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U.S. WNT and Canada Set to Clash at Future Women's World Cup Venue
Posted by: newsla on May 08, 2014 - 06:12 AM
U.S. WNT and Canada Set to Clash at Future Women's World Cup Venue

U.S. WNT VISITS WOMEN'S WORLD CUP VENUE: The U.S. Women's National Team will face Canada on May 8 at Investors Group Field in Winnipeg as the USA visits one of the six venues that will be used for the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup. The match will be shown online via ESPN3 and espnW.com at 8 p.m. ET, 7 p.m. local. Fans can also follow the U.S. WNT on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt . The USA is 6-2-1 so far in 2014 and will be playing its second match under interim head coach Jill Ellis, who took over the squad for the April 10 match against China PR in San Diego (a 3-0 victory) after U.S. Soccer parted ways with former head coach Tom Sermanni on April 6. This will be the 10th match of the year for the U.S. WNT, five of which have been played on home soil.


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WNT BREAKS FROM SECOND NWSL SEASON: All the NWSL teams are four to five matches deep into the league's second season and 18 of the USA's 22 players will come directly from the league into Winnipeg to prepare for the match on May 8. The USA could have up to five additional friendly matches before CONCACAF Women's World Cup qualifying takes place in October.

24 YEARS BETWEEN WINNIPEG MATCHES: This will not be the USA's first trip to Winnipeg. The last one came almost 24 years ago as the USA met Canada on July 27, 1990, in the second of just six games the USA played that year. In a match played at the Winnipeg Soccer Complex, which is next door to Investors Group Field, the USA defeated Canada 4-1 on goals from Kristine Lilly, Carin Jennings, Mia Hamm and Wendy Gebauer. It was a win sandwiched in between 4-0 and 4-2 wins against Norway that took place in Winnipeg onJuly 25 and 29, respectively.

WORLD RECORD EXTENDED: U.S. WNT forward Abby Wambach finished second in the voting for the 2013 FIFA Women's World Player of the Year (after winning the award for 2012) and currently has 167 career goals after scoring twice against Korea DPR in the final match of the Algarve Cup. Wambach passed the legendary Mia Hamm to become the world's all-time leading scorer on June 20, 2013, when she pounded in four goals against South Korea at Red Bull Arena. Hamm, the 2001 and 2002 FIFA Women's World Player of the Year, had 158 career international goals from 1987-2004. The match vs. North Korea at the Algarve Cup marked the 107th win for the USA in a game in which Wambach has scored at least one goal (107-2-8). Wambach has scored 42 goals in her past 52 games over 2012, 2013 and 2014. She is also third all-time in assists with 65, behind only Kristine Lilly (105) and Hamm (144).

U.S. ROSTER BREAKDOWN: The USA comes into the match against Canada with a 22-player roster, the first named by interim head coach Jill Ellis. It includes 18 current NWSL players, three future NWSL players and the youngest player, rising college senior Morgan Brian, the 2013 MAC Hermann Trophy winner at the University of Virginia. Ellis, who will name 18 players to suit up for the match, called up three goalkeepers, nine defenders, six midfielders and four forwards. Of the USA's 22 players, just four are over 30: team captain Christie Rampone (38 years old), Abby Wambach (33), Hope Solo (32) and Carli Lloyd (31). Ellis named two uncapped players, both from Portland Thorns FC, as 26-year-old midfielder Allie Long gets her second WNT call-up (the first was under Pia Sundhage in 2010) and 25-year-old defender Nikki Marshall gets her first.

