Johnston has three goals in 2015, all coming in consecutive games. Her three goals were all from set pieces and all assisted by Holiday.
  • Rampone earned her 300th cap against with Mexico on Oct. 24, 2014, and her 308 games are the most of any active player in the world behind only former teammate Kristine Lilly (352).
  • Holiday leads all U.S. players on the rosters in assists with five in 2015. Holiday was the 2014 U.S. Soccer Female Athlete of the Year.
  • Brian, the USA’s youngest player at age 22, was the 2014 U.S. Soccer Young Female Athlete of the Year. She was also named the 2013 and 2014 Hermann Trophy winner while playing for the University of Virginia.
  • While Wambach is the USA’s top scorer on the roster with 183 goals, Lloyd is next with 69 career international goals and Morgan has 52. Heather O’Reilly has scored 41.
  • Christen Press’ four-goal performance against Argentina in Brazil last December was the ninth such game in U.S. history and second of 2014 after Wambach scored four times against Costa Rica in the final of the CONCACAF Women’s Championship. It was the first-career hat trick for Press.
  • The Women’s World Cup Final featured the two oldest teams in the history of the Women’s World Cup tournament with the U.S averaging 29-years-old and six months and Japan having the average age of 28-years-old and five months, giving more empirical proof that older teams tend to win world events, but with the retirements of Shannon Boxx and Lauren Holiday at the end of the Victory Tour, the U.S. team will begin to take on a different look.

IN THE RECORD BOOKS:

  • Carli Lloyd became the 10th woman in U.S. history to reach 200 caps, achieving the feet at the WWC quarterfinal match against China PR on June 26. She is the fourth active player reach that mark and 10th overall American. Christie Rampone, Abby Wambach and Heather O’Reilly are the other three. She also became the third player in U.S. history to score in her 200th appearance. Wambach and O’Reilly are the other two.
  • Lloyd has sole possession of seventh place on the U.S. WNT’s all-time goal scoring list, passing Shannon MacMillan who scored 60 goals in her career. Lloyd, now with 69 goals, is the highest-scoring player in U.S. history who has played exclusively as a midfielder and is well within reach of Cindy Parlow’s 75 scores.
  • Hope Solo recorded her 89th career shutout against Germany. It was the fifth straight World Cup clean sheet for the USA, and Solo’s 10th in World Cup play, tying the record for most by a U.S. goalkeeper and most in World Cup play with Brianna Scurry.
  • Solo also earned her 177th cap against Japan on July 25. She is the leader for caps by a goalkeeper in U.S. history. Briana Scurry earned 173 caps in her career (1994-2008).
  • Solo has the most starts by a WNT goalkeeper with 171. Solo is also in 10th place on the WNT’s all-time starts list and behind ninth place Carli Lloyd, who has 174.
  • Solo has 136 goalkeeper wins and is the all-time leader in wins for a goalkeeper in U.S. history. Brian Scurry had 133 during her career (1994-2008).
  • With her first goal of the game against Australia on June 8, U.S. midfielder Megan Rapinoe became the 13th U.S. female player to score 30 goals and tally 30 assists. She currently has 31 goals and 34 assists. Her brace against Australia were her first tallies of 2015.
  • Rapinoe became the 31st American female player to reach the century mark in caps, achieving that feat against New Zealand on April 4. She currently has 108 caps. Lori Chalupny became the 32nd player to reach 100 caps, against Ireland on May 10.
  • Heather O’Reilly was the ninth player to hit 200 caps in U.S. history after reaching the milestone against Korea DPR on March 12, 2014. Now with 220, she is seventh on the USA’s all-time list. Abby Wambach (248) and Christie Rampone (307) are the only active players ahead of her.
  • O’Reilly is the second-youngest player to hit 200 caps for the USA. Lilly was 28 years, 9 months and 15 days old when she earned cap No. 200 on May 7, 2000. O’Reilly was 29 years, 2 months and 10 days old when she earned her 200th cap.
  • O’Reilly is currently sixth all-time in assists with 52 and is 13th all-time in goals with 41.
  • In addition to breaking Mia Hamm’s world scoring record, Wambach’s June 20, 2013, performance against the Korea Republic also made her the USA’s all-time leader in multiple-goal games with 39 for her career. She has since added six more and now sits at 45. She has 37 two-goal games, five hat tricks, two four-goal games and one five-goal game.
  • Sydney Leroux is tied with April Heinrichs in 14th place on the all-time U.S. WNT goal-scoring list with 35 goals.
  • With her game-winning goal against England on Feb. 13, Alex Morgan became the 10th player in U.S. history to score 50 or more goals. She now has 52.

