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Gallery: Abby Wambach Says Goodbye in Final Game

U.S. Soccer legend and all-time leading goalscorer Abby Wambach played her final game for the World Cup champion U.S. Women’s National Team in the final game of its Victory Tour, which finished in a 1-0 defeat to China in front of a record crowd of 32,950 in New Orleans. Read more
WNT Dec 17, 2015

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

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. China PR
Date: Dec. 16, 2015
Competition: International Friendly; Victory Tour
Venue: Mercedes-Benz Superdome; New Orleans, Louisiana
Kickoff: 7 p.m. CT
Attendance: 32,950
Weather: Indoor

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

CHN – Wang Shuang (Wang Shanshan)                          59th minute

USA: 1-Hope Solo; 5-Kelley O’Hara (26-Jaelene Hinkle, 46), 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 19-Julie Johnston (27-Emily Sonnett, 46), 22-Meghan Klingenberg (28-Stephanie McCaffrey, 78); 9-Heather O’Reilly (25-Crystal Dunn, 60), 14-Morgan Brian, 10-Carli Lloyd, 17-Tobin Heath; 20-Abby Wambach (capt.) (23-Christen Press, 72), 13-Alex Morgan (31-Lindsey Horan, 44)
Subs Not Used: 2-Sydney Leroux, 3-Christie Rampone, 6-Whitney Engen, 8-Amy Rodriguez, 11-Ali Krieger, 18-Ashlyn Harris, 21-Alyssa Naeher, 29-Samantha Mewis, 30-Rose Lavelle, 32-Danielle Colaprico
Head coach: Jill Ellis

CHN: 22-Zhao Lina; 2-Liu Shanshan, 5-Wu Haiyan, 6-Li Dongna, 9-Wang Shanshan, 10-Li Ying (20-Zhang Rui, 85), 11-Wang Shuang, 19-Tan Ruyin, 23-Ren Guixin (35-Yang Man, 6), 24-Xue Jiao, 31-Ma Xiaoxu (17-Gu Yasha, 90+2)
Subs Not Used: 7-Xu Yanlu, 12-Bi Xiaolin, 14-Zhao Rong, 15-Lei Jiahui, 16-Lou Jiahui, 18-Han Peng, 21-Wang Lisi, 28-Jiang Meizi, 32-Miao Siwen
Head coach: Bruno Bini

Stats Summary: USA / CHN
Shots: 14 / 3
Shots on Goal: 8 / 2
Saves:  1 / 7
Corner Kicks: 8 / 1
Fouls: 5 / 12
Offside: 5 / 2

Misconduct Summary:
Li Ying (caution)                                76th minute
CHN – Wang Shuang (caution)                     89

Referee: Michelle Pye (CAN)
Assistant Referee 1: Marie-Josée Charbonneau (CAN)
Assistant Referee 2: Suzanne Morisset (CAN)
4th Official: Carol Anne Chenard (CAN)

Budweiser Woman of the Match: Abby Wambach


Bid on Autographed WNT & MNT Rainbow-Numbered Jerseys

CHICAGO (June 20, 2018) – The U.S. Women’s and Men’s National Team autographed, game-issued jerseys from their matches in June are now available via an online auction with all net proceeds going to benefit the You Can Play Project.

Both teams donned rainbow-numbered jerseys in recognition of LGBTQ Pride Month for their respective pairs of matches. In cooperation with the Women’s National Team Players Association and the U.S. National Soccer Team Players Association, U.S. Soccer is offering one jersey per player at auction to support The You Can Play Project, an organization dedicated to ensuring equality, respect and safety for all athletes, coaches, and fans without regard for sexual orientation and/or gender identity.

The online charity auction has begun and will conclude at 10 a.m. ET on Friday, June 29. The bidding will start at $300 for each jersey.

The U.S. WNT players wore the pride-inspired jerseys against China PR on June 7 in Sandy, Utah, and on June 12 in Cleveland. The U.S. MNT players wore the pride-inspired jerseys on June 2 vs. Ireland in Dublin and on June 9 vs. France in Lyon. The jerseys from the first game of each U.S. team's two-match set are available through the auction.

Last year's jersey auction to benefit the You Can Play Project raised more than $65,000 combined between the WNT and MNT jerseys.

In addition this year, fans can purchase jerseys customized with their choice of rainbow numbers through store.ussoccer.com, as well as a scarf or hat featuring a rainbow “ONE NATION.” One-hundred percent of net proceeds on the sale of these limited-edition items will also be donated to The You Can Play Project.

The “ONE NATION.” design was inspired by U.S. Soccer’s commonly used “ONE NATION. ONE TEAM.” mantra and draws from U.S. Soccer’s belief in promoting a culture of diversity, inclusivity and global connectivity as a country and fanbase.

