USWNT vs. Uzbekistan – International Friendly
Date: April 12, 2022
Meeting point: Lower.com felt; Columbus, Ohio
Broadcast: ESPN2, VIX
Broadcast time: 19:00 ET
Official kickoff time: 19:08 ET
Start XI vs. Uzbekistan: 21-Aubrey Kingsbury; 8-Sofia Huerta, 9-Mallory Pugh, 11-Sophia Smith, 12-Naomi Girma, 13-Ashley Sanchez, 15-Alana Cook, 16-Rose Lavelle (Capt.), 17-Andi Sullivan, 19-Emily Fox, 20-Catarina Macario
Available subs: 1-Alyssa Naeher, 2-Abby Dahlkemper, 5-Kelley O’Hara, 7-Ashley Hatch, 14-Trinity Rodman, 22-Kristie Mewis, 23-Margaret Purce
Not dressing: Bella Bixby, Imani Dorsey, Lindsey Horan, Jaelin Howell
GAME NOTES | FIVE THINGS TO KNOW – UZBEKISTAN
- USWNT Start XI Cap numbers (including this match): Pugh (72), Lavelle (71), Sullivan (27), Macario (17), Smith (15), Fox (13), Huerta (12), Cook (9), Sanchez (7), Girma (1), Kingsbury (1).
- Tuesday’s lineup in Chester features four changes from Start XI in Columbus: Kingsbury for Naeher in goal, Huerta and Girma in defense for Dahlkemper and O’Hara and Sanchez in midfield for Horan.
- With both Kingsbury and Girma starting in their first internationals, it will be the first time two players have started in their first internationals in the same match since November 10, 2019, when Alana Cook and Margaret Purce started in their first internationals vs. Costa Rica, which was Vlatko Andonovski’s second ever match in charge of USWNT.
- The starting lineup is on average 24.98 years old, making it the youngest Starting XI for USWNT since January 30, 2007, when a starting lineup of an average of 24.6 years took the course against China PR. Sophia Smith, the youngest player in this starting XI, was in 1stst class in 2007.
- The starting line-up has an average of 21 international matches per. plays and marks the first time since March 2013 that a USWNT starting lineup has not included at least one player with 100+ internationals.
- Midfielder Rose Lavelle will be captain of the side for the first time in her USWNT career as she earns her 71st cap to USWNT. Lavelle, who turned 52 on Saturdaynd The USWNT player, who reached 70 international appearances and recorded two assists in the first meeting against Uzbekistan, will now have appeared in 35 matches under head coach Vlatko Andonovski, the most of any player during his tenure with the United States.
- Goalkeeper Aubrey Kingsbury will make her international debut when she turns 26th goalkeeper all the time to represent the USWNT. As a 30-year-old, Kingsbury – the two-time NWSL goalkeeper of the year – the oldest goalkeeper to earn a first international for USWNT and the third oldest player overall to earn a first international for USWNT. She’s just becoming the fifth player to make her debut for USWNT at the age of 30 or older and only the second goalkeeper ever to do so.
- Sophia Huerta will make her second start in 2022 and the fifth of her USWNT career as she is slated to be her 12th.th international appearance for the United States. Huerta started and played a full 90 minutes in the USA’s 5-0 victory over New Zealand at the SheBelieves Cup 2022 and assisted Ashley Hatch’s goal in opening the scoring in the second half.
- Mallory Pughleading the United States in both goals (4) and assists (4) in 2022, starting her third start in a row as she earns her 72nd career cap. Pugh has scored in each of his last three appearances for the United States – the longest scoring streak in her international career – and matches his career height with three assists on Saturday against Uzbekistan. She now has 24 career assists, tied with Shannon Boxx for 20th all time in USWNT history.
- After scoring his first hat-trick of his career in the 9-1 victory over Uzbekistan, Sophia Smith is set to make fifth start in a row as she earns her 15thth collected for USWNT. Smith tripled his career goals in one game with his hat-trick against Uzbekistan on April 9, and at 21 years and 242 days became the fifth-youngest player to ever score a hat-trick for USWNT.
- Smith became the 25th player in USWNT history to play hat-trick. Smith’s hat-trick is the 63rd all-time in the program’s history and the first since Alex Morgan scored three goals on September 21, 2021 against Paraguay in Cincinnati, Ohio.
- Naomi Girma makes his debut for USWNT and joins Kingsbury the 246th and 247th players through time to represent the USWNT. At 21 years and 302 days old, Girma will be the fifth player born after the historic FIFA World Cup for women in 1999, representing the senior American women’s national team, along with Sophia Smith, Jaelin Howell, Catarina Macario and Trinity Rodman.
- Girma, the No. 1 overall number in the 2022 NWSL Draft, starts in central defense alongside his former Stanford University teammate Alana Cook. They played a season together when Girma was a freshman and Cook was a senior.
- After standing off the bench in Columbus to score his first international goal, Ashley Sanchez will start her third career as she performs for the seventh through time for USWNT. Sanchez, who started against New Zealand and Iceland at the SheBelieves Cup, had two assists in the US 5-0 victory over Iceland and became 112 on April 9 against Uzbekistan 112.th plays through all time to score for USWNT with his goal in the 90sth minute.
- Alana Cook starts her seventh game in a row for USWNT as she earns her ninth international overall. Cook leads USWNT in total minutes played in 2022 with 356 minutes and recorded the first two assists of his international career in the US victory on April 9 over Uzbekistan. Cook is the first USWNT defender to record multiple assists in a match since Tierna Davidson had two assists vs. two assists. Chile in the group stage of the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
- One of only five players to start each game for the United States in 2022, Andi Sullivan will make her 27th international appearance for USWNT. Sullivan scored the opening goal in the U.S. victory over Uzbekistan in Columbus, the third goal of her international career and also got an assist on the day. The other players starting each game this year are Smith, Cook, Macario and Fox.
- Emily Fox gets her eighth start in a row and gives her 13th collected for USWNT. Fox will now have appeared in every game the United States has played since the FIFA window in October 2021, the only USWNT player to have appeared in all nine games during that time.
- After scoring in back-to-back matches for the first time in his USWNT career, Catarina Macario gets her fifth start of the year as she earns her 17thth collected for USWNT. The 22-year-old Macario scored twice and had an assist in the SheBelieves Cup final against Iceland on 23 February, adding a goal in the 46.th minute Saturday against Uzbekistan. Macario now has eight goals in his last seven games combined for club and country.