RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil, Sporting Alert – Rio 2016 coverage kicks-off on Wednesday, Aug. 3, two days before the official opening ceremony, with six Olympic Games women’s soccer matches. NBCOlympics.com streaming schedule
Among the teams listed to compete for the gold medal in Rio de Janeiro, are four-time defending champion USA, which lost just once in its last 41 matches and host nation Brazil, which will be strongly backed by the home supporters.
Team USA, the FIFA Women’s World Cup title holders, according to the stats will seek to become the first country to win the world and Olympic titles in consecutive years.
The Americans will start the defense of their title against New Zealand in Group G, at 6 p.m. ET. in Belo Horizonte, with live streaming o NBCSN, and NBC Universo.
“You’ve definitely got a massive target on your back,” U.S. Coach Jill Ellis said.
Ellis added: “One of the things that I really looked into is why has a repeat never been done?
“Is it a change of personnel? Is it complacency? Is it timing? To make sure that doesn’t happen I had a lot of individual meetings … and that was one of the questions I posed to players: Are you as hungry? Do you feel as focused?
“The resounding response was ‘yes.’ These players want to make history.”
Meanwhile, Olympic Games host country Brazil will open its hunt for the women’s soccer gold medal against China, with game time at 3 p.m. ET.
In other group stage openers at Rio 2016 on Wednesday are Sweden against South Africa, Canada will play Australia, Zimbabwe and Germany will do battle, while France and Colombia will close out the day one fixture at 9 p.m.
Rio 2016 Women’s Soccer Schedule
Day 1 Fixtures. LIVE scores at www.livescore.com
WOMEN’S SOCCER GROUP STAGE ROUND
Wednesday, Aug. 3
Noon Women’s First Round: Group E: Sweden v South Africa – STREAM LIVE
2pm Women’s First Round: Group F: Canada v Australia – STREAM LIVE
3pm Women’s First Round: Group E: Brazil v China – STREAM LIVE
5pm Women’s First Round: Group F: Zimbabwe v Germany – STREAM LIVE
6pm Women’s First Round: Group G: USA v New Zealand – STREAM LIVE
9pm Women’s First Round: Group G: France v Colombia – STREAM LIVE