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U.S. Women’s National Team Defeats China 4-1 in Front of Sold-Out Crowd of 18,573 at PPL Park in Chester, Pa.

  • U.S. head coach Pia Sundhage Names 2012 Olympic Team Before the Match 
  • Alex Morgan Scores Twice, Abby Wambach Adds Late Goal 
  • U.S. WNT Will Travel to Sweden in June for Matches Against Sweden on June 16 and Japan on June 18

CHESTER, Pa. (May 27, 2012) – The U.S. Women’s National Team fell behind early but roared back to score four unanswered goals to defeat China 4-1 in the second-to-last domestic match before the team leaves for the 2012 Olympics. A sell-out crowd of 18,573 boisterous fans filled PPL Park to the brims as the Americans put on an entertaining show, scoring twice in each half.

Forward Alex Morgan scored two goals, sandwiched around a China own goal, while forward Abby Wambach capped the night with a spectacular finish seven minutes from the end of the game.

“I’m very happy scoring goals but the happiest thing for us was we changed the game,” said U.S. head coach Pia Sundhage. “We struggled a bit in the first half but we turned it around in the second half and the crowd was great. You look at the crowd like this and it makes a difference. In the Olympics we’ll have big crowds and in the World Cup we had big crowds. You have to deal with that feeling and you should take advantage of it. Playing in front of this crowd is almost like having a 12th player and it’s fantastic.”

The U.S. team came out a bit jittery in the opening stages of the game and in just the fourth minute gave up a dangerous chance as Han Peng got loose in the left side of the penalty box. U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo chose to hold her ground, and from a sharp angle, Peng scraped her shot off the crossbar.

The USA then started to exert its game on the Chinese with Megan Rapinoe putting the ball through the legs of a Chinese defender on the left end line in the seventh minute, only to shoot into the side netting.

In the 19th minute, a long ball into the Chinese penalty area was headed up in the air and it fell to Carli Lloyd in the middle of the box, but she struck her full volley high over the net.

Lloyd had an even better chance one minute later after Heather O’Reilly made a darting run down the right wing and cut back a pass to Morgan in the slot. She took a touch and fired from close range at Chinese goalkeeper Zhang Yue, who made the save but pushed the ball into the middle. Lloyd was perfectly postioned for the rebound and kept this shot low. It was surely headed into the net before the ball hit the leg of a fortunate Chinese defender and skidded wide left of the goal.

China scored in the 22nd minute against the run of play after Lloyd was disposed by several pressuring defenders near the top of the box on the left side. The ball rolled to Lou Jiahui who drove her dribble at U.S. captain Christie Rampone before dishing into the left side of the penalty area to Zhang Rui. The Chinese attacker was able to dribble uncontested almost all the way to the near post before slotting home low into the right corner.

It took the USA only a dozen minutes to equalize and it came off a turnover in the Chinese defensive third. O’Reilly darted in to win a ball down the right wing and then accelerated into the penalty area before trying to find Morgan again in the slot. A defender got a foot on the ball, but it was deflected right into the path of Morgan who clinically bent her left-footed shot into the lower left corner from 14 yards out.

Just two minutes later the USA took the lead as Rapinoe served a free kick from the left wing into a dangerous spot at the far post. The ball was headed up into the air by a Chinese defender and it fell to Shannon Boxx, who sent her header back into the pack of players inside the six yard box. Wambach then got a head on it to nod the ball towards the net where it bounced in front of defender Zhou Gaoping, who found her body in poor position to clear. She tried to head the ball away, but instead sent it past her own goalkeeper and trickling into the lower right corner.

In the 38th minute, Morgan foreshadowed her second goal when she latched onto a ball at midfield before turning and burning all the way inside the penalty box. She had a good look at goal, but slapped her right-footed shot wide right.

China had pretty much its final really dangerous chance of the game just before halftime off a free kick that was served well into the penalty area. Solo came out to punch, but a challenging Chinese attacker forced the ball to bounce high in the air. Solo lost sight of the ball for a moment, but fortunately it was headed over the goal and settled into the top of the net.

Morgan added her second of the game, and team-leading 14th of the year, in the 50th minute off a fantastic long ball from Rampone. Under pressure after a back pass from Amy LePeilbet, Rampone hit a first time ball over the back line to the streaking Morgan, who out-muscled and then out-ran the Chinese center back before placing her left-footed shot past Zhang and into the lower right corner from 18 yards out.

