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Wood's Late Strike Downs World Champs in Germany

COLOGNE, Germany (June 10, 2015) – For the second time in five days, the U.S. Men’s National Team successfully converted in the last three minutes of a game, this time to defeat No.1-ranked and 2014 FIFA World Cup champion Germany, 2-1 at RheinEnergieSTADION in Cologne.

Once again, it was Bobby Wood who scored the game-winner for the USA, netting his tally in the 87th minute, after entering the game in the second half. Mix Diskerud was the other goal scorer for the USMNT and the one responsible for equalizing the match before the halftime mark after Germany got on the board early in the game.

Wood’s strike was the second of his international career with the senior team, and the second consecutive game-winner in five days. He also scored the tally that lifted the U.S. to a 4-3 win over No.-6 ranked Netherlands on June 5 in Amsterdam.

This is the USA’s fourth victory against Germany and the first victory for the United States against Die Mannschaft on German soil. The U.S. is now 4-7-0 all-time against the reigning World Cup champions.

Next, the MNT returns to the USA for one final tune-up match before the start of the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup when it takes on Guatemala on July 3 at LP Field in Nashville, Tennessee. Kickoff is set for 5:30 p.m. CT. The game will be broadcast live FOX Sports 1, UniMas and UDN. Fans can also follow the action on Twitter @ussoccer and @ussoccer_esp.

Goal Scoring Rundown:
GER – Mario Goetze (Patrick Hermann) 12th minute:
Patrick Hermman attacked from the right side and weaved through the U.S. defense to open himself up for a pass that he sent across to Mario Goetze. Goetze received it and sent it back across the mouth of the goal into the right corner to give Germany an early lead. USA 0, GER 1 (SEE GOAL)

USA – Mix Diskerud (Michael Bradley) 41st minute: It all started with Michael Bradley, who received a pass from just inside the midfield line, took a turn and sent a beautiful cross to Mix Diskerud, who had sprinted open on the left. Inside the box, Diskerud brought the ball down with his chest, took a touch and then snapped a leaping right-footed shot past Germany goalkeeper Ron-Robert Zieler into the center of the net. USA 1, GER 1 ( SEE GOAL)

USA – Bobby Wood (Brad Evans), 87th minute: Second half sub Brad Evans sent a ball through the right side of the midfield toward the box where Jordan Morris pretended to field it but instead allowed it to zip past him to Bobby Wood. Wood received the ball and sharply turned to the center of the pitch, ridding his marker in the process and sent a powerful strike with his left foot inside the left post and just outside the outstretched arms of the German ‘keeper. USA 2, GER 1 ( SEE GOAL) FINAL

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
USA – Brad Guzan, (save) 3rd minute: Germany accelerated from the right side and Hermann whipped a hard cross all the way across the pitch to Mario Goetze who chested it down near the upper left corner of the box. Goetze moved a few steps toward the goal and then elected to play the ball back to an open Mesut Ozil. Ozil snapped off a left-footed shot on goal, but Guzan dove and caught it.

USA – Brad Guzan, (save) 31st minute: A giveaway at midfield sent Germany on a break. Hermann attacked from the center and lofted the ball over to Goetze, who found himself in a one-on-one situation with Guzan. Guzan proved the winner, making a quick kick-save and knocking the ball to safety.

USA – Brad Guzan, (save) 33rd minute: Goetze again was at the center of another German chance, this time lofting in a cross from the left to a breaking Andre Schurrle in the box and in front of goal. Schurrle jumped and met the ball with a soft header, but Guzan saved again, jumping and snagging the ball out of the air.

Next on the Schedule: The U.S. MNT will be back in the U.S. for one final tune-up match before the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup begins when it takes on Guatemala on July 3 at LP Field in Nashville, Tennessee. Kickoff is set for 5:30 p.m. CT.
Broadcast information:  FOX Sports 1, UniMas, UDN
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Milestone Watch:

  • Mix Diskerud scored his first goal of 2015 and the sixth of his career. His last goal came in the USA’s 4-1 loss to Ireland in Dublin on Nov. 18, 2014.
  • Midfielder Michael Bradley is inching closer to the century cap mark. He now has 98 appearances since debuting for the MNT in 2006. He is in sole possession of 16th place on the MNT all-time list.
  • Juan Agudelo made his first start with the MNT since June 22, 2011, when the U.S. played Panama at the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup.
  • Brad Guzan earned his 14th win for the U.S. and sits in fifth place on the list for all-time wins.

