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WORLD CUP 2015: USA vs. Australia -- preview, time, & how to watch

Jill Ellis's U.S. team opens its World Cup account TONIGHT at 7:30 p.m. ET against the Matildas. Here's everything you need to know!

No 'Pinoe, no party.
No 'Pinoe, no party.
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SB Nation has done a jolly-good job of putting together a tremendous World Cup 2015 Mega-preview, which we hope you'll devour in the same manner that Becky Sauerbrunn devours opposing attackers!

THE PREAMBLE

The Stars'n'Stripes will take the field tonight in Winnipeg looking to stake their claim in the Game of FIFA Thrones.

Following Germany's 10-0 thrashing of the Ivory Coast, that will come as no small challenge. With goal-machine Alex Morgan still making her way back from injury, Sidney "Secret Canadian" LeRoux and Amy "The Real A-Rod" Rodriguez will have to answer the call against an Australia side clamoring for an upset.

For the U.S. faithful, this weekend's developments in the ongoing drama that is Hope Solo's private life certainly don't help matters. Can the Americanas put distractions aside and hit the ground running in Canada?

HOW TO WATCH WORLDWIDE

United States vs. Australia, Investors Group Field, Winnipeg, Manitoba

June 8, 2015, 7:30 p.m. ET / 4:30 p.m. PT

TV: FOX (U.S.), TSN 1, RDS 2 (Canada), BBC Two (U.K.), SBS One (Australia)

OnlineFOX Sports Go and FOX Soccer 2 Go (U.S.), TSN (Canada), BBC iPlayer (U.K.), SBS (Australia)

View the complete listings via Live Soccer TV.

GREAT PREVIEW, OR THE GREATEST PREVIEW?

Here's what we've got for you:

  • Check out SB Nation's fantastic, beautiful previews for both the U.S. team and Australia.
  • Get set for this evening's matchup with our own M.C. Bousquette over at Empire of Soccer, featuring the top storylines, a projected starting lineup, and more.
  • Peep Heather O'Reilly's game face one more time.
  • Perhaps most importantly, DO NOT MISS "Shots on Goal" from our friends at Dynamo Theory, including USWNT cocktail recipes and an officially unofficial World Cup drinking game!

AND, FINALLY,

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