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WNT Defeats France 1-0 at SheBelieves Cup on Stoppage Time Goal From Alex Morgan in Front of Record Crowd in Nashville

NASHVILLE (March 6, 2016) – A dramatic stoppage-time goal from Alex Morgan lifted the U.S. Women’s National Team past France 1-0 in front of a record crowd of 25,363 at Nissan Stadium. It was the USA’s second 1-0 win in its second match of the SheBelieves Cup after defeating England on March 3. The USA currently sits atop the tournament standings with six points.

The crowd of 25,363 set a new record for a U.S. WNT match in the state of Tennessee, breaking the previous mark of 21,535 that watched the USA play Costa Rica in Chattanooga on August 19, 2015.

In an even match that saw that saw excellent chances and quality overall play from both teams, Morgan’s goal came in the first minute of stoppage time when midfielder Mallory Pugh brought a ball down skillfully at midfield and penetrated into the France defensive half. With Morgan making a run behind the France back line, Pugh slipped her a perfectly-weight pass and the speedy U.S. striker roared into the penalty box before hitting a left-footed blast past onrushing goalkeeper Sarah Bouhaddi and into the lower right corner.

Goalkeeper Hope Solo was tremendous on the day, making three saves, including a world class stop early in the game when a deflected U.S. clearance hit the left post and she had to get back on her feet and shuffle back into the middle of her net to push away a point-blank shot. The game marked Solo’s 97th career shutout and 146th win, further extending her U.S. records. She is now three shutouts away from becoming the first goalkeeper in U.S. history to reach the century mark.

Goal Scoring Rundown: 
USA – Alex Morgan (Mallory Pugh), 90+1 minute: Mallory Pugh brought the ball down at midfield, took a few touches and then played Alex Morgan in behind the defense. She out-sprinted her defender and cut her left-footed shot into the lower right corner from just inside the penalty area. It was her 63rd international goal. USA 1, FRA 0 (SEE GOAL) FINAL

Key Saves and Defensive Stops 
USA – Hope Solo, 14th minute: Hope Solo’s first test of the match came on a France free kick. Forward Louisa Necib took the set piece and spun a shot that was head into the upper right corner. Solo was up to the task and with her outstretched her right arm pushed the ball over the cross bar for a France corner kick. (SEE SAVE)

USA – Hope Solo, 15th minute: On the ensuing corner kick, France played a cross that was initially cleared but the cross back into the penalty area was deflected off the left post by Carli Lloyd. The rebound bounced to Marie-Laure Delie and Solo saved point-blank attempt with a flying dive to her left. Eugenie Le Sommer took another shot after but her attempt was wide. (SEE SAVE)

Next on the Schedule: The U.S. WNT will face Germany in its third and final match of the SheBelieves Cup on March 9 (7:30 p.m. ET; ESPN3) at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton, Florida. Click here for the full tournament schedule.

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Additional Notes:

  • The USA is 8-0-0 in 2016, having scored 30 goals while allowing none with three consecutive games (including two matches vs. Colombia) coming up against teams that made excellent runs at the 2015 Women's World Cup.
  • Alex Morgan scored her seventh goal of 2016 to tie Carli Lloyd and Crystal Dunn for the team lead. It was her 63rd career goal.
  • Tonight’s match was the fifth consecutive start for both Kelley O’Hara and Mallory Pugh. It was also Pugh’s fifth career start and eighth cap, all coming in 2016.
  • Pugh’s assist on Morgan’s goal was her fourth career assist since her debut on Jan. 24, 2016. Pugh leads the team in assists in 2016.
  • The USA used three subs, with two players coming on in the 85th minute, and one in the third minute of stoppage time. Christen Press replaced Kelley O’Hara and Crystal Dunn replaced Lindsey Horan in the 85th minute. And Whitney Engen replaced Mallory Pugh in the 93rd minute.
  • Morgan Brian earned her 50th cap today at the young age of 23. She became the 52nd female player in U.S. history to reach 50 caps.
  • Kelley O’Hara hit 75 caps today, making her the 40th U.S. female player to hit that mark and tying her with Sydney Leroux for 39th on the all-time caps list.

Milestone Watch:

  • Carli Lloyd earned her 219th cap tonight, while Hope Solo recorded her 192nd, extending her record for a U.S. goalkeeper.
  • Becky Sauerbrunn became the 35th U.S. woman to make her 100th appearance for the WNT in last month’s CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Championship Final. She was honored for her achievement in a pregame ceremony before today’s matchup in Nashville and wore the captain’s armband.

