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U.S. Women’s National Team Victory Tour
Mercedes-Benz Superdome; New Orleans, Louisiana
Dec. 16, 2015
USWNT Come to New Orleans as Victory Tour Concludes with Abby Wambach’s Last Game.
World Champions come to New Orleans as Victory Tour concludes with Abby’s Last Game. Following its historic run to the championship of the 2015 Women’s World Cup in Canada, the U.S. Women’s National Team embarked on a Victory Tour across the country that has served the dual purpose of celebrating the USA’s third Women’s World Cup title with the fans, while also preparing the team for the 2016 CONCACAF Olympic qualifying tournament which will take place from February 10-21 of next year in Houston and Dallas.
After the USA’s match on Dec. 6 in Hawaii was cancelled due to an artificial turf surface at Aloha Stadium that was not suitable to hold an international soccer match, the tour was reduced to nine games of which just one remains. That will be the final match in a U.S. uniform for legend Abby Wambach.
ABBY SAYS GOODBYE: Wambach announced her retirement on Oct. 27 and will step away from the field as not only the world’s all-time leader in international goals – men or women – but also as one of the most important players in the history of women’s soccer. She will start and captain the side on Dec. 16 in her 255th and final game as players, fans and coaches from across the soccer world have the chance to say goodbye. Fans can express their thanks, their thoughts on her career and what she has meant to them via Twitter, Facebook and Instagram using the hashtags #OnlyOneAbby and #ThanksAbby as well as log onto ussoccer.com and the U.S. Soccer social media channels for Abby-related content as the tour comes to a close. The match in New Orleans kicks off at 7 p.m. CT on FOX Sports 1 and FOX Sports GO.
WHAT A YEAR: The USA has won seven matches and drawn one on the Victory Tour while running its 2015 record to 20-1-4, including a record of 10-0-2 on home soil. The U.S. team’s one loss this year came in the first game of 2015 against France in Lorient, a 2-0 setback in early February that the USA flipped one month later when the teams met in the championship game of the 2015 Algarve Cup in Portugal. Fans can follow all the action from #USAvCHN on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt and @ussoccer_esp, and follow the team along its journey on Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat (ussoccer_wnt).
USA Women’s National Team Roster:
GOALKEEPERS (3): 18-Ashlyn Harris (Orlando Pride), 21-Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars), 1- Hope Solo (Seattle Reign FC)
DEFENDERS (9): 25-Crystal Dunn (Washington Spirit), 6-Whitney Engen (Boston Breakers), 26-Jaelene Hinkle (Western NY Flash), 19-Julie Johnston (Chicago Red Stars), 22-Meghan Klingenberg (Portland Thorns FC), 11-Ali Krieger (Washington Spirit), 5- Kelley O’Hara (Sky Blue FC), 3- Christie Rampone (Sky Blue FC), 4-Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City), 27- Emily Sonnett (Univ. of Virginia)
MIDFIELDERS (7): 14-Morgan Brian (Houston Dash), 32-Danielle Colaprico (Chicago Red Stars), 17-Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC), 30-Rose Lavelle (Univ. of Wisconsin), 10-Carli Lloyd (Houston Dash), 29-Samantha Mewis (Western NY Flash), 9- Heather O’Reilly (FC Kansas City)
FORWARDS (7): 31-Lindsey Horan (Paris Saint-Germain), 2-Sydney Leroux (Western NY Flash), 28-Stephanie McCaffrey (Boston Breakers), 13-Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride), 23-Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars), 8-Amy Rodriguez (FC Kansas City), 20- Abby Wambach (unattached)