- Amy Rodriguez, Abby Wambach, Megan Rapinoe, Lauren Holiday, Heather O’Reilly and Christen Press Each Tally Second-Half Goals
- Two Russia Own Goals Stake USA to 2-0 Lead
- WNT Now Prepares for 2014 Algarve Cup Being Played from March 5-12 in Portugal; USA Opens Tournament Against Japan on March 5 in Group B Play
ATLANTA (Feb. 13, 2014) – The U.S. Women’s National Team scored seven goals in the second half to roll past Russia for the second match in a row, this time topping its 7-0 victory five days ago in Florida with an 8-0 victory at the Georgia Dome. The match was originally scheduled for Wednesday but was moved due to inclement weather in the Atlanta area.
Amy Rodriguez, Abby Wambach, Megan Rapinoe, Lauren Holiday, Heather O’Reilly and Christen Press each tallied second-half goals, and the USA forced Russia into two own goals to gain the early advantage.
The USA extended its home unbeaten streak to 80 games (70-0-10) and its current overall unbeaten streak to 42 games (36-0-6) dating back to March of 2012. The eight goals are the most for the team since the USA crushed Costa Rica 8-0 to open its post-Olympic Fan Tribute Tour on Sept. 1, 2012.
Next up for the U.S. WNT is the 21st edition of the Algarve Cup in Portugal. The USA was placed in Group B and opens the event on March 5 against Japan. The U.S. also faces Sweden (March 7) and Denmark (March 10) before the placement matches on March 12. Kickoff times and venue location will be announced soon.
Unlike the 7-0 victory against Russia on Feb. 8 in Boca Raton, Fla., the USA struck within the first 15 minutes as Russia scored an own goal in the 11th minute. Rapinoe took a corner kick from the left side and Russia goalkeeper Maria Zhamanakova was able to deflect it. The ball stayed in the box where defender Whitney Engen ripped a shot off of the left post that ricocheted off Russia’s Elena Terekhova’s leg and over the goal line.
Russia’s defense again broke down to open the second half when Rapinoe whipped in a cross from the left side and Russia captain Ksenia Tsybutovich failed to intercept. Instead, with Wambach in the vicinity, Russia defender Valentina Orlova inadvertently knocked the ball with her left leg into the net for a 2-0 USA lead in the 50th minute.
It was the first time in 30 years of U.S. WNT history that the team had benefited from two own goals in a match.
From that point on, the U.S. WNT took care of business with back-to-back goals in a two-minute span. In the 52nd minute, Rodriguez’s powerful left-footed volley off a perfect O’Reilly service from the right wing pushed the U.S. lead to 3-0. It was Rodriguez’s 27th-career goal and O’Reilly’s 49th-career assist. She is now one assist from tying Shannon MacMillan for sixth on the all-time list.
In the 54th minute, Wambach was surprisingly unmarked by Russia’s defense as she executed a tap in of Rapinoe’s cross from the left to put the USA up 4-0. With the goal, Wambach extended her world record total to 165.
In the 65th minute, Rodriguez dropped the pass back just outside the box to 20-year-old Morgan Brian who drilled a shot from 23 yards out. The ball deflected off Rapinoe’s head and into the left side of the net for a 5-0 cushion. Zhamanakova had no chance to react to the deflection and Rapinoe now has 24 goals in her career.
The USA scored three more goals in the final 10 minutes. Holiday, who was a 68th-minute substitute for Brian, capitalized on a penalty kick attempt in the 81st minute after she was taken down in the box. O’Reilly converted in the 83rd minute as she darted past several defenders to knock home a pass from Christen Press just inside the right corner of the six-yard box. It was her 39th-career goal. Press capped things off three minutes later as she cut to her right inside the penalty area and rifled her shot into the upper left corner for her 11th goal in only 15 appearances. Rapinoe notched her second assist of the match on Press’ score.
- The U.S. WNT improved to 7-0-1 all-time against Russia.
- The USA is now 16-0-3 under head coach Tom Sermanni.
- In Georgia-based games, the USA is 8-0-0 all-time.
- At halftime, Sermanni switched goalkeepers, sending on Jill Loyden for Hope Solo. It was Loyden’s first appearance since splitting time with Solo during a 5-0 victory against the Korea Republic on June 20, 2013.
