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WNT Downs World Cup-Bound Scotland 1-0 via Alex Morgan Goal to Finish Unbeaten 2018

PAISLEY, Scotland (Nov. 13, 2018) – The U.S. Women’s National Team completed an unbeaten 2018 after shutting out a gritty Scotland side, 1-0, on Tuesday night at The Simple Digital Arena. Alex Morgan’s goal in the 39th minute ultimately separated the sides.

The USA had the lion's share of possession throughout the match, as Scotland dropped 11 players inside its own half for most of the game, making it difficult for the WNT to create opportunities. The U.S. finally broke through when Mallory Pugh sent a perfect cross into the six-yard box for Alex Morgan, who finished with a beautiful full volley for the game-winner and her 18th goal of 2018. Scotland did not manage to get any shots on goal in the half but had two in the second frame.

Scotland made three halftime substitutions and created a few more opportunities, but the USA set the tempo and maintained its lead with some solid defending. In the 62nd minute, Pugh was brought down inside the box, earning a penalty kick for the USA. Carli Lloyd stepped up to take the spot kick but her attempt smashed the cross bar and the USA carried the 1-0 score line to the end of the game.

Up Next: The U.S. players will go into a much-deserved holiday break before the team reconvenes for its annual January training camp, which will take place in Europe. The USA is set to face World Cup host France at Stade Océane in Le Havre on Jan. 19 (2:30 p.m. ET; FS1) to open its 2019 campaign.

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Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Alex Morgan (Mallory Pugh), 39th minute:
The USA finally broke the Scotland rear guard in the 39th minute with a nice bit of possession that allowed Mallory Pugh to send in a long cross from the right wing. Morgan met the service with a thundering full volley into the right side of the net from the top of the six-yard box for her 98th career goal. USA 1, SCO 0. FINAL. WATCH GOAL.

Additional Team Notes:

  • The USA finishes 2018 with an unbeaten record of 18-0-2, marking only the fourth time in program history that the USA finishes a calendar year in which it played 10 or more games without a defeat.
  • In 2018, the USA collected wins vs. Denmark, Germany, England, Mexico (thrice), China PR (twice), Japan, Brazil, Chile (twice), Panama, Trinidad & Tobago, Jamaica, Canada, Portugal and Scotland; and ties against Australia and France. Twelve of the 16 countries the USA faced in 2018 are headed to France for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
  • The USA is unbeaten in its last 28 matches (25-0-3) and has outscored its opponents 93-17 through that stretch, scoring in all 28 games. Since the 2017 SheBelieves Cup, the USA has failed to score in just one game (vs. Australia at the 2017 ToN) – a 33-game span.
  • The WNT hasn’t conceded a goal in 884 minutes, with the last concession coming against Brazil in a 4-1 win at the Tournament of Nations on Aug. 2, 2018.

Additional Player Notes:

  • Alex Morgan scored her 18th goal of 2018, second most in a calendar year for her (she scored 28 in 2012) and finishes the year with 98 career goals in 153 caps. She also finishes 2018 leading the USA in minutes played with 1,500. Morgan has scored 25 goals over her last 26 WNT matches, a run that began at the end of 2017. The 25 goals have included six braces and one hat trick.
  • Mallory Pugh, who is 20-years-old and earned career cap No. 43rd today, earned her third assist of 2018 and 14th of her career. She scored six goals in 2018.  
  • Ashlyn Harris earned her fifth career shutout tonight, and second of 2018.

