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Two Late Goals by Alex Morgan Lead U.S. Women’s National Team to 2-1 Victory Against New Zealand in Front of Sellout Crowd in Frisco, Texas

 
  • Morgan Tallies 88th-Minute Goal and Stoppage-Time Winner
  • Christie Rampone Earns 250th Cap, Just the Fourth Woman in History to Reach that Mark 
  • Up Next for U.S. WNT is the 2012 Algarve Cup in Portugal Where the Americans Will Face Denmark, Norway and Japan in Group Play

FRISCO, Texas (Feb. 11, 2012) – U.S. forward Alex Morgan tallied the tying and game-winning goals in the closing minutes as the U.S. Women’s National Team came from behind to defeat New Zealand 2-1 in front of a sellout crowd of 20,677 at FC Dallas Stadium.

Just minutes from losing a hard-fought match in which New Zealand proved to be an opponent with big heart and gritty intensity, the USA gave the home fans plenty to cheer about in a wild and dramatic final few minutes.

The U.S. had given up a goal on a poor back pass in the first few minutes of the second half – which proved to be the Kiwis only shot on goal in the game – and then spent the remainder of the match desperately pushing for an equalizer. In the 88th minute, second half substitution Megan Rapinoe crossed the ball from the right side and found Morgan at the far post. Morgan headed the ball down to the ground and her shot hit the inside of the left post and spun up into the goal. New Zealand goalkeeper Jenny Bindon grabbed the ball, but she was standing inside her goal, and the assistant referee did not hesitate to raise her flag, signaling that the ball had in fact crossed over the line.

With the momentum in their favor, the U.S. pushed for the game-winner and in the third minute of stoppage time, Morgan found the net once again on a header for her 16th career goal. With the final whistle just second from blowing, Rachel Buehler crossed from the left wing and Abby Wambach flicked the ball up in the air. Morgan jumped over a defender to win the header near the left post, sending her bouncing shot back off the right post with the perfect carom and into the net. Morgan was named But Light Woman of the Match with her two late tallies that are believed to be the latest goals scored by one player in a U.S. WNT game.

“It wasn’t meant to be like that; I had other expectations in the first half, but I’ll take the result any day,” said U.S. head coach Pia Sundhage. “We made it really, really exciting. As Alex Morgan said after the game, ‘there’s something to be said about this team. We refuse to lose.’ We always want to win. We did some things tactically that I was really happy about - playing a 3-4-3 the last 12-14 minutes going for a goal. It’s a great attitude.”

The U.S. improved to 6-0-0 on the year and 8-1-0 against New Zealand. The USA has won its past eight matches against the Ferns.

The late-game heroics from Morgan offset the efforts of a determined New Zealand side that did not back down after gaining the lead early in the 49th minute. The Kiwis goal came off an ill-advised back pass from left back Kelley O’Hara, who looped a long ball back into the U.S. penalty area that second half substitute goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart could not get to before forward Hannah Wilkinson raced in to lift a shot over the onrushing ‘keeper and into the net. Barnhart, who was a planned substitution for Hope Solo to open the second half, saw her first action of 2012 and earned her 42nd career cap.

Solo extended her scoreless streak this year to 495 minutes but did not have to record a save in her 45 minutes of work.

The goal was the first goal allowed by the USA this year after outscoring its opponents 38-0 in five matches to win 2012 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying and earn a berth for the 2012 London Olympics.

The USA tried to respond quickly following Wilkinson’s goal. In the 57th minute, second-half sub Amy Rodriguez – who played very well on the left wing during her 45 minutes – took the ball down the left flank and crossed through the box to U.S. right back Amy LePeilbet. LePeilbet sent the ball back into the middle and found Wambach, but her header went directly to Bindon.

In the 67th minute, Rapinoe got her head on a Lauren Cheney corner kick from the right side and put it on frame, but Bindon safely covered up the attempt and did not allow a rebound as Buehler crashed the goal.

The hectic finish might had been avoided had the U.S. scored early, and it had a golden chance to do so after just 10 minutes when Morgan was tripped up in the box on what might have been a last defender foul. Wambach took the subsequent penalty kick, but rolled her shot off the left post as Bindon dove right. New Zealand cleared out of danger before any U.S. player could follow up.

