USWNT closes World Cup group play on Thursday vs. Sweden
USA vs. Sweden
2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup – France
June 20, 2019 | (3 p.m. ET on FOX and Telemundo)
Stade Oceane; Le Havre, France
USA FACES SWEDEN WITH GROUP F TITLE ON THE LINE: After rolling past its first two opponents in Group F at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup, and earning a spot in the knockout rounds with one match left to play, the USA will now face long-time European power Sweden to decide first place in the group.
The match will take place in northern France at Stade Oceane in Le Havre (3 p.m. ET on FOX and Telemundo). As the USA holds a far superior goal difference, which is the first tie-breaker should teams be tied on points, the Americans need a win or a draw to top the group and earn a Round of 16 match against the second place team from Group B on June 24 in Reims. A second-place finish for the USA would mean a Round of 16 match against the second-place team from Group E on June 24 in Paris. The USA is one goal away from tying and two goals away from setting a record for most goals scored by a single team in group play during the Women’s World Cup. The match against Chile was the 122nd on the bench for U.S. head coach Jill Ellis, moving her ahead of the late Tony DiCicco and into second place for most games coached in U.S. history. She is just two games from tying April Heinrichs (124) for most games coached in U.S. WNT history.
DEFENDERS (7): Abby Dahlkemper (NC Courage; 42/0), Tierna Davidson (Chicago Red Stars; 21/1); Crystal Dunn (NC Courage; 86/24), Ali Krieger(Orlando Pride; 101/1), Kelley O’Hara (Utah Royals FC; 119/2), Becky Sauerbrunn (Utah Royals FC; 159/0), Emily Sonnett (Portland Thorns FC; 34/0)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Morgan Brian (Chicago Red Stars; 83/6), Julie Ertz(Chicago Red Stars; 84/19),Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC; 70/9), Rose Lavelle (Washington Spirit; 28/9), Allie Long(Reign FC; 46/6), Samantha Mewis (NC Courage; 51/14)
FORWARDS (7): Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC; 151/30); Carli Lloyd(Sky Blue FC; 276/113),Jessica McDonald (NC Courage; 8/2), Alex Morgan(Orlando Pride; 164/106), Christen Press (Utah Royals FC; 118/48), Mallory Pugh (Washington Spirit; 55/17), Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign FC; 154/45)
2019 FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP – USA Schedule
|June 20||Sweden||3 p.m. ET||Stade Océane; Le Havre, France|
|June 24||TBD – Round of 16||TBD||TBD|
2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup Standings – Group F Standings
U.S. WOMEN’S WORLD CUP TEAM FACTS
- World Cup Rosters: Lloyd (4); Krieger (3), O’Hara (3), Sauerbrunn (3), Heath (3), Morgan (3), Rapinoe (3); Harris (2), Naeher (2), Brian (2), Ertz (2), Press (2); Franch (1), Dahlkemper (1), Davidson (1), Dunn (1), Sonnett (1), Horan (1), Lavelle (1), Long (1), Mewis (1), McDonald (1), Pugh (1).
- Of the 23 players named to the roster, Lloyd has the most experience, having played in 20 matches while scoring 10 goals, one in 2011, six at the 2015 tournament and three so far in 2019. Lloyd is the oldest player on the roster at 36 and against Chile became the oldest player to score at least twice in a Women’s World Cup match.
- Five players own double-figure World Cup caps: Lloyd (20) Krieger (14), Morgan (13), Rapinoe (13) and Heath (11).
- Sixteen players on the roster have represented the USA in a FIFA WWC at the U-17 level, U-20 level or both.
- Davidson is the youngest player on the roster at age 20. Pugh turned 21 on April 29. Brian was the youngest player on the 2015 World Cup Team at 22. Just under half the roster (11 players) are in their 30s and 12 are in their 20s.
- Allie Long and Jessica McDonald made their first World Cup roster at age 31. Long was a member of the 2016 Olympic Team, and McDonald is the top American scorer in the history of the NWSL. McDonald is also the only mother on the World Cup Team. She has a seven-year-old son.
