U.S. Soccer

U.S. WNT Continues Victory Tour with 7-2 Win in Chattanooga

CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee (Aug. 19, 2015) – The World Cup Champion U.S. Women’s National Team continued its Victory Tour with a 7-2 win against Costa Rica in front of a record crowd of 20,535 at Finley Stadium. The crowd was the largest for a stand-alone WNT friendly in the southeastern region of the United States.

Members of the military led the team out on the field and a moment of silence was observed before kickoff in memory of the tragedy that took place on July 17 when a gunman opened fire on two military sites in Chattanooga, killing five servicemen. During the game the WNT players wore black armbands in memory of the victims.

The U.S. WNT will be auctioning off their autographed game-worn jerseys on ussoccer.com to raise money for the families of the victims. More information on the start of the auction will be provided soon.

After the U.S. took an early 2-0 lead behind goals from Carli Lloyd and Heather O’Reilly, the match was delayed for 83 minutes due to lightning. After returning to the field, the U.S. continued their dominance with additional goals from Abby Wambach, O’Reilly, Alex Morgan and Amy Rodriguez. The WNT also benefited from an own goal, but Costa Rica was able to find the back of the net twice in second half for their first ever goals against the U.S. in 12 meetings.   

The U.S. players will now return to their NWSL clubs for the stretch run of the season and continues its Victory Tour with a pair of matches against Australia in September, at Ford Field in Detroit on Sept. 17 and at Legion Field in Birmingham, Alabama on Sept. 20. Tickets are going fast with 30,000 already sold in Detroit and 27,000 in Birmingham. For more information on tickets, click here.

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Carli Lloyd, 7th minute:
Lloyd’s spectacular blast from 31 yards off a direct free kick deflected off a Costa Rican defender in the wall, hit the bottom of the crossbar at the upper left corner and bounced down into the goal to give the WNT an early lead. USA 1, CRC 0 SEE GOAL

USA – Heather O’Reilly, 13th minute: Carli Lloyd received a pass at the top of the box, spun towards goal and blasted a shot on frame. The Costa Rican goalkeeper responded with a tremendous diving save, but couldn’t hold the ball and Heather O’Reilly followed up to finish the rebound and double the WNT lead. USA 2, CRC 0 SEE GOAL

USA – Abby Wambach (Lori Chalupny), 18th minute: Carli Lloyd started the run down the right side and as she approached the end line sent a cross over to Lori Chalupny, who was positioned in the left side of the box. With the defense closing in, Chalupny sent the ball back across to Abby Wambach, who one-timed it home with her left foot. USA 3, CRC 0

USA – Carli Lloyd (Megan Rapinoe), 20th minute: The goal came off a corner kick from Megan Rapinoe. Rapinoe whipped in a cross and Lloyd knifed though the defense, leapt into the air and volleyed home from close range for her second goal of the game. USA 4, CRC 0

USA – Heather O’Reilly (Abby Wambach), 23rd minute: Abby Wambach, who just five minutes before had scored a goal of her own, dribbled powerfully down the left side. O’Reilly made a run to the near post, and Wambach, who has been the recipient of many O’Reilly crosses in the past, was the distributor this time around. O’Reilly met Wambach’s cross with her a powerful header high into the net for her second score of the game. USA 5, CRC 0

USA – Katherine Alvarado (Own Goal), 31st minute: Off another corner Lloyd made a run into the box and Alvarado was grabber her the whole time. The driven ball skipped through traffic inside the penalty box, bounced off her shin and skipped into the back of the net. USA 6, CRC 0

CRC – Cristin Granados (Carolina Venegas), 56th minute: Carolina Venegas made a great move to get around Tobin Heath near the end line and then threaded a ball back to Granados in the seam. With a first-time shot she pushed it past a diving Hope Solo from close range. USA 6, CRC 1

CRC – Karla Villalobos (Mariana Benavides), 69th minute: Mariana Benavides got a long ball up and through the U.S. defense to Villalobos who took a few controlling dribbles near the top of the box and finessed a bending ball over Naeher and into the upper right corner. USA 6, CRC 2

USA – Alex Morgan (Amy Rodriguez), 81st minute: After substitute goalkeeper Yolian Sala made a great kick save, Costa Rica poorly cleared the ball away and it found Amy Rodriguez on the right side of the box. Rodriguez took a great touch to beat a defender and sent a perfect back post cross to Alex Morgan who chested it into the net for the seventh score of the game. USA 7, CRC 2 SEE GOAL

