0
US Soccer

WNT Earns 3-1 Win on the Road against Sweden

  • Wambach Scores 136th Career Goal on Spectacular Long-Distance Strike
  • Morgan Scores Team-Leading 15th Goal of 2012; Heath Adds Her Third Goal of the Year
  • U.S. WNT Will Next Face Japan on June 18 in a Match Broadcast Tape-Delayed on Universal Sports Network at 10 a.m. ET and Live at 7 a.m. ET at UniversalSports.com

HALMSTAD, Sweden (June 16, 2012) – In a battle between two of the top-ranked teams in the world, the U.S. Women’s National Team took control early and then fought hard for a 3-1 victory against Sweden on Saturday in an important tune-up for the 2012 London Olympics.

U.S. forward Abby Wambach scored her 136th career international goal on a wonder-strike just eight minutes into the game, and her running mate up top Alex Morgan added her 15th goal of 2012 in the 22nd minute. Sweden pulled a goal back through star striker Lotta Schelin in the 35th minute, but second-half substitute Tobin Heath sealed the game with a rare header goal 11 minutes into the second half.

“It was a good experience for us, playing the third-best team in the world and scoring three goals,” said U.S. head coach Pia Sundhage. “I am very happy that Abby and Alex, our goal scorers, each scored a goal and that Tobin Heath came off the bench to score. Part of the game was pretty good, and we are taking another step closer to the Olympics. We are seeing the start of our run to the Olympics and we are happy with the 90 minutes we played today.”

The U.S. team will have one day of rest before facing Japan on Monday, June 18, in a match that will be broadcast tape-delayed on Universal Sports Network at 10 a.m. ET and will be live at 7 a.m. ET on UniversalSports.com.

After the match against Japan, the USA will play its Olympic Send-Off game two weeks later on June 30 against Canada at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah. Kickoff is set for 12 p.m. MT and more than 10,500 tickets have been sold (tickets). The match will be broadcast live on NBC.

With left back Kelley O’Hara being rested with a slight leg injury, Sundhage gave Heather Mitts the start at right back and moved Amy LePeilbet to the left. She started Lauren Cheney at attacking midfielder in the middle with Shannon Boxx, while Megan Rapinoe and Heather O’Reilly got starts on the flanks.

Cheney created a chance just three minutes into the game when she dribbled inside from the right side and fired a left-footer that flew wide left of the net. Just three minutes later, Sweden had its first scoring opportunity when a counter-attack put Sofia Jakobsson open in the middle of the penalty area, but she skied her shot under pressure from the U.S. defense.

Wambach’s goal came off a punt from U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo. O’Reilly won the battle for the ball in the air, nodding it on to Wambach with her head. The USA’s big striker turned on a defender and the ball fell perfectly for a thunderous half-volley from at least 35 yards out that caught Swedish goalkeeper Hedvig Lindahl out of her goal. The searing drive flew over Lindahl and stuck into the upper left corner of the net.

Schelin, widely regarded as one of the top forwards in the world, was her usual dangerous self, continually running at the U.S. back line with her long, loping strides. She had chances in the 18th and 19th minutes, the first of which was a tricky shot from distance that Solo grabbed with an athletic catch and hold. One minute later, the USA was dispossessed in the middle of the field, leading to another shot for Schelin, but this one was without verve and went right at Solo.

In the 22nd minute, Morgan made something out of a half-chance after Boxx won a tackle in the midfield, sending the ball past the Swedish back line and into the penalty area. Initially, it seemed that Sweden center back Stina Segerström had a bead on the ball, but Morgan raced past her, bodied her off the ball and slid to smack her right-footed shot into the lower left corner from 13 yards out as she fell to the turf. The goal was Morgan’s team-leading 15th of the year.

The USA had been able to keep the 5-foot-11 Schelin off the scoreboard in the previous five matches she has played against the Americans, but that streak came to an end in the 35th minute. A good period of Swedish pressure paid off as Schelin and Sweden captain Nilla Fischer played a give-and-go near the top of the penalty area on the left side. U.S. defender Rachel Buehler got a piece of Fischer’s return pass with her toe, but not enough to thwart the scoring chance. In fact, the spinning ball sat well for Schelin, who caught Solo charging out of her goal to lift a first-time shot with the outside of her right foot into the right corner.

