The Wellington Regional Stadium will host the USA vs Netherlands match on Thursday. This will be nothing but a rematch of the 2019 Women's World Cup final. The USA started their Women's World Cup 2023 campaign with a comfortable 3-0 win over Vietnam, while the Dutch managed to edge out Portugal. USA have now recorded 10 consecutive victories, scoring 24 goals, and only conceded on two occasions. They have also won 14 and drawn one of their previous 15 World Cup games. The last time they faced defeat in the World Cup was against Japan in the 2011 final on penalties.
Meanwhile, The Netherlands started their campaign with a narrow victory over Portugal with the help of Stephanie van der Gragt's 13th-minute goal. After recording a third consecutive victory, the Netherlands will now prepare for a difficult test against the defending champions. They lost to the reigning Champions by 2-0 in the Final of 2019. They would like to give them back what they received last time. For that, Andries Jonker's team has to come up with the best they can.
USA boss Vlatko Andonovski will most likely name an unchanged lineup for Matchday Two. Horan picked up a yellow card in their last match against Vietnam. She will have to protect herself and the team at the same time. Alex Morgan was unable to convert from the penalty spot in the first half of Saturday's encounter, but she will have her chance to open her copy against the Netherlands on Thursday. The USA will be confident of continuing their brilliant form. They have lost just one of their 25 group-stage matches at the World Cup finals.
The USA earned a 3-0 win against Vietnam in the team's opening match of the tournament. The victory was led by a brace from forward Sophia Smith and a goal from skipper Lindsey Horan. The USA Captain scored her first goal of the World Cup. They dominated the match and had enough excellent looks at goal to more than double the scoreline. Smith became the second-youngest player in USWNT history to score multiple goals in a World Cup match. She also became the first player to score multiple goals at this year's tournament.
Netherlands boss Andries Jonker would like to maintain consistency and name an unchanged starting XI. Daphne van Domselaar will have a busy day for sure in goal. She will be protected by the back three of Sherida Spitse, Dominique Janssen, and Van der Gragt. Lineth Beerensteyn is in fine form. She scored 11 goals in the Serie A for Juventus. Lineth will look to bring her club form onto the international stage alongside Lieke Martens.
The Netherlands are looking prepared this time for the tough test that awaits them. They will at least be confident of troubling the scorers after finding the net in six of their seven group games at the World Cup finals. The back three of Sherida Spitse, Dominique Janssen, and Van der Gragt will have to be at their career best as the USA attack can cause some serious trouble on a stage like this. Van Domselaar just has to play the game she played in the last game or maybe more than that.
This will be the second time, the USA and Netherlands will have a face-off at the World Cup and the first since meeting in the final of the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup in France. The USA won that final by 2-0 with the help of Megan Rapinoe and Rose Lavelle.
They have played 10 times previously and this is their third meeting at a major tournament. The USA have an overall lead with eight wins, one draw, and one loss (8W-1D-1L). The only defeat to the Dutch came in during the first matchup between the teams in 1991 by 4-3. Since then, the USA is unbeaten in its last nine games against the Netherlands
USA Women's possible starting lineup:
Naeher; Fox, Ertz, Girma, Dunn; Demelo, Sullivan, Horan; Rodman, Smith, Morgan
Netherlands Women's possible starting lineup:
Van Domselaar; Spitse, Van der Gragt, Janssen; Pelova, Roord, Groenen, Van de Donk, Brugts; Beerensteyn, Martens