USA vs. Sweden
June 8, 2017
Gamla Ullevi Stadium; Gothenburg, Sweden
Broadcast: ESPN2 & UDN; 1:30 p.m. ET kickoff
Tonight’s Starting XI vs. Sweden: 1-Alyssa Naeher; 5-Kelley O’Hara, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 14-Casey Short, 7-Meghan Klingenberg; 16-Rose Lavelle, 20-Allie Long, 3-Sam Mewis, 22-Mallory Pugh; 10-Carli Lloyd (capt.), 19-Crystal Dunn
Subs: 2-Sydney Leroux, 6-Abby Dahlkemper, 8-Julie Ertz, 9-Lindsey Horan, 15-Megan Rapinoe, 18-Abby Smith, 23-Christen Press
- The USA is 20-6-11 all-time against Sweden, and since 2010 has a slight 4-3-5 advantage.
- Six of the 11 players taking the field for the USA today were in the starting lineup the last time the U.S. WNT faced Sweden, which was the Olympic quarterfinal game in August of 2016. Those players are: Mallory Pugh, Carli Lloyd, Allie Long, Kelley O’Hara, Meghan Klingenberg, and Becky Sauerbrunn.
- The starting XI today features the exact same group that the U.S. played against Russia on April 6 in Frisco, Texas.
- Captaining the USA today for the 38th time in her career will be Carli Lloyd, who is set to make her 238th international appearance. Lloyd, the most capped player on the U.S. team, is also the top goal scorer with 97 career goals, three away from becoming the sixth player in WNT history to score 100 or more.
- 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 61 goals in about four and a half years.
- Alyssa Naeher makes her 14th appearance for the USA and 12th start. She has eight career shutouts. Back-up goalkeeper Abby Smith will dress for the first time for a senior WNT match.
- For the fifth consecutive time in 2017, midfielder Rose Lavelle will start for the WNT in what is also her fifth cap. 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 that Long headed in off a corner kick, and went on to score her first international goal three days later in Houston, also against Russia.
- Mallory Pugh will earn her fourth start of 2017 today in her 23rd cap. She earned her first assist of the year against Russia on April 6, and notched two more on April 9 to up her total to 10 career assists. It was her first multi-assist game of her career.
- Kelley O’Hara will earn her 95th cap tonight, inching her closer to the century mark.
- Casey Short will make her ninth start in her ninth cap. This will be the third consecutive game she will start playing in the center of the defense instead of on the flank.
- Samantha Mewis makes her 12th career start and will earn her 23rd cap. Alongside Sauerbrunn and Lloyd, she is the only player to be in the starting lineup of every game the WNT has played in 2017.
- Not available today is Lynn Williams. She took a knock to her ankle in training on Tuesday and will not dress for today’s match.
- Crystal Dunn earns her fifth start of the year and 51st cap. She notched her third career multi-goal game and second consecutive brace on April 9 against Russia in Houston. She has 22 international goals.
- 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 26th international appearance today.
- Becky Sauerbrunn will make her sixth start this year. She is the only player to have played all 450 minutes played so far. She earns her 125th cap tonight, tying Alex Morgan and Lindsey Tarpley for 26th on the all-time caps list.
- 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 played all 90 minutes three days later in Houston, where she earned her sixth career assist on one of Dunn’s goal. It was her first 90-minute game since August 12, 2016 against Sweden, when she played all 120 minutes in the Olympics. She will earn her 73rd cap today.