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Lloyd Hat Trick Leads WNT to 8-0 Victory against Haiti in Birmingham

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (Sept. 20, 2015) – The World Cup Champion U.S. Women’s National Team continued its Victory Tour with an 8-0 win against Haiti in front of a record crowd of 35,753 at Legion Field in Birmingham, Ala. The crowd was the largest ever for a stand-alone WNT match in the southeastern United States. 

It only took a minute for the U.S. to find the net as Kelley O’Hara took a short corner and crossed it in to Julie Johnston, who converted for the match’s first goal. The goal was one of five that would come for the WNT in the first half. Lloyd scored her first on a penalty kick in the 16th minute and one minute later Crystal Dunn put in her second goal in as many games after receiving a brilliant through ball from Megan Rapinoe. Lloyd would close out the half with two goals to complete her hat trick and in doing so became just the fifth American player with five international hat tricks (Hamm, Parlow, Wambach, Akers), three of which she has earned in the WNT’s last five games. 


The USA continued to dominate possession and produced a number of chances in the second half. Amy Rodriguez converted the sixth goal of the game six minutes into the second frame, while Alex Morgan and Heather O’Reilly each tallied in the final five minutes of regulation to bring the WNT scoring total to eight and seal the win for the USA, which pushed its unbeaten streak at home to 100 consecutive games (88-0-12). 

It will be a month before the WNT takes the field again when they will match up with Brazil for a pair of matches that continue the Victory Tour. The first match will be in the Pacific Northwest at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Washington. on Oct. 20. After that the team will travel back across the country for the second match at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Florida, on Oct. 25. For more information on tickets, click here.  

Goal Scoring Rundown:  
USA – Julie Johnston (Kelley O’Hara) 1st minute: 
Before a full minute of soccer had even been played, the U.S. found its first goal. It came from a short corner that O’Hara took from the right. The Haiti defense was slow to get into position, and O’Hara capitalized on the mistake and smashed in a low hard cross that found Johnston. Johnston directed in the cross with a confident touch that found the back of the net for the game’s first score.  USA 1, HAI 0  


USA – Carli Lloyd (penalty kick), 16th minute: After making a cutting move on the left hand side of the box, Alex Morgan was brought down, which set up the WNT with a penalty kick. Carli Lloyd stepped up to take it and calmly tucked it into the left corner to double the U.S. lead. USA 2, HAI 0  


USA – Crystal Dunn (Megan Rapinoe), 17th minute: Just a minute after scoring its second goal, the WNT put the finishing touches on the third. After Haiti lost possession from the kickoff, Megan Rapinoe played a hard through ball up to Crystal Dunn. Dunn raced past the defense and ran onto the ball taking a controlling touch before smashing into the bottom left corner. USA 3, HAI 0  


USA – Carli Lloyd (Alex Morgan) 22nd minute: Alex Morgan jetted down the left had side and attacked to the end line, where she blasted a cross in front of goal. The ball just got by Crystal Dunn, but Lloyd had run in behind and was there to bury for her second goal of the game. USA 4, HAI 0  


USA – Carli Lloyd (Megan Rapinoe) 39th minute: Megan Rapinoe took the free kick from 35 yards out and looped a ball into the top of the box. Lloyd outmuscled her defender and rose for a header. She flicked on toward the goal and the ball dipped in over the jumping goalkeeper, clipping the cross bar and falling in. USA 5, HAI 0 


USA – Amy Rodriguez (Kelley O'Hara) 51st minute: With little pressure on the ball for Amy Rodriguez, she took a few settling touches near the top of the box before ripping a blast from 20 yards out that beat the diving goalkeeper for a score.  USA 6, HAI 0 


USA – Alex Morgan (Whitney Engen) 85th minute: After producing a number of chances throughout the match, Morgan was finally rewarded for her efforts, scoring the matches seventh goal on a header in the 85th minute. It started from a short corner. O’Hara took the ball and attacked the box whipping in a cross that Engen got a touch to. The ball floated up and Morgan headed it into the net.  USA 7, HAI 0 


USA – Heather O’Reilly 88th minute: The U.S. did the work to get the ball down near the goal. After a deflection and a missed clearance the ball ended up at the feet of O’Reilly, who capitalized and kicked in for the eighth goal of the game.  USA 8, HAI 0 FINAL 


