The U.S. WNT hung four goals on Mexico in a dominant display at EverBank Field in Jacksonville, Fla. on Thursday, April 5, 2018. 14,360 fans turned out to cheer on goals by Mallory Pugh and Carli Lloyd that bookended an Alex Morgan brace before Mexico grabbed a late consolation tally. Look back at all the fun from on and off the field.Read more
Coming off a convincing 4-1 victory against Mexico on April 5 in Jacksonville, Fla., the U.S. Women’s National Team will go for a sweep of the two-game series when it meets Mexico again on April 8 at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston (12:30 CT; FOX). The USA got two goals from Alex Morgan and scores by Mallory Pugh and Carli Lloyd. Both teams are using these matches as preparation for the Concacaf Women’s Women's Championship this coming October. The USA is 4-0-1 so far in 2018, with wins over Denmark, Germany, England, Mexico and with a tie against France.
U.S. Women’s National Team Roster by Position (Caps/Goals):
DEFENDERS (7): 7- Abby Dahlkemper (NC Courage; 18/0), 17- Tierna Davidson (Stanford; 5/0), 14- Sofia Huerta (Chicago Red Stars; 4/0), 25-Hailie Mace (UCLA: 0/0), 27-Tegan McGrady (Stanford; 0/0), 4- Becky Sauerbrunn (Utah Royals FC; 136/0), 16- Emily Sonnett (Portland Thorns FC; 16/0),
MIDFIELDERS (6): 6- Morgan Brian (Olympique Lyon, FRA; 73/6), 26-Haley Hanson (Houston Dash; 0/0), 9- Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC; 48/4), 10- Carli Lloyd (Houston Dash; 251/99); 20- Allie Long (Portland Thorns FC; 36/6), 3- Andi Sullivan (Stanford; 10/0)
FORWARDS (7): 19- Crystal Dunn (Chelsea FC, ENG; 61/23), 22- Ashley Hatch (Washington Spirit; 2/0), 21- Savannah McCaskill (Sky Blue FC; 5/0), 13- Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride; 139/83); 11- Mallory Pugh (Washington Spirit; 34/10), 15- Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign; 134/35), 12- Lynn Williams (NC Courage; 19/4)
Mexico Women's National Team Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): 1-Bianca Henninger (Houston Dash, USA), 12-Cecilia Santiago (Club América)
DEFENDERS (9): 2-Kenti Robles (Atlético Madrid, ESP), 3-Bianca Sierra (Thór / KA, ISL), 4-Vanessa Flores (West Virginia, USA), 5-Mónica Flores (Unattached), 13-Annia Mejía (Unattached), 14-Jocelyn Orejel (Colorado, USA), 16-Marcela Valera (Atlas FC), 22-Greta Espinoza (Levante, ESP), 23-Christina Murillo (Chicago Red Stars Reserves, USA)
MIDFIELDERS (5): 6-Karla Nieto (Pachuca), 7-Cristina Ferral (Olympique de Marseille, FRA), 10-Stephany Mayor (Thór / KA, ISL), 11-Mónica Ocampo (Pachuca), 17-María Sánchez (Santa Clara, USA)
FORWARDS (4): 8-Ariana Calderón (Thór / KA, ISL), 9-Anisa Guajardo (Sundsvalls DFF, SWE), 18-Kiana Palacios (Unattached), 21-Renae Cuéllar (Unattached)
Possible Concacaf Preview: With the USA and Mexico both top teams in the Concacaf Confederation, these games could be a preview of what’s to come later in the year at the World Cup qualifying tournament. The Concacaf Women’s Championship will take place from Oct. 4-17 in the United States in venues to be announced soon. The USA, Canada and Mexico have automatic berths into the final eight-team tournament while the other five nations will have to go through pre-qualifying in their respective regions. From the final competition, three teams will qualify directly to France while a fourth will enter a two-leg playoff against the third-place team from South America. As the USA faces Mexico in these two friendly games, all the players and coaches will cast a distant eye on the all-important qualifying tournament about six months from now.
