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WNT Defeats Canada 2-0 to Win 2016 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Championship

HOUSTON, Texas (Feb. 21, 2016) – The U.S. Women’s National Team defeated Canada 2-0 on second half goals from Lindsey Horan and Tobin Heath to win the 2016 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Championship at BBVA Compass Stadium.

The win marks the fourth consecutive title in this tournament for the USA which has the longest unbeaten streak in CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying history and an overall 18-0-1 record. The USA earned its berth to the 2016 Olympics by defeating Trinidad & Tobago in the semifinal on Feb. 19.

Horan opened the scoring on a header in the 53rd minute off an assist from Becky Sauerbrunn, who was celebrating her 100th appearance with the U.S. WNT. Tobin Heath added the second and final goal of the match in the 61st minute with a nifty finish after a weaving dribble and assist from Mallory Pugh. Pugh and Heath had combined for the winning goal against T&T two days earlier on a remarkably similar play.

In addition to winning the tournament title, the U.S. women also swept the individual awards. Hope Solo won the Golden Glove as the best goalkeeper, Crystal Dunn took the Golden Boot as top scorer with six and Morgan Brian won the Golden Ball as best player. The USA also took home the Fair Play Award and had eight players named to the 2016 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Best XI: Solo, Kelley O’Hara, Sauerbrunn, Horan, Brian, Heath, Alex Morgan and Carli Lloyd.

Solo earned her 95th shutout and recorded her 144th win, further extending her U.S. records.

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Lindsey Horan (Becky Sauerbrunn), 53rd minute:
In her 100th cap, Becky Sauerbrunn brought down a clearance inside Canada’s half and lofted a ball back over the defense and deep into the penalty box. Horan beat her defender and the charging goalkeeper to the ball to flick home a header into the open net for her second international score and her first of the tournament. USA 1, CAN 0 (SEE GOAL)

USA – Tobin Heath (Mallory Pugh), 61st minute: In a similar combination of players and events as the USA’s first goal in the competition’s semifinal match two days prior, Mallory Pugh made a dynamic run down the left flank. She beat her defender with a brilliant nutmeg and then raced into the box before playing a square ball on the ground through the penalty area. Tobin Heath made a hard run to the middle of the box and smashed a left- footer inside the near post for her 14th international score. USA 2, CAN 0 (SEE GOAL) FINAL.

Key Saves and Defensive Stops
USA – Hope Solo, 71st minute:
Canada’s only shot on goal came in the 71st minute when Melissa Tancredi sent a menacing header towards the near post on the left side, but Solo was up to the task, reacting well to make the save and send the ball out of play for a corner kick. She then grabbed the ensuring cross to maintain the clean sheet and earn her 95th shutout.

CAN – Allysha Chapman, 88th minute: Tobin Heath once again had a fantastic opportunity to score from short range but Chapman’s quick reaction to block the shot near the goal line that was headed into the lower right corner kept the score down.

Next on the Schedule: The U.S. WNT will face England in the opening match of the inaugural SheBelieves Cup on March 3 (7:30 p.m. ET; FS1) at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla. The She Believes Cup will run from March 3-9 and will take place in Tampa and Boca Raton, Florida, and Nashville, Tenn. The other two nations participating in the four-nation tournament that features a quartet of the world’s top five teams are France and Germany. Click here for the full tournament schedule.

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Additional Notes:

