The U.S. Women’s National Team will look to win its sixth Concacaf Women’s Championship title when it takes on Canada on Wednesday, Oct. 17 at 7 p.m. CT. The broadcast will likely start on FS2 and then switch to FS1 depending on the MLB Playoff game. The game will also be broadcast on UDN.
Ranked fifth in the world, Canada has an 8-3-0 record in 2018 with the only losses coming to world powers Sweden (3-1), France (1-0) and Germany (3-2). In 2018, Canada has defeated the Korea Republic (3-0), Japan (2-0) and Brazil (1-0). The win vs. Japan was in the fifth-place match at the 2018 Algarve Cup.
Here are five things to know about Canada:
Canada Republic Women’s National Team Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): 1-Stephanie Labbe (Linköpings FC, SWE), 18-Kailen Sheridan (Sky Blue FC, USA)
DEFENDERS (7 ): 20-Lindsay Agnew (Houston Dash, USA), 2-Allysha Chapman (Houston Dash, USA), 4-Shelina Zadorsky (Orlando Pride, USA), 5-Rebecca Quin (Washington Spirit, USA), 10-Ashley Lawrence (Paris Saint-German, FRA), 11-Emma Regan (Univ. of Texas, USA), 3-Kadeisha Buchanan (FCF Olympique Lyonnais, FRA)
MIDFIELDERS (5): 8-Diana Matheson (Utah Royals FC, USA), 17-Jessie Fleming (UCLA, USA), 7-Julia Grosso (Univ. of Texas, USA), 14-Gabrielle Carle (Florida State, USA), 13-Sophie Schmidt (Unattached).
FORWARDS (6): 12-Christine Sinclair (Portland Thorns, USA), 16-Janine Beckie (Manchester City, ENG), 6-Deanne Rose (University of Florida, USA), 19-Adriana Leon (Seattle Reign FC, USA), 15-Nichelle Prince (Houston Dash, USA), 9-Jordyn Huitema (Vancouver Whitecaps FC Girls Elite)
HISTORY VS. THE USA
The USA is 48-3-7 all-time against Canada and while the Americans have had a long history of success in this series, the 12 meetings since the turn of the decade have featured three ties and four one-goal wins for the USA. Before the Nov. 9 and Nov. 12 matches last fall, a 1-1 draw in Vancouver (Alex Morgan scored) and a 3-1 U.S. victory in San Jose, Calif. (goals by Julie Ertz, Morgan and Carli Lloyd), the most recent meeting had come in the title game of the 2016 Concacaf Women's Olympic Qualifying Championship on Feb. 21, 2016, in Houston, Texas, a 2-0 U.S. win on goals from Tobin Heath and Lindsey Horan.
The teams have met three times in world championship competition, the first coming in the third-place match of the 2003 FIFA Women’s World Cup a 3-1 U.S. victory at StubHub Center in Carson, California. The USA earned a 2-1 overtime win in the quarterfinals of the 2004 Olympics as Natasha Kai scored the game-winner in Shanghai, China, and of course the teams played an epic semifinal in the 2012 Olympics, a match the USA won 4-3 in the last minute of overtime stoppage time on a header from Alex Morgan.
USA vs. CANADA IN THE WCQ FINAL
This is the seventh Concacaf Cup qualifying tournament that USA has contested, wining five of six of those tournaments, finishing first in the qualifying competitions for the 1991, 1995, 2003, 2007 and 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cups. The USA has played Canada in the championship game of each of the first four tournaments in which both participated (the USA did not have to qualify as host in 1999). In the 2010 Concacaf Women’s World Cup qualifying tournament, the USA fell to Mexico in the semifinal and Canada defeated Mexico in the championship game. The USA returned to the top of the podium at the 2014 Concacaf Women’s Championships, defeating Costa Rica 6-0 in the title game in a tournament that Canada did not participate in as host of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Canada won the tournament for the 1999 Women’s World Cup when the USA did not participate as host.