USA vs. Mexico History: Although the USA has faced Mexico 35 times in its history, before Thursday's game, the teams had met just once in the past two and half years, that coming in February of 2016 during Olympic Qualifying in Frisco, Texas, a 1-0 victory on a goal from Carli Lloyd. Just seven of the 23 players on this U.S. roster played against Mexico during that match which saw the game knotted at 0-0 until the 80th minute despite the USA out-shooting Mexico 16-2 for the game. The last friendly between the teams before that took place on May 17, 2015, in a Women's World Cup warm-up match, a 5-1 U.S. victory in Carson, Calif. That game was tied 1-1 at halftime before the USA exploded for four goals in the second half. Across 34 all-time meetings, Mexico has defeated the USA once and drawn once. The win came in the semifinal of Concacaf Qualifying for the 2011 Women's World Cup, a 2-1 victory in Cancun, Mexico. The setback forced the USA to win the tournament's third-place match and then a two-leg playoff with Italy to qualify for the Women's World Cup in Germany.
New Face on the Opposing Bench: This will be the first game against Mexico in almost 20 years in which long-time Mexico head coach Leo Cuellar will not be on the opposing bench. Mexico's new head coach Roberto Medina was a professional player who played with Pachuca, Tecos, Monterrey, Leon, Puebla, Atlante, Irapuato, Veracruz and the Pumas of the National University. He is the former head coach of the Mexico U-20 WNT, which he coached at the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup, as Mexico advance to the quarterfinal before falling to South Korea.
New Kits: The U.S. WNT will debut its new uniforms in the two-game series vs. Mexico, wearing the light kits for both matches. The MNT debuted the dark kits on March 27 in a 1-0 victory against Paraguay in Cary, N.C. Since 2014, the unifying phrase, "One Nation. One Team." has defined U.S. Soccer. In the 2018 kits, the words are emblazoned on the inner neck of both light and dark shirts. There, the adage forms a distinct starting point for a set of uniforms that will see both teams through initial qualifying stages for their next major international tournaments. READ MORE .
Next Generation: On the USA’s 23-player roster, 13 players were born in 1993 or later, with the average age of the group being 25 years old.
Smells Like Teen Spirit: The USA has had two teenagers in its starting XI in all five of its games played so far in 2018 in 19-year-olds Mallory Pugh and Tierna Davidson. Between them, they have combined for four goals and two assists. Before the first game of 2018 on Jan. 21, the last time two teenagers were in the U.S. WNT starting lineup was June 30, 2001 against Canada in Toronto. Aleisha Cramer (18) and Cat Whitehill (19) both played the entire game. Pugh currently leads the WNT in goal scoring with three so far in 2018.
Closing in on 100: Carli Lloyd is currently sitting at 99 goals and with one more would become the sixth player in WNT history to reach 100 for her country. She has scored 10 goals against Mexico, with her most recent one coming on April 5.
Back at BBVA : The U.S. Women have played four matches at BBVA Compass Stadium since the venue opened in 2012. The first was a 4-0 win vs. China PR in 2012 followed by two games in the 2016 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Championship, a 5-0 win vs. Trinidad & Tobago that qualified the USA for the Rio Olympics and a 2-0 win in the championship game against Canada. U.S. goalkeeper Jane Campbell, who is the starter for the Houston Dash, earned her first senior team cap at BBVA Stadium on April 6, 2017, coming at halftime for Ashlyn Harris in a 5-1 win against Russia.Read more
At halftime of the USA vs. Mexico game, on beautiful Thursday night at EverBank Field in Jacksonville, Florida, the U.S. Women’s National Team headed into the locker room with a 1-0 lead courtesy of an early goal from Mallory Pugh. While the USA had dominated possession, and created a handful of quality scoring chances through the first 45 minutes, the attack was not quite clicking in the final third. The score was close, Mexico had manufactured a few chances of their own in the first half, and the next goal would be crucial in determining the outcome of the match.
The USA got that goal, and another, and another, all in the four-minute span.
Like they’ve done many times before in their careers, Alex Morgan and Carli Lloyd stepped up and eliminated any chance for Mexico to claw back into the match.
In the 50th minute, Morgan made one of her classic runs behind the defense and powered past Mexico defender Annia Mejia who grabbed her arm and toppled her in the penalty area. The referee pointed to the penalty spot immediately. With Lloyd, the USA’s long-time penalty kick-taker, off the field, Morgan stepped up to take it herself and struck her shot into the corner just past Mexico goalkeeper Bianca Henninger, who guessed correctly but was unable get a hand on the well-placed attempt.
