Argentina and the United States meet Tuesday in each country's respective 2021 Futsal World Cup opener. The match between the two Group F competitors pits a Goliath in defending world champion Argentina against a David in the rebuilding United States.
How to Watch:
Date: Sept. 14, 2021
Time: 12:55 p.m. ET
TV: NBC Universo
Live stream Argentina vs. the United States on fuboTV: Start with a 7-day free trial!
Argentina won its first title at the 2016 Futsal World Cup. The team heads into this year's tournament in championship form after beating its top regional rival Brazil 3-1 in the final of the CONMEBOL qualifiers. Brazil's five titles are the most of any country.
Argentina also enters the tournament after back-to-back wins in international friendlies against the Netherlands, 3-1 on Sept. 5 and 4-2 on Sept 7.
Manager Matías Lucuix's squad features some of the top futsal players in the world, including defender Damian Stazzone, goalkeeper Nicolás Sarmiento and universal player Leandro Cuzzolino.
The United States is competing in the Futsal World Cup for the first time since 2008 thanks to a second-place finish in the CONCACAF Futsal Championship last month. The team won three matches in a row in this year's CONCACAF tournament, something it hasn't accomplished since 2000.
Attackers Raphael Araujo and Tomas Pondeca, who both scored in the 2-0 victory over the Dominican Republic at that tournament, will be among the key players to watch for the United States.