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WNT Falls to No. 3 France 2-0 in 2015 Opener

LORIENT, France (Feb. 8, 2015) – The U.S. Women’s National Team, in a key test to open the 2015 campaign and prepare for the FIFA Women’s World Cup later this year, fell 2-0 to No. 3 FIFA-ranked France in front of a sold-out crowd of 15,663 at Stade du Moustoir. 

Eugenie Le Sommer and Jessica Houara scored back-to-back goals early in the second half as France earned its first victory against the United States in 17 chances all-time. The No. 2-ranked USA is now 14-1-2 against France. 

All-time goal scoring leader Abby Wambach had a golden opportunity to change the momentum with the USA trailing by two goals after drawing a second-half penalty kick in the 66th minute, but France goalkeeper Sarah Bouhaddi came up with a key save. 

One of France’s stars had to come out of the match early as Louisa Necib exited in the 40th minute. Kenza Dali replaced Necib, who injured her left foot during a one-on-one challenge against USA defender Lori Chalupny. 

The USA was without several key players for this match, including defender Christie Rampone (back), midfielder Megan Rapinoe (knee), forward Sydney Leroux (ankle) and goalkeeper Hope Solo (suspended). 

Goal Scoring Rundown:
FRA – Eugenie Le Sommer (Elodie Thomis), 50th minute: France broke the deadlock when Thomis got past Lori Chalupny and crossed from the right side of the box to Le Sommer, who had inside position against Meghan Klingenberg and headed the ball into the left side of the goal. USA 0, FRA 1 (SEE GOAL) 

FRA – Jessica Houara (Amandine Henry), 51st minute: France once again attacked down the right side as Henry slotted the ball to Houara. Houara was clearly looking to cross the ball in, but the ball looped over USA goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris, hit the inside of the left post and crossed the goal line to push France’s lead to two goals. USA 0, FRA 2 (SEE GOAL) (FINAL) 

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
USA – Becky Sauerbrunn, 4th and 7th minutes: USA center back Sauerbrunn played an important role in the game’s opening minutes. In the fourth minute, Sauerbrunn blocked a Gaetane Thiney shot, though France’s Eugenie Le Sommer eventually created a strong right-footed chance that sailed just wide right of the frame. Then in the seventh minute, Sauerbrunn quickly tracked back to intercept a pass intended for Gaetane Thiney in the right side of the box to halt the France attack. 

FRA – Laura Georges, 11th minute: The USA had a promising chance when Christen Press dribbled in to the right side of the box. Press went shoulder-to-shoulder with Georges, and Georges held her off with a left-footed block. 

FRA – Sarah Bouhaddi, 13th minute: Christen Press set up Alex Morgan who made a nice angled run to her left side outside the box. Morgan shot left-footed, searching for the far right post, but Bouhaddi dove to her left for the save. 

USA – Ashlyn Harris, 32nd minute: The stadium crowd bellowed as Louisa Necib took the corner kick from the right side. Carli Lloyd came up with the initial header clearance and France center back Laura Georges followed with a right-footed shot that was headed just underneath the crossbar, and Harris stretched for the save. 

FRA – Laura Georges, 45th minute: USA striker Alex Morgan darted into the box and eluded France goalkeeper Sarah Bouhaddi who left her line. Morgan shot right-footed from eight yards out and Georges tracked back in time to block the shot and surrender a USA corner kick. 

USA – Sarah Bouhaddi, 66th minute: U.S. second-half sub Abby Wambach drew a penalty kick just a couple minutes after entering the match. Wambach shot right-footed toward the left side of the frame, where Bouhaddi dove to her right and saved with her right arm before smothering the ball. 

USA – Sarah Bouhaddi, 80th minute: The USA maintained some stronger possession and offensive sequences down the stretch, including a switch from left to right as Abby Wambach headed the ball toward Christen Press in this particular buildup. Press took a touch to her left outside the box and looked to bend the ball around Bouhaddi toward the far left post. However, Bouhaddi read the shot well and dove to her right for the save. 

Next on the Schedule:
The U.S. WNT heads north to England for a 3 p.m. ET match on Friday, Feb. 13.
Broadcast information: FOX Sports 1, Univision Deportes
Social: Twitter (@ussoccer_wnt; @ussoccer_esp); Facebook; Instagram 

Additional Notes:

  • Head coach Jill Ellis’ starting lineup featured a 4-4-2 formation.
  • Ashlyn Harris earned her fifth-career cap in goal. She had two appearances in 2014.
  • The back line featured Lori Chalupny at left back, Meghan Klingenberg on the right side and the center back duo of Becky Sauerbrunn and Whitney Engen.
  • The USA midfield included captain Carli Lloyd on the left, Tobin Heath on the right and Morgan Brian and Lauren Holiday playing centrally.
  • Alex Morgan and Christen Press were paired up front. It marked Morgan’s first start and appearance since she injured her ankle against Guatemala at the 2014 CONCACAF Championship on Oct. 17.
  • In the 55th minute, Ali Krieger entered for Chalupny. Krieger moved to the right side and Klingenberg switched to the left.
  • Abby Wambach earned her 233rd-career cap when she replaced Brian in the 63rd minute.
  • Amy Rodriguez entered the match for Heath in the 77th minute. 

