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#1 USA v #3 France. The loser will likely have to beat Brazil and then Germany just to make the Gold Medal match. The stakes are high in Matchday 2 of the Women's Soccer Tournament. Olympic Day 1 Preview, Open Thread and How to Watch on TV and Online

USWNT celebrating Alex Morgan's 46th minute goal that made it 2-0 against New Zealand.
USWNT celebrating Alex Morgan's 46th minute goal that made it 2-0 against New Zealand.
John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

With the Opening Ceremony behind us, it is officially Day 1 of the Olympics.  The Women's Soccer tournament is already on their second game having opened the XXXI Olympic Games on Day -2.

We here at Sounder at Heart will have a daily preview of all the soccer action during the Olympics along with a summary of what big event you might not want to miss each day. Consider this your daily open thread for the Olympics.

Having beaten New Zealand by the score of 2-0 on Wednesday, the USWNT returns to action with the most anticipated game of the group stages when they play France.  FIFA rankings are somewhat flawed, but they give you a general idea of teams relative quality.  Currently the USA is ranked #1 and France is #3.  Germany, who are looming atop Group F after a 6-1 defeat of Zimbabwe in their opener, are #2.

The USWNT lost 18 year old sensation Mallory Pugh to an ankle injury in the opener.  While the injury does not look serious and Pugh has been cleared to play, with the quick turnaround in the Olympic tournament and the inevitable squad rotation needed look for Pugh to get a rest and likely Crystal Dunn to replace her in the starting lineup.  Megan Rapinoe's availability is still unclear.  She did not appear in the opener and has not played in a game since ACL surgery on December 4th, 2015.

France opened their tournament with a 4-0 win over Colombia.  France wasted no time in creating a 2nd minute Own Goal by Colombia en route to the shutout.  Colombia were surprise winners over France in last year's World Cup but this time there was no upset chance with France solidifying their lead with a second goal in the 14th minute by Eugénie Le Sommer.

The winner of Group G (USA, France, Colombia, New Zealand) will get a third place team from Group E or Group F, while the runner up in Group G will get the first place team from Group E (Brazil, China, Sweden, South Africa) and will be on the same side of the bracket as the winner of Germany's group (so Germany).  So the stakes in this game are high.  The road to the Gold Medal game is much easier for the winner while the loser will likely have to beat Brazil at home then Germany in order to make the Gold Medal match.

The Seattle Reign's Hope Solo will be earning her 200th cap (international appearance) against France.  Solo is in her third Olympics.  After being an alternate in 2004, she earned Gold Medals in both 2008 and 2012 for the USA.  Solo will become the first goalkeeper in international soccer history with 200 caps and the 11th USWNT player to do so.  Solo has recently told SI.com that she would like to play through at least the 2019 World Cup in France.  Since Goalkeepers seem to age differently than field players and Solo is still one of if not the best goalkeeper in the world, it seems she might accomplish that goal and maybe even a 4th Olympics when 2020 is hosted by Tokyo?

How to Watch, Soccer at the Olympics:

Canada v Zimbabwe
Saturday, 11 AM
Location: Corinthians Arena, Sao Paulo
TV: Olympic Soccer Channel
Streaming: Women's Soccer Match 7

USA v France
Saturday, 1 PM
Location: Mineirao, Belo Horizonte
TV: NBC Sports Network
Streaming: Women's Soccer Match 8

The excellent commentary team of Arlo White and Kate Markgraf on the call.

Germany v Australia
Saturday, 2 PM
Location: Corinthians Arena, Sao Paulo
TV: CNBC
Streaming: Women's Soccer Match 9

South Africa v China
Saturday, 3 PM
Location: Olympic Stadium, Rio de Janeiro
TV: Olympic Soccer Channel
Streaming: Women's Soccer Match 10

Colombia v New Zealand
Saturday, 4 PM
Location: Mineirao, Belo Horizonte
TV: Olympic Soccer Channel
Streaming: Women's Soccer Match 11

Brazil v Sweden
Saturday, 6 PM
Location: Olympic Stadium, Rio de Janeiro
TV: NBC Sports Network
Streaming: Women's Soccer Match 12

NBC Sports Network is going to be your go-to TV channel for the high profile Olympic Soccer broadcasts from Brazil. Also your cable provider likely added a channel called Olympic Soccer Channel to your lineup, which will have soccer on constantly (It's 205-1 on DirecTV) including full match replays. In addition to the TV channels, the NBC Sports App will have all the games and NBCOlympics.com will also have streams. Games are going to be played concurrently during the entire soccer competition, so NBC Sports Network will not be able to show every game. Here is the full schedule: http://www.nbcolympics.com/live-stream-schedule/soccer

Other Notable Olympic Broadcasts Today:

If you are like me you can not wait to get your obscure Olympic sport fix in while cheering for your home country then today is the day you have been waiting for.  It's been four years since we've seen Ping Pong Table Tennis played for an Olympic medal (Table Tennis 1st round is on MSNBC at 11:15 AM) or Judo where the first US woman to earn a medal was Ronda Rousey who went on to star in the Entourage movie, among other things.  The first medal event of the Olympics is Women's Air Rifle, the broadcast starts at 6 AM on NBCSN.

Cycling (Men's Road Race Conclusion)
10:30 AM, NBC

Men's Basketball: China v USA
3 PM, NBCSN