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2018 Tournament of Nations

Kansas City - East Hartford - Bridgeview, Ill.
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Three U.S. Soccer Referees to Represent USA at 2018 Concacaf Women's Championship

Three U.S. Soccer referees have been selected to represent the United States at the 2018 Concacaf Women’s Championship. FIFA referee Ekaterina Koroleva, and assistant referees Felisha Mariscal and Kathryn Nesbitt will work this year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup qualifying tournament, which runs from Oct. 4-17.

“U.S. Soccer is proud that Katja, Felisha and Katy have been selected for the 2018 CONCACAF Women’s Qualifying Tournament,” U.S. Soccer Director of Referee Development Rick Eddy said. “All three women are in CONCACAF’s Elite tier of match officials along with being in the pool of officials for selection for the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019 France. Katja, Felisha and, Katy have extensive international experience along with working domestic professional leagues in the United States. U.S. Soccer is extremely proud of their selection for this tournament.”

Koroleva was one of 10 Referees, while Mariscal and Nesbitt were two of 10 Assistant Referees appointed to serve at the event, which runs across three cities: Cary, N.C., Edinburg, Texas and Frisco, Texas. The trio will begin their journey in Edinburg, where the teams from Group B will face off on Oct. 5, 8 and 11: Canada, Jamaica, Costa Rica and Cuba.

Currently residing in Seattle, Wash., Koroleva has been on the U.S. Soccer FIFA Panel since 2014. Highlights to the 31-year-old’s professional career include her appointment to the 2015 NWSL Championship, 2016 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup, 2018 Tournament of Nations and 2018 Algarve Cup.

Mariscal, who has also been on the U.S. Soccer FIFA Panel since 2014, is an AP Spanish Teacher at Chula Vista High School when she is not training to officiate at the highest levels. After carrying the sideline flag for the NASL final in 2014, Mariscal’s high-profile matches have included the 2016 Concacaf Women's Olympic Qualifying Championship, 2018 Algarve Cup and 2018 Tournament of Nations.

A native of Western New York, Nesbitt made her professional debut with NWSL in April of 2013 as an AR during the FC Kansas City vs. Portland Thorns match. A member of the FIFA panel since 2016, Nesbitt’s FIFA and Concacaf officiating experience includes the 2016 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup and the 2016 Concacaf Women's Olympic Qualifying Championship. Nesbitt’s most recent high-profile tournament came during the 2018 She Believes Cup, where she was an AR for the Germany vs. England match on March 4. Since the 2017 MLS season began, Nesbitt has held the sideline flag in 12 matches. Off the field, the 29-year-old Nesbitt is an Assistant Professor at Towson University.


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Oct 3, 2018

Alex Morgan is Scoring Goals and That’s Good for Everyone (Except Those Playing Against Her)

Alex Morgan is in the business of scoring goals. And business is booming.

In her last 18 games playing for the U.S. Women’s National Team, Morgan has scored 17 times. They’ve come in a multitude of ways – from the penalty spot, headers, blistering drives and breakaways. She’s scored game-winners and braces, and against Japan on July 26 at the 2018 Tournament of Nations, she bagged a hat trick. It was the fourth of her career. 

She’s been scoring for the USA since 2010, and since scoring goals is perhaps the most difficult part of the game, there have been periods of great form and a few dry spells. But the past year has been impressive even by the high standards we’ve come to expect from the 29-year-old.

It’s always been clear that when Morgan is in the zone, opposing defenses are in for a long night.

This 18-game run – in which the USA has not lost -- began in the latter half of 2017 after she returned from her six-month stint at Olympique Lyonnais, lasted through the final seven games of 2017, then continued into the first 11 games of 2018.

The current streak began in the final game of the 2017 Tournament of Nations and now almost a year later, she’s still on a roll. She closed 2017 with seven goals in seven games (which made her the team’s top scorer for the year) and has a team-leading 10 goals in 11 games in 2018.

In a span of a few months, Morgan has put herself within striking distance of 100 goals. Currently at 90, she would become the seventh woman in U.S. history to reach the century mark and join a highly exclusive club which features Abby Wambach, Mia Hamm, Kristine Lilly, Michelle Akers, Tiffeny Milbrett and Carli Lloyd. Even more impressively, she is on pace to achieve this feat in less caps (currently at 143 after the Japan game on July 26) than four of those six legends (Wambach and Akers scored goal No. 100 in their 129th cap; Hamm scored in her 155th cap) and could become the third youngest player in WNT history to reach 100. Wambach scored her 100th goal just after her 29th birthday and Hamm reached 100 when she was 26-and-a-half-years old.

