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The U.S. Women’s National Team’s World Cup-opening game against Vietnam was somewhat underwhelming in terms of the team’s overall performance against a weaker opponent.

The 3-0 victory served its purpose for the Americans, since getting a win was what mattered most. However, the USWNT had higher expectations and hoped to beat Vietnam in a more convincing manner than the way the game unfolded. After all, the Americans are two-time defending world champions, and Vietnam is considered a very heavy underdog at the Women’s World Cup.

The Vietnamese did a great job disrupting the USWNT’s game plan. Oddsmakers expected the U.S. women to score close to seven goals against Vietnam, which is how they have typically routed weaker teams when making tournament-opening statements in the past. In its 2019 Women’s World Cup opener against Thailand, the USWNT coasted to a 13-0 cakewalk against the world’s 34th ranked team

The opener against Vietnam offered the Americans another chance to make a statement and reassert themselves as the best team in the world. In similar fashion to Thailand four years ago, the Vietnamese were ranked 32nd in the world and faced odds of over +60000 to win the game.

Vietnam’s players got up-close-and-personal with the USWNT for the full 90 minutes, throwing themselves into tackles and constantly breaking up the play to make each USA possession look a bit clunky.

Sophia Smith was the brightest spark for the USWNT starting lineup, proving once again that she is deadly in front of the opposition’s goal. Her second goal against Vietnam involved some luck, but her finish on the opening goal -- slotting a left-footed drive between the legs of Vietnam’s goalkeeper -- confirmed the pre-tournament expectations for her. She was my pick to win the Golden Boot, and she certainly looked like the USA’s most dangerous threat in the team’s first game.

Their opening performance might not have been the best it could put together, but the USWNT must swiftly shift its focus to the Netherlands. The Americans’ schedule requires them to face two of Europe's top soccer nations in their remaining group stage games. So, let's turn our attention to the next challenger.

The game against the Netherlands will be the U.S. women’s second of three Group E matches. We have some free women’s soccer picks to offer, so if you’re betting on the Women’s World Cup, everything you need to know about this game can be found right here.

USA (W) vs. Netherlands (W) Odds

Moneyline: USA -135 | Draw +260 | Netherlands +360
1st Goal: USA -205 | No Goal +850 | Netherlands +170
Both teams to score: Yes -110, No -125
Draw No Bet: USA -350 | Netherlands +235
Double Chance: USA or Draw -550 | USA or Netherlands -380 | Draw or Netherlands +105
Total Goals: 1.5: Over -325 | Under +210
Total Goals: 2.5: Over +110 | Under -150
Total Goals: 3.5: Over +275 | Under -450
Total Goals: 4.5: Over +600 | Under -1750

The 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup odds for this game have the USWNT as the favorite to win, but this is expected to be a much closer affair than the team’s opener against Vietnam. The Dutch pose a genuine threat, so this will be one of this year’s American squad’s toughest Women’s World Cup games.

USWNT vs. Netherlands Preview

Date: Wednesday, July 26 (in North America) (Note: July 27 in New Zealand)
9 p.m. ET
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The United States is set to face its toughest challenge of the 2023 Women’s World Cup group stage when it faces the Netherlands in a rematch of the 2019 World Cup final. Four years ago, the Dutch were the reigning European champions, and the final was a closely-contested match tied after more than 60 minutes before the U.S. women eventually emerged as champions.

In their Group E opener, the 2023 Americans beat Vietnam 3-0. The following day, in the group’s other first game, the Netherlands defeated Portugal 1-0.

The Netherlands was by far the more dangerous team in its opener, and the Dutch got on the board early after threatening inside the box. As her team launched a corner kick, defender Stefanie van der Gragt waited at the back post and sent a header the across goal line for a 1-0 lead.

Throughout its victory, the Dutch team generated several prime scoring chances, including a wide-open header that narrowly missed the target and a one-on-one opportunity late in the second half that came in too close to the goalkeeper.

The Netherlands looked far more comfortable in its overall team play than the USA did in the first games of this competition, and that could be a problem for the Americans. The passing and movement of the Netherlands as a unit made the Dutch dangerous throughout their opener, and Portugal was lucky to escape having allowed just one goal.

