It’s big time for the ladies in just a few hours.
Their own private Ghana you might say, with the exception that the US comes up big against Brazil while the men wilt against their nemesis.
Here’s the US starting line-up.
USWNT starters v. BRA: Solo; Krieger, Buehler, Rampone (c), LePeilbet; O’Reilly, Boxx, Lloyd, Cheney; Rodriguez, Wambach
Heather O’Reilly returns to commandeer her wing.
Amy Rodriguez remains up top with Wambach, but you can be sure Alex Morgan will put in some sprints.
Pia leaves the midfield untouched meaning 33-year-old Shannon Boxx will have to put in her best game of the tournament today.
Hope Solo might be the great equalizer, but she’ll surely have to be if Boxx can’t slow Marta & Co. on the attack.
Kickoff shortly on ESPN.
Some thoughts coming out of the first few matches here.