Morgan’s first WNT goal came on Oct. 2, 2010 against China PR. She played in eight games that year and scored four goals. She followed that up with six goals in 2011 and had a breakthrough performance at the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Germany.

In 2012, Morgan had one of the best scoring years in U.S. history, tallying a remarkable 28 goals with 21 assists to lead the team in both categories. Her goal total was the third-best in U.S. history behind only Michelle Akers (39 in 1991) and Wambach (31 in 2004) and her assist total was tied for second-best in U.S. history behind only Hamm (22 in 2004) and tied with Carin Gabarra (21 in 1991). She also helped the USA to the gold medal at the London Olympics, scoring the epic 123rdminute game-winner in the semifinal final that is still the latest goal in FIFA history, and earned personal recognition when she finished third for the FIFA Player of the Year award and was named the U.S. Soccer Female Player of the Year for the first time.

The next two years for Morgan were unfortunately plagued by injuries. In 2013, she missed a few games but still played 811 minutes in 12 games and scored six goals with four assists. She spent much of 2014 finishing her recovery but returned to play in seven matches, starting four, while scoring five goals with four assists before she suffered an ankle injury in the second match of the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship that kept her out for the rest of the year.

She rounded into shape just in time to participate in her second World Cup at the senior level and she was a key member of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup champions. She came off the bench in the first two games as she regained her fitness, but then got the start in the final group game against Nigeria and started all four knock-out round games. She played in 22 of the USA’s 26 games that year and scored seven goals. She got back to her old self in 2016 when she found the net 17 times, including what was probably the best goal of the year on March 9 against Germany in the SheBelieves Cup.

Her 2017-18 has been even more impressive, and not just because of her scoring rate, but because the goals are coming against elite talent at a time when the level of play worldwide is increasingly competitive.

There’s still a lot of 2018 left to play, including the 2018 Concacaf Women’s Championship in October where the USA will look to book its trip to the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France. And while the U.S. Women know that nothing is given and everything is earned, with Morgan in her current form, fans are surely looking forward to an entertaining few months ahead.

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WNT Aug 14, 2018

28 Young Players Live Their Dream at U.S. Soccer Fantasy Camp

U.S. Soccer hosted its 7th Girls Fantasy Camp last month in Kansas City. Hosted at the National Development Center around the opening matches of the 2018 Tournament of Nations, the 28-player camp ran from July 24-27 and brought together girls of all skill levels from across the United States. The special four-day event and fundraiser was led by former U.S. Women’s National Team legends Linds Read more
WNT Aug 9, 2018

Gallery: WNT Earns Hard-Fought 1-1 Draw vs. Australia in Second Match of #ToN2018

Photos from the U.S. Women's National Team's thrilling 1-1 draw vs. Australia in the second match of #ToN2018 in East Hartford, CT. A Lindsey Horan header in the final minute of regulation secured a valuable point for the WNT in front of 21,570 fans at Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field. Read more
WNT Aug 1, 2018

PREVIEW: USA Begins #ToN2018 with Stern Japan Test | Thursday 7pm ET | FS1

The U.S. Women’s National Team opens its 2018 Tournament of Nations on July 26 at Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kansas (6 p.m. CT on FS1) against long-time rival Japan. U.S. head coach Jill Ellis named 25 players to the training camp roster and chose a final 23-player roster for this event after several days of training. These games are providing valuable preparation for th Read more
WNT Jul 24, 2018

Ellis Names Final USA Roster for 2018 Tournament of Nations

CHICAGO (July 23, 2018) – U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Jill Ellis has named the final 23-player roster for the 2018 Tournament of Nations. The USA opens the four-team tournament against Japan on July 26 at Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kansas (6 p.m. CT on FS1). The USA will also face Australia on July 29 in East Hartford, Conn. (7 p.m. ET on FS1) and finish agai Read more
WNT Jul 23, 2018
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Gallery: WNT Feeling Good as #ToN2018 Approaches

The U.S. Women's National Team opens its 2018 Tournament of Nations on July 26 at Children's Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kansas (6 p.m. CT on FS1) against long-time rival Japan. U.S. head coach Jill Ellis named 25 players to the training camp roster for this event that gathered on July 20 and chose a final 23-player tournament roster after several days of training at the new U.S. Soccer National Development Center.

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WNT Jul 24, 2018
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Five Things to Know About Japan - 2018 Tournament of Nations

The USA and Japan met in three consecutive world finals in the first half of this decade at the 2011 Women’s World Cup, the 2012 Olympics and the 2015 Women’s World Cup, forever linking these two countries together in soccer history. As the teams prepare to meet again at the 2018 Tournament of Nations, herearefivethingstoknowaboutNadeshiko Japan.

