Match Preview: USA to Face Switzerland Before More Than 20K in Minneapolis | Oct. 23 | 12pm CT on FS1
Coming off a convincing 4-0 victory against Switzerland on Oct. 19 at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah, the U.S. Women’s National Team will play the second leg of the two-game set on Oct. 23 at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minn. (12:45 p.m. CT on FS1) as the 2016 schedule nears completion. It will be the USA’s first visit to Minnesota in more than 10 years. Following this game, the U.S. will only have two friendlies against Romania in November left to wrap up the year of competition.
DEFENDERS (7): 14-Abby Dahlkemper (Western New York Flash), 11-Arin Gilliland (Chicago Red Stars), 15-Merritt Mathias (Seattle Reign), 5-Kelley O’Hara (Sky Blue FC), 4-Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City), 8-Casey Short (Chicago Red Stars), 12-Emily Sonnett (Portland Thorns FC)
MIDFIELDERS (8): 6-Morgan Brian (Houston Dash), 22-Danielle Colaprico (Chicago Red Stars), 17-Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC), 9-Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC), 10-Carli Lloyd (Houston Dash), 20-Allie Long (Portland Thorns FC), 3-Samantha Mewis (Western New York Flash), 19-Andi Sullivan (Stanford)
FORWARDS (6): 16-Crystal Dunn (Washington Spirit), 2-Shea Groom (FC Kansas City), 21-Ashley Hatch (BYU), 7-Kealia Ohai (Houston Dash), 12-Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars), 13-Lynn Williams (Western New York Flash)
Switzerland Women’s National Team Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): 1-Gaëlle Thalmann (AGSM Verona, ITA), 12-Stenia Michel (FC Basel 1893), 21-Seraina Friedli (FC Zürich Frauen)
DEFENDERS (4): 5-Noelle Maritz (VfL Wolfsburg, GER), 6-Selina Kuster (FC Zürich Frauen), 14-Rahel Kiwic (MSV Duisburg, GER), 15-Caroline Abbé (FC Bayern München, GER)
MIDFIELDERS (7): 3-Melanie Müller (BSC Young Boys), 4-Bangerter (FC Basel 1893), 7-Martina Moser (TSG 1899 Hoffenheim, GER), 8-Cinzia Zehnder (SC Freiburg, GER), 18-Viola Calligaris (BSC Young Boys), 20-Sandrine Mauron (FC Zürich Frauen), 22-Vanessa Bernauer (VfL Wolfsburg, GER)
FORWARDS (5): 2-Patricia Willi (FC Zürich Frauen), 11-Lara Dickenmann (VfL Wolfsburg, GER), 16-Fabienne Humm (FC Zürich Frauen), 19-Eseosa Aigbogun (1.FFC Turbine Potsdam, GER), 23-Barla Deplazes (FC Zürich Frauen)
A New Crop of Players: The roster for the USA’s first two matches following the 2016 Olympics – wins against Thailand and the Netherlands in September – featured only players that were in Brazil, but as the U.S. team begins the new cycle leading up to qualifying for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup, Ellis chose not to call up several veterans, making space in camp for 11 uncapped players, eight from the NWSL and three from the college ranks. All of the new players called up have previous U.S. Youth National Team experience at the Under-23 level or younger. Ellis will suit up 18 of the 23 available players in Minneapolis for the USA’s game on Sunday. After a few quality days of training, goalkeeper Jane Campbell has returned to Palo Alto, California to play with her college team as Stanford faces Utah this weekend.
Welcome to the USWNT: Against Switzerland on Oct. 19, five new players earned their first cap: Abby Dahlkemper, Ashley Hatch, Casey Short, Andi Sullivan and Lynn Williams. Stanford junior Sullivan and Chicago Red Stars defender Short both started the match with Short playing all 90 minutes and Sullivan giving an excellent performance in 74 minutes of action. Williams played the entire second half at forward while defender Abby Dahlkemper played the final 19 minutes and Hatch played the final 16 minutes at flank midfield. Sullivan and Hatch are the first active college players to earn a cap for the U.S. WNT since Emily Sonnett started vs. Brazil on Oct. 25, 2015, in Orlando during her senior year at UVA.
First Cap, First Goal Club: Halftime substitute Lynn Williams earned her first cap and scored just 49 seconds into her debut. She became the 20th U.S. WNT player to find the net in her first cap and it was the fastest goal in a debut in U.S. history. Number 19th on that list was Mallory Pugh who also scored in her debut in January of this year.
Lloyd Nears 100 Goals: Carli Lloyd, who this summer became the only American to score multiple goals in three separate Olympics (’08,’12,’16), scored international goal number 94 against the Netherlands on Sept. 18. That score came three days after scoring a hat trick against Thailand, a game where she was involved in seven of the USA’s nine goals, becoming the first U.S. WNT players to record three goals and four assists in one game. Since the knockout round of the Women’s World Cup last year, Lloyd has scored 31 goals in 33 matches. She is just six goals away from becoming the sixth player in U.S. history to score 100 or more. Lloyd has 15 goals in 2016 but would need a big day to top her own personal record of 18 goals scored in a single year – a record she set in 2015. (Lloyd will miss the November matches due to her upcoming wedding). Lloyd is the first player in U.S. history to score 15 or more goals in three consecutive calendar years. Mia Hamm and Abby Wambach were close, but never accomplished that feat. Lloyd made her WNT debut just six days shy of her 23rd birthday, and between then and by the time she turned 30, Lloyd scored 36 goals. Since she’s turned 30, she has scored 57 goals in just over four years.
Press and Dunn: Both Christen Press and Crystal Dunn lead the team in appearances this year with 22, having played in all matches the USA has contested in 2016. Press now has 36 goals in 77 international appearances, while Dunn recorded the 16th of her international career and 12th of 2016, which is third-best on the team this year. Press has now moved past April Heinrichs and Sydney Leroux into 14th place on the U.S. WNT all-time goals list. She is averaging just under a goal for every two games she plays (0.47 goals per game) for the WNT.
2016 NWSL Champions: Three members of the 2016 NWSL Champion Western New York Flash are currently in training camp with the U.S. WNT, two of them first-time call-ups. The 2016 NWSL Championship took place on Oct. 9 at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston and the Flash emerged victorious following a dramatic 124th-minute game-tying goal from 2016 NWSL MVP Lynn Williams. Samantha Mewis scored the other goal for the Flash while Crystal Dunn scored both goals for the Washington Spirit. Williams and fellow WNT October call-up Abby Dahlkemper both successfully converted penalty kick attempts, while Mewis and Ali Krieger saw their spot kicks saved by the goalkeepers.
History in Minnesota: The match at U.S. Bank Stadium will be the first for a U.S. National Team at the brand new facility built for the NFL’s Minnesota Vikings. The fixed-roof stadium officially opened on July 22, 2016. The U.S. WNT has a long history in Minnesota as the team played many of its earliest home matches in Blaine, Minn., in 1986 and 1987. The U.S. Women have played 14 total matches in Blaine, tied with Portland, Ore., for the city that has hosted the most U.S. WNT matches, but the USA has not played in Minnesota since 2006. With more than 20,000 tickets sold for this match, a record has already been broken for the most fans to watch the U.S. WNT in Minnesota. The previous record was set on July 3, 2001, when the USA defeated Canada 1-0 in front of a sell-out crowd of 15,614 at the National Sports Center in Blaine.
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