After a month of spectacular soccer matches, it all comes down to this: the United States versus Japan for World Cup glory, with the United States looking for their third World Cup title, while Japan looks to repeat their 2011 triumph.
The United States come into this match riding the momentum of defeating top ranked Germany in the Semifinal 2-0, off second half goals by Carli Lloyd and Kelley O'Hara, as they continued their upswing over the past several matches coming out of the Group Stage, riding the awakening of their offense and the stellar play of their defense, which has yet to allow a goal since the 27th minute of their opening match, a run of 513 minutes.
Japan comes in riding a streak of lucky breaks in the tournament, with a late own goal by England sending them into the final, while another late goal by Mana Iwabuchi sent them into the quarterfinals. While Japan has looked as dominant in possession as they have in previous meetings, they have struggled to find goals, with Aya Miyama scoring 2 goals, both from the penalty spot, while 6 other players have scored a goal, and they only have three multi-goal matches this World Cup.
The United States and Japan have met several times over the past four years, with high profile meetings in the 2011 World Cup Final and 2012 Olympics Gold Medal match, which went to Japan and the United States respectively, as well as meeting prior to the Olympics, a 4-1 win to the United States in Sweden, a 1-1 draw in the 2012 Kirin Cup in Japan, and two meetings in the Algarve Cup in Portugal, a 1-0 Japan win in 2012, and a 1-1 draw in 2014, their most recent meeting.