USA vs. Spain: Starting Lineup & Roster in the World Cup

Getty USA will now take on France in the World Cup quarterfinals.

USA takes on Spain in their first match of the Knockout Round. The winner will play France in the next round, while the losing team will be eliminated from the World Cup. As expected, Alex Morgan and Julie Ertz are in the starting lineup after dealing with injuries against Sweden.

The U.S. enters the match dealing with a few injuries including Alex Morgan and Julie Ertz. Both players are expected to play against Spain after missing the last match against Sweden. The U.S. and Spain will play in humid conditions today, but manager Jill Ellis emphasized the team is only focused on the game itself.

“I haven’t paid attention to the weather report,” Ellis told ESPN. “But for us, everything has been about making sure our recovery was happening the night of the Sweden game. After the huddle, I just said to them, ‘The MVP right now is going to be your recovery and your hydration and your attention to detail,’ in terms of making sure they do that. I think our players are fantastic with that, in terms of knowing that the next game starts as soon as that game is over.”

The Winner of the USA-Spain Match Will Play France

France took care of business against Brazil to advance to play the winner of the USA-Spain match. Spain stands in the way of the highly anticipated USA-France matchup that many expected before the World Cup started. If the U.S. is able to advance, they would be one of just eight teams remaining in the tournament. The U.S. continues to emphasize that they are focused on the match in front of them.

“I would have taken an extra day or two,” Kelley O’Hara noted to ESPN. “But no, it doesn’t matter. It’s all about getting the job done, whoever we’re playing, focus on that.”

Here is a look at the projected starting lineup as well as the USWNT roster.

USA’s Starting XI vs. Spain

Here is the USA starting lineup against Spain, per USWNT.

GK Alyssa Naeher
D Crystal Dunn
D Becky Sauerbrunn
D Abby Dahlkemper
D Kelley O’Hara
M Samantha Mewis
M Julie Ertz
M Rose LaVelle
F Megan Rapinoe
F Alex Morgan
F Tobin Heath

Spain’s Starting XI vs. USA

USWNT Roster for World Cup

1 GK Alyssa Naeher
2 F Mallory Pugh
3 M Samantha Mewis
4 D Becky Sauerbrunn
5 D Kelley O’Hara
6 M Morgan Brian
7 D Abby Dahlkemper
8 M Julie Ertz
9 M Lindsey Horan
10 F Carli Lloyd
11 D Ali Krieger
12 D Tierna Davidson
13 F Alex Morgan
14 D Emily Sonnett
15 F Megan Rapinoe
16 M Rose Lavelle
17 F Tobin Heath
18 GK Ashlyn Harris
19 D Crystal Dunn
20 D Allie Long
21 GK Adrianna Franch
22 F Jessica McDonald
23 F Christen Press