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Four Nations Tournament 2008
« on: December 30, 2007, 11:14:48 AM »
Sundhage calls in 27 to camp as Four Nations Cup prep begins.

(Saturday, December 29, 2007) -- New United States women's coach Pia Sundhage has summoned 27 players to her first full training camp, a six-day affair at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.. The camp will commence Thursday and start preparations for the annual Four Nations Tournament to be held in China January 16-20 at Foshan Sports Center Stadium.

Twenty players will be selected to the U.S. tournament roster by Sundhage, who was hired November 13 to replace Greg Ryan. Foshan is just south of Guangzhou in the Guangdong Province, the southeast part of the country.

The U.S., which is two-time defending Four Nations Tournament champion, also won the event in 1998, 2003 and 2004.

Coming less than seven months before the 2008 Summer Olympics are hosted by Beijing, the U.S. faces Canada January 16, Finland January 18 and China January 20 in the four-team round-robin event.

"This is an exciting tournament as they will be the first games with the new coaching staff," Sundhage, a Swede, said in a U.S. Soccer Federation press release. "We want to continue to play with passion and start our change in attacking style. We want to try to dictate the tempo of the matches in the attack and while staying true to the principles in defending. The injuries we have to some veterans will most likely give some young players a chance (during the Four Nations Tournament) and it's important to find a good mix of young inspiration with experience."

The U.S. women, who will make their ninth trip to China since 1998, face Olympic qualifying April 2-13 in Mexico.

The U.S. played Canada just once in 2007, a 6-2 victory in Frisco, Texas, but holds as 33-3-3 (.885) lead in the series, the 39 meetings second in number only to the series with Norway.

The Americans are 12-0 (1.000) against Finland after a pair of 2007 victories -- 1-0 at the Algarve Cup and 4-0 in the final match before leaving for World Cup. The U.S. defeated China three times this year for an overall mark of 19-8-11 (.645), winning 2-0 last January in the Four Nationals finale, 2-1 in the Algarve Cup opener in Portugal in March, and 2-0 in a June friendly in Cleveland.

Since 2000, the Americans are 3-2-2 (.571) when China is the host.

"It will be good to be back to China and once more feel that environment," said Sundhage, who served as a China assistant coach in 2007, including the World Cup. "It will be a unique feeling and I'm happy that I'm getting the chance to experience that. It will be great to see the Chinese players and people I worked with when I was over there."

The Americans have participated seven previous times in the Four Nations Tournament in China. The U.S. team also traveled to China for a pair of matches against China in 2001, a year when the tournament was not held. Should the USA qualify for the Olympics, this Four Nations Tournament will be the final time the team will travel to China before heading back to Beijing in August.

Last January, the U.S. won the Four Nations Tournament with a young squad, having left veterans Kristine Lilly, Abby Wambach, Christie Rampone and Aly Wagner home for various reasons. With the opposition generally at full-strength, the Americans drew with Germany and England before defeating China 2-0 for a 1-0-2 record, good enough to capture the championship.

Sundhage called in 16 members to the upcoming camp from the team that finished third in September's Women's World Cup, including striker Abby Wambach, recently named 2007 "U.S. Soccer Female Athlete of the Year." Defenders Kate Markgraf and Heather Mitts, and midfielder Aly Wagner, all 2007 World Cup veterans, were not invited to camp as they continue to rehabilitate injuries.

Forward Kristine Lilly, the 36-year-old veteran of four Women's World Cups and three Olympics, also will not be present.  Still a prominent player, she is pondering whether to retire or go after one more international championship.

Sundhage called in seven players who recently finished their college seasons, including former University of Portland defender Stephanie Cox (nee Lopez), a 2007 World Cup starter who missed a December mini-camp, in part because of her wedding.

Also called in were striker Lauren Cheyney, the 2007 "U.S. Soccer Young Female Athlete of the Year," and midfielder Tina DiMartino, both from UCLA, as well as forward Amy Rodriguez, who helped Southern California win the NCAA Division I women's title earlier this month.

Rodriguez, who scored twice for USC in the NCAA semifinal, played for the U.S. at the 2004 Under-19 Women's World Championship in Thailand and, along with Cheney, DiMartino and midfielder Tobin Heath, at the 2006 Under-20 Women's World Championship in Russia.  Rodriguez has made five appearances for the full national team, but none in 2007.

DiMartino will go to a full national-team camp for the first time, while Cheney participated in residency training camp last year and has one goal in two international appearances. Heath, participating in her third full training camp, recently completed her sophomore college season at North Carolina.

