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WNT Cruises to 4-0 Win against New Zealand before Record-Setting Crowd in St. Louis

ST. LOUIS (April 4, 2015)- In front of a record crowd of 35,817 fans that packed Busch Stadium, the U.S. Women’s National Team cruised to a 4-0 victory against New Zealand in its first match on home soil this year.

After Meghan Klingenberg put the U.S. up 1-0 early in the first half, St. Louis native Lori Chalupny, Julie Johnston and Morgan Brian all scored within a five-minute span late in the second half to put the game away for the USA. The win pushed the WNT’s all-time record against New Zealand to 11-1-1.

The crowd at Busch Stadium was the largest to watch a stand-alone Women’s National Team home friendly. In the history of the WNT program, only two other matches drew bigger attendances for home friendlies; however, both were part of double-header events.

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA- Meghan Klingenberg, 14th minute:
New Zealand cleared an Ali Krieger cross, but only to the top of the penalty box where it bounced to Klingenberg who ran onto it and blasted a first-time volley into the upper left corner. USA 1, NZL 0 (SEE GOAL)

USA- Lori Chalupny (Megan Rapinoe), 76th minute: After a short corner, Megan Rapinoe took the ball in from the left and laid a pass back to Lori Chalupny who curled a shot from 16 yards out into the far right corner of the New Zealand net. USA 2, NZL 0 (SEE GOAL)

USA- Julie Johnston (Lauren Holiday), 78th minute: From a free kick in the left channel, Lauren Holiday looped in a ball that Johnston met with a powerful header from the center of the New Zealand penalty area. Her shot left New Zealand goalkeeper Erin Naylor no chance as it caromed in off the cross bar for her second-career goal. USA 3, NZL 0 (SEE GOAL)

USA- Morgan Brian (Sydney Leroux), 81st minute: Morgan Brian helped create a New Zealand turnover in midfield. The ball ended up on the foot of Sydney Leroux whose well-weighted through ball found Brian, who had continued her run, and she finished into the lower-left corner to provide the final margin of victory. USA 4, NZL 0 FINAL

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
NZL- Erin Nayler, 14th minute (save):
Amy Rodriguez received a throw-in and took a half-turn before firing off a quick volley from just inside the box. Nayler jumped and pushed the shot up and off the cross bar.

NZL- Erin Nayler, 16th minute (save): Christen Press received a pass from the left and cut past a defender to the middle where she blasted a shot that Nayler jumped for and just reached, tipping it over the cross bar for her second save of the match.

NZL- Erin Nayler, 61st minute (save): Megan Rapinoe took the ball of a pass and dribbled it from the left into the center ripped a shot that forced Naylor into a sprawling save.

Milestone Watch:

  • The attendance of 35,817 was the:
    • All-time largest crowd for a stand-alone Women’s National Team friendly match on U.S. soil,
    • Third largest crowd for a Women’s national team friendly match at home*
    • 12th largest crowd for any Women’s National Team match at home^
  • Megan Rapinoe earned her 100th cap. The Northern Californian will be honored for the achievement on May 10th in San Jose. She is the 31st American female player to reach 100 caps.
  • Meghan Klingenberg scored her second career goal on her long-range blast. Her first goal was a similar long-range effort that came against Haiti on October 8, during Women’s World Cup qualifying tournament last year.
  • Hope Solo earned her 167th cap and made her 161st-career start (the most for a WNT goalkeeper, surpassing Briana Scurry’s 159 starts [from 1994-2008]). Solo’s 167 caps move her into 10th place on the all-time list and passing Brandi Chastain (160 games from 1988-2004) 

*The two higher-attended matches were double-headers – one with the Men’s National Team, while the other was part of the Nike U.S. Women’s Cup in 1999.
^Includes all matches, including FIFA World Cup matches and Olympic matches played in the United States

Next on the Schedule:
The U.S. WNT faces Ireland on May 10 in San Jose at 11:30 a.m. PT
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Additional Notes:

