SheBelieves Cup 2022: USA vs Czech Republic

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USWNT vs. Czech Republic – 2022 SheBelieves Cup, presented by Visa
Dated: February 17, 2022
Location: Dignity Health Sports Park; Carson, California.
Broadcast: ESPN, TUDN
Broadcast time: 8 p.m. PT / 11 p.m. ET
Official kick-off time: 8:08 p.m. PT / 11:08 p.m. ET

Starting XI vs Czech Republic: 18-Casey Murphy, 5-Kelley O’Hara (captain), 6-Morgan Gautrat, 9-Mallory Pugh, 11-Sophia Smith, 12-Tierna Davidson, 15-Alana Cook, 16-Rose Lavelle, 17-Andi Sullivan, 19-Emily Fox, 20-Catarina Macario

Substitutes available: 1-Alyssa Naeher, 2-Trinity Rodman, 3-Lynn Williams, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 7-Ashley Hatch, 8-Sofia Huerta, 10-Jaelin Howell, 13-Ashely Sanchez, 14-Emily Sonnett, 21- Aubrey Kingsbury, 22-Kristie Mewis, 23-Margaret Purce

PLAY NOTES | FIVE THINGS TO KNOW – CZECH REPUBLIC

  • USWNT Starting XI Pick Numbers (Including This Game): O’Hara (149), Gautrat (88), Lavelle (69), Pugh (68), Davidson (46), Sullivan (23), Macario (13), Smith (11), Fox (9), Cook (5 ), Murphy (3).
  • The average age of the starting XI is 25.55 and is the youngest starting XI to feature for the United States since April 5, 2018, when the USWNT roster against Mexico averaged 25.2 years old and the second youngest starting XI USA have ever used at the SheBelieves Cup.
  • The starting line-up averages 43 caps per player with O’Hara (149) by far the most experienced player in the starting XI with Gautrat (88) the second most capped in the line-up. Five players – Macario (13), Smith (11), Fox (9), Cook (5) and Murphy (3) – have fewer than 15 caps.
  • Defender Kelley O’Hara will captain the United States for only the second time in his career – and the first since turning 100and cap celebration match in 2017 – as she is about to make her 149and international appearance for the USWNT. O’Hara has nearly three times as many caps as the rest of the starting backline and will become the first player to play in every edition of the SheBelieves Cup, having now played in the tournament every year since its inception in 2016.
  • Goalkeeper Casey Murphy will earn her third cap as she makes her third straight start for the USWNT. The 25-year-old Murphy made her USWNT debut on Nov. 27 in the United States’ 3-0 win over Australia in Sydney, posting a stellar eight-save performance as she became the seventh goaltender in USWNT history to earn a clean sheet. in his first cap.
  • Morgan Gautrat (formerly Brian) will net him 88and cap as she makes her first appearance for the USWNT since November 10, 2019, when she started, played 63 minutes and scored in the United States’ 6-0 win over Costa Rica. This will be his first match for the USWNT in 830 days and Gautrat’s first selection playing under his married name.
  • Mallory Pugh will win him 68and career high as she makes her fourth start for the USA since September 2021. Pugh is tied with Rose Lavelle for the most goals of any player on the USA’s SheBelieves Cup roster with 18 career international goals and 20 assists. Her last goal for the United States came on October 3, 2019, when she scored in the 76and minute against the Republic of Korea.
  • Sophie Smith will bring him 11and cap as she makes her third career start for the USWNT and first since October 26, 2021 against Korea Republic. Smith, 21, is the youngest player in that starting lineup and has scored a goal in her 10 previous caps, in her first career start against Paraguay on September 21 in Cincinnati.
  • Tierna Davidson will make his ninth consecutive start by winning his 46and global cap for the USWNT. At 23, Davidson is the third-youngest player on this starting lineup but has the fifth-most caps and has played all but 47 minutes for the USWNT in his last eight games, dating back to halfback. -Olympic final against Canada. .
  • Alana Cook will earn her fifth cap for the United States as she makes her SheBelieves Cup debut. Cook, who will play a third consecutive game for the USWNT in central defense alongside former collegiate teammate Davidson, has played the full 90 minutes in each of her previous four caps, helping the United States to three clean sheets.
  • Rose Lavelle will compete in his fifth SheBelieves Cup, having made his international debut at the tournament in 2017. Lavelle is expected to win his 69and cap and coming off a strong 2021 campaign in which she recorded career highs in games played (22), minutes (1,411), goals (5) and assists (5).
  • Andi Sullivan will win him 23rd cap in what will be his sixth start in the USWNT’s last seven games. Sullivan, who has played just one game in 2020, has made six appearances for the United States in 2021 with five starts, in which she has two goals and one assist. This will be Sullivan’s first appearance – and first start – at the SheBelieves Cup since 2018.
  • Emilie Renard is set to make his third straight start and earn his ninth overall cap for the USWNT. Fox, who was named Woman of the Match in USA’s 1-1 draw with Australia to close out the 2021 campaign, will make her SheBelieves Cup debut as she builds on a strong 2021 over the which she made five appearances for the USWNT.
  • Catarina Macaire going to make him 13and appearance and seventh career start for the USWNT. Macario, 22, started USA’s opener at the 2021 SheBelieves Cup against Canada and has three goals and an assist in his 12 appearances in 2021.
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