Welcome to your live thread for tonight's United States Women's National Team match against Costa Rica! This is the final friendly match for the Stars and Stripes before the Yanks head to Rio to defend their gold medals from four years ago.
The U.S. is coming off what was a surprisingly close 1-0 win against South Africa, but should have no problems with the Costa Ricans. The biggest question for the U.S. heading into the match is who will see the field. Superstar Carli Lloyd is coming off an injury and could be rested for Rio, and midfield talisman Megan Rapinoe could see the field for the first time since tearing her ACL late in 2015.
The Orlando Pride's Alex Morgan has been in fine form recently for the U.S. and is practically a guarantee to start not only tonight, but in a couple weeks' time in Rio.
Teenage prodigy Mallory Pugh not only made the Olympic roster, but has a very good shot at making the starting XI as well. A good showing could secure that starting spot for the UCLA commit.
The back line of Kelley O'Hara, Becky Sauerbrunn, Julie Johnston and Meghan Klingenberg may not be tested too much tonight, but another clean sheet for them and keeper Hope Solo would do nothing but add to their soaring confidence heading into an Olympic group that includes France.
U.S. fans can expect plenty of goals tonight from a U.S. team that will surely want to send a message to the world that the Americans are ready to defend their title.
How to Watch:
Match Time: 9 p.m. ET
Venue: Children's Mercy Park -- Kansas City, Kan.
TV: ESPN, UDN
Live Stream: WatchESPN
Twitter: For rapid reaction and live updates, follow @StarsStripesFC or @ussoccer_wnt.
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