USA vs. Korea Republic
Date: Oct. 22, 2017
Venue: Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park
Kickoff: 2 p.m. ET
Tonight’s Starting XI vs. Korea Republic: 24-Ashlyn Harris; 11-Sofia Huerta, 7-Abby Dahlkemper, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn (capt.), 14-Casey Short; 8-Julie Ertz, 9-Lindsey Horan, 3-Samantha Mewis; 23-Christen Press, 13-Alex Morgan, 12-Lynn Williams
Subs: 5-Kelley O’Hara, 10-Carli Lloyd, 15-Megan Rapinoe, 18-Jane Campbell; 19-Crystal Dunn, 20-Allie Long, 25-McCall Zerboni
- Captaining the USA tonight is Becky Sauerbrunn who is set to make her 14th start and appearance of the year. She is one of only two players – Samantha Mewis being the other – to feature in every starting lineup this year. She has played the most minutes of any player on the team with 1,125.
- Ashlyn Harris earn her 14th cap today and third start of 2017. It’s her first start since April 9 in Houston when she played for 74 minutes before being substituted for Jane Campbell. Harris was sidelined for much of the summer due to a quad injury but returned to action for her club in August and helped lead them into a first playoff appearance.
- Sofia Huerta earns her first career start today. She made her debut and got her first assist for the U.S. WNT on Sept. 15 in Colorado after entering the match in the 51st minute. FIFA approved her change of association on Sept. 14, making her available for immediate selection to the U.S. WNT. This will be her third cap.
- Casey Short will make her 12th start of this year and 13th appearance. It will be her 17th career cap. She made her debut for the USA just about a year ago on Oct. 19, 2016.
- Abby Dahlkemper entered double digits in caps on Thursday and will make her 11th career appearance today for the WNT in what will be her eighth career start. The 2017 NWSL Defender of the Year made her debut for the U.S. about 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.
- Samantha Mewis will earn her 33rd cap today. 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 1,057 minutes so far in 2017, the most besides Sauerbrunn.
- Julie Ertz will earn her 55th cap tonight. Ertz, who is playing as defensive midfielder, has excelled at the role and has found the back of the net four times this year, most recently against Korea Republic on Oct. 19 in New Orleans. Ertz has 12 career goals for the WNT, all originating on or from set pieces.
- Lindsey Horan, who scored the game-winning goal for the Portland Thorns in the 2017 NWSL Championship, will make her 11th appearance of the year for the USA. She most recently scored for the U.S. on Sept. 19 against New Zealand in Cincinnati. It will be her fourth start of 2017.
- Christen Press makes her 14th appearance and seventh start of 2017. Press has scored two goals this year, first the game-winner in Norway and then the goal that began the comeback for the U.S WNT against Brazil on July 30 at the Tournament of Nations. She has 43 career goals. She hasn’t been in the starting lineup for every game, but along with Mewis and Sauerbrunn, she is the only player to have seen action in all 14 games for the U.S. WNT this year.
- Lynn Williams will make her fourth career start in her eighth appearance this year. She has three career goals, with her latest coming on Sept. 19 against New Zealand in Cincinnati.
- Alex Morgan makes her 12th appearance of 2017 and 11th 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. She then continued her streak and scored on Oct. 19 against Korea Republic to make it four straight WNT games with at least one goal. Now with 78, Morgan is in 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: D Kelley O’Hara, M Carli Lloyd, F Megan Rapinoe, G Jane Campbell, F Crystal Dunn, M Allie Long, M McCall Zerboni.
- The 30-year-old Zerboni has earned her first WNT call-up, joining the team on Saturday after forward Mallory Pugh suffered an injury on Oct. 19 and midfielder Andi Sullivan returned to Stanford to play in her weekend game. Zerboni, a veteran of seven professional clubs over two professional leagues, has been a key part of the success of the Western New York Flash in 2016 and the North Carolina Courage in 2017. If she gets on the field, it will be her first cap.
- Not dressing for this match: G Alyssa Naeher.