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U.S. Women's National Team and Germany Play to 1-1 Draw in Front of Sell Out Crowd at Toyota Park

  • Abby Wambach Scores 147th Career Goal off of Alex Morgan’s Team-Leading 16th Assist
  • 2012 Olympic Gold Medalists Move to 3-0-1 in Fan Tribute Tour
  • U.S. WNT Faces Germany in Rematch on Tuesday, Oct. 23, at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Conn.; Live Broadcast Starts at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network

BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. (Oct. 20, 2012) – The match between the top two teams in the current FIFA Women’s World Rankings lived up to the hype as the No. 1 U.S. Women’s National Team played No. 2 Germany to a 1-1 draw in front of a sellout crowd of 19,522 at Toyota Park on the Fan Tribute Tour, presented by Panasonic.

The lone goal for the 2012 London Olympic gold medalists came in the second minute as forward Abby Wambach scored her 147th career goal off of an assist from Alex Morgan.

Both teams put together some excellent attacking sequences, but also defended extremely tough and each nation managed just two shots on goal during the match. The hard tackles were flying for the entire 90 minutes as both teams ran hard, blocked shots, countered at speed and tried to break each other down. In the end, teach team could only manage one score, but will get a chance to spar again in the next match of the Fan Tribute Tour on Tuesday, Oct. 23, at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Conn. The game kicks off at 7:30 p.m. ET, with a live broadcast on the NBC Sports Network. Fans can also follow the match via ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt.

The USA needed only 1 minute and 47 seconds to strike first when Wambach scored from close range as she slid to tap in Morgan’s team-leading 16th assist for a 1-0 lead. The goal was created when Tobin Heath won the ball from Germany right back Bianca Schmidt and fed to Lauren Cheney in the middle. She found Morgan on the left side and the speedy U.S. striker sent a hard service across the goal box toward the far right post. Wambach held her run just enough to stay onside before slipping behind the defense to knock home her 22nd goal of 2012.

The 22 goals are the fourth most-ever in a calendar year by a U.S. player, behind only Michelle Akers (39 in 1991), Wambach herself (31 in 2004) and Morgan this year (24).

Germany’s Anja Mittag responded with a 14th-minute equalizer – a beautiful left-footed strike into the far right corner that just sailed over U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo’s outstretched glove. Mittag did well to shoot at top speed after running onto a one-touch assist from Simone Laudehr, who worked herself free from the USA defense in the middle of the field.

The U.S. caught a big break in the 24th minute after Linda Bresonik got free behind the U.S. defense on the right side and rolled a pass to the wide-open Laudehr. The German midfielder had an open look at goal from just over six yards away, but somehow sliced her shot just wide left of the post.

The USA nearly created a go-ahead goal just before halftime when Morgan raced down the right side and cross back into the middle to Cheney, who smashed her right-footed volley just wide of the right post.

Both teams made three changes at halftime and the Americans started the second half strong as well. In the 48th minute, halftime sub Carli Lloyd dribbled hard into the right side of the box and sent a ball across the face of the goal that a sliding Abby Wambach barely missed turning on frame.

In the 53rd minute, a U.S. corner kick was cleared high in the air and fell inside the six-yard box with a clump of players battling for it. Wambach was bundled down from behind as the Germans cleared it, but got no call.

Solo made a huge save to keep the score level in the 64th minute with a diving stop on Mittag’s shot after she ran onto a great pass the was slipped up the middle into the penalty area. Solo dove to her right to push away the driven shot and Germany’s follow-up attempt from Dzsenifer Marozsan missed the frame high.

Just a minute earlier, Verena Faisst had missed a great chance after a superb German attack, pushing her open shot from the left side of the penalty area just wide left of the goal.

Second-half sub Heather O’Reilly had one of the USA’s best scoring chances of the second half in the 75th minute when she hit a bending left-footed shot from a little more than 20 yards out that went just over the crossbar and hit the top netting.

In the 81st minute, Morgan blazed down the left flank and saw Wambach making a hard run to the far post. German defender Saskia Bartusiak recovered just in time to get her head on the cross and send it over the end line or Wambach would have had a great chance to score yet another header herself.

The chance started a sequence of three consecutive dangerous corner kicks, all of which the German defense managed to scramble away.