Next on the Schedule: The WNT continues the 2015 Victory Tour with a stop in Detroit on Sept. 17 to take on Australia at Ford Field, where more than 30,000 tickets have already been sold.
Broadcast information: FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports GO (7 p.m. ET; Sept. 19)
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Milestone Watch:

  • Tobin Heath earned her 100th cap with the WNT. She is the 33rd player to play 100 times, having made her debut with the USA in 2008. She will be honored before the USA’s next match in Detroit.
  • Wambach extended her record as the world’s all-time leading goal scorer, notching the 184th goal of her career.
  • Heather O’Reilly’s brace pushed her career scoring total to 45 goals. She has scored two goals in each of the last two games and has now tallied four multi-goal games in her career.
  • Lloyd’s two scores gave her 71 for her career, just four short of tying Cindy Parlow for sixth on the USA’s all-time goal scoring list.
  • Shannon Boxx earned her 193rd cap, moving past Brandi Chastain into sole possession of 11th place on the USA’s all-time caps list.
  • Carli Lloyd earned her 204th cap to move into a tie for eighth place on the USA’s all-time caps list with Tiffeny Milbrett.
  • Alex Morgan’s 53rd goal moved her into a tie for ninth place with Carin Gabbara on the USA’s all-time scoring list.

Additional Notes:

  • In the game’s 15th minute, the game paused for lightning delay, which lasted 83 minutes.
  • Prior to the match, Lori Chalupny was honored for earning her 100th cap. On May 10 against Ireland in San Jose, Chalupny, who announced her retirement from international soccer on Aug. 17, became the 32nd American female to play 100 times for her country. She debuted for the USA at the age of 17 in 2001 and has won a U-19 Women's World Cup title, an Olympic gold medal and a Women's World Cup title.
  • The match was the second for the WNT at Finley Stadium and with the win the team improved to 2-0-0 in the Chattanooga. The USA last played there in 1997, when it defeated Sweden 3-1 at the home of the National Premier Soccer League's Chattanooga FC and the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga Moccasins football and women's soccer teams.
  • The WNT is now 5-0-0 all time in the state of Tennessee, where it has outscored opponents 17-5.
  • Carli Lloyd’s 70th goal made her the seventh player in U.S. history to score 70 or more goals.
  • Heather O’Reilly has scored multiple goals in each of the WNT’s last two games.
  • Costa Rica’s first goal was the first it has scored against the USWNT in the history of the series between the two teams.
  • The USA remains perfect against Costa Rica, improving its all-time record to 12-0-0. 
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WNT Aug 19, 2015

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

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Costa Rica
Date: Aug. 19, 2015
Competition: International Friendly – Victory Tour
Venue: Finley Field; Chattanooga, Tenn.
Kickoff: 6:30 ET
Attendance: 20,535
Weather: 79 degrees, humid

Scoring Summary:    1          2          F
USA                            6          1          7
CRC                            1          1          2

USA – Carli Lloyd                                                     7th minute
USA – Heather O’Reilly (Carli Lloyd)                      13
USA – Abby Wambach (Lori Chalupny)                   18
USA – Carli Lloyd (Megan Rapinoe)                         20
USA – Heather O’Reilly (Abby Wambach)               23
USA – Katherine Alvarado (Own Goal)                     31
CRC – Cristin Granados (Carolina Venegas)              41
CRC – Karla Villalobos (Mariana Benavides)            69
USA – Alex Morgan (Amy Rodriguez)                       81

Lineups:
USA: 1-Hope Solo (21-Alyssa Naeher, 46); 5-Kelley O’Hara, 6-Whitney Engen, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 16-Lori Chalupny (capt.); 9-Heather O’Reilly (8-Amy Rodriguez, 46), 12-Lauren Holiday, 17-Tobin Heath (7-Shannon Boxx, 64), 15-Megan Rapinoe (22-Meghan Klingenberg, 46), 10-Carli Lloyd (23-Christen Press, 46); 20-Abby Wambach (13-Alex Morgan, 56)
Subs Not Used: 3-Christie Rampone, 11-Ali Krieger, 14-Morgan Brian, 18-Ashlyn Harris, 19-Julie Johnston
Not available: 2-Sydney Leroux
Head coach: Jill Ellis

