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Julie Johnston and the USWNT backline will look to earn their 15th shutout of 2016 against France.

CHICAGO – The U.S. Women’s National Team dominated New Zealand to secure their first win in the Rio Olympic Games. The Houston Dash’s Carli Lloyd and the Orlando Pride’s Alex Morgan opened the team’s Rio campaign in the 9th and 46th minute, respectively. The team will look to keep the momentum rolling against France on Saturday, August 6 at 3 PM (Central).

Chicago Red Stars defender Julie Johnston shined in her Olympic debut against the Football Ferns, playing all 90 minutes on the United States backline. The U.S. defense earned their 14th shutout for 2016 and kept New Zealand to one shot on goal.

Christen Press made her first Olympic appearance in the 81st minute of that match. Since joining the U.S. Women’s National Team in 2013, Press has managed to record one goal per every 90 minutes played, making her a spark off the bench in any situation.

The Red Stars will join forces with other NWSL standouts on Saturday as the USWNT take on the Portland Thorns’ Amandine Henry and France. Henry joined the Thorns this season after a standout career with Lyon in France’s Division I Féminine. The midfielder helped France to secure a 4-0 win over Colombia on Wednesday in their first match of the Olympic tournament.

In their last Olympic Games meeting in London, the USWNT defeated Les Bleues, 4-2, in the group stage. The most recent meeting at the Algarve Cup in March ended in a 2-0 win for the United States. Overall, the USWNT holds a 15-1-2 record against France with a 50-14 goal advantage.

The Chicago Red Stars will be hosting their official watch parties for all U.S. Women’s National Team games at AJ Hudson’s throughout the Rio Olympics.

 

 

*Photo courtesy of ISI Photos and U.S. Soccer

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