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The U.S. Women’s National Team will play its final match of the calendar year on Tuesday, Dec. 5, taking on China PR at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas to close out the 2023 campaign. Coming off a 3-0 win for the USA on Saturday in Ft. Lauderdale, the teams will square off again at 8 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. CT with broadcast options available via TruTV, Max, Universo and Peacock.

Prior to kickoff, former USWNT defender Ali Krieger will be recognized for her retirement from the sport in a pre-game ceremony.

The USWNT enters the final match of 2023 unbeaten in regulation, boasting a record of 13W-4D-0L and outscoring the opposition 34-2.

Fans will also be able to follow the action from Sunday’s game in San Diego via X (formerly Twitter – @USWNT), Instagram (@USWNT), Facebook and the official U.S. Soccer App.

U.S. WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM ROSTER BY POSITION (CLUB; CAPS/GOALS)

GOALKEEPERS (3): Jane Campbell (Houston Dash; 7), Aubrey Kingsbury (Washington Spirit; 1), Casey Murphy (North Carolina Courage; 17)

DEFENDERS (7): Alana Cook (OL Reign; 29/1), Abby Dahlkemper (San Diego Wave FC; 80/0), Tierna Davidson (Chicago Red Stars; 50/1), Emily Fox (North Carolina Courage; 38/1), Naomi Girma (San Diego Wave FC; 25/0), Casey Krueger (Chicago Red Stars; 42/0), M.A. Vignola (Angel City FC; 1/0)

MIDFIELDERS (8): Korbin Albert (Paris Saint-Germain, FRA; 0/0), Sam Coffey (Portland Thorns FC; 6/0), Savannah DeMelo (Racing Louisville FC; 7/0), Lindsey Horan (Olympique Lyon, FRA; 138/31), Rose Lavelle (OL Reign; 92/24), Olivia Moultrie (Portland Thorns FC; 1/0), Jenna Nighswonger (NJ/NY Gotham FC; 1/0), Emily Sonnett (OL Reign; 82/2)

FORWARDS (8): Mia Fishel (Chelsea FC, ENG; 3/1), Ashley Hatch (Washington Spirit; 21/5), Midge Purce (NJ/NY Gotham FC; 25/4), Trinity Rodman (Washington Spirit; 27/7), Jaedyn Shaw (San Diego Wave FC; 3/1), Sophia Smith (Portland Thorns FC; 37/15), Alyssa Thompson (Angel City FC; 8/0), Lynn Williams (NJ/NY Gotham FC; 58/17)

HAYES ANNOUNCED AS USWNT HEAD COACH

After a worldwide search process led U.S. Soccer Sporting Director Matt Crocker, Hayes was officially announced as the 10th head coach in U.S. Women’s National Team history on November 14. The long-time head coach for English powerhouse Chelsea FC, Hayes started her coaching career in the United States in the early 2000s and more than two decades later will take the helm of the USWNT. Due to her contact with Chelsea, Hayes will finish the 2023-24 Women’s Super League season in England and then join the U.S. team officially two months prior to the start of the 2024 Olympics. U.S. Soccer has put a comprehensive plan and process in place to maximize the productivity in all aspects of moving the USWNT forward leading into the Olympics, a key part of which is interim head coach Twila Kilgore continuing in her role and then joining Hayes’ staff full-time as an assistant coach in late May.


LAST TIME OUT

The USA won the first match in the two-game set against China PR in convincing fashion on Saturday afternoon in Ft. Lauderdale. Trinity Rodman had a goal and two assists while Sophia Smith and Lindsey Horan also found the back of the net in the U.S. victory. Defensively, the U.S. limited China to just two shots while goalkeeper Casey Murphy recorded her sixth shutout of the year and the 13th of her international career.