The match was a fairly even affair over the 90 minutes as the USA out-shot the hosts by a 13-10 margin, but did slightly better in the finishing department. The USA could have added to the lead on either side of halftime as Rapinoe hit a driven cross on the ground from the left side that found the sliding Morgan at the back post, but she shot over the goal. Just seconds into the second half, Mitts sent a long, looping header off the crossbar.

Sweden battled for the equalizer early in the second half and came close to getting it in the 54th minute after a USA giveaway in the back led to nice sequence inside the penalty area. But Jakobsson’s shot screamed just outside the right post.

Two minutes later, the USA regained its two-goal cushion as Wambach, who is usually on the end of crosses for header goals, played provider, serving up a perfect looping far-post cross to Heath. She got inside her defender at the far post and calmly bounced her header home into the lower left corner from seven yards out.

In the 60th minute, halftime substitute Carli Lloyd tried to beat Lindahl from about 40 yards, but this time the Swedish ’keeper was able to get back quickly enough to palm down the shot.

In the 63rd minute, Schelin took advantage of mix-up between second-half substitute Becky Sauerbrunn, who came on for center back Christie Rampone, and Mitts, to race in on goal from the left side, but her shot from an angle was saved by the diving Solo. The U.S. goalkeeper had an excellent match in keeping her penalty box secure, coming out to confidently grab at least a half dozen crosses or services into the area.

Schelin was once again menacing in the 64th minute after Sweden picked off a square pass in the midfield, but while it led to another shot for the Swedish striker, she knocked this one high over the goal.

The USA could have added to its lead in the final minutes, but Wambach sent a header wide of the goal in the 88th minute and Lloyd saw her hard shot pushed away by Lindahl in stoppage time after Wambach had worked the ball free following a cross from a corner kick.

Additional Match Notes:

  • Megan Rapinoe earned her 50th career cap.
  • The USA upped its record to 12-1-1 on the year.
  • Abby Wambach’s goal was the 136th of her international career in 180 games. She sits only behind Mia Hamm (158) on the USA all-time scoring list.
  • Alex Morgan upped her career goal total to 25 in just 40 caps.
  • Morgan becomes the 11th WNT player to reach 15 goals in a calendar year. This feat has been accomplished 18 times, with Wambach achieving the mark four times.
  • Heather O’Reilly’s 36th career assist ties her for ninth all-time on the U.S. list with Michelle Akers.
  • U.S. head coach Pia Sundhage used five substitutions, also giving time to Amy Rodriguez, who came on for Rapinoe in the 63rd minute and Sydney Leroux, who replaced Moran in the 74th minute.

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

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Sweden
Date: June 16, 2012
Competition: Volvo Winners Cup
Venue: Örjans Vall Stadium; Halmstad, Sweden
Kickoff:
4 p.m. local (10 a.m. ET)
Attendance:
2,751
Weather:
66 degrees, partly cloudy

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

USA – Abby Wambach (Heather O’Reilly)   8th minute
USA – Alex Morgan (Shannon Boxx)           22
SWE – Lotta Schelin (Nilla Fischer)              35
USA – Tobin Heath (Abby Wambach)          56

Lineups:
USA: 1-Hope Solo; 2-Heather Mitts, 3-Christie Rampone (capt.) (4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 46), 19-Rachel Buehler, 6-Amy LePeilbet; 9-Heather O’Reilly (17-Tobin Heath, 46), 7-Shannon Boxx (10-Carli Lloyd, 46), 12-Lauren Cheney, 15-Megan Rapinoe (8-Amy Rodriguez, 63); 13-Alex Morgan (11-Sydney Leroux, 74), 20-Abby Wambach
Subs not used: 5-Kelley O’Hara, 14-Meghan Klingenberg, 16-Lori Lindsey, 18-Nicole Barnhart, 21-Jill Loyden, 22-Christen Press
Head coach: Pia Sundhage

