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It’s a doubleheader at CenturyLink Field tonight, with four powerhouse teams in women’s soccer.

US Women vs. Brazil: Photos Mike Russell / Sounder at Heart

On Thursday evening, fans will gather at CenturyLink Field to watch four powerhouse teams in women’s international soccer face off in the inaugural Tournament of Nations. The doubleheader will begin with a match between Brazil and Japan at 4:15 PM PT, and conclude with the U.S. Women’s National Team going up against Australia at 7 PM PT.

ESPN will stream the first match on ESPN3, while the USWNT game will feature on TV (ESPN).

Seattle Reign FC’s Megan Rapinoe will hopefully get a start — or at least some quality time — for the U.S. She’s certainly earned it. Rapinoe currently leads the NWSL in scoring. Her 12 goals in 15 matches puts Rapinoe on pace to potentially break Kim Little’s record for most goals in an NWSL season (16).

Rapine and the U.S. will be going up against Australia, a team that made it to the World Cup quarterfinals after falling to the U.S. 3-1 in group-stage play. The Matildas will be powered by a number of NWSL players, including the dynamic Sam Kerr, left back Steph Catley, and goalkeeper Lydia Williams, who was the W-League Goalkeeper of the Year. Australia is both quick and technical, and the U.S. will need to be prepared for numerous counter attacks.

Meanwhile, Reign FC midfielder Rumi Utsugi could be relied on to anchor a Japan squad that has experimented with a number of young players and new formations in the last year. Japan’s coach, Asako Takakuro, is now looking for a bit more stability as the team prepares for the Asian Cup, which takes place next April. Utsugi is an important part of the team’s development, and should get some quality minutes in the Tournament of Nations.

Japan faces a Brazil team that has more weapons than ever. In addition to Marta, players like Camila, Debinha, and Andressinha have shown their value in the NWSL this season. Can their technical skill and vision translate into strong play at the Tournament of Nations? They’re arguably the most unpredictable team in the tournament, but could cause opponents all sorts of problems.

After the opening games at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, the Tournament of Nations heads to California for two more double headers—July 30 in San Diego, and August 3 in Carson.

How to Watch

Brazil v. Japan

Date/Time: Thursday, 4:15 PM PT
Location: CenturyLink Field
TV: None
Streaming: ESPN3/WatchESPN

USA v. Australia

Date/Time: Thursday, 7:00 PM PT
Location: CenturyLink Field
TV: ESPN, UDN
Streaming: WatchESPN

United States Lineup

Australia Lineup

Yes, that’s likely NWSL MVP Kerr.

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