USWNT vs. Uzbekistan: 2022 Friendly Odds, Time, Live Stream & TV Schedule | Launderer’s report
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The United States Women’s National Team meets Uzbekistan for the first time in program history on Saturday.
The USWNT hosts the Asian nation at Lower.com Field in Columbus, Ohio as part of the team’s preparations for the Women’s World Cup qualifier.
Uzbekistan is an unusual opponent for the Americans. They were one of the few nations available in the international window due to World Cup qualifying matches taking place around the world.
Vlatko Andonovski called on a mix of experienced players and rising stars for Saturday’s clash.
Andonovski’s goal over the next few months is to find the best combination of players for World Cup qualifying. Saturday’s game should give the USWNT manager some insight into young players who could be part of future rosters.
USWNT vs. Uzbekistan Info
Date: saturday april 9
Start time: 5:30 p.m. ET
Direct: FoxSports.com and the Fox Sports app
Odds: Available odds can be found on DraftKings Sportsbook.
The USWNT will use Saturday’s clash against Uzbekistan as a chance to improve internally.
Uzbekistan are 48th in the FIFA Women’s Rankings and shouldn’t offer much competition to the top-ranked Americans.
The USWNT is coming off a pair of 5-0 wins that clinched the SheBelieves Cup in February. Those victories came against New Zealand and Iceland, both of which are among the top 25 teams in the world rankings.
Vlatko Andonovski has called up three unselected players for Saturday’s game and Tuesday’s clash in Chester, Pennsylvania, which is also against Uzbekistan.
Goalkeepers Bella Bixby and Aubrey Kingsbury and defenseman Naomi Girma are the team’s uncapped players.
Midfielders Ashley Sanchez and Jaelin Howell and strikers Ashley Hatch and Trinity Rodman are worth watching as they enter the pitch on Saturday.
These four players have less than 10 international appearances and are looking to make an impact in a limited time before World Cup qualifying.
The two-game April window may also be a chance for Catarina Macario to continue her international rise.
Macario received praise from Andonovski during the pre-match press conference, according to The Athletic’s Meg Linehan:
Macario has five goals in 15 USWNT appearances, and she could be one of the top scoring sources in the next two games. The Lyon player netted a brace in the 5-0 win over Iceland which won the SheBelieves Cup.
Lindsey Horan, Rose Lavelle, Mallory Pugh and Abby Dahlkemper should receive minutes from the experienced group, but Saturday could serve a larger purpose for the USWNT.
The Americans could use a younger roster to gain confidence against a perceived much weaker opponent.
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