“I thought Alex played really well tonight,” U.S. WNT head coach Jill Ellis said. “I thought she was sharp. She has become a facilitator and a finisher (Morgan helped set up the first goal with an excellent pass to Megan Rapinoe who then fed Pugh) – I’ll chose the latter if I had to pick one – but she’s looking sharp. I use the word ‘hungry’ with Alex because I think she’s not just working hard when we have the ball but is working hard trying to win the ball back for us. I’m just really pleased with her and her output, and happy whenever she finds the back of the net. Overall, she had a very good performance tonight.”
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Two minutes later, Morgan was at it again, this time timing her run perfectly to get on the end of a slipped pass into the left side of the penalty box before finishing like fans have seen her do many times, with a lashed left-footed shot across the face of goal to the opposite corner. The ball hit the inside of the right post and bounced into the net to complete her 18th career brace and 21st multi-goal game.
Suddenly, the score was 3-0 and the USA’s attack was rolling. Moments later, Ellis made her first substitution of the game, bringing on Lloyd to replace Andi Sullivan in the center midfield in the 53rd minute.
Lloyd’s impact was almost instantaneous. The 35-year-old veteran came in at 52:49 and scored 29 seconds later at 53:12 on what was her first touch of the game. The goal made it 4-0 and effectively put the match away. The goal was the 99th of her international career, putting her one away from becoming the sixth WNT player in history to score 100 or more goals for the USA.
For Lloyd though, it isn’t about milestones on the stat sheet.
“It’s an honor, but it’s not in the back of my mind,” Lloyd said about nearing the 100 career goals. “My mind is on getting better, and when that 100 goal comes, it comes, but it will also pass soon. I just want to continue to improve every day, get my chance off the bench and seize the moment.”
The USA will play the second match of its two-game set vs. Mexico on Sunday, April 8 (12:30 p.m. CT; FOX) at BBVA Stadium, as the road to the Concacaf Women’s Championship this October continues.Read more
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (April 5, 2018) – The U.S. Women’s National Team took early control of the game versus Mexico and never relinquished its dominance, rolling past its Concacaf opponent with a 4-1 win in front of 14,360 fans at EverBank Field. Goals by Mallory Pugh and Carli Lloyd bookended an Alex Morgan brace to put the USA up 4-0 before Mexico grabbed a late consolation tally.
It was all USA in the first half with the home team out-shooting Mexico 10-2 and maintaining 76.4 percent of the possession throughout. The WNT had an early chance when Megan Rapinoe connected with Morgan Brian in front of the goal but Brian’s shot was saved by Mexico goalkeeper Bianca Henninger. Rapinoe would record her assist a few minutes later when she found an incoming Pugh in the sixth minute to open the scoring in favor of the USA.
In the second half, the U.S. extended its lead with three goals in four minutes as Morgan scored twice, in the 51st and 53rd minutes, while Carli Lloyd followed soon after with a score in the 54th. Mexico pulled one back via Katie Johnson, who plays for the NWSL’s Sky Blue FC, but never seriously threatened to mount a comeback as the USA finished the game with a 20-9 shots advantage.
Next, the U.S. WNT travels to Houston, Texas, for the second of the two-game set of friendlies against Mexico. The teams will meet again on Sunday, April 8 (12:30 p.m. CT; FOX) at BBVA Compass Stadium, home of the NWSL’s Houston Dash and MLS’s Houston Dynamo.
Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Mallory Pugh (Megan Rapinoe), 6th minute: U.S. center back Tierna Davidson intercepted a ball at midfield and passed it to Morgan, who found an opening in front of her and slid a ball into space at the top of the box for Rapinoe. Rapinoe got it in stride and ran towards the goal, where Mexico goalkeeper Bianca Henninger charged out to cut down the angle. Rapinoe managed to get rid of the ball right before Henninger reached her, passing it to Pugh who was coming down the middle, and she tapped it in for the first goal of the game. USA 1, MEX 0. WATCH.
USA – Alex Morgan (penalty kick) – 51st minute: Morgan was brought down inside the penalty box by Annia Mejia as she made a run at goal, and the referee immediately pointed to the spot. Morgan sent an excellent shot to the lower right corner just past Mexico goalkeeper Bianca Henninger, who guessed correctly but was unable to stop the well-placed attempt. USA 2, MEX 0. WATCH.
USA – Alex Morgan (Lindsey Horan) – 53rd minute: Lindsey Horan slid a pass to Morgan, who was making a run from the middle to the left side of the box. With pinpoint accuracy, Morgan fired a shot across the face of goal to the opposing corner, where the ball pinged off the inside of the right post and rolled in for her 18th career brace. USA 3, MEX 0. WATCH.
