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Lloyd Hat Trick Leads USA Past Panama 5-0 at 2018 Concacaf Women's Championship

CARY, N.C. (Oct. 7, 2018) – The U.S. Women’s National Team continued its 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign with another big victory, easily defeating Panama 5-0 at Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park. The game was only the second between the teams at the senior level.

The USA scored in the fifth minute on a set piece as a corner kick from Christen Press was headed home by Samantha Mewis. Carli Lloyd then scored two goals in the first half, before adding a third in the opening minutes of the second to complete her first hat-trick since 2016. Press, who dished out two assists via corner kicks, also added a goal for the USA.

The U.S. WNT out-shot Panama 16-0 in the first half, and 19-4 in the second, but some excellent play from Panama’s goalkeeper Yenith Bailey, who had 12 total saves, some of them spectacular, kept the score down.

Next, the WNT will await the result from the second Group A game of the day between Mexico and Trinidad & Tobago (7:30 p.m. ET), and could qualify for the semifinals with one game to play if those teams play to a draw or if Mexico wins. If T&T wins, then the U.S. would need at least a draw in its final game to win the group and qualify for the semifinals. The USA will conclude Group A play at the 2018 Concacaf Women's Championship vs. Trinidad & Tobago in Cary, N.C. on Oct. 10 (7:30 p.m. ET; FS2, UDN).

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2018 Concacaf Women’s Championship Group A Standings

TEAM

GP

W

L

D

GF

GA

GD

PTS

USA

2

2

0

0

11

0

11

6

Panama

2

1

1

0

3

5

-2

3

Trinidad & Tobago

1

0

1

0

0

-3

0

0

Mexico

1

0

1

0

0

-6

0

0

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Samantha Mewis (Christen Press), 5th minute: The USA opened the scoring on a corner kick from the left side. Christen Press sent the cross into the middle, and Mewis rose over her defender to nod the ball into the lower right corner from six yards out. USA 1, PAN 0. WATCH GOAL.

USA – Carli Lloyd (Christen Press), 23rd minute: The second goal was much like the first: from a left sided corner kick and served by Christen Press. But this time Carli Lloyd got on the end of it at the far post and sent her header down into the lower right corner for her 103rd career goal. USA 2, PAN 0. WATCH GOAL.

USA – Carli Lloyd (Casey Short), 29th minute: Lloyd tallied her second of the game and 104th of her career after receiving a pass from Casey Short in the left side of the penalty area with her back to goal. She evaded one defender with a nifty step-over, wound up on a second to make space for her shot and then blasted the ball into the right corner from 12 yards out, giving the goalkeeper no chance. USA 3, PAN 0. WATCH GOAL.

USA – Christen Press (Abby Dahlkemper), 32nd minute: The USA made it 4-0 on a breakaway as Abby Dahlkemper's long pass skipped between the two Panama center backs and Press was off to the races. She sped into the penalty area, faked the goalkeeper to the ground while dribbling to her right, and then blasted her shot into the open net from a tight angle. USA 4, PAN 0. WATCH GOAL.

USA – Carli Lloyd (Rose Lavelle), 48th minute: The USA's only goal of the second half also came off a set play after Mallory Pugh was chopped down from behind just outside the penalty are on the right side. Lavelle took the free kick and set a perfect bending cross to the far post where the crashing Lloyd headed home from close range. It was the USA's third set play goal of the match and third header. USA 5, PAN 0. WATCH GOAL. FINAL.

