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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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-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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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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