USA Eyes 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship Starting Oct. 15 vs. Trinidad & Tobago at Sporting Park in Kansas City
The U.S. Women’s National Team capped off its two-game set against Mexico with a 4-0 victory at Sahlen’s Stadium. Amy Rodriguez, Megan Rapinoe, Tobin Heath and Alex Morgan each scored a goal in the USA’s final tune-up match for the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship starting in mid-October.
The USA posted its fifth-straight shutout against Mexico and has outscored its southern neighbor 24-0 during that stretch dating back to 2011.
The USA extended its record unbeaten home streak to 87 games (76-0-11 since Nov. 6, 2004).
Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Amy Rodriguez (Megan Rapinoe), 9th minute: Mexico midfielder Stephany Mayor had a difficult time settling the ball. Rapinoe was able to beat Mayor with a forward poke toward the box, where Rodriguez pounced and got to the ball before Mexico goalkeeper Cecilia Santiago. Rodriguez chipped in from 16 yards out to take the early lead. USA 1, MEX 0
USA – Megan Rapinoe, 37th minute: Rapinoe’s quick restart to Meghan Klingenberg caught Mexico’s defense off guard. Klingenberg crossed the ball in from the right, trying to find Carli Lloyd, and Mexico’s Monica Alvarado attempted to head the ball away. Instead, Rapinoe struck the falling ball first-time with her left. It was partially deflected by Alvarado but found its way into the left side of the frame. USA 2, MEX 0
USA – Tobin Heath (Amy Rodriguez), 44th minute: From midfield, Megan Rapinoe played a beautiful through ball that took a small deflection off of Rodriguez, split the Mexico defense and led Heath in stride. Heath’s shot went past Cecilia Santiago’s left shoulder and into the right side of the goal to take a three-goal lead into the half. USA 3, MEX
USA – Alex Morgan (Heather O’Reilly), 79th minute: From the right wing, O’Reilly cut the ball to her left and crossed to the left side of the box where Morgan, Abby Wambach and Christen Press were within a couple feet of each other as potential targets. Morgan was the recipient, and her snap header went back across the six-yard box to the inside of the far right post for the goal. USA 4, MEX 0
Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
USA – Hope Solo, 13th minute: Mexico striker Tanya Samarzich played an inviting ball toward the edge of the box as she looked to connect with Stephany Mayor and find a gap in the USA’s back line. They nearly connected, but Solo left her line and secured the ball in front of a sliding Mayor at the top of the box.
MEX – Cecilia Santiago, 35th minute: USA midfielder Lauren Holiday played a deep ball from the midfield in search of Amy Rodriguez. Santiago alertly rushed outside of the box to clear with her feet.
USA – Becky Sauerbrunn, 55th minute: U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo’s left-footed pass from outside of the box was out of reach for Sauerbrunn as Mexico briefly had an open net. Mexico’s Veronica Perez had an opportunity if she one-timed the shot, but instead took one touch before shooting. That brief moment allowed Sauerbrunn to get back into the play and she deflected the shot with her right foot to maintain the shutout.
MEX – Arianna Romero, 71st minute: Christen Press received a deep pass with some space to work with on the left side of the box. Press crossed in and had several potential scoring options, but Romero blocked the pass to surrender a USA corner kick.
MEX – Cecilia Santiago, 89th minute: Carli Lloyd moved to her right and ripped a shot from 29 yards out that was bound top-shelf of the goal. Santiago stretched with her left glove to tip it over the crossbar.
- Centre back Christie Rampone earned her 297th cap as she nears the 300-game milestone. Rampone is second all-time in U.S. WNT history, trailing only Kristine Lilly (352 games from 1987-2010).
- Alex Morgan now has 49 goals in her career and is one away from becoming the 10th U.S. WNT player to reach the 50-goal milestone.
- Heather O’Reilly’s assist to Morgan was her 51st as she moves into sole possession of sixth on the U.S. WNT all-time list past Shannon MacMillan.
- Carli Lloyd earned her 176th cap, which ties MacMillan for 12th on the USA’s all-time list.
- Megan Rapinoe recorded her 27th assist, moving past Brandi Chastain into sole possession of 15th on the U.S. WNT all-time list.