U.S. Women's National Team By Position - Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): 24-Ashlyn Harris (Washington Spirit), 21-Jill Loyden (Sky Blue FC), 1-Hope Solo (Seattle Reign FC)
DEFENDERS (9): 14-Stephanie Cox (Seattle Reign FC), 16-Crystal Dunn (Washington Spirit), 6-Whitney Engen (Tyresö), 25-Meghan Klingenberg (Tyresö), 11-Ali Krieger (Washington Spirit), 19-Nikki Marshall (Portland Thorns FC), 5-Kelley O'Hara (Sky Blue FC), 3-Christie Rampone (Sky Blue FC), 4-Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City)
MIDFIELDERS (6): 7-Morgan Brian (Virginia), 12-Lauren Holiday (FC Kansas City), 22-Julie Johnston (Chicago Red Stars), 10-Carli Lloyd (WNY Flash), 17-Allie Long (Portland Thorns FC), 9-Heather O'Reilly (Boston Breakers)
FORWARDS (4): 2-Sydney Leroux (Seattle Reign FC), 23-Christen Press (Tyresö), 8-Amy Rodriguez (FC Kansas City), 20-Abby Wambach (WNY Flash)

• Twenty-four players have seen game action for the USA so far in 2014.
• Lauren Holiday, the 2013 NWSL MVP, will become the 30th American female player to earn 100 caps if she plays against Canada on May 8.
• U.S. forward Abby Wambach comes into the match with 167 career goals, 10 of which have been scored against Canada.
• After Wambach, midfielder Carli Lloyd is the top scorer on the roster with 50 career international goals, followed by Heather O'Reilly with 40. Sydney Leroux is quickly climbing the charts with 29. Amy Rodriguez has 27.
• O'Reilly earned her 200th career cap against Korea DPR on March 12 and with 202 has now moved past Kate Markgraf into eighth on the USA's all-time list. Next up for O'Reilly is Tiffeny Milbrett, who finished her career with 204 caps.
• O'Reilly is the second-youngest player to hit 200 caps for the USA. Kristine Lilly was 28 years old, 9 months, 15 days when she earned cap No. 200 on May 7, 2000. O'Reilly was 29 years old, 2 months, 10 days when she earned her 200th cap.
• Sydney Leroux is the USA's leading scorer this year with five goals. Abby Wambach and Christen Press have four goals each. Press also has one assist this year and has scored 12 times in her first 21 WNT games.
• Press' two-goal game against Russia on Feb. 8 marked her third two-goal game in just 21 caps.
• Press and defenders Whitney Engen and Meghan Klingenberg are headed back to Sweden after the match to continue playing for Tyresö as the club chases a UEFA Champions League title. Tyresö took down Birmingham of England in the semifinals after winning the second leg at home by a 3-0 score as Press scored twice and assisted on the third goal. Tyresö will face holders Wolfsburg of Germany in the Champions League final on May 22 in Lisbon.
• After the completion of their Champions League run, Press, Engen and Klingenberg will return to their NWSL clubs. They are three of the four WNT players who were new allocations to NWSL clubs for the 2014 season: Stephanie Cox (Seattle Reign FC), Engen (Houston Dash) and Press (Chicago Red Stars). Klingenberg was allocated to the Boston Breakers, and then taken in the expansion draft by the Dash.
• The USA is without several regulars due to injury, including forward Alex Morgan, midfielders Megan Rapinoe and Kristie Mewis and defender Rachel Van Hollebeke.
• Defender Crystal Dunn returns to the roster after recovering from an ankle injury and could see her first international minutes of 2014.
• Julie Johnston returns to the roster for the first time since the February matches against Russia, and will be looking for her first international minutes of the year.
• Uncapped players Allie Long and Nikki Marshall both represented the USA in FIFA U-20 Women's World Cups- Long in 2006 in Russia and Marshall in 2008 in Chile, where she started all six games at center-back while playing a key role in the USA's title run.
• Long has 14 U-20 caps with three goals while Marshall has 19 U-20 caps with one goal. Marshall also has two U-23 caps.

