USA vs. Netherlands
Sept. 18, 2016
Broadcast: FS1, 7 p.m. ET
Tonight’s U.S. WNT Starting XI vs. Netherlands: 18-Alyssa Naeher; 6-Whitney Engen, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 8-Julie Johnston, 7-Meghan Klingenberg; 19-Lindsey Horan, 3-Allie Long, 14-Morgan Brian, 17-Tobin Heath; 10-Carli Lloyd (capt.), 13-Alex Morgan
Subs: 11-Ali Krieger, 12-Christen Press, 15-Megan Rapinoe, 16-Crystal Dunn, 20-Samantha Mewis, 21-Emily Sonnett, 22-Ashlyn Harris.
- USA captain Carli Lloyd earns her 230th cap. She has scored 93 international goals, including 14 in 2016 and is seven away from becoming the sixth WNT player to score a 100 or more goals.
- Lloyd scored her seventh career hat trick against Thailand on Sept. 15, and recorded four assists to become the first player in U.S. WNT history to score three goals and have four assists in one game. She has 10 assists in 2016, a team-leading mark. Since the Round of 16 at the FIFA WWC, Lloyd has scored 30 goals in 31 matches.
- Alyssa Naeher makes her third start in goal of 2016 and fourth appearance this year. She will earn her eighth international cap tonight.
- Whitney Engen, who had her first start at a major tournament on Aug. 6 against France at the Olympics, will make her fifth start of 2016 and 11th appearance to earn her 40th cap.
- Becky Sauerbrunn, who recorded her third assist of 2016 against Thailand on Sept. 15, will make her 19th appearance and start of the year.
- Julie Johnston, who with three goals is the highest scoring defender on the roster this year, makes her 15 the start of the year and earns her 43rd cap. The last time the USA played the Netherlands marked the first time Johnston played a full 90 minutes with the team. She played center midfielder and has a goal disallowed.
- Meghan Klingenberg returns to the starting lineup to make her 18th start and 20th appearance of 2016. She will earn her 70th cap with the WNT.
- Lindsey Horan makes her 13th start of the year and 26th international appearance. She has scored two goals in 2016.
- Tobin Heath makes her 16th start of the year to go along with her four goals and six assists. She scored against Thailand on Sept. 15.
- Allie Long will make her 10th start of 2016 and 12th appearance of the year. Since joining the WNT in April, Long has quadrupled her career caps. Long came into this year with only four WNT appearances under her belt but with today’s start, she will earn her 16th cap. She has two goals and two assists this year as well.
- Morgan Brian returns to the starting lineup after missing the Sept. 15 matchup against Thailand due to being kept out of the match for precautionary reasons after taking an elbow to the head in the Houston Dash’s NWSL game last Sunday. She has gone through the concussion protocols and has been cleared to play. She will earn her 59th international appearance.
- Alex Morgan, who leads the team with 15 goals this year, scored a brace against Thailand on Sept. 15 to record her 19th career multi-goal game. She has 71 goals in 117 caps. The only other time Morgan scored double-digits in a single year for the USA was in 2012 (28 goals).
- There will be quite a few friends and family for Brian and Emily Sonnett tonight as the two are Georgia natives. Kelley O’Hara is the third Georgia native with the WNT but she won’t be available on Sunday due to a death in her family.