Next stop, Red Bull Arena.
After riding a first-half goal from Megan Rapinoe to a 1-0 victory aover Germany in a match played in harsh weather conditions in Columbus, Ohio Thursday, the U.S. women’s national team will focus on a clash with France in the 2018 SheBelieves Cup in Harrison, N.J. Sunday.
Temperatures are expected to be cold at RBA when the U.S. and France meet on March 4 at Red Bull Arena (noon ET, ESPN2), but not as windy or snowy as the first game of the competition.
Germany and England will play the second match (3 p.m. ET, ESPN3) of a doubleheader that will go a long way in determining who is in the driver’s seat for the SheBelieves Cup title heading into the final match day in Orlando March 7. The U.S.-France match marks the first time in the three SheBelieves Cup tournaments that the USA will play in the first match of the day.
With England’s rousing 4-1 win over France in the first match of the tournament Thursday, the Three Lionesses sit in first place on goal difference. England’s four goals, and three in the first half, set a SheBelieves Cup record for most goals in a game and a half, respectively.
All the U.S. games of the tournament also arebeing streamed live on ESPN3 and the ESPN App. The most elite four-team women’s international tournament in the world features four of the top six teams in the current FIFA Women’s World Rankings: No. 1 USA, No. 2 Germany, No. 3 England and No. 6 France.
Three of the four coaches in the tournament are women: USA’s Jill Ellis, Corinne Diacre of France and Steffi Jones from Germany. The tournament marked the debut of new England head coach Phil Neville, the former Manchester United and Everton star and England international defender, who got off to a bright start in his side’s opening game.
U.S. women’s national team 2018 SheBelieves Cup roster by position (caps/goals):
DEFENDERS (7): 7- Abby Dahlkemper (NC Courage; 15/0), 17- Tierna Davidson (Stanford; 2/0), 14- Sofia Huerta (Chicago Red Stars; 3/0), 5- Kelley O’Hara (Utah Royals FC; 106/2), 2- Casey Short (Chicago Red Stars; 20/0), 22- Taylor Smith (NC Courage; 9/0), 16- Emily Sonnett (Portland Thorns FC; 14/0),
MIDFIELDERS (6): 6- Morgan Brian (Olympique Lyon, FRA; 70/6), 8- Julie Ertz (Chicago Red Stars; 59/15), 9- Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC; 45/4), 10- Carli Lloyd (Houston Dash; 248/98); 20-Allie Long (Portland Thorns FC; 34/6), 3- Andi Sullivan (Stanford; 8/0)
FORWARDS (7): 19- Crystal Dunn (Chelsea FC, ENG; 58/23), 21- Savannah McCaskill (Sky Blue FC; 2/0), 13- Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride; 136/81); 23- Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars; 97/44), 11- Mallory Pugh (Washington Spirit; 31/8), 15- Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign; 131/35), 12- Lynn Williams (NC Courage; 17/4)
France women’s national team roster by position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): 1-Karima Benameur (Paris Football Club), 16-Sarah Bouhaddi* (Olympique Lyon), 21-Solène Durand (En Avant Guingamp)
DEFENDERS (8): 2-Aïssatou Tounkara* (Paris Football Club), 3-Eve Perisset* (Paris Saint-Germain), 4-Laura Georges* (FC Bayern Munich, GER), 5-Estelle Cascarino (Paris Football Club), 7-Amel Majri* (Olympique Lyon), 17-Marion Torrent (Montpellier HSC), 19-Griege Mbock Bathy* (Olympique Lyon), 22-Sakina Karchaoui* (Montpellier HSC)
MIDFIELDERS (6): 6-Amanine Henry* (Olympique Lyon), 8-Maeva Clemaron (FC Fleury 91), 10-Aminata Diallo (Paris Saint-Germain), 12-Gaëtane Thiney* (Paris Football Club), 20-Kaiiatou Diani* (Paris Saint-Germain), 23-Grace Geyoro* (Paris Saint-Germain)
FORWARDS (6 ): 9-Eugénie Le Sommer* (Olympique Lyon), 11-Ouleymata Sarr (Lille OSC), 13-Valérie Gauvin (Montpellier HSC), 14-Faustine Robert (En Avant Guingamp), 15-Marie-Charlotte Leger (Montpellier HSC), 18-Viviane Asseyi (Olympique e Marseille)
*2017 SheBelieves Cup Roster
2018 SheBelieves Cup Standings
2018 SheBelieves Cup Schedule
|Date||Matches||Stadium||City||Kickoff / ET||Broadcast|
|Mar. 4||USA vs. France||Red Bull Arena||Harrison, N.J.||12 pm||ESPN2|
|Mar. 4||Germany vs. England||Red Bull Arena||Harrison, N.J.||3 pm||ESPN3|
|Mar. 7||Germany vs. France||Orlando City Stadium||Orlando, Fla.||4 pm||ESPN3|
|Mar. 7||USA vs. England||Orlando City Stadium||Orlando, Fla.||7 pm||ESPNews|