Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
U.S. women put streak on line against Japan
by Paul Kennedy, March 4th, 2014 5:12PM

MOST READ
TAGS:  japan, women's national team, women's world cup

MOST COMMENTED

[ALGARVE CUP] The USA opens play at the Algarve Cup in Portugal Wednesday against Japan at Belavista Municipal Stadium in Parchal (kickoff: 7:45 a.m. ET). The match is the first between the two teams since their meeting in the 2012 Olympic gold-medal game, but it has even greater significance as it is two years to the day since Japan handed the USA its last defeat, at the Algarve Cup.

The USA heads into the annual event with a 3-0-0 record in 2014, a 16-0-3 record since Tom Sermanni took charge in 2013 and a 36-0-6 record since the defeat to Japan in 2012. The 42-game unbeaten streak puts the USA within nine games of tying the U.S. record unbeaten streak of 51 games (43-0-8), set in 2004-07.

The USA comes into the tournament with close to a full-strength roster. The notable absentee is Alex Morgan, who is still recovering from an ankle injury.



U.S. Roster:
GOALKEEPERS (3): 21-Jill Loyden (Sky Blue FC), 18-Alyssa Naeher (Boston Breakers), 1-Hope Solo (Seattle Reign FC)
DEFENDERS (9): 14-Stephanie Cox (Seattle Reign FC), 6-Whitney Engen (Tyresö), 25-Meghan Klingenberg (Tyresö), 11-Ali Krieger (Washington Spirit), 19-Kristie Mewis (Boston Breakers), 5-Kelley O’Hara (Sky Blue FC), 3-Christie Rampone (Sky Blue FC), 4-Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City), 16-Rachel Van Hollebeke (Portland Thorns FC)
MIDFIELDERS (7): 7-Morgan Brian (Virginia), 17-Tobin Heath (Paris Saint-Germain), 22-Sarah Killion (UCLA), 10-Carli Lloyd (WNY Flash), 12-Samantha Mewis (UCLA), 9-Heather O’Reilly (Boston Breakers), 15-Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign FC)
FORWARDS (5): 13-Sarah Hagen (Bayern Munich), 2-Sydney Leroux (Seattle Reign FC), 23-Christen Press (Tyresö), 8-Amy Rodriguez (FC Kansas City), 20-Abby Wambach (WNY Flash)

JAPAN. Japan will be led by Homare Sawa, the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year and a former WUSA and WPS player. Sawa and the other 10 starters from the 2012 Olympic gold-medal game are in Portugal.

The 10 players on Japan’s roster based abroad include two who will play in the NWSL for the first time: Aya Sameshima (Houston Dash) and Nahomi Kawasumi (Seattle Reign FC). Japan also has four players based in Germany, three in England and one in France.

Japan is prepping for the 2014 AFC Women's Cup that serves as qualifying for the 2015 Women's World Cup in Canada. The tournament will take place in May in Vietnam, where Japan is grouped with Australia, Jordan and the host country in the first round.

The top five teams will qualify for Canada 2015, so Japan is all but a shoo-in to return for its title defense. (North Korea, the fifth of the big five of Asian soccer, is banned from taking part in the 2015 Women's World Cup.)

Japan Roster:
GOALKEEPERS (3): 1-Miho Fukumoto (Okayama Yunogo Belle), 18-Ayumi Kaihori (INAC Kobe Leonessa), 21-Erina Yamane (JEF United Ichihara Chiba Ladies)
DEFENDERS (7): 2-Yukari Kinga (Arsenal Ladies/ENG), 3-Azusa Iwashimizu (NTV Beleza), 4-Saki Kumagai (FFC Frankfurt/GER), 5-Aya Sameshima (Houston Dash), 12-Megumi Kamionobe (Albirex Niigata Ladies), 19-Saori Ariyoshi (NTV Beleza), 20-Kana Kitahara (Albirex Niigata Ladies)
MIDFIELDERS (9): 6-Mizuho Sakaguchi (NTV Beleza), 7-Kozue Ando (FFC Frankfurt/GER), 8-Aya Miyama (Okayama Yunogo Belle), 9-Nahomi Kawasumi (Seattle Reign FC), 10-Homare Sawa (INAC Kobe Leonessa), 13-Rumi Utsugi (Montpellier/FRA), 14-Asuna Tanaka (FFC Frankfurt/GER), 22-Nanase Kiryu (NTV Beleza), 23-Emi Nakajima (INAC Kobe Leonessa)
FORWARDS (4): 11-Shinobu Ohno (Arsenal Ladies/ENG), 15-Megumi Takase (INAC Kobe Leonessa), 16-Mana Iwabuchi (Hoffenheim/GER), 17-Yuki Ogimi (Chelsea Ladies/ENG).


No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
What They're Saying: Greg Maas    
"I'll tell you straightaway, it was a dream come true." -- Utah Valley men's coach Greg ...
Who laughs last after transfer deadline?    
[SOCIAL MEDIA ROUNDUP] As the transfer deadline came and went, hundreds of millions changed hands, players ...
Soccer America Power Rankings    
[MLS: Week 25] FC Dallas held the top spot despite its unbeaten streak ending at 10 ...
Charlotte's playoff hopes dented with draw    
[USL PRO: Week 25] The Charlotte Eagles didn't do its playoff hopes any good as it ...
Defoe will stay at Toronto FC    
[MLS SPOTLIGHT] So much for those stories of Jermain Defoe leaving Toronto FC. Monday's transfer deadline ...
A 'no-look' finish from Brazilian in Bundesliga    
[VIDEO PICK: Golazo] Hoffenheim's Roberto Firmino had a splendid first touch to settle a chipped through ...
What They're Saying: Javier Hernandez    
"To wear this jersey is a dream come true for any player in the world. Everyone ...
HSV's Beiersdorfer: Green and Holtby are 'great players'    
[AMERICANS ABROAD] Julian Green is officially a member of German Bundesliga club Hamburg, completing the move ...
Five MLS players are called up    
[CENTRAL AMERICAN CUP] Thirteen players based in U.S. leagues -- five in MLS, six in the ...
Three big storylines to follow in Czech Republic-USA    
[CZECH REPUBLIC-USA] Jurgen Klinsmann will send out the youngest team of his tenure as U.S. national ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives