USWNT vs. Korea Republic live on ESPN2 on Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021

The match between the two sides will serve as the first of a women's international friendly double-header. 

Looking at USWNT

The USA and Korea Republic are due to play again on Tuesday, Oct. 26, which will be forward Carli Lloyd's 316th and final game wearing the stars and stripes uniform. The 39-year-old will retire as the USWNT's second most-capped player behind Kristine Lilly (354) and third in most goals (134 before the two games) behind Mia Hamm (158) and Abby Wambach (184).

USA head coach Vlatko Andonovski called up four players who were not in the Olympic Games roster in the summer: Washington Spirit midfielder Andi Sullivan, Portland Thorns forward Sophia Smith, Chicago Red Stars forward Mallory Pugh and Racing Louisville FC defender Emily Fox. Out of the four, Sullivan and Smith made the best of the game time given to them against Paraguay in September.

Looking at Korea Republic

Leading the way for Korea Republic captain and midfielder SoYun Ji, the nation's all-time leading scorer with 59 goals in 127 appearances. The 30-year-old has cemented herself as one of the best players on the planet, especially after her involvement in Chelsea's title-winning Women's Super League campaign last season. 

South Korean midfielder Sohyun Cho and forward Geummin Lee are the only other members in the 23-player roster who play club outside of the country. Cho is enjoying a good start in her first season with Tottenham Hotspur after a three-year stint at West Ham United. On the other hand, Lee has two WSL goals for Brighton & Hove Albion and 18 in 60 international appearances.

USA vs. Korea Republic series

The USWNT is unbeaten in 13 all-time clashes against Korea Republic, posting a record of 10-0-3 in a series that dates to 1997. All the games have been played in the USA.

South Korea spoiled Jill Ellis' final game as USWNT head coach, forcing a one-all draw in Chicago on Oct. 6, 2019. The USA and Korea Republic have not met since.

How to watch the USA vs. Korea Republic on Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021

USA vs Korea Republic Broadcast Information

Kick-off time: Thursday 21 October 8:00pm ET / 1:00am BST / 2:00am CET
Stadium: Children's Mercy Park (Kansas City, Kansas)
Australia: WatchESPN Australia, Foxtel Now
United States: ESPN2, TUDN USA, ESPN App, TUDN.com, fuboTV, TUDN App

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