USA vs. Chile
Date: Sept. 4, 2018
Venue: Avaya Stadium; San Jose, California
Broadcast: ESPN2 & UDN
Kickoff: 7 p.m. PT
Tonight’s Starting XI vs. Chile: 24-Ashlyn Harris; 5-Kelley O’Hara, 7-Abby Dahlkemper, 12-Tierna Davidson, 14-Casey Short; 2-Julie Ertz, 16-Rose Lavelle, 25-McCall Zerboni; 2-Mallory Pugh, 17-Tobin Heath, 13-Alex Morgan (capt.)
Subs: 1-Alyssa Naeher, 4-Becky Sauerbunn, 6-Morgan Brian, 8-Amy Rodriguez, 9-Lindsey Horan, 10-Carli Lloyd, 19-Crystal Dunn
- The USA is 10-0-2 in 2018, with wins against Denmark, Germany, England, Mexico (twice), China PR (twice), Japan, Brazil and Chile; and ties against Australia and France.
- The USA is unbeaten in its last 20 matches (17-0-3), and has outscored its opponents 61-17 through that stretch, scoring in all 20 games.
- Defenders Abby Dahlkemper and Tierna Davidson, who will start together in the center of the defense, both grew up in Menlo Park – about 25 minutes from Avaya Stadium -- and attended the same high school – Sacred Heart Preparatory – but not at the same time.
- Forward Alex Morgan is the only player to start every game so far in 2018.
- Ashlyn Harris will earn her 17th cap tonight in her second start of 2018. Her most recent start was against China PR on June 12 when she went 90 minutes to earn the win.
- Kelley O’Hara makes her first appearance for the U.S. WNT since March 4, 2018 when she started against France at the 2018 SheBelieves Cup. She will earn her 108th cap tonight in her fourth start and appearance of 2018.
- Abby Dahlkemper started the first match of 2018 against Denmark on Jan. 21 next to debutante Tierna Davidson and the duo also went the full 90 together on March 1 against Germany, March 4 vs. France, March 7 against England. Tonight, it will be the eighth time in 2018 that Dalhkemper and Davidson will combine to anchor the back line. She will earn her 23rd cap tonight.
- Tierna Davidson will earn her 12th start and cap. She scored her first international game vs. Chile on Aug. 31. Davidson has strong ties to the Bay Area, hailing from Menlo Park, Calif., and is currently playing her junior year of college soccer at Stanford University. She helped lead Stanford to the NCAA Championship in 2017 as a sophomore. Davidson is the third teenager since 2013 to earn a first cap for the WNT. Mallory Pugh (17 in 2016) and Lindsey Horan (19 in 2013) are the most recent teenagers to debut for the WNT. She will turn 20-years-old.
- Casey Short returned to the field for the USA on July 26 against Japan, after an injury on March 4 caused her to miss several games for both club and country. Short will earn her 25th cap tonight. She has played mostly left back, but has also played some outside midfield vs. Switzerland last year and played centrally vs. Sweden on June 8 and vs. Brazil on July 30. It will be her 18th overall start.
- Julie Ertz will earn her 66th cap and has scored 16 international goals, most recently against Brazil on Aug. 2.
- McCall Zerboni , who was just a few months shy of her 31st birthday when she debuted on Oct. 22, 2017, became the oldest player to earn a first cap for the U.S. WNT. She will earn her seventh career cap tonight in her second start.
- Rose Lavelle will earn her 13th career cap tonight and make her third consecutive start this year. She has scored three international goals, most recently the game-tying goal vs. Brazil on Aug. 2. Lavelle made her U.S. WNT debut on March 4, 2017 against England – and was the 14th player to be given a first cap under Ellis.
- Tobin Heath will make her fourth consecutive start for the U.S. WNT after taking the field against Australia on July 29, Brazil on Aug. 2, and Chile on Aug. 31. Before taking the field during the Tournament of Nations, Heath’s last start had come on March 7, 2017. She has scored 20 international goals, the most recent one being the tournament-clinching goal against Brazil. Heath will earn cap No. 138 tonight and is in 25th place on the USA’s all-time caps list.
- Alex Morgan comes into the match with 90 goals after scoring her fourth career hat-trick against Japan on July 26, and will earn her 147th cap tonight. At age 29, she sits in sole possession of seventh place on the USA's all-time goal scoring list. She’s scored 17 goals over her last 19 WNT matches. She leads the WNT with 10 goals in 2018.
