Women's National Team News
U.S. WNT TO HOLD PUBLIC TRAINING SESSION ON WEDNESDAY, JUNE 18,
AT RENTSCHLER FIELD IN EAST HARTFORD, CONNECTICUT
U.S. Soccer Fans Are Encouraged to Attend Public Training Session at 11 a.m. ET
Ahead of U.S. WNT Game against France
Admission is free and open to the public. Fans can park in Lot 7 and enter through Gate C. U.S. Soccer Supporters Club members in the Star Club and above receive field level access at the public training session. If fans wish to take part in this exclusive priority, they can join the U.S. Soccer Supporters Club Star Club or upgrade their membership at ussoccer.com/supporters
At the session, fans will get a first-hand look at how the U.S. Women's National Team prepares for a match the day before a game and hear exclusive interviews with select players.
The U.S. Women's National Team faces France on Thursday, June 19, at Rentschler Field. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. ET and the game will be streamed live on ussoccer.com
Tickets are now on sale through ussoccer.com
, by phone at 1-877-522-8499 (8 a.m. to 10 p.m. ET only) and at the XL Center ticket office (open Monday-Friday, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.) Tickets are not sold at Rentschler Field except on the day of the event.
HOPE SOLO TIES USA SHUTOUT RECORD AS
U.S. WNT DEFEATS FRANCE 1-0 IN TAMPA
Solo Matches Briana Scurry’s Record with 71st Clean Sheet of Career;
Sydney Leroux Tallies Team-Leading Seventh Goal of 2014
TAMPA, Florida (June 14, 2014) – Goalkeeper Hope Solo tied the U.S. Women’s National Team shutout record and Sydney Leroux scored her team-leading seventh goal of the year as the USA defeated France 1-0 in front of 9,799 fans at Raymond James Stadium.
Solo made one save en route to her fourth shutout this year and 71st of her career, matching the U.S. WNT record set by Briana Scurry.
The match is the first of back-to-back international friendlies between the USA (ranked No. 1 by FIFA) and France (ranked No. 4). They square off again June 19 in East Hartford, Connecticut.
Saturday’s game kicked off a little more than 30 minutes later than scheduled due to a lightning delay, and the first half was played through a steady rain.
Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Sydney Leroux (Christen Press), 21st minute: Carli Lloyd started the sequence with the dish to Christen Press, who flicked the ball into the left side of the box toward Sydney Leroux. Leroux aggressively battled through France defenders Jessica Houara and Laura Georges to maintain the USA’s attack and then slid the ball past France goalkeeper Sarah Bouhaddi into the right side of the net for the lead. It was Leroux’s team-leading seventh goal of the year. USA 1, FRA 0 (FINAL)
Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
USA – Hope Solo, 8th minute: France’s counterattack was effective in the early going, and the explosive speed of Elodie Thomis past the USA defense paved the way for a one-on-one chance against Hope Solo. The U.S. goalkeeper played Thomis’ angle with precision, making the save at the near right post to keep the match scoreless.
USA – Hope Solo, 43rd minute: USA goalkeeper Hope Solo needed to battle both France’s dangerous attack and the slick conditions on the pitch. France crossed the ball from the right side to Eugenie Le Sommer, who headed the ball into the rain-soaked grass. Solo reacted to the bounce to her right side, needing to lunge back a bit to prevent the ball from crossing the goal line, she was able to corral the ball to maintain the 1-0 lead heading into halftime.
- Hope Solo’s record-tying 71 shutouts have come in 152 appearances since she has played for the WNT beginning in 2000. Briana Scurry’s 71 shutouts spanned 173 caps from 1994-2008.
- Solo is one appearance from matching Michelle Akers (153 caps from 1985-2000) for 17th on the all-time list.
- Sydney Leroux moved ahead of Brandi Chastain on the all-time goal scoring list. Leroux’s 31st goal of her career puts her all alone in 16th place past Chastain (30 goals from 1988-2004). She is now one goal behind 15th-place Lindsay Tarpley (32 goals from 2003-2011).
- Heather O’Reilly earned her 204th cap, which ties her for seventh on the all-time list with Tiffeny Milbrett.
- Defender Christie Rampone made the 293rd appearance of her career. She is second all-time behind Kristine Lilly (352 caps from 1987-2010).
- Midfielder Carli Lloyd earned her 172nd cap. With her next appearance, Lloyd will tie Briana Scurry for 13th on the all-time list. Scurry had 173 appearances from 1994-2008.
