Lineup Notes: USA Completes Group G Play vs. Colombia at 2016 Olympics
USA vs. Colombia
Aug. 9, 2016
Live Broadcast: NBCSN, NBC Universo
Tonight’s U.S. WNT Starting XI vs. Colombia: 1-Hope Solo; 11-Ali Krieger, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 6-Whitney Engen, 5-Kelley O’Hara; 14-Morgan Brian, 9-Lindsey Horan, 10-Carli Lloyd (capt.); 15-Megan Rapinoe, 12-Christen Press, 16-Crystal Dunn
Subs: 2-Mallory Pugh, 3-Allie Long, 7-Meghan Klingenberg, 8-Julie Johnston, 13-Alex Morgan, 17-Tobin Heath, 18-Alyssa Naeher
- The USA will start in a 4-3-3 formation, featuring Christen Press at striker with Megan Rapinoe and Crystal Dunn on the wings, Carli Lloyd and Lindsey Horan patrolling center midfield with Morgan Brian as holding midfielder. Ali Krieger is starting at right back, Kelley O’Hara at left back with Whitney Engen and Becky Sauerbrunn in the middle. Hope Solo is in goal for her third consecutive match. Lloyd will captain the USA.
- The lineup features four changes from Saturday’s win against France: Krieger, Horan, Rapinoe and Press are in the starting lineup for the first time in the 2016 Olympics. Brian will move into a different position in the midfield and O’Hara is set to move to the left side, while Krieger will be at right back.
- The game marks the first Olympic start for Krieger, Horan and Press, as well as Horan’s first start in a world championship tournament at the senior level.
- Rapinoe will play in her first game since she suffered a torn ACL in early December of last year. Her last appearance was in a 3-1 win against Brazil on Oct. 25, 2015 in Orlando, Fla.
- Lloyd earns her 227th cap and 15th in Olympics competition, tied with Solo for the most on the team. She is the most-capped player at the 2016 Olympic Football tournament.
- Lloyd has scored in both group games in Brazil, increasing her career total to 90 goals, including eight in her Olympic career and 11 in 2016.
- Solo comes into today’s match with 102 career shutouts. She became the first goalkeeper in soccer history to reach the 100 mark on July 9 against South Africa.
- Solo also comes into the match with 153 wins. She earned her 200th cap against France on Saturday, becoming the first goalkeeper in international soccer history to achieve that mark.
- Solo has 14 wins in 2016, including 12 by shutout, one shy of her high of 13 shutouts in a calendar year achieved in another Olympic year, 2008. Solo has earned shutouts against 29 different countries.
- Engen earns her second consecutive start and second Olympic start overall.
- Krieger earns her 93rd cap and is seven away from becoming the 36th player in U.S. WNT history to reach the century mark.
- Lloyd has scored in four of the five matches she has played against Colombia, only failing to score in the April 10 friendly in Chester, Pa. She has scored against Colombia in three world championship matches, at the 2011 Women’s World Cup, the 2012 Olympics and the 2015 Women’s World Cup.