- USA goalkeeper Hope Solo made one save and extended her U.S. WNT career shutout record to 73. Solo surpassed Briana Scurry (71 shutouts from 1994-2008) with shutout No. 72 during the USA’s 8-0 win against Mexico on Sept. 13.
- The USA is now 10-2-3 in 2014.
- The U.S. is 29-1-1 all-time against Mexico.
- U.S. head coach Jill Ellis’ starting lineup included four changes from Saturday’s 8-0 win against Mexico on Saturday.
- Hope Solo returned in goal, with a defensive group of Becky Sauerbrunn and Christie Rampone at center back, Meghan Klingenberg moving to right back – after playing left back in the previous match – with Kelley O’Hara getting the call at left back. Solo, who broke the U.S. WNT record with the 72nd shutout of her career in the first game against Mexico, wore the captain’s armband.
- The midfield corps of the USA’s 4-3-3 formation remained unchanged with Megan Rapinoe, Lauren Holiday and Carli Lloyd getting the starts.
- The USA’s front line included a new starting group of Sydney Leroux, Amy Rodriguez and Tobin Heath.
- Four subs were made to open the second half for the USA. Rochester native Abby Wambach entered for Rapinoe, Alex Morgan for Rodriguez, Julie Johnston for Holiday and Heather O’Reilly for Heath. Johnston, the National Women’s Soccer League Rookie of the Year with the Chicago Red Stars, earned her second cap this year and made her fourth-career appearance.
- In the 61st minute, Crystal Dunn made her fourth appearance this year and 12th cap of her young international career, replacing Klingenberg at right back.
- Ellis used her sixth and final sub in the 67th minute, with Christen Press replacing Leroux.
- Sauerbrunn, Press and O’Reilly are the only U.S. WNT players to have seen action in all 15 matches in 2014.
- Solo improved to 120-9-18 for her career. She is second only to Briana Scurry for all-time wins (Scurry went 133-12-14 from 1994-2008).
USA 4-0 MEXICO MATCH REPORT
Match: U.S. Women’s National Team 4-0 Mexico
Date: Sept. 18, 2014
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Sahlen’s Stadium; Rochester, New York
Kickoff: 7 p.m. ET
Weather: 54 degrees, partly cloudy
USA: 1-Hope Solo (capt.); 5-Kelley O’Hara, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 3-Christie Rampone, 25-Meghan Klingenberg (19-Crystal Dunn, 61), 12-Lauren Holiday (16-Julie Johnston, 46), 10-Carli Lloyd, 15-Megan Rapinoe (20-Abby Wambach, 46); 2-Sydney Leroux (23-Christen Press, 67), 8-Amy Rodriguez (13-Alex Morgan, 46), 17-Tobin Heath (9-Heather O’Reilly, 46)
Substitutions Not Used: 24-Ashlyn Harris
Head Coach: Jill Ellis
MEX: 1-Cecilia Santiago; 2-Arianna Romero, 3-Monica Alvarado, 5-Paulina Solis, 13-Bianca Sierra; 6-Liliana Mercado (11-Kenti Robles, 57), 7-Nayeli Rangel, 10-Stephany Mayor, 17-Veronica Perez (capt.) (14-Christina Murillo, 90+2); 9-Tanya Samarzich (8-Teresa Noyola, 67), 20-Charlyn Corral (19-Luz Duarte, 87)
Substitutions Not Used: 12-Brissa Rangel, 15-Guadalupe Cruzaley, 16-Jazmine Ponce, 18-Jackie Acevedo, 21-Lizbeth Angeles
Head coach: Leonardo Cuellar
Stats Summary: USA / MEX
Shots: 16 / 4
Shots on Goal: 7 / 1
Saves: 1 / 3
Corner Kicks: 8 / 1
Fouls: 16 / 14
Offside: 3 / 2
MEX – Stephany Mayor (caution) 72nd minute
Referee: Marie-Soleil Beauboin (CAN)
Assistant Referee 1: Marie Charbonneau (CAN)
Assistant Referee 2: Suzanne Morisset (CAN)
Fourth Official: Michelle Pye (CAN)
Budweiser Woman of the Match: Carli Lloyd
(US Soccer press release)
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