After beginning their World Cup send-off series with a solid, if slightly uninspiring, 3-0 win over the Republic of Ireland, the USWNT are set to take on Mexico tonight. The U.S. women may not have the rivalry with Mexico that the U.S. men do, but the Mexico women will be in Canada for this summer's tournament, which means they're a trickier opponent for the USWNT to contend with.
The USWNT next face the Korea Republic on May 30—their last chance for a tune-up before kicking off their World Cup against Australia on June 8 in Winnipeg.
Kickoff time: 9:00 p.m. ET
Venue: StubHub Center (Carson, Calif.)
TV/Streaming: On your televisions thanks to Fox Sports 1 and Galavisión, or streaming thanks to Fox Sports Go.
Projected lineup: Hope Solo as usual in goal, with Ali Krieger, Julie Johnston, Becky Sauerbrunn, and Meghan Klingenberg making up the backline. Johnston scored her third goal in three games against Ireland—maybe asking for four in four is a bit much, but nonetheless, watch for Johnston to continue to impress.
In midfield, I'm expecting the same four who lined up against Ireland: Christen Press, Lauren Holiday, Carli Lloyd, and Megan Rapinoe. One difference Ellis might make is inserting Morgan Brian, who came on at the half in the last game and is sure to play a role in the World Cup. Up top, I'll say Abby Wambach starts again, but I'm going to guess we see Sydney Leroux finally starting instead of Amy Rodriguez. Alex Morgan is still out, and although Rodriguez is always dependable, it might be time to see what Leroux can do from the get-go.
Match previews: The internet ain't offering a lot (even US Soccer doesn't seem to have the usual word vomit of information). But Fox Sports discusses how Mexico offers a bigger test.
What are you drinking? Good question. Someone recommend something.
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