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Rapinoe Brace Powers WNT to 3-1 World Cup Opening Win Over Australia

WINNIPEG, Canada (June 8, 2015) – The U.S. Women’s National Team opened Group D play at the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup with a 3-1 win against Australia at Winnipeg Stadium.

Midfielder Megan Rapinoe scored two goals and forward Christen Press added one to propel the USA past the Matildas in its opening match of the tournament. Australia threatened frequently in the first half, but several world-class saves from U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo highlighted the first half.

The USA’s first came off a deflected shot from Rapinoe in the 12th minute, but speedy Australian striker Lisa de Vanna tied things up in the 27th minute. The USA attack came alive in the second half and the Americans dominated down the stretch with Press and Rapinoe scoring the game-winnner and clincher, respectively. 

The goals were Rapinoe’s second and third in the World Cup after she scored against Colombia at the 2011 Women’s World Cup in Germany. Additionally, Rapinoe’s first tally of the night gave her her 30th international goal, making her the 13th U.S. female player to score 30 times and tally 30 assists. She currently has 31 goals and 32 assists.

In the other Group D match earlier in the day, Nigeria and Sweden played to an exciting 3-3 draw that saw Nigeria erase an 2-0 deficit in the second half and then equalize late in the game after the Swedes had made it 3-2. Following today’s matches, the USA sits in first place of Group D with three points, followed by Nigeria and Sweden with one apiece, and then Australia with zero.

The seventh edition of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup takes place from June 6-July 5 throughout Canada. The U.S. continues the tournament against Sweden June 12 in Winnipeg and then finishes 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. Fans can follow in-game updates on Twitter (@ussoccer_wnt and @ussoccer_esp).

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Megan Rapinoe (Abby Wambach), 12th minute:
Following a clearance from Julie Johnston that sailed from near the midfield near to the top of the penalty box, Abby Wambach jumped to get a slight touch on the ball and head it down to Megan Rapinoe, who collected it in traffic. She spun around as she controlled the ball, beating Australia’s Emily Van Egemond, before sending a right-footed blast that glanced off an Australia defender and skipped into the right corner from about 20 yards out. USA 1, AUS 0 (SEE GOAL)

AUS – Lisa de Vanna (Michelle Heyman), 27th minute: The Americans were a bit disorganized after defending a set piece and Australia capitalized. Michelle Heyman latched onto a re-serve inside the penalty area, and as two U.S. defenders closed on her, she played it square to Australia captain Lisa da Vanna. She hit her shot first-time just inside the right post on the ground to tie the match. USA 1, AUS 1

USA – Christen Press (Sydney Leroux), 61st minute: Hope Solo began the sequence with a goal kick that went to the midfield where Megan Rapinoe played extremely well to bring the ball down. Rapinoe attacked down the left with a couple of touches before passing it to Sydney Leroux down the left wing. Leroux streaked past her defender into the box, turning the corner before playing a perfect pass in the slot to Christen Press who sent a first-time shot with the inside of her right foot just inside the right post from eight yards. It was her first Women’s World Cup goal. USA 2, AUS 1 (SEE GOAL)

USA – Megan Rapinoe (Carli Lloyd), 78th minute: Carli Lloyd won the ball with a stretching interception in the midfield and passed it to Megan Rapinoe, who took off on the counter attack. As her defender backed away, Rapinoe kept dribbling into the penalty area and then struck a left-footed shot on the ground into the lower right corner to seal the game. USA 3, AUS 1  (SEE GOAL) (FINAL)

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
USA – Hope Solo, 5th minute:
Australia was able to get around the U.S. defense on the left side and the ball was played back to Emily Van Egemond who fired through the legs of the closing Lauren Holiday, making Hope Solo’s save even more difficult. The U.S. ‘keeper flew powerfully to her left to get two hands on the ball and push it off the crossbar before it was cleared away.

USA – Hope Solo, 13th minute: Samantha Kerr got behind the U.S. defense and run under a chipped cross to send a hard volley on frame. Solo was once again up to the task, diving to her left to make a brilliant reaction save. (SEE SAVE)

USA – Hope Solo, 45th minute: On the last kick off the first half, Servet Unzular took a free kick that curved its way over the U.S. back line and skipped off the turf, but Solo was there once again to make a solid catch and hold near the right post.

USA – Becky Sauerbrunn, 50th minute: Samantha Kerr seemed to break through momentarily, and drove into the box to shoot, but U.S. defender Becky Sauerbrunn recovered to get a piece of the ball and force it over the end line.

Next on the Schedule: The U.S. WNT will continue Group D play at the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup on Friday, June 12, against Sweden. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. ET at Winnipeg Stadium in Winnipeg, Canada.

