Hanson Earns First Cap with Women's National Team
Houston, Texas - Haley Hanson came on in the 40th minute for the United States Women's National Team in its 6-2 win over Mexico in an international friendly on Sunday at BBVA Compass Stadium, as the former Husker earned her first cap for the national team.
Hanson entered the match with the United States holding a 3-2 lead over Mexico, and the Americans scored three more times with Hanson on the field to put the game out of reach.
Hanson becomes the second Husker to earn a cap for the United States Women's National Team, as Jenny Benson earned eight caps from 2001-03.
Hanson earned her first call-up to the Women's National Team last Sunday. The Houston Dash drafted Hanson with the seventh overall pick in the 2018 NWSL Draft on Jan. 18. She played all 90 minutes in each of the first two games of the season for Houston. Hanson attended U.S. U-23 WNT training camps in January 2018 in Carson, Calif., and November-December 2017 in Orlando, Fla.
Two other players earned their first cap with the U.S. national team on Sunday in Hailie Mace and Tegan McGrady. The last time the USA had more than two first caps in one game was Oct. 19, 2016 vs. Switzerland.
3⃣ first cappers today! Give it up for Tegan, Hailie and Haley! 👏👏👏 pic.twitter.com/qPHvz53QUG— U.S. Soccer WNT (@ussoccer_wnt) April 8, 2018
“It was surreal - a little scary and exciting, but all-in-all I was comfortable out there,” Hanson said in an interview with the Dash. “Everyone was really supportive and instructed me, so they made it a great experience all-in-all.
Hanson, an Overland Park, Kan., native, scored 19 career goals and tallied seven career assists in 75 appearances for the Huskers from 2014 to 2017. A second-team All-Big Ten selection as a senior in 2017, Hanson led the Huskers with nine goals and added four assists, the second-most on the team. Hanson, who started all 19 games in 2017, recorded a pair of two-goal efforts and earned second-team All-Region honors.