- Mallory Pugh returns to the starting lineup tonight for the first time since April 8, 2018. She entered the game against Chile on Aug. 31 as a second half substitute, making her first appearance since April 8, and earned her 13th career assist.
The U.S. Women’s National Team will finish its two-game set vs. Chile – the first matches between the countries in women’s soccer – with a Tuesday night clash on Sept. 4 at Avaya Stadium in San Jose, Calif. (7 p.m. PT on ESPN2 & UDN). The USA is coming off a dominant 3-0 victory against Chile on Aug. 31 that would have featured a far larger score line had it not been for some excellent play from Chile goalkeeper Christiane Endler and a few calls by the referee that did not go the USA’s way.
Nineteen-year-old Tierna Davidson scored her first goal at the senior level in just her 11th cap, the USA benefited from a Chile own goal and Christen Press tallied the third after getting a penalty kick strangely disallowed at the end of the first half. The USA out-shot Chile, 24-1, but Endler made nine saves, several of the spectacular variety in front of 23,544 fans, the second largest crowd to watch the USA this year. The match in San Jose will be the final game before the USA enters World Cup qualifying in October. Chile will be a Women’s World Cup debutante next summer after qualifying for the tournament for the first time by finishing second in the 2018 Copa América Femenina.
The USA has not lost since the 2017 Tournament of Nations last summer, a 1-0 setback to Australia, and has gone 17-0-3 over the past 13 months, which includes an 10-0-2 mark in 2018. The USA’s 2018 has so far featured wins over Denmark, Germany, England, Mexico (twice), China PR (twice), Japan, Brazil and Chile, along with ties vs. France and Australia.
U.S. Women’s National Team Roster By Position (Caps/Goals)
GOALKEEPERS (3): 21- Adrianna Franch (Portland Thorns FC; 0/0), 24- Ashlyn Harris (Orlando Pride; 16/0), 1- Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars; 33/0)
DEFENDERS (7): 7- Abby Dahlkemper (NC Courage; 22/0), 12- Tierna Davidson (Stanford; 11/1), 26- Hailie Mace (UCLA; 2/0), 5- Kelly O’Hara (Utah Royals FC; 107/2), 4- Becky Sauerbrunn (Utah Royals FC; 142/0), 14- Casey Short (Chicago Red Stars; 24/0), 22- Emily Sonnett (Portland Thorns FC; 21/0)
MIDFIELDERS (7): 6- Morgan Brian (Chicago Red Stars; 78/6), 2- Julie Ertz (Chicago Red Stars; 65/16); 9- Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC; 55/6), 16- Rose Lavelle (Washington Spirit; 12/3), 10- Carli Lloyd (Sky Blue FC; 258/100); 3- Samantha Mewis (NC Courage; 38/7); 25- McCall Zerboni (NC Courage; 6/0)
FORWARDS (6): 19- Crystal Dunn (NC Courage; 68/23), 17- Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns; 137/20), 13- Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride; 146/90), 23- Christen Press (Utah Royals FC; 104/45), 11-Mallory Pugh (Washington Spirit; 36/11), 8- Amy Rodriguez (Utah Royals FC; 131/30)
Return to the Bay Area: The match at Avaya Stadium will be the fourth for the USA at the venue where it ended its 2017 schedule with a 3-1 victory against Canada on Nov. 12. The U.S. roster features numerous players with ties to the Bay Area. Defenders Abby Dahlkemper and Tierna Davidson both grew up in Menlo Park and attended the same high school – Sacred Heart Preparatory – but not at the same time. Julie Ertz was a star at Santa Clara University and Alex Morgan was a star at UC Berkeley across the bay. Kelley O’Hara and Press both won the MAC Hermann Trophy at Stanford while Davidson is currently staring for the Cardinal after leading them to the NCAA championship last season.
