The United States will be looking to continue their successful start to the World Cup today as they take on Chile in Group F. Coming off of a 13-0 win over Thailand, the USWNT should be expected to once again be totally dominant. However, Chile held Sweden off for 83 minutes, and might have survived for a scoreless draw if not for a lightning delay, so another fast start is key.
Update 2:23pm: Despite a spectacular performance from goalkeeper Christiane Endler, the USWNT beat Chile 3-0. Carli Lloyd scored twice before halftime, with Julie Ertz adding the third. The U.S. created far more chances in the second half, but saw Lloyd miss a penalty kick, had both Lloyd and Christen Press hit the woodwork, and were stymied by at least 4 tremendous saves from Endler.
The win leaves the USWNT atop Group F on goal difference (+16 to Sweden’s +6) heading into the final set of games. A draw in their finale against the Swedes will ensure the U.S. of the top spot in the group, setting up a Round of 16 clash against the runner-up from Group B (most likely, the winner from tomorrow’s game between Spain and China).
Jill Ellis has made 7 changes to her team, which is understandable given that she is planning to play 5 more games before going home. Pugh headlines a fully rotated front three, Sauerbrunn returns after being given a game off for precautionary reasons, and in general you should expect a hungry lineup. For Davidson, it’s a special occasion, as it’s her World Cup debut.
Chile starting 11: (433) - Christiane Endler; Su Helen Galaz, Carla Guerrero, Camila Saez, Javiera Toro; Claudia Soto, Karen Araya, Francisca Lara; Daniela Zamora, Maria Jose Urrutia, Rosario Balmaceda
Chile’s lineup is listed as a 433, but it’ll probably play as a 4141. It’s a surprise that former Washington Spirit midfielder/forward Yanara Aedo is out, but this might be a survival tactic more than anything else from coach Jose Letelier. The star is undoubtedly Endler, the PSG goalkeeper who wouldn’t look out of place starting for one of the true contenders.
Location: Parc des Princes (Paris)
Kickoff time: 12:00pm Eastern
Available TV: Fox, Telemundo
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Here are your other options: Fox Sports Go, Fox Soccer Match Pass, Telemundo Deportes En Vivo
For listings in other countries, check out LiveSoccerTV.com.
Recommended reading: Some thoughts on why the USWNT had to keep their foot on the gas last time out, how their fight for equal pay goes beyond soccer, and a look at the rudest goals from that Thailand win.
What are you drinking?: Nothing more remarkable than an iced coffee.
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