Additional Notes:

  • The win is the first for the USA on German soil and the fourth overall victory against Germany. The U.S. is now 4-7-0 all-time against the reigning World Cup champions.
  • Four players that saw action against Germany on June 26, 2014, during the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, also took the field tonight against the World Cup champs. They were: Michael Bradley, Fabian Johnson, Kyle Beckerman and DeAndre Yedlin.
  • Today’s game marked the third matchup between the U.S. and Germany during Jurgen Klinsmann’s tenure as head coach for the USA. He’s gone 2-1-0 against his former side, with one game coming during World Cup play and the other two in friendlies.
  • The last time the teams played in Germany was March 27, 2006 in a tune-up for the 2006 FIFA World Cup. Coached by Jurgen Klinsmann, Germany won 4-1 in Dortmund, going on to finish in third place in the World Cup that summer.
  • This was the fifth game for the U.S. against a team ranked in the top 20 in the world in 2015; the U.S. has compiled a record of 3-1-1 during that span.
  • This is the USA's first result against the world's No. 1 team since defeating No. 1-ranked Spain 2-0 in the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup.
  • The last time the USA scored two or more goals in back-to-back games in Europe was in 1979 when the U.S. beat Hungary 2-0 in Budapest on goals from Nanchoff and DiBernardo, then lost 3-2 to the Republic of Ireland in Dublin with DiBernardo and Villa scoring for the U.S.
  • The last time the U.S. scored consecutive victories against teams ranked in the top 10 in the world was in the 2002 FIFA World Cup when the USA beat No. 5 Portugal 3-2, in group play, and No. 7 Mexico 2-0 in the first knockout round.
  • Twelve different players have scored for the USA in 2015: Juan Agudelo, Jozy Altidore, Bradley, John Brooks, Clint Dempsey, Aron Johannsson, Mix Diskerud, Jordan Morris, Brek Shea, Danny Williams and Gyasi Zardes.
  • Bradley has played every minute of the USA’s seven matches so far in 2015. In addition to Bradley, two other MNT players have appeared in all seven games: Zardes and Yedlin.
  • Danny Williams made his first start for the U.S. in 2015 in today’s match. His last start came on Nov. 14, 2012 in a 2-2 draw against Russia in Krasnodar.
  • Brad Evans had the assist on Wood’s game-winning goal tonight. Evans was a starter in the 4-3 win against Germany in the U.S. Soccer Centennial Match on June 2, 2013, in Washington, D.C.; Bradley and Fabian Johnson were also on the field that day.
  • Ventura Alvarado has now appeared in five straight matches since making his debut in a U.S. uniform on March 25 against Denmark. Alvarado is a regular starter for the Club America team that captured the CONCACAF Champions League title and a trip to the FIFA Club World Cup.

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

Match:  U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Germany
Date:  June 10, 2015
Competition:  International Friendly
Venue:  RheinEnergieStadion; Cologne, Germany
Kickoff:  2:45 p.m. ET (8:45 p.m. local)
Attendance:  40,348
Weather:  73 degrees; Partly Cloudy

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

GER – Mario Goetze (Patrick Herrmann)     12th Minute
USA – Mix Diskerud (Michael Bradley)         41
USA – Bobby Wood (Brad Evans)                 87

Lineups:
USA: 1-Brad Guzan; 21-Timmy Chandler, 19-Ventura Alvarado, 6-John Brooks, 23-Fabian Johnson (3-Brad Evans, 46); 14-Danny Williams (5-Kyle Beckerman, 46), 20-Gyasi Zardes (18-Bobby Wood, 74), 10-Mix Diskerud (7-Alfredo Morales, 74) 4-Michael Bradley (capt.); 9-Aron Johannsson (8-Jordan Morris, 74), 13-Juan Agudelo (2-DeAndre Yedlin, 46)
Subs Not Used: 11-Brek Shea, 15-Michael Orozco, 16-Miguel Ibarra, 22- William Yarbrough
Head Coach: Jurgen Klinsmann

