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A Look Back at USWNT in the Lone Star State

Mallory Pugh holds off Allysha Chapman in last year’s CONCACAF Olympic qualiyfing final at BBVA Compass Stadium. Credit: Gia Quilap/Keeper Notes


The USWNT returns to the Lone Star State for two friendlies against Russia, a team preparing for this summer’s Women’s Euro Championship. The defending Women’s World Cup champs play Russia first in Frisco, the home of FC Dallas, tonight (7:30 pm CT, FS1) and then Sunday in Houston at BBVA Compass Stadium (1 pm CT, ESPN). Tickets are still available for both matches: Frisco and Houston.

From Dallas to Houston to San Antonio, the USWNT have played more than 15 times in Texas since the team’s first match in the state in 1995. This week’s games will be the 18th and 19th appearances in Texas. Here’s a quick look at previous USWNT games in the Lone Star State:


2016 Olympic qualifying
Last year Frisco and Houston hosted the women’s CONCACAF qualifying tournament for the 2016 Olympics. The USWNT played their group stage matches in Frisco, and the semifinals & final in Houston. Fans were treated to 23 goals scored by the USA, including a 5-goal performance by Crystal Dunn against Puerto Rico and a hat trick by Alex Morgan in the semifinal.

First goals, for and against
Two USWNT players scored their first international goals in Texas – Lindsey Horan versus Trinidad & Tobago in December 2015 and Samantha Mewis versus Puerto Rico in 2016.
In December 2000, in a post-Olympics friendly in Houston, Mexico scored its first ever goal against the USWNT, when Maribel “Marigol” Dominguez took advantage of defensive mistakes and slotted the ball past a teenaged Hope Solo. The USWNT prevailed 3-2.

Abby’s milestones
In 2004, Abby Wambach became the fourth USWNT player to score five goals in a single match, netting all the goals in a 5-0 victory over Ireland at Reliant Stadium in Houston. Eight years later, Wambach scored her 150th international goal in a friendly against China at BBVA Compass Stadium.

Becky’s caps
Last February in Houston, Becky Sauerbrunn became the 35th USWNT player to reach 100 caps when she played in the CONCACAF final versus Canada. Sauerbrunn also earned her 50th cap in Texas, and against Canada, on January 31, 2014.


USWNT All-Time Results in Texas
19-May-95 Canada 9-1 W Dallas
15-Feb-96 Sweden 3-0 W San Antonio
17-Feb-96 Sweden 3-0 W Deer Park
10-Dec-00 Mexico 3-2 W Houston
02-Nov-03 Mexico 3-1 W Dallas
23-Oct-04 Ireland 5-0 W Houston
12-May-07 Canada 6-2 W Frisco
11-Feb-12 New Zealand 2-1 W Frisco
12-Dec-12 China 4-0 W Houston
20-Oct-13 Australia 4-0 W San Antonio
31-Jan-14 Canada 1-0 W Frisco
10-Dec-15 T&T 6-0 W San Antonio
10-Feb-16 Costa Rica 5-0 W Frisco
13-Feb-16 Mexico 1-0 W Frisco
15-Feb-16 Puerto Rico 10-0 W Frisco
19-Feb-16 T&T 5-0 W Houston
21-Feb-16 Canada 2-0 W Houston
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