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Sunday, September 20, 2015

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September 17, 2015 - Carli Lloyd scores another hat-trick in 8-0 win over Haiti
"It only took a minute for the U.S. to find the net as Kelley O’Hara took a short corner and crossed it in to Julie Johnston, who converted for the match’s first goal. The goal was one of five that would come for the WNT in the first half. Lloyd scored her first on a penalty kick in the 16th minute and one minute later Crystal Dunn put in her second goal in as many games after receiving a brilliant through ball from Megan Rapinoe. Lloyd would close out the half with two goals to complete her hat trick and in doing so became just the fifth American player with five international hat tricks (Hamm, Parlow, Wambach, Akers), three of which she has earned in the WNT’s last five games. The USA continued to dominate possession and produced a number of chances in the second half. Amy Rodriguez converted the sixth goal of the game six minutes into the second frame, while Alex Morgan and Heather O’Reilly each tallied in the final five minutes of regulation to bring the WNT scoring total to eight and seal the win for the USA, which pushed its unbeaten streak at home to 100 consecutive games (88-0-12)." - US Soccer

September 17, 2015 - Carli Lloyd scores hat-trick in win over Haiti
"A 5-0 win against Haiti in front of a record crowd of 34,538 at Ford Field.... Carli Lloyd struck first for the U.S. in the sixth minute. The 2015 World Cup Golden Ball winner was set up by a Crystal Dunn cross in a prelude of what would come over the next 84 minutes. In the 33rd minute, Dunn again had the assist, finding Christen Press with a near-post cross and she volleyed home for her 25th WNT score. Four minutes later, Lloyd added her second, and would complete her hat trick in the second half. In the final minutes of the match, Dunn rose up for a header off a cross from Heather O’Reilly to earn her first international goal in her first start of the year and just her second cap of 2015." - US Soccer

August 24, 2015 - Rachel Van Hollebeke retires
"Veteran defender Rachel Van Hollebeke has announced her retirement from club and country. Capped 113 times by the United States, she was a gold medal winner at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics and a starter at the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup, where she scored the clinching goal in the USA’s 2-0 opening match victory against Korea DPR. She is one of just five players to score for the United States as a defender in a Women’s World Cup." - US Soccer

August 18, 2015 - Lori Chalupny pre-announces retirement
"A day after the United States launched a 10-match tour to celebrate its 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup title, veteran defender Lori Chalupny announced Monday that she will retire from international football at the end of the year. The 31-year-old made her U.S. debut in March 2001 against Italy, earning 103 caps and scoring 10 goals.... Chalupny’s international career can be divided into two parts, the first spanning 2001-2009, when she played 92 games. As a defender, she helped the USA win the gold medal at the 2008 Olympic Games, scoring in the epic 4-2 win against Japan in the semifinal match.  In 2009, Chalupny put her international career on hold due to concussion issues, but continued to play in various professional leagues. Five years later, she approached U.S. Soccer about the possibility of returning to the national team. Following extensive examinations by two independent neurology experts and U.S. Soccer medical staff, she was cleared to return and played well enough to earn a spot on her second Women’s World Cup Team. Chalupny played in one match off the bench in Canada, coming on for the final 10 minutes against Colombia in the Round of 16." - CONCACAF

August 16, 2015 - Christen Press scores hat-trick in win over Costa Rica
"The World Champion U.S. Women’s National Team opened its Victory Tour in style with an 8-0 win against Costa Rica in front of a crowd of 44,028 at Heinz Field. The attendance set a record for the largest crowd for a stand-alone U.S. WNT match on home soil. In a special homecoming, Pittsburgh native Meghan Klingenberg scored early in the second half, by which time the USA already held a substantial lead. Christen Press and Heather O’Reilly led the scoring for the USA with a hat trick and a pair of goals respectively. Defenders Julie Johnston and Whitney Engen also put their names on the scoresheet with header goals while Ashlyn Harris and Hope Solo split the goalkeeping duties for the shutout. Solo made three saves in the second half on Costa Rica’s only three shots." - US Soccer