GROUP B SUCCESS & TICKET TO FRANCE 2019
Canada won Group B at the Concacaf Women’s Championship without much difficulty, defeating Jamaica 2-0, Cuba 12-0 and Costa Rica, 3-1. The Maple Leaves then qualified for the 2019 World Cup with a 7-0 victory against Panama in the semifinal. Canada tallied at the end of the first half to go into the break with a 1-0 lead, but then scored six times in a 30-minute span in the second half. Canada’s 24 goals have come from eight different players, led by Seattle Reign forward Adrianna Leon, who has six goals, four against Cuba and two in the semifinal against Panama. Jordyn Huitema and Christine Sinclair have four each, Nichelle Prince has three and Janine Beckie and Rebecca Quinn have two each. Jessie Fleming, Diana Matheson and Deanne Rose have each scored once. Both the USA and Canada have faced just 10 shots in World Cup Qualifying. No other team allowed fewer than 33.
CANADA HAS U.S. TIES THROUGH NWSL AND COLLEGE
Fifteen of the 20 players on Canada’s roster play in the NWSL or for collegiate sides in the USA. Nineteen of the 20 on Canada’s roster play or have played in the USA except for 17-year-old Jordyn Huitema. There are nine Canadian players on this roster that play for NWSL teams, including all-time leading scorer Christine Sinclair who plays on the Portland Thorns with the USA’s Lindsey Horan, Tobin Heath and Emily Sonnett. Jessie Fleming plays at UCLA and is one of the top players in the Pac-12 and in the country. She is college teammates with U.S. defender Hailie Mace. Forward Deanne Rose plays at Florida, midfielder Julie Grosso and Emma Regan play at Texas and midfielder Gabrielle Carle plays at Florida State.
CHRISTINE SINCLAIR CLOSES IN ON GOAL-SCORING RECORD
Sinclair, 35, is one of the greatest players in the history of women’s soccer. Her 177 goals in 273 matches rank second in most career international goals scored by a female or male soccer player behind only Abby Wambach (184 goals). Sinclair surpassed Mia Hamm for the number two spot in February of 2016.
EAST HARTFORD, Conn. (Oct. 16, 2018) — Bouyed by 18-year-old Josh Sargent’s 49th minute strike, the U.S. Men’s National Team played to a spirited 1-1 draw against Peru in front of 24,959 at Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field. The result in USA-Peru, presented by Volpi Foods, sees the MNT move to 3-3-3 in 2018.
While the match marked the return of veteran Brad Guzan between the sticks, the nine players that started in front of him held eight or fewer caps going into the match, including debutantes Jonathan Amon, Reggie Cannon and Aaron Long.
Despite some lack of familiarity, the U.S. team strung together a few good attacking chances early on. Following a ninth minute throw-in on the left, midfielder Marky Delgado switched the field to send Tim Weah into space down the right. The 18-year-old ran at Nilson Loyola and centered for Kellyn Acosta, whose left-footed hit breezed wide of the right post.
Then on the quarter-hour mark, a quick counter attack almost came good for the MNT. Acosta played forward for Sargent on the left, with the rising striker playing a clever backheel into the path of Amon. The speedy winger cut inside but over-hit the final pass as Weah sped down the right flank.
Carrying large swaths of possession through the rest of the half, Peru was able to connect passes in and around the area, but a stingy effort from the U.S. midfield and back line ensured none of La Blanquirroja’s four first-half shots were on target.
In fact, the visitors’ most threatening attack wasn’t a shot at all. In the 38th minute, Andy Polo fed Paolo Hurtado down the right. The winger swung in a dangerous cross to the near post, but Guzan alertly read it, cutting out the danger at the six as Raul Ruidiaz lurked in behind.
The U.S. sprung the attack on the other side of halftime. Just two minutes in, Amon pumped a ball over the back line to put Sargent into space. The striker gained entry into the box, and cut back to juke a Peru defender before centering for Weah, but his one-time effort curved wide of the right post.
With a bit of confidence after that play, Sargent put his name on the scoresheet two minutes later. Following a foul committed against Amon on the right, Acosta delivered a pinpoint low ball for Sargent at the top of the area, with the young striker hitting a one-time effort that came off of both Christian Ramos and Renato Tapia before hitting the back of the net.
