2019 SheBelieves Cup 
USA vs. Brazil 
March 5, 2019 
Raymond James Stadium; Tampa, Fla.AFTER TWO DRAWS, USA FACES BRAZIL TO FINISH 2019 SHEBELIEVES CUP: TheUSA opened the 2019 SheBelieves Cup with a 2-2 draw with Japan on Feb. 27 in Chester, Pa. followed by a 2-2 draw with England on March 2 in Nashville, Tenn., and now will need a victory against Brazil on March 5 in Tampa, Fla. (8 p.m. ET on FS1) combined with a draw between England and Japan in the first game of the night (5:15 p.m. ET on ussoccer.com) in order to win the tournament.2019 Game Lineups || 2019 StatisticsCHAMPIONSHIP SCENARIOS: The SheBelieves Cup tournament format is same as the first three years. The winner will be based on total points (three for a win, one for a draw), with the first tie-breaker being overall goal difference, followed by goals scored, then head-to-head result. If teams are still tied, the next tie-breaker will be the Fair Play ranking. Here are the championship scenarios heading into the final SheBelieves Cup matchday on Tuesday, March 5 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla.If there is a winner in the England-Japan match, that team will win the tournament title.If Japan draws with England and the USA fails to beat Brazil, Japan will win the tournament.If England and Japan draw, the USA could take the tournament title IF it defeats Brazil AND comes out ahead of Japan on goal differential.If England and Japan draw, 0-0, the USA would need to defeat Brazil 2-0, or register a two-goal win by any score, which would tie the USA in goal difference with Japan but put the USA head on the second tie-breaker, goals scored.If England and Japan draw, 1-1, the USA would need to win 3-0, or register a three-goal win by any score, tying Japan on goal difference, but moving ahead on the second tie-breaker, goals scored.If England and Japan draw, 2-2, the USA would need to win 4-0, or register a four-goal win by any score, tying Japan on goal difference, but moving ahead on the second tie-breaker, goals scored.2019 SheBelieves Cup Standings 
TeamGPWLTGFGAGDPts.Japan210153+24England210143+14United States20024402Brazil202025-30U.S. WNT ROSTER BY POSITION: 2019 SHEBELIEVES CUP (CAPS/GOALS) 
GOALKEEPERS (3): 21- Adrianna Franch (Portland Thorns FC; 1/0), 24- Ashlyn Harris (Orlando Pride; 19/0), 1- Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars; 41/0) 
DEFENDERS (8): 7- Abby Dahlkemper (NC Courage; 34/0), 12- Tierna Davidson (Chicago Red Stars; 16/1); 19- Crystal Dunn (NC Courage; 79/24), 22-Emily Fox (UNC; 3/0), 5- Kelley O’Hara(Utah Royals FC; 114/2); 4- Becky Sauerbrunn (Utah Royals FC; 152/0), 14- Casey Short (Chicago Red Stars; 27/0), 2- Emily Sonnett (Portland Thorns FC; 29/0) 
MIDFIELDERS (5): 8- Julie Ertz (Chicago Red Stars; 76/18); 16- Rose Lavelle (Washington Spirit; 23/6), 3- Samantha Mewis (NC Courage; 44/8), 6- Andi Sullivan (Washington Spirit; 11/0), 25-McCall Zerboni (NC Courage; 8/0) 
FORWARDS (7): 17- Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC; 145/26); 10- Carli Lloyd (Sky Blue FC; 268/105), 20- Jessica McDonald (NC Courage; 5/1), 13- Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride; 157/99), 23-Christen Press (Utah Royals FC; 110/47), 11- Mallory Pugh (Washington Spirit; 47/13), 15- Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign FC; 148/43)USA POISED FOR 30TH MATCH IN FLORIDA: The U.S. WNT will play its 30th all-time match in Florida – the most of any state besides California – when it faces Brazil at Raymond James Stadium on March 5 to wrap up the SheBelieves Cup. The USA has played at 13 different venues in Florida and Tuesday’s game will be the fifth at Raymond James Stadium where the USA has previously won four one-goal games, most recently a 1-0 victory against England at the 2016 SheBelieves Cup.FOURTH SHEBELIEVES CUP PROMOTES WOMEN’S EMPOWERMENT, WORLD CLASS SOCCER: SheBelieves started as a hashtag in 2015 leading up to the FIFA Women’s World Cup when the U.S. Women’s National Team shared a call to action for young women to set high goals and work to be the best on the field, or in their chosen field, whether it was academics, the arts, finance, technology or wherever their interests led them. The U.S. WNT team led by example, winning the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in resounding fashion. In 2016, U.S. Soccer started an elite four-team women’s international tournament and named it the SheBelieves Cup. Since then, the tournament and the message have grown. With the support of U.S. Soccer, its partners, the fans and of course, the players, SheBelieves has succeeded to make an impact beyond the soccer field.NEW RULES GET TEST RUN AT SHEBELIEVES CUP: In preparation for the 2019 SheBelieves Cup and the road to the 2019 Women’s World Cup in France, U.S. Soccer requested and received approval from the International Football Association Board (IFAB) to implement three changes to the Laws of the Game during the tournament.The 133rd