International friendly: United States against Nigeria

USWNT vs. Nigeria – Friendly Match
Date: September 3, 2022
Venue: Mercy Park for Children; Kansas City, Kansas
Broadcast: FOX
Broadcast time: 1:00 p.m. ET / 12:00 p.m. CT
Official kick-off time: 1:30 p.m. ET / 12:30 p.m. CT

Starting XI against Nigeria: 1-Alyssa Naeher; 3-Alana Cook, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn (captain), 8-Sofia Huerta, 9-Mallory Pugh, 10-Lindsey Horan, 11-Sophia Smith, 13-Alex Morgan, 16-Rose Lavelle, 17-Andi Sullivan, 19- Emily Fox

Available Subs: 2-Ashley Sanchez, 5-Hailie Mace, 6-Savannah DeMelo, 7-Ashley Hatch, 12-Naomi Girma, 14-Sam Coffey, 15-Megan Rapinoe, 18-Casey Murphy, 20-Taylor Kornieck, 21- Aubrey Kingsbury, 22- Kristie Mewis, 23- Midge Purce

PLAY NOTES | FIVE THINGS TO KNOW – NIGERIA

  • USWNT Starting XI Pick Numbers (Including This Game): Sauerbrunn (208), Morgan (197), Horan (117), Naeher (84), Lavelle (79), Pugh (79), Sullivan (33), Smith (22), Huerta (20), Fox (18), Cook (15)
  • Saturday’s starting lineup against Nigeria is identical to the XI that started the Concacaf W Championship final against Canada on July 17. It’s the first time in 2022 that the United States has used the same starting lineup in back-to-back games.
  • Today’s starting line-up averages 78 caps per player with three players – Sauerbrunn, Morgan and Rapinoe – having over 100 caps. Four players – Smith, Huerta, Fox and Cook – have less than 25 caps.
  • Only four players from that starting XI appeared in the USWNT’s last encounter against Nigeria in June 2021. Naeher, Sauerbrunn and Horan all started against the Super Falcons while Morgan came on as a second-half substitute in of the 2-0 victory for the Americans.
  • Becky Sauerbrunn will once again captain the United States as she wins her 208e career cap. Sauerbrunn, who played five seasons and won two NWSL championships with FC Kansas City in 2014 and 2015. Sauerbrunn, 37, led the United States with 360 minutes played in the Concacaf W Championship, leading a defense that never did not allow a goal at all. tournament.
  • After keeping a clean sheet against Canada in the CWC Final on July 18, Alyssa Naher earns the go-ahead again as she is about to make her 84e international appearance for the USWNT. Naeher enters the game against Nigeria with 49 career shutouts, one clean sheet away from becoming the third goaltender in USWNT history with 50 or more shutouts.
  • Alana Cook will do 11e beginning of the year since she wins her 15e global cap with the USWNT. Cook leads the United States with 836 minutes played in total in 2022 and has played the full 90 minutes in seven of his 10 appearances so far this year.
  • Emilie Renard is about to turn 18e career ceiling as she turns 10e appearance – and 10e beginning of the year. Going into today’s game against Nigeria, Fox has made 13 of USA’s 16 appearances since the October 2021 FIFA window, making 12 starts in that span.
  • Lindsey Horan will make his ninth start in 2022 winning his 117e career cap. She and Sophia Smith were the only American players to start every game in the Concacaf W Championship and Horan finished the tournament with the third most minutes played. Since the start of 2020, Horan has made 38 appearances for the United States and has been directly involved in 21 goals – with 13 goals and eight assists.
  • Sophie Huerta will make him 20e career appearance for the United States as she made her third straight start, the longest such streak of her USWNT career. Huerta played the full 90 minutes of USA’s semi-final victory over Costa Rica in the Concacaf W Championship and again went the distance in the final against Canada. Huerta was one of four American players to appear in every CWC match.
  • Rose Lavelle going to make him 79e international appearance as she makes her 10e early 2022. Lavelle, along with Alex Morgan, Becky Sauerbrunn and Naomi Girma, was named in the Concacaf Women’s Championship Best XI and took what turned out to be the winning penalty in the final against Canada. She has has been directly involved in nine goals in USA’s last nine games, scoring three goals and adding six assists.
  • After earning Ballon d’Or honors at the Concacaf W Championship, Alex Morgan will make her seventh appearance of the year as she earns her 197e career cap with the USWNT. Morgan scored the winner of the match against Canada in the CWC Final, which gave him 164 combined goals and assists for the United States, tied with Tiffeny Milbrett for fifth all-time in USWNT history.
  • Mallory Pugh will win him 79e career ceiling as she makes her 11e start and 12e appearance for the 2022 USWNT. Pugh leads the United States with seven assists on the year and is second in scoring with six goals. With 24 career international goals and 27 assists, 24-year-old Pugh is poised to become the 18e player in USWNT history with 25+ goals and 25+ assists, a feat she could achieve before the age of 25.
  • Sophie Smith will do his team summit 12e beginning of the year since she wins 22n/a career cap. Smith, 22, is the United States’ leading scorer with seven goals on the year, most recently scoring a brace in the United States’ 5-0 win over Jamaica on July 7.
  • Andi Sullivan is ready to make him 33rd international appearance as she starts a fourth straight match for the USWNT. Sullivan has started four of USA’s five appearances in the Concacaf W Championship and is second on the team in total minutes played in 2022, with 769 minutes played.
  • Two players on today’s 23-man roster have yet to play a game for the United States – midfielders Sam Coffey and Savannah DeMelo. If either player were to play against Nigeria, they would become the 250e woman to win a cap for the USWNT.

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