Additional Notes:

  • The USA is 29-1-0 all-time in CONCACAF Women's World Cup qualifying, including a 15-0-0 mark at home.
  • The USA has scored 169 goals in WWC qualifying while allowing five and has played nine different countries in World Cup qualifying; Mexico is the most common opponent with seven games between the teams.
  • U.S. head coach Jill Ellis made nine changes to the starting lineup which faced Mexico on Oct. 4. All nine players who were available subs for the Mexico game started this evening. The only repeat starters were midfielder Julie Ertz and defender Abby Dahlkemper.
  • Carli Lloyd earned her 261st cap today and scored her eighth career hat-trick (her first since Sept. 15, 2016 against Thailand). She now has 105 international goals and seven this year. She is in sole possession of fifth place on the USA's all-time goals list and two goals away from tying Michelle Akers for fourth all-time. Lloyd has 50 career assists and is in 8th place all-time, but with six more, can move into fifth. It was Lloyd’s 16th WCQ appearance and has now accumulated 10 WCQ goals in her career.
  • Samantha Mewis scored her eighth international goal today in her home stadium, where she plays for the NWSL’s North Carolina Courage. It was her first goal for the WNT since she last scored a brace on Oct. 22, 2017 vs. Korea Republic in this same venue.
  • Christen Press scored her 46th international goal and second of the year. She also earned two assists today, upping her 2018 total to four. She is now in sole possession of 13th place on the all-time WNT goals list.
  • Abby Dahlkemper earned her first assist of the year on Press’ goal. It was her 25th cap.
  • Ashlyn Harris made her third start of 2018 and fourth appearance. She earned her fifth career shutout tonight in her 18th cap. It was her second World Cup qualifying appearance after playing in one game during the 2014 tournament.
  • Hailie Mace earned her third cap for the WNT tonight and made her first career start, going all 90 minutes for the U.S.
  • Six of the USA’s 11 goals scored in the tournament so far have come from set pieces.
  • Today’s match was the first World Cup Qualifying appearance for Mace and Casey Short.
  • The USA made two subs against Panama: Rose Lavelle for Julie Ertz in the 46th minute and Lindsey Horan for Abby Dahlkemper in the 77th minute.
  • The USA is now 13-0-2 in 2018, with wins against Denmark, Germany, England, Mexico (thrice), China PR (twice), Japan, Brazil, Chile (twice) and Panama; and ties against Australia and France. The USA is unbeaten in its last 23 matches (20-0-3), and has outscored opponents 76-17 through that stretch, scoring in all 23 games.

– U.S. Women’s National Team Match Report –

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Panama
Date: October 7, 2018
Competition: 2018 Concacaf Women’s Championship - Group A
Venue: Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park; Cary, N.C.
Kickoff: 5 p.m. ET
Attendance: 7,532
Weather: 83 degrees Fahrenheit; partly cloudy

Scoring Summary:   1          2          F
USA                             4          1          5
PAN                             0          0          0

USA – Samantha Mewis (Christen Press)              5th minute
USA – Carli Lloyd (Christen Press)                23
USA – Carli Lloyd (Casey Short)                    29
USA – Christen Press (Abby Dahlkemper)    32
USA – Carli Lloyd (Rose Lavelle)                   48           

Lineups:
USA: 18-Ashlyn Harris; 2-Emily Sonnett, 7-Abby Dahlkemper (9-Lindsey Horan, 77), 12-Hailie Mace, 14-Casey Short; 8-Julie Ertz (16-Rose Lavelle, 46), 3-Samantha Mewis, 6-Morgan Brian; 11-Mallory Pugh, 10-Carli Lloyd (capt.), 20-Christen Press
Substitutes not used: 1-Alyssa Naeher, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 5-Kelley O’Hara, 13-Alex Morgan, 15-Megan Rapinoe, 17-Tobin Heath, 19-Crystal Dunn
Head Coach: Jill Ellis 

PAN: 1-Yenith Bailey; 2-Hilary Jaen, 3-María Murillo, 5-Yomira Pinzón, 13-Onelys Alvarado (7-Kenia Rangel, 34); 4-Katherine Castillo, 6-Aldrith Quintero, 8-Laurie Batista, 9-Karla Riley (19-Lineth Cedeño, 59); 10-Marta Cox, 11-Natalia Mills (capt.) (18-Erika Hernández, 59)
Substitutes not used: 12-Farissa Córdoba; 14-Maryorie Pérez, 15-Rebeca Espinosa, 16-Sheyla Díaz, 17-Anuvis Angulo, 20-María Montenegro
Head Coach: Victor Suarez

Stats Summary: USA / PAN
Shots: 35 / 4
Shots on Goal: 17 / 1
Saves: 12 / 1
Corner Kicks: 10 / 1
Fouls: 9 / 7
Offside: 6 / 0

Misconduct Summary:
PAN – Katherine Castillo (caution)     71st minute

Officials:
Referee: Tatian Guzman (NCA)
Assistant Referee 1: Princess Brown (JAM)
Assistant Referee 2: Chantal Boudreau (CAN)
4th Official: Odette Hamilton (JAM)

U.S. Soccer Woman of the Match: Carli Lloyd

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– U.S. Women’s National Team Match Report –

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Panama
Date: October 7, 2018
Competition: 2018 Concacaf Women’s Championship - Group A
Venue: Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park; Cary, N.C.
Kickoff: 5 p.m. ET
Attendance: 7,532
Weather: 83 degrees Fahrenheit; partly cloudy

Scoring Summary:   1          2          F
USA                             4          1          5
PAN                             0          0          0

USA – Sam Mewis (Christen Press)              5th minute
USA – Carli Lloyd (Christen Press)                23
USA – Carli Lloyd (Casey Short)                    29
USA – Christen Press (Abby Dahlkemper)    32
USA – Carli Lloyd (Rose Lavelle)                   48           

Lineups:
USA: 18-Ashlyn Harris; 2-Emily Sonnett, 7-Abby Dahlkemper (9-Lindsey Horan, 77), 12-Hailie Mace, 14-Casey Short; 8-Julie Ertz (16-Rose Lavelle, 46), 3-Sam Mewis, 6-Morgan Brian; 11-Mallory Pugh, 10-Carli Lloyd (capt.), 20-Christen Press
Substitutes not used: 1-Alyssa Naeher, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 5-Kelley O’Hara, 13-Alex Morgan, 15-Megan Rapinoe, 17-Tobin Heath, 19-Crystal Dunn
Head Coach: Jill Ellis 

PAN: 1-Yenith Bailey; 2-Hilary Jaen, 3-María Murillo, 5-Yomira Pinzón, 13-Onelys Alvarado (7-Kenia Rangel, 34); 4-Katherine Castillo, 6-Aldrith Quintero, 8-Laurie Batista, 9-Karla Riley (19-Lineth Cedeño, 59); 10-Marta Cox, 11-Natalia Mills (capt.) (18-Erika Hernández, 59)
Substitutes not used: 12-Farissa Córdoba; 14-Maryorie Pérez, 15-Rebeca Espinosa, 16-Sheyla Díaz, 17-Anuvis Angulo, 20-María Montenegro
Head Coach: Victor Suarez

Stats Summary: USA / PAN
Shots: 35 / 4
Shots on Goal: 17 / 1
Saves: 12 / 1
Corner Kicks: 10 / 1
Fouls: 9 / 7
Offside: 6 / 0

Misconduct Summary:
PAN – Katherine Castillo (caution)     71st minute

Officials:
Referee: Tatian Guzman (NCA)
Assistant Referee 1: Princess Brown (JAM)
Assistant Referee 2: Chantal Boudreau (CAN)
4th Official: Odette Hamilton (JAM)

U.S. Soccer Woman of the Match: Carli Lloyd

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How the U.S. WNT Qualified for France 2019

Ahead of the Draw for the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup which is set for Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018 (coverage starts at 11:30 p.m. ET on FS2 and the FOX Sports App and at 11:55 a.m. ET on Telemundo and Universo,), we take a look back at how the U.S. WNT qualified for next summer’s premier showcase for women’s soccer. The U.S. Women’s National Team put on a dominant performance at Read more
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2019 Road to France: By the Numbers

