The United States women's national team wants nothing more than to follow up last year's World Cup triumph than by winning gold this summer at the Olympics. But first the team must qualify. Under new coach Vlatko Andonovski, that journey begins on Tuesday night against Haiti in the 2020 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Championship in the United States.
The United States is in Group A, joined by Haiti, Costa Rica and Panama. There are two groups of four and a semifinal and final round. The two teams that make the Feb. 9 final qualify for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. The USWNT is the overwhelming favorite to win CONCACAF qualifying.
Here's how you can watch the match and what to know:
USWNT vs. Haiti
- Date: Tuesday, Jan. 28
- Time: 8:30 p.m. ET
- Location: BBVA Stadium in Houston
- TV channel: FS2
- Streaming: fuboTV (Try for free)
USWNT: This squad looks a lot like the team that conquered the world in France last year, with one glaring omission in superstar striker Alex Morgan. That's becauseand her first child is due in April. In her place we may see Carli Lloyd play a bit more up top or possibly just Christen Press joining the likes of Megan Rapinoe and Tobin Heath. Regardless, without Morgan, this is a competition the U.S. should still win easily.
Haiti: This is an uphill battle for Haiti, but the team looked good in the first round of qualifying and is coming off of a momentum-producing 1-1 draw against Canada just over a week ago. The focus has to be defense first against this U.S. side, but they'll also need a little bit of luck to keep it respectable.
USWNT vs. Haiti prediction
A four-goal first half sets the U.S. up for an easy victory.
Pick: USWNT 6, Haiti 0