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

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. France Women’s National Team
Date: March 6, 2016
Competition: 2016 SheBelieves Cup
Venue: Nissan Stadium; Nashville, Tenn.
Kickoff: 2 p.m. CT
Attendance: 25,363

Weather: 61 degrees; Sunny

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

USA – Alex Morgan (Mallory Pugh)                                 90+1 minute

Lineups:
USA: 1-Hope Solo; 5-Kelley O'Hara (12-Christen Press, 85), 8-Julie Johnston, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn (capt.), 7-Meghan Klingenberg; 14-Morgan Brian, 22-Lindsey Horan (16-Crystal Dunn, 85), 17-Tobin Heath, 10-Carli Lloyd, 2-Mallory Pugh, (6-Whitney Engen, 90+3), 13-Alex Morgan
Subs not used: 3-Samantha Mewis, 9-Heather O’Reilly, 11-Ali Krieger, 15-Emily Sonnett, 18-Ashlyn Harris, 19-Jaelene Hinkle, 20-Lauren Barnes, 21-Alysssa Naeher
Head coach: Jill Ellis

FRA: 16-Sarah Bouhaddi; 8-Jessica Houara D’Hommeaux, 4-Laura Georges, 19-Griedge Mbock Bathy, 22-Amel Majri; 12-Elodie Thomis (6-Viviane Asseyi, 75), 23-Kheira Hamraoui (7-Charlotte Bilbault, 77), 10-Camille Abily (capt.), 9-Eugenie Le Sommer (15-Elise Bussaglia, 86), 14-Louisa Necib (11-Claire Lavogez, 76), 18-Marie Laure Delie
Subs not used: 1-Laetitia Philippe, 2-Kelly Gadea, 3-Marion Torrent, 5-Sabrina Delannoy, 13-Marie-Charlotte Leger, 17-Aurelie Kaci, 20-Kadidiatou Diani, 21-Meline Gerard
Head coach: Philippe Bergeroo

Stats Summary: USA / FRA
Shots: 10 / 8
Shots on Goal: 4 / 3
Saves: 3 / 2
Corner Kicks: 11 / 4
Fouls: 10 / 8
Offside: 2 / 0

Misconduct Summary:
FRA – Kheira Hamraoui (caution)                         41st minute      
FRA Amel Majri (caution)                                            78        

Officials:
Referee: Alondra Arellano Sandoval (MEX)                                                         
Assistant Referee 1: Yudilia Briones (MEX)                                                        
Assistant Referee 2: Emperatriz Ayala (SLV)                                                     
4th Official: Quetzalli Alvarado (MEX)                                                    

Budweiser Woman of the Match: Alex Morgan

*England vs. Germany is currently being played in Nashville.

2016 SheBelieves Cup Standings*

Team

W

L

T

Pts.

GF

GA

USA

2

0

0

6

2

0

GER

1

0

0

3

1

0

ENG

0

1

0

0

0

1

FRA

0

2

0

0

0

2


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

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. France Women’s National Team
Date: March 6, 2016
Competition: 2016 SheBelieves Cup
Venue: Nissan Stadium; Nashville, Tenn.
Kickoff: 2 p.m. CT
Attendance: 25,363

Weather: 61 degrees; Sunny

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

USA – Alex Morgan (Mallory Pugh)                                90+1 minute

Lineups:
USA: 1-Hope Solo; 5-Kelley O'Hara (12-Christen Press, 85), 8-Julie Johnston, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn (capt.), 7-Meghan Klingenberg; 14-Morgan Brian, 22-Lindsey Horan (16-Crystal Dunn, 85), 17-Tobin Heath, 10-Carli Lloyd, 2-Mallory Pugh, (6-Whitney Engen, 90+3), 13-Alex Morgan
Subs not used: 3-Samantha Mewis, 9-Heather O’Reilly, 11-Ali Krieger, 15-Emily Sonnett, 18-Ashlyn Harris, 19-Jaelene Hinkle, 20-Lauren Barnes, 21-Alysssa Naeher
Head coach: Jill Ellis

FRA: 16-Sarah Bouhaddi; 8-Jessica Houara D’Hommeaux, 4-Laura Georges, 19-Griedge Mbock Bathy, 22-Amel Majri; 12-Elodie Thomis (6-Viviane Asseyi, 75), 23-Kheira Hamraoui (7-Charlotte Bilbault, 77), 10-Camille Abily (capt.), 9-Eugenie Le Sommer (15-Elise Bussaglia, 86), 14-Louisa Necib (11-Claire Lavogez, 76), 18-Marie Laure Delie
Subs not used: 1-Laetitia Philippe, 2-Kelly Gadea, 3-Marion Torrent, 5-Sabrina Delannoy, 13-Marie-Charlotte Leger, 17-Aurelie Kaci, 20-Kadidiatou Diani, 21-Meline Gerard
Head coach: Philippe Bergeroo

Stats Summary: USA / FRA
Shots: 10 / 8

Shots on Goal: 4 / 3
Saves: 3 / 2
Corner Kicks: 11 / 4
Fouls: 10 / 8
Offside: 2 / 0

Misconduct Summary:
FRA Kheira Hamraoui (caution)                        41st minute      
FRAAmel Majri (caution)                                 78        

Officials:
Referee: Alondra Arellano Sandoval (MEX)                                                        
Assistant Referee 1: Yudilia Briones (MEX)                                                       
Assistant Referee 2: Emperatriz Ayala (SLV)                                                     
4th Official: Quetzalli Alvarado (MEX)                                                   

Budweiser Woman of the Match: Alex Morgan

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Making the Case: Alex Morgan, 2016 Female Player of the Year

On Monday, U.S. Soccer announced the five nominees for 2016 U.S. Soccer Female Player of the Year. This year's nominees include forwards Crystal Dunn and Alex Morgan, midfielders Tobin Heath and Carli Lloyd and defender Becky Sauerbrunn. Today we continue to make the case for each of the candidates with WNT forward, Alex Morgan.

After battling injuries in 2014-15, Morgan had a strong 2016, kicking off the year in her home state of California, where she earned her 100th cap, the 34th U.S. woman to do so, and scored her first goal of the year in a win against Ireland in San Diego.

Morgan went on to score 17 goals in 21 games in 2016 (tied for the team lead with Carli Lloyd), her second highest goal total in a calendar year in her seven-year career with the WNT. She also had three assists. The only other time Morgan scored double-digit goals for the USA in a calendar year was in 2012 (28 goals), when she earned her first (and to date, only) U.S. Soccer Female Player of the Year award. 

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England, France and Germany Name SheBelieves Cup Rosters

England, France and Germany have set their rosters for the 2016 SheBelieves Cup, which will bring four of the world’s top five ranked women’s national teams to the USA from March 3-9.

The 2016 SheBelieves Cup, which will be the top four-nation women’s international tournament in the world this year, will feature three doubleheaders: March 3 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida (Germany vs. France and USA vs. England), March 6 at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tennessee (France vs. England and USA vs. Germany) and March 9 at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton, Florida (Germany vs. England and USA vs. France).

Tickets for all three doubleheaders are on sale through ussoccer.com, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and at all Ticketmaster ticket centers in the local venue areas. [Note: Tickets are not sold at either Raymond James Stadium or FAU Stadium except on the day of the event.] Groups of 20 or more can obtain an order form at ussoccer.com.

2016 SheBelieves Cup Schedule

Date   Matches                          Stadium                                   City                              Kickoff              TV
Mar. 3   Germany vs. France      Raymond James Stadium        Tampa, Fla.                   5 p.m. ET           
Mar. 3   USA vs. England         Raymond James Stadium     Tampa, Fla.                 7:30 p.m. ET     FS1
Mar. 6   USA vs. France            Nissan Stadium                      Nashville, Tenn.          2 p.m. CT          ESPN3
Mar. 6   England vs. Germany    Nissan Stadium                         Nashville, Tenn.           4:30 p.m. CT  
Mar. 9   France vs. England        FAU Stadium                            Boca Raton, Fla.           5 p.m. ET        
Mar. 9   USA vs. Germany        FAU Stadium                          Boca Raton, Fla.          7:30 p.m. ET    ESPN3

The winner of the tournament will be based on total points (three for a win, one for a tie), with the first tie-breaker being overall goal difference, followed by most total tournament goals scored, then head-to-head result and lastly (if necessary) FIFA Ranking .

The USA is currently first in the FIFA Women’s World Rankings. Germany is ranked second, France is third and England is fifth. The USA, Germany and England all advanced to semifinals of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup with Germany beating France in a quarterfinal penalty kick shootout to earn its spot in the last four.

