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2019 Women's World Cup: Team USA schedule, roster, players to watch

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The 2019 Women's World Cup is finally here, and if you haven't been closely following the U.S. Women's National Team, don't worry. We've got you covered with this breakdown of the team and its group, schedule, roster, and history. 

With France as the host nation, the USWNT looks to defend its World Cup title from 2015. Team USA is in Group F, and its first game is Tuesday, June 11 against Thailand. In order to defend their championship, they must win seven games in the tournament.

But obviously, there's so much more going on besides just the first matchup. So here's what you need to know to watch all the games in the group before the top teams advance to the Round of 16. The top two teams from each of the six groups -- plus the four best third-place finishers overall -- will move on to the elimination round, which begins Saturday, June 22. 

2019 WOMEN'S WORLD CUP GROUP F SCHEDULE

Tuesday, June 11
- Chile vs. Sweden, Noon ET, FS1
- USA vs. Thailand, 3 p.m. ET, FOX

Sunday, June 16
- Sweden vs. Thailand, 9 a.m. ET, FS1
- USA vs. Chile, Noon ET, FOX

Thursday, June 20
- USA vs. Sweden, 3 p.m. ET FOX
- Thailand vs. Chile, 3 p.m. ET, FS1

Round of 16
- Saturday, June 22 through Tuesday, June 25

Quarterfinals
- Thursday, June 27 through Saturday, June 29

Semifinals
- Tuesday, July 2 and Wednesday, July 3

Third-place game
- Saturday, July 6

 

World Cup Final
- Sunday, July 7

U.S. WOMEN'S NATIONAL TEAM PLAYERS TO KNOW

  • Alex Morgan, forward: The US' deadliest scorer, Morgan just joined the 100 goal club with her hundredth goal against Australia in a friendly and 101st against Belgium. The 2018 US Female Player of the Year will be leaned on heavily to create space with her speed and finish on set pieces.
     
  • Megan Rapinoe, midfielder: After her iconic cross to Abby Wambach in the 2011 World Cup against Brazil, Rapinoe's become a household name for the squad. Her crafty play along the perimeter will be necessary to set up her teammates, but she's also rebounding from another knee injury. She's taken on more of a leadership role since Jill Ellis named her one of the captains, and she'll be called upon to direct her forwards and help defenders.
     
  • Carli Lloyd, midfielder: Lloyd's career with the National Team is already historic, as she was the first player to score a hat-trick in a women's World Cup final. But her role has evolved at age 36, and now she'll provide a spark coming off the bench for a younger team. It's a luxury to have a player of Lloyd's caliber ready and rested, ready to step in when needed, and the US will need it to win another World Cup. 


GROUP F PLAYERS TO WATCH

  • Miranda Nild, forward, Thailand: Nild burst onto the scene as a member of the Cal Golden Bears, scoring 13 goals in 73 games. In her 17 appearances with the Thai national team as one of their youngest players, she's already scored 12 goals. The California native will be a key cog on offense for a squad that is looking to beat their 1000/1 odds of a World Cup win.
     
  • Hedvig Lindahl, goalkeeper, Sweden: Arguably the best keeper in the tournament, this might be the 36-year-olds last hurrah. With 158 caps, she holds the all-time appearances record for a Swedish keeper, male or female, and she was the keeper that helped Sweden beat the US in the 2016 Olympics in penalties. A World Cup win would even further cement her legacy.
     
  • Elisa Duran, midfielder, Chile: The youngest player on the squad at 17, Duran has primarily played with Colo-Colo's youth organization and is a rising star. The World Cup will be her first caps ever on the national team, and as an attacking midfielder, she'll be expected to push the ball forward to create offense.
     

U.S. WOMEN'S NATIONAL TEAM WORLD CUP ROSTER

FORWARDS (7): 
Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC) 
Carli Lloyd (Sky Blue FC)
Jessica McDonald (NC Courage)*
Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride)
Christen Press (Utah Royals FC)
Mallory Pugh (Washington Spirit)*
Megan Rapinoe (Reign FC)

MIDFIELDERS (6): 
Morgan Brian (Chicago Red Stars)
Julie Ertz (Chicago Red Stars) 
Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC)*
Rose Lavelle (Washington Spirit)* 
Allie Long (Reign FC)* 
Samantha Mewis (NC Courage)*

DEFENDERS (7): 
Abby Dahlkemper (NC Courage)* 
Tierna Davidson (Chicago Red Stars)*
Crystal Dunn (NC Courage)*
Ali Krieger (Orlando Pride)
Kelley O’Hara (Utah Royals FC) 
Becky Sauerbrunn (Utah Royals FC)
Emily Sonnett (Portland Thorns FC)*

GOALKEEPERS (3): 
Adrianna Franch (Portland Thorns FC)* 
Ashlyn Harris (Orlando Pride)
Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars)

*First World Cup

U.S. WOMEN'S NATIONAL TEAM WORLD CUP HISTORY

The USWNT has participated in all seven previous World Cups, with this being No. 8. Additionally, with three titles, it's the most successful women's team. Here is the result for each women's World Cup.

1991: Champion (China)
1995: Third place (Sweden)
1999: Champion (USA)
2003: Third place (USA)
2007: Third place (China)
2011: Second place (Germany)
2015: Champion (Canada)
2019: TBD (France)

2019 WOMEN'S WORLD CUP GROUPS

Group A (FIFA Rankings in parentheses)
France (4), Norway (12), South Korea (14), Nigeria (38)

Group B
Germany (2), Spain (13), China (16), South Africa (49)

Group C
Australia (6), Brazil (10), Italy (15), Jamaica (53)

Group D
England (3), Japan (7), Scotland (20), Argentina (37)

Group E
Canada (5), Netherlands (8), New Zealand (19), Cameroon (46)

Group F
United States (1), Sweden (9), Thailand (34), Chile (39)

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