After a victory put the U.S. at the top of Group D, today is the day we find out who the USWNT face. Here is what we know: It will be the third place team from either Group B (Thailand), E, or F. The latter two groups finish up their final group-stage matches today, and these two groups are looking pretty interesting at the moment.
First up are games between France and Mexico, and England and Columbia. Colombia currently leads the pack after a surprise 2-0 win over France, and England and France are even with 3 points.
Costa Rica takes on Brazil and will be looking for a win to stay in second place in Group E, while Spain and South Korea face off, with both teams sitting at the bottom of the group with one point.
Group E Standings
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Group F Standings
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Players to Watch
France v. Mexico: Louisa Necib leads the team's attack, but she has not figured out how to carry her team yet in this World Cup. Eugénie Le Sommer scored the goal to take down England and so far has proved to create the most chances. Veronica Perez (former Seattle Sounders Women's player) scored a beautiful goal to help Mexico draw 1-1 with Colombia. Mexico, with just 1 point in two matches, should come out aggressive against a more technical French side.
England v. Colombia: England forward Eniola Aluko knows how to find the back of the net. She did it 13 times in World Cup qualifiers. But Aluko has taken just 5 shots so far, and only 2 have been on target. If England wants to go further in this tournament, Aluko is going to need to be more dangerous. Lady Andrade scored the first goal in Columbia's 2-0 win over France off a great run behind the defense. She was a force throughout the match and was a key reason for the surprise win.
Costa Rica v. Brazil: Shirley Cruz holds down the midfield for Costa Rica and has been a key creative engine for their attack, often serving as a deep play-maker. Costa Rica tied South Korea and Spain thanks to Cruz's veteran leadership. For Brazil, Marta is still the most consistent playmaker for the team.
Korea Republic v. Spain: South Korea continues to rely on the play of forward Ji So-Yun, who at 24 years old was named top player in England's Women's Super League. Vero Boquette for Spain (ex-Thorns player) has looked solid in moving the ball around and putting her teammates in dangerous situations. Will this be the match where Spain finally finished those chances?
How to Watch
Match #1: France (#3 FIFA Ranking) v. Mexico (#25)
Date/Time: Wednesday, June 17, 1 p.m. PT
Online: FOX Sports Go (TV subscription needed), FOX Soccer 2 Go (paid service, no TV subscription required). NBC Deportes En Vivo also offers a Spanish-language streaming service.
Match #2: England (#6) v. Colombia (#28)
Match #3: Costa Rica (#37) v. Brazil (#7)
Match #4: Korea Republic (#18) v. Spain (#14)
This is your Day 10 Women's World Cup Gamethread. Watch and discuss with us.