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U.S. WNT Defeats Colombia 7-0 in Front of Record Crowd in Connecticut

EAST HARTFORD, Connecticut (April 6, 2016) – The U.S. Women’s National Team scored four first-half goals and three in the second, each flurry in a span of 12 minutes, to defeat Colombia 7-0 in front of a record crowd of 21,792 on a cold night at Pratt & Whitney Stadium.

Tonight’s crowd set a new record for an all-women’s soccer event in Connecticut, besting the previous mark of 18,870 that watched the USA play Germany at the same venue on Oct. 23, 2012.

Forward Crystal Dunn kicked off the scoring in the 27th minute with a quick touch and shot from the middle of the box past Colombia goalkeeper Catalina Perez. Allie Long notched her first international goal five minutes later in her first WNT start since 2014. Seventeen-year-old winger Mallory Pugh and co-captain Carli Lloyd assisted each other within a span of six minutes, both scoring from close range to give the WNT a 4-0 lead heading into the half.

Midfielder Tobin Heath continued to pour in the goals in the second half with a well-executed volley off a Dunn cross in the 62nd minute. Three minutes later Long notched her second goal of the match, and first career brace, on a header assisted by Julie Johnston, who was celebrating her 24th birthday. Christen Press rounded out the scoring with an impressive curling right-footed shot from the top left corner of the box, which bent around Colombia goalkeeper Catalina Perez and into the right corner for her 32nd career score.

Hope Solo extended her all-time USA record for U.S. goalkeeper caps (194) and shutouts (98) and is now two shutouts away from becoming the first goalkeeper in U.S. history to reach the century mark.

The USA and Colombia complete the two-game series of friendlies on Sunday, April 10 in Chester, Pennsylvania (2 p.m. ET, ESPN).

Goal Scoring Rundown:

USA – Crystal Dunn (Carli Lloyd), 27th minute: Colombia’s backline did well to block two consecutive shots inside the box, but Carli Lloyd gathered a loose rebound and dribbled along the top of the penalty area before splitting the defense with a short pass to Crystal Dunn. Dunn battled Colombia captain Natalia Gaitan for the ball, used her left foot to nudge the ball toward the penalty spot and send a shot past Colombia goalkeeper Catalina Perez for the game’s first score. USA 1, COL 0 (SEE GOAL)

USA -  Allie Long (Lindsey Horan), 32nd minute: Following a free kick, the USA worked the ball from the right side to the left where Dunn found Lindsey Horan with space on the flank. Horan sent a right-footed cross to a well-positioned Allie Long in the middle of the penalty area and she re-directed a perfect header into the left corner past the diving ‘keeper for her first career international goal. USA 2, COL 0 (SEE GOAL)

USA – Mallory Pugh (Carli Lloyd), 33rd minute: Lloyd gathered the ball just shy of the 18-yard box, employed a nifty spin move to create space and slipped a perfect pass to 17-year-old Mallory Pugh past a lunging Leidy Asprilla. Pugh took two quick right-footed touches inside the box and toward goal before sending a low right-footed shot into the net for her second career goal in just her 10th cap. USA 3, COL 0 (SEE GOAL)

USA – Carli Lloyd (Mallory Pugh), 39th minute: Pugh returned the favor six minutes later when she collected a Dunn pass near the left side of the penalty box, took a diagonal touch toward the near post and sent a low pass through the Colombia defense to Lloyd who was crashing the goal. The U.S. captain wasted no time using a left-footed first touch to send a seven-yard shot past Perez for her eighth goal of 2016. USA 4, COL 0 (SEE GOAL)

USA – Tobin Heath (Crystal Dunn), 62nd minute: Dunn chased a ball down the right side of the box and played a perfect far post cross to the wide open Tobin Heath who struck a powerful right-footed volley past Perez. USA 5, COL 0 (SEE GOAL)