CRC: 1-Dinnia Diaz (18-Yolian Salas, 78); 3-Fabiola Villalobos (2-Gabriela Guillén, 67), 5-Diana Saenz, 20-Wendy Acosta, 4-Mariana Benavides (19-Maria Paula Coto, 86), 6-Maria Paula Elizondo (8-Daniela Cruz, 63), 10-Katherine Alvarado (capt.), 15-Cristin Granados, 7-Melissa Herrera, 9-Carolina Venegas, 17-Karla Villalobos (14-Mayra Almazán, 74)
Subs Not Used: 12-Lixy Rodriguez, 21-Noelle Sanz
Head coach: Amelia Valverde

Stats Summary: USA / CRC
Shots: 28 / 4
Shots on Goal: 14 / 2
Saves: 0 / 8
Corner Kicks: 8 / 0
Fouls: 6 / 8
Offside: 1 / 1

Misconduct Summary:
CRC – Mariana Benavides (caution)  36th minute
CRC – Fabiola Villalobos (caution)    62

Officials:
Referee: Margaret Domka (USA)  
Assistant Referee 1: Amanda Ross (USA)
Assistant Referee 2: Marie-Han Gagnon-Chretien (USA)
4th Official: Tori Penso (USA)

Budweiser Woman of the Match: Heather O’Reilly

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#USOC2018 Qualifying Round Three: Time to Dream for the Fabulous 14

The third and final round of qualifying for the 2018 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup wrapped up over the weekend with 14 Open Division Local Amateur sides booking places among the big boys at next year’s tournament – U.S. Soccer’s annual national championship.

The 14 amateur qualifiers will join a field from across the American soccer landscape (PDL, NPSL, NASL, USL and MLS) when the 2018 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup kicks off next May. Follow all the action and keep your finger on the pulse of the #USOC2018 on Twitter and Instagram @OpenCup and ussoccer.com.

2018 U.S. Open Cup Open Division Qualifiers:
Northeast Region:
Christos FC (Md.), Kendall Wanderers (Mass.), Lansdowne Bhoys FC (N.Y.), Rochester River Dogz (N.Y.)
Southeast Region:
FC Kendall (Fla.), NTX Rayados (Texas), Red Force FC (Fla.
Mountain Region:
FC Denver (Colo.), Azteca FC (Colo.), Sporting AZ FC (Ariz.)
Pacific Region: El Farolito (Calif.), La Máquina FC (Calif.), L.A. Wolves (Calif.), Santa Ana Winds (Calif.)

Cosmopolitan League heroes Lansdowne Bhoys had no trouble against the youngsters from Philadelphia, Junior Lone Star U23s, at Tibbets Brooke Park in Yonkers, N.Y. Two goals from Daryl Kavanagh set the reigning U.S. Amateur Cup champions and Northeast Region powers on their way to a 3-1 win that was never in doubt. One of the Irishman’s goals was a close-range finish after an inventive set-piece routine from the left side.


(Lansdowne Bhoys of NYC's Cosmopolitan League are the top amateur side in the country - and into the 2018 Open Cup)

Kendall Wanderers of Massachusetts made history by reaching the Open Cup proper for the first time in their long history with a tight 2-1 win against Mass United of Lynn at a rain-soaked Dilboy Stadium in Somerville. Veteran winger Dave Sheehan scored first for the Cambridge-based club – founded back in the early 1970s – that boasts three teams throughout the Bay State Soccer League (BSSL) divisions as well as Over-30 and 40 editions. Ian Sweeney added a second before the Wanderers weathered heavy pressure near the end to see out the result.

Everyone’s favorite Cinderellas from the 2017 Open Cup, Christos FC, booked passage to their second straight tournament with a simple 5-1 win over Pennsylvania’s Phoenix Soccer Club in Anne Arundel County, Md. Daniel Baxter, a tireless midfield engine who shows no signs of fatigue even after working long nightshifts as a medical tech at Baltimore-area hospitals, scored a pair of goals, and so did Elton Joe. Former University of Maryland standout Cody Albrecht, a veteran of Christos’ run to the Fourth Round of last year’s Open Cup, assisted on no fewer than three of the goals as the men from Baltimore, sponsored by a local liquor store, now get set to make waves for a second year running in American soccer’s oldest and most venerable competition.


