USA vs. Netherlands
Georgia Dome; Atlanta
Sept. 18, 2016
International Friendly Match
USWNT Set for Netherlands Matchup in Atlanta tonight!
The U.S. Women’s National Team finishes up its first fall series of matches when it faces the Netherlands on Sept. 18 at the Georgia Dome in a match that will be broadcast on FS1 at 7p.m. ET.
Fans can follow all the action from #USAvNED on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt and @ussoccer_esp, and follow the team on Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat (ussoccer_wnt). The USA is coming off a dominant 9-0 win against Thailand in Columbus, Ohio, that was the first match since the Olympics. Carli Lloyd scored three goals with four assists to lead the team on a night when U.S. Soccer said an emotional goodbye to Heather O’Reilly. O’Reilly, who wore the captain’s band, capped her farewell performance with a goal and an assist as the USA scored nine goals for #9 to send her into international retirement on a high note. Lloyd became the first player in U.S. history to record three goals and four assists in a single U.S. WNT match. The 9-0 win was the USA’s second-largest of 2016 after scoring 10 against Puerto Rico during Olympic Qualifying last February.
HAO SAYS GOODBYE:
O’Reilly, one of the most successful players in U.S. Women’s National Team history, announced her retirement from international soccer on Sept. 1. O’Reilly, 31, was as one of the youngest players to debut for the USA over the past 15 years, playing her first international match on the senior level at age 17 during the Algarve Cup against Sweden on March 1, 2002. She was a junior in high school. She would go on to play for five different head coaches for the National Team. She finished her spectacular 15-year international career 231 caps, which places her seventh all-time in U.S. Women’s National Team history (but soon to be passed by Carli Lloyd). Her 47 goals place her in a tie for 11th with Tisha Venturni on the USA’s all-time scoring list, and her 55 assists are tied for fifth place on the all-time assist list with Julie Foudy. O’Reilly retired having played in three Women’s World Cup tournaments (2007, 2011, 2015), winning last year’s title; and three Olympic Games, winning three gold medals (2004, 2008, 2012), and a 2002 Under-19 Women’s World Cup title. As the U.S. head coach Jill Ellis had already used her allotted six substitutions, O’Reilly departed the field to a standing ovation in the 89th minute, leaving the WNT to play the remainder of the match with 10 players.
FAMILIAR ROSTER COMES TO ATLANTA:
All the players on the U.S. roster for these two fall matches were in Brazil for the 2016 Olympics as U.S. head coach Jill Ellis is giving these two games to those players. The call-ups may expand outside the Olympic Team for the remainder of the fall games. Ellis will suit up 18 players for both matches. There has been one change to the U.S. roster initially announced as forward Mallory Pugh, who was already scheduled to miss the match against Thailand due to training with the U-20 WNT in Los Angeles, will also miss the game against the Netherlands as she is staying with the U-20s for the U-20 Women’s NTC Invitational as she continues to fully recover from an ankle injury suffered during the Olympic Games. Midfielder Morgan Brian took an elbow to the head in the Houston Dash’s NWSL match against the Boston Breakers last weekend and displayed concussion-like symptoms so she was held out of the Thailand match for precautionary reasons, but has gone through the concussion protocols and has been cleared to play vs. the Netherlands in her home state of Georgia. Heather O’Reilly played her final U.S. WNT game on Sept. 15 so of course will not be on the roster to face the Netherlands.
YOUTH + EXPERIENCE:
Fourteen of the 18 players on the USA’s Olympic roster were members of the 2015 Women’s World Cup championship team, and the four that weren’t – Crystal Dunn, Lindsey Horan, Mallory Pugh and Allie Long – now have cut their teeth at a world championship event. In addition, all four had played for the USA in one or more FIFA youth World Cups. The USA now heads into a new cycle working up to the next Women’s World Cup in France with a tremendously experienced core and U.S. head coach Jill Ellis and her staff will of course be looking to add new players during the process. Twelve of the 18 players on this roster have 39 or more caps, but only four have more than 100. Thirteen of the 18 players on the roster are under 30 with eight 27 or younger.
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