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Johnston, Morgan Goals Lift USA to 2-0 Win vs. Japan in Front of Record Ohio Crowd

CLEVELAND, Ohio (June 5, 2016) – The U.S. Women’s National Team defeated Japan 2-0 on goals from Julie Johnston and Alex Morgan in front of 23,535 fans – a record attendance for a WNT game in the State of Ohio – in a match that was abandoned in the 76th minute due to inclement weather.

After a thrilling 3-3 draw last Thursday in the teams’ first meeting since the historic 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup Final, the USA put in a dominant performance in the second leg of this two-game set, controlling large swaths of the game and generating numerous goal scoring opportunities while holding firm defensively. The USA held Japan to just two shots on goal.

Johnston scored what proved to be the game-winner in the 27th minute with her eighth career goal, all of set plays, before Morgan capped things off in the 62nd with her team leading 11th goal of 2016.

With the U.S. in control of the match, both teams began introducing numerous second half substitutions, but after playing almost the entire match under sunny skies, the weather abruptly took a turn for the worse and in the 76th minute the match officials were forced to send the players back to the locker room due to lightning and heavy rain. After a long delay, and with more bad weather rolling in, the matched was called off.

U.S. Soccer is awaiting final word from FIFA as to whether the match and all the statistics will count as official.

The U.S. WNT will finish its preparations for the 2016 Olympics in Rio next month, beginning with the first match in team history against South Africa at Soldier Field in Chicago on July 9 (12 p.m. CT; FS1). The team will play a second match later in July against an as yet to be announced opponent before departing for the Olympics.

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Julie Johnston (Allie Long), 27th minute:
The U.S. won a free kick near the right sideline just inside Japan’s half of the field that Morgan Brian sent toward the top of the penalty area. Ami Sugita miss-hit her attempted clearance and the ball fell to Megan Klingenberg, who tapped it back into the left side of the penalty area to Allie Long. Long dribbled into the box before whipping a low cross to the far post where Johnston had gotten in front of her marker to easily redirect the ball into the net. USA 1, JPN 0 (SEE GOAL)

USA – Alex Morgan (Crystal Dunn), 62nd minute: Julie Johnston sent a long ball over the Japan backline down the right wing for Crystal Dunn to run onto. Dunn sprinted into the attacked third and spun a first-time cross low across the face of goal for Alex Morgan who slipped between a pair of Japan defenders to redirect the ball into the roof of the net for the game-capping goal. USA 2, JPN 0 (SEE GOAL) FINAL

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
JPN – Erina Yamane, 1st minute:
The USA came flying out of the gates from the opening whistle and immediately put Japan’s defense under pressure. Crystal Dunn got down the right flank and picked out Christen Press, who was cutting into the box. Press saw her point blank shot saved by on rushing Japan goalkeeper. The rebound fell to Alex Morgan in the middle of the penalty area and her goal-bound shot hit teammate Allie Long. The USA got another crack at goal, but it was cleared away by a defender with Yamane still finding her footing after making the initial save.

JPN – Erina Yamane, 8th minute: Christen Press got in behind the Japan defense down its left flank and cut past a defender before centering the ball for Allie Long, who was making a trailing run out of midfield. Long had a good look at goal, but her low shot right at Yamane who was able to get down and smother.

JPN – Erin Yamane, 46th minute: Alex Morgan muscled her way past a Japan defender to earn a one-vs.-one chance and after creating a bit of space for herself, she unleashed a dipping shot from just outside the penalty area that required Yamane to reach at full stretch in order to it palm away and keep the U.S. from moving further ahead early in the second half.

Next on the Schedule: The U.S. WNT returns to action when it meets South Africa for a friendly for the first time in team history at Soldier Field in Chicago on July 9 (12 p.m. CT; FS1).

