WNT Takes on Sweden with Top Spot in Group F on the Line

Seven of today’s starters were rested vs. Chile on June 16 (O’Hara, Dunn, Mewis, Lavelle, Heath, Morgan and Rapinoe)

USA vs.Sweden
Date: June 20, 2019
Venue: Stade Océane; Le Havre, France
Broadcast: FOX and Telemundo
Kickoff: 3p.m. ET


Starting XI vs.Sweden: 1-Alyssa Naeher; 5-Kelley O’Hara, 7-Abby Dahlkemper, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 19-Crystal Dunn; 9-Lindsey Horan, 3-Samantha Mewis, 16-Rose Lavelle; 17-Tobin Heath, 13-Alex Morgan (capt.), 15-Megan Rapinoe


Subs: 2-Mallory Pugh, 6-Morgan Brian, 8-Julie Ertz, 10-Carli Lloyd, 11-Ali Krieger, 12-Tierna Davidson, 14-EmilySonnett, 18-Ashlyn Harris, 20-Allie Long, 21-Adrianna Franch, 22-Jessica McDonald,23-Christen Press


Starting Lineup:

  • Alyssa Naeher will earn cap No. 49tonight and is closing in on the third most caps for any WNT goalkeeper. She is currently behind third-place Nicole Barnhart (54). She has 27 career shutouts, with the most recent one coming vs. Chile on June 16.

  • Kelley O’Hara will make her eighth appearance of 2019 and earn cap No. 118. She has started every match she’s played in this year.

  • Abby Dahlkemper earns cap No. 43today. She has played full 90 in eight of 12 games this year. She has played the most minutes of any U.S. player through the first two WWC games with 172. 

  • Becky Sauerbrunn will earn cap No. 160 today. She was held out of the World Cup opener on June 11 due to a minor quad issue but returned to play 90 minutes in the shutout of Chile on June 16.

  • Crystal Dunn has 24career international goals and will earn cap No. 87today.

  • Lindsey Horan will make her eighth start of the year in what will be her third start of the World Cup. She made her World Cup debut against Thailand and scored her first World Cup goal, giving her nine in 69 games for her career.

  • Samantha Mewis will earn her 52nd cap today. She got her first World Cup start and first two World Cup goals against Thailand. She is second on the U.S. team with six goals this year. She now has 14 career goals and six goals in her last five games after eight in her first 43 matches for the WNT.

  • Rose Lavelle is coming off her World Cup debut in which she scored twice against Thailand, her second career brace. Today she will earn her 29th cap and 24th start. She has eight international goals.

  • Tobin Heath comes into the game with 30 career international goals and will earn her 152nd cap today. Heath has 12 goals in her last 19 matches and 10 in her last 14. The 12 goals are 40% of her career total.

  • Alex Morgan had a game for the ages against Thailand in the USA’s opening game of the World Cup, tying a World Cup record with five goals while adding three assists. The five scores upped her career total to 106 and she is now within one goal of tying Michelle Akers for fifth on the USA's all-time goals list. Morgan has scored 33 goals over her last 37 WNT matches, a span that runs from the end of 2017. During that 33-goal streak, she has scored on about a quarter of her shots, scoring 10 goals with her right foot, 18 with her left, four with her head and one with her chest. The 33 goals have included six braces, one hat trick and one five-goal game. Morgan has scored in 72 career games for the USA and in those matches, the U.S. team has never lost, going 62-0-10. She will be the captain for the U.S. tonight.

  • Megan Rapinoe, after her goal against Thailand on June 11, now has 45 international goals which ties her for 14th on the USA's all-time goals list with Julie Foudy. It was her fourth career World Cup goal. After getting two vs. Thailand, she has 59 assists for her career, moving her to sole possession of sixth place on the U.S. all-time list. She will earn cap No. 155 today.

  • Dahlkemper, Horan and Naeher are the only three players on the U.S. roster to have started all three group games of this World Cup.

  • Seven of today’s starters were rested vs. Chile on June 16 (O’Hara, Dunn, Mewis, Lavelle, Heath, Morgan and Rapinoe)

  • Julie Ertz is not in today’s lineup due to a minor hip contusion. She is being held out for precautionary reasons.