0
US Soccer

U.S. Women’s National Team Defeats China 4-1 in Front of Sold-Out Crowd of 18,573 at PPL Park in Chester, Pa.

  • U.S. head coach Pia Sundhage Names 2012 Olympic Team Before the Match 
  • Alex Morgan Scores Twice, Abby Wambach Adds Late Goal 
  • U.S. WNT Will Travel to Sweden in June for Matches Against Sweden on June 16 and Japan on June 18

CHESTER, Pa. (May 27, 2012) – The U.S. Women’s National Team fell behind early but roared back to score four unanswered goals to defeat China 4-1 in the second-to-last domestic match before the team leaves for the 2012 Olympics. A sell-out crowd of 18,573 boisterous fans filled PPL Park to the brims as the Americans put on an entertaining show, scoring twice in each half.

Forward Alex Morgan scored two goals, sandwiched around a China own goal, while forward Abby Wambach capped the night with a spectacular finish seven minutes from the end of the game.

“I’m very happy scoring goals but the happiest thing for us was we changed the game,” said U.S. head coach Pia Sundhage. “We struggled a bit in the first half but we turned it around in the second half and the crowd was great. You look at the crowd like this and it makes a difference. In the Olympics we’ll have big crowds and in the World Cup we had big crowds. You have to deal with that feeling and you should take advantage of it. Playing in front of this crowd is almost like having a 12th player and it’s fantastic.”

The U.S. team came out a bit jittery in the opening stages of the game and in just the fourth minute gave up a dangerous chance as Han Peng got loose in the left side of the penalty box. U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo chose to hold her ground, and from a sharp angle, Peng scraped her shot off the crossbar.

The USA then started to exert its game on the Chinese with Megan Rapinoe putting the ball through the legs of a Chinese defender on the left end line in the seventh minute, only to shoot into the side netting.

In the 19th minute, a long ball into the Chinese penalty area was headed up in the air and it fell to Carli Lloyd in the middle of the box, but she struck her full volley high over the net.

Lloyd had an even better chance one minute later after Heather O’Reilly made a darting run down the right wing and cut back a pass to Morgan in the slot. She took a touch and fired from close range at Chinese goalkeeper Zhang Yue, who made the save but pushed the ball into the middle. Lloyd was perfectly postioned for the rebound and kept this shot low. It was surely headed into the net before the ball hit the leg of a fortunate Chinese defender and skidded wide left of the goal.

China scored in the 22nd minute against the run of play after Lloyd was disposed by several pressuring defenders near the top of the box on the left side. The ball rolled to Lou Jiahui who drove her dribble at U.S. captain Christie Rampone before dishing into the left side of the penalty area to Zhang Rui. The Chinese attacker was able to dribble uncontested almost all the way to the near post before slotting home low into the right corner.

It took the USA only a dozen minutes to equalize and it came off a turnover in the Chinese defensive third. O’Reilly darted in to win a ball down the right wing and then accelerated into the penalty area before trying to find Morgan again in the slot. A defender got a foot on the ball, but it was deflected right into the path of Morgan who clinically bent her left-footed shot into the lower left corner from 14 yards out.

Just two minutes later the USA took the lead as Rapinoe served a free kick from the left wing into a dangerous spot at the far post. The ball was headed up into the air by a Chinese defender and it fell to Shannon Boxx, who sent her header back into the pack of players inside the six yard box. Wambach then got a head on it to nod the ball towards the net where it bounced in front of defender Zhou Gaoping, who found her body in poor position to clear. She tried to head the ball away, but instead sent it past her own goalkeeper and trickling into the lower right corner.

In the 38th minute, Morgan foreshadowed her second goal when she latched onto a ball at midfield before turning and burning all the way inside the penalty box. She had a good look at goal, but slapped her right-footed shot wide right.

China had pretty much its final really dangerous chance of the game just before halftime off a free kick that was served well into the penalty area. Solo came out to punch, but a challenging Chinese attacker forced the ball to bounce high in the air. Solo lost sight of the ball for a moment, but fortunately it was headed over the goal and settled into the top of the net.

Morgan added her second of the game, and team-leading 14th of the year, in the 50th minute off a fantastic long ball from Rampone. Under pressure after a back pass from Amy LePeilbet, Rampone hit a first time ball over the back line to the streaking Morgan, who out-muscled and then out-ran the Chinese center back before placing her left-footed shot past Zhang and into the lower right corner from 18 yards out.

