The United States and Brazil each made winning starts at the 2021 SheBelieves Cup, with the latter leading the table as the pair prepare to clash in Orlando, Florida, on Sunday.
What TV Channel is USA-Brazil on?
The title defense is alive for the United States, but Brazil will hope to throw a spanner in the works as both seek successive wins, with their clash airing live on FOX Sports 1 and TUDN from 3 p.m. ET. You can live stream international soccer on fuboTV.
How to Watch United States vs. Brazil
When: Sunday, February 21
Where: Exploria Stadium, Orlando, Florida
Time: 3 p.m. ET
TV: FOX Sports 1, TUDN
Live Stream: fuboTV (watch for free)
A late decider from Rose Lavelle saw the Stars and Stripes narrowly defeat Canada on Thursday, maintaining Vlatko Andonovski’s 100-percent record as coach of the United States’ women’s national team:
The defending champions were frustrated in their frequent attempts before Lavelle finally settled matters in the 79th minute, but goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher played a key role in bagging three points for the hosts:
Brazil—making their second appearance at the SheBelieves Cup—have defeated the USWNT three times in 21 previous meetings, the most recent of those being a 3-2 friendly result in 2014. They’ve never managed to come out on the winning side of this fixture on American soil, but a 4-1 thumping of Argentina in their opener puts the Selecao in good stead to end that streak.
Two south American giants collided in the first matchup of this year’s SheBelieves Cup, but it was two stars based in the National Women’s Soccer League who opened the scoring for Brazil.
Six-time World Player of the Year, Marta (Orlando Pride), and Debinha (North Carolina Courage) scored either side of half-time against Argentina before goals from Adriana and Geyse sealed a rather one-sided win:
Pia Sundhage—who managed the United States between 2008 and 2012—has brought Brazil back from the brink after almost two years in charge. The team has come a long way from the one that infamously lost nine games straight across 2018 and 2019, and they’ve now lost only once in 14 games under her care (not including penalties).
World No. 1 the United States may reside seven spots above Brazil in the world rankings, but this competition’s opening results were a reminder Andonovski’s favorites can effectively lose their crown in the next 90 minutes of play.
While far from their most convincing in front of goal, the U.S. remain resolute at the back and have now kept clean sheets in their last four games. What better way to test the quality of that defense than against a team that’s scored 18 goals in its last three games?
Striker Debinha (five) and defender Rafaelle (three) are responsible for eight of those, but Brazil boast a complement of other threats in Marta, Andressa Alves, Beatriz and Cristiane, a 96-goal veteran who, at 35, has taken more to cameo roles of late. The Selecao may be yet to win in the United States but will hope Sundhage’s familiarity north of the border can help them break that trend in the quest for their first SheBelieves Cup.