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Milestone Watch:

  • Hope Solo, who earned her 196th cap, earned the 99th shutout of her career, and with two games left before the Olympics, could become the first goalkeeper to reach 100 before the USA leaves for Brazil. The USA plays South Africa for the first time in team history on July 9 at Soldier Field in Chicago and will play a yet to be announced match in late July.

Additional Notes:

  • The 23,535 fans at today’s game mark the largest crowd to watch the WNT in the state of Ohio. The previous record was 23,101 at Columbus Crew Stadium on Oct. 3, 1999 vs. South Korea.
  • Alex Morgan now has seven career goals vs. Japan, the most she has vs. any country.
  • Morgan has now scored in seven games of the 11 she’s played in 2016, and with four multi-goal games so far, has a total of 11 goals in 2016.
  • Morgan now has 67 career goals and 18 multi-goal games for the USA.
  • The only other time Morgan scored double-digit goals for the USA in a calendar year was in 2012, which, coincidently, also happened to be an Olympic year.
  • Julie Johnston scored her third goal of 2016 and eighth career goal. All have come off set pieces.
  • Allie Long notched her second career assist for the WNT.

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

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Japan
Date:
June 5, 2016
Competition:
International Friendly
Venue:
FirstEnergy Stadium; Cleveland, Ohio
Kickoff:
1 p.m. ET
Attendance:
23,535
Weather:
74 degrees, mostly cloudy (Abandoned in 76th minute due to inclement weather). 

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

USA – Julie Johnston (Allie Long)                              27th minute
USA – Alex Morgan (Crystal Dunn)                           62

Lineups:
USA:
1-Hope Solo; 5-Kelley O’Hara, 8-Julie Johnston, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn (capt.), 7-Meghan Klingenberg; 14-Morgan Brian (20-Lindsey Horan, 57), 23-Allie Long, 12-Christen Press; 16-Crystal Dunn (11- Ali Krieger, 75), 13-Alex Morgan, 17-Tobin Heath
Subs Not Used: 3-Samantha Mewis, 6-Whitney Engen, 9-Heather O’Reilly, 15-Emily Sonnett, 21-Alyssa Naeher

Head coach: Jill Ellis 

JPN: 1-Erina Yamane; 5-Yuri Kawamura (2-Saori Ariyoshi, 56),15-Hikari Takagi, 4-Saki Kumagai, 6-Rumi Utsugi (capt.); 17-Ami Sugita (7-Emi Nakajima 46), 10-Mizuho Sakaguchi, 14-Yu Nakasato, 13-Rika Masuya (19-Mayu Sasaki, 65); 11-Yuika Sugasawa (8-Sonoko Chiba, 46), 16-Mana Iwabuchi (20-Kumi Yokoyama, 64)
Subs Not Used: 3-Tomoko Muramatsu, 12-Ayaka Yamashita, 18-Sakiko Ikeda
Head coach: Asako Takakura
 

Stats Summary: USA / JPN
Shots: 11 / 3
Shots on Goal: 9 / 2
Saves: 2 / 4
Corner Kicks: 3 / 2
Fouls: 5 / 11
Offside: 4 / 1 

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Julie Johnston (caution)                   13th minute
JPN – Yuika Sugasawa (caution)                 36

Officials:
Referee: Marianela Cruz (CRC)  
Assistant Referee 1: Nelly Alvarado (CRC)
Assistant Referee 2: Shirley Lopez (HON)
4th Official: Melissa Pastrana (HON) 

Budweiser Woman of the Match: Allie Long

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

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Japan
Date:
June 5, 2016
Competition:
International Friendly
Venue:
FirstEnergy Stadium; Cleveland, Ohio
Kickoff:
1 p.m. ET
Attendance:
23,535
Weather:
74 degrees, mostly cloudy (Abandoned in 76th minute due to inclement weather). 

