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Women's National Team Set For First Game Against Korea Republic
Posted by: newsla on Jun 15, 2013 - 06:13 AM
Women's National Team Set For First Game Against Korea Republic At Gillette Stadium In Foxborough, Mass


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TheU.S.Women's National Team will play at home for the first time since Feb. 13, 2013 (a 3-1 win against Scotland in Jacksonville, Fla.), when it takes on Korea Republic on June 15 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. The match will kickoff at 7 p.m. ET and will be shown live on ESPN3. The "second leg" will take place on June 20 at Red Bull Arena with a kickoff at 7:30 p.m. ET live on NBC Sports Network. Fans can also follow along on ussoccer.com's MatchTracker and on Twitter at @ussoccer_WNT.

23 FOR 18: U.S. head coach Tom Sermanni has called up 23 players for the two matches and will name 18 to suit up for each match. Included in those 23 are 17 NWSL players, four players currently well into their seasons in Europe and two college players in defender Crystal Dunn (UNC) and first-time call-up Morgan Brian, a midfielder from UVA who, along with Dunn, was key component in the USA's 2012 U-20 Women's World Cup winning side. The four players currently embroiled in European league play did not arrive into camp until June 13 and 14 and the Americans trained with 16 players prior to the arrivals of Christen Press, Yael Averbuch, Meghan Klingenberg and Megan Rapinoe (whose season is finished, but was taking a short break before joining the U.S. team followed by her debut with the Seattle Reign in NWSL).

SO FAR, SO GOOD: The USA comes into the match with a 7-0-2 record in 2013, with the draws coming against Germany and Sweden, and is riding a 32-game unbeaten streak since the last loss, which came to Japan (1-0) on March 5, 2012 at the Algarve Cup in Portugal. Over those 32 games, the U.S. has scored 101 goals while allowing 25 in 27 wins and five ties. The USA is riding a 70-game home unbeaten streak. Those 70 games have included just nine ties and 61 wins. The last loss for the USA on home soil came on Nov. 6, 2004, a 3-1 setback to Denmark in Philadelphia. It was one of just two losses the USA has suffered when Abby Wambach scores a goal.

FIFA WOMEN'S WORLD PLAYER OF THE YEAR WAMBACH #CHASINGMIA: U.S. WNT forward Abby Wambach was named the 2012 FIFA Women's World Player of the Year at the 2012 FIFA Ballon d'Or gala in Zurich, Switzerland, in early January, and all eyes will be on her as she inches closer to the world goal scoring record. She got one goal closer against Germany on April 5, scoring the opening goal of the match on a trademark far post header. It was Wambach's 155 th career goal, and she is now only three behind the legendary Mia Hamm, the 2001 and 2002 FIFA Women's World Player of the Year, who had 158 career international scores from 1987-2004. ussoccer.com will provide coverage of Wambach's climb to the record, and you can join the chase by using the hashtag #ChasingMia. The USA has a 99-2-8 record all-time when Wambach scores at least one goal in a game.

WAMBACH HAS SCORED AGAINST 30 DIFFERENT COUNTRIES: Over her 155 career goals, Abby Wambach has never scored against the Korea Republic. Of course, she's never before played against the Korea Republic. Abby's goals have come against:
Mexico 19
Norway 12
Canada 10
Japan 10
Sweden 10
Ireland 9
China PR 9
Germany 7
Costa Rica 7
Australia 6
Brazil 6
Iceland 6
Denmark 5
Scotland 4
New Zealand 4
Guatemala 4
Haiti 4
Korea DPR 3
C. Taipei 3
France 3
Jamaica 2
Dom. Rep. 2
Italy 2
Finland 2
England 1
Panama 1
T&T 1
Colombia 1
Nigeria 1
Greece 1

MEWIS COMES HOME, BREAKERS STAY HOME: The match in Boston will be a homecoming for 22-year-old defender/midfielder Kristie Mewis, who hails from Hanson, Mass. - about 30 miles west of Gillette Stadium - and attended Boston College. She scored 39 goals with 28 assists in her college career and was a First-Team All-American. The match will also give two players who play their professional club soccer in Boston - Heather O'Reilly and Sydney Leroux of the Boston Breakers - the chance to represent their country in front of a hometown crowd.

