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. CANADA
Date: Oct. 17, 2018
Venue: Toyota Stadium; Frisco, Texas
Broadcast: FS2 & UDN
Kickoff: 7 p.m. CT
Starting XI vs. Canada: 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 she put out against Mexico in the opening game of the tournament on Oct. 4, against Trinidad & Tobago on Oct. 10 and in the semifinal against Jamaica on Oct. 14. 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.
- 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 360 minutes, but defender Abby Dahlkemper has been on the field the most (347 minutes).
- Ten different players have scored the 24 goals in this tournament thus far: Morgan (6), Heath (4), Carli Lloyd (3), Rapinoe (3), Rose Lavelle (2), Julie Ertz (2), Dunn, Lindsey Horan, Christen Press and Samantha Mewis. Nine players have assists, with Lindsey Horan leading the way with four.
- Four players have seen action in all four games of the tournament so far: Abby Dahlkemper, Julie Ertz, Lindsey Horan and Rose Lavelle. They are all starting tonight.
- The USA is 15-0-2 in 2018, with wins against Denmark, Germany, England, Mexico (thrice), China PR (twice), Japan, Brazil, Chile (twice), Panama, Trinidad & Tobago and Jamaica; and ties against Australia and France.
- The USA is unbeaten in its last 25 matches (22-0-3), and has outscored its opponents 89-17 through that stretch, scoring in all 25 games.
- The USA is 31-1-0 all-time in World Cup qualifying, including 17-0-0 at home.
- The U.S. WNT hasn’t conceded a goal in 10 straight WCQ games (963 minutes) dating back to 2010. The last goal allowed came in the 27th minute against Mexico on Nov. 5, 2010. Under Jill Ellis in World Cup qualifying the USA has a record of 9-0-0 with 45 goals scored and 0 against.
- The WNT hasn’t conceded a goal in 614 minutes in 2018, with the last one coming against Brazil during the Tournament of Nations on Aug. 2.
- The U.S. women have won five of six of WCQ tournaments, finishing first in the qualifying competitions for the 1991, 1995, 2003, 2007 and 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cups. The USA finished third in the qualifying tournament for the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup and had to go through a two-game playoff against Italy to qualify for Germany 2011. The USA played Canada in the championship game of each of the first four tournaments in which both participated (the USA did not have to qualify as host in 1999).
- The USA has scored 182 goals in WWC qualifying (an average of 5.7 per game) while allowing five.
- Alyssa Naeher has 19 career shutouts and will earn cap No. 37 tonight and her 14th in 2018.
- Kelley O’Hara will earn her 112th cap tonight in her eighth start and appearance of 2018.
- Abby Dahlkemper will earn her 28th cap tonight. It will be her 15th appearance and 14th start of 2018.
- Becky Sauerbrunn will earn her 147th cap tonight. Sauerbrunn is in 20th place on the all-time caps list.
- Crystal Dunn came off the bench to play outside back against France on March 4 and has been playing in that position ever since. Dunn will earn cap No. 73 tonight and make her 13th start of 2018.
- Julie Ertz will earn her 71st cap and has scored 18 international goals, most recently against Jamaica on Oct. 14.
- Lindsey Horan, the 2018 NWSL MVP, has played in every game for the USA this year. She will make her 15th start tonight and has scored three goals with seven assists in 2018, second most on the team.
- Rose Lavelle will earn her 18th career cap tonight and makes her seventh start this year. She has scored five international goals, most recently her first career brace vs. T&T on Oct. 10.
- Tobin Heath will make her eighth start for the U.S. WNT tonight. She has scored 25 career goals, the most recent with her second career brace vs. Jamaica on Oct. 14. Heath will earn cap No. 142 and is in 22nd place on the USA’s all-time caps list. She has six assists in 2018.
- Alex Morgan, who comes into the match with 96 goals after scoring her 22nd career brace against Jamaica on Oct. 14. She will earn her 151st cap tonight. 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 (22), 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 tied with Michelle Akers for third all-time in multi-goal games (26) behind Abby Wambach (45) and Mia Hamm (38). She’s scored 23 goals over her last 23 WNT matches. She leads the WNT with 16 goals in 2018.
- Megan Rapinoe has scored 41 international goals and is 15th on the all-time goals list. Rapinoe leads the USA with 12 assists on the year and now has 56 for her career, good for sixth place in the U.S. all-time assists list. Seven of Rapinoe's 12 assist this year have come on Alex Morgan goals.She will earn cap No. 144 tonight and make her 15th start of 2018. She has scored seven goals in 2018.
The U.S. Women’s National Team will look to win its sixth Concacaf Women’s Championship title when it takes on Canada on Wednesday, Oct. 17 at 7 p.m. CT. The broadcast will likely start on FS2 and then switch to FS1 depending on the MLB Playoff game. The game will also be broadcast on UDN.
Ranked fifth in the world, Canada has an 8-3-0 record in 2018 with the only losses coming to world powers Sweden (3-1), France (1-0) and Germany (3-2). In 2018, Canada has defeated the Korea Republic (3-0), Japan (2-0) and Brazil (1-0). The win vs. Japan was in the fifth-place match at the 2018 Algarve Cup.