  • The U.S. WNT extended its streak to 10 consecutive games in CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying without allowing a goal, dating back to the Final of the 2008 Qualifying tournament when the U.S. tied Canada 1-1 on April 12, 2008 and went on to win in penalty kicks 6-5.
  • The USA has never lost a match in Olympic Qualifying, but did tie Canada 1-1 in the title game of the 2008 tournament before prevailing in penalty kicks. The team remains unbeaten all-time in CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying with an 18-0-1 record.
  • This marks the 11th overall CONCACAF title for the WNT, including four Olympic Qualifying tournaments and five Women’s World Cup Qualifying tournaments.
  • Lindsey Horan scored her first goal in an Olympic qualifying match. It was her second international goal and first of 2016. The assist on that goal was the third of Becky Sauerbrunn’s career.
  • Tonight’s match was the third consecutive start for Kelley O’Hara and Mallory Pugh after both were in the starting XI against Puerto Rico on Feb. 15. It was also Pugh’s third career start.
  • Carli Lloyd and Morgan Brian, who play for the NWSL’s Houston Dash, played in their home club venue – BBVA Compass Stadium.
  • Tobin Heath’s goal marked her 14th international score, fifth overall in Olympic Qualifying and second in 2016.
  • Eight players on the roster have now scored a goal in an Olympic Qualifying match for the USA: Lloyd (12), Alex Morgan (9), Crystal Dunn (6), Heath (5), Christen Press (3), Horan (1), Kelley O’Hara (1) and Samantha Mewis (1).
  • Horan and Heath became the sixth and seventh U.S. WNT players to score in a CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying tournament title match. Lindsay Tarpley, Julie Foudy, Abby Wambach, Lloyd and Morgan are the others. Wambach leads the group with three goals scored in CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying title games. Morgan has two and the rest, one apiece.
  • Pugh is the youngest player ever named to a U.S. Olympic Qualifying roster. She also became the youngest female player in WNT history to play in an Olympic qualifier match at 17 years, 9 months and 12 days old when she came on for Dunn in the 68th minute against Costa Rica on Feb. 10. She recorded her first career assist against Puerto Rico on Feb. 15. She assisted on another goal in against Trinidad & Tobago on Feb. 19.
  • U.S. head coach used her three subs on Press, who came on for Morgan in the 72nd minute, Dunn, who replaced Horan in the 82nd and Emily Sonnett, who came on for Pugh in stoppage time.

Milestone Watch:

  • Becky Sauerbrunn made her 100th appearance for the WNT, becoming the 35th U.S. woman to do so. She will be honored for her achievement in a pregame ceremony before the SheBelieves Cup game on March 6 against France in Nashville. She will also wear the captain’s armband in that game. 
  • Carli Lloyd has 14 all-time Olympic Qualifying appearances and Hope Solo is next with 12. With 12 Olympic Qualifying goals, Lloyd is two goals behind Abby Wambach’s U.S. record of 14 goals in Olympic Qualifying. Alex Morgan has nine, Crystal Dunn has six and Tobin Heath has five.
  • Lloyd earned her 217th cap tonight, while Hope Solo recorded her 190th, extending her record for a U.S. goalkeeper.
  • With her tally in the 30th minute against Trinidad & Tobago on Feb. 19, Morgan tied Shannon MacMillan for eighth on the USA’s all-time scoring list. She then scored two more and with 62 goals now has sole possession of eighth place.

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

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Canada
Date: Feb. 21, 2016
Competition: 2016 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Championship – Final
Venue: BBVA Compass Stadium; Houston, Texas
Kickoff: 4 p.m. CT
Attendance: 10,119
Weather: 75 degrees; cloudy

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

USA – Lindsey Horan (Becky Sauerbrunn)               53rd minute
USA – Tobin Heath (Mallory Pugh)                            61

Lineups:
USA: 1-Hope Solo; 5-Kelley O'Hara, 8-Julie Johnston, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 7-Meghan Klingenberg; 14-Morgan Brian, 9-Lindsey Horan (16-Crystal Dunn, 82), 17-Tobin Heath, 10-Carli Lloyd (capt.), 2-Mallory Pugh (6-Emily Sonnett, 90); 13-Alex Morgan (12-Christen Press, 72)
Subs Not Used: 3-Samantha Mewis, 11-Ali Krieger, 15-Stephanie McCaffrey, 18-Ashlyn Harris, 19-Jaelene Hinkle, 20-Alyssa Naeher
Head coach: Jill Ellis

