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USA Claims 2018 Concacaf Women's Championship Title with 2-0 Defeat of Regional Rival Canada

FRISCO, Texas. (Oct. 17, 2018) – The U.S. Women’s National Team finished a perfect 5-0-0 run and defeated Canada 2-0 in the 2018 Concacaf Women’s Championship title game on Wednesday night. It was the sixth regional title for the USA, which outscored opponents 26-0 in the tournament.

Like in its previous four games, the USA found the opening goal inside the first 10 minutes of the match when Rose Lavelle scored from the top of the box in the second minute of play to put the USA ahead. The rest of the half went scoreless but as it tends to be when these teams meet, it was a physical matchup that saw Canada’s Rebecca Quinn and Allysha Chapman earn yellow cards in the 26th and 31st minutes, and Tobin Heath pick up a caution in the 33rd. The teams also combined for 16 fouls in the first half.

The USA outshot Canada 7-3 in the first 45, with Canada only managing to get one of its own on target, which Alyssa Naeher did well to push wide.

In the second half, the USA did not allow Canada to get a shot on goal, and outshot its northern neighbor 5-1, for a final 12-4 shot advantage. The U.S. continued to push throughout the period and in the 89th minute got its second goal when Morgan finished a Lindsey Horan cross with her left foot for her tournament-leading seventh goal.

The USA earned three individual awards, with Morgan winning Golden Boot as the top scorer of the tournament, Julie Ertz – who was on the 2014 Concacaf Women’s Championship roster but did not play – winning the Golden Ball as the best player of the tournament, and the team won the Fair Play Award. Additionally,  Kelley O’Hara, Abby Dahlkemper, Crystal Dunn, Ertz, Horan, Tobin Heath, Megan Rapinoe and Morgan earned Concacaf Best XI honors for their play throughout the tournament.

Earlier in the day, in the Third-Place Match, Jamaica defeated Panama 4-2 in a penalty shootout, after the teams tied 2-2 through regulation and extra-time, to earn an automatic berth to the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Jamaica becomes the first Caribbean nation in history to advance to a Women’s World Cup. Panama will now go into a two-leg intercontinental playoff and face Argentina for a chance to secure a spot in France.

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Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Rose Lavelle, 2nd minute:
Lindsey Horan made a powerful run into the left side of the penalty area and crossed into the middle. Shelina Zadorsky cleared the ball, but only to the top of the box where Lavelle collected and then fired a left-footed grass-cutter that skipped into the lower right corner from 20 yards out. With the goal, the USA continued its streak of scoring inside the first 10 minutes of all five games in this tournament. USA 1, CAN 0. WATCH GOAL.

USA – Alex Morgan (Lindsey Horan), 89th minute:
Crystal Dunn recovered a poor clearance at the top of the box and passed it to Horan, who was inside the 18-yard box on the left side. Horan looked up and saw Morgan in the middle. She crossed the ball into the six-yard box where an incoming Morgan finished with her left foot through traffic and over Stephanie Labbé for her seventh goal of the tournament. USA 2, CAN 0. WATCH GOAL. FINAL.

Additional Player Notes:

  • Rose Lavelle scored her sixth international goal tonight in her 18th career cap. It was her third goal of the tournament.
  • Alex Morgan scored her 97th international goal. She scored seven goals throughout the tournament to up her 2018 total to 17. She’s scored 24 goals over her last 24 WNT matches. It was her 151st cap. At age 29, she sits in sole possession of seventh place on the USA's all-time goal scoring list and is third all-time in two-goal games (22), behind only Abby Wambach (37) and Mia Hamm (28). With her hat trick against Japan on July 26, the fourth of her career, Morgan is now tied with Michelle Akers for third all-time in multi-goal games (26) behind Abby Wambach (45) and Mia Hamm (38).
  • Lindsey Horan, the 2018 NWSL MVP, has played in every game for the USA this year. She earned her eighth assist of 2018, second most on the team, and led the team in assists during the tournament with five.
  • Alyssa Naeher earned her 20th career shutout tonight in her 37th cap.