  • Hope Solo extended her U.S. record for shutouts to 82.
  • Lori Chalupny’s last goal for the USA came against the Republic of Ireland on Sept. 20, 2008.
  • Julie Johnston’s goal was her second of 2015 and the second of her career. She scored her first goal at this year’s Algarve Cup against France in the championship game. She also scored that goal with a header from a set piece.
  • It was a homecoming for the St. Louis natives, Becky Sauerbrunn, who made the start at centerback and Lori Chalupny, who subbed into the match in the 57th minute and scored in the 75th.
  • In its last six games the U.S. has surrendered just one goal and has scored 12.
  • The four goals were the most scored by the U.S. WNT in a single game this year.
  • Nine different players have scored for the USA in 2015 (Alex Morgan, Abby Wambach, Amy Rodriguez, Christen Press, Julie Johnston, Meghan Klingenberg, Morgan Brian, Lori Chalupny and Carli Lloyd)
  • The USA now has a 12-game unbeaten streak against New Zealand and has posted eight shutouts with a 47-4 scoring advantage during that stretch. 

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

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. New Zealand
Date: April 4, 2015
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Busch Stadium; St. Louis, Mo.
Kickoff: 3 p.m. PT
Attendance: 35,817
Weather: 59 degrees; Sunny 

Scoring Summary:                1          2          F
USA                                        1          3          4
NZL                                        0          0          0 

USA – Meghan Klingenberg                          14th minute
USA – Lori Chalupny (Megan Rapinoe)        76
USA – Julie Johnston (Lauren Holiday)         78
USA – Morgan Brian (Sydney Leroux)         81 

Lineups:
USA: 1-Hope Solo; 11-Ali Krieger (5-Kelley O’Hara, 83), 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 26-Julie Johnston, 25-Meghan Klingenberg (16-Lori Chalupny, 57); 23-Christen Press (17-Tobin Heath, 56), 12-Lauren Holiday, 10-Carli Lloyd (capt.), 15-Megan Rapinoe (14-Morgan Brian, 79); 8-Amy Rodriguez (2-Sydney Leroux, 57), 13-Alex Morgan (20-Abby Wambach, 73)
Subs Not Used: 6-Whitney Engen, 9-Heather O’Reilly, 24-Ashlyn Harris  
Head coach: Jill Ellis

NZL: 1-Erin Nayler; 5-Abby Erceg (capt.), 6-Rebekah Stott, 4-Katie Duncan, 2-Ria Percival; 7-Ali Riley, 16-Annalie Longo, 14-Katie Bowen (11-Kirsty Yallop, 85); 9-Amber Hearn, 10-Sarah Gregorius (24-Jasmine Pereira, 65), 17-Hannah Wilkinson (13-Rosie White, 74)
Subs Not Used: 21-Rebecca Rolls, 3-Anna Green, 15-Meikayla Moore, 18-Catherine Bott, 12-Betsy Hassett, 26-Daisy Cleverley
Head coach: Tony Readings 

Stats Summary: USA / NZL
Shots: 18 / 2
Shots on Goal: 11 / 0
Saves: 0 / 6
Corner Kicks: 6 / 2
Fouls: 6 / 11
Offside 6 / 2 

Misconduct Summary:
None 

Officials:
Referee: Carol Anne Chenard (CAN)                      
Assistant Referee 1: Marie-Josée Charbonneau (CAN)                                            
Assistant Referee 2: Suzanne Morisset (CAN)                                
4th Official: Marie-Soleil Beaudoin (CAN) 

Budweiser Woman of the Match: Lori Chalupny

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

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. New Zealand
Date: April 4, 2015
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Busch Stadium; St. Louis, Mo.
Kickoff: 3 p.m. PT
Attendance: 35,817
Weather: 59 degrees; Sunny 

Scoring Summary:                1          2          F
USA                                        1          3          4
NZL                                        0          0          0 

USA – Meghan Klingenberg                          14th minute
USA – Lori Chalupny (Megan Rapinoe)        76
USA – Julie Johnston (Lauren Holiday)         78
USA – Morgan Brian (Sydney Leroux)         81 

Lineups:
USA: 1-Hope Solo; 11-Ali Krieger (5-Kelley O’Hara, 83), 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 26-Julie Johnston, 25-Meghan Klingenberg (16-Lori Chalupny, 57); 23-Christen Press (17-Tobin Heath, 56), 12-Lauren Holiday, 10-Carli Lloyd (capt.), 15-Megan Rapinoe (14-Morgan Brian, 79); 8-Amy Rodriguez (2-Sydney Leroux, 57), 13-Alex Morgan (20-Abby Wambach, 73)
Subs Not Used: 6-Whitney Engen, 9-Heather O’Reilly, 24-Ashlyn Harris  
Head coach: Jill Ellis

