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Global Oct 07, 2018

U.S. WNT continues World Cup Qualifying tonight vs. Panama

(Via U.S. Soccer) – With a ticket to the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup on the line, the U.S. Women’s National Team will resume Group A play at the 2018 Concacaf Women’s Championship against Panama on Oct. 7 at 5 p.m. ET on FS1 & UDN. Panama currently sits in second place in the standings – behind the USA – after defeating Trinidad & Tobago 3-0 in its opening match of the tournament. The USA is coming off a resounding 6-0 victory against Mexico that featured goals from Alex Morgan (2), Megan Rapinoe (2), Julie Ertz and Tobin Heath.

WCQ GROUP A STANDINGS

TEAM GP W L D GF GA GD PTS
USA 1 1 0 0 6 0 6 3
Panama 1 1 0 0 3 0 3 3
Trinidad & Tobago 1 0 1 0 0 3 -3 0
Mexico 1 0 1 0 0 6 -6 0

The USA and seven other countries are participating in the 2018 Concacaf Women’s Championship with three direct berths available to France. FOX Sports, the home of the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup, is showing the 2018 Concacaf Women’s Championship across the FOX Sports family of networks. For viewers on the go, matches can be streamed live via FOXSports.com and the FOX Sports app. FOX Sports will open the authentication level on the FOX Sports App to FS1 authentication, meaning you don’t need to have FS2 on your cable or satellite TV service to watch the USA matches.

The U.S. team holds a 12-0-2 record in 2018 and has not lost since the 2017 Tournament of Nations. It has gone 19-0-3 over the past 15 months and has averaged almost three goals per game, outscoring its opponents 71-17 over those 22 matches while scoring in all 22 games. Since the 2017 SheBelieves Cup, the USA has failed to score in a game just once (against Australia in the 1-0 loss in 2017 Tournament of Nations). That’s a 27-game span.

The WNT’s 2018 has so far featured wins over Denmark, Germany, England, Mexico (thrice), China PR (twice), Japan, Brazil and Chile (twice), along with ties vs. France and Australia.

Follow all the #USWNT and tournament action on Twitter using #OneNationOneTeam and #CWC on @ussoccer_wnt and @ussoccer_esp, and on Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat (ussoccer_wnt).

U.S. Women’s National Team WCQ Roster By Position (Caps/Goals)
GOALKEEPERS (2): 18- Ashlyn Harris (Orlando Pride; 17/0), 1- Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars; 34/0)
DEFENDERS (7): 7- Abby Dahlkemper (NC Courage; 24/0), 19- Crystal Dunn (NC Courage; 70/23), 20- Hailie Mace (UCLA; 2/0), 5- Kelly O’Hara (Utah Royals FC; 109/2), 4- Becky Sauerbrunn (Utah Royals FC; 144/0), 14- Casey Short (Chicago Red Stars; 25/0), 2- Emily Sonnett (Portland Thorns FC; 22/0)
MIDFIELDERS (5): 6- Morgan Brian (Chicago Red Stars; 79/6), 8- Julie Ertz (Chicago Red Stars; 67/17); 9- Lindsey Horan(Portland Thorns FC; 57/6), 16- Rose Lavelle (Washington Spirit; 14/3), 3- Samantha Mewis (NC Courage; 38/7)
FORWARDS (6): 17-Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns; 139/22), 10- Carli Lloyd (Sky Blue FC; 260/102), 13- Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride; 148/92), 12- Christen Press (Utah Royals FC; 104/45), 11- Mallory Pugh (Washington Spirit; 38/12), 15- Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign FC; 141/40)

STORYLINES

USA vs. Panama: The Women’s National Team for the USA and Panama have only played once in the history of the programs at the senior level. For Panama, this is its third time competing in a Concacaf Women’s Championship. Panama competed in the final round of the 2002 and 2006 Concacaf qualifying tournaments, meeting the USA in 2002, a 9-0 loss in Seattle, Washington, in a game that saw 2018 National Soccer Hall of Fame inductee Tiffeny Milbrett tie a U.S. record with five goals in a single match. Shannon MacMillan scored twice, while Tiffany Roberts and Abby Wambach also scored.