Sundhage made two substitutions at halftime, sending on Lauren Cheney for Lloyd and Amy Rodriguez for O’Reilly and the Americans totally dominated the second 45 minutes. Cheney played extremely well in the center of the midfield, helping the USA catch a nice attacking rhythm that caused China to chase for most of the second half.

Shots from Rapinoe and Rodriguez inside the first 15 minutes of the second half didn’t miss the frame by much as the Americans, unlike in the first half, totally controlled the pace and tempo the game.

The fourth and final goal originated from a throw-in from the right side as Morgan threw the ball to Wambach, who spun around a defender to the end line and let the ball skip through into the penalty area. She then smashed her shot into the upper left corner from a sharp angle, giving Zhang no chance.

Sundhage also gave Rampone, who earned her 257th career cap, a breather during at the end of the game, sending on Becky Sauerbrunn in the 62nd minute.

Prior to the game, Sundhage named the 2012 Olympic Team, choosing the 18 players who will travel to the U.K. this summer in quest for a gold medal. Seventeen players from the Olympic Team suited up for the USA against China with midfielder Tobin Heath – who is still rehabilitating an ankle injury – the only omission. She was replaced on the game day roster by Olympic alternate Meghan Klingenberg.

Twenty-two-year-old Sydney Leroux, the youngest member of the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team and only player on the squad who was not a member of the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup Team, also got a run in. She came on for Amy LePeilbet in the 81st minute as the USA went into a 3-4-3 formation until the end of the match.

The U.S. team will now have a week off before heading to Sweden for matches against the Swedes and Japan, but will play its Olympic send-off game on June 30 against Canada at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah. Kickoff is set for 12 p.m. MT and almost 10,000 tickets have already been sold. The match will be broadcast live on NBC.

Additional Match Notes:

  • The USA’s own goal was its first since July 10, 2011, against Brazil in the quarterfinal of the FIFA Women’s World Cup. 
  • The USA upped its record to 11-1-1 on the year and will return to action next on June 16 against Sweden in Halmstad, Sweden. The USA also faces Japan on June 18 at the same venue. 
  • Abby Wambach’s goal was the 135th of her international career. She sits only behind Mia Hamm (158) on the USA all-time scoring list. 
  • Alex Morgan upped her career goal total to 24 in just 39 caps. 
  • China had just one shot on goal during the match, and scored on it. 
  • Sydney Leroux picked up the first yellow card of her career for a harsh tackle in the first minute of stoppage time.

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

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. China
Date: May 27, 2012
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: PPL Park; Chester, Pa.
Kickoff: 7 p.m. ET
Attendance: 18,573 (sell out)
Weather: 82 degrees, warm, humid

Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA                        2 2 4
CHN                        1 0 1

CHN – Zhang Rui (Lou Jiahui)                22rd minute
USA – Alex Morgan                               34
USA – own goal (Zhou Gaoping)            36
USA – Alex Morgan (Christie Rampone)  50
USA – Abby Wambach (Alex Morgan)     83

Lineups:
USA: 1-Hope Solo; 6-Amy LePeilbet (11-Sydney Leroux, 81), 3-Christie Rampone (capt.) (4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 62), 19-Rachel Buehler, 5-Kelley O’Hara; 9-Heather O’Reilly (8-Amy Rodriguez, 46), 7-Shannon Boxx, 10-Carli Lloyd (12-Lauren Cheney 46), 15-Megan Rapinoe; 13-Alex Morgan, 20-Abby Wambach
Subs not used: 2-Heather Mitts, 14-Meghan Klingenberg, 18-Nicole Barnhart
Head coach: Pia Sundhage


CHN: 1-Zhang Yue; 3-Zhou Gaoping, 4-Li Jiayue, 5-Wang Dongni, 12-Zhao Hongli (17-Pang Fengyue, 85); 6-Ren Guixin (23-Li Wen 56), 14-Liu Shukun, 16-Wang Xin (15-Xu Yanlu, 68; 21-Wang Lisi, 87), 18-Han Peng (19-Zhou Feifei, 39), 25-Zhang Rui (10-Ma Xiaoxu, 78); 11-Lou Jiahui
Subs not used: 22-Wang Fei
Head coach: Hao Wei

