The U.S. girls’s nationwide staff will face Portugal, Jamaica and Nigeria in three June friendlies, U.S. Soccer confirmed on Thursday.
All three matches will happen in Texas, with the USWNT dealing with Portugal on June 10 and Jamaica on June 13 at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston, with a sport in opposition to Nigeria on June 16 at Q2 Stadium in Austin.
The video games, which U.S. Soccer is asking the “Summer time Sequence” would be the remaining matches earlier than head coach Vlatko Andonovski names his 18-player Olympic roster.
What was mentioned?
“In these Covid instances, we’re grateful that U.S. Soccer has been in a position to arrange a schedule of video games for us to organize for the Olympics and getting these three throughout the Summer time Sequence in opposition to groups we don’t play fairly often will likely be essential in serving to us make the ultimate selections on the Olympic staff,” Andonovski mentioned in a information launch.
“Selecting the Olympic staff has been an extended course of, with an enormous break within the center, however we’ll take all the knowledge from our trainings, the nationwide staff video games and membership matches so we are able to make the very best selections to present our staff the very best probability for achievement in Japan.”
Olympics on the horizon
After the USWNT performed April friendlies at Sweden and France, these matches symbolize the ultimate alternatives for gamers to impress Andonovski earlier than he names his Olympic squad.
The three Summer time Sequence video games will likely be adopted by two send-off friendlies in early July after the 18-player roster for Tokyo is confirmed.
The USWNT has drawn Sweden, Australia and New Zealand within the Olympic group stage, which kicks off on July 21.
In Japan, Andonovski’s aspect will likely be trying to banish recollections of the 2016 Olympics in Rio, the place they have been eradicated by Sweden within the quarter-finals to see them fail to medal for the primary time since girls’s soccer was launched on the Olympics in 1996.