July 5, 2015 - Carli Lloyd scores fastest hat trick in win over Japan
"The U.S. Women’s National Team defeated Japan 5-2 at BC Place on Sunday night to become the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup Champion and the first three-time FIFA Women’s World Cup winner.... Carli Lloyd (Megan Rapinoe), 3rd minute: Playing a short corner kick on the ground, Megan Rapinoe sent a ball straight through several Japanese defenders to the middle of the six yard box. Carli Lloyd stormed from the back of the box to time her arrival with the ball perfectly and finished with a left-footed strike to score the fastest goal in FIFA Women’s World Cup Final history.... Carli Lloyd, 5th minute: Two minutes later, another set piece play led to a U.S. goal. Lauren Holiday stepped up to take the free kick from the right side of the box and sent a shot to the middle of the box that was flicked on by Julie Johnston through a forest of players before Carli Lloyd found it right in front of the net and tapped it in with the inside of her right foot for the second goal of the game and he fifth of the tournament.... Lauren Holiday, 14th minute: The sequence began with Tobin Heath, who sent a pass from the midfield intended for Alex Morgan but had the ball intercepted by Japanese defender Azusa Iwashimizu. Iwashimizu tried to head it out of danger but instead directed the ball up in the air. It came down right in front of Lauren Holiday, who volleyed it in stride with her right foot to net her first goal of the tournament.... Carli Lloyd, 16th minute: Carli Lloyd intercepted the ball in midfield and touched it past a Japan player. Crossing the midfield line, she launched a shot that caught Japan goalkeeper Ayumi Kaihori out of her net. While Kaihori got a hand to the ball, she could not keep it from bouncing off the post and into the back of the net, thus completing the fastest hat trick in Women’s World Cup history.... Tobin Heath (Morgan Brian), 54th: Japan’s goalkeeper Ayumi Kaihori  punched a Lauren Holiday corner kick clear to the right side. Kaihori’s punch wasn’t strong enough and the ball landed at Morgan Brian’s feet. Brian cut the ball back into the middle where Tobin Heath used the inside of her foot to one-time Brian’s perfect ball into the back of the net for the final score line." - US Soccer

June 30, 2015 - Carli Lloyd & Kelley O’Hara score in win over Germany
"The U.S. Women’s National Team downed FIFA No.1-ranked Germany 2-0 at Olympic Stadium to advance to the Final of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup. It will be the fourth World Cup final appearance for the USA.... Carli Lloyd (penalty kick), 69th minute: Germany’s Annike Khran was called for a foul against Alex Morgan in the box, prompting the referee to point to the penalty circle. Carli Lloyd stepped forward and sent former FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year Nadine Angerer the wrong way as she blasted her shot into the left side of the goal.... Kelley O’Hara (Carli Lloyd), 84th minute: Meghan Klingenberg played a great ball from th outside of the area to Carli Lloyd inside the right side of the Germany box. Lloyd made a strong move to the endline and played the ball across the face of goal where Kelley O’Hara tapped it in with her right foot to finish the opportunity cap a sterling team move by the USA with her first career WNT goal." - US Soccer

June 26, 2015 - Carli Lloyd scores in win over China
"The U.S. Women’s National Team recorded its fourth consecutive shutout to defeat China PR 1-0 in the Quarterfinals at the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup and advance to the tournament Semifinal. Carli Lloyd, starting as the team’s captain, earned her 200th cap and headed in the game-winning goal in the 53rd minute. Lloyd is the third WNT player to score on her 200th cap. Abby Wambach and Heather O’Reilly are the others to achieve the feat.... Carli Lloyd (Julie Johnston), 51st minute: It all started from a free kick near midfield. Meghan Klingenberg raised her hand and sent it over to Julie Johnston who was waiting in the center of the pitch at the center circle. Johnston turned and pushed over to her right. With room Johnston drilled a long cross into the box, where Lloyd outjumped her defender and directed a perfect header into the bottom right corner." - US Soccer

