The United States women’s national team is back in action for its first match since the conclusion of the 2021 Olympics, where it took the bronze medal on August 5. Thursday night in Cleveland.
The game marks the Americans’ first meeting at the top tier with the South American nation, which is ranked No. 50 in the world. The USWNT, which maintained its No. 1 ranking despite finishing third in the Tokyo games, will look to extend its 20-game winning streak at home.
With the Olympics in the rear-view mirror, the US’s focus is now on the 2023 Women’s World Cup, to be held in Australia and New Zealand. Regional qualification will begin in July 2022 at the CONCACAF W Championship.
All eyes will be on USWNT legend Carli Lloyd, who will play his last four games for the national team before his retirement. The 39-year-old has the second-most appearances in the show’s history (312) and 128 goals.
The United States and Paraguay will meet for the second time in Ohio on September 21, when the teams travel some 250 miles south to Rose Lavelle’s country of Cincinnati for a first game at the recently opened TQL Stadium.
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Sporting News will follow Thursday’s game live and provide late-night scoring updates, commentary and highlights.
USWNT vs. Paraguay live
United States – Carli Lloyd (Mallory Pugh) – 3rd min.
United States – Carli Lloyd (Crystal Dunn) – 6 min.
United States – Andi Sullivan (L. Williams, K. Mewis) – 25 min.
United States – Lynn Williams – 30 min.
United States – Carli Lloyd (Andi Sullivan) – 33 min.
United States – Carli Lloyd (Lynn Williams) – 38 min.
(All the eastern time)
38 min .: It’s too easy for Lloyd, who scores his fourth goal! Lynn Williams just places it in the middle of the box and Lloyd just sets it aside. There are four goals in 12 total touches. It is the first time in his career that he has scored four goals in a game.
33 min .: Lloyd hat trick! She beats a defender to a center in one fell swoop in the area and stabs him home. It cannot be contained. He now holds the all-time record for hat tricks by a USWNT player.
30 min.: It’s a room! Lynn Williams just finishes and lets fly from a distance and the ball drifts to the back of the net. No mercy from the USWNT.
25 min .: Another USWNT goal! This one in another corner. Lynn Williams heads for the goal and Andi Sullivan hits her at the finish line. That’s your first USWNT goal.
23 min .: Pugh has been outstanding in this first half. It is now on the right and a long ball from behind finds it running from behind. She wins a corner.
14 min .: After starting to shoot, the pressure from the USWNT has eased somewhat and the initial flurry of action has died down. Paraguay settling in a little more.
#USWNT he has had to field a lot of bad teams in the last year, but Paraguay is the worst. He has never played in WWC. The only game they have played in the last 18 months was a 7-0 loss to Japan in April.
– Paul Kennedy (@pkedit) September 16, 2021
10 minutes.: Lloyd puts the ball back into the back of the net, but it’s offside in the center of Lynn Williams from the right.
6th minute: Lloyd again! Again from the left: Pugh serves Crystal Dunn from the left flank and her center reaches Lloyd, who is wide open in front of goal. Now up to 130 goals, tied for third all-time with Kristine Lilly.
3rd min .: Goal Carli Lloyd! He leads the corner kick and is the 129th international goal of his career, good for the 4th of all time in the world.
3rd min .: Crystal Dunn is pushing high and shoots, stopping for a corner.
1st min .: We are underway in Cleveland.
7:17 pm: Mal Pugh is comfortable with that left wing before the game:
7:13 pm: Out for warm-ups:
6:57 pm: Cheer up for the game:
6:06 pm: The USWNT is in the house:
5:24 pm: A view of FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland:
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USWNT vs. Paraguay: starting lineups
Head coach Vlatko Andonovski has summoned a revamped roster that includes three NWSL players who were not on the Olympic team: Andi sullivan (Spirit of Washington), Sofia smith (Portland Thorns) and Mallory pugh (Chicago Red Stars).
USWNT Star Christian Press chose not to focus on mental health. Goalkeeper out due to injury Alyssa Naeher, midfielders Julie Ertz, Samantha mewis other Lindsey horanand forward Megan rapinoe. Naeher, Mewis and Horan are with the team for evaluation and rehabilitation.
USWNT Starting Lineup (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 grants (8): 21-Jane Campbell-GK, 2-Abby Dahlkemper, 20-Casey Krueger, 14-Emily Sonnett, 17-Catarina Macario, 13-Alex Morgan, 7-Tobin Heath, 27-Sophia Smith
Paraguay’s coach, Epifania Benítez, called up 18 players for matches against the United States (players who are part of clubs outside of Paraguay stand out). The team has played one match in 2021, a 7-0 loss to Japan. Paraguay’s top scorer is Fabiola Sandoval (25 goals in 43 appearances):
Paraguay starting lineup (5-4-1, from 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 Peak – 7-Fabiola Sandoval
Paraguay substitutes (7): 12-Alicia Bobadilla-GK, 15-Sofía Almiron, 13-Fiorela Martínez, 7-Yanina Servín, 16-Monserrath Ayala, 18-Ramona Martínez 9-Natalia Pena
How to watch USWNT vs. Paraguay
- Date: Thursday September 16
- Weather: 7:30 pm ET
- Television channel: ESPN2
- Live broadcast: fuboTV, ESPN App
The game will be broadcast on ESPN2, which can be broadcast on fuboTV (7-day free trial).