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. TRINIDAD & TOBAGO
Date: Oct. 10, 2018
Venue: Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park; Cary, N.C.
Broadcast: FS1 & UDN
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. ET
Tonight’s Starting XI vs. Mexico: 1-Alyssa Naeher; 5-Kelley O’Hara, 7-Abby Dahlkemper, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 19-Crystal Dunn; 8-Julie Ertz, 16-Rose Lavelle, 9-Lindsey Horan; 17-Tobin Heath, 13-Alex Morgan (capt.), 15-Megan Rapinoe
Substitutes Available: 2-Emily Sonnett, 3-Samantha Mewis, 6-Morgan Brian, 10-Carli Lloyd, 11-Mallory Pugh, 12-Hailie Mace, 14-Casey Short, 18-Ashlyn Harris, 20-Christen Press
- U.S. head coach Jill Ellis is starting the same lineup as she put out against Mexico in the opening game of the tournament on Oct. 4. She made nine changes on Oct. 7 against Panama, and Alyssa Naeher, Kelley O’Hara, Becky Sauerbrunn, Crystal Dunn, Tobin Heath, Alex Morgan and Megan Rapinoe did not see minutes in that second game.
- The USA is 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 its opponents 76-17 through that stretch, scoring in all 23 games.
- All 20 players on the U.S. roster have seen minutes through the first two matches of the tournament. No player has played the total of 180 minutes, but defender Abby Dahlkemper has been on the field the most (167 minutes).
- Seven different players have scored in the tournament thus far, led by Carli Lloyd with three goals. Alex Morgan and Megan Rapinoe have two each, and Heath, Ertz, Press and Mewis have individual tallies. Six of the 11 goals scored so far have come off set plays.
- Eight players have assists, with Horan and Press having two each.
- Since the start of 2017, six players have been directly involved (goals or assists) in more than 10 goals: Morgan (24), Rapinoe (24), Pugh (14), Press (12), Horan (12) and Lloyd (11).
- Alyssa Naeher has 17 career shutouts and will earn cap No. 35 tonight, her 12th in 2018.
- Kelley O’Hara makes her third appearance for the U.S. WNT since the 2018 SheBelieves Cup. She will earn her 110th cap tonight in her sixth start and appearance of 2018.
- Abby Dahlkemper will earn her 26th cap tonight. It will be her 13th appearance and 12th start of 2018.
- Becky Sauerbrunn will earn her 145th cap tonight. Sauerbrunn is in 20th place on the all-time caps list.
- The always versatile Crystal Dunn came off the bench to play outside back against France on March 4 after Casey Short was injured about 30 minutes after coming on as a sub herself and has been playing in that position ever since. Dunn will earn cap No. 71 tonight and make her 11th start of 2018.
- Julie Ertz will earn her 69th cap and has scored 17 international goals, most recently against Mexico on Oct. 4. She is one of four U.S. players to have played in both games to open the tournament.
- Lindsey Horan, who was named the 2018 NWSL MVP, has played in every game for the USA this year. She will make her 13th start tonight and has scored two goals with five assists in 2018.
- Rose Lavelle will earn her 16th career cap tonight and makes her fifth start this year. She has scored three international goals, most recently the game-tying goal vs. Brazil on Aug. 2.
- Tobin Heath will make her sixth start for the U.S. WNT tonight. She has scored 22 career goals, the most recent one against Mexico on Oct. 4. Heath will earn cap No. 140 and is in 22nd place on the USA’s all-time caps list.
- Captaining the USA tonight is Alex Morgan, who comes into the match with 92 goals after scoring her 20th career brace against Mexico on Oct. 4. She will earn her 149th cap. At age 29, she sits in sole possession of seventh place on the USA's all-time goal scoring list and is third all-time in two-goal games (20), behind only Abby Wambach (37) and Mia Hamm (28). With her hat trick against Japan on July 26, the fourth of her career, Morgan is now fourth all-time in multi-goal games (24) behind Abby Wambach (45), Mia Hamm (38) and Michelle Akers (26). She’s scored 19 goals over her last 21 WNT matches. She leads the WNT with 12 goals in 2018. Morgan leads the USA in minutes played with 1,126 this year.