Statistical Summary: USA / CHN
Shots: 18 / 5
Shots on Goal: 7 / 1
Saves: 0 / 3
Corner Kicks: 6 / 1
Fouls: 10 / 11
Offside: 2 / 3

Misconduct Summary:
CHN -- Ren Guixin (caution)       18th minute
USA – Sydney Leroux (caution)   90+1

Officials
Referee: Margaret Domka (USA)
Assistant Referee: Marlene Duffy (USA)
Assistant Referee: Veronica Perez (USA)
4th Official: Kari Seitz (USA)

Bud Light Woman of the Match:
Lauren Cheney

 

Read more
WNT May 27, 2012

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

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. China
Date: May 27, 2012
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: PPL Park; Chester, Pa.
Kickoff: 7 p.m. ET
Attendance: 18,573 (sell out)
Weather: 82 degrees, warm, humid

Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA                        2 2 4
CHN                        1 0 1

CHN – Zhang Rui (Lou Jiahui)                22rd minute
USA – Alex Morgan                               34
USA – own goal (Zhou Gaoping)            36
USA – Alex Morgan (Christie Rampone)  50
USA – Abby Wambach (Alex Morgan)     83

Lineups:
USA: 1-Hope Solo; 6-Amy LePeilbet (11-Sydney Leroux, 81), 3-Christie Rampone (capt.) (4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 62), 19-Rachel Buehler, 5-Kelley O’Hara; 9-Heather O’Reilly (8-Amy Rodriguez, 46), 7-Shannon Boxx, 10-Carli Lloyd (12-Lauren Cheney 46), 15-Megan Rapinoe; 13-Alex Morgan, 20-Abby Wambach
Subs not used: 2-Heather Mitts, 14-Meghan Klingenberg, 18-Nicole Barnhart
Head coach: Pia Sundhage


CHN: 1-Zhang Yue; 3-Zhou Gaoping, 4-Li Jiayue, 5-Wang Dongni, 12-Zhao Hongli (17-Pang Fengyue, 85); 6-Ren Guixin (23-Li Wen 56), 14-Liu Shukun, 16-Wang Xin (15-Xu Yanlu, 68; 21-Wang Lisi, 87), 18-Han Peng (19-Zhou Feifei, 39), 25-Zhang Rui (10-Ma Xiaoxu, 78); 11-Lou Jiahui
Subs not used: 22-Wang Fei
Head coach: Hao Wei

Statistical Summary: USA / CHN
Shots: 18 / 5
Shots on Goal: 7 / 1
Saves: 0 / 3
Corner Kicks: 6 / 1
Fouls: 10 / 11
Offside: 2 / 3

Misconduct Summary:
CHN -- Ren Guixin (caution)       18th minute
USA – Sydney Leroux (caution)   90+1

Officials
Referee: Margaret Domka (USA)
Assistant Referee: Marlene Duffy (USA)
Assistant Referee: Veronica Perez (USA)
4th Official: Kari Seitz (USA)

Bud Light Woman of the Match:
Lauren Cheney 

{841A65F0-8B82-439F-A917-4FA5CC33F475}
US Soccer

GALLERY: MNT Draws Portugal 1-1 in Final Match of 2017

On a night that kicked off a new era, the U.S. Men’s National Team drew 1-1 with third-ranked Portugal in the USA’s final match of 2017. 
Read more
MNT Nov 15, 2017
US Soccer

National Soccer Hall of Fame Class of 2017 Induction to be Held Feb. 10 in Orlando

CHICAGO (Nov. 15, 2017) – U.S. Women’s National Team legend Briana Scurry and former coach Dr. Joe Machnik will be inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame on Saturday, Feb. 10, at the Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld.

The Class of 2017 induction ceremony will begin at 7 p.m. ET as part of the U.S. Soccer Annual General Meeting. The ceremony will be invite-only but fans will be able to watch live on ussoccer.com.

During the 1999 Women's World Cup Final at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, and in front of the largest crowd to ever watch a women's sporting event, Scurry helped shut out China for 120 minutes before stopping the Steel Roses' third penalty kick attempt in the dramatic shootout, allowing final U.S. shooter Brandi Chastain to clinch the World Cup title. Scurry also shepherded the U.S. WNT to two Olympic gold medals during an eleven-year run as the team's top goalkeeper.