100 Goals Watch: After adding two more goals against Mexico on Oct. 4 – the third time this year she scored a brace vs. Mexico – Alex Morgan now has 92 goals and at age 29 sits in sole possession of seventh place on the USA’s all-time goal scoring list. She has scored 19 goals over her last 21 WNT matches through the end of 2017 and deep into 2018. With her hat trick against Japan on July 26, the fourth of her career, Morgan is now fourth all-time in multi-goal games (24) behind Abby Wambach (45), Mia Hamm (38) and Michelle Akers (25). She has 20 career two-goal games.

Ticket to France 2019 on the Line: The 2018 Concacaf Women’s Championship will qualify three teams to the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France and a fourth into a two-game playoff with Argentina, the third-place team from South America. The USA is playing all its group matches at the 10,000-seat Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C. After round-robin play, the top two finishers from Group A, as well as the top two from Group B which will be playing its group games in Edinburg, Texas, will move on to the all-important semifinals in Frisco, Texas. The winners of the semifinals qualify for France, along with the winner of the Third-Place Match. The loser of the Third-Place Match heads into the two-game playoff.

2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup Qualifiers: The 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup will be held from June 7-July 7 in nine cities in France. So far, 15 countries have qualified with teams from Concacaf, Africa and Oceania still to be determined. The Final Draw for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup will be conducted in Paris on December 8. This will be the second World Cup with 24 nations, up from 16 that were in Germany in 2011. The qualified nations are: host, France; England, Germany, Italy, Norway, Scotland, Spain and Sweden from UEFA. Brazil and Chile from South America, and Australia, China PR, Japan, Korea Republic and Thailand from the AFC.

Concacaf Women’s World Cup Qualifying History: The USA is 28-1-0 all-time in CONCACAF Women’s World Cup qualifying, including 14-0-0 at home. This will be the seventh Concacaf Cup qualifying tournament that USA has contested. The U.S. women have won five of six of those tournaments, finishing first in the qualifying competitions for the 1991, 1995, 2003, 2007 and 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cups. The USA finished third in the qualifying tournament for the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup and had to go through a two-game playoff against Italy to qualify for Germany 2011. The USA played Canada in the championship game of each of the first four tournaments in which both participated (the USA did not have to qualify as host in 1999). The USA has scored 164 goals in WWC qualifying (an average of 5.7 per game) while allowing five, and has played nine different countries in World Cup qualifying with Mexico being the most common opponent with seven games between the teams.

Qualifying Goal Scorers: Seven players on this U.S. roster have scored in Women’s World Cup qualifying: Carli Lloyd (7), Megan Rapinoe (5), Alex Morgan (4), Tobin Heath (3), Christen Press (2), Julie Ertz (1) and Morgan Brian (1). With one more goal, Lloyd would tie Brandi Chastain, April Heinrichs and Tiffeny Milbrett for sixth all-time in World Cup qualifying. Since the start of 2017, four players have been directly involved (goals or assists) in more than 10 goals: Morgan (24), Rapinoe (19), Pugh (13) and Horan (12). Since the start of 2016, six players have at least 20 goals+assists for the U.S. in international play:

Player G+A Goals Assists
Alex Morgan 44 36 8
Megan Rapinoe 35 14 21
Carli Lloyd 33 23 10
Crystal Dunn 29 19 10
Christen Press 27 16 11
Mallory Pugh 23 12 11

Caps in Cary : The U.S. WNT has played eight matches at Salhen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park, home to the 2018 NWSL Champion North Carolina Courage. The USA has won all eight games in Cary and allowed just three goals over those games, two in a dramatic 3-2 win vs. Australia in 2008 that was played in the pouring rain and featured a last gasp game-winner from Carli Lloyd.

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