A number of substitutions were made to aid Peru’s attack, but their first shot on goal didn’t come until the 70th minute, when Johan Madrid centered the ball for Yoshimar Yotun, but the Orlando City SC midfielder’s long-distance hit was easily held by Guzan.
Another great look came to Peru five minutes later when Yotún played a pass for Polo. The Portland Timbers’ attacker hit a 25-yard effort that beat Guzan, but rang off the cross bar before the follow-up header from Ruidiaz was nodded over the bar.
Continuing to knock on the door, Peru finally broke through in the 86th minute when Polo’s low cross from the right found an unmarked Edison Flores for the late equalizer at the back left post.
The MNT heads to Europe to close out 2018 and the Kickoff Series next month. The window opens in London as the USA makes its second visit to new Wembley Stadium to take on 2018 FIFA World Cup Semifinalists England on Thursday, Nov. 15 (3 p.m. ET; ESPN2, UniMás & UDN). The curtain comes down on the 2018 schedule five days later, when the MNT travels to Genk, Belgium to face four-time World Cup winners Italy at the Luminus Arena (2:45 p.m. ET; FS1, UniMas & UDN).
Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Josh Sargent (Kellyn Acosta), 49th minute: Jonathan Amon was fouled near the right corner flag, leading to a dangerous free kick opportunity. In a well-worked set piece, Acosta delivered a low ball to the top of the area for Sargent, who one-timed an effort that deflected off Christian Ramos and Renato Tapia to roll past José Carvallo into the left side of the goal. USA 1, PER 0 [WATCH]
PER – Edison Flores (Andy Polo), 86th minute: Peru found the equalizer late. After winning the ball at midfield, it was swung over to Polo on the right. There, the attacker centered a low cross that slid through the six-yard box to find Flores for the unmarked tap-in at the back left post. USA 1, PER 1 FINAL
Key Save and Defensive Plays:
USA – Brad Guzan, 38th minute: Generally busier barking instructions in the first half, Guzan was called into action just before the half when Andy Polo played a pass for Paolo Hurtado down the right. The winger swung in a dangerous cross to the near post, but Guzan alertly read it, cutting out the danger at the six with Raul Ruidiaz ready to strike.
PER – Pedro Aquino, 78th minute: Julian Green played Bobby Wood towards the end line on the right. The substitute striker cut a ball across the box where Ben Sweat took a swing, but Aquino was there to nod away the danger.
USA – Brad Guzan, 90+3 minute: Looking for the late winner, Peru earned a free kick on the right which saw Yordy Reyna swing in a dangerous cross, forcing Guzan to dive as he parried away the danger.
- With his 49th minute strike, Sargent became just the fourth MNT player of the modern era to record two goals before his 19th birthday. The 18-year-old joins Jozy Altidore, Juan Agudelo and Christian Pulisic in that distinction.
- Kellyn Acosta recorded his first career international assist on Sargent’s strike.
- Entering in the 79th minute, Michael Bradley earned his 142nd cap, moving him past Clint Dempsey into sole possession of third on the MNT’s all-time list.
- The MNT moves to 3-2-2 all-time against Peru.
- Tonight marks the MNT’s seventh match at Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field.
- The USA’s starting XI averaged 23 years, 157 days and 9.6 caps.
- Dave Sarachan made nine changes to the lineup that faced Colombia, with midfielders Kellyn Acosta and Tim Weah as the two holdovers from Thursday.
- The most senior player in the lineup, goalkeeper Brad Guzan, made his first appearance since Sept. 5, 2017 at Honduras.
- Wil Trapp returned to the lineup to captain the side and made his team-leading seventh appearance of 2018.
- Aside from Guzan (58) and Acosta (21), nine of the 11 MNT starters had eight or fewer caps prior to the match.
- Dave Sarachan handed Jonathan Amon, Reggie Cannon and Aaron Long their international debuts, taking the total number of debutantes in 2018 to 19 – third most in the modern era. The record for MNT debuts in a calendar year is 21 (1992), followed by 20 (2007).