BOSTON STRONG: The U.S. Women's National Team will wear game jerseys and pre-game warm-ups embellished with a Boston Strong logo for the team's match in the Boston area on June 15 when the USA takes on Korea Republic at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. With the support of the Players' Association, all of the jerseys and warm-up tops will be signed by the players and auctioned off on ussoccer.com to benefit The Victim Relief Fund of The One Fund Boston. All proceeds will assist the families of the victims who were killed and the victims who were most seriously affected as a result of the tragic events during the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013 and related events on April 18 and 19. The WNT auction will begin on Tuesday, June 18. In May of 2011, the U.S. Soccer held a similar auction of game-worn jerseys from U.S. Women's National Team players who faced Japan on May 14 at Columbus Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. The auction raised a total of $20,597 with the proceeds from the fundraiser going to the American Red Cross to benefit tsunami relief efforts in Japan.

TWO AGAINST SOUTH KOREA, THEN NWSL: The USA's domestic matches against the Korea Republic on June 15 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. and on June 20 at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J. will be the final ones of the summer and last internationals before the end of the NWSL season. After these games, the players will get back together next after the conclusion of the club campaign with yet to be determined international friendly matches currently being planned for the fall.

U.S. Women's National Team Roster

GOALKEEPERS (3): Nicole Barnhart (FC Kansas City), Jill Loyden (Sky Blue FC), Hope Solo (Seattle Reign)
DEFENDERS (8): Rachel Buehler (Portland Thorns FC), Crystal Dunn (North Carolina), Whitney Engen (Liverpool), Meghan Klingenberg (Tyresö), Ali Krieger (Washington Spirit), Kelley O'Hara (Sky Blue FC), Christie Rampone (Sky Blue FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City)

MIDFIELDERS (8): Yael Averbuch (Göteborg), Morgan Brian (Virginia), Lauren Cheney (FC Kansas City), Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC), Carli Lloyd (Western NY Flash), Kristie Mewis (FC Kansas City), Heather O'Reilly (Boston Breakers), Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign)
FORWARDS (4): Sydney Leroux (Boston Breakers), Alex Morgan (Portland Thorns FC), Christen Press (Tyresö), Abby Wambach (Western NY Flash)

U.S. ROSTER BREAKDOWN: U.S. head coach Tom Sermanni has three goalkeepers, eight defenders, eight midfielders and four forwards at his disposal, although several players have played on several lines, most notably Christen Press (forward or midfield) and Kristie Mewis (left midfield or left back). Of the USA's 23 players, just five are over 30 years old: team captain Christie Rampone (37 years old), Abby Wambach (33), Nicole Barnhart (31), Hope Solo (31) and Carli Lloyd (30). Sermanni named 18 of the 21 players who trained in Canada for a week prior to the USA's 3-0 victory vs. the host on June 2 in Toronto and added midfielder Megan Rapinoe, who will has completed her season in France with Lyon, midfielder Yael Averbuch (Göteborg in Sweden), defender Meghan Klingenberg (Tyresö in Sweden) and the youngest player on the squad, 20-year-old uncapped midfielder Morgan Brian. Aside from Liverpool's Whitney Engen, who was released for this camp after two club wins in England since the Canada match, the European-based players are playing club matches that will cause them to miss the first few days of training in Boston. In addition, U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo makes her return to the roster for the first time since February after fully recovering from wrist surgery. The two college players named are defender Crystal Dunn, who started the June 2 match vs. Canada and played 63 minutes to earn her fifth cap, and Brian, a rising junior at Virginia. Along with Dunn, she was one of the stars on the U.S. team that won the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup in Japan. Brian, a center-midfielder, has been in several events with the U.S. U-23s this year and finished her U-20 career with 21 caps and four goals, including a header goal in the 2-0 victory against Nigeria in the U-20 Women's World Cup semifinal. She was the 2011 Gatorade National Female High School Athlete of the Year, the first soccer player so honored.


Rachel Buehler will be honored before the match for earning her 100th cap. She actually earned her 100th cap in the first match of the Algarve Cup in March, but this is the first home game since then.

The USA's quartet of forwards - Alex Morgan, Abby Wambach, Christen Press and Sydney Leroux - has scored 18 of the USA's 27 goals so far in 2013, led by Press and Morgan tied for a team with a team-high six goals.

The four forwards have also gotten off to a great start in their club seasons with Leroux (five goals) Morgan (five) and Wambach (league-leading six) among the NWSL leaders. Press has found the net a league-leading 12 times in 11 games so far for her top of the table Swedish club, Tyresö. Press has scored nine goals in her last four Damallsvenskan matches.