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SacRep’s Simon Elliott: A Time to Shine

Sacramento Republic FC are no strangers to the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, nor do they they fear any particular team. The Republic make the six-hour trip south to Los Angeles to face MLS and Open Cup newcomers LAFC in the Round of 16. But playing a team from the upper reaches of American professional soccer (MLS) is nothing new for Coach Simon Elliott and his side. Last season, in their deepest ever Cup run, they lost to LA Galaxy at the same stage of the competition.

Elliott only took over the reigns of Republic FC from last year’s coach Paul Buckle this February, but his understanding of the U.S. Open Cup system and what the tournament offers has been an aid in preparing his players for each match so far. “Pretty much every country has a knockout tournament and it’s great,” said Elliott, a native of New Zealand who played seven years in MLS and two years in England with Fulham. It’s a chance to compete against teams that you’re supposedly better than. It’s a chance to compete against teams who are supposedly better than you. It’s a fantastic tournament to be a part of.”

(Elliott - on the right - in action for New Zealand in international competition)

Changing Face of Open Cup
“Our outlook changes throughout the tournament,” added Elliott matter-of-factly. “The first round is tricky. You’ve got to keep yourself motivated. Most of the time, we’ll be playing against a team from a lower league or even an amateur team. And if you don’t take that seriously, or if you don’t approach it the right way, teams can upset you. We had a little trouble in our first game [against Premier Development League amateurs San Francisco City FC, after conceding a soft goal. We won 3-1, but we put ourselves under unnecessary pressure.”

The former Republic FC Academy coach, who was a rangy holding midfielder during his years in Major League Soccer, has seen his side pull off some impressive performances in this year’s Cup run, most recently knocking off MLS side and four-time Open Cup champions Seattle Sounders 2-1. “As you move on, you start to play against some really good teams. Teams like the Sounders, who we had in the last round, know what they’re doing, they’ve been there before and it’s a challenge,” said Elliott, who won the Open Cup in 2001 with LA Galaxy. “But if you prepare properly, and if you understand what you’re facing, it can give you the confidence that you can compete.”

(Jeremy Hall of SacRep is a solid veteran at the heart of defense)

For Elliott the Cup has a special allure. “I think we’re all taken by the romance of the Cup competition. Teams rise, players rise to that [occasion]. In that sense, it’s absolutely an opportunity. It’s a chance for us to shine, just as it is for LAFC,” he said. “It’s their first year and I’m sure they want to win silverware just as badly as we do. Any professional player or team would want to show what they’ve got and the Open Cup gives us a great chance to do that.”

His players will have every opportunity to show their stuff when play kicks off at Banc of California Stadium Wednesday night, in the last of the 2018 tournament’s eight Round of 16 games. Will he have to make some changes, perhaps rotate players? Of course. But that’s something Elliott apparently relishes. “Because of the USL [United Soccer League] schedule and the way the Open Cup is scheduled, you have to be prepared to rotate. You have to be ready to have everybody play, and that’s a good thing. These guys want to play and I feel that’s a real positive. They’ve all gotten a chance to play a lot in the past few weeks and they’ve stepped up.”

There’s a quiet confidence about the Republic FC manager, and his realistic approach seems reassuring, as if his wealth of experience helps translate to this team’s measured performances. “LAFC play a bit differently than Seattle and we’re going on the road. We have to really bed down what we’re about and make sure everyone knows their roles and then away we go. Everybody is aware of what they need to do. We have some players who have Cup experience, but we’re not relying on any one person.”

Old Campaigners Lead the Way
Chief among those Cup experienced players are Major League Soccer veterans Jeremy Hall and Adam Moffat, 29 and 32 respectively. “I love those dirty, messy Cup games,” said Hall, a former Puerto Rico international, in his 10th year as a professional player. A rugged defender, he loves the grit and thunder of Cup play. “You can just see the rough fight of those Open Cup games – you know it’s coming. No one gives you an inch. It’s never pretty. Guys try to prove themselves all over the place. Those are the games that are fun. You have to be into it for 90 minutes.”

(Sacramento in Round-of-16 action against LA Galaxy in 2017 - it's where their Cup run ended)

When asked about the nature of being an underdog in this competition, Elliott – a man who knows those rough-and-tumble Cup days as well as anyone –refuses to be painted with that brush. “How do we approach it? We’re a USL team playing against an MLS team. Do we consider ourselves underdogs? Well, we are playing away from home, against a team in a higher league. I think it will be a tough test.”
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Manotas the Man as Dynamo Down MNUFC, Move on to Quarterfinals

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