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USWNT looks for second win against Switzerland on Sunday

More players may see their first caps as Jill Ellis continues rebuilding the team for the new cycle.

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The United States women’s national team closes out a pair of international friendlies against Switzerland on Sunday, October 23 in Minneapolis.

In the two teams’ meeting last Wednesday night, neither team had scored going into the half, but the substitution of new personnel and a shift of formation proved just what the USWNT needed to defeat the Swiss.

Lynn Williams, who subbed in for Lindsey Horan at the half, proved why she was the 2016 NWSL MVP and Golden Boot winner as she opened the scoring for the U.S. just 51 seconds into the second half. Williams’ goal ignited a flurry of scoring, with Tobin Heath, Christen Press and Sam Mewis all adding goals for the U.S.

Five players also received their first caps for the USWNT as Jill Ellis begins looking at players for the next cycle of major tournaments. Williams, Andi Sullivan, Casey Short, Abby Dahlkemper and Ashley Hatch all saw time on the field for the USWNT.

Williams was the most explosive of the new faces, scoring a goal and creating a number of other opportunities that she was unable to finish. Sullivan did a good job in the midfield for the team, and likely earned herself another look by Head Coach Jill Ellis. Casey Short failed to impress in the midfield but was much more effective on the back line, where she’s used to playing for the Chicago Red Stars.

With five more uncapped players still with the team, there’s a very good possibility Ellis may give each of them time on the field to showcase their talents in competition. One such player who will hopefully earn her first cap is Chicago Red Stars midfielder Danielle Colaprico, the 2015 NWSL Rookie of the Year. Colaprico was called into multiple national team camps during last year’s Victory Tour but was never capped to the disappointment of many fans.

Goalkeeper Jane Campbell, who many fans are predicting will be the USWNT’s starting goalkeeper in the future, will not be with the team on Sunday, as she has already returned to Stanford to be with her collegiate team. Although it was previously reported that Campbell would not be seeing time in goal for the USWNT, it was also reported that she had performed well enough in training camp to earn another invite to camp.

If Ellis is splitting the pair of friendlies between her two goalkeepers, that means the NWSL Goalkeeper of the Year and fan favorite Ashlyn Harris will be earning her 10th cap on Sunday night.

On Wednesday night, Ellis started the game using a 3-5-2 formation that shifted into a 2-6-2 when in possession. However, in the second half, the team seemed to implement more of a 2-5-3, with Williams, Press and Crystal Dunn up top. With that formation seemingly successful, it will be interesting to see if Ellis implements a similar formation on Sunday or continues to experiment with more than just the roster.

The USWNT takes on Switzerland on Sunday, October 23 at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and kickoff is scheduled for 2 p.m. EST, but coverage is scheduled to begin 15 minutes prior. The match will be aired on FoxSports1 and streamed online at or the Fox Sports Go mobile app.

U.S. Women’s National Team Roster by Position:

GOALKEEPERS (2): Ashlyn Harris (Orlando Pride), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars)

DEFENDERS (7): Abby Dahlkemper (Western New York Flash), Arin Gilliland (Chicago Red Stars), Merritt Mathias (Seattle Reign), Kelley O’Hara (Sky Blue FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City), Casey Short (Chicago Red Stars), Emily Sonnett (Portland Thorns FC)

MIDFIELDERS (8): Morgan Brian (Houston Dash), Danielle Colaprico (Chicago Red Stars), Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC), Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC), Carli Lloyd (Houston Dash), Allie Long (Portland Thorns FC), Samantha Mewis (Western New York Flash), Andi Sullivan (Stanford)

FORWARDS (6): Crystal Dunn (Washington Spirit), Shea Groom (FC Kansas City), Ashley Hatch (BYU), Kealia Ohai (Houston Dash), Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars), Lynn Williams (Western New York Flash)

Switzerland Women’s National Team Roster by Position:

GOALKEEPERS (3): Seraina Friedli (FC Zürich Frauen), Stenia Michel (FC Basel 1893), Gaëlle Thalmann (AGSM Verona, ITA)

DEFENDERS (4): Caroline Abbé (FC Bayern München, GER), Rahel Kiwic (MSV Duisburg, GER), Selina Kuster (FC Zürich Frauen), Noelle Maritz (VfL Wolfsburg, GER)

MIDFIELDERS (8): Bangerter (FC Basel 1893), Vanessa Bernauer (VfL Wolfsburg, GER), Viola Calligaris (BSC Young Boys), Sandrine Mauron (FC Zürich Frauen), Martina Moser (TSG 1899 Hoffenheim, GER), Melanie Müller (BSC Young Boys), Lia Wälti (1.FFC Turbine Potsdam, GER), Cinzia Zehnder (SC Freiburg, GER)

FORWARDS (5): Eseosa Aigbogun (1.FFC Turbine Potsdam, GER), Barla Deplazes (FC Zürich Frauen), Lara Dickenmann (VfL Wolfsburg, GER), Fabienne Humm (FC Zürich Frauen), Patricia Willi (FC Zürich Frauen)

Who: USWNT v Switzerland

Where: US Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.A.

When: Sunday, October 23, 2016 at 1:45 p.m. EST

TV: Fox Sports 1

Online: or the FoxSportsGo mobile app