The Summer Series concludes tonight with the USWNT facing Nigeria in the debut event at Q2 Stadium in Austin, Texas, with a sellout crowd expected. This will be the sixth all-time meeting between the two countries, but the first outside of World Cup or Olympic competition. The United States has won all five prior matches, with most being close-fought affairs. TV coverage will begin at 6 PM PT on ESPN2.
In their first game of the Summer Series, the USWNT struggled to break down a defensive block employed by Portugal, ultimately winning the game 1-0 on a late Sam Mewis headed goal off a corner kick. The Americans fared better in their second game against Jamaica, scoring within the first 30 seconds and never looking back en route to a 4-0 victory thanks to goals by Carli Lloyd, Lindsey Horan, Midge Purce and Alex Morgan.
Nigeria, coached by former Houston Dash head coach Randy Waldrum, opened the series against Jamaica, falling 1-0 in that match thanks to an early second-half goal by Houston Dash striker Deneisha Blackwood. Super Falcons goalkeeper Tochukwu Oluehi saved a penalty in the first half.
Nigeria’s second game, against Portugal, was a wide-open and wild back-and-forth affair in which the Super Falcons twice faced a two-goal deficit before ultimately scoring in the 5th minute of second-half stoppage time to tie the game, 3-3. The match also featured an own-goal for each team.
OL Reign’s Megan Rapinoe played 73 minutes in the USWNT’s opening game but did not feature against Jamaica. Rose Lavelle played the full match against Portugal and started against Jamaica, where she assisted Carli Lloyd on the opening goal but was subbed out in the 33rd minute after suffering what head coach Vlatko Andonovski later described as a “slight” rolled ankle. She is not expected to feature in this game as a precaution. Alana Cook has been an unused sub in both games.
How to Watch
Time/Date: Wednesday, June 16, 2021, 6:00 PM PT (kickoff at 6:08 PM)
Location: O2 Stadium, Austin, Texas
Streaming: WatchESPN / FuboTV (affiliate link)
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