CHICAGO (Sept. 5, 2018) – U.S. Women’s National Team Midfielder McCall Zerboni suffered a broken left elbow early in the USA’s match against Chile on Sept. 4 in San Jose, Calif. and will miss the remainder of the NWSL season for the North Carolina Courage.
Zerboni suffered the injury during a hard fall after a clash with a Chile player and had to be replaced in the fifth minute.
Zerboni, who last year became the oldest player to earn a cap with the U.S. Women’s National Team, has played in seven games this year and was making her second career start in the game.
SAN JOSE, Calif. (Sept. 4, 2018) – The U.S. Women’s National Team completed its preparation for the upcoming 2018 Concacaf Women’s Championship with a 4-0 win on Tuesday night that capped off a two-match sweep of World Cup-bound Chile.
Similar to Friday’s first matchup, a 3-0 U.S. victory, the Americans controlled the game at Avaya Stadium from the outset, but this time took longer to break through in the attacking third. Chile came out with a more fire on the night, managing more shots than it was able to produce in the teams’ first encounter, while once again getting a superb performance from goalkeeper Christiane Endler, who saved eight of the USA’s 12 shots on goal.
The U.S. broke though in the 34th minute after Mallory Pugh was brought down inside the penalty box. Endler saved Alex Morgan’s attempt, but Heath was first to the rebound near the left post and sent a quick cross to Pugh, who used her knee to knock it home from close range. Heath added a second score five minutes later off a set play and sent the USA into the locker room with a 2-0 lead.
To start the second half, U.S. WNT head coach Jill Ellis brought on Carli Lloyd for Pugh and two-time Best FIFA Women’s Player award winner wasted no time scoring, making it 3-0 for the U.S. just 70 seconds after stepping on the field. The goal makes Lloyd, 36, the second oldest player to score for the USA after Kristine Lilly, who scored at age 38. Lloyd added another in stoppage time, beating her defender one-v-one and finishing with a shot to the far side netting for the final 4-0 score line.
NEXT: The USA will look to earn a 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup berth as it begins Group A play at the 2018 Concacaf Women’s Championship, which will be played from Oct. 4-17. The USA opens its qualifying schedule on Oct. 4 against Mexico (7:30 p.m. ET), faces Panama on Oct. 7 (5 p.m. ET) and then finishes group play against T&T on Oct. 10 (7:30 p.m. ET) with all three games being played at Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C.
FOX Sports, the home of the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup, will show the 2018 Concacaf Women’s Championship across the FOX Sports family of networks. For viewers on the go, matches can be streamed live via FOXSports.com and the FOX Sports app. More about WCQ.
Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Mallory Pugh (Tobin Heath), 34th minute: Camila Saez brought down Mallory Pugh inside the Chile penalty box. Alex Morgan stepped up to take the shot, but goal keeper Christiane Endler guessed correctly and pushed the ball wide of the right side of the net. Tobin Heath sprinted to get the rebound and crossed it towards the middle of the six-yard box where Pugh found herself in the perfect spot to use her knee to knock the ball into the back of the net. USA 1, CHI 0. WATCH.
USA – Tobin Heath (Tierna Davidson), 39th minute: From a long free kick taken by Abby Dahlkemper, Morgan Brian headed a ball into the middle of the area, and Tierna Davidson nodded it on with her head, redirecting the ball into a perfect spot for Heath to slide and slam her shot off the underside of the crossbar down into the goal. USA 2, CHI 0. WATCH.
USA – Carli Lloyd (Tobin Heath), 47th minute: In what was her first touch of the game, Carli Lloyd scored from Tobin Heath’s free kick with a diving header 70 seconds into the second half to extend the USA lead and make it 101 goals in her international career. USA 3, CHI 0. WATCH.
USA – Carli Lloyd (Crystal Dunn), 93rd minute: Carli Lloyd stole the ball at midfield and carried it all the way to the Chile penalty area, putting some sweet moves on display against Carla Guerrero, who was unable to do much but watch as Lloyd finished to the back corner for her brace. USA 4, CHI 0. FINAL.
- The USA is 11-0-2 in 2018, with wins vs. Denmark, Germany, England, Mexico (twice), China PR (twice), Japan, Brazil and Chile (twice); and ties against Australia and France. The USA is unbeaten in its last 21 matches (18-0-3), and has outscored its opponents 65-17 through that stretch, scoring in all 21 games.
