2020 Tokyo Olympics Semifinal: USA vs. Canada - Starting XI, Lineup Notes, TV Channels & Start Time

Broadcast: USA, Telemundo, NBCOlympics.com, Telemundo Deportes App Broadcast Time: 4:00 a.m. ET Official Kickoff Time: 4:00 a.m. ET

2020 Tokyo Olympics – Semifinal
Date: August 2, 2021

Venue: Ibaraki Kashima Stadium; Kashima, Japan
Broadcast: USA, Telemundo, NBCOlympics.com, Telemundo Deportes App
Broadcast Time: 4:00 a.m. ET
Official Kickoff Time: 4:00 a.m. ET


Starting XI vs. Canada: 1-Alyssa Naeher; 5-Kelley O’Hara, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn (Capt.), 12-Tierna Davidson, 2-Crystal Dunn; 8-Julie Ertz, 9-Lindsey Horan, 16-Rose Lavelle; 7-Tobin Heath, 13-Alex Morgan, 21-Lynn Williams


Available Subs: 3-Samantha Mewis, 10-Carli Lloyd, 11-Christen Press, 14-Emily Sonnett, 15-Megan Rapinoe, 18-Adrianna Franch, 20-Casey Krueger







  • U.S. WNT Starting XI Cap Numbers (including this match): Sauerbrunn (192), Morgan (185), Heath (176), O’Hara (144), Dunn (121), Ertz (115), Horan (103), Naeher (78), Lavelle (61), Williams (40), Davidson (38)

  • Today’s Starting XI is the fifth different starting lineup deployed by head coach Vlatko Andonovski at the 2020 Olympics and features three different players from the starting lineup that faced the Netherlands in the quarterfinal: Davidson for Abby Dahlkemper on defense, Lavelle for Samantha Mewis in the midfield and Morgan for Lloyd at striker.

  • Tonight’s lineup against Canada features six of the 11 players who started against Canada in the most recent meeting between the teams on Feb. 18, 2021 at the SheBelieves Cup in Orlando, with Naeher, Dunn, Sauerbrunn, Ertz, Horan and Williams back in the Starting XI.

  • Six of the 11 players who started against Canada in the 2020 Concacaf Women’s Olympic Qualifying Final are in today’s starting XI – Naeher, Dunn, Ertz, Lavelle, Horan and Williams.

  • Team captain and three-time Olympian Becky Sauerbrunn will earn her 192nd cap, which moves her into a tie with Brandi Chastain for 13th on the USWNT’s all-time caps list.

  • Coming off a stellar performance in the quarterfinal vs. the Netherlands, Alyssa Naeher will make her fifth consecutive start at the Olympics as she earns her 78th career cap. Naeher has played every minute for the USA at Tokyo 2020.

  • Kelley O’Hara will make her fourth start of the 2020 Games and her 14th Olympic appearance overall. A three-time Olympian, O’Hara will have now started in all 12 matches in which she’s appeared in 2021.

  • Tierna Davidson returns to the starting lineup to make her third start of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and first of the knockout round. The 22-year-old Davidson started and went the full 90 minutes in the group stage against New Zealand and Australia. This will be her 38th career cap and fourth international appearance at a world championship.

  • Crystal Dunn will make her 121st international appearance for the USWNT and fifth consecutive start at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. 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 has played all but 16 minutes for the USA at the Tokyo 2020 and ranks 13th among all field players in total minutes played at the 2020 Olympics.

  • Julie Ertz will make her fourth consecutive start of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and her fifth 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 and went the full 120 minutes in the quarterfinal vs. the Netherlands. The two-time World Cup champion and two-time Olympian is set to earn her 116th cap.

  • Lindsey Horan will make her fourth start of the 2020 Olympics and earn her 103rd cap overall with today’s match against Canada. Horan played the full 120 minutes in the USA’s quarterfinal win vs. the Netherlands and is third on the team in total minutes played in 2021 with 1,167 minutes played. One of only two players to appear in every match for the USWNT this year, Horan has tallied a goal or an assist in each of her last three games against Canada, including the assist on Rose Lavelle’s game-winner against Canada in the 2021 SheBelieves Cup.

  • After coming on in the second half and converting the USA’s first penalty kick in the shootout against the Netherlands, Rose Lavelle returns to the Starting XI for her fourth start of the Olympics and her 61st cap overall. Lavelle scored the lone goal in the USA’s 1-0 victory over Canada earlier in the year at the 2021 SheBelieves Cup and has scored in two of her three career matches against Canada, also finding the back of the in the 2018 Concacaf World Cup qualifying tournament. Four of Lavelle’s 15 career goals have come at world championship events, three in the World Cup and the USA’s opening goal of the 2020 Olympics vs. New Zealand.

  • Tobin Heath will earn her 176th career cap and is set to make her 17th career appearance at the Olympics, moving past Julie Foudy, Kate Markgraf, Kristine Lilly, Joy Fawcett and Hope Solo for the third-most Olympic appearances in USWNT history.

  • Alex Morgan will make her 15th career appearance at the Olympics and earn her 185th cap overall. Morgan converted the USA’s second penalty kick in the quarterfinal triumph vs. Canada and also scored in the group stage win over New Zealand, pushing her career Olympic goal total to six, which ranks third all-time in USWNT Olympic history. Morgan is the owner of the record for the latest goal in Olympic, FIFA and U.S. history, tallying after 122 minutes and 22 seconds against Canada to notch the game-winning goal in the semifinals of the 2012 Olympics and has nine goals in 12 career matches against Canada.

  • After tallying a goal and an assist in her first Olympic start in the quarterfinals against the Netherlands, Lynn Williams will make her second consecutive start at the Olympics in what is her 40th international appearance overall. Williams scored the opening goal and assisted the goals by Lindsey Horan and Megan Rapinoe in the USA’s 3-0 win over Canada in the Concacaf Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament title match on February 9, 2020.