USWNT continues World Cup group play today vs. Chile
USA vs. Chile
2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup – France
June 16, 2019 (12 p.m. ET on FOX)
Parc de Princes; Paris, France
AFTER BIG WIN TO OPEN 2019 FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP, USA FACES HIGHLY-MOTIVATED CHILE IN PARIS: After a record-setting performance against Thailand in its opening match of the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Reims, the USA now travels to Paris to take on a highly-motivated Chile that will be playing for its tournament lives after a 2-0 loss to Sweden in its first Group F match.
The USA set numerous records with its 13-0 win against Thailand, among them being the most goals scored in a World Cup match. With the opening game behind the U.S. team, the Americans now focus on a skillful and tough Chilean side that features one of the tournament’s best goalkeepers in Christiane Endler, who plays for local club Paris Saint-Germain. The match against Thailand marked the 121st game on the bench for U.S. head coach Jill Ellis, tying her for second all-time in most games coached with the late Tony DiCicco. The Chile match will officially move her into second place, just two games behind April Heinrichs on the all-time list. This will be the first-ever match for the U.S. Women’s National Team in Paris.
DEFENDERS (7): Abby Dahlkemper (NC Courage; 41/0), Tierna Davidson (Chicago Red Stars; 20/1); Crystal Dunn (NC Courage; 86/24), Ali Krieger (Orlando Pride; 100/1), Kelley O’Hara (Utah Royals FC; 119/2), Becky Sauerbrunn (Utah Royals FC; 158/0), Emily Sonnett (Portland Thorns FC; 33/0)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Morgan Brian (Chicago Red Stars; 82/6), Julie Ertz(Chicago Red Stars; 83/18),Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC; 69/9), Rose Lavelle (Washington Spirit; 28/9), Allie Long(Reign FC; 45/6), Samantha Mewis (NC Courage; 51/14)
FORWARDS (7): Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC; 151/30); Carli Lloyd(Sky Blue FC; 275/111),Jessica McDonald (NC Courage; 7/2), Alex Morgan(Orlando Pride; 164/106), Christen Press (Utah Royals FC; 117/48), Mallory Pugh (Washington Spirit; 54/17), Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign FC; 154/45)
|2019 FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP – USA Group F Schedule|
|June 11||Thailand||13-0 W||Stade Auguste-Delaune; Reims, France|
|June 16||Chile||12 p.m. ET||Parc des Princes; Paris, France|
|June 20||Sweden||3 p.m. ET||Stade Océane; Le Havre, France|
2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup Standings – Group F
A HISTORIC NIGHT
The USA set quite a few Women’s World Cup records in its 13-0 sweep against Thailand. Among them were…
- The 13 goals were the most scored by any team in a single WWC match and the 10 in the second half were the most scored in a half. The previous Women’s World Cup record was set by Germany in 2007 with an 11-0 win over Argentina. The 13 goals were one less than the U.S. record (in any game) of 14, which was achieved in a 14-0 victory over the Dominican Republic in an Olympic qualifying match in 2012.
- Alex Morgan’s three assists to go along with her five goals were the most combined goals and assists a player has ever had in a World Cup game.
- Morgan is the fourth player in WWC history with 3+ goals and at least one assist in a single match.
- The USA is the first Women’s World Cup team to get goals from seven different players in a game: Alex Morgan (5), Sam Mewis (2), Rose Lavelle (2), Lindsey Horan, Mallory Pugh, Megan Rapinoe and Carli Lloyd.
- There were just six minutes between the USA’s fourth and seventh goals (50′, 53′, 54′, 56′), the fastest four goals that have ever been scored in a single Women’s World Cup match in the competition’s history. Later in the game, the USA scored four goals in just over eight minutes.
- Morgan’s five goals tied Michelle Akers’ Women’s World Cup record for most goals in a single game. Akers made history in the USA’s 7-0 victory over Chinese Taipei in the 1991 Quarterfinals, which was the previous record for biggest win in a World Cup for the USA.