Additional Team Notes:

  • The USA is 16-0-2 in 2018, with wins against Denmark, Germany, England, Mexico (thrice), China PR (twice), Japan, Brazil, Chile (twice), Panama, Trinidad & Tobago, Jamaica and Canada; and ties against Australia and France.
  • The USA is unbeaten in its last 26 matches (23-0-3), and has outscored its opponents 91-17 through that stretch, scoring in all 26 games.
  • The USA is now 32-1-0 all-time in World Cup qualifying, including 18-0-0 at home, and hasn’t conceded a goal in 11 straight WCQ games (1053 minutes) dating back to 2010. The last goal allowed came in the 27th minute against Mexico on Nov. 5, 2010.
  • Under Jill Ellis in World Cup qualifying the USA has a record of 10-0-0 with 47 goals scored and 0 against.
  • The WNT hasn’t conceded a goal in 704 minutes in 2018, with the last one coming against Brazil during the Tournament of Nations on Aug. 2.
  • The U.S. women have won six of seven WCQ tournaments, finishing first in the qualifying competitions for the 1991, 1995, 2003, 2007, 2015 and 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cups.
  • The USA has scored 184 goals in WWC qualifying while allowing five.
  • Six of the USA’s 26 goals in this tournament came via headers.
  • Ten different players scored in the tournament for the USA (26 total goals): Alex Morgan (7), Tobin Heath (4), Carli Lloyd (3), Megan Rapinoe (3), Rose Lavelle (3), Julie Ertz (2), Crystal Dunn, Lindsey Horan, Christen Press and Samantha Mewis.
  • U.S. WNT head coach Jill Ellis made three subs tonight: Carli Lloyd for Rose Lavelle in the 88th minute, Mallory Pugh for Tobin Heath in the 92nd minute and Casey Short for Crystal Dunn in the 23rd.
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Lineup Notes: USA vs. Canada for the Concacaf Championship

USA vs. CANADA
Date:
Oct. 17, 2018
Venue: Toyota Stadium; Frisco, Texas
Broadcast: FS2 & UDN
Kickoff: 7 p.m. CT

Starting XI vs. Canada: 1-Alyssa Naeher; 5-Kelley O’Hara, 7-Abby Dahlkemper, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 19-Crystal Dunn; 8-Julie Ertz, 16-Rose Lavelle, 9-Lindsey Horan; 17-Tobin Heath, 13-Alex Morgan (capt.), 15-Megan Rapinoe

Substitutes Available: 2-Emily Sonnett, 3-Samantha Mewis, 6-Morgan Brian, 10-Carli Lloyd, 11-Mallory Pugh, 12-Hailie Mace, 14-Casey Short, 18-Ashlyn Harris, 20-Christen Press

U.S. Team

  • U.S. head coach Jill Ellis is starting the same lineup she put out against Mexico in the opening game of the tournament on Oct. 4, against Trinidad & Tobago on Oct. 10 and in the semifinal against Jamaica on Oct. 14. She made nine changes on Oct. 7 against Panama, and Alyssa Naeher, Kelley O’Hara, Becky Sauerbrunn, Crystal Dunn, Tobin Heath, Alex Morgan and Megan Rapinoe did not see minutes in that second game.
  • All 20 players on the U.S. roster have seen minutes through the first two matches of the tournament. No player has played the total of 360 minutes, but defender Abby Dahlkemper has been on the field the most (347 minutes).
  • Ten different players have scored the 24 goals in this tournament thus far: Morgan (6), Heath (4), Carli Lloyd (3), Rapinoe (3), Rose Lavelle (2), Julie Ertz (2), Dunn, Lindsey Horan, Christen Press and Samantha Mewis. Nine players have assists, with Lindsey Horan leading the way with four.
  • Four players have seen action in all four games of the tournament so far: Abby Dahlkemper, Julie Ertz, Lindsey Horan and Rose Lavelle. They are all starting tonight.
  • The USA is 15-0-2 in 2018, with wins against Denmark, Germany, England, Mexico (thrice), China PR (twice), Japan, Brazil, Chile (twice), Panama, Trinidad & Tobago and Jamaica; and ties against Australia and France.
  • The USA is unbeaten in its last 25 matches (22-0-3), and has outscored its opponents 89-17 through that stretch, scoring in all 25 games.
  • The USA is 31-1-0 all-time in World Cup qualifying, including 17-0-0 at home.
  • The U.S. WNT hasn’t conceded a goal in 10 straight WCQ games (963 minutes) dating back to 2010. The last goal allowed came in the 27th minute against Mexico on Nov. 5, 2010. Under Jill Ellis in World Cup qualifying the USA has a record of 9-0-0 with 45 goals scored and 0 against.
  • The WNT hasn’t conceded a goal in 614 minutes in 2018, with the last one coming against Brazil during the Tournament of Nations on Aug. 2.
  • The U.S. women have won five of six of WCQ tournaments, finishing first in the qualifying competitions for the 1991, 1995, 2003, 2007 and 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cups. The USA finished third in the qualifying tournament for the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup and had to go through a two-game playoff against Italy to qualify for Germany 2011. The USA played Canada in the championship game of each of the first four tournaments in which both participated (the USA did not have to qualify as host in 1999).
  • The USA has scored 182 goals in WWC qualifying (an average of 5.7 per game) while allowing five.