Sundhage made two substitutions at halftime, sending on Lauren Cheney for Lloyd and Amy Rodriguez for O’Reilly and the Americans totally dominated the second 45 minutes. Cheney played extremely well in the center of the midfield, helping the USA catch a nice attacking rhythm that caused China to chase for most of the second half.

Shots from Rapinoe and Rodriguez inside the first 15 minutes of the second half didn’t miss the frame by much as the Americans, unlike in the first half, totally controlled the pace and tempo the game.

The fourth and final goal originated from a throw-in from the right side as Morgan threw the ball to Wambach, who spun around a defender to the end line and let the ball skip through into the penalty area. She then smashed her shot into the upper left corner from a sharp angle, giving Zhang no chance.

Sundhage also gave Rampone, who earned her 257th career cap, a breather during at the end of the game, sending on Becky Sauerbrunn in the 62nd minute.

Prior to the game, Sundhage named the 2012 Olympic Team, choosing the 18 players who will travel to the U.K. this summer in quest for a gold medal. Seventeen players from the Olympic Team suited up for the USA against China with midfielder Tobin Heath – who is still rehabilitating an ankle injury – the only omission. She was replaced on the game day roster by Olympic alternate Meghan Klingenberg.

Twenty-two-year-old Sydney Leroux, the youngest member of the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team and only player on the squad who was not a member of the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup Team, also got a run in. She came on for Amy LePeilbet in the 81st minute as the USA went into a 3-4-3 formation until the end of the match.

The U.S. team will now have a week off before heading to Sweden for matches against the Swedes and Japan, but will play its Olympic send-off game on June 30 against Canada at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah. Kickoff is set for 12 p.m. MT and almost 10,000 tickets have already been sold. The match will be broadcast live on NBC.

Additional Match Notes:

  • The USA’s own goal was its first since July 10, 2011, against Brazil in the quarterfinal of the FIFA Women’s World Cup. 
  • The USA upped its record to 11-1-1 on the year and will return to action next on June 16 against Sweden in Halmstad, Sweden. The USA also faces Japan on June 18 at the same venue. 
  • Abby Wambach’s goal was the 135th of her international career. She sits only behind Mia Hamm (158) on the USA all-time scoring list. 
  • Alex Morgan upped her career goal total to 24 in just 39 caps. 
  • China had just one shot on goal during the match, and scored on it. 
  • Sydney Leroux picked up the first yellow card of her career for a harsh tackle in the first minute of stoppage time.

- U.S. Women’s National Team Match Report -

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. China
Date: May 27, 2012
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: PPL Park; Chester, Pa.
Kickoff: 7 p.m. ET
Attendance: 18,573 (sell out)
Weather: 82 degrees, warm, humid

Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA                        2 2 4
CHN                        1 0 1

CHN – Zhang Rui (Lou Jiahui)                22rd minute
USA – Alex Morgan                               34
USA – own goal (Zhou Gaoping)            36
USA – Alex Morgan (Christie Rampone)  50
USA – Abby Wambach (Alex Morgan)     83

Lineups:
USA: 1-Hope Solo; 6-Amy LePeilbet (11-Sydney Leroux, 81), 3-Christie Rampone (capt.) (4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 62), 19-Rachel Buehler, 5-Kelley O’Hara; 9-Heather O’Reilly (8-Amy Rodriguez, 46), 7-Shannon Boxx, 10-Carli Lloyd (12-Lauren Cheney 46), 15-Megan Rapinoe; 13-Alex Morgan, 20-Abby Wambach
Subs not used: 2-Heather Mitts, 14-Meghan Klingenberg, 18-Nicole Barnhart
Head coach: Pia Sundhage


CHN: 1-Zhang Yue; 3-Zhou Gaoping, 4-Li Jiayue, 5-Wang Dongni, 12-Zhao Hongli (17-Pang Fengyue, 85); 6-Ren Guixin (23-Li Wen 56), 14-Liu Shukun, 16-Wang Xin (15-Xu Yanlu, 68; 21-Wang Lisi, 87), 18-Han Peng (19-Zhou Feifei, 39), 25-Zhang Rui (10-Ma Xiaoxu, 78); 11-Lou Jiahui
Subs not used: 22-Wang Fei
Head coach: Hao Wei

