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USA vs Portugal: Everything you need to know about the Women’s World Cup game

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The United States Women’s National Team enters a crucial game against Portugal on Tuesday as they seek to avoid a crushing defeat and exit from the Women’s World Cup.

USA will need at least one point to ensure they make it out of Group E and advance to the knockout stage and at least have a chance of making a run in defending their World Cup titles consecutive. The United States beat Vietnam in their first game and tied with the Netherlands in the second.

The youth of the USA team have turned up in New Zealand and the tournament has so far been at 180 since its start in 2019 – a 13-0 road against Thailand.

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Lindsay Horan celebrates against New Zealand

Lindsey Horan celebrates scoring the United States’ first goal against the Netherlands in Wellington, New Zealand on Thursday, July 27, 2023. (AP Photo/Alysa Rubin)

Midfielder Andi Sullivan said after the Netherlands draw some adjustments were needed to play as a team as newcomers.

“It’s definitely a challenge that we’re going through is that we kind of came together,” Sullivan said. “It’s not like a team you train with all year round, constantly. You’re in and out all the time. So I think you’re constantly adjusting.

“But the way you sync is we watch a lot of things together, we communicate constantly. We’re very direct when something doesn’t go the way we want it to. You have to be direct and clear and honest and loud.”

The strategy of American coach Vlatko Andonovski will certainly be one to watch. Megan Rapinoe, who was on the bench to start the matches, felt she could have helped in the Netherlands draw.

“At the end of the day, we’re at the World Cup. That’s where everyone wants to be, whether you play 90 minutes, whether you’re a game-changer, whatever,” Rapinoe said on Sunday. “I think it’s a lot like what I thought it would be – bring all the experience I can, all the experience I have, and ultimately be ready whenever my number is called.”

The USWNT heats up

Lindsey Horan and her teammates warm up before the Women’s World Cup match against the Netherlands in Wellington, New Zealand on Thursday July 27, 2023. (AP Photo/Andrew Cornaga)

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Portugal could pull off a historic upset and send the United States home with a win. The United States beat Portugal in their last meeting 1-0 – a 2021 friendly. However, Andonovski sees a growing and formidable opponent.

“Over the past two years, the Portuguese team has grown so much and improved so much,” he said via Reuters. “I don’t think what we saw in the 2021 (game) is a clear or true picture of the team they are today.”

Portugal lost to the Netherlands but beat Vietnam.

How can you watch USA v Portugal?

The United States vs. Portugal kicks off at 3 a.m. ET on Tuesday on FOX with coverage beginning at 2 a.m. ET. Fans can listen watch the game here.

Who plays for the United States?

  • Guardians: Aubrey Kingsbury, Casey Murphy, Alyssa Naeher
  • DefendersAlana Cook, Emily Fox, Crystal Dunn, Naomi Girma, Sofia Huerta, Kelley O’Hara, Emily Sonnett
  • MidfieldersSavannah Demelo, Julie Ertz, Lindsey Horan, Rose Lavelle, Kristia Mewis, Ashley Sanchez, Andi Sullivan
  • Attackers: Alex Morgan, Megan Rapinoe, Trinity Rodman, Sophia Smith, Alyssa Thompson, Lynn Williams

Who plays for Portugal?

  • Guardians: Ines Pereira, Patricia Morals, Ana Rute Costa
  • Defenders: Catarina Amado, Lucia Alves, Silvia Rebelo, Joana Marchao, Carole Costa, Ana Seica
  • Midfielders: Andreia Jacino, Ana Rute, Andreia Norton, Tatiana Pinto, Fatima Pinto, Dolores Silva, Diana Gomes
  • Attackers: Ana Borges, Jessica Silva, Diana Silva, Carolina Mendes, Kika Nazareth, Ana Capeta, Telma Encarnacao

How has the United States fared at recent World Cups?

USA are looking for a hat-trick, and the first step is to get out of the group stage.

The team’s last victory came against the Dutch in the final. In 2015, Carli Lloyd became the first player to score a hat trick in a World Cup final match, scoring in the third, fifth and 16th minutes against Japan. Lauren Holiday (14th minute) and Tobin Heath (54th minute) added their own goals in the 5-2 victory.

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How have Portugal fared in recent World Cups?

Kika Nazareth smiles

Portugal’s Kika Nazareth celebrates after scoring her team’s second goal against Vietnam in Hamilton, New Zealand, Thursday, July 27, 2023. (AP Photo/Abbie Parr)

This is the Portuguese team’s first participation in the Women’s World Cup. The team was 2-1-2 in friendlies this year heading into the tournament.

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