- The average age of the U.S. roster is just under 29 years old, about the same as the USA’s 2015 Women’s World Cup Team.
- Six players had previously scored in a Women’s World Cup tournament that are on the roster. Four of the seven goal scorers against Thailand made their World Cup scoring debuts. Current all-time World Cup goal scorers on the roster are: Lloyd (10), Morgan (8), Rapinoe (4), Lavelle (2), Mewis (2), Ertz (1), Horan (1), Pugh (1), Heath (1), O’Hara (1) and Press (1).
- The roster features players from 13 different states. Five players on the roster are from California, three are from Georgia, while two each are from New York, New Jersey, Arizona and Colorado.
- The roster includes 11 first-time participants, three more than the team that won the World Cup four years ago. This roster is also tied for the third-most rookies among U.S. teams since the Women’s World Cup began in 1991.
2019 FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP FACTS
- The 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup kicked off June 7 as host France took on South Korea in Paris and will run through July 7 when the championship game is staged in Lyon.
- Each team is allowed three subs per game in the World Cup and for the first time, the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) will be used for women’s international matches.
- The tournament will mark the eighth consecutive World Cup appearance for three-time World Cup champion USA (1991, 1999, 2015), one of six countries to qualify for all eight Women’s World Cups along with Brazil, Germany, Japan, Norway, Sweden and Nigeria. This will be the second Women’s World Cup to include 24 nations. Sixteen teams participated in the four World Cups held from 1999-2011. The 1991 and 1995 WWC featured 12 teams.
- It will require seven games to win the Women’s World Cup, three in the group stage, a Round of 16 match, a Quarterfinal, a Semifinal and the Final.
- The field for this tournament includes host France along with Spain, Italy, England, Scotland, Norway, Germany, Sweden and the Netherlands from Europe; China PR, Thailand, Australia, South Korea and Japan from Asia; Brazil, Chile and Argentina from South America; the United States, Canada and Jamaica from Concacaf; Nigeria, South Africa and Cameroon from Africa; and New Zealand from Oceania.
- There are only four nations who have women the seven Women’s World Cup tournament: The USA (1991, 1999, 2015), Norway (1995), Germany (2003, 2007) and Japan (2011).
- The 90,185 spectators on hand at the Rose Bowl for the USA’s victory against China PR in the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup represent the largest attendance in the tournament’s history. The Stade de Lyon is the largest stadium in this tournament, seating almost 60,000 fans.
- Abby Wambach’s 14 goals in FIFA Women’s World Cup competition rank second all-time, tied with Germany legend Birgit Prinz. They trail only Brazil’s Marta who has 16 goals and is going for more in France.
- After the win vs. Chile, the U.S. WNT is now 35-4-6 all-time in the Women’s World Cup, outscoring its opponents 128-35 in 44 games. The 35 wins, 45 games-played and 128 goals scored are all FIFA Women’s World Cup records.
ONE NATION. ONE TEAM. 23 STORIES: As the U.S. team readies for the final group game of the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup, get to know each player through U.S. Soccer’s “One Nation. One Team. 23 Stories.” series, presented by Volkswagen. Sprinkled with humor, fun and a few heartfelt stories, the videos give fans insight into the players’ personalities, families, motivations, and some of the challenges they’ve experienced on the different roads they’ve traveled to earn the right to represent the United States in the ultimate competition for a soccer player.
