The U.S. women’s national team has come under fire in the past week. Despite winning a third consecutive World Cup title and earning the Confederations Cup last month, midfielder Carli Lloyd (soccer legend) and the team appeared to act in a somewhat unprofessional manner, and were featured in a documentary that looked at the team’s perceived lack of direction and maturity.
Now, they’re trying to refocus, and playing a key early part of their season.
Arsenal (12-5-2) is playing No. 1-ranked Barcelona (16-1-2) on Thursday, the first leg of the UEFA Women’s Champions League quarterfinals, with their season possibly already on the line.
What: UEFA Women’s Champions League quarterfinals, first leg
Where: Veltins Arena, Germany
When: Thursday, Oct. 26, 7:45 p.m. Eastern Time
Watch: Watch live on Fox Sports Go
On Thursday, the U.S. plays in New Jersey at Red Bull Arena (6:30 p.m. Eastern Time), trying to start a streak of performances off with a win over world champion Germany.
Here are the key match notes from Arsenal, as detailed by The Wall Street Journal:
Arsenal had a season-best 10-game unbeaten streak before losing to Everton in its last match, in the Sky Bet FA Cup final. The injury-riddled British women’s team has won just two of its last four matches in the Premier League. Barcelona, who recently won the World Club Championship and the UEFA Champions League, leads the La Liga. “It’s been a long time since we faced Arsenal,” Barcelona coach Irina Bokova said after the Champions League draw on Tuesday. “We will have to be even better than usual, because they play very good and they have players with big personalities.”
About: Arsenal and Barcelona will also face off in the Spanish Primera Division on Nov. 6.
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