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USWNT MatchDay: America's Starting XI

The U.S. faces Japan for the first time since the World Cup Final in 2015.

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It's the day we've all been waiting for - a rematch of the 2015 World Cup Final between the United States Women's National Team and Japan's Women's National Team. In case you forgot, we won 5-2, thanks to Carli Lloyd putting in three goals within 13 minutes in the first half.

Things might look a little different this time, considering that Japan has a brand new coach, new players in key positions (like goalkeeper), and a young team (everyone is under 30 years old). Japanese Forward Yuki Ogimi told FOX Sport's Julie Stewart-Binks that the goal is "not to concede five goals in the first 15 minutes". Seems fair enough.

What I'm really looking forward to is seeing Mallory Pugh play in front of her home state crowd, and crossing my fingers to see Hope Solo get shutout number 99. Unfortunately, Carli Lloyd and Megan Rapinoe are still recovering from their respective injuries, so someone else will have to step up for the hat trick tonight.

So who will be out there when that first whistle blows?

The USWNT starting XI:

Hope Solo, Mallory Pugh, Becky Sauerbrunn, Kelley O'Hara, Meghan Klingenberg, Julie Johnston, Alex Morgan, Morgan Brian, Crystal Dunn, Tobin Heath, and Allie Long.