Christen Press celebrates one of her goals from Thursday night. (David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports)
CHICAGO – The U.S women’s national team will play its final match before heading to Japan for the delayed Tokyo Olympics, taking on Mexico Monday in the second game of the WNT Send-Off Series.
The USA and Mexico will square off for the second time in five days at Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Conn. The match will be broadcast at 5 p.m. ET on ESPN, TUDN.tv and the TUDN App, with official kickoff slated for 5:09 p.m. ET.
Not even a torrential rainstorm could dampen the mood of the 21,637 fans on hand for the first match of the Send-Off Series on July 1, in which the USA defeated Mexico, 4-0. Samantha Mewis opened the scoring in the 21st minute off an assist from her older sister Kristie, marking the first sister-to-sister assist-goal combination in USWNT history. Christen Press added goals in the 39th and 85th minutes to continue her stellar run of attack form, while Tobin Heath marked her return to the pitch with a wonder strike from 32 yards out less than a minute after entering the match.
The USWNT extended its unbeaten streak to 43 games in row, tied for the second-longest such streak in program history. The record for the longest unbeaten streak in USWNT history is 51 games, which spanned from December 2004 to September 2007. The USA also had a 43-game unbeaten run that began in March 2012 and ran to March 2014 and can surpass that record with a positive result vs. Mexico on July 5.
Following the match against Mexico, the USA will depart for its pre-Olympic training camp in Miyazaki, Japan, located on the southern island of Kyushu. The USWNT kicks off play in Group G on July 21, taking on Sweden in its opening match of the group stage.
Fans will also be able to follow the action via Twitter (@USWNT), Instagram (@USWNT), Facebook and the official U.S. Soccer App.
The U.S. roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): 18-Adrianna Franch (Portland Thorns FC; 6), 1-Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars; 72)
DEFENDERS (6): 17-Abby Dahlkemper (Manchester City, ENG; 70/0), 12-Tierna Davidson (Chicago Red Stars; 33/1), 2-Crystal Dunn (Portland Thorns FC; 115/24), 5-Kelley O’Hara (Washington Spirit; 139/2), 4-Becky Sauerbrunn (Portland Thorns FC; 187/0), 14-Emily Sonnett (Washington Spirit; 55/0)
MIDFIELDERS (6): 8-Julie Ertz (Chicago Red Stars; 110/20), 9-Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC; 97/21), 16-Rose Lavelle (OL Reign; 55/14), 19-Catarina Macario (Olympique Lyon, FRA; 6/1), 6-Kristie Mewis (Houston Dash; 25/4), 3-Samantha Mewis (North Carolina Courage; 76/23)
FORWARDS (5): 7-Tobin Heath (Unattached; 170/34), 10-Carli Lloyd (NJ/NY Gotham FC; 305/125), 13-Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride; 179/110), 11-Christen Press (Unattached; 148/63), 15-Megan Rapinoe (OL Reign; 178/59)