The 21-year-old defender will remain with the MNT through Thursday’s match against England, before returning to Wigan Athletic on Friday. He is expected to miss approximately four weeks.
Robinson will not be replaced on the roster, which now stands at 26 players.
The USA faces 2018 FIFA World Cup semifinalist England on Thursday, Nov. 15 at historic Wembley Stadium in London England (3 p.m. ET; ESPN2, UniMas). The MNT then concludes its 2018 schedule against four-time World Cup champions Italy on Tuesday, Nov. 20 at Luminus Arena in Genk, Belgium (2:45 p.m. ET; FS1, UniMas).
DETAILED ROSTER BY POSITION (Club; Caps/Goals):
GOALKEEPERS (3): Brad Guzan (Atlanta United FC; 59/0), Jonathan Klinsmann (Hertha Berlin/GER; 0/0), Ethan Horvath (Club Brugge/BEL; 2/0)
DEFENDERS (9): John Brooks (Wolfsburg/GER; 35/3), Reggie Cannon (FC Dallas; 1/0), Cameron Carter-Vickers (Swansea City/WAL; 6/0), Aaron Long (New York Red Bulls; 1/0), Matt Miazga (Nantes/FRA; 10/1), Shaq Moore (Reus Deportiu/ESP; 3/0), Jorge Villafaña (Portland Timbers; 19/0), DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United/ENG; 56/0), Walker Zimmerman (LAFC; 3/1)
MIDFIELDERS (13): Kellyn Acosta (Colorado Rapids; 21/2), Tyler Adams (New York Red Bulls; 7/1), Luca de la Torre (Fulham/ENG; 1/0), Marky Delgado (Toronto FC/CAN; 5/0), Romain Gall (Malmö/SWE; 0/0), Julian Green (Greuther Fürth/GER; 14/4), Sebastian Lletget (LA Galaxy; 3/1), Weston McKennie (Schalke/GER; 6/1), Darlington Nagbe (Atlanta United FC; 25/1), Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund/GER; 21/9), Kenny Saief (Anderlecht/BEL; 3/0), Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew SC; 9/0), Tim Weah (Paris Saint-Germain/FRA; 7/1)
FORWARDS (2): Josh Sargent (Werder Bremen/GER; 5/2), Bobby Wood (Hannover 96/GER; 43/13)Read more
The U.S. Men’s National Team begins the final segment of the Kickoff Series when it faces England at historic Wembley Stadium in London on Thursday, Nov. 15 at 3 p.m. ET (ESPN2, UniMas). Before the USA takes on the world’s No. 5 ranked team, here are five things to know about the Three Lions.
England is recognized by many as the birthplace of the sport. Whether or not you believe that, the national team is the joint-oldest in the world along with Scotland, with the nations playing the world’s first international match – a 0-0 draw in Partick, Scotland on Nov. 30, 1872.
Though they did not participate in the first three FIFA World Cups, England has been a near constant in the tournament since, missing just three times since 1950. Their greatest achievement at the international level came when they hosted and won the 1966 FIFA World Cup, needing extra time to defeat West Germany 4-2 at old Wembley Stadium in London.
While long considered among the world’s elite, the national team’s performance at big competitions has at times disappointed the football-mad nation. With lowered expectations around the squad at last summer’s FIFA World Cup in Russia, England played an inspiring brand of soccer, reinvigorating the nation’s belief in the team with a run to the semifinals and ultimately a fourth-place finish.
THE NEW THREE LIONS
Much of England’s success in Russia was credited to manager Gareth Southgate trusting and believing in the nation’s younger generation of players. As players like Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard were ushered out of the mix, the next wave led by the likes of captain Harry Kane, Dele Ali, Raheem Sterling, John Stones, Marcus Rashford and Jordan Pickford have become the faces of a national team that is inspiring new faith throughout the country.
Joining the current senior team on the rise are the youth national teams, whose future seems very bright as the country’s U-20 and U-17 sides won their respective FIFA World Cups in 2017.