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

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. France
Date: Feb. 8, 2015
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Stade du Moustoir; Lorient, France
Kickoff: 12 p.m. ET
Attendance: 15,663 (so)
Weather: 46 degrees; Clear

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

FRA – Eugénie Le Sommer (Elodie Thomis) 50th minute
FRA – Jessica Houara (Amandine Henry)                51

Lineups:
USA: 24-Ashlyn Harris; 25-Meghan Klingenberg, 6-Whitney Engen, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 16-Lori Chalupny (11-Ali Krieger, 55); 17-Tobin Heath (8-Amy Rodriguez, 77), 15-Morgan Brian (20-Abby Wambach, 63), 12-Lauren Holiday, 10-Carli Lloyd (capt.); 23-Christen Press, 13-Alex Morgan
Subs Not Used: 5-Kelley O’Hara, 7-Shannon Boxx, 9-Heather O’Reilly, 14-Julie Johnston, 18-Nicole Barnhart, 19-Rachel Van Hollebeke, 21-Alyssa Naeher, 22-Crystal Dunn, 26-Tori Huster
Head coach: Jill Ellis

FRA: 1-Sarah Bouhaddi; 8-Jessica Houara, 4-Laura Georges, 2-Wendie Renard, 22-Amel Majri; 12-Elodie Thomis (11-Claire Lavogez, 74), 10-Camille Abily (23-Kheira Hamaroui, 82), 6-Amandine Henry, 14-Louisa Necib (7-Kenza Dali, 40); 17-Gaëtane Thiney (18-Marie Laure Delie, 87), 9-Eugénie Le Sommer (15-Elise Bussaglia, 74)
Subs Not Used: 1-Céline Deville, 3-Laure Boulleau, 5-Sabrina Delannoy, 13-Kadiatou Diani, 19-Gridge Mbock Bathy, 20-Anaig Butel, 21-Meline Gerard
Head coach: Philippe Bergeroo

Stats Summary: USA / FRA
Shots: 15 / 11
Shots on Goal: 7 / 4
Saves: 3 / 6
Corner Kicks: 3 / 2
Fouls: 5 / 7
Offside: 0 / 1

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Tobin Heath (caution)             26th minute

Officials:
Referee: Pernilla Larsson (Sweden)
Assistant Referee 1: Anna Nystrom (Sweden)
Assistant Referee 2: Sabrina Keinersdorfer (Switzerland)
Fourth Official: Elodie Coppola (France)

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

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. France
Date: Feb. 8, 2015
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Stade du Moustoir; Lorient, France
Kickoff: 12 p.m. ET
Attendance: 15,663 (so)
Weather: 46 degrees; Clear

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

FRA – Eugénie Le Sommer (Elodie Thomis)          50th minute
FRA – Jessica Houara (Amandine Henry)               51

Lineups:
USA: 24-Ashlyn Harris; 25-Meghan Klingenberg, 6-Whitney Engen, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 16-Lori Chalupny (11-Ali Krieger, 55); 17-Tobin Heath (8-Amy Rodriguez, 77), 15-Morgan Brian (20-Abby Wambach, 63), 12-Lauren Holiday, 10-Carli Lloyd (capt.); 23-Christen Press, 13-Alex Morgan
Subs Not Used: 5-Kelley O’Hara, 7-Shannon Boxx, 9-Heather O’Reilly, 14-Julie Johnston, 18-Nicole Barnhart, 19-Rachel Van Hollebeke, 21-Alyssa Naeher, 22-Crystal Dunn, 26-Tori Huster
Head coach: Jill Ellis

FRA: 1-Sarah Bouhaddi; 8-Jessica Houara, 4-Laura Georges, 2-Wendie Renard, 22-Amel Majri; 12-Elodie Thomis (11-Claire Lavogez, 74), 10-Camille Abily (23-Kheira Hamaroui, 82), 6-Amandine Henry, 14-Louisa Necib (7-Kenza Dali, 40); 17-Gaëtane Thiney (18-Marie Laure Delie, 87), 9-Eugénie Le Sommer (15-Elise Bussaglia, 74)
Subs Not Used: 1-Céline Deville, 3-Laure Boulleau, 5-Sabrina Delannoy, 13-Kadiatou Diani, 19-Gridge Mbock Bathy, 20-Anaig Butel, 21-Meline Gerard
Head coach: Philippe Bergeroo

Stats Summary: USA / FRA
Shots: 15 / 11
Shots on Goal: 7 / 4
Saves: 3 / 6
Corner Kicks: 3 / 2
Fouls: 5 / 7
Offside: 0 / 1

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Tobin Heath (caution)                       26th minute

Officials:
Referee: Pernilla Larsson (Sweden)
Assistant Referee 1: Anna Nystrom (Sweden)
Assistant Referee 2: Sabrina Keinersdorfer (Switzerland)
Fourth Official: Elodie Coppola (France)

Budweiser Woman of the Match: Becky Sauerbrunn

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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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