GER: 12-Ron-Robert Zieler; 4-Sebastian Rudy, 2-Shkodran Mustafi, 16-Antonio Rudiger, 3-Jonas Hector; 7-Bastian Schweinsteiger (capt.) (6-Sami Khedira, 46), 21-Ilkay Gundagon (20-Christoph Kramer, 60); 14-Patrick Hermann (11-Karim Bellarabi, 73), 8-Mesut Ozil, 9-Andre Schurrle (10-Lucas Podolski, 46); 19-Mario Goetze (23-Max Kruse, 73)     
Subs Not Used: 22-Roman Weidenfeller,15-Eric Durm, 17-Jerome Boateng
Head coach: Joachim Löw

Stats Summary: USA / GER
Shots: 14 /10
Shots on Goal: 6 /5
Saves: 5 /1
Corner Kicks: 1 /4
Fouls: 14 /5
Offside: 4 /1

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Danny Williams (caution)        21
USA – DeAndre Yedlin (caution)        70

Officials: 
Referee:                      Danny Makkelie (NED)
Assistant Referee 1:   Hessel Steegstra (NED)
Assistant Referee 2:   Mario Diks (NED)
Fourth Official:            Kevin Blom (NED)     

Budweiser Man of the Match: Michael Bradley

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

Match: U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Germany
Date: June 10, 2015
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: RheinEnergieStadion; Cologne, Germany
Kickoff: 2:45 p.m. ET (8:45 p.m. local)
Attendance: 40,348
Weather: 73 degrees; Partly Cloudy

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

GER – Mario Goetze (Patrick Herrmann)       12th Minute
USA – Mix Diskerud (Michael Bradley)         41
USA – Bobby Wood (Brad Evans)                  88 

Lineups:
USA: 1-Brad Guzan; 21-Timmy Chandler, 19-Ventura Alvarado, 6-John Brooks, 23-Fabian Johnson (3-Brad Evans, 46); 14-Danny Williams (5-Kyle Beckerman, 46), 20-Gyasi Zardes (18-Bobby Wood, 74), 10-Mix Diskerud (7-Alfredo Morales, 74) 4-Michael Bradley (capt.); 9-Aron Johannsson (8-Jordan Morris, 74), 13-Juan Agudelo (2-DeAndre Yedlin, 46)
Subs Not Used: 11-Brek Shea, 15-Michael Orozco, 16-Miguel Ibarra, 22-William Yarbrough
Head Coach: Jurgen Klinsmann

GER: 12-Ron-Robert Zieler; 4-Sebastian Rudy, 2-Shkodran Mustafi, 16-Antonio Rudiger, 3-Jonas Hector; 7-Bastian Schweinsteiger (capt.) (6-Sami Khedira, 46), 21-Ilkay Gundagon (20-Christoph Kramer, 60); 14-Patrick Hermann (11-Karim Bellarabi, 73), 8-Mesut Ozil, 9-Andre Schurrle (10-Lucas Podolski, 46); 19-Mario Goetze (23-Max Kruse, 73)      
Subs Not Used: 22-Roman Weidenfeller,15-Eric Durm, 17-Jerome Boateng
Head coach: Joachim Löw

Stats Summary: USA / GER
Shots: 14 /10
Shots on Goal: 6 /5
Saves: 5 /1
Corner Kicks: 1 /4
Fouls: 14 /5
Offside: 4 /1

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Danny Williams (caution)        21
USA – DeAndre Yedlin (caution)        70 

Officials: 
Referee:                      Danny Makkelie (NED)
Assistant Referee 1:   Hessel Steegstra (NED)
Assistant Referee 2:   Mario Diks (NED)
Fourth Official:          Kevin Blom (NED)       

Budweiser Man of the Match: Michael Bradley
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U.S. Soccer Fan Week Celebrates Supporters of the U.S. National Teams

CHICAGO (Dec. 10, 2018) – U.S. Soccer is proud to celebrate our passionate National Team fans with the second annual U.S. Soccer Fan Week. The week-long celebration showcases and thanks U.S. Soccer fans for their commitment and support of U.S. Soccer’s National Teams.