AGM of The IFAB was held in Aberdeen, Scotland on March 2, 2019. At that event, the following changes were approved to the Laws of the Game for 2019/20 and ratified:A player being substituted must leave the field of play at the nearest point on the boundary line.Yellow and red cards for misconduct can be issued to team officials.On a goal kick and a free kick for the defending team in their own penalty area, the ball is in play as soon as the kick is taken so a player – or opponent as long as they started outside the penalty or were not given the proper time to exit the penalty – can play the ball before it leaves the penalty area.COUNTDOWN TO THE CUP: The 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup will be the eighth consecutive World Cup appearance for the USA, which has appeared in each of the previous seven tournaments that have been contested and won in 1991, 1999 and 2015. The USA is one of six countries to qualify for all eight Women’s World Cups along with Brazil, Germany, Japan, Norway, Sweden and Nigeria. The World Cup will be held from June 7-July 7 in nine cities in France. The USA’s Draw and placement in Group F gave the Americans venues that are all within a two-hour drive of each other, with the opening game against Thailand taking place in Reims, followed Chile in Paris and then Sweden in Le Havre. The 2019 SheBelieves Cup will take the USA halfway through Countdown to the Cup, the team’s 10-game pre-World Cup schedule that brings the WNT to all four times zones in the continental United States, giving fans across the country a chance to cheer the team on to France.2019 U.S. WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM SCHEDULECOUNTDOWN TO THE CUPDateOpponentKickoffVenue; CityMarch 5Brazil – SheBelieves Cup8 p.m. ETRaymond James Stadium; Tampa, Fla.April 4Australia7 p.m. MTDick’s Sporting Goods Park; Commerce City, Colo.April 7Belgium6 p.m. PTBanc of California Stadium; Los Angeles, Calif.May 12South Africa – Send-Off Series, Presented by Volpi Foods1:30 p.m. PTLevi’s Stadium; Santa Clara, Calif.May 16New Zealand – Send-Off Series, Presented by Volpi Foods7 p.m. CTBusch Stadium; St. Louis, Mo.May 26Mexico – Send-Off Series, Presented by Volpi Foods12 p.m. ETRed Bull Arena; Harrison, N.J.2019 FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUPJune 11Thailand – 2019 WWC3 p.m. ETAuguste Delaune Stadium; Reims, FranceJune 16Chile – 2019 WWC12 p.m. ETParc des Princes; Paris, FranceJune 20Sweden – 2010 WWC3 p.m. ETStade Océane; Le Havre, France2019 FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP KICKS OFF JUNE 7: The 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup will open on June 7 as host France takes on South Korea in Paris. More than 500,000 tickets have already been sold, 23% to ticket buyers in the USA. The U.S. WNT will actually play the final match of the first round of group games, taking on Thailand on June 11. The field for this tournament includes host France along with Spain, Italy, England, Scotland, Norway, Germany, Sweden and the Netherlands from Europe; China PR, Thailand, Australia, South Korea and Japan from Asia; Brazil, Chile and Argentina from South America; the United States, Canada and Jamaica from Concacaf; Nigeria, South Africa and Cameroon from Africa; and New Zealand from Oceania.U.S. SOCCER FEDERATION AND VOLKSWAGEN ANNOUNCE MULTI-YEAR PRESENTING PARTNERSHIP: U.S. Soccer and Volkswagen of America, Inc. announced a landmark, integrated partnership making Volkswagen the presenting automotive partner to the Federation through 2022 . As part of Volkswagen’s long-term commitment, the automobile maker will help U.S. Soccer with its mission to become the preeminent sport in the United States by increasing participation, developing world class players, coaches and referees, and increasing fan engagement around the sport. As part of the historic partnership, Volkswagen will have branding on training tops for all U.S. Soccer National Teams, including the Men’s and Women’s National Teams, all Youth National Teams and the Para 7-a-side, Beach and Futsal National Teams, and the U.S. Soccer Development Academy.JILL ELLIS FACT FILE : Jill Ellis is the third U.S. coach – and first female American coach – to win a Women’s World Cup (2015) at the senior level, following Anson Dorrance (1991) and the late Tony DiCicco (1999). Ellis was named the 2015 FIFA World Coach of the Year for Women’s Soccer on Jan. 11, 2016. She was also named the Concacaf Female Coach of the Year. Ellis, who previously served two stints as interim head coach of the U.S. WNT, is the eighth official head coach in U.S. history. She coached seven games as interim coach in 2012 (5-0-2) and two games (1-0-1) as interim in 2014 before she officially came on board, which gave her a 6-0-3 record before she ever was formally named the head coach in May of 2014. She has gone 83-7-15 since then for an overall record of 89-7-18. She earned her 75th career win on