(CBS Native)- After a 3-0 loss of their opener of Olympic play, the USWNT bounced again properly, routing New Zealand 6-1 to maneuver into second place in Group G with one match left. Their last match received’t be a simple one as they face one other acquainted opponent in Australia.
There’s rather a lot on the road on this third group play match set for the early morning hours of Tuesday July 27 right here within the U.S. Because the workforce prepares for its last match of group play, listed below are 5 issues U.S. followers ought to know heading into the match.
All-Time Historical past
The People and Matildas have confronted one another 30 instances however solely as soon as earlier than in Olympic play again within the 2004 Athens video games when the edges drew 1-1 in a bunch stage match. The U.S. leads the all-time collection between the 2 sides 26-1-3 with Australia’s first and solely win in opposition to the People coming again in June of 2018.
The Matildas have had higher outcomes not too long ago in opposition to the U.S. with a 1-1-1 report within the final three conferences. The newest assembly was a win for the U.S. nevertheless a 5-3 consequence that included Alex Morgan tallying her one hundredth worldwide objective.
Head Coach Familiarity With USWNT
Australia’s head coach Tony Gustavsson was the assistant coach for the U.S. underneath Pia Sundehage in 2012 after which once more underneath Jill Ellis from 2014-2019. He’s nonetheless comparatively early in his tenure with the Australian facet as he was named head coach in September of 2020, however as a result of COVID pandemic, he didn’t coach his first match with the workforce till April of this yr.
Olympic Play So Far For Aussies
Just like the U.S., the Australians have received one match and misplaced the opposite in group play. They managed the overwhelming majority of their opener in opposition to New Zealand profitable 2-1 with the lone objective for NZ coming in stoppage time of the second half.
Towards Sweden, issues have been fairly completely different. The Matildas took a 2-1 lead early within the second half thank to a Sam Kerr header however the Swedes answered with three straight targets to place away a 4-2 victory. Kerr did have a possibility for a hat trick however her strive from the penalty spot with the Aussies down 3-2 was saved by Swedish keeper Hedvig Lindahl.
Participant To Watch
Ahead Sam Kerr is without doubt one of the most prolific objective scorers in girls’s soccer at present. Since debuting for Australia in 2009, she’s tallied 45 targets in 95 appearances or simply underneath a objective each two video games. She’s three targets shy of Lisa De Vanna to change into Australia’s prime objective scorer all time.
Kerr additionally holds the report for many NWSL targets all-time with 77 in 119 video games. She holds that report regardless of not having performed within the league since 2019 when she transferred to Chelsea of the Girls’s Tremendous League.
Advancing Eventualities For U.S.
Although each the Americans and Australians have three points in group play, the U.S. is forward on objective differential due to their 6-1 rout of New Zealand which leaves them +2 for the match. Australia is -1 after their loss to Sweden. So, there are a number of methods during which the People might advance.
The primary means is apparent. Win and also you’re by means of. Almost definitely a win would imply that the People head to the knockout stage because the second workforce from Group G wanting a Swedish loss to New Zealand by at the least three targets or a Swedish loss and a U.S. win by at the least 4 targets. However, no matter seeding, if the USWNT wins Tuesday morning, they’re in.
The second can be for the U.S. and Australia to tie, at which level the People can be by means of due to a greater objective differential.
The third, and least fascinating, can be if the U.S. loses to the Matildas by two targets or fewer and they’d doubtless be by means of to the knockout spherical as the perfect third place workforce from Teams F and G. In Group F, China would wish to beat the Netherlands (unlikely) or Zambia would wish to beat Brazil (extra unlikely) with a view to get forward of the U.S. on factors. Once more, that is the least fascinating state of affairs for the U.S.
Within the first state of affairs, the People would find yourself going through both the Netherlands or Brazil (winner of Group F) in the event that they find yourself in second in Group G. In the event that they have been capable of overtake the Swedes due to a giant loss for Sweden in opposition to New Zealand (unlikely) they might face the third place workforce from Group E or F (Japan or China or Zambia).
Within the second state of affairs, they might find yourself going through both the Netherlands or Brazil (winner of Group F). And within the third state of affairs, the U.S. would draw the winner of Group E (Nice Britain or Canada).
The USWNT faces Australia within the last sport of Group G play on Tuesday July twenty seventh at 4 a.m. Jap Time.