The US women’s national soccer team, number one in the world number one, is on the rise. And it is far from over against Portugal on Thursday evening at the BBVA Stadium in Houston.
The team is on a 39-game unbeaten streak (third longest in team history), a 53-game unbeaten streak (48-0-5) and a 15-game home winning streak. Add to this the record start of USWNT head coach Vlatko Andonovski (17-0-1 in his first 18 games). Given their perfect all-time record against Portugal number 29 (9-0-0), the US women should be able to claim another win of this magnitude.
The USWNT’s ultimate goal, of course, is to win an Olympic gold medal this summer and select the right squad to help achieve that goal. The players will try to impress Andonovski before naming his final Olympic squad in the coming weeks.
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The Tokyo Olympic Tournament begins on July 21st with a round robin group stage. The USWNT took on three strong opponents in Group G: Sweden, Australia and New Zealand, all regulars at major international competitions. The Americans will play their first game against Sweden, the only nation that has scored a goal against the US women and prevents them from winning this year (1-1 draw on April 10).
This is where the Summer Series games come in. They are intended to serve as a prelude to Tokyo, although none of the three opponents are going to Japan. But the USWNT will use the friendlies to simulate the weather conditions and rhythm of the Olympic Games with only a two-day break between games: Thursday against Portugal in Houston, June 13 against Jamaica in Houston and June 16 against Nigeria in Austin, Texas.
How to watch USWNT versus Portugal
The USWNT’s tune-up match against Portugal will be broadcast on FS1. The network is streamed on fuboTV (7-day free trial version).
USWNT upcoming schedule
- the 10th of June: USWNT vs. Portugal (Summer Series, Houston)
- June 13th: USWNT vs. Jamaica (Summer Series, Houston)
- June 16: USWNT vs. Nigeria (Summer Series, Austin, Texas)
- July 1: USWNT vs. Mexico (Sendoff Series, East Hartford, Connecticut)
- 5th July: USWNT vs. Mexico (Sendoff Series, East Hartford, Connecticut)
- 21 July: Sweden vs. USWNT (2021 Olympia, Tokyo)
- 24th July: New Zealand vs. USWNT (2021 Olympic Games, Saitama, Japan)
- July 27th: USWNT vs. Australia (2021 Olympia, Kashima, Japan)
List of the USWNT Summer Series
Goalkeeper (3): Jane Campbell (Houston Dash), Adrianna Franch (Portland Thorns), Alyssa Naheher (Chicago Red Stars)
Defender (8): Alana Cook (OL Reign), Abby Dahlkemper (Manchester City), Tierna Davidson (Chicago Red Stars), Crystal Dunn (Portland Thorns), Kelley O’Hara (Washington Spirit), Margaret Purce (NJ / NY Gotham FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (Portland Thorns), Emily Sonnett (Washington Spirit)
Midfielder (6): Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns), Rose Lavelle (OL Reign), Catarina Macario (Olympique Lyon), Kristie Mewis (Houston Dash), Samantha Mewis (North Carolina Courage), Andi Sullivan (Washington Spirit)
Forward (6): Carli Lloyd (NJ / NY Gotham FC), Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride), Christen Press (Manchester United), Megan Rapinoe (OL Reign), Sophia Smith (Portland Thorns), Lynn Williams (North Carolina Courage)