June 22, 2015 - Alex Morgan & Carli Lloyd score in win over Colombia
"The U.S. Women’s National Team recorded its third consecutive shutout to blank Colombia 2-0 in the Round of 16 at the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup and book its ticket to the tournament Quarterfinals...  Alex Morgan (Ali Krieger), 53rd minute: Ali Krieger was able to slip the ball past the defense to Alex Morgan, who was just outside the right side of the box. Morgan took a couple of touches and ran inside where she sent a right-footed strike toward goal. Colombia’s goalkeeper Stefany Castaño got a hand on it but deflected it up and into the goal for the USA’s first goal of the game and Morgan’s first World Cup goal since the 2011 tournament final against Japan.... Carli Lloyd (penalty), 66th minute: After Megan Rapinoe was fouled by Angela Clavijo inside the box, the referee pointed to the penalty spot in favor of the USA. Carli Lloyd stepped up to take the shot and sent a perfect attempt to the middle right of the net as Stefany Castaño jumeped the wrong way for the USA’s second of the game." - US Soccer

June 16, 2015 - Abby Wambach scores in win over Nigeria
"The U.S. Women’s National Team defeated Nigeria 1-0 in front of a crowd of 52,193 at BC Place in Vancouver to win Group D at the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup and advance to the Round of 16. Abby Wambach’s side-footed a strike in the 45th minute proved to be the game winner. It was her 14th career World Cup goal, which moved her into a tie with Germany’s Birgit Prinz for second on the all-time list. Brazil’s Marta is the leader with 15 goals.... Megan Rapinoe whipped in a hard corner kick toward the back post. Wambach jumped through the Nigeria defense, met the ball in the air and side footed it in to give the U.S. the lead just before the halftime whistle." - US Soccer

June 8, 2015 - Megan Rapinoe scores brace in win over Australia
"Megan Rapinoe scored twice and the United States overcame early defensive shakiness to beat Australia 3-1 on Monday night in the Americans' opener at the Women's World Cup. Christen Press also scored for the second-ranked U.S., which is seeking its third World Cup title and first since 1999. Lisa De Vanna had tied the score midway through the first half for Australia, beating American goalkeeper Hope Solo with a powerful left-footed shot.... Rapinoe scored in the 12th minute for the Americans, Press put the U.S. ahead for good in the 61st, and Rapinoe added her 31st international goal in the 78th, the first two-goal game at the World Cup for the Americans since Abby Wambach accomplished the feat against Norway in 2007." - ESPN

May 17, 2015 - Sydney Leroux & Abby Wambach each score brace in win over Mexico
"Did the United States women's national team find itself a new tandem at the top for their World Cup run? The answer might have come in the second half of Sunday night's 5-1 victory over Mexico in a friendly at StubHub Center. It might have felt a little long in coming, but in the end, the work of Sydney Leroux and Abby Wambach seemed to send a pretty strong signal that so far, their efforts are the best the U.S. has seen all year.... Leroux matched Wambach with a pair of goals and defender Lori Chalupny added another. Playmakers Megan Rapinoe and Tobin Heath also added flair to the sold-out match, each creating highlight-reel assists in feeding their hungry striker targets -- Rapinoe with a surgical lead pass and Brian with a spin move in the corner that left a Mexico defender sputtering in the grass while Wambach headed home the feel-good add-on. Leroux’s pair of goals came in dramatic fashion and in her first start for the U.S. since the Brasilia Tournament in December." - Fox Sports

