A win, plenty of goals and a party for soon-to-retire local heroine Rose Lavelle, Carli Lloyd, and the Olympic Bronze Medalist United States National Women’s Team. That’s what awaits us in the next USWNT game against Paraguay on Tuesday when they first visit the newly opened TQL Stadium in Cincinnati.
The Americans beat No.50 Paraguay 9-0 Thursday in Cleveland and there’s no reason not to expect more of the same when the teams take to the field on Tuesday. The USWNT are on a 59-game unbeaten home streak (54-0-5), the last 21 being wins.
The talent gap is such that the South American team won’t pose much of a test for this year’s Olympic bronze medalists (USWNT beat Paraguay 32-1 last week), but the coach- US chef Vlatko Andonovski still believes the match will be a valuable exercise in testing new models of play, refining relationships with players on the pitch and giving some of the new faces an international experience.
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USWNT legend Lloyd was the star of Thursday’s game with a team record tying five goals in the first of his last four games before calling it a career in October. Whether the 39-year-old starts or leaves the bench, she is sure to be celebrated by Cincinnati fans, although it will be local product Lavelle who will be the main center of affection for the crowd.
The last match of the two matches with Paraguay will close the international camp in September. The USWNT will meet again in October for two matches against South Korea that will mark the end of Lloyd’s career in red, white and blue: October 21 in Kansas City, Kan, and October 26 in St. Paul. , Minn.
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How to watch the United States vs Paraguay
- Dated: Tuesday September 21
- Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
- TV channel: FS1
- Television in Spanish: TUDN
- Flux: fuboTV
The match will be televised in English (FS1) and Spanish (TUDN) with both networks available to be broadcast on fuboTV (7 day free trial for new users).
According to US Soccer, the game will start at 7:45 p.m. ET.
USWNT vs. Paraguay: Line-ups
For its post-Olympic tour, the American roster is made up mainly of players who won bronze in Japan. Head coach Vlatko Andonovski called up three NWSL players who weren’t on the Olympic squad to make up for a handful of absences: Andi Sullivan (Spirit of Washington), Sophie smith (Portland Thorns) and Mallory pugh (Chicago Red Stars).
USWNT Star Christen Press chose to focus on mental health. The goalkeeper is absent due to injury Alyssa naeher, midfielders Julie ertz, Samantha mewis and Lindsey Horan, and forward Megan Rapinoe.
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Based on the starting XI chosen for Game 1, we could potentially see some big changes, although Lavelle should get a second straight start in front of his hometown crowd and Lloyd could get the satisfaction of an extra 90 minutes as she is nearing the end of her time with the USWNT. It might also make sense for the three new players – Sullivan, Pugh and Smith – to get another round to show Andonovski what they can offer.
USWNT starting lineup on September 16 (4-3-3, left to right): 18-Adrianna French-GK – 19-Crystal Dunn, 12-Tierna Davidson, 4-Becky Sauerbunn, 5-Kelley O’Hara – 22-Kristie Mewis, 25-Andi Sullivan, 16-Rose Lavelle – 11-Mallory Pugh, 10 -Carli Lloyd, 6-Lynn Williams
USWNT submarines (8): 21-Jane Campbell-GK, 2-Abby Dahlkemper (72 ‘for Sauerbrunn), 20-Casey Krueger, 14-Emily Sonnett (63’ for Dunn), 17-Catarina Macario (59 ‘for Lavelle), 13-Alex Morgan ( 59 ‘for Mewis), 7-Tobin Heath (74’ for Williams), 27-Sophia Smith (59 ‘for Pugh)
Paraguay coach Epifania Benitez has just 18 players available for the two games against USA and she only made three substitutions in the last game. We’ll see if the four unused players get the green light for the starting XI.
Starting lineup from Paraguay on September 16 (5-4-1, right to left): 1-Cristina Recalde-GK – 2-María Martinez, 3-Limpia Fretes, 5-Tania Riso, 4-Daysy Bareiro, 8-Lorena Alonso – 6-Fany Gauto, 10-Fanny Godoy, 14-Deisy Ojeda, 11-Mirta Pico – 7-Fabiola Sandoval
Paraguayan subtitles (7): 12-Alicia Bobadilla-GK, 15-Sofía Almiron, 13-Fiorela Martínez, 7-Yanina Servín, 16-Monserrath Ayala (63 ‘for Ojeda), 18-Ramona Martínez (69’ for Maria Martinez), 9-Natalia Pena ( 45 ‘for Pico)