CHICAGO (July 22, 2016) – The U.S. Women’s National Team has just one final send-off match before departing for the 2016 Olympics in Brazil. The USA will play Costa Rica on July 22 at Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kansas (8 p.m. CT on ESPN and Univision Deportes Network), a team it knows well from CONCACAF competitions. The USA is 13-0-1 in 2016, earning 12 shutouts while allowing just four goals. Fans can follow all the action from #USAvCRC on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt and@ussoccer_esp, and follow the team along its journey on Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat (ussoccer_wnt).
USA vs. Costa Rica: The two sides most recently met on Feb. 10 to kick off the 2016 Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Frisco, Texas. The USA won 5-0 and scored 12 seconds into the match through Alex Morgan, who went on to score one more, Carli Lloyd, Crystal Dunn and Christen Press. Here are Five Things to Know about Costa Rica.
Olympic Team Set: U.S. head coach Jill Ellis named her 18-player Olympic Team on July 12 and will bring that squad, plus the four alternate players, to Kansas City for the match. She will suit up just 18 players for the second meeting with Costa Rica this year.
WNT Animated, Presented by Ritz: U.S. Soccer has released a new video series titled "WNT Animated, Presented by Ritz" that features the players of the U.S. Women's National Team. The videos feature the players and personalities that will be headed to Brazil, highlighting one-of-a-kind stories in animation form. Watch all 18 player videos plus one bonus video featuring head coach Jill Ellis.
At Children’s Mercy Park: This will be the third match for the U.S. Women in Kansas with the team playing at Children's Mercy Park (formerly Sporting Park and home to MLS club Sporting Kansas City) in September of 2011 against Canada (1-1 T) and in October of 2014 against Trinidad & Tobago (1-0 W) in Women's World Cup Qualifying. The USA has played four times on the other side of the Kansas-Missouri border at Arrowhead Stadium, winning twice and tying twice, but has not played there since 2004.
USA Set to Face New Zealand, France and Colombia In Olympic Group Play: The Final Draw for the Olympic Tournament was held on April 14 in Rio de Janeiro and the United States was drawn into Group G with New Zealand, France and Colombia for the tournament taking place from Aug. 3-19 at seven venues throughout Brazil. The U.S. will open Group G play on Aug. 3 - two days before the Olympic Opening Ceremonies - against New Zealand (7 p.m. local / 6 p.m. ET) at Mineirão Stadium in Belo Horizonte. The USA will stay in Belo Horizonte - which is 270 miles north of Rio de Janeiro - to face France at Mineirão Stadium on Aug. 6 (5 p.m. local / 4 p.m. ET) and finish group play against Colombia on Aug. 9 (6 p.m. local / 6 p.m. ET) at the Amazônia Stadium in Manaus, the same arena in which the U.S. MNT tied Portugal 2-2 during the 2014 FIFA World Cup, and the furthest soccer venue from Rio (more than 1,700 miles). Drawn into Group E with Brazil were China PR, Sweden and South Africa. Group F will consist of Germany, Canada, the tournament's only debutante Zimbabwe, and Australia.
U.S. WOMEN'S NATIONAL TEAM ROSTER BY POSITION:
GOALKEEPERS (2): 18-Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars), 1- Hope Solo (Seattle Reign FC)
DEFENDERS (6): 6-Whitney Engen (Boston Breakers), 8-Julie Johnston (Chicago Red Stars), 7-Meghan Klingenberg (Portland Thorns FC), 11-Ali Krieger (Washington Spirit), 5-Kelley O'Hara (Sky Blue FC), 4- Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City)
MIDFIELDERS (6): 14-Morgan Brian (Houston Dash), 17-Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC), 9-Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC), 10-Carli Lloyd (Houston Dash), 3-Allie Long (Portland Thorns FC), Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign)
FORWARDS (4): 16-Crystal Dunn (Washington Spirit), 13-Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride), 12-Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars); 2- Mallory Pugh (Real Colorado)
COSTA RICA WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM ROSTER BY POSITION:
GOALKEEPERS (2): 1-Dinnia Díaz (Moravia), 13- Noelia Bermúdez (Levante, ESP)
DEFENDERS (7): 2-Carolina Angulo (Deportivo Saprissa), 3-Fabiola Villalobos (Deportivo Saprissa), 4-Mariana Benavides (Moravia), 5-Diana Saenz (Madrid FF, ESP), 6-Maria Paula Elizondo (Deportivo Saprissa), 12-Lixy Rodríguez (Santa Teresa, ESP), 19-Fabiola Sánchez (Martin Methodist College, USA)
MIDFIELDERS (6): 7-Melissa Herrera (Moravia), 10-Shirley Cruz (Paris Saint Germain, FRA), 15-Cristin Granados (Deportivo Saprissa), 16-Katherine Alvarado (Deportivo Saprissa), 17-Karla Villalobos (Moravia), 23-Gloriana Villalobos (Deportivo Saprissa)
FORWARDS (3): 9-Carolina Venegas (Madrid FF, ESP), 11-Raquel Rodríguez (Sky Blue FC, USA), 14-Maria Fernanda Barrantes (Moravia)
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