The U.S. women’s national football team, the world’s number one team, is in a certain state. The game against Portugal at Houston’s BBVA Stadium on Thursday night will not end.
The team currently remains unbeaten in 39 games (the third longest in team history), 53 unbeaten home games (48-0-5) and 15 home wins in a row. For a better measure, you can add the record start of USWNT head coach Vlatko Andonovski (17-0-1 in his first 18 games). Given its perfect historical record against Portugal (9-0-0), ranked 29th, the American women’s football team should be able to achieve another success in these results.
Of course, the ultimate goal of USWNT is the Olympic gold medal this summer and choose the right team to help achieve this goal. The players hope to impress Andonowski before he named his last Olympic team in the coming weeks.
The Tokyo Olympics will kick off on July 21 with a round-robin group stage. USWNT was assigned to Group G. The opponents are three tough opponents: Sweden, Australia and New Zealand, all of whom are regulars in major international competitions. The Americans’ first game will be against Sweden. Sweden is the only country that will play against American women this year and prevent them from winning (a 1-1 draw on April 10).
This is the beginning of the summer series. Although none of the three opponents went to Japan, their purpose was to serve as an adjustment for Tokyo. However, USWNT will use friendly matches to simulate the weather conditions and rhythm of the Olympic games, with only two days off between matches: Houston on Thursday against Portugal, Houston on June 13th against Jamaica, June 16th in Austin against Nigeria, Texas .
How to watch USWNT vs. Portugal
The USWNT game against Portugal will be broadcast on FS1.The network is streaming fuboTV (7-day free trial).
USWNT’s upcoming schedule
- June 10: USWNT vs. Portugal (Summer Series, Houston)
- June 13: 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)
- July 5: USWNT vs. Mexico (Sendoff Series, East Hartford, Connecticut)
- July 21: Sweden vs. USWNT (Tokyo Olympics 2021)
- July 24: New Zealand vs. USWNT (2021 Olympic Games, Saitama, Japan)
- July 27: USWNT vs. Australia (2021 Olympic Games, Kashima, Japan)
List of USWNT Summer Series
Goalkeeper (3): Jane Campbell (Houston Dash), Adriana Franke (Portland Thorns), Alyssa Nich (Chicago Red Stars)
Defender (8): Alana Cook (OL Reign), Abby Dalkemper (Man City), Tirna Davidson (Chicago Red Star), Crystal Dunn (Portland Thorns), Kelly O’Hara ( Washington Spirit), Margaret Perth (New Jersey/New York Gotham Football Club), Becky Sauerbrunn (Portland Thorns), Emily Sonnett (Washington Spirit)
Midfielder (6): Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns), Rose Lavelle (OL Reign), Catarina Macario (Lyon Olympics), Kristie Mewis (Houston Dash), Samantha Mewis (North Carolina Courage), Andi Sullivan (Washington Spirit)
Forward (6): Carly Lloyd (New Jersey/New York Gotham Football Club), Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride), Christine Place (Manchester United), Megan Rapino (OL Reign) ), Sophia Smith (Portland Thorns), Lynn Williams (North Carolina Courage)