April 8 vs. Mexico and with the victory against Scotland on Nov. 13, 2018, moved past April Heinrichs into third on the all-time wins list behind only Pia Sundhage (91) and Tony DiCicco (105). The match against Australia on July 29 marked her 100th game on the bench for the USA, making her the fourth coach in U.S. history to coach in 100 or more games. She has moved past Pia Sundhage into third all-time in games coached with 114 and is well within reach of the two coaches ahead of her: April Heinrichs (124 games coached) and DiCicco (121). Since taking over as head coach, Ellis has won seven tournaments: the 2015 Algarve Cup, the 2015 Women’s World Cup, the 2016 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Championship, the 2016 SheBelieves Cup, the 2018 SheBelieves Cup, the 2018 Tournament of Nations and the 2018 Concacaf Women’s Championship.U.S. ROSTER NOTES 
TEAMBefore traveling north to Philadelphia, the USA spent a week training in Tampa, Fla. U.S. head coach Jill Ellis called in 28 players for the camp, which was made up of the 23-player SheBelieves Cup roster along with four players that trained with the team in GK Jane Campbell, defenders Merritt Mathias and Emily Fox, and midfielder Allie Long. Midfielder Lindsey Horan, who was ruled out of the SheBelieves Cup due to a leg injury was also in camp for rehab.Midfielder Danielle Colaprico arrived into camp from Australia, where she won the W-League with Sydney FC, with a groin injury that she reaggravated, and she was replaced on the final SheBelieves Cup roster by Fox.All 23 players on the SBC roster will suit up for all tournament matches.The U.S. Women’s National Team reached an impressive milestone on Nov. 8, 2018 with its 1-0 victory against Portugal that was the 500th win in program history. Since its inception in 1985, the U.S. WNT has compiled a record of 502 wins, 66 losses and 76 ties. Over the history of the program, the USA has gone 282-28-22 (88% winning percentage) at home, 52-14-17 away (73%) and 168-33-28 (79%) on neutral ground. Of the USA’s 66 losses, 12 (18%) came at the Algarve Cup in Portugal.The loss to France on Jan. 19 snapped the USA’s unbeaten streak at 28. The last time the USA had lost before that was at the 2017 Tournament of Nations, a 1-0 setback to Australia. The USA has still scored in 32 consecutive matches and has averaged more than three goals per game in that time.Since the start of 2017, eight players have been directly involved (goals or assists) in more than 10 goals: Morgan (31), Rapinoe (29), Horan (16), Pugh (16), Heath (15), Press (14), Lloyd (12) and Ertz (10).The average age of the U.S. roster for this SheBelieves Cup is 27.9 years.FORWARDS 
Alex Morgan scored 18 goals in 2018 on the way to being named U.S. Soccer Female Player of the Year and after scoring her first of 2019 against Japan on Feb. 27, now has 99 career goals in 157 caps. At age 29, she sits in sole possession of seventh place on the USA’s all-time goal list. Tiffeny Milbrett is sixth with 100 career goals.If Morgan scores vs. Brazil, her 100th goal will come in her 158th cap. Just two more than it took Mia Hamm (156 caps). Wambach scored her 100th goal in her 129th cap, Akers in 130th, Hamm in her 156th, Milbrett in her 201st, Lloyd in her 252nd and Lilly in 287th.Morgan has scored 26 goals over her last 30 WNT matches, a span that runs from the end of 2017. During that 26-goal streak, she has scored on about a quarter of her shots, scoring eight goals with her right foot, 14 with her left, three with her head and one with her chest. The 26 goals have included six braces and one hat trick.Morgan’s brace vs. Jamaica on Oct. 14 marked the 22nd two-goal game of her career.She is third all-time in two-goal games (22), behind only Wambach (37) and Hamm (28). With her hat trick against Japan on July 26, 2018, the fourth of her career, Morgan is now tied with Michelle Akers for third all-time in multi-goal games (26) behind only Abby Wambach (45) and Mia Hamm (38).Morgan’s second goal vs. Jamaica on Oct. 14 was just the second of her international career to come via a penalty kick. Abby Wambach scored 14 of her 184 goals on penalty kicks.For players with more than 50 goals/assists combined, Morgan has averaged a goal or an assist for every 71.1 minutes on the field in her international career. The only player who has done better is Hamm (68.5). Wambach averaged a goal or assist for every 71.5 minutes. Akers finished her career at 74.0 minutes per goal or assist.Against England on March 2, Morgan passed 10,000 career minutes played for the U.S. WNT, joining 17 other field players who have achieved that milestone.Morgan is currently tied with Cindy Parlow at 18th in caps with 157. If she plays against Brazil, she will move into 17th all-time.After tallying the first goal vs. England on March 2, Megan Rapinoe has 43 international goals which is good for 15th on the all-time goals list. She is two goals behind Julie Foudy to move