|USA OPENS 2011 WOMEN’S WORLD CUP AGAINST KOREA DPR: The USA will open the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup on Tuesday, June 28, taking on Korea DPR in a match broadcast live on ESPN (pre-game show begins at 11:45 a.m. ET) and Galavison. The match will be played at Rudolf-Harbig Stadium, home to Dynamo Dresden, which achieved promotion to the second flight of German soccer for next season. The sparklingly facility opened in September of 2009 and a near capacity crowd is expected at the 22,933-seat venue. Dresden is the easternmost of the nine venues being used for the tournament. This will be the second consecutive Women’s World Cup in which the USA has opened against Korea DPR and the fourth consecutive Women’s World Cup in which the two countries have met in group play. Fans can also follow along on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and via Twitter @ussoccer_wnt. The USA continues Group C play against Colombia on July 2 in Sinsheim (which is sold out at the 25,641-seat Rhein-Neckar-Arena) and Sweden on July 6 in Wolfsburg. Women's World Cup Homepage|
June 28 Korea DPR 11:45 a.m. ET ESPN Rudolf-Harbig-Stadium; Dresden, Germany
July 2 Colombia 11:30 a.m. ET ESPN Rhein-Neckar-Arena; Sinsheim, Germany
July 6 Sweden 2:30 p.m. ET ESPN Arena im Allerpark; Wolfsburg, Germany
All games will be broadcast live on ESPN, ESPN3.com and Galavision.
U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION
GOALKEEPERS (3): Nicole Barnhart (Philadelphia Independence), Jill Loyden (magicJack), Hope Solo (magicJack)
DEFENDERS (8): Rachel Buehler (Boston Breakers), Stephanie Cox (Boston Breakers), Ali Krieger (out of contract), Amy LePeilbet (Boston Breakers), Heather Mitts (Atlanta Beat), Christie Rampone (magicJack), Becky Sauerbrunn (magicJack)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Shannon Boxx (magicJack), Tobin Heath (Sky Blue FC), Lori Lindsey (Philadelphia Independence), Carli Lloyd (Atlanta Beat), Kelley O’Hara (Boston Breakers), Heather O’Reilly (Sky Blue FC), Megan Rapinoe (Philadelphia Independence)
FORWARDS (4): Lauren Cheney (Boston Breakers), Alex Morgan (Western New York Flash), Amy Rodriguez (Philadelphia Independence), Abby Wambach (magicJack)
STUDIO 90 FROM GERMANY
• Studio 90 Extra Time: Hope Solo Pt. 1 / Pt. 2
• Studio 90 Extra Time: Amy Rodriguez Pt. 1 / Pt. 2
• Studio 90 Extra Time: Becky Sauerbrunn
• Studio 90: Carli Lloyd in Dresden
• Studio 90: WNT Touches Down in Dresden
OTHER VIDEOS FROM GERMANY
• Behind the Crest: Camp Austria
• SI Photo Shoot w/WNT
FROM THE WNT BLOG
A collection of notes, anecdotes and links:
• Almost Game Time
• Seitz and Crew Get First WWC Match
• Speaking the Language
• WNT Player Profiles: Carli and Hope
• Goodbye Austria, Hello Germany
• Pressure Makes Us: TV Commercial
ABBY ON GROUP C: U.S. striker Abby Wambach understands big challenges await in perhaps the tournament’s most difficult first round group. The USA’s leading active goal scorer talks about all three of the USA’s Group C opponents in this feature for ussoccer.com.
KOREA DPR x 4: By some twist of Final Draw fate or a bounce of a ping pong ball, the USA will meet Korea DPR in group play for the fourth consecutive Women’s World Cup when the two squads square off on June 28 in Dresden. The USA won 3-0 in 1999 and 2003, but drew 2-2 in 2007 in a match where the Koreans scored twice while Abby Wambach was off the field getting a gash on her head stitched up. All the matches have been close affairs with the USA not putting the games away in 1999 and 2003 until the second half. The USA has never faced the North Koreans outside of a Women’s World Cup. For the full story, visit ussoccer.com.