Alex Morgan made her U.S. debut on March 31, 2009. With 41 goals heading into the Germany match last April 5, she had the most goals of any player in U.S. history by the 3rd anniversary of her debut; Abby Wambach had 32 and Natasha Kai had 24.

Morgan's two goals against Canada gave her 44 for her career, moving her past Carli Lloyd and into a tie for 10th place the all-time scoring list with Tisha Venturini.

Carli Lloyd has 43 career goals and both are within striking distance of Julie Foudy, who finished her career with 45.
With her 205th cap earned on June 2 against Canada, Abby Wambach moved past Tiffeny Milbrett and into sixth on the all-time caps list. Joy Fawcett (239 caps) is ahead of her in fifth.

U.S. captain Christie Rampone is currently the second most-capped player in U.S. history and the most capped active player in the world with 281 career games played. Only Kristine Lilly is ahead of her at 352, but even if Rampone plays through the 2015 Women's World Cup, she would not catch Lilly.

Heather O'Reilly, who is 10 years younger than Rampone, is the second most-capped player on the roster with 186 games played. O'Reilly is tied with Shannon Boxx for 10th on the all-time caps list.

The USA is without midfielder Shannon Boxx, who is recovering from minor knee surgery. She will get the chance to return to action with her NWSL club the Chicago Red Stars before likely returning to international duty in the fall.

Three players who have earned their first caps this year made this roster: defender Crystal Dunn, a member of the USA's 2012 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup championship team; Kristie Mewis, the third overall pick in the NWSL College Draft by FC Kansas City; and Christen Press, who was the second leading scorer in the Swedish league last season and is off to a great start this year.

Dunn, the 2012 MAC Hermann Trophy winner for UNC, earned her first senior team cap against Scotland on Feb. 13 and Mewis, the 2008 U.S. Soccer Young Female Athlete of the Year, earned her first cap against the Scots on Feb. 9, as did Johnston and Press (who scored twice in the game).

Defenders Ali Krieger and Whitney Engen scored their first-career WNT goals at the Algarve Cup, and Rachel Buehler scored her fourth career goal. Krieger's goal was the first for the USA by an outside back since the 2008 Olympic semifinal, when Lori Chalupny scored against Japan.

The U.S. Women have not played in the Boston area since 2007, a 5-0 victory against Mexico at Gillette Stadium. U.S. midfielder Lauren Cheney scored her first career goal in the match.

The USA has played seven games in Foxborough between Gillette Stadium and the old Foxboro Stadium and has never allowed a goal at either site, going 6-0-1.


0.78 Goals per game that USA has allowed in 2013
1 USA's FIFA ranking
3 Goals per game the USA has scored in 2013
6 Goals in eight career games for U.S. forward Christen Press
32 USA's current overall unbeaten streak dating back to last year (27-0-5)
85.5 Minutes on field per goal averaged by Alex Morgan in her career
99 U.S. victories when Wambach scores a goal (99-2-8 overall)
101 Minutes on field per goal averaged by Abby Wambach in her career
120 Goals scored by the U.S. WNT in 2012 (118 individual goals, 2 own goals)
130 Minutes on field per goal averaged by Mia Hamm in her career
281 Christie Rampone's caps, second all-time to Kristine Lilly

TOM SERMANNI FACT FILE: Tom Sermanni was named head coach of the U.S. Women's National Team on Oct. 30, 2012, becoming the seventh head coach in the team's history. Sermanni came to U.S. Soccer after eight years as the head coach of the Australia Women's National Team, which he coached to the quarterfinal stage of both the 2007 and 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup tournaments . Sermanni officially started the U.S. WNT position on Jan. 1, 2013, after interim head coach Jill Ellis managed seven games (5-0-2) in 2012. Sermanni takes over for Pia Sundhage, the 2012 World Coach of the Year for women's soccer, who accepted the head coaching position for her native Sweden.

Below are some of Sermanni's accomplishments:

Sermanni was the 2007 Asian Football Confederation Coach of the Year, leading Australia to a runner-up finish at the 2006 AFC Women's Cup, where the team fell to China in penalty kicks, and to the championship of that tournament in 2010, when the youthful Matildas downed Korea DPR in penalties.

