USWNT opens Women’s World Cup today vs. Australia (7:30 p.m. ET on Fox Sports 1)
The U.S. Women’s National Team will begin its quest for a third title when it opens the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup on Monday, June 8, against Australia at Winnipeg Stadium in Winnipeg, Canada. The USA’s opening game on the third match day of the tournament will be the first of three Group D matches which also includes clashes Sweden and Nigeria. The match will be broadcast live on FOX Sports 1 and NBC Universo at 7:30 p.m. ET (6:30 p.m. CT).
HOW WE GOT HERE: The WNT won the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship held last October in the USA. The USA officially clinched a spot in this year’s World Cup with a 3-0 semifinal victory against Mexico on Oct. 24. The USA capped off qualifying with a 6-0 win against Costa Rica in the title game on Oct. 26, led by four goals from Abby Wambach. Midfielder Carli Lloyd played every minute of the tournament and was named Most Valuable Player of the competition. Abby Wambach led the USA in scoring in the tournament with seven goals while Lloyd had five.
#SHEBELIEVES: While the U.S. Women’s National Team players want to make an impact on the soccer field during the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup, they also are determined to make an impact on their fans, especially the young girls and women who will be watching them. Conceived and developed by the USWNT players, the #SheBelieves campaign is a message to young girls that they can accomplish all their goals and dreams. During the week of May 19-24, all 23 players went into their communities to give back and share the message that anyone’s dreams and goals can become a reality if one just believes.
ONE NATION. ONE TEAM. 23 STORIES: As the team gets play underway in Canada at the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup, get to know each player through U.S. Soccer’s “One Nation. One Team. 23 Stories.” series, presented by Clorox. Sprinkled with humor, fun and heartfelt stories, the videos give fans insight into the players’ personalities, families, motivations, and some of the challenges they’ve experienced on the different roads they’ve traveled to earn the right to represent the United States in the ultimate competition for a soccer player.
2015 LOOK BACK: On May 30, the USWNT wrapped up its three-game Send-Off Series in Harrison, New Jersey, with a 0-0 draw against Korea Republic. Another sold-out crowd of more than 26,000 fans came to see the WNT off to Canada during its last game in home soil. A week earlier on May 17, the USWNT defeated CONCACAF rival Mexico 5-1 at StubHub Center in Carson, California, in front of a sold-out crowd of 27,000 fans in its second Send-Off Series game. Sydney Leroux and Abby Wambach led the way with two goals each while Lori Chalupny added a tally, her second of the year. Just a week prior, the U.S. Women began the Send-Off Series with a dominating 3-0 win over the Republic of Ireland in San Jose, California. The Irish did not manage to get off a shot. Abby Wambach scored twice and defender Julie Johnston notched her third goal in three games to give the sold-out crowd a special win on Mother’s Day. The win was the second at home for the WNT in 2015, which had defeated New Zealand 4-0 on April 4 in the first domestic match of the year at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri. Earlier in the year, the WNT took home the trophy at the 2015 Algarve Cup in Portugal, where the Americans triumphed 2-0 against France in the championship game to win its 10th title at the annual tournament. The USA begins its run at the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup with a 7-1-2 overall record so far in 2015.
GROUP D SCHEDULE: The U.S. Women’s National Team will face Australia, Nigeria and Sweden in Group D at the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup. The U.S. opens the tournament against Australia on June 8 at Winnipeg Stadium, face Sweden on June 12 in Winnipeg, and finish Group D play against Nigeria on June 16 at BC Place in Vancouver. The USA, Nigeria and Sweden have competed in every edition of the FIFA Women’s World Cup.
