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U.S. WNT Defeats Ireland 5-0 in Fan Tribute Tour, Presented by Panasonic

PORTLAND (Nov 28, 2012) – The U.S. Women’s National Team rolled past the Republic of Ireland 5-0 on a chilly night as Alex Morgan scored a hat trick in the first half and Sydney Leroux added two goals off the bench after the break. The match was the sixth of ten on the 2012 Fan Tribute Tour, presented by Panasonic.

The USA moved to 4-0-2 on the Fan Tribute Tour, a celebration of the team’s run to a fourth gold medal at the 2012 London Olympics. The two teams will meet again on Saturday, Dec. 1 at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. Coverage begins on FOX Soccer at 7 p.m. MT. Fans can follow the match via ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt.

Morgan’s second-career hat trick upped her total to 27 goals in 2012 and made her just the third U.S. player in history to surpass 25 goals in a calendar year. Abby Wambach scored 31 in 2004, while Michelle Akers holds the record with 39 in 1991.

The match was played on a slick artificial surface at JELD-WEN Field, home to Major League Soccer’s Portland Timbers. After an inconsistent start from the U.S. team, Morgan scored three goals in 20 minutes to stake the Americans to a 3-0 halftime lead.

Ireland played in a 4-5-1 formation and dropped deep to limit the USA’s attacking space, but after Morgan was denied in the 7th and 21st minutes on nice saves from Ireland goalkeeper Emma Byrne, she started her hat trick night in the 24th minute.

The 23-year-old Morgan won a bouncing ball after it was headed down the right side by Heather Mitts. Morgan cut inside, losing several defenders with quick bursts while making a lateral run across the top of the penalty area. She slid to strike a pacey shot from just outside the penalty area that skimmed off the turf, off the inside of the left post and in past the diving Byrne.

Morgan doubled up in the 34th minute after a nice attack down the left wing. Left back Becky Sauerbrunn played a square pass into the penalty area and Lauren Cheney somehow worked her way through two defenders to turn and face the goal, then played a short pass back to Morgan at the top of the six-yard box. Morgan swung her lethal left foot and smashed a seven-yard shot past Byrne into the lower left corner.

Morgan added her third just before halftime after Abby Wambach played her a pass forward as she ran toward the penalty area. Morgan’s first shot was blocked, but the rebound went right back to her and she used her right foot this time to hit a low shot past the screened Byrne and into the right corner from 19 yards out.

Morgan’s first career hat trick came in the 2012 Algarve Cup in Portugal last March when she scored three goals in the 4-0 victory against Sweden in the third-place match of the tournament.

U.S. interim head coach Jill Ellis made four changes at halftime, but the game really heated up after Leroux and Amy Rodriguez came on in the 59th minute and the Americans switched to a 3-4-3 formation.

Leroux made it 4-0 in the 62nd minute after halftime substitute Heather O’Reilly beat her defender down the right flank on the sprint and sent a perfect cross into the middle. Leroux got a step on her defender and sent a header from six yards back toward the right side of the goal. Bryne was moving across the net and got a piece of the ball, but she was wrong-footed and could not keep it out of the net.

Leroux added her second in the 81st minute after a nice combination of passes between her, Lauren Cheney and Rodriguez, who got the ball to Leroux deep on the left side of the penalty area. She shot right at Bryne, but the ball had enough pace on it to slip past the Irish ‘keeper and into the net.

The two goals gave Leroux 12 goals in 2012, all off the bench, and extended her U.S. record for most goals as a reserve in a calendar year.

The visitors had some possession in first half, but it was almost all USA after the break, and the Americans ended up out-shooting Ireland 20-3 for the match.