Sermanni coached all three seasons of the Women's United Soccer Association (WUSA), serving as an assistant for the San Jose CyberRays during the inaugural season, in which he helped the club to the league championship. He was also an assistant for the CyberRays in 2002 before taking the head coaching job of the New York Power in 2003, where he coached U.S. Women's National Team legends Christie Rampone, Shannon Boxx and Tiffeny Milbrett.

Sermanni's coaching career in both men's and women's professional soccer has taken him all over the world, including stints in Japan, the USA and Malaysia. Sermanni began his coaching career in men's soccer in the late 1980s, when he was transitioned from player-coach to head coach of the Canberra Croatia/Metros in the New South Wales State League from 1988-1991.
He coached the Australia Schoolboys side from 1989-1991 and coached the men's program at the Australian Institute of Sport from 1991-1993.
He coached Sydney Olympic FC in the Australian top flight - the National Soccer League - in 1993-1994 before taking his first women's job with the Australian National Team in 1994.

After stepping away from the Matildas in 1997, Sermanni transitioned back to men's soccer, traveling to Japan to coach J-League side Sanfrecce Hiroshima from 1997-1999. He then had a stint with the Canberra Cosmos in the NSL from 1999-2001 before moving to the USA to coach in the WUSA.

Sermanni, a native of Glasgow, Scotland, had a long playing career as a midfielder from 1971 through 1989, when he retired after playing two years with Canberra Croatia and became a player-coach and then head coach.

Prior to that, he played from 1984-1987 with Canberra City and in 1983 with Marconi. From 1971 through 1983, he played in England and Scotland, representing Dunfermline Athletic in 1983, Torquay United (England) from 1979-1982 and Blackpool (England) from 1978-1979.
He turned professional in 1973 and played six seasons for Albion Rovers from 1973-1978 in Scotland after playing amateur soccer for Cumbernauld United from 1971-1973. Overall, Sermanni played more than 300 professional matches and scored more than 50 goals.


The USA has played Korea Republic just six times in its history and holds a 5-0-1 record while scoring 24 goals and allowing just two.
The most recent three meetings all came in November of 2008 during the USA's domestic tour to celebrate the Olympic gold medal. It was during those three games that the South Koreans earned their only tie, a 0-0 draw in Cincinnati. The USA won the other two games sandwiched around that draw, winning 3-1 in Richmond, Va., and 1-0 in Tampa, Fla.

Those results in 2008 showed the growth of the South Korean team, which had lost the previous three meetings in the late 90s by a combined score of 18-1.

Heather O'Reilly is the only player on the current U.S. roster to have scored against the South Koreans, tallying in the game in Richmond and scoring the game-winner in Tamp.

Just five players from the USA's last match against the South Koreans back in November of 2008 are on this current roster. Nicole Barnhart went the distance in goal and Christie Rampone also played 90. Heather O'Reilly and Carli Lloyd both started, with Lloyd going 90 and O'Reilly coming off in the 74th after scoring in the 72nd. Rachel Buehler played the second half off the bench.

Korea Football Association
Founded: 1933 (Joined FIFA in 1948)
Head Coach: Yoon Dukyeo
FIFA World Ranking: 16
Best FIFA World Cup Finish: 14th (2003)
Best Olympics Finish: Never qualified
GOALKEEPERS (2): 1-Kim Jungmi (Hyundai Steel), 21-Yoon Younggeul (Suwon FMC)
DEFENDERS (5): 2-Kim Jihye (Sports Toto), 3-Jeong Younga (Seoul City), 4-Shim Seoyeon (Goyang Daekyo), 6-Lim Seonjoo (Hyundai Steel), 20-Kim Hyeri (Seoul City)
MIDFIELDERS (10): 5-Lee Sejin (Hyundai Steel), 7-Lee Eunhye (Goyang Daekyo), 8-Cho Sohyun (Hyundai Steel), 11-Lee Jangmi (Sports Toto), 13-Lee Mina (Hyundai Steel), 14-Kwon Hahnul (Busan Sangmu), 15-Kim Narae (Suwon FMC), 17-Park Heeyoung (Sports Toto), 19-Shin Jiyoung (Seoul City), 22-Lee Jungeun (Hanyang Women's Univ.)
FORWARDS (5): 9-Park Heeyoung (KSPO), 10-Ji Soyun (Kobe INAC, Japan), 12-Yoo Younga (Busan Sangmu), 16-Kim Sangeun (KSPO), 18-Jeoun EunhaF (KSPO)

