Saturday, 21 October 2017

US women’s soccer team to meet Brazil, Japan and Australia in Southern California this summer – Los Angeles Times


The U.S. women’s national team will face Australia, Brazil and Japan in the four-team Tournament of Nations to be played in Seattle, San Diego and at the StubHub Center in Carson this summer.

The tournament will follow the same format as last March’s SheBelieves Cup with the four teams each participating in three doubleheaders at three venues between July 27-Aug. 3. The tournament will kick off at CenturyLink Field in Seattle with Brazil meeting Japan followed by the U.S. and Australia. The second match day, July 30 in San Diego’s Qualcomm Stadium, will see Japan facing Australia and the U.S. meeting Brazil.

The event will conclude Aug. 3 at the StubHub Center with Australia-Brazil and U.S.-Japan.

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 rankings.

“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,” U.S. coach Jill Ellis said in a statement. “It shows U.S. Soccer’s continuing dedication to growing the women’s game.

“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.”

All three countries are ranked by FIFA among the top 10 in the world. The U.S. is No. 2 behind Germany, following by Japan (tied for sixth), Australia (eighth) and Brazil (ninth).

For the doubleheaders in San Diego and Los Angeles, tickets go on sale to the public via ussoccer.com on May 19 at 10 a.m. Pacific. For the tournament opener in Seattle, tickets become available May 26 at 10 a.m. Pacific, also through ussoccer.com.

Fans looking to purchase by phone should dial (800) 745-3000 for the events in Seattle and San Diego and (888) 929-7849 for the doubleheader in the Los Angeles area. Tickets will also available at the StubHub Center ticket office (open Monday-Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.).

Tickets will not be sold at Qualcomm Stadium except on the day of the event.

kevin.baxter@latimes.com

Twitter: kbaxter11



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