CAN: 18-Stephanie Labbé; 2-Allysha Chapman, 3-Kadeisha Buchanan, 4-Shelina Zadorsky, 7-Rhian Wilkinson (13-Sophie Schmidt, 58); 5-Rebecca Quinn (8-Diana Matheson, 58), 10-Ashley Lawrence, 11-Desiree Scott, 9-Josée Bélanger; 14-Melissa Tancredi,15-Nichelle Prince (12-Christine Sinclair, 61)
Subs Not Used: 1-Erin McLeod, 6-Deanna Rose, 16-Gabrielle Carle, 17-Jesse Fleming, 19-Janine Beckie, 20-Sabrina D’Angelo
Head coach: John Herdman

Stats Summary: USA / CAN
Shots: 11 / 2
Shots on Goal: 4 / 1
Saves: 1 / 1
Corner Kicks: 6 / 3
Fouls: 14 / 16
Offside: 1 / 3

Misconduct Summary:
CAN – Josée Bélanger (caution)            20th minute
USA – Mallory Pugh (caution)              79

Officials:
Referee: Quetzalli Alvarado (MEX)
Assistant Referee 1: Emperatriz Ayala (SLV)
Assistant Referee 2: Shirley Perello (HON)
4th Official: Tatiana Guzman (NCA)

Budweiser Woman of the Match: Morgan Brian

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

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Canada
Date: Feb. 21, 2016
Competition: 2016 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Championship – Final 
Venue: BBVA Compass Stadium; Houston, Texas
Kickoff: 4 p.m. CT
Attendance: 10,119
Weather: 75 degrees; cloudy

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

USA – Lindsey Horan (Becky Sauerbrunn)               53rd minute
USA – Tobin Heath (Mallory Pugh)                            61

Lineups:
USA: 1-Hope Solo; 5-Kelley O'Hara, 8-Julie Johnston, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 7-Meghan Klingenberg; 14-Morgan Brian, 9-Lindsey Horan (16-Crystal Dunn, 82), 17-Tobin Heath, 10-Carli Lloyd (capt.), 2-Mallory Pugh (6-Emily Sonnett, 90); 13-Alex Morgan (12-Christen Press, 72)
Subs Not Used: 3-Samantha Mewis, 11-Ali Krieger, 15-Stephanie McCaffrey, 18-Ashlyn Harris, 19-Jaelene Hinkle, 20-Alyssa Naeher 
Head coach: Jill Ellis

CAN: 18-Stephanie Labbé; 2-Allysha Chapman, 3-Kadeisha Buchanan, 4-Shelina Zadorsky, 7-Rhian Wilkinson (13-Sophie Schmidt, 58); 5-Rebecca Quinn (8-Diana Matheson, 58), 10-Ashley Lawrence, 11-Desiree Scott, 9-Josée Bélanger; 14-Melissa Tancredi,15-Nichelle Prince (12-Christine Sinclair, 61)
Subs Not Used: 1-Erin McLeod, 6-Deanna Rose, 16-Gabrielle Carle, 17-Jesse Fleming, 19-Janine Beckie, 20-Sabrina D’Angelo
Head coach: John Herdman

Stats Summary: USA / CAN
Shots: 11 / 2
Shots on Goal: 4 / 1
Saves: 1 / 1
Corner Kicks: 6 / 3
Fouls: 14 / 16
Offside: 1 / 3

Misconduct Summary:
CAN – Josée Bélanger (caution)            20th minute 
USA – Mallory Pugh (caution)              79

Officials: 
Referee: Quetzalli Alvarado (MEX)
Assistant Referee 1: Emperatriz Ayala (SLV)
Assistant Referee 2: Shirley Perello (HON)
4th Official: Tatiana Guzman (NCA)

Budweiser Woman of the Match: Morgan Brian

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There Can Only Be One: #USOC2018 Final Preview

The 2018 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup has reached its culminating moment. The trophy is polished and resting, the stage is set at BBVA Compass Stadium in South Texas, and one of the two Finalists on Sept. 26th will be crowned champions for the first time. Philadelphia Union were twice-beaten runners-up in 2014 and 2015, while Houston Dynamo, two-time MLS champions, are playing in the big game for the first time in their history. Join ussoccer.com for a look back at how they got here and what to expect on Wednesday when the curtain raises at 7 p.m. CT (ESPN2, UDN).

