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USWNT vs. Japan: Time, TV schedule and how to watch 2018 Tournament of Nations online

The Tournament of Nations should provide the United States with a stern test

With World Cup qualifying just a few months away, the United States will be eyeing the 2018 Tournament of Nations as their final dry run against top competition before the games truly count. Much like late winter’s SheBelieves Cup, the Tournament of Nations brings together four of the world’s top teams, with the USWNT joined by Japan, Australia, and Brazil. The latter two are opening the tournament as I type this, leaving the U.S. facing the Nadeshiko in the nightcap.

Key player: Rose Lavelle

This is a Washington Spirit site, so you’re darn right we’re focused on Lavelle. She hasn’t played more than 45 minutes at a time this season, with U.S. call-ups and a setback preventing her from going further in NWSL play. However, she’s probably pretty close to being able to start on a regular basis, and hopefully her time in this camp will help her build towards that rather than come with more bad news.

Tonight, whether it’s as a winger or as a #10, hopefully she can get 20-30 minutes of playing time. Lavelle looked sharper than she has at any point in her injury comeback in her last game for the Spirit, so hopefully we see more of the same throughout this tournament.

Location: Children’s Mercy Park (Kansas City, KS)

Kickoff time: 7:00pm Eastern

Projected USWNT starting 11: (433) - Alyssa Naeher; Crystal Dunn, Tierna Davidson, Becky Sauerbrunn, Casey Short; Lindsey Horan, Julie Ertz, Samantha Mewis; Christen Press, Alex Morgan, Megan Rapinoe

Bench: Ashlyn Harris, Adrianna Franch, Merritt Mathias, Abby Dahlkemper, Emily Sonnett, Morgan Brian, McCall Zerboni, Allie Long, Carli Lloyd, Rose Lavelle, Tobin Heath, Amy Rodriguez

I can’t even begin to explain how unhappy I am that Dunn, the best attacking player on the team, appears destined to have to play as a fullback, but the roster Jill Ellis has put together pretty much requires it. Such is life as a USWNT fan.

Available TV: Fox Sports 1

Available streaming: Fox Sports Go

For listings in other countries, check out LiveSoccerTV.com.

What are you drinking?: I’m going to pour myself a nice rocks glass of Patron Añejo Barrel Select tequila that was aged in American and French Oak.

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