University of Virginia defender Becky Sauerbrunn, a co-captain of the U.S. under-19 squad in Thailand in 2004, received her first call-up to the full national team, as did midfielder Ali Krieger. A veteran of the U.S. under-21s, Sauerbrunn completed her college career at Penn State in 2006.

Defender Amy LePeilbet, who has 23 caps for the U.S., returns after surgery for a torn anterior cruciate ligament caused her to be sidelined from all competition in 2007.

The U.S. roster for women's training camp January 3-8 ay The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.

Goalkeepers (3): Nicole Barnhart (Gilbertsville, Pa.), Briana Scurry (Dayton, Minn.), Hope Solo (Richland, Wash.).

Defenders (eight): Stephanie Cox (Elk Grove, Calif.), Marian Dalmy (Lakewood, Colo.), Keeley Dowling (Carmel, Ind.), Amy LePeilbet (Crystal Lake, Ill.), Christie Rampone (Point Pleasant, N.J.), Becky Sauerbrunn (St. Louis), India Trotter (Plantation, Fla.), Catherine Whitehill (Birmingham, Ala.).

Midfielders (10): Shannon Boxx (Redondo Beach, Calif.), Lori Chalupny (St. Louis), Tina DiMartino (Massapequa Park, N.Y.), Tobin Heath (Basking Ridge, N.J.), Angela Hucles (Virginia Beach, Va.), Ali Krieger (Dumfries, Va.), Carli Lloyd (Delran, N.J.), Joanna Lohman (Silver Spring, Md.), Leslie Osborne (Brookfield, Wis.), Angie Woznuk (El Cajon, Calif.).

Forwards (6): Lauren Cheney (Indianapolis, Ind.), Natasha Kai (Kahuku, Hawai'i), Heather O'Reilly (East Brunswick, N.J.), Amy Rodriguez (Lake Forest, Calif.), Lindsay Tarpley (Kalamazoo, Mich.), Abby Wambach (Rochester, N.Y.).

2008 Four Nations Tournament at Foshan (China) Sports Center Stadium.
Wednesday, January 16:  United States vs. Canada, China vs. Finland,
Friday, January 18:     Finland vs. United States, China vs. Canada,
Sunday, January 20:     Canada vs. Finland, United States vs. China.

http://www.soccertimes.com/usteams/2007/women/dec29
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Re: Four Nations Tournament 2008
« Reply #1 on: December 30, 2007, 12:47:49 PM »
Dosen't seem like a terriblily exciting tournament this time round...


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Re: Four Nations Tournament 2008
« Reply #2 on: January 02, 2008, 10:43:37 PM »
No England, no Norway.  But I hope Eurosport will show it anyway even with only one European side playing..
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Re: Four Nations Tournament 2008
« Reply #3 on: January 16, 2008, 07:33:39 PM »
China 2 Finland 0
Goals:- Li Jie, Liu Yali

USA 4 Canada 0
Goals:- Rodriguez 2, Tarpley 2

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Re: Four Nations Tournament 2008
« Reply #4 on: January 16, 2008, 08:02:19 PM »
U.S. Women's National Team Tops Canada, 4-0, at Four Nations Tournament   
 
USA Earns First Victory Under New Captain Christie Rampone
O'Reilly Gets Three Assists, Creates Fourth Goal as Well
Sauerbrunn and Krieger Earn First-Ever Full Team Caps


GUANGZHOU, China (January 16, 2008) – The U.S. Women’s National Team started the Pia Sundhage era in style, scoring four goals in a 28-minute span during the second half – two each from forward Amy Rodriguez and midfielder Lindsay Tarpley – to defeat regional rival Canada, 4-0, in the opening match of the 2008 Four Nations Tournament in Guangzhou, China.

Sundhage, hired in mid-November as the sixth head coach in U.S. Women’s National Team history, gave first career caps to defenders Becky Sauerbrunn and Ali Krieger, as well as a first-ever start to Rodriguez in what was the USA’s first match of 2008. The 20-year-old striker, who came into the game with five career caps and two FIFA youth world championships on her resume, rewarded her coach’s confidence with her first two goals at the senior level. Rodriguez broke open a scoreless game with goals in the 51st and 65th minutes.