Next on the Schedule: The WNT continues the 2015 Victory Tour with a stop in Seattle, Wash. on Oct. 21 where it will face Brazil at CenturyLink Field. 
Broadcast information: ESPN2, WatchESPN (7 p.m. PT; Oct. 21) 
Social: Twitter (@ussoccer_wnt; @ussoccer_esp); Facebook; Instagram 


Milestone Watch:
 

  • Johnston’s goal was the fifth of her career goal and just the second to come from her foot. The slim majority of her goals (three) have come from headers. All five of Johnston’s goals have come off of set pieces. 
  • With her second hat trick in as many games, Carli Lloyd pushed her career total to 77 goals and in doing so passed Cindy Parlow for 6th on the all-time U.S. goal scoring list. Lloyd is the fifth American with five international hat tricks (Hamm, Parlow, Wambach, Akers). 
  • Lloyd has scored 16 goals this year, which is her career-high for a calendar year. She previously had scored 15 in 2012 and 2014. She has scored 13 times in her last eight games and today marked her 11th multi-goal game for the WNT.  
  • Amy Rodriguez scored the 30th goal of her career. 
  • Alex Morgan’s 54th goal moved her into sole possession of ninth place on the all-time U.S. scoring list, breaking her tie with Carin Gabarra. 


Additional Notes: 

  • Dunn’s goal is her second in as many games. She scored the first goal of her WNT career in the USA’s last match against Haiti three days ago. 
  • The USA improved to 6-0-0 all-time against Haiti with 42 goals scored and none conceded. 

 

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

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Haiti  
Date: Sept. 20, 2015  
Competition: International Friendly – Victory Tour  
Venue: Legion Field; Birmingham, Ala.  
Kickoff: 1:30 p.m. CT  
Attendance: 35,753   
Weather: Hot, humid – 85 degrees   


Scoring Summary: 1    2    F  
USA                          5    3    8  
HAI                           0     0    0   


USA – Julie Johnston (Kelley O’Hara)                1st minute  
USA – Carli Lloyd (penalty)                                 16  
USA – Crystal Dunn (Megan Rapinoe)               17  
USA – Carli Lloyd (Crystal Dunn)                        22  
USA – Carli Lloyd (Megan Rapinoe)                   39  
USA – Amy Rodriguez (Kelley O’Hara)                 51  
USA – Alex Morgan (Whitney Engen)                 85  
USA – Heather O’Reilly (Amy Rodriguez)           89   


Lineups:  
USA: 1-Hope Solo (21-Alyssa Naeher, 46); 5-Kelley O’Hara, 19-Julie Johnston (6-Whitney Engen, 46), 3-Christie Rampone (capt.), 22-Meghan Klingenberg (9-Heather O’Reilly, 60); 25-Crystal Dunn, 14-Morgan Brian, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn (7-Shannon Boxx,, 46), 15-Megan Rapinoe (11-Ali Krieger, 46), 10-Carli Lloyd (8-Amy Rodriguez, 46); 13-Alex Morgan    
Subs Not Used: 2-Sydney Leroux, 12-Lauren Holiday, 16-Lori Chalupny, 17-Tobin Heath, 18-Ashlyn Harris, 20-Abby Wambach  
Head coach: Jill Ellis   


HAI: 12-Ednie Limage (capt.) (1-Jonie Gabriel, 90+1); 2-Soveline Beaubrun, 3-Jennifer Limage, 4-Clorene Rateau, 5-Sabine Chandler, 6-Kimberly Boulos, 7-Roselord Borgella (18-Kensia Destinvil, 46), 9-Nerilia Mondesir, 10-Betcheba Louis (21-Emeline Charles, 84), 16-Darline Radamaker (13-Zila Lafleur, 46), 17-Yvrose Gervil  
Subs Not Used: 8-Sherly Jeudy, 19-Bencia Erleus, 20-Phisline Michel  
Head coach: Shek Borkowski  


Stats Summary: USA / HAI  
Shots: 39 / 0  
Shots on Goal: 19 / 0  
Saves: 0 / 8  
Corner Kicks: 10 / 0  
Fouls: 6 / 12  
Offside: 1 / 0   