BY THE NUMBERS:
0.41            Goals per game the USA has allowed in 2015
1                USA’s FIFA ranking
2                Goals per game the USA scored in 2015
3                Goals allowed by the USA in the 2015 WWC, least of any of the four semifinalists
8                Number of different players to score a goal in the 2015 WWC
14               Number of different U.S. players to score a goal in 2015
14               Goals scored by the USA in the 2015 WWC, second most in the tournament
69               Goals by Lloyd, most ever for a WNT player who has played exclusively as a midfielder
89               Shutouts by Hope Solo, an all-time U.S. WNT record
89               Minutes on the field per goal averaged by Sydney Leroux in her career
99               Minutes on the field per goal averaged by Abby Wambach in her career
104             Minutes on the field per goal averaged by Alex Morgan in her career
115             U.S. victories when Wambach scores a goal (115-2-8 overall)
130             Minutes on the field per goal averaged by Mia Hamm in her career
308             Caps by Christie Rampone, second all-time to Kristine Lilly (352)

2015 FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP FACTS:

  • After scoring three times against Australia in its opening match of the 2015 FIFA WWC, the USA became the second country to reach and then surpass the century mark of World Cup goals scored. The USA currently has scored 112 WWC goals, surpassing Germany who had reached 111 during the tournament. Christen Press had the honor of scoring the 100th goal in U.S. Women’s World Cup history. Germany scored 10 goals in its opener on June 7 to hit 101 and become the first team to pass 100. The Germans finished the WWC with 111 goals after scoring 20 in the tournament, 14 of which came against Ivory Coast and Thailand.
  • The USA shattered the record for most goals in a Women’s World Cup Final (the previous record was two) and the teams set a record for most goals combined in a WWC Final with seven.
  • The USA allowed 18 shots on goal over the 630 minutes in the Women’s World Cup. The USA six against Australia in the opening game, but never allowed that again, allowing just one against Sweden and Germany, two against Nigeria, Colombia and China and four against Japan.
  • The draw with Sweden was the first scoreless draw in U.S. history during group play in a World Cup. It was the second overall scoreless draw for the USA in a World Cup (0-0 against China in the 1999 WWC Final).
  • The USA made its seventh appearance in a FIFA Women’s World Cup and is one of seven countries to appear in all seven editions of the tournament, the others being Brazil, Germany, Japan, Nigeria, Norway and Sweden.
  • The U.S. is the only country to have reached at least the semifinals of every FIFA Women’s World Cup.
  • The USA made its fourth appearance in a FIFA Women’s World Cup Final, the only country to reach it that many times (Germany has reached it on three occasions: 1995, 2003 and 2007).
  • Abby Wambach has played in 25 WWC matches, the most on the 2015 WWC roster. Christie Rampone has played in 19 Women’s World Cup games while Carli Lloyd has played in 18, Hope Solo has played in 17 and Shannon Boxx played in 16. Other players in double figures in Women’s World Cup matches are Ali Krieger (13), and Heather O’Reilly, Alex Morgan, Lauren Holiday and Megan Rapinoe, all with 12.
  • The U.S. WNT has won its group in the World Cup every year except 2011, when it finished second to Sweden.
  • With her first-half goal against Nigeria during Group D play, Abby Wambach moved into a tie with Germany’s Birgit Prinz for 2nd all-time with 14 World Cup goals. Brazil’s Marta is the leader with 15 goals, including one in the Women’s World Cup. Wambach had a great chance to break the record, but missed a penalty kick against Colombia in the Round of 16 match.

