NEWS & VIEWS
The United States Women’s National Team will face China PR in a summer friendly match on Thursday, June 7 at Rio Tinto Stadium (7 p.m. MT on FS1, presented by Cutter Insect Repellent).
The USWNT visit to Rio Tinto Stadium will mark the first appearance for the prestigious international side on the Wasatch Front since the mid-November establishment of Utah Royals FC, the newest National Women’s Soccer League club, which kicks off its inaugural campaign Saturday evening in Orlando. Both the Utah Royals FC and Major League Soccer side Real Salt Lake call Rio Tinto Stadium home, where the MLS club has established a dominant home-field advantage over the last nine-plus seasons.
Certain levels of Utah Royals FC season ticket holders will receive the June 7 USWNT match against China as part of the NWSL club’s 2018 inaugural season ticket package, while others will receive preferred pricing and access to various seating location and additional tickets prior to general public sale. The Rio Tinto Stadium box office will contact affected parties in the near future.
The USWNT have played four international friendlies at Rio Tinto Stadium since the venue’s October 9, 2008 opening, posting a perfect 4-0-0 record in Sandy (on top of a dominant 5-0 win at Rice-Eccles Stadium against Ireland in 2003, prior to Real Salt Lake’s existence). Utah has provided the USWNT with memorable moments from its matches against Switzerland, Canada and twice against Mexico in the last eight years; with the arrival of the NWSL and the advent of RSL's world-class training facility in Herriman, U.S. Soccer is sure to become even more frequent visitors to Utah.
“Obviously, there’s a great history between the countries and we always enjoy the matches against China,” said U.S. head coach Jill Ellis. “They bring a level of technical skill and tactical savvy that challenges us, which is what we need as we continue to prepare for World Cup qualifying in the fall.”
Tickets for the match in Utah – starting at just $22 – go on sale to the public on Tuesday, April 17, at 10 a.m. MT through www.ussoccer.com, by phone at 844-REAL-TIX (844-732-5849; available Monday-Friday 10a-6p MT) and at the Rio Tinto Stadium ticket office (open Mon.-Fri. 10a-6p).
Groups of 20 or more can order directly at ussoccer.com.
Ultimate Fan Tickets (special VIP packages that include a premium ticket, a custom-made official U.S. National Team jersey with name and number, VIP access to the field before and after the game, and other unique benefits) are also available for the USWNT Utah visit exclusively through www.ussoccer.com.
Coaches Circle and Presidents Circle members supporting the U.S. Soccer Development Fund can receive individual customer support and concierge services for their ticketing needs. Click here or contact email@example.com for more information.
The National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) announced today the official list of allocated players for the 2018 NWSL season. A total of 34 players - 23 Americans and 11 Canadians - will be participating as Federation Players in the upcoming season.
In addition to the returning Federation Players, there are six newly assigned national team players set to participate in the upcoming season - including U.S. internationals Jane Campbell (Houston Dash), Abby Dahlkemper (North Carolina Courage), Crystal Dunn (North Carolina Courage) and Taylor Smith (Washington Spirit) as well as Canada internationals Adriana Leon (Sky Blue FC) and Rebecca Quinn (Washington Spirit).
Former allocated players Sydney Leroux (Orlando Pride), Ali Krieger (Orlando Pride) and Meghan Klingenberg's (Portland Thorns FC) rights are with their current clubs, while the NWSL rights of Morgan Brian, who signed with French club Olympique Lyonnais, remain with the Chicago Red Stars.
All nine NWSL clubs have at least one allocated U.S. player - while five clubs have three or more on their team, with the North Carolina Courage leading the way with four allocated American players. Seven of the nine clubs in the league have a player allocated by Canada Soccer, with the three allocated Canadian players on Sky Blue FC the most of any team in the NWSL.
