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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

US Soccer

New Zealand Confirmed as USA's Final Countdown to the Cup Opponent

New Zealand has been confirmed as the opponent for the U.S. Women’s National Team’s game on May 16 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. 

The addition of New Zealand to the USA’s 2019 schedule means that eight of the 10 Countdown to the Cup opponents will be at the World Cup next summer and that the USA will play teams from all six FIFA Confederations: Europe, Asia, South America, Africa, Oceania and Concacaf before heading to France.






Venue; City

Jan. 19


2:30 p.m. ET

Stade Océane; Le Havre, France

Jan. 22


2:30 p.m. ET

Estadio José Rico Perez; Alicante, Spain

Feb. 27

Japan – SheBelieves Cup

7 p.m. ET

Talen Energy Stadium; Chester, Pa.

March 2

England – SheBelieves Cup

3:30 p.m. CT

Nissan Stadium; Nashville, Tenn.

March 5

Brazil – SheBelieves Cup

8 p.m. ET

Raymond James Stadium; Tampa, Fla.

April 4


7 p.m. MT

Dick’s Sporting Goods Park; Commerce City, Colo.

April 7


6 p.m. PT

Banc of California Stadium; Los Angeles, Calif.

May 12

South Africa – Send-Off Series, Presented by Volpi Foods

1:30 p.m. PT

Levi’s Stadium; Santa Clara, Calif.

May 16

New Zealand – Send-Off Series, Presented by Volpi Foods

7 p.m. CT

Busch Stadium; St. Louis, Mo.

May 26

Mexico – Send-Off Series, Presented by Volpi Foods

12 p.m. ET

Red Bull Arena; Harrison, N.J.


June 11

Thailand - 2019 WWC

3 p.m. ET

Auguste Delaune Stadium; Reims, France

June 16

Chile – 2019 WWC

12 p.m. ET

Parc des Princes; Paris, France

June 20

Sweden – 2010 WWC

3 p.m. ET

Stade Océane; Le Havre, France


  • New Zealand is coached by former Australia and USA head coach Tom Sermanni.
  • The Football Ferns recently won the Oceania Women’s Cup in dominating fashion, outscoring its opponents 43-0 over five games to qualify for the 2019 World Cup.
  • The USA most recently played New Zealand in a pair of friendlies in 2017, winning both games by 3-1 and 5-0 scores. Before then, the WNT beat the New Zealand, 2-0, in group play at the 2016 Olympics.

  • New Zealand was also the USA’s opponent at Busch Stadium during its preparation for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup, winning 4-0 on a special afternoon in front of more than 35,000 fans as St. Louis native Lori Chalupny scored one of the goals.
  • The match will mark the 14th time the U.S. WNT has played at a baseball park, but it will be just its fourth game at a Major League Baseball venue. 

Tickets for USA vs. New Zealand and all eight domestic matches of Countdown to the Cup, go on sale to the public Thursday, Dec. 13 through ussoccer.com at 10 a.m. local time for that venue. Groups of 20 or more can order directly at ussoccer.com.

For all eight domestic matches of Countdown to the Cup, Ultimate Fan Tickets (special VIP packages that include a premium ticket, a custom-made official U.S. National Team jersey with name and number, VIP access to the field before and after the game, and other unique benefits) are also available exclusively through ussoccer.com.

Coaches Circle and Presidents Circle members supporting the U.S. Soccer Development Fund can receive individual customer support and concierge services for their ticketing needs. Contact circles@ussoccer.org for more information.
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WNT Dec 12, 2018

BTC: Final Draw in Paris Sets the Stage for 2019 World Cup

In this episode of Behind the Crest, Presented by Volpi Foods, we head to Paris, France, for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup Draw, and catch up with U.S. WNT head coach Jill Ellis and forward Carli Lloyd, as the USA finds out its group stage opponents for next summer’s tournament. Read more
WNT Dec 12, 2018
US Soccer

