The USWNT celebrate winning the Concacaf Olympic Qualifying Championship title last Sunday. (Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports)
CHICAGO – The first two friendly matches of the spring for the U.S. women’s national team have been set and they are high-profile encounters with Australia and Brazil.
The USA will face Australia on April 10 at 9:30 p.m. ET (ESPN2) at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah before traveling to Northern California to tackle Brazil on April 14 (10 p.m. ET (FS1) at Earthquakes Stadium.
Australia, ranked seventh in the world, features one of the world’s best strikers in Sam Kerr, the all-time leading scorer in National Women’s Soccer League history. Ninth-ranked Brazil is led by former USWNT head coach Pia Sundhage. Australia and Brazil reached the knockout rounds at the 2019 Women’s World Cup.
“I love big games. Even if they are friendlies, our players love big games and I know the fans love to see us play the best teams in the world, so these matches in April will be a lot of fun and also great tests for our team and players,” USWNT head coach Vlatko Andonovski said. “Both teams have fantastic coaches and present different styles of play with quite a few dangerous attackers, including some of the best forwards in the world. I can’t emphasize enough how valuable it is for our coaches and players to have to figure out ways to deal with that and be successful.”