USWNT to host new Tournament of Nations with Japan, Brazil, Australia
The U.S. women's national team will play in another four-team tournament featuring the world's heavyweights after announcing the creation of the Tournament of Nations.
In late July and early August, the U.S. will play against Brazil, Japan and Australia, creating another high-end environment after the SheBelieves Cup in a non-World Cup/Olympics year. The games will take place in Seattle, San Diego and Carson, California from July 27 to August 3 and follow the same format as the SheBelieves Cup–a one group, four-team round robin, where every team plays each other once on three days of doubleheaders.
Like the SheBelieves Cup, the competition is tough. Japan is tied for sixth in FIFA's most recent women's national team ranking, while Australia is eighth and Brazil is ninth.
"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, and it shows U.S. Soccer's continuing dedication to growing the women's game," U.S. manager Jill Ellis said. "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."
After winning the inaugural SheBelieves Cup, the U.S. finished last this year in a tournament that featured Germany, England and eventual champion and 2019 Women's World Cup host France.
The USA's games in the Tournament of Nations will be broadcast on ESPN's family of networks. The schedule is as follows (all times Pacific):
July 27 - CenturyLink Field, Seattle - Brazil vs. Japan (4:15 p.m.); USA vs. Australia (7 p.m., ESPN)
July 30 - Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego - Japan vs. Australia (2:15 p.m.); USA vs. Brazil (5 p.m., ESPN2)
August 3 - StubHub Center; Carson, California - Australia vs. Brazil (4:15 p.m.); USA vs. Japan (7 p.m., ESPN)