- Tobin Heath scored her 21st international goal tonight and earned two assist upping her 2018 total to four and her career total to 33. Tonight’s game was 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. The start against Australia was her first since March 7, 2017. She earned cap No. 138 tonight.
- Carli Lloyd scored career goals No. 101 and 102 tonight in her 259th WNT cap. It was her ninth career brace and her 16th career multi-goal game. Her first goal of the night came 70 seconds into the start of the second half, and her second came seconds before the end of the game. Lloyd entered the game at halftime. She last scored on April 8 against Mexico, when she bagged her historic 100th goal to become the sixth player to score 100 or more for the USA, and first since 2009 when Abby Wambach scored her 100th. With 102 international goals, Lloyd has now moved past Tiffeny Milbrett into sole possession of fifth place on the USA's all-time goal-scoring list.
- Mallory Pugh scored her 12th international goal tonight, her sixth of 2018 and first since April 8, 2018. She trails only Alex Morgan’s 10 goals for most on the team this year.
- Tierna Davidson earned her second career assist tonight in her 12th cap, after previously scoring her first international goal at the senior level against Chile on Aug. 31. 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.
- Ashlyn Harris earned her 17th cap tonight and her fourth career shutout.
- U.S. WNT head coach Jill Ellis made six substitutions during the game: Morgan Brian for McCall Zerboni in the fifth minute (Zerboni was forced out of the game due to an injury), Crystal Dunn for Kelley O’Hara in the 31st minute, Carli Lloyd for Mallory Pugh in the 46th minute, Lindsey Horan for Rose Lavelle and Amy Rodriguez for Tobin Heath in the 61st minute, and Becky Sauerbrunn for Julie Ertz on the 74th minute.
– U.S. Women’s National Team Match Report –
Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Chile
Date: September 4, 2018
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Avaya Stadium; San Jose, Calif.
Kickoff: 7 p.m. PT
Weather: 70 degrees; Clear
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 2 2 4
CHI 0 0 0
USA – Mallory Pugh (Tobin Heath) 34th minute
USA – Tobin Heath (Tierna Davidson) 38
USA – Carli Lloyd (Tobin Heath) 47
USA – Carli Lloyd (Crystal Dunn) 90+3
USA: 24-Ashlyn Harris; 5-Kelley O’Hara (19-Crystal Dunn, 31), 7-Abby Dahlkemper, 12-Tierna Davidson, 14-Casey Short; 2-Julie Ertz (4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 74), 16-Rose Lavelle (9-Lindsey Horan, 61), 25-McCall Zerboni (6-Morgan Brian, 5); 11-Mallory Pugh (10-Carli Lloyd, 46), 13-Alex Morgan (capt.), 17-Tobin Heath (8-Amy Rodriguez, 61)
Subs not used: 1-Alyssa Naeher
Head coach: Jill Ellis
CHI: 1-Christiane Endler; 2-Rocio Soto (15-Su Helen Galaz, 60), 3-Carla Guerrero, 4-Francisca Lara (16-Ana Gutierrez, 71), 6-Claudia Soto, 8-Karen Araya (21-Maria Jose Urrutia, 89), 10-Yanara Aedo, 11-Yesenia Lopez (19-Javiera Grez, 79), 13-Bárbara Santibáñez (20-Daniela Zamora, 46), 17-Geraldine Leyton, 18-Camila Saez
Subs not used: 12-Natalia Campos, 7-Maria Jose Rojas, 9-Maryorie Hernandez, 14-Fernanda Pinilla
Head coach: José Letelier
Stats Summary: USA / CHI
Shots: 24 / 4
Shots on Goal: 12 / 1
Saves: 1 / 8
Corner Kicks: 6 / 0
Fouls: 8 / 9
Offside: 5 / 2
Referee: Christina Unkel (First Half) / Karen Abt (Second Half) (USA)
Assistant Referee 1: Alicia Messer (USA)
Assistant Referee 2: Brooke Mayo (USA)
4th Official: Karen Abt (First Half) / Christina Unkel (Second Half) (USA)
Budweiser Woman of the Match: Carli Lloyd
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.