The USA and Mexico will meet for the second consecutive time on Friday at Pratt & Whitney Stadium, Rentschler Field in East Hartford. The match will air live on ESPN at 5:09 p.m. ET on ESPN, TUDN.tv, and the TUDN App. Official kickoff is scheduled for 5:09 p.m. ET. __S.5__
The mood was not dampened by the torrential rainstorm that fell on the 21,637 people who were present for the match of the Send Off Series on July 1. In which the USA defeated Mexico 4-0, it was hard to imagine anything else. Samantha Mewis scored the opening goal in the 21st minutes, with an assist from Kristie, her older sister. This was the first ever sister-to-sister assist goal combination in USWNT history. Christen Press scored goals in the 39th, and 85thminutes to keep up her impressive attack form. Tobin Heath made her return to the pitch with a remarkable strike from 32 yards away less than one minute after she entered the match. __S.9__
The USWNT's unbeaten streak was extended to 43 games with the win over Mexico on July 1. This tied the USWNT for the second-longest streak of such victories in program history. 51 games are the record for longest unbeaten streak in USWNT History. This spans from December 2004 through September 2007. __S.13__
The USA will leave for Miyazaki (Japan), its pre-Olympic training camp, shortly after the match against Mexico. It is located on the southernmost island of Kyushu. __S.16__
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USWNT DETAILED ROSTER POSITIONVS. MEXICO
(2) GOALKEEPERS:18-Adrianna Frankch (Portland Thorns FC, 6), 1-Alyssa Neher (Chicago Red Stars, 72).
LAST TIME OUT
The U.S. Women's National Team won a convincing 4-0 victory over Mexico in its first match in the 2021 WNT Send Off Series presented by Visa. Most of the shots from the USA came in the second half.
The game, which was the USA's penultimate match prior to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics was open from the start. While the USA was patient and built its attack, Mexico was not afraid to move forward. Samantha Mewis, an attacking midfielder and dynamic player, was successful in the 21st minute. Kristie Mewis set up her younger sister Samantha for the historic sibling assist goal combo. Sam scored the fifth goal of the season. The Mewis sisters have assisted or scored on 10 of 33 USWNT goals in 2021.
The field was covered in driving rain shortly after the goal. This made connecting passes more difficult. However, Samantha Mewis scored the second goal in the 39th minutes. She was able to split the defense to pass Rapinoe a pass running into the penalty box on the left. Rapinoe then dribbled towards the goal line and made a short pass to Press to make her 62nd career international goals. Rapinoe scored her 69th career assist, chasing Abby Wambach (73 career aids) for third place.
Adrianna Franch, the goalkeeper for the USWNT, replaced Naeher after the break to take her sixth cap. Tobin Heath, forward for the USWNT, delighted more than 21,000 spectators in the 72nd minute. She was playing against the Netherlands for the first time since Nov. 27, 2020. Morgan found Heath running down the middle field less than a minute after she entered the match. She glanced up, and she ripped a shot 36 yards from the goal line that missed the wet turf and went in for her 34th international goal. This was her first score since Jan. 2020's Olympic qualifying.
In the 85th minute Press added an exclamation to the proceedings by continuing her streak of scoring. She deftly diverted a nice cross from Tierna Davidson into the net for her 63rd career USWNT goals and ninth career multi-goal game. It was Davidson’s sixth career assist and first of the season. __S.46__
INSIDE THE SSERIES: USA Vs.MEXICO
This matchup between the USA and Mexico will take place on July 5. It will be the 41st ever. The USA is the fifth most-watched opponent in program history. They have won 38 of the 40 previous meetings with Mexico, and only one loss and one draw against their southern neighbours. The USA has won 14 of the last 14 head to head meetings with Mexico, and has outscored La Tri 60-4 during this run. After a defeat of Mexico by 2-1 in World Cup Qualifying 2010, the USA's 14-match winning streak with Mexico was established. After a 2-1 defeat to Mexico in World Cup Qualifying in 2010, the USA qualified for the FIFA Women's World Cup 2011. The USA has been unbeaten in 55 of its games against Concacaf foes. There have been 52 wins and three draws in that time.
SUCCESS WITH HOME SOIL
The USA's victory over Mexico on July 1 extended their home unbeaten streak at home to 57 games with 52 wins, five draws, and 52 losses. __S.57__ The longest streak of home wins in the USA was 23 games, which spanned April 1993 through February 1996. __S.59__
STELLAR RUN OF FORMAT BY PRESS
Christen Press, heading into her second Olympics is in the middle a great stretch of her career. She has been involved in 36 goals in her 36 last games for the USWNT and scored 16 goals with 18 assists. Rose Lavelle's win on February 18 was hers. She also participated in the free kick, which earned her the penalty kick, which Lindsey Horan converted on June 13. Press is the leader in assists for the USWNT and third in scoring, with 17 goals scored over the same period. __S.65__
Press has assisted or scored in 17 of her 20 USA games, including five of her most recent outings. She has also scored 14 goals in that 20-game span. Press' brace against Mexico, July 1, marked her 9th multi-goal game in her career. This is her 11th consecutive win in USWNT history and her first such game since 2020 Olympic Qualifying. She has now won 148 caps, 63 career objectives and 42 career assists. She is also the 14th American player to have at least 100 goals and assists during her international career. __S.69__
MEWIES IN MIDFIELD
Kristie Mewis (30 years old) and Samantha Mewis (28 years old) were named to the roster for 2020 Tokyo Olympics. They are the first sisters to be named to a senior world championship roster for the USWNT. Kristie is 592 days older than her sister. Kristie and Samantha both played for the USA in the 2008 FIFA Under-17 Women's World Cup, New Zealand. The USA reached the final and also at the FIFA Under-20 Women's World Cup, Germany, 2010. They have won 101 caps together (76 for Samantha, 25 for Kristie).