(Back in Black: Christos FC of Baltimore County will hope to match their run to the 2017 USOC Fourth Round)

“This justifies everything we did last year,” said Christos’ passionate and hard-working head coach Larry Sancombe. “And now we are here moving forward and I think we have a good enough group to make another run.” Joe, scorer of two on the day, was in high spirits after the final whistle: “Goals can come from anywhere in this team. Our plan is to get the first one and the rest will follow. We have a special team.” 

Rounding out the action in the Northeast Region, Stegman’s SC’s long trip to Upstate New York proved a fruitless one in the end as they lost out 2-1 in a competitive affair to home side Rochester River Dogz.

Tense Times in Florida and Colorado
Miami amateur power Red Force FC
were in dramatic mood en route to grabbing a place in their second straight U.S. Open Cup. Down a goal against South Florida FC with two minutes to go in regular time, their outstanding playmaker Stiven Salinas swooped in late to force extra-time. Gabriel Vega’s side then took over to seal the result 2-1. “The chemistry in this team is so important,” said Vega, the man who devotes his life to the club. “A lot of these guys have been playing together since they were little kids and you can’t overestimate how important that is.”

Another Florida side, FC Kendall, will join Red Force in the 2018 competition after a goal-littered 4-2 win on the road in the rain against Nashville United. Martin Nunez, Gonza De Mujica, Santi Schmid and Jona Andrade grabbed the goals on a famous night for the club. The third and final qualifier in the Southeast Region was a far tighter affair as the lone-remaining Texas side NTX Rayados reached their second Open Cup in a row thanks to a 2-1 win over Motagua New Orleans by scoring the equalizer and winner inside the last ten minutes. “It was a good game, but not one you want to happen to you,” said Rayados coach Tito Salas after the tension-fuelled affair.


(FC Denver booked a place in their first Open Cup with a derby win over Indios Denver this weekend)

Up in the high Rockies, the Mountain Region was a festival of Colorado amateur soccer, which has exploded in recent years. Boulder-based Harpos FC, who were tipped before qualifying to make a deep run, fell short with an unconvincing 4-3 loss to Azteca FC, who sent them out of the running for a second straight year.

Over in the Denver derby, FC Denver came out on top with a 2-0 win against Indios Denver in extra-time. Mark Wallace and Alex Bernhardt were the scorers for the side that now reaches the Open Cup proper for the first time in their history. There was another derby in Arizona, but it lacked the competitive edge on display in Denver. Sporting AZ FC stomped all over Galati FC, winning out 6-1 in Chandler, Arizona, thanks to a hat-trick from Costa Rican Alejandro Aguilar, who head coach Aidan Davison calls “the consummate professional.”

Blowouts Reign out West
With edgy contests in the East and Central Regions, California’s four final round qualifiers were a glut of lopsided results. L.A. Wolves, Amateur Cup semifinalists, brought the hammer down on Buena Park FC 4-0 in La Palma. “We’re a confident team,” said coach Yan Skwara, who took over from former boss Eric Wynalda. “We make sure we always have a pipeline of new players coming in and the best players want to play for us.”


(Great game and a great view too - El Farolito hammered Cal Victory FC 8-0 in San Francisco)

There were a pair of 4-1 wins, the first in Lake Forest where Santa Ana Winds blew by the San Pedro Monsters. Kramer Runiger (2) and Jordan Gorman (2) did the scoring for the Winds, an ambitious club looking to make a mark in their first-ever U.S. Open Cup. “We did the same things we’ve been working on in the last three to four months,” said Coach Jose Lopez after the game. “We were mentally strong, we didn’t have to make any changes, and we were confident coming into this match.” 

The other 4-1 result came in Chula Vista, where home side Chula Vista FC were battered by Open Cup regulars La Máquina, who got a pair of goals from Resendo Castro.

The biggest rout of the round came up in the hills surrounding San Francisco, where El Farolito, who won the Open Cup in 1993 under their then-name CD Mexico, slammed Cal Victory FC 8-0. Carlos Montes scored his second hat-trick of the qualifying campaign in a game where Cal Victory played for a long stretch with ten men.

2018 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Open Division Local Qualifying Results
Third Qualifying Round – Nov. 18-19

Northeast Region

Date

Game (home team listed first)

Result

Venue

Nov. 18

Mass United FC (Mass.) vs. Kendall Wanderers (Mass.)

1-2

Dilboy Stadium; Somerville, Mass.

Nov. 18

Lansdowne Bhoys FC (N.Y.) vs. Junior Lone Star U23s (Pa.)

3-1

Tibbetts Brooke Park; Yonkers, N.Y.