Japan Women’s National Team Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): 1-Sakiko Ikeda (Urawa Red Diamond Ladies), 18-Ayaka Yamashita (NTV Beleza), 21- Chika Hirao (Albirex Niigata Ladies)

DEFENDERS (7): 2-Ruma Utsugi (Seattle Reign FC, USA), 3-Aya Sameshima (INAC Kobe Leonessa), 4-Shiori Miyake (INAC Kobe Leonessa), 6-Saori Ariyoshi (NTV Beleza), 22-Risa Shimizu (NTV Beleza), 23-Aimi Kunitake (Nojima Stella Kanagawa Sagamihara)

MIDFIELDERS (8): 7-Emi Nakajima (INAC Kobe Leonessa), 12-Hikaru Naomoto (Sport Club Freiburg, GER), 14-Yui Hasegawa (NTV Beleza), 15-Moeno Sakaguchi (Albirex Niigata Ladies), 16-Rin Sumida (NTV Beleza), 17-Yuka Momiki (NTV Beleza Beleza), 19-Rika Masuya (INAC Kobe Leonessa), 24-Narumi Miura (NTV Beleza

FORWARDS (5): 8-Mana Iwabuchi (INAC Kobe Leonessa), 9-Nahomi Kawasumi (Seattle Reign FC, USA), 11-Mina Tanaka (NTV Beleza), 13-Yuika Sugasawa (Urawa Red Diamond Ladies), 20-Kumi Yokoyama (AC Nagano Parceiro Ladies)

AFC Champions and Qualified for France 2019
Japan, just like Brazil and Australia, the other participants of this year’s Tournament of Nation, has already booked its ticket for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup, making them one of the few nations to have participated at every FIFA Women’s World Cup. Japan won the 2018 AFC Women’s Asian Cup, their second consecutive continental title.

Despite the winning the qualifying tournament in April, it was a challenging ride for Japan which defeated Vietnam, 4-0, and then had a scoreless draw against Korea Republic. A 1-1 draw against Australia (courtesy of a Mizuho Sakaguchi goal) in the final group match clinched second in the group and automatic passage to France. Japan then defeated China PR 3-1 in the semifinal and got late winner to defeat Australia 1-0 in the championship game.

Japan brought 12 players from its 2017 Tournament of Nations squad, but has named almost the same team that participated in the 2018 AFC Women’s Asian Cup in Jordan as 18 players from its AFC Cup title winning team are at ToN this summer.

So Far In 2018
Japan enters the Tournament of Nations unbeaten in its last seven games overall (5-0-2). Japan has not allowed an opponent to score more than one goal over that span, which includes five games at the AFC Women’s Asia Cup that was sandwiched in between two friendlies in which Japan defeated Ghana, 7-1, and New Zealand, 3-1.

Japan had some mixed results at the 2018 Algarve Cup played in March in Portugal, falling to reigning European champion Holland 6-2 before beating Iceland, 2-1, and Denmark 2-0. Japan then lost the 5th place game to Canada, 2-0, but they did win the tournament’s Fair Play Award.

Woman in Charge
Japan head coach Asako Takakura assumed the reins in 2016 with big shoes to fill, as predecessor Norio Sasaki led Japan through a golden period which included two Women’s World Cup Finals – including the title in 2011 – and a silver medal at the 2012 Olympics.

The four-time Asian Women’s Coach of the Year made her National Team debut at the age of 16 and was a midfielder in her playing days. She earned 79 caps for Japan while scoring 30 goals. She played in the 1991 and 1995 World Cups, as well as the 1996 Olympics. She has been an integral part of the Japanese coaching infrastructure for years, having coached every age group from Under-13 upwards. She led Japan to the 2014 Under-17 Women’s World Cup title and the 2015 Asian U-19 Championship while also serving on the FIFA technical study group at the last World Cup. She also coached Japan to third place at the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Papua New Guinea, defeating the USA 1-0 in the bronze medal game.

Long-Time Rivals, Long-Time Respect
TheUSA and Japan have a rich history dating back to 1986, the second year of the U.S. WNT program. While the streak of meeting in three straight world finals ended at the 2016 Olympics, the matches between the USA and Japan have been some of the most watched women’s soccer games in history.

The USA lost in penalty kicks at the 2011 Women's World Cup Final after a 2-2 tie over regulation and overtime, but rebounded to win the 2012 Olympic goal medal game, 2-1, and the historic 2015 Women's World Cup Final, 5-2. Since falling in the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup Final, the USA has gone 5-1-3 against Japan, outscoring them 21-10.

