USWNT vs New Zealand: Live stream, how to watch online, time, stories for international friendly

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The US women’s national team is scheduled to play New Zealand on Friday at Eden Park in Auckland, New Zealand to close out their tour. This is the second of two friendlies for the USWNT against the Socceroos to close out their January camp, after beating New Zealand 4-0 in their first friendly in the -Tuesday series.

Here’s how to watch the game and what to expect:

Looking at information

  • Date: Friday, January 20 | Hour: 10 pm ET
  • Place: Edan Park — Auckland, New Zealand
  • Live Stream: HBO MAX
  • Option: New Zealand +6000; Draw +950; USWNT-5000

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Stories

USWNT: The team started their new year with a big 4-0 win against New Zealand with all the goals scored in the second half. First the head coach Vlatko Andonovski named a roster of 24 players for the camps and used 16 players in the opening game. Forward Ashley Hatch was unavailable for Tuesday’s game with a minor knock. Mallory Swanson and Trinity Rodman had strong individual performances with Swanson scoring two goals and Rodman providing two assists.

Lynn Williams returned to the roster after a 10-month absence due to hamstring surgery but scored a goal in her first game back with the team. The second game against New Zealand could give players more time to return to the squad, including defender Emily Sonnett, who did not feature in Tuesday’s game. The team will be looking to build on their electric second half performance after a slow, slow start in the opening 45 minutes.

New Zealand: The team did a good job of stopping any mediocre play for the USWNT. Gabi Rennie and Ava Collins, two players in the US collegiate systems, were able to intercept intermediate passes but were unable to generate any meaningful attack for the Ferns. Head coach Jitka Klimkova is likely to make some player rotations with the quick turnaround. New Zealand captain and Angel City FC defender Ali Riley got first in Wellington. She can once again anchor the backline and will need support if the team makes any attempt to build from the back on Friday.

USWNT vs New Zealand Preview

The USWNT will want to have a decisive game to close out the series and they could score some goals in the first half this time. Select: USWNT 5, New Zealand 0.

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