Misconduct Summary:  
HAI – Nerilia Mondesir (caution)72nd minute  


Officials:   
Referee: Margaret Domka (USA)      
Assistant Referee 1: Amanda Ross (USA)  
Assistant Referee 2: Veronica Perez (USA)   
4th Official: Kate Abt (USA)  


Budweiser Woman of the Match: Carli Lloyd 

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

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Haiti  
Date: Sept. 20, 2015  
Competition: International Friendly – Victory Tour  
Venue: Legion Field; Birmingham, Ala.  
Kickoff: 1:30 p.m. CT  
Attendance: 35,753   
Weather: Hot, humid – 85 degrees   

Scoring Summary: 1    2    F  
USA                          5    3    8  
HAI                           0     0    0   

USA – Julie Johnston (Kelley O’Hara)                1st minute  
USA – Carli Lloyd (penalty)                                 16  
USA – Crystal Dunn (Megan Rapinoe)               17  
USA – Carli Lloyd (Crystal Dunn)                        22  
USA – Carli Lloyd (Megan Rapinoe)                   39  
USA – Amy Rodriguez (Kelly O’Hara)                 51  
USA – Alex Morgan (Whitney Engen)                 85  
USA – Heather O’Reilly (Amy Rodriguez)           89   

Lineups:  
USA: 1-Hope Solo (21-Alyssa Naeher, 46); 5-Kelley O’Hara, 19-Julie Johnston (6-Whitney Engen, 46), 3-Christie Rampone (capt.), 22-Meghan Klingenberg (9-Heather O’Reilly, 60); 25-Crystal Dunn, 14-Morgan Brian, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn (7-Shannon Boxx,, 46), 15-Megan Rapinoe (11-Ali Krieger, 46), 10-Carli Lloyd (8-Amy Rodriguez, 46); 13-Alex Morgan    
Subs Not Used: 2-Sydney Leroux, 12-Lauren Holiday, 16-Lori Chalupny, 17-Tobin Heath, 18-Ashlyn Harris, 20-Abby Wambach  
Head coach: Jill Ellis   

HAI: 12-Ednie Limage (capt.) (1-Jonie Gabriel, 90+1); 2-Soveline Beaubrun, 3-Jennifer Limage, 4-Clorene Rateau, 5-Sabine Chandler, 6-Kimberly Boulos, 7-Roselord Borgella (18-Kensia Destinvil, 46), 9-Nerilia Mondesir, 10-Betcheba Louis (21-Emeline Charles, 84), 16-Darline Radamaker (13-Zila Lafleur, 46), 17-Yvrose Gervil  
Subs Not Used: 8-Sherly Jeudy, 19-Bencia Erleus, 20-Phisline Michel  
Head coach: Shek Borkowski  

Stats Summary: USA / HAI  
Shots: 39 / 0  
Shots on Goal: 19 / 0  
Saves: 0 / 8  
Corner Kicks: 10 / 0  
Fouls: 6 / 12  
Offside: 1 / 0   

Misconduct Summary:  
HAI – Nerilia Mondesir (caution)72nd minute  

Officials:   
Referee: Margaret Domka (USA)      
Assistant Referee 1: Amanda Ross (USA)  
Assistant Referee 2: Veronica Perez (USA)   
4th Official: Kate Abt (USA)  

Budweiser Woman of the Match: Carli Lloyd 

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US Soccer

Antonee Robinson Ruled Out of Kickoff Series Matches Against England, Italy

LONDON (Nov. 14, 2018) – U.S. Men’s National Team defender Antonee Robinson has been ruled out of the team’s Kickoff Series matches against England and Italy after suffering a right ankle sprain during Tuesday’s training session.

The 21-year-old defender will remain with the MNT through Thursday’s match against England, before returning to Wigan Athletic on Friday. He is expected to miss approximately four weeks.

Robinson will not be replaced on the roster, which now stands at 26 players.

The USA faces 2018 FIFA World Cup semifinalist England on Thursday, Nov. 15 at historic Wembley Stadium in London England (3 p.m. ET; ESPN2, UniMas). The MNT then concludes its 2018 schedule against four-time World Cup champions Italy on Tuesday, Nov. 20 at Luminus Arena in Genk, Belgium (2:45 p.m. ET; FS1, UniMas).

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

DETAILED ROSTER BY POSITION (Club; Caps/Goals):

GOALKEEPERS (3): Brad Guzan (Atlanta United FC; 59/0), Jonathan Klinsmann (Hertha Berlin/GER;  0/0), Ethan Horvath (Club Brugge/BEL; 2/0)

DEFENDERS (9): John Brooks (Wolfsburg/GER; 35/3), Reggie Cannon (FC Dallas; 1/0), Cameron Carter-Vickers (Swansea City/WAL; 6/0), Aaron Long (New York Red Bulls; 1/0), Matt Miazga (Nantes/FRA; 10/1), Shaq Moore (Reus Deportiu/ESP; 3/0), Jorge Villafaña (Portland Timbers; 19/0), DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United/ENG; 56/0), Walker Zimmerman (LAFC; 3/1)

MIDFIELDERS (13): Kellyn Acosta (Colorado Rapids; 21/2), Tyler Adams (New York Red Bulls; 7/1), Luca de la Torre (Fulham/ENG; 1/0), Marky Delgado (Toronto FC/CAN; 5/0), Romain Gall (Malmö/SWE; 0/0), Julian Green (Greuther Fürth/GER; 14/4), Sebastian Lletget (LA Galaxy; 3/1), Weston McKennie (Schalke/GER; 6/1), Darlington Nagbe (Atlanta United FC; 25/1), Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund/GER; 21/9), Kenny Saief (Anderlecht/BEL; 3/0), Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew SC; 9/0), Tim Weah (Paris Saint-Germain/FRA; 7/1)

FORWARDS (2): Josh Sargent (Werder Bremen/GER; 5/2), Bobby Wood (Hannover 96/GER; 43/13)

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Five Things to Know About the England MNT

The U.S. Men’s National Team begins the final segment of the Kickoff Series when it faces England at historic Wembley Stadium in London on Thursday, Nov. 15 at 3 p.m. ET (ESPN2, UniMas). Before the USA takes on the world’s No. 5 ranked team, here are five things to know about the Three Lions.

FOOTBALL HISTORY

England is recognized by many as the birthplace of the sport. Whether or not you believe that, the national team is the joint-oldest in the world along with Scotland, with the nations playing the world’s first international match – a 0-0 draw in Partick, Scotland on Nov. 30, 1872.

Though they did not participate in the first three FIFA World Cups, England has been a near constant in the tournament since, missing just three times since 1950. Their greatest achievement at the international level came when they hosted and won the 1966 FIFA World Cup, needing extra time to defeat West Germany 4-2 at old Wembley Stadium in London.

While long considered among the world’s elite, the national team’s performance at big competitions has at times disappointed the football-mad nation. With lowered expectations around the squad at last summer’s FIFA World Cup in Russia, England played an inspiring brand of soccer, reinvigorating the nation’s belief in the team with a run to the semifinals and ultimately a fourth-place finish.

THE NEW THREE LIONS

Much of England’s success in Russia was credited to manager Gareth Southgate trusting and believing in the nation’s younger generation of players. As players like Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard were ushered out of the mix, the next wave led by the likes of captain Harry Kane, Dele Ali, Raheem Sterling, John Stones, Marcus Rashford and Jordan Pickford have become the faces of a national team that is inspiring new faith throughout the country.

Joining the current senior team on the rise are the youth national teams, whose future seems very bright as the country’s U-20 and U-17 sides won their respective FIFA World Cups in 2017.

ENGLAND ROSTER

On Nov. 8, Gareth Southgate called up a strong 28-player roster for the matches against the USA and Croatia.

Sixteen players on the roster were part of England’s run to the semifinals of the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Additionally, the match against the USA will also serve as a “send-off” for current D.C. United striker and legendary England striker Wayne Rooney.