WNT PLAYER PROFILES: ussoccer.com paired up the Women’s World Cup players for some rapid fire questions and banter in creating the WNT Player Profiles series. The videos highlight your favorite women’s players, giving you some fun facts and information you might not have known in the hopes that you can get to know the players personalities just a little bit more. To watch all the WNT Player Profile videos, go to the WNT player bios on ussoccer.com.
BEHIND THE CREST: Get an in-depth look at the U.S. WNT with Behind the Crest, a ussoccer.com series that follows the U.S. WNT during the Women’s World Cup in Germany. Throughout the tournament, videos will be posted giving you an inside look at the U.S. WNT. In this first edition of Behind the Crest with the U.S. WNT, follow the team as it makes final preparations before traveling to Germany during its pre-tournament training camp nestled at the base of the scenic Austrian mountains. Visit ussoccer.com’s Media Center for the latest edition and look for episode two on Tuesday before the game.
• Twenty of the 21 U.S. players play in Women’s Professional Soccer, with defender Ali Krieger – who played the last four seasons in the German Women’s Bundesliga for FFC Frankfurt – the only exception. Krieger is currently out of contract.
• Team captain Christie Rampone is the most-capped player on the U.S. team with 235 games played. Five other Women’s World Cup Team players have surpassed 100 caps in Abby Wambach (157), Shannon Boxx (146), Heather O’Reilly (144), Heather Mitts (116) and Carli Lloyd (111).
• Goalkeeper Jill Loyden is the least-capped player on the World Cup roster with one game. Becky Sauerbrunn earned her 10th against Japan on May 18 to move into double figures.
• Of the 11 players who started the 2008 Olympic gold medal game, seven are on this Women’s World Cup roster.
• The 2011 U.S. Women’s World Cup Team is an experienced side with an average age of just under 27 years old.
• Of the WPS clubs, magicJack has the most players on the roster with six. The Boston Breakers have five and the Philadelphia Independence have four. The Atlanta Beat and Sky Blue FC have two each while the Western New York Flash have one in Alex Morgan.
• Five of the players who made their first World Cup squad were part of the 2008 Olympic champions in Rachel Buehler, Heather Mitts, Tobin Heath, Lauren Cheney and Amy Rodriguez. The naming of Ali Krieger, Amy LePeilbet, Lori Lindsey, Becky Sauerbrunn, Megan Rapinoe, Kelley O’Hara and Alex Morgan represents their first world championship at the senior level.
• Morgan is the youngest player on the squad at 21 (Heath turned 23 on May 29) while Rampone is the oldest at 36.
• It is the first U.S. Women’s World Cup roster made up entirely of professional players.
U.S. in 2011
• Only midfielder Carli Lloyd has started all 11 games for the USA in 2011.
• U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo has played every minute of the last three and half games for the USA since regaining her starting spot after shoulder surgery, and has not allowed a goal during those 315 minutes.
• The USA is 9-2-0 in 2011, winning six straight games after falling to Sweden 2-1 in the first match of the year at the Four Nations Tournament in China, and then fell to England in London April 2, also by a 2-1 score. The USA then twice defeated Japan 2-0 and won its World Cup Send-Off game against Mexico 1-0.
• The U.S. team has won both tournaments it entered this year, taking the Four Nations in China and the Algarve Cup in Portugal.
• The USA’s leading scorer this year is Carli Lloyd with five goals.
• Amy Rodriguez has the most assists with three and has scored in two of the last three matches, giving her four goals in 2001.
• The USA’s 23 goals this year have been scored by eight different players: Carli Lloyd (5), Amy Rodriguez (4), Alex Morgan (3), Lauren Cheney (3), Heather O’Reilly (2), Megan Rapinoe (2), Lindsay Tarpley (2), Shannon Boxx and Abby Wambach.
