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Leroux, Wambach Power USA to 5-1 Send-Off Series Victory against Mexico

CARSON, CALIFORNIA (May 17, 2015) – Sydney Leroux and Abby Wambach led the way as the U.S. Women’s National Team defeated Mexico 5-1 in the second of its three-game Send-Off Series matches ahead of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

Before a sellout crowd of 27,000, the largest-ever for the WNT at StubHub Center, the U.S. outshot Mexico 12-4 in the first half and put eight shots on goal while producing a number of close opportunities that required all manner of blocks and saves from the Mexico defense and goalkeeper Cecilia Santiago (five first-half saves), who kept things close with a fine performance.

After the U.S. broke through midway through the opening frame, Mexico struck back late in the first half as the teams entered the break knotted 1-1. But the USA turned on the style in the second half with four unanswered goals to put the match out of sight.

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA- Sydney Leroux (Megan Rapinoe), 28th minute: 
Sydney Leroux made a perfectly-timed run onto a Megan Rapinoe through-ball that sliced through Mexico’s defense. From the left side, Leroux found herself one-on-one with goalkeeper Cecilia Santiago and made a touch with the outside of her left foot to dart around the keeper. Then from a difficult angle, Leroux blasted a left-footed shot across the goalmouth into the far side netting. USA 1, MEX 0 (SEE GOAL)

MEX- Ariana Calderon (Bianca Sierra), 39th minute: From a free kick, Bianca Sierra bent a long, curling ball in from the left. Hope Solo went out to punch it clear, but Ariana Calderon was first to ball and headed it in to the vacated net, ending the U.S.’s shutout streak at five games. USA 1, MEX 1 (SEE GOAL)

USA- Lori Chalupny (Abby Wambach), 46th minute: Out of the second-half gate, the U.S. pressured with an immediate attack. Two second-half subs made the goal happen. Abby Wambach was the first to a deflected, rolling ball in the box. She controlled near the post with her back to a pressing ‘keeper and defender. Sensing the defense, Wambach dished it out to a waiting Chalupny, who fired and buried a near-post goal, just out of reach of the diving Santiago. USA 2, MEX 1 (SEE GOAL)

USA- Abby Wambach (penalty kick), 58th minute: Mexico’s Arianna Romero went to clear away a U.S. corner kick, but sent her clearance off her hand to set up a USA penalty kick. Abby Wambach lined up, and blasted a left-footed shot into the left corner of the goal. USA 3, MEX 1 (SEE GOAL)

USA- Sydney Leroux (Morgan Brian), 61st minute: Leroux’s second goal of the night was similar to her first, only this time it came from the right side. Leroux ran onto a Morgan Brian ball and made one right-footed touch to get outside of the closing goalkeeper. With the room the touch created, Leroux finished into the lower left corner of the goal. USA 4, MEX 1 (SEE GOAL)

USA- Abby Wambach (Tobin Heath), 72nd minute: From the left edge of the box, Tobin Heath left her defender behind with a wicked cut, which gave her room to send a cross to Abby Wambach at the back post. Wambach out-jumped a pair of defenders to head home her second goal of the night. USA 5, MEX 1 (FINAL) (SEE GOAL

Key Saves and Defensive Stops: 
MEX- Cecilia Santiago, 10th minute (save):
 Megan Rapinoe played a ball through the middle to Christen Press who completed the one-two by leading Rapinoe with a perfectly-timed pass. Rapinoe, ripped a shot from the center of the box, but Santiago was there to meet her and cut down the angle to make a quick save.

MEX-Alina Garcíamendez and Cecilia Santiago, 14th minute (block and save): In the closing seconds of the 14th minute, the Mexico defense rallied to stand firm and hold off a barrage of close-range U.S. shots. The action began when Morgan Brian brought the ball down the right side and looped a cross to a breaking Christen Press at the back post. Press connected with a header that beat the keeper, but Mexico’s Alina Garcíamendez headed it off the line and away. Garcíamendez’s key stop rolled out to a waiting Sydney Leroux, who took a shot that deflected off a defender to Megan Rapinoe on the left. Rapinoe sent a rocket from five yards out that connected with Santiago’s face and bounced out to Carli Lloyd on the opposite side of the goal. Lloyd then headed back across to Rapinoe, who headed another shot on target, but Santiago had recovered to make the save again, this time holding on to put an end to the U.S. attack.

