Quarterfinal-Bound USA shoots for group win

Quarterfinal-Bound USA shoots for group win
by U.S. Soccer
July 31, 2012

The U.S. Women's National Team looks to take first place in Group G when it wraps up the group stage of the 2012 London Olympics against Korea DPR at 12:15 p.m. ET on Tuesday, July 31, at Old Trafford in Manchester, England. The match will be broadcast live on the NBC Sports Network, the NBC Olympic Soccer Channel and streamed on NBC Live Extra. Fans can follow the match via ussoccer.com's MatchTracker and on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt.

WIN OR TIE TOPS THE GROUP: The USA needs either a win or a draw to clinch first place in Group G as the team carries a three-point advantage over France and Korea DPR and holds a plus-2 goal differential on its nearest competitor France. The U.S. defeated France 4-2 on July 25 and is coming off a 3-0 win against Colombia on July 28. The USA has already assured itself a spot in the Olympic quarterfinals on Friday, Aug. 3.

2012 U.S. WNT Schedule

Date

Opponent

Result/
Time (ET)

U.S. Goalscorers/TV

Venue

Jan. 20*

Dominican Republic

14-0 W

Wambach (2), Lloyd, Buehler, O'Reilly (3), Heath, Rodriguez (5), Cheney

BC Place, Vancouver, Canada

Jan. 22*

Guatemala

13-0 W

Wambach (2), Cheney, Rodriguez, Lloyd, Lindsey, Leroux (5), Rapinoe, Morgan

BC Place, Vancouver, Canada

Jan. 24*

Mexico

4-0 W

Lloyd (3), O'Reilly

BC Place, Vancouver, Canada

Jan. 27*

Costa Rica

3-0 W

Heath, Lloyd, Morgan

BC Place, Vancouver, Canada

Jan. 29*

Canada

4-0 W

Morgan (2), Wambach (2)

BC Place, Vancouver, Canada

Feb. 11

New Zealand

2-1 W

Morgan (2)

FC Dallas Stadium, Frisco, Texas

Feb. 29^

Denmark

5-0 W

Morgan (2), Wambach, Lloyd, Leroux

Estadio Municipal; Lagos, Portugal

March 2^

Norway

2-1 W

Wambach, Leroux

Estadio Municipal; Lagos, Portugal

March 5^

Japan

0-1 L

--

Estadio Algarve; Faro, Portugal

March 7^

Sweden

4-0 W

Morgan (3), Wambach

Estadio Bela Vista; Parchal, Portugal

April 1**

Japan

1-1 T

Morgan

Yurtec Stadium; Sendai, Japan

April 3**

Brazil

3-0 W

Lloyd, Boxx, Rodriguez

Fukuda Denshi Arena; Chiba, Japan

May 27

China PR

4-1 W

Morgan (2), own goal, Wambach

PPL Park; Chester, Pa.

June 16^^

Sweden

3-1 W

Wambach, Morgan, Heath

Örjans Vall Stadium; Halmstad, Sweden

June 18^^

Japan

4-1 W

Morgan (2), Wambach (2)

Örjans Vall Stadium; Halmstad, Sweden

June 30

Canada

2-1 W

Own goal, Rodriguez

Rio Tinto Stadium; Sandy, Utah

July 25~

France

4-2 W

Wambach, Morgan (2), Lloyd

Hampden Park; Glasgow, Scotland

July 28~

Colombia

3-0 W

Rapinoe, Wambach, Lloyd

Hampden Park; Glasgow, Scotland

July 31~

Korea DPR

12:15 p.m.

NBC Sports Network; NBC Olympic Soccer Channel

Old Trafford; Manchester, England

Aug. 3~

TBD

TBD

NBC Sports Network; NBC Olympic Soccer Channel

St. James' Park, Newcastle; or Hampden Park, Glasgow

* CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying tournament
^ Algarve Cup
** Kirin Challenge Cup
^^ Volvo Winners Cup
~ 2012 London Olympics

U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION
GOALKEEPERS (2): 1-Hope Solo, 18-Nicole Barnhart
DEFENDERS (6): 2-Heather Mitts, 3-Christie Rampone, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 5-Kelley O'Hara, 6-Amy LePeilbet, 16-Rachel Buehler
MIDFIELDERS (6): 7-Shannon Boxx, 8-Amy Rodriguez, 9-Heather O'Reilly, 10-Carli Lloyd, 15-Megan Rapinoe, 17-Tobin Heath
FORWARDS (4): 11-Sydney Leroux, 12-Lauren Cheney, 13-Alex Morgan, 14-Abby Wambach

