Tournament of Nations Gameday: USA vs. Japan
The USWNT needs a win over Japan and help from Brazil to win the tournament

The United States and Japan will play their final game of the Tournament of Nations tonight at the StubHub Center, Carson, California. Kickoff is at 10 p.m. ET and the game will be broadcast on ESPN2/UDN and streamed on the ESPN app.

Twenty-three NWSL players are on the rosters for tonight’s game, with 22 on the roster for the United States and Seattle Reign FC midfielder Rumi Utsugi representing Japan.

The United States rebounded from a 1-0 loss to Australia in the first game with a dramatic 4-3 comeback win over Brazil on Sunday. Chicago Red Stars midfielder Julie Ertz scored the game-winner in the 89th minute as the United States scored three goals in the game’s final ten minutes after falling behind 3-1. Seattle Reign FC forward Megan Rapinoe and Red Stars forward Christen Press also scored late in the comeback. North Carolina Courage midfielder Sam Mewis scored the first United States goal in the game.

Utsugi started and wore the captain’s armband for Japan in their first game, a 1-1 draw with Brazil on Thursday, and entered as a second half substitute in their second game, a 4-2 loss to Australia, on Sunday.

The United States is second place in the tournament with four points, behind Australia with six. The United States can win the tournament with a win over Japan and some help from Brazil vs. Australia. The USWNT needs beat Japan, Brazil to beat Australia, and between the two scores, overturn what is currently a plus three goal differential lead for Australia.


How to Watch

United States vs. Japan will be broadcast live on ESPN2/UDN at 10 p.m. ET and streamed on the ESPN app.

What to Watch For

The United States and Japan have famously met in the finals of three major international tournaments: the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup final (won by Japan in penalty kicks), as well as the 2012 Olympic gold medal game and the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup final (both won by the United States).

The USWNT is 26-1-7 all-time vs. Japan. The two teams last met in June of 2016 — a 3-3 draw that saw Japan equalize in stoppage time and a 2-0 win for the Unite States that was called in the 76th minute because of weather.


Social Highlights




U.S. Women’s National Team 2017 Tournament of Nations Roster by Position:

GOALKEEPERS (3): Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars), Jane Campbell (Houston Dash), Abby Smith (Boston Breakers)

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)


Japan Women’s National Team 2017 Tournament of Nations Roster by Position:

GOALKEEPERS (3): Sakiko Ikeda (Urawa Red Diamonds, Japan), Ayaka Saitoh (Vegalta Sendai, Japan), Ayaka Yamashita (Nippon TV Beleza, Japan)

DEFENDERS (7): Nana Ichise (Vegalta Sendai, Japan), Hikaru Kitagawa (Urawa Red Diamonds, Japan), Kaede Nakamura (Albirex Niigata, Japan), Ayumi Oya (Ehime FC, Japan), Riho Sakamoto (AC Nagano Parceiro, Japan), Aya Sameshima (INAC Kobe Leonessa, Japan), Hikari Takagi (Nojima Stella Kanagawa Sagamihara, Japan)

MIDFIELDERS (8): Madoka Haji (Iga FC Kunoichi, Japan), Yui Hasegawa (Nippon TV Beleza), Emi Nakajima (INAC Kobe Leonessa), Yu Nakasato (Nippon TV Beleza), Hikaru Naomoto (Urawa Red Diamonds, Japan), Mizuho Sakaguchi (Nippon TV Beleza), Rin Sumida (Nippon TV Beleza), Rumi Utsugi (Seattle Reign)

FORWARDS (5): Yuka Momiki (Nippon TV Beleza), Yuika Sugasawa (Urawa Red Diamonds, Japan), Mina Tanaka (Nippon TV Beleza), Shiho Tomari (AC Nagano Parceiro), Kumi Yokoyama (FFC Frankfurt, Germany)



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 TwitterInstagram and Facebook.

To follow USA vs. Japan on Twitter, use the #USAvJPN hashtag.


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