- Megan Rapinoe has scored 40 international goals and is 15th on the all-time goals list. Rapinoe leads the USA with 10 assists on the year and now has 54 for her career, good for seventh place in U.S. all-time. She will earn cap No. 142 tonight and make her 13th start of 2018. Rapinoe's 54 assists in 141 caps is the best ratio of anyone ahead of her on the all-time list except for Hamm, who had a remarkable 147 assists in her 276 caps.
The U.S. Women earned dominant wins – a 6-0 victory vs. Mexico on Oct. 4 and a 5-0 win vs. Panama on Oct. 7 – in their first two matches of Group A play at the 2018 Concacaf Women’s Championship and have now secured a spot in the semifinal round to be played on Oct. 14 in Frisco, Texas.
But before the team heads to the Lone Star State, the U.S. WNT has set its sights on finishing atop Group A, a feat it will accomplish with a win or a draw vs. Trinidad & Tobago, its final Group A opponent, on Wednesday, Oct. 10 (7:30 p.m. ET; FS2, UDN).
Here are five things to know about T&T:
TRINIDAD & TOBAGO ROSTER
T&T has two players playing outside of their country in goalkeeper Kimika Forbes, who is playing in Colombia, and Kennya Cordner who is playing in Norway. Cecily Stoute is freshman at the University of Georgia.
GOALKEEPERS (2): 20-Saundra Baron (Unattached), 1-Kimika Forbes (Santa Fe, COL)
DEFENDERS (9): 4-Rhea Belgrave (Real Dimension WFC), 7-Jonelle Cato (Trincity Nationals), 13-Jenelle Cunningham (Real Dimension WFC), 9-Liana Hinds (Unattached), 17-Lauryn Hutchinson (Unattached), 5-Arin King (Unattached), 2-Ayana Russell (QPCC), 16-Cecily Stoute (University of Georgia, USA), 8-Patrice Superville (QPCC)
11-Janine Francois (Real Dimension WFC), 14-Karyn Forbes (Real Dimension
WFC), 18-Naomie Guerra (St. Augustine FC), 15-Shenelle Henry (Unattached),
12-Kayla Taylor (Petrotrin)
FORWARDS (4): 19-Kennya Cordner (Il Sandiviken, NOR), 3-Mariah Shade (Petrotrin), 10-Tasha St. Louis (Real Dimension WFC), 6-Nastasha St. Louis (MIC St. Ann’s Rangers)
HISTORY VS. THE USA
The U.S. WNT has played 10 matches in its history vs. Trinidad & Tobago with six of them in CONCACAF qualifying events. The series dates all the way back to 1991 when the USA and T&T met in qualifying for the 1991 Women’s World Cup in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The USA is 10-0-0 all-time vs. T&T, but the Soca Princesses played its best game ever against the USA in qualifying for the 2015 Women’s World Cup, holding the USA to a 1-0 win on a goal from Abby Wambach.
HOW THEY GOT HERE
Trinidad & Tobago qualified for the 2018 CONCACAF Women’s Championship by winning its First Round group in the Caribbean zone qualifying over Saint Kitts and Nevis, Dominica, U.S. Virgin Islands and Grenada. T&T out-scored its opponents 27-1 to qualify for the final round of the Caribbean qualifying where it finished second behind Jamaica to book its tickets to Cary, N.C. T&T opened with a 3-2 victory against Cuba, which would also make it through to the CWC in third place, as Kayla Taylor scored a hat trick. The Soca Princesses then downed Antigua & Barbuda 5-0 on goals on two goals for Taylor, and one each from Janine François, Tasha St. Louis and Kennya Cordner. T&T then suffered a 4-1 loss to Jamaica, with Taylor bagging her team’s only goal, but then rallied to down Bermuda, 3-0, on two goals from Cordner and one from Taylor to secure its spot in the CWC.
The most recent meeting between the teams came at the 2016 Concacaf Olympic qualifying for the 2016 Olympics, a 5-0 U.S. victory in Houston that featured three goals from Alex Morgan and single scores from Tobin Heath and Carli Lloyd. Mallory Pugh, Lindsey Horan and Morgan Brian (2) had assists in that match.
PLAYING FOR PRIDE
After losing its first two matches of Group A play – a 3-0 drawback to Panama and a 4-1 defeat to Mexico, T&T has been mathematically eliminated from advancing to the semifinals of the 2018 Concacaf Women’s Championship and will play the USA on Wednesday with nothing but pride on the line and a chance to continue to develop women’s soccer in their nation.Read more