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U.S. Women’s National Team Faces Guatemala on Sunday in CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying

The U.S. Women’s National Team leads Group B of Olympic Qualifying as the team prepares for Guatemala on Sunday.

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Heather O'Reilly

IN THE IMAGE: Heather O’Reilly is coming off her first international hat trick Friday against the Dominican Republic.

The U.S. Women’s National Team resumes Group B play in the 2012 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament when it faces Guatemala on Sunday, Jan. 22 (4:30 p.m. PT/7:30 p.m. ET). This will be only the second matchup between the two sides as the USA defeated Guatemala 9-0 on Oct. 30, 2010, in the CONCACAF Women’s World Cup Qualifying Tournament. The USA opened the qualifying with a record-setting 14-0 win against the Dominican Republic on Friday, Jan. 20. All the U.S. group matches can be seen live on Universal Sports Network. The USA is hoping to play five matches in 10 days throughout the 2012 Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament that runs from Jan. 19-29, and fans can also follow the games via ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker, on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt and via online video at UniversalSports.com and CONCACAF.com.

All the matches in the 2012 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying tournament are being held at BC Place, the first time this competition has staged indoors. The tournament will send its top two finishers to the 2012 Summer Olympics. The competition will feature two groups of four teams each, with the top two finishers in each group “crossing-over” for the all-important semifinals on Friday, Jan. 27. The winners of those semifinal matches will earn the region’s two berths to London. The USA was drawn into Group B and opened the tournament with a program-record of 14 goals in a game during its rout of a young Dominic Republic side in the teams’ first-ever meeting on Friday, Jan. 20. The USA faces Guatemala on Sunday, Jan. 22 (4:30 p.m. PT/7:30 ET) and finishes group play against Mexico on Tuesday, Jan. 24 (7:30 p.m. PT/10:30 ET). The championship game will be played on Sunday, Jan. 29. Host Canada heads Group A, which also features Costa Rica, Cuba and Haiti. Individual event tickets are on sale through Ticketmaster.

U.S. WNT Schedule – 2012 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying

Group B

* U.S. WNT needs to finish in the top two in Group B to advance to the semifinals

Group B Standings

Top two teams advance to semifinals

ON USSOCCER.COM: Read about the USA’s dominant 14-0 win over the Dominican Republic and watch the players’ post-game remarks.

U.S., CANADA LEADING GROUP STAGE: The USA opened Group B play with a commanding 14-0 win against the Dominican Republic on Friday. With a plus-9 goal differential, the U.S. holds the group lead over Mexico, which defeated Guatemala 5-0 on Friday. Mexico and the U.S. already are in a strong position to advance to next Friday’s semifinal stage of the Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament. Canada holds the lead in Group A after defeating Haiti 6-0 on Thursday as star Christine Sinclair scored four goals with one assist. The Canadians have a plus-4 goal differential advantage over Costa Rica, which earned a 2-0 win against Cuba on Thursday.


GOALKEEPERS (2): Nicole Barnhart (out of contract), Hope Solo (out of contract)

DEFENDERS (7): Rachel Buehler (Atlanta Beat), Ali Krieger (FFC Frankfurt), Amy LePeilbet (Atlanta Beat), Heather Mitts (out of contract), Kelley O’Hara (Atlanta Beat), Christie Rampone (out of contract), Becky Sauerbrunn (Sky Blue FC)

MIDFIELDERS (7): Shannon Boxx (out of contract), Tobin Heath (out of contract), Lori Lindsey (Western NY Flash), Carli Lloyd (Atlanta Beat), Heather O’Reilly (Boston Breakers), Megan Rapinoe (out of contract), Amy Rodriguez (out of contract)

FORWARDS (4): Lauren Cheney (out of contract), Sydney Leroux (Atlanta Beat), Alex Morgan (Western New York Flash), Abby Wambach (out of contract)


  • The U.S. Women’s National Team improved to 21-3-4 all-time in the first game of a calendar year dating back to the first-ever game in 1985 following Friday’s 14-0 win against the Dominican Republic.
  • There are seven players on the roster with 100 or more caps, led by Christie Rampone’s 245, good for fourth all-time in U.S. history.
  • After Abby Wambach (127), the U.S. player on this roster who has the most career goals is Heather O’Reilly with 33. Carli Lloyd has 29.
  • O’Reilly’s hat trick against the Dominicans pushed her past Lindsay Tarpley into 12th place on the all-time U.S. goal scoring list.


