Megan Rapinoe tries to console Carli Lloyd after the semifinal loss to Canada. (Jack Gruber-USA TODAY Sports)
The U.S. women’s national team will take on Australia in the bronze medal match of the Tokyo Olympics in Kashima, Japan Thursday at 4 a.m. ET.
The game will be played at the Ibaraki Kashima Stadium will be available for viewing in the United States on the USA Network and Telemundo with streaming coverage also available through NBCOlympics.com and through the Telemundo Deportes App.
Playing in its seventh Olympics, the USA hopes to secure its sixth medal. The Americans have won four gold medals and a silver. The next closest nation is Germany, which did not qualify for Tokyo 2020, with four medals.
While the USA will play in its first bronze medal match in Olympic history, the squad has competed in three third-place games in Women’s World Cup history, defeating China, 2-0, in 1995, Canada, 3-1, in 2003 and Norway, 4-1, in 2007.
The bronze medal match against Australia will be a rematch of the USA’s final group stage game, a 0-0 draw July 27. The results were enough to send both teams through to the quarterfinals, with the USA finishing second in Group G and Australia third.
Sweden and Canada will meet in the gold medal match at Tokyo’s Olympic Stadium at 10 p.m. ET Thursday.
The USA has played Australia 31 times, with four previous meetings at world championship events – two draws at the Olympics and two American victories at the World Cup.
The USWNT leads the series, 26-1-4, with the countries first meeting in 1987. Australia beat the USA for the first and only time June 27, 2018, a 1-0 victory in Seattle, Wash. The teams tied 1-1 June 29, 2018, in East Hartford, Conn., but the USA registered a 5-3 win in the most recent meeting prior to the Olympics April 4, 2019, in Commerce City, Colo. Alex Morgan scored her 100th international goal, Mallory Pugh tallied a brace in front of her hometown crowd, and Megan Rapinoe and Tobin Heath added goals as the USA erased a 2-1 deficit.
Over its last four games with Australia, the USA has a record of 1-1-2 and all four matches have been decided by two goals or less.