Starting Lineup

  • Alyssa Naeher has 19 career shutouts and will earn cap No. 37 tonight and her 14th in 2018.
  • Kelley O’Hara will earn her 112th cap tonight in her eighth start and appearance of 2018.
  • Abby Dahlkemper will earn her 28th cap tonight. It will be her 15th appearance and 14th start of 2018.
  • Becky Sauerbrunn will earn her 147th cap tonight. Sauerbrunn is in 20th place on the all-time caps list.
  • Crystal Dunn came off the bench to play outside back against France on March 4 and has been playing in that position ever since. Dunn will earn cap No. 73 tonight and make her 13th start of 2018.
  • Julie Ertz will earn her 71st cap and has scored 18 international goals, most recently against Jamaica on Oct. 14.
  • Lindsey Horan, the 2018 NWSL MVP, has played in every game for the USA this year. She will make her 15th start tonight and has scored three goals with seven assists in 2018, second most on the team.
  • Rose Lavelle will earn her 18th career cap tonight and makes her seventh start this year. She has scored five international goals, most recently her first career brace vs. T&T on Oct. 10.
  • Tobin Heath will make her eighth start for the U.S. WNT tonight. She has scored 25 career goals, the most recent with her second career brace vs. Jamaica on Oct. 14. Heath will earn cap No. 142 and is in 22nd place on the USA’s all-time caps list. She has six assists in 2018.
  • Alex Morgan, who comes into the match with 96 goals after scoring her 22nd career brace against Jamaica on Oct. 14. She will earn her 151st cap tonight. At age 29, she sits in sole possession of seventh place on the USA's all-time goal scoring list and is third all-time in two-goal games (22), behind only Abby Wambach (37) and Mia Hamm (28). With her hat trick against Japan on July 26, the fourth of her career, Morgan is now tied with Michelle Akers for third all-time in multi-goal games (26) behind Abby Wambach (45) and Mia Hamm (38). She’s scored 23 goals over her last 23 WNT matches. She leads the WNT with 16 goals in 2018.
  • Megan Rapinoe has scored 41 international goals and is 15th on the all-time goals list. Rapinoe leads the USA with 12 assists on the year and now has 56 for her career, good for sixth place in the U.S. all-time assists list. Seven of Rapinoe's 12 assist this year have come on Alex Morgan goals.She will earn cap No. 144 tonight and make her 15th start of 2018. She has scored seven goals in 2018.
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MNT Draws Peru 1-1 in Final Home Kickoff Series Match

EAST HARTFORD, Conn. (Oct. 16, 2018) — Bouyed by 18-year-old Josh Sargent’s 49th minute strike, the U.S. Men’s National Team played to a spirited 1-1 draw against Peru in front of 24,959 at Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field. The result in USA-Peru, presented by Volpi Foods, sees the MNT move to 3-3-3 in 2018.    While the match marked the return of veteran Read more
MNT Oct 16, 2018
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Lineup Notes: U.S. MNT vs. Peru

USA vs. Peru Lineup Notes, presented by Volpi Foods International Friendly Oct. 16, 2018 Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field; East Hartford, Conn. Live Broadcast: 8 p.m. ET on ESPN2, UniMas and UDN Tonight’s U.S. MNT Starting XI vs. Peru: 1-Brad Guzan; 18-Reggie Cannon, 5-Cameron Carter-Vickers, 21-Aaron Long, 19-Ben Sweat; 20-Wil Trapp (c); 11-Tim Weah, 8-Marky Delgado, 23-Kel Read more
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Comeback Win Propels U-17 MNT to Second Place at U-17 International Tournament

WINCHAM, England (Oct. 16, 2018) – The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team finished second at the U-17 International Youth Tournament in England after two strong comeback efforts. On Sunday, the USA rallied back from a 2-0 deficit to take down Brazil 3-2, capped off by an 85th-minute penalty kick goal from Joe Scally. On Tuesday, George Bello found the back of the net in the 86th minute to push the U-17s past Russia’s U-18 squad 2-1.

Final U-17 International Youth Tournament Standings

Team

W

L

D

Pts.

England

3

0

0

9

USA

2

1

0

6

Brazil

1

0

0

3

Russia

0

3

0

0

Tournament Rundown:

USA 1, England 3: In the first game of the competition, the USA fell 3-1 to host and eventual champion England.

The Red, White and Blue got on the board first against the Three Lions, striking 17 minutes in. Some nifty dribbling through the penalty area opened things up for Scally, and he slotted a pass in to Griffin Yow, who one-timed it past the diving goalkeeper.

While the U-17s took an early lead, the Young Lions roared back after the half with three unanswered goals.

- U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team Match Report -

Match: United States U-17 Men’s National Team vs. England
Date: Oct. 12, 2018
Competition: U17 International Youth Tournament
Venue: Deva Stadium; Chester, England
Kickoff: 7:00 p.m. WET (local), 2:00 p.m. ET
Weather: 65 degrees, windy, light rain
Attendance: 1,035

Scoring Summary:                  1          2          F                                             
USA                                         0          3          3
ENG                                         1          0          0

Goals
USA – Griffin Yow (Joseph Scally)                 17th minute
ENG – Sam Greenwood                                 47
ENG – Morgan Rogers                                       70
ENG – Joseph Gerhardt                                  89

Lineups:
USA: 1-Damian Las, 2-Joe Scally, 4-Mason Judge, Kobe Hernandez, George Bello (capt.); 7-Daniel Robles (20-David Rodriguez, 76), 8-William Reilly (16-Tayvon Gray, 46), 6-Adam Saldana (18-Peter Stroud, 69), 11-Griffin Yow (19-Ricardo Pepi, 83); 9-Alfonso Ocampo Chavez, 10-Gianluca Busio
Subs not used: 12-Chituru Odunze, 13-Adam Armour, 14-Antino Lopez, 15-Axel Alejandre, 17-Andres Jasson, 21-Sagir David Arce
Head coach: Shaun Tsakiris                       

ENG: 1-Louie Moulden, 2-Valentino Livramento (20-Harvey Elliott, 61), 4-Miguel Azeez, 5-Taylor Harwood-Bellis (capt), 6-Teden Mengi; 7-Alexander Mighten (15-Joseph Hodge, 69), 8-Yunus Musah, 9-Sam Greenwood (14-Joseph Gelhardt, 79), 10-Fabio Carvalho (12-Ben Knight, 61), 11-Morgan Rogers, 19-Dennis Cirkin (3-Haydon Robert, 61)
Subs not used: 13-James Trafford, 16-Jensen Weir, 17-Nathan Wood-Gordon, 18- Armstrong Oko-Flex, 22-Serine Sanneh
Head coach: Steve Cooper

Misconduct Summary:
USA – George Bello (caution)               34th minute
ENG – Harvey Elliott (caution)                   74
ENG – Taylor Harwood-Bellis (caution)     90
ENG – Joseph Gelhardt (caution)               90
USA – Damian Las (caution)                     90

Stats Summary: USA/ENG
Shots: 3/10
Shots on Goal: 2/7
Saves: 4/1
Corner Kicks: 2/3
Fouls: 15/14
Offside: 2/2 

Officials:
Referee: Tom Nield (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Danny Gratton (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Andrew Hendley (ENG)
Fourth Official: Joe Hull (ENG)

USA 3, Brazil 2: Things got off to a slow start in the USA’s second game against Brazil. The South Americans got on the board early with a penalty in the eighth minute, and doubled their advantage in the 26th. But the U-17s responded swiftly, as Yow dribbled across the top of the box from left to right, and hit a low shot to the far bottom corner past the outstretched Brazilian goalkeeper.

After the break, Yow was involved again in finding the equalizer. The D.C. United forward deflected an attempted clearance from the ‘keeper, teeing it up for Alfonso Ocampo Chavez. The Seattle Sounders FC striker took a dribble and ripped a shot into the back of the net. As both sides battled down the stretch, forward Ricardo Pepi drew a penalty in the 85th minute. Scally stepped to the spot and hammered it home to secure the 3-2 U.S. victory.

