2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship
U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Mexico
PPL Park; Chester, Pennsylvania. Oct. 24, 2014
The U.S. Women’s National Team can punch its ticket to the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada when it faces Mexico in the semifinals of the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship on tonight, at PPL Park in Chester, Pennsylvania. Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1.
The USA defeated Haiti 6-0 on Monday, Oct. 20, at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C., with Abby Wambach scoring twice. The U.S. moved to 3-0-0 in Group A play and claimed a top seed in the semifinal round, winning its qualifying group. Mexico finished as the runner-up in Group B with a 2-1-0 record with its only loss coming in its opening game to Costa Rica, which faces Trinidad & Tobago in Friday’s other semifinal. The U.S. improved to 25-1-0 all-time in the CONCACAF Women’s Championship and is looking to win its fifth tournament title.
RAMPONE SET FOR 300 CAPS:
U.S. Women’s National Team captain Christie Rampone is set to earn her historic 300th cap should she play against Mexico in the all-important semifinal of the CONCACAF Women’s Championship at PPL Park. Rampone, who debuted for the USA in 1997 and has appeared in three different decades, will become just the second player in soccer history to play 300 times for their country, following former teammate Kristine Lilly who finished her illustrious career with a world record 352 games from 1987-2010. Rampone, 39, is currently the most-capped active player in the world. Even more remarkable, she is a rare player to achieve international success with the USA after playing at a small soccer school. She was a two-sport star at Monmouth University in West Long Branch, New Jersey, where she was also the starting point guard on the basketball team. As a striker, she scored 79 career college goals. She switched to defender for the U.S. team under then-head coach Tony DiCicco, and aside from a brief stint at flank midfielder, has played in the back ever since. Rampone was named captain by former head coach Pia Sundhage in 2008 and since then the USA has compiled an 88-8-13 record with the New Jersey native wearing the armband. She has started 265 of her 299 caps and played 23,261 minutes in a U.S. uniform during her career.
MORGAN RULED OUT FOR REMAINDER OF TOURNAMENT:
U.S. WNT forward Alex Morgan will be unavailable for the remainder of the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship. Morgan suffered a left ankle sprain during the first half of the USA’s 5-0 win against Guatemala on Friday. Morgan underwent an MRI that confirmed the sprain, and she will be out 4-6 weeks to rehabilitate the injury. Morgan has scored 49 goals in 77 games during her WNT career, including five goals in seven games in 2014.
Here is a reminder of the 2014 CONCACAF results and upcoming fixtures.
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