- Midfielder Lauren Holiday, who became the 30th WNT player to reach 100 caps during the USA’s 1-1 draw against Canada on May 8, was honored before the game reaching the century mark milestone. She wore the captain’s armband on Saturday and now has 101 appearances for her career.
Next on the Schedule:
The U.S. WNT hosts France in a rematch at 7:30 p.m. ET on Thursday, June 19, at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Connecticut.
Broadcast information: ussoccer.com
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- The USA is 14-0-1 in the all-time series against France.
- The U.S. WNT is now 7-2-2 in 2014.
- With Jill Ellis managing her first match as the team’s official head coach, she went with a starting lineup that featured Hope Solo in goal and a defensive group that included left back Stephanie Cox, right back Ali Krieger and center backs Christie Rampone and Becky Sauerbrunn.
- The midfield included the trio of Allie Long, Carli Lloyd and Lauren Holiday in the USA’s 4-3-3 formation. Long earned the first start of her international career in just her second appearance. She debuted for the WNT as a second-half sub during the USA’s 1-1 draw against Canada on May 8.
- The starting front three in attack were Christen Press, Sydney Leroux and Tobin Heath.
- All-time goal scoring leader Abby Wambach (167 goals) was not available for selection Saturday as she returns from a knee injury that occurred during a June 1 match in National Women’s Soccer League play.
- Heath sustained an injury early in the second half that prompted Ellis to use her first sub of the game with forward Alex Morgan.
- Morgan entered in the 49th minute, marking her first game in 2014 and first appearance since November of 2013 in her battle back from an ankle injury.
- Heather O’Reilly replaced Leroux in the 66th minute.
- O’Reilly, Press and Sauerbrunn are the only WNT players to have appeared in all 11 matches in 2014.
- Press notched her second assist this year. The WNT has seven players with two or more assists this year: Lloyd (4), O’Reilly (3), Megan Rapinoe (3), Cox (2), Holiday (2), Krieger (2) and Press (2).
- U.S. Women’s National Team Match Report -
Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. France
Date: June 14, 2014
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Raymond James Stadium; Tampa, Fla.
Kickoff: 8:13 p.m. ET (weather delay)
Weather: 84 degrees, scattered thunderstorms
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 1 0 1
FRA 0 0 0
USA – Sydney Leroux (Christen Press) 21st minute
USA: 1-Hope Solo, 2-Sydney Leroux (9-Heather O’Reilly, 66), 3-Christie Rampone, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 10-Carli Lloyd, 11-Ali Krieger, 12-Lauren Holiday (capt.), 14-Stephanie Cox, 15-Allie Long, 17-Tobin Heath (13-Alex Morgan, 49), 23-Christen Press
Subs Not Used: 6-Whitney Engen, 7-Morgan Brian, 8-Amy Rodriguez, 16-Rachel Van Hollebeke, 24-Ashlyn Harris
Head Coach: Jill Ellis
FRA: 3-Laure Boulleau, 4-Laura Georges, 5-Sabrina Delannoy, 6-Amandine Henry, 8-Jessica Houara, 9-Eugenie Le Sommer (11-Laetitia Tonazzi, 80), 10-Camille Abily (15-Elise Bussaglia, 75), 12-Elodie Thomis (19-Marina Makanza, 54), 14-Louisa Necib, 16-Sarah Bouhaddi, 18-Marie Laure Delie (17-Gaetane Thiney, 68)
Subs Not Used: 1-Celine Deville, 7-Viviane Asseyi, 13-Pauline Crammer, , 20-Anaig Butel, 21-Laetitia Phiippe, 22-Amel Hamraoui, 23-Kheria Hamraoui, 24-Julie Soyer, 25-Ines Jurena
Head Coach: Philippe Bergeroo
Stats Summary: USA / FRA
Shots: 6 / 8
Shots on Goal: 1 / 2
Saves: 2 / 0
Corner Kicks: 8 / 2
Fouls: 7 / 7
Offside: 1 / 4
FRA – Eugenie Le Sommer (caution) 59th minute
USA – Stephanie Cox (caution) 68
USA – Hope Solo (caution) 83
USA – Christen Press (caution) 90
Referee: Christina Unkel (USA)
Assistant Referee 1: Amanda Ross (USA)
Assistant Referee 2: Shirley Perello (HON)
Fourth Official: Katja Koroleva (USA)
Budweiser Woman of the Match: Christie Rampone
JILL ELLIS NAMED HEAD COACH OF U.S. WOMEN'S NATIONAL TEAM
Former WNT Assistant Has Experience at Every Level of Women’s National Team Program
CHICAGO (May 16, 2014) – U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati today named Jill Ellis as the eighth head coach in U.S. Women’s National Team history.
