Chicago Red Stars fans should see both Julie Ertz and Alyssa Naeher on the field tonight when the U.S. Women take on Panama in Concacaf Olympic Qualifying. The USWNT can clinch a spot in the knockout round with a win tonight, so head coach Vlatko Andonovski will probably look to save squad rotation for the team’s final group stage match against Costa Rica on Monday.
USWNT vs. Panama
When – Friday, January 31st – 7:30pm CST
Where – BBVA Compass Stadium, Houston TX
How to watch - Games will start on Fox Soccer Plus at 7:30 and move over to FS1 at 8pm and/or the conclusion of the women’s basketball game. The entire game will be available on Foxsports.com & Fox Sports app with FS1 level authentication.
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FS1 will join tonight’s Panama vs. @USWNT match in progress following the conclusion of No. 2 Baylor vs. Texas women’s basketball.
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It’s unusual to look at a 4-0 score line and think a team struggled, but it is fair to say the USWNT looked rusty and until late failed to put away a plucky Haitian side. The insertion of World Player of the Year Megan Rapinoe in the 62nd minute changed the game from 1-0 to 3-0 within 12 minutes, and the game was decided. If the collective rust has been shaken off by the defending champs, this game has the chance to be really lopsided when considering Panama lost 6-1 to Costa Rica.
Prediction: USA 9, Panama 0