Three sets of NWSL teammates are set to meet on opposite sides of the field Sunday night as the United States takes on Brazil at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California, in the second game of the Tournament of Nations (8 p.m. ET, ESPN3).
The Orlando Pride are represented by Marta, Camila and Monica for Brazil, and Alex Morgan and Ali Krieger for the United States. The Houston Dash feature Andressinha and Bruna Benites for Brazil and Carli Lloyd for the United States. Debinha (Brazil) and Lynn Williams (United States) represent the North Carolina Courage. In total, 28 NWSL players are on the rosters for both teams.
After the first game, Brazil is tied for second in the four-team tournament following a 1-1 draw with Japan. The United States is in last place after a 1-0 loss to Australia on Thursday.
The game could feature three of the top four goal scorers in the NWSL as Megan Rapinoe (12 goals, 1 assist), Marta (8 goals, 4 assists) and Christen Press (8 goals, 3 assists) are all on the roster for tonight’s game. In addition, Camila is tied for second in the NWSL with four assists.
The game marks the 35th all-time meeting between the longtime rivals and the United States leads the series 26-3-5. The teams have played to an even 1-1-2 in the last four meetings, dating back to December of 2014.
“I am excited to take part in this series,” Andressinha told NWSL Media. “You grow up watching the Olympics and other tournaments where these two nations face off and there are a lot of memorable moments. We respect the U.S., they are the current World Champions. When we play them it will be a wonderful event and I look forward to playing against familiar faces. For myself, Monica, Marta and others that play in the league, we are very familiar with the quality they bring to the field. That’s the great thing about playing in this league, you play against the best every week.”How to Watch
USA vs. Brazil will air live on ESPN2 (or WatchESPN for online viewing) at 8 p.m. ET.
What to Watch For
The United States and Brazil have played some memorable games at the Olympics and FIFA Women’s World Cup, but they have not met in a major international tournament since the dramatic 2011 Women’s World Cup quarterfinal, won by the United States in penalty kicks after a last-gasp game-tying header from Abby Wambach. Of the 27 players who played in that match, only six are on the roster for either side tonight: Marta, Maurine and Fran for Brazil; Lloyd, Morgan and Rapinoe for the United States.
The more recent history between the two sides has been split, with both sides 1-1-2 against each other in the last four meetings, dating back to December 14, 2014. In that game, the United States took an early lead thanks to goals from Lloyd and Rapinoe, but Marta scored a hat trick to lead Brazil to a comeback 3-2 win on home soil:
The next two matches between the sides were draws, 0-0 in Brazil on December 21, 2014 (Highlights) and 1-1 — in a game that featured an early goal from Monica and a late equalizer by Lloyd — on October 21, 2015 (Highlights). The United States and Brazil last met on October 25, 2015, a 3-1 win by the United States.
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We learn and move on. Big game vs. Brazil awaits us in San Diego today.
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U.S. Women’s National Team 2017 Tournament of Nations Roster by Position:
DEFENDERS (7): Abby Dahlkemper (NC Courage), Julie Ertz (Chicago Red Stars), Ali Krieger (Orlando Pride), Kelley O’Hara (Sky Blue FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City), Casey Short (Chicago Red Stars), Taylor Smith (NC Courage)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Morgan Brian (Houston Dash), Carli Lloyd (Houston Dash), Allie Long (Portland Thorns FC), Samantha Mewis (NC Courage), Margaret Purce (Boston Breakers), Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign FC)
FORWARDS (7): Crystal Dunn (Chelsea FC), Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC), Sydney Leroux (FC Kansas City), Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride), Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars), Mallory Pugh (Washington Spirit), Lynn Williams (NC Courage)
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 USA vs. Brazil on Twitter, use the #USAvBRA hashtag.