This year’s Fan Week officially kicks off today with a free Open House Tour of the National Development Center in Kansas City, Kansas, from 4-7 p.m. CT. Space is limited and supporters who wish to attend must RSVP. Fans can also RESERVE their spot to experience the new National Soccer Hall of Fame in Frisco, TX  for an Open House Tour on Wednesday, Dec. 12.

Fan week will continue through Friday, Dec. 14, with daily offers at the official U.S. Soccer Store announced on U.S. Soccer social media platforms as well as a suite of daily giveaways from U.S. Soccer and its participating partners Cutter Insect Repellent, Thorne, Continental, STATSports and Johnson & Johnson. Additionally, there will also be special messages from National Team players, exclusive content spotlighting some of U.S. Soccer’s biggest fans, and an all new Fan Scarf Design Contest (Dec. 5-12).

The annual contest to find the Best Fan in the U.S. also returns. Fans are encouraged to submit their nominations throughout the week, share what they love about U.S. Soccer and make their case to be the Best of U.S. Fan 2018; #BestofUS2018. National Team players will vote to determine U.S. Soccer’s Best Fan, and the winner, to be announced on Friday, will receive a “Golden Ticket” that grants admission to all 2019 U.S. Soccer controlled friendly matches.

To take part in the U.S. Soccer Fan Week festivities, follow U.S. Soccer’s Facebook page and @ussoccer on Twitter and Instagram using #FanWeek2018.

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BTC: At Home & Abroad, Jessica Malone Takes Her True Colors to the UK

In this episode of Behind the Crest, Presented by Volpi Foods, we caught up with Jessica Malone, a U.S. Soccer Member and Fan Council representative who embraced the unique circumstance of the U.S. WNT & the U.S. MNT both playing in the United Kingdom in a span of three days to take a trip across the pond and show her support for both teams.
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U-20 WNT Takes Down China PR 1-0 at 2018 Women's Nike International Friendlies

LAKEWOOD RANCH, Fla. (Dec. 9, 2018) – The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team defeated China 1-0 in its final match at the 2018 Women’s Nike International Friendlies. The USA broke through in the 51st minute when Alexa Spaanstra pounced on a ball in the box and teed-up Isabella Cook for the game-winning goal from close range, cementing the USA’s first victory of the new U-20 cycle.

The USA got cooking quickly with a few chances in the early-going, but the well-organized China defense kept the U.S. off the scoreboard despite the Americans dictating the attack and holding the majority of possession. After forward Samantha Kroeger put a header on frame in the third and defender Maycee Bell hit a shot wide in the fifth, the U.S. struggled to get the ball into the box against a sound China back line.

China tried to strike on the counterattack, and forward Yao Mengjia often proved the turn-key as a strong, fast presence up top.

After scoring an impressive goal against France, Kroeger once again made an impact against China, helping to spark a number of U.S. attacks. In the 19th, she kept a free kick alive with a ball to Rebecca Jarrett, whose shot was just deflected off the foot of defender Han Huimin. Bell and the U.S. back line held strong against China’s counter, while the U.S. sprung some quick strikes of its own that created solid chances, in particular through Player of the Match, Brianna Pinto who hit the crossbar and helped get things going in the midfield.

The U-20s found their breakthrough in the second half after China had done well to clear almost any entry pass into the box. Forward Alexa Spaanstra pounced when China allowed a rebound in dangerous territory. As she evaded a number of sliding defenders in congestion near the end line, she got the ball to Cook just above the six-yard-box, where she chipped it just beneath the crossbar for the game’s opening goal.

While the USA continued to take the initiative on the attack throughout the rest of the half, China pushed hard for an equalizer in the game’s last 10 minutes. The U.S. defense held strong as China teed off on a set of dangerous corner kicks, but ultimately secure the 1-0 clean sheet win.

The 2018 Women’s Nike Friendlies will conclude on Tues., Dec. 11, as China takes on France. France is in the driver’s seat heading into the competition’s final game, needing just a draw to clinch the trophy.

2018 Women’s Nike International Friendlies Standings

Team

W

L

D

GF

GA

GD

Pts.

