Lineup Notes: USA Faces Brazil on Match Day 2 at #ToN2017


USA vs. Brazil
July 30, 2017
Qualcomm Stadium; San Diego, Calif.
Broadcast: ESPN2
Kickoff: 5 p.m. PT

Tonight’s Starting XI vs. Brazil: 1-Alyssa Naeher; 16-Taylor Smith, 7-Abby Dahlkemper, 14-Casey Short, 5-Kelley O’Hara; 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 3-Samantha Mewis, 10-Carli Lloyd (capt.); 19-Crystal Dunn, 13-Alex Morgan, 15-Megan Rapinoe 

Subs: 2-Sydney Leroux, 6-Morgan Brian, 8-Julie Ertz, 9-Lindsey Horan, 11-Ali Krieger, 12-Lynn Williams, 17-Margaret Purce, 18-Jane Campbell, 20-Allie Long, 21-Abby Smith, 22-Mallory Pugh, 23-Christen Press

  • The most recent meetings between the teams came during the post-World Cup Victory Tour in 2015, a 1-1 draw in Seattle on Oct. 21 (Carli Lloyd scored for the USA) followed by a 3-1 victory in Orlando on Oct. 25 as the USA got goals from Alex Morgan, Crystal Dunn and Stephanie McCaffrey.
  • Only four players from the Brazil starting lineup in the last match between the teams in 2015 are on this ToN roster (goalkeeper Barbara was on the bench). The USA has just six players from its starting XI on this roster.
  • Captaining the USA today is Carli Lloyd, who will make her seventh start this year and ninth appearance.
  • Alyssa Naeher makes her 17th appearance for the USA and 15th start. It will be her fourth consecutive start. She has 10 career shutouts, most recently earning a clean sheet on June 11 against Norway in Sandefjord.
  • Defender Taylor Smith earns her second cap and second start for the USA after making her debut on July 27 against Australia and playing all 90 minutes. The Tournament of Nations marks Smith’s second call-up after participating in the 2017 January Camp earlier this year.
  • Abby Dahlkemper earns her sixth cap for the WNT in what will be her third career start. She made her debut for the U.S. on Oct. 19, 2016 against Switzerland in Utah, and her first start against Norway on June 11, playing all 90 minutes to help the U.S. defense claim a shutout in Sandefjord.
  • Casey Short makes her 12th start in her 12th cap. She has played 90 minutes in 10 of her caps and 45 in one.
  • Megan Rapinoe will earn her 122nd cap today and second start of the year. She has scored 31 goals in her career, good for 18th on the all-time goals list. Her most recent WNT goals came in the 2015 WWC when she scored twice in the opening game against Australia. She will make her fifth appearance of 2017 and second start this year. She played all 90 minutes against Australia on July 27 – her first start since the 2016 Olympics.
  • Samantha Mewis makes her 15th career start and will earn her 26th cap. Alongside Sauerbrunn, she is the only other player to be in the starting lineup of every game the WNT has played in 2017. She has played 687 minutes so far in 2017, the most besides Sauerbrunn.
  • Lloyd is the all-time active caps leader with 240 and is sitting on 97 goals, three away from becoming the sixth player to score 100 or more goals for the USA.
  • Lloyd scored 36 international goals between the time she debuted six days before her 23rd birthday, and her 30th birthday. Since turning 30, she has scored 61 goals in just over four and a half years.
  • Lloyd’s next assist will be the 50th of her career, joining just seven other U.S. players to earn 50 or more assists in their careers. Lloyd is in eighth-place in all-time assists, but with seven more, can move into fifth.
  • U.S. co-captain Becky Sauerbrunn had her sixth career assist on Christen Press’s goal against Norway on June 11. Sauerbrunn is set to make her ninth start and appearance this year, only one of two players – Sam Mewis being the other – to be in every starting lineup. So far, she has played every minute of each match.
  • Sauerbrunn will start at defensive midfield today, a position she’s played several times for the WNT in her career.
  • Kelley O’Hara will earn her 98th international appearance today and will tie Ali Krieger for 36th place on the all-time caps list.
  • Crystal Dunn is the only player on the roster not currently in her club season. Dunn will re-join Chelsea FC in London for pre-season training that starts on Aug. 7. Dunn will make her seventh start and ninth appearance of 2017. She scored twice in each of the April games against Russia, the seventh time since the start of 2012 that a player has scored multiple goals in consecutive games for the WNT, and leads the USA with four goals so far this year. She earned her first assist of 2017, and 12th career assist, on June 8 against Sweden.
  • Alex Morgan returned to the roster for the ToN after missing the June friendlies due to a hamstring injury suffered while playing for Olympique Lyon in France and came off the bench against Australia to play 26 minutes in her first action since WNT match vs. Russia on April 9. She will earn her seventh cap and second start of 2017.
  • If Julie Ertz gets on the field tonight, it will be her 50thcap. She would be the 54th American player to earn 50 or more caps.
  • The USA and Brazil have a long history dating back to 1986 when the teams met in just the eighth match ever played by the U.S. Women, a 2-1 U.S victory in Italy. The U.S. team has for the most part dominated the series, going 26-3-5 over the years, but each team has a win to go with two ties over the past four matches.
  • Each team is allowed six substitutes in each Tournament of Nations match.

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