  • Wambach scored in every World Cup group stage in which she has played (2003, 2007, 2011 and 2015). She has scored seven goals, tallying three in final group stage matches.
  • Ten players on the U.S. roster have scored in a Women’s World Cup tournament: Wambach, Megan Rapinoe, Alex Morgan, Carli Lloyd, Lauren Holiday, Heather O’Reilly, Lori Chalupny, Shannon Boxx, Christen Press, Kelley O’Hara and Tobin Heath.
  • The U.S. WNT is 34-4-5 all-time in the Women’s World Cup, outscoring its opponents 112-35 in 43 games. The 34 wins and 43 games played are FIFA Women’s World Cup records.

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JILL ELLIS FACT FILE: After leading the USA to the Women’s World Cup title, U.S. head coach Jill Ellis was rewarded with a multi-year contract extension on Aug. 5, 2015. She is the third U.S. coach – and first female coach -- to win a Women’s World Cup at the senior level, following Anson Dorrance (1991) and Tony DiCicco (1999). Ellis, who previously served two stints as interim head coach of the U.S. WNT, is the eighth official head coach in U.S. history. She coached seven games as interim coach in 2012 (5-0-2) and two games (1-0-1) as interim in 2014 before she officially came on board, which gave her a 6-0-3 record before she ever was officially named the head coach on May of 2014. She has gone 23-2-6 since then for an overall record of 29-2-9. When named head coach in 2014, Ellis stepped away from her job as Development Director for the U.S. Women’s National Teams, a job she was appointed to in January of 2011, but will still work with U.S. Women’s National Team Technical Director April Heinrichs who oversees the USA’s youth teams.

  • Prior to becoming head coach, Ellis had extensive experience in the U.S. Women’s National Team programs having served as an assistant coach for the U.S. Women’s National Team under Pia Sundhage, helping the team to a gold medal at the 2008 Olympics. She has served two stints as head coach of the U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team, guiding the squad to the CONCACAF title in 2010 and to the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Germany.
  • Ellis also had two stints as the head coach of the U.S. Under-21 Women’s National Team, the second starting in the middle of 2005, after which she guided the team to the Nordic Cup in Sweden. She also coached the U-21s to the Nordic Cup title in Germany in 2000.
  • Ellis was a scout for the USA at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, and has served as an assistant coach with the U.S. U-21s and U-16 Girls’ National Teams.
  • Ellis joined U.S. Soccer full-time after a highly successful 12-year run as the head women’s soccer coach for the UCLA Bruins. Ellis led UCLA to eight NCAA Final Fours, including seven in a row from 2003-2009, and won six straight conference titles from 2003-2008. She finished her time in Westwood with a record of 229-45-14. Ellis, who was also head coach at the University of Illinois, has an all-time collegiate coaching record of 248-63-14.
  • She was the 2000 NSCAA National Coach of the Year after leading the Bruins to the NCAA Final in just her second season as head coach.
  • Ellis arrived in Westwood after heading the University of Illinois women's soccer program for two years. In 1998, she brought the Fighting Illini to a 12-8 record and a first Big Ten Tournament berth. Prior to coaching at Illinois, Ellis served as an assistant coach at the University of Virginia for one year (1996-97), at Maryland for three years (1994-96) and at North Carolina State for another three years (1988-90). As an assistant coach at North Carolina State, Ellis helped the Wolfpack secure the 1988 ACC title and an NCAA Final Four appearance.
  • A forward during her playing days at the College of William & Mary from 1984-87, Ellis was a Third-Team All-American in 1987. In 1984, Ellis helped Braddock Road in Virginia to the Under-19 club national championship.
  • Ellis grew up in Portsmouth, England, and came to the United States in 1981 at the age of 15. She also lived in Singapore for two years while her father helped to develop a national soccer program in that country. She earned her B.A. in English Literature and Composition from the College of William & Mary in 1988 and currently resides in Los Angeles. She has a USSF “A” coaching license.

