Lineup Notes: Matchup of Elite WNTs Brings USA & Australia to Denver

By: U.S. Soccer

USA vs. Australia
April 4, 2019
Venue: Dick’s Sporting Goods Park
Broadcast: FS1
Kickoff: 9 p.m. ET

Starting XI vs. Australia: 1-Alyssa Naeher; 2-Emily Sonnett, 7-Abby Dahlkemper, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 19-Crystal Dunn; 8-Julie Ertz, 9-Lindsey Horan, 16-Rose Lavelle; 17-Tobin Heath, 13-Alex Morgan, 15-Megan Rapinoe (capt.)

Subs: 3-Samantha Mewis, 10-Carli Lloyd, 11-Ali Krieger, 12-Tierna Davidson, 20-Allie Long, 22-Mallory Pugh, 23-Christen Press, 24-Ashlyn Harris, 26-Jessica McDonald

Starting Lineup:

  • Alyssa Naeher will earn her cap No. 42 tonight. She last started vs. Japan on Feb. 27 and then sat out the next two SheBelieves Cup games, against England and Brazil, due to a minor shoulder injury.
  • Emily Sonnett earns her 30th cap tonight and makes her third start of 2019.
  • Abby Dahlkemper will earn her 36th cap tonight in what will be her sixth consecutive start of 2019. She’s played all 90 minutes in every game so far this year.
  • Becky Sauerbrunn will earn cap No. 154 tonight. It will be her fifth appearance and fourth start of the year.
  • Crystal Dunn will earn her 81st WNT cap tonight and makes her sixth consecutive start of 2019. She has 24 international goals.
  • Julie Ertz makes her 78th international appearance. She has scored 18 career goals and will make her fifth start of 2019.
  • Lindsey Horan , who did not play at the 2019 SheBelieves Cup due to a minor quad injury, returns to full fitness and is back in the lineup to make her third appearance and start of 2019 after starting the first two games of the year, both in Europe. She has scored seven international goals and will earn her 65th career cap tonight.
  • Rose Lavelle will earn cap No. 24 cap today. She has scored six career goals.
  • Tobin Heath will make her 147th international appearance for the USA. Tonight will mark her fifth appearance and start of the year. She scored vs. Brazil on March 5 and has now scored 27 goals in her career. Heath has scored nine goals in her last 14 matches and seven in her last nine.
  • Alex Morgan is on 99 career goals. At age 29, she sits in sole possession of seventh place on the USA's all-time goal list. Morgan has scored 26 goals over her last 31 WNT matches, a span that runs from the end of 2017. The 26 goals have included six braces and one hat trick. Morgan will earn cap No. 159 and move into sole possession of 17th all-time in games played.
  • Megan Rapinoe will earn cap No. 150 for the WNT, making her the 21st woman in USA history to play 150 times or more for her country. She was the team leader in assists last year, earning 12 in 2018. She scored her 43rd career goal vs. England on March 2, her second of 2019 after also scoring vs. Japan on Feb. 27.

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