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The USWNT welcomes Tom Sermanni’s Football Ferns to the States.

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Welcome to your match thread as the United States Women’s National Team plays the second match in its sendoff series for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in St. Louis. The U.S. will see a familiar face on the other bench as former USWNT and Orlando Pride head coach Tom Sermanni leads the Football Ferns into tonight’s match.

The USWNT is 14-1-1 in the all-time series against New Zealand, with the most recent meeting being a 5-0 win by the U.S. on Sept. 19, 2017 in Cincinnati. The Yanks are 5-1-2 in 2019, playing all but one of those games against teams bound for the World Cup in France next month.

New Zealand, the No. 19 ranked team in the world, qualified for the World Cup by winning the Oceania qualifying tournament without losing or drawing a game, or conceding a goal. The Ferns outscored the opposition 43-0 in that tournament. New Zealand was drawn into Group E in the World Cup, along with Canada, Cameroon, and the Netherlands.

The No. 1 USWNT features three Orlando Pride teammates — Alex Morgan, Ashlyn Harris, and Ali Krieger. Krieger is still sitting on 99 international caps and only Jill Ellis knows if she’ll get a shot at No. 100. Morgan will look to add to her 101 career goals with the USWNT to move up the all-time scoring list. She scored a brace the last time these teams met.


Rosters

USWNT (Caps/Goals)

Goalkeepers (3): 21-Adrianna Franch (Portland Thorns FC; 1/0), 18-Ashlyn Harris (Orlando Pride; 21/0), 1-Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars; 44/0).

Defenders (7): 7-Abby Dahlkemper (North Carolina Courage; 38/0), 12-Tierna Davidson (Chicago Red Stars; 20/1); 19-Crystal Dunn (North Carolina Courage; 83/24), 11-Ali Krieger (Orlando Pride; 99/1), 4-Becky Sauerbrunn (Utah Royals FC; 156/0), 14-Emily Sonnett (Portland Thorns FC; 32/0).

Midfielders (6): 6-Morgan Brian (Chicago Red Stars; 82/6), 8-Julie Ertz (Chicago Red Stars; 80/18), 9-Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC; 66/8), 16-Rose Lavelle (Washington Spirit; 25/6), 20-Allie Long (Reign FC; 43/6), 3-Samantha Mewis (North Carolina Courage; 48/11).

Forwards (7): 17-Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC; 148/28); 10-Carli Lloyd (Sky Blue FC; 272/108), 22-Jessica McDonald (North Carolina Courage; 7/2), 13-Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride; 161/101), 23-Christen Press (Utah Royals FC; 114/47), 2-Mallory Pugh (Washington Spirit; 51/15), 15-Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign FC; 151/44).

New Zealand

Goalkeepers (3): 21-Victoria Esson (Avaldsnes (NOR), 1-Erin Nayler (Girondins Bordeaux (FRA), 23-Nadia Olla (Western Springs).

Defenders (8): 4-CJ Bott (Vittsjo GIK, SWE), 8-Abby Erceg (North Carolina Courage), 3-Anna Green (Miramar Rangers), 5-Meikayla Moore (MSV Duisburg, GER), 15-Sarah Morton (Western Springs), 2-Ria Percival (West Ham United, ENG), 7-Ali Riley (Chelsea, ENG), 6-Rebekah Stott (Avaldsnes, NOR).

Midfielders (5): 14-Katie Bowen (Utah Royals FC, USA), 20-Daisy Cleverley (UC Berkeley, USA), 16-Katie Duncan (Onehunga Sports), 12-Betsy Hassett (KR Reykjavik, ISL), 10-Annalie Longo (Unattached).

Forwards (7): 22-Olivia Chance (Everton FC, ENG), 11-Sarah Gregorius (Miramar Rangers), 9-Emma Kete (Unattached), 19-Paige Satchell (Three Kings United), 18-Stephanie Skilton (Papakura City), 13-Rosie White (Unattached), 17-Hannah Wilkinson (Unattached).


How to Watch

Match Time: 8 p.m. (ET).

Venue: Busch Stadium — St. Louis, MO.

TV: ESPN2.

Streaming: WatchESPN.

Twitter: For rapid reaction and live updates, follow @StarsStripesFC, @ussoccer_wnt, and @TheManeLand.


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