MEX-Alina Garcíamendez and Cecilia Santiago, 43rd minute (block and save): For the second time in the half, the Mexico goalkeeper and defender rallied to hold off a series of USA shots. Leroux again chased down a ball on the left side, but seeing the defense closing in, cut back and passed off to Lauren Holiday. From 25 yards out Holiday ripped a shot at Santiago, who blocked it. Megan Rapinoe followed the shot and looked to put in the rebound, but Santiago made a diving reaction save to deflect it away again. Morgan Brian ran onto the deflection and fired a shot of her own, but Garcíamendez stepped in front and blocked it aside.

Milestone Watch:

  • The crowd of 27,000 was the largest in WNT history when playing in Carson.
  • Abby Wambach widened the gap as the world’s all-time leading goal-scorer with her 181st and 182nd international goals. Wambach is the team’s leading goal-scorer in 2015 with five scores.

Next on the Schedule:
The U.S. WNT faces Korea Republic on May 30 at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey at 4:30 p.m. ET
Broadcast information: ESPN, WatchESPN and Univision Deportes
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Additional Notes:

  • The USA improved its record against rival Mexico to 31-1-1, and the WNT has outscored its North American foe 139-12. The win also extended the WNT’s perfect record against Mexico in Carson to 8-0-0.
  • The U.S. WNT extended its unbeaten streak in Carson to 11 games. The team holds an immaculate 11-0-0 record that dates back to its first matchup at the home of the LA Galaxy back in 2003. The USA has outscored opponents 42-4 in Carson. No team has ever scored more than one goal against the U.S. Women while playing in Carson.
  • Abby Wambach’s pair of goals brought her career scoring total against Mexico to 24 goals. Wambach has scored more goals against Mexico than against any other team. It was her eight multi-goal game against Mexico.
  • Sydney Leroux made her first start of the 2015 season and scored her second and third goals of the year. Her last start came in the WNT’s 3-2 defeat in the 2014 Brasilia International Tournament to host Brazil on Dec. 14, 2014.
  • While the five-game shutout streak for the U.S. has ended; in its last seven games, the U.S. has surrendered just two goals and scored 20.
  • Lori Chalupny’s goal was her second of the year, with her first coming in the U.S’s 4-0 win over New Zealand on April 4.
  • Midfielder Tobin Heath, who missed last game with a tender hamstring, returned today and recorded an assist.

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

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Mexico
Date: May 17, 2015
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: StubHub Center; Carson, California
Kickoff: 6 p.m. PT
Attendance: 27,000 (sellout)
Weather: 61 degrees, partly cloudy 

Scoring Summary:                1          2          F
USA                                        1          4          5
MEX                                       1          0          1 

USA – Sydney Leroux (Megan Rapinoe)      28th minute
MEX – Ariana Calderon (Bianca Sierra)        39
USA – Lori Chalupny (Abby Wambach)       46
USA – Abby Wambach (penalty kick)           58
USA – Sydney Leroux (Morgan Brian)         61
USA – Abby Wambach (Tobin Heath)          72 

Lineups:
USA: 1-Hope Solo; 11-Ali Krieger (5-Kelley O’Hara, 70), 19-Julie Johnston (3-Christie Rampone, 46), 4-Becky Sauerbrunn (6-Whitney Engen, 70), 22-Meghan Klingenberg (16-Lori Chalupny, 46); 14-Morgan Brian, 12-Lauren Holiday (17-Tobin Heath, 62), 10-Carli Lloyd (capt.); 15-Megan Rapinoe; 2-Sydney Leroux, 23-Christen Press (20-Abby Wambach, 46)
Subs Not Used: 7-Shannon Boxx, 8-Amy Rodriguez, 9-Heather O’Reilly, 13-Alex Morgan, 18-Ashley Harris, 21-Alyssa Naeher
Head coach: Jill Ellis

