Welcome to your live thread for the United States Women's National Team’s friendly match against New Zealand. Orlando Pride stars Alex Morgan and Ashlyn Harris could be in action as the Yanks host the first of two friendlies against the Football Ferns — this one at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, CO (10 p.m. ET, ESPN2).
Morgan, sitting on 74 career international goals, needs just one more to tie Cindy Parlow for seventh place on the USA’s all-time goal scoring list.
The U.S. and New Zealand have met 14 times before, with the Stars & Stripes posting a record of 12-1-1. The loss came in the first ever meeting, a 1-0 win by the Ferns in Taiwan back on Dec. 15, 1987. The two sides have met in the Olympics three times, with the U.S. winning all three by a combined 8-0 score. The most recent meeting was a 2-0 win by the USWNT in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, in the 2016 Olympics last Aug. 3.
The Yanks last played at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park on June 2 of last year, falling behind Japan, 2-0, only to rally back to take the lead before settling for a 3-3 draw. Morgan scored twice in that match.
New Zealand is ranked 19th in the world, and hasn’t faced the Yanks on U.S. soil since falling 4-0 in St. Louis on April 4, 2015 just before the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
Defenders (7): Abby Dahlkemper (NC Courage; 7/0), Tierna Davidson (Stanford; 0/0), Julie Ertz (Chicago Red Stars; 51/9), Kelley O’Hara (Sky Blue FC; 99/2), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City; 129/0), Casey Short (Chicago Red Stars; 13/0), Taylor Smith (NC Courage; 3/0).
Midfielders (7): Morgan Brian (Chicago Red Stars; 67/6), Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC; 131/18), Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC; 37/3), Rose Lavelle (Boston Breakers; 6/2), Allie Long (Portland Thorns FC; 30/5), Samantha Mewis (NC Courage; 28/5), Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign FC; 123/33).
Forwards (5): Crystal Dunn (Chelsea FC; 54/22), Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride; 128/74), Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars; 90/43), Mallory Pugh (Washington Spirit; 26/5), Lynn Williams (NC Courage; 10/2).
New Zealand (caps/goals)
Goalkeepers (3): Victoria Esson (North Shore United; 0/0), Anna Leat (Glenfield Rovers; 2/0), Erin Nayler (Girondins Bordeaux; 48/0).
Defenders (7): Elizabeth Anton (Western Springs, 0/0), CJ Bott (USV Jena; 5/0), Anna Green (Reading; 64/7), Meikayla Moore (Norwest United; 20/0), Ria Percival (FC Basel; 124/11), Ali Riley (FC Rosengard; 109/1), Rebekah Stott (Seattle Reign; 57/4).
Midfielders (7): Annalie Longo (Cashmere Technical; 99/9), Betsy Hassett (KR Reykjavik; 99/8), Katie Bowen (FC Kansas City; 45/1), Olivia Chance (Everton; 4/0), Daisy Cleverley (Berkeley University; 5/2), Malia Steinmetz (Forrest Hill Milford United; 0/0), Kirsty Yallop (Klepp IL; 102/12).
Forwards (6): Jane Barnett (Norwest United; 0/0), Aimee Phillips (Eastern Suburbs; 4/1), Martine Puketapu (Colorado University; 0/0), Katie Rood (Juventus; 0/0), Rosie White (Boston Breakers; 88/17), Hannah Wilkinson (Vittsjo GIK; 81/24).
How to Watch
Match Time: 10 p.m. (ET).
Venue: Dick’s Sporting Goods Park — Commerce City, CO.
Streaming: Watch ESPN, ESPN3.
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