IN FOCUS: COSTA RICA
Costa Rica Football Federation

Current FIFA World Ranking: 34
Women’s World Cup Finals Appearances: 2015
Record vs. USA: 0-10-0
Head Coach: Amelia Valverde  
Key Players: Dinnia Diaz

Costa Rica Women’s National Team Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): 1-Dinnia Diaz (Moravia), 18-Yuliana Salas (Moravia)
DEFENDERS (5): 2-Gabriela Guillén (Saprissa), 5-Diana Saenz (Univ. of South Florida), 8-Daniela Cruz (Saprissa), 9-Carolina Venegas (Saprissa), 13-Noelle Sanz (Univ. of Alabama)  
MIDFIELDERS (7): 4-Mariana Benavides (Moravia), 12-Lixy Rodriguez (UCEM), 10-Katherine Alvarado (Saprissa), 15-Cristin Granados (Saprissa), 17-Karla Villalobos (Moravia), 19-Maria Paula Coto (UCEM), 20-Wendy Acosta (Moravia)
FORWARDS (4): 3-Fabiola Villalobos (AD Dimas Esacazu, 6-Maria Paula Elizondo (Saprissa), 7-Melissa Herrera (Saprissa), 14- Mayra Almazán (Azusa Pacific)

COSTA RICA NOTES

  • Goalkeeper Dinnia Diaz was Costa Rica’s hero in Women’s World Cup qualifying as her penalty shoot-out heroics earned her side victory in the 2014 CONCACAF Women's Championship semifinal against Trinidad and Tobago and clinched a spot for Las Ticas at Canada 2015.
  • Costa Rica’s all-time greatest player is 29-year-old captain Shirley Cruz, who plays professionally for one of the world’s top clubs – Paris Saint-Germain in France – but she will not be available for these two matches.
  • Costa Rica’s hosting the 2014 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup helped kindle the emergence of up-and-coming prospects and gave them some crucial early international exposure to further their development.
  • Costa Rica did very well at its first Women’s World Cup, and came very close to advancing to the knockout stage, drawing both Spain (1-1) and South Korea (2-2) before falling to Brazil by just a 1-0 score in its third group match. Raquel Rodriguez, who plays her college soccer at Penn State, scored against Spain, while Melissa Herrera and Karla Villalobos scored against South Korea. Herrera and Villalobos are on this roster, but Rodriguez, who is starting he senior season for PSU, is not.
  • Twelver players on this Costa Rica roster were on the 2015 Women’s World Cup roster as well.
  • Ten players on this roster played against the USA in the last meeting between these teams in the title game of the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship that served as qualifying for the 2015 Women’s World Cup.
  • Costa Rica recently competed in the Pan American Games in Canada and 10 players from that roster will face the USA in these two matches. Costa Rica finished third in a group that featured a young Canadian team, a Brazil team with many players from its World Cup team, and Ecuador, and did not advance to the semifinals.
  • At the Pan Ams, Costa Rica lost 3-0 to Brazil, beat Canada 2-0 and then were upset by Ecuador, 2-0. Just a tie against Ecuador would have put Costa Rica into the semis of a tournament eventually won by Brazil.

USA VS. COSTA RICA SERIES

  • The USA has an all-time record of 10-0-0 against Costa Rica dating back to the first meeting in 2000.
  • Seven of the meetings have been in CONCACAF qualifying tournaments, four in Women’s World Cup qualifying and three in Olympic qualifying.
  • Five of the matches have been played in the USA, three in Mexico, one in Canada and just on in Costa Rica, that coming in March of 2004 during Olympic Qualifying, a 4-0 win for the USA.
  • Costa Rica has lost to the USA by 8-0 scores twice and the best results were three 3-0 losses, including one in the semifinal of the Olympic qualifying tournament that qualified the USA for the 2012 Olympic games in London. Tobin Heath, Carli Lloyd and Alex Morgan scored in that match.
  • In Nov. of 2010, the USA had to defeat Costa Rica in the third-place match of the Women’s World Cup qualifying tournament played in Cancun, Mexico, just to earn the right to face Italy in a playoff for a final Women’s World Cup berth. The USA won that game 3-0 on a goal from Lauren Holiday and two from Abby Wambach.
  • The most recent meeting between the teams came in the title game of the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship after both teams had already qualified for the Women’s World Cup. The USA prevailed 6-0 as Abby Wambach scored four times and Carli Lloyd and Sydney Leroux added goals.

LAST TIME
On the field for the USA vs. CRC:

Oct. 26, 2014 – PPL Park; Chester, Pa.

USA     6          Wambach 4, 35, 41, 71; Lloyd 17; Leroux 73
CRC     0         

Lineups:
USA: 1-Hope Solo; 16-Meghan Klingenberg, 3-Christie Rampone (capt.), 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 11-Ali Krieger; 12-Lauren Holiday, 7-Morgan Brian (2-Sydney Leroux, 56), 10-Carli Lloyd; 14-Christen Press (9-Heather O’Reilly, 56), 20-Abby Wambach, 15-Megan Rapinoe (17-Tobin Heath, 57)
Subs Not Used: 5-Kelley O’Hara, 6-Whitney Engen, 8-Amy Rodriguez, 18-Ashlyn Harris, 19-Julie Johnston
Head Coach: Jill Ellis

CRC: 1-Dinnia Diaz; 5-Diana Saenz (9-Carolina Venegas, 46), 6-Carol Sanchez, 8-Daniela Cruz, 10-Shirley Cruz (capt.); 11-Raquel Rodriguez Cedeño, 12-Lixy Rodriguez (2-Gabriela Guillen, 76), 15-Cristin Granados, 16-Katherine Alvarado; 17-Daphnne Herrera, 20-Wendy Patricia Acosta (19-Fabiola Sanchez, 74)
Subs Not Used: 3-Mariane Ugalde, 4-Maríiana Benavidez, 7-Gloriana Villalobos, 13-Noelia Bermudez, 14-Yesmi Rodriguez, 18-Yirlania Arroyo
Head Coach: Carlos Avedissian

WNT to Hold Public Training Session on Aug. 18 at Finley Stadium

CHICAGO (Aug. 14, 2015) – All U.S. Soccer fans are invited to attend the U.S. Women’s National Team public training session on Tuesday, Aug. 18, at 5 p.m. at Finley Stadium in Chattanooga.

Admission is free and open to the public. Fans should enter through the Foundry Plaza South Gate, which opens at 4 p.m.

U.S. Soccer Supporters Club members in the Star Club and above receive field level access at the public training session. If fans wish to take part in this exclusive priority, they can join the U.S. Soccer Supporters Club Star Club or upgrade their membership at ussoccer.com/supporters.

At the practice, fans will see the reigning Women’s World Cup champions prepare for their second game of the Victory Tour since winning the Women’s World Cup on July 5 with a 5-2 victory against Japan in Vancouver, B.C.

The U.S. Women will play in front of a sold out crowd of more than 20,000 fans at Finley Stadium on Wednesday, Aug. 19 (6:30 p.m. ET on ESPN2), setting a WNT attendance record in Tennessee.

Women's World Cup Trophy Will Be On Display in Pittsburgh and Chattanooga

CHICAGO (Aug. 13, 2015) - The 2015 Women's World Cup trophy will be on display in Pittsburgh and Chattanooga, Tennessee, on Friday, Aug. 14 and Monday, Aug. 17, respectively.

The trophy will be on display at Marketplace Square from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. ET on Friday before heading to the Carnegie Museum of Art from 3-5 p.m. ET. In Chattanooga, the trophy will be at the Waterhouse Pavilion on Monday from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. before going to the Hamilton Place Mall where it will be on display near Zales Jewelry Store from 4-6 p.m.