  • Abby Wambach is the most successful American woman in Olympic qualifying history with 10 total goals. Her five from 2004 was the most for a single tournament until it was tied by Amy Rodriguez against the Dominicans. She is also the only player on the roster to score in all three Olympic qualifying tournaments in 2004, 2008 and 2012.
  • The USA has never lost an Olympic qualifying match (9-0-1). The tie was in the championship game of the 2008 tournament that ended 1-1 through regulation and overtime before the USA prevailed over Canada in penalty kicks.
  • The USA is 80-2-5 all-time when Wambach scores a goal. The most recent of those two losses came in the Women’s World Cup against Sweden.
  • Heather O’Reilly’s career has 33 goals and 33 career assists, making her one of just ten 30-30 players in U.S. history. The others? Julie Foudy, Carin Gabarra, Shannon MacMillan, Cindy Parlow, Michelle Akers, Tiffeny Milbrett, Abby Wambach, Kristine Lilly and Mia Hamm.


  • 1: World ranking of the U.S. Women’s National Team
  • 5: Number of goals scored in a game by Amy Rodriguez (Jan. 20, 2012), Abby Wambach (Oct. 23, 2004), Tiffeny Milbrett (Nov. 2, 2002), Michelle Akers (Nov. 24, 1991) and Brandi Chastain (April 18, 1991)
  • 7: Number of players who tallied a goal against the Dominican Republic on Friday
  • 25: Number of shots on goal by the USA on Friday
  • 30: Number of minutes between Amy Rodriguez’s first and fifth goals on Friday
  • 37: Number of seconds needed for Wambach to score against the Dominican Republic on Friday for the quickest goal in U.S. WNT history, besting Heather O’Reilly’s 40 seconds against New Zealand in the 2008 Olympics
  • 49: Number of shots by the USA on Friday against the Dominican Republic
  • 55: The current unbeaten streak for the USA in domestic matches in which they are 49-0-6.
  • 100.1: Number of minutes that Wambach averages a goal
  • 127: Career goals by Wambach, putting her third on the USA’s all-time list at age 30 and fourth all-time in world history – she is three goals behind Kristine Lilly (130)
  • 130: Number of minutes that Mia Hamm averaged between goal
  • 194: Players who have earned a cap for the U.S. Women’s National Team since the program’s inception in 1985, the most recent being Whitney Engen, who earned her first cap against Norway at the Algarve Cup on March 4
  • 199: Number of goals scored during head coach Pia Sundhage’s 83 games as U.S. WNT head coach


  • Sunday marks the second matchup between the USA and Guatemala. The U.S. blanked Guatemala 9-0 on Oct. 30, 2010, at Estadio Quintana Roo in Cancun, Mexico. With the win, the USA advanced to the semifinals of the CONCACAF Women’s World Cup Qualifying Tournament.
  • Amy Rodriguez, who is coming off her second hat trick with a five-goal effort against the Dominican Republic on Friday, earned her first career hat trick in that 9-0 win against Guatemala in 2010.
  • Abby Wambach and Megan Rapinoe each had two goals in the first meeting against Guatemala, while Carli Lloyd contributed three assists and a penalty-kick goal.

KRIEGER TEARS MCL, ACL: U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team defender Ali Krieger sustained tears to the Medial Collateral and Anterior Cruciate ligaments in her right knee late in the first half of the USA’s victory against the Dominican Republic on Friday, Jan. 20, in the USA’s first game of the 2012 CONCACAF Olympic Women’s Qualifying Tournament. An MRI on the morning of Jan. 21 confirmed the injuries. Krieger, who fell victim to a reckless tackle, will be sidelined for 6-8 months and will almost certainly miss the London Olympic Games should the USA qualify. A date for Krieger’s surgery has not been set.

LEROUX RETURNS HOME: In a twist of fate more apt for the Hollywood screen, U.S. forward Sydney Leroux returns to her hometown – a hometown in Canada – to represent the USA in CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying. The 21-year-old Leroux made a qualifying roster for the first time at the senior level after excellent performances at training camps in December and early January. Though Leroux did not enter the U.S. lineup during Friday’s opening 14-0 win against the Dominican Republic, she looks to contribute for the USA in her hometown with the hopes of earning a berth to London. Born in Canada to a Canadian mother and an American father, Leroux played for Canada as a 14-year-old in the 2004 FIFA U-19 Women’s World Cup before coming to the United States for high school and to pursue her dream of earning a college scholarship and playing for the United States. Leroux switched international affiliations in 2008 and played in two FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cups for the USA, scoring 10 goals over those two tournaments to become the all-time leading scorer for the USA at the U-20 level and in U-20 Women’s World Cups. She won the Golden Ball and Golden Boot in 2008 in Chile as the best player and top scorer at the tournament. She has just one cap for the full U.S. National Team, earned against Sweden in January of 2011 at the Four Nations Tournament in China. Leroux was taken first in the WPS Draft on Jan. 13 by the Atlanta Beat.

