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USA vs Japan: kickoff time, TV schedule, and match thread

Everything you need to know to watch the game

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Well, here we are playing Japan again, except things have gone in opposite directions for these two teams since the World Cup last summer.

Japan crashed out of AFC qualifying, lost their venerable head coach AND got chastised in the press by Nadeshiko legend Homare Sawa, and are just trying to get back to normal.

The United States of course won the World Cup, went on a whirlwind victory tour, met President Obama, got a ticker-tape parade in New York, and raked in a lot of cash.

Now the WNT is likely looking at this match as part of their Olympic preparation; even if some of the shine has come off of Japan, they still have a lot of canny technical players and experience to make it an interesting 90 minutes. As for Japan, well...


USA starting XI: Solo; O'Hara, Johnston, Sauerbrunn Klingenberg, Brian, Long, Pugh, Dunn, Morgan, Heath

Subs: Mewis, Engen, Krieger, Press, Sonnett, Horan, Naeher

Japan starting XI: Yamashita, Ariyoshi, Kumagai, Sasaki, Muramatsu, Sakaguchi, Utsugi, Nakajima, Ogimi, Iwabuchi, Chiba

Location: Dick's Sporting Goods Park, Commerce City, Colo.

Kick-off time: listed as 9 PM ET by USSF, 9:30 PM ET according to TV schedule

Available TV: Fox Sports 1

Available streamingFox Soccer 2 Go