JILL ELLIS FACT FILE : Jill Ellis is the third U.S. coach – and first female American coach – to win a Women’s World Cup (2015) at the senior level, following Anson Dorrance (1991) and the late Tony DiCicco (1999). Ellis was named the 2015 FIFA World Coach of the Year for Women’s Soccer on Jan. 11, 2016. She was also named the Concacaf Female Coach of the Year. Ellis, who previously served two stints as interim head coach of the U.S. WNT, is the eighth official head coach in U.S. history. She coached seven games as interim coach in 2012 (5-0-2) and two games (1-0-1) as interim in 2014 before she officially came on board, which gave her a 6-0-3 record before she ever was formally named the head coach in May of 2014. She has gone 91-7-15 since then for an overall record of 97-7-18. She earned her 75th career win on April 8 vs. Mexico and with the victory against Belgium on April 7, moved ahead of Pia Sundhage (91) in all-time wins, and now trails only Tony DiCicco (105). The match against Australia on July 29, 2018, marked her 100th game on the bench for the USA, making her the fourth coach in U.S. history to coach in 100 or more games. With the match against Chile on June 16, her 122nd on the bench for the USA, she has moved into second place in all-time in games coached, passing the late Tony DiCicco. Only April Heinrichs (124 games coached) is ahead of her. Since taking over as head coach, Ellis has won seven tournaments: the 2015 Algarve Cup, the 2015 Women’s World Cup, the 2016 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Championship, the 2016 SheBelieves Cup, the 2018 SheBelieves Cup, the 2018 Tournament of Nations and the 2018 Concacaf Women’s Championship.
U.S. ROSTER NOTES
- The U.S. Women’s National Team reached an impressive milestone on Nov. 8, 2018 with its 1-0 victory against Portugal; that was the 500th win in program history. Since its inception in 1985, the U.S. WNT has compiled a record of 510 wins, 66 losses and 76 ties. Over the history of the program, the USA has gone 288-28-22 (88% winning percentage) at home, 52-14-17 away (73%) and 170-33-28 (79%) on neutral ground. Of the USA’s 66 losses, 12 (18%) came at the Algarve Cup in Portugal.
- The USA has scored in 40 consecutive matches and has averaged more than three goals per game in that time. Since the end of the 2015 World Cup, the USA has played 83 matches and complied a 69-5-9 record.
- Ten different players have scored the USA’s 45 goals this year. Alex Morgan and Carli Lloyd lead the team with eight goals each, Samantha Mewis has six each and Tobin Heath and Mallory Pugh have five each. Megan Rapinoe has four and Rose Lavelle has three, Christen Press and Lindsey Horan have two and Jessica McDonald and Julie Ertz have one each.
- Lloyd has 49 WNT goals since the start of 2015. Morgan (57) is the only other player with more than 30 goals over the four years.
- The USA has scored 3+ goals in the first half of each of its last three Women’s World Cup games, becoming only the second team to do so after USA itself in four games running in the 1991 tournament.
- Alex Morgan had a game for the ages against Thailand in the opening game of the World Cup, tying a World Cup record with five goals while adding three assists. The five scores upped her career total to 106 and within one goal of tying Michelle Akers for fifth on the USA’s all-time goals list.
- She was rested in the second Group F match vs. Chile.
- She achieved a historic 100th career goal on April 4 vs. Australia. Morgan’s 100th goal came in her 159th cap. Just three more than it took Mia Hamm (156 caps). Abby Wambach scored her 100th goal in her 129th cap, Michelle Akers in 130th, Milbrett in her 201st, Carli Lloyd in her 252nd and Kristine Lilly in 287th.
- Morgan has scored 33 goals over her last 37 WNT matches, a span that runs from the end of 2017. During that 33-goal streak, she has scored on about a quarter of her shots, scoring 10 goals with her right foot, 18 with her left, four with her head and one with her chest. The 33 goals have included six braces, one hat trick and one five-goal game.
- Morgan has scored in 72 career games for the USA and in those matches, the U.S. team has never lost, going 62-0-10. Morgan is one of only three players in U.S. history with 40 or more goals who has never lost a game in which she has scored (Heather O’Reilly and Tisha Venturini are the others), but all 13 players who have scored 40 or more goals have a winning percentage that is equal to or higher than Morgan’s 93 percent.
- Morgan is third all-time in two-goal games (22), behind only Wambach (37) and Hamm (28). With her hat trick against Japan on July 26, 2018, the fourth of her career, and her five-goal game on June 11, Morgan moves ahead of Michelle Akers for third all-time in multi-goal games (27) behind only Abby Wambach (45) and Mia Hamm (38).
- Morgan’s second goal vs. Jamaica on Oct. 14 was just the second of her international career to come via a penalty kick. Abby Wambach scored 16 of her 184 goals on PKs. Mia Hamm scored five of her 158 goals off PKs.