• Since the end of the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup, the USA is 66-4-6.
• The USA is 77-1-2 when Abby Wambach scores a goal.
• 27 players have played in an international match for the USA this year.
U.S. in the World Cup
• The USA is 5-1-1 all-time in matches played in Germany. Five of those games were against Germany with one each against Norway and China.
• The USA is 24-3-3 all-time in Women’s World Cup play.
• Abby Wambach is the leading scorer on the USA’s Women’s World Cup roster with 118 career goals, which puts her third all-time in U.S. history. Six other U.S. players have scored in double figures internationally, led by Heather O’Reilly with 29 goals, Carli Lloyd with 27 and Shannon Boxx with 22.
• The USA had to make one change to its Women’s World Cup roster after it was named in early May as Kelley O’Hara replaced the injured Lindsay Tarpley.
• Heather O’Reilly scored the most recent Women’s World Cup goal for the USA, tallying the fourth score in the 4-1 victory over Norway in the third-place match of the 2007 WWC.
• The USA will be wearing all white kits against North Korea.
• Just three players on the WWC roster have previously scored in a World Cup in Wambach (9 goals), Boxx (3) and O’Reilly (2).
• Oldest U.S. player to debut in World Cup (1991): April Heinrichs (27 years, 263 days).
• Youngest U.S. player to appear in a World Cup match (1995): Tiffany Roberts (18 years, 32 days).
• Oldest U.S. player to appear in a World Cup match (2007): Kristine Lilly (36 years, 70 days).
• Updated stats, lineups and results are available on the U.S. Women’s National Team page on ussoccer.com.
THE PIA SUNDHAGE FACT FILE: Pia Sundhage has been the head coach of the United States for about three and half years and during that time has compiled some impressive statistics. The USA has won eight tournaments under Sundhage, including the 2008 Olympics. Since coaching her first game for the United States in January of 2008, Sundhage has compiled an overall record of 64-4-5. Her winning percentage of (.910) is the best-ever for a coach in U.S. Women’s National Team history.
U.S. WNT Record Under Pia
Olympic Qualifying: 3-0-1
Women’s World Cup Qualifying: 6-1-0
Goals For: 167
Goals Against: 34
Record vs. …
CONCACAF: 18-1-1, 61 GF, 6 GA
CONMEBOL: 4-0-0, 4 GF, 0 GA
UEFA: 25-3-2, 61 GF, 15 GA
AFC: 16-0-2, 37 GF, 13 GA
CAF: 0-0-0, 0 GF, 0 GA
Oceania: 1-0-0, 4 GF, 0 GA
By year …
WOMEN’S WORLD CUP COMES TO NINE GERMAN CITIES: The 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup is taking place in nine venues across Germany: Berlin, Frankfurt, Mönchengladbach, Sinsheim, Wolfsburg, Augsburg, Bochum, Dresden and Leverkusen. Since 2007, five of the stadiums were either newly built (Augsburg, Dresden and Sinsheim) or remodeled (Bochum and Leverkusen). Seven stadiums are the home grounds for German Bundesliga clubs.
GERMANY 2011 HAS SOLD 700,000 TICKETS: With the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup kicking off June 26, organizers have sold more than 700,000 tickets with surely more to come. The total number of match tickets on general sale was increased from 800,000 to 900,000 due to the demand. The hosts kicked off in Berlin with an historic sold-out crowd of 73,680 that watched Germany defeat Canada 2-1 on June 26. The crowd was the 22nd above 50,000 to watch a FIFA women’s match and just the fifth over 70,000. It also shattered the European record for a women’s soccer game that was previously 44,825 that saw Germany play Brazil in Frankfurt in 2009. The crowd in Berlin was the also the second biggest opening day crowd in Women’s World Cup history, following the 78,972 that watched the USA defeated Denmark 3-0 to kick off the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
UNPRECEDENTED TV COVERAGE: The television coverage of the 2011 Women’s World Cup will be unprecedented as the ESPN family of networks will show all 32 matches live and in HD. The broadcast will feature in-goal cameras and two steadicams for all matches. For selected matches, the broadcast production will comprise up to 18 cameras, including a spidercam and a helicopter camera. In Germany, the public broadcasters ARD and ZDF will show all 32 tournament games live. Across Europe all games will be available on Eurosport in 34 countries and territories. The Canadian Broadcasting Company as well as Spanish-language Galavision will also broadcast matches in North America. Al Jazeera will broadcast matches in the Middle East and North Africa. The tournament is the also first women's event to be the subject of a Panini sticker album which is available only in Germany.
