SheBelieves Cup heads to Nashville as USA and Japan prepare to face off
The U.S. Women’s National Team has kicked off the 2023 SheBelieves Cup, presented by Visa, with a strong start by securing a 2-0 victory against Canada with the help of Mallory Swanson’s brace.
Now, the team heads to Nashville for the second day of the tournament, where they are scheduled to face off against Japan on Sunday, Feb. 19 at GEODIS Park. With TNT, HBO Max, Universo, and Peacock providing coverage, the game is set to start at 3:30 p.m. ET / 2:30 p.m. CT.
Following this match, Brazil and Canada will take the field for their second game of the tournament, which is also scheduled to be broadcasted on HBO Max, Universo, and Peacock with a start time of 6:30 p.m. ET / 5:30 p.m. CT.
Although Brazil started strong with a 1-0 victory against Japan in Orlando, they are still trailing behind the U.S. Women’s National Team in the tournament standings due to goal differential.
As the 2023 SheBelieves Cup heats up, the teams are preparing for the upcoming matches in Frisco, Texas, which will be the third and final match day of the tournament on February 22. The day’s first game will feature Canada and Japan, with a start time of 4 p.m. ET / 3 p.m. CT, and broadcast coverage provided by HBO Max, Universo, and Peacock. Following this match, the USA and Brazil will take the field at 7 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. CT, which will be televised on TNT, HBO Max, Universo, and Peacock.
As the tournament nears its conclusion, the excitement and anticipation are reaching an all-time high. Fans eagerly await to see how their favorite teams will fare, and which team will ultimately emerge as the champion of the 2023 SheBelieves Cup. With the top women’s soccer teams in the world battling it out, the final match day promises to be filled with thrilling moments and unforgettable plays.
Outstanding Mallory Swanson
Mallory Swanson has continued her outstanding start to the 2023 season, making headlines with a stunning two-goal performance in the USA’s 2-0 victory over Canada on Thursday night. Despite the excellent team effort throughout the game, Swanson’s remarkable display was the standout moment of the match.
In the seventh minute, she opened the scoring with a half-volley, assisted by Alex Morgan. Later, in the 34th minute, she took advantage of a misplayed pass by a Canadian defender and scored her second goal, securing a 2-0 win for the team.
With her two goals in the match, Swanson made history by becoming the second-highest scorer in the SheBelieves Cup tournament history, with six career goals, trailing only Megan Rapinoe, her USA teammate, who has seven goals.
Moreover, her two goals were the 99th and 100th goals scored in SheBelieves Cup history, a notable achievement.
Swanson’s scoring prowess is not limited to the SheBelieves Cup. With five goals in three games, she is the leading scorer for the USA this year, and her scoring streak stretches to four games, the longest of her international career.
Since the beginning of 2022, Swanson has scored 12 goals in 18 appearances for the USA, further cementing her position as one of the best strikers on the team.
By scoring her 30th career goal against Canada on Feb. 16, Swanson has moved up to tie with Brandi Chastain and Amy Rodriguez for 20th on the USA’s all-time scoring charts, a remarkable feat for the young forward.
As she continues to shine on the pitch, fans eagerly await to see what Swanson will achieve next in her impressive career.
The SheBelieves Cup, presented by Visa, is more than just a soccer tournament. It is part of U.S. Soccer’s SheBelieves initiative, which aims to motivate and empower women and girls to achieve their aspirations in sports and beyond.
The tournament consists of six games and has been held annually since 2016. The first edition was won by the USA, with France taking top honors in 2017, followed by the USA in 2018, England in 2019, and the USA again in 2020, 2021, and 2022.
The format for the 2023 SheBelieves Cup remains the same as in previous years. The winning team will be determined by total points earned, with three points for a win and one for a draw.
The first tiebreaker will be goal difference, followed by goals scored, and then head-to-head result. If teams are still tied, the next tiebreaker will be the Fair Play ranking, based on yellow and red cards. Each team is allowed up to six substitutions per game, with three opportunities for subs and two additional opportunities for concussion subs, if required.
Half-time subs, concussion substitutions, and any additional substitutions made due to an opponent’s concussion subs will not be counted towards the three opportunities limit.
After the first match day, the USA leads the tournament with three points and a plus-two goal differential.
All six games of the tournament will be broadcast in English on HBO Max and in Spanish on Universo & Peacock. In addition, the USA’s match against Japan on February 19 and the tournament finale between the USA and Japan on February 22 will also be broadcast on TNT.
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