USA – Carli Lloyd (Lindsey Horan) – 54th minute: From the right side, Pugh crossed the ball to Horan, who had time to pick out Lloyd in the middle of the box. With impressive body control, Lloyd kept her close range shot low and tucked it inside the left post only seconds after coming in for Andi Sullivan. It was her 99th career goal. USA 4, MEX 0. WATCH.
MEX – Katie Johnson (Ariana Calderon), 64th minute: From 15 yards inside the USA half, Calderon redirected a lofted pass in the air with a slight header, sending it between the two U.S. center backs. Johnson chased the ball down and seeing that U.S. WNT goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher had come out and left an empty net, chipped a shot from the top of the box that fell into the back of the U.S. net. USA 4, MEX 1. FINAL.
- The USWNT is 4-0-1 so far in 2018.
- The team has not allowed more than one goal in any of its last 12 games, going 10-0-2 during that run dating back to mid-2017. It has scored at least three goals in eight of those 12 games.
- The average age of tonight’s U.S. starting XI was 24.5 years old.
- Three players on tonight’s starting XI played every minute of the 2018 SheBelieves Cup: goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher, defender Abby Dahlkemper and defender Tierna Davidson. They all went the full 90 again tonight.
- Davidson is the only player on the U.S. roster to play every minute so far in 2018.
- Alex Morgan earned her 139th cap tonight and scored a brace, the 18th two-goal game of her career and 21st multi-goal game, upping her career total to 83 goals in the process. Her opening goal tonight was the first of her international career to come via a penalty kick.
- At age 28, Morgan sits in sole possession of seventh place on the USA's all-time goal scoring list. She’s scored 10 goals over her last 12 WNT matches.
- Mallory Pugh earned her 34th cap tonight and scored her team-leading fourth goal of 2018, as many as the rest of her teammates combined. Pugh has 10 career goals.
- She recently tallied her first career brace against Denmark on Jan. 21 and then scored against France on March 4. She is currently fourth all-time for goals before the age of 20 with 10 (behind Cindy Parlow-15, Mia Hamm-14 and Christie Welsh-11), first in assists with 12, second in caps with 34 and second in starts with 26, moving past Hamm (Tiffany Roberts is first with 41). She's the only player to ever have double digit goals and assists before the age of 20.
- Just like in the first four USA matches of 2018, there were two teenagers in the USA's starting XI today, 19-year-olds Pugh and Davidson. The pair has so far combined for four goals and two assists in 2018. Before the first match of the year in San Diego on Jan. 21, the last time two teenagers were in the WNT starting lineup was June 30, 2001 vs. Canada in Toronto. Aleisha Cramer (18) and Cat Whitehill (19) both played that entire game.
- Carli Lloyd earned her 251st cap tonight and scored her 99th career goal. She is one away from becoming the sixth player to score 100 or more for the USA, and the first since 2009 when Abby Wambach scored her 100th. Lloyd is in sixth place on the all-time caps list. She is four away from tying Abby Wambach for fifth (255).
- Lloyd is the highest active goal scorer in U.S. history with the players ahead of her - Mia Hamm, Wambach, Kristine Lilly, Tiffeny Milbrett and Michelle Akers - all retired.
- Lloyd scored 36 international goals between the time she debuted six days before her 23rd birthday, and her 30th birthday. Since turning 30, she has scored 63 goals in 116 games in just under six years. The 116 games after the age of 30 rank her seventh all-time in U.S. history that category. Christie Rampone is far and away the leader with 175.
- Megan Rapinoe made her 134th international appearance today. She earned her first assist of 2018 tonight and now has 45 career assists. She has 35 career goals after scoring the game-winning goal against Germany on March 1. She is tied with April Heinrichs and Sydney Leroux for 15th on the all-time goals list.
- Lindsey Horan earned her 48th cap today and had her third career multi-assist game, with her passes to Morgan and Lloyd. She has 15 career assists.
- U.S. WNT head coach Jill Ellis made five subs tonight: Lloyd for Sullivan, Long for Brian, Sauerbrunn for Pugh, Hatch for Morgan and McCaskill for Rapinoe. It was Sauerbrunn’s first substitute appearance since March 10, 2014 vs. Denmark. With Sauerbrunn on the field and heading to the center back position, Davidson moved to left back and Dunn went up to right wing.
- Not dressing tonight were Lynn Williams, Sofia Huerta, Ashlyn Harris, Haley Hanson and Teagan McGrady.