U.S. Women’s World Cup Team Roster By Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): 18-Ashlyn Harris (Washington Spirit), 21-Alyssa Naeher (Boston Breakers), 1- Hope Solo (Seattle Reign FC)
DEFENDERS (8): 16-Lori Chalupny (Chicago Red Stars), 6-Whitney Engen (Western NY Flash), 19-Julie Johnston (Chicago Red Stars), 22-Meghan Klingenberg (Houston Dash), 11-Ali Krieger (Washington Spirit), 5-Kelley O’Hara (Sky Blue FC), 3- Christie Rampone (Sky Blue FC), 4- Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City)
MIDFIELDERS (7): 7-Shannon Boxx (Chicago Red Stars), 14-Morgan Brian (Houston Dash), 17-Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC), 12-Lauren Holiday (FC Kansas City), 10-Carli Lloyd (Houston Dash), 9-Heather O’Reilly (FC Kansas City), 15- Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign FC)
FORWARDS (5): 2-Sydney Leroux (Western NY Flash), 13-Alex Morgan (Portland Thorns FC), 23-Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars), 8-Amy Rodriguez (FC Kansas City), 20- Abby Wambach (unattached)
U.S. ROSTER NOTES:
- On April 14, U.S. head coach Jill Ellis named the 23-player U.S. Women’s World Cup Roster. All 23 players were a part of the 25-player roster that was called up for the Algarve Cup in March and the match vs. New Zealand game on April 4 before Ellis named her final group.
- In its last nine games, the U.S. has surrendered just two goals and has scored 20. Its only loss of the year came on the first match, a 2-0 loss to France on Feb. 8, 2015, in Lorient, France.
- Forward Abby Wambach leads the U.S. roster with five goals in 2015.
- U.S. midfielder Megan Rapinoe’s next goal would give her 30 for her career, making her the 13th U.S. female player to score 30 goals and tally 30 assists. She currently has 32 assists.
- Lori Chalupny scored against New Zealand in her hometown of St. Louis, marking it her first goal for the USA since she scored against the Republic of Ireland on Sept. 20, 2008. She scored her second goal of the year against Mexico on May 17, just 45 seconds after coming into the match as a second half sub.
- Meghan Klingenberg scored her second National Team goal on a long-range blast against New Zealand. Her first goal was a similar long-range effort that came against Haiti on Oct. 8, during Women’s World Cup qualifying tournament last year.
- Julie Johnston has three goals in 2015, all coming in consecutive games. Her three goals were all from set pieces and all assisted by Lauren Holiday.
- Ten different players have scored for the USA in 2015: Alex Morgan, Abby Wambach, Amy Rodriguez, Christen Press, Johnston, Klingenberg, Morgan Brian, Chalupny, Sydney Leroux and Carli Lloyd.
- U.S. captain Christie Rampone is currently the second most-capped player in U.S. and world history with 306 appearances.
- Rampone earned her 300th cap against with Mexico on Oct. 24, 2014, and currently has 306 games, the most of any active player in the world and behind only former teammate Kristine Lilly.
- Defender Becky Sauerbrunn is the only player on the roster to start and play every game for the USA. She has played the most minutes (879) of anyone on the team.
- Carli Lloyd currently sits at 195 caps and could hit the 200 mark during the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup. She would become the 10th player in U.S. history to reach that mark and the fourth in the current roster. Rampone, Wambach and Heather O’Reilly are the other three.
- Lauren Holiday leads all U.S. players on the rosters in assists with five in 2015. Holiday was the 2014 U.S. Soccer Female Athlete of the Year.
- Brian, the USA’s youngest player at age 22, was the 2014 U.S. Soccer Young Female Athlete of the Year. She was also named the 2013 and 2014 Hermann Trophy winner while playing for the University of Virginia.
- While Wambach is the USA’s top scorer on the roster with 182 goals, Lloyd is next with 63 career international goals and Morgan has 51. Heather O’Reilly has scored 41.
- Christen Press’ four-goal performance against Argentina in Brazil last December was the ninth such game in U.S. history and second of 2014 after Wambach scored four times against Costa Rica in the final of the CONCACAF Women’s Championship. It was the first-career hat trick for Press.
- All nine NWSL clubs are represented on the Women’s World Cup roster.
IN THE RECORD BOOKS:
- With three goals against Argentina on Dec. 18, Carli Lloyd upped her career total to 61 and moved into sole possession of seventh place on the U.S. WNT’s all-time goal scoring list, passing Shannon MacMillan who scored 60 goals in her career. Lloyd, now with 63 goals, is the highest-scoring player in U.S. history who has played exclusively as a midfielder.
