CHICAGO – The U.S. women’s national team will play two matches in September against Paraguay and two matches in October against Korea Republic to finish its 2021 domestic schedule, it was announced Wednesday.
Both sets of matches will take place during their respective FIFA international match windows and will feature the players from the bronze-medal winning 2020 Olympic Team.
“The work never stops and every game we play has meaning,” USWNT head coach Vlatko Andonovski said. “These games are important to welcome back our Olympic Team to play in front of our home fans, but they are also the first steps towards 2023 World Cup qualifying. We all know we have to be at the top of our game to win at the highest levels and the dedication of the entire group to that pursuit will never change.”
In the first matches after the end of the 2020 Olympics, the USA will take on Paraguay Thursday, Sept. 16 at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio (7:30 p.m. ET on ESPN2, TUDN.tv and the TUDN App). The USA will travel to the hometown of midfielder Rose Lavelle to complete the two-game set Tuesday, Sept. 21 with the first USWNT match at FC Cincinnati’s newly opened TQL Stadium (7:30 p.m. ET on FS1 & TUDN).
In October, the USA will come together in the home area of Andonovski to take on Korea Republic on Thursday, Oct. 21, at Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kansas (8 p.m. ET on ESPN2 and TUDN) and then will travel to St. Paul, Minn. to complete that two-game series at Allianz Field Tuesday, Oct. 26 (7:30 p.m. ET pre-game on FS1 and 8 p.m. ET on TUDN).
The four games will be the final matches in a U.S. uniform for USWNT legend Carli Lloyd, who will play her Farewell Match on Oct. 26 in Minnesota. Lloyd is currently the second-most capped player in world soccer history with 312 games played for the USA and has scored 128 international goals, fourth in USWNT history. She needs two goals to tie Kristine Lilly for third all-time.
All the players and staffs will operate in monitored environments for the duration of the two-game series. Trainings and the matches will fall under the comprehensive U.S. Soccer Return to Play Protocols and Guidelines and in accordance with the Concacaf Return to Play Protocols. Everyone entering the controlled environment will be tested for COVID-19 before traveling, upon arrival and periodically thereafter.
Presales for the September matches vs. Paraguay will begin Aug. 23 with the public sale beginning on Aug. 27. Presales for the October matches vs. Korea Republic will begin Sept. 7 with the public sale beginning on Sept. 15.
In accordance with the local health authorities, and in cooperation with each stadium, as well as the U.S. Soccer medical team, tickets for these matches will be available at near full capacity. Coaches Circle and Presidents Circle members supporting the U.S. Soccer Development Fund can receive individual customer support and concierge services for their ticketing needs. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.