2016 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Championship
USA vs. Mexico (Group A)
Feb. 13, 2016
Toyota Stadium - Frisco, Texas
Live Streaming: NBC Live Extra - http://liveextra.nbcsports.com
TV Broadcast: NBC Universo (Spanish.) Replay: 8:30 p.m. CT on NBC Sports Network
Tonight’s WNT Starting XI vs. Mexico: 1-Hope Solo; 11-Ali Krieger, 8-Julie Johnston, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 7-Meghan Klingenberg; 14-Morgan Brian, 9-Lindsey Horan, 16-Crystal Dunn, 10-Carli Lloyd (capt.), 17-Tobin Heath; 13-Alex Morgan
Subs: 2-Mallory Pugh, 3-Samantha Mewis, 5-Kelley O'Hara, 6-Emily Sonnett, 12-Christen Press, 15-Stephanie McCaffrey, 18-Ashlyn Harris, 19-Jaelene Hinkle, 20-Alyssa Naeher
- U.S. WNT head coach Jill Ellis will use the same starting lineup that took the field in the 5-0 win against Costa Rica on Feb. 10.
- Carli Lloyd will play in her 11th Olympic Qualifying game. She has the most Olympic Qualifying appearances of anyone on the U.S. roster. She’s also recorded nine career goals in the tournament, including one against Costa Rica last Wednesday. Her nine goals are just five short of Abby Wambach’s record of 14. Alex Morgan has six.
- Morgan’s goal 12 seconds into the match against Costa Rica (she scored again in the second half) was the earliest in U.S. WNT history (she also has the latest, scoring after 122 minutes and 22 seconds against Canada in the semifinal of the 2012 Olympics). It was also the quickest in CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying history, besting Abby Wambach (35 seconds vs. Dominican Republic on Jan. 20, 2012).
- Five of the 10 goals scored in the USA’s two games in 2016 have been a direct combination of Lloyd and Morgan, with one providing the assist and the other the goal.
- Lloyd has a team-leading 83 international goals, while Morgan has 59, just one short of tying Shannon MacMillan for eighth on the USA’s all-time scoring list.
- The other two players in the starting lineup to have scored in an Olympic Qualifying match are Tobin Heath (3) and Crystal Dunn (1). Christen Press, who will be on the bench, recorded her first after this super display of skill against Costa Rica.
- Dunn’s goal vs. Costa Rica on Feb. 10 was the fifth of her career and first in Olympic Qualifying. She became the 21st U.S. WNT player to score in an Olympic qualifier, and Press became the 22nd.
- Goalkeeper Hope Solo will play in her 10th Olympic Qualifying match. She earned her 92nd shutout against Costa Rica on Feb. 10. With 141 wins, she is the leader for wins by a goalkeeper in U.S. history.
- Lloyd has scored 20 goals in the USA’s last 15 matches, starting with the Round of 16 game at the Women’s World Cup.
- Both Solo and Lloyd, alongside midfielder Heath, are the only three players on the roster to have participated in both the 2008 and 2012 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Championships.
- Defender Becky Sauerbrunn makes her 98th appearance for the WNT and could hit 100 during the Qualifying tournament. There are four other players on the roster that have played 100 times or more for the USA. They are all starting tonight: Lloyd, Solo, Heath and Morgan.
- Lloyd will earn her earn her 214th cap tonight while Solo gets her 188th, extending her U.S. record for a GK.
- Meghan Klingenberg, Julie Johnston, Morgan Brian, Lindsey Horan and Dunn will play in their second Olympic qualifier. They all, along with Press, Mallory Pugh and Jaelene Hinkle, made their Olympic Qualifying debut against Costa Rica.
- Pugh is the youngest player ever named to a U.S. Olympic Qualifying roster. She also became the youngest female player in WNT history to play in an Olympic qualifier match at 17 years, 9 months and 12 days old when she came on for Dunn in the 68th minute against Costa Rica on Feb. 10.
- Horan will make her ninth WNT appearance and third start of the year. She’s the only player in the starting lineup with less than 10 caps for the USA. This is her sixth career start.
- Three of tonight’s starters (Heath, Horan and Klingenberg) are members of the Portland Thorns of the NWSL.
- The USA has never lost a match in Olympic Qualifying, but it did tie Canada 1-1 in the title game of the 2008 tournament before prevailing in penalty kicks.
- The backline of Solo, Ali Krieger, Johnston, Sauerbrunn and Klingenberg is the same backline that started all seven matches at the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup and shutout opponents for 539 consecutive minutes, allowing only three goals through the tournament.
- Out of the 11 starters, only Horan and Dunn were not part of the 2015 FIFA WWC roster.
- Lloyd and Sauerbrunn were named as the new captains of the U.S. Women's National Team in January by U.S. head coach Jill Ellis. The duo becomes the 13th & 14th players officially named captain of the U.S. WNT over the 31 years of the program. When Lloyd and Sauerbrunn are on the field at the same time, Lloyd will wear the armband.
- Fans may notice several players wearing different numbers from the Women’s World Cup. For this year, when selected, Johnston will wear 8, Klingenberg will wear 7 and Press will wear 12. GK Alyssa Naeher will wear 20 during this tournament as rosters must be numbered 1-20.