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USA Beats Brazil, 4-1, to Claim First Tournament of Nations Title

BRIGEVIEW, Ill. (Aug. 2, 2018) – After going down early in the first half due to an own goal, the U.S. Women’s National Team roared back with three goals in the second half to earn a 4-1 win against Brazil and take home its first Tournament of Nations title in front of a spectacular crowd of 18,309 at Toyota Park.

After Australia beat Japan, 2-0, in the day’s early game, the U.S. knew it also needed to win by a two-goal margin in order to maintain its lead via tie-breakers over the Matildas in the tournament standings, and set about trying to accomplish just that from the outset.

The USA had control of the match from the get-go and produced several chances that could have opened the scoring in its favor. But, against the run of play, it was Brazil that struck first via a counterattack from Debinha. U.S. defender Tierna Davidson attempted to clear a cross that instead deflected into the back of her own net in the 16th minute.

Unfazed by the surprise deficit, the U.S. continued to push forward on offense and found the equalizer via some terrific play and a top-class finish from Rose Lavelle in the 33rd minute, sending the teams into the locker room tied at the half.

In the second half, the U.S. came out blazing and took the lead after only eight minutes through a sliding Julie Ertz volley that capped off another impressive offensive flourish from the U.S. An invigorated defense kept Brazil at bay and provided a strong foundation for the USA to launch more attacks throughout the half. 

After assisting on Ertz’s goal, Tobin Heath grabbed one of her own with a terrific low drive that snaked through some traffic on its way into the goal in the 61st minute, giving the U.S. a comfortable 3-1 lead. 

Alex Morgan then put the USA out of sight in the 77th minute, converting a well-drawn up set piece to solidify the team’s 4-1 win and the 2018 Tournament of Nations trophy.

2018 Tournament of Nations Final Standings

Team

GP

W

L

T

GF

GA

GD

Pts.

USA

3

2

0

1

9

4

5

7

Australia

3

2

0

1

6

2

4

7

Brazil

3

1

2

0

4

8

-4

3

Japan

3

0

3

0

3

8

-5

0

Next Up: The USA will host Chile for two friendly matches (Aug. 31 in Los Angeles and Sept. 4 in San Jose) before entering World Cup qualifying in October. Chile will be a Women's World Cup debutante next summer after qualifying for the tournament for the first time by finishing second in the 2018 Copa América Femenina. The U.S. begins the 2018 Concacaf Women’s Championship begins on Oct. 4 in Cary, N.C.

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Goal Scoring Rundown:
BRA – Own Goal (Tierna Davidson), 16th minute: Debinha led the Brazil counterattack down the left wing and she spied Adrianna making a run towards the middle. Debinha’s cross was a good one, and forced Tierna Davidson, who was running at her goal, to slide in an attempt to clear the ball. Instead, it spun off her foot and into the upper left corner past a diving Alyssa Naeher for the USA’s first own goal since 2015. USA 0, BRA 1. WATCH.

USA – Rose Lavelle (Lindsey Horan), 33rd minute: Megan Rapinoe crossed the ball from the left flank and Alex Morgan, positioned inside the penalty area, flicked it on with her head to Lindsey Horan. Horan took one touch before chipping back to Lavelle in the middle of the penalty area where she finished brilliantly with a half volley into the right side netting to tie the match. USA 1, BRA 1. WATCH.

USA – Julie Ertz (Tobin Heath), 53rd minute: Tobin Heath took on Mônica on the right side, won the ball and looped it toward the far left post for Julie Ertz, who came sprinting from outside the box to send a sliding shot into the top of the net for the U.S. lead. USA 2, BRA 1. WATCH.

USA – Tobin Heath (Alex Morgan), 61st minute: Alex Morgan controlled the ball inside the box, looked up for a teammate and picked out an incoming Tobin Heath at the top of the box. Heath struck a powerful low shot from 18 yards out through a forest of players into the far left side of the net for the two-goal advantage. USA 3, BRA 1. WATCH.

