Welcome to your live thread for the United States Women's National Team’s third and final match in the second iteration of the Tournament of Nations. The USWNT faces Brazil (8:30 p.m. ET, FS1), as Alex Morgan and Ashlyn Harris will face Orlando Pride mmates . Brazil will take on Japan in the early game.teammates Marta, Monica, Camila, and Poliana.
The Yanks have it all to play for tonight and will know exactly what they need to do to win the tournament, as Australia takes on Japan in the early match at 5:45 p.m. ET at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, IL. The U.S. and Australia are tied for first in the tournament entering today’s games, on four points apiece. They drew their head-to-head match and have the same goal differential, but the USWNT has scored one more goal. Brazil lurks in third place, on three points, and could still win the tournament with a win tonight and a draw or loss for the Matildas.
The Brazilians finished a disappointing fourth in last year’s Tournament of Nations, going 0-2-1 and losing third place to Japan on goal differential, after getting spanked by Australia on the final match day, 6-1. The Seleção had the U.S. on the ropes in this fixture last year, leading 3-1 with just 12 minutes left to play. But the Yanks stormed back with three goals in nine minutes to win, 4-3. It was the first match in the USWNT’s current 18-match unbeaten run.
The U.S. holds a 27-3-5 record in 35 all-time meetings against Brazil. The Canarinhas are the world’s No. 7 team according to the latest FIFA rankings and have already qualified for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France. Brazil fell 3-1 in the tournament opener against Australia, but bounced back to beat Japan in the second round, 2-1. Marta set up Brazil’s lone goal against the Matildas and scored the first against Japan, so the Pride star has been heavily involved in this tournament for her side.
The United States will need to make sure to cut off the service both to and from Marta, and must defend well against some creative players like Andressinha and Debinha. A decisive victory could see the Stars & Stripes to the top of the table at the end of the competition.
Goalkeepers (3): 21- Adrianna Franch (Portland Thorns FC; 0/0), 24- Ashlyn Harris (Orlando Pride; 16/0), 1- Alyssa Naeher(Chicago Red Stars; 31/0).
Defenders (6): 7- Abby Dahlkemper (NC Courage; 21/0), 12- Tierna Davidson (Stanford; 9/0), 11- Merritt Mathias (NC Courage; 1/0), 4- Becky Sauerbrunn (Utah Royals FC; 140/0), 14- Casey Short (Chicago Red Stars; 23/0), 22- Emily Sonnett (Portland Thorns FC; 19/0).
Midfielders (8): 6- Morgan Brian (Chicago Red Stars; 77/6), 2- Julie Ertz (Chicago Red Stars; 63/15); 9- Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC; 53/6), 16- Rose Lavelle (Washington Spirit; 10/2), 10- Carli Lloyd (Sky Blue FC; 256/100); 3- Samantha Mewis (NC Courage; 37/7); 20- Allie Long (Seattle Reign FC; 39/6), 5- McCall Zerboni (NC Courage; 4/0).
Forwards (6): 19- Crystal Dunn (NC Courage; 66/23), 17- Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns; 135/19), 13- Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride; 144/89), 23- Christen Press (Utah Royals FC; 102/44), 15- Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign; 139/38), 8- Amy Rodriguez (Utah Royals FC; 131/30).
Goalkeepers (3): 1-Barbara (Kindermann), 12-Aline (UDG Tenerife, Spain), 22-Letícia (SC Corinthians).
Defenders (8): 3-Daiane (Avaldsnes Idrettslag, Norway), 4-Kathellen (FC Girondins, France), 6-Tamires (Fortuna Hjorring, Denmark), 13-Rilany (Atletico de Madrid, Spain), 14-Poliana (Orlando Pride), 15-Tayla (Santos FC), 19-Joyce (UDG Tenerife, Spain), 21-Mônica (Orlando Pride).
Midfielders (5): 5-Thaisa (Unattached), 7-Camila (Orlando Pride), 8-Juliana (CR Flamengo), 17-Andressinha (Portland Thorns FC), 23-Rayanne (CR Flamengo).
Forwards (7): 2-Millene (SC Corinthians), 9-Debinha (NC Courage), 10-Marta (Orlando Pride), 11-Adriana (SC Corinthians), 16-Beatriz (Incheon Hyundai Steel Red Angels, South Korea), 18-Thaís (Incheon Hyundai Steel Red Angels, South Korea), 20-Raquel (Ferroviária).
How to Watch
Match Time: 8:30 p.m. (ET).
Venue: Toyota Park — Bridgeview, IL.
Streaming: FOX Sports GO.
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