- At age 19, Jonathan Amon became the sixth teenager to appear for the MNT in 2018, the most of any calendar year during the modern era. He joined Tyler Adams, Josh Sargent and Tim Weah, as well as recently-turned 20-year olds Weston McKennie and Christian Pulisic.
- Amon and Cannon also took the total of 2018 MNT debutantes that are eligible for the 2020 Summer Olympics to nine.
- Sarachan deployed a four-man back line with Cameron Carter-Vickers and Long pairing in central defense, while Cannon (right), Sweat (left) line up as full backs.
- The five-man midfield featured Trapp in the central holding role behind Acosta and Delgado, with Weah on the right and Amon on the left, while Sargent started up top as the lone striker.
- With the MNT dressing 20 players, Andrija Novakovich and Kenny Saief were healthy scratches from the roster. The teams were allowed to make six substitutions.
- U.S. Men’s National Team Match Report -
Match: U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Peru
Date: October 16, 2018
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field; East Hartford, Conn.
Kickoff: 8:05 p.m. ET
Weather: 45 degrees; clear
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 0 1 1
PER 0 1 1
USA – Josh Sargent (Kellyn Acosta) 49th minute
PER – Edison Flores (Andy Polo) 86
USA: 1-Brad Guzan; 18-Reggie Cannon (2-DeAndre Yedlin; 84), 5-Cameron Carter-Vickers, 21-Aaron Long, 19-Ben Sweat; 20-Will Trapp (capt.), 11-Tim Weah (17-Antonee Robinson; 90+2), 8-Marky Delgado, 23-Kellyn Acosta (4-Michael Bradley; 79), 24-Jonathan Amon (16-Julian Green; 55); 13-Josh Sargent (7-Bobby Wood; 69)
Substitutes not used: 22-Ethan Horvath, 3-Matt Miazga, 6-John Brooks, 14-Fafa Picault,
Head Coach: Dave Sarachan
PER: 21-José Carvallo; 5-Alexander Callens, 7-Paolo Hurtado (26-Yordy Reyna; 59), 8-Sergio Peña (19-Yoshimar Yotún; 66), 11-Raúl Ruidiaz, 13-Renato Tapia (23-Pedro Aquino; 67), 14-Andy Polo (18-André Carrillo; 90+1), 15-Christian Ramos (capt.), 17-Luis Advíncula (2-Johan Madrid; 46), 20-Edison Flores, 22-Nilson Loyola;
Substitutes: 1-Pedro Gallese, 12-Patricio Álvarez, 4-Anderson Santamaria, 6-Miguel Trauco, 10-Christian Cueva, 16-Horacia Calcaterra, ,24-Wilder Cartagena
Head coach: Ricardo Gareca
Stats Summary: USA / PER
Shots: 5 / 14
Shots on Goal: 2 / 3
Saves: 2 / 1
Corner Kicks: 2 / 6
Fouls: 12 / 10
Offside: 0 / 2
PER – Luis Advíncula (caution) 45th minute
USA – Tim Weah (caution) 54
PER – Christian Cueva (caution) 82
Referee: Ivan Barton (SLV)
Assistant Referee 1: Geovany Garcia (SLV)
Assistant Referee 2: David Moran (SLV)
4th Official: Ismael Cornejo (SLV)
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WINCHAM, England (Oct. 16, 2018) – The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team finished second at the U-17 International Youth Tournament in England after two strong comeback efforts. On Sunday, the USA rallied back from a 2-0 deficit to take down Brazil 3-2, capped off by an 85th-minute penalty kick goal from Joe Scally. On Tuesday, George Bello found the back of the net in the 86th minute to push the U-17s past Russia’s U-18 squad 2-1.
Final U-17 International Youth Tournament Standings
USA 1, England 3: In the first game of the competition, the USA fell 3-1 to host and eventual champion England.
The Red, White and Blue got on the board first against the Three Lions, striking 17 minutes in. Some nifty dribbling through the penalty area opened things up for Scally, and he slotted a pass in to Griffin Yow, who one-timed it past the diving goalkeeper.
While the U-17s took an early lead, the Young Lions roared back after the half with three unanswered goals.
