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USWNT vs. Korea Republic: Date, Time, Live Stream, TV Info and Preview

FOXBORO, MA - JUNE 15: US Womens National midfielder Lauren Cheney #12 fights for possession of the ball against Korea Republic midfielder Cho Sohyun #8 during the game at Gillette Stadium on June 15, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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Tim DanielsFeatured ColumnistJune 20, 2013

The United States women's national team looks to complete a friendly sweep of South Korea. The Americans scored twice in each half en route to a 4-1 victory over the Korea Republic in the first meeting, which took place on Saturday.

Today's encounter marks the end of the current stretch of international contests for the United States. Along with the first win over South Korea, the U.S. also scored an impressive 3-0 win over Canada in Toronto. Ending on a high note is the last task to accomplish.

South Korea needs at least a draw to consider the United States trip a success. The Taegeuk Nangja were able to keep the first match close until halftime, down just one goal, but couldn't keep pace in the second half. A more complete performance is needed in the rematch.

Here's a look at all the important viewing information for the friendly, followed by a breakdown of key players to watch and a match prediction.

 

Where: Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J.

When: Thursday, June 20 at 7:30 p.m. ET

Watch: NBC Sports Network

Live Stream: NBC Sports Live Extra

 

United States Player to Watch: Abby Wambach

Wambach moved one step closer to passing Mia Hamm's all-time American scoring record by converting from the penalty spot in the final moments of the first matchup. She now has 156 goals, two behind Hamm's lead at 158.

Since the national team is taking a break after the match, it wouldn't be a surprise to see Wambach start and become almost the sole focus on the attack. Giving her a chance to at least tie the record should be one of the main goals of the rematch.

She's been a vital piece of the team for a decade. Her ability to physically dominate opposing defenders has made her nearly impossible to stop at times. When she does capture the record, it will be a well-earned honor for the veteran striker.

 

 

South Korea Player to Watch: Cho So-Hyun

Cho gave South Korea some hope in the first match, scoring just inside the half-hour mark to cut the United States' lead to one. After the ball slipped through a maze of players she connected on a perfect strike to beat Nicole Barnhart.

Even though her team wasn't able to build off the goal, the individual effort warranted praise. Scoring against the top-ranked team in the world is never an easy task. It took a picturesque shot just to take advantage of a rare lapse along the American back line.

The Taegeuk Nangja will need another strong showing from her if they are going to get at least a draw from the trip. Cho is a key piece of an improving side with plenty of potential, but they aren't quite on the United States' level yet.

 

Matchup to Watch: American attack vs. South Korean defense

Just like in the first meeting, the Americans' biggest advantage will come when they are moving forward. The team's attacking depth is too much to contain for a South Korean back line that lacks experience, especially against elite competition.

Along with Wambach, Alex Morgan and Sydney Leroux combine to create a dynamic trio, with Leroux often coming off the bench as a super sub. Midfielders Kristie Mewis, Lauren Cheney and Carli Lloyd all scored on Saturday further illustrating the team's offensive depth.

All the Korea Republic can really do is put 10 players behind the ball and hope to slow down the United States. It will limit the offensive opportunities to counterattacks, but it's the only way to stop the Americans from scoring another handful of goals.

 

Prediction

United States 3, South Korea 0

 

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