U.S. women's national team announces pre-World Cup schedule
The United States women's national team has announced its schedule leading up to this summer's World Cup in Canada.
Beginning next month with friendly matches at France and England, the team will play 10 matches before the World Cup. In March, the women's national team will travel to Portugal to play four games in the Algarve Cup, including matches against Norway, Switzerland and Iceland.
The U.S. will then return home to play New Zealand in April, followed by Send-Off Series matches against Ireland, Mexico and Korea Republic. Starting goalkeeper Hope Solo is suspended for 30 days, which includes the matches against France and England, after her latest incident involving her husband being arrested on suspicion of DUI while driving a van owned by the national team.
The women's national team opens group play in the World Cup against Australia on June 8 before playing Sweden on June 12 and Nigeria on June 16.
At the end of last year, Germany overtook the United States for the No. 1 ranking. It is the first time the United States has not been No. 1 since March 2008.
The complete schedule is below:
- Feb. 8 at France
- Feb. 13 at England
- March 4 vs. Norway in Portugal*
- March 6 vs. Switzerland in Portugal*
- March 9 vs. Iceland in Portugal*
- March 11 vs. TBD in Portugal*
- April 4 vs. New Zealand in St. Louis
- May 10 vs. Ireland in San Jose
- May 17 vs. Mexico in Carson, Calif.
- May 30 vs. Korea Republic in Harrison, N.J.
*Denotes matches in the Algarve Cup
- Paul Palladino