Welcome to your live thread for tonight's friendly between the United States Women's National Team and Thailand. It’ll be the first meeting between the two nations in women’s soccer, and Thailand will be the 50th different national team the USWNT will face in its history. Orlando Pride stars Alex Morgan and Ashlyn Harris and 17 of their Olympic teammates will be on the roster for the match.
Two familiar faces will be missing from the lineup. Morgan Brian sustained a head injury recently while playing with the Houston Dash and is unavailable. In addition, Mallory Pugh is preparing for the U-20 Women’s NTC Invitational in Los Angeles with the rest of the U-20 national team.
This is potentially one of those games where the USWNT can play with its food. Thailand shouldn’t pose much of a problem in what could be an emotional match with veteran Heather O’Reilly playing in her final international match. “HAO’s” career spans 15 years, 230 games, 46 goals, three Olympic Gold medals and a World Cup championships since she kicked off her international career at age 17 in the 2002 Algarve Cup.
The United States women have not been beaten in 2016, sporting a record of 16-0-3. The penalty shootout loss in the Olympics, of course, counts officially as a draw. Tonight’s match should comfortably be the 17th win of the year barring an incredible upset. I, for one, don’t expect it.
Goalkeepers (2): 18-Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars), 22-Ashlyn Harris (Orlando Pride).
Defenders (7): 6-Whitney Engen (Boston Breakers), 8-Julie Johnston (Chicago Red Stars), 7-Meghan Klingenberg (Portland Thorns FC), 11-Ali Krieger (Washington Spirit), 5-Kelley O’Hara (Sky Blue FC), 4-Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City, 21-Emily Sonnett (Portland Thorns FC).
Midfielders (7): 17-Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC), 19-Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC), 10-Carli Lloyd (Houston Dash), 3-Allie Long (Portland Thorns FC), 20-Samantha Mewis (Western New York Flash), 9-Heather O’Reilly (FC Kansas City), 15-Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign).
Forwards (3): 16-Crystal Dunn (Washington Spirit), 13-Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride), 12-Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars).
How to Watch:
Match Time: 8 p.m. ET
Venue: Mapfre Stadium – Columbus, OH.
Live Stream: WatchESPN.
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