USA vs. Japan: One Year Between Meetings
The most recent meeting came at last year’s Tournament of Nations with the USA winning 3-0. Megan Rapinoe scored one of the best goals of the year in the 12th minute and the USA then broke open a tight game with goals from Mallory Pugh in the 60th and Alex Morgan in the 80th.

Nine players and seven starters who played against the USA in last year’s Tournament of Nations are on Japan’s roster while the USA brings 12 players from that match, including eight starters.

The USA holds an all-time record of 27-1-7 against Japan and has scored 100 goals while allowing 25.

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WNT Jul 24, 2018

Schedule

Results

Date Matchup Result Venue Attendance Goal Scorers
4-1 W Toyota Park; Bridgeview, Ill.
Match Guide
18,309 Lavelle, Ertz, Heath, Morgan
1-1 D Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field; East Hartford, Conn. 21,570 Horan
4-2 W Children’s Mercy Park; Kansas City, Kan. 18,467 (so) Morgan(3), Rapinoe

2018 Tournament of Nations - July 26-Aug. 2, 2018 - Kansas City | East Hartford | Chicago

PLAYER POS. HT. BIRTHDATE HOMETOWN CLUB/COLLEGE
M 5-7 St. Simons Island, Ga. Chicago Red Stars
D 5-7 Menlo Park, Calif. NC Courage
D 5-10 Menlo Park, Calif. Stanford
D 5-1 Rockville Centre, N.Y. NC Courage
GK 5-9 Salina, Kan. Portland Thorns FC
GK 5-9 Satellite Beach, Fla. Orlando Pride
F 5-6 Basking Ridge, N.J. Portland Thorns FC
M 5-9 Golden, Colo. Portland Thorns FC
M 5-7 Mesa, Ariz. Chicago Red Stars
M 5-4 Cincinnati, Ohio Washington Spirit
F 5-8 Delran, N.J. Sky Blue FC
M 5-8 Northport, N.Y. Seattle Reign
D 5-3 Birmingham, Ala. NC Courage
M 6-0 Hanson, Mass. NC Courage
F 5-7 Diamond Bar, Calif. Orlando Pride
GK 5-9 Stratford, Conn. Chicago Red Stars
F 5-7 Palos Verdes Estates, Calif. Utah Royals FC
F 5-7 Redding, Calif. Seattle Reign FC
F 5-4 Lake Forest, Calif. Utah Royals FC
D 5-7 St. Louis, Mo. Utah Royals FC
D 5-7 Naperville, Ill. Chicago Red Stars
D 5-7 Marietta, Ga. Portland Thorns FC
M 5-4 Camarillo, Calif. NC Courage

2018 Tournament of Nations - July 26-Aug. 2, 2018 - Kansas City | East Hartford | Chicago

Morgan Brian

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-7

Birthdate:

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
St. Simons Island, Ga.

Club:
Chicago Red Stars

Abby Dahlkemper

Position:
Defender

Height:
5-7

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Menlo Park, Calif.

Club:
NC Courage

Tierna Davidson

Position:
Defender

Height:
5-10

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Menlo Park, Calif.

Club:
Stanford

Crystal Dunn

Position:
Defender

Height:
5-1

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Rockville Centre, N.Y.

Club:
NC Courage

Adrianna Franch

Position:
Goalkeeper

Height:
5-9

Birthdate:

Position:
Goalkeeper

Hometown:
Salina, Kan.

Club:
Portland Thorns FC

Ashlyn Harris

Position:
Goalkeeper

Height:
5-9

Birthdate:

Position:
Goalkeeper

Hometown:
Satellite Beach, Fla.

Club:
Orlando Pride

Tobin Heath

Position:
Forward

Height:
5-6

Birthdate:

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
Basking Ridge, N.J.

Club:
Portland Thorns FC

Lindsey Horan

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-9

Birthdate:

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Golden, Colo.

Club:
Portland Thorns FC

Julie Ertz

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-7

Birthdate:

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Mesa, Ariz.

Club:
Chicago Red Stars

Rose Lavelle

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-4

Birthdate:

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Cincinnati, Ohio

Club:
Washington Spirit

Carli Lloyd

Position:
Forward

Height:
5-8

Birthdate:

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
Delran, N.J.

Club:
Sky Blue FC

Allie Long

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-8

Birthdate:

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Northport, N.Y.

Club:
Seattle Reign

Merritt Mathias

Position:
Defender

Height:
5-3

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Birmingham, Ala.

Club:
NC Courage

Samantha Mewis

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
6-0

Birthdate:

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Hanson, Mass.

