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Shannon Boxx and Lauren Holiday to Finish International Careers at End of 2015

CHICAGO (July 27, 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 midfielders Shannon Boxx and Lauren Holiday. 

Holiday, 27, made public her decision to retire for club and country in early July, two days after the Women’s World Cup Final. Boxx, 38, recently confirmed her plans to finish her international career at the end of the year as well, but will also immediately retire from professional club soccer and will not be returning to the Chicago Red Stars for the remainder of the season. 

Both players have been vitally important contributors to the success of the U.S. Women’s National Team team over their careers and both finish with multiple Olympic gold medals, a Women’s World Cup title and a professional club championship. 

Boxx, who grew up in Torrance, California, and attended Notre Dame, played in all three incarnations of U.S. professional women’s soccer leagues. She was drafted by the San Diego Spirit into the WUSA and also played for the New York Power. In the WPS, she played for the Los Angeles Sol, the St. Louis Athletica, magicJack and FC Gold Pride, with whom she won a league title in 2010. She ends her career with the Chicago Red Stars in the NWSL. 

“I’ve been blessed to play soccer professionally for 15 years,” said Boxx. “Much of my success at the international level — three gold medals and a World Cup victory — is owed to the professional women’s soccer leagues in which I’ve played. I’m excited to see the NWSL grow and inspire a new generation of girls who may, one day, have their dreams come true just as mine did.” 

Boxx was famously named to the 2003 U.S. Women’s World Cup Team before ever earning a cap. She scored in her first three WNT matches, including the opening game of that tournament, and grew into a fixture at center midfield for years. Known for her tremendous ball-winning in the air and on the ground, as well as sophistication with the ball at her feet in the attack, she currently has 191 caps and 27 goals. 

Boxx was on the short list for the FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year in 2008, 2005 (when she finished third) and 2004, and captained the FIFA Women’s World All-Star Team against Germany in Paris in May of 2005. She was named MVP of the prestigious Algarve Cup in 2004 and 2006. Boxx has struggled with injuries and illness over the past few years, and gave birth to her first daughter, Zoe, in February of 2014. She embarked on a remarkable comeback to make her final Women’s World Cup Team. 

Even more impressive, Boxx has been dealing with Sjogren’s syndrome and Lupus for years and been outspoken about her struggles to cope with the diseases while becoming a role model for many who are similarly afflicted. 

“This is the right decision for me right now,” said Boxx. “And though I’ll continue on with the U.S. team and our victory tour, I look forward to the next chapter in my career. Having the time to focus more on my family, whose support has made everything possible, is something I will cherish as much as the game.” 

Holiday grew up in Indianapolis and attended UCLA (where she finished as the Bruins all-time leading scorer). She played for the USA at the 2006 Under-20 Women’s World Cup in Russia and debuted for the full team in January of 2007 against Germany. 

She displayed tremendous versatility throughout her career, playing forward, flank midfield and several roles in the center of the midfield as well. One of the team’s smoothest passers and the USA’s best players with her back to the net, she has scored a bushel of world-class goals during her time in a U.S. jersey. 

The former Lauren Cheney was one of the youngest players on the 2008 Olympic Team. She currently has 130 caps and 24 goals, including her epic volley in the 2015 Women’s World Cup Final that would turn out to be the game-winner. 

“I prayed about it for a couple years and really over the last year, I’ve had a lot of clarity that I was ready to move on,” said Holiday. “It is a bit bittersweet as I have a lot of emotion invested in the Women’s National Team, but I’m also excited to start the next chapter of my life. I’ve accomplished and fulfilled all my dreams in soccer and now there are other things I want to do. I want to serve other people and focus on my family.” 

Holiday played two seasons for the Boston Breakers in WPS and will finish her professional career at the end of this NWSL season with FC Kansas City, with whom she was the league MVP in 2013, leading the league in goals and assists. Last year she helped the Blues to the league title in 2014 and was MVP of the championship game. 

“I have so much respect for FC Kansas City and when I made my decision to retire, I knew I wanted to come back and finish out the season, not only for the club, but for the fans,” said Holiday. “Hopefully we can win another title and really go out on top.” 

Four games of the 10-game tour have been confirmed with the first match coming on Aug. 16 against Costa Rica at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh. The USA will then play Costa Rica at Finley Stadium in Chattanooga, Tennessee, on Aug. 19. 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 Matildas on Sunday, Sept. 20, at historic Legion Field in Birmingham, Alabama. 

“It’s been an incredible honor and privilege to play so many games for the National Team, but I’m at peace with my decision,” added Holiday. “The tour will be a lot of fun over the next few months to celebrate not only a great World Cup win, but also my career and spending time with my teammates.”

World Champion USWNT to Play September Games in Detroit and Birmingham, Alabama

CHICAGO (July 21, 2015) – The 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup champion U.S. Women’s National Team will play its third and fourth matches on its post-Women’s World Cup tour in Detroit and Birmingham, Alabama, this September. 

The games are part of a 10-match tour to celebrate the USA’s third World Cup title. The remaining six match dates, venues and opponents will be announced as they are confirmed. 

The USA will face Women’s World Cup quarterfinalist Australia on Thursday, Sept. 17, at Ford Field in Detroit (7 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1) followed by a match on Sunday, Sept. 20, at historic Legion Field in Birmingham, Alabama (1:30 p.m. CT on ESPN2). 

Tickets for the September games go on sale to the public Friday, July 31, at 10 a.m. local time at ussoccer.com. For the Detroit contest, tickets are also available by phone at 1-877-212-8898 and at the Ford Field ticket office (Monday-Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.). For the event in Birmingham, tickets are also available by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and at all Ticketmaster ticket centers (including Publix and Walmart locations). [Note: Tickets are not sold at Legion Field except on the day of the event.] 

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.

The press credential application for media planning to cover the post-Women's World Cup tour matches is available online by clicking here. The deadline to submit the U.S. Soccer press credential application for the matches against Australia will be Friday, September 11. 

The USA and Australia met in the opening Group D game of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup, a 3-1 U.S. victory on two goals from Megan Rapinoe and a game-winner from Christen Press that kick-started the USA’s run to the championship. 

The USA’s tour begins on Aug. 16 against Costa Rica at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh. More than 37,000 tickets have been sold for that match. [TICKETS] The USA will then play Costa Rica at Finley Stadium in Chattanooga, Tennessee, on Aug. 19. That match is sold out with over 20,000 fans expected to attend.