LONDON CALLING: The U.S. is attempting to qualify for a fifth consecutive Olympic Games and finish in first place at CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying for the third consecutive time . In 2008, the USA won the Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Mexico and went on to win the gold medal in Beijing. In 2004, the U.S. won the Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Costa Rica and went on to win gold in Athens, Greece. The U.S. qualified for the 1996 Atlanta Games as host and for the 2000 Sydney Games as a top-seven finisher at the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup. The USA was the lone CONCACAF representative at the 1996 and 2000 Olympic Games, the first two that featured women’s soccer. Mexico qualified along with the USA for the 2004 Olympics in Athens, while the Canadians claimed the second spot behind the U.S. in 2008 in Beijing.

NINE IN, THREE TO GO: Nine teams have already qualified for the 12-team Olympic Football Tournament: host Great Britain; Japan and North Korea from Asia; Cameroon and South Africa from Africa; Brazil and Colombia from South America; and Sweden and France from Europe. New Zealand will likely earn Oceania’s lone berth, which leaves just the CONCACAF entrants to be decided.

PIA SUNDHAGE FACT FILE: Head coach Pia Sundhage is in the midst of her fourth full year in charge of the U.S. Women’s National Team. Below are some of her accomplishments as a player and coach.

  • Sundhage is the sixth official coach and second female coach in the history of the U.S. Women’s National Team program.
  • Sundhage’s record as head coach of the Women’s National Team is 69-5-9, with 199 goals for and 43 against.
  • As a player, Sundhage was one of the game’s best-ever players, finishing sixth in the voting for FIFA Women’s Player of the Century. A legendary player in Sweden, she played for her country in the 1991 and 1995 Women’s World Cups and 1996 Olympics. She scored four goals for Sweden at the 1991 Women’s World Cup, helping the Swedes to a third-place finish. She scored one goal in the 1995 Women’s World Cup (against Germany) and played every minute of all three matches at the Atlanta Olympics.
  • Sundhage started her coaching career while still playing, serving as player-coach for Hammarby from 1992-1994. She also coached Sweden’s Youth National Teams for 11 years from 1990-2001, coaching the U-16s, the U-19s and U-21s.
  • After her retirement from the international game in 1996, she became head coach of the Sweden Under-19 Women’s National Team, leading the team to one gold medal and two bronze medals at the European Championships. She served as a scout for Sweden during the 1997 European Championships, the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup, the 2003 FIFA Women’s World Cup and the 2000 Olympics. Sundhage has also worked for FIFA on its Technical Study Group staff for the 2004 FIFA U-19 Women’s World Championship in Thailand.
  • Since taking over as head coach, Sundhage has given 18 players their first senior team caps.


Federacion Nacional de Futbol de Guatemala / National Football Federation of Guatemala

Founded: 1919 (Joined FIFA in 1946)

Head Coach: Raul Calderon Arredondo

Best FIFA World Cup Finish: Never qualified

Best CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying finish: First appearance


  • Guatemala advanced to the Women’s Olympic Qualifying finals by finishing second in Central American qualifying with a 3-1-0 record and an 11-7 scoring differential.
  • This is Guatemala’s first appearance in the WOQ finals.
  • Guatemala’s all-time WOQ record is 4-1-1 with a 30-8 scoring advantage over its opponents in those six matches.
  • Guatemala’s largest WOQ victory was an 18-0 win against Belize on Nov. 19, 2003. Idania Perez led the team in scoring during Central American qualifying with four goals. Teammate Ana Martinez added three goals.
  • Until losing to Mexico 5-0 in the first game of this year’s tournament, Guatemala had conceded one goal or less in five of its six all-time WOQ games.


GOALKEEPERS (2): 1-Maricruz Lemus (Jutiapaneks), 12-Mariandre Rodas (Profut)

DEFENDERS (7): 2-Jeymi Hernandez (MuniGuate), 3-Marilyn Rivera (Unifut), 4-Shannon Brooks (Cerritos), 5-Londy Barrios (Unifut), 14-Coralia Monterroso (Unifut), 15-Kimberly De Leon (Champions), 20-Katherine Ramos (Unifut)

MIDFIELDERS (7): 6-Amarilis Lohaiza (Profut), 9-Cinthya Lopez (Unifut), 10-Gladys Suriano (Champions), 11-Rocio Sosa (Unifut), 16-Alejandra De Leon (Profut), 17-Ana Lucia Martinez (Unifut), 19-Andrea Tobar (Chinautla)

FORWARDS (4): 7-Wendy Pineda (Champions), 8-Maria Monterroso (Unifut), 13-Maria Pelayes (Profut), 18-Idania Perez (Jutiapaneks)

EXTRA TIME IN VANCOUVER: Studio 90 Extra Time is covering the WNT in Vancouver as the team looks to qualify for the 2012 Olympics in London. ussoccer.com’s popular video series gives a unique look at the team with interviews and off-the-field fun. Extra Time has already put up seven segments while in Canada, including a memorable snowball-throwing contest between Shannon Boxx and Christie Rampone as well as the debut of a game show called “Who Knows Megan Best?” Be sure to watch Studio 90 Extra Time throughout the tournament in Vancouver and follow @studio_90 on twitter.

Studio 90 Extra Time in Vancouver

Abby Wambach: Pt. 1 – Interview | Pt. 2 – Childhood Memories

Shannon Boxx: Pt. 1 – Interview | Pt. 2 – Snowball Throwing Contest

Lori Lindsey Megan Rapinoe:Pt. 1 – Interview | Pt. 2 – Who Knows Megan Best?

Christie Rampone: Pt. 1 – Interview

BEHIND THE CREST IS BACK: ussoccer.com’s one-of-a-kind look at the U.S. National Teams has returned in 2012. After debuting last summer during the Men’s National Team’s run through the CONCACAF Gold Cup and the Women’s World Cup in Germany, “Behind the Crest” is back to follow the WNT through their qualifying tournament in Canada. The first episode goes behind the scenes of the team’s preparations for the first game against the Dominican Republic, with the players eager to begin 2012 on the right foot with the goal of making it to London.

Behind the Crest: WNT in Vancouver

Ep. 1: Ready to Compete

Ep. 2 (airs Jan. 24)

Ep. 3 (airs Jan. 27)


On the field for USA:

Jan. 20, 2012 – BC Place Stadium – Vancouver, Canada – CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying

U.S. 14, Dominican Republic 0


USA 14: Abby Wambach, 1; Carli Lloyd, 5; Rachel Buehler, 7; Heather O’Reilly, 17; Wambach, 19; Tobin Heath, 30; O’Reilly, 31; Amy Rodriguez, 46; Rodriguez, 48; Rodriguez, 58; Lauren Cheney, 64; Rodriguez, 69; Rodriguez, 75; O’Reilly, 78


USA: 1-Hope Solo; 11-Ali Krieger (2-Heather Mitts, 43), 19-Rachel Buehler, 3-Christie Rampone (capt.), 6-Amy LePeilbet; 9-Heather O’Reilly, 10-Carli Lloyd, 7-Shannon Boxx, 12-Lauren Cheney, 17-Tobin Heath (8-Amy Rodriguez, 46); 20-Abby Wambach (13-Alex Morgan, 46)
Subs not used: 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 5-Kelley O’Hara, 14-Sydney Leroux, 15-Megan Rapinoe, 16-Lori Lindsey, 18-Nicole Barnhart
Head coach: Pia Sundhage

DOM: 12-Heidy Salazar (capt.); 5-Ana Odaliza Diaz, 6-Yesenia Sencion De Maria Lopez (18-Oliva Santana, 51), 2-Carmen Miguelina Polanco, 4-Lissi Maria Sanchez, 3-Denny Vargas; 20-Ana Brenda Frias, 13-Leonela Mojica, 15-Jocelyn Raquel Rodriguez (16-Katherine Rodriguez, 88); 10-Yaqueisi Alexandra Nuñez, 11-Betzaida Ubri Mateo
Subs not used: 1-Isairis Isabel Minaya, 7-Loida Michel De Jesus, 8-Diana Elizabeth Santana, 9-Anajaira Maciel Caudio, 14-Amanda Rodriguez, 19-Gabriela Peña
Not eligible: 17-Johanna Santelis
Head coach: Rufino Sotolongo

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