- U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team Match Report -

Match: United States U-17 Men’s National Team vs. Brazil
Date: Oct. 14, 2018
Competition: U17 International Youth Tournament
Venue: Weaver Stadium; Nantwich, England
Kickoff: 5:00 p.m. WET (local), 12:00 p.m. ET
Weather: 53 degrees
Attendance: 1,027

Scoring Summary:                  1          2          F                                             
USA                                         1          2          3
BRA                                         2          0          0

Goals
BRA – Reinier Jesus Carvalho (penalty)         8th minute
BRA –Kaio Jorge Pinto Ramos                         26
USA – Griffin Yow                                          30
USA – Alfonso Ocampo Chavez                      60
USA – Joe Scally                                             85 

Lineups:
USA: 1-Damian Las, 2-Joe Scally, 4-Mason Judge, 5-Kobe Hernandez (capt.), 13-Adam Armour; 7-Daniel Robles (6-Adam Saldana, 46), 16-Tayvon Gray, 18-Peter Stroud; 11-Griffin Yow; 9-Alfonso Ocampo Chavez (15-Axel Alejandre, 86), 17-Andres Jasson (19-Ricardo Pepi, 76)
Subs not used: 3-George Bello, 8-WilliamReilly, 12-Chituru Odunze, 14-Antino Lopez, 15-Axel Alejandre, 20-David Rodriguez, 21-Sagir David Arce
Head coach: Shaun Tsakiris                          

BRA: 12-Bruno Carcaioli, 13-Yan Bueno Couto, 14-Alysson Cristian Oliveira Silva (15-Paulo Eduardo Ferreira Godinho, 75), 3-Henri Marinho dos Santos, 6-Eduardo Pinto de Jesus (2-Gustavo Garcia dos Santos, 63); 5-Kawan Gabriel da Silva (16-Fabio Silva de Freitas, 75), 10-Reinier Jesus Carvalho, 8-Talles Macedo Toledo Costa (17-Antonio Fialho de Carvalho Neto, 46); 7-Gabriel Veron Fonseca de Souza (21-Iago André Pires de Oliveira, 46), 9-Gabriel Silva Vieira (11-Joao Gabriel Martins Peglow, 63), 20-Kaio Jorge Pinto Ramos
Subs not used: 1-Gabriel Roberto Pereira, 4-Gabriel Rodriguez Noga, 18-Ivonei Junior da Silva Rabelo, 19-Carlos Antonio de Oliveira Costa
Head coach: Guilherme Dalla Déa

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Joe Scally (caution)                                          51st minute
BRA – Antonio Fialho de Carvalho Neto (caution)     51                  
USA – Adam Armour (caution)                                  65
BRA – Joao Gabriel Martins Peglow (caution)          66
USA – Tayvon Gray (caution)                                     67
USA – Damian Las (caution)                                      90 

Stats Summary: USA/BRA
Shots: 9/10
Shots on Goal: 7/7
Saves: 5/4
Corner Kicks: 7/6
Fouls: 10/12
Offside: 2/1 

Officials:
Referee: Matt Donohue (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Steven Rushton (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Gareth Mellor (ENG)
Fourth Official: Will Finnie (ENG)

USA 2, Russia 1: The Russia U-18 squad provided an older opponent in the tournament’s final match. After a scoreless opening 35 minutes, Russia broke through with the game’s first goal, but the U-17s’ found an answer from Kobe Hernandez, who netted the game-tying goal in the 42nd minute.

As the teams searched for a winner in the second half, Bello rose to the occasion in the game’s waning minutes. Just over a week after scoring his first MLS goal, Bello lined up to take a free kick in the 86th and scored the game-winner for the U-17s to end the Youth International Tournament on a high note.

After the game, U-16 Boys’ National Team head coach Shaun Tsakiris, who lead the group in England was proud of the team's resilience, on full display in England. 

“Overall, I am really happy for the group. The boys fight hard and showed they have a great spirit about them. To compete the way we did against a U-18 Russia team showed tremendous character. Of course, we are always focused on winning competitions at this age, but the results and the performances were something that we as a group can be proud of.”

Next up for the U-17 MNT is the 2018 Nike International Friendlies. The USA faced both England and Brazil at the 2017 edition of the tournament, its first competition of the 2018-19 World Cup cycle. The U-17s fell to England in a hard-fought 1-0 loss, while the U.S. put on its best performance of the tournament in a 1-1 draw against Brazil.  