USA – Alex Morgan (Megan Rapinoe), 77th minute: A well drawn up set piece was executed to perfection by the U.S. when Megan Rapinoe’s free kick fell to the middle of the area at the top of the six-yard box where Alex Morgan timed an exacting run that got behind the defense to redirect the ball into the back of the net. USA 4, BRA 1. WATCH. FINAL

Additional Notes:

  • The USA is 9-0-2 in 2018, with wins against Denmark, Germany, England, Mexico (twice), China PR (twice), Japan, Brazil and ties against Australia and France.  
  • The USA is unbeaten in its last 19 matches (16-0-3). The USA has outscored its opponents 58-17 through that stretch, scoring in all 19 games.
  • Rose Lavelle earned her 11th career cap tonight and made her first start since Sept. 19, 2017. She scored her third career goal, her first with the USA since scoring against Sweden on June 8, 2017. A hamstring injury suffered against Norway on June 11, 2017 kept her off the field for club and country until the last few months when she returned to international and NWSL play.
  • Julie Ertz scored her second goal of 2018, and her 16th career goal in her 64th career cap. It was Ertz' first goal in her last five USWNT appearances, and her seventh in her last 12. She also scored against Brazil at last year’s Tournament of Nations.
  • Tobin Heath scored her 20th international goal (second of 2018) and recorded her first assist of the year – her 30th career assist. Tonight’s game was her second consecutive start for the U.S. WNT after taking the field against Australia on July 29, which marked her first start since March 7, 2017. Heath was out of the National Team for most of 2017 and 2018 due to injuries. She earned cap No. 136 and is in 25th place on the USA’s all-time caps list.
  • Alex Morgan scored her 90th international goal, her team-leading 10th goal of the year, and recorded her third assist of 2018. It was her 145th cap. At age 29, she sits in sole possession of seventh place on the USA's all-time goal scoring list. She’s scored 17 goals over her last 18 WNT matches.
  • Megan Rapinoe earned her team-leading ninth assist of 2018 in her 140th international appearance today. She has 53 international assists, sitting in seventh place in U.S. history.
  • Lindsey Horan earned her third assist of 2018 in her 54th career cap. She has scored six international goals, with her most recent one being the dramatic game-tying goal against Australia in the 90th minute on July 29.
  • Morgan and Rapinoe are the only two players to start every game so far in 2018.
  • Tonight's own goal was just the 10th in U.S. WNT history and the second to Brazil. It's also the second conceded by the USA in the last decade. The most recent one before tonight’s was Julie Ertz’ at the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup final vs. Japan.
  • The U.S. starting backline, composed of Sauerbrunn, Davidson, Dunn and Sonnett, had only played 77 minutes together before tonight's game.
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WNT Aug 2, 2018

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

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Brazil
Date: August 2, 2018
Competition: Tournament of Nation
Kickoff: 8:30 p.m. ET
Attendance:  18,309
Weather: 83 degrees, mostly cloudy

Scoring Summary:    1          2          F
USA                             1          3          4
BRA                             1          0          1

BRA – Tierna Davidson (own goal)                16th minute
USA – Rose Lavelle (Lindsey Horan)            33
USA – Julie Ertz (Tobin Heath)                      53
USA – Tobin Heath (Alex Morgan)                 61
USA – Alex Morgan (Megan Rapinoe)           77

Lineups:
USA: 1-Alyssa Naeher; 22-Emily Sonnett, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 12-Tierna Davidson, 19-Crystal Dunn (7-Abby Dahlkemper, 88); 16-Rose Lavelle (5-McCall Zerboni, 46), 2-Julie Ertz, 9-Lindsey Horan; 17-Tobin Heath (14-Casey Short, 69), 13-Alex Morgan (capt.) (23-Christen Press, 90), 15-Megan Rapinoe (10-Carli Lloyd, 80)
Subs not used: 21-Adrianna Franch, 24-Ashlyn Harris, 3-Samantha Mewis, 6-Morgan Brian, 8-Amy Rodriguez, 11-Merritt Mathias, 20-Allie Long
Head coach: Jill Ellis

