2016 SheBelieves Cup
USA vs. France || March 6, 2016
Nissan Stadium – Nashville, Tennessee
Live Broadcast: ESPN 3
Tonight’s U.S. WNT Starting XI vs. France: 1-Hope Solo; 5-Kelley O'Hara, 8-Julie Johnston, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn (capt.), 7-Meghan Klingenberg; 14-Morgan Brian, 22-Lindsey Horan, 17-Tobin Heath, 10-Carli Lloyd, 2-Mallory Pugh; 13-Alex Morgan
Subs: 3-Samantha Mewis, 6-Whitney Engen, 8-Julie Johnston, 9-Heather O’Reilly, 11-Ali Krieger, 12-Christen Press, 15- Emily Sonnett, 16-Crystal Dunn, 18-Ashlyn Harris, 19-Jaelene Hinkle, 20-Lauren Barnes, 21-Alyssa Naeher
- The USA will play in a 4-2-3-1 formation, as it has for all previous games this year, making it the eighth consecutive game that the U.S. has come out in this formation. Today, the lineup features 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.
- U.S. WNT head coach Jill Ellis will use the same starting lineup that took the field for the final match at Olympic Qualifying against Canada on Feb. 21, as Julie Johnston returns to the starting backline after being on the subs bench against England on March 3. Emily Sonnett, who started instead of Johnston in Tampa three days ago, will be on the bench.
- Morgan Brian will earn her 50th cap today at the young age of 23. She will become the 52nd female player in U.S. history to reach 50 caps.
- Kelley O’Hara will hit 75 caps today, making her the 40th U.S. female player to hit that mark and tying her with Sydney Leroux for 39th on the all-time caps list.
- Becky Sauerbrunn earned her 100th cap against Canada on Feb. 21. She will be honored for the achievement today in a pregame ceremony and will wear the captain’s band.
- Of the U.S. starters in the most recent match against France at the 2015 Algarve Cup Final in Portugal, just seven will start today: Solo, Sauerbrunn, Johnston, Klingenberg, Lloyd, Brian and Morgan.
- There are six players on the roster who have played 100 times or more for the USA. Five of them are starting tonight: Lloyd, Hope Solo, Heath, Morgan and Sauerbrunn. The other player is Heather O’Reilly, who will be on the bench.
- Today’s match will be the fifth consecutive start for O’Hara and Pugh. It will also be Pugh’s fifth career start and eighth cap, all coming in 2016.
- Horan will make her 13th WNT appearance and sixth start of the year. This is her 10th career start.
- Lloyd has a team-leading 86 international goals and Morgan is next with 62.
- Lloyd has scored 23 goals in her last 20 matches, starting with the Round of 16 game at the Women’s World Cup.
- Solo has 96 shutouts and 145 wins. She is the all-time leader in shutouts and wins by a goalkeeper in U.S. history and is four shutouts away from becoming the first U.S. goalkeeper in history to reach the century mark.
- Lloyd will earn her earn her 219th cap tonight while Solo gets her 192nd, extending her U.S. record for a goalkeeper. Her 192nd cap will tie her with Brandi Chastain for 12th on the all-time list.
- Horan (2012-15) and Heath (2013) both played at French club Paris Saint-Germain and have played with or against almost all of the French players.
- Of the 11 starters, only Horan and Pugh were not part of the 2015 FIFA WWC roster.
- Teams are allowed six substitutes each.