Welcome to your live thread for today’s friendly between the United States Women's National Team and Romania at Avaya Stadium in San Jose. It’s the first of two meetings between the two countries in the state of California during this international window. These will be the final two matches of 2016 for the U.S. women. The sides will meet again Sunday night at the StubHub Center in Carson, CA.
Jill Ellis continues to look at different players and this time that includes versatile Orlando Pride star Kristen Edmonds, the team’s Golden Boot winner. USWNT regulars Ashlyn Harris, Alex Morgan, and Ali Krieger will also represent the Pride.
This will be the first meeting between the two nations, with Romania set to become the 51st different country the USWNT will face. Currently 36th in FIFA’s world rankings, Romania finished second in its group in Euro qualifying, but lost its playoff due to the away goal rule after a pair of draws with Portugal.
The USWNT should handle these two friendlies and finish the calendar year unbeaten. The Yanks are 20-0-3 this year, with the penalty shootout loss in the Olympics counting officially as a draw despite feeling like a loss. Watch for Romania midfielder Ştefania Vătafu, who scoured four goals in eight matches during Euro qualifying. Other players to watch include forwards Alexandra Lunca and Laura Rus, and midfielders Adina Giurgiu and Andreea Voicu.
Notables missing for the U.S. include Carli Lloyd and Meghan Klingenberg.
Goalkeepers (3): Adrianna Franch (Portland Thorns FC), Ashlyn Harris (Orlando Pride), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars).
Defenders (7): Abby Dahlkemper (Western New York Flash), Julie Johnston (Chicago Red Stars), Emily Menges (Portland Thorns FC), Ali Krieger (Orlando Pride), Kelley O’Hara (Sky Blue FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City), Casey Short (Chicago Red Stars).
Midfielders (8): Morgan Brian (Houston Dash), Kristen Edmonds (Orlando Pride), Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC), Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC), Allie Long (Portland Thorns FC), Samantha Mewis (Western New York Flash), Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign), Andi Sullivan (Stanford).
Forwards (6): Crystal Dunn (Washington Spirit), Jessica McDonald (Western New York Flash), Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride), Kealia Ohai (Houston Dash), Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars), Lynn Williams (Western New York Flash).
Goalkeepers (2): Roxana Oprea (Olimpia Cluj), Linda Kajtar.
Defenders (5): Andreea Corduneanu (Olimpia Cluj), Lidia Havristiuc (Olimpia Cluj), Maria Ficzay (Medyk Konin, POL), Ana Maria Gorea (ASA Târgu Mures), Teodora Meluta (Olimpia Cluj).
Midfielders (7): Ioana Bortan (Olimpia Cluj), Adina Giurgiu (Olimpia Clurj), Raluca Sarghe (Konak Belediyespor, TUR), Ştefania Vătafu (Olimpia Cluj), Andreea Voicu (Olimpia Cluj), Beatrice Tarasila (Olimpia Cluj), Cristina Carp (Olimpia Clurj).
Forwards (5): Laura Rus (Icheon Daekyo, KOR), Alexandra Lunca (Olimpia Cluj), Mara Batea (Olimpia Cluj), Mihaela Ciolacu (Olimpia Cluj), Loredana Popa (Olimpia Cluj).
How to Watch
Match Time: 10 p.m. (ET).
Venue: Avaya Stadium — San Jose, CA.
TV: ESPN2, Univision Deportes.
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