USA vs. France
Aug. 6, 2016
Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Live Broadcast: NBCSN, NBC Universo
Tonight’s U.S. WNT Starting XI vs. France: 1-Hope Solo; 5-Kelley O’Hara, 6-Whitney Engen, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 7-Meghan Klingenberg; 3-Allie Long, 14-Morgan Brian, 10-Carli Lloyd (capt.); 16-Crystal Dunn, 13-Alex Morgan, 17-Tobin Heath
Subs: 2-Mallory Pugh, 8-Julie Johnston, 9-Lindsey Horan, 11-Ali Krieger, 12-Christen Press, 15-Megan Rapinoe, 18-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, 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 Whitney Engen in the middle. Hope Solo is in goal for her third consecutive Olympics. Lloyd will captain the USA.
- The game marks the first Olympic start for Dunn and Engen, as well as their first start in a world championship tournament at the senior level.
- The backline of Solo, O’Hara, Sauerbrunn, Engen and Klingenberg will take the field together for the first time in 2016.
- Lloyd earns her 226th cap and 14th 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 89 career goals, including seven in the Olympics and 10 in 2016.
- Eight players in tonight’s lineup also started against France in the last meeting between the two sides at the SheBelieves Cup on March 6 in Nashville. They are: Solo, O'Hara, Sauerbrunn, Klingenberg, Brian, Heath, Lloyd and Morgan, who scored the dramatic late game-winner in that game.
- Morgan has 68 international goals, scoring a team-leading 12 in 14 games she’s played so far this year. She will make her 14th start of 2016 and earn her 114th cap.
- Morgan's goal vs. New Zealand on Aug. 3 marked her fifth all-time in Olympic play, tying for third on the U.S. Olympic scoring list with Mia Hamm and Tiffeny Milbrett.
- Solo comes into today’s match with 101 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 152 wins and will earn her 200th cap tonight, becoming the first goalkeeper in history to achieve that mark.
- Solo has 13 wins in 2016, 11 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 17th appearance and 16th start this year.
- Long will make her ninth career start and seventh of the year. She scored her first career goals against Colombia on April 6 in Hartford, Connecticut, tallying twice.
- Brian will make her second start since June 5 against Japan. She will earn her 56th international cap and 13th this year.
- After starting the USA’s opening game, Julie Johnston and Malory Pugh, who became the youngest American female soccer player to start in an Olympic match, are available off the bench for tonight’s match. Both have slight injuries; Johnston is suffering from groin soreness, while Pugh sustained a knock to her ankle in the win vs. New Zealand.