This matchup is crucial for the U.S. women because a win would all but clinch the top spot in Group E -- barring a slip-up against Portugal, of course -- while a loss would put the Netherlands in the driver’s seat. If that happens, the USWNT’s World Cup roster will face a much more difficult road to the final.

So, for the U.S., this is a must-win game against a very talented team, and one of the toughest the USWNT will face in this year's competition. This is already one of the most highly anticipated games at the 2023 Women’s World Cup tournament, and it's almost certain to deliver on its entertainment potential.

USWNT vs. Netherlands Lineups & Injuries

The Netherlands entered this tournament without star striker Vivianne Miedema of Arsenal, who is out with a torn ACL. Had she been able to play in the opener, the Netherlands might have beaten Portugal by three or four goals.

The Americans are also missing several important members of their roster at this year’s Women’s World Cup. That group includes forward Mallory Swanson and midfielder Catarina Macario, as well as the experienced Becky Sauerbrunn at the back. 

On the flipside, both Megan Rapinoe and Rose Lavelle were able to play for the U.S. despite pre-tournament reporting that they were questionable for the match against Vietnam. Both players came off the bench in the opener, and it appears the two will have a bigger impact on this tournament as the games progress.

USA vs. Netherlands Predictions and Pick

Anytime Goalscorer

While some questions were raised regarding the chemistry of this year’s USWNT lineup during the build-up to the World Cup tournament, one thing was clear: Sophia Smith is without a doubt the team’s main scoring threat.

Smith makes the most dangerous runs and looks the most threatening in front of the goal. Her recent outstanding domestic play for the NWSL’s Portland Thorns carried over to the World Cup opener against Vietnam.

The Netherlands won’t allow as many scoring chances as Vietnam, and the Dutch won’t be as sloppy at the back either. It will therefore be crucial that the USWNT take advantage of scoring chances whenever they arise. Sophia Smith can absolutely do that, so I’m backing her to score in this one.

The Pick: Sophia Smith to score anytime (+170)

Both Teams to Score

Vietnam’s approach on offense in the USWNT opener was a little unorthodox. The Vietnamese picked the ball up a couple of times and looked to advance, but they didn’t have enough talent to pierce the USA’s back line or manage a single shot on goal.

In fact, Vietnam didn’t attempt any shots during the entire game. U.S. goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher had a very quiet day in her team’s opener, but that likely won’t be the case against the Netherlands.

The USWNT is going to have a very different experience in its second 2023 World Cup game. Both the Americans and Dutch have offensive firepower and the ability to move the ball forward. In the opening games, the Netherlands looked more comfortable than the U.S. when it came to moving the ball up the field, and the Dutch were able to do it against a stronger opponent.

This might be a tight game, but I’m picking both teams to score as they tussle for three points that offer the winner an all-important advantage going into the final group game.

The Pick: Both Teams to Score - Yes (-110)

Total Goals

Those watching this game live in Wellington, New Zealand, are going to have a fun evening on Wednesday (Tuesday night in the U.S.). What could really open this game up and give viewers even greater entertainment would be an early goal by either team.

If one team grabs an early lead, the game will be blown wide open, especially since both the U.S. and Netherlands know how important it is to win this one.

Given how the group schedule is set up, the Americans and Dutch must go all-out for a victory in this match. It’s the toughest test for both teams, and its winner will likely finish first in Group E.

So, let's look forward to a thrilling match, filled with plenty of action and the potential for numerous goals as we offer up our World Cup group-stage predictions for this game.

The Pick: Over 2.5 goals (+110)

Best USA vs. Netherlands Same-Game Parlay Picks

Together in a parlay, these three women’s World Cup picks combine for a fun betting opportunity at +400 odds.

Anytime Goalscorer

SGP Pick: Sophia Smith to score anytime (+170)

Both teams to score

SGP Picks: Both teams to score - yes (-110)

Total goals

SGP Picks: Over 2.5 goals scored (+110)

Same Game Parlay odds: +400

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