- For players with more than 50 goals/assists combined, Morgan has averaged a goal or an assist for every 70.5 minutes on the field in her international career. The only player who has done better is Hamm (68.5). Wambach averaged a goal or assist for every 71.5 minutes. Akers finished her career at 74.0 minutes per goal or assist.
- Since opening her account in 2010 against China, Morgan has scored against 28 different teams – none more than Japan (12 goals). She has scored nine goals against Canada and Mexico and six against Costa Rica, France, New Zealand, Sweden and Trinidad & Tobago.
- Morgan famously scored in both the semifinal and championship games of the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Germany at her first senior World Cup and scored once in Canada at the 2015 Women’s World Cup, that goal coming against Colombia in the Round of 16 during a tournament in which she was working her way back from injury.
- Morgan (who has eight World Cup goals) needs two goals to become the 11th player (and fourth American) to score 10 goals at the World Cup. Only two other countries have more than one, Germany (3) and Brazil (2).
- After her goal against Thailand on June 11, Megan Rapinoe has 45 international goals which makes her tied for 14th on the USA’s all-time goals list with Julie Foudy. It was her fourth career World Cup goal and at 33 years, 341 days old, she is the third-oldest American goal scorer in WWC history, behind only Abby Wambach (35 years, 15 days) and Kristine Lilly (36 years, 62 days).
- She was rested against Chile in the USA’s second Group F match.
- Rapinoe had a team-leading 12 assists in 2018 and after getting two vs. Thailand, has 59 assists for her career, moving her to sole possession of sixth place on the U.S. all-time list. Rapinoe’s 59 assists in 154 caps is the best ratio of anyone ahead of her on the all-time list except for Hamm, who had a remarkable 147 assists in her 276 caps. Seven of Rapinoe’s 12 assists last year were on Alex Morgan goals and she set up one of Morgan’s five scores against Thailand with the other going to Samantha Mewis.
- Carli Lloyd is a two-time FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year (2015 & 2016) and the USA’s all-time active caps leader with 276. With her substitute appearance against Thailand, she moved past Julie Foudy and into fourth place on the all-time U.S. caps list and is now tied with Mia Hamm for third.
- Lloyd’s goal off the bench against Thailand and two against Chile in her first start of this World Cup in gave her 10 career WWC goals, moving her past Mia Hamm, Kristine Lilly and Alex Morgan (all with 8) for the third-most by an American. She now has 113 for her career.
- Lloyd has now become the first player to score in six consecutive appearances at the Women’s World Cup. She’s scored eight goals across those six games, the last four of 2015 and the first two of 2019.
- Lloyd scored her historic 100th goal on April 8, 2018 vs. Mexico to become the sixth player to score 100 or more for the USA, and first since 2009 when Abby Wambach scored her 100th.
- On Oct. 7, 2018 vs. Panama at World Cup qualifying, Lloyd scored her eighth career hat trick.
- With the hat trick in World Cup qualifying, Lloyd tied Mia Hamm for most three-goals games all-time in WNT history. Hamm also had two four-goal games in her career. Lloyd has moved ahead of Kristine Lilly and Cindy Parlow into fourth all-time in multi-goal games with 20.
- Against Panama, Lloyd (36 years, 83 days) became the oldest player to score a hat trick for the U.S. WNT. She broke Wambach’s record of 34 years, 186 days. Kristine Lilly is the oldest player to score a goal for the USA at 38 years, 264 days.
- Against Chile, at 36 years, 11 months old, Lloyd became the oldest ever player to score more than once in a single Women’s World Cup game, overtaking Cristiane’s record set in this year’s tournament for Brazil against Jamaica (34 years, 25 days).
- Lloyd is the highest active goal scorer in U.S. history with the players ahead of or tied with her – Hamm, Wambach, Lilly, Akers and Tiffeny Milbrett – all retired.
- 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 77 goals in 141 games over a span of almost seven years. The 141 games after the age of 30 is the second-most all-time in U.S. history in that category. Christie Rampone is far and away the leader with 175.
