It’s finally here! Welcome to your live thread for the United States Women's National Team against Thailand in both teams’ Group F opener. The Yanks will kick off their World Cup title defense (3 p.m., FOX), looking to improve upon a 5-0-2 all-time record in World Cup openers.
The United States and Thailand have met just once previously, a crazy 9-0 USWNT win in Columbus, OH, back on Sept. 15, 2016. Carli Lloyd went nuts, scoring three goals and assisting on four others and Orlando Pride striker Alex Morgan notched a brace in what was Heather O’Reilly’s farewell game.
The U.S. enters today with a 7-1-2 mark in 2019 as the Yanks get set to face the world’s No. 34 team. Thailand, playing in the nation’s second ever World Cup, qualified by reaching the semifinals of the 2018 Women’s Asian Cup. The Thais nearly reached the final by fighting to a 2-2 draw with Australia, only to lose the ensuing spot kick shootout. Australia went on to lose a 1-0 final to Japan, and Thailand fell in the third-place match to China by a 3-1 final.
Although nothing is a given, Thailand shouldn’t threaten the U.S. too much. This is a game the United States should win handily to open the tournament.
Goalkeepers (3): 21-Adrianna Franch (Portland Thorns FC; 1/0), 18-Ashlyn Harris (Orlando Pride; 21/0), 1-Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars; 46/0).
DEFENDERS (7): 7-Abby Dahlkemper (North Carolina Courage; 40/0), 12-Tierna Davidson (Chicago Red Stars; 20/1), 19-Crystal Dunn (North Carolina Courage; 85/24), 11-Ali Krieger (Orlando Pride; 100/1), 5-Kelley O’Hara (Utah Royals FC; 118/2), 4-Becky Sauerbrunn (Utah Royals FC; 158/0), 14-Emily Sonnett (Portland Thorns FC; 33/0).
Midfielders (6): 6-Morgan Brian (Chicago Red Stars; 82/6), 8-Julie Ertz (Chicago Red Stars; 82/18), 9-Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC; 68/8), 16-Rose Lavelle (Washington Spirit; 27/7), 20-Allie Long (Reign FC; 45/6), 3-Samantha Mewis (North Carolina Courage; 50/12).
Forwards (7): 17-Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC; 150/30); 10-Carli Lloyd (Sky Blue FC; 274/110), 22-Jessica McDonald (North Carolina Courage; 7/2), 13-Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride; 163/101), 23-Christen Press (Utah Royals FC; 116/48), 2-Mallory Pugh (Washington Spirit; 53/16), 15-Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign FC; 153/44).
Goalkeepers (3): 1-Waraporn Boonsing (Bundit Asia), 18-Sukanya Chor Charoenying (Air Force Central FC), 22-Tiffany Sornpao (Kennesaw State, USA).
Defenders (8): 2-Kanjanaporn Saenkhun (Bundit Asia), 3-Natthakarn Chinwong (Bundit Asia), 4-Duangnapa Sritala (Bangkok), 5-Ainon Phancha (Chonburi FC), 9-Warunee Phetwiset (Chonburi FC), 10-Sunisa Srangthaisong (Bundit Asia), 11-Sudarat Chuchuen (Srisaket), 23-Phonpirun Philawan (Bundit Asia).
Midfielders (7): 6-Pikul Khueanpet (Bundit Asia), 7-Silawan Intamee (Chonburi FC), 13-Orathai Srimanee (Bundit Asia), 15-Orapin Waenngoen (Bundit Asia), 16-Khwanrudi Saengchan (Bundit Asia), 20-Wilaiporn Boothduang (Bangkok), 21-Kanjana Sung-Ngoen (Bangkok).
Forwards (5): 8-Miranda Nild (UC Berkeley, USA), 12-Rattikan Thongsombut (Bundit Asia), 14-Saowalak Pengngam (Chonburi FC), 17-Taneekarn Dangda (Bangkok), 19-Pitsamai Sornsai (Chonburi FC).
How to Watch
Match Time: 3 p.m. (ET).
Venue: Stade Auguste-Delaune — Reims, France.
TV: FOX, Telemundo.
Streaming: FOX Sports GO, fuboTV, Telemundo Deportes En Vivo, NBC Sports Live Extra App.
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