Just four games remain for the U.S. women’s national soccer team before the qualifiers for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup and 2024 Summer Olympics begin.
The team will take on Uzbekistan in its first matches since February’s SheBelieves Cup.
The first match gets underway at 5:30 p.m. ET Saturday in Columbus, Ohio. Those looking for the broadcast can find it on Fox, with coverage beginning at 5 p.m. ET.
Following tonight’s match, the two teams will close out their two-game series in Pennsylvania at Subaru Park at 7 p.m. ET Tuesday on ESPN2.
This match will be the USWNT’s first time playing Uzbekistan, making it the 55th country that the USWNT has faced during its nearly 37 years as a national team. The Uzbekistan team is coached by former Japanese international player Midori Honda, who was a member of Japan’s first Women’s World Cup team in 1991.
As the USWNT continues to draw closer to the qualifying window, head coach Vlatko Anodnovski continues to test out the team’s young players. Three players on the roster for these matches have had zero caps with the national team: Aubrey Kingsbury, Bella Bixby and Naomi Girma. Others, including Imani Dorsey (1) and Trinity Rodman (2), are building on their limited experience.
Just two players on this roster have more than 100 caps: Kelley O’Hara (150) and Lindsey Horan (108).
In speaking with the media earlier in the week, Andonovski said is confident in his roster heading into the two friendlies.
“The lineup is gonna look good,” he said. “The lineup is gonna look very good.”
Still, he’s been intentional in bringing in some veterans – like O’Hara and Horan – who can help prepare the younger generation for what comes next.
“It would very difficult to bring 25 players that have never been at international level or never been at a world championship, Olympic tournament,” he said. “So that’s why players like Kelley O’Hara, Rose Lavelle, Lindsey Horan, Alyssa Naeher are extremely important for everything that is going on on the field, but also off the field, preparing the players and helping them become true professionals.”