Additional Notes:

  • The Sept. 17 clash with Australia will mark the USA’s fourth match in the Detroit area and third at Ford Field, home to the NFL’s Detroit Lions.
  • The USA played indoors at the Pontiac Silverdome in 1993 on grass in a test match for the 1994 World Cup, and then played at Ford Field in December 2008 and 2012 at the end of victory tours to celebrate the Olympic gold medals in Beijing and London, respectively.
  • The USA returns to Alabama for the first time in more than seven years. The U.S. Women played at Legion Field in 2003 against England, in 2004 against Brazil and in 2008 against Australia, a wild 5-4 victory that saw the Americans race out to a 4-1 lead only for the Matildas to roar back and tie the match. The U.S., which scored not one but two own goals in the game, won the match on a goal from Angela Hucles in the fourth minute of second half stoppage time.
  • In Canada this summer, Australia finished second in Group D and defeated Brazil 1-0 in their Round of 16 match on a goal from Boston Breakers forward Kyah Simon, before falling in the quarterfinal to eventual Women’s World Cup finalist Japan, 1-0, on an 87th minute score.

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.

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. 

WNT Forward Alex Morgan Undergoes Minor Knee Surgery

CHICAGO (July 17, 2015) – U.S. Women’s National Team forward Alex Morgan underwent successful arthroscopic surgery on her right knee this morning in Los Angeles to remove a plica, which is a small fold in the lining of the knee joint, that was causing her irritation.

The surgery was minor and Morgan should return to action for Portland Thorns FC in 3-4 weeks. She may be available for the start of USA’s post-Women’s World Cup tour that will span 10 matches across the country to celebrate the WNT’s 2015 Women’s World Cup title. The opening match of the tour will take place on Sunday, Aug. 16, against Costa Rica at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh. More than 36,000 tickets have already been sold, surpassing the largest attendance for a WNT game in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, which was set at a FIFA Women’s World Cup first round match in Philadelphia on Sept. 25, 2003 before a crowd of 31,553. Fans can still purchase tickets to see the world champions live. [TICKETS]

A bone bruise in Morgan’s left knee caused issues leading into the Women’s World Cup, but the injury was successfully managed and resolved over the course of the tournament. Morgan played in all seven games for the USA, logging 434 minutes and started the final five matches.

Morgan now has 91 caps and has scored 52 goals, which puts her in 10th place on the USA’s all-time scoring list, one goal behind Carin Gabarra.

WNT Forward Sydney Leroux to Undergo Ankle Surgery

CHICAGO (July 17, 2015) – U.S. Women’s National Team forward Sydney Leroux will undergo surgery on her right ankle in Kansas City, Missouri, early next week and will be sidelined for up to three months.

She will miss the remainder of the NWSL season and several matches of the USA’s 10-game post-Women’s World Cup tour. The opening match of the tour will take place on Sunday, Aug. 16, against Costa Rica at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh. More than 36,000 tickets have already been sold, surpassing the largest attendance for a WNT game in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, which was set at a FIFA Women’s World Cup group stage match in Philadelphia on Sept. 25, 2003 before a crowd of 31,553. Fans can still purchase tickets to see the world champions live. [TICKETS]

Leroux has an accessory bone in her right ankle that has been causing pain over the last six months and began to get increasingly irritated during the recent Women’s World Cup tournament.  The offending piece of bone will be removed to resolve the issue.

Leroux, who has 75 caps and 35 goals for the USA, played in four games at the Women’s World Cup, starting two, and picked up a key assist on Christen Press’ game-winner against Australia in the first group match. 

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. 

Quotes: Ellis, Holiday, Heath, Lloyd, O'Reilly, Rapinoe and Rampone Exuberant About Fans at NYC Parade

U.S. Women’s National Team Head Coach JILL ELLIS

On the Ticker Tape Parade:
“I actually googled a ticker tape because I had never really seen one but today was unbelievable. I mean, I thought winning a World Cup was special but this was, it was mind-blowing today.”

On the experience of this week - winning a World Cup and going to New York:
“I’d say it’s top right now. I mean this and the World Cup together, hand-in-hand, what a week. It’s unbelievable. I can’t even say I’ve dreamed about it because there’s nothing like this I could have ever imagined.”

On being the first female team honored with a Ticker Tape Parade:
“I think it’s huge. I know that not many teams get honored this way and to be the first female team is very significant and very important for us and for females in sport.”

On her favorite part of the day:
“Just being on the float and actually looking into people’s faces and seeing how happy they were. It was unbelievable.”

#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.

U.S. Women's World Cup Ticker Tape Parade

CHICAGO (July 10, 2015) - Live coverage of the ticker tape parade in honor of the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup Champions. The parade is free to attend and begins at 11 a.m. ET and will proceed down Broadway from Battery Park to City Hall.

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. 

WNT Fans

Back in the USA! The Champs Celebrate with Fans in LA

The WNT is finally back in the USA! The team's first stop was in Los Angeles at L.A. Live for a fan rally on Tuesday.  More than 10,000 fans gathered to show their support for the World Champions, some getting there as early as 4:30 AM.  Midfielder Megan Rapinoe and forward Amy Rodriguez stole the show when they stepped in as emcees to introduce each of the 23 players. Other players that spoke included Golden Glove winner Hope Solo, Golden Ball winner Carli Lloyd, legendary forward Abby Wambach, veteran defender Christie Rampone, and the impressive backline made up by Meghan Klingenberg, Julie Johnston, Becky Sauerbrunn and Ali Krieger.


Next up for the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup Champions is a a pair of friendly matches against Costa Rica on Aug. 16 and Aug. 19 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Chattanooga, Tennessee, respectively, before embarking on a nationwide celebration tour (details to be announced).

Three Star Jerseys Unveiled During FOX Special

Following the WNT's 5-2 victory over Japan in the FIFA Women's World Cup Final, the team headed to the FOX set in Vancouver to speak about the win and the tournament as a whole.  There, the World Champions were also given their new jerseys with three stars, unveiling the new design for the first time.  Today, the WNT will be at L.A. Live in Los Angeles for a rally beginning at 11 a.m. PT.  

Fans Flock to Lincoln Park to Watch World Cup Final

More than 7,000 of the #BestFansInTheWorld gathered in Chicago's Lincoln Park on Sunday to watch the USA take on Japan in the Final of the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup.  The free and open to the public event was organized by U.S. Soccer with support from the Chicago Park District and featured a 19-by-33 foot, high definition screen.  Fans were able to purchase merchandise and food and beverages, and there was also a variety of free activities for fans to enjoy while cheering for the USA. 

Shannon Boxx and Lauren Holiday to Finish International Careers at End of 2015

CHICAGO (July 27, 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 midfielders Shannon Boxx and Lauren Holiday. 

