WNT Faces Thailand to Open Group F at 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup

Lineup Notes

USA vs.Thailand
Date: June 11, 2019
Venue: Stade Auguste-Delaune; Reims, France
Broadcast: FOX and Telemundo
Kickoff: 3p.m. ET


Starting XI vs.Thailand: 1-Alyssa Naeher; 5-Kelley O’Hara, 7-Abby Dahlkemper, 8-Julie Ertz, 19-Crystal Dunn; 9-Lindsey Horan, 3-Samantha Mewis, 16-Rose Lavelle; 17-Tobin Heath, 13-Alex Morgan, 15-Megan Rapinoe(capt.)


Subs: 2-Mallory Pugh, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 6-Morgan Brian,10-Carli Lloyd, 11-Ali Krieger, 12-Tierna Davidson, 14-Emily Sonnett, 18-Ashlyn Harris, 20-Allie Long, 21-Adrianna Franch, 22-Jessica McDonald, 23-Christen Press



Starting Lineup:

  • Alyssa Naeher will earn cap No. 47 tonight. Naeher earned her first career assist on a towering punt that was finished by Mallory Pugh at the other end of the field vs. Australia on April 4.She achieved her 25th career shutout vs.Mexico on May 26. This is her second World Cup and her first career World Cup appearance and start.

  • Kelley O’Hara will make her seventh appearance of 2019 and earn cap No. 117. She has started every match she’s played in this year. She will play in her third World Cup, but this is her first World Cup start.

  • Abby Dahlkemper has seen the full 90 minutes of play in seven of 10 games this year. She earns cap No. 41today and will make her first World Cup appearance.

  • Julie Ertz has scored 18 career goalsand will make her 10th start of 2019. This marks her 83rd international appearance and this is her second World Cup. She started every game for the U.S. WNT at the 2015 World Cup. She will start at center back today, a position she played in in the 2015 World Cup and in several matches this year.

  • Crystal Dunn, who has consistently shown her versatility, has 24career international goals and will earn cap No. 86today. This will be the first World Cup appearance of her career.

  • Lindsey Horan will make sixth start of the year of the seven matches she’s played. She is two goals away from reach 10 for her career. Horan is among five other starters who will play on the World Cup stage for the first time today.

  • Samantha Mewis recently earned her 50th international cap on May 26 vs. Mexico, becoming the 57th American female player to do. Four of her five career goals have been netted in 2019. Mewis will make her World Cup debut today.

  • Rose Lavelle earns her 28th cap today. She has seven career goals, most recently scoring vs. New Zealand in St. Louis on May 16. This will be her first World Cup with the senior team.

  • Tobin Heath earned her 150th cap on May 26 vs. Mexico, marking the 22nd American female player to reach that milestone. She has scored 12 goals in her last 18 games and 10 in her last 13.Heath has a total of 30 international goals with five coming from this year, leading the team along with Carli Lloyd. The dynamic attacker will play in her third World Cup in France.

  • Alex Morgan will earn cap No. 164 in what will be her third World Cup. She scored a historic 100th career goal on April 4 vs. Australia and made it 101 against Belgium on April 7. She is in sixth place on the USA’s all-time goal list, surpassing Tiffeny Milbrett and Cindy Parlow. She makes her 11th appearance of 2019 today.  Morgan has scored 28 goals over her last 34 WNT matches, a span that runs from the end of 2017. During that 28-goal streak, she has scored on about a quarter of her shots, scoring nine goals with her right foot, 15 with her left, three with her head and one with her chest. The 28 goals have included six braces and one hat trick.

  • Megan Rapinoe will captain the USA today, her first time doing so in a World Cup. She has 44 international goals and is in 15th place on the all-time goals list, just one goal short of Julie Foudy. Rapinoe had a team-leading 12 assists in 2018 and has 57 assists for her career, moving her to sole possession of fifth place on the U.S. all-time list.

  • The United States will play today’s match in front of a sold-out stadium of more than 21,000 fans today in Reims.