Welcome to your live thread for today's United States Women's National Team's match against France! This is game number two in the 2016 SheBelieves Cup for the U.S.
The Yanks got the tournament off to a great start with a 1-0 win over England Thursday night thanks to a beautiful strike from Crystal Dunn. The Washington Spirit star is one of the best players sporting the U.S. crest currently and is definitely someone fans, and France, should keep an eye on this afternoon. That being said, it will be interesting to see if Dunn comes off the bench as she did against the English or gets a start.
While Dunn is no stranger to being in the starting lineup, coach Jill Ellis has decided to give Dunn's spot on the wing to the 17-year-old phenom Mallory Pugh in the last few games. No matter who starts, some competition for time out wide will do nothing but help both of these young talents continue to grow.
Dunn is not the only player who is pumping goals in for the U.S. lately. Expect chances for the Yanks to come from Orlando Pride star Alex Morgan and captain Carli Lloyd. At least one of the aforementioned duo has scored in five of the last seven games for the U.S. and Lloyd is tied with Dunn for most goals this year for the USWNT, with seven.
In terms of rankings, this will be the toughest team the U.S. has faced since the World Cup final. France is third in the world and has a multitude of attacking options that will keep Hope Solo and the back line far busier than they have been since Canada 2015. The French will be looking to bounce back from a tough 1-0 defeat on Thursday to Germany and know they can defeat the USWNT. France took down the Yanks, 2-0, in February 2015 and also have a 2-2 draw with U.S. from July 2014.
France was also a shootout away from meeting the U.S. in the World Cup semis and is capable of beating the U.S. on any given day. This will be a great game that will test the U.S. in all areas. If you're a U.S. soccer fan, this is not a game you want to miss!
How to Watch:
Match Time: 3 p.m. ET
Venue: Nissan Stadium -- Nashville, TN
TV: You're going to have to stream it. Seriously. Hey, it is MLS opening day, after all.
Live Stream: ESPN3
Twitter: For rapid reaction and live updates, follow @StarsStripesFC or @ussoccer_wnt
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