USWNT Aims for World Cup Three-Peat: Clash with Vietnam Kicks Off the Journey

As the highly anticipated Women’s World Cup begins in Australia and New Zealand, American soccer fans are gearing up for the U.S. Women’s National Team’s (USWNT) first group stage match against Vietnam. The tournament promises a month of exhilarating soccer action, and the USWNT is determined to repeat its previous successes and secure a historic three-peat. Let’s dive into what you need to know about this exciting clash.

Mark Your Calendar: How to Watch USA vs. Vietnam
On Friday, the U.S. faces Vietnam in their opening game at Eden Park, the national stadium of New Zealand. For fans in the U.S., the kickoff is at 9 p.m. ET on Friday, airing on Fox Sports in English and Telemundo in Spanish. Digital antenna users can enjoy the match over the air for free, while streaming options are available on FoxSports.com and the Fox Sports app. Spanish viewers can catch the game on Telemundo and Universo, with streaming available on Peacock.

The USWNT’s Group Stage Schedule:

  1. USA vs. Vietnam – Friday, July 21 at 9 p.m. ET
  2. USA vs. the Netherlands – Wednesday, July 26 at 9 p.m. ET
  3. USA vs. Portugal – Tuesday, Aug. 1 at 3 a.m. ET (yes, 3 a.m.)

A Battle of Experience and Young Talent
The USWNT enters the World Cup as the top-ranked team, carrying a legacy of excellence with four World Cup titles. However, winning a third consecutive Cup is a daunting task, as no country has achieved this feat before. The team faces the challenge without some seasoned players like Becky Sauerbrunn, Christen Press, and Samantha Mewis, who are sidelined with injuries. Additionally, Catarina Macario and Mallory Swanson miss the roster due to injuries.

Yet, the USWNT boasts nine key players from the victorious 2019 squad, including stars like Megan Rapinoe, Alex Morgan, Rose Lavelle, Crystal Dunn, and Julie Ertz. While Rapinoe and Lavelle are recovering from injuries, they are expected to make impactful contributions.

To fill the void left by the injured veterans, the team will rely on a talented group of rookies, 14 of whom are making their World Cup debut. Among them, keep an eye on Trinity Rodman, a forward for the Washington Spirit, who dazzled with two goals against Wales in the team’s last tune-up match. Sophia Smith, a forward for the Portland Thorns, also stands out as the 2022 NWSL MVP and U.S. Soccer’s Player of the Year.

A Debut for the Ages: Vietnam’s Triumph and Challenge
Vietnam makes its first-ever appearance at a Women’s World Cup, a monumental achievement for the Asian nation. The expansion of the tournament to 32 teams has opened the door for emerging programs like Vietnam, showcasing their progress on the world stage.

Huynh Nhu, a forward who plays for Länk Vilaverdense in Portugal, stands as the team’s all-time leading scorer with 71 international goals. Among the 23 players representing Vietnam, 22 play in the nation’s professional league, demonstrating their commitment and talent.

However, Vietnam faces an immense challenge by drawing both the U.S. and the 2019 runner-up, the Netherlands, in their group stage matches. This clash with the USWNT marks the first-ever meeting between the two teams, promising an intriguing contest on the field.

The Journey Begins: Witness History Unfold
The stage is set for an unforgettable World Cup, and the USWNT’s quest for a three-peat starts with their match against Vietnam. With a potent blend of experienced stars and talented rookies, the team is eager to make history once again. Fans worldwide will be treated to a thrilling display of soccer skills, determination, and passion. So, buckle up, tune in, and witness the excitement as the beautiful game unfolds in Australia and New Zealand!

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