It may not be for U.S. soccer fans just yet, but for Alex Morgan and the rest of the Women’s National Team over in Tokyo — it’s game day.
On Tuesday evening (Wednesday morning in Tokyo), Morgan took to Twitter to express her excitement for the USWNT’s first Olympic matchup. At 4:30 a.m. ET this morning (5:30 p.m. local time), the U.S. powerhouse will take on Sweden in the first Group G contest at Tokyo Stadium.
“GAME DAY!! Olympics is finally here and I’m so proud to represent Team USA at #tokyo2020,” the American superstar wrote.
— Alex Morgan (@alexmorgan13) July 21, 2021
This will be Morgan’s third appearance at the Olympic Games, helping her team claim gold at the 2012 games in London. The 32-year-old forward has 180 USWNT appearances, 110 goals and 44 assists — making her one of the most accomplished players in U.S. soccer history. Her 110 international goals has her notched at No. 5 on the USWNT all-time scoring list.
Coming off of a World Cup title in 2019, Morgan and her squad will look to become the first reigning Women’s World Cup champion to claim an Olympic gold. The USWNT currently holds four Olympic gold medals (1996, 2004, 2008, 2012).
Team USA has a tough challenge right out of the gate.
The Swedish women’s team is currently ranked No. 5 in the world. The last time these two faced off on Apr. 10, the game ended in a 1-1 draw — marking the first time the USWNT failed to claim victory since January of 2019.
The local time coverage of this matchup will be broadcast on USA Network, Telemundo and streaming on NBCOlympics.com. For American viewers, the game will be replayed at 8:30 a.m. ET and 6 p.m. ET on NBCSN.