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USWNT vs. Paraguay: 2021 Friendly Odds, Time, Live Stream and TV Schedule

Joe Tansey@JTansey90Featured ColumnistSeptember 16, 2021

United States' Carli Lloyd celebrates scoring her side's 4th goal against Australia during the women's bronze medal soccer match at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 5, 2021, in Kashima, Japan. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)
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The United States women's national team will be back on the field for the first time since the Tokyo Olympics on Thursday night.

Vlatko Andonovski's side plays Paraguay at First Energy Stadium in the first of two matches against the South American side in Ohio. The second match takes place in Cincinnati on Tuesday.

Carli Lloyd's retirement tour is one of the main storylines going into the clashes with Paraguay. The 39-year-old announced after the Olympics that she would retire at the end of 2021, so she has four international games left to play.

Lloyd and the other 21 members of the USWNT Olympic squad were invited to play in the games against Paraguay, but Megan Rapinoe and a few others will miss the contests because of injuries.

                 

USWNT vs. Paraguay Info

Date: Thursday, September 16

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Start Time: 7:30 p.m. ET 

TV: ESPN2

Live Stream: FoxSports.com and Fox Sports app

Odds: Available odds can be found on DraftKings Sportsbook.

              

Preview

The start of Lloyd's farewell tour dominates the headlines going into Thursday.

The USWNT will use the next four games to celebrate her legendary career, which has most notably yielded two Olympic gold medals and a pair of Women's World Cups. Lloyd has scored 128 goals in 312 international appearances.

The 39-year-old is two goals away from tying Kristine Lilly's USWNT all-time scoring record.

Expect the attacking players in the USWNT lineup to feed Lloyd throughout the contest in order for her to have the best shot at breaking the mark. Lloyd's most recent international goals came in the bronze-medal game against Australia.

The other focus will be preparing for the 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup. Andonovski should hand minutes to a few players who did not make the Olympic roster. Forwards Mallory Pugh and Sophia Smith and midfielder Andi Sullivan were called into the squad to replace the injured Rapinoe, Julie Ertz and Samantha Mewis.

Smith, 21, and Pugh, 23, will be part of the USWNT core for years to come along with 21-year-old Catarina Macario.

Macario, who plays club soccer for Lyon, will be the top young player to watch. She is one of the most dynamic scorers in the world and should play a role in the USWNT attack for quite some time.

The U.S. should win Thursday's match by a wide margin. Paraguay is 50th in the FIFA world rankings and lost its most recent match to Japan by seven goals. The Americans, meanwhile, are still ranked as the best in the world.

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