Statistical Summary: USA / CHN
Shots: 18 / 5
Shots on Goal: 7 / 1
Saves: 0 / 3
Corner Kicks: 6 / 1
Fouls: 10 / 11
Offside: 2 / 3

Misconduct Summary:
CHN -- Ren Guixin (caution)       18th minute
USA – Sydney Leroux (caution)   90+1

Officials
Referee: Margaret Domka (USA)
Assistant Referee: Marlene Duffy (USA)
Assistant Referee: Veronica Perez (USA)
4th Official: Kari Seitz (USA)

Bud Light Woman of the Match:
Lauren Cheney

 

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- U.S. Women’s National Team Match Report -

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. China
Date: May 27, 2012
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: PPL Park; Chester, Pa.
Kickoff: 7 p.m. ET
Attendance: 18,573 (sell out)
Weather: 82 degrees, warm, humid

Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA                        2 2 4
CHN                        1 0 1

CHN – Zhang Rui (Lou Jiahui)                22rd minute
USA – Alex Morgan                               34
USA – own goal (Zhou Gaoping)            36
USA – Alex Morgan (Christie Rampone)  50
USA – Abby Wambach (Alex Morgan)     83

Lineups:
USA: 1-Hope Solo; 6-Amy LePeilbet (11-Sydney Leroux, 81), 3-Christie Rampone (capt.) (4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 62), 19-Rachel Buehler, 5-Kelley O’Hara; 9-Heather O’Reilly (8-Amy Rodriguez, 46), 7-Shannon Boxx, 10-Carli Lloyd (12-Lauren Cheney 46), 15-Megan Rapinoe; 13-Alex Morgan, 20-Abby Wambach
Subs not used: 2-Heather Mitts, 14-Meghan Klingenberg, 18-Nicole Barnhart
Head coach: Pia Sundhage


CHN: 1-Zhang Yue; 3-Zhou Gaoping, 4-Li Jiayue, 5-Wang Dongni, 12-Zhao Hongli (17-Pang Fengyue, 85); 6-Ren Guixin (23-Li Wen 56), 14-Liu Shukun, 16-Wang Xin (15-Xu Yanlu, 68; 21-Wang Lisi, 87), 18-Han Peng (19-Zhou Feifei, 39), 25-Zhang Rui (10-Ma Xiaoxu, 78); 11-Lou Jiahui
Subs not used: 22-Wang Fei
Head coach: Hao Wei

Statistical Summary: USA / CHN
Shots: 18 / 5
Shots on Goal: 7 / 1
Saves: 0 / 3
Corner Kicks: 6 / 1
Fouls: 10 / 11
Offside: 2 / 3

Misconduct Summary:
CHN -- Ren Guixin (caution)       18th minute
USA – Sydney Leroux (caution)   90+1

Officials
Referee: Margaret Domka (USA)
Assistant Referee: Marlene Duffy (USA)
Assistant Referee: Veronica Perez (USA)
4th Official: Kari Seitz (USA)

Bud Light Woman of the Match:
Lauren Cheney 

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Beach Soccer National Team Opens Important 2019 with Domestic Training Camp

CHICAGO (Jan 23, 2019)—The U.S. Beach Soccer National Team will gather for its first training camp of 2019 in Huntington Beach, Calif. from Jan. 24-27. The camp kicks off an important year for the Beach NT, as it will aim to qualify for the 2019 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup with a top-two finish at the 2019 Concacaf Beach Soccer Championship. The USA is seeking its first qualification to the biennial World Cup since 2013.

U.S. Beach NT head coach Eddie Soto has called 16 players to the Beach NT for its year-opening camp.

