WNT Heads to England to Continue World Cup Prep

WNT Heads to England to Continue World Cup Prep

U.S. Women’s National Team vs. England
International Friendly
stadiummk; Milton Keynes, England
Feb. 13, 2015 

WNT HEADS TO ENGLAND TO CONTINUE WORLD CUP PREP: The U.S. Women’s National Team fell to France 2-0 in Lorient on Feb. 8 to open the 2015 schedule, but gets the chance to get back on the field five days later when it takes on England at stadiummk in Milton Keynes on Friday, Feb. 13. The match will be broadcast on FOX Sports 1 and Univision Deportes at 3 p.m. ET and fans can follow on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt and @ussoccer_esp. The USA out-shot France 14-12, and had several good scoring chances, but two quick goals in succession by Eugenie Le Sommer and Jessica Houara at the beginning of the second half dug a hole from which the WNT could not find a way out. The USA did get a penalty kick opportunity in the 66th minute, but France GK Sarah Bouhaddi saved Abby Wambach’s attempt to keep the USA off the board. The match against England is the second of a 10-game schedule that will lead into the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup. 

MORGAN RETURNS, COMES CLOSE: Before getting the start against France on Feb 8, U.S. forward Alex Morgan had not played for the USA since Oct. 17 when she injured her ankle at the end of the second half against Guatemala during Women’s World Cup qualifying. Morgan stretched the France defense and had several excellent chances, including one cleared out of the goal mouth by a defender, but could not get on the score board. Still, with 49 goals in 78 caps, she is already 10th on the USA’s all-time scoring list at the age of 25.

24 TO EUROPE: Following an intense and highly productive three-week training camp in Los Angeles in January, U.S. head coach Jill Ellis named 24 players to travel to Europe for these two matches. Of the 30 players at that camp, Ellis named 23 plus first-time call-up Tori Huster of the Washington Spirit. As the World Cup is just four months away, every roster selection becomes crucial as Ellis and her staff work toward naming the 23-player squad for the Women’s World Cup. Ellis named three goalkeepers, nine defenders, seven midfielders and five forwards for the trip to France and England. She used three substitutes against France, all in the second half, sending on Abby Wambach for Morgan Brian (63rd), Ali Krieger for Lori Chalupny (55th) and Amy Rodriguez for Tobin Heath (77th).

U.S. Women’s National Team Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): 18-Nicole Barnhart (FC Kansas City), 24-Ashlyn Harris (Washington Spirit), 21-Alyssa Naeher (Boston Breakers)
DEFENDERS (9): 16-Lori Chalupny (Chicago Red Stars), 22-Crystal Dunn (Washington Spirit), 6-Whitney Engen (WNY Flash), 14-Julie Johnston (Chicago Red Stars), 25-Meghan Klingenberg (Houston Dash), 11-Ali Krieger (Washington Spirit), 5-Kelley O’Hara (Sky Blue FC), 4-Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City), 19-Rachel Van Hollebeke (Portland Thorns FC)
MIDFIELDERS (7): 7-Shannon Boxx (Chicago Red Stars), 15-Morgan Brian (Houston Dash), 17-Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC), 12-Lauren Holiday (FC Kansas City), 26-Tori Huster (Washington Spirit), 10-Carli Lloyd (Houston Dash), 9-Heather O’Reilly (FC Kansas City)
FORWARDS (5): 2-Sydney Leroux (Seattle Reign FC), 13-Alex Morgan (Portland Thorns FC), 23-Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars), 8-Amy Rodriguez (FC Kansas City), 20-Abby Wambach (WNY Flash)

WORLD RECORD AND COUNTING: U.S. forward Abby Wambach currently has 177 career goals and is coming off a year in which she scored 14 times (in 20 matches), the sixth most in a calendar year during her 15-year career. Wambach broke Mia Hamm’s all-time international goal scoring record (158 from 1987-2004) on June 20, 2013, when she scored four times against South Korea at Red Bull Arena and has not slowed down. In matches in which Wambach has scored at least one goal, the USA is 111-2-8. Wambach has scored 52 goals in her past 67 games over 2012, 2013 and 2014, and would have made it 53 had it not been for the saved penalty kick against France. She is also third all-time in assists with 69, behind only Kristine Lilly (105) and Hamm (144).

