“The U.S. Women’s National Team (USWNT) kicked off their 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup campaign with a commanding 3-0 victory over Vietnam. The match, held in Wellington, saw forward Sophia Smith shine with two goals, while midfielder Lindsey Horan added another to seal the win for the USWNT.
Next up for the USWNT is a highly anticipated match against the Netherlands on July 26. This clash is no ordinary group stage encounter, as it marks a rematch of the 2019 Women’s World Cup Final. It is a historic moment in FIFA Women’s World Cup history, with the two finalists meeting in the group stage for the first time ever.
The Netherlands, ranked 9th in the FIFA World Ranking and 6th in the UEFA Ranking, also started their campaign on a high note with a 1-0 victory over Portugal. The stage is set for an exciting battle between two powerhouse teams.
As it stands, the USWNT sits atop Group E with a plus-three goal differential. The top two teams from each group will advance to the Round of 16, adding even more significance to the upcoming clash with the Netherlands. Fans can follow the action on various social media platforms, including Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.
Looking at the USWNT roster, nine players from the 2019 World Cup championship squad have made the cut, while 14 players are experiencing their first World Cup. Forward Sophia Smith, in particular, had a remarkable World Cup debut, contributing two goals and an assist in the opening match.
The USWNT has a strong record in the group stage, boasting an impressive all-time record of 21 wins, 3 draws, and 1 loss. Furthermore, they are currently on a five-game winning streak. The World Cup format requires teams to win seven matches to secure the title, with the top two from each group advancing to the Round of 16.
This year’s tournament marks the ninth appearance for the USA in a FIFA Women’s World Cup, making them one of only seven countries to have participated in all editions of the tournament. When it comes to facing European opponents, the USWNT has a solid track record, having won their last six matches against UEFA teams and tallying 18 victories, 1 draw, and 3 losses overall.
With the USA leading the head-to-head series against the Netherlands with eight wins, one draw, and one loss, the upcoming match will be their 11th meeting. The only prior World Cup clash between the two teams resulted in a victory for the USA in the 2019 final.
Excitement levels are peaking as the USA prepares to square off against the Netherlands once again on July 26. The match, set to take place in Wellington, promises to be a thrilling encounter between two formidable teams aiming for success in the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup.”
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