List of Americans Abroad
Solo leaves team after father dies.
Mitts diagnosed with torn ACL, will miss second World Cup.
Schedule for World Cup prep matches is set.
Schedule for World Cup prep matches is set.
Ryan, Lilly to visit China for Women's World Cup draw.
Lilly scores two more in U.S.'s 5-0 rout of Mexico.
Wambach's two goals, Lloyd strike beat Sweden 3-2, earn Algarve final.
Lloyd's second straight winner downs Finland 1-0 in Algarve Cup.
Lloyd goal is winner in 2-1 Algarve opening win over China.
Chalupny, Kai power Americans past China 2-0, to Four Nations crown.
Solo stops help save 0-0 draw with Germany to open Four Nations Cup.
Wambach finds net twice, U.S. defeatd Mexico 2-0, qualify for Women's World Cup.
Pardoned Lilly scores, Americans edge Canada to take Peace Cup title.
Lilly equalizes for 1-1 draw with Denmark to open Peace Cup.
Wambach scores three, assists three in 10-0 rout of Taiwan.
Peace Cup event is added to WWC preparation.
Wambach, Kai provide winning margin in 2-0 win over Canada.
O'Reilly, Whitehill help post familiar 5-0 triumph over Ireland.
Germany blanks U.S. 2-0 in U-21 Nordic final.
Reserve Kai nets winner in 1-0 decision over Japan.
Wambach's three strikes lead 3-1 comeback victory over Japan.
Visit to Japan is scheduled, qualifying road is set.
Lilly, Wambach covert set pieces to beat Brazil 2-0.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (Saturday, June 23, 2007) -- Strikers Kristine Lilly and Abby Wambach scored early goals and the United States women blanked Brazil 2-0 this evening before 16,856 at Giants Stadium.
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It's been awhile since the U.S. scored from the run of play with Lilly and Wambach both scoring from set pieces today. In last Saturday's 2-0 decision over China in Cleveland, Wambach scored off a Lilly free kick and a corner kick from defender Stephanie Lopez, meaning the last four American tallies have resulted from dead-ball situations.
"We've been working a ton on set pieces because we know most of the World Cups and Olympics have come down to set pieces in the final," U.S. coach Greg Ryan said, "I didn't think we'd get this many. We work on them constantly and probably spend four or five days a week doing some set-piece work."
The Americans remain undefeated under Ryan, who has posted a remarkable 35-0-7 (.917) record since replacing April Heinrichs in early 2005. The U.S. women are 9-0-2 this year, growing their unbeaten streak to 53 matches (36-0-7, .919).
The U.S. is now 2-0 on its six-match send-off tour leading up to the Women's World Cup September 10-30 in China. Brazil also has qualified for the WWC.
It took the Americans 58 seconds today to jump ahead for good. After Lilly was taken down while attempting to receive a throw-in 30 seconds in, she took the free kick at the top right corner of the penalty area and bent a left-footer perfectly into the far top corner of the net as goalkeeper Andrea watched helplessly to make it 1-0.
Lilly, who has 123 career goals in a world-record 327 international appearances, and Wambach, who has 74 in 91 caps, are tied for the 2007 team lead with six goals apiece
"I didn't know it was that quick. I think in college I scored one maybe a little quicker," Lilly said with a chuckle. "It was kind of weird because I couldn't see if it went in and then Abby was joking because she didn't know if it was an indirect kick or not. But it was great. We've been working on this stuff and I'm trying to keep (shots) on the face (of the goal) and it was great to sneak it in early, especially against a team like Brazil."
"You can't hit that ball that much better," Ryan said.
Four minutes after being leveled by a forearm to the back of her neck by Brazil defender Aline, Wambach made it 2-0 in the 17th minute, the recipient of an accurate 55-yard free kick by U.S. defender Catherine Whitehill. From the defensive side of the center stripe, Whitehill delivered a ball to the top center of the six-yard box where Wambach, in stride flicked a seven-yard header into the left corner of the net. Andrea, who had plenty of time to come out and grab the ball, never left her goal-line.
"If you compare (Wambach) to other great goal scorers across the world, I don't think you see anyone scoring that many goals per game and that's as dominant in the air," Ryan said
Whitehill's direct kick came after American midfielder Shannon Boxx was tripped from behind by Brazilian striker Katia, who was issued a yellow card. Five Brazlians were booked, compared to two U.S. players, and Brazil committed 20 fouls to 11 by the Americans.
Being extremely physical "was (Brazil's) game plan in '04 and it makes perfect sense that it didn't change because it's hard to build a rhythm and some sort of cohesion between your teammates if every 15 seconds there is a foul," Wambach said, "And, for me, it hurts. I got hit in the head six times. I'm getting pulled to the ground. Everyone was getting (knocked around). That is a tactic in soccer that you can use to break down another team and I think they do it perfectly.
"At one point, I actually thought I was going to lose it because it was getting so bad. They were stepping on my feet, cleats up into tackles, elbowing me, pulling my jersey; they're doing anything they can to get under my skin. But, if I lose my focus, then they win and their tactic actually works. I really tried to, as we like to say, 'Ice,' keep that ice in your veins, and I think it worked well for me."
Brazil, added Lilly, is "technically so good. They're quick, but they are also a bit rough. They get in there and are always right around you. As a team, we did well to stay composed."
Andrea did make a couple of good plays to limit the Americans' margin of victory. In the fifth minute, she came out to knock the ball away from U.S. midfielder Carli Lloyd, whose first touch was a little too hard after being set free by Wambach. Later, Andrea stretched out to tip away a drive by Boxx.