- U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team Match Report -
Match: United States U-17 Men’s National Team vs. England
Date: Oct. 12, 2018
Competition: U17 International Youth Tournament
Venue: Deva Stadium; Chester, England
Kickoff: 7:00 p.m. WET (local), 2:00 p.m. ET
Weather: 65 degrees, windy, light rain
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 0 3 3
ENG 1 0 0
USA – Griffin Yow (Joseph Scally) 17th minute
ENG – Sam Greenwood 47
ENG – Morgan Rogers 70
ENG – Joseph Gerhardt 89
USA: 1-Damian Las, 2-Joe Scally, 4-Mason Judge, Kobe Hernandez, George Bello (capt.); 7-Daniel Robles (20-David Rodriguez, 76), 8-William Reilly (16-Tayvon Gray, 46), 6-Adam Saldana (18-Peter Stroud, 69), 11-Griffin Yow (19-Ricardo Pepi, 83); 9-Alfonso Ocampo Chavez, 10-Gianluca Busio
Subs not used: 12-Chituru Odunze, 13-Adam Armour, 14-Antino Lopez, 15-Axel Alejandre, 17-Andres Jasson, 21-Sagir David Arce
Head coach: Shaun Tsakiris
ENG: 1-Louie Moulden, 2-Valentino Livramento (20-Harvey Elliott, 61), 4-Miguel Azeez, 5-Taylor Harwood-Bellis (capt), 6-Teden Mengi; 7-Alexander Mighten (15-Joseph Hodge, 69), 8-Yunus Musah, 9-Sam Greenwood (14-Joseph Gelhardt, 79), 10-Fabio Carvalho (12-Ben Knight, 61), 11-Morgan Rogers, 19-Dennis Cirkin (3-Haydon Robert, 61)
Subs not used: 13-James Trafford, 16-Jensen Weir, 17-Nathan Wood-Gordon, 18- Armstrong Oko-Flex, 22-Serine Sanneh
Head coach: Steve Cooper
USA – George Bello (caution) 34th minute
ENG – Harvey Elliott (caution) 74
ENG – Taylor Harwood-Bellis (caution) 90
ENG – Joseph Gelhardt (caution) 90
USA – Damian Las (caution) 90
Stats Summary: USA/ENG
Shots on Goal: 2/7
Corner Kicks: 2/3
Referee: Tom Nield (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Danny Gratton (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Andrew Hendley (ENG)
Fourth Official: Joe Hull (ENG)
USA 3, Brazil 2: Things got off to a slow start in the USA’s second game against Brazil. The South Americans got on the board early with a penalty in the eighth minute, and doubled their advantage in the 26th. But the U-17s responded swiftly, as Yow dribbled across the top of the box from left to right, and hit a low shot to the far bottom corner past the outstretched Brazilian goalkeeper.
After the break, Yow was involved again in finding the equalizer. The D.C. United forward deflected an attempted clearance from the ‘keeper, teeing it up for Alfonso Ocampo Chavez. The Seattle Sounders FC striker took a dribble and ripped a shot into the back of the net. As both sides battled down the stretch, forward Ricardo Pepi drew a penalty in the 85th minute. Scally stepped to the spot and hammered it home to secure the 3-2 U.S. victory.