USA – Allie Long (Julie Johnston) 65th minute: Colombia’s Catalina Usme clearance attempt following a U.S. corner kick spun awkwardly off her foot and toward Julie Johnston at the far post. Johnston won the aerial battle and headed the ball across the face of the goal to Long, who redirected the ball with her head into the net for her second score of the match. USA 6, COL 0 (SEE GOAL)

USA – Christen Press (Crystal Dunn) 74th minute: Long capitalized on a quick free kick at midfield with a short pass to Dunn, who led Christen Press with a diagonal through ball down the left side of the field. In full stride, Press bent a perfect right-footed shot from the top left corner of the box into the right side of the net for her third goal of the year. USA 7, COL 0 (SEE GOAL)

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:

COL – Orianica Velazquez, 5th minute: Tobin Heath went on a fantastic dribbling run down the left side, beating four defenders (which included a nutmeg) before attempting to play a pass across the face of the goal, but Colombia’s Natalia Gaitan deflected the pass toward Crystal Dunn at the top of the six-yard box. Dunn collected the ball and sent a right-footed shot on target, but Orianica Velazquez managed to stop it with her body on the goal line.

USA – Hope Solo, 57th minute: On a rare counter attack, Colombia managed to get behind the U.S. defense as Catalina Usme played in Liecy Santos and she raced at the U.S. goal with a defender in tow. Santos had a good look at the goal, but Solo stepped up and smothered the hard shot to preserve her shutout.

Next on the Schedule: The U.S. WNT will host Colombia again on Sunday, April 10 at Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, Pa. (2 p.m. ET, ESPN).

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Additional Notes:

  • After today’s tallies, Dunn and Lloyd are now tied with Alex Morgan for the team lead with eight goals apiece this year. Press’ goal moves her into a tie with Lindsay Tarpley for 16th on the WNT’s all-time scoring list.
  • The USA is 10-0-0 in 2016, having scored 39 goals and allowing only one, good for an average of 3.9 per match.
  • The win marked the WNT’s largest margin-of-victory against Colombia in the four all-time meetings between both sides (previous: 3-0 in 2011, 3-0 in 2012, 2-0 in 2015.)
  • The U.S. recorded its ninth clean sheet of the year, having allowed just one goal through 10 matches.
  • The WNT improved to 4-0-0 in the series against Colombia. Tonight’s game was the first friendly between the two teams.
  • Carli Lloyd’s goal was the 87th of her career and 24th over the last 23 matches, dating back to the WNT’s last match against Colombia in the Round of 16 at the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
  • Lloyd also improved her career total to four goals against Colombia. The only player to have scored in all four matchups.
  • Seventeen-year-old winger Mallory Pugh recorded her fifth assist along with her second goal in her first year of action with the WNT.
  • Pugh’s five assists are tied with Lloyd for the team lead in 2016.
  • Allie Long scored her first and second career international goals in her first cap since Aug. 20, 2014 against Switzerland in Cary, N.C.
  • Tobin Heath notched her third goal of the year and 15th career international goal in her 115th career cap.
  • The WNT used six subs: Samantha Mewis replaced Lindsay Horan and Christen Press replaced Mallory Pugh in the 45th minute; Whitney Engen replaced Julie Johnston and Emily Sonnett replaced Becky Sauerbrunn in the 67th minute; Heather O’Reilly replaced Kelley O’Hara in the 69th minute and Ali Krieger replaced Meghan Klingenberg in the 70th minute.
  • The USA improved to 6-2-1 all-time in Connecticut and 4-0-1 at Pratt & Whitney Stadium.
  • The U.S. trained in Orlando, Fla. with 23 players for six days leading up to the match, but only 23 made the trip to Connecticut after defender Jaelene Hinkle injured her ankle late in camp and returned to her club, and 17-year-old forward Ashley Sanchez left to return to school. Alex Morgan (hip) and Morgan Brian (hamstring) did not play tonight due to minor injuries. Both have been progressing well in training and could be available for selection for the April 10 match in Chester, Pa.