Canada started 10 players who were members of its 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup Team while the Sundhage sent out a lineup with eight players who represented the USA last September in China. The U.S. team showed some wonderful attacking rhythm during the match, but struggled a bit in the final third during the first 45 minutes. That changed in the second half with Heather O’Reilly at the heart of all four goals. Playing at right midfield in a midfield consisting of Leslie Osborne, Shannon Boxx and Carli Lloyd, O’Reilly was menacing all game, whether it was down the flank or drifting more into the middle.

On the first goal, a crisp series of passes found O’Reilly on the right wing and she spied Rodriguez sprinting into the penalty area. O’Reilly chipped the ball over the Canadian backs to Rodriguez, who held off a defender and as she tumbled to the ground, spun her shot into the net from 10 yards over sliding goalkeeper Erin McLeod.

Sauerbrunn had an eventful first cap, playing very well in the center of the defense next to new captain Christie Rampone, but her day ended in the 59th minute when she had to leave the game after breaking her nose on the back of a Canadian player’s head. Stephanie Cox had to rush to warm-up, coming on at right back in the 64th minute while pushing Krieger into the middle. One minute after the teams were even again, Rodriguez struck for her second of the match.

The goal came after Abby Wambach, who partnered with Rodriguez on the front line in the 4-4-2 formation for all 90 minutes, busted past a defender near the left side of the penalty area and was bundled to the ground. The Canadians paused for a moment, perhaps waiting for a whistle, but that gave O’Reilly a chance to sprint from the middle to the corner and take possession. She faced up a defender, and as she would do all day, flew by the Canadian back to the end line before cutting a bouncing cross back into the middle. Unmarked, Rodriguez took a big swing at the ball, but didn’t make precise contact as it spun off her foot. Still, she got enough pace on her first-time effort to direct the ball into the lower right corner from 12 yards out.

Tarpley had come into the game at the same time as Lopez, playing in the attacking midfield slot in place of Lloyd, and as she is apt to do, was in the right place at the right time to score the final two U.S. goals.

After yet another quality build up, Wambach brought the ball down about 15 yards from the net with her back to the goal and rolled a pass square to O’Reilly inside the penalty box. O’Reilly got a good head of steam before smacking a left-footed spinner on net that was well-saved, but not held, by the flying McLeod. Tarpley was first to the rebound, tapping the ball into the open net from eight yards out in the 71st minute.

Tarpley added her second goal of the game, and 19th of her career, seven minutes later. Once again O’Reilly was the catalyst, blazing down the right flank, leaving another Canadian defender in her wake, before sending a perfect chipped cross into the middle that found Rodriguez. This time the sparkplug forward caught it flush on the volley, sending towards frame. Tarpley, who was stationed right in the middle of the goal about eight yards out, deftly re-directed the ball into the lower right corner past the wrong-footed McLeod, who only could watch as the ball slowly rolled over the goal line.

It’s was the first-ever three-assist match for O’Reilly and third time that Tarpley has scored twice in a game, the first coming in the first game of the of the 2004 Four Nations Tournament when she bagged a brace against Sweden, her first-ever national team goals.

After a somewhat quiet first half in which Rodriguez had shots from tough angles on the right side of the penalty area in both the first and 43rd minutes, she could have had a hat trick or more after the break.

In the 60th minute, Wambach out-maneuvered a defender to free herself just outside the penalty box on the left side and cut a perfect pass into the path of Rodriguez. She struck her shot well and on frame, but somehow Canadian defender Melanie Booth got back to the goal line to spectacularly head the ball up and over the crossbar. In the 82nd minute, a Rodriguez drive from 16 yards was headed into the upper right corner before McLeod tipped it off the top off crossbar for a corner kick. McLeod also snuffed a mini-breakaway from Rodriguez with two minutes left in the game.

Canada put two shots on goal during the match, but just one was dangerous, that coming off a corner kick in the second half. U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo had to make a reaction save to knock down the point-blank header, then smothered the ball before a Canadian attacker could react. Solo also did well handling three Canadian corner kicks in the final 15 minutes, punching two away in traffic and securing a third.

Canadian star forward Christine Sinclair did hit a screamer over the crossbar from a tough angle in the eighth minute, and had one dangerous cross that flew through the goal area, but for the majority of the game was well contained by collapsing U.S. defenders.

http://www.ussoccer.com/articles/viewArticle.jsp_4718593.html
 

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Re: Four Nations Tournament 2008
« Reply #5 on: January 17, 2008, 11:37:12 AM »
By Sports Network
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Goalkeeper Hope Solo returned to the United States women's team on Wednesday and helped the club record a 4-0 win over Canada in the squad's opening match at the Four Nations Tournament in China.

