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.
You’ll hear it from the players and from U.S. WNT head coach Jill Ellis: The talent on U.S. Women’s National Team runs deep.
With 20 players on the USA’s roster for World Cup qualifying, the competition for starting positions is intense and productive. It’s a good problem to have.
At no point has this been more obvious than through the first two games of the 2018 Concacaf Women’s Championship. From the first game to the second, Ellis made nine changes to the starting XI, with only defender Abby Dahlkemper and midfielder Julie Ertz repeating as starters.
Following a 6-0 win against Mexico on Oct. 4 that featured braces from Megan Rapinoe and Alex Morgan, and single goals from Julie Ertz and Tobin Heath, an almost entirely new group of players took the field three days later. The result was much the same: another shutout victory, this time a 5-0 win against Panama that featured a hat trick from Carli Lloyd, and individual tallies from Christen Press and Samantha Mewis.
The USA's Starting XI vs. Mexico on Oct. 4
An important element to Concacaf qualifying tournaments, which allow for two-to-three-days between games, is managing the workload of the players on the field. Five games in 14 days are challenging for any team, and having a 20-player deep bench, any of whom can start or play as a substitute at any time is tremendously valuable.
“The sole reason [we made changes] was to manage the tournament and make sure we have our depth gaining some experience,” U.S. WNT head coach Jill Ellis said. “Knowing that there are hopefully five games to take care of, I’m pleased with the depth we have and I feel like the players came out and contributed, like we knew we would. Fortunately, we have that ability to change players with the talent we have on this team.”
To get a clearer picture of the impact a wide range of players have been able to make through these two games, here are a few numbers:
- All 20 players on the U.S. roster have seen minutes through the first two matches of the tournament and no player has played the entire 180 minutes. Abby Dahlkemper has played the most minutes with 167.
- Seven different players have scored in the tournament: Carli Lloyd (3), Alex Morgan (2), Megan Rapinoe (2), Tobin Heath, Julie Ertz, Samantha Mewis and Christen Press.
- Eight different players have earned assists: Dahlkemper, Crystal Dunn, Lindsey Horan (2), Rose Lavelle, Christen Press (2), Megan Rapinoe, Becky Sauerbrunn and Casey Short.
The USA's Starting XI vs. Panama on Oct. 7
“Just from a standpoint the changes we had tonight,” U.S. WNT forward Carli Lloyd said following the Panama game, “It gives the group a lot of confidence knowing that we’ve got so much depth and when we are clicking, we can seriously be unstoppable. It’s coming together collectively for everyone and it’s looking good.”
With a third and final group game left to play against Trinidad & Tobago on Oct. 10 (7:30 p.m. ET; FS2, UDN) in what has been a three-games-in-seven-days schedule, the U.S. WNT is in a good place physically and mentally as the crucial semifinal game approaches on Oct. 14 in Frisco, Texas, where a berth to the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup will be up for grabs.Read more