May 10, 2015 - Abby Wambach scores brace in win over Ireland
"A sell-out crowd of 18,000 filled Avaya Stadium for the facility's first international soccer matchm and they were treated to a comprehensive 3-0 victory by the U.S. women's national team against Ireland in a tune-up match for this summer's FIFA World Cup in Canada. Abby Wambach scored two goals in the first half to pace the USA as the Irish were playing on their back feet the entire match. Defender Julie Johnston added an acrobatic goal in the second half, her third goal in as many games for the national team.... Rapinoe had a well taken volley booted to safety by a Reid-Burke kick-save in the 42nd minute, setting up the most unusual of corner kicks for the U.S. women. The inswinger delivery to the far post was contested by the U.S., but it was met first by Irish midfielder Ruesha Littlejohn. Her poor clearance was destined to be an own-goal, but the ball smashed off of defender Meabh De Burca guarding the far post. Nearly knocked out by the impact of the ball, De Burca collapsed to the ground and was quickly attended to by her goalkeeper. Unfortunately for Ireland, the play was still live, and Press collected the rebound and fed Wambach for the easiest of finishes and a 1-0 lead. Wambach doubled the U.S. women's advantage three minutes later as she headed a perfect cross from Carli Lloyd safely past the Irish 'keeper. Wambach's first half brace raised her international career goals scored total to 180." - Center Line Soccer

April 14, 2015 - roster named for Women's World Cup
  • Goalkeepers (3): Ashlyn Harris (Washington Spirit), Alyssa Naeher (Boston Breakers), Hope Solo (Seattle Reign) 
  • Defenders (8): Lori Chalupny (Chicago Red Stars), Whitney Engen (Western NY Flash), Julie Johnston (Chicago Red Stars), Meghan Klingenberg (Houston Dash), Ali Krieger (Washington Spirit), Kelley O’Hara (Sky Blue FC), Christie Rampone (Sky Blue FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City) 
  • Midfielders (7): Shannon Boxx (Chicago Red Stars), Morgan Brian (Houston Dash), Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns), Lauren Holiday (FC Kansas City), Carli Lloyd (Houston Dash), Heather O’Reilly (FC Kansas City), Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign) 
  •  Forwards (5): Sydney Leroux (Western NY Flash), Alex Morgan (Portland Thorns), Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars), Amy Rodriguez (FC Kansas City), Abby Wambach (unattached)
April 4, 2015 - Klingenberg, Chalupny, Johnston & Brian score in win over New Zealand
"In front of a record crowd of 35,817 fans that packed Busch Stadium, the U.S. Women’s National Team cruised to a 4-0 victory against New Zealand in its first match on home soil this year....  Meghan Klingenberg, 14th minute: New Zealand cleared an Ali Krieger cross, but only to the top of the penalty box where it bounced to Klingenberg who ran onto it and blasted a first-time volley into the upper left corner. ... Lori Chalupny (Megan Rapinoe), 76th minute: After a short corner, Megan Rapinoe took the ball in from the left and laid a pass back to Lori Chalupny who curled a shot from 16 yards out into the far right corner of the New Zealand net.... Julie Johnston (Lauren Holiday), 78th minute: From a free kick in the left channel, Lauren Holiday looped in a ball that Johnston met with a powerful header from the center of the New Zealand penalty area. Her shot left New Zealand goalkeeper Erin Naylor no chance as it caromed in off the cross bar for her second-career goal.... Morgan Brian (Sydney Leroux), 81st minute: Morgan Brian helped create a New Zealand turnover in midfield. The ball ended up on the foot of Sydney Leroux whose well-weighted through ball found Brian, who had continued her run, and she finished into the lower-left corner to provide the final margin of victory." - US Soccer

