The U.S. women’s national looks to make it six points out of six as it takes on France on Saturday in the second group stage match at the 2016 Summer Olympics. After a 2-0 win over New Zealand on Wednesday, the U.S. could all but cement first place in the group with a win.
Here’s how to watch and what to know. Be sure to return to this story before kickoff for our live blog.
When: Saturday at 4 p.m. ET
Stream: NBC Sports Live Extra
Last time out: The U.S. beat New Zealand 2-0, while France thumped Colombia 4-0.
Last meeting: France fell to the United States 1-0 in March in the SheBelieves Cup, with Alex Morgan scoring a 91st-minute winner.
What’s at stake: A chance to secure a spot in the next round. A win would do it, while a draw would still likely be enough for each team.
A fine 2016: The USWNT is still undefeated in 2016, winning 16 times and drawing just once. 14 of the matches have been shutouts, including the win over New Zealand on Wednesday.
Injury watch: Young star Mallory Pugh of the U.S. suffered an ankle injury in the opening match but is expected to play. She’ll likely start on the bench.
What to know about France: France is the No. 3-ranked team in the world and has plenty of talent throughout its roster. Keep an eye on 28-year-old PSG striker Marie-Laure Delie. She has 63 career goals for the national team and is closing in on Marinette Pichon’s record of 81.
The US. will win if: It can improve upon its last performance by showing better quality passing in attack. The U.S. was a bit sloppy and rusty in the opener and is likely disappointed to have scored just two goals. After 90 minutes under their belts, a better, more clinical performance is expected on Saturday.
The U.S. will lose if: It takes France lightly. The European squad has quality all over its starting XI, especially from the midfield forward. The U.S. is one of the top defensive teams in the world, and having Hope Solo in goal helps immensely, but it must be weary of France’s speed and ability off set pieces.
What is the USWNT loses?: The team isn’t expected to, but they wouldn’t even be close to being eliminated with a loss.
Prediction: USA 3, France 1.