USA vs. Costa Rica
July 22, 2016
Children’s Mercy Park
Kansas City, Kansas
Live Broadcast: ESPN & Univision Deportes
Tonight’s U.S. WNT Starting XI vs. Costa Rica: 1-Hope Solo; 5-Kelley O’Hara, 8-Julie Johnston, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 7-Meghan Klingenberg; 3-Allie Long, 9-Lindsey Horan, 10-Carli Lloyd (capt.); 2-Mallory Pugh, 13-Alex Morgan, 16-Crystal Dunn
Subs: 6-Whitney Engen, 11-Ali Krieger, 12-Christen Press, 14-Morgan Brian, 17-Tobin Heath, 18-Alyssa Naeher, 20-Sam Mewis
- The USA will start in a 4-3-3 formation, featuring Alex Morgan at striker with Crystal Dunn and Mallory Pugh on the wings, Allie Long and Lindsey Horan patrolling center midfield with Carli Lloyd as attacking midfielder. Kelley O’Hara is starting at right back, Meghan Klingenberg at left back with Becky Sauerbrunn and Julie Johnston in the middle.
- Twenty-two players (18 members of the U.S. Olympic Women’s Soccer Team + the four alternates) traveled to Kansas City, but only 18 will suit up tonight. The four players not suiting up today are: Megan Rapinoe, Heather O’Reilly, Emily Sonnett and Ashlyn Harris.
- The backline of Solo, O’Hara, Sauerbrunn, Johnston and Klingenberg will take the field together for the eighth time in 2016.
- Lloyd, who is returning to the starting lineup for the first time since April 10 against Colombia, will captain the USA. She missed the two games against Japan in June due to injury and came off the bench at halftime against South Africa in early July.
- Lloyd earns her 224th cap and has scored 87 goals, including eight in 2016.
- Eight players in tonight’s lineup also started against Costa Rica in the first meeting of the year between the teams on Feb. 10 in the opening game of 2016 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying. These players are: Solo, Johnston, Sauerbrunn, Klingenberg, Horan, Lloyd, Morgan and Dunn.
- Morgan (2), Lloyd and Dunn found the back of the net in that meeting with Las Ticas to help the USA to a 5-0 victory. Press, who is on the bench tonight, also tallied.
- Morgan scored her first of two goals against Costa Rica on Feb. 10 just 12 seconds into the match. It is the fastest goal scored in Olympic Qualifying history and U.S. history.
- Morgan has 67 international goals, scoring a team-leading 11 in 14 games so far this year. She will make her 12th start of 2016 and earn her 112th cap.
- Morgan's two goals on June 2 against Japan marked her 18th career multi-goal game.
- The only other time Morgan has scored double-digit goals for the USA in a calendar year was in 2012, which, coincidently, also happened to be an Olympic year.
- Goalkeeper Hope Solo comes into today’s match with 100 career shutouts. She became the first goalkeeper in soccer history to reach the 100 mark on July 9 against South Africa.
- Solo also comes in with 150 wins and will earn her 198th cap tonight, only two away from reaching 200 caps and becoming the first goalkeeper in history to achieve that mark.
- Solo has 11 wins in 2016, 10 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 29 different countries.
- Dunn and Klingenberg will make their 15th appearance this year. Today marks Dunn’s 11th start and Klingenberg’s 14th.
- Dunn has scored nine goals in 2016, second-best on the team, only behind Morgan.
- Long will make her seventh career start and fifth of the year. She scored her first career goals against Colombia on April 6 in Hartford, Connecticut, tallying twice.
- Johnston scored her first brace for the USA against Colombia on April 10 in Chester, Pennsylvania. She went on to score against Japan on June 5. She has eight international goals and will earn her 39th cap tonight.
- Pugh, who is making her 14th appearance this year and 10th start, has scored two goals in 2016 and has a team-leading seven assists after providing the assist on Dunn’s game-winning goal against South Africa on July 9.
- Horan earns her 11th start of the year and 14th appearance. She has scored two goals in 2016.
- Sauerbrunn will be playing in front of fans very familiar with the U.S. co-captain as she plays professionally for the FC Kansas City in the NWSL.