It’s finally here: the United States will try to secure their fourth World Cup title as they square off against the Netherlands. Heavily favored going into the match, the USWNT will hope to start off on a strong foot, as they’ve done throughout the tournament — the United States have scored within the first 15 minutes of every game so far.
And how will the Thorns fare? Will Emily Sonnett and Adrianna Franch somehow find their way onto the field? (It seems unlikely.)
Lindsey Horan has been in and out of the USWNT starting XI, despite being a clearly impactful player in her time on the field. It seems likely that she’ll get the nod after starting against England on Tuesday, but Jill Ellis hasn’t been afraid to tinker with her starting lineup in big games. Will Horan get a chance to make her mark on today’s match (and add to her two goals in the process)?
Starting in every knockout game of the tournament, Tobin Heath hasn’t seen nearly as much of the ball as she’d probably like to. Despite that, she hasn’t been hesitant to take on defenders with her signature cheeky footwork and get off dangerous crosses, earning herself an assist against France. In the 2015 World Cup final, Heath found the back of the net in the USWNT’s 5-2 victory over Japan — can she replicate that feat against the Dutch?
Where: Stade de Lyon, Lyon, France
When: 8:00 a.m. PT
TV: FOX, Telemundo