Coming off a 1-0 win over Portugal to begin the 2021 WNT Summer time Sequence, introduced by AT&T 5G, the U.S. Girls’s Nationwide Workforce returns to the sphere on June 13, taking up Jamaica at 10 p.m. ET/9 p.m. ET. The sport towards the Reggae Girlz, which will likely be performed at Houston’s BBVA Stadium, will likely be broadcast on FS1, with official kickoff slated for 10:15 p.m. ET/9:15 p.m. CT.
Portugal and Nigeria will meet within the first match of the Sunday doubleheader, with kickoff at 7:15 p.m. ET. That recreation will likely be obtainable through dwell stream at ussoccer.com/dwell.
The USA prolonged its unbeaten streak to 40 consecutive matches with final Thursday’s 1-0 victory over Portugal on the opening match day of the Summer time Sequence. The victory marked the 16th consecutive dwelling win for the Individuals and pushed the USA to 7-0-1 on the 12 months whereas outscoring the opposition 23-1.
Following the sport towards Jamaica, the USA head to Austin to shut out the Summer time Sequence on Wednesday towards Nigeria. The June 16 recreation towards the Tremendous Falcons (9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT on ESPN2) would be the first soccer recreation on the model new, state-of-the-art Q2 Stadium, dwelling of Main League Soccer’s latest membership, Austin FC. The Summer time Sequence finale, which is anticipated to be a sell-out, will likely be performed three days earlier than Austin FC performs its first MLS match at dwelling.
Followers may even have the ability to observe the motion through Twitter (@USWNT), Instagram (@USWNT), Fb and the official U.S. Soccer App.
USWNT DETAILED ROSTER BY POSITION (CLUB; CAPS/GOALS)
GOALKEEPERS (3): Jane Campbell (Houston Sprint; 5), Adrianna Franch (Portland Thorns; 4), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Pink Stars; 70)
DEFENDERS (8): Alana Prepare dinner (OL Reign, 2/0), Abby Dahlkemper (Manchester Metropolis, ENG; 67/0), Tierna Davidson (Chicago Pink Stars; 30/1), Crystal Dunn (Portland Thorns FC; 112/24), Kelley O’Hara (Washington Spirit; 137/2), Margaret Purce (NJ/NY Gotham FC; 6/1), Becky Sauerbrunn (Portland Thorns FC; 185/0), Emily Sonnett (Washington Spirit; 52/0)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC; 94/20), Rose Lavelle (OL Reign; 54/14), Catarina Macario (Olympique Lyonnais, FRA; 3/1), Kristie Mewis (Houston Sprint; 22/4), Samantha Mewis (North Carolina Braveness; 73/22), Andi Sullivan (Washington Spirit; 16/0)
FORWARDS (6): Carli Lloyd (NJ/NY Gotham FC; 302/124), Alex Morgan (Orlando Satisfaction; 176/109), Christen Press (Manchester United, ENG; 145/60), Megan Rapinoe (OL Reign; 176/59), Sophia Smith (Portland Thorns FC; 5/0), Lynn Williams (North Carolina Braveness; 35/10)
Head coach Vlatko Andonovski referred to as up 23 gamers for the three video games of the Summer time Sequence, whereas ahead Tobin Heath can be in camp as a coaching participant as she continues her comeback from a knee harm. All 23 gamers have been obtainable for the match towards Jamaica, wherein Andonovski made 5 second-half substitutions.
9 of the 23 gamers on the USA’s Summer time Sequence roster have expertise within the Olympic Video games, whereas 15 have been members of the 2019 Girls’s World Cup champions. The Summer time Sequence roster options 20 NWSL gamers and three from golf equipment in Europe.
INSIDE THE SERIES: USA vs. JAMAICA
Sunday’s recreation would be the fourth assembly all-time between the USA and Jamaica and the primary outdoors of a Concacaf qualifying occasion. The USWNT and Jamaica have performed twice in World Cup qualifying – first in 1994 and once more in 2018 – and as soon as in qualification for the Olympics, in 2008. The USA has received all three earlier conferences between the nations by a mixed margin of 22-0.
The groups performed most lately on October 14, 2018, in Frisco, Texas throughout qualify for the 2019 FIFA Girls’s World Cup. The USA defeated Jamaica, 6-0, within the semifinal of 2018 Concacaf Girls’s Championship to qualify for the 2019 World Cup in France, the place they went on to carry their second consecutive World Cup trophy. Tobin Heath and Alex Morgan scored a brace apiece within the victory over Jamaica, whereas Julie Ertz and Megan Rapinoe additionally discovered the again of the online for the USA.
