USA vs. Canada Softball: Start Time, Date, Live Stream, Preview and More

Mike ChiariFeatured ColumnistJune 30, 2012

GUADALAJARA, MEXICO - OCTOBER 23:  Pitcher Jordan Taylor #7 of the United States pitches to Canada during the gold medal softball game on Day Nine of the XVI Pan American Games at the Pan American Softball Stadium on October 23, 2011 in Guadalajara, Mexico.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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The United States will continue its run toward another World Cup of Softball championship on Saturday night when it takes on Canada in its fourth game of the tournament. The Americans have been dominant en route to a 2-0 record thus far and will take on 3-0 Netherlands earlier in the day in their biggest test thus far.

While the talent gap may seem considerable, Canada always give the United States a run for its money. Canada is able to enter this game loose and without expectations, so that should play into its favor. Team USA is also charged with the task of playing a day-night doubleheader, so perhaps the Canadians can prey on a tired squad.

Here is everything you need to know about when and where to watch the United States' clash vs. Canada, as well as what to expect in the rivalry game.

 

Where: America Hall of Fame Complex in Oklahoma City, Okla.

When: Saturday, June 30 at 7 p.m. ET

Watch: ESPN

Live Stream: ESPN3.com 

 

USA Player to Watch: Valerie Arioto

GUADALAJARA, MEXICO - OCTOBER 23:  Lauren Gibson #25 of the United States scores a run and gives a high five to teammate Valerie Arioto #20 in the fourth inning as Gibson scores on a single by Amelia Leles #31 during the gold medal softball game on Day Ni
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The United States has so many strong players that it essentially fielded two different lineups over its first two games, but the one constant was first baseman Valerie Arioto batting fifth. Arioto went 1-for-3 in her first game before exploding for a vital home run against Australia. Arioto is the United States' biggest power bat, so she is going to be a key player moving forward.

Canada has had a tough time in the pitching department as it has given up seven runs in each of its first two games, and that likely has Arioto licking her chops. This one promises to be a pretty high-scoring affair, and Arioto should key some big innings for the Americans.

 

Canada Player to Watch: Melanie Matthews

Canada has come up just short in each of its games thus far, but Melanie Matthews hasn't been the reason for it. The left fielder and leadoff hitter has been a major contributor for the Canadians as she has already racked up three home runs and four RBI on the tournament. She isn't your traditional table setter as she has a lot of power, but she is effective nonetheless.

If she can come up with a big hit to start the game, then she could possibly ensure that the United States is on its heels and feeling uncomfortable for the duration. Matthews is also one of the toughest outs on the team and is going to do everything possible to make the American pitchers work.

 

Prediction

United States 9, Canada 3