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

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Scotland
Date: November 13, 2018
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: The Simple Digital Arena; Paisley, Scotland
Kickoff: 2 p.m. ET (7 p.m. local)
Attendance: 3,790
Weather: 50 degrees, cloudy

Scoring Summary:           1             2             F
USA                                      1             0             1
SCO                                      0             0             0

USA – Alex Morgan (Mallory Pugh)           39th minute              

Lineups:
USA: 24-Ashlyn Harris; 2-Emily Sonnett (21-Jessica McDonald, 68), 7-Abby Dahlkemper, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 25-Emily Fox (22-Danielle Colaprico, 76); 8-Julie Ertz, 16-Rose Lavelle, 19-Crystal Dunn; 11-Mallory Pugh, 10-Carli Lloyd (capt.) (3-Sam Mewis, 90+3), 13-Alex Morgan (20-Allie Long, 88)
Substitutes not used: 6-Andi Sullivan, 15-Megan Rapinoe, 18-Adrianna Franch
Head Coach: Jill Ellis 

SCO: 1-Lee Alexander (12-Shannon Lynn, 46); 4-Rachel Corsie (capt.), 5-Jennifer Beattie, 7-Hayley Lauder (17-Frankie Brown, 46), 14-Chloe Arthur (2-Kirsty Smith, 46), 6-Jo Love (16-Christie Murray, 66), 9-Caroline Weir, 18-Claire Emslie, 20-Fiona Brown (23-Lizzie Arnot, 84), 22-Erin Cuthbert, 13-Jane Ross (19-Lana Clelland, 75)
Substitutes not used: 21-Jenne Fife, 3-Nicola Docherty, 8-Zoe Ness, 10-Leanne Crichton, 15-Joelle Murray, 24-Sam Kerr
Head Coach: Shelley Kerr

Stats Summary: USA / SCO
Shots: 10 / 8
Shots on Goal: 3 / 2
Saves: 2 / 2
Corner Kicks: 5 / 6
Fouls: 7 / 10
Offside: 2 / 1

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Emily Sonnett (caution)     36th minute

Officials:
Referee: Amy Fearn (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Franca Overtoom (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Bianca Bussem-Scheffers (NED)
4th Official: Cheryl Foster (WAL)

ussoccer.com Woman of the Match: Mallory Pugh

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

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Scotland
Date: November 13, 2018
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: The Simple Digital Arena; Paisley, Scotland
Kickoff: 2 p.m. ET (7 p.m. local)
Attendance: 3,790
Weather: 50 degrees, cloudy

Scoring Summary:           1             2             F
USA                                      1             0             1
SCO                                      0             0             0

USA – Alex Morgan (Mallory Pugh)           39th minute              

Lineups:
USA: 24-Ashlyn Harris; 2-Emily Sonnett (21-Jessica McDonald, 68), 7-Abby Dahlkemper, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 25-Emily Fox (22-Danielle Colaprico, 76); 8-Julie Ertz, 16-Rose Lavelle, 19-Crystal Dunn; 11-Mallory Pugh, 10-Carli Lloyd (capt.) (3-Sam Mewis, 90+3), 13-Alex Morgan (20-Allie Long, 88)
Substitutes not used: 6-Andi Sullivan, 15-Megan Rapinoe, 18-Adrianna Franch
Head Coach: Jill Ellis 

SCO: 1-Lee Alexander (12-Shannon Lynn, 46); 4-Rachel Corsie (capt.), 5-Jennifer Beattie, 7-Hayley Lauder (17-Frankie Brown, 46), 14-Chloe Arthur (2-Kirsty Smith, 46), 6-Jo Love (16-Christie Murray, 66), 9-Caroline Weir, 18-Claire Emslie, 20-Fiona Brown (23-Lizzie Arnot, 84), 22-Erin Cuthbert, 13-Jane Ross (19-Lana Clelland, 75)
Substitutes not used: 21-Jenne Fife, 3-Nicola Docherty, 8-Zoe Ness, 10-Leanne Crichton, 15-Joelle Murray, 24-Sam Kerr
Head Coach: Shelley Kerr

Stats Summary: USA / SCO
Shots: 10 / 8
Shots on Goal: 3 / 2
Saves: 2 / 2
Corner Kicks: 5 / 6
Fouls: 7 / 10
Offside: 2 / 1

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Emily Sonnett (caution)     36th minute

