US Soccer

2-0 Victory in Colorado: U.S. WNT vs. China PR

COMMERCE CITY, Colo. (April 6, 2014) – Lauren Holiday scored an unassisted goal in the first half and Megan Rapinoe followed with a second-half goal off of direct free kick as the U.S. Women’s National Team defeated China PR 2-0 in front of 14,903 fans at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.

The winning margin could have been much higher as the USA created a bevy of scoring chances throughout the match. The U.S. finished with a 25-1 advantage in shots and put 12 goal, several of which were cleared out of the goal mouth by defenders.

Goalkeepers Hope Solo and Jill Loyden combined for the clean sheet with Loyden making one save in the second half.

Against China, the USA had the ball at its feet in the offensive third for the entirety of the first half and could have gained the upper hand early on multiple occasions.

Sydney Leroux had two promising chances in the 14th and 16th minutes, only to see China goalkeeper Zhang Yue lunge to her right for the first save and tip Leroux’s second attempt over the crossbar. Christen Press also threatened the net with regularity – a 25th-minute strike that hit the outside right netting, followed by two shots on goal over the next eight minutes that Yue turned away.

Yue had six saves to keep the USA off the score sheet for the majority of the first half, but the U.S. finally was rewarded for its heavy attack.

In the 39th minute, Leroux’s pressure against Yue forced the China goalkeeper to scramble on a clearance out of the six-yard box. China’s defense was on its heels, managing to block a couple USA shot attempts, until Holiday was there for a crisp rebound from 19 yards out that found the left side of the frame for her 23rd career goal and a 1-0 lead.

The USA switched goalkeepers to open the second half, bringing in Loyden after the break. Loyden was immediately tested, making a clutch stop in the 48th minute on a header attempt that bounced in the six-yard box before she deflected it away. That was the closest China could get to the net on Sunday.

Holiday nearly had a brace in the 55th minute, but her shot at the near left post was cleared off the goal line by China’s defense.

Still clinging to a one-goal lead, second-half sub Rapinoe provided a bit of a cushion. From approximately 28 yards out, Rapinoe’s free kick from the left side eluded everyone in the box, bounced on the edge of the six-yard box and snuck into the right side of the frame to give the USA a 2-0 lead. It was Rapinoe’s second goal of the year and 25th of her career.

In addition to the victory, the USA also took a moment to pay tribute to Heather O’Reilly’s recent accomplishment of reaching 200 international caps. O’Reilly became the ninth WNT player to reach that mark, and Sunday’s game was career cap No. 201.

  • Highlights and Post-Game Comments: All goal scoring, highlights and post-game comments from the team and players will be available at ussoccer.com.
  • Milestone Watch:

    • The USA added to its record home unbeaten streak, which is now 81 games. The U.S. WNT is 71-0-10 during its current stretch, which started on Dec. 8, 2004, with a 5-0 victory against Mexico in Carson, Calif.
    • Midfielder Heather O’Reilly, who was honored before the match for reaching 200 career caps, played in game No. 201 on Sunday to tie longtime defender Kate Markgraf (201 caps from 1998-2010). O’Reilly became the ninth WNT player to reach the 200-game milestone.
    • With her 169th career cap, midfielder Carli Lloyd passed Carla Overbeck for 14th on the WNT all-time appearances list.
    • Lauren Holiday now has 23 career goals to go along with her 29 assists for 75 points. She ranks 18th on the all-time WNT points list, just one point behind Joy Fawcett (76 points from 1987-2004).

    Next on the Schedule:

    • The U.S. WNT faces China PR again at 8 p.m. PT (11 p.m. ET) on Thursday, April 10, at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, Calif.
    • Broadcast information: NBC Sports Network
    • Social: Twitter ( @ussoccer_wnt ); Facebook; Instagram
    • Tickets

    Additional Notes:

    • The USA is 5-2-1 in 2014.
    • The U.S. is now 31-8-12 all-time against China PR.
    • The WNT is 3-0-0 all-time at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.
    • The USA is now 18-2-4 all-time under head coach Tom Sermanni.
    • Sermanni’s lineup featured Hope Solo in goal, with a defensive line featuring left back Meghan Klingenberg, right back Ali Krieger and center backs Becky Sauerbrunn and Whitney Engen.
    • The starting midfield in Sermanni’s 4-3-3 formation included Carli Lloyd, Lauren Holiday and Morgan Brian. Up front, Heather O’Reilly wore the captain’s armband and joined Sydney Leroux and Christen Press in the attacking group.
    • Jill Loyden split goalkeeping duties with Solo, who did not see a shot attempt from China during the first 45 minutes. Solo made her 149th career appearance and Loyden earned her 10th career cap and third appearance of 2014.
    • Abby Wambach replaced Press in the 57th minute to make her 219th career appearance. Wambach has played in seven games this year, coming off the bench on three occasions.
    • Megan Rapinoe earned her 83rd cap when she took over for Holiday in the 67th minute.
    • Forward Amy Rodriguez saw some minutes as she replaced O’Reilly in the 83rd minute.
    • Tobin Heath was the USA’s final sub, replacing Lloyd in the 84th minute.
    • Rapinoe, O’Reilly, Press and Sauerbrunn are the only WNT players to have appeared in all eight USA matches this year.
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    -U.S. Women’s National Team Match Report-

    Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. China PR
    Date: April 6, 2014
    Competition: International Friendly
    Venue: Dick’s Sporting Goods Park; Commerce City, Colo.
    Kickoff: 3 p.m. MT
    Attendance: 14,903
    Weather: 53 degrees, clear

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

    USA – Lauren Holiday                         39th minute
    USA – Megan Rapinoe                        78       

    USA: 1-Hope Solo (21-Jill Loyden, 46); 11-Ali Krieger, 6-Whitney Engen, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 25-Meghan Klingenberg; 7-Morgan Brian, 12-Lauren Holiday (15-Megan Rapinoe, 67), 10-Carli Lloyd (17-Tobin Heath, 84); 9-Heather O’Reilly (8-Amy Rodriguez, 83); 2-Sydney Leroux, 23-Christen Press (20-Abby Wambach, 57)
    Substitutions Not Used: 14-Stephanie Cox, 16-Rachel Van Hollebeke
    Head coach: Tom Sermanni

    CHN: 1-Zhang Yue, 3-Wang Lingling (14-Wang Shanshan, 45+1), 6-Zeng Ying, 26-Li Dongna, 30-Liu Shanshan; 16-Wan Chen 10-Li Ying, 39), 18-Han Peng, 23-Ren Guixin, 25-Zhang Rui (11-Huang Yini, 87), 28-Zhang Xin (19-Zhou Feifei, 64, 7-Xu Yanlu, 83); 9-Lou Jiahui (29-Yang Li, 22)
    Substitutions Not Used: 13-Gao Qi, 17-Li Xiangli, 20-Song Duan, 21-Wang Lisi, 22-Wang Yun  
    Head coach: Hao Wei

    Stats Summary: USA / CHN
    Shots: 23 / 1
    Shots on Goal: 12 / 1
    Saves: 1 / 9
    Corner Kicks: 7 / 1
    Fouls: 4 / 10
    Offside: 1 / 0

    Misconduct Summary:
    CHN – Wang Shanshan (caution)                   90th minute

    Referee: Christina Unkel (USA)
    Assistant Referee 1: Veronica Perez (USA)
    Assistant Referee 2: Marlene Duffy (USA)
    Fourth Official: Tyler Ploeger (USA)

    Budweiser Woman of the Match: Heather O’Reilly

    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

    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

    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.”

    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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    WNT Jan 22, 2019