USWNT Takes on Mexico with Olympic Berth on the Line

Lineup Notes

USA vs. Mexico 

Date: Feb. 7, 2020
Venue:Dignity Health Sports Park; Carson, California

Broadcast: FS1 & Galavisión

Kickoff: 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT


Starting XI vs. Mexico: 1-Alyssa Naeher; 5-Kelley O’Hara, 7-Abby Dahlkemper, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 19-Crystal Dunn; 8-Julie Ertz, 16-Rose Lavelle, 3-Samantha Mewis; 17-Tobin Heath, 10-Carli Lloyd (Capt.), 15-Megan Rapinoe


Subs: 2-Emily Sonnett, 6-Andi Sullivan, 9-Lindsey Horan, 11-Ali Krieger 12-Adrianna Franch, 13-Lynn Williams, 14-Jessica McDonald, 18-Ashlyn Harris, 20-Christen Press


Starting Lineup:

  • Alyssa Naeher has 32 career shutouts in her 59 caps. She makes her 60th appearance tonight and has moved past Nicole Barnhart to become the third-most capped goalkeeper in U.S. history.

  • Kelley O’Hara returns to the starting lineup after starting vs. Haiti on Jan. 28. She will earn her 128th cap to go along with two goals. She picked up an assist on Samantha Mewis’ second goal vs. Costa Rica and has 18 assists for her career.

  • Becky Sauerbrunn earns cap No. 174 tonight. Since 2014 has started 118 of those caps.

  • Abby Dahlkemper will start the 50th game of her 57 overall caps tonight. She came off the bench against Panama on Jan. 28, marking just her third appearance as a sub since the start of 2019, but got the start and went 90 minutes against Costa Rica on Feb. 3. Her start against Haiti on Jan. 28 was her first in Olympic Qualifying.

  • Crystal Dunn, the only player to start all three group games, earns cap No. 100 tonight, becoming the 39th player in USA history to reach the century mark. She will be honored for the achievement later in the year. She has 24 goals for the USWNT but has been consistently playing and excelling as an outside back for the last two years. At Olympic Qualifying four years ago, while playing forward, she scored six goals, including five in one game to tie a U.S. record.

  • Julie Ertz has 19 career international goals, seven off free kicks and eight off corner kicks. Making her 98th appearance tonight, Ertz is just two away from hitting the century mark. Ertz had an assist on Carli’s Lloyd’s goal against Haiti on Jan. 31. It was her fourth career assist.

  • Rose Lavelle scored against Panama on Jan. 31, and now has 11 international goals. She will make her 41st international appearance tonight in her 34th start. She had her first career brace against T&T on Oct. 10, 2018, during the Concacaf Women’s Championship.

  • Samantha Mewis, who has grown into a vitally important contributor to the midfield, will earn her 63rd cap. She has 16 career goals. She most recently scored her fourth career brace, that coming against Costa Rica on Feb. 3.

  • Tobin Heath has 33 career international goals, most recently scoring against Panama on Jan. 28, which includes 15 goals in her last 32 matches and 13 in her last 27. She has 40 career assists and has moved past Lauren Holiday and into 13th place on the USA’s all-time assist list. She did not play against Haiti on Jan. 28 as she continued her return to fitness but got 19 minutes against Panama and 26 minutes against Costa Rica.

  • Carli Lloyd will earn an incredible 291st cap for the USWNT tonight. She has hit the back of the net in seven of her nine most recent appearances, scoring nine times. Lloyd has the most Olympic Qualifying appearances of anyone on the roster. Tonight, will mark her 17th Olympic qualifying game (2008, 2012, 2016 & 2020) and she has scored 13 goals in the tournament. She and Tobin Heath are the only U.S. players to have appeared in four different Olympic Qualifying tournaments and they are the only two Americans who have scored in four different Olympic Qualifying tournaments. After scoring against Haiti on Jan. 28, she now needs one goal to tie Wambach (14) for most goals by an USWNT player in Olympic Qualifying. Eleven of Carli Lloyd’s 122 goals have come against Mexico.

  • Megan Rapinoe has scored 50 career goals and has 65 career assists. She played the final 28 minutes against Haiti on Jan. 28 in what was just her third match since the World Cup and then started and played 61 minutes against Panama on Jan. 31. She came off the bench to play 26 minutes against Costa Rica. Against Haiti, she made an immediate impact and picked up assists on goals by Williams and Horan.