SWE: 1-Hedvig Lindahl; 2-Emma Berglund, 3-Stina Segerström (15-Malin Levenstad, 66), 4-Annica Svensson, 5-Caroline Seger (9-Jessica Landstrom, 90+4), 6-Sara Thunebro, 8-Lotta Schelin (16-Madelaine Edlund, 72), 17-Lisa Dahlkvist, 18-Nilla Fischer (capt.) (14-Johanna Almgren, 72), 11-Antonia Göransson (20-Marie Hammarström, 53), 10-Sofia Jakobsson (22-Kosovare Asllani, 52)
Subs not used: 7-Linda Sembrant, 12-Kristin Hammarström, 13-Lina Nilsson, 19-Susanne Moberg, 21-Sofia Lundgren
Head coach: Thomas Denerby

Statistical Summary: USA / SWE
Shots: 13 / 10
Shots on Goal: 5 / 6
Saves: 5 / 2
Corner Kicks: 7 / 5
Fouls: 8 / 5
Offside: 7 / 3

Misconduct Summary:
None

Officials
Referee: Teodora Albon (ROU)
Assistant Referee: Petruta Claudia Iugulescu (ROU)
Assistant Referee: Carmen Morariu (ROU)
4th official: Linn Andersson (SWE)

Bud Light Woman of the Match: Abby Wambach

 

Read more
WNT Jun 16, 2012

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

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Sweden
Date: June 16, 2012
Competition: Volvo Winners Cup
Venue: Örjans Vall Stadium; Halmstad, Sweden
Kickoff:
4 p.m. local (10 a.m. ET)
Attendance:
2,751
Weather:
66 degrees, partly cloudy

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

USA – Abby Wambach (Heather O’Reilly)   8th minute
USA – Alex Morgan (Shannon Boxx)           22
SWE – Lotta Schelin (Nilla Fischer)              35
USA – Tobin Heath (Abby Wambach)          56

Lineups:
USA: 1-Hope Solo; 2-Heather Mitts, 3-Christie Rampone (capt.) (4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 46), 19-Rachel Buehler, 6-Amy LePeilbet; 9-Heather O’Reilly (17-Tobin Heath, 46), 7-Shannon Boxx (10-Carli Lloyd, 46), 12-Lauren Cheney, 15-Megan Rapinoe (8-Amy Rodriguez, 63); 13-Alex Morgan (11-Sydney Leroux, 74), 20-Abby Wambach
Subs not used: 5-Kelley O’Hara, 14-Meghan Klingenberg, 16-Lori Lindsey, 18-Nicole Barnhart, 21-Jill Loyden, 22-Christen Press
Head coach: Pia Sundhage

SWE: 1-Hedvig Lindahl; 2-Emma Berglund, 3-Stina Segerström (15-Malin Levenstad, 66), 4-Annica Svensson, 5-Caroline Seger (9-Jessica Landstrom, 90+4), 6-Sara Thunebro, 8-Lotta Schelin (16-Madelaine Edlund, 72), 17-Lisa Dahlkvist, 18-Nilla Fischer (capt.) (14-Johanna Almgren, 72), 11-Antonia Göransson (20-Marie Hammarström, 53), 10-Sofia Jakobsson (22-Kosovare Asllani, 52)
Subs not used: 7-Linda Sembrant, 12-Kristin Hammarström, 13-Lina Nilsson, 19-Susanne Moberg, 21-Sofia Lundgren
Head coach: Thomas Denerby

Statistical Summary: USA / SWE
Shots: 13 / 10
Shots on Goal: 5 / 6
Saves: 5 / 2
Corner Kicks: 7 / 5
Fouls: 8 / 5
Offside: 7 / 3

Misconduct Summary:
None

Officials
Referee: Teodora Albon (ROU)
Assistant Referee: Petruta Claudia Iugulescu (ROU)
Assistant Referee: Carmen Morariu (ROU)
4th official: Linn Andersson (SWE)

Bud Light Woman of the Match: Abby Wambach

{6F9C9466-279D-4238-8B10-67B3E7E265FD}
US Soccer

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.


Read more
Beach Jan 23, 2019
US Soccer

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

Read more
WNT Jan 22, 2019
US Soccer

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.

Read more
MNT Jan 22, 2019
US Soccer

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.
Read more
WNT Jan 22, 2019
×