Both teams are hoping to secure their place in the round of 16 by securing a victory in an incredibly anticipated FIFA women’s World Cup clash in Wellington.
The starting line-up to take in the Netherlands is identical to the USWNT team that started in the World Cup against Vietnam on the 22nd of July.
The starting lineup today includes four players who played in the match against Netherlands in the 2019 World Cup final – Naeher, Dunn, Ertz and Morgan.
Four players in today’s starting line-up also took on their country of origin, the Netherlands in quarterfinals at the Tokyo Olympics Naeher, Dunn, Ertz and Horan.
The midfielder Lindsey Horan, who scored her third career World Cup goal in the second part of the opening win against Vietnam, will captain the USA for the second time when she makes her eighth appearance of her career and her sixth appearance during the World Cup. Horan is leading in the USWNT with 680 minutes of playing time this season and has played a full 90 minutes in four of her recent five games with the USWNT.
Horan is the sole U.S. player on a yellow card, will earn her 131st cap for the USA which will put her in a tie with the former USWNT midfielder Aly Wagner for the 31st spot on the US’s all-time cap charts.
Goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher will make her ninth start of her career in the Women’s World Cup with eight wins with five clean sheets in her previous eight appearances. At the 2018 FIFA Women’s World Cup final Naeher became the 5th goalkeeper in history to have an unbeaten record in the World Cup final, backstopping the USA in their 2-0 win. Naeher played a game to remember in her last match against the Dutch she saved an injury late in regulation. She also made 2 PK stoppages in an infamous shoot-out with the Netherlands in the semifinals in the postponed 2022 Tokyo Olympics.
After playing all 90 minutes and assisting the USA to keep their clean sheets in the first game of her World Cup debut, Naomi Girma will get the third straight start, and the 16th time in her international career when she gets an 18th international cap with the USA. Girma was a player in the two FIFA Youth World Cups, finished 73 of her 79 passes in the opening game against Vietnam and was the top player in the entire field of U.S. outfield players at 92 percent.
Julie Ertz will earn her 120th cap for the USA in her 15th start and 15th overall appearance – with the USA at the World Cup. Ertz becomes the 12th athlete in USWNT time to have 15 or more starts in the World Cup and has the most World Cup starts of any player on the current squad. Ertz took on all 90 minutes in the center back position against Vietnam the first time she played in a 90-minute game and her first appearance in the USA since August 2021.
Savannah DeMelo will earn her third cap in her second start of her career, only five days following she made her first ever career debut and World Cup debut against Vietnam. DeMelo has earned the first time her cap in the US’s July 9 Send-Off Match made history as the only USWNT athlete to earn her World Cup debut in one of her first two caps.
After having a key part in the 3 U.S. goals against Vietnam with two goals with an assist Sophia Smith will make her second World Cup appearance as she gets her 32nd cap for the USWNT. Smith was one of the youngest players in USWNT in history, scoring two goals in the first match of her World Cup debut and the most youthful American in the last three years to have scored more than two goals in the same World Cup match, made her debut for the team in the Netherlands in 2020.
She came in as a substitute for the second half in the US’s 2-0 victory in Breda. Alex Morgan is set to play in the 20th women’s World Cup match, taking the sole title of having the sixth most World Cup appearances in USWNT history. Morgan has scored nine years of World Cup goals and tallied her fifth career assist during the World Cup on July 22 as she assisted Sophia Smith’s goal in the opening match against Vietnam. This was the 50th assist of Morgan’s professional career and makes her 8th player in USWNT history to have 50+ career goals as well as 50plus career assists.