USWNT set to kickoff FIFA Women’s World Cup vs. Thailand
USA vs. Thailand
June 11, 2019 (3 p.m. ET)
Stade Auguste-Delaune; Reims, France
USA OPENS 2019 FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP AGAINST THAILAND: The U.S. Women’s National Team is kicking off the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup on Tuesday with their first Group F match against Thailand (3 p.m. ET on FOX).
Head coach Jill Ellis named the 23-player Women’s World Cup squadnamed on May 2 and the U.S. team then played its three Send-Off Series matches, winning each handily, to head into the World Cup with a 7-1-2 record this year; eight of those 10 matches came against teams that will also be in France this summer.
The U.S. team arrived in France on June 7 after a 10-day pre-World Cup camp spent at the spectacular Tottenham Hotspur Training Centre in North London. The opening game of the World Cup will mark 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.
USA WORLD CUP OPENERS : The USA has never lost a Women’s World Cup opener, but it hasn’t won them all either. In the previous seven Women’s World Cups, the USA has won five openers and drawn two (in 2007 in China against North Korea and in 1995 in a wild 3-3 draw with China PR. The USA opened the 2015 Women’s World Cup with a 3-1 victory against Australia.
2019 U.S. WORLD CUP ROSTER (CAPS/GOALS)
GOALKEEPERS (3): Adrianna Franch (Portland Thorns FC; 1/0), Ashlyn Harris (Orlando Pride; 21/0), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars; 46/0)
DEFENDERS (7): Abby Dahlkemper (NC Courage; 40/0), Tierna Davidson (Chicago Red Stars; 20/1); Crystal Dunn (NC Courage; 85/24), Ali Krieger (Orlando Pride; 100/1), Kelley O’Hara (Utah Royals FC; 118/2), 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; 82/18),Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC; 68/8), Rose Lavelle (Washington Spirit; 27/7), Allie Long(Reign FC; 45/6), Samantha Mewis (NC Courage; 50/12)
FORWARDS (7): Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC; 150/30); Carli Lloyd (Sky Blue FC; 274/110),Jessica McDonald (NC Courage; 7/2), Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride; 163/101), Christen Press (Utah Royals FC; 116/48), Mallory Pugh (Washington Spirit; 53/16), Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign FC; 153/44)
|2019 FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP – USA Group F Schedule|
|June 11||Thailand||3 p.m. ET||Auguste Delaune Stadium; 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|
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. The roster averages just over 81 international caps per player and has 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 18 matches while scoring seven goals, six at the 2015 tournament. Lloyd is the oldest player on the roster at 36.
- Five players own double-figure World Cup cap numbers in Lloyd (18) Krieger (13), Morgan (12), Rapinoe (12) and Heath (10).
- 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.
- Two players made their first World Cup roster at age 31 in Long, who was a member of the 2016 Olympic Team, and McDonald, who 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 over 28 years old, same as the USA’s 2015 Women’s World Cup Team.
- Six players have previously scored in a Women’s World Cup tournament, totaling 16 goals. Lloyd (7), Morgan (3), Rapinoe (3), 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 and 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.
- As of early June, more than 920,000 tickets have been sold, of which about 30% went to buyers in the USA.
- 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.
- The U.S. WNT is 33-4-6 all-time in the Women’s World Cup, outscoring its opponents 112-35 in 43 games. The 33 wins, 43 games-played and 112 goals scored are all FIFA Women’s World Cup records.
- The USA’s most lopsided victory in the tournament was a 7-0 win against Chinese Taipei in 1991.
- Michelle Akers’ five goals against Chinese Taipei are the most in a single match in tournament history.
ONE NATION. ONE TEAM. 23 STORIES: As the U.S. team readies for the opening 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 89-7-15 since then for an overall record of 95-7-18. 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. She has moved past Pia Sundhage into third all-time in games coached with 120 and is well within reach of the two coaches ahead of her: April Heinrichs (124 games coached) and DiCicco (121). 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 508 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 168-33-28 (79%) on neutral ground. Of the USA’s 66 losses, 12 (18%) came at the Algarve Cup in Portugal.
- The loss to France last Jan. 19 snapped the USA’s unbeaten streak at 28 games. The last time the USA had lost before that was at the 2017 Tournament of Nations, a 1-0 setback to Australia.
- The USA has still scored in 38 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 81 matches and complied a 67-5-9 record.
- Nine different players have scored the USA’s 29 goals this year. Carli Lloyd and Tobin Heath lead the team with five, while Samantha Mewis and Mallory Pugh have four. Megan Rapinoe and Alex Morgan have three each. Christen Press has two and three players have one each in Jessica McDonald, Lindsey Horan and Rose Lavelle.