Saturday’s match marked the return to action for two veterans and World Cup winners in midfielder Rose Lavelle and defender Abby Dahlkemper. Lavelle returned to the field for her first action since the 2023 Women’s World Cup after missing the last two FIFA windows due to injury and played 70 minutes in the victory. Dahlkemper, who underwent major back surgery in November of 2022, made her first appearance for the USA in 599 days and played 90 minutes as she earned her 80th cap.

The match also marked the first cap for midfielders Jenna Nighswonger and Olivia Moultrie, who became the fifth and sixth players, respectively, to debut for the USA in 2023. Nighswonger, who won 2023 NWSL Rookie of the Year honors following a breakout campaign with NJ/NY Gotham FC, came into the match in the 61st minute to become 256th player all-time to appear for the USWNT. Moultrie, now the 257th player all-time to be capped by the USWNT, came on the in the 71st minute and at 18 years and 76 years of age, became the 72nd teenager all-time to earn a cap for the USWNT.

DOMINANT DEFENSE

The U.S. enters Tuesday’s year-end match in Frisco having allowed just two goals this year, which came against Brazil in the 2023 SheBelieves Cup finale on Feb. 22 and against the Netherlands in the World Cup group stage on July 27. With just the two goals allowed through 17 matches for a rate of 0.132goals allowed per match, the U.S. is on pace to break the current single-year program record (min. 10 games) of 0.40 goals allowed per match which was set in 2016 when the USA allowed 10 goals in 25 matches. With just one game remaining on the schedule for 2023, the USA will set a new single-year record if it allows fewer than six goals on Tuesday night against China. In its 38-year history, the USWNT has never allowed six goals in a game.

The USA has kept 15 shutouts this year, nine credited to Alyssa Naeher and six to Casey Murphy. The U.S. has kept a clean sheet in each of its seven games, it’s longest shutout streak since a nine-game shutout streak in 2022.

Along with stellar goalkeeping, the USA defense has been dominant, allowing just two shots on goal during the entire 2023 World Cup. The USA held South Africa to just one shot on goal combined in the two September friendlies, limited Colombia to two shots on target in each of the matchups last month and held China PR to two shots on goal in Saturday’s victory in Ft. Lauderdale. Center back Naomi Girma, who won NWSL Rookie and Defender of the Year honors in 2022 and repeated as Defender of the Year in 2023 has started 15 games this year for the USWNT while outside back Emily Fox has started 14 and is second on the team with 1,296 total minutes played in 2023.

Overall, the USA has allowed just 23 total shots on goal in 17 matches so far this year, the fewest in any complete year (min. 10 games) since at least 2017 and the fewest overall since 2020 when the USA allowed 15 shots on goal in nine matches as the international calendar was cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


THANK YOU KRIEGS

Two-time Women’s World Cup champion Ali Krieger, who scored one of the most dramatic goals in U.S. history and helped the USA to titles at the 2015 and 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup, will be honored for her retirement during a pre-game ceremony prior to Tuesday’s match.

Krieger, who announced in March that this would be her last professional season, experienced a final professional game that many athletes only dream about, captaining NJ/NY Gotham FC to its first NWSL title with a 2-1 win over OL Reign on November 11.  The victory marked a remarkable “worst-to-first” run for Gotham, which finished last in the league in 2022, and a storybook ending for Krieger, who played her 108th and final USWNT match on January 22, 2021.

At the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup, she scored the game-winning penalty kick in the epic quarterfinal shootout victory over Brazil, a game in which Abby Wambach famously sent the match to PKs with a last-gasp equalizer off an assist from Megan Rapinoe. Krieger played every minute of that tournament and helped the USA advance to the title game. In 2015, she played all but 10 minutes of the Women’s World Cup in Canada, contributing in a big way to one of the greatest defensive performances in World Cup history when the U.S. recorded five consecutive shutouts on the way to its third Women’s World Cup title. She was a reserve on the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup championship team but came off the bench in the World Cup Final vs. Netherlands at halftime in place of an injured Kelley O’Hara and played a key role in helping the USA secure its fourth star.