Holiday, 27, made public her decision to retire for club and country in early July, two days after the Women’s World Cup Final. Boxx, 38, recently confirmed her plans to finish her international career at the end of the year as well, but will also immediately retire from professional club soccer and will not be returning to the Chicago Red Stars for the remainder of the season. 

Both players have been vitally important contributors to the success of the U.S. Women’s National Team team over their careers and both finish with multiple Olympic gold medals, a Women’s World Cup title and a professional club championship. 

Boxx, who grew up in Torrance, California, and attended Notre Dame, played in all three incarnations of U.S. professional women’s soccer leagues. She was drafted by the San Diego Spirit into the WUSA and also played for the New York Power. In the WPS, she played for the Los Angeles Sol, the St. Louis Athletica, magicJack and FC Gold Pride, with whom she won a league title in 2010. She ends her career with the Chicago Red Stars in the NWSL. 

“I’ve been blessed to play soccer professionally for 15 years,” said Boxx. “Much of my success at the international level — three gold medals and a World Cup victory — is owed to the professional women’s soccer leagues in which I’ve played. I’m excited to see the NWSL grow and inspire a new generation of girls who may, one day, have their dreams come true just as mine did.” 

Boxx was famously named to the 2003 U.S. Women’s World Cup Team before ever earning a cap. She scored in her first three WNT matches, including the opening game of that tournament, and grew into a fixture at center midfield for years. Known for her tremendous ball-winning in the air and on the ground, as well as sophistication with the ball at her feet in the attack, she currently has 191 caps and 27 goals. 

Boxx was on the short list for the FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year in 2008, 2005 (when she finished third) and 2004, and captained the FIFA Women’s World All-Star Team against Germany in Paris in May of 2005. She was named MVP of the prestigious Algarve Cup in 2004 and 2006. Boxx has struggled with injuries and illness over the past few years, and gave birth to her first daughter, Zoe, in February of 2014. She embarked on a remarkable comeback to make her final Women’s World Cup Team. 

Even more impressive, Boxx has been dealing with Sjogren’s syndrome and Lupus for years and been outspoken about her struggles to cope with the diseases while becoming a role model for many who are similarly afflicted. 

“This is the right decision for me right now,” said Boxx. “And though I’ll continue on with the U.S. team and our victory tour, I look forward to the next chapter in my career. Having the time to focus more on my family, whose support has made everything possible, is something I will cherish as much as the game.” 

Holiday grew up in Indianapolis and attended UCLA (where she finished as the Bruins all-time leading scorer). She played for the USA at the 2006 Under-20 Women’s World Cup in Russia and debuted for the full team in January of 2007 against Germany. 

She displayed tremendous versatility throughout her career, playing forward, flank midfield and several roles in the center of the midfield as well. One of the team’s smoothest passers and the USA’s best players with her back to the net, she has scored a bushel of world-class goals during her time in a U.S. jersey. 

The former Lauren Cheney was one of the youngest players on the 2008 Olympic Team. She currently has 130 caps and 24 goals, including her epic volley in the 2015 Women’s World Cup Final that would turn out to be the game-winner. 

“I prayed about it for a couple years and really over the last year, I’ve had a lot of clarity that I was ready to move on,” said Holiday. “It is a bit bittersweet as I have a lot of emotion invested in the Women’s National Team, but I’m also excited to start the next chapter of my life. I’ve accomplished and fulfilled all my dreams in soccer and now there are other things I want to do. I want to serve other people and focus on my family.” 

Holiday played two seasons for the Boston Breakers in WPS and will finish her professional career at the end of this NWSL season with FC Kansas City, with whom she was the league MVP in 2013, leading the league in goals and assists. Last year she helped the Blues to the league title in 2014 and was MVP of the championship game. 

“I have so much respect for FC Kansas City and when I made my decision to retire, I knew I wanted to come back and finish out the season, not only for the club, but for the fans,” said Holiday. “Hopefully we can win another title and really go out on top.” 

Four games of the 10-game tour have been confirmed with the first match coming on Aug. 16 against Costa Rica at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh. The USA will then play Costa Rica at Finley Stadium in Chattanooga, Tennessee, on Aug. 19. 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 Matildas on Sunday, Sept. 20, at historic Legion Field in Birmingham, Alabama. 

“It’s been an incredible honor and privilege to play so many games for the National Team, but I’m at peace with my decision,” added Holiday. “The tour will be a lot of fun over the next few months to celebrate not only a great World Cup win, but also my career and spending time with my teammates.”

World Champion USWNT to Play September Games in Detroit and Birmingham, Alabama

CHICAGO (July 21, 2015) – The 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup champion U.S. Women’s National Team will play its third and fourth matches on its post-Women’s World Cup tour in Detroit and Birmingham, Alabama, this September. 

The games are part of a 10-match tour to celebrate the USA’s third World Cup title. The remaining six match dates, venues and opponents will be announced as they are confirmed. 

The USA will face Women’s World Cup quarterfinalist Australia on Thursday, Sept. 17, at Ford Field in Detroit (7 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1) followed by a match on Sunday, Sept. 20, at historic Legion Field in Birmingham, Alabama (1:30 p.m. CT on ESPN2). 

Tickets for the September games go on sale to the public Friday, July 31, at 10 a.m. local time at ussoccer.com. For the Detroit contest, tickets are also available by phone at 1-877-212-8898 and at the Ford Field ticket office (Monday-Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.). For the event in Birmingham, tickets are also available by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and at all Ticketmaster ticket centers (including Publix and Walmart locations). [Note: Tickets are not sold at Legion Field except on the day of the event.] 

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.

The press credential application for media planning to cover the post-Women's World Cup tour matches is available online by clicking here. The deadline to submit the U.S. Soccer press credential application for the matches against Australia will be Friday, September 11. 

The USA and Australia met in the opening Group D game of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup, a 3-1 U.S. victory on two goals from Megan Rapinoe and a game-winner from Christen Press that kick-started the USA’s run to the championship. 

The USA’s tour begins on Aug. 16 against Costa Rica at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh. More than 37,000 tickets have been sold for that match. [TICKETS] The USA will then play Costa Rica at Finley Stadium in Chattanooga, Tennessee, on Aug. 19. That match is sold out with over 20,000 fans expected to attend.

