USWNT vs. Nigeria – International Friendly
date: September 3, 2022
Place: Children’s Mercy Park; Kansas City, Kansas
show time: 1:00 PM ET / 12:00 PM ET
Official kick-off time: 1:30pm ET / 12:30pm ET
Starting XI against Nigeria: 1- Alyssa Nach; 3- Alana Cook, 4- Becky Sauerbrunn (captain), 8- Sofia Huerta, 9- Mallory Pugh, 10- Lin Sai Horan, 11- Sophia Smith, 13- Alex Morgan, 16- Rose Lavelle, 17- Andy Sullivan, 19- Emily Fox
Available substitutes: 2-Ashley-Sanchez, 5-Hayley-Mays, 6-Savannah-De Melo, 7-Ashley-Hatch, 12-Naomi-Gilma, 14-Sa Tim Coffey, 15-Meghan Rapinoe, 18-Casey Murphy, 20-Taylor Kornick, 21-Aubrey Kingsbury, 22-Kristie Mewis, 23-Midge Purce
game notes | Five things to know – Nigeria
- USWNT starting XI caps (including this game): Sauerbrunn (208), Morgan (197), Horan (117), Naeher (84), Lavelle (79), Pugh (79), Sullivan (33), Smith (22), Huerta (20), Fox (18), Chef (15)
- The starting lineup against Nigeria on Saturday is the same as the XI in the CONCACAF Champions League final against Canada, which begins on July 17. This is the first time in 2022 that the U.S. will use the same starting lineup in consecutive games.
- Today’s starting lineup averaged 78 appearances per player, with three players — Sauerbrunn, Morgan and Rapinoe — making over 100 appearances. Four players — Smith, Huerta, Fox and Cook — played fewer than 25 times.
- In the USWNT’s most recent match against Nigeria in June 2021, only four players were in the starting lineup. Naeher, Sauerbrunn and Horan all started against the Super Falcons, and Morgan came off the bench in the second half in a 2-0 win over the Americans.
- Becky Sauerbrunn Will be Captain America again as she scores 208th professional cap. Sauerbrunn, who played five seasons and won two NWSL championships with Kansas City FC in 2014 and 2015. Sauerbrunn, 37, led a goalless defensive game with 360 minutes ahead of Team USA in the Concacaf W Championship.
- After keeping a clean sheet against Canada in the CWC final on July 18, Alyssa Nach Winning the starter again as she turns 84th The international profile of the USWNT. Naeher’s 49 career bans against Nigeria put him just one clean sheet away from becoming the third goalkeeper in USWNT history to be banned 50 or more times.
- Alana Chef will do 11th At the beginning of this year, she earned a 15-year-oldth The overall cap for USWNT. Cook leads the U.S. with 836 total minutes played in 2022, and she’s played the full 90 minutes in seven of 10 games so far this year.
- Emily Fox will win her 18th Career cap as she earned 10th Appearance – and 10th the beginning of the year. Coming into today’s game against Nigeria, Fox has played in 13 of the 16 U.S. games since the October 2021 FIFA window, starting 12 during that period.
- Lindsay Holland will start for the ninth time in 2022 as she earns 117th professional cap. She and Sofia Smith were the only U.S. players to start every game at the NACA Championship, while Horan finished with the third-most minutes. Since the start of 2020, Horan has played 38 games for Team USA and has been directly involved in 21 goals — 13 goals and 8 assists.
- Sofia Huerta will make her 20th She made her third consecutive start for the U.S. career, the longest of her USWNT career. Huerta played the full 90 minutes in the U.S. semifinal win over Costa Rica in the Concacaf W Championship and took the lead again in the final against Canada. Huerta is one of four American players to play in every CWC game.
- Rose Lavelle will make her 79th When she was 10 years old, she made an international debutth Early 2022. Lavelle was nominated for the Concacaf W Championship Best XI along with Alex Morgan, Becky Sauerbrunn and Naomi Girma and scored what proved to be the winner in the final against Canada.she has Directly involved in nine goals in Team USA’s final nine games, scoring three goals and adding six assists.
- After winning the Ballon d’Or at the Concacaf W Championship, Alex Morgan She will make her seventh appearance this year when she scores 197th USWNT professional cap.Morgan scores game-winning goal against Canada in CWC final Contributed 164 goals and assists for Team USA, tied with Tiffany Millbrett for fifth most in USWNT history.
- Mallory Pugh will earn her 79th Occupational cap when she turns 11th start and 12th Appearing at USWNT 2022. Pugh with 7 assists and is second with 6 goals. Pugh, 24, with 24 international goals and 27 assists in his career, is about to become an 18-year-oldth The player in USWNT history with 25+ goals and 25+ assists, and she can achieve that feat before she turns 25.
- Sophia Smith would make her a team-high 12th At the beginning of the year, she was earning 22nd professional cap. The 22-year-old Smith has led the U.S. team this year with seven goals, most recently scoring twice in a 5-0 win over Jamaica on July 7.
- Andy Sullivan will make her 33rd International appearances as she starts her fourth straight start for the USWNT. Sullivan, who started four of five U.S. games, is second on the team with 769 total minutes played in 2022.
- Two players on today’s 23-man roster have yet to appear in the U.S. – midfielders Sam Coffey and Savannah de Mello. If any player sees action against Nigeria she will be 250th Women earn caps for USWNT.