2020 Tokyo Olympics – Quarterfinals
Date: July 30, 2021
Venue: International Stadium Yokohama; Yokohama, Japan
Broadcast: NBCSN, Telemundo, NBCOlympics.com, Telemundo Deportes App
Broadcast Time: 7:00 a.m. ET
Official Kickoff Time: 7:00 a.m. ET
Starting XI vs. Netherlands: 1-Alyssa Naeher; 5-Kelley O’Hara, 17-Abby Dahlkemper, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn (Capt.), 2-Crystal Dunn; 8-Julie Ertz, 9-Lindsey Horan, 3-Samantha Mewis; 21-Lynn Williams, 10-Carli Lloyd, 7-Tobin Heath
Available Subs: 6-Kristie Mewis, 11-Christen Press, 13-Alex Morgan, 14-Emily Sonnett, 15-Megan Rapinoe, 16-Rose Lavelle, 18-Adrianna Franch
GAME NOTES | FIVE THINGS TO KNOW – NETHERLANDS
- U.S. WNT Starting XI Cap Numbers (including this match): Lloyd (310), Sauerbrunn (191), Heath (175), Kelley O’Hara (143), Dunn (120), Ertz (114), Horan (102), Samantha Mewis (81), Naeher (77), Dahlkemper (74), Williams (39)
- Today’s Starting XI is the fourth different starting lineup deployed by head coach Vlatko Andonovski at the 2020 Olympics and features five different players from the starting lineup that faced Australia on July 27 in the final group match: Dahlkemper for Tierna Davidson on defense, Horan for Lavelle in the midfield, and a new forward line with Heath, Lloyd and Williams replacing Rapinoe, Morgan and Press
- Eight of the 11 players who started the 2019 Women’s World Cup Final against the Netherlands are in today’s starting XI: Naeher, O’Hara, Sauerbrunn, Dahlkemper, Dunn, Ertz, S. Mewis and Heath. Lloyd came on as a late substitute in the USA’s 2-0 victory in Lyon.
- Tonight’s lineup against the Netherlands features nine of the 11 players who started against the Netherlands in the most recent meeting between the teams on November 27, 2020, in Breda. The only changes being Horan and Lloyd – who were both unavailable for that November camp – starting in place of Lavelle and Press.
- Today’s Starting XI vs. Netherlands has an average of 130 caps per player with seven players with 100+ international appearances.
- Becky Sauerbrunn will captain the side in her 191st career cap, moving her just one cap away from trying Brandi Chastain (192 caps) for 13th on the USWNT’s all-time caps list. Sauerbrunn, who leads the USA in minutes played with 1,080 minutes in 2021, is also just three games away from breaking the U.S. record for most games without scoring a goal, currently held by USWNT General Manager Kate Markgraf, who scored her first and last international goal in her 193rd international appearance.
- Alyssa Naeher will make her fourth consecutive start at the Olympics as she earns her 77th career cap for the USWNT coming off a clean sheet in the group stage finale against Australia, Naeher is set to make her fourth career start against the Netherlands and has posted a clean sheet in each of her previous two appearances against the Dutch.
- Kelley O’Hara will make her third start of the 2020 Games and her 13th Olympic appearance overall. A three-time Olympian, O’Hara has started in all 11 matches in which she’s appeared in 2021.
- Abby Dahlkemper returns to the starting lineup after getting a well-deserved rest on July 27 against Australia. Dahlkemper, who led the USA in minutes played in both 2019 and 2020, will have now started in 67 of her 74 career caps, with 10 starts coming at world championship events (7 at the 2019 World Cup and 3 at the Olympics).
- Crystal Dunn will make her 120th international appearance for the USWNT and her seventh appearance overall in an Olympic match. Dunn is the only field player and one of only two players total to start every match for the USA at the 2020 Olympics, with Alyssa Naeher being the other. Dunn played in all four of the USA’s matches at the 2016 Olympics in Brazil, making two starts and tallying both a goal and an assist in the final match of the group stage against Colombia.
- Julie Ertz will make her third consecutive start of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and her fourth appearance of the Olympic Games. Since subbing on at halftime of the USA’s Olympic opener vs. Sweden on July 21, Ertz played every minute for the USA over its final two group stage games. The two-time World Cup champion and two-time Olympian is set to earn her 115th cap. Ertz tallied two assists in the 6-1 victory over New Zealand, the first multi-assist match of her international career.
- Lindsey Horan returns to the USA starting lineup after coming in as a second-half substitute on July 27 vs. Australia. The match against the Netherlands will be Horan’s 102nd career cap and marks her 12th start in 16 appearances for the USA in 2021. Horan is third on the team in total minutes played in 2021 with 1,047 and is one of only two players to appear in every match for the USA this year.
- Samantha Mewis is set to earn her 81st career cap and will make her fourth career Olympic appearance with today’s match against the Netherlands. Mewis played the full 90 minutes vs. the Netherlands in the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup final and tallied an assist on Rose Lavelle’s clinching goal. She put in an excellent 89 minutes against the Netherlands in the last meeting between the teams in November of 2020.
- Lynn Williams will make her first start of the 2020 Olympics and first career start at a world championship event as she earns her 39th career cap overall. Williams, who made her Olympic debut on July 27 against Australia, started and played the full 90 minutes in the USA’s 2-0 win over the Netherlands on Nov. 27, and tallied an assist on Kristie Mewis’s goal in the 70th minute.
- Carli Lloyd will make her 20th career appearance at the Olympics and earn her 310th cap overall. Lloyd is now just one cap shy of tying Christie Pearce Rampone for the second-most caps in international soccer history and her 20 Olympic appearances rank second in USWNT history to Pearce Rampone’s 22. At 39 years of age, Lloyd leads the team in assists in 2021 (6) and along with Lindsey Horan, is one of just two players to appear in every game for the USA this year.
- Tobin Heath will earn her 175th career cap and will make her 16th career appearance at the Olympics. A four-time Olympian, Heath moves into a tie with Julie Foudy, Kate Markgraf, Kristine Lilly, Joy Fawcett and Hope Solo for the third-most Olympic appearances in USWNT history.