After a 3-0 loss in their opener of Olympic play, the USWNT recovered well, routing New Zealand 6-1 to move right into second area in Group G with one suit left. Their final suit will not be an easy one as they encounter an additional familiar challenger in Australia.
There’s a lot on the line in this 3rd group play suit set for the morning hours of Tuesday July 27 below in the U.S. As the group plans for its final match of team play, below are five things U.S. fans need to know heading right into the suit.
The Americans as well as Matildas have actually dealt with each other 30 times yet only when before in Olympic play back in the 2004 Athens games when the sides drew 1-1 in a team stage suit. The U.S. leads the all-time collection between both sides 26-1-3 with Australia’s very first as well as just win against the Americans returning in June of 2018.
The Matildas have actually had better outcomes just recently versus the U.S. with a 1-1-1 document in the last 3 conferences. The most current conference was a win for the U.S. however a 5-3 outcome that included Alex Morgan tallying her 100th international goal.
Head Coach Familiarity With USWNT
Australia’s head train Tony Gustavsson was the assistant instructor for the U.S. under Pia Sundehage in 2012 and then once more under Jill Ellis from 2014-2019. He’s still reasonably very early in his period with the Australian side as he was named head instructor in September of 2020, yet as a result of the COVID pandemic, he really did not train his first match with the team until April of this year.
Olympic Play So Far For Aussies
Like the U.S., the Australians have won one match and lost the various other in team play. They regulated the substantial bulk of their opener versus New Zealand winning 2-1 with the lone goal for NZ can be found in stoppage time of the second fifty percent.
Against Sweden, points were rather various. The Matildas took a 2-1 lead early in the 2nd half thank to a Sam Kerr header however the Swedes answered with three straight goals to put away a 4-2 triumph. Kerr did have a chance for a hat method however her try from the fine place with the Aussies down 3-2 was saved by Swedish caretaker Hedvig Lindahl.
Gamer To Watch
Ahead Sam Kerr is one of the most prolific goal markers in women’s soccer currently. Because debuting for Australia in 2009, she’s tallied 45 objectives in 95 appearances or just under an objective every 2 games. She’s 3 objectives shy of Lisa De Vanna to come to be Australia’s leading objective marker all time.
Kerr also holds the document for a lot of NWSL goals all-time with 77 in 119 games. She holds that document regardless of not having actually played in the league considering that 2019 when she moved to Chelsea of the Women’s Super League.
Progressing Scenarios For U.S.
Though both the Americans and Australians have 3 factors in team play, the U.S. is ahead on goal differential thanks to their 6-1 thrashing of New Zealand which leaves them +2 for the event. Australia is -1 after their loss to Sweden. There are a number of means in which the Americans could progress.
The initial method is obvious. Win and also you’re via. Probably a win would certainly imply that the Americans head to the knockout stage as the second team from Group G short of a Swedish loss to New Zealand by at least 3 objectives or a Swedish loss and also a U.S. win by at the very least four objectives. But, no matter seeding, if the USWNT wins Tuesday early morning, they’re in.
The second would be for the U.S. as well as Australia to link, at which point the Americans would be through many thanks to a much better goal differential.
The third, as well as least desirable, would certainly be if the U.S. loses to the Matildas by two goals or fewer and they would likely be via to the knockout round as the best 3rd location team from Groups F and G. In Group F, China would need to beat the Netherlands (not likely) or Zambia would need to beat Brazil (even more unlikely) in order to get ahead of the U.S. on points. Again, this is the least desirable circumstance for the U.S.
. In the very first scenario, the Americans would certainly wind up facing either the Netherlands or Brazil (victor of Group F) if they end up in second in Group G. If they were able to surpass the Swedes many thanks to a big loss for Sweden against New Zealand (not likely) they would certainly face the 3rd area group from Group E or F (Japan or China or Zambia).
In the 2nd scenario, they would end up encountering either the Netherlands or Brazil (winner of Group F). As well as in the third circumstance, the U.S. would certainly draw the winner of Group E (Great Britain or Canada).
The USWNT faces Australia in the final video game of Group G play on Tuesday July 27th at 4 a.m. Eastern Time.