Fans will also be able to see the trophy at FanHQ on game day, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Heinz Field and 2:30-7 p.m. at Finley Stadium.

Fans are encouraged to come take their photo with the iconic trophy, which is normally located at the United States Soccer Federation's headquarters in Chicago.

The U.S. Women's National Team won their third Women's World Cup trophy earlier this summer, defeating Japan 5-2 on July 5 in front of more than 53,000 fans at BC Place in Vancouver. The match was watched by a domestic TV audience of more than 25 million, making it the most watched soccer game in U.S. history.

The Women’s World Cup Trophy will be on display throughout the U.S. Women’s National Team Victory Tour. Dates and times for further display will be released prior to the matches in the specific markets.

Women's World Cup Trophy Display Schedule
Date    Time (local)    Location
Aug. 14            10 a.m.-1 p.m.            Marketplace Square - 23 Market Square, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Aug. 14            3 p.m-5 p.m.   Carnegie Museum of Art - 4400 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Aug. 16            10a.m.-2p.m.  Heinz Stadium- FanHQ
Aug. 17            12-2 p.m.         Waterhouse Pavilion -  850 Market St, Chattanooga, TN 37402
Aug. 17            4-6 p.m.           Hamilton Place Mall - 2100 Hamilton Pl Blvd, Chattanooga, TN
Aug. 19            2:30-7 p.m.      Finely Stadium – FanHQ 

Harris & Engen: BFFs

Coming from vastly different backgrounds and bringing tremendously different personalities and world views to Chapel Hill, N.C., U.S. Women’s National Team players Ashlyn Harris and Whitney Engen nevertheless forged a symbiotic friendship in college that allowed both to blossom as people, students and players.

#USWNT Victory Tour Rocks Out in Chattanooga

The World Cup Champion U.S. Women’s National Team continued its Victory Tour with a 7-2 win against Costa Rica in front of a record crowd of 20,535 at Finley Stadium. The crowd was the largest for a stand-alone WNT friendly in the southeastern region of the United States.

Highlights: WNT Rains Seven Goals on Costa Rica in Chattanooga

The #USWNT wrapped up a two game set against Costa Rica by beating the Ticas 7-2 at Chattanooga's Finley Stadium.

#USWNT Victory Tour Opens With Record Crowd in Pittsburgh

The #USWNT opened the Victory Tour by putting on an eight goal show in front of more than 44,000 fans in Pittsburgh

Highlights: WNT Puts Eight Past Costa Rica to Open Victory Tour

The #USWNT kicked off the 2015 Victory Tour in style with an 8-0 win over Costa Rica.

GOAL: Meghan Klingenberg Scores in Front of Her Hometown Crowd

Meghan Klingenberg scored the fifth of the afternoon and honored her hometown crowd with a special celebration.

Behind The Crest. Ep. 8 - #USWNT in Canada

The U.S. WNT wins the World Cup and celebrates with fans in this final episode of Behind the Crest from Canada. After a great win against Japan in Vancouver, the team goes on set at FOX, heads back to the USA to present the trophy to fans in Los Angeles and caps it off with a historic ticker tape parade in New York City.

WNT Celebrates World Cup Title in Los Angeles

The U.S. Women’s National Team celebrated its historic World Cup victory with 10,000 fans at LA LIVE in Los Angeles. Fresh from their 5-2 win against Japan on Sunday in Vancouver, the WNT landed in the USA and promptly shared the triumph with some of the #BestFansintheWorld. Now onto NYC for a ticker tape parade!

Behind The Crest: Ep. 7 - #USWNT in Canada

The U.S. Women's National Team defeats Germany in the semifinal and flies west to Vancouver. As the team prepares for the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup Final against Japan, Jill Ellis and Abby Wambach reflect on the progress to this point and look forward to the culmination of the journey.

FanHQ Comes to Montreal before USA vs. Germany

Fan HQ is taking Canada by storm and the most recent stop was Montreal! USA fans came out to party before the big semifinal against Germany.
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