Nov. 19

Christos FC (Md.) vs. Phoenix Soccer Club (Pa.)

5-1

Anne Arundel Community College; Arnold, Md.

Nov. 19

Rochester River Dogz (N.Y.) vs. Stegman's Soccer Club (Minn.)

2-1

Thornell Farm Park Turf Field; Pittsford, N.Y.

 

Southeast Region

Date

Game (home team listed first)

Result

Venue

Nov. 18

Nashville United (Tenn.) vs. FC Kendall (Fla.)

2-4

E.S. Rose Park; Nashville, Tenn.

Nov. 18

NTX Rayados (Texas) vs. Motagua New Orleans (La.)

2-1

Premier Park; Balch Springs, Texas

Nov. 19

Red Force FC (Fla.) vs. South Florida FC (Fla.)

1-1, 2-1 AET

Kendall Soccer Park; Miami, Fla.

 

Mountain Region

Date

Game (home team listed first)

Result

Venue

Nov. 18

FC Denver (Colo.) vs. Indios Denver FC (Colo.)

2-0 AET

Aurora Sports Park; Aurora, Colo.

Nov. 18

Harpos FC (Colo.) vs. Azteca FC (Colo.)

3-4

Broomfield County Commons Park - Stadium Field; Broomfield, Colo.

Nov. 18

Sporting AZ FC (Ariz.) vs. Galati FC (Ariz.)

6-1

Chandler-Gilbert Community College; Chandler, Ariz.

 

Pacific Region

Date

Game (home team listed first)

Result

Venue

Nov. 18

Santa Ana Winds FC (Calif.) vs. San Pedro Monsters FC (Calif.)

4-1

Lake Forest Sports Park; Lake Forest, Calif.

Nov. 19

El Farolito (Calif.) vs. Cal Victory FC (Calif.)

8-0

Boxer Stadium; San Francisco, Calif.

Nov. 19

Chula Vista FC (Calif.) vs. La Máquina FC (Calif.)

1-4

Chula Vista Elite Training Center; Chula Vista, Calif.

Nov. 19

Buena Park FC (Calif.) vs. L.A. Wolves FC (Calif.)

0-4

Orange County Great Park – Championship Soccer Stadium; Irvine, Calif.

 

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U-17 WNT Defeats Mexico 4-0 in Mexico City

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U-18 MNT Closes Out 2017 With Early Start to New Player Cycle

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Weston McKennie Nets First Goal in First Cap | Milestones, Presented by Liberty Mutual Insurance

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Competitive Year Comes to an End as WNT Sets Sights On World Cup Qualification in 2018

A year that featured much experimenting, successes and struggles, but in the end, significant growth, has come to an end. Through 16 games in 2017, the U.S. WNT finished with 12-3-1 record with the three losses coming to the third, fourth and sixth ranked teams in the world.

While U.S. WNT head coach Jill Ellis and her staff knew that this year would be challenging due the difficult schedule chock-full of highly ranked teams and the necessary infusion of new players, they were determined to squeeze as much out of it as possible, with the focus being the lessons learned rather than the results obtained.

“I recognized that this year would give us the ability to play incredible teams and deepen our pool,” Ellis said. “Those were the two goals we set to start this year. So, would I check those boxes? Yes.”

Deepening the pool meant giving new players opportunities, and trying new things within a team that is competitive, fierce and bursting at the seams with talent. Ellis saw 55 players in a training camp environment this past year and since October of 2016 has giving 13 players first caps. Veterans and rookies mixed during training camps and on the field during games while everyone was given a blank slate to earn a place in the pool moving forward into a crucial 2018. [Read More]

WNT - Sofia Huerta, Carli Lloyd
Sofia Huerta and Carli Lloyd

“We got to see a lot of players and I’m excited about the future,” Ellis said. “The players that have come through this process and the games they’ve experienced, those are things you can’t replicate. That’s why you put the players into these environments. Sometimes there are tough lessons, but that’s how you grow.”

Some of those lessons came in the form of three losses, dealing with a few injuries, and one insanely dramatic last-minute comeback win. Losing three games in a year, albeit to talented teams, is not what the USA is accustomed to or expects of itself. That said, it’s true that you learn more from losing than winning, and learning is a priority with World Cup qualifying next fall and the World Cup still 18 months away. The most important takeaway is that there has been progress along the way.