into 14th.Rapinoe had a team-leading 12 assists in 2018 and has 56 assists for her career, moving her to sole possession of sixth place on the U.S. all-time list. Rapinoe’s 56 assists in 148 caps is the best ratio of anyone ahead of her on the all-time list except for Hamm, who had a remarkable 147 assists in her 276 caps. Seven of Rapinoe’s 12 assists last year were on Alex Morgan goals and Rapinoe created a team-leading 61 chances for teammates.Carli Lloyd is a two-time FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year (2015 & 2016) and the USA’s all-time active caps leader with 268. She is in sole possession of fifth place on the all-time U.S. caps list.She scored her historic 100th goal on April 8, 2018 vs. Mexico to become the sixth player to score 100 or more for the USA, and first since 2009 when Abby Wambach scored her 100th.On Oct. 7, 2018 vs. Panama, Lloyd scored her eighth career hat trick and upped her career total to 105 goals. She is now two away from tying Michelle Akers for fourth all-time in the U.S. goals list. With her hat trick, Lloyd tied Mia Hamm for most three-goals games all-time in WNT history. Hamm also had two four-goal games in her career. Lloyd is tied with Kristine Lilly and Cindy Parlow for fifth-all time in multi-goal games with 17.Against Panama, Lloyd (36 years, 83 days) became the oldest player to score a hat trick for the U.S. WNT. She broke Wambach’s record of 34 years, 186 days. Kristine Lilly is the oldest player to score a goal for the USA at 38 years, 264 days.Lloyd is the highest active goal scorer in U.S. history with the players ahead of or tied with her – Hamm, Wambach, Lilly, Akers and Tiffeny Milbrett – all retired.Lloyd scored 36 international goals between the time she debuted six days before her 23rd birthday, and her 30th birthday. Since turning 30, she has scored 69 goals in 133 games in a little over six and a half years. The 133 games after the age of 30 more her ahead of Shannon Boxx into third place all-time in U.S. history in that category. Christie Rampone is far and away the leader with 175.After earning the assist on Mallory Pugh’s goal against France on Jan. 19, Lloyd has 51 career assists and is in 9th place all-time, two behind eighth-place Shannon MacMillan.Tobin Heath scored her second career brace on Oct. 14, vs. Jamaica, in World Cup qualifying, and after scoring against England on March 2, now has 26 career international goals. She has 145 caps and is in 22nd place on the USA’s all-time caps list.In 2018, Heath didn’t return to the U.S. lineup until June 12 after completing her long recovery from injury, but she was on fire for the rest of the year, scoring seven goals with six assists in just 10 games and 657 minutes. She averaged a goal or an assist for every 50 minutes on the field in the latter part of the year. She picked up her first assist of the year, and 36th of her career, on Rapinoe’s goal against Japan on Feb. 27.Mallory Pugh doubled her career goals in 2018, finding the next six times, and scored the USA’s first goal of 2019 against France on Jan. 19 to up her career total to 13.Pugh scored in her senior team debut (the 19th U.S. WNT player to score in her first cap) on Jan. 23, 2016, vs. Ireland at 17 years, 8 months and 25 days old, becoming the youngest player to debut for the U.S. in the previous 11 years. Since then, she has earned 45 caps and has been one of the USA’s most dangerous players, mostly attacking from the wings.Pugh is currently sixth all-time in caps (47) before the age of 21 (if she plays against Brazil she’ll be tied with Kristine Lilly for fifth all-time), fourth in starts (34), third in goals (13), and tied for first in assists (14) with Kristine Lilly.After coming off the bench against Japan on Feb. 27 and almost immediately creating a goal for Alex Morgan, and then putting in another impactful substitute performance on March 2 against England, Christen Press has 110 caps, 47 career goals and 24 career assists. She is tied for 11th place on the all-time WNT goals list. She averages 0.43 goals per game and 0.76 goals per every 90 minutes she’s on the field.Forward Jessica McDonald got her first call-up since the 2017 SheBelieves Cup when she was named to the roster for the USA’s November 2018 trip to Europe. She was also called into the USA’s January camp and games in Europe in November 2018, and then once again for the SheBelieves Cup. McDonald’s first career cap came against Romania on Nov. 10, 2016, in San Jose, Calif. She earned her second career cap and start vs. Portugal on Nov. 8 and scored the game-winning goal – her first international score. She also played off the bench against Scotland on Nov. 13 and against France on Jan. 19, earning her third cap.MIDFIELDERSJulie Ertz was named the MVP of the 2018 Concacaf Women’s Championship while playing the entire tournament at defensive midfielder. It was a completely different experience for Ertz than four years earlier when she was not initially named to the roster for the World Cup qualifying tournament but was added due to an injury to Crystal Dunn, and then did not see action over the five games.Ertz scored against Jamaica in the CWC semifinal on Oct. 14, and in group play against Mexico on Oct. 4, to up her career goal total to a remarkable 18 international goals in 76 caps and has become one of the USA’s most important players.Rose Lavelle scored twice, her first career brace, against T&T on Oct. 10 during group play at the 2018 Concacaf Women’s Championship. She also scored the game-winning goal in the title game, a 2-0 victory against Canada, and with three goals in the qualifying tournament, doubled her career total coming into the competition. She now has 22 caps – with 18 starts – and six career goals.Against Japan on Feb. 27, Lavelle played the full 90 minutes for just the third time in her 23 caps, but she has come off the field after the 80th minute three other times, including an 88-minute appearance against Canada in the title game of the Concacaf Women’s Championship.Currently at 44 caps after reserves appearance vs. France and Spain in January and England on March 2, Samantha Mewis has eight career goals. After starting every game in 2017, she came back from injury at the end of 2018 to prove herself a valuable part of the midfield corps.Andi Sullivan , the top pick in the 2018 NWSL Draft by the Washington Spirit, was in the USA’s January Camp, but did not play in either match. Before that, her most recent call-ups were in April of last year for the two friendlies against Mexico and then again for the USA’s trip to Europe last November where she started against Portugal on Nov. 8, earning her 11th cap.The 23-year-old Sullivan led Stanford to the NCAA title as a senior and won the Hermann Trophy as the top player in college soccer. After a year away from the U.S. team while rehabbing a knee injury, Sullivan returned to the roster for the Oct. 19, 2017, against Korea Republic, a year to the date after her first cap.McCall Zerboni, long one of the top midfielders in the NWSL, returned to the U.S. roster in January for the European trip after recovering from surgery after suffering a severely broken elbow in September vs. Chile just five minutes into her first WNT start.Her first call up came as an injury replacement for the USA’s match against Korea Republic in Cary, N.C. in October of 2017 and she earned her first cap when she entered the match at halftime. Zerboni, who was just a few months shy of her 31st birthday when she debuted, became the oldest player to earn a first cap for the WNT.She earned her second cap and first start on June 7 vs. China PR, going the entire 90 minutes in center midfield and earning Player of the Game honors. She suffered her arm injury in her seventh cap and returned to the field for the first time since the injury in a quality second-half substitute performance against Spain on Jan. 22 to earn her eighth cap.DEFENDERSWith her start against France on Jan. 19, Becky Sauerbrunn became the 20th player, and just the third player who has played exclusively defender, to play 150 times for the U.S. WNT. She currently has 152 caps and since 2014 has started 98 of her 103 caps. She sat out the match against Japan on Feb. 27 with some mild knee irritation and came off the bench against England on March 2 to play the final 30 minutes.Abby Dahlkemper played in 17 games last year, starting 16, and played the full 90 in 12 of them. She has played full 90s in all four games this year and has started in 30 of her 34 caps.Crystal Dunn solidified her spot as an outside back for the USA in 2018, a position where she played the final 16 of her 18 caps last year. She started in the midfield against France on Jan. 19 but returned to left back on Jan. 22 vs. Spain, against Japan on Feb. 27 and England on March 2. Dunn, who has consistently shown her excellent attacking abilities from outside back, has 24 career international goals.Tierna Davidson helped lead Stanford to the NCAA Championship in 2017 as a sophomore and was a consistent U.S. WNT call-up in 2018 as the youngest player on the roster. She started and played the entire 90 minutes to earn her first cap in the 5-1 victory against Denmark on Jan. 21 in a game where she picked up the game-winning assist on Julie Ertz’ goal. She went the full 90 minutes in all three 2018 SheBelieves Cup matches in what were serious tests for the 19-year-old that she passed with honors.Davidson got her seventh consecutive start on June 7 against China PR at center back, then moved to the outside left and eventually moved back into the middle, showing her versatility. She started and played 90 minutes on June 12 against China and July 26 vs. Japan. The Australia game on July 29 was the first of her WNT career where she did not start or play. She had previously started every one of her nine caps so far. She returned to the field on Aug. 2 against Brazil, and