Additional Notes:

  • The Sept. 17 clash with Australia will mark the USA’s fourth match in the Detroit area and third at Ford Field, home to the NFL’s Detroit Lions.
  • The USA played indoors at the Pontiac Silverdome in 1993 on grass in a test match for the 1994 World Cup, and then played at Ford Field in December 2008 and 2012 at the end of victory tours to celebrate the Olympic gold medals in Beijing and London, respectively.
  • The USA returns to Alabama for the first time in more than seven years. The U.S. Women played at Legion Field in 2003 against England, in 2004 against Brazil and in 2008 against Australia, a wild 5-4 victory that saw the Americans race out to a 4-1 lead only for the Matildas to roar back and tie the match. The U.S., which scored not one but two own goals in the game, won the match on a goal from Angela Hucles in the fourth minute of second half stoppage time.
  • In Canada this summer, Australia finished second in Group D and defeated Brazil 1-0 in their Round of 16 match on a goal from Boston Breakers forward Kyah Simon, before falling in the quarterfinal to eventual Women’s World Cup finalist Japan, 1-0, on an 87th minute score.

WNT Forward Alex Morgan Undergoes Minor Knee Surgery

CHICAGO (July 17, 2015) – U.S. Women’s National Team forward Alex Morgan underwent successful arthroscopic surgery on her right knee this morning in Los Angeles to remove a plica, which is a small fold in the lining of the knee joint, that was causing her irritation.

The surgery was minor and Morgan should return to action for Portland Thorns FC in 3-4 weeks. She may be available for the start of USA’s post-Women’s World Cup tour that will span 10 matches across the country to celebrate the WNT’s 2015 Women’s World Cup title. The opening match of the tour will take place on Sunday, Aug. 16, against Costa Rica at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh. More than 36,000 tickets have already been sold, surpassing the largest attendance for a WNT game in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, which was set at a FIFA Women’s World Cup first round match in Philadelphia on Sept. 25, 2003 before a crowd of 31,553. Fans can still purchase tickets to see the world champions live. [TICKETS]

A bone bruise in Morgan’s left knee caused issues leading into the Women’s World Cup, but the injury was successfully managed and resolved over the course of the tournament. Morgan played in all seven games for the USA, logging 434 minutes and started the final five matches.

Morgan now has 91 caps and has scored 52 goals, which puts her in 10th place on the USA’s all-time scoring list, one goal behind Carin Gabarra.

WNT Forward Sydney Leroux to Undergo Ankle Surgery

CHICAGO (July 17, 2015) – U.S. Women’s National Team forward Sydney Leroux will undergo surgery on her right ankle in Kansas City, Missouri, early next week and will be sidelined for up to three months.

She will miss the remainder of the NWSL season and several matches of the USA’s 10-game post-Women’s World Cup tour. The opening match of the tour will take place on Sunday, Aug. 16, against Costa Rica at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh. More than 36,000 tickets have already been sold, surpassing the largest attendance for a WNT game in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, which was set at a FIFA Women’s World Cup group stage match in Philadelphia on Sept. 25, 2003 before a crowd of 31,553. Fans can still purchase tickets to see the world champions live. [TICKETS]

Leroux has an accessory bone in her right ankle that has been causing pain over the last six months and began to get increasingly irritated during the recent Women’s World Cup tournament.  The offending piece of bone will be removed to resolve the issue.

Leroux, who has 75 caps and 35 goals for the USA, played in four games at the Women’s World Cup, starting two, and picked up a key assist on Christen Press’ game-winner against Australia in the first group match. 

Quotes: Ellis, Holiday, Heath, Lloyd, O'Reilly, Rapinoe and Rampone Exuberant About Fans at NYC Parade

U.S. Women’s National Team Head Coach JILL ELLIS

On the Ticker Tape Parade:
“I actually googled a ticker tape because I had never really seen one but today was unbelievable. I mean, I thought winning a World Cup was special but this was, it was mind-blowing today.”

On the experience of this week - winning a World Cup and going to New York:
“I’d say it’s top right now. I mean this and the World Cup together, hand-in-hand, what a week. It’s unbelievable. I can’t even say I’ve dreamed about it because there’s nothing like this I could have ever imagined.”

On being the first female team honored with a Ticker Tape Parade:
“I think it’s huge. I know that not many teams get honored this way and to be the first female team is very significant and very important for us and for females in sport.”

On her favorite part of the day:
“Just being on the float and actually looking into people’s faces and seeing how happy they were. It was unbelievable.”

U.S. Women's World Cup Ticker Tape Parade

CHICAGO (July 10, 2015) - Live coverage of the ticker tape parade in honor of the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup Champions. The parade is free to attend and begins at 11 a.m. ET and will proceed down Broadway from Battery Park to City Hall.

NYC to Host Parade for 2015 Women's World Cup Champs USA on Friday

CHICAGO (July 8, 2015) - The City of New York will host a ticker tape parade for the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup Champion U.S. Women's National Team on Friday, July 10 at 11 a.m. ET. All fans are invited to celebrate along the parade route which will be the Canyon of Heroes, along Broadway from the Battery to City Hall.

The parade will honor the USA following its historic run at the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup that culminated with a 5-2 victory against Japan on July 5 to give the country its third title, and become the only nation to achieve that feat. 

Is the parade open to the public?
Yes! All fans are invited to celebrate with the World Cup champions along the parade route. 

What is the parade route and where can I watch the parade in person?
The parade will be at the Canyon of Heroes, along Broadway from Battery Park to City Hall. Fans are welcome to line the streets to see your World Cup champions.

Is this a ticketed event? Is there an admission charge?
Free of charge! There’s nothing for you to do but come out and cheer on your World Cup champions!

What time does the parade begin?
The parade is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. ET. and end at 12:15pm ET. Get there early!

What should I wear?
Lots and lots of Red, White and Blue! 

What happens at the ceremony at City Hall?
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio will host a special program for the U.S. Women’s National Team.

Will the event be televised?
Yes. You can watch the event on FOX Sports 1 and ESPN.

Will there be live streaming online?
Yes. More details forthcoming.

What are the social channels and hashtags?

What is #SheBelieves?
Conceived and developed by the USWNT players, the #SheBelieves campaign is a message to young girls that they can accomplish all their goals and dreams. Read more about it here.

