The United States Women's National Team takes on South Korea's national team at our beloved Red Bull Arena, as both squads seek to work out any last kinks ahead of the World Cup, which starts June 6th in Canada.
This is the final of three Send-Off Series matches before the team travels to our northern neighbor for the quadrennial competition, where the U.S. ladies will hopefully bring home victory, adoration, and something from Tim Horton's, because apparently it's a great restaurant and you will be condescendingly ridiculed by loved ones if you even for a moment question how omnipresent they are.
The U.S. is coming off a big 5-1 win against Mexico, a match in which, after a slow first half start, the USWNT exploded for four second-half goals. This had the effect of building our team's confidence for its first WWC match against Australia on June 8th. It also made Mexico look silly, which is a satisfying reward unto itself.
South Korea will be facing a difficult Group E in Canada, so on Saturday they'll be looking to spark star forwards Ji So-yun and Park Eun-sun into a goal-scoring mood. Ji, 2015 PFA Women's Player of the Year, scored nine times in only 19 games during her debut season with Chelsea Ladies, so South Korea will be looking to establish a consistent way to get her the ball.
It's going to be humid for this unusually important friendly, but both wingback Kelley O'Hara and defender Christie Rampone play for local Sky Blue FC, so they'll be used to playing in weather that make me sweat and/or cry if I even open my front door. O'Hara, we learned this week, in fact, regularly leaves her home in order to feed wild animals with her bare hands, so moderate humidity will be nothing to her.
If you can't get tickets to the match, here's how to watch it on television set or app machine: