The United States faces Russia head-to-head — on a women’s soccer field on Sunday, when the second international friendly between the two national teams will live stream from Houston, Texas, after Team USA sent a clear message to the Russians on Friday in the first of the two-game friendly series, dominating by a 4-0 score.
Though called a “friendly” because the match is not part of an internationally recognized tournament or league — essentially an exhibition game — both United States vs. Russia matches take place in a politically charged atmosphere as the global rivalry between the two countries has reached Cold War levels over the past year. Russia has ben accused of tampering with the 2016 presidential election, helping to put Donald Trump in the White House. Moreover, on Friday, the United States launched a missile attack against an airbase in Syria, a key Russian ally, angering the Russian government.
However, if politics carried over onto the pitch, it wasn’t evident in Thursday’s match as 24-year-old Crystal Dunn and 29-year-old veteran Allie Long each found the back of the net twice to propel the United States side easily past the visiting Russia team.
To find out how to watch a live stream of the second United States vs. Russia international friendly women’s soccer game, see the streaming information at the bottom of this article. Kickoff is scheduled for 2 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, 11 a.m Pacific, on Sunday, April 9, at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston, Texas.
Watch highlights of the Team USA blanking of Russia in the video below.
The United States, who are reigning Women’s World Cup champions, currently rank second in the world on the FIFA charts. Russia, on the other hand, stands at Number 25.
Russia has lost four matches in a row coming into Sunday’s match, and need some sort of confidence builder before the 2017 Women’s UEFA European Championships. The United States snapped a two-match losing streak with Friday’s resounding victory, after falling to both England and France last month.
However, the USA women should have something to celebrate, reaching a new collective bargaining agreement with the U.S. Soccer Federation on Wednesday that boosts the players’ pay and guarantees better travel conditions — keeping the players under contract through the 2019 World Cup and 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Can the United States Women’s National Team dominate their visitors in the second of two politically charged friendly soccer matches on Sunday? Alternatively, will Russia snap their four-match losing streak and send a clear message to Team USA that they can be beaten even by the 25th-ranked side in the world? To find out, watch the United States vs. Russia women’s soccer international friendly match live stream online from the 22,000-seat BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston, Texas, with streaming video provided by WatchESPN at this link, or by downloading either the WatchESPN or ESPN app to watch a live stream on mobile devices. WatchESPN also streams live on the Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Roku, and other set-top streaming devices, allowing fans to watch the Rockets vs. Warriors showdown streaming live to their TV sets.
As an alternative, for fans who are unable to access WatchESPN (which requires login credentials), the Sling TV basic internet TV package offers ESPN, including the United States vs. Russia women’s soccer game, and offers a seven-day free trial. To sign up, visit this link.
Other “over the top” internet TV services also offer ESPN — including the United States vs. Russia international friendly — and come with a free trial as well, including Playstation Vue which may be accessed at this link, and DirecTV Now at this link.
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