USWNT vs. Germany: Key Scenarios and Predictions for 2022 Friendlies | News, Scores, Highlights, Stats & Rumors
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The United States Women’s National Team continues their build-up to the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup against one of the best teams in the world on Thursday.
Vlatko Andonovski’s side will test themselves against Germany, who enter both games on US soil ranked third in the world.
The USWNT sits in a rare spot that needs a rebound performance after September’s two friendlies in Europe did not go ahead.
With losses to England and Spain, the Americans lost back-to-back games for the first time since 2017, and they need a better showing against Germany to close out the calendar year.
Date: Thursday November 10
Start time: 7 p.m. ET
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The USWNT enter Thursday’s game at DRV PNK Stadium, home of Major League Soccer’s Inter Miami, with something to prove.
That hasn’t been the case for most of 2022 as the Americans have raced through North American competitions and against weaker foes.
Defeats to England and Spain have likely ignited a spark under the squad in terms of improvements that need to be made ahead of next summer’s FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 in Australia and New Zealand .
Against England, the USWNT conceded early before Sophia Smith equalized, but the Lionesses were back in front five minutes later and held on for victory.
The pain was much deeper against Spain because the 2-0 loss to the European side came against a weakened formation. Some of Spain’s top players weren’t in action due to a dispute with the federation.
The USWNT was understandably emotionally drained on its trip to Europe, as it occurred shortly after the release of the Yates Report, which detailed years of abuse and misconduct in American football.
The usual high level of play was not there for the two-game patches in Europe, and the weight of the off-field situations could have affected the team, especially on the end of the European trip.
The American players have had the opportunity to reset over the past month and focus on the pair of matches against Germany which will serve as a new test ahead of the World Cup.
Germany is ranked third in the world and has two chances to beat the Americans on home soil. The two teams meet on Sunday at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey.
Germany picked up three dominating wins after losing in the UEFA Euro 2022 final to England. The Germans beat Turkey and Bulgaria by a combined score of 11-0 in World Cup qualification and beat France, 2-1, in a friendly in October.
Alexandra Popp leads a dangerous German attack that contains four players with a double-digit tally of goals in international matches. The rest of the German team carries a bit of inexperience. Seven of the team’s nine midfielders and five of the nine defenders are 26 years old or younger. Only one defender and three midfielders have more than 30 caps.
Germany will pose a tough challenge due to the high quality of play they have displayed throughout 2022. They conceded no goals at Euro 2022 before the semi-final and conceded three goals in his last nine matches.
The USWNT had a similar streak in place ahead of its trips to England and Spain. He has produced nine consecutive clean sheets, including five at the Concacaf W Championship this summer.
Smith will once again be the USWNT’s main threat. She has been in fantastic form throughout the season and will likely lead the forward line at the World Cup. Alex Morgan, Megan Rapinoe and Mallory Pugh will also contribute up front, but Smith has been the best forward in American football this season.
The concern for the Americans will come in defense. Becky Sauerbrunn and Crystal Dunn are in the squad, but after that there are no players left with more than 25 caps. Some of the program’s newest defenders will get the chance to argue for their inclusion in the World Cup squad against a tough opponent.
The Americans might have an advantage because the game is at home, but it’s about as even as it gets in terms of a women’s soccer game, and it’s a fantastic tune-up for the USWNT ahead of the Cup. of the world.
Prediction: USWNT 1, Germany 1