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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
Broadcast information: FOX Sports 1
Social: Twitter @ussoccer_wnt; FacebookInstagram

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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USA-Ecuador: Three Tidbits of History

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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Jesse Gonzalez Replaces Zack Steffen on MNT Roster for Matches Against Ecuador and Chile

CHICAGO (March 17, 2019) – U.S. Men’s National Team goalkeeper Zack Steffen has been forced to withdraw from the squad’s upcoming friendlies against Ecuador and Chile due to injury.

Following Saturday’s 1-0 shutout win for Columbus Crew SC against FC Dallas, the MNT ‘keeper was diagnosed with a minor right knee injury.

FC Dallas goalkeeper Jesse Gonzalez has been added to the roster, keeping the squad at 24 players as the team begins reporting to Orlando on Sunday. Having filed a one-time change of association to represent the United States, Gonzalez was included in the knockout phase roster of the 2017 Gold Cup-winning U.S. side. Still in search of his first cap, Gonzalez appeared on the roster for the USA’s 1-1 draw against then No. 3-ranked Portugal on Nov. 17, 2017 in Leiria.  

U.S. Men's National Team head coach Gregg Berhalter will continue the evaluation process of the MNT pool this month in his second camp in charge. The team building process takes its next steps with challenges against Ecuador on March 21 at Orlando City Stadium, then five days later against two-time defending South American champion Chile on March 26 at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston. [TICKETS] Both matches will be shown live at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN2, UniMas and UDN.

Fans can follow both matches on U.S. Soccer's official Facebook, Twitter (@USMNT) and Instagram (@USMNT) accounts.

Detailed Roster by Position (Club; Caps/Goals)

GOALKEEPERS (3): Jesse Gonzalez (FC Dallas; 0/0), Ethan Horvath (Club Brugge, BEL; 3/0), Sean Johnson (New York City FC; 6/0)

DEFENDERS (8): John Brooks (Wolfsburg, GER; 36/3), Omar Gonzalez (Atlas, MEX; 48/3), Nick Lima (San Jose Earthquakes; 2/0), Aaron Long (New York Red Bulls; 4/0), Daniel Lovitz (Montreal Impact; 2/0), Matt Miazga (Reading, ENG; 11/1), Tim Ream (Fulham, ENG; 26/1), DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United, ENG; 57/0)

MIDFIELDERS (7): Tyler Adams (RB Leipzig, GER; 9/1), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC, CAN; 143/17), Sebastian Lletget (LA Galaxy; 7/2), Weston McKennie (Schalke, GER; 7/1), Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund, GER; 23/9), Cristian Roldan (Seattle Sounders FC; 7/0), Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew SC; 13/0)

FORWARDS (6): Paul Arriola (D.C. United; 19/3), Corey Baird (Real Salt Lake; 2/0), Jonathan Lewis (New York City FC; 2/0), Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders FC; 25/5), Christian Ramirez (LAFC; 2/1), Gyasi Zardes (Columbus Crew SC; 42/6)

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2019 FIFA WWC: Five Things to Know About the USA's Group F

On December 8, 2018, at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup Official Draw in Paris, the U.S. Women’s National Team was drawn into Group F alongside Thailand, Chile and Sweden.

With the World Cup less than three months away, and the USA’s first group match on June 11 coming into focus, here are five things to know about the USA’s group stage in France.

Good to See You Again

Familiarity will be on the USA’s side in France as the Americans have played all three of its group opponents within the last three years. It faced Thailand in 2016, Sweden in 2017 and Chile (twice) in 2018.

Against Thailand, the U.S. won their only match to date by a score of 9-0 on Sept. 15, 2016. The game was U.S. legend Heather O’Reilly’s final international game. It was also the first game for the U.S. Women following the 2016 Olympics Games.


The USA dominated the game vs. Thailand in 2016.

In the summer of 2017, the U.S. traveled to Gothenburg, Sweden, to face the home side abroad on June 8, winning 1-0 on a goal from Rose Lavelle. Before that matchup, the teams met in Brazil at the Olympics, where the USA fell on penalty kicks after a 1-1 draw through regulation and overtime.

The two matches against Chile were the first matches between the teams. The USA won both games, 3-0 on Aug. 31 in Carson, Calif. and 4-0 on Sept. 4 in San Jose, Calif.

Thailand (vs. USA on June 11 in Reims)

Thailand will feature at a second consecutive World Cup tournament after making its Women’s World Cup debut in 2015, putting in a respectable performance. Thailand qualified for France with some solid play during their regional tournament.

At the 2018 AFC Women’s Cup, Thailand almost pulled off a massive upset when it faced top-ranked Australia in the semifinal as the teams battled to a 2-2 draw, but only after Alanna Kennedy tied it for Australia in second-half stoppage time. Australia then defeated Thailand in a penalty shootout to advance to the championship match while Thailand went to the Third-Place match, where it fell to China PR, 3-1.

Chile (vs. USA on June 16 in Paris)

This summer, Chile will participate in its first Women’s World Cup at the senior level. Chile was a surprise qualifier to the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup. La Roja Femenina finished second behind Brazil at the 2018 Copa América Femenina, which it hosted last April, to earn its first World Cup berth.

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Chile's Endler (above) made several spectacular saves vs. the USA when the teams met in 2018.

One of the main reasons for Chile’s success at the Copa America was the play of their captain, 27-year-old goalkeeper Christiane Endler. The six-foot Endler, whose father is from Germany and whose mother is from Chile, holds both Chilean and German passports. She played college soccer in the USA at South Florida and currently plays for one of the world’s top clubs in Paris Saint-Germain.

Sweden (vs. USA on June 20 in Le Havre)

The USA and Sweden are two of only seven countries to have competed in every edition of the FIFA Women’s World Cup – Brazil, Germany, Japan, Nigeria and Norway are the others.

Currently ranked ninth in the FIFA Women’s World Rankings, Sweden, a U.S. opponent during the past four FIFA Women’s World Cup group stages, was also the USA’s first Women’s World Cup opponent when FIFA’s premier women’s competition began with the 1991 event in China. While the teams have never met in a Knockout Round match, the USA holds a 3-1-1 record vs. Sweden in the teams’ five previous World Cup games.

Bonjour, Northern France

All three cities the U.S. will play its group games in are located across the north of France with Reims located just a 90-minute drive northeast of Paris and Le Havre a little more than a two-hour drive northwest of the French capital.

WNT - Mallory Pugh
The USA will conclude Group F play vs. Sweden on June 20.

The USA opens its 2019 World Cup campaign vs. Thailand in Reims on June 11 (3 p.m. ET, FOX Sports, Telemundo), then continues on to Paris to face Chile on June 16 (12 p.m. ET, FOX Sports, Telemundo), and wraps up group play on June 20 (3 p.m. ET, FOX Sports, Telemundo) in Le Havre vs. Sweden.

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