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

USA – Julie Johnston (Allie Long)                              27th minute
USA – Alex Morgan (Crystal Dunn)                           62

Lineups:
USA:
1-Hope Solo; 5-Kelley O’Hara, 8-Julie Johnston, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn (capt.), 7-Meghan Klingenberg; 14-Morgan Brian (20-Lindsey Horan, 57), 23-Allie Long, 12-Christen Press; 16-Crystal Dunn (11- Ali Krieger, 75), 13-Alex Morgan, 17-Tobin Heath
Subs Not Used: 3-Samantha Mewis, 6-Whitney Engen, 9-Heather O’Reilly, 15-Emily Sonnett, 21-Alyssa Naeher

Head coach: Jill Ellis 

JPN: 1-Erina Yamane; 5-Yuri Kawamura (2-Saori Ariyoshi, 56),15-Hikari Takagi, 4-Saki Kumagai, 6-Rumi Utsugi (capt.); 17-Ami Sugita (7-Emi Nakajima 46), 10-Mizuho Sakaguchi, 14-Yu Nakasato, 13-Rika Masuya (19-Mayu Sasaki, 65); 11-Yuika Sugasawa (8-Sonoko Chiba, 46), 16-Mana Iwabuchi (20-Kumi Yokoyama, 64)
Subs Not Used: 3-Tomoko Muramatsu, 12-Ayaka Yamashita, 18-Sakiko Ikeda
Head coach: Asako Takakura
 

Stats Summary: USA / JPN
Shots: 11 / 3
Shots on Goal: 9 / 2
Saves: 2 / 4
Corner Kicks: 3 / 2
Fouls: 5 / 11
Offside: 4 / 1 

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Julie Johnston (caution)                   13th minute
JPN – Yuika Sugasawa (caution)                 36

Officials:
Referee: Marianela Cruz (CRC)  
Assistant Referee 1: Nelly Alvarado (CRC)
Assistant Referee 2: Shirley Lopez (HON)
4th Official: Melissa Pastrana (HON) 

Budweiser Woman of the Match: Allie Long

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Walker Zimmerman Has Plenty of Goals for 2018

A year ago, Walker Zimmerman was just completing the initial week of his first U.S. Men’s National Team camp. A month of hard work eventually led to the rising center back earning his first MNT cap, going the full 90 minutes and looking comfortable in a 1-0 win against Jamaica.

“I think just realizing that you belong at this level is the main [takeaway],” he said after that game. “Training with all these amazing players in camp, performing well in camp and in the game, all you can do is put your best foot forward and put the effort in and the rest is up to the coaching staff.”

One metric for success in January Camp – perhaps the only one for first timers - is whether or not a player is included on future rosters. It’s not always easy to break into a well-established group of players, and in the case of last year especially one trying to qualify for the World Cup. But Zimmerman was one of a few players to earn another call, joining the MNT for its crucial set of World Cup Qualifying matches during the March window, and though he didn’t play in either game, his presence was instructive that perhaps we’d see him again in the future.

Walker Zimmerman - U.S. Men's National Team 2018

Arriving back in January Camp this year, Zimmerman is part of a group pushing the MNT forward after the team’s narrow miss on qualification for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. At 24, he’s at the exact median of age for the roster, but is no longer the fresh face in camp. Though he only has one cap, it’s one more than 15 of the 29 players on the roster.

“It’s definitely a different dynamic, not only for myself, but for the group,” Zimmerman told ussoccer.com. “There’s a lot of young guys here and I think it presents an opportunity for me to step up and become more of a leader and in a sense a veteran presence. My mentality has been pretty similar to last year. Come in, stay humble, work hard and embrace the grind of January Camp for all that it is.”

The camp will also allow him to get an early adjustment to his new home, with FC Dallas trading the center back to MLS expansion side LAFC last month. Zimmerman said he was excited to get to work with former U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Bob Bradley and be part of a new team with a fresh slate.

