In December, the United States women's national team will go to Brazil to play in the International Tournament of Brasilia against Brazil, the People's Republic of China, and Argentina.
The games will take place at National Stadium Mane Garrincha, which was host to seven 2014 FIFA World Cup matches. The tournament will take place from Dec. 10-21. The USWNT will play its first match on Dec. 10 against China.
“Historically, we’ve had a two-week December training camp to finish the year, but getting the opportunity to get four international matches, as well as some excellent training at facilities that hosted teams in the World Cup this past summer, was too good to pass up,” said U.S. head coach Jill Ellis.
U.S. Soccer notes that the United States women's team has not played in Brazil since 1997, when they played two matches. They beat the host country 2-1 win in Taubaté, and lost 1-0 in São Paulo.
The USWNT has 24 matches scheduled for the 2014 calendar year, which is the most of any year in which the U.S. players have competed in a domestic league.
Brazil and China have already qualified for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
- Sarah Barshop