See the full roster (2018 FIFA World Cup players):

GOALKEEPERS (4): Marcus Bettinelli (Fulham; 0/0), Jack Butland (Stoke City; 9/0), Alex McCarthy (Southampton; 0/0), Jordan Pickford (Everton; 13/0)

DEFENDERS (9): Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool; 4/0), Ben Chilwell (Leicester City; 3/0), Lewis Dunk (Brighton; 0/0), Joe Gomez (Liverpool; 5/0), Michael Keane (Everton; 4/0), Luke Shaw (Manchester United; 8/0), John Stones (Manchester City; 36/2), Kieran Trippier (Tottenham Hotspur (16/1), Kyle Walker (Manchester City; 43/0)

MIDFIELDERS (8): Ross Barkley (Chelsea; 24/2), Dele Ali (Tottenham Hotspur; 31/3), Fabian Delph (Manchester City; 16/0), Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur; 36/3), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool; 47/0), Jesse Lingard (Manchester United; 20/2), Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Chelsea; 9/0), Harry Winks (Tottenham Hotspur; 2/0)

FORWARDS (7): Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur; 34/19), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United; 29/6), Wayne Rooney (D.C. United; 119/53)*, Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund/GER; 1/0), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City; 46/4), Danny Welbeck (Arsenal; 42/16), Callum Wilson (Bournemouth; 0/0)

AGAINST THE USA

The MNT has faced England 10 times, and though the USA trails by a 2-7-1 mark in the all-time series the positive results have come in big matches.

The teams first met at the 1950 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, with a Joe Gatejens goal giving the USA a 1-0 win and one of the biggest upsets in tournament history. As the favorites going in, England was so highly regarded that when news of the result reached the UK, newspapers thought it was a mistake and instead printed that England had defeated the USA 10-0.

USA Defeats England 2-0 in 1993

The USA earned its second win of the series 43 years later during U.S. Cup ’93 when Thomas Dooley and Alexi Lalas tallied to deliver a 2-0 victory against the Three Lions in Foxborough, Mass.

The most recent meeting came at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. Steven Gerrard scored early, but Clint Dempsey answered with a little help from England goalkeeper Robert Green as the teams played to a 1-1 draw in Rustenberg.

USA-ENGLAND CONNECTIONS

There are lots of connections with this matchup, but the most meaningful is that U.S. defender Cameron Carter-Vickers will have the chance to play against the country of his birth. The American and English sides of the Carter-Vicker’s family were documented in his episode of RISING: Emerging Faces of the U.S. Men’s National Team. Fellow MNT defender Antonee Robinson had hoped to run out for the USA at Wembley, but suffered an ankle injury during training on Tuesday, ruling him out of this month's matches. 

Carter-Vickers (Swansea City) joins DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United) and Luca de la Torre (Fulham) as the four players on the roster that play for clubs in the English league system. Matt Miazga is under contract with Chelsea, currently on loan to Nantes in Ligue 1 in France. Atlanta United goalkeeper Brad Guzan had a 10-year spell in England with stints at Aston Villa, Hull City and Middlesbrough. LA Galaxy midfielder Sebastian Lletget began his professional career in England, coming up through the West Ham United Academy.

Midfielder Christian Pulisic is currently club teammates with England youngster Jadon Sancho at Borussia Dortmund. That isn’t Pulisic’s only connection, however. The MNT attacker actually spent one year living in England when his mother received a Fulbright scholarship to do a teaching exchange near Oxford. Pulisic’s father Mark has said the year Christian spent playing with local club Brackley Town helped peak his interest in the sport.

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MNT Nov 14, 2018

Alex Morgan is Scoring Goals and That’s Good for Everyone (Except Those Playing Against Her)

Alex Morgan is in the business of scoring goals. And business is booming.

In her last 26 games playing for the U.S. Women’s National Team, Morgan has scored 25 times. They’ve come in a multitude of ways – from the penalty spot, headers, blistering drives and breakaways. She’s scored game-winners and braces, against Japan on July 26 at the 2018 Tournament of Nations, she bagged a hat trick. It was the fourth of her career.

Morgan then added not one, or two, but three braces during the 2018 Concacaf Women's Championship, one in each group game she played in, and another against Jamaica in the crucial semifinal win that booked the U.S. a spot in France 2019. A single goal vs. Canada in the title game on Oct. 17 would give her 7 total - the most of any player - and would make her the Golden Boot winner as the tournament's leading scorer.