BRA: 22-Leticia; 23-Rayanne (14-Poliana, 74), 21-Monica, 15-Tayla, 6-Tamires (7-Camila, 36); 18-Thais (20-Raquel, 69), 5-Thaisa (8-Juliana, 90), 11-Adriana, 9-Debinha (2-Millene, 78); 10-Marta (capt.), 16-Beatriz
Subs not used: 1-Barbara, 12-Aline, 3-Daiane, 4-Kathellen, 13-Rilany, 17-Andressinha, 19-Joyce
Head coach: Oswaldo Alvarez (Vadão)

Final Stats Summary: USA / BRA
Shots: 21 / 7
Shots on Goal: 8 / 1
Saves: 0 / 4
Corner Kicks: 4 / 1
Fouls: 15 / 13
Offside: 6 / 1

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Crystal Dunn (caution)                        12th minute
BRA – Camila (caution)                                  44
BRA – Tayla (caution)                        74                                   

Officials:
Referee: Quetzalli Alvarado (MEX)
Assistant Referee 1: Enedina Caudillo (MEX)
Assistant Referee 2:  Stephanie-Dale Yee Sing (JAM)
4th Official: Mirian Leon (SLV)

Budweiser Woman of the Match:  Megan Rapinoe

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2018 Tournament of Nations: By the Numbers

The 2018 Tournament of Nations brought six games of elite international women’s soccer to the United States as Australia, Brazil, Japan and the USA battled for the title in the second edition of the competition. Spectacular crowds that averaged 19,448 fans across three U.S. venues were present to watch the highly entertaining and well-played matches, and it was the USA who lifted the trophy Read more
WNT Aug 6, 2018

USA Beats Brazil, 4-1, to Claim First Tournament of Nations Title

BRIGEVIEW, Ill. (Aug. 2, 2018) – After going down early in the first half due to an own goal, the U.S. Women’s National Team roared back with three goals in the second half to earn a 4-1 win against Brazil and take home its first Tournament of Nations title in front of a spectacular crowd of 18,309 at Toyota Park. After Australia beat Japan, 2-0, in the day’s early game, the Read more
WNT Aug 2, 2018
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Lineup Notes: USA Faces Brazil with Tournament of Nations Title On the Line

USA vs. Brazil
Date: Aug. 2, 2018
Venue: Toyota Park; Bridgeview, Ill.
Broadcast: FS1
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. CT

Tonight’s Starting XI vs. Brazil: 1-Alyssa Naeher; 22-Emily Sonnett, 12-Tierna Davidson, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 19-Crystal Dunn; 2-Julie Ertz, 9-Lindsey Horan,16-Rose Lavelle; 17-Tobin Heath, 13-Alex Morgan (capt.), 15-Megan Rapinoe

Subs: 3-Samantha Mewis, 5-McCall Zerboni, 6-Morgan Brian, 7-Abby Dahlkemper, 8-Amy Rodriguez, 10-Carli Lloyd, 11-Merritt Mathias, 14-Casey Short, 20-Allie Long, 21-Adrianna Franch, 23-Christen Press, 24-Ashlyn Harris 

U.S. Team

  • Alex Morgan and Megan Rapinoe are the only two players to start every game so far in 2018.
  • The USA is 8-0-2 in 2018, with wins against Denmark, Germany, England, Mexico (twice), China PR (twice), Japan and ties against Australia and France.
  • The USA is unbeaten in its last 18 matches (15-0-3). The USA has outscored its opponents 54-16 through that stretch, scoring in all 18 games.

