A come-from-behind 2-1 win over Norway earned the U.S. women's national team three points to start their Algarve Cup. After conceding a goal late in the first half, Carli Lloyd grabbed a brace in the second half—first striking from 18 yards out and then converting a penalty—to ensure the USWNT didn't come away with another disappointment.
Now, it's time to keep the momentum going.
Kickoff time: 12:00 p.m. ET
Venue: Municipal Stadium (Vila Real de San Antonio, Portugal)
TV/Streaming: On your televisions on Fox Sports 1, or on your computers streaming through Fox Sports Go.
Projected lineup: Hope Solo will be in goal again, but other than that, I have to say I don't think I'll ever predict an Ellis USWNT lineup correctly. Across the back, let's go with Ali Krieger, Becky Sauerbrunn, Whitney Engen, and Meghan Klingenberg.
I still think Carli Lloyd is at her best in the center of midfield, but Ellis keeps deploying her wide (a narrow-ish wide, but still). We can expect tinkering during this tournament, but I think Ellis sticks with Lloyd playing on the right for now, though this time with Tobin Heath on the left. In the middle, I'll take Lauren Holiday and Morgan Brian. Up top, Alex Morgan and Abby Wambach will start again.
Prediction: You're probably going to hear a lot about Swiss striker Ramona Bachmann, if you haven't already (here's an article to get you caught up). She's the biggest threat on a Swiss team going to its first World Cup this summer. But the USWNT dominated their game against Norway despite giving up the goal, and I'm expecting them to get the win in this one, too. I'll go for 3-1 to the U.S.
What are you drinking? Again, it's a work day (boo), but even though I'll be drinking water, I'll be drinking it while I eat fish tacos at District Taco. So no real complaints here.