- Megan Rapinoe became the 31st American female player to reach the century mark in caps against New Zealand on April 4. She currently has 102 caps. Lori Chalupny became the 32nd player against Ireland on May 10.
- Heather O’Reilly is the ninth player to hit 200 caps in U.S. history after reaching the milestone against Korea DPR on March 12, 2014. Now with 219, she is seventh on the USA’s all-time list. Abby Wambach (242) and Christie Rampone (306) are the only active players ahead of her.
- O’Reilly is the second-youngest player to hit 200 caps for the USA. Lilly was 28 years, 9 months and 15 days old when she earned cap No. 200 on May 7, 2000. O’Reilly was 29 years, 2 months and 10 days old when she earned her 200th cap.
- O’Reilly is currently sixth all-time in assists with 52 and is 13th all-time in goals with 41.
- In addition to breaking Mia Hamm’s world scoring record, Wambach’s June 20, 2013, performance against the Korea Republic also made her the USA’s all-time leader in multiple-goal games with 39 for her career. She has since added six more and now sits at 45. She has 37 two-goal games, five hat tricks, two four-goal games and one five-goal game.
- Sydney Leroux is tied with April Heinrichs in 14th place on the all-time U.S. WNT goal-scoring list with 35 goals.
- With her game-winning goal against England on Feb. 13, Alex Morgan became the 10th player in U.S. history to score 50 or more goals. She now has 51.
- Hope Solo has a U.S. record 83 career shutouts and has 169 caps with the USWNT, the second-most for a goalkeeper in U.S. history behind Brianna Scurry (173; 1994-2008.)
- Solo has the most starts by a WNT goalkeeper with a 163, surpassing Scurry’s 159 (from 1994-2008). Solo is in 10th place on the WNT’s all-time starts list surpassing Brandi Chastain (160 games from 1988-2004).
- Solo is currently second all-time in goalkeeper wins with 130, behind only Scurry who had 133. Solo could surpass Scurry and become the all-time leader in wins for a goalkeeper in U.S. history during the 2015 Women’s World Cup.
2015 FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP NOTES:
- The USA is making its seventh appearance in a FIFA Women’s World Cup and is one of seven countries to appear in all seven editions of the tournament, the others being Brazil, Germany, Japan, Nigeria, Norway and Sweden.
- The U.S. WNT is one of four CONCACAF representatives at the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup after winning the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship. The runner-up of the qualifying tournament, Costa Rica, is participating in its first Women’s World Cup. Third-place finisher Mexico and World Cup host Canada are also in the tournament.
- The U.S. is the only country to have reached semifinals of every FIFA Women’s World Cup. The USA won in 1991 and 1999.
- The 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup features six venues: Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton, Moncton Stadium in Moncton, Olympic Stadium in Montreal, Frank Clair Stadium in Ottawa, BC Place Stadium in Vancouver and Winnipeg Stadium in Winnipeg. Nine matches, including the semifinal, will be played at Olympic Stadium.
- The 90,185 spectators on hand at the Rose Bowl for the USA’s victory against China PR in the 1991 FIFA Women’s World Cup represent the largest attendance in the tournament’s history. The largest venue at the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup is Olympic Stadium, which seats 66,308.
- Abby Wambach’s 13 goals in FIFA Women’s World Cup competition rank third all-time. She trails only Brazil’s Marta and Germany’s Birgit Prinz who have 14 goals apiece.
- The U.S. WNT is 27-5-4 all-time in the Women’s World Cup, outscoring its opponents 98-32 in 36 games. The 27 wins, 36 games played and 98 goals scored are all FIFA Women’s World Cup records.
- The USA’s most lopsided victory in the tournament was a 7-0 win against Chinese Taipei in 1991.
- Michelle Akers’ five goals against Chinese Taipei are the most in a single match in tournament history.
- The U.S. holds two other individual records with Kristine Lilly playing a record 30 games in five World Cups and goalkeeper Briana Scurry earning a record 10 shutouts.
- The USA is 4-0-2 all-time in its Women’s World Cup openers, drawing China 3-3 in 1995 and North Korea 2-2 in 2011.
