The U.S. Women’s National Team will return to the game action for the first time in 261 days when it faces reining European champions Netherlands on Friday, Nov. 27. Coveraged of Netherlands-USA from Rat Verlegh Stadium in Breda, the Netherlands begins at 12:30 a.m. CT / 6:30 p.m. local on ESPN2 & TUDN. Fans will also be able to follow the action via Twitter (@USWNT), Instagram (@USWNT), Facebook and the official U.S. Soccer App. USWNT vs Netherlands Friday
The US won 2-0 with goals by Rose Lavelle and Kristie Mewis
Friday’s game will be the ninth meeting all-time between the teams, with the USA holding a 7-1-0 advantage in the series. The USA and Netherlands will be forever linked in women’s soccer history after meeting in the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup Final on July 7, 2019 in Lyon, France. The USA won 2-0 to lift its fourth World Cup trophy on goals from forward Megan Rapinoe, via a penalty kick, and a brilliant solo run and strike from midfielder Rose Lavelle. The match will mark 509 days since the World Cup Final and is the USA’s first match abroad since that historic game. The USA is still ranked #1 in the world. The Netherlands is #4 following its run to the World Cup Final.
Carrying a roster that features both World Cup champions and players in search of their first caps, head coach Vlatko Andonovski and the WNT will be looking to close the year on a strong note in what will be the team’s final match of 2020. The USA is 8-0-0 on the year, but has not played a competitive match since winning the SheBelieves Cup on March 11. Read more at USsoccer.com
Two time Hermann Trophy award winner Catarina Macario is on her way to becoming the USWNT’s next big star and how about Stanford star Catarina Macario ready for new chapter with U.S. women’s national team and a feel good story as Kristie Mewis rejoins her sister Sammie and returns to the USWNT
For those interested, I’ve shot a couple of dozen international matches now including the USMNT and USWNT. You can see the galleries here. That’s where I found that shot of Dunn I used above.
Due to the current conditions related to the global COVID-19 pandemic, the match will be conducted under the UEFA Return to Play Protocols and be played without fans in the stadium.
USA Detailed Roster By Position (Club; Caps/Goals)
GOALKEEPERS (3): Aubrey Bledsoe (Washington Spirit; 0), Jane Campbell (Houston Dash; 3), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars; 63)
DEFENDERS (8): Alana Cook (Paris Saint-Germain, FRA; 1/0), Abby Dahlkemper (NC Courage; 61/0), Tierna Davidson (Chicago Red Stars; 26/1), Crystal Dunn (Portland Thorns FC; 104/24), Kelley O’Hara (Utah Royals FC; 131/2), Margaret Purce (Sky Blue FC; 1/0), Becky Sauerbrunn (Portland Thorns FC; 177/0), Emily Sonnett (Orlando Pride; 45/0)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Julie Ertz (Chicago Red Stars; 102/20), Jaelin Howell (Florida State; 0/0), Rose Lavelle (Manchester City, ENG; 45/12), Catarina Macario (Stanford; 0/0), Kristie Mewis (Houston Dash; 15/1), Samantha Mewis (Manchester City, ENG; 67/18)
FORWARDS (6): Ashley Hatch (Washington Spirit; 2/0), Tobin Heath (Manchester United, ENG; 168/33), Alex Morgan (Tottenham Hotspur, ENG; 169/107), Christen Press (Manchester United, ENG; 138/58), Sophia Smith (Portland Thorns FC; 0/0), Lynn Williams (NC Courage; 28/9)
USWNT vs Netherlands Friday