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USA vs. England Women's Soccer: 2020 SheBelieves Cup Schedule, Live Stream

Gianni Verschueren@ReverschPassFeatured ColumnistMarch 5, 2020

CARSON, CA - FEBRUARY 9: Christen Press #20 of the United States talks with Lindsey Horan #9 and Lynn Williams #13 during a game between Canada and USWNT at Dignity Health Sports Park on February 9, 2020 in Carson, California. (Photo by Michael Janosz/ISI Photos/Getty Images)
Michael Janosz/ISI Photos/Getty Images

The United States and England women's national teams will kick off their 2020 SheBelieves Cup campaign on Thursday in Orlando, Florida.

England are the defending champions after beating two-time winners USA to the trophy last year. The world champion Stars and Stripes are this year's favourites in a strong field that also includes Japan and Spain.

Kick-off between the USWNT and the Lionesses is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET/12 a.m. GMT (Friday). The match will be broadcast on BBC Two (UK) and ESPN 2 (U.S.).

   

If recent history between these two teams is any indication, Thursday's clash should be a nail-biter. Five of the six previous meetings have ended in a one-goal win, with the lone exception being a 2-2 draw in last year's SheBelieves Cup.

That draw set England on the path to a tournament win, as they finished two points ahead of the Americans. The Stars and Stripes got their revenge at the FIFA Women's World Cup, though, courtesy of a dramatic 2-1 win in the semi-finals:

That defeat started a slide for the Lionesses, who also lost to Sweden in the third-place match and haven't played up to their level since. They won only two more matches during the rest of 2019 and lost to Norway, Brazil and Germany.

Their next opponents are on a 28-match unbeaten streak, winning all but one of their matches in 2019. The new year has also been good for the USWNT, who have had a dominant showing at the CONCACAF Olympic qualifiers.

The team outscored their opponents 25-0 in the tournament, culminating in a 3-0 win over Canada in the final:

Canada gave the U.S. a good test in the first half before succumbing to the pressure after the break. England should provide a sterner challenge for head coach Vlatko Andonovski and his side, who will also face Brazil and Australia in their Olympic preparations.

England have traveled to the United States with a relatively young team, including several newcomers to the squad. Everton's Sandy MacIver, West Ham's Grace Fisk and Alessia Russo of the North Carolina Tar Heels could all earn their first caps.

Ellen White is the team's most prolific scorer, while Toni Duggan and Jill Scott are among the Lionesses' most experienced players.

There are no rotations in the USWNT's selection, with a limited amount of Olympic spots available to the deepest squad in women's football. Alex Morgan remains sidelined due to her pregnancy, and regulars Allie Long and Morgan Brian were again left off the roster. Mallory Pugh returns after missing out on the Olympic qualifiers.

         

Prediction: USA 1-1 England

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