Welcome to your live thread for tonight's friendly between the United States Women's National Team and Switzerland. The team is in action for the first time since way back on Sept. 18 against the Netherlands. Jill Ellis is giving plenty of new faces a look this time around, with 11 uncapped players among the 24 on the roster – 18 of which will dress for tonight’s match. The roster leans heavily on the NWSL, which could be a great thing for both the league and U.S. Soccer moving forward.
Pride captain Alex Morgan wasn’t selected this time around, as Ellis searches for the next wave of players who can develop into national teamers. However, NWSL Goalkeeper of the Year Ashlyn Harris is with the team, representing the Pride. It would be really mean if Ellis doesn’t start Harris because today is her birthday. The keeper is 31 years young today, which for goalkeepers is prime time.
Tonight will mark the third meeting between the two countries. The USWNT is 2-0 in the all-time series against the Swiss. The Yanks defeated Switzerland 3-0 in the 2015 Algarve Cup, with Morgan, Abby Wambach, and Amy Rodriguez scoring the goals. The teams also met in August of 2014, with the U.S. winning 4-1 in Cary, NC. Carli Lloyd and Wambach scored from the penalty spot in that match, and the Swiss also scored on a penalty through Ana Maria Crnogorcevic, and I just broke my tongue trying to say that last name.
The Americans and Swiss will battle again this Sunday in Minneapolis at 1:45 p.m.
The United States women have not been beaten in 2016, sporting a record of 18-0-3. The penalty shootout loss in the Olympics, of course, counts officially as a draw no matter how much it felt like a loss. However, the Swiss will provide a great test for a U.S. side with so many new faces.
Managed by former German international Martina Voss-Tecklenburg, Switzerland is on a bit of a roll, having qualified for Euro 2017 by winning all eight Group 6 matches by a combined score of 34-3. That’s ridiculous, but it wasn’t exactly against a murderer’s row of countries: Italy, Czech Republic, Northern Ireland, and Georgia. Crnogorcevic scored seven goals and assisted on seven others during qualifying.
Switzerland is ranked No. 15 in the world and if the Americans don’t jell, the Swiss are capable of getting a result and potentially snapping that unbeaten streak. They made it into the knockout round of the 2015 World Cup in Canada, going out 1-0 to cup finalist Japan.
The U.S. defense – sans Julie Johnston but with stalwart Becky Sauerbrunn on the roster – must keep Lara Dickenmann quiet. The Ohio State product has 44 goals in 114 caps for the Swiss national team.
Below you’ll find all the info you need for tonight’s match. Feel free to follow along and comment below as the game unfolds.
Goalkeepers (3): Jane Campbell (Stanford), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars), Ashlyn Harris (Orlando Pride).
Defenders (7): Abby Dahlkemper (Western New York Flash), Arin Gilliland (Chicago Red Stars), Merritt Mathias (Seattle Reign), Kelley O’Hara (Sky Blue FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City), Casey Short (Chicago Red Stars), Emily Sonnett (Portland Thorns FC).
Midfielders (8): Morgan Brian (Houston Dash), Danielle Colaprico (Chicago Red Stars), Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC), Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC), Carli Lloyd (Houston Dash), Allie Long (Portland Thorns FC), Samantha Mewis (Western New York Flash), Andi Sullivan (Stanford).
Forwards (6): Crystal Dunn (Washington Spirit), Shea Groom (FC Kansas City), Ashley Hatch (BYU), Kealia Ohai (Houston Dash), Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars), Lynn Williams (Western New York Flash).
Goalkeepers (3): 1-Gaëlle Thalmann (AGSM Verona, ITA), 12-Stenia Michel (FC Basel 1893), 21-Seraina Friedli (FC Zürich Frauen).
Defenders (4): 5-Noelle Maritz (VfL Wolfsburg, GER), 6-Selina Kuster (FC Zürich Frauen), 14-Rahel Kiwic (MSV Duisburg, GER), 15-Caroline Abbé (FC Bayern München, GER).
Midfielders (8): 3-Melanie Müller (BSC Young Boys), 4-Bangerter (FC Basel 1893), 7-Martina Moser (TSG 1899 Hoffenheim, GER), 8-Cinzia Zehnder (SC Freiburg, GER), 9-Lia Wälti (1.FFC Turbine Potsdam, GER), 18-Viola Calligaris (BSC Young Boys), 20-Sandrine Mauron (FC Zürich Frauen), 22-Vanessa Bernauer (VfL Wolfsburg, GER) .
Forwards (5): 2-Patricia Willi (FC Zürich Frauen), 11-Lara Dickenmann (VfL Wolfsburg, GER), 16-Fabienne Humm (FC Zürich Frauen), 19-Eseosa Aigbogun (1.FFC Turbine Potsdam, GER), 23-Barla Deplazes (FC Zürich Frauen).
How to Watch
Match Time: 9 p.m. (ET).
Venue: Rio Tinto Stadium – Sandy, UT.
Twitter: For rapid reaction and live updates, follow @StarsStripesFC or @ussoccer_wnt.
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