ENGLAND
Head coach Mark Sampson, a finalist for FIFA World Coach of the Year for Women’s Soccer, has named 19 of the 23 players that helped England to an historic third-place finish at the 2015 Women’s World Cup. Among them are goalkeeper Karen Bardsley, who grew up in Southern California, and captain Steph Houghton, who played every minute of the Women’s World Cup and scored vs. Norway in the Round of 16. The roster also includes midfielder Fara Williams, who scored three times from the penalty spot during the World Cup, including the game-winner against Germany in overtime of the third-place match. Former University of North Carolina defender Lucy Bronze is also on the roster, and scored twice in the World Cup, including the game-winner against Canada in the quarterfinal match. England will bring a plethora of attacking talent that also includes Portland Thorns forward Jodie Taylor, who scored the first goal against Canada at the Women’s World Cup. Williams (148 caps) and Eniola Aluko (98) are in line to make their 150th and 100th appearances respectively for England during the tournament.

England Women’s National Team SheBelieves Cup Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Karen Bardsley (Manchester City), Siobhan Chamberlain (Liverpool), Carly Telford (Notts County)
DEFENDERS (9): Laura Bassett (Notts County), Lucy Bronze (Manchester City), Gilly Flaherty (Chelsea), Alex Greenwood (Liverpool), Steph Houghton (Manchester City), Claire Rafferty (Chelsea), Alex Scott (Arsenal), Demi Stokes (Manchester City), Casey Stoney (Arsenal)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Katie Chapman (Chelsea), Isobel Christiansen (Manchester City), Jordan Nobbs (Arsenal), Jill Scott (Manchester City), Fara Williams (Arsenal)
FORWARDS (6): Eniola Aluko (Chelsea), Karen Carney (Chelsea), Gemma Davison (Chelsea), Toni Duggan (Manchester City), Fran Kirby (Chelsea), Jodie Taylor (Portland Thorns FC)

GERMANY
Germany head coach Silvia Neid, a former international player herself who who led Germany to the 2007 Women’s World Cup title, has been on Germany’s coaching staff since 1996 and head coach since 2005, is in her last year at the helm before giving way to current assistant coach Steffi Jones next year. She brings 16 players from her 2015 Women’s World Cup roster to the SheBelieves Cup. Germany has had a bit of a change-over since last summer as well as a few injuries but still boasts world class players at almost every position. Leading the way is forward Anja Mittag, who has scored 39 goals in her 132 caps and who won the Bronze Boot with five goals at the Women’s World Cup, as well as midfielder Melanie Behringer (30 goals in 128 games) and forward Alexandra Popp (31 goals in 62 goals). With long-time goalkeeper Nadine Angerer retired, Almuth Schult takes over in goal and she has some experienced defenders in front of her, including Saskia Bartusiak, Annike Krahn, Babett Peter and rising young star outside back Leonie Maier. Germany has several talented young attackers, including former University of Central Florida striker Lena Petermann, who helped Germany to the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup title. Only two players on Germany’s roster play outside of their home country in Mittag, who plays for PSG in France, and defender Josephine Henning, who plays for the Arsenal Ladies in England.

Germany Women’s National Team Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Laura Benkarth (SC Freiburg), Almuth Schult (VfL Wolfsburg), Lisa Weiß (SGS Essen)
DEFENDERS (7): Saskia Bartusiak (1. FFC Frankfurt), Kathrin Hendrich (1. FFC Frankfurt), Josephine Henning (Arsenal Ladies), Tabea Kemme (1. FFC Turbine Potsdam), Annike Krahn (Bayer 04 Leverkusen), Leonie Maier (FC Bayern München), Babett Peter (VfL Wolfsburg)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Melanie Behringer (FC Bayern München), Anna Blässe (VfL Wolfsburg), Sara Däbritz (FC Bayern München), Sara Doorsoun (SGS Essen), Lena Goeßling (VfL Wolfsburg), Svenja Huth (Vfl Wolfsburg), Isabel Kerschowski (VfL Wolfsburg)
FORWARDS (6): Mandy Islacker (1. FFC Frankfurt), Lina Magull (SC Freiburg), Dzsenifer Marozsan (1. FFC Frankfurt), Anja Mittag (Paris St. Germain FC), Lena Petermann (SC Freiburg), Alexandra Popp (VfL Wolfsburg)