Broadcast information: FOX, NBC Universo
Social: Twitter (@ussoccer_wnt@ussoccer_esp); FacebookInstagram; Snapchat (ussoccer_wnt).

Milestone Watch:

  • With today's first goal, Megan Rapinoe scored her 30th career goal, making her the 13th U.S. female player to score 30 goals and tally 30 assists. She currently has 31 goals and 32 assists. The two goals were also her first tallies of 2015.
  • Morgan Brian, Meghan Klingenberg, Julie Johnston, Sydney Leroux and Christen Press all made their World Cup debut.
  • Press’ goal in the second half was her first in the World Cup. Leroux’s assist on Press’ goal was her first at a World Cup.
  • After tonight’s start, Hope Solo now has 171 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 165, surpassing Scurry’s 159 (from 1994-2008). Solo is also in ninth place on the WNT’s all-time starts list surpassing Carla Overbeck (161 games from 1988-2000).
  • Solo got closer to becoming the all-time leader in wins for a goalkeeper in U.S. history, earning her 131st win. She is behind only Scurry who had 133.
Additional Notes:
  • The last time a U.S. player had two goals in a World Cup game was Abby Wambach in 2007 vs. Norway in the Third-Place match. The last time the feat was accomplished during group play it was also Wambach in 2007 against Sweden.
  • The WNT has now earned at least a point in each of its seven opening matches at a Women’s World Cup.
  • The USA is now 5-0-2 all-time in its Women’s World Cup openers, drawing China 3-3 in 1995 and North Korea 2-2 in 2011.
  • Defender Becky Sauerbrunn is the only player on the roster to start and play every game for the USA in 2015. She has played the most minutes (969) of anyone on the team.
  • Lloyd earned her 196th cap 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 on the current roster. Christie Rampone, Wambach and Heather O’Reilly are the other three.
  • Alex Morgan saw her first minutes of action on the field for the USA since she last played against New Zealand on April 4 in St. Louis.

- U.S. Women’s National Team Match Report -

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Australia
Date: June 8, 2015
Competition: 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup – Group D
Venue: Winnipeg Stadium; Winnipeg, Canada
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. ET (6:30 p.m. local)
Attendance: 31,148
Weather: 73 degrees; Cloudy

Scoring Summary:  1          2          0
USA                             1          2          3
AUS                             1          0          1 

USA – Megan Rapinoe (Abby Wambach)                   12th minute
AUS – Lisa De Vanna (Michelle Heyman)                   27
USA – Christen Press (Sydney Leroux)                     61
USA – Megan Rapinoe (Carli Lloyd)                            78

Lineups:
USA: 1-Hope Solo; 11-Ali Krieger, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 19-Julie Johnston, 22-Meghan Klingenberg; 23-Christen Press (17-Tobin Heath, 68), 12-Lauren Holiday, 10-Carli Lloyd, 15-Megan Rapinoe (14-Morgan Brian, 86); 2-Sydney Leroux (13-Alex Morgan, 79), 20-Abby Wambach (capt.)
Subs Not Used:  3-Christie Rampone, 5-Kelley O’Hara, 6-Whitney Engen, 7-Shannon Boxx, 8-Amy Rodriguez, 9-Heather O’Reilly, 16-Lori Chalupny, 18-Ashlyn Harris, 21-Alyssa Naeher
Head coach: Jill Ellis
 

AUS: 18-Melissa Barbieri; 6-Servet Uzunlar, 5-Laura Alleway (3-Ashleigh Sykes, 83), 7-Stephanie Catley, 9-Caitlin Foord; 10-Emily Van Egmond, 8-Elise Kellond-Knight, 19-Katrina Gorry (14-Alanna Kennedy, 81); 11-Lisa De Vanna (capt.), 23-Michelle Heyman (17-Kyah Simon, 69), 20-Samantha Kerr
Subs not used: 1-Lydia Williams, 2-Larissa Crummer, 4-Clare Polkinghorne, 12-Leena Khamis, 13-Tameka Butt, 15-Teresa Polias, 16-Hayley Raso, 21-Mackenzie Arnold, 22-Nicola Bolger
Head coach: Alen Stajcic

Stats Summary: USA / AUS

Shots: 11 / 9
Shots on Goal: 6 / 6
Saves: 5 / 3
Corner Kicks: 0 / 3
Fouls: 15 / 14
Offside: 1 / 1 

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Lauren Holiday (caution)                     56th minute
USA – Megan Rapinoe (caution)                     64

Officials:
Referee: Claudia Umpierrez (URU)
Assistant Referee 1: Luciana Mascarana (URU)
Assistant Referee 2: Loreto Toloza (CHI)
Fourth Official: Gladys Lengwe (ZAM)

