The US women’s national soccer team, the world’s number one team, is on a roll. And it won’t end against Portugal on Thursday night at the BBVA Stadium in Houston.
The team has a 39-game unbeaten streak (the third longest in team history), a 53-game unbeaten streak at home (48-0-5) and a 15-game win streak at home. Just in case, you can add the record start of USWNT head coach Vlatko Andonovski (17-0-1 in his first 18 games). Given their perfect all-time record against Portugal, number 29 in the world ranking (9-0-0), American women should be able to achieve another victory with those marks.
Of course, the ultimate goal of the USWNT is an Olympic gold medal this summer and selecting the right team to help achieve that goal. The players will look to impress Andonovski before he names his last Olympic team in the coming weeks.
The Tokyo Olympic tournament kicks off on July 21 with a free-for-all group stage. The USWNT entered Group G against three tough opponents: Sweden, Australia and New Zealand, all regulars in major international competitions. The Americans’ first match will be against Sweden, the only nation that scored against American women and prevented them from winning this year (1-1 draw on April 10).
That’s where the Summer Series games come in. They are meant to serve as a set-up for Tokyo even though none of the three opponents are heading to Japan. But the USWNT will use the friendlies to simulate the weather conditions and cadence of Olympic games with just two days off between games: Thursday against Portugal in Houston, June 13 against Jamaica in Houston and June 16 against Nigeria in Austin. , Texas.
How to watch USWNT vs. Portugal
The USWNT tuning match against Portugal will be broadcast on FS1. The network is broadcast on fuboTV (7-day free trial).
Upcoming USWNT Calendar
- June 10th: USWNT vs. Portugal (Summer Series, Houston)
- June 13th: USWNT vs. Jamaica (Summer Series, Houston)
- June 16: USWNT vs. Nigeria (Summer Series, Austin, Texas)
- 1st of July: USWNT vs. Mexico (Sendoff Series, East Hartford, Connecticut)
- July 5th: USWNT vs. Mexico (Sendoff Series, East Hartford, Connecticut)
- July 21: Sweden vs. USWNT (2021 Olympics, Tokyo)
- July 24: New Zealand vs. USWNT (2021 Olympics, Saitama, Japan)
- July 27th: USWNT vs. Australia (2021 Olympics, Kashima, Japan)
USWNT Summer Series List
Goalkeepers (3): Jane Campbell (Houston Dash), Adrianna Franch (Portland Thorns), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars)
Defenders (8): Alana Cook (OL Reign), Abby Dahlkemper (Manchester City), Tierna Davidson (Chicago Red Stars), Crystal Dunn (Portland Thorns), Kelley O’Hara (Washington Spirit), Margaret Purce (NJ / NY Gotham FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (Portland Thorns), Emily Sonnett (Spirit of Washington)
Midfielders (6): Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns), Rose Lavelle (OL Reign), Catarina Macario (Olympique Lyon), Kristie Mewis (Houston Dash), Samantha Mewis (North Carolina Courage), Andi Sullivan (Washington Spirit)
Forwards (6): Carli Lloyd (NJ / NY Gotham FC), Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride), Christen Press (Manchester United), Megan Rapinoe (OL Reign), Sophia Smith (Portland Thorns), Lynn Williams (North Carolina Courage)
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.