As the Women’s FIH Pro League continues to roll on it’s Argentina who will be locking horns with the USA with the match set to take place at the Cunard, Buenos Arena. This will be the first game of the season for the Argentina women, while, the USA will be contending in their second game of the campaign.
The USA will be licking their wounds from the 9-0 mauling that they endured against the Netherlands in the first game and would be eager to turn things around. However, the Argentine unit are one tough cookie as they reside at the 3rd spot in the FIH world rankings, whereas, the USA women accommodate the 14th position. With a major difference in quality in both sides, it seems like the USA could be a subject of another big defeat unless an upset is on the cards.
Date- Saturday, February 8
Time- 2:30 AM (IST)
Venue- Cenard, Buenos Aires
Rosario Luchetti will be captaining the 18-member squad. It will be either Belen Succi or Cristina Cosentino who will be the designated shot-stopper. Delfina Merino and Maria Garanatto will be in contention of leading the attack. Rosario Luchetti will be vital in the midfield position for Argentina.
Rosario Luchetti (c), Agustina Gorzelany, Sofia Toccalino, Belen Succi, A Alonso, Carla Rebecchi, Delfina Merino, C Cosentino, Maria Granatto, Rocio Sanchez, Victoria Sauze, A Albertarrio, Micaela Retegui, Silvina d’Elia, Noel Barrionuevo, Julieta Jankunas, Valentina Costa, Delfina Thome.
The USA Women
Ashley Hoffman will be leading the 18-member squad. Kealsie Robles might be on the bench for the upcoming fixture after a poor performance in the previous game, with Jessica Jecko in line to replace her. Ali Campbell, Casey Umstead Lauren Moyer and Alyssa Parker should retain their spots in the starting eleven.
Ashley Hoffman (c), Danielle Grega, Mary Barham, Casey Umstead, Alyssa Parker, Lauren Moyer, Jessica Jecko, Taylor West, Amanda Magadan, Madison Maguire, Kealsie Robles, Caoline Hanks, Virginia Bramley, Ali Campbell, Linnea Gonzales, Anna Dessoye, Kelee Lepage, Laura Hurff.
Delfina Merino will be a key figure for Argentina as she’s bagged 74 goals from 174 games for her side.
Maria Granatto has also been pivotal for Argentina and has 53 goals from 129 games for her side.
Lily Owsley is one of the standouts for the USA as she has scored 32 goals from 144 games for her side.
Alyssa Parker has featured in 42 games for the USA and has scored five goals in the process.
Out of 24 games in totality, the Argentina women have won 15 games in contrast to the USA women’s four wins. five games have ended on level terms during the process.
Argentina will be looking to get a win on their first game of the Women’s FIH Pro League.
GK: B Succi
DEF: C Umstead, A Campbell, N Barrionuevo, S d’Ella
MID: L Gonzalez, A Hoffman, R Sanchez, R Luchetti
FWD: D Merino (C), M Granatto (VC)
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