WNT Faces Spain in Round of 16 Match

There is one change to the Starting XI from the match vs. Sweden on June 16 as Julie Ertz returns to the midfield.

USA vs.Spain

Date: June 24, 2019 Venue: Stade Auguste Delaune; Reims, France
Broadcast: FS1 and Telemundo
Kickoff: 12p.m. ET


Starting XI vs.
Spain: 1-Alyssa Naeher; 5-Kelley O’Hara, 7-Abby Dahlkemper, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 19-Crystal Dunn; 8-Julie Ertz, 3-Samantha Mewis, 16-Rose Lavelle; 17-Tobin Heath, 13-Alex Morgan, 15-Megan Rapinoe (capt.)


Subs: 2-Mallory Pugh, 6-Morgan Brian, 9-Lindsey Horan, 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 reach cap No. 50 today and is closing in on the third most caps for any WNT goalkeeper. She is currently behind third-place Nicole Barnhart (54). She has 28 career shutouts, with the most recent one coming vs. Sweden on June 20. 

  • Kelley O’Hara will make her ninth appearance of 2019 and earn cap No. 120.  She has started every match she’s played in this year. She is one of 30 USWNT players to achieve 120 caps. 

  • Abby Dahlkemper earns cap No. 45 today. She has played the full 90 in eight of 13 games this year. She has played the most minutes of any U.S. player through the first three WWC games with 262. 

  • Becky Sauerbrunn will earn cap No. 161 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 and Sweden on June 20.

  • Crystal Dunn has 24 career international goals and will earn cap No. 88 today. 

  • Julie Ertz will reach 85 caps today. She currently holds 19 international goals, the most recent coming from the USA’s match against Chile on June 16. She played the first half against Chile before being rested and sat out the match against Sweden due to precautionary reasons. 

  • Samantha Mewis will earn her 53rd international appearance today. She got her first World Cup start and first two World Cup goals against Thailand and played a tremendous match against Sweden in the group finale. Mewis is tied for second on the U.S. team in goals this year with six. 

  • Rose Lavelle made her World Cup debut on June 11 and scored twice against Thailand, her second career brace. She now has 29 caps – with 24 starts – and nine goals. She was rested against Chile on June 16 but got the start against Sweden before leaving in the 63rd minute. 

  • Tobin Heath comes into the game with 30 career international goals and will make her 153rd international appearance today. Heath has 12 goals in her last 20 matches and 10 in her last 15. 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. 

  • 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. 156 today and captain the side. 

  • Dahlkemper and Naeher are the only two players on the U.S. roster to have started all four games of this World Cup.

  • There is one change to the Starting XI from the match vs. Sweden on June 16 as Julie Ertz returns to the midfield.

  • This will be just the second meeting between these two countries in women’s soccer.