USA vs. England
March 4, 2017
Red Bull Arena
Harrison, New Jersey
Broadcast: FS1, FOX Sports Go; 7 p.m. ET
Tonight’s U.S. WNT Starting XI vs. England: 24-Ashlyn Harris; 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 8-Julie Johnston, 11-Ali Krieger; 19-Crystal Dunn, 3-Samantha Mewis, 9-Lindsey Horan, 16-Rose Lavelle, 10-Carli Lloyd (capt.); 2-Mallory Pugh, 13-Alex Morgan
Subs: 1-Alyssa Naeher, 5-Kelley O’Hara, 6-Morgan Brian, 7-Casey Short, 12-Lynn Williams, 14-Jessica McDonald, 15-Emily Sonnett, 17-Tobin Heath, 18-Jane Campbell, 20-Allie Long, 22-Brianna Pinto, 23-Christen Press
- U.S. WNT head coach Jill Ellis has made seven changes from the starting 11 that took the field against Germany on March 1, with only Sauerbrunn, Mewis, Dunn and Lloyd returning to the lineup.
- Ashlyn Harris makes her 12th appearance for the USA and 11th start. Her last start came last year against Romania on Nov. 10, 2016 in California. Harris last started against England on Feb. 13, 2015, a 1-0 U.S. win.
- The backline of Becky Sauerbrunn, Julie Johnston and Ali Krieger will start together for the first as a three-back today. Sauerbrunn has been playing in a three-back consistently and in a starting role since Oct. 19, 2016. And while Johnston and Krieger have also seen some playing time in that formation, this will be their first official start in a three-person backline. Sauerbrunn will earn her 121st cap, while Johnston earns her 46th, and Krieger gets one closer to the 100 mark as she is set to earn cap number 97 this evening. It is Johnston’s first start since Sept. 18, 2016 vs. the Netherlands and Krieger’s first start since Sept. 15, 2016 vs. Thailand.
- Samantha Mewis makes her eighth career start and will earn her 20th cap. Mewis scored the game-winner against Germany in last year’s SheBelieves Cup to give the USA the 2-1 lead in a game that was the de-facto tournament final. She played all 90 minutes against Germany in this year’s tournament on March 1.
- Crystal Dunn is quickly approaching the half century mark in caps and will make her 48th appearance today for the WNT. Dunn has 18 goals in her career. She finished a career-best year in 2016 that saw her score 14 goals and contribute with eight assists, second-best on the team. At last year’s SheBelieves Cup, Dunn scored in the USA’s match against England. The perfect shot into the upper 90 proved to be the game-winner in narrow 1-0 victory for the USA. The goal materialized after Meghan Klingenberg did some nice work on the ball to the left of the penalty area, then slipped a pass between two England defenders to Dunn, who took two touches into the left corner of the box and ripped a shot into the top right corner for an incredible finish.
- Captaining the USA today for the 34th time in her career will be Carli Lloyd, who is set to make her 234th international appearance. Lloyd, the most capped player on the U.S. team, is also the top goal scorer with 96 career goals. Lloyd is just four away from becoming the sixth player in WNT history to score 100 or more goals.
- Lindsey Horan makes her first start of the year and second appearance as she came in as a late second half substitute against Germany on March 1. It is Horan’s first start since Oct. 19, 2016 against Switzerland and her 31st cap.
- Midfielder Rose Lavelle will make her debut for WNT this evening. She becomes the first player to earn a first cap in 2017 and the 14th player to earn a first cap from Ellis. Lavelle was the first overall pick in the 2017 NWSL College Draft by the Boston Breakers.
- Mallory Pugh and Alex Morgan will start up top today, as each is set to make their second appearance of 2017 (both were second half substitutes on March 1 vs. Germany). This is the first start for Pugh since Aug. 12 against Sweden at the 2016 Olympics. It will be her 19th cap. Pugh spent most of last fall with the U-20 WNT as she captained the team at the U-20 FIFA WWC in Papua New Guinea.
- Morgan will earn her 122nd cap, and is making her first start since Sept. 18, 2016. She finished 2017 tied for the team lead in goals with Lloyd with 17 goals, her second-best year for the WNT.
- The USA has 13 players on its roster that played in last year’s meeting with England at the SheBelieves Cup, including nine that started, while England has 11, including eight who started.
- Of the 11 players who started for the USA against Germany on March 1, just four started in the game against England last year.
- Of the 11 players on today’s starting lineup, five (Sauerbrunn, Horan, Lloyd, Pugh and Morgan) started against England last year.
- Last year’s SheBelieves Cup game was a tight one defensively on both sides with the USA firing seven shots to England’s six. The USA had three shots on goal to England’s two. But England had five corner kicks to the USA’s zero.