Lineup Notes: WNT Takes on Japan to Close Out Tournament of Nations
USA vs. Japan
Aug. 3, 2017
StubHub Center; Carson, Calif.
Broadcast: ESPN2 & UDN
Kickoff: 7 p.m. PT
Tonight’s Starting XI vs. Japan: 1-Alyssa Naeher; 14-Casey Short, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 7-Abby Dahlkemper, 5-Kelley O’Hara; 8-Julie Ertz, 3-Samantha Mewis, 10-Carli Lloyd (capt.); 22-Mallory Pugh, 15-Megan Rapinoe, 23-Christen Press
Subs: 2-Sydney Leroux, 9-Lindsey Horan, 11-Ali Krieger, 12-Lynn Williams, 13-Alex Morgan, 17-Margaret Purce, 18-Jane Campbell, 20-Allie Long, 21-Abby Smith
Not available: Morgan Brian, Crystal Dunn
- The USA and Japan have a rich history dating back to 1986, the second year of the U.S. WNT program, but of course it's the more recent meetings which have forever linked these two countries together in women's soccer history. While the streak ended at the 2016 Olympics, the USA and Japan met in the three previous world finals, with the USA losing the 2011 Women's World Cup in penalty kicks after a 2-2 tie over regulation and overtime, then winning the 2012 Olympic goal medal game 2-1, and the historic 2015 Women's World Cup Final 5-2.
- Captaining the USA today is Carli Lloyd, who will make her eighth start this year and 10th appearance. Lloyd is the all-time active caps leader with 241 and is sitting on 97 goals, three away from becoming the sixth player to score 100 or more goals for the USA. 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 just over four and a half years.
- Alyssa Naeher makes her 18th appearance for the USA and 16th start. It will be her fifth consecutive start, which includes all three games of this tournament. She has 10 career shutouts, most recently earning a clean sheet on June 11 against Norway in Sandefjord.
- Abby Dahlkemper earns her seventh cap for the WNT in what will be her fourth career start. She made her debut for the U.S. on Oct. 19, 2016 against Switzerland in Utah, and her first start against Norway on June 11, playing all 90 minutes to help the U.S. defense claim a shutout in Sandefjord.
- Casey Short makes her 13th start in her 13th cap.
- Megan Rapinoe will earn her 123rd cap today and third start of the year – all coming at the Tournament of Nations. She will make her sixth appearance of 2017. Rapinoe has scored 32 goals in her career, good for 18th on the all-time goals list.
- Her most recent WNT goal came against Brazil on July 30, tying the game at 3-3 in the epic comeback in San Diego. Before that goal, she had last scored in the 2015 WWC when she recorded a brace in the opening game against Australia. She played all 90 minutes against Australia on July 27 in her first start since the 2016 Olympics and again went the full 90 on July 30 against Brazil.
- Mallory Pugh makes her ninth appearance of 2017 and sixth start. She was in the starting lineup against Australia and played 58 minutes and then came off the bench to add an attacking spark against Brazil, coming on in the 53rd minute for Crystal Dunn.
- Christen Press will earn cap No. 90 tonight. It will be her 10th appearance of 2017, and fifth start. Press scored her second goal of 2017 and 43rd of her career against Brazil on July 30. She played an excellent match and scored the game-winning goal against Norway on June 11 in Sandefjord. She recorded her fourth career hat trick on Nov. 10, 2016, against Romania, scoring three times in the first 38 minutes.
- Press has moved past April Heinrichs and Sydney Leroux into 14th place on the all-time WNT goals list. She averages just under a goal every two games (0.48 goals per game) for the WNT.
- Samantha Mewis makes her 16th career start and will earn her 27th cap. Alongside Sauerbrunn, she is the only other player to be in the starting lineup of every game the WNT has played in 2017. She has played 773 minutes so far in 2017, the most besides Sauerbrunn.
- Lloyd has 50 career assists, her last one coming on the game-winning goal against Brazil on July 30. She is one of seven other U.S. players to earn 50 or more assists in their careers. Lloyd is in eighth-place in all-time assists, but with six more, can move into fifth.
- U.S. co-captain Becky Sauerbrunn had her sixth career assist on Christen Press's goal against Norway on June 11. Sauerbrunn is set to make her 10th start and appearance this year, only one of two players – Sam Mewis being the other – to be in every starting lineup. So far, she has played every minute of each match. After playing in the midfield vs. Brazil on July 30, she moves back to center back tonight.
- Kelley O'Hara will earn her 99th international appearance today and with one more cap will become the 36th woman in U.S. history to reach the century mark.
- Julie Ertz earned her 50th cap against Brazil on July 30, becoming the 54th American player to earn 50 or more caps. Ertz will start at defensive midfield today, a position she played while at Santa Clara, and is currently playing for the NWSL’s Chicago Red Stars.
- Morgan Brian will not dress tonight for precautionary reasons.
- Each team is allowed six substitutes in each Tournament of Nations match.