OLYMPICS — August 3, 2012 at 1:19 am

U.S. Women’s National Team vs. New Zealand – 2012 London Olympics St. James’ Park; Newcastle, England


Aug. 2, 2012

USA FACES NEW ZEALAND IN OLYMPIC QUARTERFINALS: The U.S. Women’s National Team, which is coming off its first 3-0-0 performance in the group stage, faces New Zealand in the quarterfinals of the 2012 Olympics at 9:30 a.m. ET on Friday, Aug. 3, at St. James’ Park in Newcastle, England. The match will be broadcast live on the NBC Sports Network, 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. Should the U.S. advance past New Zealand, the team would face the winner of the Great Britain-Canada quarterfinal match on Monday, Aug. 6, in the Olympic Semifinals at Old Trafford in Manchester, England.


2012 U.S. WNT Schedule

Date Opponent Result/
Time (ET)
U.S. Goalscorers/TV  


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 1-0 W Wambach Old Trafford; Manchester, England
Aug. 3~ New Zealand 9:30 a.m. ET NBC Sports Network; NBC Olympic Soccer Channel; NBC Live Extra (web) St. James’ Park; Newcastle, England

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

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



  • USA 1, Korea DPR 0: The U.S. already had a quarterfinal spot locked up, but the team made sure to maintain its momentum heading into the knockout phase. Abby Wambach took care of the scoring with her third goal in three Olympic Games, and the USA posted its first 3-0-0 mark in the group stage of the Olympics. Wambach’s tally, the 141st of her career and U.S. WNT-best seventh in Olympic play, came in the 25th minute.
  • France 1, Colombia 0: Needing a win to guarantee a place in the quarterfinals, France came through with an Elodie Thomis goal in the fifth minute to seal the deal. France could have run away with the match as Louisa Necib and Thomis also hit the frame. It was a dominant performance for France, which had a 13-2 shots on goal advantage and outshot Colombia 20-5 overall. France finished second in Group G at 2-0-1 and faces Sweden in the quarterfinals. Should France advance to the semifinals, it would face the winner of Friday’s Brazil-Japan match.

2012 Olympic Schedule

Date Match Time (ET) Stage Venue
Aug. 3 Sweden vs. France 7 a.m. Quarterfinals Hampden Park; Glasgow, Scotland
Aug. 3 USA vs. New Zealand 9:30 a.m. Quarterfinals St. James’ Park; Newcastle, England
Aug. 3 Brazil vs. Japan 12 p.m. Quarterfinals Millennium Stadium; Cardiff, Wales
Aug. 3 Great Britain vs. Canada 2:30 p.m. Quarterfinals City of Coventry Stadium; Coventry, England
Aug. 6 SWE/FRA vs. BZL/JPN winners 12 p.m. Semifinals BC Place, Vancouver, Canada
Aug. 6 USA /NZL vs. GBR/CAN winners 2:45 p.m. Semifinals Old Trafford Stadium; Manchester, England
Aug. 9 Semifinal Losers 8 a.m. Bronze Medal City of Coventry Stadium; Coventry, England
Aug. 9 Semifinal Winners 2:45 p.m. Gold Medal Wembley Stadium; London, England




  • Seven players on the U.S. roster have scored in an Olympics: Abby Wambach (4 goals in 2004; 3 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 Megan Rapinoe (1 goal in 2012), who had the game-winning tally against Colombia on July 28.
  • Only three U.S. WNT players have been on the field for all 270 minutes in the 2012 Olympics: goalkeeper Hope Solo, defender and team captain Christie Rampone and defender Kelley O’Hara, who turns 24 years old on Sunday, Aug. 4.

For more roster notes, visit ussoccer.com.



  • The U.S. is 8-1-0 against New Zealand and heads into Friday’s game with eight straight victories in the series.
  • The two sides most recently met on Feb. 11, 2012, in a match played in freezing temperatures in Frisco, Texas. Hannah Wilkinson scored in the 49th minute and the Americans had the chase the game for the rest of the way. Alex Morgan then tallied the tying and game-winning goals in the closing minutes to defeat New Zealand 2-1 in front of a sellout crowd of 25,677 at FC Dallas Stadium.

For more series notes, visit ussoccer.com.


· Abby Wambach scored her seventh career Olympic goal during the USA’s 1-0 win against Korea DPR on July 31, putting her atop the U.S. leaderboard in career Olympic goals. During these Olympics Games she surpassed the previous record of five held by Mia Hamm and Tiffeny Milbrett.

· Christie Rampone moved into a tie for fourth place on the all-time WNT list with her 234th career international start on July 31, matching former U.S. defender Joy Fawcett. Fawcett had 234 starts and 239 caps in 17 years of play. Rampone has 234 starts and 263 caps in her 14th year with the U.S. WNT.

For more record notes and by the numbers, visit ussoccer.com.

U.S. WNT to Host Australia on Sept. 16: The U.S. will host its second post-2012 London Olympics international friendly against Australia at 12:30 p.m. PT on Sunday, Sept. 16, at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. The match will be broadcast live on NBC. The U.S. WNT will kick off its post-Olympics against Costa Rica on Sept. 1 at 2:30 p.m. ET at Sahlen’s Stadium in Rochester, N.Y., the hometown of star striker Abby Wambach. That game also will be broadcast live on NBC.



New Zealand Football
Founded: 1891 (FIFA affiliation: 1948)
Head Coach: Tony Readings
FIFA World Ranking: 23
Best FIFA World Cup Finish: Group stages of 1991, 2007, 2011 World Cups
Best Olympics Finish: Quarterfinal stage of 2012 London Olympics

For New Zealand roster notes, visit ussoccer.com.

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