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USWNT vs. Costa Rica live stream: Concacaf W Championship semifinal, how to watch online, TV info, date, news

The United States women’s national team will face Costa Rica in the semifinal round of the Concacaf W Championship on Thursday. The USWNT and Costa Rica have already clinched their spots in the upcoming 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup but are still playing for a chance to compete in the Championship final with qualification spots in the Olympics and Gold Cup on the line. 

The Concacaf W Championship serves as World Cup, Olympic and Gold Cup qualifying all rolled into one competition. The top four teams across two groups qualified for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, and the winner of the tournament will earn a place in 2024 Olympic Games in Paris and the 2024 Gold Cup. 

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Here’s our storylines, how you can watch the match and more:

How to watch and odds

Game: Concacaf W Championship semifinal

Date: Thursday, July 14 | Time: 7 p.m. ET

Location: Estadio Universitario — Nuevo León, Mexico

TV and live stream: Paramount+ 

Storylines

United States: With their World Cup spot already clinched, the team now shifts their focus towards qualification for the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris and the 2024 Gold Cup. A win against Costa Rica would mean the team is one step closer to their other objectives, winning the tournament and earning a place in additional competitions. 

The Concacaf W Championship group stage provided lots of looks at many players ahead of the knockout rounds. Player rotation has been a staple of head coach Vlatko Andonovksi throughout the tournament, partially in effort to keep the team fresh, avoid injuries and get to examine nearly all of his roster. Rose Lavelle was on the receiving end of a crushing late-game tackle during the final group match against Mexico, but finished the game as the USWNT won, 1-0. There is a possibility she may be unavailable or on limited minutes, but the scenario is not unfamiliar for the USWNT, as the team has been navigating various lingering injuries. The team made a roster adjustment, pulling Ashley Hatch from the tournament with a back injury, calling in Sam Coffey as an extra player. The move was not similar positionally as Hatch is a center forward and Coffey a center defensive mid. Expect the more experienced players to have a role in the knockout match against Costa Rica.

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Costa Rica: Head coach Amelia Valverde and her side have clinched their place in the 2023 World Cup already, returning to the tournament after making their debut in 2015 and missing out in 2019. The team have never participated in an Olympic Games in their program’s history, and they’ll be motivated by the opportunity in front of them.

Despite the possibility, Las Ticas have struggled against the USWNT, losing all 16 of their previous matches. The most recent game against the USWNT was in February 2020 during Olympic qualifying, where Costa Rica were defeated 6-0. They could take a page out of Mexico’s playbook, where La Tri held the USWNT scoreless for 89 minutes during their final group match, but they will need to take their chances when possible. Look for Katherine Alvarado to try and make an impact for the team as the Costa Rican captain has two goals for the team this tournament and has the ability to connect with teammates as well with three assists during the group stage.

USWNT vs. Costa Rica prediction

The team has unbelievable depth and has shown no matter the personnel among the matchday roster, they are more than capable of defeating Concacaf opposition in front of them. The red, white and blue roll. Prediction: USWNT 4, Costa Rica 0

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