After securing its berth to the 2016 Olympics in Brazil with a 5-0 victory against Trinidad & Tobago on Feb. 19 in the semifinal of the 2016 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Championship and then defeating Canada 2-0 for the tournament title, the U.S. Women’s National Team now turns its focus to Olympic preparation which continues with a trio of highly competitive matches at the 2016 SheBelieves Cup.
The top four-team women’s international soccer event of the year kicks off on March 3 as four of the top five ranked teams in the world – the USA, England, France and Germany – compete for the tournament title on U.S. soil. The six-match competition features many of the world’s top players and includes three teams that made the final four of last summer’s Women’s World Cup.
The tournament will be played in three doubleheaders: March 3 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida (Germany vs. France and USA vs. England), March 6 at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tennessee (Germany vs. England and USA vs. France) and March 9 at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton, Florida (France vs. England and USA vs. Germany).
The USA's first match against England will be broadcast on FS1 and its following two games against France and Germany will both be broadcast on ESPN3. Fans can also follow all the action from #USAvENG on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt and @ussoccer_esp, and follow the team along its journey on Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat (ussoccer_wnt).
2016 SheBelieves Cup Schedule
Date Matches Stadium City Kickoff TV
Mar. 3 Germany vs. France Raymond James Stadium Tampa, Fla. 5 p.m. ET
Mar. 3 USA vs. England Raymond James Stadium Tampa, Fla. 7:30 p.m. ET FS1
Mar. 6 USA vs. France Nissan Stadium Nashville, Tenn. 2 p.m. CT ESPN3
Mar. 6 England vs. Germany Nissan Stadium Nashville, Tenn. 4:30 p.m. CT
Mar. 9 France vs. England FAU Stadium Boca Raton, Fla. 5 p.m. ET
Mar. 9 USA vs. Germany FAU Stadium Boca Raton, Fla. 7:30 p.m. ET ESPN3
USA vs. England: The meeting with England will be the first since the USA's narrow 1-0 victory in Milton Keynes, England, in early February of 2015 that sparked a 24-game unbeaten streak, which included the run to the World Cup title. Alex Morgan scored the lone goal on a header and England had a goal controversially waved off due to offside. The USA is 8-3-1 all-time against England. Prior to the 2015 meeting, the USA and England hadn’t played since a 2011 friendly in London that saw England defeat the USA 2-1.
U.S. Roster Breakdown: Of the 22 players named to the roster for the SheBelieves Cup, 19 were on the squad that earned a spot in the 2016 Olympics. U.S. head coach Jill Ellis recalled 2015 Women’s World Cup champions Whitney Engen and Heather O’Reilly, who with 228 caps is the most experienced player on the U.S. roster. Ellis also gave Seattle Reign defender Lauren Barnes her first WNT call-up. Barnes played every minute of all 20 matches she played for the Reign last season, helping the club to the regular season title and a berth in the NWSL title game. Fifteen players on the roster were a part of the 2015 Women’s World Cup Team while seven players – most of whom have carved out consistent rosters spots in the past six months – make up the remainder of the roster.
Multiple Scoring Options: Nine different players have scored for the WNT so far in 2016. Carli Lloyd leads the group with seven goals, followed by Alex Morgan and Crystal Dunn with six apiece. Additionally, Tobin Heath and Christen Press have scored two each, while Lindsey Horan, Samantha Mewis, Kelley O’Hara and Mallory Pugh have added one goal each. The USA is 6-0-0 in 2016, having scored 28 goals while allowing none. Next, the USA will have five consecutive games against teams that made excellent runs at the 2015 Women’s World Cup as it prepares to face England, France, Germany and Colombia twice.
The Lloyd-Morgan Duo: Carli Lloyd has 86 career goals with the WNT and is sixth place all-time in scoring. Lloyd’s goal against Trinidad & Tobago on Feb. 19 came from an assist from fellow Houston Dash teammate Brian, making for a Dash-to-Dash goal in their home venue at BBVA Compass Stadium. Lloyd has scored 23 goals in the USA’s last 19 matches starting with the Round of 16 game at the WWC. Morgan scored three goals in the semifinal match against Trinidad & Tobago on Feb. 19. It was her third career hat trick and the first since Nov. 28, 2012 against Ireland. She now has 62 goals in her career and is in eighth place on the USA’s all-time goal scoring list. Next up for Morgan is Cindy Parlow’s 75 career goals. Lloyd and Morgan have combined for five goals 2016 with one providing the assist and the other the goal.
Nearing the Century Mark: Hope Solo earned her 95th career shutout against Canada in the Olympic Qualifying championship game on Feb. 21, and is now only five shutouts away from reaching the century mark. The feat would be a first for a U.S. goalkeeper in the history of the WNT.
Becky’s 100: U.S. co-captain Becky Sauerbrunn became the 35th U.S. female player to hit 100 caps when she took the field against Canada on Feb. 21 in Houston at the title match of the 2016 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Champioship. Sauerbrunn will be honored for the achievement before the USA’s second match at the SheBelieves Cup on March 6 against France in Nashville. She will also wear the captain’s band that day.
