The United States women’s national team will take on Vietnam in the opening game of the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup at Eden Park on Friday (9 p.m. ET on Fox and the Fox Sports app).
The United States has qualified for all nine editions of the FIFA Women’s World Cup, a feat achieved by only six other countries. Meanwhile, Vietnam is making its Women’s World Cup debut after reaching the quarter-finals of the 2022 AFC Women’s Asian Cup and play-off wins over Chinese Taipei and Thailand.
Vietnam will undoubtedly be weak on Friday, but does it have the potential to cause an upset? Let’s take a look at the matchup by the numbers, via the Fox Sports soccer research team:
- 4,399 – Days would have passed from the USWNT’s last loss in the group stage of the World Cup (vs. Sweden in 2011) to the opening game against Vietnam.
- 1,476 – The USWNT beat the Netherlands 2-0 to win the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup – at least in Auckland, New Zealand, where it will take place on Saturday, July 22. In the United States, however, it is Friday, July 21, so 1,475 days.
- 32 — FIFA world ranking of Vietnam; The USWNT is in first place.
- 27 – Nguyen Thi Thanh Nhan has made seven appearances for Vietnam in those games at the age of only 21.
- 16 – Goals scored by Vietnam in their opening game of World Cup qualification against Maldives (16-0 in Dushanbe, Tajikistan on September 23, 2021).
- 15 – The USWNT holds an all-time World Cup record of 11–4–0 (WDL) in games played against Asian Football Confederation (AFC) teams.
- 13 – Goals scored by the United States against Thailand in both teams’ opening game at the 2019 Women’s World Cup. They are the most goals scored by any team in the World Cup.
- 8 Vietnam is one of the eight countries in this Women’s World Cup which will start in 2023.
- 6 — Vietnam Women’s World Cup team player who has played more than 50 international matches for her country.
- 5 – How many times has Huynh Nhu, Vietnam’s captain and all-time top scorer, won the Vietnam Player of the Year award; She is also the only player in Vietnam’s team to play outside the country.
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