April 19, 2016
USWNT to take on Japan again June 5
CHICAGO - The U.S. women's national team will face Japan on June 5 at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland as it continues its preparations for the Rio Olympics.
The match will kick off at 12:30 p.m. ET on ESPN2.
It will be the second leg of a two-game set between the 2015 Women's World Cup finalists as the two sides also meet on June 2 at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colo. (9 p.m. ET on FS1).
The Americans are 11-0-0 this year and has outscored their opponents, 42-1, winning 10 matches by shutout. The only goal the USA has allowed this year came in a 2-1 victory against Germany in the SheBelieves Cup.
The two games against Japan will mark the first meetings between the teams since the 2015 final in Vancouver last July 5. The USA recorded a 5-2 victory behind Carli Lloyd's hat-trick to earn its record third WWC crown.
The USA and Japan have met in the last three world championship finals - the 2011 WWC, the 2012 Olympics and the 2015 WWC - but Japan failed to qualify for the Rio Olympics in Asia qualifying tournament in March.
This will be the American women's third visit to Cleveland and the first in more than six years, with the previous two matches at FirstEnergy Stadium (formerly Cleveland Browns Stadium), a 2-0 triumph over China PR in June 2007 and a 4-0 victory over Germany in May 2010.