The US has back-to-back matches against Russia. Getty

The U.S. women's national soccer team is back in action with a pair of friendlies against Russia. Jill Ellis' squad will first take on Russia Thursday night at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas, and then at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston on Sunday afternoon.

The Yanks' last two matches produced mixed results from the 2017 SheBelieves Cup in early March. The U.S. fell to England, 1-0, in New Jersey, after defeating Germany, 1-0, in Pennsylvania. Germany is currently ranked No. 1 in the world by FIFA rankings, while England is No. 4.

Ellis has been flexible with the starting lineup in 2017—with a preference of youth over experience—in perhaps an effort to bolster the side's chances at World Cup 2019 in France. The 23-player roster against Russia includes veterans Alex Morgan, Amy Rodriguez, as well as co-captains Carli Lloyd and Becky Sauerbrunn.

Also on the roster is a pair of high school students from Fort Collins, Colorado. Forward Sophia Smith, who is just 16 years old, is joined by midfielder Jaelin Howell, who is 17. Forward Mallory Pugh, who attends UCLA, is 18 years old, but has 20 caps.

Russia, meanwhile, is in preparation for July's UEFA Women’s Euro in the Netherlands. In the 16-country tournament, Russia is in a tough group with Germany, Italy and Sweden. The Russians are led by captain Ksenia Tsybutovich, a 29-year-old defender with 56 caps since debuting in 2005.

The U.S. has a 7-0-1 record and enters the match ranked No. 2 while Russia is ranked No. 25.

Start Time: 8:30 p.m. ET

TV Channel: Fox Sports 1

Live Stream: Fox Sports Go

Prediction: Russia has been trending downwards recently and may be due for a positive result. But the U.S. at home, playing after ratifying a new labor agreement, is probably strong enough to hold off the visitors.

USA 4-0 Russia