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Women’s World Cup Day 5 open thread: Groups E & F play on, TV schedule, and links

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United States finally opens World Cup play against Thailand - with New Zealand, Netherlands, Chile, Sweden joining the fray

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We’ve made it to Matchday 5! Group E continues their play with New Zealand and the Netherlands, while Group F finally begins their World Cup journeys as Chile, Sweden, Thailand, and the United States all play today.

In the first of three games taking place today New Zealand’s Football Ferns take on European Champions, the Netherlands. While New Zealand’s prior World Cup experiences haven’t seen them win a match or advance through group stages, they look poised to break that streak this time around but the Netherlands won’t make it easy in the first match with players like Shanice Van De Sanden and Lieke Martens.

Second game of the day has Group E opening up play with Chile facing off against Sweden. Chile’s Women’s National Team is playing in their first World Cup ever where Goalkeeper Christiane Endler could have an impact this match. Sweden are a team coming in with a long World Cup history, captained by their veteran midfielder, Caroline Seger.

Matchday 5 has a grand finale that features the defending champions the United States facing off against Thailand. The USWNT will have one of the best front lines in the tournament with Megan Rapinoe, Alex Morgan, and Tobin Heath. Thailand will likely rely on Suchawadee Nildhamrong, otherwise known as Miranda Nild to those who know her from her NCAA days with UC Berkley.

How To Watch

Match 1

Who: New Zealand vs Netherlands

Where: Stade Oceane, Le Havre

When: 9 a.m. ET

TV: FS1

Stream: Free Fubo TV trial

Match 2

Who: Chile vs Sweden

Where: Roazhon Park, Rennes

When: 12 p.m. ET

TV: FS1

Stream: Free Fubo TV trial

Match 3

Who: United States vs Thailand

Where: Stade Auguste Delaune, Reims

When: 3 p.m. ET

TV: FOX

Stream: Free Fubo TV trial

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Open Thread

This is also your discussion thread for Matchday 5! Are you excited for today? Who do you think will win? Do you think there will be an upset today? Make sure you leave your thoughts in the comments below!