FRANCE
France is stocked with talented players including 16 members of its 2015 Women’s World Cup Team that fell in penalty kicks to Germany in a quarterfinal round match they certainly could have won in regulation. France has skill and speed all over the field, as well as experience, with eight players holding 97 or more caps, led by veteran midfielders Camille Abily (158 caps/30 goals) and Elise Bussaglia (150/27), as well as rugged center-back Laura Georges (167/6), who played college soccer at Boston College. Louisa Necib (135/34) is widely considered one of the best attacking midfielders in the world, while forward Eugenie Le Sommer is also one of the best at her position and superb around the goal. She has piled up 52 goals in 116 caps including three scores at the Women’s World Cup. France has two of the fastest players in the world in Marie-Laure Delie, who also scored three times in Canada and dynamic winger Elodie Thomis. France goalkeeper Sarah Bouhaddi, who saved Abby Wambach’s penalty kick in January of 2015 in Lorient, is a long-time starter and just hit 100 caps.

France Women’s National Team Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Sarah Bouhaddi (Olympique Lyonnais), Méline Gerard (Olympique Lyonnais), Laëtitia Philippe (Montpellier HSC)
DEFENDERS (7): Sabrina Delannoy (Paris Saint-Germain), Kelly Gadea (Montpellier HSC), Laura Georges (Paris Saint-Germain), Jessica Houara D’Hommeaux (Paris Saint-Germain), Sakina Karchaoui (Montpellier HSC), Amel Majri (Olympique Lyonnais), Griedge Mbock Bathy (Olympique Lyonnais)
MIDFIELDERS (9): Camille Abily (Olympique Lyonnais), Viviane Asseyi (Montpellier HSC), Charlotte Bilbault (FCF Juvisy), Elise Bussaglia (Vfl Wolfsburg), Kadidiatou Diani (FCF Juvisy), Kheira Hamraoui (Paris Saint-Germain), Aurélie Kaci (Olympique Lyonnais), Marie-Charlotte Leger (Montpellier HSC), Elodie Thomis (Olympique Lyonnais)
FORWARDS (4): Marie-Laure Delie (Paris Saint-Germain FC), Claire Lavogez (Olympique Lyonnais), Eugénie Le Sommer (Olympique Lyonnais), Louisa Necib (Olympique Lyonnais)

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USA Unveils SheBelieves Cup Roster as World’s Top Teams Come to USA

U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Jill Ellis has set the USA roster for the 2016 SheBelieves Cup, which will bring four of the world’s top five ranked women’s national teams to the USA from March 3-9. 

The USA’s hosting of the 2016 SheBelieves Cup, which will be the top four-nation women’s international tournament in the world this year, will feature three doubleheaders: March 3 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida (Germany vs. France and USA vs. England), March 6 at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tennessee (USA vs. France and England vs. Germany) and March 9 at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton, Florida (France vs. England and USA vs. Germany). The USA’s first match against England will be broadcast on FS1 and its following two games against Germany and France will both be broadcast on ESPN3. 

Ellis has named a 22-player roster that features 19 of the 20 players who helped the USA to the title at the 2016 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Championship while earning a berth to the 2016 Olympics in Brazil along the way. The roster includes the USA’s individual award winners at that tournament: MVP Morgan Brian, Golden Glove winner Hope Solo and Golden Boot winner Crystal Dunn. Ellis has also recalled 2015 Women’s World Cup winners Whitney Engen and Heather O’Reilly, who has 228 caps and 46 goals for the USA. Ellis also added one new player, handing Seattle Reign FC defender Lauren Barnes her first senior team call-up. 

U.S. Women’s National Team SheBelieves Cup Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Ashlyn Harris (Orlando Pride), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars), Hope Solo (Seattle Reign FC)
DEFENDERS (9): Lauren Barnes (Seattle Reign FC), Whitney Engen (Boston Breakers), Jaelene Hinkle (Western New York Flash), Julie Johnston (Chicago Red Stars), Meghan Klingenberg (Portland Thorns FC), Ali Krieger (Washington Spirit), Kelley O’Hara (Sky Blue FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City), Emily Sonnett (Portland Thorns FC)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Morgan Brian (Houston Dash), Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC), Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC), Carli Lloyd (Houston Dash), Samantha Mewis (Western New York Flash), Heather O’Reilly (FC Kansas City)
FORWARDS (4): Crystal Dunn (Washington Spirit), Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride), Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars), Mallory Pugh (Real Colorado) 

Tickets for all three doubleheaders are on sale through ussoccer.com, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and at all Ticketmaster ticket centers in the local venue areas. [Note: Tickets are not sold at either Raymond James Stadium or FAU Stadium except on the day of the event.] Groups of 20 or more can obtain an order form at ussoccer.com. 