France

1

0

0

2

1

1

3

USA

1

1

0

2

2

0

3

China

0

1

0

0

1

-1

0

Goal Scoring Rundown

USA - Isabella Cook (Alexa Spaanstra), 51st minute: From the top of the 18-yard-box, Spaanstra turned her defender and played to her college teammate, Rebecca Jarrett, on the run down the right wing. Jarrett delivered a cross into the box as she approached the end-line, and China deflected it at the near post, but Spaanstra rushed for the rebound, beating a sliding defender. She took a dribble as another defender slid for the ball, then dished to Cook hovering near the six-yard-box. Cook chipped it above the ‘keeper and rattled the crossbar forwhat proved to be the game-winner. USA 1, CHN 0 FINAL

Key Defensive Stops

CHN – Han Huimin, 19th minute: Off of a free kick from a dangerous spot just outside the box, the USA sent a ball in, but China got a head on it. The deflection fell to Kreoger, who played to #17 near the penalty spot. She took a hard-hit shot, but Huimin stuck out a foot and got enough of the ball to deflect it out of harm’s way.

USA – Maycee Bell, 42nd minute: China proved dangerous on the counter, and Bell serving as captain, snuffed out the danger on one of its most dangerous runs. As the USa tried to spring an attack, Shen Mengyu stepped up to boot a ball to a Chinese player on the run and she popped it forward to Zhuo Maji, who played Tian Yunlang on a run into the box. As she dribbled in and prepared to rip a shot, Bell charged in to make a nice tackle and poke the ball away. Brianna Martinez completed the clearance to avoid the danger.

CHN – Shu Mengdi, 45+ minute: The USA launched a counterattack of its own in the first minute of first-half stoppage time, as Elaine Rouse won a tight ball in the box and slipped it out to Kroeger. She shielded the ball from two defenders and turned upfield, outrunning another defender before playing it up to Spaanstra on the run. She dished to Jarrett on the wing, and her ball into the box was sent away by the goalkeeper Mengdi. 

- U.S. U-20 Women’s National Team Match Report -

Match: U.S. U-20 Women’s National Team vs. China
Date: December 9, 2018
Competition: 2018 Nike Women’s International Friendlies
Venue: Premier Sports Campus; Lakewood Ranch, Fla.
Attendance: 325
Kickoff: 6:30 p.m. ET
Weather: 69 degrees; cloudy

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

USA – Isabella Cook (Alexa Spaanstra)          51st minute

Lineups:

USA: 22-Hensley Hancuff; 2-Bri Martinez (3-Natalie Maurer, 46), 5-Tori Hansen, 15-Laney Rouse (14-Abby Allen, 46), 4-Maycee Bell (capt.); 8-Brianna Pinto (21-Sydney Simmons, 75), 10-Emily Gray, 13-Isabella Cook (23-Cori Dyke, 57), 7-Alexa Spaanstra (20-Jaelyn Eisenhart, 80); 17-Rebecca Jarrett (9-Reilyn Turner, 57), 11-Sam Koreger
Substitutes not used: 1-Mia Justus, 6-Megan Bornkamp, 19-Leah Godfrey
Head coach: Keri Sarver

CHN: 1-Shu Mengdi; 30-Yang Shuhui, 17-Han Huimin, 29-Dou Jiaxing (capt.), 23-Zhan Zewen; 7-Yang Qian, 8-Ou Yiyao (21-Sun Pingwei, 76), 4-Yang Xiaoxia (28-Tian Yunlang, 41), 12-Zhuo Maji (14-Li Yanan, 70); 6-Shen Mengyu, 10-Yao Mengjia (15-Xu Ting, 55)
Substitutes:  5-Tan Qing, 9-Yuan Cong, 13-Wang Yumeng, 19-Han Xuan, 22-Liang Jiahui
Head coach: Wang Jun

Stats Summary: USA / FRA
Shots: 16 / 9
Shots on Goal: 4 / 3
Saves: 3 / 3
Corner Kicks: 3 / 2
Fouls: 10 / 11
Offside: 2 / 1

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Tori Hansen (caution)  62nd minute
CHN – Han Huimin (caution)  86

Officials:
Referee: Jaime Padilla (USA)
Assistant Referee 1: Katarzyna Wasiak (USA)
Assistant Referee 2: Rachel Cortez (USA)
4th Official: Samantha Martinez (USA)

ussoccer.com Woman of the Match: Brianna Pinto


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PREVIEW: U-20 WNT Set to Clash with China at 2018 Women's Nike International Friendlies

KICKING OFF A NEW CYCLE: After a hard-fought 2-1 loss to France in its 2018 Women’s Nike International Friendlies opener, the U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team will face China in its final match of the tournament on Sun., Dec. 9 at 6:30 p.m. ET. China and France will complete the 2018 Friendlies on Tues., Dec. 11 at 3:00 p.m. ET.