• Hope Solo is one shutout away from tying Briana Scurry for the most in U.S. history at 71.
• The USA's current 82-game unbeaten streak at home (72-0-10 since Nov. 6, 2004) is a team record. The next-highest streak is 50 games (48-0-2) from Feb. 10, 1996, through April 22, 1999. The USA tied the record on May 14, 2011 (2-0 win against Japan at Columbus Crew Stadium) and broke the record with the 51st game on May 18, 2011 (another 2-0 win against Japan at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C.).
• Heather O'Reilly is the ninth player to hit 200 caps in U.S. history.
• In addition to breaking Mia Hamm's world scoring record, Abby Wambach's June 20, 2013, performance against the Korea Republic also made her the USA's all-time leader in multiple-goal games with 39 for her career. She has since added another on March 12 against Korea DPR and sits at 40. She has 33 two-goal games, five hat tricks, one four-goal game and one five-goal game.
• Carli Lloyd's goal on Oct. 27 against New Zealand gave her 46 goals in her career and moved her past Julie Foudy into ninth on the all-time scoring list. Lloyd scored her first two of the year against Russia on Feb. 8 and added another two-goal game on April 10 vs. Russia to become the ninth player in U.S. history to score 50 or more goals. Lloyd is also the highest-scoring player in U.S. history who has played exclusively as a midfielder.
• In the Jan. 31 match against Canada, defender Becky Sauerbrunn became the 46th player in U.S. Women's National Team history to hit 50 caps. She now has 58, which ranks her 42nd all-time.

• The USA holds a 47-3-5 all-time record against Canada, a team it has faced more times than any country in the world. The USA and Canada have been playing since the second year of the U.S. Women's National Team program in 1986 and actually met in the fifth and sixth matches in U.S. history, which also were the first domestic games for the U.S. Women.
• The most recent meeting between the teams came in the first match of 2014, a 1-0 U.S. victory in front of more than 20,000 fans in Frisco, Texas, as Sydney Leroux scored the winning goal in 79th minute.
• Multiple meetings in a calendar year between the USA and Canada are far from a rarity. In fact, the teams played five times in both 2000 and 2008, tied for the most meetings in a year.
• The USA has scored 171 goals all-time in the series with Canada while allowing 36. Only Norway has scored more goals against the USA than Canada.
• The neighbors have met three times in world championship competition, the first coming in the third-place match of the 2003 FIFA Women's World Cup a 3-1 U.S. victory at StubHub Center in Carson, California. The USA picked up a 2-1 overtime win in the quarterfinals of the 2004 Olympics as Natasha Kai scored the game-winner in Shanghai, China, and of course the teams played an epic semifinal in the 2012 Olympics, a match the USA won 4-3 in the last minute of overtime on a header from Alex Morgan.

USA IN NWSL: Following are the NWSL statistics of the U.S. players so far this season. Stephanie Cox, Julie Johnston, Ali Krieger, Allie Long, Nikki Marshall, Kelley O'Hara, Heather O'Reilly, Becky Sauerbrunn, Ashlyn Harris and Hope Solo have played every minute of their club's matches so far. Amy Rodriguez, with four goals, is the top WNT scorer in the NWSL and tied for the league lead as well. Lauren Holiday has taken the most shots with 26 so far, but both Holiday and Rodriguez have put 14 on goal; A-Rod in just 18 shots.