- The only other time the USA has met Australia in a Women’s World Cup was in 1995 in Sweden, when the Americans came away with a 4-1 victory to finish group play.
Videos and Photo Galleries:
- #USWNT arrived in Winnipeg (Gallery)
- “One Nation. One Team. 23 Stories” Powered by #GreatAssist (Video)
- WNT Wraps Up Send-Off Series, Sets Sail for World Cup (Video)
- FIFA 16 Trailer: #USWNT are IN THE GAME (Video)
- Media Day in NYC (Gallery)
- Teammates Impersonations with the WNT (Video)
- WNT Turns it on in Second Half for 5-1 Romp Over Mexico (Highlights)
- WNT Drops Ireland 3-0 to Begin Send-Off Series (Highlights)
- WNT Delivers 3-0 Win Over Ireland on Mother’s Day (Gallery)
- One Nation. One Team. 23 Stories: Outtakes and Behind the Scenes (Video)
- One Nation. One Team. 23 Stories. Series, Presented by Clorox (Video Series Page)
Releases and Features:
- Fan Inspires #USWNT
- Darling Issue No. 12 Features WNT
- Becky Vocabulary
- Twitter Unveils #SheBelieves and #USA hashflags
- Sell-Out Crowd in New Jersey Sees WNT Draw Korea Republic
- WNT Welcomes Special Guests
- #USWNT hit up GMA in NYC
- WNT Surprise Lunch with Robin Roberts
- You’ve Earned the Right
- Swim on Through to the Other Side
- FOX Announces FIFA Women’s World Cup Schedule
- Leroux, Wambach Power USA to 5-1 Win over Mexico
- Wambach, Johnston Steer USA to 3-0 Win Over Ireland on Mother’s Day
- The WNT 23: Depth, Versatility and Balance
- 2015 U.S. Women’s FIFA World Cup Team: By the Numbers
BY THE NUMBERS:
0.40 Goals per game the USA has allowed in 2015
2 USA’s FIFA ranking
2 Goals per game the USA scored in 2015
4 Number of players on the WWC from the Chicago Red Stars and FC Kansas City, most of any
10 Number of different U.S. players to score a goal in 2015
20 Goals in 45 National Team games for Christen Press, a goal in slightly less than every two games
63 Goals by Lloyd, most ever for a WNT player who has played exclusively as a midfielder
82 Minutes on the field per goal averaged by Sydney Leroux in her career
83 Shutouts by Hope Solo, an all-time U.S. WNT record
96 Minutes on the field per goal averaged by Alex Morgan in her career
98 Minutes on the field per goal averaged by Abby Wambach in her career
114 U.S. victories when Wambach scores a goal (114-2-8 overall)
130 Minutes on the field per goal averaged by Mia Hamm in her career
306 Caps by Christie Rampone, second all-time to Kristine Lilly (352)
BY THE NUMBERS, WWC EDITION:
2 Number of players in U.S. history to be named to Women’s World Cup rosters for non-consecutive tournaments: Brandi Chastain (1991, 1999) and Lori Chalupny (2007, 2015)
4 Number of players to have previously played in five Women’s World Cups: Kristine Lilly of the USA (1991-2007), Formiga of Brazil (1995-2011), Birgit Prinz of Germany (1995-2011) and Homare Sawa of Japan (1995-2011). Christie Rampone could join that group in Canada. Formiga and Sawa have a chance to play in their sixth tournaments this summer. Bente Nordby of Norway (1991-2007) was on five Women’s World Cup rosters but played in four tournaments.
5 Number of clean sheets U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo has recorded in World Cups.
6 Players on the roster who hail from California. Four are from New Jersey, two are from Georgia and two are from St. Louis, Mo.
7 Number of games it will take to win the 2015 Women’s World Cup, up from six in the previous six editions of the tournament.
8 U.S. players making their first Women’s World Cup roster: Ashlyn Harris, Alyssa Naeher, Whitney Engen, Julie Johnston, Meghan Klingenberg, Morgan Brian, Sydney Leroux and Christen Press.