The Ferns escaped that early threat and found their first strong scoring opportunity in the 12th minute as the speedy Wilkinson got behind the USA’s pushed-up back line. U.S. defenders Buehler and Christie Rampone scrambled back, and just before they could get in Wilkinson’s path, she took a shot that went over Solo’s glove and also rose over the crossbar.

Next up for the U.S. WNT is the 2012 Algarve Cup in Portugal. The U.S. opens group play against Denmark on Feb. 29 at Municipal Stadium in Lagos, Portugal (12 p.m. kickoff).

Additional Match Notes:
• The USA piled up a 9-1 shots on goal, and a 19-7 overall shots advantage over New Zealand for the match.
• The sell-out crowd was the largest to watch the U.S. women on home soil in more than eight years.
• Center back and team captain Rampone earned her 250th career cap on Saturday becoming only the fourth U.S. player to reach that mark. Only Kristine Lilly (352), Mia Hamm (275) and Julie Foudy (271) have played in more matches with the U.S. WNT.
• With temperatures in the mid-30s at kickoff, it was one of the coldest matches the U.S. women have played in its history.

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

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. New Zealand
Date: Feb. 11, 2012
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: FC Dallas Stadium; Frisco, Texas
Kickoff: 3 p.m. CT
Attendance: 20,677 (sell out)
Weather: Sunny, cold, 34 degrees

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

NZL -- Hannah Wilkinson 49th minute
USA – Alex Morgan (Megan Rapinoe) 88
USA – Alex Morgan (Abby Wambach) 90 + 3

Lineups:
USA: 1-Hope Solo (18-Nicole Barnhart, 46); 6-Amy LePeilbet, 3-Christie Rampone (capt.), 19-Rachel Buehler, 5-Kelley O’Hara (11-Sydney Leroux, 81); 9-Heather O’Reilly (8-Amy Rodriguez, 46), 7-Shannon Boxx, 10-Carli Lloyd (15-Megan Rapinoe, 62), 12-Lauren Cheney (16-Lori Lindsey, 81); 13-Alex Morgan, 20-Abby Wambach
Subs not used: 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 17-Tobin Heath
Head coach: Pia Sundhage


NZL: 1-Jenny Bindon; 2-Ria Percival, 5-Abbey Erceg, 6-Rebecca Smith (capt.), 7-Ali Riley; 4-Katie Hoyle, 8-Hayley Moorwood (12-Betsy Hassett, 61), 11-Kirsty Yallop, 9-Amber Hearn, 10-Sarah Gregorius, 17-Hannah Wilkinson (13-Rosie White, 74)
Subs not used: 3-Anna Green, 14-Holly Patterson, 16-Annalie Longo, 19-Kristy Hill, 21-Erin Nayler
Head coach: Tony Readings


Statistical Summary: USA / NZL
Shots: 19 / 7
Shots on Goal: 9 / 1
Saves: 0 / 7
Corner Kicks: 5 / 1
Fouls: 12 / 8
Offside: 2 / 0

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Shannon Boxx (caution) 78th minute

Officials
Referee: Moo Hackett (USA)
Assistant Referee 1: Veronica Perez (USA)
Assistant Referee 2: Jennifer Jones (USA)
Fourth Official: Juliana Duncan (USA)

Bud Light Woman of the Match: Alex Morgan

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

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. New Zealand
Date: Feb. 11, 2012
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: FC Dallas Stadium; Frisco, Texas
Kickoff: 3 p.m. CT
Attendance: 20,677 (sell out)
Weather: Sunny, cold, 34 degrees

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

NZL - Hannah Wilkinson 49th minute
USA – Alex Morgan (Megan Rapinoe) 88
USA – Alex Morgan (Abby Wambach) 90 + 3

Lineups:
USA: 1-Hope Solo (18-Nicole Barnhart, 46); 6-Amy LePeilbet, 3-Christie Rampone (capt.), 19-Rachel Buehler, 5-Kelley O’Hara (11-Sydney Leroux, 81); 9-Heather O’Reilly (8-Amy Rodriguez, 46), 7-Shannon Boxx, 10-Carli Lloyd (15-Megan Rapinoe, 62), 12-Lauren Cheney (16-Lori Lindsey, 81); 13-Alex Morgan, 20-Abby Wambach
Subs not used: 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 17-Tobin Heath
Head coach: Pia Sundhage