Schedule - 2018 Women’s Nike International Friendlies

Dec. 7

USA vs. France

L 2-1

Dec. 9

USA vs. China

6:30 p.m. ET

Dec. 11

China vs. France

3:00 p.m. ET


HOW TO WATCH: 
The 2018 Nike International Friendlies will be streamed live on ussoccer.comFacebookTwitter and YouTube. Fans can also follow along via U.S. Soccer social media accounts on Twitter and Instagram.

USA VS. CHINA:

  • At the 2018 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, China narrowly missed qualification to the knockout round, finishing third in Group D, losing a goal-differential tiebreaker to Nigeria.
  • China has appeared in six of nine U-20 Women’s World Cups, earning runner-up finishes in 2004 and 2006.
  • All 20 players on China’s roster competes domestically in China, with the most players, four, coming from Jiangsu Suning.

2018 NIKE INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLIES STANDINGS

Team

W

L

D

GF

GA

GD

Pts.

France

1

0

0

2

1

1

3

China

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

USA

0

1

0

1

2

-1

0

TOUGH LOSS TO OPEN: The USA played France tight in the teams’ Nike Friendlies opener, falling 2-1. While France struck first and last, the USA equalized just after the half with a rocket of a goal from Samantha Kroeger on a long ball from Abby Allen. The U.S. had chances down the stretch to find another goal and draw even, but weren’t able to find the back of the net again in its first match of the 2019-2020 U-20 cycle.

U.S. U-20 WNT Roster by Position – 2018 Women’s Nike International Friendlies
GOALKEEPERS (2):  Hensley Hancuff (Villanova; Edmond, Okla.), Mia Justus (IMG Academy; North Brunswick, N.J.)
DEFENDERS (6): Abby Allen (Lonestar SC; Austin, Texas), Maycee Bell (NC Courage Academy; Wichita, Kan.), Tori Hansen (NC Courage Academy; Raleigh, N.C.), Brianna Martinez (Notre Dame; Albuquerque, N.M.), Natalie Maurer (Richmond United; Glen Allen, Va.), Elaine Rouse (NC Courage Academy; Cary, N.C.)     
MIDFIELDERS (6): Megan Bornkamp (Charlotte Soccer Academy; Mooresville, N.C.), Isabella Cook (Eclipse SC; Elmhurst, Ill.), Coriana Dyke (Colorado Rush; Littleton, Colo.), Emily Gray (Virginia Tech; Sewell, N.J.), Brianna Pinto (UNC; Durham, N.C.), Sydney Simmons (Duke University; Van Alstyne, Texas)              
FORWARDS (6): Rebecca Jarrett (Virginia; Washington Township, N.J.), Jaelyn Eisenhart (LAFC Slammers; Henderson, Nev.), Samantha Kroeger (NYCFC; West Milford, N.J.), Alexa Spaanstra (Virginia; Brighton, Mich.), Reilyn Turner (So Cal Blues; Aliso Viejo, Calif.), Lia Godfrey (United Soccer Alliance; Fleming Island, Fla)       

China Roster – 2018 Women’s Nike International Friendlies

GOALKEEPERS (2): 22-Liang Jiahui (Dalian), 1-Zhu Mengdi (Sichuan)
FIELD PLAYERS (18): 9-Yuan Cong (Shandong), 29-Dou Jiaxing (Jiangsu), 17-Han Huimin (Dalian), 12-Zhuo Maji (Sichuan), 10-Yao Mengjia (Beijing), 6-Shen Mengyu (Shanghai), 21-Sun Pingwei (Dalian), 30-Yang Shuhui (Shanghai),15-Xu Ting (Jiangsu), 7-Yang Qian (Shanghai), 5-Tan Qing (Guangdong), 4-Yang Xiaoxia (Shanxi), 17-Han Xuan (Jiangsu), 14-Li Yanan (Shandong8-Ou Yiyao (Jiangsu), 13-Wang Yumeng (Wuhan), 28-Tian Yungland (Shanxi), 23-Zhan Zewen (Zheijang)

