On April 6, the USA dominated Colombia in East Hartford, Conn., winning 7-0 while scoring four goals in the first half and three in the second, both in 12-minute flurries, and now looks to the second leg of the two-game set against the team it faced in the Round of 16 at the 2015 Women’s World Cup in Canada. U.S. co-captain Carli Lloyd returns home to play on April 10 at Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, Pa. (2 p.m. ET on ESPN) as she hails from Delran, N.J., which is just about 30 miles from the stadium. She will be playing at home for the first time since her historic hat trick in the World Cup Final and since she was named the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year.
Before these two matches, the U.S. team trained in Orlando, Fla. with 23 players for six days, however only 21 made the trip to chilly Connecticut (where the team experienced a 60-degree drop in temperature) and to Philadelphia after defender Jaelene Hinkle injured her ankle late in camp and forward Ashley Sanchez, who was brought in to train for a week, left to go back to high school in Southern California. Morgan Brian, who sat out the Colombia game on April 6 with a very minor hamstring injury, will not be ready to play on April 10, so she has left camp and will continue rehab with her club. U.S. head coach Jill Ellis will name 18 to suit up for the match.
The match in Chester is sold out, while more than 21,792 fans braved icy temperatures 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), 15-Emily Sonnett (Portland Thorns FC)
MIDFIELDERS (6): 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): 12-Paula Forero (Barry University, USA), 1-Catalina Peréz (Univ. of Miami, USA)
DEFENDERS (4): 3-Natalia Gaitán (Valencia Féminas CF, Spain), 14-Nataly Arias (Atlanta Silverbacks, USA), 9-Orianica Velasquez (Club Gol Star), 17-Leidy Asprilla (Generaciones Palmiranas)
MIDFIELDERS (8): 5-Isabella Echeverri (University of Toledo, USA), 6-Liana Salazar (Futuro Soccer), 16-Leicy Santos (Club Besser), 4-Diana Ospina (Club Formas Íntimas), 10-Yorely Rincón (Avaldsnes, Norway), 13-Maria Jaramillo (Western Michigan, USA), 2-Carolina Arbelaez (Club Formas Íntimas), 8-Carolina Pineda (Generaciones Palmiranas)
FORWARDS (4): 15-Tatiana Ariza (Houston Aces, USA), 18-Yisela Cuesta (Club Formas Íntimas), 7-Nicole Regnier (Rayo Vallecano, Spain), 11-Catalina Usme (Club Formas Íntimas)
USA vs. Colombia: This will be the fifth meeting between the USA and Colombia. Before their matchup on April 6 in East Hartford, 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 four matches she has played against Colombia, which happen to be all of the matches in U.S. history against Colombia. The USA's 7-0 win on April 6 was the largest margin of victory the U.S. has ever had against Las Cafeteras. 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).
A Different Kind of Spring Training: 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. It then traveled to Philadelphia where the cold weather continued, bringing with it strong snow showers that forced the team’s training on Saturday afternoon to be abandoned early.
Three Players, 24 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 24 goals of the 39 the team has notched in 2016. Dunn and Lloyd added one each during the game against Colombia on April 6. 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 10-0-0 record and is outscoring opponents 39-1 so far this year. Lloyd currently has 87 goals in 221 caps, while Morgan has 64 in 108 and Dunn has 12 in 30 caps.
Roster Breakdown: Of the 20 players on the roster for the second Colombia friendly, 17 were on the qualifying squad that earned a spot in the 2016 Olympics and 19 were a part of the SheBelieves Cup that the USA won. 2015 Women’s World Cup champions Whitney Engen and Heather O’Reilly, who with 229 caps is the most experienced player on the U.S. roster, were not of the Olympic qualifiers but were recalled for the SheBelieves Cup. For the April matches, Ellis added Portland Thorns FC midfielder Allie Long, who earned four caps with the WNT in 2014, and scored twice – her first two WNT goals – against Colombia on April 6.
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 Talen Energy Stadium: The match in Chester will mark the fifth time the team has played at Talen Energy Stadium (formerly PPL Park, home of MLS’ Philadelphia Union). The USA also played there in 2010, 2012 and twice in 2014 during the Women’s World Cup Qualifying tournament.
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- Gallery: WNT Continues Olympic Prep with 7-0 Win in Hartford
- WNT Defeats Colombia 7-0 in Front of Record Crowd in Connecticut
- Video: 2016 USWNT Photo Shoot Behind-the-Scenes
- Gallery: WNT Trains in the Sunshine State
- Gallery: WNT Hits the Gym
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- 2016 National Hall of Fame Nominees Announced
- 2016 USA National Team Jerseys Unveiled
- WNT’s Magnificent March
- Morgan, Solo and the USA Sweep Individual Awards at 2016 SheBelieves Cup
- Becky Sauerbrunn: Journey to 100
- Video: USA Sweeps Through Inaugural SheBelieves Cup
- Video: Behind the Crest: WNT Road to Rio: Ep. 1 || Ep. 2 || Ep. 3
- Gallery: The WNT Black and White Collection
- Gallery: The WNT Sunset Series
- Tobin: Queen of the Nutmeg
- Inspired and Inspiring: Hope Solo at the One Young World Summit
- A Special Night for Carli Lloyd and Jill Ellis: The 2015 Ballon D’Or in Zurich