U.S. WNT head coach Jill Ellis
On the match:
“I thought the game was played at a high-level. We hadn’t faced Norway in a long time and we knew we had to be prepared and ready. They gave us some good challenges and it was obviously a good transition that led to a very good goal. But overall, it was a very good game and I’m very pleased that we came out with three points against a very tough opponent.”
On giving up a goal against the run of play:
“I thought we dominated the match and in the first half we were a bit unfortunate not to come away with the goal, but this team showed good resolve. To give up a goal and come back and be able to fight and battle, and put ourselves in the position to get three points, I’m pleased. Those are certainly some things to take away from this game.”
On opponents playing defensively against the USA:
“We saw it with England and we saw it again today. I think teams’ best opportunities are probably countering against us because we do like to attack, we like to get forward. I thought today our players found good spaces to turn in the pockets. I thought today we had good sequences, finding a central ball or a wide ball. We got plenty of balls in the box and a bunch of corner kick opportunities. Now, we need to focus on two things: our service in the box needs to be better, at times we’re hitting that front post player and we have to eliminate that, and then we have to be more aggressive and be in better position to win the set pieces.”
On Carli Lloyd’s performance:
“She’s a warrior; a big-game player and she loves tournaments. She’s just a spirit right now, and I’m so pleased because she’s had a lot of chances in previous games and for her to find the back of the net, it gives her confidence. Moving forward it’s the expectation for her to do that time and time again.”
U.S. WNT Forward Abby Wambach
On Carli Lloyd and her performance:
“Carli seems to also be setting up plays or finishing on the end of plays and it shows how much she’s worked over the years. She wants to be one of the best players in the world and I think to be able to do that you have to be making play like she did today, and consistently so. She’s been doing that for us for the years. Leading into this World Cup, she’s poised to give us a better opportunity of winning because she does so many good things.”
On the team’s evolution the last couple of months:
“We’re in the midst of an evolution and a process and working on a lot of things. We’re working on the things that we want to focus to exploit in other teams. You’re seeing more consistency, a bit more connectedness and the relationships on the field are building for sure.”
On Hope Solo almost making the save on the Norway goal:
“Truthfully I think she saves that ball in certain ways and certain moments. That’s just her getting a little bit more time on the field; getting back into the rhythm of training. I think if that’s a World Cup game, that ball gets tipped over the bar and we’re still tied zero-to-zero.”
U.S. WNT Goalkeeper Hope Solo
On the match:
“I thought was a very back-and-forth game, a very physical game. I thought Julie Johnston played incredible in the back line and I was really proud of our defense. Players were going hard for tackles, we stayed with the game plan, we didn’t stress too much when they scored and we knew the goals were going to come.”
On what Carli Lloyd brings to the team:
“Carli is the mentality of this team. She holds everyone accountable; you do what you can to make this team win and she doesn’t let you get away with anything else. That’s the true leader she’s proven that she will get the job done.”
On being back with the team:
“This was a happy moment. I’ve dealt with a lot of the emotions that I was harboring in the last 30 days. I dealt with that back in Seattle. I came in feeling free, feeling good and feeling like I dealt with things that I needed to deal with, and kind of with a new look on things. I felt refreshed; I felt great coming in. I would say I¹m more focused. Not more, or less emotional, just focused. That’s what I needed to be to help lead this team to the World Cup. Just focus on the game, on my teammates and focus on soccer.”
U.S. WNT Midfielder Carli Lloyd
On making a big play to equalize:
“I hate losing…I’m a winner and I want to go out there and win. It might not be pretty, it might not be a shutout, but that’s what we need to do. I’m a veteran and I have to lead this team and show up in big moments.”
On having Hope Solo back with the team
“It’s really good to see Hope back. We’re close and we’re rooming again during this trip. The most important thing is her happiness. She’s making strides every day and the team has welcomed her. She’s obviously human and people make mistakes, but she’s learning and growing and I think she will be fine.”