Both sides opened their Open Cup account with lopsided 5-0 victories at home in the Fourth Round; the Union beat second division pro side Richmond Kickers of the United Soccer League (USL), while Houston scored all of their goals in the second half against impressive amateurs and Open Cup regulars NTX Rayados out of North Texas. From there on, both teams played all of their games at home, showing for good and all just how important the hosting coin-flip can be to a successful Cup run. The Dynamo slipped past Minnesota United (MLS) in the Round of 16 by a slim 1-0 scoreline before knocking out the defending champ Sporting Kansas City (MLS) 4-2 in the Quarterfinals. Their Semifinal against tournament debutants LAFC (MLS) ended 3-3 a.e.t. and needed a penalty shootout to put the Dynamo into their debut Open Cup Final.


(Young - Mauro Manotas - and old - Philippe Senderos - have been making an impact for the Dynamo)

The Union followed up their opening-day rout of the 1995 Open Cup champion Kickers with a pair of one-goal results against New York Red Bulls (MLS), 2-1, in the Round of 16 and Orlando City (MLS), 1-0, in the Quarterfinals. The Semifinal, the fourth straight game at their Talen Energy Stadium on the banks of the Delaware River in Chester, Pa., was their best performance of the competition so far. They scored all three goals of the 3-0 win vs. the Chicago Fire (MLS) in the second half of a game that not only sent them to the Final of the Open Cup for a third time in five years, but changed their momentum in the league. They are now right on the cusp of qualifying for the playoffs for the first time since 2016.

Offense vs. Defense
The numbers don’t lie. Houston have reached the Final, in large part, because of their dynamic offensive play. Alberth Ellis, Romell Quioto and, perhaps most importantly, Mauro Manotas form a three-pronged counter-attacking machine that saw the Dynamo score no fewer than 13 times in the space of just four games. Colombian striker Manotas, still 22, is in line to become top scorer of this edition of the tournament with a goal in the Final – and a brace would likely see him win the top-gun prize outright, outpacing LAFC’s Diego Rossi and David Ochoa of Miami United FC on four goals each. In case that were not enough in the achievement department for the lean, leggy Dynamo No. 9, he broke Houston’s all-time single-season scoring record across all competitions this year and holds the enviable record of being the Dynamo’s top all-time scorer in Open Cup play. “I allow myself to dream about lifting the Cup this year,” Manotas, who only broke into the Starting XI at the start of this season, told ussoccer.com. “In this life you have to dream in order to win, and you have to keep working too.”

While Houston rocketed to the Final by virtue of their impressive attacking array, Philly arrived at this stage by being stingy. While they scored 11 goals, they conceded just one over the course of the campaign. It’s a fact not lost on head coach Jim Curtin, a former defender who won the tournament twice as a player with Chicago Fire. “Our defense starts with Andre Blake [the Union’s Jamaican international goalkeeper who’s had an outstanding competition]. The way he’s been playing allows our defenders to be aggressive and to take chances,” said Curtin, who was in charge in the two consecutive Final losses in 2014 and 2015. “That’s a powerful feeling for a defender to have and it filters through the team. That said, we still conceded one goal so we could have defended better.”


(Union captain Alejandro Bedoya - center - has experience overseas and at the 2014 World Cup)

While Curtin sets an impossibly high standard for his backline, he knows full well the threats posed by a high-flying Houston Dynamo in the attacking third. “It’s a Final, and we know they’ll be up for it. We’re going to get their best punch in their building,” he said. “The key to the game will be who controls the tempo. If it turns into an end-to-end, wide-open game, we have no chance. We have to take that part of the game away from them.”