MEX: 1-Cecilia Santiago; 2-Kenti Robles, 3-Christina Murillo (6-Jennifer Ruiz, 64), 4-Alina Garcíamendez, 15-Bianca Sierra; 7-Nayeli Rangel, 11-Monica Ocampo, 14-Arianna Romero, 17-Veronica Perez; 9-Veronica Charlyn Corral, 21-Ariana Calderon (19-Renae Cuellar, 42 (16-Monica Alvarado, 69))
Subs Not Used: 12-Pamela Tajonar, 23-Mariana Ladron; 5-Valeria Miranda, 13-Greta Espinoza, 10-Stephany Mayor, 18-Amanda Perez, 8-Teresa Noyola, 22-Fabiola Ibarra, 24-Maria Sanchez; 20-Yadira Toraya
Head coach: Leonardo Cuellar 

Stats Summary: USA / MEX
Shots: 29 / 6
Shots on Goal: 13 / 4
Saves: 3 / 6
Corner Kicks: 7 / 1
Fouls: 9 / 5
Offside: 1 / 0 

Misconduct Summary:
None

Officials:
Referee: Marianela Araya Cruz (CRC)
Assistant Referee 1: Katherine Daniela Jimenez (CRC)
Assistant Referee 2: Nelly Odette Alvarado Quiros (CRC)
4th Official: Maurees Skeete (GUY) 

Budweiser Woman of the Match: Sydney Leroux

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

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Mexico
Date: May 17, 2015
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: StubHub Center; Carson, California
Kickoff: 6 p.m. PT
Attendance: 27,000 (sellout)
Weather: 61 degrees, partly cloudy 

Scoring Summary:                1          2          F
USA                                        1          4          5
MEX                                       1          0          1 

USA – Sydney Leroux (Megan Rapinoe)      28th minute
MEX – Ariana Calderon (Bianca Sierra)        39
USA – Lori Chalupny (Abby Wambach)       46
USA – Abby Wambach (penalty kick)           58
USA – Sydney Leroux (Morgan Brian)         61
USA – Abby Wambach (Tobin Heath)          72 

Lineups:
USA: 1-Hope Solo; 11-Ali Krieger (5-Kelley O’Hara, 70), 19-Julie Johnston (3-Christie Rampone, 46), 4-Becky Sauerbrunn (6-Whitney Engen, 70), 22-Meghan Klingenberg (16-Lori Chalupny, 46); 14-Morgan Brian, 12-Lauren Holiday (17-Tobin Heath, 62), 10-Carli Lloyd (capt.); 15-Megan Rapinoe; 2-Sydney Leroux, 23-Christen Press (20-Abby Wambach, 46)
Subs Not Used: 7-Shannon Boxx, 8-Amy Rodriguez, 9-Heather O’Reilly, 13-Alex Morgan, 18-Ashley Harris, 21-Alyssa Naeher
Head coach: Jill Ellis

MEX: 1-Cecilia Santiago; 2-Kenti Robles, 3-Christina Murillo (6-Jennifer Ruiz, 64), 4-Alina Garcíamendez, 15-Bianca Sierra; 7-Nayeli Rangel, 11-Monica Ocampo, 14-Arianna Romero, 17-Veronica Perez; 9-Veronica Charlyn Corral, 21-Ariana Calderon (19-Renae Cuellar, 42 (16-Monica Alvarado, 69))
Subs Not Used: 12-Pamela Tajonar, 23-Mariana Ladron; 5-Valeria Miranda, 13-Greta Espinoza, 10-Stephany Mayor, 18-Amanda Perez, 8-Teresa Noyola, 22-Fabiola Ibarra, 24-Maria Sanchez; 20-Yadira Toraya
Head coach: Leonardo Cuellar 

Stats Summary: USA / MEX
Shots: 29 / 6
Shots on Goal: 13 / 4
Saves: 3 / 6
Corner Kicks: 7 / 1
Fouls: 9 / 5
Offside: 1 / 0 

Misconduct Summary:
None

Officials:
Referee: Marianela Araya Cruz (CRC)
Assistant Referee 1: Katherine Daniela Jimenez (CRC)
Assistant Referee 2: Nelly Odette Alvarado Quiros (CRC)
4th Official: Maurees Skeete (GUY) 

Budweiser Woman of the Match: Sydney Leroux

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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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