Group G Standings and Schedule

Team

GP 

W 

L 

T 

GF 

GA 

GD 

Pts

United States 

2

2

0

0

7

2

+5

6

France

2

1

1

0

7

4

+3

3

Korea DPR

2

1

1

0

2

5

-3

3

Colombia

2

0

2

0

0

5

-5

0

Wednesday, July 25
USA 4, France 2
Korea DPR 2, Colombia 0

Saturday, July 28
USA 3, Colombia 0
France 5, Korea DPR 0

Tuesday, July 31
USA vs. Korea DPR, 12:15 p.m. ET
France vs. Colombia, 12:15 p.m. ET

GROUP G UPDATE:

  • USA 3, Colombia 0: The U.S. took firm hold of Group G with its second straight victory on July 28. The team has a three-point lead over France and Korea DPR heading into the final group match. Against Colombia, U.S. midfielder Megan Rapinoe scored her first career Olympic goal in the 33rd minute that proved to be the game-winner. Abby Wambach and Carli Lloyd each scored their second goals of the tournament.
  • France 5, Korea DPR 0: France rebounded from its 4-2 opening loss to the U.S. with a five-goal outburst against Korea DPR on July 28. Five different France players found the net: Laura Georges, Elodie Thomis, Marie-Laure Delie, Wendie Renard and Camille Catala. Korea DPR enters the final day of group play tied in points with France at three apiece. France's goal differential is at plus-3 and it plays winless Colombia while Korea DPR's is at minus-3 and faces group leaders USA.
     

U.S. ROSTER NOTES:

  • Seven players on the U.S. roster have scored in an Olympic tournament: Abby Wambach (4 goals in 2004; 2 goals in 2012), Carli Lloyd (2 goals in 2008; 2 goals in 2012), Heather O'Reilly (1 goal in 2004; 2 goals in 2008), Shannon Boxx (1 goal in 2004), Amy Rodriguez (1 goal in 2008), Alex Morgan (2 goals in 2012) and most recently Megan Rapinoe (1 goal in 2012), who had the game-winning tally against Colombia on July 28.
  • Morgan leads the U.S. WNT with 19 goals in 17 games and she has seven multi-goal games this year. Following her two-goal effort en route to a 4-2 win against France on July 25, Morgan moved into a tie for seventh place on the all-time U.S. WNT list for goals scored in a calendar year with April Heinrichs (1991), Mia Hamm (1995) and Cindy Parlow (2000).
     

USA VS. KOREA DPR SERIES

  • The U.S. and Korea DPR have faced each other four previous times - all in FIFA Women's World Cup competition - with the USA posting a 3-0-1 record. The team has outscored North Korea 10-2 in the series.
  • This Tuesday's Olympic group match will mark the first time the USA and North Korea will face one another outside of the Women's World Cup.
  • The last time the two countries faced each other, the USA opened Group C competition in the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup with a 2-0 victory on June 28 in Dresden, Germany. Lauren Cheney had the game-winner in the 54th minute and defender Rachel Buehler scored her second career goal in the 76th minute.
     

IN THE RECORD BOOKS

  • Abby Wambach scored her sixth career Olympic goal during the USA's 3-0 win against Colombia on July 28. That put her atop the U.S. leaderboard in that category. Mia Hamm and Tiffeny Milbrett were the previous leaders with five career Olympic goals.
  • Veteran U.S. defender Christie Rampone became the USA's all-time leader in Olympic appearances with 17 during the team's 4-2 win against France on July 25. Rampone now has 18 career Olympic appearances following the team's 3-0 victory against Colombia on July 28 and she is now two ahead of previous USA record holders Joy Fawcett, Julie Foudy, Kristine Lilly and Kate Markgraf.

IN FOCUS: KOREA DPR
DPR Korea Football Association
Founded: 1945 (FIFA affiliation: 1958)
Head Coach: Sin Uin Gun
FIFA World Ranking: 8
Best FIFA World Cup Finish: Quarterfinals of 2007 World Cup in China
Best Olympics Finish: Group stage of 2008 Olympics in Beijing

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