USA vs. Japan Women's Soccer: 2020 SheBelieves Cup Odds, Live Stream

Gill Clark@@gillclarkyFeatured Columnist IIMarch 11, 2020

ORLANDO, FL - MARCH 05: Carli Lloyd #10 of the United States scores a goal and celebrates with Christen Press #23 during a game between England and USWNT at Exploria Stadium on March 05, 2020 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Brad Smith/ISI Photos/Getty Images)
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The United States women's national team need just a win or a draw against Japan on Wednesday to lift the SheBelieves Cup for a third time.

The world champions have enjoyed victories over England and Spain so far to sit three points clear at the top of the table with maximum points.

The USWNT go into the match as heavy favourites to win. They are on a 30-match unbeaten run and face a Japan side yet to pick up a point at the tournament.


Date: Wednesday, March 11  

Time: 8 p.m. ET/12 p.m. GMT

TV Info: TUDN (U.S.), BBC Red Button (UK)

Live Stream: TUDN En Vivo (U.S.)

Odds (via Oddschecker): USA 1-7, Draw 11-2, Japan 11-1


Match Preview

The USWNT only need a point against Japan to clinch the title, but Christen Press has made it clear that the world champions never want to settle for a draw.

The 31-year-old spoke to Grant Wahl at Sports Illustrated about her team's mentality after they scored a late goal to beat Spain 1-0 on Sunday:

"To be honest, I think that this whole group never thinks it's going to be a tie. It's 85th minute, 0–0, and we're thinking we're going to win. And it's just about when and how. I think we all carry that. We play with that. I never thought for a second we were going to tie the game."

Press is enjoying life under new USA head coach Vlatko Andonovski, and she has highlighted her quality again at the tournament to put the hosts on the brink of more success.

The Utah Royals forward started off with a brilliant goal to open the scoring in a 2-0 win over England, bending a shot past goalkeeper Carly Telford from outside the penalty area, via ESPNW:

espnW @espnW

CHRISTEN PRESS WITH AN ABSOLUTE BEAUTY 😤 #SheBelievesCup https://t.co/Dut3txudo3

Press then followed that up with an assist for Julie Ertz to score the late winner in a tough encounter with Spain.

Goal's Seth Vertelney highlighted how effective Press has been this year:

Seth Vertelney @svertelney

Christen Press has made a game-changing play every time she's come off the bench for the USWNT in 2020. In addition, she's made a game-changing play every time she's started for the USWNT in 2020.

Another victory on Wednesday looks the most likely outcome against a Japan side that have only scored once in their two games at the tournament through Mana Iwabuchi:

Jonathan Tannenwald @thegoalkeeper

Que golazo, Mana Iwabuchi. “You can smile, it’s okay, that was awesome!” @jtyardley says as the cameras catch Japan coach Asako Takakura almost celebrating. #SheBelievesCup @aishiterutokyo https://t.co/KoB6ar9JyR

Th 26-year-old's goal stole the show against Spain and was Japan's brightest moment of a disappointing tournament.

Iwabuchi has the talent to cause the USWNT problems and arrived at the tournament in good form for the national team with six goals in five games since the FIFA Women's World Cup last summer.

However, it's going to need something special to end the home side's dominance, and Andonovski's team have the quality, experience and belief to pick up more silverware.


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