Crystal Dunn and the U.S. women will play it yet another high-level international tournament on home soil this year. (Andy Mead/YCJ Photo)
CHICAGO – U.S. Soccer will host its second four-team elite women’s international tournament of the year later this summer, it was announced Wednesday.
Australia, Brazil and Japan will come to the United States for the Tournament of Nations to be held from July 27-Aug. 3 at three venues along the west coast.
The tournament will be held in Seattle, San Diego and Carson, Calif.
The round-robin tournament will feature three doubleheaders. The USA is ranked second in the world, Japan is tied for sixth, Australia is eighth and Brazil is ninth.
U.S. Soccer is planning on hosting this tournament every summer during the years that do not feature a World Cup or Olympic Games. Next year’s tournament will feature the same four teams.
“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. women’s head coach Jill Ellis said in a statement. “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.”
Earlier this year, the U.S. hosted the She Believes Cup on the east coast in Harrison, N.J., Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia.
|July 27||Brazil vs. Japan||CenturyLink Field||Seattle, Wash.||4:15 p.m. PT|
|July 27||USA vs. Australia||CenturyLink Field||Seattle, Wash.||7 p.m. PT||ESPN|
|July 30||Japan vs. Australia||Qualcomm Stadium||San Diego, Calif.||2:15 p.m. PT|
|July 30||USA vs. Brazil||Qualcomm Stadium||San Diego, Calif.||5 p.m. PT||ESPN2|
|Aug. 3||Australia vs. Brazil||StubHub Center||Carson, Calif.||4:15 p.m. PT|
|Aug. 3||USA vs. Japan||StubHub Center||Carson, Calif.||7 p.m. PT||ESPN2|