March 20, 2015 - roster named for New Zealand match
  • Goalkeepers: Ashlyn Harris (Washington Spirit), Alyssa Naeher (Boston Breakers), Hope Solo (Seattle Reign FC)
  • Defenders: Lori Chalupny (Chicago Red Stars), Crystal Dunn (Washington Spirit), Whitney Engen (Western NY Flash), Julie Johnston (Chicago Red Stars), Meghan Klingenberg (Houston Dash), Ali Krieger (Washington Spirit), Kelley O’Hara (Sky Blue FC), Christie Rampone (Sky Blue FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City), Rachel Van Hollebeke (Portland Thorns FC)
  • Midfielders: Shannon Boxx (Chicago Red Stars), Morgan Brian (Houston Dash), Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC), Lauren Holiday (FC Kansas City), Carli Lloyd (Houston Dash), Heather O’Reilly (FC Kansas City), Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign FC)
  • Forwards: Sydney Leroux (Seattle Reign FC), Alex Morgan (Portland Thorns FC), Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars), Amy Rodriguez (FC Kansas City), Abby Wambach (Unattached)
March 11, 2015 - Julie Johnston & Christen Press score in win over France
"The U.S. Women’s National Team earned its 10th championship at the Algarve Cup, defeating France 2-0 at Algarve Stadium.  Defender Julie Johnston’s first WNT goal proved to be the winner and Christen Press recorded her 20th international goal late in the first half.... Julie Johnston (Lauren Holiday), 7th minute: Holiday took the free kick from 23 yards out to the left of the box and delivered a whipping right-footed ball that easily avoided France’s two-player wall and into the middle of the six-yard box. Johnston made a strong run, leaned to her left and headed the ball into the right side of the frame for her first WNT goal.... Christen Press (Amy Rodriguez), 41st minute: Hope Solo’s goal kick reached the midfield and Rodriguez deflected the ball toward Press. Romania referee Cristina Dorcioman allowed the USA to play advantage, and France’s defense stalled. Press played on and weaved her way through three scrambling France defenders before slotting her low shot just inside the right post for her first goal of the year and 20th of her WNT career." - US soccer

March 6, 2015 - Morgan, Rodriguez & Wambach score in win over Switzerland
"Alex Morgan redirected Lauren Holiday's free kick for a goal some nine minutes into the second half and the U.S. women's national team went on to defeat Switzerland 3-0 on Friday in group play at the Algarve Cup. Amy Rodriguez added a goal in the 72nd minute before Abby Wambach came off the bench to score for the team, which improved to 2-0-0 in its last international tournament before the Women's World Cup in Canada later this year." - Yahoo

March 4, 2015 - Carli Lloyd scores brace in win over Norway
Led by midfielder Carli Lloyd’s second-half brace, the U.S. Women’s National Team overcame a first-half deficit and defeated Norway 2-1 in Group B play at the 2015 Algarve Cup at Municipal Stadium.... 55th minute: Press’ through ball down the right side to Lloyd was partially deflected by Norway’s Inger Ane Hole, but Lloyd quickly gained possession. Lloyd spun counter clockwise to create a gap and from 18 yards out, ripped a shot into the left of the frame to tie the score. It was Lloyd’s first goal of 2015.... 62nd minute: Christen Press drew a penalty kick when her shot from outside the box struck Norway defender Trin Ronning’s right arm. Lloyd took the subsequent penalty and placed it perfectly into the upper right corner of the frame for her second tally in a seven-minute stretch." - US Soccer

February 21, 2015 - 25 players named for trip to Portugal for Algarve Cup
"Head coach Jill Ellis has named a 25-player roster that will travel to the 2015 Algarve Cup in Portugal. It will be the USA’s 20th trip to the Algarve Cup. Before the competition begins, Ellis will name 23 players to the tournament roster to face Norway, Switzerland and Iceland in Group B. The roster includes 22 of the 24 players that were in Europe for the USA’s recent matches against France and England, with midfielder Megan Rapinoe, defender Christie Rampone and goalkeeper Hope Solo. After a formal review by U.S. Soccer, Solo was reinstated to the squad after serving a 30-day suspension last month." - US Soccer

February 13, 2015 - Alex Morgan scores in win over England
"Alex Morgan scored the 50th goal of her career and the U.S. Women’s National Team notched its first win of the year, defeating No. 6 -ranked England 1-0 in front of 14,369 spectators at stadiummk.... Morgan Brian started the sequence with a quick pass from the right flank to Holiday, who then crossed left-footed to Alex Morgan in the middle of the box. Morgan rose over England captain Steph Houghton and headed the ball toward the left of the frame. Goalkeeper Karen Bardley got her right glove on the shot, but it was not enough to prevent the ball from crossing the goal line as the USA scored the only goal it would need." - US Soccer

