Following an emotional and dominant 9-0 victory against Thailand in Columbus, Ohio, in which veteran midfielder Heather O’Reilly bid farewell to her international career, the U.S. Women’s National Team now faces the Netherlands on Sunday, Sept. 18 (7 p.m. ET; FS1) at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. The U.S. roster for this game consists of the players that were in Brazil for the 2016 Olympics.
O’Reilly is now retired and there are a few more changes to the roster from the 21 players that were originally named. Forward Mallory Pugh stayed with the U-20s for the U-20 Women’s NTC Invitational in Carson, Calif., as she continues to fully recover from an ankle injury suffered during the Olympic Games and defender Kelley O’Hara will not be with the WNT against the Netherlands this Sunday in Atlanta due to a death in her family.
The USA is 17-0-3 in 2016 (the penalty kick loss in the Olympics officially counts as a tie), earning 15 shutouts while allowing just seven goals, five of those coming in two games, three against Japan on June 2 and two against Colombia on Aug. 9 in the Olympic Group G finale. Fans can follow all the action from #USAvNED on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt and @ussoccer_esp, and follow the team on Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat (ussoccer_wnt).
U.S. Women’s National Team Roster by Position
GOALKEEPERS (2): 18-Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars), 22-Ashlyn Harris (Orlando Pride)
DEFENDERS (6): 6-Whitney Engen (Boston Breakers), 8-Julie Johnston (Chicago Red Stars), 7-Meghan Klingenberg (Portland Thorns FC), 11-Ali Krieger (Washington Spirit), 4-Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City, 21-Emily Sonnett (Portland Thorns FC)
MIDFIELDERS (7): 17-Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC), 19-Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC), 10-Carli Lloyd (Houston Dash), 3-Allie Long (Portland Thorns FC), 20-Samantha Mewis (Western New York Flash), 9-Heather O’Reilly (FC Kansas City), 15-Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign)
FORWARDS (3): 16-Crystal Dunn (Washington Spirit), 13-Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride), 12-Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars)
USA vs. Netherlands: The USA is 5-1-0 all-time against the Netherlands and won the most recent meeting which took place in The Hague in April of 2013, getting a goal from Tobin Heath and two from Christen Press in the 3-1 win. Manon Melis scored for Holland. Prior to that, the teams hadn’t met since 2006, a 2-0 U.S. win at the Peace Queen Cup in Suwon, South Korea. The teams met in a pair of friendlies in 1999 with the USA winning both. The 1996 meeting was the first match for the U.S. Women in California, a 6-0 win at Cal-State Fullerton. The Netherland’s only win in the series was in 1991, a 4-3 victory for the Dutch.
Lloyd Keeps Getting Better: Carli Lloyd, who this summer became the only American to score multiple goals in three separate Olympics (’08,’12,’16), scored international goals number 91, 92 and 93 against Thailand on Sept. 15. That night, she was involved in seven of the USA’s nine goals, becoming the first U.S. WNT player to record three goals and four assists in one game. Since the knockout round of the Women’s World Cup last year, Lloyd has scored 30 goals in 31 matches. She is just seven goals away from becoming the sixth player in U.S. history to score 100 or more. Lloyd has 14 goals in 2016 and could top her own personal record of 18 goals scored in a single year. Debuting for the WNT just six days shy of her 23rd birthday, Lloyd scored 36 goals by the time she turned 30. Since she’s turned 30, she has scored 57 goals in just over four years.
Three Players, 41 Goals: The USA has scored 67 goals so far in 2016, and more than half (41) have been scored by three players: Alex Morgan is having her second-best year as a goal scorer for the WNT (she netted 28 goals in 2012). In her seventh year with the WNT, Morgan has scored 15 goals in 2016 to lead the team. Carli Lloyd has 14 goals and leads the team with 10 assists. She is close to breaking her record for most goals in a calendar year (18), which she set last year. Crystal Dunn is close behind with 12 goals of her own, already a career-best.
At the Georgia Dome: The USA has played in Atlanta just once before, an 8-0 win against Russia in February 2014 at the Georgia Dome. Back in 1999 before the Women’s World Cup, it also played Japan to a 7-0 victory at Dekalb Memorial Stadium about 20 miles east from Atlanta.
NWSL Playoffs Approaching: Following the Olympics, WNT players returned to their NWSL clubs. As the 2016 regular season finales approach, so does the playoffs which means several members of the U.S. team will see action as they fight for the league title. So far, 10 WNT players have secured their spots in the post-season: Ali Krieger and Crystal Dunn of the Washington Spirit, Tobin Heath, Lindsey Horan, Emily Sonnett, Meghan Klingenberg and Allie Long of the Portland Thorns, and Alyssa Naeher, Christen Press and Julie Johnston of the Chicago Red Stars. One more player could possibly join them with either Samantha Mewis of the Western New York Flash or Megan Rapinoe of the Seattle Reign, but that final spot will have to wait until the weekend of Sept. 24-25 to be decided. For more information or to stay up-to-date with all things NWSL, check out nwslsoccer.com.
WNT Animated, Presented by Ritz: Prior to the Olympics, U.S. Soccer released a video series titled “WNT Animated, Presented by Ritz” that features the players and personalities that traveled to Brazil, highlighting one-of-a-kind stories in animation form. It has already surpassed a combined 2 million views. The exclusive video content on ussoccer.com and U.S. Soccer’s YouTube page profiles members of the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team plus a bonus episode featuring head coach Jill Ellis. The series was produced in conjunction with Chicago-based Calabash Animation. Through the series, fans will hear a story from each of the player’s pasts with the goal of the animated tales being relatable to fans of all ages while providing some laughs and valuable life lessons along the way. WATCH ALL ANIMATION VIDEOS.
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- U.S. Soccer and Jill Ellis Agree to Multi-Year Contract Extension