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The Ins & Outs of the 2019 WNT Schedule

Did you hear? The U.S. Women’s National Team is embarking on a 10-game tour in 2019 leading up to the FIFA Women’s World Cup in France next summer!  Below are what you must know about the Countdown to the Cup. 2019 Schedule Facts Six of the USA’s nine confirmed pre-World Cup opponents in 2019 are in the top 12 of the current FIFA Women’s World Rank Read more
WNT Dec 6, 2018

2019 Schedule Set as “Countdown to the Cup” Takes WNT on 10-Game, 10-City Tour

U.S. Soccer has announced the complete list of games for the U.S. Women’s National Team’s 2019 schedule leading into next summer’s FIFA Women’s World Cup. Countdown to the Cup will run from January to May with the USA playing a total of 10 games – two in Europe followed by eight domestic – before departing for France in pursuit of another World Cup title. The sc Read more
WNT Dec 6, 2018
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U.S. WNT to Open 2019 in Europe Against World Cup host France on Jan. 19

The U.S. Women’s National Team will open its 2019 schedule in the country where it hopes to find success during the summer, taking on 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup host France on Saturday, Jan. 19 at Stade Océane in Le Havre (8:30 p.m. local / 2:30 p.m. ET on FS1 and the Fox Sports App). 

 France is currently fourth in the FIFA Women’s World Rankings and is one of the heavy favorites on home soil next summer.

Le Havre, which is located on the northern coast of France, is one of nine venues for next summer’s tournament. Stade Océane seats around 25,000 fans and will host seven Women’s World Cup matches, including a Round of 16 game and a Quarterfinal.

“To play France in France was an essential part of our scheduling preparations for next summer, and it will be an exciting and challenging match to kick off the year,” U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Jill Ellis said. “They are a top team, in the middle of their domestic league, and playing on home soil, so this is the type of experience we need to be ready for the World Cup in 2019.”

The USA also opened its 2015 Women’s World Cup year in France, falling 2-0 in Lorient, a result that the USA avenged just over than a month later, downing France 2-0 in the championship game of the Algarve Cup. The USA’s most recent meeting with France came earlier this year at the 2018 SheBelieves Cup, a 1-1 draw in front of more than 25,000 fans at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J., in which Mallory Pugh scored for the USA and Eugénie Le Sommer tallied for the French. 

U.S. WNT - Mal Pugh

 The USA is 18-2-2 all-time vs. France. The teams have played 10 times since 2011, starting with the USA’s 3-1 win against France in the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup semifinal. Over those last 10 games, the USA is 7-2-2 while scoring 15 goals to France’s 10.

As host, France did not have to go through qualifying for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup but has played a competitive schedule of matches this year against many World Cup or potential World Cup teams, including games vs. Italy, England, Germany, the USA, Nigeria, Mexico, Cameroon, Australia and Brazil.

After facing France, the USA will play a second match in Europe. That opponent and venue will be announced in the near future. The U.S. team will be abroad most of January as it will hold its annual January training camp in Europe.

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WNT Nov 9, 2018