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USA vs. Australia Women's Soccer: Date, Time, Live Stream and Predictions

Rory Marsden@@roomarsdenFeatured ColumnistJuly 29, 2018

KANSAS CITY, KS - JULY 26:  Julie Ertz #2 of the United States controls the ball as Saori Ariyoshi #6 of Japan defends during their Tournament Of Nations match at Children's Mercy Park on July 26, 2018 in Kansas City, Kansas.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
Jamie Squire/Getty Images

The United States and Australia both claimed impressive wins in their opening matches at the 2018 Tournament of Nations.

Alex Morgan netted a hat-trick for the hosts as they beat Japan 4-2 in Kansas City after the Matildas had downed Brazil 3-1.

The two sides go head-to-head on Sunday at the Pratt & Whitney Stadium in East Hartford, Connecticut, in what could be the tournament's decisive fixture.

             

Date: Sunday, July 29

Time: 7 p.m. ET, midnight Monday BST

TV Info: Fox Sports 1 (U.S. only)

Live Stream: Fox Soccer Match Pass

                          

At last year's inaugural Tournament of Nations, Australia shocked the U.S. in their opening match by claiming a 1-0 victory.

They went on to beat Japan and Brazil to win the competition in impressive fashion.

After securing a fourth consecutive win in the tournament on Thursday, Alen Stajcic's side will be confident of causing another upset in Connecticut against the world's top-ranked side.

Tameka Butt of Australia hits the ball during the Tournament of Nations football match against Brazil at Children's Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kansas on July 26, 2018. (Photo by Tim Vizer / AFP)        (Photo credit should read TIM VIZER/AFP/Getty Images)
TIM VIZER/Getty Images

The U.S. not be complacent because they know firsthand of the threat the Matildas offer. However, Jill Ellis' Stars and Stripes must still go into Sunday's clash as favourites.

Since losing to Australia in last year's tournament, Team USA have been on a 17-match unbeaten run—15 of which they have won.

They also have their biggest stars in fine form.

Orlando Pride's Morgan has been fantastic of late on the international scene:

FOX Soccer @FOXSoccer

Alex Morgan has been unstoppable in her last 16 games for the USWNT 🇺🇸 https://t.co/eCRoUto6rs

Meanwhile, 33-year-old Megan Rapinoe, who got a goal and an assist against Japan, is arguably showing some of the best form of her career.

When the pair are on the attack, along with the likes of Christen Press and Lindsey Horan, they are close to unstoppable.

U.S. Soccer WNT @ussoccer_wnt

Class is in session. Textbook work from @ChristenPress, @mPinoe, and @alexmorgan13. https://t.co/mDsvCBGC4F

Australia are a fine side with recent experience of beating the United States. 

But their defence can be got at, and assuming Morgan and Rapinoe are on form again, the hosts should edge Sunday's clash.

Prediction: USA 2-1 Australia

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