Lineup Notes: USA vs. Sweden: Olympic Semifinal Berth on the Line
USA vs. Sweden
Aug. 12, 2016
Mane Garrincha Stadium
Live Broadcast: NBCSN
Tonight’s U.S. WNT Starting XI vs. Sweden: 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.); 17-Tobin Heath, 13-Alex Morgan, 2-Mallory Pugh
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 with the same lineup that featured in the opening match of the tournament. Alex Morgan is at striker with Tobin Heath and Mallory Pugh on the wings. Carli Lloyd and Morgan Brian are the attacking midfielders with Allie Long at holding mid. Kelley O’Hara is at right back, Meghan Klingenberg is at left back, while Julie Johnston and Becky Sauerbrunn patrol the middle of the backline. Hope Solo is in goal for her fourth consecutive Olympic match. Lloyd will captain the USA.
- Six players in today’s starting lineup took the field against Sweden in the most recent meeting between the teams at the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup. They are: Solo, Sauerbrunn, Johnston, Klingenberg, Brian and Lloyd. Morgan went in as a late second half sub. The match ended in a scoreless draw.
- The backline of Solo, O’Hara, Johnston, Sauerbrunn and Klingenberg, which has been reunited for the first time since the USA’s tournament opening win vs. New Zealand, will start together for the 10th time in 2016.
- Three players in the lineup have scored goals for the USA in Olympic competition: Lloyd (8), Morgan (5), and Pugh (1). Lloyd is two goals way from tying Abby Wambach’s U.S. record of 10 Olympic goals. Lloyd and Morgan have combined for 23 of the USA’s 57 goals in 2016.
- Lloyd earns her 228th cap and 16th in Olympics competition, tied with Solo for the most on the team. She is the most-capped player at the 2016 Olympic Football tournament.
- Lloyd scored in two of the three group games for the WNT, increasing her career total to 90 goals, including 11 in 2016. She also added an assist in group play to up her total to six in 2016, tying for second-best on the team with Heath, and one behind team-leader Pugh (7).
- Pugh, who has scored four goals in 2016, became the youngest American female player to start in an Olympic match when she took the field against New Zealand on Aug. 3.
- With her goal against Colombia on Aug, 9, Pugh became the youngest U.S. player to score in the Olympics as Cindy Parlow did not find the net in 1996.
- Pugh was 18 years, 3 months and 11 days old when she scored against Colombia on Aug. 9. Landon Donovan was the youngest male player to score in an Olympics at 18 years, 6 months and 15 days old when he scored in the 2000 Olympics during a 3-1 win vs. Kuwait in Melbourne, Australia on Sept. 19 in the USA's final group game (the U.S. won the group).
- Morgan, who has 68 career goals, is in eighth place on the USA’s all-time goal scoring list and is closing in on Cindy Parlow who has 75.
- Morgan and O’Hara will earn their 10th Olympic cap today, while Heath earns her 12th.
- Solo is slated to earn her 202nd cap, which would move her past Kate Markgraf into 10th place on the all-time caps list.
She earned her 200th cap against France on Aug. 6, becoming the first goalkeeper in international soccer history to achieve that mark. Solo also comes into the match with 153 wins.
- Solo comes into today’s match with 102 career shutouts. She became the first goalkeeper in soccer history to reach the 100 mark on July 9 against South Africa.
Solo has 14 wins in 2016, including 12 by shutout, one shy of her high of 13 shutouts in a calendar year achieved in another Olympic year, 2008. Solo has earned shutouts against 29 different countries.
- Brian earned her 50th cap at the young age of 23 on March 6. She will earn her 58th cap today, while Kelley O'Hara will earn her 86th cap to go along with her two international goals.
- Solo will make her 195th start today, the most starts by a WNT goalkeeper and is in 8th place on the WNT’s all-time starts list behind Lloyd, who with today’s start, has 198.