Ellis, 47, has experience coaching at every level of the U.S. Women’s National Team program and was an assistant on the 2008 and 2012 Olympic gold medal-winning squads. She has served as interim head coach on two different occasions, including the two most recent matches, and officially starts the job with an all-time record of 6-0-3.
“Jill has been on the bench for more senior and Youth Women’s National Team matches than perhaps any coach in United States history,” Gulati said. “She has worked at this for many years and has tremendous knowledge of our player pool and the qualities of multiple generations of players.
“We are confident she is the best person to find the right combinations on the field to make us successful in World Cup qualifying and beyond. She has experienced first-hand the growth of women’s soccer worldwide and is uniquely positioned to lead our team to an even higher level.”
Ellis will step back from her post as U.S. Soccer’s Women’s Development Director, which she has held since January of 2011 and in which she oversaw the U.S. Under-14 and Under-15 Girls’ and Under-17 Women’s National Teams. She will still work closely with U.S. Soccer Women’s Technical Director April Heinrichs to help guide the USA’s youth programs.
“First, I would like to sincerely thank U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati and U.S. Soccer Secretary General/CEO Dan Flynn for this amazing opportunity. It’s a huge honor,” said Ellis. “I also want to acknowledge all the past players and coaches that have built a rich tradition and legacy for this team. I’m humbled and proud to lead the current generation of players toward the ultimate goal, a FIFA World Cup championship. Finally, I want to thank my father who ignited my passion for this game and who inspired me to be a coach.”
Ellis’ first matches as the official head coach will come on June 14 and 19 against fourth-ranked France in Tampa, Florida, and East Hartford, Connecticut, respectively. Her first major tournament will come on home soil as U.S. Soccer has been selected to host the CONCACAF qualifying tournament for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
The eight-team qualifying tournament, which will send three teams to Canada and the fourth-place finisher into a playoff with a country from South America, will be played in October. The format, schedule, venues and ticket information will be announced as the information becomes available.
Ellis served two stints as head coach of the U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team, guiding the squad to the CONCACAF title and to the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Germany in 2010. While working for U.S. Soccer on the Youth National Team levels, she has previously coached almost every player in the current U.S. Women’s National Team pool.
- Ellis follows Mike Ryan (1985), Anson Dorrance (1986-1994), Tony DiCicco (1994-1999), April Heinrichs (2000-2004), Greg Ryan (2005-2007), Pia Sundhage (2008-2011) and Tom Sermanni (2012-2014) as official coaches of the U.S. Women’s National Team, which has been ranked No. 1 in the world since winning the 2008 Olympic gold medal in Beijing, China.
- She earned her USSF “A” coaching license in January of 1996.
- Ellis also served two stints as the head coach of the U.S. Under-21 Women’s National Team, the second starting in the middle of 2005, after which she guided the team to the Nordic Cup in Sweden.
- Ellis coached the U-21s to the Nordic Cup title in Germany in 2000.
- She was a scout for the USA at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia.
- Ellis took the position as U.S. Soccer Women’s Development Director in January of 2011 after a highly successful 12-year run as the head women’s soccer coach for the UCLA Bruins. She led UCLA to eight NCAA Final Fours, including seven in a row from 2003-2009, and won six straight conference titles from 2003-2008. She finished her time in Westwood with a record of 229-45-14.
- She was also head coach at the University of Illinois and coached more than 300 Division I matches as a college coach. She has an all-time collegiate coaching record of 248-63-14.
- Ellis grew up in Portsmouth, England, and came to the United States in 1981 at the age of 15. She also lived in Singapore for two years while her father, John, who was an assistant coach for the U.S. Women’s National Team in 2000, helped to develop a national soccer program in that country.
- A forward during her playing days at the College of William & Mary from 1984-87, Ellis was a Third-Team All-American in 1987.
- In 1984, Ellis helped Virginia’s Braddock Road to the Under-19 club national championship.
- She earned her B.A. in English Literature and Composition from the College of William & Mary in 1988.