- U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team Match Report -
Match: United States U-17 Men’s National Team vs. Brazil
Date: Oct. 14, 2018
Competition: U17 International Youth Tournament
Venue: Weaver Stadium; Nantwich, England
Kickoff: 5:00 p.m. WET (local), 12:00 p.m. ET
Weather: 53 degrees
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 1 2 3
BRA 2 0 0
BRA – Reinier Jesus Carvalho (penalty) 8th minute
BRA –Kaio Jorge Pinto Ramos 26
USA – Griffin Yow 30
USA – Alfonso Ocampo Chavez 60
USA – Joe Scally 85
USA: 1-Damian Las, 2-Joe Scally, 4-Mason Judge, 5-Kobe Hernandez (capt.), 13-Adam Armour; 7-Daniel Robles (6-Adam Saldana, 46), 16-Tayvon Gray, 18-Peter Stroud; 11-Griffin Yow; 9-Alfonso Ocampo Chavez (15-Axel Alejandre, 86), 17-Andres Jasson (19-Ricardo Pepi, 76)
Subs not used: 3-George Bello, 8-WilliamReilly, 12-Chituru Odunze, 14-Antino Lopez, 15-Axel Alejandre, 20-David Rodriguez, 21-Sagir David Arce
Head coach: Shaun Tsakiris
BRA: 12-Bruno Carcaioli, 13-Yan Bueno Couto, 14-Alysson Cristian Oliveira Silva (15-Paulo Eduardo Ferreira Godinho, 75), 3-Henri Marinho dos Santos, 6-Eduardo Pinto de Jesus (2-Gustavo Garcia dos Santos, 63); 5-Kawan Gabriel da Silva (16-Fabio Silva de Freitas, 75), 10-Reinier Jesus Carvalho, 8-Talles Macedo Toledo Costa (17-Antonio Fialho de Carvalho Neto, 46); 7-Gabriel Veron Fonseca de Souza (21-Iago André Pires de Oliveira, 46), 9-Gabriel Silva Vieira (11-Joao Gabriel Martins Peglow, 63), 20-Kaio Jorge Pinto Ramos
Subs not used: 1-Gabriel Roberto Pereira, 4-Gabriel Rodriguez Noga, 18-Ivonei Junior da Silva Rabelo, 19-Carlos Antonio de Oliveira Costa
Head coach: Guilherme Dalla Déa
USA – Joe Scally (caution) 51st minute
BRA – Antonio Fialho de Carvalho Neto (caution) 51
USA – Adam Armour (caution) 65
BRA – Joao Gabriel Martins Peglow (caution) 66
USA – Tayvon Gray (caution) 67
USA – Damian Las (caution) 90
Stats Summary: USA/BRA
Shots on Goal: 7/7
Corner Kicks: 7/6
Referee: Matt Donohue (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Steven Rushton (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Gareth Mellor (ENG)
Fourth Official: Will Finnie (ENG)
USA 2, Russia 1: The Russia U-18 squad provided an older opponent in the tournament’s final match. After a scoreless opening 35 minutes, Russia broke through with the game’s first goal, but the U-17s’ found an answer from Kobe Hernandez, who netted the game-tying goal in the 42nd minute.
As the teams searched for a winner in the second half, Bello rose to the occasion in the game’s waning minutes. Just over a week after scoring his first MLS goal, Bello lined up to take a free kick in the 86th and scored the game-winner for the U-17s to end the Youth International Tournament on a high note.
USA U17’s 2-1 Russia U18’s - GGGGOOOOOAAAAALLLLLLLL ⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️ pic.twitter.com/Fg0d0usw4g— Witton Albion Football Club (@WittonAlbion) October 16, 2018
After the game, U-16 Boys’ National Team head coach Shaun Tsakiris, who lead the group in England was proud of the team's resilience, on full display in England.
“Overall, I am really happy for the group. The boys fight hard and showed they have a great spirit about them. To compete the way we did against a U-18 Russia team showed tremendous character. Of course, we are always focused on winning competitions at this age, but the results and the performances were something that we as a group can be proud of.”
Next up for the U-17 MNT is the 2018 Nike International Friendlies. The USA faced both England and Brazil at the 2017 edition of the tournament, its first competition of the 2018-19 World Cup cycle. The U-17s fell to England in a hard-fought 1-0 loss, while the U.S. put on its best performance of the tournament in a 1-1 draw against Brazil.
Preview: USA Meets Canada in Title Match of 2018 Concacaf Women’s Championship | Oct. 17 on FS1 at 7 p.m. CT
The U.S. Women’s National Team booked its spot at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup by rolling past Jamaica 6-0 in the semifinal of the 2018 Concacaf Women’s Championship, and will now look to win its sixth Concacaf Women’s Championship title when it takes on Canada on Wednesday, Oct. 17 at 7 p.m. CT. The match broadcast will likely start on FS2 and then switch to FS1 depending on the completion of the MLB playoff game. The game is also being broadcast on UDN.
