Following an exciting 3-1 match in Commerce City, Colorado, the United States Women’s National team set course for Nippert Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio.
In this series, the United States have enjoyed tremendous production from defensive midfielder Julie Ertz. She recently converted from center defender and has found a new home in the defensive midfield. Which is the same position she plays for her club team, the Chicago Red Stars. Ertz was responsible for two USWNT goals on Friday night and Alex Morgan added the game winner.
The game in Cincinnati will be the 12th game on the national team calendar. The Lady Yanks will play 16 total matches in 2017. That is tied for the 2nd most matches played after a World Cup and Olympic cycle.
The only year the United States played more matches was 1997 when the squad played 18 matches in preparation for the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
What to watch for:
United States midfielder Rose Lavelle returns back home to Cincinnati where she grew up playing soccer. She spent time playing in the local developmental system for Cincinnati United and eventually worked her way up to the Women’s Premier Soccer League where she played for the Dayton Dutch Lions during her summer break from the University of Wisconsin. Tuesday’s match will be the first time in Lavelle’s young career that she will play in front of her hometown as a professional.
Forward Alex Morgan will look to add to her goal tally after scoring the 75th goal of her international career in Denver. That goal was good enough to move Morgan into a tie for seventh place on the United States all-time goal list. The production from Morgan shouldn’t come as a surprise as she has scored nine goals in nine games for the Orlando Pride.
Keeping close tabs on Morgan is fellow forward Christen Press.
Press has enjoyed tremendous production in this NWSL season as she has scored 10 goals for her Chicago Red Stars. She sits at 91 caps and 43 international goals and will be looking to continue her good run of form in Cincinnati.
Defender Julie Ertz is now the highest scoring active defender in the United States player pool. She has converted eight of her goals while playing center defender. Her most famous goal of 2017 came against Brazil in the Tournament of Nations in San Diego as she completed an epic United States comeback.
Sofia Huerta made a little bit of history with her inaugural appearance for the United States last Friday. She was the first player from the state of Idaho to earn a cap for the USWNT and with her FIFA permitted association switch, is the first player in female history to play FOR and AGAINST the United States Women’s National team in a senior level match.
The United States goes for the sweep against New Zealand at 6:30 CDT on Fox Sports 1.
Hot Time in Old Town will be live from Nippert Stadium providing updates and content as the match progresses.