The first game will take place against Colombia tonight at Pratt & Whitney Stadium in East Hartford, Conn. (7 p.m. ET on FS1) followed by a rematch four days later on April 10 at Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, Pa. (2 p.m. ET on ESPN). The U.S. team trained in Orlando, Fla. with 23 players for six days, however only 21 made the trip to Connecticut after defender Jaelene Hinkle injured her ankle late in camp and returned to her club, and forward Ashley Sanchez, who trained for the week, left to go back to school. U.S. head coach Jill Ellis will name 18 to suit up for each match.
The match in Chester is sold out while more than 20,000 tickets have been sold for the game in East Hartford. Fans can also follow all the action from #USAvCOL on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt and @ussoccer_esp, and follow the team along its journey on Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat (ussoccer_wnt).
U.S. Women’s National Team Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): 18-Ashlyn Harris (Orlando Pride), 21-Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars), 1-Hope Solo (Seattle Reign FC)
DEFENDERS (7): 6-Whitney Engen (Boston Breakers), 8-Julie Johnston (Chicago Red Stars), 7-Meghan Klingenberg (Portland Thorns FC), 11-Ali Krieger (Washington Spirit), 5-Kelley O’Hara (Sky Blue FC), 4-Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City), 6-Emily Sonnett (Portland Thorns FC)
MIDFIELDERS (7): 14-Morgan Brian (Houston Dash), 17-Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC), 20-Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC), 10-Carli Lloyd (Houston Dash), 23-Allie Long (Portland Thorns FC), 3-Samantha Mewis (Western NY Flash), 9-Heather O’Reilly (FC Kansas City)
FORWARDS (4): 16-Crystal Dunn (Washington Spirit), 13-Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride), 12-Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars); 2-Mallory Pugh (Real Colorado)
Colombia Women’s National Team Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Paula Forero (Barry University, USA), Catalina Peréz (Univ. of Miami, USA)
DEFENDERS (4): Natalia Gaitán (Valencia Féminas CF, Spain), Nataly Arias (Atlanta Silverbacks, USA), Orianica Velasquez (Club Gol Star), Leidy Asprilla (Generaciones Palmiranas)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Isabella Echeverri (University of Toledo, USA), Liana Salazar (Futuro Soccer), Leicy Santos (Club Besser), Diana Ospina (Club Formas Íntimas), Yorely Rincón (Avaldsnes, Norway), Maria Jaramillo (Western Michigan, USA), Carolina Arbelaez (Club Formas Íntimas), Mildrey Pineda (Generaciones Palmiranas)
FORWARDS (4): Tatiana Ariza (Houston Aces, USA), Yisela Cuesta (Club Formas Íntimas), Nicole Regnier (Rayo Vallecano, Spain), Catalina Usme (Club Formas Íntimas)
USA vs. Colombia: These will be the fourth and fifth meetings between the USA and Colombia. The USA and Colombia most recently met in the Round of 16 at the 2015 Women’s World Cup with the USA prevailing 2-0 in Edmonton on goals from Alex Morgan and Carli Lloyd. Lloyd has scored in all three matches she has played against Colombia, which happen to all of the matches in U.S. history against Colombia. Tonight’s match marks the first-ever friendly between the two nations. The USA also defeated Colombia 3-0 in group play at the 2011 Women’s World Cup (on goals from Heather O’Reilly, Megan Rapinoe and Lloyd), 3-0 in group play at the 2012 Olympics (on goals from Rapinoe, Lloyd and Abby Wambach).
Morgan and Morgan: Alex Morgan (hip) and Morgan Brian (hamstring) will not play tonight due to minor injuries. Both have been progressing well in training and could be available for selection for the April 10 match in Chester, Pa.
A Rising Power and New Rivalry: Despite only playing each other on three previous occasions, the U.S. WNT’s matches against Colombia have always come on the biggest stages. The familiarity between the teams has created a rivalry that despite its short existence continues to grow with every meeting. Colombia, ranked 24th in the world and second in South America behind Brazil, put in a fine performance at the World Cup last summer, drawing 1-1 with Mexico, defeating world power France 2-0, and then falling to eventual third-place finisher England by a 2-1 score to complete group play. The four points were enough to earn Colombia a Round of 16 match with the USA and they put up quite a fight against the eventual world champions before bowing out.
From Sunshine to Snow: After a week of training in Orlando, Florida, the U.S. Women’s National Team arrived in Connecticut (where it was met with a near 60-degree drop in temperature) to continue its preparations for the 2016 Olympic Games against Colombia on April 6.
Three Players, 22 Goals: Three players have played major roles in the scoring output for the WNT so far this year as forwards Alex Morgan and Crystal Dunn, and midfielder Carli Lloyd, have racked up a combined 22 goals of the 32 the team has notched in 2016. The combination of Lloyd and Morgan are responsible for five of the USA’s goals this year, with one scoring and the other providing the assist, while Dunn tied a WNT record with five goals in a single match on Feb. 15 against Puerto Rico. The U.S. has compiled an unblemished 9-0-0 record and is outscoring opponents 32-1 so far this year. Lloyd currently has 86 goals in 220 caps, while Morgan has 64 in 108 and Dunn has 11 in 29 caps.
Nearing The Century Mark: Goalkeeper Hope Solo earned her 97th shutout against France on March 6 and is three away from becoming the first goalkeeper in U.S. history to hit 100. With 193 caps, she is the leader for caps by a goalkeeper in U.S. history and is seven away from becoming the first goalkeeper in U.S. and world history to hit 200 caps.
Roster Breakdown: Of the 21 players on the roster for the Colombia friendlies, 18 were on the qualifying squad that earned a spot in the 2016 Olympics and 20 were a part of the SheBelieves Cup-winning side. 2015 Women’s World Cup champions Whitney Engen and Heather O’Reilly, who with 228 caps is the most experienced player on the U.S. roster, were not on the Olympic qualifying roster but were recalled for the SheBelieves Cup. For the April matches, Ellis has added Portland Thorns FC midfielder Allie Long, who earned four caps with the WNT in 2014.
12 Nations Set For Brazil: The field for the 12-team Olympic Football Tournament is set and it’s a strong one: the USA and Canada from CONCACAF; Brazil and Colombia from South America; South Africa and Zimbabwe from Africa; New Zealand from Oceania; France, Germany and Sweden from Europe; and Australia and China PR from Asia. Japan and Nigeria, both regular participants in world championships, failed to qualify. The Final Draw for the Olympic Tournaments will be held on April 14 in Rio de Janeiro and the teams will find out their opponents and venues. With three groups in the women’s tournament and Brazil slated to be in Group E and based in Rio for the first two games, the USA, which will likely be one of three seeded teams, will either be in Group F, which plays its first two group games in Sao Paulo and third in Salvador or Brasilia, or Group G, which plays its first two games in Belo Horizonte and its third in Manaus or Salvador.
At Pratt & Whitney Stadium: This will be the sixth trip to East Hartford for the U.S. Women which played at the former Rentschler Field in 2004, 2007, 2010, 2012 and most recently in June of 2014: a 2-2 tie with France.
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