Welcome to your live thread for tonight's United States Women's National Team match against CONCACAF rival Mexico.
This is game two of Olympic qualifying for both of these teams, who sit atop group A. However, Mexico is actually top of the table based on goal differential. The winner of this game will be poised to win the group and face the group B runner-up in the semi-finals.
In the Americans' first game, Orlando Pride forward Alex Morgan bagged a brace while scoring the fastest goal in qualifying history after only 12 seconds. The team put a total of five up on Costa Rica and will surely be looking to add to that total in tonight's game, and history shows that they probably will. The Yanks have scored 20 goals in their last four games against their southern rivals.
If Mexico is to stay in this one, it will have to drop numbers back into the defensive half and absorb the U.S. pressure that can seemingly come from anywhere on the field. While the U.S. will be heavily favored in the match, a close loss would not be terrible for Mexico. With Costa Rica sitting on a -5 goal differential, anything less than a five-goal defeat would leave the Mexicans in a good position to move through to the semis as the group runner-up.
Going back to the U.S., don't be surprised to see Christen Press get some more minutes in this one. The Stanford alum has been the epitome of a super sub lately, scoring five goals in the last four games off the bench. Mallory Pugh, the teenage standout, earned her second cap on Wednesday and any time she gets on the field now will be huge for her in terms of gaining experience. The playing time will help the UCLA commit adjust to life at the senior level and will also give her reps against higher quality players that she will take back with her to the U-20 team, which she captains.
U.S.A-Mexico games are always something to watch, this is going to be a fun one!
How to Watch:
Match Time: 4 p.m. ET.
Venue: Toyota Stadium -- Frisco, TX
TV: You're going to have to stream it, but a replay will be on NBCSN at 9:30 p.m. ET.
Live Stream: NBC Live Extra
Twitter: For rapid reaction and live updates, follow @StarsStripesFC or via @ussoccer_wnt
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