USA vs. Russia
April 9, 2017
BBVA Compass Stadium; Houston, Texas
Broadcast: ESPN; 2 p.m. ET kickoff
Starting XI vs. Russia: 24-Ashlyn Harris; 5-Kelley O’Hara, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 14-Casey Short, 7-Meghan Klingenberg; 16-Rose Lavelle, 20-Allie Long, 3-Sam Mewis, 2-Mallory Pugh; 10-Carli Lloyd (capt.), 19-Crystal Dunn
Subs: 12-Lynn Williams, 13-Alex Morgan, 15-Megan Rapinoe, 18-Jane Campbell, 21-Kealia Ohai, 22-Megan Oyster, 23-Christen Press
- The USA is 18-0-0 in games played in Texas, having scored 76 goals and allowed seven.
- Captaining the USA today for the 37th time in her career will be Carli Lloyd, who is set to make her 237th international appearance. Lloyd, the most capped player on the U.S. team, is also the top goal scorer with 96 career goals. She is just four away from becoming the sixth player in WNT history to score 100 or more goals.
- Lloyd scored one goal during the 2016 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying semifinal match against Trinidad & Tobago on Feb. 19 at BBVA Compass Stadium. She earned her 55th career assist on April 6 against Russia.
- Lloyd scored 36 international goals between the time she debuted six days before her 23rd birthday and her 30th birthday. Since turning 30, she has scored 60 goals in about four and a half years.
- Crystal Dunn, who has scored 20 international goals, earns her fourth start of the year will earn her 50th cap. She becomes the 53rd player in U.S. WNT history to play at least 50 international games.
- Allie Long scored her first three career goals (all on headers) in 2016. She went on to score two more (also with her head) on April 6 against Russia. She will make her 25th international appearance tonight and play in the center of midfield.
- Midfielder Rose Lavelle will earn her fourth cap and start 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. She earned her first career assist on April 6 when she crossed the ball for Allie Long on a corner kick.
- On March 1 against Germany, Mallory Pugh came off the bench and played in her first game back for the WNT since the quarterfinal loss to Sweden in Brazil last August. The 18-year-old got the start against England on March 4, her first start since the Olympics, and came off the bench at halftime against France. She earned her second start of the year against Russia on April 6 and will earn her third start of 2017 today in her 22nd cap. Pugh spent most of last fall playing with the U.S. U-20 Women’s National Team, which she captained at the 2016 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Papua New Guinea. She earned her first assist of the year against Russia on April 6, her eighth career assist.
- Ashlyn Harris earn her 13th cap today and second start of 2017.
- Becky Sauerbrunn will make her fifth start this year and is the only player to have played all 360 minutes so far. She will earn her 124th cap tonight.
- After recovering from a back injury that sidelined her for most of the fall of 2016, Meghan Klingenberg returned to the starting lineup against Russia on April 6 and played the first 45 minutes of the game, her first action with the USA since Sept. 18 against the Netherlands in Atlanta. She will start today and earn her 72nd cap today.
- Kelley O’Hara will earn her 94th cap tonight, inching her closer to the century mark. She is making her second consecutive start today after featuring in the starting XI against Russia on April 6. O’Hara was hampered by a minor groin injury during SheBelieves Cup, where she played only the final 12 minutes of the last game against France.
- Casey Short will make her eighth start in her eighth cap. In her previous seven outings, she played 90 minutes in six of them and 45 in one, most recently going 90 against Russia on April 6. This will be the second consecutive game she will start playing in the center of the defense instead of on the flank.
- Samantha Mewis makes her 11th career start and will earn her 22nd cap. Alongside Sauerbrunn and Lloyd, she is the only player to be in the starting lineup for every game the WNT has played in 2017. The last time Mewis played at BBVA Compass Stadium, she scored a goal with her former team Western New York Flash in the NWSL Championship match in October of 2016.
- After playing 90 against Russia, Alyssa Naeher won’t dress for this game, giving Houston Dash Jane Campbell a chance to suit up for her first friendly, which just happens to be in the home stadium of her NWSL club.
- Players in training camp who are not dressing today are: Naeher, Jaelin Howell, Ali Krieger, Amy Rodriguez and Sophia Smith.
- The USA has scored 42 goals over its last eight friendly matches, and has scored three or more in each game.
- The USA’s 4-0 win over Russia ended a two-game scoreless streak, only the second multi-game scoreless streak the team has experienced since the start of 2012 (127 matches played). In those 127 matches, the U.S. was only held scoreless only 10 times.
- The April 6 match vs. Russia marked the 13th time since the start of 2016 that the U.S. has scored four or more goals in a game. It is also the USA’s 20th clean sheet since the start of 2016, and second this year.