scored an unfortunate own goal that gave Brazil a brief lead, but rallied to play an excellent match to earn her 10th cap. She evened up her ledger against Chile on Aug. 31, scoring her first WNT goal via a header off a Tobin Heath corner kick.Davidson was injured early in her junior season in 2018 with Stanford and did not play again. This past December, she decided to leave college a year early, declaring for the 2019 NWSL Draft, and was taken No. 1 overall by the Chicago Red Stars, making her the sixth consecutive U.S. WNT player drafted No. 1.She returned to the field for the USA for the first time since September of last year when she came off the bench on Jan. 19 vs. France in the 53rd minute, replacing Emily Fox. She has started both games of the SheBelieves Cup so far to up her career total to 16 caps.Davidson is the third teenager since 2013 to earn a first cap for the WNT. Mallory Pugh (17 in 2016) and Lindsey Horan (19 in 2013) are the most recent teenagers to debut for the WNT.Kelley O’Hara traveled with the USA to Europe in January, but was she was on the tail end of her recovery from ankle surgery and did not play in the matches. She got her first start and first minutes of the year against Japan on Feb. 27, but came off at halftime in a planned sub. It was her first appearance since World Cup qualifying and then she went 60 minutes against England on her way back to being a full 90-minutes fit. She now has 114 caps.O’Hara played in the second game of the 2018 SheBelieves Cup against France but suffered a serious hamstring injury during NWSL play and didn’t play for the USA again until playing 30 minutes vs. Chile on Sept. 4, 2018. She played in four games in World Cup qualifying, but the ankle surgery put her out for the rest of the year.Emily Sonnett has earned 29 caps and had a solid match against France on Jan. 19 at right back, against Spain on Jan. 22 when she played the first half and against Japan on Feb. 27 when she played the second half. The Portland Thorns standout played in three games at World Cup qualifying and has shown her versatility to play outside back with the WNT and center back in the NWSL.Casey Short has started 19 of her 27 games for the USA, playing mostly left back, but has also played some outside midfield and centrally. She played in one CWC group game and at the very end of the title game.Emily Fox , a veteran of the USA’s last two FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Teams and one of the top outside backs in the college game, was named to the final SheBelieves Cup roster the day before the first game due to an injury to Danielle Colaprico. A rising junior at the University of North Carolina, Fox earned 34 caps and scored four goals at the U-20 level. She started all 22 games she played this past season for UNC, helping the Tar Heels NCAA Championship game.Fox earned her first cap for the WNT on Nov. 8 vs. Portugal, playing 63 minutes in the 1-0 win to become the 230th woman to earn a cap for the U.S. WNT. She also started against Scotland on Nov. 13, playing 76 minutes, to earn her second cap, and earned her third cap and start against France on Jan. 19, playing 53 minutes.GOALKEEPERSAlyssa Naeher has 22 career shutouts in her 41 caps. Naeher earned 13 caps in 2017 and 16 in 2018. She is the fifth goalkeeper in U.S. history to earn 40 or more caps. She was ruled out of the match against England on March 2 with a minor shoulder injury.Naeher has kept three clean sheets in SheBelieves Cup play, the most in the tournament’s history. Only three other players have multiple clean sheets in the competition.Veteran Ashlyn Harris has 19 caps, earning her most recent vs. Scotland on Nov. 13, going 90 minutes to earn the win while make a big game-preserving save need the end of the match. It was her sixth career shutout.Adrianna Franch earned her first WNT cap against England on March 2. She became the 27th player earn her first cap during this cycle (post-WWC 2015).She has been getting call-ups to the senior side since 2012 after she was a member of the USA’s 2010 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Team. More recently, she trained with the USA to add support to the goalkeeper corps during the entire Concacaf Women’s Championship and has seen training time with the WNT on-and-off for the past five years. She injured her meniscus and had to have surgery early in the NWSL season but came back strong to earn her second consecutive NWSL Goalkeeper of the Year award.IN FOCUS: Brazil 
FIFA World Ranking: 10 
CONMEBOL Ranking: 1 
Women’s World Cup Appearances (8): 1991, 1995, 1999, 2003, 2007, 2011, 2015, 2019 
Best Women’s World Cup finish: Runners-Up (2007) 
Record vs. USA: 3-28-5 
Head Coach: VadãoBRAZIL WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM ROSTER BY POSITION 
GOALKEEPERS (3): 12-Aline Reis (UDG Tenerife, ESP), 1-Leticia (Corinthians), 22-Luciana (Ferroviária S.A) 