- After earning the assist on Mallory Pugh’s goal against Mexico on May 26, Lloyd has 53 career assists and is tied for 8th place all-time with Shannon MacMillan.
- Tobin Heath scored twice in the 2019 SheBelieves Cup, against England and Brazil, bagged a header goal against Australia on April 4, scored against New Zealand on May 16 and then again against Mexico on May 26, giving her 30 career international goals. She earned her 150th cap against Mexico to become the 22nd U.S. female player to hit that mark.
- In 2018, Heath didn’t return to the U.S. lineup until June 12 after completing her long recovery from injury, but she was on fire for the rest of the year, scoring seven goals with six assists in just 10 games and 657 minutes. She averaged a goal or an assist for every 50 minutes on the field in the latter part of the year. She picked up her first assist of the year, and 36th of her career, on Rapinoe’s goal against Japan on Feb. 27.
- Heath has 12 goals in her last 19 matches and 10 in her last 14. The 12 goals are 40% of her career total.
- She was rested against Chile on June 16.
- Mallory Pugh doubled her career goals in 2018, finding the net six times, and scored the USA’s first goal of 2019 against France on Jan. 19. She had a spectacular brace on April 4 against Australia in front of her hometown crowd. It was the second-two goal game of her career. Pugh scored 37 seconds after entering the match vs. Australia in the 66th, her shortest time on the field before scoring in her WNT career.
- Pugh was the fifth different USWNT player to record a brace off the bench since 2015.
- Off the bench against Thailand on June 11 she netted her 16th, scoring in her Word Cup debut and becoming the third-youngest goal scorer in a WWC match in U.S. history.
- She made her first career World Cup start in the match against Chile on June 16.
- Pugh scored in her senior team debut (the 19th U.S. WNT player to score in her first cap) on Jan. 23, 2016, vs. Ireland at 17 years, 8 months and 25 days old, becoming the youngest player to debut for the U.S. in the previous 11 years. Since then, she has earned 52 total caps and has been one of the USA’s most dangerous players, mostly attacking from the wings.
- After coming off the bench against Japan on Feb. 27 and almost immediately creating a goal for Alex Morgan, Christen Press then put in impactful substitute performances on March 2 against England, March 5 against Brazil and April 4 against Australia. She got the start in front of her hometown crowd on April 7 vs. Belgium in a game that saw her tally three assists, started against South Africa on May 12, came off the bench to set up two goals against New Zealand on May 16, and then came off the bench at halftime on May 26 vs. Mexico and scored a spectacular goal. She came off the bench against Thailand and once again caused havoc, picking on Alex Morgan’s third goal. Against Chile, she was unfortunate not to score multiple goals as she was the victim of several world class saves from Chile goalkeeper Christiane Endler. Press now has 118 caps, 48 career goals and 30 career assists. She also leads the USA in assists this year with seven. She is tied for 11th place on the all-time WNT goals list.
- Forward Jessica McDonald‘s first career cap came against Romania on Nov. 10, 2016, in San Jose, Calif. She earned her second career cap and start vs. Portugal on Nov. 8 and scored the game-winning goal – her first international score. She also played off the bench against Scotland on Nov. 13 and against France on Jan. 19, earning her third cap. McDonald, came off the bench to score her second career goal, tallying the sixth score in the 6-0 win vs. Belgium on April 7. With 42 career NWSL goals, McDonald is the second all-time leading scorer in league history behind Aussie Sam Kerr.
- At the age of 31, she made her World Cup debut on June 16 against Chile, coming off the bench at halftime and almost scored, curling a shot off the right post.
- Julie Ertz was named the MVP of the 2018 Concacaf Women’s Championship while playing the entire tournament at defensive midfielder. She scored against Jamaica in the CWC semifinal on Oct. 14, and in group play against Mexico on Oct. 4, and scored her first World Cup goal on June 16 against Chile to up her career goal total to an impressive 19 international goals in 84 caps as has become one of the USA’s most important players.
- She played the first half against Chile before being rested.
