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Swanson leads USWNT burst past New Zealand (video highlights)

Mallory Swanson netted two goals while Alex Morgan and Lynn Williams each scored once to lead the USWNT to a dominating 4-0 lead over New Zealand in an International friendly in Wellington.

Mallory Swanson scored two goals as the United States women’s national team returned to the pitch with a 4-0 win over New Zealand in the first of two January friendlies.

The game was played at Wellington Regional Stadium in New Zealand as the USWNT gets valuable experience where the World Cup will be held this summer.


Swanson, previously called Mallory Pugh prior to her marriage to Chicago Cubs shortstop Dansby Swanson, led an attack that out-attempted the hosts 15-2 and put seven shots on target with 75 percent possession.

The match was 0-0 at halftime when Swanson sandwiched her two goals around Alex Morgan’s 120th goal for the USWNT. Her 0.60 goals per match total trails only Michelle Akers and Abby Wambach in the top ten for USWNT scorers. Lynn Williams completed the scoring with her 15th marker in the shirt.

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The sides will meet again for another friendly on Friday (10:05 pm ET), in Auckland.

NBC Universal Telemundo Enterprises announces deal with U.S. Soccer for Spanish-language broadcasts

The USWNT will officially kick off the 2023 World Cup year when they face one of this summer’s host nations, New Zealand, in Wellington on Tuesday.

Fresh off the heels of a record-breaking presentation of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™, NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises and the U.S. Soccer Federation today announce a multimedia rights agreement that will make Telemundo the new exclusive Spanish-language home of the Women’s and Men’s National Teams across all platforms, including Peacock, in the United States.

The new agreement will feature more than 20 U.S. National Team matches each year across Telemundo, Universo, Peacock - presented by the digital content brand Tplus - and Telemundo’s digital platforms, consisting of National Team friendlies (including premium U.S. matches against Mexico), the SheBelieves Cup, and other key events involving the Women’s and Men’s National Soccer Teams, such as select CONCACAF Nations League matches.

The deal will include and culminate with coverage of special events and content opportunities during Send-Off matches and leading up to, during and following the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup, the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris, and the 2026 FIFA World Cup which will be co-hosted among Canada, Mexico and the United States. Holding the rights to broadcast the crown jewels of world soccer - the FIFA World Cups for men and women as well the Olympic Games – Telemundo is uniquely positioned to showcase U.S. Soccer’s athletes when the eyes of billions will be watching.

The partnership begins in 2023 with U.S. Women’s international friendly matches against New Zealand today, Jan. 17 and Friday, Jan. 20 airing live at 10:05 p.m. ET on Universo and streaming on Peacock and the Telemundo app.

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Here is everything you need for round 1 of New Zealand vs USWNT.

How to watch New Zealand vs USWNT live, stream link and start time

Kick off: 10:05 pm ET, TuesdayStadium: Sky Stadium, WellingtonTV channels en Español: UniversoStreaming en Español: Peacock

New Zealand quick facts

Current FIFA world ranking: 24
World Cup titles: 0
World Cup appearances: 6th
Coach: Jitka Klimkova

USWNT quick facts

Current FIFA world ranking: 1
World Cup titles: 4
World Cup appearances: 9th
Coach: Vlatko Andonovski

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