USWNT VS. THAILAND
3 p.m. ET; FOX, Telemundo
The U.S. Women’s National Team comes into the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup with a 7-1-2 record this year. Eight of those 10 matches came against teams that are also competing in France. 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.
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)
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.
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.
Sellout Expected in Reims: FIFA has announced that all three of the USA’s group stage matches are expected to be sellouts, starting with the game on Tuesday, June 11 at Stade Auguste-Delaune in Reims which has a capacity of 21,127. The USA will then play Chile in Paris at Parc des Princes which seats 47,929 and take on Sweden on June 20 in Le Havre at Stade Océane , which seats 25,181 people.
Breaking Down the USA’s World Cup Roster: On May 2, U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Jill Ellis made public the 23-player roster that will represent the USA in France this summer, a roster that was a product of more than two-and-a-half years of evaluation in trainings and games since the end of the 2016 Olympics. Ellis selected 12 players who were part of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup championship squad, while the roster averages 80 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, Carli Lloyd has the most World Cup experience having played in 18 matches while scoring seven goals, six at the 2015 tournament. Lloyd is also the oldest player on the roster at 36, while Tierna Davidson is the youngest at 20.