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Rui Hachimura is eyeing a spot on Team Japan's roster for the 2020 Olympics

Rui Hachimura is eyeing a spot on Team Japan's roster for the 2020 Olympics

In exactly one year, all eyes will be on Tokyo as the Summer Olympics officially begin.

All Wizards fans' eyes will be on Rui Hachimura. He is likely to represent his home country during the 2020 Olympics, stating that he wants to be the face of Japanese athletes

It is expected that Hachimura will be named to the Olympic roster, although there is no official word on the expected lineup.

If selected, the rookie will have the home-court advantage as Team Japan automatically qualifies for the games.

Playing for Team Japan would be a dream come true for Hachimura.

"It has been always my goal to play the Olympics and it is next year, it's crazy," he told NBC Sports Washington. "I remember I always see the calendar and it says three years, four years, five years and now it is the next year."

This is a big deal not only for the rookie but also for his home country.

"Next year in Tokyo, it's a big thing we have been waiting for. Since, you know, when people started to talk about it when I started playing basketball." 

Assuming the USA Men's National Team will qualify for the Olympics, Hachimura may compete against one of his teammates. Bradley Beal was named to the 2018-2020 Men's National Team 35-man roster.

The USA Men's National Team boasts an Olympic record of 138-5 and has medaled in all 18 Olympic appearances. This will be the first Olympic appearance for Team Japan since the 1976 Summer Olympic Games in Canada. 

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2019 Women's World Cup Final: USA vs. The Netherlands, how to watch, what to look for and fun facts

2019 Women's World Cup Final: USA vs. The Netherlands, how to watch, what to look for and fun facts

Team USA looks to defend its crown as it takes on The Netherlands in the final match of the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup.

Though the Stars and Stripes steamrolled competition early and exhibited their strength as a soccer powerhouse with their 13-0 win over Thailand and 3-0 win over Chile in the group round, Team USA faced tougher challengers as it moved deeper into the tourney. 

The U.S. won Group F (3-0-0, 9 pts.), before facing and defeating Spain, France and England in order en route to the championship game. 

The Netherlands made its first ever appearance in the tournament semifinals after it won Group E (3-0-0, 9 pts.). Then they defeated Japan, Italy and Sweden in the round of 16, the quarterfinals and the semifinals, respectively.

Now, The Netherlands is set for its first ever appearance in the Women's World Cup Final, an impressive feat considering the nation had never qualified for the tournament prior to the 2015 Women's World Cup. 

HOW TO WATCH THE 2019 FIFA WOMEN'S WORLD CUP FINAL: USA vs. THE NETHERLANDS

Who: Team USA vs. The Netherlands
What: 2019 FIFA World Cup Final
When: Sunday, July 7
Time: 11 a.m. ET
Where: Stade de Lyon, Lyon, France
TV Channel: FOX
Stream Online: Watch the World Cup on fuboTV.

FUN FACTS:

  • Consistent: Once the U.S. got to the knockout stage of the tournament, it defeated each of its opponents 2-1. 
  • Saving the Day:  Alyssa Naeher became the first U.S. goalkeeper to save a penalty kick (non-shootout) when she blocked a shot from England's Steph Houghton to ensure Team USA's 2-1 victory in the semifinals match on Tuesday. 
  • Oh Captain: Alex Morgan and Megan Rapinoe, two of the Team USA captains, have a combined 11 goals in the tournament so far. Though Rapinoe missed the semifinals match due to a hamstring injury, she said she'd be back for the finals match. 

 

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2019 Women's World Cup: USA vs. Chile, how to watch, time, live stream, fun facts

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2019 Women's World Cup: USA vs. Chile, how to watch, time, live stream, fun facts

After a blowout win over Thailand on Tuesday, the U.S. Women's National Team continues their World Cup title defense on Sunday, June 16 with a match against Chile. 

The U.S., aiming to win its second consective World Cup, entered this year's tournament as the most-successful nation in Women's World Cup history. With a combined 112 goals in all of the team's appearances, just one goal ahead of Germany (111), the USWNT consistently proved it belongs atop the list of soccer powerhouses of the world. 

During qualifying rounds the U.S. outscored opponents 26-0 and won all five of its games, while Chile outscored opponents 13-5 to advance to its first Women's World Cup appearance.

Then, the USWNT's first match against Thailand. Team USA scored 13 unanswered goals, the most goals in a single game and the highest win-margin in the history of the World Cup. That means the U.S. has outscored opponents 39-0 in its last six games and has a total of 125 goals in all its World Cup appearances. Pretty exciting, right?

HOW TO WATCH THE 2019 WOMEN'S WORLD CUP: USA vs. CHILE

Who: Team USA vs. Chile, Group F
What: Game 2 Women's World Cup
When: Sunday, June 16
Time: Noon ET
Where: Parc des Princes, Paris, France
TV Channel: FOX
Stream Online: Watch the World Cup on fuboTV.

TAKE FIVE:

  • More From Morgan: Team USA forward Alex Morgan scored five times on Tuesday and tied the record for most goals in a single game in FIFA Women's World Cup history. (Michelle Akers scored five in the quarterfinals in 1991 against China Taipei)
  • On a Roll: Carli Lloyd scored a goal in her fifth consecutive World Cup match dating back to 2015, after she capped the U.S.'s victory on Tuesday with the 13th goal of the match. With the goal Lloyd tied the record for scoring in five straight FIFA Women's World Cup games. 
     

GROUP F SCHEDULE

Sweden vs. Thailand, Sun. 6/16, 9 a.m. ET (FS1)
USA vs. Chile, Sun. 6/16, 12 p.m. ET (FOX)

Sweden vs. USA, Thurs. 6/20, 3 p.m. ET (FOX)
Thailand vs. Chile, Thurs. 6/20, 3 p.m. ET (FS1)
 

WHAT ARE THE GROUPS FOR THE WOMEN'S WORLD CUP?

Group A (Record, points in parentheses): 
France (1-0-0, 3 pts.), Norway (1-0-0, 3 pts.), Nigeria (0-1-0, 0 pts.), Korea Republic (0-1-0, 0 pts.)

Group B: 
Spain (1-0-0, 3 pts.), Germany (1-0-0, 3 pts.), China PR (0-1-0, 0 pts.), South Africa (0-1-0, 0 pts.)

Group C 
Brazil (1-0-0, 3 pts.), Italy (1-0-0, 3 pts.), Australia (0-1-0, 0 pts.), Jamaica (0-1-0, 0 pts.)

Group D
England (1-0-0, 3 pts.), Argentina (0-0-1, 1 pts.), Japan (0-0-1, 1 pts.), Scotland (0-1-0, 0 pts.)

Group E 
Canada (1-0-0, 3 pts.), Netherlands (1-0-0, 3 pts.), New Zealand (0-1-0, 0 pts.), Cameroon (0-1-0, 0 pts.)

Group F
USA (1-0-0, 3 pts.), Sweden (1-0-0, 3 pts.), Chile (0-1-0, 0 pts.), Thailand (0-1-0, 0 pts.)


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