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It hasn't been an optimal start for the U.S. Women's National Team so far in Tokyo, but lackluster play in the group stage can quickly be forgotten with effective play in the knockout rounds.
The U.S. advanced on goal differential after a 1-1-1 start, including a 3-0 loss in their Olympic opener to Sweden. Now, they face the Netherlands early Friday morning in a rematch of the 2019 Women's World Cup final, which the U.S. won, 2-0.
The U.S. followed up the loss against Sweden with a convincing 6-1 victory against New Zealand before drawing against Australia in the final match of the group stage.
In the draw, the U.S. at times appeared to play passively and deferential, a departure from the aggressive mindset that gave the USWNT its fourth World Cup title in 2019. Yet, members of the squad weren't ready to panic.
"I think throughout this whole tournament, you have to be able to adapt," midfielder Julie Ertz said after the Australia match. "It's a very quick turnaround between games. So I think being able to have three very different styles of play in group stage allows us to kind of know what all the tools are that we have when we come to the knockout stage."
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6:30 p.m.: Golf – Men's individual stroke play second round (Golf Channel)
8 p.m.: Gymnastics – Women's all-around final replay (NBC)
8 p.m.: Track & Field – Men's and women's qualifying heats (NBC and USA)
8 p.m.: Beach volleyball – U.S women vs. Netherlands (CNBC)
9 p.m.: Rowing – Men's and women's eight finals (CNBC)
9:30 p.m.: Swimming (finals) – Women's 200-meter breaststroke, women's 100-meter freestyle, men's 200-meter backstroke and men's 200-meter individual medley (NBC)
10 p.m.: BMX Racing – Men's and women's final (CNBC)
10:55 p.m.: Volleyball – U.S. men vs. Brazil (CNBC)
12:40 a.m.: Basketball – U.S. women vs. Japan (USA)
1:00 a.m.: Archery – Women’s individual final (CNBC)
1:30 a.m.: Tennis – men’s doubles final, men’s doubles bronze medal, men’s singles semifinals, mixed doubles semifinals (Olympic Channel)
2:30 a.m.: Water polo – U.S. women vs. ROC (CNBC)
3:30 a.m.: Rugby – Women's quarterfinals (USA)
6 a.m.: Baseball – U.S. vs. Israel (NBCOlympics.com, NBC Sports app)
7 a.m.: Soccer – U.S. women vs. Netherlands quarterfinal (NBCSN)
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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Tokyo 2020 Olympics: USWNT to face Netherlands in quarterfinal