Where to watch USA vs Japan live stream, TV channel, lineups, prediction for USWNT in SheBelieves Cup

The U.S. women take the field for the final two times before the Summer Olympics in Paris as they host the 2024 SheBelieves Cup, starting with a semifinal against Japan on Saturday afternoon.

An annual competition contested in the United States since 2018, the SheBelieves Cup has been reorganized slightly to accommodate this year’s changes in the women’s FIFA calendar. The competition, which used to be played as a four-team round robin, will change this year to a four-team mini bracket, with two semifinals played before a third-place game and final three days later.

For three of the participants, the USWNT, Canada, and Brazil, it will serve as a final warm-up before the Olympics to come later in the summer. For Japan, this instead will be a more direct lead-in to their Olympic qualifying, which will begin just days after the conclusion of the SheBelieves Cup.

Interim head coach Twila Kilgore will be in charge for her final two games before Emma Hayes takes over at the end of Chelsea’s season, just prior to the Olympics.

USA vs Japan live stream, TV channel

  • Date: Saturday, April 6, 2024
  • Time (ET): 12:30 p.m. ET
  • TV channel: TNT (English), Universo (Spanish)
  • Streaming: Sling, Fubo, Max, Peacock

The U.S. women will meet Japan in the opening match of the SheBelieves Cup, which will be televised in English on TNT, which is available to stream on Sling or on Turner’s dedicated platform Max.

There is also a Spanish-language television broadcast available on Universo, which is accessible for streaming on Fubo as well as NBC Universal’s dedicated platform Peacock.

Tuesday’s USWNT game against either Canada or Brazil, kicking off at 7 p.m. ET regardless of whether it’s the final or third place match, will also be televised on the same channels and platforms, except the English-language television broadcast will be on TBS.

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What time is USA vs Japan kickoff?

This SheBelieves Cup semifinal kicks off from Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Saturday, April 6 at 12:30 p.m. local time in Atlanta, GA.

Here’s how that time translates across all of the time zones in the United States:

  Date Kickoff time
Eastern Time Sat, Apr. 6 12:30 p.m.
Central Time Sat, Apr. 6 11:30 a.m.
Mountain Time Sat, Apr. 6 10:30 a.m.
Pacific Time Sat, Apr. 6 9:30 a.m.
Alaska ST Sat, Apr. 6 8:30 a.m.
Hawaii ST Sat, Apr. 6 7:30 a.m.

USA vs Japan lineups & team news

The biggest news for the USWNT at the SheBelieves Cup is that both Mallory Swanson and Catarina Macario return from their long-term knee injuries for the first time. Swanson has been out since last March after suffering a torn patella tendon in the lead-up to the 2023 Women’s World Cup, while Macario has been sidelined for a frustrating 16 months with a torn ACL. It’s unclear how many minutes each will be handed, but Macario, who is seeing solid action with Chelsea, is further along in her return than Swanson, who only just returned to the field for her club.

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European-based youngsters Lily Yohannes (16 years old) and Eva Gaetino (21 years old) earned their first call-ups after impressing in the UEFA Women’s Champions League, which new USWNT head coach Emma Hayes is currently participating in as she finishes out the season with Chelsea.

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Rose Lavelle was not included as a “precautionary measure” as she deals with an injury, while Midge Purce has gone down recently with an ACL tear suffered in NWSL play.

USA projected starting lineup (4-3-3): Naeher (GK) — Fox, Davidson, Girma, Nighswonger — Sonnett, Moultrie, Horan — Rodman, Macario, Smith.

The biggest absence for Japan is winger Jun Endo, who suffered an ACL tear in mid-February while in preseason with her NWSL club Angel City.

Also missing is midfielder Hikaru Naomoto who also went down with an ACL tear, suffered in late January while with her domestic club Urawa Red Diamonds. It means Japan are down both starting wide players, leaving head coach Futoshi Ikeda with a job to find their replacement, with Manchester United midfielder Hinata Miyazawa and Miyabi Moriya of Kobe Leonessa as options.

While wingers are thin for Japan, they are at no loss for forwards, most hailing from domestically based clubs. Mina Tanaka should start up front, with 34 goals in 77 caps, but there’s a battle for the other spot. Riko Ueki has 11 goals in 34 international appearances, but is in poor form at her English club West Ham, leaving it likely down to either Aoba Fujino or Kiko Seike who both play for Japanese teams.

Japan projected starting lineup (3-5-2): Yamashita (GK) — Shimizu, Kumagi, Minami — Moriya, Sugita, Nagano, Hayashi, Miyazawa — M. Tanaka, Fujino.

USA vs Japan prediction

  • Score prediction: USA 3-1 Japan

While the United States are still not back to their very best, most dominant form, they showed major signs of recovery in the recent CONCACAF W Gold Cup.

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Furthermore, the U.S. has the devastating duo of Mal Swanson and Cat Macario back, both of whom are match-winners up front. While Swanson still needs time to ease back into match fitness, Macario is much further along, scoring goals for Chelsea at will since her return.

Japan, meanwhile, are suffering from key injury absences, and have not secured promising recent results. They only managed a scoreless draw and narrow 2-1 victory in two recent Olympic qualifiers against North Korea, and they split two matches with Brazil in friendlies at the end of last year. The U.S. should manage to see this game through.

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