On Nov. 8, Gareth Southgate called up a strong 28-player roster for the matches against the USA and Croatia.
Sixteen players on the roster were part of England’s run to the semifinals of the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Additionally, the match against the USA will also serve as a “send-off” for current D.C. United striker and legendary England striker Wayne Rooney.
See the full roster (2018 FIFA World Cup players):
GOALKEEPERS (4): Marcus Bettinelli (Fulham; 0/0), Jack Butland (Stoke City; 9/0), Alex McCarthy (Southampton; 0/0), Jordan Pickford (Everton; 13/0)
DEFENDERS (9): Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool; 4/0), Ben Chilwell (Leicester City; 3/0), Lewis Dunk (Brighton; 0/0), Joe Gomez (Liverpool; 5/0), Michael Keane (Everton; 4/0), Luke Shaw (Manchester United; 8/0), John Stones (Manchester City; 36/2), Kieran Trippier (Tottenham Hotspur (16/1), Kyle Walker (Manchester City; 43/0)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Ross Barkley (Chelsea; 24/2), Dele Ali (Tottenham Hotspur; 31/3), Fabian Delph (Manchester City; 16/0), Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur; 36/3), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool; 47/0), Jesse Lingard (Manchester United; 20/2), Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Chelsea; 9/0), Harry Winks (Tottenham Hotspur; 2/0)
FORWARDS (7): Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur; 34/19), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United; 29/6), Wayne Rooney (D.C. United; 119/53)*, Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund/GER; 1/0), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City; 46/4), Danny Welbeck (Arsenal; 42/16), Callum Wilson (Bournemouth; 0/0)
AGAINST THE USA
The MNT has faced England 10 times, and though the USA trails by a 2-7-1 mark in the all-time series the positive results have come in big matches.
The teams first met at the 1950 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, with a Joe Gatejens goal giving the USA a 1-0 win and one of the biggest upsets in tournament history. As the favorites going in, England was so highly regarded that when news of the result reached the UK, newspapers thought it was a mistake and instead printed that England had defeated the USA 10-0.
The USA earned its second win of the series 43 years later during U.S. Cup ’93 when Thomas Dooley and Alexi Lalas tallied to deliver a 2-0 victory against the Three Lions in Foxborough, Mass.
The most recent meeting came at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. Steven Gerrard scored early, but Clint Dempsey answered with a little help from England goalkeeper Robert Green as the teams played to a 1-1 draw in Rustenberg.
There are lots of connections with this matchup, but the most meaningful is that U.S. defender Cameron Carter-Vickers will have the chance to play against the country of his birth. The American and English sides of the Carter-Vicker’s family were documented in his episode of RISING: Emerging Faces of the U.S. Men’s National Team. Fellow MNT defender Antonee Robinson had hoped to run out for the USA at Wembley, but suffered an ankle injury during training on Tuesday, ruling him out of this month's matches.
Carter-Vickers (Swansea City) joins DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United) and Luca de la Torre (Fulham) as the four players on the roster that play for clubs in the English league system. Matt Miazga is under contract with Chelsea, currently on loan to Nantes in Ligue 1 in France. Atlanta United goalkeeper Brad Guzan had a 10-year spell in England with stints at Aston Villa, Hull City and Middlesbrough. LA Galaxy midfielder Sebastian Lletget began his professional career in England, coming up through the West Ham United Academy.
Midfielder Christian Pulisic is currently club teammates with England youngster Jadon Sancho at Borussia Dortmund. That isn’t Pulisic’s only connection, however. The MNT attacker actually spent one year living in England when his mother received a Fulbright scholarship to do a teaching exchange near Oxford. Pulisic’s father Mark has said the year Christian spent playing with local club Brackley Town helped peak his interest in the sport.Read more
Alex Morgan is in the business of scoring goals. And business is booming.
In her last 26 games playing for the U.S. Women’s National Team, Morgan has scored 25 times. They’ve come in a multitude of ways – from the penalty spot, headers, blistering drives and breakaways. She’s scored game-winners and braces, against Japan on July 26 at the 2018 Tournament of Nations, she bagged a hat trick. It was the fourth of her career.
