USA vs. Korea Republic
Date: Oct. 19, 2017
Venue: Mercedes Benz Superdome
Pre-Game Show: 8 p.m. ET
Kickoff: 8:30 p.m. ET
Tonight’s Starting XI vs. Korea Republic: 1-Alyssa Naeher; 5-Kelley O’Hara, 7-Abby Dahlkemper, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 14-Casey Short; 8-Julie Ertz, 6-Andi Sullivan, 3-Samantha Mewis; 2-Mallory Pugh, 13-Alex Morgan, 15-Megan Rapinoe
Subs: 9-Lindsey Horan, 10-CarliL Lloyd, 11-Sofia Huerta, 12-Lynn Williams, 23-Christen Press, 24-Ashlyn Harris
- Midfielder Andi Sullivan will make her first start since November 13, 2016, when she started against Romania in Carson, California. Sullivan made her WNT debut last October (curiously enough, exactly a year ago on Oct. 19, 2016) and played in the final four games of the year for the U.S. – all starts – before an ACL tear during a college playoff match in December sidelined her for the following months.
- Captaining the USA tonight is Becky Sauerbrunn who is set to make her 13th start and appearance this year, one of only two players – Samantha Mewis being the other – to be in every starting lineup this year. She has played the most minutes of any player on the team with 1,035.
- Kelley O’Hara, will earn her 102nd cap after reaching the century mark on Sept. 15 in Colorado. She became the 36th woman in U.S. history to play 100 or more games for her country. It will be her ninth start of the year.
- Alyssa Naeher makes her 21st appearance for the USA and 19th start. She is the ninth goalkeeper in U.S. history to play 20 or more times for her country. It will be her eighth consecutive start, which includes all three games of the 2017 Tournament of Nations. She has 12 career shutouts, most recently earning a clean sheet on Sept. 19 against New Zealand in Cincinnati, Ohio.
- Casey Short will make her 11th start of this year and 12th appearance. Before playing as a sub in the Sept. 15 game against New Zealand, Short had started every game she had played in for the USA. It will be her 16th career cap. She made her debut for the USA exactly one year ago on Oct. 19, 2016.
- Samantha Mewis will earn her 32nd cap tonight. Alongside Sauerbrunn, she is the only other player to be in the starting lineup of every game the WNT has played in 2017. She has played 980 minutes so far in 2017, the most besides Sauerbrunn.
- Abby Dahlkemper enters double digits in caps tonight, making her 10th career appearance for the WNT in what will be her seventh career start. The 2017 NWSL Defender of the Year made her debut for the U.S. exactly one year ago, on Oct. 19, 2016, against Switzerland in Utah, and earned her first start against Norway on June 11, playing all 90 minutes to help the U.S. defense claim a shutout in Sandefjord.
- Julie Ertz will earn her 54th cap tonight. She is the 54th American player to earn 50 or more caps. Ertz will once again start at defensive midfield today, a position she sometimes played in college at Santa Clara, and played for the NWSL’s Chicago Red Stars this season. She also started there against Japan on Aug. 3 and on Sept. 15 and Sept. 19 against New Zealand. Ertz has 11 career goals for the WNT, with her most recent ones coming on Sept. 15 when she scored her second career brace.
- Megan Rapinoe will earn her 126th cap today and sixth start of the year. She started every game at the 2017 Tournament of Nations. She will make her ninth appearance of 2017 and becomes the 29th player to play 125 or more times for the USA. Rapinoe has scored 33 goals in her career. Her most recent goal was against Japan on Aug. 3, and it was her second in two games after scoring against Brazil on July 30. Rapinoe is now within two goals of tying April Heinrichs and Sydney Leroux for 15th on the all-time goal scoring list.
- Mallory Pugh makes her 12th appearance of 2017 and ninth start. Pugh has only missed one game this year – against Norway on June 11 when she suffered an ankle injury during warm-ups. On Sept. 19 against New Zealand, she scored her sixth career goal. It was her second of 2017.
- Alex Morgan makes her 11th appearance of 2017 and 10th start. She scored 28 seconds into the second half against New Zealand on Sept. 19 and again in the 69th minute of the game for her third and fourth goals of 2017, getting on the scoreboard for the third consecutive game this year. Now with 77 goals, Morgan moves into sole possession of seventh place on the all-time scoring list for the WNT. The game on Sept. 19 was her 18th multi-goal game of her career.
- On tonight’s bench: M Lindsey Horan, M Carli Lloyd, D Sofia Huerta, F Lynn Williams, F Crystal Dunn, F Christen Press and G Ashlyn Harris.
- U.S. WNT head coach Jill Ellis named a 22-player roster to the training camp for this pair of friendlies, but after suffering injuries in the NWSL Championship, both Taylor Smith and Tobin Heath withdrew from camp, taking the roster number down to 20.
- Not dressing for this match: G Jane Campbell and M Allie Long.