The women's World Cup finale between the U.S. and Japan kicks off at 2:45 Eastern Time today in Frankfurt, Germany. This is, perhaps, the most anticipated game in U.S. soccer history.
After a dramatic overtime quarterfinal victory over Brazil and the semifinal victory over France, the U.S. proved that it is in real good shape, stepping into the finale with momentum at their back.
The challenge for today: possession soccer. It is one of Japan's strengths and it's difficult to keep the ball on offense if the other team has it all the time.
One major advantage: Japan, with an average height of 5-foot-4, is one of the smallest teams in this World Cup. Star striker Abby Wambach, at 5-foot-11, uses her size as a weapon. Her last two goals have both been headers, which she completed after leaping above smaller defenders.
Japan does come into the finale with a mission, to lift a country still coping from the March earthquake and tsunami that killed over 15,000 people. In the lead-up to Japan's 1-0 quarterfinal victory over the host team, Germany, coach Norio Sasaki showed his players photos of the devastation to remind them that they're playing for something much bigger than themselves. A revved-up Japanese team, not known for its aggression, received four yellow-cards.
So, where can you watch the game online?
In the U.S., the match will be broadcasted on ESPN and is available live streaming on ESPN3.
Spanish-language broadcaster Univision will also carry the match.
FIFA will not show live video, but will feature instant updates on all of the games. The FIFA Web site will have a continually updated feed of match action that shows a play-by-play, game clock, roster and score.