Julie Ertz plays an important role on the USWNT. (Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports)
Here is a quick rundown of the U.S. women’s national team that will vie for its seventh consecutive Olympic berth in the soccer tournament in Concacaf qualifying.
Carli Lloyd is the USA’s all-time active caps leader with 288 and has moved past Mia Hamm into third all-time in career caps. Lloyd led the USA in scoring in 2019 with 16 goals, the third-most she’s scored in a calendar year. She scored 15 goals in 2012 and 2015. Lloyd is the highest active goal scorer in U.S. history with the players ahead of her – Hamm, Wambach and Lilly – all retired.
After earning an assist on Christen Press’ goal vs. Sweden on Nov. 7, Lloyd has 55 career assists and has moved into a tie with Julie Foudy for sixth all-time.
On Oct. 7, 2018 vs. Panama at World Cup Qualifying, Lloyd scored her eighth career hat trick. With that hat trick, Lloyd tied Mia Hamm for most 3-goal games in WNT history. In that game, she also became the oldest player to score a hat trick for the USWNT (36 years, 83 days). She broke Wambach’s record of 34 years, 186 days. Kristine Lilly is the oldest player to score a goal for the USA at 38 years, 264 days.
With her two goals against Sweden on Nov. 7, Lloyd has moved ahead of Kristine Lilly and Cindy Parlow into fifth all-time in multi-goal games with 22. Alex Morgan is in third all-time with 27 career multi-goal games.
Lloyd scored 36 international goals between the time she debuted (six days before her 23rd birthday) and her 30th birthday. Since turning 30, she has scored a remarkable 85 goals in 151 games over a span just over seven years. The 151 games played after the age of 30 is the second-most all-time in U.S. history in that category. Christie Rampone is far and away the leader with 175.
Lloyd scored five goals in the USA’s last four friendly games before the World Cup, all but one of them off the bench, scored three times in the World Cup, two as a starter, and scored five times in four Victory Tour matches as a starter. She added two more against Sweden on Nov. 7 as a starter and one more against Costa Rica as a starting on Nov. 10. At the end of last year, Lloyd passed 20,000 minutes played in a U.S. uniform, something achieved by just five other USWNT players.
Megan Rapinoe has an epic 2019 as she collected numerous prestigious awards including the Golden Ball and Golden Boot at the World Cup, The Best FIFA Women’s Player of the Year, the France Football Ballon d’Or and the Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year. With her penalty kick goal in the World Cup Final, she now has 50 career goals, which puts her in 12th place on the all-time U.S. scoring list.
Rapinoe has 63 assists for her career, moving her to sole possession of fourth place on the U.S. all-time list.
Tobin Heath has 32 career international goals. She earned her 150th cap against Mexico on May 26 to become the 22nd U.S. female player to hit that mark. She has 14 goals in her last 30 matches and 12 in her last 25. The 14 goals are 43% of her career total. She has 40 career assists, moving past Lauren Holiday and into 13th place on the USA’s all-time assist list. She played a part in two goals vs. Sweden on Nov. 7, 2019, both on flicked headers into the attacking third.
Christen Press assisted on both first half goals vs. Portugal on Aug. 29, 2019 and scored against Sweden on Nov. 7, 2019 and Costa Rica on Nov. 10, 2019, giving her 130 caps, 51 career goals and 33 career assists. She had four multi-assist games in 2019 and led the team in assists with 12.
Her goal vs. Sweden on Nov. 7 gained her entry into a group of just 10 other American female players who have scored 50 career goals. She is in 11th place on the all-time WNT goals list, one ahead of Megan Rapinoe. Press was one of only two players to play in all 24 WNT games in 2019.
Jessica McDonald ‘s first cap came against Romania on Nov. 10, 2016. She earned her second career cap and start vs. Portugal on Nov. 8 and scored the game-winning goal – her first USA goal. She earned her 14th career cap off the bench on Nov. 10. vs. Costa Rica. She has two international goals.
Lynn Williams has 21 caps with seven WNT starts for her career. She had not played for the USA since March of 2018 at the SheBelieves Cup before coming on at halftime for Press against Sweden on Nov. 7, 2019, and then scored her first goals since 2017 when she tallied twice vs. Costa Rica on Nov. 10, 2019, giving her six career USWNT goals. Her 12 goals in 2019 for the Courage were the most by an American and her 50 career regular season goals in the NWSL is second all-time behind Sam Kerr in league history.
Julie Ertz has 19 career international goals, seven off free kicks and eight off corner kicks. Nine of her 19 goals have been headers, nine were scored with her right foot and one with her left. Impressively, 37% of her goals (7 of 19) have been game-winners. She played the third-most minutes on the team in 2019 with 1,665. With 95 caps, Ertz is just five away from hitting the century mark.
Rose Lavelle has 38 caps – with 31 starts – and 10 goals and had her first career brace against T&T on Oct. 10, 2018, during the Concacaf Women’s Championship. She famously scored the clinching goal in the World Cup Final on her brilliant dribbling run and shot that will go down as one of the most memorable goals in history.
