USWNT to Finish Two-Game Set vs. New Zealand in Cincinnati
USA has played 11 matches so far in 2017 and will play five more during the fall – one more in September, and two more in both October and November.
The USA played its first fall friendly on Sept. 15 against New Zealand at Dick’s Sports Goods Park in Commerce City, Colo. and came away with a 3-1 victory as Julie Ertz scored two first half goals while Alex Morgan added a late clincher.
The teams will run it back on Sept. 19 (7:30 p.m. ET; FS1) at Nippert Stadium on the campus of the University of Cincinnati. The crowd for the game may approach 30,000 fans. The 16 games the USA will play this year will tie for the second-most the U.S. WNT has played in a calendar year after the World Cup-Olympic cycle.
The only year in which the USA played more (18) was in 1997 during what was part of the lead-up to the 1999 Women’s World Cup hosted in the USA. The Sept. matches vs. the long-time Oceania champions are part of a 2017 schedule that will see the USA play top teams from every Confederation except Africa. The USA is 8-3-0 in 2017 with all three losses (two by 1-0 scores) coming to teams ranked third, fourth and sixth in the world.
The year after the World Cup-Olympic cycle has at times, in the past, been a down year in terms of U.S. WNT scheduling. That is not the case in 2017. The USA has or will face seven of the other top nine teams in the world before the year is done (only North Korea and the European champion Netherlands are absent from the list) and since September of 2015, the USA will have played half (eight countries) of the teams that competed in the 2017 UEFA Women’s Euros including the Netherlands. Romania, a team that the USA played in the fall of 2016, nearly made it into the Euros as well but fell to Portugal in the playoff for the final spot.
USA roster to play New Zealand
18- Jane Campbell (Houston Dash;1/0),
24- Ashlyn Harris (Orlando Pride; 13/0),
1- Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars; 19/0)
7- Abby Dahlkemper (NC Courage; 8/0),
8- Julie Ertz (Chicago Red Stars: 52/11),
5- Kelley O’Hara (Sky Blue FC; 100/2),
4- Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City; 130/0),
7- Casey Short (Chicago Red Stars; 14/0);
22- Taylor Smith (NC Courage; 4/0)
6- Morgan Brian (Houston Dash; 68/6),
17- Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns; 131/18),
9- Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC, 31/3),
16- Rose Lavelle (Boston Breakers; 6/2),
20- Allie Long (Portland Thorns FC; 31/5),
3- Samantha Mewis (NC Courage; 29/5),
15- Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign; 124/33)
19- Crystal Dunn (Chelsea FC; 55/22),
13- Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride: 129/75);
23- Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars; 91/43),
2- Mallory Pugh (Washington Spirit; 27/4),
12- Lynn Williams (NC Courage; 10/2)
The WNT is 13-1-1 all-time against New Zealand, outscoring the Football Ferns 52-6 in 15 matches.
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