She’s been scoring for the USA since 2010, and since scoring goals is perhaps the most difficult part of the game, there have been periods of great form and a few dry spells. But the past year has been impressive even by the high standards we’ve come to expect from the 29-year-old.

It’s always been clear that when Morgan is in the zone, opposing defenses are in for a long night.

This 26-game run – in which the USA has not lost – began in the latter half of 2017 after she returned from her six-month stint at Olympique Lyonnais, lasted through the final seven games of 2017, then continued into 2018.

The current streak began in the final game of the 2017 Tournament of Nations and now more than a year later, she’s still on a roll. She closed 2017 with seven goals in seven games (which made her the team’s top scorer for the year) and finished 2018 with a team-leading 18 goals in the 19 games in which she played. The 18 goals in the a calendar year are the second most of her career. The only year in which she scored more was in 2012 - an Olympic year - when she netted 28.

In a span of a few months, Morgan put herself within striking distance of 100 goals. Currently at 98, she would become the seventh woman in U.S. history to reach the century mark and join a highly exclusive club which features Abby Wambach, Mia Hamm, Kristine Lilly, Michelle Akers, Tiffeny Milbrett and Carli Lloyd. Even more impressively, she is on pace to achieve this feat in less caps (currently at 153 after the Scotland game on Nov. 13) than four of those six legends (Wambach and Akers scored goal No. 100 in their 129th cap; Hamm scored in her 155th cap) and could become the third youngest player in WNT history to reach 100. Wambach scored her 100th goal just after her 29th birthday and Hamm reached 100 when she was 26-and-a-half-years old.

Morgan’s first WNT goal came on Oct. 2, 2010 against China PR. She played in eight games that year and scored four goals. She followed that up with six goals in 2011 and had a breakthrough performance at the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Germany.

In 2012, Morgan had one of the best scoring years in U.S. history, tallying a remarkable 28 goals with 21 assists to lead the team in both categories. Her goal total was the third-best in U.S. history behind only Michelle Akers (39 in 1991) and Wambach (31 in 2004) and her assist total was tied for second-best in U.S. history behind only Hamm (22 in 2004) and tied with Carin Gabarra (21 in 1991). She also helped the USA to the gold medal at the London Olympics, scoring the epic 123rdminute game-winner in the semifinal final that is still the latest goal in FIFA history, and earned personal recognition when she finished third for the FIFA Player of the Year award and was named the U.S. Soccer Female Player of the Year for the first time.

The next two years for Morgan were unfortunately plagued by injuries. In 2013, she missed a few games but still played 811 minutes in 12 games and scored six goals with four assists. She spent much of 2014 finishing her recovery but returned to play in seven matches, starting four, while scoring five goals with four assists before she suffered an ankle injury in the second match of the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship that kept her out for the rest of the year.

She rounded into shape just in time to participate in her second World Cup at the senior level and she was a key member of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup champions. She came off the bench in the first two games as she regained her fitness, but then got the start in the final group game against Nigeria and started all four knock-out round games. She played in 22 of the USA’s 26 games that year and scored seven goals. She got back to her old self in 2016 when she found the net 17 times, including what was probably the best goal of the year on March 9 against Germany in the SheBelieves Cup.

Her 2017-18 has been even more impressive, and not just because of her scoring rate, but because the goals are coming against elite talent at a time when the level of play worldwide is increasingly competitive.

With a trip booked to France, the intensity of play is only increasing. And while the U.S. Women know that nothing is given and everything is earned, with Morgan in her current form, fans are surely looking forward to an entertaining few months ahead.

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WNT Downs World Cup-Bound Scotland 1-0 via Alex Morgan Goal to Finish Unbeaten 2018

PAISLEY, Scotland (Nov. 13, 2018) – The U.S. Women’s National Team completed an unbeaten 2018 after shutting out a gritty Scotland side, 1-0, on Tuesday night at The Simple Digital Arena. Alex Morgan’s goal in the 39th minute ultimately separated the sides.

The USA had the lion's share of possession throughout the match, as Scotland dropped 11 players inside its own half for most of the game, making it difficult for the WNT to create opportunities. The U.S. finally broke through when Mallory Pugh sent a perfect cross into the six-yard box for Alex Morgan, who finished with a beautiful full volley for the game-winner and her 18th goal of 2018. Scotland did not manage to get any shots on goal in the half but had two in the second frame.

