While the USWNT is at the Women’s World Cup justifying their tag as tournament favorites, back home Gregg Berhalter’s side have a good deal of work to do if they are to turn their fortunes around and regain the title they won in 2017.
Against Guyana, the lowest FIFA-ranked team in the tournament and a nation making its debut on the major tournament stage, they are expected to win – and win handsomely.
|Game||USA vs Guyana|
|Date||Tuesday, June 18|
|Time||3:00am BST / 10:00pm ET|
|Stream (US)||fubo TV (7-day free trial)|
TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch
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|US TV channel||Online stream|
|Fox Sports 1 / Univision Deportes / UniMas||fubo TV (7-day free trial)|
In the United Kingdom (UK), the game will be available to watch via FreeSports.
|UK TV channel||Online stream|
Squads & Team News
|Goalkeepers||Steffen, Johnson, Miller|
|Defenders||Lima, Gonzalez, Zimmerman, Ream, Cannon, Lovitz, Miazga, Long|
|Midfielders||Bradley, Trapp, McKennie, Pulisic, Roldan, Mihailovic|
|Forwards||Arriola, Zardes, Morris, Altidore, Lewis, Boyd|
Tyler Adams and Duane Holmes withdrew from Gregg Berhalter’s initial squad and have been replaced by Reggie Cannon and Djordje Mihailovic respectively.
USMNT starting XI: Steffen; Lima, Zimmerman, Long, Ream; McKennie, Bradley, Pulisic; Arriola, Zardes, Boyd
|Goalkeepers||Clarke, Murray, Roberts|
|Defenders||Layne, Daniel, Dover, Marsh-Brown, Cox, Gordon, Vancooten, Briggs|
|Midfielders||Bonds, Wilson, Danns, Duke-McKenna, Creavalle, Jeffrey|
|Forwards||Marsh-Brown, Holder, Welshman, Harriott, Schultz, Ondaan|
Guyana boss Michael Johnson is expected to set up his team very defensively.
The Golden Jaguars were hit with the withdrawal of Philadelphia Union midfielder Warren Creavalle, arguably their star player, shortly before the tournament began.
Possible Guyana starting XI: Murray; Layne, Gordon, Briggs; Duke-McKenna, Cox, Danns, Bonds, Daniel; Harriott, Welshman
Betting & Match Odds
The U.S. are super-hot favourites to win this match with Bet365, priced 1/50. Guyana are 50/1 outsiders and a draw is priced at 14/1.
The USMNT has not played a competitive match since the team failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup finals nearly two years ago and recent friendly defeats against Jamaica and Venezuela have shown that Gregg Berhalter’s outfit is still one that is being molded.
However, the expectation levels upon the team are high ahead of a Gold Cup that they host: this team is expected to reach the final – if not successfully defend its trophy.
The Americans have been forced to wait patiently to join their own party, with the USA and Guyana the last teams to play their first matches.
Guyana, meanwhile, is in the competition to play the role of spoilers. This is the first major tournament for a team, of which 11 play in England, eight of which are drawn from non-league football.
It qualified off the back of finishing seventh in the CONCACAF Nations League, though their pre-tournament friendlies do not bode well for their chances this summer, with a 1-0 loss against fellow debutants Bermuda followed by a 3-1 defeat at the hands of Haiti.
With few expectations upon their performance, the best they can realistically hope for is simply to be competitive among the big boys for the first time, with forward Emery Welshman hoping to catch the eye after scoring seven times in nine previous internationals.
“We’ll show no fear,” head coach Michael Johnson has promised. “We didn’t come this far to not go out on the pitch and give our best, so expect the boys to have a go at the USA.
“I’ve seen statements that don’t give us a chance, written us off; we won’t score a goal, easy game for America.
“But internally, I think there is an inner belief and a real resilience that that’s the case and I think that’s where the pressure comes from us in our own environment, thinking we can do a lot better than the so-called armchair pundits, press, players from America and coaching staff have said.”
This will be the first meeting of the countries and it is one that the USA is expected to win comfortably.