Most expect the gold medal-favorite United States women’s team to show their true colors against the weakest team in Group G, No. 22-ranked New Zealand, after the Americans suffered a humiliating defeat. 3-0 against Sweden in their first game. In the lead-up to the game, players were also sending strong hints that there is a fierce backlash on the cards.
The USWNT has an all-time record of 15-1-1 against New Zealand, so the final score is not in doubt here. But a convincing performance and a series of goals to address the current -3 goal difference in the standings is the ultimate measure of success in the game.
With Sweden beating Australia 4-2 in the other Group G game and advancing to six points, first place seems to be out of reach for the USWNT, save for a big surprise on the final matchday. But Australia proved it won’t be easy for second place when the Australians and the Americans meet on July 27.
USWNT vs. New Zealand Live
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USWNT vs. New Zealand starting lineups
With just three days apart, USWNT head coach Vlatko Andonovski is giving regulars Becky Sauerbrunn, Kelley O’Hara, Sam Mewis and Christen Press a break for the game against New Zealand.
His New Zealand counterpart Tom Sermanni makes two changes from the starting lineup that lost 2-1 to Australia in their opener: goalkeeper Anna Leat replaces Erin Nayler, who was possibly to blame for both of Australia’s goals, while that Daisy Cleverley enters the center of the field.
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Starters (4-3-3, from left to right): 1-Alyssa Naeher – 2-Crystal Dunn, 12-Tender Davidson, 17-Abby Dahlkemper, 14-Emily Sonnett – 9-Lindsey Horan, 8-Julie Ertz, 16-Rose Lavelle – 15-Megan Rapinoe, 10-Carli Lloyd, 7-Tobin Heath
Substitutes: 22-Jane Campbell-GK, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 20-Casey Krueger, 3-Samantha Mewis, 19-Catarina Macario, 11-Christen Press, 13-Alex Morgan
Sitting outside: 18-Adrianna Franch-GK, 5-Kelley O’Hara, 6-Kristie Mewis, 21-Lynn Williams
Starters (5-4-1, from left to right): 18-Anna Leat-GK- 7-Ali Riley, 5-Meikayla Moore, 8-Abby Erceg, 4-CJ Bott, 2-Ria Percival – 11-Olivia Chance, 15-Daisy Cleverley, 14-Katie Bowen, 12-Betsy Hassett-17- Hannah Wilkinson
Substitutes: 1-Erin Nayler-GK, 3-Anna Green, 6-Claudia Bunge, 10-Annalie Longo, 16-Emma Rolston, 13-Paige Satchell, 9-Gabbie Rennie
Sitting outside: 22-Victoria Esson-GK, 19-Elizabeth Anton, 20-Marisa Van der Meer, 21-Michaela Robertson
How to watch USWNT vs. New Zealand Olympic football
- Date: Saturday July 24
- Weather: 7:30 am ET
- TV channels: NBCSN
- Spanish television: Telemundo
- Transmission: fuboTV, NBCOlympics.com, TelemundoDeportes.com, the NBC Sports app and the Telemundo Deportes app (with user authentication)
The second game of US Group G will air at 7:30 am ET on NBCSN in English and on Telemundo in Spanish. Both channels are available to broadcast on fuboTV (7-day free trial).
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As with all Olympic football games, they can be streamed in the US on NBCOlympics.com, TelemundoDeportes.com, the NBC Sports app, and the Telemundo Deportes app, all with user authentication.