The U.S. came out in a 3-4-3 formation with defenders Kate Markgraf and Christie Rampone marking Brazil's dangerous forwards Cristiane and Katia, who were mostly ineffective today.
While Brazil managed some decent possession in the midfield, the American backs conceded no space in its defensive third and won virtually every one-on-one battles.
Briana Scurry, made her second consecutive start in goal during the absence of Hope Solo, who is with her family following the death of her father. Scurry made four saves, non difficult, and came off her line well to easily snag Brazilian entry passes, to register her 76th career clean sheet.
U.S. striker Heather O'Reilly suffered a mild shoulder injury early in the match and had was replaced by her former University of North Carolina teammate Lindsay Tarpley in the 24th minute.
The U.S. team is off until July 6 when it assembles in Hartford, Conn., to begin preparation for a July 14 match against Norway at Rentschler Field in East Hartford. After that, the U.S. plays Japan July 28 at Spartan Stadium in San Jose, Calif., New Zealand August 12 at Soldier Field in Chicago and Finland August 25 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.
United States 2, Brazil 0
Lineups: United States> - Briana Scurry, Christie Rampone, Catherine Whitehill, Kate Markgraf, Stephanie Lopez, Shannon Boxx (Leslie Osborne 46), Lori Chalupny, Carli Lloyd (Angela Hucles 86), Heather O'Reilly (Lindsay Tarpley 24, Tina Ellertson 76), Abby Wambach, Kristine Lilly - captain (Natasha Kai 85). Brazil - Andrea, Jatobá, Aline - captain (Bagč 72), Tania, Michele (Ester 46), Maicon, Daniela Alves, Renata Costa, Formiga, Katia (Grazielle 59, Maurine 76), Cristiane.
United States - Lilly (unassisted) 1.
United States - Wambach (Whitehill) 17.
Shots: United States 14, Brazil 9.
Shots on goal: United States 7, Brazil 4.
Saves: United States 4, Brazil 5.
Corner kicks: United States 5, Brazil 4
Fouls: United States 11, Brazil 20.
Offside: United States 2, Brazil 0.
Yellow card cautions: United States - Boxx 25, Lloyd 42; Brazil - Katia 17, Alves 20, Formiga 30, Aline 39, Jatoba 39.
Referee: Rachel Woo (United States).
Assistant referees: Sharon Wheeler (United States), Kim Oberle (United States)/
Fourth official: Sandra Serafini (United States).
Attendance: 16,856 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.
Weather: Sunny, breezy, 74 degrees.
Full U.S. training camp roster:
Goalkeepers (3): Nicole Barnhart, Gilbertsville, Pa., Briana Scurry (Dayton, Minn.), Hope Solo (Richland, Wash.)..
Defenders (7): Marian Dalmy (Lakewood, Colo.), Tina Ellertson (Vancouver, Wash.), Stephanie Lopez (Elk Grove, Calif.), Kate Markgraf (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.), Christie Rampone (Point Pleasant, N.J.), India Trotter (Plantation, Fla.), Catherine Whitehill (Birmingham, Ala.).
Midfielders (8): Shannon Boxx (Redondo Beach, Calif.), Lori Chalupny (St. Louis), Angela Hucles (Virginia Beach, Va.), Marci Jobson (St. Charles, Ill.), Carli Lloyd (Delran, N.J.), Joanna Lohman (Silver Spring, Md.), Leslie Osborne (Brookfield, Wisc.), Aly Wagner (San Jose, Calif.)..
Forwards (6): Natasha Kai (Kahuku, Hawai'i), Kristine Lilly (Wilton, Conn.), Heather O'Reilly (East Brunswick, N.J.), Lindsay Tarpley (Kalamazoo, Mich.), Abby Wambach (Rochester, N.Y.), Christie Welsh (Massapequa Park, N.Y.).
The first-round schedule for the United States and Brazil in the Women's World Cup in China (all times Eastern):
United States (Group B)
September 11 - vs. North Korea in Chengdu, 5 a.m.
September 14 - vs. Sweden in Chengdu, 5 a.m.
September 18 - vs. Nigeria in Shanghai, 8 a.m.
Brazil (Group D)
September 12 - vs. New Zealand in Wuhan, 5 a.m.
September 15 - vs. China in Wuhan, 8 a.m.
September 19 - vs. Denmark in Hangzhou, 8 a.m.
The field for the 2007 Women's World Cup to be played September 10-30 in China:
Asia: Australia, North Korea, Japan.
Africa: Nigeria, Ghana.
North America, Central America, Caribbean: United States, Canada.
Europe: Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, England.
Oceania: New Zealand.
South America: Argentina, Brazil.
Group A (in Shangai): Germany, Japan, England, Argentina.
Group B (in Chengdu): Nigeria, United States, North Korea, Sweden.
Group C (in Hangzhou): Norway, Ghana, Australia, Canada.
Group D (in Wuhan): China, New Zealand, Brazil, Denmark.
The Wormen's World Cup venues:
Shanghai: Shanghai Hongkou Football Stadium (six first-round matches, third-place match, championship game).
Tianjin: - Tianjin Olympic Center Stadium (two first-round matches, two quarterfinal matches, one semifinal match).
Hangzhou: Zhejiang Dragon Stadium (six first-round matches, one semifinal match).
Wuhan: Wuhan Sports Center Stadium (four first-round matches, two quarterfinal matches).
Chengdu: Chengdu Sports Center Stadium (six first-round matches).
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