Officials:
Referee: Amy Fearn (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Franca Overtoom (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Bianca Bussem-Scheffers (NED)
4th Official: Cheryl Foster (WAL)

ussoccer.com Woman of the Match: Mallory Pugh

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WNT Downs World Cup-Bound Scotland 1-0 via Alex Morgan Goal to Finish Unbeaten 2018

PAISLEY, Scotland (Nov. 13, 2018) – The U.S. Women’s National Team completed an unbeaten 2018 after shutting out a gritty Scotland side, 1-0, on Tuesday night at The Simple Digital Arena. Alex Morgan’s goal in the 39th minute ultimately separated the sides. The USA had the lion's share of possession throughout the match, as Scotland dropped 11 players inside its own half for mos Read more
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Lineup Notes: USA Finishes 2018 vs. Scotland in Glasgow

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

U.S. Team

  • 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.

Starting Lineup

  • 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.
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Five Things to Know About Scotland

The U.S. Women’s National Team will wrap up its 2018 schedule against Scotland on Tuesday, Nov. 13 (2 p.m. ET on FS1, UDN) at The Simple Digital Arena in Glasgow. The USA has a 17-0-2 record in 2018 and will be playing to finish this year unbeaten.

Here are Five Things to Know about Scotland:

Scotland Women’s National Team Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Lee Alexander (Glasgow City), Jenna Fife (Hibernian), Shannon Lynn (Vittsjo GIK, SWE)
DEFENDERS (6 ): Chloe Arthur (Birmingham City, ENG), Jenny Beattie (Manchester City, ENG), Frankie Brown (Bristol City, ENG), Rachel Corsie (Canberra United, AUS), Joelle Murray (Hibernian), Emma Mitchell (Arsenal, ENG) Kirsty Smith (Manchester United)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Lizzie Arnot (Manchester United, ENG), Leanne Crichton (Glasgow City), Hayley Lauder (Glasgow City), Jo Love (Glasgow City), Christie Murray (Liverpool, ENG), Caroline Weir (Manchester City, ENG)
FORWARDS (7): Fiona Brown (FC Rosengård, SWE), Lana Clelland (ACF Fiorentina, ITA), Erin Cuthbert (Chelsea, ENG), Claire Emslie (Manchester City, ENG), Lisa Evans (Arsenal, ENG), Zoe Ness (Durham United), Jane Ross (West Ham United, ENG)

FIRST-TIME QUALIFIER: SCOTLAND IS HEADED TO FRANCE
Scotland earned its berth to the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup by winning UEFA Group 2, edging Switzerland on the final day of qualifying. Scotland defeated Albania, 2-1, in Shkoder, Albania while Switzerland was held to a surprising 0-0 draw by Poland in Mielec. Scotland went 7-1-0 in its World Cup qualifying group with the only blemish a 1-0 loss to Switzerland in April of 2018 in Switzerland. This match against the USA is the first home game for Scotland time since their historic qualification. In other friendly matches this year, Scotland fell to Norway 3-0 and drew Russia 0-0 in January and took a pair of games from New Zealand, both by 2-0 scores in March.

HISTORY vs. SCOTLAND
The USA has played Scotland only three times and has won all three games. The most recent matches came in February of 2013 in the first games for then-head coach and Scotland native Tom Sermanni. The USA won 4-1 in Jacksonville, Fla., and 3-1 in Nashville, Tenn. Julie Ertz’ (then Johnston) earned her first cap against Scotland in Jacksonville. Crystal Dunn and Christen Press earned their first caps against Scotland in Nashville. Ten players on the Scotland roster were also present for the last meeting between Scotland and the USA in Nashville in 2013. On the USA’s roster are just three players who appeared in that match, including Megan Rapinoe, who scored.

ROAD GAME
The USA has never faced Scotland in Scotland. In fact, this will be the USA’s first friendly match in the United Kingdom outside of England, but the USA did play two games at the famed Hampden Park in Glasgow during the 2012 Olympics. The USA’s two wins at Hampden Park during the 2012 Olympics were vs. France (4-2) and Colombia (3-0).

