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U.S. Women's National Team Defeats Ireland 2-0 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz.

GLENDALE, Ariz. (Dec. 1, 2012) – Forward Alex Morgan scored just 44 seconds into the match and midfielder Megan Rapinoe added a goal seven minutes before halftime as the U.S. Women’s National Team defeated the Republic of Ireland for the second time in four days, winning 2-0 in the seventh match of the 2012 Fan Tribute Tour, presented by Panasonic.

The USA moved to 5-0-2 on the Fan Tribute Tour, a celebration of the team’s run to a fourth gold medal at the 2012 London Olympics. The USA will be in action next on Dec. 8 at Ford Field in Detroit to start a three-game series against China. The USA will also face China on Dec. 12 at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston and Dec. 15 at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton, Fla.

U.S. captain Christie Rampone came off the bench for the first time this year, entering at halftime to earn her 273rd career cap. Playing right back, the position she started in many years ago when she debuted for the USA in 1998, Rampone moved past former U.S. captain Julie Foudy and into third-place on the U.S. and world’s all-time caps list. Former teammates Kristine Lilly (352) and Mia Hamm (275) are the only players in history to play more games than Rampone. If Rampone plays in the final three games of the year against China, she will move past Hamm, as well.

Morgan, who scored a first-half hat trick in the USA’s 5-0 victory against Ireland last Wednesday in Portland, Ore., got the USA on the board with a lightning strike just seconds after the opening whistle. Midfielder Shannon Boxx slipped a perfectly-weighted pass behind the Ireland defense into the left side of the box and Morgan made a dynamic run to get behind the ball before lashing a shot from 10 yards out past Ireland goalkeeper Emma Byrne and into the lower right corner.

Morgan’s goal upped her total in 2012 to a team-leading 28 scores, third-best in a calendar year behind only Abby Wambach, who scored 31 in 2004, and Michelle Akers, who holds the record with 39 in 1991.

Rapinoe doubled the USA’s lead in the 28th minute when former Arizona State All-American Amy LePeilbet played a long ball down the left wing to the streaking Morgan. The fleet forward took the ball all the way to the end line before cutting a pass back into the center of the box to the crashing Rapinoe. She hit her shot first-time from 14 yards, past the wrong-footed Byrne, off the leg of a scrambling defender and into the net.

The assist was Morgan’s team-leading 19th of the year and gives her the fourth-most in a single year in U.S. history. Hamm had 22 assists in the final year of her career in 2004 and Carin Gabarra had 21 in 1991. Hamm also had 20 assists in 1998. Those are the only three times a U.S. player has reached or surpassed 20 assists in a calendar year.

Ireland played with a bit more verve during the match Portland, but in front of 11,570 appreciative fans, the Americans dominated possession and territory. The USA out shot Ireland 17-2 and the Irish managed just one shot on goal.

The score would have been much higher if not for some heroics from the six-foot Byrne, who made five spectacular saves in the second half, three of them on excellent efforts from Carli Lloyd.

In the 51st minute, the Irish ‘keeper dove to push Lloyd shot from distance around the post. Two minutes later, Byrne kick-saved a 10-yard shot from Lloyd after she had played a clever give-and-go with Abby Wambach that freed her up deep in the penalty area.

In the 62nd minute, Lloyd returned the favor and played Wambach into the box with a great slipped pass. Wambach cut back to lose a defender and fired hard at Byrne, but she made another good save, knocking the ball down before falling on it.

Byrne made her best save in the 67th minute after Lloyd hit a drive from 30 yards out that was surely headed into the upper-right corner. The long-time Arsenal Ladies ‘keeper fully extended herself and just got a piece of the ball, pushing it off the crossbar in a spectacular piece of goalkeeping.

U.S. forward Sydney Leroux, who graduated from high school in Arizona, came into the match in the 59th minute and almost delighted her hometown crowd in the 75th, but once again Byrne was there to save her team. Rampone raced past two defenders down the right flank and crossed back on the ground to Leroux, whose shot to the near post was scooped away by Byrne.

Additional Notes:

  • Amy Rodriguez earned her 99th career cap and should get her 100th in Detroit on Dec 8. She would become the 28th female player in U.S. history to join the Century Club.
  • With the win, the U.S. moved to 25-1-3 this year.
  • The USA extended its unbeaten streak to 20 games.
  • The match marked the first time in the 508-match history of the U.S. Women’s National Team that three goalkeepers played in a single game. Hope Solo started, before giving way in the 22nd minute to 2012 Olympic alternate Jill Loyden, who played the reminder of the first half, and then Nicole Barnhart was in net for the final 45 minutes.
  • Rapinoe’s goal was her 7th in 2012 and the 18th of her career in her 65th career game.
  • U.S. midfielder Tobin Heath missed the match to attend her sister’s wedding.
  • U.S. midfielder Heather O’Reilly was not available to play due to flu-like symptoms.