Additional Notes:

  • Alex Morgan scored her three goals 10 minutes apart from each other in the 24th, 34th and 44th minutes.
  • Christie Rampone played in her 272nd career match, tying Julie Foudy for third place all-time and can move into sole possession of third place when the USA faces Ireland on Dec. 1 in Glendale, Ariz.
  • Heather O’Reilly and Shannon Boxx both played in their 176th career game, tying Shannon MacMillan for 10th on the USA all-time caps list.
  • The U.S. moved to 24-1-3 this year
  • The USA extended its unbeaten streak to 19 games.
  • U.S. goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart played the second half after replacing Hope Solo, earning her 44th career cap and her first since playing against Sweden at the Algarve Cup in Portugal back on March 7 of this year.
  • Megan Rapinoe got the start and pulled off some fantastic dribbles in her adopted hometown where she stared in college and got a nice ovation when she left the game along with Morgan in the 59th minute.
  • The USA has played Ireland nine times in its history and in six of those games has scored five goals. Five were 5-0 victories, and one a 5-1 win.

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

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Republic of Ireland
Date: Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: JELD-WEN Field; Portland, Ore.
Kickoff: 7 p.m. PT
Attendance: 10,092
Weather: 47 degrees, cold, cloudy

Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA                         3 2 5
IRL                          0 0 0

USA – Alex Morgan (Heather Mitts) 24th minute
USA – Alex Morgan (Lauren Cheney) 34
USA – Alex Morgan 44
USA – Sydney Leroux (Heather O’Reilly) 62
USA – Sydney Leroux (Amy Rodriguez) 81

Lineups
USA: 1-Hope Solo (18-Nicole Barnhart, 46); 2-Heather Mitts (5-Kelley O’Hara, 46), 3-Christie Rampone (capt.), 16-Rachel Buehler, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn; 15-Megan Rapinoe (8-Amy Rodriguez, 59), 10-Carli Lloyd, 12-Lauren Cheney, 17-Tobin Heath (9-Heather O’Reilly, 46); 13-Alex Morgan (11-Sydney Leroux, 59), 14-Abby Wambach (7-Shannon Boxx, 46)
Subs Not Used: 6-Amy LePeilbet, 21-Jill Loyden
Head coach: Jill Ellis


IRL: 1-Emma Byrne; 2-Sophie Perry (7-Mary Therese McDonnell, 46), 4-Louise Quinn, 5-Yvonne Tracey, 8-Meabh De Burca; 6-Niamh Fahey (18-Ciara Grant, 57), 10-Julie Ann Russell, 11-Aine O’Gorman (17-Shannon Smyth, 46), 13-Diane Caldwell; 9-Fiona O’Sullivan, 12-Denise O’Sullivan (15-Ruesha Littlejohn, 90+2)
Subs Not Used: 3-Megan Campbell, 14-Shannon McDonnell, 16-Eve Gbadana
Head coach: Sue Ronan


Stats Summary: USA / IRL
Shots: 20 / 3
Shots on Goal: 10 / 1
Saves: 1 / 5
Corner Kicks: 2 / 1
Fouls: 6 / 4
Offside: 3 / 1

Misconduct Summary:
None

Officials:
Referee: Katja Koroleva (USA)
Assistant Referee 1: Marlene Duffy (USA)
Assistant Referee 2: Felisha Mariscal (USA)
Fourth Official: Ronald Lagraff (USA)

Budweiser 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. Republic of Ireland
Date: Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: JELD-WEN Field; Portland, Ore.
Kickoff: 7 p.m. PT
Attendance: 10,092
Weather: 47 degrees, cold, cloudy

Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA                         3 2 5
IRL                          0 0 0

USA – Alex Morgan (Heather Mitts) 24th minute
USA – Alex Morgan (Lauren Cheney) 34
USA – Alex Morgan 44
USA – Sydney Leroux (Heather O’Reilly) 62
USA – Sydney Leroux (Amy Rodriguez) 81

Lineups
USA: 1-Hope Solo (18-Nicole Barnhart, 46); 2-Heather Mitts (5-Kelley O’Hara, 46), 3-Christie Rampone (capt.), 16-Rachel Buehler, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn; 15-Megan Rapinoe (8-Amy Rodriguez, 59), 10-Carli Lloyd, 12-Lauren Cheney, 17-Tobin Heath (9-Heather O’Reilly, 46); 13-Alex Morgan (11-Sydney Leroux, 59), 14-Abby Wambach (7-Shannon Boxx, 46)
Subs Not Used: 6-Amy LePeilbet, 21-Jill Loyden
Head coach: Jill Ellis


IRL: 1-Emma Byrne; 2-Sophie Perry (7-Mary Therese McDonnell, 46), 4-Louise Quinn, 5-Yvonne Tracey, 8-Meabh De Burca; 6-Niamh Fahey (18-Ciara Grant, 57), 10-Julie Ann Russell, 11-Aine O’Gorman (17-Shannon Smyth, 46), 13-Diane Caldwell; 9-Fiona O’Sullivan, 12-Denise O’Sullivan (15-Ruesha Littlejohn, 90+2)
Subs Not Used: 3-Megan Campbell, 14-Shannon McDonnell, 16-Eve Gbadana
Head coach: Sue Ronan


Stats Summary: USA / IRL
Shots: 20 / 3
Shots on Goal: 10 / 1
Saves: 1 / 5
Corner Kicks: 2 / 1
Fouls: 6 / 4
Offside: 3 / 1

Misconduct Summary:
None

Officials:
Referee: Katja Koroleva (USA)
Assistant Referee 1: Marlene Duffy (USA)
Assistant Referee 2: Felisha Mariscal (USA)
Fourth Official: Ronald Lagraff (USA)

Budweiser Woman of the Match: Alex Morgan
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US Soccer

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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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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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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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-Mallory Pugh, 12-Tierna Davidson, 20-Jessica McDonald, 23-Christen Press, 24-Ashlyn Harris, 25-McCall Zerboni, 27-Andi Sullivan

Starting Lineup

  • Since the 2017 SheBelieves Cup, the USA has failed to score in just one game (vs. Australia at the 2017 ToN). That’s a 34-game span.
  • Several players who were precautionarily unavailable against France on Jan. 19 due to minor injuries are back in the lineup.
  • Alyssa Naeher will earn her 41st career cap tonight. She has 21 career shutouts and is the fifth goalkeeper in U.S. history to earn 30 or more caps.
  • Emily Sonnett will earn cap No. 28 today.
  • Abby Dahlkemper will earn her 32nd cap tonight. She played all 90 minutes in Saturday’s match vs. France in Le Havre on Jan. 19.
  • Becky Sauerbrunn will earn her 151st cap tonight. She is now the 20th player, and just the third player who has played exclusively defender, to play 150 times for the U.S. WNT.
  • Crystal Dunn will earn her 77th WNT cap tonight. After starting in the midfield vs. France on Jan. 19, she will start in the back line tonight.
  • Julie Ertz, who did not dress for the match vs. France, is making her 74th international appearance tonight. She has scored 18 career goals.
  • Lindsey Horan scored three goals in 2018 and had eight assists, second-most on the team. She is making her 64rd international appearance with the WNT tonight after playing 84 minutes vs. France on Jan. 19.
  • Rose Lavelle, who also did not dress for the game vs. France, makes her first start and appearance of this year. It will cap No. 21 for Lavelle, who has scored six career goals.
  • Tobin Heath is another player who did not dress vs. France but will take the field vs. Spain to make her 143rd international appearance for the USA. In 2018, Heath scored 7 goals in only 10 appearances.
  • Alex Morgan scored 18 goals in 2018 and now has 98 career goals in 154 caps. At age 29, she sits in sole possession of seventh place on the USA's all-time goal list. Morgan has scored 25 goals over her last 27 WNT matches, a span that runs from the end of 2017. The 25 goals have included six braces and one hat trick. Morgan will earn cap No. 155 today tying Michelle Akers for 17th all-time in caps.
  • Captaining the USA tonight is Megan Rapinoe. Rapinoe, who did not suit up vs. France, earns her 146th cap for the U.S WNT. She was the team-leader in assist last year, earning 12 in 2018.
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