Amy Rodriguez made quite a splash in her international debut, scoring two goals, while Lindsay Tarpley also bagged a pair as the United States scored all four goals in the second half.

Solo was making her first appearance with the U.S. since the 2007 World Cup, where she heavily criticized the decision of former head coach Greg Ryan to sit her for the team's semifinal contest with Brazil in favor of Briana Scurry.

She played the entire 90 minutes in goal and faced only two shots as she went largely untested in recording the clean sheet.

The Americans dominated the opening half of play but failed to crack the scoreboard. However, Rodriguez got the scoring started in the 51st minute when she scored from close range.

She then converted a penalty kick in the 65th minute and Tarpley padded the lead with goals in the 71st and 78th.

China beat Finland 2-0 in the other match on Wednesday in the tournament, which continues on Friday with the United States meeting Finland and Canada taking on China.

http://www.miamiherald.com/628/story/381517.html
 

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Re: Four Nations Tournament 2008
« Reply #6 on: January 22, 2008, 11:12:53 AM »
USA in sixth heaven
Monday 21 January 2008

Six may be a lucky number for the Chinese, but it was the visiting USA that claimed their sixth Four-Nation Women's Championship title following a 1-0 win over their hosts in Guangzhou on Sunday.

It was the third time in a row that USA and China PR met in the annual event's concluding game. Following a 4-1 defeat of Finland and a 4-0 win over Canada, the Americans - under the guidance of the newly appointed Swede Pia Sundhage - needed just a point to secure the trophy, while their Asian opponents required victory after a 2-0 reverse of Finland preceded a goalless draw with Canada.

USA went out attacking first but it was China that should have broken the deadlock on 12 minutes when lone striker Han Duan's effort was tipped just over by goalkeeper Hope Solo. The US's first real chance came 20 minutes later, when Heather O'Reilly's cross from the left fell at the feet of an off-balance Shannon Boxx, who shot wide.

Sundhage's charges upped the tempo upon the restart, pinning their rivals into their own half for the majority of the half, and their efforts paid off when Boxx scored a looping header in the 76ht minute.

Winning her first tournament gold since replacing Greg Ryan in November left Sundhage excited. "I am very happy we won the championship in such a high-level competition," said the former Sweden star. "The Chinese were very well organised in defense but we changed our tactics quickly and we succeeded."

Honours for Tarpley, O'Reilly
The success came as a timely boost for the two-time world champions after their disappointing campaign at the FIFA Women's World Cup China 2007. It also marked a good starting point for the team, who will go in search of a series of honours this year, namely the Algarve Cup crown in March, the CONCACAF qualifying competition for the Women's Olympic Football Tournament Beijing 2008 in April and, if they qualify, the Olympic gold itself.

Despite playing without the talismanic Kristine Lilly, who will not play in 2008 as she is expecting her first child, Sundhage's new-look team proved they were by no means short of firepower. They scored nine times in three matches, with four-goal Lindsay Tarpley topping the scoring charts and Heather O'Reilly picking up the tournament's best player award.

"It was fantastic that we scored eight goals in the opening two matches," Sundhage said. "We have started to change the attacking style and I am happy with the way they responded to the new playing style."

The runners-up finish was not what China coach Elisabeth Loisel wanted, but she knows that her side need to improve to compete with the world's elite. "Our rivals are not only physically stronger than us but also faster, which made their attacking more dangerous. In the next camp we are going to focus more on fitness training," vowed the Frenchwoman.

With only seven months left before Beijing 2008 gets underway, Loisel must swiftly find an answer to her side's scoring problems if they are to realise their Olympic goals. "We have made good progress in defense after five friendly matches, but pace and possession are the two areas we need desperately to improve in the near future," she concluded.

Four-Nation Women's Championship results;
16 January
USA 4-0 Canada; China PR 2-0 Finland

18 January
China PR 0-0 Canada; USA 4-1 Finland

20 January
Canada 1-1 Finland; USA 1-0 China PR

http://www.fifa.com/womenolympic/news/newsid=675508.html#usa+sixth+heaven

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Re: Four Nations Tournament 2008
« Reply #7 on: January 24, 2008, 11:06:17 PM »
Important for the US team to get back into winning ways after the trauma of the World Cup.  Maybe the Four Nations is not the most testing tournament they could have entered but can it only be good to re-establish themselves with the new trainer, without Kristine Lilly, and with the relaunched Hope Solo.  Also with O'Reilly and Tarpley stepping up to the plate.  It looks good for the future.   
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