Join Now  | 
Home About Contact Us Privacy & Security Advertise
Soccer America Daily Soccer World Daily Special Edition Around The Net Soccer Business Insider College Soccer Reporter Youth Soccer Reporter Soccer on TV Soccer America Classifieds Game Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalk Soccer America Confidential Youth Soccer Insider World Cup Watch
RSS Feeds Archives Manage Subscriptions Subscribe
Order Current Issue Subscribe Manage My Subscription Renew My Subscription Gift Subscription
My Account Join Now
Tournament Calendar Camps & Academies Soccer Glossary Classifieds
Press golazo punctuates comfortable victory
by Paul Kennedy, August 21st, 2014 12:32AM
Subscribe to Soccer America Daily

MOST READ
TAGS:  switzerland, women's national team

MOST COMMENTED

[USA-SWITZERLAND] A side volley from 25 yards by Christen Press in the 77th minute highlighted the USA's 4-1 win over Switzerland in their first-ever women's friendly in front of a sold-out crowd of 9,992 at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, North Carolina. Megan Rapinoe gave the USA the lead in the first half, and Carli Lloyd and Abby Wambach added goals in the second half from the penalty spot.

Switzerland, which has already qualified for the 2015 Women's World Cup, scored on Ana-Maria Crnogorcevic's penalty kick in the 70th minute. The goal spoiled keeper Hope Solo's first attempt at setting a new U.S. shutout record. She is currently tied with Briana Scurry with 71 shutouts.

Goalkeeper Gaelle Thalmann, one of 11 German-based players in the Switzerland, made seven first-half saves to keep the game close after Rapinoe gave the USA the lead in the 3rd minute when she shot from 22 yards deflected off Switzerland's Rahel Kiwic inside the right side of the frame.

Handballs led to the awarding of goals by Lloyd and Crnogorcevic from the penalty spot in the 56th and 70th minutes, respectively. The only goal from the run of play in the second half came in the 77th minute when Press took a short clearance, chested the ball down and fired a right-footed side volley that ricocheted off the crossbar and over line. Wambach closed out the scoring in the 87th minute when she converted a penalty kick she created on her own for her 168th goal.

Wambach had come on after halftime for Sydney Leroux, one of eight starters who will be playing in the NWSL playoffs this weekend.

After the NWSL playoffs end, the USA will be back action for two matches against Mexico on Sept. 13 at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah, and  Sept. 18 at Sahlen's Stadium in Rochester, New York.



Aug. 20 in Cary, North Carolina
USA 4 Switzerland  1. Goal: Rapinoe 3, Lloyd pen. 56, Press 77, Wambach pen. 87; Crnogorcevic pen. 71.
USA -- Solo; Krieger (Klingenberg, 46), Sauerbrunn (Johnston, 46), Rampone, Dunn; Lloyd, Holiday (Long, 85), Rapinoe (Brian, 78); Leroux (Wambach, 46), Morgan (O'Reilly, 66), Press.
Switzerland -- Thalmann (Michel, 46); Maritz, Kiwic (Maendly, 82), Abbe, Moser (Bernauerk, 68), Waelti, Humm (Remund, 68), Buerki (Kuster, 56); Bachmann, Dickenmann, Crnogorcevic (Aigbogun, 74).
Referee: Katja Koroleva (USA).
Att.: 9,992.


No comments yet.

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




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
Video Pick: Lewy volleys twice for Bayern    
Bayern Munich is the Bundesliga "fall champion" thanks to a 2-1 comeback win over Freiburg on ...
What They're Saying: Joe Greenspan    
"Luckily, the higher ups in the Navy and the government made the decision to say we ...
Orlando City: Kaka has no plans of leaving    
Kaka says offseason reports out of Brazil that he'll leave Orlando City at the end of ...
Canada: Ten MLS players named for Bermuda friendly    
Toronto FC teammates Jonathan Osorio and Tosiant Ricketts lead a Canada squad that includes younger players ...
MLS Expansion: Tuesday is key day for stadium projects    
MLS expansion bidders are rushing to garner support for their stadium plans before the league's Jan. ...
MLS Business: MNUFC hits Target with jersey sponsor    
That famous bulls-eye known to shoppers around the country will be prominently displayed on an MLS ...
What They're Saying: Arsene Wenger    
"Offside is what makes the team be together. It's a big quality of a team sport. ...
MLS Moves: Galaxy uses TAM again on Joao Pedro    
In the space of just a few days, the Galaxy has completely revamped its midfield. After ...
Datebook: MLS preseason schedules    
MLS players will begin returning to their clubs as soon as Saturday. For the day-by-day preseason ...
Video Pick: Coaches make fools of themselves    
Honduras coach Jorge Luis Pinto and his Panama counterpart Bolillo Gomez fail the role-model test when ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives