The United State women’s national team has one more game to play before another NWSL season kicks off in just one week. On Sunday at 6 PM PT, the WNT will take on Belgium. The game airs on ESPN2.
The match will feature two firsts: it will be the first time the U.S. women go up against Belgium and the first game for the WNT at Banc of California, home of LAFC.
After a high-powered offensive affair, which saw the U.S. take down Australia 5-3, the U.S. will be wanting to shore things up defensively. The issues remain in the midfield, as they have for the WNT for the last year. Against Australia, the team chose to bypass the midfield for most of the first half — sending long balls from defense. This led to some poor positioning defensively, which made the Americans vulnerable on the counter attack.
While Belgium won’t present as much raw attacking talent as Australia, they are a young team on the rise. The national team barely missed qualifying for this year’s World Cup, and they like to move the ball up the field quickly with one- and two-touch soccer.
BELGIAN YOUNG GUNS:@BelRedFlames have a few young players coming through. I have no doubt that @kassiemissipo at just 21, will be a star! The 1-2 touch soccer they play through the midfield and the dangerous well timed penetrating runs will be a handful for @uswnt tonight #USABEL pic.twitter.com/CaVoeY01PB— WSOC Analyst (@CoachEilidh) April 7, 2019
Belgium is unbeaten in their last 10 games (6-0-4). They drew Spain 1-1 in a friendly in January and then finished third at the Cyprus Women’s Cup, beating Slovakia, drawing Austria, and downing Nigeria before drawing Austria again in the Third-Place Match, but prevailed 3-2 on penalties.
Megan Rapinoe started and scored against Australia, but was subbed off due to calf soreness. It is likely she gets rested tonight. Allie Long, meanwhile, was a late defensive sub and could see more meaningful minutes Sunday night.
While it is important for the WNT to iron out their kinks and get organized before heading to France, Reign FC and other NWSL fans will be more focused on ensuring all players leave the national team healthy. Fingers crossed.
Pinoe gets rested. Allie Long on the bench.
14’ - Carli Lloyd puts the U.S. up 1-0.
19’ - Lloyd does it again.
26’ - Lindsey Horan gets in on the heading action.
LOUD NOISES‼️— U.S. Soccer WNT (@USWNT) April 8, 2019
3 goals on 3 headers. pic.twitter.com/1Dtimso2PC
33’ - So does Sam Mewis!
52’ - Alex Morgan scores her 101st goal, notching the only non-header goal of the evening.
90’ - Another header! This one from Jessica McDonald.
FULL TIME: The USWNT were rarely tested by Belgium and walked away with a 6-0 win thanks to five header goals and one more from Alex Morgan. The WNT players now return to their club teams, as NWSL play kicks off next weekend.
How to Watch
USA vs Belgium
Date/Time: Sunday, April 7, 6 PM PT
Location: Banc of California Stadium, Los Angeles, CA
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