- Lloyd tied Birgit Prinz’s record set in 2007 when her goal in stoppage time gave her goals in five consecutive World Cup matches. At the 2015 World Cup in Canada, she scored in all four games of the knockout round.
- The USA is the first Women’s World Cup team to have three different players record multiple goals in a single WWC game: Morgan (5), Mewis (2) and Lavelle (2).
- The USA has now had 32 different players (excluding own goals) score at the Women’s World Cup, making them the second nation to have that many different scorers in the competition’s history after Germany (34).
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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 509 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 169-33-28 (79%) on neutral ground. Of the USA’s 66 losses, 12 (18%) came at the Algarve Cup in Portugal.
- The USA has scored in 39 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 82 matches and complied a 68-5-9 record.
- Nine different players have scored the USA’s 42 goals this year. Alex Morgan leads the team with eight goals, Carli Lloyd and Samantha Mewis have six each and Tobin Heath and Mallory Pugh have five each. Megan Rapinoe has four, Rose Lavelle has three, Christen Press and Lindsey Horan have two and Jessica McDonald has one.
- Lloyd has 47 WNT goals since the start of 2015. Morgan (57) is the only other player with more than 30 goals over the four years.
- 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 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.
- Against England on March 2, Morgan passed 10,000 career minutes played for the U.S. WNT, joining 17 other field players who have achieved that milestone.
- 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.
- 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).
- Rapinoe’s start against Australia on April 4 gave her 150 caps and made her the 21st woman to play 150 or more times for the USA.
- 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 275. With her substitute appearance against Thailand, she moved past Julie Foudy and into fourth place on the all-time U.S. caps list. She is just one cap short of tying Mia Hamm for third.
- Lloyd’s goal against Thailand was her eighth in a WWC match, tying her with Mia Hamm, Kristine Lilly and Alex Morgan for the third-most by an American.
- 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 and bagged a brace on April 7 vs. Belgium. With her goal against South Africa on May 12, she moved past Michelle Akers into fourth all-time on the U.S. goals list, and with two against New Zealand off the bench on May 16 and one against Thailand on June 11, now has 111.
- 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 19.
- 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.
- 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 75 goals in 140 games over a span of almost seven years. The 140 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.
- With her goal vs. Australia on April 4, Heath became the second WNT to score in three consecutive matches since the start of 2017. Alex Morgan has done so four times in that timeframe.
- 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.
- Against Mexico on May 26 as a second half sub, she scored her 15 thcareer goal, and off the bench against Thailand on June 11 she netted her 16th, scoring in her Word Cup debut and Mallory Pugh becoming the third-youngest goal scorer in a WWC match in U.S. history.
- 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. Press now has 117 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.
- 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, to up her career goal total to an impressive 18 international goals in 83 caps and has become one of the USA’s most important players.
- 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.
- 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 in 69 games for her career.
- 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.
- Against Mexico on May 26, Mewis became the 57th female U.S. player to play 50 or more times for her country.
- Veteran Allie Long 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 has played in just one match this year, going 90 minutes in the first game of the year against France. She has 82 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 158 caps and since 2014 has started 104 of her 109 caps. She played the full 90s in both April games and against South Africa on May 12 and New Zealand in her hometown on May 16, before sitting out the second half against Mexico on May 26.
- She was held out of the World Cup opener on June 11 due to a minor quad issue.
- Sauerbrunn has played 4,900 minutes in a USA jersey since January 1, 2016. Alex Morgan (4,289) is the only other player with at least 4,000 minutes. She has started 90% of her career caps, highest among all the current U.S. players with 100 or more caps.
- 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 11 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 and coming off at halftime of the May 12 vs. South Africa. She has started 36 of her 41 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.
- 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 Women’s World Cup semifinal vs. Germany.
- Tierna 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.
