USA vs. Colombia || April 10, 2016
Talen Energy Stadium – Chester, Pa.
Live Broadcast: ESPN at 2 p.m. ET
Tonight’s U.S. WNT Starting XI vs. Colombia: 21-Alyssa Naeher; 17-Tobin Heath, 8-Julie Johnston, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 7-Meghan Klingenberg; 3-Samantha Mewis, 20-Lindsey Horan, 10-Carli Lloyd (capt.); 12-Christen Press, 16-Crystal Dunn, 2-Mallory Pugh
Subs: 1-Hope Solo; 5-Kelley O’Hara, 6-Whitney Engen, 9-Heather O’Reilly, 11-Ali Krieger, 15-Emily Sonnett, 23-Allie Long
- The USA will start in a 4-3-3 formation against after playing in that same formation against Colombia on April 6. The lineup features Crystal Dunn at striker with Christen Press and Mallory Pugh on the wings, Carli Lloyd and Lindsey Horan are in the center of the midfield and Samantha Mewis is at holding mid. Tobin Heath is starting at right back, Meghan Klingeberg at left back with Becky Sauerbrunn and Julie Johnston in the middle. Lloyd will captain the USA.
- U.S. head coach Jill Ellis has made three changes to the starting lineup from four days ago with Alyssa Naeher, Mewis and Press getting the nods.
- The U.S. WNT comes into tonight’s match with an unblemished 10-0-0 record in 2016 and has outscored opponents 39-1.
- 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 17-year-old forward Ashley Sanchez left to return to school. 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 has named 18 to suit up for the match. Alex Morgan (minor hip injury) and Ashlyn Harris will not be suiting up.
- The game is being played in Chester, Pa., just 30 miles from the hometown of Carli Lloyd (Delran, N.J.).
- Lloyd has a team-leading 87 international goals and is the only player on the roster to have been in the starting lineup for all 11 USA matches this year. Lloyd is 13 goals away from becoming the sixth player in U.S. history to score 100 or more.
- Lloyd has scored 24 goals in her last 23 matches, starting with the Round of 16 game at the Women’s World Cup against Colombia. She is the only U.S. player on the roster to have scored in every one of the previous meetings against Colombia (2011, 2012, 2015, 2016). She will earn her earn her 222nd cap today.
- Goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher will be making her first start since Feb. 15, 2016 against Puerto Rico in Frisco, Texas. It will be her 6th cap and 4th start. She has three career shutouts.
- Tobin Heath scored her third goal of 2016, and 15th of her career, on a blistering volley vs. Colombia on April 6.
- Christen Press also scored her third goal of 2016 against Colombia on April 6, upping her total to 32 and tying her with Lindsay Tarpley for 16th on the U.S. WNT all-time goals list.
- Press and Mewis also played in the last meeting against Colombia on April 6 in Hartford, both coming on as second half subs.
- The 23-year old Mewis made her debut at the 2014 Algarve Cup, played in one match last year and will earn her sixth cap this year today. She scored her first WNT goal during Olympic Qualifying. She scored her second WNT goal, which was the game-winner, in a 2-1 victory against Germany to clinch the SheBelieves Cup title.
- Dunn will earn her 31st cap for the USA tonight while making her seventh start of 2016. Dunn is tied with Lloyd and Morgan with eight goals apiece this year for most on the team. Both Dunn and Lloyd scored against Colombia on April 6.
- Defender Meghan Klingenberg will earn her 61st cap tonight tying Leslie Osborne in caps for 46th all-time.
- Midfielder Lindsey Horan will make her ninth start of 2016 and earn her 16h cap, while forward Mallory Pugh makes her seventh start and will earn her 11th cap.
- With today’s start, Pugh becomes the fifth WNT player in history to reach 11 caps before her 18th birthday. The other players are Tiffany Roberts (22), Mia Hamm (16), Kristine Lilly (15) and Cindy Parlow (13). She is third for most goals before the age of 18 (2), fourth in most starts before the age of 18 (7) and first for most assists before the age of 18 (5). Today’s match against Colombia on April 10 will be her last WNT game as a 17-year-old. She turns 18 on April 29.
- Lloyd and Pugh lead the team with five assists each.
- Of the 11 U.S. starters in the most recent match against Colombia at the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup semifinal, five will start today: Sauerbrunn, Johnston, Klingenberg, Lloyd and Heath.
- There are six players on the roster who have played 100 times or more for the USA. Three of them are starting tonight: Lloyd, Heath and Sauerbrunn. The other players are Heather O’Reilly and Hope Solo, who will be on the bench, and Morgan who will not be dressing today.
- The starting lineup features four players from the NWSL’s Portland Thorns: Klingenberg, Long, Horan and Heath.