The U.S. Women’s National Team swept all five games at the 2018 Concacaf Women’s Championship to qualify for the 2019 Women’s World Cup and collect the 12th regional title in the team’s history. Here is a look at the USA’s World Cup Qualifying campaign: By the Numbers

0   Goals conceded throughout the tournament (5 games)
1   Number of U.S. hat tricks during the tournament (Lloyd)
2   Number of players who scored at least 1 goal in every game they played in (Heath & Morgan, they each played in four matches)
3   Number of individual tournament honors awarded to the USA: Golden Ball (Ertz), Golden Boot (Morgan) and Fair Play Award
3   Number of braces Alex Morgan scored during the tournament (vs. MEX, TRI & JAM)
4   Players saw action in all five games (Dahlkemper, Ertz, Horan and Lavelle)
4   Players that scored at least one brace during WCQ (Morgan, Heath, Lavelle and Rapinoe)

5   Number of assists Lindsey Horan had during WCQ, most on the team
5   Opening goals in each match (5 games) that were scored inside the 10-minute mark (Rapinoe 3rd min. vs. MEX; Mewis 5th min. vs. PAN; Morgan 9th min. vs. TRI; Heath 2nd min. vs. JAM; Lavelle 2nd min. vs. CAN)
5   Number of shutouts the USA earned during the tournament (Naeher (4), and Harris)
6   Number of Concacaf Women’s World Cup qualifying Tournaments the WNT has won in its history
6   Number of braces scored by U.S. players during the tournament (Morgan (3), Lavelle, Heath and Rapinoe (one each))
7   Number of goals scored by Alex Morgan, which was the most in the tournament and earned her the Golden Boot
8   Date in December that the 2019 FIFA WWC Draw will take place. It will be in Paris

10  Number of players who scored throughout the tournament: Morgan (7 goals), Heath (4), Lloyd (3), Rapinoe (3), Lavelle (3), Ertz (2), Dunn, Horan, Press and Mewis
14  Number of total shots against the USA allowed throughout the tournament (five games)
17  The USA was the 17th country to book its spot in the 2019 FIFA Women’s World cup in France
18  Number of WCQ appearances in Carli Lloyd’s career, a U.S. WNT record
19  Number of total assists for the USA during the tournament, which were registered by nine different players
20  Number of players that saw action during the tournament, which was the entire roster
26  Number of goals the U.S. WNT scored throughout the tournament
32  The USA has won 32 games in World Cup qualifying history out of 33 games contested. The only loss came in 2010 vs. Mexico.

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GALLERY: WNT Continues to Cruise Through World Cup Qualifying with 5-0 Win vs. Panama

The U.S. Women's National Team won their second match of the 2018 Concacaf Women's Championship against Panama 5-0 on Sunday, Oct. 7 in Cary, N.C. The tournament serves as the qualifying competition for the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup. Having booked a semifinal spot, the U.S. will aim to finish atop Group A vs. Trinidad & Tobago on Wednesday, Oct. 10, at 7:30 p.m. ET (FS2, UDN).

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Lloyd Hat Trick Leads USA Past Panama 5-0 at 2018 Concacaf Women's Championship

CARY, N.C. (Oct. 7, 2018) – The U.S. Women’s National Team continued its 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign with another big victory, easily defeating Panama 5-0 at Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park. The game was only the second between the teams at the senior level.

The USA scored in the fifth minute on a set piece as a corner kick from Christen Press was headed home by Samantha Mewis. Carli Lloyd then scored two goals in the first half, before adding a third in the opening minutes of the second to complete her first hat-trick since 2016. Press, who dished out two assists via corner kicks, also added a goal for the USA.

The U.S. WNT out-shot Panama 16-0 in the first half, and 19-4 in the second, but some excellent play from Panama’s goalkeeper Yenith Bailey, who had 12 total saves, some of them spectacular, kept the score down.

