Women’s World Cup Final: Pre-Game Tailgate

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The U.S. Women's National Team will look to win the third World Cup in the team's history today with a win against Japan in the 2011 World Cup Final in Frankfurt, Germany (2:45pm, ESPN).

The U.S. women reached the final with a pair of thrilling victories against Brazil and France, and now face an inspired Japan side that reached the final by knocking off defending champion Germany before blowing out Sweden in the semifinals.

For a closer look at today's final, here is Fox Soccer's look at the match as well as SI.com's tactical preview of the match.

SBI will be providing live commentary on today's final, so feel free to join us here. Before we get to that, feel free to make this your place for pre-match discussions. Want to find out where people are watching the game? Wondering who will be the stars of today's final? Join us for the pre-game conversation.

Enjoy the action (and be sure to join us at 2:30pm for the Match Day Commentary).

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13 Responses to Women’s World Cup Final: Pre-Game Tailgate

  1. Joseph D'Hippolito says:

    Gambare Nippon! Gambare Nadeshiko! Kuso Tare Wambach!

    BANZAI!!!

  2. PD says:

    Good luck to both sides–matches with storylines like are so great for the sport!

    If Japan keeps their current form and USA keeps their finishing efficiency this will be an epic match. Too bad I’m working through the match and will haver to wait until the replay.

  3. Joamiq says:

    Haha I love that Heather O’Reilly’s face is always stuck in that grimace when she’s on the pitch

  4. beckster says:

    They pulled ARod from the lineup for Rapino which makes sense although could also have switched up the midfield of Boxx and Lloyd which hasn’t been that great…

  5. beckster says:

    I might have actually subbed Morgan for ARod and Rapino on the wing with Cheney in the middle for either Lloyd or Boxx but glad ARod is sitting.

  6. RB says:

    ESPN says it’s Cheney up top instead of Rodriguez, with Rapinoe on the wing (which makes sense).

  7. Bobby says:

    W/ Rapinoe and Cheney on the pitch the US has tactical flexibility as the game goes forward. Cheney can drop into the midfield or out wide. Rapinoe can also help out with possession in the center of the field, if need be. Unfortunate for A-Rod

  8. RB says:

    Not sure going back to Buehler is the best thing to do…

  9. RB says:

    Really? That comment to Wambach? Baka da ro…

  10. Francois says:

    Ya I don’t know about that move back to Buehler either, but hopefully she’ll keep possesion instead of just playing long balls.

  11. beachbum says:

    yes…this gives the players who are on form to be on the field together from jump, and Pia’s still got flexibility with subs and tactics

  12. RB says:

    Hopefully it doesn’t come back to bite us in the butt…

  13. Francois says:

    Go Go USA!!