USA vs. Colombia || April 6, 2016
Pratt & Whitney Stadium – East Hartford, Conn.
Live Broadcast: FS1
Tonight’s U.S. WNT Starting XI vs. Colombia: 1-Hope Solo; 5-Kelley O’Hara, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 8-Julie Johnston, 7-Meghan Klingenberg; 23-Allie Long, 20-Lindsey Horan, 10-Carli Lloyd (capt.); 2-Mallory Pugh, 16-Crystal Dunn, 17-Tobin Heath
Subs: 3-Samantha Mewis, 6-Whitney Engen, 9-Heather O’Reilly, 11-Ali Krieger, 12-Christen Press, 15-Emily Sonnett, 21-Alyssa Naeher
- The USA will start in a 4-3-3 formation tonight. The lineup features Crystal Dunn at striker, Tobin Heath and Mallory Pugh on the wings, Carli Lloyd and Lindsey Horan in the center of the midfield and Allie Long as holding mid. Lloyd will captain the USA.
- The U.S. WNT comes into tonight’s match with an unblemished 9-0-0 record in 2016 and has outscored opponents 32-1
- The U.S. team trained in Orlando, Fla. with 23 players for six days; however, only 21 made the trip to Connecticut after defender Jaelene Hinkle injured her ankle late in camp and returned to her club, and 17-year-old forward Ashley Sanchez left to return to school.
- U.S. head coach Jill Ellis has named 18 players to suit up for the match.
- Alex Morgan (hip) and Morgan Brian (hamstring) will not play tonight due to minor injuries. Both have been progressing well in training and could be available for selection for the April 10 match in Chester, Pa.
- Dunn will earn her 30th cap for the USA tonight while making her sixth start of 2016. Dunn is tied with Lloyd with seven goals so far this year, second-most on the team and one behind Morgan.
- Defender Meghan Klingenberg will earn her 60th cap tonight and is now one behind tying Leslie Osborne with 61 for 46th all-time.
- Midfielder Lindsey Horan will make her eighth start of 2016 and earn her 15th cap, while forward Mallory Pugh makes her sixth start and will earn her 10th cap.
- With today’s start, Pugh becomes the sixth WNT player in history to reach 10 caps before her 18th birthday. The other players are Tiffany Roberts (22), Mia Hamm (16), Kristine Lilly (15), Cindy Parlow (13) and Lorrie Fair (10).
- Midfielder Allie Long will make her first appearance for the USA since Aug. 20, 2014, against Switzerland in Cary, N.C.
- Tonight’s start will be Long’s first since June 19, 2014, when she took the field against France in this same stadium.
- Of the 11 U.S. starters in the most recent match against Colombia at the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup semifinal, six will start today: Hope Solo, Becky Sauerbrunn, Julie Johnston, Klingenberg, Lloyd and Heath.
- There are six players on the roster who have played 100 times or more for the USA. Four of them are starting tonight: Lloyd, Solo, Heath and Sauerbrunn. The other players are Heather O’Reilly, who will be on the bench, and Morgan who will not be dressing today.
- Lloyd has a team-leading 86 international goals and is the only player on the roster to have been in the starting lineup for all 10 USA matches this year.
- Lloyd has scored 23 goals in her last 22 matches, starting with the Round of 16 game at the Women’s World Cup against Colombia. She is the only U.S. player on the roster to have scored in every single one of the three previous meetings against Colombia (2011, 2012 and 2015).
- Solo has 97 shutouts and 147 wins. She is the all-time leader in shutouts and wins by a goalkeeper in U.S. history and is three shutouts away from becoming the first U.S. goalkeeper in history to reach the 100.
- Lloyd will earn her earn her 221st cap tonight while Solo gets her 194th, extending her U.S. record for a goalkeeper.
- The starting lineup features four players from the NWSL’s Portland Thorns: Klingenberg, Long, Horan and Heath.
- Back-up goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher is the only player on the roster from Connecticut, hailing from Bridgeport.