CHICAGO (June 9, 2017) – The U.S. Women’s National Team takes on Norway in the second match of its two-game European trip on June 11 at Komplett Arena in Sandefjord (1p.m. ET; FOX).
The USA and Norway are two of only four countries to have won a Women’s World Cup and only two of three nations to have won both a World Cup and an Olympic gold medal.
Norway is also the country that has had the most success historically against the USA. Norway has defeated the Americans 19 times (with 15 of those games being played between 1987-2000), followed by China PR (9), Sweden (5) and Denmark (5).
The most recent meeting between the two teams came on March 4, 2015 in the opening group game of the 2015 Algarve Cup in Vila Real de Santo Antonio, Portugal. Norway scored in the 43rd minute via Ada Hegerberger, and headed into halftime with 1-0 lead. Carli Lloyd stepped up in a big way in the second half, scoring twice in the come-from-behind win that, unbeknownst to the USA, started a winning streak that would take the USA all the way to the World Cup title.
U.S. Women’s National Team Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): 1-Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars); 18-Abby Smith (Boston Breakers)
DEFENDERS (6): 6-Abby Dahlkemper (NC Courage), 8-Julie Ertz (Chicago Red Stars), 7-Meghan Klingenberg (Portland Thorns FC), 5-Kelley O’Hara (Sky Blue FC), 4-Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City), 7-Casey Short (Chicago Red Stars)
MIDFIELDERS (6): 9-Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC), 16-Rose Lavelle (Boston Breakers), 10-Carli Lloyd (Houston Dash), 20-Allie Long (Portland Thorns FC), 3-Samantha Mewis (NC Courage), 15-Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign)
FORWARDS (5): 19-Crystal Dunn (Chelsea FC), 2-Sydney Leroux (FC Kansas City), 23-Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars), 22-Mallory Pugh (Washington Spirit), 12-Lynn Williams (NC Courage)
Norway Women’s National Team Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): 1-Ingrid Hjelmseth (Stabæk Fotball), 12-Cecilie Fiskerstrand (LSK Kvinner FK)
DEFENDERS (7): 3-Maria Thorisdottir (Klepp IL), 6-Maren Mjelde (Chelsea FC, ENG), 7-Kristine Bjørdal Leine (Røa IL), 11-Nora Holstad Berge (FC Bayern Munich, GER), 16-Tuva Hansen (Klepp IL), 22-Anja Sønstevold (LSK Kvinner FK), 30-Ingrid Schjelderup (Eskilstuna, SWE)
MIDFIELDERS (8): 2-Ingrid Wold (LSK Kvinner FK), 8-Andrine Hegerberg (Birmingham City, ENG), 13-Guro Reiten (LSK Kvinner FK), 17-Kristine Minde (Linköping FC, SWE), 19-Ingvild Isaksen (Stabæk Fotball), 20-Emilie Haavi (Boston Breakers, USA), 26-Karina Sævik (Kolbotn IL), 28-Ingrid Marie Spord (LSK Kvinner FK)
FORWARDS (5): 9-Elise Thorsnes (Avaldsnes IL), 10-Caroline Hansen (WfL Wolfsburg, GER), 14-Ada Hegerberg (Olympique Lyonnais, FRA), 25-Synne Jensen (Stabæk Fotball), 21-Lisa-Marie Karlseng (Utland Røa IL)
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USA vs. Norway: This match with Norway will mark the 50th meeting all-time between the countries. The 49 previous meetings are the second-most games against any opponent besides Canada and China PR, who have both played 56 time against the USA. Before the 2015 meeting at the Algarve Cup, the two teams had not faced each other since the 2012 Algarve Cup, also a 2-1 U.S. victory. The USA has a 28-19-2 record against Norway, with many matchups coming on the biggest of stages for women’s soccer. Until the early 2000s, Norway was the only country in the world with a winning record against the USA, but the Americans reeled off 10 victories over the rest of the decade to take the lead in the series. The U.S. has scored 92 goals all-time in the series with Norway while the Norwegians have scored 61, by far the most of any country against the USA.
Long-Time Rivals: The USA and Norway met in the first Women’s World Cup Final in 1991 and the teams played 30 times from 1987-2000, including an astounding eight matches in 2000. As more countries put resources into the women’s national teams and more quality teams emerged, the USA and Norway have played each other only 19 times in the last 17 years, including just four times since 2010. The last four games (2010, 2011, 2012 and 2015) have all been USA wins, with three resulting in 2-1 victories and one in a 2-0 shutout.
1995 and 2000 Heartbreak: While there aren’t many countries that have ended the USA’s dreams of glory in a World Cup or Olympics, there is only one nation that has done it twice. In 1995, the USA traveled to Sweden looking to replicate it success at the first Women’s World Cup in China four years before, and did make it to the semifinal, but fell 1-0 to Norway to end its chances for a repeat.
A few years later, following the glorious run to the 1999 Women’s World Cup title, the USA embarked on its Olympic journey in Australia as the heavy favorites. The USA advanced to the gold medal game where it took an early 1-0 lead through a Tiffeny Milbrett goal and was dominating the game before Norway tied it right before the half. Norway, which took just three shots on goal during the game – and scored three times – took the lead in the 78th minute. Milbrett scored one of the most dramatic goals in U.S. history on a last-gasp header in the second minute of stoppage time. The match went to sudden death overtime and Dagny Mellgren scored a controversial game-winner, pushing the ball forward with her arm before scoring to send the USA to the silver medal platform.
Carli Nears 100: U.S. co-captain Carli Lloyd is the two-time reigning FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year. She is the all-time active caps leader with 238 and is sitting on 97 goals, three away from becoming the sixth player to score 100 or more goals for the USA and could achieve the feat while in Europe. While she has played as a withdrawn forward most the time since the knockout round of the 2015 Women’s World Cup, she is still the highest scoring midfielder in U.S. history. Lloyd scored 36 international goals between the time she debuted six days before her 23rd birthday, and her 30th birthday. Since turning 30, she has scored 61 goals in just over four and a half years.
USA in Norway: Despite playing 49 games against Norway, the USA has played in Norway just three times. The first two coming in July of 2000, a 1-1 draw in Tromso in the far north of the country, and a 2-1 loss in Oslo. The teams most recently met in Norway on July 2, 2008, in Fredrikstad, a 4-0 U.S. victory. Carli Lloyd (who scored in the match) is the only current WNT player who featured in that match.
Pride Month: In recognition of LGBTQ Pride month in June, U.S. Soccer will activate a number initiatives in partnership with the You Can Play Project, along with the U.S. National Soccer Team Players Association and the Women's National Team Players Association. The You Can Play Project is an organization dedicated to ensuring equality, respect and safety for all athletes, coaches, and fans without regard for sexual orientation and/or gender identity. As the highlight, the U.S. Men’s and Women’s National Teams will wear pride-inspired rainbow numbers during June friendlies. The WNT wore the kits against Sweden on June 8, and will wear them again against Norway. Fans can purchase customized jerseys with the rainbow numbers through ussoccerstore.com.