USA and Brazil meet with 2018 Tournament of Nations title on the line.
After a 4-2 win against Japan on July 26 to open the 2018 Tournament of Nations and a 1-1 draw with Australia on July 29, the USA heads into its tournament finale against Brazil on Aug. 2 at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Ill. with a chance to clinch the tournament title.
The USA and Australia are currently tied on points with four each atop the group in this four-team tournament. They are also tied on goal difference (both teams are at plus-2), but the USA has a slight edge in goals scored with five to the Matildas four. The USA has not lost since the Tournament of Nations last summer, a 1-0 setback to Australia, and has gone 16-0-2 over the past year which includes an 8-0-2 mark in 2018. Check out the ToN2018 Results and Standings.
Because Australia faces Japan in the first game on the tournament’s final match day, the USA will know prior to its clash with Brazil what result it will need to win the tournament for the first time.
If both the USA and Australia win, that will give both teams seven points, and to finish first, the USA will need to compile a superior goal difference, or if tied in that first tiebreaker, maintain its edge in total goals scored. The USA can win the tournament with a tie, but only if Australia and Japan tie (and the USA maintains its edge in goals scored), or if Australia loses to Japan, as it did in the championship game of the 2018 AFC Asian Women’s Cup, despite the Matildas dominating that game. Australia has scored four goals from four shots on target during its first two games, and as they benefited from an own goal vs. Brazil, that means the Matildas have scored on three of its four shots on frame.
After the Tournament of Nations, the USA will have two international friendly matches against Chile (Aug. 31 in Los Angeles and Sept. 4 in San Jose) before entering World Cup qualifying. Chile will be a Women’s World Cup debutante next summer after qualifying for the tournament for the first time by finished second in the 2018 Copa América Femenina. The USA’s 2018 has so far featured wins over Denmark, Germany, England, Mexico (twice), China PR (twice), and Japan, along with ties vs. France and Australia.