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Wambach, Johnston Steer USA to 3-0 Win Over Ireland on Mother's Day

SAN JOSE, CALIF. (May 10, 2015) - The U.S. Women’s National Team defeated the Republic of Ireland 3-0 on Mother’s Day in the first of its three-game Send-off Series ahead of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

Before a sellout crowd of 18,000 at Avaya Stadium that included almost all of the players’ moms, the USA took the lead in the 42nd minute off a corner kick. Megan Rapinoe sent in the cross on the 10th of what would be 19 corner kicks and an Irish defender who was facing her goal tried to clear it away. The clearance smashed off the face of the far post defender and rolled back to Christen Press in the right side of the penalty box. Press settled and squared the ball to Abby Wambach, who swept the ball into the net for the game’s first goal and her 179th score. Minutes later Wambach would notch her 180th, heading in a Carli Lloyd cross to put the U.S. up 2-0.  Lloyd pulled off a nifty dribble to beat her defender before chipping a far post cross to Wambach for goal 180.

In the second half, Julie Johnston scored the game’s third goal, also of a corner kick as she athletically redirected the ball into the near post. It was her third goal of 2015 and she has now scored in three consecutive games.

In one week, the team will be back on the field at StubHub Center in Carson, California, for the second game of the Send-Off Series, against Mexico at 6 p.m. PT live on FOX Spots 1 and Univision Deportes.

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA- Abby Wambach (Christen Press), 42nd minute: 
Megan Rapinoe sent in U.S.’s tenth corner kick of the first half and an Irish defender tried to clear it over the bar. The clearance bounced off the face of the back post defender and rolled back to Press, who crossed it to Wambach to sweep into the goal. USA 1, IRL 0 (SEE GOAL)

USA- Abby Wambach (Carli Lloyd), 45th minute: Minutes after the first goal, Carli Lloyd took the ball to the end line on the left side, cut back and sent a cross to Abby Wambach at the far post. Wambach leaped high to send her header into the lower right corner for her second goal of the game and her 180th in the U.S. uniform. USA 2, IRL 0 (SEE GOAL)

USA- Julie Johnston (Lauren Holiday), 54th minute: Lauren Holiday sent a corner kick in and Julie Johnston beat her defender to it at the near post, taking a slight to put it into the net for her third international goal. USA 3, IRL 0 FINAL (SEE GOAL

Key Saves and Defensive Stops: 
IRL- Niamh Reid-Burke, 2nd minute (save):
 In the first offensive trip for the U.S., Amy Rodriguez brought the ball down centrally, and as the Irish defenders hustled back to get into position, was given room to rip a long distance shot from outside the box. Ireland goalkeeper Niamh Reid-Burke dove and just reached the ball, knocking it over the crossbar to set up a U.S. corner.

IRL- Niamh Reid-Burke, 27th minute (save): Amy Rodriguez delivered a great pass to Christen Press on the right side, who settled and cut in past an Irish defender. With room, Press fired on goal, but Reid-Burke dove and parried it wide.

IRL- Niamh Reid-Burke, 41st minute (save): Amy Rodriguez fired a shot that took a tricky deflection off of an Irish defender, but was grabbed and secured by Reid-Burke.

IRL- Niamh Reid-Burke, 42nd minute (save): Christen Press intercepted an Ireland clearance and sprinted with the ball down the right side. Press played a ball across the goal to Megan Rapinoe, who sent it on frame. Reid-Burke made a reaction kick save that knocked the ball out of play.

IRL- Niamh Reid-Burke, 52nd minute (save): Christen press quickly broke in along the left side, got past two defenders and took a shot from close range. Reid-Burke made another reaction save, diving and kicking the ball away.

IRL- Niamh Reid-Burke, 71st minute (save): A long U.S. free kick found Abby Wambach inside the six-yard box, but she slightly mishit the volley and Reid-Burke secured it to hold the score line at 3-0.