NZL: 1-Erin Nayler; 5-Abby Erceg (capt.), 6-Rebekah Stott, 4-Katie Duncan, 2-Ria Percival; 7-Ali Riley, 16-Annalie Longo, 14-Katie Bowen (11-Kirsty Yallop, 85); 9-Amber Hearn, 10-Sarah Gregorius (24-Jasmine Pereira, 65), 17-Hannah Wilkinson (13-Rosie White, 74)
Subs Not Used: 21-Rebecca Rolls, 3-Anna Green, 15-Meikayla Moore, 18-Catherine Bott, 12-Betsy Hassett, 26-Daisy Cleverley
Head coach: Tony Readings 

Stats Summary: USA / NZL
Shots: 18 / 2
Shots on Goal: 11 / 0
Saves: 0 / 6
Corner Kicks: 6 / 2
Fouls: 6 / 11
Offside 6 / 2 

Misconduct Summary:
None

Officials:
Referee: Carol Anne Chenard (CAN)                      
Assistant Referee 1: Marie-Josée Charbonneau (CAN)                                            
Assistant Referee 2: Suzanne Morisset (CAN)                                
4th Official: Marie-Soleil Beaudoin (CAN) 

Budweiser Woman of the Match: Lori Chalupny

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Thank You Dave: Sarachan Tenure Lays Groundwork for Future MNT Success

The past year has been one of transition for the U.S. Men’s National Team. Forging ahead after just missing out on qualification for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, the last 12 months have seen the MNT guided by the experienced hand of veteran coach Dave Sarachan.

Chosen to lead the program forward while the search for a General Manager and permanent head coach took place, Sarachan largely elected to use his time at the helm to give the next generation of U.S. Men’s National Team players their first taste of the international stage.

“I think he’s done a really good job of getting this group to understand what it means to be a U.S. Men’s National Team player,” said MNT midfielder Wil Trapp, who served as captain for much of the year. “Within that, you have so many young players that have gotten their feet wet and begun to step into roles on the team where the experience has grown, but I think the chemistry and comfort within this group has also gotten there.”

Knowing the experiences provided to young players early in the cycle were more important than results, the Rochester, N.Y. native’s tenure has largely been defined by laying the early groundwork for the Men’s National Team program as it approaches the rest of the cycle. In 12 matches guiding the MNT, Sarachan gave 23 players debuts – by far the most of any manager during the modern era in the same time span.

MNT Debuts in First 12 Games of Tenure

Head Coach

First Caps Awarded

Time Frame

Dave Sarachan

23

Nov 14, 2017-Nov. 20, 2018

Bruce Arena

16

Nov. 6, 1998-Sept. 8, 1999

Bob Bradley

15

Jan. 20, 2007-June 28, 2007

Jurgen Klinsmann

9

Aug. 10, 2011-May 30, 2012

Bruce Arena

8

Jan. 29, 2017-July 19, 2017

Bora Milutinovic

8

May 5, 1991-Oct. 19, 1991

Steve Sampson

1

April 22, 1995-July 22, 1995

Twenty of the debuts that occurred under Sarachan came during 2018, a figure that ties with 2007 for second-most during the MNT’s modern era, just behind the 21 attained in 1992. Those years also saw the MNT play a much higher number of games, presenting Bora Milutinovic and Bob Bradley more opportunities to offer up first-time opportunities.

MNT Debuts by Year (Modern Era)

Year

GP

Debuts

Future World Cup Players That Debuted

1992

21

21

Mike Burns, Thomas Dooley, Brad Friedel, 
Cobi Jones, Mike Lapper, Joe-Max Moore, 
Mike Sorber, Roy Wegerle

2007

18

20

Jozy Altidore, Kyle Beckerman, 
Jonathan Bornstein, Jay DeMerit, Maurice Edu, Benny Feilhaber, Robbie Findley

2018

11

20

--

1996

16

14

Frankie Hejduk, Eddie Lewis, Eddie Pope, Preki

Beyond the raw numbers, most valuable is the age at which MNT debuts have come under Sarachan. Of the 23 debutants, 13 have been age 22 or under, while 11 of those are players who will be age-eligible for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.