LAST TIME OUT
A late nook kick from Christen Press teed up Samantha Mewis for the lone objective within the U.S. Girls’s Nationwide Workforce’s 1-0 victory towards Portugal to open its 2021Summer Sequence slate. After controlling all the match, the 76th-minute objective from Mewis capped off a hard-fought effort towards a hardy Portugal protection that held sturdy for a lot of the new and humid Texan night, akin to the circumstances the USWNT will face at this summer season’s Tokyo Olympics.
Whereas the USWNT didn’t get on the board till late within the second half, the crew dominated the night each offensively and defensively. The U.S. outshot Portugal 26-4, served in 32 open play crosses and racked up 15 nook kicks, which means the USA put a service into the penalty roughly each two minutes maintaining Portuguese goalkeeper Inês Pereira fairly busy. She had a advantageous match of shot-stopping and cross-catching and thwarted a number of harmful appears to be like by the USA within the first half and the early levels of the second. Nonetheless, the hosts’ persistence paid off within the 76th minute when Press took her first nook kick of the night. Her hovering service discovered Mewis simply contained in the close to put up, the place she headed it dwelling into the roof of the online from shut vary for the sport’s lone objective.
TOWER OF POWER TAKING IT UP A NOTCH
The 2020 U.S. Soccer Participant of the 12 months, Samantha Mewis, has continued to develop her recreation over the previous few years and is at present second on the crew in scoring with 4 targets in 5 video games in 2021. Mewis scored her first profession hat trick within the USA’s 4-0 win on Jan. 18 over Colombia –scoring the primary three targets of the sport for a “true hat trick.” Together with her game-winning header towards Portugal on Thursday, Mewis now has 22 targets in 73 profession caps, eight of which she has scored together with her head.
Mewis’ 4 targets in 2021 are already tied for her second-most in a calendar 12 months. She scored six occasions in 2019 and 4 occasions once more in each 2016 and 2020.
Courting again to the 2020 SheBelieves Cup, Mewis has began seven of the final eight matches wherein she’s been obtainable for the USA and has additionally displayed wonderful type in membership play. Mewis performed for Manchester Metropolis in England final season and was named to the PFA Girls’s Tremendous League Workforce of the 12 months after scoring a exceptional 16 occasions in 31 complete matches for the Cityzens and serving to Man Metropolis win the FA Cup. Mewis has since returned to the NWSL and the North Carolina Braveness.
Earlier this 12 months, Mewis was named because the #1 participant on the earth on the ESPN FC and espnW Prime-50 feminine gamers on the earth checklist, one in all 11 USWNT gamers to earn recognition on the 50-player checklist.
PRESS REACHES ATTACKING MILESTONE
Together with her help towards Portugal, the fortieth general help of her worldwide profession, Press grew to become simply the 14th participant in USWNT historical past with 100 mixed targets and assists, amassing 60 targets and 40 assists in 145 caps with the USWNT.
Press is in the midst of one of many best stretches of her profession – and of anybody’s profession for the USWNT – as she has been immediately concerned in 31 targets in her final 33 video games for the USWNT, scoring 13 targets with 18 assists. She additionally served within the free kick that led to Rose Lavelle’s game-winner vs. Canada on Feb. 18 within the USA’s opening recreation of the 2021 SheBelieves Cup. Press has 11 targets in her final 17 video games for the USA whereas making 12 begins throughout that stretch.
In reality, for the reason that 2019 FIFA Girls’s World Cup last, Press has scored or assisted in 17 or her final 21 appearances for the USA.
Press is at present tied with Shannon MacMillan for ninth on the USWNT’s all-time scoring charts and ranks 13th in assists.
SUMMER SERIES GIVES USA MATCHES IN TEXAS HEAT, REPLICATES GROUP PLAY AT OLYMPICS
The U.S. Girls’s Nationwide Workforce is 7-0-1 on this COVID-impacted 12 months and has 4 matches left earlier than kicking off play within the delayed 2020 Tokyo Olympics: the 2 remaining friendlies within the 2021 WNT Summer time Sequence, Introduced by AT&T 5G, and two within the WNT Ship-Off Sequence, Introduced by Visa, which is able to see the USA play Mexico in Connecticut on July 1 and 5. All of the matches will likely be performed in warmth and humidity, replicating the circumstances the U.S. crew will encounter in Japan, whereas the Summer time Sequence schedule additionally replicates Group play on the Olympics, the place the USA could have two days of relaxation between matches.
After taking part in its first two video games of the Summer time Sequence in Houston, the USA will journey to Austin to face Nigeria on June 16 (8 p.m. CT / 9 p.m. ET on ESPN2). The match in Austin on the dwelling of Main League Soccer’s latest membership, Austin FC, would be the first soccer recreation on the model new, state-of-the-art, 20,500 seat Q2 Stadium. The 2 dates in Houston are doubleheaders, with Portugal taking part in Nigeria on June 13 (6 p.m. CT / 7 p.m. ET). That match will likely be streamed dwell at www.ussoccer.com/dwell.
