After the auspicious debut of the Argentina against Belgium (2-0) they are more than prepared to face their US counterpart in the second date.
Argentina (World Ranked #4) host USA (World Ranked :12): Match 5 of Womens FIH Pro League.
Prediction: Argentina to win easily
Argentina Team Preview:
Argentina has long been considered one of the world’s most fearsome attacking teams and are undisputedly a true powerhouse of the game. Since the 2014 retirement of eight-time FIH Player of the Year, Luciana Aymar, Las Leonas have been in a somewhat rebuilding process. However, this has not stopped them from claiming some notable titles, including the 2016 Champions Trophy in London and 2017 Pan American Cup in the United States.
The FIH Pro League women’s Argentina squad contains some sensational players. Goalkeeper Belen Succi is rated as one of the finest goalkeepers around, while Delfina Merino, Maria Granatto, Florencia Habif and Lucina von der Heyde, named Best Young Player at the Vitality Hockey Women’s World Cup, are all exceptional outfield performers. Recently, Carlos Retegui, who guided Argentina’s men to Olympic gold at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and the women to World Cup glory in 2010, has been reappointed as the head coach.
Match 1 : Highlights(Belgium 2-0 loss to the Argentina)
Argentina 2 (12* Jankunas Julieta FG , 42* Habif Agustina PC )
Player of the Match: Carla Rebecchi (ARG)
- Agustina Albertarrio rattling the frame of the Belgian goal early on before having a goal ruled out by a video umpire referral.
- First goal arrived in the 12th minute thanks to a cool close-range finish from Julieta Jankunas, although it was the brilliance of Carla Rebecchi who made it possible, surging into the circle from the right to mark her return to international hockey after a two-year absence with a wonderful assist.
USA Team Preview:
The U.S. Women’s National Team received an invitation to this inaugural league after an extensive application process where the top-16 worked ranked National Associations completed questionnaires based on aspects of hosting and participating capabilities
To perform in goal, USA has named three goalkeepers to the FIH Pro League roster. Jess Jecko (Sauquoit, N.Y) has been a member of the squad since 2016 and she is joined by newcomers Kelsey Bing (Houston, Texas) and Kealsie Robles (Yorktown, Va.), both who were named to the team earlier this week. This is accompanied by a defense led by Rio 2016 Olympians Caitlin Van Sickle (Wilmington, Del.), Ali Froede (Burke, Va.) and Julia Young (Yorktown, Va.). Adding strength in the midfield is Olympian Alyssa Manley (Lititz, Pa.), who is just shy of 100 international caps, and newcomer Linnea Gonzales (Bel Air, Md.), supported by fellow Olympians Jill Funk (Lancaster, Pa.) and captain Kathleen Sharkey(Moosic, Pa.) as strikers.
Jill Funk, Alyssa Manley, Mackenzie Allessie will be crucial to perform for USA Field Hockey in FIH Pro League
USA Probable Starting 11 :
Sharkey kathleen (c)
Van sickle caitlin
Robles kealsie (gk)
Impact Substitutes :
Bench as per Squad mentioned above
Argentina Probable Starting 11 :
Succi belen (gk)
Merino delfina (c)
Von der heyde lucina
Impact Substitutes :
Di santo celina
Key Players to watch :
Argentina: Succi belen (gk) ,Toccalino sofia ,Luchetti rosario , Rebecchi carla ,Von der heyde lucina,D’elia silvina,Jankunas julieta,Habif agustina
USA: Jill Funk,Alyssa Manley, Allessie mackenzie,Kathleen Sharkey,Young julia,Van sickle caitlin,