Below is the club-by-club list:
Chicago Red Stars
Julie Ertz (USA)
Alyssa Naeher (USA)
Casey Short (USA)
Jane Campbell (USA)*
Christen Press (USA)
Nichelle Prince (CAN)
North Carolina Courage
Allysha Chapman (CAN)
Sabrina D'Angelo (CAN)
Abby Dahlkemper (USA)*
Crystal Dunn (USA)*
Samantha Mewis (USA)
Lynn Williams (USA)
Ashlyn Harris (USA)
Alex Morgan (USA)
Shelina Zadorksy (CAN)
Portland Thorns FC
Tobin Heath (USA)
Lindsey Horan (USA)
Christine Sinclair (CAN)
Emily Sonnett (USA)
Seattle Reign FC
Allie Long (USA)
Megan Rapinoe (USA)
Sky Blue FC
Janine Beckie (CAN)
Adriana Leon (CAN)*
Carli Lloyd (USA)
Kailen Sheridan (CAN)
Utah Royals FC
Diana Matheson (CAN)
Kelley O'Hara (USA)
Amy Rodriguez (USA)
Becky Sauerbrunn (USA)
Desiree Scott (CAN)
Rose Lavelle (USA)
Mallory Pugh (USA)
Rebecca Quinn (CAN)*
Taylor Smith (USA)*
* = New Federation Player in 2018
The National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) held the 2018 NWSL College Draft on Thursday with 40 players being selected over four rounds at the United Soccer Coaches Convention in Philadelphia. The Washington Spirit selected Stanford midfielder Andi Sullivan with the No. 1 overall pick in the draft.
A Lorton, Va. native, Sullivan grew up in the suburbs of Washington D.C. and is set to play in front of her home fans. Her entry into the NWSL caps off what has been a whirlwind few months for the 22-year-old, who won the 2017 NCAA Division I National Championship with Stanford in December before being honored with the Hermann Trophy earlier in January as the top player in women's college soccer. She is the third Stanford player taken in the first round - and the first taken No. 1 overall.
Sullivan has seven caps to her name with the U.S. Women's National Team and is the fifth consecutive player with prior experience as a senior U.S. international to be selected with the first pick - joining Crystal Dunn (2014), Morgan Brian (2015), Emily Sonnett (2016) and Rose Lavelle (2017) as USWNT players to be taken with the top spot in the draft.
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“I thought we were, up until the first water break, I thought we were quite comfortable. I thought we were playing okay and generally in control of the game. I felt that if we would have scored at the stage we would have probably gone on and won the game,” Head Coach Tom Sermanni said. “But frankly, after that, I thought we were very poor. I thought the energy was poor, I thought the effort was poor, and I thought the execution was poor. We really never got any stage of the game after that, to put Houston in any kind of pressure. So, I think given how we having been paying of late, I think it was a disappointing performance.”
After a record-setting 4-2 win in Texas against the Dash last weekend, the Pride came out of the gates holding possession and the majority of chances over the first half hour. Battling in 90-degree temperatures, the two teams took a hydration break near the 30-minute mark and the Dash took over the momentum from that point forward.
Houston jumped out to a one-goal advantage just seconds before the first half whistle after Carli Lloyd scored her first goal of the season, a distance shot that beat the best efforts of Aubrey Bledsoe.
The visitors built on their lead in the 62nd minute on a transition started by goalkeeper Jane Campbell’s clearance to Lloyd. The midfielder collected the ball in the middle, found Poliana on the right flank before crossing in to Rachel Daly who one-timed the ball past Bledsoe.
The Pride had its best chances to get on the board in the first half, with Steph Catley sending a long ball ahead to Jasmyne Spencer near the top of the 18-yard box. The ball missed the forward but fell to teammate Rachel Hill, who took an open shot but it went right to the gut of Campbell.
Minutes later, Catley again looked to set up a Pride goal, lofting a left-footed cross to Marta but her header was pushed off the bar by Campbell. Spencer crashed for the rebound but the rookie netminder recovered in time to collect the loose ball.
