Today is the day you’ve been waiting for. The United States women’s national team plays the Netherlands in Atlanta at the Georgia Dome. Yes, it’s just a friendly match, but it’s a rare opportunity for fans around the Southeast and specifically Atlanta to see the reigning women’s world champions.
Jill Ellis’ team has rebounded nicely from their Olympic disappointment with routine 9-0 win over a helpless Thailand side on Thursday.
There’s been a ton of turmoil surrounding the USWNT ever since their last match at the Olympics when they were knocked out by Sweden. Perennial No. 1 goalkeeper, Hope Solo, had her contract terminated after calling Sweden “cowards” for their defensive style in upsetting the Americans on penalties.
After that seemingly blew over, Megan Rapinoe stole headlines by supporting Colin Kaepernick in his protest of police treatment of black citizens. Her kneeling during the national anthem sparked much debate around the sporting world.
There will surely be some more to talk about when the USWNT play in Atlanta tonight.
How to Watch
Kickoff Time: 7 p.m. ET
Available TV: Fox Sports 1
Available Streams: Fox Sports Go
GOALKEEPERS (2): Ashlyn Harris (Orlando Pride), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars)
DEFENDERS (7): Whitney Engen (Boston Breakers), Julie Johnston (Chicago Red Stars), Meghan Klingenberg (Portland Thorns FC), Ali Krieger (Washington Spirit), Kelley O’Hara (Sky Blue FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City), Emily Sonnett (Portland Thorns FC)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Morgan Brian (Houston Dash), Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC), Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC), Carli Lloyd (Houston Dash), Allie Long (Portland Thorns FC), Samantha Mewis (Western New York Flash), Heather O’Reilly (FC Kansas City), Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign FC)
FORWARDS (4): Crystal Dunn (Washington Spirit), Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride), Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars), Mallory Pugh (Real Colorado)