- When she came off the bench on Jan. 19 vs. France in the 53rd minute, it was her first time on the field for the USA since September of last year before her injury. She started the first two games of the SheBelieves Cup as Sauerbrunn returned from injury, came off the bench against Australia on April 4 to play outside back, then got the start at center back on April 7 vs. Belgium and picked up an assist (third of her career) on the first goal. After her substitute performance vs. South Africa on May 12, she has 20 career caps.
- 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 has earned 33 caps 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 her most recent cap.
- 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.
- Alyssa Naeher has 26 career shutouts in her 47 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.
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 90-7-15 since then for an overall record of 96-7-18. 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 Thailand, her 121st on the bench for the USA, she has moved into a tie for second place in all-time in games coached with 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. 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).
- Ellis selected 12 players who were part of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup championship squad. Heading into the 2019 World Cup, the roster averaged just over 81 international caps per player and had a combined total of 94 previous Women’s World Cup appearances.
- Of the 23 players named to the roster, Lloyd has the most experience, having played in 19 matches while scoring eight goals, one in 2011, six at the 2015 tournament and one so far in 2019. Lloyd is the oldest player on the roster at 36.
- Five players own double-figure World Cup cap numbers in Lloyd (19) Krieger (13), Morgan (13), Rapinoe (13) and Heath (11).
- Dunn, Brian, Ertz and Mewis were part of the U.S. team that won the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Japan, while Naeher and Morgan were part of the U.S. team that won the 2008 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Chile. Harris was part of the team that won the 2002 FIFA U-19 Women’s World Cup in Canada.
- 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 (8), Morgan (8), Rapinoe (4), Lavelle (2), Mewis (2), 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.
- The USA’s Draw and placement in Group F gave the U.S. venues that are all within a two-hour drive of each other, with the opening game against Thailand taking place in Reims, followed by Chile in Paris and Sweden in Le Havre.
- 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 four first-time participants in this Women’s World Cup: Jamaica, Chile, Scotland and South Africa.
- 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 15 goals and will be going for more in France.
- After the opening game win vs. Thailand, the U.S. WNT is now 34-4-6 all-time in the Women’s World Cup, outscoring its opponents 125-35 in 44 games. The 34 wins, 44 games-played and 125 goals scored are all FIFA Women’s World Cup records.
IN FOCUS: Chile
FIFA World Ranking: 39
CONMEBOL Ranking: 4
Women’s World Cup Appearances: 1 (2019)
Best Women’s World Cup finish: n/a
Record vs. USA: 0-2-0
Head Coach: José Letelier
CHILE WOMEN’S WORLD CUP ROSTER BY POSITION:
GOALKEEPERS (3): 1-Christiane Endler (Paris Saint-Germain, FRA), 12-Natalia Campos (Universidad Católica), 23-Ryan Torrero (Unattached)
DEFENDERS (9): 2-Rocio Soto (Real Zaragoza, ESP), 3-Carla Guerrero (Rayo Vallecano, ESP), 4-Francisca Lara (Sevilla FC, ESP), 5-Valentina Diaz (Sporting Huelva), 14-Daniela Pardo (Santiago Morning), 15-Su Helen Galaz (Zaragoza CFF, ESP), 17-Javiera Toro (Santiago Morning), 18-Camila Saez (Rayo Vallecano, ESP)
MIDFIELDERS (6): 6-Claudia Soto (Santos, BRA), 8-Karen Araya (Sevilla FC, ESP), 10-Yanara Aedo (Valencia CFF, ESP), 11-Yessenia Lopez (Sporting Huelva, ESP), 16-Fernanda Pinilla (Cordoba CF, ESP), 21-Rosario Balmaceda (Sporting Huelva), 22-Elisa Duran (Sporting Huelva)
FORWARDS (5): 7-Maria Jose Rojas (SK Slavia Praha, CZE), 9-Maria Urrutia (3B Amazônia, BRA), 13-Javiera Grez (CDP Curicó Unido), 19-Yessenia Huenteo (Femenino Caceres, ESP), 20-Daniela Zamora (Universidad de Chile)
- Chile put in an admirable performance in its first Group F match against Sweden, holding the European power without a goal until the 83rd minute and then gave up another in the fourth minute of stoppage time for the final 2-0 score line.