Morgan then added not one, or two, but three braces during the 2018 Concacaf Women's Championship, one in each group game she played in, and another against Jamaica in the crucial semifinal win that booked the U.S. a spot in France 2019. A single goal vs. Canada in the title game on Oct. 17 would give her 7 total - the most of any player - and would make her the Golden Boot winner as the tournament's leading scorer.
She’s been scoring for the USA since 2010, and since scoring goals is perhaps the most difficult part of the game, there have been periods of great form and a few dry spells. But the past year has been impressive even by the high standards we’ve come to expect from the 29-year-old.
It’s always been clear that when Morgan is in the zone, opposing defenses are in for a long night.
This 26-game run – in which the USA has not lost – began in the latter half of 2017 after she returned from her six-month stint at Olympique Lyonnais, lasted through the final seven games of 2017, then continued into 2018.
The current streak began in the final game of the 2017 Tournament of Nations and now more than a year later, she’s still on a roll. She closed 2017 with seven goals in seven games (which made her the team’s top scorer for the year) and finished 2018 with a team-leading 18 goals in the 19 games in which she played. The 18 goals in the a calendar year are the second most of her career. The only year in which she scored more was in 2012 - an Olympic year - when she netted 28.
In a span of a few months, Morgan put herself within striking distance of 100 goals. Currently at 98, she would become the seventh woman in U.S. history to reach the century mark and join a highly exclusive club which features Abby Wambach, Mia Hamm, Kristine Lilly, Michelle Akers, Tiffeny Milbrett and Carli Lloyd. Even more impressively, she is on pace to achieve this feat in less caps (currently at 153 after the Scotland game on Nov. 13) than four of those six legends (Wambach and Akers scored goal No. 100 in their 129th cap; Hamm scored in her 155th cap) and could become the third youngest player in WNT history to reach 100. Wambach scored her 100th goal just after her 29th birthday and Hamm reached 100 when she was 26-and-a-half-years old.
Morgan’s first WNT goal came on Oct. 2, 2010 against China PR. She played in eight games that year and scored four goals. She followed that up with six goals in 2011 and had a breakthrough performance at the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Germany.
In 2012, Morgan had one of the best scoring years in U.S. history, tallying a remarkable 28 goals with 21 assists to lead the team in both categories. Her goal total was the third-best in U.S. history behind only Michelle Akers (39 in 1991) and Wambach (31 in 2004) and her assist total was tied for second-best in U.S. history behind only Hamm (22 in 2004) and tied with Carin Gabarra (21 in 1991). She also helped the USA to the gold medal at the London Olympics, scoring the epic 123rdminute game-winner in the semifinal final that is still the latest goal in FIFA history, and earned personal recognition when she finished third for the FIFA Player of the Year award and was named the U.S. Soccer Female Player of the Year for the first time.
The next two years for Morgan were unfortunately plagued by injuries. In 2013, she missed a few games but still played 811 minutes in 12 games and scored six goals with four assists. She spent much of 2014 finishing her recovery but returned to play in seven matches, starting four, while scoring five goals with four assists before she suffered an ankle injury in the second match of the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship that kept her out for the rest of the year.
She rounded into shape just in time to participate in her second World Cup at the senior level and she was a key member of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup champions. She came off the bench in the first two games as she regained her fitness, but then got the start in the final group game against Nigeria and started all four knock-out round games. She played in 22 of the USA’s 26 games that year and scored seven goals. She got back to her old self in 2016 when she found the net 17 times, including what was probably the best goal of the year on March 9 against Germany in the SheBelieves Cup.
Her 2017-18 has been even more impressive, and not just because of her scoring rate, but because the goals are coming against elite talent at a time when the level of play worldwide is increasingly competitive.