Milestone Watch:

  • Carli Lloyd earned her 221st cap tonight, while Hope Solo recorded her 194th, extending her record for a U.S. goalkeeper, and Heather O’Reilly earned her 229th.
  • Solo recorded her 148th career win, improving her all-time U.S. record for a goalkeeper. 

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

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Colombia
Date: April 6, 2016
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Pratt & Whitney Stadium; East Hartford, Conn.
Kickoff: 7 p.m. ET
Attendance: 21,792
Weather: 47 degrees, Cloudy

Scoring Summary:       1          2          F
USA                             4          3          7          
COL                              0          0          0

USA – Crystal Dunn (Carli Lloyd)                                     27th minute      
USA – Allie Long (Lindsey Horan)                                    32
USA – Mallory Pugh (Carli Lloyd)                                    33
USA – Carli Lloyd (Mallory Pugh)                                    39
USA – Tobin Heath (Crystal Dunn)                                   62
USA – Allie Long (Julie Johnston)                                    65
USA – Christen Press (Crystal Dunn)                              74                                                                                      

Lineups:
USA: 1-Hope Solo; 5-Kelley O’Hara (9-Heather O’Reilly, 69), 4-Becky Sauerbrunn (Emily Sonnett, 67), 8-Julie Johnston (6-Whitney Engen, 67), 7-Meghan Klingenberg (11-Ali Krieger, 70); 23-Allie Long, 20-Lindsey Horan (3-Samantha Mewis, 46), 10-Carli Lloyd (capt.); 2-Mallory Pugh (12-Christen Press, 46), 16-Crystal Dunn, 17-Tobin Heath
Subs not used: 21-Alyssa Naeher
Not available: Alex Morgan, Morgan Brian, Ashlyn Harris
Head coach: Jill Ellis

COL: 1-Catalina Perez; 3-Natalia Gaitan (capt.), 14-Nataly Arias, 17-Leidy Asprilla (2-Carolina Arbelaez, 78), 9-Orianica Velasquez; 5-Isabella Echeverri (13-Maria Jaramillo, 90), 6-Liana Salazar 8-Carolina Pineda, 68), 10-Yorely Rincon (18-Yisela Cuesta, 65), 4-Diana Ospina (15-Tatiana Ariza, 84), 16-Leicy Santos, 11-Catalina Usme (7-Nicole Regnier, 87)
Subs not used: 12-Paula Forero
Head coach: Felipe Taborda

Stats Summary: USA / COL
Shots: 24 / 6
Shots on Goal: 14 / 2
Saves: 2 / 5
Corner Kicks: 5 / 1
Fouls: 10 / 18
Offside: 3 / 0

Misconduct Summary:
COL – Orianica Velasquez (caution)                    18th minute
COL – Yisela Cuesta (caution)                            78

Officials: 
Referee: Marie-Soleil Beaudoin (CAN)                             
Assistant Referee 1: Marie-Han Gagnon (CAN)    
Assistant Referee 2: Chantal Boudreau (CAN)
4th Official: Carol Anne Chenard (CAN)

Budweiser Woman of the Match: Tobin Heath

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

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Colombia
Date: April 6, 2016
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Pratt & Whitney Stadium; East Hartford, Conn.
Kickoff: 7 p.m. ET
Attendance: 21,792
Weather: 47 degrees, Cloudy

Scoring Summary:       1          2          F
USA                             4          3          7         
COL                              0          0          0

USA – Crystal Dunn (Carli Lloyd)                                     27th minute      
USA – Allie Long (Lindsey Horan)                                    32
USA – Mallory Pugh (Carli Lloyd)                                    33
USA – Carli Lloyd (Mallory Pugh)                                    39
USA – Tobin Heath (Crystal Dunn)                                   62
USA – Allie Long (Julie Johnston)                                    65
USA – Christen Press (Crystal Dunn)                              74                                                                                      