Next, the WNT will await the result from the second Group A game of the day between Mexico and Trinidad & Tobago (7:30 p.m. ET), and could qualify for the semifinals with one game to play if those teams play to a draw or if Mexico wins. If T&T wins, then the U.S. would need at least a draw in its final game to win the group and qualify for the semifinals. The USA will conclude Group A play at the 2018 Concacaf Women's Championship vs. Trinidad & Tobago in Cary, N.C. on Oct. 10 (7:30 p.m. ET; FS2, UDN).

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2018 Concacaf Women’s Championship Group A Standings

TEAM

GP

W

L

D

GF

GA

GD

PTS

USA

2

2

0

0

11

0

11

6

Panama

2

1

1

0

3

5

-2

3

Trinidad & Tobago

1

0

1

0

0

-3

0

0

Mexico

1

0

1

0

0

-6

0

0

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Samantha Mewis (Christen Press), 5th minute: The USA opened the scoring on a corner kick from the left side. Christen Press sent the cross into the middle, and Mewis rose over her defender to nod the ball into the lower right corner from six yards out. USA 1, PAN 0. WATCH GOAL.

USA – Carli Lloyd (Christen Press), 23rd minute: The second goal was much like the first: from a left sided corner kick and served by Christen Press. But this time Carli Lloyd got on the end of it at the far post and sent her header down into the lower right corner for her 103rd career goal. USA 2, PAN 0. WATCH GOAL.

USA – Carli Lloyd (Casey Short), 29th minute: Lloyd tallied her second of the game and 104th of her career after receiving a pass from Casey Short in the left side of the penalty area with her back to goal. She evaded one defender with a nifty step-over, wound up on a second to make space for her shot and then blasted the ball into the right corner from 12 yards out, giving the goalkeeper no chance. USA 3, PAN 0. WATCH GOAL.

USA – Christen Press (Abby Dahlkemper), 32nd minute: The USA made it 4-0 on a breakaway as Abby Dahlkemper's long pass skipped between the two Panama center backs and Press was off to the races. She sped into the penalty area, faked the goalkeeper to the ground while dribbling to her right, and then blasted her shot into the open net from a tight angle. USA 4, PAN 0. WATCH GOAL.

USA – Carli Lloyd (Rose Lavelle), 48th minute: The USA's only goal of the second half also came off a set play after Mallory Pugh was chopped down from behind just outside the penalty are on the right side. Lavelle took the free kick and set a perfect bending cross to the far post where the crashing Lloyd headed home from close range. It was the USA's third set play goal of the match and third header. USA 5, PAN 0. WATCH GOAL. FINAL.

Additional Notes:

  • The USA is 29-1-0 all-time in CONCACAF Women's World Cup qualifying, including a 15-0-0 mark at home.
  • The USA has scored 169 goals in WWC qualifying while allowing five and has played nine different countries in World Cup qualifying; Mexico is the most common opponent with seven games between the teams.
  • U.S. head coach Jill Ellis made nine changes to the starting lineup which faced Mexico on Oct. 4. All nine players who were available subs for the Mexico game started this evening. The only repeat starters were midfielder Julie Ertz and defender Abby Dahlkemper.
  • Carli Lloyd earned her 261st cap today and scored her eighth career hat-trick (her first since Sept. 15, 2016 against Thailand). She now has 105 international goals and seven this year. She is in sole possession of fifth place on the USA's all-time goals list and two goals away from tying Michelle Akers for fourth all-time. Lloyd has 50 career assists and is in 8th place all-time, but with six more, can move into fifth. It was Lloyd’s 16th WCQ appearance and has now accumulated 10 WCQ goals in her career.
  • Samantha Mewis scored her eighth international goal today in her home stadium, where she plays for the NWSL’s North Carolina Courage. It was her first goal for the WNT since she last scored a brace on Oct. 22, 2017 vs. Korea Republic in this same venue.
  • Christen Press scored her 46th international goal and second of the year. She also earned two assists today, upping her 2018 total to four. She is now in sole possession of 13th place on the all-time WNT goals list.
  • Abby Dahlkemper earned her first assist of the year on Press’ goal. It was her 25th cap.
  • Ashlyn Harris made her third start of 2018 and fourth appearance. She earned her fifth career shutout tonight in her 18th cap. It was her second World Cup qualifying appearance after playing in one game during the 2014 tournament.
  • Hailie Mace earned her third cap for the WNT tonight and made her first career start, going all 90 minutes for the U.S.
  • Six of the USA’s 11 goals scored in the tournament so far have come from set pieces.
  • Today’s match was the first World Cup Qualifying appearance for Mace and Casey Short.
  • The USA made two subs against Panama: Rose Lavelle for Julie Ertz in the 46th minute and Lindsey Horan for Abby Dahlkemper in the 77th minute.
  • The USA is now 13-0-2 in 2018, with wins against Denmark, Germany, England, Mexico (thrice), China PR (twice), Japan, Brazil, Chile (twice) and Panama; and ties against Australia and France. The USA is unbeaten in its last 23 matches (20-0-3), and has outscored opponents 76-17 through that stretch, scoring in all 23 games.