For more information on public transportation, traffic and street closings around the parade route, see the Downtown Alliance website

Ticket Sales Surge Past 30,000 Mark as Pittsburgh Gets Set to Host World Cup Champs

CHICAGO (July 7, 2015) – More than 30,000 tickets have been sold for the U.S. Women’s National Team’s first post-Women’s World Cup match against Costa Rica on Sunday, Aug. 16, at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Following the U.S. WNT’s historic Women’s World Cup victory on July 5, ticket sales increased rapidly, forcing the upper level stands of Heinz Field, home of the NFL’s Pittsburgh Steelers, to be opened in order to accommodate the large number of fans  wanting to see the World Cup Champions live. The game will kick off at 1:30 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1. Tickets are still available. (TICKETS)

The return to Pittsburgh will be a homecoming of sorts for U.S. defender Meghan Klingenberg, who hails from nearby Gibsonia. Klingenberg was one of five players who played every minute during the USA’s run to the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup title, as well as part of the backline that shut down opponents for 540 consecutive minutes, the second-best streak in WWC history. Over the course of seven games, the U.S. Women only allowed three goals.

The WNT’s match in Pittsburgh marks the team’s second visit to Heinz Field, after defeating Iceland there by a 3-0 score in 2004, following the USA’s Olympic gold medal run in Greece. The USA has played 15 times previously in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Three days after facing Costa Rica in Pittsburgh, the World Cup Champs will play a second friendly against its CONCACAF rival in front of over 20,000 fans at Finley Stadium on Wednesday, Aug. 19 in Chattanooga, Tennessee (6:30 p.m. ET on ESPN2). Tickets for that match are sold out, with the number setting a WNT attendance record in the state.

World Champions: USA Wins 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup

VANCOUVER, Canada (July 5, 2015) – The U.S. Women’s National Team defeated Japan 5-2 at BC Place on Sunday night to become the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup Champion and the first three-time FIFA Women’s World Cup winner. 

In the first 16 minutes of play the USA took a 4-0 lead over Japan after Carli Lloyd netted the fastest hat trick in Women’s World Cup history and Lauren Holiday added a goal to put the USA up by a wide margin. 

Japan ended the USA’s record-tying shutout streak at 540 minutes by scoring in the 28th minute. The Asian nation built a bit of momentum early in the second half as Julie Johnston’s defensive clearance instead sent the ball into the USA’s net. However, Tobin Heath responded two minutes later to make it 5-2 and complete the highest scoring Final (seven goals) in FIFA Women’s World Cup history.

Loyd and goalkeeper Hope Solo were awarded the Golden Ball and Golden Glove, as the best player and the best goalkeeper at the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup, respectively. It was the second straight Golden Glove award for Solo (she also won it in 2011) and the first for Lloyd. Lloyd became the second American to win the award, joining Carin Jennings, who won it in 1991. 

The USA is now the only country to win three Women’s World Cup and the country to score the most goals (five) in a WWC Final – no other team has scored more than two. 

The WNT will return to the USA for a pair of friendly matches against Costa Rica on Aug. 16 and Aug. 19 in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, and Chattanooga, Tennessee, respectively, before embarking on their nationwide celebration tour (details to be announced). 

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Carli Lloyd (Megan Rapinoe), 3rd minute:
Playing a short corner kick on the ground, Megan Rapinoe sent a ball straight through several Japanese defenders to the middle of the six yard box. Carli Lloyd stormed from the back of the box to time her arrival with the ball perfectly and finished with a left-footed strike to score the fastest goal in FIFA Women’s World Cup Final history. USA 1, JPN 0 

USA – Carli Lloyd, 5th minute: Two minutes later, another set piece play led to a U.S. goal. Lauren Holiday stepped up to take the free kick from the right side of the box and sent a shot to the middle of the box that was flicked on by Julie Johnston through a forest of players before Carli Lloyd found it right in front of the net and tapped it in with the inside of her right foot for the second goal of the game and he fifth of the tournament. USA 2, JPN 0 

USA – Lauren Holiday, 14th minute: The sequence began with Tobin Heath, who sent a pass from the midfield intended for Alex Morgan but had the ball intercepted by Japanese defender Azusa Iwashimizu. Iwashimizu tried to head it out of danger but instead directed the ball up in the air. It came down right in front of Lauren Holiday, who volleyed it in stride with her right foot to net her first goal of the tournament. USA 3, JPN 0

USA – Carli Lloyd, 16th minute: Carli Lloyd intercepted the ball in midfield and touched it past a Japan player. Crossing the midfield line, she launched a shot that caught Japan goalkeeper Ayumi Kaihori out of her net. While Kaihori got a hand to the ball, she could not keep it from bouncing off the post and into the back of the net, thus completing the fastest hat trick in Women’s World Cup history. USA 4, JPN 0 

JPN – Yuki Ogimi (Nahomi Kawasumi), 28th minute: Nahomi Kawasumi played a great ball from the right channel, spotting teammate Yuki Ogimi inside the box. Ogimi evaded a challenge from Julie Johnston, swiveled around and sent a curling shot beyond the reach of Hope Solo for the Japan’s first goal of the match that ended the USA’s record-tying shutout streak. USA 4, JPN 1

JPN – Julie Johnston (own goal), 52nd: Julie Johnston tried to clear a free kick attempt with a header that bounced across the face of goal and nestled inside the far post of Hope Solo’s net for Japan’s second score of the game. USA 4, JPN 2

USA – Tobin Heath (Morgan Brian), 54th: Japan’s goalkeeper Ayumi Kaihori  punched a Lauren Holiday corner kick clear to the right side. Kaihori’s punch wasn’t strong enough and the ball landed at Morgan Brian’s feet. Brian cut the ball back into the middle where Tobin Heath used the inside of her foot to one-time Brian’s perfect ball into the back of the net for the final score line. USA 5, JPN 2 (FINAL)

Next on the Schedule: The WNT return to the USA for a pair of friendly matches against Costa Rica on Aug. 16 and Aug. 19 in Pittsburgh, Pa., and Chattanooga, Tenn., respectively.
Broadcast information: FOX Sports 1 (Aug. 16), ESPN2 (Aug. 19)
Social: Twitter (@ussoccer_wnt@ussoccer_esp); FacebookInstagram

Milestone Watch:

  • The USA becomes the first country to win three FIFA Women’s World Cup titles.
  • Carli Lloyd is the first U.S. WNT player to score in four straight games in a World Cup. She netted a goal against China, Colombia and Germany and three against Japan.
  • Lloyd also became the first woman in a FIFA WWC to score a hat trick in a Final match and scored the fastest hat trick in Women’s World Cup history.
  • Lloyd also became the third U.S. Woman to score a hat trick in WWC play: Carin Jennings Gabarra netted three goals against Germany in 1991 and Akers scored five against Chinese Taipei that same year.
  • Lloyd’s goal in the third minute was the fastest goal scored in a WWC Final game.
  • 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). With her three goals against Japan tonight, she became the first American to score in three major-tournament finals.
  • Midfielders Lauren Holiday and Tobin Heath each score their first goals of the tournament. It was Heath’s first goal in a Women’s World Cup.
  • The U.S. WNT finished this year’s tournament with a 34-4-5 all-time in Women’s World Cup play, outscoring its opponents 112-35 in 43 games. The 34 wins, 112 goals scored and the 43 games played are FIFA Women’s World Cup records.
  • With its five goals against Japan, the USA now holds the record for most goals scored in WWC play with 112 – the team scored 14 throughout the tournament. Germany scored 20 in Canada to finish in second with 111.
  • The USA’s five goals were the most any team has scored in a WWC Final. No other team has scored more than two.
  • The USA’s two goals in the first five minutes of the match against Japan was the first time any team scored twice in that span in a WWC game. 

