The U.S. Women’s National Team won its group for the fifth consecutive Olympic Games with a dramatic 2-2 draw with Colombia at Amazonia Arena in its final Group G match of the 2016 Olympic Games.
The USA will face Sweden in its quarterfinal on Friday at Mané Garrincha Stadium in Brasilia (12 p.m. ET; NBCSN).Read more
The U.S. Women’s National Team closed out Group G play on Tuesday, Aug. 9 with a 2-2 draw against Colombia at Amazonia Arena in Manaus. The USA out-shot Colombia 16-3, and had a plethora of chances including failing to convert on two breakaway chances, but despite the performance not living up to players’ standards, the result got the job done and the U.S. won its group for a fifth consecutive Olympics. The USA now moves on to the Quarterfinal round and a clash against Sweden on Aug. 12 (12 p.m. ET on NBCSN) in Brasilia.
“The objective was made; we came top of the group,” co-captain Carli Lloyd said after the match. “We as athletes, we always want to perform well, every single game, but reality is that it’s not possible. I look at this as a positive, as something that we can use to motivate ourselves. We know we can be better. We have to move on and now it’s do-or-die time, one game at a time. We’ll be ready and fired up.”
Finishing group play with a less than perfect nine points is not unknown territory for the WNT. Back in 2008, the team lost its first game of the Olympics to Norway, and in 2015, it drew Sweden 0-0 in group play at the Women’s World Cup. On both occasions, the team moved on, got better and finished where they had always intended to be, atop their group and more importantly atop the podium.
“As a player, you expect every tournament to go the same from beginning to end, but that doesn’t happen,” Lloyd added. “Every journey is different and this just happened to be our third game of the tournament. At the end of the day, you find something positive to move on from. I know this team we’ll be ready to fight and ready to play next game.”
A quick 48-hour turn-around between games awaits the USA, which includes a travel day to Brasilia where the WNT will face former coach Pia Sundhage and the opponent that gave them a challenging match during last year’s Women’s World Cup group stage.
“This is it,” Lloyd said about entering the knockout stage of a competition. “There’s no saving yourself for anything. We’ve got to win and we’re going to raise the level. I got faith in this team. We can do it.”
The USA and Sweden will play the first Olympic Quarterfinal on Friday at 12 p.m. ET in Brasilia, followed by China taking on Germany at 3 p.m. ET in Salvador, Canada facing France at 6 p.m. ET in Sao Paulo, and Brazil hosting Australia at 8 p.m. ET in Belo Horizonte.Read more
MANAUS, Brazil (Aug. 9, 2016) – The U.S. Women’s National Team won its group for the fifth consecutive Olympic Games with a dramatic 2-2 draw with Colombia at Amazonia Arena in its final Group G match of the 2016 Olympic Games.
Already assured of advancing to the knockout rounds and needing only a point to win Group G after defeating New Zealand and France in its first two games, the USA fielded a much-changed side from its opening two games with the purpose of keeping the squad fresh in the face of the long trip to the hot and humid conditions of Manaus deep in the Brazilian Amazon.
The USA began the match on the front foot, keeping possession of the ball and generating a handful of chances at the offensive end. However, it was Colombia that took a surprise lead midway through the opening half via a Catalina Usme free kick.
Despite the setback, the USA equalized through Crystal Dunn just before halftime. The speedy attacker was also involved in the team’s second goal, assisting 18-year-old Mallory Pugh, who became the youngest ever player to score an Olympic goal for the U.S. WNT when she scored the go-ahead goal in the 60th minute.
Usme shocked the USA a second time in the final moments of the match, scoring a second free kick in the 90th minute that was enough to keep the U.S., which outshot Colombia 16-3 and generated a pair of breakaway chances, from collecting all three points but not enough to derail the team’s ambition of winning the group.
The USA (2-0-1; 7pts) finishes atop Group G with France (2-1-0; 6pts) also advancing to the knockout stage in second place. New Zealand (1-2-0; 3pts) finished in third and along with Colombia (0-2-1; 1pts) was eliminated from the competition.
The USA now awaits the result of the day’s later Group E game between Sweden and China, which will determine which of those two nations will advance alongside Australia as the best third-place teams. The U.S. will contest its quarterfinal on Friday at Mané Garrincha Stadium in Brasilia (12 p.m. ET; NBCSN).
Goal Scoring Rundown:
COL – Catalina Usme, 26th minute: Colombia was awarded a free kick 20 yards from goal toward the right side of the U.S. box and tacked a couple players on the end of the U.S. wall before the kick was taken. Catalina Usme took the kick for Colombia and curled a low, dipping shot just past her teammates in the wall, which knuckled downward in front of U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo and bounced beneath her into the back of the net. USA 0, COL 1 (SEE GOAL)
USA – Crystal Dunn (Carli Lloyd), 41st minute: The USA equalized before the break when Carli Lloyd unloaded a thunderous shot that Colombia goalkeeper Sandra Sepulveda pushed onto the crossbar. The rebound fell to an unmarked Dunn in the box and the Olympic debutant made no mistake, tapping the ball into the center of the goal from close range. USA 1, COL 1 (SEE GOAL)
USA – Mallory Pugh (Crystal Dunn), 60th minute: Dunn set up the USA’s second goal with a blistering run down the left flank of Colombia’s defense before sending a low cross through the goal mouth that arrived at the feet of Mallory Pugh on the back right post. Pugh attempted a one-time volley on goal but it hit teammate Christen Press and came right back to her, whereupon the 18-year-old attacker dribbled past three defenders to the center of the box and snapped a left footed shot through a crowd of Colombia players into the back of the net to become the USA’s youngest ever goalscorer at an Olympic Games. USA 2, COL 1 (SEE GOAL)
COL – Catalina Usme, 90th minute: As stoppage time approached, Usme struck again, this time from a sharp angle out on the right wing. About 10 yards from the endline and near the right sideline, Usme whipped in a curling shot that flew through the goal mouth above the jostling players and into the far upper left corner of the goal for the dramatic late equalizer. USA 2, COL 2 (SEE GOAL) FINAL
Next on the Schedule: The U.S. WNT heads to Mané Garrincha Stadium in Brasilia for the quarterfinals of the 2016 Olympic Games where the team could face any of Australia, Sweden or China based on the Group E result between the latter two. The USA’s quarterfinal will be played on Aug. 12 (12 p.m. ET; NBCSN).
- The USA is now 16-0-2 in 2016. The team has scored 57 goals and tallied 15 shutouts while allowing just six goals.
- The WNT is 5-0-1 all-time against Colombia, outscoring the South Americans 20-2 in 6 matches.
- This is the second consecutive Olympics in which the U.S. and Colombia have met with the USA winning the only previous Olympic meeting between the two nations 3-0 at London 2012.
- Crystal Dunn’s goal was her first in Olympic competition and the 15th of her career.
- The USA started in a 4-3-3 formation, featuring Christen Press at striker with Megan Rapinoe and Crystal Dunn on the wings, Carli Lloyd and Lindsey Horan patrolling center midfield with Morgan Brian as holding midfielder. Ali Krieger started at right back, Kelley O’Hara at left back with Whitney Engen and Becky Sauerbrunn in the middle. Hope Solo was in goal for her third consecutive match. Lloyd and Sauerbrunn captained the USA.
- The lineup featured four changes from Saturday’s win against France: Krieger, Horan, Rapinoe and Press were in the starting lineup for the first time in the 2016 Olympics. Brian moved into a different position in the midfield and O’Hara moved to the left side, while Krieger was at right back.
- The game marked the first Olympic start for Krieger, Horan and Press, as well as Horan’s first start in a world championship tournament at the senior level.
- Rapinoe played in her first game since she suffered a torn ACL in early December of last year. Her last appearance was in a 3-1 win against Brazil on Oct. 25, 2015 in Orlando, Fla.
