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The good news is the U.S. women’s team is on to the knockout rounds. Depending on Thursday’s result, one of two daunting paths lie ahead.
The U.S. still looks like the most dominant team at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup, following its opening 13-0 win over Thailand with a less eye-popping 3-0 win over Chile. (Many lauded the heroics of Chilean goalkeeper Christiane Endler for keeping the scoreline to just 3-0.) That could all change with what’s to come, starting with Thursday’s match against Sweden to close out group play.
Sweden comes into the tournament with more prowess and more seasoning than either Thailand or Chile: They’re the 9th-best team in the world according to the FIFA World Rankings, and they defeated the U.S. in the 2016 Olympics, ousting them far earlier than most expected. While the U.S. has already clinched their trip to the knockout rounds, the outcome of Thursday’s match will send them on one of two perilous paths—either of which could see them exit well before the finals.
Here’s everything you need to know to watch the United States vs. Sweden at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
United States vs. Sweden
- When: 3pm ET, Thursday, June 20
- Where: Stade Oceane in Le Havre, France
- Streaming: Fox
2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup live stream: Watch U.S. vs. Sweden for free
Each of the following services carries Fox, providing a one-week trial and therefore an easy way to watch U.S. vs. Sweden 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, where the bulk of Women’s World Cup coverage lives, 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. Sweden: Why it matters
The good news for both teams is they’re both through to the top 16 and the knockout rounds, regardless of the outcome of Thursday’s match. If the U.S. wins on draws, they’ll win Group F and will play Spain in the first knockout match on Monday. However (and this is a big however), winning that match will lock them into a quarterfinals match with France—unless France has an unlikely stumble in the Round of 16. France, of course, is the host nation, a tournament favorite, and arguably as cohesive a unit as the U.S. team. It would be a matchup worthy of the finals, happening a full nine days before the actual finals. (Friday, June 28, if you want to clear your calendar now.)
But the Group F runner-up will get an equally daunting path to the semifinals: First, facing the Group E winner (who will either be Netherlands or Canada, both excellent teams that have the ability to reach the finals), and then likely facing Germany (another favorite) if they emerge from that battle.
Also worth watching in this one: How the vaunted U.S. offense fares against the best defense they’ll face thus far. Alex Morgan, who scored five goals in the opener, sat out against Chile and then Australia’s Sam Kerr scored four goals in the Matildas’ group stage finale to tie Morgan for the Golden Boot lead. Expect Morgan to start and add to her totals, but expect Sweden not to make it easy.
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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.