HWC2018: USA Women's National Team geared up for their Vitality Hockey Women's World Cup campaign
Photo Credits : USA Field Hockey
LONDON, England – July 18, 2018 – After an intense training regimen, several test matches and hours of film, it all comes down to these next two weeks. The U.S. Women’s National Team are gearing up for their Vitality Hockey Women’s World Cup journey to begin in three days time. As final preparations are underway, here’s how USA’s World Cup venture looks coming in to the Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre in London.

 

Potential for USA

USA’s goal of finishing better than their previous World Cup appearance has been head coach Janneke Schopman and the team’s goal since punching their ticket to London back at the FIH Hockey World League Semifinal in Johannesburg, South Africa. The team entered the 2014 World Cup as the 10th seed of 12 and placed fourth in that tournament. Despite the low seeding, USA sailed through pool play one game after another before ultimately claiming the top spot in their pool with a record of 4-0-1, totaling 13 points ahead of Argentina, and advancing to the semifinals.

Currently sitting as FIH Hero World Ranked No. 7, USA enters competition experienced and well trained after spending the first half of the year playing several test series against potential World Cup opponents. They sit in Pool B alongside host nation No. 2 England, No. 10 India and No. 16 Ireland. Should history remain on their side, the red, white and blue is eying a first place finish in their respective pool before heading to crossover play.

USWNT’s Vitality Hockey Women’s World Cup Pool Play Schedule:

Date Match Time :

Saturday, July 21 USA vs. Ireland 1:00 p.m. ET
Wednesday, July 25 USA vs. England 3:00 p.m. ET
Sunday, July 29 USA vs. India 12:00 p.m. ET

Scenarios

USA has a strong chance of advancing out of pool play. The top three teams from each of the four pools will advance to the next round, with the second and third place finishers playing against each other for a spot in the quarterfinals. Top place finishers however will advance directly to the quarterfinals, meaning one less game played. USA’s return to the semifinals would be that much easier should they win all three of their pool play matches. That scenario would set USA up against the winner of Pool A No.2 and Pool B No.3.

If USA finishes second in Pool B, they would match up in crossover play with the third place finisher from Pool A, which consists of No.1 The Netherlands, No.8 China, No.9 South Korea and No.17 Italy. The winner would advance to the quarterfinal against the top seeded team from Pool A.

If USA finishes third in Pool B, they would play in a playoff crossover against the second seeded team from Pool A. The winner of this playoff game would advance to the quarterfinal against the top seeded team from Pool B.

Event Program

Stay up to date with everything at the Vitality Hockey Women’s World Cup has to offer. Whether you need to know about the event, view the schedule or results, or read all news stories related to the event, access the Vitality Hockey Women’s World Cup Event Program on either a desktop or mobile device. On a mobile device, head to usafieldhockey.com, then in the upper left-hand corner, click the three horizontal lines and choose Events. #HWC2018

Tune in Via Live Stream

Don’t miss a second of action from London! BT Sport will produce one single program each day. This will give viewers the opportunity to watch all of the action from the very first match of the day until the very last match. This provides fans with non-stop hockey coverage, with all of the match action supplemented by in-depth analysis from the BT Sport team led by Chris Hollins and Sam Quek with Kate and Helen Richardson-Walsh, Crista Cullen, Mel Clewlow and Simon Mason plus features on athletes, coaches and the sport in general.

Watch all of USA’s matches, and the entire Vitality Hockey Women’s World Cup, on online live stream on Bleacher Report Live.

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