Additional Notes:

  • U.S. WNT interim head coach Jill Ellis managed her first game on Saturday. Ellis, the Development Director for the U.S. Women’s National Teams since January of 2011, will also manage the team on Tuesday against Germany.
  • The U.S. moved to 23-1-2 this year and to 6-0-3 all-time in games pitting the No. 1 and No. 2 FIFA-ranked teams. The USA also moved to 4-0-1 as a top-ranked team playing the second-ranked team.
  • The USA extended its unbeaten streak to 17 games but saw its 14-game winning streak come to a close. Saturday’s draw was the first stalemate since played Japan to a 1-1 tie on April 1 in Sendai, Japan.
  • The USA is now 17-4-5 all-time against Germany.
  • Captain and center back Christie Rampone played in her 270th career match. She now sits only two caps behind third-place Julie Foudy (272) on the all-time list.
  • Forward Abby Wambach earned her 192nd career cap to tie with Brandi Chastain for eighth all-time.
  • Right back Heather Mitts made her 131st career appearance on Saturday and her first start since she played the full 90 minutes of the USA’s 3-0 win against Colombia on July 28 to clinch a quarterfinal berth out of Group G in the London Olympics.
  • Ellis used all six allowed substitutes, making three changes at halftime: Amy LePeilbet for Mitts, Heather O’Reilly for Megan Rapinoe and Carli Lloyd for Lauren Cheney. Forwards Amy Rodriguez and Sydney Leroux also saw time at the end of the match, both playing the final seven minutes plus stoppage time. Becky Sauerbrunn also came on for Kelley O’Hara in the 73rd minute.
  • Following the U.S. WNT’s match against Germany on Tuesday, the USA hosts the Republic of Ireland at 7 p.m. PT on Nov. 28 at JELD-WEN Field in Portland, Ore., and at 7:30 p.m. MT on Dec. 1 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz.

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

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Germany
Date: Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Toyota Park; Bridgeview, Ill.
Kickoff: 6:06 p.m. CT
Attendance: 19,522 (sell-out)
Weather: 57 degrees, partly cloudy

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

USA – Abby Wambach (Alex Morgan) 2nd minute
GER – Anja Mittag (Simone Laudehr) 14

Lineups:
USA: 1-Hope Solo; 2-Heather Mitts (6-Amy LePeilbet, 46), 3-Christie Rampone (capt.), 16-Rachel Buehler, 5-Kelley O’Hara (4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 73); 15-Megan Rapinoe (9-Heather O’Reilly, 46), 7-Shannon Boxx (8-Amy Rodriguez, 83), 12-Lauren Cheney (10-Carli Lloyd, 46), 17-Tobin Heath; 13-Alex Morgan, 14-Abby Wambach (11-Sydney Leroux, 83) 
Substitutions Not Used: 18-Nicole Barnhart
Head coach: Jill Ellis 

GER: 1-Nadine Angerer (capt.); 2-Bianca Schmidt (22-Luisa Wensing, 46), 3-Saskia Bartusiak, 4-Babett Peter, 5-Annike Krahn; 6-Simone Laudehr, 7-Melanie Behringer (15-Verena Faisst, 46), 10-Linda Bresonik (18-Svenja Huth, 75), 11-Anja Mittag (9-Alexandra Popp, 77), 14-Dzsenifer Marozsan, 17-Viola Odebrecht (8-Kim Kulig, 46) 
Substitutions Not Used: 12-Almuth Schult, 13-Celia Okoyino da Mbabi, 16-Martina Muller,20-Lena Goessling, 21-Laura Benkarth, 23-Leonie Maier 
Head coach: Silvia Neid 

Stats Summary: USA / GER
Shots: 7 / 12
Shots on Goal: 2 / 2
Saves: 1 / 1
Corner Kicks: 5 / 1
Fouls: 14 / 18
Offside: 0 / 2

Misconduct Summary:
None 

Officials:
Referee: Margaret Domka
Assistant Referee 1: Marlene Duffy
Assistant Referee 2: Veronica Perez
Fourth Official: Kari Seitz 

Budweiser Woman of the Match: Shannon Boxx

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WNT Oct 20, 2012

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

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Germany
Date: Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Toyota Park; Bridgeview, Ill.
Kickoff: 6:06 p.m. CT
Attendance: 19,522 (sell-out)
Weather: 57 degrees, partly cloudy

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

USA – Abby Wambach (Alex Morgan) 2nd minute
GER – Anja Mittag (Simone Laudehr) 14