“This year we’ve played a higher level of competition, played more top-20 teams, and we’ve done it with several players who have very little experience, or partnering them with someone that has very little experience,” Ellis said of the 2017 slate. “That’s part of taking your lumps at times because you have to believe in your process. I know that when we come out on the backside of this, we’ll now we have 18 months to build. Some teams are going into that process now and we’re coming out of it, evaluating our players with a solid 18 months to really grow and develop a starting lineup and a squad of 23 that I think will be hard to deal with.”

WNT - Sam Mewis
Sam Mewis vs. England on March 4, 2017 at the SheBelieves Cup.

Below is a breakdown of the WNT’s 16-game schedule this past year, which included seven of the other nine teams in the top-10 of the FIFA Women’s World Rankings, excluding only the Netherlands (which the USA played in September of 2016) and North Korea, making this the most difficult schedule ever in the year after the World Cup/Olympic cycle. 

2017 U.S. WNT SCHEDULE & RESULTS

Opponent

Date

FIFA Ranking

Result
(12-3-1)

Goal Scorers

Germany

March 1

2nd

1-0: USA Win

Lynn Williams

England

March 4

3rd

0-1: ENG Win

--

France

March 7

4th

0-3: FRA Win

--

Russia

April 6
April 9

25th

4-0: USA Win
5-1: USA Win

Crystal Dunn (2), Allie Long (2)
Carli Lloyd, Rose Lavelle, Crystal Dunn (2), OG

Sweden

June 8*

11th

1-0: USA Win

Rose Lavelle

Norway

June 11*

14th

1-0: USA Win

Christen Press

Australia

July 27

6th

0-1: AUS Win

--

Brazil

July 30

9th

4-3: USA Win

Samantha Mewis, Press, Megan Rapinoe, Julie Ertz

Japan

Aug. 3

8th

3-0: USA Win

Rapinoe, Mallory Pugh, Alex Morgan

New Zealand

Sept. 15
Sept. 19

19th

3-1: USA Win
5-0: USA Win

Morgan, Ertz (2)
Lindsey Horan, Pugh, Morgan (2), Williams

Korea Republic

Oct. 19
Oct. 22

15th

3-1: USA Win
6-0: USA Win

Ertz, Morgan, Rapinoe
Mewis (2), Ertz, Press, Williams, Long

Canada

Nov. 9*
Nov. 12

5th

1-1: Draw
3-1: USA Win

Morgan
Ertz, Morgan, Lloyd

*Represents away games

The 2017 schedule featured numerous positive takeaways. In the first three games of the year at the SheBelieves Cup, fans witnessed the blossoming of Rose Lavelle against some of the best players in the world. She made one of the best debuts in recent memory, dazzling with her skills against England. Against Russia a month later, she scored her first goal and pulled a few more video game-worthy moves out of her bag.

In Europe in June against Sweden and Norway, it was all about grit and finding a way to win on the road after long travel and little rest with many players who had never experienced playing a tough team on the road. Both games developed in similar fashion and the USA produced a game-winning goal in the second half after battling in the first 45 minutes of play.

Back stateside in the Tournament of Nations, the U.S. had a less than ideal tournament opener, dropping a tight 1-0 decision to Australia. What followed was probably the most exciting game of the year, an epic 4-3 comeback win against Brazil in San Diego. It was a classic U.S. WNT battle-until-the-end kind of performance and it helped propel a seven-game unbeaten streak to close out 2017.

U.S. WNT - Rapinoe, Ertz, Pugh
Rapinoe and Ertz scored the game-tying and game-winning goals, respectively, in the dramatic comeback win vs. Brazil at ToN.

The final six friendlies provided a strong closing to this year, with players such as Julie Ertz and Alex Morgan providing much of the goal scoring, Megan Rapinoe, and Lindsey Horan showing their confidence and play-making, while Becky Sauerbrunn, Abby Dahlkemper, Samantha Mewis and Ertz providing a solid spine down the middle.

“We have tried a lot of new things this year,” Mewis said following the final game of 2017. “There’s a lot of players with fewer caps that have been getting a lot of experience. It’s also been cool for me to get a lot of playing time and it’s been good for the team to grow as a unit. The depth of the group has grown and we have some things in our back pocket now. Moving forward I think this will have been an important year to look back on.”

After a much needed and well-deserved break, the WNT will get back together in January as it builds towards the 2018 CONCACAF Women’s Championship where it will try to earn one of three spots for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France that is set to kick off on June 7, 2019.


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