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The USA Softball Women's National Team is back on the world stage at the Tokyo Olympics. The 2020 games are Team USA's fifth Olympic appearance and first since 2008, after the sport was left out of the London 2012 Summer Olympics and the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics. The opening ceremonies for the Tokyo Games are taking place Friday, but Team USA began the campaign for softball gold on Tuesday when they defeated Italy, 2-0. M

Monica Abbott pitched a complete-game, one-hit shutout in Team USA's second win of the tournament, 1-0 over Canada, on Wednesday. The United States will next play No. 5 ranked Mexico in their third opening-round contest.

The host country 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 third game against Mexico:

USA Softball vs. Mexico

  • When: 1:30 a.m. ET on Saturday, July 24 | Where: Yokohama Stadium
  • TV channel: NBC Sports Network | Live stream: fuboTV (try for free)
  • Odds: USA -700; Mexico +400 (via William Hill Sportsbook)

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 (based on record) 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

DateOpponentTime (ET)/Result

Tuesday, July 20

Italy

USA 2, Italy 0

Wednesday, July 21

Canada

USA 1, Canada 0

Saturday, July 24

Mexico

1:30 a.m.

Saturday, July 24

Australia

9 p.m.

Sunday, July 25

Japan

9 p.m.

Tuesday, July 27

Bronze medal game

12 a.m.

Tuesday, July 27

Gold medal game

7 a.m.