USA vs. New Zealand
Aug. 3, 2016
Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Live Broadcast: NBCSN, NBC Universo
Tonight’s U.S. WNT Starting XI vs. New Zealand: 1-Hope Solo; 5-Kelley O’Hara, 8-Julie Johnston, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 7-Meghan Klingenberg; 3-Allie Long, 14-Morgan Brian, 10-Carli Lloyd (capt.); 2-Mallory Pugh, 13-Alex Morgan, 17-Tobin Heath
Subs: 6-Whitney Engen, 9-Lindsey Horan, 11-Ali Krieger, 12-Christen Press, 15-Megan Rapinoe, 16-Crystal Dunn, 18-Alyssa Naeher
- The USA will start in a 4-3-3 formation, featuring Alex Morgan at striker with Tobin Heath and Mallory Pugh on the wings, Carli Lloyd and Morgan Brian patrolling center midfield with Allie Long as holding midfielder. Kelley O’Hara is starting at right back, Meghan Klingenberg at left back with Becky Sauerbrunn and Julie Johnston in the middle. Hope Solo is in goal for her third consecutive Olympics. Lloyd will captain the USA.
- The game marks the first Olympic starts for Pugh, Brian, Long, Sauerbrunn, Johnston and Klingenberg.
- It will also be the first start in a senior level world championship for Pugh and Long.
- The backline of Solo, O’Hara, Sauerbrunn, Johnston and Klingenberg will take the field together for the ninth time in 2016.
- Lloyd earns her 225th cap and 13th in the Olympics, tied with Solo for the most on the team. She is the most-capped player at the 2016 Olympic Football tournament.
- Lloyd has scored 88 career goals, including six in the Olympics and nine in 2016.
- Six players in tonight’s lineup also started against New Zealand in the last meeting between the two sides in April 2015 in St. Louis. They are: Solo, Johnston, Sauerbrunn, Klingenberg, Lloyd and Morgan. Three of tonight’s starters, Klingenberg, Johnston and Brian all scored in that game.
- Morgan has 67 international goals, scoring a team-leading 11 in 13 games she’s played so far this year. She will make her 13th start of 2016 and earn her 113th 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.
- 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 151 wins and will earn her 199th cap tonight, only one away from reaching 200 caps and becoming the first goalkeeper in history to achieve that mark.
- Solo has 12 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.
- Klingenberg will make her 16th appearance and 15th start this year.
- Long will make her eighth career start and sixth of the year. She scored her first career goals against Colombia on April 6 in Hartford, Connecticut, tallying twice.
- Brian will make her first start since June 5 against Japan. She will earn her 55th international cap and 12th this year.
- 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 40th cap tonight.
- Pugh, who is making her 15th appearance this year and 11th start, has scored three goals in 2016 and has a team-leading seven assists. With tonight’s start she becomes the youngest American female player to start in an Olympic match.