Following a dominant 9-0 victory against Thailand earlier this week—during which midfielder Heather O’Reilly bid farewell to her international career—the U.S. Women’s National Team now faces the Netherlands on Sunday, September 18. The match kicks off at 4:00 p.m. PT on FS1.
The U.S. roster for this game again consists of the 21 players that were in Brazil for the 2016 Olympics. However, the team will be without Hope Solo; the now-retired O’Reilly; forward Mallory Pugh, who is recovering from an ankle injury; and Kelley O’Hara, who is missing the match due to a death in her family.
Morgan Brian was also rested earlier this week after suffering a head injury the weekend prior. That means the USWNT could be down to just 15 field players for tonight’s match.
Seattle Reign’s Megan Rapinoe looked good in her second-half performance against Thailand. As she’s still working her way up to full fitness, getting some quality, injury-free minutes against the Netherlands would be beneficial for her, as the Reign don’t play again until next Sunday, September 25.
Today’s opponent is a much tougher matchup than Thailand.
The Netherlands, currently ranked 12th in the world, made its first appearance in a Women’s World Cup in 2015 and put in a good showing. The team advanced to the knockout round after finishing Group A behind second place China PR. The Dutch will be without Seattle Reign forward Manon Melis, however, as she announced her international retirement upon joining the Reign.
Netherlands has very capable young goal-scoring threats, however. Though only 20, Vivianne Miedema already has 26 goals in her first 37 caps for Holland. Other players to watch include forward Lieke Martens and Mandy van den Berg, the team captain who organizes a strong defensive line.
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