SUCCESS ON HOME SOIL
With its 1-0 victory over Portugal to open the Summer time Sequence, the USA prolonged its dwelling unbeaten streak to 54 video games. The present 54-game dwelling unbeaten streak contains 49 wins and 5 attracts. Throughout this stretch of dominance on dwelling soil the USA has outscored its opponents 190-27, together with a 60-3 margin throughout its final 16 matches at dwelling, all of which have been wins. The USA’s present 16-game dwelling successful streak dates again to a 3-2 win over Sweden on November 7, 2019, which was additionally Vlakto Andonovski’s first match accountable for the USWNT.
The USA can be using a 40-game unbeaten streak – 36 wins and 4 ties – throughout all matches and has scored a number of targets in 33 of these video games. The present 40-game unbeaten streak is the third-longest in USWNT historical past. The USA’s longest unbeaten streak spanned 51 matches from December 2004 to September 2007. Most lately, the USA had a 43-game unbeaten run that started in March of 2012 and ran to March 2014.
GEARED UP FOR GROUP G
The Closing Draw for the 2021 Olympic Soccer Match was held – nearly – on April 21 to find out the teams and schedule for the 12 groups competing in Tokyo. The U.S. was drawn into Group G and can open Olympic play on July 21 – two days earlier than the Olympic Opening Ceremonies – towards Sweden (5:30 p.m. native / 4:30 a.m. ET) at Tokyo Stadium. The Individuals will play their second match in Saitama towards New Zealand on July 24 (8:30 p.m. native / 7:30 a.m. ET). The USA will end group play towards Australia on July 27 (5 p.m. native / 4 a.m. ET) on the Ibaraki Kashima Stadium in Kashima.
The Olympic Soccer Match runs from July 21-Aug. 6 with six group video games happening on every of the first-round dates — July 21, 24 and 27 — giving all nations solely two days of relaxation between matches. The Olympics is an intense event as there are additionally solely two relaxation days between the second and third group video games, between the tip of group play and the quarterfinal, and between the quarterfinal and the semifinal. Groups that make the Closing will likely be gifted with a 3rd relaxation day earlier than squaring off for the gold medal.
The 12 international locations which have will likely be taking part in within the Olympic ladies’s soccer event are the USA and Canada from Concacaf; Australia, Japan and China PR from Asia; Nice Britain, Netherlands, and Sweden from Europe; Brazil and Chile from South America; New Zealand from Oceania and Zambia from Africa.
U.S. SOCCER UNVEILS DEIB INIATIVES AROUND USWNT AND USMNT MATCHES
Underneath the umbrella of ‘One Nation,’ U.S. Soccer’s social duty platform, the Federation is concentrated on taking particular actions to encourage larger inclusion and generate actual change within the communities it visits. In every metropolis that the senior Nationwide Groups play, U.S. Soccer will join with minority-owned enterprise, organizations and people serving marginalized populations within the space and acknowledge a person making an influence in the neighborhood as its “Recreation Ambassador.” Free coach schooling alternatives in underserved communities may even be obtainable with help from state and native members. On the stadium, U.S. Soccer is partnering with Vote.org to drive voter registration for necessary state and native elections that occur yearly and is working with KultureCity to make all matches sensory inclusive, offering sensory baggage to make sure a constructive expertise for all followers with a sensory challenge.
2021 USWNT MEDIA GUIDE
The 2021 U.S. Girls’s Nationwide Workforce Media Information is obtainable for obtain. The Media Information options all of the historical past and statistics of the USWNT, in addition to full bios on technical employees and the present high gamers, info on the USA’s Youth Nationwide Groups, and normal necessary info on U.S. Soccer.
USA ROSTER NOTES
The common age for this journey roster is 28 and the common caps per participant is 76.
Ahead Carli Lloyd, who earned her historic three hundredth cap on April 10 vs. Sweden in Stockholm, is by far probably the most skilled participant on the roster with 302 caps. Lloyd will likely be honored for the achievement previous to the USA’s June 16 match vs. Nigeria in Austin. The subsequent most skilled participant — defender Becky Sauerbrunn – is 117 caps behind her with 185. The opposite gamers on the roster with over 100 caps are forwards Alex Morgan (176), Megan Rapinoe (176), Christen Press (145), and defenders Kelley O’Hara (137) and Crystal Dunn (112).
On the opposite finish of the spectrum, ten gamers on this roster have 35 caps or fewer, although each participant on the Summer time Sequence roster has at the least one cap.
The USA has scored in 69 consecutive matches and has averaged simply extra than three targets per recreation in that point. The run of 69 consecutive matches with a objective is the longest such streak in USWNT historical past and started following a 1-0 loss to Australia within the 2017 Match of Nations.
The USA is using a 40-game unbeaten streak – 36 wins and 4 ties – which is the third-longest in USWNT historical past. The USA’s longest unbeaten streak spanned 51 matches from December 2004 to September 2007. Most lately, the USA had a 43-game unbeaten run that started in March 2012 and ran to March 2014.