NZL: 1-Jenny Bindon; 2-Ria Percival, 5-Abbey Erceg, 6-Rebecca Smith (capt.), 7-Ali Riley; 4-Katie Hoyle, 8-Hayley Moorwood (12-Betsy Hassett, 61), 11-Kirsty Yallop, 9-Amber Hearn, 10-Sarah Gregorius, 17-Hannah Wilkinson (13-Rosie White, 74)
Subs not used: 3-Anna Green, 14-Holly Patterson, 16-Annalie Longo, 19-Kristy Hill, 21-Erin Nayler
Head coach: Tony Readings


Statistical Summary: USA / NZL
Shots: 19 / 7
Shots on Goal: 9 / 1
Saves: 0 / 7
Corner Kicks: 5 / 1
Fouls: 12 / 8
Offside: 2 / 0

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Shannon Boxx (caution) 78th minute

Officials
Referee: Moo Hackett (USA)
Assistant Referee 1: Veronica Perez (USA)
Assistant Referee 2: Jennifer Jones (USA)
Fourth Official: Juliana Duncan (USA)

Bud Light Woman of the Match: Alex Morgan

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USA-Ecuador: Three Tidbits of History

With nearly 700 official matches in the books against 97 different opponents since the U.S. Men’s National Team first started playing in 1916, the MNT has accumulated a rich history of dramatic results, intriguing story lines and interesting anecdotes.

Ahead of Thursday’s match against Ecuador, here are three tidbits of the MNT’s history against La Tricolor:

A Team to Debut Against

This is a completely random and unscientific fact, but did you know that six MNT players who made their senior debut against Ecuador went on to represent the United States in at least one FIFA World Cup?


Future MNT captain Tony Meola around the time of his MNT debut vs. Ecuador in 1988

Why is it significant? Because as international opponents go, that ranks as the second most behind only Canada and Guatemala, who each had seven future U.S. World Cup players debut against them.

Who are the six, you ask? Here’s a grid to lay it all out for you…

Future USA World Cup Players to Debut vs. Ecuador

Player

Debut Date

World Cup Rosters

Total MNT Caps

Mike Windischmann

Nov. 30, 1984

1990

50

Brian Bliss

Dec. 2, 1984

1990

33

Tony Meola

June 7, 1988

1990, 1994, 2002

100

Pablo Mastroeni

June 7, 2001

2002, 2006

61

Tim Howard

March 10, 2002

2006, 2010, 2014

121

Benny Feilhaber

March 25, 2007

2010

44

The seven players on that list combine for a total of 11 World Cup rosters and 409 caps. Two players captained the USA at the World Cup (Mike Windischmann 1990; Tony Meola 1994), while Meola and Tim Howard are two of the MNT’s world-record holding 17 players to attain 100 or more caps.

Landon’s Second Hat Trick

The last MNT World Cup player to debut against Ecuador was Benny Feilhaber, but his first cap in 2007 was understandably overshadowed by the second of Landon Donovan’s MNT record three career hat tricks.

Donovan tallied one of the fastest goals in MNT history, putting back a rebound just 35 seconds into the game. He then completed the feat with goals in the 66th and 67th minutes to cap the scoring in a 3-1 victory at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla.


Donovan made his 157th and final international appearance against Ecuador, playing 41 minutes in a 1-1 draw on Oct. 10, 2014 in East Hartford, Conn. 

The Last Meeting

The highest stakes encounter with Ecuador was also the last meeting, coming in the quarterfinals of the 2016 Copa America Centenario.

In a chippy match where both teams played much of the second half with 10 men, goals from Clint Dempsey and Gyasi Zardes and a strong defensive effort helped the USA earn a memorable 2-1 victory in front of 47,322 fans at CenturyLink Field in Seattle.

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CHICAGO (March 13, 2019)—Eighty players will gather in Frisco, Texas for the U.S. Soccer Youth National Teams Under-14 Talent Identification Central Region Mini-Camp from March 14-18 at the Toyota Soccer Center.

The camp is the second of three such mini-camps that are part of the initial rollout of U.S. Soccer’s new YNT U-14 TID program. The West Region Mini-Camp was held in January in Carson, Calif., while the East Region Mini-Camp is set for early April at the Capelli Sports Complex in Tinton Falls, N.J.