JILL ELLIS FACT FILE : Jill Ellis starts her second stint as interim head coach for the U.S. Women's National Team, also coaching the final seven games of 2012 when she compiled a 5-0-2 record, which included three wins against China PR. She was appointed as the Development Director for the U.S. Women's National Teams in January of 2011. The hiring, along with April Heinrichs as Technical Director, marked the first time U.S. Soccer has appointed full-time positions to oversee the women's Youth National Team program and the programs' overall development. Ellis is charged with taking the lead on interacting directly with key coaches within the youth club environment while also guiding and directing the U.S. U-17s, U-15s and U-14s.
• Ellis has extensive experience in the U.S. Women's National Team programs having served as an assistant coach for the U.S. Women's National Team under Pia Sundhage, helping the team to a gold medal at the 2008 Olympics. Ellis has served two stints as head coach of the U.S. Under-20 Women's National Team, guiding the squad to the CONCACAF title in 2010 and to the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup in Germany.
• Ellis also had two stints as the head coach of the U.S. Under-21 Women's National Team, the second starting in the middle of 2005, after which she guided the team to the Nordic Cup in Sweden. She also coached the U-21s to the Nordic Cup title in Germany in 2000.
• Ellis was a scout for the USA at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia, and has served as an assistant coach with the U.S. U-21s and U.S. U-16 Girls' National Teams.
• Ellis joined U.S. Soccer full-time after a highly successful 12-year run as the head women's soccer coach for the UCLA Bruins. Ellis led UCLA to eight NCAA Final Fours, including seven in a row from 2003-2009, and won six straight conference titles from 2003-2008. She finished her time in Westwood with a record of 229-45-14. Ellis, who was also head coach at the University of Illinois, has an all-time collegiate coaching record of 248-63-14.
• She was the 2000 NSCAA National Coach of the Year after leading the Bruins to the NCAA Final in just her second season as head coach.
• Ellis arrived in Westwood after heading the University of Illinois women's soccer program for two years. In 1998, she brought the Fighting Illini to a 12-8 record and a first-ever Big Ten Tournament berth. Prior to coaching at Illinois, Ellis served as an assistant coach at the University of Virginia for one year (1996-97), at Maryland for three years (1994-96) and at North Carolina State for another three years (1988-90). As an assistant coach at North Carolina State, Ellis helped the Wolfpack secure the 1988 ACC title and an NCAA Final Four appearance.
• A forward during her playing days at the College of William & Mary from 1984-87, Ellis was a Third-Team All-American in 1987. In 1984, Ellis helped Braddock Road in Virginia to the Under-19 club national championship.
• Ellis grew up in Portsmouth, England, and came to the United States in 1981 at the age of 15. She also lived in Singapore for two years while her father helped to develop a national soccer program in that country. She earned her B.A. in English Literature and Composition from the College of William & Mary in 1988 and currently resides in Los Angeles. She has a USSF "A" coaching license.

Canada Soccer Assocation
Founded: 1912 (Joined FIFA in 1913)
Head Coach: John Herdman
FIFA World Ranking: 7
FIFA World Cups: 5 (1995, 1999, 2003, 2007, 2011)
Best FIFA World Cup Finish: Fourth Place (2003)
Canada Women's National Team Roster By Position
GOALKEEPERS (2): Karina LeBlanc (Chicago Red Stars), Erin McLeod (Houston Dash)
DEFENDERS (6): Kadeisha Buchanan (West Virginia), Robyn Gayle (Washington Spirit), Carmelina Moscato (Seattle Reign FC), Rebecca Quinn (Duke), Rhian Wilkinson (Comètes de Laval), Sura Yekka (Brams United)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Kaylyn Kyle (Houston Dash), Diana Matheson (Washington Spirit), Sophie Schmidt (Sky Blue FC), Desiree Scott (Notts County Ladies), Jessie Fleming (London NorWest SC), Ashley Lawrence (West Virginia), Brittany Baxter (Seattle Sounders FC)
FORWARDS (6): Jonelle Filigno (Sky Blue FC), Nkem Ezurike (Boston Breakers), Adriana Leon (Chicago Red Stars), Christine Sinclair (Portland Thorns FC), Josée Bélanger (Comètes de Laval), Melissa Tancredi (Chicago Red Stars)