Up to now this 12 months, 11 gamers have scored the USA’s 23 targets: Megan Rapinoe (7), Samantha Mewis (4), Alex Morgan (2), Kristie Mewis (2), Christen Press (2), Rose Lavelle, Lindsey Horan, Catarina Macario, Margaret Purce, Lynn Williams and Carli Lloyd.
Twelve totally different gamers have additionally tallied an help in 2021: Carli Lloyd (4), Lindsey Horan (4), Christen Press (2), Crystal Dunn, Ali Krieger, Samantha Mewis, Megan Rapinoe, Emily Sonnett, Rose Lavelle, Kristie Mewis, Casey Krueger and Alex Morgan.
U.S. head coach Vlatko Andonovski is 18-0-1 in his first 19 video games (two on the finish of 2019, 9 in 2020 and eight to date in 2021), setting a file for greatest begin for a head coach in USWNT historical past. In his 11 occasions as head coach, Andonovski has referred to as up 57 totally different gamers for coaching camp, with 57 of these gamers incomes at the least one cap. Andonovski has given 16 gamers their first senior crew call-ups and, to date, 5 gamers their first senior crew caps: Alana Prepare dinner, Margaret Purce, Sophia Smith, Jaelin Howell and Catarina Macario.
IN FOCUS: JAMAICA| FIVE THINGS TO KNOW
FIFA World Rating: 51
UEFA Rating: 5
World Cup Appearances: 1 (2019 – Group Stage)
Olympic Appearances: N/A
File vs. USA: 0-3-0
Head Coach: Hubert Busby Jr.
JAMAICA DETAILED ROSTER BY POSITION
GOALKEEPERS (3): 1-Sydney Schneider (Washington Spirit, USA), 13-Rebecca Spencer (Tottenham Hotspurs FC, ENG), 23-Yazmeen Jamieson (Unattached)
DEFENDERS (6): 2-Chantelle Swaby (Glasgow Rangers FC, SCO), 5-Konya Plummer (Orlando Satisfaction, USA), 11-Satara Murray (Austin Elite, USA), 12-Sashana Campbell (Maccabi Hedera, ISR), 16-Gabrielle Gayle (South Alabama College, USA), 17-Allyson Swaby (AS Roma, ITA)
MIDFIELDERS (8): 4-Vyan Sampson (Charlton Athletic, ENG), 6-Havana Solaun (North Carolina Braveness, USA), 7-Chinyelu Asher (Washington Spirit, USA), 14-Deneisha Blackwood (Houston Sprint, USA), 15-Tiffany Cameron (Ferencvaros FC, HUN), 18-Tierney Wiltshire (Maccabi Emek Hefer, ISR), 19-Drew Spence (Chelsea FC, ENG), 22-Peyton McNamara (Ohio State College, USA)
FORWARDS (6): 3-Mikayla Dayes (College of Maryland, USA), 8-Shania Hayles (Aston Villa FC, ENG), 9-Kayla McCoy (Glasgow Rangers FC, SCO), 10-Jody Brown (Florida State College, USA), 20-Cheyna Matthews (Racing Louisville FC, USA), 21-Sade Adamolekun (College of Southern California, USA)
JAMAICA ROSTER NOTES
- Jamaica received its first Summer time Sequence match 1-0 over Nigeria as Houston Sprint midfielder Deneisha Blackwood scored within the 51st minute. Jamaica out-shot Nigeria 12-8 and 8-4 in photographs on objective. It was a superb win for Jamaica towards a crew that’s 13 spots above them within the FIFA rankings.
- Jamaica is with out arguably its high participant in Khadija “Bunny” Shaw, who led France’s Division I Female in scoring this season with Bordeaux, pounding in 22 targets. Shaw layed her faculty soccer at College of Tennessee.
- Jamaica grew to become the first Caribbean crew to qualify for a FIFA Girls’s World Cup, securing a berth at France 2019 with a dramatic penalty kick shootout over Panama within the third-place match of Concacaf World Cup Qualifying in 2018.
- On the World Cup, Jamaica have been drawn right into a troublesome Group C with Italy, Australia and Brazil and misplaced all three video games by at the least three targets, however made historical past simply with its look.
- Ahead Havana Solaun, who performed for the USA on the youth ranges, made extra historical past by scoring the primary World Cup objective in Jamaica historical past within the 4-1 loss to Australia.
- Six gamers on Jamaica’s roster at present play within the NWSL – Solaun (North Carolina Braveness), Sydney Schneider (Washington Spirit), Chinyelu Asher (Washington Spirit), Konya Plummer (Orlando Satisfaction), Daneisha Blackwood (Houston Sprint) and Cheyna Mathews (Racing Louisville).