USA vs. SCOTLAND
Date: Nov. 13, 2018
Venue: The Simple Digital Arena; Glasgow, Scotland
Broadcast: FS1, UDN
Kickoff: 2 p.m. ET
Starting XI vs. Scotland: 24-Ashlyn Harris; 2-Emily Sonnett, 7-Abby Dahlkemper, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 25-Emily Fox; 8-Julie Ertz, 16-Rose Lavelle, 19-Crystal Dunn; 11-Mallory Pugh, 10-Carli Lloyd (capt.), 13-Alex Morgan
Subs: 3-Samantha Mewis, 6-Andi Sullivan, 15-Megan Rapinoe, 18-Adrianna Franch, 20-Allie Long, 21-Jessica McDonald, 22-Danielle Colaprico
- The USA is 17-0-2 in 2018, with wins vs. Denmark, Germany, England, Mexico (thrice), China PR (twice), Japan, Brazil, Chile (twice), Panama, Trinidad & Tobago, Jamaica, Canada and Portugal; and ties against Australia and France.
- The USA is unbeaten in its last 27 matches (24-0-3), and has outscored its opponents 92-17 through that stretch, scoring in all 27 games. Since the 2017 SheBelieves Cup, the USA has failed to score in just one game (vs. Australia at the 2017 ToN). That's a 32-game span.
- The WNT hasn’t conceded a goal in 794 minutes in 2018, with the last one coming against Brazil during the Tournament of Nations on Aug. 2.
- Ashlyn Harris will earn cap No. 19 today. Before today, her most recent start came against Panama on Oct. 7 when she went 90 minutes to earn the win and her fifth career shutout.
- Emily Sonnett will earn cap 26 today. She has played in 13 games this year and has started eight times. She played in three games at World Cup qualifying.
- Abby Dahlkemper will earn her 30th cap tonight. It will be her 17th appearance and 16th start of 2018.
- Becky Sauerbrunn will earn her 149th cap tonight. Sauerbrunn is in 19th place on the all-time caps list.
- Emily Fox will earn her second cap today after making her debut vs. Portugal on Nov. 8. She is the 26th player to be capped under head coach Jill Ellis. Fox is a veteran of the USA's last two FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup Teams. She is a sophomore at the University of North Carolina.
- Crystal Dunn will earn cap No. 75 today, becoming the 43rd U.S. WNT player to hit that mark, and will make her 15th start of 2018. While she has been playing as an outside back for most of the year, today she will start in the midfield.
- Julie Ertz makes her 16th appearance and 15th start of 2018 and will earn cap No. 73. She has scored four goals in 2018 and has 18 international tallies. She was named the MVP of the Concacaf Women's Championship while playing the entire tournament at defensive midfielder.
- Rose Lavelle will earn her 20th career cap tonight and makes her ninth start this year. She has scored six international goals, most recently the game-winner against Canada on Oct. 17 in the title game of the 2018 Concacaf Women’s Championship.
- Still 20 years old, Mallory Pugh will earn her 43rd career cap today. She has scored six goals in 2018 and has two assists. In her career she has scored 12 goals – most recently vs. Chile on Sept. 4 – and has earned 13 assists. Today marks her 14th appearance of 2018.
- Alex Morgan has 17 goals in 2018 and 97 career goals in 152 caps. She also leads the USA in minutes played with 1,412 this year. At age 29, she sits in sole possession of seventh place on the USA's all-time goal list. Morgan has scored 24 goals over her last 25 WNT matches, a span that runs from the end of 2017. The 24 goals have included six braces and one hat trick. Morgan will earn cap No. 153 today, and is two away from tying Michelle Akers (155) for 17th all-time in caps.
- Carli Lloyd makes her 19th appearance of 2018 today. She is the USA's all-time active caps leader with 264. On Oct. 7 vs. Panama, Lloyd scored her eighth career hat trick and upped her career total to 105 goals. She is now two away from tying Michelle Akers for fourth all-time in the U.S. goals list.
The U.S. Women’s National Team heads into its final stretch of 2018 carrying a 16-0-2 record, which includes wins against Denmark, Germany, England, Mexico (thrice), China PR (twice), Japan, Brazil, Chile (twice), Panama, Trinidad & Tobago, Jamaica and Canada; and ties against Australia and France.
The USA will close out the year with two games abroad, against Portugal on Nov. 8 (1 p.m. ET, ESPN2) in Lisbon, and Scotland on Nov. 13 (2 p.m. ET, FS1 & UDN) in Glasgow. With both games taking place in Europe, the next two weeks will not only serve as an exciting challenge to wrap up a successful year on a positive note, but also re-introduce the players to the adversities of traveling overseas.
“I think after qualifying for the World Cup, we now have eight months ahead of us, and any opportunity to play games together is going to be beneficial,” U.S. WNT defender Abby Dahlkemper said. “Coming to Europe, which is the obviously a similar situation to what the team will face when we travel to France, is exactly what we needed to finish 2018.”
