The United States women’s national team is scheduled to play two friendlies against Uzbekistan starting on Saturday. This will be the first time the two sides will face off in their respective histories. Uzbekistan is ranked 48th overall and ended up being the USWNT’s opponent in this international window due to availability and thanks to scheduling conflicts between other national teams. These are the first friendlies after the SheBelieves Cup, where the USWNT won its fifth title, and head coach Vlatko Andonovski called up several players from the 2022 SheBelieves Cup winning squad.
Here’s how you can watch the game and what you need to know:
- Date: Saturday April 9 | Weather: 5:30 p.m. ET
- Location: Field Lower.com — Columbus, Ohio.
- TV: Fox
- Direct: fuboTV (try for free)
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USWNT players to watch
Catarina Macarius: The American-Brazilian midfielder is currently playing abroad in France with European giants Olympique Lyonnais and has scored five goals in the Champions League competition this season. The former Stanford Cardinal had an outstanding performance in the SheBelieves Cup, scoring two goals and registering an assist in the title race for the USWNT.
Her ability to play in crowded spaces and pick teammates has helped the USWNT stretch the backlines recently, and if she and Rose Lavelle can continue to build chemistry together, they could be a deadly duo at the helm. attacks. USWNT midfielder Lindsey Horan is also currently playing at Lyon, and their extended time together could pay off big for the USWNT in the near future.
“I’m very happy for Cat, very excited for her and her future, and I’m sure everyone could tell the potential she’s had for a long time,” Andonovski said during the pre-game conference. ‘team.
“I don’t want to sound cocky or arrogant, but I believe she’s on her way to being one of the best players in the world. The things she’s doing are very good for her individually, but also for the team. national team. So happy to see this, excited to see this and can’t wait to see what the future will look like for her.”
Sophia Smith: The Portland striker Thorns currently leads her side with two goals scored in the 2022 Challenge Cup. The striker has been consistently called up to camps with the USWNT since last September, and all that time at senior level is paying off for the 21-year-old striker.
“I definitely feel confident in my career. I always realize that I have so much more than I want to do, but at the same time, I’m really happy with where I am and how much I’ve grown up to. present,” Smith said at a press conference.
“I still don’t feel like I have that much experience, but I think having confidence can help someone so much and I think controlling what I can control, and my mindset is something something that I can control. So I just try to approach each day with the mindset of I want to learn and I want to grow, and at the same time I’m really proud of where I am and confident in who I am. and what I can bring to this team.”
Mallory Poug: The 23-year-old striker currently leads the USWNT in goals scored in 2022 with three so far this year. She saved them all at the 2022 SheBelieves Cup and has been called up to regular camps with the national team since September. Pugh also leads the NWSL Challenge Cup in goals scored after scoring four goals in four appearances for his NWSL club Chicago Red Stars. Pugh’s ability on the ball means she can break through defensive lines and create her own shot as well as create space for others.
Prediction USWNT vs Uzbekistan
It’s another round of matches for this expanded group of young players to show head coach Vlatko Andonovski what they can do. The team will want to impress against a less experienced team, and a low score would be a disappointment. If the attack can appear early on the scoreboard, there will be no turning back. To take: USWNT 4, Uzbekistan 0.