8 Number of players on the U.S. roster who have scored in a WWC tournament.
9 Former FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup champions on the 2015 WWC roster: Harris (2002), Naeher (2008), Lori Chalupny (2002), Johnston (2012), Klingenberg (2008), Brian (2012), Heather O’Reilly (2002), Leroux (2008), Alex Morgan (2008)
11 Number of players, out of 13, who played in the 2012 Olympic gold medal game who made this WWC roster.
12 Caps for Johnston, the least of any of the field players to make the WWC team. (She had nine when she was named to the WWC roster).
13 Goals by Abby Wambach in Women’s World Cup play, a U.S. record.
15 Players on the roster have played for the USA in a FIFA Women’s World Cup at the youth level.
18 Women’s World Cup matches played by Wambach, the most on the 2015 WWC roster. Rampone has played in 17 Women’s World Cup games while Boxx has 15. Other players in double figures in Women’s World Cup matches are Carli Lloyd (11), O’Reilly (11) and Hope Solo (10).
22 Age of Brian, the youngest player on the WWC roster. Johnston is 23.
23 Number of players on Women’s World Cup rosters, up from 21 for the 2011 tournament.
24 Number of nations that will participate, for the first time, in the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup, up from 16 that participated in the previous four editions. The 1991 and 1995 Women’s World Cups featured 12 teams.
27 Total Women’s World Cup goals scored by the USA’s WWC roster.
28 Average age of the USA’s WWC roster.
32 Goals allowed by the U.S. Women in WWC play.
36 Number of matches played by the USA in the WWC (27-4-5), most by any team.
39 Age of Rampone, the oldest player on the WWC roster. Boxx is 38.
98 Goals scored by the U.S. Women in WWC play.
101 Average caps per player on the WWC roster.
122 Number of Women’s World Cup matches combined played by the WWC roster.
JILL ELLIS FACT FILE : After her second stint as interim head coach for the U.S. Women’s National Team, a capacity in which she coached two games in 2014 – a win against China PR and a tie against Canada – Jill Ellis was officially named the eighth head coach of the U.S. WNT on May 16. That 1-0-1 record as interim in 2014, combined with seven games as interim coach in 2012 (5-0-2) gave her a 6-0-3 record before she ever was officially named the head coach. She has gone 17-3-4 as head coach, for an overall record of 23-3-7. When named head coach, Ellis stepped away from her job as Development Director for the U.S. Women’s National Teams, a job she was appointed to in January of 2011, but will still work with U.S. Women’s National Team Technical Director April Heinrichs who will oversee the USA’s youth teams.
- Ellis has extensive experience in the U.S. Women’s National Team programs having served as an assistant coach for the U.S. Women’s National Team under Pia Sundhage, helping the team to a gold medal at the 2008 Olympics. She has served two stints as head coach of the U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team, guiding the squad to the CONCACAF title in 2010 and to the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Germany.
- Ellis also had 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. She also coached the U-21s to the Nordic Cup title in Germany in 2000.
- Ellis was a scout for the USA at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, and has served as an assistant coach with the U.S. U-21s and U-16 Girls’ National Teams.
- Ellis joined U.S. Soccer full-time after a highly successful 12-year run as the head women’s soccer coach for the UCLA Bruins. Ellis 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. Ellis, who was also head coach at the University of Illinois, has an all-time collegiate coaching record of 248-63-14.
- She was the 2000 NSCAA National Coach of the Year after leading the Bruins to the NCAA Final in just her second season as head coach.
- Ellis arrived in Westwood after heading the University of Illinois women’s soccer program for two years. In 1998, she brought the Fighting Illini to a 12-8 record and a first Big Ten Tournament berth. Prior to coaching at Illinois, Ellis served as an assistant coach at the University of Virginia for one year (1996-97), at Maryland for three years (1994-96) and at North Carolina State for another three years (1988-90). As an assistant coach at North Carolina State, Ellis helped the Wolfpack secure the 1988 ACC title and an NCAA Final Four appearance.
- 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 Braddock Road in Virginia to the Under-19 club national championship.
- 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 helped to develop a national soccer program in that country. She earned her B.A. in English Literature and Composition from the College of William & Mary in 1988 and currently resides in Los Angeles. She has a USSF “A” coaching license.