Lineups:
USA: 1-Hope Solo; 2-Heather Mitts (6-Amy LePeilbet, 46), 3-Christie Rampone (capt.), 16-Rachel Buehler, 5-Kelley O’Hara (4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 73); 15-Megan Rapinoe (9-Heather O’Reilly, 46), 7-Shannon Boxx (8-Amy Rodriguez, 83), 12-Lauren Cheney (10-Carli Lloyd, 46), 17-Tobin Heath; 13-Alex Morgan, 14-Abby Wambach (11-Sydney Leroux, 83) 
Substitutions Not Used: 18-Nicole Barnhart
Head coach: Jill Ellis 

GER: 1-Nadine Angerer (capt.); 2-Bianca Schmidt (22-Luisa Wensing, 46), 3-Saskia Bartusiak, 4-Babett Peter, 5-Annike Krahn; 6-Simone Laudehr, 7-Melanie Behringer (15-Verena Faisst, 46), 10-Linda Bresonik (18-Svenja Huth, 75), 11-Anja Mittag (9-Alexandra Popp, 77), 14-Dzsenifer Marozsan, 17-Viola Odebrecht (8-Kim Kulig, 46) 
Substitutions Not Used: 12-Almuth Schult, 13-Celia Okoyino da Mbabi, 16-Martina Muller,20-Lena Goessling, 21-Laura Benkarth, 23-Leonie Maier 
Head coach: Silvia Neid 

Stats Summary: USA / GER
Shots: 7 / 12
Shots on Goal: 2 / 2
Saves: 1 / 1
Corner Kicks: 5 / 1
Fouls: 14 / 18
Offside: 0 / 2

Misconduct Summary:
None 

Officials:
Referee: Margaret Domka
Assistant Referee 1: Marlene Duffy
Assistant Referee 2: Veronica Perez
Fourth Official: Kari Seitz 

Budweiser Woman of the Match: Shannon Boxx 

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Beach Soccer National Team Opens Important 2019 with Domestic Training Camp

CHICAGO (Jan 23, 2019)—The U.S. Beach Soccer National Team will gather for its first training camp of 2019 in Huntington Beach, Calif. from Jan. 24-27. The camp kicks off an important year for the Beach NT, as it will aim to qualify for the 2019 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup with a top-two finish at the 2019 Concacaf Beach Soccer Championship. The USA is seeking its first qualification to the biennial World Cup since 2013.

U.S. Beach NT head coach Eddie Soto has called 16 players to the Beach NT for its year-opening camp.

U.S. Beach Soccer National Team Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Aldo Balsano (Miami, Fla.), Juan Cervantes (Los Angeles, Calif.) 
DEFENDERS (10): Tanner Akol (Santa Cruz, Calif.), Christian Blandon (Hollywood, Fla.), Fredo Dilbert (Miami, Fla.), Ryan Futagaki (Gahanna, Ohio), Irvin Garcia (Mesa, Ariz.), Bryce Kaminski (San Clemente, Calif.), Jason Leopoldo (Thousand Oaks, Calif.), David Mandragon (Santa Cruz, Calif.), Oscar Reyes (Santa Ana, Calif.), Jason Santos (Cardiff by the Sea, Calif.)      
FORWARDS (4): Alessandro Canale (Venice, Calif.), Cory Keitz (Armada, Mich.), Nick Perera (Carlsbad, Calif.), Gabriel Silveira (San Francisco, Calif.)                                                         

 It’s the first event for the Beach NT since last fall’s Beach Soccer Intercontinental Cup in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, where the USA won the consolation bracket with a come-from-behind victory over Spain. Ten players return from that tournament roster, while eight return from the USA’s 2017 Concacaf Beach Soccer Championship campaign.


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Beach Jan 23, 2019
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WNT Defeats Spain 1-0 in First Match Between Nations

ALICANTE, Spain (Jan. 22, 2019) – The U.S. Women’s National Team defeated Spain 1-0 in the first international meeting between the two teams thanks to a second half goal created by a strong individual effort from halftime substitute Christen Press.

The first 45 minutes began with both teams wrestling to impose their style on the match, but after a hard-charging opening 10 minutes from Spain, the U.S. began flexing its muscles, nearly taking the lead in the 14th minute. A corner kick from the right wing was misjudged by Spain goalkeeper Sandra Paños and reached Megan Rapinoe on back left post. Her bicycle-kick attempt was pushed away by a recovering Paños as Julie Ertz crashed in looking to get her head on the ball, which slipped just past Rose Lavelle, who couldn’t react in time to stab home the loose ball at the right post.

The U.S. held the upper hand for the remainder of the half, carving out its best chances via crosses into the box, but the breakthrough did not come until the second half, when U.S. head coach introduced a trio of substitutes, including Press who fashioned the opening goal. Receiving the ball at midfield, Press turned one defender and headed directly for goal, sprinting past another before sending a shot from wide left of the goal toward the right post before it was knocked in by Spain defender Irene Paredes in the 54th minute.