During the camp, 80 players from the Central Region will make up 20-player teams based on the region’s four defined scouting areas (North Central, South Central, Midwest and Southeast). U.S. Soccer staff, including Director of TID Tony Lepore and the three boys’ TID Managers, Henry Brauner, Garrett Biller and Cris da Silva, will run the camp, while the four teams will be coached by YNT Network Scouts and Development Academy coaches from the four respective scouting areas. After a day of training, the four teams will play each other in round-robin competition.

Friday, March 15
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South Central Select vs. Southeast Select – 11:30 a.m.

Saturday, March 16
Midwest Select vs. South Central Select – 10:00 a.m.
North Central Select vs. Southeast Select – 11:30 a.m.

Monday, March 18
Midwest Select vs. Southeast Select – 9:45 a.m.
North Central Select vs. South Central Select – 10:45 a.m.

In addition to the on-field competition, the mini-camp will focus on off-field education. Players will be introduced to YNT principles of play, position profiles and goal-setting to help them take responsibility for their own development. The players will also visit the new National Soccer Hall of Fame that opened last fall at Toyota Stadium in Frisco.

Furthermore, the mini-camp will introduce the 80 players to U.S. Soccer’s High Performance department. A sport scientist will be on hand throughout the event, taking Peak Height Velocity (PHV) measurements to help educate players and coaches about the impact of growth and maturation on development. The sport scientist will also educate players about best practices for nutrition and recovery.

The majority of the players called into the Central Mini-Camp were identified at last fall’s Development Academy Central Regional Showcase and were further evaluated at YNT Identification Centers as part of the scouting process prior to being selected for this camp.

YNT U-14 TID Central Mini-Camp Roster by Position (Club)
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MIDFIELDERS (26): Jared Aguilar (FC Dallas), Bryan Arellano (San Antonio FC), Carson Ballagh (Vardar), Josiah Benjamin (Columbus Crew SC), Micah Burton (Minnesota United FC), Alan Carleton (Atlanta United FC), Keith Chavarria (Colorado Rapids), Johann Chirinos (Atlanta United FC), Giorgio De Libera (Columbus Crew SC), Riker Doolittle (Solar Soccer Club), Anthony Eugenio (IMG Academy), Diego Hernandez (FC Dallas), Luka Ivancic (Chicago Fire), Jordan Jones (FC Dallas), Daniel Lugo (Chargers SC), Sureel McCain (Colorado Rapids), Emmanuel Monserrat (Germantown Legends), Carlos Nevarez (Chicago Fire), Nolan Norris (FC Dallas), Sebastian Otero (Weston FC), Daniel Ordonez (San Antonio FC), Sergio Oregel (Chicago Fire), Axel Perez (Weston FC), James Spatzek (FC United), Solomon Straub (Minnesota United FC), Jonantan Villal (Atlanta United FC)

FORWARDS (23): Gage Akalu (Sporting Kansas City), Mataeo Bunbury (Minneapolis United), Benjamin Chavarria (Indiana Fire), Gabriel Enriquez (San Diego Surf), Ricardo Garcia (Houston Dynamo), Italo Jenkins (Atlanta United FC), Tre Jervier (Cincinnati United Premier), Asher Jones (Chargers SC), Kelly Kipruto (Sporting Kansas City), Kai Louviere (San Antonio FC), Emir Mimic (Armada FC Academy), Luke Nicholson (Michigan Wolves), Nighte Pickering (FC Dallas), Anthony Ramirez (FC Dallas), Roberto Renteria (San Antonio FC), Diego Rosas (RGV FC Toros Academy), Danial Sebhatu (Atlanta United FC), Kevin Tlaxcalteco (Colorado Rapids), Cristian Torres (Chicago Fire), Marcos Torres (Real Salt Lake Arizona), Felipe Valencia (Kendall SC), Luke Van Heukelum (Sockers FC), Ty Wilson (Atlanta United FC)

North Central Select Coaches: Mike Freitag (YNT Network Scout – Frontier), Chris O’Neal (Sporting Kanas City)

Midwest Select Coaches: Steve Bode (YNT Network Scout – Mid-America), Ross Brady (Chicago Fire)

South Central Select Coaches: Eric Dade (YNT Network Scout – Texas), Nick Evans (San Antonio FC)

Southeast Select Coaches: Chris Kranjc (YNT Network Scout – Southeast), Blake Wagner (Tampa Bay Rowdies)


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