MATILDAS PRESENT A FAMILIAR OPPONENT: The USA has faced Australia on 24 previous occasions, with 22 of those games being friendlies, one an Olympic match and the other a World Cup game. The U.S. holds a record of 22-0-2 against Australia, and has outscored them 83-20 throughout its history. With a series that dates back to 1987, the USA has shut out the Matildas on 10 occasions, allowed one goal 10 times, and only allowed two or more goals during four meetings between the two countries. The worst result against Australia came on May 3, 2008 in Birmingham, Alabama, when the USA allowed four goals in a match for the first time in a 5-4 victory. Most recently, the USA and Australia met on Oct. 20, 2013 in San Antonio, Texas, where the WNT earned its 10th shutout with a 4-0 win.
IN FOCUS: AUSTRALIA
Football Federation Australia
Current FIFA World Ranking: 10
2015 Women’s World Cup Qualifying: The Australians qualified for Canada by reaching the final of the 2014 Women’s Asian Cup, which they went on to lose 1-0 against Japan.
Women’s World Cup Finals Appearances: 1995, 1999, 2003, 2007, 2011, 2015
Record vs. USA: 0-22-2
Head Coach: Alen Stajcic
Championship Honors: 2010 Women’s Asian Cup Champions; 1995, 1998 and 2003 OFC Women’s Nations Cup Champions
Leading Women’s World Cup Qualifying Scorers: Katrina Gorry (3), Kate Gill (2), Lisa De Vanna (1), Caitlin Foord (1)
Key Players: Melissa Barbieri (Adelaide United), Lisa De Vanna (Melbourne Victory), Caitlin Foord (Perth Glory), Samantha Kerr (Perth Glory), Clare Polkinghorne (Brisbane Roar)
Australia Women’s National Team Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): 1-Lydia Williams (Canberra United), 18-Melissa Barbieri (Adelaide United), 21-Mackenzie Arnold (Perth Glory)
DEFENDERS (8): 4-Clare Polkinghorne (Brisbane Roar), 5-Laura Alleway (Brisbane Roar), 6-Servet Uzunlar (Sydney FC), Stephanie Catley (Melbourne Victory), 8-Elise Kellond-Knight (Brisbane Roar), 14-Alanna Kennedy (Perth Glory), 15-Teresa Polias (Sydney FC), 16-Hayley Raso (Brisbane Roar),
MIDFIELDERS (4): 10-Emily van Egmond (Newcastle Jets), 13-Tameka Butt (Brisbane Roar), 19-Katrina Gorry (Brisbane Roar), 22-Nicola Bolger (Sydney FC)
FORWARDS (8): 2-Larissa Crummer (Brisbane Roar), 3-Ashleigh Sykes (Canberra United), 9-Caitlin Foord (Perth Glory), 11-Lisa de Vanna (Melbourne Victory), 12-Leena Khamis (Sydney FC), 17-Kyah Simon (Sydney FC), 20-Samantha Kerr (Perth Glory), 23-Michelle Heyman (Canberra United)
AUSTRALIA ROSTER NOTES
- Australia will be making its sixth appearance at a Women’s World Cup. Its best finish came in the 2007 and 2011 editions when the team reached the quarterfinals.
- Goalkeeper Lydia Williams played club soccer in the USA for both the Western New York Flash and the Washington Spirit of the NWSL. During her time in the clubs, she played alongside U.S. defenders Ali Krieger and Whitney Engen and fellow goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris.
- Lisa de Vanna and Clare Polkinghorne are co-captains of Australian.
- De Vanna is the most capped player of the 23-player roster with 99 caps, will hit the century mark during the World Cup. Melissa Barbieri is next with 85 games played for Australia.
- DeVanna is also the leading goal scorer on the roster with 35. She is 20 goals ahead of the next player, Michelle Heyman, who has 15.
- The average age for the Australia roster is 23.8 years old, with 19-year old Larissa Crummer being the youngest, and 35-year old Barbieri being the oldest.
- The average number of caps in the Australian roster is 37.
USA VS. AUSTRALIA SERIES
- The USA has an all-time record of 22-0-2 against Australia dating back to 1987.