WELCOME HOME, JAEDYN

Jaedyn Shaw has certainly experienced an eventful last few months. The 19-year-old was named to the roster for this training camp on her birthday (Nov. 20) and in just her third full USWNT event, may get to play in her hometown of Frisco, Texas on Dec. 5. Shaw as born in Frisco and grew up playing youth club for FC Dallas and Solar FC before pursing her professional journey, first with the Washington Spirit as a training player before signing with the San Diego Wave and becoming one of the top young players in the league. This season, she played a big part in helping the Wave win the NWSL Shield as regular season champions and was named to the NWSL Best XI First Team.  Shaw was called up to her first Senior National Team camp in September of 2023, made her international debut on Oct. 26 and then in her second WNT cap, that coming on Oct. 29 against Colombia, scored her first WNT goal in her club’s home stadium to the delight of the San Diego crowd. She earned her third career cap on Dec. 2 against China PR in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.


INSIDE THE SERIES: USA vs. CHINA PR

The second most common opponent in U.S. Women’s National Team history, the USA and China PR have played 59 times previously. The only nation the U.S. has faced more frequently is Canada, with 64 meetings all-time between the North American foes.

The USA leads the all-time series between the sides with a record of 37W-13D-9L, outscoring the Chinese 102-37. Over the first 29 meetings of the series, the USA had 12 wins to China PR’s eight with nine draws between the teams. In the past 30 meetings, the USA has a record of 25W-4D-1L, with the lone defeat coming on December 16, 2015, a 1-0 loss in New Orleans in the Farewell Match for legendary striker Abby Wambach.

The USA and China have met seven times total in world championship events – four at the World Cup  – including the 1999 World Cup final – and three times at the Olympics – including in the 1996 gold medal match.

Overall, the USA is unbeaten in its last 24 matches against opponents from the Asian Football Confederation, with 18 wins and six draws during that span.

GOLD CUP AWAITS

Following these two games against China PR, the next matches for the USWNT will take place at the 2024 Concacaf W Gold Cup, the region’s new flagship competition for Women’s National Teams. The tournament will run from February 17 to March 10 and will be contested across four venues –  BMO Stadium and Dignity Health Sports Park in Greater Los Angeles, Shell Energy Stadium in Houston, Texas, and Snapdragon Stadium in San Diego.

The 12-team competition will be comprised of eight teams from Concacaf and four from South America. Seven teams – Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Panama, Paraguay and the USA – have already qualified for the group stage while El Salvador has secured its place in the prelims.

After preliminary matches on Feb. 17 to determine the last participant in each group, round-robin group stage play will take place from Feb. 20-28, with the USA leading Group A at Dignity Health Sports Park. Brazil headlining Group B at Snapdragon Stadium and Canada the top seed in Group C at Houston’s Shell Energy Stadium. The remaining teams in each group, as well as the order of play, will be determined on December 11 during the official Draw.

Following the group stage, group winners, runners-up, and the two best third-place finishers will advance to the tournament’s Quarterfinals. The Knockout Stage will commence with the Quarterfinals at BMO Stadium on March 2 and 3, followed by the Semifinals and Final at Snapdragon Stadium on March 6 and 10, respectively. The Quarterfinal pairings will be determined based on the Group Stage standings, with the team accumulating the most points facing the national team accumulating the least points (1 vs 8, 2 vs 7, 3 vs 6, and 4 vs 5).

PATHWAY TO PARIS

With less than eight months until the start of the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris, the USWNT is in the midst of its preparations for that tournament and its pursuit of a fifth Olympic gold medal. The Olympic Football Tournament features 12 teams and will be contested in seven different venues across France from July 24 to August 10: Parc des Princes in Paris, Stade de Lyon, Stade Geoffroy-Guichard in Saint-Etienne, Stade de Marseille, Stade de Nice, Stade de Bordeaux and Stade de la Beaujoire in Nantes. The USA is one of just five teams to have already qualified for Paris, joining hosts France, South American qualifiers Brazil and Colombia and Canada, which secured Concacaf’s second berth to the Olympics berth by beating Jamaica in a two-game playoff during the September international window.