- Rose Lavelle is coming off her World Cup debut in which she scored twice against Thailand, her second career brace. She her first career brace against T&T on Oct. 10 during group play at the 2018 Concacaf Women’s Championship. She also scored the game-winning goal in the title game, a 2-0 victory against Canada, and with three goals in the qualifying tournament, doubled her career total coming into the competition. She now has 28 caps – with 23 starts – and eight goals. She was rested against Chile on June 16.
- Lindsey Horan excelled with the WNT as a consistent starter in 2018 (only Alex Morgan had more starts, but two other players also had 16) and scored three goals. She also had eight assists in 2018, second-most on the team.
- After starting the first two games of the year, both in Europe, she missed the SheBelieves Cup with a quad injury but returned to make an impact in every match since. She made her World Cup debut against Thailand and scored her first World Cup goal, giving her nine career goals, and got the start against Chile on June 16 as she returned to Paris where she started her professional career with PSG.
- Currently at 51 caps, Samantha Mewis has put in some recent excellent performances this year as reserve and a starter. She got her first World Cup start and first two World Cup goals against Thailand and is tied for second on the U.S. team in goals this year. She got the start against Belgium on April 7 and scored, bagged her second career brace in the May 12 match vs. South Africa, and had a nice finish from distance on May 16 vs. NZL. She now has 14 career goals and six goals in her last five games after eight in her first 43 matches for the WNT.
- Mewis was rested against Chile on June 16.
- Veteran Allie Long saw her first World Cup action against Chile on June 16, coming off the bench in the second half. She scored her first three career goals (all on headers) in 2016. She scored her fourth and fifth goals, also off headers, vs. Russia on April 6, 2017. It was the second brace of her career. She finally got a WNT goal with her feet on Oct. 22 vs. Korea Republic, slotting home a pass from Horan, and now has 45 caps after most recent appearances off the bench vs. Australia on April 4, Belgium on April 7, South Africa on May 12, New Zealand on May 16 and Mexico on May 26.
- Morgan Brian returned to fitness just in time make her second Women’s World Cup Team. Sheplayed in 12 games in 2018, starting seven, but had played in just one match this year, going 90 minutes in the first game of the year against France, before getting the start and playing 90 against Chile on June 16. She has 83 career caps and six goals at 26-years-old.
- With her start against France on Jan. 19, Becky Sauerbrunnbecame the 20th player, and just the third player who has played exclusively defender, to play 150 times for the WNT. She currently has 159 caps and since 2014 has started 105 of her 110 caps.
- She was held out of the World Cup opener on June 11 due to a minor quad issue but returned to play 90 minutes in the shutout of Chile on June 16.
- Abby Dahlkemper played in 17 games last year, starting 16, and played the full 90 in 12 of them. She has played full 90s in eight of 12 games this year, only coming off at the very end of the Australia match on April 4, coming on at halftime of the April 7 game vs. Belgium, coming off at halftime of the May 12 vs. South Africa and leaving the game in the 82nd minute against Chile on June 16. She has played the most minutes of any U.S. player through the first two games with 172. She has started 37 of her 42 caps and played her first World Cup match on June 11 vs. Thailand.
- Crystal Dunn solidified her spot as an outside back for the USA in 2018, a position where she played the final 16 of her 18 caps last year. She has played a bit in the midfield but put in a solid shift at left back in her first World Cup match on June 11 vs. Thailand. Dunn, who has consistently shown her excellent attacking abilities from outside back, has 24 career international goals. She was rested against Chile on June 16.
- Kelley O’Hara picked up her second World Cup start on June 11 against Thailand (her first came in 2015) and earned the assist on the first goal. She now has 118 caps and 16 career assists to go along with two goals, one of which was scored in the 2015 World Cup semifinal vs. Germany. She was rested against Chile on June 16.
- Tierna Davidson madeher World Cup debut in style on June 16 against Chile, playing all 90 minutes at left back and earning two assists on corner kicks. She was the first defender since at least 2011 with multiple assists in a WWC match. At age 20, she is youngestU.S. player to start a World Cup match since Tiffany Roberts in 1995.