U.S. Beach Soccer National Team Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Aldo Balsano (Miami, Fla.), Juan Cervantes (Los Angeles, Calif.) 
DEFENDERS (10): Tanner Akol (Santa Cruz, Calif.), Christian Blandon (Hollywood, Fla.), Fredo Dilbert (Miami, Fla.), Ryan Futagaki (Gahanna, Ohio), Irvin Garcia (Mesa, Ariz.), Bryce Kaminski (San Clemente, Calif.), Jason Leopoldo (Thousand Oaks, Calif.), David Mandragon (Santa Cruz, Calif.), Oscar Reyes (Santa Ana, Calif.), Jason Santos (Cardiff by the Sea, Calif.)      
FORWARDS (4): Alessandro Canale (Venice, Calif.), Cory Keitz (Armada, Mich.), Nick Perera (Carlsbad, Calif.), Gabriel Silveira (San Francisco, Calif.)                                                         

 It’s the first event for the Beach NT since last fall’s Beach Soccer Intercontinental Cup in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, where the USA won the consolation bracket with a come-from-behind victory over Spain. Ten players return from that tournament roster, while eight return from the USA’s 2017 Concacaf Beach Soccer Championship campaign.


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WNT Defeats Spain 1-0 in First Match Between Nations

ALICANTE, Spain (Jan. 22, 2019) – The U.S. Women’s National Team defeated Spain 1-0 in the first international meeting between the two teams thanks to a second half goal created by a strong individual effort from halftime substitute Christen Press.

The first 45 minutes began with both teams wrestling to impose their style on the match, but after a hard-charging opening 10 minutes from Spain, the U.S. began flexing its muscles, nearly taking the lead in the 14th minute. A corner kick from the right wing was misjudged by Spain goalkeeper Sandra Paños and reached Megan Rapinoe on back left post. Her bicycle-kick attempt was pushed away by a recovering Paños as Julie Ertz crashed in looking to get her head on the ball, which slipped just past Rose Lavelle, who couldn’t react in time to stab home the loose ball at the right post.

The U.S. held the upper hand for the remainder of the half, carving out its best chances via crosses into the box, but the breakthrough did not come until the second half, when U.S. head coach introduced a trio of substitutes, including Press who fashioned the opening goal. Receiving the ball at midfield, Press turned one defender and headed directly for goal, sprinting past another before sending a shot from wide left of the goal toward the right post before it was knocked in by Spain defender Irene Paredes in the 54th minute.

From there, the U.S. looked the dominant team, creating numerous opportunities to extend its lead through Alex Morgan, Mallory Pugh and Ertz, but needed only the single goal to secure the victory after a stout defensive performance buttressed by goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher’s fine day in net when called upon.

Up Next: The WNT returns to the USA for the beginning of the eight-game, home portion of Countdown to the Cup. The opening match of the 2019 SheBelieves Cup vs. Japan at Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, Pa. on Feb. 27 (7 p.m. ET; FS1). The U.S. will also face England on March 2 at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tenn. (4:30 p.m. ET; FOX) and Brazil on March 5 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla. (8 p.m. ET; FS1) during the SheBelieves Cup.

Social: Follow the #USWNT on Facebook; Twitter and Instagram.

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Christen Press (Rose Lavelle), 54th:
The USA broke up a Spain attack at midfield and Rose Lavelle played the ball to Press near the center circle. She turned a defender and headed directly toward goal, then sprinted past a second defender and clipping a low shot from wide left of the goal toward the right post. Before the ball could reach the line, Spain defender Irene Paredes attempted to clear it but ended up putting it into her own goal. USA 1, ESP 0 [WATCH] FINAL

Additional Notes:

  • Since the 2017 SheBelieves Cup, the USA has failed to score in just one game (vs. Australia at the 2017 ToN); a 34-game span. Tonight’s goal marked the USA’s 30th consecutive match scoring a goal.
  • Alyssa Naeher earned her 41st career cap tonight. She has 22 career shutouts and is the fifth goalkeeper in U.S. history to earn 30 or more caps.
  • Becky Sauerbrunn earned her 151st cap tonight. She is now the 20th player – and only the third who has played exclusively as a defender – to feature 150 times for the U.S. WNT.
  • Julie Ertz, who did not dress for the match vs. France, made her 74th international appearance tonight. She has scored 18 international goals.
  • Rose Lavelle, who also did not dress for the game vs. France, made her first start and appearance of this year. It was cap No. 21 for Lavelle, who has scored six international goals.
  • Tobin Heath is another player who did not dress vs. France but took the field vs. Spain to make her 143rd international appearance for the USA. In 2018, Heath scored seven goals in only 10 appearances.
  • Megan Rapinoe captained the USA tonight. Rapinoe, who did not suit up vs. France, earned her 146th cap for the U.S WNT. She was the team-leader in assist last year with 12.