Milestone Watch:

  • Abby Wambach widened the gap as the world’s all-time leading goal-scorer with her 179th and 180th international goals in the first half.
  • The U.S. is now 11-0-0 all-time against Ireland and has outscored the Irish 40-1 in those 11 games.
  • The win also preserved the USA’s perfect record in Northern California. Though it was the U.S.’s first game in the newly opened Avaya Stadium, in six previous San Jose matches, the U.S. WNT was a perfect 6-0-0. The WNT has outscored opponents 31-1 in San Jose. The USA has also won its two other games in NorCal, the 2-0 victory against Brazil in the 1999 Women’s World Cup semifinal in Palo Alto and a 4-1 win vs. New Zealand at Candlestick Park in 2013 in one of the last events at the famed stadium.
  • Lori Chalupny entered into the game in the second half and became the 32nd USWNT player to reach 100 caps.

Next on the Schedule:
The U.S. WNT faces Mexico on May 17 at StubHub Center in Carson, California at 6 p.m. PT
Broadcast information: FOX Sports 1, Univision Deportes
Social: Twitter @ussoccer_wntFacebookInstagram

Additional Notes:

  • The U.S. extended its current unbeaten streak in 2015 to six games, improving its overall record to 6-1-1. The lone loss came in the team’s first game of the season to France, 2-0, in Lorient, France.
  • In a Mother’s Day surprise, he mothers of the U.S. team were flown in on Saturday by FOX Sports and surprised their daughters at team dinner. The entire U.S. team, including U.S. head coach Jill Ellis, walked out on to the pitch hand-in-hand with their mothers for the pre-game playing of the National Anthem.
  • The game was a homecoming for Julie Johnston (Santa Clara University), Christen Press (Stanford) and Kelley O’Hara (Stanford) who returned to the city of San Jose in close proximity of the collegiate campuses where they studied and played soccer.
  • Johnston scored her third goal of 2015, the third of her career and the third in as many games. She scored her first goal at this year’s Algarve Cup against France in the championship game and she scored her second against New Zealand on April 4. All three goals have come on set pieces.
  • In its last seven games, the U.S. has surrendered just one goal and has scored 15.
  • Lauren Holiday added another assist today and leads all U.S. players on the roster in assists with five in 2015. Holiday was the 2014 U.S. Soccer Female Athlete of the Year.
  • Megan Rapinoe made the start as the team’s captain. She was honored on the field before the game for her 100th cap, which she earned in the team’s last game against New Zealand on April 4.
  • Hope Solo extended her U.S. record for shutouts to 83.
  • Midfielder Tobin Heath (hamstring) and forward Alex Morgan (bone bruise on her knee) sat out the match with minor injuries, but are expected to be fully fit for the Women’s World Cup. 

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

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Republic of Ireland
Date: May 10, 2015
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Avaya Stadium; San Jose, California
Kickoff: 11:30 a.m. PT
Attendance: 18,000 (sellout)
Weather: 61 degrees: Partly cloudy 

Scoring Summary:   1          2          F
USA                            2          1          3
IRL                              0          0          0 

USA – Abby Wambach (Christen Press)       42nd minute
USA – Abby Wambach (Carli Lloyd)             45
USA – Julie Johnston (Lauren Holiday)         54 

Lineups:
USA: 1-Hope Solo; 11-Ali Krieger (16-Lori Chalupny, 46), 19-Julie Johnston, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 22-Meghan Klingenberg (5-Kelley O’Hara, 61); 23-Christen Press, 12-Lauren Holiday (9-Heather O’Reilly, 61), 10-Carli Lloyd (7-Shannon Boxx, 78), 15-Megan Rapinoe (capt.) (14-Morgan Brian, 46); 8-Amy Rodriguez (2-Sydney Leroux, 46), 20-Abby Wambach
Subs Not Used: 18-Ashlyn Harris, 24-Alyssa Naeher, 3-Christie Rampone, 6-Whitney Engen, 13-Alex Morgan, 17-Tobin Heath
Head coach: Jill Ellis

IRL: 16-Niamh Reid-Burke; 17-Aine O’Gorman (capt.), 20-Jessica Gleeson (5-Ciara Grant, 46), 3-Megan Campbell, 6-Meabh De Burca; 11-Julie Ann Russell (12-Ciara Rossiter, 84), 4-Karen Duggan, 19-Fiona O’Sullivan (14-Katie McCabe, 73), 8-Ruesha Littlejohn, 10-Denise O’Sullivan; 9-Stephanie Roche (15-Nicola Sinnot, 90+3)
Subs Not Used: 21-Charlotte McCormack, 7-Emma Hansberry, 18-Emma Beckett
Head coach: Sue Ronan 