SHELLEY KERR LEADS DETERMINED SQUAD
Scotland head coach Shelley Kerr is a former Scotland international, a gritty center back who had a lengthy club career and played almost 60 times for her country. She has been Scotland’s coach since April of 2017, but also coached Arsenal, where she succeeded current Utah Royals FC head coach Laura Harvey. After leaving Arsenal in 2014, she coached Lowland Football League side Stirling University which marked the first time a woman was been named as manager of a men's side at that level of soccer in the United Kingdom.

SCOTLAND BRINGS HISTORY MAKERS TO CLASH WITH USA
Most of the squad set to face the USA on Tuesday is unchanged from the historic victory in Shkoder, with Jane Ross – scorer of the goal that earned Scotland its World Cup berth – once again included among Kerr’s attacking options. Two players who helped Scotland to its historic qualification last September are not on this roster due to injury in midfielder Kim Little – who was one of the top players in the NWSL with the Seattle Reign from 2014-2016, was the top scorer in the league in 2014 when was also named the MVP – as she recently suffering a broken fibula, and right back Sophie Howard. Glasgow City midfielder Hayler Lauder replaces Little, while Hibernian’s Joelle Murray takes the place of Howard.

A number of Kerr’s squad have been in good form since their last international outing, with Caroline Weir in particular enjoying a sensational start to the English Women’s Premier League season with Manchester City alongside Scotland teammates Claire Emslie and Jen Beattie. Most of the Scotland players play for top cubs in England, with two in Sweden and one in Italy, but defender Rachel Corsie plays in the NWSL with Utah Royals FC. She is on loan Canberra United in Australia. Corsie played in all 24 games for the Royals last season, starting 23.

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PREVIEW: WNT Takes on Scotland in Final Match of 2018 | Tuesday | 2pm ET | FS1, UDN

The U.S. Women’s National Team will bring its 2018 schedule to a close with a match vs. Scotland, Presented by Volpi Foods, on Nov. 13 (2 p.m. ET on FS1 & UDN) at The Simple Digital Arena, the 8,000-seat home of Scottish Premier League side St. Mirren FC. The stadium is in Paisley, just outside of Glasgow. The U.S. Women defeated Portugal, 1-0, on Nov. 8 in the first of its two matches in Europe to wrap up this year.

The USA is coming off a successful run at the 2018 Concacaf Women’s Championship in which it went 5-0-0, qualified for the 2019 Women’s World Cup by rolling past Jamaica 6-0 in the semifinal and then defeated Canada, 2-0, in the championship game to claim the regional title.

U.S. WNT ROSTER BY POSITION: EUROPE 2018 (CAPS/GOALS)
GOALKEEPERS (3): 18- Adrianna Franch (Portland Thorns FC; 0/0), 24- Ashlyn Harris (Orlando Pride; 18/0), 1- Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars; 38/0)

DEFENDERS (7): 7- Abby Dahlkemper (NC Courage; 29/0), 19- Crystal Dunn (NC Courage; 74/24), 25- Emily Fox(UNC; 1/0), 12- Merritt Mathias (NC Courage; 1/0), 4- Becky Sauerbrunn (Utah Royals FC; 148/0), 14- Casey Short (Chicago Red Stars; 27/0), 2- Emily Sonnett (Portland Thorns FC; 25/0)

MIDFIELDERS (6): 22- Danielle Colaprico (Chicago Red Stars; 1/0), 8- Julie Ertz (Chicago Red Stars; 72/18); 16- Rose Lavelle (Washington Spirit; 19/6), 20- Allie Long (Seattle Reign FC; 39/6), 3- Samantha Mewis (NC Courage; 40/8), 6- Andi Sullivan (Washington Spirit; 11/0)