Here are five things to know about Canada:
Canada Republic Women’s National Team Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): 1-Stephanie Labbe (Linköpings FC, SWE), 18-Kailen Sheridan (Sky Blue FC, USA)
DEFENDERS (7 ): 20-Lindsay Agnew (Houston Dash, USA), 2-Allysha Chapman (Houston Dash, USA), 4-Shelina Zadorsky (Orlando Pride, USA), 5-Rebecca Quin (Washington Spirit, USA), 10-Ashley Lawrence (Paris Saint-German, FRA), 11-Emma Regan (Univ. of Texas, USA), 3-Kadeisha Buchanan (FCF Olympique Lyonnais, FRA)
MIDFIELDERS (5): 8-Diana Matheson (Utah Royals FC, USA), 17-Jessie Fleming (UCLA, USA), 7-Julia Grosso (Univ. of Texas, USA), 14-Gabrielle Carle (Florida State, USA), 13-Sophie Schmidt (Unattached).
FORWARDS (6): 12-Christine Sinclair (Portland Thorns, USA), 16-Janine Beckie (Manchester City, ENG), 6-Deanne Rose (University of Florida, USA), 19-Adriana Leon (Seattle Reign FC, USA), 15-Nichelle Prince (Houston Dash, USA), 9-Jordyn Huitema (Vancouver Whitecaps FC Girls Elite)
HISTORY VS. THE USA
The USA is 48-3-7 all-time against Canada and while the Americans have had a long history of success in this series, the 12 meetings since the turn of the decade have featured three ties and four one-goal wins for the USA. Before the Nov. 9 and Nov. 12 matches last fall, a 1-1 draw in Vancouver (Alex Morgan scored) and a 3-1 U.S. victory in San Jose, Calif. (goals by Julie Ertz, Morgan and Carli Lloyd), the most recent meeting had come in the title game of the 2016 Concacaf Women's Olympic Qualifying Championship on Feb. 21, 2016, in Houston, Texas, a 2-0 U.S. win on goals from Tobin Heath and Lindsey Horan.
The teams have met three times in world championship competition, the first coming in the third-place match of the 2003 FIFA Women’s World Cup a 3-1 U.S. victory at StubHub Center in Carson, California. The USA earned a 2-1 overtime win in the quarterfinals of the 2004 Olympics as Natasha Kai scored the game-winner in Shanghai, China, and of course the teams played an epic semifinal in the 2012 Olympics, a match the USA won 4-3 in the last minute of overtime stoppage time on a header from Alex Morgan.
USA vs. CANADA IN THE WCQ FINAL
This is the seventh Concacaf Cup qualifying tournament that USA has contested, wining five of six of those tournaments, finishing first in the qualifying competitions for the 1991, 1995, 2003, 2007 and 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cups. The USA has played Canada in the championship game of each of the first four tournaments in which both participated (the USA did not have to qualify as host in 1999). In the 2010 Concacaf Women’s World Cup qualifying tournament, the USA fell to Mexico in the semifinal and Canada defeated Mexico in the championship game. The USA returned to the top of the podium at the 2014 Concacaf Women’s Championships, defeating Costa Rica 6-0 in the title game in a tournament that Canada did not participate in as host of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Canada won the tournament for the 1999 Women’s World Cup when the USA did not participate as host.
GROUP B SUCCESS & TICKET TO FRANCE 2019
Canada won Group B at the Concacaf Women’s Championship without much difficulty, defeating Jamaica 2-0, Cuba 12-0 and Costa Rica, 3-1. The Maple Leaves then qualified for the 2019 World Cup with a 7-0 victory against Panama in the semifinal. Canada tallied at the end of the first half to go into the break with a 1-0 lead, but then scored six times in a 30-minute span in the second half. Canada’s 24 goals have come from eight different players, led by Seattle Reign forward Adrianna Leon, who has six goals, four against Cuba and two in the semifinal against Panama. Jordyn Huitema and Christine Sinclair have four each, Nichelle Prince has three and Janine Beckie and Rebecca Quinn have two each. Jessie Fleming, Diana Matheson and Deanne Rose have each scored once. Both the USA and Canada have faced just 10 shots in World Cup Qualifying. No other team allowed fewer than 33.
CANADA HAS U.S. TIES THROUGH NWSL AND COLLEGE
Fifteen of the 20 players on Canada’s roster play in the NWSL or for collegiate sides in the USA. Nineteen of the 20 on Canada’s roster play or have played in the USA except for 17-year-old Jordyn Huitema. There are nine Canadian players on this roster that play for NWSL teams, including all-time leading scorer Christine Sinclair who plays on the Portland Thorns with the USA’s Lindsey Horan, Tobin Heath and Emily Sonnett. Jessie Fleming plays at UCLA and is one of the top players in the Pac-12 and in the country. She is college teammates with U.S. defender Hailie Mace. Forward Deanne Rose plays at Florida, midfielder Julie Grosso and Emma Regan play at Texas and midfielder Gabrielle Carle plays at Florida State.
CHRISTINE SINCLAIR CLOSES IN ON GOAL-SCORING RECORD
Sinclair, 35, is one of the greatest players in the history of women’s soccer. Her 177 goals in 273 matches rank second in most career international goals scored by a female or male soccer player behind only Abby Wambach (184 goals). Sinclair surpassed Mia Hamm for the number two spot in February of 2016.