Club:
NC Courage

Alex Morgan

Position:
Forward

Height:
5-7

Birthdate:

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
Diamond Bar, Calif.

Club:
Orlando Pride

Alyssa Naeher

Position:
Goalkeeper

Height:
5-9

Birthdate:

Position:
Goalkeeper

Hometown:
Stratford, Conn.

Club:
Chicago Red Stars

Christen Press

Position:
Forward

Height:
5-7

Birthdate:

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
Palos Verdes Estates, Calif.

Club:
Utah Royals FC

Megan Rapinoe

Position:
Forward

Height:
5-7

Birthdate:

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
Redding, Calif.

Club:
Seattle Reign FC

Amy Rodriguez

Position:
Forward

Height:
5-4

Birthdate:

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
Lake Forest, Calif.

Club:
Utah Royals FC

Becky Sauerbrunn

Position:
Defender

Height:
5-7

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
St. Louis, Mo.

Club:
Utah Royals FC

Casey Short

Position:
Defender

Height:
5-7

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Naperville, Ill.

Club:
Chicago Red Stars

Emily Sonnett

Position:
Defender

Height:
5-7

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Marietta, Ga.

Club:
Portland Thorns FC

McCall Zerboni

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-4

Birthdate:

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Camarillo, Calif.

Club:
NC Courage

Team GP W L T GF GA GD Pts.
United States
2 1 0 1 5 3 2 4
Australia
2 1 0 1 4 2 2 4
Brazil 2 1 1 0 3 4 -1 3
Japan 2 0 2 0 3 6 -3 0

Date Match Time (ET)/Result Venue
July 26 Brazil vs. Australia 1-3 Children’s Mercy Park; Kansas City, Kan.
July 26 United States vs. Japan 4-2 Children’s Mercy Park; Kansas City, Kan.
July 29 Japan vs. Brazil 1-2 Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field; East Hartford, Conn.
July 29 United States vs. Australia 1-1 Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field; East Hartford, Conn.
Aug. 2 Australia vs. Japan 2-0 Toyota Park; Bridgeview, Ill.
Aug. 2 United States vs. Brazil 4-1 Toyota Park; Bridgeview, Ill.

Format: The winner of the tournament will be based on total points (three for a win, one for a tie), with the tie-breakers in order of: best goal difference then total goals scored, head-to-head record and finally, FIFA ranking.
Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field; East Hartford, Conn.
Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field; East Hartford, Conn.

U.S. Women's National Team - 2018 Tournament of Nations Stats

Updated through Aug. 2, 2018
Record: 2-0-1

Player

Pos

GP

GS

Min.

G

A

Y/R

Brian, Morgan M 2 2 108 0 0 0/0
Dahlkemper, Abby D 3 2 171 0 0 0/0
Davidson, Tierna D 2 2 180 0
0 0/0
Dunn, Crystal F 3 3 265 0 0 1/0
Ertz, Julie  M 3 3 244 1 0 0/0
Franch, Adrianna GK 0 0 0 0 0 0/0
Harris, Ashlyn GK 0 0 0 0 0 0/0
Heath, Tobin F 3 2 179 1 1 0/0
Horan, Lindsey M 3 3 254 1 1 0/0
Lavelle, Rose M 3 1 82 1 0 0/0
Lloyd, Carli M 3 0 30 0 0
0/0
Long, Allie M 0 0 0 0 0 0/0
Mathais, Merritt D 0 0 0  0 0 0/0
Mewis, Samantha M 1 0 16 0 0 0/0
Morgan, Alex F 3 3 252 4 1 0/0
Naeher, Alyssa GK 3 3 270 0 0 0/0
Press, Christen F 3 1 71 0 0 0/0
Rapinoe, Megan F 3 3 244 1 3 0/0
Rodriguez, Amy F 0 0 0 0 0 0/0
Sauerbrunn, Becky D 2 2 180 0 0 0/0
Short, Casey D 3 0 46 0 0 0/0
Sonnett, Emily D 3 3 259 0 1 0/0
Zerboni, McCall M 3 0 117 0 0 0/0
Own Goal 0
Totals
3 3 270 9 7 1/0
Opponent Totals
3 3 270 4 3 5/0

2018 Tournament of Nations Goalkeeping Statistics

Player Name

GP

GS

Min.

GF

GA

SO

GAA

W-L-T

Franch, Adrianna 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0-0-0
Harris, Ashlyn 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0-0-0
Naeher, Alyssa 3 3 270 9 4 0 1.33 2-0-1
Totals 3 3 270 9 4 0 1.33 2-0-1
Opponent Totals 3 3 270 4 9 0 3.00 0-2-1
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