- Davidson helped lead Stanford to the NCAA Championship in 2017 as a sophomore and was a consistent U.S. WNT call-up in 2018 as the youngest player on the roster. She started and played the entire 90 minutes to earn her first cap in the 5-1 victory against Denmark on Jan. 21 in a game where she picked up the game-winning assist on Julie Ertz’ goal.
- Against Chile on Aug. 31, 2018, Davidson scored her only career goal, via a header off a Tobin Heath corner kick
- Davidson was injured early in her junior season in 2018 with Stanford and did not play again. This past December, she decided to leave college a year early, declaring for the 2019 NWSL Draft, and was taken #1 overall by the Chicago Red Stars, making her the sixth consecutive U.S. WNT player drafted #1.
- Davidson is the third teenager since 2013 to earn a first cap for the WNT. Mallory Pugh (17 in 2016) and Lindsey Horan (19 in 2013) are the most recent teenagers to debut for the WNT.
- Emily Sonnett made her World Cup debut against Chile on June 16, coming off the bench to earn her 34th cap and has shown her consistent abilities this year at right back. She played a solid match against France on Jan. 19, against Spain on Jan. 22 when she played the first half and against Japan on Feb. 27 when she played the second half. She came off the bench in the second half of the SBC match vs. Brazil and helped secure the shutout. Against Australia on April 4, the started and played 79 minutes, picking up assists on two of the five goals – to Tobin Heath and Mallory Pugh – which were the second and third of her career. She played the final 20 minutes off the bench against Mexico on May 26 in the USA’s World Cup Send-Off Match.
- The Portland Thorns standout played in three games at World Cup qualifying and has shown her versatility to play outside back with the WNT and center back in the NWSL. Against the Aussies, Sonnett became just the second WNT defender over the last three years with multiple assists in a match.
- Veteran Ali Krieger, a member of the USA’s 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup Team and the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup championship squad as well as the 2016 Olympic Team, returned to the roster during the April matches for the first time since the 2017 Tournament of Nations, where she did not see action. Her start and 90 minutes against Belgium on April marked her first game since an appearance against Russia in April of 2017. Krieger earned her 100th cap on May 16 against New Zealand as she came off the bench at halftime and became the 38th U.S. WNT player to hit 100 games.
- She played in her 14th World Cup match, and earned her first start of this World Cup, against Chile on June 16, going the entire 90 minutes at right back.
- Alyssa Naeher has 27 career shutouts in her 48 caps. Naeher earned 13 caps in 2017 and 16 in 2018. She is the fifth goalkeeper in U.S. history to earn 40 or more caps.
- Naeher had an assist against Australia on April 4. She is the first U.S. ‘keeper to record an assist since Hope Solo did in July of 2012 against France on an Alex Morgan goal in the opening game of the Olympics.
- Veteran Ashlyn Harris has 21 caps, earning her most recent vs. Belgium on April 7 as she came off the bench at halftime. Against Brazil on March 5 she played very well while going 90 minutes to earn the shutout and made several important plays in the match. It was her seventh career shutout.
- Adrianna Franch earned her first WNT cap against England on March 2. She became the 27th player earn her first cap during this cycle (post-WWC 2015). She has been getting call-ups to the senior side since 2012 after she was a member of the USA’s 2010 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Team. More recently, she trained with the USA to add support to the goalkeeper corps during the entire Concacaf Women’s Championship and has seen training time with the WNT on-and-off for the past five years.
