A Tale of Revenge: #USAvsJPN

Tonight the U.S. Women’s National Team (USWNT) faced off against Japan. This matchup has grown to be one of the greatest rivalries in women’s soccer and has only grown to a more legendary status over the years.  This is especially true after the last two World Cup Finals. In 2011, Japan came out the victor 3-1 in penalties. In 2015, the USWNT defeated Japan 5-2 and were crowned World Cup champions.

Tonight’s game was all about revenge for Japan. There’s no spoiler alert here. See how the game played out below.


Starting line-ups:

As far as the Chicago Red Stars are concerned, Julie Johnston is in the starting 11 – Christen Press and Alyssa Naeher are available on the bench.

As stated by US Soccer, “Johnston scored her first brace for the USA against Colombia on April 10 in Chester, Pennsylvania. She has seven international goals and will earn her 36th cap tonight.”

A look at the first half:

Something I can definitely agree with:

I had a similar thought when I first saw Japan’s kits, but I love them with the neon pink numbers.

I looked away from the match for less than a minute and Japan nets one. This goal scored based on pure technical ability, beating multiple USWNT defenders.

A 2-0 deficit for the USWNT is unexpected in this match, especially this early.

A look at Alex Morgan’s goal for the USWNT:

Three shots and three goals so far in this game, and the USWNT are still down by one.

I wonder if Megan Rapinoe is calm after this shot on goal where Japan almost notches a third goal.

A summary of the first 45 minutes:

Halftime break:

Predictions for the second half:

Second half action:

Chicago fans are excited for this substitution:

Throughout the game there had been talk of the effects that the high-altitude environment might have on the players, especially for Japan, who have been pressing high since the beginning of the match.


In the final minutes of the game it looked like the USWNT may have had a chance to win this one.


And that’s a wrap. Final score: U.S.A. 3 – 3 Japan.

Post game notes:

Something happy to close out the postgame for Chicago Red Stars’ fans:



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