USA vs. Germany Women's Soccer: SheBelieves Cup 2016 Live Stream, Time, TV Info

Rob Blanchette@@_Rob_BFeatured ColumnistMarch 9, 2016

United States' forward Alex Morgan, top left, celebrates with teammates after she scored the game-winning goal against France during the second half of a SheBelieves Cup women's soccer match Sunday, March 6, 2016, in Nashville, Tenn. The United States won 1-0. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
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The United States' and Germany's women's national teams battle it out in the final group match of the 2016 SheBelieves Cup on Wednesday, with the Europeans needing only a draw at the FAU Stadium in Boca Raton, Florida, to win the tournament.

Both teams, considered the elite nations in the women's game, have collected wins in their fixtures with France and England, but the Germans edge the standings on goals scored and level on points and goal difference. 

The United States need to win in Boca Raton to claim the title to add to their recent World Cup crown.

England and France also complete their tournaments at the FAU Stadium, as they face off before the United States and Germany game, with their match scheduled for 5 p.m. ET.

Here's how you can catch the conclusion of the inaugural SheBelieves Cup:


Date: Wednesday, March 9

Time: 7.45 p.m. ET/ 2.45 p.m. GMT

Venue: FAU Stadium, Boca Raton, Florida

Live Stream: Watch ESPN (U.S.)

TV Info: ESPN 3


Match Preview 

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The United States went into the World Cup in Canada as the dark horse of the competition, but they played like favourites, baring the responsibility of champions-in-waiting better than any other side.

The home SheBelieves Cup was always going to test their mettle with three of the world's greatest football nations on their doorstep. 

The Carli Lloyd-led team edged past England in their opening match, earning a 1-0 win after Crystal Dunn's 72nd-minute goal, and repeated the feat in spectacular fashion against a skillful and rapid France side, as Alex Morgan slotted away in injury time at the end of the game.

TAMPA, FL - MARCH 3:  Defender Josephine Henning  #2 of Germany controls the ball ahead forward Marie-Laure Delie #18 of France during the second half of the 2016 SheBelieves Cup soccer match on March 3, 2016 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.  (
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Both matches were expectantly tight, but the United States have proved they have an extra gear when previously they might have faltered.

Germany sit in second spot behind the USWNT in the FIFA World Rankings and are not the team they once were, when they appeared almost impervious to defeat.

However, at the SheBelieves Cup, they have shown their standards are still very high, beating France 1-0, and scoring twice in the final 14 minutes when trailing 1-0 to the English. 

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The story of the tournament has been the rise of 17-year-old American wonderkid Mallory Pugh and the resurgence of Morgan after an injury-hit World Cup. The forward struggled with a knee injury in the buildup to the competition last year and never produced her vintage consistency in Canada, despite collecting a winners' medal.

However, Morgan is now back and firing, and looking stronger and fitter than ever. She has been supplemented by Pugh, who provided the last-gasp assist against France, and the pair have given the United States a fresh-looking forward line.

US Soccer shared the injury-time play that won the hosts the match:

Goalkeeper Hope Solo has also been at her best in the competition and repeatedly saved her side against a barrage of French goal attempts. 

Superstar captain Lloyd has lost a modicum of her impact since an incredible 2015, and Germany will be hoping she doesn't recapture her form on Wednesday.

German attacking pair Mandy Islacker and Dzsenifer Marozsan are not playing at their best, leaving coach Silvia Neid a selection quandary ahead of the final game.

Neid had to rely on her vastly experienced defender Babett Peter to rescue the victory against England from the penalty spot, and she will be debating how she is going to find the goals to beat the host nation.

NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE - MARCH 06:  Kathrin Hendrich #8 of Germany heads a ball past Karen Carney #10 of England during the second half of a friendly international match in the Shebelieves Cup at Nissan Stadium on March 6, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Ph
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As Pugh quickly develops into one of the United States' new superstars, it is unfathomable to think Germany will pick up their form and beat the world champions in their own backyard.

The Europeans are in a transitional phase after a hugely disappointing World Cup, in which they didn't make the final and placed fourth, and they do not look in the correct shape to beat the Americans.

However, they could turn the game into a war of attrition and grind out the draw, which would see them collect the first-ever SheBelieves Cup.

It would be scant consolation for their disappointments of the past 12 months but would serve as a building block ahead of the Olympic Games in Rio.