- Sermanni made seven changes to the starting lineup from the USA’s 7-0 victory against Russia on Feb. 8 in Florida. The four repeat starters were goalkeeper Hope Solo, defender Ali Krieger and midfielders Carli Lloyd and Heather O’Reilly.
- The starting back four featured Kelley O’Hara at left back, center backs Rachel Van Hollebeke and Whitney Engen, and Ali Krieger at right back.
- Fayetteville, Ga., native Kelley O’Hara received her first cap of 2014 and saw her first game action since her start since June of 2013. As previously planned, Sermanni played O’Hara for approximately a half hour as she works her way back from a major ankle surgery. Kristie Mewis entered the match for O’Hara in the 34th minute.
- Abby Wambach and Amy Rodriguez, who were both second-half subs in the previous match, got starts up front. Wambach and Rodriguez started together for the first time since Dec. 8, 2012, when Rodriguez earned her 100th-career cap and was the team captain during a 2-0 victory against China PR in Detroit.
- Wambach made her 188th start and moved past Kate Markgraf (187 starts from 1998-2010) into sixth place on the all-time list.
- O’Reilly earned her 196th cap and is now four games away from becoming the ninth WNT player to reach the 200-game mark.
- Holiday earned her 97th cap after she came on for Brian and should be the next U.S. player to hit the century mark.
- Sermanni switched up the front line late in the game with Sydney Leroux coming in for Rodriguez in the 75th minute and Christen Press replacing Wambach in the 81st minute.
- Rodriguez’s goal was her first since giving birth to her son last August and she made her first start since becoming a mom.
-U.S. Women’s National Team Match Report-
U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Russia
Date: Feb. 13, 2014
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Georgia Dome; Atlanta, Ga.
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. ET
Weather: 72 degrees, indoors
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 1 7 8
RUS 0 0 0
USA – (Own Goal) Elena Terekhova 11th minute
USA – (Own Goal) Valentina Orlova 50
USA – Amy Rodriguez (Heather O’Reilly) 52
USA – Abby Wambach (Megan Rapinoe) 54
USA – Megan Rapinoe (Morgan Brian) 65
USA – Lauren Holiday (penalty kick) 81
USA – Heather O’Reilly (Christen Press) 83
USA – Christen Press (Megan Rapinoe) 86
USA: 1-Hope Solo (21-Jill Loyden, 46); 11-Ali Krieger (4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 62), 6-Whitney Engen, 16-Rachel Van Hollebeke, 5-Kelley O’Hara (19-Kristie Mewis, 34); 9-Heather O’Reilly, 25-Morgan Brian (12-Lauren Holiday, 68), 10-Carli Lloyd, 15-Megan Rapinoe; 8-Amy Rodriguez (2-Sydney Leroux, 75), 20-Abby Wambach (capt.) (23-Christen Press, 81)
Substitutions Not Used: 3-Christie Rampone
Head coach: Tom Sermanni
12-Maria Zhamanakova; 3-Valentina Orlova, 18-Elena Medved (11-Anna Sinyutina, 85), 7-Ekaterina Dmitrenko (15-Ksenia Kovalenko, 88), 19-Ksenia Tsybutovich
(capt.); 4-Svetlana Tsidikova (22-Daria Makarenko, 56), 13-Alla Sidorovskaya, 20-Nelli Korovkina, 23-Elena Morozova (14-Anastasiya Chevtchenko, 46),
17-Ekaterina Pantyukhina (16-Elena Kostareva, 68), 10-Elena Terekhova (8-Karina Bliskaya, 70)
Substitutions Not Used: 1-Elvira Todua, 2-Marina Pushkereva, 9-Alena Andreeva, 21-Alena Beliaeva
Head coach: Sergey Lavrenty
Stats Summary: USA / RUS
Shots: 24 / 4
Shots on Goal: 17 / 0
Saves: 0 / 9
Corner Kicks: 8 / 1
Fouls: 9 / 8
Offside: 1 / 2
Referee: Melissa Paola Borjas Pastrana (HON)
Assistant Referee 1: Milagros Leonardo (DOM)
Assistant Referee 2: Mark Sauro (USA)
Fourth Official: Katja Koroleva (USA)
Budweiser Woman of the Match: Heather O’Reilly