USA vs. Norway
June 11, 2017
Komplett Arena; Sandefjord, Norway
Kickoff: 1 p.m. ET
Tonight’s Starting XI vs. Norway: 1-Alyssa Naeher; 5-Kelley O’Hara, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn (capt.), 14-Casey Short, 6-Abby Dahlkemper; 16-Rose Lavelle, 20-Allie Long, 3-Samantha Mewis, 22-Mallory Pugh; 19-Crystal Dunn, 23-Christen Press
Subs: 2-Sydney Leroux, 7-Meghan Klingenberg, 8-Julie Ertz, 9-Lindsey Horan, 10-Carli Lloyd, 15-Megan Rapinoe, 18-Abby Smith
- Today’s match will be 50th between the two countries. Only Canada and China PR have played the USA more times.
- The USA is 28-19-2 all-time against Norway and has scored 92 goals in the series while the Norwegians have scored 61, by far the most of any country against the USA.
- The USA and Norway are two of only four countries to have won a Women’s World Cup and only two of three nations to have won both a World Cup and an Olympic gold medal.
- Norway is also the country that has had the most success historically against the USA. Norway has defeated the Americans 19 times (with 15 of those games being played between 1987-2000), followed by China PR (9), Sweden (5) and Denmark (5).
- Only two players of the 11 taking the field for the USA today -- Christen Press and Becky Sauerbrunn -- were in the starting lineup the last time the U.S. WNT faced Norway in the opening game of the 2015 Algarve Cup.
- Captaining the USA today is Becky Sauerbrunn, who will make her seventh start this year. She is the only player to have played all 540 minutes so far. She earns her 126th cap today. Sauerbrunn played club soccer in Norway eight years ago.
- Alyssa Naeher makes her 15th appearance for the USA and 13th start. She has nine career shutouts, most recently earning one against Sweden on June 8.
- Rose Lavelle will start for the sixth time today in what is also her sixth 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. She scored her second international goal four days ago, the game-winner vs. Sweden on June 8 in Gothenburg.
- Mallory Pugh will earn her fifth start of 2017 today in her 24th 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.
- Crystal Dunn earns her sixth start of the year and 52nd 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 and most recently recorded her first assist of 2017 on Rose Lavelle’s game-winning goal vs. Sweden.
- 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 27th international appearance today.
- Christen Press will make her fourth start and seventh appearance of the year. She has 41 international goals in 86 caps.
- Kelley O’Hara will earn her 96th cap tonight, inching her closer to the century mark.
- Casey Short will enter double digits in appearances and make her 10th start in her 10th cap. In 2015, Short played club soccer in Norway for Avladsnes IL in 2015. She and Becky Sauerbrunn are the only two players in the U.S. roster who have played professional club in Norway.
- Samantha Mewis makes her 13th career start and will earn her 24th cap. Alongside Sauerbrunn, she is the only other player to be in the starting lineup of every game the WNT has played in 2017.
- Abby Dahlkemper earns her fourth cap for the WNT in what will be her first career start. She made her debut for the U.S. on Oct. 19, 2016 against Switzerland in Utah.
- Not available today is Lynn Williams. She took a knock to her ankle in training last Tuesday and will not dress for today’s match.