USA vs. France
March 7, 2017
RFK Stadium; Washington, D.C.
Broadcast: FS1, FOX Sports Go; 7 p.m. ET
Tonight’s Starting XI vs. France: 1-Alyssa Naeher; 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 20-Allie Long, 7-Casey Short; 16-Rose Lavelle, 3-Samantha Mewis, 6-Morgan Brian, 17-Tobin Heath, 10-Carli Lloyd (capt.); 12-Lynn Williams, 23-Christen Press
Subs: 2-Mallory Pugh, 5-Kelley O’Hara, 8-Julie Johnston, 9-Lindsey Horan, 11-Ali Krieger, 13-Alex Morgan, 14-Jessica McDonald, 15-Emily Sonnett, 18-Jane Campbell, 19-Crystal Dunn, 22-Brianna Pinto, 24-Ashlyn Harris
- U.S. WNT head coach Jill Ellis will send out almost the same lineup as in the first game against Germany on March 1 with only one change being Rose Lavelle in place of Crystal Dunn.
- Defender Becky Sauerbrunn and midfielders Samantha Mewis and Carli Lloyd are the only three players to have started all three SheBelieves Cup games.
- Alyssa Naeher makes her 12th appearance for the USA and 10th start. She earned her seventh shutout against Germany on March 1. This will be Naeher’s first start against France.
- The backline of Becky Sauerbrunn, Allie Long and Casey Short will return to the field against France. This will be their fifth game together in the three-back line. Sauerbrunn will earn her 122nd cap, Long her 23rd and Short her sixth.
- Mewis makes her ninth career start and will earn her 20th cap. Mewis scored the game-winner against Germany in last year’s SheBelieves Cup to give the USA the 2-1 lead in a game that was the de-facto tournament final. She played all 90 minutes against Germany in this year’s tournament on March 1 and 77 minutes against England on March 4.
- Captaining the USA today for the 35th time in her career will be Carli Lloyd, who is set to make her 235th international appearance. Lloyd, the most capped player on the U.S. team, is also the top goal scorer with 96 career goals. Lloyd is just four away from becoming the sixth player in WNT history to score 100 or more goals.
- Midfielder Rose Lavelle will earn her second cap for the WNT tonight. Lavelle played her first game for the senior team on March 4 against England, playing 90 minutes of excellent soccer in a widely-praised debut. She became the first player to earn a first cap in 2017 and the 14th player to earn a first cap from Ellis. Lavelle was the first overall pick in the 2017 NWSL College Draft by the Boston Breakers.
- Morgan Brian, who just turned 24 years old a few days ago, earns her 66th cap.
- Williams earns her seventh cap for the WNT. She earned her first cap on Oct. 19 against Switzerland in Utah, where she came into the game in the second half, played the entire second 45 minutes and scored 49 seconds into her debut (a record until Kealia Ohai broke it four days later). She became the 20th player in WNT history to score in her first international appearance.
- Press will make her 83rd international appearance. She has scored 40 international goals, including 11 in 2016. She most recently scored her fourth career hat trick against Romania on Nov. 10, 2016.
- Five of the players on this starting lineup started the last time the USA met France on Aug. 6, 2016 at the Olympic Games in Rio: Sauerbrunn, Long, Brian, Heath and Lloyd. Additionally, Press also saw some action against France in Brazil as a second half substitute.
- Last year’s SheBelieves Cup game was a tight one with the USA firing 10 shots to France’s eight. The USA had four shots on goal to France’s three. However, the USA was victorious after a dramatic 92nd minute strike from Alex Morgan for the 1-0 win. Four players in this year’s starting XI started against France in last year’s tournament (Sauerbrunn, Brian, Heath and Lloyd).
- The U.S. Women have a perfect 9-0-0 record at RFK Stadium.