USA women's soccer fans can watch live online as the team faces Australia to open its campaign for the 2015 FIFA World Cup — a victory which would be the third for the USA since the tournament began in 1991, but the first for this current group of American women. Despite winning three straight Olympic gold medals, the USA has not taken home a World Cup since 1999.
To find out how to watch live online and see if the USA vs. Australia match marks a successful beginning to the American Women's World Cup run, see the information at the bottom of this article. Kickoff on Monday, June 8, is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Eastern Time, 4:30 p.m. Pacific at Investors Group Field in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
The USA suffered either a heartbreaking defeat or a massive choke job, depending on one's point of view, in the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup Final, losing to an underdog Japan team who held the USA to a 1-1 draw, only to triumph when the Americans missed three shots in the penalty kick shootout.
The USA team was sent packing in the semifinals in both 2007 and 2003. That means not only will the American women enter the 2015 tournament with a serious chip on their collective shoulder, but they'll have the added motivation of trying to finally capture a coveted World Cup for their star striker and leader Abby Wambach, who, at 35, is playing in her final World Cup competition after a career that saw her become the leading goal scorer in international football history — in either the men's or women's game.
The USA enters Monday's tournament opener against Australia with a couple of significant question marks, however.
First, will the injured right knee of superstar striker Alex Morgan hold up?
"I've been doing a lot better, and I'm still day to day... once June 8 comes, there's no question in my mind my knee won't be bothering me. I'm going to be 100 percent."Also, new revelations emerging over the weekend about last year's domestic violence arrest of goalie Hope Solo cast a dark shadow over the team. Solo, 33, hid from reporters rather than attend Sunday's media availability, but Wambach insisted that the team had created a "bubble" to shut out any such distractions.
But whether persistent questions about Solo ultimately puncture that bubble is a question that will be answered only in the field.
To watch the USA vs. Australia FIFA Women's World Cup match live online from Winnipeg, go to Fox Sports Go at this link, or pay for a subscription to Fox Soccer2Go, available at this link. The Spanish-language live online stream will be carried by NBC Sports Live Extra, which may be accessed at this link.
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