- U.S. Women’s National Team Match Report -
Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Colombia
Date: Aug. 9, 2016
Competition: 2016 Olympic Games; Group G
Venue: Amazonia Arena; Manaus, Brazil
Kickoff: 6 p.m. ET (6 p.m. local)
Weather: 90 degrees
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 0 2 2
COL 1 1 2
COL – Catalina Usme 26th minute
USA - Crystal Dunn (Carli Lloyd) 41
USA - Mallory Pugh (Crystal Dunn) 59
COL - Cataline Usme 90
USA: 1-Hope Solo; 11-Ali Krieger, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 6-Whitney Engen, 5-Kelley O’Hara; 14-Morgan Brian (3-Allie Long, 65), 9-Lindsey Horan,10-Carli Lloyd (capt.) (13-Alex Morgan, 46); 15-Megan Rapinoe (2-Mallory Pugh, 33), 12-Christen Press, 16-Crystal Dunn
Subs not used: 7-Meghan Klingenberg, 8-Julie Johnston, 17-Tobin Heath, 18-Alyssa Naeher
Head Coach: Jill Ellis
COL : 18-Sandra Sepulveda; 6-Liana Salazar, 9-Orianica Velasquez (5-Isabella Echeverri, 46), 13-Angela Clavijo, 14-Nataly Arias, 17-Carolina Arias; 3-Natalia Gaitan (capt.), 15-Tatiana Ariza (7-Ingrid Vidal, 80), 10-Leicy Santos, 11-Catalina Usme; 16-Lady Andrade (4-Diana Ospina, 62)
Subs not used: 1-Catalina Perez, 2-Carolina Arbelaez, 8-Mildrey Pineda, 12-Nicole Regnier
Head Coach: Fabian Taborda
Stats Summary: USA / COL
Shots: 16 / 3
Shots on Goal: 8 / 3
Saves: 1 / 6
Corner Kicks: 10 / 0
Fouls: 15 / 11
Offside: 3 / 0
COL – Liana Salazar (caution) 72nd minute
USA – Ali Krieger (caution) 86
COL – Natalia Gaitán (caution) 88
Referee: Teodora Albon (ROU)
Assistant Referee 1: Petruta Iugulescu (ROU)
Assistant Referee 2: Maria Sukenikova (SVK)
Fourth Official: Melissa Borjas (HON)
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Lineup Notes: USA Completes Group G Play vs. Colombia at 2016 Olympics
USA vs. Colombia
Aug. 9, 2016
Live Broadcast: NBCSN, NBC Universo
Tonight’s U.S. WNT Starting XI vs. Colombia: 1-Hope Solo; 11-Ali Krieger, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 6-Whitney Engen, 5-Kelley O’Hara; 14-Morgan Brian, 9-Lindsey Horan, 10-Carli Lloyd (capt.); 15-Megan Rapinoe, 12-Christen Press, 16-Crystal Dunn
Subs: 2-Mallory Pugh, 3-Allie Long, 7-Meghan Klingenberg, 8-Julie Johnston, 13-Alex Morgan, 17-Tobin Heath, 18-Alyssa Naeher
- The USA will start in a 4-3-3 formation, featuring Christen Press at striker with Megan Rapinoe and Crystal Dunn on the wings, Carli Lloyd and Lindsey Horan patrolling center midfield with Morgan Brian as holding midfielder. Ali Krieger is starting at right back, Kelley O’Hara at left back with Whitney Engen and Becky Sauerbrunn in the middle. Hope Solo is in goal for her third consecutive match. Lloyd will captain the USA.
- The lineup features four changes from Saturday’s win against France: Krieger, Horan, Rapinoe and Press are in the starting lineup for the first time in the 2016 Olympics. Brian will move into a different position in the midfield and O’Hara is set to move to the left side, while Krieger will be at right back.
- The game marks the first Olympic start for Krieger, Horan and Press, as well as Horan’s first start in a world championship tournament at the senior level.
- Rapinoe will play in her first game since she suffered a torn ACL in early December of last year. Her last appearance was in a 3-1 win against Brazil on Oct. 25, 2015 in Orlando, Fla.
- Lloyd earns her 227th cap and 15th in Olympics competition, tied with Solo for the most on the team. She is the most-capped player at the 2016 Olympic Football tournament.
- Lloyd has scored in both group games in Brazil, increasing her career total to 90 goals, including eight in her Olympic career and 11 in 2016.
- Solo comes into today’s match with 102 career shutouts. She became the first goalkeeper in soccer history to reach the 100 mark on July 9 against South Africa.
- Solo also comes into the match with 153 wins. She earned her 200th cap against France on Saturday, becoming the first goalkeeper in international soccer history to achieve that mark.
- Solo has 14 wins in 2016, including 12 by shutout, one shy of her high of 13 shutouts in a calendar year achieved in another Olympic year, 2008. Solo has earned shutouts against 29 different countries.
- Engen earns her second consecutive start and second Olympic start overall.
- Krieger earns her 93rd cap and is seven away from becoming the 36th player in U.S. WNT history to reach the century mark.
- Lloyd has scored in four of the five matches she has played against Colombia, only failing to score in the April 10 friendly in Chester, Pa. She has scored against Colombia in three world championship matches, at the 2011 Women’s World Cup, the 2012 Olympics and the 2015 Women’s World Cup.