USA vs. Japan
June 5, 2016
Live Broadcast: ESPN 2
Tonight’s U.S. WNT Starting XI vs. Japan: 1-Hope Solo; 5-Kelley O’Hara, 8-Julie Johnston, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn (capt.), 7-Meghan Klingenberg; 14-Morgan Brian, 23-Allie Long, 12-Christen Press; 16-Crystal Dunn, 13-Alex Morgan, 17-Tobin Heath
Subs: 3-Samantha Mewis, 6-Whitney Engen, 9-Heather O’Reilly, 11-Ali Krieger, 15-Emily Sonnett, 20-Lindsey Horan, 21-Alyssa Naeher
- The USA will start in a 4-3-3 formation, featuring Alex Morgan at striker with Tobin Heath and Crystal Dunn on the wings, Allie Long and Christen Press in the center of the midfield and Morgan Brian at holding midfielder. Kelley O’Hara is starting at right back, Meghan Klingenberg at left back with Becky Sauerbrunn and Julie Johnston in the middle. Sauerbrunn will captain the USA.
- 24 players were called into this June camp, however only 18 will suit up each game. The six players not suiting up today are: Adrianna Franch, Ashlyn Harris, Jaelene Hinkle, Gina Lewandowski, Rose Lavelle and Mallory Pugh.
- Starting goalkeeper Hope Solo comes into tonight’s match with 98 career shutouts, and is two away from becoming the first goalkeeper in history to reach the 100 mark.
- Solo has nine wins in 2016, eight by shutout, and also has a good chance to surpass her high of 13 shutouts in a calendar year achieved in another Olympic year, 2008.
- Solo has earned shutouts against 28 different countries, including four against Japan.
- Morgan has 66 international goals, scoring a team-leading 10 in 12 games so far this year. She will make her 10th start of 2016 and earn her 110th cap.
- Morgan's two goals on June 2 marked her 18th career multi-goal game. The only other time Morgan scored double-digit goals for the USA in a calendar year was in 2012, which, coincidently, also happened to be an Olympic year.
- With an assist on Morgan's second goal, Heath now has four assists in 2016 and 25 for her career with the WNT. Heath scored her third goal of 2016, and 15th of her career, on a blistering volley vs. Colombia on April 6. She will make her 11th start of the year and 12th appearance.
- Dunn, Klingenberg and Press will make their 13th appearance this year. They are the only three players on the roster to have played in every match this year. It’s Dunn’s ninth start, Klingenberg’s 12th and Press’ fourth.
- Press scored in both games against Colombia this year in April, upping her total to 33 in 68 games and moving her past Lindsay Tarpley into 16th place on the U.S. WNT all-time goals list. She is averaging just under a goal for every two games she plays (0.49 goals per game) for the WNT. She has scored four goals this year.
- Long will make her fifth career start, third of the year. She scored her first career brace against Colombia on April 6 in Hartford, Connecticut.
- Brian will make her ninth start this year and earn her 53rd cap.
- Johnston scored her first brace for the USA against Colombia on April 10 in Chester, Pennsylvania. She has seven international goals and will earn her 37th cap tonight.
- Of tonight’s 11 U.S. starters, seven started in the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup Final against Japan last July, including Solo, Sauerbrunn, Johnston, Klingenberg, Brian, Morgan and Heath. O’Hara did not start but did play as a sub.