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USWNT-Panama Preview: Ertz, Naeher, How to Watch, and more

The U.S. Women advance to the next round with a win

United States Training Session Photo by Brad Smith/ISI Photos/Getty Images

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 & Fox Sports app with FS1 level authentication.

Quick Preview:

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