Sunday, July 17, the WPS Boston Breakers will host a FIFA World Cup viewing party at Tommy Doyle’s in Harvard Square when the USA faces Japan in the Championship final at 2:30 p.m. ET. The USA have an historical 21-0-3 record against Japan, but Japan’s National Team have never advanced beyond the quarterfinal before and are playing for their devastated homeland.
The Breakers roster five players on the U.S. Women’s National Team – striker Lauren Cheney, midfielder Kelly O’Hara, and defenders Amy LePeilbet, Rachel Buehler, and Stephanie Cox – and one player, defender Aya Sameshima, representing Japan in the final.
Lauren Cheney has been nominated for the prestigious Golden Ball Award for her performance in the tournament and striker Abby Wambach won an ESPY for her heroic goal versus Brazil in the quarterfinals. Although Japan’s Homore Sawa is currently tied with Marta to win the Golden Boot Award with four goals each, Wambach has scored three goals and can’t be counted out of the running.
Boston’s Rachel Buehler was the spark for the USA’s resurgence over Brazil when she was issued a controversial red card ejection for a tackle on Marta.
The USA advanced to the finals after defeating France 3-1 in the semifinals.
Sameshima has played every minute of Japan’s five matches in this World Cup, including all of extra time in Japan’s 1-0 win over reigning World Cup Champion and host Germany in the quarterfinals.
Click here for stats and analysis of Japan and photos of the women of Japan’s National Team.
For an inside look at the USWNT at World Cup, read my interview with Boston Breakers assistant coach Lisa Cole.
World Cup Championship viewing party
All are welcome.
Tommy Doyle’s Irish Pub and Restaurant [photo]
Where: 96 Winthrop Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
When: Sunday, July 17
starts at 2:00 p.m.
If you can’t make the party, USA-Japan kicks off at 2:45 p.m. on ESPN, Galavision and ESPN3.com and the ESPN pre-game show starts at 2:00 p.m.
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