 

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Quote Sheet: Ellis and WNT Players Share Their Thoughts on USA's 2019 Women's World Cup Draw

U.S. Women’s National Team Head Coach Jill Ellis

On the USA’s Group F opponents:
“It’s a good group in terms having three different teams, a European team, Asia and South America. In our opening game we have Thailand, who we’ve played once, and I like playing teams that we haven’t played a lot. Then obviously we have a familiar foe in Sweden. So, it’s a good group and I’m excited to get this thing started.”

On the pressure of coming into the tournament as reigning champions:
“It comes with the territory. The history of this program, the players grow up in it, so for myself and the players, the expectation is the demand for your best. For us it’s an opportunity to go out and test ourselves against the best teams in the world, and our players thrive in that environment.”

On the recent growth and change in the world of women’s soccer:
“If you compare this Draw to the last one, and nothing against Canada who did phenomenal job, but it’s got a great vibe around it. It really feels like it’s bigger and that is reflective of where our sport is. You always want to push forward because you don’t want to settle, so I think in terms of growth of the game, this World Cup is going to be fantastic.”


The USA was the sixth team drawn from Pot 1 and was placed into Group F, alongside Thailand, Chile and Sweden.

On the pressure of carrying the world’s No. 1 ranking:
“I always say the home country has the most pressure on them. We’re going forward looking to attack the World Cup, so our players are just relishing that challenge. We have a great balance: players who have been there and seen it and know what it takes, and players that are new to their first World Cup potentially. All the players are hungry and ready for the experience. So, it’s a really good position for us.”

On how much more challenging and competitive the tournament is becoming:
“Every group is going to face their challenges and women’s soccer in general is improving so much. All the Federations have really put more into their programs so every year it gets more and more competitive, and more fun and more exciting. These games are going to be unbelievable and no one’s going to take any game lightly. This tournament is going to be fun.”

U.S. WNT Forward Carli Lloyd

On the USA’s Group F opponents:
“Every group is challenging. We’re excited to know our path and no matter who we play, I know this is a group of players that will be extremely focused on that first match, and then we move on to the next. Being here at the Draw, you can really get feel for how great a World Cup this is going to be. Everyone is excited and ready to put on a world class event.”

On the pressure of coming into the tournament as reigning champions:
“Obviously, we have a target on our backs and everyone team is going to give us their best game, but we are embracing that, we’re confident our abilities and depth, and I know the next six months will prepare us for whatever challenge comes our way in France.”

U.S. WNT Midfielder Lindsey Horan

On finally learning the team’s opponents and playing against Sweden:
“First off, I’m very excited the draw has finally been made, it makes everything so real. I’m really looking forward to playing Sweden again. I think they’re always a tough matchup and two of my best friends play for Sweden so it’s pretty special for me.”

On returning to Paris:
“Of course, if I make the team, playing in Paris would be surreal for me. I might actually start crying getting back to where it all started for me.”

U.S. WNT Forward Megan Rapinoe

On the opponents the U.S. WNT will face at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup: 
“Obviously, getting Sweden, it’s like a rule now that we have to face them every time in the opening round so that will be a kind of a familiar foe. The other two are ranked lower but we will be taking every opponent seriously. It’s just nice that we have the group now, we can set our sights on a hard target. Up until this point, it’s been all about qualifying, then we qualified, and it’s kind of been very vague, so it’s nice to actually have these three teams to look forward to and start to prepare for heading into the World Cup next summer.”

On the increasing parity among FIFA Women’s World Cup teams:
“The quality of every team, top to bottom, continues to get better. All these teams that maybe in the past haven’t been so formidable are getting so much stronger. But I think we are, too, and the top teams are as well. We are very proud of our ranking right now and will continue to try to build on that and we feel confident in whoever we face.”

U.S. WNT Midfielder Julie Ertz

Overall thoughts on the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup Final Draw:
“I’m very excited. It’s a positive that in the past two years we have played all these teams so we’re going into it knowing we’ve played them before and we have an idea of their style of play. I think just watching the Draw you get that surreal feeling of this being 2019, something we’ve been talking about really since 2015, but that also makes it really exciting.”