The USA qualified for Paris by virtue of winning the 2022 Concacaf W Championship in Monterrey, Mexico, which served as the region’s qualification for the Olympics as well as the 2023 World Cup. Eighteen players on this September camp roster were a part of the USA’s squad for that tournament, which saw the USA run through the group stage, defeat Costa Rica 3-0 in the semifinal and then top Canada 1-0 in the championship game to secure an automatic berth to the 2024 Summer Games.

The remaining seven teams in the Olympic Field (two from Europe, two from Asia, two from Africa and one from Oceania) will be determined in early 2024 with the Official Draw to follow.


2023 USWNT MEDIA GUIDE

The 2023 U.S. Women’s National Team Media Guide is available for download. The Media Guide features all the history and statistic for the USWNT, as well as full bios on technical staff and the current top players, information on the USA’s Youth Women’s National Teams and general important information on U.S. Soccer.

USA ROSTER NOTES

  • Lindsey Horan (138 caps) is the only player on this roster with 100+ international appearances and is one of only six players on this roster with 50 or more caps. The others are Rose Lavelle (92 caps), Emily Sonnett (82), Abby Dahlkemper (80), Lynn Williams (58) and Tierna Davidson (50).
  • Eleven players called up for this camp have fewer than 10 caps, including 20-year-old midfielder Korbin Albert, who is the only uncapped player on this roster after Jenna Nighswonger and Olivia Moultrie made their international debuts on Dec. 2 in Ft. Lauderdale.
  • Only four players on this roster are in their 30s, led by 33-year-old defender Casey Krueger who is also the only mother on this roster. The roster also includes three teenagers in 18-year-old Moultrie and 19-year-olds Alyssa Thompson and Jaedyn Shaw while the remaining 19 players are in their 20s.
  • Through the 18 games in 2022 and 17 so far in 2023 – a total of 34 games – the USWNT has had 49 goals scored by players aged 24 or under. Over the course of 2019, 2020 and 2021 – a total of 57 games – the USWNT had a combined total of 10 goals scored by players under the age of 24.
  • Overall, 23 of the USA’s 34 total goals in 2023 (68%) have been scored or assisted by a player under the age of 25.
  • Nine players on this roster – Naomi Girma, Sophia Smith, Nighswonger, Mia Fishel, Trinity Rodman, Albert, Thompson, Shaw and Moultrie  – were born after the historic 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup, which will celebrate its 25th anniversary next year.
  • Horan is the top scorer on this roster with 31 career international goals, followed by Lavelle with 24, Williams with 17 and Smith with 15.
  • Fourteen different players have scored for the USA so far in 2023, led by seven goals from Mallory Swanson, five each from Rodman, and Horan, three each from Williams and Smith, two goals each from Lavelle and Alex Morgan and one goal each from Shaw, Sonnett, Emily Fox, Alana Cook, Ashley Hatch, Mia Fishel and Taylor Kornieck.
  • Nine different players have tallied an assist for the USA this year, led by five each from Morgan and Rodman, four from Lavelle, two from Smith and one apiece from Horan, Williams, Fox, Sonnett, Thompson, Ashley Sanchez, Andi Sullivan and Sofia Huerta.
  • Overall, 18 players have been directly involved in a goal this year for the USWNT, led by 10 goal involvements each from Rodman (five goals and five assists), followed by seven each from Morgan (two goals and five assists). Lavelle (two goals and four assists) and Horan (five goals and one assist) are next with six total goal involvements each.
  • Thirteen total clubs are represented on this roster – Olympique Lyon and Paris Saint-Germain from France, Chelsea FC from England and ten different NWSL clubs, led by three players each from NJ/NY Gotham FC, OL Reign, Washington Spirit, San Diego Wave FC and Portland Thorns FC.
  • Twelve players on this roster were named to the NWSL Best XI First or Second Teams for their performances for club this season, highlighted by the three Americans who won NWSL End-of-Year awards in Defender of the Year Girma, Goalkeeper of the Year Jane Campbell and Rookie of the Year Nighswonger.

