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U.S. Women's National Team Defeats China PR 2-0 in Detroit

  • Alex Morgan Becomes Only Second Player in U.S. History to Record at Least 20 Goals and 20 Assists in Calendar Year, Following Mia Hamm in 1998
  • Amy Rodriguez Earns Her 100th Cap for U.S. WNT
  • Fan Tribute Tour Presented by Panasonic Resumes Dec. 12 when U.S. WNT Faces China at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston Live on FOX Soccer at 7:30 p.m. CT

DETROIT (Dec. 8, 2012) – The U.S. Women’s National Team put together an excellent second half and scored twice after the break through Carli Lloyd and Sydney Leroux to record a 2-0 victory against China PR in the eighth match of the 2012 Fan Tribute Tour, presented by Panasonic.

A crowd of 17,371 at Ford Field roared its approval as the USA moved to 26-1-3 in 2012. The match was the 12th all-time played indoors by the U.S. Women who have a perfect 12-0-0 record under a roof.

Forward Alex Morgan, who started on the bench for the first time since Jan. 27 against Costa Rica at the CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Vancouver, B.C. (a span of 25 straight starts), came into the game at halftime for Amy Rodriguez and had several good scoring chances. However, it was her assist to Leroux in the 84th minute that made history as she notched her 20th of 2012. Along with her 28 goals so far that assist made her just the second player in U.S. history to score at least 20 goals and record 20 assists in a calendar year. Mia Hamm was the first – and before Saturday the only – player to achieve that feat, doing so in 1998 when she had exactly 20 goals and 20 assists.

The USA moved to 6-0-2 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 Wednesday, Dec. 12, at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston in the bridge match of the three-game series against China. That match will be broadcast live on FOX Soccer at 7:30 p.m. CT. The USA will also face China on Dec. 15 at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton, Fla., to end the tour in a match broadcast live on the NBC Sports Network and Univision Deportes Network at 7 p.m. ET.

The match was the 100th career international game for Rodriguez who became the 28th player to achieve that mark. As is tradition on the U.S. team, she captained the side for the match. She was replaced by Tobin Heath in the 48th minute.

Heath made an impact in the second half and was in the center of numerous dangerous attacking sequences. She set up the first goal in the 50th minute after halftime substitute Becky Sauerbrunn had received a pass down the left flank and played Heath running into the middle of the field. Heath initially was tackled and dispossessed, but dug in hard to win the ball back, evaded several defenders with a swerving dribble and slipped a pass into the center of the penalty area to Lloyd.

Lloyd also pulled off a nice dribble to her left to avoid a defender and then slid to drill her left-footed shot into the near post at the lower left corner from 12 yards out. Lloyd, who deserved a goal against the Republic of Ireland in the USA’s last match on Dec. 1 in Glendale, Ariz., only to be stopped several times by Ireland’s goalkeeper, recorded her 42nd career goal in her 149th game.

Leroux came into the match in the 71st minute and, as she has done many times this year, scored off a one-on-one chance. Morgan collected a ball near the top of the penalty area and slipped a pass into the left side of the box where Leroux latched on to it and beat her defender before baring down on goal and calmly rolling the ball past China goalkeeper Zhang Yue into the lower right corner. It was Leroux’s 13th goal of 2012, all of them off the bench, as she extended her team record for most goals as a substitute in a calendar year.

U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo had some work to do on the afternoon, making several excellent saves while taking the danger out of a few tough crosses. Solo made quality back-to-back saves during a period of China pressure about 12 minutes into the match, first pushing away a hard angled shot from the right side of the penalty area from Zhang Rui and then moments later gobbling up a hard shot from 18 yards that was struck low and hard by China captain Pu Wei.

Solo came up huge in the 42nd minute after a miscue in the back led to forward Ma Xiaoxu getting a one-on-one chance, but the U.S. goalkeeper made a great diving save to her left. Solo earned her 66th career shutout.

Rodriguez had a chance to score just seconds into her 100th cap, but after she latched onto a flicked header from Abby Wambach, she shot straight at the goalkeeper from 12 yards out.

Lauren Cheney hit a bouncing volley off the post in the 4th minute and Morgan came just a few feet from scoring on almost her first touch when she intercepted a back pass in the 48th minute and lifted it over the onrushing goalkeeper, only to see it drop just wide left of the goal. Second-half substitute Heather O’Reilly, who did some fine work down the right flank in the final 45 minutes, hit the outside of the right post in the 69th minute with a low driven shot.

