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.
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. 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.
- 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.
The U.S. Women’s National Team continues Group A play at the 2018 Concacaf Women’s Championship on Oct. 7 against Panama at Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park (5 p.m. ET on FS1 and UDN). The U.S. team is coming off an impressive 6-0 win against Mexico on Thursday.
Here are five things to know about the Panama:
PANAMA WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM ROSTER BY POSITION
GOALKEEPERS (2): 12-Farissa Cordoba (Plaza Amador), 1-Yenith Bailey (San Francisco)
DEFENDERS (7): 2-Hilary Jaén (Sporting FC), 3-Maria Murillo (Nacional), 14-Maryorie Perez (Chorrillo FC), 13-Onelys Alvarado (Provincial de Veraguas), 15-Rebeca Espinosa (Provincial de Chiriqui), 16-Sheyla Díaz (Ciudad), 5-Yomira Pinzon (Atletico Nacional)
MIDFIELDERS (6): 6-Aldrith Quintero (Tauro FC), 4-Katherine Castillo (Atletico Nacional), 7-Kenia Rangel (Atletico Nacional), 8-Laurie Batista (Chorrillo FC), 20-Maria Montenegro (Atletico Nacional), 10-Marta Cox (Deportes Quindio, COL)
FORWARDS (5): 17-Anuvis Angulo (Unattached), 18-Erika Hernandez (Chorrillo FC), 9-Karla Riley (Sporting FC), 19-Lineth Cedeño (Tauro FC), 11-Natalia Mills (Atletico Nacional)
STRONG START IN CARY
Panama opened the 2018 Concacaf Women's Championship on Oct. 4 with an upset victory against Trinidad & Tobago, but the 3-0 win was also impressive. Panama out-shot T&T 20-10 and got goals from Marta Cox, Kenia Rangel and substitute Erika Hernandez.The victory was just the second for Panama in the history of the Concacaf Women's Championship. They currently sit in second place in the Group A standings behind the USA on goal difference.
HOW THEY GOT HERE
Panama qualified for the 2018 Concacaf Women's Championship through the Central American Zone of CWC Qualifying, where it finished second to Costa Rica.Panama opened with a 4-0 victory against Nicaragua on two goals from Karla Riley and one each from Yomira Pinzon and Lineth Cedeño.Panama then downed El Salvador, 6-2, to clinch its berth behind a hat trick from Kenia Rangel and single goals from Natalia Millis, Riley and Cedeño. Panama was down 1-0 in the match before storming back.It lost to Costa Rica, 3-1, in the finale as Erika Hernandez scored, but both teams had already secured their berths to the final round.
The last meeting between Panama and the USA came in USA in 2002, a 9-0 U.S. win in Seattle, Washington. The game saw 2018 National Soccer Hall of Fame inductee Tiffeny Milbrett tie a U.S. record with five goals in a single match. Additionally, Shannon MacMillan scored twice, while Tiffany Roberts and Abby Wambach also tallied. That match remains the only one between the teams at the senior level in women's soccer.
HISTORY AT CONCACAF WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP
Panama is competing in its third CWC, and this will be the second meeting with the USA in the tournament.Panama competed in the final round of the 2002 and 2006 Concacaf qualifying tournaments. Panama has yet to qualify for a FIFA Women’s World Cup.
PANAMA IN 2018
Panama was one of the biggest movers in the latest FIFA rankings, picking up 75 places to 66th in the world. Panama has a 5-1-2 record this year with the lone loss coming vs. Costa Rica. Panama is led by head coach Victor Suarez, who has been involved with soccer in Panama for more than 10 years. The Argentine was a professional player for several clubs in Panama, including San Francisco FC, CD Plaza Amador, Tauro FC, Chorrillo FC and Sporting SM, and coached both men and women’s teams before taking the head job for Panama.