2016 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Championship
USA vs. Canada (FINAL) || Feb. 21, 2016
BBVA Compass Stadium - Houston, Texas
Live TV Broadcast: NBC Universo (replay at 10 p.m. CT on NBC Sports Network)
Live Streaming: NBC Sports Live Extra - http://liveextra.nbcsports.com
Tonight’s U.S. WNT Starting XI vs. Canada: 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 Alex Morgan at striker, Carli Lloyd underneath her and Mallory Pugh and Tobin Heath on the wings. Morgan Brian and Lindsey Horan will roam the center of the midfield.
- The USA will be attempting to win its fourth consecutive Olympic Qualifying tournament.
- U.S. WNT head coach Jill Ellis will use the same starting lineup that took the field for the semifinal match against Trinidad &Tobago on Feb. 19.
- 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.
- Becky Sauerbrunn will make her 100th appearance for the WNT tonight, becoming the 35th player in WNT history to play 100 times for her country. There are four other players on the roster that have played 100 times or more for the USA. They are all starting tonight: Carli Lloyd, Hope Solo, Tobin Heath and Alex Morgan.
- Sauerbrunn will be honored for the achievement before the USA’s second match in the SheBelieves Cup on March 6 against France in Nashville, Tenn., and Lloyd will wear the captain’s band today.
- Today’s match will be the third consecutive start for O’Hara and Pugh after both made their starting XI debut against Puerto Rico on Feb. 15. It will also be Pugh’s third career start.
- With today’s start, five players in the lineup have now seen action in every game in the tournament: Lloyd, Morgan, Brian, Klingenberg and Pugh. Lloyd is the only one to have started every match.
- Lloyd will play in her 14th Olympic Qualifying game. She has the most Olympic Qualifying appearances of anyone on the U.S. roster. She’s also recorded 12 career goals in the tournament, including one in each of the four matches of this year’s competition. Her 12 goals are just two short of Abby Wambach’s record of 14 in CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying. Morgan has nine and Dunn has six.
- Horan will make her 11th WNT appearance and fifth start of the year. This is her eighth career start. It will be Pugh’s sixth 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 86 international goals and Morgan is next with 62.
- Lloyd has scored 23 goals in her last 18 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 (12), Morgan (9), Heath (4) and O’Hara (1). Additionally, Dunn (6), Press (3) and Mewis (1), who will be on the bench, have also scored.
- Solo will play in her 12th Olympic Qualifying match. She earned her 94th shutout against Trinidad & Tobago on Feb. 19. With 143 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.
- Lloyd will earn her earn her 217th cap tonight while Solo gets her 190th, 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.
- Lloyd and Brian play for the NWSL’s Houston Dash and will play in their home stadium, BBVA Compass Stadium in today’s match.
- 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.