– U.S. Women’s National Team Match Report –

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Panama
Date: October 7, 2018
Competition: 2018 Concacaf Women’s Championship - Group A
Venue: Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park; Cary, N.C.
Kickoff: 5 p.m. ET
Attendance: 7,532
Weather: 83 degrees Fahrenheit; partly cloudy

Scoring Summary:   1          2          F
USA                             4          1          5
PAN                             0          0          0

USA – Samantha Mewis (Christen Press)              5th minute
USA – Carli Lloyd (Christen Press)                23
USA – Carli Lloyd (Casey Short)                    29
USA – Christen Press (Abby Dahlkemper)    32
USA – Carli Lloyd (Rose Lavelle)                   48           

Lineups:
USA: 18-Ashlyn Harris; 2-Emily Sonnett, 7-Abby Dahlkemper (9-Lindsey Horan, 77), 12-Hailie Mace, 14-Casey Short; 8-Julie Ertz (16-Rose Lavelle, 46), 3-Samantha Mewis, 6-Morgan Brian; 11-Mallory Pugh, 10-Carli Lloyd (capt.), 20-Christen Press
Substitutes not used: 1-Alyssa Naeher, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 5-Kelley O’Hara, 13-Alex Morgan, 15-Megan Rapinoe, 17-Tobin Heath, 19-Crystal Dunn
Head Coach: Jill Ellis 

PAN: 1-Yenith Bailey; 2-Hilary Jaen, 3-María Murillo, 5-Yomira Pinzón, 13-Onelys Alvarado (7-Kenia Rangel, 34); 4-Katherine Castillo, 6-Aldrith Quintero, 8-Laurie Batista, 9-Karla Riley (19-Lineth Cedeño, 59); 10-Marta Cox, 11-Natalia Mills (capt.) (18-Erika Hernández, 59)
Substitutes not used: 12-Farissa Córdoba; 14-Maryorie Pérez, 15-Rebeca Espinosa, 16-Sheyla Díaz, 17-Anuvis Angulo, 20-María Montenegro
Head Coach: Victor Suarez

Stats Summary: USA / PAN
Shots: 35 / 4
Shots on Goal: 17 / 1
Saves: 12 / 1
Corner Kicks: 10 / 1
Fouls: 9 / 7
Offside: 6 / 0

Misconduct Summary:
PAN – Katherine Castillo (caution)     71st minute

Officials:
Referee: Tatian Guzman (NCA)
Assistant Referee 1: Princess Brown (JAM)
Assistant Referee 2: Chantal Boudreau (CAN)
4th Official: Odette Hamilton (JAM)

U.S. Soccer Woman of the Match: Carli Lloyd

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Lineup Notes: USA Meets Panama in Second Game of Group A in Cary

