Less than a month ago, the USWNT managed to win the Algarve Cup despite continuing question marks about their performance. Then, Abby Wambach announced she's not playing in the NWSL this year (and then she and Sydney Leroux swapped NWSL teams). In May, the USWNT will play three send-off friendlies before heading to Canada to compete in the Women's World Cup.
But on this day...on this day the USWNT play New Zealand. I feel like the drama got away from me a bit there. Anyway!
Kickoff time: 4:30 PM ET
Venue: Busch Stadium (St. Louis, Missouri)
TV/Streaming: On your televisions on Fox Sports 1, and streaming on Fox Sports Go.
Projected lineup: I mean, not that I'm confident in this at all, but here goes: Hope Solo in goal, with Ali Krieger, Becky Sauerbrunn, Julie Johnston, and Meghan Klingenberg across the back line. The midfield is where it starts to get tricky with Ellis, and it's tough for me to guess whether she goes with the lineup she fielded in the Algarve Cup final against France or tries something new—she's making her final World Cup roster cuts April 15, by the way, so this is the last chance to really see the group in a game.
I'll go ahead with Carli Lloyd, Lauren Holiday, Morgan Brian, and Christen Press in midfield. (Although I wouldn't mind seeing Tobin Heath get a start wide, to be honest.) Up top, I think it'll be Alex Morgan and Amy Rodriguez. Look for Sydney Leroux to get minutes as a sub, though. Probably Abby Wambach too, because, you know. Wambach.
Match previews: Game notes from US Soccer here and a Fox Soccer preview here. Also of interest, this SI piece, in which Ellis talks tactics and about not having wide options besides Rapinoe? Wha? Finally, the NYT talked recently about Morgan and Leroux's friendship.
What are you drinking? That will depend entirely on the options that present themselves to me at my sister's house. She's pregnant, so said options might be limited.
Hit the comments, for pre-, in-, and post-game talk.