Lindsey Horan scored her 11th career goal in the first game of the Victory Tour on Aug. 3, 2019 at the Rose Bowl and her 12th against Portugal on Sept. 3, 2019 in St. Paul, Minn. She missed the final two Victory Tour games as from an injury during NWSL play but played 90 minutes against Sweden on Nov. 7 in her most recent appearance.
Samantha Mewis, who has grown into a vitally important contributor to the midfield, currently has 60 caps and 14 goals. She did not play in the final two Victory Tour games as she rehabbed a minor knee injury but did play vs. Sweden Nov. 7. She had six goals in 19 games in 2019 after scoring 8 in her first 41 matches for the WNT.
Andi Sullivan, who had an excellent second NWSL season in 2019, returned to the U.S. squad for the January camp in Europe in 2019 but did not play in either match. Before that, her most recent call-ups were in April of 2018 for the two friendlies against Mexico, where she also did not play, and then again for the USA’s trip to Europe in November of 2018, where she started against Portugal on Nov. 8, earning her 11th cap. She saw her first action since the end of 2018 when she came off the bench against Korea Republic last year on Oct. 3, and also played on Oct. 6 vs. Korea, against Sweden on Nov. 7 and Costa Rica on Nov. 10, to up her cap total to 15.
Becky Sauerbrunn is the 20th player, and just the third who has played exclusively as a defender, to play 150 or more times for the WNT. She currently has 171 caps, moving past legendary defender and her childhood idol Carla Overbeck for 16th place all-time, and since 2014 has started 115 of those caps.
Abby Dahlkemper played a full 90 minutes in 17 of her 23 games in 2019. She played the most minutes of any U.S. field player in the World Cup with 622, starting all seven games, and had the most minutes of any U.S. player in 2019 with 1,877 despite sitting out the last game of the year. Dahlkemper has started in 47 of her 53 caps and against Portugal on Sept. 3, 2019, became 59th female player in U.S. history to play in 50 or more games.
Crystal Dunn enters this tournament with more goals in Olympic Qualifying than any player besides Carli Lloyd as she scored six as a forward four years ago, including five against Puerto Rico. She has scored 24 international goals.
Dunn solidified her spot as an outside back for the USA in 2018, a position she has consistently since the 2018 SheBelieves Cup and received excellent reviews for her play in the World Cup.
Kelley O’Hara has 125 caps to go along with two goals, one of which was scored in the 2015 World Cup semifinal vs. Germany. She tallied her 17th career assist in the semifinal match against England with a brilliant far-post cross from the right side to a Christen Press header.
Ali Krieger is a veteran of the USA’s last three World Cup Teams and last two Olympics. Krieger earned her 100th cap on May 16, 2019, against New Zealand as she came off the bench at halftime and became the 38th USWNT player to hit the century mark. She played a key role in the World Cup Final, coming off the bench at halftime for O’Hara and helping the USA win the World Cup.
Emily Sonnett made her World Cup debut against Chile on June 16, coming off the bench to earn her 34th cap, and has shown her consistent abilities at right back, but can also play centrally where she plays in the NWSL.
Against Australia on April 4, Sonnett started and played 79 minutes, picking up assists on two of the five goals – to Tobin Heath and Mallory Pugh – which were the second and third of her career. She played in the first four Victory Tour matches and got the start against Sweden on Nov. 7 and played the second half on Nov. 10 vs. Costa Rica at right back, to up her cap total to 40.
Alyssa Naeher has 30 career shutouts in her 57 caps, including a shutout in the World Cup Final, becoming the fifth goalkeeper to earn a shutout in a Women’s World Cup Final. Naeher earned 13 caps in 2017, 16 in 2018 and has 19 in 2019, the most she has played in a calendar year since she debuted in 2014.
After the matchup against Spain in Round of 16, Naeher became the fourth goalkeeper in U.S. history to earn 50 caps and has now moved past Nicole Barnhart to become the third-most capped goalkeeper in U.S. history.
Naeher had an assist against Australia on April 4. She is the first U.S. ‘keeper to record an assist since Hope Solo did in July of 2012 against France on an Alex Morgan goal in the opening game of the Olympics.
The USA got a victory-securing penalty kick stop from Naeher late in the second half of the semifinal against England on July 2. The Lionesses were awarded a penalty kick after VAR revealed that Ellen White had been inadvertently tripped by U.S. defender Becky Sauerbrunn. England captain Stephanie Houghton stepped up to take the spot kick, but Naeher read her well and got down to her right for the massive save. It was the first penalty kick save by a U.S. goalkeeper in regulation time at a World Cup.
Veteran Ashlyn Harris has 23 caps, earning her most recent vs. Korea on Oct. 3 as she played 90 minutes to earn her eighth career shutout. Against Brazil on March 5, she went 90 minutes to earn the shutout and made several important plays in the match.
Adrianna Franch earned her first WNT cap against England on March 2, 2019. She became the 27th player to earn her first cap during this cycle (post-WWC 2015). She has been getting call-ups to the senior side since 2012 after she was a member of the USA’s 2010 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Team and has seen training time with the WNT on and off for the past six years. Franch earned her second cap and her first shut-out in the USA 4-0 win vs. Portugal on Sept. 29 in Philadelphia.