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OCT 27
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Tournament of Nations Gameday: USA vs. Australia
The USWNT holds a 25-0-2 record vs. Australia all-time
Sky Blue FC teammates Sam Kerr and Kelley O'Hara will square off as the Tournament of Nations kicks off Thursday. The USWNT starts off with Australia in Seattle. (Photo credit: Robyn Walsh McNeil for isiphotos.com)
Sky Blue FC teammates Sam Kerr and Kelley O'Hara will square off as the Tournament of Nations kicks off Thursday. The USWNT starts off with Australia in Seattle. (Photo credit: Robyn Walsh McNeil for isiphotos.com)

The United States women’s national team will kick off its Tournament of Nations against Australia on Thursday night at CenturyLink Stadium in Seattle, Washington (10 p.m. ET, ESPN/UDN). The U.S. roster features 22 NWSL players, including Golden Boot race leader Megan Rapinoe of the Seattle Reign. If all three play, the match will feature three of the four leading scorers in the NWSL this season: Rapinoe, Sam Kerr of Sky Blue FC and Christen Press of the Chicago Red Stars.

Two Sky Blue FC players will get a chance to face off, as two-time NWSL Player of the Month Sam Kerr takes the field for Australia against Kelley O’Hara and the United States.

In 2017, the USWNT is 5-2-0 and will certainly be looking to bounce back from their performance at the SheBelieves Cup earlier this year. Alex Morgan discussed the tournament after last Saturday’s match between the Orlando Pride and Chicago Red Stars, and said she’s looking forward to being back with the team after missing out on the last series of friendlies due to her hamstring injury. More important: wins.

“Hopefully just get some wins, and win this second home tournament of the year,” Morgan said. “We didn’t show so well in SheBelieves, so coming into another tough tournament, we want to be on top at the end of it.”

How to Watch

The opening match for the U.S. women’s national team will air on ESPN and UDN at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT. Fans can also use WatchESPN for online viewing.

What to Watch For
  • The U.S. women’s national team is stacked with NWSL talent, and Portland Thorns FC midfielder Lindsey Horan could play a large role against Australia on Thursday night by playing up top with the USWNT. She’s one half of another pair of NWSL players that are on the same club team but will be on opposing sides tonight, with Thorns forward Hayley Raso suiting up for the Matildas. The Orlando Pride also have multiple players on the rosters tonight, thanks to Morgan, defender Ali Krieger and Australians Steph Catley and Alanna Kennedy.
  • North Carolina Courage midfielder Sam Mewis said after yesterday’s training: “The team’s mentality is one that is — we want to win. We’re growing and evolving as we go. I think that every time the results haven’t gone our way, we’re using that as fuel and motivation. We really want to perform well this tournament and come together as a group, so I think we have a lot of motivation to do that.”
  • Australia has never beaten the United States, with the USWNT holding an all-time record of 25-0-2 dating back to 1987. Australia has also been outscored heavily in those 27 games, by 95 goals to their own 22. The last time they faced the U.S., Megan Rapinoe scored a brace in the opening match of the 2015 Women’s World Cup to help secure the win. Christen Press scored the game-winning goal, and Lisa DeVanna scored the only goal of the match for Australia.
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Rosters

U.S. Women’s National Team 2017 Tournament of Nations Roster by Position:

GOALKEEPERS (3): Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars), Jane Campbell (Houston Dash), Abby Smith (Boston Breakers)

DEFENDERS (7): Abby Dahlkemper (NC Courage), Julie Ertz (Chicago Red Stars), Ali Krieger (Orlando Pride), Kelley O’Hara (Sky Blue FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City), Casey Short (Chicago Red Stars), Taylor Smith (NC Courage)

MIDFIELDERS (6): Morgan Brian (Houston Dash), Carli Lloyd (Houston Dash), Allie Long (Portland Thorns FC), Samantha Mewis (NC Courage), Margaret Purce (Boston Breakers), Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign FC)

FORWARDS (7): Crystal Dunn (Chelsea FC), Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC), Sydney Leroux (FC Kansas City), Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride), Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars), Mallory Pugh (Washington Spirit), Lynn Williams (NC Courage)

Australia Women’s National Team 2017 Tournament of Nations Roster by Position:

GOALKEEPERS (2): Mackenzie Arnold (Brisbane Roar, Australia), Lydia Williams (Houston Dash)

DEFENDERS (8): Laura Alleway (Unattached), Ellie Carpenter (Western Sydney Wanderers FC, Australia), Steph Catley (Orlando Pride), Caitlin Cooper (Illawarra Stingrays, Australia), Alanna Kennedy (Orlando Pride), Clare Polkinghorne (Brisbane Roar FC, Australia), Hayley Raso (Portland Thorns), Gema Simon (Avaldsnes, Norway)

MIDFIELDERS (6): Tameka Butt (Klepp I-L, Norway), Alex Chidiac (Adelaide City Women’s, Australia), Katrina Gorry (Vegalta Sendai, Japan), Elise Kellond-Knight (FC Turbine Potsdam, Germany), Chloe Logarzo (Avaldsnes, Norway), Emily van Egmond (VfL Wolfsburg, Germany)

FORWARDS (5): Lisa De Vanna (South Melbourne Women’s, Australia), Caitlin Foord (Vegalta Sendai, Japan), Emily Gielnik (Avaldsnes, Norway), Princess Ibini (Football NSW NTC, Australia), Sam Kerr (Sky Blue FC)

#ToN2017

Read our full Tournament of Nations preview, featuring player interviews and more.

NWSL fans can follow all the Tournament of Nations action via the NWSL website and mobile app, as well as using the hashtag #ToN2017 and following the league’s social media on TwitterInstagram and Facebook.

To follow USA vs. Australia on Twitter, use the #USAvAUS hashtag.

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