- The USA has outscored Australia 83-20, and has only allowed more than one goal to be scored against them on four occasions.
- The last time both teams met in a Women’s World Cup game was on June 10, 1995, when the USA defeated the Matildas 4-1 in Helsingborg, Sweden.
- The last matchup between both sides came on Oct. 20, 2013 in San Antonio, Texas. The USA won the game 4-0.
- Out of the 24 meetings between both teams, the USA has played in foreign soil on 11 occasions, winning 10 of those matches and tying one.
- The U.S. Women have only allowed Australia to score a total of five goals while playing away from home in those 11 games.
- The USA’s largest victory against Australia and Australia’s largest defeat to an opponent ever are one and the same: a 9-1 U.S. win on June 5, 1997 in Ambler, Pennsylvania.
- Twelve players that took the field against Australia during the USA’s last meeting with the Matildas are part of this World Cup roster, including all four goal scorers: Lauren Holiday, Carli Lloyd, Abby Wambach and Christen Press.
On the field for the USA:
May 30, 2015 – Red Bull Arena; Harrison, NJ
USA: 1-Hope Solo; 11-Ali Krieger (16-Lori Chalupny, 66), 19-Julie Johnston (3-Christie Rampone, 60), 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 22-Meghan Klingenberg (5-Kelley O’Hara, 84); 14-Morgan Brian, 12-Lauren Holiday (17-Tobin Heath, 60), 10-Carli Lloyd, 23-Christen Press; 2-Sydney Leroux (9-Heather O’Reilly, 75), 20-Abby Wambach (capt.) (8-Amy Rodriguez, 60)
Subs Not Used: 6-Whitney Engen, 7-Shannon Boxx, 13-Alex Morgan, 15-Megan Rapinoe, 18-Ashley Harris, 21-Alyssa Naeher
Head coach: Jill Ellis
KOR: 21-Kim Jungmi; 3-Kim Hyeri, 5-Kim Sooyun, 6-Shim Seoyeon, 19-Kim Doyeon; 8-Park Heeyoung (12-Jung Seolbin, 17 (10-Jeon Gaeul, 65)), 13-Kang Yumi (9-Park Eunsun, 86), 15-Cho Sohyun, 16-Kwon Hahnul (4-Hwang Boram, 46); 7-Ji Soyun (23-Lee Sodam, 83), 11-Yoo Younga (22-Lee Geummin, 70)
Subs Not Used : 1-Yoon Younggeul, 18-Jun Minkyung, 2-Shin Damyeong, 14-Suran Song, 17-Lee Eunmi, 20-Kim Seonjoo
Head coach: Yoon Dukye
On the field for the USA vs. AUS:
Oct. 20, 2013 – Alamodome; San Antonio, Texas
USA 4 Holiday 6; Lloyd 14; Wambach 56; Press 90+1
USA: 1-Hope Solo; 6-Crystal Dunn, 14-Whitney Engen (16-Rachel Buehler, 57), 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 22-Meghan Klingenberg; 9-Heather O’Reilly, 10-Carli Lloyd, 12-Lauren Holiday (25-Morgan Brian, 64), 2-Sydney Leroux (23-Christen Press, 57); 13-Alex Morgan, 20-Abby Wambach (capt.)
Substitutions Not Used: 7-Yael Averbuch, 11-Ali Krieger, 18-Nicole Barnhart, 19-Stephanie Cox
Head coach: Tom Sermanni
AUS: 18-Lydia Williams; 16-Stephanie Catley, 4-Clare Polkinghorne; 5-Laura Alleway (14-Alanna Kennedy, 76), 2-Teigen Allen; 8-Elise Kellond-Knight, 19-Katrina Gorry, 13-Tameka Butt; 11-Lisa De Vanna, 12-Kate Gill (capt.) (17-Kyah Simon, 76) (22-Emily Gielnik, 79), 23-Michelle Heyman (20-Samantha Kerr, 28)
Substitutions Not Used: 1-Brianna Davey, 3-Kim Carroll, 15-Heather Garriock, 7-Teresa Polias, 10-Emily Van Egmond
Head coach: Hesterine de Reus