Welcome to your live thread for the United States Women's National Team’s opening game of 2018. The Yanks start the new year with a friendly match against Denmark at 7:30 p.m. ET at San Diego’s SDCCU Stadium. The match can be seen on ESPN.
Orlando Pride stars Alex Morgan and Ashlyn Harris are on the U.S. roster. Morgan seems likely to play, while Alyssa Naeher seems to be Jill Ellis’ preferred option at goalkeeper, so we may not see Harris. Morgan enters the year with 80 career goals — second among active U.S. players to Carli Lloyd (98) and in seventh place on the all-time USWNT scoring list.
There are some new faces in camp with the United States who could see action, including Savannah McCaskill — the second overall pick in Thursday’s NWSL College Draft — Portland Thorns goalkeeper Adrianna Franch, and Stanford defender Tierna Davidson, who will join the U-20 USWNT following tonight’s match.
The USWNT is 16-5-3 in 24 previous meetings with Denmark, currently ranked No. 12 in the world and runners-up in the 2017 UEFA Women’s Euro. The most recent meeting saw Denmark win, 5-3, in the 2014 Algarve Cup in Portugal. It was the most goals allowed in a game by the USWNT. The U.S. has lost only four times in its first match of a calendar year (27-4-2) and all four were away. The Yanks have opened the year against Denmark on two prior occasions and won both games by 2-0 score lines.
The big name that jumps out for Denmark is striker Nadia Nadim, a member of the 2017 Portland Thorns NWSL championship team. Nadim scored 15 goals with the Thorns over 37 games in 2016 and 2017 before moving on after last season to Manchester City. She previously played two seasons with Sky Blue FC in 2014 and 2015, scoring 13 goals in 24 appearances.
Oh, and one other thing: the U.S. will honor goalkeeper Hope Solo for reaching 200 caps at tonight’s match. Solo is currently running for USSF president.
Goalkeepers (4): 18-Jane Campbell (Houston Dash; 2/0), 21-Adrianna Franch (Portland Thorns FC; 0/0), 24-Ashlyn Harris(Orlando Pride; 14/0), 1-Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars; 23/0)
Defenders (8): 7-Abby Dahlkemper (NC Courage; 13/0), 17-Tierna Davidson (Stanford; 0/0), 25-Sofia Huerta (Chicago Red Stars; 3/0), 7-Meghan Klingenberg (Portland Thorns FC; 73/3), 5-Kelley O’Hara (Utah Royals FC; 104/2), 2-Casey Short (Chicago Red Stars; 19/0), 22-Taylor Smith (Washington Spirit; 7/0), 16-Emily Sonnett (Portland Thorns FC; 12/0),
Midfielders (5): 8-Julie Ertz (Chicago Red Stars; 57/14), 9-Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC; 44/4), 10-Carli Lloyd (Sky Blue FC; 246/98); 20-Allie Long (Seattle Reign; 33/6), 6-Andi Sullivan (Washington Spirit; 7/0)
Forwards (7): 19-Crystal Dunn (Chelsea FC; 57/22), 26-Savannah McCaskill (Boston Breakers; 0/0), 13-Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride; 134/80); 23-Christen Press (Houston Dash; 96/44), 11-Mallory Pugh (Washington Spirit; 29/6), 15-Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign; 129/34), 12-Lynn Williams (NC Courage; 15/4)
Goalkeepers (2): 1-Stina Lykke Petersen (Kolding Q), 22-Line Johansen (Unattached).
Defenders (5): 3-Janni Arnth (Linköpings FC, Sweden), 8-Theresa Nielsen (Unattached), 18-Mie Leth Jans (Manchester City, England), 19-Cecilie Sandvej (1. FFC Frankfurt (Germany), 20-Stine Ballisager Pedersen (VSK Aarhus).
Midfielders (7): 4-Maja Kildemoes (Linköpings FC, Sweden), 6-Nanna Christiansen (Brøndby IF), 7-Sanne Troelsgaard (FC Rosengård, Sweden), 11-Katrine Veje (Montpellier HSC, France), 13-Sofie Junge Pedersen (Levante UD, Spain), 15-Frederikke Thøgersen (Fortuna Hjørring), 21-Sarah Dyrehauge (Fortuna Hjørring).
Forwards (6): 9-Nadia Nadim (Manchester City, England), 10-Pernille Harder (VfL Wolfsburg, Germany), 12-Stine Larsen (Brøndby IF), 14-Nicoline Sørensen (Linköpings FC, Sweden), 17-Signe Bruun (Fortuna Hjørring), 23-Caroline Moeller (Fortuna Hjørring).
How to Watch
Match Time: 7:30 p.m. (ET).
Venue: SDCCU Stadium — San Diego, CA.
Streaming: Watch ESPN/ESPN3.
Twitter: For rapid reaction and live updates, follow @StarsStripesFC, @ussoccer_wnt, and @TheManeLand.
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