Team USA Softball will go for the gold medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The United States, thanks to a walk-off win against Australia on Saturday night, secured a spot in Tuesday's gold medal game. Team USA will face the host country, Japan, which captured gold the last time softball was an Olympic sport in 2008.
Japan and Team USA -- both 4-0 in group play -- will first square off in a group stage game on Sunday night that will determine seeding for the gold medal game.
USA Softball's most recent win was their most thrilling, beating Australia in extra innings in walk-off fashion on Saturday night. The Aussies scored in the top of the eighth inning to take the lead, but the Americans scored two runs on Amanda Chidester's walk-off single to secure the win.
The United States will next play No. 2 ranked Japan in their fifth opening-round contest on Sunday at Yokohama Baseball Stadium. Japan is the defending gold medalist after they upset the United States in the final in Beijing 13 years ago. Prior to the upset loss in 2008, the United States had been dominant on the international level, taking home the gold in 1996 (Atlanta), 2000 (Sydney) and 2004 (Athens).
Here's how to watch USA Softball's fifth qualifying round game against Japan:
USA Softball vs. Japan
- When: 9 p.m. ET on Sunday, July 25 | Where: Yokohama Stadium
- TV channel: NBC Sports Network | Live stream: fuboTV (try for free)
- Odds: TBD
The softball tournament is set so that each team plays each of the other five teams in a single round-robin tournament. The top two teams (the U.S. and Japan) will compete for the gold medal, while the bronze medal game will be between the third- and fourth-place teams. Because of Tokyo's state of emergency due to COVID-19, there will be no fans at the games.
The full softball schedule for the Olympics can be found here. Here is Team USA's schedule:
Team USA Softball schedule
Tuesday, July 20
USA 2, Italy 0
Wednesday, July 21
USA 1, Canada 0
Saturday, July 24
USA 2, Mexico 0
Saturday, July 24
USA 2, Australia 1
Sunday, July 25
USA 2, Japan 1
Tuesday, July 27
Gold medal game vs. Japan
Japan 2, USA 0