USA vs. Canada
Date: Nov. 12, 2017
Venue: Avaya Stadium; San Jose, California
Kickoff: 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT
Tonight’s Starting XI vs. Canada: 1-Alyssa Naeher; 22-Taylor Smith, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn (capt.), 7-Abby Dahlkemper, 5-Kelley O’Hara; 8-Julie Ertz, 9-Lindsey Horan, 3-Samantha Mewis; 23-Christen Press, 13-Alex Morgan, 15-Megan Rapinoe
Subs: 6-Andi Sullivan, 10-Carli Lloyd, 12-Lynn Williams, 14-Casey Short, 16-Emily Sonnett, 20-Allie Long, 24-Ashlyn Harris
- Captaining the USA tonight is Becky Sauerbrunn who is set to make her 16th start and appearance of the year. She and Samantha Mewis are the only two players this year to feature in every starting lineup. She has played the most minutes of any player on the team in 2017 with 1,260.
- Alyssa Naeher will earn her 23rd cap tonight. She has 12 career shutouts. She is the ninth goalkeeper in U.S. history to earn 20 or more caps.
- Kelley O'Hara started and captained the USA on Sept. 15 against New Zealand to earn her 100th cap, becoming the 36th player in U.S. WNT history to play 100 or more times for her country. She will make her 11th start in her 13th appearance this year.
- Taylor Smith missed the October friendlies against Korea Republic after suffering a shoulder injury in the NWSL title game but returned to the field on Nov. 9 to play the final 24 minutes of the game. She will earn her seventh international cap tonight.
- Abby Dahlkemper entered double digits in caps on Oct. 19 and will make her 13th career appearance today for the WNT in what will be her ninth career start. The 2017 NWSL Defender of the Year made also her debut for the U.S. 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 35th 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 1,167 minutes so far in 2017, the most besides Sauerbrunn.
- Julie Ertz will earn her 57th cap tonight. Ertz, who is playing as defensive midfielder, has excelled at the role, and has found the back of the net five times this year – second most on the team behind Alex Morgan. She most recently scored against Korea Republic on Oct. 22 in Cary, North Carolina. Ertz has 13 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 13th 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 sixth start of 2017.
- Alex Morgan makes her 14th appearance of 2017 and seventh 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 scored on Oct. 19 against Korea Republic to make it four straight WNT games with at least one goal. She did not score on Oct. 22 but most recently scored on Nov. 9 in Vancouver and with six goals, now sits atop the WNT roster for goals scored this year. With 79 goals in her career at 28 years old, 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.
- Against Australia on July 27 at the Tournament of Nations, Megan Rapinoe got her first start since the 2016 Olympics and played her first 90 minutes since 2015. She got the start against Brazil in the next match and had a spectacular game, scoring the goal that tied the game at 3-3, earning two assists, and playing a part in the game-winning goal as well. Her goal against Brazil was her first since she scored twice in the opening game of the 2015 WWC against Australia. She has scored three goals in 2017 and will make her eighth start of the year tonight in her 12th appearance. She has 34 career goals, pulling her to within one goal of tying April Heinrichs and Sydney Leroux for 15th on the all-time goals list.
- Christen Press will earn her 96th WNT cap tonight. She has scored 44 career goals, most recently scoring on a brilliant strike from distance against Korea Republic on Oct. 22. She recorded her fourth career hat trick almost exactly a year ago on Nov. 10, 2016, against Romania at Avaya Stadium, scoring three times in the first 38 minutes. Press is in 14th place on the all-time WNT goals list and averages just under a goal every two games (0.46 goals per game) and 0.82 goals per every 90 minutes she's been on the field. It will be her 16th appearance of the year, the third player on the roster to appear in every game besides Mewis and Sauerbrunn.
- Not dressing for this match: D Chioma Ubogagu, G Adrianna Franch, G Jane Campbell, D Sofia Huerta.