With a trip booked to France, the intensity of play is only increasing. And while the U.S. Women know that nothing is given and everything is earned, with Morgan in her current form, fans are surely looking forward to an entertaining few months ahead.Read more
USA vs. SCOTLAND
Date: Nov. 13, 2018
Venue: The Simple Digital Arena; Glasgow, Scotland
Broadcast: FS1, UDN
Kickoff: 2 p.m. ET
Starting XI vs. Scotland: 24-Ashlyn Harris; 2-Emily Sonnett, 7-Abby Dahlkemper, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 25-Emily Fox; 8-Julie Ertz, 16-Rose Lavelle, 19-Crystal Dunn; 11-Mallory Pugh, 10-Carli Lloyd (capt.), 13-Alex Morgan
Subs: 3-Samantha Mewis, 6-Andi Sullivan, 15-Megan Rapinoe, 18-Adrianna Franch, 20-Allie Long, 21-Jessica McDonald, 22-Danielle Colaprico
- The USA is 17-0-2 in 2018, with wins vs. Denmark, Germany, England, Mexico (thrice), China PR (twice), Japan, Brazil, Chile (twice), Panama, Trinidad & Tobago, Jamaica, Canada and Portugal; and ties against Australia and France.
- The USA is unbeaten in its last 27 matches (24-0-3), and has outscored its opponents 92-17 through that stretch, scoring in all 27 games. Since the 2017 SheBelieves Cup, the USA has failed to score in just one game (vs. Australia at the 2017 ToN). That's a 32-game span.
- The WNT hasn’t conceded a goal in 794 minutes in 2018, with the last one coming against Brazil during the Tournament of Nations on Aug. 2.
- Ashlyn Harris will earn cap No. 19 today. Before today, her most recent start came against Panama on Oct. 7 when she went 90 minutes to earn the win and her fifth career shutout.
- Emily Sonnett will earn cap 26 today. She has played in 13 games this year and has started eight times. She played in three games at World Cup qualifying.
- Abby Dahlkemper will earn her 30th cap tonight. It will be her 17th appearance and 16th start of 2018.
- Becky Sauerbrunn will earn her 149th cap tonight. Sauerbrunn is in 19th place on the all-time caps list.
- Emily Fox will earn her second cap today after making her debut vs. Portugal on Nov. 8. She is the 26th player to be capped under head coach Jill Ellis. Fox is a veteran of the USA's last two FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup Teams. She is a sophomore at the University of North Carolina.
- Crystal Dunn will earn cap No. 75 today, becoming the 43rd U.S. WNT player to hit that mark, and will make her 15th start of 2018. While she has been playing as an outside back for most of the year, today she will start in the midfield.
- Julie Ertz makes her 16th appearance and 15th start of 2018 and will earn cap No. 73. She has scored four goals in 2018 and has 18 international tallies. She was named the MVP of the Concacaf Women's Championship while playing the entire tournament at defensive midfielder.
- Rose Lavelle will earn her 20th career cap tonight and makes her ninth start this year. She has scored six international goals, most recently the game-winner against Canada on Oct. 17 in the title game of the 2018 Concacaf Women’s Championship.
- Still 20 years old, Mallory Pugh will earn her 43rd career cap today. She has scored six goals in 2018 and has two assists. In her career she has scored 12 goals – most recently vs. Chile on Sept. 4 – and has earned 13 assists. Today marks her 14th appearance of 2018.
- Alex Morgan has 17 goals in 2018 and 97 career goals in 152 caps. She also leads the USA in minutes played with 1,412 this year. At age 29, she sits in sole possession of seventh place on the USA's all-time goal list. Morgan has scored 24 goals over her last 25 WNT matches, a span that runs from the end of 2017. The 24 goals have included six braces and one hat trick. Morgan will earn cap No. 153 today, and is two away from tying Michelle Akers (155) for 17th all-time in caps.
- Carli Lloyd makes her 19th appearance of 2018 today. She is the USA's all-time active caps leader with 264. On Oct. 7 vs. Panama, Lloyd scored her eighth career hat trick and upped her career total to 105 goals. She is now two away from tying Michelle Akers for fourth all-time in the U.S. goals list.