Lineup Notes: USA Looks for China PR Sweep in Cleveland


USA vs. China PR 
June 12, 2018 
FirstEnergy Stadium; Cleveland, Ohio 
7 p.m. ET

Today’s Starting XI vs. China PR:
24-Ashlyn Harris, 14-Sofia Huerta, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 12-Tierna Davidson,
19-Crystal Dunn; 2-Julie Ertz, 3-Samantha Mewis, 6-Morgan Brian;
23-Christen Press, 13-Alex Morgan (capt.), 15-Megan Rapinoe

Subs: 1-Alyssa Naeher, 8-Amy Rodriguez, 9-Lindsey Horan, 10-Carli
Lloyd, 16-Rose Lavelle, 17-Tobin Heath, 20-Allie Long, 25-McCall
Zerboni, 27-Merritt Mathias


  • U.S. WNT head coach Jill Ellis has made five changes to tonight’s
    Starting XI from the group that took the field against China PR on
    Thursday. Christen Press, Samantha Mewis, Morgan Brian, Sofia Huerta
    and Ashlyn Harris all get starting nods.
  • Tierna Davidson, Alex Morgan and Megan Rapinoe are the only three
    players on the U.S. roster to start every game so far in 2018.
  • The USA is 6-0-1 so far in 2018, with wins over Denmark, Germany,
    England, Mexico (twice), China PR (in the first meeting of this
    two-game series on Thursday), along with a tie against France.
  • The USA is unbeaten in its last 15 matches (13-0-2). The USA has
    outscored its opponents 47-12 over those 15 matches, and have scored in
    all 15 games.
  • Defender Merritt Mathias, who will start on the bench, will have an
    opportunity to earn a first cap tonight.
  • Not dressing tonight are Casey Murphy (GK), Abby Dahlkemper (D), Abby
    Smith (GK) and Savannah McCaskill (F).

Starting Lineup

  • Ashlyn Harris
    will earn her 16th cap tonight and make her first start of 2018. She
    most recently played when she came off the bench against Mexico on
    April 8 in which she logged 23 scoreless minutes. She has three career
  • Becky Sauerbrunn
    makes her third consecutive start in 2018 after starting against Mexico
    on April 8 and China on June 7. Sauerbrunn was sidelined for the WNT’s
    January Camp and SheBelieves Cup due to a foot injury, but is back to
    full health.
  • Sofia Huerta
    will earn her seventh cap and make her second career start for the U.S.
    WNT tonight. After playing in the final minutes of the game against her
    former National Team, Mexico, on April 8, she became the first player
    to play for Mexico against the USA and for the USA against Mexico.
  • Crystal Dunn
    will earn her 64th cap tonight and makes her fifth consecutive start in
    2018. Before her start on March 7 against England, Dunn hadn’t started
    since July 30, 2017 against Brazil at the Tournament of Nations. She
    will once again start tonight’s game as an outside back, a position she
    played during the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, and at the
    beginning of her senior WNT career.
  • Tierna Davidson
    is making her eighth consecutive start in as many international
    appearances. On Jan. 21 in San Diego, she became the 21st woman to make
    a WNT debut under Jill Ellis. She earned her first career assist on
    that game. The 19-year-old Davidson helped lead Stanford to the NCAA
    Championship this past season. She is the third teenager since 2013 to
    earn a first cap for the U.S. WNT. Mallory Pugh (17 in 2016) and
    Lindsey Horan (19 in 2013) are the most recent teenagers to debut for
    the WNT.
  • Julie Ertz
    will earn her 61st cap tonight and has 15 international goals. The 2017
    U.S. Soccer Female Player of the Year got 2018 off to a great start,
    scoring the game-winner on Jan. 21 vs. Denmark, before the knee injury
    set her back a bit and caused her to miss a few games.
  • Samantha Mewis
    returns to the U.S. roster for this camp for the first time since
    suffering a knee injury against Canada in the final game of 2017. Mewis
    played in every game in 2017 and was second on the team in minutes
    played behind Becky Sauerbrunn. She played the entire second half on
    June 7 against China, her first minutes of 2018. She will earn her 36th
    cap tonight.
  • Morgan Brian
    was hampered by injuries last year and played in just six games,
    starting two. She made her return to the field in 2018 against Germany
    on March 1, coming on for Carli Lloyd in the 65th minute to see her
    first action for the National Team since Sept. 15, 2017, when she came
    off the bench to play the final 16 minutes against New Zealand. On
    March 4, she got her first start and went the full 90 minutes. This
    will be her sixth appearance of 2018 and her fourth start. She will
    earn her 75th cap tonight and will become the 42nd female player in
    U.S. history to play 75 or more times. She is still just 25-years-old
  • Christen Press
    will earn cap 100 tonight, becoming the 37th woman in U.S. WNT history
    to reach the century mark. She has 44 career goals, most recently
    scoring on a brilliant strike from distance against Korea Republic on
    Oct. 22 of last year. She is in 14th place on the all-time WNT goals
    list and with one more goal will tie Julie Foudy for 13th place. She
    averages just under a goal every two games (0.45 goals per game) and
    0.82 goals per every 90 minutes she’s been on the field.
  • Alex Morgan
    comes into the match with 86 goals and will earn her 142nd cap tonight.
    At age 28, she sits in sole possession of seventh place on the USA’s
    all-time goal scoring list. She’s scored 13 goals over her last 14 WNT
    matches, with her most recent one being the lone goal of the match
    against China PR on June 7. She leads the WNT with six goals in 2018.
  • Megan Rapinoe
    makes her 137th international appearance today. She has 36
    career goals after scoring against Mexico on April 8. She has moved
    ahead of April Heinrichs and Sydney Leroux into sole possession of 15th
    on the all-time goals list. She leads the USA with six assists on the
    year and now has 50 for her career, tied with Carli Lloyd and Shannon
    MacMillan for seventh in U.S. history.
  • Rapinoe had a monster game on April 8 vs. Mexico, getting four assists
    and a goal while also setting up the other goal in the match. Rapinoe’s
    50 assists in 136 caps is the best assist to games ratio of anyone
    ahead of her on the all-time list except for Mia Hamm, who had a
    remarkable 145 assists in her 276 caps.