CHICAGO – With the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup just around the corner, five Red Stars players will look to qualify their teams during the 2018 Concacaf Women’s Championship in the upcoming week.
Morgan Brian, Julie Ertz, Alyssa Naeher, Casey Short and the U.S. Women’s National Team aim to become the back-to-back champions after winning the tournament in 2014, their seventh Championship win overall.
Goalkeeper Naeher will enter her first Concacaf Championship despite being named to the final World Cup roster in 2015, while Short will also see her first qualifying action. Ertz will look for the field for the first time in World Cup qualifiers, as she was rostered but never made an appearance in the 2014 Championship. Brian will make her second Championship roster.
The U.S. will be taking on Mexico, Trinidad and Tobago and Panama in Group A. Group B consists of Canada, Jamaica, Costa Rica and Cuba.
Red Stars defender Christina Murillo will compete with Mexico in back-to-back tournaments.
Mexico made its way to the 2015 FIFA World Cup, placing last in Group F, finishing their tournament in the group stage. Murillo found way into two of Mexico’s three games, including playing all 90 minutes in the opening match.
Both USA and Mexico will open the tournament playing each other on Thursday, October 4 at Sahlen’s Stadium in Cary, North Carolina. The match will kick off at 6:30 p.m. Ct and will be broadcast live on FS2.
|October 4||Mexico||Sahlen’s Stadium; Cary, NC||6:30 p.m.||FS2|
|October 7||Panama||Sahlen’s Stadium; Cary, NC||4 p.m.||FS1|
|October 10||Trinidad & Tobago||Sahlen’s Stadium; Cary, NC||6:30 p.m.||FS2|
|October 4||USA||Sahlen’s Stadium; Cary, NC||6:30 p.m.||FS2|
|October 7||Trinidad & Tobago||Sahlen’s Stadium; Cary, NC||4 p.m.||N/A|
|October 10||Panama||Sahlen’s Stadium; Cary, NC||4 p.m.||N/A|