The U.S. WNT will face No.5-ranked England, No.3-ranked France and No.2-ranked Germany at the 2017 SheBelieves Cup from March 1-7. As four of the top five nations in the world meet in three doubleheaders in three different venues, the games promise to be highly competitive and entertaining.
Here are five things to know about the USA’s three opponents:
USA vs. Germany: World Champions vs. Olympic Champions
The series between the world’s two most successful women’s soccer nations dates back to 1991 (the second ever meeting was at the 1991 Women’s World Cup). The teams have played 31 times, with the USA winning 20 and Germany winning four, along with seven draws. The Unites States are three-time Women’s World Cup champions, while Germany has claimed the trophy twice. Additionally, while the U.S. is the reigning World Cup champion, Germany is the reigning Olympic champion, making this one of the most competitive games of the year in women’s international soccer.
The USA and Germany have met in World Cup play on four occasions: a 5-2 USA win on Nov. 27, 1991 in China in the semifinal; a 3-2 quarterfinal win for the USA on July 1, 1999 in Maryland; a 3-0 win for Germany in the semifinal on Oct. 5, 2003 in Portland, Oregon; and the most recent, a 2-0 semifinal win for the USA on July 2, 2015 in Canada. The winner of each of those matches went on to win the World Cup.