Budweiser Woman of the Match: Megan Rapinoe

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WNT Jun 8, 2015

- U.S. Women’s National Team Match Report - 

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Australia
Date: June 8, 2015
Competition: 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup – Group D
Venue: Winnipeg Stadium; Winnipeg, Canada
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. ET (6:30 p.m. local)
Attendance: 31,148
Weather: 73 degrees; Cloudy 

Scoring Summary:   1          2          0
USA                            1          2          3
AUS                            1          0          1 

USA – Megan Rapinoe (Abby Wambach)                  12th minute
AUS – Lisa De Vanna (Michelle Heyman)                 27
USA – Christen Press (Sydney Leroux)                      61
USA – Megan Rapinoe (Carli Lloyd)                          78 

Lineups:
USA: 1-Hope Solo; 11-Ali Kriger, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 19-Julie Johnston, 22-Meghan Klingenberg; 23-Christen Press (17-Tobin Heath, 68), 12-Lauren Holiday, 10-Carli Lloyd, 15-Megan Rapinoe (14-Morgan Brian, 86); 2-Sydney Leroux (13-Alex Morgan, 79), 20-Abby Wambach (capt.)
Subs Not Used:  3-Christie Rampone, 5-Kelley O’Hara, 6-Whitney Engen, 7-Shannon Boxx, 8-Amy Rodriguez, 9-Heather O’Reilly, 16-Lori Chalupny, 18-Ashlyn Harris, 21-Alyssa Naeher
Head coach: Jill Ellis
 

AUS: 18-Melissa Barbieri; 6-Servet Uzunlar, 5-Laura Alleway (3-Ashleigh Sykes, 83), 7-Stephanie Catley, 9-Caitlin Foord; 10-Emily Van Egmond, 8-Elise Kellond-Knight, 19-Katrina Gorry (14-Alanna Kennedy, 81); 11-Lisa De Vanna (capt.), 23-Michelle Heyman (17-Kyah Simon, 69), 20-Samantha Kerr
Subs not used: 1-Lydia Williams, 2-Larissa Crummer, 4-Clare Polkinghorne, 12-Leena Khamis, 13-Tameka Butt, 15-Teresa Polias, 16-Hayley Raso, 21-Mackenzie Arnold, 22-Nicola Bolger
Head coach: Alen Stajcic
 

Stats Summary: USA / AUS
Shots: 11 / 9
Shots on Goal: 6 / 6
Saves: 5 / 3
Corner Kicks: 0 / 3
Fouls: 15 / 14
Offside: 1 / 1  

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Lauren Holiday (caution)                     56th minute
USA – Rapinoe (caution)                                64 

Officials:
Referee: Claudia Umpierrez (URU)
Assistant Referee 1: Luciana Mascarana (URU)
Assistant Referee 2: Loreto Toloza (CHI)
Fourth Official: Gladys Lengwe (ZAM) 

Budweiser Woman of the Match: Megan Rapinoe

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Pinoe's Biggest Fan

There are no pictures of his family. “When you look at your pictures, it hurts,” he says. "If you’ve got ‘em up on the wall, you’d look at them all day, and you don’t want to hurt all day long.”

But the soccer games; that’s something different, that’s a distraction. His sister is Megan Rapinoe, left mid for the U.S. National Team, and everybody in prison – the deputies, the inmates, the doctor – knows it. Megan, known as “Pinoe,” has platinum blonde hair; Brian has a mohawk. Megan has two discreet tattoos - “nature ran her course” on her inner bicep, and an Arabic script that translates to “trust yourself” on her wrist. Brian’s tattoos creep up his neck, behind his ears, down his arms, chest and back. Hairstyle and body décor aside, they look identical. “Sometimes I look in the mirror and see him,” says Rapinoe. Their eyes, nose, smile, and charisma are the same.

They grew up together in a giant familial clan in rural California – six siblings and dozens of cousins traipsing through the countryside. Megan and her twin sister Rachael were the youngest. Brian was the next up in age, five years older.

“He’s funny and charming and lovable, the kind of guy everybody wanted to be around,” says Rapinoe. The twins followed him everywhere, running after the chickens, tramping through the woods, riding bikes across the fields. Brian’s the one who taught them how to fish for crawfish in the creek, luring the small crustaceans into a bucket via bacon and chunks of hot dog.

He’s also the one who got them into soccer. He played first, and their mother Denise coached his team. “She didn’t know squat about soccer, still doesn’t,” laughs Brian on a phone call from the Vista Detention Facility. “The only thing my mom knows about soccer is how to paint soccer balls on her fingernails.” But she went out there and tried anyway. And Megan and Rachael were the three-year-olds along the sideline always chasing after the ball. The family lived across the street from a church with a big soccer field, and everyday Brian would take them over there - the nine-year-old showing the four-year-olds how it was done.