Photos from the USWNT's 2-1 comeback triumph over Norway in the teams' opening Group B match at the 2015 Algarve Cup in Portugal. The U.S. fell behind to a first-half header by Norway's Ada Hegerberg, but a second-half double from Carli Lloyd (her eighth multi-goal game in her WNT career) pushed the USA to victory.
The USA next plays Switzerland on Friday at 12 p.m. ET. The game will be broadcast on FOX Sports 1 and fans can also follow everything happening with the WNT during the 2015 Algarve by following @ussoccer_wnt on Twitter and Instagram @ussoccer_wnt.
NOR – Ada Hegerberg (Kristine Minde), 43rd minute: Against the run of play, Norway’s Minde crossed the ball in from the right side to an unmarked Hegerberg in the middle of the box. Hegerberg rose up with a crisp header from seven yards out toward the center of the goal frame. U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo got a glove on the ball, but the deflection was not enough as it clipped the crossbar and crossed the goal line for the Norway lead. USA 0, NOR 1
USA – Carli Lloyd (Christen Press), 55th minute: Press’ through ball down the right side to Lloyd was partially deflected by Norway’s Inger Ane Hole, but Lloyd quickly gained possession. Lloyd spun counter clockwise to create a gap and from 18 yards out, ripped a shot into the left of the frame to tie the score. It was Lloyd’s first goal of 2015. USA 1, NOR 1 (SEE GOAL)
USA – Carli Lloyd (penalty), 62nd minute: Christen Press drew a penalty kick when her shot from outside the box struck Norway defender Trin Ronning’s right arm. Lloyd took the subsequent penalty and placed it perfectly into the upper right corner of the frame for her second tally in a seven-minute stretch. In addition to her first two goals of the year, Lloyd is now up to 63 for her career. USA 2, NOR 1 (FINAL) (SEE GOAL)
Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
USA – Ali Krieger, 4th minute: Norway crossed the ball into the box from the right side and USA goalkeeper Hope Solo was unable to corral through traffic. Norway’s Emilie Haavi had a couple chances to score with Solo off of the line. Her first attempt struck teammate Ada Hegerberg. The second chance was then blocked by Krieger near the goal line as the U.S. surrendered a corner kick and came away unscathed.
NOR – Silje Vesterbekkmo, 9th minute: Carli Lloyd stepped up to steal the ball from Norway in the midfield. She juked to the left to evade Norway captain Trine Ronning at the edge of the box and then shot left-footed toward the far right post. Vesterbekkmo alertly saved with her left foot to give up a U.S. corner kick.
NOR – Silje Vesterbekkmo, 32nd and 33rd minutes: Norway’s goalkeeper faced an onslaught of USA scoring chances during this stretch, opening with a Lauren Holiday corner kick from the left side. Holiday’s delivery threatened the goal and Vesterbekkmo punched it away. Shortly after, Christen Press drove a low, long-range shot that ricocheted off of the left post. Then in the 33rd minute, Alex Morgan tried to flick the ball over Vesterbekkmo, but she sacrificed her body to deflect it away.
USA – Hope Solo, 54th minute: Off of a Lene Mykjaland corner kick from the right side, the ball bounced among a scrum in the box and then was up for grabs as Solveig Gulbrandsen had space with a left-footed shot. Gulbrandsen fired toward the left of the frame, but Solo was up to the task with a close-range reaction save.
- Abby Wambach made her 235th appearance and ranks sixth on the all-time WNT list, four games behind fifth-place Joy Fawcett (239 games from 1987-2004).
- Defender Lori Chalupny and midfielder Megan Rapinoe earned their 97th-career caps. They are three appearances away from hitting the century mark, which 30 other WNT players have reached.
- Goalkeeper Hope Solo earned her first win of the year and 125th of her career. She trails only Briana Scurry (133) on the all-time list.
Next on the Schedule:
The U.S. WNT faces Switzerland in Group B play at the 2015 Algarve Cup on Friday, March 6. Kickoff is at 12 p.m. ET at Vila Real de Santo Antonio.