As time goes by, that group would project to be in the prime years of their career when the USA co-hosts the FIFA World Cup in 2026. 

“Dave has done an incredible job of giving us the experiences we need now for the future,” said Tyler Adams, one of Sarachan’s 23 debutants. “When we look forward, whether it’s in the Olympics which a lot of us can play in or towards 2022 and 2026 World Cups, we’re going to be in our prime ages to go out and perform.”

Olympic Eligible MNT Debuts (November 2017-November 2018)

Player

Debut

Debut Age

2020 Age*

2026 Age**

Tyler Adams

Nov. 14, 2017 at Portugal

18

21

27

Cameron Carter-Vickers

19

22

28

Weston McKennie

19

21

27

Tim Weah

March 28, 2018 vs. Paraguay

18

20

26

Erik Palmer-Brown

May 28, 2018 vs. Bolivia

21

23

29

Antonee Robinson

20

22

28

Keaton Parks

20

22

28

Josh Sargent

18

20

26

Luca de la Torre

June 2, 2018 at Ireland

20

22

28

Jonathan Amon

Oct. 16, 2018 vs. Peru

19

21

27

Reggie Cannon

20

22

27

*2020 age reflects age at start of the Summer Olympics -- July 22, 2020

**2026 age reflects age as of June 1, 2026

And while minutes on the field are one thing, Sarachan’s tutelage has also helped set a number of players up for milestone career moments. Five players each have recorded their first goal or assist during Sarachan’s tenure, while two goalkeepers have earned their first win and kept their first clean sheet in the same time span. 

Individual Firsts Since November 2017

First Goals

First Assists

First Win/Clean Sheet

Tyler Adams

Joe Corona

Alex Bono

Weston McKennie

Matt Miazga

Zack Steffen

Josh Sargent

Antonee Robinson

-

Tim Weah

CJ Sapong

-

Walker Zimmerman

Tim Weah

-

Then there are the team moments, and while results haven’t been the most important factor during the past year, a young and rebuilding MNT group has come together to pull off some impressive performances.

The notable highlights began with Sarachan’s first match in charge, when an MNT side reeling from the World Cup disappointment a month earlier played to a 1-1 draw with reigning European Champions Portugal last November in Leiria.

Taking on Bolivia in May, Sarachan selected a lineup that averaged 22 years, 160 days – at the time, the youngest of the modern era – which had little difficulty in a 3-0 win against La Verde.

Facing a tougher task a couple weeks later, he boldly trotted out what was then the second youngest MNT lineup (22 years, 183 days) to face France in the host’s last match before heading to Russia for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. A first-half goal from Julian Green put the MNT in front in Lyon and saw the team ultimately settle for a 1-1 draw against the soon-to-be crowned World Cup champs.

Adams added, “It’s not easy to throw teenagers out on the field and there could have been guys that came in and already had a bunch of caps, but he’s trusted us and given the confidence to go in and be fearless to do our jobs.

“The experiences of playing France, Brazil, Portugal, England and Italy this past year will go a long way to help us be confident in our abilities.”

MNT Player Pool Breakdown (November 2017-November 2018)

Called to Camp

Appeared

First Camps

First Caps

First Starts

72

55

29

23

21

In September, Sarachan oversaw the USA’s 1-0 victory against Mexico in Nashville. The win was the MNT’s first against its regional rival since 2015, and memorably came on September 11, days after the team toured Ground Zero in New York.

In his final match as MNT head coach, Sarachan put out a group averaging 22 years, 71 days against Italy, besting the average age record set during May’s 3-0 win against Bolivia and setting a new mark that may never be broken.

The mission of guiding the MNT through the past year has been no easy task, but one the long-time coach has done with grace, class and the overriding goal of setting up the program for future success.

The path ahead is promising and Sarachan has played a big role in laying it.