Lineups:
USA: 1-Hope Solo; 5-Kelley O’Hara (9-Heather O’Reilly, 69), 4-Becky Sauerbrunn (Emily Sonnett, 67), 8-Julie Johnston (6-Whitney Engen, 67), 7-Meghan Klingenberg (11-Ali Krieger, 70); 23-Allie Long, 20-Lindsey Horan (3-Samantha Mewis, 46), 10-Carli Lloyd (capt.); 2-Mallory Pugh (12-Christen Press, 46), 16-Crystal Dunn, 17-Tobin Heath
Subs not used: 21-Alyssa Naeher
Not available: Alex Morgan, Morgan Brian, Ashlyn Harris
Head coach: Jill Ellis

COL: 1-Catalina Perez; 3-Natalia Gaitan (capt.), 14-Nataly Arias, 17-Leidy Asprilla (2-Carolina Arbelaez, 78), 9-Orianica Velasquez; 5-Isabella Echeverri (13-Maria Jaramillo, 90), 6-Liana Salazar 8-Carolina Pineda, 68), 10-Yorely Rincon (18-Yisela Cuesta, 65), 4-Diana Ospina (15-Tatiana Ariza, 84), 16-Leicy Santos, 11-Catalina Usme (7-Nicole Regnier, 87)
Subs not used: 12-Paula Forero
Head coach: Felipe Taborda

Stats Summary: USA / COL
Shots: 24 / 6
Shots on Goal: 14 / 2
Saves: 2 / 5
Corner Kicks: 5 / 1
Fouls: 10 / 18
Offside: 3 / 0

Misconduct Summary:
COL – Orianica Velasquez (caution)                    18th minute
COL – Yisela Cuesta (caution)                            78

Officials:
Referee: Marie-Soleil Beaudoin (CAN)                            
Assistant Referee 1: Marie-Han Gagnon (CAN)    
Assistant Referee 2: Chantal Boudreau (CAN)
4th Official: Carol Anne Chenard (CAN)

Budweiser Woman of the Match: Tobin Heath

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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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WCQ Preview: USA Meets Canada in Title Match of 2018 Concacaf Women’s Championship | Oct. 17 on FS1 at 7 p.m. CT

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 7 p.m. CT. 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.

Follow all the #USWNT and tournament action on Twitter using #OneNationOneTeam and #CWC on @ussoccer_wnt and @ussoccer_esp, and on Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat (ussoccer_wnt).

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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WNT Postcards from WCQ

As the U.S. Women's National Team prepares to take on Canada for the 2018 Concacaf Women's Championship, take a look at some favorite photos from the World Cup qualifying campaign. 

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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-Kellyn Acosta, 24-Jonathan Amon; 13-Josh Sargent

Substitutes: 22-Ethan Horvath, 2-DeAndre Yedlin, 3-Matt Miazga, 4-Michael Bradley, 6-John Brooks, 7-Bobby Wood, 14-Fafa Picault, 16-Julian Green, 17-Antonee Robinson

