The United States’ national women’s football team, the number one team in the world, is on a solid footing. And it’s not about to stop against Portugal on Thursday night at BBVA Stadium in Houston.
The team is on a 39-game unbeaten streak (third longest in team history), a 53-game unbeaten streak at home (48-0-5) and a 15-game winning streak at home. For good measure, you can add the record-breaking start of USWNT head coach Vlatko Andonovski (17-0-1 in his first 18 games). Given her perfect all-time record against Portugal, ranked No.29 (9-0-0), the Americans should be able to secure another victory at those marks.
Of course, the USWNT’s end goal is an Olympic gold medal this summer and selecting the right team to help achieve that goal. Players will look to impress Andonovsky before he names his final Olympic team in the coming weeks.
WATCH: USWNT vs. Portugal streaming on fuboTV (7 day free trial)
The Tokyo Olympic tournament kicks off on July 21 with a round robin group stage. The USWNT has been trained in Group G against three tough opponents: Sweden, Australia and New Zealand, all of them regulars in major international competitions. The Americans’ first game will be against Sweden, the only nation to score against the Americans and prevent them from winning this year (1-1 draw on April 10).
This is where the Summer Series games come in. They are meant to serve as a tune-up for Tokyo even though none of the three opponents are heading for Japan. But the USWNT will use the friendlies to simulate the weather conditions and the pace of Olympic games with just two days of rest between games: Thursday against Portugal in Houston, June 13 against Jamaica in Houston and June 16 against the Nigeria in Austin. , Texas.
How to watch USWNT vs. Portugal
The USWNT tune-up match against Portugal will be broadcast on FS1. The network is broadcast on fuboTV (7 day free trial).
Upcoming USWNT Calendar
- June 10: USWNT v Portugal (Summer Playoffs, Houston)
- June 13: USWNT vs. Jamaica (Summer Playoffs, Houston)
- June 16: USWNT v Nigeria (Summer Playoffs, Austin, Texas)
- 1st of July: USWNT v Mexico (Sendoff Series, East Hartford, Connecticut)
- July the 5th : USWNT v Mexico (Sendoff Series, East Hartford, Connecticut)
- July 21: Sweden vs USWNT (2021 Olympic Games, Tokyo)
- July 24: New Zealand v USWNT (2021 Olympics, Saitama, Japan)
- July 27: USWNT v 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 (Washington Spirit)
Midfielder (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)