2016 SheBelieves Cup Schedule

Date     Matches                        Stadium                                   City                         Kickoff             Watch 
Mar. 3   Germany vs. France      Raymond James Stadium         Tampa, Fla.             5 p.m. ET           
Mar. 3   USA vs. England         Raymond James Stadium      Tampa, Fla.           7:30 p.m. ET     FS1
Mar. 6   USA vs. France           Nissan Stadium                        Nashville, Tenn.   2 p.m. CT         ESPN3
Mar. 6   England vs. Germany    Nissan Stadium                         Nashville, Tenn.     4:30 p.m. CT           
Mar. 9   France vs. England        FAU Stadium                            Boca Raton, Fla.    5 p.m. ET           
Mar. 9   USA vs. Germany       FAU Stadium                          Boca Raton, Fla.   7:30 p.m. ET     ESPN3

The winner of the tournament will be based on total points (three for a win, one for a tie), with the first tie-breaker being overall goal difference, followed by most total tournament goals scored, then head-to-head result and lastly (if necessary) FIFA Ranking .

The USA is currently first in the FIFA Women’s World Rankings. Germany is ranked second, France is third and England is fifth. The USA, Germany and England all advanced to semifinals of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup with Germany beating France in a quarterfinal penalty kick shootout to earn its spot in the last four.

Conceived of and developed by the USWNT players, #SheBelieves is a movement to inspire young girls and encourage them to accomplish all their goals and dreams, athletic or otherwise. The campaign launched in the run-up to the 2015 Women’s World Cup and has grown since then as the team and its fans have taken its powerful message into their communities. The SheBelieves Cup adds a showcase event to the campaign, which will continue to spread its positive message to young women and girls.

Additional notes:

  • All three matches carry some significant storylines for the USA. The meeting with Germany will be the first since the epic 2015 Women’s World Cup semifinal, a 2-0 U.S. victory. The meeting with France will be the first since the 2015 Algarve Cup championship game, a 2-0 U.S. win that reversed a 2-0 loss in the teams’ first match of 2015. The meeting with England will be the first since the USA’s narrow 1-0 victory in Milton Keynes, England in early February of last year that sparked a 24-game unbeaten streak which included the run to the World Cup title.
  • In addition, the other matches carry tremendous intrigue with Germany facing France in a rematch of their Women’s World Cup quarterfinal, and England taking on Germany, the team it defeated in the third-place match of the Women’s World Cup.
  • The USA is 19-4-7 all-time against Germany and 2-0-0 against West Germany in matches played in 1988 and 1990. The most recent meeting between the teams came on June 30 in Montreal as the USA defeated Germany 2-0 in the 2015 Women’s World Cup semifinal on goals from Carli Lloyd and Kelley O’Hara.
  • The USA is 15-1-2 all-time against France, with the lone loss coming on Feb. 8 of last year, a 2-0 setback in Lorient, France that kicked off the 2015 schedule. The USA avenged the loss with a 2-0 victory in the championship game of the 2015 Algarve Cup in Portugal as Julie Johnston and Christen Press scored. The losing team in both those games had a penalty kick saved as Sarah Bouhaddi denied Abby Wambach in Lorient and Hope Solo denied Amandine Henry in Faro.
  • The USA is 7-3-1 all-time against England, which includes the most recent match between the teams: a 1-0 victory on Feb. 13, 2015, in Milton Keynes, England, where the lone goal come from an Alex Morgan header. 
  • The USA has played six times in Tampa, Fla., including two games at Raymond James Stadium. Most recently, the USA defeated France, 1-0, in June of 2014 on a goal from Sydney Leroux.
  • The USA has played just five times in the state of Tennessee (three in Chattanooga and two in Nashville at what is currently Nissan Stadium). Most recently, the USA defeated Costa Rica 7-2 at Finley Stadium on Aug. 19 during the 2015 Victory Tour.
  • The USA has played five matches in Boca Raton, including two at FAU Stadium, a 4-1 win against China PR in 2012 and a 7-0 victory against Russia in 2014.
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U.S. Soccer to Host Girls Fantasy Camp in Nashville During SheBelieves Cup

CHICAGO (Jan. 12, 2016) – U.S. Soccer will host a “Girls Fantasy Camp” around the U.S. Women’s National Team match versus France on March 6 in Nashville, Tennessee during the SheBelieves Cup. The camp is a special fundraiser to support upcoming development initiatives and will help continue to grow the beautiful game in the United States.