- Since the start of 2017, eight players have been directly involved (goals or assists) in more than 10 goals: Morgan (33), Rapinoe (31), Pugh (20), Heath (20), Press (20), Lloyd (19), Horan (18) and Ertz (11).
- Lloyd has 46 WNT goals since the start of 2015. Morgan (52) is the only other one with more than 30 in that time.
- The World Cup opener will be the 12th game the Americans have played outside the U.S. since the last Women’s World Cup in 2015. They have gone 7-1-3 in the previous 11 matches, allowing multiple goals just twice.
- Alex Morgan scored her historic 100th career goal on April 4 vs. Australia. She also scored against Japan on Feb. 27 and Belgium on April 7 and now has 101 career goals in 163 caps. At age 29, she is in sixth place on the USA’s all-time goal list, moving past Tiffeny Milbrett.
- 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 130, Milbrett in her 201st, Carli Lloyd in her 252nd and Kristine Lilly in 287.
- Morgan has scored 28 goals over her last 36 WNT matches, a span that runs from the end of 2017. During that 28-goal streak, she has scored on about a quarter of her shots, scoring nine goals with her right foot, 15 with her left, three with her head and one with her chest. The 28 goals have included six braces and one hat trick.
- Morgan has scored in 71 career games for the USA and in those matches, the U.S. team has never lost, going 61-0-10. 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’s brace vs. Jamaica on Oct. 14 marked the 22nd two-goal game of her career . She 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, Morgan is now tied with Michelle Akers for third all-time in multi-goal games (26) 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 73.8 minutes on the field in her international career. The only players who have done better are Hamm (68.5) and Wambach, who 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 Canada and Mexico and six against Costa Rica, France, New Zealand, Sweden and T&T.
- 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 tallying spectacular goals vs. England on March 2 and Australia on April 4, Megan Rapinoe has 44 international goals which is good for 15th on the all-time goals list. She is one goal behind Julie Foudy to move into a tie for 14th.
- 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. She did not play against Belgium on April 7 and played the second half against South Africa on May 12, helping set up the two second-half goals. She got the start against NZL on May 16 and set up the first goal for Tobin Heath that broke the ice and got the start and played the first half in the USA’s final pre-World Cup match against Mexico.
- Rapinoe had a team-leading 12 assists in 2018 and has 57 assists for her career, moving her to sole possession of sixth place on the U.S. all-time list. Rapinoe’s 57 assists in 153 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 Rapinoe created a team-leading 61 chances for teammates.
- 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 272. She is tied with Julie Foudy for fourth place on the all-time U.S. caps list and just two games short of tying Mia Hamm for third.
- She 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 now has 110.
- 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 74 goals in 139 games over a span of almost seven years. The 139 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.
- Despite starting just one of the USA’s 10 games so far in 2019, Carli Lloyd has scored or assisted on eight of the 29 goals the team has scored, tied for the most of any player.
- 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 18 matches and 10 in her last 13. 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.
- 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. Press now has 116 caps, 48 career goals and 29 career assists. She also leads the USA in assists this year with six. She is tied for 11th place on the all-time WNT goals list. She averages 0.41 goals per game and 0.72 goals per every 90 minutes she’s on the field.
- 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 82 caps and has become one of the USA’s most important players.
- Rose Lavelle scored twice, 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. After playing a planned 60 minutes vs. South Africa on May 12, the full 90 against New Zealand on May 16, a match in which she scored a spectacular goal, and a planned 45 minutes against Mexico on May 26, she now has 27 caps – with 22 starts – and seven 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 play a planned 66 minutes against Australia on April 4 and 60 against Belgium on April 4. She played the first 45 minutes against New Zealand on May 16 and picked up an assist and played the second half against Mexico on May 26.
- Currently at 50 caps, Samantha Mewis has put in some recent excellent performances this year as reserve and a starter. 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 got the start and played the full 90 against Mexico on May 26. She now has 12 career goals and four goals in her last four games after eight in her first 43 matches for the WNT.
- Against Mexico, 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.
- 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 seven of 10 games this year, 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 35 of her 40 caps.
- 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 started in the midfield against France on Jan. 19 but returned to left back on Jan. 22 vs. Spain, in all three games of the SheBelieves Cup, and against Australia on April 4, but started in the midfield again Belgium on April 7 before playing outside back (both left and right) on May 12 vs. South Africa. She was back at outside back against NZL on May 16 and Mexico on May 26. Dunn, who has consistently shown her excellent attacking abilities from outside back, has 24 career international goals.
