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After four days of FIFA Women’s World Cup action, the defending champions finally take the field.
It’s finally here! On the fifth day of play in the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup, the United States, defending champions and one of the favorites to lift the trophy on July 7, will begin their campaign against Thailand. The Group F opener provides the U.S. with an opponent they should beat. (Thailand is 33 rungs down the FIFA World Rankings from the Americans, and they have a string of five losses in recent international competition including World Cup teams France, Nigeria, and Italy.) But the Chaba Kaew does bring considerable international experience to the table, debuting in the 2015 WWC and just missing out on the Round of 16.
Here’s everything you need to know to watch the United States vs. Thailand at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
United States vs. Thailand
- When: 3pm ET, Tuesday, June 11
- Where: Stade Auguste Delaune in Reims, France
- Streaming: Fox
2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup live stream: Watch U.S. vs. Thailand for free
Each of the following services carries Fox, providing a one-week trial and therefore an easy way to watch U.S. vs. Thailand at the 2019 Women’s World Cup for free.
1) Sling TV
- Sling TV pricing: $25-$40 per month (after a 7-day free trial)
- Sling TV devices: Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV, Apple TV, Android TV, Roku, Xbox One, Google Chromecast, Oculus Go, Microsoft Edge, and iOS and Android devices
- Sling TV local channels: NBC, Fox (check your local availability here)
Sling TV provides two base channel package options, each priced at $25 per month. Sling Orange includes three ESPN channels, while Sling Blue includes sports channels like NFL Network, FS1 and FS2 (where much of the Women’s World Cup action will be), NBCSN, and local channels. If you’re Team “Why Not Both,” Sling Orange + Blue combines the two for just $40 per month. To add beIN SPORTS and maximize your soccer-watching potential, you’ll want to add either Sports Extra: Sling Orange ($5 per month) or Sports Extra: Sling Blue ($10 per month). (The latter also includes NFL RedZone.)
Spanish-speaking viewers have quite a few options. For bilingual families, you might consider the Español: Best of Spanish TV package for either Sling Orange or Sling Blue for 24/7 specialty channel LaLiga TV and beIN SPORTS Connect: Channels 4-9, which features matches from LaLiga, Ligue 1 and Copa del Rey, among others. Both packages cost $5 per month after your free trial. Sling TV Latino is another Spanish-language package for $10 per month, including NBC Universo, History en Español, and—of import to soccer fans—four beIN SPORTS channels. (And choosing Sling TV Latino + Sling Orange for $30 per month gives you access to ESPN Deportes.) For more information, check out our guide to Sling TV channels and our Sling TV review.
- Cost: $44.99 for the first month, $54.99 per month thereafter (after a 7-day free trial)
- FuboTV devices: Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV, Android TV, iOS and Android devices
- FuboTV local channels: Fox, NBC, CBS (check local availability here)
FuboTV is a solid TV streaming service option, whether your tastes run to entertainment (AMC, Syfy, FX), news (MSNBC, CNN), or sports (NBA TV, NFL Network). If you’re a soccer fan, however, it will appear tailor-made for you, with 10 beIN SPORTS channels, NBCSN, FS1, FS2, UniMás, and Champions League actions via TNT all on tap. And for the Women’s World Cup, it’s especially strong, promising to stream each match in 4K. If you can’t watch a match live, FuboTV offers a three-day replay for each match and 30 hours of cloud DVR. (Check out the complete FuboTV channels list and our FuboTV review.)
FuboTV also has bilingual families in mind; each subscription comes with UniMás, Galavisión, NBC Universo, beIN SPORTS, Univision, and Fox Deportes. An extra $7.99 per month will bring you Latino Plus, which includes CNN en Español and TyC Sports among its offerings.
- Cost: $44.99-$79.99 per month (after a 7-day free trial)
- PlayStation Vue devices: PlayStation 3 and 4, Roku, Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV, Google Chromecast, Kodi, iOS and Android devices
- PlayStation Vue local channels: NBC, Fox, ABC, CBS (enter your ZIP code here to check your availability)
PlayStation Vue is a fantastic option for soccer fans who already own a PlayStation console, but this streaming platform is available on a variety of devices. FS1 and FS2 are part of the Core package of channels that offer soccer and other sports programming, and the options increase at the Elite, and Ultra levels.
- Cost: $44.99 per month (after a 7-day free trial)
- Hulu devices: Roku, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Nintendo Switch, and iOS and Android devices
- Hulu local channels: ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, the CW (check your local availability here)
Hulu with Live TV includes sports programming among its broad spectrum of offerings, and as a subscriber to the service, you’ll get free access to Hulu’s sizable on-demand library. (Check out the full list of Hulu Live TV channels.)
5) YouTube TV
- Cost: $50 per month (after a 7-day free trial)
- YouTube TV devices: Google Chromecast, Roku, Apple TV, Android TV, Xbox One, iOS and Android devices
- YouTube TV local channels: NBC, CBS, Fox, ABC, the CW (enter your ZIP code here to check your availability)
YouTube TV is a great option for soccer fans, including TNT for Champions League matches, NBCSN for Premier League matches, and broadcasting partnerships with three MLS teams. (Take a look at the full list of YouTube TV channels here.)
United States vs. Thailand: Why it matters
First of all: It’s the World Cup! And while the tournament’s brought some fantastic action so far, American audiences want to watch their team take the field, and they’ve waited through a soccer-packed weekend and then some to get there.
It mostly doesn’t matter how much the U.S. wins by, as a 1-0 is almost as good as a 3-0 or 4-0 win in the group stages. The 2015 U.S. team that won it all had a less than stellar group stage: winning 3-1 handily in its first match against Australia, but only managing a scoreless draw against Sweden and a 1-0 win over 10-woman Nigeria before finding a next gear in the knockout stages. But American supporters will feel better if the dynamic offense scores early and perhaps even often. Though observers have a fair idea of what lineup the Americans will come out in, it’ll be especially interesting to see how and when coach Jill Ellis uses her considerable depth—in particular, whether and when Carli Lloyd, Christen Press, and Mallory Pugh might spell expected starters like Alex Morgan, Tobin Heath, and Megan Rapinoe.
Suchawadee Nildhamrong, an American-born forward who completed her college soccer career at Cal last year, is a Thai player fans might want to keep an eye on. But for most fans in the U.S., this match is perhaps more against how the U.S. does to meet lofty expectations rather than its opponent on the field.
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Phil West is a sports reporter and the author of two books on soccer, ‘The United States of Soccer,’ and ‘I Believe That We Will Win,’ both from The Overlook Press. His work has appeared most recently in MLSSoccer.com, Pro Soccer USA, Texas Highways, and Howler. Based in Austin, he is also a lecturer in the Writing Program at the University of Texas at San Antonio.