KOREA DPR, FOUR YEARS LATER: The setting is radically different, as are the teams, but the USA and Korea DPR will once again kick off group play against each other just as they did a little less than four years ago in Chengdu, China, to begin the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup. It a match played on a dark night in misty rain, the four goals in the game all came in a 20-minute span towards the beginning of the second half.
Match: USA vs. Korea DPR
Competition: 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup – Group B
Venue: Chengdu Sports Center Stadium – Chengdu, China
Date: Sept. 11, 2007
Weather: Light rain, misty – 68 degrees
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 0 2 2
PRK 0 2 2
USA – Abby Wambach (Kristine Lilly) 50th minute
PRK – Kil Son Hui 58
PRK – Kim Yong Ae 62
USA – Heather O’Reilly 69
USA: 18-Hope Solo; 4-Cat Whitehill, 3-Christie Rampone, 15-Kate Markgraf; 17-Lori Chalupny, 7-Shannon Boxx, 11-Carli Lloyd, 14-Stephanie Lopez; 9-Heather O’Reilly (6-Natasha Kai, 92+), 13-Kristine Lilly (Capt.), 20-Abby Wambach
Subs not used: 1-Briana Scurry, 2-Marian Dalmy, 5-Lindsay Tarpley, 8-Tina Ellertson, 10-Aly Wagner, 12-Leslie Osborne, 16-Angela Hucles, 19-Marci Jobson, 21-Nicole Barnhart.
Head Coach: Greg Ryan
PRK: 21-Jon Myong Hui; 3-Om Jong Ran, 5-Song Jong Sun, 15-Sonu Kyong Sun, 16-Kong Hye Ok; 2-Kim Kyong Hwa, 7-Ho Sun Hui (17-Kim Yong Ae, 22; 19-Jong Pok Sim, 90), 9-Ri Un Suk, 12-Ri Un Gyong; 8-Kil Son Hui, 10-Ri Kum Suk (Capt.)
Subs not used: 1-Phi Un Hui, 4-Yun Song Mi, 6-Kim Ok Sim, 11-Ho Un Byol, 18-Yun Hyon Hi, 14-Jang Yong Ok, 20- Hong Myong Gum.
Head Coach: Kim Kwang Min
OPPONENT CAPSULE: Korea DPR
Current FIFA World Ranking: 8
USA All-time record vs. Korea DPR: 2-0-1
Last Meeting vs. USA: Sept. 11, 2007 in Chengdu, China (a 2-2 draw during group play at the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup)
Head Coach: Kim Kwang Min
Key Players: G Hong Myong Hui, D Ri Un Hyang, D Song Jong Sun, M Jo Yun-Mi, F Ra Un Sim
USA vs. KOREA DPR Quick Hits:
• The only three meetings between the USA and Korea DPR have come in group play at the Women’s World Cup, one each in the last three tournaments.
• The meeting in Dresden will tie the record for most-ever meetings between two countries in a Women’s World Cup (the USA has faced Norway four times in WWC tournaments and will face Sweden for a fourth time in the final game of Group C).
• Korea DPR qualified for the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup by winning its semifinal against China in the 2010 Asia Women’s Cup over China.
