USA vs. Japan
June 2, 2016
Dick’s Sporting Goods Park
Commerce City, Colorado
Live Broadcast: FS1 and Univision Deportes Network
Tonight’s U.S. WNT Starting XI vs. Japan: 1-Hope Solo; 5-Kelley O’Hara, 8-Julie Johnston, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn (capt.), 7-Meghan Klingenberg; 14-Morgan Brian, 23-Allie Long, 2-Mallory Pugh; 16-Crystal Dunn, 13-Alex Morgan, 17-Tobin Heath
Subs: 3-Samantha Mewis, 6-Whitney Engen, 11-Ali Krieger, 12-Christen Press, 15-Emily Sonnett, 20-Lindsey Horan, 21-Alyssa Naeher
- The USA will start in a 4-3-3 formation, featuring Alex Morgan at striker with Tobin Heath and Crystal Dunn on the wings, Allie Long and Mallory Pugh in the center of the midfield and Morgan Brian at holding midfielder. Kelley O’Hara is starting at right back, Meghan Klingenberg at left back with Becky Sauerbrunn and Julie Johnston in the middle. Sauerbrunn will captain the USA.
- 24 players were called into this June camp, however only 18 will suit up each game. The six players not suiting up tonight are: Adrianna Franch, Ashlyn Harris, Jaelene Hinkle, Heather O’Reilly, Gina Lewandowski and Rose Lavelle.
- The U.S. WNT comes into tonight’s match with an unblemished 11-0-0 record in 2016 and has outscored opponents 42-1. Tonight, the USA will look to tie its best start to a calendar year. In 1991 and 1997, the USA started the year 12-0-0, scoring 80 goals in 1991 through the first 12 games while allowing only one goal, and scoring 55 goals through the first 12 games in 1997 while allowing six.
- Starting goalkeeper Hope Solo comes into tonight’s match with 98 career shutouts, and is two away from becoming the first goalkeeper in history to reach the 100 mark.
- Solo has nine wins in 2016, eight by shutout, and also has a good chance to surpass her high of 13 shutouts in a calendar year achieved in another Olympic year, 2008.
- Solo has earned shutouts against 28 different countries, including four against Japan.
- The USA roster has three players that attended high school and played youth club soccer in Colorado: Pugh, Horan and Hinkle. Only Pugh will start tonight with Horan on the bench as an available sub. Hinkle will not suit up.
- Heath scored her third goal of 2016, and 15th of her career, on a blistering volley vs. Colombia on April 6. She will make her 10th start of the year and 11th appearance.
- Dunn, Klingenberg and Pugh will all make their 12th appearance. They are the only three players in the roster to have played in every match this year. It’s Pugh’s and Dunn’s eight start and Klingenberg’s 11th.
- Dunn will earn her 32nd cap for the USA tonight. She is tied with Carli Lloyd and Morgan with eight goals apiece this year for most on the team.
- Klingenberg will earn her 62nd cap tonight surpassing Leslie Osborne in caps for 46th all-time.
- Pugh leads the team with five assists. She is tied with Lloyd.
- Long will make her fourth career start, second of the year. She scored her first career brace against Colombia on April 6 in Hartford, Connecticut.
- Brian returns to the starting lineup after missing the last two matches against Colombia in April with a hamstring injury. She will make her eighth start this year and earn her 52nd cap.
- Morgan also returns to the lineup after missing the April friendlies with a minor hip injury. She has 64 international goals, scoring a team-leading eight this year. She will make her ninth start of 2016 and earn her 109th cap.
- Johnston scored her first brace for the USA against Colombia on April 10 in Chester, Pennsylvania. She has seven international goals and will earn her 36th cap tonight.
- Of tonight’s 11 U.S. starters, seven started in the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup Final against Japan last July, including Solo, Sauerbrunn, Johnston, Klingenberg, Brian, Morgan and Heath. O’Hara did not start but did play as a sub.