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2019 Women’s World Cup: USA vs. Chile

The USWNT plays their second match in Group play today.

USA v Thailand: Group F - 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup France
Former Bruin Abby Dahlkemper passes the ball during Team USA’s opening match against Thailand.
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The US Women’s National Team opened the 2019 Women’s World Cup with a 13-0 win over Thailand. While some people have been critical of the US team for “running up the score,” it’s important to remember that, in the Group Stage, goal differential is used as a tiebreaker in the event that teams have identical records. After being off since that game, Team USA returns to action today with a match against Chile at 9 am PT on Fox.

Team USA features three players who are former Bruins. Both Abby Dahlkemper and Samantha Mewis played in Westwood from 2011 until 2014 while Mallory Pugh’s stay was rather brief. She enrolled at UCLA in January 2017 and opted to go pro after just three Spring games. So, technically, she never played a minute for the Bruins during the regular season.

Of course, Team USA’s head coach is former UCLA head coach Jill Ellis and BJ Snow, who replaced Ellis as the Bruins’ head coach in 2011, is the team’s Director of Talent Identification.

Like the USWNT, Chile also played their first game on Tuesday, losing to Sweden, 2-0. Frankly, given the strength of the USWNT, today’s contest doesn’t look like much of a matchup. In fact, I think that it will be another big win for the US, but not as big a win as the team had over Thailand.

I’m going to go out on a limb here and predict a 6-0 win for the US today.

This is your USWNT vs. Chile Women’s World Cup open thread.

Go Bruins!