USA Will Face Australia on July 27 in Seattle, Brazil on July 30 in San Diego and Japan on Aug. 3 in Carson, Calif.
CHICAGO – U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Jill Ellis has named Julie Ertz, Alyssa Naeher, Christen Press and Casey Short among the 23-player roster for the 2017 Tournament of Nations that will feature the USA, Japan, Australia and Brazil playing in three doubleheader events at three different venues over an eight-day period. Forward Sofia Huerta will be brought into camp to train with the WNT during the tournament.
For the second time this year, after the staging of the SheBelieves Cup in March, U.S. Soccer will host four of the best women’s soccer teams in the world over six games among opponents who are familiar with each other and have exciting soccer histories. The USA is currently ranked first in the world, Japan is sixth, Australia is seventh and Brazil is eighth. All six tournament matches will be broadcast on the ESPN family of networks and fans can follow along and stay up-to-date on the latest news via the U.S. Soccer social channels on Twitter (@ussoccer_wnt), Instagram (ussoccer_wnt) and Facebook.
The U.S. team will come together in Seattle on July 23 for three days of training before opening the tournament against Australia on July 27 at CenturyLink Field (7 p.m. PT on ESPN) in the first meeting between the two sides since the opening match of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Brazil and Japan will play the first game of the doubleheader at 4:15 p.m. PT (ESPN3)
All the teams will then travel to down to San Diego, where Japan will face Australia on Sunday, July 30 (2:15 p.m. PT on ESPN3) followed by the USA taking on Brazil (5 p.m. PT on ESPN2) at Qualcomm Stadium. The tournament will finish on Thursday, August 3, at StubHub Center in Carson, California, as Australia takes on Brazil (4:15 p.m. PT on ESPN3) and the USA faces Japan (7 p.m. PT on ESPN2).
The winner of the tournament will be based on total points (three for a win, one for a tie), with the first tie-breaker being overall goal difference, followed by most total tournament goals scored, then head-to-head result and lastly, FIFA Ranking if necessary.
U.S. Women’s National Team 2017 Tournament of Nations Roster by Position
GOALKEEPERS (3): Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars), Jane Campbell (Houston Dash), Abby Smith (Boston Breakers)
DEFENDERS (7): Abby Dahlkemper (NC Courage), Julie Ertz (Chicago Red Stars), Ali Krieger (Orlando Pride), Kelley O’Hara (Sky Blue
FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City), Casey Short (Chicago Red Stars), Taylor Smith (NC Courage)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Morgan Brian (Houston Dash), Carli Lloyd (Houston Dash), Allie Long (Portland Thorns FC), Samantha Mewis (NC Courage), Margaret Purce (Boston Breakers), Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign FC)
FORWARDS (7): Crystal Dunn (Chelsea FC), Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC), Sydney Leroux (FC Kansas City), Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride), Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars), Mallory Pugh (Washington Spirit), Lynn Williams (NC Courage)
Chicago Red Stars forward Sofia Huerta will train with the U.S. team for the entire tournament. Huerta, who played for Mexico at the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup and has five caps for the senior team, is not currently eligible to play for the United States, but U.S. Soccer is pursuing a change of association with FIFA on her behalf which, if approved, would make her eligible to play for the USA in the future. Huerta was born in Boise, grew up in Idaho, and attended Santa Clara University with U.S. defender Julie Ertz.
Tickets for all three doubleheaders are on sale through ussoccer.com. Fans looking to purchase by phone should dial 1-800-745-3000 for the events in Seattle and San Diego and 1-888-929-7849 for the doubleheader in the Los Angeles area. Tickets are also available at the CenturyLink Field Northwest Box Office (open Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.) and at the StubHub Center ticket office (open Monday-Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.). [Note: Tickets are not sold at Qualcomm Stadium except on the day of the event.] To receive notifications directly and for early ticket access, join U.S. Soccer’s social media channels on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Snapchat.
2017 TOURNAMENT OF NATIONS SCHEDULE
|July 27||Brazil vs. Japan||CenturyLink Field||Seattle, Wash.||4:15 p.m. PT||ESPN3|
|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||ESPN3|
|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||ESPN3|
|Aug. 3||USA vs. Japan||StubHub Center||Carson, Calif.||7 p.m. PT||ESPN2|
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