The U.S. women’s national team will open its 2016 schedule when they play the Republic of Ireland on January 23 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, the team announced on Thursday.
The match against Ireland will mark USWNT’s second time playing at Qualcomm Stadium and its sixth time in San Diego. The team previously played at Torero Stadium on the campus of the University of San Diego. USWNT has never lost while playing in San Diego, but tied Japan 0–0 there in 2003.
The team will face Ireland after the conclusion of January training camp in preparation for the CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Championship, which will be held from Feb. 10 to 21 in Texas.
“It will be a great to finish our preparation camp in January with an international match,” U.S. head coach Jill Ellis said. “The roster for qualifying will be named after the conclusion of this event and the game against Ireland will give us an opportunity to fine tune before we begin our quest in February to earn a berth to Rio.”
The U.S. women are 10–0–0 all-time against Ireland. The two teams last met in 2012 during USWNT’s victory tour after winning their Olympic gold medal at the London Games.
Kickoff between the U.S. and Ireland is set for 2 p.m. PT.