– U.S. Women’s National Team Match Report –

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Spain
Date: January 22, 2019
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Estadio José Rico Pérez; Alicante, Spain
Kickoff: 2:30 p.m. ET (8:30 p.m. local)
Attendance: 9,182
Weather: 52 degrees, partly cloudy

Scoring Summary:           1             2             F
USA                                      0             1             1
ESP                                       0             0             0

USA – Christen Press (Rose Lavelle)          54th minute

Lineups:
USA: 1-Alyssa Naeher; 2-Emily Sonnett (12-Tierna Davidson, 46), 7-Abby Dahlkemper, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 19-Crystal Dunn; 8-Julie Ertz (25-McCall Zerboni, 69), 9-Lindsey Horan (11-Mallory Pugh, 46), 16-Rose Lavelle (3-Sam Mewis, 76); 17-Tobin Heath (20-Jessica McDonald, 60), 13-Alex Morgan, 15-Megan Rapinoe (capt.) (23-Christen Press, 46)
Substitutes not used: 10-Carli Lloyd, 24-Ashlyn Harris, 27-Andi Sullivan
Head Coach: Jill Ellis 

ESP: 13-Sandra Paños; 8-Marta Torrejón (capt.) (7-Marta Corredera, 65), 4-Irene Paredes, 20-Andrea Pereira, 16-Mapi León; 6-Vicky Losada (21-Andrea Sánchez Falcón, 60), 15-Silvia Meseguer, 11-Alexia Putellas; 9-Mariona Caldentey (18-Aitana Bonmatí, 73), 10-Jennifer Hermoso (22-Nahikari García, 79), 19-Amanda Sampedro (17-Lucía García, 73)
Substitutes not used: 1-Lola Gallardo, 23-Sun Quiñones, 5-Ivana Andrés, 3-Leila Ouahabi, 2-Celia Jiménez, 12-Marta Carro, 25-Ángela Sosa, 24-Alba Redondo
Head Coach: Jorge Vilda

Stats Summary: USA / ESP
Shots: 9 / 4
Shots on Goal: 3 / 2
Saves: 2 / 2
Corner Kicks: 4 / 1
Fouls: 17 / 8
Offside: 6 / 4

Misconduct Summary:
ESP – Silvia Meseguer (caution)  74th minute

Officials:
Referee: Stéphanie Frappart (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Manuela Nicolosi (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Solenne Bartnik (FRA)
Fourth official: Victoria Beyer (FRA)

Budweiser Woman of the Match: Christen Press

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Berhalter Selects Final 23-Player Travel Roster for U.S. MNT Matches Against Panama and Costa Rica

CHICAGO (Jan. 22, 2019) – U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Gregg Berhalter has selected the final 23-player travel roster that will prepare to face regional foes Panama and Costa Rica in the team’s opening matches of 2019.

The MNT hosts Panama on Jan. 27 at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Ariz. (8 p.m. ET; ESPN2, UniMás, UDN). The USA then closes its annual January Camp with a match against Costa Rica on Feb. 2 at Avaya Stadium in San Jose, Calif. (3:30 p.m. ET; FOX, UniMás, UDN). Fans can follow both matches on U.S. Soccer’s official Facebook, Twitter (@ussoccer_mnt) and Instagram (@ussoccer_mnt) accounts.

A total of 28 players gathered on Jan. 7 at the Elite Athlete Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif., for the annual January Camp. The delegation travels to the Phoenix area this afternoon to begin final preparations ahead of the Panama match.

“We’ve had a great two weeks in Chula Vista focusing on building team culture, style of play and competing every day,” Berhalter said. “The entire group has worked hard and brought an excellent mindset, and we thank them for the consistent effort thus far. We look forward to continuing to build on these ideas in Phoenix and measure our progress in the game against Panama.”

