2015 FIFA Women's World Cup Final: Everything You Need to Know About US-Japan

PHOTO: Shinobu Ohno, No.11, of Japan during the FIFA Womens World Cup Canada 2015, June 16, 2015, in Winnipeg, Canada. Left, Abby Wambach, No. 20. of the U.S. during the FIFA Womens World Cup Canada 2015, June 8, 2015,in Winnipeg, Canada. PlayGetty Images
WATCH FIFA World Cup 2015 Women's Final Preview: Team USA vs. Japan

It will be payback time for the U.S. women's soccer team on Sunday when it takes on Japan in the World Cup final, a rematch of the 2011 championship game they lost.

The teams will face off in Vancouver's BC Place Stadium, where the Americans are hoping to win a third World Cup title. The U.S. previously won the World Cup in 1991 in China and in 1999 on home turf.

The U.S. reached this year's final after defeating No. 1-ranked Germany, 2-0 on Tuesday in Montreal, while Japan beat England, 2-1, in Edmonton. The final is a rematch of the heartbreaking 2011 championship game the United States lost to Japan in a penalty-kick shootout.

Here are three things you need to know about the final:

1. Here we go again

The game will be the rubber match between both nations. In the 2011 World Cup title game, Japan defeated the U.S. on penalties after the game ended 2-2 following extra time.

The United States exacted some revenge a year later, beating Japan to win Olympic gold in London.

PHOTO: U.S. players celebrate winning gold against Japan during the final of the womens football competition of the London 2012 Olympic Games USA vs Japan, August 9, 2012, at Wembley stadium in London. Martin Bernetti/AFP/Getty Images
U.S. players celebrate winning gold against Japan during the final of the women's football competition of the London 2012 Olympic Games USA vs Japan, August 9, 2012, at Wembley stadium in London.

2. Playing defense

The United States is hoping to stay unbeatable at this tournament, having not given up a goal in 513 minutes. In fact, the team has only allowed one goal during the entire tournament -- against Australia on June 8. The Americans won the game, 3-1.

Goalkeeper Hope Solo, 33, who received the Adidas Golden Glove award when Japan defeated the U.S. in the 2011 final, will be net again on Sunday. Although she has been tested little throughout the tournament, her experience and skill offer the U.S. assurance in the back should the lively Japanese offense kick into high gear.

PHOTO: United States goalkeeper Hope Solo, No.1, makes a save against Germany during the semifinals of the FIFA 2015 Womens World Cup, June 30, 2015, at Olympic Stadium in Montreal. Eric Bolte/USA TODAY Sports/Reuters
United States goalkeeper Hope Solo, No.1, makes a save against Germany during the semifinals of the FIFA 2015 Women's World Cup, June 30, 2015, at Olympic Stadium in Montreal.

3. Oh my Lloyd

Two-time Olympic gold medalist Carli Lloyd, 32, is not only the team's captain, she's also Team USA's top scorer with three goals. Her well-executed penalty-kick goal against Germany remains one for the ages.

Although the goals are nice, Lloyd is looking to lift the trophy on Sunday night.

PHOTO: Carli Lloyd of U.S. scores the opening goal from a penalty in the FIFA Womens World Cup 2015 Semifinal Match at Olympic Stadium, June 30, 2015, in Montreal, Canada. Dennis Grombkowski/Bongarts/Getty Images
Carli Lloyd of U.S. scores the opening goal from a penalty in the FIFA Women's World Cup 2015 Semifinal Match at Olympic Stadium, June 30, 2015, in Montreal, Canada.

"I've just been training my butt off the last 12 years. These are the moments I live for," she told ESPN. "This is kind of when I roll up my sleeves up and say to myself, 'I need to step up.'"

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