On facing Sweden again at the FIFA Women’s World Cup:
“I just knew they were going to be in our group. I think obviously, looking back to the last big tournament, we have that bad taste in our mouth from the last time we played them. For us, it’s even more motivation. People say ‘Oh, they’re World Cup champions’ but people forget that the Olympics was the most recent tournament. It was a difficult game and we didn’t want to get out when we did, so I think having Sweden in our group adds to the challenge.”

On how much more challenging and competitive the tournament is becoming:
“Every group is going to face their challenges and women’s soccer in general is improving so much. All the Federations have really put more into their programs so every year it gets more and more competitive, and more fun and more exciting. These games are going to be unbelievable and no one’s going to take any game lightly. This tournament is going to be fun.”

U.S. WNT Forward Tobin Heath

On the USA’s opponents in Group F:
“Interesting to see Sweden there, especially after the last Olympics, but it’s an interesting group for us. It’s a different kind of group than we’ve seen in the past. Just seeing the groups come out is making me so excited; I just can’t wait!”

On if Thailand makes it an easier group:
“You don’t get to pick your fate and each World Cup tells a different story. I’m just excited to see what this World Cup will give us.”

On the difficulty of USA’s knockout round path depending on where they finish in Group F:
“I think you see the group and frame it as how it’s going to be the most beneficial to you. I think finishing second is never the USA’s mentality; we always want to finish first. In a World Cup you’re going to have to face the best teams. So, whether you’re facing those difficult teams right off the bat or more towards the end of the tournament hopefully, that’s where we want to be.”

On the third group game being against Sweden after going out against them in the 2016 Olympics:
“I think any time you get a “do-over,” the U.S. has always done it right. You take 2011 when we played Japan in the final and then we played them again in the final in 2015, we finished what we wanted to. For us Sweden has always been a challenging opponent but learning from 2016 will only help us.”


Tobin Heath spoke with FOX following the Draw about the USA and its summer 2019 opponents.

On facing Chile after recently playing them in a pair of friendlies this past fall:
“For us it’s fantastic to face these opponents that typically we wouldn’t have faced. Kudos to U.S. Soccer for scheduling the games. Being able to face Chile [already], the surprise factor will be a little bit out of there, but theirs will be less with us as well.

On Thailand not being pushovers:
“You have to be careful with these opponents because you don’t know what to expect and you always have to come out on your front foot.”

On if there are any teams the U.S. should fear in the tournament:
“Obviously the powerhouses: France being in France and then obviously Germany, but I’m excited to see Spain. We play them in January which will give us a better understanding of them.”

U.S. WNT Defender Kelley O’Hara

On her initial response to the Draw:
“I’m pumped! So excited to finally know who our competition is going to be those first three games. We can wait to start to prepare and focus on our group."

On Sweden being in the USA’s group again:
“I’m excited to play Sweden. They obviously knocked us out of the 2016 Olympics, so we are going to want some redemption there. That’s going to be a really good game to test us as they’re obviously the highest ranked team we’ll play in our first three games. We have a great rivalry with Sweden and they’re always a difficult opponent.”

On if it’s good to play Sweden last in the Group Stage:
“Yeah, I think you can see it both ways. Sometimes it’s good to have your first game [be difficult] right off the bat, kick it into high gear, that sort of thing, but at the same time, maybe we will need to work our way into the tournament. Hopefully that’s not the case – and I don’t think it will be. It’s funny, everyone has been asking this week, ‘who do you want to play? What teams do you want to see? What’s your stiffest competition going to be?’ and at the end of the day, for our team, it’s always been, we’re just going to show up and play our game, do what we need to do and focus on us. So, I didn’t really go into today thinking, ‘I want a certain team or I hope we don’t play a certain team.’”

On if it will be hard to assess what Chile and Thailand will be like to play against:
“Thankfully we did play Chile this year, which is serendipitous for us, and it is nice to have some idea of what that team is going to be like. We have an amazing staff that does a really incredible job of scouting for us and creating game plans, so regardless if we’ve played a team or not, we go in with a good idea of what to expect.”

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