On the other side of the technical area, Wilmer Cabrera, a 50-times capped Colombian international who knows all about the big day, is hoping home field counts for something in this, the Dynamo’s fifth consecutive 2018 Open Cup contest at BBVA Compass Stadium. “It’s wonderful for us. It’s another home game for us. But you still have to win at home. You don’t get anything just because you play at home. It’s great to have the draws go your way, but you also have to put it in on the field. We’ve done that so far and hopefully we’ve got one more in us.”

Both teams have been through the fires and are now one win away from lifting a trophy. There will be nerves on the day and it will be down to the respective team leaders to calm the troops with everything on the line. “It’s OK for guys to be a little nervous. That’s natural,” said Union captain Alejandro Bedoya. “But you just need to go through your routines – take your walks and your naps and get ready like you do. In the end, there’s a trophy on the line and that’s all the motivation you need.”

Dynamo’s Old-Timers
While Bedoya leads a team that has relied on youth and Homegrown talent out of PA, The Dynamo has a raft of old campaigners in the locker room, wise old veterans like DaMarcus Beasley (36), Philippe Senderos (33), a former FA Cup winner with Arsenal in 2004-05, and Honduran international Oscar Boniek Garcia (34). “You need guys like this,” said Boniek on the eve of his first championship game since losing an MLS Cup Final in 2012. “These are the kind of guys who’d played in big games and won trophies and they can show the way for the younger guys.”


(Whoever wins it will be making history for their club - a first Open Cup title)

In the end, the winner will make history. The winning team’s picture will hang on the wall in either BBVA Compass Stadium or Talen Energy Stadium for as long as the clubs shall live. Houston are alive with the possibilities in their first Open Cup Final and Philly Union are looking to banish the ghosts of Finals past. “We’ve still got guys in the team like Ray Gaddis, CJ Sapong, Andre Blake and Fabino who were here for those losses and it would be extra special for them to win it this year,” said Union boss Curtin. “Being in a Final is big for any player and I want my guys to know that feeling of winning a trophy.”

Cabrera is aware of the same stakes. At home, there might even be a little more pressure on his men in orange. “This is the most important thing. It’s hard to put into words what it would mean for the club, the city, the fans and the players. You don’t win trophies every day. And the fact that we haven’t won one in a while [their two MLS titles came in 2006 and 2007] is proof that things have changed and become more difficult. But now we have the opportunity. Hopefully we can continue performing well. We are waiting and preparing now and our goal is to get the Cup.”

Whoever wins will be doing it for a first time, and they will join a list of winners going back to 1914 to where the oldest soccer crown in American history. All will be known on Sept 26th in South Texas.

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More than 20,000 tickets sold for USA-Colombia on Oct. 11 in Tampa

CHICAGO (Sept. 20, 2018) – More than 20,000 tickets have been sold for the next stop of the U.S. MNT’s Kickoff Series when the United States will host 14th-ranked Colombia at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa. FS1, UniMas and UDN will broadcast the match beginning at 7:30 p.m. ET. [KICKOFF SERIES TICKETS]

The match could set an attendance record for a MNT visit to Tampa. A crowd of 31,547 witnessed a Landon Donovan hat trick in a 3-0 win against Ecuador on March 25, 2007 in the same venue. The U.S. is coming off a 1-0 win against archrival Mexico on Sept. 11 in Nashville, with 19-year-old Tyler Adams scoring his first international goal in the shutout victory.

The match falls on an international fixture date, which makes all players available for selection.

Tickets are on sale through ussoccer.com and by phone at 1-800-745-3000. [Note: Tickets are not sold at Raymond James Stadium except on the day of the event.] Groups of 20 or more can order directly at ussoccer.com. 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 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. Click here or contact circles@ussoccer.org for more information.

