By Paul D. Bowker | June 28, 2019, 12:01 a.m. (ET)

As you settle into your weekend, Team USA athletes are getting ready to compete all around the world. Keep track of the biggest events and how to follow them on Team USA This Weekend.

The Prefontaine Classic ReturnsRyan Crouser competes at the Prefontaine Classic on May 26, 2018 in Eugene, Ore.

Michael Norman is unbeaten in his last eight international showdowns in the men’s 400-meter.

Ajee Wilson, a 2016 Olympian, holds American indoor and outdoor records in the women’s 800-meter.

Christian Coleman, a 2016 Olympian, has been the world’s fastest man the last two years in the men’s 100-meter.

Those American stars are just a part of the Olympic-class lineups set for the Diamond League’s only U.S. stop of the year Sunday, the Prefontaine Classic, which will be held this year at Stanford in California while its usual site in Eugene, Oregon, is reconstructed. The meet features 49 Americans in 13 Diamond League events, including Olympic champion Michelle Carter in women’s shot put, Olympic champion Ryan Crouser in men’s shot put, three-time Olympic gold medalist LaShawn Merritt in the men’s 400-meter and Olympic bronze medalist Sam Kendricks in men’s pole vault.

Norman and Merritt are among a dominant group of six Americans in the men’s 400-meter. The last time Norman lost a 400 was to Fred Kerley two years ago when Kerley swept the NCAA and USATF outdoor championships. Sunday’s race will be their first meeting since then.

Five of the eight entrants in the men’s 100-meter are Americans, including Coleman, five-time Olympic medalist and three-time Diamond League champion Justin Gatlin and 2016 Olympian Michael Rodgers.

TV: 4 p.m. ET Sunday, NBC; 8 p.m. Sunday, Olympic Channel

Webcast: 4 p.m. ET Sunday, NBC Sports App

Follow along on social: USA Track and Field on Twitter, Nike Prefontaine Classic on Twitter and Ajeé Wilson on Instagram.

U.S. Women’s Soccer Heads Into The Quarterfinals At The FIFA World CupThe U.S. women's soccer team celebrates at the 2019 Women's World Cup on June 24, 2019 in Reims, France.

An epic showdown takes place Friday at the Parc des Princes in Paris.

The quarterfinal-round battle in the FIFA Women’s World Cup matches up the defending World Cup champion, Team USA, against this year’s host nation, France. France is also one of the rising women’s soccer powers holding a No. 4 FIFA world ranking. Adding more fuel to the fire is the fact that the only loss for the U.S. this year came to France in a January friendly played in Le Havre, France.

The winner of Friday’s 3 p.m. ET elimination match moves on to the World Cup semifinal round next week. 

The U.S., which is chasing after its fourth World Cup title and its 10th consecutive World Cup victory, has won all four games in the World Cup so far by a combined 20-1 count. The team made the quarterfinals on the toe of Megan Rapinoe, who drove home two penalty kick scores in a 2-1 win over Spain in the round of 16.

France, which has lost just four times since the start of 2017, advanced to the quarterfinals with an extra-time 2-1 win over Brazil. Its star power includes goalkeeper Sarah Bouhaddi who also was the team’s starter in the 2015 World Cup and the Olympic Games Rio 2016.

The U.S. has scored more than twice the number of goals (20) than any other teams after the first two rounds of play. Two-time Olympian Alex Morgan is tied for the tournament lead in goals scored with five, all of them coming in a 13-0 win over Thailand.

Follow along on social: U.S. women’s soccer team on Twitter, FIFA Women’s World Cup on Twitter and Alex Morgan on Instagram.

Beach Volleyball Is Back In Action At The FIVB World Championships In Hamburg
April Ross and Alix Klineman pose for a photo after competing at the FIVB World Tour on May 19, 2018 in Itapema, Brazil.

Rio 2016 Olympic teammates Phil Dalhausser and Nick Lucena begin the action in the opening match of the 2019 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championship on Friday in Hamburg, Germany.

Dalhausser, a three-time Olympian who won a gold medal in 2008 with Todd Rogers, and Lucena are seeded sixth. Joining them are the teams of No. 7 Jake Gibb and Taylor Crabb, No. 13 Tri Bourne and Trevor Crabb, and No. 29 Stafford Slick and William Allen.

Two-time Olympic medalist April Ross is looking to win her third world medal, but this time with Alix Klineman, a partnership that began in 2018. Ross won a world championship in 2009 with her 2012 Olympic silver medalist Jennifer Kessey and a silver medal in 2017 with Lauren Fendrick, a 2016 Olympian. Ross and Klineman are fifth in the world rankings and third in the Olympic rankings.

Just ahead of Ross and Klineman in the Olympic rankings are five-time Olympian Kerri Walsh Jennings and 2016 Olympian Brooke Sweat, who are second and won a World Tour 4-star event in China in May. Ross and Klineman are seeded fifth in the world championships, followed by No. 11 Sara Hughes and Summer Ross, No. 15 Kelley Larsen and Emily Stockman, No. 16 Sarah Sponcil and Kelly Claes, and No. 18 Walsh Jennings and Sweat.

Pool play, which starts with Dalhausser and Lucena facing Argentina’s Julian Amado Azaad and Nicolas Capogrosso, goes through Wednesday. The knockout rounds begin next Thursday.

TV: 8 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. ET Friday, 8 a.m. and noon Saturday, 8 a.m. Sunday, Olympic Channel; Noon Friday, NBCSN

Follow along on social: USA Beach Volleyball on Twitter, Volleyball World on Instagram and April Ross on Twitter.