DEFENDERS (9): 4-Erika (Corinthians), 3-Jucinara (Valência, ESP), 14-Kathellen (FC Girondins, FRA), 2-Leticia S. (Sportclub Sand, GER), 8-Formiga (Paris Saint-Germain, FRA), 21-Mônica (Unattached), 15-Poliana (São José Esporte), 6-Tamires (Fortuna Hjorring, DEN), 13-Tayla (Benfica, POR) 
MIDFIELDERS (4): 7-Andressa (FC Barcelona, ESP), 23-Luana (KSPO Women Football Team, KOR), 10-Marta (Orlando Pride, USA), 5-Thaisa (AC Milan, ITA) 
FORWARDS (7): 11-Adriana (Corinthians), 16-Beatriz (Incheon Hyundai Steel Red Angels, KOR), 9-Debinha (NC Courage, USA), 18-Geyse (Benfica, POR), 17-Juliana (CR Flamengo), 19-Ludmila (Atletico de Madrid, ESP), 20-Raquel (Sporting Club Huelva, ESP)BRAZIL NOTES:Brazil lost its first two games of the SheBelieves Cup, falling to England, 2-1, and to Japan, 3-1, but were very much in both matches, which were both tied at 1-1 in the second half before Brazil conceded game-winners.In its first match against England, Brazil actually took the lead on an Andressa penalty kick in the 16th minute after Marta was bundled down in the penalty area. Ellen White equalized just four minutes into the second half and Brazil fell victim to a brilliant goal from Beth Mead in the 75th minute to drop its first game.Brazil was out-shot 16-10 by England, but that was not the case against Japan, where the Brazilians piled up a 22-1 shot margin. Still, the Japanese were more clinical, scoring on three of their six shots on goal, including the opening score a minute before halftime. Debinha pulled Brazil equal in the 57th minute with a sharp finish, but two goals inside the final 10 minutes for Japan (81st and 85th) doomed Brazil to the 3-1 loss despite having much of the run of play in the second half. The two losses mean Brazil is eliminated from tournament title contention.Brazil returns to the USA about eight months after participating in the 2018 Tournament of Nations where it started the tournament with a 3-1 loss to Australia, defeating Japan, 2-1, and then fell to the USA 4-1. Debinha, Marta and Bia Zaneratto scored in the tournament while Davidson of the USA scored an own goal against Brazil.Brazil changed quite a few players from last summer’s tournament. Just 13 players from the Tournament of Nations roster return for the SheBelieves Cup.Brazil is one of the few nations that have qualified for every Women’s World Cup. After failing to get out of the group in 1991 and 1995, Brazil have steadily improved from major tournament to major tournament. Brazil made a big leap forward at USA 1999, finishing third. Brazil finished second in China in 2007 where they lost to Germany in the Final and they have also twice finished fifth (in 2003 and 2011). Brazil fell in the Round of 16 in Canada in 2015, where they finished ninth.Brazil has always been a major contender in the women’s game, producing legendary players like Sissi, Formiga, Cristiane and Marta. But even though it has come very close, it has yet to win a Women’s World Cup or an Olympics – a dream that on more than one occasion has been ended by the USA.Brazil qualified for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup by finishing in first place in the final stage of the 2018 Copa América Femenina in Chile. They won seven matches in row, scoring 31 goals along the way while conceding just two – one in the first round against Argentina, which went on to finish third, and one against eventual runners-up Chile in the final stage.At World Cup qualifying, Brazil won its four opening-round games by a 22-1 margin to advance to the four-team final stage, where it beat Chile (3-1), Argentina (3-0) and Colombia (3-0). In front of huge home crowds, Chile finished second in the final stage group to also qualify for France, while Argentina finished third won a two-game playoff against Panama, the fourth-place finisher from the 2018 Concacaf Women’s Championship playoff, for the final World Cup berth.Brazil averaged 4.42 goals a game during qualifying, the most prolific strike rate since the tournament switched to its current format. Despite having Marta and other big names such as Formiga, Andressinha, Thais and Cristiane, their leading scorer was Beatriz, who scored six goals.Fourteen of Brazil’s 19 outfield squad members at the Copa America Femenina 2018 found the net during the competition. Cristiane, who not on this SBC roster, had four goals, as did Monica, who played the last three seasons for the Orlando Pride. Andressinha and Debinha had three goals each. Marta tallied just once.Oswaldo Alvarez, better known as Vadão, has enjoyed a distinguished coaching career spanning almost 30 years, including taking the likes of Rivaldo and Kaka under his wing when they were youngsters. He had never coached women before his first stint in charge of the Brazilian National Team, which lasted from 2014 to 2016. During that time, he won his first Copa America Femenina, triumphed at the Pan American Games and led Brazil to the Round of 16 at the 2015 Women’s World Cup and to a fourth-place