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Nominees Set for 2018 U.S. Soccer Male and Female Player of the Year Awards

CHICAGO (Nov. 20, 2018) – U.S. Soccer has announced the five nominees for the 2018 U.S. Soccer Male and Female Player of the Year awards. This year’s field features midfielders Julie Ertz and Lindsey Horan, and forwards Tobin Heath, Alex Morgan and Megan Rapinoe for the WNT. Midfielders Tyler Adams, Weston McKennie and Wil Trapp, defender Matt Miazga and goalkeeper Zack Steffen are the MNT nominees.

Voting for the awards starts today and closes on Dec. 3, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. ET. The winners will be announced during the first week of December.

All five WNT nominees played significant roles for the Women’s National Team during a 2018 that saw the USA finish its 20-game schedule with an unbeaten 18-0-2 record. The five nominees were also impact players on the squad that qualified the USA for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France.

2018 U.S. Soccer Female Player of the Year nominees

Morgan finished 2018 with 18 goals in 19 games while playing 1,500 minutes, the most of anyone on the team. Ertz once again was a vital cog in the midfield, playing more than 1,000 minutes for the third time in her career while scoring four goals. In her comeback year after sitting out most of 2017 due to injuries, Heath provided consistent danger in the attacking third, scoring seven goals in eight starts while adding six assists. Rapinoe led the USA in assists this year with 12, tying her previous high for most in a calendar year and her play on the flank was a big part of the USA’s consistent success. She scored seven goals and started all 16 games in which she played. The 24-year-old Horan had a stellar year for both club and country and won the NWSL Most Valuable Player award. She played in every game but one for the USA in 2018, tying Alex Morgan for most on the team.

Three of the nominees have won the U.S. Soccer Female Player of the Year award before: Ertz won in 2017, Heath in 2016 and Morgan earned the honor in 2012. Ertz (neé Johnston), Heath, and Horan have previously won the U.S. Soccer Young Female Player of the Year award, with Heath winning in 2009, Ertz in 2012 and Horan in 2013.

As the MNT went through a transitional phase in 2018, all five MNT players are first-time nominees and used this year to take their first steps toward establishing themselves with the senior team.

2018 U.S. Soccer Male Player of the Year nominees

Adams tied for the team lead with eight appearances and scored his first international goal in the USA’s 1-0 victory against Mexico on Sept. 11. The 19-year-old also stayed consistent with the New York Red Bulls, registering seven assists in 27 appearances to help the club to the MLS Supporters Shield and their current run to the Eastern Conference Final. McKennie established his place in the USA midfield by making six appearances while also taking huge strides with German Bundesliga club Schalke, helping Die Knappen qualify for the UEFA Champions League last season before going on to score his first two goals during the current campaign. Miazga led all MNT center backs with seven appearances, while serving as a key figure in helping Dutch Eredivisie side Vitesse qualify for the UEFA Europa League. With six caps, Steffen tied the MNT record for most appearances by a goalkeeper in their debut year and made eight saves in a friendly against France before their successful run to the 2018 FIFA World Cup title. Steffen also earned MLS Goalkeeper of the Year honors after helping Columbus Crew SC back to the MLS Cup Playoffs. Captain of Columbus Crew SC, 25-year-old Wil Trapp’s veteran presence in midfield served a young MNT group well as he wore the captain’s armband for the U.S. as well in each of his team-leading eight appearances while earning Man of the Match against Paraguay and Peru.

Votes for U.S. Soccer Player of the Year awards are collected from respective National Team coaches, National Team players who have earned a cap in 2018, members of the U.S. Soccer Board of Directors, U.S. Soccer Athletes’ Council, National Women’s Soccer League head coaches for the WNT and American soccer league (MLS and USL) head coaches for the MNT, select media members and former players and administrators. In addition, select college coaches vote for the WNT award.

The U.S. Soccer Male Player of the Year has been awarded since 1984 when Rick Davis won it. Current U.S. MNT General Manager Earnie Stewart won it in 2001. Landon Donovan holds the record for most awards, winning it four times, while Clint Dempsey won it on three occasions. Then eighteen-year-old Christian Pulisic became the youngest player to win the award in 2017.  

The U.S. Soccer Female Player of the Year has been awarded since 1985, when midfielder Sharon Remer (known then as Sharon McMurtry) earned the inaugural honor. Abby Wambach holds the record by winning the award six times. Mia Hamm won it five times.

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