Eleven NWSL players could see action on Thursday night as Australia and Brazil meet in the final game of the Tournament of Nations at the StubHub Center, Carson, California. Kickoff is at 7:15 p.m. ET and the game will be streamed live on ESPN3 and the ESPN app.
Australia can win the Tournament of Nations with a win or draw. Australia can also win with a loss to Brazil, if the United States fails to beat Japan or if the the U.S. wins, but fails to overturn Australia’s goal differential advantage.
Five NWSL players are on the roster for Australia, led by Sky Blue FC forward Sam Kerr, who notched her first international hat trick on Sunday vs. Japan, in a 4-2 win that put Australia in well in command of the first place spot at the Tournament of Nations. They started out the tournament with their first ever win over the United States, a 1-0 win on Thursday.
Six NWSL players are on Brazil’s roster, including Houston Dash midfielder Andressinha, who scored twice in Brazil’s heartbreaking 4-3 loss to the United States. Brazil had been on the verge of their first-ever win over the United States on American soil, but conceded three times in the game’s final 10 minutes after going up 3-1. Brazil has scored four goals this tournament, all by NWSL players: Camila (Orlando Pride), Bruna Benites (Houston Dash) and Andressinha.
Thursday night’s game is also a rematch between two teams who have met in the knockout rounds of major tournaments the last two years. In 2015, Australia sent Brazil to a Round of 16 exit at the FIFA Women’s World Cup with a 1-0 win. Then in 2016, Brazil got revenge, knocking out Australia in the quarterfinals of the Olympics in sudden death penalty kicks.
“I think there’ll be a little extra motivation there,” Portland Thorns FC forward Hayley Raso said of the Australian squad in a video shared on the Matlidas Twitter account. “We know that if we can capitalize and win this one, we’ll have won the tournament and that’s a really big thing for us.”
How to Watch
Australia vs. Brazil will be streamed live on ESPN3 and the ESPN app at 7:15 p.m. ET/4:15 p.m. PT.
What to Watch For
The Houston Dash and Orlando Pride will have players on both sides of the field tonight. The Dash have three players (Andressinha and Bruna Benites for Brazil; Lydia Williams for Australia) and the Pride are represented by five (Camila, Monica and Marta for Brazil; Steph Catley and Alanna Kennedy for Australia).
— Westfield Matildas (@TheMatildas) August 3, 2017
— Westfield Matildas (@TheMatildas) July 31, 2017
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Australia Women’s National Team 2017 Tournament of Nations Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Mackenzie Arnold (Brisbane Roar, Australia), Lydia Williams (Houston Dash)
DEFENDERS (8): Laura Alleway (Unattached), Ellie Carpenter (Western Sydney Wanderers FC, Australia), Steph Catley (Orlando Pride), Caitlin Cooper (Illawarra Stingrays, Australia), Alanna Kennedy (Orlando Pride), Clare Polkinghorne (Brisbane Roar FC, Australia), Hayley Raso (Portland Thorns), Gema Simon (Avaldsnes, Norway)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Tameka Butt (Klepp I-L, Norway), Alex Chidiac (Adelaide City Women’s, Australia), Katrina Gorry (Vegalta Sendai, Japan), Elise Kellond-Knight (FC Turbine Potsdam, Germany), Chloe Logarzo (Avaldsnes, Norway), Emily van Egmond (VfL Wolfsburg, Germany)
FORWARDS (5): Lisa De Vanna (South Melbourne Women’s, Australia), Caitlin Foord (Vegalta Sendai, Japan), Emily Gielnik (Avaldsnes, Norway), Princess Ibini (Football NSW NTC, Australia), Sam Kerr (Sky Blue FC)
Brazil Women’s National Team 2017 Tournament of Nations Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Bárbara (SE Kindermann, Brazil), Dani Neuhaus (Santos, Brazil)
DEFENDERS (7): Bruna Benites (Houston Dash), Jucinara (Corinthians/Audax, Brazil), Leticia (SC Sand, Germany), Maurine (Santos, Brazil), Monica (Orlando Pride), Andreia Rosa (Avaldsnes IL, Norway), Tamires (Fortuna Hjørring, Denmark)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Andressinha (Houston Dash), Camila (Orlando Pride), Debinha (North Carolina Courage), Djenifer (Iranduba, Brazil), Fran (Avaldsnes IL, Norway), Maria (Santos, Brazil), Gabi Nunes (Corinthians/Audax, Brazil)
FORWARDS (4): Chu (São José EC), Ludmila (São José EC), Marta (Orlando Pride), Bia Zaneratto (Incheon Hyundai Steel Red Angels, South Korea)
Read our full Tournament of Nations preview, featuring player interviews and more.
NWSL fans can follow all the Tournament of Nations action via the NWSL website and mobile app, as well as using the hashtag #ToN2017 and following the league’s social media on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.
To follow Australia vs. Brazil on Twitter, use the #AUSvBRA hashtag.