- 2017 Tournament of Nations
- Five Things To Know About the 2017 Tournament of Nations
- PREVIEW: WNT Takes on Australia in First Meeting Since 2015 Women’s World Cup
- PREVIEW: WNT Takes on Brazil as Historic Powers Square Off in San Diego
- PREVIEW: The USA-Japan Rivalry is Reignited in Carson
- U.S. Soccer to Host Australia, Brazil & Japan in Seattle, San Diego and LA for 2017 Tournament of Nations
- WNT Books Two-Game Set vs. New Zealand for September in Denver and Cincinnati
- WNT to Play Canada in Vancouver and USA in November
Head Coach: Alen Stajcic
Confederation: AFC (Champion: 2010)
FIFA Ranking: 7th
World Cup Appearances: 1995, 1999, 2003, 2007, 2011, 2015
Olympics Appearances: 2000, 2004, 2016
Record vs. the USA: 0-25-2
Most Capped Player on ToN Roster: Lisa DaVanna (121)
Leading Goal Scorer on ToN Roster: Lisa DaVanna (40)
Oldest Player on ToN Roster: Lisa DaVanna (32 years old)
Youngest Player on ToN Roster: Ellie Carpenter (17 years old)
Team Nickname: Matildas
In the last five years, the Matildas have big made strides on the world stage. In 2015, Australia made it to the quarterfinal of the Women’s World Cup before falling 1-0 to eventual finalist Japan, and most recently made it to the quarterfinal of the 2016 Olympic tournament, but fell to Brazil in a penalty kick shootout that went eight players deep. The game between Australia and Brazil on Aug. 3 will be the first meeting between the two since that Olympic quarterfinal.
The last time the USA and Australia met was in the opening group game of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup. The intense match provided an incredibly entertaining first half as Megan Rapinoe gave the U.S. an early lead in the 12th minute, but Australia quickly tied the game courtesy of Lisa DeVanna in the 27th. No team found the back of the net again until the second half when Christen Press (61st minute) and Rapinoe (78th minute) sealed the game for the USA, despite a tremendous effort from the Australian side.
Australia has five players in its ToN roster that play club soccer in the United States in: Steph Catley (Orlando Pride), Alanna Kennedy (Orlando Pride), Sam Kerr (Sky Blue FC), Haley Raso (Portland Thorns) and Lydia Williams (Houston Dash).
2017 NWSL-leading scorer, Sam Kerr
Head Coach: Emily Lima
Confederation: CONMEBOL (Champion: 1991, 1995, 1998, 2003, 2010, 2014)
FIFA Ranking: 8th
World Cup Appearances: 1991, 1995, 1999 (Third Place), 2003, 2007 (Runners-up), 2011, 2015
Olympics Appearances: 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008 (Runners-up), 2012 (Runners-up), 2016
Record vs. the USA: 3-26-5
Most Capped Player on ToN Roster: Marta (118)
Leading Goal Scorer on ToN Roster: Marta (108)
Oldest Player on ToN Roster: Bruna Benites (31 years old)
Youngest Player on ToN Roster: Gabi Nunes (20 years old)
Team Nickname: Canarinhas
Brazil has always been a major contender in the women’s game, producing legendary players like Sissi, Formiga, Cristiane and Marta. But even though it has come very close, it has yet to win a Women’s World Cup or an Olympics – a dream that on more than one occasion has been ended by none other than the USA.
The USA and Brazil have faced each other 34 times in a series that has featured some epic matches, including the gold medal games of the 2004 and 2008 Olympics, both U.S. wins in overtime, a semifinal loss for the USA at the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup and a penalty kick win during the quarterfinal at the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup that featured Abby Wambach’s last gasp header in overtime, one of the famous goals in U.S. history.
Brazil dominates its CONMEBOL confederation, winning the Copa America Femenil six of the seven times it has been contested. Besides the USA, which has 22 players of its 23-player roster competing for NWSL teams, Brazil is the team with the most NWSL representatives – six – in its 23-player roster: Marta, Camila and Monica (Orlando Pride), Debinha (North Carolina Courage), and Andressinha and Bruna Benites (Houston Dash).
Five-time FIFA Women's World Player of the Year, Marta
U.S. head coach Jill Ellis has named the 23-player roster for the 2017 Tournament of Nations, the second elite, four-nation women’s international tournament that U.S. Soccer will stage in the United States this year. The competition features teams consisting of players very familiar with each other, but the six games will see many NWSL teammates become foes and numerous players will try to raise their stock with their respective coaches as national pride once again outweighs club allegiance. Ellis shares her thoughts on the U.S. roster and the value of the tournament.
