The United States Women's National Team and the Japanese Women's National Team are in action tonight in a match that features a rematch of the 2015 World Cup final. This is the first of two matches that the two teams will play against each other in four days.
The Goal for the USWNT: win on home soil
What to Watch For
1) International Match (again) in Colorado: The home of the Colorado Rapids is host again to a big International match and Colorado is finding itself growing in stature on the international stage. The Snow Classico was certainly awesome to be at, but it is also (appears) to have served as a coming out party for soccer in Colorado. Every year there is a big match at Dick's Sporting Goods Park and I would have to think seeing the USMNT next year in the Hex would not be a big shock.
2) Olympic Warm-up: As shocking as it seems, this is an Olympic warm-up for the USWNT only as Japan failed to qualify for the tournament in Rio. I would think that we will see some experimentation in the Starting XI, but the players that start this match will be a good indicator of who will be playing in Rio.
3) The Roster for this one:
Adrianna Franch (Portland Thorns FC), Ashlyn Harris (Orlando Pride), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars), Hope Solo (Seattle Reign FC)
Whitney Engen (Boston Breakers), Jaelene Hinkle (Western New York Flash), Julie Johnston (Chicago Red Stars), Meghan Klingenberg (Portland Thorns FC), Ali Krieger (Washington Spirit), Gina Lewandowski (FC Bayern Munich), Kelley O'Hara (Sky Blue FC), Christie Rampone (Sky Blue FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City), Emily Sonnett (Portland Thorns FC)
Morgan Brian (Houston Dash), Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC), Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC), Rose Lavelle (Wisconsin), Allie Long (Portland Thorns FC), Samantha Mewis (Western New York Flash), Heather O'Reilly (FC Kansas City)
Crystal Dunn (Washington Spirit), Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride), Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars), Mallory Pugh (Real Colorado)
Referee: Margaret Domka
Assistant Referees: Lixy Enriquez and Stephanie-Dale Yee-Sing
Fourth Official: Katja Koroleva
How to Watch
Match Date/Time: Thursday, 2 June 2016 at 7:00 PM MDT
Venue: Dick's Sporting Goods Park--Commerce City, Colorado
Tickets: Sold Out
TV Information: Fox Sports 1
Live Stream: Fox Sports 2Go
Weather at Kickoff: 77 degrees and clear