Colombia is one of six teams in the Top 25 of the FIFA World Rankings facing the MNT in the Kickoff Series, joining Brazil (3), England (6), Italy (20), Mexico (15) and Peru (21). The six-match set will provide the aspiring young U.S. side with top-level competition at the start of their four-year journey toward the 2022 World Cup.

U.S. MNT 2018 KICKOFF SERIES SCHEDULE

Date

Game

Venue, Location

Time(ET)/Result

TV

Sept. 7

USA vs. Brazil,
presented by Liberty Mutual Insurance

MetLife Stadium;

East Rutherford, N.J.

0-2 L

FS1, Univision, UDN

Sept. 11

USA vs. Mexico, presented by AT&T

Nissan Stadium;

Nashville, Tenn.

1-0 W

ESPN, Univision

Oct. 11

USA vs. Colombia

Raymond James Stadium; Tampa

7:30 p.m.

FS1, UniMas, UDN

Oct. 16

USA vs. Peru

Rentschler Field; East Hartford, Conn.

7:30 p.m.

ESPN2, UniMas, UDN

Nov. 15

England vs. USA

Wembley Stadium;
London, England

3 p.m.

ESPN2, UniMas, UDN

Nov. 20

Italy vs. USA

TBD

3 p.m.

FS1, UniMas, UDN


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Bedoya: Philly Union’s Missing Link?

Alejandro Bedoya is the link-up man for the Philadelphia Union. He’s the No. 8. The hidden playmaker. He’s the club’s captain, leader and chief schemer. He’s a conduit on the field from back to attack, doing “what I do best: moving the ball from the defense to the front.” He’s a link between personalities and teammates in the locker room, “managing e Read more
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WNT and Stanford Defender Tierna Davidson Out 10-12 Weeks with Fractured Left Ankle

CHICAGO (Sept. 18, 2018) – U.S. Women’s National Team and Stanford University defender Tierna Davidson will be sidelined 10-12 weeks with a fractured ankle suffered while playing for the Cardinal against the University of North Carolina on Sept. 9. Davidson, who turns 20 on Sept. 19, has earned 12 caps (all starts) this year as a teenager and leads the USA in minutes played with 1,049 Read more
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It’s Time: USA Starts Qualifying on Road to France 2019

After two post-Olympic years of growth and progress, on Oct. 4, 2018, the U.S. Women’s National Team will begin its quest for a spot in the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup when it takes on Mexico inside the confines of Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C. The USA will also be pursuing a sixth Concacaf World Cup qualifying title.

Placed into Group A at the 2018 Concacaf Women’s Championship alongside Mexico, Panama and Trinidad & Tobago, the USA will be looking to advance out of the group and into the all-important semifinals in Frisco, Texas.

The 2018 Concacaf Women’s Championship features eight countries divided into two groups of four with each group’s top two finishers after round-robin play advancing to the semifinals. The two finalists and the winner of the third-place match will qualify directly to the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France. The fourth-place finisher will earn a spot in a two-game playoff against Argentina, which finished third in South America qualifying, for a final berth to the tournament.

2018 WCQ Schedule

DATE

GROUP A

TIME (ET)

LOCATION

TV

CITY

Oct. 4, 2018

Mexico

7:30 p.m.

Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park

FOX Sports

Cary, N.C.

Oct. 7, 2018

Panama

5 p.m.

Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park

FOX Sports

Cary, N.C.

Oct. 10, 2018

Trinidad & Tobago

7:30 p.m.

Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park

FOX Sports

Cary, N.C.

Top of the Region
There has been a total of seven Concacaf World Cup Qualifying tournaments contested for women’s soccer, dating back to the first one hosted by Haiti in 1991.

The USA has been crowned champion on five occasions: 1991, 1994, 2002, 2006 and 2014. In 2010, the USA lost to Mexico in the semifinal and had to win the third-place match to earn a home-and-away playoff against Italy to book its World Cup spot, which it did with a 2-0 aggregate victory. As host of the 1999 Women’s World Cup, the USA did not compete in the 1998 edition which was won by Canada. The Canadians also won the tournament in 2010.