Starting Lineup

  • Alyssa Naeher will earn her 32nd cap tonight in her club’s home stadium at Toyota Park. This will be her eighth cap of 2018 after earning 13 in 2017. She is the fifth goalkeeper in U.S. history to earn 30 or more caps. She has 15 career shutouts.
  • Emily Sonnett will earn her 20th cap tonight. It will be her sixth start of 2018. Sonnett missed the China PR games in June due to injury. She played excellent games at right back against England on March 7 and Mexico on April 5 (going 90 minutes in each) and again on April 8 vs. Mexico. Before her first appearance of this year on Jan. 21, 2018 vs. Denmark off the bench, her most recent cap had come on Oct. 19, 2016 vs. Switzerland.
  • Tierna Davidson started and played 90 minutes on July 26 vs. Japan. The Australia game on July 29 was the first of her WNT career where she did not start or play. She had previously started every one of her nine caps so far. She will enter double digits tonight, earning her 10th start and cap. Davidson is the third teenager since 2013 to earn a first cap for the WNT. Mallory Pugh (17 in 2016) and Lindsey Horan (19 in 2013) are the most recent teenagers to debut for the WNT.
  • Becky Sauerbrunn, who did not play against Japan in the first ToN match as the U.S. medical staff managed her comeback from a minor injury, but did play all 90 minutes against Australia, will earn her 141st cap tonight. Sauerbrunn is in 20th place on the all-time caps list. She is one of 27 female players to play 130 or more times for the USA.
  • Crystal Dunn will earn her 67th cap tonight and makes her eighth consecutive start in 2018. She will once again start tonight’s game as an outside back. She has 23 international goals.
  • Julie Ertz will earn her 64th cap and has scored 15 international goals. The 2017 U.S. Soccer Female Player of the Year got 2018 off to a great start, scoring the game-winner on Jan. 21 vs. Denmark, before the knee injury caused her to miss a few games.At last year's Tournament of Nations vs. Brazil on July 30, 2017, Ertz scored the dramatic game-winner in the 89th while playing defensive midfielder, and then grew into the position the entire year, scoring five more while putting in numerous top-notch performances.
  • Lindsey Horan will earn her 54th cap. She has scored six international goals, with her most recent one being the dramatic game-tying goal against Australia in the 90th minute on July 29. She is the co-leader in goals in the NWSL with nine.
  • Rose Lavelle will earn her 11th career cap tonight and make her first start since Sept. 19, 2017. A hamstring injury suffered against Norway on June 11, 2017 kept her off the field for club and country until the last few months when she returned to USA and NWSL play. She came off the bench on July 26 against Japan in the 64th minute and was also on the field against Australia when the USA tied the match in the 90th minute. She had come on in the 79th minute. Lavelle made her U.S. WNT debut on March 4, 2017 against England – the 14th player to be given a first cap under Ellis – and earned her first two senior team caps at the 2017 SheBelieves Cup. She scored her first international goal, against Russia, on April 9.
  • Tobin Heath will make her second consecutive start for the U.S. WNT after taking the field against Australia on July 29. The start on Sunday marked her first since March 7, 2017. After being out of the National Team for most of 2017 and 2018 due to injuries, Heath returned to the U.S. roster for the two matches against China PR in June. She did not play in the first game, but on June 12, made her first appearance since Sept. 19, 2017, and came off the bench to score the game-winner in the 2-1 victory in Cleveland. It was her 19th international goal. Heath will earn cap No. 136 and is in 25th place on the USA’s all-time caps list. She came off the bench against Japan on July 26 and almost immediately set up a goal.
  • Alex Morgan comes into the match with 89 goals after scoring her fourth career hat-trick against Japan on July 26, and will earn her 145th cap tonight. At age 29, she sits in sole possession of seventh place on the USA's all-time goal scoring list. She’s scored 16 goals over her last 17 WNT matches. She leads the WNT with nine goals in 2018.
  • Megan Rapinoe makes her 140th international appearance today. She has 38 career goals after scoring against Japan on July 26. She has moved ahead of April Heinrichs and Sydney Leroux into sole possession of 15th place on the all-time goals list. She leads the USA with eight assists on the year and now has 52 for her career, sitting in seventh place in U.S. history.
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WNT Aug 2, 2018

PREVIEW: USA Aims for #ToN2018 Title vs. Brazil | Thursday 8:30pm ET | FS1

After a 4-2 win against Japan on July 26 to open the 2018 Tournament of Nations and a 1-1 draw with Australia on July 29, the USA heads into its tournament finale against Brazil on Aug. 2 at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Ill. (7:30 p.m. CT on FS1) with a chance to clinch the tournament title.