Additional Notes:

  • The game was the third meeting between the USA and Japan in a major tournament Final. The USA now has a 2-0-1 record in those meetings: Wins in 2015 WWC and 2012 Olympics. Tie in 2011 WWC (1-3 PKs).
  • Lloyd leads the U.S. with eight goals in 2015.
  • 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.
  • 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) of anyone on the team.
  • Five U.S. players played all 630 minutes of the tournament: defenders Julie Johnston, Meghan Klingenberg, Sauerbrunn, midfielder Carli Lloyd, and goalkeeper Hope Solo.
  • In its last 17 games, the U.S. has surrendered just five goals and has scored 34.
  • Nineteen of the 20 field players on the World Cup roster saw action in the tournament.
  • Coming on as a sub in the second half, Wambach played in her 25th career WWC game, tied for second most all-time with Julie Foudy, Brigit Prinz and Formiga. Only Kristine Lilly has more (30).
  • 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.
  • Hope Solo finished with 10 clean sheets in Women’s World Cup play, tying the record for most by a U.S. goalkeeper and most in World Cup play with Brianna Scurry.
  • Solo now 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).
  • Eleven players on the current USA roster have scored in a Women’s World Cup tournament: Tobin Heath, Wambach, Megan Rapinoe, Alex Morgan, Carli Lloyd, Lauren Holiday, Heather O’Reilly, Lori Chalupny, Shannon Boxx, Christen Press and Kelley O’Hara.
  • For the first time in FIFA WWC history, 24 nations participated at this year’s event, up from 16 that participated in the previous four editions. The 1991 and 1995 Women’s World Cups featured 12 teams. 
  • Fourteen different players have scored for the USA in 2015: Tobin Heath, Lauren Holiday, Kelley O’Hara, Morgan, Wambach, Rodriguez, Press, Johnston, Klingenberg, Megan Rapinoe, Brian, Chalupny, Leroux and Lloyd. 

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

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Japan
Date: July 5, 2015
Competition: 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup – Final
Venue: BC Place; Vancouver, Canada
Kickoff: 4 p.m. PT
Attendance: 53,341
Weather: Indoor Stadium

Scoring Summary:   1          2          F
USA                            4          1          5
JPN                             1          1          2

USA – Carli Lloyd (Megan Rapinoe)              3rd minute
USA – Carli Lloyd                                           5
USA – Lauren Holiday                                    14
USA – Carli Lloyd                                           16
JPN – Yuki Ogimi (Nahomi Kawasumi)         27
JPN – Julie Johnston (own goal)                    52
USA – Tobin Heath (Morgan Brian)               54

Lineups:
USA: 1-Hope Solo; 11-Ali Krieger, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 19-Julie Johnston, 22-Meghan Klingenberg; 12-Lauren Holiday, 14-Morgan Brian, 10-Carli Lloyd (capt.), 15-Megan Rapinoe (5-Kelley O’Hara, 61), 13-Alex Morgan (3-Christie Rampone, 86), 17-Tobin Heath (20-Abby Wambach, 79)
Subs Not Used: 2-Sydney Leroux, 6-Whitney Engen, 7-Shannon Boxx, 8-Amy Rodriguez, 9-Heather O’Reilly, 16-Lori Chalupny,18-Ashlyn Harris, 21-Alyssa Naeher, 23-Christen Press
Head coach: Jill Ellis
 

JPN: 18-Ayumi Kaihori; 3-Azusa Iwashimizu (10-Homare Sawa, 33), 4-Saki Kumagai, 5-Aya Sameshima, 6-Mizuho Sakaguchi, 8-aya Miyama (C), 9-Nahomi Kawasumi (15-Yuika Sugasawa, 39), 11-Shinobu Ohno (16-Mana Iwabuchi, 60), 13-Rumi Utsugi, 17-Yuki Ogimi, 19-Saori Ariyoshi
Subs Not Used: 1-Miho Fukumoto, 2-Yukari Kinga, 12-Megumi Kamionobe, 14-Asuna Tanaka, 20-Yuri Kawamura, 21-Erina Yamane, 22-Asano Nagasato, 23-Kana Kitahara, 7-Kozue Ando
Head Coach: Norio Sasaki

Stats Summary: USA / JPN
Shots: 15 / 12
Shots on Goal: 7 / 4
Saves: 3 / 2
Corner Kicks: 7 / 3
Fouls: 14 / 10
Offside: 1 / 1

Misconduct Summary:
JPN – Homare Sawa (caution)                      82nd minute
JPN – Mana Iwabuchi (caution)                     85

Officials:
Referee: Kateryna Monzul (UKR)
Assistant Referee 1: Natalia Rachynska (UKR)
Assistant Referee 2: Yolanda Parga (ESP)
Fourth Official: Claudia Umpierrez (URU)

Budweiser Woman of the Match: Carli Lloyd

One More: USA Set to Face Japan for World Cup Glory

U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Japan
2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup – Final
BC Place; Vancouver, Canada
July 5, 2015 

GRAND FINAL SET FOR VANCOUVER: The U.S. Women’s National Team will compete for the biggest prize in women’s soccer when it takes on Japan in the championship of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup on Sunday, July 5 at BC Place in Vancouver, Canada. This will be the fourth appearance in a FIFA Women’s World Cup Final for the USA, who previously won it all in 1991 and 1999, and its second straight after it fell short in a shootout against Japan at the 2011 edition. The rematch between the two 2011 finalists will be broadcast live on FOX and Telemundo at 4 p.m. PT (7 p.m. ET). Fans can follow all the action on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt and @ussoccer_esp, and follow the team along its journey on Instagram and on Snapchat (ussoccer_wnt). The USA earned its way into the Final with a 2-0 victory against top-ranked Germany on June 30 in Montreal, while Japan defeated England 2-1 on July 1 in Edmonton 1 to become the second defending WWC champion to return to a Final (Germany did it from 2003 to 2007). The United States can be the first country to win three Women’s World Cup titles, while defending champion Japan can be the second repeat winner.