finish in the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, a tournament in which the Brazilian women gained some intense popularity. Ten months after being replaced by Emily Lima, Vadão returned to the job in September of 2017 and guided the squad to the Copa America title. France 2019 will be his second Women’s World Cup in charge.Brazil had six players on its roster at the 2018 Tournament of Nations playing in the NWSL, but now has just two in Marta (Orlando Pride) and Debinha (NC Courage). Midfielder Thaisa was on the books at Sky Blue FC but was released last year before the start of the ToN.Without a strong and organized domestic league, 15 of Brazil’s 23 players play outside the country with one currently unattached. Five play in Spain, two in South Korea, two in France, two in the USA, two in Portugal, one in Germany, one in Denmark and one in Italy.Marta is of course one of the world’s all-time greatest female players. She was the FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year five years in a row from 2006-10, has been in the top-three in the voting six other times, and won again in 2018.USA VS. BRAZILThe USA and Brazil have a long history dating back to 1986 when the teams met in just the eighth match ever played by the U.S. Women, a 2-1 U.S victory in Italy.The USA has played Brazil eight times since the start of 2012 and has a record of 5-1-2 over that span.The most recent meeting was at last summer’s Tournament of Nations where the USA needed a two-goal win to take the tournament title but fell behind 1-0 on a Tierna Davidson own goal. The USA roared back to scored four unanswered goals in front of a packed house in Bridgeview, Ill., with Rose Lavelle getting the equalizer and Julie Ertz putting the USA ahead off a brilliant assist from Tobin Heath. Heath then got the goal that would eventually win the tournament and Alex Morgan bagged a clincher.The meeting before that was one of the most memorable in the storied history between the teams as Brazil took at 3-1 lead into the waning minutes of the 2017 Tournament of Nations before the Americans roared back with three goals in a nine-minute span to win 4-3.Samantha Mewis scored the first U.S. goal in the first half to equalize after an early Brazil goal, but Brazil scored in the 63rdand 78th minutes through Andressinha and Bruna Benites, respectively to seemingly clinch the match before the USA started the comeback with a goal from Christen Press in the 80th minute. Megan Rapinoe equalized in the 85th minute before Julie Ertz scored that dramatic game-winner in the 89th minute to send the crowd into a frenzy.The U.S. team has for the most part dominated the series, going 28-3-5 over the years, but Brazil picked up a historic win at the 2007 Women’s World Cup, a 4-0 semifinal victory that remains the worst loss in U.S. history.Brazil has won or tied in three of the last six most recent meetings between the teams, with the first two of those matches taking place at the International Tournament of Brasilia at the end of 2014, but the USA has won three in a row. At the Tournament of Brasilia, the USA lost 3-2 in group play as Marta scored all three goals. Brazil only had four shots on goal during that match, but scored on three of them, to hand U.S. head coach Jill Ellis her first loss at the helm of the U.S. team and one of just seven total.In the match in Brasilia, the USA had a 2-0 lead after nine minutes in that game as Carli Lloyd and Megan Rapinoe scored early, but Marta brought her team back with three fantastic individual goals.The teams finished first and second in the group phase of the four-team tournament and met each other in the championship match. The USA played without forwards Alex Morgan (injury), Sydney Leroux (suspended due to a red card) and Christen Press (family commitment) and managed just four shots, with one goal. Brazil also had just four shots with one on goal, but the 0-0 draw gave Brazil the tournament title.Before the 2017 Tournament of Nations match, the most recent meetings between the teams came during the post-World Cup Victory Tour in 2015, a 1-1 draw in Seattle on Oct. 21 (Carli Lloyd scored for the USA) followed by a 3-1 victory in Orlando on Oct. 25 as the USA got goals from Morgan, Crystal Dunn and Stephanie McCaffrey.The teams met in the gold medal games of the 2004 and 2008 Olympics, with the USA winning 1-0 in Athens, Greece and 2-1 in Beijing, China, both after extra time. Wambach scored the game-winner in ’04 and Lloyd bagged the game-winner in ’08.One of the most well-known matches between the countries was the quarterfinal of the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup as Wambach famously tied the match at 2-2 at the very end of overtime off a cross from Megan Rapinoe and the USA triumphed in penalty kicks to move on to the semifinal. Marta scored both goals for Brazil in that match.-ussoccer.com

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