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U.S WOMEN’S SOCCER QUALIFYING NEWS…WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM QUALIFIES FOR 2011 WORLD CUP

U.S WOMEN’S SOCCER QUALIFYING NEWS…WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM QUALIFIES FOR 2011 WORLD CUP

WINNING  GOAL:  USA – Amy Rodriguez (Megan Rapinoe)      40th minute

CHICAGO (Nov. 27, 2010) — The U.S. Women’s National Team qualified for the 2010 FIFA Women’s World Cup this afternoon after a 1-0 victory against Italy at Toyota Park in Bridgeview Ill. Amy Rodriguez scored the game’s only goal in the 40th minute to provide the victory. The U.S. secured passage to this summer’s tournament by virtue of a 2-0 aggregate score after winning the first leg 1-0 in Padova, Italy, on Nov. 20.


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SHOWDOWN IN CHI-TOWN

U.S. WNT Takes on Italy in Decisive Second Leg of FIFA Women’s World Cup Qualifying Playoff

The U.S. Women’s National Team faces Italy today at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Ill., in the crucial second leg of the two-game series that will determine the final berth to the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup. U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Italy Bridgeview, Ill. 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup Playoff

 

 

 

IN THE IMAGE: Head coach Pia Sundhage will lead the U.S. WNT into their crucial match against the Italians at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Ill., on Nov. 20 at 1 p.m. CT. (courtesy of ussoccer.com)

 

 

 

U.S. WOMEN HEAD INTO SECOND LEG AGAINST ITALY WITH 1-0 LEAD: The U.S. Women’s National Team faces Italy today at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Ill., in the crucial second leg of the two-game series that will determine the final berth to the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Fans can watch the historic match live on ESPN3.com at 1 p.m. CT or follow along on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker. The weather has been quite cold in Chicago during this week of training, but the forecast is for a relatively mild 40 degrees and sunny on Saturday. The USA has been training once a day since arriving last Sunday from Italy. HOW TO GET TO GERMANY: The two-leg series will be determined on total goals, which means after earning a dramatic 1-0 victory in Padova, Italy, on Nov. 20 with a 94th minute goal from Alex Morgan, the U.S. needs a win or a draw in this match to make the World Cup. A 1-0 victory for Italy would send the match into two 15-minute overtimes followed by penalty kicks, if necessary. A victory by Italy in which it scores more than one goal would send the Italians to Germany.

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Goal in Waning Seconds Gives USA 1-0 Away Win Against Italy

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IN THE IMAGE: Lauren Cheney, Megan Rapinoe and Shannon Boxx celebrate Alex Morgan's (center) stoppage time winner against Italy.

An Alex Morgan goal in the waning seconds of stoppage time lifted the U.S. Women’s National Team to a 1-0 win against Italy in the first game of a two-leg playoff series for the final berth to the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

  • USA’s Youngest Player Comes off Bench to Score Off Abby Wambach Assist in 94th Minute
  • Barnhart Makes Three Saves to Earn Shutout
  • USA and Italy Will Meet Again on Nov. 27 at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Ill. at 1 p.m. CT on ESPN3.com

PADOVA, Italy (Nov. 20, 2010) – The U.S. Women’s National Team defeated Italy 1-0 in the first match of a two-leg series that will determine the final participant in the 16-team 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup. U.S. forward Alex Morgan, the youngest player on the roster at 21-years-old, entered the match in the 86th minute and tallied about halfway through the fourth minute of stoppage time. The Americans had attacked with vengeance during the final 25 minutes of the game and finally broke through after Carli Lloyd sent a long pass at the Italian restraining line. Abby Wambach jumped to flick the ball on with her head and right into the path of the speedy Morgan. She raced past a defender into the right side of the penalty box, cut toward goal and smacked a sharp shot past Italian goalkeeper Anna Picarelli from six yards out. With the victory and the all-important away goal, which counts as double should the two teams be tied on total goals at the end of the two matches, the USA heads back to Chicago with a leg up on advancing to Germany next summer. A victory by the U.S. or tie of any sort would earn the Americans that final berth to Germany. A 1-0 victory for Italy would force two 15-minute overtime periods, followed by penalty kicks if necessary, or a any victory for Italy in which it scores two or more goals would send the Italians to Germany without overtime. U.S. Forward Abby Wambach On Alex Morgan’s goal: “One of the top-five biggest goals in this team’s history I think. Not that I’ve been a part of all of them, but I’ve been involved in a few big goals and for a 21-year-old to come on the field and make that kind of difference to give us the edge to potentially qualify for the World Cup … that’s huge. You can’t put a word or an emotion to it. It’s just the biggest goal of her career.” On pounding away at the end of the game, but not being able to get a goal: “There are moments where it could have felt frustrating because we were getting chances and the ball just wasn’t going into the net. Balls on the line, off the posts, headers off the line, credit to their defense and goalkeeper, they did a really good job. But this team has the kind of fight when the game goes into the waning minutes it’s almost as if something clicks.” On the return leg at Toyota Park outside of Chicago: “Obviously, we want to go there and perform well. It’s always going to be another opportunity to get better as a team, but to have that one-goal advantage is big. We have so much confidence in ourselves and our defense, but when we are on our home soil, we like to do our best and give our fans something to cheer about.” On the match: “I’m proud of us for fighting to the end tonight. It just goes to show you that it’s a 90-minute, sometimes 95-minute soccer game.” U.S. Head Coach Pia Sundhage On the intensity of the match: “You could see that this was a game that mattered. When we scored the goal, you could see a lot of people jumping off the bench and that tells you that this was very important. Both teams tried to score goals. It was intense and it was good.” On young Alex Morgan coming off the bench to score the winning goal: “She’s come off the bench a couple times and done well. That last thing I told her (before she went into the match) was ‘go to goal.’ She had just a couple of minutes, but she’s good at that. She doesn’t think too much, she just goes, which is good.” click here to read more…

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