Katie Zaferes Looks For Another Podium Finish At World Triathlon Series Montreal
Katie Zaferes celebrates after crossing the finish line at the ITU World Triathlon Series on March 3, 2019 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

Rio 2016 Olympian Katie Zaferes will step to the starting line wearing the No. 1 bib Saturday in Montreal.

Posting three victories and a runner-up finish so far this year in the World Triathlon Series, Zaferes has cruised to a 600-point lead over Jessica Learmonth of Great Britain in the season standings and maintained a No. 1 world ranking. Saturday, she’ll look for another podium finish.

Since finishing second in the Montreal event last year, Zaferes has reached the podium in eight consecutive ITU events either individually or on a team relay.

Joining her in the elite women’s race in Montreal are Chelsea Burns, Tamara Gorman, Taylor Knibb, Renee Tomlin and Kirsten Kasper.

Ben Kanute, a 2016 Olympian, is among six Americans in the elite men’s race. Joining him are Tony Smoragiewicz, William Huffman, Kevin McDowell, Seth Rider and Jason West.

The WTS races will be in the sprint distance of 750-meter swim, 20-kilometer bike, 5-kilometer run.

Two-time Paralympic medalist Grace Norman and 2016 Paralympic gold medalist Allysa Seely are among the U.S. athletes competing in Friday’s World Paratriathlon Series event. Seely has won six consecutive events, including the Yokohama, Japan, race in May.


Follow along on social: USA Triathlon on Twitter, World Triathlon on Instagram and Katie Zaferes on Twitter.

Soccer -- Gold Cup
The U.S. men’s soccer team, which began the Gold Cup with three consecutive wins, heads to Philadelphia for a quarterfinal-round matchup against Curacao on Sunday night at Lincoln Financial Field. The U.S. was the only team to not allow a goal during group play, securing first place in Group D with a 1-0 victory over Panama on Wednesday night in Kansas City, Kansas, on a bicycle-kick goal by 2008 Olympian Jozy Altidore. The U.S. is the defending Gold Cup champion. A win over Curacao, the second-place team in Group C, would send the U.S. into the semifinal round against either Panama or Group C winner Jamaica on Wednesday in Nashville, Tennessee. Sunday’s kickoff is 8 p.m. ET. The championship game is set for July 7 at Soldier Field in Chicago.

Men’s Volleyball -- Nations League
The U.S. men’s national team is in Bulgaria this weekend to play its last three matches in the FIVB Nations League before hosting the final round in July in Chicago. Taylor Sander, a 2016 Olympian, helped the U.S. win for the sixth time in its last seven matches on Sunday, scoring a team-high 15 points in a sweep of China in Hoffman Estates, Illinois. After a sluggish 2-4 start, the U.S. has risen to seventh place in the league standings. But there won’t be any need for anxiety this weekend. As host nation, the U.S. has secured one of the six spots in the final round. The U.S. faces No. 12 Bulgaria on Friday, No. 11 Serbia on Saturday and No. 2 Iran on Sunday in Plovdiv, Bulgaria.

TV: 10 a.m. ET Saturday, Olympic Channel

Pentathlon -- World Cup Final
Samantha Achterberg made the world cup final and will be in the women’s competition this week in Tokyo. Achterberg was an alternate for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team. The world cup final is a test event for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. The U.S. also has a team in the mixed relay. The women’s competition Saturday includes Olympic champion Laura Asadauskaite of Lithuania.

Canoe/Kayak -- Slalom World Cup III
North Carolina teenager Evy Leibfarth, who had a pair of top-10 world cup finishes last week, as well as a silver medal in the non-Olympic extreme canoe slalom event, is among seven U.S. paddlers competing in this week’s ICF Slalom World Cup III in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Leibfarth is racing in kayak and canoe again this week after placing seventh in canoe and 10th in kayak in World Cup II. Joining her in kayak is Ashley Nee, a 2016 Olympian. Michaela Corcoran is competing in canoe. Three-time Olympian Casey Eichfeld is competing in one-man canoe, and 2016 Olympian Michal Smolen is among three Americans in the one-man kayak.

Fencing -- National Championships 
Lauren Scruggs, a junior world and cadet champion in women’s foil, is among more than 5,000 fencers competing in the USA Fencing National Championships and July Challenge in Columbus, Ohio. The competition begins Friday and goes through July 7. The opening weekend includes Division I finals in women’s foil and men’s epee on Friday, women’s epee and men’s saber on Sunday, and women’s saber on Monday. Other athletes include junior world bronze medalists Greta Candreva and Mitchell Saron, and cadet world medalists Chloe Gouhin, Honor Johnson and Donghwan Park.

Table Tennis -- National Championships
The US National Table Tennis Championships begin Sunday at the Las Vegas Convention Center. The tournament lasts through July 5, and the field includes a number of U.S. Olympians. Kanak Jha, a 2016 Olympian, is the three-time defending champion in men’s singles. Lily Zhang, a two-time Olympian and 2014 Youth Olympic Games bronze medalist, has won two of the last three women’s singles titles. Jennifer Wu, a 2016 Olympian, is seeking her first national title in women’s singles while also competing in women’s doubles with Zhang and in mixed doubles with Jha.

Taekwondo -- National Championships
Competition begins Friday in the USA Taekwondo National Championships at the Minneapolis Convention Center. The tournament goes through July 4, and features age-group competition in individual and team poomsae, sparring and board breaking.

Paul D. Bowker has been writing about Olympic sports since 1996, when he was an assistant bureau chief in Atlanta. He is sports editor of the Cape Cod Times and a freelance contributor to on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.