From there, the U.S. looked the dominant team, creating numerous opportunities to extend its lead through Alex Morgan, Mallory Pugh and Ertz, but needed only the single goal to secure the victory after a stout defensive performance buttressed by goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher’s fine day in net when called upon.

Up Next: The WNT returns to the USA for the beginning of the eight-game, home portion of Countdown to the Cup. The opening match of the 2019 SheBelieves Cup vs. Japan at Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, Pa. on Feb. 27 (7 p.m. ET; FS1). The U.S. will also face England on March 2 at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tenn. (4:30 p.m. ET; FOX) and Brazil on March 5 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla. (8 p.m. ET; FS1) during the SheBelieves Cup.

Social: Follow the #USWNT on Facebook; Twitter and Instagram.

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Christen Press (Rose Lavelle), 54th:
The USA broke up a Spain attack at midfield and Rose Lavelle played the ball to Press near the center circle. She turned a defender and headed directly toward goal, then sprinted past a second defender and clipping a low shot from wide left of the goal toward the right post. Before the ball could reach the line, Spain defender Irene Paredes attempted to clear it but ended up putting it into her own goal. USA 1, ESP 0 [WATCH] FINAL

Additional Notes:

  • Since the 2017 SheBelieves Cup, the USA has failed to score in just one game (vs. Australia at the 2017 ToN); a 34-game span. Tonight’s goal marked the USA’s 30th consecutive match scoring a goal.
  • Alyssa Naeher earned her 41st career cap tonight. She has 22 career shutouts and is the fifth goalkeeper in U.S. history to earn 30 or more caps.
  • Becky Sauerbrunn earned her 151st cap tonight. She is now the 20th player – and only the third who has played exclusively as a defender – to feature 150 times for the U.S. WNT.
  • Julie Ertz, who did not dress for the match vs. France, made her 74th international appearance tonight. She has scored 18 international goals.
  • Rose Lavelle, who also did not dress for the game vs. France, made her first start and appearance of this year. It was cap No. 21 for Lavelle, who has scored six international goals.
  • Tobin Heath is another player who did not dress vs. France but took the field vs. Spain to make her 143rd international appearance for the USA. In 2018, Heath scored seven goals in only 10 appearances.
  • Megan Rapinoe captained the USA tonight. Rapinoe, who did not suit up vs. France, earned her 146th cap for the U.S WNT. She was the team-leader in assist last year with 12.

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

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Spain
Date: January 22, 2019
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Estadio José Rico Pérez; Alicante, Spain
Kickoff: 2:30 p.m. ET (8:30 p.m. local)
Attendance: 9,182
Weather: 52 degrees, partly cloudy

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

USA – Christen Press (Rose Lavelle)          54th minute

Lineups:
USA: 1-Alyssa Naeher; 2-Emily Sonnett (12-Tierna Davidson, 46), 7-Abby Dahlkemper, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 19-Crystal Dunn; 8-Julie Ertz (25-McCall Zerboni, 69), 9-Lindsey Horan (11-Mallory Pugh, 46), 16-Rose Lavelle (3-Sam Mewis, 76); 17-Tobin Heath (20-Jessica McDonald, 60), 13-Alex Morgan, 15-Megan Rapinoe (capt.) (23-Christen Press, 46)
Substitutes not used: 10-Carli Lloyd, 24-Ashlyn Harris, 27-Andi Sullivan
Head Coach: Jill Ellis 

ESP: 13-Sandra Paños; 8-Marta Torrejón (capt.) (7-Marta Corredera, 65), 4-Irene Paredes, 20-Andrea Pereira, 16-Mapi León; 6-Vicky Losada (21-Andrea Sánchez Falcón, 60), 15-Silvia Meseguer, 11-Alexia Putellas; 9-Mariona Caldentey (18-Aitana Bonmatí, 73), 10-Jennifer Hermoso (22-Nahikari García, 79), 19-Amanda Sampedro (17-Lucía García, 73)
Substitutes not used: 1-Lola Gallardo, 23-Sun Quiñones, 5-Ivana Andrés, 3-Leila Ouahabi, 2-Celia Jiménez, 12-Marta Carro, 25-Ángela Sosa, 24-Alba Redondo
Head Coach: Jorge Vilda

Stats Summary: USA / ESP
Shots: 9 / 4
Shots on Goal: 3 / 2
Saves: 2 / 2
Corner Kicks: 4 / 1
Fouls: 17 / 8
Offside: 6 / 4