FORWARDS (5): 10- Carli Lloyd (Sky Blue FC; 264/105), 21- Jessica McDonald (NC Courage; 2/1), 13- Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride; 152/97), 11- Mallory Pugh (Washington Spirit; 42/12), 15- Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign FC; 145/41)

STORYLINES

USA vs. Scotland: The USA has played Scotland only three times and has won all three games but has never faced Scotland in Scotland. The most recent matches came in February of 2013 in the first games for then-head coach and Scotland native Tom Sermanni. The USA won 4-1 in Jacksonville, Fla., and 3-1 in Nashville, Tenn. Julie Ertz (then Johnston) earned her first cap against Scotland in Jacksonville, while Crystal Dunn and Christen Press earned their first caps against Scotland in Nashville. This will be the USA’s first friendly in the United Kingdom outside of England, but the USA did play two games at the famed Hampden Park in Glasgow during the 2012 Olympics. The USA’s two wins at Hampden Park during the 2012 Olympics were against France (4-2) and Colombia (3-0).

USA Closes in on Unbeaten Year: The U.S. team has a 17-0-2 record in 2018 and has not lost since the 2017 Tournament of Nations, a 1-0 setback to Australia. It has gone 24-0-3 over the past 16 months and has averaged 3.4 goals per game, outscoring its opponents 92-17 over these 27 matches while scoring in all 27 games. 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, Jamaica, Canada and Portugal, along with ties vs. France (which is ranked fourth in the world) and Australia (ranked sixth). The WNT hasn’t conceded a goal in 794 minutes, with the last one coming against Brazil during the Tournament of Nations on Aug. 2, which was actually an own goal. This is the longest streak without conceding for the WNT since 2016.

100 Goals Watch: After scoring against Canada on Oct. 17, Alex Morgan now has 97 goals and at age 29 sits in sole possession of seventh place on the USA’s all-time goal scoring list. She has scored 24 goals over her last 25 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. Morgan has scored against 27 different countries and in 11 different countries, including 12 goals in Portugal – all at the Algarve Cup – and two in Scotland, both against France at Hampden Park in Glasgow during the 2012 Olympics.

Lloyd Keeps Adding Her Name to the Record Books: On Oct. 7 vs. Panama, Carli 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 on 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 became the oldest player to score a hat trick for the U.S. WNT (36 years, 83 days). She broke Wambach’s record of 34 years, 186 days. Since turning 30, she has scored 69 goals in 129 games in six years. The 129 games after the age of 30 rank her fourth all-time in U.S. history in that category and is three caps away from tying Shannon Boxx in third place. Christie Rampone is far and away the leader with 175.

21-Player Roster: Forwards Christen Press and Tobin Heath were named to the roster but had to withdraw due to a family commitment and a personal commitment, respectively. Midfielder Lindsey Horan, who played all 90 minutes in the U.S. 1-0 win vs. Portugal on Nov. 8 has returned stateside due to a personal commitment. The USA roster is now at 21 players ahead of Tuesday’s match in Glasgow and 18 players will suit up for the match.

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, 18 countries have qualified. The qualified nations are: host France; England, Germany, Italy, Norway, Scotland, Spain and Sweden from UEFA, Brazil and Chile from CONMEBOL, Australia, China PR, Japan, Korea Republic and Thailand from the AFC, and the USA, Canada and Jamaica from Concacaf. Still left to determined are one (1) berth at the OFC Women’s Nations Cup in New Caledonia (Nov.18-Dec. 1), three (3) berths at the Africa Women’s Cup of Nations in Ghana (Nov. 17-Dec. 1), one (1) berth from the two-game playoff between Panama and Argentina (the South Americans took the first leg, 4-0, at home), and one (1) berth from the two-game European playoff between Netherlands and Switzerland. The Dutch took a commanding lead on Nov. 9, downing Switzerland 3-0 in the first leg. The return leg in Switzerland is on Nov. 13.

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Finish Strong: U.S. WNT Ends 2018 with Two Matches in Europe

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.”

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