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.
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...
Japan's Yuki Ogimi told us their objective for tomorrow is "not to concede 5 goals in 15 minutes." #USAvJPN— Julie Stewart-Binks (@JSB_FOX) June 1, 2016
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 streaming: Fox Soccer 2 Go