- Kelley O’Hara traveled with the USA to Europe in January, but was she was on the tail end of her recovery from ankle surgery and did not play in the matches. She got her first start and first minutes of the year against Japan on Feb. 27, but came off at halftime in a planned sub. It was her first appearance since WCQ and then she went 60 minutes vs. England and 66 vs. Brazil at the SheBelieves Cup on her way back to full 90-minutes but missed the April friendlies. After a solid 45-minute appearance vs. South Africa on May 12, playing 60 minutes against NZL on May 16, and 90 minutes against Mexico on May 26, she now has 117 caps and has found her sharpness for the World Cup run.
- 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 put in consistently solid shifts 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 25 career shutouts in her 46 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 so 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: Thailand
FIFA World Ranking: 34
Concacaf Ranking: 6
Women’s World Cup Appearances: 2 (2015, 2019)
Best Women’s World Cup finish: Group Stage
Record vs. USA: 0-1-0
Head Coach: Nuengruethai Sathongwien
THAILAND WOMEN’S WORLD CUP ROSTER BY POSITION
GOALKEEPERS (3): 1-Waraporn Boonsing (Bundit Asia), 18-Sukanya Chor Charoenying (Air Force Central FC), 22-Tiffany Sornpao (Kennesaw State, USA)
DEFENDERS (8): 2-Kanjanaporn Saenkhun (Bundit Asia), 3-Natthakarn Chinwong (Bundit Asia), 4-Duangnapa Sritala (Bangkok), 5-Ainon Phancha (Chonburi FC), 9-Warunee Phetwiset (Chonburi FC), 10-Sunisa Srangthaisong (Bundit Asia), 11-Sudarat Chuchuen (Srisaket), 23-Phonpirun Philawan (Bundit Asia)
MIDFIELDERS (7): 6-Pikul Khueanpet (Bundit Asia), 7-Silawan Intamee (Chonburi FC), 13-Orathai Srimanee (Bundit Asia), 15-Orapin Waenngoen (Bundit Asia), 16-Khwanrudi Saengchan (Bundit Asia), 20-Wilaiporn Boothduang (Bangkok), 21-Kanjana Sung-Ngoen (Bangkok)
FORWARDS (5): 8-Miranda Nild (UC Berkeley, USA), 12-Rattikan Thongsombut (Bundit Asia), 14-Saowalak Pengngam (Chonburi FC), 17-Taneekarn Dangda (Bangkok), 19-Pitsamai Sornsai (Chonburi FC)
- Aside from two U.S.-based players in Maranda Nild, who played at UC Berkeley, and goalkeeper Tiffany Sornpao, who plays at Kennesaw State, the remaining 21 players play for four different clubs in Thailand with nine players turning out for Bundit Asia.
- At the 2018 AFC Women’s Cup, Thailand almost pulled off a massive upset when it faced top-ranked Australia in the semifinal as the teams battled to a 2-2 draw, but only after Alanna Kennedy tied it for Australia in second-half stoppage time.
- Australia then defeated Thailand in a penalty shootout to advance to the championship match while Thailand went to the Third-Place match, where it fell to China PR, 3-1.
- Thailand’s leading scorers in qualifying were Kanjana Sungngoen (4 goals), Rattikan Thongsombut (2 goals), Suchawadee Nildhamrong (2 goals) and Silawan Intamee (2 goals).
- Thailand participated in its first Women’s World Cup at the senior level in 2015 in Canada, putting in a respectable performance, falling 4-0 to long-time power Norway before picking up its first win in a FIFA competition with a 3-2 victory against Ivory Coast. Thailand then fell 4-0 to then world No. 1 Germany and bowed out of the tournament with distinction
- Thailand’s historic victory against the Ivory Coast featured two goals from Orathai Srimanee and one from Thanatta Chawong.
- Thailand has been played women’s international soccer for almost 40 years. Thailand won the Asian Women’s Football Confederation Championship in 1983.
USA VS. THAILAND
- The USA and Thailand have met just once, that coming after the 2016 Olympics in what was the farewell game for U.S. legend Heather O’Reilly. The USA won 9-0 on a chilly night in Columbus, Ohio as O’Reilly scored in her swansong. The USA also got a hat trick from Carli Lloyd (with her first coming in the first minute, and she also recorded four assists that game), and goals from Christen Press, Tobin Heath, Crystal Dunn and two in the last four minutes plus stoppage from Alex Morgan.
- Seventeen of the 18 U.S. players who played in that match are in the 2019 World Cup Team.