IN FOCUS: Sweden
FIFA World Ranking: 9
UEFA Ranking: 5
Women’s World Cup Appearances: 8 – 1991 (3rd), 1995 (5th), 1999 (6th), 2003 (Runners-Up), 2007 (10th), 2011 (3rd), 2015 (16th), 2019
Best Women’s World Cup finish: 2003 – 2nd Place
Record vs. USA: 6-21-11
Head Coach: Peter Gerhardsson
SWEDEN WOMEN’S WORLD CUP ROSTER BY POSITION
GOALKEEPERS (3): 1-Hedvig Lindahl (Chelsea, ENG), 12-Jennifer Falk Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC, 21-Zecira Musovic FC Rosengard
DEFENDERS (7): 2-Jonna Andersson (Chelsea, ENG), 3- Linda Sembrant (Montpellier HSC, FRA), 4-Hanna Glas (Paris Saint-Germain, FRA), 5-Nilla Fischer (VfL Wolfsburg, GER), 6-Magdalena Eriksson (Chelsea, ENG), 13-Amanda Ilestedt (Turbine Potsdam, GER), 15-Nathalie Bjorn (FC Rosengard)
MIDFIELDERS (7): 7-Madelen Janogy (Piteå IF), 9-Kosovare Asllani (Linköpings FC), 14-Julia Roddar (Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC), 16-Julia Zigiotti (Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC), 17-Caroline Seger (FC Rosengard), 22-Olivia Schough (Djurgårdens IF DFF), 23-Elin Rubensson (Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC)
FORWARDS (6): 8-Lina Hurtig (Linköpings FC), 10-Sofia Jakobsson (Montpellier HSC, FRA), 11-Stina Blackstenius (Linköpings FC), 18-Fridolina Rolfo (FC Bayern München, GER), 19-Anna Anvegard (Växjö DFF), 20-Mimmi Larsson (Linköpings FC)
- Like the USA, Sweden comes into the match with six points, but did struggle a bit to put away Chile in its opening game before scoring twice late for the 2-0 victory, and then dispatched Thailand with aplomb, winning 5-1.
- Sweden’s seven goal scorers so far are: Kosovare Asllani (2), Madelen Janogy, Linda Sembrant, Fridolina Rolfö, Linda Hurtig and Elin Rubensson.
- Sweden’s top finishes in major tournaments were at the 1984 EURO (Champions), the 2003 FIFA Women’s World Cup (runners-up) and at the 2016 Olympics (runners-up)
- Sweden’s leading scorers in World Cup qualifying were Asllani (4 goals) and Stina Blackstenius (3 goals).
- Sweden has world class players numerous positions, including at goalkeeper with Hedvig Lindahl, at defender with Nilla Fischer and Linda Sembrant, in the midfield with Kosovare Asllani and Caroline Seger and up front with Sofia Jakobsson and Stina Blackstenius.
- Despite having one of the most competitive professional leagues in the world, Sweden has nine players playing for top clubs outside the country, three in England, three in Germany and three in France.
- Sweden will be aiming to win all three of their Group Stage matches at a World Cup tournament for just the second time, having also done so in 2011.
USA VS. SWEDEN
- This will be the sixth time – and fifth World Cup in a row – in which the U.S. has played Sweden in the World Cup. The teams met in the USA’s first Women’s World Cup match in 1991 and also met in 2003, 2007, 2011 and 2015, all in the group stage. The USA is 3-1-1 against the Swedes at the Women’s World Cup.
- The Americans’ last loss at the World Cup came against the Swedes – a 2-1 defeat in 2011. The USA is 9-0-3 in World Cup games since.
- In the second match of group play at the 2015 Women’s World Cup, the teams tied 0-0 in Winnipeg.
- The USA and Sweden met most recently in Gothenburg on June 8, 2017, as Rose Lavelle scored the game-winner in the 56th minute for the 1-0 U.S. victory.
- The match was the first between the teams since quarterfinal of the 2016 Olympics which saw Sweden triumph in a penalty kick shootout after a 1-1 tie through regulation and overtime. Blackstenius scored for Sweden and Alex Morgan scored for the USA. The USA out-shot Sweden 27-6 in the match. Sweden would go on to win the Olympic silver medal.
- The USA has played Sweden 38 times dating back to 1987 – the fourth most of any country (behind Canada, China PR and Norway).
- In the last 13 matches with Sweden dating back to 2010, the USA is 5-3-5, making for one of the most competitive rivalries among the top teams in recent years.
- Before the victory in Gothenburg in the summer of 2017, the USA had failed to beat Sweden in the previous four games between the teams, losing 1-0 at the Algarve Cup in 2014, tying 1-1 at the Algarve Cup in 2013, tying 0-0 in group play at the 2015 Women’s World Cup and falling in penalties at the 2016 Olympics.