The SheBelieves Cup Girls Fantasy Camp will be held in Nashville from March 4-7. This exclusive player/fan experience offers unique behind-the-scenes access to U.S. Soccer and places participants in a Youth National Team training camp environment. This one-of-a-kind opportunity includes:

  • Premium ticket to the U.S. WNT match against France and Germany vs. England matches on March 6
  • Pregame behind-the-scenes tour and field-level access to watch match warm-ups
  • Hotel accommodations and all meals
  • Daily training sessions with former WNT stars
  • VIP access to a U.S. WNT training session
  • Ground transportation, including airport transfers if needed
  • U.S. Soccer jersey and training apparel
  • Private photo opportunity with the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup Trophy and more

The Girls Fantasy Camp is open to girls of all skill levels born in the years 2001, 2002 and 2003. Participation is made possible through a $3,395 donation to U.S. Soccer, part of which is tax deductible. U.S. Soccer is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and proceeds will help fund important development initiatives to foster the next generation of inspirational coaches and players. The deadline to sign up for the SheBelieves Cup Girls Fantasy Camp is Friday, Feb. 19.

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Space is limited for the Camp, which is filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Please contact fantasycamp@ussoccer.org with questions or register for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity below. 

The SheBelieves Cup underlines U.S. Soccer’s continued commitment to investing in the growth of women’s soccer, and will be the globe’s premier women’s soccer tournament staged in advance of the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

Conceived and developed by the USWNT players, #SheBelieves is a movement to inspire young girls and encourage them to accomplish all their goals and dreams, athletic or otherwise. The campaign launched in the run-up to the 2015 Women’s World Cup and has grown since then as the team and its fans have taken its powerful message into their communities. The SheBelieves Cup is a showcase event for the campaign, which will continue to spread its positive message to young women and girls.

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U.S. Soccer to Host SheBelieves Cup Featuring USA, England, France and Germany

CHICAGO (Jan. 12, 2016) – U.S. Soccer will host an elite, four-team international tournament featuring four of the top five ranked women’s national teams in the world as England, France and Germany join the USA for the SheBelieves Cup to be held from March 3-9 at three venues in the southeastern United States. The SheBelieves Cup underlines U.S. Soccer’s continued commitment to investing in the growth of women’s soccer, and will be the globe’s premier women’s soccer tournament staged in advance of the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

Conceived and developed by the USWNT players, #SheBelieves is a movement to inspire young girls and encourage them to accomplish all their goals and dreams, athletic or otherwise. The campaign launched in the run-up to the 2015 Women’s World Cup and has grown since then as the team and its fans have taken its powerful message into their communities. The SheBelieves Cup is a showcase event for the campaign, which will continue to spread its positive message to young women and girls.

The USA’s hosting of the 2016 SheBelieves Cup, which will be the top four-nation women’s international tournament in the world this year, means the U.S. Women will not attend the Algarve Cup in Portugal, an annual spring tournament it has attended for the past 18 consecutive years and 20 times overall. Instead, U.S. Soccer will pit four of the world’s top-ranked teams in three doubleheaders taking place on March 3 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida (Germany vs. France and USA vs. England), March 6 at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tennessee (USA vs. France and Germany vs. England) and March 9 at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton, Florida (France vs. England and USA vs. Germany). The USA’s first match against England will be broadcast on FS1, and its following two games against France and Germany will both be broadcast on ESPN3. None of the non-USA matches are scheduled to be broadcast at this time.

2016 SheBelieves Cup Schedule

Date   Matches                        Stadium                                 City                      Kickoff            TV
Mar. 3   Germany vs. France  Raymond James Stadium    Tampa, Fla.          5 p.m. ET         n/a
Mar. 3   USA vs. England       Raymond James Stadium   Tampa, Fla.         7:30 p.m. ET   FS1

Mar. 6   USA vs. France         Nissan Stadium                 Nashville, Tenn.
     2 p.m. CT     ESPN3
Mar. 6   Germany vs. England  Nissan Stadium                 Nashville, Tenn.    4:30 p.m. CT    n/a
Mar. 9   France vs. England      FAU Stadium                      Boca Raton, Fla.    5 p.m. ET         n/a
Mar. 9   USA vs. Germany     FAU Stadium                     Boca Raton, Fla.  7:30 p.m. ET   ESPN3

Tickets for all three doubleheaders go on sale to the public Friday, Jan. 15, at 10 a.m. local time through ussoccer.com, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and at all Ticketmaster ticket centers in the local venue areas. [Note: Tickets are not sold at either Raymond James Stadium or FAU Stadium except on the day of the event.] Groups of 20 or more can obtain an order form 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 and after the game, and other unique benefits) are available for the Nashville event only, exclusively through ussoccer.com.

