Last game against Korea Republic is Emma Hayes' last chance to determine the 18 players for the Olympics

With the Paris Olympics on the horizon, every minute on the pitch against South Korea is crucial for coach Emma Hayes
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After a stunning 4-0 victory against South Korea last Saturday in Colorado, the US Women's National Team returns to the field this Tuesday, June 4th, for another match against the South Koreans, this time at Allianz Field in St. Paul, Minnesota, at 8 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. CT.

This game is crucial as it marks the last opportunity for coach Emma Hayes and her team to observe the players in action before selecting the final 18 athletes for the Paris Olympics. So, every minute on the field is a chance to dispel any doubts and define which players will be called up for the main competition of the season.

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The game in St. Paul will be the 17th encounter between the US and South Korea. So far, the US has won 12 times, drawn 4 times, and never lost to South Korea. However, the USWNT will not take the "already won" mindset. Despite being superior to their opponents, it's a moment of renewal, aiming to conquer titles in the near future.

The 2024 Olympics officially begin on July 26th. The US team is preparing to face Zambia, Germany, and Australia. Tough opponents. They have evolved. It wouldn't be surprising if some of the matches were decided by the smallest detail due to the balance. That's why the match against South Korea is of utmost importance, as Hayes has had almost two weeks of work with the players and is still getting to know the terrain, even though she's excited about it.

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Nice and Marseille will be the stages of the United States' first battles in the Olympics. With a challenging path ahead, Emma Hayes leading the way, the possibilities are endless.