2016 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Championship
USA vs. Trinidad & Tobago (Semifinal)
Feb. 19, 2016
BBVA Compass Stadium - Houston, Texas
Live TV Broadcast: NBC Sports Network; NBC Universo
Live Streaming: NBC Live Extra - http://liveextra.nbcsports.com & NBC Deportes En Vivo Extra
Tonight’s U.S. WNT Starting XI vs. Trinidad & Tobago: 1-Hope Solo; 5-Kelley O'Hara, 8-Julie Johnston, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 7-Meghan Klingenberg; 14-Morgan Brian, 9-Lindsey Horan, 17-Tobin Heath, 10-Carli Lloyd (capt.), 2-Mallory Pugh; 13-Alex Morgan
Subs: 3-Samantha Mewis, 6-Emily Sonnett, 11-Ali Krieger, 12-Christen Press, 15-Stephanie McCaffrey, 16-Crystal Dunn, 18-Ashlyn Harris, 19-Jaelene Hinkle, 20-Alyssa Naeher
- The USA will be playing in a 4-2-3-1 formation, as it has the entire tournament.
- With the exception of right back O’Hara and flank midfielder Pugh, U.S. WNT head coach Jill Ellis put out the lineup that took the field for the first two group matches in Frisco.
- Tonight’s match will be the second consecutive start for O’Hara and Pugh after both were in the starting XI against Puerto Rico on Feb. 15. It will also be Pugh’s second career start. Johnston and Horan will play in their third Olympic qualifier. They both made their Olympic Qualifying debut against Costa Rica on Feb. 10.
- With tonight’s start, five players in the lineup have now seen action in every game so far in the tournament: Lloyd, Morgan, Brian, Klingenberg and Pugh. Lloyd is the only one to have started every match so far in the tournament.
- Lloyd and Brian play for the NWSL’s Houston Dash and will play in their home stadium, BBVA Compass Stadium in tonight’s match.
- Lloyd will play in her 13th Olympic Qualifying game. She has the most Olympic Qualifying appearances of anyone on the U.S. roster. She’s also recorded 11 career goals in the tournament, including one in each match of this year’s competition. Her 11 goals are just three short of Abby Wambach’s record of 14 in CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying. Morgan and Dunn have six apiece.Horan will make her 10th WNT appearance and fourth start of the year. This is her seventh career start. It will be Pugh’s fifth cap with the WNT, all coming in 2016.
- 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 Wambach (35 seconds vs. Dominican Republic on Jan. 20, 2012).
- Lloyd has a team-leading 85 international goals, Morgan is next with 59, just one short of tying Shannon MacMillan for eighth on the USA’s all-time scoring list.
- Lloyd has scored 22 goals in her last 17 matches, starting with the Round of 16 game at the Women’s World Cup.
- Four players in the starting lineup have scored a goal in Olympic Qualifying: Lloyd (11), Morgan (6), Heath (3) and O’Hara (1). Dunn (6), Press (3) and Mewis (1), who will be on the bench, have also scored.
- Solo will play in her 11th Olympic Qualifying match. She earned her 93rd shutout against Mexico on Feb. 13. With 142 wins, she is the leader for wins by a goalkeeper in U.S. history.
- Solo, Heath and Lloyd are the only players in the lineup to have participated in both the 2008 and 2012 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Championships.
- Sauerbrunn will make her 99th appearance for the WNT. 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 216th cap tonight while Solo gets her 189th, extending her U.S. record for a goalkeeper.
- 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.
- Three of tonight’s starters (Heath, Horan and Klingenberg) are members of the Portland Thorns of the NWSL.
- Out of the 11 starters, only Horan and Pugh were not part of the 2015 FIFA WWC roster.
- 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.
- Both U.S. WNT captains return to the starting lineup tonight. 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.