U.S. Women To Host Tournament of Nations

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U.S. Soccer will host its second four-team elite international tournament of the year as Australia, Brazil and Japan come to the United States for the Tournament of Nations to be held from July 27-August 3 at three venues along the west coast.

The round-robin tournament will feature three doubleheaders. The USA is currently ranked second in the world, Japan is tied for sixth, Australia is eighth and Brazil is ninth.

U.S. Soccer is planning on hosting this tournament every summer during the years that do not feature a World Cup or Olympic Games. Next year’s tournament will feature the same four teams.

“It’s fantastic to play another tournament at home against some of the world’s best teams in a year after the world championship cycle, and it shows U.S. Soccer’s continuing dedication to growing the women’s game,” U.S. WNT head coach Jill Ellis said. “These are three talented teams that we haven’t played in a while so we’re looking forward to a summer tournament that will be extremely challenging and valuable for our players and entertaining for the fans.”

The U.S. is 25-0-2 all-time against the Matildas, who made it to the quarterfinal of the Women’s World Cup before falling 1-0 to Japan. Australia also made to the quarterfinal of the 2016 Olympic tournament but fell to Brazil in a penalty kick shootout that went eight players deep.

Against Brazil, the United States is 26-3-5 in a series that has featured some epic matches, including the gold medal games of the 2004 and 2008 Olympics, both U.S. wins in overtime, a semifinal loss for the U.S. at the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup and a penalty kick win during the quarterfinal at the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup that featured Abby Wambach’s last-gasp header in overtime.

The U.S. has a record of 26-1-7 against Japan with just 11 of those games have taken place on U.S. soil. The USA is 7-0-4 against Japan in the United States. The two teams have met in three of the past four World Championship Finals.

Date Matches Stadium City Kickoff TV
July 27 Brazil vs. Japan CenturyLink Field Seattle, Wash. 4:15 p.m. PT  
July 27 USA vs. Australia CenturyLink Field Seattle, Wash. 7 p.m. PT ESPN
July 30  Japan vs. Australia .  Qualcomm Stadium   San Diego, Calif.   2:15 p.m. PT
July 30 USA vs. Brazil Qualcomm Stadium San Diego, Calif. 5 p.m. PT ESPN2
Aug. 3 Australia vs. Brazil StubHub Center Carson, Calif. 4:15 p.m. PT
Aug. 3 USA vs. Japan StubHub Center Carson, Calif. 7 p.m. PT ESPN2