Machnik has been involved with soccer in the United States in almost every way: as a player, coach, referee, instructor, match commissioner and now as a broadcaster for FOX Sports. Since 1977, Machnik has run No. 1 Soccer Camps, a program that has helped develop over 80,000 young players and seen its alumni play professionally and with the U.S. National Team. In 1990, Machnik was on the sidelines with head coach Bob Gansler as an assistant coach when the U.S. Men's National Team reached its first World Cup in 40 years. He has served as head of referees for three professional soccer leagues, including 15 years of involvement with Major League Soccer.

Briana Scurry Bio:
Scurry played for the U.S. WNT from 1994-2008, anchoring teams that won a World Cup title and two Olympic gold medals. The team's first choice goalkeeper for eleven years, she was Player of the Match in the 1999 Women's World Cup Final, perhaps the most memorable women's sporting event of all time. At the time of her retirement in 2010, Scurry was by far the most decorated goalkeeper in WNT history with 175 caps and 72 career shutouts. Professionally, she was a founding player in the Women's United Soccer Association with the Atlanta Beat. Now, Scurry is a powerful advocate for concussion/traumatic brain injury awareness and a motivational speaker.

Dr. Joe Machnik Bio:
Machnik has done it all in American soccer, as a player, coach, referee, instructor, match commissioner and broadcaster. An instrumental figure in the sport, Machnik helped guide the U.S. MNT back to the World Cup in 1990 after a 40-year absence as an assistant coach and worked as head of referees for three different professional leagues, including 15 years with MLS. His No. 1 Soccer Camps have helped to develop over 80,000 young players since 1977 and he is believed to be the only man to both coach in two NCAA Finals and officiate an NCAA Final.

Read more
MNT WNT Nov 15, 2017
US Soccer

La U.S.MNT Empata 1-1 Con el Campeón Europeo Portugal

LEIRIA, Portugal (14 de noviembre, 2017) – La Selección Masculina de Estados Unidos cerró el año empatando 1-1 ante Portugal en suelo portugués, con una alineación que presentó a varios jóvenes que debutaban con la selección mayor. Entre los debutantes de la U.S. MNT se encontraba el volante ofensivo formado en el FC Dallas y que milita en el Schalke 04 de la Bundesliga, Weston McKennie. El mediocampista de 19 años disfrutó de un debut soñado, anotando el gol de la ventaja apenas pasado el minuto 20 de juego.

McKennie estuvo cerca del doblete con un remate de cabeza que se estrelló en el travesaño y estuvo a punto de registrar una asistencia a Tyler Adamas, pero el arquero Bruno realizó una gran atajada para evitar la derrota de los europeos.

Lamentablemente, el portero Ethan Horvath tuvo un día complicado en apenas su segunda actuación con la U.S. MNT, ya que un marcado error en un balón centrado por Antunes que no tenía ninguna dosis de peligro costó muy caro y término significando el empate de los vigentes campeones europeos.

Y si bien es cierto que EE.UU. estuvo cerca de conseguir el segundo tanto, el cual entre el travesaño y las atajadas de Bruno les fue negado, también Portugal tuvo aproximaciones que pudieron significar la derrota, en especial un potente disparo de Gonçalo Paciência que reventó el larguero.

Próximamente: Estados Unidos no volverá a jugar hasta finales de enero del próximo año. Recibirá en el StubHub Center a la selección de Bosnia & Herzegovina el 28 de enero, 2018, a través de la señal de FS1 y UniMás.   

Resumen de Goles:
USA – Weston McKennie, minuto 21: El jugador del Schalke se combinó con C.J. Sapong por la banda izquierda. En el área y con balón controlado, McKennie amagó a Ricardo Ferreira y se puso de frente con el arquero portugués para definir con pierna cambiada.

POR – Vitorino Antunes, minuto 31: Cambio de juego de Bruno Fernandes a la banda izquierda donde venía incorporándose Antunes. Entre la línea de banda y el costado izquierdo del área grande, Antunes prendió el balón de volea para sacar un centro con efecto directo a la posición del portero Ethan Horvath. Pero Horvath no pudo abrazar el esférico y se le escabulló de túnel y lentamente rodó para introducirse a segundo palo.

Atajadas Claves y Jugadas Peligrosas:
POR – Manuel Fernandes, minuto 35: Potente cañonazo de derecha de larga distancia que Horvath contuvo sin dar rebote.