After #ToN2018, the USA will have two friendly matches against Chile (Aug. 31 in Los Angeles and Sept. 4 in San Jose) before entering World Cup qualifying. Chile will be a Women’s World Cup debutante next summer after qualifying for the tournament for the first time by finished second in the 2018 Copa América Femenina. The USA’s 2018 has so far featured wins over Denmark, Germany, England, Mexico (twice), China PR (twice), and Japan, along with ties vs. France and Australia.

Follow all the #USWNT and tournament action on Twitter using #ToN2018 on@ussoccer_wnt and @ussoccer_esp, and also on Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat (ussoccer_wnt).

U.S. Women’s National Team #ToN2018 Roster By Position (Caps/Goals
GOALKEEPERS (3): 21- Adrianna Franch (Portland Thorns FC; 0/0), 24- Ashlyn Harris (Orlando Pride; 16/0), 1- Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars; 31/0)
DEFENDERS (6): 7- Abby Dahlkemper (NC Courage; 21/0), 12- Tierna Davidson (Stanford; 9/0), 11- Merritt Mathias (NC Courage; 1/0), 4- Becky Sauerbrunn (Utah Royals FC; 140/0), 14- Casey Short (Chicago Red Stars; 23/0), Emily Sonnett (Portland Thorns FC; 19/0)
MIDFIELDERS (8): 6- Morgan Brian (Chicago Red Stars; 77/6), 2- Julie Ertz (Chicago Red Stars; 63/15); 9- Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC; 53/6), 16- Rose Lavelle (Washington Spirit; 10/2), 10- Carli Lloyd (Sky Blue FC; 256/100); 3- Samantha Mewis (NC Courage; 37/7); 20- Allie Long (Seattle Reign; 39/6), 25- McCall Zerboni (NC Courage; 4/0)
FORWARDS (6): 19- Crystal Dunn (NC Courage; 66/23), 17- Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns; 135/19), 13- Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride; 144/89), 23- Christen Press (Utah Royals FC; 102/44), 15- Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign; 139/38), 12- Amy Rodriguez (Utah Royals FC; 131/30)

STORYLINES

#ToN2018 Schedule: The competition tournament format is same as the SheBelieves Cup and last year’s Tournament of Nations with the four teams each participating in three doubleheader events at three different venues over an eight-day period. 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.

Date

Matches/Results

Stadium

City

Kickoff

TV

Aug. 2

Australia vs. Japan

Toyota Park

Bridgeview, Ill.

4:45 p.m. CT

ussoccer.com

Aug. 2

USA vs. Brazil

Toyota Park

Bridgeview, Ill.

7:30 p.m. CT

FS1

#ToN2018 Standings: The USA and Australia are currently tied on points with four each atop the group in this four-team tournament. They are also tied on goal difference (both teams are at plus-2), but the USA has a slight edge in goals scored with five to the Matildas four. The USA has not lost since the Tournament of Nations last summer, a 1-0 setback to Australia, and has gone 16-0-2 over the past year which includes an 8-0-2 mark in 2018.

Team

GP

W

L

T

GF

GA

GD

Pts.

USA

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

Who Can Still Win #ToN2018
Brazil: Despite sitting third in the standings, Brazil still has a chance to take the tournament title with a win against the USA - but for that outcome to remain possible, Japan must keep Australia from taking three points in the opener of Thursday's doubleheader. If Australia defeats Japan to avenge its loss in this rematch of the 2018 AFC Women's Asian Cup Final, Brazil will be eliminated from contention and will be playing for pride against the Yanks, and possibly some redemption after surrendering a two-goal lead in the final nine minutes of their 2017 Tournament of Nations matchup with the U.S. If Australia draws or loses in the first match of the day, then Brazil can crown itself champion for the first time with a win against the USA. That would put Brazil atop the standings at six points, with the U.S. staying at four, Australia with no more than five, and Japan at no more than three. A draw in the USA-Brazil match would not allow Brazil to climb to the top of the table, as they would remain behind the hosts (and possibly Australia as well).