Besides the one setback in Cancun, Mexico in 2010, the U.S. Women have been incredibly successful during qualifying. Throughout 28 total qualifying matches, it has outscored opponents 158-5, and has only lost once.

A Solid Mix Comes Together in North Carolina
Continuing the theme that has been seen on the U.S. WNT roster for the last two years, this 20-player squad brings together a mix of familiarity and novelty. Evenly split up the middle, 10 players on the roster have previous WCQ experience, while 10 are new to World Cup qualifying. Only four have never participated in any regional competition at the senior level. These players are: Defenders Abby Dahlkemper, Hailie Mace, Casey Short and midfielder Rose Lavelle. The remainder 16 players have, if not at World Cup qualifying, at least been part of a Concacaf Olympic Qualifying roster.

Of the ten players with previous Women’s World Cup qualifying experience, four have played in multiple qualifying tournaments. This will be the fourth World Cup qualifying tournament for forward Carli Lloyd, while forwards Alex Morgan and Megan Rapinoe and defender Becky Sauerbrunn will compete in their third.

The other players who were on the team for the 2014 qualifying tournament are: Morgan Brian, Julie Ertz, Ashlyn Harris, Tobin Heath, Kelley O’Hara and Christen Press. Crystal Dunn, who was named to the roster for the 2014 tournament before an injury ruled her out, will be playing in her first World Cup qualifying competition at the senior level. She was replaced by Julie Johnston, now Ertz, on that 2014 roster, but Ertz did not see action.

U.S. WNT Player

WCQ Tournament Appearances
Games Played (Tournament Year)

Carli Lloyd

14 (2006, 2010, 2014)

Megan Rapinoe

10 (2010, 2014)

Alex Morgan

7 (2010, 2014)

Christen Press

5 (2014)

Becky Sauerbrunn / Tobin Heath

4 (2010, 2014) / (2014)

Morgan Brian

3 (2014)

Kelley O’Hara

2 (2014)

Ashlyn Harris

1 (2014)

Scoring Goals Is What They Do
The six U.S. forwards on the USA’s qualifying roster have combined for 28 of the 37 goals this year. All six have played in a world championship, and five of them have played in multiple world championships. Alex Morgan leads the USA in scoring this year with 10 goals, followed by Mallory Pugh with six and Carli Lloyd and Megan Rapinoe with four each.

In U.S. WNT World Cup qualifying history, Lloyd leads the USA with seven goals, while Rapinoe has three and Heath, Morgan and Press have two each.


Alex Morgan has scored 10 goals so far in 2018 to lead all goal scorers.

Watch it on FOX
FOX Sports, the home of the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup, will show 2018 Concacaf Women’s Championship across the FOX Sports family of networks. For viewers on the go, matches can be streamed live via FOXSports.com and the FOX Sports app.

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U.S. WNT Roster Named for 2018 Concacaf Women's Championship

U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Jill Ellis has named 20 players to the roster for the 2018 Concacaf Women’s Championship set to take place Oct. 4-17.

2018 Concacaf Women’s Championship Roster by Position (Caps/Goals)
GOALKEEPERS (2): Ashlyn Harris (Orlando Pride; 17/0), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars; 33/0)
DEFENDERS (7): Abby Dahlkemper (NC Courage; 23/0), Crystal Dunn (NC Courage; 69/23), Hailie Mace (UCLA; 2/0), Kelley O’Hara (Utah Royals FC; 108/2), Becky Sauerbrunn (Utah Royals FC; 143/0), Casey Short (Chicago Red Stars; 25/0), Emily Sonnett (Portland Thorns FC; 21/0)
MIDFIELDERS (5): Morgan Brian (Chicago Red Stars; 79/6), Julie Ertz (Chicago Red Stars; 66/16), Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC; 56/6), Rose Lavelle (Washington Spirit; 13/3), Samantha Mewis (NC Courage; 38/7)
FORWARDS (6): Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC; 138/21), Carli Lloyd (Sky Blue FC; 259/102), Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride; 147/90), Christen Press (Utah Royals FC; 104/45), Mallory Pugh (Washington Spirit; 37/12), Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign FC; 140/38)

USA’s 2018 Concacaf Women’s Championship Schedule


DATE

GROUP A
TIME (ET)
LOCATION

TV

CITY

Oct. 4, 2018

Mexico

7:30 p.m.

Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park

FOX Sports

Cary, N.C.

Oct. 7, 2018

Panama

5 p.m.

Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park

FOX Sports

Cary, N.C.

Oct. 10, 2018

Trinidad & Tobago

7:30 p.m.

Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park

FOX Sports

Cary, N.C.

Tournament Format
The 2018 Concacaf Women’s Championship features eight countries divided into two groups of four with each group’s top two finishers after round-robin play advancing to the semifinals.

The two finalists and the winner of the third-place match will qualify directly to the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France. The fourth-place finisher will earn a spot in a two-game playoff against Argentina, which finished third in South America qualifying, for a final berth to the tournament.


Megan Rapinoe leads the USA in assists this year with nine.

How to Watch
FOX Sports, the home of the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup, will show 2018 Concacaf Women’s Championship across the FOX Sports family of networks. For viewers on the go, matches can be streamed live via FOXSports.com and the FOX Sports app.

The More You Know…

  • The USA is 11-0-2 in 2018, is on a 21-game unbeaten run, and is 27-1-0 all-time in World Cup Qualifying from 1991-2014, including 13-0-0 on home soil.
  • The U.S. forwards on the roster are a formidable group, having combined for 28 of the USA’s 37 goals this year. All six of the forwards have played in a world championship, and five of them have played in multiple world championships. Lloyd leads the USA with 14 games played in World Cup qualifying and is the leading scorer with seven goals. Megan Rapinoe has 10 World Cup qualifying caps with three goals while Alex Morgan has seven with two goals.
  • Ten of the players named to this roster were on the squad that competed in the 2014 Concacaf Women’s Championship, while 11 players on this roster were members of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup championship team. Julie Ertz was on the roster for the qualifying tournament in 2014 but did not play.
  • The players participating in their first World Cup qualifying tournament are Alyssa Naeher, Abby Dahlkemper, Crystal Dunn, Hailie Mace, Casey Short, Emily Sonnett, Lindsey Horan, Rose Lavelle, Samantha Mewis and Mallory Pugh.

Mal Pugh
Mallory Pugh will play in her first World Cup qualifying tournament with the senior team.

  • Six players on the roster have scored in World Cup qualifying: Lloyd (7), Rapinoe (3), Heath (2), Morgan (2), Press (2) and Brian (1). With one more goal, Lloyd would tie Brandi Chastain, April Heinrichs and Tiffeny Milbrett for sixth all-time in World Cup qualifying.
  • The United States won the first four Concacaf Women’s World Cup qualifying tournaments in which it competed (1991, 1994, 2002 and 2006) but fell to Mexico in the semifinal of the 2010 competition, which forced the USA to win the third-place match and then defeat Italy in a two-game playoff to earn a berth to Germany. That loss to Mexico was, and still is, the USA’s lone setback in this tournament.
  • The USA won this competition in 2014, defeating Mexico 3-0 in the semifinal to qualify for the 2015 Women’s World Cup, and then took down Costa Rica 6-0 in the title game.
  • The USA has played Mexico in all six Concacaf World Cup qualifying tournaments in which it has participated. As host, the USA did not participate in the qualifying tournament for the 1999 Women’s World Cup.
  • Midfielder McCall Zerboni (elbow) and defender Tierna Davidson (ankle) were not available for selection due to injuries.
  • North Carolina Courage defender Merritt Mathias and Portland Thorns goalkeeper Adrianna Franch will train with the squad to assist in preparation for the matches.
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