The United States will play Chile’s women’s national team for the first time in two friendlies int his FIFA window.
Chile is ranked 39 worldwide by FIFA and has qualified for their first ever World Cup for 2019. American fans may be familiar with a couple of names on the roster - Yanara Aedo spent some time with the Washington Spirit - but the majority of the team plays in Chile or Spain while Chile’s starting goalkeeper, Christiane Endler, plays her club football for Paris Saint-Germain.
Although a US win should be likely, Chile has several players with lots of international experience, and US depth could be impacted by players who are still working their way back to 100%, among them Kelley O”Hara, Morgan Brian, Rose Lavelle, and Mallory Pugh. Also, a reminder that Megan Rapinoe is unavailable due to injury, forcing Ellis to no doubt shuffle her front line options. We’ll see if O’Hara even makes the game day roster, as she has barely started getting minutes again for the Utah Royals after a protracted rehab that took her out of most of the NWSL season. Still, the US can still front a pretty full-strength starting XI depending on who makes the final cut from 23 to 18 players.
Projected starting XI
USA training camp roster (to be narrowed down to 18 for game day)
GOALKEEPERS (3): Adrianna Franch (Portland Thorns FC; 0/0), Ashlyn Harris (Orlando Pride; 16/0), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars; 32/0)
DEFENDERS (7): Abby Dahlkemper (NC Courage; 22/0), Tierna Davidson (Stanford; 10/0), Hailie Mace (UCLA; 1/0), Kelley O’Hara (Utah Royals FC: 107/2), Becky Sauerbrunn (Utah Royals FC; 141/0), Casey Short (Chicago Red Stars; 24/0), Emily Sonnett (Portland Thorns FC; 20/0)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Morgan Brian (Chicago Red Stars; 77/6), Julie Ertz (Chicago Red Stars; 64/16), Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC; 54/6), Rose Lavelle (Washington Spirit; 11/3), Carli Lloyd (Sky Blue FC; 257/100), Samantha Mewis (NC Courage; 37/7), McCall Zerboni (NC Courage; 5/0)
FORWARDS (6): Crystal Dunn (NC Courage; 67/23), Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC; 136/20), Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride; 145/90), Christen Press (Utah Royals FC; 103/44), Mallory Pugh(Washington Spirit; 35/11), Amy Rodriguez (Utah Royals FC; 131/30)
GOALKEEPERS (2): 1-Christiane Endler (Paris Saint-Germain, France), 12-Natalia Campos (Universidad Catholica)
DEFENDERS (6): 2-Rocio Soto (Colo Colo), 3-Carla Guerrero (Rayo Vallecano, Spain), 14-Fernanda Pinilla (Cordoba, Spain), 15-Su Helen Galaz (Zaragoza, Spain), 17-Geraldine Leyton (Sporting Huelva, Spain), 18-Camila Saez (Rayo Vallecano, Spain)
MIDFIELDERS (5): 4-Lara, Francisca (Sevilla, Spain), 6-Claudia Soto (Grêmio Osasco Audax, Brazil), 8-Karen Araya (Sevilla, Spain), 11-Yesenia López (Sporting Huelva, Spain), 16-Ana Gutiérrez (Colo Colo)
FORWARDS (7): 7-Maria José Rojas (Orca Kamogawa FC, Japan), 9-Maryorie Hernández (Palestino), 10-Yanara Aedo (Valencia (Spain), 13-Bárbara Santibáñez (Sporting Huelva, Spain), 19-Javiera Grez (Curicó), 20-Daniela Zamora (U. de Chile), 21-Maria José Urrutia (Palestino)
Schedule, TV, and livestream
Friday, August 31
11 PM ET / 8 PM ET
StubHub Center, Carson, CA
This game will air live on ESPN2
Livestream on ESPN with provider login
Livestream listing has the game beginning at 11:20 PM ET