Mallory Pugh (left) and her U.S. teammates will get one more opportunity to record a win in the SheBelieves Cup. (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)
After a pair of draws, the U.S. women’s national team will try to salvage the SheBelieves Cup against Brazil at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla. Tuesday at 8 p.m. (FS1).
Despite the underachieving performances in 2-2 draws against Japan and England in their first two matches of the competition, the Americans still can win the title. They need to defeat the Brazilians while England and Japan play to a tie in the opening game of the doubleheaders at 5:15 p.m. (ussoccer.com).
The winner will be based on total points (three for a win, one for a draw), with the first tie-breaker being overall goal difference, followed by goals scored, then head-to-head result. If teams are still tied, the next tie-breaker will be the Fair Play ranking.
Here are the championship scenarios:
* If there is a winner in the England-Japan match, that team will win the tournament title.
* If Japan draws with England and the USA fails to beat Brazil, Japan will win the tournament.
* If England and Japan draw, the USA could take the tournament title IF it defeats Brazil AND comes out ahead of Japan on goal differential.
* If England and Japan draw, 0-0, the USA would need to defeat Brazil 2-0, or register a two-goal win by any score, which would tie the USA in goal difference with Japan but put the USA head on the second tie-breaker, goals scored.
* If England and Japan draw, 1-1, the USA would need to win 3-0, or register a three-goal win by any score, tying Japan on goal difference, but moving ahead on the second tie-breaker, goals scored.
* If England and Japan draw, 2-2, the USA would need to win 4-0, or register a four-goal win by any score, tying Japan on goal difference, but moving ahead on the second tie-breaker, goals scored.
GOALKEEPERS (3): 21- Adrianna Franch (Portland Thorns FC; 1/0), 24- Ashlyn Harris (Orlando Pride; 19/0), 1- Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars; 41/0)
DEFENDERS (8): 7- Abby Dahlkemper (NC Courage; 34/0), 12- Tierna Davidson (Chicago Red Stars; 16/1); 19- Crystal Dunn (NC Courage; 79/24), 22-Emily Fox (UNC; 3/0), 5- Kelley O’Hara (Utah Royals FC; 114/2); 4- Becky Sauerbrunn (Utah Royals FC; 152/0), 14- Casey Short (Chicago Red Stars; 27/0), 2- Emily Sonnett (Portland Thorns FC; 29/0)
MIDFIELDERS (5): 8- Julie Ertz (Chicago Red Stars; 76/18); 16- Rose Lavelle (Washington Spirit; 23/6), 3- Samantha Mewis (NC Courage; 44/8), 6- Andi Sullivan (Washington Spirit; 11/0), 25- McCall Zerboni (NC Courage; 8/0)
FORWARDS (7): 17- Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC; 145/26); 10- Carli Lloyd (Sky Blue FC; 268/105), 20- Jessica McDonald (NC Courage; 5/1), 13- Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride; 157/99), 23- Christen Press (Utah Royals FC; 110/47), 11- Mallory Pugh (Washington Spirit; 47/13), 15- Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign FC; 148/43)