January 30, 2015 - roster updates
"U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Jill Ellis has named 24 players for a 13-day trip to Europe that will feature matches against France on Feb. 8 in Lorient and against England on Feb. 13 in Milton Keynes.... Twenty-three of the 24 players named participated in the USA’s three-week January camp, with the only addition being first-time call-up Tori Huster, a midfielder with the Washington Spirit. Additional Notes: The USA will be without three regulars for this tour as Megan Rapinoe (knee) and Christie Rampone (back) picked up minor injuries during the USA’s January training camp and will not be ready for action, and goalkeeper Hope Solo is serving a suspension." - Womens Soccer United

January 21, 2015 - Hope Solo suspended 30 days
"The American goalkeeper with a history of off-field problems, has been suspended by the U.S. Soccer Federation for 30 days and will miss the women’s national team matches against France and England next month. The action came just a week after domestic violence charges against Solo were dismissed. 'During our current national team camp, Hope made a poor decision that has resulted in a negative impact on U.S. Soccer and her teammates,' said U.S. Coach Jill Ellis. 'We feel at this time it is best for her to step away from the team.” Solo will be eligible for reinstatement to the team after 30 days, pending review and approval by the federation and Ellis, the USSF said in a news release. The USSF did not cite a specific reason for the suspension, but it apparently stemmed from an incident earlier this week. At about 1 a.m. Monday morning, Solo’s husband Jerramy Stevens was charged with driving under the influence in Manhattan Beach, Calif. Solo, who has attended U.S. training camp for the past two weeks, was a passenger in the car but not charged." - Washington Post

January 19, 2015 - Megan Rapinoe out with knee strain
"Midfielder Megan Rapinoe will be out for several weeks with a strained ligament in her right knee, U.S. Soccer announced Monday. Rapinoe sustained the injury during training with the U.S. and has been sent home for rehab.... Rapinoe, 29, has earned 96 caps with the national team since debuting in 2006, scoring 29 international goals. She's also played for Seattle Reign FC in the NWSL the past two seasons, helping the team win the regular season title and earn a trip to final of the championship playoff in 2014." - Sports Illustrated

January 2, 2015 - first roster of the year
"U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Jill Ellis has named 29 players for a 21-day training camp, running from Jan. 5-25 at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center in Carson, California, that will kick off the USA’s Women’s World Cup year. Ellis named all 24 players that were recently in Brazil for the International Tournament of Brasilia and has added several veterans in midfielder Shannon Boxx, defender Rachel Van Hollebeke and goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart, as well as midfielders Kristie Mewis and Allie Long." - US Soccer

  • Goalkeepers (4): Nicole Barnhart (FC Kansas City), Ashlyn Harris (Washington Spirit), Alyssa Naeher (Boston Breakers), Hope Solo (Seattle Reign FC)
  • Defenders (10): Lori Chalupny (Chicago Red Stars), Crystal Dunn (Washington Spirit), Whitney Engen (Western NY Flash), Julie Johnston (Chicago Red Stars), Meghan Klingenberg (Houston Dash), Ali Krieger (Washington Spirit), Kelley O’Hara (Sky Blue FC), Christie Rampone (Sky Blue FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City), Rachel Van Hollebeke (Portland Thorns FC)
  • Midfielders (10): Shannon Boxx (Chicago Red Stars), Morgan Brian (Virginia), Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC), Lauren Holiday (FC Kansas City), Allie Long (Portland Thorns FC), Carli Lloyd (Houston Dash), Kristie Mewis (Boston Breakers), Samantha Mewis (UCLA), Heather O’Reilly (FC Kansas City), Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign FC)
  • Forwards (5): Sydney Leroux (Seattle Reign FC), Alex Morgan (Portland Thorns FC), Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars), Amy Rodriguez (FC Kansas City), Abby Wambach (Western NY Flash)

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