U.S. WNT head coach Jill Ellis has also talked about the importance of acclimating to the different time zone and the overall atmosphere of playing away games, experiences the team will get this month and at the start of next year when the squad returns to Europe for its annual January training camp.
“This trip and our January Camp will give us two opportunities to dry run the logistics of traveling to Europe next summer,” Ellis said. “We love playing at home, but adjusting to time change, recovering from international travel, traveling within Europe and playing in front of away crowds are all good experiences to prepare us for next June.”
By many metrics, it’s been a positive year for the U.S. WNT. Despite a highly competitive schedule, the team won all three tournaments it played – the 2018 SheBelieves Cup, the 2018 Tournament of Nations and the 2018 Concacaf Women’s Championship – and has remained unbeaten, with only two draws, both 1-1 scores, coming against France at the SBC and Australia at the ToN. Most importantly, the USA accomplished its biggest goal of the year: qualifying for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
The USA is unbeaten in its last 26 matches (23-0-3 dating back to the summer of 2017), and has scored in all 26 of those games while outscoring opponents 91-17 through that stretch.
The USA is also on the verge of a historic moment. With its next victory, the WNT will record the 500th win in program history. Since its inception in 1985, the U.S. WNT has compiled an international record of 499 wins, 65 losses and 74 ties.
“It’s been a year of working hard to take strides to improve, so I think finishing the year off with two solid performances would be a fitting end to 2018,” Ellis added. “The players, medical team, and technical staff worked very hard to ensure we peaked for World Cup qualifying and got the job done, so these two friendlies will be a chance to continue that work and end this period on a high note with a good feeling of what’s to come.”Read more
U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Jill Ellis has named 24 players for an almost two-week trip to Europe that will end the USA’s 2018 schedule with matches in two historic capitals, against Portugal in Lisbon and Scotland in Glasgow. Ahead of the challenging tour, Ellis spoke about her goals for the trip, bringing a larger roster overseas and continuing the work to end a remarkably productive year on a high note.
What are the main goals for the matches against Portugal and Scotland?
“It’s been a year of working hard to take strides to improve, so I think finishing the year off with two solid performances would be a fitting end to 2018. The players, medical team, and technical staff worked very hard to ensure we peaked for World Cup qualifying and got the job done, so these two friendlies will be a chance to continue that work and end this period on a high note with a good feeling of what’s to come.”
There were 20 players on the World Cup Qualifying squad, but you’ve increased the roster to 24 for this trip. What was the impetus for the additions?
“We’ve brought a larger roster to Europe for two main reasons. First, our core players have had a very demanding year and the priority for that group was qualifying for the World Cup. A slightly larger roster enables us to share players’ loads in training and in matches while still getting in quality minutes. The second is that this approach will give us an opportunity to look at the depth in certain positions outside of the 20 players from qualifying. With two midfielders and two defenders [Morgan Brian, McCall Zerboni, Tierna Davidson and Kelley O’Hara] not with us, this trip will provide a window for several other quality players to get time with the main group.”
U.S. WNT Roster by Position – Portugal-Scotland Tour ’18 (Caps/Goals):
GOALKEEPERS (3): Adrianna Franch (Portland Thorns FC; 0/0), Ashlyn Harris (Orlando Pride; 18/0), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars; 37/0)
DEFENDERS (7): Abby Dahlkemper (NC Courage; 28/0), Crystal Dunn (NC Courage; 73/24), Emily Fox (UNC; 0/0), Merritt Mathias (NC Courage; 1/0), Becky Sauerbrunn (Utah Royals FC; 147/0), Casey Short (Chicago Red Stars; 27/0), Emily Sonnett (Portland Thorns FC; 24/0)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Danielle Colaprico (Chicago Red Stars; 0/0), Julie Ertz (Chicago Red Stars; 71/18), Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC; 61/7), Rose Lavelle (Washington Spirit; 18/6), Allie Long (Seattle Reign FC; 39/6), Samantha Mewis (NC Courage; 40/8), Andi Sullivan (Washington Spirit; 10/0)
FORWARDS (7): Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC; 142/25), Carli Lloyd (Sky Blue FC; 263/105), Jessica McDonald (NC Courage; 1/0), Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride; 151/97), Christen Press (Utah Royals FC; 106/46), Mallory Pugh (Washington Spirit; 41/12), Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign FC; 144/41)
What are the benefits of holding this last camp of the year in Europe as you and your staff plan for next summer?
“This trip and our January Camp will give us two opportunities to ‘dry run’ the logistics of traveling to Europe next summer. We love playing at home, but adjusting to time change, recovering from international travel, traveling within Europe and playing in front of away crowds are all good experiences to prepare us for next June.”
These two matches end an extremely competitive 2018 schedule. The next time the team gets together will be in January. What message will you give the players after the Scotland game?
“To take a well-earned break and enjoy some downtime. They have been either with their club teams or with us since January, so they need to recharge their batteries. After a break, [High Performance Coach] Dawn Scott will work with each player to customize a “gap plan” that will prioritize their specific performance needs. The base they build with Dawn will give us a solid starting point in the new year.”