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- The USA moved to 28-19-2 all-time against Norway.
- The U.S. is now 2-1-0 in 2015.
- Head coach Jill Ellis’ lineup featured a 4-4-2 formation, anchored by goalkeeper Hope Solo who returned from a 30-day suspension to make her first appearance of 2015.
- In front of Solo was a defensive line that included Ali Krieger at right back, Lori Chalupny at left back and the center back tandem of Becky Sauerbrunn and Julie Johnston. Johnston made her first appearance of the year and earned her sixth-career cap.
- The USA midfield featured the same four players for a third straight game, with Lauren Holiday and Morgan Brian playing centrally, Carli Lloyd on the right side and Christen Press on the left.
- Alex Morgan and Abby Wambach were paired up top, with Wambach wearing the captain’s armband.
- To open the second half, Meghan Klingenberg replaced Chalupny at left back.
- In the 78th minute, Tobin Heath entered for Press and then in the 79th minute, Sydney Leroux made her first appearance of the year when she replaced Morgan.
- In the first minute of second-half stoppage time, Megan Rapinoe subbed in for Holiday.
- Lloyd recorded the eighth multi-goal game of her WNT career. She had four multi-goal games in 2014 alone.
- U.S. Women’s National Team Match Report -
Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Norway
Date: March 4, 2015
Competition: 2015 Algarve Cup – Group B
Venue: Municipal Stadium; Vila Real de Santo Antonio, Portugal
Kickoff: 2 p.m. ET
Weather: 63 degrees, cool and clear
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 0 2 2
NOR 1 0 1
NOR – Ada Hegerberg (Kristine Minde) 43rd minute
USA – Carli Lloyd (Christen Press) 55
USA – Carli Lloyd (penalty kick) 62
USA: 1-Hope Solo; 11-Ali Krieger, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 26-Julie Johnston, 16-Lori Chalupny (25-Meghan Klingenberg, 46); 10-Carli Lloyd, 12-Lauren Holiday (15-Megan Rapinoe, 90+1), 14-Morgan Brian, 23-Christen Press (17-Tobin Heath, 78); 13-Alex Morgan (2-Sydney Leroux, 78), 20-Abby Wamach (capt.) (8-Amy Rodriguez, 56)
Subs Not Used: 5-Kelley O’Hara, 6-Whitney Engen, 7-Shannon Boxx, 9-Heather O’Reilly, 19-Rachel Van Hollebeke, 22-Crystal Dunn, 24-Ashlyn Harris
Head coach: Jill Ellis
NOR: 12-Silje Vesterbekkmo; 6-Maren Mjelde, 7-Trine Rønning (capt.), 2-Marita Lund, 3-Inger Ane Hole; 17-Lene Mykjåland, 8-Solveig Gulbrandsen (14-Gry Tofte Ims, 74), 20-Emilie Haavi (19-Marie Markussen, 69); 18-Kristine Minde, 8-Isabel Herlovsen, 21-Ada Hegerberg
Subs Not Used: 1-Ingrid Hjelmseth, 4-Melissa Bjånesoy, 5-Hedda Gardsjord, 10-Maria Thorisdottir, 11-Ida Elise Enget, 13-Ingrid Moe Wold, 15-Anja Sønstevold, 16-Andrine Hegerberg, 22-Cathrine Dekkerhus, 23-Cecille Fiskerstrand
Head coach: Even Pellerud
Stats Summary: USA / NOR
Shots: 12 / 5
Shots on Goal: 7 / 4
Saves: 3 / 4
Corner Kicks: 8 / 3
Fouls: 5 / 11
Offside: 4 / 0
NOR – Trine Ronnin (caution) 62nd minute
Referee: Esther Staubil (SUI)
Assistant Referee 1: Belinda Brem (SUI)
Assistant Referee 2: Susanne Kung (SUI)
Fourth Official: Gladys Lengwe (ZAM)
Budweiser Woman of the Match: Carli Lloyd