Additional Notes:

  • The USA extended its unbeaten streak to 21 games.
  • The match marked the first time since the Olympic gold medal game in which Alex Morgan or Abby Wambach did not score a goal.
  • U.S. captain Christie Rampone earned her 274th career cap. She sits behind only former teammates Kristine Lilly (352) and Mia Hamm (275) on the U.S. and world’s all-time caps list. If Rampone plays in the final two games of the year against China, she will move past Hamm, as well.
  • If Lloyd plays against China on Dec. 12 in Houston, she will earn her 150th career cap and become the 17th player to reach that mark for the U.S. Women.
  • U.S. interim head coach Jill Ellis made all six of her allowed subs, also giving Heather Mitts a run in the 71st minute in place of Amy LePeilbet.


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

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. China PR
Date: Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Ford Field; Detroit, Michigan
Kickoff: 1:30 p.m. ET
Attendance: 17,371
Weather: 72 degrees, indoors

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

USA – Carli Lloyd (Tobin Heath) 50th minute
USA – Sydney Leroux (Alex Morgan) 84

Lineups
USA: 1-Hope Solo; 6-Amy LePeilbet (2-Heather Mitts, 71), 3-Christie Rampone, 16-Rachel Buehler, 5-Kelley O’Hara (4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 46), 15-Megan Rapinoe (9-Heather O’Reilly, 46), 7-Shannon Boxx, 10-Carli Lloyd, 12-Lauren Cheney (11-Sydney Leroux, 71); 8-Amy Rodriguez (capt.) (17-Tobin Heath, 48), 14-Abby Wambach (13-Alex Morgan, 46)
Subs Not Used: 18-Nicole Barnhart
Head coach: Jill Ellis


CHN: 1-Zhang Yue; 2-Wang Lingling, 4-Li Jiayue (6-Lin Yuping), 14-Wang Dongni (20-Huang Yini), 26-Wu Haiyan; 7-Bi Yan (18-Han Peng, 59), 11-Pu Wei (capt.), 21-Wang Lisi (16-Wang Chen, 72), 23-Ren Guixin, 25-Zhang Rui (27-Li Ying, 66), 10-Ma Xiaoxu (13-Wang Shanshan, 55)
Subs Not Used: 12-Wang Fei, 19-Liu Shanshan, 33-Zhang Xin
Head coach: Hao Wei


Stats Summary: USA / CHN
Shots: 21 / 11
Shots on Goal: 8 / 4
Saves: 4 / 6
Corner Kicks: 4 / 6
Fouls: 8 / 14
Offside: 4 / 1

Misconduct Summary
CHN – Zhang Rui (caution) 20th minute
CHN – Li Jiayue (caution) 79

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

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

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. China PR
Date: Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Ford Field; Detroit, Michigan
Kickoff: 1:30 p.m. ET
Attendance: 17,371
Weather: 72 degrees, indoors

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

USA – Carli Lloyd (Tobin Heath) 50th minute
USA – Sydney Leroux (Alex Morgan) 84

Lineups
USA: 1-Hope Solo; 6-Amy LePeilbet (2-Heather Mitts, 71), 3-Christie Rampone, 16-Rachel Buehler, 5-Kelley O’Hara (4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 46), 15-Megan Rapinoe (9-Heather O’Reilly, 46), 7-Shannon Boxx, 10-Carli Lloyd, 12-Lauren Cheney (11-Sydney Leroux, 71); 8-Amy Rodriguez (capt.) (17-Tobin Heath, 48), 14-Abby Wambach (13-Alex Morgan, 46)
Subs Not Used: 18-Nicole Barnhart
Head coach: Jill Ellis


CHN: 1-Zhang Yue; 2-Wang Lingling, 4-Li Jiayue (6-Lin Yuping), 14-Wang Dongni (20-Huang Yini), 26-Wu Haiyan; 7-Bi Yan (18-Han Peng, 59), 11-Pu Wei (capt.), 21-Wang Lisi (16-Wang Chen, 72), 23-Ren Guixin, 25-Zhang Rui (27-Li Ying, 66), 10-Ma Xiaoxu (13-Wang Shanshan, 55)
Subs Not Used: 12-Wang Fei, 19-Liu Shanshan, 33-Zhang Xin
Head coach: Hao Wei


Stats Summary: USA / CHN
Shots: 21 / 11
Shots on Goal: 8 / 4
Saves: 4 / 6
Corner Kicks: 4 / 6
Fouls: 8 / 14
Offside: 4 / 1

Misconduct Summary
CHN – Zhang Rui (caution) 20th minute
CHN – Li Jiayue (caution) 79

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

Budweiser Woman of the Match: Hope Solo
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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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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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