Welcome to your knockout-round thread for freedom as we get set to watch the USWNT take on Colombia in the Round of 16.
These teams met in group play in the last FIFA Women's World Cup, with the United States coming out on top, 3-0. Heather O'Reilly, Megan Rapinoe and Carli Lloyd supplied the offense for the American, and can you believe those were the first-ever World Cup goals for Pinoe and Lloyd? Now they're grizzled veterans.
The U.S. won Group D, sandwiching wins over Australia and Nigeria around a 0-0 draw with Sweden. Colombia finished third in Group F, drawing 1-1 with Mexico in the opener, defeating France, 2-0 in a big upset, and losing 2-1 vs. England in the final group match.
Forward Lady Andrade has two of Colombia's four goals in the tournament thus far, and the Yanks will have to watch the 23-year-old who once sucker punched Abby Wambach and recently predicted a win over the U.S. The leading score for the U.S. is Megan Rapinoe, who netted twice against the Aussies, with Christen Press and Wambach each scoring once.
Can the Americans advance to the quarterfinals? Tune in tonight and take part here in our open thread to discuss the match.
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U.S. Women's National Team (4-4-2):
Goalkeeper: Hope Solo
Defenders: Ali Krieger, Julie Johnston, Becky Sauerbrunn, Meghan Klingenberg
Midfielders: Megan Rapinoe, Lauren Holiday, Carli Lloyd, Tobin Heath
Forwards: Alex Morgan, Abby Wambach
How to Watch:
Match time: 8 p.m. (ET)
Venue: Commonwealth Stadium -- Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
TV: FOX Sports 1, NBC Universo
Live Stream: FOX Soccer 2GO USA
Twitter: For rapid reaction and live updates, follow along with @StarsAndStripesFC or via @ussoccer.
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