U.S. Soccer Partners With Megan Rapinoe to Raise Funds For Victims of Carr Fire: U.S. Soccer is partnering with U.S. Women's National Team forward Megan Rapinoe and the Shasta Regional Community Foundation to raise awareness and funds for relief efforts to aid the victims of the Carr Fire that severely affected a large swath of Northern California. Rapinoe, who has 140 caps and 38 goals for the USA, is a native of Redding, California, a town located 250 miles north of San Jose in an area heavily impacted by the Carr Fire. The Carr Fire, which is 90 percent contained, began west of the Redding area on July 23, 2018. At the peak of evacuations, more than 35,000 people were displaced (nearly 20 percent of Shasta County's population). U.S. Soccer will support the Shasta Regional Community Foundation on www.ussoccer.com, U.S. Soccer social media channels, in-stadium public address announcements and LED field boards for both games against Chile in California. Fans are encouraged to donate at www.ussoccer.com/CarrFund. One hundred percent of the donations (excluding online credit card processing fees) will go to the Carr Community Fund for the Carr Fire recovery efforts. In addition, at the U.S. Women's National Team match in San Jose on Sept. 4, U.S. Soccer will host a group from the Redding area who were impacted by the fire, and honor a first responder, representing all those who battled the blaze that was the seventh largest in California history and most destructive in Shasta County history.
10 More for Morgan: After scoring in the opening match of the year against Denmark, twice each in both April games against Mexico, scoring the game-winner against China PR on June 7, getting a hat trick against Japan on July 26, and then tallying a crucial goal against Brazil on Aug. 2 in the ToN, Alex Morgan has 90 goals and at age 29 sits in sole possession of seventh place on the USA’s all-time goal scoring list. She has scored 17 goals over her last 19 WNT matches through the end of 2017 and start deep into 2018. With her hat trick against Japan on July 26, the fourth of her career, Morgan is now fourth all-time in multi-goal games (23) behind Abby Wambach (45), Mia Hamm (38) and Michelle Akers (25). Morgan has scored three goals at both the StubHub Center and Avaya Stadium during her career.Home Sweet, West Coast: The U.S. WNT program started in 1985, but the team did not play a full international match in California until 1996. Since then, the U.S. Women have played 42 total games in California – 30 in Southern California, one in Central California and 11 in Northern California. The match at StubHub Center at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center will mark the USA’s 14th match at the venue, marking the most games ever at one stadium for the U.S. Women. The USA last played at StubHub Center in August of 2017 during a 3-0 victory against Japan to conclude the Tournament of Nations. The 14th match at the StubHub Center moves the venue past the National Sports Center in Blaine, Minn., where the U.S. Women have played 13 times, as the most frequent venue in U.S. WNT history.
World Cup Qualifying Nears: The 2018 Concacaf Women’s Championship will take place from Oct. 4-17 and will qualify three teams to the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France and a fourth into a two-game playoff with Argentina, the third-place team from South America. The tournament will be played in three host cities: Cary, N.C., Edinburg, Texas, and Frisco, Texas, home of the new National Soccer Hall of Fame, which is set to open just three days after the completion of the qualifying tournament. The competition will feature eight countries divided into two groups of four. After round-robin play within the groups, the top two finishers from each group will move on to the all-important semifinals. The USA, which is ranked first in the world, will be seeded into Group A while Canada, which is ranked fourth, will be seeded into Group B. The USA, Canada and Mexico have automatic berths into the tournament. All three first round doubleheaders in Group A – which will take place on Oct. 4, 7 and 10 – will be played at the 10,000-seat Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C. All three doubleheaders in Group B – which will be played on Oct. 5, 8 and 11 – will take place at H-E-B Park in Edinburg, Texas. The top two finishers in each group will then cross over to meet in the on Oct. 14 at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas. The Third-Place Match and Championship Game will be at Toyota Stadium on Oct. 17.
The official draw for the 2018 Concacaf Women’s Championship will be held on Sept. 4 in Miami, Fla. and will be conducted live from Univision Studios at 10 a.m. ET. Fans will be able to follow the event through Concacaf.com, Univision Deportes and Fox Sports in the United States, and Yahoo Sports in Mexico and Central America. FOX Sports, the home of the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup, will show 2018 Concacaf Women’s Championship across the FOX Sports family of networks. Tickets for the 2018 Concacaf Women's Championship Group A doubleheaders featuring the U.S. Women's National Team on Oct. 4, 7 and 10 in Cary, N.C., are on sale. Tickets for the games at Sahlen's Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park are on sale through ussoccer.com and by phone at 1-800-745-3000. Tickets will not be sold at the stadium except on the day of each event. Groups of 20 or more can order directly at ussoccer.com.Read more