Australia: The Aussies can repeat as Tournament of Nations champion with a win against Japan and a U.S. loss or tie with Brazil. If both Australia and the USA win, then the Aussies will need to achieve a margin of victory greater than the Americans to claim the edge in goal difference or remain tied on goal difference but surpass the Americans in goals scored. If both teams win by the same margin, but Australia scores one more goal than the USA, the U.S. and Australia would be tied on points, goal differential, goals scored, and head-to-head, meaning the next tiebreaker would be the FIFA ranking, which the USA would win due to its No. 1 ranking.

USA: Since Australia faces Japan in the first game on the tournament’s final match day, the USA will know prior to its clash with Brazil what result it needs to win the Tournament of Nations for the first time. If both the USA and Australia win, that will give both teams seven points; therefore, to finish first, the USA will need to compile a superior goal difference, or if tied in that first tiebreaker, maintain its edge in total goals scored. The USA can win the tournament with a tie, but only if Australia and Japan tie (and the USA maintains its edge in goals scored), or if Australia loses to Japan.

Historic Matchups – USA vs. Brazil: The USA and Brazil have a long history dating back to 1986 when the teams met in just the eighth match ever played by the U.S. Women, a 2-1 U.S victory in Italy. The USA has played Brazil seven times since the start of 2012 and has a record of 4-1-2 over that span. The U.S. team has for the most part dominated the series, going 27-3-5 over the years, but Brazil picked up a historic win at the 2007 Women’s World Cup, a 4-0 semifinal victory that remains the worst loss in U.S. history.

Brazil has won or tied in three of the last five most recent meetings between the teams, with the first two of those matches taking place at the International Tournament of Brasilia at the end of 2014. The USA lost 3-2 in group play as Marta scored all three goals. Brazil only had four shots on goal during that match, but scored on three of them, to hand U.S. head coach Jill Ellis her first loss at the helm of the U.S. team and one of just six total.

The teams met in the gold medal games of the 2004 and 2008 Olympics, with the USA winning 1-0 in Athens, Greece and 2-1 in Beijing, China, both after extra time. Wambach scored the game-winner in 04 and Lloyd bagged the game-winner in 08. One of the most well-known matches between the countries was the quarterfinal of the 2011 Women’s World Cup as Wambach famously tied the match at 2-2 at the very end of overtime and the USA triumphed in penalty kicks to move on to the semifinal. Marta scored both goals for Brazil in that match.

Drama at Last Year’s Tournament of Nations: The most recent meeting was one of the most memorable, as Brazil took at 3-1 lead into the waning minutes of last year’s meeting at the 2017 Tournament of Nations before the Americans roared back with three goals in a nine-minute span to win 4-3. Samantha Mewis scored the first U.S. goal in the first half to equalize after an early Brazil goal, but Brazil scored in the 63rd and 78th minutes through Andressinha and Bruna Benites, respectively to seemingly clinch the match before the USA started the comeback with a goal from Christen Press in the 80th minute. Megan Rapinoe equalized in the 85th minute before Julie Ertz scored that dramatic game-winner in the 89th minute to send the crowd into a frenzy. The win began the USA’s current 18-game unbeaten streak.

Nine players on Brazil’s roster played against the USA in that game, including seven starters, while 12 players on the USA’s 2018 ToN roster played against Brazil last year, including nine starters.

History in Bridgeview:  The U.S.Women have played 12 matches in Chicago/Bridgeview, seven at Soldier Field and five at Toyota Park, including the 1-0 victory against Italy in the World Cup playoff that sealed the USA’s berth to the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Germany. Amy Rodriguez scored on a chilly day in late November to complete a two-game sweep over the Italians on a 2-0 aggregate score. The USA has never lost in Chicago/Bridgeview, with the only blemish being a 1-1 draw with Germany in October of 2012.
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WNT Jul 31, 2018
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