10 GAMES, THEN WINNIPEG: The USA will have played 10 matches, six in Europe and four at home, before heading to Winnipeg, Canada, to open the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup on June 8 against Australia. Of those 10, six are friendlies, while four come at the 2015 Algarve Cup, held annually in Portugal.







Feb. 8


12 p.m. ET

0-2 L

Stade du Moustoir; Lorient, France

Feb. 13


3 p.m. ET

FOX Sports 1, Univision Deportes

stadiummk; Milton Keynes, England

March 4


2 p.m. ET

FOX Sports 1

Vila Real de San Antonio, Portugal

March 6


6 p.m. ET

FOX Sports 1

Vila Real de San Antonio, Portugal

March 9


Noon ET

FOX Sports 1

Lagos, Portugal

March 11



FOX Sports 1

TBD, Portugal

April 4

New Zealand

2:30 p.m. CT

FOX Sports 1

Busch Stadium; St. Louis, Mo.

May 10


11:30 a.m. PT

FOX Sports 1

Avaya Stadium; San Jose, Calif.

May 17


6 p.m. PT

FOX Sports 1

StubHub Center; Carson, Calif.

May 30

Korea Rep.

4:30 p.m. ET


Red Bull Arena; Harrison, N.J.

June 8


6:30 p.m. CT


Winnipeg Stadium; Winnipeg, Canada

June 12


7 p.m. CT


Winnipeg Stadium; Winnipeg, Canada

June 16


5 p.m. PT


BC Place Stadium; Vancouver, Canada

* Algarve Cup 

USA DRAWN INTO GROUP D AT 2015 WOMEN’S WORLD CUP: After the Final Draw was conducted on Dec. 6 in Ottawa, the U.S. Women's National Team learned it will face Australia, Nigeria and Sweden in Group D at the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup, which takes place from June 6-July 5 in Canada. The U.S. will open Group D play against Australia on June 8 at Winnipeg Stadium. The USA then faces Sweden on June 12 in Winnipeg, followed by Nigeria on June 16 at BC Place in Vancouver. The USA, Nigeria and Sweden have competed in every edition of the FIFA Women's World Cup. 

24 FOR FIRST TIME: For the first time in its history, the Women’s World Cup will feature 24 countries, having expanded from 16 that competed in the past four tournaments. The 1991 and 1995 Women’s World Cups featured 12 teams each. The expansion has given several debutantes that chance to compete on the world’s stage, which no doubt will serve to increase the profile and support for the women’s game around the world. Following are the changes in berths per Confederation from the 2011 Women’s World Cup:




3.5 + host, up from 2.5


8 total, up from 4.5 + host in 2011

South America:

