Following a dominant win over Uzbekistan on Saturday, the U.S. women’s national soccer team will return to the pitch for the second of the pair of friendly matches between the sides.
The game gets underway at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN2.
As the USWNT looks to build on its 9-1 victory over Uzbekistan on Saturday, the evaluation of young players will continue for head coach Vlatko Andonovski as the USWNT closes in on Women’s World Cup qualifying in July.
The path to qualifying will begin when the 2022 Concacaf W Championship draw is held on April 19 at 7 p.m. ET. Eight competing nations – including the USA and Canada – will be divided into two groups with four teams apiece. The USWNT headlines Group A while Canada headlines Group B.
Both Sophia Smith and Mallory Pugh had outstanding games Saturday, with the former notching a hat trick and the latter posting one goal and three assists.
Heading into Tuesday’s game, the U.S. team is looking to continue its 66-game home unbeaten streak. While the team’s scoreless streak ended on Saturday, the home team will look to begin another.
Team chemistry doesn’t seem to be an issue, as Smith seemed to push back at recent comments made by Carli Lloyd in which she called out the team’s culture.
“I think it’s a lot of fun to play with [Catarina Macario and Pugh] and every forward we have here we have a really good relationship,” Smith said on the Fox broadcast when asked by Lloyd about her relationships with Macario and Pugh. “We have good chemistry off the field and I think it transfers on the field. It’s a lot of fun to play with people who want to go forward and score as much as I do.”
When asked about the culture on the broadcast, Smith’s said that the team sets its standards high.
“I don’t think it’s a surprise, but this team is so set on their standards and they’re always trying to raise the standards with every group that comes through,” she said. “It’s a matter of keeping those standards and pushing them as high as we can.”