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U.S. WNT Takes on Italy in Second Leg of World Cup Qualifier at Toyota Park

November 26, 2010 - Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) - Chicago Red Stars News Release


U.S. WOMEN HEAD INTO SECOND LEG AGAINST ITALY WITH 1-0 LEAD: The U.S. Women's National Team faces Italy on Nov. 27 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.

STUDIO 90 FROM CHICAGO: It's cold and it's grey, but we've got some very nice video cameras that shoot some cool videos which keeps you in updates on the U.S. WNT via Studio 90 as the USA prepares for the second leg of the Women's World Cup qualifying series.

TICKETS IN CHICAGOLAND: Tickets for USA vs. Italy at Toyota Park start at $10 and are on sale through ussoccer.com, by phone at 1-800-745-3000, at all Ticketmaster ticket centers throughout Chicagoland (including Carson Pirie Scott and Walmart stores), and at the Toyota Park ticket office (open Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.). Groups of 15 or more can obtain a discount order form at ussoccer.com or call 312-528-1290. For those already heading to the game, please review U.S. Soccer's transportation guide for directions and parking information.

U.S. WNT QUICK HITS: * Forward Alex Morgan's goal against Italy was her fourth in just eight caps.

* The match at Toyota Park will mark the 100th career cap for U.S. midfielder Carli Lloyd. She will become the 26th player in U.S. history to reach the century club.

* U.S. captain Christie Rampone played in her 225th career game in Padova.

* The three substitutes used by Pia Sundhage in the first leg against Italy were forward Lauren Cheney, who actually entered the match at flank midfield, defender Ali Krieger and Morgan.

* Italy made just one sub in the first leg and it came in the 93rd minute as Pamela Conti replaced Marta Carissimi.

* The captains for the USA - Christie Rampone and Patrizia Panico - are teammates on Sky Blue FC of the WPS.

* This will be the 18th and final match for the USA in 2010. The U.S. women come into this game with a 14-1-2 record on the year.

* Nine of the USA's 17 matches this year have been against European teams.

* The USA has allowed two goals in a game six times in 61 matches under Pia Sundhage, but only two of those were losses. In 2008, the U.S. Women defeated Australia, 3-2 and 5-4, in consecutive games. The USA also lost to Norway 2-0 and defeated Japan 4-2 at the 2008 Olympics. This year, the USA has defeated Germany 3-2 in the Algarve Cup Final and lost to Mexico 2-1 in CONCACAF qualifying.

* Pia Sundhage brought 24 players to Italy and Chicago - the 21 who were in Mexico for CONCACAF Women's World Cup Qualifying, plus midfielders Leslie Osborne, Lindsay Tarpley and Tina DiMartino.

* The U.S. roster that suits up for the Italy match will be numbered 1-18.

* These games mark the first ever Women's World Cup playoff match for the United States, which has qualified directly to the past five Women's World Cup tournaments from the CONCACAF qualifying event.

* Abby Wambach has 11 career Women's World Cup qualifying goals, moving her past Carin Gabarra into third place on the USA's all-time WWC qualifying goal scoring list. She now sits behind only Michelle Akers (17) and Mia Hamm (12).

* Kristine Lilly's nine WWC qualifying goals ranked her fifth all-time behind Akers, Hamm, Wambach and Gabarra (10).

* Since the end of the 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup, the USA is 56-2-6.

* The USA is 73-1-2 when Abby Wambach scores a goal.

* Under Pia Sundhage, the USA has a 21-1-2 record against European teams while scoring 48 goals and allowing nine.

* The USA has allowed just 26 goals in 60 matches under Sundhage; 20 from the run of play, four from set plays and two on own goals.

* The USA's 47 goals this year have been scored by 12 different players - Abby Wambach (16), Lauren Cheney (7), Amy Rodriguez (6), Megan Rapinoe (4), Alex Morgan (4), Carli Lloyd (3), Heather O'Reilly (2), Yael Averbuch, Kristine Lilly, Shannon Boxx, and Rachel Buehler, plus an own goal by Iceland in the Algarve Cup.

* Lori Lindsey, who did not play in the first leg, leads the USA in assists in 2010 with seven. Heather O'Reilly has six while Shannon Boxx and Carli Lloyd have five each.

* The referee for the match will be Cha Sung Mi of the Korea Republic. Her assistants will be Allyson Flynn of Australia and Ho Sarah May Yee of Australia.

* The match against Italy will be broadcast in 75 countries - all of Europe and a good part of Southeast Asia. Not all broadcasts will be live.

FIRST MATCH RECAP: On a chilly night in front of 5,000 fans at Stadio Euganeo in Padova, Italy, the Americans met a stout Italian defense that defended extremely well for most of the match, but also got a bit fortunate at times, clearing three balls out of the goalmouth and seeing one shot clang off the left post towards the end of the game. The USA out-shot Italy 19-6 for the match, but the Italians did create two or three really good scoring opportunities and star forward Patrizia Panico was menacing as always. Still, the match was scoreless deep into stoppage time before Alex Morgan's heroics gave the USA a critical goal and victory on the road. Both of Italy's yellow cards came in the second half and were given after an Italian player grabbed a fist-full of jersey to stop a U.S. attack.


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