2.5, up from 2


5 total, up from 3


1, same as in 2011


3 total, up from 2

2015 FIFA Women's World Cup Groups

Group A
China PR
New Zealand

Group B 
Ivory Coast

Group C

Group D  

Group E
Korea Republic
Costa Rica

Group F


  • Veteran midfielder Shannon Boxx did not play against France on Feb. 8, but her return to a game roster marked the first time since April of 2013 when she played against Germany in a 3-3 tie in Offenbach. Boxx’s long layoff was due to injuries, but also pregnancy, as she gave birth to a baby daughter about one year ago. Boxx has 27 goals in 186 caps for the USA and played in the past three Women’s World Cup and three Olympic tournaments.
  • Midfielder Carli Lloyd was the only player to log all 450 minutes during the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship. She was named MVP of the tournament after scoring five goals.
  • Lloyd led the USA in scoring in 2014, finding the net 15 times, tying her career high in a calendar year. Abby Wambach was second with 14 goals. Lloyd also led the USA in assists with eight.
  • Ten players on the roster are trying to make their first Women’s World Cup squad: Ashlyn Harris, Alyssa Naeher, Crystal Dunn, Whitney Engen, Julie Johnston, Meghan Klingenberg, Morgan Brian, Tori Huster, Leroux and Christen Press.
    • Press’ four-goal performance against Argentina in Brazil in December was the ninth such game in U.S. history and second of 2014 after Abby Wambach scored four times against Costa Rica in the championship game of the CONCACAF Women’s Championship. It was the first-career hat trick for Press.
    • Naeher, the 2014 NWSL Goalkeeper of the Year for the Boston Breakers, made her USA debut against Argentina on Dec. 18, 2014, and became the 22nd goalkeeper to suit up for the U.S. WNT.
    • Naeher also became the seventh U.S. WNT goalkeeper to earn a shutout in her first appearance. The others are Gretchen Gegg (1986), Amy Allmann (1987), Mary Harvey (1989), Briana Scurry (1994), Solo (2000) and Emily Oleksiuk (2001).
    • Left back Lori Chalupny played in three matches in the International Tournament of Brasilia last December, starting them all, while making a return to the U.S. team for the first time since the fall of 2010. She now has 96 caps and potentially could reach 100 at the 2015 Algarve Cup in Portugal.
    • First-time call-up Tori Huster, a Washington Spirit midfielder, is the only uncapped player on the roster.
    • Huster played every minute of all 22 matches she played last season for the Washington Spirit, scoring one goal with one assist while playing center-back and center-midfield.
  • The USA will be without three regulars for the match against England as Megan Rapinoe (knee) and Christie Rampone (back) picked up minor injuries during the USA’s January training camp and will not be ready for action, and goalkeeper Hope Solo is serving a suspension.
  • The WNT was also without forward Sydney Leroux for the France match. Leroux injured her ankle at the very end of the USA’s January camp and is listed as day-to-day for the England match.
  • Lauren Holiday, the 2013 NWSL MVP and 2014 NWSL Championship Game MVP, was also the 2014 U.S. Soccer Female Athlete of the Year.
  • Morgan Brian, the USA’s youngest player at age 21, was the 2014 U.S. Soccer Young Female Athlete of the Year.
  • Wambach is the USA’s top scorer on the roster with 177 goals. After Wambach, Lloyd is the top scorer with 61 career international goals and Alex Morgan has 49. Heather O’Reilly has scored 41.
  • With 14 goals in 2014, Wambach reached double-figures in eight different calendar years. Mia Hamm still holds the record with nine years in double-figures.
  • Amy Rodriguez had an excellent 2014 NWSL season with 13 goals in the regular season, good for second in the league. She then scored three more in the playoffs, including both goals in the NWSL title game. Rodriguez has 28 international scores.
  • Lloyd and Press led the USA with 23 appearances (out of 24 total games) in 2014. Lloyd started all 23.
  • All nine NWSL clubs are represented on the roster. 


  • With three goals against Argentina on Dec. 18, Carli Lloyd upped her career total to 61 and moved into sole possession of seventh place on the U.S. WNT’s all-time goal scoring list, passing Shannon MacMillan who scored 60 goals in her career.
  • Lloyd is the highest-scoring player in U.S. history who has played exclusively as a midfielder.
  • Heather O’Reilly is the ninth player to hit 200 caps in U.S. history after reaching the milestone against Korea DPR on March 12 of last year. Now with 215, she is seventh on the USA’s all-time list. Abby Wambach (233) and Christie Rampone (304) are the only active players ahead of her.
  • O’Reilly is the second-youngest player to hit 200 caps for the USA. Lilly was 28 years old, 9 months, 15 days when she earned cap No. 200 on May 7, 2000. O’Reilly was 29 years old, 2 months, 10 days when she earned her 200th cap.
  • O’Reilly is currently sixth all-time in assists with 52 and is 13th all-time in goals with 41.
  • In addition to breaking Mia Hamm’s world scoring record, Wambach’s June 20, 2013, performance against the Korea Republic also made her the USA’s all-time leader in multiple-goal games with 39 for her career. She has since added four more and now sits at 43. She has 35 two-goal games, five hat tricks, two four-goal games and one five-goal game.
  • Sydney Leroux is 15th on the all-time U.S. WNT goal scoring list with 33 goals.
  • With one more goal, Alex Morgan would become the 10th player in U.S. history to score 50 or more goals. 