While Rachael was shy, Megan was more like Brian: she liked to crack jokes, she didn’t mind being center stage. “I idolized him,” says Rapinoe. “I wanted to do whatever he did.” If he got a bowl cut, she got a bowl cut. If he walked around shirtless, Megan walked around shirtless. He loved to play; she loved to play. He wore jersey No. 7; she wore jersey No. 7. He played on the left wing; she played on the left wing.

“Megan and Rachael followed me in some ways,” says Brian. “But I’m really glad they didn’t in others.”

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WNT Jun 14, 2015

Lloyd's Veteran Perspective

The United States Women’s National Team earned a 3-1 victory in its opening match of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup. A partisan crowd was on hand in Winnipeg, with 31,148 fans mostly supporting the #USWNT.

Midfielder Carli Lloyd is in the midst of her third World Cup cycle and understands just how influential fan support can be when playing in a tournament of this magnitude. “I remember in previous games at the beginning of my career when we weren’t really getting a lot of fans at our games, but there’s just something in the air now,” said Lloyd. “To have that many fans at a game inspires you. It’s like our 12th man out there and it really helps us on the field. “

And the implications are larger than a single attendance statistic. The USWNT sold out all three Send-Off Series matches last month averaging over 23,000 fans per game. Prior to the 2011 World Cup, there was a single send-off match that only drew 5,852 supporters.

Carli Lloyd

“It was an amazing crowd. I remember walking out [on Monday] and just looking around,” said the veteran midfielder. “It’s just great to see for women’ s soccer in general.”

Fans back home are getting onboard too: the USA’s first match of the group stage drew more than 3 million viewers on FOX Sports 1, a group match record.

Many of those will undoubtedly be tuning in as the USA takes on Sweden Friday night at 8 p.m. ET on FOX and NBC Universo! Will you be watching?

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WNT Jun 11, 2015

Five #USWNT Players Made World Cup Debut on Monday

The #USWNT defeated Australia 3-1 in their opening match of the FIFA Women’s World Cup on Monday, with five players making their World Cup debut for the USA.

Julie Johnston, Meghan Klingenberg, Sydney Leroux and Christen Press all started the match with Johnston and Klingenberg going the full 90 minutes. Morgan Brian, the youngest player on the roster at age 22, replaced Megan Rapinoe in the second half.

Read bios of players who made their debut: BRIAN | JOHNSTON | KLINGENBERG | LEROUX | PRESS

Press, an alternate at the 2012 Olympics, became the eighth U.S. player to score a goal in her first World Cup match. “I was so excited to start the World Cup. We’ve been waiting for so long,” Press said. “Stepping out on the pitch, coming through the tunnel, there were so many emotions going through my body. It was awesome; it was an awesome experience!”

Christen Press

A victory against Sweden on Friday will secure the #USWNT a spot in the knockout round of the tournament. 

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WNT Jun 10, 2015

Fans In Stadium and Back Home Support #USWNT during #USAvAUS

The United States Women’s National Team opened its 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup campaign on Monday with a 3-1 victory over Australia. The result, highlighted by a Megan Rapinoe double and stellar performance from goalkeeper Hope Solo, has the United States sitting atop the Group D standings. 

The match averaged 3.31 million TV viewers on Fox Sports 1, more than three times the audience for the 2011 Women’s World Cup opener (via SportsTVRatings) and 31,148 fans attended Winnipeg Stadium to watch in-person. Many of those supporters were reppin’ the Stars and Stripes and took to social media to show their encouragement for the WNT. 

Take a look below at some of our favorite fan tweets and mentions from other professional sports teams, athletes and celebrities:

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WNT Jun 9, 2015

Video: Highlights from USWNT's 3-1 Victory Over Australia

Video highlights from the USWNT's 3-1 win over Australia in the team's first Group D match at the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup at Winnipeg Stadium. Megan Rapinoe bagged a brace- the first two-goal performance by a WNT player since Abby Wambach notched two against Colombia in 2007 - while Christen Press scored her first career World Cup goal, and Hope Solo contributed an immense performance to keep Australia at bay.  

Up next for the USA is Sweden, which tied Nigeria 3-3 on Monday in Group D's other opening match. The match will kickoff on Friday at 8 p.m. ET at Winnipeg Stadium and can be seen on FOX and NBC Universo.  Fans can also follow the #USWNT throughout the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup on Facebook, Twitter @ussoccer_wnt, @ussoccer_esp, Instagram @ussoccer_wnt, and Snapchat.

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WNT Jun 9, 2015

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