Catley came up with a Save of the Week contender in the 43rd minute, using her left foot to clear Poliana’s shot off the line and keep the game scoreless.
The match made National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) history as Pride became the first NWSL team to wear rainbow numbers on the back of their match jerseys. The game-worn kits will later be auctioned off by the Orlando City Foundation with proceeds going to charity. Both teams also wore black armbands during the match to honor former U.S. Women’s National Team Head Coach Tony DiCicco who passed away earlier this week.
The Pride see a quick turnaround before their next match, traveling to New Jersey for the second time this season to face Sky Blue FC on Wednesday evening. Orlando then returns home for its third game in a week, hosting Christen Press and the Chicago Red Stars at Orlando City Stadium on Saturday evening. The match will kickoff at 5 p.m. ET and will be the first of two doubleheaders for the Pride and the Club’s United Soccer League side, Orlando City B, which hosts FC Cincinnati at 8:30 p.m. the same night.
Tickets for the match can be purchased at orlando-pride.com/tickets or by calling (855) ORL-CITY.
NWSL Match Report
Match: Orlando Pride vs. Houston Dash
Date: June 24, 2017
Venue: Orlando City Stadium
Kickoff: 3:30 p.m. ET
Weather: Hot, 95 degrees
Goals 1 2 F
Orlando (3-4-3) 0 0 0
Houston (3-7-0) 1 1 2
HOU - Carli Lloyd (Poliana) 45+4’
HOU - Rachel Daly (Poliana) 62’
Orlando Pride: Aubrey Bledsoe; Kristen Edmonds, Ali Krieger ©, Toni Pressley, Steph Catley; Monica (Maddy Evans 63’), Alanna Kennedy, Jasmyne Spencer (Danica Evans 77’), Marta, Camila; Rachel Hill (Jamia Fields 71’)
Substitutes Not Used: Caroline Stanley; Laura Alleway; Dani Weatherholt; Chioma Ubogagu
Houston Dash: Jane Campbell; Poliana, Amber Brooks, Janine Van Wyk, Cami Levin; Andressinha (Denise O’Sullivan 82’), Morgan Brian, Janine Beckie; Rachel Daly (Cami Privett 90+1’), Carli Lloyd, Kealia Ohai (Nichelle Prince 74’)
Substitutes Not Used: Lydia Williams; Cari Roccaro; Caity Heap; Sarah Hagen
Stats Summary: ORL / HOU
Possession: 51.9% / 48.1%
Shots: 14 / 10
Shots on Goal: 3 / 4
Saves: 1 / 3
Corner Kicks: 5 / 7
Fouls: 12 / 13
Offside: 0 / 5
HOU - Janine van Wyk (Yellow Card) 43’
Referee: Marco Vega
Assistant Referee 1: Adrienne McDonald
Assistant Referee 2: Gjovalin Bori
Fourth Official: Sammie Gillispie
Orlando Pride set a Club scoring record on Saturday night, racking up a 4-2 win over the Houston Dash at BBVA Compass Stadium. The four goals in the match marked the most goals ever scored in a single match for the Pride, while Marta set a single-game scoring record with four points on two goals and two assists, playing a role in each score.
“I’m obviously delighted with the win because we haven’t gotten very many wins on the road. It was a very important result for us and I think the best part of the result was how clinical our finishing was,” Orlando Pride Head Coach Tom Sermanni said. “At four-nil, I don’t think that was necessarily a fair reflection on the play because Houston is a good side and they create chances and play some really great soccer. So, overall, I was just really pleased with the way we finished things.”
Though the Pride were outside 15-9 in the match, the visiting side were most efficient in their opportunities, putting in four of their six shots on goal.
Despite having been away for two weeks on international duty - and meeting back up with the team only a day prior in Houston - the Pride’s Brazilian contingent showed no hiccups in their game.