FANS CREATE HOME FIELD ATMOSPHERE ABROAD: During its run in Canada, the USWNT has played in front of what has felt like six straight home crowds, averaging 35,131 fans per game, all of whom seem to be wearing red, white and blue. The vast majority of the more than 31,000 at Winnipeg Stadium on June 8 and more than 32,000 on June 12 were solidly decked out to rep the stars and stripes. The match against Nigeria at BC Place in Vancouver on June 16 proved to be no different as the crowd of 52,193 fans, most of whom were backing the USA, was the fourth largest to attend a WNT match outside the U.S. Once again, fan support was prominent during the Round of 16 match, and although the crowd was smaller in the mammoth Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton, the majority of the 19,000 fans that showed up for USA vs. Colombia swathed in U.S. gear yet again. The quarterfinal against China PR was sold out, and the attendance for the epic USA vs. Germany semifinal showdown did not disappoint, as more than 50,000 fans loudly established their presence with audible chants of “USA, USA, USA” across the massive Olympic Stadium in Montreal. BC Place, where more than 52,000 fans saw the USA clinch first place in its group two weeks ago, is set to host the final of this year’s tournament and the sell-out attendance is once again expected to be record-breaking.

WORLD CUP GETTING HUGE TV NUMBERS: The 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup is getting excellent TV ratings and increasing for every match, proving the growing popularity of the tournament and the sport. 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 however, the record was broke again 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 upward audience trend, which began in the group stage, only has continue to sky rocket, and with a rematch of the 2011 Final set for Sunday, numbers are promising to reach new heights. The six USA matches on FOX and FOX Sports 1 have averaged 5.3 million viewers, 121% better than the 2011 tournament average through the semifinals (2.4 million) on ESPN.

WE MEET AGAIN: The USA and reigning World Champion Japan will meet in the Final of the FIFA Women’s World Cup for the second consecutive tournament. This will be the third meeting between both sides in major international tournament finals, following the 2011 FIFA WWC Final and the 2012 London Olympics gold medal game. The USA and Japan split those meetings, with the USA redeeming its 2011 penalty kick loss with a gold medal winning performance in 2012. After six games at this year’s tournament, both teams, the one looking for its third title since 1999, and the other looking to defend its crown, will go at it in a seventh match (the most games ever needed to be played in a FIFA WWC to win it all) in the hopes to collect the ultimate prize in women’s soccer.

FOUR U.S. PLAYERS ON SHORTLISTS FOR FIFA AWARDS: FIFA has announced it candidates for end-of-the tournament awards and the U.S. WNT candidates for the Golden Ball as best player in the competition are defender Julie Johnston, midfielder Carli Lloyd and midfielder Megan Rapinoe. Hope Solo is also among three candidates for the Golden Glove awarded to the top net-minder in the tournament, an honor she won at the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

  • CARLI LLOYD: Lloyd, who has played every minute of the tournament, has scored a goal in the last three knockout round matches for the U.S. including two game-winners. The veteran midfielder opened her scoring in the tournament against Colombia converting a penalty kick. The following match, Lloyd notched the game-winning header against China off a Johnston service. Most recently, Lloyd buried her second PK of the tournament in a 2-0 victory over Germany and added an assist on Kelley O’Hara’s clinching goal vs. Germany, her first in international play.
  • JULIE JOHNSTON: Johnston has played every minute as a member of the U.S. backline that is carrying a 513-minute shutout streak and has allowed just one goal through six games. She registered the assist on Carli Lloyd’s headed goal against China PR in the quarterfinals.
  • MEGAN RAPINOE: Rapinoe was the game changer for the United States in their opening match of the World Cup scoring two goals in America’s 3-1 victory over Australia. She’s notched an assist as well and despite being suspended for the quarterfinal due to yellow card accumulation, has been a consistently dynamic threat up and down the wing for the USA.
  • HOPE SOLO: Solo has allowed just one goal through six matches and has played an integral role in the U.S. shutout streak. She’s been an immense presence on a well-organized backline and been a crucial part of the USA’s defensive resolve throughout the tournament. With another shutout, Solo would have 11 in Women’s World Cup play and set an all-time tournament record.

U.S. ROSTER NOTES:

  • Sunday’s match features 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.
  • Midfielder Carli Lloyd has scored in three straight games for the WNT at this year’s World Cup (Colombia, China and Germany). Her goal in the second half against Germany on June 30 was her fourth career World Cup strike and her 66th overall. She has captained the USA three times in Canada. She is 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). No American has scored 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 American has scored in three major-tournament finals (Wambach could also score in her third on Sunday).
  • Kelley O’Hara made her debut in this year’s 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.
  • Since allowing a goal against Australia in its opening match on June 8 in the 27th minute, the U.S. has shut out Sweden, Nigeria, Colombia, China and Germany – a stretch of 513 consecutive minutes.  
  • 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 (1,419) on the team.
  • Five U.S. players have played all 540 minutes of the tournament so far: defenders Julie Johnston, Meghan Klingenberg and Sauerbrunn, midfielder Lloyd, and goalkeeper Hope Solo.
  • In 16 games played this year, the U.S. has surrendered just three goals and has scored 29. The USA hasn’t lost a match since dropping its opening game of 2015 on Feb. 8 to France.
  • The USA is 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 game against Germany on June 30, Abby Wambach played in her 24th career WWC game, tied for second most all-time with Julie Foudy, Birgit Prinz and Formiga. Only Kristine Lilly has more (30).
  • Alex Morgan scored her first goal in this year’s Women’s World Cup against Colombia. Morgan now has three goals in 2015 and 52 international goals in her career. She has scored a total of three World Cup goals after scoring twice in 2011.
  • Before her start against Nigeria in the final group match, Morgan had only played 25 minutes in the tournament, coming off the bench against Australia and Sweden for 12 and 13 minutes, respectively, before playing 65 minutes against Nigeria. After playing 90 minutes vs. Colombia, 80 against China, and 89 against Germany she has now played a total of 349 minutes.
  • Twelve 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 and Lloyd.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • So far, 19 of the 20 field players on the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup roster have seen action in the tournament.
  • 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 of her career.
  • 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. This is Boxx’s fourth World Cup and Rampone’s fifth.
  • Forward Abby Wambach leads the U.S. with six goals in 2015.
  • 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 307 games are the most of any active player in the world behind only former teammate Kristine Lilly.
  • 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 66 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.
  • All nine NWSL clubs are represented on the Women’s World Cup roster.