Misconduct Summary:
ESP – Silvia Meseguer (caution)  74th minute

Officials:
Referee: Stéphanie Frappart (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Manuela Nicolosi (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Solenne Bartnik (FRA)
Fourth official: Victoria Beyer (FRA)

Budweiser Woman of the Match: Christen Press

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WNT Jan 22, 2019
US Soccer

Berhalter Selects Final 23-Player Travel Roster for U.S. MNT Matches Against Panama and Costa Rica

CHICAGO (Jan. 22, 2019) – U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Gregg Berhalter has selected the final 23-player travel roster that will prepare to face regional foes Panama and Costa Rica in the team’s opening matches of 2019.

The MNT hosts Panama on Jan. 27 at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Ariz. (8 p.m. ET; ESPN2, UniMás, UDN). The USA then closes its annual January Camp with a match against Costa Rica on Feb. 2 at Avaya Stadium in San Jose, Calif. (3:30 p.m. ET; FOX, UniMás, UDN). Fans can follow both matches on U.S. Soccer’s official Facebook, Twitter (@ussoccer_mnt) and Instagram (@ussoccer_mnt) accounts.

A total of 28 players gathered on Jan. 7 at the Elite Athlete Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif., for the annual January Camp. The delegation travels to the Phoenix area this afternoon to begin final preparations ahead of the Panama match.

“We’ve had a great two weeks in Chula Vista focusing on building team culture, style of play and competing every day,” Berhalter said. “The entire group has worked hard and brought an excellent mindset, and we thank them for the consistent effort thus far. We look forward to continuing to build on these ideas in Phoenix and measure our progress in the game against Panama.”

DETAILED ROSTER BY POSITION (Club; Caps/Goals):
GOALKEEPERS (2): Sean Johnson (New York City FC; 5/0), Zack Steffen (Columbus Crew SC; 6/0)

DEFENDERS (8): Reggie Cannon (FC Dallas; 2/0), Nick Lima (San Jose Earthquakes; 0/0), Aaron Long (New York Red Bulls; 2/0), Daniel Lovitz (Montreal Impact/CAN; 0/0), Mark McKenzie (Philadelphia Union; 0/0), Keegan Rosenberry (Colorado Rapids; 0/0), Auston Trusty (Philadelphia Union; 0/0), Walker Zimmerman (LAFC; 4/1)  

MIDFIELDERS (10): Paul Arriola (D.C. United; 17/2), Corey Baird (Real Salt Lake; 0/0), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC/CAN; 142/17), Russell Canouse (D.C. United; 0/0), Marky Delgado (Toronto FC/CAN; 6/0), Jonathan Lewis (New York City FC; 0/0), Sebastian Lletget (LA Galaxy; 5/1), Djordje Mihailovic (Chicago Fire; 0/0), Cristian Roldan (Seattle Sounders FC; 5/0), Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew SC; 11/0)

FORWARDS (3): Jeremy Ebobisse (Portland Timbers, 0/0), Christian Ramirez (LAFC; 0/0), Gyasi Zardes (Columbus Crew SC; 40/6)

Four players were released back to their clubs: goalkeepers Alex Bono and Tyler Miller, defender Justen Glad and midfielder Kellyn Acosta.

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MNT Jan 22, 2019
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Lineup Notes: A New Challenge, USA Faces Spain in Alicante

USA vs. SPAIN Date: Jan. 22, 2019 Venue: Estadio José Rico Pérez Broadcast: ESPN2, UDN Kickoff: 2:30 p.m. ET Starting XI vs. Spain: 1-Alyssa Naeher; 2-Emily Sonnett, 7-Abby Dahlkemper, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 19-Crystal Dunn; 8-Julie Ertz, 9-Lindsey Horan, 16-Rose Lavelle; 17-Tobin Heath, 13-Alex Morgan, 15-Megan Rapinoe (capt.) Subs: 3-Samantha Mewis, 10-Carli Lloyd, 11-Mallo Read more
WNT Jan 22, 2019

Familiar Faces: Jozy Altidore and Jordan Morris Stop by January Camp

As the 2019 U.S. Men’s National Team January Camp progresses, the group welcomed two familiar faces to Chula Vista during the weekend. Veteran forwards Jozy Altidore and Jordan Morris were invited to visit the Elite Athlete Training Center to get their first taste of this new era of the National Team. “I was invited by Gregg Berhalter to come observe the group and kind of be a fly Read more
MNT Jan 21, 2019
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