U.S. Soccer will also offer a four-day Girls Fantasy Camp around the second set of matches during the tournament. The Camp will be held in Nashville, Tennessee from March 4-7 and is open to girls born in 2001, 2002 and 2003. This exclusive fan-player opportunity includes training sessions with former Women’s National Team stars, VIP access to a WNT training session, on-field match tickets, a pre-game stadium tour and field-level access to watch warm-ups, U.S. Soccer training apparel and jersey, accommodations, meals and more. The Camp is a fundraiser to support U.S. Soccer development initiatives and includes a tax-deductible donation. For more information and to register, contact fantasycamp@ussoccer.org.

The winner of the tournament will be based on total points (three for a win, one for a tie), with the first tie-breaker being overall goal difference, followed by most total tournament goals scored, then head-to-head result and lastly, FIFA Ranking if necessary.

The USA is currently first in the FIFA Women’s World Rankings. Germany is ranked second, France is third and England is fifth. The USA, Germany and England all advanced to semifinals of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup with Germany beating France in a quarterfinal penalty kick shootout to earn its spot in the last four.

“When I took this job, one of my main objectives was to play the best teams in the world during our preparation periods and you can’t ask for better matches,” said Ellis. “This is another sign of U.S. Soccer’s dedication to the women’s game to organize a tournament like this, which will bring some of the world’s best teams and players to the USA. To get the chance to play these great teams on home soil is a treat for our fans and extremely valuable in the further evolution of our team. These are the kinds of games where you get tested all over the field and can really evaluate players and learn a lot about ourselves.”

All three matches carry some significant storylines for the USA. The meeting with Germany will be the first since the epic 2015 Women’s World Cup semifinal, a 2-0 U.S. victory. The meeting with France will be the first since the 2015 Algarve Cup championship game, a 2-0 U.S. win that reversed a 2-0 loss in the teams’ first match of 2015. The meeting with England will be the first since the USA’s narrow 1-0 victory in Milton Keynes, England in early February of last year that sparked a 24-game unbeaten streak which included the run to the World Cup title.

In addition, the other matches carry tremendous intrigue with Germany facing France in a rematch of their Women’s World Cup quarterfinal, and England taking on Germany, the team it defeated in the third-place match of the Women’s World Cup.

Additional notes:

  • The USA is 19-4-7 all-time against Germany and 2-0-0 against West Germany in matches played in 1988 and 1990. The most recent meeting between the teams came on June 30 in Montreal as the USA defeated Germany 2-0 in the 2015 Women’s World Cup semifinal on goals from Carli Lloyd and Kelley O’Hara.
  • The USA is 15-1-2 all-time against France, with the lone loss coming on Feb. 8 of last year, a 2-0 setback in Lorient, France that kicked off the 2015 schedule. The USA avenged the loss with a 2-0 victory in the championship game of the 2015 Algarve Cup in Portugal as Julie Johnston and Christen Press scored. The losing team in both those games had a penalty kick saved as Sarah Bouhaddi denied Abby Wambach in Lorient and Hope Solo denied Amandine Henry in Faro.
  • The USA is 7-3-1 all-time against England, which includes the most recent match between the teams: a 1-0 victory on Feb. 13, 2015, in Milton Keynes, England with the lone goal coming from an Alex Morgan header.
  • The USA has played six times in Tampa, Fla., including two games at Raymond James Stadium. Most recently, the USA defeated France, 1-0, in June of 2014 on a goal from Sydney Leroux.
  • The USA has played just five times in the state of Tennessee (three in Chattanooga and two in Nashville at what is currently Nissan Stadium). Most recently, the USA defeated Scotland 3-1 in February of 2013.
  • The USA has played five matches in Boca Raton, including two at FAU Stadium, a 4-1 win against China PR in 2012 and a 7-0 victory against Russia in 2014.
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