- Chile was a surprise qualifier to the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup, finishing second behind Brazil in the Final Stage of the 2018 Copa América Femenina, which it hosted in April of 2018, to earn its first FIFA Women’s World Cup berth. Chile played in front of large and boisterous crowds on its home soil and emphatically clinched its spot for France with a 4-0 victory vs. Argentina.
- In the 2018 Copa América Femenina preliminary stage, Chile finished second in Group A behind Colombia to qualify for the four-team Final Stage. In Group A, Chile started out slowly with two 1-1 draws, against Paraguay and Colombia, and then picked up a 1-0 victory over Uruguay before finishing the group on a high note with a 5-0 win against Peru.
- In the Final Stage group that featured Brazil, Argentina, Chile and Colombia, Chile lost to Brazil, 3-1, to open round-robin play, and then tied Colombia, 0-0, setting up a must-win match against Argentina to earn a berth to France. In that 4-0 victory, Chile delighted the packed house with three goals in the first half and one in second half stoppage time.
- Camila Sáez scored in the 8th minute and Maryorie Hernández made it 2-0 in the 24th. Chile benefited from an Argentina own goal in the 40th and Francisca Lara pounded home the proverbial nail at 90+2.
- One of the main reasons for Chile’s success at the Copa America was the play of their captain, 27-year-old goalkeeper Christiane Endler, who had a phenomenal tournament. The six-foot Endler, whose father is from Germany and whose mother is from Chile, holds both Chilean and German passports. She played college soccer in the USA at South Florida and currently plays for one of the world’s top clubs in Paris Saint-Germain. She speaks Spanish, German and English. Endler also had several stints in England, with Everton and Chelsea, and in Spain with Valencia.
- Chile has 14 players playing club soccer outside of their home country, mostly in Spain (10 players), but also has two in Brazil, one in the Czech Republic and Endler in France.
- Chile has some experienced players with Endler leading the way with over 60 caps and defender Carla Guerrero, who plays for Rayo Vallecano in Spain with more than 50. Midfielder Francisca Lara, who plays for Sevilla in Spain, also has surpassed 50 caps and scored more than 20 goals.
- For the World Cup, Chile named a similar roster to the one they had at the Copa America Femenina 2018, including almost all of their goal scorers: Yanara Aedo (3 goals), Francisca Lara (2), Yesenia López (2), María José Rojas (2) and Camila Sáez (2).
- Chile’s head coach, José Letelier, is the only person who has been a champion of the Copa Libertadores in his men’s version in 1991, as a goalkeeper, and in the women’s version in 2012, as a coach.
- He played for Colo-Colo in the 1980s and early 90s and also played in Mexico.
- As a coach, he managed Colo-Colo Femenino, winning 10 national titles and a Copa Libertadores Femenina in 2012.
- He has been the head coach for Chile since June of 2015.
USA VS. CHILE
- The two matches Chile played against the USA in the fall of 2018 were the first games between the countries in women’s soccer.
- Chile was the 52nd country the U.S. women have faced in full international competition, and the fourth South American team the USA had faced in its history, along with Brazil (35 games), Colombia (6) and Argentina (3).
- The matches, which took place in Los Angeles and San Jose, Calif., saw the USA win 3-0 and 4-0. Chile’s goalkeeper Christaine Endler made spectacular saves in both games.
- In the first match, Tierna Davidson scored what is her only international goal so far, off a header. The USA benefited from an own goal and Christen Press also scored to tally the scoreboard to 3. It was in that game that Press also had a penalty kick strangely disallowed.
- In the second game, Mallory Pugh, Tobin Heath and Carli Lloyd (2) accounted for the scoring.