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Preview: USA Meets Canada in Title Match of 2018 Concacaf Women’s Championship | Oct. 17 on FS1 at 8 p.m. ET

The U.S. Women’s National Team booked its spot at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup by rolling past Jamaica 6-0 in the semifinal of the 2018 Concacaf Women’s Championship, and will now look to win its sixth Concacaf Women’s Championship title when it takes on Canada on Wednesday, Oct. 17 at 8 p.m. ET. The match broadcast will likely start on FS2 and then switch to FS1 depending on the completion of the MLB playoff game. The game is also being broadcast on UDN.

The 2018 Concacaf Women’s Championship has qualified two teams to the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France and a third will book its ticket with a win in the Third-Place game. The fourth-place finisher will go into a two-game playoff with Argentina, the third-place team from South America. As winners of their respective semifinals, the USA and Canada have already secured their spots at next summer’s event but one remains for the winner of the Third-Place match between Jamaica and Panama on Oct. 17 (4 p.m. CT; FS2). The loser of the Third-Place Match heads into the two-game playoff.

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U.S. WNT CONCACAF WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP ROSTER BY POSITION (CAPS/GOALS)
GOALKEEPERS (2): 18- Ashlyn Harris (Orlando Pride; 18/0), 1- Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars; 36/0)

DEFENDERS (7): 7- Abby Dahlkemper (NC Courage; 27/0), 19- Crystal Dunn (NC Courage; 72/24), 20- Hailie Mace (UCLA; 3/0), 5- Kelley O’Hara (Utah Royals FC; 111/2), 4- Becky Sauerbrunn (Utah Royals FC; 146/0), 14- Casey Short (Chicago Red Stars; 26/0), 2- Emily Sonnett (Portland Thorns FC; 24/0)

MIDFIELDERS (5): 6- Morgan Brian (Chicago Red Stars; 81/6), 8- Julie Ertz (Chicago Red Stars; 70/18); 9- Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC; 60/7), 16- Rose Lavelle (Washington Spirit; 17/5), 3- Samantha Mewis (NC Courage; 40/8)

FORWARDS (6): 17-Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns; 141/25), 10- Carli Lloyd (Sky Blue FC; 262/105), 13- Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride; 150/96), 12- Christen Press (Utah Royals FC; 106/46), 11- Mallory Pugh (Washington Spirit; 40/12), 15- Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign FC; 143/41)

STORYLINES

USA vs. Canada: The USA is 48-3-7 all-time against Canada and the Americans have had a long history of success in this series, but the 12 meetings since the turn of the decade have featured three ties and four one-goal wins for the USA. The most recent meetings were pair of friendlies between the teams, the first on Nov. 9, 2017 at BC Place in Vancouver, Canada, a 1-1 draw that saw Alex Morgan score for the U.S., followed by a second game on Nov.12 at Avaya Stadium in San Jose, California, where the U.S. won 3-1 on goals from Carli Lloyd, Julie Ertz and Morgan.

Most Common Opponent: Canada is the country the USA has played more times than any other in its history. The USA and Canada have been playing since the second year of the U.S. Women's National Team program in 1986 and met in the fifth and sixth matches in U.S. history, which also were the first domestic games for the U.S. Women. They’ve played in back-to-back games in a home-and-away format three times. Multiple meetings in a calendar year between the USA and Canada are far from a rarity. In fact, the teams played five times in both 2000 and 2008, tied for the most meetings in a year for the U.S. team against any opponent.

USA Aims for Sixth Concacaf World Cup Qualifying Title: The USA is 31-1-0 all-time in World Cup qualifying, including 17-0-0 at home. The U.S. WNT hasn’t conceded a goal in 10 straight WCQ games (963 minutes) dating back to 2010. The last goal allowed came in the 27th minute against Mexico on Nov. 5, 2010. Under Jill Ellis the USA has a record of 9-0-0 with 45 goals scored and 0 against. This will be the seventh Concacaf qualifying tournament that USA has contested. The U.S. women have won five of six of those tournaments, finishing first in the qualifying competitions for the 1991, 1995, 2003, 2007 and 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cups. The USA finished third in the qualifying tournament for the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup and had to go through a two-game playoff against Italy to qualify for Germany 2011. The USA played Canada in the championship game of each of the first four tournaments in which both participated (the USA did not have to qualify as host in 1999). The USA has scored 182 goals in WWC qualifying (an average of 5.7 per game) while allowing five, and has played nine different countries in World Cup qualifying with Mexico being the most common opponent with seven games between the teams.