• Canada is coming off of four matches at the annual Cyprus Cup in March where it defeated Ireland, 2-1, in the match for fifth place. Canada also defeated Finland 3-0, Italy 3-1 and lost to England 2-0.
• At the Cyprus Cup, Sky Blue FC midfielder Sophie Schmidt led the team in scoring with three goals. Washington Spirit midfielder Diana Matheson had two while Portland Thorns FC forward Christine Sinclair, Chicago Red Stars forward Adriana Leon and Houston midfielder Kaylyn Kyle had one goal each.
• Canada features 12 NWSL players, including the starting goalkeepers for the Chicago Red Stars and Houston Dash in Karina LeBlanc and Erin McLeod, respectively.
• Diana Matheson is Canada's top scorer in the NWSL so far during the young season, having found the net three times, tied for second best in the league.
• The Winnipeg camp will see the return of forward Melissa Tancredi, who is back in the National Team fold for the first time since Canada played the USA at BMO Field in 2013. Tancredi is back playing professional soccer with the Chicago Red Stars after taking time off after the 2012 Olympics to complete a chiropractic program degree.
• Also included in the squad are five players who could see action this summer at the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup Canada 2014 in Sura Yekka, Ashley Lawrence, Jessie Fleming, Kadeisha Buchanan and Rebecca Quinn.
• Yekka and Fleming were influential members of Canada's Women's U-17 Team that reached the quarterfinals at the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup Costa Rica in March and Quinn impressed with the senior team as a late call-up during the Cyprus Cup.

On the field for the USA:
April 10, 2014 - Qualcomm Stadium; San Diego
USA 3 Carli Lloyd 20, 23; Sydney Leroux 46
USA: 1-Hope Solo; 11-Ali Krieger, 16-Rachel Van Hollebeke (6-Whitney Engen, 7), 4-Becky Sauerbrunn (capt.), 25-Meghan Klingenberg, 7-Morgan Brian (20-Abby Wambach, 46), 10-Carli Lloyd, 15-Megan Rapinoe (17-Tobin Heath, 57), 9-Heather O'Reilly (23-Christen Press, 57), 12-Lauren Holiday (5-Kelley O'Hara, 64), 2-Sydney Leroux (8-Amy Rodriguez, 76)
Substitutions Not Used: 18-Alyssa Naeher
Head coach: Jill Ellis
CHN: 1-Zhang Yue; 3-Wang Lingling (7-Xu Yanlu, 34), 6-Zeng Ying, 26-Li Dongna, 30-Liu Shanshan; 14-Wang Shanshan, 23-Ren Guixin (capt.), 25-Zhang Rui (13-Gao Qi, 87), 28-Zhang Xin (16-Wan Chen, 63); 10-Li Ying, 29-Yang Li (18-Han Peng, 66)
Substitutions Not Used: 9-Lou Jiahui, 11-Huang Yini, 17-Li Xianglin, 19-Zhou Feifei, 20-Song Duan, 21-Wang Lisi, 22-Wang Yun
Head coach: Hao Wei
On the field for the USA vs. Canada:
Jan. 31, 2014 - Toyota Stadium; Frisco, Texas
USA 1 Sydney Leroux 79
USA: 1-Hope Solo; 11-Ali Krieger, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 6-Whitney Engen (3-Christie Rampone, 77), 14-Stephanie Cox; 9-Heather O'Reilly, 25-Morgan Brian, 12-Lauren Holiday, 15-Megan Rapinoe (8-Amy Rodriguez, 88); 2-Sydney Leroux, 20-Abby Wambach (capt.) (23-Christen Press, 74)
Substitutions Not Used: 7-Crystal Dunn, 19-Kristie Mewis, 21-Jill Loyden, 22-Julie Johnston
Head coach: Tom Sermanni
CAN: 1-Erin McLeod; 7-Rhian Wilkinson (3-Sura Yekka, 74), 14-Kadeisha Buchanan, 10-Lauren Sesselmann, 20-Marie-Éve Nault (4-Carmelina Moscato, 81); 8-Diana Matheson (16-Jonelle Filigno, 86), 11-Desiree Scott, 13-Sophie Schmidt; 9-Josée Bélanger (17-Brittany Baxter, 71), 12-Christine Sinclair (capt.), 19-Adriana Leon (6-Kaylyn Kyle, 61)
Substitutions Not Used: 21-Stephanie Labbe, 33-Karina LeBlanc, 2-Emily Zurrer
Head coach: John Herdman

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