When Lindsey Horan scored in the 89th minute on Thursday night, we all thought she had secured the win for the USWNT. Then Kumi Yokoyama booted in an equalizer during stoppage time, ending the game at 3-3. Head coach Jill Ellis said the team had "a lot of takeaways" from the game, and hopefully we will see a stronger performance when the two teams face-off again, this time in Cleveland, Ohio.
The Goal for the USWNT: Come out strong and get the win.
What to Watch For
1) What did the U.S. "take-away" from last game and how will they adjust? Both teams will certainly be tired from playing just a couple days ago, but as Jill Ellis said after the last game, it's all about preparing for the Olympics. I'm guessing we will see more discipline from the U.S. team, working on maintaining possession of the ball in dangerous places on the pitch, and continuing to build minutes of play for some of the bench players (like Lindsey Horan and Christen Press). We also need to contain Japanese veteran players Yuki Ogimi and Mizuho Sakaguchi, who continue to have a significant impact on the game.
2) Goalkeeper Hope Solo is still working for her 99th career shutout. Solo has earned shutouts against 28 different countries, including four against Japan, and would become the first goalkeeper in U.S. history to get to the 100 mark. So far this year, the USWNT is 11-0-1, earning 10 shutouts and allowing just four goals (before the last game vs. Japan, they had allowed only a single goal). If she doesn't get the shutout this time, Solo won't get another chance until July, but either way it looks like her best chance for #100 will come during the Olympics.
3) The U.S. Women's National Team Roster:
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)
How to Watch
Match Date/Time: Sunday, 5 June 2016 at 11:00 AM MDT
Venue: FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio
TV Information: ESPN2
Weather at Kickoff: 72 degrees and cloudy