NINE IN; THREE TO GO: Nine nations have already qualified for the 12-team Olympic Football Tournament: The USA and Canada from CONCACAF, Brazil and Colombia from South America, South Africa and Zimbabwe from Africa, New Zealand from Oceania and France and Germany from Europe by virtue of their finish at the 2015 Women's World Cup. Two more teams will qualify from Asia and Europe during tournaments held almost concurrently to the #SheBelieves Cup. Two teams will qualify from Asia during qualifying being held from February 29 - March 9 in Osaka, Japan, and one more will qualify from Europe after a mini-tournament from March 2-9 in the Netherlands featuring Sweden, Netherlands, Norway and Switzerland. Long-time African power Nigeria, which gave the USA a difficult match in the Women’s World Cup, fell in the third round of African qualifying to Equatorial Guinea, which in turn fell to South Africa, which earned its second straight Olympic berth.
At Raymond James Stadium: The USA has played six times in Tampa, Fla., including two games at Raymond James Stadium. Most recently, the USA defeated France, 1-0, in June of 2014 on a goal from Sydney Leroux.
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- Gallery: WNT Trains at Raymond James Stadium
- Feature: Becky Sauerbrunn: The Journey to 100
- SheBelieves Cup Opponents Breakdown: ENG || FRA || GER
- Video: Behind the Crest: WNT Road to Rio: Ep. 1 || Ep. 2 || Ep. 3
- Fans and Athletes Unveil U.S. Soccer’s Federation New Crest
- USA Unveils its SheBelieves Cup Roster
- England, France and Germany Release SheBelieves Cup Rosters
- Video: Meghan’s Klingenbloopers
- Video: Becky’s 100 Caps
- USWNT Will Face Colombia for Second Time in Four Days in Philadelphia
- USWNT to Play Colombia in East Hartford on April 6
- Award Winners Lead WNT to Olympic Qualifying Sweep
- WNT Defeats Canada 2-0 to Win 2016 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Championship
- Colombia Quintet
- Gallery: WNT is Going to Rio
- Gallery: The WNT Black and White Collection
- Gallery: The WNT Sunset Series
- WNT Secures Olympic Berth Against Trinidad & Tobago
- Highlights: WNT Tops Groups A with 10-0 Win
- Five Spot: Dunn Doubles Her Career Total
- Highlights: WNT Secures Semifinal Spot with 1-0 Win Against Mexico
- Highlights: USA kicks off Olympic Qualifying with 5-0 win Against Costa Rica
- First Cap. First Goal. Series (Press) (McCaffrey) (Pugh)
- #SheBelieves Series
- Horan’s Home
- U.S. Soccer to Host Girls Fantasy Camp in Nashville During SheBelieves Cup
U.S. Women’s National Team SheBelieves Cup Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): 18-Ashlyn Harris (Orlando Pride), 21-Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars), 1-Hope Solo (Seattle Reign FC)
DEFENDERS (9): 20-Lauren Barnes (Seattle Reign FC), 6-Whitney Engen (Boston Breakers), 19-Jaelene Hinkle (Western NY Flash), 8-Julie Johnston (Chicago Red Stars), 7-Meghan Klingenberg (Portland Thorns FC), 11-Ali Krieger (Washington Spirit), 5-Kelley O’Hara (Sky Blue FC), 4-Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City), 6-Emily Sonnett (Portland Thorns FC)
MIDFIELDERS (6): 14-Morgan Brian (Houston Dash), 17-Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC), 22-Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC), 10-Carli Lloyd (Houston Dash), 3-Samantha Mewis (Western NY Flash), 9-Heather O’Reilly (FC Kansas City)
FORWARDS (4): 16-Crystal Dunn (Washington Spirit), 13-Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride), 12-Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars); 2-Mallory Pugh (Real Colorado)
England Women’s National Team Roster By Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): 1-Karen Bardsley (Manchester City), 13-Siobhan Chamberlain (Liverpool FC), 21-Carly Telford (Notts County FC)
DEFENDERS (9): 16-Laura Bassett (Notts County), 2-Lucy Bronze (Manchester City), 6-Gilly Flaherty (Chelsea FC), 3-Alex Greenwood (Liverpool FC), 5-Steph Houghton (Manchester City), 14-Claire Rafferty (Chelsea Ladies FC), 12-Alex Scott (Arsenal Ladies FC), 11-Demi Stokes (Manchester City), 15-Casey Stoney (Arsenal FC)
MIDFIELDERS (6): 10-Karen Carney (Chelsea FC), 17-Katie Chapman (Chelsea FC), 18-Izzy Christiansen (Manchester City), 7-Jordan Nobbs (Arsenal FC), 8-Jill Scott (Manchester City), 4-Fara Williams (Arsenal FC)
FORWARDS (5): 20-Eniola Aluko (Chelsea FC), 19-Toni Duggan (Manchester City), 23-Gemma Davison (Chelsea FC), 22-Fran Kirby (Chelsea FC), 9-Jodie Taylor (Portland Thorns FC)