Winning: The U.S. team has a 15-0-2 record in 2018 and has not lost since the 2017 Tournament of Nations, a 1-0 setback to Australia. It has gone 22-0-3 over the past 15 months. The USA’s 2018 has so far featured wins over Denmark, Germany, England, Mexico (thrice), China PR (twice), Japan, Brazil, Chile (twice), Panama, Trinidad & Tobago and Jamaica, along with ties vs. France and Australia. The WNT hasn’t conceded a goal in 614 minutes in 2018, with the last one coming against Brazil during the Tournament of Nations on Aug. 2. This is the longest streak without conceding for the WNT since 2016.

100 Goals Watch: After adding two more goals against Jamaica on Oct. 14, Alex Morgan now has 96 goals and at age 29 sits in sole possession of seventh place on the USA’s all-time goal scoring list. She has scored 23 goals over her last 23 WNT matches through the end of 2017 and deep into 2018. With her hat trick against Japan on July 26, the fourth of her career, Morgan is now tied with Michelle Akers in third place all-time in multi-goal games (26) behind Abby Wambach (45) and Mia Hamm (38). She has 22 career two-goal games.

Lloyd Keeps Adding Her Name to the Record Books: On Oct. 7 vs. Panama, Lloyd scored her eighth career hat trick and upped her career total to 105 goals. She is now two goals away from tying Michelle Akers for fourth all-time in the U.S. goals list. With her hat trick, Lloyd tied Mia Hamm for most three-goals games all-time in U.S. WNT history. Hamm also scored two four-goal games in her career. Lloyd is tied with Kristine Lilly and Cindy Parlow for fifth-all time in multi-goal games with 17. Against Panama, Lloyd (36 years, 83 days) became the oldest player to score a hat trick for the U.S. WNT. She broke Wambach’s record of 34 years, 186 days. Since turning 30, she has scored 69 goals in 127 games in six years. The 127 games after the age of 30 rank her fourth all-time in U.S. history in that category and is four caps away from tying Shannon Boxx in third place. Christie Rampone is far and away the leader with 175.

2018 WCQ Goal Scorers: Ten different players have scored in the 2018 tournament thus far: Alex Morgan (6), Tobin Heath (4), Carli Lloyd (3), Megan Rapinoe (3), Rose Lavelle (2), Julie Ertz (2), Crystal Dunn, Lindsey Horan, Christen Press and Samantha Mewis.

The U.S. forwards have combined for 45 of the USA’s 61 goals this year. All six of the forwards on this roster have played in a world championship, and five of them have played in in multiple world championships. Six of the eight players who have not found the net are defenders. Nine players have assists, with Lindsey Horan leading the way with four. The average age of the U.S. roster for this tournament is 27.9. The average age of USA’s 2015 Women’s World Cup Team was just over 28 years of age.

Since the 2017 SheBelieves Cup, the USA has failed to score in just one game (against Australia at the 2017 Tournament of Nations). That’s a 30-game span. Through 2017 and 2018, 14 different players have scored goals for the USA. The U.S. has now scored 4+ goals in six of their last seven games and in five straight.

Team Effort: All 20 players on the U.S. roster have seen minutes so far in the tournament. No player has played the total of 360 minutes, but defender Abby Dahlkemper has been on the field the most (347 minutes).

WCQ History Goal Scorers: Eleven players on this U.S. roster have scored in a Women’s World Cup qualifying tournament: Lloyd (10), Morgan (8), Rapinoe (6), Heath (6), Press (3), Lavelle (2), Ertz (2), Mewis (1), Dunn (1), Horan (1) and Brian (1). Lloyd has now tied Carin Gabarra in fourth place on the all-time goal list in World Cup qualifying. She sits two goals behind third-place Mia Hamm (12).

2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup Qualifiers: The 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup will be held from June 7-July 7 in nine cities in France. So far, 17 countries have qualified with teams from Concacaf, Africa and Oceania still to be determined. The Final Draw for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup will be conducted in Paris on December 8. This will be the second World Cup with 24 nations, up from 16 that were in Germany in 2011. The qualified nations so far are: host, France; England, Germany, Italy, Norway, Scotland, Spain and Sweden from UEFA. Brazil and Chile from South America, and Australia, China PR, Japan, Korea Republic and Thailand from the AFC and the USA and Canada from Concacaf.
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