The United States Women’s National Team will be looking to continue their remarkable run of goalscoring form when they take on Haiti in a friendly match in Detroit on Thursday.
Ford Field will be the venue for this one, giving the locals a chance to get a glimpse of the newly crowned world champions in action. It’s the first of two friendly matches between the sides to be played, with Legion Field in Birmingham set to host the second on Sunday.
Haiti will find it extremely difficult to keep the world champions at bay in this one, meaning those in attendance should see plenty of goalmouth action. Here’s all the key viewing details for the match and a closer look at how the game is likely to play out.
Date: Thursday, Sept. 17
Time: 7 p.m. (ET)
Live Stream: FOX Sports GO
USWNT Big Favourites for Friendly Clash
Originally, this encounter was supposed to be between the United States and Australia, a match that would have been a big test for the 2015 World Cup winners. But as reported by Thomas Floyd of Goal.com, the girls from Down Under had to pull out of the clash because of a labor dispute.
So credit to Haiti for stepping in, but it means that Jill Ellis’ side are unlikely to get the challenge many expected. Indeed, although the USWNT were superb in their previous double-header against Costa Rica—winning 8-0 and 7-2—the chasm in class made the games underwhelming affairs.
Sadly, the Haitians will do well to keep the scoreline to those sorts of levels. When the two teams previously met, back in December for a World Cup qualifier, the USWNT won 6-0. Given the strides made by Ellis’ squad since, this match will surely result in another landslide victory for the United States.
As noted by Sports Illustrated’s Grant Wahl, essentially the same squad that sampled World Cup glory earlier this summer will be in situ for these two games:
Crystal Dunn will certainly be an intriguing watch. She missed out on the roster for the Canada showpiece, but she has responded with a tremendous campaign for her club side Washington Spirit, scoring 15 goals in the National Women’s Soccer League.
Here’s a look at what she’s capable of:
It’s testament to the 23-year-old that after being omitted from the World Cup squad in such heartbreaking circumstances, she’s knuckled down and made her way back into the team. Washington Spirit manager Mark Parsons paid tribute to the hard work she has put in as of late:
Whether Dunn gets in the team remains to be seen in what’s a star-studded United States squad. The home supporters will be desperate to see some of the World Cup stars in action, with Carli Lloyd, Alex Morgan, Hope Solo and others all set to play their part against Haiti.
Expect a relaxed atmosphere for a match that is essentially a celebration of the USWNT’s triumph this summer and for the team to play with freedom as a result. It’ll be a tremendous experience for the Haiti players, but they’ll find it extremely difficult to keep the score down against one of the most impressive international outfits in world football.
Prediction: United States 7-0 Haiti