The United States Women’s National Team (USWNT) finishes out its first leg of its post-Olympic tour with a match against The Netherlands this Sunday in Atlanta. Instead of playing a second match against Thursday’s opponent, Thailand, the USWNT will be hosting the twelfth-ranking team in the world.
On Thursday, the USWNT defeated Thailand 9-0 in Columbus, Ohio. Within the first five minutes of the match, the USWNT had already Carli Lloyd scored a hat trick, Alex Morgan had a brace and Christen Press, Heather O’Reilly, Tobin Heath and Crystal Dunn all scored for the USWNT in that match.
The first three goals were scored in the first five minutes of the match, including Lloyd’s first goal which was scored in the 40th second.
Sunday night probably will not see a similar score line, as the Dutch WNT is a much stronger opponent than Thailand. However, like Thailand, the Netherlands WNT first qualified for the FIFA Women’s World Cup for the first time in 2015. In their debut performance, the team made it out of the group stage before being eliminated by runners-up Japan in the Round of 16.
The game sees the return of two Georgia natives—Morgan Brian and Emily Sonnett—to their home state. Brian was just recently cleared for the match after missing the Thailand match. Brian displayed concussion-like symptoms following a collision in Sunday’s match for the Houston Dash.
However, it was reported on Saturday that another Georgia native, defender Kelley O’Hara, would not be with the team this weekend as there was a death in her family.
The team will be without Heather O’Reilly, who said goodbye to the national team on Thursday night. Mallory Pugh, the teen phenom who is reminiscent of O’Reilly at the start of her international career, also will not be with the USWNT as she continues to train with the U.S. Under-20 WNT for this year’s U-20 Women’s World Cup.
The USWNT takes on the Dutch WNT on Sunday, September 18 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Ga. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. EST. The game will be aired on Fox Sports 1 (FS1) and streamed live on FoxSportsGo.com and the Fox Sports Go mobile app.
United States Women’s National Team Roster by Position
Goalkeeper (2): Ashlyn Harris (Orlando Pride), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars)
Defenders (5): Whitney Engen (Boston Breakers), Julie Johnston (Chicago Red Stars), Meghan Klingenberg (Portland Thorns FC), Ali Krieger (Washington Spirit), Emily Sonnett (Portland Thorns FC)
Midfielders (7): Morgan Brian (Houston Dash), Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC), Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC), Carli Lloyd (Houston Dash), Allie Long (Portland Thorns FC), Samantha Lewis (Western New York Flash), Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign FC)
Forwards (3): Crystal Dunn (Washington Spirit), Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride), Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars)