USA vs Thailand

USA vs Thailand: The U.S. Women’s National Team opens its defense of the World Cup title with a match against Thailand on Tuesday in Reims, and for the first time since 2003 the team will not have Hope Solo in goal. Alyssa Naeher, a 31-year-old who has 24 cleansheets in 45 appearances with the USWNT, is taking over for Solo, who had her national team contract terminated after the 2016 Olympics.

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The United States has a deep and talented front line. The team starts Tobin Heath, Alex Morgan and Megan Rapinoe — three of the world’s top attackers who are arguably in the best form of their careers. Moreover, the three are healthy going into Tuesday’s game, a luxury the USWNT largely hasn’t had. Since the start of 2018, the trio has started together in just 11 of 29 matches.


Thailand forward Suchawadee Nildhamrong is a proven goal scorer. The former standout from Cal, who is better known as Miranda Nild, Nildhamrong earned the Golden Bears’ Offensive Player of the Year award as a junior and scored 13 goals in her time at Berkeley. She also scored twice in the Women’s Asian Cup. Nildhamrong and her teammates will be facing a United States goalkeeper, Alyssa Naeher, who will be playing in her first major international tournament.