The 2018 Concacaf Women’s Championship has qualified two teams to the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France and a third will book its ticket with a win in the Third-Place game. The fourth-place finisher will go into a two-game playoff with Argentina, the third-place team from South America. As winners of their respective semifinals, the USA and Canada have already secured their spots at next summer’s event but one remains for the winner of the Third-Place match between Jamaica and Panama on Oct. 17 (4 p.m. CT; FS2). The loser of the Third-Place Match heads into the two-game playoff.
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U.S. WNT CONCACAF WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP ROSTER BY POSITION (CAPS/GOALS)
DEFENDERS (7): 7- Abby Dahlkemper (NC Courage; 27/0), 19- Crystal Dunn (NC Courage; 72/24), 20- Hailie Mace (UCLA; 3/0), 5- Kelley O’Hara (Utah Royals FC; 111/2), 4- Becky Sauerbrunn (Utah Royals FC; 146/0), 14- Casey Short (Chicago Red Stars; 26/0), 2- Emily Sonnett (Portland Thorns FC; 24/0)
MIDFIELDERS (5): 6- Morgan Brian (Chicago Red Stars; 81/6), 8- Julie Ertz (Chicago Red Stars; 70/18); 9- Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC; 60/7), 16- Rose Lavelle (Washington Spirit; 17/5), 3- Samantha Mewis (NC Courage; 40/8)
FORWARDS (6): 17-Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns; 141/25), 10- Carli Lloyd (Sky Blue FC; 262/105), 13- Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride; 150/96), 12- Christen Press (Utah Royals FC; 106/46), 11- Mallory Pugh (Washington Spirit; 40/12), 15- Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign FC; 143/41)
USA vs. Canada: The USA is 48-3-7 all-time against Canada and the Americans have had a long history of success in this series, but the 12 meetings since the turn of the decade have featured three ties and four one-goal wins for the USA. The most recent meetings were pair of friendlies between the teams, the first on Nov. 9, 2017 at BC Place in Vancouver, Canada, a 1-1 draw that saw Alex Morgan score for the U.S., followed by a second game on Nov.12 at Avaya Stadium in San Jose, California, where the U.S. won 3-1 on goals from Carli Lloyd, Julie Ertz and Morgan.
Most Common Opponent: Canada is the country the USA has played more times than any other in its history. The USA and Canada have been playing since the second year of the U.S. Women's National Team program in 1986 and met in the fifth and sixth matches in U.S. history, which also were the first domestic games for the U.S. Women. They’ve played in back-to-back games in a home-and-away format three times. Multiple meetings in a calendar year between the USA and Canada are far from a rarity. In fact, the teams played five times in both 2000 and 2008, tied for the most meetings in a year for the U.S. team against any opponent.
USA Aims for Sixth Concacaf World Cup Qualifying Title: The USA is 31-1-0 all-time in World Cup qualifying, including 17-0-0 at home. The U.S. WNT hasn’t conceded a goal in 10 straight WCQ games (963 minutes) dating back to 2010. The last goal allowed came in the 27th minute against Mexico on Nov. 5, 2010. Under Jill Ellis the USA has a record of 9-0-0 with 45 goals scored and 0 against. This will be the seventh Concacaf qualifying tournament that USA has contested. The U.S. women have won five of six of those tournaments, finishing first in the qualifying competitions for the 1991, 1995, 2003, 2007 and 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cups. The USA finished third in the qualifying tournament for the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup and had to go through a two-game playoff against Italy to qualify for Germany 2011. The USA played Canada in the championship game of each of the first four tournaments in which both participated (the USA did not have to qualify as host in 1999). The USA has scored 182 goals in WWC qualifying (an average of 5.7 per game) while allowing five, and has played nine different countries in World Cup qualifying with Mexico being the most common opponent with seven games between the teams.
Winning: The U.S. team has a 15-0-2 record in 2018 and has not lost since the 2017 Tournament of Nations, a 1-0 setback to Australia. It has gone 22-0-3 over the past 15 months. The USA’s 2018 has so far featured wins over Denmark, Germany, England, Mexico (thrice), China PR (twice), Japan, Brazil, Chile (twice), Panama, Trinidad & Tobago and Jamaica, along with ties vs. France and Australia. The WNT hasn’t conceded a goal in 614 minutes in 2018, with the last one coming against Brazil during the Tournament of Nations on Aug. 2. This is the longest streak without conceding for the WNT since 2016.
100 Goals Watch: After adding two more goals against Jamaica on Oct. 14, Alex Morgan now has 96 goals and at age 29 sits in sole possession of seventh place on the USA’s all-time goal scoring list. She has scored 23 goals over her last 23 WNT matches through the end of 2017 and deep into 2018. With her hat trick against Japan on July 26, the fourth of her career, Morgan is now tied with Michelle Akers in third place all-time in multi-goal games (26) behind Abby Wambach (45) and Mia Hamm (38). She has 22 career two-goal games.
Lloyd Keeps Adding Her Name to the Record Books: On Oct. 7 vs. Panama, Lloyd scored her eighth career hat trick and upped her career total to 105 goals. She is now two goals away from tying Michelle Akers for fourth all-time in the U.S. goals list. With her hat trick, Lloyd tied Mia Hamm for most three-goals games all-time in U.S. WNT history. Hamm also scored two four-goal games in her career. Lloyd is tied with Kristine Lilly and Cindy Parlow for fifth-all time in multi-goal games with 17. Against Panama, Lloyd (36 years, 83 days) became the oldest player to score a hat trick for the U.S. WNT. She broke Wambach’s record of 34 years, 186 days. Since turning 30, she has scored 69 goals in 127 games in six years. The 127 games after the age of 30 rank her fourth all-time in U.S. history in that category and is four caps away from tying Shannon Boxx in third place. Christie Rampone is far and away the leader with 175.
2018 WCQ Goal Scorers: Ten different players have scored in the 2018 tournament thus far: Alex Morgan (6), Tobin Heath (4), Carli Lloyd (3), Megan Rapinoe (3), Rose Lavelle (2), Julie Ertz (2), Crystal Dunn, Lindsey Horan, Christen Press and Samantha Mewis.
The U.S. forwards have combined for 45 of the USA’s 61 goals this year. All six of the forwards on this roster have played in a world championship, and five of them have played in in multiple world championships. Six of the eight players who have not found the net are defenders. Nine players have assists, with Lindsey Horan leading the way with four. The average age of the U.S. roster for this tournament is 27.9. The average age of USA’s 2015 Women’s World Cup Team was just over 28 years of age.
Since the 2017 SheBelieves Cup, the USA has failed to score in just one game (against Australia at the 2017 Tournament of Nations). That’s a 30-game span. Through 2017 and 2018, 14 different players have scored goals for the USA. The U.S. has now scored 4+ goals in six of their last seven games and in five straight.
Team Effort: All 20 players on the U.S. roster have seen minutes so far in the tournament. No player has played the total of 360 minutes, but defender Abby Dahlkemper has been on the field the most (347 minutes).
WCQ History Goal Scorers: Eleven players on this U.S. roster have scored in a Women’s World Cup qualifying tournament: Lloyd (10), Morgan (8), Rapinoe (6), Heath (6), Press (3), Lavelle (2), Ertz (2), Mewis (1), Dunn (1), Horan (1) and Brian (1). Lloyd has now tied Carin Gabarra in fourth place on the all-time goal list in World Cup qualifying. She sits two goals behind third-place Mia Hamm (12).
2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup Qualifiers: The 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup will be held from June 7-July 7 in nine cities in France. So far, 17 countries have qualified with teams from Concacaf, Africa and Oceania still to be determined. The Final Draw for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup will be conducted in Paris on December 8. This will be the second World Cup with 24 nations, up from 16 that were in Germany in 2011. The qualified nations so far are: host, France; England, Germany, Italy, Norway, Scotland, Spain and Sweden from UEFA. Brazil and Chile from South America, and Australia, China PR, Japan, Korea Republic and Thailand from the AFC and the USA and Canada from Concacaf. Read more