2016 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Championship
USA vs. Puerto Rico (Group A)
Feb. 15, 2016
Toyota Stadium - Frisco, Texas
Live TV Broadcast: NBC Sports Network
Live Streaming: NBC Live Extra - http://liveextra.nbcsports.com & NBC Deportes En Vivo Extra
Tonight’s WNT Starting XI vs. Puerto Rico: 20-Alyssa Naeher; 5-Kelley O'Hara, 6-Emily Sonnett, 11-Ali Krieger, 19-Jaelene Hinkle; 15-Stephanie McCaffrey, 3-Samantha Mewis, 10-Carli Lloyd (capt.), 2-Mallory Pugh; 12-Christen Press, 16-Crystal Dunn
Subs: 1-Hope Solo, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 7-Meghan Klingenberg, 8-Julie Johnston, 9-Lindsey Horan, 14-Morgan Brian, 13-Alex Morgan, 17-Tobin Heath, 18-Ashlyn Harris
- U.S. WNT head coach Jill Ellis has made eight changes to the starting lineup featured in the first two matches on CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying by adding Naeher, O’Hara, Sonnett, Hinkle, McCaffrey, Mewis, Pugh and Press, all of whom will make their first start in the tournament.
- Additionally, tonight’s match marks the first appearance in this year’s tournament for Naeher, O’Hara, Sonnett, McCaffrey and Mewis and Olympic Qualifying debuts for Naeher, Sonnett, McCaffrey and Mewis. O’Hara started three games in the 2012 tournament, and Hinkle, Press and Pugh have already seen action twice in the 2016 tournament.
- Krieger, Lloyd and Dunn will each make their third start of the competition.
- Pugh, Hinkle and McCaffrey will make their first career starts; Mewis and Sonnett will each start for the third time in their careers.
- Five members of the starting lineup were part of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup roster: Naeher, O’Hara, Krieger, Lloyd and Press. The other six combine for 48 caps (less than Press’ 58), and 23 of those belong to Dunn.
- Carli Lloyd will play in her 12th Olympic Qualifying game. She has the most Olympic Qualifying appearances of anyone on the U.S. roster. She’s also recorded 10 career goals in the tournament, including one apiece against Costa Rica and Mexico on Feb. 10 and 13, respectively. Her 10 goals are just four short of Abby Wambach’s record of 14 in Olympic Qualifying.
- Five of the 11 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 84 international goals, with Press being the only other player in the starting lineup to have scored in the double digits with 30.
- Lloyd has scored 21 goals in her last 16 matches, starting with the Round of 16 game at the Women’s World Cup.
- Alongside Lloyd and Press, Dunn is the only other player in the starting lineup with a goal in Olympic Qualifying.
- 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.
- Naeher will make her first start of 2016 and third career start in goal. She will earn her fifth cap.
- Lloyd is the only player in the lineup to have participated in both the 2008 and 2012 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Championships. She will earn her 215th cap tonight.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.