Video and Features:


0.63           Goals per game the USA has allowed in 2014
2                USA’s FIFA ranking
3.29           Goals per game the USA scored in 2014
8                Assists by Carli Lloyd to lead the team in 2014
13              Number of different U.S. players to score a goal in 2014
19              Goals in 36 career games for Christen Press, a goal in slightly less than every two games
61              Career goals by Carli Lloyd, most ever for a WNT player who has played exclusively as a midfielder
78              Career shutouts by Hope Solo, an all-time U.S. WNT record  
80              Minutes on the field per goal averaged by Sydney Leroux in her career
92              Minutes on the field per goal averaged by Alex Morgan in her career
98              Minutes on field per goal averaged by Abby Wambach in her career
111            U.S. victories when Wambach scores a goal (111-2-8 overall)
130            Minutes on field per goal averaged by Mia Hamm in her career
304            Caps by Christie Rampone, second all-time to Kristine Lilly (352)

JILL ELLIS FACT FILE: After her second stint as interim head coach for the U.S. Women’s National Team, a capacity in which she coached two games in 2014 – a win against China PR and a tie against Canada – Jill Ellis was officially named the eighth head coach of the U.S. WNT on May 16. That 1-0-1 record as interim in 2012, combined with seven games as interim coach in 2012 (5-0-2) gave her a 6-0-3 record before she ever was officially named the head coach. She has gone 10-2-3 as head coach, for an overall record of 16-2-6. When named head coach, Ellis stepped away from her job as Development Director for the U.S. Women’s National Teams, a job she was appointed to in January of 2011, but will still work closely with U.S. Women’s National Team Technical Director April Heinrichs who will oversee the USA’s youth teams.

  • Ellis has extensive experience in the U.S. Women’s National Team programs having served as an assistant coach for the U.S. Women’s National Team under Pia Sundhage, helping the team to a gold medal at the 2008 Olympics. She has served two stints as head coach of the U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team, guiding the squad to the CONCACAF title in 2010 and to the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Germany.
  • Ellis also had two stints as the head coach of the U.S. Under-21 Women’s National Team, the second starting in the middle of 2005, after which she guided the team to the Nordic Cup in Sweden. She also coached the U-21s to the Nordic Cup title in Germany in 2000.
  • Ellis was a scout for the USA at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia, and has served as an assistant coach with the U.S. U-21s and U.S. U-16 Girls’ National Teams.
  • Ellis joined U.S. Soccer full-time after a highly successful 12-year run as the head women’s soccer coach for the UCLA Bruins. Ellis led UCLA to eight NCAA Final Fours, including seven in a row from 2003-2009, and won six straight conference titles from 2003-2008. She finished her time in Westwood with a record of 229-45-14. Ellis, who was also head coach at the University of Illinois, has an all-time collegiate coaching record of 248-63-14.
  • She was the 2000 NSCAA National Coach of the Year after leading the Bruins to the NCAA Final in just her second season as head coach.
  • Ellis arrived in Westwood after heading the University of Illinois women's soccer program for two years. In 1998, she brought the Fighting Illini to a 12-8 record and a first-ever Big Ten Tournament berth. Prior to coaching at Illinois, Ellis served as an assistant coach at the University of Virginia for one year (1996-97), at Maryland for three years (1994-96) and at North Carolina State for another three years (1988-90). As an assistant coach at North Carolina State, Ellis helped the Wolfpack secure the 1988 ACC title and an NCAA Final Four appearance.
  • A forward during her playing days at the College of William & Mary from 1984-87, Ellis was a Third-Team All-American in 1987. In 1984, Ellis helped Braddock Road in Virginia to the Under-19 club national championship.
  • Ellis grew up in Portsmouth, England, and came to the United States in 1981 at the age of 15. She also lived in Singapore for two years while her father helped to develop a national soccer program in that country. She earned her B.A. in English Literature and Composition from the College of William & Mary in 1988 and currently resides in Los Angeles. She has a USSF “A” coaching license.