The U.S. men's and women's national teams both have, and have already had, matches of great consequence in 2016. The men have hosted Copa America, finishing fourth in the tournament, and continue their quest to qualify for the 2018 World Cup. The semifinal round of qualifying ended in September, while the CONCACAF hexagonal begins earlier than usual in the cycle, commencing in November with a USA-Mexico rivalry match in Columbus. The World Cup-champion U.S. women, meanwhile, hosted the SheBelieves Cup against three European powers, and had a quest for a fourth consecutive Olympic gold medal (and fifth overall) this summer in Rio cut short by Sweden in a quarterfinal stunner. Here is the year in photos for U.S. Soccer's two senior squads.
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