Welcome to your live thread for the United States Women's National Team vs. Costa Rica in the final match of 2019 and just the second under new manager Vlatko Andonovski (8 p.m. ESPN2, TUDN). The USWNT looked good in Vlatko’s debut, jumping out to a 3-0 lead in the first half. Sweden fought back and took advantage of a couple of U.S. mistakes but the Yanks held on to win 3-2 on Thursday.
The USWNT is 19-1-3 in the 2019 calendar year, and hasn’t lost since Jan. 19 in an away match against France. The USWNT is 14-0-0 in the all-time series against Costa Rica and has only played Canada and Mexico more often than Costa Rica when it comes to Concacaf foes. The most recent meeting came in 2016 when the Yanks won 4-0 in Kansas City in the final match before the Olympics.
Costa Rica is currently 38th in FIFA’s world rankings and Las Ticas are the fourth rated team in Concacaf. However, the U.S. should be able to handle Costa Rica and finish the year strong.
Lindsey Horan has been ruled out of this match due to injury and look for Vlatko to make some lineup changes from the squad that started against Sweden in Columbus a few days ago.
Defenders (6): Alana Cook (Paris Saint-Germain; 0/0), Abby Dahlkemper (North Carolina Courage; 53/0), Imani Dorsey (Sky Blue FC; 0/0), Becky Sauerbrunn (Utah Royals FC; 170/0), Casey Short (Chicago Red Stars; 31/0), Emily Sonnett (Portland Thorns FC; 39/0).
Midfielders (7): Morgan Brian (Chicago Red Stars; 86/7), Julie Ertz (Chicago Red Stars; 94/19), Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC; 78/12), Rose Lavelle (Washington Spirit; 37/10), Allie Long (Reign FC; 50/8), Samantha Mewis (North Carolina Courage; 60/14), Andi Sullivan (Washington Spirit; 14/0).
Forwards (7): Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC; 161/32); Carli Lloyd (Sky Blue FC; 287/120), Jessica McDonald (North Carolina Courage; 13/2), Christen Press (Utah Royals FC; 129/50), Mallory Pugh (Washington Spirit; 61/18), Margaret Purce (Portland Thorns FC; 0/0), Lynn Williams (North Carolina Courage; 20/4).
Goalkeepers (3): 1-Noelia Bermudez (Saprissa), 13-Dinnia Diaz (Liberia), 18-Priscilla Tapia (Moravia).
Defenders (7): 3-Maria Paula Elizondo (Saprissa), 4-Mariana Benavides (Coronado), 6-Carol Sanchez (Moravia), 8-Daniela Cruz (RCD Espanyol, ESP), 12-Lixy Rodriguez (Codea-IDA), 15-Stephannie Blanco (Coronado), 19-Valery Sandoval (Codea-IDA).
Midfielders (7): 2-Gabriela Guillen (Saprissa), 5-Maria jose Morales (Moravia), 9-Gloriana Villalobos (Florida State, USA), 10-Shirley Cruz (Codea-IDA), 11-Raquel Rodriguez (Sky Blue FC, USA), 16-Katherine Alvarado (RCD Espanyol, ESP), 20-Viviana Chinchilla (Codea-IDA).
Forwards (3): 7-Melissa Herrera (Stade Reims, FRA), 14-Priscilla Chinchilla (Codea-IDA), 17-Maria Paula Salas (Saprissa).
How to Watch
Match Time: 8 p.m. (ET).
Venue: TIAA Bank Stadium — Jacksonville.
TV: ESPN2, TUDN.
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