USA faces England in World Cup semifinals

Submitted by chepetiso on Mon, 07/01/2019 - 15:16

Source: U.S. Soccer Communications

Following a spectacular 2-1 victory against host France in Paris last Friday courtesy of two goals from Megan Rapinoe, the U.S. Women's National Team traveled to Lyon to face England in the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup semifinal (3 p.m. ET; FOX and Telemundo). The other semifinal will see European champion Netherlands take on Sweden on July 3, also in Lyon. The USA and England played to a 2-2 draw earlier this year during the 2019 SheBelieves Cup on March 2 in Nashville, Tennessee. The quarterfinal match against France was U.S. head coach Jill Ellis' 125th in charge of the USA, giving her the record of most games coached in U.S. history and breaking a tie with April Heinrichs (124); it also marked her 100th win as U.S. head coach. 

GOALKEEPERS (3): Adrianna Franch (Portland Thorns FC; 1/0), Ashlyn Harris (Orlando Pride; 21/0), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars; 51/0)

DEFENDERS (7): Abby Dahlkemper (NC Courage; 45/0), Tierna Davidson (Chicago Red Stars; 21/1); Crystal Dunn (NC Courage; 90/24), Ali Krieger (Orlando Pride; 101/1), Kelley O'Hara (Utah Royals FC; 122/2), Becky Sauerbrunn (Utah Royals FC; 162/0), Emily Sonnett (Portland Thorns FC; 34/0)

MIDFIELDERS (6): Morgan Brian (Chicago Red Stars; 83/6), Julie Ertz (Chicago Red Stars; 86/19),Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC; 73/10), Rose Lavelle (Washington Spirit; 31/9), Allie Long(Reign FC; 46/6), Samantha Mewis (NC Courage; 54/14)

FORWARDS (7): Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC; 154/30); Carli Lloyd (Sky Blue FC; 279/113),Jessica McDonald (NC Courage; 8/2), Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride; 167/106), Christen Press (Utah Royals FC; 121/48), Mallory Pugh (Washington Spirit; 56/17), Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign FC; 157/49)


USA - 1st in Group F
Date Opponent Score Goal Scorers
June 11 Thailand 13-0 W Morgan (5), Lavelle (2), Horan, Mewis (2), Rapinoe, Pugh, Lloyd
June 16 Chile 3-0 W Lloyd (2), Ertz
June 20 Sweden 2-0 W Horan, Own Goal
June 24 Spain 2-1 W Rapinoe (2)
June 28 France 2-1 W Rapinoe (2)

England - 1st in Group D
Date Opponent Score Goal Scorers
June 9 Scotland 2-1 W Parris, White
June 14 Argentina 1-0 W Taylor
June 19 Japan 2-0 W White (2)
June 23 Cameroon 3-0 W Houghton, White, Greenwood
June 27 Norway 3-0 W Scott, White, Bronze


  • The U.S. is unbeaten in its last 15 Women's World Cup matches (12W-3D), winning the last 10 in a row. After the victory against France, the USA tied Norway's run from '95 to '99 of most consecutive WC matches won.
  • 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 23 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 (23), Krieger (14), Morgan (16), Rapinoe (16) Heath (14) and Sauerbrunn (12).
  • 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 (6), Horan (2), Lavelle (2), Mewis (2), Ertz (1), Pugh (1), Heath (1), O'Hara (1), Press (1) and Own Goal (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.
  • Number of times a team has won all three-group stage matches in WWC history:
    • Brazil (Three times - 2007, 2011, 2015)
    • China (Once - 1999)
    • England (Once - 2019)
    • France (Once - 2019)
    • Germany (Four times - 1991, 2003, 2011, 2019)
    • Japan (Once - 2015)
    • Norway (Twice - 1995, 1999)
    • Sweden (Once - 2011
    • USA (Four times - 1991, 1999, 2003, 2019)