Scotland made three halftime substitutions and created a few more opportunities, but the USA set the tempo and maintained its lead with some solid defending. In the 62nd minute, Pugh was brought down inside the box, earning a penalty kick for the USA. Carli Lloyd stepped up to take the spot kick but her attempt smashed the cross bar and the USA carried the 1-0 score line to the end of the game.

Up Next: The U.S. players will go into a much-deserved holiday break before the team reconvenes for its annual January training camp, which will take place in Europe. The USA is set to face World Cup host France at Stade Océane in Le Havre on Jan. 19 (2:30 p.m. ET; FS1) to open its 2019 campaign.

Social: Follow the #USWNT on Facebook; Twitter (@ussoccer_wnt; @ussoccer_esp); Instagram and Snapchat (ussoccer_wnt).

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Alex Morgan (Mallory Pugh), 39th minute:
The USA finally broke the Scotland rear guard in the 39th minute with a nice bit of possession that allowed Mallory Pugh to send in a long cross from the right wing. Morgan met the service with a thundering full volley into the right side of the net from the top of the six-yard box for her 98th career goal. USA 1, SCO 0. FINAL. WATCH GOAL.

Additional Team Notes:

  • The USA finishes 2018 with an unbeaten record of 18-0-2, marking only the fourth time in program history that the USA finishes a calendar year in which it played 10 or more games without a defeat.
  • In 2018, the USA collected wins vs. Denmark, Germany, England, Mexico (thrice), China PR (twice), Japan, Brazil, Chile (twice), Panama, Trinidad & Tobago, Jamaica, Canada, Portugal and Scotland; and ties against Australia and France. Twelve of the 16 countries the USA faced in 2018 are headed to France for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
  • The USA is unbeaten in its last 28 matches (25-0-3) and has outscored its opponents 93-17 through that stretch, scoring in all 28 games. Since the 2017 SheBelieves Cup, the USA has failed to score in just one game (vs. Australia at the 2017 ToN) – a 33-game span.
  • The WNT hasn’t conceded a goal in 884 minutes, with the last concession coming against Brazil in a 4-1 win at the Tournament of Nations on Aug. 2, 2018.

Additional Player Notes:

  • Alex Morgan scored her 18th goal of 2018, second most in a calendar year for her (she scored 28 in 2012) and finishes the year with 98 career goals in 153 caps. She also finishes 2018 leading the USA in minutes played with 1,500. Morgan has scored 25 goals over her last 26 WNT matches, a run that began at the end of 2017. The 25 goals have included six braces and one hat trick.
  • Mallory Pugh, who is 20-years-old and earned career cap No. 43rd today, earned her third assist of 2018 and 14th of her career. She scored six goals in 2018.  
  • Ashlyn Harris earned her fifth career shutout tonight, and second of 2018.

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

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Scotland
Date: November 13, 2018
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: The Simple Digital Arena; Paisley, Scotland
Kickoff: 2 p.m. ET (7 p.m. local)
Attendance: 3,790
Weather: 50 degrees, cloudy

Scoring Summary:           1             2             F
USA                                      1             0             1
SCO                                      0             0             0

USA – Alex Morgan (Mallory Pugh)           39th minute              

Lineups:
USA: 24-Ashlyn Harris; 2-Emily Sonnett (21-Jessica McDonald, 68), 7-Abby Dahlkemper, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 25-Emily Fox (22-Danielle Colaprico, 76); 8-Julie Ertz, 16-Rose Lavelle, 19-Crystal Dunn; 11-Mallory Pugh, 10-Carli Lloyd (capt.) (3-Sam Mewis, 90+3), 13-Alex Morgan (20-Allie Long, 88)
Substitutes not used: 6-Andi Sullivan, 15-Megan Rapinoe, 18-Adrianna Franch
Head Coach: Jill Ellis 