Sixteen minutes in, Camila put the Pride up 1-0 on a laser-focused shot from nearly 40 yards out. The former Dash player collected a pass from Marta, created some space for herself then blasted a shot into the upper-left corner beyond the best efforts of Houston goalkeeper Lydia Williams.
Orlando’s lead jumped to 2-0 shortly after when Marta capitalized on the counterattack. After goalkeeper Aubrey Bledsoe made back-to-back saves on Carli Lloyd at the other end of the field, Marta collected a small push-pass from Camila at the midfield line and drove the length of the field for her fourth goal of the season.
On the previous set of plays, Bledsoe punched down a screamer on Lloyd’s dead-center set piece to deny the U.S. international in her first NWSL appearance this season. Just a minute after, off a corner kick, Lloyd had another go with a hard, left-footed volley but Bledsoe was up to the task. She denied the back-to-back FIFA World Player of the Year with a diving save to her left.
Bledsoe picked up her second consecutive win, making four saves in the outing.
Marta bolstered the Pride lead again in the 57th minute, from nearly the same spot as her first, after Jasmyne Spencer used her speed up the middle lane and picked out her teammate on the left hand side.
The Pride’s fourth goal came on Alanna Kennedy’s first in purple, with the Australian rising high above the Dash defense and heading in Marta’s corner kick service in the 68th minute.
Saturday’s win marked Orlando’s first road win since May 20, 2016, when the Pride earned three points in the same city, defeating the Dash 1-0 on a late goal from Kristen Edmonds.
The Pride and Dash will see a quick turnaround before their next meeting, wrapping up a back-to-back series next Saturday at Orlando City Stadium. Tabbed as the NWSL’s Lifetime Game of the Week, the match will kick off at 3:30 p.m. ET from Orlando. Tickets are available at orlando-pride.com/tickets or by calling (855) ORL-CITY.
NWSL Match Report
Match: Houston Dash vs. Orlando Pride
Date: June 17, 2017
Venue: BBVA Compass Stadium
Kickoff: 8:30 p.m. ET
Goals 1 2 F
Houston (2-7-0) 0 2 2
Orlando (3-3-3) 2 2 4
ORL - Camila (Marta) 16’
ORL - Marta 22’
ORL - Marta (Jasmyne Spencer) 57’
ORL - Alanna Kennedy (Marta)
HOU - Poliana (Andressinha) 89’
HOU - Nichelle Prince (Andressinha) 90+6’
Orlando Pride: Aubrey Bledsoe; Kristen Edmonds, Ali Krieger ©, Toni Pressley, Steph Catley; ; Rachel Hill, Monica, Marta (Jamia Fields 80’), Alanna Kennedy, Camila (Chioma Ubogagu 70’); Jasmyne Spencer (Danica Evans 84’)
Substitutes Not Used: Caroline Stanley; Laura Alleway; Maddy Evans, Dani Weatherholt
Houston Dash: Lydia Williams; Poliana, Cari Roccaro, Janine Van Wyk, Cami Levin; Amber Brooks, Janine Beckie, Morgan Brian (Denise O’Sullivan 83’); Rachel Daly (Andressinha 56’), Carli Lloyd (Nichelle Prince 73’), Kealia Ohai ©
Substitutes Not Used: Jane Campbell; Claire Falknor, Cami Privett; Sarah Hagen
Stats Summary: HOU / ORL
Possession: 48.8% / 51.2%
Shots: 15 / 9
Shots on Goal: 6 / 6
Saves: 2 / 4
Corner Kicks: 4 / 2
Fouls: 13 / 10
Offside: 6 / 1
HOU - Janine Beckie (Yellow Card) 65’
ORL - Camila (Yellow Card) 65’
HOU - Janine Van Wyk (Yellow Card) 80’
Referee: Rebecca Pagan
Assistant Referee 1: Amanda Ross
Assistant Referee 2: Diego Blas
Fourth Official: Mike Arrington