IN FOCUS: CHINA PR | FIVE THINGS TO KNOW
FIFA World Ranking: 15
AFC Ranking: 3
Olympic Appearances: 6 (1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2016, 2020)
Best Olympic Finish: Silver Medal (1996)
Record vs. USA: 9W-13D-37L (GF: 37, GA: 102)
Last Meeting vs. USA: December 2, 2023 (3-0 USA win in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.)
Head Coach: Wang Jun (CHN)

CHINA PR WOMEN’S NATIONAL SOCCER TEAM ROSTER BY POSITION

Goalkeepers (3): 12-Xu Huan (Jiangsu F.C.), 22-Pan Hongyan (Beijing W.F.C), 32-Gao Jingyao (Changchun W.F.C)         

Defenders (6): 2-Li Mengwen (Brighton & Hove Albion F.C., England), 3-Dou Jiaxing (Jiangsu F.C.), 5-Liu Yanqiu (Wuhan Jianghan University F.C.), 8-Yao Wei (Wuhan Jianghan University F.C.), 25-Wang Siqian (Shanghai W.F.C), 26-Li Tingyingge (Shanghai W.F.C)

Midfielders (3): 9-Shen Mengyu (Celtic FC, Scotland), 23-Tang Jiali (Levante Las Planas, Spain), 28-Wang Aifang (Liaoning F.C.)

Forwards (8): 7-Wang Yanwen (Beijing W.F.C), 11-Wang Shanshan (Wuhan Jianghan University F.C.), 17-Yan Jinjin (Shanghai W.F.C), 18-Shen Menglu (Celtic FC, Scotland), 19-Zhang Linyan (Tottenham Hotspur F.C., England), 20-Wu Rigumula (Central Coast Mariners FC, Australia), 24-Jin Kun (Jiangsu F.C.), 27-Huo Yuexin (Jiangsu F.C.)

CHINA PR ROSTER NOTES

  • China had a hard time scoring goals at the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup, falling to Denmark, 1-0, beating Haiti, 1-0, and then losing to England, 6-1, to finish third in the Group D and fail to advance. Wang Shuang of Racing Louisville FC scored both of China’s goals in Australia.
  • China will miss out on the 2024 Paris Olympics after finishing third in Group B during the Second Round of the AFC Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament. Despite hosting the group in Xiamen, China lost to North Korea, 2-1, beat Thailand 3-0, and then drew South Korea 1-1, in a game it needed to win.
  • The Steel Roses, who were one of the world’s best teams in the 1990s and lost in two world finals to the USA (at the 1996 Olympics and 1999 Women’s World Cup), went through a tough patch a few years back, missing both the 2011 Women’s World Cup and the 2012 Olympics, but has since had a resurgence despite having five head coaches from 2015 until now.
  • After failing to qualify for the Olympics, China parted ways with Shui Qingxia, who had been in charge since November of 2021. The former WNT player who played on China’s silver medal-winning team at the 1996 Olympics was the first Chinese female to be head coach of the National Team. She led the team to victory at the 2022 AFC Women’s Asian Cup, the country’s first Women’s Asian Cup title in sixteen years. She was the 17th coach in team history. France’s Elisabeth Loisel and Sweden’s Marika Domanski-Lyfors previously coached the China WNT. Current interim head coach Wang Jun is China’s U-20 WNT head coach.
  • On this China roster, six players are playing their club soccer outside the country, five in Europe and one in Australia. Two – midfielder Shen Menguy play and forward Shen Menglu – play in Scotland for Celtic FC while defender Li Mengwen plays in the England Women’s Super League with Brighton Hove & Albion and forward Zhang Linyan plays for English side Tottenham Hotspur.

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