“I got to meet Bob last month and obviously he has a ton of experience and insight from being all over the world. He’s a manager I definitely respect and I know I can learn a lot from him and his staff. I’m sure the things I learn with my club can help me on the international level as well. There’s a lot of appeal right now with LAFC, and I definitely think there will be some carry-over and positive effects that can translate from LAFC to the National Team.”

Along with approaching January Camp the right way, the new LAFC center back has goals, beginning with trying to make the starting XI for the MNT’s end-of-camp friendly on January 28 against Bosnia and Herzegovina.

From there, he wants consistency for himself on the international level.

“I don’t want to set any goal too low. I want to make it attainable, but something that I’m chasing on an individual level would be getting called in each and every camp. It’s about not only being in and out, but trying to become a staple here. I’m trying to take every opportunity seriously and knowing how much that can do for your career.”

And aside from the personal goals, Zimmerman wants to be part of the group that pushes the program past the disappointment of missing the World Cup and towards qualification for 2022.

“There’s a lot of motivation from a lot of players – myself included – to make sure this doesn’t happen again. We can become a team that sticks together and we can approach 2022 from this day right here. We don’t want to start getting serious come qualifying time. We want to set the tone now, set the tone for the group for years to come and hopefully just continue to create the culture and pride that we know we have in this country. I’m proud to play for this team each and every time.”

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GALLERY: California Golden Hour with Abby Dahlkemper and Taylor Smith

During an afternoon off from January Camp training, WNT photographer Brad Smith and defenders Abby Dahlkemper and Taylor Smith, took a trip down to Manhattan Beach Pier to capture some cool shots against the stunning backdrop of a Southern California sunset.

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Five Things to Know About the CONCACAF Women's U-20 Championship

The U.S. U-20 Women’s National Team kicks off its World Cup qualifying campaign this week in Trinidad and Tobago at the CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship. Here are five things you should know about the team’s quest for a World Cup berth and the Confederation title.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

The CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship serves as the region’s championship and qualification tournament for the 2018 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in France. Three of the 16 World Cup spots are up for grabs in Trinidad, as the finalists and third-place match winner will advance to the World Cup in August.

Eight teams from North America, Central America and the Caribbean make up the field. The U.S., Canada and Mexico received automatic bids, while Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Jamaica and Haiti qualified through regional competitions. Host Trinidad and Tobago received an automatic bid. The USA was drawn into Group B alongside Jamaica, Mexico and Nicaragua.

Group A

Group B

Trinidad and Tobago

Jamaica

Canada

Mexico

Costa Rica

Nicaragua

Haiti

USA


ABOUT THE U-20S

Head coach Jitka Klimkova has called in an experienced group for the tournament. Thirteen of the 20 players on the roster have previously played in CONCACAF World Cup qualifying at the youth level and 11 have played in a youth FIFA Women’s World Cup.

2018 CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship Roster (College or Club; Hometown; Caps/Goals):
GOALKEEPERS (2): Laurel Ivory (Virginia; Surfside, Fla.; 5/0), Amanda McGlynn (Virginia Tech; Jacksonville, Fla.; 2/0)          
DEFENDERS (7): Tierna Davidson (Stanford; Menlo Park, Calif.; 6/0), Naomi Girma (California Thorns FC; 6/0; San Jose, Calif.), Tara McKeown (USC; Mission Viejo, Calif.; 11/0), Zoe Morse (Virginia; East Lansing, Mich.; 9/0), Kiara Pickett (Stanford; Santa Barbara, Calif.; 2/0), Isabel Rodriguez (Ohio State; Canton, Mich.; 8/0), Karina Rodriguez (UCLA; Torrance, Calif.; 3/0)                                                   
MIDFIELDERS (5): Samantha Coffey (Boston College; Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.; 7/1), Savannah DeMelo (USC; Bellflower, Calif.; 23/4), Jaelin Howell (Real Colorado; Windsor, Colo.; 12/0), Brianna Pinto (NTH Tophat; Durham, N.C.; 9/0), Viviana Villacorta (UCLA; Lawndale, Calif.; 10/1)                                 
FORWARDS (6): Abigail Kim (California; Vashon, Wash.; 11/3), Civana Kuhlmann (Stanford; Littleton, Colo.; 12/8), Ashley Sanchez (UCLA; Monrovia, Calif.; 20/6), Sophia Smith (Real Colorado; Windsor, Colo.; 11/8), Taryn Torres (Virginia; Frisco, Texas; 3/1), Kelsey Turnbow (Santa Clara; Scottsdale, Ariz.; 8/2)                                  

Twelve players on the roster just completed their freshman collegiate seasons, four wrapped up their sophomore campaigns while four currently play for youth clubs- all in the U.S. Soccer Girls’ Development Academy. The youngest player on the roster, forward Sophia Smith, earned U.S. Soccer Young Female Player of the Year honors last month.

Ten colleges are represented on the roster, with three players coming from recently-crowned NCAA champion Stanford: defenders Tierna Davidson and Kiara Pickett as well as forward Civana Kuhlmann. Davidson was called to the senior WNT’s annual January Camp and will come to Trinidad directly from Southern California for the competition.  

COMPETITION HISTORY

The tournament began in 2002 as the CONCACAF U-19 Women’s Championship, serving to qualify nations to the first-ever U-19 Women’s World Cup. The inaugural tournament was also played in Trinidad and Tobago as the USA and Mexico won their groups to advance to the World Cup.

North American squads have dominated the biennial competition -- the USA, Canada and Mexico have finished as finalists at all eight previous editions of the tournament. Costa Rica is the only non-North American squad to qualify for the World Cup, earning third-place finishes in 2004, 2010 and 2014. 

RED, WHITE AND BLUE LEGACY

The USA sports a strong history at the event, entering as the four-time defending champion (2010, 2012, 2014, 2015). The red, white and blue have appeared in all eight tournaments and qualified for the World Cup each time, earning their first CONCACF championship in 2006.

Several current WNT stalwarts have shone at the CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship: Kelley O’Hara, Sydney Leroux and Mallory Pugh have all taken home Golden Boot honors, in 2008, 2010 and 2015, respectively.

Four players on the current roster also appeared in the 2015 tournament: Davidson, Savannah DeMelo, Kiara Pickett and Ashley Sanchez. Davidson and DeMelo played in all five games for the U-20s, while Sanchez scored the tournament-winning goal in a 1-0 victory over Canada in the Final.  Davidson, DeMelo and Sanchez all earned tournament Best XI-honors.

HOW TO FOLLOW


Date

Match

Kickoff (ET)

Venue

Jan. 19

USA vs. Nicaragua

5:30 p.m.

Ato Boldon Stadium; Couva, Trinidad

Jan. 21

USA vs. Jamaica

6:30 p.m.

Ato Boldon Stadium; Couva, Trinidad

Jan. 23

USA vs. Mexico

3:00 p.m.

Ato Boldon Stadium; Couva, Trinidad

The U-20s open play on Friday, Jan. 19 against Nicaragua, take on Jamaica on Sunday, Jan. 21 and wrap up pool play on Tuesday, Jan. 23 against Mexico.

Fans can follow all of this month’s action on ussoccer.com U.S. Soccer’s official Facebook, Twitter (@ussoccer_ynt) and Instagram (@ussoccer_ynt) channel
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GALLERY: Faces of the MNT's 2018 January Camp

Now more than ever, January Camp is all about opportunity.

With 21 players on this year’s camp roster age 24 and under, and 15 players looking for their first cap, there’s plenty for the 29 guys gathered in Carson, Calif., to be excited about leading up to the MNT’s first friendly of the year on Jan. 28 against Bosnia and Herzegovina.

On arrival day last week, ussoccer.com collected portrait shots capturing the moment when this special opportunity began. Some were exuberant; some were focused. All make up the Faces of January Camp.

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