IN THE RECORD BOOKS:

  • Carli Lloyd became the 10th woman in U.S. history to reach 200 caps during the quarterfinal match against China PR on June 26. She is the fourth player on this World Cup roster to reach that mark. 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 66 goals, is the highest-scoring player in U.S. history who has played exclusively as a midfielder.
  • 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 176th cap against Germany on June 30. 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 170. Solo is also in 10th place on the WNT’s all-time starts list and behind ninth place Carli Lloyd, who has 173.
  • Solo has 135 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 33 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 107 caps. Lori Chalupny became the 32nd player 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.

2015 FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP NOTES:

  • 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 107 WWC goals. 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 currently have 111 goals after scoring 20 in this tournament, 14 of which came against Ivory Coast and Thailand.
  • The USA has allowed 14 shots on goal over the 540 minutes of action so far and allowed just one against Sweden and Germany, and two against Nigeria, Colombia and China.
  • 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 is making 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. For the second straight WWC Final, the USA and Japan will contend for the tournament title.
  • The U.S. is the only country to have reached semifinals of every FIFA Women’s World Cup. The USA won in 1991 and 1999.
  • The USA will be making 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).
  • Abby Wambach has played in 24 WWC matches, the most on the 2015 WWC roster. Christie Rampone has played in 18 Women’s World Cup games while Carli Lloyd has played in 17, Shannon Boxx and Hope Solo have played in 16. Other players in double figures in Women’s World Cup matches are Ali Krieger and Heather O’Reilly with 12; Alex Morgan, Lauren Holiday and Megan Rapinoe with 11.
  • The U.S. WNT has won its group in the World Cup every year except 2011, when it finished second to Sweden.
  • The 90,185 spectators on hand at the Rose Bowl for the USA’s victory against China PR in the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup represent the largest attendance in the tournament’s history. The largest venue at the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup is Olympic Stadium, which seats 66,308.
  • With her first-half goal against Nigeria, 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 this tournament. With Brazil out of this tournament, Wambach has a chance to tie Marta or break the record should she score in the final.
  • Wambach has 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 current USA 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 and Kelley O’Hara.
  • The U.S. WNT is 33-4-5 all-time in the Women’s World Cup, outscoring its opponents 107-33 in 42 games. The 33 wins and 42 games played are FIFA Women’s World Cup records.
  • The USA’s most lopsided victory in the tournament was a 7-0 win against Chinese Taipei in 1991.
  • Michelle Akers’ five goals against Chinese Taipei are the most in a single match in tournament history.
  • The U.S. holds two other individual records with Kristine Lilly playing a record 30 games in five World Cups and goalkeeper Briana Scurry earning a record 10 shutouts.
  • For the first time in FIFA WWC history, 24 nations participated at this year’s event, up from 16 that participated in the previous four editions. The 1991 and 1995 Women’s World Cups featured 12 teams. 

LAST TIME

On the field for the USA:
June 30, 2015 – Olympic Stadium; Montreal, Canada (2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup)

USA     2          Lloyd, 69; O’Hara 84
GER     0          

Lineups:
USA:  1-Hope Solo; 11-Ali Krieger, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 19-Julie Johnston, 22-Meghan Klingenberg; 12-Lauren Holiday, 14-Morgan Brian, 10-Carli Lloyd (capt.), 15-Megan Rapinoe (20-Abby Wambach,80), 13-Alex Morgan (2-Sydney Leroux, 90+3), 17-Tobin Heath (5-Kelley O’Hara, 75) 
Subs Not Used: 3-Christie Rampone, 6-Whitney Engen, 7-Shannon Boxx, 8-Amy Rodriguez, 9-Heather O’Reilly, 16-Lori Chalupny,18-Ashlyn Harris, 21-Alyssa Naeher, 23-Christen Press 
Head coach: Jill Ellis 
 

GER : 1-Nadine Angerer (capt.); 4-Leonie Maier, 5-Annike Krahn, 3-Saskia Bartusiak, 22-Tabea Kemme; 6-Simone Laudehr, 20-Lena Goessling, 11-Anja Mittag (10-Dzsenifer Marozsan, 78), 16-Melanie Leupolz, 18-Alexandra Popp; 13-Celia Sasic 
Subs not used: 2-Bianca Schmidt, 7-Melanie Behringer, 8-Pauline Bremer, 9-Lena Lotzen, 12-Almuth Schult, 14-Babett Peter, 15-Jennifer Cramer, 17-Josephine Henning, 19-Lena Petermann, 21-Laura Benkarth, 23-Sara Daebritz 
Head coach: Silvia Neid

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.

Behind The Crest: Ep. 6 - #USWNT in Canada

Following the quarterfinal win over China, the #USWNT gets a short time to spend with friends before starting the recovery process and traveling to Montreal for a semifinal clash against Germany.

World Cup Soccer Moms

Three members of the USA's 2015 Women's World Cup Team have two full-time jobs: professional soccer player and mom. Christie Rampone, Shannon Boxx and Amy Rodriguez explain why it's not always easy, but why being a mom on the USWNT has tremendous rewards.

WNT Congratulates PNT on Qualifying for 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio

The #USWNT took a moment after training ahead of Tuesday's World Cup Semifinal showdown with Germany to congratulate the U.S. Soccer Paralympic National Team on its achievement of qualifying for the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil! The U.S. PNT placed 7th at the recently completed Cerebral Palsy Football World Championships and will next compete at the Pan American Games later this summer in Toronto. The U.S. WNT faces World-No. 1 ranked Germany at Olympic Stadium in Montreal on June 30 at 7 p.m. on FOX and NBC Universo.

Behind The Crest: Ep. 5 - #USWNT in Canada

The U.S. Women's National Team begins the knockout round with a win against Colombia in Edmonton. The team puts the win behind them quickly and looks ahead to a quarterfinal with China with only three full days of rest between matches. Alex Morgan and Morgan Brian preview the game and reflect on the depth of the USA team ahead of a big match in Ottawa.

Behind The Crest: Ep. 4 - #USWNT in Canada

The U.S. Women's National Team moves to the Round of 16 in episode 4 of "Behind the Crest." After beating Nigeria in Vancouver, the team boards a plane to Edmonton where they find out their next opponent - Colombia - and get set for their knockout round match on June 22.

Behind The Crest: Ep. 3 - #USWNT in Canada

The U.S. Women's National Team leaves Winnipeg behind and heads to Vancouver. Rest and recovery are of the utmost importance as the team prepares to face Nigeria to wrap group play. Behind the Crest gives you an inside look at how the team is preparing for the match.
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