There will be a bronze medal and a valuable financial incentive on the line for the U.S. women’s national soccer team as it looks to close out its Olympic participation with a victory against Australia in the third-place match.
Both teams are coming off narrow 1-0 losses in the semifinal round. For No. 9-ranked Australia, it will be its first-ever opportunity to play for an Olympic medal. It’s also the first bronze medal game in USWNT history, given it’s used to competing for the gold (five of previous six Olympic Games).
These two teams already faced off in the final match of the group stage, drawing 0-0 for a result that was convenient for both sides to advance. Plenty of goal-scoring is expected in this bronze-medal match with Australia’s Sam Kerr looking to add to her five goals in the tournament, while 39-year-old Carli Lloyd and 36-year-old Megan Rapinoe will be hoping to make it a memorable potential final Olympic match of their career.
USWNT vs. Australia live score
USA – Megan Rapinoe – 8th min.
AUS – Sam Kerr (Caitlin Foord) – 17th min.
USA – Megan Rapinoe – 21st min.
USA – Carli Lloyd (Lindsey Horan) – 46th minute (1st HF)
(All times Eastern)
Halftime: USA 3, Australia 1
Halftime: Finally the performance everyone was expecting from the USWNT and it’s Megan Rapinoe and Carli Lloyd, two players who could be playing their last Olympic match, getting the goals. The USA has suffocated Australia with high pressure and it has triggered all three goals, including the corner kick which led to Rapinoe’s amazing Olimpico goal (directly off the corner kick).
46th min.: The USA get a third! Again, it’s the pressure creating the goal. Lindsey Horan wins it in the Aussie end and feeds Lloyd who fires home a beautiful diagonal for her 9th career Olympic goal.
43rd min.: Rapinoe goes down in the box and she wanted a penalty! But the referee doesn’t give it and video review upholds the decision. The U.S. pressure is creating opportunities.
40th min.: Australia insisting with playing the ball out of the back and they’re pinned against their own goal line by the U.S. pressure. The Matildas somehow escape the danger.
39th min.: Carli Lloyd with a shot on goal inside the box. Goalkeeper Teagan Micah stops it and the Aussies clear.
36th min.: Goalkeeper Adrianna Franch with back-to-back shaky moments in goal. She seems a bit nervy in goal in this first half. Australians want their team to take advantage:
26th min.: It’s been end-to-end in this game, both teams applying high pressure and creating chances. It has helped that the defenders and goalkeepers on both sides aren’t having their best start to a game.
21st min.: Goal USA! Another fantastic finish by Rapinoe. What a volley into the top corner on a poor clearance by Australia’s Alanna Kennedy, who kicks the ball right to her.
19th min.: Sam Kerr with another header on goal and Adrianna Franch saves this one!
17th min.: Sam Kerr scores for Australia! Mistake by the USA defense and Australia win the ball, Foord feeds Kerr in the box and ‘keeper Adrianna Franch can’t stop the shot at the near post. What a start to this one.
13th min.: Christen Press is on her game today and she creates another opportunity from the right side, cutting inside and firing at goal, but the ball is deflected for a corner. Lindsey Horan’s header on the corner kick goes high.
8th min.: Olimpico! Megan Rapinoe scores off a corner! What a goal. She curled that ball over the ‘keeper’s head and into the goal directly from the corner flag.
7th min.: Great first-time shot by Christen Press and Australia ‘keeper Teagan Micah has to come up with the big save on a ball destined for the corner.
1st min.: We’re off and Australia with the early attacking pressure.
3:59 a.m.: Carli Lloyd’s not taking the knee with her teammates has caught the attention of social media:
3:50 a.m.: This series has been a pretty one-sided affair:
3:47 a.m.: All eyes on U.S. goalkeeper Adrianna Franch, who replaces the injured Alyssa Naeher in goal.
3:43 a.m.: The USWNT attack will also be facing an Australia team playing without its best defender in Ellie Carpenter.
#USAvAUS bronze-medal game lineups are in. One big tactical thing: Christen Press starts up top for #USWNT , and Clare Polkinghorne replaces suspended Ellie Carpenter in the Matildas’ back three. Huge speed trade-off there. Can the U.S.’ front three finally click and exploit it? pic.twitter.com/n84KtyQlz2
— Jeff Kassouf (@JeffKassouf) August 5, 2021
3:41 a.m.: Stephanie Catley will be playing deeper on defense for the Matildas against the USWNT. That’s a good thing for the USA:
3:30 a.m.: A glimpse at the warmups:
2:46 a.m.: It’s the final U.S. starting XI of these Olympics:
USWNT vs. Australia starting lineups
U.S. head coach Vlatko Andonovski will give Megan Rapinoe and Carli Lloyd what could be their final start at an Olympic Games. He gives Rose Lavelle a break in midfield, with Sam Mewis taking her place. The back line is the same one that started the semifinal against Canada with Adrianna Franch taking over for the injured Alyssa Naeher in goal.
Australia play the same lineup that lost to Sweden in the semifinals, except for defender Claire Polkinghorne coming into the XI in place of the suspended Ellie Carpenter , who was red carded in the closing stages of the previous match. Polkinghorne will likely play in the middle of a back three with Alanna Kennedy sliding over to fill in for Carpenter on the right side of the defensive line.
Starters (4-3-3, left to right): 18-Adrianna Franch-GK — 2-Crystal Dunn, 12-Tierna Davidson, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 5-Kelley O’Hara — 9-Lindsey Horan, 8-Julie Ertz, 3-Samantha Mewis — 15-Megan Rapinoe, 10-Carli Lloyd, 11-Christen Press
Substitutes: 22-Jane Campbell-GK, 17-Abby Dahlkemper, 14-Emily Sonnett, 16-Rose Lavelle, 6-Kristie Mewis, 7-Tobin Heath, 13-Alex Morgan
Sitting out: 1-Alyssa Naeher (injured), 20-Casey Krueger, 19-Catarina Macario, 21-Lynn Williams
Starters (3-4-3, left to right): 18-Teagan Micah-GK — 7-Steph Catley, 4-Clare Polkinghorne, 14-Alanna Kennedy — 13-Tameka Yallop, 6-Chloe Logarzo, 10-Emily van Egmond, 16-Hayley Raso — 9-Caitlin Foord, 2-Sam Kerr, 17-Kyah Simon
Substitutes: 1-Lydia Williams, 5-Aivi Luik, 21-Laura Brock, 3-Kyra Cooney-Cross, 19-Courtney Nevin, 15-Emily Gielnik, 11-Mary Fowler
Sitting out: 22-Mackenzie Arnold-GK, 12-Ellie Carpenter (suspended), 8-Elise Kellond-Knight, 20-Charlotte Grant
How to watch USWNT vs. Australia bronze medal game
- Date: Thursday, Aug. 5
- Time: 4 a.m. ET
- TV Channels: USA Network
- Spanish-language TV: Telemundo
- Streaming: fuboTV , NBCOlympics.com, TelemundoDeportes.com, NBC Sports app and Telemundo Deportes app (with user authentication)
The USA vs. Australia bronze medal match will air live on USA Network and Telemundo at 4 a.m. ET. Both networks are available to stream on fuboTV (free 7-day trial) .
All soccer matches are also streamed in the USA on NBCOlympics.com, TelemundoDeportes.com, NBC Sports app and the Telemundo Deportes app — all with user authentication.
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