SCO: 1-Lee Alexander (12-Shannon Lynn, 46); 4-Rachel Corsie (capt.), 5-Jennifer Beattie, 7-Hayley Lauder (17-Frankie Brown, 46), 14-Chloe Arthur (2-Kirsty Smith, 46), 6-Jo Love (16-Christie Murray, 66), 9-Caroline Weir, 18-Claire Emslie, 20-Fiona Brown (23-Lizzie Arnot, 84), 22-Erin Cuthbert, 13-Jane Ross (19-Lana Clelland, 75)
Substitutes not used: 21-Jenne Fife, 3-Nicola Docherty, 8-Zoe Ness, 10-Leanne Crichton, 15-Joelle Murray, 24-Sam Kerr
Head Coach: Shelley Kerr

Stats Summary: USA / SCO
Shots: 10 / 8
Shots on Goal: 3 / 2
Saves: 2 / 2
Corner Kicks: 5 / 6
Fouls: 7 / 10
Offside: 2 / 1

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Emily Sonnett (caution)     36th minute

Officials:
Referee: Amy Fearn (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Franca Overtoom (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Bianca Bussem-Scheffers (NED)
4th Official: Cheryl Foster (WAL)

ussoccer.com Woman of the Match: Mallory Pugh

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The U.S. WNT has Qualified to the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup! Are YOU Going?

The U.S. Women’s National Team defeated Jamaica, 6-0 on Oct. 14, 2018, in the semifinal of the 2018 Concacaf Women’s Championship to earn a berth to the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France next summer. 

The 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cupwill mark the eighth consecutive World Cup appearance for the USA, which has participated in every World Cup that has been contested, lifting the trophy in 1991, 1999 and 2015.

If you are planning a trip to France next summer, or would like more information, here’s everything you need to know right now about supporting the USA as they pursue a fourth star.

TICKETS, FAN EVENTS & TRAVEL INFORMATION
Are you interested in coming along on our journey through France? Then make sure you visit our FAN HUB where you can stay up-to-date on the latest information about when tickets are going on sale and purchasing options. In the FAN HUB , you can also learn more about fan events taking place in France, as well as travel information.

There are two options for tickets that will be available for purchase in the FAN HUB : The “Follow My Team” package and the Individual Match Tickets. If you sign up to receive information, U.S. Soccer will keep you up to date on sale dates for tickets as well as any important news that fans need to know.

The Venue Tickets Package will go on sale through FIFA on October 19, but the USA will not know its first round venues until the Final Draw which is taking place on Dec. 8 in Paris.

Please note that while tickets will available on a first come, first serve basis, U.S. Soccer Circle members and Members will have early access to purchase tickets in the U.S. Soccer allotment. Circle members supporting the U.S. Soccer Development Fund will have first access to tickets, followed by U.S. Soccer members, and then the general public. Learn more about Circles here or becoming a U.S. Soccer member here. Information about VIP & Travel Programs with the U.S. Soccer Patrons Program to France can be found here.

FINAL DRAW
The 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup Final Draw will take place on December 8 at La Seine Musicale, a music and performing arts center in Boulogne-Billancourt located in the western suburbs of Paris. At the draw, the USA will learn its three group opponents as well as the cities in which it will play.

There are nine cities that will play host to matches during the World Cup: Grenoble, Le Havre, Lyon, Montpellier, Nice, Paris, Reims, Rennes, and Valenciennes. The opening match will take place in Paris on June 7, while the Semifinals (July 2-3) and the Final (July 7) will take place in Lyon.

SCHEDULE
The Women’s World Cup will be held from June 7-July 7 in nine cities in France, and while all the teams will not learn their potential paths to Lyon until after the Draw, the schedule of matches, dates and venues is currently available here:


QUALIFIED TEAMS
So far, 19 countries have qualified for the World Cup. This will be the second World Cup with 24 nations, up from 16 that participated in the 1999, 2003, 2007 and 2011 tournaments. The qualified nations so far are:

  • France (host)
  • England
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • Norway
  • Scotland
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Brazil
  • Chile
  • Australia
  • China PR
  • Japan
  • Korea Republic
  • Thailand
  • USA
  • Canada
  • Jamaica
  • Netherlands

Still left to determined are one berth at the OFC Women’s Nations Cup in New Caledonia (Nov.18-Dec. 1), three berths at the Africa Women’s Cup of Nations in Ghana (Nov. 17-Dec. 1) and one berth between the Concacaf fourth-place finisher Panama and the South American third-place finisher Argentina.

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