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FEATURE: Sydney LeRoux – The Fighter
AIRS: During USA vs. Australia pre-game show at 7:30 p.m. ET on TSN
SYNOPSIS: Though she is set to make her World Cup debut as one of the USA’s star strikers, Sydney Leroux grew up in Surrey, B.C. Since moving to Arizona at age 15 to pursue her dream of playing for the U.S. women’s national team, Leroux has become a controversial figure in the heated women’s soccer rivalry between Canada and the United StatesGame Day Notes:Match: Sweden vs. Nigeria
Sweden and Nigeria are meeting for the third time at a World Cup, including a 1-1 draw in the opening game of 2007 World Cup group stage in Chengdu. Sweden won all 10 of their qualifying matches allowing just 1 goal in 10 games. Lotta Schelin has scored in each of their last 3 matches (4 goals).
Nigeria has played Mali twice in their only two official matches in 2015, beating Mali 8-0 following a 1-1 draw, and also drew 0-0 with Canada in a non-official match on May 25. Forward Asisat Oshoala is a player to watch, winning the player of the tournament and top goalscorer awards after shining for Nigeria in the U-20 last year in Canada.
Cameroon vs. Ecuador
Both teams are set to play their first-ever World Cup finals match. Cameroon won their last game 3-2 away against Cote d’Ivoire on May 10, and have won all three of their matches in 2015, including home and away wins against Ethiopia by a 2-1 score.
Ecuador has lost all four of their matches in 2015, scoring twice and conceding nine goals. The team’s last win was a 1-0 victory against Trinidad & Tobago in the second leg of their World Cup qualifying play-off in December, 2014.
USA vs. Australia
In 24 meetings between the two countries Australia has never won. USA won the last match 4-0 in friendly competition in October, 2013. USA has won the last seven matches, scoring 24 goals and conceding 10. Australia has only avoided defeat twice, drawing consecutive matches in 2004 and 2005.
USA is set to play their record 37th World Cup finals match, and has lost just one of their 18 World Cup group stage matches, recording 15 wins and two draws. Abby Wambach needs two goals to become the all-time leading goalscorer at the Women’s World Cup. Wambach has scored 13 goals, one goal behind Marta and Birgit Prinz (14).
Australia’s Lisa De Vanna is set to make her 100th senior international appearance. Australia won their last game 11-0, beating Vietnam on May 21, and is unbeaten in its last three matches (two wins) since a 2-1 away defeat to Austria in friendly competition on April 7. Australia enters the tournament having scored in nine of their 10 matches in 2015. Australia has won three of their 15 group stage matches at the World Cup (4 draws, 8 defeats), with all three wins coming in their final group matches and only one win in their five opening World Cup group stage matches.
Japan vs. Switzerland
Japan and Switzerland are meeting for the first time. Japan’s Homare Sawa is set to make her 200th senior appearance for Japan. Japan won its last game 1-0 against Italy in Nagano on May 28, with Yuki Ogimi scoring the lone goal, and won its last three matches without conceding a goal. Japan lost just four of their last 27 matches (20 wins). Japan enters the tournament having played 18 group stages matches (five wins, two draws, 11 losses) and having won two of their six opening World Cup finals matches.
Switzerland’s Lara Dickenmann is set to make her 100th senior international appearance when the Swiss play their first ever World Cup finals match. Switzerland lost their last game 3-1 to Germany in Baden on May 27, and has won two of its last eight games in 2015 (5 defeats). Switzelrand has fared poorly against non-European opposition, losing 4-1 to Brazil following 3-0 and 4-1 defeats to USA.