BTC: At Home & Abroad, Jessica Malone Takes Her True Colors to the UK

In this episode of Behind the Crest, Presented by Volpi Foods, we caught up with Jessica Malone, a U.S. Soccer Member and Fan Council representative who embraced the unique circumstance of the U.S. WNT & the U.S. MNT both playing in the United Kingdom in a span of three days to take a trip across the pond and show her support for both teams. Read more
Dec 10, 2018
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U.S. Soccer Fan Week Celebrates Supporters of the U.S. National Teams

CHICAGO (Dec. 10, 2018) – U.S. Soccer is proud to celebrate our passionate National Team fans with the second annual U.S. Soccer Fan Week. The week-long celebration showcases and thanks U.S. Soccer fans for their commitment and support of U.S. Soccer’s National Teams.

This year’s Fan Week officially kicks off today with a free Open House Tour of the National Development Center in Kansas City, Kansas, from 4-7 p.m. CT. Space is limited and supporters who wish to attend must RSVP. Fans can also RESERVE their spot to experience the new National Soccer Hall of Fame in Frisco, TX  for an Open House Tour on Wednesday, Dec. 12.

Fan week will continue through Friday, Dec. 14, with daily offers at the official U.S. Soccer Store announced on U.S. Soccer social media platforms as well as a suite of daily giveaways from U.S. Soccer and its participating partners Cutter Insect Repellent, Thorne, Continental, STATSports and Johnson & Johnson. Additionally, there will also be special messages from National Team players, exclusive content spotlighting some of U.S. Soccer’s biggest fans, and an all new Fan Scarf Design Contest (Dec. 5-12).

The annual contest to find the Best Fan in the U.S. also returns. Fans are encouraged to submit their nominations throughout the week, share what they love about U.S. Soccer and make their case to be the Best of U.S. Fan 2018; #BestofUS2018. National Team players will vote to determine U.S. Soccer’s Best Fan, and the winner, to be announced on Friday, will receive a “Golden Ticket” that grants admission to all 2019 U.S. Soccer controlled friendly matches.

To take part in the U.S. Soccer Fan Week festivities, follow U.S. Soccer’s Facebook page and @ussoccer on Twitter and Instagram using #FanWeek2018.

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MNT WNT Dec 10, 2018
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U-20 WNT Takes Down China PR 1-0 at 2018 Women's Nike International Friendlies

LAKEWOOD RANCH, Fla. (Dec. 9, 2018) – The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team defeated China 1-0 in its final match at the 2018 Women’s Nike International Friendlies. The USA broke through in the 51st minute when Alexa Spaanstra pounced on a ball in the box and teed-up Isabella Cook for the game-winning goal from close range, cementing the USA’s first victory of the n Read more
U-20 WNT Dec 9, 2018
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PREVIEW: U-20 WNT Set to Clash with China at 2018 Women's Nike International Friendlies

KICKING OFF A NEW CYCLE: After a hard-fought 2-1 loss to France in its 2018 Women’s Nike International Friendlies opener, the U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team will face China in its final match of the tournament on Sun., Dec. 9 at 6:30 p.m. ET. China and France will complete the 2018 Friendlies on Tues., Dec. 11 at 3:00 p.m. ET. Schedule - 2018 Women’s Nike International F Read more
U-20 WNT Dec 9, 2018
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Quote Sheet: Ellis and WNT Players Share Their Thoughts on USA's 2019 Women's World Cup Draw

U.S. Women’s National Team Head Coach Jill Ellis On the USA’s Group F opponents: “It’s a good group in terms having three different teams, a European team, Asia and South America. In our opening game we have Thailand, who we’ve played once, and I like playing teams that we haven’t played a lot. Then obviously we have a familiar foe in Sweden. So, it’s a go Read more
WNT Dec 8, 2018
US Soccer

USA to Face Thailand, Chile and Sweden in Group F at 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France

PARIS (Dec. 8, 2018) – The U.S. Women’s National Team will face Thailand, Chile and Sweden in Group F at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup, taking place from June 7-July 7 at nine venues in France. The Final Draw took place today at the Le Seine Musicale, a music and performance arts center in the suburbs of Paris. As the top-ranked team in the world, the USA was among the six seed Read more
WNT Dec 8, 2018