  • U.S. MNT Starting XI Cap Numbers (including this match): Brad Guzan (59), Kellyn Acosta (21), Wil Trapp (9), Tim Weah (7), Cameron Carter-Vickers (6), Marky Delgado and Josh Sargent (5 each), Ben Sweat (2), Jonathan Amon, Reggie Cannon, Aaron Long (1 each)
  • Dave Sarachan makes nine changes to the starting XI that faced Colombia, with midfielders Kellyn Acosta and Tim Weah as the two holdovers from Thursday.
  • The Starting XI averages 23 years, 157 days and 9.6 caps.
  • The most senior player in the lineup, goalkeeper Brad Guzan makes his first appearance since Sept. 5, 2017 at Honduras.
  • Guzan is the lone starter that has experience against Peru, minding the net in the MNT’s 2-1 defeat of La Blanquirroja on Sept. 4, 2015 in Washington, D.C.
  • Wil Trapp returns to the lineup to captain the side. The midfielder makes his team-leading seventh appearance of 2018.
  • Upon the opening whistle, the number of MNT debutantes in 2018 will rise to 19, as Dave Sarachan hands Jonathan Amon, Reggie Cannon and Aaron Long their international debuts.
  • Amon, Cannon and Long join Ben Sweat as the four players making their first starts for the MNT tonight. 
  • With matches against England and Italy still to play next month, the 2018 debut total is already the third most of the modern era (1990-present) behind 1992 (21) and 2007 (20).
  • At age 19, Jonathan Amon becomes the sixth teenager to appear for the MNT in 2018, the most of any calendar year during the modern era. He joins Tyler Adams, Josh Sargent and Tim Weah, as well as recently-turned 20-year olds Weston McKennie and Christian Pulisic.
  • Amon and Cannon take the total of 2018 MNT debutantes that are eligible for the 2020 Summer Olympics to nine, while 11 players did so at age 22 or under. 
  • Five players are age-eligible for the 2020 Summer Olympics: Jonathan Amon, Reggie Cannon, Cameron Carter-Vickers, Josh Sargent and Tim Weah
  • Already making his seventh MNT appearance, 18-year-old Tim Weah has the fourth-most caps of the USA starting XI. In Thursday’s defeat to Colombia, Weah (18 years, 232 days) became the third-youngest player in the modern era to register an assist, coming in behind only Christian Pulisic (17 years, 349 days) and Juan Agudelo (18 years, 197 days).
  • Josh Sargent earns his second career start. The 18-year-old became the second-youngest MNT player to score in his debut (also his first start) in the 3-0 win against Bolivia on May 28 in Chester, Pa. 
  • Should he appear in tonight’s match, midfielder Michael Bradley will earn his 142nd cap, which would move him into sole possession of third on the MNT’s all-time appearance list. Currently tied with Clint Dempsey, the pair sit behind only Cobi Jones (164) and Landon Donovan (157).
  • Sarachan deploys a four-man back line with Carter-Vickers and Long pairing in central defense, while Cannon (right), Sweat (left) line up as full backs.
  • The five-man midfield features Trapp in the central holding role behind Acosta and Delgado, with Weah on the right and Amon on the left.
  • Sargent starts up top as the lone striker. 
  • The MNT holds a 3-2-1 all-time advantage against Peru.
  • Eight players are products of U.S. Soccer Development Academy clubs: Kellyn Acosta and Reggie Cannon (FC Dallas), Jonathan Amon (South Carolina United Battery), Marky Delgado (Chivas USA/IMG Academy), Aaron Long (Arsenal FC), Josh Sargent (St. Louis Scott Gallagher-Missouri), Ben Sweat (Chargers SC), Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew SC), Tim Weah (BW Gottschee/New York Red Bulls),
  • With the MNT dressing 20 players, Andrija Novakovich and Kenny Saief are healthy scratches from tonight’s match. Teams are allowed to make six substitutions.   
  • Tonight marks the MNT’s seventh match at Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field. The USA holds a 4-1-1 all-time record and last defeated Ghana 2-1 in a Gold Cup warm-up match on July 1, 2017.   
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Luminus Arena in Genk, Belgium to Host USA-Italy on Nov. 20

CHICAGO (Oct. 16, 2018) – The U.S. Men’s National Team will close out 2018 with its final Kickoff Series match against four-time World Cup winners Italy on Tuesday, Nov. 20 at Luminus Arena in Genk, Belgium. Live coverage of USA-Italy will be broadcast on FS1, UniMas and UDN at 2:45 p.m. ET.

The game will round out the MNT’s Kickoff Series, a six-game slate of matches against Top-25 ranked FIFA opponents scheduled to present an earnest challenge to the developing side at the start of the new World Cup cycle. By the time the match against Italy rolls around, the MNT will have faced Brazil, Colombia, England, Mexico and Peru this fall, as well as playing France in their last match before heading to Russia to win the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

The USA holds a 1-7-3 all-time record against the Azzuri. Memorably, the two sides drew 1-1 during the group stage of the 2006 FIFA World Cup, with Italy going on to win their fourth title that year. The USA earned its lone win in the most recent meeting, using a Clint Dempsey strike to take a 1-0 victory on Feb. 29, 2012 in Genoa.  


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