USA vs. New Zealand
Date: May 16, 2019
Venue: Busch Stadium; St. Louis, Mo.
Kickoff: 8 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. CT
Starting XI vs. New Zealand: 1-Alyssa Naeher; 5-Kelley O’Hara, 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: 2-Mallory Pugh, 3-Samantha Mewis, 6-Morgan Brian, 10-Carli Lloyd, 11-Ali Krieger, 12-Tierna Davidson, 14-Emily Sonnett, 18-Ashlyn Harris, 20-Allie Long, 21-Adrianna Franch, 22-Jessica McDonald, 23-Christen Press
- Alyssa Naeher will earn cap No. 45 tonight. She 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. She returned to the starting lineup vs. Australia on April 4 in Denver and recorded her first career assist on a towering punt that was finished by Mallory Pugh at the other end of the field. She earned her 23rd career shutout vs. South Africa on May 12.
- Kelley O’Hara starts her second straight game today after playing 45 minutes against South Africa on May 12. She has been working her way back to full fitness from some ankle irritation and missed both April friendlies. Today will mark her 117th career cap.
- Abby Dahlkemper hasplayed the full 90 in five of eight games this year. She will earn cap No. 39 today and make her ninth appearance of 2019.
- St. Louis native Becky Sauerbrunn will play at home tonight and earn cap No. 157. It will be her eighth appearance and seventh start of the year.
- Crystal Dunn , who has consistently shown her excellent attacking abilities from outside back, has 24 career international goals and will earn cap No. 84 today. She has started every game this year so far.
- Julie Ertz makes her 81st international appearance. She has scored 18 career goals and will make her eighth start of 2019.
- Lindsey Horan makes her fifth start of the year. She missed the SheBelieves Cup with a quad injury but returned to play a planned 66 minutes against Australia on April 4 and 60 against Belgium on April 7. She did not see action in the May 12 match vs. South Africa due to a minor hip issue. She will make her 67th international appearance.
- Rose Lavelle earns her 26th cap today. Out of her 26 games, 21 have been starts. She has scored six career goals.
- Tobin Heath has scored three goals this year to up her international goals total to 28. She’ll earn her 149th cap today and is in 22nd place on the USA’s all-time caps list. Heath has scored 10 goals in her last 16 matches and eight in her last 11. The 10 goals represent 36% of her career total.
- Alex Morgan scored her historic 100th career goal on April 4 vs. Australia. She also scored against Belgium on April 7 and now has 101 career goals in 161 caps. Today marks cap No. 162for Morgan. At age 29, she is in sixth place on the USA’s all-time goal list, moving ahead of Tiffeny Milbrett. Morgan has scored 28 goals over her last 34 WNT matches, a span that runs from the end of 2017. During that 28-goal streak, she has scored on about a quarter of her shots, scoring nine goals with her right foot, 15 with her left, three with her head and one with her chest. The 28 goals have included six braces and one hat trick. She will make her ninth appearance of 2019 today.
- Megan Rapinoe, who has 44 international goals and is in 15th place on the all-time goals list, is just one goal behind Julie Foudy to move into a tie for 14th. She will earn her 152nd cap tonight. Rapinoe had a team-leading 12 assists in 2018 and has 56 assists for her career, moving her to sole possession of sixth place on the U.S. all-time list. Rapinoe's 56 assists in 151 caps is the best ratio of anyone ahead of her on the all-time list except for Hamm, who had 147 assists in her 276 caps.
- All 23 players on the USA’s 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup roster will dress today. The jersey numbers they’re wearing are their World Cup numbers.