South Korea has an eight-team women's professional league and all the players come from that league except for Ji Soyun who plays for Kobe INAC in Japan.
South Korea's biggest women's soccer success came at the youth level when they won the 2010 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup in Trinidad & Tobago, defeating Japan in a remarkable final that was tied 3-3 through regulation, went scoreless in overtime and then six-deep in the penalty kick shootout.
One player on the current Korean roster, midfielder Lee Jungeun, scored in that U-17 World Cup Final, tallying the first goal of the game in the sixth minute.
South Korea will not enter Asian qualifying for Canada 2015 until the second round. In the preliminary round of the AFC Women's Asian Cup held from May 31 until June 9, 2013, Jordan, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam topped their sections to make it through and will join Australia, Japan, China PR and Korea Republic in competing at the AFC Women's Asian Cup Vietnam 2014 in Ho Chi Minh City between from May 14-25, 2014. The top five finishers will advance to Canada 2015.
With Korea DPR not eligible for the next Women's World Cup following numerous players testing positive for banned substances during Germany 2011, and with the expanded field to 24 teams giving Asia five spots, the South Koreas are surely on track to earn a berth to their second World Cup tournament at the senior level.


On the field for the USA:
June 2, 2013 - BMO Field Stadium; Toronto, Canada - International Friendly
USA 3 Morgan 70, 72; Leroux 90+3


USA : 18-Nicole Barnhart; 11-Ali Krieger, 3-Christie Rampone (capt.), 14-Whitney Engen, 6-Crystal Dunn (8-Kristie Mewis, 63); 9-Heather O'Reilly, 10-Carli Lloyd, 12-Lauren Cheney, 17-Tobin Heath (2-Sydney Leroux, 74); 13-Alex Morgan (23-Christen Press, 83), 20-Abby
Substitutions Not Used: 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 5-Kelley O'Hara, 19-Rachel Buehler, 21-Jill Loyden

Head coach: Tom Sermanni
CAN: 1-Erin McLeod; 9-Kadeisha Buchanan, 4-Carmelina Moscato, 16-Lauren Sesselmann, 7-Rhian Wilkinson, 2-Emily Zurrer (3-Danica Wu, 78), 8-Diana Matheson, 13-Sophie Schmidt (6-Kaylyn Kyle, 68), 11-Desiree Scott, 12-Christine Sinclair (capt.), 14-Melissa Tancredi (15-Tiffany Cameron, 61)

Substitutions Not Used: 5-Robyn Gayle, 10-Christina Julien, 17-Ashley Lawrence, 19-Kylla Sjoman, 33-Karina LeBlanc
Head coach: John Herdman
On the field for the USA vs. KOR:
Nov. 8, 2008 - Raymond James Stadium; Tampa, Fla. - International Friendly
USA 1 O'Reilly, 72

USA : 18-Nicole Barnhart; 17-Lori Chalupny (14-Stephanie Cox, 55), 3-Christie Rampone, 15-Kate Markgraf (4-Rachel Buehler, 46), 20-Tina Ellertson; (2-Heather Mitts, 46) 10-Aly Wagner (6-Natasha Kai, 55), 11-Carli Lloyd, 7-Shannon Boxx, 5-Lindsay Tarpley (21-Kacey White, 46); 16-Angela Hucles, 9-Heather O'Reilly (19-Marian Dalmy, 74)
Subs not used: 1-Briana Scurry

Head Coach: Pia Sundhage
KOR : 1-Jun Mink Yung, 46 (18-Kim Jung Mi, 46); 3-Yi Ju Eun (15-Hwang Boram, 41), 13-Kim Do Yeaon, 4-Kim Yoo Mi, 24-Cho So Hyun ; 28-Kim Sooyun, 8-Kwon Han Nul, 10-Lee Jang Mi, 22-Lee Eun Mi (7-Kim Huiyeong, 25; 6-Jeon Ga Eul, 46); 19-Cha Yun Hee, 11-Park Hee Young (9-Han Song I, 71)
Subs not used:, , 12-Lee Sea Eun, 14-Go Taehwa, 16-Shim Seo Yeon, 17-Choi Sun Jin, 20-Kim Yu Jin, 21-Kim Seuri, 27-Kwak Jihye, 29-

Noh Dahee
Head Coach: An Iksoo

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