2021 SheBelieves Cup: USA vs. Brazil - Lineup, Schedule & TV Channels


2021 SheBelieves Cup, Presented by Visa

Date: Feb. 21, 2021
Venue: Exploria Stadium; Orlando, Fla.
Broadcast: FS1, TUDN
Broadcast Time: 3 p.m. ET

Starting XI vs. Brazil: 
1-Alyssa Naeher; 14-Emily Sonnett, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn (Capt.), 7-Abby Dahlkemper, 19-Crystal Dunn; 8-Julie Ertz, 9-Lindsey Horan, 16-Rose Lavelle; 6-Lynn Williams, 13-Alex Morgan, 23-Christen Press,

Available Subs: 2-Casey Krueger, 3-Jaelin Howell, 5-Kelley O’Hara, 10-Carli Lloyd, 11-Catarina Macario, 12-Tierna Davidson, 15-Megan Rapinoe, 17-Sophia Smith, 18-Jane Campbell, 20-Margaret Purce, 21-Casey Murphy, 22-Kristie Mewis

Game Notes

  • U.S. WNT Starting XI Cap Numbers (including this match): Sauerbrunn (181), Morgan (172), Press (141), Dunn (109), Ertz (107), Horan (90), Naeher (67), Dahlkemper (65), Lavelle (50), Sonnett (50), Williams (33)

  • Sunday’s lineup features four changes from the starting lineup that opened the SheBelieves Cup against Canada on Feb. 18: Emily Sonnett replaces Margaret Purce on defense, Rose Lavelle replaces Catarina Macario in the midfield, and on the forward line, Alex Morgan replaces Carli Lloyd and Christen Press is in for Megan Rapinoe.

  • Goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher has recorded 39 career shutouts and with her clean sheet against Canada, has now recorded a shutout in each of her last nine appearances, the longest individual shutout streak by any goalkeeper in USWNT history. Naeher will be making her 67th appearance and 64th start for the USA.

  • Emily Sonnett is set to make her second start of 2021 and earn her 50th cap overall, joining Rose Lavelle – who is also earning her 50th cap tonight – as the 61st and 62nd players in USWNT history to reach 50 caps. Including this match against Brazil, Sonnett will have now appeared in nine of the USA’s last 12 matches, making six starts during that stretch.

  • Defender and team captain Becky Sauerbrunn will be earning her 181st cap and enters the match having played 14,030 total minutes for the USA, passing Brandi Chastain for 12th in USWNT history with her 90-minute effort in the USA’s win over Canada to open the SheBelieves Cup.

  • Abby Dahlkemper will be making her 58th start and 65th appearance overall for the USA. Dahlkemper led the team in total minutes played in both 2019 and 2020 and led all field players in total minutes played at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Dahlkemper has played the full 90 minutes in each of her last nine appearances for the USWNT.

  • Dahlkemper and Sauerbrunn will be starting their 44th game together in the middle of the USA defense and playing in their 54th game together overall since Dahlkemper made her international debut in October 2016.

  • The only player to appear in all nine games in 2020, Crystal Dunn is set to make her 109th appearance for the USA with today’s game against Brazil. Including this match, Dunn will have now featured in 13 consecutive matches for the USA and 22 of the team’s last 24 games overall.  

  • Julie Ertz will be making her 107th appearance for the USA and is the only player who has played every minute of all three games this year and leads the team with 270 minutes played in 2021. In fact, Ertz has played every minute in each of the USA’s last nine games, the longest such streak of her USWNT career.

  • Lindsey Horan will make her third start of 2021 and earn her 90th cap overall. Against Canada on Feb. 18, Horan went 81 minutes and was one of the best players on the field while picking up the assist on Rose Lavelle’s game winning goal. That assist was the 29th of her career. She is now one assist shy of becoming the 18th player in USWNT history to record 30 or more assists.

  • Horan has tallied at least one goal or assist in eight of her last 11 appearances for the USA, with eight goals and four assists during that span.

  • Rose Lavelle will make her second start of 2021 and earn her 50th cap overall today – joining Emily Sonnett who will also reach the milestone today as the 61st and 62nd players in USWNT history to reach the mark. Lavelle gave the USA a spark off the bench when she came on in the 64thminute against Canada on Feb. 18 and scored the game winner in the 79th for her 14th career international goal.

  • Lavelle has accounted for two of the USA’s four game-winning goals since the resumption of play in November 2020 and has four goals in her last 10 outings for the USWNT. Prior to that, Lavelle had scored four goals in her previous 21 appearances for the USA.

  • Lynn Williams is set to earn her 33rd cap and will be making her fifth consecutive start for the USA, the longest such streak of her international career.  Williams – who joins Julie Ertz as the only players to have started every match in 2021 – is second on the team in total minutes played this year with 248, already the third-most minutes she’s played in any calendar year for the USA.

  • Alex Morgan will earn her 172nd cap today and make her first start for the USA since the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup Final against the Netherlands on July 7, 2019. For the USA’s November 2020 training camp and match in the Netherlands, Morgan made her return to the roster for the first time since becoming a mom on May 7, 2020. She played the second half vs. Netherlands in what was her first USWNT game since the 2019 Women's World Cup Final, a span of 509 days. She missed the January training camp and games while recovering from illness.

  • Morgan is currently tied with Michelle Akers for fifth on the USA's all-time goals list with 107 international goals. Her most recent goal for the USA came on July 2, 2019 in the World Cup semifinal against England, which was also Morgan’s 30th birthday.

  • Christen Press will make her first start of 2021 and earn her 141st cap overall for with the USWNT. Press was one of only two players to play in all 24 WNT games in 2019 and played in all nine in 2020 before missing the first two of 2021. . 

  • Press has been directly involved in 26 goals in her last 27 appearances for the USA, scoring 11 goals and assisting 15 more. She also served in the free kick that led to Rose Lavelle’s game-winner vs. Canada on Feb. 18.

  • All 23 players on the SheBelieves Cup roster will dress for the match. The only uncapped player in camp is goalkeeper Casey Murphy, while midfielder Jaelin Howell and forward Sophia Smith are looking for their first game action of 2021.