POR – Danilo Pereira, minuto 39: El mediocampista del Porto aprovechó la complacencia de la zaga estadounidense en la salida e interceptó un pase a Kellyn Acosta de frente al arco. Danilo sacó un disparo raso que Horvath nuevamente contuvo.

USA – John Brooks, minuto 44: Tiro de esquina rematado de cabeza por Brooks adelantándose a la salida del arquero Beto, y mandando el balón al fondo del arco. Sin embargo el tanto no contó, ya que el árbitro había señalado previamente un empujón de Matt Miazga a su marcador.

USA – Tyler Adams, minuto 52: Servicio por izquierda de McKennie que la zaga portuguesa fue incapaz de cortar, y tras un bote, Adams remató de cabeza a segundo poste. Beto se lanzó para realizar la atajada.

USA – Weston McKennie, minuto 55: Tiro de esquina rematado de cabeza por el debutante que se estrelló en el travesaño y de campanazo no alcanzó a cruzar la línea de gol.

POR – Gonçalo Paciência, minuto 68: En segunda jugada tras el rechazo defensivo en un tiro de esquina, Bernardo Silva le dejó un pase a Paciência quien de media vuelta sacó un elevado y potente remate en el área que reventó el travesaño.

USA – Cameron Carter-Vickers, minuto 72: Centro a perfil cambiado de Lynden Gooch por izquierda, directo al corazón del área. Tras botar en el área, Carter-Vickers controló en el área chica, el esférico le quedo a media altura y antes de que rematara de zurda, el portero Bruno salvó su arco con una media tijera de derecha.

- Resumen de Juego de la Selección Masculina de Estados Unidos -

Encuentro: Selección Masculina de EE.UU. vs. Portugal
Fecha: 14 de noviembre, 2017
Torneo: Amistoso Internacional
Sede: Estádio Dr. Magalhães Pessoa; Leiria, Portugal
Inicio: 3:30 p.m. ET (8:30 p.m. hora local)
Asistencia: 19,017
Clima: 45 grados, parcialmente nublado 

Resumen de anotaciones:    1          2         F
USA                                         1          0         1
POR                                         1          0         1

USA – Weston McKennie (CJ Sapong)                           minuto 21
POR – Vitorino Antunes (Bruno Fernandes)                    31

Alineaciones:
USA: 1-Ethan Horvath (12-Bill Hamid, 46); 2-DeAndre Yedlin, 3-Matt Miazga, 6-John Brooks (16-Cameron Carter-Vickers, 46), 15-Eric Lichaj (21-Jorge Villafaña, 59); 19-Danny Williams; 4-Tyler Adams, 8-Weston McKennie (11-Alejandro Bedoya, 84), 23-Kellyn Acosta, 17-Juan Agudelo (20-Lynden Gooch, 59); 18-CJ Sapong (14-Dom Dwyer, 77)
Suplentes No Utilizados: 22-Jesse González, 5-Tim Ream, 7-Kelyn Rowe
Director Técnico: Dave Sarachan

POR: 22-António Pimparel; 2-Nelson Semedo, 3-Pepe (4-Luis Neto, 10), 24-Ricardo Ferreira, 5-Vitorino Antunes; 8-Bruno Fernandes (10-João Eduardo, 46), 13-Danilo Pereira (6-Ruben Neves, 62); 14-Manuel Fernandes, 17-Bruma (11-Bernardo Silva, 62), 18-Gelson Martins (19-Gonçalo Paciência, 46); 7-Gonçalo Guedes (16-Marcos Lopes, 81)
Suplentes No Utilizados: 1-José Sá, 9-André Silva, 12-Anthony Lopes, 15-Idgar Ié, 20-Kevin Rodrigues, 21-Ricardo Pereira, 23-João Cancelo
Director Técnico: Fernando Santos

Resumen estadístico: USA / POR
Tiros: 9 / 13
Tiros al arco: 5 / 6
Atajadas: 5 / 4
Tiros de esquina: 4 / 8
Faltas: 20 / 18
Fueras de lugar: 0 / 1 

Resumen de penalidades:
Ninguna 

Árbitros:
Árbitro: Anthony Taylor (ENG)
Árbitro Asistente 1: Gary Beswick (ENG)
Árbitro Asistente 2: Stuart Burt (ENG)
Cuarto Oficial: Andre Marriner (ENG)

Jugador del Partido ussoccer.com: Weston McKennie

 

Read more
Espanol Nov 14, 2017
×