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El Paso, TX — 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
• 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
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