2016 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Championship
USA vs. Costa Rica (Group A)
Feb. 10, 2016
Toyota Stadium, Frisco, Texas
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Tonight’s WNT Starting XI vs. Costa Rica: 1-Hope Solo; 11-Ali Krieger, 8-Julie Johnston, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 7-Meghan Klingenberg; 14-Morgan Brian, 9-Lindsey Horan, 16-Crystal Dunn, 10-Carli Lloyd (capt.), 17-Tobin Heath; 13-Alex Morgan
Subs: 2-Mallory Pugh, 3-Samantha Mewis, 5-Kelley O'Hara, 6-Emily Sonnett, 12-Christen Press, 15-Stephanie McCaffrey, 18-Ashlyn Harris, 19-Jaelene Hinkle, 20-Alyssa Naeher
- Carli Lloyd will play in her 10th Olympic Qualifying game. She has the most Olympic qualifying appearances of anyone on the roster. She’s also recorded eight career goals in the tournament.
- Goalkeeper Hope Solo will play in her ninth Olympic Qualifying match.
- Both Solo and Lloyd, alongside midfielder Tobin Heath, are the only three players on the roster to have participated in both the 2008 and 2012 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Championships.
- Seven players on the roster have previous Olympic Qualifying experience and three players have scored in an Olympic Qualifying tournament: Lloyd (8), Alex Morgan (4) and Heath (3).
- Lloyd has scored 19 goals in the USA’s last 14 matches, starting with the Round of 16 game at the Women’s World Cup.
- Defender Becky Sauerbrunn makes her 97th appearance for the WNT and could hit 100 during the qualifying tournament. There are four other players on the roster that have played 100 times or more for the USA. They are all starting tonight: Lloyd, Solo, Heath and Morgan.
- Lloyd will earn her earn her 213th cap tonight while Solo gets her 187th, extending her U.S. record for a GK.
- Meghan Klingenberg, Julie Johnston, Morgan Brian, Lindsey Horan and Crystal Dunn will play in their first Olympic qualifier.
- Horan will make her eighth WNT appearance and second start of the year. She’s the only player in the starting lineup with less than 10 caps for the USA. This is her fifth career start.
- Three of tonight’s starters (Heath, Horan and Klingenberg) are members of the Portland Thorns of the NWSL.
- The USA has never lost a match in Olympic Qualifying, but it did tie Canada 1-1 in the title game of the 2008 tournament before prevailing in penalty kicks.
- The backline of Solo, Ali Krieger, Johnston, Sauerbrunn and Klingenberg is the same backline that started all seven matches at the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup and shutout opponents for 539 consecutive minutes, allowing only three goals through the tournament.
- Lloyd and Sauerbrunn were named as the new captains of the U.S. Women's National Team in January by U.S. head coach Jill Ellis. The duo becomes the 13th & 14th players officially named captain of the U.S. WNT over the 31 years of the program. When Lloyd and Sauerbrunn are on the field at the same time, Lloyd will wear the armband.
- Fans may notice several players wearing different numbers from the Women’s World Cup. For this year, when selected, Julie Johnston will wear 8, Meghan Klingenberg will wear 7 and Christen Press will wear 12. GK Alyssa Naeher will wear 20 during this tournament as rosters must be numbered 1-20.