After cruising through the group stage untested, it’s time for the United States Women’s National Team to play knockout round soccer. With the team’s win against Sweden on Thursday, the U.S. went undefeated in the group and outscoredd opponents by a margin of 18-0.
Standing in the path of the U.S. in the knockout round is Spain. La Roja hasn’t enjoyed tremendous success this World Cup. The Spaniards had a record of 1-1-1 in the group stage, boasting the team’s only win against South Africa.
- Monday’s match marks just the second meeting all time between the two countries. The first contest occurred back in January. A Christen Press goal in the 54th minute of the match sealed the 1-0 victory for the Stars & Stripes.
- Spain returns 22 of 25 players who played in that game. The U.S. returns 16 of 17 who played in the inaugural meeting.
Two changes to the projected lineup for Monday’s match. Look for the potential for Christen Press to start this match alongside Alex Morgan and Tobin Heath up top. The Utah Royals forward brings creativity on the wing and seems to get the best out of her teammates in the final third.
Even though Julie Ertz missed the final group stage match against Sweden, head coach Jill Ellis said that she and Morgan were “fine” during training. Expect the holding midfielder to return to the lineup and not let Spain’s Jennifer Hermoso any quality opportunities on the U.S. goal.
Expect Lindsey Horan and Rose Lavelle to continue their path of destruction in this game. Their blend of creativity and power in the midfield has proved devastating so far in this tournament and it doesn’t appear to be changing anytime soon.
How to watch:
Date/Time: Monday, June 24th 12:00 p.m. ET
Venue: Stade Auguste-Delaune II
Watch: Fox Sports 1
Stream: Fox Sports Go