On the continuation of building towards 2019 and how the Tournament of Nations plays a role in that process:
“If you look at our overall World Cup cycle in the context of a single season, we’re in preseason right now. Cohesion and chemistry are elements we build on once we assemble the core group that we believe can help us be successful at CONCACAF Qualifying and moving onto the World Cup in France.
“Historically, experience and depth are huge assets in World Cups. We probably had the highest capped team in 2015 at the last World Cup and a deep bench, so it’s critical in this phase that our newer players get valuable minutes against the very top teams. This tournament gives us that opportunity.
“Playing Brazil, Australia and Japan will likely present scenarios and create emotions similar to our recent matches against Norway and Sweden – matches against top teams that will push us in all phases of play. Our trip to Scandinavia was invaluable because we showed resolve and that’s an important component of championship teams. Winning a 5-0 game at home is comfortable, but finding a way to win on the road is challenging and uncomfortable. Everything we are doing right now is to help us gain and learn from experiences we will need to lean on in World Cup qualifying and beyond.”
On choosing the Tournament of Nations Roster:
“As a staff, we’ve watched a lot of league games in the first half of the season and that certainly played a role in our selection for this roster. With three games against such high caliber opponents in eight days, and considering where our players are in their league seasons, we always have to factor in coverage and depth in player selection. I think this roster checks a lot of boxes with respect to where we are in our cycle; we have the capacity to look at new players, gain experience for others, and it gives us versatility within the team to have coverage and competition in positions.”
On what specifically the players are evaluated on when they come into the WNT environment:
“Everything! And by that I mean our training environment is based on all elements of the game, so it is rare that any drill is without opposition. We look at their problem solving, technique under pressure, competitiveness, physical capacity, the whole gamut. We also assess what they do off the field. Are they professional about their recovery? Are they committed to being a good teammate regardless of their role? Every WNT event presents opportunities for the players.
On the expectations when bringing in several players who are newer call-ups to the WNT:
“When we bring in a new player to our environment it is because we’ve seen qualities that we believe can contribute to our environment - to what extent and quality is part of the assessment during their time in with the team. Taylor (Smith), (Margaret) Midge (Purce), and Sofia (Huerta) have some very interesting assets and they are comfortable in wide areas. What we will remind them is to stay loyal to their attributes that got them in the door and just to play with adventure. We are not a finished product as a team, so I am not expecting an individual player in their first camp to be that either. I am sure there is a bit of stress when a player first comes in, but when we hit the training field it is about playing to their strengths and personality.”
On the NWSL presence in the Tournament of Nations:
“With the many NWSL players in this tournament from all four teams, it speaks to the quality of the league and it will be exciting for fans that watch these players compete for their clubs to see them play intense matches for their countries. For the fans, it’s going to be a chance to see World Cup veterans and rising stars on all four teams. Every game of the six should be extremely entertaining.”Read more
CHICAGO (July 20, 2017) – U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Jill Ellis has named the 23-player roster for the 2017 Tournament of Nations that will feature the USA, Japan, Australia and Brazil playing in three doubleheader events at three different venues over an eight-day period. The USA is currently ranked first in the world, Japan is sixth, Australia is seventh and Brazil is eighth. All six matches of the tournament will be broadcast on the ESPN family of networks.
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#ToN2017 ROSTER BY POSITION (Club; Caps/Goals)
GOALKEEPERS (3): Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars; 15/0), Jane Campbell (Houston Dash; 1/0), Abby Smith (Boston Breakers; 0/0)
DEFENDERS (7): Abby Dahlkemper (NC Courage; 4/0), Julie Ertz (Chicago Red Stars; 49/8), Ali Krieger (Orlando Pride; 98/1), Kelley O’Hara (Sky Blue FC; 96/2), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City; 126/0), Casey Short (Chicago Red Stars; 10/0), Taylor Smith (NC Courage; 0/0)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Morgan Brian (Houston Dash; 66/6), Carli Lloyd (Houston Dash; 239/97), Allie Long (Portland Thorns FC; 27/5), Samantha Mewis (NC Courage; 25/4), Margaret Purce (Boston Breakers; 0/0), Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign FC; 121/31)
FORWARDS (7): Crystal Dunn (Chelsea FC; 52/22), Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC; 35/3), Sydney Leroux (FC Kansas City; 75/35), Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride; 125/73), Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars; 87/42), Mallory Pugh (Washington Spirit; 23/4), Lynn Williams (NC Courage; 8/2)