Stats Summary: USA / IRL
Shots: 26 / 0
Shots on Goal: 10 / 0
Saves: 0 / 7
Corner Kicks: 19 / 0
Fouls: 9 / 12
Offside: 4 / 0 

Misconduct Summary:
IRL – Aine O’Gorman (caution)          19th minute

Officials:
Referee: Ekaterina Koroleva (USA)
Assistant Referee 1: Veronica Perez (USA)
Assistant Referee 2: Amanda Ross (USA)
4th Official: Christina Unkel (USA) 

Budweiser Woman of the Match: Abby Wambach

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

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Republic of Ireland
Date: May 10, 2015
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Avaya Stadium; San Jose, California
Kickoff: 11:30 a.m. PT
Attendance: 18,000 (so)
Weather: 61 degrees: Partly cloudy 

Scoring Summary:                1          2          F
USA                                        2          1          3
IRL                                         0          0          0 

USA – Abby Wambach (Christen Press)        42nd minute
USA – Abby Wambach (Carli Lloyd)            45
USA – Julie Johnston (Lauren Holiday)         54 

Lineups:
USA: 1-Hope Solo; 11-Ali Krieger (16-Lori Chalupny, 46), 19-Julie Johnston, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 22-Meghan Klingenberg (5-Kelley O’Hara, 61); 23-Christen Press, 12-Lauren Holiday (9-Heather O’Reilly, 61), 10-Carli Lloyd (7-Shannon Boxx, 78), 15-Megan Rapinoe (capt.) (14-Morgan Brian, 46); 8-Amy Rodriguez (2-Sydney Leroux, 46), 20-Abby Wambach
Subs Not Used: 18-Ashlyn Harris, 24-Alyssa Naeher, 3-Christie Rampone, 6-Whitney Engen, 13-Alex Morgan, 17-Tobin Heath
Head coach: Jill Ellis

IRL: 16-Niamh Reid-Burke; 17-Aine O’Gorman (capt.), 20-Jessica Gleeson (5-Ciara Grant, 46), 3-Megan Campbell, 6-Meabh De Burca; 11-Julie Ann Russell (12-Ciara Rossiter, 84), 4-Karen Duggan, 19-Fiona O’Sullivan (14-Katie McCabe, 73), 8-Ruesha Littlejohn, 10-Denise O’Sullivan; 9-Stephanie Roche (15-Nicola Sinnot, 90+3)
Subs Not Used: 21-Charlotte McCormack, 7-Emma Hansberry, 18-Emma Beckett
Head coach: Sue Ronan 

Stats Summary: USA / IRL
Shots: 26 / 0
Shots on Goal: 10 / 0
Saves: 0 / 7
Corner Kicks: 19 / 0
Fouls: 9 / 12
Offside: 4 / 0 

Misconduct Summary:
IRL – Aine O’Gorman (caution)        19th minute 

Officials:
Referee: Ekaterina Koroleva (USA)
Assistant Referee 1: Veronica Perez (USA)
Assistant Referee 2: Amanda Ross (USA)
4th Official: Christina Unkel (USA) 

Budweiser Woman of the Match: Abby Wambach

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Tiffeny Milbrett: "In My Heart and in My Blood"

Growing up in Portland, Oregon, an eight-year-old Tiffeny Milbrett sat in front of the family TV and marveled at the amazing athletes – track and field stars and volleyball greats – who competed in the Summer Olympic Games.

In fact, she was so mesmerized by those Olympian feats that Milbrett not only fantasized about performing at the highest level possible, she made it a goal to compete at what she called “the pinnacle" of sports. "Oh gosh, that's where I wanted to be, in that competition," she told ussoccer.com on the verge of being inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2018. "I wanted to be an Olympian."

And it was after watching the local Portland Timbers of the old North American Soccer League (NASL) that Milbrett fell in love with the game of soccer. “I just feel fortunate I was able to play soccer at the upper echelon for so many years,” she added, looking back on a legendary career with the U.S. Women’s National Team. “It was really, really my goal, in my heart and in my blood.”

Among the Greats
She accomplished that and then some, becoming one of the greatest international soccer players of her own, or any other, generation. Milbrett became the first woman to score a goal in two Olympic gold medal matches and was a member of the legendary U.S. team that hoisted the 1999 Women's World Cup, among myriad other honors. 

