Both coming off two-goal victories on the first day of the 2018 Tournament of Nations, the United States and Australia meet Sunday inside Pratt & Whitney Stadium in East Hartford.
The match is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. ET and will be broadcast nationally on Fox Sports 1. If you don’t have cable or can’t get to a TV, you can watch a live stream of the game (or DVR it) on your computer, phone or streaming device by signing up for one of the following cable-free, live-TV streaming services:
Fox Sports 1 is included in the main “Fubo Premier” channel package, which is largely tailored towards sports fans. You can sign up for a free 7-day trial right here, and you can then watch the game live on your computer via the FuboTV website, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the FuboTV app.
If you can’t watch live, FuboTV comes with 30 hours of Cloud DVR (with the ability to upgrade to 500 hours), as well as a “72-Hour Lookback” feature, which allows you to watch the game up to three days after it airs even if you forgot to record it.
In addition to a Netflix-like on-demand streaming library, Hulu also offers a bundle of live TV channels, including Fox Sports 1. You can sign up for “Hulu with Live TV” right here, and you can then watch the game live on your computer via the Hulu website, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the Hulu app.
If you can’t watch live, “Hulu with Live TV” also comes with 50 hours of Cloud DVR storage (with the ability to upgrade to “Enhanced Cloud DVR,” which gives you 200 hours of DVR space and the ability to fast forward through commercials).
Fox Sports 1 is included in the “Sling Blue” package. You can sign up for a free 7-day trial, and you can then watch the fights live on your computer via the Sling TV website, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the Sling TV app.
If you can’t watch live, you can get 50 hours of cloud DVR storage as an additional add-on.
In the opener against Japan, the United States looked dangerous in the attack. Christen Press and Tobin Heath were playmakers in the midfield, Alex Morgan was a poacher in front of goal on her way to a hat trick before the game even hit the hour-mark, and Megan Rapinoe had a nice (and a little lucky) 1-2 with Rose Lavelle for the team’s fourth goal.
Defensively, though, things weren’t nearly as pretty. With a somewhat inexperienced back line (goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher made just her 30th national team appearance, while defenders Emily Sonnett, Abby Dahlkemper and Tierna Davidson are all at 20 or fewer), the Americans made some mistakes and easily could have given up more than the two goals they allowed.
They may not be able to afford the same kind of defensive effort when they go up against Australia, who scored three against Brazil in their opener. The first came via an own goal, while Tameka Butt and Samantha Kerr found the back of the net to cap off the dominant win.
The last time these teams met was at last year’s Tournament of Nations, with Australia springing the 1-0 upset victory in Seattle en route to winning the tournament. Jill Ellis’ squad, which is undefeated since that loss (15-2-0), will welcome the chance for revenge on Sunday night, but if the opener was any indication, the Matildas aren’t going to make it easy.