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


Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Republic of Ireland
Date: Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: University of Phoenix Stadium; Glendale, Arizona
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. MT
Attendance: 11,570
Weather: 69 degrees, partly cloudy

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

USA – Alex Morgan (Shannon Boxx) 1st minute
USA – Megan Rapinoe (Alex Morgan) 38

Lineups
USA: 1-Hope Solo (21-Jill Loyden, 22; 18-Nicole Barnhart, 46); 2-Heather Mitts (3-Christie Rampone, 46), 16-Rachel Buehler, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 6-Amy LePeilbet; 15-Megan Rapinoe (8-Amy Rodriguez, 59), 7-Shannon Boxx, 10-Carli Lloyd, 12-Lauren Cheney; 13-Alex Morgan (11-Sydney Leroux, 59), 14-Abby Wambach (capt.)
Subs Not Used: 5-Kelley O’Hara
Head coach: Jill Ellis


IRL: 1-Emma Byrne; 7-Mary Therese McDonnell, 3-Megan Campbell, 4-Louise Quinn, 14-Shannon McDonnell; 11-Aine O’Gorman, 6-Niamh Fahey, 18-Ciara Grant (2-Sophie Perry, 46), 10-Julie Ann Russell (15-Ruesha Littlejohn, 58), 13-Diane Caldwell; 12-Denise O’Sullivan (17-Shannon Smyth, 46)
Subs Not Used: 5-Yvonne Tracey, 8-Meabh De Burca, 16-Eve Gbadana
Head coach: Sue Ronan


Stats Summary: USA / IRL
Shots: 17 / 2
Shots on Goal: 8 / 1
Saves: 1 / 6
Corner Kicks: 11 / 1
Fouls: 7 / 13
Offside: 5 / 2

Misconduct Summary
IRL – Sophie Perry (caution) 81st minute
IRL – Niamh Fahey (caution) 88

Officials:
Referee: Kristen Schiereck (USA)
Assistant Referee 1: Veronica Perez (USA)
Assistant Referee 2: Amanda Ross (USA)
Fourth Official: Kari Seitz (USA)

Budweiser Woman of the Match: Carli Lloyd
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-U.S. Women’s National Team Match Report-


Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Republic of Ireland
Date: Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: University of Phoenix Stadium; Glendale, Arizona
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. MT
Attendance: 11,570
Weather: 69 degrees, partly cloudy

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

USA – Alex Morgan (Shannon Boxx) 1st minute
USA – Megan Rapinoe (Alex Morgan) 38

Lineups
USA: 1-Hope Solo (21-Jill Loyden, 22; 18-Nicole Barnhart, 46); 2-Heather Mitts (3-Christie Rampone, 46), 16-Rachel Buehler, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 6-Amy LePeilbet; 15-Megan Rapinoe (8-Amy Rodriguez, 59), 7-Shannon Boxx, 10-Carli Lloyd, 12-Lauren Cheney; 13-Alex Morgan (11-Sydney Leroux, 59), 14-Abby Wambach (capt.)
Subs Not Used: 5-Kelley O’Hara
Head coach: Jill Ellis


IRL: 1-Emma Byrne; 7-Mary Therese McDonnell, 3-Megan Campbell, 4-Louise Quinn, 14-Shannon McDonnell; 11-Aine O’Gorman, 6-Niamh Fahey, 18-Ciara Grant (2-Sophie Perry, 46), 10-Julie Ann Russell (15-Ruesha Littlejohn, 58), 13-Diane Caldwell; 12-Denise O’Sullivan (17-Shannon Smyth, 46)
Subs Not Used: 5-Yvonne Tracey, 8-Meabh De Burca, 16-Eve Gbadana
Head coach: Sue Ronan


Stats Summary: USA / IRL
Shots: 17 / 2
Shots on Goal: 8 / 1
Saves: 1 / 6
Corner Kicks: 11 / 1
Fouls: 7 / 13
Offside: 5 / 2

Misconduct Summary
IRL – Sophie Perry (caution) 81st minute
IRL – Niamh Fahey (caution) 88

Officials:
Referee: Kristen Schiereck (USA)
Assistant Referee 1: Veronica Perez (USA)
Assistant Referee 2: Amanda Ross (USA)
Fourth Official: Kari Seitz (USA)

Budweiser Woman of the Match: Carli Lloyd
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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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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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MNT Jan 22, 2019

BTC: MNT Fosters Team Cohesion During January Camp

Do you have 24-down? One of the key pillars for the U.S. Men's National Team in 2019 January Camp is team building. Go Behind the Crest as MNT players bond over crossword puzzles, a team barbecue and FIFA while continuing to train and learn a new style of play under head coach Gregg Berhalter. Read more
MNT Jan 22, 2019
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Lineup Notes: A New Challenge, USA Faces Spain in Alicante

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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
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PREVIEW: WNT & Spain Face Each Other for First Time in History | Tuesday, Jan. 22 | 2:30 p.m. ET on ESPN2 & UDN

The USA is coming off a 3-1 loss to 2019 Women’s World Cup hosts France on January 19 in Le Havre and will now look to get back to its winning ways when it faces Spain on Jan. 22 at Estadio José Rico Perez in Alicante (2:30 p.m. ET on ESPN2 & UDN). Spain will also be in France this summer after qualifying for its second Women’s World Cup. A less than full-strength U.S. Read more
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