Together, the Mewis sisters have scored (7) or assisted (4) on ten of the USA's 33 goals in 2021.|The Mewis sisters, Kristie and Samantha Mewis, have contributed to (4) or scored (7) of the USA's 33 goals for 2021.} Kristie and Samantha scored the USA's first goal against Mexico on July 1, their first sister-tosister goal in USWNT History. This was their third consecutive start for the USWNT and their third together in a career.
USWNT DEBUTS OLYMPIC NUMBERERS IN SENDOFF SERIES
GEARED UP TO GROUP G
The Final Draw of the 2021 Olympic Football Tournament took place virtually on April 21. It was used to draw the teams and set the schedule for the 12 teams competing in Tokyo for gold. The U.S. was drawn in Group G. They will open Olympic play against Sweden on July 21 at 5:30 p.m. (local time / 4:30 a.m.). ET) at Tokyo Stadium. On July 24, the Americans will face New Zealand in their second match at Saitama (8:30 p.m. / 7:30 AM). ET USA will end group play against Australia at 5 p.m. local/ 4 a.m. ET. ET) at Kashima's Ibaraki Kashima Stadium. __S.98__
The Olympic Football Tournament is from July 21 to August 6. Six group games will take place on each round -- July 21, 24, and 27, giving all nations two days of rest between matches. Because the Olympics is intense, there are only two days of rest between the third and fourth group games. These include between the end-of-group play and the quarterfinal, as well as between the semifinal and the semifinal. The Finalists will receive a third day of rest before they compete for the gold medal.
The Olympic women's soccer tournament will feature 12 countries: the USA and Canada (Concacaf); Australia, Japan, and China PR from Asia; Great Britain and the Netherlands from Europe; Brazil, Chile, South America; New Zealand, Oceania, and Zambia from Africa.
USWNT EYES OLYMPIC HISTORY
The U.S. Olympic Women's Soccer Team had reached the gold medal game in every Olympic Women's Soccer Tournament until 2016, when they were eliminated by Sweden in penalty kicks. After winning the first gold medal in Atlanta in 1996, the USA also won silver in Sydney 2000 and three consecutive golds in Athens, Greece, Beijing 2008, and London 2012. USA holds a record 25-2-5 in Olympic history. __S.109__
Only one Olympic regulation game has been lost by the USA. It was in the opening match at the 2008 Beijing Games. The USA went on to win the gold. Since that tournament, the USA has never lost an Olympic match in regulation. They won six matches in England in 2012, and two more in Brazil in 2016. This included the penalty kick loss Sweden. Officially, that match counts as a draw. The four other draws were against Australia (2004), China PR (1996) and China PR (2000). The USA lost the 2000 Olympic gold medal match 3-2 to Norway due to a controversial "golden" goal that struck forward Dagny Malgren's arm. She caused the ball to move forward towards the goal, before Siri Mullinix scored. __S.116__
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2021 USWNT MEDIA GUIDE
The 2021 U.S. Women's National Team Media Guide is available for download. The USWNT Media Guide contains all historical and statistical information, including bios of technical staff, top players, information about the USA's Youth National Teams and other important information about U.S. Soccer.
USA ROSTER NOTES
Carli Lloyd, who has 16 Olympic appearances and eight Olympic goals, is the one with the most. Tobin Heath made 12 Olympic appearances. __S.149__
So far this year, 12 players have scored the USA's 33 goals: Megan Rapinoe (7), Samantha Mewis (5), Christen Press (5), Alex Morgan (3), Lindsey Horan (2), Kristie Mewis (2), Margaret Purce (2), Carli Lloyd (2), Lynn Williams (2), Rose Lavelle, Catarina Macario and Tobin Heath.|12 players have scored 33 goals for the USA this year: Megan Rapinoe (7/7), Samantha Mewis (5/5), Christen Press (5/5), Alex Morgan (3/3) Lindsey Horan (2/2), Kristie Mewis (2/2), Margaret Purce (2/2), Carli Lloyd (2/2), Lynn Williams (2/2), Rose Lavelle (Catarina Macario) and Tobin Heath (4/4)}
Thirteen different players have also tallied an assist in 2021: Carli Lloyd (5), Lindsey Horan (4), Christen Press (4), Samantha Mewis (2), Rose Lavelle (2), Megan Rapinoe (2), Kristie Mewis (2), Alex Morgan (2), Crystal Dunn, Ali Krieger, Emily Sonnett, Casey Krueger and Tierna Davidson.|13 players also received an assist in 2021. They were: Carli Lloyd (5, Lindsey Horan (4, Christen Press 4), Samantha Mewis (2, Rose Lavelle 2 and Megan Rapinoe 2), Kristie Mewis (2 and 2), Alex Morgan (2 and 2), Crystal Dunn, Ali Krieger (4,5, 6 & 4); Emily Sonnett; Casey Krueger (3, 3) and TiernaDavidson (3, 2).}
Overall, 16 different players have been directly involved in at least one of the USWNT's 33 goals in the 2021 calendar year.|16 players were directly involved in at minimum one of 33 USWNT goals for the 2021 calendar year.}
Rapinoe (with 7 goals and 2 assists), and Press (5 goals and 4 assists) are the leaders with 9 goals each. Lloyd (2 goals and 5 assists) is second, and Samantha Mewis (2 goals and 2 assists) is third.