• The Koreans had suffered a 2-1 group stage defeat to Japan before claiming their ticket to Germany with an extra-time victory against China and then battled from a goal down against Australia in the championship game to force extra time, but lost in a penalty kick shoot-out.
• Midfielder Jo Yun-Mi scored three goals at the 2010 AFC Women’s Cup, earning herself the MVP Award.
• The Koreans, who are the youngest team in the tournament, have a number of players from their 2006 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup winning team, including defender Ri Un Hyang who also helped her country to the final two years later in Germany, where they fell to the USA in the championship game by a 2-1 score.
• The Koreans also won the 2008 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in New Zealand, defeating the USA in overtime.
• This will not be the first match played by a U.S. Women’s National Team at Rudolf-Harbig Stadium as the U.S. U-20s played their first two group matches there last summer during the FIFA U-20 WWC, tying Ghana 1-1 and defeating Switzerland 5-0.
• Kim Kwang Min has coached the Korea DPR national team since early 2005 and has won one Asian crown, qualified for two FIFA Women’s World Cups and one Olympic Football Tournament.
• Korea DPR have won the Asian Cup in three of their last five attempts, only missing the final in two of seven tournaments dating back to 1995.
• Like the USA, North Korea named three goalkeepers, seven defenders, seven midfielders and four forwards to their Women’s World Cup rosters.
• Fourteen players on the North Korean roster play for the same club – April 25 – which is the People’s Army Club and the date signifies Military Foundation Day.
KOREA DPR WWC ROSTER
GOALKEEPERS (3): 1-Hong Myong Hui (April 25), 21-Kim Chol Ok (April 25), 18-Ri Jin Sim (Wolmido)
DEFENDERS (7): 2-Jon Hong Yon (April 25), 3-Ho Un Byol (April 25), 5-Song Jong Sun (Amrokgang), 6-Paek Sol Hui (April 25), 15-Yu Jong Hui (April 25), 16-Jong Pok Sim (April 25), 17-Ri Un Hyang (Amrokgang)
MIDFIELDERS (7): 4-Kim Myong Gum (Rimyongsu), 8-Kim Su Gyong (April 25), 10-Jo Yun Mi (April 25), 11-Ri Ye Gyong (Amrokgang), 12-Jon Myong Hwa (April 25), 13-Kim Un Ju (April 25), 14Kim Chung Sim (April 25)
FORWARDS (4): 7-Yun Hyon Hi (April 25), 9-Ra Un Sim (Amrokgang), 19-Choe Mi Gyong (Rimyongsu), 20-Kwon Song Hwa (April 25)
FIFA TO GIVE OUT AWARDS: Besides the World Cup Trophy, there will be several awards given out by FIFA following the competition. The FIFA Fair Play Trophy, a fair play medal for each player and official, a diploma and a voucher for $10,000 worth of soccer equipment (to be used for women’s youth football development) will be presented to the team finishing first in the Fair Play standings. FIFA will also award the Golden, Silver and Bronze Boots to the top three scorers scoring in the tournament and the Golden, Silver and Bronze Ball to the best three players, as voted on by the accredited media for the tournament. If two or more players score the same number of goals, the number of assists (as determined by members of the FIFA Technical Study Group) will be decided the order of the Boot winners. If two or more players are still equal after taking into account the number of assists, the total minutes played in the final competition will be taken into account, with the player playing fewer minutes ranked first. FIFA will also award the Golden Glove to the tournament’s best goalkeeper as determined by the FIFA Technical Study Group.
CAUTION RULES: If a player receives two cautions during two different matches during the first four games of the tournament she will automatically be suspended from her team’s next match, however, single yellow cards will be cancelled after the quarterfinals. Red cards or two yellow cards in the same match will of course result in an automatic suspension from the team’s next match.
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Stat of Note
Equatorial Guinea is the smallest country competing in the Women’s World Cup, both by square kilometers and population.