DETAILED ROSTER BY POSITION (Club; Caps/Goals):
GOALKEEPERS (2): Sean Johnson (New York City FC; 5/0), Zack Steffen (Columbus Crew SC; 6/0)

DEFENDERS (8): Reggie Cannon (FC Dallas; 2/0), Nick Lima (San Jose Earthquakes; 0/0), Aaron Long (New York Red Bulls; 2/0), Daniel Lovitz (Montreal Impact/CAN; 0/0), Mark McKenzie (Philadelphia Union; 0/0), Keegan Rosenberry (Colorado Rapids; 0/0), Auston Trusty (Philadelphia Union; 0/0), Walker Zimmerman (LAFC; 4/1)  

MIDFIELDERS (10): Paul Arriola (D.C. United; 17/2), Corey Baird (Real Salt Lake; 0/0), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC/CAN; 142/17), Russell Canouse (D.C. United; 0/0), Marky Delgado (Toronto FC/CAN; 6/0), Jonathan Lewis (New York City FC; 0/0), Sebastian Lletget (LA Galaxy; 5/1), Djordje Mihailovic (Chicago Fire; 0/0), Cristian Roldan (Seattle Sounders FC; 5/0), Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew SC; 11/0)

FORWARDS (3): Jeremy Ebobisse (Portland Timbers, 0/0), Christian Ramirez (LAFC; 0/0), Gyasi Zardes (Columbus Crew SC; 40/6)

Four players were released back to their clubs: goalkeepers Alex Bono and Tyler Miller, defender Justen Glad and midfielder Kellyn Acosta.

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Lineup Notes: A New Challenge, USA Faces Spain in Alicante

USA vs. SPAIN
Date: Jan. 22, 2019
Venue: Estadio José Rico Pérez
Broadcast: ESPN2, UDN
Kickoff: 2:30 p.m. ET

Starting XI vs. Spain: 1-Alyssa Naeher; 2-Emily Sonnett, 7-Abby Dahlkemper, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 19-Crystal Dunn; 8-Julie Ertz, 9-Lindsey Horan, 16-Rose Lavelle; 17-Tobin Heath, 13-Alex Morgan, 15-Megan Rapinoe (capt.)

Subs: 3-Samantha Mewis, 10-Carli Lloyd, 11-Mallory Pugh, 12-Tierna Davidson, 20-Jessica McDonald, 23-Christen Press, 24-Ashlyn Harris, 25-McCall Zerboni, 27-Andi Sullivan

Starting Lineup

  • Since the 2017 SheBelieves Cup, the USA has failed to score in just one game (vs. Australia at the 2017 ToN). That’s a 34-game span.
  • Several players who were precautionarily unavailable against France on Jan. 19 due to minor injuries are back in the lineup.
  • Alyssa Naeher will earn her 41st career cap tonight. She has 21 career shutouts and is the fifth goalkeeper in U.S. history to earn 30 or more caps.
  • Emily Sonnett will earn cap No. 28 today.
  • Abby Dahlkemper will earn her 32nd cap tonight. She played all 90 minutes in Saturday’s match vs. France in Le Havre on Jan. 19.
  • Becky Sauerbrunn will earn her 151st cap tonight. She is now the 20th player, and just the third player who has played exclusively defender, to play 150 times for the U.S. WNT.
  • Crystal Dunn will earn her 77th WNT cap tonight. After starting in the midfield vs. France on Jan. 19, she will start in the back line tonight.
  • Julie Ertz, who did not dress for the match vs. France, is making her 74th international appearance tonight. She has scored 18 career goals.
  • Lindsey Horan scored three goals in 2018 and had eight assists, second-most on the team. She is making her 64rd international appearance with the WNT tonight after playing 84 minutes vs. France on Jan. 19.
  • Rose Lavelle, who also did not dress for the game vs. France, makes her first start and appearance of this year. It will cap No. 21 for Lavelle, who has scored six career goals.
  • Tobin Heath is another player who did not dress vs. France but will take the field vs. Spain to make her 143rd international appearance for the USA. In 2018, Heath scored 7 goals in only 10 appearances.
  • Alex Morgan scored 18 goals in 2018 and now has 98 career goals in 154 caps. At age 29, she sits in sole possession of seventh place on the USA's all-time goal list. Morgan has scored 25 goals over her last 27 WNT matches, a span that runs from the end of 2017. The 25 goals have included six braces and one hat trick. Morgan will earn cap No. 155 today tying Michelle Akers for 17th all-time in caps.
  • Captaining the USA tonight is Megan Rapinoe. Rapinoe, who did not suit up vs. France, earns her 146th cap for the U.S WNT. She was the team-leader in assist last year, earning 12 in 2018.
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