99 Womens World Cup Milbrett Foudy
Tiffeny Milbrett celebrates scoring in a 7-1 win vs. Nigeria at the 1999 Women's World Cup with Julie Foudy.

For her outstanding accomplishments, Milbrett was elected to the National Soccer Hall of Fame. She will be enshrined in the new Hall, joining other U.S. soccer greats on Saturday Oct. 20 at the grand opening at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas.

"I just feel most humbled to be considered alongside all that talent," Milbrett said. "I think it’s just the influence of the powerful people that helped shape the sport to where it is today. Just being able to live out my dream and being a part of being excited about the sport of soccer. We're still doing that to this day. And also, just being alongside all those influential people, whether it’s the ones being inducted for what they did on the playing field or off. I'm proud to be a part of these people that helped shape and mold the direction and advancement of soccer in this country. I take that very seriously. It's pretty cool to be a part of the group of people that have helped [grow the game]. It’s a reminder of the influence that you had with the sport and to continue to help it grow."

Milbrett was destined for greatness early on. She was a three-time Oregonian 3A player of the year, graduating Hillsboro High School holding Oregon state records for goals (54) in a season and career (131). During a sterling four-year career at the University of Portland, Milbrett struck 103 goals and collected 246 points while earning All-America honors an astonishing three times.

She began to make her impact on the National Team by connecting for a team-high three goals at the 1995 Women's World Cup, in which the Americans finished third.


Milbrett celebrates scoring her 100th career WNT goal on July 11, 2005 at Merlo Field on the campus of University of Portland where she played collegiate soccer.  

Milbrett the Match-Winner
In the very first Olympic women's soccer final a year later in Athens, Ga., she brought her game to yet another level by connecting with Mia Hamm for the game-winner to lift the U.S. to a 2-1 triumph over China in the Final. "Scoring goals is fickle," she said. "It's really interesting. There's something about performing in a pinnacle competition that speaks to what I always dreamed about in these pinnacle moments. It was extremely special to be able to have that reward after all the work you've done through the years and be rewarded with that kind of joy. Quite frankly, very few things you feel in your life are like that." 

Four years later, Milbrett scored one of her most dramatic goals in the 2000 Olympics gold medal match against Norway in Sydney, Australia. Already with one goal under her belt in the match, the 5-foot 2-inch Milbrett managed to leap highest among some behemoth Norwegian defenders to head home a right-wing cross from Hamm two minutes into second-half stoppage time to knot proceedings at 2-2.

Milbrett admitted she did not remember too much of that 11th-hour scoring sequence.

"I don't even remember scoring to be honest,” she said. “I've seen it on video. It’s pretty amazing. I remember running to celebrate."

Regulation ended and stoppage time loomed. Teammate Michelle French was shaking out the Portland-born dynamo's legs. "She's just going: 'Do you know what you just did? Do you know what you just did?'" Milbrett said with a laugh. "And I'm like, 'Ok, let me just rest. I've got to get back.' I think that's what they refer to as just being in the zone. You're playing. You're focused on the task at hand." 

The U.S. lost that confrontation in extra-time. But never one to rest on her laurels, Milbrett continued at the 1999 Women’s World Cup quarter-finals, weaving through the German defense to score a memorable goal in an epic 3-2 win, in what is still considered one of the greatest women's soccer matches of all-time.

A Century of Goals
She finished her 16-year international career with 100 goals in 206 appearances, nearly a goal every other game. And when she wasn't scoring for her country, Milbrett did it for her club – the New York Power. In the Women's United Soccer Association's (WUSA) inaugural 2001 season, Milbrett bagged a unique trifecta of honors. She recorded the first hat-trick in league history, won the scoring title (16 goals) and scooped MVP honors.

2010 WPS champion Tiffeny Milbrett
Tiffeny Milbrett ended her club career with one final championship as part of FC Gold Pride in 2010.

Milbrett, who celebrates her 46th birthday on Oct. 23, played three seasons for the Power, collecting 31 goals in 50 matches before completing her professional career in Women's Professional Soccer with FC Gold Pride, finding the net 10 times in 40 games.

These days, Milbrett is head girls coach with the Colorado Rapids. It’s not unreasonable to think, with her attitude, pedigree and work ethic molding young players, perhaps one of those youngsters will find her way to the pinnacle of the beautiful game the same way Tiffeny Milbrett did.

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