USA Looks To Take Top Spot In Group D Against Nigeria

USWNT starting eleven vs Australia
USWNT starting eleven vs Australia

The U.S. Women’s National Team will be playing for the top spot in Group D at the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup when it faces Nigeria on Tuesday, June 16, at BC Place in Vancouver, Canada. The match will be broadcast live on FOX and NBC Universo at 8 p.m. ET (5 p.m. PT). Fans can follow all the action on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt and @ussoccer_esp, and follow the team along its journey on Instagram and on Snapchat (ussoccer_wnt). It will be one of an unprecedented 16 matches airing live on FOX.

GROUP D STANDINGS: The USA (1-0-1; 4 points) drew Sweden 0-0 on June 12 in front of a crowd of more than 32,000 fans at Winnipeg Stadium. The tie kept the U.S. atop Group D after opening the tournament with a 3-1 win against Australia on June 8 when Megan Rapinoe scored twice and Christen Press added a goal in front of more than 31,000 in Winnipeg. After two match days, the USA is followed by Australia (1-1-0, 3 points), Sweden (0-0-2; 2 points) and Nigeria (0-1-1; 1 point). The USA, Nigeria and Sweden have competed in every edition of the FIFA Women’s World Cup. For complete results and group standings, visit the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup tournament page on ussoccer.com.

Team  GP  GF  GA GD  Pts. 
USA 2 1 0 1 3 1 +2 4
AUS 2 1 0 1 3 3 0 3
SWE 2 0 0 2 3 3 0 2
NGA 2 0 1 1 5 3 -2 1

ADVANCEMENT SCENARIOS: The U.S. Women’s National Team is assured advancement to the knockout stage if it finishes Group D in first or second place.

The USA will finish in first place in the group if:

  • It beats Nigeria
  • It ties Nigeria and Australia vs. Sweden finishes in a tie
  • It ties Nigeria and Sweden beats Australia by one goal
  • It loses to Nigeria by one goal and Sweden ties Australia

If the USA finishes first in Group D, the team would play the third place finisher of Group B/E/F on June 22 in Edmonton.

The USA will finish in second place in the group if:

  • It ties Nigeria and Australia beats Sweden
  • It ties Nigeria and Sweden beats Australia by more than two goals
  • It ties Nigeria and Sweden beats Australia by two goals, but Sweden has more “Goals For” than USA
  • It loses to Nigeria by one goal and there is a winner between Australia and Sweden
  • It loses to Nigeria by two goals, Australia and Sweden tie, and the USA has more “Goals For” than Australia

If the USA finishes second in Group D, the team would play Brazil on June 21 in Moncton.

The USA can also advance if it finishes as one of the top four third-place finishers across the six World Cup groups. Advancement as a third-place team will not be assured until the Group Stage concludes on June 17. The U.S. cannot finish below third place in the group. Though Nigeria would pass the U.S. with a multi-goal margin of victory, it is not possible for both Sweden and Australia to overtake the U.S.

USA could finish in third place if:

  • It loses to Nigeria by two or more goals

If the USA finishes third in Group D and advances, the team could play the winner of Group B on June 20 in Ottawa – or – play the winner of Group A on June 21 in Vancouver.

#SHEBELIEVES: The U.S. Women’s National Team players want to make an impact on the soccer field during the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup, but they also are determined to make an impact on their fans, especially the young girls and women who will be watching them. Conceived and developed by the USWNT players, the  #SheBelieves campaign is a message to young girls that they can accomplish all their goals and dreams. During the week of May 19-24, all 23 players went into their communities to give back and share the message that anyone’s dreams and goals can become a reality if one just believes.

ONE NATION. ONE TEAM. 23 STORIES: While you watch the WNT give its all at the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada, get to know each player through U.S. Soccer’s “One Nation. One Team. 23 Stories.” series, presented by Clorox. Sprinkled with humor, fun and heartfelt stories, the videos give fans insight into the players’ personalities, families, motivations, and some of the challenges they’ve experienced on the different roads they’ve traveled to earn the right to represent the United States in the ultimate competition for a soccer player.

FAN SUPPORT FOLLOWS THE U.S. WNT: The U.S. WNT played in front of three sold-out crowds during its Women’s World Cup Send-Off Series and the  vast majority of the more than 31,000 at Winnipeg Stadium on June 8 and more than 32,000 on June 12 were also solidly decked out in red, white and blue. The match against Nigeria at BC Place in Vancouver is expected to be a sell-out, and with the city so close to the U.S. border, a massive U.S. presence is expected.

U.S. Women’s World Cup Team Roster By Position:

GOALKEEPERS (3): 18-Ashlyn Harris (Washington Spirit), 21-Alyssa Naeher (Boston Breakers), 1-  Hope Solo (Seattle Reign FC)
DEFENDERS (8): 16-Lori Chalupny (Chicago Red Stars), 6-Whitney Engen (Western NY Flash), 19-Julie Johnston (Chicago Red Stars), 22-Meghan Klingenberg (Houston Dash), 11-Ali Krieger (Washington Spirit), 5-Kelley O’Hara (Sky Blue FC), 3- Christie Rampone (Sky Blue FC), 4-  Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City)
MIDFIELDERS (7): 7-Shannon Boxx (Chicago Red Stars), 14-Morgan Brian (Houston Dash), 17-Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC), 12-Lauren Holiday (FC Kansas City), 10-Carli Lloyd (Houston Dash), 9-Heather O’Reilly (FC Kansas City), 15-  Megan Rapinoe(Seattle Reign FC)
FORWARDS (5): 2-Sydney Leroux (Western NY Flash), 13-Alex Morgan (Portland Thorns FC), 23-Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars), 8-Amy Rodriguez (FC Kansas City), 20-  Abby Wambach (unattached)

 

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