USA vs. PANAMA
Date:
Oct. 7, 2018
Venue: Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park; Cary, N.C.
Broadcast: FS1 & UDN
Kickoff: 5 p.m. ET

Tonight’s Starting XI vs. Mexico: 18-Ashlyn Harris; 2-Emily Sonnett, 7-Abby Dahlkemper, 12-Hailie Mace, 14-Casey Short; 8-Julie Ertz, 6-Morgan Brian, 3-Samantha Mewis; 11-Mallory Pugh, 10-Carli Lloyd (capt.), 20-Christen Press

Substitutes Available: 1-Alyssa Naeher, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 5-Kelley O’Hara, 9-Lindsey Horan, 13-Alex Morgan, 15-Megan Rapinoe, 16-Rose Lavelle, 17-Tobin Heath, 19-Crystal Dunn

U.S. Team

  • U.S. head coach Jill Ellis made nine changes to the starting lineup which faced Mexico on Oct. 4
  • All nine players who were available subs for the Mexico match are starting this evening.
  • The only repeat starters are midfielder Julie Ertz and defender Abby Dahlkemper, who will once again be playing in her home stadium for the North Carolina Courage.
  • The USA is 12-0-2 in 2018, with wins against Denmark, Germany, England, Mexico (thrice), China PR (twice), Japan, Brazil and Chile (twice); and ties against Australia and France.
  • The USA is unbeaten in its last 22 matches (19-0-3), and has outscored its opponents 71-17 through that stretch, scoring in all 22 games.
  • Tonight will mark the first World Cup Qualifying appearances for Hailie Mace and Casey Short.

Starting Lineup

  • Ashlyn Harris will make her third start of 2018 and fourth appearance. It will be her 18th cap and her second World Cup qualifying appearance after playing in one game during the 2014 tournament.
  • Emily Sonnett will earn cap. No. 23 tonight, and her eighth start of the year. She played vs. Mexico on Oct. 4, coming in the 67th minute to help seal the U.S. win.
  • Abby Dahlkemper will earn her 25th cap tonight. She has played in 11 games this year, starting 10. She went all 90 minutes against Mexico during the USA’s 6-0 win on Oct. 4.
  • Hailie Mace will earn her third cap for the WNT tonight and will make her first career start. The UCLA senior made her WNT debut earlier this year on April 8 vs. Mexico.
  • Casey Short makes her second start and seventh appearance of the year. This will be her 26th cap. Short starts tonight as a left back, but has also played some outside midfield and centrally for the USA.
  • Julie Ertz will earn her 68th cap tonight. She has 17 international goals after recently scoring vs. Mexico on Oct. 4.
  • Morgan Brian will make her 11th appearance this year and seventh start. The 25-year-old will earn her 80th cap tonight.
  • Samantha Mewis will play in her fifth game this year and is making her second start. She will earn her 39th cap and has scored seven goals international goals.
  • Mallory Pugh earns her 39th cap tonight and her eighth start of 2018. She has six goals this year, second-most on the team and tied with Megan Rapinoe. In her short career, Pugh has scored 12 goals with 13 assists.
  • Carli Lloyd , who came on in the second half vs. Mexico on Oct. 4 and nearly had several goals, will earn her 261st cap tonight and captain the team. She scored her historic 100th goal on April 8 vs. Mexico to become the sixth player to score 100 or more for the USA. She now has a career total of 102 and is in sole possession of fifth place on the USA's all-time goals list. She is five goals away from tying Michelle Akers for fourth all-time. Lloyd has 50 career assists and is in 8th place all-time, but with six more, can move into fifth. It will be Lloyd’s 16th WCQ appearance. With one more she will tie Kristine Lilly for most WCQ appearances all-time in U.S. history. She leads the USA roster with seven goals scored throughout World Cup qualifying.
  • Christen Press earn cap No. 105 and has scored 45 career goals. She is now tied with Julie Foudy for 13th place on the all-time WNT goals list. It will be her fourth start of the year.
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